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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
Class Notes: Newsmakers

Carol Ann JohnsonCarol Ann (Wegehoft) Johnson (’57), a former tennis, track and cheerleading coach and physical education teacher, was honored with The Spry Magazine Inspiration Award. The December 2010 issue of the magazine featured Johnson on the cover along with two other recipients of the award. The story featured inside the magazine noted that Johnson has “devoted the majority of her 75 years to supporting the health and fitness of folks in her Palmyra, Mo., community.” PHOTO provided courtesy

Mary Alice HillMary Alice Hill (’67) was honored with one of the Women’s International Center Living Legacy Awards, which were presented at the University of San Diego on Jan. 15, 2011. Hill is recognized as an advocate for women in sports and drug abuse prevention. With $35 million project clients like Disney, Hill currently excels in economic development, community development, tourism, downtown revitalization, grant writing and city government.

John Barulich (’68), West Caldwell, N.J., was inducted into the McNair Hall of Fame in May 2010 as the “winningest coach in Jersey City” with more than 200 career wins and a four-time winner of the Hudson County Coach of the Year Award. He coached soccer at McNair for 23 years. He retired from teaching at McNair Academic High School in Jersey City (ranked as the top N.J. School) in 2005. He and his wife, Mary, have one son, Brian.

Mitch Ridgway (’79) was inducted into the 2010 Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in recognition of the impact he has had on track and field. He has served for 28 years as a track coach and 23 as the head coach at Mexico (Mo.) High School. Ridgway has been named the 3A Coach of the Year three times and the National Federation’s Coach of the Year for Missouri one time. He has authored a book, 22.5 a Coach’s Story, in honor of the young track athletes of Missouri.

Larry Lunsford (’81, ’83) was selected as one of only 150 Rotarians in the world to receive Rotary’s Service Above Self Award. The award, which is the highest honor for individual Rotarians, recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. Lunsford serves as senior vice president/chief financial officer for Bernstein-Rein Advertising Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

Beth Morrison KleinBeth (Morrison) Klein (’83) was honored as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” at an annual gala benefitting Women’s eNews on May 3, 2011. Women’s eNews honors individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of women. In addition, More magazine named Klein as one of the “50 Women You Want on Your Side” in its May 2011 edition, which also included Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. An activist attorney for the enslaved, Klein is the founder and managing shareholder at Klein | Frank, P.C. She was also named as a Colorado Superlawyer in 2006 to the present and one of the Top 500 Personal Injury Lawyers in the United States.

Brian J. CampbellBrian J. Campbell (’84), of Los Angeles, Calif., was named as the U.S. State Department’s 56th Franklin Fellow. Campbell is a member of the Vice Presidential Advance Team and travels nationally and internationally to assist with site preparation and logistical support for Vice President Biden’s events. The Department of State created the Franklin Fellows Program to strengthen its ability to deal with issues facing Americans and the international community by involving Americans in creating the policies to confront them. The program provides unique opportunities for professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant experience to serve a detail or sabbatical year as Fellows at the Department of State or at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of the program is for fellows to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy and development issues facing the nation.

Mary McFarlandMary McFarland (’84) was recognized by the Ritenour Board of Education for collecting and donating thousands of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, a program that provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay near their hospitalized child at little or no cost. McFarland’s story was also featured in Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis which stated, “In 2010, McFarland’s 228,000 collection made enough money for a family of four to stay at the Ronald McDonald House for 27 nights.” McFarland is a PE and health teacher at Ritenour High School located in Northwest St. Louis County.

Sherri ThomasSherri (Elliott) Thomas (’88) received the Walsworth Consummate Professional Award presented by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). The award recognizes a practicing administrator who makes contributions to school and community; demonstrates leadership in improving student achievement; demonstrates leadership to principals and MASSP; ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale; is respected by students, colleagues, parents and the community at large; and serves as a mentor to other administrators. The award includes a $500 scholarship to a student in the recipient’s school. Thomas was also awarded the South Central Missouri Association of Secondary School Principal’s Assistant Principal of the Year and was recognized by her district at the November 2010 Rolla Public School Board Meeting by Board President Kelly Long. Thomas is the assistant principal at Rolla (Mo.) Middle School and is an adjunct professor for William Woods University.

Jill (Robb) Williams (’88) was honored with the Hall of Fame Award presented at the Kirksville, Mo., Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on Jan. 19, 2011. The award recognized Williams’ service to the Chamber which spanned more than two decades of service including serving as a past president and board member and golf tournament chairperson. Williams is vice president and banking center manager for Bank Midwest in Kirksville.

Darin Powell (’90, ’92) was named the 2011 Missouri High School Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Powell, who serves as principal at Bowling Green (Mo.) High School, was awarded the recognition based on his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the learning environment.

Timmer Willing (’93) was named the 2011 Division II Assistant Coach of the Year for Men’s Tennis by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Timmer is the assistant coach at the University of California-San Diego.

Marjorie (Iwai) Maas (’02) was among the “10 Outstanding Young Omahans” recognized by the Omaha Jaycees. The awards honor people between the ages of 21 and 40 who strive for excellence and have a strong commitment to community service and personal and professional development. Maas was named director at Nebraskans for the Arts, an advocacy organization for arts-related legislation.

Sarah SteinSarah (Spader) Stein (’02, ’03) was among the 10 recipients of the 2011 Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting presented by the Deloitte Foundation. Representing academic institutions from across the nation, each grantee receives $25,000 during their final year of coursework and subsequent years as they complete their doctoral dissertation. Stein is pursuing her PhD in accounting at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Michael Amador (’03), a captain in the Missouri National Guard, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. An Iraq War veteran, he has also received the Bronze Star, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Patrick Silvey (’09) was awarded the inaugural Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award. The MAGS selection committee cited Silvey for his “outstanding application, evaluations and recommendations” and described him as an exemplary teacher. The committee was particularly impressed with his effective mentoring and ability to engage students in the learning process. Silvey is a graduate teaching assistant at Truman State University.

Abigail Temple (’09) was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Russia to teach English as a foreign language during the 2010-2011 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

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