Viking Views Summer Fall 2017

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A Publication of Missouri Valley College Summer/Fall 2017







A New Era of Recruitment

A history of continued growth




Scholarship program

Dr. Marci Dowdy '75 addressed the MVC class of 2017







Campus happenings

MVC Takes Scotland, Ireland and England





Boston Marathon

Gregg-Mitchell Field has new turf





Viking Views is published two times a year for alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of Missouri Valley College. Our goal is to produce a lively, informative publication that stimulates pride and interest in Missouri Valley College. EDITORIAL STAFF Vice President of Institutional Advancement Eric Sappington '95 Director of Marketing & Public Relations Danielle Durham '08 Marketing & Communication Specialist Lauren Grohs

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Graphic Designer Michelle Ninkov '16 Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Hiller Director of Development Chad Jaecques Sports Information Director Andy Pulverenti




ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD Sally (Wilson) Campbell '61 Jim Hargrave '64 Russ Whyte '65 Spencer Fricke '66 Sandi (Eaton) Guthrey '72 George Brown '73 David Corti '74 Steve Tuck '76


Tom Hayob '79 Lisa (Schleicher) McComas '86 Jason Rinne '04* Jon Stockman '04 Katie (Burnstad) Shannon '04 April (Stottlemyre) DeGraff '09 Colin Smith '10** *President

**Vice President

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Missouri Valley College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit February 5-6, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Missouri Valley College has been accredited by HLC since 1916. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address: Public Comment on Missouri Valley College Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Friday, January 5, 2018.


Dear alumni and friends, As we embark on another academic year at Missouri Valley College, we do so with much excitement. From a new website to a new athletic practice field, MVC continues to look to the future. Improving the student experience at Missouri Valley is constantly at the forefront of our minds so it brings me much joy knowing that these resources will do just that. A new website will help us to tell the MVC story to prospective and current students from around the world. A new practice field allows for better practice times so that students can have more time for academic preparation and can be involved in all areas of student life. These new resources, along with many other improvements and projects happening around campus, would not be possible without strategic planning and the tremendous support of our many alumni and friends who are equally as dedicated to the betterment of the student experience at MVC. This issue of Viking Views further discusses a few of these projects and I hope everyone is just as excited as we are about the future of Missouri Valley College. As I say often, I invite you to campus to see some of these changes. Or be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with what is going on. No matter how far you may be from Marshall, you’re just a few clicks away from being that much closer to your Valley home! It’s a great day to be a Viking!

Dr. Bonnie Humphrey President

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She is left handed Her son and daughter are Valley alumni

She is the first female president of MVC

One of her favorite places to be on campus is sitting on one of the benches in front of Baity Hall

Her favorite MVC tradition is Hanging of the Greens 5



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It’s incredible to think about the impact technology has played in the college recruitment process. Gone are the days of simply attending college fairs, advertising in the local paper, or running a 30 second ad on the radio. It’s safe to say college recruitment has become a science to many, and it’s no surprise that many schools spend six figures hoping to meet their enrollment goals. The drive to meet enrollment has, in itself, created a billion dollar industry nationwide. If you have ever wondered how an obscure college’s brochure has ended up in your mailbox, it’s because college’s have the opportunity to purchase a high school student’s contact information. The ability to pinpoint a certain demographic of student, nationwide, has allowed colleges to cast a wider net in hopes of recruiting more students that align directly with their institution’s mission and vision. Technology has considerably changed the way admissions offices communicate to prospective students. Colleges who can successfully tell their story stand a better chance of meeting or exceeding their enrollment goals. Prospective students today are accustomed to instant communication. To accommodate this, colleges are placing more significance in the development of an effective communication plan that incorporates social media and a digital presence. “It’s very important for us to stay in touch with students throughout the entire enrollment process,” said Dillon Harp, MVC director of admissions. “We incorporate a lot of different methods, but over the years we have relied less on physical mail and more on electronic communication such as e-mail.” Today’s prospective students can learn everything about an institution before they ever connect with an admissions representative or step foot on the campus. They can see what the campus looks like physically, where they are going to live, where they will eat, who they will have as a professor and what student life on the campus is all about - all via the internet. According to, almost 70% of high school juniors and seniors say a college’s website is more influential than receiving phone calls or print marketing materials from an institution. A majority of these students rely on search engines such as Google or Bing to bring them to a prospective school’s website. Once there, students learn more about tuition, scholarships, the admissions process, academic offerings, and more. With the prospective student in mind, Missouri Valley College has taken steps to optimize its online presence. Work is underway to unveil a new website that will launch in the early months of 2018. A fresh new look, ease of navigation and search engine optimization are just a few of the highlights a new website will bring to Missouri Valley. From social media and mobile-friendly applications to catchy and engaging websites, there's no doubt that the college recruitment process has evolved immensely. Although technology has changed the way that we get students to campus, what hasn’t changed is our personalized education and the family-like atmosphere that is Missouri Valley College. 7

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The first recipients of the Guardian Fund Scholarship at Missouri Valley College have been selected for the 2017-2018 academic year. In total, $11,150 in scholarships were awarded to 17 students. The Guardian Fund, an endowed scholarship program, exists to help bridge the gap in the amount for which a student is responsible, and will allow them to more affordably have the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Often times, the gap between the amount of money in scholarships, grants and loans and the cost of attending college becomes a burden to our students and their families, and ultimately, forces them to put their education on hold— sometimes periodically, but too often permanently. “The Guardian Fund at Missouri Valley College, made possible by contributions from our alumni and friends, ensures the attainability of an affordable and high quality education,” said Dr. Bonnie Humphrey, MVC President. In Fall 2016, 98% of MVC students received financial aid, which includes institutional or outside scholarships, or federal, state or private aid. The number of and award amounts for the Guardian Fund Scholarships are determined by the selection committee.

