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Northwest Missouri State University


Southern Iowa Alumni Chapter

Chapter Updates

Spring 2011

Several Southern Iowa Chapter members attended the Alumni Awards Banquet to support their chapter's past president Dennis Bunch '69, '76, who received the Turret Service Award. The chapter also participated in a few parades throughout the summer, and members enjoyed attending the Hunt Family concert, as part of the University's Encore Series, at the Ron Houston Center in November. This spring, chapter members packaged food for Kids Against Hunger and helped with the Special Olympics. In addition, members gathered for an April social to celebrate the chapter's anniversary. Contact President Darin Goins at darin_goins@hotmail.com for more information about the chapter's activities.

Southern Iowa Cheerleaders

The Southern Iowa Chapter hosted the Bearcat Steppers at Mount Ayr High School.


Fall 2010

The Southern Iowa Chapter helped with the Special Olympics at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Chapter members also packaged food for Haiti through the Kids Against Hunger program in Mount Ayr, Iowa. The annual anniversary social was April 16 in Creston, Iowa. Bearcat football coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Northwest athletics director Dr. Bob Boerigter were the evening's featured speakers, and they were joined by three Bearcat football players. The chapter was able to add more than $650 to the scholarship fund. Chapter members participated in several parades throughout southern Iowa, proudly displaying their chapter banner, and also enjoyed a family picnic. For information about the Southern Iowa Chapter, contact Darin Goins at darin_goins@hotmail.com.

Southern Iowa

The Southern Iowa Chapter took part in the Kids Against Hunger program in Mount Ayr, Iowa, in March, packaging more than 1,000 meals to be sent to Haiti. Participants were (front row, from left) Joan Lynch Jackson '65, Karen Taylor '93, Joen Gross Brown '69, (back row) Darin Goins, Cindy Goodale Goins '98, '05, Barb Fox Hannon '55, Mary Lou Hilger Miller '66, Carolyn Brown Nelson '73, Karen Shawler '65 and Brenda Untiedt '00, '09.


Spring 2010

The Southern Iowa Chapter volunteered at Kids Against Hunger in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, packaging more than 2,000 meals of rice, soy and dried vegetables to be sent to starving people throughout the world. During the summer, the chapter participated in parades in Lenox, Clearfield, Diagonal and Sharpsburg, Iowa, spreading the word about Northwest. Watch parties were held for several Bearcat football games, including the national championship, and a family picnic was well attended in August where young and old had fun swimming, playing games and socializing. Members of the chapter also marched with the alumni float in the Northwest Homecoming parade. The chapter hosted the Annual Anniversary Social in April and assisted with the Special Olympics. A golf tournament is being planned for May. For more information, contact Darin Goins at darin_goins@hotmail.com.

Southern Iowa

Members of the Southern Iowa Chapter packaged meals for Kids Against Hunger. Participating were (front row, from left) Camille Jackson, Joan Lynch Jackson '65, Linda Wiley Pickering '74, (back row) Dick Jackson '65, Judy Bunch, Dennis Bunch '69, Cindy Goodale Goins '98, '05, Darin Goins, Carolyn Brown Nelson '73, and Joen Gross Brown '69.

Southern Iowa

Cheering on the Bearcats during the Southern Iowa Chapter's watch party were (front row, from left) McKenna Standerford, Judy Bunch, Deb Bradley, Tom Bradley, Candace Peterson, Adam Bunch, (middle row) Lonnie Barker '57, Billie Jean Barker, Anita Wardenburg, Wuanita Watt, Mason Peterson, Tyler Peterson, (back row) Mary Lou Hilger Miller '66, Dennis Bunch '69, John Standerford '86, Linda Genoa Standerford '86, '07, Phil Wardenburg, Tessa Wardenburg, Jonathan Watt, Alex Peterson, Karl Peterson '84 and Karen Mills Shawler '65.

Southern Iowa

Family Picnic

Southern Iowa

Summer Parade


Summer 2009

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


Spring 2009

Southern Iowa

Members of the Southern Iowa Chapter attended a national championship watch party, including Shane Stephens, Jane Briley '81, Brandon Gale, Dannie Stephens '74, Tiffany Gale '05, Judy Gale, Frank Gale, Erin Hudek Jondle '06, Scott Hartman, Jeremiah Jondle, Jaxson Jondle, Michelle Hartman and Rick McCampbell '75.

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


Winter 2008

The Southern Iowa Chapter participated in parades in Clearfield and Diagonal, Iowa, as well as the Lenox, Iowa, Rodeo parade this summer. The members used a large sign in the back of a truck and a banner to promote Northwest and their chapter. In August, chapter members assisted at the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Plans are being made to attend several productions that are part of the University's Encore Performance Series.

