Biannual Greek Alumni Newsletter Northwest Missouri State University - Fall 2019

Over 10,000 Greek Alumni

742 Greek Undergraduates

4 National Pan-hellenic Chapters

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

5 Panhellenic Chapters

Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma

7 Interfraternity Chapters

Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Delta Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Tau Gamma, Tau Kappa Epsilon

One Greek Community

Panhellenic Council experienced record setting retention during their Fall Formal Recruitment Process and welcomed 222 new women into their chapters.

Former Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment - Internal, Erica Brade (Sigma Sigma Sigma) is pictured to the right checking out capital improvement projects in Roberta Hall. Summer 2019 Renovations included new showers, updated bathroom fixtures and roof improvements.

Former Vice Presidents of Risk Management, Senior Mackenzie Baker (Sigma Kappa) and Senior Johan Senda (Sigma Phi Epsilon) are seen (left) being interviewed after successfully proposing and passing the new Greek Life Risk Management Policy at the Board of Regents meeting on December 12, 2019.

The updated policy may be found in the Northwest Policy Library at the following link: https://www.nwmissouri.edu/policies/student/Greek-Life-Risk-Management-Policy.pdf

This fall, Greek Life welcomed Jim Gulbranson into the Coordinator of Greek Life role. Jim, a native of Stuart, IA, is an alum of the University of South Dakota where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Prior to joining the Greek Life Office at Northwest, he earned his Masters in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri. In his role, Jim's primary focuses will be Interfraternity Council and Order of Omega.

Jim is pictured to the right with Megan DeShon-Runge, Assistant Director of Greek Life, at the 2019 Association of Fraternity / Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Northwest Missouri State University Greek Life Office is excited to announce that we will be hosting the first ever MIAA & Friends Greek Executive Leadership Retreat on February 6 - 8, 2020.

We will welcome Greek student leaders from MIAA and neighboring institutions to participate in dialogue and collaboration to ensure a bright, safe and sustainable future for our Greek communities.

Speakers include Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver, the mothers of Tim Piazza (Penn State) and Max Gruver (Louisiana State), respectively, who tragically lost their lives to hazing in 2017. We will also welcome Dr. Lori Hart of the Catalyst Agency and Lizz Carter Clark of College Moxie as featured keynote speakers.

Pictured left are Fraternity and Sorority professionals from the MIAA and partner institutions at the 2019 Association of Fraternity / Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting where they met to go over logistics for the inaugural MIAA Greek Executive Leadership Retreat.

Fall 2019 Community Report

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Northwest Missouri State University does not report registered student organizations GPA information whose membership is below 10 undergraduate students due to FERPA. “*” denotes this policy.
National Pan-Hellenic Chapters

Rho Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Kylan Harrell

Organizational Communication

St. Louis, Missouri

The Rho Theta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. helped with 2019 Move-In Day.

Represented NPHC at 2019 Organization Fair.

Crowned Miss Black and Gold 2019.

President, Kylan Harrell, became Co-chair of the Student Engagement Committee for Northwest Missouri State University Black Alumni chapter.

Celebrated Founders’ Day by partnering with the Noyes Home located in Saint Joseph, MO, for their first ever “ICE COLD Winter Clothes and Toy Drive”.

Nu Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Alica Trotter

Applied Health Science- Exercise Science

St. Louis, Missouri

Nu Gamma kicked off the school year hosting their 2nd Vision Board Party themed “First Things First.” Getting peers engaged and focused on the school year to come.

Nu Gamma Hosted their 2nd Annual All Pink Breakfast for Breast Cancer Awareness this October. The banner was signed by attendees from the breakfast with their names and motivational quotes That was then taken to the Kansas University Cancer Treatment Center.

Nu Gamma held a day of community service on Walk Out Day at Lettuce Dream.

Kiana Harvey (Spring 2019 Initiate) Presenting her Senior Research Science Project at Career Services - Professional Based Learning event.

