WestSide Story - April 2014
This month's feature is about the young woman everyone in Wichita is talking about - Kaleigh Glanton. The WestSider is currently competing on NBC's "The Voice." Also in April, a WestSider helps edit a superhero poetry book to life.
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BOX 12589 | Wichita, KS 67277 | (316) 942-8430 | coonrod.com ON THE COVER WestSider makes sure her voice is heard | 16 Music was just going to be a hobby for Maize High School grad Kaleigh Glanton, but life has a way of taking unexpected turns. The latest turn has taken her to NBC’s hit singing show, “The Voice.” Contributed photo/NBCUniversal Professor, mother, volunteer... and Mrs. Kansas | 4 Features Performing Arts Calendar............................ 6 Dateline............................. 7 From the Publisher’s Files..................................... 8 A conversation with Admiral Windwagon Smith | 12 WestSider helps bring superhero poetry book to life | 13 3 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 I INSIDE Volume 29 • Issue 6 Focus On Business...................18-21 Movie Review................22 Cinema Scene...............23 Wichita Homes.............24 Pet Smarts......................26 WestSide Story Editorial Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Production Tiffany Struthers Reporters/Contributors Jen Bookhout, Dr. Ron Helten, Jim Erickson, Philip Holmes. Sales Valorie Castor, Sherry Machek Billing/Circulation Tori Vinciguerra A Division of Times-Sentinel Newspapers 125 N. Main • P.O. Box 544 Cheney, KS 67025 Phone: (316) 540-0500 Fax: (316) 540-3283 The WestSide Story is a monthly newspaper focused on the far west side of Wichita. It is delivered free to most west Wichita homes within our coverage area, although distribution is not guaranteed. Guaranteed home delivery by mail is available for $10 per year. Single copies are available for free in west Wichita Dillons stores and at Times-Sentinel Newspapers. Email story ideas and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook. © 2014 Times-Sentinel Newspapers WestSide Story Sales & Billing Now in our 29th year! April 2014 - 4 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Professor, mother, volunteer...and Mrs. Kansas Story by Jen Bookhout WestSider Kim McDowell has her hands full. As an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Wichita State University’s College of Education, a mother of seven and Mrs. Kansas, she is always on the go. McDowell competed in pageants as a teenager, but left the pageant world behind her as she got married, had children and moved ahead with school. However, eight years ago she discovered the Mrs. International pageant, a pageant for married women. “I competed in my very first ‘Mrs.’ pageant in 2006 and had a blast, met some really amazing women who are doing the exact same things that I’m doing in terms of balancing a career and family life, and really being involved in their communities,” McDowell said. Announcing her involvement in the pageant world is usually something McDowell is hesitant about because of the stereotypes she’s encountered in the past. “People immediately assume either you’re self-absorbed or not very intelligent,” McDowell said. “In my experience, that is exactly the opposite of the women that I have gotten to meet through my experience with pageantry; that’s the polar-opposite of what they’re truly like. They are highly intelligent, driven, motivated, goal-oriented women who are selfless in their service to their community and to their state.” The Mrs. International pageant focuses on the contestants’ community service efforts by requiring them to have a platform to represent. McDowell, who will represent the state as Mrs. Kansas in the Mrs. International pageant, selected Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as her platform. McDowell has been working with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since her 10-year-old son Cody was born pre-term. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals was there and provided us with resources when he was younger, and that’s kind of where my relationship with them started,” she said. “Then, as Cody has needed less support…my role has kind of merged from being a parent or a recipient, to being a volunteer, an advocate and a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.” McDowell participates in promotional events for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals such as TV and radio interviews, serves on the board for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital housed at Via Christi and is the executive director for “Models for Miracles,” a fashion show fundraiser. “Models for Miracles” just wrapped up its third annual show, the largest production so far, bringing in $23,000. All 228 models volunteered their time and effort to the fashion show, selling five $10 tickets each. In addition to the models’ ticket sales, “Models for Miracles” raises money with a live auction during the show, as well as from corporate and business sponsors. The event has doubled in size every year, McDowell explained. With so much interest in the show, the fundraiser is expanding to include shows in Topeka, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Westchester County, N.Y., in the next year. “I think it’s a nice event for the hospitals because their staff doesn’t have to be responsible