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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 19, 2017

Career Pathing program offers students, employees, community members workplace-related learning opportunities

Northwest Missouri State University, in conjunction with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, invites students and employees, as well as the public, to a series of learning opportunities featuring presenters discussing workplace topics from engaging in difficult conversations and generational differences.

Eight presentations are scheduled this spring for area professionals. Each presentation costs $25 for Maryville Chamber of Commerce members or $40 for non-members.

The presentations are free to Northwest students and employees as part of the University’s Career Pathing program, which provides professional development opportunities to students interested in advancing to new levels of pay and responsibility.

Registration is available online at

Most presentations are 60 minutes long and are offered in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The schedule also includes a day-long training session Feb. 17 in The Station. More information about each session appears below.

For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1140 or email Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment at Northwest, at

“Define Your Vision and Mission: Keys to Collaboration”

Dr. Julie Connor

Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

Clear mission and vision statements reflect your beliefs and core values. They guide the words you speak, decisions you make, goals you create and events you plan. Create a powerful vision and mission aligned with your personal principles. For more information, visit

Dr. Julie Connor

“Build to Compete and Win!

Marvin Carolina Jr., Team Carolina

Thursday, January 25, in the Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (75 minutes)

Build to Compete and Win! is a workshop to provide a roadmap for the transition from college to pursuing employment in corporate America. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will understand their workplace competition, understand skills needed to best compete in corporate America, understand what corporate America is looking for in employees, and possess skills to successfully transition into internships or full-time employment. For more information, visit

Marvin Carolina

“Goal-Based Networking: How to Turn your Social Life into Profitable Relationships”

Jeff Beals, speaker, sales strategist and executive consultant

Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Student Union Ballroom; 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

This session will introduce “goal-based networking,” a technique that sharply focuses communication efforts. Attendees will learn what to say, when to say it and to whom you should say it. Learn how to synthesize social media with traditional networking. Once you master goal-based networking, your colleagues will be left wondering just how you became so well connected both locally and within your profession. For more information, visit

Jeff Beals


Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Northwest Wellness Services

Saturday, Feb. 17, The Station center meeting room; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch provided)

“RESPOND” is designed to assist the campus community in identifying students with mental health concerns. Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, and an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self, including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference. The interactive training will address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and Title IX and confidential sources. 

Rachel Mayfield

“Character Counts ... Doesn’t it?”

Karel Murray, Our Branch Inc.

Monday, Feb. 19, Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

This session is an intense examination of personal values and the practical application of principles that ultimately define what we know as “ethics.” Participants will actively explore ethical dilemmas and apply various decision-making models to arrive at a conclusion that fits their value system.

Karel Murray

“HIRT: Hostile Intruder Response Training – Owning your Survival”

Michael Ceperley, emergency management coordinator, Northwest Environmental Health and Safety

Tuesday, March 13, Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. (60 minutes)

This course will provide you with a general understanding of a hostile intruder’s mindset and why these types of events happen. Pre-incident indicators will be identified and discussed, as well as valuable response options which will allow you the opportunity to take a more active role in your safety. Strategies for disrupting an intruder’s plans and techniques for preparing defenses will be identified and the importance of putting response actions into motion as quickly as possible will be reinforced. If you are ever faced with a hostile intruder event, how you will respond will be determined by how you prepare now.

Michael Ceperley

“Working on a team, what does that really mean?”

Rachel Brooks, coordinator of equity, Northwest Office of Equity and Accessibility

Thursday, March 29, Student Union Ballroom; 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

Teams are complex in nature. When we ask for people to work in teams, do we ever ask ourselves what that really means? This session focuses on how we can better prepare ourselves to be contributors and function at a high level within team dynamics.

Rachel Brooks

“The Job Offer ... It’s More Than Just a $alary!”

Northwest Career Services

Thursday, April 9, Student Union Ballroom; 10 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

After all of your hard work, you have received a job offer. The salary offered is attractive but before accepting, there are a few things to consider. Those “things” are bundled together in what is referred to as a benefits package. The contents of the benefits package can make two seemingly similar job offers vastly different in value. Career Services will share pointers on how to better understand and evaluate employment offers. Informed employees are more engaged and satisfied in their careers.

Northwest Career Services

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468