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Paul Thomlinson, PhD, recently presented two research reports co-authored by himself and Amy Meriweather, PhD, demonstrating the effectiveness of children's services of Burrell Behavioral Health at the 11th Annual Research Conference in Tampa, Fla.

The Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a candidate for accreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The school currently has Missouri State Board of Nursing initial accreditation.

Evangel College has been granted accreditation for several new master's degrees, which it will begin offering this summer. Evangel will offer three new degrees in education: master of education in elementary education, master of education in reading, and master of education in middle school education; two new degrees in psychology: master of science in clinical psychology and master of science in counseling psychology; and one interdepartmental degree: master of science in guidance and counseling.

Marge Fels, of Branson, was recently awarded with a plaque for her superb volunteer service to the Table Rock Lake/Kimberling City Area Chamber of Commerce and her contributions to the success of the chamber's programs.

Rick Grayson, teaching professional at the Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield, was selected as the 1998 Midwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year. Grayson was selected for his ability to communicate in a manner and style that is easy to understand and apply. He started the Rick Grayson Golf School in 1985 and now has schools in three locations.

Vicki Weiler, owner of Gift Baskets by Victoria, attended Jubilee '98, a gift retailers convention March 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev. The convention's emphasis was on corporate gift trends and included seminars, workshops, a trade show and a gift-basket design competition.

Cynthia Zink, owner of Zink Eagle Travel, has completed the requirements for Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise Counsellor Certification program. Zink is now recognized by the cruise industry as a master cruise counsellor.

The KOLR-10 production department has been awarded finalist recognition in three non-broadcast categories of the Telly Awards, a national competition developed to showcase outstanding commercial productions. KOLR-10 was recognized for the following productions out of more than 9,500 entries: KOLR-10 Productions Demo Reel in the demo reel category; and ACR Communications Anniversary Video in both the low-budget and corporate-image categories.

Prime Inc. has awarded checks to several operators for the successful completion of their truck leases through Prime's Success Leasing program. Robert and Jackie Dabbs earned $8,328; Carl and Tammy Perkins earned $11,276; Phillip Russell earned $10,450; Brad Smith earned $13,021; and John Williams earned $3,556.

Business leaders from the Springfield community spoke at the Governor's Economic Summit "Show-Me Women in Business" April 7 in Jefferson City. Rosa Archibald, a principal of Archibald Cowan Ringer Communications, presented "Marketing on a Shoestring Budget." Nikki Sells, co-owner of Express Personnel Services, spoke on the topic "Franchising Opportunities as Business Startups." And, from the Springfield/Greene County Library, Annie Busch, director, and Mike DePue, business librarian, made a presentation on "Internet and Technology."

Independent Pest Control has been authorized by Dow AgroSciences to use the Sentricon Colony Elimination System, a new technology for protecting structures from subterranean termites. Sentricon is available only to specially trained and authorized pest-control firms.

Gail Mills, of Barker Phillips Jackson Inc., has been elected to the company's board of directors. Mills is vice president in charge of administration for personal lines, life and group health, and designed executive benefits for BPJ. She has been with the company for more than 14 years and has earned her CIC, CTIW, LUTCF and AIS certifications.

Lorine Killingsworth, age 71, of Galena, Mo., recently represented Missouri at the first annual Prime Time Awards and Gala in Washington, D.C. Killingsworth competed against more than 200 nominees to win the title of Missouri's Most Outstanding Older Worker and the opportunity to attend the conference.

Sheila Bowles, RN, education coordinator of St. John's Teddy Bear Club, and Shelly Wensel, RNC, labor and delivery room nurse at St. John's, have been certified as Lamaze teen specialists after attending a Lamaze advanced skills series workshop. The two-day workshop taught Lamaze instructors how to assist teens in preparing for birth and parenting, and provided tips for improving interaction with adolescents.

Robert Coscia, MD, medical director of St. John's Trauma Services, was a guest speaker at the national Trauma and Critical Care Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Coscia spoke about the trauma center review process and served on an interactive panel discussion. More than 900 physicians and nurses attended the conference.

Schreiber Foods of Monett received the top award for corporate wellness at the sixth annual St. John's HealthWorks Corporate Health Breakfast. Heatway also received honors for most improved company. The selection process is conducted through a survey mailed to area companies.

