That’s a winner…Cardinals Hall-of-Famer STAN MUSIAL will head to the White House early next year to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his lifetime of achievement and service. The announcement from the White House last week follows months of campaigning by Cardinals fans, players, coaches and management, including the ‘Flat Stan the Man’ photo project that went viral throughout Redbird Nation this summer.

    Acclaimed author FRANCINE PROSE is the recipient of the 2010 Washington University International Humanities Medal, in honor of her lifetime contribution to the written word. The award comes with a $25,000 prize—one of the largest literary awards in the U.S. Her latest book is Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife. The author of more than 20 books, Prose will receive her medal Nov. 30 at Graham Chapel.

        The YWCA is marking its 30th year of honoring the achievements of local women. Next month, the organization will recognize its 2010 Leader Lunch honorees based on their efforts to promote racial justice and their positive impact on the community. They include MOLLY CLINE, MARY HEGER, ANN MARR, VIRGINIA McDOWELL and MARCIA NIEDRINGHAUS (business/corporate management); VICKIE NEWTON (communications); and KITTY RATCLIFFE (nonprofit management). Inter national Institute president/CEO ANNA CROSSLIN is this year’s Racial Justice Leader and McCluer North H.S. senior ALLISON WALLACE has been named YWCA Future Leader.

    Art glass screens will soon grace LAMBERT AIRPORT as part of its $50 million renovation. A group of local artists, including JANA HARPER of Clayton, WILLIAM LaCHANCE of Maplewood, TOM HUCK and EVA LUNDSAGER of University City, and LAUREN ADAMS, SARAH GIANNOBILE and JOAN HALL of St. Louis, has been chosen to design concepts for the artwork to be installed in concourses A and C. Each artist will contribute designs for three side-by-side glass panels, with an overall glass ‘canvas’ of almost 50 square feet. Start looking for them this spring. 

    CLAYTON ACADEMY has been named a ‘School of Distinction’ by All Kinds of Minds Institute, a nonprofit promoting a student’s success in school and life through teaching how minds are wired to learn. Clayton Academy, a K to 8 private school opened in 1991, is the first school in Missouri and one of only 29 worldwide to earn the distinction.

    Kudos to the recent American Red Cross Lifesaver Awards honorees, including Jewish Community Center (JCC) staffers KARI JOHNSONBAUGH, JOE RYAN, CRAIG PRINDLE, RYAN BADER and member DR. DAVID LOTSOFF. Earlier this year, visitor JOHN MARTIN suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the indoor track of the JCC’s Staenberg Family Complex. Employees rushed to Martin’s aid to perform CPR and then used a defibrillator to help restore his heart rhythm. Lotsoff, who was nearby, assisted with CPR efforts until paramedics took Martin to the hospital. Martin survived the incident. 

    WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, in partnership with BARNES-JEWISH HOSPITAL and ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, has launched the area’s first bariatric surgery program for obese adolescents. Bariatric surgery reduces the size of the stomach and aids weight loss by limiting the amount of food a person can eat. The surgery is becoming more common in obese teens and research has found it to be more effective than diet and exercise.

    Congratulations to Ranken Jordan president/CEO LAURI TANNER, this year’s recipient of Saint Louis University School of Nursing’s alumni merit award. The award recognizes distinguished grads who exemplify  the University’s mission in daily life.