Annual Merit Awards to Honor Outstanding Alumni, Faculty

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 15, 2004 – Four alumni and a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University have been selected to receive the annual Merit Awards presented by the University’s Alumni Association.

The four alumni will receive the Alumni Merit Award and the faculty member will receive the annual Faculty Merit Award when they are honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 29. The Copper Dome Society/Merit Award Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and are available by calling the University Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259.

Alumni Merit Awards are presented by Southeast to honor distinguished alumni. The awards have been given since 1958 to alumni of Southeast who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.

The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence and distinction in teaching.

Recipients of this year’s Alumni Merit Awards are as follows:  John Brussman of Reno, Nev., retired vice president and general manager at Anheuser Busch; Dr. Gregory Davis of Carmel, Ind., executive director at Eli Lilly & Co.; John Hoskins of Jefferson City, Mo., director of the Missouri Department of Conservation; and Marjorie (Best) Schramm of Kirkwood, Mo., retired mayor of Kirkwood and current commissioner of the Missouri State Highway and Transportation Commission.

This year’s recipient of the Faculty Merit Award is Dr. William Ellis, professor of agriculture at Southeast.

FACULTY MERIT AWARD RECIPIENT

Ellis joined Southeast Missouri State University in 1979 as a professor of agriculture. He received the service award from the School of Polytechnic Studies in 2001 and the PRIDE Award from the School of Polytechnic Studies in 2003. He has received the College of Science and Technology teaching and service awards and the Faculty Merit Award from the Department of Agriculture. He has been named Greek Professor of the Year and has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from both the Order of Omega and Pan Hellenic. Ellis, who has served on the Governor’s Swine Advisory Committee, is a member of the American Society of Animal Scientists, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Missouri Academy of Science and the National Agribusiness Marketing Association. He has managed Southeast Missouri State University’s Swine Test Station for 17 years and was a member of the National Swine Improvement Federation board of directors for nine years. In 1986, the Swine Test Station received the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s Agribusiness Award. Ellis has held a number of leadership roles with the Cape County Pork Producers and has served on the education and program committees of the Bootheel Cattlemen’s Association. He is a member of the Beef Improvement Federation, is an Eagle Scout, is co-director of freshmen orientation at Southeast and is a member of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau. He is a member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s Agribusiness Committee and has served as vice president of the Cape Girardeau County Extension Council. Prior to his service at Southeast, he was a swine confinement specialist at The Ohio State University and a technical cattle genetics specialist at Monsanto. He holds a doctoral degree in animal science breeding and genetics, a master’s degree in animal science production management, and a bachelor of science degree in agriculture economics with a business emphasis, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

ALUMNI MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Brussman graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He also attended the microbiological institute at Purdue University in 1960 and studied plant physiology at Southern Illinois University in 1964. Prior to his retirement, Brussman served as a board member and as vice president and general manager of Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies. Brussman began his career at Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., as a laboratory technician in 1957, and worked in various positions with the company until his retirement. Brussman also served in the U.S. Army. He participates in a number of civic organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club and the Jaycees.

Davis graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He continued his education at Purdue University, earning a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry in 1980. Currently, he serves as executive director of quality assurance and compliance for Lilly Research Laboratories, the research division of Eli Lilly and Company. Davis has held several management positions with Eli Lilly since 1992. Prior to his career at Eli Lilly, he worked in management and research for The Upjohn Company and Monsanto Agricultural Products Company. Davis is active in several professional organizations and has given a number of presentations nationally and internationally, in addition to publishing 30 professional articles throughout the course of his career.

Hoskins graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in biology education. He went on to earn a master of public administration degree from the University of Missouri. Hoskins currently serves as the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation. He began his career with the department of conservation in 1977 as a conservation agent, and has held various positions since that time, including regional protection supervisor, chief of general services and protection division administrator.

Schramm graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. Schramm is a retired Kirkwood, Mo., mayor, and currently serves on the Missouri State Highway and Transportation Commission and the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact Commission. She has served on the Kirkwood, Mo., city council, in addition to serving on numerous government councils and committees over the last two decades. Schramm also has volunteered for a number of community and charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, Kirkwood Historical Society, Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce and Parents as Teachers. She has been recognized for her dedication with several service and achievement awards. In the past, Schramm has been a high school teacher in Fredericktown, Mo., and a substitute teacher in Kirkwood, Mo.