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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

June 25, 2013

Northwest Alumni Association to honor 6 for success, service

Six distinguished members of the Northwest Missouri State University family will be honored during the Alumni Awards Banquet this fall.

The annual event, sponsored by Northwest Alumni Association, begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, with a social in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, followed by a dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

“There are so many alumni and friends of Northwest who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives, and much of what they do is a direct benefit to Northwest,” said Polly Howard, director of alumni and donor relations. “The annual Alumni Awards Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize those who love our University and thank them for their contributions in their respective areas.”

For more information about the Alumni Awards Banquet, or to purchase tickets, contact Brenda Untiedt at the Alumni House at 660.562.1248.

Tickets cost $30 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 13, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The honorees for 2013 are listed below.

Dr. Al Cade

Dr. Al Cade

Dr. Al Cade received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northwest in 1983. He began his professional career as an instructor and has continuously been promoted during the last 17 years at Missouri Southern State University. He will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Along with serving on various committees both at the state and campus level, Cade spearheaded the development of a diversity committee on Missouri Southern’s campus and now sponsors the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Cade has also held positions in collegiate teaching, coaching and administration at Northwest and Minnesota State University, Mankato. People who nominated Cade for the award described him as “a leader and role model in all that he does, as well as a person who exemplifies professionalism, dignity and faith.”

Cade lives in Joplin.

Dr. Aaron Johnson

Dr. Aaron Johnson

Dr. Aaron Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Northwest. He will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award.

Johnson began his professional career at Northwest in 2007 and specializes in geology courses. He serves as the director of the Honors Program and chairperson for the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Johnson is a member of the Nodaway County Fair Board and helps organize Girl Scout Science Saturday to provide hands-on science activities for girls.

Johnson lives in Maryville.

Al Sergel

Al Sergel

Al Sergel served 23 years as the director of bands in the music department at Northwest, prior to retiring in 2004. Sergel is the Faculty Emeritus Award recipient.

During his 23 years, he grew the band program in numbers and reputation. He was the co-founder of the Four-State Honor Music Festival, which helps recruit students to the music department. Sergel came out of retirement in 2012 and returned to Northwest as an adjunct professor and director of the Bearcat Marching Band.

He lives in Kansas City.

Cindy Pickerel

Cindy Pickerel

Cindy Pickerel will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

Pickerel was active in the St. Joseph Alumni and Friends Chapter before retiring in 2012 and moving to Colorado. While in St. Joseph, she was a Spanish teacher and department chair in the St. Joseph School District. Since moving, she and her husband, Mark, have been helping the Colorado Alumni and Friends Chapter be more active.

Pickerel lives in Bloomfield, Colo.

Dr. Wayne Woolsey

Dr. Wayne Woolsey

Dr. Wayne Woolsey graduated from Northwest in 1970 with an undergraduate degree in secondary education and in 1971 with a master’s degree in education. He will receive the Turret Service Award.

Woolsey spent 32 years in education as a special education teacher, coach, elementary, middle school and high school principal and assistant superintendent before retiring. He subsequently became a faculty member at Northwest, teaching numerous outreach classes and serving on the Re-Inventing Secondary Education Committee.

Woolsey lives in Excelsior Springs.

Keaton Guess

Keaton Guess

Keaton Guess graduated from Northwest in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in applied advertising. He will receive the Young Alumni Award.

Guess is a senior accountant manager at Yahoo! While at Northwest, Guess was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon Delta Nu chapter, involved in Blue Key Honor Society, Mortar Board, Cardinal Key and active in St. Jude’s Up Til Dawn. He was an assistant coach for the Maryville High School men’s soccer team, on the executive board for X-106 and a print designer for The Northwest Missourian.

Guess lives in New York City.

For more information, please contact:

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

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