" I applied for a Guardian Fund scholarship because I'm paying for my own education and knew I couldn't afford my senior year of college. The Guardian Fund scholarship helped make everything more manageable and my family and I are truly thankful that some weight has been taken off of my shoulders." — Margot Allemand, Senior Les Herbiers, France In order to be eligible for a Guardian Fund Scholarship, students must: be a continuing, full-time, face-to-face, Missouri Valley College undergraduate student; must be in good academic standing; and must demonstrate significant financial need. Students are required to submit an application, a personal statement and a statement of support from an MVC staff or faculty member. To support the Guardian Fund, visit 9

President’s Society | Member Spotlight

STEVE ALLEN > > Describe your time at MVC: My road to MVC was a journey in itself. After graduating from high school, I attended a junior college in Kansas on a wrestling scholarship, and transferred to Oklahoma State University after a year. During my year at OSU, I played on the college club soccer team and ended up leaving to move back home and find my way in life. A friend of mine from high school was recruited by MVC to play baseball and asked if I was interested in going back school and competing in athletics again. I was recruited to play soccer at MVC by Carl Hutter, and once I visited the College and met Coach Hutter and Coach Machholz, the rest was history. I came to campus and was a little out of shape so I decided against playing soccer and ended up wrestling. I was a two-time All-American for the wrestling team, won the 1994 National Championship and had the wonderful experience of being a student coach for two national championship teams. I earned my bachelor’s in secondary education and was the first person in my family to earn a college degree. I owe it to all those that supported me along my journey. God had a plan for me and placed me at MVC so that my life would be touched by many wonderful people who have made such a positive impact.

Oklahoma where I was later named the head wrestling coach. Our teams won a combined 13 state titles during my coaching career at Broken Arrow High School. In 2000, I left the teaching and coaching field for the private sector and am currently the owner of Commercial Risk Group, an insurance agency. The agency is located in Broken Arrow where I currently reside with my wonderful wife, Teri. We also have two boys that are attending college. In addition, I serve as president of the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board and have been a board member for seven years. I also had the great honor of being inducted into the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. You choose to support MVC from several hundred miles away - you do not see what is happening on campus everyday, yet you still choose to donate why? Again, MVC has a special place in my heart and I am blessed to be in a position now that I can offer my support. With social media available, it makes it very easy to keep up with things that are going on at Valley. I also have friends that either work for the College or live in Marshall, and they serve as a great resource for sharing information about what is happening at MVC.

How did MVC impact your life?

What do you hope your support will do for MVC?

MVC is the place where I met Mike Machholz, who was a big reason for my success. Coach Machholz never gave up on me even though I provided him with plenty of opportunities and reasons to do so. He believed in me and helped me so much that I can never thank him or MVC enough. MVC gave me a second chance to earn my degree as well as a chance to prove myself. That speaks volumes about the College and its leadership and commitment to helping students achieve success. I made lifelong friends from coast to coast that I still keep in contact with and often see to this day.

I hope my contributions will in some way help provide a young man or young woman the opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams at MVC like I did.

What are you doing today? After MVC, I went on to become the head wrestling coach at Hopkinsville High School in Kentucky where our team finished as state runner-ups. The following year, I returned home and became an assistant wrestling coach at Broken Arrow High School in

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Why would you encourage others to consider giving to MVC or becoming members of the President's Society? I would encourage others to consider the wonderful improvements that have been made to campus during the tenure of President Humphrey and her leadership team. President Humphrey is building a campus full of resources that will allow the staff and students to succeed. These improvements are something in which all alumni can be very proud. It obviously takes funds to do these projects, and if others feel they had as wonderful of an experience as I did, giving back to help the College continue to grow is the least we can do.

> > > WHY I GIVE “I always knew when I left MVC that I wanted to give back, but I just wasn’t certain on what that would look like, or in what way I would be able to contribute. Early on after graduating, I would try and recruit kids to MVC by sharing my experience. Recently, I re-evaluated how I could best support and contribute to MVC. With the wonderful capital improvement projects under the great leadership of President

Humphrey and her staff, I felt that making financial contributions was the best way that I could support MVC. I have always felt after graduating from MVC that I am indebted to the College, and it was what I needed to do to support the place that had given me so much. MVC has a special place in my heart, and I will always support it however I can.”

