2021 A Publication of Missouri Valley College
TABLE OF CONTENTS
8 ON THE COVER A Tale of Two Seasons
20 THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Sand Machholz's 50 years of service
14 TRUSTEE SPOTLIGHT Ron Porter 16 VALLEY BULLETIN Campus Happenings
31 FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Dr. Andrew Linsenbardt 26 CLASS NOTES Staying up-to-date with fellow classmates 24 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MVC alumni and friends events
18 YOU CAN BUILD ON THIS Don and Julie Julien
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 External Relations Eric Sappington '95 Director of Marketing & Public Relations Danielle Durham '08 Marketing & Communication Specialist Britt Williams Graphic Designer/ Assitant Director of Marketing & Public Relations Stephanie Passasi
Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Swift '16 Sports Information Director Andy Pulverenti
ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD
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
David Corti '74 Steve Tuck '78 Tom Hayob '79
A message from President Humphrey... What a year it has been! I am so proud of the trustees, faculty, staff and students of Missouri Valley College as we continue to navigate through a global pandemic! My goal, when making any decision pertinent to the college, is to do what is best to continue to move Missouri Valley College forward while maintaining an academically sound, safe, healthy, financially stable option for educating the students we love. We had a wonderful 2020-21 academic year. We were so excited to be able to end a stressful year with a beautiful in-person commencement ceremony celebrating graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 has presented a lot of challenges and we have successfully managed each challenge we have faced and will continue to navigate these challenging times together. The future of Missouri Valley College is bright. I am so thankful for the support from our alumni and friends, and look forward to continuing to move Missouri Valley forward together. Vikings, STRONGER TOGETHER! Sincerely,
Dr. Bonnie Humphrey
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Paul '80 and Donna McCoy Paul, describe a little bit about your time at MVC. I attended Missouri Valley College for four years and graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and a BS in Economics. I participated in several activities such as Greek life, athletics, and drama club and was on the Dean’s List. How has MVC impacted your lives? The education and experience received while attending MVC contributed to my business success as well as my family life. Donna and I have formed lifetime relationships with friends met at Valley. Why do you choose to support MVC? Donna and I choose to support Missouri Valley because of the family-like atmosphere created by Dr. Bonnie Humphrey, Eric Sappington and staff. It does not seem like we are giving, we are contributing to the ongoing success of the college. What do you hope your gifts will do for MVC? We hope our gifts will continue to add to the growth and success of the college and serve as an example to current and future Vikings. Without growth you will have limited success. Why would you encourage others to consider giving to MVC? I encourage everyone to visit the campus and take part in the activities offered. The addition of the new facilities and programs are very impressive. Attend the local Valley events when they are held in your area of the country, you will be proud to be a Viking. Valley Will Roll!
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A Tale Of Two Seasons: Men’s Soccer’s Run to a National Championship by Andy Pulverenti A team made up of international student-athletes, the men’s soccer team faced a number of questions prior to the start of the 2020 campaign. Many were unsure of how the pandemic would impact not only their soccer careers, but also their status of staying in the country and continuing their education, not to mention issues the pandemic created for families back home. In an athletic year full of uncertainty, the Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team was one of the program’s most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Postponing the National tournament created an unusual situation for the team; splitting up the schedule into a fall season and a spring season. The team came together and persevered throughout to finish an historic season that culminated with the program’s first ever National championship. At the start of fall camp in August, there was a lot unknown about whether or not a season would even be played. Strict guidelines put in place by Missouri Valley, the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the NAIA revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic would give athletic teams very thin margins on getting a season up and running. “Our coaching staff made it clear in the beginning that everyone on the team would have to follow the guidelines and instructions put in place by the college, conference and NAIA in order for a season to be played,” said Men’s Soccer Head Coach Vladimir Simic. “As a coach, I was nervous every single day that we would go into quarantine and lose part of or the majority of our season. Our guys understood what was expected of them, and luckily we went through the fall without any issues, and were able to play our full schedule.” There were some early ups and downs at the start of the fall season. The team opened with a 3-0 win at home over Missouri Baptist, but followed with a 1-0 defeat at MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). After a 3-1 win over Grand View (Iowa) at home, the team played to a scoreless draw in a home game against Mount Mercy (Iowa). The Vikings then faced a two-goal deficit late in the second half at Graceland (Iowa), before scoring twice in the final 11 minutes of regulation, and eventually earning a 4-3 win with a goal in the first overtime period. Some of the new guidelines put in place were having an impact on the team, and were possibly reasons for some of the early struggles. “Once we got on the field, everything was normal, but everything off the field was different,” said Simic. “It took time to adjust to
