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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

A Strong ‘Nation’


just like you

R It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Paul and Robin Wilmes – that Northwest continues to thrive.

obin and I live on the farm that has been in the Wilmes family for 95 years, and our roots run deep in the Maryville – and Northwest – community. It’s very easy to promote Northwest when you see outstanding young people receiving an exceptional education year after year. Before retiring and during my tenure at the U.S.D.A., as job openings became available I always looked to Northwest graduates to fill those vacancies. I was aware the quality of education that a Northwest graduate received would provide me with an excellent employee. Robin teaches in the Maryville School District and appreciates her Northwest education. Our daughter, Meredith, is a proud Bearcat who graduated in 2008 and lives and works in the Kansas City area. We have many opportunities to give back to the University and community, as Northwest has given so much to our family!

Paul Wilmes ’75 with his wife, Robin Lamb Wilmes ’75 Maryville If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248.


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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends


A powerful idea

Using his electrical, engineering and agronomic skills, Clinton Gesling created a 12-foot wind turbine – for just $20 – used to power a hydroponic garden he and his classmates developed.


Bearcat Nation unites

The strength and unity of Bearcat Nation in the days, weeks and months after the unexpected passing of head football coach Scott Bostwick are testaments to what it means to be a part of the Northwest Family.


Focused travels

Jeannie O’Donnell ’91 traveled the world with billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son, Howard Buffett, capturing images for a National Geographicsupported publication, “Fragile: The Human Condition.”

In every issue 4 Viewpoint 5

Dear Friends


Northwest News

10 Cover Story 14 Alumni Connections 21 Advancing Northwest 25 Bearcat Sports 30 Class Notes

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

Editorial Assistants Brooke Assel Nichole Beckman ’11 Melinda Bell Teresa Carter ’91 Neil Elliott Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 Mark Hornickel ’01 Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Brittany Keithley Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Mallory Murray Lindsey Steele Lori McLemore Steiner ’85 Keri Stoner Anna Bradshaw Summa ’01 Steve Sutton ’71 Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Photography Assistant Taylor Allan

The Northwest Alumni Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of University Relations, 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 University 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


he Missouri Academy that you profiled in your last issue sounds like a fascinating program for over-achieving high school students. I wasn’t aware that Northwest had such a unique offering right there on campus. I live in Montana and wish there was a similar program here. My daughter would have excelled at such a school. I’m proud that Northwest continues to be on the cutting edge in so many areas. Jonathan Baker ’85


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 email to

appreciate your story of Jason Williams’ efforts encouraging disadvantaged youth to attend college. I teach at a school with similar students, and we are planning a trip to our local college campus. I would appreciate being able to ask Jason questions as we embark on a similar mission here in Columbia. Becky Elder ’78


eriously? Dave Tollefson plays for the New York Giants! I saw his picture and the article you wrote on him in the spring issue, and I couldn’t believe it. I admit, I even went to the internet and researched it myself. Northwest keeps producing awesome athletes who are also awesome individuals. Janie Dougleman ’93

Where were you 10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001? The Northwest family comforted each other at the Bell Tower.

Do you remember these events? 1961 A cooperative graduate program with the University of Missouri-Columbia is established. Residence Hall is renamed Roberta Hall in memory of Roberta Steele, a Northwest student who died as a result of a 1951 gas storage tank explosion near campus. Northwest enrollment reaches 2,000 students.


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1971 The women’s varsity basketball team, coached by Sherri Reeves, joins the Missouri Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and wins the conference title. The Bell Tower, a project unfolded by Northwest President Dr. Robert P. Foster in 1965, is complete and aims to memorialize students, faculty and others who have served their country.

1981 Northwest begins offering its specialist in education degree program. The Harlem Globetrotters visit Lamkin Gymnasium to entertain Northwest students and community members. The Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center opens, and Northwest President Dr. B.D. Owens is pulled into the pool at the dedication by Sen. Henry Wiggins, who was thrown into the pool by students from Student Senate.


1991 The first “I Love Northwest Week” takes place, spearheaded by Student Senate. Self enrollment begins, and students no longer have to visit the Registrar’s Office to enroll in classes. The ladies of Delta Zeta sorority write to soldiers in the Persian Gulf War after seeing a letter-writing campaign advertisement on television.

2001 On the evening of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, students, faculty and staff gather at the Bell Tower for a campus service and later raise more than $10,000 for the American Red Cross and plant a tulip tree in memory of the victims. The College of Professional and Applied Studies becomes the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies in honor of 1967 alumnus Mel Booth and his wife.


SIFE team reflects entrepreneurship in action


esearch has consistently shown more than half of college students have dreams of owning their own business someday. I have witnessed and encouraged this entrepreneurial spirit in our student body for more than a decade at Northwest. Bearcats have the opportunity to wade into these sometimes stormy waters more safely by taking a course in entrepreneurship or joining an organization like Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). As founder and faculty adviser for the Northwest SIFE team since 2000, I can enthusiastically attest that our students can dream BIG, and that they truly come to cherish the American heritage of free enterprise and capitalism. In May, I watched with a mixture of pride and awe as members of our 2010-11 SIFE team competed against schools from around the country, showcasing their innovative entrepreneurship education and service projects from the past academic year. In total, this group spent thousands of hours working with hundreds of K-12 students, college students and adults. They had a significant impact on regional economic development and the fulfillment of entrepreneurial dreams. The 2010-11 Northwest team was the fourth Bearcat SIFE team to win a regional competition event and earn a trip to the national competition Northwest Foundation Inc. ’11-’12 Board of Directors

Bill Brown ’63, Platte City

President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City

Rick Carter, Maryville

Betty Bush ’60, Maryville Terry Day ’65, Kansas City

– a rare and coveted accomplishment! In previous years, our SIFE teams have also been recognized as regional first or second runner-up and as a Rookie of the Year team in 2000. I have truly enjoyed the ride! Frequently, I hear from alumni who update me on their career activities and are ready to take, or have already taken, the entrepreneurial plunge. It is a thrill to see the free enterprise capitalist principles actually taking form and being put into practice in the real world. The enthusiasm for life and success displayed by so many of our alumni provides great feedback for me in continuously redesigning my courses and assisting the SIFE team. I’ll close with a favorite quote from Theodore Roosevelt, which I find particularly inspirational in an entrepreneurial capacity – “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

displayed by so many of our alumni provides great feedback for me in continuously redesigning my courses and assisting the SIFE team.

Dr. Jason White


Arnold Johnson ’77, Houston, Texas Jennifer Nicholson ’71, Kansas City Kenny Petersen ’66, Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Jason T. White ’91 Associate Professor of Accounting/Economics/Finance Dick Thomson, Maryville Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas Ex-Officio Directors

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

Vice President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb.

Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa

Immediate Past President Mike Faust ’74, Omaha, Neb.

Toni Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla.

William C. Price ’60, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jason Garst ’93, Watson

Juan Rangel ’91, Kansas City

Board Members

Troy Greenfield ’90, Kansas City

Jim Redd ’66, Leawood, Kan.

Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan.

Amy Harlin ’95, Smithville

Paul Schieber ’81, Overland Park, Kan.

Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas

Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph

Owen Straub ’86, Kansas City

B.D. Owens ’59, President Emeritus, West Des Moines, Iowa

John Baker, Maryville

University Advancement

Ray Hischke ’66, The Woodlands, Texas

Kay Thomas ’71, Kansas City Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn.

Mike Johnson ’85, Vice President

Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist

Jeff Borchardt ’82, Olathe, Kan.

enthusiasm “forThe life and success

Dean L. Hubbard, President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski, University President Mike Johnson ’85 Executive Director

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

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


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Students complete pilot course to simulate work in strategic communications agency


Knacktive students, making a presentation to the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors, participated in a new integrated media marketing course designed to simulate a strategic communications agency.

he first task for 24 students selected to participate in an innovative, new integrated media marketing course at Northwest last January was to brainstorm a name and logo for their strategic communications agency. Building on an idea that all of the students involved in the course arrived with a special ability, or knack, they named their agency Knacktive. And with that, the students began an exhaustive 15-week journey, sprinkled with some healthy competition, to build a comprehensive marketing campaign for a big-time client, Cincinnati-based LasikPlus Vision. By the end of the course this spring, the students gained a professional outlook of an agency and a better understanding of the importance of teamwork, developing creative projects under time restraints and the demands of working for a client. Northwest piloted the interdisciplinary course during the spring trimester. While the course incorporates principles, strategies and tactics

of design, marketing and public relations, it’s a melting pot of majors from the departments of communication, theatre and languages; mass communication; marketing and management; art; and computer science and information systems. Students applied for the course as if they were applying for a real job. Entry was determined after interviews, and the selected students were “hired” for specific roles such as account executive, art director, market researcher and copy writer. Northwest faculty began developing the course last year with assistance from Bill Price ’60, a Northwest Foundation board member and owner of Empower MediaMarketing in Cincinnati. Knacktive students described the course as fast-paced and rigorous. They were pushed to new limits, challenged to defend their work and humbled by constructive criticism. “We did stuff in weeks that most classes spend a whole trimester on,” said Melissa Watson, an advertising major from St. Joseph. For LasikPlus, students were challenged to find ways to expand its target market to people between 18 and 34 years old. Students were charged with creating an integrated campaign that involved market research, consumer and situational analysis, budgeting and promotions among other elements. n Business owners interested in learning more about working with Knacktive should contact the Northwest Foundation at (660) 562-1248. For more information, visit

Dorrel joins Northwest Board of Regents


ene Dorrel ’76 has been appointed to the Northwest Board of Regents by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Once confirmed by the Senate, his appointment will fill the Board seat of Rachelle Brown ’93, whose term has expired. Dorrel’s term will end Jan. 1, 2017. Dorrel has been general manager of United Electric Cooperative in Maryville and Savannah Dorrel


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since 1990. He has served on several boards including as chairman of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives’ Legislative and Government Relations Committee and as president of the Nodaway County Economic Development Corporation. He and his wife, Sue Merrigan Dorrel ’78, ’89, live in Maryville. n


Professor’s love for science translates to classroom


s an assistant professor of chemistry and physics at Northwest, Dr. Himadri Chakraborty is motivated by his desire to communicate the wonders of science to his students and reduce the sense of intimidation students feel toward basic sciences. “Physics is something that most students dread, and there are reasons for that,” he said. “One of the reasons is bad teachers who tell them that it’s so abstract they will have a real hard time. If there’s a person who can show light along the proper direction, then many students will feel encouraged and vigorous enough to try and understand it.” Chakraborty admits science isn’t for everyone. But his palpable passion for the field is enough to get the most science-fearing person excited about atoms and molecules. A native of India, he joined the Northwest faculty in 2006 and is helping the University establish its nanoscience program based in the campus’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a 46,679-square-foot facility that houses start-up businesses and academic research facilities and provides entrepreneurial support. Recently, he was profiled as one of “50 Missourians You Should Know” in Ingrams, a magazine covering Kansas City’s business community, as part of a feature focusing on people

who have made significant accomplishments in business, academia, the arts or non-profit sectors. Chakraborty says his passion for teaching and his interest in contributing to a growing program led him to Northwest. He’s motivated by his desire to help others understand science, something he developed as a student himself. “I wanted to come to a school where I would have enough teaching exposure, I’d be able to teach a lot of students, and also there would be very intense interaction with the students compared to the bigger schools,” he said. In addition to learning from faculty like Chakraborty, students at Northwest have the benefit of collaborating on research projects related to nanochemisty, nanophysics and nanobiology. “We have strong undergraduate research programs,” Chakraborty said. “Whoever comes into our course will have a very unique experience of undergraduate research, and they will be extremely competitive. It will be much easier for them to get a job.” n

Dr. Himadri Chakraborty, an assistant professor of chemistry and physics at Northwest since 2006, is in the midst of two federally-funded research programs.

TDC celebrates 25 years with reunion


ormer student-employees from Northwest’s Talent Development Center will be reuniting for the office’s 25th anniversary Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10. The weekend of activities includes a Friday evening reception at the Alumni House and Saturday events such as the Bearcat football game, a golf outing and campus tours as well as a banquet and trivia tournament. Dr. Leslie Galbreath ’85, ’02, director of academic and library services, said that for 25 years the Talent Development Center has been “making good minds better.” “Thousands of students have achieved the dream of a college degree because of the relent-

less passion for excellence in student support that is the hallmark of the Talent Development Center staff,” Galbreath said. “No celebration of the TDC’s legacy and future could be complete without the opportunity to introduce generations of remarkable Bearcats to one another.” Linda Genoa Standerford ’07, TDC coordinator, said each year the TDC staff spends about 10,000 hours tutoring the 3,000 Northwest students who use its services. For more information, contact the Talent Development Center at (660) 562-1726. n

Stephanie Estes ’10 tutored fellow Bearcats in the TDC as an undergraduate. A reunion of the office’s former studentemployees is planned for Sept. 9-10.


