Jan. 13, 2010
President praises staff at opening meeting for contributions
MARYVILLE, Mo.- Northwest Missouri State President Dr. John Jasinski at last week's opening meeting praised faculty and staff for their contributions during the 2009 fall trimester and encouraged them to work together while leading the university into the spring trimester.
About 550 faculty and staff attended the opening meeting on Jan. 6 in Bearcat Arena, which included a recap of events from the fall, introductions of nine new employees and presentations about the university's marketing strategies, enrollment and retention, and budget.
Reflecting on the fall, Jasinski recognized the National Championship football team, as well as the successes of the soils judging, forensics and computer science teams. Jasinski also noted the Northwest Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) needs just two more tenants before it is full, and he praised staff for making $503,000 in voluntary budget cuts.
"That's huge!" said Jasinski, who took over July 1 as Northwest's 10th president. "There's a lot of good things going on at Northwest Missouri State University."
Using the football team and December's NCAA Division II National Championship game as a metaphor, Jasinski said Northwest staff can continue to be successful by working hard every day, including the preseason and off the field.
"It comes down to teamwork," Jasinski said. "It comes down to us. There will be some challenges like the third quarter of that National Championship game."
Jasinski also outlined goals that included visiting Northwest classrooms and operations, as well as taking time to sit on campus and talk with students and faculty. Jasinski said he plans to continue building relationships, promoting transparency and engaging people.
Discussing enrollment, Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, noted Northwest's fall enrollment was 7,076 with a record-breaking 1,466 freshmen. Schenkel also noted Northwest has had a 37 percent growth in admission applications during the last five years, and Northwest has retained 73 percent of its freshmen - a statistic that places it as a leader among moderately selective universities in Missouri. Northwest also has seen an increase in students from Iowa and Illinois.
For the fall 2010 trimester, Schenkel said 265 freshmen have applied to Northwest, and 249 have been accepted. Fifty-two transfer students have applied, and six have been accepted.
Dan Edmonds, interim Vice President of Finance & Support Services, also reviewed the university's budget and noted Northwest has suffered no layoffs, salary cuts or benefit reductions.
During the fall, Edmonds' office asked each department to aggressively monitor their budgets and consider what was needed to operate efficiently. As a result, Northwest made $503,000 in voluntary budget reductions.
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