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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Jan. 27, 2016

    Alumni Association accepting nominations for annual awards

    By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

    The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at its annual awards program next fall. The awards are annually presented to alumni, faculty and friends of the University who have demonstrated professional achievement or extraordinary dedication to Northwest.

    “Family Weekend and the Alumni Awards Banquet in the same weekend has been a long-standing tradition at Northwest,” said Bob Machovsky, director of alumni relations and annual giving at the University. “The alumni awards are really another opportunity for the Bearcat family to get together to celebrate some really special Bearcats and their accomplishments and commitment to Northwest.”

    Nominations are due Tuesday, March 1. Nomination forms and a listing of past recipients are available at

    Nominees are being sought for the following categories:

    Distinguished Alumni Award: Recognizes Northwest alumni for their exceptional professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in their chosen field.

    Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award: Recognizes a former faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service or research contributions at Northwest.

    Distinguished Faculty Award: Recognizes a present faculty member for his or her outstanding teaching, service or research contributions at Northwest.

    Honorary Alumni Award: Honors Northwest friends who have served, promoted and loved the University in the tradition of a loyal graduate.

    Turret Service Award: Acknowledges a graduate or former student for his or her significant contributions of time and talents on behalf of the University and the Northwest Alumni Association.

    Young Alumni Award: Honors a graduate of the last decade for his or her exceptional achievements in career, public service or volunteerism that bring honor to the University.

    Public Service Award: Recognizes an outstanding service-minded individual who has devoted his or her time and energy for the betterment of northwest Missouri and higher education.

    Last year’s recipients were Jennifer Dawson Nicholson (Distinguished Alumni Award), Thomas Sanchez (Young Alumni Award), Dr. Carol Blom Spradling (Distinguished Faculty Award), Dr. Merry McDonald and Dr. Gary McDonald (Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award), Sue Johnson Hockensmith (Turret Service Award) and Shoba Mansukhani Brown (Public Service Award).

    The annual Alumni Awards Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with Family Weekend, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom on the Northwest campus. The event begins with a social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at or 660.562.1248.

    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