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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends

Quarter Century of Quality


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

an you think of a decision in your life that has greatly impacted everything around you today? When I think about my family, friends, profession, affiliations and hobbies, it is amazing how all of those were forever shaped by Northwest. The opportunities, friendships and memories I received from Northwest were countless, and they continue to this day. I have been honored to work with fellow alumni in St. Louis to bring a chapter to the area. Through the Northwest Alumni Association and your local chapter, you can continue that camaraderie by reminiscing about the old and creating the new. If you are not active in your local chapter, please get involved to see how the Northwest experience lives on in new friendships and memories to be made.

Mark Cromley ’94

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


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the magazine for northwest missouri state university alumni and friends


Excellence recognized

Another Missouri Quality Award has been added to the University’s display case. Northwest, which has received the award in each year it was eligible since 1997, is the first school to become a four-time winner.


Quarter century of quality

The Electronic Campus, the Culture of Quality, the International Plaza and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are among the many accomplishments guided by Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, Northwest’s president for the last 25 years who will retire July 31.


Capturing the crown

As the 2008 Miss Missouri, Lacey Fitzgerald ’05 has a hectic schedule filled with parades, speeches and special appearances.

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Dear Friends

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12 Advancing Northwest 16 Cover Story 20 Alumni Connections 25 Bearcat Sports 28 Class Notes 38 Upcoming Events

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Letters to the editor Dear Editor,

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October 2008 found me once again on campus – this time, to join my classmates in celebrating our Golden Years Society Reunion. Yes, 50 years have flown by. We spent two wonderful days being treated like royalty while enjoying the many activities prepared for us. Of course, not all classmates were able to attend, but those of us who did certainly had a great time, and we missed those who were absent. Thanks to Dr. Hubbard for taking time out of his busy schedule to address our luncheon. Although he will be sadly missed, we wish him well in his retirement. The 25-year positive influence that he and Mrs. Hubbard have had on Northwest will live on for many years to come. Their efforts have been greatly appreciated. Thanks to all Northwest staff for making it a very memorable visit and for sending memory clips of our reunion. Thanks to the Bearcat Connection newsletter for all the pictures that let me relive my visit. I truly believe the success of Northwest lies in the fact that the faculty and staff emphasize the “U” in University – “you the student, and you the alum.” They really do care. So, if your class reunion is coming up, whatever the year, make plans to be on campus for the occasion. It was well worth my trip from Arizona to once again visit the University that prepared me for a wonderful career and to walk the campus that holds so many great memories.

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Dear Editor,

I wanted to let you know that I think you are doing a fantastic job with the alumni magazine. I look forward to getting each issue. Now that they are online, it is so convenient. I live in Gig Harbor, Wash., which is near Seattle. Being way out West, I feel disconnected from all things Midwest! I love it here, but I do miss the Midwest and think of my years in Maryville often. I just received the latest issue via e-mail, and it was so nice to be able to navigate to so many different areas and to see the back issues. Thanks for making the magazine still very interesting for me to read after all these years. Courtney Allison Rasmussen ’90 Dear Editor,

I read your article in the Winter 2008 issue about Irma Merrick’s retirement. Seeing Irma in the Student Union during lunch was a bright spot in my day. She always had a smile on her face, and she genuinely cared about the students. It’s also hard to believe she recently celebrated her 80th birthday – I would have guessed she was 20 years younger! Thank you, Irma, for all you have done for Northwest, and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement. Jeff Jillian ’05

Contact your former professors before they retire (page 10)



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You, too, will be delighted to see the bright, shiny face the campus now proudly displays. Fifty years later and nary a wrinkle! Donna Ward Thompson ’58

Join an alumni chapter near you (page 21) Discover the proper social etiquette at Northwest – from 1934 (page 24)

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Try to identify former Northwest faculty members (page 31) Let your former classmates know what you’ve been up to by submitting information for Class Notes (page 32)


Learn about pageant life from Miss Missouri (page 35)


Electronic Campus was the first of many accomplishments


was appointed to the Board of Regents shortly after Dr. Dean Hubbard started the Electronic Campus in 1987, which gave Northwest national attention as the first public university to provide a networked computer in every residence hall room. This was just the start of his visionary changes at Northwest. Dr. Hubbard was an expert in long range planning, and he applied this knowledge to the plans and vision he had for the school. One of those plans was to improve the educational experience. In fact, he had done a study with a group of exceptional teachers to learn what common factors made them excel, and the results of this study helped him understand and evaluate how he would approach improving teaching and therefore student results at Northwest. This process led to his creation of the Culture of Quality. Dr. Hubbard believed that the measure of the effectiveness of a school was not necessarily the skills of the graduates, but rather the value or improvement a school added to the students. A great deal of the Culture of Quality was designed to add value (improve students) and to prove we had done it with testing and surveys, etc. This measurement concept is now starting to be considered in higher education, and Dr. Hubbard was one of the first to recognize and implement it. Also, during his presidency, he helped hire one of the most successful football coaches in NCAA Division II history, Mel Tjeerdsma. When Dr. Hubbard interviewed Coach Tjeerdsma he told 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.

him he didn’t care if he ever won a football game, but instead he wanted a clean program that would be a positive influence on student athletes. He got that and so much more. I have visited with educational leaders across the state, and they have told me how they have the utmost respect for Dr. Hubbard as an educational leader and visionary. Furthermore, I admire how Dr. Hubbard treated the late Northwest President Dr. Robert Foster. Dr. Hubbard was always so respectful and gracious to Dr. Foster, inviting him to events and asking him for advice – actions many presidents may be hesitant to do. It goes without saying that Dr. Hubbard’s wife, Aleta, has played an equal role in his success. For 25 years she has supported him in every area and opened their home, the Gaunt House, to University guests, which she has done with grace, charm and warmth. For the last 25 years, Dean and Aleta Hubbard have served our school well, with honor, distinction and dignity, and we owe them a lasting debt of gratitude and best wishes for their future.

Former Northwest Regent Ed Douglas ’74 of Chillicothe, with his wife, Marla, has witnessed the University’s great progress during Dr. Dean L. Hubbard’s 25-year presidency.


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.

Ed Douglas ’74

Dick Thomson, Maryville 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 B.D. Owens ’59 President Emeritus, Clearwater, Fla. Dean L. Hubbard University President Orrie Covert Executive Director 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

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 ’97, ’05, Development Officer/College of Arts and Sciences

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 ...


What do you remember? If you have a funny or meaningful moment you'd like to share, or if you want to remember an inspirational professor, please let us know. Send a brief description of your favorite Northwest memory to Mitzi Lutz, editor, at or 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468, or complete the online form at www. magazine/remember.htm.

’ve come to believe that all the instructors in Northwest’s home economics department during my years there were exceptional. In particular, I remember Mrs. Sawyers, who taught textiles and clothing; Miss Pagel, foods and nutrition; Mrs. Hassenplug, household equipment; Mrs. Bouska, child development; and of course Miss Mabel Cook, the department chair. I have many great memories and gained much knowledge from them all. Georgia Linville Clark ’65


read the “I Remember When” feature in a recent issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine, and I, too, remember when the dorms became coed. I remember that the young man I was dating at the time was not a student at Northwest. When he got caught leaving the dorm “after hours,” the RA threatened to write him up. What could they do? I was always worried they would figure out who he had been visiting, and I would get written up. Luckily it never happened! Mary Beth Clayton Baker ’81


r. Ernie Ferguson (professor of computer science and information systems) often said, “Take pride in your work.” He always treated me with respect and always looked where I could be in life rather than where I was, which supported me to realize my true potential. Teaching is not only his profession, it is his life. I live every lesson he taught in class. There was never a moment he discouraged and did not have time for me. He is a living example for every student in his class. Sudhamsh Mahankali ’07

The statue of Abraham Lincoln on the second floor of the Administration Building surprisingly sustained no damage from the devastating 1979 fire.


remember running for student body president as an independent. Back then, Greeks won all the elections every year, so a group of students got together and formed the Independent Party. We recruited students for all of the positions and won all of the offices for the first time since 1936. A record number of students voted, about 2,100 out of 5,400, and the system that was in place was changed due to my platform during my year as student body president in 1971-72. Stan Barton ’72


had many memorable times at Northwest. I remember finally getting to wear slacks on days when the temperature was 0 or below, Tower Choir touring trips, the Homecoming sock-hop, playing Peter Pan in a Homecoming skit and the endless hours of working on floats stuffing napkins in chicken wire. I also fondly remember Miss Bonnie Magill, who was the chair of the women’s physical education department, cheerleader sponsor, Dolphins coach, Alpha Sigma Alpha sponsor and my wonderful mentor. Kathy Bogdas Flynn ’65

Do you remember these events? 1959 In December, the first basketball game is played in what is now known as Bearcat Arena. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest A night watchman mistakenly shoots the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Administration Building. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest 6

1969 Enrollment tops 5,000 students for the first time in school history. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest Gymnastics becomes the first women’s intercollegiate sport at Northwest. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

1979 A massive fire rips through the Administration Building on July 24, completely destroying the Deerwester Theater and more than 60 percent of the building. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest Former President J.W. Jones dies at the age of 85. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

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1989 Northwest is officially declared an alcohol-free campus. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

1999 Northwest Online is launched with 57 students enrolled in nine courses. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest

In April, comedians Ken Ober, Colin Quinn and the relatively-unknown Adam Sandler entertain the audience at the Mary Linn Performing Arts Center. The Northwest Missourian

Members of the TKE fraternity move into their new house on Ninth Street after their old house is destroyed by fire in 1996. Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest


Green named president of state law enforcement group


orthwest Campus Safety Director Clarence Green ’94 is the new president of the Missouri Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. MACLEA was founded in 1992 by a group of university police directors and chiefs who saw the need for an organization equipped to create networking and training opportunities for member officers, staff and administrators. Green has led the University’s Department of Campus Safety since 1996. An active participant in statewide efforts to improve safety and security on Missouri’s college and university campuses, Green worked closely with the Missouri

Homeland Security coordinator in adapting the Emergency Response Planning Team school database for use by institutions of higher learning. He also has helped develop computerized threat assessment tools capable of measuring risks posed by individuals who display “red flag” characteristics and behaviors. In 2007, Green was appointed by the Missouri governor to serve on the state’s Campus Security Task Force, which was charged with evaluating campus emergency response plans and improving communications between higher education and the public safety community. n Green

Pilot program pioneers e-textbook technology


pilot program designed to explore the possibility of replacing the majority of Northwest’s textbooks with e-books downloadable to personal computers and compact reading devices has shown promising results and remains on the fast-track for University-wide expansion. Northwest has been looking into the possibility of creating a comprehensive electronic learning environment – one that would largely replace printed books – for months. Northwest President Dr. Dean L. Hubbard said taking advantage of rapidly developing e-book technology is a natural continuation of the University’s nationally recognized Electronic Campus, which this year began providing all full-time students with fully loaded laptop computers. “It is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone in higher education that traditional books are on the way out,” Hubbard said. “We have been working with the nation’s top collegiate publishers, and they all agree that Northwest’s innovative laptop program makes us a great fit to play a pioneering role in the electronic textbook revolution.” Hubbard noted that there are many advantages to electronic textbooks and cited cost savings for students as one of the most important. E-books can save students 50 to 70 percent of the cost of traditional undergraduate textbooks,

which currently average around $200 each. Though Northwest undergrads rent most of their textbooks from the University for an affordable per-credit-hour fee, Hubbard believes students will save even more as the school moves toward e-books. n

Professional panel discusses presidential race Two Northwest student groups, the Political Science Club and the Public Relations Student Society of America, sponsored a panel discussion in late November on the 2008 presidential election. Topics included President Barack Obama’s emergence as the Democratic front-runner following the Iowa caucuses and the subsequent campaign strategy that led to his eventual victory in the general election. Among those on the panel were (far left) Abby Simons ’05, who reported for The Des Moines Register during the Iowa caucuses and now writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and (right) Sammy Panettiere ’05, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Christopher Bond of Missouri. n

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Students speak via satellite with space station astronauts


orthwest and Horace Mann Laboratory School students were among the 400 people who gasped and then cheered from their seats in the Mary Linn Auditorium on the Northwest campus Jan. 27 as a live video image of two astronauts aboard the International Space Station broke across a giant projec- Students in Northwest’s Mary Linn Auditorium look on as NASA tion screen. astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandy Magnus speak via a satellite downlink from the International Space Station, which, at the time, The students were there to witness a satellite downlink from the station made was speeding above Africa at 17,000 miles per hour. laughter from the audience by turning somerpossible through the NASA Explorer saults while his colleague talked, then squeezing School project, which promotes learning in scia small, bubble-like sphere of water from a tube ence, technology, engineering and mathematics. and swallowing it as it floated through the cabin. It was the first such event to be held in Missouri In answering questions, Fincke and Magnus since the program began eight years ago. noted that the International Space Station About a dozen students seated on the maintains an altitude of about 190 nautical miles auditorium stage spent 20 minutes asking above Earth while traveling through space at prepared questions and receiving answers more than 17,000 miles per hour. from Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Students asked a wide range of questions Fincke and Sandy Magnus. during the downlink, inquiring about everything More cheers and applause erupted as from the sort of experiments the astronauts were Magnus spoke into a hand-held microconducting and the importance of tax-funded phone, saying, “We have you loud and space travel during a time of economic hardship clear, and hello to everyone in Missouri.” to how they dealt with being away from their Both astronauts were obviously in a families for up to six months and how space zero-gravity environment, and Magnus travel will develop by the end of the 21st spoke with her long, brown hair floating century. n weightlessly above her face. Fincke drew

Leger named top geology student in Missouri The Association of Missouri Geologists has recognized Ashley Leger as the state’s top undergraduate geology student. Not only is she an outstanding student, but she has held many student leadership positions in the Northwest’s Department of Geology and Geography, including faculty office assistant, lecture assistant, lab assistant and assistant for online earth science courses.



shley Leger, a senior geology major at Northwest from Omaha, Neb., is the recipient of the prestigious O.R. Grawe Award, which is presented annually by the Association of Missouri Geologists to the state’s outstanding undergraduate geology student. Leger was selected on the basis of a letter of nomination from her department chair, a written statement describing why she chose to enter the field of earth science and her plans for postgraduate study, and letters of recommendation from department faculty members.

