Top Alumni Awards
Mizzou Alumni Association honors alumni for service.
Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association honors some of its top volunteers during Leaders Weekend, where alumni leaders from across the United States gather to discuss ways of making the association stronger. This year’s Leaders Weekend Sept. 26–28 includes opportunities for specialized leadership development, presentations by university leaders, campus explorations, workshops and idea exchanges.
At the event’s banquet Sept. 27, the association will honor five alumni with Tiger Pride awards (2), Mizzou G.O.L.D. awards (2) and the Alumni Legacy Award (1). The Mizzou G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Award is for graduates of the past 10 years who have donated time and talents on behalf of Mizzou. The Tiger Pride Award recognizes sustained, outstanding volunteer efforts. For both of these awards, one award goes to someone living in Missouri and one living outside the state. The Alumni Legacy Award is given for a lifetime of exemplary service.
Tiger Pride Awards
Patty Wolfe BA, BS Ed ’77, MBA ’80
Change Management Consultant, Shell Oil Company
For nearly a decade, Patty has supported the Houston Texas Tigers including a term serving as resident of the board 2010–11. Wolfe has set herself apart by encouraging her fellow Tigers in Houston to become more active members and leading the fundraising charge for the chapter’s scholarship endowment. Thanks in part to her work, the Houston chapter saw increased engagement, more diversity and renewed connections with young alumni.
Kim Voss, BS Ed ’87
Billing Manager, Zick, Voss, Politte & Richardson PC
Kim Voss may have hung up her Golden Girl dance costume, but she still wears her Mizzou pride. She and her husband, Kurt, BS Ag ’86, JD ’89, helped start the Franklin County chapter in 1991. Nine years later, she joined the Mizzou Alumni Association board of directors and then went on to serve on the executive board 2000–03 and as president from 2006–2007. She has also been a member of 18 other Mizzou committees, including the Parent Leadership Council, Mizzou PRIDE Council and the Finance Committee.
Mizzou G.O.L.D. Awards
Derek Kessen, BS BA ’05
Data Intelligence Analyst, Performance Trust Capital Partners LLC
Working for the Chicago chapter, Kessen has served not only on the communications and scholarship committees but also as president. He has organized events for local youth promoting the value of higher education and reached out to local alumni using social media. Kessen wrote annual newsletters and manages the chapter’s website.
Megan Fox McQuoid, BS Ag ’07
Moscow Mills, Mo.
Sales Manager, Monsanto Co.
McQuoid’s achievements on behalf of the association include organizing a senior send-off for local students planning to attend Mizzou, organizing celebrations for Founders Day, hosting watch parties, coordinating tailgate parties, arranging for the chapter to appear in the county fair, and leading fundraising and scholarship efforts at local high schools.
Alumni Legacy Award
Jack McCausland, BS BA ’60
McCausland has given 35 years of volunteer service to the association, including serving as its president. He also has served as president of the Kansas City chapter and district director of the association’s governing board. He is a sustaining member of the Jefferson Club. McCausland is deeply involved in the Kansas City chapter and has brought his passion for the university to his workplace, Ash Grove Cement Co., where he facilitated corporate support for Mizzou. He has been a football season ticketholder for nearly 50 years.