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Northwest Missouri State University

Kansas City Chapter

Kansas City Chapter
Chartered on January 25, 2001

Chapter Updates

Fall 2014

The Kansas City Chapter hosted its annual happy hour Feb. 7 at The Landing in Liberty. As always, the Kansas City Bearcats came out in full force for a fun night of laughs and reconnecting. A good-sized contingency of chapter members also cheered the Bearcats on to victory at the Northwest-Missouri Western basketball game and alumni event Feb. 22. Then, to keep the energy going, on Feb. 28, chapter members attended the Championship Trophy Tour at Sporting Park. During its 11th Annual Snake Saturday Parade Celebration March 15, the chapter raised $230 for its scholarship fund and showed its Irish (and Northwest) spirit with a tailgate that rivaled game day in Maryville.

Elections for the chapter were April 10. Jessica Peak ’08 was elected president. Bob Stalder ’88 was elected vice president. Wesley Miller ’08 was elected secretary.

During the summer, the chapter attended the BluesFest in Gladstone, hosted a happy hour, a T-Bones outing and a coaches event. As the chapter approaches its busy season for gatherings, visit NorthwestAlumKC for upcoming fall events.

Spring 2014

For the first year, the Kansas City Chapter coupled its annual golf tournament with the annual fall coaches meet-and-greet. During the event, football coach Adam Dorrel, men’s and women’s tennis coach Mark Rosewell and men’s and women’s cross country coach Scott Lorek provided great insight to Northwest athletics’ fall 2013 season. The chapter also hosted 27 golfers and raised funds for the chapter’s scholarship, which will be used to assist a current Bearcat senior. In October, the chapter hosted the Bearcat men’s and women’s basketball coaches for a meet-and-greet at Minsky’s Pizza in the Northland. Men’s coach Ben McCollum and women’s coach Michael Smith provided a sneak peek into the upcoming season for more than 20 Bearcats and friends. In February, the annual Sig Tau/Phi Sig and Kansas City Alumni Chapter happy hour at the Landing in Liberty was enjoyed by a great crowd of Bearcats. For more information on the Kansas City Alumni Chapter, email, visit, or connect on Facebook at NWMSU Alumni Association – Kansas City Alumni & Friends Chapter, or on Twitter @NWKCAlumni.

Fall 2013

The Kansas City Chapter hosted the 11th Annual First Friday Happy Hour at The Landing in Liberty. The February event was organized by Steve Bierle '86, '92, Casey Goff '88 and Kurt Jackson '88. In March, the chapter assisted in hosting alumni events around the MIAA Basketball Tournament. Both men's and women's teams joined alumni at McFadden's in Kansas City's Power and Light District for postgame festivities. The Snake Saturday Parade was March 16. Even though the weather was chilly, the chapter participated in its annual barbeque not too far from the parade route and, through raffle items and donations, raised about $100 for the chapter scholarship fund. In May, the chapter hosted a "Welcome to Kansas City" happy hour at McFadden's for recent Northwest graduates who moved to Kansas City. For more information on the Kansas City Chapter and its fall/winter events, contact the chapter at, visit or connect on Facebook at NWMSU Alumni Association - Kansas City Alumni & Friends Chapter or on Twitter @NWKCAlumni.

Spring 2013

In September, the Chapter hosted a Kansas City alumni and TKE happy hour and a Bearcat football watch party. In cooperation with the Fall Classic Pep Rally, the chapter hosted a happy hour at McFadden’s in the Kansas City Power and Light District. In late October, the Chapter hosted the men’s and women’s basketball coaches for a meet-and-greet event. In November, the chapter sponsored a happy hour in Overland Park, Kan., and the following month the chapter hosted a holiday party with special appearances by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Santa. Children were given the opportunity to join Santa for a reading of Christmas stories and also made holiday ornaments and gifts. In February, the chapter co-hosted a happy hour with the Sig Taus/Phi Sigs in Liberty. The chapter is planning a golf tournament in the late spring or early summer. For more information, email or follow the chapter on Facebook at NWMSU Alumni Association – Kansas City Alumni & Friends Chapter or on Twitter @NWKCAlumni.

