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Campus award presented to development officer

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Shawn Poore, an MU Engineering director of development, received the 2012 Columns of Excellence Award for “respect.” Six Columns of Excellence are presented to members of the MU development teams annually.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently recognized a member of the College of Engineering’s development team with one of the university’s annual Columns of Excellence awards.

Shawn Poore was one of six development employees to receive the campuswide awards, represented by MU’s iconic columns and named for the university’s core values: discovery, responsibility, diversity, pride, tradition and respect, the value for which Poore was recognized.

“Higher education means a great deal to me — making sure we have the scholarships for the best students and the best facilities available for them to learn,” he said.

MU Engineering Executive Director of Development Carla Wiedmier and Liz Townsend Bird, an engineering director of development, nominated Poore for the award. They said he provided consistent and professional attention to engineering faculty, staff and alumni.

“Shawn truly believes in a donor-centered approach to building relationships with alumni and friends,” their nomination stated.

Poore first came to the university and MU Engineering in 2003. For the past nine years, Poore has connected with engineering alumni, engaging them in the college’s activities and encouraging them to invest in opportunities for students and the future of the college. Poore said he enjoys fostering the relationships between MU Engineering alumni and their alma mater.

The Columns of Excellence were first awarded in 2006. Their purpose is to recognize outstanding and dedicated members of the university’s development staff.



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