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April 24, 2017
Tim Evans will soon use the skills he developed at Northwest Missouri State University, the military and his junior college when he serves as a chaplain candidate and is commissioned as a military officer.
Evans of Raymore, Missouri, graduates from Northwest this spring with his bachelor’s degree in business technology. In the fall, he begins classes at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
“For the last seven years, I have been serving in the Missouri Army National Guard as a network systems installer and maintainer,” Evans said. “When I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I should be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the chaplain candidate program by the fall. I want to provide spiritual support to fellow soldiers that work to protect our country.”
Just a few years ago, Evans had not heard of Northwest Missouri State University. He wanted to attend college, but didn’t know where he wanted to go.
Then, he attended a church outreach ministry event at the Tan-Tar-A resort in the Lake of the Ozarks where he met Bearcats who shared his values of family, focus and faith.
“It made me want to be a part of the Bearcat community,” he said. “I earned my associate degree from Metropolitan Community College-Longview and transferred to Northwest.”
When he got to campus, Evans joined multiple organizations, such as the Lutheran Campus Center, Campus Crusade for Christ, Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, the Bearcat Marching Band, Studio Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University Chorale.
“When I got here, I found a group of people and organizations that shaped me to who I am today and strengthened my faith,” Evans said. “I made friendships with people and built relationships that will remain for the rest of our lives.”
Evans said his favorite memories are attending the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division II football national championship games in Kansas City, Kansas, and singing in the 2015 Homecoming Variety Show.
“Even though the band didn’t get to perform at the 2016 football championship game due to the weather, I stood there in the stands cheering with the rest of the frozen Bearcats,” he said.
Evans says he was not a perfect student and that he had to work hard to be successful. Before he declared business technology as a major, he was a management information systems major.
“If it wasn’t for my professors, the director of the Lutheran Campus Center, my hometown and campus pastors, parents, peers and study groups, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Evans said. “Professors at Northwest have an open door policy, and I took the opportunity to seek their help and guidance.”
He encourages students to make lasting relationships, seek help when needed, and participate in new activities and organizations that develop ideas and skills to become marketable in future careers.
“When I say ‘once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat,’ I truly mean it,” Evans said. “I have enjoyed every moment on campus, and am glad I was at Tan-Tar-A and met those Bearcats. It allowed me to be part of and grow at this University.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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