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Northwest Missouri State University

Tourin' Bearcats return to Alaska in 2009

Denali National ParkThe Tourin' Bearcats travel program for Northwest alumni and friends will make a return trip to Alaska, but instead of a cruise, as was taken in June 2006, the group will experience an extensive scenic land tour. The May 29-June 3, 2009, trip is open to the public.

Travelers will ride on a riverboat sternwheeler, receive a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village, pan for gold, meet sled dogs, experience a scenic expedition on the domed McKinley Explorer luxury train to Anchorage, Alaska, participate in a wilderness tour at Denali National Park, ride the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic train and take a wildlife and glacier tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Bearcats advance in D-II playoffs

Northwest quarterback Joel Osborn completed a 27-yard pass to Nick Rhodes on fourth-and-10 and on the ensuing play hit Kendall Wright for a 15-yard touchdown pass and the winning score in a 38-35 win against Pittsburg State Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.

Northwest (11-1) advances to the national quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row where a rematch with Abilene Christian (11-0) in Abilene, Texas, awaits.

Advance tickets for Saturday's noon kickoff at Shotwell Stadium are $10 for adults and $4 for students. Group tickets and family packs also are available. Advance tickets will be sold through 4 p.m. Wednesday by calling (325) 674-2648.

Prior to the game, look for the Northwest Alumni Association's green and white tent and flags at the parking lot north of the stadium.

Southern Iowa chapter honored at banquet

Alumni Awards BanquetThe Southern Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association is the 2007-2008 Chapter of the Year. Karleen Stephens '77, '00, who serves as the chapter's secretary, accepted the award at the annual Northwest Alumni Awards Banquet in Maryville.

Bartik enshrined in computing hall of fame

Computing pioneer and Northwest alumna Jean Jennings Bartik '45 was honored last month during a black-tie gala at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Considered the premier repository of computing history in the world, the museum presented Bartik with its Fellow Award, meaning she will be enshrined in the CHM Hall of Fellows, sometimes described as "the Cooperstown of Computing." Bartik was one of six young women hired by the U.S. Army to serve as "computers" (known today as programmers) to program the ENIAC, the world's first electronic computer.

Fall 2008 enrollment grows by 4.4 percent

Northwest's Office of Enrollment Management has released enrollment figures for the fall 2008 trimester that show a 4.4 percent increase over last year in total headcount. The fall '08 census is a hallmark for the University in that total headcount and undergraduate enrollment is at its highest level ever.

Yuletide Feaste to celebrate 35 merry years

Tickets are on sale now for Northwest's 35th annual Yuletide Feaste, a Renaissance-themed holiday celebration featuring more than 50 musicians, singers, actors, lords, ladies and, of course, royal personages in full regalia.

This year's Feaste begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

Northwest wins Missouri Quality Award

Maryville has cornered the market on quality. Two of the city's landmark institutions, Northwest and St. Francis Hospital & Health Services, have both won the 2008 Missouri Quality Award from the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. Northwest, which has received the award in each year it was eligible since 1997, is the first school to become a four-time winner (1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008).

Bonds issued to Northwest Foundation will benefit campus construction projects

Studio TheatreFunding for a construction project and a renovation project at Northwest has been secured through the purchase of revenue bonds totaling $7.675 million. According to Lori Steiner, Foundation finance officer, $4.5 million will assist with renovation to the Valk Center, a classroom building that houses the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Sciences, and $3 million will benefit the construction of the Studio Theatre addition to the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Northwest pilot program pioneers e-textbook technology

Northwest President Dean L. Hubbard has announced that a pilot program designed to explore the possibility of replacing the vast majority Northwest's textbooks with e-books downloadable to personal computers and compact reading devices has shown promising results and remains on the fast-track for University-wide expansion.

Presidential search committee named

The names of those selected to serve on the Northwest presidential search committee have been released by James W. "Bill" Loch, president of the Northwest Board of Regents. The committee is charged with assisting the regents in their search for a new University president, who will succeed Dr. Dean L. Hubbard. Hubbard announced in June that he will retire on July 31, 2009, when he will have served as Northwest's president for a full 25 years.

SIFE adviser, student participate

Dr. Jason White '91, assistant professor of accounting, economics and finance, and Northwest student Jason Orme traveled to Dallas to participate in the Goldman Sachs Foundation's Capital Markets Training Seminar coordinated by Students in Free Enterprise.

The seminar is extremely selective, and White was one of only five professors nationally chosen to present a portion of the program. Likewise, Orme, a junior accounting major from Red Oak, Iowa, was one of only 45 U.S. students invited to attend the event.

Giving levels to Northwest remain strong

Because of the overwhelming success of Northwest's inaugural capital campaign, The Campaign for Northwest, which concluded in 2006, there were concerns that the giving levels from the University's alumni and friends would take a drastic dip. According to Northwest Foundation officials, those concerns were unfounded.

Orrie Covert, executive director of the Northwest Foundation, has announced that total private support to the University in fiscal year 2008, which ended June 30, topped the $5.5 million mark.