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Northwest students gathered for a foam party Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Centennial Garden  as part of the Office of Campus Activities' Bearcats After Dark series. The new program this year seeks to provide students with safe and alternative activities on the Northwest campus.

Northwest students gathered for a foam party Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Centennial Garden as part of the Office of Campus Activities' Bearcats After Dark series. The new program this year seeks to provide students with safe and alternative activities on the Northwest campus. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Sept. 20, 2013

Office of Campus Activities launches Bearcats After Dark series

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

Research indicates the more engaged and connected to campus life a student becomes, the more likely the student is to complete college successfully. With that in mind, Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Campus Activities is providing fun, creative and alternative programming to enhance students’ total college experience.

New this year, Bearcats After Dark events are a series of late-night programs for students, sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and designed to engage students in activities on weekends and during non-traditional hours.

According to a recent survey of Northwest students, 85 percent of respondents said they stay on campus or in Maryville at least two weekends a month, while 66 percent stay on campus or in Maryville at least three weekends a month.

To serve those students, Anthony Maly, Northwest’s new Campus Activities coordinator, is charged with developing more programs and activities with Northwest’s Student Activities Council.

“We are excited to create a new weekend programming initiative for students that serves to provide opportunities throughout the campus community in which they can participate,” Maly said.

After discussions with students, the Student Senate and Board of Regents last March approved an increase in the University’s student activity fee, which provides support of student activities and student engagement opportunities.

Bearcats After Dark, created as a collaborative effort between departments within the Office of Student Affairs, is a way to further enhance the overall student experience at Northwest.

“Part of the college experience is learning how to balance school work with the social life,” Student Activities Council Graduate Assistant Lindsey Steele said. “This series will keep students entertained on campus during weekends and serve as a form of stress relief. The events are things students can look forward to with their friends, and it’s a method of meeting new people.”

The Bearcats After Dark series kicked off Sept. 13 with karaoke and a late-night movie. The next night’s activities included a foam party at the campus’s Centennial Garden.  Upcoming events include Family Weekend entertainment Sept. 27-29 and dueling pianos.

For more information about Bearcats After Dark, contact Anthony Maly at ajmaly@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1226.


For more information, please contact:

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

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