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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

Seeing the light Carl Heck ’70


just like you


It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Kim Wall – that Northwest continues to thrive.

friend once commented that you can put Bearcats in a room as complete strangers and have them come out as best friends. I think there’s a lot of truth to that! My four years at Northwest helped shape who I am and have helped form some of my strongest friendships. As president of the Central Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter, I work to bring together alumni of many generations by capitalizing on that natural Bearcat bond. It’s also important for us, as alumni, to connect with current students. For instance, I travel back each year to advise the computer science/information systems department as part of the Professional Advisory Committee and to help prepare students for entering the industry after graduation. My Bearcat pride runs deep, and I’m happy to share it with anyone who will listen.

Kim Wall ’01

West Des Moines, Iowa President, Central Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248.


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Purposely repurposing

A recently purchased glass recycling machine provides a cost-savings opportunity for Northwest by mixing tiny shards of glass into its potting soil, concrete and ice melt.


Seeing the light

Carl Heck ’70 is a collector, buyer, seller and appraiser of fine artwork, in particular the works of L.C. Tiffany. Three of his pieces, including this 100-year-old Tiffany mosaic clock face, are part of an international exhibition.


Accordion acumen

When he was a boy, a traveling salesman introduced Keith Lambertsen ’65, ’69, ’99 to his first accordion, and 55 years later the accomplished musician is still fascinated by the squeezebox.

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Dear Friends


Bearcat Roar


Northwest News

10 Cover Story 14 Alumni Connections 21 Advancing Northwest 26 Bearcat Sports 29 Class Notes

Editor Mitzi Craft Lutz ’91, ’09 Designer Melinda Kelsey Photographer Darren Whitley

Editorial Assistants Brian Bosiljevac Teresa Carter ’91 Neil Elliott Serena Euler Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 Mark Hornickel ’01 Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Michael Martin Mallory Murray Karra Small Lori McLemore Steiner ’85 Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01 Steve Sutton ’71 Aubrey Swanson Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09

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response to articles in the Northwest Alumni Magazine are welcomed. Please limit your letter to 200 words, and include your name, year of graduation, address and daytime phone number. Address correspondence to Mitzi Lutz, Editor, Northwest Alumni Magazine, Alumni House, Maryville, MO 64468-6001; fax, (660) 562-1990; e-mail, Letters may be edited for style, clarity, civility and length. Northwest Missouri State University is an equal-opportunity, co-educational university and does not discriminate based on race, sex, disability, age, national origin or religion.

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Letters to the editor Dear Editor,

What’s on your mind? Send a letter to the editor today. Address correspondence to Mitzi Lutz, editor, Northwest Alumni Magazine, Alumni House, Maryville, MO 64468, visit alumni/magazine/editor. htm or send an e-mail to

My wife, Ardith Linn Jenkins ’59, and I enjoyed our visit to the campus on Homecoming weekend in the fall of 2009. We were celebrating our 50th graduation reunion as well as our 50th wedding anniversary. The entire day was a delight. For us, a visit to campus isn’t complete without a visit to the Kissing Bridge. Page 165 of the 1958 Tower yearbook pictures us on the Kissing Bridge. This time we were revisiting the bridge for another photo opportunity. As we approached the bridge we noticed a young couple having pictures taken. We learned that those pictures would be used in their engagement announcement. We hope the magic of the bridge will stay with them as it has with us. Richard “Dick” Jenkins ’59 Dear Editor,

I wish I could put into words the feeling of pride I have when one of my students says he or she has chosen to attend Northwest. I teach a variety of science classes at a high school just outside of Omaha, Neb., and each year I hear of more and more students choosing Northwest. It’s good to know they will be in good hands, whether they pursue a science-related major or any other field of study. Northwest has an excellent reputation throughout the Midwest, and I’m proud to be a Bearcat through and through. James Montgomery ’82 Dear Editor,

Great job! Your latest issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine with Dr. Jasinski on the cover was by far your best issue yet. I especially enjoy the excerpts you’ve been including in the last few issues from the College Blue Book, written by Northwest students back in the 1930s. These always give my husband and I a good chuckle to think what a “unique” period of time that was, especially for college students. But whatever generation we come from, we’re all Bearcats! Tami Croon Bryant ’77


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Dick and Ardith Linn Jenkins, both 1959 graduates, appeared arm-in-arm at the Kissing Bridge in the 1958 Tower yearbook and returned to the same site last Homecoming for their 50-year class reunion.

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Art study program sows ‘seeds of understanding’


nce, when I was considerably younger, a wise acquaintance observed that my vocation was one and the same as my avocation. I had to think about that only for a moment to understand that my career working with students in Northwest’s Department of Art, from which I make my living, is virtually the same work that I choose to do, in fact need to do, as a contemporary artist examining visual expression, humanity and the cultural complexity of our world. There is no doubt that higher education offers each individual a unique opportunity to explore diverse bodies of knowledge and related careers. However, I am convinced that the real return on one’s tuition expenses is the value of insight and enlightenment that comes from developing critical thinking skills and the ability to find and understand abstract interconnections in life. To quote Joseph Campbell, the late and great mythologist, Carl Heck, who is featured in this issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine, has found and “followed his bliss.” As a young man, he realized his passion for stained glass, and he has, throughout his career, nurtured the same into a successful profession and a way of life while simultaneously expanding his horizons worldwide – well beyond his native northwest Missouri roots. Similarly, eight Northwest students and I returned home from Rome in early June after an exhilarating 21-day excursion exploring the history, art and culture of the Italian peninsula. The mission of the Northwest Alumni Magazine is to foster connections between alumni, friends and Northwest Missouri State University. The Office of University Advancement strives to inform readers of the accomplishments of Northwest’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students and to positively position the University in the hearts of its many constituents to increase public and private support.

Northwest Foundation Inc. ’10-’11 Board of Directors President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City Vice President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb. Immediate Past President Mike Faust ’74, Omaha, Neb. Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan. Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas John Baker, Maryville Jeff Borchardt ’82, Olathe, Kan. Bill Brown ’63, Platte City Betty Bush ’60, Maryville Rick Carter, Maryville Terry Day ’65, Kansas City Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa

This marked the eighth international art study program offered by Northwest’s art department since 1995. Beyond the immediate academic and social challenges, what future impact and what distant outcomes will occur from these new-planted seeds of understanding? In other words, what lessons from today will awaken within us sometime in the future with greater meaning and significance than we can ever imagine? I am confident there are alumni reading this article who, from their own experiences at Northwest, can provide a unique perspective on my query. I invite your responses. All of my colleagues who represented the art program when I first came to Northwest are now retired from teaching and have been replaced by a new generation of equally outstanding visual arts professionals. The Department of Art continues to prepare students for life as well as careers in the visual arts by valuing diverse thought, process, materials, history, theory and culture. As always, we remain dedicated to each student and developing their individual potential while committed to offering the best undergraduate educational experience possible.

Philip Laber ’73, professor and art department chair, joined Northwest in 1976 and directs both the photography and printmaking programs, shares responsibilities in life drawing courses and is director of the Olive DeLuce Gallery program. In 1995, he founded the art department’s study abroad program.


Toni Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla. Jason Garst ’93, Watson Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph Ray Hischke ’66, The Woodlands, Texas Arnold Johnson ’77, Houston, Texas Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Kenny Petersen ’66, Omaha, Neb. William C. Price ’60, Cincinnati, Ohio Juan Rangel ’91, Kansas City Jim Redd ’66, Leawood, Kan. Paul Schieber ’81, Overland Park, Kan. Owen Straub ’86, Kansas City Kay Thomas ’71, Blue Springs Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn.

Philip Laber ’73 Professor and Department Chair Dick Thomson, Maryville Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas Jason White ’91, Maryville Ex-Officio Directors Orrie Covert Executive Director Dean L. Hubbard President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski University President B.D. Owens ’59 President Emeritus, West Des Moines, Iowa Advancement Staff Orrie Covert, Vice President

Neil Elliott, Development Officer/Athletics

Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05, Director of Strategic Donor Development and Development Officer/College of Arts and Sciences/ KXCV/KRNW

Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09, Development Officer/Booth College of Business and Professional Studies/IIC

Lynn Ruhl, Executive Assistant

Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer

Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01, Database Specialist

Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations

Laurie Drummond Long ’92, Development Officer/Donor Relations

Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

Mitzi Craft Lutz ’91, ’09, Advancement Communications Specialist

Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09, Development Officer/ College of Education and Human Services/Corporate and Foundation Relations

Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist


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I remember when ...


A sailor promotes his membership in the Navy-V12 program, which was on campus between 1943 and 1945. Administered by Naval officers but taught by Northwest faculty, the V-12 and V-5 programs brought several hundred young men to campus during the war years.

remember my “hero professor,” Dr. Sterling S. Surrey. He was head of the business department in the 1940s and 1950s. He was a man way ahead of his time. He had published books on insurance, though we did not use his books. After graduation, a classmate of mine went on to Notre Dame and told me they used Doc Surrey’s textbooks there. Instead of textbooks, Doc Surrey would have us use the Wall Street Journal for a finance class. We would all start the course out with an imaginary $10,000 and track our investments daily. For an advertising class, we used the Saturday Evening Post from which we would analyze and critique the ads. To this day I find myself drawing upon Doc Surrey’s lessons with day-to-day financial questions. He died at an early age. If I ever win the lottery, you will be naming a building on campus for Doc Surrey. Joe Zelenz ’52


remember when I was working on my MBA and I came down with meningitis. I was commuting from St. Joseph, raising two young children with my husband and working full time.

Needless to say, I was not available to take finals, and of all classes, I was taking international business with Dr. Sharon Browning. As any MBA student during that time remembers, we had our big research paper due. When I arrived in class, Dr. Browning immediately told me to go home and take care of myself. The thing that impressed me was how the faculty genuinely care about their students. Dr. Browning phoned my husband several times not just to check on me, but she also was just as concerned for my husband and two young boys, and she offered to help in any way. Dr. Browning retired shortly after this time, but I hope she knows how much her support meant to me and my family. Kris Smith ’99 (master’s)


remember when Northwest switched on the Electronic Campus. I was a freshman in 1987 and the concept of having a computer in every dorm room was unheard of at the time. I’d never had much exposure to computers in high school, so it was pretty intimidating at first, but before long, we were all quite savvy. Although I considered majoring in computer science, I eventually decided on majoring in marketing. Fortunately my career path has allowed me to use both of these areas, and I appreciate Northwest introducing me to the “technology of the future.” Devan Van Dyke ’92

Do you remember these events? 1960 A Northwest senior runs 45 miles in 12 hours from St. Joseph to Maryville to publicize Student Senate candidates. The Northwest Missourian Women are allowed to wear Bermuda shorts on campus during the summer, but they are not to be worn to the evening meal or at the Union on Sundays. The Northwest Missourian 6

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1970 New curfews are established and all women students on campus are required to be in their dorms by 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Towers in the Northwest The first Foreign Language Day at Northwest takes place. Towers in the Northwest

1980 The M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame is established, and the first inductees are Henry Iba and Jack McCracken. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest Northwest celebrates its 75th anniversary. Tower Yearbook


1990 The Board of Regents approves a new logo for the University. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest The Bearcat baseball team wins its third consecutive Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association North Division title. The Northwest Missourian

2000 The on-campus Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing opens its doors to academically gifted high school students. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest Coaches Bill Yoast and Herman Boone come to campus to share their true story that inspired the movie “Remember the Titans.” The Northwest Missourian


Students seek study abroad opportunities


tudents in the College of Arts and Sciences recently have broadened their horizons through a variety of international travel opportunities. This spring, Northwest’s forensics team traveled to the United Kingdom to compete in the Montgomery Cup where they successfully debated against teams from the universities of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow, Oxford and Cambridge. Music students and Northwest alumni took part in a June European trip that included stops in Florence, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; and St. Stephan Church Dr. Aaron Johnson (left), assistant professor of geosciences, discusses the formations at Siccar Point, just southeast of Edinburgh, Scotland. Johnson in Vienna, Austria. Art students recently returned and Dr. Renee Rohs, associate professor of geosciences, traveled overseas in May with a group of 10 students enrolled in the Field Geology from a 21-day excursion explorof the British Isles course. ing the history, art and culture culture of Eastern Europe; and geology students of the Italian peninsula; history recently returned from a trip to the British Isles. ■ students traveled abroad to study the history and

Computer science students work on iPhone app


sing a Northwest iPhone application created by a group of Northwest graduate students in the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, campus visitors may soon be able to view an interactive campus map, get directions to buildings and take an audio tour of the Northwest campus. Finding Phillips Hall, visiting professors in the history department or learning when the B.D. Owens Library was built are just a sampling of the app’s capabilities. The two-trimester project was one of the requirements for applied computer science graduate students and was coordinated by Dr. Dean Sanders, professor of computer science/ information systems, and Dr. Michael Rogers, assistant professor of computer science/information systems. If approved by the University, users will be

able to access the application by clicking a Northwest logo on their home screens. From there, a pin indicates the user’s location on the campus map and moves as the user travels. Users can conduct searches for buildings, departments and sites of interest. They can click on a building to see a picture of it and read – or hear an audio description – about its history. The application also has zoom capabilities and slideshows. With the compass feature, users can point to a building to identify it and access information about it. The students knew little about the iPhone when they were assigned the project. They had to design the application from scratch by writing the algorithm and using simulation software. The students also learned how to design parts of the application by watching videos on YouTube. ■

Two Northwest grads join Board of Regents

The Missouri Senate has

confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointments of Joseph Bosse ’72 of St. Louis and Dr. Mark Hargens ’70 of St. Joseph to the Northwest Board of Regents.

