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Reed Middle School received a $10,000 donation from Sylvan Learning after Laura Bethurem won the Sylvan Learning’s School Success Challenge grand prize and selected the school.

Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, Missouri State University director of disability services, and Jamaine Abidogun, MSU associate professor of history, were among 23 nationwide to participate in establishing Project Shift, funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help improve disability practices and procedures at colleges and universities.

MSU graduate students Patrick Dryer and Ben Young won awards at the 2010 American Association of Geographers meeting in Washington, D.C. Dryer won $100 for the best oral paper in the Geomorphology Specialty Group and Young won $300 for the best oral paper in the Water Resources Specialty Group.

Stephen Berkwitz, MSU associate professor of religious studies, received an $18,757 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, Ind.

James P. Keeter received an honorary Doctor of Laws at the College of the Ozarks commencement. He is on the college’s board of trustees and is CEO and chairman of the board for Royal Oak Enterprises.

Finance
BKD announced five promotions: Jeff Case was promoted to managing consultant; Callie Mitchell was promoted to manager; Kyle Hesemann was promoted to senior manager; Jaye Waynick was promoted to senior manager; and Brad Brotherton was promoted to partner.

Health Care
Dr. Akua Ntim joined CoxHealth Center Nixa. She attended University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and completed a residency at Advocate Christ Family medicine in Oaklawn, Ill.

Family nurse practitioner Cynthia Hollis joined Dr. Nolan Snider at CoxHealth Center Marshfield. She has worked in the CoxHealth Emergency and Trauma Department since 2000.

Nancy Mattax, a licensed psychologist, joined St. John’s Clinic-Psychology. She has practiced since 1989 and is a member of the Missouri Psychological Association.

Literacy
The Springfield-Greene County Library District received a $14,879 Missouri Library Grant to buy seven bilingual early literacy stations to be placed at the Midtown Carnegie Branch, the Brentwood Branch and the Library Center.

Nonprofit
Stephen Paris was named curator at the Michael J. Clarke Museum of Ozarks Scouting. Paris is head of respiratory therapy at CoxHealth and helped to found the museum.[[In-content Ad]]

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