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Great Times at the MACC Alumni & Friends Banquet

The Moberly Area Community College Alumni Association hosted its annual Alumni & Friends Banquet on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Heartland Banquet Center, celebrating 85 years of College history.

Over 60 alumni, spouses and friends, including representatives from the anniversary classes of 1952 and 1962 were on hand to travel through a history of MACC and Moberly. Attendees perused special displays provided by the MACC Alumni Museum, Randolph County Historical Society and JW & Linda Ballinger. Hidden within each display were answers to trivia questions revealed throughout the evening.

Following dinner there was a short business meeting to elect new officers for 2012-2014, recognition of special guests, anniversary classes and the traditional Roll Call of classes by decades.

This year’s anniversary classes were:

  • 1952 (60 years)
  • 1962 (50 years)
  • 1987 (25 years)
  • 2002 (10 years)

The new Alumni Association officers are:

  • President: Molly Nuhn (’94)
  • First vice president: Melanie Brownfield (’94)
  • Secretary/treasurer: Regina Summers (’75)
  • Immediate past president: Linda Ballinger (’69)
  • Phi Theta Kappa representative: Marla Butts (’77)

Each year, the Alumni Association presents various awards to alumni, faculty and members of the community. This year’s Awards for Distinguished Service were presented to Joan Casleton and Dennis Cupp.

Joan Casleton joined the MACC Board of Trustees in 1992 as the first female board member. She remained on the board for twenty years, serving as Secretary and President during her tenure, and retired in 2012. She provided leadership and direction through a College Presidential transition, long-reaching changes in programs and technology, and site expansion. Casleton is Risk Mananger for Orscheln Industries and has been with the company for 27 years. She will be the speaker at the 2012 MACC Commencement in May. Board of Trustees President Greg Walker presented the award to Casleon on behalf of the Alumni Association.

Dennis Cupp served the city of Moberly for over 30 years, retiring as Chief of Police in June 2010. He passed away in March 2011. Throughout his career, Cupp was an avid supporter of the MACC Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC). Among many other qualifications, he was a Certified Generalist Police Instructor in the State of Missouri through the Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST), an Adjunct Instructor at the LETC and had served as Vice-Chair of the College’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Alumni Past President Jeff Lawrence presented the award to Linda Cupp and sons Kyle & Kris.

Alumni Director Scott McGarvey presented the Outstanding Alumni award to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Kevin Coates. An MACC LETC graduate in 2003, Coates is the training officer for Marion County and has taken the lead on developing their SWAT team. Over the years, Coates has represented his department and the LETC program with pride and professionalism, consistently proving to be a reliable, balanced member of law enforcement in Northeast Missouri. He is married to Kimberly Coates, a 1998 MACC Education program graduate. They have a two-year-old son.

MACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson presented Professor Susan Burden with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Since 1985, Burden has taught computer & business classes in a variety of venues, including as a Microsoft Authorized Trainer in Overland Park, KS. Since joining MACC in 2003, she has been a tremendous asset to the Business and Office Technology program and has provided leadership in a variety of roles. Outside the classroom, Burden serves as the advisor for the Greyhound and Lady Greyhound athletes, providing guidance and advice far beyond the scholastic scope.

The annual banquet joins MACC College alumni, those who graduated from the High School (or “Lower Division”) before 1968, as well as friends who have supported the institution throughout the years.

Fore more details on becoming an active part of the MACC Alumni Association, contact Scott McGarvey at 660.263.4100 (ext 11550) or at

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