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The magazine for Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends

Virtual Tour

Donor Honor Roll

What makes us‌

Leet Center

New Video Board

Forever Green

People just like you It’s because of the volunteer support of countless alumni and friends – spirited people like Ryan and Susie George – that Northwest continues to thrive. “It’s the pride and tradition of Northwest that makes Susie and me want to give back. Being involved as volunteers with the Northwest Alumni Association helps us cultivate new and old relationships and carry on the pride we feel being Bearcats. As president of the Gridiron Alumni Chapter, comprised of Northwest football alumni, I am able to continue the lifelong bond I built on the field. Being involved with other alumni, we realize the sense of responsibility we have to support fellow Bearcats and our community through scholarships and fundraising initiatives to help communities in need. We are excited to give back to the University that has given us so much, and we encourage you to consider supporting this same institution that helped shape your future. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!”

Ryan George ’00 Gridiron Alumni Chapter President with his wife, Susie Redelberger George ’00 Kansas City 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


Military friendly A group of newly commissioned Missouri National Guard soldiers were sworn-in during a special halftime ceremony during Military Appreciation Day at a Bearcat football game last fall. Northwest was named a Military Friendly School for 2013 by G.I. Jobs Magazine in recognition of the University’s commitment to recruiting military students.


What makes us forever green Northwest means different things to generations of people who have called the University “home.” Our experiences and the people we’ve encountered at Northwest have shaped us into the people we are today. Seven individuals, including Chad Heitman ’97 (left), share how the experiences and lessons they gained at Northwest have made them “forever green.”


Bearcat diplomat As a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Kevin Weishar ’82, ’89 has traveled the world. Whether he’s on a camel near the Pyramids at Giza, just outside Cairo, or dodging ox carts where he’s currently stationed, in Madagascar, he cherishes the opportunities he’s been given to serve his country.

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Editor Mitzi Craft Lutz ’91, ’09


Designer Melinda Kelsey

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10 Advancing Northwest 14 Cover Story 34 Alumni Connections 41 Bearcat Sports 45 Class Notes

Photographer Darren Whitley Editorial Assistants Gina Peterson Bradley ’87 Philip Gruenwald Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 Ashley Herring ’12 Mark Hornickel ’01 Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Mike Johnson ’85

Ben Lawson Laurie Drummond Long ’92 Rhonda Mannasmith Bob Machovsky Mallory Murray Taylor Neff Scott Nielson ’01 Kylie Niichel Lori McLemore Steiner ’85 Steve Sutton ’71 Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Design Assistant Heather York Photography Assistant Taylor Allan ’12

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

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Dear Friends

Library’s namesake pleased with facility’s enhancements While reading President Jasinski’s “All That Jazz” weekly message recently wherein he noted a number of creative, technological and innovative advances under way in the Owens Library, I was reminded of how deeply grateful and thankful I am to have been a part of the rich history of Northwest as a student, alumnus and president. The very essence of this library evolved from a disastrous situation. Those involved in the planning stages of the facility prayerfully hoped to envision it as a 21st Century (and beyond) library capable of meeting the ever-changing academic and scholarly needs of a vibrant university. Dr. B.D. Owens ’59, who was NorthA prime example of west’s president from 1977 to 1984, how that rich history is returned to campus last year to mark the grand reopening of the facility continuing to be written is that bears his name. The defining moshown through the efforts ment of his presidency was the 1979 of Dr. Leslie Galbreath and Administration Building fire. Rather the Owens Library team. than restore the gutted north wing of the structure, Owens embarked on a Indeed, they have earned a campaign that resulted in state fundhearty “congratulations” for ing for a new library and performing their forward thinking and arts center. state-of-the-art enhancements of Northwest’s learning resources center. The catchphrase “a place where learners and resources meet” precisely describes today’s library at Northwest. As President Jasinski detailed the recent advances at Owens Library, I found the following points particularly noteworthy: n Owens Library door counts have increased 66 percent from 2010 to 2012, with some 180,000 visitors using the varied

Northwest Foundation Inc. ’12-’13 Board of Directors President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Omaha, Neb. Vice President Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa Immediate Past President Dan Runde ’81, Platte City Board Members Mike Abildtrup ’68, Fort Dodge, Iowa Virgil Albertini, Fairway, Kan. Mary Asbell ’69, Lubbock, Texas John Baker, Maryville

Jeff Borchardt ’82, Olathe, Kan. Bill Brown ’63, Platte City Betty Johnson Bush ’60, Maryville Rick Carter, Maryville Terry Day ’65, Kansas City Toni Cowen Espey ’83, Parkland, Fla. Don Foley ’78, Ames, Iowa Troy Greenfield ’90, Kansas City Hayley Hanson ’97, Leawood, Kan. Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Smithville

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Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, St. Joseph Arnold Johnson ’77, Houston, Texas Jennifer Dawson Nicholson ’71, Kansas City Kenny Petersen ’66, Omaha, Neb. Mary Hamilton Purdy ’72, Davidsonville, Md. Juan Rangel ’91, Kansas City Paul Schieber ’81, Overland Park, Kan. Owen Straub ’86, Kansas City John Teale ’73, Maryville Kay Thomas ’71, Kansas City Gary Thompson ’76, Avon, Conn.

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resources this past year.

n Student and faculty resources such as the Writing Center,

Center for Information Technology in Education and Talent Development Center have long been a part of the Owens Library landscape, and they are being constantly updated. n There are new and increased efforts to revive the Northwest archives, which historically hold a bounty of documents, photos, artifacts and other materials. n Northwest employees who are interested in professional development opportunities appreciate a new section on the library’s website that highlights books at the library that are specific to professional development topics recommended by Northwest faculty and staff members. n If you’re a user of social media and Facebook, “like” the library’s page, as this is where the Owens team highlights books in the collection, upcoming events and a host of fantastic images. n A recent major gift by Carl and Cheryl Hughes and the Hughes Family Foundation is a milestone gifting event for the Owens Library (see page 11). This is a significant alumni endorsement of the University’s efforts to support student retention and academic success. A plaque at the Owens Library contains a quotation purportedly by Socrates that states: “Teachers never know where their influence ends.” Northwest’s library is certainly carrying out this teaching influence and will never know where its influence ends. Thus, on your next visit to the campus, I encourage you to visit the library, interact with the students and learn about all this great learning resource center has to offer. You will, indeed, be delighted you did and be very proud of our alma mater.

Dr. B.D. Owens ’59 President Emeritus

Dick Thomson, Maryville Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Carrollton, Texas

Brooke Bowles ’02, Accounting Clerk

Bob Machovsky, Annual Giving Manager

Ex-Officio Directors

Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05, Director of Strategic Donor Development

Scott Nielson ’01, Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs and Development

Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

Lori McLemore Steiner ’85, Finance Officer and Executive Director of Advancement Services

Dean L. Hubbard, President Emeritus, Kansas City John Jasinski, University President Mike Johnson ’85, Executive Director B.D. Owens ’59, President Emeritus, West Des Moines, Iowa University Advancement Mike Johnson ’85, Vice President

Carma Kinman ’85, Executive Assistant Laurie Drummond Long ’92, Development Officer

Steve Sutton ’71, Major Gift Development Officer Brenda Untiedt ’00,’09, Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications Specialist



Letters to the editor Dear Editor, I remember when Everett Brown, who was Northwest’s director of field services, drove an Army Jeep up the inside steps of the Administration Building to use as part of the props for a play, I think “Teahouse of the August Moon,” being given in the auditorium.

Dear Editor, I loved the stories in the recent Northwest Alumni Magazine on Bearcats in Love and thought I should share ours. Stanley Miller and I (right) met at Northwest in 1973 while I was walking back to my dorm, Hudson Hall. I was a freshman, and Stan was a senior. We are both from St. Louis but did not meet until we got to Maryville. We continued to date even after he graduated in 1974, and we were married in 1977 after I graduated. We have now been married 35 years and have three beautiful daughters and one granddaughter. Thanks, Northwest, for helping me find my soul mate.

Julia Funkhouser ’62 Treynor, Iowa

Carlean Higginbottom Miller ’77 St. Louis The Millers are “Bearcats in love.”

Look familiar? Test your knowledge of these familiar – or not so familiar – Northwest sites. Answers can be found on page 45.

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Do you remember these events? 1963 The sundial on campus is restored and is placed north of the Gaunt House.

1973 Northwest passes an Affirmative Action statement.

Coed recreation rooms open in Hudson Hall and two recreation rooms open in Cooper Hall.

Air conditioning is added to Colden Hall.

A $500,000 addition to Wells Library begins. College Pond is drained and reconstructed.

The art gallery in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building is renovated.

1983 The B.D. Owens Library (named after thenpresident and 1959 alumnus B.D. Owens) opens after receiving state funding in the aftermath of the 1979 Administration Building fire. Northwest’s alternative energy program begins. The University begins using computer software to aid in the drafting department.

1993 Northwest is designated the Missouri Arboretum. The term “Bearkittens” to describe Northwest women student-athletes is dropped, and “Bearcats” will be used for all Northwest athletics teams. Lamkin Gym is renovated and becomes Bearcat Arena in the Lamkin Activity Center. Additions also include a new Student Recreation Center.

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2003 Northwest enters into a graduate partnership with Missouri Southern State University. An anonymous donor gives $10 million toward scholarships as part of The Campaign for Northwest, the University’s inaugural comprehensive campaign. Phi Delta Theta is formally recognized as a new fraternity on campus.

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Best wishes to retiring faculty The following faculty members will soon be retiring. Now is your opportunity to contact them and wish them well.

Dr. David Easterla

Dr. Richard Fulton

Dr. Phillip Messner

Dr. Nancy Mayer

Distinguished Professor of Natural Sciences Started at Northwest: 1965 Retirement: Aug. 19 660.562.1813

Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences Started at Northwest: 1973 Retirement: Aug. 2 660.562.1291

Professor of Professional Education Started at Northwest: 1996 Retirement: May 6 660.562.1478

Associate Professor of English Started at Northwest: 2000 Retirement: June 7 660.562.0055

In addition, Dr. William Hedge, assistant professor of professional education since 2004, retired in April 2012, and Laura Widmer, assistant professor of communication and mass media since 1983, retired in August 2012.

Kreizinger honored with teaching award Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, is Northwest’s recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. The Governor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri’s Dr. Joe Kreizinger is in his 12th year at Northwest, four-year having joined the faculty in 2001, and has excelled in higher teaching, scholarship and service to his department, education college and the University. institutions.

The recipient is selected from individuals who receive the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching from the University’s three academic colleges. “I truly am honored,” Kreizinger said. “I really feel like I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some great models from departments across campus – colleagues, chairs and administrators.” Kreizinger’s excellence in teaching is reinforced in the high ratings he receives consistently on both student and peer evaluations. Students recognize his willingness to help them any way he can, the rigor of his courses and the method in which he instructs courses. Kreizinger’s teaching activities extend beyond the classroom and include a significant dedication of time to mentoring developing artists and teachers of theater. “I think it is important to constantly search for new ways to engage students and to communicate course concepts,” Kreizinger said. “I believe my strengths as a teacher are organization, planning and engaging students.” n

Northwest deemed Military Friendly School In recognition of Northwest’s commitment to recruiting military students, the University has been cited by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013. The designation ranks Northwest among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. The G.I. Jobs survey cited Northwest for many distinctions, including being “VA approved” and providing an advisor who assists veterans with career placement and full-time veteran counselors. The University also has a Student Veterans of America chapter and an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Additionally, Northwest offers scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty. n

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Fraternity rejuvenates house, celebrates bonds with alumni contributions from Delta Chi alumni that nearly doubled expectations. However, Delta Chi alumnus Mark Leggett ’83 and others said the weekend was about more than fixing up an old house. “The main intention was to come back and support the undergrads,” Leggett said. “We wanted to let them know that Delta Chi is not just a house that you go through in college – that they have the support of the alumni.” Leggett and Jay Meacham ’87, Delta Chi Alumni Board of Trustees president, were part of early discussions with the Delta Chi housing corporation, an alumni organization that meets monthly in Maryville. The venerable house is the only home the fraternity has known since colonizing in 1972. As expected, stories were exchanged, which kept the feeling Craig Kelley ’83 (above) and more than 110 alumni light during the inevitable surprises and undergraduate members of the Delta Chi fraternity of renovating a house built in 1890. converged on the organization’s house Oct. 20 to “The same brotherhood I complete several improvement projects. Looking at the numbers, the men of the Delta Chi fraternity at Northwest had a daunting task in front of them in October: To rejuvenate one of the oldest houses in Maryville, their 122-yearold Victorian mansion that has housed 1,200 college males in the past 40 years. The endeavor took 80 alumni, 32 undergraduate members, at least 20 trips to a local lumberyard and financial

have with my pledge class is the same brotherhood an alumnus had with his pledge class back in ’75 or whatever the case may be,” Delta Chi President Caleb Watson said. “We’ve all been through the same stuff, and we know the same things. So really it’s not meeting somebody new – it’s finding a long-lost brother.” In the evening, the crew relaxed at Bearcat Lanes for bowling while watching a slideshow of the weekend’s work. In a short time, they pulled together the second-largest reunion the fraternity has had, and gathered more than $40,000 in alumni donations to fund the successful renovation. “It exceeded my wildest dreams,” Leggett said. “It was emotional for all the older guys to see the progress. That house has a lot of nostalgia. I was definitely renewed in youth leadership. It was a great opportunity for exposure for the undergrads, because we could inspire them and keep them going, but obviously the youth have a lot more energy and flexibility than us old guys.” n

Virtual tour provides unique perspective of campus Prospective Northwest students – as well as alumni and friends interested in revisiting the campus from afar – now have a way of doing so virtually. Northwest recently partnered with YouVisit, a producer of virtual campus tours for colleges and universities throughout the country, to offer a virtual tour that is now available on the Northwest website. The virtual tour allows prospective students and their family members who may lack the time and money to travel to Northwest for a tour to explore the campus from anywhere in the world.

With the help of a virtual tour guide, Jenna, the walking tour begins at Northwest’s main entrance at Fourth Street and College Avenue. By clicking on arrows that appear on the sidewalks, users can virtually walk the campus and step inside buildings. At each stop, Jenna describes the facilities, programs and services offered to Northwest students. Users may click on 360-degree views, for example, of a classroom or residence hall rooms and view photos and videos that offer additional perspectives of the layout and atmosphere

within each building. The virtual tour also gives users direct access to schedule a visit of Northwest or submit an enrollment

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New ag department chair welcomes alumni input With less than a year as chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Eric Mousel has identified what he calls “a great formula for success” in

As a new employee as well as the new chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Eric Mousel is impressed with the hands-on opportunities available to Northwest’s students.

Northwest’s agriculture program: giving students hands-on experience in the field coupled with current studies in the classroom. Mousel came to Northwest from South Dakota State University with experience in livestock business research, agricultural economics and forage management. He teaches farm management and advanced livestock, and believes Northwest graduates have a competitive advantage in the agriculture field. “Students want to learn the fundamentals in the classroom and then go out to the R.T. Wright Farm and apply what they learn,” said Mousel, who with his wife owns a cow-calf ranch in northern Minnesota. “I think that’s what really sets Northwest apart; we’re able to

not only train field personnel academically, but also get them some hands-on training so they have that experience for their future employer.” The department chair said he has never met a “kinder or more helpful group of people than the Northwest family,” and is excited to involve more agriculture alumni in the future. “We value alumni input,” Mousel said. “They have been through the program and are in the industry, so it would be great for them to come back and share their experiences so we can adjust what we’re doing to better match what they see out in the field.” Mousel can be contacted at 660.562.1155 or mousel@nwmissouri. edu. n

Student employment program highlighted by U.S. Department of Education Northwest’s student employment and Career Pathing programs, which have been internationally benchmarked, are now highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education among “Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success.” Northwest’s Career Pathing Program is a structured student employee earn-and-learn development program that provides opportunities for advancement, training and development, performancebased evaluations, affordability of a postsecondary education and encourages retention and degree completion through a comprehensive student

experience. The program offers eight training and development sessions each fall and spring that explore personal and professional development issues presented by oncampus and professional speakers. The program is voluntary and open to all student employees. Those student employees who complete the program criteria may benefit from wage advancements. “The Career Pathing Program provides our student employees with the opportunity to build relations and basic skills that enhance their current employment as well as their future careers,” said Paula McLain ’93, ’08, coordinator of

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student employment. “Student employment, along with the Career Pathing component, is truly a stepping stone between classroom learning and experiential learning.” About 950 students are employed at Northwest in nearly every area of the campus, including the University farm, custodial services, academic departments, the University Police Department, Residential Life and student service departments. They work in roles such as farm assistants, custodians, lab assistants, tutors, dispatchers, onair announcers, ambassadors, web developers and office assistants. n

Failure not an option for Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, who spent 20 years with NASA and was the astronaut portrayed by actor Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film “Apollo 13” depicting the ill-fated 1970 space mission, visited Northwest in the fall as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. His lecture, titled “Failure is Not an Option,” was well-received by an enthralled audience in the Houston Center for the Performing Arts and even included personal video shot by Haise from within the lunar module. During his campus visit, Haise also spent time visiting students at Horace Mann Laboratory School. Haise began his NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot and became an astronaut at Johnson Space Center in 1966. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon. n

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KZLX recognized nationally for broadcasting excellence KZLX, Northwest’s student-operated radio station, was a finalist for three national broadcasting awards presented by a pair of college media and radio associations. KZLX’s reporting of “Hospice: Waiting on a Loved One to

KZLX, the student radio station that broadcasts from Wells Hall on the Northwest campus, was a finalist for three national broadcasting awards. The KZLX management team includes, clockwise from left, students Matt Brown, station manager; Bill Cravens, operations director; Danielle Mullens, program director; and Victoria Bailey, music director.

Die” received the 2012 College Broadcasters Inc. Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs for Radio during the CBI national convention in October. The radio station also was nominated for two Pinnacle Awards, which are presented annually by the College Media Advisers to the top college radio stations in the country. KZLX was recognized in the categories of Station of the Year and Best Radio Sportscast. KZLX 106.7, known as X-106, is a student-operated, noncommercial radio station on campus that helps students gain hands-on training while obtaining practical knowledge in preparation for careers in radio. Assistant Professor of Communication and Mass Media Dr. Jonathan Pluskota became the station’s advisor two years ago and challenged students to take charge and establish an identity for KZLX. “Those that did stick with it – through the format changes, the community involvement, the on-going production and programming work – are reaping the rewards now,” Pluskota said. “It wasn’t easy at first, and we still have work to do, but this is the progress I asked the students to envision two years ago. All KZLXers should be proud, as their collective, tireless efforts have made this possible.” n

Northwest, Maryville partner on Fourth Street project The city of Maryville and Northwest recently entered into a joint partnership to fund the engineering design on a project that will improve the corridor along West Fourth Street from Main Street west to the University entrance near North Dunn Street. “From a streetscape perspective, the project will dramatically enhance the physical appearance and safety along the main gateway to the University,” said City Manager Greg McDanel ’02. “Through the beautification process, the project will celebrate the proud history between the community and Northwest while reflecting the design elements found throughout downtown Maryville.” McDanel said the project will include such elements as a new bicycle/ pedestrian path, new sidewalks, ADA ramps, decorative light poles, drive approaches, utility adjustments, curb and gutter, asphalt overlay, landscaping, benches and public art.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the University is pleased to partner with the city of Maryville on this project. “This is an exciting time for our University and the city,” Jasinski said. “The Maryville community has shown Northwest, our students, employees and (From left) Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Maryville Mayor alumni tremendous Glenn Jonagan and Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel confirm a support through joint partnership between the two entities that will enhance the physical the years. We appearance and safety along the main gateway to the University. are confident continue to contribute to our strategic the Fourth Street corridor project enrollment and retention initiatives. along with other planned community Partnerships such as this have been part improvements will couple nicely with of our platform and will be important our beautiful campus – the State of for years to come.” n Missouri’s Arboretum – and help

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Northwest celebrates remodeling, opening of Leet Center After years of planning, remodeled learning spaces inside Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School are a reality because of the generosity of two Northwest alumni and their long ties to the laboratory school. The new Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families, which houses preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms at the laboratory school, opened with the start of the academic year this past fall. The center is named for Northwest alumni Dr. Richard “Dick” Leet ’48 and Phyllis Combs Leet ’49, of Gainesville, Ga., who gifted more than $100,000 to the Northwest Foundation to establish The Leet Endowment and fund the partial remodeling of Everett W. Brown Education Hall, which houses Horace Mann. Northwest celebrated the completed project with tours and honored the Leets during a ceremony as part of the University’s Family Weekend festivities. The improved spaces provide more stimulating learning environments for children attending the laboratory school. They also reflect the ongoing mission and goals of Northwest’s Col-

lege of Education and Human Services before that. The library was relocated to and the Department of Professional the lower level, and a dining space was Education, which guide the operation of added adjacent to the new library. the Leet Center and Horace Mann. The Leet Center serves about 50 stu“It changes who we are,” said Horace dents, ages 3 to 5, while Horace Mann Mann Principal Jill Wood Baker ’97, ’01. serves about 125 students in kindergar“It changes our philosophy. It shows our ten through sixth grade. It also serves children a lot of value. It also is a great nearly 800 Northwest students from a conversation with our children about variety of academic departments. someone giving back, that a university To view a video of the Leet Center, gave them something and they gave visit n back. Our instructional time will be better utilized because our spaces are better. It’s creating 21st-century learning opportunities.” The remodeling project, which began last June and was completed in time for the first day of school Aug. 16, resulted in the preschool and kindergarten programs moving from the lower level of Brown Hall to a first Phyllis Combs Leet ’49 and Dr. Dick Leet ’48 of Gainesville, Ga., floor space previously make remarks at last fall’s opening of the new Phyllis and Richard occupied by the school’s Leet Center for Children and Families, which was made possible by library and an auditorium the couple’s gift of more than $100,000.

Alumna bequest supports scholarships, technology enhancements Northwest recently received a $186,400 bequest from the late Mary Margaret Gantt Perry ’46, ’72 that will have a lasting impact on students studying in a variety of subject areas and enhance technology on campus. Northwest has designated the funds for three $25,000 endowed scholarships to be awarded to students studying business, math, biology, chemistry or speech/theatre as well as for one $25,000 endowed scholarship awarded to a student who wants to study abroad. The remaining

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funds are being used to upgrade wireless internet access points and instructional technology equipment. “Gifts such as these are significant in that they contribute to our academic excellence and student support,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “These scholarships will help ease the financial burden of students after they

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have successfully completed their first year, thereby having a positive effect on retention and completion. Additionally, by improving the wireless infrastructure in Colden Hall, where the business education courses are taught, our faculty will have more flexibility in how they use instructional technology to facilitate students’ learning.”