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Puppetry course challenges students’ performance, problem-solving skills


Kelsey Matthias prepares to perform with a wire puppet she made to tell an original story from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf.

By the Numbers


Dollars saved from reducing the number of landline telephones throughout campus


Total attendance at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City since the annual football game’s inception in 2002


Dollars raised from the student-driven Colden Pond Plunge to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital


Tons of paper and cardboard Northwest recycles each year


Number of times Bearcat tennis coach Mark Rosewell has been named the MIAA’s Coach of the Year


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unique course at Northwest this summer expanded 12 students’ knowledge of puppetry, theater performance and problem-solving. The students participated in a special topics course, puppetry, taught by Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages. At the conclusion of the course, a showcase open to the public featured several short puppet shows based on a variety of puppetry traditions. Growing up, Petefish-Schrag performed as a puppeteer in her family’s puppet theatre troupe, and she also taught a puppetry course at a previous institution. She wanted to teach the class at Northwest after several students expressed interest in learning more about puppetry. Petefish-Schrag noted puppetry provides good training for theater students because a single

person is usually in control of the performance as well as the technical aspects of the art form. Students are challenged to find ways to make the puppet do what they want it to do. Dana Masters, a sophomore from Independence majoring in theater performance and psychology-sociology, said she took the class hoping it would be a creative outlet to balance with a chemistry class she was taking. “It’s been really fun,” Masters said. “It’s good for acting as well as getting to build things and create your own story and characters. It’s an integrated art. You’re the designer, the builder and the performer.” As students constructed their puppets, Petefish-Schrag required that at least half of the students’ materials be recycled or repurposed objects. One of the puppets had to be made entirely of objects not intended for building a puppet, such as newspapers or scrap fabrics. “Part of that is to train them to think differently about objects and how we can use objects and really sort of train creativity and problemsolving,” Petefish-Schrag said. n

Northwest named to community service honor roll


orthwest has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. This marks the fifth year Northwest has appeared on the listing, which the Corporation for National and Community Service has administered since 2006. “Service-learning projects allow our students to make a positive impact on Maryville, discover their strengths from serving others and develop a connection and relationship with the community that adds an invaluable layer to their education,” said Amy Pettit Nally ’91, Northwest’s director of volunteer programs. Northwest students contributed more than


25,200 volunteer service hours to the community during the 2010-2011 academic year. n

Northwest students spread new wood chips along nature park trails at Robertson-Crist Park last fall as part of a service-learning project.


Student uses ingenuity to assist with hydroponic garden


ith their ideas for creating a hydroponic garden, Clinton Gesling and his instructor are serving the Maryville community and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. Dr. Jamie Patton, associate professor of soil science in the Department of Agriculture, developed the idea of creating an enabled hydroponic garden, which is an elevated garden that uses water instead of soil to grow fruits, vegetables and other plants. “By raising the garden up, those in wheelchairs or those just not able to get on the ground will be able to participate in garden activities and smell the flowers,” Patton said. But when Patton approached some of her students earlier this year about the idea of building a hydroponic garden, Gesling, a Centralia native who graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in agricultural business, devised an innovative way of ensuring the plants receive the nutrients they need. He first developed a way to pump water throughout the garden. The constant flow of water is mixed with nutrients pumped from a container and recycled through the system. Gesling realized the breeze coming off Mozingo Lake on Northwest’s Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area course provides an ideal

environment for keeping a generator’s batteries charged to run the pump. Gesling then created a wind turbine along the shore of Mozingo Lake that provides electricity to the generator. The structure is 12 feet tall and cost just $20 to create. “We are giving materials new life as energy producers,” Gesling said. “I built this portion of the project out of scraps and used treadmill motors as generators.” Patton said she is impressed with Gesling’s ability to take an idea, search for a design and implement the project. “I simply mentioned we were thinking of building an accessible hydroponic garden and the rest is his design and creativity,” Patton said. “He not only has the electrical, engineering and agronomic skills to make the project a success, but also the desire to give back to the Northwest and Maryville community.” n

Dr. Jamie Patton and Clinton Gesling show off a wind turbine Gesling created. The wind turbine is used to power a hydroponic garden developed by Gesling and some of Patton’s students.

Look familiar? Northwest student photographer Taylor Allen captured the following images from a unique perspective throughout campus. Test your knowledge of these familiar – or not so familiar – Northwest sites. Answers can be found on Page 29.





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

Officially, the institution of higher education located in Maryville, Missouri, is Northwest Missouri State University. Unofficially, Northwest is more than that. Much more. Within the last several years, two terms have been added to the vernacular of Northwest alumni, students, fans and friends to describe the unity and strength that embodies the University:

Unfortunately, the validity of these terms was put to test recently when tragedy struck, and never before has their meaning been as apparent and appropriate. A family mourns

Scott Bostwick, named Northwest’s 18th head football coach in December, was known for wearing a red hat on the sidelines so his defensive players could easily spot him. 10

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Scott Bostwick embraced life with such passion that any contact with him left you feeling upbeat. Bostwick loved his family, loved his job for 17 years as Northwest defensive coordinator and loved living. He was ecstatic when he was named head coach for the Bearcats, replacing Mel Tjeerdsma, who retired in late December. He was ready and eager to tackle the challenge of leading one of the top NCAA Division II football programs. However, he will never get that opportunity. Bostwick suddenly died June 5 of a heart attack at his home while he was mowing his lawn. He was 49, leaving behind his wife, Sue, daughter, Leah, and son, Eric.

Many have struggled with finding a lesson in what happened to Bostwick that Sunday morning and how it affects his family, friends, the team, the community – Bearcat Nation. After all, Bostwick was loyal. Instead of looking for a head coaching job elsewhere, he stuck with Tjeerdsma for 17 years. “You feel so bad that he never got a chance to lead this team on the field,” Tjeerdsma said. “That’s what we all work for. I know he was so excited for the first game. He just never got there.” Northwest Athletics Director Wren Baker said what he remembers about Bostwick is how he cared about people. “Scott was genuinely happy for good things to happen to people. He knew players’ families, the families of his co-workers. He cared about them and prayed for them.” His possession of this trait – caring for others – is why so many people were absolutely thrilled he got the opportunity to be the Bearcats’ next head football coach. Case in point, this summer’s annual golf tournament that raises money for the football program, which Bostwick oversaw, was much more than a fundraiser to Bostwick. It was about family. “Seeing the old guys come back and listen to all the old stories and seeing guys you haven’t seen in a while is absolutely the best part of the deal,” Bostwick said in late May. Sure, he could be “outspoken.” Just ask his players. Or officials. Or fellow coaches. But that was the enthusiasm that defined Bostwick. Dave Tollefson is a defensive end with the New York Giants who played under Bostwick in 2004 and 2005. He described his former coach to the St. Joseph News-Press as follows: “His cup overflowed with (passion). Everybody knows Bostwick from him yelling on the sideline. He wasn’t just yelling; it was the fire inside of him and his love for the game. He wasn’t going to take anything less from his players, and we weren’t going to give anything less.” Fortunately, Bostwick

(Top) Honoring the family’s wishes, Scott Bostwick’s family and friends as well as Bearcat fans nationwide attended a public Celebration of Life service at Bearcat Stadium. The event, which purposefully took on a game-day atmosphere and was filled with laughter and tears, was attended by several thousand supporters and was followed by a tailgate gathering in College Park. (Top, opposite page) As part of the Celebration of Life, members of the Bearcat football team entered the stadium side by side, just as they do on game-day. (Above) To express their love and respect for Coach Bostwick and their condolences to his family, the Northwest coaching staff present Sue Bostwick with a Bearcat football helmet.

leaves behind memories that allow those who knew him to smile a little through the tears. “As we met with the family, the coaches and the players, we would cry, but we also would laugh as we remembered the good times we had with Scott and what he had done for all of us,” Baker said. Tjeerdsma said the strong foundation of the Northwest Family was crucial through this tragedy. “We met as a team, and to see the hurting and yet the


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bonding and the love the guys had for each other, it’s neat to be around a family,” Tjeerdsma said. “We’re fortunate to have that kind of family attitude and atmosphere when you have tough times. I’ve said a lot of times that’s why the Bearcats, in the last couple of years, have won a lot of games, because we believe in each other. No matter how tough things are, we always seem to find something good out of it. That’s what will happen this time, too.”

A leader emerges

(Top) Maryville native Adam Dorrel, a Northwest alumnus and the team’s previous offensive coordina-

tor and assistant head coach, was introduced at a June news conference as Bearcat football’s next Just as Coach Tjeerdsma prohead coach. jected, the Northwest Family did indeed find optimism in the wake of (Below, left) Dorrel also has Bearcat football in his blood, beginning with his great grandfather, Ross Alexander Scott, who was a fullback on the first Bearcat football team in 1908 (pictured in front of tragedy. Less than three weeks after Coach the unfinished Administration Building). Dorrel’s grandfather and two great uncles also played in the program during the 1940s. Bostwick’s passing, Adam Dorrel was named the team’s 19th head football coach. leading this program.” “I’m sure Bearcat Nation will be pleased to have Coach Dorrel, a Maryville native, is a former All-American and Dorrel carrying on the football tradition, strength and knowlthree-year captain for the Bearcats during his collegiate edge that binds our coaching staff,” Northwest President career as an offensive lineman from 1994 to 1997. Dr. John Jasinski said. “Coach Dorrel and his staff are After earning his bachelor’s from Northwest in 1998, united, just as previous staffs were under Coach Bostwick Dorrel was a graduate assistant in 1999 when the team and Coach Tjeerdsma, and they are eager to move the won the second of its back-to-back national titles and Bearcat football program into a new era of excellence.” completed his master’s at Northwest in 2000. He served It was a day mixed with emotions. Once again, the coaching stints at Dakota State University in South Dakota Northwest Family demonstrated its strength and support and William Jewell College in Missouri before being for each other. And opening kickoff for the Bearcat football appointed offensive line coach at Northwest in 2004. He season was fast approaching. was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2007 “It’s an honor and privilege to be named head football season and then to assistant head coach after Bostwick coach at Northwest Missouri State University,” Dorrel said. was named head coach in December. “I look forward to building on a proud tradition and fully Baker said Dorrel has been instrumental in the embracing the tremendous responsibility that comes with success of the Bearcat football program, but “most importantly, he is a leader of men. He understands this program was built with young men who are dedicated to being good people and graduating with their degrees. We are extremely proud to have him lead our football program.”

A Bostwick returns ‘home’ Dorrel taking the reins created a slight shuffle in the team’s coaching ranks, and maintaining the “family” was a priority. Former Northwest defensive coordinator Richard Wright is now the team’s assistant head coach, and Charlie Flohr ’03, who served as the Bearcats’ quarterbacks coach, quality control and passing game coordinator, is offensive coordinator. But it was the addition of another coach that caught the most attention – throughout the media as well as Bearcat Nation. Dorrel hired former Northwest linebacker and gradu12

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ate assistant coach Chad Bostwick ’05, ’06 to serve as the team’s linebackers coach. Bostwick is the brother of the late Scott Bostwick. During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Bostwick was a graduate assistant coach at Northwest, in charge of the linebackers. Prior to that, he played for the Bearcats and earned All-MIAA honorable mention accolades as a linebacker in 2004, won the Don Black Award in 2003 as the MVP of the Homecoming football game and also won the Spirit of the Bearcat Award as a senior. “We’re excited to have Chad Bostwick come home and rejoin his Bearcat family,” Dorrel said. “Chad demonstrated his dedication and hard work through his years at Northwest. He has a great background as a recruiter at the Division II level, which will obviously be a huge asset moving forward.” Since March, Bostwick had served as the linebackers/special teams coach at the University of Central Missouri. Prior to his time at UCM, he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines. “I’m extremely thrilled to be coming back home to Northwest as a member of the Bearcat coaching staff,” Bostwick said. “This place has always held a special place in my heart. This is like a dream come true for me.”

Northwest also holds a special place in its heart for the Bostwick family. How an individual, a team, a community reacts when faced with adversity is a defining moment. Without question, Northwest has demonstrated the definition of a united Northwest Family and the strength of a proud Bearcat Nation. n


David Boyce and Mark Hornickel contributed to this article.

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

Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. at Truman State (Kirksville) Sept. 10, 6 p.m. vs. Sioux Falls (Mel and Carol Tjeerdsma Day) Sept. 17, 2 p.m. at Lincoln (Jefferson City) Sept. 24, 1 p.m. vs. Fort Hays State (Family Weekend) Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Pittsburg State (Kansas City, Fall Classic at Arrowhead)

Oct. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Eastern New Mexico Oct. 22, 2 p.m. vs. Washburn (Homecoming) Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at Missouri Southern (Joplin) Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m. at Missouri Western (St. Joseph) Nov. 12, 1 p.m. vs. Emporia State Home games bolded For the latest schedule and ticket information, visit www. Don’t Forget The Bearcat Zone opens two hours prior to kickoff in College Park (across the street from the west entrance to Bearcat Stadium) before all home games. Admission is free, and food is available for purchase. Live entertainment is provided at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion followed by a pep rally featuring the Bearcat Marching Band, Steppers and Cheerleaders.

