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Nira (Rosebrough) Roberts ’48 (Lexington, Ky.) has been recognized by the Journal of Biological Chemistry for her paper on the development of the “Lowry Method.” The Journal credits hers as the most cited paper in publishing history.
Samuel “David” Gohn ’64 (West Plains, Mo.) was inducted into the Drury University Breech School of Business Administration Hall of Fame on April 23, 2016.
Dr. William Carner ’70 (Columbia, Mo.) has been promoted to Professor at Westminster College. He also holds the William Gordon Buckner Chair in Business.
Randall Eaton ’74 (Warsaw, Mo.) is running for re-election for his seat on the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees.
Phillip Loyd ’74 (Branson, Mo.) President of Branson-based Loyd Electric, was named one of Ingram Magazine’s “50 Missourians You Need to Know.”
Dr. Russell Robinson ’74 (Gainesville, Fla.) was inducted into the Florida Music Education Association’s Hall of Fame in January 2016. He is retiring after a 32-year career as a music professor at the University of Florida. During his time there, he wrote and arranged over 250 pieces of music, published books and instructional DVDs for music teachers and presented at conventions throughout the world.
Timothy Carson ’76 (Rocheport, Mo.) has published a book titled: Liminal Reality and Transformational Power.
Dr. Andrew Evans ’77 M.B.A. ’00 (Springfield, Mo.) has been selected as the Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer for the new Springfield Clinical Campus of the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
John Richards M.B.A. ’78 (Ozark, Mo.) has been named the Head of Sho-Me Power in Marshfield.
Jennifer (Cobb) McClure ’87 (Springfield, Mo.) was announced as the new Director of Communications and Public Engagement for the Greene County Commission.
Shawn Williams ’92 (Fordland, Mo.) was promoted to Captain in the Springfield Police Department.
Jill (Wilson) Wiggins ’94 (Springfield, Mo.) was named Top Local Human Resources Professional in 2016 by the Springfield Business Journal.
Sarah (Pelloat) Barkley ’99 (Ozark, Mo.) has opened the first and only licensed birth center in Springfield called “Birthcentered.”
Charles Hepola ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was named head football coach for Evangel University.
Mark Mehrhoff ’03 (Marthasville, Mo.) has joined Washington Engineering & Architecture as a Project Architect.
Ryan Faust ’05 (Rogers, Ark.) has been recognized as part of 2016’s “40 Under 40” list from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
Tina (Webster) Spurgeon ’05 (Saint James, Mo.) is seeking a seat on the St. James Board of Education.
Thomas Bahr ’06 (St. Louis, Mo.) has joined HOK’s St. Louis office as a Project Architect.
Frank Bennett ’06 MBA ’06 (St. Louis, Mo.) basketball coach of the Chaminade College Preparatory School team, was named USA Today’s 2016 Missouri Coach of the Year.
Dr. Zachary Corr ’06 (Memphis, Tenn.) was named Physician of the Month at St. Francis Bartlett Hospital.
Tiffany (Graybill) McClain ’06 M.A. ’14 (Marshfield, Mo.) was promoted to Vice President Strategic Initiatives Manager at Bear State Bank.
Carrie (Winston) Brown ’07 M.B.A. ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) is a Certified Public Accountant and was promoted to manager at Elliott, Robinson & Co.
Jami (Lewis) Corey ’08 (Mount Vernon, Mo.) was promoted to archivist with the Springfield History Museum.
Jason Laub ’08 (Republic, Mo.) was promoted to Lieutenant in the Springfield Police Department.
Natalie (Weaver) Sanders ’08 (Richland, Mo.) was promoted to Managing Editor of the Waynesville Daily Guide and the St. James Leader-Journal.
Aeron Sullivan ’08 (Quantico, Va.) founder of Tradiv, was named one of Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30.”
Loretta (Wilson) Callahan ’09 (Cuba, Mo.) is the new middle school computer class teacher and an advisor of Future Business Leaders of America at Cuba Middle School.
Kyrie (Hopkins) Stewart ’11 (Nixa, Mo.) was promoted to supervisor at Elliott, Robinson & Co.
Meredith Dinges ’12 (Riverside, Calif.) is working on her doctorate degree at the University of California – Riverside.
Brandon Talty ’12 (Springfield, Mo.) has passed his CPA license.
Yelena Bosovik ’13 (Columbia, Mo.) has been chosen as one of two students from MU Law School to travel to Washington, D.C. to present her paper examining the tax code’s treatment of education expenses and ways of making education more available.
Nicholas Gray ’13 (Ozark, Mo.) was featured in an article by the Springfield News-Leader regarding his band, Paralandra, performing in Austin, Texas.
Brandon Lotter ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) of Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Inc. earned his state license to practice as an architect in Missouri.
Lori (Johnson) Murawski M.B.A. ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) celebrated 10 years in her position as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at TelComm Credit Union.
Marr Genea Berry ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) was featured in a story about her education at OTC and Drury by the Springfield News-Leader.
Jessica Dillard ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) has earned her CPA designation.
Kaitlyn Schwers ’14 (O’Fallon, Ill.) has accepted a full time reporter position at The Metro East in Belleville, Ill.
Amber Dedmon ’15 (Springfield, Mo.) has earned her CPA designation.
Trevor Richards ’15 (Springfield, Mo.) has been extended a contract as a right-handed pitcher by the Gateway Grizzlies.
Hadeil Abdelraouf ’16 (Springfield, Mo.) has been awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to support her graduate study at Georgetown University.
Nicole Shaul ’16 (Springfield, Mo.) is now an intern architect at Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Inc.
Emily to Tyler ’05 MBA ’07 and Krystal (Prather) Creach ’07
Cass Brentlie to Dora (Steinert) ’07 and Ron Howard
Locklyn and Harper to Dr. Kaylea Boutwell ’99
Casey Fowler ’12 to Cassie Hale
Corey Ritter ’15 to Valerie King
Don Akers ’48
Ida “Jessilyn” (Young) Akin ’80 M.Ed.
Gary Alschbach ’72
William Black ’65
Juanita (Dotson) Blankenship ’61 M.Ed.
Dr. Wayne Christeson ’33
John Cline ’49
Walter “Steve” Cowell ’10
Betty (Wheat) Denton ’46
Norah Droney ’12
Lenore (Lowry) Gerdes ’60
Michael Helmke ’73
Betty (Wiseman) Highfill ’68 M.Ed.
Rex Hodge ’58
Barry Holt ’63
Dr. Ben Hutton ’61 M.Ed.
Bob Irvin ’56
Kimberley Johnson ’10
Virginia (Cobb) Joiner ’57
Gary Jones ’66
Douglas Junkin ’00
Susan (Crighton) Labelle ’81
David Moody ’50
James Napper ’59
Linda (Jarvis) Paris ’87
Robert Peterson ’66
Larry Pierce ’62
Virginia (Brown) Piercy ’70
William Sanders ’59
Ruby Jane (Hendrickson) Scott ’48
Dan Stillings ’09
Linda Storie ’89 M.Ed.
Cindy (Bunch) Tolbert ’95
Marvin Toliver ’75
Blaine Van Hooser ’58
Jessee Weaver ’36
Richard Weiser ’73
Paul “Tony” White ’63
Julia “Chris” (Cummins) Whitman ’05
Margery (Long) Wilson ’51
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