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Northwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 10: Tower Service Team of the Year NomineesStudent Senate Tower Service  Team Award Nominee: Learning and Teaching Center - “With the challenges of this past year, the LTC team worked quickly to provide faculty with needed changes and training on remote learning, always exhibiting a dedicated, and accommodating, customer service.”Student Senate Tower Service  Team Award Nominee: Residential Life Resident Directors - “Resident Directors are passionate about their jobs because of the impact they make on the residents they encounter and encourage them to be the best they can be.”Student Senate Tower Service  Team Award Nominee: TRIO SSS Peer Mentors - “These individuals influence our participants’ efforts in mega mind-shifting to engage in academic, social, and cultural programming for fire-generation socioeconomically disadvantaged and disabled students.”Student Senate Tower Service  Team Award Nominee: Wellness Services - “Wellness Services is committed to student well-being and that commitment has never been more apparent by their willingness and dedication of hard work this past year.”and the Award recipient is...Student Senate Tower Service  Team Award Winner: Wellness Services - “Wellness Services is committed to student well-being and that commitment has never been more apparent by their willingness and dedication of hard work this past year.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 10: Student Organization President of the Year NomineesOrganization President of the Year Nominee: Thomas Goldizen (Northwest Student Veterans Association) - “He continues to strive to help make everyone a better individual whether they are a member or not. The Northwest SVA is something he truly cares about and dedicated his time to, day after day. He is a very helpful individual who will do just about anything for anyone.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Spencer Gouldsmith (Phi Sigma Kappa) - “Spencer has established a strong presence on campus and uses any free time he has to better his organization and the people who surround it. He’s been committed to bringing Phi Sigma Kappa back as a new organization with updated goals and defining characteristics.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Alek Kocher (Pre-Law Society Club) - “Much of our accomplishments over the past year have been due to Alek’s leadership. He has spent the past year serving others in the Pre-Law Society and helping transform the group to better serve the members and the Northwest campus.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Matthew Nash (Dungeons and Bearcats) - “Matt is the backbone of our student organization. He is patient and effective at working with all levels of experience and makes all of our members’ feel welcome at “the table.” He offers workshops and plans that enhance the members understanding of the game and a role model.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Annaliese Punt (Alpha Sigma Alpha) - “Annie has all of the personality traits a leader needs to have. She is a social butterfly, organized, loyal, and eager. She is willing to take any challenge thrown at her and her love for the Greek world is indescribable. She is a leader and a friend, all in one.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Jesse Reed (Cyber Defense Club) - “During Jesse’s time as president, Northwest’s Cyber League team placed 3rd nationally against 1000 other university teams. He is caring and always strives to lead the organization as best he can and has shown everyone paths to improve their skill.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Cayla Vertreese (Active Minds) - “Cayla impacts campus culture by helping to make it a safe space to talk about mental health. She has worked tirelessly towards ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and put her heart and soul into this organization.”Organization President of the Year Nominee: Jacob Dean (JD) Wessel (Sigma Tau Gamma) - “JD has the ability to rally people and get them to follow his lead. He seeks out input from the fraternity because he truly cares what we all believe and knows he does not have all the answers. He embodies the qualities you want in a leader: sharp, empathetic, self-aware, and responsible.”and the Award recipient is...Organization President of the Year Winner: Cayla Vertreese (Active Minds) - “Cayla impacts campus culture by helping to make it a safe space to talk about mental health. She has worked tirelessly towards ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and put her heart and soul into this organization.”Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients. Thank you for joining us!Northwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 9: Student Senate Tower Service Faculty Award NomineesStudent Senate Tower Service  Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Rhonda Beemer - “Rhonda has genuine concern for the emotional and physical welfare of others, and everything she does is driven by this desire to serve. Her contributions in the realm of service have truly enhanced the welfare of our campus.”Student Senate Tower Service  Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Shantel Farnan - “Dr. Farnan is a tremendous teacher,  but her service is truly unparalleled. She works tirelessly and has completely revamped Special Education programs, an incredible service that has resulted in extraordinary growth.”and the Award recipient is...Student Senate Tower Service  Faculty Award Winner: Dr. Rhonda Beemer - “Rhonda has genuine concern for the emotional and physical welfare of others, and everything she does is driven by this desire to serve. Her contributions in the realm of service have truly enhanced the welfare of our campus.