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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

Science with a Smile Cal Goeders ’53

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just like you

T It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Dennis Bunch ’69 – that Northwest continues to thrive.

he older I get, the more I appreciate how important Northwest has been to me. The great education I received and my experiences as a Bearcat wrestler have had a tremendous impact on my life. With two children who are Northwest alumni and a wife who is a Bearcat “wanna be,” Northwest is a significant part of our family. My involvement in the Northwest Alumni Association, Bearcat Booster Club and the Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter has kept me connected with the University. I enjoy giving back to Northwest any way I can. Remember, “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”

Dennis Bunch ’69

Past President, Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter

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


fall2009 volume 43 issue 1


the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends


A new era

Dr. John Jasinski greets staff members at the start of his first day on campus as the University’s top administrator and chief executive. Jasinski, a former Northwest faculty member and associate provost, is the 10th president in Northwest’s 104-year history.


Science with a smile

With a warm smile and a desire to help others, entrepreneur and chemist Cal Goeders ’53 is making a significant contribution to his community – in the classroom as well as the workplace.


Good eye

When Mike Arbuckle ’72 was a pitcher for the Bearcats, a shoulder injury prevented him from playing in the big leagues – but it didn’t foil his chances of winning a World Series.

In every issue

Editor Mitzi Craft Lutz ’91, ’09




Dear Friends


Bearcat Roar

Photographer Darren Whitley


Northwest News

Editorial Assistants Allie Boehm Anthony Brown Neil Elliott Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Teresa Macias Gustafson ’97, ’05 Joshua Stanze Steve Sutton ’71 Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Sauphia Vorngsam Andrea Kearns Wagner ’00, ’09

10 Cover Story 16 Advancing Northwest 21 Alumni Connections 26 Bearcat Sports 28 Class Notes 38 Upcoming Events

Designer Melinda Kelsey

Design Assistant Teresa Carter ’91

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Greetings, Bearcat Alumni


President Dr. John Jasinski, a former Northwest faculty member and administrator, receives a welcoming handshake from Morris White ’05, director of athletic marketing, during a reception on his first day at the helm.


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y colleagues and I hope this finds you all doing well. I am honored to serve as Northwest’s 10th president, and I look forward to meeting alumni worldwide who proudly call themselves Bearcats. Undoubtedly, the adage “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat” continues to ring true. The Jasinski family – my wife, Denise, and children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – has a long history with Northwest, the Maryville community, and the northwest Missouri region, and we pledge to work in earnest to build Bearcat Nation into one of continuing excellence and pride. Like all great organizations, Northwest has matured since 1905, and we are proud today of our place moving forward. You are familiar with many of Northwest’s strengths, but a few worth mentioning include: • a strong academic experience, complete with leading-edge curriculum, a host of experience-based learning opportunities, small faculty/student class-size ratios, professors teaching courses (not graduate students) and a personal relationship with faculty and staff • superior studentsatisfaction and graduation rates • a variety of co-curricular experiences allowing students to be engaged in University life • championship-level athletic experiences focusing on student-athletes • a campus that is both safe and beautiful • and of course, engaged alumni who are willing to assist the University on so many fronts. We all are impacted by the events of the day, but please know the University is not backing away from current challenges. Northwest will


continue to be peoplecentered, and we have some interesting opportunities to strengthen our already strong academic programs. On behalf of the Northwest Leadership Team and all faculty and staff, I assure you your Northwest degree will increase in value. Furthermore, I wish you the best in your professional and personal pursuits. Wear the green and white proudly and, whatever your path in life, strive to make a difference. Remember, maintaining your ties to the University as an engaged alumnus is an important step in your life as a Bearcat. Share your updated e-mail and contact information with the Office of Alumni Relations at, and track your alma mater’s activities through the Northwest Alumni Magazine and on the Web at I also encourage you to consider joining the Northwest Alumni Association and getting involved in one of the many alumni chapters worldwide, and don’t forget about Northwest’s presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Once again, I look forward to interacting with you to make Northwest a continuing hallmark of excellence. I hope to meet as many of you as possible in the near term, but in the meantime, you are welcome to e-mail me directly at With Bearcat Pride,

Dr. John Jasinski President


Innovation in both the arts and sciences


he 2008-09 academic year has seen exciting innovations for both the arts and the sciences at Northwest. In the arts, Northwest celebrated the opening of the new Studio Theatre in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. This facility represents much more than just an additional performance venue for our theatre department. First, the new facility provides a state-of-theart lighting control console and moving lights that give students a distinct advantage when applying for summer jobs or full-time positions after graduation. These pieces of computerized or “intelligent” equipment allow student and faculty designers more technical and artistic control, which provides additional benefits for theatre productions and educational experiences for Northwest students. Second, the project demonstrates what is possible to accomplish when a donor steps forward to share his passion for the arts and education. The completion of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship represents a major step forward for the sciences at Northwest. The CIE will be the home of both the new bachelor’s degree program in nanoscale science and a business incubator. Nanoscience is the study and use of materials at the molecular or nanometer level. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, or approximately one one-thousandth the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

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

Northwest Foundation Inc. ’08-’09 Board of Directors President Mike Faust ’74, Omaha, Neb. Vice President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City Immediate Past President Jim Blackford ’72, Maryville Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb. Bill Brown ’63, Platte City Rick Carter, Maryville Mark Doll ’80, Council Bluffs, Iowa Toni Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla. Jason Garst ’93, Watson William Gram ’52, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

The nanoscale science degree is a multidisciplinary program combining knowledge and experience in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and nanoscience while offering hands-on experience and access to the latest equipment. Graduates of this program will be prepared for success in the high-tech field of nanotechnology. We have two sciencerelated tenants committed to moving into the CIE, with other tenants potentially making a commitment within the next six months. In addition to providing a boost to the local economy and creating new jobs, these tenants will provide unique opportunities for faculty and students to work together on exciting real-world research and development projects. These are just two examples of why the arts and sciences are well-positioned to help lead Northwest to a brighter future.

Dr. Charles A. McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, travels extensively promoting student and faculty international exchanges with Northwest and advocating the importance of internationalizing the curriculum on campus. He is also co-director of a team that oversees development of the business incubator in Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph Ray Hischke ’66, The Woodlands, Texas Joyce Kerber ’60, Lee’s Summit Jodie Mackintosh ’77, Omaha, Neb. Jerry Moyer ’76, ’78, Titusville, Fla. Kenny Petersen ’66, Omaha, Neb. William C. Price ’60, Cincinnati, Ohio Juan Rangel ’91, Kansas City Jim Redd ’66, Leawood, Kan. Tim Sullivan ’75, Urbandale, Iowa Ron Taylor ’79, Waukee, Iowa Kay Thomas ’71, Blue Springs Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn. Dick Thomson, Maryville

Dr. Charles A. McAdams Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas Jason White ’91, Maryville Richard “Dick” Wiles ’71, Jefferson City Ron Woolsey ’74, ’78, Grain Valley Ex-Officio Directors Orrie Covert Executive Director Dean L. Hubbard President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski University President B.D. Owens ’59 President Emeritus, Des Moines, Iowa Advancement Staff Orrie Covert, Vice President

Neil Elliott, Development Officer/Athletics

Lynn Ruhl, Executive Assistant

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

Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer

Laurie Drummond Long ’92, Development Officer/Donor Relations

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

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

Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

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

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

Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist


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I remember when ...


1999 Football fans nationwide were awestruck as Bearcat quarterback Travis Miles and his teammates pulled off a comefrom-behind quadruple overtime victory for Northwest’s second national championship.

tell students all the time, “Your school years are the best times of your life, so enjoy every minute.” I have a million memories of Northwest. The most inspirational instructor I had there was Ward Rounds, director of bands. He was a motivator, teacher, positive role model and a lifelong friend. I have been in education for more than 30 years, and many times I have used the same philosophies and teaching methods Dr. Rounds taught us. If you’re my age, which is old, you also will remember the outstanding teachers we had, and we were very lucky they cared about us. Richard Smith ’73


remember and promote Northwest for the close relationships students have with professors. As an ag-business major, I remember the professors from Northwest’s ag department – Dr. Dennis Padgitt, Dr. Harold Brown, Dr. Alfred Kelly – with fond memories. Jon Simplot ’79


remember when Dr. Frances Shipley allowed my boyfriend, Matt Brosi ’97, to reserve a classroom in the Administration Building after hours. I’ve been told she was very helpful when she found out why: Matt and I had met in the room, and that is where he wanted to propose to me. The proposal went over very well, and we have been married since 1999. Thanks Dr. Shipley. Whitney Roach Brosi ’97


hen I was a freshman in the fall of 1990, I won a drawing to switch places with President Hubbard for a day. He would go to my classes one day, and I would sit with him the next. My first class was government with Dr. David McLaughlin, who was thrilled because we were talking about bureaucracy that day. My second class was intercultural communications with Dr. Bayo Oludaja, who was a little less thrilled because it was his first year teaching. He begged me not to bring Dr. Hubbard because he was so nervous, but he did great. I remember Dr. Hubbard took notes in my class and gave me some tips on a “better” way to take notes. The next day I got to sit in on some meetings and sit behind Dr. Hubbard’s desk. I even got my picture in the paper – which I still have. I will always remember that day as one of the coolest things I did at Northwest. Kara Kamler ’95

Do you remember these events? 1959 Student Senate bans all freshmen from smoking on campus, with the exception of their dorm rooms or the Bearcat Den. The Northwest Missourian Eleanor Roosevelt visits the Northwest campus. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest In May, the Classroom Building (later Colden Hall) opens. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest 6

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1969 The new industrial arts building is dedicated in honor of Donald Valk, chairman of the Department of Industrial Arts Education and Technology. The Northwest Missourian The appointment of two new deans, Dr. Dwain E. Small and Dr. Don Duane Petry, is approved by the Board of Regents. The Northwest Missourian

1979 High winds and rain tear the roof off the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

1989 The Student Union reopens after renovations to the Spanish Den. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

In July, Northwest’s signature birches die. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

Because of a shortage of housing and a record freshman enrollment, temporary housing for men is set up in Roberta Hall, floor lounges and Maryville homes. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest


1999 The University switches from the VAX e-mail server to Microsoft Outlook. The Northwest Missourian The football team wins its second consecutive NCAA Division II championship with a 58-52 quadruple overtime victory against Carson-Newman College. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest


Dr. John Jasinski named Northwest president


uly 1 marked a new era in Northwest’s 104year history as Dr. John Jasinski became the institution’s 10th president. Jasinski, previously the executive vice president and chief academic and operating officer of Northwood University in Midland, Mich., succeeded Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, who retired at the end of June after 25 years as Northwest’s top administrator. Jasinski, along with his wife, Denise, and four children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas, were introduced to the campus community on May 22 by Board of Regents President James W. “Bill” Loch. Loch thanked his fellow board members and the 13-member Presidential Search Committee for their efforts in helping choose Northwest’s president. “The new president will be confronted with difficult decisions in the near future relegated to him by a changed economic environment,” Loch said. “We welcome our new president and ask all to support him during the transition.” Jasinski and his family were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers after arriving at the Administration Building July 2 for his first official day on the Northwest campus. The entryway leading into the Administration Building was decorated with a green carpet and a large banner reading, “Welcome Dr. Jasinski.” “It’s a great day to be a Bearcat, and we are ready to get after it,” Jasinski said to the group of faculty, staff and Horace Mann students. “There are great things here at Northwest … and we are very, very excited.” He added that, as president, he was eager to hear from members of the University community and listen to their ideas. “It’s important that we hear from you,” Jasinski said. “You know that we’ve got a long

tradition of greatness and of excellence at Northwest, and that will continue.” A Northwest faculty member and administrator from 1986 to 2001, Jasinski chaired the University’s Department of Mass Communication from 1992 to 1998 and also served as associate provost. Administratively, he played a significant role in the development of the University’s Culture of Quality. Along with Hubbard, Jasinski co-chaired a senior-level panel charged with implementing institutional improvement initiatives in all areas of University operations. A former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner, Jasinski also served as an education specialist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology during a one-year sabbatical. At Northwood, Jasinski oversaw academic and operational functions at the university’s three campuses and guided the institution’s senior administrators in such areas as advancement, finance, graduate and specialty programs, marketing and enrollment. He also provided leadership on issues related to student and faculty needs and budgeting. Jasinski, a veteran runner who has completed 10 marathons, also played an active role in civic affairs, serving on the Maryville City Council from 2001 to 2007 and as a St. Francis Hospital and Health Services board member from 1997 to 1999. Jasinski earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication, with undergraduate concentrations in broadcasting and cinematic arts, from Central Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education administration from the University of NebraskaLincoln. n

(Above) Northwest’s First Family includes (from left) Matt, Leah, John, Denise, Lucas and Joe Jasinski. Students, faculty, staff, alumni as well as the media are interested in Dr. John Jasinski’s vision for Northwest. (Left) On his first day in the office, the new president listens intently to members of the Northwest Leadership Team. Dr. Jasinski will be featured on the cover of the next issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine. Northwest alumni and friends are welcome to contact him at president@


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Northwest alumni instrumental in recent NASA downlink

In the Spring 2009

Northwest Alumni Magazine, an article appeared about two astronauts aboard the International Space Station who visited with students on the Northwest campus. The satellite downlink was made possible through the NASA Explorer School project, which promotes learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Northwest Alumni

Magazine has since learned that several Northwest alumni, all working in the Northeast Nodaway School District, played a key role in the project.

