Pittsburg State University recognized two alumni with its Meritorious Achievement Award during the 2010 Winter Commencement ceremony. Recipients of the award were Calvin E. Mein (BS ’96), and Daniel L. Mildfelt (BSBA ’79).
The PSU Alumni Association established the award in 1958 as the highest award given to graduates based on career achievement. Candidates for the award have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period of time. The candidate’s activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state and national levels, are also considered by the awards committee in selecting the recipients.
Calvin E. Mein
Dr. Calvin E. Mein, of San Antonio, Texas, is a board certified vitreoretinal surgeon in private practice. Dr. Mein received a bachelor of science degree from PSU in 1969. He went on to earn a master’s degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois and a medical degree at the University of Illinois Peoria School of Medicine, where he graduated in the top of his class.
Dr. Mein completed his internship at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. After serving as a general medical officer at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill., he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He served as a staff ophthalmologist there for a year before completing his fellowship training specializing in retina and vitreous at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Fla.
Dr. Mein served on active duty with the Army at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colo., and as the Army retinal surgeon in Europe. He was stationed for two years in Frankfurt, Germany, before returning to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he served as chief of the Ophthalmology Service until he retired from the Army in 1991.
In 1991, Dr. Mein began private practice in San Antonio, specializing in diseases of the retina. He is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Mein is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Bexar County Medical Association, the American Society of Retina Specialists and the San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology.
He and his wife, Mary, live in San Antonio.
Daniel L. Mildfelt
Daniel L. Mildfelt, of Chanute, Kan., is the president and chief executive officer of Community National Bank & Trust and Community Bancorp, Inc. Mildfelt earned a BSBA from PSU in 1979. He has completed additional graduate hours in banking at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and at the School of Agriculture at Kansas State University. Mildfelt began his financial career in 1979 as an examiner with the National Association of Securities Dealers. From 1981 until 1986, he was vice president of the regional division of Boatman’s Bank in Kansas City. In 1986, he was named senior vice president and manager of the $400 million Corporate Division at Mercantile Bank, also in Kansas City.
In 1987, Mildfelt was one of the founders of Community National Bank & Trust. He has been president and CEO of the bank for nearly 20 years.
In his tenure as president and CEO, the bank has grown from one community bank with $27 million in total assets and 12 employees to its current size. In addition to these duties, Mildfelt also serves as a director of Gardner Bank and Gardner Bancshares, Inc., which is a $95 million banking institution with banks in Gardner and Lenexa, Kan.
He is a recipient of the PSU Outstanding Alumni Award, the College of Business Outstanding Alumni Award, the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce Partner in Progress Award, the Chanute Downtown Merchants Distinguished Service Award, and the SEK-CAP, Inc. Meritorious Service Award. He received the Governor’s Award of Excellence as the Volunteer of the Year in Kansas in 2002 and was one of four bankers in the State of Kansas nominated to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Topeka.
Mildfelt and his wife, Lisa, a 1978 PSU alumna, live in Chanute. They have four grown children, Adam, Erica, Dallas and Natalie.