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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 20, 2015

’Cat Walk to benefit cystic fibrosis set for Feb. 28

By Erin Dillon, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services are sponsoring the ’Cat Walk and Student Showcase Expo Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Northwest Student Recreation Center.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds go toward the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The first 200 walkers will receive a prize. No pre-registration is required.

The event, organized by Kappa Omicron Nu honor society, will feature examples of student research and creative activities, providing students the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from the Northwest community.

Students enrolled in Northwest’s recreation programming course, with Associate Professor of Recreation Dr. Sue Myllykangas, are coordinating the walk as well as activities for children attending the event.

“The showcase event encourages students to engage attendees in conversations about their projects and research,” Myllykangas said. “The ’Cat Walk is really a service-learning project that challenges students to use the information and skills they have learned in a way that benefits others.”

During the event, participants may receive a free bone density scan, lung capacity screening and blood pressure check. Participating Northwest employees can earn Points to Blue and St. Francis employees can earn Live Well Distance Fitness Points. Tennis shoes are required.

For more information, contact Myllykangas at, Anne Long at or Rita Miller at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468