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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

In good hands Dr. MyChi Le ’03


just like you

I It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Patty and Jim Roach – that Northwest continues to thrive.

t’s awesome to be able to say, “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.” We love attending Northwest football, basketball and baseball games with lifelong friends and seeing former classmates and faculty members. We also enjoy spending time with alumni from the St. Joseph area at “green and white” events and encouraging high school students to attend Northwest. If it hadn’t been for the wonderful education I received at Northwest, I wouldn’t have been able to be an educator for more than 30 years. Now it’s time to give back to the University by giving of our time and talents, sharing our pride and, of course, financially supporting scholarships, the Northwest Alumni Association and individual students. Let’s all take pride in our alma mater so that many more can proudly say, “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”

Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90 with her husband, Jim St. Joseph If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248.


spring2011 volume 44 issue 2


the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends


In good hands

Dr. MyChi Le ’03 (pictured at left and on the cover), Michael Hoffman ’04, Mark Herrera ’05 and Tiffany Elking ’04 welcomed academic rigor as 15- and 16-year-olds entering Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, and their continued commitment to education and excellence is reflected in their accomplishments.


One legacy ends, another begins

Northwest football experienced a changing of the guard as legendary head coach Mel Tjeerdsma (left) announced his retirement and his long-time defensive coordinator, Scott Bostwick (right), was named his successor.


Perfect pitch

Throwing a ringer more than 90 percent of the time puts 16-time world horseshoe champion Alan Francis ’92 in a league of his own. Photo by Doug Benz

In every issue 4 Viewpoint 5

Dear Friends


Northwest News

10 Advancing Northwest 14 Cover Story 35 Alumni Connections 41 Bearcat Sports 43 Class Notes

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

Editorial Assistants Brooke Assel Melinda Bell Teresa Carter ’91 Neil Elliott Serena Euler Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 Philip Gruenwald Mark Hornickel ’01 Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Alana Mount Mallory Murray Karra Small Lindsey Steele Lori McLemore Steiner ’85 Keri Stoner Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01 Steve Sutton ’71 Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09

The Northwest Alumni Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of University Advancement, Northwest Missouri State University and the Northwest Foundation Inc., 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468-6001. POSTMASTER: Send

address changes to University Advancement, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468-6001. The mission of the Northwest Alumni Magazine is to foster connections between alumni, friends and Northwest Missouri State University. The Office of University Advancement strives to inform readers of the accomplishments of Northwest’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students and to positively position the University in the hearts of its many constituents to increase public and private support. Northwest Missouri State University is an equal-opportunity, co-educational university and does not discriminate based on race, sex, disability, age, national origin or religion.

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Letters to the editor


What’s on your mind? Send a letter to the editor today. Address correspondence to Mitzi Lutz, editor, Northwest Alumni Magazine, 214 Administration Building, Maryville, MO 64468, visit alumni/magazine/editor. htm or send an e-mail to

wish to congratulate you for the well-written article about Carl Heck, “Seeing the Light,” in the last issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine. Since I grew up in Graham and he hails from Maitland, I felt a kinship. I live in Buena Vista, Colo., and can imagine his trips over Independence Pass with those loads of stained glass windows. Also I have been trying to locate Agnes Kowitz Boulger since she was my home economics teacher. Low and behold, there she was on page 25 as a contributor to the family and consumer sciences department. J. Jean Buster ’66


remember the beauty of the Northwest campus, especially in the spring. I’m so glad Northwest takes pride in not only offering an excellent education, but also providing a beautiful learning environment. Throw in the superior faculty who really do care about students, some of the best Division II sports teams in the country and affordable prices and Northwest is the total package. I’m proud to be a Bearcat! Leon Widerhostel ’88, ’89


y favorite moment was Spring 1959 when an edgy night watchman ascended the stairs in the Administration Building and was spooked by the statue of Abe Lincoln. He drew and fired, wounding Old Abe just above the left knee. During a 2008 visit, I found the bullet hole still plainly visible. Charles Riley ’66

Six Bearcats from the 1960s took a Danube/Rhine River trip in August and proudly wore their Northwest attire. The couples, in front of the castle in Heidelberg, Germany, include (from left) Dick (attd.) and Jane Stillinger (attd.) Tauchen of Coralville, Iowa; Mark ’67 and Phyllis Bowman ’68 Yehle of Kearney; and Jack ’67 and Judy Kimmet ’67 Bohnenblust of Rapid City, S.D.

Do you remember these events? 1961 Carol Long, a freshman from Grant City, sets an enrollment record for Northwest by becoming its 2,000th student. Towers in the Northwest Hazing is abolished across the Northwest campus. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest



1971 Millikan and Dieterich halls open for freshman men and women housing. Towers in the Northwest The new FM radio station, KXCV, launches across the airwaves of northwest Missouri. Towers in the Northwest

1981 Northwest students break a world record for the largest human domino chain. The chain consists of 460 students who line up around the track of Rickenbrode Stadium and fall into each other one by one. The previous record is set earlier that year by 400 students from Iowa State University. The Northwest Missourian


1991 The student radio station, KDLX, receives more nominations than any other station at the National Association of Broadcasters College Radio Awards. The station places in six of the seven categories for which it is nominated. The Northwest Missourian

2001 Bearcat students crowd around the Bell Tower to support and console one another after the terriorist attacks on Sept. 11. The Northwest Missourian Northwest bans indoor smoking. The Northwest Missourian


Imagine a community of young scholars


n August 2000, Northwest launched a cuttingedge new program, the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, and its home would be on the Northwest campus. The mission was simple: attract and educate highachieving high school sophomores who excelled in the areas of mathematics and science who had aspirations of working in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. Today the program is one of only eight early-entrance-to-college residential programs in the country. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing their junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of all college coursework taught by Northwest professors, and upon successful completion, they earn an associate degree as well as a high school diploma. While there was some early doubt and speculation, most of it quickly vanished. In fact, the segue into the Northwest family was a smooth one. Faculty and staff worked tirelessly to turn the vision into a reality. This living and learning community has been exhilarating, and I will confess that it has somewhat spoiled me. One of the most exciting experiences for an educator is to be placed in an environment with high achievers. The energy and the intensity of thought often fuel very engaging discussions and lead to some interesting epiphanies, with both the teacher and the student learning together. Often the sheer brilliance of these students leaves you both breathless and awe-stricken. We have seen what a perfect score on the ACT looks like, and their prowess in the Northwest Foundation Inc. ’10-’11 Board of Directors President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City Vice President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb. Immediate Past President Mike Faust ’74, Omaha, Neb. Board Members Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan. Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas John Baker, Maryville

Jeff Borchardt ’82, Olathe, Kan. Bill Brown ’63, Platte City Betty Bush ’60, Maryville Rick Carter, Maryville Terry Day ’65, Kansas City Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa Toni Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla. Jason Garst ’93, Watson Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph Ray Hischke ’66, The Woodlands, Texas Arnold Johnson ’77, Houston, Texas

classroom has become well known. As a University, we boast that the instruction being received in the classrooms of Northwest helps prepare students to be successful at any higher education institution in the country. While it’s obvious that our students are unique, I declare that they are extra normal. They rock their MP3 players, they support the Bearcats, they adore Facebook and they “LOL” often. Through these students, we are able to see IQ in a whole different light. Simply put, the students have been nothing short of incredible. They have come from all parts of Missouri. Some have even ventured from as far as California, Maryland, South Korea, China and Panama. I am proud and yet amazed by some of the things that our alumni are doing. Years ago, former dean Russ Pinizzotto redefined IQ as integrity and quality. The concept was a commitment to produce work and results that would guide our graduates as they contributed to society in ethical and meaningful ways. The Missouri Academy has graduated 399 students from the program, and they are making their mark everywhere they go. The difference they make today may be what saves tomorrow.

Robert Bryant has been part of the Missouri Academy staff since the early-entrance-to-college residential program’s inception at Northwest in 2000.


Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Kenny Petersen ’66, Omaha, Neb. William C. Price ’60, Cincinnati, Ohio Juan Rangel ’91, Kansas City Jim Redd ’66, Leawood, Kan. Paul Schieber ’81, Overland Park, Kan. Owen Straub ’86, Kansas City Kay Thomas ’71, Kansas City Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn. Dick Thomson, Maryville

Robert S. Bryant Jr. Director of Enrollment Missouri Academy Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas Jason White ’91, Maryville Ex-Officio Directors Dean L. Hubbard, President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski, University President B.D. Owens ’59, President Emeritus, West Des Moines, Iowa Northwest Foundation Staff Neil Elliott, Development Officer/Athletics

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

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

Laurie Drummond Long ’92, Development Officer/College of Education and Human Services/Scholarships

One of the most “exciting experiences for an educator is to be placed in an environment with high achievers. … Often the sheer brilliance of these students leaves you both breathless and awe-stricken.

Robert Bryant

Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist

Lynn Ruhl, Executive Assistant

Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer

Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01, Database Specialist

Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations

Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist





Administration building added to National Register


During a ceremony celebrating the addition of the Administration Building to the National Register of Historic Places, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Jason Williamson ’04, ’09 unveil the plaque signifying the distinction.

Students at Horace Mann Lab School celebrate the 50th day of school with Principal Monica Lee Landess ’84 and her four-legged friend, Maverick. The Old English Sheepdog visits the school every 10 days to be “Zero Hero” for the kindergarten class and serves as a positive behavior reward for students.



he Northwest Administration Building, with its century-old towers standing as symbols of culture, education and economic development, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The campus and Maryville community celebrated this distinction at a ceremony last fall. The Administration Building’s listing on the National Park Service registry is the culmination of six years of research by Jason Williamson ’04, ’09, whose thesis project about the Administration Building was instrumental in

the nomination for the National Register. The four-story brick building was constructed in the Tudor Gothic or Collegiate Gothic style and completed in 1910. Williamson notes the building’s exterior, with its limestone and terra cotta accents, remains largely unchanged since its completion, although the north wing theater was destroyed by a fire in 1979. Renovations have changed the building’s interior considerably, but it retains its central corridor and some original finishes. The Administration Building joins the Thomas Gaunt House as Northwest buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gaunt House, which was built in 1870 and serves as the University president’s residence, was added to the registry in 1980. n Visit to view videos on the history of the Administration Building.

Landess returns to campus to lead Horace Mann


hanks to a warm welcome by students and colleagues, Monica Lee Landess ’84 feels right at home since returning to the Northwest campus in August as the new director of Horace Mann Laboratory School. As a student at Northwest, she valued the experiences she received in the lab school setting, and now as an administrator, she’s happy to share the school’s attributes with others. The way Landess initially viewed Horace Mann, which educates more than 130 students from early childhood through sixth grade, is what attracted her to this position. She saw it as an opportunity to be involved at the university level and at the same time be a part of a school that is on the cutting edge. “When I think of Horace Mann, I think of it as a school in a leadership position,” Landess


said. “This is a place that pushes innovation, and it is so important to let people grow in what they’re doing and be the best they can be.” Landess, who follows the leadership of RoAnne Godsey Solheim ’66, ’79, ’90, Horace Mann’s interim director for the last two years, said she enjoys the teaching aspect of her profession but is also discovering other joys of working with students. “My heart has always been in working with the younger age group because of the amount of learning that takes place,” she said. “You can see their minds turn as they start to understand what we’re teaching. Now that I am an administrator, I find that I enjoy working with the older kids, too, because they are able to understand your humor and you can joke with them.” Landess previously served as elementary principal in the Stewartsville C-2 School District and was an administrative intern at Hall Elementary School in St. Joseph. She also taught at Webster Elementary School and was the owner of Huny Tree Preschool in St. Joseph. n


Advertising course gives students real-world experience with professional client


iving a full-scale pitch to a group of nonprofit professionals looking to reach a new target audience and boost fundraising might be a daunting task to college students. That wasn’t the case for the nine students in Northwest’s advanced advertising strategies course, who presented a range of advertising, social media and promotional strategies to Hope House, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization that provides residential and outreach services to abuse victims. The students, working under the company name AdStrat Solutions, spent their fall preparing for the presentation. Their pitch to 12 professionals, who included board members and marketing directors, was the culmination of a trimester-long project to create an advertising campaign for a specific client. “At the Kansas City Ad Club’s headquarters, they presented their ideas to a dozen heavyhitting professionals who grilled them with the same questions they’d ask of any advertising agency – and the students delivered with very substantial answers,” said Jacquie Lamer,

instructor in Northwest’s Department of Mass Communications, who teaches the course and is assisted by volunteer and Northwest alum Kevin Fullerton ’88. “It was a great learning experience for them. The Hope House was just a fantastic client all around.” Launched at Northwest in 2003, advanced advertising strategies is a capstone course that integrates vast skills students learn in advertising, interactive digital media and broadcasting courses. Clients are chosen to provide real challenges to the students. The course models a real-world environment in which students work with a client to solve issues related to integrated marketing, advertising, internet publishing and promotions. Classes are run as business meetings, and students work in teams focused on research, planning and creative. n

Students in Northwest’s advanced advertising strategies course present detailed research and promotional ideas to Hope House, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization. The intensive capstone course challenges students to create an advertising campaign for a client.

Do any of these former Northwest faculty members look familiar? Test your memory. Good luck! Find the answers on page 8.














Islam receives grant to continue kidney disease research


r. Rafiq Islam, professor of chemistry and physics, was recently awarded a $208,800 grant through the National Institutes of Health allowing him to continue researching the regulation of the polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, gene. “This money allows me to continue the research and continue to train students on skills that they can use in their graduate and professional programs,” Islam said. In 2005, the NIH awarded Islam $195,000 to support his study on how MEKK1, a mitogenic protein, regulates the PKD

Dr. Rafiq Islam, who received the Distinguished Faculty Award last year from the Northwest Alumni Association, received another grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Former Northwest faculty members Answers from page 7 faculty photographs: 1. Dr. Virgil Albertini (English, 1965-1999) 2. Dr. Alex Ching (Agriculture, 1988-2003) 3. Dr. Ed Farquhar (Chemistry, 1964-2001) 4. Dr. John Bowers (Psychology, 1980-2003) 5. Dr. Robert Killingsworth (History, 1967-1979) 6. Dr. Bob Bohlken (Speech, 1970-2000) 7. Dr. Ed Browning (Business, 1961-2000) 8. Dr. Richard Bobo (Music, 1983-2000) 9. Dr. Peggy Edwards (Music, 1968-1993)



gene. This was the first time the NIH award was presented to Northwest. Islam noted that a defect in the PKD gene, or an absence of its product in the kidney cells, was one of the primary reasons for a cyst or tumor to develop in the kidney. “Interestingly, too much of its product in the kidney cells also leads to cyst formation,” Islam said. “Proper regulation of the PKD gene is important for normal kidney function. However, the exact function of the PKD gene is not completely known yet.” Islam plans to complete his latest round of research, titled “Novel Mekk1-p53 Mediated Transcriptional Regulation: Mechanism and Genome Wide Study,” by 2013. n

Best wishes to retiring faculty The following faculty members will soon be retiring. Now is your opportunity to contact them and wish them well. n Dr. Janice Brandon-Falcone

Carol Tjeerdsma

Professor of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science Started at Northwest: 1988 Retirement: Aug. 1 (660) 562-1839

Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction Started at Northwest: 1994 Retirement: June 3 (660) 562-1450

Dr. Carolyn McCall

Dr. Gary Ury

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Started at Northwest: 1986 Retirement: May 2 (660) 562-1772

Associate Professor of Computer Science/Information Systems Started at Northwest: 1995 Retirement: July 31 (660) 562-1185

Dr. David McLaughlin

Connie Ury

Associate Professor of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science Started at Northwest: 1977 Retirement: July 31 (660) 562-1697

Library Assistant Started at Northwest: 1997 Retirement: May 1 (660) 562-1669

Dr. Dean Sanders

Dr. Mike Wilson

Professor of Computer Science/ Information Systems Started at Northwest: 1999 Retirement: April 30 (660) 562-1932


Associate Professor of Accounting, Economics and Finance Started at Northwest: 1986 Retirement: May 2 (660) 562-1278


Governor’s Award honor bestowed upon Haberyan


r. April Haberyan, associate professor of psychology, sociology and counseling, is Northwest’s recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, an award presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri’s four-year higher education institutions. Haberyan was instrumental in creating a new interdisciplinary comprehensive crisis response minor that prepares students for careers in disaster relief. Additionally, Haberyan’s students participate in real-life mock disaster scenarios. Last year, she traveled with 11 students to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., where they participated in an earthquake civil war disaster scenario. The students negotiated humanitarian space and demonstrated psychological first-aid skills they learned in Haberyan’s courses. They also learned to assess for mental illness and how to refer patients to appropriate

services. Chaz Johnson, a senior psychology major from Clarksdale, said the hands-on experiences students receive under Haberyan’s guidance are life-changing. “Dr. Haberyan gave me the chance to work on field research,” Johnson said. “She has helped me gain an understanding of how to conduct a research project and gather data while in the field. She has always believed in me, and that has helped me excel both educationally and in life.” n

Northwest focuses on student success – every student, every day.

Piveral named dean


r. Joyce Wake Piveral ’70, ’74, ’82 is Northwest’s new dean of the College of Education and Human Services, filling the position left vacant after Dr. Max Ruhl’s retirement last spring. As dean, Piveral serves as the leader of five academic departments that represent diverse disciplines as well as Horace Mann Laboratory School. “I look forward to continuing the good things we’re doing at Northwest and supporting people in the departments as well as across the University and carrying on the good work in these challenging but exciting times,” Piveral said. Most recently, Piveral, who joined Northwest in 2000, served as assistant director of the Professional Education Unit in the College of Education and Human Services. She also has chaired the Department of Educational Leadership and served as coordinator of accreditation. n

Olympian visits Northwest Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson gladly took time for pictures with Northwest students and others who attended her lecture, which was sponsored by the University’s Student Activities Council. Johnson discussed her experiences at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, as well as her training for the 2012 Olympics. Johnson, from West Des Moines, Iowa, led the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to a silver medal and claimed individual silver medals in the all-around and floor competitions. She also earned an individual gold medal on the balance beam. She has since won multiple Teen Choice awards and in 2009 was crowned champion on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” n





Steffen establishes scholarship for education majors in memory of husband


Helen Steffen ’64 and her husband, Awalt Steffen ’57, received their degrees from Northwest at the age of 51 and 47, respectively, after deciding they wanted to become teachers.

family tragedy and an unexpected move brought Helen Steffen ’64 from Ohio to Missouri where she eventually met her husband, and now she has established a memorial scholarship in his name at Northwest. Helen was 5 years old when her parents died within hours of each other from complications of the bubonic plague, leaving her and three siblings behind. The children were split up. Her older brother stayed with family in Ohio, Helen and her 3-year-old sister moved to St. Joseph with an uncle and his family, and neighbors adopted her 6-weekold sister. Despite being hundreds of miles apart and being raised by three different families, the siblings remained in close contact throughout their lives. If not for that move to St. Joseph with her uncle, Helen would not have met her late

Faust honored for leadership Northwest Foundation President Dan Runde ’81 (left) presents a plaque to Past President Mike Faust ’74 at the Board of Directors’ October meeting, recognizing Faust for his stellar leadership of the Northwest Foundation. n




husband, Awalt, whom she married in 1941. Together they built a life focused on education and serving others. Awalt served 19 years as a YMCA secretary in St. Joseph, Grand Junction, Colo., and Muskogee, Okla. In 1948, they found themselves back in St. Joseph where they owned and operated Steffen’s Bookstore for 13 years. It was during this time that they decided they wanted to continue their education and become teachers. Awalt commuted to Maryville and graduated in 1957, at the age of 47, with a bachelor’s in elementary education, and later earned a master’s in educational leadership, also from Northwest. Helen continued to run the bookstore until Awalt started his first teaching job at Spring Garden School, at which time she commuted to Maryville and graduated in 1964, at the age of 51, with a bachelor’s in elementary education. The Steffens went on to enjoy careers in education where Awalt retired in 1974 as principal in King City, and Helen retired the following year from Hawthorne Elementary (now Coleman Elementary) in St. Joseph, while always striving to serve their community through church initiatives and programs such as Sertoma International. One project in particular that Helen is proud of is one that spanned an eightyear period and took place in the basement of their home. The Steffens, along with the help of a few others, made more than 880 sleeping bags that they donated to the local food bank. Awalt died in 2008 at the age of 97, but his giving spirit still lives on in Helen. In memory of her late husband, Helen established the Awalt G. Steffen Memorial Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a Northwest education major with first preference given to Missouri residents. n For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact Teresa Gustafson at or (660) 562-1248.


Sudden passing sparks creation of scholarship


he unexpected death of a Northwest alumnus and former member of the Tower yearbook editorial staff has prompted classmates and colleagues of Mike Dunlap ’89 to establish a scholarship in his memory. Dunlap, a journalism teacher at Blue Valley West High School in Kansas, died Aug. 2 at the age of 44. His high school students routinely excelled at state and national journalism and yearbook competitions, and just months before his death, he was recognized as one of seven individuals named to the 2010 class of Kansas Master Teachers. Dunlap also was chairman of the mass communication department and program facilitator for journalism for the Blue Valley Unified School District, served as a yearbook consultant, instructed seminars for high school yearbook workshops and was on the faculty of summer journalism workshops for several universities. “Mike influenced generations of journalists – starting with his classmates at Northwest. He was a tremendous writer, tireless worker and strong leader. He set high standards for himself and helped others go beyond what they believed they were capable of achieving – including me,” said Kevin Fullerton ’88, a former member of

the Tower staff. “Even after graduating, Mike’s dedication to Northwest and the Tower yearbook continued. I was fortunate enough to teach with my good friend at conferences over the years and witness his impact on students. It was truly inspiring. This scholarship is the perfect way to ensure Mike’s influence continues for years to come.” The Dunlap Scholar Award will be awarded to a Tower yearbook student who is on the publication’s editorial board. The recipient must have a minimum 2.75 GPA, and a mentor will also be assigned to each award recipient for a year. A minimum $500 scholarship will be awarded each year, and $12,500 is needed to endow the scholarship for perpetuity. “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Mike than a Tower yearbook scholarship,” said Cara Moore Dahlor ’90. “We served three years together on the Tower editorial staff, and although technically a student himself, he taught us all a great deal.” n

Michael Dunlap ’89 died unexpectedly of an aneurysm at his home in Lawrence, Kan., last summer, and his friends are establishing a scholarship in his memory.

For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact Polly Howard at or (660) 562-1248.

Foundation Board of Directors Members of the 2010-2011 Northwest Foundation Board of Directors include (front row, from left) Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Bill Price ’60, Kay Thomas ’71, Mary Asbell ’69, Betty Johnson Bush ’60, Terry Day ’65, Toni Cowen Espey ’83, Virgil Albertini, Executive Director Orrie Covert, (second row) Arnold Johnson ’77, Owen Straub ’86, Gary Thompson ’76, Dick Thomson, Paul Schieber ’81, Don Beeson ’59, Mike Faust ’74, (third row) Neil Neumeyer ’98, Phil Patterson ’74, Jim Blackford ’72, Bill Brown ’63, Rick Carter, (back row) Foundation President Dan Runde ’81, Jeff Borchardt ’82, Dr. Jason White ’91, Dr. Jim Redd ’66, Kenny Petersen ’66 and Mark Doll ’80. (Not pictured: Foundation Vice President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Dr. John Baker, Dr. Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, Ray Hischke ’66, Juan Rangel ’91 and Deb Tripp ’92, ’96)





Gift encourages migration from Malvern to Maryville


Bill Costello ’71 recently created a scholarship to assist students who follow his journey from Malvern, Iowa, to Maryville to become Northwest Bearcats.

Covert departs Northwest

Orrie Covert, vice

president of university advancement and executive director of the Northwest

tudents from Malvern, Iowa, who wish to become Northwest Bearcats now have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from one of their community members who believes in the value of higher education. Bill Costello ’71 recently established The William L. Costello Scholarship to annually assist an incoming Northwest freshman from East Mills High School. “You can’t get anywhere without an education. It is hallowed, and people are fortunate to make the decision to get an education,” said Costello, whose grandmother taught at Malvern High School in 1903 and encouraged his studies. Costello said 10 of his grandmother’s 12 grandchildren earned college degrees, a family tradition carried on today by his nieces and nephews. Costello’s father, Charles, insisted that his children receive a college education. “Not only do you make lifelong friends at college, but the organization and thought process that comes from higher education helps make life

better for you, your family, your community,” Costello said. It was Northwest’s reputation and affordability that ultimately led Costello to Maryville in 1965 after graduating from Malvern High School. He put himself through college by working for a pipeline company each summer so that his father could put Costello’s two sisters through college. After serving a year with the Kansas Army National Guard during the Vietnam War, Costello completed his degree. He worked as a state revenue agent before returning home to join his father at Costello Insurance Agency in 1977. Three generations and nearly 100 years after Costello’s grandfather opened the company in Malvern in 1912, he sold the family business and retired after serving his community for 32 years. His days are now spent enjoying family, friends, hunting excursions and trap and skeet shooting competitions. “I’ve learned that you get more from life by giving,” he said. “All kids should have the chance to receive a college education. That’s why I set this scholarship up.” n For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact Laurie Long at or (660) 562-1248.

Foundation since 2005, resigned his position effective March 31 to accept the role of assistant vice president of development at the University of Florida.

During Covert’s tenure,

the University realized the largest cash gift in its history of $2.1 million and multiple gifts of more than $1 million. Annual fundraising increased by 57 percent, and the Northwest Foundation raised more than $6 million during 20092010, resulting in its second best fundraising year. n



Green estate gift of $525,000 boosts scholarship support


orthwest is the recipient of a $525,000 gift from the estate of Charles and Jean Green. The couple’s gift through the Northwest Foundation creates the Charles B. and Venita Jean Green Scholarship. Through their bequest, the Greens have ensured that Northwest students can follow a path similar to the one that connected them during their college years in northeast Missouri. Charles was born on a farm near Downing and farmed most of his life in Scotland and Schuyler counties. After the couple married in 1970, the Greens lived near Downing before moving to the Memphis, Mo., area. Jean, who grew up on


a farm near Memphis, Mo., was an elementary school teacher in Keokuk and a farmer’s wife. Jean died in 2004, and Charles died five years later. Although neither studied at Northwest, their strong ties to northeast Missouri are reflected in their scholarship, which is designed to benefit students who graduate from public schools in Scotland and Schuyler counties and choose to attend Northwest. n For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact Teresa Gustafson at or (660) 562-1248.


Alumni support allows for training room renovations


ajor renovations to Northwest’s David “DC” Colt Athletic Training Room are complete thanks to the tremendous financial support of alumni and friends. Improvements to the facility include new flooring, new treatment and taping tables complete with the Northwest logo, a hydrotherapy area with cold pool, new rehabilitation equipment, a private doctor’s office as well as office space for the athletic training staff. The redesigned layout for the facility increases the useable size of the facility and improves its efficiency. “Hundreds of student-athletes for many years to come will benefit from this fantastic new and improved facility,” said Kelly Quinlin, head athletic trainer. Colt was the University’s head athletic trainer for 27 years and cared for more than 10,000 student-athletes during his tenure at Northwest. In addition, Colt was awarded with many acco-

lades from his professional peers as a result of his leadership and commitment to the profession of athletic training. Although the improvements to the facility are complete, the Colt Fund aims to provide perpetual funds for not only the upkeep of the facility and equipment upgrades but also for additional educational opportunities for future athletic trainers. n

Northwest athletic trainer Jeff Smith and the many Bearcat athletes who visit him are appreciative of the financial support that made the training room renovations a reality.

For more information about the Colt Fund or other giving opportunities, contact Neil Elliott at or (660) 562-1248.

Lifelong servant’s will endows ag scholarship


ean Gingrich lived his life to serve, and, despite his death, his legacy continues to serve others. Gingrich left a provision in his will to establish a scholarship at Northwest in his and his wife’s names upon their death that benefits agriculture students, primarily in northwest Missouri. “Dean was all about duty – duty to God, duty to family, duty to country and duty to the community in which he lived,” said Bob Gingrich, his nephew. Gingrich lived his entire life in northwest Missouri’s Nodaway County along with his wife, Jean, and his daughter, Barbara. He was a lifelong farmer, except for four years when he served in the U.S. Army. In fact, he was among the first group drafted into the Army from Nodaway County following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Although he never attended college, it was well known that he cherished education,

hard work and family. “Some may have faulted him for working too hard, but that is what he was taught by his family with their Pennsylvania Dutch and Puritan roots,” his nephew said. The Dean E. Gingrich and Jean D. Gingrich Scholarship provides an endowment of nearly $435,000 to provide scholarships for agriculture students with financial need who attended high school in Nodaway, Gentry, Worth, Andrew, Holt or Atchison counties in Missouri. If no such student from the geographic area qualifies, then eligibility may be expanded to include students from other locations who are majoring in agriculture. n For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact Polly Howard at or (660) 562-1248.

Dean Gingrich, shown with his wife, Jean, celebrating their 25th anniversary, left a provision in his will to benefit Northwest’s future agriculture students.




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Dr. MyChi Le ’03, Michael Hoffman ’04, Mark Herrera ’05 and Tiffany Elking ’04 know no boundaries. They are academically gifted, willing to take chances and are making a difference. However, they’re not unlike any of the other 395 students who have completed their junior and senior years of high school at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, the early-entrance-to-college residential program at Northwest for accelerated high school students. They came to Maryville as young, intellectual 15- and 16-year-olds in search of academic rigor and a community of peers who had similar aspirations. They lived in Cooper and Douglas halls, ate at the Union, cheered for the Bearcats and blended in with the University’s “other” students. And they left the Northwest campus, still as teenagers, armed to pursue greatness. Their ambition and successes, even so early in their careers, remind us that we – and the future of our nation – are indeed in good hands.

Dr. MyChi Le ’03

Plastic Surgery Resident, University Hospital Dr. MyChi Le, 26, was born in Vietnam and her family immigrated to Kansas City when she was 6. When Le came to the Missouri Academy, she was just 15 years old and was unsure about leaving the security of her Vietnamese community. “I had an excellent RA who was always there for me. She even put together a Lunar New Year party for me,” Le said. “The friendships I made are priceless, and I was able to take classes I never dreamed of taking at my high school.” After graduating from the Missouri Academy in 2003, she attended the University of Missouri for two years and received a bachelor’s in biochemistry, and four years later she graduated from Kansas University Medical School. She’s currently in the second year of a six-year integrated plastic surgery residency at University Hospital, which is part of University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia. While she’s on track to complete the program in 2015, Le may then pursue a fellowship, adding another year to her academic career. When her formal academic pursuits are accomplished and she receives board certification, Le plans to return to Kansas City to start her own practice in general plastic surgery, or she may remain in the academic environment if she decides to pursue pediatric plastic surgery.

Tell us about your plastic surgery residency. Residency involves three years of general surgery and three years of plastic surgery, so right now the bulk of my time is in general surgery. However, I have monthly rotations where I focus on areas such as plastic surgery, general

surgery, orthopedics and trauma. I’m also on call, and I spend a lot of time in the OR and in clinic. It’s very hands on in regards to patient care. When I meet with patients, I remind them that I am a physician. You see, I’m 5 feet tall and 26 years old, so patients don’t believe that I’m a doctor – especially elderly patients because they think I’m a child or a nurse.

What’s the best part about your current position? I enjoy the patient interaction and being able to touch a patient’s life. It’s so gratifying, especially when working with children with a cleft lip and cleft palate because it impacts so much – their speech, their self esteem, their ability to eat. The initial reason I pursued plastic surgery was because of pediatrics, and I was really focused on doing surgical mission work. However, now that I’ve learned more about it, I also enjoy the variety. My favorite is working with breast cancer survivors.

What are some examples of research in which you’ve been involved? As an undergraduate, I worked on research related to spinal cord injuries for two years, and in med school I worked with a surgical oncologist on thyroid cancer research. Right now I'm working on several projects involving carpal tunnel release, cleft palate repair and craniosynostosis.

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Assistant Counsel to Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan Tiffany Elking, 24, was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from a four-year university, and she knew after she was offered a full scholarship to attend the Missouri Academy, she’d better capitalize on the opportunity. She originally thought she was going to become a marine biologist, but after a political science course she took at Northwest sparked her interest, she never looked back from the world of politics. She’s since graduated from DePaul University in 2006 with a bachelor’s with honors in political science and received her law degree – cum laude – last year from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Before starting law school, she took a year off to work on congressional campaigns and moved to Costa Rica for three months to work at an orphanage. She has also worked for two Illinois senators, Sen. Richard Durbin and former Senator and now President Barack Obama, and U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman. While the Legislature is in session, Elking divides her time between her two apartments – one in Springfield, Ill., where she lives during the week, and the other in Chicago.

Tell us about your internship with Barack Obama. I received the internship with Barack Obama when he became a U.S. senator. There could not be a more inspiring and charismatic leader to propel you into the world of politics, one who was really able to make you believe that you could be the difference. Talk about life-altering. I have worked hard, but a lot of my experiences have been right-place at the right-time situations, and I have been incredibly fortunate.

Mark Herrera ’05

Ph.D. student, University of Maryland Before Mark Herrera attended the Missouri Academy, it never occurred to him to pursue graduate school. But after being exposed to the opportunities that come with higher education, the Kansas City native briefly considered becoming a medical doctor, and then changed course to pursue a career in physics. Herrera, 24, who graduated from the Missouri Academy in 2005, said his time on the Northwest campus allowed him to establish a solid start to his academic endeavors, but also enhanced his social skills and improved his confidence. After the Academy, he attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s in physics and a minor in applied mathematics. From there, his academic quests continued at the University of Maryland where he is pursuing his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics in College Park, Md.




What are your responsibilities as the assistant counsel to the Illinois speaker of the House? I draft and analyze legislation and research legal issues as they relate to legislative measures. I also counsel the Election and Campaign Reform Committee, the State Government Administration Committee and the Armed Forces and Military Affairs Committee, where I advise on parliamentary procedure.

What do you enjoy about your current position?

Photos by Lane Christiansen (2)

Tiffany Elking ’04

I enjoy that I can really see the whole legislative Tiffany Elking ’04, who calls herself a process come full circle – “political junky nerd,” was vice president of the dynamics, the personthe Missouri Academy’s student government and today is involved in the Women’s alities. The people are what Bar Foundation. make your job. My boss is one of my heroes, and I get to spend every day with the movers and shakers of Illinois. I love doing what I can to be part of a better change in our government.

What are your career aspirations? I’ve always wanted a career involving politics; however, I finally got my dream job. I guess I need to realign my goals to figure out what’s next. One day, I hope to be the “right-hand man” for a candidate so I can combine my campaign experience with my legal knowledge. Being an advocate for someone is what I do best. I hope that my judgment, my credibility and my true passion for what I do will always lead me in the right direction.

What do you want to do after you receive your Ph.D.? I’d like to find a postdoctoral fellowship, hopefully in the Midwest because I want to eventually get a tenure-track position teaching at a university, ideally somewhere in Missouri. Teaching really appeals to me. During my first year as a student at the University of Maryland, I taught introductory physics and laboratory courses. I was awarded the 2009 Ralph D. Myers Teaching Award, which is given to a teaching assistant based on student and faculty evaluations.

What are some of your research interests? I’m interested in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems research applied to problems in biological, physical and social systems. Last April, I was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, a three-year fellowship awarded to students pursuing doctoral degrees in areas of interest to the Department of Defense. The fellowship, which has given me the freedom to work on the projects of my choice, covers tuition and pays a stipend for three years.

Michael Hoffman ’04

Crew Training Engineer, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory Michael Hoffman, 25, was certain there was much more to the world than what could be found in his hometown of Russellville, boasting nearly 800 residents, in central Missouri. An opportunity to attend the Missouri Academy catapulted him into that world where he’s now a crew training engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, a research facility that supports the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, in Charleston, S.C. Following his 2004 graduation from the Missouri Academy, the 18-year-old traveled to the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla where he completed his bachelor’s in nuclear engineering and physics in 2008. Next year, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in physics.

Tell us what you do as a crew training engineer. I’m part of a team of Navy and civilian instructors who train Naval personnel for nuclear power plant operations aboard submarines and aircraft carriers at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston. It’s an intense six-month training program where the sailors come to where I work for on-the-job training. We perform the training on two submarine reactors modified for training purposes. The program focuses on operations, maintenance and supervision of power plant operations. I went through the program myself before I became an instructor.

What do you enjoy about your current position? Teaching in a hands-on environment is rewarding. We can take the theory that the naval officers learn in the classroom and apply it so they can leave with the ability to actually do something. It’s a dynamic environment, so there’s never a dull moment.

What are your career aspirations? After I get my Ph.D., I’d like to explore quantum field theory and many-body physics as it relates to energy production and specifically photosynthesis. I want to find ways of making forms of energy production more efficient.

Tell us about some of the projects in which you’re currently involved. I’m working on two projects in nonlinear dynamics. In one project, I work closely with experimentalists to study the dynamics of granular materials under strain. Using tools from complex networks and percolation theory, we quantify the intermediate time and length scales of granular flows. I’ve recently started a new project where I study quantum systems that have chaotic classical analogs. I’m interested in how the inclusion of atom-atom interactions change the dynamics of these systems. Mark Herrera ’05 is a Ph.D. student in the University of Maryland’s Department of Physics and was involved in the student chapter of the American Chemical Society while attending the Missouri Academy. He and his wife, Camille, live in Beltsville, Md., near Washington, D.C. Photo by Thai Nguyen, University of Maryland

Michael Hoffman ’04 trains Naval personnel in South Carolina for nuclear power plant operations aboard submarines and aircraft carriers. In addition to his passion for physics, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys snow skiing and camping and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

How did the Missouri Academy prepare you for your continued education and your career? The Missouri Academy gave me confidence in my ability to do whatever I wanted – whether it’s in the math and science field or elsewhere. It was one of the best times of my life, academically and socially. It was the complete package. I had a great time and learned a lot, and it gave me the confidence and solid background to prepare me for anything. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

And the survey says ... The Northwest Alumni Magazine asked alumni via Facebook and Twitter to answer several questions about their college years – and the response was tremendous. The following are the top answers to several of the questions. Look for more responses in the next issue, and don’t forget to follow Northwest on social media to participate in additional surveys just for fellow Bearcats.

