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July 30, 2009
My colleagues and I hope this finds you all doing well. I am honored to serve as Northwest Missouri State University's 10th president, and I look forward to meeting alumni worldwide who proudly call themselves Bearcats.
Undoubtedly, the adage "Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat" continues to ring true. The Jasinski family - my wife, Denise, and children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas - has a long history with Northwest, the Maryville community, and the northwest Missouri region, and we pledge to work in earnest to build Bearcat Nation into one of continuing excellence and pride.
Like all great organizations, Northwest has matured since 1905, and we are proud today of our place moving forward. You are familiar with many of Northwest's strengths, but a few worth mentioning include:
We all are impacted by the events of the day, but please know the University is not backing away from current challenges. Northwest will continue to be people-centered, and we have some interesting opportunities to strengthen our already strong academic programs.
On behalf of the Northwest Leadership Team and all faculty and staff, I assure you your Northwest degree will increase in value. Furthermore, I wish you the best in your professional and personal pursuits. Wear the green and white proudly and, whatever your path in life, strive to make a difference.
Remember, maintaining your ties to the University as an engaged alumnus is an important step in your life as a Bearcat. Share your updated e-mail and contact information with the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, and track your alma mater's activities through the Northwest Alumni Magazine and on the Web at www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni. I also encourage you to consider joining the Northwest Alumni Association and getting involved in one of the many alumni chapters worldwide, and don't forget about Northwest's presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Once again, I look forward to interacting with you to make Northwest a continuing hallmark of excellence. I hope to meet as many of you as possible in the near term, but in the meantime, you are welcome to e-mail me directly at email@example.com.
With Bearcat Pride,
Dr. John Jasinski