Fall 2012

For the 10th year, the Kansas City Chapter and Northwest’s Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity alumni organized a happy hour at The Landing, and, in March, the chapter and the Northwest Alumni Association sponsored two happy hours at The Quaff in downtown Kansas City during the MIAA basketball tournament. Also in March, the Kansas City Chapter participated in North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday celebration for the ninth year. In May, chapter members took part in a golf tournament at Shoal Creek Golf Course. The money raised at the second annual golf tournament benefited the Scott Cooper Fund and the Kansas City Chapter’s Alumni Scholarship. In June, the MIAA alumni associations and the Kansas City T-Bones teamed up to see which school could get the most fans in attendance. Northwest alumni enjoyed the baseball game as well as the Northwest tailgate prior to the game. For more information on how to sponsor any of the chapter’s events or to get involved, email

Spring 2011

The Kansas City Chapter had another busy fall and winter. In August, 80 Bearcats attended a meet-and-greet with head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma at O'Dowds, and the following month, a group of Kansas City Sig Ep alumni hosted a happy hour at the Brew Top after their golf tournament. The chapter gathered for a happy hour in October and in November served as the host chapter for the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead. The Fall Classic started off with a pep rally Friday night in the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City where the Bearcat faithful were treated to performances and appearances by Bobby Bearcat, the Northwest Steppers and cheerleaders, the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Coach Tjeerdsma. Northwest alum and radio host Chris Stigall served as the pep rally's emcee. The chapter also welcomed the men's and women's basketball coaches at a social in January. For more information about the Kansas City Chapter, contact President Brian Stewart at

Fall 2010

The Kansas City Chapter started the spring season at the chilly Snake Saturday Parade, and those in attendance had a great time hanging out under the tent or by the open fire staying warm and enjoying the cookout after the parade. In May, the fourth annual get together at The Dot Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District was a success for the chapter's First Friday social. The summer months included social events at D.Luxe Lounge and Cigar Bar in Parkville and at Trolleys in Overland Park, Kan., as well as a family outing at a Kansas City Royals game. Look for announcements for upcoming events, including the chapter's second annual holiday party with Santa and Bobby Bearcat. In addition, the new chapter officers include President Brian Stewart, Vice President Reed Jorgensen '02 and Secretary Damian Valline Bridges '84. The Chapter is looking forward to meeting new members and adding events that appeal to all. For more information or to provide ideas, contact the chapter at


The Kansas City Chapter's Brian Stewart, Jennifer Hewitt Smith '86, Terry Day '65 and Steve Sutton '71 attempt to stay warm at the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City.

Spring 2010

The Kansas City Chapter had a busy fall, drawing more than 250 Bearcat fans to multiple watch parties for the Abilene Christian football game and hosting seven watch parties for the national championship game. The chapter also participated in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead's Friday evening rally and meet-and-greet with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski at O'Dowd's. The Kansas City Chapter joined the Mid-Missouri Chapter in November to watch the Bearcat men's basketball team take on the University of Missouri. The chapter's holiday party was Dec. 1 with Santa, Bobby Bearcat and Jasinski in attendance. A February happy hour took place in Liberty and was hosted by Kurt Jackson '88, Steve Bierle '86, '92, Casey Goff '88, the Sig Taus and Phi Sigs. The chapter also has a presence on Facebook (Northwest Alumni Association-Kansas City Chapter). For more information about chapter events, contact Brian Stewart at

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Fall Classic at Arrowhead

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Dave Snider '80, '83 (center), recipient of the 2009 Turret Service Award, is congratulated by fellow members of the Kansas City Chapter, including Lee Corley '76, '77, Jana Hanson '02, Roxanna Swaney '84, Jennifer Hewitt Smith '86, Pat Faubion Maiorano '71, Larry Maiorano '69, '74 and Damian Valline Bridges '84.

