Viking Views Winter/Spring

A Publication of Missouri Valley College Winter/Spring 2019




6 ON THE COVER Campus of the Year 12 LIVE FROM MVC Viking Sports Network 15 VALLEY BULLETIN Campus happenings 16 MVC DEBATE Kicks off inaugural season

18 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Alumni on the move

22 LPN TO BSN Online!

26 FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Harold Hynick 24 CLASS NOTES Staying up-to-date with fellow classmates

VIKING VIEWS Winter/Spring 2019

Viking Views is published two times a year 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 Michelle Ninkov '16

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




Sally (Wilson) Campbell '61 Jim Hargrave '64 Russ Whyte '65 Spencer Fricke '66 Sandi (Eaton) Guthrey '72 George Brown '73

Lisa (Schleicher) McComas '86 Jason Rinne '04 Jon Stockman '04 Katie (Burnstad) Shannon '04 April (Stottlemyre) DeGraff '09 Colin Smith '10* Tanner Fennewald '10** Matthew Tramont '15

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

*President **Vice President


Record Enrollment - 1,506 Missouri Valley College celebrated its largest enrollment in school history in fall 2018 with 1,506 students. What a great way to kick off the academic year! I am so proud of the hard work that our staff and faculty do to bring these students to campus.

LPN to BSN online track is launched MVC launched its new LPN to BSN online track for nursing students. This new track allows an LPN to obtain their BSN degree online, while still working full time! Read more about this program on page 22 of this magazine.

$19,250 Awarded in Guardian Fund Scholarships The Guardian Fund is an endowed scholarship program that was established to help bridge the gap in the amount for which a student is responsible, allowing them to more affordably have the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Often times, the gap between the amount of money a student receives in financial aid and the cost of attending college becomes a burden to our students and their families, sometimes forcing them to put their education on hold. I am so pleased to say that this year, we awarded $19,250 helping 19 students bridge that gap thus allowing them to focus on and continue their education, and next year, we plan to double that amount!

THANK YOU! 10k+ connected and committed alumni and friends We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our alumni and friends. We thank you for all the ways that you support MVC, and are excited to continue working with you to move the College forward.

Valley Will Roll!


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ack in 2013, the Missouri Valley College chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance came in second for the Nonprofit Campus of the Year Award, falling to Indiana State University. The following year, the MVC chapter came in second once again, falling this time to the University of Central Florida. Fast forward to 2018 and again,

Recruitment and alumni entering the nonprofit sector are two areas that the MVC chapter has struggled with in the past. These have always been tough for the chapter because of size. As seen above, it is hard to compete against schools like Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida because of numbers, and those schools are always going to have more students and graduates. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, formerly American Humanics, was founded on the MVC campus by H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was a businessman, philanthropist, and Boy Scout executive who served as president of Missouri Valley College from 1948-1950. He also served two terms as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1955-1963. American Humanics was the first college program of study to train professionals for youth and human service agencies and the program has now spread to more than 40 colleges and universities nation-wide. In January of 2018, MVC established the H. Roe Bartle Center for Community Engagement which includes MVC's nonprofit management studies programs, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, and is connected to the campus-wide service learning initiative. "Winning this award is especially important to our campus this year,” said Heather Troth, campus executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “Seventy years ago, H. Roe Bartle realized that there was an opportunity to make the world a better place by preparing college students to enter the nonprofit sector as managers and leaders. Valley has seventy years worth of talented professional alumni working in the nonprofit sector.” Though this has already been an exciting year for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, they only plan to continue their growth and impact in the years ahead. This is more than just an organization—it teaches invaluable life lessons to the students and makes a positive impact in the Marshall and surrounding communities.

