MWSU Welcomes New Alumni Board Members

The Alumni Association has welcomed Jake Cunning ’16 and Jordan (Martinosky) Shadwick ’09 as board members.  Jake is a Senior Consultant, Human Capital, for Deloitte Consulting, Atlanta, Georgia. As a Human Capital practitioner, Jake works with clients undergoing significant transformations which result in changes to their HR, talent, and business priorities. Primarily supporting clients within the Consumer and Life Sciences industries, he works closely to develop strategies to assess, manage, and activate organizational and behavioral changes aimed at shifting the organizational culture. He also serves as the Chief of Staff for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) business development team at Deloitte where he is responsible for the initial design and approach to addressing the emerging DEI needs of clients within the Life Sciences industry. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jake was the Talent, Learning and Organizational Development Specialist at Boehringer Ingelheim, USA. Jake, a native of St. Joseph, received his [...]

History Program Celebrates Student Honors

The history program is proud to celebrate the honors our student majors have received over the past year.  The winners of the James R. Jordan History Honors Award – for academic achievement, contributions to the discipline, contributions to departmental and college activities, leadership, and service – Kendra Carman, Adrian Dodson, and Jordan Holkesvik.  Scholastic Key Award winners for excellent GPAs – Shannon Evans, Tycen Gray, Jordan Holkesvik, Tanner Merwin, and Josiah Schmedding.  New initiates to the historians’ honor society, Phi Alpha Theta – Shannon Evans and Brian Salsberry. We are so grateful to have these students contribute to the vibrant and productive history program here on campus.

New Director for Law Enforcement Academy

A veteran law enforcement officer in northwest Missouri will become commander of the Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy later this month. Capt. Joseph King, a 1997 graduate of Missouri Western, will begin his duties June 28. King has been in law enforcement for 29 years, working for the St. Joseph Police Department, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice-Administration and Law Enforcement from Missouri Western State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  King has been a law enforcement trainer for 21 years with extensive experience in law enforcement continuing education and basic recruit training. He has been the site coordinator for Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy hosted by Platte County for six classes. He has been an adjunct professor/instructor, teaching criminal [...]

2021 Alumni Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's  Alumni Association award winners!    Distinguished Alum – Teresa Fankhauser ’79 Teresa Fankhauser, executive director, joined the Allied Arts Council in 2005. She works with local arts agencies, Missouri Western State University, the City of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph School District to foster the arts in St. Joseph. Her position includes working with local, state, and national organizations and agencies to effect positive changes for the arts. She is past president of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, and has served as a Missouri Arts Council panelist. Currently she is Vice Chair of the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District and serves on the board of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and Missouri Citizens for the Arts. She is a member of the Americans for the Arts attending their professional development conferences, and has pursued professional [...]

Summer First Four-Week Final Grades

Beginning July 1, students enrolled in a first four-week summer course can view their final grade(s) through Goldlink. They should use the Student Academics tab, Student Records and either Final Grades, Unofficial transcript or Griffon GPS to view the information. If they took a first four-week class that does not appear with a grade or still appears as “In Progress” on their transcript, please have them contact the instructor of the class or the appropriate academic department.

Alumnus Awarded Auntie Anne’s Franchise

Hayden Glaubius, a 2021 graduate of the Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University, was awarded an Auntie Anne’s pretzel franchise in the latest competition sponsored by Missouri Western’s Center for Franchise Development.  “I want to say thank you to all of the judges for taking the time to be here not only today and yesterday, but for letting us do an internship so we could learn more about the business and the daily operations,” Glaubius said. “I look forward to it and it’s an awesome opportunity.” Glaubius, a management major from St. Joseph, was one of 14 students in a senior-level Applied Business Ownership class this spring. Students in the class prepared business plans, and the two finalists presented them to a panel of judges that included Steven L. Craig, creator of the franchise competition, and other business leaders, as well as representatives from Auntie Anne’s [...]

Sisters of Solace cut Ribbon on Incubator Facility

A new tenant of the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 11.  Sisters of Solace is an outreach to women survivors of trauma and addiction. The factory located in the incubator employs the women to make candles and other products, allowing them to learn new skills and earn an income. For more information on Sisters of Solace, their mission and their products, visit their website at

Law Enforcement Academy Director Retires

Kip Wilson, director for the Law Enforcement Academy and associate professor of criminal justice, will retire Thursday, June 17 after thirty-one years of dedicated service. Kip graduated from Missouri Western in 1978 with his bachelor of science in criminal justice, and in 1986 with his bachelor of science in natural science, chemistry. He worked for the Saint Joseph Police Department in 1978 as a patrolman and left in 1990 as a sergeant. He joined MWSU in 1990 as an assistant professor of criminal justice/legal studies and became an associate professor in 2002. Kip served as the director for the Law Enforcement Academy for 12 years. Kip has been an inspiration to both his cadets and his colleagues and he will be greatly missed!

