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Lt. Anthony Williams (left) and Dr. Clarence Green (right) of the University Police Department presented Christy Tapps, an assistant athletic trainer, an award at Thursday's Board of Regents meeting in recognition of her efforts to save the life of a Northwest track and field athlete last month. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Lt. Anthony Williams (left) and Dr. Clarence Green (right) of the University Police Department presented Christy Tapps, an assistant athletic trainer, an award at Thursday's Board of Regents meeting in recognition of her efforts to save the life of a Northwest track and field athlete last month. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Dec. 14, 2018

Regents approve student organization conduct policy, renaming of two facilities, accelerated master’s program; hear clean audit results

Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Thursday approved a revised student organization conduct policy, an accelerated master’s degree program and the renaming of two campus facilities, in addition to hearing a bevy of staff recognitions.

The Board’s approval of the University’s Student Organization Conduct Policy capped a months-long process to draft a policy that applies to all student organizations at Northwest. University administrators worked with Husch Blackwell and student leaders throughout the fall to create and enact the new policy.

Previously, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker explained to the Board, Northwest had three different processes governing its various fraternity, sorority and other student organizations, and each governing organization had different practices with varied opportunities for university input.

The new singular policy incorporates consistent procedures for all University-recognized student organizations. It incorporates student participation in all aspects of the conduct process and ensures employee engagement. It also formalizes investigation, hearing and appeal processes and properly aligns decision-making authority with university risk and exposure.

Baker was joined during his presentation by Interfraternity Council President Derek Method, Panhellenic Council President Liz Conard and Student Senate President Alyssa Lincoln. Students dedicated considerable time this fall to discuss the policy with University administrators and Northwest’s legal counsel, Baker said.

“We’ve been committed to input and engagement from students from the beginning, as early as last summer when we discussed the process with legal counsel,” Baker said. “Students raised many concerns about the process in the initial drafts of the policy, and I wanted to bring these students forward to thank them and share with you the difference they put forth to ensure their voices were included to make this a better policy.”

Prior to unanimously approving the policy, regents universally commended Northwest and the students for their work.

“I had the fortune of being able to sit in on one of their meetings and I think what hit me more than anything was the dedication that the students had to making this a policy that would work,” Regent Dr. Marilou Joyner said.


Accelerated GIS master’s program approved

The Board approved an accelerated option in Northwest’s Master of Science in the Geographic Information Science (GIS) non-thesis option to allow outstanding students an opportunity to concurrently pursue a Bachelor of Science in GIS and the Master of Science and complete graduation requirements for both degrees within five years.

Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman said the program will improve recruitment for the undergraduate GIS program by making it more attractive to prospective students, and it will improve the master’s program by integrating and retaining high-quality undergraduates who have a high potential for success in the graduate program.

Two facilities to be renamed

Mark Rosewell
Mark Rosewell
John Redden
John Redden

The Board approved the naming of two campus facilities in honor of the contributions of its veteran tennis coach and a long-time member of its Facility Services staff.

Northwest’s Frank W. Grube Tennis Courts, located between the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center and Everett Brown Hall, will be renamed the Frank W. Grube Courts at the Mark Rosewell Tennis Center in honor of Rosewell, who, in his 37th year coaching, has earned a distinction as one of the most successful collegiate head tennis coaches in the nation.

Rosewell, who coaches the Bearcat men’s and women’s tennis programs, has earned more than 1,000 victories, 26 MIAA regular season championships, nine MIAA Tournament Championships and 37 NCAA Tournament appearances. He has coached 136 MIAA champions and 87 first team All-MIAA performers. He has received the Arthur Ashe and MIAA sportsmanship awards.

The Frank Grube Courts were expanded last year as part of a package to construct the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse. Additionally, the University is formulating plans to add lighting and a shelter to the tennis courts.

The second naming approval honors the late John Redden, who retired in 2014 after 45 years of service at Northwest and died Nov. 12. Northwest will rename its power plant, located at the corner of Ninth Street and University Drive, the John C. Redden Jr. Power Plant in his honor.

Redden played a key role in the planning and 1982 launch of Northwest’s innovative alternative fuels program, which has saved the University nearly $16 million in energy costs. Today, the alternative fuels program is one of the University’s signature initiatives with wood and paper fuels accounting for 58 percent of the campus’ total energy consumption and 88 percent of its heating requirement. The American Association of State College and Universities accorded its 2017 Excellence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development to Northwest in honor of its ongoing commitment and results in alternative energy.

Staff recognitions

Headlining a slew of recognitions to begin the meeting was a special presentation by University Police Chief Dr. Clarence Green and Lt. Anthony Williams to Christy Tapps, an assistant athletic trainer, for her efforts to save the life of a Northwest track and field athlete who collapsed, lost consciousness and stopped breathing during a Nov. 12 practice at the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse. Tapps began CPR on the student-athlete and used an automated external defibrillator to revive his heart.

In addition, Director of Human Resources Krista Barcus accepted, on the Northwest’s behalf, the Above and Beyond Award from the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for outstanding service and continued support of men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Other recognitions included Paula McLain, the coordinator of Northwest’s student employment program, who was recently selected as one of three National Student Employee Association trainers for best practices related to student employment; Tammi Grow, an associate director of admissions, who was recently named treasurer-elect of the Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers; and  Northwest’s Office of University Advancement for receiving the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with an Educational Fundraising Award for the second consecutive year.

In other business

Regents heard the results of the University’s annual financial audit, completed by RubinBrown, LLP. The firm’s review of Northwest’s financial statements for the 2018 fiscal year resulted in an unmodified opinion with no deficiencies, the highest result it provides. The University is required to complete an annual audit of its financial statements by an external audit firm. RubinBrown visited the campus this fall to complete the audit as well as a review of compliance and internal control over the financial reporting of the University’s financial statements.

The Board approved increased funding to improve the R.T. Wright Farm entrance and expand the roadway to include turn lanes in anticipation of constructing an Agricultural Learning Center on the farm property. The Board approved up to $1 million toward the project in August, contingent on a final approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation. However, MoDOT’s assessment increased the project cost to $1.2 million, prompting Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick to return to the Board with an updated proposal. Carrick said components for the project have been competitively bid and the additional funding will come from Northwest’s Campus Master Plan fund or donor funds.

The Board also approved adjunct faculty to teach during the spring 2019 semester and approved a policy defining the minimum standards required for retiring faculty to be considered for emeritus status.

The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.


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