Three new hires
Last fall, Christina McCan joined the Development Office as a major gifts officer and Andrew Molloy ’13, CPA was named associate executive director and chief financial officer of the MWSU Foundation. Additionally, this spring, Angela Sanders ’05 was hired as Foundation accountant.

Chrissie McCan

Christina had been working as a senior market development specialist for
Brightergy in Kansas City, Missouri.

Christina and her husband, Chris, have three children.

Prior to joining the University, Andrew had been the senior associate,

Andrew Molloy

assurance services for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in St. Joseph since 2014. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with three majors – accounting,  finance and management.

Molloy and his wife, Megan ’12, have one daughter.
Sanders had been a staff accountant for Profit Plus Business Solutions (Mr. Goodcents) and as office manager for River Bluff Architects.

She and her husband, Trevor, have three children and two grandchildren.



Online MBA now enrolling
 A 100 percent online MBA option will begin in the fall of 2018. This option is in addition to Missouri Western’s onsite MBA that began last fall. Now with the online option, students accepted into the MBA program can choose to earn the 30-credit-hour program all online or all in the classroom.

The onsite MBA offers four concentrations: General Business, Forensic Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning or Animal and Life Science. The online MBA offers a General Business concentration.

The AACSB-accredited professional degree program offer students of all educational and professional backgrounds a broad business education to help launch or advance their professional careers. The programs focus on applied academic education to develop a student’s analytical and decision-making abilities, said Dr. Logan Jones, who directs the MBA program.

For more information about the MBA, email For more information about all of Missouri Western’s graduate programs, go to

Scientist becomes BioZyme Scholar in Residence
A partnership between a local animal health company and Missouri Western has brought an international researcher to campus.

At the invitation of Bob Norton ’73, CEO and chair of the board of BioZyme Inc. in St. Joseph, Dr. Ignacio Ipharraguerre became a BioZyme Scholar in Residence at Missouri Western this past fall. He is conducting research, primarily for BioZyme, in the University’s business incubator, Innovation

Dr. Ignacio Ipharraguerre


Dr. Ipharraguerre, who earned his master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, is a research associate at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany. He was conducting collaborative research for BioZyme at Kiel when Norton asked him to bring his work to St. Joseph.

Norton met with Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president, and Ronan Molloy, president of Innovation Stockyard, to arrange for Dr. Ipharraguerre to utilize the lab equipment in the Innovation Stockyard to conduct his research. He and his wife and three children moved to St. Joseph in July 2017.

“Places like the incubator are right at the interface between academics and business,” Dr. Ipharraguerre said. “They make research projects affordable.”

By this fall, Dr. Ipharraguerre plans to begin training Missouri Western students on the lab equipment he is using for his research. He will also guest lecture in classrooms and collaborate with science faculty members.

Scholarship honors biology professor
Mike McKenzie ’77 recently established an endowed scholarship in memory of Dr. Leo Galloway, professor emeritus of biology who passed away in 2012.

McKenzie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology, and fondly remembers Dr. Galloway.

“Dr. Galloway impacted the lives of many students during his tenure,” he said. “I was fortunate to be a student and a lifelong friend of his.”

McKenzie, of Omaha, Nebraska, is a project manager at Sirius Solutions LLC, a company that serves animal feed and health industries.

Dr. Galloway taught at Missouri Western from 1972-80. In a 2005 interview with him, it was noted that, along with his love of botany (Missouri Western’s herbarium is named in his honor), he was an avid bicyclist, logging more than 135,000 miles. Dr. Galloway was also an excellent birder with more than 300 Missouri birds on his life list (a record of the bird species he successfully identified). He was an active member of the Audubon Society of Missouri for many years.

“I had a good rapport with the students; I enjoyed them all,” Dr. Galloway said in the interview.

McKenzie said he hopes that other students of Dr. Galloway will want to contribute to the scholarship fund.