Biology Faculty Presents at Meeting

Dr. Tilo Roy was the plenary speaker, presenting her talk "Covid-19 and plant systematics research and teaching: Where do we go from here?" through a virtual platform at the 38th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP-SAM). This virtual event was attended by over a hundred scientists (specializing in systematics/evolutionary biology) from all across the globe via zoom, and was one of the most popular events of the ASBP-SAM held online from May 31-June 2.

Updated Plans for Fall 2021

Please see the following message from Dr. Kennedy: Greetings:  As we continue making plans for the fall semester, I’m pleased to update you on some decisions that have been made that will bring us another step closer to our pre-pandemic normal. These decisions are based on recommendations from our COVID-19 Response Team, guidance from local, state, and national public health entities, and current science-based best practices. We will of course continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and adjust our plans accordingly, but as of now: We will return to normal capacity in classrooms, laboratories and other campus spaces. This will allow us to convert many classes from hybrid/blended to 100% in person. It will also allow us to move many larger classes back into regular classrooms, freeing up many of the campus meeting rooms for other events. Faculty will prepare courses with the ability to pivot to an online or hybrid [...]

Communication Research Team Publishes Article

Recently, a team of researchers from the Department of Communication published a peer-reviewed journal article in the 2021 volume of the Ohio Journal of Communication. Dr. Jordan Atkinson, assistant professor of communication, along with coauthors Dr. Donell Murray, adjunct instructor of communication, and graduates from the department of communication; Madison Rounkles, Maria Selby, and Taylor Wallace published the article titled, "Applying Leader-Member Exchange Theory to the College Classroom: An Investigation of Student Communication Behaviors." This paper, which started as a class project from Dr. Atkinson's Organizational Communication course, was also awarded the Top Paper Award in the Theory and Methodology Division at the Eastern Communication Association conference. A copy of this article can be found on EBSCO and the Ohio Journal of Communication website. If you have any questions about the research article, please contact Dr. Jordan Atkinson at

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Davenport — June 25

1-3 p.m. Friday, June 25 Popplewell 214 Please join us in the Office of Academic Affairs to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Doug Davenport. Drop in to wish Doug a fond farewell and to thank him for his service to Missouri Western. The celebration will be located from 1-3 p.m. in Popplewell 214 Friday, June 25. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Elise Hepworth at

The Griffon Yearbook Receives State and National Accolades

The Griffon Yearbook received over 30 state and national awards for its historic 2019-2020 edition. The yearbook earned 15 Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association headquartered in the Columbia School of Journalism in NYC. The Gold Circle awards are the highest honor any university can receive for student media. The yearbook, led by Editor-in-Chief Alicia Otto ’20, celebrates and documents the 50th anniversary as a four-year institution. Working in the Alumni Office afforded Otto the opportunity to showcase alumni and their dedication to the university as well as the preservation of its rich history. A mix of then and now, the 2019-2020 Griffon Yearbook is well-deserving of the accolades it has received. You can view the awards here.

Updated Campus Map for 2021

An updated version of the campus map is posted for your convenience on the Missouri Western A-Z site search. Please reference this version for the most up-to-date locations.

Summer Tutoring at the CAS

The Center for Academic Support is ready for a great summer semester, are you? They will have in-person and online tutoring appointments based on the tutor's schedule. In-person appointments are available 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Online appointments are available daily between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All appointments are scheduled via TutorTrac. Students can log in with their Missouri Western username and password to search for an appointment that fits in their schedule. They will not have math or writing tutors in the CAS unless there is a scheduled appointment, but still invite students to come to the CAS to work on their own during our normal hours. They will have plenty of tables and computers available for students who need a place to work between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Phi Beta Lambda Students Compete at National Leadership Conference

Dylan Bishop, Quinn Brown, Caden Brown, and Madi Taylor, were awarded the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference this summer after placing at the state conference. They are members of the student organization, Phi Beta Lambda (collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America), a student organization on campus focusing on leadership, networking, resume building, and service. Good luck at Nationals! The group is actively recruiting all majors. For more details, contact Advisor, Pam Klaus (816) 262-9769 or

Student Earns Prestigious Biology Fellowship

Alyka Zahnd, a sophomore wildlife conservation and management major from Savannah, Missouri, has been awarded the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Award for 2021. The ASPB-SURF program provides support for summer research to only a handful of student applicants from all over the world. “The SURF Award is very prestigious, and extremely competitive, as students and their proposals compete for the 10-12 awards to projects selected from a pool of hundreds or even thousands of applicants from all over the world, from all institution types, including research-one institutions,” said Dr. Csengele Barta, associate professor of biology and Zahnd’s research mentor. “Historically, very few proposals get funded from predominantly undergraduate institutions like Missouri Western.” “I have found Missouri Western and the Department of Biology’s well-rounded programs to be a perfect fit for my career goals,” Zahnd said in her grant proposal. “Missouri Western, as [...]

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