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Leger is an officer of Northwest’s Geo Club and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She also belongs to the Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Earth Science Society, the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and Cardinal Key. In 2007, Leger was one of two students to receive a scholarship for two weeks of study at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, S.D. She returned to the site this past summer as one of six interns and hopes someday to work there as a member of the professional staff. n


ENIAC ‘computer’ role solidifies alumna’s place in computing history


ean Jennings Bartik ’45 recently was enshrined in the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of computer technology. Bartik earned a mathematics degree from Northwest and, following graduation, was one of six young women hired by the U.S. Army to serve as “computers,” known today as programmers. The group was assigned to program ENIAC, the world’s first electronic computer designed and built to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army. ENIAC, hailed as an international scientific breakthrough, was capable of computational speeds up to a thousand times faster than anything that preceded it. As a Computer History Museum Fellows inductee, Bartik joins preeminent computing figures such as Digital Equipment Corporation founder Ken Olsen, Apple’s Steve Wozniak, programming language pioneer Grace Murray Hopper and Tim Berners-Lee, who made contri-

butions to the development of the World Wide Web. Dr. Jon Rickman, Northwest’s vice president for information systems, attended the black-tie gala with Bartik. “Jean Jennings Bartik symbolizes the real dedication of a team of women who were really breaking ground in a brand-new technology that has changed the world as much as any technology ever has,” Rickman said. Bartik also has been inducted, along with the other ENIAC programmers, into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and honored by the Army Research Labs and the University of Pennsylvania. Northwest is home of the Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum. n

Jean Jennings Bartik ’45 talks with Linus Torvalds, who played a key role in developing the Linux operating system, following their installation as Computer History Museum Fellows. Bartik was one of a team of young women who programmed the world’s first electronic computer, ENIAC, during World War II.

Desoto native is first Honors Program graduate


hen Jennifer Backer, a senior biology/psychology major from DeSoto, walked across the stage in Bearcat Arena in December to receive her diploma she had reached two important milestones. The first – earning her bachelor’s degree – was largely personal, the culmination of Backer’s own hard work, talent and determination. But the second cast a bright reflection on the University as a whole and its commitment to academic excellence. Backer was the first Northwest undergraduate to complete her degree as a member of the fouryear-old University Honors Program. As such, she wore a special medal over her gown as part of her academic regalia. When it began in fall 2005, the Honors Pro-

gram was a new concept for Northwest, which had never had an academic track designed especially for gifted and highly motivated students. Backer plans to embark on a career in animal behavior and conservation and is working as an intern at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Dallas, Texas. Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, served as the Honors Program’s first director, a role currently filled by Dr. Thomas Spencer, associate professor of history. There are 110 Honors Program students enrolled at the University. n

Election night laughs Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Seth Meyers, perhaps best known for his role as Weekend Update anchor on the long-running sketch comedy show, gave his stand-up routine at Northwest on Nov. 4, election night. The event, just $5 for Northwest students, was sponsored by the Student Activities Council. n

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Northwest, St. Francis win Mo. Quality Award

Maryville has cornered the

market on quality. Two of the city’s landmark institutions, Northwest and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services, have both won the 2008 Missouri Quality Award from the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. Northwest, which has received the award in each year it was eligible since 1997, is the first school to become a four-time winner (1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008). The award is presented annually to businesses and institutions that demonstrate excellence in continuously improving essential processes that govern management and operations.

Dr. Dean L. Hubbard,

Regents approve initial proposal for nursing degree completion program


he Northwest Board of Regents has approved a Faculty Senate proposal for changes to the University curriculum, including the addition of a new bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program. The program is intended to mesh with a twoyear associate’s degree in nursing offered by North Central Missouri College in Trenton, which signed an articulation agreement with Northwest in 2007. If approved by the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the arrangement will allow students to complete most of their nursing courses through NCMC while taking many of the general education courses, and some nursing courses, required for a bachelor’s degree through Northwest. It is likely that a number of the Northwest courses will actually be taught on the Trenton campus, and that some content will be delivered via television and other electronic means in order

to make the program as flexible as possible for place-bound students. According to the staff report submitted to the regents, a significant number of degree candidates will probably meet a large fraction of their requirements through transfer credits. The program would also waive the University’s academic residency requirement. Northwest Provost Dr. Kichoon Yang said many of those expected to sign up for the program will be registered nurses seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree, a step that creates significantly improved professional opportunities. In addition to 50 credit hours of majorspecific courses, the BSN program also would require successful completion of 42 credit hours of general education courses, six hours of institutional requirements and 26 hours of electives. Yang said the nursing degree completion program is expected to serve about 50 students a year within three to five years. n

president, said the University’s longstanding policy of putting the needs of students first is the most important reason for the success of Northwest’s internationally recognized Culture of Quality initiative.

“There are distinguishing

features that people in the marketplace think of when you mention Northwest,” said Hubbard, citing the University’s

Best wishes to retiring faculty The following members of the Northwest faculty soon will be retiring. Now is your chance to contact them and wish them well. In addition, Dr. Terry King, professor of math/statistics, and Roger Woods, assistant professor of accounting/economics/finance, retired Dec. 31, 2008. n Dr. Harold Brown

Dr. Ernest Ferguson

Associate Professor of Agriculture (660) 562-1160 Retirement: July 31

Professor of Computer Science/Information Systems (660) 562-1551 Retirement: July 31

textbook rental system and its creation of the Electronic Brown

Campus. “However, the reason students come here is not because we have slicker brochures or a niftier Web site, but because those students tell their friends that Northwest is the place to go. That’s the Culture of Quality.” n

Dr. Margaret Buerman

Ron Ferris Assistant Professor of History/Humanities/ Philosophy/Political Science (660) 562-1213 Retirement: Aug. 1

Associate Professor of Math/Statistics (660) 562-1371 Retirement: May 4



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Northwest colleges prepare students for excellence Booth College of Business and Professional Studies: Preparing Journalists

lthough the newspaper industry nationwide is being redefined, journalists at Northwest are thriving, according to Laura Widmer ’79, assistant professor and adviser for student publications since 1983. In addition to her responsibilities at Northwest, Widmer owns and publishes a newspaper in her hometown of Salisbury. The Chariton Valley News Press covers news in five towns that surround the small central Missouri community. A journalist at heart, Widmer has seen the Northwest Missourian and the Tower yearbook win prestigious awards through the years. Most recently the paper won a Pacemaker award, given to the top 1 percent of non-daily and daily collegiate papers in the country, and a David L. Adams Apple Award for being the best non-daily, broadsheet student newspaper in the country. The Tower also won a Pacemaker award last year and has won or been a finalist for the award 18 times in the past 25 years. Widmer said she and her colleagues continually strive to place the mass communication

department ahead of the curve, especially when it comes to technology. The Northwest Missourian has been focused on convergence – giving one particular area of a publication the ability to tell a story through audio, video and surveys seamlessly – for the last eight years. “Convergence is a buzzword in the industry right now, but it is old hat to us,” Widmer said. Even with the emergence of the online editions of newspapers across the country, Widmer believes that the traditional newspaper will remain a staple in American culture. “I think community newspapers will survive. They might have to adopt a different look and appeal, but they will never die completely,” she said. “People still want to have their morning coffee and read their paper.” n Photo by Chris Lee ’08/Chariton Valley News Press


Laura Widmer (center) recently purchased her hometown newspaper and has hired two of her former students, Lindsay Jacobs ’08 (left), news editor, and Kristine Hotop ’08, managing editor, to lead the publication.

College of Education and Human Services: Preparing Educators


n his 43 years at Northwest, Dr. Frank Grispino, professor of educational leadership and director of the cooperative doctorate in education program through the University of Missouri, has seen many changes. “All of our courses are supplemented by technology,” Grispino said. “We have several different models of presenting information to our students, including eCompanion. It is a modern way of teaching.” Grispino also has witnessed the decline in attendance of education majors. When he first started at Northwest, about 700 students graduated each year with education degrees. Today that number is down to about 150 students annually. Grispino said recruiting students into the education field is a growing challenge. “There is a lot more competition out there,” Grispino said. “The increased competition leads to the importance of marketing ourselves well and getting Northwest’s image out there.” Even though the number of students in the

education department has declined, he said there is always a need for quality teachers and administrators. “There is a shortage of math, science and special education teachers,” he said. “It is important that we meet the competition and keep people coming to Northwest.” Northwest’s educational leadership department includes 12 faculty members. One of those faculty members is Grispino’s daughter, Dr. Kristina Alexander ’93, ’96, ’99. The two have teamed up to author Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Teachers and School Staff: Methods and Management in a Time of Shortage. The book is a resource for employers in the educational field and outlines how to find and hire individuals who can make a difference. n

Dr. Frank Grispino and his daughter, Dr. Kristina Gripsino Alexander ’93, ’96, ’99, both faculty members in Northwest’s Department of Educational Leadership, have recently co-authored a book about hiring – and keeping – excellent teachers.

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Kenkel donates book royalties to Northwest scholarship


indy Platt Kenkel ’86, ’91, assistant professor of marketing/management, is using

The Extreme Resume Makeover Scholarship created by Cindy Kenkel ’86, ’91, a faculty member in Northwest’s Department of Marketing/Management, is funded by royalties from a book she has authored.

the royalties from a book she authored to fund a scholarship for Northwest students majoring in management, marketing or international business. The book, Extreme Resume Makeover, was published by McGraw Hill-Irwin in 2007 and features student cover letters and resumes. Six $500 awards have been funded based on royalties Kenkel donates to the Extreme Resume Makeover Scholarship fund. “I feel compelled to donate the royalties I earn back to the students since the inspiration behind the book came from them,” Kenkel said. “Awarding a scholarship in my department seemed like a logical way to give back to the students who purchase this book.” n For more information about the scholarship, administered through the Northwest Foundation, or to inquire about additional giving opportunities, contact Polly Howard, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248.

Scholarship established in honor of educator


Lorna From ’73, ’82, a longtime Maryville educator, is the inspiration for the Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship recently established by her son and daughter-in-law.


he Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship was recently established at Northwest to honor Lorna From ’73, ’82 who has dedicated most of her adult life to education. From began her education at Northwest in 1959 before taking an 11-year break to manage her home and care for her three children with her husband, Ron. She graduated from Northwest with a degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she taught first- and second-grade reading at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville for three years before becoming a first-grade teacher, the capacity in which she served until her retirement in 2003. During this time, From also earned her master’s in reading from Northwest. The Froms continue

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to live in Maryville. The Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship was established by From’s son and daughterin-law, Jeff and Karen Gould From, both 1987 Northwest graduates. “To witness her spirit and passion for education, one only has to spend a few minutes talking to her or see the faces of her students and their parents ‘light up’ as they talk about the time in her classroom,” Jeff From said. “She had such an impact on the students, and she continued to do so even after retirement through volunteer tutoring. We wanted to do something special for her so that her spirit and love for education will live forever.” The scholarship, which provides $500 to an undergraduate student majoring in elementary education, will be awarded beginning with the 2009-10 academic year. n For more information about the Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship, contact Andrea Wagner, development officer, at andrea@nwmissouri. edu or (660) 562-1248.


California couple donate $1 million to ‘American Dream’


ecuring additional scholarship dollars for students continues to be a high priority at Northwest, and the generosity of a California couple has greatly assisted with that mission. The Northwest Foundation received a $1 million cash gift from the estate of Max and Armond Quimby to establish the QuimbyWalker Scholarship fund. The couple’s generosity will benefit Northwest’s neediest students through the American Dream Grant program. Having grown up during the Great Depression, the Quimbys knew what tough times were, and they never forgot where they came from. Raised on a farm in Hastings, Iowa, Max Quimby was a salesman for Life Savers in Kansas City when he met Armond Walker, a business student and elevator operator from Pattonsburg. They married in 1940 and lived in California. They toured the Northwest campus in summer 1986 with Armond’s brothers, Royce Walker and Buck Walker, and their wives. Assisting Northwest, where Buck Walker had attended in the 1930s, was a decision of which the Quimbys felt their entire family could be proud.

The American Dream Grant, where the funds have been directed, is the only program of its kind in the nation. Recipients meet Northwest’s moderately selective admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. The grant pays virtually all college expenses during a student’s first two years at the University, including tuition, room, board, books and the use of a laptop computer. Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 840 students have benefited from the grant. In addition, more than 400 students who were awarded the American Dream Grant during their first two years of study are now attending as fulltime students without grant funds. Like the Quimbys, many Northwest alumni and friends have committed their support to the American Dream Grant through either an outright gift or by way of a planned or deferred gift. Gifts at any level can support the American Dream Grant. n

Max and Armond Quimby

For more information, contact Laurie Long, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248.

Fund drive continues to connect ’Cat Caller with loyal alumnus Several evenings a week in the basement of the Alumni House, Northwest students, employed as ’Cat Callers, call Northwest alumni seeking donations to the Northwest Annual Fund. As soon as one call ends, the automated phone system dials the next household. Thousands of calls are made each year, so the chance of a ’Cat Caller contacting the same alum from one year to the next is highly unlikely. It’s even more unlikely that it would occur three consecutive years, which is exactly what happened between Stephen Dawson and Arnold Johnson ’77. Dawson, a senior psychology major from Lincoln, Neb., has been a ’Cat Caller for three years. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw my computer was, for the third year, dialing Mr. Johnson,” Dawson said. “I’ve had a great time talking to Mr. Johnson in recent years, but I never thought I’d get another chance to speak with him. I was glad I did. Just like in the past, we had a lot to talk about.” Johnson, who lives in Houston, said he has many memories from his days at Northwest and looks forward to receiving the Northwest Annual Fund phone call each year from a student. “As you can imagine, I was very surprised to hear Stephen’s voice for the third year in a row, and I always enjoy talking to him,” Johnson said. “I appreciate the students who devote their time to this effort, as I know it must be hard to call people you haven’t met to ask for money, even if it is on behalf of the University.” And was Dawson successful at getting his fellow Bearcat to make a donation to Northwest? You bet – all three years. n Dawson


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Foundation exceeds standard for responsible gift use


ccording to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for finance standards, when alumni and friends make a donation through the Northwest Foundation, they can be confident their gift is spent wisely. The Better Business Bureau is known for providing information on ethical business practices and serving as a trusted intermediary between consumers and businesses. The BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance reviews and reports on national charities, using the 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. The finance standard for the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance prescribes that no less than 65 percent of total expenses of a charitable organization be spent on charitable programs.

Using this standard, in Fiscal Year 2008, the Northwest Foundation exceeded the BBB’s expectations by spending 88 percent of every dollar on University programs. This amounted to $4.7 million, which included more than $627,000 in scholarships and $2.6 million in direct support to Northwest. Furthermore, only 3 percent of the Foundation’s total expenses were fundraising expenses, such as donor cultivation, and 9 percent were management and general expenses, such as auditing services, training and interest expenses. Total private support to the University in FY08 topped the $5.5 million mark, making it the third successive year that private support to the Northwest Foundation exceeded $5 million. n

IRA charitable rollover extension benefits Northwest, donors


he recent passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 provides an opportunity for individuals to make a financial contribution to Northwest, through the Northwest Foundation, using IRA funds without tax complications. The legislation includes a two-year extension of the IRA charitable rollover. The provision, originally enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, permits IRA owners starting at age 70½ to make tax-free charitable gifts totaling up to $100,000 per year Gandhi's grandson visits Northwest from their IRAs Barry and Claudia ’05 Beacom (left), members of the Northwest directly to eligible Foundation’s 1905 Society, as well as Ame Lambert, director of charities, including intercultural affairs, and Jessica O’Rourke Loch ’72 attended a universities. The meet-and-greet reception for Arun Gandhi (center), peace activprovision expires ist and grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Prior to the reception, Gandhi delivered a lecture in the Mary Linn Auditorium. n Dec. 31, 2009. When the ini-


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tial Pension Protection Act of 2006 was announced, Robert Lee and Doris Ann Stanton of Rock Port took full advantage of the opportunity, and now that the program has been extended, the couple is considering making another IRA charitable rollover gift. Robert Lee Stanton, a co-chairman of the Bearcat Stadium reconstruction committee in 2002, served on the Northwest Board of Regents and Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and has been a longtime supporter of the University. The Stanton’s $100,000 gift benefited the recent improvements to Bearcat Stadium. According to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, prior to enactment of the IRA charitable rollover, individuals who wanted to make charitable contributions of traditional IRA assets could have suffered negative tax consequences. Even if funds were transferred directly to a public charity, the donor still had to report the IRA gift as ordinary income taxable at regular rates. “A gift through this program generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so even those who don’t itemize their tax returns receive the benefit,” said Orrie Covert, executive director of the Northwest Foundation. n For additional information, contact Orrie Covert at or (660) 562-0816.


Pre-med student receives new international scholarship


sioma Clement Nwadozi is the first recipient of The Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship, a $500 award created solely for Northwest international students. Nwadozi, a sophomore pre-med major from Nigeria, is involved in Residential Life’s BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) program that helps bridge the gap between cultural consciousnesses among students. He also is the secretary for the African Friends Association. “When the committee reviewed the SIA scholarship candidates, we were impressed by the quality of each candidate,” said Phil Laber, the International Programs and Studies Committee chairperson. “However, we selected Isioma for the scholarship because we saw in his application a demonstrated commitment to the University collectively through his campus leadership, quality essay and superior grade point average.” Coming to America for an education had been a dream of Nwadozi’s since he was a child.

“Going to school in the United States was my first option because I had heard so much about the USA, and I was curious to find out more about it for myself,” Nwadozi said. “When I found out that I had been accepted to Northwest I was ecstatic, excited and extremely nervous.” Nwadozi’s scholarship was made possible thanks to members of the Society of International Ambassadors, an organization launched in 2005 to assist international students through Northwest’s Intercultural and International Center. Members’ financial contributions have helped create a scholarship for international students who wish to continue their education at Northwest beyond their first year. Gifts to the SIA also help broaden the Celebration of Culture Series and expand the International Emergency Fund. n For more information, contact Polly Howard, development officer, at or (660) 562-1248.

A new scholarship at Northwest created by The Society of International Ambassadors has been awarded to Isioma Clement Nwadozi.

Whites at flag raising Joyce Smith White ’51 visits with a Northwest student following the annual flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza. The Whites returned to Northwest from their home in Nashville, Tenn., to take part in this year’s ceremony. The colorful Northwest tradition, held in conjunction with Walkout Day, aims to renew the University’s commitment to global peace and multicultural education. During the ceremony, members of Northwest’s international community individually raise their country’s flag in accordance with United Nations protocol. Bordering Colden Pond on the south side of campus, the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza is a broad walkway lined with more than 50 flags that represent the home countries of Northwest students and alumni. n

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Dr. Dean Hubbard may prefer classical music to folk songs from the 1960s, but Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” provides an accurate assessment of the environment at Northwest. Make no mistake, Northwest has experienced continuous change the last 25 years, but come Aug. 1 the University will embrace a style of change like nothing it’s encountered since 1984. Yes, that’s when a gallon of gasoline was just $1.10, Ronald Reagan was president and the movie “Ghostbusters” had Americans claiming they weren’t “afraid of no ghost.”

Quarter Century of Quality The reason for the change: Hubbard, Northwest’s ninth president, will retire this summer, having served as the institution’s top administrator for 25 years, the longest term ever by a Northwest president. “There are simply no words to describe the deep affection my wife, Aleta, and I feel for this University after so many years,” Hubbard said last summer when he publicly announced his retirement. “It goes without saying that, whatever the future holds, we will always be Bearcats.” Over the past quarter century, Hubbard has become a symbol of

the University’s leadership role in Missouri higher education. “Dr. Hubbard was recognized as the premier president in Missouri higher education,” said John Koffman ’53, a former member of the state’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education. “He became so well-respected because he’s a highly intelligent man, he’s ethical, and he has great knowledge of higher education.”

Hubbard arrived at Northwest after serving as an international consultant in Asia and a college administrator in California and Nebraska. A rocky start to his presidency, which included a struggle with state officials who had plans to convert the campus into a prison, a vote of “no confidence” by the University faculty, and a declining enrollment, was soon overshadowed by initiatives unlike any ever experienced at Northwest – or any other university in the country. Claudia Beacom, Hubbard’s executive secretary for the past 13 years, said she isn’t surprised her boss overcame so many obstacles early in his career at Northwest. “Dr. Hubbard simply is not afraid of failure,” Beacom said. “To call him a visionary doesn’t even do him justice. He’s confident in his abilities, he’s not intimidated, and he’ll take on any issue, no matter what the size, because he’s determined to find a solution.”

National recognition During the 1980s, this confidence served him – and the University – well as he led the effort to make Northwest the first comprehensive electronic campus in the United States. That initiative continues today, the most recent development being the University’s decision to provide every full-time student, including those living off campus, with a fully programmed laptop computer.

Hubbard said. “There was no reason to be intimidated by a computer, and there’s no question that we have reached that point today.” Under Hubbard’s leadership, Northwest also has gained national recognition for its Culture of Quality, an initiative designed to foster continuous improvement in all aspects of University operations. Among many other distinctions in this area, Northwest has won the Missouri Quality Award four times – in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008 – and is the only educational institution in the state to have done so. A first-generation college graduate, Hubbard has worked for decades to make higher learning affordable for those lacking the financial means to continue their education. One of his most visionary ideas has evolved into the American Dream Grant, a need-based program that provides tuition, room, board, books and the use of a computer to lower-income students during their first two years at Northwest. Other efforts rooted in the twin promise of educational and economic opportunity include Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. When complete later this year, the research center and high-tech business incubator will combine academic and entrepreneurial resources needed to help make Missouri a full participant in the 21st century’s global marketplace. The CIE will provide learning and research opportunities for Northwest

“When we were first discussing the idea of the Electronic Campus, one of our goals was to make every student as comfortable with a computer as their parents were with a telephone,”

(From left) Dr. Hubbard, recognized internationally as an expert on Continuous Quality Improvement in higher education, co-authored “The Quest for Quality: The Challenge for Undergraduate Education in the 1990s.” In 1987, Dr. Hubbard was joined by Gov. John Ashcroft to “switch on” the Electronic Campus. The historic Gaunt House has been the home to all Northwest presidents, including Dr. and Mrs. Hubbard.

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students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines, from nanoscience to market research. “Projects like the CIE and the e-reader, where students will access many of their textbooks electronically, really excite me,” Hubbard said. “I realize I won’t be at Northwest to see them through, but I’ve always said I was going to work down to my last day. If I don’t have several things going at that time, I should have retired a year or two earlier.” One idea Hubbard has seen grow to fruition is Northwest’s pioneering alternative fuels program, which transforms recycled cardboard, paper, wood chips and agricultural wastes into most of the energy used to heat and cool the campus. It is estimated that this environmentally sound process has saved the University more than $12 million over the past two decades compared to the cost of purchasing natural gas.

On other fronts, Dr. Hubbard’s experience on the international scene has paid benefits through the University’s Intercultural and International Center. It was this desire to embrace the global community that led to a relationship with Northwest alumna Joyce Smith White ’51 and her husband, Harvey White. Their combined vision was to develop a campus landmark that served as a visible reminder to international students that they were welcome at Northwest. As a result, the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza, with its colorful display of flags from nations representing Northwest alumni and students, has become a recognizable gateway to campus.

