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MLK Celebration Community Service Awards Announced

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO. (Jan. 9, 2008) – Campus, community and corporate leaders and organizations were recognized for their leadership and service to the community during UCM's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

UCM joined the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in presentation of the awards at the chamber's monthly luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Players Restaurant.

The featured speaker for the luncheon was Joe Arce, editor and publisher of the Kansas City Hispanic News.

MLK Community Service recipients
Recipients of the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Awards, presented by Eugene Stillman, left, assistant director of community engagement, were, left to right, Rick and Liz Deno; the Rev. Alex Wales; Tracy Crow, representing Sodexho; and Morris Collins. Also present was Joe Arce, publisher of the Kansas City Hispanic News, right, featured speaker for the luncheon.
Leadership Award

Morris Collins and Rick and Liz Deno were named recipients of the 2008 Leadership Award. A lifetime Warrensburg resident, Collins is a graduate of UCM and retired from the Warrensburg R-VI School District as an art educator after 32 years of service. Following his retirement, he was elected to and continues to serve on the Warrensburg R-VI Board of Education. He also continued to serve the district at the facilitator for the first district Professional Development Academy focused on diversity issues during the summers of 2006 and 2007. Collins also has been a leader in the community-wide effort to save and restore the historic Howard School in Warrensburg.

Rick and Liz Deno serve as administrators of the Johnson County Christian Academy, which serves approximately 60 students in grades Pre-K through 12.  Under their sponsorship, a long list of community service events have benefitted organizations and individuals around the world.

Robbie Robinson Service Award

Sodexho Campus Services, provider of UCM’s dining services, was named recipient of the 2008 Robbie Robinson Service Award. Sodexho has long supported the campus and community by providing services for a variety of campus and community events. Sodexho also is the corporate sponsor for the scheduled appearance by Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. at the 2008 Freedom Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 22, the highlight of the 2008 celebration.

Humanitarian Award

The Rev. Alex Wales, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Warrensburg, was named recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award. Wales has been a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee since its inception, and has provided leadership in the Warrensburg community in a variety of leadership positions. As a member of the Warrensburg Ministerial Alliance, he continues to participate in the planning for the 2008 Ecumenical Worship Service planned for Sunday, Jan. 20, and the Warrensburg Church of the Nazarene.