Viking Views 2020 (Flippingbook)

A Publication of Missouri Valley College 2020



Viking Views is published for alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of Missouri Valley College. Our goal is to produce a lively, informative publication that stimulates pride and interest in Missouri Valley College.

EDITORIAL STAFF Vice President of Institutional Advancement Eric Sappington '95 Director of Marketing & Public Relations Danielle Durham '08 Marketing & Communication Specialist Lauren Grohs




Graphic Designer Stephanie Passasi

Director of Alumni Relations Amanda Linneman Director of Development Chad Jaecques Sports Information Director Andy Pulverenti




8 ON THE COVER A Campus Quieted: Covid-19 14 TRUSTEE SPOTLIGHT Patricia Fletcher 15 VALLEY BULLETIN Campus happenings 18 NLA Food Recovery Network

20 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MVC alumni and friends events

24 CLASS NOTES Staying up-to-date with fellow classmates


Sally (Wilson) Campbell '61 Jim Hargrave '64 Spencer Fricke '66 Sandi (Eaton) Guthrey '72 George Brown '73

Lisa (Schleicher) McComas '86 Jason Rinne '04 Jon Stockman '04 Katie (Burnstad) Shannon '04 Colin Smith '10* Tanner Fennewald '10** Matthew Tramont '15

27 MVC SON ADDS MSN-FNP Nursing offers new Masters of Science 31 FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Dr. Lisa Rice

David Corti '74 Steve Tuck '76 Tom Hayob '79


**Vice President

Dear Missouri Valley College alumni and friends,

As the world has faced this pandemic, I have reflected on many things on both a personal and professional level. I think about the history of Missouri Valley College and the things that have happened over the more than 130 years of its existence — multiple wars, other pandemics, a great depression, recessions, social movements, technological advances, and so much more. This beautiful campus has been through a lot. And this year ’s events, too, will be one for the history books. Someone recently shared with me a page from the 1918 Sabiduria yearbook that somewhat helped me put this all into perspective. In that yearbook, there was a poem, “Prayer for a World Hurt Sore,” by Margaret Widdemer. As I read the poem, I found it very relatable today — even 102 years later. During that time, the world was hurting, and it was a darker time on campus. That, however, gives me hope for the future of Missouri Valley College. We’ve endured so much, and the people of this College have always united together to move forward and make this place stronger.

Through the years and through all of this....Valley will roll.


Dr. Bonnie Humphrey 5

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Matt Tramont ‘15 > > >

At what point in your life did you choose to support MVC? Giving to Valley was a no brainer for me. This College gave me my second chance at higher education, allowed me to make friends I’ll have forever, introduced me to my fiancé and gave me a support system during the most important and stressful times in my life, and continues to support me moving forward. Why MVC—why did you choose to support MVC? Valley always had my back and pushed me to reach the next goal in life. When I reached one of those goals recently in my career, I knew it was time to start returning the favor and helping the College help the next “second chance kid.” What do you hope your gifts will do for MVC? I want my gifts to be able to directly impact the students on the campus. Too many times we judge college kids for being “kids”.... the truth is college is when you find yourself, and nurturing in that time is the best gift we can give. Supporting the students with quality residence halls, events and meals leads to a more relaxed student who feels at home during a time when they may wish that’s where they were. College is scary sometimes, and anything we can provide to ease that anxiety for our students is our duty as alums. How/Why would you encourage others to consider giving to MVC/becoming members of the President's Society? The President’s Society offers an easy and affordable way for alums to give back. It allows the donor to decide where their gift goes and see how it impacts the campus.

Describe a bit about your time at MVC. Valley was a second chance for me. I had gone to a large state school out of high school and fell into all the traps that unfortunately catch too many college students in their first year. After a few years working in the “real world” my father told me that he’d like to see me go back to school and that I should give a look to where he went way out in Marshall, Missouri. He said its smaller size and better student-teacher ratio could be more beneficial to me. I enrolled at Valley that fall sight unseen and I’ve lived in Marshall ever since! How did MVC impact your life? Again following dad’s lead, I joined Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, which immediately connected me with the campus and gave me the ability to establish bonds with individuals whose friendships I value dearly. Three out of five of my groomsmen are fraternity brothers, and I’ve had the pleasure to attend and be part of many of their weddings as well. Most importantly, I met my fiancé, Leslie (Stark ‘14), at Valley, and together we both try to stay as connected to the school as possible. Where are you at now? I have stayed in Marshall. I own a home here with Leslie and our two rescue dogs, Ellie and Boo. I work a great job as an escrow closer for Truman Title at their office here in town, and Leslie is a multi-branch manager of Wood & Huston Bank. I have the pleasure of serving on the Missouri Valley College Alumni Advisory Board to stay connected to the College as well. The board also gives me a say in ways we can continue to support student life. Leslie and I are active in the Saline County Animal League which funds and staffs the Marshall Animal Shelter, and that is very dear to our hearts

" Valley has always been an institution that prides itself on family. Family is very important to me, and no matter the fights you get in or the times you stay away awhile,

you can always come home to your family."