Students come first Despite the physical changes to campus and the advancements in technology that will long be associated with Hubbard’s presidency, his sincere practice that “students come first” is how he wants to be remembered. Chuck Place ’72, a former president of the Northwest Foundation and a member of the committee to hire the

First lady dedicated to campus, community Since First Lady Aleta Hubbard arrived at Northwest in 1984 with her husband, she has been an enerFirst ladies Aleta Hubbard (left) and Sue getic and gracious Wright Owens were guests of honor during hostess as well as a the unveiling of the refurbished First Ladies Dining Room, formerly the Lakeview tireless worker and Room, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. supporter of both the University and the Maryville community. Her guest list in the Gaunt House, the home of each Northwest president and his family, has included dignitaries such as Maya Angelou, Ralph Nader and Bob Woodward. However, she said the greatest advantage of her position “is getting to know the students, seeing how much potential and talent they have and watching them progress from freshmen to seniors. Then it’s fun to see them when they’re back on campus as alumni, to see how successful they’ve become and how loyal they are to the institution.” Hubbard’s work reaches outside the campus as well. She established the BRUSH (Beautifying Residences Using Student Help) program that involves students volunteering within the community. In addition, she has been a community leader by working with organizations such as the chamber of commerce, the arts council and the United Way and serving on the Maryville Revitalization Task Force. Jim Blackford ’72, one of the individuals she recruited to

serve on the revitalization task force, said Northwest’s first lady not only provided the original vision for the project aimed at enhancing the appearance of the community, but she also led by example. “Mrs. Hubbard’s passion for this initiative shone through, and this kept the rest of us energized and on track,” Blackford said. “There was nothing she asked of any of us that she wouldn’t do herself. She committed her time, talent and treasure to this project early on, and it was not hard to follow her lead.” Although Hubbard’s involvement in the community has been a priority for the first lady, she admits she hasn’t developed any hobbies – yet. “I’m not what you call a super woman,” she said. “I have limited energy, and I haven’t had the time for hobbies, but after Dean retires I’d like to pursue painting and photography. One thing that will be an adjustment – for both of us – is my schedule will carry the same weight as his for a change. I’ll tell you what, without a secretary and so many others to help him out, this man is going to have a rude awakening when he retires!” n

University’s next president, has recognized Hubbard’s ability always to consider the needs of Northwest’s students when making a decision. Place said by reviewing the achievements made during the past 25 years, the tendency has been to “overlook the true brilliance of this quarter century.” “Educating students has been, and will always be, the sole reason that Northwest exists,” he said. “In his method of thorough, consistent daily execution of the mission, President Hubbard has always kept the primary criteria of ‘what is best for the students’ at the center of all activity and discussion. While some executives look at their time in office as merely a canvas on which to exhibit their own personal achievements, the outstanding career of President Hubbard has as its pinnacle the educational experience provided for Northwest students.”

The next chapter Hubbard, who with his wife, Aleta, will be moving to Kansas City to be near children and grandchildren, said his decision to retire this summer “just seemed right.”

Following an ice storm in 2007 that destroyed more than 40 percent of the trees on campus, the Hubbards participated in Project Plant-a-Tree. The event honored Northwest employees who worked to keep the campus open and safe during and after the storm and provided an opportunity for volunteers to plant new trees to replace those that were lost.

Aug. 17, 1987 Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft switches on the Electronic Campus

“I’ll be 70 in June, and I’m as healthy as ever, and I don’t sense any decline in my energy level. I wake up at 5:15 every morning like I always have, but I’d like a little more discretionary time,” he said. “I’m very caught up in my hobby of woodworking, I enjoy reading, and I’ll probably write a book, give a few speeches and work with companies in the U.S. and abroad.”

Fall 1995 Northwest launches its first Web site

As of Aug. 1, Northwest will no longer be led by Hubbard, but that doesn’t mean his passion for the University will diminish.

October 1998 The Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza is dedicated

“I will be available for the next president to assist in any way he or she desires,” he said. “And, since my grandson Charlie plays on the football team, you can bet I’ll be at the stadium cheering for the Bearcats.” n

Aug. 28, 2000 The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing begins with 41 students Sept. 30, 2003 An anonymous donor gives Northwest $10 million to provide student scholarships, the largest gift in the institution’s history March 18, 2006 Northwest officials announce at the Centennial Gala that the University’s inaugural capital campaign has raised $43.5 million

(Left) Dr. Hubbard often worked alongside Northwest students during the annual BRUSH program initiated by first lady Aleta Hubbard. (Above) During his retirement, Dr. Hubbard will continue to pursue his hobby of woodworking.

Spring 2009 The University considers replacing the majority of textbooks with e-books downloadable to computers and compact reading devices

Aug. 1, 1984 Dr. Dean L. Hubbard becomes president June 1993 Northwest becomes the site of the Missouri Arboretum Fall 1996 Admissions standards are officially deemed “moderately selective” Dec. 12, 1998 The Bearcat football team wins its first NCAA Division II National Championship Aug. 26, 2001 The College of Professional and Applied Studies is renamed the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies following the couple's $5 million gift Feb. 7, 2004 The Regents approve the notebook computer program, giving each student living on campus a new laptop Fall 2008 Northwest enrollment reaches an all-time high of 7,001 students July 31, 2009 Dr. Dean L. Hubbard retires


MISSION: The Northwest Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships through initiatives and opportunities that advance the University and its alumni, future alumni and friends. Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2008-2009 President Tim Sullivan ’75, Urbandale, Iowa Vice President Neil Neumeyer ’98, Kansas City Past President Kay Thomas ’71, Blue Springs Alumni Programs Mike Zech ’86, Maryville Membership Committee Chairperson Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Kansas City Chapters Committee Chairperson Nicole Bankus Porterfield ’91, St. Louis Members Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Kansas City Jackie Lionberger Damiani ’71, ’76, Edmond, Okla. Jim Goecken ’92, Maryville Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Redding, Iowa Allen Kearns ’62, Omaha, Neb. Vic Kretzschmar ’70, ’71, Hemple Larry Maiorano ’69, ’74, Lenexa, Kan. Mark Pickerel ’76, St. Joseph

Northwest’s Class of ’58 reunites at Homecoming Several members of the Northwest Class of 1958 returned to campus Homecoming weekend for their 50-year class reunion. The Golden Years Society Reunion, which is sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association and includes all alumni from 1958 and before, included a welcome reception at the Alumni House, a bus tour of the campus and Maryville community, a group photograph and luncheon followed by the flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Flag Plaza. The honored guests also attended the Homecoming Welcome at the Alumni House, received VIP seating for the Homecoming parade, visited the Bearcat Zone and watched the Northwest football game. The 1958 graduates attending the Golden Years Society Reunion included (front row, from left) Ed Farquhar, Maryville; Velma Lee Swartz Mitchell, Yuma, Ariz.; Donna Ward Thompson, Mesa, Ariz.; Peggy Ann Bush Edwards, Forest City; Carol Gamble Anderson, Omaha, Neb.; Ron Searcy, Bellevue, Neb.; (second row) Bob Churchill, Madison, Ala.; Beverly Murphy Miller, St. Joseph; Norma Long Clark, Maryville; Gary Funkhouser, Treynor, Iowa; Walter Maris, Savannah; (third row) Merton Beuerman, Merced, Calif.; Paul Kerber, Lee’s Summit; Joyce Goeders Cromer, Lee’s Summit; George Maher, Red Oak, Iowa; Loren Stuvick, Huntley, Ill.; and George Green, McLean, Va. n

Kory Schramm ’95, Johnston, Iowa Dave Snider ’80, ’83, Olathe, Kan. Dave Teeter ’86, Montgomery City John Van Cleave ’73, ’89, Maryville

Tourin’ Bearcats

Ex-Officio Board Members Orrie Covert, Vice President for University Advancement Mike Faust ’74, President, Northwest Foundation, Omaha, Neb. Dean L. Hubbard, University President, Maryville B.D. Owens, President Emeritus, Clearwater, Fla. Peggy Purdy, Accounting Specialist Steve Sutton ’71, Director of Alumni Relations Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Alumni Relations Specialist

Sixteen travelers, including Wendall Jackson, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65, Joan Whiteaker Fore ’64 and Don Fore ’64, joined the Tourin’ Bearcats on a September cruise to the Pacific Northwest with ports in Seattle, Wash., and Victoria and Nanaimo, British Columbia.


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Jill Templin Ronk ’98, Doug Ronk ’97, Larry Wickersham ’98, Michelle Wichersham, Laurelle Wickersham, Tim Brechbiel ’98, Debra Kraft Brechbiel ’02, Keith Arnold ’69 and Sarah Woodruff Arnold ’70 were among the Northwest alumni and friends who hit the slopes in Breckenridge, Colo., for the third annual Bearcat ski trip.


Atlanta area alumni gather for social


orthwest alumni and friends living in the Atlanta, Ga., area recently gathered at the Hudson Grille to get acquainted with fellow Bearcats and to meet with Northwest representatives. “There are almost 200 Northwest alumni living in and around the Atlanta area, and although no alumni chapter exists in Atlanta, we have had requests from alumni living in that area to host such a gathering,” said Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations.

During the reunion, attendees enjoyed appetizers while socializing, received a variety of Northwest memorabilia and viewed a presentation highlighting recent campus developments as well as images of landmarks spanning the history of the institution. Contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or (660) 562-1248 if you live in Atlanta and want to ensure you receive invitations to future Bearcat gatherings in the area. n

Arizona Chapter

Chartered March 23, 2001

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

President Bill Williams’76 President Elect Ron Martz ’78 Secretary Bob Rice ’00 Central Iowa Chapter Chartered Aug. 1, 2002

President Kim Wall ’01 Vice President Amy Carter ’02 Secretary Faith Spark Chicago Chapter

Chartered Jan. 12, 2008

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

Northwest Alumni Association chapter snapshots

Chartered Jan. 12, 2004

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

Chartered June 23, 2006

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

Chartered July 21, 2005

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

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

Chartered Sept. 22, 2001

President Paul Wilmes ’75 Vice President John Van Cleave ’73, ’89 Secretary Jamie Long ’93, ’98 Mid-Missouri Chapter Chartered April 12, 2007

President Chrissy Beck ’02 Vice President Dave Teeter ’86 Secretary Steve Yaple ’04 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chartered June 5, 2003

President Joe Glab ’01 Vice President Susan Sherwood Hilton ’74 Secretary Jamie Christensen ’06 St. Joseph Chapter Chartered May 20, 2002

President Dave Price ’70 Vice President Anitra Clark Germer ’05 Secretary Patty Bolin Roach ’71 Southern California Chapter

(Top) Mike Fields ’01, Kristen Van Meter, Ben Bell ’00, ’02, Dustin Wasson ’03 and Janet Gladstone ’76 attended a Mid-Missouri Chapter event at a rainy Missouri Tigers football game. (Bottom) Japanese alumni gathered in Tokyo in the fall and received an update on Northwest happenings from Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Those attending the reception were (front row) Rie Ogusu ’05, Dr. Charles McAdams, Yuki Osawa ’97, Mamiko Noda ’03, (back row) Akane Sugiyama, Toru Yamauchi ’99, Kenji Taninokuchi ’95, Atsuya Ueda ’03, Kasumi Sakai and Aya Takahashi ’00.

(Top) Members of the Southern California Chapter, including Billi Walker, Bobbi Walker, Grant Neckermann ’05, Justin Ross ’03 and Dan McDermott ’72, ’73, gathered at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood to watch the Bearcats play in the national championship football game. (Bottom) Dallas Bearcats Katie Tripp ’05, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96 and Chris Johnson ’93, ’94 worked at an outdoor grill concession stand at an SMU football game. The funds were raised to benefit the chapter’s scholarship endowment.

Chartered Feb. 29, 2004

President – vacant Southern Iowa Chapter Chartered April 1, 2006

President Dennis Bunch ’69 Vice President Kevin Klommhaus ’92 Secretary Karleen Cronbaugh Stephens ’77, ’00 St. Louis Chapter

Chartered May 15, 2008

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

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1. Members of the Southern Iowa Chapter attended a national championship watch party, including Shane Stephens, Jane Briley ’81, Brandon Gale, Dannie Stephens ’74, Tiffany Gale ’05, Judy Gale, Frank Gale, Erin Hudek Jondle ’06, Scott Hartman, Jeremiah Jondle, Jaxson Jondle, Michelle Hartman and Rick McCampbell ’75. 2. The Central Iowa Chapter hosted watch parties in Urbandale, Iowa, for the semifinal and national championship football games. 3. St. Joseph Chapter members attending a progressive dinner were: (front row) Kyle Clark, Marvin Fine ’64, ’71, (middle row) Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90, Cindy Pickerel, Debbie Snodgrass Hinman ’89, Denise Bower Kretzschmar ’71, Linda Riddle ’74, Frances Fine, Christine Price, Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07, Robin Pierpoint, (back row) Vicki Horton Hargens ’71, Mark Hargens ’70, Mark Pickerel ’76, Bonnie White Sutton ’71, ’96, Doug Schmitz ’92, Tammie Schmitz, Vic Kretzschmar ’70, ’71, Sharmyn Thompson, Jim Roach, Kay Pierpoint Medsker ’70, Norman Medsker, Greg Pierpoint ’80 and Dave Price ’70.

Alumni chapter news Southern Iowa


he Southern Iowa Chapter sponsored a watch party at the Windrow Sports Bar in Creston, Iowa, for the NCAA Division II National Championship football game. In January and February, chapter members attended performances in Northwest’s Mary Linn Auditorium. The group has plans to participate in several events throughout the remainder of the year such as hosting an anniversary social, volunteering for the Southern Iowa Special Olympics, having a float in the Creston, Clearfield, Lenox and Diagonal parades, helping at the Iowa State Fair booth, holding a fundraiser for the chapter’s scholarship fund, scheduling a family outing during the summer and being involved in the Northwest Homecoming parade. n Central Iowa


embers of the Central Iowa Chapter cheered on the Bearcats at watch parties at The Game Sports Bar in Urbandale, Iowa, for the Division II semifinal and national champion-

ship football games. Each watch party had 65 attendees, and several items were collected for the Urbandale Food Pantry at the events as well. Beginning in February, the chapter moved the monthly First Thursday socials to Kelley’s on Beaver in Des Moines, Iowa. Attendance has been growing at these monthly events, and new faces are always welcome. On April 1, the chapter sponsored a Northwest alumni night at the Iowa Energy basketball game. n St. Joseph


progressive dinner in November for members of the St. Joseph Chapter took place at the homes of Jim and Patty Bolin ’71 Roach, Mark ’76 and Cindy Pickerel, Mark ’70 and Vicki Horton ’71 Hargens and Kyle and Anitra Germer ’05, ’07 Clark. In addition to food and fellowship, participants also contributed money for the Second Harvesters Food Bank. In December, chapter members met at a local restaurant to cheer on the Bearcats during the national championship football game. n





4. Holly Clement and Kara Akers ’06 enjoy a glass of wine at the Maryville Chapter’s wine and beer tasting social.


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6. Members of the Chicago Chapter gathered for a watch party during the national championship football game.