for producing the show; we do everything and then at the end we are able to just turn over a check to them as a donation,” she said. McDowell is passionate about serving Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but at the heart of her work is a desire to give back to the community. McDowell’s Mrs. Kansas Kim McDowell. Contributed photo seven children, ages six to 20, often volunteer with her and her husband Troy, and several have earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, as well as scholarships for their efforts. “One of the secrets to me being able to do all that I am able to do is one, I have an amazing, supportive husband, but two, we really view community service and giving back to your community as an important lesson to teach our kids,” McDowell said. “So a lot of the things that I do, I involve my children as well, and that’s partly selfish because I want to spend time with them, but also I want them to see that we feel it’s really important to give back to the community.” Applying for and receiving the title of Mrs. Kansas has helped McDowell spread her message and raise awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on a larger scale. She will carry her enthusiasm for the organization with her as she competes for Mrs. International in Jacksonville, Fla., at the end of July. However, the most important message she hopes to deliver is to her children. “I would say that we’re really modeling a lifestyle for our children, which is important to me because they’re the ones who will kind of carry on in terms of making sure that community service is happening and that they’re emotionally connected to some agency, some non-profit that means something to them, and I think that’s something I’m really proud of that Troy and I have done,” McDowell said. Aldersgate United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church At The Well have teamed up to present Live Well Event 2014. This is a come-and-go style community event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on April 12 at Aldersgate UMC. Live Well Event is open to women of all ages. Admission is $5 the day of the event or 2 for $8 in advance. Tickets are available at Aldersgate UMC. This “different type of women’s fair” is a place where women can come and find products, services and information that may enrich their lives and that of their families. There will be keynote speakers, workshops and vendors that provide quality products or services for all areas of life. Keynote speakers are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Speakers are Renee Nolan-Riley and Jo Lynn Bright. Nolan-Riley is an artist and mother of two who often speaks at women’s events, giving her testimony about the loss of her husband in the 911 tragedy. Reaching out to women and sharing her story and the love of Christ has become a ministry she thoroughly enjoys. Jo Lynn Bright, with Gaylyn Bright, founded Much More Ministries with the goal to encourage the followers of Jesus Christ to daily live out a life that accomplishes God’s purpose of drawing others to Him and promoting the Kingdom of God. Bright is a spirit-led woman with a message that could be life changing for some and inspiring for all. Live Well also features various useful and inspiring workshops including the Deal Detecting Diva, Fit, Fed & Flexible by Yoga Central, Enhancing Relationships with the Process Communication Model and more. Live Well offers the opportunity to shop at vendors for all areas of life as well as a meditation/reflection room, an art exhibit, used book store, and coffee by MOXI Junction of Maize. Lunch also will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any profit made by Live Well Event 2014 will be paid forward to the non-profit organizations of Women’s Initiative Network and ICT S.O.S., which works to end human trafficking in Wichita. For more information about this event, contact Aldersgate UMC (aldersgatechurch.org or 722-8504), or UMC At The Well (atthewellumc.org or 2011996). Capitol visit Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie) hosted WestSider Cheryl Oldland as a legislative page for the 101st District on March 10. Cheryl is home-schooled. Cheryl and her mother Denise, seen here with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Rep. Seiwert, enjoyed a day of learning about the legislative process and touring the newly renovated Capitol. Contributed photo 5 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Churches put on a different kind of women’s fair WestSide Story April 2014 - 6 Performing Arts Calendar • • • • • • • • • • • Free Estimates Licensed Work Guaranteed New Roofs Roof Restoration Metal Shake Composition Tile Flat Built-up Larry Booze Roofing, Inc. 2025 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 800-263-7795 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Fax: 316-263-0147 Units for Lease: Call for availability and showings Independent Living for 55+ Call for Available MODEL OPEN: Sunday 2-4 PM 10910 Clubview Rd., Maize, KS 67101 316-854-0050 www.TheVillasAtHamptonLakes.com April 2014 The Orpheum April 3, 8 p.m., The Tontons, initial performance in the Emerging Artist Series. Other acts include Jared & The Mill on May 27 and Graham Colton on June 26. General admission tickets $15 at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-7328, or in person at INTRUST Bank Arena, participating Dillons stores and plant employee clubs. April 4, 8 p.m., “Wichita” film premier. Set in 1882, a mysterious fugitive seeks out his reveng on the person who landed him in Wichita. His tracking skills lead him to the quiet, peaceful town of Wichita. The film is intended for mature audiences. $10 general admission. April 6, 3 and 7 p.m., “Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins.” $10 general admission. April 17, 7 p.m., “Rear Window.” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 suspense thriller. Shown on 35mm film. Tickets $5 at the door and plant employee clubs. Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center April 9-12, “The Ugly Duckling,” part of the Once Upon A Time series. Shows at 11:30 a.m., April 9; 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., April 10; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 11; 11:30 a.m. April 12. Pizza Hut pizza served at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. dinner shows (show only – 30 minutes later). Recommended for ages 2-10 and families. $6 for non-pizza shows or show only, $7.50 for pizza and shows. Advance reservations necessary, call 262-2282. April 23, 10:30 and 1:15 p.m., special performance of “The Ugly Duckling” at Little Lambs Preschool, 8000 W. 21st Street North. Tickets through WCT&DC, 262-2282. Crown Uptown Dinner Theater April 5-26, “I Love A Piano.” A celebration of the music and lyrics of legendary Irving Berlin. 612-7696, www. crownuptown.com. Children’s Theatre: “Rugrats Live,” April 11-May 3. Music Theatre for Young People May 3-4, “Shrek The Musical,” Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater. The Wichita stage premiere of the show based on the hit movie. Saturday, May 3, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. No Friday night show because of the Jester Awards. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Students $10. Tickets at www.wichitatix. com. Wichita Symphony Orchestra “Ode To Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $17-$55. Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus, with Friends University Singing Quakers April 5, and Bethel College Concert Choir April 6. The Forum Theatre “Man of La Mancha,” April 10-May 4. Shows 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $23 Thursday and Sunday, $25 Friday and Saturday. 6180444 or www.forumwichita.com. Theater League April 15-17, 7:30 p.m. New Broadway musical inspired by the underground dance clubs in 1950s Memphis. Century II Concert Hall, tickets start at $40. www.theaterleague.com or 303-8100. Cabaret Oldtown Now playing, “Sweet Southern Comfort and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $20. 265-4400. Mosley Street Melodrama April 3-May 24, “Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky & Hutchinson,” by Carol Hughes. $28 with dinner, $18 show only. 263-0222. Wichita Community Theatre “April 17-May, “Sabrina Fair.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. By Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of a chauffeur to a wealthy family. Returning from a stay in Paris, she presents herself as a young woman of beauty and charm, so different from the domestic’s daughter the family had ignored. $14, www.wichitact.org, click on the “RSVP on Facebook” link. Mid-America All Indian Center Share Our Culture: Arts & Crafts – Powwow Series Part 1. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 650 N. Seneca. The official kickoff to the fourth annual powwow series. Beaded feather earring class. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 12. $10 members, $20 general public. Call 316-350-3345. Learn to create your own modern feather earrings using beads and wire from local youth artist Catherine Sutton. Share Our Culture: Drums – Powwow Series Part 2. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. The event will feature speakers from the local American Indian community who will be discussing the different aspects of the powwow drum songs. Upcoming events in and around Wichita City Arts “Leonardo Da Vina” painting, 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 4, 18, . “You bring the wine and we’ll have the cheese…and the art project.” $25. “Adult & Me” workshop. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Free. A morning of art for children and adults. The project will focus on April showers. Finishing techniques and fixing mistakes. 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 18. $25. Art for the homeschooler. 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 21-May 12. Home-school students will experience the elements and principles of art through one-onone instruction in a multimedia class. $40. Ages 6 and up. Blood drives April 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at NetApp, 3718 N. Rock Road. April 6, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., GracePoint Church, 9035 W. Central; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1321 Stratford Lane. April 9-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., WSU Rhatigan Student Center, 1845 Fairmount. April 11, 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi, 861 N. Socora. April 14, 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 3130 N. Amidon. Call 1-800-733-2776 or visit www. redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. HELTEN VETERINARY CLINIC PET OVERWEIGHT! Call Helten Veterinary Clinic for assistance