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STLCC Alumni, Faculty Member and Retiree Receive MCCA Awards

November 02, 2012

Myrtle dorsey and Kate Uptergrove  
Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, left, presents the MCCA News Media Award to Kate Uptergrove, an
STLCC graduate who now is the editor of West Newsmagazine.















Two St. Louis Community College graduates, as well as a current and retired faculty member, will receive special honors at the Missouri Community College Association’s 48th Annual Convention Oct. 31-Nov.2 in Kansas City.

The 2012 award winners include David Freese, third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, who will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award; Kate Uptergrove, managing editor of West Newsmagazine, who will receive the News Media Award; Ruth Lewis, retired counseling professor at STLCC-Forest Park, who will receive the Award of Distinction; and Cindy Epperson, professor in sociology at STLCC-Meramec, who will receive the Global Educator Award.

David Freese  
David Freese

In 2004, Freese was named to the All-Midwest Community College Athletic Conference, All-Region XVI and NJCAA All-America baseball teams. He also was the Region XVI Player of the Year. In 2004, he also earned his associate degree in general transfer studies. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2006, Freese was traded to the Cardinals in 2009. After overcoming injuries and other off-the-field issues, Freese put together a postseason for the ages in 2011, capturing both National League Championship Series and World Series MVP honors to lead the Cardinals to the franchise’s 11th world championship.

Uptergrove formerly was “The Work Place” editor and employment writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch prior to joining West Newsmagazine. She also is a graduate of STLCC-Meramec, earning as associate degree in mass communications. Uptergrove has been an ongoing advocate for St. Louis Community College and its mission to expand the minds and change the lives of its students. Stories in the Post-Dispatch’s employment section, “The Work Place,” focused on how college programs have impacted the lives of STLCC career and technical education graduates, how they have benefited from their experiences at STLCC and now are making a difference in the community.

Cindy Epperson  
Cindy Epperson

Epperson was recognized for her ongoing commitment to providing community college students, faculty and staff with access to global education. Epperson, who served as the STLCC-Meramec global studies coordinator for nine years, is a cofounder of the MCCA/Vietnam Association of Community Colleges partnership. She also serves as a board member for the Midwest Institute of International and Intercultural Education. She works with the American Red Cross as a teaching fellow for the Exploring Humanitarian Law program, and encourages others to participate in the organization’s professional development opportunities on international humanitarian law.

Lewis was recognized for sustained service and commitment to the role and mission of the community college throughout the state. Lewis retired from counseling at Forest Park in 1999, and continues to serve on the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors while now devoting full time to her business. Lewis is still active in many community service organizations, including the YWCA’s Academy of Leaders, Forest Park Forever, the St. Louis Forum, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Minority Business Council, the Girl Scouts and Faith House. She was named a 2002 Woman of Achievement by the Suburban Journals and was a Zonta Club 2002 Yellow Rose Award winner.

Ruth Lewis  
CRuth Lewis, second from right, receives the MCCA Award of Distinction during the MCCA
Convention. Also pictured are, from left, STLCC Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey; Rodney Gee of the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors; and Zora Mulligan, executive director of MCCA.