— Matt Tramont ‘15 and Leslie Stark '14 Marshall, Missouri

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ollege campuses around the world ended their spring 2020 semesters a little differently than normal. In the midst of a global pandemic, institutions were forced to move classes online to

existence—through the good times and bad, we always unite as one. As Vikings. Missouri Valley College is already making plans to provide a quality educational experience in accordance with any new and evolving health guidelines on campus this fall. New measures are being added to campus including additional healthcare staff in the Student Health Center and developing social distancing practices specific to the MVC campus.

complete the remainder of the academic year. The MVC administration was faced with many difficult decisions daily, and students, faculty and staff were forced to adapt to online learning and working remotely. While 2020’s technology

allowed for a relatively smooth transition and the ability to complete the semester on time, many other aspects of the typical college experience were disrupted.

...through the good times and bad, we always unite as one. As Vikings.

In addition to academics and other extracurricular activities that will have to adapt to any new health guidelines, the National Intercollegiate

Association of Athletics (NAIA) plans to have a fall sports season that may look a little different in order to keep student-athletes safe. As you read through this magazine, you will likely see a common theme—we are all living through a historic time, and although it is difficult, this too shall pass. Our hope is to return for a fall semester filled with events and Valley pride. And hopefully we will see you soon—on campus or at an event close to you.

For Missouri Valley College, the Covid-19 pandemic meant cancelled sports seasons, student life activities, and fine art productions. Most students moved home early, and the May commencement ceremony was postponed until October. As we deal with the ever-changing effects of the coronavirus, one thing remains the same—over the course of the 130 years of Missouri Valley College’s

Visit for Covid-19 updates from MVC.


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The COVID-19 pandemic touched all segments of society and drastically altered life for many people. The Missouri Valley College Athletic Department was impacted significantly as a total of 19 programs had their seasons cut short due to the pandemic. However, the sudden change to society was felt in a variety of ways for Viking athletic teams. Some programs were hundreds of miles from campus when social distancing measures were being rolled out while some programs were just hours away from national competitions. Some programs had barely started competing, and some programs were nearing the end of their seasons. We’ll take a look at the days leading up to mid-March and how everything changed rapidly for so many Missouri Valley student-athletes. ATHLETIC TIMELINE


Saturday, March 7 3:35 p.m. |

Thursday, March 12 12:15 p.m. | The NAIA announces the cancellation of all winter championship events, which includes the NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship and the NAIA Women’s Wrestling National Invitational.

Wednesday, March 11 9:19 p.m. | The NAIA issues another update, this time restricting fans at national competitions currently taking place. The Missouri Valley College cheer team is in Davenport, Iowa for the NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship, and the women’s wrestling team is in Jamestown, North Dakota for the NAIA Women’s Wrestling National Invitationals. The cheer event is being limited to a select number of spectators per team.

The Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team falls to Mount Mercy (Iowa) in a match played inside the Burns Athletic Complex. This turns out to be the final home event of the 2019-20 athletic year for the Viking athletic department. Also, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, men’s and women’s tennis teams, the softball team and the men’s golf team are currently on the road to various destinations for spring break competitions. Lacrosse teams are traveling to Kentucky and Georgia, tennis is traveling to South Carolina, softball is traveling to Arizona and golf is going to Mississippi.

Wednesday, March 11 3:21 p.m. | Missouri Valley College issues its first communication in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. The communication lists the steps the College is taking to keep the campus community safe, but acknowledges students are scheduled to be on campus for in-person classes starting March 16.

Friday, March 6 10 a.m. | The Missouri Valley

College men’s wrestling team started competition at the 2020 NAIA Wrestling National Championship near Wichita, Kansas.

Thursday, March 5 Approximately 3:30 p.m. | Missouri Valley College faculty and staff are together in a meeting with President Humphrey. Among the topics discussed at the meeting is the possible spread of COVID-19 into our region, and how the College will handle the situation. Students are less than 24 hours from starting spring break, and Dr. Humphrey’s talk focuses on possible scenarios the College will implement, should the disease spread to campus.

Sunday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 11 | A total of 23 sporting events take place, all on the road, for various Viking athletic teams. The only issue during this stretch of time is unseasonable rain in the Phoenix, Arizona area, causing the cancellation of softball games as well as bus issues for the men’s lacrosse team, causing the cancellation of a game against No. 1 Reinhardt (Georgia). However, the early stages of the pandemic were being noticed by teams traveling away from Marshall.

Thursday, March 12 11:07 a.m. | The first regular season sporting event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tennis teams were scheduled to play at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, but the school canceled all remaining spring sporting events that morning.

Wednesday, March 11 8:29 p.m. |

Friday, March 6 Approximately 3 p.m. | The Missouri Valley College track and field team is competing at the 2020 NAIA Indoor National Championships in Brookings, South Dakota. Clayton Gause has just finished the heptathlon, and becomes the first Viking track student-athlete to earn All-American status at the Indoor Nationals since 2014.

The NAIA issues its first update to changes at National championship events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, events at the NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship are canceled, but the competition is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday with no fan restrictions. 11

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Saturday, March 14 7 p.m. |

In what turns out to be the final competition of the 2019-20 athletic year, the Viking rodeo teams take part in night three of the Arkansas-Monticello rodeo. The mens team wins the rodeo, while the womens team place second.

