FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2012
University Relations & Marketing
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Dr. Mike Fletcher of Grove, Okla., a member of the biology and environmental health department faculty at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, was recognized at the annual Missouri Milk Food and Environmental Health Association conference held in April in Columbia.
Dr. Fletcher was named the first-ever recipient of the Hainline Award. This award is sponsored by the Hainline Foundation and was created in memory of Joe Hainline, a beloved employee of the Missouri Department of Health who recently passed away.
The Hainline Award was bestowed on Dr. Fletcher for his outstanding contribution to environmental public health. In addition to being a faculty member within the department of biology and environmental health, Dr. Fletcher also serves as the director of the environmental health program at Missouri Southern.
Dr. Fletcher received his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He spent over ten years as an Environmental Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Health and Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Health.
He attended the conference with Haley Velez, a senior environmental health major from Joplin, who was the recipient of a scholarship/
Velez went to the conference to read a paper she had written. However, Fletcher did not know that he also was going to be honored at the conference.