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Northwest Missouri State University


Special Interest and Volunteer Organizations

Advocates for Animal Awareness

President:

Mercedes Cooper

Advisor:

Kristina Martinez

Mission:

To promote an educated environment to better the safety and health of animals.

Purpose:

Collaborate to help the New Nodaway Humane Society and to manage a healthy Feral Cat trap and release program, also to educate the community to promote an animal friendly environment for all animals.

Alpha Kappa Psi

President:

Amaly Reinsch

Advisor(s):

Michelle Nance; Benjamin Blackford

Mission:

"Providing resources for enhancing the educational experience of future business leaders."

Purpose:

When you join Alpha Kappa Psi, you join an elite group of professionals who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and careers on track.  This is accomplished through professional programs at various levels. Fraternity programs include Principled Business Leadership Institute, The Academy, Case Competition and the College of Leadership. Members gain many valuable skills on the local level as they operate their chapters as "franchises” of Alpha Kappa Psi. Such professional development, when marketed to employers, will set you apart from your peers.

Alternative Spring Break

Presidents:

Marissa Bell

Advisor:

Amy Nally 

Mission:

NW Alternative Spring Break Program empowers members to become active citizens through education, direct service, and reflection.

Purpose:

The goal for the ASB organization is to progressively improve the experience of true service-learning for Northwest students and successfully incorporate classroom learning in real world situations. Students will encounter difficult circumstances that place them outside their comfort zone, as volunteerism frequently requires willingness to benefit others, regardless of personal apprehension. Volunteering gives students the opportunity to meet new friends, network, and make a difference in someone's life.

Anime Club

 President:

 Laura Vockery

 Advisor:

 Kenton Wilcox

 Mission:

To introduce and enjoy the art of Animation, whether American or Japanese.

 Purpose:

To watch, critique, read, and share anime and manga (not just Japanese, American forms as well). To also provide gaming outlets involving Animation.

 Association of Non-Traditional Students

 President:

 Paul Rybolt

 Advisor:

 Jacque Loghry; Sue Nickerson  

Mission:

The mission of the Association of Non-Traditional Students is to encourage and coordinate support, education and advocacy for the adult learner.

Purpose:

By recognizing the unique needs of non-traditional students and appreciating the diversity they bring to the campus, ANTS provides a unique opportunity for members to pool resources for the benefit and mutual advancement of non-traditional students. We exist to enhance the academic experience and intellectual advancement of the non-traditional student learner.

ANTS strives to provide the non-traditional student with a sense of belongiong and a safe place to share concerns in an environment of confidentiality.

 Cinema Society

 President:

 Luke Baty 

 Advisor:

  Will Murphy

 Mission:

The mission of Cinema Society is to entertain through movies.

 Purpose:

The purpose of the Northwest Missouri State University Cinema Society is to watch and enjoy movies with others.

 Coalition Against Violence

 President:

Rachel Head

 Advisor(s):

Christina Incontro

 Mission:

The CAV is dedicated to promoting awareness and preventing violence of all kinds through education, empowerment, support, and advocacy.

 Purpose:

The purpose of CAV is to:

a. Provide a venue to work towards breaking the silence about violence.
b. Contribute to a violence free campus by educating the campus community about violence issues.
c. Empower, support and advocate for survivors of violence through programming, presentations and outreach.
d. Promote awareness about violence issues to the campus community ensuring personal and academic success.

Collegiate Farm Bureau

President:

Joseph Frueh 

Advisor:

James Larson

Mission:

Communicate with State and National Farm Bureau organizations, other collegiate Farm bureau organizations, and other interested groups with the goal of uniting in common interests and promoting the industry of agriculture in america.

Purpose:

Serve as a bridge between current agriculture production and business interests and northwest Missouri state university students, faculty, and administration. Interact with legislators in Jefferson city and Washington, DC as an active voice for agriculture interests.
Criminal Justice Club

 President:

Taylor Barton

 Advisor:

Kimberly Casey

Mission:

To provide additional educational opportunities outside of the classroom for those interested in the criminal justice field.

