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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 5, 2012

Northwest invites public to workplace-related learning opportunities

Northwest Missouri State University, in conjunction with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, invites the public to its campus again this spring for a series of community learning opportunities featuring renowned presenters discussing topics such as work-life balance, leadership, generational differences, team-building and time management.

In conjunction with its Career Pathing program, Northwest will host five presentations for area residents. Each presentation costs $25 for Maryville Chamber of Commerce members, and those members should register through the Chamber. The cost to non-members is $40 with registration available online at

The presentations are free to Northwest students and employees as part of the University’s Career Pathing Program.

The series begins Thursday, Jan. 31, with Cathy Newton, of PRT Consulting Inc., presenting “Balancing Work & Life in a Connected World.” Then, Steven Iwersen – an ambition expert, speaker and author – presents “Chasing Porcupines: How to Lead Prickly People” Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Marty Stanley, of Dynamic Dialog, presents “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” Wednesday, March 20, and Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi, of All World Languages and Cultures Inc., presents “Yan-Koloba: The Power Of Win-Win Outcome In Bridging Cultures” Monday, April 1.

The series concludes Tuesday, April 16, with Chuc Barnes, of Minutes Count! LLC, with “Get Your Ducks In A Row!”

Each presenter will offer his or her session at three different times. All presentations are in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom on the Northwest campus.

Paula McLain, student employment coordinator at Northwest, said the University is excited to offer these beneficial sessions to local residents. The University offered four sessions this fall that focused on customer service, workplace drama, job performance and phone etiquette.

"This fall we had many engaging programs that provided an opportunity for our students and staff to learn alongside local community members,” McLain said. “It is very rewarding to witness the interaction and excitement experienced by those attending, and we are eager to continue to make these programs available to the community.”

More information about the public sessions appears below. Each session will be in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom on the Northwest campus. For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1140 or email

Northwest’s Career Pathing Program, which is administered through the University’s student employment program, is a structured student employee earn-and-learn development program that provides opportunities for advancement, training and development, performance-based evaluations, affordability of a post-secondary education and encourages retention and degree completion through a comprehensive student experience. Northwest’s student employment and Career Pathing programs have been internationally benchmarked and are highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education among “Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success.”

Cathy Newton: “Balancing Work & Life in a Connected World”
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 (75-minute sessions)
Subject: Work – Life Balance

We live in a crazy world that is more connected, complex, and uncertain than ever before. The distinction between work and personal life has blurred causing ambiguity and stress. Stressful situations can cause you to feel … no energy! … Scattered energy! … Even ugly energy! You can create balance by understanding how to return to your center of positive energy and well-being. In that state, you will be resilient enough to keep your cool, cope with stressful challenges, and claim your balance. This interactive session will give you a power charge and teach you practical strategies for keeping your balance intact.

Cathy Newton

Steven Iwersen: “Chasing Porcupines: How to Lead Prickly People”
10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 (60-minute sessions)   
Subject: Leadership

How do you handle those moments when you encounter uncooperative people? More importantly, how do you direct them to a successful outcome when they are resistant to change? What do you do when you are feeling prickly? This session provides practical methods for communicating and building trust during uncomfortable times. Lead others to shared success without getting stuck. Based on the World Famous Porcupine Races, Steven leads you during this workshop through an adventure of discovery – the reasons for conflict, the tools for success and the practical methods of working out solutions so that everyone wins!

Steven Iwersen

Marty Stanley: “What’s Age Got To Do With It?”
10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (60-minute sessions)
Subject: Generational differences

If you work with, sell to, or provide services to people ranging in age from 20 to 60-plus, this program is for you! Whether you’re trying to attract, retain or motivate employees or volunteers or present proposals to clients or funders, age has a lot to do with your success in communicating your message. Get the inside information on how to connect and communicate to The Silent Generation, Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

Marty Stanley

Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi: “Yan-Koloba: The Power Of Win-Win Outcome In Bridging Cultures”
8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013 (90-minute sessions)
Subject: Team-building

We all view the world through our cultural lenses imposed upon us by our upbringing, education, or by the society. When people with different cultural lenses come to work together, there come moments of frustration and disappointment when miscommunication gets in the way of group harmony, effectiveness and productivity. Imagine a team activity that reaches across all cultural boundaries, fully delights and engages an unlimited number of participants, reinforcing in them the concepts of village unity, promotes shared values and win-win opportunities, and in which success depends on the concentration and commitment of each player. Yan-koloba has roots in the traditions of African cultures. It is the only social game that gathers people of all ages, genders and physical abilities around the same circle. By playing Yan-koloba, participants reinforce the concepts of respect for self and others, trust and acceptance, responsibility and leadership, unity and teamwork, all in a fun and very enjoyable environment.

Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi

Chuc Barnes: “Get Your Ducks In A Row!”
11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (90-minute sessions)
Subject: Time management

Days are blurring as everything happens at lightning speed. Many people respond with hurry, worry and constant feelings of pressure, anxiety and frustration. One good answer to all of this is to manage your time and attention. That means managing your most important resource – you! To help you better manage yourself, Chuc Barnes, a national award-winning speaker, trainer and author, will work with you to help arm you with ideas and how-tos for managing your time. He is the author of two books, ”Get Your Ducks in A Row” for people who want more effective use of the time in their days and “Capture the Moment” for people who want to make the most of their time in front of an audience.

Chuc Barnes



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