with this serious health issue. Please Call For An Appointment 942-1002 Mon-Fri 8am - 5:30pm Sat 8 - 11:30am 6630 W. Central www.heltenveterinaryclinic.com 5th Annual Spring Fling Craft Fair Sunday, April 6 10-4 p.m. Clonmel Community Hall 18402 W. 71st St. S. 10 minutes west of Wichita on K-42! FREE ADMISSION! BRING A FRIEND! Over 30 booths Jewelry, children’s accessories, purses, wreaths, candles & warmers, homemade cookies, cinnamon rolls, pies, fudge, caramel corn, peanut brittle, breads, jellies & jams, salsa, toys & books, custom signs, home décor, crocheted items, pot holders, wash cloths, towels, jeans, scarves, baby items, pottery, baskets, paper art, recipe books, lockets, button & bead jewelry, religious items, wine & stemware, cosmetic & beauty items, body wraps, dietary supplements, gourmet food mixes, cleaning cloths, cookware, photography, scrapbooking supplies and so much more! Concessions will be served! Lunch • Snacks • Drinks WestSide Story Old Cowtown Museum Empire House Live! presents “Think Again – An Evening of Uncertainty.” 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. $10. Demonstrations of mind control, thought-reading, psychological influence, extraordinary problem-solving and more. Empire House Live! presents “But We Digress.” 8 p.m. Friday, April 19. $10. Family-friendly improvisation show. Empire House Live! presents “Say What?! Comedy Improve.” 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19. $10. Comedy improv troupe. Civil War Day, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price $7.75 adults, $6.50 seniors, $6 youth, $5.50 children 4-11, 3 and under free. See Civil War battles re-enacted and meet with historical interpreters. 650 N. Seneca. 316-350-3345. Digital illustration art. 7-9 p.m., April 21-May 12. $60. Students will use Adobe Photoshop and Wacom digital stylus to design and develop paintings or drawings. Youth shadow puppets and puppetry, 5:30-7 p.m., April 22-May 13. $60. Children will experiment with their own shadows, everyday objects and create an original shadow puppet play. Age 6 and up. Editorial photography, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 24-May 15. $60. Develop a conceptual understanding of using a photograph to communicate a story. New class. Comedy workshop, 6:15-7:15 p.m., April 24-May 15. $35. Embrace spontaneity and learn to turn improv games into comedy sketches. What camera should I buy? 6-7 p.m. Friday, April 25. Free. Final Friday, 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25. Featured artists: Mystery in stone (main gallery), Scott Garrelts glass blowing (boardroom) and Lisa Graham (balcony). Print layout, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., April 26-May 17. $60. Become familiar with InDesign. Beginners polymer clay sculpting, 12:30-2:30 p.m., April 26-May 17. $60. Discover the many uses of polymer clay. Many youth classes available. Call 316-350-3245. 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 April 2014 Dateline April 2014 - 8 W e s t S i d e S t o r y A wakeup call of epic proportions “You’ve had a heart attack.” Those five words, spoken calmly but firmly in the emergency room a few weeks ago, changed my life in an instant. Since then, I’ve been digesting the new direction my life has to take as I accept the fact that my cardiac health has to be addressed. No doubt I am a lucky man in many respects because I am back at work, seemingly healthy and unscathed, and looking forward to a bright future. But this was an epic wakeup call, and trust me…I am listening. This cardiac episode that landed me in the hospital started off benign enough, and frankly I thought it was acid reflux. It seemed like heartburn, and when I took some antacids, it went away. I played that game for a day and a half, until a round of chest pains started going down my arms and up my neck. At that point, it wasn’t too difficult for my fiancée Dana to convince me we were headed to the emergency room. I cannot say enough about the level of care I received through this entire in- From the Publisher’s Files Paul Rhodes | Publisher cident. Once we were at Via Christi-St. Teresa, which is just minutes from our house, a team of doctors and nurses quickly got me under control, assessed the immediate risks, and prepped me for a red-lights-and-siren ambulance trip across town to Via Christi-St. Francis. The next three days consisted of two trips through the heart cath lab, close consultations with my new best friend, cardiologist Somsupha Kanjanauthai, and more watchful care – this time by the staff of the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Francis. Just one day after two stents were placed inside my arterial system to clear two critical blockages, I was released from the hospital and sent home to rest briefly and get my grateful soul back to normal life. However… I can assure you there’s a new normal on the horizon that will define the rest of my life. I never considered myself to be living a dangerously unhealthy lifestyle, but I can honestly tell you that I was either wrong on many levels, or simply living in denial. In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing some of those specifics with you, our readers, in the hope that others can learn something – even if it’s just a little self doubt – from my experiences. For now, though, I just want to make note of something really incredible that I and my