Originally from Maryville, Perry, of San Leandro, Calif., died Jan. 15, 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in business economics/commerce with minors in math and Spanish and a master’s in education from Northwest. Perry was a retired educator, and she and her husband, Peter, had no children. For more information about giving to Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@ n

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Couple’s gift dedicated to improving student success Since earning their degrees from Northwest, Carl ’76 and Cheryl Deweerdt ’78 Hughes have realized the benefits of having a college education. Now, the couple is giving back to Northwest so that today’s Bearcats may experience similar success. Through the Hughes Family Foundation, the Hughes recently gave $100,000 to assist Northwest’s Talent Development Center and fund training for student staff. The Hughes’ gift also will help the TDC purchase furnishings and fund facility improvements that will enhance its collaborative learning environment. “Education has always been very important to us,” Carl said. “We wanted to do something to help Northwest in the most impactful way we could. Northwest’s TDC program fits perfectly the educational objective of our foundation. Northwest delivers a critical educational avenue for the region. We are delighted to be a small part of delivering the best education available to the students.” Carl graduated from Northwest with a degree in business finance, and Cheryl earned her degree in speech therapy. Both are natives of Lathrop and, as firstgeneration college students, found their footing by getting involved at Northwest. Carl, who came to Northwest on a football scholarship, was active in Sigma

Tau Gamma fraternity and was president of Interfraternity Council. Cheryl was a Bearcat cheerleader and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. “My business degree was a great fundamental start for my career,” Carl said. “I was fortunate to succeed in part because of the fundamental education I received with my finance background at Northwest. We both felt very good about the education we received. We’re people whose parents did not go to school, but they wanted us to go to college and supported us all the way.” Carl and Cheryl live in Kansas City, where they raised four children. Carl is senior vice president of Inergy LP, a publically traded energy company based in Kansas City. They also established the Hughes Family Foundation, which supports educational, humanitarian and healthcare initiatives. “We’ve been financially blessed, and it’s our responsibility to teach our kids that along with this luck, we have a responsibility to give back to other people,” Cheryl said. The TDC, established at Northwest in 1986, has a long and successful history of providing strong peer support for all students. The TDC’s primary role is to support students who are underprepared for a rigorous academic

Northwest alumni Carl and Cheryl Hughes, through their family foundation, recently gave $100,000 to assist Northwest’s Talent Development Center and fund training for student staff.

curriculum. Supplemental instruction and peer tutoring are offered in many undergraduate courses. Additionally, the TDC, whose programs are delivered by graduate and undergraduate students, provides targeted peer mentoring for some at-risk students, including studentathletes and conditionally-admitted freshmen. For more information about giving to Northwest or to support the TDC, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or n

Howard assumes alumni director role; Sutton is development officer Two members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement recently changed roles to enhance the University’s alumni outreach, communication and donor development efforts. Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 is now director of alumni and donor relations, and Steve Sutton ’71 is a major gift development officer. For the last seven years, Howard had been a development officer and Sutton was director of alumni relations. “We are thankful for Polly and Steve’s service and pleased to be able to tap into

their competencies to help our evergrowing Bearcat network become even stronger,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We are at an exciting juncture of organizational growth, and Polly and Steve will help us continue to do what we do best – focus on student success.” Northwest alumni and friends may continue to contact Howard at and Sutton at, or at the Alumni House by calling 660.562.1248. n

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Despite moves, couple remains close to Northwest When Janet Kelley and Dell Epperson came to Northwest in 1972, they didn’t have far to travel. Janet came from Maysville, and Dell lived a bit farther down the road in Marceline. But that is probably the shortest distance these 1975 Northwest graduates have traveled since that time. As a Navy family, they moved 16 times in 30 years and have lived in

Dell ’75 and Janet Kelley ’75 Epperson, who now call Hawaii home but have had a lifelong affinity to Northwest, have named the University as the beneficiary in their wills.

eight states – including some multiple times – as well as England. Together or separately, they have visited more than 25 countries. The adventure began at Northwest, however, and that is why they have decided to help others get the same great start they did by designating the University as a beneficiary in their wills. “With all of our moving, Northwest is a touchstone for us,” Janet said. “My parents live a few miles north of campus near Pickering, so when we visit, a trip around campus is always in order.” The couple met in the spring of 1974 while Janet was a member of the Bearcat women’s basketball team and Dell was broadcasting her game. They were married in 1977 while Janet was teaching elementary school and Dell was an announcer for KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa. In 1982, they took a leap of faith when Dell joined the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. It was meant to be a four-year hitch, but the Eppersons decided the Navy’s motto of “See the World” was for them, and 30 years passed quickly.

After a final tour in Hawaii, Dell retired in July 2012, having commanded a destroyer and a training group. He subsequently transitioned to a postNavy position as a project manager for Parsons Corporation, a California-based engineering and architectural firm. Janet returned to teaching in 2006 and is now a sixth-grade instructor at Our Savior Lutheran School near their home in Aiea, Hawaii. Part of Dell’s checklist for retiring from the Navy was to update their wills, and assigning Northwest as the beneficiary was a logical step. “Jan and I had read the Northwest Alumni Magazine articles about designating Northwest as a beneficiary,” Dell said. “With no children, we discussed who could most benefit from our estate. We were in complete agreement that Northwest provided the foundation for so many of the successes we have been blessed with, both professionally and personally.” For more information about naming Northwest as a beneficiary in your will, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@ n

Family gives scholarship in memory of Horace Mann teacher Northwest will offer a new scholarship this year in honor of Esther Forbes Knittl ’38, a former Horace Mann Laboratory School teacher. Before embarking on a teaching career at Horace Mann that spanned nearly 40 years, Knittl graduated from Northwest with a degree in elementary education and minors in English, social science and physical education. After she passed away in 2002, her children, Karol Frederichs, Suzette Davis and Jim Knittl, wanted to create a scholarship for a student who shares their mother’s love for teaching. “She was a passionate teacher and believer in education,” Davis said. “Nothing made her happier than being in her fourth grade Horace Mann classroom with her students and her student teachers. She loved it all, and especially teaching teachers to teach.”

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Knittl was born in Canada, and her family moved to Maryville when she was young. Her first teaching job was in a one-room schoolhouse south of Maryville. Davis remembers her mother describing how much she wanted that first job. “She walked 10 miles to the head of the school board’s farm and stood in his field as he worked to ask for that job,” she said. “He gave her the job then and there, and she was responsible for everything at the school from teaching to tending to the horses the children traveled to school on as well as cooking their lunch each day.” Knittl later taught fourth grade at Horace Mann until the end of her career. “Our mother loved Maryville and was always so proud to be associated with Northwest and Horace Mann,” Davis said. n

Lasting Legacies

“I benefitted from scholarships after I graduated from high school, and it just seems natural to give something back. Since I taught at Northwest for 30 years, it’s fitting for me to give back to the University so that other students may benefit from scholarships the way I did.” Professor Emeritus Dr. Dwight Maxwell with his wife, Sandra Maxwell ’81 Through an endowed scholarship bequest in their living trust, Dr. Dwight Maxwell, who was a member of the Northwest faculty from 1970 to 2000 and retired as a professor, and his wife, Sandra Maxwell ’81, will establish a scholarship in their names after their lifetimes to assist students attending the University. Dwight taught in Northwest’s geology department, becoming just the third professor to join that department. He served as department chair for four years before retiring. Dwight said he always enjoyed teaching at Northwest. “Northwest is a good place, and we want to offer continuous support after we are gone,” he said.

Having earned credits at a number of other colleges and universities, Sandra came to Northwest with her husband and enrolled as a non-traditional student, completing her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. She then worked in schools in Stanberry and Maryville as a speech language pathologist. The Maxwells boast an entire family of Bearcats. Their son, Peter Malmberg, earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1991, their daughter, Heather Malmberg Greenfield, graduated that same year with a bachelor’s degree in international business, and their son-in-law, Troy Greenfield, earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology in 1990.

One of the easiest planned gifts to create and implement is the will bequest. Donors may give any percentage of their estate as a charitable gift when a current gift of real estate or cash might not otherwise be feasible. Consider these advantages: n It’s simple to set up. n You’re able to maintain control of your assets. n It provides a gift to Northwest in an amount you feel is appropriate, and you can still provide for your loved ones.

n It provides an estate tax deduction. n It provides for a cause you deem worthy at Northwest. n It includes membership in the Northwest Foundation’s

James H. Lemon Heritage Society.

n You leave a lasting legacy at Northwest.

Contact the Office of University Advancement at or 660.562.1248 to find out about the many advantages of a will bequest.


What makes us …

Forever Green By Mark Hornickel • Photography by Darren Whitley

Design by Melinda Kelsey and Heather York

Northwest alumni reflect on university’s unique traits and its impact on them Almost since the doors of the Old Seminary building were flung open for the first day of classes in 1905, generations have agreed there’s something special about the place we now call Northwest Missouri State University. Over the decades, tens of thousands of students have called the Maryville campus their home away from home, and the sense of pride that the combination of green and white conjures has multiplied. The bonds born at Northwest among students, faculty and staff members are sustaining, and they reflect an ingrained loyalty rarely seen at other universities. More than a century since Northwest’s founding, factor in the fast rise of social media and the Northwest family has grown more connected, using Facebook, Twitter and the like as tools to share allegiances to the University. In fact, Northwest’s Facebook page now boasts nearly 110,000 fans – a figure that far outnumbers most Division II institutions and even rivals some Division I schools. Hundreds of Northwest’s Face-

book friends, and their unique profiles, are represented on this issue’s cover, and several more who shared their thoughts about being “forever green” through social media are scattered on these pages. Most with an affiliation to the Bearcat family also can agree that their connection has had a lasting impact. A graduating student is not the same person he or she was upon arriving at Northwest. Northwest has a reputation for providing unique experiences – through hands-on opportunities that allow students to get involved from the day they set foot on campus – to help students build the confidence and skills they need to be successful. Small classes help students feel comfortable. Faculty and staff are accessible. Student organizations are welcoming. And, like a family, Northwest provides a support system that is always ready and willing to assist its own. Following are seven individuals who exemplify that Bearcat attitude and reflect on what makes them “forever green.”

The photos that appear on this edition’s cover and on this page are the Facebook profile photos of Northwest alumni, employees and students. Thank you to the more than 300 friends of Northwest’s Facebook page who answered the Northwest Alumni Magazine’s call for the profile photos you see in this edition.

Forever exploring ... Forever green Chad Heitman ’97

Chad Heitman arrived at Northwest, eager to begin working toward a pre-med degree. But Dr. Dwight Maxwell, who was chair of the geology department at the time and tutored Heitman during high school, saw something else in Heitman. Eventually, during a series of hallway conversations, Maxwell convinced him he had a future in geology. Upon graduating, Heitman was recruited by Doe Run mining company in southeast Missouri and went to work immediately as an underground mine geologist. Heitman has since worked his way up (or “down”) through the mining industry and now serves as the director of mining for Eagle Materials, in Sugar Creek, Mo., which operates the world’s only underground cement mine. He says he knew he made the right decision to pursue geology the moment he went underground for the first time. “Without a geology degree, I wouldn’t be

in the industry I’m in, period,” Heitman said. “I am in the field that my Northwest degree absolutely prepared me for.” Today Heitman expresses his appreciation to Northwest by donating a Brunton Compass, a $400 tool geologists use to map rock structure and fault zones, as part of an award package in recognition of a Northwest undergraduate student who receives the James Hutton Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. “At Northwest, everything just seemed to fit,” said Heitman, who is working with his company to recruit Northwest graduates. “A lot of the employees I have who graduated from bigger schools don’t have the same school pride, and their work ethic isn’t the same.”

Forever prepared ... Forever green Katie Pierce ’11

The turning point for Katie Pierce at Northwest might have been the day during her freshman year when she sat in her yearbook advisor’s office, adamant that she was transferring from Northwest. But the advisor, Laura Widmer ’79, saw leadership potential in Pierce and told her she wouldn’t allow her to leave the University. Pierce went on to become editor of the Tower yearbook. She became highly involved in student organizations within the Department of Mass Communications and was employed as a student office assistant in the department. She served as a social media intern in the Office of University Relations,

a peer advisor, a teaching assistant and earned a Tower Service Award in 2010. Pierce’s student employment was a launching point. Because of her dependability, reliability and ability to problem solve, word traveled campuswide that Pierce was the go-to person for projects within her department. “You wouldn’t think being an office assistant in mass comm would teach you how to succeed in digital marketing,” Pierce said, “but it helped me learn to interface with anybody who walks in the door and to think on my feet. Also, I now am amazing at handling expense reports. Those tasks, even the little things, were huge for me.” Her involvement in AdInk and DigEm, two Northwest clubs that help students learn and develop media skills, allowed her to network with professionals in the Kansas City area. After graduating, Pierce joined Kansas City digital marketing agency VML as an experience architect, creating the blueprints for corporate websites and applications. “Northwest helped me prepare for the future,” Pierce said. “Getting a job offer before graduation – specifically a job that didn’t exist before I interviewed – would not have been possible without Northwest, and without my advisors and mentors.”

Kylie Niichel ’14 I am forever green because Northwest has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities that have allowed me to grow academically and personally. Scott Nielson ’01 I am forever green because Northwest has provided me a tremendous opportunity, first as a student and now as an employee, to develop and strengthen my skills every day. Kacie Wright ’13 I am forever green because Northwest has challenged me to excel as a student, enhanced my skills and character as an individual, and provided numerous opportunities for me to build a network of relationships that will equip me for any future endeavors I may pursue. Suzanne Von Behren ’03, ’10 I am forever green because I appreciate the total quality educational experience, complete with caring faculty and staff wrapped up in a family atmosphere.

Alexis Leggett ’13 I am forever green because there isn’t a community like Northwest. Everyone genuinely cares about each other’s successes, and this school has taught me as much outside of the classroom as inside. Riley Ziemer ’13 I am forever green because of the leadership opportunities Northwest has provided and the countless memories that I’ve made along the way.

Forever confident ... Forever green James Teaney

James Teaney has a more intimate relationship with the Northwest campus than most people who cross its paths. He has vast knowledge of the heating and cooling systems in almost all campus facilities. And on some of northwest Missouri’s worst wintry nights, Teaney has slept on a cot in his Power Plant office, waking to move snow and ensure the campus is operating smoothly. Currently the steam plant supervisor, Teaney has worked the last 23 years at the

Egon Heidendal ’06, ’09 I am forever green because Northwest has been my home away from home for a long time. I wouldn’t be the person I am now if it hadn’t been for everything Northwest gave me. Nick Crouse ’13 I am forever green because coming to Northwest was the best decision I have made in my life. Northwest provided me with the exceptional education I wanted in becoming a future educator. Emma Clark ’13 I am forever green because there is nothing better than the adrenaline rush after a win on a Bearcat football game day. Heather York ’13 I am forever green because the Northwest community constantly supports and seeks to understand what I am trying to accomplish as an artist. Taylor Neff ’14 I am forever green because I can’t walk across campus without seeing a familiar, friendly face.

University. For a time, he drove University trucks and buses, too. Teaney says he would mow the grass if that’s what Northwest needed “to keep this place going.” He has been instrumental in helping Northwest maintain its reputation as a leader in alternative fuels. “We were green before it was cool to be green, and it’s neat to be a part of keeping it going,” Teaney said. “We’re always looking at what is the next avenue to pursue.” Like so many who have developed skills at Northwest, Teaney credits the University with offering support and helping him gain confidence. Teaney also says one of Northwest’s differentiators is the way the University treats its employees. “The support and knowledge people at Northwest have given me has built my confidence,” said Teaney, who also serves as the mayor of Ravenwood, located 11 miles east of Maryville. “When I was in school I was super shy. It doesn’t bother me to get up in front of people anymore.”

Forever educated ... Forever green Dr. Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89

Being released by two NFL teams might leave some young athletes feeling crushed and lost. Not Bill Hedge. After playing for the Bearcat football team from 1970 to 1973, W.A., as he was known then, was drafted by the Houston Oilers and later was called to try out for the New York Giants. When neither opportunity panned out, Hedge wasted no time dedicating his career to education. “I got released by the Oilers on a Wednesday afternoon,” Hedge recalled. “I applied for a position in the St. Joseph School District on Friday and began work on Monday. I think things happen for a reason, and the reason was for me to go back, get that master’s and continue my education, which was going to help me longer down the road than playing in the NFL. It would have been nice, but I’ve had a great life and wouldn’t change a thing.” Hedge began his teaching career in 1974, teaching physical education at multiple elementary schools in St. Joseph. His career path eventually led him to becoming the assistant principal at St. Joseph’s Central High School. In 2003, he joined the Northwest faculty, teaching in the Department of

Education until retiring last year. While Hedge’s parents instilled the importance of education in him early on, mentors at Northwest – including people like Dr. Jim Redd ’66, Everett Brown ’37 and Dr. Robert Foster – provided a model for the way Hedge treated his students. “When you get that kind of care and that kind of attention, you try to pass that on to the next group of students coming behind you,” Hedge said. “It showed the ability and potential you had. There were opportunities that were provided to me because of Northwest. You have that support system that says, ‘If this is something you want to achieve and this is something you want to do, we’re here to assist you.’ That makes a difference, and that’s why Northwest has the kind of reputation it has.”

Forever loyal ... Forever green

Adam Dorrel ’98, ’00 and Ben McCollum ’03, ’05 Northwest head football coach Adam Dorrel (left), played and coached under legendary head coach Mel Tjeerdsma ’77 before becoming head coach in 2011. Head men’s basketball coach Ben McCollum (right) arrived at Northwest as a transfer student and played basketball under Northwest’s winningest men’s basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer. Like Dorrel, McCollum was a graduate assistant under his former coach before succeeding the retired Tappmeyer prior to the 2009-10 season. Both are on a shared path now, helping to carry on Northwest’s tradition of championship athletics and imparting valuable lessons to a new generation of studentathletes. Their experiences at Northwest, they say, were complete and enriching. “I got a lot of tough love from people at Northwest, through my advisors and through my coaches,” Dorrel said. “It was really the first time in my life where I really had a group of people not always telling me what I wanted to hear. But they did it in a way that

was compassionate. That really helped me grow stronger as a person, mentally, physically and emotionally.” McCollum was struck by the athletes and coaches who not only expected to win, but expected things to be done “the right way.” His experiences at Northwest also helped him realize that success depends not on a person’s talents but on how that person handles adversity, focuses on his goals and consistently improves. “That defines the thought that you’re stronger as a whole, and you need to stick by each other so you can be stronger when you go into your career and be successful,” McCollum said. “If everybody doesn’t buy into that, into that loyalty, into that group mentality, you’re not going to be as strong individually because you don’t have the group to support you.”

Forever curious ... Forever green Dr. Dennis Hoffman ’70, ’74


Dr. Dennis Hoffman came to Northwest with a fondness for research, but a field trip he took as a graduate student served as the inspiration for the work he enjoys today as a senior research scientist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple, Texas. During that field trip with Dr. Irene Mueller’s plant ecology class, Hoffman was struck by Mueller’s knowledge and passion for nature. The experience inspired him to establish the Prairie Restoration Project, an

outdoor learning center for area landowners, master naturalists and students from local school districts that he will continue to oversee after his retirement this spring. “I’ve taken (Mueller’s lessons) with me my entire career,” Hoffman said. “Her lessons really directed me into environmental work, and she really influenced me.” As a youth, Hoffman had taken a year off from college and was checking water samples, doing lab analysis for a feed company to save money. He was preparing to visit another university when his mother suggested he check out Northwest. At Northwest, Hoffman overcame hearing problems he battled as a youth to become an academically strong student involved in Student Senate and Residential Life. He developed organizational skills and persistence, and heeded the advice of mentors like Mueller and his Student Senate advisor to follow his heart. “I’ve told other students they need to go to Northwest,” Hoffman said. “It’s the type of school where I think students do really well.” n

Erin Stallins ’84 I am forever green because as a graduate assistant in the athletic training program I had the opportunity to meet, learn from and work with some of the most awesome professionals who continue to be important to me today. Kelly Quinlin ’00 I am forever green because Northwest has truly had an integral part in fostering my education, work ethic and professional principles, and it continues to do so on a daily basis. Doyle Bounds ’74, ’75, ’86 I am forever green because my training at Northwest gave me the tools to be successful in an ever-changing field of my chosen profession as an agriculture instructor, farmer, and now an admissions recruiter for agriculture. Web Extra: As a son of Northwest alumni, Wes Simmons ’01, ’03 didn’t envision becoming a Bearcat, but a recruiting visit changed his mind – and his life’s path. Read about Simmons and view more photos and excerpts of Northwest Alumni Magazine interviews with the people featured in this story by visiting www.nwmissouri. edu/magazine.


Student Success

What’s the best thing about Maryville? The Northwest Alumni Magazine asked Northwest students, “What’s the best thing about Maryville?” Their responses are an excellent illustration of the inviting atmosphere the local community has created for Northwest, its students and alumni. The best thing about Maryville is the people. Maryville allows you to not only attend college, but also be a part of a real community during your time here. Kate Bridges, senior, Albany The best thing about Maryville is the summertime. It’s a relaxed atmosphere and you get a chance to meet a lot more people in the community. Michael Nay, senior, Louisburg, Kan. The best thing about Maryville is how local residents and businesses support Bearcat athletics. Their support really adds to the atmosphere of games. Erika Hanson, senior, Omaha, Neb. The best thing about Maryville is the size. It’s small enough that you always see a friendly face. Riley Ziemer, senior, Winchester, Kan.

The best thing about Maryville is Gray’s Truck Stop biscuits and gravy on Saturday morning. They have some of the best food in town. Tanner Walter, senior, Maryville The best thing about Maryville is Mozingo Lake because it’s always a fun place to hang out. Lauren Fouts, junior, Blue Springs

Philip Gruenwald, a senior public relations major from St. Louis, enjoys a doughnut and shares a laugh with Ali Elzen ’01 of Ali’s Bakery in Maryville.

The best thing about Maryville is Ali’s Bakery. Everything there is homemade and delicious. Philip Gruenwald, senior, St. Louis The best thing about Maryville is The Hangar. It’s such a cool movie theater, and they have great food. Tassi Cook, junior, Pleasantville, Iowa

The best thing about Maryville is that it reminds me of the town I’m from. It’s really become my home away from home. Emma Clark, junior, Kirksville The best thing about Maryville is the feeling of safety you have when you live here. Not many college towns have that. Alyssa Hank, junior, Lee’s Summit n

Foundation Board of Directors Members of the 2012-2013 Northwest Foundation Board of Directors include (front row, from left) Terry Day ’65, Toni Cowen Espey ’83, Don Foley ’78, Mary Hamilton Purdy ’72, Board President Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Betty Johnson Bush ’60, Amy Willits Harlin ’95, Mary Asbell ’69, Kay Thomas ’71, Virgil Albertini, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, (second row) Executive Director Mike Johnson ’85, Dick Thomson, Rick Carter, Deb Tripp ’92, ’96, Dr. John Baker, Dr. Gweldon Long ’57, Hayley Hanson ’97, Owen Straub ’86, John Teale ’73, (third row) Troy Greenfield ’90, Bill Hedge ’74, ’77, ’89, Mike Faust ’74, Arnold Johnson ’77, Dan Runde ’81, (back row) Mark Doll ’80, Jeff Borchardt ’82, Mike Abildtrup ’68, Bill Brown ’63, Phil Patterson ’74, Jim Blackford ’72. (Not pictured: Jennifer Dawson Nicholson ’71, Kenny Petersen ’66, Juan Rangel ’91, Paul Schieber ’81, Gary Thompson ’76). n

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The Bridge Contributors to Northwest during the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year

Donor generosity provides competitive advantage The Bridge annually celebrates donors and the power of their generosity on Northwest. We believe, as many listed within this edition do, that every gift counts. With your help, our record of accomplishments is only the beginning. Every new wave of graduates changes the course of what Northwest is capable of achieving. We stand on the shoulders of many yesterday who sacrificed with their gifts to position us with a competitive advantage that is not to be taken for granted. Your philanthropic partnership, current and future, is an investment that accelerates our progress. Thanks to you today, your gift helps ensure Northwest maintains its place at the top of premier regional public institutions for higher learning. Giving to the Northwest Fund means you are providing for the University’s greatest needs, whether it is student support through scholarships, academic programs or faculty support, the Northwest Fund allows Northwest to be proactive and provide a competitive advantage that benefits our overall University. The Northwest Foundation accepts many types of assets; the most popular are cash, securities and real estate. Thanks to you tomorrow, your support of Northwest can be planned by making a charitable estate gift. These gifts are established through your will or estate and allow you to provide

for what matters to you most at the University. These gifts are a way to leave a legacy or give in memory of a special person. The Northwest Foundation’s professional staff is here to work with you to explore options and offer information on securing our future while potentially providing for your family, receiving a charitable tax deduction and perhaps even a lifetime income. Building a strong endowment is one of the most strategic ways Northwest can meet its goals. Endowed gifts provide perpetual benefit to Northwest. Through careful stewardship, we invest the principal of your donation while spending the payout on Northwest students, programs and projects that matter to you most. You can help by establishing an endowment fund of your own or contributing to an existing one. Many generous alumni and friends listed here have established such perpetual, everlasting funds, making them … forever green! My Bearcat best always,

Mike Johnson ’85 Executive Director, Northwest Foundation Vice President of University Advancement


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Annual Report

The Northwest Foundation Inc. and the Office of University Advancement Established in 1971, the Northwest Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation responsible for encouraging, receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The 30-member Foundation Board of Directors is led by President

Holly Murphy-Barstow ’81, Vice President Mark Doll ’80 and Immediate Past President Dan Runde ’81. The Foundation is staffed by members of the development and alumni relations units of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement. n

Development Total Private Support to the University $7 $6 MILLIONS

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Total Planned Giving Expectancies $30 $25 MILLIONS

The continued success of the cultivation of private support to benefit Northwest is due to the tremendous support of thousands of alumni and friends as well as Northwest’s Leadership Team, deans, faculty and staff. Private support averaged just more than $3 million over the last three years, while planned gift expectancies are holding at just more than $26 million. The fundraising efforts of the Northwest Foundation and the University Advancement development staff translate into significant University support in a variety of areas. Scholarship support has remained a central mission of Northwest’s development efforts. The annual Adopt-aBearcat Scholarship is part of this support, and more than 166 scholarships were awarded in FY12. The Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarships as well as the Foundation’s other scholarships brought the total number of awards for FY12 to 724 providing $427,184 in support to students. Alumni and friends also support Bearcat athletics, and the success of Northwest’s athletics programs benefit from donors’ generosity. The Northwest Fund continues to raise a large amount of unrestricted dollars for the University – funds that are crucial to support needs in areas not covered by other fundraising efforts. In FY12, the Northwest Fund generated $384,700 in unrestricted support. When alumni and friends favor the Northwest Foundation with a gift, they can be confident that their gift is spent wisely. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance prescribes that 65 percent of total expenses of a charitable organization be spent on charitable programs. The Northwest Foundation exceeds that standard by spending an average of 81 percent of every dollar on University programs. n

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Annual Report Amount of Scholarship Support $700 THOUSANDS





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Contact Us The following professionals at the Northwest Foundation look forward to assisting you with a gift that meets your wishes and allows Northwest to continue its tradition of excellence.

