Six Southeast Alumni Receive Young Alumni Merit Award


Photo of Kenneth W. Dobbins, Tracey Glenn, and Mike Price

From left are Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Tracey Glenn, a Young Alumni Merit Award recipient; and Mike Price, president of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.


May 14, 2007 – The Alumni Association of Southeast Missouri State University honored six alumni May 12 with the University’s 2007 Young Alumni Merit Award.

Alumni receiving the award were Cindy Mobley of St. Peters, Mo.; Andrew Brice Comstock of Sikeston, Mo.; Cynthia Fox of Tucson, Ariz.; Tracey Glenn of Jefferson City, Mo.; Nathan Springer of St. Paul, Minn.; and Mary Katherine Landewee of Chaffee, Mo.

The Young Alumni Merit Award is given annually to honor those alumni under the age of 37 who have brought distinction to the University through professional growth, service and individual character. Each academic college at Southeast honors a distinguished young alumna or alumnus by presenting them with the Young Alumni Merit Award. This year’s recipients graduated from Southeast between 1992 and 2000.

The recipients were honored at Southeast’s commencement exercises and served as an honorary marshal for their respective college. They received their awards at a luncheon preceding the commencement ceremony.

The recipients and the college presenting each award were as follows:

Harrison College of BusinessCindy Mobley of St. Peters, Mo., has held several positions with Maritz over a 10-year period and is currently a product development manager. In this position, she is responsible for creating and formalizing new research techniques and product offerings to support the Maritz Research organization and its clients. During her tenure with Maritz, she has worked with both the Maritz International and North American Operations groups. She received her bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in marketing in 1995.

College of EducationAndrew Brice Comstock is currently the principal of Sikeston Junior High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree in 1994 and his master of arts degree in secondary administration in 2000. Comstock started his career teaching science and coaching football and track, and became an administrator in 2000.

College of Health and Human ServicesCynthia Fox of Tucson, Ariz., received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders in 1992.  She has since earned her master’s and doctoral degrees and has become a world expert in LSVT speech treatment in people with Parkinson’s Disease.  She is currently a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech, a research lecturer in the Department of Neurology at the University of Arizona–Tucson, and executive vice president of the LSVT Foundation.

College of Liberal ArtsTracey Glenn of Jefferson City, Mo., received a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication in 1995. She recently accepted a new position with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce as the new director of conference development.  Prior to that, Glenn served for nearly 10 years as the public information officer for the City of Cape Girardeau.

College of Science and MathematicsNathan Springer of St. Paul, Minn., received a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology in 1997 and has since earned a doctoral degree in plant biology. While working toward the doctorate, he was the U.S.D.A. National Needs Fellow, and he has done post-doctoral research on two grants from the National Science Foundation.  He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota.

School of Polytechnic StudiesMary Katherine Landewee is an area precision agriculture specialist with MFA Agri Services in Chaffee, Mo.  She received her bachelor of science degree in agribusiness in 1997.  In 2000, Landewee became a certified crop advisor with the American Society of Agronomy. She was the first female MFA employee to achieve this certification.  Her current role places the precision agriculture activities of four area locations under her command.

Photo of Young Alumni Merit Winners

Recipients of the 2007 Young Alumni Merit Award are, from left, Cynthia Fox, Mary Katherine Landewee, Cindy Mobley, Tracy Glenn and Andrew Brice Comstock.