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Northwest awards diplomas to record 708 during spring commencement ceremonies


A record number of individuals received degrees Saturday, May 4, during Northwest Missouri State University's spring commencement exercises. During two ceremonies, Northwest conferred 549 undergraduate degrees, 153 graduate degrees and six specialist degrees for a total of 708.

The top undergraduate majors of the spring class were business management, elementary education, psychology and sociology, and agricultural business. The top graduate degree was applied consumer science.

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Northwest unveils family of new athletics logos

For nearly two decades, Northwest Missouri State University athletics has been represented by the Bearcat paw. Today, Northwest is proud to unveil a modern and consistent brand that will carry the future of Bearcat athletics and uphold the history of the iconic logo.

The new logos include a modernized paw, new Bearcat head, new athletic marks and a unique font specific only to Northwest. In addition, two Bobby Bearcat logos have been created, consisting of a more fierce Bobby as well as a kid-friendly Bobby Bearcat for youth apparel. All the logos and marks were created in a way to help keep a consistent look for Northwest athletics both in print and apparel.

Alternative Spring Break takes Northwest students to serve others

ASBTwenty-two Northwest Missouri State University students participated in the 10th annual Alternative Spring Break trip March 25 through April 1 to New York City and volunteered their time helping others.

During the trip, the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) student organization served within four of the five New York City boroughs while volunteering with the Youth Services Opportunities Project. Students served at soup kitchens, clothing banks and food pantries.

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Academic celebration recognizes student achievements, donor support

Northwest Missouri State University on April 12 celebrated the academic successes and achievements of its students during its Academic Recognition and Celebration Ceremony.

More than 250 Northwest students were recognized at the ceremony alongside many of the donors who support them through scholarships. The celebration was a collaborative event that brought together students, faculty and staff representing each of the University’s three academic colleges, its graduate school and the academic departments within those colleges, as well as the friends and families of students. It was the first of its kind in this format, a change from previous academic celebrations at the University that were organized and hosted by each of the academic colleges.

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Kyle Lindenmeyer wins annual cover art design contest

Kyle LindenmeyerKyle Lindenmeyer, a senior interactive digital media: visual imaging major from Bedford, Iowa, submitted the winning entry for the 2013 “Take the Challenge” Computer User’s Guide Cover Art Contest sponsored by the Office of Information Systems in cooperation with the Center of Information and Technology in Education (CITE) and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University.

The annual cover art contest aims to draw attention to the User's Guide, which provides students with information about campus computing resources, guidelines and policies, and the contest gives students professional experience in the design field, which they can use to enhance their portfolios and résumés.

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Dakota Sullivan is Tower King, Jennifer McCoy crowned Tower Queen

Tower King and QueenNorthwest Missouri State University’s Blue Key and Cardinal Key honor societies on April 12 crowned Dakota Sullivan as this year’s Tower King and Jennifer McCoy as the Tower Queen.

The Tower King and Queen is organized annually by Blue Key and Cardinal Key and selected from a group of Northwest students who excel academically and exhibit high involvement at Northwest and in the Maryville community. Campus organizations nominate one king and one queen, who then participate in an application and interview process resulting in the selection of five king candidates and five queen candidates to fill the Tower court. The king and queen are selected by the student body.

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Northwest public relations students set sights on Cerner

Cerner GradsAfter four years of education and training at Northwest Missouri State University, three accomplished students – Kate Bridges, Alison Hartong and Kelsey Larson – graduated this spring with public relations degrees and will begin their professional careers with Cerner at its Kansas City headquarters.

The company is a leader in digital health care communication and technology with profits that rose a record 22.6 percent in last year’s fourth quarter. The three graduates will work in client and internal communications positions, applying their public relations training and distinctly unique college experiences.

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Northwest students place high at national agriculture contest

The Department of Agricultural Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University competed April 3-5 in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference and Contest, where they placed among the top four teams in the nation in eight contest categories, and six Northwest students placed among the top 10 individuals overall in their contests.

Northwest sent 26 agriculture undergraduate students to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, for the annual contest. They competed with more than 500 ag students from more than 40 two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the country.

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Awards ceremony recognizes school year’s outstanding student organizations, leaders, student employees

Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service Award winners April 8 during the University’s annual Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

The collaborative celebration is sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment. It recognizes the winners of the B.D. Library Research Contest, Student Organization and Leadership Awards, Student Employment Awards and the Tower Service Awards.

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Kreizinger receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education

KreizingerDr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theatre, was recognized today during a ceremony in Columbia as Northwest Missouri State University’s recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education.

