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Fox, Beasley Named Recipients of 2012 Charno Award

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 13, 2012) – Recognizing the outstanding students in the senior class, the University of Central Missouri has named Kara Michelle Fox, a speech and language pathology major from St. Charles, Mo., and Curtis Beasley, an accounting major from Manchester, Mo., as the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Charno Award. The award is presented annually to the top male and female members of the senior class at UCM.

2012 Charno Award winners

Kara Fox and Curtis Beasley, recipients of the 2012 Charno Award

Fox, a graduate of Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, is the daughter of Allen and Carolyn Fox of St. Charles, Mo. Beasley, a graduate of Parkway South High School, is the son of Jesse and Julia Beasley of Manchester, Mo.

Fox is a member of the The Honors College and served as a community advisor and a member of the Community Advisor Council for University Housing. She has been a member of the student leadership group IMPACT, and she has assisted with the annual Mule Haul and served as an orientation and Week of Welcome leader for incoming freshmen. She also has served as a volunteer for Warrensburg’s Parks and Recreation programs.

Fox is a member of Rho Lambda honors organization and has served on the Greek Week Executive Board. She has served as an officer of Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol and in leadership positions for her sorority, Sigma Kappa.  She currently serves as historian of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and as a clinician mentor.

Beasley has served as president a junior advisor of Lambda Sigma and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He is an elected member of the Student Government Association and served as a Supreme Court justice for more than two years.  As an accounting major, he has provided volunteer

income tax assistance to the community and created and taught financial literacy classes to low income families as well as others across the state of Missouri.

Beasley also has been involved in Winning Communities and the Servant Leadership Course coordinated by UCM, and is a member of the Mules cross country and track teams, serving as a UCM student athlete tutor.  He also served as an officer or chair for Beta Alpha Psi, the student accounting organization, for the past three years.

Fox and Beasley were recognized during an April 11 reception honoring inductees into Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri. Finalists for the Charno Award were selected from those inducted into Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri. The Charno Award recipients also will be recognized during spring commencement Saturday, May 5, in the university’s Multipurpose Building.

The honor is named for George Charno, Sr., a Kansas City attorney who established the award in 1940 to recognize the outstanding male member of the graduating class. The companion award for the outstanding female class member was established in 1941.