Alpha Phi Omega Epsilon Chapter was one of six chapters nationwide to be recognized two years in a row with the Chapter of Excellence Award at the coed national service fraternity’s Region VIII convention Jan. 19-20 at the University of Oklahoma. This annual award is given to recognize chapters with excellent chapter operations, chapters which go beyond the national requirements and reporting, and those which excel in leadersip and service.

Marissa LaRose, a senior theatre and communication double major from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., won the first Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held in Omaha, Neb. At the competition, LaRose attended workshops, seminars and performances in an effort to expand her knowledge of theatre and discover the possibilities available in a theatre career. To win the award, LaRose prepared a public relations proposal and organizational plan for Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” which included budget allocations, letters to patrons and corporations requesting sponsorship, public service announcements, a news release, promotion possibilities and a plan of action for possible complaints of the producing theatre. LaRose and one other student were declared the winners of this conference and received an interview with Terrence Jones, the president and CEO of the prestigious Wolf Trap Performing Arts Organization in Washington, D.C. LaRose now has the potential opportunity to win a coveted paid summer internship at Wolf Trap.

Polly Matteson, career coordinator at the Career Center, received the Employee of the Year Award at the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce annual banquet recently.
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