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Northwest Missouri State University

Reservations accepted for Tourin' Bearcats' getaway to San Antonio

AlamoA four-day, three-night getaway to San Antonio, Texas, is the next trip offered by the Tourin' Bearcats, the travel program for Northwest alumni and friends.

The Northwest Alumni Association-sponsored trip, which is open to the public, is Oct. 7-10. The cost is $775 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes roundtrip airfare from Kansas City, transfers and lodging at a hotel located along the famed River Walk . In addition, the cost includes a scenic riverboat cruise; a tour of the Hill Country, which includes the LBJ Ranch , Becker Vineyards and Luckenbach, Texas ; a tour of the Alamo; a tour of the Texas Ranger Museum and the Buckhorn Museum ; and a Texas-style farewell dinner.

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Northwest names new provost

DunhamDr. Douglas N. Dunham is Northwest's new provost.

Dunham, who was selected from more than 25 applicants, had been serving as interim provost since July 1, after Dr. Kichoon Yang left the University to become executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Reston, Va. Previously, Dunham had been serving as associate provost since 2008.

"Dr. Dunham received full support from an array of constituent voices - the campus, our search committee, the Northwest Leadership Team and the Board of Regents," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said.

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Northwest Alumni Association sponsors April 24 Trivia Night

Anyone who is a history buff, sports fan, pop culture junkie or simply has a knack for useless knowledge is invited to participate in Trivia Night, sponsored by the Maryville Alumni and Friends Chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association.

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 6:15 p.m. (questions begin at 7 p.m.), Saturday, April 24, at the Maryville Country Club, 25867 Icon Road.

John Van Cleave, chapter president, said the proceeds from Trivia Night benefit the Maryville Alumni and Friends Chapter Scholarship.

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SIFE team wins regional competition, qualifies for national contest

SIFEAnother Northwest team has qualified for national competition. This time it's the University's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, which qualified for the national contest by winning its regional competition March 19 in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The team brought home the regional championship trophy by beating the University of Southern California, New Mexico State University, Pepperdine University, the University of Arizona and Azusa Pacific University. The Northwest SIFE team is making its first trip back to national competition since 2005.

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Northwest president to give State of the University address

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski will give a State of the University address at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, in the Living Room of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

During the address, Jasinski will lay out the University's current state of affairs and serve up the challenges as the Northwest Leadership Team sees them. Jasinski will discuss finance, academics and operations, and strategic intent.

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Computer science students working on iPhone app for Northwest

Say you're a new visitor to the Northwest campus and you aren't sure where to find Phillips Hall. Or you're not sure where to find the history department. Or you want to know when the B.D. Owens Library was built. A group of Northwest graduate students are working on an app for that.

Using the Northwest iPhone application, which the students began working on last fall, campus visitors will be able to view an interactive campus map, get directions to buildings and take an audio tour of the Northwest campus.

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Zhang receives scholarship solely for international students

ZhangQian Zhang is the latest recipient of the Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship, an award created solely for Northwest international students.

Zhang, a senior finance major who transferred to Northwest from Shen Yang, China, received the $500 scholarship to be applied during the current academic year. Zhang was selected by the International Programs and Studies Committee, an advisory committee of Northwest's Faculty Senate that supports the University's international studies and study abroad offices.

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'Scratch: The Workshop' for K-12 teachers coming to Northwest in June

Area teachers are invited to attend "Scratch: The Workshop," a free, one-day workshop geared toward teaching K-12 teachers about the computer program that helps students create stories, animation, games, music and art.

The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 in Colden Hall on the Northwest campus. Software, lesson plans and lunch will be provided. The workshop offers an optional one hour graduate credit.

The registration deadline is June 1. To register, send your name, school, e-mail address and phone number to or call 660.562.1600. Only 48 seats are available.

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Senate confirms Bosse as new regent

The Missouri Senate has confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointment of Joseph B. Bosse (R), of St. Louis, to the Northwest Board of Regents.

Bosse, a 1972 graduate of Northwest, has been the president of NEC Insurance Inc. since 1977. He has served on the boards of several businesses and non-profit organizations. His term on the Board of Regents will expire Jan. 1, 2016.

The Board of Regents develops policy and has responsibility for sound resource management of the University and determines general, educational and financial policies.

Hiatt is Counseling Supervisor of the Year

HiattDr. Rochelle Hiatt, assistant professor of psychology, sociology and counseling, has been recognized by the Northwest Missouri School Counselor Association as School Counseling Supervisor of the Year.

Hiatt began her teaching career at Northwest in 1996 and has been director of Northwest's school counseling master's program since 1998, in addition to serving as an instructor. The size of the program has doubled in the last five years and consistently produces award-winning counselors at the regional and state levels.

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Northwest soils team strong at first national competition

soils teamThe Northwest soils team, making its first showing at the National Collegiate Soils Contest March 25-26, placed ninth among 21 teams and had two representatives who scored high individual marks.

Competing against 84 individual contestants, Northwest's Jeremiah Mullock placed 15th and Justin Findley placed 18th. Mullock also was the high scorer on one of three individual pits.

"I was very, very pleased with the results, particularly since it was our first time at nationals," said Dr. Jamie Patton, the team's adviser and an assistant professor of agriculture.

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