Southeast Student Awarded Lorberg Medal



April 29, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University student LaChrisha Landsberg, daughter of Chris and Christy Landsberg of Clinton, Mo., received the M. G. Lorberg Jr. Medal April 26 during the College of Liberal Arts’ student recognition event.

The Lorberg Medal, established in 1998, recognizes students who excel academically as well as in service to the University and the greater community.  The Department of Communication Studies faculty unanimously selected Landsberg for the award based on her superb academic record and her generous service to the community and the University.

Landsberg will graduate from Southeast this

May with a double major in communication studies and political science.  She has maintained a remarkable 3.97 grade point average, will graduate summa cum laude, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi – the oldest and largest collegiate honor society.  She will also graduate from the Jane Stephens Honors Program.

Landsberg has served as a tutor with the University’s Learning Assistance Program for several years.  She is a justice on the All University Judicial Board.  She is a founding member and the current vice president of Phi Alpha Delta, a Pre-Law Fraternity.  Additionally, Landsberg is the assistant director of the National Residence Hall Honorary.  Most recently, she provided service within the Department of Communication Studies by coordinating the Coffee and Conversation series at a local student-gathering venue.  She served as a speech tutor in the Speakers’ Lab for two semesters; assisted a department professor with a research paper, which was presented at a regional conference; and provided the speech of introduction for the annual Emil C. Weis lecture in

March – with more than 150 attendees.

Landsberg and her fiancé, Private First Class Jeffery Gray, on active duty with the U.S. Army, plan to wed in June.  Following their nuptials, she will enter law school in the fall and plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

M. G. Lorberg Jr. was the first graduate awarded a degree as a speech major, in 1942, from Southeast. He went on to teach at the University, and from 1967 until his death in 1982, he served as chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre.