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Communication Professor and Graduates Publish in Academic Journal

Recently, Dr. Jordan Atkinson, department of communication, along with coauthors Mary Donato, Buena Vista University, Elijah Smith, ‘18 MWSU graduate, and Gannon Cornley III, ‘19 MWSU graduate, had a research article published in the Iowa Journal of Communication. The paper, titled "Investigating Relationships between Student Burnout and Classroom Communication Behaviors," explores the three dimensions of student burnout and their relationships with student interest, engagement, and oral participation. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2019 National Communication Association annual convention. This specific paper started as a class project in Dr. Atkinson's Organizational Communication (COM 410) class. The Iowa Journal of Communication is an award-winning state journal that publishes high quality scholarship about a variety of communication topics. A copy of this article can be found on EBSCO. If you have any questions about the research article, please contact Dr. Jordan Atkinson at jatkinson3@missouriwestern.edu.  

Medical Lab Science Program Adds New Clinical Affiliate

The department of chemistry is pleased to announce that it has added Truman Medical Center to its list of clinical affiliates for the BS Medical Laboratory Science program. Truman Medical Center is now one of four clinical partners that also include St. Luke's Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, and the Mosaic Hospital (in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center). The addition of TMC will allow MWSU to train more medical lab scientists to meet the huge needs of our region and beyond. Students interested in a career as a medical laboratory scientist can find out more here.

Spring Walk-in Registration – Jan. 13

Spring walk-in registration will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13 in Eder Hall. Please encourage students to visit www.missouriwestern.edu/GoMWSU for more information about registration and how to apply online ahead of time or they may call (816) 271-4266.

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Professor’s Book Scheduled for Publication in 2021

"At Arm's Length: A Rhetoric of Character in Children's and Young Adult Literature," a book by Dr. Mike Cadden, professor of English, will be published next July by the University Press of Mississippi. Written in accessible language and of interest and use to undergraduates and seasoned critics, "At Arm’s Length" provides a broad analysis of stories for the young child and young adult, in book, film, and television. Throughout, Dr. Cadden touches on important topics in children’s literature studies, including the role of safety in children’s media, as well as character in multicultural and diverse literature. For more information, visit the book's website. (link: https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/A/At-Arm-s-Length) Dr. Cadden is a former president of the Children's Literature Association. He previously wrote "Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults" and edited "Telling Children's Stories: Narrative Theory and Children's Literature" and "Teaching Young Adult Literature."

Chemistry Department Forms Industrial Advisory Board

The department of chemistry is pleased to announce the formation of its Industrial Advisory Board. The board will provide external evaluation and input, from an industrial perspective, about the department's American Chemical Society certified programs. In particular, the board will review and provide input on curriculum, program learning outcomes, applied learning experiences, facilities, equipment and instrumentation, and staff expertise. Board members include: Dr. Dan Pfister – Hillyard LeeAnn Fell – AmeriPac Dr. Sam Crowley – Boehringer Ingelheim Peter Nelson – Boehringer Ingelheim Paul Schwarz – Custom Industrial Analysis (CIA) Laboratories Dr. Samantha Schmuecker – Tnemec

Morgan Recognized As 20 Who Count

Brittnie Morgan ’15 was recognized as the News-Press 20 Who Count: 2020 for her work when the South Side of St. Joseph experienced flooding this summer. Brittnie graduated from MWSU with a bachelor in social work and a minor in childhood studies, and went on to receive her master of social work from the University of Kansas. Brittnie has a passion for helping people, especially children and youth. She is a social worker at Hosea Elementary School and knew she wanted to help when the South Side flooded. Brittnie spent the summer reaching out to families to determine their needs and then went to work organizing, collecting, and delivering items for the flood victims, including temporary storage units, clothes, hygiene products and food. In addition, she networked with local businesses to provide gift certificates. Making a difference continues to be her goal! The complete article can be found here.