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he Maryville Chapter sponsored a wine and beer tasting event at the Alumni House in November, and the following month the chapter held a pizza party prior to the Northwest basketball games. The chapter also hosted its annual Super Bowl Party in February at the Maryville Country Club. Upcoming events include a summer movie and a Kansas City T-Bones game. n St. Louis


embers of the St. Louis Chapter met in October at the new Chandler Hills Vineyard for a wine tasting and discussion about grape growing, wine making and the differences between area wineries. The chapter also met at Ozzie’s Sport Bar and Grill in December to watch the Bearcat football team compete in the semifinal and national championship games. In addition, the chapter sponsored a holiday social and raised $270 for Little Wishes, a program that grants Christmas wishes for St. Louis children in foster care. n

5. Attending the St. Louis Chapter wine tasting event were (from left) David Jespersen ’72, Cheri Skarin Jespersen ’72, Marie Kozel, Kathy LeClair Randolph ’92, Greg Bosch ’98, Scott Henneke, Amanda Webb Henneke ’01, Andy Luckner, Heather Herweck Luckner ’97, Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72 and Dana Hockensmith.

Kansas City


he Kansas City Chapter is hosting more events in Kansas City north, where a large percent of Northwest alumni live. Events have included an evening with the Bearcat basketball coaches in December at O’Dowds, the First Friday happy hour at the Landing in Liberty in February and an expanded family outing for North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday Parade. The chapter also hosted three watch parties for the football semifinal game. The following week, national championship watch parties were held at O’Dowd’s, The Landing, the Quaff and 810 Zone. The Kansas City Chapter would like to thank O’Dowd’s for its help in hosting events and for offering KC Hopp’s reward membership cards free to any Bearcat with a current Northwest Alumni Association membership card. For more information, visit n

7. Members of the Kansas City Chapter spent an evening discussing Bearcat basketball with Steve Tappmeyer, former men’s head coach, and Lori Hopkins, women’s associate head coach. Those in attendance were Kurt Jackson ’88, Terry Day ’65, Tappmeyer, Damian Valline Bridges ’84, Brian Stewart, Hopkins, Ron Ives ’62 and Steve Sutton ’71. 8. Northwest alumni in Arizona held a watch party to cheer on the Bearcats during the semifinal and national championship football games.

For more information about an alumni chapter near you, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at (660) 562-1248 or or visit

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

Northwest college students in the 1930s and 1940s, including those attending this Sigma Phi Epsilon dance, were given the College Blue Book: A Guide for Courteous Collegians, which provided reminders about proper social etiquette.

Part I: Campus Courtesies The underlying principle of true courtesy is consideration of others. It is exhibited in simple, natural, sincere manners. To be truly satisfying, a genuinely kind impulse must be implemented by a knowledge of etiquette. To criticize or ridicule the behavior of others is evidence of the greatest lack of social training and refinement. It is always important to remember that it is better for you to break a rule of etiquette than to hurt someone’s feelings or to make them uncomfortable. It is important for you to know the correct names of the members of the faculty, who should be addressed by the title to which their position or academic degrees entitle them. It shows lack of

respect to greet a faculty member with “Hello,” or refer to him by his last name without some sort of title. Faculty members appreciate such courtesies as having you open a door or having you rise when they enter the room or stop to talk to you. Part II: Introducing An introduction which is suitable for practically every occasion is: “Miss Senior, this is Miss Freshman.” You always present the younger to the older or more distinguished person, but a man is always presented to a woman. A more formal type of introduction is: “Miss Faculty, may I present Mr. Sophomore?” It is always better to ask a name again than to neglect to make introductions. A man always rises for an introduction, and a woman rises if it is made by or to an older person. A man always rises when a woman enters the room, as does a young woman when an older woman enters or is standing. The only phrase that is recognized in the best society as an acknowledgement of an introduction is: “How do you do?” You do not say “Pleased to meet you” and like phrases. If you are in doubt about shaking hands, let the older or more distinguished person make the first move. n

Freshman Rules and Regulations Northwest Missourian September 12, 1929



The word “Freshman” as used in this connection means any student of the college who has less than twenty hours of college credit upon enrolling for the fall quarter. However, a student who has been enrolled in this College during a previous fall term and has lived under these regulations, shall be exempt from Freshman rules regardless of the amount of his college credit.


The rules for Freshmen are: a. All men of the Freshman class shall, when out of doors, wear the official Freshman cap. 1) Only caps approved by the Student Council are official. 2) The caps need not be worn on Sunday or holidays. 3) The caps are to be worn until Thanksgiving day. b. The Freshman class shall not be called in meeting without the permission of the Student President or its class adviser.

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c. All Freshmen shall keep off the grass on the campus. d. The front door is not to be used by Freshmen for entrance or exit during the fall quarter. This rule applies to both men and women. e. Freshmen shall remain in their places in assembly until upperclassmen and sophomores have passed out. f. The Freshman class shall sit in a body at all home football games and shall present a stunt on the field between the halves of each game. 3.

It is urged that all upperclassmen and sophomores cooperate in the enforcing of these rules. However, hazing in any form is prohibited. a. Hazing shall be defined as any attempt by any student or group of students to enforce student rules or to punish the violation thereof, by any form of force or humiliation which may cause bodily harm to the recipient. – Student Council. n


Bearcats advance to fourth consecutive title game


he Northwest football team completed its season with a stellar 13-2 record, but unfortunately one of the losses was against undefeated University of Minnesota-Duluth for the NCAA Division II national championship. Turnovers proved to be too costly for the Bearcats as they were defeated 21-14 by the Bulldogs, making it the fourth consecutive championship game loss for Northwest. Despite the heartbreaking loss, Northwest fans have had plenty to cheer about in the last decade, including national championships in 1998 and 1999.

Furthermore, not only have Northwest’s six championship game appearances been the second most in Division II history, but the team has won 28 consecutive conference games. Several current players also received postseason honors, including offensive linemen Reid Kirby and Tom Pestock who were invited to participate in the 15th Valero Cactus Bowl Division II Senior All-Star Game. In addition, junior safety Myles Burnsides was named the Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, making it the first national player of the year award handed out to any Bearcat. Burnsides, as well as senior offensive lineman Jeremy Davis and junior running back LaRon Council, were selected to the Associated Press Little All-America Team. Burnsides and Davis were first-team selections, while Council earned third-team honors. Northwest’s 2009 football season kicks off with a road game Aug. 29 against Abilene Christian. The annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead game against Pittsburg State is slated for Sept. 12, and the Bearcats’ home opener is Sept. 19 versus the University of Nebraska-Omaha. n

Tjeerdsma named AFCA Coach of the Year


oach Mel Tjeerdsma has been named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Tjeerdsma joins Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore, Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, Alabama’s Bear Bryant and North Alabama’s Bobby Wallace as a threetime Coach of the Year winner. Tjeerdsma earned back-to-back Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 1999 when he led the Bearcats to consecutive Division II national championships. He has coached in the championship game six times in the last 11 seasons

and has won 25 postseason games – the most in Division II history. Northwest was 0-11 in Tjeerdsma’s first season at Northwest in 1994. The team is 157-29 since. In addition, he has led the Bearcats to the playoffs 11 times in the last 13 seasons and to 10 conference titles. The 2008 squad was the eighth to go 9-0 in MIAA play under Tjeerdsma. Furthermore, Tjeerdsma has been named MIAA Coach of the Year 10 times (1995-2000, 2002, 2006-08) and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year seven times (1996-2000, 2006, 2008). n

Clockwise, from top: LaRon Council looks for some running room against a tough MinnesotaDuluth team in the championship game. A 13-hour drive and chilly weather didn’t prevent Northwest fans from arriving at the pregame tailgate party ready to cheer for their Bearcats. Joe Holtzclaw was one of 10 players and coaches who received their diplomas during the modified commencement ceremony following the game. Northwest players and coaches participated in a community service event at an elementary school in Florence, Ala., the site of the national championship game.

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Henry twins leave their mark in Northwest record books


As competitive as Hunter and Hannah Henry are in their respective sports, the twins rarely experienced sibling rivalry.

wins Hunter Henry and Hannah Henry ’08 came into the world weighing merely 8 pounds each. However, that was no indication of the great heights these standout Northwest athletes would reach both physically and athletically. At 6’9”, Hunter has been a record-setter on the men’s basketball team. “Older” sister Hannah, 5’11”, has secured a place in the Northwest record books as a hurdler on the women’s track team. Hannah set a Northwest record by winning the 60-meter hurdles at the University of Central Missouri’s Mule Relays in 8.96 seconds. That record qualified her for the national indoor meet in which she lowered her time to 8.92 seconds. Hunter is the second player in Northwest history to score 1,500 points and bring down 750 rebounds. As competitive as the Henry twins are in the

athletic arena, they were separated in elementary school to help defeat sibling competitiveness, although they did dress alike occasionally. “Until we were 4 we would wear matching outfits,” Hannah said. “It was weird because Hunter had more hair than I did, so my parents put a pink bow in my hair to show that I was the girl since we looked a lot alike when we were younger.” As the Henry twins got older and their appearance changed, it became more difficult to recognize them as twins. Hannah said professors, coaches and classmates have been stunned after learning she and her brother are twins. “I don’t think we look that much alike. I guess there are some resemblances because we’re both tall and skinny,” Hunter said. The Henry twins were born into an athletic family. Their father played football for Kansas University, and their mother was a cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs. Upon graduation in May, Hunter plans to play professional basketball in Europe, and Hannah, who is a graduate student at Northwest, plans to find a job teaching special education. n

Tappmeyer to retire after 21 seasons at Northwest


Steve Tappmeyer (right) was honored this season for becoming the 28th active NCAA Division II head coach to reach the 400-win plateau.


teve Tappmeyer, who has led the Bearcat men’s basketball program for the last 21 years, has resigned as coach and will retire from his position at Northwest following the 2008-09 academic year. “My wife, Lyn, and I have enjoyed our years in Maryville a great deal,” Tappmeyer said. “We will have great memories of athletes, staff and some special people who were always so supportive. There’s a good chance I’ll coach again at this level, but for now we plan on being in Maryville until the end of the summer and then we’ll move closer to our families and decide what the next season of our lives has in store for us.”

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Tappmeyer is the winningest coach in the program’s history after accumulating a 408-208 record in his 21 seasons. His accomplishments include three MIAA championships and four MIAA tournament championships. He’s taken Northwest to the NCAA tournament eight times in the last 10 seasons and 10 times overall. Tappmeyer led the Bearcats to the Elite Eight in both the 2002 and 2004 seasons with records of 29-3 and 29-5, respectively. He also led the Bearcats to nine 20-win seasons in the last 12 years. One of Tappmeyer’s most impressive feats is the success he’s brought to the fans at Bearcat Arena. Northwest was 143-25 (.851) at home in its last 12 seasons. n


USTA selects Rosewell for hall of fame


Tennis Coach Mark Rosewell, an MIAA Coach of the Year 18 times, is now a member of the USTA Hall of Fame.

ark Rosewell, the winningest coach in Northwest tennis history, has been inducted into the United States Tennis Association, Heart of America District Hall of Fame. He was a unanimous selection by the district’s Hall of Fame committee. Rosewell is in his 25th season as Northwest head coach and carries a combined career record of 759-344 between the men’s and women’s programs. He’s sent teams to the last six NCAA national tournaments and has been instrumental in Northwest hosting 18 consecutive ITA regional tournaments. He’s been named MIAA Coach of the Year 18 times. Additionally, Rosewell’s teams have won 16 MIAA championships and advanced to the NCAA postseason 21 times. He also has had two women’s teams advance to the national quarterfinals. n

Cheerleaders, Steppers compete in nationals

Come on Bearcats, fight, (you Bearcats fight!),


he Northwest cheerleaders placed fifth and the Bearcat Steppers took ninth in the 2009 University Cheerleaders Association/Universal Dance Association College Nationals in January at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. The Bearcat cheerleaders were judged on the execution and difficulty of stunts and cheers, including basket tosses, pyramids, partner stunts, tumbling, crowd leading ability and overall collegiate image within a routine set to music. Northwest received a perfect crowd score for the third straight year, which was based on submitted video. The Bearcat Steppers were judged on execution, difficulty and skills within the categories of overall effect, choreography, technique and group execution during a routine performed to music. n

Can you sing the Northwest fight song? On to victory. Hail the green and white, Best in history. Come on Bearcats fight (you Bearcats fight!),

2008 M-Club Hall of Famers Six individuals were inducted into Northwest’s 2008 M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame and include (from left) baseball pitcher Tom Franke ’80, Northwest’s leader in all-time career wins; two-time AP Little All-American football player Steve Hansley; former Faculty Athletics Representative Russ Northup ’65, ’90; three-time All-MIAA basketball player David Alvey ’78; three-time NCAA All-American tennis player David Imonitie ’75; and three-time All-MIAA volleyball player Mary Beth Bishop Steele ’85. n

Proud, brave and strong we’ll stand. Our glorious colors raised up triumphantly, Across Missouri land!