Thursday, March 12 5:08 p.m. | Baker (Kansas) becomes the first school in the Heart of America Athletic Department to cancel games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will only do so until April 5, with plans to resume competitions after that date. Viking baseball was scheduled to play at Baker March 14-15, and Viking softball was scheduled to play at Baker March 29.

Friday, March 13 2:29 p.m. | In accordance with the measures taken by the Heart and KCAC, Missouri Valley announces the suspension of all athletic-related activities until March 30.

Friday, March 13 10:05 a.m. | The KCAC announces that all spring sports will be suspended

Monday, March 16 10 a.m. | President and CEO of the NAIA, Jim Carr, announces the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season. The decision effectively ends the 2019-20 athletic year.

until further notice. This

impacts Missouri Valley men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Thursday, March 12 3:42 p.m. | Missouri Valley College announces that spring break will be extended for an additional week, and all graduate and undergraduate courses will be moved to online learning. Teams currently in-season at Missouri Valley are still allowed to compete and practice at this time.

Thursday, March 12 5:55 p.m. | Softball, playing games in Phoenix, Arizona, learn their final games have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team now has to figure out if traveling back to Marshall is possible.

Wednesday, April 8 12 p.m. |

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 College National Finals Rodeo in June. Typically, the CNFR is the final athletic event in the Missouri Valley athletic calendar, and this announcement officially brings an end to the 2019-20 athletic year.

Friday, March 13 12:25 p.m. |

Other spring sports not under the NAIA umbrella were also impacted. The shooting sports team had its national competition set for late April and it was canceled.

The Heart of America Athletic Conference announces that all spring sporting competitions will be suspended until March 30.

The lifting teams also had their national competitions canceled.

There were some positive stories to come out through the months of March and April. The Viking rodeo teams were both named Ozark Region champions. The men’s team captured the program’s tenth regional championship since 2008, and fourth-straight overall, while the women’s team earned a fourth regional title in the past six seasons. Four members of the men’s volleyball team were recognized on the Heart All-Conference Team, led by Freshman of the Year, Libero Joao Vitor Bonanoni (Itajai, Brazil). Men’s wrestling student-athletes, Senior Richard Pocock (Plano, Texas) Sophomore Elias Vaoifi (Independence, Missouri) and Freshman Blake Bills (Platte City, Missouri) earned NWCA Scholar All-American Awards. shooting sports student-athlete Freshman Evan Baker was named an Academic All-American. Also, Junior Miyu Shito (Kitakami, Japan) became the first dance student-athlete in program history to earn All-American honors from the NAIA. 13

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Retired, I.T. Coordinator, Brunswick and Miami School Districts "I support Missouri Valley College because it has been important in the lives of my family." Patricia Fletcher

MVC ANNOUNCES NEW MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION Missouri Valley College now offers a Master of Arts in Educational Administration program and classes began in fall 2019. Missouri Valley College has had a Master of Arts in Community Counseling program for a number of years so it was with much excitement that an additional master ’s program was made available for individuals looking to further their education. The purpose of the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is to prepare students with the training to become effective school administrators. This program leads to principalship certification at both the elementary and middle school level as well as the secondary level.

Ethan Hofer-Cassianni posted a record of three wins and one loss, which was enough to advance him to the octofinals round. By advancing, Ethan qualified for the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament, which was held in Whitewater, Wisconsin in April 2019. MVC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH RECEIVES AWARD MVC Assistant Professor of English Dr. Claire Schmidt was recently awarded the 2019 Américo Paredes Prize by the American Folklore Society. This award recognizes excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies, or in teaching and encouraging scholars and practitioners to work in their own cultures or communities. The committee was impressed by Dr. Schmidt’s extensive body of work, including the 2017 book If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry: The Occupational Humor of White Wisconsin Prison and her commitment to engaging local communities.

Fletcher is a 1995 graduate of Missouri Valley College. She spent 14 years with the Miami (Missouri) School District serving as a Special Education Teacher and IT Coordinator and eight years with the Brunswick School District serving as an IT Coordinator. Fletcher joined the MVC Board of Trustees in 2014. She and her husband, John, have four children and nine grandchildren. Why do you support MVC?

I support Missouri Valley College because it has been important in the lives of my family. My husband John and his father are both graduates. Our daughter attended after her graduation from another out of state university in order to get the classes she needed to obtain her Missouri teaching certificate. I also now have two grandchildren attending Missouri Valley and hope that they will develop the attachment to the school that I have and will support its endeavors in the future. I started college as a traditional student. But I left school when I was pregnant

with our second child. I went back when our fourth child entered elementary school. I found that my interests had changed, and I pursued a degree in education and special education. With the closest alternative being 60 miles away and with a young family at home, obtaining my degree as a non-traditional student would have been a near impossibility. My time at Missouri Valley as a non-traditional student was a great time in my life. I also recognize the economic impact that Missouri Valley has in my community. I have lived here when times were bad for Missouri Valley, and the difference that Missouri Valley makes for Marshall and the surrounding area is astounding. I would love to see even more partnerships with the Marshall community and Missouri Valley in the future.


