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Fox to Receive Alumni Merit Award

Dr. Cynthia Marie Fox of Tucson, Ariz., will receive an Alumni Merit Award presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Oct. 19 at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Program during the Homecoming celebration.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 11, 2012 – Dr. Cynthia Marie Fox of Tucson, Ariz., will receive an Alumni Merit Award presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Oct. 19 at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Program during the Homecoming celebration.

Fox, a 1992 graduate of Southeast, is the vice president and co-founder of LSVT Global, Inc. The company has nearly 12,000 speech, physical and occupational therapists trained in LSVT methodologies in more than 54 countries. These clinicians have helped thousands of patients with Parkinson’s disease improve their communication, movement and quality of life.

Fox is also a research associate with the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, Colo., and Executive Vice President of the LSVT Foundation.

Since 1958, Alumni Merit Awards have been presented to Southeast graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University.

“It is an amazing honor,” she said. “To be recognized by my University for my accomplishments is humbling. I believe my experience at Southeast gave me the confidence to go out and develop the career that I have today.”

Fox is considered to be a leading authority in speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease and has published and presented extensively in this area. In addition to her work with the National Center for Voice and Speech, Fox also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association in Tucson and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association and The Movement Disorder Society. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“I really feel like I am just getting started, and there are greater goals to achieve, and the best is yet to come,” she said.

Fox graduated summa cum laude from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science with a major in speech pathology. She continued her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she received her Master of Arts in speech pathology. Fox earned her doctorate in speech and hearing sciences with a concentration in neuroscience and motor control from the University of Arizona-Tucson in 2002.

“The support and direct attention I received from being in a smaller University department at Southeast was highly valuable and evident when I moved on to the master’s level. I actually had more academic and clinical experiences than many of my classmates who came to the University of Colorado-Boulder from larger universities. For example, I recall starting my master’s degree program with a significant number of clinical hours, whereas other students had never actually worked with clients in their undergraduate programs. I felt very grateful for this background from my undergraduate program and empowered by my experiences,” she said.

Fox is a Copper Dome and a Redhawk level Alumni Association member. At Southeast, she sang in the University Choir; was a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Academic Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Order of Omega and Greek Honorary; was chapter president of the year and Woman of the Year in 1991; named to the Dean’s Honor List; and the recipient of the Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award, the Regent’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship and Luther Hahs Speech Scholarship. She also participated in the Missouri London Program and was honored with a Young Alumni Merit Award in 2007.

Other Alumni Merit Award recipients this year are Dr. W. Barry Aycock of Parma, Mo., owner of AgXplore International, LLC; Dr. Terry Adams of Lake St. Louis, Mo., superintendent of the Wentzville R-IV School District; Gregg Billmeyer of Columbia, Ill., vice president of strategic initiatives with Anheuser-Busch InBev in St. Louis; Joe Pappas of Festus, Mo., owner, publisher and composer of JPM Music Publications and an adjunct music instructor, director of concert band and core academic advisor at Jefferson College; Dr. Judy Gallagher of Arlington, Texas, dean of Humanities at Tarrant County College’s South Campus in Fort Worth, Texas; Dr. Jerry Kinder of Cape Girardeau, a retired general surgeon; Onesimo Sanchez III of Panama, manager of the Economic Intelligence and Research Unit, Department of Corporate Planning and Marketing, Panama Canal Authority; and Dr. Kerwin Urhahn of Columbia, Mo., executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Receiving the Faculty Merit award will be Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of entrepreneurship at Southeast.

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For more information, contact:
        Cyndi Kubik (573) 651-2609
        ckubik1s@semo.edu



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