College recognizes Bergquist as outstanding young alumni

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Warren Bergquist

Southwestern College, at Winfield, has presented several special awards to some of its alumni, including a former Osage County resident.

Warren Bergquist, 2005 graduate of Southwestern, received the Young Alumni Award at the college’s homecoming dinner on Oct. 16. This honor is presented to recent graduates who have made an outstanding commitment to the college through support, including attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students.

Bergquist combined his years as a physics major at Southwestern College with courses at Washington University, in St. Louis, as part of a dual degree engineering program for civil engineering, completing both his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in structural engineering in May 2006. A two-time All-American (once in track and once in cross-country) at Southwestern, Bergquist competed all four years in cross country nationals and three years each at indoor and outdoor track.

He was given a full tuition scholarship to Washington University, one conferred on only two students each year. After graduation, Bergquist began working at Alper Audi, Inc., in St. Louis as a project engineer and this year became a partner of the 20-employee group. He has designed many buildings around the U.S., working directly with architects, contractors and developers/owners. The single-discipline engineering firm designs commercial, research, institutional, and industrial buildings. His recent projects include design of a 26-story apartment building, expansion to the St. Louis County Courthouse, five and seven-story corporate headquarters for several Fortune 500 Companies, educational buildings at Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri, and manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar and Dow Chemical.

Bergquist and his wife, Theresa, have a 2-year-old daughter, and are active in supporting the St. Louis Zoo. Warren is the son of Rod and Kim Bergquist, of Osage City.

Other awards given during the college’s homecoming dinner included the Southwestern College Ambassador Award presented to Scott Schoon, superintendent of the Winfield Recreation Commission; the Outstanding Alumni Award presented to Scott Hecht, a 1990 graduate, in honor of his significant contributions to the college and community; and the Servant Leadership Award, which is given to recognize a person who has exhibited a willingness to lead in the style of a servant within God’s community of the world, presented posthumously to Donna (Homan) DeMint, 1980 graduate, who died earlier this year at age 57.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Photo and information thanks to Southwestern College.


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