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Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest cheerleaders win national title

National ChampionsNorthwest's cheerleading team claimed its first national championship last month at Disney's Wide World of Sports. The Bearcats bested second-place Slippery Rock and eight-time defending champion West Georgia, which placed third.

Northwest pulled off a near-flawless routine while being judged on partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, tumbling and a cheer section. For the fourth year in a row, the Bearcats earned all 15 points on its crowd tape score, which is based on what the team does at home football and basketball games.

Northwest's mascot, Bobby Bearcat, placed third and the Bearcat steppers placed sixth. All three Bearcat squads are coached by Jason Sack.

Missouri Academy plans 10-year anniversary celebration

Missouri AcademyThe Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing opened its doors on the Northwest campus in August 2000, and since that time, more than 300 students have completed the program.

To recognize this milestone, a 10-year anniversary celebration is being planned. Alumni and friends of the Missouri Academy are welcome to attend the Aug. 6-8 event on the Northwest campus. A few highlights include a welcome by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, a fireworks display, individual class activities, a dinner and dance and a special presentation by Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, founder of the Missouri Academy.

For a complete itinerary or more information, visit , e-mail or call 877.398.4615.

Nicaraguan students cap cultural exchange, develop plan to open hospital

Nicaraguan studentsAfter spending two weeks on the Northwest campus learning English and designing a proposal to open a hospital in their hometown, eight Nicaraguan high school students recently bid an emotional farewell to the University and Maryville communities and their chaperones.

The students from Juan Mejia Espinoza High School in Villa Sandino, Nicaragua, arrived in Maryville Jan. 15 with their teacher, Andrea Tappmeyer, a Maryville native who is completing a two-year service with the United States Peace Corps.

The two-week leadership and cultural exchange program, dubbed the "Villa 2 'Ville Initiative," began as a dream for Tappmeyer, who wanted the high school students to get a taste of American culture. Tappmeyer is the daughter of former Northwest men's basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer and Lynette Tappmeyer, who taught second grade at Horace Mann.

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Hit musical 'Hairspray' comes to Northwest

Hairspray"Hairspray," the hit Broadway musical about a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who claims unlikely fame on a local dance show, is coming to Northwest.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $23-$25 for adults, $13-$15 for children and $8-$10 for students and can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Desk on the first floor of the Administration Building or by calling 660.562.1212.

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Nominations sought for alumni awards

The Northwest Alumni Association is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at its annual awards program. Awards will be presented to alumni, faculty and friends of the university who have demonstrated professional achievement or extraordinary dedication to Northwest.

"There are so many talented Northwest alumni and friends doing great things, and it's a pleasure for the Northwest Alumni Association to have the honor of publicly recognizing the accomplishments of these deserving individuals each year," said Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations.

Nominations must be received by Monday, Feb. 15.

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Love of outdoors prompts Moore to change career path

MooreVirgil Moore '73 achieved a career beyond anything he could have anticipated when he was a student at Northwest. Moore envisioned himself as an educator; little did he know that working as an undergraduate research assistant in a biology program at Northwest would lead him to a life-long career as a fisheries and wildlife director and biologist.

Today, Moore is the deputy director for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He has helped implement many of Idaho's wild trout fisheries regulations as well as worked with others to implement programs that effect coldwater stream conservation in Idaho.

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National championship trophy, Coach Tjeerdsma coming your way

National championship trophyThe 2009 Bearcat football season gave us plenty to cheer about. Now the Northwest Alumni Association is celebrating with Northwest alumni and friends by hosting receptions in St. Joseph, Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, Iowa, and Phoenix, Ariz., featuring Coach Mel Tjeerdsma as well as the impressive NCAA Division II National Championship trophy.

All events, which are complimentary and family-friendly, are from 6 to 8 p.m. with remarks from Coach Tjeerdsma at 7 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a courtesy RSVP is requested to . Don't forget your camera!

A celebration in Maryville also is slated for Feb. 14.

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