The Importance of Social Connectedness During COVID-19

For longer than nine months, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the status quo in ways previously unseen during most all our lifetimes. Nearly all our lives have been affected at some level, either personally or professionally.  For many, navigating these changes has proven to be challenging – particularly as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationally.


Perhaps one of the most profound changes to occur during this pandemic has been the physical separation we have experienced from our usual social relationships. Businesses have closed or transitioned to remote work, schools have implemented distance learning, and churches now stream services online for parishioners to view from home. We may often disagree concerning issues such as mask mandates, shutdowns, and seemingly endless changes to public health policy; however, our innate drives for belonging and connection to others continue to motivate us to seek out new opportunities for maintaining social connectedness.


Gracie Martin announced as new development officer

The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association is pleased to announce Gracie Martin as its new development officer.


As the development officer, she is responsible for the research, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

New Faculty Spotlight: Ken Creech

A new face to Northwestern’s Accounting Department, Kenneth Creech earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash). He is a Certified Public Accountant.

New Faculty Spotlight: Mark Zadorozny

“I came back to Northwestern for many reasons,” Mark Zadorozny said. “I think it’s a great place to work and I have many connections in this area. Knowing the University’s atmosphere, I knew I’d be in good hands.”

Kiera Case and Peyton Lucas Receive Dean Ranson Scholarship

Kiera Case and Peyton Lucas were awarded the Dean Ranson Scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year.

Case is a Fairview, Okla., native and freshman at Northwestern. She is majoring in elementary education and plans to graduate early, then return to Fairview to teach.

Ryan Bowen Presented with Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award

Ryan Bowen, Head Baseball Coach, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was awarded the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award at the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association Annual Meeting on September 15.


IRS Changes Regarding Charitable Contributions

 2020 has been the most unusual year any of us may recall and it has affected us as individuals, businesses small to large and non-profits whose resources are being stretched as well.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed many provisions and two of them are designed to assist charitable (501c3) organizations like your place of worship and your favorite college.


One Day At a Time

“Hey, Hope’s been in a car accident.” This phrase changed a young girl’s life.


What she describes as an ‘interesting childhood’ started with Montana McCullough’s little sister being born around the time Montana turned three. A year later, her parents divorced and soon after, her mother remarried. Montana lived a pretty normal life until the one day that completely altered her way of life as she knew it.


Jodie Randels Announced as New Office Manager

The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association is pleased to announce Jodie Randels as its new office manager. Previously, Randels served as an admissions/records assistant in the Registry Office at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.


As the office manager, Randels is often the first voice and face of the organization when alumni, donors and other individuals contact the office. She assists in the correspondence to internal and external audiences, manages the acknowledgment of gifts and coordinates special events.


Northwestern Psychology Students of the Year Announced

Hillary Hurst and Rafaela Avila were selected by faculty members of the psychology department to receive the Psychology Students of the Year Award.

This award is given to two outstanding students majoring in psychology. The criteria for selection include grade point average, field related activities, classroom participation and potential of continued success.


Twelve Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduates have been selected as the 2020 Outstanding Seniors.


This year’s Outstanding Seniors include Megan Brown, Colton Budy, Julia Buckingham, Aleysa Franz, Alondra Galindo, Chanel Martin, Aaron Pierce, Katelyn Pierce, Jacqueline Ruhl, Alysson Stewart, Joni Welch and Tiffany Willson.


The average age of an online undergraduate student as of 2019, according to U.S. News and World Report, is 32. The average online graduate student is older than that. “Non-traditional students”, who are typically working adults not living on campus, are more likely to take online courses.







Check in to the NWOSU Foundation & Alumni Association page on Facebook when you are on campus, and receive 10-15% off your bookstore purchase. Show the book store attendant your alumni association membership card and that you checked in to Facebook to qualify. 


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