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Art students’ work displayed at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum

PartyArtyTwo Northwest Missouri State University students exhibited their talents recently at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Nearly 1,400 guests attended a sold-out fundraiser Jan. 26 at the museum to view work created by Northwest students J. Eric Simmons and Kim Pluskota. The Party Arty event is put on annually by the Young Friends of Art.

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Travis Miller recognized by national agronomy group

Travis MillerTravis Miller, a senior agronomy major at Northwest Missouri State University, has been recognized as an outstanding senior by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).

The National Student Recognition Program recognizes outstanding seniors who belong to an active chapter affiliated with the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), among other crop science, soil science or agronomy organizations. Recipients receive a plaque and recognition in the April issue of CSA News.

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Mock trial team earns honorable mention at regional contest

Northwest Missouri State University’s mock trial team completed its season Feb. 15-17 at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Great Plains Regional Tournament and earned the coveted Spirit of AMTA Award.

Competing in the regional tournament at Washburn University, Northwest earned 27 out of a possible 30 points. Teams are judged for the Spirit Award based on a round-by-round peer evaluation. Northwest has won the award twice previously in addition to three honorable mentions.

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Northwest Cheerleaders earn back-to-back national titles

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second consecutive year and third time in four years, the Northwest Missouri State University Cheerleaders will carry the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division II National Championship back to Maryville.

The Bearcat Cheerleaders, under the direction of Head Coach Jason Sack, captured their third UCA National Championship Saturday evening at the Walt Disney World Resort. It was also the third national championship for members Chaz Johnson, Jessie Craddock, John Tye, Brittney Bott, Randi Myers and Ross Davis.


Speaking Bearcats forensics team wins state championship

Northwest Missouri State University’s Speaking Bearcats are the best college forensics team in the state after claiming the 2013 Missouri Association of Forensic Activities championship Feb. 15 at Southwest Baptist University.

Carl Stafford, a senior speech and theater education major from St. Louis, was named Pentathlon State Champion as the best speaker in the state of Missouri. He also was crowned state champion in dramatic interpretation. Stafford placed second in program of oral interpretation and poetry interpretation and reached the semifinals in impromptu speaking.

Additionally, Sam Stone, a senior elementary education major from Independence, was named state champion in poetry interpretation. Gabbi Ray, a junior merchandising major from St. Louis, won the state title in program of oral interpretation and placed third in poetry interpretation.

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Students take turns jumping in Colden Pond for record-setting event

Kate BridgesFive Northwest Missouri State University students can cross one more thing from their Bearcat Bucket Lists after they jumped into Colden Pond Friday during Up ‘til Dawn’s annual event to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Northwest announces exciting transformation of dining services

Campus diningStudents attending Northwest Missouri State University will soon have an array of new menu choices – including national brands, such as Starbucks coffee, Einstein Bros bagels and Chick-fil-A – along with added conveniences when placing orders and expanded hours to satisfy every student’s craving.

Students returning to campus in the fall will be greeted by remodeled dining areas in the J.W. Jones Student Union as well as The Station and the B.D. Owens Library. The enhancements to Northwest’s dining services are part of a new five-year contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark that was unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Regents February 1, 2013.

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Students enhance education with study abroad experiences

Study abroadNorthwest Missouri State University students who studied abroad in the fall trimester came back with stories of exotic sights, vibrant cultures and thought-provoking education, and deadlines are approaching for students interested in adding similar experiences to their education.

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Theater students take honors, show skills at regional festival

Theater festNineteen Northwest Missouri State University theater students spent the week of Jan. 20-26 showing off their skills and competing with peers at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

More than 1,300 college students presented work at the festival. Northwest students presented 38 projects – a record high for Northwest students – in a variety of areas, including acting, design, playwriting, stage management and theater technology.

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Northwest receives grant to assist with graduate student’s plans for community garden

Grace BeckerTo the casual observer, the in-ground gardens north of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwest Missouri State University just look like dirt. For Grace Becker, graduate assistant in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, though, it is a blank canvas.

This summer, students and community members will see what Becker, Associate Professor of Soil Science Dr. Jamie Patton, Grants Coordinator Terry Manies and other agricultural sciences faculty members envision: The People’s Garden, a produce and sensory garden open to the campus and community.

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Northwest announces fall 2012 trimester graduates

The Office of the Registrar and the Graduate School at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, have released the names of students who completed requirements for degrees at the conclusion of the 2012 fall trimester.

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Northwest students invited to attend annual legislative trip to capitol

Northwest Missouri State University students have an opportunity to visit the state capitol in Jefferson City during Student Senate’s annual Legislative Day and observe lawmakers.