the MVC chapter came in second to Arizona State University. After placing as a finalist for this award three times in the last seven years, the Missouri Valley College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has won the 2019 Nonprofit Campus of the Year Award! This is a monumental feat and is the first time in program history that the Missouri Valley College chapter has won this prestigious award. The award was presented on January 4 at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Conference in Orlando, Florida where a number of representatives from the Missouri Valley College campus were present to accept the award. Representatives included Heather Troth, campus executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Jamie Gold- Naylor, assistant professor of non-profit leadership, and eleven students. To win this award, the chapter must meet the highest marks in a number of areas. The criteria that is used to determine the best chapter includes: • Service Learning Activities • Relationship with Community Partners and Impact on the Community • Alumni Entering the Nonprofit Sector • Recruitment Schools qualify for the award by submitting an end of the year report that addresses these areas. The report provides chapter advisers the opportunity to detail the efforts of the students and faculty. The MVC chapter focuses a great deal on their relationships with community partners and the impact that they have on the community. They also score very high on the service learning component. This is in large part because service learning is integrated into every nonprofit course that is offered at Valley and the students engage in a tremendous amount of service learning activities throughout the year. “I am amazed everyday with the students who make up MVC’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance,” said Gold-Naylor. “They work incredibly hard to make a positive difference in our community. They strive to incorporate the things they learn in the classroom into real world experience. It is a joy to work with them and to be a part of their transformation into young professionals. I feel so fortunate to be a part of their journey.” 7


Construction and fundraising work continues on the Walker C. Fletcher Athletic Complex! The new, 28,600 square foot athletic building is currently being constructed south of the Burns Athletic Center.

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• Held a celebration of construction in September.

• Steel was delivered in December, and construction crews have erected the building frame. The majority of the steel work is complete, and work on the wall sheeting is in process.

• Electrical work and water service from Marshall Municipal Utilities is complete.

• The construction timeline is still on schedule with work expected to be complete in the summer and the building opened by the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Thank you to all who have supported the campaign!



HANS WRIGHT Vice President, Windsor Door

Hans Wright graduated from Missouri Valley College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He completed his Master of Arts in Management from Lindenwood University in 2006.

Wright currently serves as vice president of Windsor Door. Windsor Door has been a manufacturer and distributor of residential garage and commercial sectional overhead door products for over 50 years with corporate offices and manufacturing located in Little Rock and distribution centers located in Ontario, California, El Paso, Little Rock, Atlanta, Houston, Arlington and Richardson, Texas.

"...the progress we have seen at Missouri Valley over the last 15 years is incredible."

Wright is a competitive cyclist, and Arkansas State Champion. He has three ascents of Mt. Evans (the highest paved road in North America) and rides over 9,000 miles annually. Wright and his wife Sarah (Barr) ‘07 have two children, Bennett and Lana. Why do you support MVC?

I give because my time at MVC was transformative. There were, and still are, many people whom have had a significant impact on my life and ability to be successful. My hope is that I can help facilitate the same experience for generations of Vikings to come. Additionally, the progress we have seen at Missouri Valley over the last 15 years is incredible. We Vikings have been blessed with excellent stewardship in our college leadership. Missouri Valley is on solid ground with a clear path for the future. As a younger active member of our alumni family, I feel a sense of great pride supporting their efforts.

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The Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team made their second-straight appearance in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship game after a difficult start to the season, losing their first game on the road to Southwestern Christian (Okla.). “It was a wakeup call for us right away,” said Men’s Soccer Head Coach Vladimir Simic. “We had to replace a lot of talent on defense from the previous year, and it created a situation at the start of the season where we had to make a lot of adjustments on defense.” Missouri Valley lost the 2017 NAIA National Player of the Year, Uros Ilic, and other leaders on the team’s defense. “The team came together after the loss, and became more focused on what we had to do to improve.” said Simic.

