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Northwest Alumni Association to honor six individuals for success, service

Bohlken Bunch Islam
Marple Reaksecker Tyler

Six distinguished members of the Northwest family will be honored during the alumni awards banquet this fall: Dr. Bob Bohlken, Dennis Bunch, Dr. Rafiq Islam, Jealaine Vaccaro Marple, Elenora "Corky" Reaksecker and Mel Tyler.

The annual event, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, will begin with a 6 p.m. social Friday, Oct. 1, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

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Giving to Northwest Foundation exceeds $6 million in FY10

While a struggling economy impacted giving trends to colleges and universities nationwide in 2009, fundraising efforts showed signs of improvement for the 2010 fiscal year, which concluded June 30 - so much improvement for Northwest that the Northwest Foundation recorded the second best year in the organization's 39-year history.

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Gumm setting music to movie trailers

GummJames Cameron's epic "Avatar" and the colorful "Sex and the City" sequel had Hollywood buzzing this year, but few people may have realized a Northwest grad played a role in promoting them.

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Regents approve smoke-free policy

The Northwest Board of Regents unanimously approved a policy that made Northwest a smoke-free campus, effective Aug. 1.

The policy was proposed by students. Surveys of students and their parents also showed strong support for the policy.

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Education professor retires after 45 years

GrispinoNorthwest said goodbye earlier this month to one of the longest-serving faculty members in its history.

Dr. Frank D. Grispino, professor and director of Northwest's doctoral program, retired after 45 years at the University.

"It's been a fun ride and I've really enjoyed it," Grispino said. "I felt very privileged to have this job and I got a lot out of it. I've said this before, but if you could love an inanimate thing, I love Northwest. It's quite a place."

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Alumnus, Broadway stage manager receives national award

DaunterJason Daunter '03, assistant stage manager for the Broadway production of "Wicked," is the recipient of the Educational Theatre Association's 2010 President's Award.

"I have always been in the mindset that you pay it forward, and I credit Northwest, especially the theatre program, with instilling the work ethic and developing my passion for what I was able to do in this business," Daunter said. "I really firmly believe that if you work hard for something, then nobody can tell you what to do in life. I never said, 'Why can't I be on Broadway?' "

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Kramer’s score to premiere at national music conference

Dr. Ernest Kramer’s score, “Our Lives Are Only Dreams,” has been accepted for presentation during the 53rd National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 23–26.

The world premiere of Kramer’s work will be included on a program of new choral works by CMS composers in St. Olaf Catholic Church. The University of Central Oklahoma Concert Chorale will perform Kramer’s composition.

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Westhoff is Missouri State Fair queen

WesthoffAs a student ambassador at Northwest, Megan Westhoff shares her experiences at the University with countless students. Now she'll be talking up the attributes of the Missouri State Fair and agriculture, too.

Westhoff, 20, of Memphis, Mo., was crowned the 2010 Missouri State Fair queen Aug. 13. She received the highest score out of 60 contestants in the competition. The contestants were judged on interviews, speech and talent, and evening gown.

While Westhoff grew up attending the State Fair, she said she competed for queen to earn scholarship money. As Missouri State Fair queen, Westhoff received a $1,500 scholarship.

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Administration Building added to National Register of Historic Places

Administration BuildingThe Northwest Administration Building, with its century-old towers standing as symbols of culture, education and economic development, has been added to National Register of Historic Places.

The Administration Building's listing on the National Park Service registry is the culmination of Jason Williamson's six years of research. In July, Williamson earned his master's in history from Northwest after completing a unique thesis project about the Administration Building.

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2011 Alumni Awards call for nominations

Northwest is honoring outstanding individuals through its annual Alumni Association Awards program. Your nominations are essential to the process. Contact Brenda Untiedt for a nomination form at 660.562.1248, e-mail or complete the online form.

The nomination deadline is Feb. 15, 2011.