According to Principal

Linda Schmitz Mattson ’99, ’03, Northeast Nodaway is a NASA Explorer School and received a three-year grant. This honor allows the district to have a lifetime partnership with NASA. Those writing and assisting with the grant included Janice Osborn Gray ’95, ’04, the middle school science and elementary school physical education teacher who also served as the NASA team leader; Denise Bartz Henggeler ’96, ’07, a fourth-grade teacher; Melissa Young Kissler ’00, the high school special education teacher; and Carrie Williams Coulter ’97, ’00, a fifth-grade teacher in the district. n


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Residence halls throughout campus go wireless


y the start of the fall semester, several residence halls on the Northwest campus had wireless Internet access capabilities in addition to wired services. “With wireless Internet, students should be able to sit in their room or the hallway or wherever they want and be able to use their laptop without being stuck to a wall,” said Rose Viau, director of residential life. “Students really want to have the option of going wireless.” “I think the wireless is awesome!” said Colleen Koester, a student assistant in Roberta In addition to all Northwest students receiving a laptop, those living in the Hall. “This is definitely a great residence halls will experience the mobility of wireless Internet. step Northwest has taken to continue its history as an electronic campus.” will enjoy the best wireless services and technolDr. Jon Rickman, vice president for informaogy available today,” Rickman said. “If funding tion technology, said the technology being used can continue as needed, within two years we in the residence halls has only been available since should be able to add high quality wireless access late 2008. to our wired services that have been in all of our “After monitoring the performance of our new halls for years.” n wireless equipment, I believe our residence halls

Computer students demonstrate game-creation skills


tudents from a special topics course on video game/simulation development recently demonstrated their new computer games. The 17-member class of undergraduate and graduate students taught by Dr. Ernie Ferguson, professor of computer science and information systems, was divided into teams of three or four students. Each team worked outside of class to develop a new game over a six-week period and then gave a short presentation about the game during an evening program. Two graduates of Northwest’s master’s degree program in applied computer science returned to campus to help evaluate the games and provide feedback. Brandon Rockhold ’06, ’08 and Brandon Heck ’06, ’08 are both employed by Cerner Corp., a Kansas City information technology company specializing in applications


for the healthcare industry. Both participated in a similar course on gaming and simulation in 2007 and conducted a game development demonstration at the 2008 Central Plains Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges. In addition to Rockhold and Heck, two employees from Black Lantern Studios, a computer game development company in Springfield, also attended the demonstration and provided critiques on the student-created projects. Ferguson said that computer games are now a major segment of the entertainment industry, and simulation programs are used to train people to do everything from “landing jets to running nuclear reactors.” Games and simulators rely on the same technology, he said, adding that each has evolved into a major industry employing thousands of skilled professionals. n


Music department’s Richardson receives Fulbright award


r. William Richardson, associate professor of music, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture during the spring 2010 semester at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. Richardson, who teaches applied trumpet and jazz appreciation at Northwest and directs the Northwest Jazz Ensemble, will instruct trumpet students at the academy. He also expects to perform extensively at schools and other venues. The award means Richardson, who also has received a concurrent sabbatical from the University, will join about 1,100 Fulbright Scholars. The scholars are selected to work, study and teach abroad under the auspices of America’s flagship international educational exchange program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational

and Cultural Affairs. “It’s going to be fun to experience how the trumpet players there are trained, and I think they’re interested in getting a little bit of an American perspective as well,” he said. “My understanding is that there is a lot of activity in Riga (Latvia’s capital city) for trumpet players – a ballet or an opera every night. So it will be interesting to see all of that and experience the different culture.” A member of the St. Joseph Symphony, the Maguire Street Brass Quintet and the Northwest Bell Tower Brass, Richardson has performed professionally with the Illinois Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic, the East Texas Symphony and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has published articles in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild and is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist. n

Students gain hands-on entrepreneurship experience


esearch indicates that more than half of all college students at some point in their careers want to be entrepreneurs, and several Northwest students may get a chance to run their own business while still on campus. Students involved in Students in Free Enterprise have submitted a business proposal for space in Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SIFE, a student organization started at Northwest in 2001, focuses on entrepreneurship, free enterprise and market economies. The group is proposing a miniature refrigerator rental service for students who live on campus. The business, operated entirely by Northwest students, would be part of the student incubator housed in the CIE. “Entrepreneurship plays a major role in a variety of jobs,” said Dr. Jason White ’91, assistant professor of accounting, economics and finance

and SIFE adviser. “We have a key advantage with the student incubator to train students to be extremely prepared when they enter the real world.” White said the incubator concept, mixed with the student aspect, is a natural fit for Northwest. Any student who has a business idea can submit his or her idea to the incubator committee. White hopes this concept will have an impact on economic development not only in Nodaway County, but also the region. The student incubator is projected to be in operation by 2010. Initially, students hope to finance the project through business partnerships and financial institutions. n

CITE celebrates 10-year anniversary

Northwest’s Center for

Information Technology in Education is celebrating its 10th anniversary of offering online classes at Northwest.

CITE plays an integral

part in Northwest’s effort to enhance student learning through the use of technology. CITE created an online program, Northwest Online, in 1999. When Northwest Online first launched, eight classes were offered with 44 students enrolled. For spring 2009, there were 67 online classes with 1,317 students enrolled.

Dr. Roger Von Holzen,

CITE director, expressed pride in the growth of Northwest Online.

“It’s great seeing what

you can do through online classes,” Von Holzen said. “We’ve had students not set foot on campus until the day they walk across the stage for graduation.”

Northwest has students

enrolled across the nation, ranging from Arizona to Virginia. For more information about the Center for Information Technology in Education, contact Von Holzen at or (660) 562-1532. n

For more information, contact Polly Howard, development officer for the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, at or (660) 562-1248.


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Science with a Smile Cal Goeders has it, and it’s served him well.

It is an important element that catapulted his career as a scientist and entrepreneur and is now transforming the lives of disadvantaged elementary school children in his Midland, Mich., community. It is his smile. By Mitzi Lutz • Photography by Darren Whitley • Design by Melinda Kelsey Cal Goeders is a man who developed a multi-million dollar business by creating infection control products, and ironically it’s his smile that is infectious. For instance, with the warm smile of a grandfather, Goeders, who graduated from Northwest in 1953, has found a way to successfully bridge the generational gap while getting youngsters excited about science. As a volunteer at Longview Elementary School, the “reviews” from a few of his students, presented as wonderfully illustrated thank-you booklets at the end of the school year, tell the story: Thank you, Mr. Goeders, for a great year. You rock! You’re the best science teacher ever. I will always remember you. I love science so much!


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But at 78 years of age, Goeders is more than a volunteer. He is the man who 12 years ago had the vision and determination to establish a program where retired scientists and engineers volunteer their time and expertise to a local Title One elementary school in hopes of not only raising test scores, but also encouraging students to develop an interest in science. “Because of my Northwest education and business experience, this was a situation tailor-made for me,” Goeders said. “I’ll admit, I had a lot of failure that first year when I was trying to get this program started, but, if you’re adaptive, failure teaches you. I’m proud to say that our 10-year achievements are very impressive, and people like me live and die by the data.” Impressive indeed. In 2002, based on standardized tests, only 13 percent of Longview Elementary’s fifthgraders were at an “advanced” proficiency level in science, and another 13 percent were at the other end of the chart, considered “not proficient.” By 2008, the number of “advanced” science students had soared to 57 percent, and another 39 percent were considered “proficient.” Not a single student fell in the “non proficient” category. “We need these young students to have a little bit of

glimmer of what science is all about,” Goeders said. “I hear them say they love science or they want to be a scientist. Even if their concept is a little flawed, it’s a real transformation – and it’s exciting to witness.” The students aren’t the only ones who enjoy the offerings of the “science guys,” as they’re affectionately called. Second-grade teacher Lisa Dickey knew Goeders was something special as soon as he entered her classroom. “This is my 30th year teaching, and when a good thing like Cal walked in the door and asked if he could help with science, I immediately said ‘yes’ and then ‘who are you, and what is the plan!’” Dickey said. “Experience told me this was going to be a good thing, and what he brings to the classroom is just perfect.” Performing elaborate experiments to “wow” the students is not on the agenda. The curriculum is too tight, Dickey said. Instead, the volunteers supplement the instruction provided by the teachers throughout the year. Schemes are developed to improve the delivery of, and extensions to, the hands-on science activities customized to units being studied in each grade level.

Cal Goeders enthusiastically demonstrates a lesson about force and the newton unit of measurement to several Longview Elementary School students, who patiently listen before they each take a turn in the hands-on science activity. (Below) Goeders received the 2007 Science Education Volunteer of the Year award from the Midland, Mich., Section of the American Chemical Society.

A ‘cool fraternity’ The group of 12 volunteers – 10 men and two women – not only serves as supplemental instructors, they also fill another important role. Principal Pam Kastl, who has enthusiastically supported Goeders for the duration of the program, has witnessed the impact Goeders and his team of volunteers make on the schoolchildren, many who come from lower-income families. “Cal and the science volunteers are wonderful mentors and role models,” Kastl said. “The kids have no idea how affluent these men and women are, and many of them are able to tell the students that they, too, came from humble beginnings. They let the kids know they can overcome any situation, and education is an excellent way to do that.”


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time at Dow, he held a variety of positions – chemist, research manager, marketing executive – that ultimately prepared him to take the entrepreneurial plunge. The “plunge” initially appeared to be a head-first dive, considering he was 47 years old and had four children in college. His wife, Mary Lou, returned to the workplace as a registered nurse. However, Goeders has entrepreneurial blood running through his veins. Goeders said his father was an Iowa farm boy with an eighthgrade education, but he was quite an entrepreneur. He was Second-grade teacher Lisa Dickey said Goeders is “a blessing” to teachers as well as students in their a salesman his entire life, and Midland, Mich., community. Northwest students also benefit from his commitment to education. Goeders initiated and contributed to the endowment of the J. Gordon Strong Scholarship for Northwest students he also owned a bakery and ice majoring in chemistry, a scholarship he supports annually. (Below) Science activities at the elementary cream factory. school cover topics such as plants, weather, force, measurement and pitch. “When my older brothers Kastl said the work of Goeders and his comrades is not were coming of age in the late 1930s, there weren’t any limited to the classroom. Goeders has established an edujobs available, so my dad created jobs for them,” Goeders cational endowment fund to specifically benefit the elemensaid. “He’d drop them off at one end of a town in the tary school. In addition, because of Goeders’ enthusiasm, morning, they’d sell razor blades to as many businesses as his Kiwanis Club funds scholarships to send any Longview they could, and then he’d pick them up at the other end of student who desires to go to a summer science camp at a town in the afternoon. They also sold fluorescent lighting nearby university. and fans and a variety of items. We also sold a product that “It’s like could be rubbed on your glasses so fog wouldn’t develop a really cool in winter. I even sold those door-to-door when I was in fraternity that’s school in Maryville. Dad made each one of us into salesall about kids,” people. We learned there was a lot of rejection, but it didn’t Kastl said. “Cal discourage us.” had the vision, Since the age of 8, Goeders said he always had a “little and he works business of some kind,” whether he was raking leaves or in the kindest, shoveling snow. By the time he was a teenager, he paid for gentlest, yet his own orthodontic work – quite possibly understanding aggressive, the value of a “perfect smile.” way to get “One of my former co-workers at Dow found it really it done. He hard to believe that I actually enjoy the excitement of cold wants to make a difference, and he does. I can’t think of a calling potential customers,” Goeders said. “This is how I nicer, or more effective, guy. He literally walks the talk and was raised. Cold calling was as exciting to me as some of has the kids’ best interest in mind. Just look at his smile. the things I did in the laboratory.” That tells it all.”

Entrepreneurial plunge Before Goeders entered the classroom as a science volunteer, he was president of Caltech Industries, a company he started after a successful 18-year stint at Dow Chemical Company. With majors in chemistry and biology at Northwest, Goeders credits his professor Dr. J. Gordon Strong with challenging him academically and encouraging him to pursue a career as a chemist. During Goeders’


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His name’s on the door Although his daughter, Catherine Anders, now leads the growing company, Goeders, as managing director, continues to play an important role at Caltech. “I’m a little bit of an historian and a little bit of a shrink!” he said. “I come to the office in the morning, and I’m available for our staff to ask me why and how things happened back when. Maybe the circumstances of today aren’t the same as years ago, but a lot can be learned from under-

standing why some decisions were made.” Caltech, which invents and develops products to improve infection control in healthcare provider workplaces, such as hospitals, nursing homes and physician and dentist offices, has certainly flourished since the company’s early days. Last year, Caltech grew 37 percent and will generate more than $15 million in sales in 2009 – modest compared to Caltech’s biggest competitors, Clorox and SC Johnson, but a long way from $28,000 gross sales during the company’s first year. “When we first started, we’d list our orders on a piece of paper in a loose-leaf binder,” said Ann Watton, the first employee Goeders hired at Caltech. “When we turned the page and started the list on a second page, we knew we were having a really good month. It has been exciting to see Caltech grow from processing 15 orders a month to 150 in a week now.” While Caltech products are developed and tested internally, they are produced and packaged through contract manufacturers and sold through medical supply distributors. Caltech products – Dispatch®, Precise®, Citrace® and Citrex® – carry the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration number of approval for infection control when a virus, such as H1N1, influenza, hepatitis or HIV, emerges. “When the world has a new pathogen to deal with, the Center for Disease Control doesn’t always have the information to recommend an EPA-registered product because the disinfectant product industry has not had time to go through a registration process for this new pathogen to be listed on the label. However, they must make a recommendation for people,” Goeders said. “What they usually suggest is using some sort of a product that has a small percentage of sodium hypochlorite, which is typically strong enough to kill whatever germ it is. Caltech was the first company to create and register such a ready-to-use product.”

