Logo design contest winners announced

By Allen Brewer

A team of four graphic design technology students were chosen as the winners of the Writing Center Logo Design Contest.  Amber Schroder, Andrea Drummond, Kelly Common and KeKe Armstrong worked together to create the logo for the Writing Center.

“We are all excited about winning the award,” Drummond, a freshman studying graphic design technology from Oxford, said. “We combined all our ideas, just a good opportunity to work as a team.”

The logo contest opened earlier this semester for Northwest students from all campuses. The winners won $100 that will be split four ways.

“When we first got word on the contest, we all came up with icons,” Armstrong, a freshman studying graphic design technology from Calhoun City, said.

Students were asked to come up with original ideas that incorporated the Writing Centers initials, using the school’s colors. A modern theme was suggested to show off the center’s new look.

“I think it was a great opportunity to learn new skills,” Schroder, a freshman graphic design technology student from Strayhorn, said. “It was fun overall to come up with ideas for the logo.”

The group came up with three designs and presented them to the Writing Center Director, Jason Jones earlier in April. Pieces of each design will be put together to create the winning logo.

“We emphasized the Writing Center, and its icons and how we would put them together,” Armstrong said.

Graphic Design students like to take on more than just contests. Many posters, flyers and logos around campus are created by students to gain experience.

“We do designs for anyone that asks us,” Karla Merritt, graphic design technology instructor, said. “Anytime we get projects, we get really excited. The students have the ability to do real work skills.”

Merritt’s class is set up like an advertisement agency and students work on problems that real clients may have. Every student gains experience they can put in their portfolio.

“It is good for building new techniques and skills,” Common, a freshman studying graphic design from Tchula, said. “Even if it is not interested, it can help build your techniques.”

The Senatobia Writing Center is about to celebrate the first year open. Two new centers will be opening on the DeSoto and Oxford Centers this coming fall.

Two new coordinators were hired to oversee the centers.  Carroll Huebner will be  at the Oxford Center, and Josh Green will at the DeSoto Center.

Each campus will have their own hours posted on the Northwest website. New peer consultants will also be hired to help other students at those centers.

“Students can now register for peer tutorial courses online,” Jones said. “The course will teach students to tutor in the Writing Center.”




Students, pick up your free yearbook!

By Allen Brewer

The end of the year is coming, which means 2017 yearbook will soon be available.

This year is the 78th volume of the Rocketeer. This year’s theme is full circle and symbolizes the journey of a student, from freshman to sophomore year, leading to graduation.

“This year’s theme shows the different components that make up a student’s experience,” Carroll Huebner, yearbook adviser, said. “Completing the full circle is graduation.”

The yearbook, as the name implies, is a year in review. Long after students have left Northwest, they can still visit past memories of club memberships and celebratory events.

For freshmen who will sticking around for another semester, the yearbook can help them find things to look forward to next year.

“You get to see an event that you didn’t know about, and you can look for it next semester,” Karen Parks, yearbook editor, said.

A lot of work was put into making the yearbook happen. Huebner, Parks, the Communications staff and the newspaper staff helped gather photos and stories to represent the year.

“It is a huge endeavor, but it is worth it when you get to see a copy in your own hands,” Huebner said.

This is Huebner’s sixth year to advise the yearbook. Parks, a graphic design technology student, will be walking in this year’s spring commencement ceremony to receive her technical certificate.

“It is fun to be a part of the yearbook,” Parks said. “It has been a good experience and required lots of time management and meeting new people.”

Students will be able to pick up their free copy of the yearbook during clearance in the Communications Office on the Senatobia campus.  The DeSoto and Oxford Centers will be handing yearbooks out in their bookstores.


Final exams held May 5-11, Clearance runs May 2-4

By David Campbell

There is only one week until final exams begin at Northwest. Students should already be preparing for their final tests of the semester, but before they can take their exams, they have to go through clearance.

Clearance begins May 2 and ends May 4; that means students will only have three days to make sure they have everything settled before the end of the semester.

Clearance includes paying any outstanding fines or fees and returning library materials.

To complete this process, students must go to the Business Office in the Administration Building to make sure they have paid any and all charges on their Northwest account, and must go to the library to make sure they don’t have any books or other miscellaneous items that need to be returned.

Once a student has completed those steps, they will be given their clearance slip that is needed to take their final exams. Final exams will be held for mini term courses on May 3-5, and for traditional courses on May 5-11.

Graduation ceremonies set for May 12


                             Photo by Josh Drinkard

By Allen Brewer

Sophomores from Northwest who have received all of their credit hours will be leaving soon to begin chasing their dreams.

For students who are interested in walking in the spring commencement ceremony, there is one more thing to do to get their diploma.

This year marks the 101st commencement in Northwest history. At Howard Coliseum, there will be three ceremonies for students receiving degrees or certificates from Northwest on May 12.

The event will start with students receiving an Associate of Arts degree at 8 a.m. Students who will be receiving Career Certificates will be honored at 11:30 a.m. Lastly, students receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree will be honored at 2:30 p.m.

According to the Office of Admissions and Records, there will be 203 students participating in the Associate of Arts ceremony, 216 students for Career Certificates and 169 students for Associate of Applied Science. Students from all Northwest campuses will be in attendance.

“The numbers are a little lower than last year,” Kelly Stull, transcript specialist, said. “Numbers do fluctuate, but the difference is usually between 10-20 students. It changes but not a lot.”

The events will start with an invocation by students in each degree program. This year’s invocational speakers will be Bethany Starkey, for Associate of Arts, Gwint Fisher, Career Certificates and Gabriel Aldridge, Associate of Applied Science ceremony.

Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears will then introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Tony Ammeter. Dr. Ammeter is the director of Outreach and Continuing Studies, associate provost, dean of General Studies and associate professor of Management and Management information Systems: Provost/VC for Academic Affairs at The University of Mississippi.

After the address, Dr. Spears will award diplomas/certificates to the students attending. A performance of “America the Beautiful” by the Northwest Singers and WInd Ensemble and a group singing of the college’s alma mater will close out each ceremony.

Students who will be walking are asked to attend practice rehearsals before the actual ceremony. Students receiving an Associate of Arts degree will meet on May 1, Career Certificates will meet on May 2 and Associate of Applied Science will meet May 3; caps and gowns will be picked up at rehearsal for no additional cost.  All of the rehearsals will be held at 2 p.m.

The caps and gowns are gray, and students are asked to wear dark pants/dresses and dark shoes under their gowns. The gowns will be turned in after the ceremony, but students will be able to keep the caps. Students have been asked not to decorate their caps and gowns before the ceremony to retain uniformity.

“Males are supposed to wear dark dress pants and shoes,” Stull said. “Females should wear dresses/dress pants and dark low heel shoes; they will be standing up a lot.”

Much of the ceremony will remain the same as years past. Students who choose not to walk in the ceremony will still receive their diploma in the mail.