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 9: Student Senate Tower Service Staff Award NomineesStudent Senate Tower Service  Staff Award Nominee: Jerry Sharr - “Jerry is always willing to repair any problems at any time of the night or weekend. He never waivers or complains and does quality work. He is always ready and willing to help out any way he can and is as dependable as they come.”Student Senate Tower Service  Staff Award Nominee: Kim Todd - “Kim always exhibits patience even when asked to make significant changes. Her “above and beyond” approach to customer service along with her professional demeanor makes her a tremendous asset to the campus community.”Student Senate Tower Service  Staff Award Nominee: Terri Vogel - “Terri has a truly award-winning personality that instantly puts everyone around her at ease while also inspiring confidence in her expertise and ability to accomplish any task or project that she undertakes with great attention to detail.”and the Award recipient is...Student Senate Tower Service  Staff Award Winner: Kim Todd - “Kim always exhibits patience even when asked to make significant changes. Her “above and beyond” approach to customer service along with her professional demeanor makes her a tremendous asset to the campus community.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 9: Student Senate Tower Service Student Award NomineesStudent Senate Tower Service  Student Award Nominee: Hannah Lucas - “Hannah has a unique personality that is appreciated among those surrounded by her. She has used her Northwest career to better her knowledge and skills, the people around her, and make a difference on campus.”Student Senate Tower Service  Student Award Nominee: TJ Persell - “TJ has given his time and loyalty to anyone that asks for it. His passion and excitement for life breaths a new purpose to those he impacts. He is an extraordinary individual that makes everyone he encounters feel loved and appreciated.”Student Senate Tower Service  Student Award Nominee: Jill Spire - “Jill is one of the hardest working Grad Assistants at Northwest. She meets each task with enthusiasm and curiosity. She often serves  as a guinea pig for class assignments and offers insightful and meticulous suggestions to help students and improve activities.”and the Award recipient is...Student Senate Tower Service  Student Award Winner: Jill Spire - “Jill is one of the hardest working Grad Assistants at Northwest. She meets each task with enthusiasm and curiosity. She often serves  as a guinea pig for class assignments and offers insightful and meticulous suggestions to help students and improve activities.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 9: Student Senate Tower Service Student Organization Award NomineesStudent Senate Tower Service  Student Organization Award Nominee: Northwest Student Veterans Association - “Northwest Student Veterans Association adopted deployed soldiers for Christmas 2020, helped prepare meals for delivery and is the cornerstone for student veterans and the entire Bearcat family.”Student Senate Tower Service  Student Organization Award Nominee: Sigma Society - “Throughout Sigma Society’s actions, they are building their sense of community within the university and across the community. Their organization is helpful in fostering conversations and creating relationships.”and the Award recipient is...Student Senate Tower Service  Student Organization Award Winner: Sigma Society - “Throughout Sigma Society’s actions, they are building their sense of community within the university and across the community. Their organization is helpful in fostering conversations and creating relationships.”Congratulations to all Day 9 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 8: Outstanding Organizational Advisor of the Year NomineesOutstanding Organizational Advisor Nominee: Amanda Cullin (Alpha Sigma Alpha) - “Amanda goes above and beyond with everything that is thrown at her. She is selfless, patient, caring, and understanding and our chapter would not be where it is today without her dedication. She has only been with us a year but has made a huge difference.”Outstanding Organizational Advisor Nominee: Dr. Shantel Farnan, Dr. Sara Taylor, and Tamara Lynn (Council for Exceptional Children) - “They go above and beyond with care, support, advice, and connection to the best practices in the field. Year after year, these nominees provide incredible service and support for our CEC students to experience exceptional opportunities.”Outstanding Organizational Advisor Nominee: Matt Johnson (Northwest Student Veterans Association) - “Matt’s integrity and selfless service go beyond helping Northwest students and departments, while he expects nothing in return. He helps us succeed on and off campus by giving feedback on any insight we may need as a new organization.”Outstanding Organizational Advisor Nominee: Drake Summers (Student Activities Council) - “Drake has always been a very adapting and guidance-driven advisor. He is one of the most dedicated and loyal individuals and carries a great amount of optimism and passion who consistently encourages each director to gain professional experience.”Outstanding Organizational Advisor Nominee: Monica Zeigel (Active Minds) - “Monica’s service to students doesn’t just end when the workday is over. She is always there and willing to help students at a drop of a dime no matter what. She has gone out of her way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students struggling with mental health.”and the Award recipient is...Outstanding Organizational Advisor Winner: Monica Zeigel (Active Minds) - “Monica’s service to students doesn’t just end when the workday is over. She is always there and willing to help students at a drop of a dime no matter what. She has gone out of her way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students struggling with mental health.