Undeniably, Caltech is about helping to prevent the spread of infection, but Goeders is quick to add another benefit. “Economic developers say that every job we create, such as a scientist or an engineer, creates two additional jobs outside of the company, for people in areas like advertising, production, trucking and warehousing,” Goeders said. “Therefore, with 36 employees at Caltech, the most satisfying part of my profession is creating over 100 jobs, especially in a town and an economy where jobs are problematic.” Creating jobs. Helping people. Now that makes Goeders smile. n

Goeders, with Caltech employee Patrick McGuire, continues to enjoy the laboratory but has a variety of other interests. As a student at Northwest, he was a member of the tennis team, a sport he continues to play. He also rode his bicycle – a three-speed Schwinn with a basket to hold his briefcase – more than 1,300 miles last year.

Business incubator concept benefits Caltech, Northwest Caltech Industries is the anchor tenant in the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center, a private, not-for-profit organization created to provide entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a supportive and collaborative environment. The Midland, Mich., business incubator is an emerging economic engine for the region. Similarly, Northwest has launched a regional economic development initiative, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Center has two synergistic components: a mixed-use incubator and an academic facility. The 46,000-square-foot facility located on the north edge of campus is designed to house several start-up companies; the academic facility has been programmed to house the newly approved nanotechnology baccalaureate degree program. Two companies, Carbolytic Materials Company and Practical Sustainability, have already committed to Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. n For more information about Northwest’s CIE, visit, and to learn more about Caltech Industries, visit


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Northwest geology, geography students in high demand


tudent enrollment growth and increased involvement are two of the top priorities of Northwest’s Department of Geology and Geography. Dr. Renee Rohs, associate professor of geology, said an emphasis is placed on encouraging students to consider geology as a career. Currently there are about 75 undergraduate students pursuing a geology or geography major and 110 in the GIS master’s program. Recently, one of Rohs’ students, Ashley Leger, received the O.R. Grawe Award, which honors outstanding undergraduate geology students in Missouri. Rohs said Leger’s award gives Northwest regional recognition for its geology program. “It is a great honor for her, but it is also good to get Northwest’s image about the department in the forefront. There aren’t a lot of geology programs in the region, so it is good to be recognized,” Rohs said. Upcoming events and trips also will encourage students to get involved in the geology/geography department. In May 2010, a trip to the British

Isles is scheduled for about 15 students to explore the geology of Ireland and Scotland. “We would like to grow the undergraduate program, stabilize majors and reflect a positive image for Northwest,” Rohs said. Rohs also said that the job opportunities in the geology field are growing, which should be an incentive for even more students to get involved in the program. “Geology was in high demand in the 1960s and 1970s, and now all of those professionals are retiring. The positions can’t be filled fast enough,” she said. “It is a fabulous field to be in. The demand is high.” n

Northwest students develop coupon delivery software for Alyoop


orthwest has signed an agreement with representatives from Alyoop Inc., a St. Louis-based start-up company that seeks to provide shoppers with coupons selected to match customer-generated shopping lists and delivered via the Internet. Alyoop’s James E. McKee III described the

concept as the first new service in the area of manufacturers’ coupon distribution since the invention of newspapers. Northwest’s role in the new enterprise is to develop a Beta version of the application software for the system capable of performing most of the functions of a production version. A group of Northwest students led by Dr. Dean Sanders, professor of computer science and information systems, and Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of marketing and management, are performing a series of developmental tasks, including systems analysis, user interface design, database design, software architecture development, software implementation and development of user documentation and test cases. As the entire Web-based application takes shape, there will be plenty of opportunities for Alyoop Inc. and the University to continue working together. Students will receive academic credit for their work along with valuable professional experience, Sanders said. n

Dr. Renee Rohs and Jonathan Bennett, an environmental geology major from Johnsburg, Ill., observe metamorphic rocks from Wisconsin through a microscope equipped with a digital camera. Bennett presented his research this spring at the Geological Society of America conference.

(Left) A partnership between the University and Alyoop is giving Northwest students, including Tyler Griesbach, the opportunity to receive hands-on experience developing Web-based application software.


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Scholarship memorializes former three-sport athlete


The late Jim Williams (center), surrounded by his family and friends, was presented the inaugural Bob Gregory Award during a 2007 Bearcat game. Many of those same friends have initiated a scholarship in his memory.

new scholarship at Northwest has been established in memory of the late Jim Williams ’70. Williams enjoyed a successful career as a high school teacher and football coach at St. Charles High School where he guided his team to a state championship in 1982 and was voted Missouri 4A Football Coach of the Year. In his 17 years of coaching, Williams fell one win short of 100 in his career, finishing with the most wins in St. Charles history. During his tenure,

he touched many lives, which was evident by the hundreds of people who attended his memorial service and wrote messages thanking him for being a great friend and teacher. While at Northwest, Williams was a threesport letter-winner in football, wrestling and golf. In 2007, Williams became the first recipient of the Bob Gregory Award, an honor given to someone who emulated the life, qualities and attributes of Gregory, a beloved former Northwest coach. The Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in education, with preference given to students from the St. Charles area followed by students from the St. Louis area. n For more information on the Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship or to make a contribution, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer for the College of Education and Human Services, at or (660) 562-1248.

Double the impact of your gift. Adopt-A-Bearcat today! The Adopt-A-Bearcat scholarship program starts at a $250 increment level and is matched dollar for dollar by the University to increase the impact of your gift for Northwest students. You’ll receive information about the recipient during the school year, and the student is notified that the scholarship he or she receives was created because of your generosity. The scholarship may be awarded in your name or that of a loved one. For more information, contact the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248.


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Houston honored for $1.3 million gift supporting Northwest theatre initiative


on Houston, a Maryville resident and president of J.L. Houston Co. in Hopkins, has given Northwest a $1.3 million gift, and the University has recognized his generosity by naming the performing arts complex in his honor. The Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, as the facility is now known, includes the Mary Linn Auditorium, constructed in 1984, and the Studio Theatre, a 5,500-square-foot facility completed in 2008. Houston (pronounced House-ton), who was involved in high school theatre productions as well as several performances by the Nodaway Community Theatre Company, said he has always had an interest in theatre. After he graduated from North Nodaway High School in Hopkins, he attended Northwest for three years before transferring to the University of MissouriColumbia to receive a degree in industrial engineering. “When I was a student at Northwest, I used to go to the little theatre in the Administration Building, but after it was destroyed by the fire in 1979, the University was never able to construct a similar type of facility,” he said. “From talking with the faculty in Northwest’s theatre department, it became apparent there was a need for a Studio Theatre. I really think the theatre, which is top notch, will allow the University to increase its student recruiting opportunities.” The Studio Theatre functions as a laboratory

for the dramatic arts and contains state-of-the-art technology. It seats up to 250 people, depending upon the movable seating arrangement, and provides an intimate environment for student and departmental performances. It was Houston’s multi-year gift that, when coupled with University and Northwest Foundation funds, not only allowed for the construction of the Studio Theatre but also several other capital projects across campus. “Without Ron’s gift, the Northwest Foundation would not have received the bonds to construct Bearcat Stadium, which was completed in 2003. Ron’s gift provided the necessary capital to facilitate the acquisition of bond financing,” said Orrie Covert, Northwest’s vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Northwest Foundation. “In 2007, the Foundation was able to release those funds to fulfill Ron’s wishes that his gift eventually be used for the construction of the Studio Theatre.” In addition to being the lead donor for the Studio Theatre, Houston has been a longtime Northwest supporter in other areas. His contributions through the Northwest Foundation have funded the Ronald A. Houston Scholarship as well as a new sound system and projector in Mary Linn Auditorium. He was also a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors for six years. J.L. Houston Co., founded in 1954 by Houston’s father, has about 50 employees and manufactures carbon steel and stainless steel tanks for storing petroleum products, solutions and chemicals. It also is a supplier of plumbing, pumping, gauging, metering, safety and overfill prevention valves and alarms. n

(Above) Ron Houston awaits his introduction during the ceremony to commemorate the naming of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Chanda Funston and Dennis Dau (right) converse with Ron Houston following the ribboncutting ceremony and express their appreciation for his generous contribution. (Left) Following the reception, theatre patrons attended the student performance of “Celebration” in the facility’s Studio Theatre.


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Student organization, scholarship created for interactive digital media majors


DigEM has been a great way to network. I’ve learned a lot about job opportunities, and it has helped me develop an idea of where my interests are as well as a lot of real-world experience.

Alisha Baker IDM major

lisha Baker was 16 years old when she entered college, and her interest in Web development brought her to Northwest. Baker, who graduated in the spring, majored in interactive digital media with an emphasis in computer science. The unique major was a perfect fit. Northwest’s IDM major was created in 2001 and crosses disciplines involving computer science/information systems, mass communication and art. With involvement from the three departments, advisers Dr. Jody Strauch, assistant professor of mass communication, and Dr. Carol Spradling, assistant professor of computer science/information systems, knew they would like to provide another learning opportunity for students like Baker, so they established the student organization DigEM. “Involvement in DigEM creates a great opportunity for Northwest students to meet professionals from the industry,” Spradling said. “We take trips to Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines to allow students to see what options are available with this major. We also bring in speakers to talk


about current trends.” During the development stages, Spradling and Strauch wanted to reward students for being involved in the extracurricular activity and therefore created the DigEM Scholarship. “Because alumni help us select the scholarship recipient, it presents a good way to keep in contact with alumni from each of the areas,” Strauch said. “It also is a way to honor the experiences that our alumni have had.” Baker, the past president of DigEM, was the first recipient of the scholarship. She said she is thankful not only for the financial benefit, but for the business opportunities as well. “DigEM has been a great way to network,” Baker said. “I’ve learned a lot about job opportunities, and it has helped me develop an idea of where my interests are as well as a lot of realworld experience.” n To support the DigEM Scholarship, contact Polly Howard, development officer for the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, at or (660) 562-1248.

1905 Society

Proud past, promising future. It takes dedication and support to build an outstanding university that inspires learning and changes lives. As Northwest grows year by year, so too does the value of a degree from Northwest. Many changes have taken place since Northwest’s beginnings in 1905 as the Fifth District Normal School. Today, Northwest is regarded as an innovator in higher education. As always, the goals Northwest sets for itself are ambitious, inspiring and visionary. The unknown factor in the infinite needs of the University is exactly where the most crucial need will be within the University from year to year. By providing flexible, unrestricted support, The 1905 Society can help to better position Northwest to meet these varied future needs. Whether the needs lie in the form of scholarship support, additional financing for capital projects or the extra bit needed to upgrade technologies across campus, The 1905 Society will help ensure the financial health and wellbeing of the University for years to come. Northwest alumni and friends can show their faith in Northwest’s promising future through membership in The 1905 Society with any unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 or greater.

To join The 1905 Society, or for more information, contact Laurie Long with the Northwest Foundation at or (660) 562-1248. 18

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MOERA challenge course receives boost from DNR grant


issouri’s Department of Natural Resources recently awarded Northwest’s Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area a $64,000 grant that, when coupled with funding from the University, resulted in the addition of an Odyssey Course, an enhanced high-ropes challenge course. “The addition of the Odyssey Course makes it possible to accommodate much larger groups,” MOERA Director Jon Gustafson said about the $134,000 project. “Previously we could have 12 people in the air at once, but this will allow us to accommodate In addition to MOERA’s climbing wall and alpine tower, beginners 48 people.” through advanced climbers can experience an enhanced highropes challenge course thanks to a recent grant. MOERA, a program implemented in 2000 by Northwest’s Department business executives – as well as many individuals of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and through trap shooting and boating opportunities. Dance, operates on 320-acres the University The recreation classes at Northwest also use the leases from the city of Maryville at Mozingo area for educational purposes. Lake a few miles east of campus. In addition “We hope to increase the number of groups to a 50-foot alpine climbing tower, the facilwe facilitate, and we’d really like to see more ity includes a low elements course, canoeing, corporate groups take advantage of the team kayaking, trap range and a field and target initiative aspect of MOERA,” Gustafson said. archery range. The MOERA activities not only “Overall, MOERA is a great opportunity to enjoy build trust and unity within groups, but particioutdoor recreation, experience some adventure pants also develop and enhance characteristics and learn by doing.” n such as leadership, self-esteem and empowerment. For more information about MOERA, or to Currently, MOERA serves about 50 groups schedule a group, contact Jon Gustafson at annually – ranging from church youth groups to or (660) 541-0861.

Alumni networking group expands

Social networking sites

are the craze right now, but there is still value in face-toface networking opportunities, so why not expand your business connections and meet fellow Bearcats in your area at the same time?

Northwest is looking

for alumni and friends in the Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa, metropolitan areas who are interested in starting a networking group.

Northwest Networks –

Kansas City is a networking group consisting of Northwest graduates in the Kansas City area who meet at least once a quarter.

“Each meeting is an

opportunity not only to meet or reacquaint yourself with fellow alumni, but to hear about businesses and learn how you can help each other in your endeavors,” said Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09, a development officer for the Northwest Foundation.

The Kansas City network-

ing group was established


annual f nd is missing


Can you imagine how different your life would be if you hadn’t come to Northwest? The friends, the professors, your degree – each is a piece in the unique puzzle that makes up your life. Just as Northwest will always be a part of your life’s puzzle, you will always be a part of Northwest.

three years ago, and today more than 200 alumni and friends are involved.

