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Northwest Missouri State University

St. Joseph Chapter

St. Joseph Alumni and Friends Chapter
Chartered on May 20, 2002

Chapter Updates

Fall 2014

The St. Joseph Chapter started the year with a holiday dinner in January at the Ground Round. Members re-gifted unwanted holiday gifts during an exchange. In February, the annual Mardi Gras dinner was at Boudreaux's. St. Joseph Beverage hosted a March Madness pizza party, which is the chapter's most popular event of the year. April's gathering included dinner at Bandana's with the chapter favorite, LRC game. The chapter concluded its season with a luau at the home of Dave '69 and Ann Eilers '76 Newman. The chapter also enjoyed partnering with the Northwest Alumni Association on the Championship Trophy Tour in February and the June 21 Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs. For more information about the chapter, email Anitra Germer Clark ’05, ’07 at or find the chapter on Facebook.

Spring 2014

The St. Joseph Chapter kicked off the new academic year in September with a happy hour at Buffalo Wild Wings followed by a Mexican fiesta at La Mesa in October. Alumni and friends gathered for the sixth annual barn party at the home of Vic ’70, ’71 and Denise Kretzschmar in November and helped the chapter raise money to adopt a needy family for the holidays. The chapter also hosted a pregame party at Pizza Shoppe before the Northwest vs. Missouri Western football game and tailgated before every home football game. A new partnership was created between the St. Joseph Chapter and the local Rally House where the chapter hosted an exclusive Bearcat shopping event that helped raise money for scholarships and community service projects. Visit Facebook for more information about the St. Joseph Chapter.

Fall 2013

The St. Joseph Chapter started the New Year off by re-gifting those unwanted holiday gifts at a dinner at the Ground Round. In February, the chapter had its largest turnout at the annual Mardi Gras social at Boudreaux’s. St. Joseph Beverage hosted the March game night social and potluck, and the second annual "Minute to Win It" event was full of laughs as members competed in some ridiculous events! The chapter kicked off the summer with a luau at the home of Jerry and Susan McKnight ’74 Clevenger. The St. Joseph Chapter invites all area alumni and friends to join in the festivities and also follow the chapter on Facebook at Northwest Missouri State University Alumni and Friends St. Joseph Chapter.

Spring 2013

The St. Joseph Chapter’s Vic ’70, ’71 and Denise Bower ’71 Kretzschmar hosted an annual barn party in September, complete with wooden horse races. The following month, members participated in a restaurant hop, visiting several establishments in St. Joseph. The chapter hosted a tailgate prior to the last regular season football game of the year and also sponsored and shopped for a family that was adopted for the holidays.

Fall 2012

The St. Joseph Chapter kicked off 2012 with dinner at Geneo’s Pizza and Pub. Chapter members also celebrated Mardi Gras at Boudreaux’s and enjoyed a "Minute-to- Win-It" game night at Bandana’s Barbecue in April. Members also assisted with the reception celebrating the relocation of Northwest’s St. Joseph Center. Jerry and Susan McKnight ’74 Clevenger hosted the chapter’s annual luau in June.

Fall 2011

Members of the St. Joseph Chapter opened up their homes for a progressive dinner in November where donations were collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank. A potluck dinner was hosted by Dr. Mark '70 and Vicki Horton '71 Hargens in January, and the Annual Mardi Gras Social took place at Boudreaux's Cajun Restaurant this spring. There was a great turnout for the chapter's retirement dinner honoring Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and his wife, Carol, at the Pony Express Museum. In April, Northwest's St. Joseph Center joined the chapter in organizing a welcome reception for the football and cheerleading coaching staffs. Dave '69 and Ann Eilers '76 Newman hosted the chapter's annual alumni luau to kick off the start of summer. The summer was filled with a trip to the St. Joseph Mustangs and Kansas City T-Bones baseball games, and the chapter conducted its first alumni golf tournament to support Northwest scholarships.

