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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski


just like you

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W It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Chris and Mercedes Johnson – that Northwest continues to thrive.

hen Bearcat admission recruiters and athletic coaches tell potential students about the advantages of being a part of the Northwest Family, it’s more than just a phrase – it’s a true bond that holds so many alumni together across the globe. For Chris and me, it symbolizes people who have been dear friends to us in both good times and bad. From Chris’s years as a Bearcat basketball player and assistant coach to my experiences as a Phi Mu and Student Ambassador, we’ve been blessed with lifelong friendships that we truly treasure. It came full circle for us when we were able to take our sons to their first Homecoming parade. We look forward to making more memories with our Northwest Family not only for our own enjoyment, but for our four sons as well. Go Bearcats!

Chris ’93, ’94 and Mercedes Ramirez ’97 Johnson Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248.


spring2010 volume 43 issue 2


the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends


Always a Bearcat

President Emeriti Dr. Dean L. Hubbard and Dr. B.D. Owens ’59 present Dr. John Jasinski with the Presidential Chain-of-Office during the October inauguration. Jasinski, a former Northwest faculty member and administrator, returned to Northwest as the institution’s 10th president.


Back on top

With a hard-fought 30-23 victory against Grand Valley State to cap a 14-1 season, the Bearcats’ third NCAA Division II national championship proved to be just as sweet as the first two.


Welcome home

As Bobi Bender Throneburg ’04 returned to her home in Haiti, a devastating earthquake left the country in ruins, but, through her work at the Canaan Christian Community orphanage, she’s determined to make a lasting impact on a country she cherishes.

In every issue 4

Dear Friends

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Northwest News


Advancing Northwest

12 Cover Story 33 Alumni Connections 39 Bearcat Sports 41 Class Notes

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

Editorial Assistants Teresa Carter ’91 Neil Elliott Kylie Guier ’09 Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 Jaimie Ham ’10 Mark Hornickel ’01 Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Mallory Murray Joshua Stanze ’09 Lori McLemore Steiner ’85 Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01 Steve Sutton ’71 Aubrey Swanson Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09 Photography Assistant Taylor Allan

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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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Uel Lamkin, who graduated from school when he was 16, never went to college but passed the bar exam and was Northwest’s president from 1921 to 1945. During the lean times of the Depression, he accepted bushels of corn as payment for fees from some farm students.

Letters to the editor Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

When I enrolled at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, as it was called then, you did not have to take a test to enter nor pay out-ofstate tuition. I just sent my transcript showing I was a high school graduate, and I was accepted. Today it’s difficult to believe that I had to work hard on the farm in the summers to have $25 to cover tuition, books and an activity ticket each quarter, hoping I would have a bit of change left over. There was only one car on campus, owned by the Sig Taus. There was the gymnasium with a pool, the football field, the Administration Building, the industrial arts and power plant building, the ag buildings, the girls dorm, the home economics house, the president’s home, the bridge and the long walk. Most classes were held in the Ad Building, which also housed the library, president’s office and bookstore. Freshmen had to wear green beanies (I still have mine) and had to “button” for upperclassmen upon request. After “skip” day in the fall, the beanies did not have to be worn. Although there were two sororities and two fraternities, most students were independents because students could barely pay tuition. The campus employed many students, and President Uel Lamkin would loan any student money. He claimed he never had anyone “welch” on him, and his office door was always open for students. Vida Bernau Sisco ’42

The Northwest Alumni Magazine always brings a smile to my face. It seems like yesterday that I walked onto campus for the first time. The Fall ’09 issue’s article on the five surgeons brought back a lot of memories. I, too, was the recipient of the efforts of many of the Northwest faculty named in that article and found that my Northwest education totally prepared me for a business career in the chemical industry that included finishing my master’s in chemistry at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1995. It’s also a good feeling to see that so many of the Northwest graduates are giving back to the school, their community and to the future of those yet to become Bearcats. Keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping me informed of Northwest’s progress. Mark E. Huff ’78 Dear Editor,

I’m excited to see what the “Jasinski era” brings to Northwest. Dr. Hubbard was an outstanding president, and I have confidence that Dr. Jasinski will lead our University to even greater heights. I had not returned to campus for more than 20 years, but I was back in Maryville this fall and was able to take in a Bearcat football game – and a win, of course! The campus was beautiful, and I’m glad to see the squirrels still feel right at home! Marsha Rival ’83

Do you remember these events? 1960 KDLX begins broadcasting in a Colbert Hall broom closet. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest The Alpha Pi Omega service fraternity sponsors the first Ugly Man Contest to raise money for the Student Loan Fund. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest



1970 Dr. Frank Grispino, director of student teaching, introduces the Teacher Assistant Program, an experience designed to provide education students an opportunity to participate in live situations in either an elementary or secondary school before they begin their student teaching. Towers in the Northwest

1980 The Thomas Gaunt House is formally entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Northwest Missourian The Northwest Alumni Association purchases the Alumni House at 640 College Ave. Northwest Missourian


1990 For the first time in school history, males are included as Northwest Homecoming royalty candidates. Homecoming king is Steve Anderson of Sigma Tau Gamma, and Homecoming queen is Leanne Hagan of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Tower Yearbook

2000 Northwest adds a December commencement ceremony to address the growing number of students graduating after the fall term. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest The women’s softball team wins its first conference championship title since 1984. Tower Yearbook


As a faculty member, president was trusted colleague, mentor


r. John Jasinski was the first person I met on campus when I interviewed for my current position more than 16 years ago. I remember him as being very relaxed. That would be the last time I would describe John Jasinski as relaxed. In the years he served as chair in the Department of Mass Communication, I never knew anyone who worked harder, longer hours than John. He was constantly on the go, and I particularly remember the large white board in his office filled with things to do – both small and immediate as well as long-term and comprehensive. I’m sure we all have such lists but rarely are they that organized or detailed. He was constantly wiping off one goal reached, only to replace it with another. John’s tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication is reflective of who I believe he will be as our 10th president. Under John’s advisement, our campus radio station won the Marconi Award, given to the outstanding college radio station in the country, beating out much bigger programs in the process. John also guided our department through the formative years of the Culture of Quality initiative, really bringing alive to me such abstract concepts as key quality indicators. I came to understand the idea of measuring our program through our strengths, identifying our weaknesses in order to truly grow and building on our successes.

The mission of the Northwest Alumni Magazine is to foster connections between alumni, friends and Northwest Missouri State University. The offices of University Advancement and University Relations strive to inform readers of the accomplishments of Northwest’s alumni, friends, faculty, students and administration and to positively position the University in the hearts of its many constituents to increase public and private support.

Northwest Foundation Inc. ’09-’10 Board of Directors President Mike Faust ’74, Omaha, Neb. Vice President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City Immediate Past President Jim Blackford ’72, Maryville Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan. Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas John Baker, Maryville Bill Brown ’63, Platte City Betty Bush ’60, Maryville Rick Carter, Maryville Terry Day ’65, Kansas City Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa Toni Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla. Jason Garst ’93, Watson

But as busy as he was, I also remember John as a valuable mentor. John didn’t push me so much as he pulled me, knowing that I could accomplish many things, if given the guidance and encouragement. Those are gifts he offered me in abundance. John knows what it means to be in that classroom, to be in that lab working with students. He knows the long hours that faculty and staff at Northwest put in, above and beyond the call of duty, because they believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing here at Northwest. He knows this because he has been there, and he believes in it too.

Dr. Jody Strauch, providing instruction in the Wells Hall Multimedia Lab, recalls the guidance and encouragement Dr. John Jasinski gave her when he was a faculty member and department chair.


Dr. Jody Strauch Assistant Professor Department of Mass Communication

Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph Ray Hischke ’66, The Woodlands, Texas Jodie Mackintosh ’77, Omaha, Neb. Jerry Moyer ’76, ’78, Titusville, Fla. Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb. 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. Kay Thomas ’71, Blue Springs Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn. Dick Thomson, Maryville

Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas Jason White ’91, Maryville Richard “Dick” Wiles ’71, Jefferson City 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

Lynn Ruhl, Executive Assistant

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

Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer

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

Laurie Drummond Long ’92, Development Officer/Donor Relations

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

Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01, Database Specialist Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations

Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

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

Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist





Nicaraguan students cap cultural exchange, develop plan to open hospital


The bitter cold winter in Maryville was quite an adjustment for the eight Nicaraguan students participating in the two-week cultural exchange.

Best Wishes Dr. Virabhai C. Kharadia, professor of accounting, economics and finance, will retire June 30 after 37 years at Northwest. Now is your chance to contact him at or (660) 562-1284 and wish him well. n



fter spending two weeks on the Northwest campus learning English and designing a proposal to open a hospital in their hometown, eight Nicaraguan high school students bid an emotional farewell to the University and Maryville communities and their chaperones. The students from Juan Mejia Espinoza High School in Villa Sandino, Nicaragua, arrived in Maryville Jan. 15 with their teacher, Andrea Tappmeyer, a Maryville native who is completing a two-year service with the United States Peace Corps. The two-week leadership and cultural exchange program, dubbed the “Villa 2 ’Ville Initiative,” began as a dream for Tappmeyer, the daughter of former Northwest men’s basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer and Lynette Tappmeyer, who taught second grade at Horace Mann. “When I was planning the trip, I knew this would have an impact on the students and that it would be a great opportunity for them, but I don’t think I even had a taste of what it was going to be like,” Tappmeyer said after the Jan. 29 closing ceremony at the Charles Johnson

Theatre. During the closing ceremony, the students unveiled their plan to open a hospital in Villa Sandino. Currently, the closest hospital is about 90 minutes west of Villa Sandino. The students developed an action plan that includes setting up community meetings in Villa Sandino to build support for the project. Throughout the exchange, the students attended daily English classes taught by Nissa Ingraham, a Spanish education instructor, and graduate assistant Ashley Salisbury. The students also interacted with Francisco “Paco” Martinez’s Spanish class, giving Northwest students an authentic Spanish experience. In addition to attending classes, the students interacted with Northwest students during physical activities with Alice Foose, assistant professor of health, physical education, recreation and dance, and they worked on art projects with Horace Mann instructor Erin Oehler. During their off-time, the students participated in activities that included bowling with members of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and shopping in St. Joseph. They also attended Northwest and Maryville High School basketball games and took a trip to Science City at Kansas City’s Union Station. Dr. Max Ruhl, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and Dr. Joyce Piveral, assistant director of the professional education unit, helped coordinate the exchange. n

Intercultural U graduates 53 in inaugural class


ifty-three members of the Northwest and Maryville communities recently graduated from Intercultural U, Northwest’s new intercultural training certification program designed to prepare individuals to serve as peer trainers and intercultural/diversity facilitators. “The goal of Intercultural U is to develop a group of in-house intercultural champions with holistic – personal, social and cultural –


awareness of intercultural concepts,” said Ame Lambert, director of intercultural affairs. The program included 20 hours of training over the course of the trimester and included topics such as defining intercultural competence for students, factors affecting the retention and graduation of underrepresented students, mediating intercultural conflicts and designing developmental training. n


Entire campus goes smoke free Aug. 1


moking on the Northwest campus will soon be a thing of the past, and students, faculty, staff and visitors have just a few more months to get used to the notion of lighting up somewhere else or kicking the habit altogether. The University already bans smoking inside campus buildings, but the practice is still permitted at a limited number of outdoor locations. As of Aug. 1, the no-smoking rule will be expanded to include all University-owned or leased property and all University vehicles. Beau Dooley, director of the Wellness Center, said the University recognizes how tough it can be for smokers to quit, and smoking cessation classes and other resources are being made available to students, faculty and staff. “Everyone benefits from a smoke-free campus,” Dooley said. “Recent campus surveys indicate that a majority of faculty, staff and students do not smoke and are in favor of a smoke-free

environment. For those who do smoke, research shows that smoke-free policies help empower individuals to reduce their cigarette use or quit altogether.” According to the Wellness Center, all Northwest faculty, staff and students will have a “collective responsibility” to promote the safety and health of the campus community by helping to enforce the smoking ban. Individuals observed smoking are to be reminded of the policy in a “courteous manner.” However, Northwest reserves the right to initiate disciplinary procedures against individuals found to be in continuous violation. The policy applies to all students, employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors on University property and encompasses cigarettes, cigars, pipes and all other forms of smoke-generating products. n

Northwest offers interdisciplinary nanoscience degree To meet the growing demand for nanoscientists, Northwest has developed an interdisciplinary nanoscience major that combines areas of biology, chemistry and physics and gives students the opportunity to conduct research in the University’s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Nanoscience is the study

of materials at the nanoscale, or one-billionth of a meter, about one one-thousandth the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The possibilities for research in this field are almost limitless, but two of

Petefish-Schrag receives Governor’s Award

the most visible research focus areas are in technology and medicine. Nanoscale technology research helps


manda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of theatre and artistic director, was awarded the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during a February ceremony in Jefferson City. The award was presented to an outstanding faculty member from each of the state’s four-year higher education institutions. Petefish-Schrag is in her seventh year of teaching and her fourth year at Northwest, where her teaching focuses on performance, specifically acting and movement. She also contributed to the two-year redesign of the theatre curriculum and has a strong record of presentations and publications, including an original script accepted for publication. Additionally, she was named a recipient of the 2009 National Teaching Artist Grants by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has worked professionally as a performer, director, designer and acting coach. n

make computers smaller and faster, and recent nanoscale medical research focuses on detecting diseases. The National Science Foundation has projected that the already $10 billion nanotechnology sector’s economic impact will grow to $1.1 trillion per year over the next 10 to 15 years, creating millions of new jobs. More than 80 percent of these jobs will require advanced education and training specific to the field. n

Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages, performs in “Supergirls! Tales of Life, Love and Captain Nebraska,” a play she wrote that was premiered at Northwest. Petefish-Schrag began performing professionally at a young age as a puppeteer in her family’s puppet theatre troupe, The Petefish Puppeteers.





Soils team beats twotime national champions K-State, advances to national competition

University unveils online museum

Northwest has a new

virtual museum for online


visitors. The Northwest Museums Web site, located at onlinemuseum, showcases Northwest’s “diverse and vital present along with its rich, compelling past, which includes ties to such historic events as the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the world’s first successful electronic and commercial computers,” said Kim Todd, information systems user consultant and the Northwest Museums project team leader. The project was initiated to provide a single venue for Northwest alumni, educators, historians, parents and students to explore. The Northwest Museums Web site features two distinct areas. The Northwest History portion features photographs, interactive maps, video and information about Northwest’s evolution from a Normal School to a state university, offering visitors a glimpse into campus life and the contributions of Northwest faculty, staff and students. The Computing History portion emphasizes Northwest’s technological development through the decades and highlights the life and contributions of computing pioneer and Northwest alumna Jean Jennings Bartik ’45. n



fter winning the American Society of Agronomy Region 5 Soil Judging Contest, Northwest’s soils judging team now advances to the national competition in Lubbock, Texas, this spring. Northwest, the only NCAA Division II school to compete in the seven-state regional competition, claimed the victory over the defending two-time national champions, Kansas State University, as well as the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University. Northwest’s seven-member team is coached by Dr. Jamie Patton, assistant professor of agriculture. Patton said this is the third year Northwest participated in the contest and the first year to place in the competition. During a soil-judging contest, students describe and classify the soil profile in several pits. While in the pit, they describe the color, texture and structure, as well as many other

Chester Greub, a member of Northwest’s awardwinning soils team, competes in the regional soil judging contest. The competition allows students to gain experience with soils and land use in other regions while also learning cooperative decision-making skills.

properties of the soil horizon. Team members use their observations to classify the parent material, water-holding ability and suitability for different uses of each soil sample. They also determine the soil characteristics within a time limit and rotate among the pits during competition. The student’s final descriptions are ranked in comparison to the official judges to determine contest winners. n

Northwest enrollment hits an all-time high


orthwest is experiencing record-breaking enrollment figures for the 2009-2010 academic year. Northwest’s total student headcount during the fall trimester was 7,076, representing a 3 percent increase over the previous year’s total headcount. In addition, Northwest’s spring enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate students is up 6 percent compared to last year. Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, said the fall 2009 census was a hallmark for the University in that total headcount and undergraduate enrollment was at its highest level ever. She said Northwest also is experiencing a record number of freshmen, with most of the growth coming from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.


Furthermore, Northwest officials are pleased with the retention rate of students who were freshmen in fall 2008. The University retained 73 percent of these students, well above the national average of 70 percent for moderately selective institutions. “Our high freshman retention rate indicates student satisfaction as well as student success are priorities at Northwest,” Schenkel said. “It’s important that our students achieve these high levels of success as the University is going through a time of growth.” Schenkel said enrollment growth is a testament that students “see the value of pursuing a Northwest education and that there is a great amount of awareness of Northwest’s stellar academic programs, excellent student success rates and exceptional student satisfaction rates.” n


DST remains loyal supporter of theatre program


trong partnerships and relationships are vital to the success of any fundraising effort, especially in an era when everyone from individual households to large corporations are looking at ways to trim their budgets. DST Systems Inc., headquartered in downtown Kansas City, has proven to be a loyal partner and supporter of Northwest since 2004. The relationship between Northwest and DST began with a $10,000 commitment to the Theatre Northwest Production Series; six years and $55,000 later the relationship and support continues to grow. Theatre Northwest has been able to continue to run the production series and expand it to offer outreach opportunities to students at more than 20 high schools in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. DST support has provided for complimentary tickets for the students, tours, workshops and one-on-one interaction with production staff and performers. Additionally, Theatre Northwest provides opportunities to younger children through face painting, clowning, theatre games and creative drama art activities.

Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, said DST’s support has allowed the theatre program to make forward strides. “DST’s generosity has had direct benefits not only to our own students,” Kreizinger said, “but to countless members of our immediate and extended communities.” Through the years, DST Systems Inc. has increased its annual contribution in order to continue to support Theatre Northwest and to provide funding toward the construction of the Studio Theatre addition at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as well as for the Encore Performances Series. The largest provider of third-party shareholder recordkeeping services in the United States today, DST Systems Inc. has had a long tradition of employing Northwest graduates and currently employs 77 Bearcat alumni. n

Shawn Wake ’92, performance facilities manager, plays fasttalking traveling salesman and con man Professor Harold Hill in Northwest’s performance of “The Music Man.” Partial funding for the production was provided by a gift from DST Systems.

Stelter funds scholarship in memory of grandfather


ecognizing his grandfather’s business sense and persistence, Robert Stelter of Hopkins has chosen to honor his grandfather’s memory by giving Northwest freshman agriculture students financial help. Stelter’s grandfather, August, came to America from Germany with his parents in 1855. On the voyage, August’s father became ill and died, leaving his mother and five younger siblings alone in a foreign country, and none of them could speak English. They settled in Burlington, Iowa, where August, at only 13 years old, got a job laying tile lines. “My grandfather worked hard, was frugal and eventually saved up enough money to buy a farm in Iowa,” Stelter said. “He was an astute business man and realized that good land in Missouri was much less expensive, so he moved here.” August and his wife, Henrietta, successfully expanded their farming operation and were able

to give a farm to each of their three daughters and three sons. The August Stelter Scholarship fund was created in 2002 by Stelter’s cousin, Bea Lemon Hansen. The fund provides assistance to entering freshmen majoring in agriculture. Stelter and his wife, Ruth, recently gave $25,000 to boost the fund for qualified Northwest students. “My grandfather’s story is an inspiring example of the unlimited opportunities for achievement in this country for those who have ability and ambition,” Stelter said. n For more information about the August Stelter Scholarship, contact Polly Howard at or (660) 562-1248.

Robert Stelter is continuing his grandfather’s philanthropic ways by contributing to a scholarship created in memory of his respected ancestor.





Scholarship created in memory of legendary teacher


For 37 years, children at Northwest’s Horace Mann Lab School were greeted with the love and encouragement of their teacher, JoAnn Marion.

riends and family of the late JoAnn Stamm Marion have come together since her unexpected passing nearly one year ago to honor her work with children and to keep her memory alive. Marion taught for 44 years, and 37 of those years, from 1967 until her retirement in 2005, were at Horace Mann Laboratory School on the Northwest campus. The JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship was established as a result of memorial contributions in her honor. It was important to Marion’s husband, Dr. Marvin Marion, that the scholarship be awarded to a student with an academic background similar to his wife’s and someone who has a passion for teaching early elementary school children. “JoAnn was an average student,” Marvin Marion said, “and she had a tremendous focus on making sure her students knew that they could be successful even if they



For information contact Andrea Wagner at or (660) 562-1248.

Fraternity’s alumni commit to two scholarships


TKE alumni Steve Moss ’87, Darwin Rold ’73, Ron Woolsey ’74, Bruce Barlow ’75, Merle Jones ’73, John Newberry (attd. ’68-’74) and Dick Westbrook ’76 returned to campus in November to advance two TKE scholarship funds.

didn’t have perfect grades.” This is reflected in the eligibility requirements for the scholarship that state the recipient must be in good academic standing, although their GPA is to be no higher than 2.8. Furthermore, the award will be made to a senior at Northwest majoring in elementary education who desires to teach first or second grade. The scholarship will be awarded for use during the recipient’s student teaching semester. The first award of $500 will be available for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition to the scholarship, a committee has been formed with the goal of establishing the JoAnn Stamm Marion Fund. The purpose of the fund is to ensure the JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship is fully funded so that awards can be made in perpetuity. Additional goals of this fund include providing technology and literature updates to Horace Mann and dedicating a display cabinet in Horace Mann of Marion’s personal collection of teaching materials. n

ince its inception at Northwest in 1954, the Delta Nu Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has passed more than 1,600 young men through its doors. In 1989, one of these men, Steve Moss ’87, coordinated the establishment of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Memorial Scholarship as a permanent endowment to provide scholarships for its Delta Nu actives in honor of the chapter’s 35th anniversary celebration at Northwest. As the chapter celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2009, TKE alumni, coordinated by Merle Jones ’73, requested a change in the scholarship’s name and purpose so that the fund could better assist the fraternity’s active members as a pass-through scholarship fund by providing $1,000 awards known as the TKE


Delta Nu Actives Scholarship. Additionally, in 2008, Pete Greve ’74 rallied support from his fraternity brothers to establish a new scholarship in honor of the bond they developed during their years on campus. Under Greve’s coordination, the Northwest TKE alumni stepped up, not only to assist their alma mater but also the youth in their communities. After nominating eligible high school seniors, the TKEs took great pride in awarding the first TKE Alumni Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year in the amount of $1,000. Following Greve’s death in 2009, TKE alumni renamed the fund the Peter J. Greve Memorial TKE Alumni Scholarship in memory of Greve and his efforts to reconnect TKE alumni with their alma mater. n For more information or to contribute to these or other scholarships, contact Laurie Long at or (660) 562-1248.


Faculty seek alumni support for CS/IS scholarship


ebecca Bagley, an interactive digital media major with a concentration in computer science from Mercer, is like most students. She doesn’t want to graduate college with a mountain of debt in student loans. The downturn in the economy makes these concerns even greater for current and prospective Northwest students. “Had it not been for the financial support I received from scholarships, it would have been a struggle for me to attend Northwest,” Bagley said. Dr. Phil Heeler, computer science/information systems department chair, said his department – with alumni support – hopes to boost the number of scholarships the department offers. “After the dot com bust we saw a real drop in the number of students who were entering the field, but new labor statistics predict there will be many information technology openings in the near future,” Heeler said. “Students from Northwest will graduate with those very skills needed to compete in the high demand job market.” Heeler said donations provided by alumni will allow the department to award more scholarships based on financial need and academic merit. “Northwest has so many opportunities to

Education proponent endows fund for English majors

Dr. Eddice Barber ’42,

professor emerita from Minnesota State University, recently endowed the Eddice Faculty in the Department of Computer Science/Information Systems are requesting support for the CS/IS Alumni Scholarship that will allow deserving students, like Rebecca Bagley, to pursue their college aspirations.

offer students who choose to study within this field that really help to prepare them for their long-term career goals,” Heeler said. “It’s really discouraging to have a student who is interested in our program, but we cannot compete with the scholarships being offered by other schools. Unfortunately we have lost some quality students for this very reason.” n For more information about the CS/IS Alumni Scholarship, contact Polly Howard at or (660) 562-1248.