family members have witnessed over the last few weeks: The outpouring of care and concern from people around the area who know me because of this newspaper group. Those sentiments have run the gamut from hugs and comments about how good I look considering the circumstances, to blatant questions like, “What the hell are you doing at work?” I guarantee you that every comment has made me smile. Newman to host college women’s conference Nationally known speaker and founder of Made in His Image, Maura Byrne, will be the featured speaker at the College Women’s Conference to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center in the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman University campus. This event is sponsored by the Newman Campus Ministry and Student Life Departments. The cost to attend the conference is $10 per person. The conference is open to all college and young adult women. Lunch will be served. Those registered by Wednesday, April 2 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift card to McAllister’s Deli, a gift basket from Bath and Body Works, and lunch with the conference’s lead speakers. Registrations can be made online at www.nucwconf.eventbrite.com, at the Newman University Campus Ministry Office in Sacred Heart Hall, Room 219, or at the door the day of the conference. 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Oklahoma City University awards merit-based scholarships to transfer students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential, regardless of financial circumstances. Merit scholarship amounts range from $3,500 to $6,500. All admitted undergraduate applicants are considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to students during the admission process and renewed annually for six semesters if satisfactory academic performance is maintained. Anna Suellentrop and Whitney Allen, both WestSiders, have been awarded departmental scholarships based on their grade point average, ACT/SAT test scores, and major. Oklahoma City University awards departmental scholarships to freshman students who are admitted and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Science, Meinders School of Business, or Kramer School of Nursing. Departmental scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000. Departmental scholarships are awarded to students during the admission process and renewed annually up to seven consecutive semesters if satisfactory aca- demic performance is maintained. Parker M. Amos of Wichita was one of nearly 2,200 students who were on the WSU dean’s honor roll for fall 2013. To be included on the dean’s honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The University of Kansas Office of First-Year Experience has announced 17 new orientation assistants and two orientation coordinators for the 2014-2015 year, including Jordyn Cox, of Wichita. Cox, an orientation assistant, is the daughter of Cherryl and Gregg Cox and a graduate of Maize High School. She is a junior in anthropology and Italian with a minor in theatre. Orientation assistants are students whose job is to make the transition to KU a positive and engaged experience. These OAs will guide firstyear students and their families through their orientation, assist with advising and enrollment, answer questions and offer their perspective on life as a Jayhawk. Orientation coordinators are former orientation assistants selected to assist the Office of First-Year Experience in helping new students and families through the transition to KU. OCs are selected based on their past contributions to the orientation program, knowledge of the university, and their record of academic success and campus involvement. WestSiders win Jabarra Scholarships at WSU Two Wichita high school students are winners of the 2014-2015 Professor Fran Jabara Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University. Jordan Newby and Levi Iseman, both seniors at Bishop Carroll High School, are the recipients. The scholarship is one of the most prestigious at WSU and one of the largest entrepreneurship scholarships nationally. It awards each recipient $20,000 over four years. To compete, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 24, a GPA of 3.5 or better and be a declared entrepreneurship major. The Jabara Scholarship was established in 1998 and is named for Fran Jabara, former dean of the College of Business Administration at WSU. Along with the financial benefits, winners also are mentored by Jabara during their stay at the university. Newby, a member of the National Honor Society, wants to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship and eventually own her own bakery and grill. She is a member of the Bishop Carroll dance team and swim team, is a recipient of the Golden Eagle Academic Achievement Award, and spends her spare time volunteering at the Lord’s Diner. Iseman, also a member of the National Honor Society, plans to pursue entrepreneurship. He has already started his own business – a lawn care company – and wants to create new businesses someday in his community. Secretary of Bishop Carroll’s student council, Iseman also is group leader of the Leadership Workshop Team and in 2011 won a National Leadership Award. He is senior captain of the varsity golf team and is a volunteer with the Lord’s Diner and Center of Hope. 9 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 WestSide Story College