The Missouri Valley College Debate and Forensics team, together with Coach David Bowers, traveled to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in September 2019 to compete in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

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MVC DEBATE AND FORENSICS TEAM SUCCESSFUL AT MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY TOURNAMENT On November 8, 2019 the Missouri Valley debate and forensics team sent five competitors to the McKendree University debate tournament in Lebanon, Illinois. Eva Agcaoili, a freshman from Willard, Missouri, broke to elimination rounds with a 3-3 record. This qualified Agcaoili for the National Tournament, which was held in April 2019 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Not only did Eva break to elimination rounds, she was ranked the third best speaker at the tournament. 6

2020 LOREN C. GRUBER ENDOWED HONORS AWARD Jan Jedlička (Opava, Czech Republic) has been awarded the Loren C. Gruber Endowed Honors Award for his Honors thesis, “What Makes Golfers Satisfied?: A Case Study Comparing Customer Preferences at Golf Courses in American Midwest and Central Europe.” Jedlička is a May 2020 graduate majoring in Sports Management and minoring in Exercise Science; he has served as Chair of the Honors Student Advisory Board. After graduation Jedlička will join the M.Ed. program in Athletic Program Leadership and Administration at Goucher College in Towson, MD and will serve as the graduate assistant for Goucher ’s golf teams.

MVC MURRELL LIBRARY AND EDUCATION DIVISION PARTICIPATED IN JUMPSTART’S READ FOR THE RECORD The MVC Murrell Library and Education Division participated in Jumpstart’s Read For The Record, which is an early literacy campaign. This event brings millions of adults and children together to read the same book on the same day all around the United States. This year, Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora was read to area schools in Marshall and Saline County. The Mayor of Marshall signed a proclamation in the MVC Commons Library on Thursday, November 7 stating the month of November 2019 to be Family Literacy Month. During her visit, she read Thank You, Omu! to the Viking Learning Academy preschoolers. In addition, Marshall High School students, area educators, MVC wrestlers and MVC education students traveled that day to read the book to area elementary schools.

status for its scholarly activities and member recruitment during the 2018-2019 academic year. This distinction places Missouri Valley’s chapter among the top 15% of Alpha Chi chapters nationally. Star chapters must meet all of the following criteria: at least one sponsor and one student delegate must attend the annual national convention; at least one student must make a presentation at the annual national convention; the chapter must submit at least one nominee for a Nolle, Benedict, or Pryor scholarship during the academic year; the chapter must sponsor at least one scholarly/ academic program during the academic year; new members must be inducted and registered during the academic year; and the annual chapter report must be filed with the National Office by September 1.




A number of recipients received annual awards at the end of the 2019-20 academic year at Missouri Valley College. As MVC conferred 160 degrees for the graduating class of 2020, Kayleigh Barnes and Jan Jedlicka received the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award. This award is given annually during commencement to a senior man and woman, which are voted on by the senior class. MVC has rescheduled the May 2020 graduation for October 10, 2020 at Gregg-Mitchell Field. The Ed Leslie Lamp of Knowledge winner for 2020 was Amber Austin (Middle School – Agriculture Education major). All MVC Scholar students are invited to submit an essay with the title: “What Missouri Valley College Means to Me.” Two MVC English professors read each essay and select a winner. Each year, one MVC faculty member and one staff member each receive a peer voted award acknowledging their hard work and dedication to Missouri Valley College. This year, the recipient of the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award was Dr. Andrew Linsenbardt, associate professor of biology. The recipient of the President’s Staff Excellence Award was Colin Smith, associate athletic director and director of game day operations.




A total of 155 students shared their academic, creative and professional work at the fall 2019 Missouri Valley College Student Research Symposium on December 9. The poster session included 38 student participants and there were 19 sessions of four presentations each. A total of 361 students checked in at the event, making it the largest attended Student Research Symposium to date.

Missouri Valley College students recently received awards from the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA). This organization is made up of mass communication departments from colleges and universities across the state of Missouri. Each year, students enter audio and video projects that are judged by industry professionals. Missouri Valley College received 12 awards, which is the most awards ever won by MVC. There were 31 categories with winners from 13 different schools. The top winning school was Missouri State University with 13 awards, and MVC was second with 12. MVC PREPARES FOR FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES THIS FALL Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey says the College administration is preparing for face-to-face classes to resume this fall. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all MVC classes transitioned online March 16 for the remainder of the spring semester. “We were able to smoothly transition to online classes in March, and while we are continuing classes online through the spring semester and the summer, we expect to resume face-to-face classes this fall,” Humphrey said.

