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Alumni Awards Banquet

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Fulkerson Center, Missouri Western campus

$40 per person

$320 for a table of eight

Join fellow alumni, faculty, staff and community members as we celebrate outstanding alumni achievement.

6-6:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Conversation

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Dinner and Program

Distinguished Alumni Awards

David Carter ’78, Retired, General Motors, Liberty, MO

James Beesley ’81, Retired U.S. Army Colonel & JROTC Instructor at Central High School, St. Joseph, MO


Distinguished Faculty Award

Thomas Brecheisen, Assistant Professor of Cinema, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO


GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award

Engoma Fataki ’20, Advocate, International Rescue Committee, Washington, D.C.


Herb ’35 & Peggy Iffert Award for Outstanding Service to the University

Dave Summers, Owner of Summer Motors, St. Joseph, MO


Great Griffon Awards

  • Business and Professional Studies – Marta Sansone ’89, Social Studies Teacher, Robidoux Middle School, St. Joseph, MO
  • College of Science and Health – Obie Austin ’95, Student Health and Wellness Administrator/Nurse Practitioner, UMKC Student Health, Raytown, MO
  • College of Liberal Arts – Bryan Alford, Jr. ’12, Owner & Musician, Alford Music, Kansas City, MO


Student Leadership Awards

  • Clifford Hughes ’55 Award – Joshua Rencher ’22
  • Graduating Student of the Year – Arnold Crayton, Jr. ’21