For more information about the Southern Iowa Chapter, or to get involved, contact Dennis Bunch '69 at bunchhardware@frontiernet.net or Northwest's Office of University Advancement at alumni@nwmissouri.edu or (660) 562-1248.


Summer 2008

The Southern Iowa Chapter celebrated its second anniversary on April 25 in Lenox, Iowa. The event, which included a catered dinner and program, was attended by more than 50 Northwest alumni and friends.

Chapter members also volunteered at the Special Olympics, attended the Northwest Encore performance of "Ring of Fire" on campus and hosted a golf outing. As in the past, the chapter will assist with the Northwest booth at the Iowa State Fair and plans to have a float in the Diagonal Labor Day parade.

Southern Iowa

Dennis Bunch '69, Ty Rogers '82, Carolyn Brown Nelson '73, Karen Mills Shawler '65, Tiffany Gale '05, Mitch Sorenson '88 and Jena Hansen '02, members of the Southern Iowa Chapter, volunteered at the Special Olympics in Creston, Iowa.


Winter 2007

The Southern Iowa Chapter participated in several local parades, proudly displaying the chapter's banner along the parade route. In June, members of the Southern Iowa and Central Iowa chapters enjoyed a relaxing evening at the Southern Hills Winery in Osceola, Iowa, followed by dinner at Terrible's Casino. Chapter members also assisted with the booth at the Iowa State Fair. The chapter plans to sponsor a trip to campus to attend an Encore performance.
To get involved, contact President Dennis Bunch '69 at bunchhardware@frontiernet.net.

Southern Iowa

The Southern Iowa and Central Iowa chapters enjoyed a wine-tasting event at the Southern Hills Winery in Osceola, Iowa. Pictured are (front) Jane Briley '61, Cindy Goodale Goins '98, '05, Dennis Bunch '69, Jane Laughlin Sullivan '74, (back) Joan Lynch Jackson '65, Darin Goins, Tim Sullivan '75 and Tiffany Young '06.


Summer 2007

In April, several members of the Southern Iowa Chapter volunteered to help with the Special Olympics in Creston, Iowa. To celebrate the chapter's first anniversary, there was a social at Smith's Sports and Spirits. This summer, the chapter participated in several area parades and hosted a golf outing. The chapter is selling T-shirts, and the proceeds go toward the Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter Scholarship. For more information, contact Joan Lynch Jackson '65 at joanjackson@iowatelecom.net.

Southern Iowa

Ben Borland, Adam Bunch, Tom Borland '06 and Dennis Bunch '69, '76, members of the Southern Iowa Chapter, tailgated at the NCAA Division II National Championship game in Florence, Ala.


Spring 2007

The Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter participated in the Northwest Homecoming Parade. In April, the chapter celebrated its first anniversary with a social and by volunteering for the Special Olympics. Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, discussed student enrollment at the social. The chapter has a good start on its scholarship fund and welcomes fellow Bearcats to join in the fun with other Northwest alumni and friends in southern Iowa.



Winter 2006

Southern Iowa Chapter meeting

Larry Brown '62 and Jim Meadows '62 attended the Southern Iowa Chapter
meeting in June to hear Dr. Bob Boerigter, Northwest's director of athletics,
give an update on Bearcat sports.

The Southern Iowa Chapter hosted a social in Creston, Iowa, in June with more than 60 alumni and friends attending. Dr. Bob Boerigter, Northwest's director of athletics, was the special guest. The chapter also participated in several local parades during the summer. Several members returned to campus in September for a campus tour and a Bearcat football game. Anyone interested in this chapter's activities should contact Joan Lynch Jackson '65 at (641) 785-2210.


Summer 2006

The Southern Iowa Alumni Chapter hosted its charter event in April at Smith's Sports and Spirits in Mount Ayr, Iowa. There was a large attendance, including several members from the Alumni Association's Board of Directors, to witness the chapter receive the banner and gavel. In July, the chapter will participate in area parades to promote Northwest. Persons interested in the chapter should contact Joan Lynch Jackson '65 at (641) 785-2210.


Spring 2006

The new Southern Iowa Chapter recently elected officers and made committee appointments. Members participated in the Northwest Homecoming parade. A large group gathered at Smith's Spirits and Sports in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to watch the Bearcats play in the national championship game. The chapter is looking for more alumni and friends in the southern Iowa area to get involved. To find out more about the chapter, contact Joan Lynch Jackson '65 at (641) 782-2210.


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