Africana Studies Center location:
Martin 221, UCM
October 28-30: Missouri Statewide 2005 hosted by ABC Gospel Choir and Africana Studies
M.L. King Awards Presented At Annual Recognition Luncheon
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Adolph, recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
Award, and Walt Hicklin
As part of Central Missouri State University’s annual celebration
in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., community leaders and
local organizations were honored at a special awards luncheon Wednesday,
This is the fifth year for the presentation of the awards and the
second year they have been presented at the chamber’s monthly
luncheon. The awards were initiated in 1999 to celebrate the King’s
legacy and the principles for which he stood.
The luncheon was served at the White Rose Pavilion in conjunction
with the monthly luncheon sponsored by the Greater Warrensburg Area
Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
Walt Hicklin and Jessie Adolph received the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leadership Award. The award is presented to an individual or organization
that demonstrates good character, the ability to lead diverse ethnic
groups toward common goals, and is a positive role model to others.
Hicklin is the assistant vice president for student affairs and chief
judicial officer at Central. Prior to his administrative career, he
was head Mules football coach, and he currently is a professional
Hicklin works with Central’s student retention program -- a
program recognized as a national model of student effectiveness.
He spends personal time with each student, working out an
individual plan by which to raise grades. His concern for his students
is reflected in the respect they afford him.
Hicklin also is the coordinator of the American Legion Missouri Boys
State hosted by Central each summer. He is a member of the Warrensburg
Rotary Club and has served as a member and president of the Warrensburg
R-VI School District.
Jessie Adolph is a full-time Central student majoring in English with
a minor in African Studies. He is a non-traditional student, husband
and father to two children.
Adolph, who is from St. Louis, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
and Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. He works in the Office
of Community Engagement, is an officer and founding member of the
Africana Studies Club, and works on the Beyond Words and Unity Week
He was chosen to represent Central at the annual Governor’s
Conference on Faith and Values and is a McNair Scholar. On his own
initiative, Adolph planned and facilitated the “Rock the Vote”
program at Central, during which 116 students registered to vote.
He also hosted a public discussion on the topic “Both Sides
of Black: Issue of Colorism.”
Kristie Brinkley and Ralph Bardgett received the Robbie Robinson Service
Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that demonstrate
enhancement of, understanding and appreciation for diversity, as well
as work in group or individual activities that bring the Warrensburg
and Central communities together.
Brinkley is coordinator of volunteer services and non-traditional
student services at Central. She works with Central students in identifying
volunteer opportunities and placements in the localcommunity. She
advises the Central Community Leaders, a
student organization focused on service and volunteerism that works
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Scholarship Dinner coat check
Brinkley also advises Central’s Breakers organization, a group
of students who spend spring break in another state working on a Habitat
for Humanity building project. Out of her office at Central, she also
organizes the annual Volunteer Fair and several blood drives on the
Central campus. She is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Planning Committee and the Johnson County Habitat for Humanity Board
Ralph Bardgett, a retired member of Central’s Department of
Communication faculty, is involved in the operation of the Warrensburg
Food Center, the Community Clothes Closet, the Warrensburg Christian
Social Concerns Commission, the local Christmas Store, and serves
as the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Director of Lectors.
Bardgett has provided consistent leadership for the Food Center board
concerning the monthly allotments benefiting low-income and poverty
level citizens of Johnson County. He also was a moving force in acceptance
of financial responsibility for the Clothes Closet by the Food Center
Board of Directors.
The Rev. Jeff Arp and Survival Adult Abuse Center, Inc., received
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards.
Arp has been the pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Warrensburg
since 1997. He serves on the Warrensburg R-VI Board of Education and
the Warrensburg Rotary Club Board of Directors, and is a member of
the Warrensburg Lions Club, Bridge Builders, the Martin Luther King,
Jr. Celebration Planning Committee and the Warrensburg Chamber of
He serves as chaplain for the Warrensburg Fire and Police departments,
after founding the program for both departments, as
well as the Salvation Army. He is a past president of the Warrensburg
Ministerial Alliance and is a coach with the Warrensburg Parks and
Arp also frequently works with programs for the campus and community
on grief and loss and faith practice panels.
Survival Adult Abuse Center, Inc., was established in Warrensburg
in 1982 by a group of concerned Johnson County citizens. Initially,
domestic violence victims were given shelter in the private homes
of volunteers. The need for a shelter and attention to victims necessitated
the purchase of a safe house in 1984 and the provision of additional
Services provided to victims of domestic violence include 24-hour
safe house and crisis hotline, crisis intervention, case management,
support groups, court advocacy, children’s services and individual
The center operates with a staff of 10 who provide 24-hour assistance.