FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2012
CONTACT: Michael Fontana
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The Missouri Southern Foundation has announced a new endowed scholarship in memory of a prominent area educator.
Michael Resa of Sarcoxie passed away Feb. 19, 2011 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. In the year since his passing, family and friends have successfully endowed a new scholarship for students at Missouri Southern State University.
The “Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship” will provide awards to students majoring in Physical Education who also demonstrate an interest in coaching.
Mr. Resa’s wife Sonia is Principal at Columbian Elementary School in Carthage.
Mr. Resa was born in Macon and grew up in Leonard, both in northeast Missouri. He earned degrees from North Central Missouri College, Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University and Missouri State University.
While a student at MSSU, he served as student manager for the men’s basketball team. Resa began teaching physical education and coaching boys basketball in 1988 in Golden City. He then went to Hickory County R-1 (Skyline High School) in Urbana for 10 years where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director and head boys basketball coach.
In 2000, Mr. Resa embarked on his 11 years as a superintendent at Wheatland R-2, Lamar R-1, and Sarcoxie R-2. He was a member of regional, state and national Associations of School Administrators.
“Mike Resa was always a student advocate and a great supporter of Missouri Southern,” said Dr. Al Cade, Interim Associate Dean of MSSU’s School of Education.
“As an educator he was passionate about teaching and learning and authentically shared this with those around him,” Dr. Cade added. “His decisions, whether he was serving as a teacher, a coach, or a superintendent, were always based on what was best for students. He always held high expectations while providing support for students to help them obtain success. With this scholarship, Mike’s philosophy will carry on,” Dr. Cade said.
Bob Goltra, Regulatory Compliance Officer in the College of Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning at MSSU, was a close friend and colleague of Mr. Resa.
“Mike Resa lived his life with the mindset of a successful coach, he led by example,” Goltra recalled. “Mike most impacted me through his consistent high-level of character which he modeled at all times, good and bad.”
Goltra added, “The Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship will benefit students studying to become educators; hence, giving back to a profession that meant so much to him. Those receiving scholarships in his name will be given the opportunity to carry on the courage Mike displayed in every aspect of his life - family, career, leadership, and his battle with cancer.”
Donations to the Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship can be sent to the Missouri Southern Foundation, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO, 64801.