Bosse has been the

president of NEC Insurance Inc. since 1977 and has served on the boards of several businesses


and non-profit organizations. His term on the Board of Regents expires Jan. 1, 2016.

Hargens was the

associate superintendent of the St. Joseph School District from 1993 until his retirement in


2006. He joined the school district as its director of pupil personnel services in 1979. Hargens’ appointment ends Jan. 1, 2015.

The Northwest Board

of Regents serves as the University’s governing body and has responsibility for sound resource management and determines general, educational and financial policies. n


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dollars saved since 1982 by using alternative energy



orthwest has started mixing tiny shards of glass into its potting soil, concrete and ice melt – and saving money in the process – thanks to a glass recycling machine. The machine, purchased for the University by ARAMARK, is capable of producing up to 500 pounds of ground glass per hour. The ground glass particles are so small they can be picked up like a handful of sand. The University also has ordered a special screen for the machine that will make the particles even finer. “It’s unbelievable,” said John Redden, associate director of maintenance, plants and transportation. “It’s glass we can recycle right here on campus. We can use it to fill, we can use it in our

dollars in scholarship support provided to the University from the Northwest Foundation


dollars saved each month by using alternative fuel created by a tenant in the campus’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


number of students employed on campus

800 95

percent of Northwest graduates who find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation


percent of students who receive some sort of financial aid


states from which students come to Northwest (and 30 countries)

number of Bearcat football national championships


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John Redden places a glass bottle into Northwest's new glass recycling machine, which can produce up to 500 pounds of ground glass in an hour.

flower pots, we can even use it on sidewalks in winter time for ice. It’s just like sand. This is the thing to do.” In addition to its use as aggregate in soil and concrete, Environmental Services staff plan to use the particles for sandblasting. “We’re in the infant stage,” said Dr. Paul McGraw, director of environmental services. “There are so many uses for this aggregate. We’re identifying what’s in the best interests of the University.” n

Spring break trip offers life-changing experience

number of students who are involved in volunteerism and service learning


Glass recycling machine helps cut costs


wenty-three Northwest students experienced a spring break they might never forget when they traveled to the Dominican Republic and worked with Orphanage Outreach. The members of Northwest’s Alternative Spring Break organization spent the week of March 20-27 working with children at orphanages in Jaibon and Monte Cristi. They taught basic English and public health classes and completed maintenance projects while staying on a 20-acre compound. “My expectations were surpassed on this trip,” said Brittany Curtis, an elementary education major from Des Moines, Iowa. “I expected we would see the children on occasion and teach them some English words, but I never expected to have so much time to connect with the children on a more personal level.” Northwest students discovered quickly that the school system in the Dominican Republic is much poorer than the one they’re used to in America. The poor living conditions, however, didn’t faze residents, who always appeared friendly and content.


“So many people sit outside and hang out together,” said Brooke Mansfield, a biology and psychology major from Blue Springs. “They share more, and it seems to be a less selfish culture than in America.” Alternative Spring Break is a student organization founded Northwest students traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of at Northwest in the University’s Alternative Spring 2006 that focuses Break organization. Their serviceon projects involvlearning project included teaching basic English skills to children in ing environmental the region. and disaster relief, Habitat for Humanity and humanitarianism. The organization previously has provided disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., and partnered with Give Kids the World to help children with life-threatening illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. n


Crisis minor prepares student for career in emergency management


hen Lincoln, Neb., native Annie Mack received her bachelor’s in psychology from Northwest in May, she became the first graduate with the University’s comprehensive crisis response minor. Better yet, the hands-on experience she received at Northwest helped her land a job as a civil defense programming specialist at the Nebraska State Emergency Management Agency in Lincoln. She began work in her new role May 3 – two days after graduation. Mack said field training exercises provided invaluable preparation for her new career. She also completed Campus-Community Emergency Response Team training. “If I was graduating right now with just my degree in psychology, I’d probably be feeling a little bit lost,” Mack said. “But I feel like everything that CCR provides you with gives you the confidence to go out there and do it.” Northwest launched its comprehensive crisis response minor last year as a multi-disciplinary

program that combines coursework from the departments of communication, theatre, and languages; psychology, sociology and counseling; geology and geography; and history, humanities, philosophy and political science. The minor provides students with a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skill sets that can be used in public, private and non-profit spheres. “We really are trying to prepare our students so they can work in emergency management or disaster relief, and they can also work with nongovernmental organizations like the Red Cross,” the program’s interim coordinator, Dr. April Haberyan, said, noting that U.S. News & World Report recently called emergency management one of the 50 best careers. Northwest is the only university in the region with a comprehensive crisis response minor. n

Annie Mack, Northwest’s first graduate with a minor in comprehensive crisis response, is now a civil defense programming specialist at the Nebraska State Emergency Management Agency.

SIFE members take entrepreneurial skills to nationals


hile the Bearcat football team and cheerleaders brought home national championships this past academic year, several other Northwest teams advanced to national competitions. One of those was the University’s Students In Free Enterprise team, which qualified for the national contest. Dr. Jason White ’91, assistant professor of accounting, economics and finance who founded the SIFE team in 2000, said this was the third time that the Bearcat student entrepreneurs qualified for nationals. Although the team did not make it into the final field of 20 universities, the Northwest SIFE team advanced farther in the national competition than the top 15 percent of SIFE universities in the United States. The team brought home the regional championship trophy by beating teams such as the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona. During the competition, teams presented written annual reports and gave

audio-visual presentations showing the results of their annual community outreach projects to panels of business leaders serving as judges. The teams are evaluated on how successful they were at creating economic opportunities for others. Members of the Northwest SIFE team presented several of the projects they completed during the school year. For instance, the team organized Youth Entrepreneurship Day, a Disney web-based game at Horace Mann and the YES Business Camp at Northwest. The team also designed a marketing plan for Kincaid Gardens, gave ethics presentations to high school students and helped Northwest acquire a glass shredder to enhance recycling efforts. n

Members of Northwest’s SIFE team, including Tiffany Rose, Jamie Webster, Jason Orme and Heather Smith, aim to enhance their entrepreneurial skills.


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Seeing the light By Mitzi Lutz • Photography by Darren Whitley • Design by Melinda Kelsey

Carl Heck ’70 has seen “the light” and he’s been mesmerized by it ever since he was a young boy. Carl Heck’s childhood resembled that of many youngsters in rural northwest Missouri. His father farmed – corn, soybeans and cattle – which meant there was a never-ending amount of daily chores for Heck and his siblings. He enjoyed hunting and found time to compete in high school athletics. But when he and the six others in his class graduated from Maitland High School, Heck had no idea his life’s path would forever be influenced by the simple stained glass window found in his farmhouse bedroom. “I woke up every morning for 18 years to a floral stained glass window in my bedroom,” said Heck, who for the past 40 years has made a name for himself internationally as a collector, buyer, seller and appraiser of artwork – in particular the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, an American artist best known for his stained glass creations. Most recently, three pieces in his collection have been touring as part of a


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three-country, two continent exhibition showcasing Tiffany’s talents. The exhibition opened in Paris and was the first show in that city in more than 100 years to focus on the renowned artist. Heck’s path from the family farm to his globetrotting adventures of today was paved with determination, risktaking and the sheer happenstance of being in the right place at the right time – and realizing it. Although he majored in agriculture at Northwest because he “didn’t know what else was out there” and took a “required” art history class, he was certain his future would be far from the farm. “At the time, people were struggling on the farm. They were making a living, but that’s all they were doing,” he said. “I had bigger goals, bigger dreams.”

Let’s make a deal Call it divine intervention, but Heck’s career was launched while he was sitting in church alongside his Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity brothers. “About once a month we’d all get together and attend one of the Maryville churches for Sunday services,” Heck said. “One Sunday we went to the Baptist church and Reverend Judah mentioned during the service that this would be the last Sunday in the church because it was being demolished to build a new church.” Heck was astonished as he looked upward and witnessed nearly 25 stained glass windows that were soon to become rubbish. The sun shone brightly through the decorative windows, and Heck knew what he needed to do. Following the service, he immediately struck a deal – with the minister. “I had no idea the value of those windows, but I thought the art and the beauty of the pieces should Carl Heck made a deal with the minister at the Maryville Baptist Church to remove all of the stained glass windows before the building was demolished, an act that be preserved. Reverend Judah said I could have the transformed his career. windows if I took them out myself and also made a donation to the building fund, which of course I did,” had an eye for art and culture. On top of that, Aspen had a Heck said. tourist base of very special people who were more discerning The following week the young entrepreneur returned about things in their life like dress, food, art and entertainhome, borrowed his father’s grain truck and ladders and ment, and Aspen offered all of those things.” single-handedly removed all of the church’s stained glass When Heck arrived in Aspen, he noticed there were quite windows. His father was less than pleased considering the a few antique shops, and a few sold stained glass windows – “colored windows” occupied valuable space in his barn. for a hefty price. (Years later, Heck would take his parents to Sotheby’s, the It didn’t take long for this farm boy to put two and two world-famous auction house in New York, where he set the together. world record for the sale of a stained glass window.) “I’d fly, take a bus, hitchhike or catch a ride back to Missouri and then I’d buy a vehicle in Missouri – a school bus, a Location, location, location mail truck, pickup trucks, an old Cadillac hearse – and load Shortly before graduation, Heck took a ski vacation to them up with antiques and various things from farm sales, Aspen, Colo., and knew one day he would someday live glass and beautiful old quilts and my stained glass windows there. “I just fell in love with Aspen,” he said. “And shortly after I graduated that’s where I went. The city had plenty of wealthy people who also

(Above) Heck, who fell in love with Aspen, Colo., while he was in college, has called the city home for the last 40 years and proudly displays his life’s work on his license plates. However, his roots remain in the northwest Missouri community of Maitland (right, with his late father, Earl).

and then drive back to Colorado,” he said. “I’d put a few ads in the paper, hang a few fliers and have an unloading sale, sell 90 to 95 percent of everything and then I’d turn around and sell the vehicle.” Over the course of the next two years, Heck made the lucrative Missouri and Aspen trek more than a dozen times. His wares were a hot commodity. Heck, who’s quick to credit Northwest and his Phi Sig fraternity brothers “for broadening my horizons,” was making money hand over fist and soon partnered with another entrepreneur to open an antique shop in Aspen. He later became the sole owner of Carl Heck Decorative Arts in a prime Aspen location. During his 16-year retail period in Aspen, Heck said he sold more than 6,000 stained glass windows. The first stained glass window he sold from the Maryville Baptist Church was purchased by John Denver’s architect as a house-warming gift for the well-known singer. “Of course Aspen has a good deal of celebrities who have homes there or vacation there, so it wouldn’t be uncommon for Goldie Hawn – and her little daughter, Kate – or someone of that nature to come into my shop,” Heck said. “But I’m not fazed by someone’s status. My roots from Maitland have helped ground me to realize we’re all just people and there’s too much to do in a day to get hung up with that nonsense.”

Far beyond Pizza Hut Heck purchased his first Tiffany stained glass window in St. Louis in the mid-1970s, and that was the beginning of his love of Tiffany glass. He paid $500 and thought it was a steep price for a window. Today, he buys and sells works of art that are worth millions.


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His pieces have been displayed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and in museums in Japan, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Most recently, three of his Tiffany pieces were included in the “Tiffany: Color and Light” exhibition that debuted at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, traveled to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec and just concluded at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Heck was on hand for each of the exhibition openings and has received royal treatment along the way. While in Paris, he was treated as a guest of the French government, which included state dinners, council with foreign diplomats and concerts surrounded by Monet masterpieces. He was delighted to share the experience with his 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, who accompanied him on the trip. “When many people think of a Tiffany lamp, they think of a stained glass lamp in a Pizza Hut,” Heck said. “No. It’s not. That’s just an imitation. But it goes far beyond that. To have people recognize that some American artists, such as Tiffany, are far superior to anybody else in the world is a very pleasing thing, especially at international exhibitions in Paris, Montreal, Japan.” The three pieces belonging (Top left) Heck’s worldwide travels recently included a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (Top) A 100-yearto Heck old hanging lamp, now owned by Heck and included featured in the Tiffany exhibition, was recovered from the artist’s in the Florida residence. (Above) Heck and curator Barry “Tiffany: Shifman discuss the exhibition prior to its opening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. (Right) Heck’s large Color stained glass mermaid window by Tiffany was a popular draw at the Paris, Montreal and Richmond exhibitions.

and Light” exhibition included a glass hanging lantern from Tiffany’s residence, Comfort Lodge, in Miami, Fla., circa 1904-1910; a mosaic clock face from the Hudson Theatre in New York, circa 1900-1910; and a 9-foot by 9-foot stained glass mermaid window from a mansion in Hawaii, dated 1899. “The entire Tiffany exhibition is wonderfully popular, and the mermaid window belonging to Mr. Heck is so well-received,” said Barry Shifman, a curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “We’ve positioned the window on a very prominent wall, and people are naturally drawn to it because of the unique subject matter and the sheer size of the window.”