St. Joe Luau

Enjoying the St. Joseph Chapter luau were (front row) Courtney Brooks, Anitra Germer Clark '05, '07, Robin Pierpoint, Christy Price, Vicki Horton Hargens '71, (second row) Susan McKnight Clevenger '74, Ann Eilers Newman '76, Karen Bunse Vulgamott '77, Bonnie White Sutton '71, '96, Linda Riddle '74, Sharmyn Thompson, (third row) Jeremy Clevenger, Dave Newman '69, Jerry Clevenger, Greg Pierpoint '80, Theresa Heckman Swan '88, '05, Patty Bolin Roach'71, '90, (fourth row) Bill Brooks '91, Steve Sutton '71, Dave Price '70, Mark Hargens '70, Jeff Swan '08 and Jim Roach.



Northwest alumni and friends flocked to St. Joseph in June to watch a baseball game during Northwest Night at the Mustangs. The Mustangs wore green jerseys and red baseball caps in memory of Northwest football head coach Scott Bostwick, who passed away earlier that week.

Spring 2011

Members of the St. Joseph Chapter attended a St. Joseph Mustangs baseball game last summer and in September organized a watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings for the Bearcat football game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Vic '70, '71 and Denise Bower '71 Kretzschmar hosted a fall barn party that included country dance lessons. The chapter members also attended College Day at Arrowhead in October and cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, the chapter gathers for monthly socials at Buffalo Wild Wings to help raise money for its scholarship fund. Contact President Anitra Germer Clark '05, '07 at for more information about the chapter's activities.

Fall 2010

The St. Joseph Chapter had a Cajun Mardi Gras celebration at Boudreaux's in February, and Oscar Hansen '73, owner of Smooth Endings, hosted a wine tasting for the chapter in March. The following month, dance instructors Mark and Janice Mallon taught chapter members the waltz and fox trot. For a list of upcoming chapter events, join "Northwest Alumni Association - St. Joseph Chapter" on Facebook.

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The St. Joseph Chapter met in January for dinner and game night at the Hoof and Horn Restaurant. Member Susan McKnight Clevenger '74 had suffered a broken ankle and elbow due to icy conditions so the chapter sent her a message.

Summer 2009

Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day were celebrated by members of the St. Joseph Chapter, and in April, Mark '76 and Cindy Pickerel hosted a wine and cheese tasting party at their home. Alumni in the St. Joseph area are invited to attend chapter socials on the second Friday of the month. For more information, contact Dave Price '70, the chapter's president, at

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A wine and cheese tasting event took place for members of the St Joseph Chapter. Alumni were asked to bring a wine and cheese of their choice along with a fact card for each item. Throughout the evening the attendees were encouraged to read the cards, and a trivia contest was held at the conclusion of the evening.

Spring 2009

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St. Joseph Chapter members attending a progressive dinner were: (front row) Kyle Clark, Marvin Fine '64, '71, (middle row) Patty Bolin Roach '71, '90, Cindy Pickerel, Debbie Snodgrass Hinman '89, Denise Bower Kretzschmar '71, Linda Riddle '74, Frances Fine, Christine Price, Anitra Germer Clark '05, '07, Robin Pierpoint, (back row) Vicki Horton Hargens '71, Mark Hargens '70, Mark Pickerel '76, Bonnie White Sutton '71, '96, Doug Schmitz '92, Tammie Schmitz, Vic Kretzschmar '70, '71, Sharmyn Thompson, Jim Roach, Kay Pierpoint Medsker '70, Norman Medsker, Greg Pierpoint '80 and Dave Price '70.

A progressive dinner in November for members of the St. Joseph Chapter took place at the homes of Jim and Patty Bolin '71 Roach, Mark '76 and Cindy Pickerel, Mark '70 and Vicki Horton '71 Hargens and Kyle and Anitra Germer '05, '07 Clark. In addition to food and fellowship, participants also contributed money for the Second Harvesters Food Bank. In December, chapter members met at a local restaurant to cheer on the Bearcats during the national championship football game.

