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MACC Honors Alumni and Friends at Annual Banquet

The Parrish family named Outstanding Alumni


Moberly, Mo. – Moberly Area Community College alumni and friends gathered at the annual banquet on Saturday, April 26, at Heartland Banquet Center. In addition to recognizing anniversary classes, the Outstanding Alumni Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Distinguished Service Award were presented.

The Alfred and Hazel Parrish family were recognized as the Outstanding Alumni. Alfred '40 and Hazel (Stockton) '41 were honored posthumously, and their sons, Steve '68 (lower division) and Mike '77 were presented awards.

After graduating from the Moberly lower division in 1968, Steve received a bachelor's degree in 1972 and a juris doctor in 1975 from the University of Missouri.

Steve retired as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Altria Group, Incorporated in 2008, a position he held since 1995. In addition, Steve served as Secretary of the Public Affairs and Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of Altria Group.

Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Steve served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs at Philip Morris Companies; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Philip Morris USA; and numerous other positions covering a range of legal, regulatory and public affairs issues. Before joining Philip Morris, Steve was a partner in the Kansas City law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.

After graduating from MJC in 1977, Mike received his bachelor's degree in 1979 and a juris doctor in 1982, both from the University of Missouri.

Mike is a partner in the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP. The Stinson firm is one of the 100-largest law firms in the U.S., with offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, and Washington, D.C.

Mike moved to Phoenix in 1989 to help prosecute a civil racketeering lawsuit against Charles Keating and others for the failure of Lincoln Savings and Loan, the then-largest S&L failure in U.S. history. Since that time, he has handled cases in Arizona and several other states.

Al passed away in 1998 and Hazel in 2011, but the Parrish family legacy still lives on at MACC. Steve established the Parrish Awards, one for a student and one for a faculty member, in honor of his parents. The $1,000 awards are given annually at graduation.

The student award is based on academic excellence, leadership skills, and community service. The faculty award is presented to an instructor who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching, support of his or her students, and a commitment to community service.

For over fifteen years, the citizen group for Affordable Community Education—or ACE—has been working diligently to expand community college classes in the Hannibal area. Working with MACC, the ACE Board identified a strong need for improved community college access in northeast Missouri. Branson L. Woods, III and Sally Poole are two individuals who have dedicated countless hours of their time, their expertise, and their personal support to this project.

Sally Poole is the owner of Poole Communications, a full-service advertising agency. She holds an associate's degree from MACC and in 2013 completed her bachelor's in international business from Columbia College.

In 2000, Sally became involved with ACE, and the MACC Hannibal Higher Education Center while active in the Hannibal Area Chamber. According to Sally, working with MACC proved to be a wonderful collaboration that grew over the years.

Sally believes strongly in education and life long learning, and she is convinced this single project will change the culture and improve economic development in the region. Sally said it's easy to be passionate and committed when you can envision results that will last for generations.

Branson Wood has been practicing law in Northeast Missouri since 1976 in cases involving serious injury, disability and death.

According to Branson, it was an easy decision for him to become involved with ACE and MACC. He had the opportunity for higher education because others gave and invested in his future and he saw MACC in Hannibal as a step toward making higher education universally available to those in the area. He believes the work on the campus is one of the ways in which he can give back something of value to the whole community.

After seeing the completed facility, Branson felt a sense of great pride that the community had come together. The joy from the ribbon cutting ceremony is surpassed by the joy of seeing the campus filled with students working to fulfill their dreams.

Dr. Jeff Lashley, MACC President, presented Dustin C. Pascoe with the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Pascoe received his B.S. ed. from Missouri State University in 1993 and an M.A. in Literature in 1996. He attended the University of Kentucky for three years working on a PhD.

He came to MACC in 1999 and teaches at the Advanced Technology Center campus in Mexico, and covers a variety of courses, from Composition I to Classical Mythology. He has served as the Division Chair for the Humanities for seven years, and also sits on the General Education Assessment Panel and the Retention Committee.

Inductees to the honorary service organizations of Brother's Ox and NGN were also recognized at the banquet. Brother's Ox was established 1928 and the women's organization, NGN, began in 1935. Each year, MACC faculty members nominate seven men and seven women to become members of the honorary organizations.

The 2014 Brother's Ox inductees are: Brian Riddle from Columbia, Mo.; Aaron Nelson, Jeffrey Lowe, and Jason Boone from Fulton, Mo.; Hunter Atterbury from Keytesville, Mo.; Aaron Barratt from Cairo, Mo., and Dennis Pilsudski from Ashland, Mo.

NGN inductees for 2014 are: Haley Adams and Mariam Yahya from Columbia, Mo.; Mila Moore from Jefferson City, Mo.; Hannah Reed from Harrisburg, Mo.; Karlie Noll from New Cambria, Mo.; Kendra Gladbach from Marceline, Mo.; and Abigail Sailings from Fulton, Mo.

The MACC Alumni Association elected officers to serve through 2016—Jennifer (Brandow) Haynes '98, president; Julia (Fitzwater) Kimmons '13, vice president; Regina (McDonald) Summers '75, secretary/treasurer; and Marla Butts '77, Phi Theta Kappa representative.

Moberly Area Community College is a two-year, nationally accredited college serving 16 counties in central and northeast Missouri. Founded in 1927, MACC now has seven locations and serves over 5500 students each semester in classroom and online experiences. For more information on available degree programs, visit macc.edu.

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MACC President Jeff Lashley (center) presented Stephen (left) and Michael Parrish with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the 2014 MACC Alumni and Friends Banquet on April 26.

IMG 440312014 Brothers Ox Inductees were (from left) Aaron Nelson from Fulton, Mo., Hunter Atterbury from Keytesville, Mo., Aaron Barratt from Cairo, Mo., Jeffrey Lowe from Fulton, Mo., and Brian Riddle from Columbia, Mo.

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2014 NGN Inductees were Haley Adams from Columbia, Mo., Hannah Reed from Harrisburg, Mo., Karlie Noll from New Cambria, Mo., and Kendra Gladbach from Marceline, Mo.

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Dr. Jeff Lashley, MACC president, presented Sally J. Poole and Branson L. Wood, III with the Distinguished Service Award at the 2014 Alumni and Friends Banquet in Moberly. Poole and Wood served for many years on the Affordable Community Education (ACE) Board, which was a vital part of construction of MACC's new facility in Hannibal.

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MACC President Jeff Lashley presented Dustin C. Pascoe, professor of language and literature at the MACC Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Mo., with the Outstanding Faculty award at the 2014 MACC Alumni and Friends Banquet.


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