Always look up As a private dealer, it’s important for Heck to keep his name in the loop with current and future clients. Submitting his Tiffany pieces to traveling museum exhibitions is one way to accomplish this. He also receives a good deal of publicity by serving as the Tiffany adviser for Schroeder’s Antique Price Guide and writing for publications such as Antique Trader and Maloney's Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory. “These are great ways to get my name and e-mail address out there,” said Heck, who provides his services to these publications pro bono. “A lot of people will not approach Sotheby’s or Christie’s – it’s too intimidating – but they’ll go to these books. They’re used as a bible by many antique dealers for price structure.” Because of his expertise, it’s not uncommon for Heck to be approached by individuals hoping the dusty vase they inherited is worth a fortune, similar to what they’ve witnessed on the television show “Antiques Roadshow.” “I have people come up to me all the time. I charge for my services, but many times I don’t mind helping out, especially if it’s a little old lady or man from somewhere I know and it’s something they’ve always had. I try to be as helpful as possible and steer them in the right direction,” Heck said. “I love ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ but it has its good and bad aspects. Unfortunately a lot of people assume the piece in their house is a rare item. Everyone thinks they have a Tiffany lamp or a Van Gogh painting.” But every now and then there is a diamond in the rough. And Heck is determined to find it. “I’ve traveled around the world many times, and even

though it appears like a vacation, I’m always working. In every city I visit I go to the local museums, antique shops and outdoor flea markets,” Heck said. “You never know what you’ll find. That’s what inspires me: the hunt of finding a rare and wonderful item, doing the research to find the history of the piece and putting it all together.” While the hunt is his inspiration, Heck said he has two talents for being successful in the art world. “Number one, I can speak honestly and relate to people on their level, whether they’re a famous movie star or a 90-year-old lady from Missouri,” he said. “And secondly, I was blessed with an eye. I can walk into a room with a hundred pieces and pick out the two that are the best. I don’t know how I have it. Like how did I pick out the stained glass windows in the church that day? There were hundreds of others who were there. I guess I just knew to look up.” Yes, Carl Heck saw the light. n Contact Carl Heck at or visit


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2010 Alumni Association Award recipients

You’re Invited! The Northwest Alumni Association honors individuals who have given of their time, talent and service to Northwest. All Northwest alumni and friends are invited to attend the Alumni Awards Banquet ceremony. It’s a great way to kick off Family Weekend and salute these deserving individuals. n

Friday, Oct. 1


J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom


6 p.m., social


6:45 p.m., dinner

Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award

Young Alumni Award

Dr. Bob Bohlken r. Bob Bohlken began his career at Northwest in 1970 and retired in 2000. While at Northwest, Bohlken was a professor and chair in the communication and theatre arts department and also served as dean. His research includes topics in listening, regional idioms and folk sayings. The author of many books and articles, he was inducted into the International Listening Association’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and continues to serve as a communication consultant. He lives in Maryville.

Jealaine Vaccaro Marple ealaine Vaccaro Marple ’00 is pursuing her master’s of divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Chosen to serve as Sacristan for the upcoming academic year, she will oversee each week of worship at Wartburg. As a student at Northwest, she was involved in the Writing Center, Residence Hall Association and Student Senate. She also has been involved with four of Northwest’s alumni chapters. She lives in Dubuque, Iowa.


Honorary Alumni Award Turret Service Award


8 p.m., awards presentation


$30 per person


$200 for a table of eight

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www. events/awards or call the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248.

Dennis Bunch ennis Bunch ’69, ’76, a former teacher and coach, is the owner of Bunch Hardware. A member of the M-Club Hall of Fame’s 1968 wrestling team, Bunch is the past president of the Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter and an active member of the Bearcat Booster Club. He also is active in several community organizations and helped start the Lenox Christmas Lighting Project. He lives in Lenox, Iowa.


Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Rafiq Islam r. Rafiq Islam, professor in the chemistry and physics department, has been a Northwest faculty member since 1997 and was named department chair in 2006. The 2010 recipient of the Commitment to Quality Award, Islam has written 22 peerreviewed publications and numerous grants. He is the chair of the Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Cell Biology Committee for the Missouri Academy of Science and serves on the journal editorial board for the Asia Journal of Biochemistry. He lives in Maryville.



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Elenora “Corky” Reaksecker lenora “Corky” Reaksecker attended Northwest for two years and has been an avid Northwest supporter. She and her late husband, Les, met at Northwest and were married 68 years. They enjoyed attending athletic events, variety shows and other activities on campus. She taught school for two years in a rural school house, was a real estate agent and was manager of the Town and Country Dress Shop, where she retired in 1980. She lives in Maryville.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Mel Tyler el Tyler ’80, ’85 is vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He began his career as a high school physical education teacher in 1980 and moved to higher education in 1982. A former student-athlete at Northwest, Tyler serves on the Board of Directors for the Minority Business Alliance of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and is active in several other organizations. He lives in St. Joseph. n



Many benefit from Tjeerdsma being named Coach of the Year


s a result of Northwest head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma being named the 2009 Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year, the Northwest Alumni Association received $20,000 from the insurance company sponsoring the contest. Tjeerdsma also received $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to be given to the charities of his choice, and he elected to give $15,000 to the Northwest Foundation to be used for the Degree Completion Program, which provides scholarships to Northwest student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility. “On behalf of the Northwest Alumni Association, we are pleased to accept this $20,000 check from Liberty Mutual. The funds will be used to assist with our alumni relations efforts of uniting Bearcats worldwide,” said Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations. “This generous gift is possible thanks to Coach Tjeerdsma’s outstanding leadership and integrity on and off the field, his dedicated players and coaches and the online votes from thousands of Northwest alumni and friends.” In addition to supporting Northwest’s Degree Completion Program, the coach selected three

other organizations to benefit from his post-season honor: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County, First Baptist Church of Maryville and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Northwest MissouriNortheast Kansas. The Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year award celebrates college football coaches whose seasons were marked by success and sportsmanship of their teams on the field, achievements by their student-athletes in the classroom and their selfless support of charity and their communities. Tjeerdsma led the Bearcats to a 14-1 record and the program’s third national championship this past season. The team was 0-11 in his first season of 1994 and is 171-30 since, winning 11 MIAA championships, making seven national title game appearances and bringing home three titles. With 29 postseason wins, Tjeerdsma is the winningest postseason coach in Division II history. n

Kelly Radke (center), Liberty Mutual national account manager, presents a $20,000 check for the Northwest Alumni Association to Brenda Untiedt, alumni relations specialist, and Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations. The gift was made as a result of Coach Mel Tjeerdsma being named the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year.

2011 Alumni Awards call for nominations Northwest is honoring outstanding individuals through its annual Alumni Association Awards program, and your nominations are essential to the process. Individuals nominated should personify the University’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievements. Contact Brenda Untiedt for a nomination form at (660) 562-1248, e-mail or complete the appropriate form located on the alumni website at events/awards/nominations.htm. The nomination deadline is Feb. 15, 2011. Distinguished Alumni Award Recognizes Northwest alumni for exceptional professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in their chosen field.

Award Nomination Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011

Honorary Alumni Award Honors Northwest friends who have served, promoted and loved the University in the tradition of a loyal graduate.

Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Award Recognizes a former faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service and/or research contributions at Northwest.

Northwest Turret Service Award Acknowledges a graduate or former student whose significant contributions of time and talents benefit and promote the University and the Northwest Alumni Association.

Distinguished Faculty Award Recognizes a present faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service and/or research contributions at Northwest.

Young Alumni Award Honors a graduate from the last decade for his or her exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteerism that bring honor to the University. n


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1. Members of the Central Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter enjoyed a tour and dinner at Olde Main Brewery in Ames, Iowa. 2. The Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter hosted a happy hour in May at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, and included (from left) Dilshan Ratanayke, Jeanna Becker, Bob Farris ’79, Scott Harvey ’07, Sara Myszewski, Hollis Hamilton ’78, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Katie Tripp ’05 and Kyle Wilson. 3. The Maryville Alumni and Friends Chapter Trivia Night winning team members were Dr. Bob Bohlken, Brock Pfost, Mary Bohlken ’74, Jessica O’Rourke Loch ’72, Bill Loch, Karen Pfost, Barry Beacom and Claudia Beacom ’05.

Alumni chapter news Get involved today! For information about joining a chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association in your area, call (660) 562-1248 or e-mail There are currently 17 active alumni chapters, and more are being formed this fall. n Central Iowa


n February, the Central Iowa Chapter had a brewery tour and dinner at Olde Main Brewery in Ames, Iowa. This event not only supported a local establishment but also drew in Bearcats from the Ames area who don’t typically make it to the chapter’s Des Moines events. Football Coach Mel Tjeerdsma made a St. Patrick’s Day trophy tour stop at Christopher’s in Beaverdale and was greeted by Bearcats who wanted a good look at the national championship trophy. In May, the chapter attended the Iowa Cubs game, and it was a success despite the weather. For details on other upcoming events, visit the chapter’s blog at n

the Dallas Bearcats met for happy hour at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, Texas, and more than 40 alumni and friends gathered for a poker tournament in Castle Hills. The chapter raised $520 for its scholarship fund. In June, chapter members met for happy hour at Uncle Buck’s in Grapevine, Texas, and for an evening playing Whirley Ball. In July, the chapter had a wine tasting event, and the following month chapter members met at Trinity Hall in Dallas for happy hour. In September, the chapter will meet for a beer tasting at the Gingerbread Pub. n Maryville


he Maryville Chapter held its first Trivia Night in April, and more than $1,000 was raised for the chapter’s scholarship. In June, the chapter partnered with Northwest’s Student Activities Council and handed out complimentary popcorn and water to attendees at the on-campus summer movies hosted by the Office of Campus Activities. n



he Dallas Chapter elected new officers in April and included Bob Farris ’79, president; Steve Weigman ’85, vice president; and Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, secretary. The chapter hosted several events throughout the summer. In May,




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embers of the Mid-Missouri Chapter enjoyed an evening of basketball at Mizzou Arena watching the Missouri Tigers defeat the Iowa State Cyclones in February. Chapter members also attended the annual networking night and happy hour social in March. In June, the chapter celebrated its third anniversary with a social at D Rowe’s in Columbia. The chapter is busy planning upcoming events, including a MU football game and the chapter’s annual food drive for the Central Missouri Food Bank. n

he Arizona Chapter has provided its members with several opportunities to reconnect with fellow alumni. In October, the chapter welcomed Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and his wife, Denise. In December, the chapter hosted watch parties at The Paradise Lounge in Phoenix, Ariz., for the semifinal and national championship football games. In March, the chapter welcomed Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and his wife, Carol, as they hosted a National Championship Celebration that included a meet-and-greet and autograph signing at Cadillac Ranch in Tempe, Ariz. The following day, the Tjeerdsmas joined the chapter at a spring training baseball game in Surprise, Ariz., where the Kansas City Royals took on the Oakland A’s. In the past year, the chapter also created groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook to allow members to stay connected and network with each other as well as with Northwest. Visit “AZ Bearcats” on either site to connect with them. n




he Springfield Chapter is working on establishing fundraising events that will go toward starting a scholarship fund. Events also are being planned that will help increase membership. For more information on getting involved in the chapter, contact Mark DeVore ’71, ’75 at n


1. The St. Joseph Chapter met in January for dinner and game night at the Hoof and Horn Restaurant. Member Susan McKnight Clevenger ’74 had suffered a broken ankle and elbow due to icy conditions so the chapter sent her a message. 2. Dave Teeter ’86, Nathan Tutt ’00, ’01 and Mark Partise ’02 socialize during a recent happy hour at Shiloh Bar and Grill in Columbia. 3. Members of the Springfield Alumni and Friends Chapter gathered for a watch party to cheer on the Bearcats in the National Championship football game.

St. Joseph


he St. Joseph Chapter had a Cajun Mardi Gras celebration at Boudreaux’s in February, and Oscar Hansen ’73, owner of Smooth Endings, hosted a wine tasting for the chapter in March. The following month, dance instructors Mark and Janice Mallon taught chapter members the waltz and fox trot. For a list of upcoming chapter events, join “Northwest Alumni Association – St. Joseph Chapter” on Facebook. n 2




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1. The Southern Iowa Chapter took part in the Kids Against Hunger program in Mount Ayr, Iowa, in March, packaging more than 1,000 meals to be sent to Haiti. Participants were (front row, from left) Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Karen Taylor ’93, Joen Gross Brown ’69, (back row) Darin Goins, Cindy Goodale Goins ’98, ’05, Barb Fox Hannon ’55, Mary Lou Hilger Miller ’66, Carolyn Brown Nelson ’73, Karen Shawler ’65 and Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09. 2. The Kansas City Chapter's Brian Stewart, Jennifer Hewitt Smith ’86, Terry Day ’65 and Steve Sutton ’71 attempt to stay warm at the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City. 3. Coach Mel Tjeerdsma took in a Royals spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., with members of the Arizona Chapter.

Alumni chapter news (continued) Kansas City


he Kansas City Chapter started the spring season at the chilly Snake Saturday Parade, and those in attendance had a great time hanging out under the tent or by the open fire staying warm and enjoying the cookout after the parade. In May, the fourth annual get together at The Dot Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District was a success for the chapter’s First Friday social. The summer months included social events at D.Luxe Lounge and Cigar Bar in Parkville and at Trolleys in Overland Park, Kan., as well as a family outing at a Kansas City Royals game. Look for announcements for upcoming events, including the chapter’s second annual holiday party with Santa and Bobby Bearcat. In addition, the new chapter officers include President Brian Stewart, Vice President Reed Jorgensen ’02 and Secretary Damian Valline Bridges ’84. The Chapter is looking forward to meeting new members and adding events that appeal to all. For more infor-


mation or to provide ideas, contact the chapter at n Southern Iowa


he Southern Iowa Chapter helped with the Special Olympics at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Chapter members also packaged food for Haiti through the Kids Against Hunger program in Mount Ayr, Iowa. The annual anniversary social was April 16 in Creston, Iowa. Bearcat football coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Northwest athletics director Dr. Bob Boerigter were the evening’s featured speakers, and they were joined by three Bearcat football players. The chapter was able to add more than $650 to the scholarship fund. Chapter members participated in several parades throughout southern Iowa, proudly displaying their chapter banner, and also enjoyed a family picnic. For information about the Southern Iowa Chapter, contact Darin Goins at n




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Homecoming 2010 October 29-30 Homecoming Golf Classic Friday, Oct. 29, noon n Two-person scramble n Mozingo Lake Golf Course COST: $45 per person n

Soccer vs. Nebraska-Omaha Saturday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m. Bearcat Pitch n Free n n

M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Homecoming Barbecue Saturday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m. n College Park COST: $6 n

Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. n J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom n Free n

Variety Show Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts COST: $5

Football vs. Fort Hays State Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Bearcat Stadium COST: $15 reserved, $10 adult general admission (standing room only), $8 visiting student (Tickets available to general public beginning Sept. 20.)





Homecoming Welcome Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. Alumni House n Free refreshments n

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Volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist

Homecoming Parade

Saturday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. Bearcat Arena n Free n

Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. n NEW ROUTE: The parade starts at the corner of Ray and College Avenue, proceeds east to the main University entrance at Fourth Street, continues east on Fourth Street to Main, past the courthouse square to Market. n The family friendly viewing area is near the intersection of University Drive and Fourth Street. n




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2009 Homecomin

Honoring the Class of 1960


The Golden Years Society Reunion welcomes all classmates from 1960 and before to attend Northwest’s Homecoming festivities. Mark your calendar for Oct. 29-30, and make plans to return to campus.

Friday, Oct. 29

For more information, contact the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248 or alumni@

9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.

Tickets will not be mailed; they must be picked up at the event. Football and Variety Show tickets may be purchased online (after Aug. 30) at www.nwmissouri. edu/tickets or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University and mailed to Student Services Center, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468. (Checks must be received at Northwest by Thursday, Oct. 28.) Call (660) 562-1248 or visit events to register for the Golf Classic. Seats are assigned on a best-available basis. All ticket sales are final. Ticket prices include Missouri sales tax.

Welcome reception, Alumni House Campus bus tour Reunion photo, Kissing Bridge Luncheon, J.W. Jones Student Union Flag-raising ceremony, White International Flag Plaza Golden Years social, Alumni House M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom

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Eastern Iowa becomes 17th alumni chapter

T MISSION: The Northwest Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships through initiatives and opportunities that advance the University and its alumni, future alumni and friends. 2010-2011 Board of Directors President Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Vice President Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Smithville Past President Tim Sullivan ’75, Urbandale, Iowa Alumni Programs Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Redding, Iowa Membership Committee Chairperson Mark Pickerel ’76, St. Joseph

he Eastern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association was chartered this spring in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During the May event, attended by more than 30 Northwest alumni and friends, Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, presented the chapter its banner and encouraged those in attendance to continue their commitment to Northwest. “There are more than 1,100 Northwest graduates living in the eastern Iowa region, and the interest by these alumni in establishing a chapter in this area has been extraordinary,” Sutton said. “Bearcat Nation continues to thrive thanks to dedicated Northwest alumni and friends who not only appreciate the camaraderie with fellow alumni, but who also value the

A chapter banner is presented to the Eastern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

education they received and want to ensure those same opportunities are available for future generations of Bearcats.” The Eastern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter is the Northwest Alumni Association’s 17th chapter and is led by President Linda Wiles ’73, Vice President Dave Hockett ’98 and Secretary Doug Bannon ’77. For more information about the Eastern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter or to get involved, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248. n To view photographs from the chapter charter, visit photoalbum/2010EasternIowa.

Chapters Committee Chairperson Kory Schramm ’95, Johnston, Iowa

Bearcat travelers return from Hawaiian cruise

Members Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Kansas City Paula Rector Davis ’91, Lee’s Summit Chrissy Beck Jolley ’02, Jefferson City Bill Brooks ’91, Dearborn Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, ’76, Edmond, Okla. Jim Goecken ’92, Maryville Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Manchester Allen Kearns ’62, Omaha, Neb. Larry Maiorano ’69, ’74, Lenexa, Kan. Dave Teeter ’86, Montgomery City John Van Cleave ’73, ’89, Maryville


orthwest alumni and friends recently returned from an eight-day, seven-night Hawaiian cruise offered by the Tourin’ Bearcats, the Northwest Alumni Association’s travel program. The group of 61 travelers flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, and boarded the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ 2,100-passenger Pride of America ship. In addition to a day in Honolulu, ports throughout the cruise included Kahului, Maui; Hilo,

Hawaii; Kona, Hawaii; and Nawiliwili, Kauai. Travelers also enjoyed a Bearcat evening social with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and First Lady Denise Jasinski, who accompanied the group with three of their four children while celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. n To view a photo album from the trip, visit photoalbum/2010Hawaii.

Mike Zech ’86, Maryville Ex-Officio Board Members Orrie Covert, Vice President for University Advancement Dan Runde ’81, President, Northwest Foundation, Platte City Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

Don and Theresa Burns ’88 Franken of Tipton, along with their daughters, Emily and Katherine, enjoy the Hawaiian luau.


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Maryville residents and Northwest alumni Kathy Goff ’00, Chuck Goff ’60, ’70, Barb Courter ’68, ’75 and Ray Courter ’68, ’75 were among the 61 travelers on the Tourin’ Bearcats Hawaiian cruise.


A message from the Foundation president


New Foundation Board members

he Northwest Foundation and the Unifaculty and staff. The following Bearcats versity are really no different than you We must each are new members of the Northwest Foundation Board and I personally, our businesses or our society. do our individual of Directors. We struggle in some areas, we enjoy success in part in giving others. Regardless of whether we are flourishback to what eduArnold Johnson ’77 Houston, Texas ing or just coping, we have seen some less than cation continues Senior Vice President, encouraging trends in our economy, including to give to us. We General Counsel and the state of Missouri’s funding for higher educaneed to be aware Secretary Noble Energy Inc. tion. There are bright spots, however. of the valuable These bright spots are our relationships – role higher educaJeff Borchardt ’82 Olathe, Kan. friends, family and others with whom we assocition plays in our President, ate. Those who we are shoulder to shoulder with, overall success Chief Executive Officer who give us hope and help us along the way. and just how important Northwest is to the Kansas City Board of Trade We are all interdependent on one another for economic health of our cities, states and nation. business and for a myriad of other integral parts Please join me in the promotion of a greater Paul Schieber ’81 Overland Park, Kan. of our society. Education provides the life blood Northwest for all of us! Vice President, Roaming for the economies of cities, states and nations – and Access Planning which when boiled down is “us.” Higher educaSincerely, Sprint tion is the key to success in nearly every area of Owen Straub ’86 life and in society’s overall progression. Kansas City Vice President, Colleges and universities are going to have to Engineering be less dependent on state and public funding in Dan Runde ’81 (software development) the future, and while the burden of cost logically Cerner n President, Northwest Foundation falls to the student, it may not be the best for “us” as a whole. If education becomes so expensive that it is not reasonNorthwest Annual Fund ’Cat Caller ably available to our representative population, our society through Thursday evenings during the acawill suffer. The alternative then demic year calling alumni and friends asking is private sources of funding. them to support the Northwest Annual Fund While there is a disconnect and other giving options available through the between the source of the Northwest Foundation. funds and any direct return on Krista is majoring in agronomy with a minor the investment, there will be a in general business and following graduation much larger return to society. plans to work for a seed company and conMy goal as a member of the duct research. She’s involved in the Christian Northwest Foundation Board Campus House and Lutheran Campus Center. of Directors and as a North Thanks to the generous support of alumni west alumnus is to promote and friends and friendly ’Cat Callers such and represent the University as Krista, the Northwest Annual Fund has in everything I do. I want to generated more than $1.2 million in the last ensure that the Foundation five years and provides imperative support for Krista Schnare Townsend, a sophomore is doing the best job it can campus initiatives such as technology, acafrom Bosworth, is one of 10 students who by being fiscally responsible demic programs, facilities and scholarships. works at the Alumni House as a ’Cat Caller. and working together with Thank you! n These dedicated students spend Sunday University groups, alumni,

Meet Krista Schnare Townsend


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Northwest Foundation receives largest cash gift to date


Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music and collaborative pianist, performed a Schumann piece on the piano that is part of an estate gift by the late Rolland and Maxine Deardorff. Also attending the ceremony were (from left) Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as Donna Funk and Dennis Collins of Norfolk, Neb., representatives of the estate.

orthwest – in particular its students – will reap the benefits of the generosity of a Stanton, Neb., couple who left their entire $2 million estate to the University. The gift, which includes a grand piano and establishes a scholarship fund for the benefit of Northwest students, is the largest cash gift ever received by the Northwest Foundation. Rolland “Roll” Deardorff and Maxine Deardorff, who died in 2005 and 2009, respectively, made a provision in their trust to establish the R.G. and Maxine Deardorff Scholarship at Northwest. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time Northwest student with a 3.0 grade point average or higher with academic achievement and financial need as the leading criteria. In addition to the scholarship fund, Northwest recently received a Baldwin M1 grand piano previously located in the Deardorff ’s parlor. The instrument is now housed in the University’s Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.


Rolland Deardorff was raised by his grandmother in Maryville and graduated from Horace Mann High School on the Northwest campus in 1933 and also attended Drake University. His wife, Maxine Deardorff, graduated from Lindenwood College and received a master’s in music from Northwestern University. They married in 1945 and lived in Pickering for one year prior to moving to a farm they owned just west of Stanton, Neb. They sold the farm and moved into Stanton in 1951. During this time, they purchased the Stanton Telephone Company, which they operated for 35 years before selling it in 1980. Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the record-setting gift amount is a testament to the dedication of so many individuals who have experienced Northwest – either as a student at Horace Mann, as an undergraduate or graduate student, as a Northwest employee or community member, or even as a guest to campus. “The remarkable giving spirit of the Deardorffs and so many like them is what makes us all proud to be Bearcats,” Jasinski said. “Education and music were two areas of great importance to the Deardorffs, and this couple’s legacy will now continue thanks to their thoughtful gifts that will play a role in transforming the lives of generations of Bearcats.” n

1905 Society

Proud past, promising future.

The essence of Northwest’s identity and success is rooted in a tradition of people stepping forward at crucial times to achieve the possibilities that lie before the institution. True to Northwest’s rich heritage, members of The 1905 Society help expand the student’s horizons in and beyond the classroom. Northwest alumni and friends can show their faith in the University’s promising future through membership in The 1905 Society with any unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 or greater. From the classroom to commencement, from the recital hall to the living laboratories, Northwest students benefit daily from the flexible, unrestricted support provided by The 1905 Society. To join The 1905 Society, or for more information, contact Laurie Long with the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248 or visit


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Scholarship to assist future P.E. teachers


s a college student, Lewis Dyche didn’t receive any scholarships. He wasn’t even aware of scholarships. “My mother didn’t want me to go to college because she thought I already had a good job,” Dyche said. “I didn’t have any money so I worked nights at the hospital and delivered groceries on weekends – whatever it took to pay for college.” Dyche established the Dyche Family Scholarship because he wants “to give a Northwest student a chance to go to school,” he said. “Hopefully, this scholarship helps somebody enjoy a better life.” After graduating from Auburn (Kan.) High School in 1949, Dyche joined the Navy. When he returned to Auburn, he worked at the Goodyear tire plant earning $1.25 an hour. Although the wages were good, Dyche wanted to play football. When a recruiter from College of Emporia sought him out, Dyche jumped at the chance to play football. During his sophomore year, Dyche married Virginia Brobst shortly before the Navy called him back to serve in the Korean War. Two years later, Dyche returned home to his wife and their children and resumed his studies at the College of Emporia, where he graduated in 1955. He taught and coached several years in Utah and Kansas, and in 1964, after completing his master’s in education, Dyche arrived at Northwest where he taught health, swimming, water aerobics and water safety in addition to coaching

the swim teams for the University and the Maryville community. He assisted Coach Ivan Schottel with football during his first six years, and after Schottel’s departure, Dyche assisted with baseball in addition to his swimming responsibilities. He and his wife had six children and lived in Maryville, where Virginia died in 2005 following a long illness. When his mother died in 1985, Dyche, his step-father and siblings opted to establish the Lula Dyche Hewitt Scholarship to assist rural Missouri high school graduates in his mother’s memory. In 1995, Dyche changed the name of the award to the Dyche Family Scholarship, which then began to assist graduates of Nodaway County high schools. In 2006, while aboard the Tourin’ Bearcats Alaskan cruise with his daughter, Melissa Dyche Nelson ’90, he met Jill Richard ’67, who was traveling with a group of friends. As a retired high school history teacher, she shared Dyche’s love of education and traveling. The two hit it off and were married that fall. In recognition of Dyche’s lifelong dedication to educating and helping others live a better life, the Dyche Family Scholarship now assists Northwest’s continuing students who are interested in and preparing to teach physical education. To contribute to this or other scholarships, contact Laurie Long, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248 or visit n

Lewis and Jill Richard ’67 Dyche gather at the Foster Aquatic Center to reminisce of the many years that Coach Dyche spent instructing swimming classes and the swim teams for the University and the Maryville community.

