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Rodney K. Pennington, CLU,ChFC, with Lincoln Financial Advisors, has been awarded the National Quality Award.

The Holiday Inn North I-44 has received the 1997 Holiday Hospitality Torchbearer award. The award was presented during a special ceremony at the annual Holiday Hospitality Worldwide Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

College of the Ozarks recently received the "Guardian of Freedom Award." The award was presented at the St. Louis Midwest Regional Conference.

Andy J. Wright, MD, St. John's obstetrician/gynecologist in the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Building, has completed certification in high risk and critical care obstetrics. Wright has practiced medicine in Springfield for 14 years.

Ozark Empire Fair was recently recognized for excellence in advertising and agricultural programming at the annual meeting of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. Awards were presented to the fair for best newspaper advertisement, best magazine advertisement and best overall ad campaign.

Dr. Eltjen Flikkema, professor of languages and chair of the languages department at Drury College, has received the 1997 Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence. The award was presented during the governor's conference on higher education in St. Louis. Flikkema has been a member of the Drury faculty since 1972. With Drury, he helped initiate service learning at the college and developed the Drury honors program.

The first results from a series of studies of quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) and post-stroke depression, funded by the Burrell Foundation, were presented recently at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology in Las Vegas. Two papers from this area were presented and summaries will be published in 1998 in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. The first paper was authored by Fred Ulam, PhD; R. Paul Thomlinson, PhD; Rodney Quinn, MD; Todd Smith, PsyD; and Terri Templemeyer, PhD. The second paper was authored by Kimberly Conner, PsyD; Marsha Johnson, PhD; Ulam and Thomlinson.

Cox Health Systems employees recently presented a workshop titled "Understanding Mental Illness" at the Alternative Care Conference, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Social Services, at Lake of the Ozarks. Workshop presenters included Chuck Hollister, PhD, director of children's residential services; Linda Beason, MS, children's crisis specialist; Kevin Robertson, MS, residential program director; and Trent Twitty, BS, children's crisis access.

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