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Northwest Missouri State University

Four finalists named in Northwest presidential search

Clark Jasinski porterfield shepard
Clark Jasinski Porterfield Shepard

The names of the four finalists for the position of Northwest president were announced Wednesday, April 1, by members of the University’s Presidential Search Committee.

The finalists are:e

  • Robert M. Clark, Ph.D., vice chancellor and dean, University of Kansas (Edwards campus)
  • John Jasinski, Ph.D., executive vice president, chief academic and operating officer, Northwood University, Midland, Mich.
  • Kent T. Porterfield, Ed.D., vice president for student development, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., vice president for administrative services and finance, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers.

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Governor voices support for Northwest's alternative fuels program

On the first leg of a statewide energy independence and technology jobs tour, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently visited the Northwest campus to view the University’s alternative fuel production facility and central power plant.

Nixon praised the University’s role as the alternative energy leader among Missouri colleges and universities and voiced support for new state funding of its fuel program, which school officials say has saved taxpayers about $12.5 million over the last 25 years due to the relatively low cost of alternative materials compared to natural gas and oil.

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Northwest, McGraw-Hill e-book trial garners national media coverage

A major university e-textbook research trial currently being conducted by Northwest and publisher McGraw-Hill is continuing to draw national media coverage.

Recent news stories about the project, which is testing the potential of replacing printed textbooks with lower-cost interactive, electronic versions have been broadcast, printed or posted on the Web by such outlets as NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the Associated Press, “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” “Inside Higher Education,” “The Christian Science Monitor,” “The Kansas City Star,” CNN and Yahoo Finance.

The preliminary phase of this study ended this past December and involved four classes and approximately 200 students. This second phase involves 10 departments and more than 500 students. Initial results are expected by mid-April.

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$1 million gift assists 'American Dream'

Securing additional scholarship dollars for students continues to be a high priority at Northwest, and the generosity of a California couple has greatly assisted with that mission. The Northwest Foundation recently received a $1 million cash gift from the estate of Max and Armond Quimby to establish the Quimby-Walker Scholarship fund. The couple’s generosity will benefit Northwest’s neediest students through the American Dream Grant program.

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Former Bearcat Ben McCollum named head men’s basketball coach

Ben McCollumFormer Northwest basketball player Ben McCollum was introduced in a news conference Tuesday as the new head men’s basketball coach of the Bearcats.

McCollum, a 2003 Northwest graduate, will become the 20th head coach in the 95-year history of Northwest men’s basketball. He replaces Steve Tappmeyer who announced his retirement last month following 21 years of service.

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KXCV programming available via iPhone, iPod Touch

Public radio listeners have a new way to tune in to their favorite programs on KXCV/KRNW, the 100,000-watt broadcast voice of Northwest.

Located at 90.5 (KXCV Maryville) and 88.9 (KRNW Chillicothe) on the FM dial, the station also provides streaming audio on its Web site at And now a third option is available to listeners who enjoy such offerings as “All Things Considered,” “Prairie Home Companion” and Bearcat sports.

KXCV-KRNW recently teamed up with other public radio stations in order to provide streaming audio to iPhone and iPod Touch users who install the free Public Radio Tuner application on these popular telephone/Internet devices.

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Student performs at master class with English classical music star

Rachel SneedRachel Sneed, an instrumental music education major from Smithville, recently performed during a Kansas City Symphony trumpet master class with EMI Classics recording artist Alison Balsom, one of the most acclaimed young trumpet virtuosos on the international music scene.

Sneed, who was selected following a competitive audition process, is a junior at Northwest and was named to the President’s Honor Roll following the fall 2008 trimester. She studies trumpet under Dr. William Richardson, assistant professor of music, and performed “Legende” by Georges Enescu as her master class selection.

Bearcats urged to reduce 'paw print' with new sustainability guide

Everyone has a stake these days in helping improve the environment, and now members of the Northwest community have an online resource dedicated to helping green-minded Bearcats reduce their ecological “paw print.”

The Residential Life Sustainability Committee has been working since early in the fall trimester to create a sustainability guide, which is available at

The guide is an easy-to-navigate tip sheet filled with suggestions for increasing recycling volume, conserving water, cutting down on paper use, reducing energy consumption and increasing the green factor at events and meetings.

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