Who was your favorite entertainer/speaker who came to campus? 1. Hypnotist Jim Wand 2. Huey Lewis and the News 3. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham

What is the best place at Northwest that no lon ger exists? 1. Bearcat Den 2. Itza Pizza 3. Bowling Alley

What was your favorite gathering place on campus? 1. Dorm room 2. Student Union 3. Bearcat Den

t professor?

vorite Northwes Who was your fa 1. Laura Widmer i 2. Dr. Virgil Albertin sh Bu 3. Dr. Betty

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favorite cam pus tradition ? 1. Homecomin g 2. The Stroller 3. Walkout Day

The Contributors to Northwest During the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year


hat does Northwest mean to you? Is it the quality education you received or its winning athletics teams? Perhaps it’s the place you met your spouse or the beautiful campus with top-notch facilities. Is it the friendships you formed with both fellow students and faculty? When asked this very question we may all have different answers, but one thing we can all agree upon is that Northwest is, and has been, a meaningful part of our lives. As alumni and friends, our goal for Northwest is to continue to create meaning for past, present and future students. Northwest just keeps getting better. In the past year, the University has achieved record-breaking enrollment and boasts a stellar graduation rate relative to its peers. Northwest also maintains an environmentally friendly campus using alternative fuels to provide up to 85 percent of its thermal needs. Furthermore, every full-time student receives a laptop computer to be fully “connected” (not that the VAX computer system that was used when I was a student was bad, but this is sure better). These great things at Northwest don’t happen by chance. It takes people. People with vision, desire and motivation. It takes leaders who are willing to make short-term sacrifices to reach long-term goals. State support to Northwest is continually decreasing, making President Dr. John Jasinski’s decisions even more difficult. Rest assured, he has the future of Northwest in mind. Clearly, as important as anything else, it takes alumni and friends willing to support Northwest. And it happens! Giving

to Northwest for Fiscal Year 2010 was more than $6 million, making it the second best year in fundraising in the institution’s history. Planned gift expectancies now stand at more than $26 million. I want to emphasize that donor gifts are not just monetary, but instead they have purpose. They support athletics, scholarships, academic programs, professorships or an endowed faculty chair. This year, the Northwest Foundation awarded 852 scholarships averaging just more than $700 each. Not only does this help reduce the cost of education, but many times an awarded scholarship is the determining factor as to whether a prospective student gets to attend college. Your gifts have major life-changing results. As you stroll through the pages of “The Bridge,” take note of the extensive listing of family and friends and all of the generous support they have contributed to Northwest’s meaningfulness. As always, we are thankful to past and current supporters, and from one Bearcat to another, I encourage you to consider an investment in Northwest’s future! Sincerely,

Jason Garst ’93 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. In Fiscal Year 2010, the 30-member

Foundation Board of Directors was led by President Mike Faust, Vice President Dan Runde and Immediate Past President Jim Blackford. The Foundation is staffed by members of the development and alumni relations units of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement. ■



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hile a struggling economy impacted giving trends to colleges and universities nationwide in 2009, fundraising efforts showed signs of improvement in FY10. Northwest experienced so much improvement that the Northwest Foundation Number of Donors recorded the second best year in the organization’s 39-year history. The continued success of the cultivation of private support to benefit Northwest is due to the tremendous support of thousands of alumni and friends, the Northwest Leadership Team and faculty and staff. FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 The fundraising efforts of the Northwest Foundation and the University Advancement development staff translate into significant Donor Visits University support in a variety of areas. Scholarship support has remained a central mission of Northwest’s development efforts. During the year, $4.6 million of gifts to benefit a variety of scholarship programs accounted for 76 percent of total support




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Annual Report for FY10. The annual Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship is part of this support, and 186 scholarships were awarded in the 2009-2010 academic year. The Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarships, as well as the Foundation’s other scholarships, brought the total number of awards for FY10 to 852, providing $601,279 in support to students. The Northwest Annual Fund continues to raise unrestricted dollars for the University – Amount of Scholarship Support $700



funds that are crucial to support needs in areas not covered by other fundraising efforts. In FY10, the Northwest Annual Fund generated $216,000 in unrestricted support. When alumni and friends favor the Northwest Foundation with a gift, 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 exceeds that standard by spending an average of 84 percent of every dollar on University programs. ■


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he Northwest Alumni Association and the Office of University Advancement’s alumni relations staff continued in FY10 to offer opportunities Number of Alumni Events to alumni and friends to 250 support Northwest. Nearly 250 chapter activities as well 200 as regional activities hosted by the Northwest Alumni 150 Association allowed alumni and friends to stay connected 100 to their alma mater. With the addition of the 50 Eastern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter and the Twin 0 Cities Alumni and Friends FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 Chapter, the Northwest Alumni Association now has 18 chapters. Additional Alumni Association Members chapters include Arizona, 7,000 Central Iowa, Southern Iowa, Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City, 6,000 Maryville, Nebraska/Western

Iowa, St. Joseph, Mid-Missouri, Southern California, Chicago, St. Louis and Springfield as well as a band chapter and an international chapter in Japan. The Northwest Alumni Association’s Tourin’ Bearcats travel program continues to be well received. Sixty-six alumni and friends enjoyed a Hawaiian cruise in FY10 and a Rhine River Cruise is planned for 2011. The Northwest Alumni Association was present at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead football game and hosted a successful Golden Years Reunion. Also, six individuals were honored at the largest-attended Alumni Awards Banquet in the fall. Furthermore, the Alumni Association maintains its partnership with offices throughout campus, including admissions, career services, athletics and student affairs. The Northwest Alumni Association, under the leadership of President Neil Neumeyer ’98, continues to rely on dedicated Bearcat alumni and friends for their contributions of time and talents to Northwest. ■

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Annual Report Scholarships Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship

Taylor Allan Meagan Anwander Kassie Asher Shelby Ayres Jessica Baier Tyrone Banks Lacey Behler Brandi Bell Colby Bredensteiner Travis Briggs Maria Brought Kelsay Brown Chelsea Bulen Sarah Bulmash James Busick Amanda Callen Bridget Clark Carissa Daggett Taylor Davis Matthew Draper Kaitlin Drobny Alyssa Edwards Kasandra Elliott Erica Favor Jennifer Fichtner Glenn Freeman Erin Funk Lauren Furnas Kelsey Fusselman Randi Gorham Brooke Graves Julie Gray Heather Hall Zachery Hand Shawn Harlen Timothy Harned Malcolm Harrison Timothy Heasley Leland Heckman Breanna Herron Emily Herzberg Joel Hicks Emily Hoffman Ryann Holzapfel Brandon Hood Becca Hossle Kristin Hughes Benjamin Johanns Brandon Johnson Bradley Jones Sarah Kahmann Bryce Keber Lauren Keller Sara Kerner Jocelyn Kilmer Maci Kinard Chantel King Steven King Nicole Korpela Kassandra Kroger Tauna Long Derek Lowary Shauheen Mahoutchian Stephanie March Megan Marker Bailey Marriott Chaasia Marshall Kameron Martin

Lindsay Masin Candace Mastin Jessica McAlister Kristie McCoy Terrance McCoy Amanda McNees Dannielle Mick Tucker Mittag Maggie Murphy Robert Nelson Kirk Nobiling Sheena O’Neil Amber Olinger Jason Orndoff Katherine Ott Selena Owens Peter Pannier Breanna Parkhurst Catherine Parr Megan Paulsen Keisha Pedersen Jacob Pena Amanda Pennington Lisa Perkins Summer Peterson Frances Petty Emily Pfaff Tyler Pieken Mildred Pope Jacqueline Pottier Kaytlinn Presnell Sidney Priebe Destinee Proctor Jennie Prokupek Ashley Razzano Jaime Redmond Lydia Rehbein Jasmine Rencher Kristen Renfeld Lacey Rice Maggie Robinson Neil Robinson Zane Robinson Wesley Rockwood Alexander Rodriguez Curtis Rogers Laquilla Rupert Kay-Leigh Scheffler Haley Schelp Melinda Schneider Jeffrey Scott Shayne Shade Jafar Shaker Kayla Shea Patrick Sheldon Shane Sherwood Megan Simpson Karra Small Blaine Smith Jackie Smith Morgan Smith Ryan Smith Rhodana Snider Ian Stanek Erienne Strong Shayna Sugihara Ally Sullivan Jessica Sunderman Marciele Surrell Kelsey Swanson Kristina Swinford

Dasia Talib Julie Tarasi Ryan Thomas Chelsea Thompson Dustin Thompson Benjamin Throm Casey Townsend Lonnie Treese Tyler Troutman Curtis Twellmann Courtney Twyman Derick Vanzuuk Alycia Volz Dana Walston Heather Ward Amanda Weaver Jaime Webb Shelby Wells Jacob Wendling Jon West Anna White John Wierson Leah Wilkins Aminah Williams Ceaser Williams Cierra Williams Elizabeth Williams Jeff Williams Katrina Wilsey Tara Wilson Matthew Woodring Chase Young Graham Young Erica Zoucha AAUW Anna M. Painter Graduate Scholarship

Lydia Farmer

AAUW Corwin Junior Scholarship

Alice Foreman

AAUW Viola May Corwin Scholarship

Allison Boehm Lydia Farmer

A-C Lightning Scholarship

Amber Miller

Mary Eulalah Adwell Scholarship

Whitney Kinman

Alpha Chi Scholarship

Amanda Rice

Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship

Whitney Kinman Laura Thomas

Alpha Tau Alpha Scholarship

Jason Ewigman

Brenda Wilson Andrews Memorial Scholarship

As one of two recipients of the Nodaway County Recreation Scholarship, Paige Sogard is responsible for coordinating a weekly arts and crafts program for individuals with disabilities.

Recreation scholarship is a win-win The Nodaway County Recreation Scholarship is presented to Northwest student coordinators for volunteer projects connected with the University’s Introduction to Special Education classes. While completing 30 hours of diversity service is a requirement of Northwest’s teacher-education program, students reap far more than college credit by assisting Nodaway County Recreation and Education for Individuals with Disabilities. The organization tries to bring something new into the lives of group home residents and others in the Maryville area with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The individuals with exceptionalities suggest activities, and the University students provide the guidance and support to complete the activities, whether through recreation or tutoring. “The social skills these individuals acquire help prevent depression and learned helplessness,” said scholarship recipient Josh Embrey. “Even helping a few hours a week means so much to others.” Carol Tjeerdsma, a board member and instructor of curriculum and instruction, emphasized the need for society to focus on the abilities of all individuals versus the disabilities. “We are all people first, with feelings and needs,” Tjeerdsma said. “This program erases the ignorance. If we entrust our students with this knowledge, it changes the perspective. It changes the attitude.” To contribute to the scholarship, which is funded by United Way of Nodaway County, or for more information about this program, contact Laurie Long, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248. n The Anonymous PCMC Scholarship

Chelsea Bulen Jenny Hocker

ARAMARK Facility Services Scholarship

Trina Day Heather Edwards Ryan O’Connell Ashley Saulsbury Teela Wilmes

Whitani Beck

Anonymous Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship

Rachel Euler

Art Education Scholarship

Jennifer Kirkpatrick

Earl H. Baker Memorial Scholarship

Heather Birchard Patrick Carney

Kent Barber Memorial Scholarship

Vanessa Ross

Lee E. Barber Scholarship

Audrey Faltin

Art and Bettie Beckner Celebration Scholarship

Chacey Steen


Luther and Kathryn Belcher Scholarship

James Knobbe

Gayle Miller Bilden Memorial Scholarship

Alisha Lemons

Bohlken Award

Casey Andrews

Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth Bethany Business Scholarship

Jared Rose



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Scholarships Booth College of Business & Professional Studies Freshman Scholarship

Alyssa Henggeler Janah Holmes

Dr. Jerry Brekke Scholarship in Political Science

Mary Huber Amanda Petelin

Ann Allen Brekke Scholarship

Emily Michener

Claudene Brewer Memorial Scholarship

Cassie Hoskins

Everett W. Brown Scholarship

Amanda Yocum

Seth J. Brutto Memorial Scholarship

Patrick Solomon

John Byrd Memorial Scholarship

Giovanni Auricchio

Donald K. Carlile Memorial Scholarship

Sara Kendall

CenturyLink/Northwest Missouri State University Scholarship

Ian Hodo

Cerner Scholarship

Sarah Peters

Chemistry Alumni Scholarship

Ryan Schieber

CHS Foundation University Scholarship

Stephanie Gillum William Gorrell Chester Greub

Citizens Bank & Trust Scholarship

Heather Niece

The American Dream Grant American Dream Grant recipients meet 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 $2,500 annually. The following alumni and friends have committed their support to the American Dream Grant during FY10 by way of an outright gift or a planned or deferred gift. With their help, dreams really can come true. Dawn J. Abarr Anonymous Maryann Brennan Colleen T. Brinkmann Deborah R. Clark Joseph Cornelison Orrie T. & Sara (Sellars) Covert Janet S. Dinkel Neil B. & Jacquelyn R. Elliott Genentech – A Member of the Roche Group Rosemary Godbey Tad & Susan D. (Pope) Henggeler Ronald G. Joekel Kenneth M. & Coreen E. (Rohrberg) Johnson Michael C. & Kenna S. (Miller) Johnson & Family

Dwain L. & Mary Jones Kevin M. Kooi Coby D. & Jennie S. (Cline) Lamb Steve Lightner Missouri Apartment Association Missouri Insurance Coalition Kimberlea B. Mountford Paul W. & Jeanne (Bahl) Moyer Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz Timothy G. Nash Thomas Nenneman Alan T. Seagren Virginia Summa Karen K. Swarens Bill & Belinda L. (Goodell) Tidd Jackie Trippensee Waste Management Marcella T. Wiles* * Deceased

Clear Cayhoga Muddy Creeks Scholarship

Valyssa Downing Emily Murphy

Clearmont Community Club Scholarship

Hannah Harris

Dr. Norman and Ada Mae Clough Scholarship

Taylor Allan Anna Auffert Kristin Berry Bryce Bowman Alisha Brummer Jaquice Cobb Deshaun Cooper Ian Echlin Tonisha Flowers Tierra Hogan Kolby Jones Kolton Jones Jessica Klosek Nicole Kreikemeier Ashley Lutterman Michael Martin Alexander Mead Colby Morris Gabriel Nolan Kyle Pein Braiden Penner Brandon Pratt Kaitlin Soendker Tanner Walker Anderson Willms

Computer Science Academic Achievement Scholarship

Dana Estes

C.E.Cook Drama Scholarship

Anthony Reed

Cook Finance Scholarship

Adam Jackson

Cook/Imes Distinguished Scholarship

Cassidy Bredensteiner Adam Jackson Heather Niece

James R. Cook Memorial Scholarship

Paul Brothers James Douty Nathan Durie Brandi Force Amanda Schulte-Smith

Cook Jazz Band Scholarship

Michael Fuller Matthew McGrory

Mabel Cook Scholarship

Brandy Taylor

Alice Corley Scholarship

Lauren Keller

William L. Costello Scholarship

T. H. Eckert Journalism Scholarship

Cotter Scholarship/ Travel Grant

Edward Jones Scholarship

James Alger

Denise Lancey

Cathran Cushman Radio Scholarship

Micheal Clements

The Pat Danner Scholarship

September Oliveira

Dennis Dau Scholarship

Bailey Long

W.M.C. Dawson Scholarship

Justin Dent Christopher Diekmann Kyleen Henry Heather Marsh Lauren Sharky

Degree Completion – Redd Awards

Daniel Usieto Ramsey Atieh

Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Omicron Scholarship

Fairann Campbell

Neta Derry Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Barnes

Elwyn K. DeVore Business Scholarship

Megan Switzer

Ron C. DeYoung Scholarship

Mallory Brown Joanna Marsh

Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Scholarship

Kristy Thompson

Herbert R. Dieterich Scholarship

Michelle Brooker Sean Householder

Donaldson-Pfost Scholarship

Amanda Bentley Clinton Brady Christopher Conover Connor Dignan Cassie Gilland Lacey Stoll Aaron Summers

Dyche Family Scholarship

Nicole Casady Margaret Corwin Tiffany Lasalle

Opal Calvert Eckert Family Scholarship

Lyle Burgher

Eckert Collegiate Journalism Scholarship

Kiley Swopes




Kiley Swopes

Heather Niece

Robert and Virginia Foster Scholarship

Samantha Eggers Kyisha Pritchett Derek Warden Danica Wiechman

Margaret Ann Edwards SAI Scholarship

Robert Fraser Scholarship

Energizer Diversity Scholarship

Lorna From Scholarship

Katherine Valuck

Arrianne Graham

Extreme Résumé Makeover Scholarship

Lydia Farmer

Family & Consumer Science Millennium Scholarship

Jaclyn Birchmeier

Family of the Year Scholarship

Megan Victor

The Michael L. Faust Scholarship

Melissa Hankins Renee Hug Madilynn Kettle Kelsey Swanson Ashli Underwood

Joshua Maggart William Snyder

Alison Nickolaus

Charles I. Frye Geology Scholarship

Andrew Whitsell

Fred Fuhr Memorial Scholarship

Zachary Jason Thomas Meyer

Martha Polsley Gamble Scholarship

Cassie Givens

William T. Garrett Scholarship

Lindsay Biermann

Dwight and Eunice Gates Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Loehr Erin Swan

Frank Felton Rotary Scholarship

Dr. Paul L. Gates Scholarship

Bill Fields Memorial Scholarship

George Gayler Scholarship

Janah Holmes

Wanda Wolmar

Marion Fischer Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship

Mary Welborn

Marshall E. and Beatrix Winn Ford Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Aldieri Kellee Baker Michael Duntz Martin Fisher Anthony Garcia Julia Hagemeier Thomas Herron Matthew Hertz Jenny Hocker Kate McKane Tamieca Murray Nathan Schmitz Jordyn Styskal Laura Thomas

Doug and Lisa Foster Scholarship

Abbi Caton Hillary Wehrli

Robert and Doris Foster Scholarship

Kirsten Capps Adam Folken Ekaterina Voronchikhina

Tennille Shearer Kyle Leonard

Janet S. Gayler Scholarship

Rebecca Bagley

Gwynetha Girling Memorial Scholarship

Cara Smith

Nancy Goff Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Reever

Dale Gorsuch English Scholarship

Nicole Casady

Dr. Mary Rose Gram Scholarship

Cassie McClellan

C F Gray Physical Science Scholarship

Matthew McCune

James R. Gregory Memorial Scholarship

Chase Miller

Mattie Jo (Payne) Groom Scholarship

Holly Matulka

Growmark Scholarship

Andrew Coleman Justin Findley Sarah Meissen

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Annual Report Scholarships Frank W. Grube Scholarship

Marvin Hoskey Agricultural Education Scholarship

Brice & Carolyn Johnson Family Scholarship

Marvin Gutzmer Scholarship

Virginia Hotchstetler BPW Scholarship

Lillian Irene Gossard Johnson Scholarship

Frank and Margaret Haines Memorial Scholarship

Floyd B. Houghton Memorial Scholarship

Lucile Agee Johnson Scholarship

Wilma Hall Maryville 20th Century Club Scholarship

Floyd B. Houghton Freshman Livestock Evaluation Scholarship

Walter and Maude Johnson Scholarship

Vanessa Hutson Amy Naas

Stefani Pulley

Kameron Martin

Emily Felton

Wilma Hall Maryville BPW Scholarship

Emily Felton

Hancock-Woods Scholarship

Lauren Arens Mallory Brown Nathaniel Holland Justin Ranney Christina Schutzenhofer

John Harr Scholarship

Timothy Bruns

Dr. Richard A. Hart Scholarship

Elizabeth Chipps

Thomas Webb Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Erin Johnson Samantha Wylie

Charles Hawkins Accounting Scholarship

Alyssa Henggeler

Karen Hawkins Memorial Accounting Scholarship

Courtney Vanden Hoek

Clarence Henderson Scholarship

Sarah Kahmann

Margaret and Wayne Hennegin Scholarship

Cassie Gilland Jana Harding Kimberly Harding Lynsie Jackson Elizabeth Runde

George Hinshaw Scholarship

Kathryn Donovan

H. F. “Hoot” Holland Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Stocklaufer

Joyce Fink Hook Scholarship

Heather Cooney Chelsea Nett

Brandi Stagner

Holly Luke

Bradley Hines

Megan Thacker

Floyd B. Houghton Livestock Evaluation Scholarship

Jordan Harmon

Ronald A. Houston Scholarship

Jeston Dulin Megan Frueh Megan Gray Gage Hayes DeWayne McIntyre Emily Murphy Kerri Schrodt

The Aleta and Dean Hubbard Scholarship

Blake Anderson Brooke Graves Megan Gray Brett Henggeler Austin Okorn Jacob Trentman Joshua Wiederholt

Hunt-Porter Scholarship

Cassie Barnes Faith Barton Katelyn Bridges Kathryn Davis Alexis Dyer Emily Hoffman Amy Hull Jessica Knapp Megan Lux Samantha Reever Jamie Rouse Alannah Swaggart Lyndsey Thornhill Ally Varner Kelsey Young

James Hurst Memorial Scholarship

Paige Spangenberg

James and Betty Jackson Scholarship

Ann Abell Jeston Dulin Zuleika McClarnon Lara Schenck

Mary Jackson Modern Language Scholarship

Audrey Faltin

Mike Jewett Scholarship

Drew Van Dyke

Seth Streebin

John Sublett Logan Scholarship

Jerin Adcock Nicholas Hager Terrance Logan Mandy Maize Rachel Moore Jarrod Thome Katie Thudium Emily Whorton

Audrey Faltin

Amanda Donahoo

Amanda Christensen

J.W. Jones Scholarship

Tara Brooks Jason Browning

James and Patricia Joy Scholarship

Myrl and Katherine Long Memorial Physical Science Scholarship

Alisha Lemons

The Forrest G. and Joan B. Lowe Scholarship

Taylor Cantrell

Samuel Porter

Kansas City Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Katlin Stark

Bobby and Shirley Kelley Excellence in Education Scholarship

Katherine Meyers

Phyllis Combs Leet Scholarship

Paige Lampton

Marvin E. and Kathryn B. Lehnen Scholarship

Tiffany Lasalle

Charles B. & Venita Jean Green Scholarship R. G. & Maxine Deardorff Scholarship Alice M. Oliver Nursing Scholarship Peter J. Greve TKE Alumni Scholarship

Dr. John Jasinski Scholarship Dr. Mark J. Anderson Elementary Education Scholarship

