Six to Be Honored with Distinguished Service Award



Oct. 15, 2004 – The Alumni Association of Southeast Missouri State University will honor six individuals with Distinguished Service Awards during Homecoming festivities Oct. 30.

Recipients will be Marvin Strunk of Glencoe, Ill.; Jane McNeely Bruns of Rockville, Md.; Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Dr. Tony Barringer of Cape Coral, Fla.; Hee-chiat Chew of Hong Kong; and Mariko Yoshiya of Japan.

The Distinguished Service Awards, which are being given for the third time, are presented to individuals who attended Southeast and have made lasting contributions to the University and their communities, said Jane Stacy, director of alumni services and development.

“Each of these people have brought distinction to the University and remain active in the life of the University,” she said.

The awards will be given at the All Alumni Breakfast scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in the Student Recreation Center South.

Tickets are $9 per person. To purchase a ticket or for more information on the awards, call the Alumni Association at (573) 651-2259.

StrunkA Cape Girardeau native, Strunk attended Southeast for two years before transferring to Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He continued his education at Harvard University, earning a master’s degree in business administration.

Strunk retired from a 31-year career in the banking and financial service industries in 1988. Prior to his retirement, he served as president and chief executive officer of Madison Bank and Trust Company in Chicago. Currently, he spends time lecturing on banking and small business management in Russia and Vietnam, as well as locations across the United States.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Strunk is involved in many civic, professional and charitable organizations and has served as a tutor in Chicago Public High Schools for eight years.

BrunsBruns attended Southeast for one semester before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed her bachelor of arts degree.

Bruns, a former political consultant, co-established one of the leading political consulting firms in the country, which handled presidential campaigns for Hubert Humphrey and Jimmy Carter. She also taught political science at Webster University in St. Louis.

In addition, Bruns appeared on cable television talk shows in St. Louis and Atlanta, and has been involved with community theatre groups since her time at Southeast. While attending Southeast, she starred in the musical “Good News,” and she currently performs with Little Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area.

KinderKinder is currently president pro-tem of the Missouri State Senate and a candidate for lieutenant governor of Missouri. Kinder attended Southeast from 1975 to 1977 before continuing his education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

Kinder was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1992. He currently serves on five senatorial committees, four joint committees and the commission on local government.

In the past, he has served as associate publisher, assistant to the president and columnist at the Southeast Missourian newspaper, as well as an attorney and real estate representative for Drury Industries. Kinder also successfully managed Bill Emerson’s first campaign for Congress in 1980 and then served on Congressman Emerson’s Washington, D.C. staff for three years.

Kinder has received numerous awards for his participation in civic, professional and charitable organizations and causes.

BarringerBarringer graduated from Southeast in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He continued his education, earning a master’s degree in public administration from Southeast in 1988 and a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University.

Currently, Barringer is an associate professor in the Division of Criminal Justice at Florida Gulf Coast University. In the past, he has held teaching positions at Southeast Missouri State University and the College of Lake County in Illinois.

Barringer has also served in the U.S. Army, as a principal juvenile intensive probation officer, a principal detention officer, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters delinquency coordinator, a mental health technician, a senior youth counselor, and in drug enforcement. 

Barringer also serves his community as coordinator for the Intensive Case Monitor program, which pairs criminal justice students with delinquents in the juvenile system.

YoshiyaYoshiya, a Japanese television personality and chief executive officer of Nutri-Cooking, Inc., attended Southeast from 1985 to 1987, taking courses in English, food and nutrition. In the past, Yoshiya also studied at Notre Dame Women’s University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1975, and Le Cordon Bleu.

After returning to Japan, she taught an international culinary class at the culinary school Ecole De Cuisine Egami, and served as a lecturer at Yomiuri-Japanese Television Cultural Center before founding her own company, Nutri-Cooking, Inc., in 2001. Yoshiya’s company specializes in creating healthy lifestyles and delicious, yet nutritious menus with a focus on disease prevention. She serves as a nutritional consultant for corporations and organizations and as a nutritional expert for broadcast and print media, in addition to lecturing and teaching culinary classes.

Yoshiya also has hosted her own television cooking show in Japan.

ChewChew graduated from Southeast with bachelor’s degrees in cello performance and computer science in 1994. He went on to earn a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of South Carolina in 1996.

An accomplished conductor and composer, Chew’s works are appreciated throughout Asia. Currently, he is assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. In the past, Chew has served as music director of the Professional Cultural Center Orchestra of Malaysia, during which time the orchestra nearly doubled in size and expanded its repertoire to include contemporary and premiere works. He also has conducted highly-acclaimed joint orchestra concerts in Singapore and Hong Kong and collaborated with a sought-after conductor in two sold-out concerts.

Chew has received several awards for his compositions, including the Outstanding Composition Award in the 2002 Chinese Music Competition.