Recreation Services Update

The Baker Fitness Center, Looney Complex, Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool and the Trap Range will re-open in August. An announcement will be sent out closer to the date. The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. Should there be any questions or concerns, please contact our office via one of the means listed below. Please continue to visit our website to stay up-to-date on any developments. Stay well, be safe! Recreation Services: (816) 271-5604

Plans for Fall Semester

Dear Griffon Nation, As you know, universities across the country are planning for the upcoming semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, determining the best way to provide a safe on-campus environment as we resume classes this fall. Taking into account recommendations from faculty, students and staff leadership, we have been formulating a plan over the past several months that provides a quality educational experience true to our applied learning mission while concurrently protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community. Thank you for your patience as we have evaluated multiple scenarios for the upcoming academic year. The complexities of this situation are unlike any that universities have experienced in the past. Our planning has required thoughtful, evidence-based decision-making and careful consideration of all factors involved in reopening campus. While we are still nailing down details to this very fluid situation, we wanted to share some important information [...]

MWSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognized as North-Central Student Chapter of the Year 2021

The MWSU student chapter of The Wildlife Society has been recognized as the North Central Section Student Chapter of the Year for 2021. This is the highest award given at the section level. The North-Central section of The Wildlife Society is one of eight sections in North America (including Canada and Mexico, but also Guam and Puerto Rico). The North-Central section includes eight states each of which has a state chapter of TWS. Within each state there are one or more student chapters of TWS (indicated in parentheses with each state): Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (4), Minnesota (4), Missouri (6), Ohio (2), and Wisconsin (2). The MWSU student chapter of TWS competed against a total of 23 student chapters in the North-Central section, including student chapters at some of the most prestigious, largest, and oldest wildlife schools in the world (such as University of Wisconsin – Stevens [...]

Documenting COVID-19 Pandemic

The library is working to document the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this project is to collect a record of the personal experiences of our Missouri Western community and we need your help! We are collecting journal and diary entries, emails, photographs, art, videos, voice memos and audio recordings, and other digital evidence of the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19. Experiences we would like to document include learning and working from home, the shift to online learning, social distancing, self-quarantine, how individuals are coping, etc. For more information and to share your experience, visit the special collections page on the library website.  You may also access the submission form directly here.

Change to IT and Maintenance Ticketing System

As of July 1, Missouri Western is switching from the IT and Maintenance ticketing system of Schooldude/MaintenanceDirect to Mojo Helpdesk. This will be a minimal change for end users but the new system will look different. You will still be able to access it via the previous links in addition to a new link: Please see these specific instructions on logging in and submitting tickets. If you have any questions please contact Helpdesk at (816) 271-4555.

School of Nursing New Eight-Week Fall Course Offerings

The RN to BSN and MSN programs will be offering eight-week courses beginning fall 2020. The MSN will have synchronous classes completed in the face-to-face or virtual environment.  The application fee will be waived for the fall 2020 semester. For more information, please contact Elissa Zorn at or (816) 271-5955 or Dr. Jacklyn Gentry at or (816) 271-5912.

Center for Academic Support Summer Tutoring

The Center for Academic Support will be offering tutoring sessions in person at the CAS and online via Zoom for the summer 2020 semester!   Walk-ins are welcome for in-person tutoring sessions, but appointments are required for online tutoring sessions. At this time, content tutoring will be offered exclusively online while math and writing tutoring will be offered online and in person.   Tutoring appointments are scheduled online via TutorTrac. Detailed instructions for scheduling appointments can be found on the CAS website under each subject tab. If you have any questions, please contact us at (816) 271-4524.  

Benefit-related COVID-19 Information

Blue KC is actively monitoring COVID-19 and what it means for those insured by Blue KC. Click here to visit their website for up-to-date information. New Directions has compiled a list of important resources for dealing with a crisis, including tips for dealing with the outbreak, tips for handling grief and loss, and an emotional help line. Click here to visit their resource page.