Maryville Host Lions Club Scholarship

Ivan Schottel Scholarship

Bridget Clark

Alyssa Henggeler Megan Thacker

Maryville Hy-Vee Food Store Scholarship

Cody Bradley Holly Luke

Maryville Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship

John Farmer Jessica Farrell Jeffrey Scott Amanda Weaver

Raymond L. and Ruth L. McClurg Scholarship

Christina Schutzenhofer Kristy Thompson

Harrison Sissel

Kelsey Amensen Alisha Clem Sydney Craddock Amanda Davis Kristin Rembolt Amanda Rice Kelsey Waibel Michael Wernimont

Dean Gingrich Memorial Scholarship

Mary E. Markt Scholarship

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

Awalt G. Steffen Memorial Scholarship

William L. Costello NWMSU Scholarship

Kristin McGary

Michelle Bjorland

Joseph Barbosa

Linda P. Smith Scholarship Fund

Paul Marfice Scholarship

Kensinger/Imes Scholarship

Robert B. Killingsworth Memorial Scholarship

Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Computer Science/Information Systems Alumni Scholarship

Blair Sample

Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship

Dixie McGary Megan Simpson

Wall Family Scholarship

Bonnie Magill Scholarship

Allison Kemper

Martin Kanne Chemistry Scholarship

New Foundation Scholarship Funds

Raymond McClurg Memorial Scholarship

Andrea Brammer Rachel Head Brooke Mathia Jessica Stoehr

Howard A. McIntosh Scholarship

Amanda Yocum

McIntosh Hall Scholarship

Megan Hurst

Kimberly Lynn Miller Memorial Scholarship

Erica Carr

Leon F. Miller Grant for Graduate Studies

Jerin Adcock Shu-Hua Lee Hannah Porter

Lemar- Rischer Memorial Scholarship

Kristin Stewart

R. R. Miller Scholarship

Joe Dirksen Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Miller Scholarship

Martha Moss Scholarship

Chloe E. Millikan Memorial Scholarship

MOST Scholarship

Ashley Smith

Kimberly Kuhns Jennifer Wells

Ryland Milner Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Chipman Sarah Gaughan Dixie McGary Andrew Reed Rebecca Rouse Sherry Wray

Missouri Farm Bureau Scholarship

Jeremy Drewitz Holly Wilson

Edward P. Morgan Scholarship

Breanna Steinkamp

Morris Rodecker Haley Scholarship

Carrie BreDahl

Dr. Gaylord Morrison Scholarship

Nicole Dice Stephanie Laughlin

Earle I. Moss Jazz Scholarship

Kent Obico

Earle I. Moss Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholarship

Darcy Howard

Tyler Dierking Jacob Henry Billy Hodge Jennifer Patton Jordan Rodriguez Lindsay Winters

Irene Mueller Biology Scholarship

Tina Opel

Harrison Mutz Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Farmer

Native American Scholarship

Kyle Hendricks

NEBS Four-Year Scholastic Award

Cody Coulter Derek Heideman Samantha Reever

Fred C. and Grace E. Nelson Scholarship

Andrew Frazier

Richard M. “Dick” New Scholarship

Carrie BreDahl

Nicholson Kovac Advertising Scholarship

Abigail Engstrom

Elizabeth Williams

John Noker




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Scholarships Nodaway County Recreation Scholarship

Stephen Embrey Mallory Smith

Northwest Agronomy Club Scholarship

Kody Sump

Northwest DigEM Scholarship

Tyler Ramaekers

Northwest Foundation Scholarship

Laura Raven

Northwest Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Boehner

Northwest Support Staff Scholarship

Kayla Carmichael Allison Kemper Megan Sherry

Nothstine Family Scholarship

Katie Thudium

Marie Oftelie Scholarship

Blair Sample Shanda Stockton

The B.D. and Sue Wright Owens Scholarship

Jessica Ausmus Sheldon Farrell Alison Hartong Steven Henry Bailey Long William Porterfield Mandi Richey Daniel Vance Daniel Wilkinson

The Owens Family Scholarship

Sherry Wray

Lillian Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Kendra Hughes

Frederick P. Parcher Scholarship

James Ford Jessica Freund Jessica Grossman Bret Kester Jill Meints Daniel Thompson Kasey Winkler

Penny Parman Memorial Scholarship

Melissa Gigot

Russell Parman Agriculture Scholarship

Eric Redden

Mark Patton Memorial Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Sara Ridinger

Mark Jay Peavy Memorial Scholarship

Dale Hopper

Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship

Dannelle Davis Kayli Pozniak

Jim D. Plowman Scholarship

Ashley Bugbee Taryn Hill

The National Residence Hall Honorary Bearcat Chapter Leadership Scholarship

Kimberly Kuhns Alan Reed Quentin Templeton

Burton L. Richey Memorial Scholarship

Trevor Arnold Thomas Meyer

Gladys Rickard Scholarship

William Beggs Jaylee Davison Jaylene Dredge Nacaela Greeley Kalin Miles Mandy Threlkeld

Kathryn S. Riddle Scholarship

Shanda Stockton

Rischer Educational Enrichment Grant

Whitani Beck

Mark B. Robbins Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Clint Coffey

Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship

Rachel Sneed

Emily Cloughly

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. There were several groups of donors who collectively were able to offer one or more scholarships. Donors to the Adopt-A-Bearcat Program are so designated in the Annual Giving section.


Dominique Ewing

Ada M. Royston Memorial Scholarship

Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarships


The Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez Scholarship

Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship (72) Angela Reed Accounting Scholarship (4) Ann Young Gustafson Scholarship (2) Archer Family Scholarship Benny & Cheryl Johnson Scholarship Bill & Jo Karen Brown Scholarship (3) Carlin C. Lawhead Scholarship (2) Col. Samuel E. Porter (Class of Jan 1961) Scholarship Collins Farms Scholarship Daren & Buffy Niemeyer Scholarship (2) Don & Mary Matthews Scholarship (4) Dorothy L. Norton Scholarship (2) Dr. D. M. Ostrander Memorial Scholarship Frances & Wayne Jones Memorial Scholarship G.D. Mercer Scholarship Gary & Pat Beggs Scholarship (2) George W. Barratt Scholarship


Joseph and Rose Ryan Scholarship

Danielle Filkins

Dr. & Mrs. Donald Sandford Scholarship

Amy Sweets

C.M. and M. Saville Scholarship

Victoria Abreu Shawnta Addison Rebekah Badell Traci Baggs Christian Barksdale Taelor Barrett-Jones Sean Bartolacci Faith Barton Samantha Bergfeld Alexandra Burge Travis Carmichael Caitlin Cordonnier William Crosser Diane Cudworth Bryce Davis Shannon Ducharme Julie Dunlap Erin Ekle Wilbur Ellis Dominique Evans Kendra Grupe Whitney HarrisCarter Courtney Heitman Maranda Hunter Krista Hurd A’miya Jones Bradley Jones Karen Kepka Kaytee King Kayla Lindsey Holly Luke Kathryn Marsh Deandre Matlock

Adam McNairy Samantha Mott Madison Owen Cookie Pederson Rebekah Poteet Lisa Powell Brittney Poynter Brett Richey Jesse Rivard Dylan Scobee Jeffrey Scott Megan Simmons Roneisha Smith Alexander Tomes Shawn Varner Cody Ward Amanda Weaver Kelly Whorton Mariah Wood Katie Wright Mahala Saville History Scholarship

Josee Simonson

Saville Student Support Services Scholarship

Lisa Hise DeLinda Huff Tiffany Lasalle Shalan Neal September Oliveira Rebecca Rouse Sarah Woody Lauren Zeliff

Richard L. Sawyers Scholarship

Bree Berner Alissa Caltrider Kerri Meredith

Pete Schartel Scholarship

Michael Willis

Howard & Lyn Collins Library Science Scholarship In Memory of Lizanne Hein Class of 1976 (16) In Memory of Mike McDonald (2) Jaclyn Nicole Dierking Scholarship Jacob & Keri Kendrick Scholarship (2) Jim & Suzie Wakeman Scholarship Jo Ellen Wilson Scholarship John Sayre Scholarship Jon & Teresa Gustafson Scholarship Katherine Gray Copeland Scholarship Larry & Sandy Johnson Scholarship Linda & Larry Shoemaker Scholarship (2) Lynda Grossman Scholarship Margaret A. & Curtis L. Funston Scholarship Marion Freeman Football Scholarship Joan & Marion Freeman Track Scholarship (2) Joan Miller Freeman Music Scholarship

Frederick, Edwardena, and Stephen Schneider Memorial Scholarship

Krista Abernathy Gabriel Anderson LaVester Beard Amanda Behrens Kyle Berry Brice Blair Tori Blair Gatluak Bol Jennie Bolyard Joseph Brown Landon Campbell Laura Campbell Britney Cheever Breanna Clark Justin Cordes Hannah Corwin Bradley Crouse Jessica De Moss Shelby Eagan Kimberly Eversgerd Austin French Johnathan Gilmore Jessica Gilster Thomas Hartsock Danielle Henrickson Luke Herzberg Martise Hicks Brian Johnson Samantha Juel Courtney Kmezich Kristine Labertew Dustin Lambertsen Amanda Mehrhoff Matthew Meinert Austen Mozier Nathan Nickolisen Brandon Nolan Breanna Parkhurst Eric Puckett

Marvin B. & Lucile E. Silliman Scholarship (3) Mary Asbell & Allan Mackenzie Scholarship (4) Mary P. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship (2) Mayda Clark Young Scholarship Mike & Molly Lydon Scholarship Anonymous Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship Pamela Willand Graham Patricia K. Best Scholarship (2) Paul Kuehneman Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship Ralph & LaVelle M. Sprague Memorial Scholarship Ray & Linda Hischke Scholarship (4) Susan Hallock Memorial Scholarship (8) The Engelhardt Family Scholarship The Millers Scholarship Edward T. Day Adopt-A Bearcat Scholarship (4)

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Annual Report Scholarships Schylar Reed Chris Schoning Kayla Shea Jesse Simmons Paige Sogard Nicholas Standley Jeremy Staples Bryce Stoddard Beth Stratbucker Jessica Sunderman Mandy Threlkeld Brandon Torres Lindsay Troshynski Whitney Vestal James Walkup Richard Waltiere Christopher Watts Alexandria Webster Jessica Weir Kristen Wendell Ashley White Jeremy Wickman Rhonda Williams Lisa Wixom Wesley Yardley B.D. and Janet Scott Biology Scholarship

Emily Felton

Carroll Scott Agricultural Memorial Scholarship

Miranda VanPelt

The Alfred E. Sergel III Band Alumni Scholarship

Ashley Smith

Robert and ZoAnn Severson Jazz Ensemble Scholarship

Kevin Rieger

R. Lucile and Vesper L. Shelby Music Scholarship

Brandon Preece

Beverly J. & Edward J. Sheldon Scholarship

Fairann Campbell

Larue B. Sherman Scholarship

Chase Miller

Dr. Francis Shipley Scholarship

Katherine Peterson

Garland Shipps Memorial Scholarship

Amy Coleman

Luther C. Skelton Scholarship

Brandi Glidden

John L. Smay Scholarship

Kara Rieger

Dr. Jim Smeltzer Scholarship

Andrew Schmitz

The Mary Marie Smith Scholarship

Ryan O’Connell Colin Pettegrew

Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship

Qian Zhang

Amy Sommers Memorial Scholarship

Katherine Valuck

Spec Shoppe Scholarship

Amanda Smith

Rollie Stadlman and Sharon Bonnett Scholarship

Daniel Rasmussen

Merrill and Carlene Ostrus Staton Scholarship

Amy Sweets

Eldon E. Steiger Scholarship

Brittany Maasdam

August Stelter Scholarship

Blake Beahler Johnathon Hilton Elizabeth Runde Sarah Schroeder Megan Thacker

E. G. and Edra (Planck) Stoskopf Scholarship

Jacob Klingensmith

Chip Strong Memorial Scholarship

Lina Andrea Gomez

J. Gordon Strong Scholarship

Sean Riley Steven Scheffe

Lloyd Summa Agricultural Scholarship

Megan Sherry

Sterling Surrey Memorial Scholarship

Beth Wennihan Tiffany Whipple Danielle Zastrow Teacher Education Scholarship

Katelin Gohlinghorst Darcy Howard

Theatre Gold Star Scholarship

Casey Andrews Rachel Dyer

Maurine A. Thomas Scholarship

Aric Bishop Evan Connell Megan Keathley Alana Mount Sterling Swayze Chelsea Wion

Kenneth T. and Icel Thompson Scholarship

Robin Jago

Peter J. Greve Memorial TKE Alumni Scholarship

Kelly Critten

Jerome Trout Scholarship

Cameron Childs Melanie Coffman Billy Creason Martise Hicks Cole Higginbotham Jenny Hocker Jeffrey Johnson Corbin Lester Jessica Patterson Jodi Peasel Kenith Strohman Kaleb Wardlow Josey Whisler Cierra Williams

Lydia Farmer Heather Niece Malea Young

Henry and Mary Turner Scholarship

Leslie No’el Swaney Memorial Scholarship

F.K. Ulman Scholarship

Shelby Eagan

C. and C. Taylor Memorial Counseling Scholarship

Kristin Stewart

C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Guidance & Counseling

Tawni Gebhards Marisa Hedlund Stephen Wharton

C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Pi Omega Pi

Timothy Avants Bryce Clifton John DeWeese Amy Fanning Crystal Hart Darcy Howard Skyler Nicholas Alexandra Shafer

Margaret Martens Cynthia Aucker Nicholas Crouse Taylor Davis Jennifer Fichtner Nathan Hinkle Taylor Jones Jared Ludwig Courtney Mannion Alec Ohlson Aquila Still

Roberta F. Utterback Scholarship

Katherine Meyers

Taryn Hill, a senior from Bethany, is a four-year recipient of the James and Elaine Plowman Scholarship. Hill is a business management major and works in the University’s Office of Financial Assistance. Upon graduation in May, she plans to enroll in Northwest’s MBA program and pursue a career in human resources in Kansas City. “Receiving the Plowman Scholarship for full tuition is really helpful, and I’m able to use other institutional scholarships and grants to pay for my housing and living expenses,” Hill said. “By working in the financial aid office, I see how many loans a lot of students have to take out. It’s a big stress reliever and helps me focus more on classes. I don’t have to worry about money so much now, or in the future, since I didn’t have to deal with any student loans.” n Pauline F. Walker Memorial Scholarship

Alana Heisler Megan Melloy

Mildred Eckert Wallace English Scholarship

Melinda Morrow

Natalie Weidner Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Hise

Nancy Western Scholarship

Derek Ketelsen

Richard W. Weymuth Summer Music Camp Scholarship

Cody Bradley Amanda Mather

J. Douglas Whitaker Scholarship

Kimber Whitt

Harvey and Joyce White Scholarship

Cynthia Aucker Danielle Bendon Brett Copley Nicholas Dringman Caitlin Ellingson Hollie Mohi Tyler Pierce Elizabeth Smith

Bart & Emma Maxwell Utterback Scholarship

Tabitha Axtell

Donald N. Valk Scholarship

Megan Frueh Anna Johnson Mallory Smith

Heather Stearns Shelby Sterup Margaret Thomason Kacie Wright Matthew White Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Bunse

Gilbert Whitney Madralier Memorial Scholarship

David Groth

Calvin Widger Memorial Scholarship

Christopher Pinnell

Peter J. Wieland Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Hise

Garvin and Imogene Williams Scholarship

JoAnna Newcomb

Brian and Jennie (Otto) Williamson Scholarship

Amy Sweets

Joy Wilmarth Memorial Scholarship

Cassie McClellan

Wirth Family Scholarship

Whitney Kinman


M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Education Scholarship

Cassie Gilland

M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Music Scholarship

Kendra Grupe

R.T. Wright Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Day Austin Gray Jennifer Riepe Trinity Weatherman

Eudora Wymore Memorial Scholarship

Laura Sims

Edward Jones –John Yancey Scholarship

Matthew Elliott

Arthur “Doc” Yates and Maxine Gooden Yates Scholarship

Kathleen Kozol

The Shawna Severson Zech Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Miller

Monica G. Zirfas Scholarship

Shana Miles



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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 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. Coulsen* & Vivien Coulson* Lorraine (Driver) Crews Don Cummins* Dennis C. Dau Frances R. Daugherty* R. G. Deardorff* & Maxine Deardorff* 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* David W. & Carole A. (Patterson) Gieseke Dean Gingrich* Elsie Goff* Bill & Dorothy W. Gram Charles B. Green* & Venita Jean Green*

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. Hinkley* & Caryl C. Hinckley Ronald A. Houston Dean L. & Aleta 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.* Marvin Marion 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* Alice M. Oliver* Elnora (Hennegin) O’Neill* Marcena H. Onstott* Louise Parsons* Philip J. Patterson Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Milton E. Ploghoft & Zella (Mitchell) Ploghoft* Jon R. & Jolene (Schneider) Poll 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 Shaffer* & Helen Schaffer 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 Strait* & Arlyne Strait* Robert J. Stucker Christopher Stump, Jr. W. Lester Swaney & 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 C. & Myra (Wedlock) Warshauer Paul G. & Paula Ward Nancy L. Western* Maurice D. Wheeler* & Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Laura B. Widmer Montgomery L. & Irma Lee (Hull) Wilson J. Clun Wilson Janet M. Wilson* Howard L. Wollen* Martha Faye (Fouts) Woollums* Opal Yates Melvin G. 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

The Bell Tower Society

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 James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy 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. J. 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 Vernon J. Barrett* & 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. Cook & 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 Janet S. Dinkel The Dow Chemical Company Foundation 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 Richard R. Flanagan 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. Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson Christopher R. & Mercedes (Ramirez) Johnson Mabel V. (Wells) Jordan* 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* Liberty Mutual Group Inc. 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. Ploghoft & 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 Robert & Ruth A. Stelter Frank H. Strong* & Vivian Strong The Student Body Taco John’s of Maryville Inc. Maurine A. Thomas* Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson 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. Zelenz* & Marlyn Zelenz

Betty Lou Hazelton Theodore C. Hinckley* & Caryl C. Hinckley J. E. Dunn Construction Company 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 St. Joseph Light and Power David Stanley Edra M. (Planck) Stoskopf Robert Strait* & 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 donors 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 Company 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* Sharen Gutreuter

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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 curriculum began to focus on four-year programs. As

The Cornerstone Circle The following donors contribute between $5,000 and $9,999 during the fiscal year. The cornerstone of Academic Hall, now the Administration Building, was laid on Oct. 12, 1907, amid great celebration,

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

Mary E. (Johnson) Adwell Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. Anderson & Sundell PC Richard E. & Jane Andrew Anonymous 12 Antonia C. Espey Insurance Agency Inc. ARAMARK Campus Dining Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie j James D. Bailey John W. Baker, Jr. Jon W. & Kelley J. Baldwin Bruce S. & Coretha C. Barlow Donald D. & Ann Beeson



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

ARAMARK Facility Services - Maryville, Mo. Mark A. Avitt Bank Midwest Agnes (Kowitz) Boulger Nell Cowden R. G. Deardorff* & Maxine Deardorff* Charles R. & Pearl L. Derstler Janet S. Dinkel 12 The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

DST Systems Inc. Michael L. Faust Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Cherine D. Heckman Ronald A. Houston Illinois Tool Works Foundation John Sublett Logan Foundation James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy Kawasaki - Maryville

Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet Liberty Mutual Group Inc. Bill & Jessica J. (O’Rourke) Loch Nodaway Valley Bank Northwest Missouri Cellular Theodore G. Robinson R. Joe & Nancy Smith Robert & Ruth A. Stelter Melvin L. & Carol Tjeerdsma Timothy J. & Jennifer J. (Frandsen) Wall

including a parade. Into the cornerstone, a copper box was placed that included many items from the 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.

