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Jan. 31, 2019

Career Services, Alumni Association invite students to ‘Chat with a Cat’

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Northwest Missouri State University Career Services and the Northwest Alumni Association are collaborating to launch “Chat with a Cat” this spring to connect students with Northwest alumni and friends during informal lunch time gatherings.

The sessions from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 6, invite students to grab a lunch at Bearcat Commons in the J.W. Jones Student Union and sit with an alumni host in a reserved lunch area.

“Chat with Cat sessions are designed to connect current students with alumni and friends of the University during informal lunch time gatherings,” Brown said. “Deciding on a major or selecting a career can be challenging. Visiting with past graduates is a great way for students to ask alumni about their college experiences, what they would do differently, what advice they have, and why they enjoy their profession. Chat with a Cat is informal, students are welcome to come and go, and everyone is welcome.”

A complete list of dates and alumni guests is provided below.

For more information, contact Career Services at 660.562.1250 or

  • Feb. 6: Brian Lynn, assistant student services director, Maryville R-II School District
  • Feb. 13: Greg McDanel, city manager, City of Maryville
  • Feb. 20: Linda Place, retired educator
  • Feb. 27: Ky Turner, general manager, St. Joseph Mustangs baseball team
  • March 6: Katie Machovsky, senior marketing specialist, Northwest
  • March 13: Michelle Drake, human resources generalist, Northwest
  • March 20: Jeff Gates, owner, PromoteWithJeff promotional products
  • April 3: Mark DeVore, retired educator
  • April 10: Allison Kriefels, principal, Mid-Buchanan High School
  • April 17: Rex Brod, market president, US Bank
  • April 24: Coby Keyes, certified public accountant, Clifton Larson Allen

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