away trips, with how we had to travel on the busses, restrictions on how we could eat meals when traveling, plus the stress of staying out of quarantine all played a factor early in the season.” However, over the next three weeks, the team began to overcome some of the early season adversity. The Vikings went 5-1 in matches, with the lone loss coming on the road in non-conference play against eventual National semifinalist Columbia (Mo.). The team outscored its opponents in those five wins by a margin of 16-4, with wins over Evangel (Mo.), Park (Mo.), Benedictine (Kan.), Baker (Kan.) and William Penn (Iowa). The run put the team at 8-2-1 overall, and 7-1-1 in the Heart going into a home match against two-time defending National champion Central Methodist (Mo.). Missouri Valley held the better of possession early, and put two shots on goal in the opening three minutes, but Central Methodist scored two goals in the first half, and added one more midway through the second half to defeat the Vikings, 3-1. Despite the loss, the team rebounded to finish its fall season with an 8-0 win at Clarke (Iowa), followed by a 7-1 win at home over Culver-Stockton (Mo.). “I was very happy to finish the fall season the way we did, but there were some difficulties we had to deal with,” said Simic. “Ruben Jimenez was out for the entire fall season recovering from an injury sustained last year, plus we were missing some other key players as well. Our focus then shifted to the spring season, and we had to replace Juri Schlingmann who was graduating, and we had to make sure the team stayed in shape and would be physically and mentally ready for more games going into the spring.” The split season did have one benefit for Simic, as he was able to recruit and bring in some new student- athletes for the spring. The new additions made the biggest impact on the team’s defense, with Steven Milosevic playing center back, and Kazuki Hashimoto at defender. The team played two non-conference opponents in the spring, both in March, earning 2-1 wins over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and Concordia (Neb.) at home, along with scrimmages against Sporting KC Youth Academy. “We had some good scrimmages in the spring that helped us improve, and we had a goal for winning all our games in the spring, going into the conference tournament,” said Simic. The conference tournament opened with a pair of wins at home, both by 5-1 score lines. The Vikings topped Park in the quarterfinal round, then avenged a loss from back in September by defeating MidAmerican Nazarene in the semifinals to set up another meeting with No. 1 Central Methodist. While the team fell in
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the conference tournament championship game 2-0, the Vikings had secured an automatic berth into the National tournament. The team was awarded the opportunity to host two opening round games of the National championship in the Marshall (Mo). Bracket, which included two programs that had previously won National championships. Rio Grande (Oh) was Missouri Valley’s first round opponent. After a scoreless first half, goals from Miroslav Markovic and Kainan Dos Santos helped the team to a 2-1 victory. The second home National tournament game featured Hastings (Neb.), which had eliminated Missouri Valley from the 2010 and 2013 National tournaments. The Vikings scored four goals in the first half of play, and Dusan Milosevic made five saves to earn a shutout in the 4-0 victory, which sent the team to the National championship site near Augusta, (Ga). “We had the toughest possible teams come to Marshall for the first two rounds,” said Simic. “It was a big advantage to play those games at home with all the
players,” said Simic. “I was risking our tournament future by not starting both Luka Gluscevic and Tom Preston. Luka was playing the entire tournament through a significant injury, but once we were down by two goals, I had to rely on those guys to come in and change the game. Thankfully, that’s what happened, and we made the most of the opportunities we created, especially late in that game.” Next up was a third meeting with Central Methodist. The rivalry between the two programs had grown in stature over the previous few seasons, as both teams competed for not only conference championships, but National championships as well. This was the second time in three seasons the two programs would meet late in the National tournament, as the Eagles defeated Missouri Valley on penalty kicks in the National championship match in 2018. “There was a lot of motivation for our guys going into that game,” said Simic. “The loss in 2018 played a role in our motivation, but so did all the other games and interactions from the previous seasons. I knew we were ready to play that game.”