American Recycling & Sanitation Inc. Bolin Auto and Truck Parts - St. Joseph Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Caltech Industries Inc. Rick A. & Tammy Carter Kelly W. & Kathy L. (Heath) Crawford

Frances R. Daugherty* Deluxe E. L. Crawford Construction Inc. E & R Sanitation Calvin N. & Marilyn Goeders Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson j Loch Sand and Construction Company

Richard A. & Bernadine Mendenhall Barry E. Monaghan James D. & Elaine (Frazee) Plowman Vivian Strong Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson Dick & Kay S. Thomson Ben L. & Kathleen J. Westman

Robert E. McGuire & Melissa Berlin-McGuire Ned Bishop Robert J. & Mary Boerigter Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Joseph B. & Sandra Bosse Bram Funeral Home of Maryville Inc. Billy V. & Courtney Brooks William A. & Jo Karen Brown j Robert E. & Betty (Johnson) Bush Cargill Don D. & Stacy R. (Lee) Carrick Alan W. & Lynnette G. (Andersen) Carver Cerner Corporation CHS Foundation John P. Cline Cline Wood Agency Inc. The Coca-Cola Company Danny J. & Mary E. (Henry) Collins Community Foundation of New Jersey William H. & Jean Corken Mark W. Corson Ray & Barbara L. (Zehr) Courter Orrie T. & Sara (Sellars) Covert 12 j

James D. Fletcher & Carol A. Cowles Dennis C. Dau Kenneth & Joyce Davison Edward T. Day j Terry R. & Sandra Day Elwyn K. & Emma (Brown) DeVore Ramona A. Dickinson Lisa G. Distefano Thomas V. Distefano Mark J. & Julia C. (Scott) Doll Pamela K. Drayson j Timothy L. & Adrian C. Ely Energizer Andy & Toni (Cowen) Espey Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund FieldTurf USA Inc. Richard R. Flanagan Marion B. & Joan (Miller) Freeman j Terry L. & Kari L. French Richard M. & Karen U. Fulton Jeff & Carole (Fields) Funston Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Jason L. & Michelle A. (Bennington) Garst Melvin L. Gibson

Robert O. & Virginia Gill 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 William S. Hallock j Patrick A. Halsted Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Patrick B. & Teri Harr E. Ray & Linda Hischke j Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Hy-Vee Ronald W. & Martha Ideker Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski j John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Jasinski Enterprises Inc. Brent E. & Tamara Johnson Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones Craig L. & Kerry Kelley Lloyd & Eileen (Isom) Kelly Kelly Foundation Inc. Kevin E. & Susan Kemmerer Joe J. Kempf

Douglas K. & Linda S. (Keller) Kinder Nathan E. & Amy J. (Kish) Klaas KNIM Radio Korean Adventurer Class Parents Association Kirk G. Larson Rick E. & Catherine P. LeBlanc Jeffrey W. Lenz Lockton Companies LLC Gweldon L. Long William L. & Jodie L. (Hamilton) Mackintosh Marathon Oil Company Marvin Marion Marsh, Espey & Riggs PC Marsh USA Inc. Maryville Host Lions Club Donald W. & Mary (Walkup) Matthews j John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Gary R. & Merry McDonald Miles T. McDonald Timothy P. McMahon Ruth (Collins) McQuerry Middle Fork Water Company Inc. Stephen D. & Karen R. Miller


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Annual Giving Kenneth W. & Esther F. Minter Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation Karen A. Monaghan Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz 12 George F. Nathan NEC Insurance Inc. Nicholson Kovac Inc. NOCOMO Industries Nodaway Co. Recreation & Education for Individuals with Disabilities Northern Trust Company Russell & Rita (Sharp) Northup Jack L. & Gilda J. Otte Ottuma - Wapella Recycling Center John W. & Mary Ellen (Watkins) Pearson Brian & Barb Peterson Maurice M. Peve Theodore P. & Katherine E. (Carrel) Place

Milton E. Ploghoft & Zella (Mitchell) Ploghoft* Porter Trash Service William C. & Mary Beth Price Principal Financial Group Foundation Joseph N. & Kelly L. (Archer) Quinlin R & S Construction LLC Rodney & Angela K. (Roberts) Reed j Michael P. Rogers Darwin W. Rold Mick M. & Beatrice K. (Runyan) Ross Deon & Jodee Roush Daniel J. Runde Ed & Peggy (Luke) Schieber Roger L. Schlegel Steven E. Schottel Robert D. & ZoAnn (Holt) Severson Shores Medical LLC

Sharla Sievers j Sky Ranch LLC John R. & Charm F. (Brown) Smith, Jr. David L. Snider j Stan D. & Debbie Snyder St. Francis Hospital Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton Robert D. & Karen Starckovich Michael J. & Lori A. (McLemore) Steiner David V. & Glenda F. Stock The Student Body Timothy T. & Jane A. (Laughlin) Sullivan j Doug Summa Barbara (Turner) Tansey Steve D. & Lynette M. (Thater) Tappmeyer George L. & Bonnie Taubel John R. & Kristine (Ketelsen) Teale Kay Thomas

James H. & Sherry L. (Gillespie) Thompson, Jr. Paul S. & Melissa L. (Whigham) Thompson Willard C. & Paulette S. Tice Melvin L. & Carol Tjeerdsma Christopher P. & Lisa A. (Moss) Tobin Susan F. Tobin David T. & Megan L. Tollefson Roger D. Tullberg Gary L. Tunell Donald Turner Bryan D. & Sheri A. (Vansickle) Twaddle Union Pacific Fund For Effective Government Kevin & Kathy Van de Ven Kenneth VanCleave Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Harold G. & Marylee (Steele) VanSickle, Jr.

Janet Waldeier Wal-Mart Foundation Gary L. & Jennifer M. (Thompson) Ward Wells Fargo Foundation Richard E. Westbrook Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Helen Widger William Price Family Foundation Gerald W. & Robin L. Wilmes Montgomery L. & Irma L. (Hull) Wilson Al Wilson H. W. & Nancy L. (Jordheim) Woolsey Ronald C. & Barbara J. (Tiffin) Woolsey Mihoko Yamazoe John R. & Susan Yancey Stanley R. & Elli Zeamer Joseph B. Zelenz* & Marlyn Zelenz

The Normal School Club

Patricia K. (McKinnon) Best j James A. & Ethel Blankenship Robert L. & Mary R. Bohlken Douglas & Sheryl J. Bowen BP Fabric of America Fund Larry C. & Dorothy Brandt Jerald & Ann M. Brekke Chariti & Clarence Brewer Anthony J. & Venus L. Brown Alan J. & Vicki Bubalo M. Richard & Suzanne (Sprague) Bufton j Randy R. Buxton Annette M. (Huff) Carmer Carson’s Sports Grille Lillian M. Carter Cissna Appraisal Inc. Citigroup Foundation Citizens Bank & Trust Robert E. & Janis J. Colville Conagra Conception Abbey Donald L. & Margaret Cordell Roger & Janice (Erickson) Corley William L. Costello Dakota Landscape & Design Inc. Kurt & Sandra K. Davis Judy Dierking

Jacque (Woodward) Diez j Warren Dirksen Darin K. & Pamela C. (Dunlap) Johnson Jerry B. & Carolyn (Nicolle) Dyke E.K.S. Inc. Ellison-Auxier Architects Inc. Kim & Myra L. (Turner) Evans Mahlon L. & Johanne (Windle) Fairchild Richard D. & Patrice Fiest Scott R. Flemming Polly A. Foster Jeffrey D. & Karen E. (Gould) From Aadhar Garg Gene A. & Ruth M. Garrett Kyle W. & Deborah A. (Huston) Garrett Ryan T. & Sue A. (Redelberger) George Michael Graham j Doug & Ann (Young) Gustafson j Mark & Debra Gutzmer Larry & Paula J. (Mires) Haataja Michael L. Hackney Hall Insurance Agency Hallmark Corporate Foundation

Wendy R. Hallock j William S. & Jennifer Hallock, Jr. j Hollis O. Hamilton j James D. & Marian Hammond Andy & Mindy Hampton The Hangar Hayley E. Hanson Bernie Hauder Paul W. & Susan M. Heim Robert M. & Carolyn A. Henry Mike & Debra (Dawson) Herring Susan (Johnson) Hockensmith Robert & Kayla M. (Nelson) Holscher j Randy & Susan A. (Crooks) Holtman Michael J. & Sue Hughes j Wendell & Joan D. (Lynch) Jackson Jackson Insurance Agency JK Pizza LLC Harold L. & Shirley F. Job Ronald G. Joekel 12 Michael C. & Kenna S. (Miller) Johnson 12 Martin & Ramona A. (Rope) Kanne Jacob P. & Keri L. (Stangl) Kendrick j

Paul E. & Joyce (Barnes) Kerber KFC Restaurant KLR Inc. Michael A. Knepper Paul R. Kuehneman j Coby D. & Jennie S. (Cline) Lamb 12 Thomas C. Lancaster Carlin C. & Vicki Lawhead j Basil M. & Ina C. (Barnes) Lister j Stephen E. & Kathleen J. Ludwig Larry J. & Patricia (Faubion) Maiorano Ed & Patsy Martin Michael G. & Janet McClanahan Timothy & Nancy McDowell Timothy J. McGinnis David D. Messner Midland Surveying Inc. Genevieve A. (Webb) Miller* Sean & Michelle L. (Budt) Miller j Jan A. & Ellen (Grube) Mohr Dennis N. & Jill D. (Adkins) Monticue Emma Lee Morgan Billy D. & Patricia L. Mozingo MTE Office Center Wendel M. & Bobbi Myers

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.

Mel Adema Alpine Broadcasting Corporation Arnold Insurance Services Inc. David A. & Carol Baird Betty J. (Underwood) Baker William R. & Dorothy (Sandbulte) Baldwin Elizabeth M. Banagale Mike Baumgartner Barry T. & Claudia E. (Bosisio) Beacom Gary L. & Patricia Jo Beggs j

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Annual Giving National Investors Inc. Richard M. & Barbara A. New j Daren O. & Buffy L. (Brooks) Niemeyer j Nill Brothers Sporting Goods William G. Norton j Donald E. & Sue Nothstine Jay O. & Vanessa J. Nower Omaha Community Foundation Philip J. & Margaret Patterson Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Pella Rolscreen Foundation Kenneth C. & Mary Petersen James M. & Cindy L. Pickerel

Kermitt L. & Susan (Jacobsen) Posten Jeff & Cheryl Raffety Stephen M. Rhodes & Lisa K. Renze-Rhodes Michael E. Roberts Kirby L. Rosier Rotary Club of Maryville Larry G. & Karla Rusco Coralea C. Samson Dan & Cathy J. Saxton Alan T. Seagren 12 Frances Shipley Shirley’s Realty Larry W. & Linda S. (Chaney) Shoemaker j Marvin B. & Lucile E. Silliman j Robert Emmett Smith Stephen & Becky (Morris) Smith

Smith Contracting Company Jerome & RoAnne (Godsey) Solheim Dean & Betty (Oliver) Sparks Gerald R. & Barbara (Nixon) Sprong Steve K. & Bette S. (Hudnall) Stokes Warren & Georgia L. Stucki Sutherlands Gary & Willa Swanson Nancy R. Tapps Greg A. & Jill S. (Kroenke) Teale Harlan H. & Dawn R. (Scarbrough) Thomas, Jr. Thompson’s Lawn & Landscaping Inc. Doug Thomson

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation Jerry & Mary E. (Sundem) Throener Mark & Rachel Tobin Norman A. & Sue Townsend j Tri State Ford Lincoln Mercury Larry S. True Don J. Turner Bruce E. & Polly Twaddle Twaddle Realty Inc. John S. & Patty (Merrick) Van Cleave Patricia VanDyke James H. & Suzie Wakeman j Dorothy J. Walker Walker Body Shop Inc. Dean L. & Caroline Wall

Nicholas A. Wallace James P. & Sue A. Waters David Weichinger Gregory S. & Hollis Weishar Thomas C. Wells Jerry L. White Darren W. & Azalea V. Whitley Diane R. Widger Laura B. Widmer Charles J. & Janet R. Wieland Leon & Elizabeth Williams Harold Wilmarth Todd M. & Elizabeth A. Wilmarth Wise Motels Inc. Gregory D. Wright Michael J. Zech

The Lake View Club

Bruce W. & Holly A. (Murphy) Barstow Barbara E. (Moser) Barton Frank D. & Kathleen M. (Carmody) Baudino Baumli Auto Sales Joel D. & Christine C. Benson Forrest & Ann M. (Henry) Bertoldie Leisa A. Biermann Thomas J. & Donna J. Billesbach j Michael A. & Paula E. (Nagle) Birchmier James L. & Beverly J. Blackford Phillip Blunt Sharon C. Bonnett Nathan W. & Kellie D. Boock Jeffrey C. & Jill Borchardt Joseph B. & Sandra Bosse Scott L. & Susan M. Bostwick Earl E. & Melanie Boyd Raymond E. & Paula J. (Modrell) Brady Bradley C. & Daryl Brenner Mary G. Brown Elaine A. Brunmeier Mark A. & Anita (Graham) Buelow j Mark & Marla Burnsides Carol A. Buttell Chesnut Carpet Cleaning Greg & Cindy Chapman Mark L. Cherry j City Scrap Metal Inc.

Clinton L. Allen Monuments Inc. Cliff & Shirley Cockayne Garnett & Charlene Coffey Howard G. & Mimi (Stratford) Collins j William L. Combs j ConocoPhillips Company Sharon (Conrad) Neustadter Cotter Travel Associates Bruce Cowdrey James D. Cox Sandra M. (Gray) Cox Kenneth W. & Cindy Crozier Linda K. (Snell) Daniels Richard & Nancy Demott Jerrid & Jeanne L. (Swarnes) Derr Robert E. & Nina M. Dewhirst V. Tom & Kathleen (Tobin) Dolph Dominos Pizza Ackman Inc. Alfred McKemy & Carole Douglas Joe & Nancy (New) Drake Charles D. & Mary Ellen Driskell, Jr. Robert E. & Winifred Dunshee Rose Marie Duty James P. Ehret Neil B. & Jacquelyn R. Elliott 12 Thomas L. & Myrna O. Ellison j Emerson Electric j

Justin H. & Dawn M. (Stritzel) Engelhardt j Ericsson Inc. Charles M. & Linda E. Evans Lynn Felton Richard & Diane Ferguson Alice K. Foose Travis W. & Christine A. (Clark) Ford Bill Foster Charlotte M. Foster Elizabeth N. Frederickson Gary G. & Julia (Thompson) Funkhouser Margaret Funston j Marilyn Garcia Kevin O. & Christi (Rollins) Garrett Bradd T. & Sharon L. (White) Gartin George R. & Barbara H. Gayler Larry D. Gearhart j Peggy Gibbs Dave W. & Carole A. (Patterson) Gieseke Russell D. & Karen Gillespie Charles T. & Kathryn A. (Wurm) Goff Michael E. Gonzales & Lynda D. Grossman j J. D. Gorham Allyn S. & Judy Graham Wanda (Wyatt) Gray Stephen Gruba Guest Trucking LLC Guthrie County State Bank Rex & Amy Gwinn

Kurt & April B. Haberyan Jason S. & Tiffani Haer Donald F. & Amy Rebecca Hamera Randy A. & Jana L. (White) Hanson Mark H. & Vicki A. (Horton) Hargens j Rodney D. Harris Janice L. Heinz j Peter & Karen (Crawford) Hendrickson j Carl L. & Jacqueline Henningsen Timothy D. Henrickson j Fred G. Henry Mark E. & Lisa Hereford J. E. & Debra B. Hess Nanette Hinchey Caryl C. Hinckley David A. & Danette Holmes Hormel Foods Corporation Channing & Louise B. Horner Tracy J. Hoza j Eldon L. & Janelle R. (Wollenhaupt) Hunsicker Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation Leona R. Jackson Ronald D. & Janis (West) Jackson Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Fund Khristine Jacobsen Richard L. & Judy (VanAllsdall) Jennings Mike & Jennifer (Coates) Jewett

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 R. Philip Acuff ADM Foundation Robert E. Allen Jay Allison David E. Anderson Margaret M. Anderson j Stephen L. & Gayle (Bradfield) Anderson j Melvin J. & Jeanie Andrews Bill J. Archer j Mark N. Ardizzone Astro Packaging AT&T Foundation Ronald H. & Jacqueline B. Baldwin Ballard Associates Bank of America Robert J. & Camellia D. (Scott) Barmann Marjory Barratt j




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Annual Giving Benny L. & Cheryl A. Johnson j Larry W. & Sandra (Naven) Johnson j Monte J. & Barbara J. (Meyer) Johnson James Johnston Allen R. & Judith L. (Hullman) Kearns Phillip M. & Cindy S. (Platt) Kenkel Edward L. & Charlis L. Kerr Nancy H. (Baker) Koch j Brian E. Koerble Elizabeth A. Krause Victor & Denise (Bower) Kretzschmar Robert L. & Diane (Morley) Lade Richard Landes L. Daniel Langfeldt Larsen Family Foundation Marvin J. & Linda (Jones) Lehman j Lennox International Inc. Gregory E. Leslie Robert H. & Patty Loft Jamie D. (Lindsay) Long Jay W. Longinaker Mary Ann Lowary Forrest G. & Joan B. Lowe James L. & Sylvia C. Lowrance Michael M. & Molly Lydon j Michael H. & Elizabeth M. Mandrick Danny L. & Mindy Marsh Ed & Patsy Martin Mary Mart Corporation Kurt Matthewson McClain Insurance Agency Donald McCrary* David L. & Janet E. (Clayton) McLaughlin Patrick & Lana (Linville) McLaughlin Harry R. & Erma L. McMullen Frank W. Mercer j Phillip E. & Melody A. Messner Gaylord D. & Patricia Meyers Kerry E. & Marsha Meyers Cynthia S. Mikle Clarence M. & Gloria (Sherman) Miller Kenneth W. Miller, III & Nicole R. McGinnessMiller Del & Shari M. (Goetz) Morley

Frederick J. Morris Allen W. Motley Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta Namakan Capital LLC Richard P. Naylor Margaret R. (Wright) Nelson Thomas Nenneman 12 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Clarence M. & Arleen Okihiro James D. & Diane E. Oliver Wilbur T. Osborne Jeff D. & Marilyn J. (Corlett) Otte Rod & Kathy Otte Jill L. Owens John B. Owens Pagliai’s Pizza Avis Parman j William H. & Mary A. Penniston Pioneer Hi-Bred International Don R. & Joyce A. (Wake) Piveral Platinum Title LLC Dorothy A. Porter j Phillip M. & Deena E. (Roush) Poynter E. B. & Joycelyn Prawl The Prudential Foundation Roger L. Pugh Tom & Joan Quinlin James C. & Joanne (French) Redd Paul & Sharleen Reedy Sherri (Heath) Reeves James Reinders Richard T. Bryant & Associates PC Stanley S. Roberts Robert M. & Christina K. (Ormsbee) Rohlfs Roger W. & Mary S. Rowlett j Kenneth L. & Jeanna Rutter Kathy Ryan Robert B. & Deborah A. (Noonan) Sauve j Robert N. & Katherine (Hann) Sawyer John D. & Shelly Sayre j John A. & Bev S. (Orme) Schenkel Robert L. & Carol L. (Gregory) Schmidt Dean M. & Joan M. Schneider Lee T. & Nina C. Schneider Kent S. Schreiner

Deborah J. & Thomas L. Schroeder Rodney E. Schroeder Charles A. & Patricia (Bowers) Schultz C. Alan Scott Ross W. & Elizabeth (Sullivan) Scott SCS of Kansas City Inc. Sealed Air Corporation Service Master Building Maintenance Rod & Sharon E. (Barnes) Shain John E. Shaw, Jr. Richard L. & Joanne L. Shipley Orlo G. Shroyer j Delbert & Connie (Neville) Smith Jonathon P. Smith j John C. Spiker Kim W. & Carol L. Spradling Sprint Foundation SPX Foundation Todd L. & Candy L. (Workman) Stagner Joseph M. Stough Robert C. Sunkel Doug Sutton Grant M. & Jennifer R. (Gries) Sutton Robert R. & Carol V. Sutton Stephen A. & Bonnie S. (White) Sutton Matt Symonds Brad Teale James & Connie S. (Anderla) Teaney Harlan H. & Dawn R. (Scarbrough) Thomas, Jr. Donald Thomson Michael D. & Nancy S. (Jones) Thomson Rebecca Thomson Jeff & Deborah S. (Simpson) Thummel Richard T. & Deborah A. (Johnson) Toomey j Donald R. Tripp, Jr. John Utter Vinnie & Keddy (Springer) Vaccaro Bill M. & Brenda S. (Hopewell) Vernon Virginia Vernon Roger A. & Jayne M. (Beattie) Vest Steven P. & Melissa J. (Koepnick) Wallach Seth P. & Elizabeth M. (Reuter) Wand

Timothy L. Wandell Daniel R. & Cindy L. (Brantley) Waters Watkins True Value Hardware R. Scott & Kathy E. Weidner Jerry & Beverly (Myers) Wetzel Beth M. Wheeler Doug Whitaker Jason T. & B. Suzanne (Miles) White Jerry L. White & Kaye (Barnes) White* Rebecca S. (Johnson) Wigal Richard C. & Lynette Wiles Jo Ellen Wilson j Nancy J. Wilson John S. & Virginia (Barks) Winston Ronald N. & Janet B. Wray Jennifer L. Yates Bruce D. & Dwyla (Butts) Young Tracy A. Young William J. Young j 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 additional discrepancy in the Honor Roll of Donors, please direct your concerns to Laurie Long in the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248. â– 

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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 during the fiscal year 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 Joseph B. & Sandra Bosse 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 George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Patrick A. Halsted Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Ronald A. Houston

Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones Lloyd & Eileen (Isom) Kelly Rick E. & Catherine P. LeBlanc John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Ruth (Collins) McQuerry Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz Theodore P. & Katherine E. (Carrel) Place William C. & Mary Beth

Price David L. Snider Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton David V. & Glenda F. Stock Barbara (Turner) Tansey George L. & Bonnie Taubel Kay Thomas Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson Susan F. Tobin Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Stanley R. & Elli Zeamer Joseph B. Zelenz* & Marlyn Zelenz

Matching Gift Companies Most large corporations encourage volunteerism and charitable giving and are willing to match, dollar for dollar – or even greater – the amount that their employees donate to higher education. Along with matching monetary donations, some corporations match volunteer hours with a cash amount. To find out if you or your spouse’s employer will match your gift, talk with your human resources office.

