The MWSU Ambassadors group is composed of campus and community members who provide a bridge between the campus and community. The group’s focus is to raise funds for scholarships for nontraditional students, and each year, the Ambassadors host Night at the Ritz, their annual fund-raiser for scholarships.

At their three membership luncheons throughout the academic year, guest speakers increase the community’s awareness of the educational, cultural and financial benefits that Missouri Western brings to the greater St. Joseph area.

Scholarship Programs

The MWSU Ambassadors selected nontraditional students as its primary focus and established a scholarship fund specifically targeted for them. Each year, the Ambassadors hold Night at the Ritz to raise funds for scholarships. Since 1989, the group has distributed over $400,000 to more than 650 students.

Meetings and Dues

Three membership luncheon meetings are held each academic year in Spratt Hall Enright Room 214. A social begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lunch and meeting at noon. The group aims to finish the meeting by 1 p.m. At each meeting, a guest speaker informs the group about Missouri Western or the community.

Dues are $20 per year and are collected in September and October for the coming year.

If any member wants to be more active in the Ambassadors, they are invited to join the Ambassadors Executive Board, which plans the luncheons and the Night at the Ritz.


Title Name
President Connie Wollenman
Vice President Laura Buhman
Treasurer Deborah Borchers
Recording Secretary Donna Wilson
Corresponding Secretary Mona Dastmalchian
Membership Pam Klaus
Scholarship Mary Shuman
At-Large Members Victoria Sample, Jan Pray
University Liaison Patti Long

Membership Luncheons

September 19, 2019
November 21, 2019
March 19, 2020 (Cancelled)

Spratt Hall Enright Room 214

For more information, contact:

Patti Long, University Liaison
Spratt Hall 108
(816) 271-5920