Eight to Receive Distinguished Service Award from Southeast Alumni Association


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2013 — The Alumni Association at Southeast Missouri State University will honor eight individuals with Distinguished Service Awards during Homecoming festivities Oct. 26.

Recipients will be Don and Saundra Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., founder and chief executive officer of Kaiser Midwest and homemaker respectively; Marsha Haskell, regional director-external affairs with AT&T Missouri; Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN, of Cape Girardeau, chief nurse emeritus of Southeast Missouri Hospital, now SoutheastHealth; Reginald Dickson of St. Louis, chairman and chief executive officer of St. Louis-based BYW Investment Advisors, Inc.; Dr. Fred and Mary Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld of Springfield, Va., retired executive director and technical director of the Office of Naval Research, and retired founder of the Career College Research Center in Burke, Va., respectively; and Steven Schneider of Jackson, Mo., first vice president of Investments and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus in Cape Girardeau.

Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals who have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the University.

The awards will be given at an All Alumni Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. Cost of the breakfast is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259 or emailing agrissom@semo.edu.Don and Saundra Felty Crader

Don and Saundra Felty Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., are semi-retired and spend most of their time with family, fishing and taking care of the landscape. Saundra has been mainly a stay-at-home mother, spending her time raising their children and assisting them in their school and church activities.

In 1960, Don Crader was one of only three dealers in Missouri and Illinois selling Stihl Chainsaws, which were an unknown name in the timber industry at that time. He made the decision to become a distributor and set out into the two-state territory setting up dealers. He carried saws in the trunk of his car, and the business grew as the product line increased with more chainsaw models and outdoor power equipment.

Today, Kaiser Midwest services more than 1,000 Stihl dealers in six states with a 55,000-square-foot warehouse and offices in Marble Hill and a 108,000-square-foot warehouse and offices in McKinney, Texas. Kaiser Midwest is the world’s third largest distributor for Stihl. Don Crader is the father of four children, three of whom are the executive officers of Kaiser Midwest: Stan Crader, president; Val Crader, vice president; and Rebecca Hurst, executive secretary. Three grandsons are now involved in the company in the Missouri and Texas locations. His daughter, Teresa Basnett, is a nurse in Fulton, Mo.

Saundra Crader is the mother of three sons: Randy, Tom and Dean Sawyer. Don and Saundra Crader have 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

The Craders say they have been pleased to become closely involved with Southeast students in recent years. They have provided support and made possible the summer education program for Redhawks men’s basketball and provided an endowment as well as many scholarships for many students from Bollinger County and across the state of Missouri to study at Southeast. They have also participated with other family members in establishing the Crader Family Lecture in History with Dr. Wayne Bowen, chair of the Department of History, which has brought well known speakers to Southeast and establishing the Crader Endowment for American Values annual Book Prize. Don and Saundra Crader say they have enjoyed their many relationships with coaches, faculty and, especially, students as a result of these gifts.

Reginald Dickson

Reginald Dickson is chairman and chief executive officer of St. Louis-based BYW Investment Advisors, Inc. BYW is a multi-cultural, minority-controlled firm that reverse-tithes to charity the fees it earns helping clients achieve investment objectives.

BYW is the second investment firm Dickson has helped launch. In 1995, he co-founded St. Louis’ first minority-owned asset management firm. From 1982-1992, he was president and chief executive officer of INROADS, an organization that connects minority college students with summer internships and corporate mentoring programs across the nation.

Dickson currently serves on the board of directors of Huntington Preferred Capital Inc. and is a former director of First American Bank (now Regions Bank) and Dollar General Corporation. He is a regent of Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) and served as a regent at Southeast Missouri State University from 2004-2011.

Dickson has bachelor’s degrees from Harris-Stowe Teachers College and Washington University in St. Louis. He is within three credit hours of earning a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University.

