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Northwest Missouri State University


Dallas Chapter

Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter
Chartered on June 23, 2006

Katie Tripp '05
President
Hollis Hamilton '78
Vice President
Scott Harvey '07
Secretary

Chapter Updates

2012 Events

Mark your calendars for the Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter upcoming events.

Friday, Feb. 17
6 p.m.
Bowling at 300
3805 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX
http://www.threehundred.com/dallas.html
Tuesday, May 15
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Emerald City outdoor concert at Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX
http://www.dallasarboretum.org/concerts/index.htm
Purchase Tickets in advance online – They WILL SELL OUT!!!
We will be at the main entrance with our chapter banner at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 19
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour at Bar Louie
2973 W. 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX
http://www.barlouieamerica.com/home/bar-louie-locations
Friday, March 2
11a.m.
Northwest Madraliers performance at Meyerson Symphony Hall
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, TX
http://www.nwmissouri.edu/media/news/2012/01/06madraliersperformances.htm
Contact Katie Tripp, Chapter President at tripp-kathleen@aramark.com to obtain event pass

Saturday June 2
1-4 p.m.
North Texas Food Bank
4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road
Dallas, TX
http://www.ntfb.org/

For the fourth year, we are proud to donate our time at the North Texas Food Bank.  Please meet at 12:45 p.m. in the lobby and wear comfortable clothing and close toed shoes.

The North Texas Food Bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in the North Texas area by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas Counties, including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins. In the first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food

Friday, Aug. 17
6 p.m.             
Beer Tasting at Gingerman Pub
2718 Boll Street
Dallas, TX
http://gingermanpub.com/
Sunday, April 1
11 a.m.
Family Day at the Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX
http://www.dallasarboretum.org/
Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. 
We will meet at the main entrance at 11 a.m. – look for the chapter banner.

Fall 2011 Update

For the fourth year, the Dallas Bearcats volunteered their time on July 23rd at the North TX Food Bank.  Three hours of work side by side with another volunteer group allowed us to box enough food for 6,070 meals that will be distributed to those less fortunate.  The North Texas Food Bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in the North Texas area by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas Counties, including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins. The goal is to provide 50 million meals per year out of this warehouse and the Dallas Bearcats are proud to support this organization as we realize how fortunate we are in our daily lives. Dallas alum Barney Brinkman's wife Colleen is the Director of Marketing for the North TX Food Bank. The Dallas Bearcats were also together in June to attend the races at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

 Dallas Alumni Chapter

Pictured are: David Dutcher, Angela Dutcher, Katie Tripp '05, Deb Tripp '92, '96, Dilshan Ratnayake.

2011 Calendar of Events

Happy Hour 
6 p.m., Friday, April 8

Sambuca Uptown
2120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 744-0820
Saturday, June 18
Lone Star Park Racing in Grand Prairie
1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the first race starting at 1:35 p.m.
General Admission tickets are $5
See http://www.lonestarpark.com for more details on tickets and parking.

We will sit trackside in the General Admission seats; watch for the chapter banner
Fort Worth Cats vs. Sioux City Explorers
7:05 p.m., Friday, May 13

LaGrave Field
301 NE 6th Street
Fort Worth, TX

A New Ballpark on a Historic Site - home to the Fort Worth Cats, an independent minor league team. LaGrave Field has been the home of the Fort Worth Cats during two different baseball eras, 1926-1964 and 2002 to the present day.  The park has been the place to be in Fort Worth when it comes to baseball.  LaGrave Field, located off North Main between downtown and the stockyards.

For more information and to pre-purchase tickets see www.fwcats.com
Parking: $5
General Admission Tickets: $7 - you may want to purchase ahead since this is opening weekend for the Cats.

Gates open one hour prior to the game.
We will plan to sit in the first General Admission section off of third base, section O. Watch for the chapter banner.

Fireworks will follow the game
1 -4 p.m., Saturday, July 23
North Texas Food Bank
4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road
Dallas, TX 75236
(214) 330-1396

For the 4th year, we are proud to donate our time at the North Texas Food Bank. 
Please meet at 12:45 p.m. in the lobby and wear comfortable clothing and close toed shoes.  

The North Texas Food Bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in the North Texas area by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas Counties, including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins. In the first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food.