Teresa Gustafson ’97, ’05 660.562.1248

Mike Johnson ’85 660.562.1750

Laurie Drummond Long ’92 660.562.1248

Scott Nielson ’01 660.562.1669

Steve Sutton ’71 660.562.1248


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The Northwest Alumni Association and the Office of University Advancement’s alumni relations staff continued in FY12 to offer opportunities to alumni and friends to support Northwest. With nearly 250 chapter activities as well as regional activities offered, our alumni and friends have the opportunity to stay connected to their alma mater. Our 17 geographical chapters and two constituency chapters allow alumni and friends to stay involved with Northwest. Chapters include Arizona, Central Iowa, Southern Iowa, Eastern Iowa, Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City, Maryville, Nebraska/Western Iowa, St. Joseph, Mid-Missouri, Southern California, Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield and Twin Cities in addition to a band chapter, gridiron chapter and an international chapter in Japan. The Northwest Alumni Association’s Tourin’ Bearcats travel program continues to be well received. Forty-five alumni and friends enjoyed an introduction to Ireland in 2012, and 40 more are planning to travel to the Danube River from Vienna to Budapest on a riverboat cruise the spring of 2013. Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs, the Northwest Night at the Kansas City Power and Light pep rally and the pregame tailgate prior to the Fall Classic at Arrowhead were sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association and were well attended. The Northwest Alumni Association also hosted a successful Golden Years reunion at Homecoming and honored six individuals at the Alumni Awards Banquet in the

fall. Alumni Relations continues to maintain its partnership with offices throughout campus, including admissions, career services, athletics and campus activities. The Northwest Alumni Association, under the volunteer leadership of Amy Willits Harlin ’95, continues to rely on passionate Bearcat alumni and friends for their contributions of time, talent and treasure to Northwest. n

Total Attendance at Events 15,000











Number of Alumni Events 250

Get involved Find out how you can get involved in the Northwest Alumni Association by contacting:











Polly Parsons Howard ’00, ’09 Director of Alumni and Donor Relations 660.562.1248

Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09 Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications Specialist 660.562.1248

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Scholarship Recipients Adopt-A-Bearcat Scholarship

Victoria Abreu Khalidah Ali James Bailey Faith Barton Jacob Beckham Brittany Billinger Brian Birchler Joshua Blair Nicholas Blanks Jamil Boone Taylor Bott Phillip Boyer Kelsey Braesch Brooks Brewer Kristine Brown Tim Burge Kelsey Buyert Chelsalie Carlson Heather Carroll Sophia Caruso Savanna Christensen Amber Clark Makayla Cole Keyawna Conley Mercedes Cooper Bryant Cottrill Chelsea Culp Mary Catherine Drummond Megan Durbin Jordan Duval Brittni Ebrecht Kyler Erickson Katie Fisher Andrew Fomera Brandon Foster Nicholas Frankenfield Megan Friend Tykeila Gaddy Courtney Gard Keith Gascoigne Megan Gerhardt Reid Gillaspie Katie Gregory Allison Gross Michaela Gutierrez Brooke Hahn Brian Hall Eric Hammann Taylor Hannan Ryan Hass Molly Hayde Tarwiyah Hazziez Anna Heasley Samantha Heibel Elizabeth Hildebrand Erik Hodge Tierra Hogan Kody Houston Kyla Johnson Kyle Jones Markayla Jones Jennifer Kassebaum Jacob Kaullen Joshua Kaullen Zeke Kauzlarich Billy Kerns Jonah Kinne Callie Kiser Audrey Kubayko

Gabriel Kuhl Torri Kuonen Alexander Langenfeld Jessica Lehman Kelsey Lenhert Karlee Liberty Brianna Loder Jesse Mabry Dana Masters Brittany McCartney Nicholas McGowan Cassidy McNees Kameron Mcfall Haley Meyers Charles Miles Lacey Mings Landon Mings Melissa Mischo Wendy Mooney Rhett Moppin Sarah Mousel Ethan Nachtman Shannon Nelson Courtney Nixon Breanna Nold Alex Oakleaf Paige Orness Christina Owens Brittany Page Toniann Palazzolo Adrienne Palmer Dillon Paule Caitlin Paulsen Matthew Peacher Jasmine Pearson Abigail Peitzmeier Lindsay Phillipp Theron Pietzyk Tyler Pigman William Platt Kathryn Poelzl Danielle Poppenga Te’Airra Posey Rachel Preston Taylor Provow Charles Puyear Para Reese-Stewart Mary Reinders Alyssa Roberts Ashley Robinson Dustin Romans Anastaszia Roseberry Elizabeth Ruckman John Russell Loni Russell Drake Schafer Kathryn Schalley Courtney Schelp BreAnn Schmidt Lewis Schrodt III Nicholas Shafar Blake Shamberger Ashton Shaw Mckenzie Shelton Nicholas Shelton Kailee Sherer John Simmons Hannah Sindelar BillieJean Smith Jessica Smith

Matthew Smith Ryan Smith Kayla Snow Jennifer Stark Carissa Strasser Natasha Swanson Troy Tallman Samantha Templeton Samantha Thurman Lonnie Treese Jada Tressler Zachary Tweedt Morgan Umsted Steven Valentine Kiersten Vette Brenda Wade Brittany Walker Jessica Wallace Daniel Ward Christian Weese Kelci Wellman Kelsey White Charles Wilkinson Katelynn Wilson Keslie Wright Casey Zangaro Jennifer Zell A-C Lightning Scholarship

Art Education Scholarship

Alexandra Helzer Earl H. Baker Memorial Scholarship

Alexander Mullock Jamie Rouse Eddice B. Barber Scholarship

Patty Barnes Kent Barber Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Waddell Vernon J. Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Alysa Kramer Art and Bettie Beckner Celebration Scholarship

Jared Williams Dr. Gary Bennerotte Memorial Scholarship

Tiffany Burnes Tamara Lynn Bohlken Award

Michael Turpin Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth Bethany Business Scholarship

Morgan Umsted

Katelyn Addison

AAUW Anna M. Painter Graduate Scholarship

Booth College of Business & Professional Studies Freshman Scholarship

Ashley Blanchard AAUW Corwin Junior Scholarship

Elizabeth Smith AAUW Viola May Corwin Scholarship

Traci Scheloski B. J. Alcott Scholarship

Brittany Keithley Mary Eulalah Adwell Scholarship

Ashley Pegg Alpha Chi Scholarship

Brady Fleshman Chelsea Wallace Dr. Mark J. Anderson Elementary Education Scholarship

Jennifer Dickel Brenda Wilson Andrews Memorial Scholarship

Haley Schelp Anonymous Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship

Sarah Pfeifer Anonymous PCMC Scholarship

Barrett Baker ARAMARK Facility Services Scholarship

Britany Bahr Shelbi Schieber Calee Scott Emily White

Halley Hill Sydney Lawrence Dr. Jerry Brekke Scholarship in Political Science

Paul Wilson Ann Allen Brekke Scholarship

Matthew Moylan Claudene Brewer Memorial Scholarship

Hallie Dudley

Chemistry Alumni Scholarship

Tyler Tommey Citizens Bank & Trust Scholarship

Justin Ranney Clear Cayhoga Muddy Creeks Scholarship

Devian Lyle Sarah McIntyre Clearmont Community Club Scholarship

Heath Harris Dr. Norman and Ada Mae Clough Scholarship

Autumn Barnett Brittany Brittingham Robert Chinberg Mallory Conley Dominique Hall Keyonna Hawkins Adriane House Mitchell Jansen Jennifer Kassebaum Chelsea Lever Amber Perot Megan Rawie Kelsie Weickert Dr. Marvin D. Combs Memorial Scholarship

Cody Proctor Computer Science Academic Achievement Scholarship

Cody Duncan C.E. Cook Drama Scholarship

Lindsay Masin Cook Finance Scholarship

Hailey Stuart Cook/Imes Distinguished Scholarship

Justin Ranney

James R. Cook Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Bryer Chelsea Culp Carolyn Kozol Caitlyn Price Hope Wicks Bert and Eula Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer McGinness Alice Corley Scholarship

Molly Maxwell William L. Costello Scholarship

Kara Helbling Cotter Travel Fellowship for International Studies

Kelsey Knowlton Cathran Cushman Radio Scholarship

Kyle Hendricks Pat Danner Scholarship

Sara Hanes Dennis Dau Scholarship

Rachael Vogel W.M.C. Dawson Scholarship

Channdra Binns Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Omicron Scholarship

Ashley Pegg Neta Derry Memorial Scholarship

Christi Nance Elwyn K. DeVore Business Scholarship

Amanda Sherry Ron C. DeYoung Scholarship

Jeffrey Willingham Amanda Yocum

Everett W. Brown Scholarship

Abigail Curry Business Plan Competition Scholarship

Shawnta Addison Daniel Apgar Amy Cambridge Yahaya Gwamna C.L. Butler Scholarship

Stephanie Poppa Elizabeth Smith Courtney Vanden Hoek John Byrd Memorial Scholarship

Calvin Patterson Donald K. Carlile Memorial Scholarship

Alison Hartong Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship

Rebecca Bly Cerner Scholarship

Steven Scheffe

New Foundation Scholarship Funds Forest Gray & Lucile Gray Scholarship Homer O. & Florine (Ware) Smith Scholarship Iowa Bill O’Riley Family Scholarship Jeremy D. Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship Michelle Parman Scholarship Scott Parman Scholarship Missouri Academy Scholarship Herron Scholarship Farm Credit Services Scholarship Esther Forbes Knittl Memorial Scholarship Roger Corley Memorial Scholarship Robert O. Gill Memorial Scholarship



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Scholarship Recipients Mildred Galloway Fitz Simmons Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer McGinness Vic and Frances Farrell Scholarship Fund

Stephanie Burge Michael L. Faust Scholarship

Mallory Daugherty Gage Eden Andrew McLaughlin Cody Mudd Ethan Nachtman Frank Felton Rotary Scholarship

Jacob Stoll Bill Fields Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship recipient: Gunner Sumy Gunner Sumy, a December 2012 graduate from St. Joseph who now plans to attend law school, was a recipient of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Delta Nu Actives Scholarship and the H. F. Holland Memorial Scholarship. Sumy majored in political science with a communications minor and served the University as a Student Ambassador. He was also involved in Tau Kappa Epsilon, Student Senate, Alpha Chi, Order of Omega and Blue Key Honor Society. “For many students, college would not be a viable option if it were not for the scholarship opportunities that Northwest provides,” Sumy said. “The scholarship opportunities the University has are a big reason I chose to attend school here. Northwest really is a diamond in the rough when it comes to a quality education at a financially feasible rate.” n

Erin Schoenbeck Marshall E. and Beatrix Winn Ford Memorial Scholarship

Ciara Armstrong Robert Carstensen Erica Favor Philip Gruenwald Kristine Labertew Courtney Meyer Rachel Parsons Jacob Reeve Hayley Wagner Doug and Lisa Foster Scholarship

Lauren Moulder Robert and Doris Foster Scholarship

Missy White Robert and Virginia Foster Scholarship

Skye Pepper Robert Fraser Scholarship

Kyle Curtis Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Scholarship

Stefani Reed Herbert R. Dieterich Scholarship

Rachel Willis Joe Dirksen Memorial Scholarship

Justin Ranney Donaldson-Pfost Scholarship

Amanda Bentley Christopher Conover Connor Dignan Brian Hall Dylan Rainey Aaron Summers Hildegarde Dreps Scholarship

Katherine Horvat Dunlap Scholar Award

Erin Funk Dyche Family Scholarship

Brandon Thomas

Mattie Dykes Creative Writing Scholarship

Abigail Lawrence Opal Calvert Eckert Family Scholarship

Lyle Burgher Eckert Collegiate Journalism Scholarship

Kyle Hendricks T. H. Eckert Journalism Scholarship

Brittany Keithley Margaret Ann Edwards SAI Scholarship

Katherine Famuliner Amy P. Elifrits Scholarship

Jennifer Dickel Energizer Diversity Scholarship

Ternei Fugate

Lorna From Scholarship

Alana Heisler Fred Fuhr Memorial Scholarship

Chase Miller Charles I. Frye Geology Scholarship

Lonnie Treese Martha Polsley Gamble Scholarship

Abigail Haugaard William T. Garrett Scholarship

Garrett Hargiss Dwight and Eunice Gates Memorial Scholarship

Cody Ford Ryan King Dr. Paul L. Gates Scholarship

Kemper Kellerstrass George Gayler Scholarship

MaKenzie Kroenke

Vance & Zeline Geiger Scholarship

Shelby Culver Dean Gingrich Memorial Scholarship

John Ernzen Kaitlin Lawrence Sydney Lawrence Cally Mastin Jacob Stoll Austin Thummel Gwynetha Girling Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer Evans Nancy Goff Memorial Scholarship

Taylor Leader Dale Gorsuch English Scholarship

Christine Rahorst Dr. Mary Rose Gram Scholarship

Tiffany Maske C F Gray Physical Science Scholarship

Sean Feehan Tyler Tommey James Robert Gregory Scholarship

Michael Goodwin Michael Hoffman Mattie Jo (Payne) Groom Scholarship

Rachel McEnaney Growmark Scholarship

Blake Anderson Emily Anderson Kacie Wright Frank W. Grube Scholarship

Calvin Patterson Marvin Gutzmer Scholarship

Kindsey Dale Haines Family Scholarship

Andrea Potter J. D. Hammond Family Scholarship

Amanda Lovell Hancock-Woods Scholarship

Zachary Cox Alvin Edwards, IV Alyssa Henggeler Stephanie Poppa Tyler Propst Elizabeth Reine John Harr Scholarship

Todd Shifflett Thomas Webb Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Karen Hawkins Memorial Accounting Scholarship

Amaly Reinsch Clarence Henderson Scholarship

Jacob Beard Margaret and Wayne Hennegin Scholarship

Chelsea Ebrus Brooke Gilland Kimberly Harding Elizabeth Runde Virginia Hochstetler BPW Scholarship

Luke Coffelt H. F. “Hoot” Holland Memorial Scholarship

Kolby Lewis Gunnerson Sumy Joyce Fink Hook Scholarship

Kayla Koester Matthew Sanchez Marvin Hoskey Agricultural Education Scholarship

Michelle Daubendiek Ronald A. Houston Scholarship

Emily Frueh Joseph Frueh Gage Hayes Aleta and Dean Hubbard Scholarship

Devin Anderson Brianna Barcus Jordan Beiermann Megan Dunn Amanda Dye Christina Farr Lindsey Frazier Natalie Fry Nichole Junco Cally Mastin Stephanie Nachtrab Hunt-Porter Scholarship

Hanna Bowman Abigail Curry Stephanie Dee Audrey Kubayko Pauline Santos Margaret Stayton Samantha Templeton James Hurst Memorial Scholarship

Ieishia Muncy Welton Ideker Regents Scholarship

Brooke Graves James and Betty Jackson Scholarship

Alvin Edwards, IV Connor Kellerstrass

Chelsea Culp Emily Robinson Tyler Sheley Seth Thomas

Charles Hawkins Accounting Scholarship

Mary Jackson Modern Language Scholarship

Felicia Cook

Christine Rahorst

Mike Jewett Scholarship

Patty Barnes Johnson-Bush Scholarship

Minka Foster Brice & Carolyn Johnson Family Scholarship

Chelsea Culp Clint Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Kaullen Joshua Kaullen Walter and Maude Johnson Scholarship

Jacqueline Carlson Edward Jones Scholarship

Justin Ranney Kansas City Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Tilden Trotter Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship

Lauren McNees Bobby and Shirley Kelley Excellence in Education Scholarship

Samantha Miller Kensinger/Imes Scholarship

Elizabeth Reine Robert B. Killingsworth Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Barbosa Dr. Kent King Memorial Scholarship

Sydney Craddock Fred Lamer Excellence in Broadcasting Scholarship

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

Robin Jago Deanna Snedeger Kelsey Waibel Kiley Watson Rebecca Wilson Samantha Wynne Phyllis Combs Leet Scholarship

Abby Elson Marvin E. and Kathryn B. Lehnen Scholarship

Elizabeth Smith Lemar- Rischer Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer Evans Mary Margaret Lewis Scholarship

Amanda Bentley Marci Luke John Sublett Logan Scholarship

Drew Antle Megan Benware Mallory Brown

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Scholarship Recipients Melissa Chamberlain Jeremy Espey Jessica Harris Ryan Jackson LaRee Lager Jaimee O’Brien Jordan Roth Jessica Salsbury Kiley Slater Cory Smith Kamron Winchester Myrl and Katherine Long Memorial Physical Science Scholarship

Raymond Bolick April Logemann Forrest G. and Joan B. Lowe Scholarship

Kirk Skoglund Bonnie Magill Scholarship

Jordan Drew JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship

Chelsea Gundersen

Paul Marfice Scholarship

Christopher Roush Mary E. Markt Scholarship

Hannah Barnett Maryville Host Lions Club Scholarship

Jessica Sigman Emily Wetzel Maryville Hy-Vee Scholarship

Kristina Calfee Jordan Hall Maryville Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship

Dakota Hainline McAdams-Vaughan Tuba Award

Robert Langenfeld Raymond L. and Ruth L. McClurg Scholarship

Alyssa Henggeler Raymond McClurg Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Keefer

Dustin McCurdy Memorial Scholarship

Kyle Hendricks Staci McEnaney Memorial Scholarship

Amy Middleton McIntosh Hall Scholarship

Amy Middleton Kimberly Lynn Miller Memorial Scholarship

Haley Schelp Leon F. Miller Grant for Graduate Studies

Josh Lammert Sarah Peters R. R. Miller Scholarship

Audrey Silvey Ruth Miller Scholarship

Katherine Famuliner Chloe E. Millikan Memorial Scholarship

Megan Hurst Melanie Pankiewicz

Ryland Milner Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Davis Heidi Johnson Stephanie Shields Missouri Farm Bureau Scholarship

Katherine Eggers Brandi Stagner Edward P. Morgan Scholarship

Jillian Kozel Earle I. Moss Jazz Scholarship

Ajia Whipp Earle I. Moss Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholarship

Amanda Mather Martha Moss Scholarship

Emily Hoffman MOST Scholarship

Jenna Anthony Erika Barron Taylor Barton

Paige Blythe Meagan Cahalin Katie Crawford Jessica Dorrel Joseph Frueh Andrew Harris James Keefer Emily King Haley Knoll Megan Lynn Mackenzie Magwire Blake Northen Lucas Quick Kaleb Ramseier Kelsey Schilb Kelsey Silleck Jeremy Smith Bethany Stanberry Kathleen Stough Monica Weidenbenner Irene Mueller Biology Scholarship

Brady Fleshman

Harrison Mutz Memorial Scholarship

Courtney Vanden Hoek NEBS Four-Year Scholastic Award

Rachelle Beattie Taylor Deen Samantha Wray Fred C. and Grace E. Nelson Scholarship

Kay-Leigh Scheffler Richard M. “Dick” New Scholarship

Jason Skinner Nodaway County Recreation Scholarship

Faith Barton Kaitlin Hartman Northwest DigEM Scholarship

Cameron Ramaekers Northwest Agronomy Club Scholarship

Garrett Pulley

Alumnus establishes music scholarship in wife’s memory A Northwest alumnus has established a music scholarship in his wife’s memory to assist future music majors achieve their college goals. John Pope ’51 established the Betty Jean Lambert Pope Memorial Music Scholarship with a $20,000 gift annuity. The scholarship will be awarded upon his death. Having met on a blind date, John and Betty Jean were married 57 years before her death in 2008. Because Betty Jean could not finish college, John sought to establish a scholarship in hopes that it will help future Bearcats complete their degrees. “Betty would have John ’51 and Betty Jean Lambert Pope loved to have gone on to were married 57 years before she passed away in 2008. John established college and take more the Betty Jean Lambert Pope Memorial classes, but she just Music Scholarship in her honor. couldn’t afford it, and so I hope something like this might be appropriate in her name,” John said. “I grew up in Maryville and obtained my education there, and this allows me to give back to the community that afforded me the things that I have. I always enjoyed going back

to the community, and you always go back to your roots when you think about it.” John graduated from Maryville High School in 1943. The next year, he joined the Naval Air Corps and served until July of 1946. Upon his return to Maryville, he attended Northwest, graduating with a degree in secondary education. By that time, he had met the love of his life in Betty Jean, a “farm girl” who grew up in nearby Wilcox. She attended Horace Mann High School on the Northwest campus, graduating in 1949. “Betty always loved to sing and play the piano,” John recalled. “She was a member of a quartet in high school, and they sang in various functions and were quite popular during their high school years.” After high school, Betty Jean attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for one year but did not return. She and John were married in February of 1951. John went on to teaching stints in Sedalia and Princeton, Minn., before joining an insurance company for which he handled crop and farm insurance. His insurance career spanned 30 years and took the Pope family to Kansas City, Omaha, Neb., and St. Paul, Minn., before John retired in 1989. The Popes raised three children together before retiring to Arkansas in 1992. For more information about this scholarship or to make a tax-deductible gift to benefit the University, contact Northwest’s Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248. n


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Scholarship Recipients Northwest Foundation Scholarship

Mitchell Andrews Kaitlin Knaus Northwest Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Abreu Keyonna Hawkins Northwest Support Staff Scholarship

Allison Kemper Amy Kemper Jessica Sigman Marie Oftelie Scholarship

Erica Boone Taneesha Shelby Sara Stratton B.D. and Sue Wright Owens Scholarship

Samantha Crawford Colton Holtman Owens Family Scholarship

Emily Frueh

Lillian Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Blaise Heckman Luke C. Palumbo Memorial Scholarship

Raymond Bolick Frederick P. Parcher Scholarship

Stefanie Ague Marshall Carlson Matthew Draper Alexandria Follett Matthew Kampschnieder Penny Parman Memorial Scholarship

