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Northwest Missouri State University

Cashiering Office’s ‘walk-in’ hours changing effective May 7

Beginning Monday, May 7, the Cashiering Office’s “walk-in” hours for students, faculty and staff will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Payments also may be made online 24/7 by check or credit card. Log in to your CatPAWS account, click on the Account tab and the Account/Payment Center.
For more information, call Northwest’s Bursar’s/Cashiering Office at 660.562.1578.

Northwest SIFE team wins third consecutive regional title

SIFEFor the third consecutive year, Northwest Missouri State University’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has qualified for the national contest by winning its regional competition.

The team was crowned League 1 Champion March 30 at the 2012 SIFE USA Regional Competition in Seattle. It marks the fifth time the Northwest SIFE team has qualified for the national competition in 13 years.

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Students help community, mentor children during Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring BreakAsk a college student how they spent their spring break and some may reply that they relaxed on a warm, sandy beach or they spent the week catching up with family. Twenty-eight Northwest Missouri State University students spent the week volunteering.

The members of Northwest’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) student organization spent March 19-23 working with Community Collaborations International in Greenville S.C., where they participated in several community-based projects that benefitted elderly and under- privileged youth.

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KZLX staff members grow their mustaches for charity

MustacheTwelve staff members of Northwest Missouri State University’s student-run radio station, KZLX, grew mustaches for a cause during the month of March and raised $456 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

Much like the radio station’s “No Shave November” promotion, each of the participants in “Mustache Madness” grew a mustache for a charity of their choice. The individual who raised the most money won the contest and all of the funding raised collectively throughout the campaign went to the winner’s preferred charity. Buckets were placed in the J.W. Jones Student Union each Thursday during KZLX’s live broadcasts from the building.

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Northwest recognizes students, organizations during annual awards ceremony

Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service and Culture of Quality award winners Monday, April 9, during the second annual Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony is a collaborative celebration sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment.

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Students elect campus representatives for 2012-2013

Student SenateNorthwest Missouri State University students recently voted to decide who will represent them on the 90th Student Senate for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Riley Ziemer, a junior business management and marketing major from Winchester, Kan., was elected president of the Student Senate.

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Governor appoints William Trowbridge as Missouri’s Poet Laureate

TrowbridgeGov. Jay Nixon has announced his appointment of William Trowbridge, of Lee’s Summit, as Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. Trowbridge is a distinguished university professor emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, and the author of more than 340 published or forthcoming poems.

His appointment will run for two years, and during his term, he will present and lecture on poetry to school, community and civic groups throughout the state.

Trowbridge served on the faculty of Northwest from 1971 to 1998.

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Northwest students claim top award at national agriculture contest

AgricultureThe Department of Agriculture at Northwest Missouri State University competed April 12-14 in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contests and returned with numerous awards, including the sweepstakes award given to the four-year institution with the highest point total.

Northwest sent 32 agriculture undergraduate students and five faculty and graduate student coaches to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where they competed with ag students from colleges and universities throughout the country.

Northwest teams placed among the top three teams in the nation in nine contest categories, and individual Northwest students earned 12 top-five-overall finishes.

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Yearbook, newspaper earn awards at state media convention

Northwest Missouri State University student publications claimed numerous awards at the Missouri College Media Association Convention (MCMA) April 14 hosted by Missouri Western State University.

Competing among other college newspapers throughout the state, The Northwest Missourian received third place in the overall newspaper category and third place overall for its website. The Missourian also was awarded first place for its opinion pages and second place in page one design. The Tower yearbook was awarded first place in theme development.

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Geology student finds niche with field, research opportunities

WalterAs Jessica Walter completes her degree at Northwest Missouri State University this summer, she has field experiences, a research project and a published article to boost her credentials.

Walter, a senior geology major and biology minor from Tarkio, completed a research project during which she examined samples of dolostone rocks and a diabase intrusion taken from the St. Francois Mountains in southeast Missouri, and she determined mineral changes in the rocks.

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Residential Life organizations hand out end-of-the-year awards

Northwest Missouri State University students and staff members in the University’s Residential Life division recently handed out their annual awards in recognition of accomplishments throughout the academic year as well as years of service.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) at an April 16 banquet recognized five “of the year” winners. In addition, the organizations honored the hall governments at each of Northwest’s 10 residence halls, awarded pins to select students for their service throughout the school year and inducted its 2012-2013 officers.

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Business Plan Competition helps students gain entrepreneurial experience

Biz plan competitionSome Northwest Missouri State University students and aspiring entrepreneurs got a taste of the real world this spring when they tried selling their business plans to business professionals during the University’s inaugural Business Plan Competition.

The objective of the competition was to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a potential career and help prepare them for such a path.

A total of 10 teams competed, and four teams advanced to the final round April 5. Aquaticare, the makers of an innovative product designed to ease pool cleaning and maintenance was declared the winner. Students on the winning team received the Dave and Leslie Ackman Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which funds three credit hours.

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Students gain insight from Northwest alumni in marketing roles

ZooTen Northwest Missouri State University students traveled April 13 to Omaha where they got an inside look at the day-to-day operations of two businesses where Northwest alumni are incorporating the marketing skills they learned at the University.

The students, accompanied by Northwest marketing and management faculty members Brenda Jones and Allison Hoffmann, visited the Redstone marketing and advertising agency and the Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Graduate takes skills from multiple disciplines to workforce

Ian StanekAs Ian Stanek graduates from Northwest Missouri State University this spring, he can say with little doubt that he’s had a comprehensive college experience.

The Nebraska City, Neb., native earned his bachelor’s degree in interactive digital media (IDM) with a computer science emphasis. But as he leaves Northwest to embark on his career, he’s taking skills he picked up as a two-year participant in Knacktive, Northwest’s interdisciplinary communications agency, and multiple student organizations, including the Tower and Celebration choirs.