Purpose:

The Criminal Justice Club shall exist as a means by which students and faculty interested in the area of Criminal Justice may meet to discuss and further their goals and objectives in the field.

CCR Club

 President:

Candace Holmes

 Advisor:

Mark Corson; Matt Johnson 

 Mission:

Our mission is to empower NWMSU students to display leadership by being humanitarians at all times, not only in the face of crisis, but every day by helping our neighbors on campus and around the community.

 Purpose:

 The purpose of the CCR Club is to activate the C-CERT Team (Campus Community Emergency Response Team)in Maryville. We want to provide students with the opportunity to understand how to respond during crises and then give students the opportunity to use those skills to respond to different events throughout the school year.

Diabetes Support Group

President:

Lauren Regan

Advisor:

Judy Frueh

Mission:

To provide a support system where Northwest students who have diabetes can come and feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their diabetes.

Purpose:

a.To promote interest in diabetes management.
b.To provide a support system for Northwest students living with diabetes.
c.To represent student wants and needs in regards to the campus’ handling of diabetes.
d.To provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit of the University community.

Ducks Unlimited

President:

Landon Monroe

Advisor:

Brian Hesse

Mission:

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.  Here at Northwest Missouri State, we will help to inform our peers of the importance of wildlife and conservation.

Purpose:

The purpose of Ducks Unlimited is to have sufficient enough wetlands to fill the skies with waterfowl, today, tomorrow and forever. At Northwest Missouri State our goal is help fund these programs to increase wetlands.

Ellis Foundation

President:

Matthew J Bailey

Advisor:

Robert Dewhirst

Mission:

 To provide guidance, networking opportunities, and professional development for Ellis Foundation Scholars at NWMSU by way of the mentoring program. Disclaimer: The Ellis Foundation is a separate entity that provides scholarships to students prior to entering college and does not allocate or provide scholarship money to students already enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University (unless that student is a continuing Ellis Scholar who was already receiving scholarship money from the Ellis Foundation beginning in their first year of studies). The organization at NWMSU functions as a support structure for those students already receiving funds from the Ellis Foundation.

Purpose:

The fundamental reason for the Ellis Foundation’s existence outside of NWMSU is to build college retention rates by identifying students who are at risk of not graduating and offering additional support to help them through the challenges they face. Within the NWMSU community of Ellis Scholars, the purpose of the Ellis Foundation’s branch is to encourage college success and develop bonds within the Ellis community through friendship and networking opportunities. This is accomplished by way of providing a supportive framework that ensures the success of freshman students while also providing guidance and resources for all Ellis scholars. To give back to the Maryville community—and later society at large—the Ellis Foundation encourages and facilitates the development of a philanthropic spirit that maintains the “Pay it Forward” mentality.

Equestrian Club

 President:

Jenna Anthony

 Advisor:

Michelle Allen

 Mission:

We are a group of Northwest students dedicated to an equestrian lifestyle, hobby, or sport! Everyone is welcome to join whether you have had prior horse experience or not! You do not have to own a horse in order to join!

 Purpose:

 Our purpose is purpose is to promote the continuation of education and hands on equine related activites within the university and surrounding commnities.

 Fellowship of the Tower Gaming Club

 President:

Greg Hayes

 Advisor:

Wayne Chandler 

 Mission:

 To provide a safe open space for students and community members to play games together.

 Purpose:

To provide a space to any and all students, faculty, or community members to play board games, table-top games, pencil and paper games, video games, card games, etc.

Fishing Club

 President:

 Andrew Nordbye 

 Advisor:

 Jon Gustafson

Mission:

To provide knowledge and experience to all college anglers interested in fishing.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Northwest Fishing Club is to provide academic and social activities in the sport of fishing for the active members of the club.

