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  • Longtime Climax Springs principal to be honored by CMU

  • Exceptional achievements by six outstanding Central Methodist University alumni will be honored at the 67th annual CMU Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 4.
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  • Exceptional achievements by six outstanding Central Methodist University alumni will be honored at the 67th annual CMU Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 4.
    CMU President Marianne E. Inman said that four will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards: Andrew Glover, Dr. Michael Reid, Dr. Terry B. Smith, and Rev. Rena Rickman Yocom.
    Dr. Thomas Randoll will be presented with the CMU Young Alumni Award, while Dr. Delores Bland Woodward, former longtime Climax Springs principal, will garner the University Service Award.
    “The strength of Central Methodist University is a direct reflection of the strength of its alumni,” noted President Marianne Inman. “We are privileged to be able to recognize the exceptionally fine contributions of these six members of the CMU family.”
    All will be honored at a the Alumni Awards banquet on May 4, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Jacobs Conference Center of the CMU Student and Community Center. Reservations are available for $25 per person, and can be made by contacting Heather Carlton at 660-248-6234 or by e-mail at hcarlton@centralmethodist.edu.
    Dr. Delores Bland Woodward
    Dr. Woodward received her undergraduate degree from Central in 1955. She is receiving the University Service Award, the first such recipient since 2009 and only the 24th to receive this award from CMU. Award criteria specify that it be bestowed “only upon persons whose service is extensive and extraordinary.”
    A resident of Fayette, Dr. Woodward has served, and continues to serve, CMU in a variety of ways. She is a docent for The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art; has served on the CMU Alumni Board from 2000-2012; is on the CMU Alumni Advisory Board; and has been active in the CMU Class Agent program since 2004.
    She has hosted CMU events and special guests, judged Homecoming Parade entries, been a supporter of the fine and performing arts, and supported her alma mater in numerous other ways.
    A native of Bogard, Mo. Woodward received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia State University. Her career in education included serving on the faculty of Drury University, ten years as elementary school principal in Climax Springs, Mo., and work as a teacher and librarian with the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. She continues to work as an educational consultant.

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