B. Barber English Scholarship for Northwest English majors.

As a student at North-

west, Barber majored in English and speech. The Burlington Junction native also has a master’s from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Two of Barber’s brothers, Lee and Kent, also are Bearcats and have endowed scholarships in their names at Northwest.

Northwest Foundation welcomes new board members


ive new members recently have been appointed to the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and include Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan.; John Baker, Maryville; Betty Bush ’60, Maryville; Terry Day ’65, Kansas City; and Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City. The 29-member board is charged with receiving, investing, managing, stewarding and

disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest that ultimately benefits the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. Established in 1971, the Northwest Foundation operates independently of the state institution as a separate 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation governed by its own board of directors. n

“I have given to both of

my brothers’ scholarships and thought I should have one for myself,” said Barber, who lives in Mankato, Minn. “Education has always been a value in my family, and education has taken me many places. I want other students to get that same experience.”

A proponent of education

at any age, Barber is the co-founder of Mankato Area Life Long Learners, an organization established in 1996 that welcomes individuals to share the joys of learning and friendship in an academic Virgil Albertini

John Baker

Betty Bush ’60

Terry Day ’65

Neil Neumeyer ’98

setting. n




By Mitzi Lutz • Photography by Darren Whitley • Design by Melinda Kelsey

1. God 2. Northwest 3. A Chevy Nova

Trying to decipher the winding path of one’s life may be a futile endeavor, but for John and Denise Jasinski these were the three things that led the young couple to Maryville in 1986.

At the time, the 24-year-olds from central Michigan trusted their faith in God, loaded up their navy blue Nova – with no air conditioning – and headed to northwest Missouri to launch John’s teaching career. Little did anyone know that they would one day be known as Northwest’s 10th president and first lady. After all, they were going to stay at Northwest “maybe two years,” but soon discovered, there’s a lot of truth behind the saying “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!” While the path to the presidency for Dr. John Jasinski began at Northwest teaching in the Department of Mass Communication, along the way there were many opportunities for growth and development upon which he capitalized. Student radio station adviser. Department chair. Associate provost. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner. Maryville city councilman. President of Jasinski Consulting Services. Executive vice president, chief academic and operating officer at Northwood University. Coach. Each of his achievements was instrumental Paul Wilmes ’75 (left), past president of the Maryville Alumni Chapter, and his wife, in reaching the Robin Lamb Wilmes ’75 (right), visit with the Jasinskis at the Northwest Alumni Association Awards Banquet. 12



presidency, as he returned, full circle, to Northwest, although his movement away from the classroom was not a conscious decision. “My transition from a faculty member to an administrator was progressive, but in each of my roles, I was still teaching in some fashion or another,” Jasinski said. “My classroom may not have been Wells Hall 232 like it was at one time, but the teaching, leading, facilitating aspect has always been present.” Through these experiences, his knowledge base was expanding, his networking circle was growing, his leadership style was developing and his vision was focusing. And when Dr. Dean Hubbard announced his retirement from Northwest after 25 years at the helm, the University’s future was entrusted to Jasinski, who became the University’s top administrator in July 2009.

Leading forward The new president’s love for Northwest and his optimism for the future are contagious, making the transition to the

Lucas, John, Denise and Leah Jasinski were enthusiastically greeted by Bearcat alumni and friends during the 2009 Homecoming parade.

Jasinski era a smooth one for the University’s many constituents. “Northwest has so much going for it, and there are more good things to come,” Jasinski said. “We have to celebrate our successes and our culture of innovation and continue that strength, but we must take those accomplishments to the next level. We need to lead forward and embrace the future in an engaged manner.” By “leading forward,” Jasinski is adamant that under his leadership Northwest will not merely survive, but instead it will thrive. “We have to face reality – especially in these economic times – and hit it head on,” he said. “We will celebrate and embrace the 105-year history of Northwest, but, leading forward, we need to ensure academic enhancement, fiscal strength and a focus on people. All of these will take an enhanced level of engagement from alumni and friends like

never before as we strategically look ahead and find new ways of delivering Bearcat value.” Jasinski said Northwest will continue strengthening undergraduate and online programs, enhance graduate programming, further develop a presence in regions beyond northwest Missouri and build upon the success of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship by driving job creation and sustainability across the state and region. He also emphasized the importance of fostering deep partnerships both locally and globally. “The depth of the partnership is the real meat-andpotatoes in any relationship,” he said. “We focus on triple wins: a win for our partner, a win for Northwest and a win for our students.” During his remarks at Jasinski’s Oct. 23 inauguration ceremony, Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson addressed the new president’s ability to build relationships.




“In times of economic challenge, collaboration is imperative for us to accomplish all that lies before us,” Jackson said. “Moving our community and region forward while being an example for others to follow is something that will take a unified effort and perseverance by many. Dr. Jasinski’s teamwork and ‘people first’ approach is welcomed and will allow us to accomplish each task before us.”

Reaching out The president’s concerted effort to focus on students, and also to interact with faculty members, has been apparent to Dr. Max Fridell, outgoing Faculty Senate president and associate professor of educational leadership. “Dr. Jasinski has a true spirit of teamwork and cooperation, which we all owe to our students. I’ve been impressed with his open communication and willingness to reach out to faculty, especially during these rough economic times,” Fridell said. “We appreciate the transparency he’s bringing to the budgetary process and how he’s linking these tough decisions to our strategic objectives and core values. Dr. Jasinski is a strong communicator who gets out and about – visiting classrooms, talking to students, meeting with faculty – which has allowed him to put his finger on the pulse of the University. He’s an honest, enthusiastic, analytical leader, and he’s someone I want to follow.” Jasinski’s style of communication – from weekly e-mail messages and open campus forums to posting updates on Facebook and Twitter – also has drawn the attention of Bearcats far and near. He’s always been one to stay connected to his former students, but the extreme level of alumni engagement was one of the few surprises he has experienced since

beginning his presidency. “I’ve visited with so many truly passionate Northwest alumni, and it’s awesome,” he said. “I did not fully appreciate the deep, robust nature of the relationship our alumni and friends have with Northwest. It’s huge. I’m proud to say that many of my colleagues at other institutions tell me it’s an entirely different level of engagement than they have at their schools. Northwest has a large group of Bearcat believers who go above and beyond, and when they say they bleed green, they really mean it!” Furthermore, Northwest students have witnessed Jasinski’s open style of communication. Student Senate President Erin Holm said, “the characteristic I see the most, and appreciate the most, is his approachability. I know that if I see Dr. Jasinski walking across campus I will get a smile and a hello, and if I have a concern my voice will be heard.”

Man of faith While understanding and respecting the public nature of Northwest, Jasinski is not one to shy away from publicly proclaiming his faith. “My faith is the beginning, the middle and the end,” Jasinski said. “As a leader, I represent a myriad of interests and people, and I don’t take that lightly. I want to embrace all faiths, and it’s crucial I don’t do injustice to anybody’s faith. For me, personally, my faith is the centering component. Each decision, every interaction, every meeting I go into, I go in saying ‘please God, allow me to do my best and think about the needs of others.’ Faith is everything, and fortunately our expression of faith has been very warmly embraced by a number of constituents.”

President “Jazz”

John Jasinski, a fierce competitor who has completed 11 marathons, adds a clap to his push-ups during the postgame ritual with Bobby Bearcat. (top left) During an all-employee meeting, John Jasinski emphasizes the importance of the institutional theme for the year and asks faculty and staff to engage, ignite, illuminate and educate. 14



Because of Jasinski’s tenure as a Northwest faculty member, for alumni the thought of their former professor, whom they all referred to as “Jazz,” serving as the institution’s president presented an interesting twist. “Mass comm students tend to be more like a family, so although John was the department chair and a respected professor who challenged his students, he’ll always be referred to by many of us as ‘Jazz,’” said Kelley Yagel Baldwin ’95.

“As a faculty member he had a lot of energy, he was a levelheaded communicator and he was very astute to making sure he heard all sides of a situation, and from what I’ve observed, these traits are continuing in his role as president.” But Jasinski is quick to admit he’s still the same ol’ “Jazz.” “Yes, unequivocally, I’m still Jazz,” he said. “Trust me, my

family and friends want to keep everything in perspective and they enjoy making their wise cracks, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!” Yes, he’s still Jazz. He continues to put God first. He continues to serve Northwest. But one change has most certainly occurred: he no longer drives the old Nova. n

First Lady Denise Jasinski settles into new role, home Denise Jasinski confesses she’s still getting used to the term “first lady.” “I’m not completely able to wrap myself around that one!” she said. “People who have known me for years say, ‘Really? You? First lady?’” Fortunately this doesn’t prevent anyone, in particular Denise Jasinski, from the respected title of “first lady,” a position she elegantly fulfills. “It’s all new to everyone right now, even though people in Maryville are used to seeing me run into the store in my paint clothes with my hair pulled up and my flip flops on,” said Denise, who’s known throughout the community for her astute renovation skills and love of gardening, “but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect the roles and responsibilities that have been presented to us.” Aside from her hobbies, involvement in her church, an array of volunteer efforts and raising a family – she and John are the parents of four children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – the first lady has several initiatives she’d like to pursue that complement her husband’s role as president. “I’d like to improve the quality of low- to moderate-level off-campus student housing and to encourage students to take pride in the community,” she said. “I also will use my networking and community connections to assist with forging partnerships. Our students have so much to offer and would love opportunities to build their portfolios. I hope to connect these students with individuals or organizations that will give them that real-life experience, to really maximize their college experience.” Denise, who graduated from Northwest in 1990 and worked at Northwest for eight years as a tutor and academic coordinator with the Upward Bound program, knows firsthand the talents students can offer. Removing wallpaper from the She recently sought assistance from 140-year-old Gaunt House students in an interior design class was a familiar task for Denise as she was decorating her children’s Jasinski, who completely renovated the family’s previous rooms. She’s also speaking to home, a 102-year-old house on campus organizations about pooling

their talents and resources to develop partnerships. The University’s house The Gaunt House, the home of each Northwest president and his family, is one of the campus’s many treasures. Denise has overseen the renovation and restoration of this historic structure, and she and John are encouraging the University community to use the house for any number of activities – socials, reunions, luncheons, barbecues, The Gaunt House is the home of formal dinners. Northwest’s First Family, including (from left) Joe, Leah, Denise, John, Lucas and Matt “This is the University’s Jasinski. house, and while people are respectful that it’s also our home, we want to make sure everyone feels welcome to use it,” Denise said. Remembering their roots John and Denise, who celebrate 25 years of marriage in June, met as college students in Michigan. As a young married couple still in school trying to make ends meet, Denise said she can relate to the financial struggles students often face today. “When we were starting out, John and I had a couch, a floor lamp and a mattress. Everything else we had came from auctions or rummage sales and the sturdy cardboard box we had with a pretty piece of cloth over it worked great for an end table,” said Denise, who grew up as one of 12 children. “We have very humble beginnings.” In addition to remembering her roots, Denise has sought advice from Northwest’s former first ladies, who encourage her to be true to herself. “That’s something I can do. I’m Denise, first and foremost,” she said. “I’ll find my balance – without losing my true self.” n

West Thompson in Maryville.





CIE benefits Northwest, region

Missouri Academy celebrates 10 years at Northwest


his year marks the 10th anniversary for the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematand dignitaries throughout the ics and Computing at Northwest, although region recently gathered in the this unique program was a vision 20 years in University’s Center for Innovathe making. The first class was made up of 41 tion and Entrepreneurship to students hailing from across the state of Miscelebrate the opening of the souri. Ten years later, the program has more than 46,600 square-foot business doubled in size with 96 first-year students and incubator and high-tech 66 students in their second and final year of the academic facility. program. The CIE incubator, located Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri on the north edge of campus, Academy, said the program has much more to contains four lab analysis celebrate than its continually increasing enrollresearch areas, a shared sciment. In recent years, the program has extended entific instrument room, 9,000 its borders beyond Missouri and even beyond square feet of tenant office the United States with two out-of-state students space, shipping/receiving, a enrolled this year, three students from Panama staff training area, a seminar and 21 from Korea. room and CIE staff offices. “The presence of international students adds The academic wing embraces to the rich cultural and racial diversity of our more than 16,000 square feet living and learning community. A diverse comof highly specialized teaching munity can only help move our students toward and research labs and offices. a healthier socially and culturally competent Current CIE tenants include citizenry,” Samudzi said. Carbolytic Materials Company, The dean also said Missouri Academy Practical Sustainability, Riley students are involved in activities outside of their and Rabel Consulting, Hero rigorous academic schedule, including clubs and Teams and Alyoop. n organizations within the Missouri Academy as well as Universityand communitysponsored organizations. In additon, more than 40 percent of first-year Northwest students participate in research projects and lessons in laboratories at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The mixed-use students incubator was chosen from a pool of nominees from Missouri to receive the at the Southern Growth Policies Board 2010 Innovator Award. Missouri Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon




Celebrating 10 Years of Integrity & Quality

MISSOURI ACADEMY � � Science u Mathematics u Computing


Academy participate in summer research at institutions such as Northwest, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of MissouriColumbia and University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Missouri Academy is an early-entrance-tocollege, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest campus and housed in North Complex. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of college coursework taught by Northwest’s professors and comingled with traditional college students. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree as well as a high school diploma. n

Celebration set for Aug. 6-8 The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing opened its doors in August 2000, and since that time, more than 300 students have completed the program. To recognize this milestone, a 10-year anniversary celebration is being planned.

Alumni and friends of the Missouri Academy

are welcome to attend the Aug. 6-8 event on the Northwest campus. A few highlights include a welcome by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, a fireworks display, individual class activities, a dinner and dance and a special presentation by Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, founder of the Missouri Academy. • Aug. 6-8 • Registration fee: $35 • RSVP by July 15 For a complete itinerary or more information, visit anniversary, e-mail or call (877) 398-4615.

The Contributors to Northwest During the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year


ow long has it been since you strolled through campus, heard the Bell Tower ringing, stole a kiss on the Kissing Bridge or shook the hand that gave you your hard-earned diploma? No matter how long it’s been since your Northwest days, we all share some special traditions. A bridge, if you will, between past, present and future. This is an exciting time to be a Bearcat. We continue to field the best team in NCAA Division II football. We have beautiful facilities throughout campus. We have a record-setting enrollment of more than 7,000 students. And we have a new president in Dr. John Jasinski. We all can be proud of the legacy that Dr. Dean Hubbard left behind, and we look forward to the new directions that change brings. As a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and the co-chair of the Finance Committee, I know that the Foundation has experienced a great deal of change in the past two years. We survived the financial debacle that brought much anxiety to our country. As individuals, we have seen our individual balance sheets decline, though we have seen a great improvement since last March. The Foundation did a solid job of managing through the decline, and we have awarded 919 scholarships with a value of $604,000 to our Bearcat scholars for this academic year. Our goal is to keep growing the endow-

ment and to continue to provide support for the University and our students. How can growth happen? The Foundation must act as a responsible steward and carefully review and manage our investments. We also ask that alumni get involved and support our beloved Northwest. There are many opportunities to do so. When the phone rings and a student asks you to “Adopt a Bearcat,” answer that call. Join The 1905 Society and make a gift of $1,000 or more. Donate appreciated securities to the University through the Northwest Foundation for special tax benefits. Write a check to the University, be it large or small. Consider naming Northwest in your will and trust – your legacy will live on long past our lifetimes. The “pay it forward” concept is a great one, and one that can be so easily honored at your alma mater. I look forward to seeing you on campus in the future, and I hope you’ll consider Northwest in your charitable giving plans. Go Bearcats!

Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81 Finance Committee Co-Chair Northwest Foundation




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Annual Report The Northwest Foundation Inc. and the Office of University Advancement


stablished in 1971, the Northwest Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation responsible for encouraging, receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest, for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The 29-member Foundation Board of Directors is led by President Mike Faust, Vice President Dan Runde and Immediate Past President Jim Blackford.


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Total Planned Giving Expectancies




he economic environment of the last fiscal year presented significant challenges and opportunities. While alumni involvement held strong in FY09, giving levels reflected Number of Gifts the stresses of the economy, retreating from record-high levels. Total support to the University still exceeded $1 million for last year. About 96 percent of the FY09 support was received in the form of cash contributions, while planned gift expectancies remained steady, totaling FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 $24.8 million at June 30, 2009. The continued success of the cultivation of private support to benefit Northwest Donor Visits is due to the tremendous support of thousands of alumni and friends as well as Northwest’s leadership team, deans, faculty and staff. The fundraising efforts of the Northwest Foundation and the development staff translate into significant University support in a FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 variety of areas.

The Foundation is staffed by members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement. The mission of the office is to develop and implement strategies to cultivate relationships that increase private support for the University and to favorably position the institution in the eyes of its many audiences to increase public support. It is comprised of two administrative units – alumni relations and development. ■




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Annual Report Scholarship support has remained a central mission of Northwest’s development efforts. For instance, $438,000 in gifts benefitted a variety of scholarship programs and accounted for 36 percent of FY09’s total support. The Adopt-aBearcat Scholarship is part of this support, and more than 186 scholarships were awarded in the 2009-2010 academic year. This program, as well as the Foundation’s other scholarships, brought Amount of Scholarship Support $700


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the total number of awards for FY09 to 919, providing $604,079 in support to students. Alumni and friends also support Bearcat athletics, as more than 25 percent of donations in FY09 benefitted Northwest’s studentathletes. The Northwest Annual Fund continues to raise a large amount of unrestricted dollars for the University – funds that are crucial to support needs in areas not covered by other fundraising efforts. In FY09, the Northwest Annual Fund generated $240,000 in unrestricted support. When alumni and friends make a gift to the Northwest Foundation, they can be confident that their gift is spent wisely. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance prescribes that 65 percent of total expenses of a charitable organization be spent on charitable programs. The Northwest Foundation exceeded that standard in FY09 by spending an average of 84 percent of every dollar on University programs. ■

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Annual Report Alumni Relations


he Northwest Alumni Association and the Office of University Advancement’s alumni relations staff continued in FY09 to offer opportunities Number of Alumni Events to alumni and friends to 250 promote Northwest. Nearly 200 chapter activities as well 200 as regional activities hosted by the Alumni Association 150 allowed alumni and friends to stay connected to Northwest. 100 With the addition of the Springfield Alumni 50 and Friends Chapter, the Northwest Alumni Associa0 tion has 16 alumni chapters. FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 Additional chapters include Arizona, Central Iowa, Southern Iowa, Colorado, Alumni Association Members Dallas, Kansas City, Maryville, 6,000 Nebraska/Western Iowa, St. Joseph, Mid-Missouri, 5,000 Southern California, Chicago 4,000

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and St. Louis as well as a band chapter and an international chapter in Japan. The Alumni Association’s Tourin’ Bearcats travel program remains popular. A ski trip to Breckenridge and an Alaskan interior land tour were enjoyed by alumni and friends in FY09. The Northwest Alumni Association continues to partner with offices on campus including the offices of admissions, career services, athletics and student affairs. In addition, the Alumni Association was present in Kansas City at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead football game and hosted a successful Golden Years Society Reunion. Furthermore, six distinguished individuals were honored during the annual awards banquet in the fall. The Northwest Alumni Association, under the leadership of Tim Sullivan ’75, FY09 president of the board of directors, and current President Neil Neumeyer ’98, continues to rely on its volunteers for contributions of time and talents to Northwest. ■

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Annual Report Scholarships Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship

Blake Adams Kaylee Adams Bill Anders Kris Asher Ronee Ashley Kyle Barnett Mary Bass Casey Bengford Jonathan Bennett Kayla Bennett Kristin Berry Michael Bertken Meghaan Binkley Tori Blair Camillya Blount Meagan Blunt Rebecca Bly Michael Bramblett Grant Brown Britney Bryant Austin Buckner Garrett Burge Johnathan Burns Douglas Butcher Shavona Butler Courtney Byron Taylor Cameron Brandy Carlisle Marshall Carlson David Carpio Erica Carson Marian Carter Amber Cervantes Danielle Chapman Cassy Clark Jeremy Clay Kandace Claypole Kelsey Clement Rena Coen Ebony Colbert Nicholas Colvin Justin Cordes Kelly Cornett Troy Couchman Tara Craver Colten Croisant Diane Cudworth Ryan Curtis Andrew Davidson Dilniya Dawoudi Jamie DeJonge Katelyn Dekker Amanda Donahoo Anthony Donahoo Micah Doty Justin Downing Colton Drish Javano Duley Michael Duntz Nicholas Edwards Samantha Eggers Erin Ekle Tyler Ellis Andrew Ernst Caitlin Faulkner Luisa Fernandez Brittany Figura Joshua Flood Tyler Folkerts

Kelsi Foreman Heather Fortner Brittni Foster Lawrence Franklin Chadwick Freeman Reginald Freese Morrell French Jessica Freund Tykeila Gaddy Garrett Gassman Lawrence Giglio Stephanie Gillum Charles Gochenour Jedebiah Goerke Adam Greenwalt Catherine Grimm Jessica Grossman Molly Grusenmeyer Lacey Guidry Sean Gundersen Jamie Hafeli Jessie Hall Lauren Hall David Hamlin Julia Hardy Andrew Haring Pamela Harmon Daniel Harnack Alexander Harrelson Mark Harris Whitney HarrisCarter Kevin Hawkins Seth Heath Alana Heisler Rachel Henry Matthew Herzberg Heather Hewitt Alexa Hill Lisa Hise Alex Hitz Sarah Hoepker Scott Honeyman Kaylie Howell Addison Hunziker Kevin Inman Jared James Aislinn Johnson Brittany Johnson Amanda Jones Courtney Jones Amy Julian Kirby Karwal Darren Kelley Valerie Kemery Stephanie Kemp Karen Kepka Sara Kerner Madilynn Kettle Seth Kilson Courtney Kmezich Heather Kovar Carolyn Kozol Misty Kucginski Michael Kuhn Jessie Lantz Jo Dee Lantz Joshua Linderman Joshua Lock Rocquisha Locke Seth Mabry

Giavanna Macaluso Michelle Madsen Haley Maffin Dillon Martin Michael Martin Jennifer Martinez Tiffany Maske Kathleen Mauzy Kaela McClurg Chavae McGee Jennifer McGinness Jaclyn Meier Matthew Meinert Chase Miller Whitney Miller Cherece Milton Ashley Mitchell Michael Mitchell Jarod Moenkhoff Chelsie Moore Paige Moreland Monica Morrill Samantha Mott Tamieca Murphy Shamika Murrell Erika Muzney Mary Name Jenifer Nezerka Lacie Nielsen Joshua Nixon Alexander Noto Megan O’Bryan Elizabeth O’Malley Kelly Obley Cherokee Odle September Oliveira Selena Owens Katie Parrish Derek Pauley Desmond Pearson Ashlee Peckham Tara Pickarell Mildred Pope Andrea Potter Sidney Priebe Mallory Prokop Kati Pugh Ibraham Qaoud Katelyn Rachwalik Heather Ramer Rachael Randall Ronald Ransburg Bryana Redding Ashlee Reed Timothy Reek Nathan Retzlaff Gwendi Rice Kirsten Ritchie Rhyan Rodgers Christopher Rolling Lauren Royal Kinsey Ruehter Aric Rush Michael Russell Raymond Russell Kristopher Rutz Jenna Schoening Shauntia Schweigart Travis Scott Catlin Scroggie Matthew Serfass