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 8: Outstanding Organization of the Year NomineesOutstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Nominee: Delta Sigma Phi - “Through various community service and philanthropic ventures, Delta Sigma Phi works to make the community, and campus, a diverse, accepting, and successful place for all who chose to join us.”Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Nominee: Kappa Kappa Psi - “Kappa Kappa Psi has pushed through all the crazy circumstances that COVID has thrown the music community and still works to create beautiful music every day. We support each other and the band program without hesitation.”Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Nominee: National Association for Music Collegiate - “All the accomplishments of this group have been centered around their main goal: learning about and promoting better music education. They stand out because of their passion for the cause and enthusiasm.”Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Nominee: Northwest Student Veterans Association - “Their contributions over the past year have helped put Northwest out there as being a true military/veteran-friendly institution. They have helped contribute and provide recognition to our veteran community on and off campus.”Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Nominee: Phi Mu - “Phi Mu provides service to others and creates women of excellence. They support their philanthropies as well as other chapters by donating or going to their events and go above and beyond with anything they do.”Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Nominee: Student Activities Council - “Student Activities Council strives to impact the lives of students with each program they put on. It gives students opportunities for professional development, communication enhancement, and overall lifelong skills.”and the Award recipient is...Outstanding Student  Organization of the Year Award Winner: Kappa Kappa Psi - “Kappa Kappa Psi has pushed through all the crazy circumstances that COVID has thrown the music community and still works to create beautiful music every day. We support each other and the band program without hesitation.”Congratulations to all Day 8 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 7: Student Employee Supervisor of the YearStudent Employment Supervisor Of the Year Award Nominee: Cathy Barr - “Cathy has gone above and beyond the standard work expectations as a supervisor. She goes above and beyond to assure that we never give up, love ourselves, and always do out best. She is constantly building our self-esteem and workplace moral through recognition.”Student Employment Supervisor Of the Year Award Nominee: Tucker Peve - “Tucker possesses some of the greatest attributes that most supervisors lack. He never fails to communicate and is always there when we need help. His organization and time management skills are always on display and is always thinking two steps ahead.”and the Award recipient is...Student Employment Supervisor Of the Year Award Winner: Cathy Barr - “Cathy has gone above and beyond the standard work expectations as a supervisor. She goes above and beyond to assure that we never give up, love ourselves, and always do out best. She is constantly building our self-esteem and workplace moral through recognition.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 7: Student Employment Team of the YearStudent Employment Team of the Year Award Nominee: Athletic Equipment Room - “Each team member brings individual strength and skills to the table. It’s amazing how great they are at problem solving and are the backbone of our equipment room. Almost on every task we work together to achieve a common goal.“Student Employment Team of the Year Award Nominee: International Involvement Center - “When many were in quarantine, our team took over the office operations. They made sure the level of service provided to students did not change and through their hard work and leadership helped the office functions continue without missing a beat.”Student Employment Team of the Year Award Nominee: KXCV/KRNW - “This team is constantly learning oral communication and organization skills. They’re learning how to be an effective team member and have a common goal of clearly, honestly, and thoroughly informing our audience.”Student Employment Team of the Year Award Nominee: DFPA – Stage Technicians - “Over the past year, this team has shown outstanding professionalism and leadership, and have been role-models for other departments by cultivating a culture of safety and adherence to mitigation measures.”Student Employment Team of the Year Award Nominee: Advancement - Cat Callers - “Fundraising is not easy; it’s even more challenging in the midst of a pandemic, but the Cat Callers were able to meet fundraising goals each and every night. They did this through teamwork, encouragement, and perseverance.” and the Award recipient is...Student Employment Team of the Year Award Winner: KXCV/KRNW - “This team is constantly learning oral communication and organization skills. They’re learning how to be an effective team member and have a common goal of clearly, honestly, and thoroughly informing our audience.