The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association has selected five alumni to receive the university's 2013 Young Alumni Merit Awards to be honored at a commencement luncheon and will also be recognized during spring commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 11 in the Show Me Center. Area alumni to receive the awards are: Shana Kight of Marble Hill and Dr. Kelly Bender of Carbondale, Ill. The award is given annually to honor those 37 years or younger who have brought distinction to the University through professional growth, service and individual character. They choose the recipients from a list of nominees representing each college, and nominations may come from faculty and staff members and alumni.
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