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Chapter Member of the Year Chapter of the Year Alumni Award recipients

(Left) Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski (left) congratulates Paul Wilmes for being named the Northwest Alumni Association Chapter Member of the Year.

(Center) Neil Neumeyer (left), president of the Northwest Alumni Association, presents Kim Wall, president of the Central Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter, the Chapter of the Year Award.

(Right) Distinguished recipients of the Northwest Alumni Association awards are (from left) Dr. Elise Gutshall, Dr. Frances Shipley, Dr. Mark Corson, Mary Hamilton Purdy and Dave Snider.

Sept. 27, 2009

Wilmes, Central Iowa Chapter honored by Northwest Alumni Association

Paul Wilmes of Maryville is the Northwest Alumni Association's 2008-2009 Chapter Member of the Year, and the Central Iowa Alumni and Friends Chapter is the 2008-2009 Chapter of the Year.

Wilmes, a 1975 Northwest graduate who is past president of the Maryville Alumni and Friends Chapter, accepted the award Sept. 18 at the annual Northwest Alumni Awards Banquet in Maryville.

"During Paul's time as president, the Maryville Chapter raised $1,400 to endow its chapter scholarship. Paul's leadership in the Maryville Chapter has enabled the number of events, the attendance at those events and the number of connections to grow," said Neil Neumeyer, president of the Northwest Alumni Association, who made the award presentation. "But my favorite thing about Paul is his inherent enthusiasm and passion for all things Northwest. I never see him without a smile on his face and ready to jump in to lend a hand. That excitement is contagious and invaluable."

Kim Wall, a 2001 Northwest alumna who is serving her second year as the Central Iowa Chapter's president, accepted the Chapter of the Year Award.

The Chapter of the Year award is determined by chapter performance during the past year. Selection, by a committee of the Northwest Alumni Association's national board members, is made after reviewing each chapter's annual reports and examining the achievement of criteria stated in the association's Qualities of Excellence program.

"The Central Iowa Chapter was selected not only for the pure number of events, uniqueness of events and consistency in attendance, but also for some of the pioneering efforts it's conducting - including use of social media to make connections and fundraising for community charities," Neumeyer said. "In addition to traditional chapter activities such as socials and sporting events, the Central Iowa Chapter has hosted a book reading - where 78 percent of the attendees were new and hadn't been to a chapter event before, brought up the jazz band from Northwest, gone to a historical museum and created its own blog."

Five distinguished members of the Northwest family also were recognized during the annual awards ceremony, and included:

  • Mary Hamilton Purdy, a 1972 Northwest graduate who became a leader and symbol of women in the U.S. Navy, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award;
  • Dr. Elise Gutshall, a 2000 Northwest graduate and an assistant professor of voice at Wayne State College, who received the Young Alumni Award;
  • Dr. Mark Corson, an associate professor of geography at Northwest, who received the Distinguished Faculty Award;
  • Dr. Frances Shipley, a 1961 Northwest graduate who retired last year as department chair and dean of the University's graduate school, who received the Faculty Emeritus Award; and
  • Dave Snider, who earned a bachelor's degree from Northwest in 1980 and an MBA in 1983, who received the Turret Service Award for his significant contribution of time and talent to Northwest and the Northwest Alumni Association.

To view a photo album from this year's banquet, visit http://www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni/photoalbum/2009AlumniAwards/index.htm.

For more information about the Northwest Alumni Association, contact Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations, at ssutton@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1248 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni.


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