Northwest alumni who

are interested in attending or starting a Northwest

A gift to Northwest’s Annual Fund, no matter what size, is significant. Make your donation today.

3 convenient ways to donate:

should contact Polly Howard at or

1 Online: 2 Mail: Office of University Advancement 800 University Dr. Maryville, MO 64468 (make checks payable to the Northwest Foundation) 3 Phone: (660) 562-1248

Networks group in their area

(660) 562-1248. n


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Homecoming ’09

Presidential Inauguration Friday, Oct. 23 n Installation ceremony, 10:15 a.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts n Academic symposiums/ open houses, noon-2 p.m., campuswide n Flag-raising ceremony, 2 p.m., White International Plaza n Grand reception, 3:30 p.m., Administration Building NOTE: free, open to public n

Homecoming Golf Classic Friday, Oct. 23 n Two person scramble, tee times beginning at noon n Mozingo Lake Golf Course COST: $45 per person (includes 18 holes, cart, range balls, prizes) n

Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom NOTE: new format, free n n

Variety Show Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. n Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts COST: $5 n

Homecoming Welcome Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. Alumni House n Free refreshments n

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Homecoming Barbecue Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. n College Park COST: $6

Football vs. Washburn Saturday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m. Bearcat Stadium COST: $12 reserved, $8 adult general admission (standing room only), $5 student n n


Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. Route begins in front of Roberta Hall to Fourth Street and goes east on Fourth Street to the courthouse square, turning north on Market Street to Sixth Street

Comfort Inn (660) 562-2002 Super 8 (660) 582-8088 Holiday Inn Express (660) 562-9949

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Honoring the Class of 1959


The Golden Years Society Reunion welcomes all classmates who graduated in 1959 and before to attend Northwest’s Homecoming festivities. Mark your calendar for Oct. 23-24, and make plans to return to campus and reunite with fellow Bearcats.

Friday, Oct. 23


8:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Ramada Inn Super 8

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Events are subject to change/cancellation.


Places to Stay


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


Family-friendly viewing area near the University Drive and Fourth Street


M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

(816) 279-1671 (816) 364-4700 (816) 901-9600 (816) 390-9300

Welcome reception, Alumni House Reunion photo, Alumni House Presidential Inauguration, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts Luncheon, J.W. Jones Student Union Flag-raising ceremony, White International Plaza Presidential Inauguration Grand reception, Administration Building

Order Tickets Tickets will not be mailed; they must be picked up at the event. n Football and Variety Show tickets may be purchased online at or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468 (Checks must be received at Northwest by Thursday, Oct. 22) n Call (660) 562-1248 or visit www. to register for the Golf Classic. n Seats are assigned on a bestavailable basis. n All ticket sales are final. n Ticket prices include Missouri sales tax. n

7 p.m.

M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom (optional)

Saturday, Oct. 24

8 a.m. Homecoming Welcome, Alumni House 9 a.m. Parade with VIP seating 11:30 a.m. Bearcat Zone pregame Barbecue, College Park* 1:30 p.m. Football vs. Washburn, Bearcat Stadium* COST: $20 *additional cost


MISSION: The Northwest Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships through initiatives and opportunities that advance the University and its alumni, future alumni and friends. 2009-2010 Board of Directors President Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Vice President Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Smithville Past President

Springfield Alumni Chapter The Northwest Alumni Association recently chartered its 16th chapter. More than 40 alumni and friends from the Springfield area gathered at Mr. Yen’s for the April 9 event. As part of the celebration, Steve Sutton ’71, director of alumni relations, presented the Springfield Alumni and Friends Chapter banner to Mark DeVore

Tim Sullivan ’75, Urbandale, Iowa

’71, ’75, the chapter’s president. For more information about the Springfield Chapter or to get involved, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at alumni@ or (660) 562-1248 or e-mail Mark DeVore at n


Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Redding, Iowa Membership Committee Chairperson Mark Pickerel ’76, St. Joseph Chapters Committee Chairperson Kory Schramm ’95, Johnston, Iowa

Tourin’ Bearcats explore Alaska he Tourin’ Bearcats travel program for Northwest alumni and friends recently embarked on an extensive scenic land tour of Alaska. Highlights of the trip for the 15 travelers, which began with a flight to Fairbanks, included a “Discover the Gold” tour on a riverboat sternwheeler, a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village, panning for gold, meeting sled dogs, a scenic expedition on the domed McKinley Explorer luxury train, and a wilderness tour at Denali National Park. In addition, the trip featured an excursion on the Alaska Railroad

Alumni Programs


Coastal Classic train from Anchorage to Seward and a glacier tour at Kenai Fjords National Park. For more information about upcoming Tourin’ Bearcats’ trips, see the back of this magazine or call (660) 562-1248. n

Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Kansas City Chrissy Beck ’02, Jefferson City Bill Brooks ’91, Dearborn Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, ’76, Edmond, Okla. Jim Goecken ’92, Maryville Allen Kearns ’62, Omaha, Neb. Vic Kretzschmar ’70, ’71, Hemple Larry Maiorano ’69, ’74, Lenexa, Kan. Dave Teeter ’86, Montgomery City John Van Cleave ’73, ’89, Maryville Mike Zech ’86, Maryville Ex-Officio Board Members Orrie Covert, Vice President for University Advancement Mike Faust ’74, President, Northwest Foundation, Omaha, Neb. Dean Hubbard, President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski, University President, Maryville B.D. Owens, President Emeritus, Des Moines, Iowa Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations

Linda Grantham Kimsey ’73 and Mary Grantham Pabian ’65 pan for gold in Fairbanks, Ala.

Tourin’ Bearcat travelers, pictured in Denali National Park, included (front row, from left) Linda Grantham Kimsey ’73, Elaine Grantham, Mary Grantham Pabian ’65, Nancy Bishop ’68, Donna Billesbach, Roanne Godsey Solheim ’66, Charlene Piel ’81, (back row) Dwight Grantham ’62, Linda Heeler, Phil Heeler, Tom Billesbach (dean of the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies and the trip’s host), Jerry Solheim, Dixie Piel ’96, ’97, Martha Schrimsher Auchard ’64 and Gary Auchard.


Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

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1. LuAnn Ewart, Roger Brummett ’93 (master’s) and Roger Robison ’80 visit during the Southern Iowa Chapter’s anniversary dinner. 2. Members of the Southern Iowa Chapter attended the Encore performance of “Movin’ Out” at Northwest’s Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 3. Members of the Kansas City Chapter enjoyed a barbecue during the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City. 4. A wine and cheese tasting event took place for members of the St Joseph Chapter. Alumni were asked to bring a wine and cheese of their choice along with a fact card for each item. Throughout the evening the attendees were encouraged to read the cards, and a trivia contest was held at the conclusion of the evening.

Alumni chapter news Southern Iowa


ore than 40 alumni and friends attended the Southern Iowa Chapter’s third anniversary social. Guest speakers included Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 from Northwest’s Office of Alumni Relations and Larry Mannasmith ’71 from the Office of Enrollment Management. In addition, Stacy Gibbs from Southwestern Community College explained the new partnership between SWCC and Northwest. Drawings were held for raffle and door prizes, and more than $500 was raised for the chapter’s scholarship. Also in April, 26 alumni and friends from the southern Iowa area attended the Encore performance of “Movin’ Out” at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Several chapter members also helped with the Southern Iowa Special Olympics in Creston. This summer, the chapter entered a float in area parades and worked at the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair. n Kansas City


he Kansas City Chapter initiative to reconnect with more alumni has been a success as more Bearcats have been attending




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events and chapter meetings. Nearly 60 people attended the February happy hour at the Landing in Liberty, and more than 30 participated in the Snake Saturday cookout. Several Northwest alumni attended a gathering in Kansas City to honor outgoing President Dr. Dean Hubbard, and members of the Kansas City Chapter attended a Kansas City Wizards game this summer. For a listing of upcoming events, visit, and look for the Kansas City Chapter on Facebook. To get involved, contact Brian Stewart at president@nwalumnikc. com. n St. Joseph


ardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day were celebrated by members of the St. Joseph Chapter, and in April, Mark ’76 and Cindy Pickerel hosted a wine and cheese tasting party at their home. Alumni in the St. Joseph area are invited to attend chapter socials on the second Friday of the month. For more information, contact Dave Price ’70, the chapter’s president, at n




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5. Members of the St. Louis Chapter gathered for an afternoon of bowling.

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n February, the St. Louis Chapter hosted a watch party to cheer on the Bearcat men’s basketball team in its game against the University of Central Missouri. The chapter also held a family bowling event, and, in May, celebrated its first anniversary with a social at Ozzie’s Sports Bar. Northwest alumni and friends participated in an August happy hour at Fast Eddie’s and are planning a holiday social in December. n Dallas


embers of the Dallas Chapter gathered at Chammps in Addison, Texas, for an officers’ meeting and, while working on the yearly calendar of events, cheered on the men’s basketball team during the televised game that morning. In March, the chapter met for a wine tasting event at La Buena Vida in Grapevine, Texas. n Central Iowa


ttendance has doubled for the Central Iowa Chapter’s monthly First Thursday socials, now located at Kelley’s on Beaver in Des Moines. Several members of the chapter attended the March reception for Dr. Dean Hubbard at the Des Moines Botanical Center, and in April chapter members attended an Iowa Energy basketball game. To encourage economical and family-based fun, the chapter hosted a Bearcat family picnic at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines in May. This summer, the chapter participated in a


Bearcat night at the Iowa Cubs game and assisted with the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair. Read the chapter’s blog at CentralIowaBearcats. for event updates, event photos and more. n Maryville


he Maryville Chapter conducted raffles at five Bearcat basketball games to raise money for its scholarship and provided free popcorn at three of the free summer movies on campus hosted by the Student Activities Council. In July, the chapter attended a Kansas City Wizards soccer game, and in August chapter members hosted a water station for freshmen and their families as students moved into the residence halls. In addition, the chapter has a wine and beer tasting event scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Alumni House. n Colorado


orthwest alumni in the Denver, Colo., area met as part of a focus group to work on an events schedule for the Colorado Chapter. For more information about the Colorado Chapter, contact co-presidents Joshua McMahon ’01 at or Carolyn Davenport ’79 at n

6. Members of the Dallas Chapter hosted a February watch party for the Northwest men’s basketball game against the University of Central Missouri. Those in attendance were Colleen Brinkman, Barney Brinkman ’79, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson ’97, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Chris Johnson ’93, ’94, Bob Farris ’79, Hollis Kilworth ’80 and Steve Weigman ’85. 7. Central Iowa alumni and friends attending the Iowa Energy basketball game included (front row, from left) Kim Wall ’01, Megan Thole Ulrich ’04, Amy Carter ’02, Surge (the Iowa Energy mascot), Jessica McDonald, Jill Awtry, Jami Willenborg ’02, (back row) Dennis Spark ’73, Ted Spark, Paula Spark, Faith Spark, John Patterson, Phil Patterson ’74, ’78, Craig Bassett ’74 and Sandy Allison. 8. Bearcat alumni and friends living in Arizona attended a spring training baseball game between the New York Giants and San Diego Padres.

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2009 Alumni Association Award recipients

You’re Invited! The Northwest Alumni Association honors individuals who have given of their time, talent and service to Northwest. Join Northwest in saluting these outstanding Bearcats. n

Friday, Sept. 18


J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom


6 p.m.


6:45 p.m. Dinner


8 p.m.

Social Awards Presentation

All Northwest alumni and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. It’s a great way to kick off Family Weekend and salute these deserving individuals. n

$30 per person


$200 for a table of eight

Distinguished Alumni Award

Mary Hamilton Purdy ’72 ary Hamilton Purdy ’72 is a consultant with a distinguished military career who became a leader and symbol of women in the U.S. Navy. As a U.S. Navy officer, Purdy worked extensively with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified commands and other government agencies. While serving at the Naval Academy, Purdy was instrumental in shaping many new practices pertaining to the fair treatment of women officers and faculty. During her last assignment with the military before retiring with the rank of commander, she was a senior military fellow at the National Defense University. For the last 10 years, she has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton where she supports the Department of the Navy’s Chief Information Officer in workforce planning endeavors. Purdy lives in Davidsonville, Md.


Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Mark Corson r. Mark Corson, an associate professor of geography, has been a Northwest faculty member since 1998. He also is the liaison to the Military Science program (ROTC) and is the coordinator of the new interdisciplinary minor in crisis communication and response. Corson was president of the Northwest Faculty Senate in 2006-07 and has published nine refereed journal articles, nine book chapters and two book reviews in major journals. In addition, Corson, who lives in Maryville, is a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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

Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award

Dr. Frances Shipley ’61 r. Frances Shipley ’61 returned to her alma mater in 1968 as a faculty member in the Department

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of Family and Consumer Sciences (then home economics) following several years of teaching high school in Iowa. She received a master’s from Iowa State University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After 40 years at Northwest, Shipley retired last year as department chair and dean of the graduate school. She was the first recipient of Northwest’s Culture of Quality Award and was president of the National Council of FACS Administrators. She lives in Maryville. Turret Service Award

David Snider ’80, ’83 ot only has Dave Snider ’80, ’83 served on the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors for six years, where he chaired the technology committee, but he also was an active member of the national Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years. In addition, he has been a member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter since its inception and assists annually with the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. Snider, who lives in Parkville, is a partnership controller at Clearwater Natural Resources, LP in Kansas City.


