2012 MLK Community Service Awards Presented at Chamber Luncheon
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 12, 2012) –Community leaders and organizations were recognized for their contributions to their communities as part of the University of Central Missouri’s 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration as UCM joined the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in presenting the MLK Community Service Awards at the chamber’s monthly luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Recipients of the 2012 MLK Community Service Awards were, front row, right to left, Erica Collins; Maryjane Manley and Bonnie Seymour with the Leeton Bulldog Express community store; and John Culp and his wife, Sandy. Standing behind is Rick Sluder, UCM assistant provost for enrollment management, who presented the awards
Receiving the Leadership Award was the Leeton Bulldog Express community store. In 2009 students at Leeton High School opened a small grocery store in a former bank building in downtown Leeton as a hands-on project in business. Two years later, the store, which is operated and managed by Leeton High School students under the supervision of faculty, has been featured on network television, in trade publications and in a marketing textbook. The store continues to provide a service to the community. Accepting the award on behalf of the Leeton Bulldog Express were faculty advisors Bonnie Seymour and Maryjane Manley.
Receiving the Humanitarian Award was Erica Collins. Already a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Johnson County, Collins stepped up during the past year and assumed the role of chair of Johnson County Cares, a coalition of local organizations and individuals seeking the resources to offer assistance to the homeless in Johnson County. Through her guidance, foresight and determination, the community now has a homeless shelter, located at 136 W. Culton, to provide immediate, short term assistance while Johnson County Cares continues to work to provide long-term solutions for the homeless in our community.
Receiving the Robbie Robinson Service Award was John Culp. A native of Warrensburg and Johnson County, John Culp believes in giving back to the community he calls home. A career educator, John is a graduate of UCM and was a teacher, coach and administrator in the Warrensburg R-VI School District prior to his retirement. Since 2006 he has served the University of Central Missouri as program development and retention coordinator for UCM athletics. He also had served his community as a member of the Warrensburg City Council, president of the Warrensburg Lions Club, and in a variety of leadership roles with the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg. He has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and he has served as a member of the UCM Alumni Association board of directors. John has been an athletic counselor annually at Missouri Boys State on the UCM campus, and he has served as a member of the City of Warrensburg Children’s Memorial committee. He and his wife, Sandy, also have been strong advocates for legislation enabling assistance for treatment of eating disorders in Missouri.