— Steve Allen ‘96 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 11


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION on the MOVE>> On behalf of the Missouri Valley College Alumni Association and Alumni Advisory Board, I’m proud to say we have had record attendance at our events on campus and across the country this year! It is extremely exciting! From coast to coast and lots of spots in-between, we have been on the move visiting our Valley Vikings! I have been inspired and energized to hear from so many of our alumni who are returning to campus and are then “spreading the news” of how incredibly beautiful the campus is to their fellow Vikings. They’re sharing updates about new construction on campus, expanding academic programs and our firm commitment to providing an excellent academic environment for all of our students. Missouri Valley College has Vikings all around the world, making valuable contributions to society, their communities, and their families, all while managing to give back to their alma mater in a variety of ways. Valley alumni are generous, not only financially, but with their “human capital;” the time, energy and talent they devote to an institution they love. The Missouri Valley College Alumni Advisory Board members are dedicated to emulating the works of their predecessors, energetic, capable and fueled with Valley Pride! As you’ll see from these photos, we are on the MOVE and we’re committed to ensuring that not only our alumni know what their association does, but that our “resident alums,” our students, know what it truly means to be a Missouri Valley College Viking. You can have an immediate impact upon the success of your alma mater, its current students and our alumni community in small and large ways. Come to an event, bring a friend, visit campus—we’re quite proud of what we have going on—let us show you around. We are eager for you to join us. I would like to encourage all alumni and friends to: Stay connected! Social Media: If you have not already connected with MVC on social media, I encourage you to do so! This is a great opportunity for you to learn about upcoming events, keep in touch with old classmates, and more. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat! Update your profile: A network is only as strong as those who participate in it! If your information is not updated, your former classmates cannot connect with you. Update your alumni profile today. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome your involvement and participation. For more information about your alumni association, please contact me at or 660-831-4006. GO VIKINGS! VALLEY WILL ROLL! Jennifer Hiller Director of Alumni Programs











NEW YORK SOCIAL Front Row L to R: Michelle (Cano) Ninkov '16, Lauren Grohs, Lynn Hicklin '61, April (Stottlemyre) Degraff '09, Danielle (Carr) Durham '08 Middle Row L to R: William Grohs, Bryan Hiller, Jennifer Hiller, Katie Cole, Ethan Leigh '11, Elisa Leigh, Wilma Caldwell, Karl Caldwell, Jonna Stottlemyre '16, Diane Bartholomew, Dick Fry '71, Jane (Lile) Fry '69, Elaine Manion, Walt Hicklin '61 Back Row L to R: Rob Ravenhill '72, Colin Smith '10, Lindsey Pulverenti, Andy Pulverenti, Adam Maher '11, Erika Boerman, Jason Rinne '04, Jonathan Durham '09, Danny Heimann '16, John Bartholomew, Heather (Nickerson) Sappington '96, Bill Manion '65, Eric Sappington '95, Cliff Degraff '06 L to R: Bill Manion '65, Elaine Manion, Lynn Hicklin and Walt Hicklin '61 L to R: April (Stottlemyre) Degraff '09 and Cliff Degraff '06 L to R: Lin Alexander ’72, George Brown ’73, Tom Malter ’64, Mac McCartney ’71, Bub Caldwell, John Pelzer ’70 L to R: Mike Jackson, Kevin Bazat, Bert Harriman, George Porter, Steve Tuck ’78, Brian Clayton ’90 14 Viking Views | Summer/Fall 2017


NEW YORK SOCIAL L to R: Sherry Shannon, Judy Schroeder, Cindy (Wright) Schroeder ’82, Heather (Rudd) Allred ’98, Emily (Skellet) Fennewald ’09, Leah Townsend Back Row L to R: Don Julien, Bill Trent Front Row L to R: Nathan Young, Bill Wright, Randy McGraw, Chad Robbins L to R: Mark Wietbrock, David Case, Bill Ryan, Nancy Brown, Chris (Simonsen) Tuck ’75, Bev (Brown) Maupin ’83 L to R Front Row: Danny Heimann '16, Jonna Stottlemyre '16, April (Stottlemyre) DeGraff '09 L to R Back Row: Kevin Lenger, Christina Lenger, Bobbie (Zawislak) Grant '07, Ken Kujawa, Danielle (Carr) Durham '08, Marsha Lashley, Kevin Gasser Group photo of those attending the New York Social L to R: Gloria Hurley, President Humphrey and Bob Hurley L to R: Danny Boylan '64, Roseann Boylan, Billy Chambers '64 and Linda Chambers L to R: Paul Troth, Pete Erndl '73, James Morris '74, Doug Esposito '75 15

SCHOOL OF NURSING RECEIVES FULL APPROVAL FROM STATE The Missouri Valley College School of Nursing received full approval for its BSN program from the Missouri State Board of Nursing in May 2017. The Missouri State Board of Nursing has different levels of approval. Prior to May 2017, the MVC BSN program was on initial approval which indicates that a nursing program is new and has not met all requirements for full approval. Full approval indicates that a nursing program consistently meets all standards for approval set by the Missouri State Board. The next site visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing is scheduled for the year 2022.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN, ADDS NEW MEMBERS The Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees has appointed Oscar Tshibanda chairman of the board. Tshibanda takes over for Charles “Bud” Bacon, Jr. who has served as chairman for three years. Bacon will remain an active member of the board of trustees as the immediate past chair. Tshibanda is the founder and managing partner of Tshibanda & Associates, LLC, a Kansas City-based national management consulting and project management services firm. He graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1986 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and accounting. Barry Randolph was named vice chairman and Rob Ravenhill will continue serving as board secretary. Randolph is a retired president & CEO of Wood & Huston Bank with his banking career spanning over 33 years. He is a 1979 graduate of Missouri Valley College with a degree in accounting. Ravenhill is a private-practice attorney at Ravenhill Law Offices in Marshall. He served 12 years as a Missouri Circuit Court Judge. Ravenhill is a 1971 graduate of Missouri Valley College with a degree in political science. One new member has been added to the board of trustees. Jason Rinne will serve on the board of trustees as a representative of the alumni advisory board. Rinne graduated from MVC in '04 with a degree in computer information systems. He began working as webmaster in the Missouri Valley College IT department in 2005. 16 Viking Views | Summer/Fall 2017

