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Jedlicka Assists Vineyards with Natural Pest Control

Dr. Julie Jedlicka, associate professor in the biology department, conducted research at Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, California and surrounding areas. Her research consisted of how nest boxes increased Western Bluebird populations and if those birds were providing a significant pest control service. Her findings confirmed that Western Bluebirds were eating a significant amount of pests, and a leafhopper closely related to the Blue-green Sharpshooter, indicating that the birds would very likely be important predators for this pest insect. More than 800 Western Bluebird nest boxes have been installed on Spring Mountain Vineyard’s 225 acres of vines. They are attracting Western Bluebirds to help control the Blue-green Sharpshooter population, a common vector for the devastating Pierce’s disease. Over the years of managing these boxes Spring Mountain Vineyard has seen a dramatic drop, and even elimination in some areas, of the Sharpshooter population. Check out this awesome project! [...]

Phi Beta Lambda Students Compete at State Conference

Phi Beta Lambda (collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America) is a student organization on campus focusing on leadership, networking, resume building, and service. Six students tested their skills and abilities during the virtual State Leadership Conference. Events included accounting, public speaking, technology, and presentation of a new business idea. Winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony April 10. Congratulations and good luck to Dylan Bishop, Caden Brown, Quinn Brown, Emily Punzo, Madi Taylor, and Blake Goforth. The group is actively recruiting all majors. The next membership meeting is April 22, in conjunction with a fundraiser at Aspen Leaf Yogurt, 3715 Frederick Avenue. For more details, contact Advisor, Pam Klaus (816) 262-9769 or pklaus@missouriwestern.edu.   Processed with MOLDIV

SGA Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the Student Government Association Election for 2021-2022:   President: Nathan Scott Vice President: Conner Peters   Senators: Artemii Udovenko Caitlyn Thompson Dawson Schmutzler Brett Shanks Charles Anderson Johanna Martin   Congratulations, and thank you for your service and commitment to Missouri Western State University!   If you have any questions, please contact:  Josiah Schmedding, SGA Chief Justice and Election Commissioner, at jschmedding@missouriwestern.edu or  Dr. Hannah Piechowski, SGA Advisor, at hpiechowski@missouriwestern.edu.

Registration Dates

Students can begin registering for the summer and/or fall semester in the following order:   Seniors/Graduates (90 hours or more) – April 5, 2021 Juniors (60-89 hours) – April 8, 2021 Sophomores (30-59 hours) – April 12, 2021 Freshmen (less than 30 hours) – April 14, 2021 If they have questions, please direct them to contact Student Success at (816) 271-5990 or email advisor@missouriwestern.edu or stop by Eder 209.

MWSU Faculty Senate

A big thanks to Dr. Matt Hepworth –  art, Brooksie Kluge – english, and Dr. Jin Wen Zhu – engineering, for serving as MWSU faculty senators in 2021. A very special thanks to Dr. Britt Johnson – health, sport and exercise science, who served in the past president role, Dr. Kelly Henry – psychology, who served in the vice president’s role, and Dr. Csengele Barta - biology, who served in the secretary's role for the Faculty Senate in 2021. And a warm welcome to the 2022 Faculty Senate to Dr. William Russell – health, sport and exercise science, Dr. Dan Shephard – education, and Dr. Ed Taylor – political science, as well as Dr. Csengele Barta – biology, and Dr. Dawn Drake – geography, who were re-elected to second terms. The 2022 Faculty Senate Executive Committee will be Dr. Michael Charlton, secretary – english, Dr. Csengele Barta, vice president – [...]

Innovation Stockyard Teams With Seraphim Analytics

The Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences, dba The Innovation Stockyard, announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement with Seraphim Analytics, a division of Seraphim International, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   The Innovation Stockyard and Seraphim have agreed to work together to solve problems using Seraphim’s optical products on applications in the Agri-business sector.  The initial work will be centered on problems in detection with corn and related process issues.   “I am very excited to be working with President Joseph Trygar and his team at Seraphim,” said Dr. Gary Clapp, director of the Innovation Stockyard. “The opportunity to work with the network of scientists associated with Seraphim provides multiple outlets for application-based solutions in Agri-Business.”  Trygar echoed those thoughts: “Seraphim is very excited to work with the Institute for industrial and Applied Life Sciences. Agri-Business is just the tip of the iceberg for the opportunities we have to explore, [...]

