Southeast to Honor St. Louis Area Alumni April 2

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 25, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will present the 2009 Southeast Salutes award April 2 to four outstanding alumni from the St. Louis area.

This year’s recipients are Barry Cooper,  chief executive officer of Cooper Consulting; Maggie Eisenhart,  a specialty representative with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, serving the southern Illinois area; Ronald C. Helms, principal of Lindbergh High School; and Robert D. Meyer, chief executive officer of McMO Management, LLC, in St. Louis.

The recipients will be honored at a reception at 6 p.m. at the Viking Hotel and Conference Center, 10709 Watson Rd. in St. Louis. The event is free to alumni and friends of Southeast Missouri State University.

Cooper is a 1981 Southeast graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He received his master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University. Before starting his own company, he was the chief financial officer of The Laclede Group/Laclede Gas Company, Missouri’s largest regulated natural gas provider. 

He is the past chairman of the National Arthritis Foundation Audit Committee and is also very involved with the Lindbergh School District, serving on the Foundation board of directors and as a past board of education member. Cooper also remains involved with Southeast as a member of the University’s Corporate Planning Committee and the Harrison College of Business Alumni Development Board.

Eisenhart is a 1995 Southeast graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.  As a student, Eisenhart was a cheerleader, a scholar athlete and a presidential ambassador.  She received both the Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Student Leader awards.  She was a member of the Greek Honor Society and a student ambassador.

Eisenhart has been with Pfizer for seven years and has received several awards from the company, including the Vice President’s Cabinet award. She is an active member of Southeast’s St. Louis Alumni Chapter, formerly serving as president. 

Helms is a 1971 graduate of Southeast’s education program.  He received master’s degrees from both Southeast and Washington University.  He is currently pursuing a doctor of educational leadership degree from Saint Louis University.

Helms is principal of Lindbergh High School, one of Newsweek’s Top 1,000 Schools.  He was successful in raising attendance above 95 percent, lowering the dropout rate to below 1.3 percent and raising the ACT school composite to the highest in the school’s history.  In 2007, he was named Principal of the Year in the state of Missouri. He is a member of both the National Association of Secondary School Administrators and the Missouri Association of Secondary School Administrators, serving as president this year.

Meyer is a 1974 Southeast graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, majoring in management. His company is developing McAlister’s Delis in the St. Louis market.  He is also a partner in Mariner Electric, Inc., which provides electrical repair to vessels in the marine industry.

While a student at Southeast, Meyer was active in small business administration counseling for businesses in the Bootheel.  He continues to be involved with the University, serving on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Foundation Executive Committee, chair of the Resource Development Committee and serves on the Nominating Committee.  Meyer is also a member of the Southeast Corporate Planning Committee in St. Louis.

For more information on the Southeast Salutes award, contact the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or alumni@semo.edu for more details.