The Governor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri's four-year higher education institutions. The recipient is selected by the Northwest Dean's Council from individuals who receive the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching from the University's three academic colleges during the previous academic year. Kreizinger, received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Alumnus translates art skills into sports images, creates company

StadlmanA little more than 15 years ago, Ryan Stadlman left Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in studio art. His focus then was on photography and drawing. He’d eventually get hooked on moving images – video, motion graphics, animation – and today owns a Kansas City-area firm that produces marketing and other videos for an array of clients ranging from a prominent, Chicago-based food and beverage packager to the Royals, American League rival Seattle Mariners and pro hockey’s Calgary Flames.

This will be the third consecutive year that Stadlman has produced the minute-long opening video, head shots, interviews and other content carried season-long on the Royals’ towering CrownVision board. He spent nine up-close-and-personal days with the team in February, shooting and gathering material at its spring training headquarters in Surprise, Ariz.

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Homecoming board makes donation to local United Way

Chalk WalkNorthwest Missouri State University’s 2012 Homecoming Executive Board presented the United Way of Nodaway County with a donation check worth $2,596.35 March 19.

The proceeds were raised during Northwest’s Homecoming Chalk Run/Walk Nov. 2. More than 100 people participated in the inaugural 5k event as part of Northwest’s Homecoming week activities. Participants were doused with colorful chalk as the traveled the route through the Northwest campus.

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Northwest’s Stress Less Fest honored by college health association

The Stress Less Fest at Northwest Missouri State University has been awarded the Best Practices in College Health Award by the American College Health Association (ACHA).

The award recognizes exemplary, innovative, and inspirational practices in one of four major areas of college health: clinical services, counseling services, administrative and consumer services, and health education and promotion services.

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Northwest wrestling club finishes third at national tournament

The Northwest Missouri State University wrestling club maintained its reputation as one the top teams in the country with a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship March 13-17 in Allen, Texas.

The team sent five national qualifiers to compete at the national tournament, and Travis Peter (141 lbs.) came out as an All-American.

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Students work behind the scenes, apply skills at SXSW festival

Thirteen Northwest Missouri State University students traveled to Austin, Texas, to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, March 8-16, an opportunity offered to University students for the first time as a special topics course.

Originating in 1987, SXSW is Austin’s annual interactive film and music festival. It is the largest revenue-building event for the city, raking in around $167 million in 2011.

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Speaking Bearcats place in top 10 at national forensics tournament, Gabbi Ray is individual national champion

NSpeaking Bearcatsorthwest Missouri State University’s Speaking Bearcats forensics team placed ninth in the nation while competing against 90 schools at the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention, March 14-16 at Webster University in St. Louis.

In addition to the team’s ninth-place finish, which came in the Individual Events Sweepstakes category, Gabbi Ray, a junior merchandising major from St. Louis, was crowned the national champion in Program of Oral Interpretation.

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Tjeerdsma returns to Northwest as director of athletics

MelNorthwest Missouri State University has announced that one of the most successful and well-respected coaches in the history of collegiate athletics, Mel Tjeerdsma, will serve as the institution’s next director of athletics.

Tjeerdsma, 66, announced his retirement as the Bearcat football head coach at a December 2010 news conference following 17 years of service at the institution where he orchestrated one of the greatest football program transformations in collegiate athletics.

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Missouri Academy student among Missouri Scholars 100

NabigNabig Ahmed Chaudhry, a second-year student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, has been selected for the 2013 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that annually honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class.

Chaudhry, of Battlefield, was recognized with the other honorees April 28 during a luncheon in Columbia.

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The Northwest Missourian, Tower yearbook capture national honors

student mediaNorthwest Missouri State University Student Media captured four national honors at the Spring National College Media Convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York, March 9-12.

The Northwest Missourian and Tower Yearbook each were named Silver Crown medalists by Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) at a ceremony March 10. Additionally, The Missourian captured two Apple Awards best in show honors from the College Media Association, which hosted the conference: First place for Best Newspaper for its coverage of last spring’s budget cuts, and second place for Best Tweet for its coverage of the death of Northwest student Tomarken Smith in September 2012.

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Missouri Academy teams place high at academic contests

Students attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University have placed high at multiple regional academic competitions during recent months.

Most recently, 24 Missouri Academy students participated with more than 400 students representing more than 20 schools Feb. 25 at the Future Business Leaders of America District I Leadership Conference in Maysville.

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GIS students claim top honors at state conference

GISGeographic information systems students at Northwest Missouri State University presented well at the recent Missouri Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference in St. Louis, where they earned three of four outstanding poster awards.

The MO-GIS Advisory Council (MGISAC), a non-profit organization consisting of members from government, industry and academia, hosts the conference every other year to promote GIS to the public. Membership in MGISAC is appointed by Missouri’s chief information officer. Dr. Ming Hung, associate professor of geography at Northwest and a member of the MGISAC, served as chair of the poster session.

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May 2013

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