Majors Honors Project for Great Plains Presentation

We never really know where life will take us. For senior Kennedy Hibbs, her majors honors project started out as a way to stand out on her CV and developed into a passion. “This experience also sparked a passion in me for research that I didn't know that I had,” Kennedy said. “My entire career path changed because I fell in love with doing research.” Kennedy conducted research on how intimate partner violence affected a person’s perceived belongingness and burdensomeness, a topic that stems from experiences that she and her family members have had. “These experiences not only affected me physically, but mentally too, so I was extremely curious how it affected others as well,” Kennedy said. “This topic is so important to me, and I believe my research will make a difference in other people's lives.” Her goal is to gain real insights into the mental health of people [...]

Missouri Western, North Central Missouri College Sign Articulation Partnership

Missouri Western State University and North Central Missouri College have signed an articulation partnership to help students transfer smoothly from NCMC to Missouri Western. “We enjoy a strong partnership with North Central Missouri College, and this agreement makes that partnership even stronger,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, president of Missouri Western. “Our collaboration creates a seamless pathway for NCMC students as they complete their associate degree and then move on to their bachelor’s degree at Missouri Western, eliminating the duplication of coursework and ensuring a more efficient and expedient route to graduation. I am thrilled to be able to enter into this agreement with NCMC, which joins Missouri Western in its commitment to meeting the workforce demands of our region, and I greatly anticipate the continued collaboration between our two institutions.” ““We are aligned with Missouri Western in our mutual attempts to offer both 4-year professional degrees through associate degree transfers [...]

Griff Gaming Series

We are very excited to announce the first Griff Gaming Series, (or [GG] Series), a fun and exciting way to play, compete, and earn prizes with your friends! How does it work? Well, here are the details: Each week for the next four weeks we will be releasing challenges for a particular title, participating and completing said challenges will earn you GriffCoins that can be redeemed in the Griffon Esports Arena for some neat swag! (You also earn GriffCoins just by playing in the Arena, so if competition isn’t your thing you can still have a chance to win big!) The big prize for this semester is one of our PC gaming chairs, raffle tickets are just 350 GriffCoins! GG Series Week 1: Mario Kart 8 For week 1 of the GG Series we will be playing Mario Kart! Anyone can participate from home or in the Griffon Esports Arena [...]

JOU 311: Griffon Media Fall 2021

Do you know of students looking to gain experience with professional writing, photography, graphic design, videography, podcasting and more? Are they interested in being part of a nationally-ranked student-run newspaper, yearbook or TV production staff? If so, encourage them to sign up for Griffon Media for fall 2021.  They will have the opportunity to have their original work published at MWSU and also submitted for regional, state and national awards. Griffon Media is nationally ranked and provides students beneficial career opportunities through exposure to a wide collegiate audience across the US. They can sign up for this great opportunity for elective credit toward the completion of their degree. JOU 311: Griffon Media (CRN: 15709) MW 12:30-1:50 p.m. (Murphy 204, 206, 208 and the Hearnes Studio) For questions about Griffon Media contact Dr. James Carviou at: jcarviou@missouriwestern.edu

Human Resources Staffing Update

The Office of Human Resources has seen many changes and restructures over the past few months. We'd like to introduce our new staff as well as inform the campus community of specific roles in order to direct you to the appropriate person when you need assistance. Audrey Cravatt, Employment Coordinator, brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Missouri Western with an emphasis in recruitment. Audrey will be the main point of contact for job postings on all positions (student, faculty, staff, part-time), and other related recruitment items such as advertising, travel arrangements, and background checks. She will be the primary administrator on our Applicant Tracking System. Claudia Baer, Assistant Director of Human Resource, returns to HR after a short pause during COVID. Claudia's previous role at the university as many remember was our Student Employment Coordinator. Her primary focus as Assistant Director will be to provide training [...]

