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Alumni Profiles

Graduate student takes advantage of 100% online program

2020-09-18T15:06:59-05:00September 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

2020-09-18T15:07:27-05:00September 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

2020-09-21T14:55:22-05:00September 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 [...]

Coping with COVID

2020-09-18T15:46:00-05:00September 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 [...]

Candy Whirley ’97: How Many Does it Take to Tango?

2020-05-12T15:02:05-05:00May 11th, 2020|Alumni Profiles, Career Development|

When Candy Whirley ’97 was 30 years old, married and a mother of two, she was managing a restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri when a local corporation asked her to teach a customer service class to their employees. “After I gave them the ‘how-to speech,’ I realized that that was [...]

LaTonya Williams ’03: Determination

2020-05-12T15:13:24-05:00May 7th, 2020|Alumni Profiles, Communication & Journalism|

When LaTonya Williams ’03 was a student, her email signature was LaTonya “I’ll sleep when I graduate” Williams. But even though several years have passed since she graduated, she still doesn’t seem to have gotten the “you can sleep now” memo. Williams, who graduated with a journalism and public relations [...]

Deena Murphy ’85

2020-01-07T12:43:04-06:00January 7th, 2020|Alumni Profiles, Magazine|

Deena Murphy said she really didn’t think about going to college until she was recruited by Missouri Western to play basketball. When she arrived on campus, coaches suggested she also try out for softball, and she ended up playing both softball and basketball throughout her college career. Ironically, it was [...]