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 7: Student Employee of the YearStudent Employee of the Year Professionalism Award Winner: Alison Burski - Student Employee of the Year Professionalism Award Winner Alison BurskiStudent Employee of the Year Reliability Award Winner: Garrett Craig - “Garrett always has a smile on his face and in a good mood. He’s a quick thinker that doesn’t take shortcuts and needs little to no direction on daily job duties. He is who I utilize to train new student employees because his work ethic is so amazing.”Student Employee of the Year Uniqueness of Contribution Award Winner: Nolan Harless - “Nolan has great instincts for prioritizing and delegating tasks. He is a natural leader and ensures his teammates have the tools needed to be successful. He is constantly working to learn more and use every opportunity to ensure he is Career Ready.”Student Employee of the Year Quality of Work Award Winner: Morgan Looten - “Morgan’s work ethic is consistent through and through. She easily adapts and projects effective team membership and leadership. She understands her role and is comfortable with varying levels of responsibilities and can function at every level of management.”Student Employee of the Year Award Winner: Cayla Vertreese - “Many students leave their mark on our department, few, however, leave a legacy whose memory impacts the lives of those they touch for years to come. Cayla has raised the bar for virtually every student employee at Northwest and is an honor just to know her.”Bonus Announcement:  It is our honor to announce that Cayla Vertreese is this years award recipient of the State of Missouri Student Employee of the Year award! Congratulations! Cayla VertreeseCongratulations to all Day 7 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 6: Outstanding Program of the Year NomineesOutstanding Program of the Year Nominee: Northwest Dance Company Showcase Northwest Dance Company - “The purpose of this program is to provide an inclusive and fun opportunity for students of all dance abilities to come together and put on an amazing showcase that features many different styles of dance.”Outstanding Program of the Year Nominee: Advantage Fireworks Student Activities Council - “This program enhances the Northwest community and builds excitement for the new academic year. It was more important than ever to return to this event as students were heading into an unprecedented semester.”Outstanding Program of the Year Nominee: Jim Obergefell: Love Wins SAC Speaks Lecture Series - “Having Jim Obergefell on campus was to both support the LGBT+ community, but also showcase an important case in history that has impacted many lives to this day.”and the Award recipient is...Outstanding Program of the Year Winner: Jim Obergefell: Love Wins SAC Speaks Lecture Series - “Having Jim Obergefell on campus was to both support the LGBT+ community, but also showcase an important case in history that has impacted many lives to this day.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 6: Outstanding Student of the Year NomineesOutstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Parker Adams - “After recently being elected President, Parker has continued to push the members of the chapter to be more scholarly and leaders in the Northwest community. He actively seeks out opportunities to make himself and community better.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Marisa Alvares - “Time after time, Marisa invests her skills and energy to ensure that the next generation of EDM students is successful. She has created a community of support and teamwork in our program, which has led to so many more successes.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Kelly Keezer - “Kelly has fully dedicated herself to her work, the organization, and her studies. She strives to mix integrity and craftsmanship in everything she creates or achieves. She has great care, consideration, and respect for others.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Haley Endsley - “Haley has been a shoulder to learn on for our Alpha Sigma Alpha girls. She is kind-hearted and only wants what’s best for them. She has many on-campus jobs and is involved with many organizations, holding leadership roles.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Chloe Godding - “Chloe has taken every opportunity Northwest has given her and used it to grow. She takes risks and chances, putting her all into everything she’s done, and takes on leadership roles because she knows that she can enrich the lives of those around her.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Kayla Lincoln - “Kayla exhibits Bearcat Pride day in and day out. She is always talking about Northwest and the things it has to offer. She keeps everyone on track at Tri Sigma and is doing amazing as our VP of Harm Reduction.”Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Nominee: Krysta Ott - “Krysta is hard-working, kind, and talented. She has contributed to this university greatly through student orgs, student employment and overall being an outstanding individual. She is such a positive influence on campus.”and the Award recipient is...Outstanding Organizational  Student of the Year Winner: Marisa Alvares - “Time after time, Marisa invests her skills and energy to ensure that the next generation of EDM students is successful. She has created a community of support and teamwork in our program, which has led to so many more successes.”Congratulations to all Day 6 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 5: Graduate Assistant of the Year NomineesGraduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Ayrton Barbolina - “Ayrton is committed to bettering Campus Recreation by helping in any way he can. His patience and ability to adapt instantly to each situation is critical to his success.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Gurinder Brar - “Gurinder is always dedicated to help and motivate the students to maintain high GPAs to make their future bright. He is always very productive and dedicated at work.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Faith Casel - “Faith makes sure her students are not just academically succeeding but are mentally as well. She goes above and beyond her responsibilities to help however she can.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Gabbi Day - “The level that Gabbi is able to take the initiative and problem solve is rare. Her positivity and genuine spirit have truly added a brightness to the Library each day.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Madi DeBoer - “Madi’s greatest attribute is her attention to detail and taking care of the ‘extra’ things. There is almost always a little extra detail she adds to make our suggestion even better.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Lauren Lambertz - “Lauren has created new and improved our internal processes, encouraged innovation among our students and provides a positive influence to those around her. I can rely on her to do just about anything.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Ben Moran - “Ben anticipates the needs of the team and often has needed information prepared prior to us even asking. He is an integral part of our team and I don’t know how we ever functioned without him.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: Jill Spire - “Jill focuses on doing whatever it takes to help others be successful. She isn’t worried about who gets credit as long as it was done right and helped fulfill the mission of student success.”Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Nominee: April Walkup - “April’s greatest attribute is her work ethic overall. Having known her during her time at Northwest, I am not aware of any student who works harder than her.”and the Award recipient is...Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Winner: Ben Moran - “Ben anticipates the needs of the team and often has needed information prepared prior to us even asking. He is an integral part of our team and I don’t know how we ever functioned without him.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 5: Community Leadership NomineesOffice of Student Involvement Community Leadership Nominee: Alpha Sigma Alpha - “One of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s purposes is to help girls understand that staying active, loving themselves, and encouraging others are very important through GOTR and Special Olympics.”Office of Student Involvement Community Leadership Nominee: Students for Life - “Students for Life went and promoted the ProLife movement within the community of Maryville and Northwest campus. We had just a little over 50 participants and partnered with multiple different organizations.”and the Award recipient is...Office of Student Involvement Community Leadership Winner: Alpha Sigma Alpha - “One of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s purposes is to help girls understand that staying active, loving themselves, and encouraging others are very important through GOTR and Special Olympics.”Congratulations to all Day 5 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 4: Commitment to Student Success Staff NomineesCommitment to Student Success Staff Award Nominee: Cathy Barr - “Cathy’s exceptional dedication to student success is a principal reason almost every year 100% of our student teachers find jobs and/or go on to be successful in graduate school. She is a tireless worker who you can always rely on.”Commitment to Student Success Staff Award Nominee: Dr. Kori Hoffman - “Dr. Hoffman always  works in the best interest of students daily. He displays a good example through diligence, hard work, and portraying the quality of not just an employer but a good leader.”Commitment to Student Success Staff Award Nominee: Dr. Ashley Strickland - “Ashley is dedicated to both the students she serves and those who she oversees in her role at the Student Success Center. So much of the work she does goes unnoticed by the untrained eye, which makes it all the more valuable.”Commitment to Student Success Staff Award Nominee: Leslie Abarr Cuenca - “Leslie is always friendly and eager to help. No matter what she always has time for you and makes paperwork and procedures much easier. I know I can always rely on her to help me succeed.”and the Award recipient is...Commitment to Student Success Staff Award Winner: Cathy Barr - “Cathy’s exceptional dedication to student success is a principal reason almost every year 100% of our student teachers find jobs and/or go on to be successful in graduate school. She is a tireless worker who you can always rely on.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 4: Commitment to Student Success Student Award NomineesCommitment to Student Success  Student Award Nominee and Winner: Bailey Hopkins - “Bailey spearheaded the grand return of Art Club and almost singlehandedly organized the Art Club’s debut event. She has poured her heart into providing other students with the opportunity of being a part of this club.