Chemistry Department Forms Alumni Advisory Board

The department of chemistry is pleased to announce the formation of its Alumni Advisory Board. The board will play a critical role in helping the department stay connected with alumni, current and future students, and our community. In particular the board will provide input on recruitment and retention plans, social media campaigns, connecting students with employers, connecting students with graduate programs, alumni outreach, and community outreach. Board members include: Rob Baker – BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ’01 Gary Baumann – BS Natural Science/Chemistry/Health Professions ’09, MAS Chemistry ’12 Dr. Brett Cagg – BS Chemistry ’09 Dr. Shelbi Christgen – BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ’12 Roberta Gartner – BS Medical Laboratory Science ’18 Dr. Darien Morrow – BS Chemistry ’15

2019 Annual Security and Fire Report

The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. This law applies to all institutions of higher education, both public and private, which participate in any federal student aid programs, and requires schools to publicly disclose three years of campus crime statistics and basic security policies. These crime statistics have been updated to meet these requirements and are available for viewing online here.

Griffon Proud

PSC students engage in a simulation of U.S. foreign policy. Pictured L-R: Engoma Fataki,

Finance Committee Meeting — Dec. 17

The Finance Committee of the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors will meet Thursday, Dec. 17 to review the annual audit and receive a fall update. Due to social distancing guidelines, attendance in the board room will be limited to board members and required staff. The meeting will be streamed at 2 p.m. Thursday at this link. You can view details and the full agenda here.

Roevers Establish Scholarship

Dr. James and Carol Roever recently established an endowed scholarship. Eligible students must be declared business majors who have completed at least 60 hours and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Carol was a long-time faculty member and the first dean of the Craig School of Business, serving in different capacities for 28 years. Jim was the vice president for Academic Affairs for 17 years and was then vice president for Advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western Foundation. Jim stated, "As former Western employees, we wanted to invest in the institution we love and respect. Our mutual respect for the Craig School of Business led us to endow a scholarship to invest in some of its excellent Business students."

Winter Break Schedule

Just a reminder that campus will be closed two full weeks, Dec. 21, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 to allow faculty and staff to enjoy time at home with family. The last day of work will be Friday, Dec. 18, and we will return to campus Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Psychology Alumni Publishes Thesis

McCown Leggett graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in psychology. McCown is currently in the counseling psychology Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University where she is involved in various research projects and clinical experiences. During her time at MWSU, McCown completed an honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Jon Mandracchia, titled "Examining the Relationship Between Criminogenic Thinking, Differential Identification, Motivation, and Risk-Taking Behavior in Emerging Adults.  McCown's paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Penal Law and Criminology.

Building a Better Brand Selected as Featured Presentation at National Collegiate Honors Council National Conference

Teddi Deka, Department of Honors and Department of Psychology, Jennifer Jackson, Department of Communications and Jordan Atkinson, Department of Communications, presented "Building a Better Brand," designed to facilitate creation of branding kits for use in honors programs to increase consistency in appearance and message. The submission was selected as a feature presentation in the National Collegiate Honors Council virtual conference, aired in its own time slot Nov. 6, then remained available throughout the month of November. The feature presentation began with a pre-recorded session, filmed by Robert Nulph, Department of Communications with contributing photos by students Chase Merwin and Adrianne Boma, and background research by student Annaka Kellogg. Afterward, Deka, Jackson and Atkinson engaged in a live zoom session with conference attendees.

Jennings Selected as Honors Student of the Year

Some may know her as a soccer team captain, others as a classmate in their psychology class. However, Jordan's reach goes far beyond these realms! On Monday, 11/15/2020, Jordan, a Psychology major with Spanish and Childhood Studies minors, was selected Honors Student of the Year. She will earn her second medal in the Honors Program for achieving Honors in Psychology, building upon her General Studies Honors medal. She is finishing her honors thesis which involves criminogenic thinking and parenting styles, working with Dr. Jon Mandracchia. Jordan presented research from one of her psychology classes at the 2020 Alpha Chi National Convention, and she currently serves as the MWSU chapter's president. She serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees' Mental Health Task Force, and frequently volunteers in the community. Candidates also nominated for Honors Student of the Year included Kennedy Hibbs (Psychology with minors in Childhood Studies and Criminal Justice), Brad McClintick [...]

