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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 6, 2012

Bell ringing scheduled to remember Tomarken Smith

Northwest Missouri State University will come together for a bell ringing in remembrance of a student who died in September.

The bell ringing at Northwest’s Bell of ’48 is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, in honor of Tomarken Smith, who died Sept. 14. Smith’s family will be in attendance, and the ceremony is open to the public.  

Smith, 21, of St. Louis, was a senior corporate recreation/wellness major with a minor in coaching. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, a former resident assistant and a student employee at the University fitness center.

The University also will award a posthumous degree to Smith’s family at its winter commencement ceremony Dec. 14. The commencement ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in Bearcat Arena.

“The Northwest community has been greatly impacted by Tomarken’s passing this fall,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “He was deeply engaged in the University culture through his coursework, membership in his fraternity and as a student employee. Like his interactions with his peers, so many faculty members have indicated how much they enjoyed having him in class and have recommended a posthumous degree. Therefore, it is appropriate that we honor his memory with next week’s bell ringing and recognize his academic accomplishments by awarding him a posthumous degree.”

The Bell of '48, located near the front of the Administration Building, is rung in memory of any member of the University community, and to announce other events deemed important by Student Senate and the administration.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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