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Alumni honored for career achievements, community service
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Five exceptional Columbia College alumni were honored at an awards ceremony Saturday, April 25, during alumni reunion weekend.

Honored for outstanding leadership and service to community, Ronald A. Monnig '77 and Penny L. Pitman '65 received the Community Service Award. Monnig has been instrumental in local and state government, serving on numerous city, county and state clubs, organizations and councils. Pitman has made a life-long commitment to the restoration and preservation of St. Charles, Mo. She is involved with the restoration and heritage commission of Saint Charles Riverfront Arts and the Historic Downtown Association.

Honored for outstanding regional and national recognition in their career fields, Sgt. Major Michael David '91 (retired) and Ruth Purschwitz Meissen '79 received the Professional Achievement Award. David retired after 30 years in the United States Army as a leader, trainer and role model. His emphasis was human resources. A teacher's teacher, Meissen was named 2007-08 Illinois State Board of Education Teacher of the Year.

Finally, honored for outstanding regional and national career recognition, Clinton ("Clint") G. Herbert '88 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Herbert's three-decade-long career in Army, Navy and NASA security culminated with a position as deputy assistant administrator of security program protection for NASA.

"These five alumni exemplify what we hope every Columbia College graduate will aspire to," said Susan Davis, senior director of alumni relations at Columbia College. "They are all so deserving of these awards and we are so proud to have them as part of the Columbia College family."