Shane Sherwood Megan Shuman Ashley Sieh Josee Simonson John Skillman Seth Slayden Nicole Slobodnik Aaron Smith Amanda Smith Jackie Smith Mary Smith Sarah Smith Teresa Smith Ashley Snipes Brittany Spinnato Billy Steinman Steven Steinman Nathaniel Stock Shanda Stockton Jessica Stoehr Nathan Stork Jordyn Styskal Richard Swaney Kristina Swinford Jacob Taylor Hannah Thomas Ryan Thomas Seth Thomas Tameka Thomas Kristyn Thompson Robert Tillman Daniel Trausch Kristin Ulmer Ikechukwu Urum-Eke Sauphia Vorngsam Ekaterina Voronchikhina James Walkup Katie Wallace Robert Wallace Derek Warden Whitney Watson Elisha WatsonGittings Josey Whisler Jason White Dalton Williams Matthew Williams Christina Wills Tara Wilmes Dustin Wilson Paul Wilson Simone Winfield Vladimir Younger Kaitlyn Zogleman Erica Zoucha A-C Lightning Scholarship

Alexa Graham

AAUW Corwin Junior Scholarship

Heather Niece

AAUW Viola May Corwin Scholarship

Nisha Bharti Rachel Ludwig

Mary Eulalah Adwell Scholarship

Julie Holmes

Alpha Chi Scholarship

Landon Hedrick Rachel Ludwig

Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship

Rachel Ludwig Amanda Rice Jared Williams

Alpha Tau Alpha Scholarship

Rachel Saunders

Brenda Wilson Andrews Memorial Scholarship

Miranda Oehler

Anonymous Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship

Jessica Boyer

The Anonymous PCMC Scholarship

Bret Kester

ARAMARK Facility Services Scholarship

Heather Edwards Benjamin Murray Ashley Scott Teela Wilmes

Art Education Scholarship

Jennifer Kirkpatrick

Earl H. Baker Memorial Scholarship

Megan Childs Tyler Wulf

Kent Barber Memorial Scholarship

John Strohm

Lee E. Barber Scholarship

Michaela Jordan

Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth Bethany Business Scholarship

Jared Rose

Booth College of Business & Professional Studies Freshman Scholarship

Christopher Conover Lindsey Curtis

Nick Bowen Memorial Scholarship

Blake Adams

Dr. Jerry Brekke Scholarship in Political Science

Andrew Dufour

Ann Allen Brekke Scholarship

Blair Sample

Claudene Brewer Memorial Scholarship

Payden Bauman

Everett W. Brown Scholarship

Kirk Skoglund

Seth J. Brutto Memorial Scholarship

Brent Ussary

Donald K. Carlile Memorial Scholarship

Bailey Asher

Cerner Scholarship

Kevin Buse

Chemistry Alumni Scholarship

Sakshi Uppal

CHS Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Day Bradley Hines JoAnna Newcomb

Kathleen Bauman Memorial Scholarship

Citizens Bank & Trust Scholarship

Art and Bettie Beckner Celebration Scholarship

Clear Cayhoga Muddy Creeks Scholarship

Luther and Kathryn Belcher Scholarship

Clearmont Community Club Scholarship

Dr. Gary Bennerotte Memorial Scholarship

Franklin and Marilyn Colwell Scholarship

Amanda Sherry

Andrew Rembecki

Heather Niece

Jacob Basnight

Alexandra Koenig

Emily Murphy

Eric Howard

Hanna Jones

Gayle Miller Bilden Memorial Scholarship

Nathaniel Thompson

Bohlken Award

Kathleen Baker

B. J. Alcott Scholarship

Jennifer Francka




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Scholarships Dr. Norman and Ada Mae Clough Scholarship

Joan Ahart Eric Baines Amy Bass Lacy Cheers Kelsey Cox Lacey Guidry Yahaya Gwamna Austin Helling Sara Kerner Anthony Leapley Alexandra Madsen Ashley Mitchell Allison Palermo Jodi Peasel Brianna Phillips Ben Rush Jeffrey Scott Katie Smith Tiffany Williams

Computer Science Academic Achievement Scholarship

Andy Pryor

C.E.Cook Drama Scholarship

Russell Langdon

Cook Finance Scholarship

Heather Niece

Cook/Imes Distinguished Scholarship

Kelsey Luers

James R. Cook Memorial Scholarship

Rylee Arnold Amber Graham Courtney Jones Kathleen Mauzy Jesse Price Aaron Rees Tiffany Slayton

Cook Jazz Band Scholarship

Sunny Bristow

Mabel Cook Scholarship

Cassie McClellan

Alice Corley Scholarship

Jillian Kozel

Cathran Cushman Radio Scholarship

Daniel Rasmussen

The Pat Danner Scholarship

Lisa Hise

Dennis Dau Scholarship

Stephen Sporleder

W.M.C. Dawson Scholarship

Straussy Campbell Nathan Nickolisen Laura Thomas Ross Volkmer

Delta Kappa Gamma II Alpha Omicron Scholarship

Abby Walter

Neta Derry Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Sherry

Elwyn K. DeVore Business Scholarship

Katie Thudium

Ron C. DeYoung Scholarship

Carri Huff Alexandra Koenig

Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Scholarship

Kristy Thompson

Herbert R. Dieterich Scholarship

Eric Shafer Tyler Simmons

Donaldson-Pfost Scholarship

Lauren Baker Clinton Brady Christopher Conover Connor Dignan Cassie Gilland Jeremiah Mullock Lacey Stoll

Dyche Family Scholarship

Jennifer Backer Kate Hall

T. H. Eckert Journalism Scholarship

Olivia Keyes Evan Young

New Foundation Scholarship Funds Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship Clint Johnson Memorial Scholarship Eddice B. Barber Scholarship Lorna From Scholarship St. Louis Chapter Alumni Scholarship

Edward Jones Scholarship

Alexandra Koenig

Margaret Ann Edwards SAI Scholarship

Katherine Valuck

EMBARQ/Northwest Missouri State University Scholarship

Courtney Frisbie Abigail Warner

Energizer Diversity Scholarship

Matthew Sanchez

Extreme Resume Makeover Scholarship

Alexa McQuistan

Family of the Year Scholarship

Kristen Ackley

The Michael L. Faust Scholarship

Lacie Nielsen Shauntia Schweigart

Frank Felton Rotary Scholarship

Amy Kemper

Bill Fields Memorial Scholarship

Wanda Wolmar

Marion Fischer Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship

Anna Rathjen

Marshall E. and Beatrix Winn Ford Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Allan Ashley Emory Chester Greub Chelsea Herzberg Kari Long Hollie Mohi Nathan Pedersen Alisha Russell Alyssia Salvo Emily Schmeltz Justice Simpson Katherine Watkins Jared Williams

Doug and Lisa Foster Scholarship

Charles I. Frye Geology Scholarship

Ashley Leger

Martha Polsley Gamble Scholarship

Kyleen Henry

William T. Garrett Scholarship

Katherine Wilson

Dwight and Eunice Gates Memorial Scholarship

Brian Biggs Jedidiah Riley

Dr. Paul L. Gates Scholarship

Alexandra Koenig

George Gayler Scholarship

Thomas Herron Andrea Richardson

Janet S. Gayler Scholarship

Sarah Peters

General Foundation Scholarship

Nathan Pedersen

Louise Smith Gillis Scholarship

Michelle Eivins

Gwynetha Girling Memorial Scholarship

Megan Koranda

Nancy Goff Memorial Scholarship

Amber Booth

Dale Gorsuch English Scholarship

Audrey Faltin

Dr. Mary Rose Gram Scholarship

Megan Simpson

C F Gray Physical Science Scholarship

Lucas Derry

Peter J. Greve TKE Alumni Scholarship

Robert and Doris Foster Scholarship

Gromer Family Scholarship

Matthew Aldieri James Dent Kathryn Dorrell Rachel Graves Steven Lydick Roneisha Smith

JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship John Yancey/Edward Jones Scholarship


Sandra Mason Danielle Pace Kyisha Pritchett Roneisha Smith

Kirsten Capps Donald Parsons Hillary Wehrli

Dr. Kent King Memorial Scholarship


Robert and Virginia Foster Scholarship


Lauren McCulley

Jason Mildenberger

Mattie Jo (Payne) Groom Scholarship

Katherine Meyers

Growmark Scholarship

Kyle Clayton Robert Parker

Frank W. Grube Scholarship

Nisha Bharti Barry Grass

Marvin Gutzmer Scholarship

Dannelle Davis

Frank and Margaret Haines Memorial Scholarship

Krista Pollman

Wilma Hall Maryville 20th Century Club Scholarship

Ryan O’Connell

Wilma Hall Maryville BPW Scholarship

Jaclyn Adkins

Hancock-Woods Scholarship

Michelle Bjorland Stephanie Gaines Amy McCormack Justin Roetman Bethany Root Sarah Youngbauer

John Harr Scholarship

Landon Bosisio Michaela Jordan

Thomas Webb Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Taylor Cantrell Melynda West

Charles Hawkins Accounting Scholarship

Miranda VanPelt

Karen Hawkins Memorial Accounting Scholarship

Kimberly Harding

Clarence Henderson Scholarship

Rebecca Roberts

Margaret and Wayne Hennegin Scholarship

Cassie Gilland Jana Harding Kimberly Harding Lynsie Jackson

George Hinshaw Scholarship

Kathleen Baker

H. F. “Hoot” Holland Memorial Scholarship

Kimber Whitt Jared Williams

Joyce Fink Hook Scholarship

Kathleen Baker Michelle Trester

Marvin Hoskey Agricultural Education Scholarship

Matthew Bax

Virginia Hotchstetler BPW Scholarship

April O’Riley

Floyd B. Houghton Memorial Scholarship

Lloyd Cuda

Floyd B. Houghton Freshman Livestock Evaluation Scholarship

James Walkup

Floyd B. Houghton Livestock Evaluation Scholarship

Angeline Schulte

Ronald A. Houston Scholarship

Megan Frueh DeWayne McIntyre Emily Murphy

The Aleta and Dean Hubbard Scholarship

Wade Hall Kendra Heller Anthony Leapley Lydia Wagner

Hunt-Porter Scholarship

Timothy Bruns Nicole Collins Whitney Copenhaver Kaysie Curran Lauren Falkner Cassie Frock Lauren Haer Lauren Henrichs Rachel Henry Megan Hurst Sarah Hurst Kaitlyn Loughead Megan Miller Samantha Miller Ashley Raggo Brandi Sanderson Brent SandnerMartin Deanna Snedeger Kelsey Waibel Heather Walker Abigail Wall Rebecca Wilson Haylee Zell

James Hurst Memorial Scholarship

Bryan Baker Kyle Leonard

Welton Ideker Regents Scholarship

Fallon Cordell Shelby Wright

International Ambassadors Scholarship

Isioma Nwadozi

James and Betty Jackson Scholarship

Jon Akes Landon Campbell Kyle Lindenmeyer Kerri Meredith

Mike Jewett Scholarship

Kate Hall

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Annual Report Scholarships Brice and Carolyn Johnson Scholarship

Kyle Lindenmeyer

Lillian Irene Gossard Johnson Scholarship

Drew Van Dyke

Lucile Agee Johnson Scholarship

Kevin Duerfeldt

Walter and Maude Johnson Scholarship

Kala Miller

J.W. Jones Scholarship

Fallon Cordell Rachel Ludwig

Kathleen Jones Scholarship

Kendra Heller

James and Patricia Joy Scholarship

Heather Simmerman

Martin Kanne Chemistry Scholarship

Ryan O’Connell

Kansas City Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Kaytee King

Bobby and Shirley Kelley Excellence in Education Scholarship

Jessica Brown

Kensinger/Imes Scholarship

Carianne Geerts

Robert B. Killingsworth Memorial Scholarship

Paige Spangenberg Megan Victor

Fred Lamer Scholarship

Crystal Wales

Uel Lamkin, E.W. Glenn, and Grace Sheperd Memorial Scholarship

Lindsey Avitt Nicole Dice Megan Harrington Molly Howell Kathleen Kozol Johannah Lynch Ashley Scott Jennifer Wells

Phyllis Combs Leet Scholarship

Jessica Degase

Marvin E. and Kathryn B. Lehnen Scholarship

Lisa Hise

Lemar- Rischer Memorial Scholarship

Mandy Maize

John Sublett Logan Scholarship

Sara Bornholdt Anita Coleman

Joshua Dalsing Ashley Erickson Terrie Goble Nicholas Hager Holly Harpst Ashley Knierim Mandy Maize Evan Rand Mitchell Reger Jarrod Thome Katie Thudium Myrl and Katherine Long Memorial Physical Science Scholarship

Nathan Manville

The Forrest G. and Joan B. Lowe Scholarship

Thomas Hutchinson

Bonnie Magill Scholarship

Kara Demott

Paul Marfice Scholarship

Kyle Davis Meredith Thompson Amy Kemper

Mary E. Markt Scholarship

Seth Harvey

Maryville Host Lions Club Scholarship

Tiffany Bliley Jacob Greeley Amanda Sherry Kirk Skoglund

Maryville Hy-Vee Food Store Scholarship

Tiffany Bliley Amanda Sherry

Maryville Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship

Kevin Birdsell Johnathan Gilmore Karen Kepka Elizabeth Robertson

Maryville Rotary Club Scholarship

Tiffany Bliley

Leon F. Miller Grant for Graduate Studies

Ajay Bandi Sameer Kumar Muvva

Ruth Miller Scholarship

Katherine Valuck

Chloe E. Millikan Memorial Scholarship

Katelin Gohlinghorst Katherine Hoy

Ryland Milner Memorial Scholarship

Ramsey Atieh Amelia Hodge Chase Miller Eric Shafer Patrick Stief

Miss Northwest Scholarship Pageant Award

Chacey Steen

Missouri Farm Bureau Scholarship

Nathan Bunse Amy Marsh

Edward P. Morgan Scholarship

Adam Beatty Stephanie Bluth

Morris Rodecker Haley Scholarship

Amy Wackernagle

Dr. Gaylord Morrison Scholarship

Britney Short Amy Wackernagle

Earle I. Moss Jazz Scholarship

Dane Montgomery

Earle I. Moss Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholarship

Jessica Nance

Martha Moss Scholarship

Heather Niece

Raymond L. and Ruth L. McClurg Scholarship

MOST Scholarship

Raymond McClurg Memorial Scholarship

Irene Mueller Biology Scholarship

Lydia Farmer Matthew Schieber

Kari Kasperbauer Rachael King Jacob Langford Amanda Mehrhoff Jamie Sullivan Jessica Sunderman

Dustin McCurdy Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Scheuler

McIntosh Hall Scholarship

Shelby Fisher

Kimberly Lynn Miller Memorial Scholarship

Taryn Clark Serena Euler Abby Nease

Anne Elizabeth Cafer

Harrison Mutz Memorial Scholarship

Alexa McQuistan

Native American Scholarship

Kaley Johnson Mallory Stanton

Johnson accomplishes two objectives when creating scholarship in honor of his parents When it came time to create a legacy for his family, Brent Johnson ’84 thought of the Bedford, Iowa, community where he’d grown up and graduated from Bedford High School in 1980 as well as Northwest, which provided him with a strong foundation for a successful business career. Helping the youth in his hometown to achieve their dreams was high on Johnson’s list of priorities in addition to assisting his college alma mater. Johnson accomplished both objectives when he established the Brice and Carolyn Johnson Family Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation. Johnson funds the scholarship, named in honor of his parents, annually to provide one $1,000 award to a Bedford Community School District graduating senior planning to attend Northwest. The scholarship’s recipients are students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, academic performance, participation in school activities and athletics as well as community involvement, which Johnson believes contribute greatly to the success of tomorrow’s leaders. “The best part of providing this scholarship is reaching out to someone in a small way,” Johnson said, “and hopefully it encourages others to someday repeat and double the process again and again down the road. Let’s start at Bedford High School and Northwest and see where it goes from here.” Johnson is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Liberty Bank, a $1.3 billion bank based in West Des Moines, Iowa, with 31 branches across Iowa and southwest Florida. He lives in Clive, Iowa, with his wife, Tami, and son, Marc. n Fred C. and Grace E. Nelson Scholarship

Northwest DigEM Scholarship

Richard M. “Dick” New Scholarship

Northwest Foundation Scholarship

Fallon Cordell

Fairann Campbell

Nicholson Kovac Advertising Scholarship

Allison Wagner

Nodaway County Recreation Scholarship

Stephen Embrey Jennifer Howe Mallory Smith

NEBS Four-Year Scholastic Award

Cody Coulter Derek Heideman

Alisha Baker

Charles Rose Alissa Caltrider James Dent James Howe

Northwest Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Brett Fairchild Troy Battle Karen Kepka Cory Shroyer

Northwest Support Staff Scholarship

Amy Kemper Jared Lainhart

Nothstine Family Scholarship

Katie Thudium

Marie Oftelie Scholarship

Dixie McGary Sherry Wray

The Kevin O’Reilly News Scholarship

Ryan Smith

Megan Koranda




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Scholarships The B.D. and Sue Wright Owens Scholarship

Daniel Gerhardt Tenique Hays Karen Kepka Natasha Vernon Kaleb Walter April Whorton

The Owens Family Scholarship

Emily Howell Mitchell Schmitz

Lillian Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Pittman

Frederick P. Parcher Scholarship

Kathryn Dorrell James Douty Chelsey Heim Ranae Larson Daniel Thompson Kassandra Wenstrand Jeremy Wickman

Penny Parman Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Rolf

Russell Parman Agriculture Scholarship

Amy Hudlemeyer

Mark Patton Memorial Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Anthony Jackson

Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship

Sean Householder

Jim D. Plowman Scholarship

Ashley Bugbee Melissa Flood Taryn Hill

The Allene Porter Education Fund

Amy Circello

The Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez Scholarship

Marina Lopez Shamika Murrell

The National Residence Hall Honorary Bearcat Chapter Leadership Scholarship

Sueann Crouse Tamera Dunn Jaclyn Ekle

Donald and Dorothy (Myers) Rice Scholarship

Krista Busacker

Burton L. Richey Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Deml Rebecca Gillespie

Gladys Rickard Scholarship

Anthony Adeyemi Mitchell Gladman Jacob Greeley Kristina Swinford Sarah Valencia

Kathryn S. Riddle Scholarship

Jennifer Nissen

Rischer Educational Enrichment Grant

Melissa Flood

Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarships To assist in meeting a critical need for current scholarship dollars, the University created this unique Annual Fund program. Beginning in the 2005-06 academic year, recipients meeting Northwest’s current policies for admission and financial assistance receive a one-time, $500 Adopt-ABearcat scholarship to help offset educational expenses. The scholarships are awarded in the name of each donor’s choice. Multiple awards are given for those donors providing multiple $250 gifts. These scholarships prove to be most crucial in providing the additional funding needed for students who might have not otherwise been able to afford attending Northwest.

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Mark B. Robbins Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Joseph Landewee

Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship

Ashley Smith

Ada M. Royston Memorial Scholarship

Emily Cloughly

Joseph and Rose Ryan Scholarship

Tyler Simmons

C.M. and M. Saville Scholarship

Amanda Agee Rebecca Bagley Destinee Biesemeyer Michelle Bjorland Lianne Boggs Justin Brandt Madison Chambers Anna Clark Sydney Craddock Caleb Decius Austin Duerfeldt Matthew Elliott Dominique Evans Kimberly Eversgerd Danielle Fernandez Virginia Fleer Courtney Foster Suzanne Gilbert Tyler Griesbach Shannon Griffin Whitney Hawkins Michelle Henning Lisa Marie Houtchens Maranda Hunter Elaina Jackson Brandi Kapfer

Angela Reed Accounting Scholarship (2) Ann Young Gustafson (2) Archer Family Scholarship Art & Karen Jablonski (3) Asbell/ Mackenzie Scholarship (4) B. Fitt Basil & Ina Claire Lister B-E-A-R-C-A-T-S. Bearcats, Bearcats, Go BEARCATS! Benjamin L. Westman DDS Bill & Jo Karen Brown (3) Bill & Sherry Goucher (2) Bob & Virginia Foster Scholarship Collins Farms Colonel Benny L. Johnson Scholarship Curtis L. & Margaret A. Funston Scholarship Daren & Buffy Niemeyer Dept. of Education Leadership Division of Student Affairs


Kari Kasperbauer Jennifer Kelly Katrin King Michelle Lackey Kyle Leonard Sarah Martinek DeWayne McIntyre LeAnna McMillan Tonya Mengel Amanda Mullen Kristen Myers Aaron Owens Pratik Patel Sarah Reed Robyn Reinig Aaron Salisbury Melinda Schneider Jerald See Amanda Shahan Donna Sharpe Mary Smith Jessica Sunderman Joshua Swan Tosha Tuzon Jacqueline Twaddell Ashley Voyles Taylor Williams Abby Wilson Katherine Wilson Helen Zwiebel Mahala Saville History Scholarship

Kelly Alvarez Landon Hedrick Wesley Lewis Sarah Lirley McCune

Saville Student Support Services Scholarship

Katie Bassett Andrew Black Margaret Davis Lisa Hise Jaymee Koop

Tara McQuaide Sarah Smith Sarah Woody Richard L. Sawyers Scholarship

Austin French Katherine Kelly Dustin Lambertsen

Frederick, Edwardena, and Stephen Schneider Memorial Scholarship

Cali Arnold Ashley Bailey Haley Balzer Kassie Bartlett Cody Bengford Michelle Bjorland Britney Bryant Joe Chudomelka Krysten Covell Autumn Disney Brenda Evenson Brittany Figura Nathan Gessner Mickenzie Hagen LaToya Harris Alexandra Henning Greggory Herzberg Sara Jensen Brett Johnson Canden Johnson Angela Klocke Megan Kloewer Jay Lamontagne Sophia Mauldin Amanda Mehrhoff Wesley Miller Anthony Orstad Tyler Owen Keisha Parrish Erika Pirtle Eric Portiner Robyn Reinig

Nicholas Richter Rachal Royuk Amy Stone Beth Stratbucker David Struve Cory Taylor Daniel Trausch Courtney Twyman Tyler Uhe Anthony Volz Anissa White Taylor Willers B.D. and Janet Scott Biology Scholarship

Erin Spicher

Carroll Scott Agricultural Memorial Scholarship

Eric Redden

The Alfred E. Sergel III Band Alumni Scholarship

Emily Cloughly

Robert and ZoAnn Severson Jazz Ensemble Scholarship

Daniel Duddy

R. Lucile and Vesper L. Shelby Music Scholarship

Kara Rieger

Beverly J. and Edward J. Shelton Scholarship

Julie Holmes

Garland Shipps Memorial Scholarship

Megan Schmidt

Luther C. Skelton Scholarship

Ekaterina Voronchikhina

David T. Slater Excellence in English Award

Barry Grass

Donald D. McComb Scholarship (2) Dorothy L. Norton Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe Scholarship Education Scholarship English Major/Minor Family and Consumer Sciences Frances & Wayne Jones Memorial Scholarship by daughter, Linda Lehman Gary & Patricia Jo Beggs (2) George Haws Memorial In Memory of Ralph & LaVelle Sprague In Memory of Ron Valline by daughter Damian Valline Bridges Scholarship Ione Thompson Edwards (2) J.A. Coulter Scholarship Jaclyn Nicole Dierking Memorial Jane Costello Memorial Jim & Doris McGinness Katherine Gray Copeland Scholarship

Linda & Larry Shoemaker Mark and Dr. Wendy Cherry Scholarship Mayda Clark Young Scholarship Fund Nicolaisen Family Scholarship Orrie and Sara Covert Scholarship Pamela Willand Graham Pat Place Scholarship (2) Patricia K. Best (2) Paul & Mari Schieber Paul Kuehneman Scholarship Pete & Bea Schieber Memorial Scholarship Shelia Raitt Smith Family Scholarships (6) Stoskopf Farms Inc. (2) The Engelhardt Family Scholarship (2) Today’s Civic Women (2) TRCA Scholarship Young Achievers

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Annual Report Scholarships John L. Smay Scholarship