Former football coach memorialized through scholarship


memorial scholarship has been established in honor of former Bearcat football coach Ivan Schottel to support a graduate assistant coaching position for the Bearcat football program. The scholarship drive is being spearheaded by Dr. Wayne Woolsey ’70, ’71 and Dr. Jim Redd ’66, who both played for Schottel in the 1960s. Schottel was the captain of the undefeated 1938 and 1939 Bearcat football teams. In addition, he earned 12 varsity letters while participating in basketball, baseball, football and track and

field as a student-athlete at Northwest. Schottel had a three-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions and then entered the coaching ranks, with stints at Atchison High School, St. Benedict’s College and Northwest. This summer’s proceeds from the Jim Williams Memorial Golf Tournament went toward helping fund the Ivan Schottel Memorial Scholarship. To contribute to the fund, contact Neil Elliott, development officer for athletics, at (660) 562-1248 or n

A scholarship drive is being spearheaded by former players of Ivan Schottel, a standout Northwest student-athlete and coach who was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1983.


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Family of Bearcats endow scholarship for international student teachers


Cherine Heckman ’77, ’83, who returned to the Northwest campus this summer, is honoring her family’s tradition of Bearcats by establishing The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching. She is joined by her nephew, Bryan Heckman, niece, Ashley Heckman Myers ’09, and brother, Kevin Heckman.

he expressions “bleeding green,” “Bearcat Family” and “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat” ring true in the hearts of many who are affiliated with Northwest. Students, alumni, employees, community members, family members and friends often feel the special bond that comes with being a Bearcat. Cherine Heckman ’77, ’83 and her family, associated with Northwest in nearly every capacity possible, understand that bond, and now their family’s Bearcat connection will continue indefinitely, in the form of a scholarship. The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching has been established in honor of their family’s legacy as Northwest graduates and as educators in the state of Missouri and beyond. The family tradition began in 1946 when Heckman’s mother, Lola Weathermon Heckman, graduated from Horace Mann High School. She later married Horace Erle Heckman, who graduated from Northwest in 1950 and enjoyed many years as an educator in school districts throughout northwest Missouri. Heckman graduated from Northwest with a bachelor’s in secondary education, majoring in French and minoring in English followed by a

master’s in educational leadership. She dedicated 11 years of her career, from 1982 to 1993, as a loyal Northwest employee serving as assistant registrar, coordinator of transfer student records and associate director of admissions for recruitment. Currently, Heckman is the vice president of student affairs at Fujairah Women’s College and Fujairah Men’s College, part of the Higher College of Technology in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The most recent addition to the Heckman Bearcat family tree came in December when Heckman’s niece, Ashley Heckman Myers ’09, graduated with a major in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education. In conjunction with her niece’s graduation from Northwest, Heckman is honoring her family’s tradition by establishing The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in any content area within early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education or secondary education who is seeking international student teaching placement. For more information about giving opportunities within the College of Education and Human Services, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer with the Northwest Foundation, at (660) 562-1248 or n

Champions Fund honors Bearcat football program


n recognition of the Bearcats winning their third football national championship, a fund has been created to give Northwest alumni and friends an opportunity to honor and support the Bearcat football program. Gifts to the Champions Fund not only support the Bearcat football program, but also assist with continuing to service the debt associated with the improvements at Bearcat Stadium and enhance the Degree Completion Scholarship Program. “Northwest and its football program have


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enjoyed a long, proud tradition,” said Neil Elliott, development officer for athletics. “In order to maintain this level of excellence, continued financial support is crucial. Northwest alumni and friends are being asked to support the Champions Fund to ensure Northwest’s tradition of excellence not only lives on but continues to grow.” To learn more about the Champions Fund, visit ChampionsFund.htm or contact Elliott at (660) 562-1248 or n


Scholarship rewards diverse learners


aving experienced Northwest as students, alumni, fans and faculty, Drs. Tim ’01 and Jenni Frandsen ’03, ’05 Wall say they are fortunate to have gained such a broad perspective of their alma mater. The couple, who met on campus, decided the best way to help others was to invest in the betterment of Northwest students and therefore endowed The Wall Family Scholarship to assist diverse students, or students from diverse settings, through the University’s cultural enrichment scholarship program. The Walls had always planned to establish a scholarship later in life, but thought the time was right as they awaited the birth of their daughter, Eliana, whose name means “God has answered.” “We are so blessed. We found ourselves at Northwest – as individuals and as a couple – and we wanted to help others pursue their education,” said Jenni Wall, an assistant professor of mathematics/statistics at Northwest. “We’ve had so many opportunities, and we want to give

back a little of what we’ve been blessed with in the hope that others can expand their experiences.” The first $400 award from the couple’s fully endowed fund will be awarded for the 2010-11 academic year. “Not everyone is raised in the loving, education-focused families as Jenni and I were,” said Tim Wall, the director of educational assessment and an assistant professor of education at Missouri Western State University. “By increasing educational access and opportunities for diverse learners, everyone benefits from a richer Northwest community.” To contribute to this or other scholarships, contact Laurie Long, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248 or visit n

Drs. Tim ’01 and Jenni Frandsen ’03, ’05 Wall, who have endowed The Wall Family Scholarship, enjoy an afternoon on the Northwest campus with their daughter, Eliana.

Memorial gift benefits FCS department


orthwest’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has undergone many changes since it became an area of study on campus nearly 103 years ago. However, one thing that has remained the same is the loyalty and dedication of the students and alumni who have been a part of this unique department. One such alumna is Agnes Kowitz Boulger ’41. After growing up in the Savannah area and graduating from Northwest, she received a master’s from Iowa State University and enjoyed a lengthy career in high school home economics education before retiring in 1981. Currently a resident of Kankakee, Ill., Boulger still has a special place in her heart for Northwest and many fond memories of her time as a Bearcat. That is why upon the passing of her husband, Edward Boulger, in 2009, she chose the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwest as the beneficiary of one of three memorial gifts she made in his honor to universities. Dr. Deborah Lewis Fravel, the department chair, said this gift could not have come at a

better time. “Faculty members in the department have been working hard to implement a strategic plan that reflects contemporary practice in its disciplines,” Fravel said. “This gift allows us to put feet to some of our dreams for updated equipment and materials. We are grateful for Mrs. Boulger’s forward thinking and kindness.” Boulger’s contribution of $10,000 is unrestricted, allowing the department to determine how to best use the funds. Facilities and equipment upgrades within the department, mainly for the Food and Nutrition Laboratory and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory, are two areas likely to benefit from this gift. For more information about giving opportunities within the College of Education and Human Services, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer with the Northwest Foundation, at (660) 562-1248 or andrea@nwmissouri. edu. n

Agnes Kowitz Boulger ’41 chose Northwest’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as the beneficiary of one of three gifts she made in memory of her late husband, Edward.


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Bearcat Reflections

Wrestling Club finishes strong at national championships

Diane Kloewer Sprick ’84

The Northwest Wrestling


Business Management My senior year at Northwest we were ranked No. 1 in the nation and beat Central Missouri State in double overtime during the regular season, and Central went on to win nationals. We also had won more than 20 games in a row. It was just a fantastic year. My teammates are still some of my best friends today. My parents never missed a game and were my No. 1 fans. SINCE GRADUATION: I married Stu Sprick ’84, who I met at Northwest. Our son Tony is a junior at Northwest, and our son Alex is a high school senior. Both boys have been involved in athletics in high school, participating in football, basketball and track. We live in Fort Calhoun,

Club finished 17th in a field


of 79 teams at the National


Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships this spring.

Craig Addison, a senior

from Smithville, defended his All-American status and beat the No. 1 seed to take third place in the 32-man, 125-pound bracket.

The Northwest Wres-

tling Club was founded in 2004 and its 13 members compete in the Southwest Conference, one of six conferences in the NCWA. ■


Diane Kloewer Sprick ’84 and her husband, Stu Sprick ’84, will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in September. As a player at Northwest, Sprick holds the record for most field goals made in a season (263) and most points in a season (633).

Neb., and I’m a consultant underwriter at Mutual of Omaha. CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN ATHLETICS: I still like to shoot hoops and recently played in a fundraiser basketball game at our high school. I also do boot camp three days a week with a great group of friends. ■

Spring wrap-up Baseball After a slow start, the Bearcats turned their season around and qualified for their first MIAA post season tournament appearance since 2007. The Bearcats finished the season 20-34, and Coach Darin Loe has won 20 or more games all 11 of his seasons at Northwest.

Women’s Golf Northwest junior Erin Luchtel posted rounds of 87 and 92 to finish as the Bearcats’ top finisher at the MIAA championship meet. Northwest placed fifth at the meet with a two-day team total of 747.

Softball Northwest finished 26-24 overall and 9-11 in league play, good for a tie for sixth place. Junior Dacey Hassey was named a second-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She joins Teresa Gumm ’83 as the only All-Americans in program history.

Men’s Tennis Northwest’s men’s team finished 22-5, won its first MIAA title since 2002 and advanced to the All-American Ben McKim


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NCAA tournament for the 13th time in the last 16 seasons. Coach Mark Rosewell was selected MIAA Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

Women’s Tennis Northwest’s women finished 17-7 overall and 7-0 in conference play to win the league’s regular season crown. The Bearcats were the runner-up at the conference tournament, a result that ended the program’s string of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 15.

Women’s Track and Field The Bearcats claimed a sixth-place finish at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Junior Kate Walter went on to place third in the hammer to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

Men’s Track and Field The men’s team took fifth place at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Tyler Shaw went on to place sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, while Senior Ben McKim took seventh in the shot put to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. ■


Fall Classic concludes MIAA conference schedule


he ninth annual Fall Classic between Northwest and Pittsburg State University will kickoff at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and serves as the final regular-season conference game for both teams. Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City is once again the site for the rivalry game. Last season’s contest was dominated by the Bearcats, who captured a 30-10 victory in front of 20,813 fans. It was the 29th straight MIAA win for the Bearcats and the sixth straight win over the Gorillas. Stadium parking lots open at 11 a.m. and stadium gates open at noon. All Bearcat fans are invited to the Northwest Alumni Association’s tailgate party beginning at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion, southeast of the stadium.

There will be food, music and appearances from Bobby Bearcat, Northwest cheerleaders and the Bearcat Marching Band. Game tickets are $35 for club-level seats. Field-level seats are $20 for adults and $10 for fans ages 3 through high school age as well as Northwest students with a University ID. Children 2 and under sitting on an adult’s lap are free. A family package is available for $50 and admits two adults and two children. To order tickets, call the Northwest Student Services Center at (660) 562-1212 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or purchase tickets online at www. after Aug. 23. ■

2010 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees A Northwest cross country team is joined by five former student-athletes and one coach to make up the 2010 M-Club Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Lindsey Borgstadt Clinton ’99 Track and field and cross country; All-American and All-MIAA cross country performer in 1997; holds cross country program 5K record with 18:12; stands second in outdoor 10,000-meter run and third in indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter runs; member of teams that won the MIAA triple crown in 1996 and 1997 (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field); two-time academic All-American; lives in Perryville. Don Neil ’50 Track and field; six-time MIAA outdoor champion in 880-yard relay, 220-yard dash and 100-yard dash in 1949 and 1950; three-time MIAA indoor champion in 60-yard dash and mile relay; won MIAA outdoor individual high-point title in 1949; led team to back-toback indoor and outdoor MIAA titles in 1949 and 1950; lives in Blue Springs. Brad Ortmeier ’87 Cross country and track and field; MIAA cross country finishes of second, third, sixth and 14th; five-time AllAmerican whose seven program records have stood for more than 20 years; holds both five- and 10-kilometer cross country records, the 10,000-meter run in outdoor track, both indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter run records and indoor records for the two- and three-

mile runs; national runner-up in the 10,000-meter run in 1987; lives in Johnston, Iowa. Seth Wand ’03 Football; three-time first team All-MIAA offensive tackle; two-time first team All-American; 75th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft; seven-year NFL veteran who has served stints with the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders; played in 53 NFL games and started all 16 games at left tackle for the Texans during the 2004 season; lives in Kansas City.

Tailgating with fellow Bearcats is one of the highlights of the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead.

