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Sept. 21, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University student Marina Hayner is the recipient of this fall’s Pi Omega Pi scholarship, a national award given to a member of the honor society for business education who is completing their student teaching.
Hayner, a senior business education major from St. Joseph, Missouri, is receiving the $1,000 national scholarship this fall while student teaching at Dekalb High School. Concurrently, Hayner is employed full-time as the high school’s business teacher and will graduate from Northwest in December.
As a member of Northwest’s Pi Omega Pi chapter, Hayner was part of a team that organized the chapter’s “Pack the Pantry” service project. She also was editor of the chapter’s alumni newsletter and co-presented at Pi Omega Pi’s national convention in Chicago last spring.
“Marina contributed to our chapter’s success in the last two years,” Dr. Nancy Zeliff, a professor in Northwest’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the chapter’s advisor, said. “She is an energetic and passionate teacher candidate who now has her own classroom and students.”
Hayner credits her success to multiple connections at Northwest, including Zeliff’s mentorship and the skills she developed as a member of Pi Omega Pi, as well as her coursework in the University’s schools of business, computer science and information systems, and education. She also took advantage of resources offered by Career Services.
With the help of Career Services staff and the tools she learned in her managerial communications course at Northwest, Hayner attended the University’s Career Day last spring and learned of the potential opening for a business teacher at DeKalb High School. By the end of June, she was offered the job.
“Dr. Zeliff definitely prepared me,” Hayner said. “The education department is phenomenal. The business department is phenomenal. I definitely relate all of this back to Career Services and being career ready.”
Hayner transferred to Northwest after one year at another university and deciding she wanted to become a business teacher. “Northwest has a great education program, so why not come to one of the best?” she said.
While becoming a member of Pi Omega Pi helped Hayner develop her leadership and networking skills and presented her with travel opportunities, Hayner further honed her teaching abilities by working with students at Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
“Getting the one-on-one experience with the students and developing relationships with them was great,” Hayner said. “Northwest has great staff members and great teachers, and seeing the teachers teach the practices they want us to use is great hands-on experience. That showed me how to do it and I’m able to apply that to my students.”
Pi Omega Pi is designed to create a fellowship among teachers of business subjects, encourage interest and promote scholarship in business education, encourage civic responsibility, foster high ethical standards in business and professional lives of business teachers, and teach service as the basis of all worthy enterprise.
Northwest’s Beta chapter of Pi Omega Pi last year was named the best in the country for the second time in three years and it has the distinction of being the oldest active chapter in the nation, now entering its 97th year.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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