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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 6, 2013

Nominations sought for 2013 Northwest Alumni Awards

The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at its annual awards program. The awards are annually presented to alumni, faculty and friends of the University who have demonstrated professional achievement or extraordinary dedication to Northwest.

“So many of our alumni and friends are doing amazing things in their careers and in life,” Polly Howard, director of alumni relations. “Much of that success is due to the foundation that was established while they were here at Northwest, so it is only fitting that we acknowledge those accomplishments and celebrate publicly their successes on the campus of their alma mater. To showcase our outstanding alumni is not only an inspiration to their peers, but to our current students as well.”  

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 15. Nomination forms and listings of past recipients are available by clicking here.

Nominees are being sought for the following categories:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Recognizes Northwest alumni for their exceptional professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in their chosen field.

Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award: Recognizes a former faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service or research contributions at Northwest.

Distinguished Faculty Award: Recognizes a present faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service or research contributions at Northwest.

Honorary Alumni Award: Honors Northwest friends who have served, promoted and loved the University in the tradition of a loyal graduate.

Turret Service Award: Acknowledges a graduate or former student for his or her significant contributions of time and talents on behalf of the University and the Northwest Alumni Association.

Young Alumni Award: Honors a graduate of the last decade for his or her exceptional achievements in career, public service or volunteerism that bring honor to the University.

Last year’s recipients were Dr. Edward L. Farquhar (Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award), Dr. Ahmed Malkawi (Distinguished Faculty Award), Mitch Osborn (Distinguished Alumni Award), Dr. Max Ruhl (2012 Honorary Alumni Award), Dan Runde (Turret Service Award) and Dr. Tyler Tapps (Young Alumni Award).

This year’s Alumni Awards Banquet is Friday, Sept. 27, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom on the Northwest campus. The event begins with a social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or 660.562.1248.

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