The Vikings won their final five regular season conference matches, outscoring the competition, 18-1. Missouri Valley continued its run, winning the first two matches in the Heart Postseason Tournament, setting up a rematch with Central Methodist, which won the regular season title by a slim margin. The Vikings beat the Eagles 2-1, securing a second-straight Heart Postseason Tournament title. Missouri Valley was given the No. 5 overall seed in the 2019 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, and Simic felt last year’s experience was going to help them in the National tournament. “We had a lot of experience from the previous season that was going to help us,” said Simic. “Patrick in goal gave us the stability

and confidence we needed, and the guys who played last year were very confident in the team’s potential.” The Vikings opened the tournament with a convincing 4-1 win over Missouri Baptist, then traveled to Orange County, Calif.,

With a 2-1-1 start to the season, and the team in the National rankings, the Vikings hit the road for a match at No. 2 Baker (Kan.). Senior Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda (Ashford, England) made six


saves, and a goal from Junior Forward Matteo Ruggieri (Rome, Italy) gave the Vikings the 1-0. “We came into the season expecting to finish near the top of the conference standings, so the win over Baker was huge in working to accomplish that goal,” said Simic. In what was the first of three eventual meetings, the Vikings hosted No. 8 Central Methodist which ended in a 0-0 tie. The team followed with a 1-1 tie against No. 15 Benedictine (Kan.) on Homecoming night. “The stretch to open conference play showed how tough of a conference the Heart is,” said Simic. The turning point for Simic was the 2-0 win in mid-October at MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). “This was the point where the team had overcome some of the obstacles we experienced at the beginning of the season,” said Simic.

and defeated No. 12 Spring Arbor (Mich.), 2-1. This win pushed the team into the quarterfinal round, where they defeated No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) in overtime. The semifinal opponent was No. 1 William Carey (Miss.), who the Vikings defeated 2-1,sending the team to its second-straight National championship. The opponent was Central Methodist, marking the third time the two teams played that season. The game went into overtime, tied at 2-2, but Central Methodist prevailed in a penalty kick shootout, by a 4-3 margin. “It was a disappointment to not win the National title, but it still was an amazing accomplishment to play in a second-straight National final,” said Simic. “I am very proud of this team, and all they accomplished this season.” 11


Ken Kujawa and Joe Aull wait for their cue from Chaz Maddi as a crew of students and staff get set for another broadcast on a chilly November day at Gregg-Mitchell Field inside Volney C. Ashford Stadium. Hours of preparation, hundreds of feet of cable, thousands of dollars in equipment, seven crew members and a lot of internet bandwidth make it possible for today’s broadcast to reach people around the world. The Viking Sports Network has become a full broadcast production, featuring HD quality video, instant replay, in-game graphics, on-the-field cameras and nearly everything else people have become accustomed to when watching live sporting events. While the broadcasts have become the envy of schools across the Heart of America Athletic Conference, Viking Sports Network came from humble beginnings.

The Viking Sports Network as we know it today started prior to the fall of 2008 when President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey had the idea to create a better platform for broadcasting Missouri Valley athletic contests. Up until then, the College had been partnering with Marshall’s radio station, KMMO, on broadcasts. The radio station took care of broadcasts, but unless you lived within the station’s broadcast area, listening to the games was tough to do. That started to change in 2008 when Dr. Humphrey asked long-time radio announcer Ken Kujawa to come to MVC to start the sports network. “This was the President’s idea, and she came up with the name, Viking Sports Network,” said Kujawa. “The first year it was just Tom Sandwith and I doing radio broadcasts for football, but it was

