Southeast Announces 2004 Man and Woman of the Year Finalists

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004 — Southeast Missouri State University has chosen 10 finalists for the University’s 2004 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 or athletic teams.  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 18 women who completed the requirements and were interviewed for Man and Woman of the Year,” Weber said.

The 2004 Man and Woman of the Year finalists are:

• Dan Frierdich, a senior mass communication major from Belleville, Ill., who is sponsored by Student Activities Council.

• Dane Huxel, a junior manufacturing engineering major from Washington, Mo., who is sponsored by Student Government.

• Jake Risk, a senior human environmental studies major from St. Louis, who is sponsored by Sigma Nu Fraternity.

• John Taylor, a senior agribusiness major from Cape Girardeau, who is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.

• Nick Riordan, a senior finance major from St. Louis, who is sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha.

• Amanda Trainor, a senior political science major from Caruthersville, Mo., who is sponsored by the All-University Judicial Board.

• Candice Coffey, a senior biology major from Chilhowee, Mo., who is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta.

• Jen Cross, a senior exceptional child major from Wildwood, Mo., who is sponsored by Student Athlete Mentors.

• Natalie Renn, a senior mass communication major from Jefferson City, Mo., who is sponsored by Gamma Phi Beta.

• Teresa Layton, a senior marketing major from Perryville, Mo., who is sponsored by Delta Delta Delta.

 “The entire Southeast student population will vote on the winners,” Weber says.  The voting will be conducted online from October 18 to 19.”

The finalists will participate in several Homecoming events, including the Homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m.  The winners of the Southeast Man and Woman of the Year award will be crowned by Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 30.