Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Stephen R. Galloway

Steve GallowaySteve Galloway was born and raised on a diversified crop and livestock family farm. Steve’s family was actively involved in supporting FFA Activities, 4-H and Farm Bureau. The family was selected as Farm Family of Johnson County in the late 1960’s. His parents had expectations of him becoming a college-educated farmer. Steve started his formal education at Pleasant Green, a one-room country school, at the ripe old age of six years old where his first teacher, Ms. Verdie significantly impacted his academic self-discipline and thirst for learning. Her compassionate style followed him through all his college years as both a student and teacher, as well as molded his teaching style. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1968 and enrolled that fall as part of the inaugural graduating class of 1970 at “Plywood U” earning his Associate of Arts degree.

After graduation, he served in the United States Army as an infantryman and was stationed in Berlin, Germany. His Battalion was assigned to travel through the Iron Curtain in order for the United States to maintain access to Berlin, and to guard the Prisoner of War, Rudolph Hess. He quickly earned the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1972.

After serving his country, Steve enrolled at Central Missouri State University, now known as University of Central Missouri, to further his education. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Master of Science in Agriculture Technology, he taught briefly at Lakeland High School completing his student teaching requirement. He then worked for the USDA as a loan officer, before being recruited to teach an agriculture class by Keith Allen, the Department Chair of Agriculture. This part time position led to a 38-year tenure at State Fair Community College. Additionally, he earned his Lifetime Teaching license through Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Steve has served at State Fair Community College under each of the college presidents, beginning with Fred Davis and lastly with Dr. Brent Bates. By the time that he had retired, he had taught the children of many of his former students. Steve’s teaching career was also highlighted by garnering the Teacher of the Year Award and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.

Additionally, Steve has been a pillar of commitment to his community. He was active in 4-H serving as a Project Leader, member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Board, served as a Board member for the 4-County Rural Fire, served on the Henry county R-1 School board, and served on the Windsor Ambulance District, primarily as President of the Board. Steve and his wife Rena have co-parented countless individuals across multiple generations of children best described as “yours, mine, ours, and theirs, all raised as ours.” They have several grandchildren, and to date, have one great grandson.

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2024Stephen R. GallowayClass of 1970
2023Patricia WoodClass of 1972
2022Dr. Rhonda Hutton GannClass of 1982, 1983
2021Lana Kay KellyClass of 1980, 1983
2020Lenny FreundClass of 1980
2019Celso DoriaClass of 1992
2018Lt. Col. Justin SecrestClass of 1993
2017Dr. Kristee LorenzClass of 1986
2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973

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