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the first time we had all the home and away basketball conference games on-air.” Kujawa’s current broadcast partner, Joe Aull, began announcing football games in 2010 While the first year of VSN was similar to what had been done in the past, things started to change quickly starting in 2009, with the help of Stan Silvey, and the utilization of video broadcasts. “Things were very basic at first,” said Kujawa. “We had a basic tricaster and Jason [Rinne, Systems Administrator] would figure out a way to work around broadband issues so we could broadcast on game days, but those were very simplified video productions.” There have been significant upgrades to infrastructure and bandwidth availability over the years for Viking Sports Network broadcasts, but the early days required some creative solutions to get the games available to the public. “We initially installed a wireless bridge in the press box, because we didn’t have fiber running into the stadium,” said Rinne. “We quickly overwhelmed that connection, and we ended up running fiber from Young Hall to the stadium on a Thursday before a Saturday game.” That year also marked the first time that students at the College would start working on broadcasts. Students were able to obtain real-world experiences in what it was like to work a live sports broadcast. Students worked as in-game camera operators and on the production side leading up to broadcasts. The next big jump for the Viking Sports Network came in 2012, when Maddi was hired as an instructor at the College. Maddi previously worked as Assistant Production Manager at KOMU in Columbia, Mo., and worked to create a better quality broadcast, in terms of what people saw. “There were issues with the quality of video that was being put out,” said Maddi. “The administration has been tremendous in getting us what we have needed to create better broadcasts. We have a new TriCaster that allows us to create a consistent broadcast. Our new wireless camera and wireless headsets allow us to get shots from anywhere. Also, the move to Stretch [Internet] was a huge financial commitment.” Maddi added. The move to Stretch Internet came in the fall of 2017, and allowed for all broadcasts to be available in HD-quality video. Prior to partnering with Stretch Internet, VSN broadcast through LiveStream, which only allowed SD-quality video. “People are taking notice of our broadcasts, here and around the NAIA” said Maddi. “This has helped with branding and recruiting efforts at the

College, and our broadcasts look just as professional as those you find on ESPN3,” Maddi added. While those watching the broadcasts see and hear Kujawa and Aull regularly, the bulk of the behind-the-scenes work is done by students. Students are involved in nearly every aspect of each broadcast, from generating graphics, creating in-game content, camera work, sideline reports, and anything else needed to run a successful broadcast. Work on each broadcast begins in the days leading up to the event, as Maddi, Marketing and Mass Communications Graduate Assistant Juliana Doyle and students work on building graphics and getting equipment ready for use. On game days, the crew begins work four hours before a broadcast begins. So, for a 2 p.m., football kickoff on Homecoming, that means work starts by loading the equipment into vehicles for transport to Gregg-Mitchell Field at 10 a.m. “Nothing stays at the field,” said Maddi. “We set up the broadcast booth, set up wireless signals and get the cameras in the right spots. A few years ago, Jason [Rinne] wired the press box for audio and video, so it cuts down on the amount of cable we have to run.” Hundreds of feet of electric cable are laid out around the press box, connecting the two main cameras that are perched atop the stands. A full football broadcast will end up being around eight hours of work for the crew, but can extend to nearly 15 hours of work when factoring in the potential for a soccer doubleheader that follows an afternoon football game. One basketball game can take up to five hours of work, with a doubleheader lasting nearly eight hours. “We broadcast so many basketball games, that by the end of the semester, the students are usually waiting on me, rather than the other way around,” said Maddi. Word has spread across the conference and in the NAIA of the quality of the Viking Sports Network. “I hear from coaches when we go on the road about how much they like our broadcasts,” said Kujawa. “We have other schools around the NAIA contacting us on our set up and how we broadcast games,” said Maddi. Broadcasts go beyond just football and basketball, and include soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and lacrosse, and also the College’s Commencement ceremony held each May. “We have come a long way from doing soccer games on the radio,” said Kujawa. “Everyone involved has fun, and we all enjoy bringing these events to people.” 13


MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES LARGEST ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOL HISTORY Missouri Valley College’s fall 2018 enrollment was 1,506, which was the largest enrollment in the College’s history. Of the 1,506 students, 549 were incoming freshmen, 687 were Missouri residents and 291 were international students. The entire student body is comprised of students from 48 states and two US territories as well as 51 countries. MVC amped up enrollment from last year with increased strategic recruitment initiatives, some of which included expanding the number of visits to high schools and college fairs, targeted social media advertisements and a more personalized touch with student outreach. “We have many new faces on campus both in the student body and also in the faculty ranks," said Dr. Bonnie Humphrey, MVC president. "Their excitement and desire to learn and grow as they advance toward their degree is contagious on campus.”