ADM Foundation Advanced Learning Centers Inc. Air Products Foundation AT&T Foundation

Bank of America Boeing Company Bridgestone/Firestone Caterpillar Foundation Chevron U. S. A. Inc. Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. ConAgra Foundation Inc. Conoco Phillips Company Covidien Employee Matching Gift Program Dow Chemical Company Foundation Eaton Corporation Emerson Electric Co. Energizer Ericsson Inc. Ernst & Young Foundation

Fifth Third Foundation First Data Foundation Hallmark Corporate Foundation Hormel Foods Corporation IBM International Foundation Illinois Tool Works Foundation Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation John Deere Foundation Kraft Employee Involvement Programs Lennox International Inc. Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Inc.

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

Neil Elliott • Athletics

Marathon Oil Company Marsh USA Inc. Maytag Corporation Foundation Midland National Human Resources Monsanto Fund Mutual of Omaha Companies Northern Trust Company Northwestern Mutual Foundation Pella Rolscreen Foundation Pfizer Inc Phillips Petroleum Foundation Principal Financial Group Foundation

Prudential Foundation Sealed Air Corporation Sprint Foundation SPX Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation Tyco Union Pacific Corporation US Bank Wells Fargo Foundation Williams Community Relations Wyeth

Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 • Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies • Intercultural and International Center

Laurie Drummond Long ’92 • College of Education and Human Services • Scholarships

Contact Us The Northwest Foundation’s development officers look forward to assisting you with a gift that meets your wishes and allows Northwest to continue its tradition of excellence. (660) 562-1248

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SAVE THE DATE Golden Years Society Reunion honoring the

Class of 1961 Oct. 21-22 Homecoming weekend

1960 graduates celebrate 50th class reunion Members of the class of 1960 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, bus tour of campus, luncheon and evening social. Members attended the annual flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Flag Plaza, Variety Show and M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet. The honored guests also attended the Homecoming Welcome at the Alumni House, received VIP seating for the Homecoming Parade, attended a post-parade social at the Gaunt House, visited the Bearcat Zone and cheered on the Bearcats at the football game. The 1960 graduates attending the Golden Years Society Reunion included (front row, from left) Don Anderson, Karen Crawford Hendrickson, Larry Sheldon, Bill Rabel, Joe Mewhirter, Peg Cox Osborne, Margaret Boyd Murray, Jo Ann Outs, Betty White Baker, ZoAnn Holt Severson, Rosemary Laffoon Hoffmann, Leland Wright, (second row) Marvin Toft, Don Kixmiller, Philip Maher, Joyce Barnes Kerber, Harold Wilkinson, Peg Riley Wilkinson, James Mewhirter and Paul Roach.

Colorado Chapter

Maryville Chapter

Springfield Chapter

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

President Shawn Wake ’92 Vice President Jana Hanson ’02 Secretary John Van Cleave ’73, ’89

President Mark DeVore ’71, ’75 Vice President Karen Bader ’86 Secretary Karen Bader ’86

Mid-Missouri Chapter

Chartered May 20, 2002

Chartered Jan. 12, 2004

Arizona Chapter

Dallas Chapter

Chartered March 23, 2001

Chartered June 23, 2006

President Ben Campbell ’08 Vice President Jennifer Sullivan ’99 Secretary Sandy Schiager ’92

President Katie Tripp ’05 Vice President Hollis Hamilton ’78 Secretary Scott Harvey ’07

Band Alumni Chapter

Eastern Iowa Chapter

Chartered Sept. 8, 2001

Chartered May 6, 2010

President Stacy Baier Lendt ’00 Secretary Samantha Seabolt ’08

President Linda Wiles ’73 Vice President Dave Hockett ’98 Secretary Doug Bannon ’77

Central Iowa Chapter Chartered Aug. 1, 2002

President Kim Wall ’01 Vice President Megan Thole Ulrich ’04 Secretary Jonathan Pahl ’07

Japan Chapter

Chartered July 21, 2005

President Yuki Osawa ’97 Vice President Mamiko Noda ’03 Secretary Aya Takahashi ’00

Chicago Chapter

Kansas City Chapter

Chartered Jan. 12, 2008

Chartered Jan. 25, 2001

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

President Brian Stewart Vice President Reed Jorgensen ’02 Secretary Damian Bridges ’84

Chartered Sept. 22, 2001

Chartered April 9, 2009

Nebraska/Western Iowa President Randy Cody ’99

St. Louis Chapter

President Steve Yaple ’04 Vice President Mark Partise ’02 Secretary Jennifer Van Dyvere Yaple ’04 Chartered June 5, 2003

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 Joen Gross Brown ’69

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St. Joseph Chapter Chartered May 20, 2002 President Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 Vice President Ann Eilers Newman ’76 Secretary Vicky Horton Hargens ’71

Chartered April 12, 2007

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Chartered May 15, 2008

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

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Chartered Sept. 16, 2010

President Bill Rouse ’77 Vice President Amanda Barker ’02, ’04 Secretary John Stacey ’03





Bearcat travelers take in San Antonio; next stop: Historic Virginia


orthwest alumni and friends recently returned from a trip to San Antonio, Texas, offered by the Tourin’ Bearcats, the Northwest Alumni Association’s travel program. The trip, enjoyed by 22 alumni and friends, included a tour of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ranch, a stop in Fredericksburg, Texas, for shopping, wine tasting at Becker Vineyards and a visit to the general store in Luckenbach, Texas. The travelers also took a barge ride on San Antonio’s famous River Walk, visited the Alamo, enjoyed lunch at the Buckhorn Saloon and toured the Texas Ranger Museum. To view a photo album from the trip, visit www.

The next trip for the Tourin' Bearcats is an Oct. 28-30 getaway to Virginia’s Historic Triangle, including Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. The cost, based on double occupancy and departure from Kansas City International, is $899 per person. More information can be found on the back of the Northwest Alumni Magazine or by contacting the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248. n

Mark your calendar! Sept. 23 Alumni Awards Banquet The Northwest Alumni Association will once again honor outstanding individuals who personify the University’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievements. More information will be included in the Bearcat Connection e-newsletter and in the fall issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine.




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Alumni chapter news Central Iowa

Kansas City

early 40 people participated in the Central Iowa Chapter’s “Bearcats at the Barnstormers” event last summer. The main draw was National Championship-quarterback Chris Greisen ’99, who was in town as a player for the Milwaukee Iron squad. Greisen met with alumni and friends for photos and autographs following the game. Several members of the Central Iowa Chapter assisted with the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair again this year, visiting with Bearcats from all generations and telling others about the many advantages of becoming a Bearcat. The chapter’s monthly First Thursday socials at The Game Sports Bar in Urbandale, Iowa, continue to grow, and the chapter is seeking input regarding future events. E-mail with any ideas or comments, and visit the chapter’s blog at for event announcements and other chapter information. n

he Kansas City Chapter had another busy fall and winter. In August, 80 Bearcats attended a meet-and-greet with head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma at O’Dowds, and the following month, a group of Kansas City Sig Ep alumni hosted a happy hour at the Brew Top after their golf tournament. The chapter gathered for a happy hour in October and in November served as the host chapter for the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead. The Fall Classic started off with a pep rally Friday night in the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City where the Bearcat faithful were treated to performances and appearances by Bobby Bearcat, the Northwest Steppers and cheerleaders, the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Coach Tjeerdsma. Northwest alum and radio host Chris Stigall served as the pep rally’s emcee. The chapter also welcomed the men’s and women’s basketball coaches at a social in January. For more information about the Kansas City Chapter, contact President Brian Stewart at n




ore than 40 members of the Band Alumni Chapter performed with the Bearcat Marching Band during halftime of the Northwest Homecoming football game in October. The chapter conducted its quarterly meeting in St. Joseph in January and also determined the next Northwest Band Alumni Day will be Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Bearcats play Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. The chapter’s primary goal this year is to raise funds through the Northwest Foundation to endow the Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship in memory of former Northwest band director Ward Rounds, who died in March 2011. Rounds served in the music department from 1960 to 1985 and was the founder of the Northwest Summer Music Camp program. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit


1. Kyle Wilson, Katie Tripp ’05, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Bob Farris ’79, Dominic Genetti ’09, Scott Harvey ’07, Barney Brinkman ’79, Colleen Hamilton and Hollis Hamilton ’78 attended the Dallas Chapter event at Trinity Hall. 2. NFL quarterback and former Northwest quarterback Chris Greisen ’99 greeted Bearcat alumni and friends during the Central Iowa Chapter’s “Bearcats at the Barnstormers” event in Des Moines.

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Alumni chapter news (continued) St. Joseph

Southern Iowa

embers of the St. Joseph Chapter attended a St. Joseph Mustangs baseball game last summer and in September organized a watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings for the Bearcat football game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Vic ’70, ’71 and Denise Bower ’71 Kretzschmar hosted a fall barn party that included country dance lessons. The chapter members also attended College Day at Arrowhead in October and cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, the chapter gathers for monthly socials at Buffalo Wild Wings to help raise money for its scholarship fund. Contact President Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 at for more information about the chapter’s activities. n

everal Southern Iowa Chapter members attended the Alumni Awards Banquet to support their chapter’s past president Dennis Bunch ’69, ’76, who received the Turret Service Award. The chapter also participated in a few parades throughout the summer, and members enjoyed attending the Hunt Family concert, as part of the University’s Encore Series, at the Ron Houston Center in November. This spring, chapter members packaged food for Kids Against Hunger and helped with the Special Olympics. In addition, members gathered for an April social to celebrate the chapter’s anniversary. Contact President Darin Goins at for more information about the chapter’s activities. n

M 1. Members of the St. Joseph Chapter gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Bearcat victory against the University of NebraskaOmaha. 2. The St. Joseph Chapter’s Doug Schmitz ’92 (left) hosted a tailgate party for alumni prior to the Northwest vs. Missouri Western football game. Joining Schmitz are (from left) Denise Bower Kretzschmar ’71, Kyle Clark, Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 and Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90. 3. Southern Iowa Chapter members Dennis Bunch ’69, ’76, Jim Meadows ’62, Joen Gross Brown ’69, Miriam Wood Meadows ’64, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Larry Brown ’62, Karen Mills Shawler ’65 and Carolyn Brown Nelson ’73 attended the 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet.











he Springfield Chapter, which has experienced a great second “season,” meets the third Thursday of each month at TGI Fridays in Springfield. The chapter averages about 20 people at the monthly meetings and has an active membership of more than 40 alumni and friends. For more information about the Springfield Chapter, contact President Mark DeVore ’71, ’75 at n

he Maryville Chapter sponsored a social at Carson’s in October as well as a wine and beer tasting event at the Alumni House in November. In January, the chapter hosted a pizza party prior to the women’s and men’s Bearcat basketball games. The chapter’s annual Super Bowl party took place in February at the Maryville Country Club, and attendees donated items to the Maryville food pantry. Coming up, the chapter will coordinate a Trivia Night, which supports its chapter scholarship, and chapter members will serve free popcorn during the summer movie series on campus. n




embers of the Mid-Missouri Chapter came together to tailgate and watch the Missouri Tiger football team shut out the Colorado Buffaloes in October. A chapter event in September at the local Buffalo Wild Wings helped add to the chapter’s growing scholarship fund, and the chapter’s annual food drive at Truman’s Bar and Grill in December was another success. Chapter members also will host a bowling night to recruit new members. For up-to-date event listings, visit the Mid-Missouri Bearcats on Facebook or contact President Steve Yaple ’04 at n


1. Paula Grozinger and Julie Waite ’79 of the Springfield Chapter attended the Northwest tailgate party before the Bearcat football game against Missouri Southern in Joplin.


2.Pat and Terry Immel, diehard cheeseheads, cheered for their Green Bay Packers at the Maryville Chapter’s Super Bowl party. 3. The Mid-Missouri Chapter’s Dustin Wasson ’03 passes the president’s gavel to Steven Yaple ’04. 4. The Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter welcomed Bearcat alumni and friends to its inaugural golf outing July 21 at Fox Run Golf Course in Council Bluffs, Iowa.








Twin Cities becomes 18th alumni chapter


he Twin Cities Alumni and Friends Chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association was chartered last fall in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. During the September event, Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, presented the chapter its banner and encouraged those in attendance to stay connected to Northwest through a variety of

activities offered by the newly chartered chapter. “There are nearly 250 Northwest alumni, and friends who live in the Twin Cities area and the interest by these alumni in establishing a chapter has been amazing,” Sutton said. “Bearcat Pride continues to thrive thanks to dedicated Northwest alumni and friends who appreciate the opportunity to connect to Northwest and to have that camaraderie with fellow alumni.” The Twin Cities Alumni and Friends Chapter, the Northwest Alumni Association’s 18th chapter, is led by President Bill Rouse ’77, Vice President Amanda Barker ’02 and Secretary John Stacey ’03. For more information about the Twin Cities Chapter or to get involved, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248. To view photographs from the chapter charter, visit photoalbum/2010/twincitiescharter. n

Several members of the Twin Cities Alumni and Friends Chapter proudly display their new banner during the chapter’s charter last fall.

2010-2011 Alumni Association Board of Directors The 2010-2011 Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors are (front row, from left) Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Mark Pickerel ’76, Larry Maiorano ’69, ’74, Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, ’76, Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Paula Rector Davis ’91, Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Chrissy Beck Jolley ’02, Alumni Association President Neil Neumeyer ’98; (second row) Dave Teeter ’86, Tim Sullivan ’75, Jim Goecken ’92, Dan Runde ’81, Mike Zech ’86, Kory Schramm ’95, Bill Brooks ’91, John Van Cleave ’73, ’89 and Steve Sutton ’71. (Not pictured: Vice President Amy Willits Harlin ’95 and Allen Kearns ’62). n





True to form, Tjeerdsma bids adieu with class


Red cap replaced as Bostwick named new head coach


ne of the most successful and well-respected coaches in the ust days after the announcement that Mel Tjeerdsma was retiring, history of collegiate football, Mel Tjeerdsma, announced the program’s defensive coordinator, Scott Bostwick, was named his retirement at a Dec. 29 news conference after a brilliant Northwest’s 18th head football coach. coaching career that spanned the last four decades. The 2007 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, Bostwick has been Tjeerdsma, 64, vacated his post after 17 years of service and Tjeerdsma’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach since the after orchestrating one of the greatest football duo’s arrival in 1994. program transformations in the history of “I’ve been a coordinator collegiate athletics. The Bearcats were 0-11 for 26 years, and if I was ever in 1994, his first season. The team is 183-32 going to be a head coach, since with three national championships and this is where I wanted to be,” 12 conference championships. Bostwick said. “The past 17 years have been an incredible Year-in and year-out, experience for my wife, Carol, and me,” said Bostwick has produced one Tjeerdsma, who earned his master’s from of the top defenses in the Northwest in 1977. “The growth and the nation. The Bearcats have led development of the Bearcat football program the MIAA in scoring defense have exceeded all of our expectations. Even in each of the last five seasons though we’ve been blessed with an abundance and in total defense in two of of great memories on the field, the friendthe last three. ships and relationships that we’ve developed “Scott Bostwick has been are the most important aspect of our time at instrumental in the rise and Northwest.” continued success of NorthIn addition to cherishing these relationwest football,” said Director ships, his program was successful because he of Athletics Wren Baker. treated it like a family. Now, Tjeerdsma leaves “He is just as committed to on his own terms and gets to spend time with the personal development his children and grandchildren. and academic success of his “That’s why we are doing this,” he said. “I players as he is to winning Always viewing his players as family, head coach Mel trust God will continue to guide my life.” football games.” Tjeerdsma embraces senior linebacker Adam Vondrak folOf course, his players wish his departure Bostwick also is adamant lowing a playoff victory at Bearcat Stadium’s Mel Tjeerdsma was a few years down the road. He gave them the culture of Bearcat Field. Bearcat play-by-play announcer John Coffey ’82 interviews Scott Bostwick, Northwest’s 18th head football so many of life’s lessons. football that has developed coach. “There are so many things,” said former over the last 17 years will not Northwest quarterback Joel Osborn, the new change. wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. “He understands “We’ll continue to do things the way we’ve done them,” he said. people and knows how to motivate. He takes time to develop “We’re going to be physical and explosive on offense, we’ll stop the a relationship with you no matter if you are the starter or the run on defense, and we’re going to make special plays on special backup.” teams. That’s what Bearcat football is all about.” As great as Tjeerdsma was in getting his teams to win so many But Baker reiterated one change he’d like to see made. games, it’s his character and the character he instilled in his play“Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the red hat,” Baker said during ers that will leave a lasting imprint. the news conference as he presented Bostwick with a green North“We can talk about his leadership with integrity, his focus on west ball cap to replace the red one he is known to wear on the the complete student-athlete and his winning ways starting with sidelines on game days so his defense can recognize him. off-the-field focus and transferring to on-the-field successes,” said Bostwick proudly accepted the AD’s offering, and the cap fit Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski. “But the beauty of the perfectly. n man is his feet have been on the ground.” n To watch videos of Mel Tjeerdsma’s retirement announcement and the introduction of head coach Scott Bostwick, visit





Baker named director of athletics

W Baseball alumni reunite at Hit ’em and Hold ’em

Bearcat baseball’s Hit ’em

and Hold ’em Alumni Weekend last fall was a resounding success, according to head coach Darin Loe. The festivities included a four-person scramble golf tournament, a poker tournament and a home run derby and culminated with the annual alumni baseball game.

Next fall’s Hit ’em and Hold

’em Alumni Weekend will be Sept. 17-18, and more information will be available as the date approaches. n

Women’s basketball has record year

As of press time, the Bearcat

ren Baker is Northwest’s new director of athletics, a position he began in February following the departure of Dr. Bob Boerigter, who left the University to become commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Before joining Northwest, Baker was director of athletics at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla., where he was the first athletics director in the school’s history. Previously, he was director of athletics and principal at Valliant (Okla.) Public Schools, assistant director of operations for men’s basketball at Oklahoma State University and assistant men’s basketball coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “Northwest is pleased to have Wren and his wife, Heather, join the Bearcat team,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Wren is committed to creating an environment focused on the principles of the D-II student-athlete experience and building upon Northwest’s athletic successes both in the competitive arena

and in the classroom.” As director of athletics, Baker is responsible for leading Northwest’s Early in his professional career, Oklaathletics pro- homa native Wren Baker, Northwest’s new athletics director, had the privilege grams and of spending four years at Oklahoma providing an State on Eddie Sutton’s staff. overall vision for the program. Baker oversees the University’s athletics budget and facilities. He also works with the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as well as the University’s club sports and intramural and recreation program. On assuming the position, Baker said, “Heather and I appreciate the opportunity to join the Bearcat family. Northwest is a very special place, and we are eager to help build on its rich athletic tradition.” n

2010 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees

women’s basketball team was headed to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championship Tournament. In addition to winning the regular season MIAA Championship, the MIAA Tournament and the NCAA South Central Regional, head coach Gene Steinmeyer was named the conference’s coach of the year, senior guard Gabby Curtis was named MIAA player of the year and senior post Kyla Roehrig was named MIAA defensive player of the year.