travel and protocols visiting teams had to go through. Our goal was to be at our peak physically by the National tournament, and I think we achieved that goal.” Advancing out of the Marshall Bracket put the team into the National quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed. The Vikings traveled to Georgia with a possible rematch
In what was a surprise to most people outside the team, Missouri Valley jumped out to an early lead against Central Methodist, building up a 3-0 advantage in less than 17 minutes of play and the Vikings carried that three-goal advantage into halftime. Central Methodist fought back, and scored two goals
against Central Methodist looming in the semifinal round, but first was a quarterfinal round game against No. 5 Keiser (Fla.). In what turned out to be the most difficult match of the National tournament for Missouri Valley, the team found itself in a 2-0 deficit midway through the first half. Needing a goal before going into halftime, the Vikings were able to cut into the Keiser lead as Jimenez scored with six minutes to play in the half. Missouri Valley continued to attack Keiser through the second half, but were less than three minutes away from elimination when Dos Santos scored the game-tying goal which eventually sent the teams into overtime at 2-2. After two scoreless overtime periods, the game went into a penalty kick shootout to determine which team would advance into the semifinals. The Vikings found themselves trailing in the shootout, 3-1, but Milosevic made two saves and Paulo Alves converted the sixth PK taken to give the team a 5-4 win in the shootout to advance. “Keiser was an amazing team full of really great
late in the contest, but the win was sealed on a goal from Alves with eight minutes remaining to finish off a 4-2 victory to send the team into the national championship match. “The conditions were perfect for us in the semifinal game,” said Simic. “We were able to take advantage of a great playing surface and field that allowed us to play our type of game, and kept Central Methodist from playing to their strengths. Tactically, everything was executed to the way we expected. From the opening whistle, our guys took it to them, and we were able to score those three early goals very quickly. It was a very satisfying win for the players, but for us as coaches as well.” For as exciting as the semifinal victory was for the team, the focus had to quickly turn to Oklahoma Wesleyan in the National championship match. This marked the third appearance in the National finals for the program since 2017, and the program was still searching for its first National title. The team had one
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As the game came closer to ending, and the final seconds expired from the clock, the team was celebrating their achievement, but Simic was thinking about everything that led up to that moment, and all the teams, players and coaches that came before. “In the last 30 seconds of the game, you think about all the past accomplishments, and all the outcomes from previous tournaments. All the players, all the coaches, and all the hard work they put in to help build the program to what it has become. The support we’ve had from everyone at the college, from the administration, and everyone else on campus and alumni all helped to get us to this point of being a National champion. Then the final whistle blows and the team explodes in celebration.” The National championship was the culmination of a successful season for the men’s soccer team, but there were other major accomplishments. Gluscevic became one of the most decorated players in program history. He was named the NAIA Player of the Year, NAIA First Team All-American, Most Outstanding Player of the National Tournament, Heart Player of the Year, Heart Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Heart First Team All-Conference. Dos Santos was an NAIA Second Team All-American, and broke the program’s single-season goals record with 18. Gianmarco Donnini was also named an NAIA Second Team All-American, and Preston was an NAIA Third Team All-American. Simic earned National recognition as well, as he and his staff were named the United Soccer Coaches NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, Simic was named the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Coach of the Year. The Vikings finished the season with an overall record of 18-4-2. With all the success the team experienced this season, one thing stands out to Simic from this year’s team. He noticed how unified they were throughout, and how much they enjoyed playing together. “We were the only team in Georgia to celebrate after each win,” said Simic. “You could see the unity this team had in the way they reacted to each other throughout the whole season. I think it went back to the very beginning of the season when everyone got to campus, and we started playing soccer together. They all were excited to get back to playing, especially those that had spent time back in their home country over the summer and were on lockdowns. They were able to get out and have some freedom to play, that enthusiasm carried over throughout the entire season.”
day off to prepare and put its attention towards the match. “Our goal as coaches was to get the team physically ready to play another game,” said Simic. “Even with celebrations and excitement from the semifinal win, we knew our guys would be mentally ready for Oklahoma Wesleyan. It had been a long season, but we had been preparing for this through the hard conditioning work we had put in all year. By the time we got to Georgia, and deep into the tournament, it showed that we were probably the best conditioned team there, and that says a lot for how hard the guys worked all season.” Missouri Valley and Oklahoma Wesleyan have played often recently, with a regular season meeting every year between 2013-2019. However, the Vikings had a record of 1-5-1 in those games. The National championship match proved to be different, however, as Missouri Valley continued its fantastic postseason play throughout the match. The Vikings tested the Oklahoma Wesleyan keeper with three saves through the 28-minute mark of the first half. The team finally broke through ten minutes later, as Dos Santos scored off a rebound to help Missouri Valley take a 1-0 lead at halftime. Despite pressure, the Vikings were able to maintain the lead, and eventually put the game away in the closing minutes. Dos Santos added his second goal of the game with four minutes to play, and sealed the 2-0 victory, as the men’s soccer program earned its first ever National championship. “Oklahoma Wesleyan was a really great team full of amazing players,” said Simic. “Once again, we played our game, and we played very well against a team that was probably better than us overall, but we had the motivation to overcome that. I think our experience from past National tournament runs, and the momentum we created from our wins over Keiser and Central Methodist really played a big part in defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan.”
The Missouri Valley College women’s wrestling program is making headlines both nationally and internationally thanks to accomplishments from former student-athletes. Two former Viking women wrestlers are making major impacts on the United States Olympic Wrestling Team, while another is breaking new ground for female head coaches at the collegiate level.