Kara Bergsten

Dr. Jim Smeltzer Scholarship

Kendra Boone

The Mary Marie Smith Scholarship

Jaclyn Adkins Samuel Porter Carly Setterlund

Amy Sommers Memorial Scholarship

Emily Shelor

Rollie Stadlman and Sharon Bonnett Scholarship

Kyle Kurtz

Merrill and Carlene Ostrus Staton Scholarship

Tierney Eaton

Eldon E. Steiger Scholarship

Stephanie Sanders

Lydia L. Stickerod Scholarship

Stephanie Burge

E. G. and Edra Stoskopf Scholarship

Jacob Klingensmith

Chip Strong Memorial Scholarship

Hunter Henry

J. Gordon Strong Scholarship

Colin Pettegrew Luke Rae

Vivian and Frank Strong Scholarship

Rachel Ludwig

Study Abroad Scholarship

Sean Paddock Katie Thudium Miki Uemura

Lloyd Summa Agricultural Scholarship

Sarah Meissen

Sterling Surrey Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Ludwig

Leslie No’el Swaney Memorial Scholarship

Ryan Beenken Kelsey Rosborough

Taco John’s Scholarship

Zeke Barnett Lindsey Fletchall Mackenzie Murphy Shamika Murrell Tamra Ruehter Sarah Scroggie Chandra White

C. and C. Taylor Memorial Counseling Scholarship

Ashlee James Amanda Raney

C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Guidance & Counseling

Deanna Carpenter Karrie Engel Marisa Hedlund Lori Puls Holly Ramaeker Emily Sumner Joel Wazac Stephen Wharton Jan Wilkerson Nicholas Wray

C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Pi Omega Pi

Timothy Avants Bryce Clifton John DeWeese Leslie Dickherber Brooklyn Fleshman Darcy Howard Alexandra Koenig Carrie Litteken April Miller Amber Sanchez Beth Wennihan Tiffany Whipple

Teacher Education Scholarship

Haruna Nakamura Simon Schupp

Theatre Gold Star Scholarship

Brett Borden Steven Perkins

Maurine A. Thomas Scholarship

Lisa Marie Houtchens Siamac Mohi Tim Peitzmeier

Kenneth T. and Icel Thompson Scholarship

Vanessa Ross

Jerome Trout Scholarship

Marcus Benzel Sara Chalfant Amanda Mehrhoff Chantel Olson

Henry and Mary Turner Scholarship

Alana Jackson Jennifer Kiss Margaret Martens

F.K. Ulman Scholarship

Kristin Berry Paul Brothers Kathleen Brown Lacey Guidry Jessica Hoyt Keona Johnson Brooke Mathia Chelsea Strodtman Tanner Turnbull

Bart and Emma (Maxwell) Utterback Scholarship

Brian and Jennie (Otto) Williamson Scholarship

Roberta F. Utterback Scholarship

Joy Wilmarth Memorial Scholarship

Donald N. Valk Scholarship

Wirth Family Scholarship

Megan Frueh

Abby Walter

Leslie Arnold Anna Clark Rebecca Jones

Pauline F. Walker Memorial Scholarship

Gentry Caw Megan Sheeley

Mildred Eckert Wallace English Scholarship

Catherine Clark

Andrew Rembecki

Margaret Davis Anna Rathjen

M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Education Scholarship

Lyndsey Archer

M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Music Scholarship

Cassandra Runde

R.T. Wright Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Feuerbach Chester Greub Sarah Hobbie Ashley Hubl

James C. Ware Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Pedersen

Natalie Weidner Memorial Scholarship

Eudora Wymore Memorial Scholarship

Nancy Western Scholarship

Arthur “Doc” Yates Scholarship

Jill Walker

Rhonda Williams

Anna Rathjen

Michael Wernimont

Richard W. Weymuth Summer Music Camp Scholarship

The Shawna Severson Zech Memorial Scholarship

J. Douglas Whitaker Scholarship

Monica G. Zirfas Scholarship

Amanda Sutton

Jared Williams

Brittney Lohman

The American Dream Grant American Dream Grant recipients meet all Northwest admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. Northwest fills the gap between the cost of tuition, room and board, primary textbooks and the use of a computer for qualifying students so that the maximum annual payment the student will need to make during their first two years at Northwest will be no more than $2,000 annually. The following alumni and friends have committed their support to the American Dream Grant during FY09 by way of an outright gift or a planned or deferred gift. With their help, dreams really can come true.

Orrie T. & Sara (Sellars) Covert Janet S. Dinkel Justin H. & Dawn M. (Stritzel) Engelhardt Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Michaela M. Hand Tad & Susan D. (Pope) Henggeler

Kevin M. Kooi Fred V. & Brenda R. Lisle Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg Terry A. Meyer Charles M. Place* & Linda L. (Nichols) Place US Bank * Deceased

Susan Robinson

Harvey and Joyce White Scholarship

MaryLouise Balano Rebecca Bly Caitlin Engelbrecht James Foltz Brandi Hawk Cody Niles Travis Null Ebony Osby Nakita Peterson Brandon Preece Steven Scheffe Stacie Zika

Matthew White Memorial Scholarship

James Fisher

Gilbert Whitney Madralier Memorial Scholarship

David Groth

Calvin Widger Memorial Scholarship

Jared Williams

Peter J. Wieland Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Hise

MaryLouise Balano, a junior from Kansas City, is the recipient of the Harvey and Joyce White Scholarship. Balano is majoring in broadcasting with a minor in public relations and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Upon graduation in May 2011, she hopes to begin her career as a radio or television sales account executive and some day open a gourmet hot dog restaurant. n

Garvin and Imogene Williams Scholarship

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Heritage Society James H. Lemon Heritage Society The following donors have created a planned or deferred gift for the University or Foundation. There is no minimum level gift required. James H. Lemon, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, introduced House Bill No. 311, also known at the time as the “Nodaway County Normal Bill.” Fighting against strong opposition in the House, Lemon is credited with establishing the Fifth District Normal School as Northwest was originally known. His efforts culminated 30 years of struggle to bring higher education to the region.

Dawn J. Abarr Helen (Johnson) Ackerman Virgil & Dolores Albertini A. Anonymous Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie Richard L. Baker* James & Linda (Flachsland) Balducci Lois (Utterback) Beal Harold W. Beattie* & Emily K. Beattie* Donald D. & Ann Beeson James L. & Beverly J. Blackford Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth

Clarence Bush* Bonnie Carlile Bill & Margaret (Berry) Christensen Ada Mae Clough* William H. & Jean Corken Kinsell L. Coulson* & Vivien Coulson* Lorraine (Driver) Crews Don Cummins* Dennis C. Dau Frances R. Daugherty* Charles R. & Pearl L. Derstler Ron C. & Nancy DeYoung Edward D. & Marla Douglas Opal (Calvert) Eckert* Michael L. Faust H. J. Fischer, Jr.* & Marion (Tollaksen) Fischer* Robert P. Foster* & Virginia M. Foster Alexander Franklin Fouts* Everett C. Fouts* & Reba (Hunter) Fouts* Martha Fouts* Robert E. Fraser* Jean E. Fuller Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Zeline (Defenbaugh) Geiger* Dave W. & Carole A. (Patterson) Gieseke Elsie Goff* Bill & Dorothy W. Gram George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green

Bob Gregory* & Helen A. Gregory Loren T. Gunderman Beatrice E. (Lemon) Hansen* Lydia L. (Stickerod) Haynes* Betty Lou Hazelton Peter & Karen (Crawford) Hendrickson Theodore C. Hinckley* & Caryl C. Hinckley Ronald A. Houston Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Russell Insley* Donald E. Johnson* Harold R. Johnson Gideon R. & Martha Jones J.E. Kirschner* Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet Marvin E. Lehnen & Kathryn B.* (Krause) Lehnen Eleanor (Nicholas) Letts* Evelyn A. Lindsey Forrest G. & Joan B. Lowe Vane B. Lucas, Jr.* Mary E. Markt Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg Patricia A. McDermott* Gary & Merry McDonald Wayne H. McQuerry* & Ruth (Collins) McQuerry John P. Mees* & Joan Mees Cheryl J. (Lamar) Melvin Genevieve A. (Webb) Miller* Barry E. Monaghan

Faye (Sutton) Morrow* Earle I. Moss, Jr.* & Martha Moss Marvin Mothersead* Judd C. Nicholas* Carl G. Nurski Mona M. (Pennington) Nurski* Elnora (Hennegin) O’Neill* Marcena H. Onstott* Louise Parsons* Philip J. Patterson Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Milton E. & Zella (Mitchell) Ploghoft Jon R. & Jolene (Schneider) Pool Allene (Hunt) Porter* Paul R. & Amabel H. Poynter Max R. Quimby* & Armond M. Quimby* Helen G. (Leese) Raines* Roberta (Walker) Richey Coral Rigney & Mary M. Rigney Richard L. Sawyers* Donald D. & Mary Schenkel Helen (Chapman) Schilling Frederick Schneider* & Edwardena (Harrison) Schneider* Mary R. Seat* Claude & Helen Shaffer Warren S. & Rita P. Shuck David L. Snider Darrell R. & Cheryl Spain

Gerald R. & Barbara (Nixon) Sprong Rollie & Carroll E. Stadlman Robert Lee Stanton Carl D. & Mary E. (Luehrman) Stempel Robert & Arlyne Strait Robert J. Stucker Christopher Stump, Jr. W. Lester & Leola Swaney M. Celeste (Holtom) Taylor* Maurine A. Thomas* Frank J. & Donna J. (Ward) Thompson Jerome J. Trout* Roberta F. Utterback* Patricia VanDyke Charles W. Veatch & Pam (Grau) Veatch* Morris C. Walton* & Betty C. Walton William & Myra (Wedlock) Warshauer Paul G. & Paula Ward Nancy L. Western* Maurice D. Wheeler* & Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Laura B. Widmer Montgomery L. & Irma L. (Hull) Wilson J. Clun Wilson Janet M. Wilson* Howard L. Wollen* Martha Faye (Fouts) Woollums* Opal Yates Melvin G. & Janet Young

Nodaway Valley Bank Elnora (Hennegin) O’Neill* Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers Inc. James D. & Elaine (Frazee) Plowman Allene (Hunt) Porter* Max R. Quimby* & Armond M. Quimby* Frederick Schneider* & Edwardena (Harrison) Schneider* Robert Lee Stanton & Cassalou Stanton* M. Celeste (Holtom) Taylor* Harvey C. & Joyce M. (Smith) White

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Harold W. Beattie* & Emily K. Beattie* BP Foundation Inc. Citizens Bank & Trust E & R Sanitation A.H. Bud & Suzanne (Lewis) Edwards Michael L. Faust Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble John Sublett Logan Foundation Kinsell & Vera Coulson Trust Genevieve A. (Webb) Miller* Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Earl Shelton* Mary M. Smith* Jerome J. Trout* Martha Faye (Fouts) Woollums*

Lifetime Giving The Birches Society The following donors have contributed $250,000 or more in lifetime gifts. The first building erected on campus was Academic Hall, now known as the Administration Building. Its commanding location is situated on the highest point of land between Omaha, Neb., and St. Louis on the old Wabash Railroad line, 1,163 feet above sea level. Five cut-leaf birches stood at the site like sentinels, prompting faculty and students to describe the Normal School as being located “behind the birches.”



ARAMARK Campus Dining ARAMARK Facility Services Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Ada Mae Clough* Marilyn L. Colwell* Charles R. & Pearl L. Derstler H. Fischer, Jr.* & Marion (Tollaksen) Fischer* Gateway Vance E. Geiger* & Zeline (Defenbaugh) Geiger* Beatrice E. (Lemon) Hansen* Ronald A. Houston Kawasaki Motors - Maryville Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet


The following donors have contributed between $100,000 and $249,999 in lifetime gifts. In 1965, Dr. Robert P. Foster announced plans to build a bell tower as a memorial to deceased alumni, former faculty members and those from the University’s family who died representing our country. After years of raising money, ground was finally broken in fall 1970 and the sounds of chiming bells greeted students returning for the 1971 fall semester.

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Lifetime Giving The Long Walk Society The following donors have contributed between $25,000 and $99,999 in lifetime gifts. The original architect’s plans for the campus, which were modeled after Cambridge University, included a large quadrangle, marked on the most northern point by the Administration Building, with all future campus buildings built facing the quadrangle. While the original plans were never realized, the first sidewalk built from the entrance at Fourth Street/College Avenue ran straight up to the front door of the Administration Building and became known as the Long Walk.

American Association of University Women American Football Coaches Association John C. & Jo E. (Bateman) Andrews Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie Jim J. Ballinger* & Gaye Ballinger Helen (McMahon) Barrett* Lois (Utterback) Beal Donald D. & Ann Beeson Ned Bishop & Marjorie L. Bishop* Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Leonard M. Brooke* & Mauna Brooke

Robert E. & Betty (Johnson) Bush Rick A. & Tammy Carter John T. & Georgann B. Cook William H. & Jean Corken Nell Cowden Kelly W. & Kathy L. (Heath) Crawford Paul E. Daniel* & Cloretta L. (Sager) Daniel* Danner For Congress Frances R. Daugherty* Deluxe Ron C. & Nancy DeYoung DST Systems Inc. E.L. Crawford Construction Inc. Opal (Calvert) Eckert* Samuel Edmunds* Ehlert Bull Test Program Ellison-Auxier Architects Inc. Energizer George W. & Juanita English Enterprise Realty LLC Fidelity Investments Robert E. Fraser* Robert E. Fraser Foundation Dwight Gates* Calvin N. & Marilyn Goeders Bill & Dorothy W. Gram George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Wilma Hall* James D. & Marian Hammond Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Von Hayes

Lydia L. (Stickerod) Haynes* Ralph & Joyce F. Hook Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Hy-Vee Ideker Inc. Illinois Tool Works Foundation Information Builders Inc. Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski James M. & Betty Jackson, Sr. Christopher R. & Mercedes (Ramirez) Johnson Mabel V. (Wells) Jordan* James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy Craig L. & Kerry Kelley Kentucky Fried Chicken of Maryville Douglas K. & Linda S. (Keller) Kinder Kiwanis Club KNIM Radio Ed Koppelman Charles Lawhead* & Florence O. (Abarr) Lawhead Marvin E. Lehnen & Kathryn B. (Krause) Lehnen* Bill & Jessica J. (O’Rourke) Loch Loch Sand and Construction Company Gweldon L. Long William L. & Jodie L. (Hamilton) Mackintosh Mary E. Markt Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg Alice L. McCullough

John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Howard McIntosh Wayne H. McQuerry* & Ruth (Collins) McQuerry Middle Fork Water Company Inc. Midland Surveying Inc. Gerald A. Mitchell* Wilma E. (Myers) Mitchell* Barry E. Monaghan Gaylord D. & Mercedes (Triplet) Morrison Irene Mueller* New England Business Service Northwest Ford/Lincoln/ Mercury Inc. Northwest Missouri Cellular NUCOR-LMP Steel & Wire Company Mona M. (Pennington) Nurski* Kevin M. & Donna O’Reilly Jack L. & Gilda J. Otte B.D. & Sue (Wright) Owens PaineWebber Frederick P. Parcher* Russell W. Parman* & Betty (McCowen) Parman Pioneer Mobile Homes Inc. Charles M. Place* & Linda L. (Nichols) Place Milton E. & Zella (Mitchell) Ploghoft Principal Financial Group Foundation Dorothy J. (Myers) Rice Gladys M. Rickard*

Theodore G. Robinson & Ann Robinson* Chauncey Saville* Richard L. Sawyers* Robert D. & ZoAnn (Holt) Severson Beverly J. (Holt) Shelton Frank C. Skipton R. Joe & Nancy Smith David L. Snider Olive G. Somerville* Sprint Foundation St. Francis Hospital Frank H. Strong* & Vivian Strong The Student Body Taco John’s Of Maryville Inc. Maurine A. Thomas* Dick & Kay S. Thomson Melvin L. & Carol Tjeerdsma Susan F. Tobin Bruce E. & Polly Twaddle United Electric Cooperative US Bank Roberta F. Utterback* Pauline F. Walker* Ben L. & Kathleen J. Westman Mike & Jean L. Wilcox Garvin R. Williams* & Imogene (Henderson) Williams* John C. Williams Harold Wilmarth & Carol J. (Couts) Wilmarth* Montgomery L. & Irma L. (Hull) Wilson Joseph B. & Marilyn Zelenz

Sharen Gutreuter Betty Lou Hazelton Theodore C. Hinckley* & Caryl C. Hinckley J. E. Dunn Construction Co. Amy R. Jacob Donald E. Johnson* K.C. Petersen Construction Co. Chang You Kan Martin & Ramona A. (Rope) Kanne Kansas City Chiefs Lloyd & Eileen (Isom) Kelly J.E. Kirschner* LuBeth W. Kuemmerle Eleanor (Nicholas) Letts*

Joan L. (Johnson) Marfice Marian Home Loan Co. Maryville Host Lions Club Gary & Merry McDonald John P. Mees* & Joan Mees Motorola Foundation Nissan Motors Nodaway County Recreation For Handicapped North Aggregate Products Northern Trust Company Kenneth C. & Mary Petersen James C. & Joanne (French) Redd Rotary Club of Maryville Mahala Saville* August Sherman*

Shughart Thomson & Kilroy PC St. Joseph Light and Power David Stanley Edra M. (Planck) Stoskopf Robert & Arlyne Strait Strong & Strong Robert & Juddy Elaine B. Tebow Kenneth T. Thompson* & Icel (Donelson) Thompson* Toshiba Corporation Charles W. Veatch & Pam (Grau) Veatch* Morris C. Walton* & Betty C. Walton Wesley Foundation of Maryville Williams Recycling

Pacesetters Associate Members The Northwest Foundation is thankful for the lifetime support of all alumni and friends. Although lifetime giving levels now begin at $25,000, these individuals assumed a vital role in the former Tower Society with their lifetime gifts between $10,000 and $24,999.

A.E. Easter Family Foundation Aquila Eddice B. Barber Freida M. (Bennett) Belford* Charles R. Bell* & Lela Bell* Boatmen’s First National Bank

A.C. Breckenridge* Caskel Leasing Co. Marie Chandler Oftelie* James D. Cox Sandra M. (Gray) Cox Don O. & Nancy Daniel Elwyn K. & Emma (Brown) DeVore John H. Dieterich* & Mary G. (Garrett) Dieterich Edward Jones Exxon Education Foundation Farmers Insurance Group of Companies Victor M. Farrell* & Frances Farrell* Warren & Barbara Gose Georgia Gromer*

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Annual Giving The Northwest Circle The following donors contribute at least $10,000 during the fiscal year. The Fifth District Normal School opened in 1905, offering two-year programs to educate teachers for the region. The name was changed to Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1919 as the

The Cornerstone Circle The following donors contribute between $5,000 and $9,999 during the fiscal year.

The President’s Circle

Joseph M. & Nancy (Ida) Beach Bearcat Lanes Donald D. & Ann Beeson Ned Bishop Robert J. & Mary Boerigter Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Boyles Motors Inc. Lynn A. Bram Bram Funeral Home of Maryville Inc. Larry C. & Dorothy Brandt j Bradley C. & Daryl Brenner Leonard M. Brooke* & Mauna Brooke Billy V. & Courtney Brooks Anthony J. & Venus Brown j William A. & Jo Karen Brown j Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Robert E. & Betty (Johnson) Bush Cargill Carter’s Clinic Pharmacy Alan W. & Lynnette G. (Andersen) Carver CHS Foundation Citizens Bank & Trust

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Aid to Education Program j Anderson & Sundell PC Anonymous Antonia C. Espey Insurance Agency Inc. Aramark Campus Dining Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie j John W. Baker, Jr. Jon W. & Kelley J. Baldwin Bruce S. & Coretha C. Barlow Lorraine (Milligan) Bauman



Greg & Cindy Chapman Nell Cowden Kelly W. & Kathy L. (Heath) Crawford Frances R. Daugherty* E.L. Crawford Construction Inc. Enterprise Realty LLC Michael L. Faust Calvin N. & Marilyn Goeders Helen A. Gregory Illinois Tool Works Foundation

Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski j Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson j James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy Loch Sand and Construction Company Barry E. Monaghan James E. Nelson Charles M. Place* & Linda L. (Nichols) Place 12 j

James D. & Elaine (Frazee) Plowman Robert D. & ZoAnn (Holt) Severson Frances Shipley Vivian Strong Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson Dick & Kay S. Thomson Richard E. Westbrook Ben L. & Kathleen J. Westman j

Cline Wood Agency Inc. CONAGRA William H. & Jean Corken Leland H. Corley Ray & Barbara L. (Zehr) Courter Orrie T. & Sara (Sellars) Covert 12 j Dennis C. Dau Kenneth & Joyce Davison Edward T. Day j Terry R. & Sandra Day Elwyn K. & Emma (Brown) DeVore Mark J. & Julia C. (Scott) Doll Virdean M. Dorman The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Dale E. & Kathryn J. Duncan Eaton Corporation Energizer Dell W. & Janet (Kelley) Epperson Andy & Toni (Cowen) Espey Kim & Myra L. (Turner) Evans Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund FieldTurf USA Inc.

Kevin M. Fitzgerald Richard R. Flanagan James D. Fletcher & Carol A. Cowles Polly A. Foster Terry L. & Kari L. French Richard M. & Karen U. Fulton Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Jason L. & Michelle A. (Bennington) Garst j Robert O. & Virginia Gill James W. & Amy E. (Hoffman) Goecken Warren & Barbara Gose Bill & Dorothy W. Gram George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Frank & Vicki S. (Greer) Grispino, Sr. Joan C. Groom Glenn Webb Education Fund - The Growmark Foundation Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Patrick B. & Teri Harr Richard A. & Margaret J. Hart Hartford Insurance Group

E. Ray & Linda Hischke Jennifer L. Holt Holtman Masonry Lions Club Marzella (Clary) Houghton Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Ronald W. & Martha Ideker Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Fund j John Minter Associates Inc. Brent E. & Tamara Johnson Robert A. Johnson Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones Kansas City Power & Light Craig L. & Kerry Kelley Joe J. Kempf Kentucky Fried Chicken of Maryville Nathan E. & Amy J. (Kish) Klaas KNIM Radio Korean Parents Association Kirk G. Larson Rick E. & Catherine P. LeBlanc Fred V. & Brenda R. Lisle 12 Gweldon L. Long Mary Ann Lowary William L. & Jodie L. (Hamilton) Mackintosh

era such as coins, pictures, and a copy of the law that created the Fifth District Normal School. After many heartaches and delays, the building was finally completed in 1910.

Bolin Auto and Truck Parts - St. Joseph Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Caltech Industries Inc. Rick A. & Tammy Carter

Ten presidents have served this institution from the days of the Fifth District Normal School to present day Northwest Missouri State University. Through their guidance and leadership, Northwest has grown into one of the most respected universities in the country.

Marvin E. Lehnen Bill & Jessica J. (O’Rourke) Loch Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg 12 Nodaway Valley Bank Northwest Missouri Cellular Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Robert E. Fraser Foundation Theodore G. Robinson R. Joe & Nancy Smith

tion has always been known by its alumni and friends as Northwest.

The cornerstone of Academic Hall, now the Administration Building, was laid on October 12, 1907, amid great celebration, including a parade. Into the cornerstone, a copper box was placed that included many items from the

The following donors contribute between $1,000 and $4,999 during the fiscal year.