Notes West Wichita Family Physicians, P.a. Providing complete, comprehensive, accessible, primary medical care to west Wichita and the surrounding area… Kirk R. Bliss, DO Paul W. Huser, MD Tobie R. Morrow, DO Joe D. Davison, MD D. Scott Kardatzke, MD Alison K. Raymond, MD Larry A. Derksen, DO Kimberly D. Kenas, DO Ronald J. Reichenberger, MD Rick W. Friesen, MD David K. Lauer, MD Gary W. Reiswig, MD Robert Gonzalez, MD William C. Loewen, MD Jeffrey S. Reiswig, MD Kris L. Goodnight, MD Michael G. Ludlow, MD David A. Robl, MD Rebecca L. Green, MD John N. May, MD Edward J. Weippert, MD Sheryl R. Hemmen, MD Stan A. Messner, MD Yao Y. Yang, MD Mark A. Hilger, MD Todd A. Miller, MD 8200 West Central • Wichita, KS 67212 www.wwfppa.com For Appointments Call: 721-4544 Business & Insurance: 722-6260 If No Answer Call: 262-6262 Minor Care Clinic: 721-4910 WestSide Story Total Family Healthcare Newborn/Children’s Care Women’s Health: Digital Mammography, Bone Density Testing, Breast MR Diagnostics: CT (Computerized Tomography) MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Ultrasound/Sonography • Nuclear Medicine Laboratory • X-Ray • Surgery Center Certified Diabetic Education Classes Aesthetics: Skin Care • Laser Treatments • Cosmetic Injections Medical Grade Skin Care Products Newman University will present the 15th annual Literary Festival April 3, 4 and 5 at various locations on the Newman campus. The theme for this year’s event is “Zombiefest.” The special guest speaker will be Robin Becker, who will read from her novel “Brains” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Jabara Flexible Theatre, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center. The Newman Literary Festival was created as a way for people to celebrate literature and other forms of written arts. It is a combination of scholarly presentations/analyses (typically essay readings) and creative interpretations such as poems, short stories, scenes from plays and music. This year’s theme was inspired by the fast-growing popularity over the past decades of the zombie theme. Newman Assistant Professor of English Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D. said the conference offers an opportunity for people who have been thinking about this idea to get together and exchange ideas. The keynote speaker, Robin Becker, grew up in Hackensack, N.J., until she was 18, when she decided to visit other places. Over the next few years she lived in Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Baton Rouge and Kirksville, Mo. She also lived for three months in a 1972 Volkswagen Microbus, and in 1994 spent nine months WELCOME NEW CLIENTS April 2014 - 10 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Kansas African American Museum seeks volunteers Zombies to highlight Newman’s 15th annual literary festival backpacking throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 2000, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. She currently teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. Reviews of her novel “Brains” include one by S.G. Browne, author of “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament,” who said the book is a “zombie delight for the thinking man (and woman). It is a feast of literary parallels, pop culture references, and historical metaphors, with enough blood, guts, and brains to satisfy any zombie lover’s appetite.” This year’s conference also will feature a “Zombie Prom” on the evening of Friday, April 4, as part of the celebration and a way for students to show off their work. All Zombiefest events are open to the public. Most presentations are free. Non-student presenters must pay a registration fee. Entrance to the Zombie Prom requires a donation (no minimum) at the door, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on Becker and the festival, visit the web site at www.newmanu.edu/ studynu/undergraduate/english/literary-festival, or contact Crane-Laracuente at 316-942-4291, ext. 2226, or email@example.com. WestCALLWichita Pet Clinic FOR YOUR GROOMING APPT. TODAY! 722-0100 8615 West 21st St. | 1 block east of Tyler Rd. M - F 7:30 am - 6 pm | Sat. 8 am - 12 pm "Let us be your pet's bestfriend." Greg Reichenberger, DVM $7 Doggy Day Camp M–F IT’S SPRING... TIME FOR WORMS, FLEAS & TICKS... FRONTLINE PLUS HEARTGARD PLUS NEXGARD Tasty pills for fleas & ticks www.westwichitapetclinic.com New Online Pharmacy and Store! The Kansas African American Museum is seeking volunteers. The museum’s goal is to collect, display, educate and celebrate all aspects of Kansas African American history and culture. Volunteers are need in a variety of areas, including leading museum tours, greeting visitors at the door, working in the Heritage Gift Shop, assisting with museum receptions and events, assisting the administration department, and doing building maintenance. To volunteer, go to the museum and fill out a volunteer application, or download one at www.tkaamuseum.org. For information, call The Kansas African American Museum at 316-262-7651 and speak with the staff. Passover Seder planned Remnant of Israel is celebrating its community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Corporate Caterers Banquet Hall, 2949 N. Rock Road. Reservations are required by Friday, April 4. Call 744-7470 or go online at RemnantWichita.org. Costs are $30 for adults (age 11 and up), and $10 for children. Children 4 and under are