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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 15, 2009

Intercultural U graduates 53 in inaugural class

Fifty-three members of the Northwest and Maryville communities will graduate from Intercultural U, Northwest's new intercultural training certification program designed to prepare individuals to serve as peer trainers and intercultural/diversity facilitators.

The graduation ceremony will begin with a 4:45 p.m. reception Thursday, Dec. 17, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Remarks by Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jackie Elliott will begin at 5:05 p.m.

"The goal of Intercultural U is to develop a group of in-house intercultural champions with holistic - personal, social and cultural - awareness of intercultural concepts," said Ame Lambert, director of intercultural affairs. "I encourage the Northwest community to attend Thursday's ceremony to support those who have invested their time and effort into their intercultural development in a way that benefits individuals and our campus."

The program, which began with a "foundational retreat" Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, included 20 hours of training (16 hours were required for certification) over the course of the fall trimester. Session topics included, for example, defining intercultural competence for Northwest students, factors affecting the retention and graduation of underrepresented students, mediating intercultural conflicts and designing developmental training.

For more information about Intercultural U at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/iic/intercultural/u/index.htm .

The following are Intercultural U's inaugural class of graduates:

  • Dr. Matt Baker, dean of students
  • Kathleen Baudino, international data specialist
  • Matthew Beckenford, assistant director of residential life
  • Steven Bryant, Millikan hall director
  • Mallory Budden, Wellness Center coordinator
  • Amea Chandler, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Amanda Cullin, community member, Jefferson schools
  • Meghan Davis, area coordinator, residential life
  • Linda Davison, project counselor, Upward Bound Math and Science
  • Matthew Deblieck, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Sean Eddington, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Dr. John Fisher, assistant professor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Casey Fraites, Franken hall director
  • Dr. Max Fridell, associate professor of educational leadership
  • Gerald Fuentes, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Emily Fuentes, graduate assistant, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Lisa Hamblen, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Mark Hetzler, director of auxiliary services
  • Dr. Rochelle Hiatt, assistant professor of psychology/sociology/counseling
  • Kora Jackson, South Complex hall director
  • Dr. Sam Jennings, director of student development, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Dr. Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Winifred Laber, adjunct professor
  • Brenda Lewis, English instructor
  • Jacquelyn Loghry, assistant director of Student Support Services
  • Cathy Matthews, textbook supervisor, Bearcat Bookstore
  • Matt Matthews, Perrin hall director
  • Angel McAdams, director of campus activities
  • Dixie McGary, freshman seminar secretary/instructor
  • Mike Miller, Tower Suites and The Station complex director
  • David Nelson, instructor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Sue Nickerson, executive secretary of student affairs
  • Dr. David Oehler, chair, associate professor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Aimee Rea, Robert Hall and Forest Village Complex director
  • Dr. Theophil Ross, professor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Margaret Sebastian, residential counselor, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • David Shadinger, assistant professor of communication/theatre/languages
  • Scott Shields, area coordinator, residential life
  • Kelly Smith, campus visit coordinator
  • Susan Smith, secretary for academic affairs and student development, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Melissa Spencer, assessment assistant
  • Linda Standerford, office manager, Talent Development Center
  • Amelia Sternitzky, Phillips hall director
  • Adam Stone, horticulturist/arborist
  • Jody Throener, residential life specialist
  • Elizabeth Titus, secretary, communication/theatre/languages
  • Kim Todd, user consultant
  • Tabatha Verbick, user consultant
  • Rose Viau, director of residential life
  • Christina Waggoner, student development specialist
  • Bradley Whitsell, Dieterich hall director
  • Elaine Wilson, secretary, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
  • Dr. Nathan Wilson, assistant professor of communication/theatre/languages

For more information, please contact:

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

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