Bryce Duis Russell Parman Agricultural Scholarship

Keli Kruger Mark Patton Memorial Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Paige Schnoes

Mark Jay Peavy Memorial Scholarship

Sean Feehan Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship

Salena Condray Public Relations Scholarship

Andrew Maddux Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez Scholarship

Chelsea Nichols National Residence Hall Honorary Bearcat Chapter Leadership Scholarship

Terry Hill Kelly Parks Cameron Ramaekers Burton L. Richey Memorial Scholarship

Courtney Bauer Andrew Lentz Alicia Watson Sara White Gladys Rickard Scholarship

Heather Townsend Kathryn S. Riddle Scholarship

The American Dream Grant American Dream Grant recipients meet all Northwest admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. After all federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants have been applied, Northwest fills the gap between the cost of tuition, room and board, primary textbooks and the use of a computer for qualifying students so that the maximum annual payment the student will need to make during their first year at Northwest will be no more than $3,500. Second-year students who meet normal academic progress requirements are guaranteed that the American Dream Grant combined with their federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants will cover 100 percent of their standard tuition and fees. The following alumni and friends committed their support to the American Dream Grant during FY12 by way of an outright gift or a planned or deferred gift. With their help, dreams really can come true. Anonymous Stuart J. Bintner Russell R. & Mary K. (Farnan) Clemmons Janet S. Dinkel Rose Marie Duty Ann M. Gardner Tad & Susan D. (Pope) Henggeler John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Michael C. & Kenna S. (Miller) Johnson Dwain L. & Mary Jones John H. & Carolyn Koffman

Laurie F. (Drummond) Long Jerry & Mitzi G. (Craft) Lutz Holly L. Martin Bradley L. Martinson Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg* Darla J. (Hardy) Runyon Virginia L. Shain Heidi L. Shires Anthony L. & Erin M. (Rooney) Stiens US Bank Maryville Bill & Jeanette A. Whited

Samantha Jackson Rischer Educational Enrichment Grant

Sterling Swayze Mark B. Robbins Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Scholarship

Sarah Bryant Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship

Barbara Colgan Ada M. Royston Memorial Scholarship

Barbara Colgan Dr. & Mrs. Donald Sandford Scholarship

Audra Bunch C.M. and M. Saville Scholarship

Madison Adkins Ciara Armstrong Kellee Baker Tamika Beasley Ethan Boyes Lindsey Campbell Rachelle Casey Tiffany Clark Rachel Crider Susanne Deets Jennifer Evans Alyssa Foley Emily Frueh Timothy Gordon Brian Hunter Kimberly Huwaldt Christina Incontro Patricia Ingrassia Terrell Johnson Elizabeth Koontz

Danae Love Montoya Lucas Zuleika McClarnon Dannen Merrill Lauren Moravec Mikayla Murphy Martin Passley Derek Pauley Cody Proctor Veeder Ransom Morgan Rodecap Courtney Rowe Jesse Simmons Michael Smith Stacey Steele Ronald Stephenson Tiffany Swanson Krista Townsend Tiffany Williams Mahala Saville History Scholarship

India Howard Saville Student Support Services Scholarship

Garrett Hargiss Paige Kroenke Justin Ranney Joel Williams Richard L. Sawyers Scholarship

James Ewing Pete Schartel Scholarship

James Grady Frederick, Edwardena, and Stephen Schneider Memorial Scholarship

Courtney Apperson Erika Baker James Cairney Landon Campbell Antoine Chillers Mallory Conley Dylan Eddy Dominic Evans Micah Hills Jessica Kaufman Patrick Kendrick Tisha Kidd Kassandra Kroger Danae Love Zuleika McClarnon Michelle McNealey Cameron Minter Matthew Rasmussen Jacob Reeve Keyaira Richest Monica Sherraden Michelle Sneed Ian Stanek Logan Thomas Gina Wallace Matthew Werdehausen B.D. and Janet Scott Biology Scholarship

Vitoria Paolillo

Carroll Scott Agricultural Memorial Scholarship

Sara Frueh Alfred E. Sergel III Band Alumni Scholarship

Alpha Chesney Robert and ZoAnn Severson Jazz Ensemble Scholarship

Veeder Ransom Larue B. Sherman Scholarship

Kale Watson Dr. Frances Shipley Scholarship

Molly Grusenmeyer Garland Shipps Memorial Scholarship

Lara Schenck David T. Slater Excellence in English Award

Alex Zenz John L. Smay Scholarship

Barbara Colgan Dr. Jim Smeltzer Scholarship

Jay Taylor Mary Marie Smith Scholarship

Beth Lundgren Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship

Wenjing Zhao Eldon E. Steiger Scholarship

Kara Wilson August Stelter Scholarship

Jordan Hall Chip Strong Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Petersen Jake Reinders J. Gordon Strong Scholarship

Andrea Dobney Breanna Patten Vivian and Frank Strong Scholarship

Julie Young Study Abroad Scholarship

Elizabeth Conley Brandi Docter Teale Hocker Kelsey Knowlton Elizabeth Smith Bret Stevenson Macy Thompson Chelsea Tillman Lloyd Summa Agricultural Scholarship

Miranda VanPelt Sterling Surrey Memorial Scholarship

Jenny Hoffman Calvin Patterson Elizabeth Reine Taco John’s Scholarship

Kari White

C. and C. Taylor Memorial Counseling Scholarship

Anna Bagby C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Guidance & Counseling

Abbie Groomer Lacey Hochenauer Allison Rogers K’Lea Steeby C. and C. Taylor Scholarship – Pi Omega Pi

Victoria Beckman Stephanie Burge Kelly Critten Emily Frueh Elizabeth Gier Emily Hoffman William Hollingsworth Jessica James Lisa Perkins Stephanie Ridens Scott Singleton Rachel Willis Teacher Education Scholarship

Jason Skinner Theatre Gold Star Scholarship

Matt Sweeten Michael Turpin Maurine A. Thomas Scholarship

Shawnta Addison Martin Passley Jordan Walston Kenneth T. and Icel Thompson Scholarship

Samantha Maass TKE Delta Nu Actives Scholarship

Gunnerson Sumy Peter J. Greve Memorial TKE Alumni Scholarship

Jessica Dorrel Jerome Trout Scholarship

Patricia Boller Lara Case Anissa DeMarr Jessica DeSpain Michael Duntz Derrick Evans Jennifer Evans Julie Gray Nicole Harris Samantha Hess Anastasia Phillips Henry and Mary Turner Scholarship

Brittni Ebrecht Matthew Larson Gary Lynn Tyler Scholarship

Jadon Meyer F.K. Ulman Scholarship

Jordan Clough Jacob Cookus Terrill Matthews Ravin Mozee Trelesia Ward Arlanda Watson

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Scholarship Recipients Upward Bound Scholarship

Nancy Western Scholarship

Lisa Adams Paul Poe Dylan Rainey Ashley Standiford Katie Wilmes

Miesha McGowan

Donald N. Valk Scholarship

Amy Hull Samantha Maass Jami Williams E. C. Walker Scholarship

Spencer Harmon John H. Walker Scholarship

Danielle Filkins Pauline F. Walker Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship recipient: Samantha Templeton Samantha Templeton, now a sophomore from Independence, is a recipient of the Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship. Templeton is a member of Gamma Alpha Lambda and the American Sign Language Club. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her master’s in occupational therapy. “College is expensive, and it’s helpful to have the financial support that scholarships provide,” Templeton said. “I pay for the majority of my education, and having scholarship assistance has helped ease a lot of my stress. With Northwest’s help, I’m able to get an excellent education without the worry of excess loans.” n

Mackenzie Gerdes Chelsea Wallace Dr. Wanda Walker Scholarship

Veronica Nihsen Wall Family Scholarship

Samantha Crawford Mildred Eckert Wallace English Scholarship

Margaret Corwin Natalie Weidner Memorial Scholarship

Cody Ford

Richard W. Weymuth Summer Music Camp Scholarship

Kayla Bradley Clarissa Henderson Harvey and Joyce White Scholarship

Wirth Family Scholarship

Veronica Nihsen M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Education Scholarship

Ally Varner M. F. (Fouts) Woollums Music Scholarship

Andrea Goering

Dray Carl Elizabeth Christie

R.T. Wright Memorial Scholarship

Matthew White Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Hixson

Brooke Graves Tasha King Heather Stearns Eudora Wymore Memorial Scholarship

Calvin Widger Memorial Scholarship

Ryan King Peter J. Wieland Memorial Scholarship

Ryan King Garvin and Imogene Williams Scholarship

Katti Carroll

Christina Incontro Allysia Selko Arthur “Doc” Yates & Maxine Gooden Yates Scholarship

Joseph Barbosa Shawna Severson Zech Memorial Scholarship

Emily Herzberg

Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship

Monica G. Zirfas Scholarship

Samantha Templeton

Megan Van Dyke

Brian and Jennie (Otto) Williamson Scholarship

Audra Bunch

Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarships To assist in meeting a critical need for current scholarship dollars, the University created this unique annual giving program. Recipients meeting Northwest’s current policies for admission and financial assistance receive a one-time, $500 Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship to help offset educational expenses. Northwest matches a donor’s gift (minimum $250) dollar-for-dollar and awards scholarships in his or her honor or that of a loved one. For example, if a $500 Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship (8) Adopt-a-Bearcat Tennis Scholarship All Things Possible Scholarship Allen & Judith Kearns Scholarship Anderson Family Scholarship Angela Reed Accounting Scholarship (2) Ann Young Gustafson Scholarship (3) Archer Family Scholarship Arne & Mary Le Johnson Scholarship (60) Art Jablonski Scholarship (8) Baldwin Family Scholarship Barb & Bill Lavery Scholarship Barbara A. New Scholarship Benny & Cheryl Johnson Scholarship (2) Bill & Jo Karen Brown Scholarship (4) Bob & Victoria Farris Scholarship Brad Stephens Scholarship (2) Bufton Family Scholarship

Charles H. Allison III Scholarship Col. Samuel E. Porter Scholarship Collins Farms Scholarship Daren & Buffy Niemeyer Scholarship (2) Deb & Richard Toomey Scholarship Don & Mary L. Matthews Scholarship (2) Dorothy L. Norton Scholarship (2) Edward Day Scholarship (4) Emanuele Family Scholarship (2) George & Maxine Graham Scholarship Graham Scholarship Hallock Family Scholarship Helen Richards Scholarship Hetzler Family Scholarship Jacob and Keri Kendrick Scholarship (2) James and Tracy Mathisen Scholarship Janice Heinz Scholarship (2) Janis Ivie Scholarship

donation is made, Northwest matches it and awards two individual $500 scholarships. These scholarships are crucial in providing the additional funding needed for students who might otherwise not have been able to afford attending Northwest. There were several groups of donors who collectively were able to offer one or more scholarships. The following are the Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarships that were awarded during the program’s fiscal year. Jasinski Family Scholarship (4) Jason White Scholarship Joan & Marion Freeman Scholarship (20) Jo Ellen Wilson Scholarship (2) John & Kris Teale Scholarship (2) John & Shelly Sayre Scholarship John R. Leek Scholarship Jon & Teresa Gustafson Scholarship Jonathon P. Smith Scholarship Justin Bush Scholarship Larry & Karla Rusco Scholarship Larry Gearhart Scholarship Lister Education Scholarship (2) Lonny Lane Scholarship Mark & Lisa Hereford Scholarship Mark & Vicki Hargens Scholarship (4) Mark Wiley Memorial Scholarship Mary Asbell Scholarship (4) Michael Hughes Scholarship (2) Miller Family Scholarship Monica Lee Landess Scholarship

Multicultural Studies Scholarship Neal & Megan Davis Scholarship Orlo Shroyer Scholarship Osterthun Journalism Scholarship (2) Patricia Best Scholarship (2) Paul & Lois Voge Scholarship Paul R. Kuehneman Scholarship Peter & Karen Hendrickson Scholarship Philip & Cathy Ott Scholarship R. W. Straub Memorial Scholarship R. L. Pugh Education Scholarship Rollie Stadlman Scholarship Sharla Sievers Scholarship (4) Stephen Oden Scholarship Stoskopf Farms Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship Sullivan Family Scholarship Terri Vogel Scholarship Thomas & Myrna Ellison Scholarship Thompson Family Scholarship Whitsell Family Scholarship



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Heritage Society

James H. Lemon Heritage Society The following donors have created a planned or deferred gift for the University or Foundation. There is no minimum level of gift required. James H. Lemon, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, introduced House Bill No. 311, also known at the time as the “Nodaway Dawn J. Abarr Helen (Johnson) Ackerman Mitchell R. Akers Virgil & Dolores Albertini Anonymous Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie Richard L. Baker* James & Linda (Flachsland) Balducci Bruce W. & Holly A. (Murphy) Barstow Lois (Utterback) Beal Harold W. Beattie* & Emily K. Beattie* Donald D. & Ann Beeson James L. & Beverly J. Blackford Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Clarence Bush* Bonnie Carlile Tom A. Carmichael* Bill & Margaret (Berry) Christensen Ada Mae Clough* William H. & Jean Corken Kinsell L. Coulson* & Vivien Coulson* Lorraine (Driver) Crews Don Cummins* Dennis C. Dau Frances R. Daugherty* Robert C. Davis* & Helen (Boyersmith) Davis R. G. Deardorff* & Maxine Deardorff*

Charles R. Derstler* & Pearl L. Derstler Ron C. & Nancy DeYoung Edward D. & Marla Douglas Opal (Calvert) Eckert* Dell W. & Janet (Kelley) Epperson Michael L. Faust H. J. Fischer, Jr.* & Marion (Tollaksen) Fischer* Robert P. Foster* & Virginia M. Foster Alexander Franklin Fouts* Everett C. Fouts* & Reba (Hunter) Fouts* Martha Fouts* Robert E. Fraser* Jean E. Fuller Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Zeline (Defenbaugh) Geiger* David W. & Carole A. (Patterson) Gieseke Dean Gingrich* Elsie Goff* Bill Gram* & Dorothy W. Gram Lucile Gray* Charles B. Green* & Venita Jean Green* George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Bob Gregory* & Helen A. Gregory* Loren T. Gunderman Beatrice E. (Lemon) Hansen* Lydia L. (Stickerod) Haynes*

County Normal Bill.” Fighting against strong opposition in the House, Lemon is credited with establishing the Fifth District Normal School, as Northwest was originally known. His efforts culminated 30 years of struggle to bring higher education to the region.

Betty Lou Hazelton Peter & Karen (Crawford) Hendrickson Theodore C. Hinckley* & Caryl C. Hinckley Ronald A. Houston L. Carolyn Houts Dean L. & Aleta Hubbard Russell Insley* John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Donald E. Johnson* Harold R. Johnson Gideon R. & Martha Jones J.E. Kirschner* Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet Marvin E. Lehnen & Kathryn B. (Krause) Lehnen* George & Sharelle Leick Eleanor (Nicholas) Letts* Evelyn A. Lindsey Forrest G. & Joan B. Lowe Vane B. Lucas, Jr.* Marvin Marion* Mary E. Markt Dwight T. & Sandra R. Maxwell Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg* Patricia A. McDermott* Gary & Merry McDonald Wayne H. McQuerry* & Ruth (Collins) McQuerry John P. Mees* & Joan Mees Cheryl J. (Lamar) Melvin Carol J. Miller Genevieve A. (Webb) Miller* Barry E. Monaghan

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

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

Lifetime Giving

The Birches Society The following donors have contributed $250,000 or more in lifetime gifts. The first building erected on campus was Academic Hall, now known as the Administration Building. Its commanding location is situated on the highest point of land ARAMARK Campus Dining ARAMARK Facility Services Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Ada Mae Clough* Marilyn L. Colwell* Rolland Deardorff* & Maxine Deardorff* Charles R. Derstler* & Pearl L. Derstler H. J. Fischer, Jr.* & Marion (Tollaksen) Fischer* Gateway

between Omaha, Neb., and St. Louis on the old Wabash Railroad line, 1,163 feet above sea level. Five cut-leaf birches stood at the site like sentinels, prompting faculty and students to describe the Normal School as being located “behind the birches.”

Vance E. Geiger* & Zeline (Defenbaugh) Geiger* Dean Gingrich* Charles B. Green* & Venita Jean Green* Beatrice E. (Lemon) Hansen* Ronald A. Houston Kawasaki Motors Maryville Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg* Nodaway Valley Bank

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

The Bell Tower Society

The following donors have contributed between $100,000 and $249,999 in lifetime gifts. In 1965, Dr. Robert P. Foster announced plans to build a bell tower as a memorial to deceased alumni, former faculty members Bank Midwest Barnes & Noble Harold W. Beattie* & Emily K. Beattie* BP Foundation Inc. Citizens Bank & Trust Commerce Bank of St. Joseph Willard F. Dunning* & Laura Belle B. (McGrew) Dunning* E & R Sanitation A.H. Bud & Suzanne (Lewis) Edwards Energizer

and those from the University’s family who died representing our country. After years of raising money, ground was finally broken in fall 1970 and the sounds of chiming bells greeted students returning for the fall 1971 semester.

Michael L. Faust Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Goppert Foundation Lucile Gray* Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard John Sublett Logan Foundation James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy Kinsell & Vera Coulson Trust Bill & Jessica J. (O’Rourke) Loch

Genevieve A. (Webb) Miller* Omaha Community Foundation Blanche (Anderson) Pedley* Milton E. Ploghoft & Zella (Mitchell) Ploghoft* Earl Shelton* R. Joe & Nancy Smith Mary M. Smith* Jerome J. Trout* Martha Faye (Fouts) Woollums*

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The Long Walk Society The following donors have contributed between $25,000 and $99,999 in lifetime gifts. The original architect’s plans for the campus, which were modeled after Cambridge University, included a large quadrangle, marked on the most northern point by the American Association of University Women American Football Coaches Association John C. & Jo E. (Bateman) Andrews Mary M. Asbell & Allan S. Mackenzie Mark A. Avitt Jim J. Ballinger* & Gaye Ballinger Vernon J. Barrett* & Helen (McMahon) Barrett Lois (Utterback) Beal Donald D. & Ann Beeson Ned Bishop & Marjorie L. Bishop* Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Bolin Auto and Truck Parts Leonard M. Brooke* & Mauna Brooke Robert E. & Betty (Johnson) Bush Cargill Tom A. Carmichael* Rick A. & Tammy Carter John P. Cline Community Foundation of New Jersey John T. Cook* & Georgann B. Cook* William H. & Jean Corken Ray & Barbara L. (Zehr) Courter Nell Cowden Kelly W. & Kathy L. (Heath) Crawford Paul E. Daniel* & Cloretta L. (Sager) Daniel* Danner For Congress Frances R. Daugherty*

Robert C. Davis* & Helen (Boyersmith) Davis Deluxe Elwyn K. & Emma (Brown) DeVore Ron C. & Nancy DeYoung Janet S. Dinkel The Dow Chemical Company Foundation DST Systems Inc. E. L. Crawford Construction Inc. Opal (Calvert) Eckert* Samuel Edmunds* Ehlert Bull Test Program Ellison-Auxier Architects Inc. Empower Media Marketing George W. & Juanita English Enterprise Realty LLC Fidelity Investments Richard R. Flanagan P. E. Fox* & Lucile (Jeffrey) Fox* Robert E. Fraser* Robert E. Fraser Foundation Marion B. & Joan (Miller) Freeman Dwight Gates* Calvin N. & Marilyn Goeders Bill Gram* & Dorothy W. Gram Greater Kansas City Community Foundation George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Wilma Hall* James D. & Marian Hammond Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Patrick B. & Teri Harr Von Hayes Lydia L. (Stickerod) Haynes* Ralph & Joyce F. Hook

Administration Building, with all future campus buildings built facing the quadrangle. While the original plans were never realized, the first sidewalk built from the entrance at Fourth Street/College Avenue ran straight up to the front door of the Administration Building and became known as the Long Walk.

Hughes Family Foundation Carl A. & Cheryl L. Hughes Hy-Vee Ideker Inc. Illinois Tool Works Foundation Information Builders Inc. Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski James M. & Betty Jackson, Sr. Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson Christopher R. & Mercedes (Ramirez) Johnson Mabel V. (Wells) Jordan* Craig L. & Kerry Kelley Kentucky Fried Chicken of Maryville Douglas K. & Linda S. (Keller) Kinder Kiwanis Club KNIM Radio Ed Koppelman Charles Lawhead* & Florence O. (Abarr) Lawhead Marvin E. Lehnen & Kathryn B. (Krause) Lehnen* Liberty Mutual Group Inc. Loch Sand and Construction Company Gweldon L. Long William L. & Jodie L. (Hamilton) Mackintosh Mary E. Markt Raymond L. McClurg* & Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg* Alice L. McCullough John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Howard McIntosh* Wayne H. McQuerry* & Ruth (Collins) McQuerry

Richard A. & Bernadine Mendenhall Middle Fork Water Company Inc. Midland Surveying Inc. Gerald A. Mitchell* & Wilma E. (Myers) Mitchell* Barry E. Monaghan Gaylord D. & Mercedes (Triplet) Morrison Irene Mueller* New England Business Service Northwest Ford/Lincoln/ Mercury Inc. Northwest Missouri Cellular NUCOR-LMP Steel & Wire Company Mona M. (Pennington) Nurski* Alice M. Oliver* Kevin M. & Donna O’Reilly Bill O’Riley Jack L. & Gilda J. Otte B.D. & Sue (Wright) Owens PaineWebber Frederick P. Parcher* Russell W. Parman* & Betty (McCowen) Parman Philip J. & Margaret Patterson Kenneth C. & Mary Petersen Pioneer Mobile Homes Inc. Charles M. Place* & Linda L. (Nichols) Place Porter Trash Service William C. & Mary Beth Price William Price Family Foundation Principal Financial Group Foundation Dorothy J. (Myers) Rice* Gladys M. Rickard*

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


Associate Members The Northwest Foundation is thankful for the lifetime support of all alumni and friends. Although lifetime giving levels now begin at $25,000, A. E. Easter Family Foundation Aquila Eddice B. Barber Freida M. (Bennett) Belford* Charles R. Bell* & Lela Bell* Boatmen’s First National Bank A.C. Breckenridge* Caskel Leasing Company James D. Cox Don O. & Nancy Daniel John H. Dieterich* & Mary G. (Garrett) Dieterich Edward Jones Exxon Education Foundation

* Deceased

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies Victor M. Farrell* & Frances Farrell* Warren & Barbara Gose Georgia Gromer* Sharen Gutreuter Betty Lou Hazelton Theodore C. Hinckley* & Caryl C. Hinckley J. E. Dunn Construction Company Amy R. Jacob Donald E. Johnson* K. C. Petersen Construction Co.

these individuals assumed a vital role in the former Tower Society with their lifetime gifts between $10,000 and $24,999.

Chang You Kan Martin & Ramona A. (Rope) Kanne Lloyd & Eileen (Isom) Kelly J.E. Kirschner* LuBeth W. Kuemmerle Eleanor (Nicholas) Letts* Joan L. (Johnson) Marfice Marian Home Loan Co. Marsh, Espey & Riggs PC Maryville Host Lions Club Gary & Merry McDonald John P. Mees* & Joan Mees Motorola Foundation

Nissan Motors Nodaway Co. Recreation For Handicapped North Aggregate Products Northern Trust Company Marie Chandler Oftelie* James C. & Joanne (French) Redd Rotary Club of Maryville Mahala Saville* August Sherman* Shughart Thomson & Kilroy St. Joseph Light and Power David Stanley

Edra M. (Planck) Stoskopf* Robert Strait* & Arlyne Strait* Strong & Strong Robert & Juddy Elaine B. Tebow Kenneth T. Thompson* & Icel (Donelson) Thompson* Toshiba Corporation Charles W. Veatch & Pam (Grau) Veatch* Morris C. Walton* & Betty C. Walton Wesley Foundation of Maryville Williams Recycling


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The Northwest Circle

The Cornerstone Circle

The following donors contributed at least $10,000 during the fiscal year. The Fifth District Normal School opened in 1905, offering two-year programs to educate teachers for the region. The name was changed to Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1919 as the curriculum began to focus on four-year programs. As its prominence as a regional institution began to grow and the fields of study continued to expand, the name was again changed to Northwest Missouri State College in 1949. Finally, as the breadth of the programs continued to increase, especially graduate studies, the name Northwest Missouri State University was approved in 1972. No matter the formal name, the institution has always been known by its alumni and friends as Northwest.