Advising Shout-Out Award Winners and Nominations

Congratulations to Dr. Dominic DeBrincat, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities and Dr. Adrienne Johnson, Department of Education! Dominic and Adrienne are the two winners for the Fall Advisor Shout-Out Awards for $25 in ARAMARK Gold Dollars. These awards are sponsored this semester by Admissions and the Registrar’s Office. Congrats! There were a total of 39 nominations received this fall, all from students. Nominations can be made by students, faculty, supervisors, chairs, and administrators. The following advisors were nominated (some multiple times) for this award and should also be celebrated for being nominated: Pam Clary – Department of Health Professions Melida Kovacs – Department of Social Sciences & Humanities Beth Potts – Department of Education Susan Martens – Department of Communication Sue Godboldt – Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Suzanne Kissock – Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Dave Tushaus – Department of Criminal Justice and Legal [...]

Roever’s Establish Scholarship

Dr. James and Carol Roever recently established an endowed scholarship. Eligible students must be declared business majors who have completed at least 60 hours and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Carol was a long-time faculty member and the first dean of the Craig School of Business, serving in different capacities for 28 years. Jim was the vice president for Academic Affairs for 17 years and was then vice president for Advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western Foundation. Jim stated, "As former Western employees, we wanted to invest in the institution we love and respect. Our mutual respect for the Craig School of Business led us to endow a scholarship to invest in some of its excellent Business students."

2020 Griffon Yearbooks Available

The Griffon yearbook has been in print for 100 years (since 1921) and this latest 94th volume is a great representation of Griffon pride across campus. Be sure to pick up your copy in Spratt 105 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Also, don't forget to purchase your 2021 copy from https://yearbookforever.com.

Weeks Presents at Multi Cultural Business Coalition Summit

Annette Weeks, executive director for the Center of Entrepreneurship, presented to the Multi Cultural Business Coalition Summit. Highlighting organizations and resource partners providing support and guidance for entrepreneurs of all diversity across the state was the focus of the virtual event. MBC’s mission is to connect, encourage, and provide resources for a strong multicultural business ecosystem.

Holiday Lunch and Winter Break

Please see the message from Dr. Kennedy: Greetings!  While holiday celebrations this year will require adjustments to many of our long-standing customs and traditions, we can still all share in expressions of gratitude and joy this season. With that in mind among our Griffon family, I wanted to make sure you marked your calendars for some important dates ahead.   Holiday Lunch All faculty and staff are invited to our carry-out style Holiday Lunch on Thursday, Dec. 17. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., stop by the Enright Community Rooms, Spratt 214-216, and pick up your boxed hot lunch. Per our COVID-19 protocols, we won’t be able to sit and gather together, but I hope you’ll enjoy this meal as an expression of my appreciation for all that you do. Please, RSVP to president@missouriwestern.edu by this Thursday, Dec. 10.  Thanks to Aramark for sponsoring our lunch!   Winter Break Schedule [...]

Journalism 311: Griffon Media Elective

If you have students looking to gain experience with professional writing, photography, graphic design, videography, podcasting and more have them sign up for Griffon Media this spring. They will have the opportunity to have their original work published at MWSU and also submitted for regional, state and national awards. Griffon Media at MWSU 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: 25565) MW 12:30-1:50 p.m. (Murphy 204, 206, 208 and the Hearnes Studio) *Either opportunity does not require them to be physically present which allows for participation  no matter where they are located. For questions about Griffon Media contact Dr. James Carviou at jcarviou@missouriwestern.edu.

Shawna Harris Named Honors Faculty of the Year

Every year, the members of the Student Honors Organization present an award to a special faculty member. This year's recipient was Dr. Shawna Harris, Department of Communications. One student noted, "She fosters a classroom environment that is safe and encourages analytical discussion and real-life application. Aside from just educational instruction, [Dr. Harris] makes sure she is an active mentor outside the classroom and really supports her students’ emotional growth and well-being. Simply put: she is a wonderful professor and really cares about her students outside of the grade they may earn.” Congratulations, Dr. Harris!

Griffon Proud

Recently, the Mosaic LifeCare Foundation enjoyed partnering with Missouri Western Population Health students this semester. Many thanks to Cailyn, Ashley, Kaylea, Chloe and Fiona Sansone for their research!                       They also welcomed two Missouri Western Center for Service student volunteers, Satine Valencia and Shelby Pettigrew. Satine and Shelby are assisting with office duties and Christmas decorating. Thank you for your volunteerism, ladies!    

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