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Newsmakers: Nov. 19-25, 2018

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Education
Southwest Baptist University promoted three faculty members: Allison Langford to vice president for strategic planning and initiatives, Dana Steward to assistant provost for general education and transition, and Angela Carr to director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Langford continues to oversee accreditation and outcome assessment, and Steward maintains leadership within the Clark University Success Center and the General Education Program. Additionally, Carr provides support as a Blackboard specialist.

The Princeton Review named Drury as one of the most environmentally responsible schools in the county on its annual Guide to 399 Green Colleges. Drury was selected for changing exterior campus lighting to LED, its designation as a Tree Campus USA, a native landscape restoration, high-efficiency heating equipment upgrades and installation of water bottle filling stations.

Health Care
Mercy Hospital Springfield
and Mercy Hospital Lebanon each earned an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Guide. The hospitals were among 855 nationwide awarded an A, out of 2,600 graded on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. With its methodology being peer-reviewed, The Leapfrog Group aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers.

Insurance
Primerica Financial Services LLC promoted Tim Armstrong to regional vice president from local representative. He has worked with Primerica for 20 years.

Law
BKD LLP hired Jarica Oeltjen as assistant general counsel. She previously practiced business and estate litigation at Kutak Rock LLP and Lathrop Gage LLP. Oeltjen graduated first in her class at University of Arkansas School of Law in 2012.

Nonprofit
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri
received a $40,000 growth grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association. The funds will be used to recruit, screen and train CASA volunteers to serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Victory Mission & Ministry was named the Great Game of Business 2018 All-Star Social Section Champion at the 26th annual Gathering of Games in Dallas, Texas. The award, which recognizes companies for innovative management practices, noted that Victory Mission taught its employees financial literacy and saved more than $600,000 from the previous year’s expenses.

The Child Advocacy Center appointed Kathy Smith to development director after a stint as interim following the departure of Linda Reagan. She has worked at CAC for six years and previously served as executive coordinator for the Spritngfield area Sertoma clubs for 13 years.

The Arc of Missouri Board of Directors elected Patty Goss, of Springfield, as one of five officers and Libby Barnard, an Arc of the Ozarks staff member, as one of its nine members. Goss was named vice president. Barnard works as safety and risk management officer for the organization.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.’s Monett affiliate awarded a $2,425 grant to Drury University for a downtown revitalization project to clean the interior and exterior of vacant storefront windows in collaboration with the Monett High School Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professionals Studies. The grant is the first for Drury from the Monett Area Community Foundation.

Recreation
The Sports Turf Managers Association and Minor League Baseball named Brock Phipps of the Springfield Cardinals as one of four recipients of the Sports Turf Managers of the Year Award. It’s Phipps’ sixth time winning the award, which will be issued at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center was chosen by the city of Branson Tree Board for its October Beautification Award. The landscape was designed by PGAV Destinations PC and installed by American Lawn Care.

Transportation
Greg Raines
, owner of Pro Tow LLC in Willard, was chosen for induction to the Order of Towman by American Towman Magazine during the 30th annual American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland. He will receive The Cross of the Order for his dedication to the towing trade and for serving the community. Nominees are named by police and fire chiefs from across the nation.

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