Gil Cunningham, of the Don Romeo Agency and producer of the Route 66 Country Music Festival, is the recipient of the 1998 "Talent Buyer of the Year Award," presented to him by the Academy of Country Music Awards.

John T. Piatchek, CLU, ChFC, CFBS, of Springfield, has attained 1998 membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for his 26th consecutive year. Membership in the round table represents the top 6 percent of insurance and financial planners worldwide.

Schilling/Sellmeyer & Associates has been selected as the advertising agency of record for three area organizations: Freeman Health System, Ozark Center and Liberty Bank. Schilling/Sellmeyer will be responsible for designing and implementing advertising campaigns and marketing for the three organizations.

Dr. Cal LeMon, president of The Executive Edge Inc., has published a book titled "Unreported Miracles: What You Probably Do Not Know About Your Child's School Bus." LeMon writes in response to popular misconceptions about issues like seat belts, the use of unregulated vans, driver qualifications and others, and comes to the conclusion that the yellow school bus is safe.

Jay Courtney has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CFP certification mark. This mark identifies individuals who have met experience and ethical requirements of the CFP board, have completed financial planning coursework and have passed a certification examination.

Ten employees of the OACAC Head Start Program have earned a child-development associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. They are: Amber Burton, Renee Duncan, Melissa Hopkins, Karen Bills, Joan Gammel, Sheila High, Catherine Munhollon, Susan Schultz, Lisa Todd and Lesa Andrus. They were awarded the CDA credential by the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

The Morris Agency Inc. has received the 1997 Agency Building Award-Honorable Mention from Kansas City Life Insurance Company. The Morris Agency, headed by general agent Michael W. Morris, CLU, was selected because of its performance in 10 critical areas of agency operation.

Shirley Harman, CPCU, CIC, operations manager/systems coordinator at Ollis and Company Insurors, has been nominated for Most Valuable Player, a recognition for establishing a standard of excellence in sharing insurance computer knowledge and helping other insurance agencies attain their automation goals. Harman will be honored during the AMS Users' Group national conference in San Antonio.

Raymond Salois, of Republic Ford Inc., has again earned a Top 100 award in Ford Motor Company's Ambassador Award program. This award is presented to the top 100 of the Kansas City District's 1,500 sales consultants and is based solely on customer satisfaction.

Top of the Rock Golf Course, near Branson, has received the 1997 Design Award Program Merit Award by the St. Louis chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for its ability to "exemplify a clear and well-resolved solution which achieves its purpose." The course was also presented with a Civic Award for making contributions which further the profession of landscape architecture.

KYTV staff members have been awarded two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. KY3's week-long coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Buffalo River's designation as a National River received the Murrow Award for Best News Series. The news team producing the series included reporters Dennis Graves and Brian Shipman, photojournalists Rob West and Jon Davis, and producer Michelle Duncan. KY3 also received the award for Best Use of Video for a news feature on the Joe Johns manhunt. That report also earned photojournalist Eric Voss a national award from the National Press Photographers Association.

Telec Inc., a locally owned and operated company, has been named a regional dealer for the Sony TriniCom family of videoconferencing systems. The new Sony TriniCom family of rollabout and desktop group videoconferencing systems allows business, government and educational organizations to take advantage of full-motion, two-way audio/video communications.

Prime Inc. has named James Putnam, refrigerated division, and Ed Valentine, flatbed division, as its 1997 Independent Contractors of the Year. Putnam and Valentine were inducted into Prime's Hall of Fame and received checks for $1,000 with plaques recognizing their achievements.

The Alliance Insurance Companies have named Barker, Phillips, Jackson Insurance Inc. an Advantage Agent for 1998. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, a broker must exhibit specific professionalism and financial management in five consecutive years.

The National Wild Turkey Federation has presented the 1998 Corporate Achievement Award to Bass Pro Shops. The award is given to companies that show outstanding stewardship of wildlife, partnership with the NWTF and efforts to conserve wild turkey and preserve the turkey-hunting tradition.

Carolyn Napolitano, of Litton's Advanced Circuitry Division, has completed the requirements for a human resource certificate from the SMSU Management Development Institute. To earn this certificate, Napolitano attended a human resource fundamentals seminar and five advanced modules for a total of 45 classroom hours.

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