Dallas Alumni Chapter

On February 9, the Dallas Alumni Chapter met at Gordon Biersch in Plano for a happy hour and officer elections. It was agreed that this year will focus on two main goals; membership and fundraising.

New officers are as follows. 

  • Katie Tripp '05 - President
  • Hollis Hamilton '78 - Vice President
  • Scott Harvey '07 - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Deb Tripp '92, '96 - Social Chair 
  • Bob Farris '79 - Membership Chair
  • Barney Brinkman '79 - Student Involvement Chair 
  • Chris Johnson '93, '94 - Networking Chair 
  • Mercedes Johnson ' 97 - Advancement Chair

Dallas

The Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter hosted a happy hour in May at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, and included (from left) Dilshan Ratanayke, Jeanna Becker, Bob Farris '79, Scott Harvey '07, Sara Myszewski, Hollis Hamilton '78, Deb Tripp '92, '96, Katie Tripp '05 and Kyle Wilson.

Summer 2010

Dallas Alumni August event

Dallas August Event Group Photo

On August 5th the Dallas Bearcats met at Trinity Hall for a Happy Hour event. Nine were in attendance including new member Dominic Genetti, who just moved to Ft. Worth. Pictured is Dominic (left) and Scott Harvey. In the group photo from front left: Chapter friend Kyle Wilson, Katie Tripp, Deb Tripp, Bob Farris, Dominic Genetti, Scott Harvey, Barney Brinkman and with Colleen and Hollis Hamilton. The next event is scheduled for September 2nd and will be a social at the Gingerman Pub at 6:00. In October the Dallas Bearcats will have a bowling event and work at the North TX Food Bank.

On Friday, May 7th the Dallas Bearcats met for a Happy Hour at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth. There were nine in attendance. On May 16th over 40 gathered for a poker tournament in Castle Hills for a fun afternoon. We raised $520 for our scholarship fund. On June 3rd we met again for a Happy Hour at Uncle Buck's in Grapevine with 10 members attending.

We look forward to having great participation in our upcoming evening playing Whirley Ball on June 21st and our Wine Tasting on July 1st in Grapevine. On August 5th we will meet at Trinity Hall in Dallas for a Happy Hour at 6:00 and the much anticipated beer tasting at the Gingerbread Pub on September 2nd. Contact any chapter officer for details.

Spring 2010

The Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter has elected new officers.

President Bob Farris '79
Vice President Steve Weigman '85
Secretary Deb Tripp '92, '96

Upcoming Events

Happy Hour with Fellow Bearcats
6 p.m., Friday, May 7

The Flying Saucer
111 East 4th ST.
Ft. Worth, TX 76102
817-336-7470

Poker Tournament
2 p.m., Sunday, May 16

Castle Hills Community Center
2501 Queen Margaret Dr.
Lewisville, 75056

Entry
$60 - includes 5000 chips
$20* - gets an extra 2000 chips
*This goes to the Northwest Missouri State Scholarship Fund

Prizes include a seat to a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas

Please reserve your seat by contacting Chris Johnson at Cj24johnson@hotmail.com or Bob Farris at Bobf999999@aol.com

Happy Hour with Fellow Bearcats
6 p.m., Thursday, June 3

Big Buck's Outdoor World
2501 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, TX




Fall 2009

The chapter hosted watch parties to cheer on the Bearcat football team versus Abilene Christian and during the national championship game.

In June, the Dallas Chapter took to the bowling lanes at Club 300 for an evening of heavy competition, and in July chapter members participated in the chapter's favorite community service event by working at the North Texas Food Bank. This organization supports more than 200 shelters and food pantries in the North Texas and Oklahoma regions. Participants boxed food that immediately helps those in need.

Dallas Chapter

Dallas alumni who volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank include (from left) Katie Tripp, Deb Tripp, Mercedes Johnson, Chris Johnson, Barney Brinkman and his wife, Colleen, who is the marketing director for the food bank, Bob Farris, Joe Zelenz and Steve Weigman.

Dallas Chapter

The Dallas Chapter supported the Bearcat football team at a watch party in August as Northwest traveled to Texas to play Abilene Christian University.