Chad Bostwick, the brother of the late Scott Bostwick, was presented the Don Black Award in 2003 as the MVP of the Homecoming football game. The former Northwest linebacker and graduate assistant coach is now the team’s linebackers coach.

And there’s no need to pack the grill for the Bearcat road games. Food and beverages are sold by Countryside Bistro prior to all regular-season road games, excluding the Fall Classic at Arrowhead.

Honoring the Tjeerdsmas Northwest will honor its recently retired Bearcat football coach and his wife in September during Mel and Carol Tjeerdsma Day. The two-day celebration begins Friday, Sept. 9, with a reception, dinner and tribute. Proceeds benefit the Coach T Student-Athlete Success Program, which improves academic and life enrichment opportunities for Northwest student-athletes. (Please note, the registration deadline for this event has passed.)

A series of events also will take place in the Tjeerdsmas’ honor Saturday, Sept 10, coinciding with the Bearcat football team’s home opener against the University of Sioux Falls. Saturday morning, former Bearcat football players will gather for an invitation-only reunion at the Gaunt House. The day continues with Bearcat Zone festivities honoring the Tjeerdsmas from 4 to 6 p.m. at College Park. The celebration includes free mini posters to be autographed by Coach Tjeerdsma, collectible bobbleheads of Coach Tjeerdsma for purchase, tailgate food for purchase, and performances by the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest Steppers and Cheer Squad. The Tjeerdsmas also will be recognized at the football game. Also please note, Northwest will honor the late Scott Bostwick during Family Weekend activities Saturday, Sept. 24. n


Paw represents Bearcats’ universal language


t has been said that “love is the universal language.” I submit to you, fellow Bearcats, that the Bearcat paw print is also a universal language, much like love. Northwest is often and aptly described as a family, and I challenge you to always be on the lookout for Northwest’s universal symbol. How often have you struck up conversations, or even friendships, based on the universal symbol of “the paw?” It could be right in your hometown or halfway across the country, but the paw is universally recognized and understood. You might be at an airport far from the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, driving down an interstate highway, at a church or school function, but the paw always makes an appearance on a hat, shirt, car window or keychain. How many of you use this special opportunity, the appearance of our beloved paw, to forge a new relationship? Do you stop the person wearing that Bearcat shirt at the grocery store and make a connection? Or, do you let the opportunity to reconnect with

Northwest pass you by? The bond already exists; all you have to do is seize the opportunity. There’s no easier way to have an instant connection with a total stranger than to spot the paw and strike up a conversation. As president of the Northwest Alumni Association, it is indeed an honor and privilege to wear the paw and to represent the thousands of alumni who are part of the Northwest family. I encourage you to constantly be on the lookout for the paw and continue to strengthen the bonds of our family. Sincerely,

Amy Willits Harlin ’95 President, Northwest Alumni Association

2012 Alumni Awards call for nominations Northwest honors outstanding individuals through its annual Alumni Association Awards program, and your nominations are essential to the process. Individuals nominated should personify the University’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievements.

Award Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2012

Contact Brenda Untiedt for a nomination form at (660) 562-1248, email alumni@nwmissouri. edu or complete the appropriate form located on the alumni website at events/awards/nominations.htm. Nominations will not be considered unless the entire nomination form is complete and submitted on the forms provided by the Northwest Alumni Association. The Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors’ Programs Team makes its selections at the board’s spring 2012 meeting.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recognizes Northwest alumni for exceptional professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in their chosen field


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

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

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

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

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

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2011 Alumni Association Award recipients DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD

Dr. John Baker r. John Baker, an associate professor in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, has been a Northwest faculty member since 1977. He also provides pro bono legal and tax services for not-for-profit organizations, serves as a municipal court judge and has a private law practice. He lives in Maryville.



Jim Blackford im Blackford ’72 has worked for Citizen’s Bank and Trust since 1992, currently serving as a senior vice president. Previously he was co-owner and chief financial officer for LMP Steel and Wire Company. He is an active member of the Maryville community and is a past president of the Northwest Foundation and a member of the Bearcat Booster Club. He lives in Maryville.



Kevin Fullerton evin Fullerton ’88 is the owner/creative director of Springboard Creative in Kansas City. He has worked as a designer, art director and vice president/creative director at several advertising agencies. He is president of the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City and a member of Northwest’s Mass Communications Professional Advisory Council. He lives in Mission, Kan.



Allison Kreifels llison Kreifels ’06, ’11 is the family and consumer sciences teacher at Wahoo (Neb.) Public Schools. She has


created a partnership between Northwest and the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization for a post-baccalaureate program for advisers to expand their skill set and receive graduate credit and also works with students in assisting community organizations through service-learning opportunities. She lives in Wahoo, Neb. HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD

Doug Sutton oug Sutton has been a member of the Northwest Board of Regents for 10 years. A retired vice president of Kawasaki Motors, he was instrumental in starting the facility in Maryville. He is president of the New Nodaway Humane Society Board and treasurer of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. He lives in Maryville.



Dorothy Walker orothy Walker began her career at Northwest in 1958 and retired in 1987. In 1962, she started the women’s basketball team, and in 1967, the volleyball team, which she coached for five years. Walker is the author of a book on archery that is used by the Missouri Department of Conservation. She lives in Maryville.


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

Friday, Sept. 23


J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom


6 p.m., social


6:45 p.m., dinner


8 p.m., awards presentation


$30 per person


$200 for a table of eight

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit alumni/events/awards/ registration.htm or contact the Northwest Alumni Association at (660) 562-1248 or


Dr. Conrad Woolsey r. Conrad Woolsey’ 02 is an assistant professor and health and human performance lab coordinator at Oklahoma State University. He has written numerous publications and news articles and has been an invited lecturer and coach at many universities. He lives in Tulsa, Okla. n



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Alumni chapter news 1. Members of the St. Louis Chapter celebrated the chapter’s third anniversary. Those attending were (from left) Dana Hockensmith, Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Barbara Bosch Alexander ’82, ’86, Jane Alexander, Anne Alexander Gross, Mark Cromley ’94, Cheri Skarin Jespersen ’72 and Dave Jespersen ’72. 2. The Southern Iowa Chapter hosted the Bearcat Steppers at Mount Ayr High School. 3. Rusty Hathcock ’80, Northwest Development Officer Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09, Mark DeVore ’71, ’75, Julie Waite ’79, Robin Whipple Hammond ’79 and Bob Hammond ’79 visit at the Springfield Chapter’s Thursday Evening Social. 4. Several members of the Arizona Chapter gathered in March at the Cadillac Ranch in Tempe, Ariz.



he Central Iowa Chapter continues to attract a good group of Bearcats to the First Thursday socials every month at 6 p.m. at The Game Sports Bar in Urbandale, Iowa. Everyone is welcome. The chapter organized its annual Bearcats at the I-Cubs outing in June, complete with a tailgate before the game. Central Iowa alumni also assisted with the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair in August. For more information about the chapter, visit n MARYVILLE


he Maryville Chapter partnered with Northwest’s Student Activities Council and handed out popcorn and water to attendees at the free summer movies on campus. Plans are being made for a trivia night in October. n

visiting universities in central Missouri for competition, and future events will be held this fall when the Northwest football team competes in Jefferson City. The chapter continues to welcome new members and seek ideas for events. For event listings, visit the Mid-Missouri Bearcats on Facebook or contact President Mark Partise ’02 at n SPRINGFIELD


he Springfield Chapter hosts monthly socials the third Thursday of each month at T.G.I. Friday’s in Springfield. Chapter membership continues to grow, and area alumni and friends – or any Bearcats visiting the Ozarks – are welcome to join the chapter at events and socials. Contact Mark DeVore ’71, ’75 at for more information. n



embers of the Mid-Missouri Chapter celebrated another successful year during its anniversary party. Events this year have been held in conjunction with Bearcat athletic teams

5. Members of the Arizona Chapter enjoyed a Kansas City Royals spring training baseball game in Surprise, Ariz.






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embers of the St. Joseph Chapter opened up their homes for a progressive dinner in November where donations were collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank. A potluck dinner was hosted by Dr. Mark ’70 and Vicki Horton ’71 Hargens in January, and the Annual Mardi Gras Social took place at Boudreaux’s Cajun Restaurant this spring. There was a great turnout for the chapter’s retirement dinner honoring Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and his wife, Carol, at the Pony Express Museum. In April, Northwest’s St. Joseph Center joined the chapter in organizing a welcome reception for the football and cheerleading coaching staffs. Dave ’69 and Ann Eilers ’76 Newman hosted the chapter’s annual alumni luau to kick off the start of summer. The summer was filled with a trip to the St. Joseph Mustangs and Kansas City T-Bones baseball games, and the chapter conducted its first alumni golf tournament to support Northwest scholarships. n

decades met in May at O’Dowds in Kansas City to witness the launching of the chapter. As part of the celebration, Steve Sutton ’71, director of alumni relations, presented the chapter banner to President Ryan George ’99, Vice President Steve Coppinger ’98 and Secretary Brian Sutton ’98. Special guests included former Bearcat head coach Mel Tjeerdsma and current head coach Adam Dorrel ’98, ’00. The chapter also raised more than $5,500, which was sent to former Northwest coach and current Missouri Southern head coach Bart Tatum to be given to his coaching staff impacted by the tornado in Joplin. For more information about the Gridiron Chapter or to get involved, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248. n



he Gridiron Chapter became the 19th chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association. More than 55 former Bearcat football players and friends representing the last five


1. Enjoying the St. Joseph Chapter luau were (front row) Courtney Brooks, Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07, Robin Pierpoint, Christy Price, Vicki Horton Hargens ’71, (second row) Susan McKnight Clevenger ’74, Ann Eilers Newman ’76, Karen Bunse Vulgamott ’77, Bonnie White Sutton ’71, ’96, Linda Riddle ’74, Sharmyn Thompson, (third row) Jeremy Clevenger, Dave Newman ’69, Jerry Clevenger, Greg Pierpoint ’80, Theresa Heckman Swan ’88, ’05, Patty Bolin Roach’71, ’90, (fourth row) Bill Brooks ’91, Steve Sutton ’71, Dave Price ’70, Mark Hargens ’70, Jeff Swan ’08 and Jim Roach. 2. Northwest alumni and friends flocked to St. Joseph in June to watch a baseball game during Northwest Night at the Mustangs. The Mustangs wore green jerseys and red baseball caps in memory of Northwest football head coach Scott Bostwick, who passed away earlier that week. 3. Steve Coppinger ’98, Aaron Becker ’01 and Brian Sutton ’98 reunited at the Gridiron Chapter charter in Kansas City. 4. Former Bearcat football players representing the last five decades were on hand for the launching of the new Gridiron Chapter.





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Phi Mu to celebrate 50 years at Northwest


Dave Price ’70 and Tim Milner ’71 were among the participants in this year’s Jim Williams Memorial Golf Tournament.

Golf tourney benefits Geist scholarship, Bostwick fund

There was a tremendous

turnout at the Jim Williams Memorial Golf Tournament this summer in Mount

ast and present members of Phi Mu football game and attend a meet-and-greet in the will gather during Northwest’s HomeBallroom. The Ballroom will be open Saturday coming weekend to celebrate the Zeta afternoon and evening, allowing those in attendance Lambda Chapter’s 50th anniversary. a common meeting place to reunite and reminisce. The reunion begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, For more information, contact Laurie Moore Oct. 21, in the organization’s Roberta Skinner ’71 at (314) 255-1845 or zetalambda50@ Hall chapter room and will include a short n commemoration for the charter members and a remembrance ritual. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Variety Show will also be available. The festivities continue Saturday, Oct. 22. Special seating will be available for the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. Following the parade, Phi Mus are invited to gather in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, tour Roberta Hall and campus, Installed at Northwest in 1961, Phi Mu’s Zeta Lambda Chapter, which includes more than 1,500 women, is observing its 50th anniversary this October with a attend the 2 p.m. Bearcat variety of activities during Homecoming weekend.

Ayr, Iowa, as 84 golfers participated in the annual

Phi Sigs from the ’60s era reunite in Arizona


Nearly $14,000 was


raised for the Cullen Geist Memorial Scholarship at Northwest as well as $1,000 for the Leah and Eric Bostwick Education Fund.