Young Alumni Award

Dr. Elise Gutshall ’00 fter majoring in vocal music at Northwest, Dr. Elise Gutshall ’00 continued her education and received a master’s from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. In 2007, she received an honorary scholarship from Rotary International to study at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand. Gutshall continues to perform nationally as a recitalist and clinician and has been an alumni guest recitalist at Northwest. Gutshall lives in Wayne, Neb., and is an assistant professor of voice at Wayne State College. n



Arbuckle recognizes, develops big league talent


ike Arbuckle ’72 knows athletic talent when he sees it. But determining if a baseball player has the mental makeup to succeed in the Major Leagues is a tougher assignment. Arbuckle, who has evaluated players for the last 29 years at more than 8,000 ballgames, has a good eye for identifying young men with that unique combination. “When we’re looking at a player, of course talent is necessary, but mental makeup is huge,” said Arbuckle, senior adviser to the general manager/ scouting and player development for the Kansas City Royals. “Players need to be aggressive and have poise, a tremendous work ethic and focus. We try to put the pieces of that puzzle together. It’s been my experience that we’re rarely wrong on evaluating physical ability. When we miss on a player we’ve misevaluated their mental makeup.” After 12 years with the Atlanta Braves and 16 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Arbuckle knows how to put the puzzle together. For instance, he’s drafted players such as Scott Rolen, National League Rookie of the Year with seven Gold Glove awards; Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, NL MVPs; All-Star Chase Utley; and Cole Hamels, 2008 World Series MVP. With the Braves, Arbuckle worked his way up the ranks from area scout to national supervisor. During his tenure with the Phillies, his responsibilities included assistant GM/ scouting and player Arbuckle credits his success to listening developto and learning from baseball veterans ment. when he began his Major League

“I’m proud of what we accomplished with both clubs,” Arbuckle said, “but winning the World Series in 2008 with the Phillies was quite an experience. It’s something every person in this business should get to do at least once in their career. The tension level is amazing, but so is the excitement level because every play becomes so critical.” Arbuckle’s decision to leave the Phillies was a tough one, although the location of the Kansas City Royals made it easier since his home for the last 10 years has been in Liberty – just 20 minutes from Kauffman Stadium. “Living and working in Kansas City is great because my wife, Martha, and I have four grandkids in the area. It allows me to actually have some time to see their activities, which I haven’t been able to do for years,” said Arbuckle, who for the last 10 years has spent about 280 days a year away from home. However, Arbuckle doesn’t mind the long hours and life on the road. It’s in his blood. “I don’t have any hobbies, and I don’t see myself retiring. I’ll probably get to the point someday where I cut back and only scout major league games, but that’s well down the road for me,” he said. “Baseball is what I do, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” n

From an early age, it was apparent Mike Arbuckle ’72 had the potential to make a name for himself in the Major Leagues – as a player. Before transferring to Northwest from a nearby junior college, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, a rotator cuff injury threw the left-handed pitcher a curve ball, and it appeared his big league career was over before it even started. Today, Arbuckle is with the Kansas City Royals as senior adviser to the general manager/scouting and player development.

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McCollum returns to lead men’s basketball program

The Fall Classic at Arrowhead VIII Northwest vs. Pittsburg State Saturday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Parking: $15, lots open at 1 p.m., stadium gates open at 3 p.m. Bearcat Tailgate Party: 2 p.m., near east stadium entrance, look for the green and white. All Bearcat alumni and friends are invited. Enjoy food and music, appearances by the Northwest cheerleaders and Bearcat Marching Band and remarks from Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski. Friday Night Social: 5:30 p.m. (meet President Dr. John Jasinski from 7 to 9 p.m.), O’Dowd’s at Zona Rosa, Kansas City North Tickets: Club level seats: $25 Field level seats n

Adults: $20


Northwest students with a University ID: $10


Age 3-high school: $10


Age 2 and younger on an adult’s lap: Free


To order tickets, call the Northwest Student Services Center at (660) 562-1248 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.nwmissouri. edu/tickets.

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ormer Northwest basketball player Ben McCollum ’03, ’05 is the 20th head coach in the 95-year history of Northwest men’s basketball. He replaces Steve Tappmeyer who announced his retirement in March following 21 years of service. “I identified Coach McCollum as a candidate for our position early in our process,” said Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter. “I’m convinced that he is indeed the right person to lead our program.” McCollum played for Tappmeyer during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. The Bearcats were 51-12 spanning those two seasons, including a 29-3 mark during the 2001-02 campaign that culminated with the program’s first Elite Eight appearance. McCollum worked as a graduate assistant the following two years and helped lead the Bearcats back to the Elite Eight in 2004 when the team finished 29-5. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Emporia State University where he’s served the last four seasons. Emporia State qualified for the 2007 NCAA tournament and was

nationallyranked at one point in each of the four seasons McCollum was on staff. A native of Storm Lake, Iowa, McCollum began his college career at North Iowa Area Community Ben McCollum fields questions from College the media during the news conference where he was announcing the Bearcat alum will become the men’s basketball head a two-time coach. all-region performer before transferring to Northwest. McCollum and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two sons, Peyton and Tate. n

Cremeens’ softball teammates create memorial scholarship

Family package: $50, admits two adults and two children



he tragic death of a Northwest alumnus has prompted her softball teammates to rally together by supporting a scholarship and presenting a plaque to her family. Amber Cremeens ’96, a standout on the softball field and in the classroom at Northwest, died Feb. 17 in Wheat Ridge, Colo., where she lived and worked for Charles River Laboratories. Following her graduation from Northwest where she majored in zoology, she earned an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. “Amber was so fast,” said Barry Burmeister, assistant varsity softball coach at McHenry (Ill.) High School. “She used to challenge me to throw a ball to her while she was lying on the ground, and she would jump to her feet and catch it.” Cremeens’ former Northwest


softball teammates will present a plaque in her memory to her family prior to a softball game next spring. In addition, a permanent memorial will be displayed in the press box at the Northwest softball field. Furthermore, her teammates are contributing, in Cremeens’ name, to Northwest’s Degree Completion Program, also called the Redd Awards. The program provides scholarship support to a Northwest student-athlete who is working to complete degree requirements although his or her athletic eligibility is exhausted. “We want to do something to honor Amber’s memory,” said Dr. Kristi Sweeney ’96, a former Northwest teammate. “The team was very close, and we miss Amber terribly.” To contribute to the scholarship program in Cremeens’ memory, contact the Northwest Foundation at (660) 562-1248 or advance@ or use the envelope located in the center of this magazine. n


Athletic training room to be named in honor of Colt


campaign has begun to make upgrades to Northwest’s athletic training room while at the same time recognizing Dr. David “DC” Colt ’78 (master’s), former Northwest head athletic trainer. In addition to naming the training room in Colt’s honor, a fundraising initiative aims to garner $100,000 for the Colt Fund, which has been established through the Northwest Foundation. The funds raised will be used solely for upgrades and improvements to the University’s athletic training facility. Furthermore, the David “DC” Colt Athletic Training Room will be unveiled during a Sept. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the training room in Lamkin Activity Center. Colt was Northwest’s head athletic trainer for 27 years and cared for more than 10,000 Bearcat student-athletes during his tenure. In addition, he received many accolades from his professional peers as a result of his leadership and commitment to his profession and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2008, the Mid-America Athletic

Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. “A gift to the Colt Fund honors DC’s name and legacy and will assist the University in maintaining the high standards of expectations for the area that he established during his tenure at Northwest,” said Dr. Bob Boerigter, Northwest’s director of athletics. The Sept. 25 event is scheduled in conjunction with the Chip Strong Memorial Golf Tournament at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville. The ceremony will take place prior to the tournament’s evening social. Former studentathletes, athletic trainers and others who worked with Colt are encouraged to attend. n For information about the golf tournament, contact Allison Strong at (660) 562-1028 or To discuss giving options related to the Colt Fund, contact Neil Elliott, athletics development officer, at (660) 562-1248 or

The dedication to Northwest shown by Dr. David “DC” Colt has prompted the University to recognize the former Bearcat head athletic trainer during a Sept. 25 ceremony.

2009 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees The following individuals and team will be inducted into Northwest’s M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The format has been changed from past years. It will not include a meal and will be free and open to the public. For more information about the M-Club Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Michele Steinmeyer at (660) 562-1977. Allan Borkowski ’68 Wrestling; three-time MIAA champion; NCAA Division II All-American and third-place finisher at National College Division Tournament; fifth-place finisher at NCAA Division I tournament and only Northwest wrestler to earn Division I All-American honors; career record of 63-18-1; member of 1966-67 wrestling team previously inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame; awarded posthumously. Onofrio Monachino ’55 Football, basketball, track and field; four-year football and basketball letterwinner; two-year track and field letterwinner; 1954 AP Little All-American in football; 1953 and 1954 All-MIAA in football; 1955 All-MIAA in basketball; lives in Laddonia.

Jill Quast Hansen ’01 Volleyball; 2000 MIAA Most Valuable Player; 19982000 All-MIAA First Team selection; 2000 Daktronics All-Region Second Team selection; MIAA Presidential Scholar; led MIAA in kills in 2000; Northwest record holder for career digs and second in total blocks, block assists and career points; lives in Savage, Minn. Bill Sobbe ’85 Basketball, baseball; three-time All-MIAA catcher; led team to Division II College World Series; 1977 MIAA Rookie of the Year; 1978 Honorable Mention All-American; signed with Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979; starting basketball point guard in 1977 and 1978; Northwest record holder for career assist average (4.2) and fourth in season assist average (4.7); lives in Kansas City. 2001-02 Men’s Basketball Team Made the first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in program history; finished 29-3, recording the most wins in a season in 71 years; captured the MIAA regular season and tournament championships; coached by Steve Tappmeyer; had one All-MIAA First-Team pick (Scott Fleming) and three All-MIAA Honorable Mention choices (Jerry Hudson, Kelvin Parker, Matt Rowan). n

Jill Quast Hansen ’01, a standout athlete during her playing days at Northwest, will be inducted into Northwest’s M-Club Hall of Fame during an Oct. 23 ceremony, which is free and open to the public.


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Class notes 1949

Jack Summers ◆

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and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 59th anniversary on May 20. Jack was on the Bearcat basketball team in 1945, was business manager of the 1948 Tower, and was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity.

He retired as personnel director from General Motors after 37 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren and live in Forest Hill, Md.


Mel Young (master’s ’73)

and his wife, Janet, have retired and moved from Lincoln, Neb., to Shawnee, Kan. They are expecting their first grandchild this summer.

The following are direct excerpts taken from the College Blue Book: A Guide for Courteous Collegians. The guide was first published in April 1934 by Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and was sponsored by the Student Senate with contributions from about 300 Northwest students. Look for additional excerpts in future issues of the Northwest Alumni Magazine.

Dancing When a man asks a woman to dance, he says, “May I have this dance?” or “Would you care to dance?” to which she replies, “Certainly,” or “Yes, I’d like to very much.” If a woman does not wish to dance with a man, she may say, “Thank you, I’m not dancing this time.” It would then be inexcusable for her to dance that dance with

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speech pathologist, live in Youngsville, La.

has retired after 40 years in the helicopter industry. After receiving his commission as an infantry officer he entered Army flight school and flew helicopters in Vietnam. After being discharged he flew in the Gulf of Mexico and internationally in support of the offshore oil industry. He and his wife, Barbara, a

Thomas Owen ◆

Ron Gayler

is a signature member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He has received more than 50 major awards in national and international

The College Blue Book

Tea Going Afternoon teas are desirable social functions for college groups as they are inexpensive and afford an opportunity for meeting many people. Teas are usually given between the hours of three and five. A guest remains at least twenty minutes. There is a short receiving line if the tea is formal so that the guests may meet the guest of honor. There will probably be assistant hostesses to help introduce the guests to each other and make everyone feel at home.




someone else unless the man she has refused had been rude to her at an earlier time. A man never leaves a woman in the middle of the dance floor. He takes her back to her partner, to a chaperone, or finds a chair for her. Jitterbugging is popular with a comparatively small number of couples, and these couples should remember that they do not have a priority on the dancing space. It takes a certain amount of room for jitterbugging, and it is very annoying to other couples to be bumped, and crowded, by these energetic dancers. Generally at college dances, clothing worn is a matter of personal preference, but unless it is a “Cotton Party” or a very informal occasion a man should not remove his coat. If it is too warm to dance in a coat, it is too warm for dancing. Appearing in Public Laughing, talking and passing notes in the library or in assembly annoys others and interferes with attention. Taking such privileges at the expense of others is both selfish and rude. To eat candy or food in public or to chew gum shows a lack of good breeding. Loud conversation and laughter or anything that attracts attention through boisterousness is not good taste, and is entirely unnecessary. All demonstrations of affection in public are in bad taste. It is not good form for a couple to go down the street arm in arm or holding hands. n


McGuire performs heroic rescue — for a third time


stranger in the 12-foot-deep icy river. Although the two young boys in the vehicle had already made it to shore, McGuire came to the rescue of their mother who was in need of help. “My first thought was to get her out. I didn’t think much about it when I jumped in the freezing water. I just got to her – still wearing my bicycle helmet – and told her that she was going to be okay,” McGuire said. “I knew how cold the water was, but I had to do something.” The chances are slim that McGuire, who appeared in Reader’s Digest as a nominee for its Hero of the Year award, will be in the situation to perform a fourth river rescue. However, as an educator, he incorporates his past rescue experiences into his classroom. “One of the courses I teach is called story telling. I explain to students that the goal of telling stories isn’t just for entertainment value but to explain why one thing happens instead of another,” McGuire said. “Stories have a purposeful relationship with the course of actions that we take. In this instance, I tell the rescue stories to my students in terms of how images are demanding: you see something and in many cases you are drawn to take action.” n

competitions. He teaches at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Visit www.

of the Ozarks and will be living there full time. They look forward to golfing, boating and visiting their grandchildren.




has retired from Hormel Foods after 38 years. During that time he held several positions, including director of marketing and sales manager. He and his wife, Connie, have built a lake-front home at Lake

retired this spring after 38 years of elementary teaching in the Southeast Nebraska Consolidated School in Stella, Neb. She and her husband, Richard, live in Shubert, Neb.

