Banking Belinda Walden, a personal banker at Ozark Mountain Bank in Branson, was awarded the Certified IRA Services Professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.
Education Thomas Harrison was named director of academic affairs for the University of Phoenix Springfield campus. Harrison began his career with the University of Phoenix in 1999 at the school’s Tulsa, Okla., campus. Most recently, he served as an area chairman for the college of humanities. Evangel, Drury and Southwest Baptist universities each received $1,000 scholarships for students working to attain degrees in science- and mathematics-related fields from the Missouri Colleges Fund. The Emerson Charitable Trust awarded the Missouri Colleges Fund $16,000 to underwrite need-based scholarships at its 16 member schools, which include the three institutions.
Sandy Friesen, associate professor of intercultural studies at Evangel University, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education administration with an emphasis in intercultural studies from St. Louis University. Friesen has worked at Evangel since 1996.
Melinda Love, Evangel’s director of food service, was named the 2011 Manager of the Year by Aladdin Food Management Services LLC. Love has worked at Evangel since 1997.
Bob Pavlowsky, professor of geography and director of the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute at Missouri State University, received a $150,240 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a water pollution research project. The funds will be used to determine the effectiveness of pollution controls on water quality in Springfield’s streams.
The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute was selected as one of 15 schools in Missouri to make the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Government The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District board promoted David Gyger to fire chief, from fire marshal, and Tom Cooksey to training officer and south battalion chief.
Health Care Lorretta Fuge joined The Arc of the Ozarks as clinical director. Fuge, who earned her doctorate from the Forest Institute, manages the operation of the Arc’s psychology services.
Dr. Thomas Briggs, Dr. Jamie Jones, Cheryl Briggs and Marcy Mayes of DermaHealth Laser and Skin Care Clinic attended an Advanced Laser Assisted Tumescent Liposuction course in California.
Medical alert service provider Philips Lifeline honored Kristin Persson of Integrity Home Care with the Outstanding Leadership Award for her work serving area seniors.
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Adrianna Norris became a first-time business owner with the opening of Finley River Chiropractic; PaPPo’s Pizzeria & Pub launched its newest location; and Huey Magoo’s opened its second store in the Ozarks.