Jim Wasem Bearcat baseball coach from 1973 to 1981; Northwest career record of 221-119; turned in program’s first 30-win season in 1975 when Bearcats finished 33-9; MIAA champions in 1973, 1975, 1978 and 1980; holds records for career win percentage (.650) and single season win percentage (.786); lives in Mead, Wash. Tucker Woolsey ’01 Football and track and field; four-year starter at fullback; 22 career touchdowns; All-MIAA senior year; member of 1998 and 1999 national championship teams; three-year co-captain in track and field; three MIAA titles in shot put; six-time track All-American; national runner-up in 2001; three-time academic AllAmerican; MIAA Ken B. Jones Award recipient as top scholar-athlete in the league; lives in Warrensburg. 1975 Women’s Cross Country Team Won the MIAA championship in its first season of collegiate competition; placed eighth at NAIA national cross country championships; coached by Debbie Jones. ■

Seth Wand, who started all 16 games at left tackle for the Houston Texans during the 2004 season, will be inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame during the Oct. 29 ceremony.


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Class notes Paul Baldwin

taught business education in Long Beach, Calif., high schools and community college for 38 years, retiring in 1984. He also retired as a commander, supply corps, U.S. Naval Reserve after 30 years of service. He and his wife, Janice, live in Spearfish, S.D.


Jim Pool

was honored in New York City by the International Photographic Council, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, as a recipient of its 12th annual Professional Photographer Leadership Award for his work with the Professional School Photographers Association International. Jim is retired and lives in Westminster, Colo.


Jerry Taylor

was appointed as the U.S. Census office manager in Columbia. The office was responsible for the population count and completion of the 2010 Census for 14 counties in central Missouri. When the final phase of the census is completed he intends to return to retirement in Columbia. He is a member of Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities.


Robert “Bob” and Doris Wielandt (attd. ’69) Foster

live just outside Bern, Switzerland. Bob retired as VP Europe from Praxair after 40 years of service. He spent 20 of




celebrated their 40th anniversary Jan. 24. Dean is a stockbroker and previously worked for the St. Joseph Light & Power Co. He also is retired from the Air National Guard. Denise is retired from the St. Joseph News-Press. They live in St. Joseph.

is CEO of Community Hospital Association in Fairfax. Earlier this year she received the Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association. She also is a board member of the Missouri Hospital Association.

Dean and Denise Hammer (’71) Kerns


Bob Berning

retired in June after serving 25 years as director of the Carlisle Public Library in Carlisle, Iowa, and is now relaxing and enjoying retirement with family and friends.


Leellyn Schultz Tuel

was named 2010 Elementary Teacher of the Year in the Lawrence (Kan.) Public School District. She has taught 25 years in the district, all at Hillcrest School, except for her first five years at Sunset Hill.


Carol J. Miller

has been honored with the statewide Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award for furthering the highest ideals of the legal profession through teaching and scholarship.

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Valerie Vaughn Arambasick Johnson

Myra Turner Evans (master’s ’87) ◆

Dave Plymale

was nominated in April for the Texas Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators. He has been in education for 31 years and is superintendent of Waelder Independent School District. He and his wife, Kristi, live in San Marcos, Texas. Jerel Schomer ◆

retired March 1 as director of the training division at the rank of captain from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He and his wife, Mary, have moved to Lee’s Summit to be closer to their daughter. Terry Spoor

is the program chair for fire protection at South-

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Margaret Torkelson (master’s)

lives in Kirksville and works part time as a health literacy coordinator at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. She retired in January 2008 after 32 years with Missouri state government.



east Community College in Lincoln, Neb. took early retirement in June 2009 after 35 years of teaching, 32 in secondary education at GarnerHayfield High School in Garner, Iowa. She and her husband, Warren, were owners and operators of Garner Greenhouse and Floral from 1988 to 2005.

Sept. 2, 6 p.m. vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville


Oct. 2, 1 p.m. vs. Missouri Western (Family Weekend)

is chief financial officer of Black & Veatch and received the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Awards’ Chairman’s Award in February. She was chosen from hundreds of other government and business applicants for the award.

Oct. 9, 6 p.m. at Missouri Southern

Karen Daniel


Jeff Conway

is a member of the Sam Houston State University football coaching staff. Previously he was associate head coach and wide receivers coach at the University of Central Missouri and worked six seasons with the University of New Mexico. He also was offensive coordinator at Blinn Junior College for teams that won two national NJCAA championships. His coaching career began as an assistant at Northwest, a graduate assistant at Sam Houston, an offensive coordinator at Missouri Western and an assistant at Lamar University. He and his wife, Jolene, have three daughters, Callie, Patsy and Bobbi.

Sept. 18, 6 p.m. at Nebraska-Omaha

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those 40 years working outside the United States in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Doris was a Swiss exchange student at Northwest. She is employed by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. They have three adult children all living in the Geneva area.

Sept. 25, 1 p.m. at Truman State

Oct. 16, 1 p.m. vs. Emporia State Oct. 23, 1 p.m. at Washburn Oct. 30, 2 p.m. vs. Fort Hays State (Homecoming) Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m. at Central Missouri Nov. 13, 2 p.m. Pittsburg State (Kansas City, Fall Classic IX at Arrowhead) Home games bolded For the latest schedule and ticket information, visit www. Don’t Forget The Bearcat Zone opens two hours prior to kickoff in College Park (across the street from the west entrance to Bearcat Stadium) before all home games. Admission is free, and food is available for purchase. Live entertainment is provided at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion followed by a pep rally featuring the Bearcat Marching Band, Steppers and Cheerleaders. And there’s no need to pack the grill for the Bearcat road games. Food and beverages will be sold by the Countryside Bistro prior to all regularseason road games, excluding the Fall Classic at Arrowhead.


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Love of accordion incorporated into teachings


While playing the accordion, Keith Lambertsen ’65, ’69, ’99 is often accompanied by the vocal harmonies of his wife, Joann Kuhr Lambertsen ’66.

Career Services transitioning to self-managed credential files

Northwest Career

Services is transitioning to self-managed credential files, and alumni who have created a credential file at Northwest and would like assistance transitioning to a self-managed file should visit www.nwmissouri.

earning to play the accordion can be a difficult feat, but for Keith Lambertsen ’65, ’69, ’99 it comes as second nature. The accomplished accordion player has 55 years of experience with the instrument and has also taken up yodeling to add to his repertoire of talents. Lambertsen uses his musical ability not only for an amusing pastime, but for teaching. As a lay speaker for area churches, Lambertsen would occasionally fill in for the pastor and speak at neighboring churches. His “Squeezebox Ministries” presentation is appropriately titled since he incorporates the accordion with scripture teachings. He speaks about each of his unique instruments and compares it to the diversity of the community. “Getting to do what I love everyday is one of my greatest accomplishments,” Lambertsen said. “Knowing that my talent is helping someone else is another great joy.” As an at-risk youth coordinator for The Salvation Army, Lambertsen helps mentor troubled youth in his community. He has 35 years of experience in teaching and administration in Mis-

souri and Iowa and was principal in Shenandoah and Treynor, Iowa. When he was a boy, Lambertsen’s family bought one of the first electric amplified accordions, which he has to this day. “My family had a traveling salesman come to the door and demonstrate accordions. He gave us a 90-day trial to see if we liked it enough to buy it,” he said. “I definitely wanted to keep it.” Lambertsen met his wife, Joann Kuhr Lambertsen ’66, while in high school and they dated at Northwest. Though she does not play the accordion, she is an accomplished vocalist who sang in Northwest’s Tower Choir and harmonizes with her husband. “She feels like my sidekick sometimes,” he said. Their daughter, Kenna Jo Lambertsen ’94, sometimes joins in and accompanies her parents. The couple live in Garwin, Iowa, and have traveled across the state to perform, and he recently received second place at the Iowa State Fair in the piano accordion category. “There aren’t a lot of accordion players out there anymore,” Lambertsen said. “I want to help keep the music alive.” n

edu/careerserv/alumni/ Lee Morrison (specialist)

credentialfile.htm or call Career Services at (660) 562-1250.

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of job search materials such as a résumé and letters of recommendation that are sent to prospective employers during a candidate’s application process. It is not an official academic record.

Career Services will

discontinue its support of hardcopy credential files beginning June 30, 2011, and due to the annual audit cycle,

has been superintendent of the Burlington (Iowa) Community School District for the past three years and is now superintendent of the Diocese of Davenport schools. He has spent 35 years in public education and 27 of those years as a superintendent. His wife, Sandy, is employed at the Prairie Area Education Agency in Burlington, Iowa. They have nine children, seven of whom are adopted.


Bob Glasgow

is the activities director for the Raytown School District, overseeing two high schools and three middle schools. He and his wife, Tammie, a teacher and counselor in Oak Grove, have two sons, Kellen and Riley.


Doug Ruse (master’s ’88)

is the offensive coordinator at Western Illinois University. He previously was the quarterbacks

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coach and offensive coordinator at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and at Arkansas State University.


Michael Hayes

is the vice president and owner of ProPrint in North Kansas City. He and Tami Gittings were married in July 2008 and between them have four daughters, Regan Hayes, 10, Jenna Hayes, 8, Icil Gittings, 8, and Ainsley Gittings, 5. They live in Parkville.


Yashushi Suzuki

has finished a five-year mission in Rome as general manager of JCB International Italy S.p.A. and is now a senior vice president in the headquarters of the company in Tokyo. Georann Collins Whitman

is a vocal music instructor at Spring Hill (Kan.) High School and was chosen as the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.



Dan and Kristi Madison (’92) Dreesen

doubled the size of their family in 2009. Skie, 10, Zack, 9, and Hayley, 6, were adopted in June, then Kristi gave birth to Destiny Danae in December. These four join oldest sons Tim, 14, and Jeff, 13. The family continues to foster animals for the local Safehaven rescue in Cameron, while Dan teaches social studies at

Pattonsburg, and Kristi teaches seventh-grade English in Lawson. Leon Sequeira

has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of America’s leading full-service law firms. He previously served as assistant secretary of labor for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor where he advised the secretary on policy issues affecting the

American workforce. He also oversaw more than 80 regulations annually under development by the department’s agencies and served as the principal point of contact with the White House and Office of Management and Budget for policy and regulatory matters. In addition, he worked in the U.S. Senate for several years where he served as legal counsel to now-

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and was in private practice with a St. Louis-based law firm.


Kirk Wayman

received a master’s in higher education leadership from Northwest in May. He and his wife, Sarah Swedberg

are employed at Northwest and live in Maryville. Wayman (’05),

majors, where are you? The following alumni who were involved in Northwest’s art department are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. If you recognize someone on the list, please provide Northwest with their contact information (i.e. address, phone number, e-mail address, married name) or ask them to e-mail or call (660) 562-1248. Brenda Diana Tate Adams ’95 Jeanne Eblen Andre ’80 Marsha Daniels Arzberger ’59 Karen Bahl ’71 Rodney Baker ’81 Vicki Swigart Bauer ’73 Duane Bowman ’97 Stephanie Bolton Butler ’01 Sara Carmean ’43 Charles Carr ’67 Paulette Cathcart ’75 Cameron Clark ’99 Jo Moles Coleman ’68 Pamela Coleman ’83 Deborah Cook ’74 Charlene Welsh Cox ’52 Mary Cozad ’37 Lloyd Criss ’56

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Clay Cunningham ’00 Melissa Cunningham ’95 Kelli Stewart Damron ’95 David Danner ’95 Gretchen Derr Mullins ’97 Susan Ford Dickey ’70 Lisa Dinville ’87 Kimberli Eddins ’83 Sharon Fisher ’74 Matthew Flaherty ’99 Andrew Foster ’74 Vanessa Strope Frahm ’99 Frances Grandanette ’96 Erin Gray ’97 Alysia Grummert ’06 Patty Harbin ’81 Wesley Hardee ’08 Amber Hashemi ’06

Ronald Hays ’69 Barry Holt ’71 Kerry Honey ’68 Gaye Laughery Hoselton ’61 Ronald Hutchison ’70 Akiko Ishii ’02 Christine Johnson ’70 Clara Schafer Johnson ’72 Praveena Kandasami ’06 Peggy Garrett Kelly ’72 Charles Kent ’71 Jarel Kledis ’72 Linda Hays Leback ’70 Douglas Lewis ’04 Bernice Lund ’46 Margaret Martin Lyle ’48 Irene Foster Mann ’70 Jeffrey Mattson ’96

Patty McClain ’67 Sandra Skinner McDonald ’68 John Mercer ’70 April Miller ’70 Jacquelyn Miller ’94 Bryan Moore ’01 Philip Murrell ’66 Barbara Nelsen ’80 Ai-Wah Ng ’00 Eddie Nigh ’73 Michael Oliver ’72 James Pappas ’83 Denise Parman ’77 Linda Pearson ’69 Mary Perry ’73 Mark Rice ’89 Lewis Ridenour ’71 William Riley ’03


Patricia Roberts ’68 Richard Rossiter ’72 Thomas Sayre ’67 Pamela Siebels ’77 Hugo Sierra ’80 Lauri Eyton Smith ’73 Kris Anderson Smither ’79 Julie Stewart ’82 Satoshi Tanihata ’04 Charles Thompson ’73 Lee Van Houtan ’67 James Weibel ’67 Betty Weil ’75 Judy Welch ’86 Gretchen Vequist West ’75 Cindy James Wienstroer ’75 Lisa Shingledecker Yuhn ’84

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Kristi Grispino Alexander (master’s ’96, specialist ’99)

is an associate professor at Northwest and was recently granted tenure. She also was one of eight women named “Indispensable Women of Northwest.” She and her husband, Tim, live in Maryville.

school principal in Hamilton before returning to Trenton as high school principal. He is retired but drives a truck parttime, delivering plants for Barnes Greenhouse. He enjoys traveling, reading and visiting with family and friends and is a member of the Green Hills Good Sam Club. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 48 years and live in Trenton. They have four sons.