Summer 2009

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

Dallas Chapter

Members of the Dallas Chapter hosted a February watch party for the Northwest men's basketball game against the University of Central Missouri. Those in attendance were Colleen Brinkman, Barney Brinkman '79, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson '97, Deb Tripp '92, '96, Chris Johnson '93, '94, Bob Farris '79, Hollis Kilworth '80 and Steve Weigman '85.

Spring 2009

Dallas

Dallas Bearcats Katie Tripp '05, Deb Tripp '92, '96 and Chris Johnson '93, '94 worked at an outdoor grill concession stand at an SMU football game. The funds were raised to benefit the chapter's scholarship endowment.

Winter 2008

Dallas

This summer, the Dallas Chapter's Deborah Vernon '81, Deb Tripp '92, Katie Tripp '05, Debbie Willing Perry '73, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson '97, Barney Brinkman '79 and Colleen Brinkman volunteered at Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

Northwest alumni and friends who are members of the Dallas Chapter volunteered at Children's Medical Center in June by helping young patients make Father's Day cards and playing games with the children. In July, chapter members volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank. Other events this fall included a garage sale, barbecue, wine tasting social and a Rough Riders baseball game. The chapter also worked at a concession stand at a Southern Methodist football game to raise scholarship funds.

February 2008

A group of Northwest Dallas Alumni met on February 9 th at the Homestead Winery in Grapevine, TX for a fun evening of wine tasting and networking. 1977 grad Nancy Minchillo and her husband attended this event, their first since the chapter began. We welcome all Dallas alumni and friends to attend one of our upcoming events.

Summer 2008

This spring was busy for the Dallas Bearcats as the chapter sponsored a wine tasting event in Grapevine, Texas, based on the popularity of last year's event. Chapter members also attended a coffee house event at Saxby's, which is owned and operated by Bill '87 and Jody Allgood '88 Priestley, as well as a garage sale fundraiser where proceeds benefit the chapter's scholarship endowment. Other spring and summer events on the calendar included a family day at the Ft. Worth Zoo in April followed by social events in May and June, and a community service event at the Dallas Children's Medical Center.

The Dallas Chapter will round out the summer with a work day at the North Texas Food Bank, a social for parents of incoming freshmen and a Rough Riders baseball game.

Winter 2007

In June, members of the Dallas Chapter took shots at each other playing paintball in Grapevine, Texas. They agreed that anyone who says it doesn't hurt to get hit by a paintball is not telling the truth.

This summer, chapter members met at a dueling piano bar, volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank, went to the Improv Comedy Club and visited a mircobrewery. In the fall, the Dallas Chapter gathered for several happy hours at Love and War in Texas.

To get involved in the Dallas Chapter, contact President Deb Tripp '92, '96 at Tripp-Deborah@aramark.com.

Fall 2007

Join the Northwest Dallas Alumni Chapter for a Happy Hour
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17th
Sambuca Restaurant in UpTown
2120 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Chapter Concessions

 

Dallas Chapter Concessions 2

Eight Northwest Dallas Alumni met on Oct. 20 at SMU to work football concessions carts as a fundraiser for their scholarship. Kickoff was at 7 p.m. between SMU and Tulane and the Bearcat alums were on hand to sell ice cream and bottled drinks to many thousands of fans. We raised several hundred dollars towards our scholarship fund.

Summer 2007

The Dallas Chapter hosted a football watch party in December to support the Bearcats in their win against Bloomsburg. There were even Northwest alumni visiting Texas from the Kansas City area who read about the watch party and attended. In January, the chapter attended a wine tasting event at the Homestead Winery. In February, the chapter members volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank. Efforts that day resulted in helping feed 700 people for the month. Chapter members agreed that they should participate in this event again this summer and then annually. In April, the chapter participated in the Multiple Sclerosis walk in downtown Ft. Worth. The chapter raised funds for this cause, and Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, was there to walk with the chapter.

On May 24th the Dallas Area Alumni and Friends gathered for a fun evening of wine tasting and networking at Su Vino Winery in Grapevine, TX.

On June 9th the Dallas Bearcats gathered to play paintball at XdRenALin in Grapevine. We all agreed that anyone who says it doesn't hurt to get hit by a paintball (especially those being shot from the gun of a teenager) is not telling the truth. After several hours of traipsing thru the woods to play several courses with vigor, the Dallas Bearcats decided that next time, we'd play in the winter when we could have many more layers of clothing to protect us. It was a lot of fun and we really learned to watch one another's back.

