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Alumna Celeste Rudd making an impact through the software business

Alumna Celeste Rudd making an impact through the software business

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

May 20, 2019

From selling enterprise-grade scalable software to providing consulting, alumna Celeste Rudd has been promoted to Americas Alliance Manager for Micro Focus since joining in March 2016 as an Account Manager in the Enterprise Security Products group. “In Sept. 2017 the Enterprise Software division of Hewl...

Utilizing Mission: St. Louis to change lives

Utilizing Mission: St. Louis to change lives

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

March 25, 2019

Not only did freshmen hear from alumna Kelly Quinn for Day of Service, they also heard a speech from 2006 alumna Laura Kleffner. Kleffner joined Mission: St. Louis, an organization that provides education and employment opportunities for families in St. Louis, January 2018 as Director of Development....

Inspiring and building friendships through Best Buddies

Inspiring and building friendships through Best Buddies

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

March 4, 2019

After graduating 19 years ago, alumna Kelly Quinn will return March 7 as a guest speaker for Day of Service. As State Director for Missouri for Best Buddies International, Quinn is one of the four speakers freshmen have the opportunity to learn from. “I am planning to talk about the sense of belonging and how...

Pursuing nursing while cheering from the sidelines at “The Titan Games”

Pursuing nursing while cheering from the sidelines at “The Titan Games”

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

January 29, 2019

After attending Lindenwood University for two and a half years, alumna Taylor Scott decided to leave behind her plans to attend Goldfarb School of Nursing to pursue a career in personal training in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Derik Scott. “We picked up and moved with three weeks notice. I have been personal training and attendin...

Surviving as an actor in Hollywood

Surviving as an actor in Hollywood

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

December 10, 2018

From taking on lead roles in short films to participating in Buzzfeed and Google Home commercials, 2005 alumnus Scott Bender has pursued his passion as an actor in Hollywood. This dream first surfaced at North Star Camp for Boys when Bender was 12 years old. “My best friends that I went to camp wi...

Riding the adoption rollercoaster

Riding the adoption rollercoaster

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

November 16, 2018

Working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse in Ann Arbor, MI after graduating in 2002, alumna Tricia LaRocca Morris achieved her goal of creating her own family by adopting her first baby June Caroline. “My husband David and I knew we wanted a family before we were even engaged. We were unsucce...

Alumnus Ed Alizadeh continues to make a difference in the community as the CEO of Geotechnology

Alumnus Ed Alizadeh continues to make a difference in the community as the CEO of Geotechnology

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

October 26, 2018

From overseeing and participating in the construction of the current Busch Stadium to public works projects in the City of Blue Springs, 1980 alumnus Ed Alizadeh has participated in many engineering and environmental projects as the CEO of Geotechnology. The company specializes in projects in environmental sciences, drilling, cons...

Alumnus David Peterka provides support to oppressed girls in Malawi

Alumnus David Peterka provides support to oppressed girls in Malawi

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

May 21, 2018

Since graduating in 2006, alumnus David Peterka has developed a passion for advocating for equality through the awakening of his faith in God. Dedicating his life to this mission, Peterka created a safe house in Malawi for sexually abused girls. “Shortly after graduating, some people from another faith aske...

Working with big names in the Big Apple

Working with big names in the Big Apple

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018

Working with Coachella, Beyoncé, Museum of Ice Cream, Kendrick Lamar and Drake through her career as the Director of Brand Partnerships and Experience at American Express is part of alumna Erin Maxwell’s daily life in New York City, since graduating in 2002. “My best friend and mentor in New York...

Alumna Grace Miller carves her path into triathlon success

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017

After graduating in 2016, Grace Miller originally had the mindset to attend the University of Missouri, major in English Studies and stay relatively close to her family. Instead, she created a completely different path for herself and her future, moving to Naperville, IL. to attend North Central Colle...

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