Charles R. & Pearl L. Derstler Janet S. Dinkel 12 DST Systems Inc. E & R Sanitation Wilma Hall* Ronald A. Houston John Sublett Logan Foundation Kawasaki - Maryville Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet

curriculum began to focus on four-year programs. As its prominence as a regional institution began to grow and the fields of study continued to expand, the name was again changed to Northwest Missouri State College in 1949. Finally, as the breadth of the programs continued to increase, especially graduate studies, the name Northwest Missouri State University was approved in 1972. No matter the formal name, the institu-

ARAMARK Facility Services-Maryville, Mo. Bank Midwest Eddice B. Barber Citizens Bank & Trust Clint Johnson Memorial Foundation Deluxe


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Annual Giving Larry J. & Patricia (Faubion) Maiorano Marathon Oil Company Marsh, Espey & Riggs PC Herschel & Barbara (Coy) Martin j Ed & Patsy Martin Donald W. & Mary (Walkup) Matthews j John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Gary & Merry McDonald Miles T. McDonald Ruth (Collins) McQuerry Richard A. & Bernadine Mendenhall Microsoft Middle Fork Water Company Inc. Middleburg Trust Company

Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation Missouri Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers Chris & Tami S. Mundy Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz George F. Nathan Peter C. Neumann Richard M. & Barbara A. New j Nodaway County Recreation for the Handicapped Inc. Northern Trust Company j Russell & Rita (Sharp) Northup Clement Ooi Ralph L. & Nancy M. O’Riley

Jack L. & Gilda J. Otte Pat Parish Pella Rolscreen Foundation Brian & Barb Peterson Porter Trash Service Principal Financial Group Foundation Robert Rice Law Firm LLC Darwin W. Rold Mick M. & Beatrice K. (Runyan) Ross Daniel J. Runde Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation j Sharla Sievers j Sky Ranch LLC Steven B. & Michelle Smith j David L. Snider j Stan D. & Debbie Snyder

Spacejazz LLC Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton State Farm Companies Foundation j F. Ann Strong The Student Body Summa Pharmacy Taco John’s of Maryville Inc. Steve D. & Lynette M. (Thater) Tappmeyer Kay Thomas Thompson Law Office LLC Melvin L. & Carol Tjeerdsma j Susan F. Tobin Deborah R. Tripp Roger D. Tullberg Gary L. Tunell US Bank 12

Kevin & Kathy Van de Ven Patricia VanDyke Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Harold G. & Marylee (Steele) VanSickle, Jr. Frank G. & Audrey V. Weis Wells Fargo Foundation Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Helen Widger William Price Family Foundation j Harold Wilmarth Al Wilson Montgomery L. & Irma L. (Hull) Wilson H. W. & Nancy L. (Jordheim) Woolsey Mihoko Yamazoe Stanley R. & Elli Zeamer j Joseph B. & Marilyn Zelenz

The Normal School Club

Patricia K. (McKinnon) Best j Robert L. & Mary R. Bohlken BP Fabric of America Fund Jerald & Ann M. Brekke Kevin D. & Kelly C. (McComb) Brown j Randy R. Buxton Carson’s Sports Grille Cerner Corporation Patricia J. & Don L. Christopher Citigroup Foundation Clinton L. Allen Monuments Inc. Roger & Janice (Erickson) Corley Joseph Cornelison Kurt & Sandra K. Davis Neal R. & Evonne Dawson Deluxe Corporation Foundation Richard & Nancy Demott Ted S. & Sharon Derks Robert E. & Nina M. Dewhirst Ramona A. Dickinson Judy Dierking Darin K. & Pamela C. (Dunlap) Johnson E.K.S. Inc. A.H. Bud & Suzanne (Lewis) Edwards Ione B. (Thompson) Edwards j Justin H. & Dawn M. (Stritzel) Engelhardt 12 j

George W. & Juanita English Mahlon L. & Johanne (Windle) Fairchild James Max Farrar Federal Mogul Felton Grain & Livestock Richard D. & Patrice Fiest Jeffrey D. & Karen E. (Gould) From Donna D. Fuhr Gene A. & Ruth M. Garrett Ryan T. & Sue A. (Redelberger) George Bill L. & Sherry (McCoy) Goucher j Michael Graham j Doug & Ann (Young) Gustafson j Mark & Debra Gutzmer Rex & Amy Gwinn Larry & Paula J. (Mires) Haataja Michael L. Hackney Patrick A. Halsted Hollis O. Hamilton j James D. & Marian Hammond Andy & Mindy Hampton Robert M. & Carolyn A. Henry Mark E. & Lisa Hereford j Mike & Debra (Dawson) Herring Caryl C. Hinckley Randy & Susan A. (Crooks) Holtman Channing & Louise B. Horner

Michael J. & Sue Hughes j Hy-Vee Ideker Inc. Independence Solutions LLP Wendell & Joan D. (Lynch) Jackson John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Scott R. & Dana C. (Luke) Jermain Harold L. & Shirley F. Job Darin K. & Pamela C. (Dunlap) Johnson Martin & Ramona A. (Rope) Kanne Jacob P. & Keri L. (Stangl) Kendrick j Phillip M. & Cindy S. (Platt) Kenkel Paul E. & Joyce (Barnes) Kerber Paul R. Kuehneman j Kurtz Lawns Inc. Coby D. & Jennie S. (Cline) Lamb Thomas C. Lancaster Richard Landes Forrest G. & Joan B. Lowe Danny L. & Mindy Marsh j Charles A. & Carol McAdams Donald McCrary* Timothy J. McGinnis David L. & Janet E. (Clayton) McLaughlin Patrick & Lana (Linville) McLaughlin

Francine Merenghi James & Velma F. (Swartz) Mitchell Dennis N. & Jill D. (Adkins) Monticue Emma Lee Morgan MTE Office Center Elizabeth Mullins Wendel M. & Bobbi Myers National Investors Inc. NEC Insurance Inc. Jon A. & Paula K. (Ripperger) Nicolaisen j William G. Norton j Philip V. & Cathy Ott j Philip J. & Margaret Patterson Jennifer D. (Schulte) Patton Thomas R. Peppel Kenneth C. & Mary Petersen Theodore P. & Katherine E. (Carrel) Place Pat Place* j Bruce & Sandy Pratt Joseph S. Presti Jeff & Cheryl Raffety Matthew J. & Karen M. (Barmann) Redd Angela K. (Roberts) Reed j James A. & Marilyn S. Rhea j Beth Richards Sophia E. Rigg Thomas E. & Rose M. (Koster) Robeson Kirby L. Rosier

The following donors contribute between $500 and $999 during the fiscal year. Efforts to bring a normal school – a training school for teachers in the public schools – to northwest Missouri began in 1874. After many years of struggle in the state Legislature, local residents were finally successful in 1905 as House Bill 311 and Senate Bill 114 were passed and signed into law by Gov. Joseph W. Folk. For 14 years, the institution was known as the Fifth District Normal School and graduated hundreds of teachers who served the region.

Alpine Broadcasting Corporation William L. & Darlene Andrews j AYC Inc. James D. Bailey David A. & Carol Baird Betty J. (Underwood) Baker William R. & Dorothy (Sandbulte) Baldwin Mike Baumgartner Barry T. & Claudia E. (Bosisio) Beacom j Bearcat Lumber Company Gary L. & Patricia Jo Beggs j Robert E. McGuire & Melissa Berlin-McGuire

* Deceased

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Annual Giving Scott & Meredith A. (Gillespie) Ross Saint Luke’s Health System Robert N. & Katherine (Hann) Sawyer Peter E. Schartel John A. & Bev S. (Orme) Schenkel Roger F. & Barbara E. Scott Robert D. & ZoAnn (Holt) Severson Sheldon Enterprises Inc. John R. & Charm F. (Brown) Smith, Jr. Smith Contracting Company

St. Francis Hospital Dan W. & Janette Stanton David V. & Glenda F. Stock Stoskopf Farms Inc. j Hannah Kathryn Swihart Nancy R. Tapps Greg A. & Jill S. (Kroenke) Teale Harlan H. & Dawn R. (Scarbrough) Thomas, Jr. James H. & Sherry L. (Gillespie) Thompson, Jr. Paul S. & Melissa L. (Whigham) Thompson Doug Thomson

Willard C. & Paulette S. Tice Today’s Civic Women j Todd Stagner Agency Inc. Larry S. True Donald Turner Bryan D. & Sheri A. (Vansickle) Twaddle Vinnie & Keddy (Springer) Vaccaro John S. & Patty (Merrick) Van Cleave Wachovia Foundation James H. & Suzie Wakeman j Walker Body Shop Inc.

Dean L. & Caroline Wall Nicholas A. Wallace Gary L. & Jennifer M. (Thompson) Ward James P. Waters Jim & Sue Waters Gregory S. & Hollis Weishar Thomas C. Wells Wells Fargo Bank Bonita K. Wertz Jerry L. & Kaye (Barnes) White Diane R. Widger Laura B. Widmer Ann M. Williams Leon & Elizabeth Williams

Ruth A. (Hallquist) Williams Williams Lawn Seed Inc. Gerald W. & Robin L. Wilmes Bonnie Winstead Jodel Wolf Wood Bat Baseball Inc. Ronald C. & Barbara J. (Tiffin) Woolsey Ronald N. & Janet B. Wray Gregory D. Wright John R. & Susan Yancey Kichoon & Sharon T. (Arnold) Yang Mike Zech

The Lake View Club

Bond, III j Ronald D. & Sharon M. (Cross) Bonnett Nathan W. & Kellie D. Boock Luke L. Boone j Brad & Shirley M. (Pine) Boyer Marjorie & Grady Bray Damian L. (Valline) Bridges j Larry L. & Joen A. (Gross) Brown John S. Brown M. Richard & Suzanne (Sprague) Bufton j Gary L. & Kathryn M. (Freed) Burns Greg & Charlene M. (Johnson) Bush Traci Bush Bush & Associates Inc. Carol A. Buttell Patrick Cahill Huashan & Ni L. Chen Ann Marie Cherne Mark L. Cherry j City Scrap Metal Inc. Garnett & Charlene Coffey Jerry M. & Linda Collins j William L. Combs Robert L. & Debbie Cooper Stephen J. & Erica B. (Zuber) Coppinger Cotter Travel Associates Jill A. (Crater) Coulter j William Y. & Sharon Cowden j Bruce Cowdrey Sandra M. (Gray) Cox Andy & Joy M. (Hubbard) Crimmins j Victor & Joyce

(Goeders) Cromer Kenneth W. & Cindy Crozier Linda K. (Snell) Daniels Leslie Ann Davis Phillis (Nelson) Davison DCP Midstream Matching Gifts Program Greg & Elaine Decker Michael H. Deming Jacque (Woodward) Diez j Randy D. & Paula A. (Ward) Dix j Patrick M. & Ellen Donovan Paul R. Drake Robert E. & Winifred Dunshee Rose Marie Duty Jerry B. & Carolyn (Nicolle) Dyke Chester L. & Peggy A. (Bush) Edwards Donald L. & Susan R. (Smith) Edwards James P. Ehret Neil B. & Jacquelyn R. Elliott j Andrew R. & Tara L. (Awbrey) Erpelding Edward L. & Joan F. (Swanson) Farquhar Bob D. & Victoria C. Farris j Federal-Mogul Corporation Jeffrey L. & Julie Ferguson Marvin L. & Frances Fine Roger L. & Susan Florea Alice K. Foose Jeffrey R. Foot Bill Foster Charlotte M. Foster P. E. & Lucile (Jeffrey) Fox j Shawn & Lesa

(McCord) Francis Jeff & Carole (Fields) Funston Curtis L. & Margaret Funston j Marilyn Garcia Kyle W. & Deborah A. (Huston) Garrett Larry D. Gearhart j Cullen K. Geist Genesis Management Inc. Jeff W. Gerdes Linda R. (Raney) Girard Francis & Lou Goff Allyn S. & Judy Graham Jack B. & Gladys (Hansen) Gray Wanda (Wyatt) Gray Troy R. & Heather (Malmberg) Greenfield Greg Pierpoint Insurance Agency Inc. Peter J. Greve* & Stacia M. Greeve Stephen Gruba Earl Guest Guest Trucking LLC Guthrie County State Bank Jason S. & Tiffani Haer Daron N. Hall The Hangar Randy A. & Jana L. (White) Hanson Michael E. Harp Phillip J. & Linda L. Heeler Paul W. & Susan M. Heim Janice L. Heinz j Peter & Karen (Crawford) Hendrickson Timothy D. Henrickson j Fred G. Henry Robert A. Henry Lila R. Holdsworth

David A. & Danette Holmes Hormel Foods Corporation j Tracy J. Hoza j Eldon L. & Janelle R. (Wollenhaupt) Hunsicker j Adam O. & Valerie C. (Lemke) Hunt Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation Kurt H. & Jennifer L. Jackson Leona R. Jackson Peter A. Jackson* Jackson Insurance Agency Richard L. & Judy (VanAllsdall) Jennings Mike & Jennifer (Coates) Jewett Jock’s Nitch Monte J. & Barbara J. (Meyer) Johnson Benny L. & Cheryl A. Johnson j Kevin E. & Susan Kemmerer Kevin Neal Insurance Agency Inc. KIDS Return LLC Michael A. Knepper Anna M. Kobbe j Nancy H. (Baker) Koch j Kristen Maureen Koll Tim P. & Linda H. Krickle Fred C. & Jacqueline P. Lamer Thomas F. & Analee Lanio j Marvin J. & Linda (Jones) Lehman j Lennox International Inc. j Jeffrey W. Lenz

The following donors contribute between $250 and $499 during the fiscal year. The lake on campus was created during the tenure of President Uel W. Lamkin. Known as Lamkin Lake, College Pond and Colden Pond, the area has always been a popular place for students to gather and relax. Included in the surrounding geography are the well-known Kissing Bridge, the Peace Pavilion and International Plaza, making the south entrance to campus a visual masterpiece.

Accent Printing Virgil & Dolores Albertini Tim & Kristina A. (Grispino) Alexander j Robert E. Allen American College of Technology Margaret M. Anderson j Bill J. Archer j James & Linda (Flachsland) Balducci j John I. & Marcia (Woodcock) Barrett Baumli Auto Sales Robert L. Beaver, III & Amy L. Crozier Gary W. & Sherry Bell Susan Bennerotte Joel D. & Christine C. Benson Robert W. Berning James L. & Beverly J. Blackford Dave & Sue (Oestmann) Blair j Meagan Alyssa Blunt Fred L. & Laura J. (Corken)




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Annual Giving Basil M. & Ina C. (Barnes) Lister j Robert H. & Patty Loft j Leland M. & Frederica (Dodge) Long Jamie D. (Lindsay) Long j James L. & Sylvia C. Lowrance Stephen E. & Kathleen J. Ludwig M. Gene Lust Jack & Charlene Marley Mary Mart Corporation McClain Insurance Agency Michael G. & Janet McClanahan Richard W. McGinness j Alfred McKemy & Carole Douglas Frank L. & Gail F. (Wiederholt) McKinzie Samuel J. McNaughton Lori MacSouthard Jimmie E. & Miriam (Wood) Meadows Frank W. Mercer David D. Messner Alan L. & Brenda J. (Howard) Meyer Gaylord D. Meyers Kerry E. & Marsha Meyers Patricia Meyers Midland Surveying Inc. Midwest Walnut Company of Iowa Clarence M. & Gloria (Sherman) Miller Jonathan A. & Paula R. (Northup) Miller Stephen D. & Karen R. Miller Kenneth W. Miller, III & Nicole R. McGinnessMiller Victor H. Morales Del & Shari M. (Goetz) Morley Billy D. & Patricia L. Mozingo Mozingo Lake Golf Shop Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta Nationwide Insurance Foundation Michael & Glynis Neil Margaret R. (Wright) Nelson Neil A. & Leslie K. (Ogle) Neumeyer j Sharon (Conrad) Neustadter Roger M. Neustadter Daren O. & Buffy L.

(Brooks) Niemeyer j Nill Bros. Nodaway County Economic Development Inc. Northwestern Mutual Foundation Donald E. & Sue Nothstine Jay O. Nower Vanessa Nower David C. & Erin L. (Shevling) Oehler Penny J. & Samuel A. Olive Wilbur T. Osborne Jeff D. & Marilyn J. (Corlett) Otte John B. Owens Pagliai’s Pizza The Palms Parman Family Foundation j Richard D. & Judith (Clark) Partlow Paul J. Arnone Inc. Donald C. Peters j Lonnie Peters James M. & Cindy L. Pickerel Don R. & Joyce A. (Wake) Piveral Platinum Title LLC Kermitt L. & Susan (Jacobsen) Posten Deryk L. & Mindy (Lee) Powell j Phillip M. & Deena E. (Roush) Poynter j Joel Pratt The Prudential Foundation j Jeaneth Puriel Tom & Joan Quinlin David M. Rauhauser James C. & Joanne (French) Redd Paul & Sharleen Reedy Sherri (Heath) Reeves Jon T. & Donna L. Rickman Douglas C. & Pamela A. (Finnell) Rinas Gus Rischer Rockwell International Corporation Roger W. & Mary S. Rowlett j Karen R. (Brown) Ruckle j Max & Lynn C. Ruhl Rush Printing Company Jenny Rytting j Cleopas T. Samudzi & Fungai Chanetsa Robert B. & Deborah A. (Noonan) Sauve

John D. & Shelly Sayre j Paul W. & Mari Schieber, Jr. j Dean M. & Joan M. Schneider Lee T. & Nina C. Schneider Dana D. Schock j Kent S. Schreiner Deborah J. & Thomas L. Schroeder Charles A. & Patricia (Bowers) Schultz Ross W. & Elizabeth (Sullivan) Scott Donald Sears Sandy Sears Rod & Sharon E. (Barnes) Shain Sam E. & Mary E. (Madget) Shelby j Shirley’s Realty Larry W. & Linda S. (Chaney) Shoemaker j Orlo G. Shroyer Daniel E. Smith John F. & Debbie R. (Schieber) Smith j Keith A. & Diana K. (Stanger) Smith Jonathon P. Smith j Sound Products Dean & Betty (Oliver) Sparks Sprint Foundation Gerald R. & Barbara (Nixon) Sprong Robert D. & Karen Starckovich Jody D. Strauch Robert C. Sunkel Sutherlands Robert R. & Carol V. Sutton Susan Sutton* Derrick Swaney Gary & Willa Swanson Matt Symonds Brad Teale John R. & Kristine (Ketelsen) Teale James & Connie S. (Anderla) Teaney David A. & Tammy Teeter j Thompson’s Lawn & Landscaping Inc. Donald Thomson Rebecca Thomson Jerry & Mary E. (Sundem) Throener Richard T. & Deborah A. (Johnson) Toomey j Randy E. Trca j

Truman Heartland Community Foundation Bruce E. & Polly Twaddle Sandra S. (Grove) Valline Thomas M. & Lisa Vansaghi Roger A. & Jayne M. (Beattie) Vest Harold W. & Marge (Wallace) Voggesser Julie A. Waite j Jeremy S. Waldeier Dorothy J. Walker Watkins True Value Hardware David Weichinger Scott & Kathy E. Weidner Peggy Whan j Doug Whitaker C. Gregg & Donna White Darren Whitley & Azalea Michel-Whitley Linda K. & J. K. Williams John S. Winston Virginia (Barks) Winston Wise Motel’s Inc. Dwayne C. & Felicia K. (Knowles) Young j William J. Young j Youth Wrestling Jeffrey Zaputil

The Northwest Foundation Inc. acknowledges all donors via letter. Because of space constraints in the Northwest Alumni Magazine, the Foundation is unable to list supporters donating less than $250. Northwest continually strives to ensure data integrity. Therefore, should you believe there is an omission or other discrepancy in the Honor Roll of Donors, please direct concerns to Laurie Long in the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248. ■

* Deceased


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Annual Giving The 1905 Society The goals Northwest sets for itself continue to be ambitious, inspiring and visionary. The establishment of the Fifth District Normal School in 1905 was the culmination of a 30-year struggle to bring higher education to the region. As in the early years, the needs of Northwest remain infinite today. The essence of Northwest’s identity and success is rooted in a tradition of people stepping forward at crucial times.

The following donors provided a minimum of $1,000 in unrestricted monetary support that is vital to achieve the possibilities that pave the way for a brighter future for Northwest and its students.

ARAMARK Campus Dining ARAMARK Facility Services Donald D. & Ann Beeson James L. & Beverly J. Blackford Bradley C. & Daryl Brenner Leonard M. Brooke* & Mauna Brooke

Alan W. & Lynnette G. (Andersen) Carver William H. & Jean Corken Orrie T. & Sara (Sellars) Covert Dennis C. Dau Charles R. & Pearl L. Derstler Andy & Toni (Cowen) Espey Michael L. Faust Terry L. & Kari L. French Jason L. & Michelle A. (Bennington) Garst Warren & Barbara Gose Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC

E. Ray & Linda Hischke Randy & Susan A. (Crooks) Holtman Ronald A. Houston Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones Rick E. & Catherine P. LeBlanc Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Ruth (Collins) McQuerry

Jerry L. & Marilyn J. Moyer Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz William C. & Mary Beth Price David L. Snider Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton Kay Thomas Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Mihoko Yamazoe Stanley R. & Elli Zeamer Joseph B. & Marilyn Zelenz

Matching Gift Companies Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Aid to Education Program AT&T Foundation Boeing Company Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Caterpillar Foundation Chevron Matching Gift Program Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Conoco Phillips Company Covidien Employee Matching Gift Program

DCP Midstream Matching Gifts Program Deluxe Corporation Foundation Dow Chemical Company Foundation Eaton Charitable Fund Emerson Electric Co. Energizer Ericsson Inc. Fifth Third Bank Foundation First Data Foundation H & R Block Hallmark Corporate Foundation

Hartford Insurance Group Hormel Foods Corporation Illinois Tool Works Foundation Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation Johnson & Johnson Lennox International Inc. Marathon Oil Company Marsh USA Inc. Midland National Human Resources Monsanto Fund Mutual of Omaha Foundation

Nationwide Foundation Northern Trust Company Northrop Grumman Foundation Northwestern Mutual Foundation Pella Rolscreen Foundation Pfizer Foundation Principal Financial Group Foundation Procter & Gamble Fund Prudential Foundation Rockwell Collins Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Sealed Air Corporation Sprint Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation Union Pacific Corporation US Bank Corporation Verizon Wachovia Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Whirlpool Foundation Williams Community Relations Wyeth

“Thank You”

The Office of University Advancement thanks you for your tremendous support of Northwest. (Front row, from left) Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01, advancement services database specialist; Peggy Purdy, accounting specialist; Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, finance officer; Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05, development officer/College of Arts and Sciences/ KXCV/KRNW; (back row) Lynn Ruhl, executive assistant; Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, alumni relations specialist; Mitzi Craft Lutz ’91, ’09, advancement communications specialist; Neil Elliott, development officer/athletics; Laurie Drummond Long ’92, development officer/donor relations; Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09, development officer/Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies/Intercultural and International Center; Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09, development officer/College of Education and Human Services/corporate and foundation relations; Orrie Covert, vice president for university advancement; and Steve Sutton ’71, director of alumni relations. * Deceased 32




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remember when I was a senior in high school evaluating colleges and the Northwest admissions rep, Bev Schenkel, came to visit. All of us 17-year-olds who had gotten out of class to meet with her were especially intrigued by the long list of campus activities and organizations printed in the view book. Some that really caught our eye were all the Greek-letter organizations, Fencing Club and Bearcat Sweethearts (little did I know that I’d end up marrying one of them). The “Shirtless Bearcats” didn’t even exist back then; I can only imagine the questions that raises! But still today, one thing that continues to amaze me is the myriad ways you can stay involved with Northwest as an alum. The possibilities are endless! There’s everything from business and career networking opportunities to socials and family-friendly events that allow you to remain connected to the place we all hold so dear. And of course there’s always the “basics” like going back for Homecoming, following Bearcat sporting events and attending the annual Alumni Awards Banquet. One way that thousands of alumni stay

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President Sandy Schiager ’92 Vice President Jennifer Sullivan ’99 Secretary Ben Campbell ’08 Band Alumni Chapter Chartered Sept. 8, 2001

President Stacy Baier Lendt ’00 Secretary Jennifer Will ’01 Central Iowa Chapter Chartered Aug. 1, 2002

President Kim Wall ’01 Vice President Amy Carter ’02 Secretary Megan Thole Ulrich ’04 Chicago Chapter

Chartered Jan. 12, 2008

President Todd Keiser ’95 Vice President Matt Borgard ’80, ’82 Secretary Karen Raniere ’97 Colorado Chapter

Chartered Jan. 12, 2004

Co-President Josh McMahon ’01 Co-President Carolyn Gipe Davenport ’79 Dallas Chapter

connected to our alma mater is through the Northwest Alumni Association. Besides all the benefits that it provides, there also are 16 alumni chapters throughout the country. There’s even a chapter in Japan! The chapters meet on a regular basis and members participate in local events such as wine tastings, TV watch parties, paint ball tournaments, community service projects, happy hours, Wii Olympics, trivia nights and the list goes on and on. I recently heard Brian Stewart, president of the Kansas City Alumni and Friends Chapter, tell a story of returning to an elementary school in urban Kansas City where the chapter had donated back-to-school supplies last fall. The principal led Brian to a classroom where the students wanted to thank him personally. After about 10 minutes of comments from each of the children, the last little girl stood up and said, “Thank you. This was the first year my mommy and daddy didn’t fight over buying me school supplies.” That’s just one example of Northwest alumni involvement really making a difference. Find the place that’s right for you. There are plenty of them out there.

