April 09, 2018 9:45AM
The Pittsburg State University Alumni Association established the Meritorious Achievement Award in 1958. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period. The candidate's activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels, are considered by the Awards Selection Committee in selecting the recipients.
Clark, a 1986 graduate, is currently plant manager of Cobalt Boats. Crossland, a 1984 graduate, is the CEO of Crossland Construction Company, Inc. Roderique, a 1990 graduate, is the head football coach at Webb City High School. Rosenthal, a 1986 graduate, is the principal of Mark Twain Elementary School.
The four will be honored by the university with a public reception at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Wilkinson Alumni Center.
“This year’s Meritorious Award recipients are great examples of the ways that Pittsburg State University’s more than 65,000 alumni distinguish themselves in their places of work and in their communities every day,” said Jon Bartlow, director of alumni and constituent relations.
Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri Southern in 1983 and completed a master’s degree in technology education from Pittsburg State in 1986.
He serves as plant manager of Cobalt Boats in Neodesha, Kansas. Previously, Clark was president of Cobalt until the acquisition of that company by Malibu Boats in 2017. Prior to that, he was with Textron Aviation, which formed by the merger of Cessna and Beech Aircraft. He has 25 years of experience in leadership in manufacturing, sales, and service operations in the aviation industry and 10 years in the machining, metal forming, and tooling industry.
Clark also was the general manager of Beech's Salina facility, general manager of Cessna's Columbus, Georgia, facility, general manager of Cessna's Independence facility, and president of CitationAir in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Cobalt offers more than 25 boat models and is recognized as a world-wide leader in manufacturing. It has more than 100 dealers, which has helped the company build a base of more than 60,000 Cobalt owners.
Clark is an active commercial/instrument pilot and lives in Independence with his wife, Patti. Their children include Jennifer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, son Ryan (2007) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and son Ben (2013), of Newnan, Georgia.
Ivan Crossland Jr.
Crossland earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State in 1984. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Crossland Construction Company, Inc., based in Columbus, Kansas, where he has worked since the company was founded in 1977.
He became vice president of the company in 1979, was named president in 1992, and in 2002 was elected CEO. During his tenure, he has led the company in building everything from schools to water treatment plants to Wal-Mart Supercenters, to several buildings on the Pittsburg State campus. The company now operates nine regional offices and employs more than 1,500. In 2017, it was listed in the Top 100 Contractors by Engineering News Record. In 2008, it received the Kansas Governor's Award of Excellence.
He serves on the Board of Trustees at Pittsburg State, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Board of Directors.
Crossland and his wife, Betty Lou Crossland (1987), have two children. Their daughter, Mattie Crossland (2013), and her husband, Derek Haverkamp (2012), have a child, Hollis Haverkamp. Their son, Ivan Crossland (2017), is engaged to Tara Beachner.
Roderique earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University in 1990 and a master of science in Physical Education in 1992. As a student-athlete at Pittsburg State University, he was a four-year letterman, from 1986-1989, earning All-American honors in 1988 and 1989.
Roderique served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburg State football team from 1990 to 1996, then joined Webb City High School as the head football coach in 1997. During his tenure, his teams have won 19 district championships in 21 years.
He's guided the Cardinals to the Missouri state playoffs in 19 of his 21 seasons, including 18 seasons in a row (2000-2017). The cardinals have reached the Show-Me-Bowl 13 times and have won 11 Missouri Class 4 State Championships. His teams have completed 16 undefeated regular seasons with 10 perfect years between 1997 and 2017.
His 92 percent career-winning percentage makes him the winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage. He's been named Coach of the Year 11 times, most recently by his peers in the Missouri Football Coaches Association. In 2017, he was inducted to the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in the Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. His current overall career record is 260-24 in 21 seasons as the head coach at Webb City.
Roderique and his wife, Heather (1990), have a daughter, Hailey Derryberry (2015), and two sons, John and Tyson Roderique. John is entering his senior season on the PSU football team, and Tyson is a redshirt freshman on the PSU track team.
Laurel Brouse Rosenthal
Rosenthal earned a master's degree in elementary education from Pittsburg State in 1986 and her specialist in education degree from Pittsburg State in 1989. She began teaching in 1966 and has spent 50 years at the same school: Mark Twain Elementary in Carthage, Missouri.
Rosenthal began her career there as a kindergarten teacher, a position she held for 21 years, before she assumed the role of principal.
At Mark Twain, she has impacted generations of students, including a member of the Carthage Board of Education who was in her kindergarten class and was a member of three generations who attended school during Rosenthal's tenure. One of Rosenthal's staff members, a second-grade teacher, also had Rosenthal as a kindergarten teacher.
In 2009, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
She was named Outstanding Teacher for Carthage R-9, received the Carthage R-9 Golden Key Award for Outstanding Administrator, was named Outstanding Principal of Southwest Missouri, has been the Grand Marshal of the Maple Leaf Parade, was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Carthage Y, was named a Pathways Leader by the Joplin Globe,
Rosenthal and her late husband, Malcolm Rosenthal, have two sons, Scott of Oklahoma and Brian of Arkansas, and five grandchildren.
A public reception in honor of the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award recipients will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Wilkinson Alumni Center.