MVC SCHOOL OF NURSING DONATES PPE TO HOMETOWN HOSPITAL The Missouri Valley College School of Nursing recently donated personal protective equipment (PPE) that it had on hand to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall as the hospital continues to help in the fight against Covid-19. PPE that was donated included gowns, masks and hair and shoe covers. Because MVC nursing students did not do in-house simulations for the remainder of the school year, the MVC School of Nursing was able to make this donation. MISSOURI SIGMA CHAPTER OF ALPHA CHI AWARDED STAR CHAPTER For the fifth consecutive year, the Missouri Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi at Missouri Valley College was awarded Star Chapter 4


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FFOOOODD Recovery Network NLA

surplus edible food from ending up in the dumpster or landfill and redistributing it to those who are in need. FRN chapters must complete food safety training, identify community partners and find food donor sources. After securing the partnership with Fresh Ideas, MVC’s food service provider, in the fall of 2019, the FRN had their first official recovery of the semester on October 30, 2019 and were able to recover 70.5 pounds of food during that one recovery. They continued recoveries until December 12, 2019, recovering a total of 622.49 pounds by the end of the semester. Food recovered from the campus dining hall is distributed to the HOOT Resource Program and the Lighthouse Shelter, which are both located in Marshall. The NLA is currently partnering with Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) to secure a physical location that will serve as a distribution site for the community. MVCAA will pilot this program with the NLA providing $10,000 of Community Service Block Grant funding for the next three years. Northwest Community Services is working with MVC NLA to help staff operations. According to Gold, they have created a volunteer program for their employees and the Food Recovery Network at MVC has been fortunate to reap the benefits of that.

Addressing food insecurity within Marshall had been an ongoing conversation within the MVC Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). Jamie Gold, assistant professor of non-profit leadership, conducted research regarding the Good Samaritan Act and programs that the group could work with to address hunger within the community. A community needs assessment was conducted finding 19% percent of our neighbors under the age of 18 face the harsh reality that their food will run out before being able to buy more. That often means eating less - balanced meals, cutting back on the size of meals or outright skipping them because there isn’t enough money for food. The MVC Food Recovery Network (FRN) applied for recognition during the spring 2019 semester. The Food Recovery Network is a student-driven movement and there are currently over 230 chapters on college campuses across the country. Food recovery is the practice of preventing

"One of the great things about our food recovery program is that it is open to everyone and anyone,” Gold said. “The FRN does not have qualifying criteria to obtain food. We think this will increase access to food for families that might not qualify for other food distribution programs. Our goal is to address food insecurity in a way that is user friendly and to reduce barriers that exist for some of our families. This program is another piece in the food insecurity puzzle."

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ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD LEGACY Scholarship Recipient Spotlight


Sedalia, Missouri

Dear Alumni & Friends,

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a $500 competitive scholarship awarded to children or grandchildren of Missouri Valley College degreed alumni. Recipients are selected each year by the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. The 2019 Legacy Scholarship receipent was Madeline Kindle of Sedalia, MO. Madeline’s legacy is her father, Thomas Kindle, a 1992 graduate of Missouri Valley College .

As I am well into my second year as MVC alumni director, I have come to better understand the loyalty that so many have for this wonderful college. The stories you tell, the acts of support I see, and the love I feel, all play out like a movie. A love story that tells of hard work and perseverance, and of honor that only comes to those that are Vikings. In the midst of the anxiety and confusion triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, hope and heroes abound. I am anxious for the time to be right for us all to gather again to celebrate. To honor those that have been extraordinary. To cheer for those on the field of competition. To toast one another and mark the milestone anniversaries that come so quickly. And above all, to appreciate each other and all we have in Viking Nation!


Why did you decide to attend Missouri Valley College? “I decided to attend MVC because it has the program (nursing) I wanted to enroll in and it is close to home. I chose the nursing program because I not only want to better myself through education, but also better the world around me. I want to use myself as a vessel that brings good into the world whether it is simply giving a grieving family member a hug or saving someone’s life.”

I continue to be grateful for the incredible people I meet that are alumni and friends of MVC. Please reach out to me with questions and conversation that will help us all to move Valley forward. In anticipation of better days that will come, and wishing you and your family a fun and safe summer.


If you are someone you know would like to apply for the Legacy Scholarship, please visit or email Amanda Linneman, Director of Alumni Relations

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2019 Athletic Hall of Fame


2019 Homecoming; PEACE*LOVE*VIKINGS

2019 Outstanding Alumnus

2019 Camden on the Lake Social


2019 Athletic Hall of Fame


2019 Homecoming; PEACE*LOVE*VIKINGS

2019 KC Valley Alumni and Friends Social; Lathrop and Gage, LLC

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame


2019 Alumni and Friends Social @ Logboat Brewery, ColumbiaMO

2019 Alumni and Friends Social @ Logboat Brewery, Columbia, MO

2019 Alumni Association Annual Golf Tournament


2006 Football Teammates and 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

2020 Orange Hush Alumni and Friends Social

2019 KC Valley Alumni and Friends Social; Lathrop and Gage, LLC


2019 Missouri Valley/Marshall Chamber of Commerce Social

2019 A.A.A Golf Tournament

2019 Homecoming; PEACE*LOVE*VIKINGS

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

1| Conner Swift ‘15, Jennifer (Ford) Swift ‘16 Colin Smith ‘10, Kaitlyn (Kell) Baker ‘15, Gabriela Morales ‘14, Diane (Dellasala) Yadrich ‘17. 2| Ian Verts ‘05, Ben Jacobi ‘07, Matt Green ‘07. 3| George McComas, Lisa (Schleicher) McComas ‘86, Tim Schulte. 4| Jim “Mac” McCartney ‘71, Diana (Humphreys) McCartney ‘76, Arlene (Backes) Heins ‘75, Chris (Simonsen) Tuck ‘75, Nancy Brown, George Brown ‘73, Steve Tuck ‘78, Skip Bazat ‘73. 5| Kindal (Smith) Carney ‘04 6| John Huston, Wick Jacobi, Leslie (Eidson) Huston ‘96

7| Barry Randolph ‘79, Brenda (Ledgerwood) Randolph ‘79 8| Donna (Ireland) Forrest ‘78, Michael Forrest ‘78, Jon Heermann ‘79 9| Outstanding Alumni Glenn Berry ‘71 and Suzanne (Redford) Siems ‘96, Outstanding Young Alumnus Sasha Devic ‘13 10| Robert Holmes ‘09 and Michael Loveless ‘07 11| DeAndre Campbell ‘97, HOF Inductee Moses Regular ‘98, Karl Kreuscher '96 12| Accepting the award on behalf of his late grandfather Woody Gaba ‘39, is his grandson, Jeremy Gaba, pictured with

Tom Fifer, Athletic Director 13| Mike Machholz, Head Wrestling Coach, presents Wes Walker ‘97 with his plaque. 14| Tom Fifer, Athletic Director, presents Gene Smith ‘76 with his Hall of Fame plaque. 15| Tanner Fennewald - AAB Vice President ‘10, Alex Rikic ‘20 (received a Southwest gift card sponsored by the Alumni Advisory Board.) Colin Smith, AAB President ‘10 16| Bruce Ayers was unable to attend Homecoming 2019; pictured

sitting at his desk at his family owned comedy club, Stardome, in Birmingham, Alabama. 17| Lilly Andrade '16, Jake King '18, Michael Taylor '07 18| Jim “Mac” McCartney ‘71, Diana (Humphreys) McCartney ‘76, Nancy Brown, George Brown ‘73 19| Members of the 2006 Football team at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet where they were each recognized for their accomplishments.

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and celebrate Homecoming 2019 remotely. Pictured left to right are: Sharon (Roberts) Uhlemann '63, Betty (Chamberlain) Bell '64, Carol (Jensen) McHaley '64, George Hiles '64, Doris (Borgelt) Cline '64, Ed Cline and Joe McHaley '64. 7| James “Jim” L. Mallory ‘64 donated a complete 13-volume set of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Missouri Valley College Murrell Library. Mallory is pictured second from the right donating the set to the Director of the Murell Library and Commons Bryan Carson, pictured far left. 1970s 8| University of Toledo Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike O'Brien ‘75 has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. O'Brien replaced Ohio University Athletic Director Jim Schaus and will serve the remaining two years on Schaus' original five-year appointment. 1980s 9| Director of Corporate Communications for the St. Louis Development Corporation and publisher of Evolution Magazine, John Parker ‘88, has published his 5th book "Wake Up, White America". He was also recently named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential African Americans in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area." 1990s 10| Tiffany Bergman ‘93 was honored with a 2019 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award by the 4-H Center for Youth Development in March of 2019. She was also one of Theta Phi Alpha’s Compass Point winners and was awarded the Wise, Experienced Alumna title. 2000s 11| Stacey Gann ‘00 made sure Valley was represented during her trip to Cabo in April 2019. Shelly Meyers ‘00 was promoted to Dean for the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Limestone College. In her new role she will expand their graduate degrees and oversee the development of a Center for Space Education.


12| Alpha Xi Delta Beta Omicron Missouri Valley College Class of 2001 Alumnaes met up in Negril, Jamaica in June 2019. Pictured left to right are: Shayna Pinson '01, Connie (O'Dell) Rardon '01, Darci Ward '01 & Lindsay (Wood) Powelson. Tonja Boggs ‘02 was recently in the MSTA (Missouri State Teacher's Association) Journal for being one of the Unsung Heroes of MSTA 2019. Boggs teaches in Slater, Missouri. Jeremy Fry ‘06 was promoted to interim principal at Sedalia Middle School in October 2019. Kansas City, Missouri police officer Ann Murphy ‘07 received the 2019 Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Achievement. This was awarded to her by the United Soccer Coaches Association. The award is presented annually to a former collegiate soccer student-athlete who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments and service beyond the sport itself. 13| Tanner Fennewald '10 and Emily Fennewald (Skellett) '09 welcomed their second child, Bodie Tyler Fennewald, in July 2019. He joins an older sister, Remi Grace. 14| Chelsea Hansen ‘11 was the winner of KCTV5's Read to Achieve Program and received a $1,000 check from Kansas' chapter of the National Education Association. Hansen is a teacher at Midland Trail Elementary in Kansas City. Kristen (Cox) Alter ‘13 received the Poplarville Upper Elementary Teacher of the Year Award for 2019-2020. Alter has been teaching for six years, two of which have been at Poplarville Upper Elementary. She currently teaches writing, science, social studies and health. Matt Hughes ‘16 was named the Grand Canyon Region Coach of the Year. During the spring 2019 conference of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) Claire Shannan ‘18 was recognized as one of Missouri’s Outstanding Beginning Teachers. 15| Isaac N. Smith ‘18 graduated from Coast Guard basic training in December 2019.

NICHOLSON ‘54 was a recipient of one of the Inspire Positive Aging Awards (IPAA) for 2020. Nicholson also represented Valley during a parade in Petersburg, Alaska in May of 2019 to celebrate Little Norway Day where “Vikings invade, parade, dance and eat great dishes.” Nicholson is pictured in purple in the middle wearing his MVC Viking hat and MVC Viking shirt. 1960s A group of Valley women and some of their husbands spent a fun weekend together at Lake of the Ozarks in October 2019. 2| Pictured in the first photo at Margaritaville from left to right is: Pat (Clark) Oster ’62, Susan (Place) Sims ’63, Tom Bailey, Scotty Campbell ’61, Donna (Ohler) Bailey ’59-’60, Carolyn (Sanders) Woodsmall ’62, Locke (Dame) Davoli ’62, Sally (Wilson) Campbell ’61, Ruthie (Roe) Graham ’63, Carole (Stites) Mocker ’63 and Mary Lou (Carey) Porter ’64. 3| Pictured in the second photo at Yankee Peddler from left to right is: Carolyn (Sanders) Woodsmall ’62, Tom Bailey, Donna (Ohler) Bailey ’59-’60, Mary Lou (Carey) Porter ’64, Sally (Wilson) Campbell ’61, Scotty Campbell ’61 and Locke (Dame) Davoli ’62. 4| Pictured in the third photo at Yankee Peddler from left to right is: Lynn (Gurley) Hicklin ’59-’62, Ruthie (Roe) Graham ’63, Pat (Clark) Oster ’62, Susan (Place) Sims ’63 and Walt Hicklin ’61. 5| Pictured in the fourth photo at Hawks Nest Condo from left to right is: Carole (Stites) Mocker ’63, Ruthie (Roe) Graham ’63, Tom Bailey, Carolyn (Sanders) Woodsmall ’62, Donna (Ohler) Bailey ’59- ’60, Locke (Dame) Davoli ’62, Mary Lou (Carey) Porter ’64 and Susan (Place) Sims ’63. Franklin Central High School’s football field was named in honor of coach Charles (Chuck) N. Stephens ‘62 on August 23, 2019. Stephens coached the Flashes to Indiana state championships in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1990. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and was among the inaugural inductees of the Franklin Central High School Wall of Fame. 6| A group of MVC alumni gathered in the Chicago area to reminisce about the 60’s












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1940s Arlene Lucille Reich ‘44 of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on November 6, 2019. Barbara Joyce (Wilson) Frye ‘45 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on November 24, 2019. Laura Lee (Pare) Wiedenmann ‘47 of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on January 22, 2020. Edgar George Compson (1948-1949) of Sugar Grove, Illinois passed away on February 8, 2020. 1950s Joseph Vincent Angarola ‘50 of San Diego, California passed away on April 4, 2019.

1960s Wanda (McFerrin) Jacques ‘60 of Alton, Illinois passed away on May 25, 2019.

Dorothy (Yates) Audsley ‘77 of Slater, Missouri passed away on August 3, 2019. 1980s Elizabeth Anne (Mitchell) Meyer ‘86 of Sedalia, Missouri passed away on February 9, 2020. 1990s Danny R. Coke ‘94 of Sedalia, Missouri passed away on January 1, 2020. 2000s Andrew Marcus Gregory ‘12 of Odessa, Missouri passed away on October 16, 2019. Friends Cynthia “Cyndi”Jane (Tyree) Abney of Higginsville, Missouri passed away on February 18, 2020.


Patricia M. Belzey ‘61 of Rockford, Illinois passed away on April 27, 2019.

Dolores J. Carl ‘62 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on April 11, 2017.

Peter “Pete” MacNichols ‘62 of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on March 13, 2019.

John “Jack” F. Spohnholtz ‘62 of Barrington, Illinois passed away on December 15, 2019.

William Anderson Dinger ‘65 of Chesterfield, Missouri passed away on August 2, 2019.

Russell “Russ” Whyte ‘65 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on May 13, 2019.

Russell A. Long '50 of Kerrville, Texas passed away March 31, 2019.

Dwayne Best of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away on January 11, 2020.

Richard L. Clemens ‘67 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on December 10, 2018.

James “Jim” Edwin Thomas Jr. ‘50 of Pittsburg, Kansas passed away on July 27, 2019.

Missouri Valley College’s School of Nursing has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP). The program, which is tentatively set to begin in January 2021, will be offered online. In addition to the newly approved MSN program, the MVC School of Nursing offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to BSN face-to face program, and a LPN to BSN online track. The MSN-FNP program application due date is October 1, 2020. For more information about application requirements, contact the MVC School of Nursing at 660-831-4051. Missouri Valley College School of Nursing receives approval to offer Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program.

MVC student Tucker Depew passed away on January 10, 2020.

Issam B. Amary ‘68 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on February 24, 2020.