Former Viking individual National champion Jacarra Winchester will compete in Tokyo, Japan at the Summer Olympic Games. Winchester qualified to represent the United States in the 53kg freestyle weight class at the Olympics. Already a world champion at 55kg, Winchester dropped to the lower weight class, and is considered a medal favorite in Tokyo. “It’s very exciting that Jacarra has made the 2020 Olympic Team,” said Missouri Valley College Women’s Wrestling Head Coach Carl Murphree. “I’ve always known Jacarra would reach great heights in wrestling. She is a hard worker and sought out people that would make her a better wrestler, always seeking to improve in all aspects. It’s very satisfying to see all her hard work bring her to this point, and I can’t wait to see what she does on the Olympic stage.” Joining Winchester in Tokyo is another former National champion for the Missouri Valley women’s wrestling team, Clarissa Chun. Chun serves as an assistant coach for the USA Wrestling National Women’s Freestyle Team, but is no stranger to the Summer Olympic Games. Chun represented the United States at two Summer Olympics, placing fifth at the 2008 Games in China, followed by a bronze medal performance at the 2012 Games in London, competing at 48kg. Another former Viking women’s wrestler making headlines is Paulina Biega, who was named the Head Women’s Wrestling Coach for Sacred Heart (N.Y.). Paulina’s hire was notable as she became one of the first female head coaches at the NCAA Division I level. Biega competed for the MVC women’s wrestling program from 2013-2017.
“Being a head coach has been a dream of mine,” said Biega. “I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity and the trust Sacred Heart University has in me. I will do my best to make this program not only successful, but also to promote women’s wrestling at the NCAA level. Coach Murphree took a chance on me (at Missouri Valley), and taught a great amount of wrestling technique, but also provided me with a general knowledge of women’s wrestling. Tiffany Sluik, Mike Machholz and Pat Giangrosso taught me a lot but also inspired and impacted me in a great fashion. I will be forever grateful for my time at MVC.”
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Why do you support MVC? When Mary Lou and I moved to Marshall in 1960 to begin our college education at MVC, we were newly married and looking forward to creating a life together at Valley Forge (old Navy barracks), the married quarters of Missouri Valley College. I had no concept of eventually being a member of Valley’s Board of Trustees and a contributor to its financial well-being. I was on a football scholarship, following in the footsteps of my brother, Larry, who would also graduate from Valley. This college became a family affair with not only Mary Lou and I graduating from Valley, but also our son, Guy. We were also imbued with the Viking spirit, a feeling of loyalty and allegiance to Valley. It wasn’t until I went into the athletic business in Marshall and named the business Viking Athletic that I really saw how valuable the town-college connection was. Missouri Valley College was an integral part of the community. Even though I had been supportive of Valley in many ways, I hadn’t supported it in a significant financial way and now was able to do so.
" We were also imbued with the Viking spirit, a feeling of loyalty and allegiance to Valley. "
Serving on the Board of Trustees has given me insight on what is necessary for the college to thrive and how much money, vision, and support is necessary. When the college started changing the physical look of the campus, the town became quite interested and involved. The
enhancement of the grounds and addition of new buildings, as well as challenging academic programs, have made Missouri Valley College the jewel of the Marshall area. I am so proud to have contributed to this growth in our college and will continue to do so.
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IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A It's a great day to be a Viking. These eight words have rung true since our founding in 1889. The COVID-19 pandemic put a lot of obstacles in our path, but we met every challenge head-on, ready to rise above and stand together. We’re Vikings. In 2020, to ensure we kept our campus community safe, we adapted our curriculum delivery and adjusted operations around campus to meet CDC guidelines. In the spring of 2021, we were proud to be part of the vaccine efforts in Saline County. We partnered with Fitzgibbon Hospital and the Saline County Health Department to distribute more than 12,000 COVID-19 vaccines here on the Missouri Valley College campus. As we approach the 2021-2022 academic year with hope for the future and a return to normalcy, we are excited to have students back on campus. The Delta variant surging through the country is an obstacle, but it is not going to block our path. Missouri Valley College continues to push forward with academic excellence in over 30 programs, giving students the tools they need to be successful. Our Drive 60 Scholarship allows access and affordability to commuter students within a 60-mile radius of Missouri Valley College. In addition, plans are being made to double the size of the nursing facility. Lastly, MVC is a beacon for diversity. We’re proud to represent 46 states and 56 countries. As the sun rises over Baity Hall, the campus lights up with a familiar glow. A glow that reminds us how far we’ve come and how we've remained stronger, together. It is a great day to be a Viking and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
2021 LOREN C. GRUBER ENDOWED HONORS AWARD Chloe Garzon (Marshall, MO) was awarded the Loren C. Gruber Endowed Honors Award for her Honors Thesis, “How Perceptions of Attractiveness Play a Role in Behaviors.” Garzon is a May 2021 graduate majoring in Psychology. She is in the process of applying to graduate programs in psychology and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology.