Financial Management Association

 President:

Monica Irwin

 Advisor:

 Casey Abington

Mission:

The mission of FMA is to serve the global finance community by broadening the common interests between academics and practitioners, providing opportunities for professional interaction between and among academics, practitioners and students and promoting the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices
enhancing the quality of education in finance.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Financial Management Association is to be the global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making.

 Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)

 President:

Hollie Smith

 Advisor:

Christina Incontro 

Mission:

GAMMA seeks to promote social responsibility, while working cooperatively with Greek and campus life. We build unity between Greek and non-Greek organizations to promote campus wellness, and provide educational opportunities.

Purpose:

GAMMA's mission is attained through community outreach, organizational education, team building, and our recognition program.

Homecoming Committee

President:

Mackenzie Gangala

Advisor(s):

Angel McAdams  

Mission:

The mission of the Northwest Missouri State University Homecoming Council  is to act as a unified body, providing organization and implementation of homecoming festivities. The Homecoming Committee will represent the student body as a whole as well as their respective organizations regarding homecoming decisions.

Purpose:

The mission of the Northwest Missouri State University Homecoming Council is to act as a unified body, providing organization and implementation of homecoming festivities. The homecoming council will represent the student body as a whole as well as their respective organizations regarding homecoming decisions.

Humans VS Zombies

President:

 Micah Walker

Advisor(s):

Matt Johnson; Daniel Smith 

Mission:

To help creates deep bonds between players and remove social boundaries, while having fun.

Purpose:

The organization will work with players, administration, and other groups on campus to implement, manage, moderate Humans vs Zombies game(s) on Campus. By having a "Go to" group of students and staff, players and non players will not only more fully enjoy the game(s) but the game(s) will be safer and well understood.

Independent Filmmakers Club

President:

Matt Meier

Advisor(s):

Will Murphy

Mission:

The Independent Filmmakers Club seeks to teach students the ways of the filmmaking process, from scripting, shooting, directing, and editing, all the way to creating a finished film.

Purpose:

We strive to give interested Northwest students the opportunity to undertake filmmaking, regardless of the student's prior knowledge in film production.

Marine Biology Society

President:

Sarah Mousel

Advisor(s):

Peter Adam

Mission:

To provide a way for those with an interest in Marine Biology to get together and find ways to help promote different aspects of Marine Biology to the general public.

Purpose:

To build relationships between students with similar passions and with the marine environment.

 Military Students of Support (S.O.S.)

President:

Abigail Snyder

Advisor(s):

Lisa Bishop

Mission:

Our goal is to support the troops through two ways:
1) creating and sending care packages to troops currently deployed and
2) spreading awareness and providing a support group for community members in regards to deployed soldiers and/or friends/family still in the service, and veterans.

Purpose:

To provide support for community members who have connections to the military and spread awareness in regards to supporting the military.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

President:

Parker Worden

Advisor(s):

Dr. William Richardson

Mission:

The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.

Purpose:

To provide a common brotherhood for outstanding men in the field of music, and to promote music both on campus and in our community.

Random Acts of Kindness Club

 President:

 Kimberly Meinke

 Advisor(s):

Leslie Murphy; Kenna Johnson

 Mission:

"Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference." - Kevin Heath

 Purpose:

To build self-esteem and raise school moral by showing every person at our university that he or she can make a difference and is appreciated.

Science Fiction Society of Northwest

 President:

Nicholas Lazen

 Advisor(s):

Wayne Chandler

 Mission:

To broaden people's horizons about science fiction movies, literature, and art.

 Purpose:

To provide an opportunity for people interested in or curious about science fiction—regardless of their level of experience with it—to read, watch, and discuss substantive examples of the genre

 S.I.S.T.A.H

 President:

 Tiffany Scantlebury

 Advisor:

Steve Bryant

 Mission:

To create a sincere bond between the woman of northwest.

 Purpose:

To create a safe place for woman to have discussions.
To serve as a mentoring program for incoming freshman.
To help empower girls to become strong woman.