Gary Esbeck

Peggy Finlay Oliver

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

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teve McGuire ’81 has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. In the past 16 years, McGuire has rescued three people on separate occasions from the Iowa River near Iowa City. “Who would have thought three different times I’d be in a situation to save someone,” said McGuire, a professor of art education at the University of Iowa. The first time McGuire came to the rescue was during the Great Flood of 1993. A student from the University of Iowa fell into the river while trying to retrieve his hat. McGuire slid down a gravel embankment and let the water carry him to the tree branch where the young man clung. McGuire reached down, grabbed him by the collar and pulled him to the surface. Ten years later, on an October afternoon, an elderly fisherman’s boat capsized, and once again McGuire jumped in. After he reached the boat, he tried to tug the man toward shore. Realizing that the fisherman’s leg was tangled in a nylon rope attached to the boat, McGuire dragged both man and vessel to shore. The third time was in December 2007 when the waters of the Iowa River were ice cold. As McGuire bicycled across the river’s bridge, the first thing that caught his eye was a red Volkswagen almost submerged in the freezing water, and he then saw a crowd of onlookers along the riverbank. Someone was in the water, and once again McGuire was about to risk his life to save a

Dell and Janet Kelley Epperson ◆

have relocated once more, this time to Auburn, Ala., where Dell is the professor of naval science and commanding officer of the Naval ROTC Unit at Auburn University. Having lived outside of the Lower 48 for the past 12 years, they are excited to be able to take road trips that include visiting the

Steve McGuire, who has rescued three people from the Iowa River, appeared in Reader’s Digest for his Hero of the Year nomination.

campus once again. This will be Dell’s last Navy tour of duty, as he will complete 30 years of service in 2012. Friends are invited to stay in touch at


Ron Martz

is taking his band students at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City to perform at Carnegie Hall.


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Surgeons praise Northwest’s quality of education


Sporting their Bearcat scrubs, Dr. Mike Lowe, Dr. Steve Smith, Dr. Robert Paul, Dr. Doug Nespory and Dr. Chris Bagby all perform surgeries at North Kansas City Hospital.

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otal agreement. That’s what happens when five prominent Kansas City surgeons gather to reminisce about their “good ol’ days” at Northwest and discuss the benefits and challenges of their careers. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Chris Bagby ’84, Dr. Robert Paul ’83 and Dr. Steve Smith ’91 as well as oral surgeon Dr. Mike Lowe ’83 and general and vascular surgeon Dr. Doug Nespory ’82 all agree, the education they received as pre-professional zoology majors at Northwest prepared them for success. “Thanks to Northwest, I finished med school in the top of my class, and it’s because I was better prepared than any of my classmates, many of whom came from prestigious schools all over the country,” said Nespory, who, along with Paul, played football for the Bearcats and was a founding father of Northwest’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter. The names of Northwest professors Pat Wynne, David Smith, Phil Lucido, Ed Farquhar, Jim Lott and Harlan Higginbotham were referenced by each of the surgeons with respect and appreciation. “Because of Dave Smith’s histology class, I was able to coast through the same class in med school and get a top grade and even serve as a teaching assistant to my classmates,” said Smith, who, while at Northwest, was an RA in Phillips Hall, played football and graduated in three years. Mike and Shannon Dumkrieger Tritten

live in Union Star. After teaching for 27 years, Mike is now a funeral director at Meierhoffer Funeral Home and


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Crematory in St. Joseph. Shannon completed her 31st year of teaching music at Bessie Ellison Elementary in St. Joseph.


Lowe had a similar experience at dental school. “Those instructors were fun-loving guys, but they were also very rigorous. The data skills we had to accumulate and the skill sets they projected onto us translated through all of our professional training,” Lowe said. “We were prepared, and it became quite evident in dental school.” Paul, whose son is a sophomore at Northwest, claims he would not be a surgeon if it weren’t for the high expectations of his science professors. “Northwest and that core of instructors had a huge impact on my life,” Paul said. “If we didn’t have a fire lit under us already, we soon got one, or else we wouldn’t have lasted in the program. They raised our game to a higher level, and they expected us to play at that level.” The surgeons – all former athletes – also agreed that making people feel better is the most rewarding part of their careers. “I’ve always had an interest in sports,” said Bagby, who played golf at Northwest. “And when I was a kid, I broke my leg. That’s when I first became interested in orthopedics. I enjoy working with athletes and getting them back to their activities.” However, the business aspect of medicine, coupled with the government’s involvement in healthcare, is a growing challenge, according to each of the doctors. In fact, Paul said orthopedic surgeons have seen their pay decrease 30 percent in the last four years and 40 to 50 percent since the 1980s. “We are trained to take care of people, and do what’s right for people, and not think about the cost,” Paul said. “It can be a challenge to run a business in the healthcare industry with no formal business training,” Smith said. “The government and the insurers make it very hard on us, but the core values Northwest taught us showed us how to persevere.” n 1979


is an instructor of fire protection technology at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb.

is pursuing a master’s in history at Northwest and is the administrator of a historical museum in Clarinda, Iowa.

Terry Spoor

Christy Novinger Taylor

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member


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Debra Parsons James ◆

teaches fitness classes, is a personal trainer and is a stay-at-home mom for Austin, 16, and Jenny, 11. Her husband, Mark, is vice chancellor of administrative services for the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City. He was previously state director for the Department of Public Safety. They live in Kearney. Kathleen Carlson Stracuzzi

has been an accountant for the city of Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the past seven years. In December, she received the designation of Certified Government Finance Officer by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.


Sara Gann ◆

is working for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Washington, D.C., and is completing a professional wine training program with International Sommelier Guild. Jeffrey Goltz

resigned in 2007 after 13 years as a county attorney in Richardson County, Neb. He has returned to Lincoln, Neb., as litigation bureau chief for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Terry Hanzlik (master’S)

has been teaching since 1976 and has been in the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Community School District since 1999. He is the band instructor at Abraham Lincoln High

School. He received the 2009 H.H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching award.



is an ACE fellow in the office of the president at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Laura Hartley Swalley (master’s ’92)


has been accepted into the inaugural class of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

is a mental health counselor at LifeStream Behavioral Center in Leesburg, Fla. She sends greetings to all the 1979-80 SNAFU intramural football team members and cheerleaders.


JanA Glaze Curry ◆

is a clinical specialist at Insulet, maker of the Omnipod Insulin management system. Her district covers Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois. Her daughter, Sarah Moentmann, is now attending Northwest and majoring in agricultural education. She and her husband, Mike, live in Carrollton. Steven White ◆

is case manager for the Assertive Community Treatment Behavioral Health team at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.


Thomas Hooker

and his wife, Bozena, announce the birth of Gabriella Grace in November. He is a manufacture engineer at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville, PA, and completed his sixth Race Across America in June. They live in Glenmoore, Pa.

◆ – Northwest Alumni Association Member

Sunil Ahuja

2009 Football Schedule

Tracey Steele

is an assistant professor of psychology/sociology/ counseling at Northwest and, with Alisha Francis, won the College of Education and Human Services’ Dean’s Award for Research. Michelle Odermatt

and James Segelquist were married Oct. 3. She is a loan officer for INTRUST Bank in Topeka, Kan., and he is a building maintenance technician for the state of Kansas. They have four children. Sara ZABEL SunderLAND

is a first-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley.


Jerry Genochio

is the producing director at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Before joining the Kansas City Rep in 2005, he was production manager for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Ky Hascall

is the Missouri recipient of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” award presented by School Band and Orchestra magazine. He is the band director at Park Hill High School and Congress Middle School. Connie Tate (master’s ’97)

works in the admissions/ selections branch of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2004, she retired as a U.S. military captain. Contact her at rockymtn-highgal@


Linda Boehm Burtis

is an operations manager at the H&R Block corporate offices in Kansas City and is working toward an MBA through Northwest. She and her daughters, Madison, 11, and Cassandra, 4, live in Kansas City.


Dina Beaumont Hulscher

and her husband, Matt, live in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a substitute teacher in the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools and volunteers at Brubaker Elementary. She is the program coordinator for the Kidstriders program, which encourages children to exercise on a daily basis.


Michelle Leeper Burke

and her husband, Tom, live in Odessa. Their daughter, Haley, is 3. Michelle is a program manager at Cerner Corporation, and Tom is a technician at Weinberg Dodge. Regina Bruntmeyer Cassell ◆

is a mass media instructor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. Nate Olson

and his wife, Sheena, announce the birth of Joshua David, on Jan. 27. They live in Benton, Ark.

Aug. 27, 7 p.m. at Abilene Christian TV - CBS College Sports Sept. 3, 6 p.m. at Southwest Baptist Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Pittsburg State (Kansas City, Fall Classic at Arrowhead VIII) Sept. 19, 1 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha (Family Weekend) Sept. 26, 1 p.m. Truman State Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m. at Missouri Western Oct. 10, 1 p.m. Missouri Southern Oct. 17, 1 p.m. at Emporia State Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m. Washburn (Homecoming) Oct. 31, 2 p.m. at Fort Hays State Nov. 7, 1 p.m. Central Missouri There’s no need to pack the grill. Food and beverages will be sold by the Countryside Bistro prior to all regular-season road games, excluding Abilene Christian and the Fall Classic. For the latest schedule information, visit www. Home games bolded


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Christian soars to new heights as hot air balloon pilot


Bret Christian a hot air balloon pilot, travels throughout the country to participate in hot air balloon competitions.

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ince 2003, Bret Christian ’96 has lived the life of Webmaster by day and commercial hot air balloon pilot by night. “I don’t pilot balloons for a living, but I wish there was a way I could,” Christian said. Christian grew up, and continues to live, in Indianola, Iowa, where the National Hot Air Balloon Championships were held from 1969 to1988. As a result, Christian, like so many of his peers, got involved with hot air ballooning. Today, he flies his hot air balloon in competitions throughout the United States and hopes to fly in Mexico later this year. “Hot air balloon pilots have to complete similar training that an airplane or helicopter pilot would have to go through,” Christian said. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that all hot air balloon pilots complete a certification process in order to fly. Certification consists of written tests and flight tests that can take only a few weeks or up to several years to complete. One of Christian’s most memorable flights took place in Albuquerque, N.M., where he completed a “splash and dash” in the Rio Grande River. This is done by lowering the balloon on

top of a body of water for just a few seconds and climbing back into the air again. While this is an impressive maneuver, the main goal of any competition is accuracy. Pilots try to steer their balloons to a location on the ground marked by a large “X” where they must drop a marker as close to the center of the target as possible. Last year in Battle Creek, Mich., Christian skillfully maneuvered his hot air balloon through a football field goalpost, barely missing the crossbar, in order to drop his marker for a score. Christian said the Balloon Federation of America’s competition division tallies each pilot’s scores from competitions throughout the year and awards prizes to the top scorers. The highest scoring pilots advance to the National Hot Air Balloon Championships and, if successful, the World Hot Air Balloon Championships. “My aspiration is to make it to the world championship, which is why I just bought a new balloon,” Christian said. “My new Lindstrand 60X Racer is football-shaped and allows me to climb and drop faster in the air compared to other balloons.” Although competition is one of his favorite aspects of hot air ballooning, Christian also enjoys how it brings people together. “It really is a family sport,” he said, “and I hope when my daughter is old enough I can get her involved in it.” n

Nicole “Nickie” Hoge Weary

Andrew is self-employed. They live in Olathe, Kan.

and her husband, Eric, live in Evergreen, Colo., with their two children, Alexandra, 6, and Nicolas, 4.



Brad and Angie Lullman Cook

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announce the birth of Danielle Ellen on Dec. 2. She joins Chase, 6. Brad farms, and Angie teaches second grade at Pocahontas Area Elementary. They live in Pocahontas, Iowa.

Ray McCalla

and his wife, Rachelle, announce the birth of Knox Brian Charles on Dec. 31. He joins Henry, 6, Eleanor, 4, and Genevieve, 2. They live in Wayne, Neb., where Ray is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Lea Ann Vetter Tamerius ◆

and her husband, Andrew, announce the birth of Lauren Elizabeth on April 24. She joins Andrew Michael, 3. Lea Ann is a training manager for Proctor & Gamble, and

pets will not be accepted.)


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Amy Guenthner Wirdzek

and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Audrey Elise Louise on Feb. 16.


Deborah Brannen Brancel

and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of Emma Lee on April 16. Deborah is a business financial performance senior specialist at American Family Insurance,

and Bob is self-employed. They live in Sun Prairie, Wis. Ryan HeilanD

is the city planner for Clive, Iowa, and is pursuing an MPA at Drake University. Steve Hodges

is a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado. Michelle Pace ◆

is a trade desk administrator at FC Stone in Kansas City. She lives in Gladstone.