Alica Trotter (Spring 2019 Initiate) Presenting Scientific research at The American College of Sports Medicine Regional State Conference in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Alumna Highlight

Breeana Harron

Spring 2013 Initiate

Graduation Year 2016

BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies

Breanna has since written and published a book of Poetry with a correlating playlist of original songs Titled Her Favorite Playlist. Recently Breanna came and performed at Take Back the Night an event hosted by C.A.R.E to take a stand against relationship and sexual violence.

Iota Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc.


Richard Venerable

Biomedical Sciences

Lees Summit, Missouri

Hosted our first Achievement Week since our reactivation where we recognized outstanding students and citizens that displayed the upmost of service, scholarship, and involvement within their community.

Hosted a campus wide trash cleanup called Dawg’s Day Owt

Health initiative Wednesday to inform the community about safe sex practices

Helped students get registered to vote

Awarded/recognized students and alum on their superior service and outstanding academic achievement among other peers

We are looking forward to hosting a talent hunt which provides exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.

Panhellenic Sororities

Panhellenic Council

Carmen Miller

Panhellenic Council President

Alpha Sigma Alpha

Omaha, Nebraska

Double major in Early childhood Education and Early childhood special education

Prior to election, served as Alpha Sigma Alphas VP of membership education

Currently a member of student senate

Student Ambassador

St. Jude up til Dawn Executive Board

This spring semester, five members of the council will be traveling to the AFLV conference in Indianapolis. “ We look forward to developing our leadership skills there and bringing what we have learned back to the Greek Community”.

“As a council, we look forward to working closely with IFC, NPHC, and the chapters we serve to continue to build the Greek Community and lead it in the right direction”

Alpha Delta Pi


Kileigh Cerny

Political Science and Spanish

Council Bluffs, Iowa

PiHop was our fall philanthropy event, and all the proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Kansas City. We sold tickets for people to come and get all you can eat pancakes.

Date Party was decades themes, where members and their guests all dressed up from different decades.

Mallard Ball is our themed informal, when everyone wears hunting camo.

Our new members got their Big Diamond Sisters, making everyone's’ families a little bigger.

We invited our dads to come to Maryville and bowl for Dad’s Day.

Member Spotlight

Emily Haberer

Emily is a great leader academically, in our sorority, and in the community. She won the Dorothy Shaw Leadership award, and was our 2019 President. She has also received many scholarships such as, the Haines Pre Pharmacy Scholarship, the Doug & Lisa Foster Scholarship, and the Homer Lemar Jr. Scholarship. Outside of Greek life she is involved in Order of Omega, SAACS, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, symphonic band, Bearcat Marching Band (section leader for flutes), and she works at HyVee as a Pharmacy Tech. She will be attending pharmacy school next fall, and we cannot see all that she will accomplish.

Alpha Sigma Alpha

Started the year off by inviting 43 new lovely ladies into our chapter. Our bid day theme was NASCAR with a slogan of “Winning Races Since 1901.”

Brooke Dougherty and Taylor Dorrel came up with the amazing idea to sell puppy chow to raise money for Matt Mason. He was a Navy seal who was killed in combat. Before he became a seal he went to Northwest and married an Alpha Sigma Alpha from Northwest. We raised around $670 for him!

We traveled to Kansas City again to attend Girls on the Run

Our newly elected social chairs Bailee Urban and Brooklyn Nordhues planned our informal in late November which was held at the Legion in Maryville. The theme was “Welcome to Fabulous Maryville.” We dressed out in our Vegas clothes and hit the town.

At our Founder’s Day brunch, we welcomed about six alumni back to celebrate and reflect on the past year. The men of Pi Kappa Alpha also attended with flowers and congratulated us on our successful semester.


Annie Punt

Sophmore, Communication: Public Relations

Omaha, Nebraska

Phi Mu


Madi Cobb

Junior, Business Management and Organizational Behavior

Bennington, Nebraska

Initiated 42 new members (95% retention rate for new members)

First Place for Panhellenic Study Night (we had the most study hours/members attend Panhellenic study nights)

First Place in Rockin’ for Robby

Another successful annual Run4Jen Philanthropy event

Renovated our chapter room in Roberta with all new furniture, paint, flooring etc.

