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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. John Jasinski named Northwest's 10th president

Dr. John JasinskiNorthwest's Board of Regents has selected Dr. John Jasinski, executive vice president and chief academic and operating officer of Northwood University in Midland, Mich., to be the University’s next president.

Jasinski will succeed Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, who is retiring at the end of July after 25 years as Northwest’s top administrator. When he assumes the presidency on Aug. 1, Jasinski will become the 10th president in the University’s 104-year history.

“The search and selection process for a new president has officially ended,” said Board of Regents President James W. “Bill” Loch in a prepared statement. “Dr. Jasinski exhibits a great enthusiasm and work ethic to all around him.

“The new president will be confronted with difficult decisions in the near future relegated to him by a changed economic environment,” Loch said. “The University understands this concept, as well as the Board of Regents, and all associated with the Northwest family. We welcome our new president and ask all to support him during the transition.”   

A Northwest faculty member and administrator from 1986 until 2001, Jasinski chaired the University’s Department of Mass Communication from 1992 until 1998 and also served as associate provost. Administratively, he played a significant role in the development of the University’s Culture of Quality as it related to the national Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program administered by the federal government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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New study seeks key to high Northwest graduation rate

Northwest graduationA consultant from the Southern Regional Education Board was on the Northwest campus last month to interview University staff about policies and programs that consistently make the University a national leader in graduation rates.

Dr. Douglas Dunham, associate provost, said Dr. Paul Bradley of the Lake George, New York-based Bradley Group, is currently studying Northwest and 15 other institutions that have posted graduation rates above 50 percent while serving a significant number of students who qualify for need-based federal financial aid. Students at the selected schools also have a median freshman SAT score of less than 1,050.

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Alumni networking group expands

Social networking sites are the craze right now, but there is still value in face-to-face networking opportunities, so why not expand your business connections and meet fellow Bearcats in your area at the same time?

Northwest is looking for alumni and friends in the Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa, metropolitan areas who are interested in starting a networking group in the area.

Northwest Networks – Kansas City is a networking group currently in existence and consists of Northwest graduates in the Kansas City area who meet at least once a quarter.

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Toomey to receive advising award

Deb ToomeyDeborah Johnson Toomey ’94, ’96, instructor of marketing and management, has been selected to receive the 2009 Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit (Faculty Academic Advising category) from the National Academic Advising Association.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in serving as academic advisers and academic advising administrators. The Faculty Academic Advising category includes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching but who make significant contributions to their institution’s advisement program.

Toomey is one of 13 advisers nationwide who will be honored this year with a certificate in the Faculty Academic Advising category.

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Booth returns to campus for banquet

Booth College Awards BanquetNorthwest’s Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies celebrated a special edition of its annual awards banquet.

Northwest alumnus Melvin D. Booth ’67 returned to campus to deliver the keynote address at the affair -- a celebration of about 100 years of business and professional programs at the University, which was founded in 1905 as a state normal school for the training of teachers.

More than 40 scholarships and awards were presented during the evening, including the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth Bethany Business Scholarship. The comprehensive award covers tuition books and fees and was renewed for a second year to Jared Rose, an accounting major and 2007 graduate of South Harrison High School in Bethany, Booth’s hometown.

Booth and his wife, Valorie, established the scholarship in 2001 after making a $5 million gift to the Booth College, which was subsequently named in their honor.

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Recent Northwest graduate receives prestigious government fellowship

Jared WilliamsJared Williams, a political science and geography major from Independence who graduated earlier this month, has been awarded the Department of Homeland Security Directorate of Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship.

The fellowship is a competitive, national award given to students who have outstanding skills in the physical sciences, social sciences or technology. It covers full tuition and mandatory fees for any graduate program encompassing one of 16 core research areas in science and technology.

Department of Homeland Security fellowship appointments continue for up to three years, contingent on satisfactory academic performance, and fellows receive a year-round stipend of $2,300 a month.

As a DHS fellow, Williams will attend graduate school during the fall and spring semesters and participate in a 10-week, off-campus research internship at a department or department-affiliated facility during the summer between his first and second year of study.

Following graduation, DHS fellows must fulfill a one-year, full-time service obligation working either for the department or a department-approved venue in one of the 16 homeland security research areas.

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Bailey, Shaw win hurdle events and break records at MIAA championships

Audrey Bailey and Tyler ShawAudrey Bailey and Tyler Shaw both won their respective hurdle events and set program records in the second day of the MIAA Outdoor Championships at Fred Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern. Bailey became the first Bearcat to run faster than a minute in the 400-meter hurdles with 59.98 seconds while Shaw shattered his own record with 14.28 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Bailey avenged an earlier second-place showing to Truman's Shaina Dochterman at the Northwest Open April 4 with the win and unofficially moves into second in the Division II performance list. Bailey defeated runner-up Dochterman by more than half a second for the Bearcat women's only victory at the championships. It's Bailey's second MIAA championship in the event. She ran 1:02.75 to win at the 2007 championships.

Shaw defeated Pittsburg State's Jeremy Jackson by fifth-hundredths of a second to record Division II's third-fastest 110-meter hurdle time this season. Shaw became the second Bearcat champion in the event in the last three years and the ninth in program history.

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