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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 22, 2011

Northwest psychology students sponsor projects to benefit community, raise awareness

Along with studying the ways individuals think and behave in group settings, students in Northwest Missouri State University’s psychology of groups and teams course are raising awareness about issues affecting the Northwest and Maryville communities.

Thirty-three students are enrolled in the course this trimester and split into five groups, each creating a unique project. The projects range from raising awareness of the Nodaway Humane Society's mission to raising funds for the Backpack Buddies program. Another group is generating suggestions to address student concerns about parking.

“The assignment is designed to create an engaging experience so that students can increase their understanding of the scholarly theories and research,” said Dr. Alisha Francis, the course instructor and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling. “I provide the structure, but the focus and form of the projects are student- generated.”

Among the projects, students in the course are sponsoring a “Cardboard Campout,” from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Memorial Bell Tower. In partnership with the Maryville Ministry Center, the students will accept food and monetary donations while raising awareness of homelessness.

Teams of five to eight people will collect canned goods in exchange for cardboard boxes, which they will use to build houses. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night to the teams that build the best houses.

For more information about “Cardboard Campout,” contact Amanda Prenger at

For another project, dubbed “Share What You Wear,” students are collecting clothing donations to distribute to community members in need.

The group will supply donation boxes in Northwest residence halls, The Station, the J.W. Jones Student Union, the Administration Building, Horace Mann Laboratory School and at Calvary Chapel, 24770 Interlude Road in Maryville, until Thursday, Nov. 17. Underprivileged families are invited to select clothing items from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Wesley Center on the Northwest Campus.

For more information about “Share What You Wear,” contact Emily Sparks at

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