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When Collin DeBuysere voices his opinion at Maryville City Council meetings, he speaks for more than 7,200 students at Northwest Missouri State University.
As the council's first student liaison, DeBuysere, a senior marketing and management major from Geneseo, Ill., shares the University student perspective with the City Council. At Northwest, he also is a starting linebacker for the Bearcat football team and represents off-campus residents on the Student Senate.
"The City Council recognized that Maryville is kind of unique in that a lot of the population comes from the college, so they wanted to have representation from the college," DeBuysere said. "My job is to open up communication between what is going on in the city and what is happening on campus."
Northwest Missouri State University dedicated its recently opened Student Media Converged Newsroom in Wells Hall with a dedication ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The dedication included remarks by Northwest mass communication faculty and alumni as well as Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski. Members of Northwest's student media also demonstrated how they use the variety of equipment and technology in the newsroom, which is located in the lower level of Wells Hall.
For decades, student-run media at Northwest have ranked among the top of college publications in the country and served as a training ground for students who have gone on to successful careers in journalism, media relations, advertising and education. Last year, the University and its Department of Mass Communication took steps to ensure students are prepared for the next phase of an evolving industry by tearing down the walls that divided the student publications area. The Northwest Missourian newspaper, Tower yearbook and Framework Interactive online magazine are now housed in an open newsroom that is vastly improved.
For the fourth consecutive year, Northwest Missouri State University's enrollment has reached a record high, providing further proof that students in the region and beyond see it as a top destination for a comprehensive academic experience.
Northwest's total student headcount reached 7,225 students this fall, a 1.2 percent increase from last year's enrollment, Northwest's Dean of Enrollment Management Bev Schenkel reported. Additionally, that number includes a record freshman class, totaling 1,498 students, which is an 8 percent increase from last year.
Children and families served by Northwest Missouri State University's Early Care and Education Laboratory Center (ECELC) and Horace Mann Laboratory School, along with the faculty members and University students who use the facility for their research and education, will soon enjoy an improved center, thanks to the generosity of a couple with long ties to the University and the laboratory school.
Northwest alumni Dr. Richard "Dick" Leet and Phyllis (Combs) Leet, of Gainesville, Ga., have gifted more than $100,000 to the Northwest Foundation to establish The Leet Endowment and fund a partial remodeling of Everett W. Brown Education Hall that will provide a more stimulating learning environment for ECELC programs and Horace Mann kindergarteners.
Northwest Missouri State University's Tower Choir will perform at the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization Nov. 3-5 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
This is the first time in Northwest's history an ensemble of any kind has been selected to perform at a national convention.
"This is a significant achievement that will provide a new kind of visibility for Northwest and our music department that is similar to the national championships played by our football team," said Dr. Stephen Town, professor of music and conductor of Tower Choir. "During the last several years I have watched the ensemble reach ever higher standards of musical perfection, and I knew it was simply a matter of time before the ensemble in some form was invited to perform at a national convention."
Northwest Missouri State University presents its students with opportunities. It is what students choose to do with those opportunities that determines where they go beyond the classroom.
From volunteering for Alternative Spring Break, to representing the University as a student ambassador to organizing speakers as lecture chair for Student Activities Council, Angela Wasko has taken advantage of every opportunity she's met at Northwest. As SAC lecture chair she brought TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie to Northwest last spring. She developed a rapport with him that eventually led to her landing a summer internship at TOMS Shoes in Santa Monica, Calif.
Dr. Carol Spradling, associate professor of computer science and information systems, is Northwest Missouri State University's recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, the University announced Thursday, Oct. 6 during a ceremony recognizing this year's nominees for the award.
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 received Dean's Faculty Awards for teaching from the University's colleges during the previous academic year.
Spradling received the Dean's Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. She will receive the Governor's Award during a ceremony in Jefferson City next spring.
The Nelson family, of Wathena, Kan., was recognized as Northwest Missouri State University's Family of the Year Saturday, Sept. 24, during Family Day activities.
Sponsored by Campus Dining, the Family of the Year award is bestowed each fall during the University's Family Weekend festivities. The recognition comes with a $750 scholarship and other prizes.
Phil Laber, professor of art at Northwest Missouri State University, recently received a third place award for his print, "Delivery from the Political Dead Zone."
Laber was recognized in conjunction with the National Print Exhibition, sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Hand Print Press, which is on display until Dec. 2 at the UMKC Gallery of Art. Works in the exhibit represent print artists from across the United States and a variety of innovative contemporary printmaking directions.
Five Nodaway County children will benefit from the efforts of Northwest Missouri State University's Student Dietetic Association, which raised $670 to support the Backpack Buddies program.
The Northwest Student Dietetic Association, on Sept. 17, sponsored its first Community 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Backpack Buddies, which promotes good nutrition in elementary students. More than 60 people participated.
Six Northwest Missouri State University music students have begun their school year with new perspectives of some of the great composers to shape music history.
In May, Dr. Ernest Kramer, Northwest professor of music, took the students on a 17-day tour that spanned six European countries. The students who traveled on the tour were Alysa Kramer, Trenneth Lewis, Kathryn Lillard, Mark Ransom, Veeder Ransom and Ryan Riggs.
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