For complete coverage of

the team’s stellar season, visit womensbball and check your e-mail for the Bearcat Connection e-newsletter. n



Individuals named to the 2010 M-Club Hall of Fame during the Homecoming ceremony included (from left) cross country All-American and track and field recordholder Brad Ortmeier ’87, football fullback and track and field All-American Tucker Woolsey ’01, offensive tackle and seven-year NFL veteran Seth Wand ’03, track and field great Don Neil ’50 and track and field and cross country standout Lindsey Borgstadt Clinton ’99. Former Bearcat baseball coach Jim Wasem also was inducted, although he was unable to attend.


The 1975 women’s cross country team, including Ann Kimm Valdez ’77, Marla McAlpin Bodnar ’77, Betty Greiser Lambert and Yvonne Rieman, were inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame. The team won the MIAA championship in its first season of collegiate competition and placed eighth at the NAIA national cross country championships.


Dave Tollefson SPORT PLAYED AT NORTHWEST: Attended: Major:



Corporate Recreation

I remember winning four road playoff games on our way to the national championship. I walked on at Northwest from a junior college in California, and from the moment I got to Northwest it was all great memories. The friends I gained playing football at Northwest are friends for life. That’s also where I met my wife, Megan Stalder Tollefson, who was a Bearcat softball player. SPORTS MEMORIES:

me up on their active roster, and we went on and won the Super Bowl. I have been fortunate enough to play with the Giants ever since. ■

Photo by brian garfinkel

Bearcat Reflections

Dave Tollefson has been a defensive end for the New York Giants since 2007, and has a Super Bowl ring to prove it. During his time at Northwest (No. 90, left), the All-American was named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.


been lucky enough to keep playing football professionally. I was drafted by Green Bay after my senior year. I went to NFL Europe and played a season and then the Oakland Raiders put me on their practice squad. After week four, the New York Giants picked

Class notes 1957

Eldon Patterson

and his wife, Patsy, have moved in with their daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Andy Riddle, and their 5-year-old son in Crawfordville, Fla. They are enjoying this three-generation family.


Roberta Kessler

was elected vice president of administration and human resources for ACCO Engineered Systems. She also is the corporate secretary and has served in that capacity since 1984.


Gary RIckman

has done a myriad of things since graduation. He taught school

2011 Bearcat Football schedule in Los Angeles, was an underwriter, built an underground house, wrote a book, taught at Mid-America Nazarene University and Kansas City Community College, served as a faculty president at KCCC and has been a contractor for 30 years. He has three children and several grandchildren.


Kenneth Suetterlin

retired in June after 41 years in ministry in the United Methodist Church, serving nine appointments in the Iowa Annual Conference. He also serves as principal accompanist for grades 5-12 vocal music in the Marshalltown (Iowa)

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

Community School District. In January he began his seventh year as organist and music director for Elim ELCA Lutheran Church and continues to teach organ, piano and voice privately. He and his wife, Bonnie Jo, celebrated their 39th anniversary in July. Larry and Sue Copeland (’68) Young

live in Bemidji, Minn. Larry retired as executive director of the Joint Economic Development Commission in Bemidji, Minn., in 2010, a position he held for the last 24 years. Sue worked for the Bemidji School District for 15 years in the Title I program before retiring. They have two children, Lisa and Andrew.


Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. at Truman State

was inducted into the Brookings (S.D.) High School Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments, which include being an all-state and allAmerican football player and a state championship wrestler.

Sept. 10, 6 p.m. vs. Sioux Falls (Mel Tjeerdsma Day)


Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. at Central Missouri

has written a new book, 25 Truths: Winning Wisdom for a Better Life. He also is the author of The Money Marathon: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom and Making a Million with only $2,000 – Every Young Person Can Do It.

Oct. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Eastern New Mexico

Stan Whitmore

Ed Douglas

Sept. 17, TBA at Lincoln (Jefferson City) Sept. 24, 1 p.m. vs. Fort Hays State (Family Weekend) Oct. 1, TBA Pittsburg State (Kansas City, Fall Classic at Arrowhead X)

Oct. 22, 2 p.m. vs. Washburn (Homecoming) Oct. 29, TBA at Missouri Southern Nov. 5, TBA at Missouri Western Nov. 12, 1 p.m. vs. Emporia State Home games bolded For the latest schedule and ticket information, visit www.





Wrestling club wins national championship

championship to its trophy case in March as the wrestling club won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship in Macon, Ga. The Bearcats scored 45 points

as a team, led by Jordan Peter (165 lbs.), who was the national runner-up in his weight class, and Blake Schoeninger (197 lbs.), who finished seventh in his weight class.

The Northwest wrestling

club was established in 2005 to provide students with opportunities to participate in wrestling competitions. It competes in the Southwest Conference, one of six conferences in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. n

A few days before she left Ghana, Carolyn Houts ’64 was presented a traditional African dress as a gift by her former music student, Rev. Joel Akin Dare, who is now minister of music at a Baptist church in Lagos, Nigeria.





in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and Arizona.

is the information and assistance case manager at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging in Omaha, Neb. She lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has three children and recently became a grandmother. She would love to hear from any former classmates.

was a lieutenant colonel in the Missouri National Guard and recently retired from the guard after serving in the military for more than 32 years. He lives in Columbia.

is the boys’ basketball coach at Payson (Ariz.) High School and teaches physical education and weight training. He previously was an administrator in the Apache Junction (Ariz.) School District and has coached

Kevin and Mary Aguilar (’84) Ward

Robin Bradway Timmerman

Northwest added another


Mark Worley

Bill Goodwin (master’s ’92)

live in Geneva, Ill., with their four children. Kevin is a regional sales manager at Iron Mountain, and Mary is an assistant director of admissions for Northwest in Illinois recruiting future Bearcats.

Houts completes ‘career assignment’ in Africa


arolyn Houts ’64 has always had a passion for teaching and music and a sturdy faith in God. This passion led her to a life-changing adventure as a music missionary in Africa for 33 years. While at Northwest, Houts was involved in several music and Christian organizations, including the Baptist Student Union where she was a pianist for the choir, the student branch of the Music Educators National Conference, the Student Christian Association and Tower Choir. After graduating from Northwest, Houts went on to receive her master’s in music education and taught for several years before she began attending the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, where she earned her master’s of religious education and master’s of church music. After she left the seminary, Houts found the opportunity to go to Ghana, in western Africa, through the Foreign Mission Board. “I felt as though it was God’s calling for me to answer the request to go to Ghana,” she said. Her first assignment in Ghana was to study the language of Twi, the country’s principal native language. After becoming fluent, she edited a Twi hymnal. In recent years she has worked with interpreters to help church members make scripture songs in seven other African languages.


These songs also were recorded to share with more people. In 2006, Houts worked with a committee to develop a diploma in church music program through Ghana Baptist University. She also led the choir, gave music lessons and taught classes. While there, Houts lived in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana, in a house owned by the Foreign Mission Board, where she had electricity and running water most of the time and said that safety was never a concern. “I felt safe living in Kumasi,” Houts said. “I didn’t travel long distances at night though, mainly because the roads were in bad condition, and sometimes there would be broken down vehicles blocking the roadways.” Houts came home to Missouri in July, but has discovered that adjusting to life in the U.S. has its own challenges. “Things move a lot faster here,” she said. “Ghana is a more laid-back tropical culture. Since I’ve been back I’ve noticed the fast pace of technology is hard to keep up with.” When Houts went to Ghana, she knew it was a career assignment, which meant she would be there until her work was completed. She had no idea at the time it would be so many years until she returned to live in the United States. However, Houts did return to the U.S. from time to time throughout the years in order to speak at churches about her experiences. Houts lives in Independence, but eventually intends to move to Grant City, in northwest Missouri. She also looks forward to revisiting Ghana to see her friends and former co-workers. n



Dave Teeter ◆

is a high school counselor at Montgomery County R-2 Schools. He is president elect of the Missouri School Counselor Association for the 2010-2011 school year. He also is a member of the Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors and a part of the Mid-Missouri Alumni and Friends Chapter. He and his wife of 21 years,

Tammy, and two daughters live in Montgomery City.


Bob Calegan

is the varsity swimming head coach at Rock Island (Ill.) High School.


Ron Wilson

is a technology consultant III at HP Enterprise Services in Kansas City, Kan. He and his family

moved from Plano, Texas, to Kansas City in January 2010.

She is responsible for national recruitment for the residential graduate medical health profes1991 sions program located on John and Andrea Lee ATSU’s two campuses O’Brien have two sons, Xavier, 17, in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz. She received the and Zane, 10, and live in Kirksville. John is an asso- U.S. President’s Volunciate professor of chemistry teer Service Award for at Truman State University. her volunteer service and Andrea is associate director leadership with older of admissions-recruitment youth, college age and young professionals. at A.T. Still University.

Ambassadors proudly showcase Northwest


he Northwest Ambassadors have a proud tradition as leaders who are dedicated to representing the campus by providing tours to visitors and assisting the University’s Office of Admissions. The select group of 33 students, who gave more than 4,100 campus tours last year, share their love and enthusiasm for Northwest to potential students, their families and other guests – and they have a few stories to share about their “on-the-job” experiences. “The most gratifying thing about being an Ambassador is being approached by a student the following fall and having them tell you that you were the reason that they selected Northwest. It’s moments like these that make you want to come back every shift.” Jordan McCrady, senior

“I had a student who was heart-set on a larger school, so I talked to her about how at Northwest you get all of the benefits of a larger university with a more personal setting and how that allows you to get involved from day one. The next fall I helped her move in to Hudson Hall. Go Bearcats!” Joe Barbosa, junior

“I’m from a small town of about 2,000 people and no stoplights. One of my most rewarding moments as an Ambassador has been traveling to a large high school in Kansas City to help Brett Lind, a recruiter, present a college planning seminar to senior students and parents.” Megan Westhoff, junior

“I took a family out for their first tour of Northwest and there was a tornado. Although it was raining and there were sirens, the tornado itself was far enough away to stay safe, but it was close enough to see. The family still loved Northwest, and they completely reassured me of how wonderful of a place Northwest is.” Trayce Miller, sophomore

“Since I’m an Alpha Sigma Alpha and am the Pan-Hellenic president, I love giving tours to kids whose parents were in the Greek system at Northwest. It’s so much fun asking them about Greek life and campus and how it has changed over the years. Those are my favorite tours because those alumni left a great legacy here at Northwest.” Katie Heinerikson, senior

“My most rewarding moment took place last year when I had the opportunity to escort an ambassador from China around campus. It was a wonderful experience to talk with him about subtle culture differences that we had, and it was my first time giving a tour to someone who was not from the United States.” Pat Solomon, senior n

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Northwest Ambassador Trayce Miller, a pre-physical therapy major from Kansas City, enjoys showcasing Northwest’s campus to prospective students, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate.





Francis is world horseshoe champion for the 16th time


Photo by Doug Benz

aseball great Ty Cobb had a lifetime batting average of .366. For every pass thrown by the NFL’s Chad Pennington, there is a 66 percent chance it will reach its receiver. But Alan Francis ’92, 16-time world horseshoe champion, throws a ringer more than 90 percent of the time. At age 10, he won his first state championship. By 12, he threw a ringer 85 percent of the time. When he was 19, he won his first men’s world horseshoe championship. As the championships continue to stack

Alan Francis ’92 started pitching horseshoes at the age of 5 or 6, attended his first world tournament in 1978 in Des Moines and today is the winningest horseshoe pitcher of all time.

Jason White ◆

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was inducted into the Raytown Alumni Hall of Fame, the youngest ever Raytown High School inductee. He is an assistant professor of economics at Northwest and director of investments at Family Investment Center.


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and her husband, Steve, have two children, Quinn, 3, and Ava Kate, 1. They live in Alpharetta, Ga. Trevor Pyle

and his wife, Michele, announce the birth of Lindsey Ann on July 13. She joins Chelesea. Trevor is a senior consequence management analyst at



L-3 Communications. They live in Frederick, Md. Steve Rhodes

is a television news photographer and was named a 2010 National Headliner Award Best of Show Winner for a story he did at WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis. Only four Best of Show awards are given throughout the nation each year.


Shane Kammerer ◆

is an international equity trader at Waddell & Reed Investment Management. He is engaged to Susan Roeder and they are planning an April 2011 wedding. He lives in Kansas City.


up, Francis remains a family man, has a line of horseshoes with his signature on them and is the winningest horseshoe pitcher of all time. Francis has spent the last 11 years as purchasing manager for a printing company in Defiance, Ohio. “I work about 50 hours a week, and I try to play horseshoes four to five days a week and only about a half hour every day,” Francis said. “Fortunately we’ve built a horseshoe court in the backyard, so it’s just a matter of stepping out the door and getting a little time in.” Francis, whose main practice comes during his eight or nine tournaments each summer, is quick to give advice and tips to any player of the game. “You can’t be good doing it once or twice,” Francis said. “For a new person, just watching good pitchers – seeing what their form is like, seeing how they throw a shoe – can be very helpful.” Of course, that is how Francis learned originally – watching someone who knew what he was

Mark Lyford (master’s)

Lisa Allen Dunfield

teaches physical education and coaches baseball at Grain Valley High School. He and his wife have a son and two daughters.

and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Lillie Hope on July 15. She joins Kenton, 6, and Grace, 4. Lisa is a stay-athome mom. They live in Omaha, Neb.


Jennifer Nelson Benz

and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Lily Alana on Nov. 15. She joins Zoey, 4. They live in Eureka. Jennifer is a senior marketing coordinator at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis and was a presenter at the 2010 national conference for the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Paul Edmonds

is vice president of sales operations and new business initiatives at He lives in Kansas City, Kan. Kevin German

and his wife, Erin, announce the birth of their second son, Weston Lee, on July 13. They live in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Kevin is vice president of information technology at CenterPoint Properties in Oak Brook, Ill.


doing. In this case, it was his father, whom Francis and his brothers would watch and learn from on the family farm. “I enjoyed it from the beginning, however, it became a little more competitive when I got into horseshoe tournaments,” Francis said. “I just had this desire to be good at it, and I put a lot of time and effort into practicing it when I was a kid.” Today, he admits that same desire is not as easily found. Understandably, fine-tuning a skill so highly dependent on routine and muscle memory can be wearisome, especially given how long Francis has been at it. “Now that I’m older I don’t have as much time, but I do have 32 years under my belt of tournament competition, so that helps,” he said. Francis has caught the media’s eye just a little bit more for each of those years of experience. In July, he was on the front page of The New York Times. In September, he traveled to ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn., for a feature. He was even

contacted by late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. “I now have eight consecutive titles, and I think that’s part of what has raised some eyebrows,” Francis said. “That’s been nice to have a little bit of attention – more for just the sport itself because we’re a pretty under-the-radar sport and to get some national media attention is pretty nice.” Francis’ 6-year-old son, Alex, competed in his first tournament last Labor Day weekend. Expectations were high for the legend’s son, but Francis was not the only one contributing horseshoe success to the gene pool. His wife, Amy, also is a competitive horseshoe pitcher. The two met between horseshoe stakes. Now that Alex has a name to live up to, eyes were on him as he stepped up to the court for the first time. In typical Francis fashion, he edged out his opponent to a division championship, nailing a few ringers along the way. n

Kevin Shorner-Johnson ◆

Traci Beck Wowak

is an assistant professor of music education at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. He supervises student teachers and teaches music education and world music coursework.

and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Noah Scott and Sarah Aubrey on Feb. 3, 2010. Traci is a paralegal at Waits, Brownlee, Berger and Dewoskin, and Brian is a video editor at KMBC-9 News. They live in Independence.

Chris (master’s ’06) and Lori Thompson (’88) Huber ◆

Adam Stanley

is president and founder of Stanley Advisors, LLC in Overland Park, Kan. He helps individuals and families manage and plan for retirement, education costs and other financial matters. Adam is pursuing an MBA at Rockhurst University and for the past 10 years has managed the investments and financial affairs of high-net-worth families in Kansas City.


Christina Bullock Davis

earned a master’s in social work in 2008 from the University of Denver. She and her husband, Jonathan, were married Jan. 16, 2010, in Golden, Colo. Christina is a social worker, and Jonathan is in the U.S. Air Force. They live in Bossier City, La.

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live in Sibley with their daughters, Peyton, 10, and Mallory, 8. Chris is a fifth-grade teacher in the North Kansas City School District, and Lori is the reading specialist at Elm Grove Elementary. She also serves as co-pastor at the Osage Hills Community of Christ Church. Susan Sheets

is a MAJCOM budget analyst with the U.S. Air Force and lives in Baden, Ill. She recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan leading a staff of 20 military, civilian and local nationals serving as the comptroller for the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan/

NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan, managing a $12.8 billion budget in support of Afghanistan’s Security Forces. She has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Chris and Christine Sebastian (’98) Stigall

and their three children have moved to Philadelphia where Chris is the morning talk show host at WPHT 1210-AM. Since 2006 he had been the morning talk show host on KCMO 710-AM in Kansas City. He has been a contributor to CNN and serves as a guest host for the country’s top radio talk show hosts including Sen. Fred Thompson, Michael Savage, Lou Dobbs, Rusty Humphries and Jerry Doyle.

The choice is YOURS How do YOU prefer to receive the Northwest Alumni Magazine? If you’d like to receive the publication, which is produced twice a year, only via e-mail, please notify the Northwest Alumni Association at (660) 562-1248 or When the next issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine is published, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to the online version instead of the printed version. (Unless you contact Northwest with this request, you will continue to receive the Northwest Alumni Magazine through the mail.)





Jeremy White

is a regional account manager at Azteca Systems Inc., the leading provider of GIS-centric asset maintenance management solutions. He previously was the GIS manager for the city of St. Joseph and an account manager for Esri.


Kevin King

is the weekend producer

at KTVT CBS 11 in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. He previously was a producer in St. Louis. Jennifer Greene Remley

and her husband, Shane, announce the birth of Ross Michael on July 30. Jennifer is a business education teacher in the Kearney R-I School District. Casey Symonds

is an attorney at Altieri

& Kelly, LLC in Lee’s Summit, specializing in federal criminal defense, domestic litigation and real estate litigation. He and his wife, Summer, welcomed Keller Josef on Dec. 18. They live in Kansas City.


TOmmy and Angie Ashley (’02) Leslie

announce the birth of Spencer Tamati on Oct.

12. The Leslies returned to the United States in May 2010 after living in Christchurch, New Zealand, for two years. Scott Sollars (master’s)

is a vice president and portfolio manager for The Private Client Reserve in the U.S. Bank’s Wealth Management Group in Kansas City. He lives in St. Joseph.