Chartered June 23, 2006

President Chris Johnson ’93, ’94 Vice President Deborah Vernon ’81 Secretary Debbie Willing Perry ’73 Japan Chapter

Chartered July 21, 2005

President Yuki Osawa ’97 Vice President Mamiko Noda ’03 Secretary Aya Takahashi ’00 Kansas City Chapter Chartered Jan. 25, 2001

President Brian Stewart Vice President Terry Day ’65 Secretary Leslie Dean ’01 Maryville Chapter

Chartered Sept. 22, 2001

President John Van Cleave ’73, ’89 Vice President Shawn Wake ’92 Secretary Desiree Campbell ’05 Mid-Missouri Chapter Chartered April 12, 2007

President Dustin Wasson ’03 Vice President Steve Yaple ’04 Secretary Jennifer Van De Vyvere ’04 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chartered June 5, 2003

President Joe Glab ’01 Vice President Susan Hilton ’74 Secretary Jamie Christensen ’06 Southern California Chapter Chartered Feb. 29, 2004

President – vacant Southern Iowa Chapter Chartered April 1, 2006

President Darin Goins Vice President Cindy Goodale Goins ’98, ’05 Secretary Joan Lynch Jackson ’65 Springfield Chapter Chartered April 9, 2009

President Mark DeVore ’71, ’75 St. Joseph Chapter Chartered May 20, 2002

Neil Neumeyer ’98 President, Northwest Alumni Association

President Dave Price ’70 Vice President Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 Secretary Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90 St. Louis Chapter

Chartered May 15, 2008

President Mark Cromley ’94 Vice President Sue Hockensmith ’72 Secretary Judy Stark ’95





SAVE THE DATE Golden Years Society Reunion

honoring the Class of 1960 Homecoming weekend October 29-30 Registration information will be mailed closer to the date. If you have any questions, contact the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248 or

Class of ’59 returns for ‘golden’ Homecoming Members from the class of 1959 and their spouses returned to campus Homecoming weekend for their 50-year class reunion. The Golden Years Society Reunion, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, included a welcome reception at the Alumni House, participation in the inauguration activities of Northwest’s 10th president, Dr. John Jasinski and luncheon followed by the annual flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Flag Plaza. The honored guests also attended the Homecoming Welcome at the Alumni House, received VIP seating for the Homecoming Parade, visited the Bearcat Zone and watched the Northwest football game. The 1959 graduates attending the Golden Years Society Reunion included (front row, from left) Beverly Myers Wetzel, Sybil Sims Higginbotham, Sandra Grove Valline, Eva Lee Hess Griffin, Ellen Thompson Zimmerman, Marilyn Cox Campbell; (second row) Jim Mitchell, Wade Bruggeman, Marilyn Leighty Reed, Maxine Hull Doran, Delivee Cramer Wright, Lovell Hunziger Moser, Glenda Nichols Barton, Don Scheib, Delbert Smith, Don Beeson; (third row) Robert Lillie, Jerry Wetzel, James Merritt, K. Ray Dunn, Bob Severson, B.D. Owens and Harlan Higginbotham. n

Northwest alumni by county

More than 200 alumni live outside of the United States





Alumni chapter news Southern Iowa

Kansas City

he Southern Iowa Chapter volunteered at Kids Against Hunger in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, packaging more than 2,000 meals of rice, soy and dried vegetables to be sent to starving people throughout the world. During the summer, the chapter participated in parades in Lenox, Clearfield, Diagonal and Sharpsburg, Iowa, spreading the word about Northwest. Watch parties were held for several Bearcat football games, including the national championship, and a family picnic was well attended in August where young and old had fun swimming, playing games and socializing. Members of the chapter also marched with the alumni float in the Northwest Homecoming parade. The chapter hosted the Annual Anniversary Social in April and assisted with the Special Olympics. A golf tournament is being planned for May. For more information, contact Darin Goins at darin_goins@hotmail. com. n

he Kansas City Chapter had a busy fall, drawing more than 250 Bearcat fans to multiple watch parties for the Abilene Christian football game and hosting seven watch parties for the national championship game. The chapter also participated in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead’s Friday evening rally and meet-and-greet with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski at O’Dowd’s. The Kansas City Chapter joined the Mid-Missouri Chapter in November to watch the Bearcat men’s basketball team take on the University of Missouri. The chapter’s holiday party was Dec. 1 with Santa, Bobby Bearcat and Jasinski in attendance. A February happy hour took place in Liberty and was hosted by Kurt Jackson ’88, Steve Bierle ’86, ’92, Casey Goff ’88, the Sig Taus and Phi Sigs. The chapter also has a presence on Facebook (Northwest Alumni Association-Kansas City Chapter). For more information about chapter events, contact Brian Stewart at n





1. Members of the Southern Iowa Chapter packaged meals for Kids Against Hunger. Participating were (front row, from left) Camille Jackson, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Linda Wiley Pickering ’74, (back row) Dick Jackson ’65, Judy Bunch, Dennis Bunch ’69, Cindy Goodale Goins ’98, ’05, Darin Goins, Carolyn Brown Nelson ’73, and Joen Gross Brown ’69. 2. Cheering on the Bearcats during the Southern Iowa Chapter’s watch party were (front row, from left) McKenna Standerford, Judy Bunch, Deb Bradley, Tom Bradley, Candace Peterson, Adam Bunch, (middle row) Lonnie Barker ’57, Billie Jean Barker, Anita Wardenburg, Wuanita Watt, Mason Peterson, Tyler Peterson, (back row) Mary Lou Hilger Miller ’66, Dennis Bunch ’69, John Standerford ’86, Linda Genoa Standerford ’86, ’07, Phil Wardenburg, Tessa Wardenburg, Jonathan Watt, Alex Peterson, Karl Peterson ’84 and Karen Mills Shawler ’65. 3. Dave Snider ’80, ’83 (center), recipient of the 2009 Turret Service Award, is congratulated by fellow members of the Kansas City Chapter, including Lee Corley ’76, ’77, Jana Hanson ’02, Roxanna Swaney ’84, Jennifer Hewitt Smith ’86, Pat Faubion Maiorano ’71, Larry Maiorano ’69, ’74 and Damian Valline Bridges ’84.






1. Cullen Geist ’72, Becky Geist, Tim Trausch, Deanna Trausch, Philip Wainwright ’70, Jean Nylen and Nathan Wainwright supported the Bearcats at the Central Iowa Chapter’s watch party. 2. Dallas Chapter members who volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank were (from left) Katie Tripp ’05, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson ’97, Chris Johnson ’93, ’94, Barney Brinkman ’79, Colleen Brinkman, Bob Farris ’79, Joe Zelenz ’52 and Steve Weigman ’85. 3. Scott Rowe, Mark Cromley ’94, Amanda Henneke ’01, Lori Rowe, Scott Henneke, Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Dana Hockensmith and Rhonda Hoffman of the St. Louis Chapter enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at Montelle Winery.

Alumni chapter news (continued) Central Iowa


he Central Iowa Chapter received the Chapter of the Year award, and President Kim Wall ’01 accepted the honor at the Alumni Awards Banquet on behalf of the chapter. The First Thursday socials have relocated to The Game Sports Bar in Urbandale, Iowa, and attendance is better than ever. Chapter members gathered at a football watch party to cheer on the Bearcats as they took on Abilene Christian and also for the national championship game. During the watch parties, Northwest items were raffled off to raise money for the chapter’s scholarship fund. The chapter hosted a family day at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch in Cumming, Iowa, Oct. 25 where Bearcats of all ages enjoyed hay rack rides, a corn maze and the hunt for the perfect pumpkin. In December the chapter hosted a social with President Jasinski at the Blank Park Zoo. n

embers of the Dallas Chapter gathered at Club 300 for an evening of bowling and volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank, an organization that supports more than 200 shelters and food pantries in the north Texas and Oklahoma regions. The chapter also hosted watch parties to cheer on the Bearcat football team versus Abilene Christian and during the national championship game. n



St. Louis


embers of the St. Louis Chapter donated their time by picking up recyclables at Busch Stadium and, when not collecting bottles and cans, were able to catch a little bit of the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Chapter members also attended a River City Rascals baseball game and met at Montelle Winery where they enjoyed wine, cheese and crackers and listened to a local band. In December the chapter hosted a watch party for the national championship football game. n

4. Northwest alumni and friends in the Los Angeles area gathered for a watch party during the Bearcats’ national championship football game. 5. Members of the St. Louis Chapter attended a River City Rascals game. Pictured are Bob Dencker ’73, Linda Craven Dencker ’73, Dave Jesperson ’72, Cheri Skarin Jesperson ’72, Amber Nelson, Chaddrick Nelson ’90, Jonathan Nelson, Jan Nelson and Mark Cromley ’94.

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n October, the Mid-Missouri Chapter hosted Northwest Day at Shyrock’s Callaway Farms, known for its life-size corn maze, group hayrides, campfires and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. In November, the chapter joined Northwest basketball fans from across the state for a pre-game social before watching the Northwest Bearcats take on the Missouri Tigers in an exhibition game in Columbia. The chapter also hosted a tailgate party before the Mizzou and Iowa State football game and sponsored a watch party for the Bearcats’ national championship game. In their continued efforts to support the Central Missouri Food Bank, the chapter held its annual canned food drive in December. The chapter’s third anniversary party is being planned for June. n

he Maryville Chapter hosted a wine and beer tasting in November. The following month the chapter sponsored a pizza party prior to the Northwest women’s and men’s basketball games and asked attendees to bring school supplies for the local schools. Three national championship game watch parties also were sponsored by the Maryville chapter. The chapter held its annual Super Bowl Party in February at the Maryville Country Club and attendees brought non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. n





s the Bearcat football team made its march to the national championship, more than 45 members of the Chicago Chapter gathered to cheer them on at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Downers Grove, Ill. During the watch parties, the chapter collected gifts that were donated to Toys for Tots for the Christmas season. In addition, Vice President Matt Borgard ’80, ’82 had a chance to meet one of Northwest’s newest football recruits, Jason Jozaites, from Downers Grove, and his parents on signing day. n

1. Robin Bonar Wildauer ’08 and Ashley Volmert ’08 met to watch the Bearcat football television broadcast at the Mid-Missouri Bearcat football watch party in August. 2. Eric Gockel ’01, Michelle Mattson Drake ’98 and Jill Barlow Gockel ’05, ’07 socialize at the Alumni House during the Maryville Chapter’s wine and beer tasting event. 3. Members of the Chicago Chapter celebrated Northwest’s third football national championship at a watch party at Cheeseburger in Paradise. 4. The Springfield Alumni and Friends Chapter was chartered April 9, 2009.

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Alumni award recipients Mark your calendar for Oct. 1 as the following individuals will be honored with awards from the Northwest Alumni Association. Distinguished Alumni Award Melvin Tyler ’80 Distinguished Faculty Award Dr. Rafiq Islam Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Dr. Bob Bohlken Honorary Alumni Award Elnora Reaksecker Turret Award Dennis Bunch ’69, ’74 Young Alumni Award Jealaine Vaccaro Marple ’00

2009-2010 Alumni Association Board of Directors

More information will be included in the Northwest Alumni Magazine’s fall issue. n

Members of the 2009-2010 Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors include: (front row, from left) Steve Sutton ’71, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Larry Maiorano 69, ’74, Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Mark Pickerel ’76, Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, (second row) Jim Goecken ’92, Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Chrissy Beck Jolley ’02, Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Tim Sullivan ’75, (back row) Kory Schramm ’95, Bill Brooks ’91, Vic Kretzschmar ’70, ’71 and Neil Neumeyer ’98. Not pictured: Allen Kearns ’62, Dave Teeter ’86, John VanCleave ’73, ’89 and Mike Zech ’86. n

It’s YOUR Northwest Alumni Association so don’t hesitate to ask questions! Q I’m a Northwest grad, but

what exactly is the Northwest Alumni Association?

A The Northwest Alumni Association

fosters lifelong relationships between Northwest and its alumni and friends. As a member, you’ll be connected to the University and its resources. In addition to the social, professional and financial benefits, your support is the most effective way to give back to the University and ensure it thrives. More specifically, you’ll be a part of the continued success of Northwest by supporting student recruitment and scholarships, alumni programming, legislative




efforts, travel programs and many more opportunities supported by the Northwest Alumni Association.

Q This sounds great, but how do I join? A Northwest Alumni Association

membership is complimentary to all first-year graduates. Thereafter, the annual membership investment is $50 (individual) or $85 (joint). Any gift made to Northwest at or above these levels, with the exception of donations to KXCV or the Bearcat Booster Club, qualifies for membership. Please visit our secure site at htm or call (660) 562-1248.


Lone senior fills leadership role, breaks record


ven before Erin Leslie took the field as the lone senior on this season’s Bearcat softball team, she had already made her mark in the record books – and her record-breaking ways have continued this season. Not only is she a two-time honorable mention All-MIAA player, but she’s a unanimous firstteam All-MIAA pick at second base. In addition, she had a teamhigh 49 runs in 2008, the second most in program history, and this season she became Northwest softball’s all-time leading While a top-notch second-basescorer when she man who has been recognized by surpassed Lindsay the MIAA, Erin Leslie’s name also Stephenson’s appears throughout the Northwest previous record of record books.

121 runs. Midway through the season she ranked sixth on the program’s RBI list and fourth in career stolen bases. As the leadoff batter, she said her main offensive responsibility is to get on base and use her speed to advance. “I’ve been lucky for the last three years to have good three and four hitters who would rack up the RBIs and score me,” Leslie said. In addition to being the team’s only senior, Leslie is the only returning Bearcat on the infield. “We’re a really young team, and we’ve got good hard-working girls,” she said. “We have a lot to build on from last year. We had a lot of injuries, so hopefully this year we’ll be able to stay strong.” Getting a scholarship to play the sport she loves is one of the biggest accomplishments of her life, she said, although balancing school and softball is sometimes a challenge. However, she credits the sport for giving her confidence in her leadership and organizational skills. Leslie hopes to put those skills to use in the workplace after she graduates this summer. She plans to move to Kansas City and seek employment at a creative marketing firm for a magazine or yearbook company. n

DC Colt honored The Northwest athletic training room is now named the David “DC” Colt Athletic Training Room in honor of the longtime faculty member in Northwest’s Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance who served as the University’s head athletic trainer for 27 years.

Colt (center) was joined

by Kelly Quinlin, head athletic trainer, and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and other supporters during the naming ceremony last fall.

In addition to naming the

training room in Colt’s honor, a fundraising initiative is in full

2009 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees

swing to garner $100,000 for the Colt Fund, which will support the University’s sports medicine program and improvements to the athletic training room. To contribute to the Colt Fund, contact Neil Elliott at (660) 562-1248 or or visit alumni/giving/ColtFund.

Individuals named to M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame during the Homecoming ceremony included (from left) football, basketball and track and field standout Onofrio Monachino ’55, volleyball record holder Jill Quast Hansen ’01 and basketball and baseball great Bill Sobbe ’85. Additionally, All-American wrestler Allan Borkowski ’68 was inducted posthumously.

Members of the 2001-2002 men’s basketball team inducted into the M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame included (front row, from left) Sam Sutera, Keanan Weir ’03, ’09, Jesse Shaw ’05, Joel Yeldell ’04, Scott Fleming ’03, (middle row) Joe Girdner ’04, Ben McCollum ’03, ’05, Kelvin Parker ’07, Matt Brownsberger ’02, ’08, (back row) Brandon Rold ’06, ’09, Matt Rowan ’02, Chris Borchers ’02 and Floyd Jones ’04.

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Bearcats claim third national championship

Hoops Highlights

Although the Northwest

men’s basketball team was unable to qualify for the MIAA tournament for the second straight year, the outlook for the Bearcats is promising as freshman guard DeShaun Cooper was named MIAA Freshman of the Year as voted on by the league’s head men’s basketball coaches. Cooper, who led the Bearcats with 39 steals and had a freshman-record 107 assists,


orthwest running back LaRon Council ran for 172 yards and Jake Soy caught a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to lead the Bearcats to a 30-23 win against Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II national championship game Dec. 12 in Florence, Ala. It’s the third championship for Northwest (14-1) and the first since 1999. It also ends a string of four national runner-up finishes. The Bearcats are the only team to play in five straight championship games. Bearcat coach Mel Tjeerdsma’s 29 postseason victories are a Division II record. “I’m thrilled for these guys. We’ve worked so hard for this and we’ve prepared hard. This was our goal. We probably didn’t look like much in week one, but these guys have come a long way,” Tjeerdsma said following the game. “It was a

total team effort, and that’s what this football team is all about. They believe in each other. Our theme all year has been one-eleventh. We have 11 guys out there and everybody must do their job, and I’m thrilled for them.” Visit for complete coverage of the Bearcats’ stellar season, including a photo gallery from every game and a rundown of an impressive list of post-season honors bestowed upon both the coaches and players. n

is the third Northwest player to receive the award and the second in four seasons. First-year Bearcat head coach Ben McCollum’s squad closed its season at 12-15 overall and 7-13 in the MIAA.

On the women’s side,

During the Northwest Alumni Association’s postgame celebration, players proudly displayed the national championship trophy to Bearcat fans. A “trophy tour” this winter also allowed alumni and friends in Arizona, Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines and St. Joseph to meet Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and view the prized hardware. (Left) LaRon Council busts through a Grand Valley State defender. The senior from Kansas City, who was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, ran for 1,782 yards and scored 22 touchdowns during the 2009 season.

Northwest center Gentry Dietz was named first-team all-MIAA by the league’s coaches. The junior was fourth in the league in scoring (15.5) and led the MIAA in rebounds (8.4) and blocks (2.0) and is the first Bearcat since Sarah Vollertsen in 2004 to be honored as a first-team selection. Coach Gene Steinmeyer’s team


saw its season conclude with a loss to top-seeded Washburn in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament. Northwest ended its 20092010 campaign ranked fifth in the conference with a 14-15 overall record. n



Cheerleaders also bring home nation’s top title orthwest’s cheerleading team claimed its first national championship in January at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The Bearcats bested second-place Slippery Rock and eighttime defending champion West Georgia, which placed third. Northwest pulled off a near-flawless routine while being judged on partner stunts, pyramids,


basket tosses, tumbling and a cheer section. For the fourth year in a row, the Bearcats earned all 15 points on its crowd tape score, which is based on what the team does at home football and basketball games. Northwest’s mascot, Bobby Bearcat, placed third and the Bearcat steppers placed sixth. All three Bearcat squads are coached by Jason Sack. n


Love of outdoors prompts change in career path irgil Moore ’73 achieved a career quite different than anything he could have anticipated when he was a student at Northwest. Moore envisioned himself as an educator; little did he know that working as an undergraduate research assistant in a biology program at Northwest would lead him to a life-long career as a fisheries and wildlife director and biologist. Moore obtained a degree in education from Northwest, but after teaching a year, he wanted more experience. This led him to pursue a zoology degree by applying to a graduate school in fisheries. This decision was not made on a whim; Moore had always been interested in outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Working as an undergraduate research assistant on the Missouri River Project while pursuing his degree at Northwest was what ultimately sparked his decision to go into fisheries. “At that point I knew I was very interested in fisheries. A kid from the Midwest heading out to the West to a fisheries and wildlife agency was kind of wild. It was well beyond anything I had anticipated when I started my career. I figured I’d be teaching secondary education in Missouri, perhaps administration, and in doing that a fork

in the road came and I took it,” Moore said of his decision. This decision has led to a productive career in fisheries and wildlife for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where he is currently deputy director. Moore helped implement many of Idaho’s wild trout fisheries regulations as well as worked with others to implement programs that effect coldwater stream conservation in Idaho. Being a Bearcat also has helped lead Moore to the place he is now. Besides meeting his wife, Becky Robertson Moore ’73, at Northwest, he had tremendous support from his professors. “There were key professors at Northwest who opened doors and gave me opportunities as a young student, especially Dr. Kenneth Minter, and those opportunities are what led the way for my ability to take on the opportunities I have now; for that I am grateful,” said Moore. “It’s a legacy that’s worthwhile.” Moore and his wife live in Boise, Idaho, and have two daughters and three grandchildren. n Photo by Joe jaszewski


An outdoorsman at heart, Virgil Moore ’73 is in his element as deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Class notes 1938

Marian Edwards Kirk ◆

lives in Solvang, Calif., and sends greetings to all Northwest alumni from the class of 1938.


Junetta Barnhouse Barrett

taught high school in Iowa after graduation then moved to Yuma, Ariz., where she worked as a dietitian for the Yuma Public School System for 16 years. She then became the state director for the State Nutrition Program

in Phoenix, Ariz. She now lives in Mount Ayr, Iowa.


Vida Bernau Sisco

has been retired 21 years after spending 48 years in education. She taught at Northwest and New York University and retired as director of guidance and counseling and principal of summer school in the Ottumwa, Iowa, School District. She specialized in synchronized swimming, and her thesis at New York University was a book on teaching and

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

coaching. She was on the National and Iowa Amateur Athletic Union rules board for synchronized swimming. In 1950, she was in charge of the First Southwest United States Synchronized Swimming meet. She lives in Holt, Mich., and can be reached at vidamsisco@comcast. net.

anniversary May 27, 2009. All seven of their grandchildren are college graduates.


Karen McIntyre McMahon

retired May 1, 2009, from the Missouri Department of Health after more than 20 years of service. She lives in Jefferson City.



Paul and Jeanne Bahl Moyer ◆

celebrated their 60th

Larry Young

is an adjunct professor of geography at Bemidji State University.





Bearcat Reflections Jill Anderson Fisher Soccer 2004 MAJOR: Therapeutic Recreation SPORTS MEMORIES: There are so many teammates who I will never forget, and I know they will be lifelong friends. One specific memory is when we were on the Rec Center track for off-season training and we split up into two teams. Each team was at opposite ends of the track with each teammate holding onto a single jump rope. Once the whistle blew, each team had to try to tag the other, but we could only go as fast as our slowest teammate. We ended up sprinting SPORTs PLAYED AT NORTHWEST: GRADUATED:

Jill Anderson Fisher ’04, a standout on the soccer pitch during her playing days at Northwest, enjoys being a stayat-home mom and has recently started a sewing business.


Raymond Courter (master’s ’76) ◆

retired June 30, 2009, from Northwest as vice president of finance and support services after 37 years of service. The Board of Regents honored him by naming the college pavilion The Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. His wife, Barbara Zehr Courter

is retired as the elementary librarian from the Maryville R-II School District. ’68, ’75,

Jo Ann Voyce

is a psychologist at Osawatomie (Kan.) State Hospital. She is a member of the State Executive Board of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, the largest state employee union in Kansas. She was



also elected to the KOSE Bargaining Unit. She lives in Overland Park, Kan.


James Wakeman ◆

is a retired colonel with the U.S. Army living in Kansas City and doing emergency management consulting.