Fred Boland (master’s)

was principal at Adams Middle School in Trenton, then served as high

Shannon O’Boyle McNaul

is the executive director at the Galaxy Youth Center in Grinnell, Iowa.


Paul Forney

graduated from Creighton University School of Law in May 2009. He passed the Iowa Bar that summer and started the Forney Neher Law Firm, focusing on criminal law and immigration law. He lives in Omaha, Neb.

man of the FCC. He later was the national director for publicity and media relations for AARP, acting as the national spokesperson. Most recently, he worked in the Washington, D.C., office of the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Brian Marriott


is director of communications at The Nowland Group in McLean, Va. He previously served as a presidential appointee in the Federal Communications Commission, working as a special assistant for media relations to Michael Powell, chair-

is president of Commerce Bank in Johnson County. She has 19 years of banking experience and joined Commerce in 1999 in the loan review area and most recently served as Kansas City residential construction/development team

Shannon O’Riley O’Doherty

The College Blue Book H ave times changed? You bet! The following are direct excerpts taken from the College Blue Book: A Guide for Courteous Collegians. The guide was first published in April 1934 by the Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and was sponsored by the Student Senate with contributions from about 300 Northwest students.

Marzella Clary Houghton, who died June 3 at the age of 98, was the 1930 Tower Queen. The expectations of “courteous collegians” during these early years at Northwest seem rather outdated to today’s students.


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Visiting As a student you will doubtless be invited to spend a weekend with one of your friends. Of course, you should never accept an invitation to spend the weekend with a friend unless you feel sure that it is convenient with your friend’s mother. If it is possible, you should have your mother write to your friend to extend the invitation to visit in your home. The guest should fit himself into the accustomed household schedule and should learn the plans of the day so that he may be on time for


meals and be suitably dressed without keeping others waiting. Dressing To wear harmonious color combinations is an essential principle of dress. You should decide on the colors you can wear best and then choose your wardrobe accordingly. If your purse is limited, your wardrobe should be centered around one color. Dark colors make one look smaller, while bright colors and designs produce the opposite effect. Vertical lines make a person appear slimmer. Horizontal lines add breadth. Stout people should avoid plaids, checks, large flashy prints, frills and nubby materials. A stout person should wear tailored dresses of smooth, dull material, made on long, straight lines. Tweed suits are smart and practical for both men and women. Sweaters and skirts for women and slacks and sweaters for men are accepted almost universally for collegiate wear. A woman student who does not find sweaters and skirts becoming should choose a plain tailored dress of wool, silk or cotton, depending on the time of the year in which it is to be worn. n


Perseverance attributed to sales distinction


ichael Brown ’84 demonstrated that perseverance is the key to success, resulting in a national award by his employer. Brown, a New York Life agent since 1995, was awarded the Council Vice President honor after his dedication resulted in an unexpected $35.7 million annuity from his client. The Council Vice President distinction is given annually to the New York Life agent who has the second highest sales production out of the company’s 16,000 agents nationwide. “I hadn’t talked to this client for a while, so I stopped by, and he invited me in,” Brown said. “I didn’t have an appointment scheduled or anything. I wasn’t even aware of just how large my client’s assets were. I was just doing a courtesy call, and it’s been quite a blessing.” Brown, whose clients are primarily within a 100-mile radius of his home in Hamilton, had spent nearly 15 years with New York Life before being recognized in 2009. Among his duties as Council Vice President was serving as a motivational speaker at several New York Life executive council meetings across the United States. “I have the wonderful opportunity to work with clients from several surrounding northwest

Missouri towns, including Chillicothe, Cameron, Gallatin, Plattsburg and Maysville,” said Brown, who was a business administration major and all-American wrestler at Northwest and spent 10 years in the banking industry. “Being from a rural community helps provide a common ground between myself and my clients. The close ties within the community provide a certain level of trust. My clients are more like family than anything else.” Perseverance also has played center stage in Brown’s personal life. In early 2006 he was diagnosed with stage-two colon cancer, an occurrence that strengthened his determination. If the worst had happened, Brown was comforted knowing his wife, Lori Eklov Brown ’86, and three children would be financially secure. “Having cancer gave me the opportunity to see first hand the importance of having good life insurance,” said Brown, who is now cancer free. “It gave me a new appreciation for the benefits and reaffirmed my career choice to help others by providing quality life insurance.” n

leader for the bank. She is a member of the board of directors for KC CREW, Kansas City Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City and has participated in economic development councils and chambers throughout the Kansas City area.



is the quality assurance coordinator at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb. He lives in Minden, Iowa.

is the head football coach at Marshall High School. He previously was the offensive line coach at Missouri Western State University, a player in the Arena Football League, assistant coach at North Kansas City and St. Joseph Central high schools and head coach at Albany High School.


Mick and Eve Mechanic Hoover

have moved to Champaign, Ill. Mick is the director of business planning for Carle Foundation Hospital. Eve is the first-ever physician

assistant at the University of Illinois Student Health Center. They have two children, Chase, 5, and Lael, 2. Christina Pallas Huss

and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Austin Henry on Dec. 15. He joins Joshua, 2. Christina is office manager at PropertyBanc in Omaha, Neb. They live in Papillion, Neb. Ray McCalla

and his wife, Rachelle, have a son, Knox. Ray said his son’s redshirt freshman season for the Bearcats will be in 2027. They live in Wayne, Neb.

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Troy Lehan

New York Life agent Michael Brown ’84 of Hamilton displays the Council Vice President distinction he was awarded for his exceptional performance that included a $35.7 million annuity.

Jay Eilers

Jennifer Tinsley Maninger

completed a master’s in occupational therapy in 2004 from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and is an occupational therapist, working with hands and upper extremities in an orthopedic setting. She and her husband, Kyle, have a daughter, Avery Tinsley, born March 16. They live in St. Louis.

Rita DelSignore Koefod

and her husband, Rodger, announce the birth of Graham Fisher on March 8. Rita is director of development at Northwest Children’s Home Inc. They live in Clarkston, Wash.



JOIN TODAY! Membership in the Northwest Alumni Association is an easy way to stay connected to your alma mater. By joining today, your generosity helps keep Northwest strong by supporting scholarships, alumni programming and so much more. To join, or for more information about membership, visit www. membership.htm or call (660) 562-1248.

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Will to win motivates business success


Photo by Bryan Mitchell

eremy Gump ’95 plays to win. As a former tennis player at Northwest, his competitive spirit gave him an edge up on his opponents. This drive has fueled his professional career, as he was recently named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40.” Every year Crain’s Detroit Business highlights the careers of 40 people in and around the Detroit area who have started successful businesses, worked in the non-profit sector or made a significant impact in an alreadyestablished business. Gump, vice president of human resources and administrative services for Daimler Financial Services, was named to the list for his work with the company following its split from Chrysler LLC in 2007. Daimler Financial Services is the financial sector of Daimler AG, a German manufacturer of automobiles. In 1998, Daimler AG merged with Chrysler Corporation, an American automobile manufacturer. When Daimler decided to sell Chrysler, Gump had the task of essentially starting a new business. He acquired new office space,

Jeremy Gump ’95 saved millions for his employer during the Daimler-Chrysler demerger.

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Steven Adams

earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of MissouriSt. Louis and is a public information specialist in the Missouri Senate. Brandon Benitz (master’s ’08)

is assistant to the dean of student affairs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In March, he married Angela Stelling, and they live in Kearney, Neb. He is finishing his

third year as president of the UNK Staff Senate and in March was recognized as the 2009 Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year. He also sits on the board of directors for both the Dobytown Chapter of Kearney Kiwanis and the Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity. Lindsay Heck Clayton

is director of sales operations and accounting at Choice Solutions LLC in


set up company benefits and updated employee Visas at four locations – in just 12 weeks. Gump’s efforts in the demerger saved the new company a whopping $6.3 million annually. This was no easy feat, but Gump has always worked well under pressure. After graduation from Northwest, he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and worked for Ernst & Young, a professional services company, for 10 years before coming to Daimler. During all of his business transitions, the motivation he displayed on the tennis court never left him. “One day some co-workers and I were discussing what motivated us to come to work everyday and succeed,” Gump said. “We discovered that almost all of us have either played college sports or continue to play sports. Most people come to work everyday to do their best, but we come to win. We like to do things that other people deem impossible.” Being a smart businessman, Gump knows not to pass up opportunities. “You have to take advantage of opportunities as they are presented to you,” he said. “The first opportunity might not be exactly what you want, but it can be a vital stepping stone to get you to where you need to be.” Gump enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer Beekman Gump ’97, and their children, Preston, 4, and Ainsley, 1, in Sturgis, Mich. n Overland Park, Kan. Her husband, Darrin, is an admissions representative for the University of Central Missouri and a basketball coach at Raytown High School. They live in Lee’s Summit with their daughter, Makya, 5.

Allison McClain Dull (master’s ’02)

Regan Dodd (master’s ’02)

is the manager of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs franchise, part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. He is an assistant baseball coach at Paradise Valley Community College and previ-

is a doctoral student in physical education at the University of Kansas and received the KU Graduate Research Competition Award for Social Sciences and Education.

and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Jordan Elizabeth on Nov. 18. She joins Josie, 5, and Josiah, 2. They live in Kansas City. Troy Gerlach (master’s ’02)


ously coached at Arcadia (Ariz.) High School and St. John and Paul High School in Ohio. Jeffrey Goettemoeller

and his sister, Karen Lucke, are the authors of “Growing and Using Stevia: The Sweet Leaf from Garden to Table,” which gives tips about growing the stevia plant as well as cooking with stevia. Andrew VanNess

is an associate attorney in the Kansas City office of Cordell & Cordell P.C.

where he practices family law. Laura Harville West

and her husband, Chad, announce the birth of Landon Robert on Dec. 23. They live in Mankato, Minn., where Laura is pursuing her master’s in educational leadership.


Jeremy and Holly Burch Brady

live in Maryville with their two sons, Jordan, 6, and Rylan, 3. Holly is the principal at Eugene

Field Elementary School in Maryville. She previously was the elementary principal in Pattonsburg and an elementary teacher in Savannah and Excelsior Springs.

Park High School in Kansas City. His wife, Katie Dietrich maus, has been a special education teacher for nine years. They have two daughters, Hadlie, 4, and Ava, 1.

Christopher Harper

Nick and Kari Douglas (’02) Newberry

is the associate chief security adviser at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mark Maus (master’s ’07)

is principal at Rock Ridge High School in Columbia. He previously was assistant principal at Oak

announce the birth of Katelyn Joane on Dec. 18. Nick is employed at Wells Fargo in Kansas City, and Kari is a human resources specialist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. They live in Platte City.

A Bearcat welcome — regardless of nationality


he transition to college is often met with trepidation. The level of anxiety can escalate for international students who are thousands of miles away from home and family members and are trying to learn the American culture as well as the English language. That’s why we’ve asked several international students to share what has made them feel welcome at Northwest. ISO (International Student Organization) had a getaway at Mozingo Lake with a barbecue and tubing. That was awesome and really made me feel like people wanted me here. Now, as a BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) diversity assistant, I work with other international students and welcome them to the University. Ash Gambhir Ludhiana, India When I was in English as a Second Language, my professor took me to his church every Sunday and introduced me to the minister. The minister’s family was very welcoming, and every Sunday I would have lunch with their family. I even spent my first Thanksgiving in America at their home, and they also helped me find a roommate. It made me realize Northwest was a friendly place. Jia-Jia Tao Nanchang, China

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The Friends of International Students organization helps build friendships between international students and faculty and staff. Sometimes after the meetings we would go to St. Joseph or Kansas City and hang out. Kristina Martinez, a campus police officer, really helped me adjust. She always took me out to do something on holidays and helped me adapt to American culture quickly. Her husband, Paco Martinez, who is a Spanish instructor, was also helpful, and he took me to look for furniture and an apartment. Dali Wang Anhui Province, China

Dali Wang (center), a Northwest student from China, has been welcomed by University employees Paco and Kristina Martinez, and their four-legged friends.

The BRIDGE diversity assistants were cool. They were always there for me, and I could go to them for anything. Also, organizations like CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) and NAVs (Northwest’s Christian Navigators) were really welcoming to visitors. Alexie Bosire Nairobi, Kenya n


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Keep in touch

Chrissy Beck

As life changes, your classmates and friends want to know. Tell us what has been going on in your life by using the enclosed envelope, by e-mail at or online at www.nwmissouri. edu/alumni/magazine/ classnotes.htm. You also may submit a photograph. Please include a self-addressed envelope so the photo can be returned, or e-mail it, in high resolution, to (Photographs with children or pets will not be accepted.) n

and Shannon Jolley were married Dec. 31 at Bennett Spring State Park. Chrissy works for GlaxoSmithKline, and Shannon is the athletic director and head football coach at Eldon High School. They live in Jefferson City. Jeffrey Easton (master’s ’04)

is a master’s student in the classics at the University of Kansas and received the KU Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Krista Newman

is the head volleyball coach at Avila Univer-

sity in Kansas City. Most recently, she was the head coach of the KC Power Volleyball Club, where her team finished fifth at the 2009 United States of America Volleyball National Junior Championships. She also was head coach at Chicago State University, an NCAA Division I program, and an assistant coach at Longview Community College.