The following donors contributed between $5,000 and $9,999 during the fiscal year. The cornerstone of Academic Hall, now the Administration Building, was laid Oct. 12, 1907, amid great celebration, including a parade. Into the cornerstone, a copper box was placed that included many items from the era such as coins, pictures and a copy of the law that created the Fifth District Normal School. After many heartaches and delays, the building was finally completed in 1910.

ARAMARK Facility Services Cargill Tom A. Carmichael* Robert C. Davis* & Helen (Boyersmith) Davis Rolland Deardorff* & Maxine Deardorff* Deluxe Charles R. Derstler* & Pearl L. Derstler Janet S. Dinkel 12 E & R Sanitation Energizer Michael L. Faust Calvin N. & Marilyn Goeders Bill Gram* & Dorothy W. Gram

Lucile Gray* Ronald A. Houston Hughes Family Foundation Carl & Cheryl L. (Deweerdt) Hughes John Sublett Logan Foundation Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson j Kawasaki Motors - Maryville George & Sharelle Leick Bill & Jessica J. (O’Rourke) Loch Ruth L. (Mitchell) McClurg* 12 Richard A. & Bernadine Mendenhall

MWE/Briggs Education Programs Nodaway Valley Bank Northwest Missouri Cellular Alice M. Oliver* Bill O’Riley Betty (McCowen) Parman Milton E. Ploghoft John P. Pope Porter Trash Service William C. & Mary Beth Price Rounds Family Trust R. Joe & Nancy Smith Western Missouri Correctional Center

Melvin D. & Valorie G. (Wheeler) Booth Rick A. & Tammy Carter William L. Combs Nell Cowden Kelly W. & Kathy L. (Heath) Crawford Karen L. Daniel Frances R. Daugherty* The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Robert E. & Winifred Dunshee E. L. Crawford Construction Inc. Eaton Corporation Empower Media Marketing

Joan C. Groom John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski j 12 Martin & Ramona A. (Rope) Kanne Loch Sand and Construction Company Page County Landfill Steven D. & Debbie Peters Rotary Club of Maryville Helen (Chapman) Schilling St. Francis Hospital Vivian Strong Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson William Price Family Foundation

The President’s Circle The following donors contributed between $1,000 and $4,999 during the fiscal year. Ten presidents have served this institution from the days of the Mary E. (Johnson) Adwell Virgil & Dolores Albertini Anderson, Sundell & Skinner PC ARAMARK Campus Dining James D. Bailey John W. Baker, Jr. Bruce S. & Coretha C. Barlow Jeffrey J. & Susan A. Barlow Bruce W. & Holly A. (Murphy) Barstow Jane H. Bartik Donald D. & Ann Beeson Robert E. McGuire & Melissa Berlin-McGuire Ned Bishop Robert G. & Sue Bolin, Jr. Jeffrey C. & Jill Borchardt Joseph B. & Sandra Bosse Bram Funeral Home of Maryville Inc. Larry C. & Dorothy Brandt Billy V. & Courtney Brooks William A. & Jo Karen Brown j Harry W. Brown Estate Robert E. & Betty (Johnson) Bush Randy R. Buxton Donald D. & Stacy R. (Lee) Carrick Cerner Corporation Greg & Cindy Chapman Moon Soo Choi

Citizens Bank & Trust John P. Cline Cline Wood Agency Inc. The Coca-Cola Company Community Foundation of New Jersey Compass Dental Group LLC Dennis C. Dau Joyce Y. Davison Kenneth & Joyce Davison* Edward T. Day j Terry R. & Sandra Day DCP Midstream Matching Gifts Program Elwyn K. & Emma (Brown) DeVore Ramona A. Dickinson Dale E. & Kathryn J. Duncan Douglas N. Dunham Willard F. Dunning* & Laura Belle B. (McGrew) Dunning* Enterprise Realty LLC Dell W. & Janet (Kelley) Epperson Paul Eschbacher Andy & Toni (Cowen) Espey FCS Financial Dr. Gerard R. Feldhaus First Hand Foundation Richard R. Flanagan Scott R. Flemming Friends of the Canto Chorale Jeffrey D. & Karen E. (Gould) From

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Fifth District Normal School to present day Northwest Missouri State University. Through their guidance and leadership, Northwest has grown into one of the most respected universities in the country.

Richard M. & Karen U. Fulton Robert E. & Martha (Polsley) Gamble Aadhar Garg Kevin O. & Christi (Rollins) Garrett George R. & Barbara H. Gayler Melvin L. Gibson Eric E. & Jill A. (Barlow) Gockel Warren & Barbara Gose George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Frank & Vicki S. (Greer) Grispino, Sr. Glenn Webb Education Fund/ The Growmark Foundation Patrick A. Halsted Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Mark H. & Vicki A. (Horton) Hargens j Patrick B. & Teri Harr Hartford Insurance Group Robert M. & Carolyn A. Henry Harlan & Sybil (Sims) Higginbotham E. Ray & Linda Hischke Dean L. & Aleta A. Hubbard Michael J. & Sue Hughes j Ming Chih Hung & Yi-Hwa Wu Hy-Vee IBM International Foundation Ronald W. & Martha Ideker

Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski j Rosemary Johnson John E. & Lynn Jones Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones James R. & Patricia J. (New) Joy Craig L. & Kerry Kelley Kelly Foundation Inc. Joe J. Kempf Mark J. Kenney Jang Su Kim KNIM Radio Korean Parents Association Kirk G. Larson Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet Mary M. (Grantham) Lewis* Lockton Companies LLC Gweldon L. Long Stephen E. & Kathleen J. Ludwig William L. & Jodie L. (Hamilton) Mackintosh Marvin Marion* Marsh, Espey & Riggs PC Ed & Patsy Martin Maryville Host Lions Club Laveta Maudlin Donald McCrary* John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Mike & Sandy McCurdy Gary R. & Merry McDonald

Miles T. McDonald Ruth (Collins) McQuerry Jean A. Memken Middle Fork Water Company Inc. Midwest Computer and Business Services Inc. Mark S. Miller Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation Barry E. Monaghan Mutual of Omaha Companies Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz Richard M. & Barbara A. New j Jennifer (Dawson) Nicholson Nicholson Capital Management NOCOMO Industries Nodaway County Recreation & Education for Individuals with Disabilities Russell & Rita (Sharp) Northup Omaha Community Foundation Jack L. & Gilda J. Otte Cory D. Pate Peterson Dairy Inc. Linda L. (Nichols) Place Theodore P. & Katherine E. (Carrel) Place Principal Life Insurance Company Helen (Witmer) Richards j Jon T. & Donna L. Rickman Michael P. Rogers

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Annual Giving Darwin W. Rold Mick M. & Beatrice K. (Runyan) Ross Scott & Meredith A. (Gillespie) Ross Deon & Jodee Roush Roger L. Schlegel Robert D. & ZoAnn (Holt) Severson Frances Shipley* Sharla Sievers j John R. & Charm F. (Brown) Smith, Jr. Steven B. & Michelle Smith

Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton State Farm Companies Foundation Michael J. & Lori A. (McLemore) Steiner Robert & Ruth A. Stelter David V. & Glenda F. Stock Owen L. Straub Trent O. & Jill J. (Murdock) Stringer The Student Body Doug Summa* Barbara (Turner) Tansey

John R. & Kristine (Ketelsen) Teale j The Board of Trade of Kansas City Missouri Inc. Kay Thomas James H. & Sherry L. (Gillespie) Thompson, Jr. Dick & Kay S. Thomson Willard C. & Paulette S. Tice Melvin L. & Carol Tjeerdsma Christopher P. & Lisa A. (Moss) Tobin Susan F. Tobin David T. & Megan L. Tollefson

Tri State Ford Lincoln Mercury Twaddle Realty Inc. Union Pacific Fund For Effective Government US Bank Maryville 12 Sandra S. (Grove) Valline Kevin & Kathy Van de Ven Kenneth VanCleave Janet Waldeier Watkins True Value Hardware Scott & Kathy E. Weidner Gregory S. & Hollis Weishar Wells Fargo Foundation Ben L. & Kathleen J. Westman Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler

Helen Widger Leon & Elizabeth Williams Williams Recycling Gerald W. & Robin L. (Lewis) Wilmes Al Wilson Joe J. & Mary Lu (Valk) Winters Brent A. & Terri L. (Harwood) Woodburn H. W. & Nancy L. (Jordheim) Woolsey Ronald C. & Barbara J. (Tiffin) Woolsey Stanley R. Zeamer

The Normal School Club The following donors contributed between $500 and $999 during the fiscal year. Efforts to bring a normal school – a training school for teachers in the public schools – to northwest Missouri began in 1874. After many years of Anonymous Accent Printing Mel Adema Marilyn A. Adkins Robert E. Allen Alpine Broadcasting Corporation Richard E. & Jane Andrew David A. Asbach David A. & Carol Baird Betty J. (Underwood) Baker Matthew C. & Jill J. (Wood) Baker Wren J. Baker Jon W. & Kelley J. Baldwin William R. & Dorothy (Sandbulte) Baldwin Alicia L. Barlow Marjory Barratt Timothy J. Bartik Barry T. & Claudia E. (Bosisio) Beacom Susan Bennerotte Joel D. & Christine C. Benson Patricia K. (McKinnon) Best j James L. & Beverly J. Blackford James A. & Ethel Blankenship Robert J. & Mary Boerigter Robert L. & Mary R. Bohlken Raymond E. & Paula J. (Modrell) Brady Jerald & Ann M. Brekke Anthony J. & Venus L. Brown Carson’s Sports Grille Lillian M. Carter Alan W. & Lynnette G. (Andersen) Carver Robert Christopher Cliff & Shirley Cockayne Howard G. & Mimi (Stratford) Collins Suzanne Combs William H. & Jean Corken Janice (Erickson) Corley Leland H. Corley Cottage Care Countryside Cinema LLC Neal R. & Evonne Dawson Eric V. Denton Mark J. & Julia C. (Scott) Doll

* Deceased

Adam C. Dorrel Scott M. & Laura J. (Rutherford) Dowden Reva Dunlap John D. Edmonds Edward Jones Ted Espey Kim & Myra L. (Turner) Evans Fred & Cathy S. Everhart Mahlon L. & Johanne (Windle) Fairchild James M. Farrar Rebecca Feuerbacher Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Richard D. & Patrice Fiest Ronald & Lorna (Mayfield) From Donna D. Fuhr Thomas J. Funk Jeff & Carole (Fields) Funston Lynette Garber Frank & Alberta Garey Gene A. & Ruth M. Garrett Kyle W. & Deborah A. (Huston) Garrett Ryan T. & Sue A. (Redelberger) George Virginia Gill Charles T. & Kathryn A. (Wurm) Goff Michael Graham j Wanda (Wyatt) Gray Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Doug & Ann (Young) Gustafson j Jon C. & Teresa S. (Darrah) Gustafson j Guthrie County State Bank Mark & Debra Gutzmer Rex & Amy Gwinn Larry & Paula J. (Mires) Haataja Daron N. Hall Hallmark Corporate Foundation Hollis O. Hamilton James D. & Marian Hammond The Hangar Harold Dugdale Charitable Trust Rodney D. Harris Donna Hawley Douglas D. & Kathryn Hawley

j Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship Donor

struggle in the state legislature, local residents were finally successful in 1905 as House Bill 311 and Senate Bill 114 were passed and signed into law by Gov. Joseph W. Folk. For 14 years, the institution was known as the Fifth District Normal School and graduated hundreds of teachers who served the region.

Gary L. Hazelrigg Paul W. & Susan M. Heim Janice L. Heinz j Joel C. Heinzeroth Mike & Debra (Dawson) Herring Annette Herron Holtman Masonry Horizon Staffing j Channing & Louise B. Horner Jaclyn Dierking Memorial Fund Mike & Jennifer (Coates) Jewett Benny L. & Cheryl A. Johnson j Darin K. Johnson & Pamela C. Dunlap-Johnson Glen E. Johnson Michael C. & Kenna S. (Miller) Johnson j 12 Paul D. & Colleen (Wilson) Kendle Jacob P. & Keri L. (Stangl) Kendrick j KFC Restaurant Nathan E. & Amy J. (Kish) Klaas Michael A. Knepper Nancy H. (Baker) Koch Paul R. Kuehneman j Coby D. & Jennie S. (Cline) Lamb Dean A. Lawyer Mark E. & Melissa A. (McEnroe) Leggett Basil M. & Ina C. (Barnes) Lister j Forrest G. & Joan B. Lowe J. Bradley Lowell Jerry & Mitzi G. (Craft) Lutz j Larry J. & Patricia (Faubion) Maiorano Danny L. & Mindy Marsh Carol D. Martin David C. Martin Donald W. Matthews j Mary W. Matthews j T. Kurt Matthewson Michael G. & Janet McClanahan Timothy J. McGinnis Midland Surveying Inc.

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Stephen D. & Karen R. Miller Kenneth W. & Esther F. Minter Emma Lee Morgan Wendel M. & Bobbi Myers National Investors Inc. Daren O. & Buffy L. (Brooks) Niemeyer j Northeast Nodaway R-V Northwestern Mutual Foundation William G. Norton j Once Upon a Child John B. Owens The Palms Papichulos Mexican Grill LLC Richard D. & Judith (Clark) Partlow Benjamin W. Passer Paige R. Patterson Philip J. & Margaret Patterson Nicholas Peters James M. & Cindy L. Pickerel Gregory K. & Robin Pierpoint Don R. & Joyce A. (Wake) Piveral Charles L. & Angela A. Prow The Prudential Foundation j Tom & Joan Quinlin Jamal K. Rankins Rodney & Angela K. (Roberts) Reed j Stephen M. Rhodes & Lisa K. Renze-Rhodes Scott & Cindy Richey Gus Rischer Roberts Roofing Company Inc. Max & Lynn C. Ruhl Darla J. (Hardy) Runyon j Jeffrey A. & Theresa Russell Coralea C. Samson Robert N. & Katherine (Hann) Sawyer Ed & Peggy (Luke) Schieber Paul W. & Mari Schieber, Jr. Brian & Diana (Knorr) Schmitz Lee T. & Nina C. Schneider Sears Authorized Retail Dealer Shirley’s Realty Delbert Smith

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Jeffrey L. & Gina Smith Dean & Betty (Oliver) Sparks Sprint Foundation j Gerald R. Sprong & Barbara (Nixon) Sprong* W. B. & Cheryl L. Stephens j Joseph M. Stough Sutherlands Doug Sutton James L. Taylor Harlan H. & Dawn R. (Scarbrough) Thomas, Jr. Paul S. & Melissa L. (Whigham) Thompson Thompson’s Lawn & Landscaping Inc. Mark & Rachel Tobin Deborah R. Tripp Gary L. Tunell Donald Turner Bryan D. & Sheri A. (Vansickle) Twaddle US Bank Trust Division John S. & Patty (Merrick) Van Cleave Harold G. & Marylee (Steele) VanSickle, Jr. Herbert K. VanVactor, Jr. Judith Vanvactor-Phillips Scott A. Walk Walker Body Shop Inc. James P. & Sue A. Waters Wells Fargo Bank Jason T. & B. Suzanne (Miles) White j Steven L. & Julie M. (Connor) White Diane R. Widger Laura B. Widmer Charles J. & Janet R. Wieland Harold Wilmarth Jo Ellen Wilson j Norman & Kay A. (Espey) Wilson Wise Motels Inc. Roger A. & Monica L. (Booth) Woods Jeffrey Zaputil Michael J. Zech

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Annual Giving The Lake View Club

The following donors contributed between $250 and $499 during the fiscal year. The lake on campus was created during the tenure of President Uel W. Lamkin. Known as Lamkin Lake, College Pond and Colden Pond, Ricardo A. Aguirre Air Power of Nebraska Inc. Carole Allison j Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority American Family Insurance Stephen L. & Gayle (Bradfield) Anderson j Bill J. Archer j Ronald H. & Jacqueline B. Baldwin j Bank of America Joe & Catherine Barmann Lawrence E. & Kathy Barmann Betty C. Barnes Frederick C. & Annette Barta Kent M. & Ann M. (Rickman) Barthol Frank D. & Kathleen M. (Carmody) Baudino Mike Baumgartner Baumli Auto Sales Gerald & Nancy S. (Kerber) Baxter Daniel L. Becker Donald Q. Beggs James M. & Nicole L. (Orrell) Bergstrand C. James & Kaye (Ferguson) Bishop Bolin Auto and Truck Parts BP Fabric of America Fund Jeff D. & Gina G. (Peterson) Bradley Larry L. & Joen A. (Gross) Brown Richard Bryant Alan J. & Vicki Bubalo Mark A. & Anita (Graham) Buelow j M. Richard & Suzanne (Sprague) Bufton j Dale E. Buhman James K. & Janet S. Burgert Justin S. Bush j Carol A. Buttell Keith Cannon Kathryn M. Carney Reid B. Catt

Mark A. Clements Clinton L. Allen Monuments Inc. Garnett & Charlene Coffey Chris Colhour Danny J. & Mary E. (Henry) Collins David E. & Susan M. Colt Dante A. & Alicia P. (Phillips) Combs ConocoPhillips Company Stephen J. & Erica B. (Zuber) Coppinger Thomas A. & Virginia Coppinger Mark W. Corson Countryside Bistro Ray & Barbara L. (Zehr) Courter James D. Cox Sandra M. (Gray) Cox Kenneth W. & Cindy Crozier Jon D. & Vicky Cundiff Denise D’Angela Linda K. (Snell) Daniels Kurt & Sandra K. Davis Greg De Jong Beth DeBuysere Michael H. Deming Richard & Nancy Demott Bryan S. Dorrel Rose Marie Duty 12 Jerry B. & Carolyn (Nicolle) Dyke E.K.S. Inc. C. L. & Margaret Ann Edwards Chester L. & Peggy A. (Bush) Edwards Thomas L. & Myrna O. Ellison j Michael C. & Kay Emanuele David Emerton Empire District Gas Company Ericsson Inc. Rhonda L. Ermler Victoria Fannon Jeff A. & Nancy K. (Greever) Farlow Farmers Insurance Group of Companies Edward L. & Joan F. (Swanson) Farquhar Bob D. & Victoria C. Farris j

Omissions The Northwest Foundation Inc. acknowledges all donors via letter. Because of space constraints in the Northwest Alumni Magazine, the Foundation does not list supporters donating less than $249. Northwest continually strives to ensure data integrity. Therefore, should you believe there is an omission or additional discrepancy in the Honor Roll of Donors, please direct your concerns to Lori Steiner in the Office of University Advancement at or 660.562.1248.

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the area has always been a popular place for students to gather and relax. Included in the surrounding geography are the well-known Kissing Bridge, the Peace Pavilion and Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza, making the south entrance to campus a visual masterpiece.

Lynn Felton Felton Grain & Livestock Richard & Diane Ferguson Alice K. Foose Dale & Vicki (Hascall) Fulk Kevin E. & Kathy G. Fullerton Gary G. & Julia (Thompson) Funkhouser Galaxy Country Store Tony K. Gannan Wanda K. Gard John K. & Belvidene (Crain) Garrett Larry D. Gearhart j Dave W. & Carole A. (Patterson) Gieseke Francis & Lou Goff Stephen Gruba Paul J. & Annette K. (Andersen) Gude Joseph Guerriero Jason S. & Tiffani Haer Harold & Mary Ellen (Tebow) Hall Lois E. Hamersky Herbert R. & Vicki A. Hammer Dorothy Hammond Andy & Mindy Hampton Esther L. (Henderson) Handley* Hayley E. Hanson Jon R. Hanson Randy A. & Jana L. (White) Hanson Harbit Communications Inc. j Peter & Karen (Crawford) Hendrickson j Tad & Susan D. (Pope) Henggeler j 12 Carl L. & Jacqueline Henningsen Alice C. Hersh J. E. & Debra B. Hess Matthew G. & Belinda Hess Edward J. & L. Diane Higdon Caryl C. Hinckley Kori & Allison (Strong) Hoffmann Stephen R. Holle Home Rentals & Management Beverly E. Hopkins Hormel Foods Corporation j Mark & Kati Hornickel Cameron R. & Polly E. (Parsons) Howard David L. & Kathy J. Howell Tracy J. Hoza j Melanie L. Hudgens Eldon L. & Janelle R. (Wollenhaupt) Hunsicker Jean K. Hurst Timothy A. Jackes Carmetta Jackson Leona R. Jackson Wendell & Joan D. (Lynch) Jackson Jackson Insurance Agency

Monte D. Jacobsen & Trudy J. Jacobsen* Richard L. & Judy (VanAllsdall) Jennings JK Pizza LLC Harold L. & Shirley F. Job Carolyn V. Johnson Andrew M. Jones JSAG Capital LLC Allen R. & Judith L. (Hullman) Kearns j Sharon Kelley Kevin E. & Susan Kemmerer Haley K. Knoll Brian E. Koerble John H. & Carolyn Koffman 12 Lauran Kurtz Scott P. Land Richard Landes Lonny L. Lane j Dan & Martha J. (Whitehead) Larsen Linda (Lavely) Lavely-Martin j William & Barbara M. (Burgess) Lavery j Homer & Mildred LeMar, Sr. Lennox International Inc. Gregory E. Leslie David B. & Brenda K. (Weddle) Lewis Jeff L. & Kelli A. (Welter) Linch Bruce R.S. Litte Robert H. & Patty Loft Laurie F. (Drummond) Long 12 James L. & Sylvia C. Lowrance Michael M. & Molly Lydon Marcus E. Mack & Marian (Jackson) Mack j Lacey J. Madsen Fred Maher Edward L. & Ann L. (Martens) Martin Bradley L. Martinson 12 Mary Mart Corporation Dwight T. & Sandra R. Maxwell John F. & Sue (Miller) McClaran Teresa L. McKee Frank L. & Gail F. (Wiederholt) McKinzie David L. & Janet E. (Clayton) McLaughlin Patrick & Lana (Linville) McLaughlin Frank W. Mercer Gaylord D. & Patricia Meyers Kerry E. & Marsha Meyers Midwest Medical Resources Clarence M. & Gloria (Sherman) Miller Kenneth W. Miller III Sean & Michelle L. (Budt) Miller j Laura Miller-Moreno James & Velma F. (Swartz) Mitchell j James H. & Shelli (Dillon) Moore, Jr.