MVC STUDENTS WIN AWARDS FROM MISSOURI BROADCAST EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION Missouri Valley College students 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 6 awards this year. There were 29 categories with winners from 13 different schools.
EIGHTH STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM HELD More than 60 students shared their academic, creative and professional work in the spring 2021 Missouri Valley College Student Research Symposium on April 26, 2021. The poster session included 21 student participants while 31 students gave presentations and 15 students shared creative works and performances. Started in the fall of 2018; this is the eighth Student Research Symposium that drew more than 200 attendees throughout the day.
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MARSHA LASHLEY NAMED NAIA FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR Missouri Valley College Faculty Athletics Representative, Marsha Lashley, was named the 2020 NAIA Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year at the NAIA’s National Awards Day. The award honors past Vice President of Legislative Services, Wally Schwartz, and is given to a Faculty Athletics Representative who exemplifies the loyalty, enthusiasm, and honesty that Wally Schwartz had, and still has, shown on behalf of the NAIA. The award is given at the conference, independent, and national level. Lashley began working at Missouri Valley in 1983 and spent the first 10 years of her career in Student Affairs as the Director of Housing. She moved to the academic side of campus in 1993 and became the Registrar shortly thereafter. Processing eligibility paperwork came with the position and Marsha requested that her role shift to the dual-duty setup of Registrar and FAR. She then followed the footsteps of Dr. Phyllis O’Daniels and became the Heart of America FAR around 2011. FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT Missouri Valley College’s fall 2020 enrollment was 1,398. Of those 1,398 students, 582 were from Missouri, 292 were international students and the remainder were from out of state. The student body was made up of students from 44 states and 50 countries. The College welcomed freshmen and transfer students with a virtual student orientation. Classes were redesigned to accommodate for social distancing and to lower the density of people on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANDY PULVERENTI NAMED SID OF THE YEAR Missouri Valley College Sports Information Director Andy Pulverenti has been selected as the 2020-21 Dave Fillmore Sports Information Director of the Year for the Heart of America Athletic Conference. This award is voted on by the sports information directors in the conference.
M issouri Valley College continues to move forward, finding innovative opportunities for growth, critical resources and opportunities for students. Part of this growth comes with help from the generosity of Don and Julie Julien. The Julien's provided the primary funding for the DJ Rodeo Arena in August of 2014. They have given other generous gifts to the college including real estate and financial support for various projects. Today, Don and Julie have contributed the lead gift for a new nursing facility on Missouri Valley College’s campus. sure glad he did. The town has grown. Missouri Valley College has really grown, bringing in students from all over the globe...they’re doing things right.” Julie and Don both agree that Missouri Valley College has had a positive impact on the Marshall community. “ You can bui buil “It just makes us proud that we can be part of it,” said Don in response to being part of Missouri Valley’s growth, “Julie’s dad came to town in 1962 and bought the John Deere dealership and I’m
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ild on this. ”
Julie’s passion lies in the field of nursing. As a retired nurse herself, Julie hopes this gift provides a pathway for the nursing program to flourish and continue to add other health related programs in the future. “It’s great to be able to give back what this town has given to us and I’m especially interested in the nursing program, being a retired nurse,” said Julie. “I think it’s wonderful that it’s here and I think it’s wonderful for all the people I’ve seen graduate. It just makes me proud that this is a really good profession and a wonderful program that can grow.” Don reinforced, “You knowwhat we’ve gone through in this world the last two years...where would we be without nurses?” Higher education is changing and as colleges work to return to normalcy, it’s important to maintain sustainable growth. President Bonnie Humprey expressed that without great friends like the Juliens, Missouri Valley College and other colleges like it would struggle to stay relevant. “This gift, it’s
not for a short period of time,” said Don, “it’s going to help all kinds of people. You can build on this.” Dr. Humphrey agreed that this is a true testament to the legacy that Don and Julie Julien are leaving for the Marshall community and Missouri Valley College.
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As of this writing, I’ve been working at Missouri Valley College as a marketing and communication specialist since mid-March of 2021. Within my first week I heard about an employee who was set to retire after 50 years of service to MVC. I had the pleasure of meeting this employee at her retirement reception. I did not know her, nor did she know me but I could immediately see she made an indelible impact on this college. A video with warm wishes and loving messages played to thank this individual for not only her service, but what she meant to the people at MVC. I tiptoed over to her table to take photos of her reaction. Her eyes welled with tears. After receiving a proclamation by the Mayor of Marshall, the soon-to-be retiree took to the podium to read her poem for Valley, “Thanks for the Memories.” Now tears filled the room. I watch in awe, taking in what it means to be a Viking, to bleed purple and orange. Valley will roll. I was fortunate enough to sit down with this individual on June 16, 2021 and interview her to be featured in the Viking Views you are reading now. This is the story of Mrs. Sandy Machholz.
