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2019 Northwest Alumni Association Award Winners

Randell MooreDistinguished Alumni Award

Randell Moore '75   

Randell E. Moore ‘75 served as executive editor of Blue Chip Economic Indicators and Blue Chip Financial Forecasts from1986 to 2019. Since 1976, the monthly surveys of 50-plus leading U.S. business economists made the consensus forecasts contained in the Blue Chip newsletters synonymous with the latest in expert opinion on the future performance of the American economy. As a result, they were heavily utilized by the Federal Reserve, Congressional Budget Office, Treasury Department, as well as by Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Moore was frequently quoted in the press on the expected performance of the U.S. economy and often spoke to groups on the economic outlook. Mr. Moore began his professional career in the 1975 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in Kansas City. In 1979-1980 he worked as an economics reporter for Knight-Ridder’s business wire in Washington, DC, covering the Federal Reserve, Departments of Labor, Commerce, Treasury, Congress and the White House. In late-1980 he joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, initially as Director of Public Affairs, and then as the Executive Assistant to one of the agency’s five Commissioners. In 1983-1986, he was employed by Evans Economics as its government debt market analyst and Fed watcher. Randy is a 30-plus year member of the National Association of Business Economics. He co-founded the Roanoke Park Conservancy in Kansas City, MO and is an avid supporter of LiteracyKC. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1975 (completed degree in December ’74) with a BA in Economics and also has a BJ degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism (’79). 

Dr. Michael RogersDistinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Michael Rogers 

Rogers, an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, came to Northwest in 2009. Prior to that he taught computer science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. He is respected by faculty and students for his innovation, teaching methodologies, work ethic and investment of time with students outside of class. Based on his research of new technology, knowledge gained from attending national conferences and from relationships with industry professionals, he has implemented bleeding-edge technology in four classes. The recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, he also received the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2018. In 2012, he received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Service and in 2001, he received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Research. Dr. Rogers has been involved with the Angel Flight Program, a volunteer non-profit group of pilots that serves patients needing transportation to and from the heartland Midwest region. In 2017, he was name the Angel Flight Pilot of the Year. 

Dr. Richard FultonDistinguished Faculty Emeritus Award

Dr. Richard Fulton 

Dr. Fulton came to Northwest in 1973 as the chair of the political science department and held that position for several years. During his time at Northwest, he was the originator of two programs to give students study and/or internship experiences outside Missouri. While teaching was his chief focus, Dr. Fulton was able to find time to co-author two books, edit a third, and contribute several articles to academic periodicals. He also produced academic papers and some 85 book reviews over the years. As a side interest, for 35 years he has written a weekly (and lately bi-weekly) column of opinion for the Maryville Daily (now Weekly) Forum. Faculty governance was one of his particular interests. Over his 40 years at Northwest he chaired several committees and became the first faculty member to serve as president of the faculty senate twice. He also writes a column titled “A View from the Country” that is featured in the Maryville Daily Forum weekly newspaper. Throughout the years, Dr. Fulton has been an ardent Bearcat fan and community volunteer. 

Brad JacksonHonorary Alumni Award

Bradley Jackson 

Brad Jackson has led the Northwest kitchen as the executive chef in Northwest Campus Dining going on 10 years now and has elevated the Dining program to great heights utilizing his 20+ years of culinary experience. One great way Chef Brad is an ambassador for Northwest is the execution of our in house catering menus. All culinary menus executed under his supervision are met with great guest excitement and create experiences that are carried through the Maryville community. Student satisfaction and engagement are the passions that drive Chef Brad daily in his ritual to deliver experiences that enrich and nourish our students lives during their stay here at Northwest. Dedicated to Northwest and the partnership shared with Aramark puts Chef Brad on campus for most service projects. Great advocate for healthy flavorful cuisine, partnering with the Dietetics and Wellness Services departments for Health and Wellness presentations. Brad has also taken an active role in mentor-ship programs with Horace Mann, as well as job shadowing students that are interested in the culinary arts. He is the recipient of the Aramark Culinary Excellence Award, recognizing talents and creativity of culinary teams across all regions in the United States. 

Rodney Edge

Public Service Award

Col. Rodney Edge '84 

Rodney Edge ’84, is the President and CEO of Materiel Solutions, LLC, a global logistics firm located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, that specializes in business development in federal government, commercial and international sectors. Prior to joining APT in 2014, Edge enjoyed a U.S. Army career that spanned more than 20 years and culminated as chief executive officer at Fort Lee, Virginia. Some of his previous roles also include serving as a diplomatic advisor to senior Saudi Arabian officials and as a deputy division chief at the Pentagon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Northwest as well as master’s degrees in business administration and management from Central Michigan University and in military national resource strategy and policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces-National Defense University. At Northwest, Edge was a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps as well as a two-year captain of the track and field team, for which he still holds the school record in 55-meter hurdles. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Allison HoffmannTurret Service Award

Allison (Strong) Hoffmann ’01, '03  

Allison (Strong) Hoffmann ’01, ’03 currently serves as the director of Academic Success & Retention at Northwest Missouri State University. Currently in her 13th year at Northwest, Hoffmann oversees academic advising and success coaching, academic support (tutoring and SI), orientation, first year experience, and retention related activities. She previously served as a senior instructor in the Booth School of Business, director of the University Seminar program, and a provost fellow. While a faculty member at Northwest, Hoffmann served as an advisor or co-advisor to multiple student organizations including Sigma Kappa sorority, Sigma Society, Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, and American Marketing Association, resulting in twice being awarded the Dean’s Award for Student Support. Hoffmann served as an academic advisor to 100+ students annually in the Booth School of Business and received the 2012 Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association and the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs. 

Ashley LegerYoung Alumni Award

Dr. Ashley Leger ’09 

Ashley Leger ’09 is the Paleontological Field Director and Assistant Safety Director for Cogstone Resource Management, Inc; a women-owned business that specialized in paleontological, archaeological, historical, and cultural resource mitigation in California. The team she supervises is overseeing all excavations for the new subway, to be open and enhance transportation for the 2028 Olympics.  Her team consists of 9 paleontological monitors that are actively looking for fossils. The most notable find thus far is Hayden, the nearly complete juvenile Columbian mammoth skull. Due to the popularity and media attention of the fossils discoveries, Leger has been featured in several television appearances, including CBS “This Morning,” ABC News, and on the Weather Channel News, making her the public face of Los Angeles paleontology. When Leger began at Northwest, she knew she wanted to focus her studies on paleontology, and so began her major in the comprehensive geology program. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Geology and Geological Engineering with an emphasis in Vertebrate Paleontology, she continued to work at the Mammoth Site, where she served as front end supervisor, tour guide, fossil preparator in the lab, and excavator in the bonebed.