Dickson lives in St. Louis with his wife of 45 years, Illona White Dickson, a bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. The couple has three children: Kia Jeffrey; Brandon, a senior at HSSU; and Rachel, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kia’s daughter, Nia, is a sophomore at Southeast and on the Dean’s List.

Marsha Haskell

Marsha Haskell graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in English. She began her 34-year career in telecommunications with Southwestern Bell. Haskell has held a variety of positions with the telecom company throughout Missouri. She was the first female in southeast Missouri to hold a foreman’s position of installation and repair units. Other assignments included positions in Springfield and St. Louis, where she managed labor relations, billing and collection units, and sales centers, and handled regulatory filings with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, Competitive Analysis and Emerging Technologies. She currently manages the legislative, regulatory and community relations responsibilities for AT&T in Jefferson County and in southeast and southwest Missouri.

Haskell has served or is currently serving on the board of the following organizations: American Red Cross, Beacon Health Center, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Otakhi Council, Jackson Chamber of Commerce, P.E.O. Chapter FY, RSVP/VIC, Rural Restoration Adopt Ministry, SoutheastHealth Foundation, Southeast Missouri State University Wellness Program, Southeast Missouri University Foundation, KRCU, Work Force Investment, and Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Area Foundation.

She is the daughter of Hugh and Estella Barron. Cape Girardeau is her hometown where she married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Dale Haskell, who is a professor of English at the University. They have four boxers, Moses, Zeke, Zoey and Tasha.

Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN

Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN, graduated from Jackson High School and Barnes Hospital School of Nursing as an outstanding alumna before earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State, where she was also named an outstanding alumna. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in psychological counseling from Southeast and a doctorate in education from The University of Memphis.

Hendrickson has been active at Southeast Missouri State University for many years. She is the recipient of an Alumni Merit Award and served as president of the College of Health and Human Services Advisory Board. She also served on the Department of Nursing Advisory Board and established the partnership between the University and Southeast Missouri Hospital (now SoutheastHealth) to establish the Campus Health Clinic. She also visioned the partnership with the University and then Southeast Missouri Hospital to establish the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing. She has participated on search committees for the dean of the College of Health and Human Services and for the chair of the Department of Nursing. She has served as president of the Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau chapter.

Hendrickson has traveled to China as a participant in Southeast’s effort to establish a Health Management Exchange with Shanghai, China Universities. She also was part of a contingency in 1992 that visited Maastricht, The Netherlands, to lecture on American nursing. She also has hosted University international students in her home, along with high school students from Spain and Argentina, and served as a host mother for a nursing student from Turkey.

She is a founding member of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy and has hosted a fund raiser for an instrument initiative in the Department of Music.

She served as president of the Missouri State Board of Nursing and has been named an Outstanding Missourian by the House of Representatives, Woman of Achievement by Zonta of Cape Girardeau and Otahki Girl Scout Council Woman of the Year. She was president of the Missouri Organization of Nurse Executives; has presented a paper on nursing in Geneva, Switzerland; and is the founding director of the Cape Girardeau School of Practical Nursing. Hendrickson led Southeast Missouri Hospital to become designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Association, which is nursing’s highest honor with only two percent of hospitals worldwide earning this designation. She retired from SoutheastHealth in 2011 as vice president and chief nursing officer, having been given the honorary title of chief nurse emeritus.

Hendrickson served as vice chairman of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Chateau Girardeau Retirement Community Board of Directors, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Board of Directors and the Grace United Methodist Church Staff/Parish Committee.

Hendrickson and her husband, Jim, have two sons, Rhett (Jennifer) and Ryan, and a granddaughter, Madeline. Hendrickson is the daughter of Mrs. Rusby Crites of Jackson, Mo.

Dr. Fred and Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld

Dr. Fred and Mary Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld are retired residents of Virginia with long ties to Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Saalfeld graduated cum laude from Southeast in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science with majors in chemistry, physics and mathematics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees with a major in physical chemistry with minors in inorganic chemistry and mathematics from Iowa State University.