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 4: Outstanding International Student of the Year NomineesOutstanding International Student of the Year Nominee: Pratham Mitra - "Pratham has held various positions in different organizations like Interfraternity council and International Student Organization. He also created an event for international students to experience Greek life."Outstanding International Student of the Year Nominee: Ayomide Popoola - "Ayomide has been at the forefront contributing to internationalization at Northwest. She loves helping and assisting international Bearcats acclimatize and learn their new environment."and the Award recipient is...Outstanding International Student of the Year Winner: Ayomide Popoola - "Ayomide has been at the forefront contributing to internationalization at Northwest. She loves helping and assisting international Bearcats acclimatize and learn their new environment."Congratulations to all Day 4 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 3: Commitment to Student Success Faculty NomineesCommitment to Student Success Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Amy Barton - "Amy is committed to student success and has had an immediate impact through her work to revitalized the Behavioral Sciences Association. She is driven by what's right for the student, and is always looking for ways to improve."Commitment to Student Success Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Luke Campbell - "Dr. Campbell is incredibly empathetic, enthusiastic, and committed to the mission of Northwest. He truly wants to know about his students' accomplishments and how he can better help them achieve their goals."Commitment to Student Success Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Jessica Gracey - "Day after day, Dr. Gracey is determined to relate to and understand each and every one of her students. She is determined to teach in a way that allows us to walk away from her classes with a deep lasting understanding."Commitment to Student Success Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Sandy Seipel - "Dr. Seipel is an exceptional teacher, advisor and colleague. Her exceptional teaching evaluations reflect a willingness to go the extra mile for students. She always makes time to connect with students on a personal level."and the Award recipient is...Commitment to Student Success Faculty Award Winner: Dr. Luke Campbell - "Dr. Campbell is incredibly empathetic, enthusiastic, and committed to the mission of Northwest. He truly wants to know about his students' accomplishments and how he can better help them achieve their goals."Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 3: First-Generation Student Achievement Award NomineesCommitment to Student Success First-Generation Achievement Nominee: Thomas Goldizen - “Thomas’s first semester at Northwest, he started the Northwest Student Veterans Association to help veterans reintegrate back into the civilian life through education. He strives every day to show that anyone can do what they set their minds to.”Commitment to Student Success First-Generation Achievement Nominee: Timia Johnson - “Timia has stayed focused on bettering her life even though she dealt with a troubling household and peers. Out of all the challenges she has faced, she continues to stay positive and focused on her future no matter the circumstance.”Commitment to Student Success First-Generation Achievement Nominee: Brady Netzel - “Brady is always putting his academics first, putting in the effort that each course requires. He has never let being a first-generation student hold him back in his college endeavors. With his resiliency, he is a natural-born leader and always gets the job done.”and the Award recipient is...Commitment to Student Success First-Generation Achievement Winner: Brady Netzel - “Brady is always putting his academics first, putting in the effort that each course requires. He has never let being a first-generation student hold him back in his college endeavors. With his resiliency, he is a natural-born leader and always gets the job done.”Congratulations to all Day 3 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 2: Student Impact Faculty Award NomineesHuman Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Karen Britt - “I have never met a professor who is as passionate about the subject they teach like Karen is. She strives to help each individual grow in their own strengths and weaknesses. She shows care and support for our everyday lives.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Stancy Bond - “Stancy makes an impact that lasts a lifetime. She teaches her students to respect and honor one another's differences, which speaks volumes to her effective and positive role in students’ lives as a faculty member.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: John Carr - “John has been more than an instructor, he’s been an advisor and mentor. He consistently shows up for his students and his support has always been both enthusiastic and unwavering. His support continues even after we leave his classroom.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Karen From - “She has endless energy and strives for perfection every class. She is always available and attentive to help, meeting students’ needs and individualizing assignments to enhance our individual personalities.