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Northwest Missouri State University

Alumni News

Sept. 28, 2009

Exceptional Northwest alumni are everywhere

Neil NeumeyerAbout a month ago, Aug. 27, the Bearcat football team played Abilene (Texas) Christian University on national TV. It happened to be my son's 6th birthday, so, instead of going to one of the many organized watch parties around town, I stayed home and watched it in our family room.

During the second quarter, there was an on-screen graphic showing some facts about Northwest - things like how many students there are, what year it was founded and where Maryville is.

Then it put up a little list of "notable alumni" - people like Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the programmers of the world's first electronic computer; an Olympic qualifier; and Xavier Omon, who plays for the Buffalo Bills.

I thought to myself, four or five notable alumni? That's it? That's all they could come up with? I understand the broadcast allowed for a only few to be mentioned, but I also thought they obviously haven't met the hundreds of exceptional Northwest alumni whom I've gotten to know over the years.

And that's exactly who we celebrated Sept. 18 at the annual Northwest Alumni Association Awards Banquet - exceptional Northwest alumni. It's an amazing evening to honor individuals who have given their time, talent and service to Northwest and their professions. I'm always blown away by the extraordinary achievements of these deserving individuals. If you've never been to this special event before, you're really missing out. However, you have the chance to nominate an honoree for next year's alumni awards banquet. The categories include:


We all know people who personify Northwest's tradition of excellence. Please take a moment to nominate someone who's making a difference through their service and achievements. There are thousands of them out there.


Neil Neumeyer
President, Northwest Alumni Association