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Potter hall reopened Monday, Nov. 16. The space was closed due to the air handler units failing and creating a bad air circulation that had the potential to increase the spread of COVID-19. All classes held in the building were switched to online and given other resources to complete their w… READ MORE

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Missouri Western’s nursing program finished its renovations last semester and in August 2020 formally titled the facility “Mosaic Life Care Au… READ MORE

By: Dayton Bissett On-campus eating can be a topic of concern for many students.  With students only having a 10-minute break in between classes, this might be even more true for students taking late classes at Potter Hall. If they don’t bring food from home, they must decide whether to chance running to Blum Student […] READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson The Missouri Western Student Government Association will be holding elections this spring to fill 20 senate seats and the positions of president and vice president. The applications for candidacy are open as of Feb. 25, and these are due March 8 in Blum 217 at 4:00 p.m. To run for a senate […] READ MORE

The Oscars Academy Award Show has undergone heavy scrutiny this year due to a series of unpopular moves such as announcing a popular movie category, fewer musical performances and the Kevin Hart scandal. The announcement to move four awards to the commercial break – cinematography, editing, hair and makeup and best live action film – […] READ MORE

After 11 years of working as the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean at Missouri Western, Murray Nabors will make the switch from teaching one or two classes a semester to only teaching biology classes full-time beginning next academic year.   The liberal arts and sciences position is anticipated to be filled near March or April. […] READ MORE

On Jan. 14, Missouri Western officially switched to the new job portal system called Handshake.   Handshake will replace Griffons4Hire with hopes of being user-friendly and able to connect both students and alumni in their job search. Career Development Director Dr. Vincent Bowhay said that Handshake has certain advantages over Griffons4Hire. “We had Griifons4Hire for […] READ MORE

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District came to campus to help students better understand the legal process by running three cases on Oct. 2, 2018 in Spratt 101. Missouri Western hosted the Western District the Missouri Court of Appeals, an event that was open to all students and the public. Students, professors and the […] READ MORE

The Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting to begin the search of Dr. Robert Vartabedian’s successor on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Blum Student Union.     During the meeting, Chair of the Board of Governors David Liechti went over just the basic steps that the committee should expect over the next several […] READ MORE

    Innovation Stockyard and Digital Sandbox KC have partnered up with two local St. Joseph businesses along with Missouri Western as a way to bring new jobs and more business to St. Joseph.     Innovation Stockyard is located in the Kit Bond Science & Technology Incubator and is a place for businesses to go to to start […] READ MORE

   The Missouri Western Alumni Association is planning a trip to Greece from May 22 to June 1, 2019, as a way to help former students meet other alumni and learn about different cultures around the world.     Director of the Alumni Association, Colleen Kowich, held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Spratt […] READ MORE

A dual of Missouri Western faculty have represented the school, the state and even the country. Biology professor Dr. Tilottama Roy and mathematics professor Jeff Poet were both selected to speak and present at two separate conferences that allowed them to share their research. Dr. Roy and her undergraduate student Ben Bashaw presented research on […] READ MORE

This year the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) plans to capture the attention of the student body by offering opportunities to receive numerous raffles, prizes and surprise giveaways through their new Griff Cards. This new activity ticket was created to enhance the student experience at campus events and draw larger crowds at events as well, Shana […] READ MORE

On Thursday Sept. 6, The Board of Governors held a meeting to discuss the search process of the next president of Missouri Western. Several staff members and administration were in attendance to listen and even give their own opinion highlighting who they want on the search list. The Board of Governors consists of Chair David […] READ MORE

After dedicating 11 years of his educational career to Missouri Western, Dr. Robert Vartabedian has announced that he will be stepping down from his presidential role after the 2018-2019 school year. Vartabedian started his career in education 40+ years ago and has decided that he wants it to end at Missouri Western. “You kind of […] READ MORE

SGA has approved and completed paperwork for a campus bike share program but is waiting for bike racks to be installed around campus. The bike share program is affiliated with St. Joseph transit, which also has a bike share program. SGA Vice President Evan Banks took over the bike share project from former President Kyle […] READ MORE

Over the summer former Director of External Relations Evan Banks was promoted to vice president after Reece Christensen stepped down. Banks says that he wants to work to represent the student body. “If student government is to act somewhat as a check against the administration or at least as a representative body of the students, […] READ MORE

Missouri Western’s Student Success Center and Academic Advising Center is handing final’s “survival kits” to help prepare students for their upcoming finals. Academic Advisor for the Student Success and Academic Advising Center Derek Evans said when it comes to finals week, students are stressed and want something that takes their mind off the stress of […] READ MORE

A Potter hall out building add-on will be coming to Missouri Western soon. In addition to the Potter hall remodel, the new building will be added on for other arts like sculpture and ceramics. School of Fine Arts Dean Dr. Robert Willenbrink said the idea behind the Potter hall ad on is because it will […] READ MORE

The Missouri Western Physical Plant will be under new management, Brian Adkins, after previous manager Jerry Gentry will be moving on to a different job.  Adkins started out as electrician with the school district, then moved up to management position. He was a supervisor for the Trades/Energy Manager. He worked with mechanical systems, another role […] READ MORE