Del & Shari M. (Goetz) Morley Mortgage Research Center LLC Stephen E. & Nancy L. (Gassen) Moss Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta MTE Office Center Geraldine (Busby) Murphy Marvin Murphy* & Geraldine (Busby) Murphy Mallory Murray Nationwide Insurance Foundation Kevin R. & Patricia A. (Leslie) Neal NEC Insurance Inc. David L. & Ann (Eilers) Newman Nodaway-Holt R-VII School District Northwest Missouri Resource Conservation & Development Donald E. & Sue Nothstine Katherine N. Novak Ralph L. & Nancy M. O’Riley W. R. & Carole O’Riley Osborn Auction LLC Wilbur T. Osborne Stu J. & Stephanie Osterthun j Otolaryngology of Joplin Inc. Philip V. & Cathy Ott j Jeff D. & Marilyn J. (Corlett) Otte Rod & Kathy Otte Michelle L. Pace Jeffrey Penn Tim & Jeanie Pillen Dorothy A. Porter j Kristi Porter Pottery By Laura Lenhert Phillip M. & Deena E. (Roush) Poynter Pro Spirit Inc. Roger L. Pugh j Ibraham J. Qaoud R/S Electric Corp Stephen Rea Paul & Sharleen Reedy Sherri (Heath) Reeves James Reinders Reba A. (Gant) Richie Brian Richmond Robert L. Ritterbusch Stanley S. Roberts Robert M. & Christina K. (Ormsbee) Rohlfs Joseph Rounds Kurt R. & Theresa Rowan Roger W. & Mary S. Rowlett Wade A. & Karen R. (Brown) Ruckle Larry G. & Karla Rusco j Kenneth L. & Jeanna Rutter John D. & Shelly Sayre j Steven E. & Linda Schaefer

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Annual Giving Sue (Goforth) Schenkel Raymond L. & Liz Schieber Dean M. & Joan M. Schneider Forrest P. & Carol A. Schnobrich C. Alan Scott Ross W. & Elizabeth (Sullivan) Scott Ronald P. Searcy Alfred E. Sergel III Rod & Sharon E. (Barnes) Shain Todd P. Shane Larry L. Sheldon & Judy Maris-Sheldon Sheldon Enterprises Inc. Richard L. & Joanne L. Shipley Orlo G. Shroyer j Jocelyn (Ambroske) Skidmore David T. & Sue A. (Strauss) Slater Gregg Smith Howard B. & Kris (Greenfield) Smith

Jeffrey S. Smith Jonathon P. Smith j Zachary P. Smith David L. Snider Jerome & RoAnne (Godsey) Solheim Dennis K. & Faith Spark Patricia Sparks Kim W. & Carol L. Spradling Todd L. Stagner Robert D. & Karen Starckovich Tim Stiff Steve K. & Bette S. (Hudnall) Stokes Stoskopf Farms Inc. j Virginia L. (Buzzard) Straub j John L. & Mary Strauch Phyllis Struble Timothy T. & Jane A. (Laughlin) Sullivan j Kent C. & Anna J. (Bradshaw) Summa Brian S. & Gina E. (Hayes) Sutton

Robert R. & Carol V. Sutton Stephen A. & Bonnie S. (White) Sutton j Jim & Susan Svoboda Gary & Willa Swanson Matt Symonds Taco John’s of Maryville Inc. Taco John’s of Saint Joseph Inc. Steve D. & Lynette M. (Thater) Tappmeyer Nancy R. Tapps George L. & Bonnie Taubel Laura A. Taylor Brad Teale James & Connie S. (Anderla) Teaney Albert H. & Lois Terhune III Stephen L. & Patricia L. (Wray) Thompson j Jerry & Mary E. (Sundem) Throener Todd Stagner Agency Inc. Richard W. Tokheim

Richard T. & Deborah A. (Johnson) Toomey j Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Nodaway County Michael A. Troxel Larry S. True Truman Heartland Community Foundation Bruce E. & Polly Twaddle Ultra Classic Outdoor Specialties United Methodist Church of Ravenwood Vinnie & Keddy (Springer) Vaccaro Patricia VanDyke Thomas M. & Lisa Vansaghi Roger A. & Jayne M. (Beattie) Vest Paul & Lois Voge j Terri (Gard) Vogel j Shawn D. & Sandra L. Wake Jeremy S. Waldeier

Dorothy J. Walker Steven P. & Melissa J. (Koepnick) Wallach Jeff J. & Shelly Wangsness David Weichinger Mallary B. Weingaertner Thomas C. Wells Beth M. Wheeler White Cloud Engineering Bradley J. Whitsell j Rebecca S. (Johnson) Wigal Christina (Westfall) Wiley j John S. & Virginia (Barks) Winston Jill Wittwer Ronald N. & Janet B. Wray Delivee (Cramer) Wright Dwayne C. & Felicia K. (Knowles) Young Michael E. Zeorlin Mary E. Zielinski Cammi L. Zimmerman Thomas R. & Jolaine A. (Kaminski) Zweifel

The 1905 Society The goals Northwest sets for itself continue to be ambitious, inspiring and visionary. The establishment of the Fifth District Normal School in 1905 was the culmination of a 30-year struggle to bring higher education to the region. As in the early years, the needs of Northwest remain infinite today. The essence of Northwest’s identity and success is rooted in a tradition of people Virgil & Dolores Albertini ARAMARK Campus Dining ARAMARK Facility Services Bruce W. & Holly A. (Murphy) Barstow Donald D. & Ann Beeson Jeffrey C. & Jill Borchardt Donald D. & Stacy R. (Lee) Carrick Dennis C. Dau Dale E. & Kathryn J. Duncan Douglas N. Dunham Andy & Toni (Cowen) Espey

Michael L. Faust Kevin O. & Christi (Rollins) Garrett Warren & Barbara Gose George R. Green & Barbara Klein-Green Patrick A. Halsted Harden, Cummins, Moss & Miller LLC Harlan & Sybil (Sims) Higginbotham E. Ray & Linda Hischke Ronald A. Houston

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

Arthur A. & Karen Jablonski John & Denise (Kirby) Jasinski Arnold J. & Mary Le Johnson Sandra A. (Hayzlett) Jones Lloyd & Eileen (Isom) Kelly Mark J. Kenney Richard H. & Phyllis J. (Combs) Leet John L. & Teresa G. (Kelly) McCune Robert E. McGuire & Melissa Berlin-McGuire Ruth (Collins) McQuerry

Helen L. (Fisher) Mutz Jennifer (Dawson) Nicholson Steven D. & Debbie Peters Theodore P. & Katherine E. (Carrel) Place William C. & Mary Beth Price Helen (Witmer) Richards Scott & Meredith A. (Gillespie) Ross Helen (Chapman) Schilling Steven B. & Michelle Smith Robert Lee & Doris Ann Stanton

David V. & Glenda F. Stock Owen L. Straub Barbara (Turner) Tansey The Board of Trade of Kansas City, Missouri Inc. Kay Thomas Gary J. & Kathy L. Thompson Susan F. Tobin Sandra S. (Grove) Valline Sharlis (Marple) Wheeler Stanley R. Zeamer

Matching Gift Companies The following companies provided matching gifts to Northwest during the fiscal year. Most large corporations encourage volunteerism and charitable giving and are willing to match, dollar for dollar or even greater, the amount that their Air Products Foundation American International Group Inc. AT&T Foundation Bank of America Boeing Company Bridgestone/Firestone Chevron USA Inc. Conoco Phillips Company Covidien Employee Matching Gift Program

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DCP Midstream Matching Gifts Program Deluxe Corporation Foundation Dow Chemical Company Foundation Eaton Corporation Energizer Ericsson Inc. Exxon Mobil Foundation First Data Foundation Hallmark Corporate Foundation

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employees donate to higher education. Along with matching monetary donations, some match volunteer hours with a cash amount. To find out if you or your spouse’s employer will match your gift, talk with your human resources office.

Hartford Insurance Group Hormel Foods Corporation IBM International Foundation Lennox International Inc. Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Inc. Marsh USA Inc. MidAmerican Energy Midland National Human Resources

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Monsanto Fund Mutual of Omaha Companies Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Northwestern Mutual Foundation Pfizer Inc. Prudential Foundation Sony Electronics Inc. Sprint Foundation

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SPX Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation TIAA-CREF Employee Giving Campaign Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation Williams Community Relations

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New online shopping program benefits Northwest, alumni A new fundraising tool rewards Northwest alumni and friends for shopping online and also supports the Northwest Foundation. Through the program, called ItAllCounts, users can sign up for free and shop at nearly 700 online stores including Kohl’s, Home Depot and Netflix. A percentage of the sales is then credited to the user and another percentage is donated to the Northwest Fund at the Foundation. “For example, if a store’s contribution is 4 percent and you make a $100 purchase, you get $2 and $2 goes to the University,” said Steve Sutton, a major gift development officer in Northwest’s Office of University Advancement. The Northwest Fund helps pay for program development, new technology and improvements to the overall campus. Sutton hopes alumni and friends will change their mindset about online shopping and inten-

tionally shop through online stores that benefit Northwest through ItAllCounts. “It’s a great way for people to get involved,” Sutton said. “Some people want to help the University but don’t like writing out a check, so this way they can help Northwest as well as save a couple of bucks on the products they normally buy.” Northwest alumni, employees, students and friends of the University may join the program at any time and participate as long as they would like. “This is an avenue for our alumni and friends to stay involved and help the University,” Sutton said. “We’re looking for different means of generating income, and this is one that will engage our alumni and friends and benefit them as well as Northwest.” To view the list of participating stores and sign up for ItAllCounts, visit www. n

Save the Date Golden Years Society Reunion honoring the

Class of 1963 Homecoming weekend

Oct. 25-26 Information regarding hotels and registration will be mailed closer to the date. If you have questions, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or

1962 graduates celebrate class reunion Members from the Class of 1962 gathered on campus during Homecoming weekend for their 50-year class reunion. Festivities, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, included a welcome reception, tour of campus, luncheon and evening social, flag-raising ceremony, M-Club Hall of Fame banquet, parade and football game. Those attending were (front row, from left) Loretta Roach Kissinger, Peggy Newberg Wellington, Joyce Harr Bollman, Anne Seymour Will, Ann Young Gustafson, Kathy Palmquist Lass, Carol Nordby Pawling, Connie Johnson Wilson, Ruth Crawford Childers, Marti Gray Harris, Elaine Cummings Krambeck, Martha Guest Drake, Perry Spies, Ralph Messerli, Marilyn Larson Frueh; (back row, from left) Carol Fankhauser Sander, Gil Sander, Delsa Horn Hildebrandt, Eldon Hildebrandt, Gene Bollman, Jim Meadows, Lon Severson, Bill Needels, Richard Krambeck, Dwight Grantham, Bill Stevenson, Lee Weir, Allen Kearns and Gary Frueh. To view additional pictures, visit n

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2012-2013 Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors The Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors held its fall meeting during Family Weekend in September. While on campus, the board members attended the Alumni Awards Banquet, Family Weekend Open House at the Alumni House, visited the Bearcat Zone and cheered on the Bearcats at the football game. The 2012-2013 Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors include (front row, from left) Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Cindy Tjeerdsma Akehurst ’01, Chrissy Beck Jolley ’02, Dennis Bunch ’69, ’76, Paula Rector Davis ’91, (second row) Jim Goecken ’92, Steve Sutton ’71, Allen Kearns ’62, Kory Schramm ’95, Karen Logullo Bader ’86, ’95, John Van Cleave ’73, ’89, Neil Neumeyer ’98, (back row) Linda Nichols Place ’72, ’09, Jay Liebenguth ’80, Dave Teeter ’86, Amy Willits Harlin ’95 and Joan Lynch Jackson ’65. (Not pictured: Bill Brooks ’91 and Mark Pickerel ’76) n

Northwest Alumni Association Chapters and Chapter Officers For more information about a chapter or to get involved, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248 or Arizona Chapter

Colorado Chapter

Kansas City Chapter

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

President Jill Muegge ’05

President Amy Miller Washam ’04, ’05 Vice President/Secretary Lesley Dean Hankins ’01

Chartered March 23, 2001

Band Alumni Chapter Chartered Sept. 8, 2001

President Dane Montgomery ’08 President Elect Mark Reinig ’74 Secretary Samantha Seabolt ’08 Central Iowa Chapter Chartered Aug. 1, 2002

President Laura Peterson ’07 Vice President Libby Hutzler Miller ’91 Secretary Jonathan Pahl ’07 Chicago Chapter

Chartered Jan. 12, 2008

President Matt Borgard ’80, ’82 Secretary Karen Raniere ’97

Chartered Jan. 12, 2004

Dallas Chapter

Chartered June 23, 2006

President Katie Tripp ’05 Vice President Hollis Hamilton ’78 Secretary Scott Harvey ’07 Eastern Iowa Chapter Chartered May 6, 2010

President Dave Hockett ‘98 Gridiron Chapter

Chartered May 13, 2011

President Ryan George ’00 Vice President Steve Coppinger ’98 Secretary Brian Sutton ’98 Japan Chapter

Chartered July 21, 2005

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

Chartered Jan. 25, 2001

Maryville Chapter

Chartered Sept. 22, 2001

President Jana White Hanson ’02 Vice President Rod Barr ’87, ’09 Secretary John Van Cleave ’73, ’89 Mid-Missouri Chapter

Southern California Chapter

St. Joseph Chapter

Chartered May 20, 2002

Chartered Feb. 29, 2004

President: vacant Southern Iowa Chapter Chartered April 1, 2006

President Joan Lynch Jackson ’65 Vice President Darin Goins Secretary Tiffany Gale ’05 Springfield Chapter Chartered April 9, 2009

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

Chartered April 12, 2007

President Sheryl Meiergerd Partise ’02 Vice President Steve Yaple ’04 Secretary Jennifer Van De Vyvere Yaple ’04

President Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 Vice President Ann Eilers Newman ’76 Secretary Vicky Horton Hargens ’71 St. Louis Chapter

Chartered May 15, 2008

President Aaron Bunch ’04 Secretary Barbara Bosch Alexander ’82, ’86 Twin Cities Chapter

Chartered Sept. 16, 2010

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

Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter Chartered June 5, 2003

President Randy Cody ’99

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Alumni Chapter News Get involved today!

Whether you’re new to a community or simply looking to reconnect with fellow Bearcats, consider getting involved in one of the Northwest Alumni Association’s 19 alumni chapters. All Bearcats are welcome! BAND ALUMNI More than 70 alumni joined the Bearcat Marching Band for the annual Band Alumni Day last fall. They accompanied the current members of the BMB during the traditional march to the stadium, pumping up the crowd in the Bearcat Zone as well as during the pregame and halftime performances. n

1. The Central Iowa Bearcats traveled to Ames, Iowa, in November to cheer on the Bearcat women’s basketball team in its exhibition game against Iowa State University. 2. Kevin Kemmerer ’77, Bob Nielsen ’76 and Terry Barmann ’77, ’86 visit at a Kansas City Chapter event.

KANSAS CITY In September, the Chapter hosted a Kansas City alumni and TKE happy hour and a Bearcat football watch party. In cooperation with the Fall Classic Pep Rally, the chapter hosted a happy hour at McFadden’s in the Kansas City Power and Light District. In late October, the Chapter hosted the men’s and women’s basketball coaches for a meet-and-greet event. In November, the chapter sponsored a happy hour in Overland Park, Kan., and the following month the chapter hosted a holiday party with special appearances by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Santa. Children were given the opportunity to join Santa for a reading of Christmas stories and also made holiday ornaments and gifts. In February, the chapter co-hosted a happy hour with the Sig Taus/Phi Sigs in Liberty. The chapter is planning a golf tournament in the late spring or early summer. For more information, email or follow the chapter on Facebook at NWMSU Alumni Association – Kansas City Alumni & Friends Chapter or on Twitter @NWKCAlumni. n

CENTRAL IOWA The Central Iowa Chapter recently welcomed three new board members, Stephanie Costanzo Moore ’07, Dawnette Plumb Smith ’92 and Travis Lehman ’06, as well as several new faces. The chapter continues to meet monthly for its First Thursday Socials at Murphy’s Pub in Urbandale, Iowa, and all Bearcats and friends are welcome. For more information, email n

3. There was a great crowd of TKEs and their spouses and other Bearcats at The Well for the TKE/Kansas City Chapter happy hour. 4. Pat Faubion Maiorano ’71, Susan Kemmerer, Bob Nielsen ’76 and Kevin Kemmerer ’77 share stories at the Kansas City Chapter social in Overland Park, Kan.




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Alumni Connections ST. JOSEPH The St. Joseph Chapter’s Vic ’70, ’71 and Denise Bower ’71 Kretzschmar hosted an annual barn party in September, complete with wooden horse races. The following month, members participated in a restaurant hop, visiting several establishments in St. Joseph. The chapter hosted a tailgate prior to the last regular season football game of the year and also sponsored and shopped for a family that was adopted for the holidays. n SOUTHERN IOWA The Southern Iowa Chapter hosted a family evening in August where 40 alumni and friends of all ages enjoyed swimming, games


and food. The Northwest men’s and women’s basketball coaches and their families were the special guests. The chapter members attended Encore performances on campus in October and November. Members also participated in the Northwest Homecoming parade and activities in November. In April, the chapter will host its anniversary social and will volunteer for the Special Olympics. The chapter also raffled a Bearcat quilt made from T-shirts donated by its members and assembled by Joen Gross Brown ’69 of Mount Ayr. The proceeds benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund for a student from the Southern Iowa Chapter area. n


1. Billi Goodale Larsen ’01, Cindy Goodale Goins ’98 and Cade Goins enjoyed the Southern Iowa Chapter’s Family Night in August. 2. Joen Gross Brown ’69, Joan Lynch Jackson ’65 and Dennis Bunch ’69, ’76 display the Bearcat quilt and autographed football that the Southern Iowa Chapter raffled to benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. 3. Members of the St. Joseph Chapter gather for a group photo during the annual barn party. Pictured are (front row from left) future Bearcats; (second row) Greg Pierpoint ’80, Susie McKnight Clevenger ’74, Linda Riddle ’74, Patty Bolin Roach ’71, ’90, Cindy Pickerel, Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07, Debbie Snodgrass Hinman ’89, Alyssa Saxton Stenberg ’00; (third row) Brenda Untiedt ’00, ’09, Kay Pierpoint Medsker ’70, Marilyn Meyer Dedrickson ’69, Sharon Koehnlein Thorpe ’92, Denise Bower Kretzschmar ’71, Frances Fine, Christy Price, Laura Smith Naas ’10; (fourth row) Robin Pierpoint, Ann Eilers Newman ’76, Dave Newman ’69, David Price ’70, Vic Kretzschmar ’70, ’71, Randy Dedrickson ’70, Bob Thorpe ’76, Jim Roach, Jason Stenberg; (back row) Norm Medsker, Rod Quigley, Marvin Fine ’64, Jerry Clevenger, Mark Pickerel ’76 and Danny Naas.



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GRIDIRON The Gridiron Chapter’s second Red Hat Classic golf tournament was in April prior to the spring football game. Chapter members also enjoyed a football player alumni reunion prior to the Bearcats home opener last year, and another reunion is slated for this year’s home opener, Sept. 5. The chapter also hosted a suite at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead last October and enjoyed watching the Bearcats roll to victory over the Gorillas. n

1 1. St. Louis Chapter members raised their glasses when they gathered at the Cedar Lakes Winery. Joining the toast were (front row, from left) Jane Alexander ’87, Joyce Roddy ’75, Anne Alexander Gross ’90, (second row) Sue Johnson Hockensmith ’72, Debbie Spencer Lehman ’79, Pat Roddy ’75, Michele Kenagy, (third row) Dana Hockensmith, Barb Meznarich, Jerry Meznarich ’62 and Aaron Bunch ’04.


2. Enjoying an afternoon of bowling with the St. Louis Chapter were (front row, from left) Maggie Gross, Anne Alexander Gross ’90, Jane Alexander ’87, Valerie Byrn ’01, Karen Irmer Coulson ’89, ’95, Barbara Bosch Alexander ’82, ’86, (back row) Tom Gross ’89, Michael Willenborg, Aaron Bunch ’04, Michelle Kenagy and Bob Coulson ’74.

MARYVILLE The Maryville Chapter handed out free bottled water to incoming freshmen and their families on move-in day in August. In November, the chapter enjoyed a happy hour at Burny’s Sports Bar. For more information about the Maryville Chapter, like the Maryville Alumni Chapter on Facebook or contact the Alumni House at 660.562.1248 or n


Alumni Association co-hosts Open House during Family Weekend As Northwest celebrated Family Weekend in late September, the Northwest Alumni Association and the Office of Campus Activities co-hosted a pancake feed at the Alumni House for alumni, students and parents. Also during the event, then-Director of Alumni Relations Steve Sutton (left) presented Northwest senior Michelle Madsen (center) with a free iPad. Michelle is joined by Debbie Madsen, Mike Madsen and Lindsey Madsen, a Northwest freshman. n

3. Several members of the Chicago Chapter supported Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski (second from right) during his completion of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half-Marathon. Congratulating Dr. J is (from left) Matt Borgard ’80, ’82, Reggie Robinson ’09, Joe Jasinski, Daniel Borgard, Denise Kirby Jasinski ’90, Matt Jasinski ’10 and Chad Sypkens ’97.

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Did you know? Northwest is actively seeking financial support from, and partnerships with, national, private and regional agencies and has received more than $1 million in grants in the past year. The following are just a few examples. Scratch Workshop $25,150 funded by Google These funds allow Northwest’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems to provide two workshops and a summer camp to promote the use of Scratch programming language in K-12 classrooms.

The People’s Garden $49,897 funded by the Natural Resource Conservation Service Northwest’s Department of Agricultural Sciences and its students, working in conjunction with local organizations like the Ministry Center Food Pantry and the Nodaway County Senior Center, will expand the current community garden complex to include handicap accessible garden beds, an educational, sensory garden and outdoor pavilion.

In addition to nearly $50,000 in grant funds, The People’s Garden, a produce and sensory garden open to the campus and community, has received support or pledged participation from more than 30 organizations.

Upward Bound Math and Science $317,987 funded by the U.S. Department of Education (and $1.6 million over the next five years) This highly competitive grant allows Northwest’s Upward Bound Math and Science program to

continue for another five years. The program is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11. The college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics that many of their peers might never experience while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. Reduce Your Paw Print: Bale It! $14,920 funded by the Northwest Missouri Regional Solid Waste Management District Funding allows Northwest, and its division of Facility Services, to generate a viable revenue stream by allowing the University to improve the cost effectiveness of its plastic recycling efforts through the acquisition of an industrial bailer to streamline the collection process, thereby making it more viable for the institution to sell plastic bales at market prices. n

Mark your calendar!

2013 Alumni Awards Banquet

Friday, Sept. 27 The Northwest Alumni Association will honor outstanding individuals who personify the University’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievements. More information, including the 2013 recipients, will be included in the fall issue of the Northwest Alumni Magazine.

