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Newsmakers: Jan. 7-13, 2013

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Accounting
BKD LLP’s Springfield office promoted Cat Gilpin, Vicky Griffin-Holman, Ryan Sivill and Danielle Werner. Gilpin, a member of BKD’s National Health Care Group, was named supervising consultant. A member of the firm’s health care billing services team, Griffin-Holman was promoted to senior consultant. Sivill, who was promoted to supervisor, is a member of BKD’s National Manufacturing and Distribution Group. Werner, who works in the firm’s National Health Care Group, also was named supervisor.

Arts
The Missouri Arts Council presented a 2013 Missouri Arts Award to the Mount Vernon Regional Arts Council for its efforts across five counties organizing festivals, community theater, and a new arts and recreation center.

Education
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Missouri State University history professor Eric Nelson a 2012 Missouri Professor of the Year. Nelson was nominated by his peers for engaging students with various teaching methods, including technologies. Nelson was among 31 state award winners.  

The Journagan family of Journagan Construction Co. received MSU’s 2012 Bronze Bear Award in recognition of their support of the university for more than 20 years through gifts to the William H. Darr Agriculture Center, Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex, intercollegiate athletics, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television. The Jounagans are the 14th recipients of the award.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals-Ozarks Region Chapter presented the Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year Award to Cliff Davis, vice chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College and executive director of the OTC Foundation. Davis was recognized for leading the school’s first ever Major Gifts Capital Campaign, which raised $14.4 million and surpassed its $10 million goal.

Law
Baird Lightner Millsap & Harpool PC named Emily Shook an associate attorney, focusing on general and civil litigation, insurance defense and civil rights. Shook most recently worked for five years at the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from Drury University.[[In-content Ad]]

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