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Dr. William Hooper 53
won the Open Category Choral Composition Competition sponsored by the Missouri New Music Initiative with his piece titled "Crucifixus." William received an M.A. degree at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is professor of music emeritus at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

William "Bill" Dreyer 60
has been named to the Board of Trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va. Bill, who started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., now AT&T, in 1959, retired as a senior executive of the company in 1998. He also served as Knight Commander (national president) of the Kappa Alpha Order from 2011 to 2015. He and Linda (Hill) Dreyer ’61 reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue 66 received the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a member of the Emory College faculty or staff for significant service to the university. Carol has worked at Emory for 25 years, including being named to the first endowed professorship at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and serving as a counselor to the Emory College Board of Trustees. While at Emory, she has established and led the Women's and Children's Center. She worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the Emory faculty. She and Dr. Lynn Hogue 66 reside in Atlanta

Scott Burton 84
has been awarded tenure status as a professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the College of Southern Nevada. Scott is retired from a combined 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services. He is a former member of the State of New Mexico's Adult Parole Board and has prior experience as a facility director and warden in the private prison industry. The 2nd edition of his college textbook entitled Professionalism, Integrity, and Ethics in Criminal Justice is scheduled for release in fall 2017.

Dawn (Barnes) Morhaus 85 was appointed executive vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Treasury Services and Technology Support Division. She has been senior vice president of the division since 2011 and serves on the Bank's Management Committee. She started with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in 1987 and held various staff positions in the Computer Systems and Check Collections departments. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Jody Jensen Shaffer 86 was honored by Highlights magazine editorial, art and production staff as "Best of the Issue" for her story titled "Earth Day Birthday," published in the April 2017 issue. As part of the achievement, she received a handcrafted eight-inch pewter plate with her name, the title of the winning story and the issue in which it appeared. She is an award-winning poet and author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She and her family reside in Liberty, Mo.

Jack Hood 90
was named the Lawrence (Kan.) Public Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in March 2017. Jack is a history and economics teacher at Lawrence High School, and received a $1,000 check along with the award. In addition to his work inside the classroom, he also coaches the boys and girls track and field teams at the school, earning the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association Class 6A Boys' Coach of the Year Award. As the district's secondary winner, Jack will be nominated to the Kansas State Department of Education's Kansas Teacher of the Year program. He resides in Lawrence, Kan.

Adam Boster ’92 released a horror film called "Slasher" on DVD in major retail outlets in March 2017. His studios, Photo-Kicks Cinema Group and Boster Castle, are based in Columbia, Mo., where he resides.

W. Brent Powell 92 was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens in April 2017 to serve on the Supreme Court of Missouri. Brent has served as a Jackson County circuit judge since 2008. He has previously worked as assistant Platte County prosecutor and an assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas City.

Jennifer (Buffa) Sirangelo 93, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was named No. 46 of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" list for 2017 by Fast Company. She was recognized for "raising new leaders" and helping to launch the 4-H's Grow True Leaders campaign, a rebranding initiative aimed to promote the diversity of 4-H programs and participants. She resides in Poway, Calif.

Kenneth Grubb 95 is in his fourth season the Mexico (Mo.) High School running backs coach and defensive coordinator. He and his family reside in Maywood.

J.D. Gravina 00, head coach of the Western Illinois women's basketball team, led his team to the NCAA Division I 2017 Women's Basketball Tournament. The 14-seed Leathernecks lost in the first round to 3-seed Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. It was Western Illinois' first NCAA berth since 1995. He was also chosen the Summit League Coach of the Year and tabbed to speak at the 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention. At Jewell, he played basketball, tennis and track and later served as assistant coach of the women's basketball team. Most recently, he coached at Quincy (Ill.) University.

Dr. Christopher Strelluf 02 has accepted a position as assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Darren Prenger 03 of Parkville, Mo., was named by Ingram's magazine to the 19th annual "40 Under 40" list and to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. He is the chief operating officer of ECCO Select, the region's largest IT staffing and consulting company. He also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, Harvesters - the Community Food Network and Junior Achievement. Darren has served on the boards of the FIRE Foundation, Donnelly College, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Port Authority, Ameristar, Isle of Capri, Economic Advancement Fund and the YMCA's People Services Council.

Dr. Jill (Jackson) Morris 06, senior scientist at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, led a study on Alzheimer's disease that was featured in a March 2017 article by The New York Times. The study found that frequent, brisk walks may modestly provide improvements to physical abilities and slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients. The study was originally published in PLoS One in February. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Chris Rosson 06 was named to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. He is the executive director of Teach for America's Kansas City region. He and his family reside in Independence, Mo.