Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your hard work this year in support of our students, the University and our mission. Our December 2019 commencement activities showcased our collective efforts and hard work. Not only did a successful weekend of celebrations come together extremely well (thank you to everyone who participated and made these events possible), but your efforts over the past several years contributed to the success of over 250 students who walked across the stage with a degree in hand.

As we shift into winter break, I wanted to share a few things with you.

Excellence and gratitude. As I interact with our students, I regularly hear comments about how they appreciate your efforts, the opportunities we provide and the overall quality of education. Thank you for your contributions to, and participation in, the Missouri Western family. The excellence and gratitude were on full display on Friday and Saturday.

Facilitating success. We have crucial opportunities to positively impact the University by inspiring our current students to continue with their studies, promoting MWSU to prospective students and their families, as well as talking positively to friends, community members, industry and policymakers. We will see success if we can come together, focus on the positive, promote our new initiatives, and find ways to champion the successes of our students, the quality of our academic programs and the strengths of our faculty, staff and University. Together we can move our University forward.

Moving forward. As we return to campus next year, I look forward to continuing our work to mesh our traditions with a modern mindset while addressing the pressures on higher education. Open communication, understanding and unity are critical as we seek to educate, elevate and prepare for the journey ahead. In this regard, I would like to hold “Winter Welcome” Meetings in an effort to provide updates on our challenges, opportunities and initiatives. Here is the schedule:

Jan. 6th (Mon.) at 8:15 a.m. in Spratt 101.
Jan. 16th (Thurs.) at 3 p.m. in Spratt 101.

Over the break, I hope that you can enjoy the season’s celebrations while taking advantage of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. May we all return to campus next year with a renewed spirit, hope, fresh ideas and confidence in our future. Happy holidays from my family to yours.