Missouri Western is making General Education changes to what students need and don’t need. The general education changes are apart of the new program CORE 42. CORE 42 is the new general studies program that is coming to Missouri Western. The program came as a result of the Missouri Department of Higher Education proposed removing […] READ MORE

Crystal Harris became the interim associate dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions after Robyn Gleason resigned to return to nurse practitioning. Dean of the College of Professional Studies Kathleen O’Connor said that Missouri Western is currently searching internally for a permanent associate dean. O’Connor said that Western is looking for a person […] READ MORE

In December of 2017, Trevor Brown was appointed as the interim police chief of Missouri Western after former police chief Yvonne Meyer left the postion. Brown has stepped into the role with plenty of experience under his belt: He has over 15 years of experience as a police officer on Western’s campus. But that’s not […] READ MORE

Associate Communications Professor David McMahan recently elected to be the Second Vice President of the National Communication Association and has aspirations to become the president of the organization. McMahan will continue to teach at Missouri Western while acting as vice president.  The NCA is the world’s largest communication association. The NCA has 11 academic journals, […] READ MORE

Missouri Western is bringing the public’s attention to the dangers of opioids and how doctors and chemists are using science to fight off addiction.  The Opioids: Fighting Addiction with Chemistry event will take place at Missouri Western in Agenstein 328 on Febr. 27. at 6:00 P.M. Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Center Mark Fisherman and […] READ MORE

Communication and journalism majors, as well as members of the community, were given free Google Cardboard headsets and training on how to use 360 video. On Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Spratt Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Digital Tools Trainer Daniel Petty, spoke to students on how to use the tools that Google has to […] READ MORE

The Missouri Western Student Excellence Fund is funding students that need to travel regionally for school to academic conferences, research and presenting papers. Students can be reimbursed for a maximum of 700 dollars per student.  Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director Jerry Pickman said one of the goals of SEF was to allow students […] READ MORE

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The Career Center’s Griffons4Hire is now mobile and offers global job postings. The updates were put into place on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The updates were put into place to benefit students who are looking for jobs and make the process easier, according to Student Employment Coordinator Claudia Baer. “The website is getting a facelift and […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western is known for many accomplishments and achievements. In December 2016, the university recognized a new SGA-funded program called GriffsGiveBack. Missouri Western senior and GriffsGiveBack Director Brent Rosenauer says this program was recently created to not only help the St. Joseph and Missouri Western community, but also to also raise awareness within each group. It […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western has appointed Corporal Trevor Brown to serve as interim Police Chief after the resignation of former Police Chief Yvonne Meyer. Brown has been affiliated with Western’s police department since 2000. “I was a Missouri Western student from 1997 to 2000, I went into the police academy, graduated from the police academy, started with […] READ MORE

The time to get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid completed is now Oct. 1 – Feb. 1. Though FAFSA can now be completed anytime before February, it is advised that students fill it out as quickly as possible. This change is to better help first-year college students when they are choosing possible institutions by allowing them […] READ MORE

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Student Employment Week took place April 13 through 17 and has had an impact on both students and their employers. According to Brett McKnight, Student Employment Coordinator, student employment week is a week long recognition of student accomplishments. “It’s a week where colleges and universities all across the nation recognize student employees on campus. Part […] READ MORE

This week is Entrepreneurship Week here at Missouri Western. Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Alpha Kappa Psi, Entrepreneurship Week is a series of workshops and lectures for both students and community members interested in learning and strengthening key business skills. Annette Weeks, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the center’s advisory committee […] READ MORE

Student fees for fine arts majors can have you grabbing your wallet and running out the door, but are the extra dollars being put to good use? The School of Fine Arts grants degrees in art, theatre/cinema and music. Although the fees vary depending on major, the ending amount can be a big eye opener […] READ MORE

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Western is pleased to announce that as of Feb. 12, the Steven L. Craig school of Business has maintained its AACSB accreditation. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is an exclusive international academic association dedicated to the progression of collegiate business schools. There are only 749 AACSB accredited institutions in the world, making […] READ MORE

Tuesday, Feb. 9, Missouri Western State University Board of Governors approved the establishment of a new School of Nursing and Health Professions.   The School of Nursing and Health Professions will be housed within the College of Professional Studies and will be led by an associate dean. The new school will include Western’s undergraduate and […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western turns 100 this year and students and faculty have been putting a lot of effort into celebrating Western’s birthday. So has the art department; photography professor Rebecca Foley got 35 art alumni on board to organize an art exhibit – the department’s way of taking part in the centennial festivities. “Everyone makes an […] READ MORE

An extraordinary lecture took place for Western Students on Thursday, April 16, in the lower level of Hearnes in room 102. The speaker was none other than the director of the office of intercultural affairs in the intercultural center at our neighboring school, Northwest Missouri Western State University: Steven Bryant. Bryant’s lecture dealt with three main important […] READ MORE

A visiting professor from many miles away came to speak with Western students regarding “Animals as Agents of Geomorphic Change in a Period of Changing Environments.” Dr. David Butler, author of “Zoogeomorphology: Animals as Geomorphic Agents,” and physical geographer professor at Texas State University was invited by professor Dr. Dawn Drake at Western along with a […] READ MORE