Megan McFarland Stuck

welcomed a son in December.


Matthew Tapp

is director of planning and zoning for Clay County.


Earnest Collins (master’s)

is the interim head football coach at Alcorn State University. Last season he was defensive coordinator/associate head coach

at Alcorn. He and his wife, Tabatha, have two daughters, Tayler and Marci. Clay cunningham

teaches art at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He received the 2009 H.H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching award. Shane and Kelli Luke (’04) Hilton

announce the birth of Max Cayne on Sept. 9.

He joins Marlie Jolene, 2. Shane is a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director in the Stanberry R-II School District, and Kelli is a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director at St. Gregory’s Barbarigo. They live in Maryville. Tim and Jennifer Spreckelmeyer (’03) Meyer

announce the birth of Emmett Cole on March 1. He joins Ean Miles, 3.

Tim farms, and Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Conception Junction. Ben Parrott

is the manager and marketing director for Mobile Analysis Lab, a business venture of Mohr Pork, LLC, in Glidden, Iowa. He is in charge of a laboratory that runs tests on soil, manure, plant tissue and grain. Ben and his family live in Carroll, Iowa.

Aronson continues family’s drag racing tradition


fter completing his rookie year as a full-time professional, second-generation Pro Stock drag racer Cale Aronson ’05 has quickly made a name for himself in the International Hot Rod Association. Aronson races with the IHRA, which hosts 12 national races a year. He also competes in other races he likes to call “extracurricular activities.” With a rescue team on site, a roll cage, a full suit and helmet, Aronson said he is safer traveling at 220 miles per hour in his car than he is traveling in his own truck at 55 miles per hour on the highway. “To put that kind of power into perspective, the engine of my car is about as powerful as 10 pickup truck engines combined,” Aronson said. One “extracurricular” race on which Aronson recently left his mark was The Outlaw 10.5W, a national race where contestants are allowed to use power-adders to enhance the performance of their vehicles. Aronson was the first driver ever to win this event without using any power added to his vehicle. “I always like to be the first to try new things,” Aronson said. “So far that has been my success story.” Aronson enjoys the competition between the drivers, but he also enjoys the tight-knit community and family atmosphere at drag racing events across the nation. “Some of my best friends are at the track,”

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Aronson said. “Those are the people I might only get to see about 12 times a year, but they’re who I have the most in common with.” Pro Stock is considered one of the most difficult classes of drag racing because each car must run solely on its own engine power. Adding power to the engine and using nitrous oxide is strictly prohibited for this class. All Pro Stock cars must resemble a production street car in order to race. The car Aronson drives has the aerodynamic carbon-fiber body of a white Ford Escort and weighs about 2,400 pounds. It has an 815 cubic-inch engine capable of 1,800 horsepower. Aronson said he rarely feels nervous before a race, and he listens to Metallica and Nickelback to get in the mood before hitting the track. “I like to take about 10 minutes before the race and just jam out a little,” he said. n

When Cale Aronson speeds by at more than 200 miles per hour, his hot rod, boasting a Northwest Alumni Association sticker in the window, is nothing but a blur.

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Jason Snodgrass (master’s, specialist ’02)

is principal at Fort Osage High School in Independence. He previously was a principal in the Polo and Marceline school districts as well as a social studies teacher in the Brookfield School District.

Has your name changed?

Beth Collins Walter

In accordance with Northwest policy, to update your name you must provide a photocopy of the appropriate documentation, such as marriage license or divorce decree. Please mail or fax documentation along with a note requesting a name change to: Registrar’s Office Northwest Missouri State University 800 University Dr. Maryville, MO 64468 Fax: (660) 562-1993 Contact Mary Knowles in the Registrar’s Office at (660) 562-1151 or with questions or for more information.

is a market inspector for the USDA Packers and Stockyards Program. Her husband, Bryan, is a commercial lender at US Bank. They live in Mercer with their son, Brayden, 4.


Wes and Amy Coy Simmons

is completing a master’s in nonprofit administration from Lindenwood University while working as a probation officer in St. Louis.

announce the birth of Jason Wesley on Feb. 3. He joins Andrea, 3. Wes is the northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Amy taught first grade and coached freshman girls’ basketball and volleyball in the St. Joseph School District for five years before leaving to stay at home with the children. They live in St. Joseph. Corey White

has been deployed to Afghanistan as part of an agribusiness development team.

is coordinator for international affairs at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Gibbons (master’s ’05)

and her husband, Warren Booton, announce the birth of Max William on March 30. He joins Miles, 3. Jessica teaches English and Spanish in the Jefferson School District, and Warren is an AMS specialist at Northwest Implement. They live in Maryville. and Nicki Gray were married April 11 in Blanchard, Iowa. Nathan is a self-employed farmer, and Nicki is the agriculture teacher in the South Nodaway School District. They live in Elmo. Jeremiah and Traci Jermain (’02) Johnson

announce the birth of Kadyn Jeremiah on July 25, 2008. He joins a sister, Peyton. Jeremiah is a finance manager at

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lum and instruction at William Woods University in May.

Alan Bennett

Nathan Honan


Midland Loan Services, and Traci is an accountant at Embarq. They live in Raymore.


Justin and Megan Snell (’03) Pollard

live in Macon with their children, Allison Grace, 4, and Rhett Hunter, 1. Justin is a project manager/foreman at Schwada Builders, and Megan teaches sixth grade at Joan C. Patrick Elementary.


Christopher Dunn

is teaching political science and history at Linn State Technical College. Benjamin and Stephanie Landers (’06) Krupa

live in Kansas City. Benjamin earned a teaching certificate in secondary education in English and language arts in March. Stephanie teaches family and consumer sciences at Grandview High School and completed a master’s of education in curricu-


Laura Merz

Adam and Allison Sears (’02) Otte

announce the birth of Lauren Marie on Feb. 25. She joins Kaitlyn. Adam is a commercial loan officer at Commerce Bank, and Allison is a part-time kindergarten teacher in the North Kansas City School District. John McMenamin

is the offensive coordinator at Midland Lutheran College. Following graduation, he was the offensive coordinator at Omaha Creighton Prep High School and helped lead the team to a state title in his first season. In 2006, he was hired as the wide receivers coach at the University of NebraskaOmaha and was later promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2007.


Kristi Allen

is a first-year law student at the University of Tulsa. JORDON AND ASHLEY TYSER (’05) CLARK

announce the birth of Abigail Dawn on Oct. 20. Jordon is a captain in the U.S. Army National Guard, and Ashley is a forensic scientist at the Johnson County Crime Lab. They live in Shawnee, Kan.

Joe Girdner and Annie Ensminger (’03)

were married Nov. 8 in Maryville. Joe is a consultant at Cerner, and Annie is an academic adviser at the University of Central Missouri, where she recently earned a master’s in sociology. They live in Blue Springs. Antonina Hamid

is attending law school at the University of NevadaLas Vegas. Andy Hampton ◆

teaches physical education and coaches football, girls’ basketball and softball at Wellington-Napoleon High School. His wife, Mindy, is the transition coordinator in the Independence School District. Their son, Jonathan, is 1. They live in Oak Grove. Jason Nold

is an assistant coach, coordinator of residential life and adjunct instructor at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. He has been included in the 2009-10 edition of Who’s Who in North America. Abby Simons

is a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Tyler Tritten

is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium. He hopes to finish his thesis in 2010.


Jeter modernizes K-12 social studies curriculum


rchie Jeter ’05 began his Internet-based company, Go Global, to give others a chance to extend their perspective on the world outside of their local communities. “Americans are no longer competing with Kansas City, Miami and Chicago for jobs and businesses. We are competing with Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Dubai,” Jeter said. Based in Kansas City, Go Global creates innovative lesson plans for K-12 social studies courses that consist of standards-based objectives, questions, activities and homework. Students learn about the world through videos, documentaries and podcasts created from the perspectives of native people. Curriculum focuses on subjects such as culture, recent history, economy, education, technology and the future outlook of four world regions: Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. The company, with customers worldwide, has proved successful in gaining popularity. Recently all of the middle and high schools in the Kansas City, Kan., Public School District signed on with Go Global for the upcoming school year. Jeter’s interest in multiculturalism and globalization started during his senior year at Northwest when he decided to renounce his athletic career as a Bearcat basketball player to study abroad in Spain and Australia. “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made,” Jeter said. “It completely changed my world view and the opportunities life presents.”

In addition to developing online lesson plans, Jeter and his team deliver presentations regarding globalization and multiculturalism to a variety of groups including chambers of commerce and community colleges. During his seminars, he emphasizes it is predicted that by the year 2050 minorities will form more than 50 percent of the United States’ population. “If you only view the market through local eyes you are at a disadvantage,” Jeter said. “This is a global economy, and the more we understand, have knowledge about and have the ability to communicate with other cultures, the better opportunity we have for success.” n

Jared and Sarah Alm Weber

Steven Yaple and Jennifer VAN DE Vyvere

are the parents of a daughter born last September. Sarah is employed at Staples.

are planning a November wedding in Kansas City. Steven is an account manager at Columbia Manufacturing Company, and Jennifer is a communications officer with the Missouri State Senate. They live in Columbia.

are employed at Farmers Insurance. Darin is a training development specialist, and Olivia is a commercial property adjustor. They live in Platte City.

For more information about Go Global, visit

Archie Jeter, pictured in Cusco, Peru, chose to forgo his senior year on the Northwest men’s basketball team to study abroad – a decision that changed the course of his life.

Magazine moves to biannual distribution

Northwest Alumni Magazine

will now be available twice a year – in the fall and spring. Previously, the complimentary publication distributed to more than 65,000 Northwest alumni and friends, was produced three times a year. However, additional

Rachelle Wright

recently earned her Project Management Professional certification and is a member of the Kansas City Mid-America Chapter of PMI. She is a project leader at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.

Darin VAN Vactor (master’s ’05)

and Olivia Christopher were married Nov. 1 in Topeka, Kan. Both

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Casey Stohlman

is with the fraud division of Pay Pal in Omaha, Neb. He is pursuing a master’s in security administration from Bellevue University.


Jordan Orscheln

has returned from teaching English in Korea and will be pursuing a master’s in international relations at Florida State University.

content, including alumni and faculty features, videos, photo albums and Northwest news, will be available by visiting

In addition, alumni and

David Todd

friends can stay connected to

completed an MPA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Northwest through Bearcat Connection, the alumni e-newsletter. If you’re not receiving Bearcat Connection via e-mail, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (660) 562-1248. n


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KATIE Dinville Dake

received the Horizon Award of Kansas. The award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers. She teaches music at Central Elementary School in the Wamego (Kan.) Public School District. Nathan Easton

is a law student at Washburn University. Patrick Hunt

is attending law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jamie Lett

is a crisis counselor at Project Hope in Iowa.

Abby Stephens

Andrew Dufour

Jordan Lenger

is pursuing a doctoral degree in American studies at Purdue University.

is a law student at the University of Kansas.

is a first-year law student at the University of Alabama.


Bethany Conner

is attending law school at St. John’s University. Abby Gartner

is attending law school at Creighton University. Jonathan Lowrey

is attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.


Jonathan Cooper

is a first-year law student at the University of Missouri.

Katie Durdin

is a supportive community living specialist for the Waubonsie (Iowa) Mental Health Center.

Jasper Mirabile

Amanda Gumm

Jesse Sewell

is pursuing an MPA at the University of MissouriKansas City and is working in the Prosecutor’s Office in Buchanan County.

is a graduate student at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

Sam Hucke

is a first-year law student at the University of Wyoming. Brandon Laird

is a first-year law student at Marquette University.

is the membership director at the YMCA in Kansas City.

Nicholas Triche

and his wife, Crystal, announce the birth of Gracie Madelyn on Jan. 4. Nicholas is a medical platoon leader with the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Polk, La. He is a 12year veteran of the Armed Forces and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chemistry majors, where are you? The following alumni who majored in chemistry at Northwest are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. If you recognize anyone on the list, please provide Northwest with their contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address and/or married name) or ask them to provide this information by contacting the Office of University Advancement at or (660) 562-1248. Lawrence Albright ’64 Khaled Al-Junadi ’86 Karen Thayer Ambrose ’72 Lynn Ballard ’70 Michael Beckman ’69 James Bennett ’53 John Boley ’67 Clarence Carlson ’73 Roy Carlson ’73 Mark Carpenter ’77 Patricia Hillers Dargantes ’65 Leslie Dawson ’67 Robert Eisenberg ’60 Scott Elder ’88 Herbert Enis ’35 Sayed Fadavi ’89 Michael Furlong ’66 Dean Goergen ’76

James Gromer ’58 Tamra Mahnke Harkness ’94 Abdolrahman Hashemi ’79 Nathan Heldenbrand ’85 Gary Hendrickson ’69 Darrell Hensley ’61 Kent Houser ’70 Hoi Sun Ieong ’94 Emmanuel Imonitie ’87 Kent Jacob ’70 Robert James ’59 William Ketchum ’42 Fred Killan ’52 Hideka Konno ’99 Jeff Lettington ’85 Terry Lewis ’69 Bin Liang ’91 Robert McCoppin ’60

Gary Meek ’60 Daryl Mercer ’67 Janet Merritt ’71 Nancy Marley Mouat ’63 Charles Nelson ’65 Jon Pierce ’68 Lawrence Pilgram ’65 Benton Plumb ’64 Natalie Porterfield Coffey ’00 Christopher Powell ’95 Jay Rash ’66 Richard Riggs ’76 Martin Roth ’73 Hossein Sadati ’82 Lawrence Sampson ’70 John Schiltz ’63 Daniel Schneider ’66 Gary Schneider ’60

To view the names of additional missing alumni, visit 36

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Pamela Andes Schneider ’65 Charles Schofield ’71 Martin Schwarz ’70 Daniel Seyer ’99 Greg Smith ’88 Richard Smith ’72 Robert Steele ’43 Robert Steinhauser ’70 Irvin Henry Swift ’39 Foung Thao ’97 Russell Thompson ’56 Glen Trullinger ’70 Myrle Vandeventer ’27 David Whaley ’56 James Wiederholt ’72 Larry Williams ’64 James Wu ’64


In Memoriam Kathryn Leucht Angsten ’61 (master’s)

87, died Feb. 14 in Kansas City. She was a retired elementary teacher from the St. Joseph School District. Arch Beach ’49

88, died April 18 in Holts Summit. He had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns and was a retired educator, serving as a high school football, basketball, baseball and track coach, principal and superintendent in various towns across northwest Missouri. He also was a high school sports referee for many years and worked for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as area supervisor and director of Title One programs. Arthur Buckingham Jr. ’57

74, died April 9 in St. Joseph. He was an executive with Sears, Coast to Coast Stores and Checker Automotive and was president of White’s Home and Auto Stores in Wichita Falls, Texas. After retirement, he worked part-time for GladdenStamey Funeral Home. He also was one of TKE’s founders at Northwest. Kathryn Carlson Campbell ’66

of Shenandoah, Iowa, died April 28. She was a retired elementary teacher and had taught in Omaha, Neb., Denver, Colo., and in the Essex (Iowa) School District. Odis Cate ’60

72, died Jan. 28. He retired from Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Wichita, Kan.

