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Students and organizations honored at SOAR Reception

April 10, 2019—The Missouri Western State University Division of Student Affairs recognized students and student organizations that embody the university’s core values at the inaugural Student & Organization Achievement Recognition (SOAR) reception on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. The following students and organizations were recognized by the Division of Student Affairs for their achievements and contributions this year:

2019 Commencement Speakers:

  • Bailey Ketcham, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Eugenia Wallace, Kansas City, Missouri

Outstanding Student Organization Member:

  • Kim Leach; Chillicothe, Missouri; MWSU Geography Club

The Dr. Robert A. Vartabedian President’s Outstanding Leader:

  • Sarah Lee; Savannah, Missouri; National Association for Music Educators – Collegiate

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor:

  • Jordan Atkinson, assistant professor of communication, Communications Club

Student Employee of the Year:

  • Destiny Redmond, Kansas City, Missouri

Dean Hoff Outstanding Achievement Award:

  • Derek Neupauer, Pittsfield, Illinois (Freshman)
  • Mazzie Boyd, Stewartsville, Missouri (Sophomore)
  • Cecilia Tackett, Savannah, Missouri (Junior)
  • Teresa Flaugher, Platte City, Missouri (Senior)

New Program of the Year:

  • My Sigma Valentine, Phi Beta Sigma

Program of the Year:

  • Friendsgiving, Residential Life

Community Service Program of the Year:

  • Colors 4 Carson, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Glenn Marion Community Service Award:

  • Phi Delta Theta

Spirit of the Griffon:

  • Missouri Western Soccer Club

Greek Week Champions:

  • Sigma Sigma Sigma

Fraternity of the Year:

  • Alpha Sigma Phi

Sorority of the Year:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta

Best New Student Organization:

  • MWSU Geography Club

Student Organization of the Year:

  • Organization of Student Social Workers

For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Vincent Bowhay, Career Development Director, at

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