Students & Alumnae Honored
Mineral Area College alumnae, friends and donors attending MAC Foundation’s Community Ladies Luncheon heard the inspiring stories of some special students and alumni on October 3, 2012.
As students and graduates were recognized their words echoed an underlying theme. They enrolled at MAC to pursue their dreams, and in addition to finding affordable, quality education, they found passionate and talented faculty, caring staff, and opportunities and encouragement to succeed and grow.
Students spoke from the heart about dealing with death, financial crises, illness and abuse; but their message was one of hope, in which they thanked faculty and staff who had mentored and encouraged them as they overcame obstacles to achieve their education.
MAC Foundation honored five students for showing great determination while pursuing their degrees.
MAC Foundation Vice President Andy Buchanan and MAC President Steve Kurtz presented five Inspiring Student Awards during MAC Foundation’s Community Ladies Luncheon on October 3, 2012.
Sherry Leeling, a sophomore from Bonne Terre, is a Phi Theta Kappan and EXCEL student majoring in social work.
Amanda Rhoads, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, is a Fine Arts major, active in Art Club and hopes to one day become a self-employed artist.
Kala Loughary, a sophomore from Desloge, is majoring in secondary English education, participates in Phi Theta Kappa, Delti Psi Omega and has been involved in MAC’s Theatre Guild since 2000. Jeanne Whaley, a sophomore from Park Hills, is majoring in pre-nursing with plans to apply for MAC’s Nursing program this fall.
Harold “R.J.” Sloke, a sophomore from South Carolina, plans to attend UMSL next semester to pursue a bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in Criminology. R.J. is a former foster youth and volunteers much of his time advocating and raising awareness for children without families. He interned with Senator Roy Blunt, and spent the summer on Capitol Hill. R.J. was recently featured on FOX news and in the Washington Post for his work advocating on behalf of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) a bill that is gaining momentum.
MAC Foundation honored five female graduates for distinguishing themselves in their careers, strengthening their communities and brightening the future through their work.
High school art teacher Shelly Steiger (AA 2005) of Cuba, Missouri, is also an accomplished mural artist for the Viva Cuba Mural and beautification project.
Representative Linda Black (AA 1991) of Bonne Terre serves the 107th District, and is running uncontested for her newly redrawn 117th district.
Lisa K. Harrison (AA 1990), a Potosi native, resides in Wentzville, Mo and is the Police Chief of the City of Wentzville. She is the first female police chief in St. Charles County and one of only two in the St. Louis area. She oversees 57 commissioned officers and 18 civilian staff.
Denise R. Brown (AS 2010) of Bonne Terre is the Evening/Nightshift Nursing Supervisor at Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center and Owner/CEO of DRB Medical Legal Consulting, LLC.
Amanda L. Lincoln (AA 1999) resides in Jackson, Missouri and is the Director of Development for Southeast Missouri State University.