Tournament organizer

Wayne Woolsey ’70 said next year’s golf outing will be June 9 in Mount Ayr, and the scholarship designation will be determined at a later date. n


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handful of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity brothers from the 1959 to 1961 era at Northwest began reuniting about five years ago in Arizona, and since that time the gathering has grown every year, with this year’s reunion attracting 30 people. Ed Jones ’60 and Hal Wilmarth ’69 coordinated this year’s festivities in Mesa, Ariz. Next year’s reunion will be in Sun City West, Ariz., and is being organized by Bill Simmons ’61, Doug Drake ’61 and Larry Sheldon ’60. For more information, contact Sheldon at lsheldon735nm@ n


Phi Sigs who recently reunited in Arizona include (front row, from left) Ken Jahde ’61, Don Kixmiller ’60, Ron Kixmiller ’60, Ron Kraft ’63, Gary Burns ’61, (back row) Hal Wilmarth ’69, Phil Maher ’60, Larry Sheldon ’60, Ed Jones ’60, Don Anderson ’60, Doug Drake ’61, Larry Miller (attd. ’57-’59), Kelly Snipes (attd. ’55-’57), Bill Simmons ’61 and (the lone Sig Tau) Duane Abbott ’63.

Homecoming 2011 October 21-22 Homecoming Golf Classic Friday, Oct. 21, noon Two-person scramble n Mozingo Lake Golf Course n n

COST: $45 per person

M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony Friday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom

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COST: $20

Bearcat Zone Pregame Festivities

Variety Show Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. n Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts n

COST: $5

Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Bearcat Arena


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Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. n Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion n

COST: $6.50


COST: $5

Soccer vs. Lindenwood

Homecoming Welcome Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. Alumni House n Free refreshments n n

Saturday, Oct. 22, noon Bearcat Pitch n Free n n


Football vs. Washburn Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Bearcat Stadium


Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. The parade starts at the corner of Ray and College Avenue, proceeds east to the main University entrance at Fourth Street, continues east on Fourth Street to Main, past the courthouse square to Market.



Homecoming Barbecue

Volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist


Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. College Park n Free n


COST: $16 reserved, $10 adult general admission (standing room only), $8 visiting student (Tickets are available to general public beginning Sept. 19.)

Volleyball vs. Missouri Southern


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Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. n Bearcat Arena n Free n

Tickets will not be mailed; they must be picked up at the event. Football and Variety Show tickets may be purchased online at or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University and mailed to Student Services Center, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468. (Checks must be received by Oct. 20.) Contact Michele Steinmeyer at (660) 562-1977 or to make reservations and purchase tickets to the M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet. Call (660) 562-1248 or visit www.nwmissouri. edu/alumni/events to register for the Golf Classic. Seats are assigned on a best-available basis. All ticket sales are final. Ticket prices include Missouri sales tax.

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Honoring the Class of 1961 The Golden Years Society Reunion welcomes all classmates from 1961 and before to attend Northwest’s Homecoming festivities. Mark your calendar for Oct. 21-22, and make plans to return to campus. For more information, contact the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248 or

9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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


8 a.m. Homecoming Welcome, Alumni House 9 a.m. Parade with VIP seating 11:30 a.m. Bearcat Zone pregame festivities, College Park 11:30 a.m. Bearcat Zone pregame barbecue, Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion* 2 p.m. Football vs. Washburn, Bearcat Stadium*



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Tourin’ Bearcats cruise the Rhine MISSION: The Northwest Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships through initiatives and opportunities that advance the University and its alumni, future alumni and friends. 2011-2012 Board of Directors President Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Smithville Vice President Kory Schramm ’95, Johnston, Iowa Past President Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Alumni Programs John Van Cleave ’73, ’89, Maryville Membership Committee Chairperson Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Manchester Chapters Committee Chairperson Dave Teeter ’86, Montgomery City Members Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Kansas City Karen Logullo Bader ’86, ’95, Aurora Bill Brooks ’91, Dearborn Dennis Bunch ’69, ’76, Lenox, Iowa Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, ’76, Edmond, Okla. Paula Rector Davis ’91, Lee’s Summit Jim Goecken ’92, Maryville Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Redding, Iowa Chrissy Beck Jolley ’02, Jefferson City Allen Kearns ’62, Omaha, Neb. Mark Pickerel ’76, St. Joseph Mike Zech ’86, Maryville Ex-Officio Board Members Mike Johnson ’85, Vice President of University Advancement Dan Runde ’81, President, Northwest Foundation, Platte City Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist


orthwest alumni and friends recently returned from a cruise on the Rhine River offered by the Northwest Alumni Association. The trip, enjoyed by 42 alumni and friends, began with a selfguided tour of Zurich, Switzerland. The travelers then cruised to Strasbourg, France, and Heidelberg, Germany, where they toured the Heidelberg Castle. They also visited the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim, Germany. A cruise through the Rhine Gorge and guided sightseeing in Koblenze and Cologne, Germany, was followed by a canal cruise in Amsterdam, Holland. To view a photo album from the trip, visit photoalbum. n

(Top) Northwest alumni and friends enjoyed the Rhine River cruise sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association. (Above) Among the Tourin’ Bearcats were (from left) Holly Phillips, Elaine Ferguson Nichols ’63, Della Platt Owens ’78 and Sherry Ferguson Cady ’64.

Reconnect with fellow Bearcats From Arizona and St. Louis to Japan and the Twin Cities, the Northwest Alumni Association supports 19 alumni and friends chapters worldwide. With a variety of events each year, the chapters provide opportunities for Northwest alumni and friends to network, socialize, participate in community service activities and recruit students to Northwest. Arizona Band Central Iowa Chicago Colorado

Dallas Eastern Iowa Gridiron Japan Kansas City

Maryville Mid-Missouri Nebraska/Western Iowa Southern California Southern Iowa

Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis Twin Cities

Start a chapter in your area or get involved with an existing chapter! Contact the Office of University Advancement at (660) 562-1248 or or visit Chapter areas must meet guidelines determined by the Northwest Alumni Association.



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Estate gift honors couple’s life together


he Willard F. Dunning estate gift will provide unrestricted support of approximately $125,000 to assist Northwest through the Northwest Foundation’s Venture Fund, which provides financial assistance for the University to respond to special opportunities. Dunning, known as “Bill” to his family and friends, was born in St. Joseph in 1920 and attended high school in Winfield, Kan. After a 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force, Dunning retired as a captain in 1960. He then became an aircraft parts salesman for Aviall and was a licensed aircraft mechanic. In 1964, Dunning married Laura Belle McGrew Phelps ’63, who was raised on a farm near Graham. She enrolled at Northwest in 1934 and then began her career as a vocal music instructor. After her son, Gary Phelps, started school, she returned to Northwest and completed her degree and taught in St. Joseph. The Dunnings valued education and were proud that Gary graduated from college. Gary was dean of students for his alma mater, William Jewell College, at the time of his death in 2001. “Laura Belle really enjoyed teaching, and Northwest enabled her to do so,” Gary’s widow,

Carolyn Phelps, said. “It was tough being a re-entry student, and she appreciated that.” Phelps recalls inviting the Dunnings to accompany her several years ago to an awards dinner on the Northwest campus. Phelps, who also attended Northwest, had been nominated for a “Beacon Award” for inspirational teachers by her former fifth-grade student, Jealaine Vaccaro Marple ’00, who was a Northwest student at the time. “This made an impression on Bill and Laura Belle as they valued education, and it also served to reconnect the couple with Laura Belle’s alma mater,” Phelps said. The Dunnings shared 39 years together before Laura Belle’s passing in 2003. Bill died in 2010 at the age of 89, and his estate provision for Northwest is made in both of their names in honor of their many years together. For more information about the Willard F. Dunning estate gift or other giving opportunities, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248. n

Healthcare advocate’s gift will assist nursing students


he late Alice Weathermon Oliver was a longtime advocate for healthcare and education, and now her gift has established the Alice M. Oliver Scholarship that will aid Northwest students pursuing nursing degrees. After living the majority of her 98 years on a farm near Guilford in northwest Missouri, most of which was with her late husband, Wesley, Oliver appreciated all she was given and wanted to help others. The couple never had children, but maintained special relationships with nieces and nephews, who included Rosalie Weathermon ’74, ’00, a career development coordinator at Northwest, and Marilyn Weathermon Jackson ’69. Living frugally allowed the Olivers to give to organizations they cared about. Now, their

estate gift of more than $70,000 will help many Northwest students majoring in nursing. “Alice greatly appreciated the care she received in her last years and knew the financial hardships students can face to further a career in nursing,” Weathermon said. “It’s the family’s hope that a Northwest student will be inspired by this scholarship and Alice’s legacy.” The Olivers cared deeply about education and healthcare as evidenced by their additional gifts to hospitals, a school district and organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information about the Alice M. Oliver Scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248. n

Bill and Laura Belle Dunning

Northwest Networks

If you or someone you

know is looking to connect with other Bearcats in a business setting, check out Northwest Networks – Kansas City.

Northwest Networks –

Kansas City is a networking group made up entirely of Northwest graduates in the Kansas City area and meets at least once a quarter. Each meeting is an opportunity to not only meet or reacquaint yourself with fellow alumni, but a chance to hear about their businesses and learn how you can help each other in your endeavors.

For more information

about Northwest Networks, if you’re interested in hosting an event or would like to start a group in your area, contact Polly Howard, Northwest development officer, at (660) 562-1248 or



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Adopt-a-Bearcat 1:1 match doubles $50,000 gift



oyalty to their alma mater, friendships made on campus and a shared passion for teaching inspired a Clayton couple to help the next generation of Bearcats to pursue their educational dreams. Marion ’50 and Joan Miller ’49 Freeman recently gave $50,000 to sponsor the Joan M. and Marion B. Freeman Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship. The Freeman’s gift and the University’s 100 percent match will be distributed over a 10-year period, ultimately providing $100,000 in scholarships. Establishing a scholarship fund has been a consideration of the Freemans for quite some time, and they recently decided it was best to do it now, during their lifetimes, rather than later. Joan Freeman, a music and physical education major from Burlington Junction, was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and Kappa Delta Pi and participated in band and orchestra. She later taught music and retired when the couple’s son, Randy, was born. Today, she is involved in Oasis, a volunteer group that assists elementary

Marion and Joan Miller Freeman’s generous gift will be matched and distributed over a 10-year period.

Johnson returns as VP of advancement

Michael Johnson ’85 is

Northwest’s vice president of university advancement, a

students with reading and writing. Marion Freeman, a Tarkio native who majored in physical education and industrial arts education, washed dishes and served as a caretaker at the Quads for room and board. He joined the 129th Field Artillery of the National Guard in Maryville to help cover tuition. He also was a member of the Bearcat football and track teams, M-Club, Sigma Tau Gamma and Kappa Delta Pi. He later became a teacher, administrator and coach for 46 years. His last position was in the Clayton School District, and since retiring in 1993 he has continued to coordinate the school’s annual track and field competition, which now bears his name. “The education we received at Northwest put us in great job situations, and we saw this award as a win-win,” Marion Freeman said. “Costs are a lot higher now than when we attended college. It’s a good feeling to think that maybe we will touch a few more lives along the way with this scholarship.” For more information about Adopt-a-Bearcat scholarships or other giving opportunities, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248. n

position he started Aug. 15.

Johnson, most recently

the assistant vice president


of alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado, was director of alumni relations at Northwest from 1995 to 2004. He also was operations manager of Northwest’s radio station and NPR affiliate, KXCV/KRNW, from 1985 to 1995.

Johnson is married to

Northwest alumna Kenna Miller Johnson ’84, ’87, and they have three daughters, Michaela, Chloe and Annika. He can be contacted at the Alumni House or at (660) 562-1248 or n


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Tower Choir to perform at national convention orthwest’s Tower Choir has been selected to perform at the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization this November in Fort Collins, Colo. Dr. Stephen Town, who directs the choir, said this is the first time Northwest has been selected to perform at the national convention. “This is a significant achievement that will provide a new kind of visibility for Northwest and our music department that is similar to the national championships played by our football team,” Town said. “The NCCO conferences feature only the finest choral ensembles.” Also in November, Tower Choir will perform at the state convention of the Nebraska Music Educators Association in Lincoln, Neb. These state and national invitations follow two years of activities that saw the Tower Choir


present an invited concert at the 2010 State Convention of the Missouri Music Educators Association and a 2011 Spring Break tour through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. “These types of activities and programs can only happen through the generosity of donors, alumni and friends,” said Teresa Gustafson, director of strategic donor development and a development officer for the College of Arts and Sciences. “It provides a unique opportunity for Northwest students to engage in an experience of a lifetime to help them become successful citizens.” For more information on financially supporting Tower Choir or other giving opportunities, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248. n


Scholarship memorializes young cancer victim’s spirit


he Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship was established at Northwest by friends of the Cavanaugh family, Jeff ’87 and Karen Gould ’87 From, to honor Jake Cavanaugh’s spirit. “Jake had the ability to light up the room with his sense of humor, his witty comments, his smile and his ability to always see the good in people,” said Jeff From, a consultant for the Mission Command Battle Lab at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. “Jake lost a courageous fight with cancer, but in his short 22 years, he lived every moment.” Cavanaugh, who passed away Dec. 23, 2010, was diagnosed with cancer at age 16, but was determined to continue his classes and graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2007. For two years, Cavanaugh attended the University of Missouri, majoring in dietetics. To stay on track academically, he took classes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Working with children was enjoyable for Cavanaugh, and he was an integral team member in the daycare at St. John LaLande Catholic Church and also spent time working at Kid’s Country and PrimeTime. This passion remained strong throughout his own treatments, as Cavanaugh spent a lot of time with the young children at Children’s Mercy who were also battling cancer. “As he spent more and more time in treatment, Jake became interested in nutrition and dietetics,” said Karen From, Northwest’s director of the didactic program in dietetics and instructor of foods and nutrition. “He would have been a wonderful gift to the dietetics community.” The Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship will assist future Northwest undergraduate dietetics majors with the initial award given for 2011-12, based on academic achievement and financial need. As Northwest and its Department of Family and Consumer Sciences focus on growing the University’s dietetics program to accommodate the burgeoning interest in this established field, Karen From said scholarships such as this will play an even greater role in the University’s recruiting and retention efforts.