Dr. Saalfeld is retired executive director and technical director of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) where he was responsible for the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology program, including basic research, exploratory and advanced technology development conducted in federal and private laboratories, academia and industry. He is currently serving as a private consultant to several institutions.

Over his lengthy career, Dr. Saalfeld has been director and associate director of ONR, where he was responsible for the Navy’s $220 million contract research program, largely conducted at universities, the Navy’s basic research effort and corporate laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory.

He joined the Naval Research Laboratory in 1962, where he conducted and directed research in physical chemistry. He later headed the Mass Spectrometry Section, where his research led to the innovative systems for atmospheric monitoring and life support now widely used in nuclear submarines, firefighting gear, spacecraft and other equipment using re-circulated air. He also has directed the Physical Chemistry Branch and been superintendent of the Chemistry Division. He also was chief scientist and scientific director of the Office of Naval Research Branch Office in London and was acting associate director of research for material science and component technology, directing more than 900 scientists and a $90 million program.

Dr. Saalfeld is a charter member of the Senior Executive Service under President Carter. In 1986, President Reagan conferred on him the Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive. In 1989, President Bush conferred on him the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank; and in 1996, President Clinton bestowed on him the same title. Along with many other honors, Dr. Saalfeld has been the recipient of Southeast Missouri State University’s Alumni Merit Award.

He has authored or co-authored hundreds of research papers, reports and presentations, and is active in many scientific societies.

Mrs. Saalfeld graduated in 1954 from Central High School in Cape Girardeau, where she was the valedictorian. She began her education at Southeast Missouri State University, where she met her husband, Dr. Saalfeld. Because Southeast did not offer a medical technology degree, she transferred to the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where she received a Bachelor of Science.

After working three years as a medical technologist, Mrs. Saalfeld became a stay-at-home mother, volunteering with the Fairfax, Va., school system. In 1977, she launched a high school Career College Research Center where she was employed until her retirement in 1999.

The Saalfeld’s son, Fred Jr., passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis in 1993, and they endowed the Fred E. Saalfeld Family Scholarship for physically handicapped and deaf students to attend Southeast Missouri State University. The Saalfelds have enabled more than 20 students to attend Southeast.

They also have pledged to contribute to the renovation of Academic Hall and will have a suite of rooms, called the “Renner Saalfeld Rooms,” that bear their name. Mrs. Saalfeld is the author of “Remembering Phillip and Ruthie” with a focus on regional history published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

In addition to her literary talents, Mrs. Saalfeld is an avid quilter who designed and made a quilt with a St. Louis Cardinals baseball team theme that includes photographs from the 1946 through the 2006 teams. The quilt was donated to the University and presented by the Saalfelds to Southeast President and Mrs. Ken Dobbins at Busch Stadium in 2008. The quilt currently hangs in Southeast’s Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center.

Steven Schneider

Steven Schneider, of Jackson, Mo., graduated from Southeast in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in management and minor in economics. He was active in campus clubs and organizations, was a member of Delta Chi fraternity and served as Student Government president from 1977-1978.

After graduating from Southeast, Schneider began his career with Ralston Purina Company and was moved four times in three years. During his move to Centralia, Ill., he met his future wife, Judy Wollenweber, whom he married in 1981. Schneider has worked in the financial services industry for the past 30 years. Currently, he is the first vice president of investments and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus in Cape Girardeau.

Schneider has served on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board since 2001 and is currently a member of the President’s Council. He has endowed two scholarships at Southeast. He was also instrumental in starting the Cape West Rotary Club/ Southeast Missouri State University Scholarship Event. The event has awarded more than $800,000 in immediate scholarships to students since 2000.

Schneider is currently active in both the Jackson and Cape Girardeau communities. He is a 30- year member of the Jackson Optimist Club, a 29-year member of the Cape West Rotary Club, an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson and an ambassador for Lutheran Family and Children’s Services. He and his wife are the parents of three children, Casey, Joseph and the late Jacob Schneider.