Sandy Machholz’s 50 Years of Service (1971-2021)
he year was 1970, Rich and Sandy Machholz moved to the town of Marshall, Mo. They rented a house owned by Missouri Valley College, R.W. Brown A-Frame on Lacy Street. During their first year in Marshall, Rich worked from home as a sales associate for an insurance company and Sandy enjoyed playing bridge as well as being in a bowling league. Little did Sandy know in May of 1971, she would be embarking on a 50 year journey at Missouri Valley College. “We had a friend that ran the bookstore here and he heard we moved to town,” Machholz recalled. “He called my husband one day and he said ‘Do you think Sandy would be interested in working, I just lost an employee, it’s May...I really need somebody part-time or full-time, whichever she wants to do' and Rich assured, ‘Yes, she’ll work for you’,” Sandy said with a smile. Just like that, Machholz started as a clerk in the MVC Bookstore and would later be promoted to store manager in 1972, which she served for 32 years. For 13 of those 32 years, Machholz was also the Director of the
Business Office where she supervised five employees. “It was a fun time, we had great times,” Machholz recalled, “I remember when I turned 50, I came into the office and there was this gray dummy sitting at my desk. They threw a big birthday party for my 50th...it just made my heart happy.” After her time as the bookstore manager and business office director, Machholz spent two years as the mailroom clerk and her last 16 years as the transcript clerk and registrar assistant. Through her various roles and responsibilities, Machholz got a front row seat to Valley’s transformation over the past 50 years. “When I came, the campus was 40 acres and we have 150 acres now,” said Machholz. “Stewart Chapel burnt down. Also, Kimbel Hall burnt down. We used to play basketball in the fine arts building. I’ve been part of the Young Hall rejuvenation. I was involved in the Blosser Home and getting that started. There’s been so much change...just great, it has grown.”
to be here,’ he walked in and of course I just lost, totally lost it,” Machholz recalled tearfully. “That was memorable, it will always be there.” With Mike being the associate athletic director and head wrestling coach, players came to know Sandy as, “Grandma Machholz.” During her time at Valley, Machholz enjoyed meeting students and becoming friends with many professors and staff members. She witnessed thousands of people walk through the halls of Missouri Valley. One thing is certain, Machholz’s blood runs purple and orange. “I’m proud of Missouri Valley College,” said Machholz. “It always comes out of any kind of problem there has been. This is a team and they work as a team. It has produced a lot of wonderful alumni out there.” Fifty years of service to a single institution is a tremendous milestone to reach. When asked what it meant to her to have worked at Missouri Valley for 50 years, Machholz simply stated, “It’s my home, it’s my second home. I love Missouri Valley College.”
In 1970, the Valley Dames was formed. It’s an organization made up of women associated with Missouri Valley. Machholz was the first staff member to join and took over leadership in 1974 after the passing of Mrs. Dorothy Gibler. The Valley Dames would later become Valley Women. Each year they host a Women’s Hall of Fame event inducting one woman in the Hall of Fame and selecting a Senior Woman of the Year, and awards a Junior woman scholarship. Machholz has many fond memories of her time at Valley but the one memory she’ll cherish forever is being inducted into the Valley Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005. “They inducted me into the Hall of Fame and they said Sandy would you like to speak?” said Machholz. “I got up to tell them how much I really appreciated it because I had been handling it for a lot of years and there were wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ladies ahead of me.”
Like your poem says, thanks for the memories, Sandy.