Curt and Jane Cavanaugh, Jake Cavanaugh’s parents, are appreciative of the scholarship and the legacy it will provide in their son’s honor. “No matter what the circumstance, Jake never complained and never lost his sense of humor,” said Jane Cavanaugh. “He impacted many people’s lives in the short time he was with us, and he will truly be missed. In Jake’s words, ‘Peace.’” For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities through the Northwest Foundation, contact Laurie Long at or (660) 562-1248. n

Friends of the late Jake Cavanaugh have established a scholarship at Northwest to benefit students pursuing a dietetics major.

Goppert gift benefits low-income students


ow-income students who choose to attend Northwest will benefit from a six-figure gift to the University from the Goppert Foundation of Kansas City. The $100,000 gift, directed through the Northwest Foundation, establishes the Goppert Foundation American Dream Grant. Northwest’s American Dream Grant program began in 2004 as a needsbased financial aid initiative that assists undergraduates who might otherwise find a college education beyond their financial reach. Corey Strider ’96, executive vice president of Goppert Financial Bank in Lathrop, said supporting a program such as the American Dream Grant

fully supports the mission of the Goppert Foundation. “There are quite a few students in the areas that Goppert Financial Bank serves who graduate from high school and choose to attend Northwest,” Strider said. “This gift from the Goppert Foundation will not only financially assist students, but ideally someday after they graduate they’ll return to these communities to live and work.” n


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Scholarship, student club aim to attract women to computing

J For more information about the Jean Jennings Bartik Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Scholarship or other giving opportunities, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248.

ean Jennings Bartik ’45, who was Northwest’s only female math major when she graduated and went on to become one of six female “computers” chosen to program the world’s first electronic computer, the ENIAC, and later the UNIVAC, the world’s first commercial computer, died March 23 at the age of 86. Less than a month after her death, faculty members in Northwest’s Department of Computer Science/Information Systems were determined to generate more interest in the fields of science, technology and mathematics for women. As a result, the Association of Computing Machinery for Women was established in April. This new student group is a branch of the Association of Computing Machinery, already in existence on campus, but with an emphasis to support women and minorities in computing. “We hope this group will show women and minorities different aspects of computing, give them a chance to explore opportunities in the field and provide general support throughout their education,” said Diana Linville, CS/IS instructor and ACMW sponsor. Statistics show that the number of women enrolling in the field of computer science is falling not only on Northwest’s campus, but nationwide. The field is dominated by males,

Following a memorial service for their mother, the children of Northwest alumna and computer pioneer Jean Jennings Bartik ’45 tour the computing museum on campus that bears her name.

and educators believe oftentimes females are intimidated by computing. “Young women seem to lack confidence that they can succeed in the computing field,” said Dr. Carol Spradling, CS/IS associate professor. “What they need is the proper preparation to enter the field and an understanding that their perspective is important to the industry.” In addition to the formation of the ACMW group, the Jean Jennings Bartik Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship has been established for females who are interested in the STEM fields. The creation of the scholarship was announced by Bartik’s family at a June 5 memorial ceremony, which was followed by public tours of Northwest’s Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum, established at the University in 2002. n

Greenfield, Nicholson join Northwest Foundation Board Greenfield



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he Northwest Foundation has appointed Troy Greenfield ’90 and Jennifer Dawson Nicholson ’71, both of Kansas City, to its board of directors. Greenfield is the general manager at ACI Plastics in Kansas City. As a student at Northwest, Greenfield was a member of ROTC and Sigma Tau Gamma, serving as the fraternity’s vice president. Following graduation, he flew helicopters for the U.S. Army as well as the Kansas and Iowa national guards and spent 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He and his


wife, Heather Malmberg Greenfield ’91, have two children, Morgan and Parker. Nicholson is president of Nicholson Capital Management in Kansas City. At Northwest, she was the first woman to receive a bachelor’s in finance. Nicholson held positions at First National Bank of Kansas City and First Continental Bank and Trust before starting an investment management business, Conus and Nicholson Inc. In 1998, she became sole owner of the firm and renamed it Nicholson Capital Management Inc. n


Women roundballers finish season fourth in nation


he Northwest women’s basketball team finished the season 29-5 overall, 18-4 in the MIAA and ranked fourth in the nation in the final Women’s Basketball Coaches Association top-25 poll. The Bearcats’ stellar season, which came to an end against national runner-up Michigan Tech in the NCAA Division II Final Four in St. Joseph, saw Northwest setting a program record with 29 wins and capturing its first-ever regional title. The Bearcats also became the first squad in program history to win an outright MIAA regular-season championship and won their third conference tournament.

In addition, senior guard Gabby Curtis was named a first-team All-American, the first player in program history to earn All-America honors. She also was named MIAA Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament. Senior center Kyla Roehrig was also a first-team all-MIAA selection and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Senior post Gentry Dietz was named to the Elite Eight all-tournament team. Head coach Gene Steinmeyer was named Region Six Coach of the Year, his first such award in 12 seasons at Northwest, and MIAA Coach of the Year for the second year. n

2011 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees Northwest’s top wide receiver, top 1,500-meter runner and two of its elite men’s basketball players join two championship teams to be inducted into Northwest’s M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend. The banquet and ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Michele Steinmeyer at (660) 562-1977 or by Oct. 1. Scott Fleming ’03 Basketball; all-time leader in steals (305) and made free throws (628); led the Bearcats to a 98-26 record from 2000 to 2003; team’s leading scorer in three consecutive seasons including 2002 when he led the Bearcats to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance and a 29-3 finish; three-time All-MIAA honoree; his 1,727 points and 435 assists rank third and fourth in program history, respectively. Kelvin Parker ’07 Basketball; guided team to Elite Eight in 2002 and 2004; named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year; has played in more games than any player in MIAA history (128); Northwest’s all-time leader in assists (492); ranks second in steals (209); the program’s best free-throw shooter at 84 percent; his 1,692 career points make him the fourth-leading scorer in Bearcat history. Jamaica Rector ’04 Football; two-time national player of the year finalist; four-year All-American wide receiver from 2001 to 2004; ranks fourth in Division II history in catches (289) and receiving yards (4,497); ranks 25th all-time with 38 touchdown receptions; played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL and Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.

Jim Ryan ’84 Track and field and cross country; competed 1980 to 1984; career-best finishes in 1,500-meter run (3:46.77) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:42.84) have stood as Northwest records for 28 years; three-time AllAmerican; six-time MIAA champion; holds second-best 10-kilometer time (31:03) and seventh-best 8-kilometer mark (24:42) in cross country program history.

Junior guard Shelly Martin drives to the hoop during the NCAA Division II Final Four game in St. Joseph. The Northwest women’s basketball team finished its season ranked fourth in the nation and won the program’s first-ever regional title.

1975 Softball Team Boasted a 22-7 record; beat Missouri to win the MAIAW state tournament; advanced to the College World Series; first-year head coach Debbie Jones turned in a lineup card that produced nearly nine runs per game and featured the “W” pitching staff of Arlene Weldon, Cindy Williams Allen ’77 and Sheryl Wurster ’78. 1997 Women’s Tennis Team Recorded a 24-match win streak, finishing 28-2; five MIAA individual champions; program’s first national quarterfinal appearance; beat three Division I programs; captured the program’s sixth MIAA title; led by Iva Kutlova and 2006 M-Club Hall of Fame inductee Yasmine Osborne ’99 who combined for a 51-5 singles record and partnered to go 28-4 at the top doubles position; the third Mark Rosewellcoached team to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, joining the 1987 men’s and women’s tennis teams. ■

Kelvin Parker ’07 (left), who has played in more games than any player in MIAA history, and Scott Fleming ’03 (right), who led the Bearcats to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance, will be inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame during the Oct. 21 ceremony.


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Spring sports wrap-up BASEBALL


The Bearcats finished the 2011 season 20-30 overall and 19-25 in the MIAA. The team put together a seven-game winning streak just past the midway point of the season, but were unable to qualify for the MIAA postseason tournament. Senior pitcher Jayson Huett was recognized for one of the best single-season pitching performances in program history by being named to the 2011 All-MIAA Baseball Team.

The Northwest men’s tennis team finished 19-5 overall and 4-0 in the conference and earned its MIAA-record 16th conference championship. The Bearcats qualified for the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament for the sixth consecutive season and for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Senior Malcolm Harrison was named the MIAA Player of the Year, senior Giovanni Aurrichio received the Sportsmanship Award, and Mark Rosewell was named MIAA Coach of the Year.

WOMEN’S GOLF With five tournament championships to its credit, the 2010-11 women’s golf team completed the most successful season in program history. The Bearcats won tournaments in Lamoni, Iowa; Lincoln, Neb.; Lawrence, Kan.; Pella, Iowa; and Liberty. The MIAA coaches voted freshman Cassie Lowell the league’s Freshman of the Year. She also was the only freshman on the All-MIAA team. Cassie Lowell, who won three tournaments in her first collegiate season, was named the MIAA’s Freshman of the Year in golf.

Men’s basketball team concludes season with awards

SOFTBALL Northwest softball finished 25-20 overall and 14-8 in league play, good for a tie for fourth place and a spot in the MIAA postseason tournament. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Creger was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Softball Team, and senior outfielder Kit Daugherty was named to the Daktronics All-South Central Region Softball Team.

The Northwest men’s

basketball team, led by head coach Ben McCollum ’03, ’05, won six of its final nine games to finish 10-16 overall and 8-14 in MIAA play.

Northwest sophomore

DeShaun Cooper and seniors Elijah Allen and Arunas Simanavicius earned conference awards. Cooper was a second-team All-MIAA choice, Allen was a third-team selection, and Simanavicius was one of five players picked to the league’s all-defensive team. n


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(Above) Three-time All-American junior Tyler Shaw (right) advanced for the third year to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. (Right) Senior Malcolm Harrison was named the MIAA Player of the Year in men’s tennis.


WOMEN’S TENNIS Northwest’s women’s tennis team finished 13-13 overall and 6-2 in the MIAA. The Bearcats were runners-up at the conference tournament for the second straight year. Head Coach Mark Rosewell was named MIAA Coach of the Year and doubles tandem Sureena Weir and Alison Wulff earned first-team All-MIAA honors.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD Junior Brittany Poole captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase crown with a time of 11:29.45 to claim her first MIAA championship. The Bearcat women finished in 10th place in the team race with 31 points, a third of which were earned by Poole. Samantha Fender, Courtney Jefferson, Chelsie Dailey and Rachel Lewis earned All-MIAA honors as a part of Northwest’s relay team, which finished third.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD Northwest junior Tyler Shaw won his second championship in the 110-meter hurdles, and junior T.R. Pursell captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase crown with a time 9:27.49 to highlight Bearcat performances at the 2011 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Shaw advanced to finish third in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, making it the highest finish for Shaw, now a three-time All-American who placed fourth in 2009 and sixth in 2010. ■


Fall Classic celebrates 10 years at Arrowhead


he 10th annual Fall Classic between Northwest and Pittsburg State University will kickoff at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. In last year’s Fall Classic, the Bearcats needed two Jordan Simmons’ touchdown runs of 54 and 58 yards to beat Pitt State 22-16 in front of 16,504 fans. However, late in the game the Gorillas gave the Bearcats a scare, moving the ball to Northwest’s 12 with just 24 seconds left. But Northwest stiffened on defense and didn’t allow the Gorillas to gain another yard. The win completed the Bearcats’ fifth straight undefeated conference season. Stadium parking lots for this year’s Fall Classic open at 11 a.m., and stadium gates open at noon.

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Power and Light arcat fans n Pep rally for all Be courtyard n KC Live outdoor pt. 30 n 7 p.m., Friday, Se

All Bearcat fans are invited to the Northwest Alumni Association’s tailgate party beginning at 11 a.m. at the Founder’s Club, located on the north side of the stadium. There will be food, music and appearances from Bobby Bearcat, the Northwest Steppers and cheerleaders and the Bearcat Marching Band. Field-level tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for fans 3 through high school age as well as Northwest students with a University ID. Children 2 and under sitting on an adult’s lap are admitted free. Club level seats are $37. A family package is available for $60 and admits two adults and two children, although these tickets can only be purchased in person at the Student Services Center in the Administration Building. To order tickets, call the Student Services Center at (660) 562-1212 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or purchase tickets online at n

Even before the teams take the field at Arrowhead Stadium, reuniting, reminiscing and tailgating are standard fare for Bearcat fans.