49TH VALLEY WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Peggy Sherman, MVC assistant professor of education and campus director of the Viking Learning Academy, was the 49th inductee into the Valley Women’s Hall of Fame. Peggy grew up in the Marshall area and graduated from Marshall High School. She went on to attend the University of Central Missouri where she received a B.S. in elementary education in 1994. In 1998, Peggy completed her master's degree in curriculum and instruction through Lindenwood University. Peggy has taught locally in the public and private school systems. She and several others began the Saline County Learning Center in Marshall and she has a variety of experiences with early childhood organizations in the community. The Valley Women’s Association is an organization that promotes scholarship, fellowship and Viking pride.

S-MSTA CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY ON CAMPUS The Missouri Valley College Student Missouri State Teachers Association (S-MSTA) celebrated 40 years on the MVC campus. The original charter was granted on April 27, 1977, and was signed by Don Meyer (state consultant) and J.A. Kinder (MSTA executive secretary). MSTA is the largest teaching association in Missouri, serving more than 46,000 educators. In addition, Missouri Valley College Senior Anissa Abrego (San Benito, Texas) received the S-MSTA 2016 Officer of the Year Award. To receive this award, students must serve in a leadership role in their local S-MSTA chapter, contribute to the facilitation of chapter activities and service projects and be nominated by their advisor or fellow officers for the honor.

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11TH ANNUAL MAASTRICHT INSTITUTE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP The 11th annual Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship at Missouri Valley College was held in April with Wood & Huston Bank sponsoring the event. This year's speakers included: Shane Cristelli ‘05, founder and CEO,, Ada, Oklahoma; William Flowers, senior training manager, AT&T, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Dr.Michele Granger, fashion entrepreneur and professor, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Amy Guthrey, vice president, Burch & Company, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri; Haley & Matthew Haar, owners, AlphaGraphics Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri; Kim Harrison & Olivia Vann, founder and CEO and founder and CMO, 2BuyAg, Fulton, Missouri and Columbia, Missouri; Barnett Helzberg Jr., founder and chairman, Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and former owner and president, Helzberg Diamonds, Kansas City, Missouri; Nathalie Minya Mukome ‘07, founder and president, Tese Foundation, Davis, California; and Alex Tittle, Sr., vice president, Business Connect Program, corporate affairs, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and equity program consultant, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The Maastricht Institute is named after the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands, and is an outgrowth of experiences and friendships among residents of Maastricht and Misosuri Valley College. The goal of the Maastricht Institute is to foster an atmosphere of receptiveness and creativity toward comparative entrepreneurial processes. The institute compares and contrasts the entrepreneurial business environment within the United States with that of other countries, highlighting domestic and international philosophies. The institute’s format includes lectures, seminars and round-table discussions.

STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT ALPHA CHI NATIONAL CONVENTION Seven Missouri Valley College students represented the Missouri Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society at the annual Alpha Chi National Convention held in April in Louisville, Ky. Four students presented their scholarly work with two students earning award recognition. Maria Del Mar Jimenez Abad, an economics, management and marketing triple major from Almería, Spain, and Mariana Kiyoko Osaki, a biology major from São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, presented “Social Interactions Between Domestic and International Students in the U.S.” Their paper, which examined the extent of, and barriers to, interaction between domestic and international students at Missouri Valley College, won the Avery Grenfell Church prize for Best Conference Paper in Sociology and Anthropology. At the convention, student presentations, grouped by academic discipline, are adjudicated by faculty advisors attending the convention. Thirty presentation prizes recognizing outstanding research and creative entries are awarded at the culminating session of the convention. Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites membership to juniors, seniors and graduate students from all disciplines in the top ten percent of their class. 17


SUSAN HOY Retired, Assistant General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Susan Hoy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1967 and a Juris Doctorate degree in 1974 from Emory University School of Law. In 2008, Hoy was awarded the Emory University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award. Hoy currently serves on the board of trustees for the Center of Visually Impaired in Atlanta and the Emory Alumni Association board and has served on the MVC Board of Trustees since 2014.

"MVC is preparing students for a rewarding life in a world that is growing smaller every day..."

Why do you support MVC? I support MVC because it provides an excellent educational opportunity for students who thrive where they can get individualized attention. For those students, whether they are the first in their family to attend college or they simply are drawn to a smaller campus, the individualized attention from faculty and staff can help them overcome unexpected challenges and identify opportunities to polish existing skills to a high shine. MVC has a

long tradition of academic excellence and deep involvement with its students. More recently, the school has developed a diverse student culture, drawing students from almost every state and many countries in almost every continent. For many of our students, exposure to this diversity is a new experience and provides the opportunity to learn to work within a diverse community, as they will be expected to do after they graduate. MVC is preparing students for a rewarding life in a world that is growing smaller every day, and that is why I support it with my time, energy and financial gifts.

