Arts and Science Week lauds service, leadership

The MU chancellor and a New York City theater director will receive top awards.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:45 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Chancellor Richard Wallace and James Morgan, artistic director for New York’s York Theater Company, are among those being recognized during MU’s annual Arts and Science Week, which began Monday.

Wallace will receive the Honorary Alumni Award for his exceptional leadership at MU. Morgan will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his help in the development of “Mizzou on Broadway,” a literary theatrical showcase that features original work by MU students on the New York City stage.

Eight Distinguished Alumni Awards will also be presented at a banquet Friday night. The awards recognize alumni whose efforts on behalf of the college have enhanced the quality of its programs to benefit students, faculty and alumni.

The recipients are:

James H. Amos Jr.

James H. Amos Jr., who recently retired as president and chief executive officer of Mail Boxes Etc. In 1998, he founded the MBE We Deliver Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving children whose futures are at risk.

Lucille Salerno

Lucille Salerno, who worked as an instructor and state specialist for MU Extension and served as a grant writer and program coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health.

Tyrone F. Christian

Tyrone F. Christian, who has become an expert in diversity marketing. Christian produces magazines and television programs targeting minority groups whose needs are inadequately met by other media outlets.

Earl Coleman

Earl Coleman, who has dedicated his life to sharing his love for music with his students. Many of his students have gone on to perform in Broadway musicals, sing for such groups as the Metropolitan Opera and earn nominations for Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Flake L. McHaney

Flake L. McHaney, who pursued a Harvard law degree after graduating from MU and went on to serve as a Missouri circuit judge for five years. He is a former member of the Board of Admissions in the U.S. District Court and a former trustee of the Missouri Bar Association.

Donald Packwood

Donald Packwood, who holds several patents in silicon chip

manufacturing and technology. He founded the American Vacuum Society program, intended to foster the donation of surplus equipment to schools.

Naoma Powell

Naoma Powell, who has directed Columbia’s School of Services and Access Arts since 1983. Before working for Access Arts, Powell spent 21 years teaching art to the impoverished in Appalachia.

Andrew R. Sackin

Andrew R. Sackin, who went on to further his education at the Julliard School and with the Joffrey Ballet before beginning his career on Broadway. He is the vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services and, to remain close to the theater, he and two partners formed SRO Productions, which introduces new dramatic and musical works to the stage.

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