Health and Wellness
Free counseling is available to assist students in becoming oriented to college, making a career choice and resolving personal difficulties. Areas of difficulty for which students frequently seek counseling include poor concentration, test anxiety, performance anxiety; sexual assault healing, self-esteem struggles, depression, time management, stress management and relationship problems. Visits to the Counseling Center are strictly confidential and information from counseling sessions will not be shared on campus or off campus without the written consent of the student. There is no charge for counseling services. The Counseling Center is located in Eder Hall 203. For more information see www.missouriwestern.edu/counseling or contact (816) 271-4327.
Accessibility Resource Center
Students with disabilities are provided accommodations and services as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). These services are tailored to their particular disability as stated in their documentation. Services may include testing in a quiet room with extended time, peer note takers, accessible seating in the classroom, interpreters for the hearing impaired and use of adaptive equipment (including a reading machine, voice-activated computers, etc.).
Students who are registered with this office provide each of their professors with a confidential form at the beginning of each semester that details what services they are provided based on their disability. Student documentation must be from within the past three years. Additional information may be found at www.missouriwestern.edu/arc or contact (816) 271-4330. The Accessibility Resource Center is located in Eder Hall 203N.
Accessibility Resource Center (Disability Student Services)
The Accessibility Resource Center leads the University in its commitment to recognizing disability as a valued aspect of diversity by framing equal access and equal opportunity as matters of social justice. We work to remove those barriers existing which prevent students with disabilities from having equal access to opportunities. While there is no requirement for students to disclose their disability to the University, there are numerous support services available when needed. We can facilitate individualized accommodations such as testing in a quiet room with extended time, peer note takers, accessible seating in the classroom, interpreters for the hearing impaired and use of adaptive equipment (including a reading machine, voice-activated computers, etc.). Students who are registered with this office provide each of their professors with a confidential form at the beginning of each semester that details what services they are provided based on their disability. Student documentation must be from within the past three years. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about attending MWSU. The ARC is located in Eder Hall 203N. Additional information may be found at www.missouriwestern.edu/arc or contact (816) 271-4330.
Esry Student Health Center
Esry Student Health Center is located on the second floor of Blum Union in Room 203. A nurse practitioner and nursing staff are available to provide assistance with health care needs through diagnosis and treatment, immunizations, health counseling and specialist referral services. The Health Center also offers a variety of educational pamphlets and health information. Health records are maintained with strict confidentiality.
Students desiring campus residential housing are required to provide a completed Health History Form, a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment and the Immunization Documentation Form signed by their health care provider before being allowed to move into the residence halls. The policy and forms may be found at www.missouriwestern.edu/HealthServ.
International students that do not plan to live on campus should complete the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment, the Health History Form and the Immunization Documentation Form and submit them to:
Esry Student Health Center
4525 Downs Drive – Blum 203
St. Joseph, MO 64507.
The Esry Health Center is open 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday. Contact the Health Center at (816) 271-4495 for information regarding nurse/nurse practitioner hours and appointments or any other questions.
MWSU Recreation Services Department includes the Looney Complex, Baker Fitness Center and outdoor amenities on campus.
The Looney Complex includes the arena, old gymnasium, pool and racquetball courts. A full intramural sports recreation program is offered in Looney to enrolled college students and Western personnel. The program includes individual, dual, team and special events for men, women and coeds. The intramural program encourages the development of mental, physical, emotional and social health. In general, Missouri Western State University provides the opportunity for every individual, regardless of ability to realize the fun of participation in a favorite sport or activity at various levels of competition. For more information, visit our website: www.missouriwestern.edu/recreation.
The Baker Fitness Center includes the Nautilus Nitro weight machines, Hammer Strength weight machines, Dumbbells, Multi-Functioning Weight Station, Dual Pulley machine, Smith Machine and various benches with free weights for lifting. The Baker Fitness Center also offers LifeFitness Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bicycles, Stair Climbers, a Concept II Rowing machine and Cybex Arc Trainers. Fitness Classes for students are offered for free during the Fall and Spring semesters in Baker. Students, Faculty and Staff can access Baker with a valid MWSU ID; some membership restrictions apply. Gold Coat members and Alumni may purchase a membership to use the facility. More information can be found at www.missouriwestern.edu/recreation/fitnesscenter.
Outdoor amenities on the beautiful MWSU campus include the Trap Range, Disc Golf Course, Wood Chip Trail and Intramural practice field. The Trap Range is located on the west portion of campus and is open approximately April 1 to November 1. The Disc Golf Course has 18 holes located behind the Baker Fitness Center. For more information on the course, please visit: www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=1568&mode=ci. The Wood Chip Trail is 1.9 miles long with the start/end back behind Baker. The Intramural Practice Field is located between Mitchell Avenue and Popplewell Hall on campus. For a campus map, please visit: www.missouriwestern.edu/recreation/directions-and-parking/campus-map