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Northwest Missouri State University

A Message from President Jasinski

John JasinskiHello Northwest alumni and friends. It's an honor for me to provide this message to you from our recently renovated student publications' converged news laboratory in Wells Hall. 

As you are aware, Northwest has thrived for 106 years largely because of the commitment and support of its alumni and friends. In 2010, we continued building on that foundation with great success while repositioning Northwest for the changes and challenges facing higher education institutions.

View Dr. Jasinski's video message to alumni and friends.

Nominations sought for Northwest Alumni Award recipients

The Northwest Alumni Association is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at its annual awards program. Awards will be presented to alumni, faculty and friends of the University who have demonstrated professional achievement or extraordinary dedication to Northwest.

"There are so many talented Northwest alumni and friends doing great things, and it's a pleasure for the Northwest Alumni Association to have the honor of publicly recognizing the accomplishments of these deserving individuals each year," said Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, March 1.

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Williams builds home away from home

Jason WilliamsGrowing up in the inner city neighborhoods of Kansas City, Jason Williams learned to appreciate the values of having a close-knit family, a trait he said attracted him to enroll at Northwest.

But attending a four-year university wasn't something Williams' teachers impressed upon him and his peers. Now he's working to change that mentality and help inner city youth realize their potential.

"One of the things that was always stressed to us (in high school) was the community college, work force or jail," Williams said. "I want to encourage kids that that's not the only option."

Last year, Williams founded Students Taking Action Through Service, or S.T.A.T.S., a student organization that encourages inner city youth to strive for higher education. In partnership with Northwest's Office of Admissions, students in the organization provide tours to groups from inner city schools. S.T.A.T.S. representatives also travel to schools to give presentations about Northwest and share their stories.

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Tickets available for Sweetheart Big Band Dance to benefit jazz scholarships

Jazz EnsembleNorthwest alumni and friends are invited to dance the night away from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Sweetheart Big Band Dance sponsored by the Northwest Foundation and the Department of Music.

The dance will feature live music performed by the Northwest Jazz Ensemble and vocalist Vanessa Mannasmith Parsons '02. The event will be at the Maryville Country Club, located at West First Street and Country Club Road. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $10 for individuals or $20 per couple. Tickets are available in advance at the Northwest Student Services Center in the Administration Building and at the Department of Music office in Room 101 of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Proceeds will benefit jazz scholarships at Northwest.

For more information call the Department of Music at 660.562.1315.

KXCV-KRNW joins effort to harness grassroots enthusiasm for public media

KXCV-KRNW, 90.5 and 88.9 FM, based at Northwest in Maryville and in Chillicothe, has joined with public television and public radio stations across the country in an unprecedented effort to harness the enthusiasm of the 170 million Americans who watch, listen to or use the services and programming of public media each month.

The 170 Million Americans campaign is a grassroots effort founded on the belief that the nation needs a publicly funded media system to offer non-partisan news, local cultural programming and non-commercial educational programs.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a website,, established to engage the support and energy of listeners and viewers.

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Study abroad experience leads to career

Kayla WarnerA 2010 Northwest alumna, Kayla Warner, joined the throng of thousands of Bearcat graduates last spring, but the path to her first career at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia, makes her story unique.

Warner attended Bond in summer 2009 as one of four Americans enrolled as part of the AustraLearn study abroad program. Today, she is Bond's Faculty of Business marketing assistant and works closely with a team of five others - from New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and Japan.

"I really wanted the challenge to meet people from all over the world," Warner said about studying abroad. "And you really do."

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A changing of the guard

Several changes have recently occurred within Northwest's Department of Athletics. In addition to the Dec. 29 announcement that Coach Mel Tjeerdsma was retiring, Scott Bostwick has been named the team's next head coach and Wren Baker will begin duties as athletics director in mid-February.

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