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sisters, Beverly Miller, Norma Clark, Sybil Higginbothem and Darlene McGinness, recently met for lunch in Lawrence.

into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.


is a psychology professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches introductory psychology, cross-cultural psychology, human behavior analysis and upper-division research methods. In October, he received the USD College of Arts and Sciences’ Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.

Jack and Gladys Hansen Gray ◆

live in Commerce, TX. Jack is chief development officer at Hunt Regional Healthcare, and Gladys is the owner of Bickham Florist.

Bearcat reunion Several friends and Northwest alumni living in Kansas City and St. Joseph gathered at the Robidoux Landing Theatre in St. Joseph to celebrate Christmas and honor Dr. Sandra Eckert-Stewart, outreach director at Northwest’s St. Joseph Center, who will retire July 1. Attendees were (front row) Kay Thomas ’71, Donna Richmond ’71, Marsha Alsbury Leopard ’71, ’76, Debbie Snodgrass Hinman ’89, (back row) Sandra Eckert-Stewart, Denise Bower Kretzschmar ’71 and Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90. n

Class notes 1957

Robert “Bob” Bush ◆

was named Northwest Missouri’s Outstanding Leader in Regional Development by the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments board of directors. The award is given to an individual who dedicates his or her time, talents and passion to the creation of a better northwest Missouri. He retired from Northwest in 2002, and he owns a company that provides renewable energy consulting services and high performance team building and training in industrial and educational settings. Jeanette Roberts

is a retired teacher and lives in Lawrence, KS. She and several of her Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority



Larry Riley (master’s ’75)

was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He served the students of Greenfield and Nodaway Valley (IA) School Districts as a head coach, assistant coach, junior high coach, official and volunteer coach. During his 10 years as head coach, his teams were 76-24-5, and he coached nine state champions and two runners-up. He retired in 1999 after 34 years of teaching and coaching. In 2000, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.


RON SCOTT (master’s ’71)

was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He spent his teaching and coaching career at Mount Ayr (IA) School District from 1966 to 1997. During his 30 seasons, his teams compiled a 198-137-4 record, and he directed one team through an undefeated dual season. He had 57 state tournament qualifiers, one of whom became a state champion. In 1994, he was inducted

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Ken Keith


Shirley Perry Roach

is a retired math teacher from the Winterset (IA) Community School District. She taught eighthgrade math for 39 years. Her husband, Vernon, is a retired farmer/electronics technician. They live in Greenfield, IA, and have two children and six grandchildren.


Robert Wade

and his family’s farm operation have been honored as a Golden Breeder at the American Hereford Association’s annual meeting in Kansas City. Wade Polled Hereford Farm of Bolckow has raised registered Hereford cattle for more than 50 years. Robert and his wife, Barbara, were founders of the Pony Express Association.


Philip Farnan

is a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in

Kansas City, KS. He lives in Shawnee, KS. Ron Hurst

was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was a teacher and coached the Trenton High School wrestling team for 27 years from 1974 to 2001. During that time, he led his teams to state runner-up finishes and also captured 12 straight district titles. From 1986 to 1997, he was named the district coach of the year every year and was the 1A-2A State Coach of the Year in 1994. From 1998 until his retirement in 2003, he was the athletic director at Trenton. He currently is the executive director of the Missouri Wrestling Association and was inducted into the Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife, Marsha Owings Hurst ’70, have two daughters, Jill Groebl and Amy McCullough.


Dennis Spark ◆

and his wife, Faith, celebrated their 25th anniversary Nov. 19 with a trip to Hawaii. They live in Urbandale, IA, and have three children, Paula, Carey and Ted. Dennis retired from Frito Lay.


Carol J. Miller ◆

received the Foundation Excellence in Research Award at Missouri State University where she holds the rank of distinguished professor and has taught business law since 1984.



Cary Hiltgen

is president-elect of DRI, the nation’s largest organization of defense trial lawyers, and will serve as president of the organization in 2009-10. He is a product liability and commercial attorney at Hiltgen & Brewer, P.C. in Oklahoma City, OK.


Robert Payne

retired Aug. 1 as a master chief petty officer from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He has been employed at Energizer Battery Co. for 24 years. He lives in Maryville.


Dave (master’s ’85) and Carole Patterson Gieseke ◆

live in Ames, IA. Dave is the executive director of communications for the Iowa State University Foundation with responsibilities for communications and marketing efforts of that organization’s $800 million fundraising campaign. He previously was the director of communications for Iowa State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Carole remains the editor of the award-winning Visions alumni magazine at Iowa State University. Their daughter Katie is a senior at Iowa State, and Lauren

is a senior at Ames High School. Dave and Carole previously worked for 15 years in the public relations office at Northwest.

marketing and public relations at Clarkson College. She also recently received her Accreditation in Public Relations.

M. Linda Leek Moon ◆

David Strudthoff (master’s ’82)

is part of the National Corporate/Government Banking Sales Resource Team at U.S. Bank. She is the administrator of the sales Web site and U.S. Bank’s Proposal Tool. Her husband, Mark, is the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, IL. Their son, Matt, is a 2007 Northwest graduate, and their daughter, Holly, is a sophomore at Northwest. Melodae Smith Morris

is senior director of

is the district administrator of the DeSoto (WI) Area School District. He had been superintendent of schools in Postville, IA, for the past nine years. He started his education career as a middle school science teacher and coach and also has been a middle and high school principal. He has been appointed to two governors’ task forces and is on the advisory board of the Iowa Association of School Boards.

Where are these 1959 graduates? The following alumni who graduated from Northwest in 1959 are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. Their 50-year class reunion is in October, and they won’t want to miss out on the fun of reuniting with fellow Bearcats. If you recognize someone on the list, please provide Northwest with their contact information (i.e. address, phone number, e-mail address, married name) or ask them to e-mail or call (660) 562-1248.

Arnold Anderson Gayle Barry Conrad Bensyl James Brotherton Wade Bruggeman Marilyn Maynard Carlson Gladene Sherard Collins James Cornwell Joe Davis Marilyn Davis Elaine Donovan Richard Dowell Donald Evans J. Sterling Evans Robert Fairchild William Farnan Cleo Fulton Gerald Golden

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Helen Bush Goosman C. Joyce Kean Harter Francis Hunt Ruth Ingram James Jarvis John Johnson George Kruger James Kysar Betty Lasswell Kathryn Reid Lichty Velma Lambert Long Maude McCausland Lucy Reynolds McFarland Logan McGinness Marjorie McClure McGinness Robert Mejia Lowell Miller Thomas Nenneman

Lana Puckett Omarrah Kay Pierpoint Hazel Planck Wallace Prawl Ivan Rasmussen Marland Ray Gladys Reardon Darrell Renfro Ivah Rentfrow Richard Rose Richard Rowland Burl Sandusky Jesse Scroggie Anna Short James Silcott Elda Antrim Slagle Myrtle Slover Jerry Sommers

Merle Sorensen Jack Stout Judith Tamm Terrence Thompson Paul Thrasher Neva King Waldeier Arnold Warner Marie Baily Warner LaVonne Watters Beverly Myers Wetzel Jerry Wetzel Mildred Dooley Wharton Ethel Witt George Wood Helen Francisco Woodward

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Terry receives ‘new professional’ award


The Missouri College Personnel Association has recognized Stephen Terry ’06 for his success as a new student affairs professional.

he Missouri College Personnel Association has recognized Steve Terry ’06, program coordinator of the Institute for Leadership and Service in the Department of Student Life at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as the New Professional Award recipient. The award is presented annually to a professional with three years or less of experience in the student affairs field who serves as a role model to students and other professionals by demonstrating creativity and innova1981

Nancy Johnson Zeliff ◆

and her husband, John, celebrated their 25th anniversary July 23. Nancy is a professor of computer science/information systems at Northwest, and John is assistant superintendent for the Maryville R-II School District. They have two daughters, Lauren and Leslie.


Bill Gerlt

If so, become a fan of Northwest Missouri State University Alumni. If not, go ahead and join. It’s free, and it’s a great way to reunite with your friends from Northwest.

is the assistant general manager for the San Antonio Missions Baseball Club. He has worked with the club for 12 years during which time the team won four Texas League Championships. He also serves as president of the Leon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of sports and media for the U.S. Army Community Action Committee in San Antonio.


Larry “LARS” Franzen

has taken a break from his career in marketing


research and consulting on retail financial services. He relocated to be near the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where he received a lung transplant. Contact him through the “CarePages” Web site and search for him by name. Chris and Angie Crouse Hill

live in Liberty with their daughter Libby, 14. They also have twin sons, Kip and Cam, 21. Cam is a junior at Northwest, majoring in middle school education and is president of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Kip is a junior at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he is majoring in political science and runs cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Angie has been teaching in Liberty for 25 years. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, second, eighth and ninth grade. Chris has been employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield for 20 years. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in December.

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tion in his or her work, and who has the potential for continued success. Terry is a former staff sergeant and veteran of the U.S. Army. After earning his undergraduate degree in speech communication at Northwest, he received a master’s of education in higher education at Pennsylvania State University and is currently working toward a PhD. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Kansas. Terry also serves on the executive board of the Missouri College Personnel Association and is a national directorate on the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners. n Robert and Beth Malott Paul

Jim and Glee Gude Smith

live in Liberty. Their son, Jeff, is a freshman at Northwest and became the first legacy pledge for Sigma Phi Epsilon. Robert is an orthopedic surgeon, and Beth is owner of Educational Endeavors.


Ron and Trish McCue (’86) Ballard

live in Germantown Hills, IL, with their two sons, Chad, 16, and Ryan, 14. Ron teaches physical education and coaches middle school baseball in the Peoria School District. Trish received a master’s in educational administration in June. She is a seventh-grade English teacher and speech coach at Germantown Hills Middle School. Troy Elbert

is a requirements and testing manager at Sprint where he has worked for 22 years. He has an apartment in Mission, KS, and a home in Gallatin.

live in North Platte, NE, and have four children, Jessie, Carleigh, Zach and Jamie. Jim is beginning his second year as chief of staff at Great Plains Regional Medical Center and continues practicing emergency medicine and is medical director of education. He serves on the Nebraska State EMS Board. Glee is president of the Lincoln County Medical Association and serves on the Rape and Domestic Abuse Board.


Teresa Schuelke Verbout

left her position as public information and marketing director at Central Arizona College to start her own public relations and marketing firm, Excel Creative. Contact her at www.excelcreative. com. Her husband, Scott, is a copy editor at Casa Grande Valley Newspapers. They live in Chandler, AZ.

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is the chief of staff/deputy commander for administration with the U.S. Army. He is stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He would love to hear from any Bearcats stationed in Germany or Europe.

and his wife, Kim, announce the birth of Brody Brian on July 11. Kevin is a systems administrator at the Gilbert, AZ, Police Department. They live in Gilbert, AZ.

Steven Hale ◆

Kevin Shaw

Eric and Francie Miller (’95, ’98) Sipes

announce the birth of Miller Chase on May 9. He joins Mason, 6, and Marah, 4. Eric is an assistant principal in the North Kansas City School District, and Francie is a music educator in the Park Hill School District. They live in Kansas City.


Michael Davis (master’s ’94)

is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and is on his third deployment to the Middle East. He will be serving in Baghdad, Iraq, for the next year. His wife, ReGina, is a delivery consultant at Cerner Corp.


KiKi Kunkel Boinski

participated in the 2008 Colorado Outward

Bound Relay on Sept. 12-13. Her relay team of 10 people ran 174 miles from Georgetown to Carbondale, CO. Richard (master’s ’96) and Kristina Eastep (’96) Hansen

announce the adoption of Connor Robert. He was born Sept. 29 and joins Taylor, 3. Richard is director of human resources at ConAgra Foods, and Kristina is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Gretna, NE. Leslie Tiernan Moore

and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Sophie Anna on May 5, 2008. She joins Allison, 4. Leslie is a compliance consultant at Wells Fargo, and Adam is an adviser at Karl Chevrolet. They live in Granger, IA.