Amber Cremeens ’96

34, died Feb. 17 in Wheat Ridge, Colo. She was employed at Charles River Laboratories. Clarice DeShazer Clemons

96, of Grain Valley, died Jan. 29. She was a teacher and served as recorder of deeds in Nodaway County for many years before retiring in 1973. Bill Coulter ’50

80, of Lexington, died April 11. He was a teacher and coach in Dexter, Iowa, and Maryville. He was a teacher, coach and counselor for 15 years at Wentworth Military Academy and was the elementary and middle school principal in the Richmond School District. He retired as an academic adviser at the University of Central Missouri and a consultant at Wentworth.

She then worked for Show-Me Real Estate in Plattsburg.

Richard Moyer ’42

88, died Sept. 25 in McMinnville, Ore. He was a teacher and had played the piano at Hillside Manor for the past 20 years.

Weldon Hogan ’50

83, of Salina, Kan., died April 18. He was a corporate pilot for Morrison Grain.

Mary “Vicky” Sanders Oxley ’84

Carol Jorgenson

45, died June 27, 2007, in Germany. She worked 20 years for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

82, died Jan. 30 in Maryville. He was the audiovisual and cable television technician at Northwest for 20 years.

Gary Randall ’66

Robert “RALPH” Kurtright ’48

94, died Jan. 22 in Albany. He taught industrial arts and physical education, coached football, basketball and track and was C.O.E. coordinator and high school principal in the Albany R-III School District.

64, died Feb. 2 in Carlsbad, Calif. He was president and CEO of Flowers by Hi/Lo in Carlsbad. J.R. Russell ’55

67, died Feb. 27 in Olathe, Kan. He practiced law in Wyandotte County, Kan., for more than 40 years.

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

Etta Mae Dougan Langley ’58 (Horace Mann)

Virginia Kelly Bean Schrunk ’40

69, died April 17 in Maryville. She was a babysitter for many years.

90, died March 3 in Independence. She retired after 30 years of teaching.

Richard Ferris ’43

Jack Lasley ’61

August Steeve ’50

MO 64468-6001, fax to

83, died Jan. 27 in Portland, Ore. He was the promotional art director for U.S. West Direct, retiring in 1986. He also was a commercial pilot.

died Aug. 26, 2008. He was Northwest’s dean of men from 1961 to 1966. He taught government and economics and coached high school football, basketball and track in the Grossmont School District in Bonita, Calif.

84, of Hopkins, died Feb. 20. After teaching for two years, he returned to farming.

(660) 562-1990 or e-mail

Michael Gates ’72, ’73

61, died Feb. 4 in Liberty. He was director of real estate and finances for Dickinson Theatres. Pete Greve ’74

57, died March 21 in Omaha, Neb. He was a member of the TKE professional staff from 1975 to 1980. He then was a sales associate with Safeguard Business Systems. Shirley Golden Harless ’74

60, of Plattsburg, died March 14. She taught in the Lathrop School District, retiring in 2004.

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JOAnn Stamm Marion

69, died April 16 in Maryville. She taught at Horace Mann Lab School for 37 years and retired from Northwest as an associate professor of education. Glenda Rice McCleave ’57

73, died Jan. 1 in Harrisonville. She was a substitute teacher in the Harrisonville School District for many years.

Ruth Denny Turner ’35

97, died Feb. 20 in St. Joseph. She was an elementary teacher in the St. Joseph School District, retiring in 1975.

to the Office of University Advancement, 800 University Dr., Maryville, No pictures please. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.


66, died Dec. 17 in Overland Park, Kan. She was a homemaker and had taught two years in the St. Joseph School District. Jim Williams III ’70, ’73

60, died Jan. 31 in St. Charles. He was a teacher and coach for 33 years.


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Alumni Events Sept. 3 Central Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines, Iowa Sept. 3 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, 1111 Harney, downtown Omaha, Neb. Sept. 18 Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting, Maryville Sept. 18 Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Student Union Ballroom Sept. 19 Alumni Open House, 9-11 a.m., Alumni House

Erin Gruwell, the inspiration for the movie “Freedom Writers,” will speak at Northwest at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 as part of the Ploghoft Lecture Series.

For up-to-date campus events, visit For more information on alumni events, visit www. or call (660) 562-1248. For complete sports schedules and the latest information on Bearcat athletics, visit www. northwestbearcats. com. Call the Student Services Center at (660) 562-1212 for ticket information.

Sept. 24 Maryville Chapter, wine and beer tasting event, 7 p.m., Alumni House Oct. 1 Central Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines, Iowa Oct. 1 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, 1111 Harney, downtown Omaha, Neb. Oct. 23 Golden Years Society Reunion, honoring the class of 1959, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House Oct. 23 Presidential Inauguration, 10:15 a.m., Houston MLA Oct. 23 Alumni Homecoming golf outing, noon, Mozingo Lake Golf Course, Maryville Oct. 24 Homecoming (see page 20) Nov. 5 Central Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines, Iowa Nov. 5 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, 1111 Harney, downtown Omaha, Neb. Dec. 3 Central Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines, Iowa Dec. 3 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter, social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, 1111 Harney, downtown Omaha, Neb. Dec. 5 St. Louis Alumni Chapter, holiday social, Ozzie’s Sports Bar, 645 Westport Plaza, St. Louis

Miscellaneous Events Aug. 31 Classes begin CJT – Charles Johnson Theatre Houston ST – Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre Houston MLA – Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Mary Linn Auditorium


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Sept. 8 Faculty Recital: Dr. William Richardson, trumpet, 8 p.m., CJT Sept. 10

Encore: Intersection, 7:30 p.m., Houston MLA


Sept. 24-27 Theatre: “The Good Doctor,” 7:30 p.m. (and 2 p.m. Sept. 27), Houston MLA Sept. 30 Ploghoft Lecture: Erin Gruwell, 7 p.m., Houston MLA Oct. 14 Encore: “I Love Piano,” 7:30 p.m., Houston MLA Oct. 16-17 Theatre: “Ride,” 7:30 p.m., Houston ST Oct. 19-Nov. 13 Mark Zimetbaum drawing/sculpture exhibit, DeLuce Gallery

Oct. 10 Football vs. Missouri Southern, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium Oct. 19 Soccer vs. Emporia State, noon, Bearcat Pitch Oct. 14 Volleyball vs. Missouri Western, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Oct. 17 Volleyball vs. Missouri Southern, 3 p.m., Bearcat Arena Oct. 23 Volleyball vs. Fort Hays, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Oct. 29-31 Theatre: “Night of the Living Dead,” Houston ST

Oct. 24 Soccer vs. NebraskaOmaha, 11:30 a.m., Bearcat Pitch

Nov. 2 Encore: “Street Beat,” 7:30 p.m., Houston MLA

Oct. 24 Volleyball vs. Emporia State, 6 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Nov. 13-14, 20-21 Theatre: “Supergirls! Tales of Life, Love and Captain Nebraska,” 7:30 p.m., Houston ST

Oct. 24 Football vs. Washburn, 1:30 p.m., Bearcat Stadium

Dec. 18 Winter commencement, Bearcat Arena Jan. 11-29 Northwest Department of Art faculty exhibit, DeLuce Gallery

Nov. 6 Volleyball vs. Central Missouri, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Nov. 7 Football vs. Central Missouri, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium Nov. 13 Volleyball vs. Truman State, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Feb. 3 Distinguished Lecture: Harold Ford Jr., 8 p.m., Houston MLA

Nov. 19 Men’s Basketball vs. Benedictine, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena


Nov. 24 Men’s Basketball vs. Baker, 7:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Aug. 27

Football at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m., Abilene, Texas

Sept. 3 Football at Southwest Baptist, 6 p.m., Bolivar Sept. 10 Soccer vs. Truman State, 4 p.m., Bearcat Pitch Sept. 12 Soccer vs. Missouri Western, noon, Bearcat Pitch Sept. 12 Football vs. Pittsburg State, 5 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium Sept. 16 Volleyball vs. Washburn, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Sept. 19 Football vs. NebraskaOmaha, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium Sept. 25 Volleyball vs. Pittsburg State, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Sept. 26 Football vs. Truman State, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium Sept. 26 Volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist, 5 p.m., Bearcat Arena Oct. 1 Soccer vs. Central Missouri, 4 p.m., Bearcat Pitch Oct. 3 Football at Missouri Western, 1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Oct. 7 Volleyball vs. NebraskaOmaha, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Oct. 8 Soccer vs. Washburn, 4 p.m., Bearcat Pitch

Nov. 28 Men’s Basketball vs. Graceland, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena Dec. 2 Basketball vs. Emporia State, 5:30/7:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Dec. 5 Basketball vs. Washburn, 5:30/7:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Dec. 12 Basketball vs. NebraskaOmaha, 5:30/7:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Dec. 30 Basketball vs. Pittsburg State, 5:30/7:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Jan. 2 Men’s Basketball vs. Cameron University, 3:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Jan. 2 Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas Tech, 1:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Jan. 9 Basketball vs. Truman State, 1:30/3:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Jan. 16 Basketball vs. Southwest Baptist, 1:30/3:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Jan. 30 Basketball vs. Fort Hays, 1:30/3:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena Feb. 13 Basketball vs. Missouri Western, 1:30/3:30 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Lasting Legacies “For all the wonderful memories and terrific educational opportunities I experienced at Northwest, including the University as part of my trust is the least I can give back for all that I received.” Linda Flachsland Balducci ’71

Living in La Jolla, Calif., Linda Flachsland Balducci ’71 may be 1,600 miles away from Northwest, but her alma mater is never far from her heart. “Flash,” as she is called by many of her friends, graduated from Northwest with a degree in physical education. Today, she is CEO of her own company, B.FITT, and is a trainer to the senior population and an arthritis aquatics instructor. Northwest was not the original college destination for Balducci, who grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. She began her college education at Midwestern College in Dennison, Iowa, but after her freshman year the school closed, leaving her with no choice but to transfer. After

she and several friends looked at a few schools, many of them chose Northwest. “The campus was beautiful, the town had a wonderful feel to it, and our credits would transfer,” Balducci said. “We sent positive news to friends about how great the school was, and they followed!” As a former president of the Northwest Alumni Association’s Southern California Chapter, Balducci’s devotion to Northwest has continued to grow through the years. In fact, “Flash” has made a provision in her trust to include Northwest’s Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as a beneficiary of her estate.

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

You’re able to maintain control of your assets

It’s simple to set up

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

It provides for a cause you deem worthy at Northwest

Includes membership in the James H. Lemon Heritage Society

Estate tax deduction

You leave a lasting legacy at Northwest

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


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Fourth Annual Bearcat Ski Trip Jan. 6-10, 2010

Starting at $539 per person* Ski the Summit: Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin Includes: ● Roundtrip transportation on a motorcoach leaving from Maryville the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 6, and returning to Maryville by mid-morning Sunday, Jan. 10 (other pick-up/drop-off locations are possible) ● 3-day ski lift pass ● 3 nights at the River Run Village Condos in Keystone ● Cobblestone streets of River Run include shops, restaurants and cafes ● Gondola is just steps from the door of your condo ● Evening social ● Package options available for skiers and non-skiers ● $200 deposit due by Nov. 2 * based on 6 people per condo

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

Join Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski on an 8-day, 7-night

May 29-June 5, 2010 Starting at $2,195 per person*

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Includes roundtrip airfare from Kansas City Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America departs from Honolulu Evening social with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski Ports in Honolulu, O’ahu; Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; Kona, Hawaii; and Nawiliwili, Kaua’i ● Includes insurance, all transfers and port and government taxes ● $250 deposit due Jan. 22, and final payment due March 8 ● ●

*upgrades available

Don’t delay! Sign up today for either of these great Tourin’ Bearcat trips.

Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Magazine, fall 09  

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