CMU To Honor Six At Celebration
Alumni awards banquet set for Saturday, May 4
Fayette, Mo. – Exceptional achievements by six outstanding Central Methodist University alumni will be honored at the 67th annual CMU Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 4.
CMU President Marianne E. Inman said that four will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards: Andrew Glover, Dr. Michael Reid, Dr. Terry B. Smith, and Rev. Rena Rickman Yocom.
Dr. Thomas Randoll will be presented with the CMU Young Alumni Award, while Dr. Delores Bland Woodward will garner the University Service Award.
“The strength of Central Methodist University is a direct reflection of the strength of its alumni,” noted President Marianne Inman. “We are privileged to be able to recognize the exceptionally fine contributions of these six members of the CMU family.”
All will be honored at a the Alumni Awards banquet on May 4, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Jacobs Conference Center of the CMU Student and Community Center. Reservations are available for $25 per person, and can be made by contacting Heather Carlton at 660-248-6234 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Dr. Delores Bland Woodward
Dr. Woodward received her undergraduate degree from Central in 1955. She is receiving the University Service Award, the first such recipient since 2009 and only the 24th to receive this award from CMU. Award criteria specify that it be bestowed “only upon persons whose service is extensive and extraordinary.”
A resident of Fayette, Dr. Woodward has served, and continues to serve, CMU in a variety of ways. She is a docent for The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art; has served on the CMU Alumni Board from 2000-2012; is on the CMU Alumni Advisory Board; and has been active in the CMU Class Agent program since 2004.
She has hosted CMU events and special guests, judged Homecoming Parade entries, been a supporter of the fine and performing arts, and supported her alma mater in numerous other ways.
A native of Bogard, Mo. Woodward received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia State University. Her career in education included serving on the faculty of Drury University, 10 years as elementary school principal in Climax Springs, Mo., and work as a teacher and librarian with the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. She continues to work as an educational consultant.
Dr. Thomas Randoll
Dr. Randoll of Columbia will receive the CMU Young Alumni Award. It honors alumni who have demonstrated high personal achievements within 15 years of their CMU graduation or attendance and who have strong commitments to community and university service.
A 2001 CMU graduate, Randoll is on the Internal Medicine-Department of Primary Care staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, where he has worked since 2008. He was an internal medicine resident at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics from 2005-2008.
Randoll, a native of Florissant, Mo., has his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves as assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia.
The CMU Young Alumni Award won’t be his first. He received the Young Alumni Achievement Award last September from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The following four individuals will receive the CMU Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1946 to recognize alumni who have exhibited exemplary character, success in their chosen professions, and leadership and service to their communities, the University, and society.
St. Louis native Andrew Glover graduated from Central in 1983 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, but by that time he had already begun work as a professional musician. Glover played euphonium with The Detroit Concert Band from 1982-85, performing on 10 LP recordings and one documentary soundtrack.
Since 1998 he has worked for C.L. Barnhouse Co. of Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he lives. He began as editorial and production manager, becoming a partner in the firm in 2004. He was later chief operating officer and secretary-treasurer; last year he was promoted to executive vice president of the firm.
Prior to that Glover taught instrumental music in the Webster Groves, Mo. public schools for two years, and spent seven years as director of bands at Rosary High School in Spanish Lake, Mo. He also spent 12 years working for International Credit Association of St. Louis in various positions.
Glover has more than 60 musical compositions and arrangements in print with C.L. Barnhouse. He remains active in the musical performance field as a guest conductor, soloist, clinician and speaker. Glover also wrote the CMU fight song “Fighting Eagles” in the 1990s.
Dr. Michael Reid
Dr. William Michael Reid is associate professor emeritus from the University of South Florida (USF). A native of University City, Mo., and 1962 graduate of then-Central College, he currently resides in Tampa, Fla.
Reid retired from USF in 2010 not only as a faculty member in its department of environmental and occupational health, but as director of its Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice. That position encompassed the Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida, which Dr. Reid founded in 1994.
He has master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and from the University of Southern Maine, and his Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the University of Southern Florida in 1993, he taught and directed distance education programs at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, directed the health planning unit in the Maine Department of Human Services; did research for the State of Maine’s Governor’s Office; and taught at the University of Maine-Orono.
Reid received the Florida Public Health Association Meritorious Service Award in 2007, and was the first-ever recipient of the Community Partner Award from the Florida Association of County Health Officers in 2003.
Dr. Terry B. Smith
A 1966 Central graduate, Dr. Terry B. Smith is currently executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, and professor of political science, at Columbia (Mo.) College. He has been with Columbia College since 1996.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, he received both his Master of Arts and his doctoral degrees in political science from Michigan State University. Smith was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to England in 1991; he attended the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University in 2002.
A native of Kirkwood, Mo., Smith is an avowed American politics enthusiast and teaches political science courses at Columbia. He also is often seen or heard on regional radio and television broadcasts, often as an election analyst, at other times offering political commentary.
Smith is active in local community and professional organizations, and serves on the Education Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member for the Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust as well.
Rev. Rena Rickman Yocom
Dedicated to serving The United Methodist Church (UMC) is an apt description for Rev. Rena Rickman Yocom. She graduated from Central in 1965, and at present is assistant general secretary for the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tenn., where she resides.
Yocom has a Master of Divinity degree from the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the San Francisco School of Theology. She hails from Neosho, Mo.
Yocom was missiologist-in-residence for the Saint Paul School from 2005-2011, and served two different times for the UMC General Board of Global Ministries located in New York. She spent 2003-2007 as special assistant to the General Secretary, and from 1991-1997 was Associate General Secretary.
She also spent five years with the UMC’s Louisiana Annual Conference, and from 1979-1990 was Minister of Adult Education for The Village Church in Prairie Village, Kan. She was a Vista/Peace Corp trainer of new volunteers for four years.