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Southeast Alumni Association Presents Distinguished Service Awards

Four individuals and a local bank were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association during Homecoming festivities in November 2016.

Recipients include Charles Robert Depro of Sikeston, Missouri; James D. Maurer, and Stephen and Marsha Limbaugh, all of Cape Girardeau; and The Bank of Missouri.

Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the University.

Charles Robert Depro

Charles Robert Depro 

Charles Robert Depro’s passion for teaching began more than a half-century ago when a high school teacher inspired him to pursue a career in education.  In the years since, Depro has similarly inspired thousands of high school and university students in southeast Missouri.

Depro, a resident of Sikeston, Missouri, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in social studies and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi in 1970. While at Southeast, Depro was a member of the College Republicans, the Golden Eagles Marching Band, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Depro is currently a part-time history instructor at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston and taught in the Sikeston School District from 1966-2000.

In addition to his time spent in the classroom, Depro served two terms as a member of the Sikeston Board of Education, two terms as a member of the Sikeston City Council and was the city’s mayor pro-tem.  He also served as president of the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, treasurer of the Scott County Red Cross, president of the Sikeston Public Library Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.

He is a member of the University of Mississippi School of Education Hall of Fame and has received numerous recognitions throughout his education career, including the Missouri State Teachers Association Meritorious Service to Education Award, Phi Delta Kappa’s Meritorious Service Award and the Outstanding Young Educator Award from the Sikeston Jaycees. In addition, he was named the Outstanding Geography Teacher in Missouri by the Missouri Council for Geographic Education, the Teacher of the Year by the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce, a Wall of Fame inductee in the Sikeston Public Schools and has been named first runner-up in the Missouri Teacher of the Year recognition program.

Depro is a member of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation’s Horizon Club. He recently made plans for his legacy by helping the next generation of teachers with a pair of $250,000 bequests to Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Mississippi which will be used to establish endowed scholarships in his name.  At Southeast, the endowment will be known as the Charles R. Depro Scholarship for Social Studies Education.

James D. Mauer

James D.  Maurer

James D. Maurer graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1969 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in math and a minor in business from Southeast Missouri State University in 1973.  Maurer taught junior high math in the Cape Girardeau public school system for three years.

After teaching, he joined the Rhodes Oil family business where, over the next 20 years, he managed the business of the oil company and started the Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores.  Maurer and his partners bought Rhodes and have expanded the convenience stores to more than 30 stores throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

Maurer and his son Jeff formed Mayson Capital Partners in 2009 to manage their real estate holdings and to engage in private equity investments.  Maurer currently serves on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board and has been active in the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, serving as president in 2011.  Maurer was a charter member of the Notre Dame High School Foundation Board and served as a board member for 20 years.  He currently serves on the board of directors for The Bank of Missouri.

Maurer has been active in redevelopment in the Old Town Cape area by serving on the Old Town Cape Board and chairing the Downtown Community Improvement District. He and Teresa Maurer also have been supporters of the Discovery Playhouse Children’s Museum through organization, construction and financial planning for the project.

Stephen and Marsha Limbaugh

Stephen & Marsha Limbaugh

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. and his wife, Marsha Limbaugh, Wells Fargo Advisors managing director-branch manager, are strong supporters of Southeast Missouri State University. They are founding members of the University’s Copper Dome Society and sustaining members of the President’s Council. Marsha is also a past member of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors.

Stephen, a Cape Girardeau native and graduate of Cape Central High School, met Marsha at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Juris Doctor. He also earned a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia. Marsha, originally from Ozona, Texas, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.

Judge Limbaugh began his legal career in 1977 as an associate in the family law firm of Limbaugh, Limbaugh and Russell in Cape Girardeau.  He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Cape Girardeau County in 1978 and was appointed Circuit Judge of the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri in 1987.  In 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri where he served 16 years, including a two-year term as Chief Justice.  He was sworn in as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri in 2008.  He is the first resident U.S. District Judge in the new Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau which is named after his grandfather.  In addition to his regular duties, Judge Limbaugh presides over the federal court system’s first Veterans Court, designed to assist criminal offenders who were honorably discharged from the military.

Judge Limbaugh is active in many professional, civic and charitable organizations and currently serves as president of The State Historical Society of Missouri.  Additionally, he is a charter member of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Advisory Board.  He also is a life-long member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.

In addition to her service on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors, Marsha has been a member of the Southeast Hospital Foundation Board, a board member and vice-chairman of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau, receiving the club’s Woman of the Year recognition. Additionally, she served many years on the Military Academy Selection Committee for U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson, U.S. Rep. JoAnn Emerson and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.  On a state level, she has served on the Missouri Lottery Commission, the Missouri Council on Women’s Economic Development and Training, the Secretary of State’s Securities Advisory Board and the Missouri Mansion Preservation Board.  She also is a long-time member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Marsha has served as managing director-branch manager of the Cape Girardeau Wells Fargo Advisors office since 1986 and has nearly 40 years’ experience as a financial advisor.  In 2013, she received the Wells Fargo Advisors Spirit Award in recognition of her professional and personal achievements.

The Limbaughs reside in Cape Girardeau and have two grown sons, Stephen, a professional musician in Los Angeles, and Christopher, who is the current Prosecuting Attorney in Cape Girardeau County.

The Bank of Missouri

The Bank of Missouri began in Perryville, Missouri, and over the years has expanded into 23 branches in 15 cities, stretching across southeast Missouri and the Bootheel. It also has numerous locations in Springfield, Branson and Columbia, Missouri, and in the smaller communities surrounding those cities.

The Bank of Missouri is employee-owned, placing emphasis on its employees and customers, while adapting to new technology at an amazing pace and continuing to grow the bank’s size and offerings.  Serving the financial needs of its customers, the bank has been honored with many community awards over its history.

As a community bank that has been around since 1891, it recognizes the connection between community involvement and the role it plays in the neighborhoods where it does business.  Across Missouri, it supports an average of 200 different organizations through employee involvement. One of the many organizations is connects with in this region is Southeast Missouri State University.

“We are pleased to have The Bank of Missouri as a valued and supportive community partner,” said Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “This year, The Bank of Missouri is sponsoring the touring series during the 10th season at Southeast’s River Campus. In addition, for years, Southeast Athletics has been proud to call The Bank of Missouri one of its most valued supporters. On behalf of the Southeast Alumni Association, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to The Bank of Missouri for all it has done — sponsorships, monetary donations and volunteer support – to enhance the student experience at Southeast Missouri State.”

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