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Catherine (CJ) Holthaus - “She builds relationships with her students, fosters their intelligence and imagination, and pushes them towards their own individual greatness. Her personality is relatable, her passion is exuberant, and energy is unmatched.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Cris Jacobson - “Cris is exemplary in her dedication to the welfare of students and her proactive, vigilant approach regularly results in positive outcomes. Her commitment and empathy regarding the student experience is exceptional.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Matt Johnson - “He gives the energy of being easy to talk to and encourages students to come see him if they are confused or just having a bad day. He can sense when something is bothering a student and makes sure to reach out a helping hand.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Stephanie Jorandby - “Even if she isn’t teaching you in class that semester, she’s going to reach out and make sure you’re doing okay. She spends the time with us to know what we can each handle and is an advocate for students to other faculty members.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. David Kiene - “Dr. Kiene is so committed to effectively leading and supporting the students. He is always crafting better and more impactful learning opportunities, improving classes in our programs, and providing exceptional support ensuring student success.”Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Nominee: Dr. Rena Smith - “Dr. Smith made it possible for me to find a schedule that fit with my life and gave me the tools to succeed. She is the main reason why I am successful and have been able to continue to go to school here at Northwest.”and the Award recipient is...Human Resources Student Impact  Faculty Award Winner: Dr. Karen Britt - “I have never met a professor who is as passionate about the subject they teach like Karen is. She strives to help each individual grow in their own strengths and weaknesses. She shows care and support for our everyday lives.”Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 2: Outstanding New Organization of the Year NomineesOSI: Outstanding New Organization Nominee and Winner: Student Veterans Association - “The purpose of this organization is to help integrate student veterans into academic life. We’re working to create scholarships, hold charity events, and volunteer.”Congratulations to all Day 2 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awardsNorthwest Awards & Recognition Ceremony: April 5-16, 2021Northwest Awards 2021 - Day 1: Student Impact Staff Award & Library Research AwardsStudent Impact  Staff Award NomineesHuman Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Tammy Hamilton - “Tammy is the quiet person doing so much work behind the scenes that goes unnoticed by most. She has a very humble personality and truly has a heart of service, helping keep things running safely and smoothly.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Mark Hendrix - “Mark connects with his students on a one-on-one level. He serves as a leader, friend, life coach, listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. He helps them persevere through difficult times and encourages them to keep pushing forward.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Dr. Brooke McAtee - “She strives to make each student’s experience the best it can be through a compassionate and caring manner. Not only is she committed to student success, she is also committed to faculty success.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Will Murphy - “Will pours his heart, soul, time and energy into building mass media facilities that help students maximize their hands-on broadcast learning. He amazes me with his tireless dedication to students succeeding.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Meghan Sheil - “Meghan is the primary reason the Career Closet is what it is. She makes each shopper feel special, valued and they always leave with a pep in their step. She never has to help, but never thinks twice about doing so.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Terri Vogel - “Terri truly monitors the success of every student enrolled at Northwest. She makes such a difference for kids and many times they aren’t even aware of all that she does. She exemplifies the mission of focusing on student success.”Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Nominee: Amee Wilmes - “Amee took time to sit down with me and lay out all of the options I have available to me. She provides real feedback with the amazing knowledge she has and truly is making a positive change towards students.”and the Award recipient is...Human Resources Student Impact  Staff Award Winner: Dr. Brooke McAtee - “She strives to make each student’s experience the best it can be through a compassionate and caring manner. Not only is she committed to student success, she is also committed to faculty success.”Library Research Nominees and Award RecipientsB.D. Owens Library Research Third Place Award Winner: Camilo Alejandro Castelblanco Riveros - “Cognitive Biases of the Northwest Missouri State University Campus”B.D. Owens Library Research Second Place Award Winner: Kayla McArtor - “America’s Global Role Before and After ‘America First’  Foreign Policy”B.D. Owens Library Research First Place Award Winner: Brianne McDermott - “An Undeserving  Un-Welcome Home: How Racial Tensions in the United States Contributed to the Mistreatment of World War I African American Soldiers and Veterans”Congratulations to all Day 1 nominees and recipients! Check back tomorrow for more awards

The Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony is a collaborative celebration to recognize excellence among Northwest students, faculty and staff. This event celebrates awards presented by Student Senate, the Office of Student Involvement, International Involvement Center, Student Success/Orientation, Student Employment, the Graduate Office and B.D. Owens Library.

Award Nominees

B.D. Owens Library Research Awards

  • Brianne McDermott – "An Undeserving Un-Welcome Home: How Racial Tensions in the United State Contributed to the Mistreatment of World War I African American Soldiers and Veterans" (1st Place)
  • Kayla McArtor – "America's Global Role Before and After 'America First' Foreign Policy" (2nd Place)
  • Camilo Alejandro Castelblanco Riveros – "Cognitive Biases of the Northwest Missouri State University Campus" (3rd Place)

Student Impact Staff Award

  • Dr. Brooke McAtee (winner)
  • Tammy Hamilton
  • Mark Hendrix
  • Will Murphy
  • Meghan Sheil
  • Terri Vogel
  • Amee Wilmes

Student Impact Faculty Award

  • Dr. Karen Britt (winner)
  • Stancy Bond
  • John Carr
  • Karen From
  • Catherine (CJ) Holthaus
  • Cris Jacobson
  • Matt Johnson
  • Stephanie Jorandby
  • Dr. David Kiene
  • Dr. Rena Smith

Outstanding New Organization of the Year

  • Student Veterans Association (winner)

Commitment to Student Success Faculty Award

  • Dr. Luke Campbell (winner)
  • Dr. Amy Barton
  • Dr. Jessica Gracey
  • Dr. Sandy Seipel

First-Generation Student Achievement Award

  • Brady Netzel (winner)
  • Thomas Goldizen
  • Timia Johnson

Commitment to Student Success Staff Award

  • Cathy Barr (winner)
  • Dr. Kori Hoffman
  • Dr. Ashley Strickland
  • Leslie Abarr Cuenca

Commitment to Student Success Student Award

  • Bailey Hopkins (winner)

Outstanding International Student of the Year

  • Ayomide Popoola (winner)
  • Pratham Mitra

Graduate Assistant of the Year

  • Ben Moran (winner)
  • Ayrton Barbolina
  • Gurinder Brar
  • Faith Casel
  • Gabbi Day
  • Madi DeBoer
  • Lauren Lambertz
  • Jill Spire
  • April Walkup

Office of Student Involvement: Community Leadership Award

  • Alpha Sigma Alpha (winner)
  • Students for Life

Office of Student Involvement: Outstanding Program of the Year

  • SAC Speaks Lecture Series – "Jim Obergefell: Love Wins"
  • Northwest Dance Company – "Northwest Dance Company Showcase"
  • Student Activities Council – "Advantage Fireworks"

Office of Student Involvement: Outstanding Student of the Year

  • Marisa Alvares
  • Parker Adams
  • Kelly Keezer
  • Haley Endsley
  • Chloe Godding
  • Kayla Lincoln
  • Krysta Otta

Office of Student Employment: Student Employee Supervisor of the Year

  • Cathy Barr
  • Tucker Peve

Office of Student Employment: Student Employment Team of the Year

  • KXCV/KRNW
  • Athletic Equipment Room
  • International Involvement Center
  • DFPA - Stage Technicians
  • Advancement - Cat Callers

Office of Student Employment: Student Employee of the Year

  • Cayla Vertreese – Student Employee of the Year Award Winner
  • Morgan Looten – Quality of Work Award Winner
  • Alison Burski – Professional Award Winner
  • Nolan Harless – Uniqueness of Contribution Award Winner
  • Garrett Craig – Reliability Award Winner

Office of Student Involvement: Outstanding Organizational Advisor of the Year

  • Monica Zeigel – Active Minds
  • Amanda Cullin – Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Dr. Shantel Farnan, Dr. Sara Taylor and Tamara Lynn – Council for Exceptional Children
  • Matt Johnson – Northwest Student Veterans Association
  • Drake Summers – Student Activities Council
Office of Student Involvement: Outstanding Organization of the Year
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • National Association for Music Collegiate
  • Northwest Student Veterans Association
  • Phi Mu
  • Student Activities Council

Student Senate: Tower Service Faculty Award

  • Dr. Rhonda Beemer
  • Dr. Shantel Farnan

Student Senate: Tower Service Staff Award

  • Kim Todd
  • Jerry Sharr
  • Terri Vogel

Student Senate: Tower Service Student Award

  • Jill Spire
  • Hannah Lucas
  • TJ Persell

Student Senate: Tower Service Student Organization Award

  • Sigma Society
  • Northwest Student Veterans Association

Student Senate: Tower Service Team of the Year

  • Wellness Services
  • Learning and Teaching Center
  • Residential Life Resident Directors
  • TRIO SSS Peer Mentors

Office of Student Involvement Student: Organization President of the Year

  • Cayla Vertreese –  Active Minds
  • Thomas Goldizen – Northwest Student Veterans Association
  • Spencer Gouldsmith – Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Alek Kocher – Pre-Law Society Club
  • Matthew Nash – Dungeons and Bearcats
  • Annaliese Punt – Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Jesse Reed – Cyber Defense Club
  • Jacob Dean (JD) Wessel – Sigma Tau Gamma