The 2012 Alumni Award recipients included (from left) Dr. Ahmed Malkawi, Distinguished Faculty Award; Dr. Tyler Tapps ’04, ’06, Young Alumni Award; Dan Runde ’81, Turret Service Award; Dr. Max Ruhl, Honorary Alumni Award; Dr. Ed Farquhar ’58, Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award; and Mitch Osborn ’84, Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Northwest alumna finds her beat teaching music in China Rachel Sneed ’11 began her career as a music educator last June by teaching K-12 music for a two-year stint in China. For all the teaching Sneed does, however, she also spends significant time learning – learning Chinese, learning how to teach English as a second language and learning about how she reacts to the unpredictable yet extraordinary environment of China. The Smithville native regretted not studying abroad during her time at Northwest, but her trumpet instructor Dr. Bill Richardson, encouraged her to seek professional development Rachel Sneed ’11 recently began teaching music in China as part of a internationtwo-year program. She’s also learning Chinese and learning how to teach ally. Sneed English. found the International School of Wuxi, a 155-student international school about a 40-minute train ride from Shanghai. The school needed someone to build an instrumental program “At this point in my and teach music to preschool students. Less than a year into her two-year term, Sneed life, this is where already thinks she will stay longer than she I need to be. … first expected. “At this point in my life, this is where I It’s not always easy, need to be,” Sneed said. “I can’t say for sure – it’s still awhile away before my first two years and there are days are up – but I want to be here for the students. where I say, ‘This is They need consistency, and if teachers leave every two years, it’s hard on them.” not a good China day. At an international school, Sneed instructs students in English. She teaches some of the I miss America.’” American songs she grew up with, alongside curriculum in Chinese and Korean. Her students, primarily from Korea and China, are instructed to speak English in the classroom. Sneed said they enjoy learning and singing

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Korean songs, including “Gangnam Style,” the viral YouTube sensation by Korean pop artist PSY. “My kids love that video, partly because it’s in Korean, which is what they speak,” Sneed said. “I don’t understand the words, but they do. At first I thought it was just a Korean thing, but then I heard that people all over the world were listening to it.” Sneed is required by the school to learn Chinese. She and the school’s other faculty – who come from the United States, Albania, the Philippines and China – take classes from a Chinese instructor. “You can say the letters ‘m-a’ together, and how you say it could mean many different things,” Sneed said. “One of those words is ‘mother’ and one is ‘horse’ and one is ‘rope.’ But immersion is a good way to learn the language because I’m able to learn when I’m not in school.” Total immersion in a new culture also offers challenges. Sneed will stay in China until a three-week break this June, after an intensive language learning session required for first-year teachers at the school. Despite how much she enjoys her experience, Sneed still misses America sometimes. “It’s not always easy, and there are days where I say, ‘This is not a good China day. I miss America,’” Sneed said. “But I feel like when I eventually come back to America I will have a lot of experience that will be beneficial to helping me find a job. I feel like I could go into any English Learning Language classroom in America for music teaching, and I would be comfortable because of just being thrown into this.” Sneed is still connected with some of her Northwest professors who originally encouraged her to start this adventure. Even at a school on the other side of the world, with a 13-hour time difference, she knows her Northwest family is an important support group. “A lot of my professors in the music department at Northwest have helped me with learning how to teach music,” Sneed said. “They’ve been really helpful at giving me ideas and helping me with first-year teacher questions.” n

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Fall sports wrap-up its ninth straight NCAA playoff appearance, the longest current streak in NCAA Division II. After an early season loss, the Bearcats rattled off eight straight wins, including a victory over defending national champion and then-No. 1 ranked Pittsburg State 31-21 in a rainsoaked game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bearcats fell in the regular season finale to rival Missouri Western in what had become the de facto MIAA championship game, 21-20. Despite the late-season loss, the Bearcats earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA playoffs In only her second year at Northwest, Victoria Von Mende (left), a junior forward from Council Bluffs, Iowa, has taken the top spot in the and hosted Harding Bearcat record books for career goals and career points. University as the league’s top-ranked Northwest defense was in full-force for the playoffs, in the MIAA in saves (109), bringing her Football posting a 35-0 shutout. The season came career total to 310. Adams moves into The Bearcat football team continued to a halt, however, one week later, as second place on the all-time saves list an impressive string of success, earning the region’s top seed Minnesota Stateat Northwest and is poised to break the Mankato knocked off the record during her senior campaign. Bearcats, 38-35 in a doubleVolleyball overtime thriller that saw Amy Phelps took over as the interim Northwest erase a 21-point head coach of the Bearcat volleyball halftime deficit. team just weeks before the season began Soccer and led the team to a 15-17 overall Bearcat soccer qualified for record and a 9-9 mark in the MIAA. its second consecutive MIAA Phelps, who also was as a graduate assistournament, losing in the first tant at Northwest and received her masround to Northeastern State ter’s in 2005, was named the team’s head 2-1. Northwest finished the coach in November. The Bearcats earned season with an 8-7-3 record the No. 6 seed in the MIAA tournament, overall and 6-5-2 in the but lost in the first round to nationally MIAA. Victoria Von Mende ranked Central Missouri. Senior Tori had an impressive junior camBeckman put an exclamation point on paign, breaking school records an amazing career at Northwest, breakfor career goals (17) and career ing the single season record for digs with points (38). Von Mende also 716 and moving into fourth place on the recorded her first career hat all-time list with 1,488. She was among Defensive back Brian Dixon, along with his twin brother, trick in the conference opener the nation’s best, averaging 6.1 digs per Brandon Dixon, had Bearcat fans on their feet with exciteat Lindenwood. Goalkeeper set during the season. n ment last season. The brothers completed the season with five interceptions each. Kelsey Adams finished second Cross Country The 2012 cross country season culminated in historic fashion as the Bearcat women placed a runner in the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 1997. Senior Brittany Poole earned all-Region honors to earn a spot in the national meet. Despite battling an injury, Poole still managed to finish 87th in the field of 249. The Bearcat men also created some history when senior Ryan Darling broke a 34-year school record at the Central Region Championships to earn all-Region honors, narrowly missing a spot in the NCAA Championships. His time bested the previous record held by his father, Vernon Darling. Northwest was also the site for the 2012 MIAA cross country championships held at the Maryville Country Club in October. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished the conference meet with fifth-place team finishes on their home course.

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Northwest announces largest gift in athletics history Northwest is pleased to announce a private gift from Nodaway Valley Bank that will be key in funding upgrades for Bearcat athletics and includes the installation of a new video board at Bearcat Stadium for the upcoming academic year. The contribution is the largest cash gift marked for athletics in Northwest history. The donation is a continuation of a strong partnership between Nodaway Valley Bank and the Northwest Foundation in support of the University. The Northwest Department of Athletics aims to have

construction completed during the 2013 football season. Preliminary plans for the new board call for increasing the video display by five times the size of the current video display. The project will also include an updated state-of-the-art sound system for Bearcat Stadium. “This will be an exciting addition to Bearcat game days,” Head Football Coach Adam Dorrel said. “Not only will it help increase an already impressive home-field advantage, but it will also add to the fan experience and benefit other University programs.” n

2012 M-Club Hall of Fame Inductees

Individuals named to the 2012 M-Club Hall of Fame included (front row, from left) head athletic trainer David “DC” Colt ’78; MIAA tennis MVP Rosa Tapia ’05; team physician Dr. Pat Harr; All-American distance runner Vernon Darling ’78; (second row) All-American wide receiver/kick returner Tony Miles ’00; All-MIAA offensive lineman Randy Euken ’75; All-MIAA center Rick Jolley ’96; and All-American defensive lineman Aaron Becker ’01. n

The 1997 football team was also inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame. This was Coach Mel Tjeerdsma’s first team to go undefeated in the conference and its only loss came in the national quarterfinals to the eventual national champion. n

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The 1995 men’s tennis team inductees included (front row, from left) Eric Kantor; David Mendez ’97; Nick McFee ’97; Coach Mark Rosewell; (second row) Jony Leightenbauer; Jeremy Gump ’95; Trystan Crook ’97; Steve Ptaznick; Brant Bermudez; and Dave Subrt ’97. (Team members not pictured: Joseph Auxier, Anthony Blasing, Edward Albert Jarolim and Derek Mills) n

Last fall, several tennis alumni and friends gathered for an alumni tennis match prior to the M-Club ceremony, including (front row, from left) Coach Mark Rosewell; Jony Leightenbauer; Rosa Tapia ’05; Gena Lindsay ’06; Eric Kantor; Lisa Pendrak ’10; Coach Trevor Connor; (second row) David Mendez ’97; Vijit Sehgal ’12; Jake Saulsbury ’08, ’11; Gustavo Lazarte ’00, ’08; Calvin Patterson ’12; Gina Pendrak ’09; (back row) Scott Nielson ’01; John Van Cleave ’73, ’89; Jack Freese ’61; Brant Bermudez; Nick McFee ’97; Jeremy Gump ’95; Clint Keith ’08; Dave Subrt ’97; Steve Ptaznick; Rob Veasey ’89, ’93; and Randy Arnold ’80. n

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Cheerleaders bring home third national title For the second consecutive year and the third time in four years, the Northwest cheerleaders carried the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division II National Championship back to Maryville. The Bearcat cheerleaders, under the direction of Head Coach Jason Sack, captured their third UCA National Championship in midJanuary at Walt Disney World Resort. “I’m so proud of this group,” said Sack, who became the team’s coach

in 2006. “We have a great core that’s been here for all three championships. They have put in the hard work, and you could see it.” In addition to the cheer squad’s success, the Bearcat Steppers finished fourth nationally in the open hip-hop division and 10th in the open jazz division. The cheerleading championship marks Northwest’s fifth athletic national championship since 2009 (football, club wrestling and three in cheerleading). n

The Northwest cheerleaders have made a name for themselves at the UCA national championships, claiming their third title in four years.

2013 BEARCAT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. Saginaw Valley Sept. 14, 6 p.m. vs. Central Missouri Sept. 21, time TBA at Fort Hays (Hays, Kan.) Sept. 28, 1 p.m. vs. Nebraska-Kearney (Family Weekend) Oct. 5, 2 p.m. at Northeastern State (Tahlequah, Okla.) Oct. 12, 1 p.m. vs. Central Oklahoma Oct. 19, time TBA vs. Pittsburg State (Kansas City, Fall Classic at Arrowhead) Oct. 26, 2 p.m. vs. Missouri Southern (Homecoming) Nov. 2, 1 p.m. vs. Washburn

Basketball teams conclude seasons at MIAA tourney Monique Stevens (left), a junior guard from Victoria, Australia, led the Northwest women’s basketball team in assists and steals. The Bearcats finished the year with a 15-13 overall record. Mark Kellogg, in his first year as the women’s coach, saw his team advance to the quarterfinals of the MIAA tournament. DeAngelo Hailey (right), a senior guard from Detroit who leads the Bearcats in scoring and rebounding, helped advance the men’s team to a 21-10 overall record. The Bearcats, coached by Ben McCollum, advanced to the MIAA tournament finals but lost in overtime, 79-76, to Central Missouri. n

Nov. 9, time TBA at Emporia State (Emporia, Kan.) Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m. at Missouri Western (St. Joseph) Home games bolded For the latest schedule and ticket information, visit www.

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Alumni Profile

Weishar serves U.S. as a Foreign Service Officer in Madagascar Kevin Weishar ’82, ’89 lives the life of a diplomat. In 2001, he began working as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Since then, Weishar has served in places like Pakistan, Germany, Kenya, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Madagascar and interacted with public figures such as Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. While he In 2004, Kevin Weishar ’82, said there ’89, worked closely with the are “fasU.S. military at an undisclosed cinating location in Iraq. aspects” to his job, the diplomatic profession is demanding, and he appreciates all the opportunities he has been given to serve his country. “Living in the developing world is a completely different experience. Every day during my morning commute I may have to dodge ox carts, rickshaws and masses of humanity in the streets, but that is also one of the things that makes this job special,” Weishar said. “I get to see a lot of the world and have many opportunities to interact with other cultures and to promote U.S. interests around the world. It’s not for everybody, but it’s certainly an interesting occupation.” As a management officer in the Foreign Service, Weishar is responsible for managing about 150 people at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, a country off the southeastern coast of Africa. He oversees the management sections in the Embassy including finance, human

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resources, medical, information technology, facilities, housing, travel and transportation. Weishar compares his position to being a city manager without the police force. In addition to his specific responsibilities, his principal duty – and that of all U.S. diplomats – is to promote peace, support prosperity and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. As much as Weishar’s career choice radically changed his life, it has also affected his wife, Dr. Judy Stevens Weishar ’83, ’88, a former university professor and now a consultant for non-governmental organizations engaged in development work worldwide, and their two sons, Michael and Doyle. While he and his family live abroad together, they have been separated in the past as a result of his career. Shortly after the Weishars began their first tour in Pakistan in 2001, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred and his family was evacuated from the country. They were again separated for a year when he served in Baghdad from June 2007 to June 2008 Despite many personal hardships, Weishar has been recognized for several accomplishments throughout (Top) Under a watchful eye in Iraq, Kevin Weishar has his career, including the 2010 Equal a little fun swinging the golf club. He said shortly after Employment Opportunity Award. he joined the Foreign Service he was told that the first thing to put in his suitcase was his sense of humor. The yearly State Department award (Above) Kevin and Judy Stevens Weishar, with their is given to an individual who strives youngest son, Doyle, have quite a view overlooking to create cultural diversity in the downtown Antananarivo, Madagascar. workplace. At the time, Weishar was fessors who I still think very fondly of. serving in war-torn Sri Lanka and They taught me about myself and took was recognized for his efforts to proan interest in my life. That’s one of the mote fair, transparent and ethnically great things about Northwest: faculty diverse hiring practices at the American know the students and deeply care about Embassy in spite of the cultural turmoil them.” caused by 26 years of civil war. When not abroad, the Weishars call a While his life has taken him far away farm north of Clearmont, a community from his northwest Missouri roots, of about 170 people just 20 miles from Weishar is appreciative of the experiMaryville, home. While his future plans ences he had while studying history and include continuing work overseas or humanities at Northwest. in Washington, D.C., Weishar and his “Your life kind of begins in college,” family will always refer to northwest Weishar said. “Northwest exposed me to Missouri as their home. n many great things. I had wonderful pro-

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Ralph Kieser celebrated his 90th birthday, and he and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in August. He retired in 1974 as a special agent in the Intelligence Division of the IRS in Kansas City. They live in St. Joseph.


1 Gerald Cox com-

pleted his first published

novel, “Sean McCauley, from Ireland to Scotland Yard,” and is working on a sequel. He is a retired professional investigator. He and his wife, Vivian Kowitz Cox ’51, live in Colorado at the base of Pikes Peak.


Margaret “Peg” Boyd Murray and her husband, Jerry, celebrated their 50th anniversary in June. Several Northwest alumni were in attendance at the

Council Bluffs, Iowa, event, including members of their wedding party, Fred Maher ’57 and Vivian Head Wanetka ’60.


Donna Jean Boyer was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association. She taught language arts at Benton High School in St. Joseph for 38 years, retiring in 2001. She also

served as the newspaper advisor for 25 years and was involved in the Prairie Lands Writing Project at Missouri Western. She enjoys art, gardening, travel and photography.


Theresa McCord Arms is a retired middle school teacher, volunteer reading tutor and an English as a Second Language coach. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Wash.


Look familiar? (answers from page 5) 1. Brown panels framed by aluminum make up much of the design of the accordion-like architecture of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. 2. This decorative letter is found near the Welton Ideker entrance to Bearcat Stadium. 3. A painted number appears on the Herschel Neil Track.

Alumna rises to top of International Bluegrass Music Association

As a former musician and journalist and now the executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, Nancy Cardwell ’80 (left) has “rubbed shoulders” with many well-known musicians, including Dolly Parton (center).

Having dedicated nearly two decades to the promotion of bluegrass music, Nancy Cardwell ’80 recently stepped into a leadership role in the international bluegrass music world. Cardwell is the executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, an international trade association for bluegrass music with members in 50 states and 30 countries organized to help industry representatives and fans work together to promote bluegrass music. As executive director, Cardwell manages the dayto-day operations of IBMA; helps plan the annual World of Bluegrass conference, awards show and festival; oversees marketing and financial management as well as membership, international, youth and leadership programs; works with the board of directors; and writes for IBMA publications.

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“My role in IMBA is this amazing combination of things that I like to do and that I happen to be good at,” Cardwell said. “It’s great that I get to work in an area of the music industry that I have lived and breathed my whole life, that I love, and that I care about. I get to help people who are trying to make a living playing this music, and I get to help more people hear it.” Cardwell was raised in Springfield and began performing with her father’s country band at age 7. She would sing and play the mandolin with her younger brother and sister. In high school she spent her weekends playing shows at campsites, Silver Dollar City, local festivals, coon hunts and Sunday school picnics with her family. “I was a teenager in the 1970s,” Cardwell said. “At a time when a lot of my friends were rebelling against their parents and getting into trouble, I was hanging out with my parents and playing bluegrass music and getting paid for it. It was a thing that our family

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liked to do together.” Cardwell, who also toured with an all-girl bluegrass group based in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and worked as a musician and journalist in Branson, said her experiences at Northwest helped prepare her for her professional career. In particular, she said serving as a resident advisor in Hudson Hall taught her to communicate effectively and develop organizational skills. Northwest also gave her the opportunity to explore other cultures and learn how to interact with people from different backgrounds. Cardwell said this is especially important in her work with IBMA because it has members in Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and several countries in central and western Europe. “I have always been intrigued by people and places that are different than where I grew up,” Cardwell said. “I certainly get that chance to utilize that attitude in my job here because bluegrass fans and IBMA members are from all around the world.” n

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2 ◆ Barry Monaghan (master’s ’76) is chief executive officer of Guthrie County State Bank and president and board member of Guthrie County Bancshares Inc. of Guthrie Center and Panora, Iowa. He recently stepped down after nine years in the bank president position and 28 years with the bank.


David Sours retired from Pittsburg State University after 17 years of teaching computer graphics for the Department of Graphics

and Imaging Technologies. Prior to joining PSU, he worked for various trade and printing companies in Kansas City. He and his wife, Glenda, live in Nixa.

professor and head of the Department of History, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.



Carol Miller has been elected national president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Business Law at Missouri State University. 3 Robert Willoughby

(master’s) recently released his third book, “The Brothers Robidoux and the Opening of the American West.” He is an associate

4 Robert Whitters (master’s ’78) retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2008 as a colonel after 28 years of service. He served three tours in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is now an opposing force controller/military analyst at Northrop Grumman in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and lives in Ashland, Ore.


Linda Cornell Null (master’s ’80 and ’83) teaches computer science at Pennsylvania State University. She has won the Excellence in Teaching Award, a PSU Teaching Fellowship and the Kathryn Towns Award for her work promoting women in the sciences. Her textbook, “Essentials in Computer Organization and Architecture,” recently received a Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association for excellence in computer architecture. She and her husband, Tim Wahls, live on a horse farm in Pennsylvania and enjoy fly fishing.

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Graduates of 1963

don’t miss your class reunion!

The following alumni who graduated from Northwest in 1963 are considered “lost” because the University does not have a current physical mailing address for them. Their 50-year class reunion is in October, and they won’t want to miss out on the fun of reuniting with fellow Bearcats. If you recognize individuals on the list, please provide Northwest with their contact information (i.e. address, phone number, email address, married name) or ask them to email or call 660.562.1248. Dennis Andersen Mary Bean Loretta Boatright Darleen Boleski Neal Brown William Carroll Verda Clements Jesse Collings Barbara Craig Larry Dodge Joellen Elam Eugene Elder Ruth Elliot Thomas England Carolyn Everly Karen Fisher Esther Foley

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Robert Garten Homer Goldner Marlene Griepenstroh Janet Gunson Marilyn Guymon Gene Hallauer Janice Hanson Julia Henry Max Hoffman Larry Holland Kenneth Howell Fannie Johnson Dalton Jones Merlin Kenagy Ronald Kendall George Kerns Terry Kremer

Karin Lund Gerald Martin Hanford Miller Gary Nielson Dixie Periman Phyllis Rekate Evadene Riffle Vilas Risser Patsy Robertson Eldora Rogers Kenneth Sand John Schiltz Mildred Sloan Ella Thorne Mildred Todd Nurettin Uzunoglu Mary Willis

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Wine connoisseur’s dream becomes a reality Red, white, dry, sweet, sparkling and rosé are only a sampling of wine selections available around the world. Wine connoisseur Jennifer Ager Stanton ’85, ’86, owner and founder of Wines by Jennifer, a global wine boutique/wine bar located in downtown Parkville, has tried them all. After 17 years of working in the agriculture and energy trading industries for Fortune 150 corporations, Stanton decided that it was time to make a change in her career and her lifestyle. “I wanted to start a business of my own where I could not only enjoy interacting with customers in a more relaxed environment centered around wine and food, but I also wanted to be closer to home so I could enjoy my family and friends,” Stanton said. “Wine was a fun passion for me and a hobby. One idea led to another, and the end result was Wines by Jennifer.” The dream of a quaint wine boutique became a reality when Wines by Jennifer opened in a historic, three-story home in the Kansas City area. From wine tastings and specialty foods to weddings and educational wine classes, the business that recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary offers a beautiful location and a friendly 14-person staff including Stanton and her husband, Don, and son Daniel. When visitors come to sample wine, they have a varied selection of wines changing each week, a selection of

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more than 40 cheeses and many other treats. The boutique also offers handcrafted beers from around the world and a varied selection of spirits. The Stantons travel frequently to visit wineries they enjoy supporting, but also to Jennifer Ager Stanton ’85, ’86 couldn’t be happier about her decision to leave search out her successful career in the agriculture and energy trading industries to open her new and exown wine boutique, which allows her to combine her love of wine, food, travel, citing wines, family and friends. beers and spirits from around the world, as evibook in which each dish is paired with a denced by their recent backpacking tour chosen wine or beer from recipes served through five South American countries. in her boutique. Her business continues “Our weekly themed wine tastings to thrive with special events, classes that offer hand-selected boutique wines from elaborate on wine, beer and spirits, priregions around the globe,” Stanton said. vate parties and quarterly artist debuts “We enjoy the conversations we have that highlight the works of featured local with our customers regarding all aspects artists. of wine, from the wine-making process During Stanton’s time at Northwest and grape varietal to the cultures of the studying marketing, management and areas that the wine comes from. This earning a master’s degree in business, allows our customers and staff to not she is thankful to have had experiences only taste the wines, but to learn about and met faculty who positively impacted different winemakher life. ing regions around “One of the most influential instructhe world. It’s not tors I had was Don Nothstine,” Stanton just about drinking said. “He saw in me the qualities that it the wine, it’s everytook to excel in the sales and marketing thing that goes into arena and guided me in that field, and it for these farmers he was right. I really loved it. I was also and their families. fortunate to be Dr. Dean Hubbard’s first It’s a business, a graduate assistant at the University. I passion, an art and owe so much to both of them plus the their livelihoods.” many other faculty at Northwest because Stanton’s passion they made a huge impact on my life.” for entertainment For more information on Wines by is evident in her Jennifer, visit www.winesbyjennifer. recently released com. n 160-recipe cook-

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Dwight Lane is station manager at 880/KRVN Radio and 93.1 FM “The River,” in Lexington, Neb. He and his wife, Pam, were married in 2006, live in Cozad, Neb., and have four children and two grandchildren.


Bob Glasgow was inducted into the Missouri State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in October. He led the Oak Grove High School wrestling teams to 12 state titles and six runners-up finishes in his 25

years as coach. He’s also coached 14 high school all-Americans and 72 individual state champions. He retired from coaching and as the Oak Grove activities director two years ago to become the Raytown School District activities director.

Chris Hughes is a brigadier general in the U.S. Army and was deployed in the fall to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as the deputy commanding general for Regional Command (South). He is second in command of all NATO Coalition Forces operating in southern Afghanistan.


Stephen Frazier (master’s) is chief information officer/executive director of university technology at Western Illinois University. He recently served as the CIO of the California Maritime Academy and was the informa-

On July 27, 2011, Jeff Cook ’80 from Gladstone went out for some iced tea from QuikTrip, four blocks from his house. During his short drive, he watched a speeder smash into an elderly driver, and he took action to save her life. In September, Cook was awarded the rare and prestigious Honor Medal for Heroism from the Boy Scouts of America for his bravery and quick response. The collision at Northeast 72nd Street and North Prospect Avenue in Gladstone was like a scene from a dramatic TV show, Cook said. Seventy-four-yearold Carol Oster-Green was entering the intersection when the other driver, heading westbound, sped up to make it through the light. After smashing into Oster-Green’s car, both cars recoiled and spun 360 degrees. That’s when Cook, who was waiting at the stoplight, turned off his car and ran into the intersection to take action. “Oil, radiator fluid and smoke were spilling from underneath her car,” Cook, a Corning, Iowa, native, said. “The closer I got to it, the more I smelled gasoline. I thought, ‘That’s not a good sign.’” Oster-Green went into shock and tried to drive her car away from the scene. She was headed toward a line of parked cars. As Cook sprinted toward her car, he was struck by a vehicle, yet continued to run. After finding her driver-side window open, he opened her door and ran alongside the car while trying to apply the brakes and wrest the steering wheel from Oster-Green.

