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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 20, 2008) – Michael Quimby, a longtime Warrensburg resident who is nationally recognized in the pipe organ industry, and Asenath J. Sigot, a successful university professor and administrator from Kenya, are earning praise from the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association. They will receive the association’s highest honor during the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday, Oct. 24.
Reservations Being Accepted for Distinguished Alumni Dinner
The dinner is part of the university’s annual Homecoming celebration. It begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Elliott Union. Reservations should be made by Oct. 17 through UCM’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development in the Smiser Alumni Center. The cost is $35 per person.
During the event, Quimby receives the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Sigot, the Distinguished International Alumni Award. By tradition, both honorees participate in the annual Homecoming Parade the following morning, and are introduced at half-time during the Mules’ afternoon football game.
Quimby is founder, president and tonal director of Quimby Pipe Organ, Inc. The son of a university professor, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in organ from Central Missouri in 1973. He continued his education by completing a master’s degree in music history and literature with emphasis in organ in 1975. His company has built and restored organs across the country, and is currently overseeing the restoration of the massive Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, the largest gothic cathedral in the world.
Since forming his company in 1970, he has developed an outstanding reputation in his field. Since building his first pipe organ, “Opus 1,”at First Christian Church in Warrensburg, his projects and achievements have included his appointment as curator of the Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ at the RLDS Auditorium (nowCommunity of Christ) in Independence, Mo.; designing and building a pipe organ for William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.; designing and building the pipe organ at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., the largest pipe organ to be built in the United States in the last 15 years; and a host of other organ rebuilding and design projects across the nation.
True to his love for music, Quimby encourages musical development at all ages. As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he provides leadership and support for the The Rising Star regional competition for young organists. He has also held leadership posts, such as president of the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and employed many UCM students on a part-time basis over the years. For his many achievements, Quimby received the UCM Distinguished Music Alumnus Award in 1989.
Professor Sigot is the definition of a global citizen and proof that education and service know no boundaries. She has dedicated her life to research, education and service to others in her home country of Kenya and abroad.
Sigot graduated from UCM in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in general home economics education and foods and nutrition, followed by a master’s degree in home economics education in 1979. The same year she earned her graduate degree, she returned to Kenya to teach at an all-girls high school with more than 600 students. In 1982, she joined Kenyatta University in Nairobi as a tutorial fellow. While she was there, she began doctoral study in educational administration, and completed her degree in 1988.
She has since worked at two other public universities in Kenya, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in curriculum development, innovation and human resource management. In 1991, she joined the newly formed Maseno University College, near Lake Victoria, where she served as chair of the Department of Home Science and Technology and later became director as the School of Family, Consumer Sciences and Technology. She left Maseno in 2001 to become deputy principal of academic affairs at Western University College of Science and Technology in Kakamega, Kenya, now Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Sigot became deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs in 2007, one of a small number of women in her country to hold such a high-level academic post.
Sigot has also created many international educational programs. Partnering with the Department of International Development in the United Kingdom, she created a course framework for teacher accreditation, bringing educational opportunities to those who would otherwise be without. Since its creation, the program has been adopted by numerous universities around the world.
People who meet Sigot describe her as a passionate person who always takes time to help others. She received the International Friendship Award from UCM in 1979, as a testament to her caring reputation.
For More Information
To l earn more about the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 660-543-8000.