Griffon Alumna Needs Your Vote To Advance To Finals

Thanks to our help, our fellow Griffon and favorite chef, Regina (Lunceford '98) Calderwood has advanced to the Favorite Chef Semi-Finals! The Favorite Chef competition began several weeks ago with over 500,000 contestants around the globe. Today there are 40 chefs competing for only four places in the final round which begins on Thursday. The current round of voting ends Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. CST. Our Chef Regina needs everyone's daily vote in order to advance into the final round. Please check out the Favorite Chef website and cast your vote for Regina here! Feel free to share this message and dream-filled story with your friends and families. Please vote today! Go Regina!

Barta Receives Prestigious Plant Science and Education Award

Dr. Csengele Barta, associate professor of biology was awarded the 2021 Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists. The prestigious award recognizes excellence in undergraduate student research mentorship, significant international contributions to plant science education, curriculum development, and applied learning, as well as sustained, high-quality plant science research of faculty at primarily undergraduate serving institutions. The award provides funding to facilitate the research presentation of Dr. Barta and her undergraduate research team at the 2021 Plant Biology Worldwide Summit of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and at the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Workshop. Dr. Barta has been the recipient of this Award for the past three consecutive years, a recognition that positions the high-quality research and applied learning education efforts of Missouri Western at the forefront of the international plant science community.

Missouri Western and North Central Missouri College Sign Articulation Partnership

Missouri Western State University and North Central Missouri College have signed an articulation partnership to help students transfer smoothly from NCMC to Missouri Western. “We enjoy a strong partnership with North Central Missouri College, and this agreement makes that partnership even stronger,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, president of Missouri Western. “Our collaboration creates a seamless pathway for NCMC students as they complete their associate degree and then move on to their bachelor’s degree at Missouri Western, eliminating the duplication of coursework and ensuring a more efficient and expedient route to graduation. I am thrilled to be able to enter into this agreement with NCMC, which joins Missouri Western in its commitment to meeting the workforce demands of our region, and I greatly anticipate the continued collaboration between our two institutions.” ““We are aligned with Missouri Western in our mutual attempts to offer both 4-year professional degrees through associate degree transfers [...]

Campus Cupboard Restocked

The Campus Cupboard has been restocked and is now open. Students may visit on the following times and days: 2-4 p.m. – Tuesday 2-4 p.m – Wednesday Noon-2 p.m. – Friday

Innovation Stockyard Teams With Seraphim Analytics

The Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences, dba The Innovation Stockyard, announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement with Seraphim Analytics, a division of Seraphim International, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   The Innovation Stockyard and Seraphim have agreed to work together to solve problems using Seraphim’s optical products on applications in the Agri-business sector.  The initial work will be centered on problems in detection with corn and related process issues.   “I am very excited to be working with President Joseph Trygar and his team at Seraphim,” said Dr. Gary Clapp, director of the Innovation Stockyard. “The opportunity to work with the network of scientists associated with Seraphim provides multiple outlets for application-based solutions in Agri-Business.”  Trygar echoed those thoughts: “Seraphim is very excited to work with the Institute for industrial and Applied Life Sciences. Agri-Business is just the tip of the iceberg for the opportunities we have to explore, [...]

Continuation of COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Mask Requirement

Please see the message from Dr. Kennedy:   Campus community,   I want to thank all students, faculty and staff for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the Missouri Western community. Because of your concern for others, we have thus far avoided any major outbreaks of COVID-19 and have been able to continue offering in-person classes and campus operations throughout the school year. You and your efforts have made a difference. Well done!  While the City of St. Joseph’s emergency mask order will end at midnight tonight, Missouri Western will continue to require that face coverings be worn over the mouth and nose in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms and hallways, and in outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. In reaching this determination, the University’s COVID Response Team considered various factors, and recommended to me that for the safety of all involved, Missouri Western [...]

