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Department to expand language offerings

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages is expanding its language course offerings at the University, starting with the introduction of a Russian language course this fall.

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Modern laboratory available now for dietetics, foods and nutrition students

Foods labNorthwest Missouri State University students studying dietetics, foods and nutrition now have a modern laboratory where they can hone their skills and prepare for careers in food service.

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Three Northwest students selected as legislative interns for spring

Legislative Interns

Three Northwest Missouri State University students will work alongside state representatives this spring and learn about Missouri government as part of the University's legislative internship program.

The internship program, which begins in early January and ends in mid-May, annually sends students to Jefferson City, where they gain valuable experience in the legislative process and an understanding of how Missouri is governed. This year's interns will work at the Missouri Capitol throughout the 2012 legislative session.

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Agriculture department exhibits grand champion bull

American Royal

Northwest Missouri State University’s agriculture department exhibited the Grand Champion Charolais Bull at this year's American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo. They also exhibited two heifers that placed second and fifth, respectively, in their classes.

Farm Manager Jim Husz and University Beef Technician Sam Rucker took the livestock on to the Louisville National Show, Nov. 10-14, where the bull placed third, the one of the heifers placed second in its class and the other sold for $3,300 to a farm in South Dakota.

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Recent graduate takes degree to Africa to teach in Peace Corps

Devon BrownOne year after earning their undergraduate degrees, students may be accustomed to a new lifestyle that includes working a full-time job or returning to school for a graduate program. At Northwest Missouri State University, 93 percent of graduates report finding employment or continuing their education within six months.

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Greeks Go Green recycling winner announced, east side recycling center established

Greeks go greenNorthwest Missouri State University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was crowned the winner of the first “Greeks Go Green” recycling competition as the University also unveiled an east side recycling drop-off site Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

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Northwest scholarship memorializes young cancer victim’s spirit

CavanaughThe Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship has been established at Northwest Missouri State University by friends of the Cavanaugh family and Northwest alumni Jeff and Karen Gould From to honor the young cancer victim’s spirit.

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Dr. Shirley Steffens honored for service to teacher education

Shirley SteffensDr. Shirley Steffens, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Northwest Missouri State University, was awarded the 2011 Nasim Dil Award for Outstanding Service to Teacher Education at the annual Teacher Education Division (TED) conference in Austin, Texas. 

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Student newspaper receives Best of Show, online edition named Pacemaker finalist

Northwest Missouri State University’s student newspaper has again staked its claim among the top college newspapers in the nation, receiving awards from multiple college newspaper associations.

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Forensics team places sixth at Central Missouri tournament

The Northwest Missouri State University forensics team placed fifth while competing with teams across the country at the Missouri Mule Tournament, Nov. 4-6.

Carl Stafford, a senior speech and theatre education major from St. Louis, led the team, placing in three events during the weekend. Stafford nabbed first place in prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation. He also nabbed top four finishes in program of oral interpretation and poetry interpretation.

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Study abroad program provides endless opportunities for students

Study AbroadAttending Northwest Missouri State University doesn’t limit students to a specific location. With an exchange program reaching 160 universities in 40 countries, another country is as close as students want it to be.

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Scholarship, student club aim to attract women to computing

Women computing scholarshipJean Jennings Bartik, who died in March at the age of 86, was Northwest Missouri State’s only female math major when she graduated in 1945. She went on to become one of six female “computers” chosen to program the world’s first electronic computer, the ENIAC, and later the UNIVAC, the world’s first commercial computer.

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Soccer players lend their hands to tornado cleanup effort in Joplin

SoccerMonths from now, when the Northwest Missouri State University soccer team reflects on its trip to southern Missouri Oct. 27-29 and a tough two-game set to end the regular season, players will likely remember what they did on their off-day more than their time on the field. 

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Graduate assistants, nurse practitioner receive honors at state conference

Northwest Missouri State University was well-represented as students and staff members last month attended the Missouri College Professional Association conference, where three Northwest students and a staff member also were honored for their work.

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Three Northwest students named GROWMARK scholars

Three Northwest Missouri State University students are among 35 college students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin who will continue their education with the help of GROWMARK-sponsored scholarships aimed at promoting higher education in agriculture and business.

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Missouri Academy student achieves top ACT score

Gretchen Ferguson, a second-year student at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2010, only 588 of nearly 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.

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Partnership involving KXCV, Northwest Implement benefits agriculture students

Agriculture students at Northwest Missouri State University are enjoying access to cutting edge technology and equipment thanks to the partnership of University radio station KXCV-KRNW and local equipment dealer Northwest Implement.

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December 2011

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