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Oct. 14, 2009
Dr. John Jasinski will be formally installed as the 10th president of Northwest Missouri State University at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The ceremony will be in the University's Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts in Maryville.
Members of the public as well as University students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the ceremony and the remainder of the events associated with the president's inauguration.
"I am deeply honored to have been chosen to lead this great University with such distinguished faculty, outstanding staff, excellent students and loyal and very passionate alumni," Jasinski said. "It is my hope that the day's collective events serve to focus on both what Northwest offers in the way of a unique and transformative educational experience as well as the work of our previous nine presidents, their families and those who served with them throughout our 104-year history. This is a great opportunity to reflect, celebrate and say thank you to Bearcat nation as we move forward with heightened aspirations and expectations."
The installation ceremony's faculty, delegate and platform party processional will be led by Dr. Richard Fulton, professor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science, who will present the ceremonial mace. The installation ceremony will include greetings by Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson; Northwest Foundation Board of Directors President Michael Faust, a 1974 Northwest alumnus; Student Senate President Erin Holm; Support Staff Council President Tanner Walker; and Dr. Max Fridell, president of the 26th Faculty Senate.
Jeff Greunke, a 1991 Northwest alumnus, will serve as master of ceremonies, and Michael Johnson, a 1985 Northwest alumnus, will be the guest speaker.
James "Bill" Loch, president of the Northwest Board of Regents, will conduct the formal installation, and president emeriti Dr. Dean Hubbard and Dr. B.D. Owens will make the presentation of the presidential medallion followed by Jasinski's inaugural address.
Throughout the ceremony, music will be provided by the Wind Symphony, under the direction of Carl Kling, assistant professor of music, and Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, professor of music. In addition, the Inaugural Festive Fanfare will be performed. This is an original composition by Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music, commissioned by the Wind Symphony in honor of Jasinski's inauguration.
Live streaming audio of the installation ceremony will be carried on the KXCV/KRNW Web site at www.kxcv.org .
Following the installation ceremony, there will be a series of open houses and academic showcases occurring concurrently from noon to 2 p.m. at Colden Hall, Everett W. Brown Education Hall, Hudson and Perrin Residence Halls and the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.
The celebration continues with a 2 p.m. flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza followed by a 3:30 p.m. Valk Center renovation dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A grand reception to cap inaugural activities will begin at 4 p.m. on the first floor of the Administration Building.
Donations made in honor of the inauguration will be used to establish the Jasinski Scholarship Fund, which will benefit Northwest's American Dream Grant, a need-based financial aid initiative for undergraduates who might otherwise find a college education beyond their financial reach. Unlike other need-based programs, the grant pays virtually all college expenses during a student's first two years at the University, including tuition, room, board, books and the use of a laptop computer. For more information about the American Dream Grant or to contribute to the Jasinski Scholarship Fund, contact the Northwest Foundation at 660.562.1248 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/GiveOnline .
To courtesy RSVP for the inauguration events, or for additional information, please visit www.nwmissouri.edu/rsvp .
About Dr. John Jasinski
Jasinski began his Northwest presidency July 1. He returned to Northwest after serving the institution from 1986 to 2001 as a faculty member, department chair and associate provost. Before being chosen as Northwest's president, Jasinski served Northwood University from 2007 to 2009 as executive vice president/chief academic and operating officer and was president of Jasinski Consulting Services from 2001 to 2009.
Jasinski is nationally known for his work with the Academic Quality Improvement Program, having aided in the design of the accrediting method, and for his work with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He has been a judge for the Missouri Quality Award and served on the board of directors for St. Francis Hospital and Health Services. He also has worked with a myriad of organizations across all sectors in helping shape organizational excellence, is published nationally and is a presenter at national and international conferences.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Educational Leadership/Higher Education Administration) and master's and bachelor's degrees from Central Michigan University. Jasinski and his wife of 24 years, Denise, are the parents of four children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas.
About Denise Jasinski
First Lady Denise Jasinski graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1990 with a bachelor's in elementary education. She is a former Northwest employee, having worked as a tutor and as the academic coordinator for the Upward Bound program for eight years.
In addition to being the mother of four children, she is known for her community involvement, her renovation skills and her aesthetic eye. She has remodeled the family's 102-year-old home in Maryville, doing a great deal of the work herself. She is currently helping oversee the renovation of the Gaunt House, the president's residence at Northwest.
From serving on the St. Gregory's School Board for six years - five as president - to many other charitable endeavors, Denise Jasinski has always been an active community member. As first lady, she said her priorities include continued involvement in helping to develop the community, with an emphasis on affordable, quality and safe housing for all.
Established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university with more than 7,000 students enrolled and more than 50,000 alumni. Northwest offers more than 140 undergraduate majors and 36 master's programs. The business, education, geography and agriculture departments graduate the largest number of students each year.
In 1987, Northwest unveiled its Electronic Campus and became the first public college or university in the United States to provide a networked computer terminal in every residence hall room and faculty office. Ten years later, Northwest upgraded the Electronic Campus by providing a networked personal computer in every residence hall room and a notebook computer for every faculty member. Now, all students are provided laptops. Textbooks are also included in tuition, saving students an average of $900 per year.
Since 1997, Northwest has been honored with the Excellence in Missouri Foundation's Missouri Quality Award, an extraordinary achievement in applying improvement principles to all University operations. Northwest has received the award in each year it was eligible and is the first organization to become a four-time recipient.
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