Chiefs Will Not Hold Training Camp at Missouri Western in 2020

A statement from Josh Looney, vice president of intercollegiate athletics: After much discussion over the past several months, the Kansas City Chiefs officially notified us that they will be unable to hold their 2020 training camp at MWSU due to the NFL’s evolving policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Both MWSU and the Chiefs were very excited about the potential of our eleventh training camp in St. Joseph this summer, but with health and safety a top priority surrounding the many facets of hosting an NFL Training Camp we understand and appreciate the need for caution. We look forward to rooting on our defending Super Bowl champs throughout this coming season and welcoming them back to our campus in July 2021 and beyond.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

Here are just a few reminders to help us stay healthy now that many of us are returning to campus life. If you feel sick, stay home. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Clean your phone often. Don’t shake hands. Use hand sanitizer. Clean all surfaces with approved COVID-killing cleaners. Don’t touch your face. Cover your cough. Keep 6 ft. from others.

Special Circumstance/FAFSA

Many students may be experiencing financial challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please let students know that the Financial Aid Office is here to help. First, students should make sure they have filed their FAFSA located on the Department of Education’s website. Missouri Western’s school code for FAFSA is 002490. This is the first step in applying for financial aid and assistance. Students who have already filed their FAFSA, but whose financial situation may have changed for some reason should contact the Financial Aid Office directly for instructions on how to adjust FAFSA information to better reflect their current financial circumstances and needs. Financial aid counselors can walk students step-by-step through the process. Please call the Financial Aid Office at (816) 271-4362 to talk with a counselor in person to understand your options or complete their online contact form located here.   Students can also complete a Special [...]

Volunteers for Applied Techniques of Personal Training Class Needed

Benefit-eligible volunteers are needed for the Applied Techniques of Personal Training class which will begin September 14 and run through the end of the semester. Twelve volunteer spots are available with an expected commitment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Each session will include a warm-up, cardio, weights and stretching. Students are in their final year of study and should have gained all the knowledge necessary to complete training and are encouraged to complete a personal training certification at the end of the class.  There will be approximately 50 individuals in Baker at the same time (15 students, 15 volunteers, employees and others working out). Social distancing and face masks are currently recommended, and we will abide by Baker’s rules during the time of the class. If you would like to volunteer please complete the Health History Questionnaire and the 2019 PAR-Q and email them to Stephanie Gerlach at [...]

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Dining Services to Resume in August

Dining Services will resume in August. Please see the following dates and times for hours of operation. Hours are subject to change as the state of Missouri and/or the City of St. Joseph reopen guidelines are updated.   August 6-17    Dining Hall    Monday – Friday   Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch 11 a.m.-1p.m. Dinner 5-6:30p.m. Saturday – Sunday           Brunch 11 a.m.-1p.m. Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.   August 10-14     POD  Monday – Friday     8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.   Beginning August 17 the following hours will be observed to allow for proper sanitation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   Dining Hall  Monday – Friday Breakfast – 7-10 a.m. Lunch – 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lite Lunch – 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dinner – 5-8 p.m. Saturday – Sunday Brunch – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Dinner – 5-7 p.m.   Food Court  Monday – Friday Breakfast – 7:30-10:15 a.m. Lunch [...]

Joke of the Week

Waiter: And how did you find your steak, Sir? Diner: Well, I just pushed aside a pea and there it was...

Elite Cheer Team

If you know of any students who are interested in becoming a member of the new stomp n shake cheer team or would just like to find out more about it, please have them contact for more information!

UMKC School of Medicine – St. Joseph Campus

The University of Missouri-Kansas City school of medicine has recently announced the opening of a St. Joseph campus.  UMKC received a $7 million grant and has partnered with Mosaic Lifecare to help meet rural medicine needs. Beginning January 2021, UMKC will take 20 students into each class and has set aside five guaranteed seats each year for qualified MWSU students/graduates. This is a wonderful opportunity for MWSU students and an excellent recruiting point for the university. If you have students who may be interested and for more information, please contact Jason Baker at You can read more about this incredible opportunity here.

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