Six alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the University of Missouri were honored Tuesday night by the University of Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension. In front of a crowd consisting of legislators, alumni and campus officials, the honorees were awarded a plaque and much applause for their efforts.The UM Outstanding Alumni Service awards are given each year to individuals who have contributed to one of the University of Missouri’s four campuses or University Extension and to one recipient selected for his or her service to the University of Missouri System. Awardees this year include Congressman Kenny Hulshof, Columbia; Representative Judy Baker, Columbia; Freda Mendez Smith, Kansas City; Representative Steven Tilley, Perryville; Representative Bob May, Rolla; and Senator Frank Barnitz, Lake Spring.Congressman Kenny Hulshof, who was first elected to congress in 1996, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Service to the University of Missouri System. Hulshof received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from the University of Mississippi. After beginning his public service career serving with the Cape Girardeau County Public Defender’s Office and the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Hulshof joined the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office as a special prosecutor. Hulshof is serving his sixth term as the U.S. Representative for the 25 counties in northeastern and central Missouri that make up the ninth Congressional district. Representative Judy Baker was recognised for Outstanding Alumni Service to MU. Baker is an adjunct professor of managerial economics at Columbia College and a health care consultant and a managing partner at Cura Advantage, a health care consulting firm. She received her bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from MU and a master’s of health administration from MU. Executive producer and host of her own cable television program and a radio show highlighting the news and achievements of the Hispanic community, Freda Mendez Smith received the award for Outstanding Alumni Service to UM-Kansas City.Mendez Smith serves as president of the UMKC Women’s Council and as a member of the Agapito Mendoza Scholarship Committee to support ethnic minority students. She also is active in the community, serving MANA de Kansas City, a national Latina organization, as a board officer, president and national board member. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Representative Steven Tilley, elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004 and who serves as the majority floor leader and as chair of the Ethics Committee, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Service to UM-St. Louis. Tilley, who is an optometrist, has been recognized with a Young Optometrist of the Year Award and a Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Optometric Association, of which he is a member. Tilley received a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a doctorate of optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Outstanding Alumni Service to Missouri S&T honour was awarded to Representative Bob May, who is a Navy veteran and retired forester who spent nearly 30 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a district ranger and forest staff officer. May was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2000. He received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Illinois. For Outstanding Alumni Service to University of Missouri Extension Senator Frank Barnitz was honoured. After serving five years in the Missouri House of Representatives, Barnitz was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2005 to represent the 16th District, which includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Montgomery, Osage, Phelps and Pulaski counties. He attended Southwest Missouri State University and is a graduate of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow program.