Member Spotlight

Katie Imhoff

Senior pursuing a double major in Agricultural Business and Communication - Public Relations

Served the Missouri FFA Association as a State Vice President, getting the opportunity to travel the state putting on workshops, delivering speeches, and interacting with stakeholders in agriculture

Student Ambassador

Junior year helped plan homecoming events by being on Homecoming executive board.

Third generation Bearcat and Greek woman

Sigma Kappa


Kymbrie Ulrich

Middle School Education

Sabetha, KS

Welcomed 38 new members following formal recruitment

As a chapter, raised over two thousand dollars for our national philanthropy, the Alzhiemers association

Sigma Kappa had the opportunity to participate in the walk to end Alzhiemers walk in Kansas City and volunteer at the St. Joseph walk

Member Spotlight

Caitlyn Delaney

Member of Northwest student dietetics association

She is a tutor and SI leader and tutor specialist for the student success center

Served as a Soar leader

Joined Kappa Omicron Nu as a sophomore and served as vice president in 2018 and president in 2019.

Sigma Sigma Sigma


Maya Rupard

Junior, Middle School Education

We welcomed 38 women into our chapter through formal recruitment,

Participated in homecoming receiving many awards, and our very own Taylor Felz was crowned homecoming queen!

Hosted our annual Robbie Page event, raise over $1000 for the Robbie Page Foundation!

Over Thanksgiving break, a group of sisters went to Kansas City to participate in a service event with the organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace. They spent part of their break delivering and building beds for 20 kids

Thanks to our alumni, we were able to renovate our chapter room with new furniture and features for our members to enjoy!

We spent a week hosting a cutest baby contest leading up to our Kindergarten Dinner

Member Spotlight

Mary Muir

Junior - Elementary Education and Special Education Double Major.

Mary served on our officer board as Vice President of New Member Education

Works in the Student Success Center of the library.

One of seven students on campus who participated in St. Jude’s Colden Pond Plunge.

Interfraternity Chapters

Interfraternity Council

Garrett Richie

Interfraternity Council President

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Junior Biochemistry Major

Plans on attending dental school in the Omaha area

Prior to my election as IFC president, I was the VP of Judicial Affairs for IFC

Looking forward to trying new events that incorporated all IFC chapters to increase a sense of community

Council revised the By-laws and Constitution that were proposed to chapters and passed which was a big step forward and will allow for future progress

Plans to continue to strive for community outreach, chapter relationships, and inclusion for all

alpha gamma rho


Hunter Clausen

Agricultural Business

Charter Oak, Iowa

During celebrate Agriculture week, co-hosted annual canned food drive with the rest of the agriculture department, raised over 3,000 pounds of canned food for the ministry center!

Last semester we were able to take first place in the Greek Challenge that the bowling alley put on!

After that, our executive board will be traveling to St. Louis for our leadership conference with Sigma Alpha.

During spring break, we will be having our annual Green and Gold Classic Steer Show in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Planning to send our barbecue team to Alpha Gamma Rho’s National Barbecue Competition where we placed top-10 overall and took 3rd place in the chicken category last year!

Member Spotlight

Jonathan Bladt

Served on the staff of the United States Senator Chuck Grassley in his Washington D.C. office

Vice Noble Ruler of Finance- 1 term, Co-head of the Steer Show Committee- 3 terms, Chairman of the Constitution Committee- 1 term, and I have served on the IFC Judicial Board for 2 terms

alpha kappa lambda


Dawson Fairall

Parks and Recreation Management

St. Louis, Missouri

Welcomed 14 new members in the fraternity

Family weekend football game/dinner with families in the Union Ballroom.

Philanthropy events such as Egg an AKL, and These Hands Don't Hurt promise wall to pledge against domestic violence.

Alumni Spotlight

Ethan Brown

Graduated with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Northwest in 1999.

After college, he managed and improved several Red Lobsters until 2006.

He started his real estate career in 2006 during the middle of the recession.

Last summer, he played a realtor on HGTV's House Hunters Family.

Consistently in the top 1% of all realtors in Nebraska for number of homes sold annually

Lives in Papillion, NE with his wife, and three children, living his best life.

Delta Sigma Phi


James Erlbacher

Agricultural Education

Earling, Iowa

One of our members, Cooper Finnicum, was elected to IFC VP of Philanthropy

Won the homecoming recycling contest, with over 1300 lbs of recycling turned in that week. Dedicated a tree for winning the contest

Held the most philanthropy events we have had in recent years, raising money for Breast Cancer Research, Red Cross, Alzheimer's Research, and the Children's Hospital.

Member Spotlight

Wyatt Suhr

Political Science/ Criminal Justice Major from Council Bluffs, Iowa Senior graduating in May of 2020.

Chapter president his sophomore/junior year

IFC president his junior/senior year.

Currently planning to attend law school after graduation

Pi kappa alpha


Elliott Tuttle


Belton, Missouri

Participated in first Fall Recruitment, 12 new members

Early in the semester, Joined Sigma Society in picking apples in Bedford, Iowa

Apples were donated to the ministry center in Maryville. Donated about 1,000 apples

Hosted our first ever Mom’s Day. Kicked the day off with a 5K event, the Turkey Trot, took them out to brunch, made holiday crafts, and ended the night with some bowling.

Member Spotlight

Kevin Nguyen

Sophomore studying Criminology with a minor in Psychology

Student Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion on campus

Involved in Student Senate, serving previously as the Freshman Class President, and currently as the Inclusion Committee Chair

Competes on the university Speech and Debate Team, The Speaking Bearcats

Sigma Phi Epsilon


Nathan White

Management Information Systems

Oak Grove, Missouri

Added 21 new members during fall recruitment

Raised $1000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County from annual Teeter Totter Event

Two members of IFC, Including Incoming IFC President Garrett Ritchie

Alumni Spotlight

Byron Willis

IFC President '91-92, VP Student Senate '92-93

Homecoming King '93

Belonged to a few University & Greek Honor Organizations

Byron began his career in 1994 at Union Pacific after receiving bachelor degrees in Marketing & Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University. His first Union Pacific Railroad assignment was in the Market Development & Sales Center where he was an Account Representative in the Metals, Minerals, Forest and Automotive Groups

Byron was the 2019 President of Union Pacific’s Black Employee Network (BEN). The mission of BEN is to work with senior leadership to retain and advance diversity with a key focus on the careers of black employees within Union Pacific.

Sigma Tau Gamma


Caleb Liles

Biomedical Sciences

Maryville, Missouri

Hosted a volleyball tournament to raise funds for the Children and Family center

New Members hosted a hot chocolate fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County

In the summer of 2020, will celebrate 100 years since our fraternity was created at national conference in Kansas City

Alumni Spotlight

Nick Smith

Graduated in 2016, BS in Mathematics

Currently a Data Engineer III at Principal Financial Group primarily working in technical design for data integration/warehousing focusing on retirement data for reporting and analytical purposes.

Nick is a founding father of the re-chartering for Theta chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma. He is also a former chapter president for Sigma Tau Gamma

Tau Kappa Epsilon


Peyton Lewis

Agricultural Education

Brunswick, Missouri

Toss for a Cause-Cornhole tournament for St. Jude

Had four members attend National Conference in Orlando in early August

Regional Leadership Conference in Chicago in early February

St. Jude Up Till Dawn in February

Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Rice

Joined TKE the fall of 1979

Recently moved back to Maryville and has stepped in as another alumni adviser

Currently on Sabbatical/semi-retirement remodeling the home he is living in Maryville

Meet the Interns

This newsletter would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our Greek Life Interns! These Greek Leaders volunteer their time and talents to collecting information from each chapter and designing and assembling the newsletter so we are better able to share all of the great things happening in the Greek Community at Northwest.

(Pictured left to right) Johan Senda - Senior, Business Management and Marketing Major, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Tessa Schlatter - Junior, Communication and Public Relations Major, Alpha Sigma Alpha; Diego Fasani - Senior, Accounting and Finance Major, Sigma Phi Epsilon