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Alumni Profiles

Griffons deliver at 30,000 feet

2021-09-02T08:12:08-05:00August 23rd, 2021|Alumni Profiles, College of Science and Health, School of Nursing & Health Professions|

Griffons Deliver at  30,000 Feet Flying from Kansas City to Honolulu takes a little over eight hours. Changing someone’s life forever takes mere minutes. Missouri Western alumnae Lani Bamfield ’18 and Mimi Ho ’15 recently helped change the life of Raymond Mounga – in fact, [...]

Leading by example

2021-08-23T15:48:12-05:00August 23rd, 2021|Alumni News, Alumni Profiles, Alumni Relations|

Leading by example When Lai-Monté Hunter ’99 was considering college, there was a myth that African American men could not attain a four-year degree. As a first-generation college student, achieving that four-year degree became his immediate goal.  While he was pursuing his degree, [...]

Launched at Missouri Western: True love and a cybersecurity career

2021-02-11T11:44:19-06:00February 10th, 2021|Alumni Profiles, Computer Science, Math & Physics, Features, Social Work|

Amanda '12 and Frank '99 Luzsicza More than 20 years after graduation, Missouri Western continues to play a central role in Frank Luzsicza’s ’99 family life and global career as a cybersecurity executive and a digital entrepreneur. He and his wife, Amanda (Pedersen) Luzsicza ’12, are now giving [...]

People Over Profits: Alum Isaac Collins values community

2021-08-18T09:16:40-05:00February 10th, 2021|Alumni Profiles, Craig School of Business, Features|

Isaac Collins Sr. and Sonja Collins enjoy the football game with their son, Isaac ‘11, and Isaac’s wife, Rachel. Isaac Collins ’11 says that since at least high school, he has wanted to run his own business. But also from an early age, he knew that business wasn’t [...]

Coping with COVID

2021-08-18T11:26:15-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni Profiles, Features|

Two alumni business owners share their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic In an interview earlier this year with Missouri Western supporter Tom Payn, he was asked about the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Payn, who owns several Subway restaurants in the Denver area, talked about how business owners are [...]

Graduate student takes advantage of 100% online program

2021-08-18T11:30:55-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni News, Alumni Profiles|

Angela Thro was looking at masters programs at several universities when she connected with Dr. Susan Bashinski, dean of Missouri Western’s Graduate School. Missouri Western had just the program she wanted – a masters in K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education – and she will graduate December 2020. Unlike most of the [...]

Dr. Jordan Siewert ’08: Chronicling the unexpected journey

2021-08-18T09:49:00-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni News, Alumni Profiles|

Dr. Jordan Siewert never expected to write a book, but when his daughter was born in 2014 with a congenital heart defect, he found that he wanted to share his experiences. “I felt that maybe my story could speak to someone,” said Dr. Siewert, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. [...]

IRONMAN Griffon: Dr. Adrienne Johnson

2021-08-18T09:52:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni News, Alumni Profiles|

2.4-mile swim 112-mile bicycle ride 26.2-mile run Become an Ironman That is the list now owned by Dr. Adrienne Johnson, associate professor of education, who checked the Ironman goal off her bucket list last fall when she competed in and finished IRONMAN Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Johnson said she had [...]