12 Southeast Alumni to Receive Young Alumni Merit Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 29, 2005ᾰThe Alumni Association of Southeast Missouri State University has selected 12 alumni to receive the University’s 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award.

The 12 will be honored at a commencement luncheon at 12:15 p.m. May 14 in the Student Recreation Center and will be recognized during spring commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 14 in the Show Me Center.

Alumni to receive the award are Lynese Cargill Hoffman of Chesterfield, Mo.; Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ginger Schwab of Sanford, Fla.; Samantha Blankenship of Arnold, Mo.; Dr. Michelle Redfearn of Riverside, Mo.; Michelle (Behnken) Brune of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Shawn Grindstaff of Columbia, Ill.; Jeffrey Davis of Jefferson City, Mo.; Dr. Clay Corbin of Bloomsburg, Pa; Dr. Chris Wright of Easton, Pa.; Geoffrey Parker of Jackson, Mo.; and Matthew Modica of Arnold, Mo.

The Young Alumni Merit Award is given annually to honor those alumni under the age of 37 who have brought distinction to the University through professional growth, service and individual character.  The Alumni Association at Southeast honors distinguished young alumni from each college by presenting them with the Young Alumni Merit Award.

The recipients and the colleges presenting each award are as follows:

Harrison College of BusinessLynese Cargill Hoffman of Chesterfield, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the Harrison College of Business.  Hoffman received a bachelor of science in business administration degree, with a major in accounting, from Southeast in 1991.  She is currently the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Common Ground Public Relations.

Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the Harrison College of Business. Crowell received a bachelor of science in business administration degree, with a major in economics, from Southeast in 1995.  He is serving as Missouri’s newly elected state senator for the 27th Senatorial district. 

College of EducationGinger Schwab of Sanford, Fla., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Education.  Schwab received a bachelor of science in education degree, with a major in elementary education, from Southeast in 1998.  Last year, she taught fourth grade at Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School.  This year, Schwab is teaching K-5 Space Science with NASA in the Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School Space Lab. 

Samantha Blankenship of Arnold, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Education. Blankenship received a bachelor of science in education degree, with a major in elementary education, from Southeast in 1997.  She is currently employed as a research assistant and study monitor for Treatment of Early Age Mania (TEAM) at Washington University’s School of Medicine.  College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Michelle Redfearn of Riverside, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Health and Human Services.  Redfearn received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Southeast in 1992.  She is a clinical research coordinator and clinical instructor for The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Michelle (Behnken) Brune of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Health and Human Services.  Brune received a bachelor of science degree, with a major in interior design with a minor in architectural design, from Southeast in 1994.  She is an assistant professor in the Housing and Interior Design program in the Department of Human Environmental Studies at Southeast.

College of Liberal ArtsShawn Grindstaff of Columbia, Ill., has been selected as a Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Liberal Arts.  Grindstaff received a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in political science with a minor in history, from Southeast in 1989.  He is currently the principal and senior mediator for The Forrester Group.

Jeffrey Davis of Jefferson City, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Liberal Arts.  Davis received a bachelor of science degree, with a major in political science with a double minor in sociology and Spanish, from Southeast in 1994.  He is serving as the chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission.

College of Science and MathematicsDr. Clay Corbin of Bloomsburg, Pa., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the College of Science and Mathematics.  Corbin received a master of natural science degree, with a major in biology, from Southeast in 1995.  He is an assistant professor of biology for Bloomsburg (PA) University.

Dr. Chris Wright of Easton, Pa., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner for the College of Science and Mathematics.  Wright received a bachelor of science degree, with a major in chemistry, from Southeast in 1996.  He is a senior chemist for Exxon Mobil corporate strategic research.

School of Polytechnic StudiesGeoffrey Parker of Jackson, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the School of Polytechnic Studies.  Parker received a bachelor of science degree, with a major in agriculture, from Southeast in 1992.  He is the vice president of First Missouri State Bank.

Matthew Modica of Arnold, Mo., has been selected as a 2005 Young Alumni Merit Award winner from the School of Polytechnic Studies.  Modica received a bachelor of science degree, with a major in industrial technology, from Southeast in 1998.  He is the senior project leader and limited partner for Edward Jones Headquarters.