Winter 2008

Members of the St. Joseph Chapter attended a family picnic in August, Vic '70, '71 and Denise Bower '71 Kretzschmar hosted a barn party in September, and the Second Harvest Food Bank received canned food items from chapter members in November. Future plans include a trip to Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. For more information, or to get involved, contact Dave Price '70 at or Patty Bolin Roach '71, '90 at

Summer 2008

The St. Joseph Chapter gathered at Northwest's downtown St. Joseph Center for an internet basketball watch party. The attendees toured the facility and met with Northwest representatives on the benefits and offerings of the new satellite academic facility. The chapter also welcomed new alumni to the area during a Mardi Gras celebration.

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The St. Joseph Chapter celebrated Mardi Gras at Boudreaux's, a Cajun restaurant in downtown St. Joseph, to welcome new alumni to the area.

Spring 2008

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Members of the St. Joseph Chapter gathered more than 45 pounds of canned food items for the local food bank, challenging each chapter to do that or more for each chapter's community food bank.

Winter 2007

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Members of the St. Joseph Chapter entered a Northwest-themed float in the annual Apple Blossom Parade.

Summer 2007

The St. Joseph Chapter has been working to establish funding for a perpetual scholarship to be presented each year to an incoming freshman. Donations are being solicited and fund-raising events are being developed. One such fundraiser involves raffling a football signed by the players and coaches of the 2006 Northwest football team. The drawing will be conducted at halftime of this fall's first home football game.

Northwest alumni and friends attended a February social with a Mardi Gras theme, complete with beads and masks, at Boudreaux's Louisiana Seafood and Steaks Restaurant.

Northwest President Dr. Dean L. Hubbard and his wife, Aleta, were guests at April's meeting where Hubbard discussed growth and changes at Northwest.
Chapter members participated in St. Joseph's annual Apple Blossom Parade in May.
Doug Schmitz is the chapter's new president, and chapter member Mark Pickerel now serves on the Northwest Alumni Association's national board.

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Northwest President Dr. Dean L. Hubbard visited with Bill Brooks '91 during an event sponsored by the St. Joseph Chapter.

Spring 2007

The St. Joseph Alumni and Friends Chapter teamed up with Northwest's Office of Admissions and staffed a booth at "Rock Off!", an event featuring several live local and regional bands and exhibitors geared toward high school students. The chapter also welcomed Matt Baker, Northwest's director of residential life, to its January social. Baker discussed the University's current housing demands and plans.

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Doug Schmitz '92, Bill Brooks '91, Patty Bolin Roach '71 and Jhamel Hart greet potential students and promote Northwest at the "Rock Off!" in St. Joseph.

St. Joseph 2 - spring 07

The St. Joseph Chapter recently honored dedicated "friends" of the chapter: Frances Fine (wife of Marvin Fine '64), Cindy Pickerel (wife of Mark Pickerel '76), Jim Roach (husband of Patty Bolin Roach '71) and Tammie Schmitz (wife of Doug Schmitz '92).

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Matt Baker, Northwest's director of residential life, was a guest at the chapter's January social.

Winter 2006

St. Joe Parade float

Members of the St. Joseph Chapter await the start of the Apple Blossom
Parade aboard the centennial-themed Northwest float.

Summer 2006

Northwest President Dr. Dean L. Hubbard attended the St. Joseph Alumni and Friends Chapter meeting in April and gave an update on happenings at the University. This annual event followed the March monthly social where the St. Joseph Chapter guest speakers included area legislators.

Spring 2006

The St. Joseph Chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Stoney Creek Inn. Chapter members pledged $300 and participated in a leukemia/cancer "Light The Night Walk" in September and also were on the Alumni Association's float in the Northwest Homecoming parade. The chapter sponsored a bus to the Arrowhead game, and there was a watch party for the national championship football game. In May, the chapter will have a float in the Apple Blossom Parade and will host Summer Bash in St. Joseph on July 28-29.


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.