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“The vehicle was leaking gasoline, and I knew that any spark would cause a fireball, and if she hit any car, it would not only take her, it would take everybody else.” After stopping the car, Cook stayed beside OsterGreen, comforting her until emergency responders arrived. Cook credits his training with the Boy Scouts for giving him the right skills to accurately respond to the woman in need, and God for giving him the strength to Jeff Cook ’80, a 24-year active veteran Boy Scout Leader, open the damaged car door. was awarded the Honor Medal for Heroism from the National The Honor Medal for Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his actions in saving the life of Carol Oster-Green (right) in the aftermath of a highHeroism is the highest award speed car crash. that can be given to an adult Boy Scout leader. Cook is dan, are Eagle Scouts. The four of them one of 15 living scout leader recipients are Vigil Honor members of the Order of award, out of 200 recipients in the of the Arrow, making them one of three 112-year Boy Scouts’ history. He is the families in history where each member first adult leader from Kansas, Nebraska, has received the esteemed recognition Missouri or Iowa to receive the award. for leadership and service. Additionally, he was presented with the Despite the recognition and acTorch Award by the United Methodist colades, Cook tries to keep a humble Church, one of only seven given out in perspective. nearly 40 years. He has also been nomi“Rather than celebrate me, we need nated for the Citizen Medal of Honor. to celebrate the fact that Mrs. OsterCook works as a senior account manGreen is alive,” Cook said. “We need to ager with Marketshare Publications in celebrate the fact that the Boy Scouts of Overland Park, Kan., the nation’s largest America teaches life skills and life-savnational coupon-booklet marketer. His ing skills. This is why scouting matters wife, Jill Mitchell Cook, from Bedford, and why it is, without a doubt, the finest Iowa, attended Northwest until they character-building program and prepamarried in 1980. Both of their sons, ration for life in the world.” n 30-year-old Joshua and 19-year-old Jor-

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Class Notes tion center manager/ manager of the Center for Instructional Technology at Eastern Connecticut State University. He also had served as manager of research and instructional computing at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., and as an academic computing consultant at Morehead (Ky.) State University.


Nancy Sherry Fratzke is vice president of customer care centers at U.S. Cellular Corporation. She joined U.S. Cellular in 1999 as a customer service representative and has held a variety of positions, including customer care center senior director and director of sales. She lives in Broken Arrow, Okla.


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Town is director of finance for the city of Maryville and received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, given by the Government Financial Officers Association.


Michael Picray has an e-book, “Hamster Dan,” which is now available on His other published works include a non-fiction elementarylevel science book titled “The Sun,” a science fiction short story titled “Riggers,” “SPACE, Inc.,” the winner of a Canadian Aurora Award, and other short stories published in various periodicals. He also maintains a blog that includes articles on economics and the economy, organic farming/gardening and a few short-short stories.


5 Beverly Beem and

Michael Broner were married Aug. 6, 2011, in Paradise, Mo., and live in Kearney. Beverly is an accounting analyst at RR Donnelley in Liberty, and Mike owns Ironmike’s Welding and Repair in Kearney. Ken Peek (master’s ’94) is a health teacher and head track and field coach at Belton High School. He lives in Belton.


Chris Gegg is the news director at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wis. He was previously news director at WMTV-TV in Madison, Wis., for five years, during which time the station was named “News Operation of the Year” by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2009 and 2010, and “Station of the Year” in 2010.



Jim Beerends is the Newton (Iowa) Senior High School band director. He previously was the band director in Pleasant Hill for 11 years. Nate Boock is the middle school dean of students and 7-12 activities director at Hampton-Dumont Schools in Hampton, Iowa. He previously served the North Andrew School District in Rosendale as 7-12 activities director and technology coordinator for 12 years. He and his wife, Kellie Dew Boock ’08, live in Hampton, Iowa. Lindsay Heck Clayton and her husband, Darrin, announce the birth of Kiersten Jacobi on Dec. 12. She joins a sister, Makya, 7. Lindsay is the director of sales operations and accounting at Choice Solutions in Overland Park, Kan., and Darrin is an admissions representative at the University of Central Missouri and a basketball coach for the Mo-Kan AAU organization. They live in Lee’s Summit.

Elmer Gaug (master’s) retired in 2011 from teaching social studies at Braymer High School. He and his wife, Mary Ann, also a retired teacher, enjoy living on a 40-acre farm near Meadville, raising a few cattle, traveling and visiting grandchildren in Missouri and Maryland.

Allison McClain Dull (master’s ’02) and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Janie Alana on Sept. 22. She joins Josie, 8, Jonathan, 6, Josiah, 5, and Jordan, 3. They live in Kansas City.


Tiffany Burnes (masters ’07, specialist ’12) recently completed her specialist degree in superintendency and is a pre-K through fourth grade principal in the Riverside School District in Elwood and Wathena, Kan. She began her career teaching seventh-grade social studies at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph.

6 Chris Stiens joined Family Investment Center of St. Joseph in November as an investment advisor. He has operated his own environmental testing company, Advanced Aquatics, since 2004. He and his wife, Shelly, have two children, Ryesen and Ryver.

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7 Nathan Marticke is associate vice president of constituent development at Park University in Parkville. He previously was director of development/libraries at the University of MissouriColumbia and was a regional director of development at William Jewell College. He and his wife, Crystal, live in Kansas City.

Ashley McClain Vaughn (master’s ’09) and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of Brecken McClain on May 11, 2012. He joins Brayden, 9, Brylee, 6, Brody, 4, and Brinley, 2. They live in Kansas City.


Bobby Gumm is a music supervisor at Trailer Park, an advertising agency that specializes in movie trailers. Bobby and Trailer Park recently received a silver award for audio visual for “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards in Hollywood. He began his career at Intralink Film and then spent several years with Flyer Entertainment. With almost a decade of music supervision experience, he has supervised more


than 100 trailers, including “Batman Begins,” “Up,” “Avatar” and “J Edgar.” Archie Jeter is CEO and founder of West Bark, a company that sells specialty dog apparel and accessories. Hilary Morris and Jon Salanky were married July 14. Hilary is a business teacher at Lafayette High School, and Jon teaches special education at Central High School, both in St. Joseph. They live in Kansas City. Dustin Wasson was elected mayor of Perry in April 2012. He is creative services director at Avery’s Floor Mats in Laddonia.


8 Lacie Henke and Ben Anderson were married May 21, 2011. Lacie is a benefits specialist at Old Castle Materials, and Ben is an audio engineer. They live in Overland Park, Kan.

Samantha Hildreth Stevens recently earned a master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. She and her husband, Jason Stevens ’93, live in Gladstone.

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City of Maryville leadership has a Northwest connection As Northwest students, Greg McDanel ’02 and Ryan Heiland ’98 were familiar with life on campus, and now the duo have returned to Maryville in a professional capacity – McDanel as city manager and Heiland as assistant city manager – and have made quite an impact in a short amount of time. In the last year, they’ve intensified the city’s focus on the removal of unsafe and dangerous structures within the community; they’ve embraced partnerships with Northwest students in areas such as advertising, social media and volunteerism; they’ve partnered with Northwest to improve the Fourth Street corridor leading to campus (see p. 8); with the help of Northwest students, they’re rebranding Mozingo Lake Recreation Park; and they’re tackling several infrastructure projects and creating additional pedestrian trails. In addition, both gentlemen have completed the International Town and Gown Association Certificate Program in Town and Gown Relations, designed to strengthen collaborative relationships between a community and a local university. McDanel said his time at Northwest helped him prepare for his role in city administration. “Northwest provided a liberal education that has now empowered me as a professional with a wide base knowledge

of transferrable skills,” McDanel said. “As a professional manager in local government, the ability to adapt while maintaining a strong sense of values and ethics is key to the success of the organization.” McDanel, a Marshall native, became Maryville’s city manager in February 2012. He graduated from Northwest with a dePrior to being named Maryville city manager, Greg McDanel ’02 was the city administrator in Cherryvale, Kan., and was a land acquisition gree in geography and manager and engineering technician in Independence. later received a master’s in public administration. Maryville residents will help find new McDanel said he was eager to return to ways to improve the community. a city that provided him with many fond “I spent a lot of time at Mozingo Lake memories. as a student,” McDanel said. “Moving “Maryville is a wonderful commuinto the future and looking out from nity, and this was a great career opporan administrative standpoint, Mozingo tunity for me,” McDanel said. “I’m so could prove to be a huge asset in bringglad to come back to a community that ing people to the community and conI’ve always held close to my heart and I tributing spent a lot of time. It’s nice to come back to its high and have the view as a student and as a quality of professional.” “I wanted to come back life.” Starting in August 2012, Heiland, an In their Adel, Iowa, native became Maryville’s to work in Maryville future assistant city manager. After graduating because I had such a endeavors, with a degree in geography, Heiland was McDadrawn back to Maryville because of his great experience at nel and own college experience and the potential Northwest. It really felt Heiland he saw in the community. hope to “I wanted to come back to like coming back to a use their work in Maryville because I second hometown.” love for had such a great experience Northwest at Northwest,” Heiland said. Ryan Heiland to build “It really felt like coming an even back to a second hometown. stronger I see so much potential and relationship between the city and the growth in Maryville. It’s University. such a great town as it is “I take a lot of pride in being a today, and I get the sense Bearcat as well as being a community that the community wants leader in Maryville,” McDanel said. “It’s to build on that and keep a wonderful atmosphere to raise my moving it forward.” Ryan Heiland ’98 became Maryville’s assistant city manager in daughter, a good family environment McDanel and Heiland August and previously spent time as a project manager as well and a safe community. It’s where I want both said their time as as a planner in Iowa and Arizona. Both of his parents, two sisters, three cousins and one uncle have all attended Northwest. to be.” n Northwest students and

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1 1. Gerald ’50 and Vivian Kowitz ’51 Cox 2. Barry Monaghan ’69, ’76

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3. Robert Willoughby ’75 4. Robert Whitters ’76, ’78


5. Michael and Beverly Beem ’92 Broner 6. Chris Stiens ’97 7. Nathan Marticke ’02 6

8. Ben and Lacie Henke ’04 Anderson


9. Nakita Peterson ’09


10. Erich ’10 and Jennifer Hamilton ’10 Hilsabeck 11. Bret ’10, ’11 and Brittany Davis ’10, ’11 Harper

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Bryan Becker is a senior engineer at Applied Trust Engineering in Boulder, Colo. He lives in Denver, Colo.


Terrie Burch and Bradley Williams were married Aug. 17. Terrie is an environmental specialist at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Bradley is a paramedic. They live in Independence.


Stanton, Iowa. They live in Clarinda, Iowa, where Jason is an agronomist at the Clarinda Co-Op Co., and Megan is a supervisor at Page County State Bank. Jessica Hartley and Oluwaseun Samuel Sodeke were married June 12. Jessica is a journalist, graphic designer and travel liaison at News Link in Lincoln, Neb., and has her own photography company, (heart)LEE MARC Photo and Design. Samuel, who relocated from Nigeria in 2003, works in car sales at Performance Volkswagen in LaVista, Neb. They live in Lincoln, Neb.

Jason Cabbage and Megan Nielsen ’08 were married July 17, 2010, in

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Brooke Beason is a supervising media designer at Barkley, the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the U.S. She lives in Kansas City. 9 Nakita Peterson

joined Family Investment Center of St. Joseph as an administrative assistant in September. She previously was the art director at Midland Marketing Group in St. Joseph. She has one son, Sloan.


10 Erich Hilsabeck (master’s) and Jennifer Hamilton were married Sept. 15 and live

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in Ankeny, Iowa. Erich is an executive mortgage analyst at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines, Iowa. 11 Bret Harper (master’s ’11) and Brittany Davis (master’s ’11) were married May 5, 2012. Bret is a sales representative at C. H. Robinson, and Brittany is a sales assistant at Omaha Marriott. They live in Omaha, Neb.

Laura Youtsey and Tyler Hoffman were married June 29 in Warrensburg. They live in Ellendale, N.D., where Tyler teaches high school science and coaches wrestling, and Laura is an elementary school aide.

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Trina Day is a graduate student in the doctor of physical therapy program at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Ben Langston is territory manager in the animal health division of Pinnaclife. He has previous experience in the animal health field working for MWI Veterinary Supply.


Victoria Hadel is an accountant at Dairy Farmers of America and lives in Raymore.

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Young entrepreneur recognized by D.C. chamber Thomas Sanchez’s ’02 entrepreneurial spirit has impacted his life in unexpected and exciting ways. Growing up on a farm outside of Clarksdale, he witnessed his parents and grandparents own small businesses and dreamt of one day having his own business. His dreams became a reality when he took the biggest risk of his life by moving to Washington, D.C., and starting a digital consulting agency, Social Driver. “Starting Social Driver was similar to riding a roller coaster,” Sanchez said. “When you’re riding the incline up, your heart starts racing, and when you reach the top and look down, it’s scary. But then it goes over the edge, and that’s when the fun starts. It’s a scary experience, but so rewarding.” As a digital consulting agency, companies hire Social Driver to connect with people online through mobile applications, websites and social media strategies. The business is comprised of 10 in-house staff and 15 contracted employees. Thomas co-owns the business with his husband, Anthony Shop. “We want the best people to work with us at Social Driver, but we’re a small company. We need people who are not only smart, but people who are entrepreneurs as well,” Sanchez said. The hard work of Sanchez and his team has helped Social Driver grow into a respected business in the Washington, D.C., area. This is evidenced by the Small Business Champion of the Year Award that Social Driver received from

the D.C. Chamber of Commerce in 2012. “Once I found out we were nominated I was just honored to be in the same category as such great businesses that have been around a lot longer than Social Driver,” Sanchez said. “I think that winning that award shows the importance of the work we’re doing.” While Sanchez is currently at a professional high, his journey to this point has been years in the making and began at Northwest, where he Thomas Sanchez ’02 equates starting his digital studied management information consulting agency based in Washington, D.C., to riding systems. During his time as an una roller coaster. In addition to accolades he recently dergraduate, he did consulting work received from the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, he was awarded $25,000 in a business plan competition for a for Sprint and also helped create an early social media site called PicPage software product he co-founded. with a fellow Northwest student Eddie Business Plan Competition. With his Pelican. While at Northwest, Sanchez entrepreneurial efforts now recognized was involved in campus life through by his peers and his businesses thrivStudent Senate and several computer ing, Sanchez hopes to expand on Social science clubs and strived to make conDriver’s success by opening a new office nections personally and professionally. in the Kansas City area within the next His efforts paid off when he not only year. became the first college graduate in “One of the things people don’t know his family, but was also offered a job at about Kansas City is how great the talCerner Corporation by individuals he ent and people are,” Sanchez said. “It’s had met while networking as a student. an amazing group of people who come He worked at Cerner for seven years as a from Northwest, and it’s really exciting software engineer, which also gave him to see all the great things those people the opportunity to live in London for a are doing. I’m excited to open the new year. office and maybe even work with people Beyond creating Social Driver, Sanwho graduated from Northwest.” chez also recently co-founded a software For more information about Social product, winning first place and $25,000 Driver, visit n in The George Washington University

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In Memoriam Ardus Gaffney Adams ’70 86, died July 25. She was a music teacher and later became a librarian at J.J. Hands Library in Lohrville, Iowa, retiring in 1996. Floyd Barrows 84, of DeWitt, Mich., died Aug. 17. He taught at Northwest from 1960 to 1966. Sarah Billingsley ’61, ’72 73, of Maryville, died Nov. 8 in Kansas City. She taught at Benton High School in St. Joseph for 33 years. Elbert Gerard Black ’68 66, of St. Louis, died April 26, 2012. He was an assistant registrar at Northwest for several years then worked as an administrator for Human Development Corp. and Western Union.

Pat Bump ’60 73, of Topeka, Kan., died Aug. 22. She taught at several elementary schools and was a school librarian, retiring from Shaner Elementary School in 2001. Char Busse ’73 62, of Austin, Texas, died July 15. She was a multimedia artist, singer and songwriter. Sandi Stilabower Caraway ’67 67, died Oct. 17 in Kansas City. She was an elementary teacher for 30 years, most of which were spent teaching kindergarten in the North Kansas City School District. RoseAnn Boylan Carpenter ’34 96, of Glendale, Ariz., died Aug. 29. She taught in the

Glendale School System from 1969 to 1979. Susan Clemmensen ’73 61, died Oct. 16 in Des Moines, Iowa. She taught elementary school in Macon, Ga., and later became a librarian at the Macon City Library. She returned to Urbandale, Iowa, as the children’s librarian, later serving as the audio-visual librarian. Catherine Jonelle Watts Fry Conover ’42 92, died Dec. 2. She taught school in Missouri, Iowa and Arizona and led the Pima (Ariz.) High School marching band until 1952. She also worked at Tinker Air Force Base, retiring in 1982. Terry Doane ’67 68, of Altoona, Iowa, died July 26. He retired from Tension Envelope Corp.

✚ A scholarship has been established at Northwest in memory of this individual. To make a contribution, call 660.562.1248.

Tina Dunn Donaldson ’94 48, of Farragut, Iowa, died Oct. 12 in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was a billing clerk at the Shenandoah Medical Center for the last 15 years and also worked at the Admiral Inn in Farragut, Iowa. Roger Eaton ’77 57, of Kearney, died July 30. He was a teacher and coach at Oak Park High School in Kansas City and was later employed in sales, production manufacturing and distribution management, most recently at CNH in Cameron. Larry Franzen ’83 55, died Feb. 13, 2012, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He was employed at Commerce Bank in Kansas City and St. Louis and worked for Raddon Finan-

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cial Group from 1997 to 2008, when he retired. ✚ Bob Gill ’49

85, of Lawson, died June 23. He taught for 40 years and was a former member of the Northwest Board of Regents. Charlene Houston Gilmore ’64, ’72 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Aug. 10. She taught in the South Page and Clarinda, Iowa, school districts. William “Bill” Gram ’52 81, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., died June 29. He taught in Missouri and Iowa as well as in the Los Angeles (Calif.) Unified School District. He was a longtime history professor at Los Angeles Harbor College and a former member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors.

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✚ Frances Shipley

Groff ’61 73, died Nov. 9 in Maryville. She taught high school home economics in Coon Rapids and Grundy Center, Iowa, before beginning a 40-year career at Northwest. She was a classroom teacher, department chair for 30 years, graduate dean for 20 years, liaison to the Graduate Advisory Council, member of the Faculty Research Committee, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim vice president for academic affairs. She was known nationally for her leadership and commitment to the field of family and consumer sciences. Melvin “Whitey” Hubbell ’52 86, of Maryville, died Nov. 9. He owned and operated Hubbell Water Softener Service and was a custodian at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville. Deanna “Dee” Powers Hurley ’87 48, of Perry, Iowa, died March 31, 2012. She was a caseworker. She previously taught high school English and middle school physical education in St. Louis and coached high school and college volleyball in St. Louis. Trudy Clark Jacobsen ’92 44, of Maryville, died Feb. 8. She was a supervisor for Aramark Food

Services on the Northwest campus for 16 years.

Iowa Department of Social Services.

Karen Dean WalkerKarns ’79 (master’s) 69, of Platte City, died July 15 in Kansas City.

Homer Lyle ’53 80, of Denver, died in June 2012. He worked in the banking industry in Omaha, Neb., Kansas City and Denver until his retirement.

Mark Kinman ’78, ’80 56, of Maryville, died Nov. 11 in St. Joseph. With his family, he owned and operated Kinman Livestock Company in Maryville. David Knauer ’55 81, of Des Moines, Iowa, died Oct. 1. He worked for General Motors in Kansas City and the General Accounting Company of Gallatin and Columbia before moving to Ottumwa, Iowa, and starting with the organization that was to become Indian Hills Community College. At his retirement in 1995, he was executive vice president and board secretary at Indian Hills.

✚ Bruce Litte

69, of Maryville, died Jan. 20. He joined the Northwest faculty in 1981 and retired in 2012 as an associate professor of English. Maxine Strickland Loudon ’34 99, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Oct. 24. She taught English and social studies and coached girls’ baseball at Oregon (Mo.) High School, worked in the district census office in Omaha, Neb., was a substitute teacher in Clarinda, Iowa, and served as a social worker for the

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Donna Stambaugh Nelson ’73 79, of Red Oak, Iowa, died Aug. 25. She had taught in Coburg, Essex and Red Oak, Iowa. Barney Parker ’58 79, died Oct. 14. He spent 39 years as an educator serving as a teacher, a principal, college dean and superintendent. He was superintendent of the Boise (Idaho) School District for 18 years prior to his retirement. Thomas Peake ’69 64, died Sept. 11 in Florida. He was a professor of clinical and neuropsychology at Florida Tech and practiced neuropsychology and clinical psychology with the Psychology Association of Brevard, Fla., since 1986. Gladys Burch Reardon ’59 100, died June 9, 2012. She taught third and fourth grade for 34 years and then worked in retail for almost 20 years until she retired at the age of 85. Nancy Holland Richards ’71 63, of Kansas City, died Aug. 2. She taught in the English Resource Office at Oak Park High School and then English and mythology at Winnetonka High School, where she remained until her retirement in 2012. Bob Ridenour ’64 80, of Monticello, Iowa, died Oct. 1 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was an elementary teacher in the

Vinton (Iowa) School District for 36 years and sold mobile homes after retiring from teaching.

died Aug. 27. He worked for TWA’s engineering department for 41 years, retiring in 1985.

Michelle Royal ’01 33, of Raytown, died July 31. She was employed in the accounting department at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City corporate office.

Louis Sullenberger Jr. ’74 (master’s) 76, of Valrico, Fla., died July 28. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1979.

Elda “Garland” Antrim Frampton Slagle ’59 99, of St. Joseph, died Nov. 8. She was a retired elementary teacher. Tomarken Smith ’12 21, of St. Louis, died Sept. 14 in Maryville. He was a senior corporate recreation and wellness major, and a posthumous degree was awarded to his family during Northwest’s winter commencement ceremony. Mercedes Wilmes Spire ’78 79, of Maryville, died Aug. 25. She worked in the nursing field for more than 19 years and was employed by St. Francis Hospital before her retirement. Barbara Nixon Sprong ’56 76, of St. Joseph, died June 26. She worked to improve education and health services in St. Joseph. Paul Strohm ’39 94, of San Diego, Calif.,

Doug Summa (attd.) 60, of Tarkio, died Oct. 27. He owned and operated Summa Pharmacy in Tarkio for 27 years. He sold his pharmacy to Pamida, which he then managed. Kevin Thomas ’01 53, of Coin, Iowa, died Aug. 23. He farmed and worked at Eaton Corp. and Central Surveys. ✚ Denise Weiss

66, of Maitland, died Oct. 24 in Lee’s Summit. She taught at Tarkio, Nodaway Holt and Maryville high schools and retired from Northwest in 2012 after 22 years of service. Sandy English White ’82, ’88 51, died June 13 in Maryville. She was director of United Way of Nodaway County and was an accountant at Loch Construction Co. Gary Woolsey ’60 75, of Roseville, Calif., died Nov. 1. He was an insurance executive.

Let us know If you learn of the death of a Northwest graduate, please submit in writing or via news clipping the name of the deceased (and maiden name, if appropriate), year(s) of graduation from Northwest, date of death, age, city of death, city of residence and a brief listing of career accomplishments. In addition, submit your relationship to the deceased and your daytime telephone number to the Office of University Advancement, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468-6001, fax to 660.562.1990 or email Submissions may be edited for length and clarity. n

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Throughout Northwest history, the library has always been an important building on campus, no matter where it has been located. The original Wells Library (left) was constructed in 1938 and served as the University’s library until 1983, when B.D. Owens Library (above) was built. Today the original brick structure of Wells Library is referred to as Wells Hall and houses the Department of Communication and Mass Media. Wells Hall also houses The Northwest Missourian, Tower yearbook, KXCVKRNW, the public radio affiliate that broadcasts from Northwest, and the student-run radio and television stations, KZLX and KNWT, respectively. The current library, named for Northwest’s eighth president and 1959 alumnus, is a three-story 116,000-squarefoot, limestone and glass structure and is designed to meet the dynamic learning and research needs of Northwest students, faculty and staff. The serviceoriented library has an extensive collection, and its website provides oncampus and remote access to thousands of journal titles and eBooks. It also houses student resources such as the Writing Center and Talent Development Center. In 2011 the library underwent a reconceptualization in an effort to create a more learner-centered environment.

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