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Bearcats return from Hawaiian cruise

Hawaiian cruiseNorthwest alumni and friends recently returned from an eight-day, seven-night Hawaiian cruise offered by the Tourin' Bearcats, the Northwest Alumni Association's travel program.

The group of 61 travelers flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, and boarded the Norwegian Cruise Lines' 2,100-passenger Pride of America ship.

"This cruise was a tremendous getaway for everyone who joined us," said Steve Sutton, Northwest's director of alumni relations. "We had quite a few people on the trip who were from the Maryville and Kansas City areas but also Bearcats from Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and California."

Reservations accepted for Tourin' Bearcats getaway to San Antonio

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Eastern Iowa becomes 17th alumni chapter

banner presentationThe Eastern Iowa Alumni and friends chapter of the Northwest Alumni Association was chartered last month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

During the event attended by more than 30 Northwest alumni and friends, Steve Sutton, director of the Northwest Alumni Association, presented the chapter its banner and encouraged those in attendance to continue their commitment to Northwest.

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Dunlap honored as Kansas Master Teacher

A Northwest alumnus was one of seven teachers named to the 2010 class of Kansas Master Teachers.

Michael Dunlap '89 teaches journalism at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kan., where he has taught for nine years. His prior experience includes more than 20 years of teaching at Lawrence, Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission North high schools.

Dunlap developed his passion for teaching while studying at Northwest where he double majored in English and journalism. He enhanced his journalism skills by working on Northwest's Tower yearbook and The Northwest Missourian.

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Scholarship to assist diverse learners

Wall FamilyHaving experienced Northwest as students, alumni, fans and faculty, Drs. Tim '01 and Jenni Frandsen '03, '05 Wall say they are fortunate to have gained such a broad perspective of their alma mater. The couple, who met on campus, decided the best way to help others was to invest in the betterment of Northwest students and therefore endowed The Wall Family Scholarship to assist diverse students, or students from diverse settings, through the University's cultural enrichment scholarship program.

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Northwest's focus on student success highlighted in report

Northwest is among 15 public universities across the nation recognized in a major new report from the nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board for outperforming similar institutions in helping students stay on track and graduate.

The SREB report, released this spring, profiles four-year public colleges and universities with successful approaches in boosting student success and graduation rates. The report, "Promoting a Culture of Student Success: How Colleges and Universities Are Improving Degree Completion," identifies institutions that outperform similar colleges and universities by having relatively high graduation rates based on criteria developed by SREB.

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Mühsam teaches students with his own language of art

Clear New WorldArmin Mühsam has lived throughout the world, but painting has become his primary language.

And during the 2009-10 school year, Mühsam, associate professor of painting and drawing at Northwest, shared his painting and other artworks in 22 exhibits across the globe, including 13 juried shows and a number of invitational exhibits. His work was recognized with awards at six of those exhibits.

Recently, he completed a series of nine paintings to be displayed in a solo showing in Germany, opening earlier this month.

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Northwest names Vogel to registrar position

VogelTerri Vogel '02, '04 has been named Northwest's registrar. She replaces Linda Girard '64, who retired May 31 after 35 years of service at Northwest, including the last 28 as registrar.

Vogel, who has served Northwest in various roles since 1998, has worked in the registrar's office since 2007 as an academic services assistant.

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St. Joseph, Kansas City outreach centers host advisement, information nights

Northwest's outreach centers in St. Joseph and Liberty will host separate advisement and information nights in July to assist prospective and current graduate students.

  • The St. Joseph Center, located at 706 E. Felix St. in downtown St. Joseph, will host Advisement and Information Night Tuesday, July 13. For more information, call 816.364.5000 or e-mail . Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • The Kansas City Center will have Advisement and Information Night for new students Thursday, July 15. It is located at Blue Jay Tower Plaza, 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, MO 64068. For more information, call 816.736.6600 or e-mail . Regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students interested in education programs should visit between 3 and 6 p.m. Student interested in the MBA program should visit between 4 and 7 p.m.

Northwest faculty and financial aid representatives will be on hand to talk with students about their graduate education plans. No appointments are necessary.

Enrollment for fall 2010 classes is ongoing and new students can register at the event if they wish.

Friends, family launch Marion Fund

Marion FundFriends and family of the late JoAnn Stamm Marion came together this month to celebrate the Horace Mann teacher's legacy and kick off a fund drive in her honor.

Friends and family gathered at the home of Marion's widower, Dr. Marvin Marion, to launch the effort by the Friends of JoAnn Marion and mark the creation of the JoAnn Stamm Marion Fund.

Marion taught for 44 years, including 37 years, from 1967 until her retirement in 2005, at Horace Mann Laboratory School on the Northwest campus.

The JoAnn Stamm Marion Fund is an initiative that will express the love, admiration, gratitude and appreciation for her years of service. The fund will support the students and teachers of Horace Mann as well as Northwest students who share her vision and passion for education.

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International student ready to apply Northwest experiences at medical school

NwadoziIsioma Nwadozi has wanted to enter the medical profession since an illness he had in the eighth grade. This fall, the recent Northwest graduate will pursue his dream by attending medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences St. Kitts.

Challenges are nothing new to Nwadozi, who tackled many at Northwest. He not only had to face the challenges of college life, he had to make the transition from his culture to America.

Nwadozi was born in the Republic of Benin located in West Africa. His family later moved to Cuba, where he spent most of his childhood. While Nwadozi was living in Cuba, he heard about Northwest from a family friend who was attending the University. After hearing her talk about the benefits of attending Northwest, Nwadozi decided to enroll.

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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. Individuals nominated should personify the University's tradition of excellence through their service and achievements.

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.

Career Services transitioning to self-managed credential files

Northwest Career Services is transitioning to self-managed credential files, and alumni who have created a credential file at Northwest and would like assistance transitioning to a self-managed file should click here or call Career Services at 660.562.1250.

A credential file is a packet of job search materials such as a resume and letters of recommendation that are sent to prospective employers during a candidate's application process. It is not an official academic record.

Career Services will discontinue its support of hardcopy credential files beginning June 30, 2011, and due to the annual audit cycle, files that have been inactive for 10 years (since 2000) have already been destroyed.