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26.2 MILES On April 17, 2017, a total of 27,222 individuals participated in the Boston Marathon, each ranging in age, gender, background, ethnicity and personal goals that they had set for the race. Of the 27,222 participants, 26,400 individuals went on to complete the marathon, including Missouri Valley College Alumna Janell McKinney. McKinney not only completed the race, but finished number 1,555 overall, and number 100 for gender, with 12,380 women participating in the race. Her impressive finish was no surprise as perseverance and dedication are two attributes that McKinney possesses; attributes that were evident during her years at Valley when she played soccer and ran track and cross country. Years later, it was those same attributes that pushed McKinney to complete the entire 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon, during a year documented for its unseasonable heat. Though her limits were stretched, McKinney reached from within and endured, "It was so loud that last mile. It seemed like that final stretch was never going to end. You can see the finish line but it feels like you aren't getting any closer. The noise is almost deafening, so many people had lined up along the way. I saw the clock counting and I pushed

with everything I had to keep it under 3:01. I finished in 3:00:59,” said McKinney. One important factor aiding to her overall success at the marathon was her intense training and preparation regimen, which included participating in a number of short distance races leading up to the marathon. Though she has already reached many heights in her running career, McKinney is always setting new goals and looking to the future, “I have some pretty lofty goals. I think writing them down and assessing which goals are the most attainable and working towards them one by one may give me the best chance for success,” said McKinney. Her passion and commitment to running not only impacts her personal life but the lives of the middle school students that she teaches and coaches as well. When coaching her students in track and cross country, McKinney always affirms the importance of perseverance and dedication and to never stop setting goals, no matter how small or large.

"It was so loud that last mile. It seemed like that final stretch was never going to end. You can see the finish line but it feels like you aren't getting any closer. The noise is almost deafening, so many people had lined up along the way. I saw the clock counting and I pushed with everything I had to keep it under 3:01. I finished in 3:00:59.” 19

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FROM THE AMERICAN HUMANICS FOUNDATION TO THE NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE: A history of continued growth After almost 70 years on the Missouri Valley College campus, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has a rich and impactful history. Originally conceived by H. Roe Bartle in 1948, the American Humanics Foundation at Missouri Valley College was the first college program to train professionals for youth and human service agencies. Bartle had a passion for human service agencies and wanted to target this niche area to train qualified and passionate nonprofit leaders. Now called the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), the program has spread to more than 40 colleges and universities nation-wide after getting its start right here at MVC. Arizona State, Indiana State, the University of Memphis, the University of Central Florida, South Dakota State University, Arizona State University and the University of San Diego are but a fraction of the campus partners today. All partners currently use Missouri Valley College's innovative and unique model that combines classroom and hands-on learning. One notable component of the NLA is the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential that is offered to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The CNP credential serves as the only national nonprofit certification in the United States and is highly beneficial as research shows that CNPs stay employed in the nonprofit sector longer and are seven times more likely to reach director or a higher level. Hiring managers also report that the learning curve for CNPs is reduced by as much as two years due to the practical experiences that comes from intensive internships, service-learning activities and research-based training. This is in large part because to attain the CNP credential, students are exposed to 10 core

competencies that are critical to long-term career success. The number of individuals with the CNP credential grows every day and currently stands at over 9,850, creating an extensive support network for those working in the nonprofit sector. The NLA even has an employment matching system called CNP launch that serves as a resource for students, CNPS and local and national nonprofit workforce partners. Some nonprofit workforce partners include Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Make a Wish, Feeding America, Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA. Though the glaring need for this foundation propelled the NLA forward at the beginning, it is the continued innovation and commitment to helping those that strive to make a difference in the nonprofit sector that carries it forward today. Numerous MVC alumni that were members of the NLA during college are now impacting the nonprofit sector in insurmountable ways, serving as a direct reflection of the program itself. Though an extensive number of these renowned individuals can be found , one notable individual is alumni Warren Wenner who was recently presented with the esteemed Certified Nonprofit Professional of the Year award on January, 5 2017. To receive this award, the recipient must make impactful contributions to the organization(s) in which they work within the nonprofit sector. Wenner has tirelessly devoted his time, effort and passion to the nonprofit sector for over 35 years, never wavering in his continued support and furtherment of the NLA, and even serving as the Vice President of the Association of CNPs Executive Committee. Wenner has worked for the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and the Interfaith

Ministries of Greater Houston, where he is currently employed and was recently promoted to Vice President. Wenner also oversees the meals on wheels programs for both Greater Houston and Galveston County, where over 4,000 clients are served each day. “It is an honor to even be a small part of this program at Missouri Valley College. Our alumni have improved communities and made the world a better place for almost 70 years,” said Heather Troth, Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The success of the alumni members would not be possible without the number of MVC faculty and staff members throughout the many years that have been committed to the continued growth of the NLA. This includes W. Hobart Hill who became the first faculty member and administrator of the program in 1948, and who served in this role and championed for the NLA until 1968. His impact lives on today as there is a lounge in the Malcolm Center for Student Life named in his honor. This lounge was made possible by funds that were donated by alumni members of the program and is but a small tribute to Hill for his inspiration and years of service to the NLA. Though Hill laid the foundation that administrators and faculty members build upon today, countless individuals have come after to pour their dedication and care into this program.