Summer 2009

The Kansas City Chapter initiative to reconnect with more alumni has been a success as more Bearcats have been attending events and chapter meetings. Nearly 60 people attended the February happy hour at the Landing in Liberty, and more than 30 participated in the Snake Saturday cookout. Several Northwest alumni attended a gathering in Kansas City to honor outgoing President Dr. Dean Hubbard, and members of the Kansas City Chapter attended a Kansas City Wizards game this summer. For a listing of upcoming events, visit, and look for the Kansas City Chapter on Facebook. To get involved, contact Brian Stewart at

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Members of the Kansas City Chapter enjoyed a barbecue during the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City.

Spring 2009

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Members of the Kansas City Chapter spent an evening discussing Bearcat basketball with Steve Tappmeyer, former men's head coach, and Lori Hopkins, women's associate head coach. Those in attendance were Kurt Jackson '88, Terry Day '65, Tappmeyer, Damian Valline Bridges '84, Brian Stewart, Hopkins, Ron Ives '62 and Steve Sutton '71.

The Kansas City Chapter is hosting more events in Kansas City north, where a large percent of Northwest alumni live. Events have included an evening with the Bearcat basketball coaches in December at O'Dowds, the First Friday happy hour at the Landing in Liberty in February and an expanded family outing for North Kansas City's Snake Saturday Parade. The chapter also hosted three watch parties for the football semifinal game. The following week, national championship watch parties were held at O'Dowd's, The Landing, the Quaff and 810 Zone. The Kansas City Chapter would like to thank O'Dowd's for its help in hosting events and for offering KC Hopp's reward membership cards free to any Bearcat with a current Northwest Alumni Association membership card. For more information, visit

Winter 2008

The Kansas City Chapter recently elected new officers: President Brian Stewart, Vice President Terry Day '65 and Secretary Lesley Dean '01.

In July, nearly 30 Bearcats and friends attended the Kansas City T-Bones game and conducted the annual school supply drive for McCoy Elementary students and families. In August, chapter members gathered at O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa for a meet-and-greet with Northwest football head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. In early October, the chapter sponsored a happy hour at The Quaff and assisted the Northwest Alumni Association at the Bearcat tailgate party at Arrowhead Stadium prior to the Fall Classic VII.

Upcoming chapter events include a social with Northwest basketball coaches Steve Tappmeyer and Gene Steinmeyer, a happy hour event for the MIAA basketball tournament and participation in the Snake Saturday Parade in March.

The chapter would like to thank Bill Adams '81 for providing a laptop to use at alumni events and Rob St. Thomas '83 for his help with the chapter's new Web page at

Winter 2007

The Kansas City Chapter had a great summer hosting happy hours throughout the metropolitan area. The chapter also had a wine and cheese social at the Dot Gallery that was part of Kansas City's First Friday Art Walk and co-sponsored a poetry reading with Dr. William Trowbridge at the Kansas City Library.

The chapter was involved with the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead, assisting with the pregame tailgate party as well as an event at The Quaff the night before the game.

For more information about the Kansas City Chapter, contact President Jennifer Hewitt Smith '86 at


Jennifer Hewitt Smith '86, Stephen Woolfolk '99, Brian Stewart, Damian Valline Bridges '84 and Larry Maiorano '69, '74 attended a poetry reading by Dr. William Trowbridge, a retired Northwest English professor, at the Kansas City Library.

Summer 2007

Members of the Kansas City Chapter attended a special happy hour for Northwest men's basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer in December. Fan support for both Bearcat basketball teams was great in March with the chapter's First Friday happy hour. The chapter also conducted a food drive for Harvesters and wishes to thank everyone who contributed. This summer and fall, the chapter has a calendar full of First Friday happy hours planned throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. An updated calendar will be distributed via e-mail and can be viewed at

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Brian Stewart (attd.), Dave Snider '80, '83 and Tony Dorrel '86 visited at the Kansas City Chapter's December happy hour.

