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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted by Mary Ann BeahonMizzou alumni gathered for a football watch party Saturday at 1851 Underground. The Callaway County chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association has achieved Capstone status — the highest distinction — for 21 years straight.

For the 21st year in a row, the Callaway County chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association has won the highest award given to chapters by MAA. The chapter, led by President Gary Cunningham, was recognized as a Capstone Chapter.

Established in 1995, the Callaway County Alumni Chapter is one of only a few chapters nationally to achieve Capstone status — the highest level of achievement in the Mizzou Alumni Association's chapter recognition program — every year since the award was established.

The distinction allows the chapter to earn scholarships for local students and fund chapter activities. The chapter has presented scholarships to local students since 1997. During that time, 56 students have been recipients.

To be eligible for Capstone recognition, alumni chapters must complete activities that include goal-setting, leadership training, alumni and student engagement, membership recruitment, supporting Mizzou athletics, maintaining an online presence and award nominations.

The chapter board has made plans for several activities already this year. They include a football watch party held Saturday and another Nov. 6 at 1851 Underground, collecting non-perishable food for SERVE at both parties, participating in the College and Career Fair at Fulton High School Sept. 29, hosting a Homecoming satellite blood drive Oct. 22 at Callaway Electric Coop, and collecting Tiger toys for tots in November.

Chapter officers are: Gary Cunningham, president; Michelle Atkinson, vice president; Kate Geppert, secretary; and Bruce Robinson, treasurer. For more information on the alumni chapter's activities, contact Cunningham at [email protected] or visit the chapter's Facebook page at Mizzou Alumni Callaway County.

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