LN’s own TRISH MUYCO-TOBIN is among this year’s honorees of the Salute to Women in Leadership Award presented by the URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS. Other award recipients include: actress ANNA MARIA HORSFORD, JUDGE GLENDA HATCHETT, KATHLEEN MAZZARELLA, SHANNON BAGLEY, ESTHER HAYWOOD, TISHAURA JONES, NICOLE COLBERT-BOTCHWAY, DARLENE DAVIS, BARBARA WASHINGTON, OZELLA FOSTER-ROBINSON, REV. DORIS GRAHAM, MELANIE CHAMBERS, DONNA KNIGHT, CHRISTI GRIFFIN and BRITTANY PACKNETT.
The Salute to Women in Leadership gala was created more than 10 years ago by MICHAEL McMILLAN, president and CEO of the Urban League. To date, approximately 100 women across various professions here and across the country have received the honor. This year’s black-tie event takes place on Friday, June 20, at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. For tickets and more information, call 615-3668.
LADUE MIDDLE SCHOOL has been named a 2014 National School of Character for demonstrating the use of character education and development to positively impact academics, student behavior and school climate. The award was given by the Character Education Partnership, a national advocate for the character education movement. The school will be honored during a Washington, D.C., ceremony this fall.
A Parkway Central Middle School science teacher is the winner of an Excellence in Teaching award for significantly enhancing his students’ performances in the areas of science and mathematics. RYAN BOECKMAN received the 2014 Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize, which is given in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center. Other honorees include ANDREA MAHON (Christian Brothers College H.S.), JOHN MORRISON (Barat Academy), MARY HEINEMANN (LaSalle Spring Middle School) and JASON ZENSER (Crestview Middle School). All five finalists received cash awards during a ceremony at the Science Center earlier this month. The award is named after the late Jerome Loeb, who worked for the May Department Stores Company, retiring as chairman of the board; he was a longtime supporter and board member of the Saint Louis Science Center. Mrs. Loeb, a math teacher for 51 years, currently serves on the Center’s board of trustees.
Congratulations to 10 local teachers representing five area schools for being the recipients of 2014 Gold Star Grants from EMERSON. A total of $55,000 in grant money, open to past recipients of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, are being awarded to teachers at MARIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, ROSATI-KAIN HIGH SCHOOL, and LEXINGTON, KOCH, and LaVERNA EVANS elementary schools.
Bravo to six St. Louisans recently awarded honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies at the UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS. They include: Author, musician, fundraiser and community leader ELIZABETH GENTRY SAYAD, a sixth-generation Missourian who has worked to preserve the region’s French history and culture; GARY JACOB of Synergy, a leading development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders; PATRICK GADELL, a longtime university supporter who has helped raise more than $250,000 in endowed scholarships to serve UMSL students in perpetuity; lifelong educator JAMES WESTBURY, who played a key role in buying the former Bellerive Country club and transforming it into the current UMSL campus; and BEN AND SUSAN UCHITELLE for their remarkable service to education and their civic contributions to the community for the past 40 years.
It’s an exciting time for JAZZ ST. LOUIS, as the cultural institution embarks on a $10-million capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art live performance and education center, jazz lounge and staff headquarters. Executive director GENE DOBBS BRADFORD says that the redesign, which is projected to double attendance by 2017, will place St. Louis among the top five jazz hubs in the world. Features of the new center will include jazz club seating for 220; a jazz lounge featuring a video wall with seating for up to 75; and education and practice space with small rooms and two large rehearsal studios. The new facility will be called THE HAROLD AND DOROTHY STEWARD CENTER FOR JAZZ, named after the parents of longtime Jazz St. Louis supporter DAVE STEWARD.