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Northwest Missouri State University

Letter from the President

Northwest families,

Throughout Northwest’s history, we have faced very good times and very tough times. But no matter the circumstances one thing our University community always does well is lean on each other and use our experiences to better ourselves, our University and our community.

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High school students, families invited to departmental visit days

Departmental visit days are designed for students with specific area of interest. While the overall program may vary slightly from department to department, each Visit Day will allow visitors a chance to connect directly with faculty and students, learn more about opportunities and outcomes for Northwest students and tour the campus. 

Individual visit day schedules can be accessed bleow. Preregistration required as space is limited.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2012
Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Psychology, Sociology, Counseling
and Child and Family Studies
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
Elementary Education
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Agricultural Sciences
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
Natural Sciences
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Central Missouri and Northwest pair up to support Make-A-Wish Foundation

The athletic departments and football teams from Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State paired up to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of a special young girl.

Charly Erpelding is the daughter of former Bearcat football player Andy Erpelding, who played at Northwest Missouri from 1996-2000 where he spent two seasons as a teammate with current Northwest Head Coach Adam Dorrel. Charly was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and is currently undergoing treatments. She also has a connection to UCM football. Her father played for Mules Head Coach Jim Svoboda when he was an assistant coach at Northwest and Svoboda and his wife, Susie, are Charly’s godparents.

Allison Hoffmann recognized with advising, teaching awards

AllisonHoffmannAllison Hoffmann an instructor in Northwest’s Department of Business, is the recipient of the Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising, presented by the National Academic Advising Association, as well as the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award for the Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs.

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African students to benefit from gift of alumna, music missionary

CarolynHoutsNorthwest Missouri State University alumna Carolyn Houts has always had a passion for teaching and music and a sturdy faith in God. Now, after that passion led her on a life-changing music mission to Africa, Houts hopes her monetary gift will enable international students to receive the education they need to make a difference in their home countries.

Through the Northwest Foundation, Houts recently established The Carolyn Houts International Student Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to international students attending Northwest, with first preference given to students from Africa. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who exemplifies positive contributions to Northwest, through campus involvement, solid academic performance and leadership.

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Police chief appointed to state law enforcement committee

ClarenceGreenClarence Green, police chief at Northwest Missouri State University, has been selected to represent the Central Division of the Western District of Missouri on the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Executive Committee.

The committee consists of law enforcement professionals from across the district charged with helping to direct the LECC program. The committee meets quarterly and at an annual conference. Additionally, each division hosts quarterly information and intelligence sharing meetings.

Green’s appointment to the committee will last four years.

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Freshmen put down roots at Northwest with tree-planting ceremony

FreshmanTreeNorthwest Missouri State University freshmen commemorated the roots they are planting at the campus with the dedication of a white spruce tree planted in their honor.

With a steady rain falling outside, the fourth annual tree-planting ceremony was moved indoors to the J.W. Jones Student Union. But the rain added significance to the ceremony, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski noted as he related the new tree’s growth to the growth Northwest students will experience at the University.

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Northwest receives USDA grant to aid regional meat producers

The USDA has awarded $37,340 to Northwest Missouri State University in support of the University’s Market Opportunities for Regional Entrepreneurs (MORE) project, an interdisciplinary initiative aimed at supporting regional meat producers interested in making their products more accessible to local consumers.

Northwest was among three local entities to receive USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants, which are designed to finance and develop small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas. Janie Dunning, Missouri state director for USDA Rural Development, presented Certificates of Congratulations to representatives of Northwest and the other grant recipients – Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation and Nodaway County Economic Development Inc. – during a recognition event today on the Northwest campus.

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Northwest students explore the wild with summer internships

HopkinsAfter taking courses, working on group projects, talking with professors, taking notes and reading textbooks, Northwest Missouri State University students put down their pencils and applied the skills they learned to hands-on internships.

Thirty-six students entered photos of their exploits to the annual Career Services Internship Photo Contest, along with brief descriptions about their experiences. The contest was open to all students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences or directed teaching experiences in fall 2011, spring 2012 and summer 2012. Courtney Hopkins, a senior broadcast major from St. Joseph, was chosen as the contest’s winner with a photo of her and a lion during a safari in Africa.

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Northwest music professor authors book about British compositions

StephenTownDr. Stephen Town, professor of music at Northwest Missouri State University, is the author of a new book, titled “An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson,” which surveys the choral-orchestral music of the English Musical Renaissance.

Published by United Kingdom-based Ashgate Publishing Company, the book examines selected works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, Gerald Finzi, Edmund Rubbra and George Dyson. Town collates the substantial secondary literature on the composers with his own studies of their manuscripts to shed new light on the compositions. His close study of the sources allowed him to identify for the first time instances of similarity and imitation, continuities and connections among the works.

The book is the culmination of nearly a decade of research and writing by Town, who also conducts Northwest’s Tower Choir.

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Jasinski represents Northwest, higher education during flight with Blue Angels

BlueAngels09As a representative of higher education, Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski took to the skies, flying with the famed Blue Angels.

Jasinski was among three individuals whom the Blue Angels described as “key influencers” selected for the flight, which took off from the Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base. The armed forces regularly invite individuals identified as active leaders in their communities to observe or participate in certain operations so they may share their experiences with others. Guests typically include legislative representatives, city council members, corporate executives, educators and leaders of broad-based organizations. The experiences foster an enhanced awareness and understanding of the role military branches play while demonstrating the high level of training required to keep personnel ready to meet the nation’s needs.

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Northwest granted reaccreditation by Higher Learning Commission

Northwest Missouri State University has been granted reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission for seven more years with no required follow-up actions. The Academic Quality Improvement Program’s (AQIP) Review Panel on Reaffirmation made the recommendation.

The AQIP review panel affirmed Northwest has met all federal and commission requirements for compliance and has fulfilled all five of the commission’s criteria for accreditation. Its reaffirmation comes after a review of documents and follow-ups, a campus visit and Northwest’s work within the AQIP process over the last several years.

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Graduate takes business experience at Northwest to leading bakery

TarynHillWith the skills she learned while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwest Missouri State University, Taryn Hill is embarking on a business career that will start at the nation’s largest bakery company.

Hill, a Bethany native, graduated Aug. 2 from Northwest with her Master of Business Administration and recently obtained a job at Bimbo (pronounced BEEM-bo) Bakeries, the company behind brands such as Boboli pizza crusts, Thomas' bagels and Sara Lee.

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Alumna rises to top of International Bluegrass Music Association

NancyCardwellHaving dedicated nearly two decades to the promotion of bluegrass music, a Northwest Missouri State University alumna has stepped into a leadership role in the international bluegrass music world.

Nancy Cardwell, a 1980 graduate with a degree in English, was recently appointed executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). IBMA is an international trade association for bluegrass music with members in 50 states and 30 countries that was organized to help industry representatives and fans can work together to promote bluegrass music.

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Northwest graduate student’s case study earns first-place award

DavidCrawfordDavie Crawford, a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University’s geographic information science master’s program, recently won first place in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) 2012 Student Competition.

Crawford’s paper, titled “Implementing a Utility Geographic Information System for Water, Sewer, and Electric: Case Study of City of Calhoun, Georgia,” is related to his thesis. In the paper and his thesis research, Crawford designed, implemented and summarized a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the city of Calhoun, Ga., to improve the efficiency of managing water, sewer and electric.

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October 2012

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