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Accounting
BKD LLP’s national office marketing and business development department received a Marketing Achievement Award at the 2010 Association for Accounting Marketing Summit in Washington, D.C. BKD’s Stay Connected Campaign won the electronic newsletters category for firms with more than $15 million in annual revenue. 

Community
The Rotary Club of Springfield-North appointed Brett Sheets, co-owner of Steelman Transportation Inc., as 2010–11 board president. James Young, owner of Bus Andrews Truck Equipment Inc., is past president, and attorney Rae Nickell is president-elect, while Margaret Geiger, funeral director of Klingner-Cope, is secretary, and accountant Emily Dake Inman is treasurer. Directors include Charles Vandivort, Elaine McDonald, Bart Brown and Joe Costello.

Ozarks Food Harvest added three members to its volunteer board of directors: Matt Miller of Sustainable Housing Solutions; Kenny Ross of Morelock-Ross Group of Cos.; and Joy Ward of Kirkpatrick, Phillips & Miller.

Education
Springfield Public Schools promoted Jim Pendergrass to head girls’ basketball coach at Kickapoo High School. Pendergrass served as an assistant coach for the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs for the past two years. He has worked as an assistant coach at Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University and University of Michigan.

Dale Garrett, associate professor of social sciences at Evangel, was included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and the Who’s Who in America biography compilations. Garrett has a Master in Administrative Management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s in education from West Liberty State in West Virginia. Garrett was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 and served in the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, where he was awarded the Foreign Humanitarian of the Year.

Environmental
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was awarded $1.8 million in Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funds to help make environmentally friendly improvements to school buses, trash trucks and concrete mixers, as well as switch engine locomotives in Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The Passenger Vessel Association will receive nearly $1.5 million in EPA funds to reduce maritime engine emissions on the Showboat Branson Belle. The grant will replace three engines and install pollution control technologies on the boat.

Health Care
Dr. Tim Fursa was named program director of the Cox Family Medicine Residency. Fursa graduated from the program in 1996 and has been a member of the faculty since 2008. He earned a doctor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, and served as active duty physician and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.

Cox HealthPlans earned a Value Based Health Award from the Institute for Health and Productivity Management. The award recognized Cox HealthPlans’ work in serving the Southwest Area Manufacturers Association Health Care Consortium.

Skaggs Regional Medical Center’s Radiology Services was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in MRI and CT scan by the American College of Radiology. Accreditation is based on evaluations conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists on the qualifications of personnel and adequacy of facility equipment.

Tammy Stearns, coordinator for the diagnostic medical sonography program at Cox College, was elected as at-large director for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In the two-year position, Stearns serves as one of six national at-large directors to represent the international professional sonography organization’s members to the SDMS board of directors.

Cox College was awarded two grants totaling nearly $155,000 from the state and federal government to fund scholarships and a federal student loan default prevention program. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $129,779 to Cox College for scholarships to students seeking associate or bachelor’s degrees in nursing science. The Missouri Department of Higher Education awarded a $25,000 Student Loan Default Prevention Grant to Cox College.

Insurance
Shelter Mutual Insurance ranked No. 4 in auto insurance customer satisfaction in J.D. Power and Associates 2010 National Auto Insurance Study. The study compiles results of more than 25,000 responses from auto insurance policyholders. It measures customer satisfaction in interaction, policy offerings, billing and payment, price and claims.

Retail
Jeff Salyers of Play It Again Sports of Springfield attended the sporting goods franchisor’s annual summer trade show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The trade show’s educational sessions focused on market trends and sales strategies.[[In-content Ad]]

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