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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 31, 2009

Student Senate announces service, quality award recipients

Northwest's Student Senate will host the University's annual Tower Service/Commitment to Quality Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 to honor individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Established by the Student Senate in 1998, the Commitment to Quality Award was created in response to Northwest winning its first Missouri Quality Award in 1997. The award is given to individuals whose work has notably enhanced Northwest's Culture of Quality and the institutional philosophy of continuous process improvement.

The Tower Service Award and Commitment to Quality Award are two of the highest honors that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees.

Student Tower Service Award winners

  • Alejandra Alvarez, senior public relations/broadcasting major, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Brooke Beason, senior interactive digital media major, Hopkins
  • Nathan Boling, senior pre-professional zoology major, Kirksville
  • SueAnn Crouse, senior elementary education major, Red Oak, Iowa
  • Kyle Dreessen, senior elementary music education major, Yutan, Neb.
  • Ryan Smith, senior journalism/political science major, Independence
  • Jared Williams, senior political science/geography major, Independence

Faculty/staff Tower Service Award winners

  • Kathy Darnell, RNC, FNP, family nurse practitioner, Wellness Center
  • David Duvall, associate director of environmental services
  • Amber Hawk, resource teacher, Horace Mann Laboratory School
  • Gene McClintock, electrician, Environmental Services
  • Will Murphy, TV/video engineer, Department of Mass Communication
  • Dr. Susan Myllykangas, assistant professor, HPERD
  • Doug Russell, instructor of marketing and management
  • Martin Sherry, carpenter/cabinetmaker, Environmental Services
  • Danny Smith, sportsfieldkeeper, Environmental Services
  • Kimberly Todd, user consultant, information systems

Tower Service Awards/Outstanding Advisors

  • Dr. Margaret Buerman, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, College of Education and Human Services
  • Dr. David McLaughlin, associate professor of political science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Toomey, instructor of marketing and management, Melvin and Valorie booth College of Business and Professional Studies

Commitment to Quality Award (individuals)

  • Anthony Brown, news bureau manager, Office of University Relations
  • Jon Goss, MBA candidate and Department of Educational Leadership graduate assistant, Kearney
  • Sarah Park, reference librarian, instructor of library science, B.D. Owens Library
  • Dr. Rebecca Hendrix, assistant professor of psychology, sociology and counseling
  • Jody Throener, residential life specialist, Office of Student Affairs (Residential Life)

Commitment to Quality Award (teams)

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling

  • Dr. Barnet Jerrold, professor
  • Avis Curphey, secretary
  • Elizabeth Dimmitt, instructor
  • Dr. Carla Edwards, associate professor and chair
  • Dr. Alisha Francis, assistant professor
  • Dr. April Haberyan, assistant professor
  • Dr. Rebecca Hendrix, assistant professor
  • Dr. Rochelle Hiatt, assistant professor
  • Dr. Richard Hogan, assistant professor
  • Dr. Roger Neustadter, professor
  • Dr. Kyoung-ho Shin, assistant professor
  • Dr. Linda Sterling, assistant professor
  • Dr. Ryan Wessell, assistant professor

7-Step Password Team, Office of Information Systems

  • Marolyn Alloway, data processing manager
  • Cheryl Birkenholz, PC specialist/help desk
  • Tim Carlyle, junior UNIX administrator
  • Girija Chavala, senior project manager
  • Dale Grasty, PC specialist/notebooks
  • Merlin Miller, client computing manager
  • Kyra Mills, data security analyst
  • Dr. Jon Rickman, vice president
  • Sean Sheil, network and server manager
  • Kimberly Todd, user consultant
  • Tabatha Verbick, user consultant

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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