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Graduate thrives on research opportunities, guidance from professors

Jennifer EvansJennifer Evans dominates her academic advisor in a weekly chess match, and she’s not afraid to say that. But that’s the kind of positive student-professor relationship she has with Dr. Carla Edwards, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling at Northwest Missouri State University.

This spring Evans, a Stanberry native, completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northwest. In the fall, she will attend law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and hopes to have a career in federal law enforcement.

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Northwest awards diplomas to record 700-plus during spring commencement

CommencementA record number of individuals received degrees Saturday, April 28, during Northwest Missouri State University's spring commencement exercises.

During two ceremonies, Northwest conferred 535 undergraduate degrees, 157 graduate degrees and 13 specialist degrees.

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Atlantic Hope simulation tests students' crisis management skills

Atlantic HopeEighteen Northwest Missouri State University students and five faculty members spent March 8-11 in Fort Pierce, Fla., participating in Atlantic Hope 2012, a full-scale disaster exercise designed to train participants in humanitarian aid, safety and leadership.

Atlantic Hope 2012 took place at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) with more than 50 participants from a variety of colleges and universities. The exercise occurs within the fictional country of Atlantica, which has been devastated by a severe earthquake.

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Northwest announces spring 2012 trimester honor rolls

The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced the names of students named to the Academic or President's Honor Roll at the end of the 2012 spring trimester.

To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President's Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester.

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Kansas City-based bank, students collaborate on advertising campaign

Advanced Advertising StrategiesStudents in Northwest Missouri State University's advanced advertising strategies course this spring gained valuable experience designing an interactive marketing campaign that a Kansas City-based bank hopes will raise awareness about its mobile applications.

The 12 students who participated in the class partnered with UMB, which put down its roots in Kansas City, Mo., in 1913 and now has operations in seven states. UMB was one of the first banks in the Midwest to create an online banking system and remains innovative, offering mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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Animal science major receives scholarship in memory of Savannah native

Hannah Hegeman, a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University, is the recipient of the Matthew White Memorial Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

Hegeman is an animal science major from Cosby and a graduate of Savannah High School. She is the daughter of Dan and Fran Hegeman.

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Alumnus establishes scholarship as tribute to mentors who helped him succeed

Bill OReillyWhen Bill O’Riley enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University he was 23 years old, married and a new father. He was five years into managing a 240-acre farm and he was barely earning enough income to support his family.

But he had a strong work ethic and he knew a college education could help him reach his full potential.

Now retired after a successful business career, O’Riley is giving back to Northwest as a tribute to all of the people who helped him earn two college degrees and to help others who need assistance with attaining their college goals. 

O’Riley’s $50,000 endowment has established the Iowa Bill O’Riley Family Scholarship program, which will assist a Northwest junior or senior who is majoring in marketing or management. Preference will be given to a married student who graduated from a high school in Iowa.

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Missouri Academy students qualify as National Merit Scholars, place high in competitions

Students from the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University placed high in regional, state and national competitions this spring.

Among the recent honors for the Missouri Academy and its students, seven students qualified for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program. To qualify, students must have a selection index score of 200 or higher on the PSAT exam. Of the 1.5 million 11th graders who took the exam, only 50,000 scored above 200.

Missouri Academy students who qualified are Danielle Doerr and Meghan McCreary, of Joplin; Emilia Kaiser, of Leslie; Thomas Meisel, of Ballwin; Elizabeth Ottinger, of St. Joseph; Brandon Tuell, of Independence; and Jacob Wise, or Wentzville.

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St. Joseph Center opens in new location, celebration set for May 31

The Northwest Missouri State University St. Joseph Center opened for classes this week at its new location in the Historic Green Acres building, and a grand opening event is planned later this month to celebrate the move.

St. Joseph Center staff members moved offices and equipment earlier this month from its former downtown location and opened the doors to the new space Monday in conjunction with the start of Northwest’s summer trimester. The renovated facility is located conveniently at 3500 North Village Drive in St. Joseph, near the city’s Belt Highway and just one mile northwest of Highway 169 and I-29.

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Northwest grad replaces former teacher, fellow Bearcat in classroom

TeacherPosters of Susie the Duck decorate the walls of Terry Conard’s classroom at Hosea Elementary School in St. Joseph. Blair Sample was one the many students who sat with Susie in Conard’s classroom over her 27-year teaching career and now, 18 years later, Sample is preparing to replace Conard, who is retiring.

Conard and Sample have taken remarkably similar paths in life. Both attended Hosea Elementary School, Benton High School and received education degrees from Northwest Missouri State University. Conard, whose maiden name was Edwards, graduated in 1973 with an elementary education degree and Sample graduated in 2011 with a degree in physical education.

Lined underneath the glass on Conard’s desk are photos of current and former students. Upon learning Sample could be her replacement as she retires from teaching the second grade, Conard searched for Sample and found her first-grade picture on her desk.

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Allison Hoffmann recognized with teaching, advising awards

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has announced Allison Hoffmann, instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management, has received the 2012 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award for the Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP Region 5).

Hoffmann is also the recipient of the Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising, presented annually by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The Outstanding Advising Awards annually recognize individuals who demonstrate qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration. The Faculty Academic Advising category includes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who provide academic advising services to students.

“Allison is very student-focused and students are able to immediately make a connection with her both in the classroom and outside,” said Dr. Chi Lo Lim, chair of the Department of Marketing and Management. “Allison’s devotion in helping her students is well known on campus as she always goes above and beyond the call of duty. She exemplifies a passionate and professional teacher determined to help her students learn.”

Family Newsletter
May 2012

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