Southeast Announces 2003 Man And Woman of the Year Finalists

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 26, 2003 – Southeast Missouri State University has chosen 10 finalists for the University’s 2003 Man and Woman of the Year award.

“The Man and Woman of the Year award process recognizes outstanding student leaders who are balanced between academics and their service to the campus and the community,” said Gretchen Weber, assistant director for student involvement.

Candidates for the award are nominated by the University’s student organizations. The nominees must then complete an application, including an essay on leadership. Finalists are selected by a committee of faculty, staff and alumni, who review the applications and interview the contenders.

“This year we had 15 men and 15 women who completed the requirements and were interviewed for Man and Woman of the year,” Weber said.

The 2003 Man and Woman of the Year finalists are:

  • Matt Imgrund, a senior recreation major from O’Fallon, Mo., who is sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon.
  • Adam Schaefer, a junior anthropology major from Fenton, Mo., who is sponsored by Student Government.
  • Travis Stevens, a senior industrial technology major from Freeburg, Ill., who is sponsored by Delta Chi.
  • Jared White, a senior marketing major from Cape Girardeau, Mo., who is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.
  • Brian Whitehead, a senior environmental science major from Boaz, Ky., who is sponsored by Varsity Cross Country.
  • Katie Fink, a junior accounting major from Cape Girardeau, Mo., who is sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega.
  • Laura Hockensmith, a junior marketing major from Manchester, Mo., who is sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi.
  • Carissa Sims, a senior mass communication major from St. Peters, Mo., who is sponsored by Pan-Hellenic Council.
  • Crystal Uhe, a senior psychology major from Alhambra, Ill., who is sponsored by Psi Chi.
  • Sally Muraski, a junior middle school education major from Maryland Heights, Mo., who is sponsored by Emerging Leaders.

“The entire Southeast student population will vote on the winners,” Weber says. The voting will be conducted online from Sept. 29 to 30. This is the first time that voting for the Man and Woman of the Year award will be done online.

The finalists will participate in several Homecoming events, including the Homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. The winners of the Southeast Man and Woman of the Year award will be crowned by Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 4.