FSCC honors LaRue and Cummings as 2011 outstanding alumni

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fort Scott Community College announces that the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus and Young Alumnus have been chosen to speak at graduation ceremonies.

Albert R. Cummings was chosen as the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus and will speak at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.

Jacqueline K. LaRue, the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus, will address graduates at the 12 noon ceremony on May 20, also in the fine arts center.


This year's recipients will be honored at a special reception on graduation day to be held on the FSCC campus at 2 p.m. in the meeting rooms in the fine arts center. Friends, family and fellow alumni are invited to attend.

LaRue graduated from Fort Scott Community College in 2006 with honors as an associate of science degree recipient.

While at FSCC, LaRue served as a President's Ambassador and as a member of the Aggie Club, the Collegiate Farm Bureau, Phi Theta Kappa Secretary, the FSCC Band and was on the Meats Judging Team.

LaRue was selected as a 2nd Team All-American meats judging student due to her academic and judging resumes.

She was selected by her peers for the Rachel Hamilton Memorial Spirit Award because of her strong work ethic, positive outlook and competitive, winning attitude.

After FSCC, LaRue transferred to Kansas State University and graduated with a bachelor of science in agriculture Education.

While at K-State, she was on the Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team and earned the high individual alternate award at the International Meats Judging Contest by the American Meat Science Association. Other K-State activities included membership in Alpha Tau Alpha, Block and Bridle and the Agricultural Education Club.

During her senior year at K-State, she was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar through the English Teaching Assistantship Grantee program to teach conversational English in Korea for a year. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

While in Korea, LaRue worked in the classroom and shared lesson plans with foreign teachers, worked on the farms, and met with the U.S. Ambassador to Korea.

She is currently working for the Marysville School District as an agriculture education teacher and is a member of the Kansas and National Association of Agricultural Educators.

LaRue was raised in Moran, and is the daughter of Dale and Joan LaRue.

Cummings graduated from Fort Scott Junior College in 1960 and was valedictorian of his class.

He then attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg (PSU) where he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in chemistry.

Cummings then took a position as a cartographer with the Department of Air Force.

During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the Army and served as a computer programmer at Fort Mason, Calif.

Following his Army duties, Cummings returned to his job in St. Louis, Mo., and was offered an opportunity to attend Washington University full time. There he completed his master's degree in applied math and computer science, graduating in 1971.

After graduation, Cummings was recruited by Ralston Purina in St. Louis as an operations research analyst.

While at Purina, he completed his master's in business administration at Southern Illinois University (1974), and also became a part-time assistant professor of management science there.

In the mid-70's, he was recruited by Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis where he spent almost 20 years before retiring.

He had positions as manager of market analysis and manager of sales forecasting and later in his tenure became the brand manager over a new malt-liquor product that he managed from concept stage to national distribution.

After an early retirement, Cummings was recruited by Heileman Brewing Company, which was acquired later by Stroh Brewery.

After working for Heileman both in Chicago and Detroit, he returned to St. Louis.

Cummings is the father of three children: Simone, Al (deceased) and Valerie, and grandfather to five granddaughters.

He has been active in civic organizations such as the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Greater St. Louis as the first executive director, the NAACP and a past appointee of the St. Louis Public Schools Desegregation Committee.

Cummings currently stays active in education as an adjunct professor and academic advisor at Webster University.