Jeremy Barlow

and Alicia Ellingson were married in July and live in Olathe, Kan. Jeremy is a compliance specialist at Farmers Insurance. Lindsey Crump

and Jason Durham were married Sept. 5, 2009.

She is a drama teacher at USD 259. They live in Wichita, Kan. Stephanie Spencer Richter

is a marketing coordinator at Williams Venker & Sanders, a trial law firm. She and her husband, Andy, live in South St. Louis City. John (master’s ’06) and Jodi Williams Sipes

announce the birth of Nolan Russell on Nov. 24. They both teach at Odessa High School. John teaches science and is the assistant baseball coach, and Jodi is an alternative school educator.


Amanda Miller Fall

is assistant director of bands in the Camdenton School District. This summer the band traveled to Hawaii to perform. Her husband, Jason, is a surgical technologist at Lake Regional Hospital and is attending nursing school. He will graduate in May 2011. They have a daughter, Gwyneth LeAnn, 1. JoAnne Trussell Olsen

is a Registered Nurse, earning her degree at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. She and her husband, Chris, were married Dec. 16, 2006, and have two children, Amelia Paige, 2, and Norah Bernadette, 1. Caleb Taylor

North Kansas City educators rally for Bearcats Several Bearcat alumni who work at North Kansas City High School had their own pep rally at the school prior to one of the Northwest football playoff games. Clad in their green and white are (front row, from left) Lauri Eyton Smith ’73; Angela Thomas Kerr ’94; Loree Sheldon Gentry ’94; Terri Higgins Rudy ’76; Sara Gould Boyd ’77; Sharon Crane ’04; (back row) Randy Jackson ’83; Colette McQuillen Clemens ’07, ’08; Vanessa Wormsley Brandom ’77; Barbara Totten Skoglund ’80; Roslyn Haley ’74; Connie Neal ’90; and Jennifer Cogburn ’85 (master’s). Not pictured: Andrea Fine Leonard ’92 and Shane Remley ’02, ’06. n


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is a recipient of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award. His work can be found in many public and private collections, and he has been a resident artist at the Kimmel Harding Nel-

son Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Urban Culture Project Studio. In 2009, he received a grant from the Vermont Studio Center for a studio residency and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant in 2008. Tiffany Twombly

and Jeff Johnson were married in 2009. Tiffany is director of the Adair County Health Foundation. They live in Greenfield, Iowa.


Mary Krause

is a doctoral student in chemistry at the University of Kansas and received the KU Graduate Research Competition Award for Science and Engineering and the Kansas Bio Research Award. Pam Salsbury

and Evan Traver were married Oct. 3, 2009, and live in Commerce City, Colo. Pam is a branch operations specialist at U.S. Bank in Broomfield, Colo. Stacy Schumacher

is the K-4 music teacher at Indian Trails Elementary School in the Fort Osage School District. In February, she was named Teacher of the Year in the district. She also directs the award-winning Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.


Social media experience creates career opportunity


rooke Beason ’09 never imagined something as simple as a Post-it note would eventually lead to an internship, or better yet, a career opportunity following graduation. As the social media coordinator at Two West Inc., a strategic design and marketing services firm in Kansas City, Beason claims that the little piece of paper sealed the deal. During college, Beason was an interactive digital media major and interned at Northwest’s Office of University Relations where she assisted the University with its social media initiatives. She also created multimedia projects for The Northwest Missourian’s website. These on-campus experiences, combined with her class work and networking opportunities, gave her the confidence to pursue an internship at Two West. “When I first interviewed at Two West, I came in with a graphic design portfolio and a little Post-it note stuck to the back of it where I had scribbled down how I had significantly increased the web traffic at Northwest using social media,” Beason said. “I mentioned this during the interview, and I believe the sticky note greatly impacted me landing the internship.” During her summer 2009 internship, Beason worked with clients to establish a social media strategy and an online presence and developed a social media “rule book” and engagement strategy for the company. The internship was such a positive experience for both Beason and her employer that

she accepted a fulltime position with Two West in January. In addition to working with clients, she also contributes to the company’s social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and helps produce Two West’s weekly podcast, The Brand Show. “We are very connected as a company, and our culture has a lot to do with that,” Beason said. “Social media isn’t a fad, it’s not going away. More and more people are joining social networks every day. Not only are people connecting with each other, they are making judgments about businesses and institutions based on surveying friends, reading reviews or seeking out the business online.” Beason has been involved with social media for about 11 years, but does not consider herself to be a “social media guru.” She doesn’t believe the term should even exist. “No one is an expert at this, even if they call themselves one,” she said. “However, I do call myself a ‘digital native.’ I grew up online. I just happen to have a lot of experience in social media, and it never gets old to me. It’s constantly changing which means I’m constantly learning.” n

Gina Tominia Seibel

Greg Smith

is the director of communications at the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. She previously was a public affairs specialist at the Mid America Regional Council and assistant director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.

is a systems technician for USD 232 in Kansas.

AECOM, and Cassandra is a special education teacher in the Liberty School District.


Caleb and Cassandra Rhoades (’08) Hopkins

live in Kansas City with their son, Corbin Eugene. Caleb is a GIS specialist at

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the Galaxy Youth Center in Grinnell, Iowa. Stacy Therriault


Megan Gehrke

earned a master’s in public affairs with an emphasis in nonprofit management in May from Indiana University-Indianapolis. Lindsay Reed

is a program supervisor at

is a workforce adviser for Promise Jobs at Workforce Development in Shenandoah, Iowa.


Lauren Merle

Brooke Beason ’09, a social media coordinator at Two West Inc., parlayed her experience at Northwest and at an internship into a promising career.

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is a fifth-grade teacher in the Belton School District. She is beginning her master’s in educational technology.


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In Memoriam Charles Allison III ’70

Dorothy Hill Collins ’60

67, of Gig Harbor, Wash., died in February. His career was with the J.C. Penney Company.

72, of Clearmont, died March 11 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She taught in Illinois and then moved to Iowa where she owned and operated the OK Cafe in Griswold, Iowa.

Dave Arthur ’49

84, of Kansas City North, died May 11. He retired as a vice president at Farmland Industries and continued with his real estate career until 2008. Elizabeth Bartkoski ’01

31, died Feb. 20 in Independence. She was an administrative assistant at Cerner Corporation. Steve Bennett ’99 (master’s)

49, of St. Joseph, died April 3 in Kansas City, Kan. He worked for the St. Joseph News-Press and Atchison Globe for 20 years and also taught for 10 years. Grace walker Blackford ’44

89, died Feb. 5 in Maryville. She was a homemaker, taught Sunday School and was a youth leader for many years. Leonard Brooke ’54

77, died Dec. 28 in Carriere, Miss. He was a CPA and a retired partner at Deloitte & Touche. Lois Walker Carpenter ’50

81, of The Woodlands, Texas, died April 23. During her 30-year career, she taught kindergarten through high school in Princeton, Bolckow and Maryville, special education in Maryville and adult education in Saudi Arabia, where she retired. LaVonne Long Chimbel ’72

60, of Murphy, Texas, died Jan. 26. She was the vice president of human resources operations at Ericsson in Plano, Texas.


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Let us know If you learn of the death of a Northwest graduate, please submit in writing or via news clipping the name of the deceased (and maiden name, if appropriate), year(s) of graduation from Northwest, date of death, age, city of death, city of residence and a brief listing of accomplishments. In addition, submit your relationship to the deceased and your daytime telephone number to the Office of University Advancement, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468-6001, fax to (660) 562-1990 or e-mail No pictures please. Submis-

Marvin Combs ’59

76, died Dec. 5 in Willcox, Ariz. He received a medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and BioscienceCollege of Osteopathic Medicine and established his first practice in Willcox, Ariz. After two decades he returned to Missouri and started the Combs Clinic and practiced in Albany until his retirement. James DeMarce

died April 12 in Arlington County, Va. He taught in the Department of History at Northwest from 1966 to 1973. At the time of his death, he had been director for more than 25 years of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation. John Duncan ’53

81, died May 21 in Kansas City. He worked for the Kansas City School District for 50 years, retiring in 1990. He also taught at Avila College and the University of Rhode Island. Dolores Mozingo Gex ’48

98, of St. Joseph, died May 20 in Maryville. She was a teacher and principal, serving children for 46 years before retiring in 1977.

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Harold Grout ’56

79, died April 26 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was a retired banker. Nancy Musgrave Hann ’74

57, died Feb. 4 in Parkville. She was a teacher in North Kansas City, Jefferson City and Shawnee Mission, Kan., school districts. Katherine Null Hayzlett ’46

90, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died March 22. She taught in the Shenandoah (Iowa) Community Schools for 23 years. Dennis Hazelwood ’74

61, of Marshalltown, Iowa, died July 21, 2009. He was an electrician for Don Anderson Electric and Menninga Electric. Marzella Clary Houghton ’52

98, died June 3 in Maryville. She taught third grade at Eugene Field Elementary School for 29 years. William Kane ’69

59, of Red Lodge, Mont., died March 7, 2007. morton Kenner

85, died June 17. He came to Northwest in 1970 as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and was instrumental in the development of the computer


science curriculum. He taught at the University until the mid-1980s. Betty Crane Lassiter ’46

85, died March 7. She was the organist at several churches, including St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Shawnee, Kan., from 1980 to 1999. She also taught piano lessons. Jack Lewis ’64

75, died Feb. 18 in King City. He taught and coached in several school districts, including Grant City, King City, Albany and Bedford, Iowa. Waylon Martensen

19, of California, Mo., died May 7 in Columbia. He was a sophomore at Northwest, where he competed on the track and cross country teams and was a math tutor. Darlene Sybert Mink ’46

86, died Feb. 2 in Kansas City. She taught vocational home economics in Hopkins and Ridgeway and science in Fillmore. Jerry Norfolk ’62

71, of Blue Springs, died May 19. He taught math and science in Pattonsburg and then in the Hickman Mills School District for 10 years. He then worked for Panhandle Eastern

Pipeline in Kansas City as a gas control analyst for 17 years and retired after working for the EPA in Kansas City, Kan. Byron Ross ’52

81, died Jan. 19 in Iowa City, Iowa. He retired in 1984 following a 31-year career at McGladrey, Hansen, Dunn & Company (now RSM McGladrey). He also taught in the College of Business at the University of Iowa. Jason Ternus ’98

35, died May 17 in Maryville. He was a night stockman at Walmart for the past two years and previously was employed at Nodaway County Services for 11 years. Vanda Washburn Terry ’47

87, died March 19 in Grant City. She was an elementary teacher for 32 years, retiring in 1991. William Wells ’71

61, of Belleville, Ill., died March 24 in St. Louis. He was a civil engineer at Scott Air Force Base and was an adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College. Robert Wood ’69

63, died Feb. 19 in Harlan, Iowa. He was a farmer and owned Bob Wood Sales Inc.

Lasting Legacies “When my late husband, Herman, and I discussed our estate plans, he wanted to help students get a college education at Northwest where he and his siblings had attended by providing a scholarship large enough so the students could concentrate on their studies by not having to work. I agree that education is an important part of life, and I am honored to carry through with his wishes.”

Evelyn Lind sey and her late husban attend the an d, Herman, nual Retired preparing to Officers’ Ass ociation July 4 picnic

Evelyn A. Lindsey

Evelyn Lindsey will keep a promise she made to her late husband, Herman, to establish The Herman Monroe Lindsey Scholarship at Northwest after her lifetime. Herman graduated from Maryville High School in 1938. He enrolled at Northwest that fall and attended through 1940 when World War II broke out. Herman served his country as a navigator in the Army Air Corps and later in Gen. Patton’s Eighth Air Force, attaining the rank of major, but was captured as a prisoner of war. After his release, Herman remained in the Air Force Reserves for 27 years. He returned to Northwest in 1946 before transferring to another university to complete degrees in civil engineering and business administration. The couple met in Kansas City, where Evelyn graduated from the St. Luke’s nursing program. She put her training to use as a store nurse for Macy’s then later for

AT&T as a corporate nurse. Evelyn enjoyed her work, but, at Herman’s request, she happily resigned after they were married in 1961 so she could accompany her husband on his business trips throughout the United States and Europe. When the couple journeyed to Clarinda, Iowa, in 2003, they stayed in Maryville and toured the Northwest campus. Soon afterward, Herman became ill, and he passed away in 2007. Evelyn continues to live in their Leawood, Kan., home. By naming the Northwest Foundation as the residual beneficiary of her living trust, Evelyn will make Herman’s dream of assisting students who otherwise would not be able to attend college come true. Evelyn’s bequest will establish The Herman Monroe Lindsey Scholarship, which will be administered through the University’s need-based American Dream Grant program.

One of the easiest planned gifts to create and implement is the bequest in your will or living trust. It allows you to give any percentage of your estate as a charitable gift when a current gift of real estate or cash might not otherwise be feasible. Consider these advantages: ■

You’re able to maintain control of your assets

It’s simple to set up

It provides a gift to Northwest in an amount you feel is appropriate, and you can still provide for your loved ones

It provides for a cause you deem worthy at Northwest

Estate tax deduction

Includes membership in the James H. Lemon Heritage Society

You leave a lasting legacy at Northwest

Contact the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248 to find out about the many advantages of providing an estate provision.


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