Northwest student-athletes boast high GPAs


orthwest’s 14 athletic programs and its cheerleading and Steppers programs combined to achieve grade point averages above 3.00 for both the 2010 fall trimester (3.03) and 2011 spring trimester (3.05). The Bearcats’ women’s golf team led all programs in the fall with a team GPA of 3.76. Northwest’s women’s cross country program had a team GPA of 3.68 in the spring to lead all programs. n

With a team GPA of 3.76, the women’s golf team captured the Northwest athletic teams’ highest GPA accolades during the fall trimester. Cassie Lowell, Kristina D’Angela and Tess Edwards also were named All-Scholar Athletes by the National Golf Coaches Association for their academic efforts. The team is coached by Dr. Pat McLaughlin.


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Baseball and bowling: a perfect strike By David Boyce


What started as a class assignment for a Northwest first baseman quickly became more, as he and his teammates teamed up with Special Olympics bowlers twice a week at Bearcat Lanes.

Cheerleaders finish third

Northwest’s cheerleading

squad placed third and the Bearcats’ dance team, the Steppers, finished fifth at the 2011 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in January.

The Bearcat cheerleaders

were the defending national champions.

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uring the winter months of the spring trimester it was easy to find many of Northwest’s baseball players on Tuesday and Friday evenings. They were at the Maryville bowling alley doing a good deed, not because they had to. They wanted to be there, putting smiles on the faces of others. The baseball players bowl, talk and have a good time hanging out with the Special Olympics bowlers. “We’ve had as many as 20-plus on any given day, depending on guys’ schedules,” said Northwest first baseman Geno DeAngelis. “The Special Olympics bowlers enjoy it, and we take pride in trying to get as many people out there as possible.” It started as a class assignment for DeAngelis and became something much more than fulfilling a requirement for a grade. The baseball players, who showed up at the alley wearing Northwest baseball caps and T-shirts, found out the Special Olympics bowlers were interested in them. “They have a lot of the same interests,” said DeAngelis, who hails from Los Alamitos, Calif., and played two seasons at Golden West Com-

munity College in Huntington Beach, Calif. “A lot of the bowlers have an interest in baseball and especially Bearcat athletics.” A bond was forged. Everybody benefitted. “We put a smile on their faces and DeAngelis make their day a little better,” DeAngelis said. “Doing stuff off the field is always a plus for the team. Doing things that are good for the community and good for other people always makes it worthwhile and brings us closer.” It’s easy for the players to see that the small amount of time they invest in helping others is rewarding. “We’re making new friends when we’re out there bowling,” DeAngelis said. “We see them around town and they recognize us, and we recognize them and have that relationship outside of bowling. It’s a good feeling to make other people happy whether it is Special Olympics bowlers or another classmate.” DeAngelis is majoring in physical education and one day plans to be a teacher and coach. Undoubtedly, his experience during the spring trimester will have a lasting effect. “Once I end up coaching, I’m going to promote doing things in the community like we are doing,” he said. “It’s important to me.” n

Baseball alumni weekend slated for Sept. 17-18


he Northwest baseball team’s annual “Hit ’em and Hold ’em” Alumni Weekend will be Sept. 17-18. The reunion includes a golf outing at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course, just east of Maryville, followed by a 6 p.m. poker tournament at Movie Magic.


The weekend concludes with the alumni game at noon Sunday, Sept. 18, at Bearcat Field, pitting the Bearcat alumni players against the 2011-12 Northwest baseball squad. For more information, contact baseball head coach Darin Loe at (660) 562-1352 or n


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. Don’t forget to follow Northwest on social media to participate in additional surveys just for fellow Bearcats.

Other than walking, what was the best way to get around campus? 1. Bicycle 2. Car 3. Skateboard

What words best describe your time while attending Northwest? 1. Fun 2. Educational 3. Life changing

ce on Where is the best pla graph? oto ph a campus to take 1. Colden Pond 2. Kissing Bridge 3. Bell Tower

What was your favorite gathering place off campus? 1. The Palms Bar and Grill 2. The Pub 3. Molly’s

Where is/was th

e best place to

1. Pagliai’s Pizza 2. Gray’s Truck St op and Restaura nt 3. A & G Restaura nt

eat in Maryville?

Look familiar? (answers from page 9) 1. Blades of artificial turf stand up to the competition at Bearcat Stadium. 2. A gargoyle decorates a marble bench, a gift from the class of 1916, located between the Bell Tower and the Administration Building. 3. Metal rungs fan out from a well-used handrail in the main stairwell of the Administration Building.


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Class notes 1944


and her husband, Bob, celebrated 67 years of marriage in July. Helen taught art and also served as a student teacher supervisor. Bob worked at the Weather Bureau of the Department of Commerce as a forecaster and taught physics and mathematics. They live in Boulder, Colo.

and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reaffirmation of vows on Aug. 13 in Carthage. Dan was an educator for 42 years in Missouri and Florida and a veteran of 36 years of the U.S. Army. Donna



was an elementary school teacher and retired from the Florida Department of Employment and Security. They have two daughters, live in Joplin and will travel to Germany in December.

is credited with leading the college to recognition as one of the leading business programs in the country.


is a Missouri state representative and was selected to lead the chamber’s Higher Education Committee in 2011. A teacher, administrator and coach before taking over the Fourth District

has been named an honorary alumnus by the Penn State Alumni Association. He served as dean of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business from 1989 to 1999 and



National Geographic publishes O’Donnell, Buffett book


Jeannie O’Donnell ’91 was often considered a “ghost” by those she photographed in the remote villages of Africa.


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or Jeannie O’Donnell ’91, her career can be defined as being in the right place at the right time and consequently forever changing her life. O’Donnell has worked with billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s eldest son, Howard G. Buffett, on several occasions through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. With Buffett, O’Donnell has traveled the world perfecting her photography skills and accumulating once-ina-lifetime experiences along the way. O’Donnell was presented with the opportunity to work with Buffett completely by chance. She was conducting a photo shoot for her husband’s employer when a picture in the office of four African boys in war paint caught her attention. The photograph was taken by Buffett, and because of her interest in it, the employer gave O’Donnell’s name to Buffett. Within the week, Buffett had contacted O’Donnell and invited her to travel the world with him and photograph the devastation and


triumphs third-world countries encounter. Their work resulted in the book “Fragile: The Human Condition,” a 320-page pictorial display of the places Buffett and O’Donnell traveled as well as a chronicle of the lives they touched. The book was published with the support of National Geographic Missions. “The book is definitely one dimensional and does not do the actual experiences justice,” said O’Donnell, who lives in Omaha, Neb., with her husband and four children. “You can’t hear the people crying, and you can’t feel the heat. The temperature was a stifling 124 degrees in Sudan, and it took my breath away.” The differences in culture were evident when Buffett and O’Donnell were greeted by individuals in some of the remote tribes of Africa. “Some of the villagers living there have never seen a Caucasian person before,” O’Donnell said, “When we’d arrive at villages like these they often greeted us by calling us ghosts.” Despite the challenging conditions and differences in culture, O’Donnell said she and Buffett became captivated by the experiences. “We experienced the living hell that these people go through every day of their lives,” she said, “and then the reality sets in that this is their life, yet it’s only a trip for us.” n


Fay nonchalantly records 700th coaching victory


hen Debbie Cone Fay ’83 started playing volleyball in high school as a way to meet people she never imagined the lifelong passion it would spark. That passion has led Fay to a 28-year coaching career in Kansas City’s Park Hill School District, induction into the Northwest M-Club Hall of Fame and, most recently, her 700th coaching win. She has the best winning percentage of any Missouri volleyball coach, past or present. Most coaches with résumés like Fay’s would boast about their accomplishments, but Fay only speaks of the hard work, dedication and passion that has led to such a profound career. Fay chose to not notify anyone when her 700th win passed, not even her daughter who happened to return from college to take in “just another one” of her mom’s games. “It’s not a big deal,” Fay said. “We don’t make a big deal out of it at our school. It’s just added pressure on the players.” However, she is quick to point out her main House seat in 2007, he previously served as the panel’s vice chairman and also was chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame from 2002 to present. He is the owner/ president of Utility/Keystone Trailer Sales Inc. in Manheim, Pa.



was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in May. He began his coaching career at Manheim Central High School, was an assistant coach at Clarion University and then became head coach at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Stan was instrumental in the founding of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and has served as chairman of the board of governors of the

is associate chair of the Department of Education at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. She also administers the Master’s of Arts in Teaching online program. She was an interim assistant professor in education at Northwest in 2010-11.




is retiring after teaching

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

focus is not the number of wins she has as a coach, but the impact she has on the lives of young women. Fay encourages her players to find balance between competitive athletics and femininity. “One of my primary goals is to make the girls believe that it’s a good thing to be a female athlete and to be proud of that,” Fay said. Fay began her coaching career at Park Hill High School, and 15 years later moved to the district’s new high school, Park Hill South. Here she embraced the opportunity to start a volleyball program from the ground up and has been there ever since. “It’s kind of fun, starting from scratch. Everything you do is a step up,” Fay said. Fay’s two daughters, Brooke and Abby, were coached by their mother and also fell in love with the sport and progressed to playing at the collegiate level. n art 38 years in public schools and two universities. After teaching in Bethany and Lawson, he received a MFA at the University of Montana. Teaching in Austin, Texas, since 1980, he led the development of Austin’s High School Fine Arts Academy and was twice named an Art Educator of the Year in Texas. Since 2000, he has taught in the Department of Art and Art History of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010 he was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Art Education Association.



is director of insurance brokerage with American Contractors Insurance

Debbie Fay ’83 joined the Park Hill School District 28 years ago and in December won her 700th game as a volleyball coach. She has the best winning percentage of any Missouri volleyball coach.

Group in Dallas, Texas. He serves as a memberat-large on the Delta Nu Chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Board of Advisers and previously chaired the chapter’s philanthropic committee.

Celebrate KXCV’s 40th Anniversary Oct. 22 Reunion and Celebration



has authored “25 Truths: Winning Wisdom for a Better Life.” The book is a practical and inspirational guide built around Christian principles, designed for discussion between parents and their children, teachers and their students, and coaches and their athletes to help them understand what is important to live a better life. Ed is a former president of the Northwest Board of Regents.

A variety of activities are being planned, including a dinner with guest speaker Liane Hansen, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. For more information, call 660.562.1163.



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Highland finds balance in juggling creative interests


Whether he’s making videos, writing books or playing in a band, the creative juices continue to flow for Gordon Highland ’95.

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hen Gordon Highland ’95 graduated from Northwest, he planned to work for a small video production company and continue playing in his rock band. What Highland did not plan for was that his exposure to a full range of related opportunities would lead him to work with several well-known companies and spark his interest for writing. Highland’s first fulltime position was as a jack-of-all-trades for a small production house in the Kansas City area and opened the flood gates of exposure to a world of mass-media industries. Highland gained experience in copywriting, video production, screenwriting and graphic design. He worked with major corporations like the U.S. Postal Service, Pepsi and Georgia Pacific creating commercial/ industrial videos. As Highland’s portfolio grew and his exposure widened, he accepted a position as a video director and producer for telecommunication giant Sprint in 2002. Highland, who remains at Sprint, produces internal training videos that also supple-

ment as external marketing tools. While Highland’s career generated mainly video productions, his desire to be “creatively satisfied” took over, and in 2009 he published his first novel, “Major Inversions.” Highland’s second novel, “Flashover,” is in the works with expectations for publication in spring 2012. As far as his plans to play in a rock band are concerned, he has played with several bands during the last 15 years. Most recently Highland plays guitar and piano and sings backup for Winebox. “I guess you’d call Winebox soulful folk music,” Highland said. “A term I’ve thrown around is ‘progressive blues,’ but who knows what that even means. It’s a mixed bag of originals plus stuff like Heart, Pink Floyd, Ben Folds and Radiohead done semi-acoustically. Shannon Lipps, who handles the lead vocals, and I put Winebox together a couple of years ago and it never got off the ground, but it’s full steam ahead now and we expect to be gigging in the KC area soon.” Highland, who lives in Overland Park, Kan., credits his diverse foundation and successes to Northwest. “Northwest did a great job of teaching me the theories and reasoning behind all the new technologies,” Highland said. “As long as I understand why to edit, create or write something, I can apply that knowledge to the latest and greatest technologies and be successful in many different areas.” n



has authored “A Marine’s Promise to God,” a memoir of his tour of duty in Vietnam. He works at Technical Packaging Machinery in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

is chairman of the National Biodiesel Board. For more than 11 years, he has served the biodiesel industry through his involvement on numerous biodiesel committees and task forces as a member of the National Biodiesel Board. He currently is vice president of sales and

marketing for Renewable Energy Group Inc. and has been with the company for 15 years.



