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Northwest Missouri State University

Engagement opportunities create 'loud and proud' alumni

Hello Fellow Bearcats!

The president of the company where I used to work was a big Bearcat fan. I don’t think he’s ever been to Northwest, and his entire family are active supporters of a university in Kansas City (he actually serves on its board of trustees, and he and his siblings each earned advanced degrees there).

However, he often commented on the lack of connection his alma mater’s alumni have with their school. “They don’t feel positively about it … or negatively,” he would say. “They’re indifferent. But everyone I know who went to Northwest loved it, always talks about what a great college experience they had and is still really passionate about it.”

It’s certainly no surprise to us that Northwest alumni and friends are a loud and proud group, filled with enthusiasm to share their Bearcat pride wherever they go. Despite that ongoing passion, I’ve been even more aware lately of the high level of engagement throughout Bearcat Nation.

For example:

And coming up Oct. 29-30 is our biggest opportunity of the year: Homecoming – specifically designed for Northwest alumni. This year’s theme, “Blast from the Past,” is perfect for us! I hope to see you there.

I also want to draw your attention to a new offering by the Northwest Alumni Association specifically for alumni. Prior to the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 30, you’re invited to enjoy a 30-minute campus tour via a University 14-passenger shuttle van. Tours, narrated by Northwest’s Student Ambassadors, begin at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon. While the tours are first-come, first-served, sign-up sheets also will be available at the Northwest Alumni Association tent at the Bearcat Zone in College Park (which is where the tours will originate).

Come to think of it, with so much happening not only on campus but also in the many areas with alumni chapters, it’s pretty easy – and a lot of fun – to be engaged with Northwest. No wonder our “non-Bearcat” friends and co-workers are so envious!


Neil Neumeyer ’98
President, Northwest Alumni Association