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Maptek gives Vulcan 3D modeling software to Northwest

Maptek gives Vulcan 3D modeling software to NorthwestEducating university students and creating a partnership for the future is a shared goal for Maptek and Northwest Missouri State University.

Dr. Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of geology at Northwest, heard about Maptek Vulcan software from one of his previous students who had been introduced to it in the workplace. Johnson called Maptek to find out more, and one month later an agreement to pledge 21 Vulcan licenses to the University was in place.

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Students build leadership skills in internships with legislators

Gunner Sumy has developed a knack for politics in his leadership roles as a student at Northwest Missouri State University. Adrienne Cornelius, meanwhile, understands the importance of pacing and working fast as a member of the Bearcat track and field team. This summer both are putting their skills to use in internships with United States legislators.

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Don't forget Entrance Counseling, Master Promissory Note requirements for loans

Students accepting student loans need to make sure they have completed the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note requirements so their loans can credit to their student accounts. You can find the Master Promissory Note and complete your Entrance Counseling at For questions about this process, please call the Financial Aid Office at 660.562.1363.

Agriculture professor, students exchange farming knowledge in Japan

Agriculture students visit NiigataNorthwest Missouri State University students and faculty traveled across the globe June 7-17 to build a partnership between Northwest and Niigata University of International and Information Studies.

Dr. Jamie Patton, associate professor of agriculture; Mariah Stiens, a junior agronomy and horticulture major from Maryville; and Michael Brown, a junior agronomy major from Skidmore; to learn about Japanese agricultural practices near Niigata University while building student and faculty interactions.

“Agriculture experience outside our region and country is almost becoming required for a student to compete for jobs and to be successful in those careers,” Patton said. “Therefore, when Niigata University offered to host us this summer, we were thrilled to take advantage of such an amazing opportunity.”

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Magazine names Northwest alumna among KC’s top 20 business leaders

Alumna Brooke BeasonNorthwest Missouri State University alumna Brooke Beason was recently named one of Kansas City’s top 20 business leaders in their 20s by Ingram’s business magazine.

Beason, a 2009 graduate with a degree in interactive digital media, is a digital insights analyst with VML in Kansas City. Ingram’s described Beason as a “25-year-old mix of achievement and vision.”

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Family gives scholarship in memory of Horace Mann teacher

Horace Mann scholarshipNorthwest Missouri State University will offer a new scholarship in honor of Esther Forbes Knittl, a former Horace Mann Laboratory School teacher, in 2013.

Before embarking on a teaching career at Horace Mann that spanned nearly 40 years, Knittl graduated from Northwest in 1938 with a degree in elementary education and minors in English, social science and physical education.

After she passed away in June 2002, her children, Karol Frederichs, Suzette Davis and Jim Knittl, wanted to create a scholarship for a student who shares their mother’s love for teaching.

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Geology major working prestigious internship with mining company

Geology internshipSome students work in offices for their summer internships, but Northwest Missouri State University student Deanna Mandrick travels 1,000 feet underground each day to go to work.

Mandrick, a junior environmental geology major from Craig, is spending her summer as a mine geologist intern with the Doe Run Mining Company near Viburnum.

In her internship, she grades mine headings and determines whether the amount of lead in an area is economical for the company to mine. She also maps mined areas and assists with mineral exploration.

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Northwest looks to improve academic quality through redesigned courses

Some Northwest Missouri State University courses have undergone a makeover that was more than a year in the making, and reviews show students are embracing the changes.

During the spring trimester, Northwest successfully piloted three courses – general psychology, developmental mathematics and principles of management – that were redesigned with the goals of integrating technology and teaching more effectively while enhancing students’ grasp of concepts they learn in the courses.

Additionally, the redesigns allow for one instructor to manage a larger pool of students enrolled in fewer sections. Previously, different sections of the same course were taught by different instructors, which often led to different outcomes for students, depending on the section in which they were enrolled.

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Kashmir Crossover awards scholarships to 3 Kashmiri art students

Kappa Pi, Northwest Missouri State University’s honorary art fraternity, and Kashmir Crossover, a collaborative art project involving Northwest and the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, has awarded scholarships to three Kashmiri art students.

The students will split the scholarship money, which totals $700. Earlier this year, more than 20 Northwest students and faculty collaborated to raise funds for the scholarship contest by selling handmade ceramic teacups with Kashmiri tea, handmade wooden bracelets and pendants, and silkscreened greeting cards.

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Northwest students learn from industry experts in New York City

Northwest Missouri State University students interested in public relations and graphic design traveled to New York City recently to learn from industry professionals.

A group of 12 students traveled with Christopher Graves, assistant professor of art, to study how graphic design firms in New York City operate. A group of eight students also went to New York City to study public relations firms, accompanied by Dr. David Shadinger, assistant professor of public relations.

Both were part of separate three-credit-hour courses offered between April 29 and May 6. This was the first opportunity for students to study public relations firms in New York City, but Graves has been taking the trip with design students for many years.

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Students complete campus historical displays as part of internship

Library internshipsA series of new historical displays on the Northwest Missouri State University campus this summer are the work of three students who completed the exhibits as part of a unique internship.

Northwest history majors and public history minors Courtney Gard, of Blue Springs; Madeline Mongar, of Creston, Iowa; and Heather Soat, of Joplin; created the professional displays, which feature Northwest history during the 1930s and, in particular, how the University – then known as Missouri State Teachers College – survived and thrived despite the Great Depression.

The students completed the displays as a component of their historical resources internship, during which they were tasked with researching Northwest history and creating the professional displays. They were required to use resources and artifacts within University museums and collections and Archives and Special Collections in B.D. Owens Library.

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Scholarship established in memory of alumnus with passion for music

Barlow scholarshipJeremy Barlow had a passion for music, and now future Northwest Missouri State University students will have opportunities to explore music and share it with others the way Barlow enjoyed through a scholarship in his memory.

Established by Barlow’s widow, Alicia, and his family, the Jeremy D. Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student maintaining a grade-point average of 2.5 and enrolled in applied piano or applied harpsichord courses. If no such applicant exists, saxophonists may also be eligible.

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August 2012

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