Dallas Chapter Paintball Event

Upcoming Events

  • September 15 - Happy Hour at Love and War in TX, 6 p.m. (Officer's meeting 5 p.m.) 2505 E. Grapevine Mills Circle; Grapevine 76051 972-724-5557
  • October 20 - Happy Hour at Love and War in TX, 6 p.m.
  • November 17 - Happy Hour at Love and War in TX, 6 p.m.

Spring 2007

On April 29, 2007, the Northwest Alumni & Friends-Dallas chapter participated in the 5k Fort Worth Multiple Sclerosis walk in the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Steve Sutton, Director of Alumni Relations at Northwest, also participated in the walk. The chapter raised $600 to support Multiple Sclerosis.

Dallas Chapter MS Walk

The Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter hosted a luncheon at the University of Texas-Dallas, and Mercedes Ramirez Johnson '97 gave a motivational speech. Johnson was one of four survivors on the American Airlines plane crash in Colombia, South America, and she spoke about how her "Northwest family" supported her throughout her recovery. In November, the chapter conducted a community service event at Cooks Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

Dallas - spring 07

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson '97, Stan Swan '70, Lori Luff, Jennifer Fenner '03, Bob Farris '79 and Deb Tripp '92 volunteered at Cooks Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

A new shipment of Northwest t-shirts has been ordered and will be available at our spring events for $15.

1/20/07 - Wine Tasting at the Homestead Winery

Located at 211 E. Worth Street in Grapevine, we can host up to 28 people at 5 p.m. for a wine tasting. Cost per person is $15.50. Please RSVP to Deb Tripp '92, '96, at (214) 215-1185.

2/17/07 - North Texas Food Bank Volunteer Day

We ask volunteers to arrive at 4344 Bronze Way, Dallas, 75237. Please wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothes. We will be working to sort and organize food products from 8:30 a.m. - noon. We ask that you bring a sack of non-perishable items as a personal donation to the food bank, which supports many charities in the Dallas area.

Dallas Chapter at TX Food Bank

Members of the Dallas Alumni & Friends Chapter, Katie Tripp '06, Stan Swan '70, Les Clark '00 and Chris Johnson '93, '94, volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank.

04/29/07- Ft. Worth Multiple Sclerosis Walk-a-Thon, 2 p.m.

2006 Football Watch Party

Members of the Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter gathered at a local establishment to cheer on the Bearcats during the 2006 National Football Championship game.

Winter 2006

Dallas Chapter receives gavel

Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, presents Deb Tripp '92, '96,
president of the Dallas Chapter, with the chapter gavel.

Dallas Chapter holds alumni banner

Members of the Dallas Chapter display the chapter's new banner. The chapter
was chartered June 23.

The kickoff for the Dallas Chapter was June 23 at the Chammps Americana in Addison. Steve Sutton, Northwest's director of alumni relations, presented the chapter with its official banner and gavel in granting the charter to the new chapter. About 30 alumni attended the event, including Joe Zelenz '52, who also is a Northwest Alumni Association board member, as well as chapter officers Deb Tripp '92, '96 and Jennifer Fenner '03. During the meeting, the chapter started a scholarship fund, conducted a raffle and sold custom T-shirts to heighten excitement for the chapter. Many members expressed interest in giving their time toward community service in the Dallas area, so plans are being made for future volunteer events.

Summer 2006

The focus group for the Dallas Alumni and Friends Chapter has hit the ground running. Information about future chapter events will be available soon. Persons living in the Dallas area who wish to get involved with the chapter should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (660) 562-1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu.

Spring 2006

In November, nine Northwest alumni from the Dallas area gathered at Castle Hills Country Club and met with Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, to discuss forming a Dallas alumni chapter. Because there are more than 300 Northwest alumni in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, this is an ideal location for an alumni chapter. The following officers were elected: President Deb Tripp '92, '96, Vice President Les Clark '00 and Secretary Jennifer Fenner '03. The group also met this winter to discuss chapter goals and to plan an alumni event in Dallas this spring.

 


The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association is establishing alumni chapters worldwide. Organized by alumni volunteers and supported by the Office of Alumni Relations, these chapters sponsor a variety of activities for alumni to get together socially and stay abreast of news from Northwest Missouri State University.