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Northwest Missouri State University


Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get involved in a local alumni chapter?

There are 17 Northwest Alumni Association chapters in geographical areas throughout the world (Kansas City, Arizona, Maryville, St. Joseph, Nebraska/Western Iowa, Colorado, Southern Iowa, Southern California, Dallas, Japan, Central Iowa, Chicago, St. Louis, Mid-Missouri, Springfield, Eastern Iowa, Twin Cities) as well as a band and Grid Iron alumni chapters. Please contact the office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu for more information.

How do I start an alumni chapter in my area?

To inquire about starting an alumni chapter or organizing an alumni and friends event in your area, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu. The alumni office can determine how many Northwest alumni live in your area. Ideally, at least 200 alumni need to live in the geographic area to start the process of establishing an alumni chapter.

How do I receive the Northwest Alumni Magazine?

All Northwest alumni receive the Northwest Alumni Magazine, which is published twice a year. If you are not receiving the publication, or if you would like a copy delivered to your school or business, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 oralumni@nwmissouri.edu . (Don't forget to notify Northwest of any address changes through CatPaws.) For more information about the Northwest Alumni Magazine, click here.

What volunteer opportunities are available for Northwest alumni and friends?

There are many volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Hosting an alumni event in your home, business or city
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Hosting a networking event or social
  • Sharing Admissions recruiting information at schools in your area
  • Be a professional mentor for a student or alumnus
  • Participating in Career Day on campus or facilitating an internship through Career Services
  • Hosting an event for new graduates welcoming them to your city
  • Nominating alumni or friends for an Alumni Award
  • Homecoming
  • Attend a reunion (including Golden Years Reunion) or participate on a planning committee
  • Attend an athletics or cultural event on campus, including Encore or Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Golf outings
  • Helping organize a regional alumni chapter
  • Contacting Volunteer Services for ways to assist students in volunteer programming
  • Participating in the Bearcat Zone at home football games by helping connect with other alumni and friends at the Alumni tent
  • Host alumni and friends at tailgates at athletic events on the road

For more information on volunteering, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu.

How do I find out about Homecoming?

Information about Homecoming generally can be found on the Northwest website, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu or the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226.

Are there travel opportunities for Northwest alumni and friends?

The Tourin' Bearcats travel program is a partnership between the Alumni Association and KXCV-KRNW public radio open to all Northwest alumni and friends who would like to travel with a group with details prearranged. For more information, visit the Tourin' Bearcats website, contact the office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu or call the Tourin’ Bearcats Help Desk at 800.869.6806 about upcoming destinations.

Can I have alcohol at Northwest tailgate parties?

Northwest has a new tailgating policy effective fall 2013. Alcohol is now permitted in designated tailgating areas near Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion and College Park. For more information about the policy and to learn where tailgating is permissible, check out www.nwmissouri.edu/sports/athletics/tailgatingpolicy.htm.

Are there tailgate parties prior to away football games?

Look for the green and white near the football stadium at all regular season away games. Countryside Bistro will be catering at away football games for $9 per person beginning two hours prior to kickoff. Contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu for more details.

Are scholarships available for students whose parents are Northwest alumni?

The Alumni Scholarship is a one-time $500, non-renewable scholarship that is available to the son, daughter or spouse of a Northwest alumnus during the student's first year at Northwest. Complete the alumnus information section on the Admissions Application to initiate the award process.

Is it safe to use my credit card on the Northwest website when making an online reservation for an event or making an online gift?

Yes. Northwest's website is secure. You'll see that the site meets industry standards for security, indicated by the lock symbol and the https prefix in the URL.

How do I find contact information for a Northwest alum?

The best way to find out contact information for Northwest alumni is by visiting the Online Alumni Directory.

Login using the 9-digit User ID number located on the mailing label of your Northwest Alumni Magazine. Your password for logging on the first time is either:

  1. The last 6 digits of your ID or
  2. Your birthday in MMDDYY format

If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or alumni@nwmissouri.edu.

How do I get names and addresses of alumni to whom I want to send a mailing?

You may access the Northwest Alumni Directory on CatPAWS. Click on "Enter Secure Area" and follow the on screen directions to log into CatPAWS.

Additionally, records requests may be submitted to Lori Steiner, finance officer and executive director of advancement services, at 660.562.1248 or steiner@nwmissouri.edu.

If I recently got married, how do I notify Northwest that my last name has changed?

Please send a copy of your marriage certificate to:

Registrar's Office
Administration Building
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468

How do I reserve the Alumni House?

To reserve the Alumni House, call 660.562.1248 and ask to talk to Brenda Untiedt, who will check the availability. The facilities may only be used by a university organization or department and all events must be university related. The Alumni House living room can accommodate up to 24 people at a sit down meeting, and the furniture should not be rearranged.

How do I get a Missouri license plate with the Northwest logo?

If you are a Missouri resident and have donated at least $25 to Northwest, you may request a Missouri Collegiate License Plate Form to be sent to you. If you submit your donation with a pledge/donation form, there is a box for you to check indicating that you would like to receive a license plate form. You may also contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@nwmissouri.edu to request a license plate form. Take your completed form to your local license bureau, and they will direct you from there. These plates are treated like the general personalized plates throughout the state both in terms of price and availability of word or number combinations.

Where do I obtain a visitor's parking permit?

Visitor permits are available at the University Police Department in the Support Services Building or the Student Service Center in the Administration Building.

How do I request a copy of my transcript?

To request a copy of your transcript, please call the Registrar's Office at 800.633.1175 or 660.562.1151. You may also visit the Registrar's website.