MVC adjunct faculty member Dr. Gerardo Acay traveled to Russia to present his paper “Design Principles and Practices in Contemporary Social and Political Theory: A Rawlsian Illustration.” His proposal was accepted for the Thirteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices at Saint Petersburg State University. The University is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia where Dr. Acay traveled in March to present. The aim of Dr. Acay’s paper is to examine the core concepts of design and practice in contemporary social and political theory. During his presentation he singled out one of the most well known and monumental works in recent attempts to generate a theory of social justice-John Rawls, “A Theory of Justice” (1971/1999)

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MVC MURRELL LIBRARY HOSTS DANNY CLINKSCALE The Missouri Valley College Murrell Library hosted Danny Clinkscale on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. for an author presentation and book signing in the Murrell Library Reading Room. Danny Clinkscale, a longtime personality for Sportsradio 810 AM WHB, is one of Kansas City’s most notable and longstanding broadcast voices. He is also the author of “Leaving Cancer for the Circus” which details his battle with cancer and a solo journey through small Midwest towns that are not typically found in travel guides. His reporting skills have been showcased at a number of the largest sports events in the world including Super Bowls, World Series, Final Fours and U.S. Opens. Though primarily focused on sports, he has often written and commented on film, music and more.

NEW CRIME SCENE LAB ADDED TO MVC CAMPUS Missouri Valley College’s criminal justice program has added a crime scene lab to campus, which is located in the lower level of the Collins Science Center. The addition of this crime scene lab allows faculty to set up extensive mock crime scenes so students can determine what is considered evidence from the scene, collect samples for evidence and submit evidence to the lab for testing. Some materials provided in the lab include fingerprinting/lifting materials, GSR testing kits and a forensic mannequin with trajectory rods. Additionally, this lab provides faculty members the opportunity to go more in depth when they train on blood splatter, locating evidence that someone has attempted to clean up, and the use of luminol. MVC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RELEASES NEW BOOK Dr. Christopher Libby, associate professor of religion and philosophy, has published a book, “Truth, Community, and the Prophetic Voice: Michael Walzer, Stanley Hauerwas, and Cornel West on Justice and Peace” released by Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. The book seeks to provide a theoretical retrieval of the moral and theological vision of the biblical prophets, in light of contemporary philosophical and theological arguments. It situates a defense of the prophetic vision of justice and peace in the context of arguments holding that all truth claims are fallible and mediated in and through various communal contexts.

MVC STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS The fall 2018 Student Research Symposium was held on November 30, 2018. There were 50 student presentations at the symposium and of those that presented, 23 majors were represented. Mariah Kochell won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Poster for her research project, “Sexual Activities Impact on Self Confidence and Body Image.” DaShonda Johnson won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Performance for her performance, “Shattered.” Endurance Toro won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Presentation for her study, “Analysis of Microbial Composition Differences between Rhizosphere and Non-Rhizosphere: Biphenyl Degradation, Polymerase Chain Reaction, and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis.” Campus is now gearing up for the spring student research symposium which will be held on Friday, April 26. 15


Trajan McCormick

The Missouri Valley College Debate Team launched its inaugural season of competition in 2018, participating in a number of tournaments. The team is currently comprised of six students, each joining at different points throughout the season. The team did a wonderful job winning rounds, especially as they competed against larger schools that have had debate programs for nearly a century, including Penn State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Western Kentucky. The first time an MVC student placed was at the Webster University debate tournament when Trajan McCormick finished fourth in his division. The team then found success at the Johnson County Community College debate tournament when Ethan Hofer-Cassianni took first overall and Gracyn Bristow took second overall. The division of debate that MVC competes in sets their qualification for their national tournament as any debater who takes first or second at a tournament, as long as there are at least four schools present. Therefore, both Ethan and Gracyn became the first qualifiers to the national tournament from MVC! The team continued their success at the inaugural Missouri State Grand Prix debate tournament when Monika Tshibanda secured the first place award for her division and was named second best speaker and Ethan Hofer-Cassianni was named fifth best speaker. Monika’s win qualified her for the national tournament, putting the total number of qualified MVC debate students at three. It is a tremendous feat for a first year program to place in so many rounds and to send multiple students to the national tournament, proving a promising future for the team. The success of the team is in large part due to the expertise of Head Debate Coach Chris Roberds. Roberds started participating in debate in 1993 and was a two time national qualifier, finishing in the top 30 debate teams in the country his senior year. He attended college at Missouri State University on a debate scholarship and