Mike Arbuckle

was inducted into the 2009 Distinguished Class of Alumni at Trenton Junior College/North Central Missouri College. He is the senior adviser to the general manager/scouting and player development for the Kansas City Royals after spending 16 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is a former coach on the high school, junior college and college levels.


around the track together for nearly 45 minutes before one team tagged the other. Honestly, it was tough when we were in the middle of the workout, but the end result was amazing. We really came together as a team and were encouraged for the coming year. SINCE GRADUATION: I married a former Bearcat, Jesse Fisher ’03, who ran track for Northwest for four years. We live in Gower and have a 21-month-old son and had another son in January. I am a stay-at-home mom, and I have recently started a small sewing business with the help of a good friend whom I also met at Northwest. CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN ATHLETICS: During the summer, I play on our church’s mush ball league, and I have previously been on an indoor soccer team. I have continued to run but am nowhere near the shape I was in while I was under Coach (Tracy) Hoza’s leadership. ■ 1973


retired from teaching May 30, 2009, after 35 years. She taught art for 25 years and the last 10 years she was a gifted education teacher. She has taught in Missouri, Nebraska, Florida and Ohio. She and her husband, Barry, live in Maineville, Ohio.

is an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio.

Jeanie Pyles Burnett

Verna Wilson (master’s ’76) ◆

retired July 31 from the Tulsa, Okla., Police Department after 25 years, working in the detective division – homicide and sex crimes, negotiator for the Special Operations team, field training officer and patrol officer. She now lives in Collinsville, Okla., teaches criminal justice classes at Vatterott College in Tulsa and spends time spoiling her great nephew.


William Hull

is a client/server support specialist at Country Financial in Bloomington, Ill. He just completed 25 years of service and has held various positions in information systems and information technology. He plans to work about two more years, retire and move to South Carolina.


Arthur Jablonski ◆

was a senior vice president of the Northern Trust Company of Chicago and president of the board of directors


for the Northern Trust Company of New York and has been promoted to chief operations officer for Northern Trust’s Asia/ Pacific region. He has been with the bank/asset manager for 31 years and has relocated to India for this assignment. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Michael, an MBA and CPA with KPMG, and Daniel, a graduate student in limnology and environmental biology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Carol J. Miller

has been elected to a fiveyear rotation as a national officer

for the international Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She holds the rank of distinguished professor at Missouri State University, where she has taught business law for 25 years.


Marcus and Marian Jackson Mack

have been married since 1980. Marcus is the scout executive and chief executive officer of the San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America in Pasadena, Calif. Marian is a teacher in the Mountain View School District in Ontario, Calif. They have two sons, Marcus and Marcel.


Mark and Jony Lawrence (attd. ’76-’77) Huff

have lived in the greater Houston, Texas, area the last 21 years. Mark is the chemicals sales manager at LyondellBasell Industries Inc., and Jony has been employed with United Space Alliance 10 years. Their son, Heath, and his wife have one child, Cecelia. Their daughter Casey is stationed in Pakistan, and daughter Jamie is in her third year of medical school studying osteopathic medicine after finishing her Ph.D.


Mike and Kelly Keifer (’95) Merit

announce the birth of Henry Keifer on March 13, 2009. He joins

Austin, 8, and William, 5. Mike works for DST Systems in Kansas City, and Kelly is a fourth-grade teacher in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Debi Katleman Smedlund

is a media specialist at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb. In November 2008 she was selected as Methodist Hospital’s Caring Kind Employee and was recognized by the Nebraska Hospital Association. She has been employed at Methodist Hospital for 24 years. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Omaha, Neb., and have one daughter, Rebecca.

The College Blue Book T he 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. Look for additional excerpts in future issues of the Northwest Alumni Magazine.

Dating It is poor taste to ask a woman for a date only a short time ahead. When a man calls a woman for a date, the invitation should be stated in such a way that it will be equally easy for her to accept or to refuse. It is never permissible for a woman to call a man for a date except for some special dance or other social activity when it is necessary. If a man accepts such an invitation from a woman, he must return her favor by taking her out at least once afterwards.

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“Blind dates” should be accepted for a definite affair, such as a dance, party, picnic or some group affair. If you have taken a “blind date” and are disappointed, you are honor-bound to see that your companion has an enjoyable time. That is part of the bargain. When the couple is walking, the man walks next to the curb and holds the woman’s elbow only when assisting her where the footing is dangerous. A woman should be considerate of a man’s pocket-book. A game of bridge, fudge making or some other form of inexpensive entertainment will often make a dull evening into a very interesting one. A woman may ask a man into her home after a date if she so desires and if the hour is not late. If there is more than one woman living in the house, it would be advisable to have certain fixed evenings for receiving guests. n

Dating at Northwest in the 1930s was an entirely different ritual than anything experienced by today’s coeds.





Interest in animal welfare started early, continues today


For Robin Bybee Rowland ’94, enjoying her four-legged friends is one of the perks of working at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

obin Bybee Rowland ’94, vice president of development at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, spent most of her time around animals while growing up. Raised in the country on a small horse ranch in Lee’s Summit, she still remembers her first visit to an animal shelter as a child to pick out a pet. “I was about 10 years old, and I went to animal control in Kansas City to look for a dog,” Rowland said. “I was overcome with emotion because I knew the majority of those animals were not going to be adopted.”


Janet Crees

and Wendell Hahn were married June 20 and live in Liberty. She has taught 30 years, 19 at Lathrop and the last 10 at Fort Osage. Mark Hague

is director of the Enforcement Coordinator Office of the EPA in Kansas City.


Victor Morales ◆

is finishing an MBA at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is an assignments editor with Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Mike Morgan

is the city manager in Kearney, Neb.



Michael Smith

teaches music in the North Daviess R-3 School District. He previously taught in the West Nodaway and Stover school districts. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Andrew and Hannah.


Christopher Hughes ◆

is the senior military adviser/executive officer to the Secretary of the Army. Marvin Young (master’s ’89) ◆

is president of the Missouri State Teachers Association. He first became a member as an SMSTA member on the Northwest campus in the 1980s. He teaches kindergarten in the South Harrison


Rowland did not get a pet that day, but the experience opened her eyes to animal welfare. When a career opportunity became available at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, she knew it would be a great fit. Not only does the facility maintain a “no-kill policy,” but Rowland could also use her public relations skills. “My involvement with The Humane Society has really ignited a passion for animals that I always had, and now I’m really able to make a difference,” she said. As vice president of development, Rowland is involved in fundraising and special event planning and also experiences the joy of bringing together pets and their new owners. “I get to see the animals go home to their ‘forever’ home,” Rowland said. “I find it just thrilling to go to work every day because I feel like I’m part of the solution of the animal welfare issue in Kansas City.” Rowland currently has two rescue dogs of her own: Jack, a 9-year-old rat terrier mix, and Jimmy, a 7-year-old whippet. n

R-II School District in Bethany.

an accounting director at CVR Energy Inc.



Dee Peak Selley

is the general manager at Studio Dan Meiners, a floral and event design studio in Kansas City. She and her husband of 18 years, Greg, live in Olathe, Kan., with their two teenage sons.


Tony and Laurie Lehane Dorrel

live in Kansas City. Tony is a worldwide account executive with FedEx and was chosen as a member of the FedEx President’s Club for the second time by achieving the top 5 percent of the entire sales force worldwide. Laurie is

Patricia Furbeck Farris (master’s)

has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in education. Now retired, she taught firstthrough eighth-grade students for 39 years. She is a member of the Missouri Retired Leaders and was a recipient of the Missouri State Teacher Leadership Award in 1995. In retirement, she plans to consult and aid in local schools. Venessa Maxwell Lopez

has been appointed to the Jackson County Drug Commission.


1989 Meredith Hulet Doty (master’s)

teaches preschool in the North Daviess R-3 School District. She previously taught at Pattonsburg for one year and Bethany for 30 years. Her husband, Stan, is a self-employed carpenter and taxidermist. They have three children, Heather, Christopher and Megan, and three grandchildren. Lisa Perry

is attending seminary in Springfield.


Cheryl Scott Cornett (master’s, specialist ’96)

is the elementary principal in the North Daviess R-3 School District. She previously taught 14 years in Pattonsburg, 11 years in Cameron, two years in Excelsior Springs and one year in King City. Matt Darrah

is in the admissions department at Clarinda Academy and coaches wrestling. David Schieszer

is the COO at Southwest Credit Systems. He

previously was director of collections at AT&T for 14 years. He and his wife, Kerrie, celebrated 20 years of marriage in October. Their daughter, Alex, graduated eighth grade with the highest GPA, and their son, Cole, finished fourth grade as a consistent honor roll student.


Tom Vansaghi ◆

is an associate vice chancellor at the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City.


Scott Albright

and Lisa Jorgenson were married July 2 in Kansas City. Scott is the associate publications editor in the office of communications at Cleveland Chiropractic College and is chiefly responsible for the production of the Clevelander alumni magazine and the In Touch campus newsletter. Lisa is the speech,

Where are these 1960 graduates? The following alumni who graduated from Northwest in 1960 are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. Their 50-year class reunion is in October, and they won’t want to miss out on the fun of reuniting with fellow Bearcats. If you recognize individuals 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. Donald Anderson Twila Anderson Walter Bopp LeLand Borland Charles Brooke Al Brooks Larry Butler Ralph Byles Richard Carothers Winnie Chenoweth Maudie Chivington Robert Chown Mel Clark Audra Lorance Collings Mervyn Copeland Florene Bledsoe Denney Marcia Dreher Helen Uthe Echterling

Tyron Emerick James Fleming Muriel France Kenneth Gerardy Margueritte Giffin Noma Gossett Albert Grable Weldon Grace Nellie Bolon Hagan Richard Henderson Grant Hilburn Lonnie Hill Joe Hillers Forrest Hoff Patricia Murphy Hood Gladys Hurlbut Margot Gerardy Irwin Loree Jackson Lawrence Jennings

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Eddie Jones Margaret Jones Karen Hawk Jordan David Kinney Kenneth Lein Clara Linebaugh John Marsh Marjorie Bagley Marsh Lucille Croley McCall Joyce McCoole Robert McCoppin Larry McCord Alta McIntosh Gary Meek Ida Meyer Elizabeth Miller Howard Mills Ivan Moffitt Joseph Monachino Junior Murphy

Ladonna Taylor Patten Jack Patterson Phyllis Pfeifer Vernon Pfleiderer Marvin Powell Polly Karras Quinn Edwin Rector Roger Reith Arlen Roach Raymond Rodriguez Charles Rosmann Pearl Scott Carol Lilly Sealey Hazel Setzer Maurice Shier Nossrat Shilatifard Richard Smith Elbert Sobotka Margaret St. John Charles Stadler

Phillip Standlea Kenneth Straight William Sutter Myrtle Swartz LaDonna Taylor Dona Thacker Connie Robey Trautmann Marjorie Trump Jerome Ulrich Merlyn Van Buskirk Galen Vogel Roger Wake Wilma Walden Clyde Weeks Robert White Everett Whitehead Mildred Whitehead Richard Wilcox Mary Wilmes





theatre and debate teacher at Louisburg (Kan.) High School. They live in south Kansas City with daughters, Lilie, 9, and Emma, 7, and plan to move to Louisburg, Kan.

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Christy Leahy Hogan

and her husband, Tim, announce the birth of Maren Clarissa on July 6. Maren joins Aidan, 4. Christy is a certified child life specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Christopher Johnson

is a major with the 355 Security Forces Squad of the U.S. Air Force. th nwmissourialumni nwmissouri bearcatsports

Jon Stout (master’s)

was named Airport Executive of the Year by the

Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives in July. He has been the airport manager at the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., since June 2002.


Kelly Harrison Blair

is director of Women’s Health at Optum Health in Minneapolis, Minn. Cathie Higdon Smith (master’s)

was inducted into the 2009 Distinguished Class of Alumni for Trenton Junior College/North Central Missouri College. She currently serves as mayor of Trenton following a 29-year career with presidentjazz bearcatsports

he Northwest Alumni Magazine asked 10 students why they’ll always be Bearcats. Their responses are enough to make us all proud and – other than being “bit by a radioactive Bearcat” – may ring true with many Northwest alumni. I’ll always be a Bearcat because Northwest is not just another school – it’s a home away from home. I felt like I belonged as soon as I arrived on campus my freshman year, and that feeling hasn’t diminished. The friendships made here will last a lifetime. Tess Stocklaufer, senior I’ll always be a Bearcat because once I got bit by a radioactive Bearcat and now it’s in my DNA. Brandon Guffey, junior I’ll always be a Bearcat because I have become part of the culture and am more than just a number at Northwest. I’ve learned so much because of the smaller class sizes, and I plan on supporting Northwest after I graduate so more people will be able to experience such an amazing campus. Tiffiny Towne, senior



Michelle Cooney Staebell

is working for an airplane accident reconstruction company in the St. Louis area and is a performer in a Christian music group.


Mark Ardizzone

is in his 14th season as the head coach of the DePaul University women’s tennis program. He is the winningest coach in the program’s history and

was voted 2009 Big East Coach of the Year and the Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He came to DePaul from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., where he was the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. He previously served as director of the Nike Tennis Camp and was the professional at the Arrowhead Swim and Tennis and Lockport Racket clubs. Linda Boehm Burtis

is a senior operations manager at H&R Block in Kansas City and is enrolled in the Northwest MBA program. She lives

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the Third Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court system as both deputy juvenile officer and chief juvenile officer. She also is the founding director of the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center.


I’ll always be a Bearcat because it’s impossible to separate me from my experiences. I’ve spent four years of my life here, and I’ve gone from being a freshman with only the slightest clue of what I wanted to do, to today, where I’m well on my way to reaching my goals. Also Northwest has provided me the tools – and the understanding of how to use them – to be one of the best high school history teachers around. Jonathan Snyder, senior I’ll always be a Bearcat because I’ll never forget the friends and amazing times that Northwest has provided to me. Kellie Albers, senior I’ll always be a Bearcat because I can’t imagine starting a career without the education I have received from Northwest. Not just from my classes, but by the life I have lived and lessons learned by just being around the campus. I don’t think I could ever learn that anywhere else. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat! Allison Walter, senior


in Kansas City with her daughters, Madison, 11, and Cassandra, 5. She would like to hear from friends and can be contacted at linda.burtis@ Paul Forney

is a law student at Michigan State University and a sales manager for Valley City Mfg. Valerie Uthe Parman

teaches junior high math in Pattonsburg. Her husband, Vernon, is employed at Tnemec Paint in Kansas City. They have two children, Samantha and Carl.


Janice Osborn Gray (masters ’05)

teaches at Northeast Nodaway in Ravenwood and was one of 23 educators who took part in the “Exploring Physical Science through NASA Missions” workshop last June at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Jeremy Gump

was selected by Crain’s Business as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in the Detroit area. He is vice president of human

I’ll always be a Bearcat because of all of the opportunities I’ve been given. Northwest really allows students to start fresh and grow as individuals. I believe that regardless of when you graduated – or if you graduated – any amount of time at Northwest is bound to lead you to bigger and better things. Tamera Dunn, junior I’ll always be a Bearcat because when I first came to Northwest I felt like I belonged. I knew right away that I was going to be happy, and the friends I’ve made are my best friends in the world. Danielle Franks, junior I’ll always be a Bearcat because I’ve been a Bearcat since I was 4 years old and my mother took me to my first day of school at Horace Mann. I didn’t know then that being a part of Horace Mann would make such an impact on my life today. I continued my education at Horace Mann and then returned to campus as a freshman in college. I was anxious to see if I had made the right choice staying in Maryville for school, but apparently the Green and White still runs through my blood. I love it here, and I always will! Nicole Dean, senior ◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

resources and administraPediatric Nutrition Practice tive services at Daimler Group. She lives in Kansas Sales and Financial Services City. of America. Brian Marriott Stephanie Howard is an associate with Booz was Allen Hamilton in McLean, named Va., working as a project 2009 Recleader for strategic commuognized nication, organization and Young strategy. He and his wife Dietitian have a son, Jack, 2. of the Year Trent Skaggs for the state of Missouri. is completing his final term She is the owner of a nutri- in the Missouri Legislature. tion consulting company Jennifer Kral Whitney and is a pediatric dietitian and her husband, Jason, anat St. Luke’s Hospital. nounce the birth of Ethan She is active in several Scott on April 12, 2009. professional associations Jennifer is a corporation and is president-elect of communications/public the Kansas City Dietetic relations manager at Mutual Association and is a board of Omaha. They live in member for the AmeriCouncil Bluffs, Iowa. can Dietetic Association’s

I’ll always be a Bearcat because I’ve learned everything from “thinking outside the box” with Captain Stretch at Access 2000 and growing plants in test tubes with Rego Jones to doing sprints with a sousaphone with the Bearcat Marching Band and enjoying the thousands of smiling faces when working at the cash register at The Station. I’ll always be a Bearcat because Northwest runs through my veins and consumes my heart. Go ’Cats! Ronnie Auxier, senior Let us know why YOU will always be a Bearcat. E-mail your responses to Mitzi Lutz at n

The enjoyment Ronnie Auxier has found by working on campus is one of the many reasons he says he’ll always be a Bearcat.





Massive earthquake doesn’t shake Throneburg’s commitment to people of Haiti


Bobi Bender Throneburg ’04 lives in Haiti and works at the Canaan Christian Community orphanage for the Medika Mamba program, which is focused on helping malnourished children gain weight. Her husband, Marcus, whom she met while in Haiti, is a teacher at the orphanage’s school.

n the morning of Jan. 12, newlyweds Bobi Bender Throneburg ’04 and her husband, Marcus, were returning from their honeymoon and traveling from the Port-auPrince airport to the Haitian orphanage where they work when an earthquake devastated the third-world country. When the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, the couple saw power lines shake and felt their vehicle swerve. Although both knew they had just experienced an earthquake, they were not aware of the extent of the damage until word reached the Canaan Christian Community orphanage in Montrouis, Haiti, about 45 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince. Since the earthquake struck, the Throneburg’s community has provided aid wherever needed. In particular, the Canaan Christian Community took in post-op patients who didn’t have homes in which to recover. “We’ve also been rationing food because bulk food is hard to find, and we’ve been collecting money from our friends in the United States to give directly to Haitians who are in desperate need of assistance,” Throneburg said. “The Medika

Mamba program that I work directly with has purchased a truck so we can provide mobile aid to individuals who are isolated or unable to come to us. For Haiti, the need for aid and money is overwhelming. Marcus and I want to focus on what we can do to help.” Throneburg, who studied business management and marketing at Northwest and spent time working at an advertising agency immediately following college, has always had an interest in other cultures. Before moving to Haiti, she lived a year in Gambia, Africa, “helping wherever I was needed,” she said. Throneburg also traveled to Yemen to learn about the people and culture and study Arabic. She was introduced to the Canaan Christian Community in Haiti by a friend who was raising money for the orphanage. Throneburg had only intended to stay in Haiti for a few months, but fell in love with the work and the people. “Haitians have a beauty and strength I admire,” she said. “Living in a third-world country has taught me to be grateful for all people and all things I have around me. Contentment is a huge character trait that one must learn. I want to continue to grow in this and learn from people in Haiti about this trait.” n


sions” workshop held last June at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Jenifer Harr

welcomed a son, Max, last December. She continues to do policy analysis for the American Institute for Research in San Francisco, Calif., but will soon move to Washington, D.C., where her husband is employed.



Denise Bartz Henggeler (masters ’08)

is a fourthgrade teacher at Northeast Nodaway in Ravenwood and was one of 23 educators who took part in the “Exploring Physical Science through NASA Mis-


To learn more about the Medika Mamba program, visit or the Canaan Christian Community, visit To read the Throneburgs’ blog, visit

Robert Matthews

is vice president of group sales at American Specialty Health Inc., a national health and wellness company. He was previously vice president of national account sales at CIGNA Healthcare

and vice president of sales at WinningHabits. Mike and Kelly Keifer (’95) Merit

announce the birth of Henry Keifer on March 13, 2009. He joins Austin, 8, and William, 5. Mike works for DST Systems in Kansas City, and Kelly is a fourthgrade teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District.



Matt Gaarder

received first place for Small Market Radio PlayBy-Play from the Missouri Broadcasters Association. He is the KNIM sports director and does play-by-play for Maryville High School football, basketball and baseball and Northwest’s women’s basketball. He also does color commentary for Northwest football and men’s basketball. Constance Hollst

is a human resource generalist for Boys Town National Research Hospital and has been with the organization more than 10 years. She also is a licensed Nebraska Realtor at Deeb Realty. Mark and Heather Ridder McWilliams

live in Kansas City. Mark is in medical sales at WL Gore, and Heather graduated from medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May 2009 and started residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in July in the internal medicine program. Cody and Melissa Haile (’95) Nedved

announce the birth of Tiernan Alan on Jan. 2, 2009. He joins Serena, 4. They live in Platte City. Amanda Atkins Newbrough

is a criminal investigator with the Missouri Highway Patrol and lives in Moberly.

Doug and Jill Templin (’98) Ronk

announce the birth of Molly Annette on May 20, 2009. Doug is an environmental geologist at Arrowhead Contracting in Lenexa, Kan., and Jill is a contract specialist at Kansas City International Airport. They live in Kansas City. Sam Shults and Jennifer DeMartino

live in Fayetteville, Ark., with their two sons, Paolo and Gianluca. Jennifer is a collections management specialist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

and was awarded the Golden Apple Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Only 10 Illinois teachers receive the award annually. The award includes a paid sabbatical, a laptop computer, $3,000, tuition-free terms at Northwestern University and membership in the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. She lives in Chicago. Ginger Langemeier

is assistant director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Jennifer Griffen Worcester

and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Audrey Elise Louise on Feb. 16, 2009. They live in Nashville, Tenn.

and her husband, Tazz, announce the birth of Landon Dean on July 27. Jennifer is a customer service supervisor at Apria Healthcare. They live in Olathe, Kan.



Amy Guenthner Wirdzek

Kelly Ferguson

has rejoined The Meyocks Group, directing the agency’s market analysis and strategy efforts. He also serves on the agency’s management team. In 2002 he joined AGDATA, LP, in Charlotte, N.C., where he used data-mining and statistical analysis skills to improve clients’ marketing programs. He also earned an MBA in corporate finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Melissa Hooker

is the music instructor at Oscar Mayer Magnet School in the Chicago Public School District

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John Ferrell

is deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He most recently served as majority professional staff to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

employed by the Kearney R-I School District and the University of Phoenix. She will complete a second master’s at Northwest this spring. Paul is a full-time student, owns a business and works fulltime in sales. They live in Kansas City. Ted and Landi Van Ahn Quinlin

announce the birth of Michel Thomas on July 16. He joins Andrew, 6, and Lauren, 3. Ted and Landi both work in the South Holt R-I School District. Ted is the elementary principal, and Landi is the middle school English teacher. They live in Oregon, Mo. Carson and Sarah Brosi Spegal

have moved back to the Kansas City area. They welcomed a son in 2007. Carson is a police officer in Olathe, Kan., and Sara is working in the financial department of the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Mindy White

is the owner of the Kansas City Tribe, a professional women’s tackle football team.


Jacob DiPietre

Kelly Hudlemeyer Fotopoulos

and her husband, James, announce the birth of Jacob Dimitri on May 1, 2009. Kelly is a stay-athome mom, and James is an account manager at General Services Administration. They live in Lee’s Summit. Teresa ganger (master’s ’04)

and Paul Sidwell were married Nov. 27 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Teresa is

is director of governmental relations at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. He and his wife, Jackie Tegan Dipietre, have three children, Isabelle, Andrew and Emma.

Upcoming events May 28-June 5 Tourin’ Bearcats Hawaiian cruise June 4 15th Annual TKE Golf Tournament, Mozingo Lake Golf Course, Maryville (Contact Michael Reiff at for details.) July 29 Summer Commencement, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Aug. 6-8 Missouri Academy 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 30 Classes begin Sept. 2 Football vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6 p.m., Bearcat Stadium For up-to-date campus events, visit For more information on alumni events, visit www. or call (660) 562-1248. For complete sports schedules and the latest information on Bearcat athletics, visit www.