Machholz’s son, Mike, who was supposed to be out of state at a convention, surprised his mom during the ceremony. “About the time I said, ‘My son is in California and he’s unable
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Over my fifty years at MVC I have seen the college grow
I see the future with more to show Though we had our ups and downs Dr. Humphrey has made us sound Thanks for the memories! I cherish all the memories of co-workers now and past years So I will remember all of you with a few tears Now it is time to say I had a great ride Thanks for the memories with Viking Pride VALLEYWILL ROLL! Sandy Machholz 1971-2021
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Awards at the annual MARE/MO K-8 Association Conference in October of 2020. Jana (Champion) Caudle ‘96 was named the Raytown School District Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. 5 | Area fraternity brothers got together on July 10 in Columbia at Jason Tharp’s home. L to R: Scott Sappington '98, Jason Tharp '99, Al VanDyne '96, Jared Garver '97, David Wood '96, Dennis Lamons '98. 2000s Ashley (McKay) Fowler ‘05 narrated "Discovering New York Suffrage Stories" for WNED (Western New York/ Southern Ontario PBS). Curtis Walk ‘06 was hired as the activities/athletic director for the Moberly Public School District. 6 | Christine (Long) Loggins ‘07 married Christopher Loggins on June 19th, 2020. Tyler Griffith ‘11 became the Fayette City Administrator in August of 2020. 7 | Chelsea (House) Hansen ‘11 received the Teacher of the Year Award at Midland Trail Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the Turner School District in Kansas City, Kansas. 8 | Pictured from left: Loke Lastimosa '08, Danielle (Charboneau) Callanan '06, Kelly Callanan '07, Cassie Chun-Ming '06, Ashley Charboneau-DiPaolo '06 On the island of Oahu at Ashley Charboneau-DiPaolo’s house. 9 | A portion of Highway 63 in-front of the Macon R-1 Public School in Macon, Missouri to be named after US Army Sergeant Hugh C. Dunn.
1970s John Lange ‘71 , is a member of Actors Equity working with the Hanns Wolters agency. John was recently cast in the film "The Cathedral" which began filming in New York on May 1, 2021. 1 | Warren M. Wenner, III ‘79 was the recipient of the 2021 National Woods Services Award by the Woods Services Foundation and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is a national-level recognition for volunteer adults who provide outstanding service to Scouts with special needs. 1980s 2 | LaTonya M. (Blanden) Turner, Ph.D., ‘86 began in a new role as the dean of the Fred S. Klipsch Educators College at Marian University in Indianapolis in July of 2020. Dr. Turner is the first African American dean in Marian University history. 3 | In January of each year, a group of 1980s AZD alumni take a trip together. In 2020, they went to San Antonio, Texas. Pictured from left to right: Karen Green Bernsen, Barbi Hartley Helms, Carrie Garvey Lawson, Kelly (Call) Eaton '87, Ginger Sallee Murphy, and Nikki Saale Hart. 1990s 4 | Major Lance M. MacLaughlin ‘91 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel January 1, 2021, and will serve as the assistant superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Yvette González Torres ‘95 was promoted to Assistant Principal at Jones College Prep High School. Rayetta (McKinney/Verts) Self ‘96 was the recipient of the MO K-8 Administrator of the Year at the Outstanding Rural Education
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Ruth Ann Akeman Coffman Clemens ‘75 of Marshall, MO passed away August 20, 2020 Calle Ann Kirschman ‘76 of Marshall, MO passed away June 2, 2021 Lesa Rene Gieringer ‘76 of Salisbury, MO passed away April 29, 2021 Anita M. Harris ‘77 of Marshall, MO passed away August 22, 2020 Sarah Stober ‘77 of Marshall, MO passed away April 7, 2021 Theresa Brucks ‘79 of September 15, 2020 1980s Diana Lynne Kirtley ‘86 of Springfield, MO passed away May 2, 2021. 1990s Timothy Marzett Tolliver ‘96 of Moline, IL passed away April 15, 2021 Russell Eugene ‘Gene’ Stanfield ‘99 of Roach, MO passed away April 19, 2021 Sara Dannette Boatright ‘99 of Conroe, TX passed away October 20, 2020 2000s Steven Floyd Michael “Mikey” Sharpe ‘02 of Parkersburg, WV passed away November 19, 2020 Ema Vea-Taulepa ‘08 of Euless, TX passed away on August 19, 2020 Friends Dr. Earl James Reeves Jr. (MVC President 1983-1994) of Columbia, MO passed away January 11, 2021 Dr. Stephen Patton of Jackson, MI passed away February 1, 2021 Brittany J. McCarron of Fayetteville, NC passed away on January 7, 2021 Betty Brittain of St. Louis, MO passed away January 3, 2021 Pamela Peabody of Missoula, MT passed away June 22, 2021