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Monika Tshibanda

had the most wins on the team his sophomore year. Roberds began his coaching career in 2003 at Marshfield High School, growing the team of 3-4 students to over 70 in the near decade that he coached there. In 2011, Marshfield was the only school in the country that had two debate teams qualify as top 30 teams at the NCFL national tournament. Between 2012-17 he lived in Tucson and coached at a private high school that was a back-to-back state champion. In 2017-18 he coached at Amicitia American School in Fes, Morocco and was the director of debate for the country. At the 2018 high school national tournament in the U.S., his team from Morocco was the only school in the world to trophy in both middle school and high school policy debate, despite having most students who spoke English as a third or fourth language. “In debate, there are a lot of things that we can't control such as who our judges are, what our opponents will say or do, how talented our opponents are or how we are feeling. When we lose rounds because of those things, we just have to keep moving forward because there is nothing that we can do,” said Roberds. “However, there are a few things that we can control such as how much work we put in prior to the tournaments, how hard we practice and the type of effort that we give in rounds. When we do all of those things, the results will speak for themselves.” Looking to next season, the team plans to compete in 6-8 tournaments and Roberds is hopeful that one or two debaters will finish in the top 15-20 in the country for their division. They are also looking to add Mock Trial as a part of the team, which will increase the schedule with an additional 2-3 tournaments. 17


A NEW FACE In the alumni relations office

AMANDA LINNEMAN Director of Alumni Relations

When did you start as alumni director at MVC? I started the job as Director of Alumni Relations on October 22, 2018. What about this new role are you most excited for? I am most excited to meet new friends, see new places, and build lifelong relationships, while learning what makes Missouri Valley so special to our alumni and friends.

Previous alumni experience? My previous alumni experience comes from Central Methodist University. Working at CMU in the Alumni Relations Department helped to lay the foundation for my work at Missouri Valley. Favorite thing about alumni relations? Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a people person. My favorite thing about alumni relations is visiting with people and hearing why they chose to attend Missouri Valley and what their favorite memory was while on the campus.

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Alumni Advisory Board Member

Degree: Bachelor of Science degree, Missouri Valley College Master of Arts in management, Lindenwood University Job title: Community Volunteer • Missouri Valley College Alumni Board • Marshall Chamber of Commerce Board Member • Sedalia Chamber of Commerce Board Member • Sedalia Young Professionals Member • Lyceum Theatre Board of Directors • First State Community Bank Board of Directors • Lions Club Member • Mid-Day Optimist Member

Favorite MVC memory: Traveling with the Valley rodeo team and becoming involved with SIFE. Valley instilled lasting business characteristics and organizational practices that I continually embrace. Hobbies: All things theatre! I enjoy working with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and ever pampering my now retired horse, Roger. Favorite thing about being a Viking: Close-knit relationships on campus. The campus is a warm and welcoming community! Valley Will Roll! Why you enjoy being a board member: As a board member, it is a nice way to give back to the college that gave me so much!

Hometown: Ontario, Wisconsin


Alumni Advisory Board Member

Degree: Bachelor of Science in business management Master of Arts in management, Lindenwood University

That is the beauty of small colleges.

Hobbies: Reading, golfing and playing tag and hide and seek with my daughter, Remi. Favorite thing about being a Viking: All of the faculty, staff and coaches are just a big family for the students and alumni. Why you enjoy being a board member: To hopefully help the soon-to-be alumni enjoy their final years at Valley, but more importantly, let them see why staying involved after school is what makes the College grow.