Ryan and Sarah Thurston (’01) Geiter

announce the birth of Paighton Faith on Sept. 4. Ryan is a GIS technician, and Sarah is an event manager at Marriott. They live in Olathe, Kan.





Jerry Girdner ◆

is the activities director and boys basketball coach at Oak Grove High School. He previously coached at the school and taught math and industrial technology.

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Andrea Blizzard Siemek

Society Proud past, promising future. It takes dedication and support to build an outstanding university that inspires learning and changes lives. Thousands of Northwest alumni continue to show their faith in Northwest’s promising future, and so can you!

and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Gavin Michael on Sept. 2. He joins Ryan Michael, 2. Andrea is a stay-at-home mom, and Michael is an engineer at Black Hills Corp. They live in Omaha, Neb.

announce the birth of Adalae Summer on July 21. She joins Clifton Phillip, 2. Chris is a technology specialist in the Excelsior Springs School District, and Jean is an eighth-grade science teacher in the Cameron R-I School District. They live in Cameron.

is a secondary science teacher at Central High School in the St. Joseph School District. He and Diana Zipp were married Jan. 2 in Jeffersonville, Ind. Jeff Lewis

and his wife, Stacy, announce the birth of Deacon Thomas on May 21, 2009. Jeff is a communications division manager with the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. Stacy is an internal auditor at Peoples First Community Bank. They live in Lynn Haven, Fla. is associated with the law firm of Polsinelli & Shugart in Kansas City.


and his wife, Angie, announce the birth of Quinn Aaron on Nov. 5. He joins Lily and Tobias. Micah is a registered nurse at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen, Ind.

teaches math at Gallatin High School. She previously taught high school math in Trenton and was in administration for six years in Laredo.

Scott Magdziak


Micah Thieszen


Andrew Gaddis (master’s ’05)

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were married July 4 on a Caribbean cruise. They both teach in the Excelsior Springs School District. Richie teaches physical education, and Andrea teaches second grade.


Jean Burns Dustman (master’s)

Any unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 or greater provides you with membership in The 1905 Society and will help ensure the financial health and wellbeing of Northwest for years to come.

Richie Marsh and Andrea Van Cleave (’02)

Chris and Jean Messner (’03) Eckert

April House Fleischman

and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of Braelyn Anne on Feb. 25, 2009. April is an IT analyst at Principal Financial Group, and Joe is an IT analyst lead - senior, also with Principal Financial. They live in West Des Moines, Iowa. Kieli Berding Gebremeskel

is the assistant director of the Primrose School of Leawood. Her husband, Tsegaye, is employed at BE Aerospace. They were married Aug. 30, 2008, and live in Gardner, Kan. Quentin Kearney

is a Realtor at Real Estate LLC in Blue Springs.


Melissa Barry Mullock

is employed by Maryville Public Safety. Krista Newman

is the head volleyball coach at Avila University in Kansas City. Most recently she was the head coach of the KC Power Volleyball Club where her teams finished fifth at the 2009 U.S.A Volleyball National Junior Championships. Matthew Wilson

earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington in June 2009 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Ball State University. He lives in Muncie, Ind.


Shawn and Laci Fiala (’04) Ades

live in North Canton, Ohio. Shawn is a department head at Home Depot, and Laci is an assistant professor at Walsh University. She recently earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ryan Gray

and Mandy Milligan were married June 20, 2009. He is an analyst for Chrisler Financial, and Mandy works for CitiFinancial. They live in Dallas, Texas. Contact him at RyanMichaelGray@gmail. com. Dave and Camilla Geuy (’00) Larson

announce the birth of Emma Ruth on June 26, 2009. Dave is director of facility development

at Centra Care Health System, and Camilla is the high school choral director in the Little Falls (Minn.)School District. They live in Clear Lake, Minn. Rachel Manners

is engaged to Jeremie Garand. She is a sales manager at Mountain View Grand and lives in Lancaster, N.H. Brandon and Erin Polaski (’05) Schlake

announce the birth of Charlotte Engel on Sept. 18. She joins Addyson Bess, 2. Erin is a stay-athome mom, and Brandon is a performance marketing leader for Cargill Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. They live in Louisburg, Kan. Greg Vandike

is the swine production technician on Northwest’s University Farm. He previously was a farrowing department manager at Iowa Select Farms. His wife, Cindy, is a secretary with the Fourth Judicial Court of Missouri. They were married in June 2005 and live in Maryville.


Brent and Moira Aaron (’05) Castillo

were married May 23, 2009, in Prairie Village, Kan. Moira is pursuing a master’s in guidance and counseling and working with inner city youth as a life coach at Kauffman Scholars. Brent is working at Nebraska Furniture Mart in the outside flooring sales department. Julie Flynn Fullbright

is a teacher at Barstow School in Kansas City.


Wamsley knows a pest when he sees one


ome unfortunate people deal with “pests” at work, but Collin Wamsley ’95 has made a career out of working with them on a daily basis. Wamsley is Missouri’s state entomologist, a position he’s held for nearly three years. Previously, he was Kansas City’s regional entomologist. In his current position, Wamsley works for the Missouri Department of Agriculture in Jefferson City. He deals mainly with insect pests that are destructive to nursery and landscape plants, but he also works with field crop pests. “Part of what our bureau does is to certify for export plant-based commodities that are being shipped overseas,” Wamsley said. He said insects impact everyone’s life in some way, and many Missouri residents don’t realize they are inadvertently spreading exotic pests. “Pests affect everyone, whether pests are in your plants and trees or just because you might pay higher food prices since it costs farmers to control them,” he said. Wamsley credits working for Northwest’s alternative crops facility as an undergraduate for giving him real-world experience and putting him ahead of other graduate school and job applicants. Adam and Valerie Lemke Hunt ◆

live in Morgantown, W.V., with their son, Abram. Valerie is the assistant dean of development for the West Virginia University College of Law. Julia Kitzing

is a paraprofessional in the Canton R-V School District. Brian Lawson and Danielle Patee-Merrill

were married in September in St. Joseph. Brian earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University in May and is now an investment banking associate at Citigroup in New York. Danielle is a merchandise coordinator at Davaco. They live in Williamsville, N.Y.

Janson Thomas ◆

is pursuing an MPA degree at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of MissouriColumbia. Eric Willis

is an attorney with Greenburg Traurig in Las Vegas, Nev. Sarah Rice Woodward

and her husband, Travis, welcomed a son, Peyton, in March 2009. Sarah is a field representative for U.S. Rep. Sam Graves.


Sean Dugan

and Abby Graverson were married July 3 and live in Prairie Village, Kan. Sean is a contract specialist with U.S. General Services

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He said his time on campus taught him what entomology and management “was all about, and I’m continually applying what I learned in the classroom.” In his spare time, Wamsley enjoys spending time with his wife, Regina Hanson-Wamsley ’98, and sharing his interest in insects with his daughters, Clara, 3, and Celena, 1. “My 3-year-old just loves to go out and catch bugs, and we enjoy doing that together,” Wamsley said. “It’s a really great way to teach them about the creation that is all around us.” Despite the “creepy” nature of his profession, Wamsley’s said his passion for agriculture has led him to a career he loves. “I just can’t imagine working anywhere else,” Wamsley said. “I love what I’m doing.” n Administration and is working toward an MBA at Rockhurst University. Abby is a senior media buyer at Ruth Burke & Associates.

Adam Gillespie

Anitra Germer (master’s ’07) ◆


is an attorney with Walker, Crow, Halcomb LLC in Jefferson City. He and his wife welcomed a daughter last winter.

and Kyle Clark were married Sept. 27, 2008. She is a fourth-grade teacher in the Savannah R-III School District and is the vice president of Northwest’s St. Joseph Alumni and Friends Chapter. Kyle recently finished a four-month deployment in Kuwait.

Collin Wamsley ’95, the state of Missouri’s entomologist, credits Northwest with sparking his interest in the field of entomology.

Layne and Stacey Loemker (’07) Britton

were married May 23, 2009, in Beatrice, Neb. Layne graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a master’s in geology, and Stacey is a social worker at Southern Illinois Regional Social Services. They live in Carbondale, Ill.





is completing a law degree at Gonzaga University in Washington.

sity. She is employed by Supplemental Health and is involved in the traveling physical therapy program.

Jason Greene

Stephen Terry

has completed his master’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and will start work on a doctorate in January. He has been teaching at Raytown High School for three years.

and his wife, Carrie, announce the birth of Hayden Shae on Oct. 8. She joins Keira, 10. Stephen is the coordinator at the Institute for Leadership and Service at the University of MissouriKansas City. They live in Olathe, Kan.

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were married July 25 in Kansas City. They met at Northwest as members of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor fraternity. They are both graduate assistants at Texas State University and live in San Marcos, Texas. Sundi Sutton

completed a doctorate of physical therapy from Southwest Baptist Univer-

Parke Stevens

Drew Engle

is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and was deployed in January 2009.

is the legislative assistant for Rep. Tony Dugger in the Missouri Legislature.


Mose Howard

is a social worker, working in foster care. Chris Lee

is a reporter for The Holyoke (Colo.) Enterprise. He previously was sports editor at the Chariton Valley News Press.

Jared Verner (master’s ’08)

Jason Peters

is the sports information director at Western State College of Colorado.

is a children’s service worker for the Missouri Department of Social Services in Clinton County.


Leslie Griswold Price

Abbie Renshaw

is a fourth-grade teacher in Pattonsburg. Her husband, Brennen, works for the Missouri Department of Transportation in Bethany.

is an executive assistant for the city of Maryville.


is pursuing a Ph.D. in American studies at Purdue University.

teaches fifth grade in Gallatin. She previously taught in Cameron. Her husband, IB, is employed at Covel D. Searcy. Tiffany Logue

is the client specialist for Schmidt Engineering and Surveying in Topeka, Kan. Jennifer Ray

was awarded an honors internship with the FBI last summer and is studying at the University of Dohuk in Iraq. When her studies are complete, she will begin a career with the FBI. Lizzy Sexton

is a cartography technician for Garmin in Olathe, Kan.

is an online communications coordinator at Grainger Terry Inc., a political consulting firm in Chicago.

Landon Bosisio

Ryan Smith

is pursuing a master’s in public affairs at the University of Washington.

is a reporter for WIBWTV in Topeka, Kan.

Brian Biggs

Abby Stephens

Tara Phipps Fugate

Northwest Networks – Kansas City Don’t miss your chance to network with fellow Bearcats! If you’re a Bearcat who’s ready to get down to business, join fellow Northwest alumni this July for the next Northwest Networks – Kansas City. A business social will be followed by a meeting where you’ll have an opportunity to introduce yourself and share a little about your business or employment interests. Additional information for this summer’s meeting will be e-mailed to all alumni living in the Kansas City area, so be sure to contact the Office of University Advancement at with your e-mail address.




Natalie Watkins ’09, Lisa Hirst ’07 , ’09 and Cara Sm Meara Welch Br ith of owne were amon g the Bearcats at networking even the t hosted by the Ka nsas Board of Tra de.


In Memoriam Ken Adams ’62

70, died May 12, 2009, in Naples, Fla. He was a pharmaceutical sales representative for BristolMyersSquibb Company for 34 years, retiring in 2002. William Andrews ’68, ’71

63, of Rock Port, died Aug. 21 in Omaha, Neb. He taught and coached in Craig and Maysville and was a counselor for Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation in St. Joseph for 11 years. He served three years as high school principal in the Rock Port School District. At the time of his death he was an agent for State Farm Insurance. Edna Mary MONK Asbell ’36

95, died Sept. 10 in Maryville. She taught music and English until 1947. She was a homemaker and organist at the Presbyterian Church and Price Funeral Home for more than 50 years. David Ashcraft ’73

58, died July 5. He was employed by the Des Moines Public Library in 1981 as a children’s librarian at the South Side Library. Most recently he was children’s librarian at Forest Avenue Library until his retirement in May 2009. Steven Patrick Barnhard ’90, ’92

41, died July 14 in Independence. He owned a branch office of Edward Jones Investments. Clarence “Kevin” Bauman ’87

45, died Aug. 15 in St. Joseph. He owned Bauman Construction.

Sara “Sally” Smith Beaver ’74 (master’s)

75, died Jan. 13 in Kansas City. She was an elementary teacher in St. Joseph for 25 years. Janice Leffert Beeman ’92 (master’s)

58, died May 20, 2009, in St. Joseph. She was an elementary teacher in the St. Joseph School District for 35 years. Edward Bird ’47

89, died Dec. 31 in Kansas City. He was a finance officer in the Army Finance Corps for 20 years. Upon retirement from the military, he was a stock broker for Merrill Lynch for several years before an 18-year career with the city of Kansas City. During those years he was the city’s retirement systems administrator, city clerk, budget and systems officer and assistant director of finance. Mauri Booton ’72

60, of Des Moines, Iowa, died Jan. 17. He dedicated himself to raising cancer awareness through fundraising and volunteering. He was the founder of Project WooHoo!! and the former owner of Great Harvest Bread Company in Des Moines. PAUL BUTHERUS ’49

83, of Lexington died July 14. He was a teacher, coach and administrator at Madrid (Iowa) High School and Plattsburg High School before serving Wentworth Military Academy as a teacher, coach and administrator from 1958 until his retirement in 1984. He was the winningest football coach in Wentworth’s 118-year

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

history, and the school honored him in 2008 by naming its football field “The Paul Butherus Field.”

John Duke ’82 (master’s)

Harriet Watson Cain ’49 (Horace Mann), ’53

Jean Little Farmer ’62

61, died Sept. 25 in St. Joseph. He worked at Wire Rope Corp. until his retirement.

of Sac City, Iowa, died May 12, 2009.

85, died in September. She was a librarian and business teacher in the South Page and Shenandoah school districts in Iowa and the West Nodaway School District in Missouri. She retired after 20 years of teaching.

Matthew Chambers ’03

Walter Ferguson ’58

78, died July 16 in Maryville. She taught vocational home economics for seven years at Stanberry High School and later taught preschool. Warren Campbell ’74

30, died April 29, 2009, in Wahoo, Neb. Keith Collier ’71

74, died Oct. 23. He was a teacher at Rock Bridge High School and a draftsman and estimator at Semco Manufacturing Company. He also worked at Columbia Photo before moving to Springfield in 1992 where he worked as a night auditor and then as office manager, from which he retired. Wanda Sloan Crozier ’58

88, died Aug. 23 in Maryville. She was the librarian at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville from 1959 to 1969. In 1973, she became a consultant with Home Interiors and Gifts, a position she held for 20 years. Kay Sawyer Dinsmoor ’53

died May 26, 2009, in Bloomington, Ind. She was the 2008 recipient of the “Victors G. Laties Award for Lifetime Service to the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.”

75, died June 30 in Kansas City. He was a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and financial officer for two penitentiaries in Kansas. Carl Fisher ’32

100, died June 3, 2009. He retired in 1974 as senior unit supervisor at Gulf Oil Corp., where he had been employed for 32 years. He continued to consult for another 10 years. Terry Miller Francis ’66

64, died June 25 in Clarinda, Iowa. She was the receptionist at the Clarinda Lied Center for 14 years where she also taught water aerobics.

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. Submissions

Chuck Gifford ’67

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64, of Carroll, Iowa, died Aug. 6. He was a retired insurance salesman.

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Robert Gould ’61

70, died Dec. 21, 2008, in Denver, Colo. He was a retired educator from Denver Public Schools, having served in the district as a teacher, coordinator and human relations administrator for 31 years. He took early retirement in 1992.





In Memoriam (continued) Harvey Gulden (attd.)

Richard Hunziger ’63

Franklin Perry ’65

Loray Skoglund ’67

of Houston, Texas, died. He worked in the real estate division of Exxon.

68, died Dec. 3. He was a farmer in the Oregon, Mo., area raising Polled Hereford cattle.

73, died April 6, 2009, in Omaha, Neb. He was a teacher, music store owner and piano tuner.

72, died Aug. 4 in St. Joseph. He was a farmer.

Hazel Callow Lark ’56

Charles “Chuck” Place ’72

96, died Aug. 18 in Oregon, Mo. She taught in rural schools in northwest Missouri, including Marietta, Monticello and Kimsey, and retired after teaching first grade at South Holt Elementary School for many years.

58, of Albany, died Nov. 27. After graduation, he worked for McGladrey, Hansen and Dunn in Iowa City, Iowa, as a CPA. He left in 1975 to become an assistant manager, buyer and eventually CEO of Place’s Discount Stores, retiring in 1999. He was a past president of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors.

Susan Shew Hallock ’70

62, died Nov. 15 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was director of administration services at the Glenwood Resource Center. John Harris ’60 (master’s)

79, died Feb. 22, 2009, in Omaha, Neb. He was a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Corning (Iowa) School District for 55 years. He retired in 1991 and served as the athletic director liaison until the time of his death. Kenneth Hartwig (attd.)

died in 2008. He was an educator and, with his wife, operated a child learning center. Helen “Maxine” Gaddis Hayden ’64

82, of Clarinda, Iowa, died in September. She taught for 51 years, retiring in 1995. Lizanne Hein ’76

55, died in July in Prairie Village, Kan. Marilyn Spiking Hemry ’76 (master’s)

60, of Gallatin, died Nov. 20 in Kansas City. She retired from teaching in 2003. Rick Henkel ’92

40, of Gretna, Neb., died Nov. 26 in Omaha, Neb. He was a computer editor at CSG in Omaha. Margaret Houser Huelskamp ’67

78, died June 15 in Sun City West, Ariz. She taught home economics and later became a Realtor in West Burlington, Iowa, before moving to Arizona in 1991.



Lisa drey Mandernach ’96

35, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died May 16, 2009, in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was a transcript evaluator at Buena Vista University. Dennis Mead ’77

53, died July 17 in Omaha, Neb. He worked in the title and abstract business in Omaha. Ralph Mead ’57

78, died Aug. 16 in Corning, Iowa. He was a retired teacher. Mack Miller ’49

86, of Tarkio, died Jan. 13 in St. Joseph. He was president of the Exchange Bank of Fairfax from 1959 until his death. Fay Haught Murray ’57, ’70

90, died Aug. 13 in St. Joseph. After teaching for 30 years, she retired and became an apartment manager. Mona Alexander Overstreet ’45

died Oct. 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Joan Wiley Owens ’66

92, died Sept. 26 in Andover, Minn. She taught music and then remedial reading and math in the Clearfield (Iowa) School District from 1966 to 1989.

Mary Frances Sutton Richards ’39

91, died Oct. 25 in Palmer. She taught high school English in Oregon, Mo., retiring in 1979 after 31 years. Duane Richardson ’54

77, died June 13, 2009, in Redmond, Ore. He taught and coached in Iowa for many years as a high school principal and associate professor at the University of Iowa. He later served as a director with the North Regional Educational Research Center in Portland, Ore. Inez Madison Riddell ’60

96, of Cameron, died Aug. 13. She was a retired elementary school teacher. Frances Sample ’79 (master’s)

83, died Sept. 20 in St. Joseph. She retired from the St. Joseph School District after 40 years as a teacher. Mark Sanders ’74

64, died July 2 in North Pole, Alaska. He owned Alaska Electric Rebuilders.


Wanda hollingsworth walker smith

Virgie Carol twombly Watson ’64

of Liberty, died in December 2008. Richard “Dick” Wiles ’43

91, died July 8 in Maryville. She was a psychology professor at Northwest from 1955 to 1985.

88, of Maryville, died July 4. He worked at Nodaway Valley Bank for 45 years until his retirement in 1986.

William Smithson ’68

William “Bill” Wilson ’70

72, died March 8, 2009, in Omaha, Neb.

68, died June 24 in Kansas City. He was a supervisor at General Motors in Fairfax for 30 years before retiring in 1993.

Rickey Steckelberg ’66

65, died Sept. 26 in Omaha, Neb. He taught instrumental music in Walnut and Essex, Iowa, and later worked for Shenandoah Nursery and Jaydon, Eatons and Pella corporations. Arlyne Williams Straight ’56

97, died April 28, 2009, in Moses Lake, Wash. She taught at Ridgeway School and then was the librarian at Chief Moses in Moses Lake, Wash., retiring in 1976. Gail Noftsger Trullinger ’91 (master’s)

54, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, died July 27 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a teacher in the Mount Ayr Community School District. Katherine Morgan Walker ’77

52, died Aug. 12 in New Bloomfield. She was a teacher at Kingdom Christian School in Fulton and was the membership and community development specialist for the Missouri Heartland Girl Scout Council. Judith Morris Walter ’64

66, of Bethany, died Oct. 1 in North Kansas City. She co-owned Walter Brothers Inc. and taught home economics.

Betty Jane Andrews Yocum ’48

83, of Mound City, died Aug. 13 in Omaha, Neb. She was a teacher, retiring from the Mound City School District in 1991. Ronald Youngs ’57

76, died July 12 in Kansas City. He was a social studies teacher at West Platte High School in Weston, a guidance counselor at Raytown High School and a counselor at Longview Community College before becoming the director of guidance and placement at the Joe Herndon Area Vocational and Technical School, now known as the Herndon Career Center, retiring in 1992. Most recently, he was coordinator of the Tech Prep apprenticeship program offered by the Builders Association of Kansas City.

Lasting Legacies “Northwest’s student publications are very special to us. We met our freshman year working for the Northwest Missourian, and we later worked together on the Tower yearbook. As a freshman, Dave had received one of Opal Eckert’s scholarships, and that was a big deal. We know it’s hard for students to pay for college today, so we’d like to help. Taking out a life insurance policy when we were young was the best way for us to make a substantial gift to Northwest. We are proud to be leaving a lasting legacy to the place that shaped our lives so much.”

Dave ’80, ’85 and Carole Patterson ’80 Gieseke

Dave ’80, ’85 and Carole Patterson ’80 Gieseke will establish the Dave and Carole Gieseke Scholarship for Student Publications after Dave’s lifetime. Feeling that a sizeable donation was beyond their means so soon after graduating from Northwest, the couple was pleasantly surprised to find that a deferred gift through life insurance was an easy and affordable way to assist their alma mater. The relatively small premiums kept the couple within budget, even after the arrival of their two daughters. Dave and Carole share a lifelong affinity for Northwest. It’s here they gained precious experience for their

careers by getting involved in Northwest’s student publications. It’s here the couple honed their skills for 15 years (1982-1997): Carole served Northwest as the director of publications, with Dave nearby as the director of news and information, while their daughters, Katie and Lauren, attended Horace Mann. Today the couple feels fortunate to have found a similar connection with Iowa State University in Ames. Dave is currently the executive director of communications for the ISU Foundation, while Carole is the chief communications officer for the ISU Alumni Association.

Life insurance is a relatively easy method of providing for future generations of Bearcats at a fairly low cost. By naming the Northwest Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of a whole life policy, you can establish a gift that will benefit the University in perpetuity. You even can funnel the premium payments through the Northwest Foundation and receive a tax deduction for each payment. Consider these advantages: ■ Tax

deduction for premium payments

■ Low-cost

method to make a substantial gift

■ Membership

in the James H. Lemon Heritage Society

Doing something special for future generations of Bearcats

■ Leaves

a lasting Legacy at Northwest

Contact the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248 or to find out about the many advantages of creating a gift through life insurance.


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Join the Tourin’ Bearcats for a getaway to historic

San Antonio, Texas Oct. 7-10, 2010 $775 per person*

Includes: ●

Roundtrip airfare from Kansas City and transfers ● Lodging at hotel located along the famed River Walk ● Scenic riverboat cruise $100 deposit due July 5 Final payment due Sept. 3

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Additional trip details are available at *based on double occupancy and departure from Kansas City International

If interested, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248.

Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Magazine, spring 10  

The magazine for Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends