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 Proud

Emily Bowman is a senior scheduled to graduate in May, 2021 with a B.S. in psychology.   An active member in Psychology Club and Psi Chi. Emily served as a content tutor in the Center for Academic Support.  Some of Emily’s favorite courses include Psychology of Personality, Psychology of Gender and Abnormal Psychology. Emily reflects, “What I like best about MWSU are the professors. They have been wonderful and so helpful.” Emily is looking ahead to graduate school next fall with plans to become a licensed professional counselor.

Craig School of Business Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Earns Highest Honors

The Beta Gamma Sigma chapter of the Steven L. Craig School of Business earned highest honors status for the 2019-2020 academic year, which is the highest distinction possible for BGS chapters. Beta Gamma Sigma is the exclusive international honor society for AACSB accredited business programs. To celebrate this achievement, the CSB chapter will be recognized at: Beta Gamma Sigma events and social media; AACSB events including conferences and seminars held throughout the year; and in publications such as the Recognition of Excellence program distributed to business school deans from around the world at AACSB’s International Conference and Meeting.

COVID-19 Dashboard

To keep apprised of the latest COVID-19 data, please visit the dashboard posted on the COVID-19 response webpage. The dashboard displays a seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases. There is also a link to the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 dashboard for statewide and local information. Missouri Western’s data will be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. These numbers and others will help guide our future decisions about Missouri Western’s daily operations. Our numbers appear to compare favorably with many of our peer institutions, but it is vitally important that we remain vigilant by maintaining physical distance with others, wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene, sanitizing frequently used surfaces and staying home when we’re feeling sick or experiencing a fever. Our combined efforts will help us keep our campus safe and healthy for everyone. 

Submit Your Events and Good News to Us

Do you have a department event coming up? Would you like us to recognize your   accomplishments, or, how about your student’s accomplishments?  Please let us know what is going on in your world so we can share it with others through the university’s various social and newsletter channels. Just complete our publicity request form and provide us with some details!

Walter Cronkite Memorial and University Gallery Open

The Walter Cronkite Memorial and the University Gallery are open for visitors. Located in the atrium of Spratt Hall, the Cronkite Memorial explores the life and career of journalism icon Walter Cronkite, who was born in St. Joseph. The University Gallery currently contains a selection of prints donated by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Bill Eickhorst and is located in Spratt 211. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to stop by 10 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F, for a self-guided visit. Admission is free. If you have any questions, please email university curator Amanda Morrow at or call (816) 271-4199.

Student Government Association Recruiting Student Leaders

The Student Government Association is recruiting student leaders to join SGA in various capacities. If you know students who would like to get involved, please pass along the below openings! Griffs Give Back Is volunteering and helping others something that you are passionate about? If so, you should join Griffs Give Back. We have oversight of student volunteer opportunities with SGA and we need your help. Whether you are well-connected to organizations on campus, good at planning, or can help us in any other way, we'd love to have you! If you are interested, email Luke Armstrong, Director of Griffs Give Back, at Public Relations and Marketing Taskforce The MWSU Student Government Association is in need of student participants for a Public Relations and Marketing Taskforce. Skills and experience in graphic design, video editing, photography, videography, communications, marketing, and/or social media are highly recommended. As a member of this [...]

Kovács and Evans Receive Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award

Dr. Melinda Kovács and Our Revolution (Andrea Cole and Derek Evans) are the 2020 Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award winners. The YWCA St. Joseph and NAACP of the St. Joseph branch give the awards annually. Melinda is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities. She joined the university in 2012 and has sponsored and co-sponsored multiple programs related to gender and racial equality. She also heads up a breakout group on overcoming racism in St. Joseph that developed S. U. P. P. E. R. (Saint Joseph United People Promoting the Equality of Races), which meets monthly to discuss racism locally, as well as supporting other efforts in the community of social justice and racial equality. Our Revolution of St. Joseph is a non-partisan organization that was formed in August 2016 by founders Andrea Cole and Derek Evans. Derek is an academic advisor in the Student Success [...]

COVID Isolation and Testing

Please continue to report cases or contacts through the form on the COVID-19 website. Following are answers to frequently asked questions: What is the difference between isolation and quarantine? Isolation is for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You stay isolated away from other people. Isolation usually lasts 10 days or longer depending on recovery time. Quarantine (or self-isolation) is where you have had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and you are staying home away from others during the time when you wait to see whether you will get COVID-19 (14 days). Why do I have to stay in isolation longer than the person who had COVID-19? The incubation period (or the time that it takes for someone to develop COVID-19 after exposure to someone who is infected) is up to 14 days. Quarantine can help prevent spreading the disease before someone may even know that they [...]

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.

Wellness Screening and Flu Shot Event — Oct. 7 and Oct. 8

7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7  Spratt 218   7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8 Spratt 218   Wellness Screening A wellness screening can provide you with an overview of your current health and early detection of any health risks you may see in the future. Click here for information on how to register. Use screening key: BCB650.  If you are not enrolled in the MWSU BlueKC medical plan, you may register for the screening by calling 1(888) 708-8807, Option 1.   Employees can also complete the screening with their physician and submit the manual form to receive the incentives. Click here for more instructions.    Flu Shot Flu vaccines will be offered on a walk-in basis at the event; you do not need an appointment to get a flu shot.  This event is for MWSU employees and retirees only. More details to come in the next couple of weeks!

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. Face coverings range from disposable masks to reusable cloth masks, gaiters, or scarves.  They should cover the nose and mouth [...]

Phi Beta Lambda Recruiting All Majors

Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), participates in leadership, service, social and professional events and is open to all majors. If you know of students interested in strengthening their public speaking, enhancing their resume, preparing their interview skills and traveling, please have them contact Dylan Bishop at or Pam Klaus at

School Supply Drive for St. Joseph School District

Through the end of September, Griffs Give Back and the Student Government Association are running a school supply drive to benefit the St. Joseph School District!  Donate your unopened school supplies in the donation boxes at the following offices: 🔘 Student Government Association – Blum 217 🔘 President’s Office – Popplewell 218 🔘 Department of Education – Murphy 111 🔘 Alumni Welcome – Spratt 105 (front of suite) 🔘 Women’s Basketball – GISC 🔘 Marketing and Communications – Spratt 105 (back of suite) 🔘 Academic Advising – Eder 209 🔘 Student Affairs – Blum 228 🔘 Adaptive Technology – Hearnes 149, Office 153

MIAA Partners Form Alliance to Usher in 2020 Football Games

Missouri Western State University, the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Pittsburg State University have announced a non-conference scheduling alliance that will allow the three Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member institutions to play a partial 2020 football schedule beginning in late October. The "scheduling alliance" was created following the cancellation of the 2020 football season by the MIAA and the 2020 NCAA Division II fall championships by the NCAA to create an avenue for the Griffons, Lopers and Gorillas to play a limited number of games this fall.  The three schools move forward with the health and safety of their student-athletes, coaches and fans as the No. 1 priority. In the scheduling alliance, MWSU, UNK and Pitt State will each play two games against one another while filling out the remainder of their schedules with other NCAA-II and FCS institutions. Pitt State will host UNK in Pittsburg at 1 p.m. Oct. 31. [...]

Ambassadors Needed

The Ambassadors group is composed of Missouri Western supporters, staff, faculty, volunteers and business people in this area who provide a bridge between the campus and community. Their focus is to raise funds for scholarships for nontraditional students. Each year, the Ambassadors host Night at the Ritz, the annual fund-raiser for scholarships. To date, they have distributed nearly a half million dollars to more than 800 students!   They are delaying their membership luncheons at this time, but you can still support their non-traditional students by joining or renewing your membership.   Dues are only $20 per year and collected Sept.-Oct. for the coming year. Please consider becoming a member of this established group supporting MWSU’s nontraditional students. Click here for more information.

Fight the Power Recording

If you missed Fight the Power: Today's Protests in the Context of History, you can now view the recording in its entirety here.

Seventy-Two Receive DII ADA Academic Achievement Awards

Missouri Western student-athletes continued record-breaking academic success for a fifth consecutive semester in the spring of 2020. In addition to posting the highest athletic department GPA is school history and earning more MIAA academic accolades than ever before, Griffon student-athletes also established record-breaking academic marks on the national scene. Seventy-two student-athletes have been awarded Division II Athletic Director's Association Academic Achievement Awards for their academic success in 2019-20. The 72 Griffons represent a 9% increase in honorees from 2018-19 and an incredible 60% increase in honorees since the department's record-breaking academic streak began in 2017-18. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; have completed two years (four semesters) of college level work at a two-year and/or four-year institution; and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year. [...]

Griffon News

Check out the third edition of The Griffon News, news for the students by the students of Missouri Western.

Annual Consumer Information Notification Sent to Students

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to students on an annual basis. Additional information pertaining to the consumer information topics listed below can be found using this link:   For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please contact the appropriate office. Graduation or completion rates; transfer-out rates of undergraduate students Graduation or completion rates and transfer-out rates of undergraduate student athletes Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data Annual security report (Clery Act ) Annual fire safety report Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions Student body diversity Placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of Missouri Western’s degree and certificate programs Retention rate as reported to IPEDS Vaccinations policy Available financial assistance Terms and conditions of Title IV loans [...]

Associate Professor of Biology Receives Prestigious Plant Science Award

Dr. Csengele Barta, associate professor of biology was awarded the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists. This prestigious award recognizes excellence and achievements in plant science research, undergraduate student research mentorship and contributions to plant science education, of faculty at primarily undergraduate serving institutions. The award also provides funding to facilitate the research presentation of Dr. Barta and her undergraduate research team at the international Plant Biology Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. Congratulations!

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