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Brian Stewart (attd.), Jennifer Hewitt Smith '86, Coach Steve Tappmeyer, Damian Valline Bridges '84, Coach Gene Steinmeyer, Vinnie Vaccaro '73 and Larry Maiorano '69 enjoyed the Kansas City Chapter's social.

Spring 2007

The Kansas City Alumni Chapter hosted a Chiefs watch party in September and raised a significant amount of money for its scholarship fund, thanks in large part to a donation by Joe Bonino, owner of The Quaff and long-time Bearcat supporter. The "First Friday" happy hours and the Fall Classic at Arrowhead festivities were successful, and special thanks go to the Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter for its help at Arrowhead. Chapter members attended several watch parties for the semi-final and national championship football games and participated in North Kansas City's Snake Saturday parade.

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Several Northwest alumni and friends gathered at The Quaff following the Bearcats' victory at Arrowhead.

Winter 2006

Kansas City Chapter at banquet

Kansas City Chapter members showed their support for Josh Lamberson,
recipient of the Ken B. Jones Student Athlete of the Year Award, at the MIAA
Spring Honors Banquet in Kansas City.

Dr. Robert P. Foster and his wife, Virginia

Former Northwest President Dr. Robert P. Foster and his wife, Virginia, were
honored at a reception at the University's new Kansas City Center in Liberty.

Scholarship given by Kansas City Chapter

Northwest senior Michelle Lauderback of Lee's Summit was awarded a $500
scholarship by the Kansas City Chapter.

The Kansas City Chapter is pleased to provide Michelle Lauderback, a senior biological psychology major from Lee's Summit, the chapter's first $500 scholarship. She was presented the scholarship at a reception honoring President Emeriti Dr. Robert P. Foster and his wife, Virginia. The reception, held at the new Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty, welcomed the Foster's to Kansas City as their new retirement home.

In May, the chapter added six new board members: Brian Stewart, Mike Gates '72, '73, Pat Maiorano '71, Joe Caraway '70, Ron Ives '62, Terry Day '65 and Loree Sheldon Gentry '94.
The chapter also supported Gentry in her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia Society.

In addition to its monthly "First Fridays" happy hours, the chapter members participated in several events this fall, including the Second Annual Chiefs/Broncos watch party at The Quaff in September and the Fall Classic at Arrowhead on Nov. 4.

Summer 2006

The Kansas City Alumni and Friends Chapter continues to sponsor social activities such as its First Friday Happy Hours each month at The Quaff in downtown Kansas City. Chapter members also have developed another social event, "Second Social," that they hope to implement on a monthly basis. In March, the chapter participated in North Kansas City's Snake Saturday parade followed by a barbecue. The chapter participated in the MIAA basketball tournament festivities which included a celebration at the Marriott and other gatherings throughout the tournament at The Quaff. The chapter's golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 4 at Paradise Point in Smithville. The chapter will give its first scholarship this fall.

Spring 2006

During the past year, the Kansas City Alumni Chapter has worked to recruit new members and develop social functions that not only bring in new faces, but also help generate funds for the chapter scholarship program. The chapter recently met its $10,000 goal to create the KC Alumni Chapter Scholarship. The chapter kicked off the fall sports season with its First Friday Happy Hour at The Quaff in August and hosted a social and barbecue at The American Royal. In October, the chapter assisted with the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. Three Chiefs Cheerleaders, who also are fellow Bearcats, made an appearance at the last First Friday Happy Hour of the year. The Quaff was packed with Northwest fans to view the NCAA football semifinal and championship games on television. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter, please contact Jana White Hanson '02 at (816) 724-4062.


The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association is establishing alumni chapters worldwide. Organized by alumni volunteers and supported by the Office of Alumni Relations, these chapters sponsor a variety of activities for alumni to get together socially and stay abreast of news from Northwest Missouri State University.