Where are these 1961 graduates? The following alumni who graduated from Northwest in 1961 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. Carolyn Andersen Jack Anderson Victor Anderson Mary Argo Ronald Bachali John Beier Larry Benner Jesse Blake James Bliss Rita Bregin Roger Bruning Lester Buck Marlene Christensen Vernon Clemmens



Gary Clifton Garrie Crider Jan Eilts Paul Fair Berniece Spainhower Findley Sheila Elswick Freier Rosa Gawenka Marilyn Gillis William Gladson Charles Griffin Peggy Humphrey Hadden David Haner Darrell Hensley

James Herter Marjorie Irlbeck Helen Johnson Joe Johnson Ann Kaster Edward Kennedy Edward Kuenzi Carla Rippstein Kuenzi Sheryl Lafollette Lucille Canter Lawrence Tony Martin Mary Leighty McElfresh Lucile McEvilly


Samuel McNaughton Marian Thomas Miller Anna O’Connor Luke Palumbo Don Peterson Ellamae Phillips Joel Pottinger John Richardson Jerry Riche Larry Robinson R. L. Streu Dave Swyhart Robert Tague

M. Kathleen Harris Techune Dorsey Templeton Gerald Terhune Dennis Turner Helen Karol Vance Joseph Varner Lloyd Walker Eugene Watson James Wells Colleen Wiley James Williams Julia Williamson Mildred Wray Lena Young


Kelly Rath Towne

is an infant/family specialist at FAMILY Inc., and her husband, Daniel, is in client relations at CASS Inc. They live in Oakland, Iowa, with their son, Perrin Harper, 1. Scott Weber

earned a master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago in July. He and his wife, Carly, had their third child in April 2010 and live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Kenneth Crowder

is a senior software engineer at Bigshot, a full-service marketing and advertising agency in Kansas City. Troy Dickbernd

is the regional director of national marketing for MGM Mirage Mississippi Operations. He began his career with MGM Mirage as the regional manager of accounting and analysis in February 2008 and previously was employed by

Harrah’s Entertainment as the Central Division yield and analysis manager. Todd Huntley and Jamasa Kramer (’03)

were married July 31 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Todd is a department manager at Lowe’s in Gladstone, and Jamasa is a ninth-grade English teacher at Kearney R-I High School. They live in Kansas City. Ashley McClain Vaughn (master’s ’09)

and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of

Brinley Jane on Sept. 3. She joins Brayden, 6, Brylee, 3, and Brody, 1. In May 2010, Ashley and Bryan opened Cradle to Crayons Learning Center, a Christian-based daycare in Liberty.


Bethany Mullen Knox

earned a master’s in special education from Graceland University. She and her husband, Michael, have three children, Tucker, 4, Mackenzie, 2 and Emily, 1. They live in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Passion pushes dog enthusiast into professional showing and breeding business


roy Dargin ’02 has always had an interest in man’s best friend. As a child growing up in the Omaha, Neb., area, he was infatuated with the family pet, Gizmo, a Shih Tzu. Now, Dargin breeds, shows and judges the best Shih Tzu dogs in the show world. Dargin began breeding Shih Tzu as a teenager, and after teaching for a short period in Missouri and Texas, he got involved in his own dog showing and breeding business, Falling Star Shih Tzu, which he operates out of Edgerton, Kan., where he lives. “Breeding is not about the money, it’s about the betterment of the breed,” he said. “It’s a passion, and regardless of money, I would still continue to breed and show.” Dargin has received many awards for his Shih Tzu show dogs, raising 55 home-bred champions in a 10-year period and having two of his females tie for top-producing bitch. Dargin, who has attended the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, judges six toy breeds at some of the most prestigious dog shows in the United States, including the Papillon National Regional Specialty this February, also in New York City. His dedication to his dogs has led him from Alaska to Puerto Rico for competition and breeding.

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The price of Dargin’s Shih Tzu can range from $1,800 to $10,000 depending on whether the dog is a pet, show puppy or a champion. In the future, Dargin, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in speech pathology, hopes to use his artistic talents to someday perform on Broadway – but he understands there is a conflict between his two passions. “I want to perform vocally and theatrically,” he said, “but I can’t move to New York because I can’t take my dogs with me. For me, I can’t stop raising and showing my dogs.” n For more information about Falling Star Shih Tzu, visit

Whether breeding or showing, Troy Dargin ’02 has been associated with the top Shih Tzu dogs in the show world. He also serves as a judge for some of the most prestigious dog shows in the United States.





Sinatra, Cher, Vegas — Stricker has it covered


Makeup and hair designer Roger Stricker, who works behind the scenes on Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, applies makeup to Northwest theater student Elizabeth Bettendorf. Stricker returned to Northwest in March for a reunion with his classmates and presented an afternoon make-up seminar on campus.

akeup hardly seems necessary for an actor about to perform nearly naked on stage. Roger J. Stricker (attd. ’83-’87) begs to differ. As hair and makeup supervisor for Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity,” where he applies makeup to scantily clad characters, he believes makeup and hair design help a character discover his or her identity. Stricker’s love of makeup design has found a variety of A-list stars in his makeup studio, including Cher, Shirley McLaine, Frank Sinatra and Van Halen. Since his Northwest days as a theatre major, he has traveled with these stars around the world, finally settling in Las Vegas. Reading Stricker’s broad résumé shows snapshots of his career path. He has worked as a makeup and hair designer for Off-Broadway touring productions such as “The Producers,” “Lion King” and “Rent.” His work has appeared in Playboy and In Style magazines and has also

been featured at the Tony Awards. “They say it’s who you know in this business, but it’s not – it’s who knows you,” Stricker said. “I’ve always ended up being in the right place at the right time.” When Cirque du Soleil unveiled its risqué new Las Vegas show in 2003, Stricker was again in the right place at the right time and was offered the position. He has been makeup and hair supervisor for “Zumanity,” a show he calls “a sensual candy store of sexuality,” ever since. “It’s funny because this is the longest that I’ve ever had one job in my entire career,” Stricker said. “It’s not that I was ever fired or let go, it’s just that a lot of jobs don’t last that long.” Throughout his 27-year career, Stricker has found that makeup speed and efficiency, attention to detail and personal care for his subject make a difference. “I was glad that I took psychology classes at Northwest,” Stricker said. “When somebody sits in your chair, you’re dealing with them stripped down and raw as a person. And part of my job is to act as a liaison between the look and the artist.” Stricker evens out his unique life experiences with humble appreciation of a steady job, which he never takes for granted. “It’s hard enough being in a transient career,” Stricker said, “but if you’re only looking for the next best thing, you’ve got a problem because you don’t have any focus or balance in your life.” n

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Rachel Manners

and Jeremie Garand were married Aug. 20 at Lake Sacandaga in Northville, N.Y. They live in Lancaster, N.H. John McMenamin

is the offensive coordinator at Wayne State College in Nebraska. He previously was the

offensive coordinator at Midland University. He and his wife, Andrea, have a son, Jackson.


Emily VanBuskirk Dunehoo ◆

and her husband, Andrew, announce the birth of Clayton James on March 29, 2010. Emily is a personal care and homemaking billing manager at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center. They live in Fort Morgan, Colo.


Joe and Anne Ensminger (’03) Girdner

announce the birth of Jack Joseph on June 4. Joe is a consultant at Cerner Corporation, and Anne is an academic adviser at the University of Central Missouri. They live in Blue Springs. Lisa Michael Konecne

and her husband, Cody, announce the birth of Ciara Lea on June 2. She joins Layla Ann, 4, and Wyatt Ray, 2. Lisa

is taking a break from teaching and has started Little Learners: Beginners Preschool and Child Care. They live in Corning, Iowa. James Samek

is a senior auditor at William-Keepers LLC. He earned a Certified Internal Auditor designation in 2009 and now plans to pursue a CPA designation. He and his wife, Abby, live in Columbia with their dog, Wally.


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Patrick Casey and Stephanie Cline (’07)

were married Sept. 26, 2009, and now live in Kansas City. Patrick is pursuing an elementary education degree at Park University, and Stephanie is the communications coordinator at Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Megan Griffin

and Nathan Taylor were married in March 2010. Megan is the morning meteorologist at KEZI-9 News in Eugene, Ore. Nathan is an LPN at Cascade Manor. They live in Springfield, Ore.

Stephen Terry

is manager of Park University’s Wounded Warrior program, which provides wounded combat veterans with opportunities to return to college and assist with their transition. He previously was program coordinator for the Institute for Leadership and Service at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Kansas and is working on his dissertation in higher education policy in organization and student development.

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Upcoming events For up-toSept 2011 date campus events, Saturday visit www. click on the calendar icon.


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.

Michael and April Haslag Vertako

announce the birth of Hudson Blaise on May 26, 2010. He was named after Hudson Hall where they met in 2003 and have been together ever since. His middle name comes from the 21 false fire alarms pulled that year. They live in Independence.


Janah Heits

and Shaun Kent were married June 12. Janah is a fifthgrade teacher in the South Holt School District, and Shaun is

a farmer. They live in Mound City.


J. Wade Howles

graduated with a master’s in saxophone performance from the University of Nebraska in May 2010 and is now an adjunct instructor of saxophone at Doane College in Crete, Neb. He began doctoral studies in saxophone performance with a specialization in jazz in August at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Neb.

Call the Student Services Center at (660) 562-1212 for ticket information. In the meantime, don’t forget about these events of particular interest to Northwest alumni and friends: n Mel Tjeerdsma Day, n n n n n

Sept. 10 Alumni Awards Banquet, Sept. 23 Fall Classic at Arrowhead, Oct. 1 M-Club Hall of Fame, Oct. 21 Golden Years Class Reunion, Oct. 21-22 Homecoming, Oct. 22

Megan Tilk

is a reporter/photographer at the Maryville Daily Forum.






Barry Grass

is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Ashley Heckman

and Ian Myers were married July 24 at the Kissing Bridge on the Northwest

campus. Ashley is employed at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville, and Ian is a deputy at the Nodaway County Sheriff ’s Department.

Nick Peterson

is pursuing a master’s in sports administration and leadership at Seattle University in Washington. He also serves as a graduate assistant in the athletic department overseeing game operations and event management.

Idea as a student becomes FCA reality


Danny Burns ’04 manages a website that allows FCA chapters to easily and cost-effectively share ideas and resources.



he vision for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through influence of athletes and coaches, and thanks to a Northwest graduate and the internet, the FCA is one step closer to achieving that goal. As Northwest students, Danny Burns ’04 and Marcellus Casey ’05 were sitting in Maryville’s Burger King when they began discussing the great work of Northwest’s FCA chapter, and they wanted to share these successes with other chapters. Burns began to jot down notes on a napkin about how an FCA website could give people across the country access to each other’s ideas. “After I graduated, I was hired by FCA and four years later was placed into a position where I had the opportunity to put our ideas into action,” Burns said. “There was a lot of excitement about the concept. We got the funding, and it took off from there. It was a blessing to see the project come full circle. They always say the best ideas start on napkins, and this one really did.” Now the manager of online ministry, Burns is responsible for managing most of the FCA’s


online assets including The site allows people to share devotionals, videos, podcasts and articles with the world. Before the website was created, to start an FCA chapter individuals were shipped a box with pamphlets, CDs and DVDs – a costly process for the non-profit organization. Now that information is only a few clicks away. “The organization really embraced the new technology,” Burns said. “It’s been a huge win for the ministry.” Burns, who lives in Independence with his wife, Ashley Grosse Burns ’04, credits the opportunities as a student-employee with Northwest’s Office of University Relations and at The Northwest Missourian and Tower yearbook for providing him with valuable experience. “My time at Northwest really helped me hone my skills in project management and working with a team. The diverse experience I gained was tremendous,” Burns said. “Being involved in FCA and the Northwest track and field and cross country teams helped as well. I’m able to speak the athletic language that is so important in the FCA.” It is Burns’ hope that will continue to grow and more people will begin to share resources online. “The internet is not just a billboard, but an opportunity to connect and share the FCA message,” Burns said. “We’d like to have more and more people contribute resources, but in the end, our team’s goal is to empower and equip athletes and coaches to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As long as we’re seeing life transformation through all our online efforts, we’re headed in the right direction.” n


Staying connected has never been easier

For a complete list of Northwest’s social networking sites, visit .

Career Services transitioning to self-managed credential files

Northwest Career

Services is transitioning to self-managed credential files. Alumni who have created a credential file at Northwest and would like assistance transitioning to

In Memoriam James Allred ’70

62, of Kansas City, died July 23. STeven Archer ’87

49, of Phoenix, died June 23. Julia Farrell bargman ’01 (master’s)

47, of Smithville, died Nov. 10. She began her career working for the NAIA, but later became a physical education teacher at Smithville Middle School. She then served as the middle school’s counselor and track coach and the high school’s assistant cross country coach. She also was the head cheerleading coach at the high school for several years. Emily Nevitt Binning ’65

67, died April 1, 2010, in Salmon, Idaho. Luke boone

83, of Maryville, died Nov. 19. He taught at Northwest from 1958 until his retirement in 1988. During his years at Northwest he taught history and learning resources and was head of

audiovisual and curriculum materials resources. Walter Bopp ’60

73, of Carmel, Ind., died July 31. He was a real estate agent for 20 years and in 1990 started his own mortgage and real estate business, Bopp Realty. Diane Pulse Bradley ’00 (specialist)

56, died Oct. 12 in Novelty. She taught in several schools, including 27 years at Adair County R-II School in Brashear where she also was a guidance counselor and later superintendent from 2001 until her retirement in 2008. Roberta Bryan Maxon Burner ’58

98, died Nov. 18 in Lee’s Summit. She taught in Missouri schools for 33 years and retired from the Independence School System. Mark Burns, ’55

80, of Goodyear, Ariz., died Sept. 10. He was a retired teacher and coach.

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a self-managed file should visit www.nwmissouri. Mark Christine ’48

Donald Garvey ’67

88, died Aug. 18 in Chandler, Ariz. He was a member of the original V-12 naval unit in 1943. He was an athletic coach and teacher in Palo Alto (Ariz.) Unified School District for many years.

67, of Arlington, Tenn., died Aug. 18. He was the budget manager for the Agriculture Chemical Division of the W.R. Grace Company for 38 years. Cullen Geist ’72

61, died Nov. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa. He managed several businesses before becoming president of Geist Distributing in Des Moines.

Josephine Ross Cook ’83, ’89

69, of Maryville, died Aug. 14. She worked in the medical profession in the Maryville area for many years and retired from Parkdale Manor in 2002. Michael Dunlap ’89

44, died Aug. 2 in Lawrence, Kan. He was the newspaper and yearbook adviser at Blue Valley West High School, served as mass communication department chairman and was program facilitator for journalism for the Blue Valley Unified School District. He previously taught in Lawrence, Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission North high schools in Kansas.

edu/careerserv/alumni/ credentialfile.htm or call Career Services at (660) 562-1250.

A credential file is a

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

Michael Ginther ’77


54, of Parkville, died Aug. 4. He worked in various facets of the electrical industry for 33 years.

Ryan Goddard ’03

29, of Kansas City, died Aug. 2. He worked for Wilson and Company Inc. as a geospatial specialist.

Career Services will

discontinue its support of hardcopy credential files beginning June 30, 2011, and due to the annual audit cycle, files that have been inactive for 10 years have already been destroyed. n

Steven Gouldsmith ’92

40, of Lee’s Summit, died July 31. He was the founder and owner of First Star Financial Group and helped found Show Me Angels, an investors networking group.





In Memoriam (continued)

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

Virginia Tittam Gourley ’83

Byron Mitchell

78, died Aug. 13 in Clarinda, Iowa. She taught junior high/ middle school math in the Raytown School District from 1968 until her retirement in 1992.

74, died Sept. 15 in Riverside. He was a faculty member in Northwest’s Department of Music from 1964 to 1999.

71, died Sept. 29 in Plattsburg. He and his father owned and operated Haines Drug in Maryville for many years.

79, of Graham, died Aug. 20. She taught French and English and was a librarian in several northwest Missouri schools as well as at Northwest.

Esther Spring Haynes ’38

Janel Phipps ’75

Carl Haines ’64

age, city of death, city of

93, of Mound City, died Sept. 16 in Kansas City. She taught for 29 years, with the final 19 years in Mound City.

residence and a brief listing

Michael Killingsworth ’78

maiden name, if appropriate), year(s) of graduation from Northwest, date of death,

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 may be edited for length and clarity.


57, of Skidmore, died Aug. 14 in Omaha, Neb. He was self-employed as an agriculture consultant and had worked for the University of Missouri Extension. Phyllis Chapman Lauman ’44

90, died Dec. 8 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She taught in rural schools in Truro, Exira and Menlo, Iowa, for several years and worked for Union Carbide in Red Oak, Iowa, for more than 25 years. Opal Laughlin Logan ’62

93, of Overland Park, Kan., died Aug. 20. She was a teacher for 23 years in Clearmont, Savannah, Maryville and several rural schools. Jeffrey Luther ’84

48, died July 29 in Fontanelle, Iowa. He was president and senior loan officer at Okey Vernon Bank in Corning, Iowa. Colene hughes Meyer ’59

73, of Maryville, died July 21.



Betty Eisiminger Nelson ’52

58, died July 8 in Maryville. She was a human resource manager at Georgia Pacific Company and retired from Pope and Talbott in Maryville. Hazel Buell Ploeger ’60

94, formerly of Independence, died Sept. 13 in Valley View, Texas. She was a retired teacher. Merta Perkins Powers ’79 (master’s)

82, died Sept. 26 in Gladstone. She taught in the North Kansas City School District and retired after 36 years. Marland Ray ’59

73, of Spokane, Wash., died Oct. 29. He began teaching in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado in 1959 and continued to teach until the mid 1960s. He established Ray Turf Farms in 1977 in Spokane, Wash., and in 1988, he went into ranching, where he raised buffalo. Don Richmond ’49

86, of Independence, died Oct. 28 in Kansas City. He taught and was a school administrator in northwest Missouri from 1949 to 1964. He then moved to the Center


School District where he was the business manager, assistant superintendent and superintendent, retiring in 1980. Jackie Sanders Schmidt ’73

58, of Webster City, Iowa, died June 20 in Ames, Iowa. Jennifer Walker Shaffer ’86

46, of Liberty, died Sept. 10. She was a vocal music teacher in the Excelsior Springs School District. William Sipes Jr. ’50

79, of Lacy Lakeview, Texas, died Aug. 9. He was a retired teacher. Pierre Sotteau ’49

84, of Oxford, Ohio, died Sept 20. He taught at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., was a professor of French at Miami University and was past president of the European Center of Miami University in Luxembourg. Roma McGinnis Stark ’30

104, died June 19 in Saginaw, Mich. She taught for 40 years and retired from the Birmingham (Mich.) School District. Jennifer Wilmes Swaim ’86, ’90

47, of Jasper, died Oct. 4 in Joplin. She was a math teacher in the Jasper Public Schools. James Tanner ’51, ’59

81, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died Sept. 28. He was a high school and college basketball coach and retired from Palm Beach Community College as an academic dean after 30 years of service. Michael Thede

65, of Highlandville, Iowa, died Nov. 12 in

Decorah, Iowa. He retired from North Iowa Area Community College in 2002 where he taught Western civilization and geography courses. After retiring he developed the graduate program in geography at Florida Gulf Coast University. Sue McGhee Thompson ’76

56, of Independence, died Aug. 16. Elizabeth Cushman Watson ’55

75, formerly of Overland Park, Kan., died Aug. 6 in Inverness, Fla. She was an associate professor of physical education at the University of MissouriKansas City, where she taught for more than 30 years. Earl Williams ’82, ’83

58, of Fort Mill, S.C., died Oct. 6. He began his career as a psychologist with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections. He retired from Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in November 2009. Ray Wohlford ’72

64, of Belvedere, S.C., died July 5. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of chief petty officer and also retired from the U.S. Postal Service. BILL Young ’61

77, of Unionville, died July 31 in Kirksville. He was a manufacturing representative and salesman. Joe Zelenz ’52

81, died Oct. 2 in Cedar Hill, Texas. He was retired from OMC Johnson Outboards, where he was employed for 38 years.

Lasting Legacies “My wife, JoAnn, was passionate about teaching and helping others, and I want her to continue to have an impact on someone’s education, even when she isn’t here to teach them. Naming the Northwest Foundation, and specifically the scholarship, as a beneficiary in my will is one last way I can honor my wife and the wonderful work she did.” Dr. Marvin Marion with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski

JoAnn Stamm Marion touched many lives throughout the 37 years she spent as the first-grade teacher at Horace Mann Lab School on the Northwest campus. She served hundreds, if not thousands, of students as first graders and through her interactions with college students in practicum experiences and the college courses she taught. Even in her retirement, and up until the day of her sudden passing, she continued doing what she loved as she tutored students after school in her classroom in the basement of her home.

In the spirit of keeping her memory alive and allowing her name to continue to touch the lives of students for years to come, her husband, Dr. Marvin Marion, has made a provision in his will naming the Northwest Foundation and the JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship as a beneficiary upon his passing. This future gift will add to the principal balance of the existing scholarship fund with the intention of awarding scholarships to two students per year.

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

It’s simple to set up

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

able to maintain control of your assets

It provides for a cause you deem worthy at Northwest

Includes membership in the James H. Lemon Heritage Society

Estate tax deduction

■ You

leave a lasting legacy at Northwest

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


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Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Magazine Spring 2011