was named Wrestling Coach of the Year in Iowa. He was an assistant for 29 years at Western Dubuque before becoming the head coach six years ago.




is chairman of the National Propane Gas Association. He has worked in the propane industry for more than 25 years and is senior vice president of business development for Inergy LP in Kansas City and is one of the company’s founding partners.



is the author of “Born Yesterday,” chosen by “The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books” as one of the top 10 picture books of the year. The book also was chosen as one of the 10 finalists for Vermont’s Children’s Choice Library Award and its starred reviews included one from “Publisher’s Weekly.”




have two children, Josh, 18, and McKenna Joy, 13, and live in Bedford, Iowa. John is the vocal music teacher at Bedford Community Schools, and Linda was promoted to coordinator of the Talent Development Center at Northwest in January. She has worked at the TDC since 1998 and previously held positions at Northwest in Residential Life and at the Counseling Center.



earned a doctorate in agricultural education at Iowa State University in May. He is an assistant profes-

sor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University. From 1987 to 1992 he was an agricultural education instructor at Lynnville-Sully High School and then served in the same capacity at Carroll High School from 1992 to 2008. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year in Iowa in 2000 and was a Milken National Education Award winner in 2001. Tom and his wife, Micki, live in Carroll with their children, Marissa, Drew and Alex.



graduated with a master’s degree in secondary education, curriculum and instruc-

tion in May. She currently teaches high school math and coaches cross country in St. Louis.



received the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/ Sorority/Advisors in January. He is the executive director of Triangle Fraternity. LEILANI GREENFIELD TODD

is vice president of human resources at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and has been elected chair of the steering committee of the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. She and her husband have two children.



and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of Anthony Robert Jacob on May 27, 2010. Denise is a psychology assistant at Woodward Resource Center, and Aaron is a service adviser at Granger Motors. They live in Madrid, Iowa. ROY AND KATHY HIGDON (’94, ’97) BOLAR

have relocated to Fort Benning, Ga. Roy is a major in the U.S. Army and is at the Armor School. Kathy is teaching special education. They have two sons, Jacob, 14, and Sam, 13. MARK LYFORD (MASTER’S)

is a physical education teacher and head baseball coach at Grain Valley High School. He and his wife have a son and two daughters.

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

Computer science majors, where are you? The following alumni who were involved in Northwest’s computer science department are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. If you recognize someone on the list, please provide Northwest with their contact information (i.e. address, phone number, email address, married name) or ask them to email or call (660) 562-1248. Karen Ackley ’75 Blake Adams ’09 Mohammed Al-Malallah ’89 Edward Alt ’89 Michael Anderson ’75 Ryan Arief ’07 Robert Athearn ’92 Darrin Auxier ’93 Jerald Baker ’58 Karen Beaver ’83 Karthik Bodapati ’09 Gary Boone ’85 Daniel Brewer ’79 Gary Brizendine ’99 Deb Bruce ’86

Deborah Groom Burns ’99 Kelly Burns ’85 Ai-Peng Chang ’89 Nathan Chervek ’04 Dawn Cooley ’95 Larry Cottle ’86 Chintan Desai ’07 Velvet Meissen Dorrell ’99 Heidi Drew ’08 Charles Duer ’87 Geoffrey Duncan ’94 Mary Eggleston ’86 Blake Essing ’94 Andrea Fannon ’84 Rebecca Langford Feighert ’96

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Edward Franks ’85 Judith Frazey ’78 Sara Frazier ’86 Callen Bateman Frenzel ’85 George Friel ’75 Abhilash Gaddam ’07 Jennifer Mollus Gentry ’90 Dennis Goedicke ’92 Kevin Gogan ’97 Tsuyoshi Gohei ’98 Joseph Gray ’95 Timothy Green ’94 Steven Griffith ’89 John Grispon ’87 Mahesh Gunna ’07

Michael Hanna ’92 Erin Hatton Hascall ’92 Ali Hassan ’88 Sharon Helkey ’86 Susan Hill ’89 Jon Holt ’01 Lesley Hostetter ’02 David Hunt ’79 Brenda Israel ’92 Dale Jones ’87 Tracy McGee Joyner ’90 Edmund Kotey ’78 Brenda Land ’90 Tong Li ’90

Lihong Luo ’97 Lisa Marshall ’94 Masafumi Matsumoto ’04 Robert McKee ’77 Coby Moore ’98 Douglas Myers ’81 Darlene Overhue ’83 David Peng ’94 Mauricio Puche ’91 Vahid Rafizadeh ’82 Travis Rhoden ’09 Robert Robbins ’74 Jared Rosenbaum ’04 Pamela Schaaf ’77


Lori Schafer ’85 James Schooley ’62 Alison Smith ’04 Keith Stock ’02 Thomas Szlanda ’97 Katie Duff Thompson ’99 Amy Tyrrell ’85 Pamela Vandeventer ’78 Michael Ware ’74 Brian Williams ’06 Richard Williams ’85 Sandeep Kumar Yada ’09 Soo Teik Yeow ’87 Pei-Chen Yu ’93

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College experiences help build Major League career


Working at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., has allowed Trevor Hayes ’07 to meet some of baseball’s greatest players and experience unique aspects of the game’s history, such as holding a jersey worn by New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.

revor Hayes ’07 has always been a sports fan, but the multiple skills he learned as a student at Northwest, combined with some key connections, helped propel him to a job in the field of his dreams. Hayes is an editorial production manager at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He took the position in October 2008 after working a series of internships with media companies and the Kansas City Royals. Working at the Hall of Fame, Hayes has chatted with baseball greats such as Bob Feller, Yogi Berra and Ozzie Smith. He’s held jerseys worn by Lou Gehrig and George Brett and bats swung by Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. “All you have to do is take a quick trip through the museum and it reminds you of where you are,” he said. Hayes chose to attend Northwest, in part, because students may begin working on publications during their freshman year, an advantage many larger journalism schools don’t offer. He joined the Tower yearbook staff as a photographer almost immediately and was promoted to be the 1997


were engaged last fall on campus at the Northwest Kissing Bridge and were married June 25 in Kansas City. TRACY BOTTOMS

is superintendent of the Keytesville R-III School District. She previously was the assistant principal at Moberly Public Schools.


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announce the birth of Chloe on Aug. 1, 2009. She joins Andrew, Madeline, Josiah, Gabriel and Abigail. Mark is a conductor at BNSF Railroad in Kansas City, and Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom.



is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition


yearbook’s sports editor just two weeks into his college career. Hayes later became the photography director and was editor-in-chief of the 2007 Tower. But Hayes actively sought hands-on experiences away from the Northwest campus as well. He worked internships that included stints at the Independence Examiner newspaper, radio station KY 99.7 and The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 2007, he landed a spot on the K-Crew, which provides fan entertainment for Royals baseball games at Kauffman Stadium. Hayes used that experience to build a relationship with public relations staff and became a media relations assistant for the Royals after graduating from Northwest. The following summer he worked in the stadium press box for all of the Royals’ home games. Hayes knew then that he wanted to build a career in the sports arena. “I saw how stable the industry of sports is, and it wasn’t very different from what I was learning to do in college,” Hayes said. “It didn’t take me long after getting that job to realize that’s where I wanted to be.” Hayes’ connections with the Royals helped him acquire the job at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where he is responsible for producing and designing print publications and advertising and is the voice of the Hall of Fame’s Twitter accounts and Facebook page. n at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. She and her husband, Donald, announce the birth of Levi Donald on Feb. 28. They live in St. Joseph.

adopted into their family Feb. 4. He joins Josie, 6, Josiah, 3, and Jordan, 1. Greg works for the city of Kansas City, and Allison is a homemaker. They live in Kansas City.




and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Jonathan Vadim on July 7, 2006, in Nikolaev Region, Ukraine. He was

announce the birth of Gannon James on March 13. He joins a sister, Paighton. Ryan is a senior GIS analyst, and Sarah is an event manager. They live in Olathe, Kan.



is the news director at KSFY, the ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D. He previously was a producer in Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan. ROBERT AND SARAH COAN RICE ◆

live in Maryville. Robert was elected prosecuting attorney of Nodaway County in November. He is the first vice president of the Maryville Pride Lions Club and received the 2010 Lions International Melvin Jones Award for exemplary Lionism volunteering and performing civic and charity services for the Maryville community. Sarah is a financial services representative with State Farm Insurance. ZACHARY AND LARA SCHULENBERG (’99) SMITH

announce the birth of Caroline Frances and Charlotte Flora on April 30, 2010. Lara is an English teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School and is working on a Ph.D. in English and religious studies at the University of MissouriKansas City. Zachary is a teacher at Blue Valley Northwest High School. They live in Raymore. MICHAEL AND LORI CASEY (MASTER’S ’03) STRONG

announce the birth of Dylan Michael on Sept. 12, 2011. LAURIE ZIMMERMAN WARING

and her husband, Trey, announce the birth of Tyler Kent on May 23, 2010. Laurie is a stay-at-home mom working part time with Premier Designs Jewelry. Trey is an IT manager at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They live in Olive Branch, Miss.



is a supply management supervisor at John Deere. She and her husband, Steven, live in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with their two children, Tate and Kyla. SAM HENSON ◆

is a senior ERISA counsel at Lockton Financial Advisors, LLC in Kansas City. He previously worked nine years at the U.S. Department of Labor-Employee Benefits Security Administration. BILL AND SHELBY SCHULTES (’03, ’05) HERRICK

announce the birth of William Thomas on Dec. 4. Bill is the owner of Southwest Contracting Inc. and is also involved in farming. Shelby is currently staying at home to care for William. They live in Greenfield, Iowa. ERIC AND SUMMER PETRALIE ROBERTS (’02)

announce the birth of Kylee and Rylee on March 26, 2010. Eric is a vice president/regional manager at M&I Bank, and Summer is a stay-athome mom. They live in Kansas City.



completed a doctorate of education in teacher education and leadership in August 2010 from Walden University. She and her husband, Joe, also announce the birth of Lydia Ann on May 22. They live in Shawnee, Kan. JASON FELTON AND TIFFANY SPAULDING (’01)

were married in April 2009 and live in Kansas City. In June 2010, they welcomed Sophia Marie.

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Jason is a GIS analyst at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kan., and Tiffany is a GIS analyst at Black & Veatch in Overland Park, Kan. CORBET WILSON (MASTER’S, SPECIALIST ’06)

received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 31. He also received the Dr. Charles L. Faires Dissertation with Distinction Award. He is the middle school principal at Seminole County Public Schools and lives in DeLand, Fla.


works at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz. She has completed the Exhibitor’s Certified Trade Show Marketer accreditation program, the only university-affiliated certification program in the trade show and event marketing industry. announce the birth of Jackson Lawrence on Oct. 28, 2010. Benjamin is employed at T-Mobile, and Stephanie is a family and consumer sciences teacher at Grandview High School. They live in Kansas City.


announce the birth of Sophie Laryn on Dec. 31. She joins Nolen Scott, 3. Scott is involved in farming at Pioneer Seed/ Brown Farms, and Niki is an office support assistant at Randolph County Family Support Division. They live in Salisbury.

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Friends of St. Patrick Center, a St. Louis-based charity devoted to building permanent, positive change in the lives of the city’s homeless community. She also serves on the editorial board for “Strategies-The Journal of the Legal Marketing Association.”

were married June 5, 2010, in Chillicothe. Thomas is director of bands in the North Platte R-I School District, and Hayley is a human resources specialist at Shook, Hardy and Bacon L.L.P. in Kansas City. They live in Platte City. LISA MICHAEL KONECNE

and her husband, Cody, announce the birth of Ciara Lea on June 2, 2010. She joins Layla, 4, and Wyatt, 2. Lisa owns Little Learners: Beginners Preschool & Child Care. Cody is a chemical applicator for Gavilon in Creston, Iowa. They live in Corning, Iowa.


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Kitzi protects Missourians from fraud


As Missouri commissioner of securities, Matt Kitzi ’97 was chair of a national task force that secured more than $100 billion in restitution and relief to investors nationwide.

