Alumni Association Award Winners to be Honored at 2019 Alumni Weekend

Aug. 20, 2019

The Webster University Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2019 Alumni Award recipients as Nancy Hightshoe, Diane McGee, Jane Peckham Stoever and Kayla Thompson. The recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28, during Alumni Weekend.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Nancy Hightshoe, MA ’77

Nancy Hightshoe

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award presented by the Webster University Alumni Association, recognizing high achievements and significant contributions to society through civic, cultural or charitable involvement.

As one of the first female beat patrol police officers in the nation, Nancy wrote the grant to establish the St. Louis County Sexual Assault Investigative Unit, and has gone on to speak for government agencies, businesses, associations and schools throughout the U.S. and 17 countries worldwide.

Nancy holds an MA in Administration of Justice and an MA in Human Relations from Webster University. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a detective, she cleared 85 percent of her sexual assault cases, beating the then-national average of 49 percent. She has successfully used her experience as a police officer coupled with her advanced degrees to establish an impressive career in public speaking and advocacy.

Loretto Award - Jane Peckham Stoever, BA ’66

Jane Peckham Stoever

The Loretto Award recognizes an alum of Webster University who carries on the community service and social justice values of the Sisters of Loretto, who founded the University in 1915.

Jane lives the social justice teachings of the Sisters of Loretto through her dedication to advocacy. She participates in administration, research, writing and editing for the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, in addition to helping establish the Holy Family Catholic Worker House, to provide emergency shelter to families.

Jane holds a BA from Webster University, which she used to teach English at Loretto High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Spending most of her life as a writer and editor, she uses her research skills to tell stories of peace efforts. Through her membership in PeaceWorks, Jane has assisted in exposing the dangers of nuclear war by bringing dignitaries and influential speakers to Kansas City.

Mary Elizabeth Newell Award - Diane McGee, MBA ’98

Diane McGee

The Mary Elizabeth Newell Award recognizes an alum who has shown a high commitment and concern for Webster University over a significant period of time.

Diane has served multiple terms on the Webster University Alumni Board of Directors, as well as president for the African American Alumni Chapter (AAAC), in addition to volunteering at countless reunion weekends, commencements, and other alumni and student mentoring events.

Diane received an MBA in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, in addition to a BSBA in Computer Information Systems from Central Missouri State University. She has been with Enterprise Holdings since 2007.

Young Alumni Award - Kayla Thompson, BA ’13

Kayla Thompson

The Young Alumni Award recognizes an undergraduate alum from the last 10 years who elevates the profile of Webster through leadership in their profession and ongoing support of the University.

At the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, Kayla develops partnerships with school officials, community leaders and parents. Her involvement with the Association of African American Collegians inspired her participation in Webster’s African American Alumni Chapter.

Kayla graduated from Webster University in 2013 with a BA in Anthropology and a Certificate in Diversity and Identity in the U.S. She received her MA in Education from the University of Missouri — St. Louis in 2015. While a student at Webster, she was a Program Assistant in the Multicultural Center and International Affairs Department. Kayla was instrumental in adding the Boys & Girls Club as a Webster Works Worldwide site.

Alumni Weekend: Sept. 27-28

Webster University's annual Alumni Weekend is coming up this Sept. Join students past and present for a weekend filled with various activities from reunions to dinners to gallery openings. To view a full list of Alumni Weekend events and register to attend click here.

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