Welcome home! FIRST LT. PRIYA REDNAM (Visitation Academy ’02) recently returned from deployment in Iraq. Rednam, a West Point grad, spent time in both the northern and southern parts of the country supervising medical units. She will eventually be stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, but during a brief visit home, she stopped by her alma mater to spend time with the third- and fourth-grade students, who had been writing her letters while she was away.

Congratulations to DANNA MCKITRICK principal RUTH BINGER, who was recently named one of three recipients of the LAWYER’S LAWYER AWARD in the St. Louis Daily Record’s 10th annual Women’s Justice Awards. The award recognizes women in private practice who demonstrate leadership, integrity, service and sacrifice and who contribute to the betterment of their profession. Binger established a mentoring program at her firm for new associates and herself acts as a mentor in the Special Friends Extended Program for underprivileged elementary school students.

Kudos to the CORO LEADERSHIP CENTER-ST. LOUIS, which is celebrating 35 years of helping individuals become engaged, responsible citizens and effective civic leaders through leadership training programs. The annual Leadership Awards Celebration June 3 recognizes community leaders who live Coro’s mission: JAMES BUFORD, president and CEO of Urban League; RODNEY CRIM, executive director of St. Louis Developemtn Corporation; TRACY HART, president of Tarlton Corp. and board chair of Associated General Contractors of St. Louis; LESLEY HOFFARTH, 1-64 project director; BOB KELLEY, former president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council; DAN KORNBLET, author and business consultant; DAN LEE, chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment; SHARON ROHRBACH, founder and CEO of Nurses for Newborns; and KIM TUCCI, co-owner and president of The Pasta House.

THE HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS, a nonprofit that honors those who succeed despite adversity, recently elected a new executive committee, with St. Louisan PAUL NOVELLY as vice president. Novelly is owner of APEX OIL COMPANY & AIC LIMITED, headquartered in Clayton.

Monster mania! SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER debuted its newest exhibit, MONSTERS: THE ART AND TECHNOLOGY OF ANIMATRONICS, on May 3. The exhibit will allow visitors a behind-the-scenes look at visual effects, techniques and movie animatronics.

Happy 50th birthday to PROJECT INC., Missouri’s first sheltered workshop to train and employ adults diagnosed with developmental mental disabilities. The organization was founded in 1958 as a special, three-year demonstration project funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Its goal was, and remains, to provide employment, job skills, self-support and self-respect through social interaction, meaningful work and job training.

Congratulations to DR. SHERMAN SILBER of THE INFERTILITY CENTER OF ST. LOUIS at ST. LUKE’S HOSPTIAL, who will be honored by the Academy of Science-St. Louis with one of the 14th annual ‘Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards.’ Silber is internationally recognized as a pioneer in microsurgery and infertility and his work has revolutionized the treatment of infertility in both males and females. He will receive the James B. Eads Award for outstanding achievement in technology/ engineering.

Just say spaaaaah…The grounds of CHAUMETTE VINEYARDS & WINERY in Ste. Genevieve has made life even sweeter for its guests with the opening of BELLE HAVEN, the area’s first luxury resort spa. The 4,500-square-foot spa features a wraparound porch with panoramic views and six treatment rooms, including a couples suite and infrared sauna. This summer the spa will introduce its heated pool, poolside cabanas and a restaurant that serves health-conscious cuisine.