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att Kitzi ’97 never has an “average day” as commissioner of securities for the state of Missouri. Since appointment to the position by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in late 2005, Kitzi has been protecting Missourians from fraud and has helped return nearly $10 billion to investors harmed by fraudulent or dishonest activities. Kitzi has been involved in hundreds of fraudulent activity investigations. Kitzi’s Securities Division of 25 employees works to ensure that investors victimized by fraud or unethical activity in securities cases have a chance to see their money again. “Our priorities are driven entirely by the needs and concerns of our investors,” Kitzi said. “We launch hundreds of investigations a year based on investor complaints.” In 2008, Kitzi was appointed chair of a national task force of state regulators investigating the auction rate securities market crash, which involved 15 of the nation’s largest financial firms. The crash left investors with more than $330 billion in frozen assets. As chair of the task force, Kitzi helped launch the largest securities investigation Missouri had ever seen. He takes pride in reaching settlements with high-profile firms like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Wachovia Securities through the investigation. Kitzi was part of a team that ordered Wachovia to return $9 billion to investors in restitution nationwide. Wachovia also was ordered to pay a RYAN LIDOLPH

has been promoted to assistant vice president, commercial lending at Landmark Bank in Columbia.


announce the birth of Molly on March 5. Steven is a buyer at Lincoln University, and Jennifer is a communications director in the Missouri Senate. They live in Columbia.


$50 million fine for its fraudulent activities. “The task force is winding down this year,” Kitzi said. “It has secured well over $100 billion in restitution and other relief for investors nationwide.” When appointed as commissioner, Carnahan spoke with Kitzi to make sure the Securities Division would reach as many people as possible, and he is doing his best to continually educate investors. Each year the Securities Division hosts more than 40 free seminars and runs investor awareness messages and advertisements to keep investors up-to-date on safe investing. Aside from his commissioner duties, Kitzi chairs the enforcement section of the North American Securities Administrators Association, is a trustee for the Missouri Council on Economic Education and has been a licensed lawyer in the state of Missouri for more than 10 years. Kitzi said his connection to the Kansas City and northwest Missouri areas and his former employer, law firm Armstrong Teasdale, have helped him make public service a priority in his career. “It’s satisfying to feel like I’m doing something important that gives back,” Kitzi said. “You only have so many hours in a day, and I want to make sure the time I’m spending is worthwhile and productive.” Kitzi credits Northwest as the foundation of his successful career. “Northwest prepared me very well for what I’m doing now,” he said. “It’s the place that got me started on the right foot and put me on the right track toward having a successful career.” Kitzi and his wife, Laura Stageman Kitzi ’96, live in Columbia with their daughter, Ava, 7, and son, Boone, 2. n 2005


recently joined the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She previously was the marketing director at RJ Promotions.


and her husband, Evan, announce the birth of Aubrey Ronda on March 21. They live in Commerce City, Colo.



live in Bennington, Neb. Ryan is an asset manager at Midwest Housing Equity Group, and Jaclyn is pursuing a master’s in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is an editorial assistant at The Knot Inc. KATIE KNOBBE

received a master’s in public health and a master’s in nutrition from Saint Louis University in

2010. She had completed her dietetic internship and became a registered dietitian at Saint Louis University in 2008. She is now a registered dietitian in Des Moines, Iowa.



and her husband, Greg, have two children, Heath Otto, 3, and Sophie Claire, 1. Aubre is a stayat-home mom, and Greg is a parts salesman at Hiawatha Implement. They live in Mound City.




were married April 10, 2010. Michael is a graduate assistant at Northwest pursuing a degree in educational leadership. Kelsey teaches family and consumer sciences in the Shenandoah (Iowa) Community School District. They live in Maryville.

was named Young Careerist for 2011 by the Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg, S.C. She is the AmericCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) Leader for the United Way of Piedmont, S.C.



is a hazard mitigation specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. She lives in Oklahoma City.

In Memoriam JOHN ATKIN ’77





55, died Dec. 18 in Kansas City. Prior to retiring, he had a 31-year career as a Frisco Railroad (now BNSF) engineer.

93, 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.

82, of The Woodlands, Texas, died May 14. He taught chemistry at Northwest from 1962 to 1981. He then went to work for Aramco in Saudi Arabia until his retirement in 1988.

77, died Jan. 18 in Winfield, Kan. He coached football for 38 years at the high school, community college and university levels.

59, of King City, died Dec. 25 in St. Joseph. He was a nurse and was employed in the medical field for many years, working at Albany Regional Center, Worth County Convalescent Center and in an administrative position at Heartland Regional Medical Center for 25 years.


58, died Dec. 24 in Boone, Iowa. He was employed in sales, purchasing and management in the plumbing, HVAC and hydronics heating and cooling industries for 30 years, most recently as a salesman for Allied Systems Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa.


74, died March 24, 2010, in Las Cruces, N.M. He retired in 1986 as a distributive education coordinator at Eastwood High School.

49, of Maryville, died June 5. He was named Northwest’s 18th head football coach in December 2010. Prior to that, he had been the football team’s defensive coordinator since 1994. Scott also was defensive coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan from 1986 to 1990 and at Western Washington University from 1990 to 1994.



86, died March 23 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software.

89, died Jan. 28 in Lee’s Summit. He was a teacher in the Kansas City School District for 35 years and spent much of his career teaching at Paseo High School until his retirement in 1987.


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41, died April 8 in Newton, Iowa. He owned and operated Mid States Lawn Care in Newton for the last 10 years. DEBORAH HARMON COLE ’72

60, of Independence, died March 13. She had taught vocational home economics before becoming a sales representative as well as a sportswear and cosmetics buyer, a department manager at Halls Crown Center and serving 10 years as a department manager at Halls Plaza. BOB COTTER ’65, ’79

68, of St. Joseph, died April 26. He was a former alumni director at Northwest and owned and operated Cotter Travel in St. Joseph and Maryville since 1985.


75, died Jan. 28 in Columbia, S.C. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and retired after 27 years of service. CONNIE BROWN DIGGS ’04

57, of Maryville, died July 7. She was an accounting supervisor at Nucor/LMP in Maryville. GREG DOIEL ’78

54, died May 14 in Nebraska City, Neb. He was a geologist in Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. JEFFREY DOUGHERTY ’90

43, died Jan. 4, 2010, in Springfield. He coached girls’ basketball and taught physical education and special education at several school districts, including Mound City, Spokane and Bedford, Iowa. In recent years, he was a Realtor in Branson.


87, died April 5 in North Kansas City. She taught a total of 42 years including the Missouri schools of Gentry County, Hannibal, Webster Groves, North Kansas City and Liberty. She also taught in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Kansas City, Kan. ETHELYN HARRIS FLORA ’37

92, of Niles, Mich., died April 24. She taught for 50 years, retiring in 1987. MILLARD FOURT ’43

91, died April 15 in Arizona. He was a retired teacher of vocational agriculture.


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In Memoriam (continued) DONALD FRENCH ’55



80, of LeMars, Iowa, formerly of Correctionville, Iowa, died July 2. He was a high school principal in Murray and Correctionville and also owned and operated the French Market and Driftwood Coin Laundry.

68, of Burlington, Iowa, died Feb. 26.

57, died Dec. 21 in Everett, Wash. He was employed by the R.J. Reynolds Company.

ment of Elementary and Secondary Education. He previously owned and operated the Lil’ Duffer in Maryville.





44, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died June 13. She was the health inspector for the city of Council Bluffs.

74, died Dec. 8 in Peoria, Ariz. She taught in elementary schools in Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma for 32 years. She also taught at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville and was the librarian. Her husband, Dr. Jim Gates, taught in the Department of Education at Northwest.

58, died Jan. 10 in Audubon, Iowa. He owned Madsen Pit Cleaning from 1981 to 2006. Beginning in 1999, he taught industrial technology at Exira (Iowa) High School and was a bus driver for the district. In 2009, he taught industrial technology at Johnson (Iowa) High School, retiring in 2010.

63, of Farmington, N.Y., died March 3. He was director of food services for the Rochester Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


84, of Maryville, died March 16. He was a professor of education administration at Northwest for 30 years before retiring in 1997.


68, of Kansas City, died Feb. 3. Early in his career he was the city health director for St. Joseph and later was a manufacturers’ representative. MEDFORD McFALL HARDESTY ’37

95, of Kearney, died April 14. She taught first grade for several years. 92, of Kansas City, died April 12. She and her husband owned and operated Pyle Construction Co. NANCY JANE BEAVERS HAWTHORNE ’68

67, of Cameron, died Dec. 23 in St. Joseph. LINDA JONES ’63

69, of Blue Springs, died Jan. 2 in Lee’s Summit. She was employed by the Kansas City Public Library for almost 30 years as a library associate.

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69, of St. Joseph, died Dec. 23. He taught and coached in Westboro, Oregon, Maryville and Lafayette high schools, retiring in 1998 after 31 years in the profession. GARY MAULFAIR ’71




61, died Feb. 3 in Kansas City. He was the vice president of claims for Armed Forces Insurance. LINDA DUNCAN MAY ’70 (MASTER’S)

72, of Cassville, died March 30. She finished her 30-year educational career as director of special services in the Maryville School District. MARY ELLEN FOTHERGILL McELFISH ’44

87, of St. Louis Park, died March 4. She had taught music at schools in Missouri and Iowa.


died Oct. 28, 2010. He retired in 1980 as superintendent of the Center School District in Kansas City. He also had taught at Northwest and was a superintendent of several school districts in northwest Missouri. RUTH “JEANETTE” ROBERTS ’57

75, died March 4 in Lawrence, Kan. She taught and coached basketball and track at Central Junior High School in Lawrence, Kan. DANIEL ROSENBERG ’68

65, of Independence, died April 1. He worked at Montgomery Ward for 30 years. WARD ROUNDS

90, died March 7 in Maryville. He was a member of the Northwest music faculty from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. After his retirement, he continued to give private lessons and repair instruments. DR. ROY SANDERS

89, died June 5. He taught at Northwest from 1961 until he retired in 1984. GARY SCHNEIDER ’60

74, of Osage Beach, died April 20. He was a field supervisor for 24 years at the Missouri Depart-



89, of Boise, Idaho, died June 6. He was a former faculty member in Northwest’s psychology department from 1962 to 1967, also serving as department chair. He then taught psychology at Boise State University from 1967 until his retirement in 1983. LESLIE SOMA ’75

60, of Dunlap, Iowa, died May 8 in Iowa City, Iowa. He had managed the Carroll bowling alley, worked at the Dubuque Packing Plant for 13 years and in 1991 began working as a maintenance man for the Boyer Valley Public Schools. SIDNEY STEPP ’81 (MASTER’S)

56, of Clinton, Tenn., died March 16 in Knoxville, Tenn. He had taught English in Saudi Arabia and worked for Applied Science Associates, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and System Software Associates. ROBERT STRAUB ’57

78, of Kansas City North, died Dec. 14. He was a guidance counselor at Eastgate Middle School in the North Kansas City School District for 26 years, retiring in 1988.


81, died April 22 in Kansas City. She had been a stage manager for the Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City and director of acting programs for the American Heartland Theatre and taught acting for 31 years at Central High School in St. Joseph. MARYBELLE BAST THOMPSON ’52

80, died May 19 in Post Falls, Idaho. Her professional life consisted of 42 years of service with Deaconess Medical Center/ Empire Health Services during which time she served in multiple capacities in the laboratory. DARLENE WISE WEBB ’68

89, died March 18 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She taught school for 40 years in southwest Iowa. Following her retirement, she tutored children for five years. WAYNE WEIGHT ’71

61, of Creston, Iowa, died March 31 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an attorney for the FDIC and spent the majority of his professional career working for the government. RUTH ALLEN WHITAKER ’66

88, died March 5 in Clarinda, Iowa. She retired from Bedford (Iowa) High School in 1996 after teaching 55 years. MARK WILEY ’76, ’78

57, died July 25 in Independence. He was employed by Land O’Lakes. MARY LOU ROCKWELL WILLIS ’50

82, died May 10 in North Kansas City.

Lasting Legacies “I am grateful for the wonderful education that Northwest provided. It was here I first met my husband, James, and began the educational journey that enriched my personal and professional life. Making a provision that will ultimately assist tomorrow’s leaders is something I highly recommend to Northwest alumni and friends.” Dr. Beulah Wilkinson Summers ’42

Through an endowed scholarship bequest in her living trust, Dr. Beulah Wilkinson Summers ’42 will establish a scholarship in her name after her lifetime to assist students attending Northwest, with preference to graduates of Worth County High School in Grant City, her alma mater. Beulah grew up in Allendale in northwest Missouri and remains grateful for Northwest’s proximity to her hometown, as she would have otherwise been unable to attend college. Beulah completed her bachelor’s degree with double majors in home economics and business economics. She also completed her master’s and Ph.D. It was on the Northwest campus where she first met her late husband, James Summers Jr., who was studying industrial arts. After World War II, Mehorney’s Furniture

Company opened a store in Maryville, which James managed for about five years. The couple then moved to Topeka, Kan., where James started his own furniture business and they raised their family. For more than 30 years, Beulah enjoyed teaching home economics at Topeka High School during the school year and typing classes during the summer. The couple was blessed with two children, Dr. James Stephen Summers who is a retired periodontist living near Houston, and Shirley Sue Summers Chamberlain, who taught in Long Island, N.Y., before passing away last year after battling cancer. Beulah is pleased to be able to establish the Dr. Beulah Wilkinson Summers Scholarship to financially assist others with their educational pursuits at Northwest.

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