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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 11, 2003 -- Southeast Missouri State University will hold its "Southeast Salutes" Awards Luncheon in St. Louis April 17, honoring an outstanding high school senior from the St. Louis metropolitan area as the first recipient of the Jack Buck Scholar Leadership Award while recognizing six outstanding St. Louis area alumni.

The event is scheduled for noon at the Royal Orleans, 2801 Telegraph Road, in St. Louis.

Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

The family of legendary St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck is expected to be on hand for the presentation of the first Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award. In addition to the award recipient, five finalists also will be recognized.

Earlier this year, Southeast Missouri State University teamed up with KMOX Radio in the establishment of the award. The new award and the first scholarship to be established in memory of Buck, will be presented to a student in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who has demonstrated the potential for academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to their community.

The award covers incidental fees (tuition) and general fees for the equivalent of up to 32 credit hours per academic year at Southeast Missouri State University and residence hall fees for fall and spring semesters in a standard, double-occupancy room. The award, which is effective with the fall 2003 semester, also provides a 15-meal per week board plan.

Students from the St. Louis Metro Area, including St. Louis County and City, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County and the Metro East area in Illinois were eligible to apply for the award.

Southeast Salutes Award Recipients

The "Southeast Salutes" awards will be presented to Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area for their outstanding work, their commitment to making a difference and their service as role models for the community and the University through their professional and volunteer efforts. The St. Louis Alumni Council will present the awards.

Recipients of the 2003 Southeast Salutes Award are Richard Pisani, (1971), president of American Marketing Group, Inc.; Dr. Maureen Clancy-May, (1979), assistant superintendent for instructional support at Riverview Gardens School District; Maj. Linda Meyer, (1982), nurse at St. John's Mercy Medical Center; the Honorable William Lohmar, (1968), St. Charles County Circuit Court judge; Dr. Gordon Ronald Garrett, (1961), executive vice president of St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society; and Richard Hantak, (1961), retired industrial arts and guidance counselor after 31 years of service.

About the Southeast Salutes recipients:

Richard T. Pisani

Richard Pisani received a bachelor of science degree in marketing management from Southeast Missouri State University in 1971. He is a native St. Louisan from "The Hill."

After graduation, Pisani spent seven successful years with Xerox Corporation in sales, sales training, and sales management. He left Xerox in 1977 and started his own business as a business broker and franchise consultant.

He served two three-year terms as president of the St. Louis Alumni Council: 1987-1990 and 1999-2002. He currently serves as the president of the American Cancer Society's "Heritage League Founder;" president of the St. Louis Ambassador's "1904 World's Fair Charitable Foundation;" and president of the Squires and Ladies Charitable Foundation.

Pisani has two children, R.J. and Gina, and three grandchildren.

Dr. Maureen Clancy-May

Dr. Maureen Clancy-May received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in teaching the exceptional child in 1979. While on campus, she was affiliated with the Student Government Association, Homecoming Steering Committee and Student Activities Committee.

Clancy-May received a doctor of philosophy degree from St. Louis University in May 1992. She presently serves as assistant superintendent for instructional support in the Riverview Gardens School District.

Clancy-May resides in St. Louis with her three children, Patrick, Bridget and Corey.

Lt. Col. Linda S. Meyer

Lt. Colonel Linda Meyer has combined two full-time careers: military pilot and registered nurse. Meyer earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1982. Later, she received a master's of aeronautical science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Since 1982, she has served in the U.S. Air Force. She completed pilot's training and was one of the few women to fly T-39 Saberliners and C-21 Learjets. Her present positions combine both her nursing skills and flying expertise. She serves as chief of medical readiness at Scott Air Force Base, where she also serves as a flight nurse for disasters and life-saving missions.

In addition, Meyer is employed by St. John's Mercy Hospital in the Cardiac Care Unit.

Judge William T. Lohmar

Judge William Lohmar graduated from Southeast in 1968 with a bachelor's of science degree with a major social studies and went on to earn a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1971.

Lohmar began as the chief trial attorney in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of St. Charles County in 1972. He now serves as senior judge for the State of Missouri and is managing partner of Lohmar & Lohmar, L.L.C.

In 1985, he served as president of the St. Charles County Bar Association. He also has served on the board of directors of various civic organizations, including the St. Charles County Police Academy, the St. Charles County Youth-in-Need and the St. Charles County Citizens Advisory Committee. He is licensed to practice before the United States District Court (Eastern and Western Districts); the Supreme Court of Missouri; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lohmar is married to the former Shirley Mastin, an 1970 alumna of Southeast. They have one son, Timothy.

Dr. Gordon Ronald Garrett

Dr. G. Ron Garrett is a 1961 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, when he earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology.

Garrett has served as executive vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society since 1976. As chief administrative officer for the 159-year-old professional society which pre-dates the American Medical Association founding, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the programs and services provided to 2,400 physician members in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

He is active in the American Association of Medical Society Executives, the American Society of Association Executives and Sigma Chi Foundation Board. He is married to the former Peggy Tynes, also a Southeast alumna. They are the parents of two grown children, Cari Lynn Dick and Dr. Christi Garrett Hunt.

H. Richard Hantak

Richard "Dick" Hantak received a bachelor of science in secondary education degree in 1961 and a master of science in guidance and counseling degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. He retired in 1992 after 31 years in education as a high school instructor of industrial arts and guidance counselor. A referee for the National Football League for 25 years, Hantak was the first rookie official to be assigned to work a post-season game in league history. He also was the first official in league history to work the Super Bowl at two different positions.

He and his wife, the former Barbara Serb, have three children, Timothy, Theodore and Christopher.


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