Southeast Announces 2005 Man and Woman of the Year, Finalists

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 1, 2005 ᾰ Joseph Gordon of Webster Groves, Mo., and Jennifer Clarkston of St. Charles, Mo., were crowned Man and Woman of the Year at Southeast Missouri State University during halftime of Southeast’s Homecoming football game Oct. 29.

Gordon expects to graduate in May with a degree in finance. He was sponsored by the men of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Clarkston is a junior mass communications major and was sponsored by the All University Judicial Board. Southeast recognized the 2005 Man & Woman of the Year and eight other finalists during the halftime ceremony.

Crowning the winners were Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, along with the 2004 Man and Woman of the Year, Nicholas Riordan and Candice Coffey.

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

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 were selected by a committee of faculty, staff and alumni, who reviewed the applications and interviewed the candidates.

“After the judges named the 10 finalists, the entire student body at Southeast had the opportunity to vote for the eventual winners,” Weber said. 

Voting was held online Oct. 24-25.  The finalists participated in several Homecoming events, including the Copper Dome Dinner Oct. 28 and the parade Oct. 29.

“This year we had 16 women and 10 men who completed the requirements and were interviewed for Man and Woman of the Year,” Weber said.

In addition to Gordon and Clarkston, 2005 Man and Woman of the Year finalists were:

  • Amy Brookover, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate in December 2006 with a degree in health management, exercise science option. Brookover was sponsored by Presidential Ambassadors.
  • Kevin Bray, of St. Peters, Mo., will graduate in May with a degree in finance.  He was sponsored by Theta Xi fraternity.
  • Nathan Burch, of Imperial, Mo., will graduate in May with a degree in elementary education. He was sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
  • Rebecca Langan, of St. Louis, is a senior majoring in early childhood education. Langan was sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honor society
  • John Loesel, of Olivette, Mo., is a senior majoring in political science. He was sponsored by Sigma Nu fraternity,
  • Keith Robinson, of Hazelwood, Mo., will graduate in May with a degree in journalism.  He was sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Kelly Wogtech, of Hazelwood, Mo, will graduate in December 2006 with a degree in secondary mathematics education. Wogtech was sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity.
  • Danielle Zust, of Chesterfield, Mo., will graduate in December with a biomedical science degree. She was sponsored Alpha Delta Pi sorority.