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Sept. 28, 2013
The Peitzmeier family, of Omaha, Neb., was recognized as Northwest Missouri State University’s Family of the Year during Family Day activities Sept. 28.
Sponsored by Campus Dining, the Family of the Year award is bestowed each fall during the University’s Family Weekend festivities. The recognition comes with a $750 scholarship and other prizes.
Abby Peitzmeier, a junior pre-dental hygiene major, nominated her family for this year's honor. She is the daughter of Ron and Colleen Peitzmeier.
The family includes Tim Peitzmeier, a 2009 and 2011 Northwest graduate, and his wife, Aimee (Freeman) Peitzmeier, a 2010 graduate; Melissa Peitzmeier, a 2013 graduate; as well as Megan Peitzmeier and Ashlin Peitzmeier.
Abby serves on the executive board of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. As a member of Student Senate she serves as junior class president and was sophomore class president last year. She also is a peer advisor for Freshman Seminar, a SOAR leader and a Student Ambassador at Northwest.
She has volunteered with Northwest’s chapter of St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn and the Cat Crew as well as with Special Olympics, Race for the Cure, the S. June Smith Center, Girls on the Run, and Adopt-A-Highway.
As a Northwest student, Melissa served in several roles on her Alpha Sigma Alpha executive board, including president, and as a member of Student Senate, including junior class representative and senior class representative. She also was a member of Blue Key Honor Society, Order of Omega, Knacktive, American Marketing Association and was a Student Ambassador.
Melissa participated in Up ‘Til Dawn’s Colden Pond Plunge and also volunteered with Girls on the Run, Special Olympics, Adopt-A-Highway, Cat Crew, Kids Korner at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services, and the S. June Smith Center.
Tim was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and worked as a graduate assistant in the offices of Northwest’s deans. He also volunteered with the Cat Crew and Adopt-A-Highway.
Aimee was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and Order of Omega, serving as vice president of both organizations. She also served as a Freshman Seminar peer advisor. She volunteered with the Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Adopt-A-Highway, Cat Crew and with the Senior Citizen Prom.
Families are nominated by members of the Bearcat community or self-nominated. Applicants are judged on the family's commitment to Northwest, academic success, service and the family’s consistent and sustained involvement over several generations.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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