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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 5, 2016

Northwest to honor nine retiring faculty members

Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate nine retiring faculty members this spring with a combined 220 years of service.

The University will honor the retirees during a reception at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The retiring faculty members are:

Judy Clark

Dr. Judy Clark, assistant professor of computer science and information systems

She began working at Northwest in 1997 and will retire July 31. She taught instructional technology and the learning process, introduction to online teaching, and computers and networks, among other courses.

Robert Dewhirst

Dr. Robert Dewhirst, professor of political science

He began working at Northwest in 1983 and will retire May 27. He taught American government, American congress, American presidency, media and politics, political parties, campaigns and elections.

Jeff Ferguson

Dr. Jeff Ferguson, associate professor of recreation

He began working at Northwest in 1987 and will retire Aug. 16. He taught foundations of recreation, risk management, and historical and philosophical concepts of parks and recreation, among other recreation courses.

Nancy Foley

Dr. Nancy Foley, associate professor of professional education

She began working at Northwest in 2000 and will retire Aug. 1. She taught intro to special education, education of the exceptional child, creating inclusive classrooms, and behavior management techniques, among other education courses.

Phil Laber

Phil Laber, professor of art

He began working at Northwest in 1976 and will retire July 31. He taught courses in photography, drawing, printmaking, and summer graduate workshops, among other courses.

Janet Reusser

Dr. Janet Reusser, professor of health and physical education

She began working at Northwest in 1992 and will retire May 2. She taught physiology of exercise, pathophysiology, exercise testing and prescription, senior seminar in physical education and observation II in physical education.

John Shaw

Dr. John Shaw, associate professor of physics

He began working at Northwest in 1988 and will retire May 31. He taught intro to physics courses, astronomy, electronics, statistics, modern physics II and quantum mechanics.

Rheba Vetter

Dr. Rheba Vetter, associate professor of health and physical education

She began working at Northwest in 2002 and will retire May 2. She taught aerobic and strength conditioning, lifetime wellness lab, dance techniques, choreography, and elementary health and physical education methods, among other courses.

Craig Warner

Craig Warner, associate professor of art

He began working at Northwest in 1998 and retired Dec. 31, 2015. He taught intro to design, advanced creative electronic imaging, graphic design senior seminar, and digital photography, among other courses.


For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Missouri State University
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