Erik Schreiber (master’s ’01)

is a police officer with the Chicago Police Department. He previously was a state police officer in Phoenix, AZ. Michael Troyer

is a senior CTI engineer at Teletech in Englewood, CO. He and his wife, Crissy, live in Castle Rock, CO, with their three children, Jaycee, 13, Jocelyn, 13, and Spencer, 7. Ericka Corrado Waller

is theatre director at the South Junior High School in Lawrence, KS. Her husband, Jay, is president of StagePro Inc. They live in Lawrence and have three children Ryan, 18, Jessie, 17, and Alyssa, 8.


How many of these former Northwest faculty members can you identify? Find the answers on page 38.



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Carmichael recollects days with flying squadron

Northwest was one of the first institutions to have a civilian pilot training program.

Keep in touch

The Bearcats Flying Squadron began in 1940 when Northwest started a civilian pilot training program to prepare young men for service in the United States Navy. Bruce Carmichael ’49, a member of the squadron, participated in civilian pilot training while attending Northwest. After he completed training, he was sent to Kansas City, San Francisco and Texas for U.S. Navy training. Carmichael, a chiropractor who lives in Lebanon, Mo., offers a personal recollection of his experiences with the Bearcats Flying Squadron. The following is an excerpt from his written recollection. If you were around then, you may still recall, as I do, the spring of 1940 as being cold and wet. War clouds were gathering over the entire

world, and it was a time for decisive action by our nation’s leaders. Northwest Missouri State Teachers College was one of the first institutions to adopt the new civilian pilot training. Two metal airplane hangars were erected along with a small flight office. There was no radio contact with the airplanes. There was no compensation for being a student pilot, other than we were privileged to wash the airplanes down, sweep the hangars and “prop” the planes. It soon became common to see the student pilots at the college, going to and from classes in their white coveralls. As the war heated up, the demand for pilots by the Army and Navy grew stronger. Northwest’s newly formed contingent of fliers was called the Bearcats Flying Squadron. On a warm day in August 1942, 22 fledgling aviators lined up. There were pictures, well wishes and good-byes. These young men would soon be manning the lethal machines of war, to play their part in keeping our nation free. If you stand quietly close to the grass-covered runways, you still may hear the echoes of those brave young men shouting and laughing, celebrating their first solo flight more than half a century ago. n

As life changes, your classmates and friends want to know. Tell us what has been going on in your

Michael and Jamie Swan (’06) Casteel


were married Nov. 24, 2007. Michael is the maintenance supervisor at the Maryville Housing Authority, and Jamie is a second-grade teacher at St. Gregory’s School in Maryville. She will begin a master’s in reading at Northwest this summer.

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and her husband, John, announce the birth of

life by using the enclosed envelope, by e-mail at or online at www.nwmissouri. edu/alumni/magazine/ classnotes.htm. You also may submit a photograph. Please include a self-addressed envelope so the photo can be returned, or e-mail it, in high resolution,



Sarah Ann on April 22, 2008. She joins Timmy, 5, and Andrew, 3. Nicola Hensler Ricci

and her husband, David, announce the birth of Sophia Nicole on Nov. 6. She joins Ella, 2. Nicola is a clinical dietitian. Doug Sellers

and his wife, Brooke, announce the birth of Morgan Renee on Aug. 26. She joins Jake Douglas, 4. Doug is an insurance broker at Sellers-Weis Insurance, and Brooke is a stay-at-home mother. They live in Salisbury.

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Scott Wiederstein

and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of Emma Rae on April 2, 2008. She joins, John, 3. Scott teaches K-5 music at Studebaker Elementary in the Des Moines (IA) Public Schools. Julie is a youth ministry coordinator at New Life Church. They live in Pleasant Hill, IA.


Kristin McMurry Aguirre

and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of Trenton Robert Michael on Nov. 11. He joins

Makayla, Abigail and Grace. Kristin is an early childhood teacher in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District. They live in Belton. Matt and Lisa Sears Becker ◆

announce the birth of Kathryn Elizabeth on April 11, 2008. She joins Nick, 5, and Ryan, 3. Matt is the bioimaging project leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Lisa is a second-grade teacher in the Frederick County Public School District. They live in Gaithersburg, MD.


Neil and Leslie OGLE (’99) Neumeyer ◆

announce the birth of Landon Alexander on Oct. 13. He joins Jackson Dean, 5. Landon was a member of the Bearcat Cub Club before birth and attended his

first Northwest commencement before he was two months old. The Neumeyers live in Kansas City and recently moved to a new home near Liberty. Carrie Sindelar Nielsen

and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of Cali Corinne on June 13. She joins Drake and Gabi. Carrie is a regis-

tered dietitian at Hy-Vee. They live in Omaha, NE.


Brian and Gina Hayes (’01) Sutton

and Caley Ballentine were married Oct. 10. They live in Omaha, NE, where Brian is a freelance graphic designer, and Caley is a training and support specialist at Mosaic.

live in Kansas City with their 2-year-old son, Jack. Brian recently opened his dental practice on the Kansas City Plaza, and Gina is a graphic designer at Hallmark.

Brian Cornelius

Four Bearcats enjoy racetrack assignments


hen Mike Harbit ’84, Kansas Speedway track announcer, says “gentlemen, start your engines,” he also is sending a message to three other Bearcats at the venue: “gentlemen, let’s get to work.” Harbit is joined at the Kansas City, Kan., racetrack by Kansas City Star journalists and fellow Northwest graduates Tom Ibarra ’84, assistant sports editor, Mike Ransdell ’00, photographer, and Cole Young ’06, reporter. Ibarra’s duties at the Kansas Speedway include overseeing all media personnel at the race. His mornings at the track are spent formulating a game plan for what needs to be accomplished during the course of a race day. “My involvement at the Kansas Speedway has been fun. I’m being paid to be a sports fan,” said Ibarra, who has worked at the Star for 24 years. Ransdell is one of those individuals receiving instructions from Ibarra. Ransdell has photographed races at the Kansas Speedway since it opened in 2001 as part of his duties at the Kansas City Star. Today, he acts as a liaison between Ibarra and other photographers and reporters covering the event. However, when he initially covered a race strictly as a photographer, Ransdell would spend the entire race positioned at one of the turns, waiting to photograph a spin out or crash. Although the task was at times monotonous, when the action was captured, it made it all worthwhile. “The reward of photographing NASCAR or another similar race is higher than any other

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sport,” Ransdell said. “You have to follow the action, and you can’t look through the camera. You have to anticipate a wreck, or anything else that might happen on the track.” As an auto racing reporter, Young interacts with the drivers on a regular basis. He has been a sports reporter at the Kansas City Star for three years and has been covering the Kansas Speedway just as long. Young said being able to see behind the scenes of race day is the most exciting part of his job. “My dad is a huge NASCAR fan, so it’s fun to text him and say, ‘guess who I just talked to,’” Young said. “Experiencing a side of the race you never see in the stands is great. You can hear the tires sizzling as they are being pulled off the cars.” Harbit, who owns KNEM-AM and KNMOFM in Nevada, Mo., has been a freelance race announcer since the mid 1980s and has been the Kansas Speedway announcer since 2002. His raceday duties include in-house announcements as well as race coverage when the broadcast networks are on commercial breaks. From the tower high above the 1.5-mile track, Harbit views each race from a unique perspective. “I am racing’s No. 1 fan, and I always have a great seat. I can see the whole facility,” he said. “This job is a great fit for me, and I enjoy what I am doing.” n

Race day at the Kansas Speedway also is a “work” day for (from left) Mike Harbit ’84, Tom Ibarra ’84, Mike Ransdell ’00 and Cole Young ’06.

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Joe Gaa (master’s ’04)

Amy Thornburg Panek

is director of parks and recreation for Sebastian County, AR. He also is pursuing a doctorate in recreation at the University of Arkansas.

and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Robert Estel on Sept. 15. He joins Lainey, 3. They live in Kansas City.

Travis and Gayle McIntosh Manners

announce the birth of Christian Wayne on Aug. 17. In January, they opened Athlete’s Training Center for Sports Performance and Physical Therapy. They live in Omaha, NE.


Maurice “Reese” Huff

is the company commander of HHC, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade 1st Armored Division.

They will deploy to Iraq in May. Jill Kreisler Kudron

and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Bryce Roderick and Spencer Jon on June 1. They live in LaVista, NE. Angel McAdams Prescott

and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of Samantha Anne on Aug. 31. Angel is the director of campus activities at Northwest, and Sean is a drug and alcohol counselor at the Family Guidance Center.

Faculty kudos

An article about the personality traits of leaders, authored by Dr. Virgil Freeman, assistant professor of educational leader­ ship, has been accepted for publication.

➤ Dr. Virgil Freeman, assistant professor of educational leadership, is the author of “Blue & C: Personality Traits of Leaders,” research that has been peer reviewed, accepted and published by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s Connexions project at Rice University. In addition, Freeman’s article was accepted for publication by NCPEA’s International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. ➤ An article by Doug Russell, marketing and management instructor, titled “Selling the Tough Call: Conflict Resolution Management” has been accepted for publication in “Officials’ Quarterly,” a professional periodical for athletic officials. ➤ Two stage scripts by Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor communication, theatre and languages, and her husband, Ben Schrag, have been accepted for publication by Playscripts Inc. The scripts are titled “Shakespeare on the Green: Fun,


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Frantic and Slightly Fractured Introductions to Shakespeare Plays” and “The Imaginary Invalid: A Dramatical Primer.” The plays have all been performed professionally during the past five years and are tentatively scheduled for release this year by Playscripts. ➤ An article by Dr. John Fisher, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages, was recently published in the journal Competition Forum. The article, titled “Mass Media Impact on Post-Secondary Policy Making: A Case Study of a Failed Merger Attempt,” examines a proposed merger several years ago involving Northwest and the University of Missouri System. ➤ An article by Dr. Thomas Spencer, associate professor of history and director of the Northwest Honors Program, appears in the October 2008 issue of the Missouri Historical Review, the official journal of the State Historical Society of Missouri. “‘Demand Nothing but what is Strictly Right and Submit to Nothing that is Wrong’: Governor Lilburn Boggs, Governor Robert Lucas, and the Honey War of 1839’” describes events surrounding a border dispute that nearly sparked armed conflict between militias from the state of Missouri and what was then the Territory of Iowa. n


Stephanie Anderson (master’s ’03)

teaches in the office systems department at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Tonya Coffelt (master’s ’03) ◆

and David Eickman were married Sept. 6 in Maryville. Tonya is a senior auditor with the Social Security Administration, and David is a civil engineer at Olsson Associates. They live in Kansas City. Bill Herrick and Shelby Schultes (’03, ’05)

were married in Guthrie Center, IA. Bill is the owner and operator of Southwest Contracting and is involved in farming. Shelby is a wellness specialist at Des Moines University.


Jake and Cindy Tjeerdsma (’01) Akehurst

announce the birth of Mason Andrew on July 28. They live in Kansas City. Andrea Cooper Ellis

and her husband, Derek, announce the birth of Brady Michael on Jan. 17, 2008. They live in Kansas City. Jacob and Keri Stangl Kendrick ◆

announce the birth of Samuel Parker on July 3. Jacob is an internal auditor at JE Dunn, and Keri is a compensation analyst at Saint Luke’s Health System. They live in Kansas City. Adam Kneisel and Tammie Smith (’06)

were married Aug. 9 in Omaha, NE.


Fitzgerald wins Miss Missouri title


he fifth time is a charm for Northwest graduate Lacey Fitzgerald ’05, who was crowned Miss Missouri last summer in Mexico, Mo. Fitzgerald has competed in the past five Miss Missouri pageants, winning the swimsuit and evening gown preliminaries but never advancing to the top 10. This was the last year she was eligible to participate, so her top finish was that much more special. “As a contestant aging out this year, this was the best reward, not only making the top 10 for the first time, but taking home the title,” she said. Fitzgerald has been competing in pageants since she was 5 – for nearly 20 years. She has won several titles on state and national levels that have provided her with scholarships and the chance to travel throughout the country. As Miss Missouri, Fitzgerald’s platform is the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. To Fitzgerald, who volunteers as a “big sister,” youth and mentoring programs have always been important to her. “I think it is vital to have role models in your life and someone who is outside your family encouraging you and pushing you to do your best and succeed,” she said. Nathan Leopard

and Jennifer Grossman were married Nov. 3, 2007, in Baltimore, MD. Nate is a senior account manager at Affinity Corporation. They live in State College, PA. Karis Heflin Morrow

and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Isaiah Noble on Aug. 28. He joins Zeke. Kendra Masoner Ramsey

teaches high school science and coaches junior high volleyball in the Braymer C-4 Schools.

Tim is an EMT with the Caldwell County Ambulance District. They started their own lawn care business this past summer and have three children, Hank, 5, Aydan, 4, and Emily, 2. John and Julie McCrary Schroeter

announce the birth of Aliyah Grace on June 12. She joins Jack, 4, and Corban, 2. John is a GIS analyst with the City of Olathe. They live in Olathe, KS. Nick Wiederholt and Danelle Biermann (’04)

were married May 31, 2008, in Maryville. They are both employed at Midland GIS Solutions and live in Maryville.