Dr. Robert L. Zahn ‘50 of Ozark, Missouri passed away on November 16, 2019.

Gregory (Greg) James Gabbard of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma passed away on October 18, 2019.

Beresford “Barry” L. Quigg ‘68 of Highland, Indiana passed away on May 27, 2016.

Richard "Dick" Beissenherz ‘51 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on July 9, 2019.

William “Bill” Ernest ‘69 of Camdenton, Missouri passed away on March 12, 2019. 1970s Vernon W. Whetstone ‘70 of Arvada, Colorado passed away on March 17, 2017.

Gweneth (Turner) Merchant of Marshall, Missouri passed away on July 29, 2019.

Shirley (Faler) Perryman ‘53 of Dayton, Ohio passed away on April 16, 2019.

Neil Maupin ‘56 of Plano, Illinois passed away on October 20, 2019.

Larry A. Wilkerson ‘70 of Marshfield, Missouri passed away on May 13, 2019.

Billy E. Dennis ‘57 of Washington, Missouri passed away on October 21, 2019.

Anthony Babe Silvestro ‘71 of Sugar Hill, Georgia passed away on August 31, 2019.

Ronald Phillippo ‘57 of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away in November of 2017.

Charles K. Tramont ‘72 of Wentzville, Missouri passed away on April 26, 2020.

Dr. Glenn D. Dolence ‘58 of Webb City, Missouri passed away on May 24, 2019.

Jeanette M. “Dee Dee” Klinge ‘73 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on June 6, 2019.

Jesse W. Driver ‘58 of Green Valley, Arizona passed away on May 28, 2019.

MVC Trustee member Dr. Lloyd Brown, Sr. '47 of Terre Du Lac, Missouri passed away on May 25, 2019. Dr. Brown served on the Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees for over 25 years.

Master of Science in Nursing

Earl L. Licklider ‘75 of Milford, Massachusetts passed away on April 30, 2017.

Raymond F. Mosey ‘59 of Raytown, Missouri passed away on September 14, 2019.

George Dehn ‘76 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on November 26, 2019.

Dr. Mary Louise Zieger ‘59 of St. Louis County, Missouri passed away on April 1, 2020. 23 27

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Viking Voyage Fund MVC’s Honors Program serves more than 70 ambitious, high-achieving students from majors across campus. Students in the Honors Program challenge themselves through study abroad, interdisciplinary seminars, and independent research. The Viking Voyage Fund supports Honors student research, travel, and service. Funds come from donations and fundraisers. Students elected to the Honors Student Advisory Board oversee applications. Endurance Toro was the first student awarded funding from the Viking Voyage Fund for her Honors thesis, “Analysis of Microbial Composition Differences between Rhizosphere and Non-Rhizosphere: Biphenyl Degradation, Polymerase Chain Reaction, and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis,” which won the Excellence in Student Research award at the Student Research Symposium. Toro is a researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Honors students use Viking Voyage support to share their work. Madelyn Deigan (below) presented her research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston. Deigan attends medical school at Flinders University in Australia. Participating in conferences builds connections. Jan Jedlička, Kimberley Ndlovu, Kayleigh Barnes, and Dr. Chris Libby attended the 2019 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (below). Ndlovu (center) received funding for her research and will begin Ph.D. work in microbiology at the Ohio State University in August . Jedlička (left), chair of the Honors Student Advisory Board and winner of the 2020 Loren C. Gruber Honors Thesis Award, starts work on his M.Ed. at Goucher College’s Education Program Leadership and Administration Program this fall. Kayleigh Barnes (right) is MVC’s Assistant to the Registrar and Study Abroad Coordinator. Honors students make their world better. The Domestic Violence Awareness committee has used Viking Voyage funding to raise awareness of campus dating violence (below). Honors students have baked and donated bread, rolls, pitas, and other baked goods to the Hoot Resource Center, the Lighthouse Shelter, and Campus Ministry.

Assistant Professor of Education DR.LISA RICE

"I am truly living the dream...I've always wanted to teach at the college level since I was an undergraduate student."

When did you join the MVC faculty? Fall 2017

What degree(s) do you hold, and from where? I earned my B.S.E in special education from Northeast Missouri State, or Truman as it is called today, in Kirksville, Missouri. I then earned my Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. What is something that people may not know about you? I spent 30 years teaching and being an administrator at the K-12 level and am a certified challenge course facilitator. I also love all genres of music and am a Grandma, aka Noni, with 8 grandchildren; my husband and I have 6 children. What is a hobby you enjoy outside of teaching? I enjoy any outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and kayaking. I make time daily to read and spend time with family. What do you teach at MVC and what other areas of campus are you involved in? I teach Introduction to Teaching, Math for Elementary Students, Classroom Assessment, Middle School Organization and Curriculum and various courses in the Master of Education Administration program that began last year at Valley. I also supervise student teachers for our department. I am on the Honors and IRB committees and cosponsor the S-MSTA organization on campus.

Your donation to the Viking Voyage Fund is an investment that will pay back for decades to come, and it will help launch Honors Vikings on their next voyage! Visit (select “Other ” and type Honors as the “Designation”) to donate. 31

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