“What sets Missouri Valley College Nonprofit Management Students apart from other students is their commitment to changing the world” - Heather Troth, Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 21



Two hundred thirty-eight degrees were conferred at the 128th commencement ceremony on May 6. MVC Alumna Dr. Marci Dowdy '75 gave the commencement address.

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“As of today, you are all privileged. You are privileged because you are now a Missouri Valley College graduate. You are now part of only 32 percent of the population with a college degree. So the question is, what are you going to do with it?� - MVC Alumna Dr. Marci Dowdy '75 23



Takes Scotland, Ireland and England: A Recap of Their Time Abroad "Why are you doing this? This was a question I would ask myself from time to time before taking this unforgettable trip. The costs, the duties I had to achieve, and going that far away from home were all aspects of the trip that made me question why I was doing this. Not long after I landed in the U.K., I realized why," said Jenna McGraw, On May 13, 2017, ten members of the Missouri Valley College community, including three students, one alum, one faculty member, two staff members and three guests flew to Glasgow, Scotland for the beginning of a ten day trip to Scotland, England and Ireland. The trip was the second in three years and was sponsored by the Education Department at MVC and open to others affiliated with the college that wanted to attend. The trip was organized by Education First (EF), a college study abroad organization based out of Boston that has been in the business of college study abroad tours for over 50 years. Plans for the trip began nearly a year prior, and although only one student took the study abroad course for credit during the spring semester, four travelers met each week for the class, and all group members communicated via e-mail and text to prepare for the trip. Group members met one another about a month prior to the trip and linked up with three other colleges when the tour launched in Scotland. The other groups were from colleges in Florida, Idaho and South Carolina and provided the students with an opportunity 24 Viking Views | Summer/Fall 2017

to connect with students from other parts of the U. S. "All of our students were friendly and receptive to spending time with students from other colleges. I think they met some great new friends," said Linda Gordon, associate professor of education. Following their overnight flight, the students were able to explore Glasgow, Scotland and visit the Museum of Abstract Art, the old Herald News building which has the Macintosh display, lunch at Chippy's, shop and tour some of the downtown administration buildings and other sites. The day ended with a trip to Edinburgh, up Calton Hill and a traditional Scottish dinner at a local country club. Day two in Scotland was spent touring the royal palace at Hollyroodhouse and the famous Edinburgh Castle and its grounds, which included the war memorial building and St. Margaret's Chapel, among others. Lunch was enjoyed on the castle grounds and the afternoon was spent shopping and touring the Royal Mile where many bagpipe players and traditional tartans and crests were seen and where more traditional Scottish fare was enjoyed. The group visited St. Giles Cathedral and gathered for dinner at a pub called The Last Drop, located near the site that many Scottish traitors were once executed. The evening ended with a ghost tour of the area where the group learned many stories involving the history of Scotland and its people. On the third afternoon, several members in the group climbed Arthur's Seat, a natural hike up to a point overlooking Edinburgh, which provides a 360 degree view of the city. Walking at a leisurely pace, it took the group around 4 hours to make the climb up the

"radical side" and back down on the less challenging side. Some group members visited the Elephant Cafe where JK Rowling found inspiration for her Harry Potter novel series. On the final night in Scotland, the MVC group gathered at Nicholson's pub to eat traditional meat pies and sample the haggis. Several group members grew to love the soft drink of choice in Scotland, Iron Bru. The group left Scotland via a five hour train ride to London, England. This provided the group the opportunity to see the Scottish countryside and waterfront views, including a number of small villages along the way. Upon arrival, the group switched to a tour coach for a driving tour to many of the famous buildings in London, including Westminster Abbey, the Public Library, Poets Corner, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Herrod's Department Store. Due to a hard rain that day, outdoor excursions were limited. The hotel was located in the Edgeware suburb, giving the group the opportunity to learn how to use the tube early on. The next morning, six members of the group visited a primary school in inner-city London and were delighted to visit with a number of teachers and administrators and to observe students in the classroom. Although considered a public school, the primary school was similar to a U.S. private school. The major difference that the group observed was the ability to teach and learn about religion within the public school setting. The four remaining group members went to Wimbledon and considered it a highlight to see the grounds and facilities. Following lunch, the entire group went to tour the Globe Theatre and saw an outdoor performance of Twelfth Night during its final rehearsal. The groups split up in the afternoon, with some going to Wobbly Bridge (a pedestrian only footbridge), St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Bridge area

