by Ida Haefner
My fellow Griffons:
What a whirlwind of an adventure this year has been as the voice for all of you! I can
honestly say that I have grown as a student and as a person, and I have learned so much in this
role that I was elected to serve. This year, Student Government Association has provided free
rides on St. Joseph Transit buses, free tickets for students to Missouri Western Theatre
productions, restructured SGA, and provided water bottle refilling stations in buildings across
campus. In just this year alone, Missouri Western has finished the celebration of its Centennial
Year with the rededication of the Glenn E. Marion Memorial Clock Tower and the closing of the
time capsule at the Fall commencement, hosted the opening of the new phase of the Walter
Cronkite Memorial and the premiere of “Harry and Walter”, and brought up many issues that are
plaguing students. We are looking into how our school compares to other universities when it
comes to race and racial issues.
It is amazing to think what all has happened in one year. I remember last year at this time
being psyched to start the year and had great ideas to make SGA better and more known across
campus. I can honestly say I have accomplished most of those goals and I have not stopped
working for the students even when classes were unbearable and with graduation day being so
close. I have stuck it out throughout the hard times and the good times we have had as students.
We found ways to make Missouri Western a better place for students to live and attend school.
We made connections that will last for many years to come. We stood as one to fight
discrimination. You all have made this my favorite year at Missouri Western and for that I thank
you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for being my friends and for being the ones who
have challenged me and made me a better person. Go Griffs!
—Ida Haefner, SGA President 2015-2016