MBU Receives Historical Society’s Distinguished Service Award

Recognizing a dedication to local history, Missouri Baptist University has received the Historical Society for St. Louis County’s (SLCHA) 2012 Robert F. Hyland Distinguished Service Award.

“Missouri Baptist University is honored to partner with such an important organization to the culture and history of St. Louis County,” said Arlen Dykstra, MBU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “MBU shares the [SLCHA] goal of bringing a heightened attention to this region’s rich history.”

The University received the award Oct. 25 during the 31st Annual Awards Presentation for the SLCHA, which took place on the MBU campus. The University has hosted the event for sixteen years.

Dykstra has long been affiliated with the Missouri Historical Society and, most notably, the SLCHA. He has previously served as organization’s president, vice president and on its membership board. In 1993, SLCH awarded Dykstra the prestigious Distinguished Service Award.

The awards presentation recognizes organizations, scholars, governmental officials and civic leaders of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The keynote speaker for the event was author Charlene Bry, who also received the Society’s 2012 St. Louis Book Award.  Bry, founder of Ladue News and former columnist for the St. Louis Globe Democrat, was recognized for her book “Ladue Found,” which was published in 2011 and provides a look into the history of one of St. Louis County’s most dignified cities. Bry’s work has been published in People MagazineAmerican Airlines Magazine, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The following award recipients were also recognized during the ceremony:

James M. O’Flynn Award: Amy Kaiser

Kaiser is the director of the St. Louis Symphony Choir. She was a guest conductor for the Chicago Grant Park Festival, the Berkshire Festival and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, her master’s degree in music from Columbia University and has studied at Oxford University as a Fulbright fellow.

Henry Sutton Governmental Service Award: Jundge Kenneth J. Rothmann

Rothman has served in public service for more than 40 years. He is the former lieutenant governor of the state of Missouri, majority leader and speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Locally, he has worked as the assistant prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, a municipal judge in both St. Ann and Richmond Heights and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District.

William Barnaby Faherty Award: Dr. Daniel Bornstein

Bronstein is a professor of History and Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focus is on the religious culture during both the medieval times and the Italian Renaissance.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.

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