 Sigma Alpha

 President:

 Tasha King 

 Advisor:

 Kelsey Bowlin; Callie Mullins 

 Mission:

Cultivating Professional Women in Agriculture

 Purpose:

The objective of Sigma Alpha shall be to promote its members in all facets of agriculture and to strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. It is the purpose of the members to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, and to further the development of excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture.

 Sigma Society

 President:

  Molly Williams 

 Advisor:

  Allison Hoffmann; Dr. Casey Abington 

 Mission:

To provide opportunities for women at Northwest Missouri State University interested in enriching their college experience to become involved in meaningful activities which will benefit others.

 Purpose:

A sisterhood that serves Northwest Missouri State University and the community through community service.

S.T.A.N.D.S (Students Taking Action at Northwest for Developing Sustainability)

President:

Brianna Harbison

Advisor:

John Viau

Mission:

Promote and support Sustainability at Northwest

Purpose:

Reach out to fellow students to make sustainability part of their life-long learning.

 St. Jude Up til Dawn

 President:

Kylie Niichel

 Advisor:

Anthony Mittan 

 Mission:

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

 Purpose:

Up 'til Dawn is a nationwide student-led philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students participate in a year of online fundraising that culminates with the Big Event, an all-night challenge that brings all participants together.

Student Activites Council

President:

Emily Chowdhury

Advisor:

Anthony Maly

Mission:

Entertainment for the students by the students.

Purpose:

To provide a variety of enterainment for multiple types of interests through the acaedmic school year. Events include lectures, late night events, concerts, comedians, and other special events.

Student Veterans Association

President:

Jonathan Sielaff

Advisor:

Mark Corson

Mission:

The Northwest Student Veterans Association assists Veterans, Current Servicemembers, and Military Spouses to make an easier transition into the academic community.

 Purpose:

The purpose of the Northwest Student Veterans Association is to provide Veterans, Current Service Members, and Military Family Members the opprotunity to easily transition into the academic and social life of the university to contribute to a successful college experience.

To Write Love On Her Arms

President:

Nicole Schroeder 

Advisor:

TBD

Mission:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire.

Purpose:

To inform people of the prevelence of depression, self-injury, suicide, and other health related issues. The rates for these issues are astonishing for college aged people. We exist to get the message out that you, your friend, your family member or whom ever it may be is not is not alone.

TOMS Campus Club

President:

Cheyanne Kopera

 Advisor:

Aimee Rea

Mission:

Our mission is to represent TOMS Campus club on the Northwest Missouri State University Campus in a positive way and to influence others to volunteer within our club.

Purpose:

To promote interest in TOMS shoes and conscience consumerism. To provide fellowship among students and faculty. To represent the student needs and wants in regards to TOMS shoes and conscience consumerism. To provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit the University community, Maryville, Northwest, and TOMS shoes.

Tower Yearbook

President:

Kelsey Schriver

Advisor:

Steven Chappell; Leslie Murphy  

Mission:

To serve as the official journalistic publication of record for Northwest Missouri State University and as a yearbook accessible to all students.

Purpose:

We capture the heart and soul of the year at Northwest Missouri State University via print, video and online as an archive for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community for years to come.

Wellness Advocates For Healthy Lifestyles (WAHL)

 President:

Christina Incontro 

 Advisor:

TBD

 Mission:

WAHL’s mission is to educate the student body by providing an effective peer network of encouragement, support, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

 Purpose:

Educate students how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Provide life-skills training to assist students in making healthy life choices.

Encourage students to play a unique, effective role in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about, seek professional advice, and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward alcohol and drugs, tobacco use, body images, sexual health, healthy relationships, stress management, financial wellness, and diversity.

Whovians United

President:

Hannah Leach

Advisor:

TBD

Mission:

To find colleagues who share interests and bring them together to encourage friendship, camaraderie, and creativity.

Purpose:

To promote interest in the British television program Doctor Who, and its spinoffs; to provide fellowship among students and faculty; and to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benifit of the University community.