Potter Named Interim Director of Counseling Center

Please congratulate Steve Potter who has been named interim director of the counseling center. We are tremendously grateful to Steve, as well as Katie Jeffers and Kathy Lau of the center, who have been continuing to provide service to our students through telehealth and in person means. Steve has served Missouri Western for over thirty years, and we are very grateful for his service and experience!

Priority Advising Begins March 17

Priority advisement begins March 17 and students can begin registering for the summer and/or fall semester in the following order: Seniors/Graduates (90 hours or more) – April 5, 2021 Juniors (60-89 hours) – April 8, 2021 Sophomores (30-59 hours) – April 12, 2021 Freshmen (less than 30 hours) – April 14, 2021 Students will meet their advisor and receive their Alternate PIN to get registered for summer and/or fall classes! If they have questions, please direct them to contact Student Success at (816) 271-5990 or email advisor@missouriwestern.edu or stop by Eder 209.    

COVID-19 Response Plan Updates

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, please let us know so that we can take steps to notify those you may have been in contact with and keep our campus as safe as possible. Positive cases and close contacts should be reported through our online reporting tools for students and for employees, which are located on the MWSU COVID-19 response webpage .  Policies to help protect our campus community: Physical distancing, maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, is required whenever possible, whether inside or outside.  Face coverings are required in all shared indoor spaces, and in outdoor situations where physical distancing is not being maintained. For more information on our physical distancing and face covering policies, please visit our COVID-19 website.  Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts are closed until further notice. Open gym hours in [...]

Griffon Alumna In Global Favorite Chef Contest

St. Joe has a beloved chef in former Griff Regina Lunceford-Calderwood '98. Regina has worked as the head chef of well-known and favorite organizations in town and is now concentrating on growing her own packaged meal and catering business in the small town of Cosby, MO, just east of St. Joseph. Regina is currently a high-ranking contender in the global chef competition, Favorite Chef.  Contestants advance purely by popular vote via Facebook. Supporters may vote for their favorite chef once daily. After the voting round that ends Thursday, March 11, Regina will need to remain in first place in order to advance to the next round of final voting, which lasts unitl March 18. Help raise our fellow Griffon up and support her! The winner will receive $50,000 and also have a two-page spread in Bon Appetit magazine.  Please vote for Regina every day so our fellow Griffon and our [...]

Outdoor Basketball and Volleyball Courts Reopened

The outdoor basketball and volleyball courts by the Commons Building have reopened are are available for use. Users are encouraged to continue following university guidelines for physical distancing and mask wearing. Students who are at the outdoor courts but are not actively playing basketball or volleyball must maintain physical distance and are encouraged to wear a mask. In alignment with extracurricular policies, large gatherings will not be permitted. These locations will not be constantly monitored, nor scheduled. The pavilion by the Commons Building must be reserved through 25 Live. The university continues to monitor the public health conditions in our community and may adjust this accordingly.  

Bunk Bed Build

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national organization that builds beds for kids who do not have one. On Feb. 27 Missouri Western students participated in a Bunk Bed Build event held at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. This year the goal was to build fifty beds with about 150 volunteers. The lumber was donated by a local building supply company. Students ranging from 11-18 years-old came from all over northwest Kansas and northwest Missouri along with college students from Benedictine College and Missouri Western.  A big thank you to Craig Spilker, Hosanna Moore, Wes Moore and Dr. Dennis Merritt who represented Missouri Western State University.  

COVID-19 Guidelines – Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces, and in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not being maintained. Face coverings are not required when: you are in your private work space, or when you are in your own residence hall room without guests. you are eating (though physical distance should still be maintained as much as possible in these situations). you are actively engaged in a physical workout, per the protocols provided by Athletics or Recreational Services. you have an accommodation provided for ADA reasons by the Accessibility Resource Center or HR office. you are outdoors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical space between yourself and others. The CDC has posted guidance on how to properly wear face coverings to protect yourself and others. Acceptable face coverings include disposable masks and reusable cloth masks and gaiters. They should cover the nose and mouth and [...]

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