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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 13, 2010) – Texas academicians Susan and Steven Beebe, business leader and longtime educator Clifton A. Baile, and a successful manufacturing leader from India, Shree Loya, are earning praise from the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association. They will receive the association’s highest honor during the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday, Oct. 22.
The dinner is part of the university’s annual Homecoming celebration. It begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Elliott Union. Festivities are being coordinated by the UCM Office of Alumni Relations and Development with a registration deadline of Oct. 15. During the event, Susan ’73 and Steven Beebe ’72, ’73 and Baile ’62 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. The 2010 International Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Loya ’74.
A former Warrensburg resident, Clifton A. Baile, Athens, Ga., has spent 28 years in academia, including serving in positions at two Ivy League universities, and 17 years in industry. His career curriculum vitae includes many seminars and symposia throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Israel, Russia and Australia. His achievements include more than 300 abstracts, 350 journal articles, 18 patents and $50 million in research and faculty grants. As the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Agricultural Biotechnology at the University of Georgia, Baile has leveraged a heightened understanding of transferring research results to industry. During his research at Harvard, Pennsylvania and Georgia universities, he focused on controls of food intake and obesity, specializing in biotechnology.
Baile helped found eight biotech companies and is the current CEO of InsectiGen Inc. and AptoTec Inc. His industrial experience includes titles of distinguished fellow and director of research and development for Monsanto, and manager of research for SmithKline and French
Even though Baile has experienced life on many campuses during his career, his deepest ties are to UCM. His family also has deep roots in Warrensburg. The 1962 agriculture and business graduate practically grew up on Central Missouri’s campus, attending the university’s lab school starting in first grade and on through College High. His two sisters, brother and numerous cousins graduated from College High. His wife of 50 years, Beth, attended UCM, and completed two degrees at the University of Missouri. His son, Christopher, graduated from UCM in 2000. His father, Harold F. Baile, graduated from College High in 1926. Baile owns a portion of the family farm just outside Warrensburg.
Susan and Steven Beebe
Susan and Steven Beebe, who first met as members of the Talking Mules debate team, went on to find careers in higher education, and are currently on the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos. As Central Missouri debaters, they talked about writing a public speaking textbook together. Forty years later, it is a bestseller used in college classrooms throughout the country, including at UCM.
At Texas State, Susan serves as director of lower-division studies for the Department of English, and Steve is regents and university distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Since their first book, they have collaborated on many communication studies textbooks and received countless awards. Susan was honored in 2009 with the Teaching Award of Honor from the Texas State Alumni Association. In 2005, she received the Texas State University College of Liberal Arts “Golden Apple” Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her leadership in building a volunteers in public school program resulted in her being honored as a State of Texas Friend of Education by the Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association.
Steve has been a visiting scholar at both Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Central America. He was named Outstanding Communication Professor in America by the National Speakers Association and was selected as the first Regents’ Professor in the Texas State University System. He recently was named president-elect of the National Communication Association, the oldest and largest communication association in the world.
Shree Prakash Loya
Shree Prakash Loya
From his college days at the University of Central Missouri, Loya embraced the heart of the American dream: that by working hard, there was no limit to what he could achieve. He returned to his homeland of India determined to succeed in business with his one solid asset, the Master of Business Administration degree that he earned in 1974 from UCM. He quit his job, which paid him $100 a month, and developed partners who loaned him money to start his company.
The biscuit (or cookie as we know them in America) manufacturing industry that Loya embraced is now the third largest in the world, second only to the United States and China. In the past three decades, Loya opened five cookie manufacturing plants in different parts of India. He currently owns and operates two of them, employing about 600 people and producing about 130 tons of cookies a day. He’s manufactured cookies for some of the world’s largest brands, such as Kellogg’s, Britannia and GlaxoSmithKline. His business ventures also include furniture, engineering goods, and imports/exports of vegetable oil, cocoa and ventilation equipment.
His colleagues attribute his success to his innovative ideas, analytical skills and work ethic. Loya insists that UCM had a profound impact on both his abilities and attitudes, especially in his exposure to Western culture and free enterprise market ideals.