and the others going to the Tower Bridge area and Abbey Road, made famous by the Beatles. One evening, several group members attended the Apollo Theatre to see Wicked, which they all agreed was phenomenal. The final day in London was busy as the group toured the Tower of London in the morning and viewed many things on display in the tower, including the British Crown Jewels. The group then left the city of London to visit Windsor Castle, the weekend home of the royals. The day ended with a dinner at The Fable and pictures in front of Buckingham Palace. After a two-hour flight to Dublin, Ireland, the group hopped on a driving tour that took them to a number of famous Dublin streets and buildings. The group also went on a walking tour to visit the popular Temple Bar area as well as other famous locations in central Dublin, including the Daniel O'Connell Statue and Monument. Everyone split up into smaller groups and spent time in several of the shopping districts and local museums, including the Natural History Museum and the Anthropology Museum. The group met up again at Murry's pub where they had a traditional Irish stew and dessert. The group stayed at the beautiful CitiWest Hotel located in Dublin, which the group learned is the largest hotel in Europe. On the final day, the group was able to visit Phoenix Park, the Book of Kells at Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and many more major historical sites in Dublin. That afternoon, some group members traveled to Malahide Castle and Gardens and were able to enjoy the gorgeous Irish scenery and countryside during a coastal drive. The drive ended in a fishing village called Howeth where they enjoyed a walk along the pier and some local seafood before returning back to the hotel. The remaining group members spent the evening doing some final shopping in Dublin. 25




A flurry of work has taken place over the summer months at Gregg-Mitchell Field that will positively impact multiple athletic programs at Missouri Valley College. At its May meeting, the Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees approved projects to install a new synthetic turf playing surface at GreggMitchell Field and to re-purpose the existing turf into a practice field. “I am very grateful and excited that the Board of Trustees approved these projects," said Tom Fifer, athletic director. Crews from ATG Sports began installing the new RamTurf surface at Gregg-Mitchell Field on June 3 and completed the installation in late July. Work included removing the previous turf, inspecting the foundation of the field, laser-grade finishing the rock base and installing 104,434 square feet of new turf. The turf is settled by a 90/10 mixture of rubber bits and sand. Crews have poured over 318,000 pounds of rubber and over 106,000 pounds of sand onto the new field with ATG Sports expecting the new turf to last up to 12 years. The previous turf was re-purposed into a practice field located just south of the Burns Athletic Complex. The new practice field

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will be 75,600 square feet and will feature full-sized football and soccer fields. The repurposed turf surface is expected to last up to seven additional years. “The addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse four years ago resulted in Gregg-Mitchell Field being used both as a practice and playing facility for our football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. In the fall, practices start at 3 p.m. and run well into the night. The new practice field will help with practice times,” said Fifer. The new turf and practice field projects were presented to the Board of Trustees as an opportunity to help both athletics and academics at MVC. “President Humphrey talked to the Board of Trustees about how this project would allow more time for our student-athletes to focus on coursework, studying in the evenings and engaging in more events with student affairs,” said Fifer. “Dr. Humphrey emphasized that our ultimate desire is for students to have additional social opportunities and become more involved in other areas of campus."

2016 Bareback Riding World Champion


Former Missouri Valley College Rodeo Cowboy Tim O’Connell '15 continues to dominate the pro rodeo circuit in bareback riding. The Zwingle, Iowa native has had tremendous success since joining the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2013. The former collegiate national champion steadily rose up in the world standings after finishing his career as a Viking. O’Connell first tasted success during the 2014 season when he finished eighth in the world, followed with a fourth place finish in 2015. The 2016 season proved to be O’Connell’s breakthrough season as he dominated in bareback riding and claimed a world championship. O’Connell won seven rodeo championships during the 2016 season, which allowed him to enter the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as one of the favorites to claim the national title. He put himself into contention early at the Wrangler NFR by splitting first place in the second go-around. O’Connell eventually placed in seven of the rounds that week, which allowed him to capture the national championship in bareback riding. The great showing at the Wrangler NFR helped propel O’Connell up in the world standings, and he finished the year as the top-earning bareback riding competitor. He completed the year of competition with the largest singleseason earnings total in any event, bringing home $347,272, and claiming the event’s world championship. O’Connell has already gotten off to a fast start defending his world championship. So far in 2017 (through July 25), O’Connell has captured championships in ten different rodeos, earning a total of $123,095. He currently leads the PRCA bareback riding standings, sitting ahead of former Viking Tanner Aus, who is in second with $90,490. The 2017 season lasts through the fall, and culminates with the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas Dec. 7-16.


Donna (Klepper) Huston '55 was newly elected as the president of the Friends of Arrow Rock. The mission of the organization is to restore and preserve 13 historic buildings and to educate its many visitors about the rich history of the village.


Buddy Hannaford ’67 and wife Karla Hannaford ’66 were recently honored with “Pillars of the Community” status by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce during the Chamber’s annual banquet. Buddy and Karla have been active in the Trenton, Missouri community since moving there in 1969. A group of MVC alumni recently met up in Nashville, Tennessee. Back row L to R: Marcia (Bowles) Brown ‘69, Ron Brown ‘69, Nelda (Shouse) Tomlinson ‘71, David Tomlinson ‘69. Front row L to R: Gail Bradley and Joseph Bradley ’71.


Greg Purdum ’77 went to the 2016 International Federation of American World Football Championship in Harbin, China, where he helped coach the under-19 USA Football team. The American team went on to take the silver medal after losing to Canada in the gold medal game. Warren Wenner ’79 was recently awarded the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) of the Year award. The award was presented at the annual Alliance Management Institute in Denver, Colorado. He was also promoted to Vice President of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and serves on the Executive Leadership Team with Refugee Services and Interfaith and Community Relations Programs.

Three former Valley football players recently had an on-the-field, post-game reunion, inside the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. L to R: Steve Howard '70, Zavier Steward and Bobby Moll '96.


Members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority recently held a mini reunion in Florida. Pictured is Carrie (Garvey) Lawson ’93, Nikki (Sallee) Hart, Ginger (Sallee) Murphy '89, Tracie (Hall) Lewis '87, Kelly (Call) Eaton ‘87, Barbi (Hartley) Helms '88 and Karen (Green) Bernson. Paul E. Thomas ’84 was named head football coach at West Platte High School. Thomas was close with the late Nathan Danneman who served in this position until his passing this past April.


Charles “Charlie” McFail ’93 was named head football coach at Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia, Mo. McFail had served as the defensive coordinator for the Smith-Cotton football team since 2009. Dr. Joseph Parisi ’94 was appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management at Central Methodist University.


Dr. Shelly A. Meyers ’00 was recently selected to participate in the “Innovators Briefing” at the White House in Washington, D.C. which was sponsored by the United States Department of Education Office of Educational Technology. Beau Vest ’01 was named head wrestling coach at Cowley College, Arkansas City, Kan.

Thomas F. Williams ’03 was selected as one of 22 members of the entire Texas Army National Guard to travel to Chile to attend the Chilean Army Mountain Warfare School. Williams graduated the course on August 27, 2016. Kenneth Reed ’09 and Sarah (Caldwell) Reed ’08 wed on September 24, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Tyecorey Davison ‘12 and Tommy Waller ‘13 recently competed at the Improv Thunderdome Championships at the KC Improv Company this past April. Davison’s team, KATIE KEURIG, was the first round winner while Waller’s team, FREE GUAC?!, was the second round winner. FREE GUAC?! ended up as the overall winner, taking first place at the final championship. Paul W. Thomas ’13 was named running back coach for the Wayne State College football team. Blair (Haskamp) Lucas ’14 was awarded salesperson of the year at the Columbia Hospitality Association banquet. Brian Bitney ’15 was the student/staff nominated teacher of the year at Knob Noster High School, Knob Noster, Mo. Jessica Crabtree 16’ now serves as a reporter for The Marshall Democrat-News, Missouri.


Linda Gordon was honored at a retirement party after serving as an associate professor of education at Valley for 13 years. She is pictured with a number of her former students that attended the party.

Mark Clemons's '15 company, Clem's Signs, crafted this paint design that appeared on the No. 14 car of J.J. Yeley during the NASCAR Xfinity series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The race aired on Fox Sports 1 and the Performance Racing Network. Clemons was invited to submit a design by a team owner and sponsor. While he regularly designs for sprint cars, this was his first design to make it onto the track at a NASCAR race.

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In Memoriam 1940s


Iris (Vail) Brown ’49 of Terre Du Lac, Missouri, passed away on December 4, 2016.

Rev. Roger Michael Sobin ’65 of San Antonio, Texas passed away on December 20, 2016.

Lawrence Breeze ’49 of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, passed away on October 4, 2016.


Robert S. Johnson ’47 of Independence, Missouri, passed away on September 14, 2017.


Carol (Muehlenbrock) Phillips '52 of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on May 11, 2017. Winnona L. (Aronson) Caton ’55 of Marshall, Missouri, passed away on September, 17 2016. Richard J. “Dick” Butterfield ’56 of Marshall, Missouri, passed away on January 14, 2017.

Karen (Tyner) Voight ’64 of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on September 14, 2016.

Dr. Linda M. (White) Bigby ’72 of Columbia, Missouri passed away on June 30, 2017.



Constance “Connie”(Hathaway) Kelly of Florissant, Missouri, passed away on September 2, 2016. Barbara Quinn of Marshall, Missouri, passed away on January 14, 2017. Bette (Bright) Harrod of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on August 3, 2017. Marjorie R. Fletcher of Marshall, Missouri, passed away on August 14, 2017.

Nathan Danneman ’02 passed away on April 19, 2017. 29



Assistant Professor of Business

"I enjoy conveying information to students that will enable them to make better informed decisions in the future." When did you join the faculty at MVC? I began teaching at MVC in 2010. What degree(s) do you hold? I hold an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Missouri and an M.B.A. from William Woods University. What is something that people might not know about you? I am bilingual, fluent in both English and Serbian. What is a hobby you enjoy outside of teaching? I am a featured contributor for the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper where I create the Mental Math puzzle.

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A Viking Family Reunion


2017 HONOREES Outstanding Alumni Mr. Gerald L. "Gerry" Everett '66 Annapolis, Maryland OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS

Mr. Oscar K. Tshibanda '86 Kansas City, Missouri OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS

Ms. Lindsey N. Simmons '10 New York, New York OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNA

Athletic Hall of Fame 1994-1995 Women's Basketball Team & Coaching Staff

Mr. Peter F. Roetzer '77 Football & Baseball

1971Track & Field Team & Coaching Staff

Mr. Thomas D. Fauquier '75 Basketball

Mr. Koby L. Achane '02 Basketball

Mr. James A Guthrey *Posthumously Football & Wrestling

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