Erickson to Receive Mike Carter Award at Commencement
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 6, 2014) – Jon Ericksen, a member of the Missouri National Guard and a sophomore construction management major at the University of Central Missouri from Windsor, has been named the recipient of the Mike Carter Award for Exceptional Service to the University, Community, and Military. He will be honored during 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 10 in the UCM Multipurpose Building arena.
Valuing and respecting the American military and those who serve in uniform, both past and present, UCM in 2012 established the Mike Carter Award for Exceptional Service to the University, Community, and Military to annually recognize a UCM student’s noteworthy efforts in support of those initiatives which enhance the relationship between the university, the community, and the United States military. The award is named for Mike Carter, professor emeritus of health education, who established an unparalleled 50-year record of outstanding service to the university as a teacher, mentor and role model, in addition to his active contributions to organizations that benefit the community and Whiteman Air Force Base.
Born into a military family, Ericksen joined the Army National Guard in 2006 and holds the rank of E-4 Specialist in the 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base. His prior military service included 11B Infantry with the Guard’s 1-125th Infantry and as 31B Military Police in the 46th Military Police Company in Michigan. He served nine months in Iraq in 2008 as a combat team leader, and in his eight-year military career has earned honors that include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
In addition to his military service, Ericksen serves the university community and his fellow veterans through his leadership as president of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). He and the SVO have participated in many campus and community events to include the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Veterans Day Community Ceremony,annual Military Appreciation Blood Drive, “Get the Red Out” street fair, UCM’s homecoming celebration, and Wounded Warrior K-5, in addition to hosting several student veteran-related socials. Ericksen was instrumental, along with the College Republicans, in bringing the “Remembering our Fallen” display to the university campus in fall 2013. He also serves veterans and the university as a VA Work Study student in the Military and Veterans Success Center and is a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.
Ericksen’s community involvement includes assisting his wife, Shawna, who serves in the Air Force, with her work with the Bi-State Wildlife Hotline rescuing injured animals. Prior to relocating from Michigan in December 2012, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts, at a nursing home, and for a police department.
The award presentation to Ericksen is one of five special honors to be presented during the Saturday commencement exercises. The busy commencement weekend also will include a ceremony for graduate students at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Multipurpose Building. About 1,500 students have met degree requirements and are eligible to participate in spring commencement exercises.