Job title: Owner, Stone Hedge Golf Club

Hometown: Vandalia, Missouri

Favorite MVC memory: Well I think the best thing that I accomplished at Valley was meeting my wife, Emily, day one. When I think of memories, my experience at Valley was amazing. From getting to room with my brother my freshman year to making what I consider life long friendships with my professors and coaches. If it wasn't for the Leslies, Kepner, Simics, Lances, McGills (and the list could go on), I think I wouldn't have enjoyed my time as much. 19


1| President Humphrey with 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Raul Roldan ‘77. 2| President Humphrey with 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Tom Moore ‘70. 3| President Humphrey with 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus Igor Lima ‘10. 4| Brian Brown '94, Justin LaForest '03 & Rachel LaForest at the 2018 Kansas City Christmas Social.

5| Master of Ceremonies Jeff Steinle ‘78 presenting athletic hall of fame inductee Michael Polk ‘91, with his plaque. 6| 2001 women’s wrestling team and coaching staff being inducted into the MVC Athletic Hall of Fame. 7| Members of the class of 1968 at the annual alumni banquet. 8| President Humphrey with 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Josh Miller ‘05.

9| Tanner Fennewald ‘10, Darion Wint ‘04, Igor Lima ‘10, Ivan Ninkov ‘14, and Vladimir Simic. 10| Jon Heermann ‘79 and Gary Crean ‘78 enjoying the alumni and friends social. 11| MVC alumni and friends social - Oak Broock & Chicago Ill.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: • Alumni & Friends Lake Social | July 12-14 | Lake Ozark, MO • Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament | July 15 | Marshall, MO • Homecoming 2019 | October 4-6

For more information, contact Amanda Linneman at 21

SAMANTHA UNKEL Senior Nursing Major

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The Missouri Valley College School of Nursing now offers an LPN to BSN online track for LPNs wishing to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). MVC BSN graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam. This online track allows LPNs to continue working full-time while working toward their RN license. The Missouri Valley College School of Nursing prepares nurses through education and clinical experience to provide safe, evidence-based, and compassionate care to complex patients in diverse settings. Students in the online track take classes online, and, before graduating, must complete on- campus simulation lab training as well as clinical rotations with affiliated local community hospitals, tertiary care centers and other community health centers/agencies. Students applying to the MVC School of Nursing are evaluated on their ACT, TEAS/Missouri LPN license, TOEFL score, GPA’s and letters of reference. Fourteen candidates are selected yearly to enter the LPN to BSN online track. “The nursing faculty members at MVC are transforming how we teach, motivate and use technology and learning experiences to disseminate knowledge to our students,” said Peggy Van Dyke, dean, School of Nursing and nursing program director. “We partner with stakeholders and organizations to build strong health care teams that improve health outcome for our communities and across the nation. These partnerships will also help improve quality, affordable, and accessible health care in rural areas, and also increase the nursing workforce.”

For more information on the LPN to BSN track, contact Peggy Van Dyke at

The MVC nursing program adheres to standards and guidelines set forth by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBoN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MVC nursing program has full approval from the MSBoN and is accredited by CCNE. 23


1940s 1| Hugh Dunn ‘48 was recognized as a Pioneer in Education. Dunn was among six educators honored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during the 57th annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. He was a member of the football team and the track team during his time at Valley and has previously been inducted into the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Hugh Dunn is pictured fourth from right. Photo courtesy of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 1960s 2| Deb (Thomas) Somero ‘69 and Wayne Somero ‘69 celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to the Baltics. The couple met while attending MVC. 1970s 3| Tom Taylor ’70 & Janet Taylor ’70 and Charlie Guthrey ‘71 & Jackie Guthrey ‘72 vis- ited Scotland. During their travels they visited a number of places, including Edinburgh Castle and Blair Castle.

1980s 4| Steve Beahm ‘86 was a guest on an epi- sode of Jay Leno’s Garage. In the show, Beahm discusses the 2019 Dodge Hellcat Redeye with Leno. The full video can be found on YouTube. 5| A number of former Alpha Xi Delta's recent- ly met up. Pictured left to right are: Tracie Hall Lewis '87, Karen Green Bernsen, Nikki Sal- lee Hart '89, Henry Jo, Kelly Call Eaton '87, Carrie Garvey Lawson, Harbi Hartley Helms '88 and Ginger Sallee Murphy '89. 1990s Amy Richardson-Hager ‘91 was the recipient of the 2018 Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) Award for Missouri. 6| Larry Godsey ‘91 and Jordan Bennett ‘03 were pictured together while stationed overseas, Godsey was with the 1-138th Infantry Regiment and Bennett was with the 35th ID. 7| Larry Godsey ‘91 and Justin LaForest ‘03 were pictured together representing the Valley flag while stationed overseas.

