MACC Holds 2016 Alumni & Friends Banquet
The Moberly Area Community College (MACC) Alumni Association hosted their 2016 Alumni & Friends Banquet on Saturday, April 23, with over 120 guests in attendance. The event celebrates the success of MACC's alumni, faculty and the service of community members.
"The banquet was held on Moberly's campus for the first time in recent history," explained Susan Arment, Director of Alumni Services. "This allowed attendees to see recent renovations and experience the talents of the MACC students in a new way."
The event began with a social hour in the Evelyn E. Jorgenson Fine Art Gallery with selections by the MACC Singers under the direction of Assoc. Professor of Music Karen Werner. As the attendees moved to the Alumni Museum, they were entertained through the halls by portrayals of notable figures from MACC's past. Actors brought to life the biographies of Cleo Noel, Kate Stamper Wilhite, Stan Isle, Louise Roach, and two typical students from the 1966 era.
Throughout the evening, members from the classes of 1956, 1966, 1991, and 2006 were recognized for their 60th, 50th, 25th, and 10th anniversaries. Along with a video featuring highlights from MJC's 1965-66 school year, attendees Jean (Hawkins) Jacks, Rodney Loesch, and Shirley (Squires) Loesch from the class of 1966 were recognized.
Herb Lawrence and Carol (Reynolds) Gerhard introduced the 2016-17 inductees to the Brother's Ox and NGN honor organizations. Brothers Ox was established in 1928 as the first honorary service organization of the College and NGN followed soon after. Chosen by faculty each year, seven sophomore men and women are selected based on their service to the College.
Brothers Ox inductees included Eric Dollich (Moberly, MO), Travis Gittemeier (Moberly, MO), Layne Phillips (Atlanta, MO), and Justin Wilson (Moberly, MO). Derek Bracey (Canton, MO), Tyler Huffman (Moberly, MO), and Meatrey Taylor (Columbia, MO) were also inducted into the organization but were unable to be present at the banquet.
NGN inductees included Jaime Clark (Columbia, MO), Azalee Harms (Huntsville, MO), Merjen Nurberdiyeva (Moberly, MO), Abbey Price (Moberly, MO), Zana Robinson (Moberly, MO), and Yoko Lea (Moberly, MO). Emily VanJura (Moberly, MO) was also inducted into the honor organization but was unable to attend the ceremony.
The remainder of the night's program focused on the Alumni Association's 2016 honorees, which included video introductions of each honoree's background and accomplishments.
The 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Angela Walker. Walker is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Assisted Math Coordinator at MACC. She began with MACC in 2004 as an adjunct math instructor and became full-time faculty member in 2008. Angela has also been a past recipient of the Alfred & Hazel Parrish Award. Dr. Lashley presented Walker with her award.
Two Distinguished Service Awards were presented for 2016. The first Distinguished Service Award went to Michele McCall. McCall started at MACC as Support Staff in the Learning Center in 1991. Her roles over the years have included Director of Off-Campus Instruction & Instructional Technology and Dean of Off-Campus Programs & Instructional Technology. In January 2016 McCall was named the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. McCall was presented the award by Dr. Jeff Lashley.
The second Distinguished Service Award recipient was James Musick. A 1960 graduate of MJC, Musick returned in 1972 as the Director of Guidance. Director of Admissions was soon added to his job responsibilities. In 1978 he became the Dean of Student Services. Dean Musick retired in 1992, after 20 years of service to MACC. Currently, Jim assists at MACC's Activity Center with Greyhound events. Musick received his award from President Lashley.
C. J. Pepper, Jr. was the first honoree of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Pepper was a leader on the Greyhound team during his time at MACC, being awarded such honors as All-American and Region 16's Most Valuable Player. Pepper signed with Arkansas State University (ASU) and played basketball there for two years. Pepper played professional basketball as a member of the Washington Generals, New York Nationals, and the Harlem Globetrotters. He later returned to ASU to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in 2005. Pepper has worked for Life Strategies Counseling for over 10 years, serving as the Director of Mental Health Paraprofessionals, and now the Director of Community Relations and Marketing. Kenny Seifert, former Men's Greyhound Head Coach, related some stories of Pepper's character and strengths while coaching him in the late 1990's. Nancy Ketchum, Assoc. Professor of Mathematics, and former Greyhound Academic Advisor, was on hand to present Pepper with his award.
Brad Boyer, from Moberly, is one of two recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award. Boyer started working at local radio station KWIX-KRES while a student at MACC in the mid-1980's. Boyer's passion has always been sports and he has broadcast approximately 2,000 games in his career. He has broadcast the Lady Greyhounds games and has been the voice for Truman University Bulldogs for the last 21 years. Over the years Boyer has won 12 awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association. In 2008 Boyer was the recipient of the Missouri State High School Activities Association's Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Associations' Hall of Fame, located in Springfield in 2015. Boyer is currently Operations Manager at KWIX-KRES-KIRK-KTCM. Dr. Lashley presented Boyer with his award.
Second honoree of a 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award was Andrew Careaga. A Moberly native, Careaga attended Moberly Public Schools. While attending MACC he was the editor for the Greyhound Express and a member of several honors organizations. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1983, he was a general assignment reporter at the Rolla Daily News. In 1986, Careaga was employed by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission as a Communications and Marketing Director. In 1991 he started at what is now known as Missouri Science & Technology (Missouri S & T) as a Senior Communications Specialist. Careaga is currently the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. His professional involvement includes services w/ CASE (the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education. Dr. Lashley presented the evening's final award to Careaga.
MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley stands with the 2016 MACC Alumni award winners including (l-r) Angela Walker (Outstanding Faculty), Andrew Careaga (Outstanding Alumni), James Musick and Michele McCall (Distinguished Service), C. J. Pepper, Jr. (Outstanding Young Alumni), and Brad Boyer (Outstanding Alumni).
2016-17 Brothers Ox honor organization inductees, shown with member Herb Lawrence, included (l-r) Eric Dollich (Moberly, MO), Travis Gittemeier (Moberly, MO), Layne Phillips (Atlanta, MO), and Justin Wilson (Moberly, MO).
2016-17 NGN honor organization inductees, shown with member Carol Gerhard, included (l-r) Yoko Lea (Moberly, MO), Zana Robinson (Moberly, MO), Abbey Price (Moberly, MO), Jaime Clark (Columbia, MO), Merjen Nurberdiyeva (Moberly, MO), and Azalee Harms (Huntsville, MO).