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During her tenure as Miss Missouri, Fitzgerald has enjoyed visiting the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing the national anthem at the Show Me State Games and a Northwest basketball game and spending time with the USO entertaining American soldiers. Taking the state title also allowed her to appear on the TLC reality television show Countdown to the Crown and compete in the Miss America pageant in January. While at Northwest, Fitzgerald was a member of Phi Mu, KIDS Club, was a KZLX on-air personality, a tutor for English as a Second Language and served on the Homecoming committee. She said her experience as Miss Missouri has kept her as busy as she was at Northwest. “Being Miss Missouri is a full-time job. I travel almost every other day speaking at conventions, schools and clubs,” Fitzgerald said. “This title challenges me to get out and make a difference and meet new people.” n 2003

Heather Bushby Burns

and her husband Jeremy, live in Parnell, with their daughter, Jalyn Ann, 1. Brian Loerts

and Megan Boeke were married Aug. 30. Brian is an agronomist at Farmer’s Elevator in Rock Rapids, IA, and Megan is a registered nurse at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA. Justin and Keely Burns (’04) McAleer

were married May 31, 2008,

Lacey Fitzgerald ’05 boards a limousine as she departs for the Miss America pageant.

in Omaha, NE. Justin is a claims adjuster at Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, and Keely is a public relations specialist at Midwest Housing Equity Group. Alison Mosel (master’s)

has joined the University of Wyoming Athletics Sports Medicine unit where her main coverage is women’s basketball. The past five years she has been at Buena Vista University in Iowa where she oversaw the primary coverage of volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball and softball and was an instructor in the School of Education.

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Andy Creger and Melissa Worley

were married July 19 in Omaha, NE. They live in Portland, OR. Nathan and Karen George (’05) Dingman

announce the birth of Benjamin Matthew on Aug. 12. Nathan is a teacher in the Adrian R-III School District, and

Karen is a teacher in the Butler R-V School District. They live in Butler.

They live in Little Rock, AR.

Joe Harvey (master’s) and Andrea Tompkins (master’s ’05)

works at Ticketmaster. He lives in Johnston, IA.

announce the birth of Virginia Maryn on Jan. 6. Joe just completed four years as the student services coordinator of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and AnDi is the Museum School manager at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Kyle Keraus

Lisa Michael Konecne

and her husband, Cody, announce the birth of Wyatt Ray on July 9. He joins Layla, 2. They live in Corning, IA. Daniel and Natalie Alden McKim

announce the birth of Mace Alden on Sept. 4. He joins Titus, 2. Daniel is an account manager at

Key Bank and competes nationally as a professional Highland Games athlete and is ranked 11th in the United States. Natalie is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Kansas City. Trenton and Erin Frederick (’05, ’08) Tallman

were married Nov. 3, 2007. Trenton is farm manager at Hunter’s Specialities, and Erin is director of special education at the Scotland County R-I School District. They live in Lancaster.

In Memoriam Jack Appleman ’67

62, died Sept. 15 in Rogers, AR. He was a guidance counselor, athletic director, coach and high school sports official in Iowa for 33 years before retiring and moving to Bella Vista, AR, in 2000. Elaine Gorsuch Bowers ’44

86, died Dec. 27 in Peoria, IL. She was manager of St. Mark’s Catholic School cafeteria until retiring in 1987. Evelyn Perry Cockayne ’33

95, died Dec. 7 in Carrollton. She was a librarian at the Carrollton Public Library for 15 years. She and her husband also owned a shoe repair business for 37 years and Cockayne’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Michael Delaney ’95

36, died Dec. 14 near Springfield. He was a

partner and manager at GDL International in St. Joseph. Beula Horn Dowden ’41 (Horace Mann)

85, died July 30 in Maryville. She was a retired postal clerk and postmaster, having served 27 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Mallerd Maune Frye ’54

79, died Dec. 27 in Concord, NH. From 1958 to 1962, she was the executive director of the Midland Empire Girl Scout Council and later became the physical education director for junior and senior high school girls in Red Oak, IA, before moving to Concord in 1968. Buford Garner ’39

92, died Dec. 1 in Iowa City, IA. He held several teaching and administrative positions in Missouri before moving to

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Iowa City, IA, in 1950 to become principal of City High School. From 1952 to 1969, he was the superintendent of schools in Iowa City. He continued his educational administration career at the State Department of Public Instruction in Des Moines, Grinnell Public Schools and Area Education Agency #16 in Fort Madison before retiring in 1981. Robert “Bob” Humphreville ’56

76, died Jan. 13 in Clarinda, IA. He was an auditor with the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960 and worked for Thompson’s Wholesale in Clarinda until he retired in 1980. Betty McGee McCAllister ’40

89, died April 21 in Lee’s Summit. She was a first-grade teacher in

Princeton, Kansas City and Wellman, IA. Darlene Ramsey Miller ’63

84, died Nov. 26 in Bedford, IA. She began teaching in a one-room county school in 1941 and retired as principal of John Glenn Elementary School in St. Joseph in 1986. For the next 14 years, she tutored elementary students at her home in Savannah and taught GED classes in Savannah and St. Joseph. Ruth Milliken ’42

86, died Oct. 19 in Wilton, CT. She was a professional soloist in Missouri and Iowa. From 1945 to 1956, she was the field assistant and later secretary to the field director for the American Red Cross at Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco. She was the first woman to serve on the National American Guild



Agnis and Elizabeth Huffman (’06) Retenais

announce the birth of Ieva Marie on Oct. 6. Agnis is a branch manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Elizabeth is the high school choir director in the Hazelwood School District. They live in Maryland Heights. Bill Roop and Shayla Adams

were married Oct. 4 in Monroe City. Bill works for Engineering Surveys

and Services, and Shayla is a second-grade teacher in the Columbia Public School District.


Nicholas Madden and Jamie Lett

were married Oct. 11 in Maryville. Nicholas is a carpenter, and Jamie is a crisis counselor for Project Recovery in Iowa. Ben Rogers and Allison Hyland (’07)

were married Oct. 4 in Omaha, NE. Ben is a resource technician for the

Missouri Department of Conservation, and Allison is the assistant volleyball coach at Northwest. They live in Craig. William Newland and Sandra Schroeder (’05)

were married Sept. 6 in Omaha, NE.


Elizabeth Harashe

and Robert Friedel were married Sept. 27. She is employed at Hillermann Nursery and Florist, and he is employed at MFA

Propane. They live in Union.


Jenny Harrison

and Brad Major were married Nov. 1. Jenny is a QC analyst at Hennessey Research Associates, and Brad is a patrol deputy at the Platte County Sheriff ’s Department. They live in Platte City.

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

(continued) of Organists’ executive board as registrar, secretary and vice president. She also was the executive secretary for the World Health Organization mission to the United Nations in New York City. James Moser ’82 (master’s)

55, died Nov. 30 in St. Joseph. He was a grain inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and later worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Donald Moyer ’56

86, died Jan. 8, 2008. He was a retired industrial engineer and mayor of Lenexa, KS. He also served as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Air Corps. Thelma Robertson Nigh ’31

100, died Jan. 4 in West Des Moines, IA. She was a retired teacher. Susan Ringer-Slane ’92

38, died Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City, OK. She had

of accomplishments. In addi-

recently started her own business, Total Realization, and previously worked at Mercy Hospital in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

Zion and Greenfield, IA, school districts.

Angelo Rodriguez

Richard Smith ’69

62, died Oct.1 in Bolivar. He had been a custodian at Northwest for 12 years.

died May 16, 2008.

Robert Runnels ’42

87, died Nov. 2 in Clinton, IA. He taught at Washington Junior High School in Clinton for 37 years. He taught industrial arts and physical education and also coached junior high sports, but the majority of his teaching career was as an eighth-grade math teacher. Marjory Murray Schutz ’39

92, died Sept. 28 in Winterset, IA. She was a retired music and English teacher in the Macksburg,

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Adoniram “Jud” Sevy III ’68

64, died Aug. 22 in Bellaire, TX. He worked in insurance.

Veda Doak Taylor ’60

92, died Dec. 12 in Bella Vista, AR. She was a retired teacher, having taught in St. Joseph, Sedalia and Macon. Vern “Deeon” Thompson ’67

70, died Sept. 14 in Rochester, MN. He was a teacher and coach for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2006. After retiring, he continued to farm and raise cattle. Robert Vaughan ’71 (master’s)

83, died Nov. 10 in St. Joseph. He retired from the St. Joseph School District after 20 years as a school

counselor at Truman Middle School and various elementary schools. He also worked 17 years at Quaker Oats. Eldon Wheeler ’79

58, died Nov. 24 in Alexander City, AL. He worked in real estate and home construction. Edgar Williamson ’36 (College High)

90, died June 1 in Maryville. He retired after 28 years at the Maryville Shoe Company.

tion, submit your relationship to the deceased and your daytime telephone number to the Office of University Advancement, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468-6001, fax to (660) 562-1990 or e-mail No pictures please. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.

Opal Winger Wilson ’29

98, died Oct. 29 in Raymore. She taught in Nodaway County elementary schools for 10 years, taught Morse code to soldiers during World War II, worked in her family’s home business for many years and spent the remainder of her career at the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 1982.

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For more information on alumni events, visit www. or call (660) 562-1248.

May 7 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, downtown Omaha

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.

TEST YOUR MEMORY Answers from page 31 faculty photographs: 1. Dr. George Gayler, 19501987, history and humanities 2. Dr. Jim Gates, 1969-1992, education 3. Barbara Bernard, 19661992, health

May 7 Central Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines

May 30 Central Iowa Chapter Bearcat Family Picnic, 1-5 p.m., Coneflower Shelter C at Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines, Iowa

July 2 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, downtown Omaha July 4 Southern Iowa Chapter, participating in Creston and Clearfield, Iowa, parades July 22 Southern Iowa Chapter, participating in Lenox, Iowa, Rodeo Parade

May 11 Summer classes begin May 30 Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing Commencement July 30 Summer Commencement, Bearcat Arena, 7 p.m. Aug. 31 Fall classes begin

Sports April 25 Tennis MIAA Championships, Kansas City, Plaza

June 4 Central Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines

Miscellaneous Events May 1 Trimester ends

April 26-27 Track and Field MIAA Multi-Event Championships, Herschel Neil Track

June 4 Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Old Chicago, downtown Omaha

May 2 Spring Commencement, Bearcat Arena

May 2-3 Baseball vs. Pittsburg State, Bearcat Field, 1 p.m. May 9-11 Baseball MIAA Tournament, Kansas City

Save the Date for the 1959 Golden Years Society Reunion 1959 was a great year: ●

The first Barbie doll was produced

Alaska and Hawaii became part of the United States

“The Twilight Zone” was a hit television show

Ford discontinued the Edsel

NASA introduced America’s first astronauts to the world including John Glenn and Alan Shepard

4. Dr. David Cargo, 1966-1981, geology 5. Dr. Jane Costello, 1968-1992, curriculum and instruction

July 2 Central Iowa Chapter Social, 6 p.m., Kelley’s on Beaver, Des Moines


YOU graduated from Northwest! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime reunion.

6. Gilbert Whitney, 1951-1980, vocal music 7. Dr. David Bahnamann, 19681986, math

Golden Years Society Reunion

8. Dr. Bob Mallory, 1969-1981, geology

Honoring the Class of 1959

9. Dr. Charles Frye, 1981-1995, geology/geography

October 23-24

Homecoming Weekend

Registration information will be mailed closer to the date

10. Homer LeMar, 1969-1992, psychology 11. Dr. William Trowbridge, 1971-2000, English

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Lasting Legacies “Ann and I have known teachers from our high school and college days who made lasting positive impressions on our lives. We want to honor these relationships and our interest in Northwest. One of the best ways to do this is by assisting others as they prepare to educate tomorrow’s leaders.” Donald D. Beeson ’59

Don Beeson ’59 and his wife, Ann, have named Northwest as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy for the Donald D. and Ann Beeson Scholarship for International Student Teaching. This scholarship is one of many ways the Des Moines, Iowa, couple have shown their dedication to Northwest. Not only has Don served three terms as president of the Northwest Foundation, but the Beeson’s financial support to Northwest places them in The James H. Lemon Society, The Centennial Society and The 1905 Society. In 1985, Don worked with Chuck Veatch ’71 and Rollie Stadlman ’70 in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to jumpstart Northwest’s fundraising efforts. As a result, a deferred giving program through

life insurance was implemented. This innovative program enabled Northwest alumni and friends to make a substantial gift while paying relatively small tax-deductible annual premiums to the Foundation for a whole-life insurance policy. Following service in the United States Air Force, Don attended Northwest where he was involved in Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Union Board and the Vets Club as he completed his degree in business administration and accounting. He entered the life insurance industry in 1959 and, after 40 years, retired as a senior agent for The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. Ann had an 18-year career in the banking industry, and, with her husband, enjoys traveling and being involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

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