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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release


Natalie Watkins, Lisa Hirst and Cara Smith of Meara Welch Browne were among the Bearcats at the networking event hosted by the Kansas City Board of Trade.

May 5, 2010

Business networking event for Northwest's Kansas City alumni set for May 19

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends are invited to Northwest Networks - Kansas City, a business networking event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Solar Solutions of Kansas City (6418 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.).

Sam Kane, a 1982 Northwest alumnus, and Vicki Mulligan Kane, who also attended Northwest, are owners of Solar Solutions of Kansas City and will serve as the event's hosts.

Following the Northwest Networks - Kansas City social, participants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and share a little about their business or employment interests as well as learn more about Solar Solutions of Kansas City. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Northwest Networks - Kansas City was established by the Northwest Foundation four years ago, and today more than 200 alumni and friends are involved. The group meets at least once a quarter.

"While social networking sites are increasing in popularity, there is still value in face-to-face networking opportunities, and Northwest Networks - Kansas City allows our alumni and friends to expand their business connections and interact with fellow Bearcats in the Kansas City area," said Polly Howard, a development officer for the Northwest Foundation. "Each meeting provides a setting to not only meet or reacquaint yourself with fellow alumni, but a chance to hear about businesses and learn how you can help each other in your endeavors."

A courtesy RSVP for the upcoming meeting is requested, but not required, by Monday, May 17, by contacting Polly Howard at or 660.562.1248. Businesses interested in hosting future Northwest Networks - Kansas City events are also encouraged to contact Howard for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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