2000s 8| Valley alumni Lieutenant Colonel Mollie Keith ‘04 who was a member of women’s wrestling, Taib Grozdanic ‘06 who was a member of men’s soccer, and Erika Zimmer- man (Chew) ’07 who was a member of wom- en’s wrestling met up while in Germany. 9| Representative Mark Samsel ‘07 carried his first bill (HB2038) on the House floor. HB 2038 helps Kansas ensure their property passes to beneficiaries of their choice after a divorce. Samsel took office on January 14, 2019, serving District 5. 10| Paul Harmon ’09 and Dakota Harmon ’14 celebrated their marriage with friends and family on May 11, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri after being married in January of 2017 in a pri- vate ceremony. Pictured are Paul and Dakota Harmon with their son PJ and alumni of MVC. 11| Eric Rhorer ‘10 and Maile Pihana-Rhor- er ‘10 welcomed their first child, Brody Rhorer, in February of 2019. 12| David Yadrich '14 and Diane DellaSala '14 & '17 were married on September 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas. 13| Michelle (Cano) Ninkov ‘16 and Ivan Ninkov ‘14 welcomed their first child, Andria Ninkov, in October of 2018.

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1950s Gordon L. Imlay ' 59 of Rancho Mirage, California passed away on November 1, 2018. 1960s Frances Georgene “Jean” Redford ‘62 of Marshall, Missouri passed away on January 26, 2019.

1980s Sarah Ann Webb-Wilson ‘88 of Boonville, Missouri passed away on January 26, 2019.

Byron Banta, Jr. ’65 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on July 5, 2018.

Robert Gentry ‘68 of Great Falls, Montana passed away on March 16, 2018.

1990s Sandra ‘Sandie’ Ray (Hayward) Sillers ‘90 of Brunswick, Missouri passed away on November 23, 2018. Mark Crafton ‘91 of Garden City, Missouri passed away on July 9, 2018. Friends Ronald ‘Ron’ Berg of Baldwin City, Kansas passed away on January 27, 2018.

Gerald Michael "Jerry" Hunter ‘68 of DeWitt, Iowa passed away on January 28, 2019.

Roger L. Dowil ‘69 of Washington, Missouri passed away on January 17, 2019. 1970s Ralph White ’70 of Palatka, Florida passed away on January 1, 2018.

Robert ‘Bob’ Clark ‘63 of Hilton Head, South Carolina passed away on June 13, 2018.

John Grunik IV ’64 of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on May 2, 2017.


HAROLD HYNICK Associate Professor of Theatre

"What I enjoy most is helping students make discoveries and working with them to find their voice so they can share those discoveries with the world! I get to do that every day here at Valley."

When did you join the MVC faculty? 2008

What degree(s) do you hold, and from where? I earned my BA in theatre from Central College in Pella, Iowa, an MFA in theatre – directing from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and I also trained at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. What is something that people may not know about you? I grew up on a farm where I shoveled my fair share of manure. Most of my early performances were re-enactments of the Odyssey and the Iliad performed for cattle on the top of round bales of hay. Cattle are extremely attentive and supportive audience members.

What is a hobby you enjoy outside of teaching? My hobbies include; bicycling, running, hiking and playing around on the guitar.

What do you teach at MVC and what other areas of campus are you involved in? Currently, I teach numerous courses in theatre, including Acting, Directing, Improv, Theatre History, Playwriting, and Movement. I direct theatre productions on campus and The MVC Flatliners. I founded and run the MVC Summer Fine and Performing Arts Camp. I also perform at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and in December, I perform a one-man version of A Christmas Carol.

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