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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 29, 2010) – Brenda Moeder, associate director of university housing at UCM, received the highest honor conferred upon the university’s professional staff when she received the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff during the annual Professional Staff Breakfast April 19.
Moeder, a native of Great Bend, Kan., is the daughter of Ray and Bernadine Moeder of Great Bend.
Beth Rutt, director of campus activities and 2009 recipient, presented the award to Moeder, who was nominated by her peers at UCM. The award is named for the late John Paul Mees, who died in 2000 while serving as vice president of planning and policy/executive assistant to the president. Mees, who was known as a dedicated and motivated employee, joined the university in 1988 as executive assistant to the president and professor of education. He also served as provost and vice president of academic affairs.
“I’m just one of many here today who try to serve UCM as J.P. Mees did during his tenure,” Moeder said to the audience of the university’s professional staff gathered in the Elliott Union ballroom. “I see many of the characteristics he brought to this campus in you here today. What I do, I couldn’t do without all of you. Today is not just about an award – it’s about what we all do for this university and the students. I’m excited and honored to receive this award.”
Moeder received a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration from Kansas State University, and she received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007. She joined the UCM staff in 1996 as an area coordinator for UCM Housing. She was named assistant director in 1999 and associate director in 2001. In addition to her administrative duties in UCM Housing, she also teaches courses in UCM’s college student personnel and academic enrichment programs.
Prior to joining the UCM staff, Moeder served as a residence hall director at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an assistant residence hall director and resident assistant at Kansas State University.
Moeder served as president and vice president of the UCM Professional Staff Council and has served on a variety of campus committees in the areas of housing, student life and campus activities, as well as several search committees. Her involvement in professional organizations also includes serving as president, vice president and executive committee secretary for the Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers, International. During her term as president of the group, she oversaw the restructuring of the organizations to reflect the changing needs of its members.
Her involvement also reaches into the Warrensburg community, where she is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. She has provided local leadership for Operation Christmas Child and the American World Adoption Agency in support of international adoption and relief for refugee children.