Coming off an incredible year of celebration for our centennial, Missouri Western looks to the next 100 years with excitement and enthusiasm.
Our campus continues to grow and improve to meet the needs of our community. The new Spratt Stadium and Digital Scoreboard, which will be the largest in all of Division 2 athletics, will make Football and Women’s Soccer games this Fall the premier destination to cheer on the Griffons. Significant improvements are in progress in the Blum Union, the Looney Complex, and Potter Hall. In total, we have made over $16 Million in renovations and improvements to our campus in the last year.
Community partnerships with St. Joseph and beyond show the benefits of working together. One such story is the renovation of the Pool Complex. When we had to consider closing the pool for financial considerations, the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, the St. Joseph School District, and our students worked together with the Missouri Western administration to find a solution. That solution is a wide reaching partnership that will not only provide an incredible renovated facility for our students, but for the City of St. Joseph as a whole, inviting the entire community to enjoy this campus resource.
Academically, we had a banner year for our students and academic programs. Four successful accreditation visits for the Craig School of Business (AACSB), our Teacher Education program (NCATE), the Legal Assistants program (ABA), and our Social Work program (CSWE) demonstrate that our faculty are among the best, brightest, and hardest working in their fields.
Finally, the Walter Cronkite Memorial, and its respective shows, are in great demand. The memorial has now grown to include three live, multimedia productions: “Cronkite,” “Harry & Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons,” and the newest “King & Cronkite.” These shows have been and will be performed at incredible venues during 2016 as we celebrate the centennial of Walter Cronkite’s birth. These performances include: The Truman Presidential Library (May 8), Kansas City’s Union Station (July 11), New York City’s Lincoln Center (Sept. 23), Washington D.C.’s Newseum (Sept. 25) and on campus for Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday celebration (Nov. 4).
If you are a prospective student, I invite you to come to our campus and see for yourself why it is great to be a Griffon. If you are an alum, I invite you to reconnect with your fellow classmates at one of our many events throughout the year. And, of course, we invite all of our friends to join us anytime to discover why “Everything is Possible” at Missouri Western!
Robert A. Vartabedian