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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 20, 2011

Northwest Alumni Association honors seven for success, service

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Seven distinguished members of the Northwest Missouri State University family will be honored during the Alumni Awards Banquet this fall.

The annual event, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, will begin with a 6 p.m. social Friday, Sept. 23, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

"The Alumni Awards Banquet is an evening of elegance when the Northwest Alumni Association shows its appreciation to individuals who have given their time and talents to Northwest," said Steve Sutton, director of alumni relations. "It is with great pride that we host and honor these Bearcats for their exceptional professional and personal achievements, extraordinary distinction in their fields and devotion to Northwest."

Tickets cost $30 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 9, on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Alumni Awards Banquet, or to purchase tickets, call the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or email To register online, go to

This year's honorees are:

Kevin Fullerton Kevin Fullerton

Kevin Fullerton, a 1988 Northwest graduate, will receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Fullerton is the owner and creative director for Springboard Creative in Kansas City. He has worked as a designer, art director and vice president and creative director at several Kansas City advertising agencies. He also has worked as an adjunct instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute since 2007. He is the president of the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City and serves as a speaker for PREP-KC, which introduces inner-city high school students to career opportunities. A member of the Mass Communications Professional Advisory Council at Northwest Missouri State University since 1995, Fullerton serves as a class speaker and mentor to several classes and organizations in the University's mass communications department.

He lives in Mission, Kan.


Dr. John Baker Dr. John Baker

Dr. John Baker, an associate professor in Northwest's Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, has been a Northwest faculty member since 1977. He will receive the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award.

During his tenure, Baker has served as department chair, the leader of the Future of Accounting Task Force and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both finance and accounting. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Baker provides pro bono legal and tax services for community not-for-profit organizations, serves as a municipal court judge in Maryville and has a private law practice. He is a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors, the St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors and serves as the chair of the College Research Committee at Northwest. 

He lives in Maryville.


Dorothy Walker Dorothy Walker

Dorothy Walker began her career at Northwest in 1958 and retired in 1987. She will receive the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award.

While at Northwest, she was a member of the physical education department. In 1962, she started the women's basketball team, and in 1967, the volleyball team, which she coached for five years. She was one of five members on the faculty council, which later grew in members and became faculty senate. A recipient of the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Service Award, Walker was a member of the national seeding committee for the national volleyball tournament. She also is the author of a book on archery that is used by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

She lives in Maryville.


Doug Sutton Doug Sutton

Doug Sutton, who has been a member of the Northwest Board of Regents for 10 years, will receive the 2011 Honorary Alumni Award.

During his terms as a Regent, he has been involved in many major decisions, including the start of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing and the approval of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A retired vice president of Kawasaki Motors, he was instrumental in starting the facility in Maryville. A recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Service Award given by the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, Sutton currently serves as president of the New Nodaway Humane Society Board and treasurer of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments.

He lives in Maryville.


Jim Blackford Jim Blackford

Jim Blackford, a 1972 Northwest graduate, has worked for Citizen's Bank and Trust since 1992, currently serving as a senior vice president. He will receive the 2011 Turret Service Award. Prior to working for Citizen's Bank and Trust, Blackford was co-owner and chief financial officer for LMP Steel and Wire Company.

An avid Bearcat supporter, he is past president of the Northwest Foundation and a member of the Bearcat Booster Club. He is an active member of the Maryville community and serves on the boards of directors for Community of Faith Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Northwest Missouri, St. Francis Hospital Foundation and Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. He also is a member of the Maryville Rotary Club, Campaign for Community Renewal and the Nodaway County Economic Development Team.

He lives in Maryville.


Allison KreifelsAllison Kreifels

Allison Kreifels is the family and consumer sciences teacher at Wahoo Public Schools in Wahoo, Neb., where she also serves as the adviser for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization and sponsor for the National Honor Society. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwest in 2006 and 2011, respectively, and will receive the 2011 Young Alumni Award.

Kreifels worked to create a partnership between Northwest and the National FCCLA organization for a post-baccalaureate program for FCCLA advisers to expand their skill set and get graduate credit. She works with students in assisting community organizations through service learning and community services opportunities. She currently serves on Northwest's Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board and is a recipient of the Region 2 Excellence in Advising Award.

She lives in Wahoo, Neb.


Dr. Conrad Woolsey Conrad Woolsey

Dr. Conrad Woolsey, a 2002 Northwest graduate, is an assistant professor and health and human performance lab coordinator at Oklahoma State University. He will receive the 2011 Young Alumni Award.

Woolsey has written numerous publications and news articles and has been an invited lecturer and coach at many universities. A former student-athlete at Northwest, Woolsey was involved in varsity track; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Northwest's Student Chapter of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Alpha Chi Academic Fraternity and Missouri State Teachers Association Student Chapter. In 2010, he was nominated for the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Presidents Outstanding Faculty Award.

He lives in Tulsa, Okla.

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