1930s Mary E. Lentz ‘38 of Lawrence, KS passed away September 7, 2020. 1940s Helen Lucile Martin ‘43 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away May 22, 2020 Winifred “Winnie” Soper ‘46 of Slater, MO passed away April 25, 2021 James “Jim” Edwin Thomas Jr. ‘50 of Pittsburg, Kansas passed away on July 27, 2019. Hugh C. Dunn ‘48 of Macon, MO passed away December 14, 2020 William Anthony Schmidle, Jr. ‘49 of West Lawn, PA passed away September 16, 2020 1950s George F. Kent ‘50 of Chillicothe, MO passed away December 22, 2020 Kwai Lum Young ‘50 of Ballwin, MO passed away July 1, 2020 Lawrence Howard "Larry" Fields ‘50 of Independence, MO passed away April 21, 2021 Herbert Edward Iles ‘53 of Washington, IA passed away September 5, 2020 Robert Richard Tyson ‘54 of Independence, MO passed away July 11, 2020. Alma Margaret Landes ‘55 of Kansas City, MO passed away September 21, 2020 Dolores S. Hanner ‘55 of Odell, IL passed away March 18, 2021 Rev. Robert J. Pryor ‘55 of West Caldwell, NJ passed away August 17, 2020 Denzil L. Gibler ‘57 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away May 19, 2021 Janis Ann Johnson ‘57 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away June 5, 2020 Louis T. (Tom) Bernero, Jr. ‘57 of Arvada, CO passed away June 25, 2020 Edward A. Zahn ‘58 of Marshall, MO passed away May 9, 2021 Frank Douglas Mattenlee ‘58 of Laurie, MO passed away August 28, 2020 Earl Logan Crawford Jr. ‘59 of Republic, MO passed away December 14, 2020 Ken Asbury ‘59 of Moberly, MO passed away May 27, 2021 Larry Eugene Hall ‘59 passed away July 31, 2020 Mary Louis Zieger ‘59 of Ballwin, MO passed away April 1, 2020
1960s Coradean Czeschin Naylor ‘60 of Marshall, MO passed away September 7, 2020 James "Jim" Meek ‘61 of Kansas City, MO passed away December 8, 2020 Reverend Jerry Hilton ‘61 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away April 19, 2021 Vandeventer “Van” Edward Scott ‘63 of El Paso, TX passed away July 30, 2020 Joseph Edward Sanford ‘65 of Columbia, MO passed away April 10, 2021 Larry Don Crutchfield ‘65 of Macon, MO passed away October 7, 2020 Richard A. Nelson ‘66 of Warsaw, MO passed away September 26, 2020 Janice Lee Turner Ernzen ‘67 of Waco, TX passed away November 2, 2020 Nancy “Sue” Harris ‘67 of Marshall, MO passed away October 20, 2020 Robert John Dyer ‘67 of Agoura Hills, CA passed away February 26, 2021 Eugene Paul Hamilton ‘68 of Kansas City, MO passed away March 12, 2020 Michael S Dalen ‘69 of Leawood, KS passed away June 8, 2021 1970s Kim Bailey ‘70 of Chillicothe, MO passed away October 14, 2020 Laura L. Bundy ‘70 of Kansas City, MO passed away September 16, 2020 Pauline Thomas ‘70 of Marshall, MO passed away May 1, 2021. Ann Hartnett ‘71 of Marshall, MO passed away February 7, 2021 Charles “Chuck” Kenneth Tramont ‘72 of Wentzville, MO passed away April 26, 2020. WilliamW. Browett ‘72 of Nixa, MO passed away May 15, 2020. Thomas E. McCune ‘73 of Fayetteville, NY passed away August 27, 2020 Gerald A. “Jerry” Mahoney ‘74 of Cheektowaga, NY passed away January 12, 2021 James Biddle Langston ‘74 of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 28, 2020 Dennis James Reilly ‘75 of Cary, NC passed away February 14, 2021 Larry Thomas Franklin ‘75 of Keller, TX passed away June 26, 2020
Mary Slater of Slater, Mo passed
away February 26, 2021. Mary began her career at MVC on March 1997 as a Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor.
Missouri Valley College conferred 224 degrees to students at its commencement ceremony on May 1. The 2020 and 2021 graduating classes were both honored at this event. MVC Alumnus Steve Beahm '86 gave the Commencement address. The Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award is given annually to a senior man and woman, voted on by the senior class. The 2020 and 2021 award recipients were Kayleigh Barnes and Jan Jedlicka and Steven Sims and Shanelle Tolley.
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Dr. Andrew Linsenbardt
"Our small class sizes allow me to know each student by name and get to know them individually."
When did you join the MVC faculty? I joined in Fall 2014.
What degree(s) do you hold, and from where? My bachelor's degree is in Biology and Chemistry from Truman State University. My PhD is in Pharmacological and Physiological Science from Saint Louis University. I also completed two postdoctoral research assistantships at the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis. What is something that people may not know about you? I've enjoyed playing video games for years, most recently Overwatch and Hades. Real-time strategy games have long been my favorite genre, though!
What is a hobby you enjoy outside of teaching? I like running and biking around Marshall most days of the week!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at MVC? I really like the fact that our small class sizes allow me to know each student by name and get to know them individually. It allows me to develop lasting relationships where past students will contact me years later to let me know how they're doing! What do you teach at MVC and what other areas of campus are you involved in? I mostly teach the Anatomy & Physiology sequence, but I get to teach Environmental Science sometimes, too!
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