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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

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Northwest freshman Alex Heath, 2009 Mortar Board President for a Day, talks with
University President Dean L. Hubbard while sitting behind Hubbard's Desk in the
Administration Building.


Jan. 28, 2009

Northwest student, president change places for a day

Northwest student Alex Heath, a freshman agronomy major who grew up on his family's Andrew County farm southeast of Maryville, experienced what it was like to be a university president on Wednesday, Jan. 28, after winning the Mortar Board honor society's annual President for a Day drawing.

Heath, who graduated from Savannah High School in 2008, spent the day meeting with University administrators and attending to other presidential tasks. He is the son of Tom and Diane Heath of rural Helena.

As Heath settled in behind the carved desk in the president's office suite on the first floor of the Administration Building, Northwest President Dean L. Hubbard, wearing a Bearcats baseball cap and lined windbreaker, attended Heath's classes in earth science, plant science, American history and English composition.

Appointments on "President" Heath's calendar included a brief meeting and photo session with Hubbard followed by sessions with senior University officials who discussed Northwest's e-text initiative, plans for a new residence hall and MIAA intercollegiate athletics.

Both Heath and Hubbard were to attend an afternoon reception hosted by the Northwest Mortar Board chapter for freshmen named to the President's Honor Roll during their first trimester of college.

The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is an organization for upper-level students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, leadership and service. To be considered for membership, students must have completed their junior year and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Proceeds from the annual President for a Day drawing help support activities organized by Northwest's Mortar Board chapter throughout the year.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468