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Northwest Missouri State University

Greetings, Bearcat Alumni

Dr. John JasinskiMy colleagues and I hope this finds you all doing well. I am honored to serve as Northwest Missouri State University’s 10th president, and I look forward to meeting alumni worldwide who proudly call themselves Bearcats.

Undoubtedly, the adage “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat” continues to ring true. The Jasinski family – my wife, Denise, and children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – has a long history with Northwest, the Maryville community and the northwest Missouri region, and we pledge to work in earnest to build Bearcat Nation into one of continuing excellence and pride.

Watch a video of Dr. Jasinski addressing all Northwest alumni

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Alumni Association to honor five at Sept. 18 awards banquet

Dr. Mark Corson
Dr. Elise Gutshall
Mary Hamilton Purdy
Dr. Frances Shipley
Dave Snider

Each year, the Northwest Alumni Association honors individuals who have given their time, talent and service to Northwest.

All Northwest alumni and friends are invited to attend the Northwest Alumni Association awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18. It's a great way to kick off Family Weekend and salute these deserving individuals.

The 2009 honorees are:

  • Dr. Mark Corson, Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Dr. Elise Gutshall ’00, Young Alumni Award
  • Mary Hamilton Purdy ’72, Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Dr. Frances Shipley ’61, Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award
  • Dave Snider ’80, ’83, Turret Service Award

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Largest class ever graduates from Missouri Academy

Missouri Academy graduatesSixty-three members of the Vanguard class recently graduated from Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. It was the largest graduating class in the highly selective school’s nine-year history.

The Missouri Academy provides an accelerated, two-year residential program for high school-age students (junior and senior years) academically talented in science, mathematics and technology. During their time at Northwest, Academy students take a demanding series of courses taught by University professors and, upon graduation, receive an associate of science degree and a high school diploma.

Besides being the largest graduating class in Missouri Academy history, graduates achieved many academic distinctions. The list of 2009 graduates, many of whom plan to continue their education at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, includes two National Merit Scholarship Finalists, three National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists, six National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students and two National Achievement Scholarship winners.

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White appears in 'BusinessWeek'

Dr. Jason WhiteDr. Jason White, assistant professor of economics in Northwest’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance and a 1991 Northwest alumnus, is featured in the July 13 online edition of “BusinessWeek” magazine.

The article, which contains a brief description of White’s professional activities and a summary of his personal retirement strategy, is titled “Rethinking Retirement” and appears as a sidebar to the magazine's print and online cover story, “Can You Afford to Retire?”

White’s retirement profile appears with those of 13 other interviewees drawn from various backgrounds in business, finance and academia.

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Northwest to offer nursing degree completion program

Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved a proposal by Northwest for the implementation of a bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program, which will begin accepting students this fall.

The program aligns with Gov. Jay  Nixon’s Caring For Missourians initiative, an effort to increase the number of health-care professionals working statewide, and is designed for graduates of two-year nursing programs, such as those offered by North Central Missouri College in Trenton and Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.

Students accepted into the program should complete nursing courses at schools like NCMC and SWCC. They must have unencumbered RN licenses and minimum grade point average. At Northwest they will take the general education and upper-division courses required for a four-year degree.

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Recreation students learn by doing during trip to Colorado

Recreation studentsNorthwest students studying parks and recreation management, corporate recreation, and wellness and therapeutic recreation recently spent 12 days touring various recreation agencies and facilities in Colorado as part of an elective course offered by the University’s Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The three-credit-hour, experience-based course is designed to give students opportunities to observe first-hand the kinds of events and services they will lead and administer after completing their degrees.

A total of 14 students took the course, which involved networking with professionals in order to discuss possible internships and other field experience opportunities.

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