The all-day reception will be Wednesday, March 6. Student Senate’s Governmental Affairs Co-Chair and Student Regent Ashton Raffety shares the day’s plans.

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18 student ambassadors join Northwest recruiting team

AmbassadorsNorthwest Missouri State University has added 18 student ambassadors to its recruiting team for the 2012-13 academic year.

As ambassadors, these qualified students embody Northwest’s friendly campus by conducting tours with approximately 2,700 families per year, help facilitate Green and White Visit Days, assist with scholarship and department open house days, and actively participate in Northwest online chats and student blogs.

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ItAllCounts funding program benefits Northwest, alumni

A new fundraising tool provides money to the Northwest Missouri State University Foundation and rewards Northwest alumni and friends for shopping online.

Through the program, called ItAllCounts, users can sign up for free and shop at a range of nearly 700 online stores including Kohl’s, Home Depot and Netflix. A percentage of the sales is then donated to the Northwest Fund through the Foundation, and another percentage is credited to the user.

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Madraliers invited to perform at music educators conference for second consecutive year

Yuletide FeastNorthwest Missouri State University’s Madraliers choral ensemble was one of three college choirs in Missouri selected to perform for the 75th annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference Jan. 24 at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach. It is the second consecutive year the Madraliers have been invited to perform at the conference.

The Madraliers were selected based on recordings of the ensemble performing three musical selections during the 2011-2012 academic year. The submissions are judged by an out-of-state panel during a blind audition process, meaning the judges do not know the ensemble’s home university or its conductor.

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Fourth Street Improvement Project awarded TE funds

The city of Maryville announced the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Committee of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has awarded $240,000 toward pedestrian improvements along the Fourth Street corridor.

TE funds are federal funds available to local public agencies for transportation related projects including, but not limited to, the construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, landscaping and to make ADA improvements to existing sidewalks. Local public agencies are reimbursed for eligible project costs at a rate of 80 percent with a local agency providing 20 percent match.

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Governor appoints two to Northwest Board of Regents

Pat HarrJohn RichmondGov. Jay Nixon has announced his appointments of John W. Richmond (D), of Albany, and Dr. Patrick B. Harr (R), of Maryville, to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents.

Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate before they can become official. If confirmed, Richmond will fill the Board seat of Lydia Hurst, and Harr will fill the Board seat of Douglas L. Sutton. The terms of Hurst and Sutton are expired.

The Governor has appointed Richmond and Harr for terms ending Jan. 1, 2019.

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Students offer assistance to hurricane victims, make national news

BSUNY TripEleven Northwest Missouri State University students gave up their first week of winter break to reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in New York.

Eight male and three female students packed themselves and their luggage in two vans and drove 12 hours for two consecutive days. Each student paid $90 to cover travel and living costs, while other expenses were covered by donations from area churches. They worked Dec. 16-21 on Staten Island alongside more than 400 other college students volunteering through Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

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Alumnus takes Northwest experiences to Hollywood

Justin RossNorthwest Missouri State University alumnus Justin Ross is making the Bearcat name known in Hollywood. The 2003 graduate is associate producer of “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” the latest iteration of the classic horror film.

Ross worked closely with producer Carl Mazzocone on the set of the movie, which carried a $20 million budget – a figure eclipsed by the film’s $22 million opening weekend.

But Ross is one Hollywood professional who hasn’t strayed from his roots. Instead, the Maryville native credits Northwest and the Maryville community with giving him opportunities to develop his skill.

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A higher education proves to be a strong investment in down economy

The newest research from Pew’s Economic Mobility Project titled, How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford? The Impact of the Recession on Recent College Graduates, reveals that a four-year college degree has helped in providing graduates with security from poor employment outcomes, including unemployment, low-skill jobs, and lesser wages, during the recent recession.

With an outstanding post-graduation employment rate of 95 percent, Northwest is constantly assessing market trends and interfacing with employers to adapt the curriculum, making certain that Northwest students’ education is contemporary and matches or exceeds the needs of the current marketplace.

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VISA now accepted

Northwest has listened to feedback from parents and will now be accepting VISA credit cards online as a form of payment. Please note that these cards, like other credit cards, will still be charged a 2.75% convenience fee. You can still pay be check or debit card online free of charge.


FAFSA reminder

Please remember that FAFSA has to be filed each year. Students from Missouri must file before the deadline of April 1 to be considered for Access Missouri Grants. This is a state deadline only. Students can still file for FAFSA for federal aid after April 1.

Family Newsletter
March 2013

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