Sophomore Emma Burditt and freshman Jessica Katzer earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). To earn the honor, the student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average and achieve either an NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying mark during the indoor or outdoor track and field season. Burditt ran 11:14.40 in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the outdoor season opening Washington (Mo.) University Invite, March 28, which ended up being the 48th fastest time in Division II. Katzer qualifying mark came in the indoor shot put at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 21. Katzer had a mark of 44-1.50, which was good for 39th in Division II. Burditt and Katzer were among the 422 Division II women across 99 institutions to qualify for the award, while Katzer was one of just 25 student-athletes to post a qualifying mark and have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Kim Murphy, purchasing supervisor, passed her test to become a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO). She completed the spring certification examination administered May 5-17 by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). The coveted Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credentials, recognized throughout the public procurement profession, demonstrate an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of public procurement. Obtaining either UPPCC certification requires the candidate to demonstrate, through an application process, that they meet specific requisites, including formal education, procurement related coursework/training and public procurement employment experience. A comprehensive written examination specific to each certification is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts found in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. Murphy is now certified in both CPPO and CPPB.

President Troy Paino’s “T-Pain Misses You” video released last year received an Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association and will be included in the 44th annual UCDA Design Conference, Sept. 20-23 in Long Beach, Calif.
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