free. You can sponsor a table of 10 for $280. New Home Incentives 10-year tax rebate of the City’s portion of Ad Valorem Year 1: 100% tax rebate Years 2-4: 80% tax rebate Years 5-7: 60% tax rebate Years 8-10: 40% tax rebate Additional incentives may be available through specific housing developments For more information contact James Oltman, Economic Development Director 316-529-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org 316-667-2429 www.mounthopedental.com Receive up to $12,000 in financial incentives by building your new home in Haysville! www.hellohaysville.com 1 1 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Vaughn signs with Butler Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s Baylee Vaughn signed a letter of intent on March 11 to play soccer at Butler County Community College. She is the daughter of David and Michelle Fredelake Vaughn (’88). Vaughn plans to major in physical therapy and is pictured with her parents and BC coaches Greg Rauch (back left) and Mike Skaggs (right). Her head coach at Butler will be Adam Hunter. Contributed photo The WestSide Church Directory Worship at the Church of Your Choice Aldersgate United Methodist Church - 7901 W. 21st St. N. (west of Ridge Rd.), (316) 722-8504, www.aldersgatechurch.org. Sunday morning services at 8:15 a.m. (traditional), 9:30 a.m. (blended), and 11 a.m. (traditional). Wednesday night activities. Nursery available for all services. Sunday school each week at 8:15 a.m. for adults and at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups. Youth group and youth worship on Sunday evenings. Bible studies, children’s activities, and different fellowship events available throughout the year. Asbury Church - 2801 W. 15th St., Wichita (one block north of 13th on St. Paul); (316) 942-1491. Four locations across the Wichita Metro Area. Sunday Services: Central Campus - 15th & St. Paul at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. West Campus 167th & Maple (Goddard’s Explorer Elementary School) at 10:45 a.m. Linwood Campus - near Lincoln & Lulu at 10:45 a.m. Breakthru Campus - 15th & St. Paul (gymnasium) at 10:45 a.m. Visit www.asburychurch.org. Beacon Community Church - 810 N. Casado, Goddard; 794-2424; 10:45 a.m. Sunday Service; Sunday School at 9:25 a.m. This empty seat… West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: email@example.com. Sunday services 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (Traditional/Blended); Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday meal (during school year) 5:30 p.m. fun classes and study for all ages; nondenominational preschool, host to the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita providing dynamic activity for the Classic Generation, full children’s programming, and an active youth program challenging today’s generation, website: www.westheightsumc.org. Pathway Church – Following Jesus/In Community/For Others – 316-722-8020; www.pathwaychurchonline.com; Westlink Campus, Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 9:10 and 10:45 a.m.; Cafe Campus, Sundays at 10:45 a.m., 2001 N. Maize Rd. (21st and Maize), Wichita; Goddard Campus, Sundays at 10:30 a.m., Goddard High School (2500 S. 199th St. W.). For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170 • Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. • ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • Family integrated full Gospel church where all ages worship and study God’s word. Trininty Reformed Church (RPCNA) – Come glorify and enjoy God with us. 3340 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67203 • Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. • Sunday School 11 a.m. • Evening services 5 p.m. • Pastor Adam King • www.trinityrpcna.org • 316-721-2722 Goddard United Methodist Church – 300 N. Dedar, Goddard; (316) 794-2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • Children’s church during both services • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Steve Morgan, Pastor • Eric Wilson, Youth Pastor • Children’s Pastor, Kassie Taylor Westlink Church of Christ – 10025 W. Central, Wichita; (316) 722-1111; Sunday 9:30 a.m. Bible Classes, 10:30 a.m. Worship, 6 p.m. Devotional; Wednesday 6 p.m. Meal (during school year), 7 p.m. Bible Classes; Gary Richardson, Minister; Nick Miller, Youth Minister; Website: www.westlinkchurch.org. Harvest Community Church – Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www.wichitaharvest.com. Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 722-3753; “Simply making disciples who walk with Jesus, grow to become like Jesus, and live for Jesus by loving others.” Worship Sunday 9 a.m. with Praise Team, 10:30 a.m. with Choir; Fellowship and coffee between worship services; Sunday school for all ages 9 a.m. Nursey open 8:45-11:45 a.m.; www.westwoodpc.org. Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; (316) 7292700; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Adult Bible Study/Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided at all services. “Your neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: heritage4u.net. WestSide Story …is for you and your family Hope Christian Church – Meeting 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. Worship is casual and encouraging. Online at www.hope4wichita.org. and on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. markm@ hope4wichita.org. 316-648-0495. April 2014 - 12 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Story by Jen Bookhout Wichitan Ron Ryan, retired owner of Ryan International Airlines, was recently announced as Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI for the 2014 Wichita River Festival. Ryan attended the first Wichitennial Celebration, which later evolved into what is known as the River Festival. “It was small compared to today,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to remember back that far, but I remember it was well-received and it presented a good enough image that we wanted to do it again and again and again, and now we’ve done it 41 times.” Born and reared in Kansas City, Mo., Ryan moved to Wichita in 1968, where he was chief pilot for Jack DeBoer. He later pursued his passion for flying by starting his own company, Ryan International Airlines, which he owned until he retired in 2004. “We operated large transport category aircraft,” Ryan said. “We had about 40 freight aircraft and 20 passenger aircraft.” Over the years, Ryan has been continually involved with the River Festival as a member of the Wichita Wagonmasters. He and his wife, Renae, provide any service they can for Festivals Inc. “I couldn’t do any of this without my wife Renae,” he said. “She is very involved in trying to make sure I’m in the right place at the right time, and helping Festivals any way she can.” After a brief retirement in Florida, Ryan and his wife returned to Wichita where they plan to stay. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s home forever,” Ryan said. “It has been and will continue to be.” The Admiral spoke with East Wichita News about his work as a Wagonmaster, Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI and some of his favorite pastimes. What was your initial reaction to finding out you’d been selected to be Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI? I was extremely pleased and humbled and honored. There’s a lot of people that have done a lot of service work in all areas for the Riverfest over the years, so there’s a lot of people deserving, in my opinion, to be the Admiral, and why they picked me, I can’t tell you, except I’m glad they did. As Admiral this year, what will your responsibilities be? Well I think the Festivals board describes it as the Admiral being the ambassador for the Festival. I’ll appear at quite a number of hospitals, children’s homes, Starkey center, and just tout the River Festival. In addition, I kind of oversee the 26 Schooner Mates that were selected from all the schools in Wichita. They’re a group of really fine young kids, but they also assist the Admiral in just trying to make sure the River Festival is a family, fun event. Who are the Wichita Wagonmasters? We’re a civic organization, a non-profit organization…our function is to try to raise money and help do things to benefit the community, especially other non-profits like scholarships and kids and hospital kinds of things. Also, the primary goal is the Riverfest. And we’re a group of guys, and we just have a good time. How is being a Wagonmaster different from being Admiral Windwagon Smith? It’s one in the same. I would say almost 90 percent of the Admirals have been Wagonmasters. So I know most of the Admirals before and after their service, but I don’t consider myself anything other than a Wagonmaster, doing duties for the Wagonmasters and then being a symbolic gesture, and hopefully an ambassador, for the River Festival. But the Wagonmasters have a function, in my opinion, that goes well beyond any individual or any title. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of your work with the Wagonmasters? Flying is my No. 1 passion and hobby, but I also like power boating. My wife and I have a place at Grand Lake, and we enjoy going down there. I hear you’re a Shocker basketball fan What is it that you enjoy most about Shocker basketball? The coach and the team spirit and the fact that they have a Christian attitude that I think…just being a Christian myself I see it in the team, and I think it’s that extra edge that helps them play as a team. We all have our good days and bad days, and when any one of our players is having a bad day, there’s another player that’s having a good day, and it just works out well. But the coach is—people give him a lot of credit, and that’s because he deserves it. I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him on a personal basis, and he and his wife are just incredibly decent, kind people. I hope that they’ll be here for a long time to come. For more information about Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI Ron Ryan, visit www.wichitariverfest.com. 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See HEROES, Page 15 WestSide Story It started as a “what-if ?” — 11 years later, WestSider Bryan Dietrich, a professor at Newman University, was the co-editor of “Drawn to Marvel: Poetry from the Comic Books,” the world’s first superhero poetry anthology. Dietrich, whose first book “Krypton Nights” was a collection of Superman poems, connected with Marta Ferguson, sole proprietor of Wordhound Writing & Editing Services, LLC, Columbia, Mo. Ferguson had written poems of her own about superheroes, and the two began to wonder if others were writing about comic book characters. April 2014 - 14 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum presents ‘Blue Moon at the Museum’ On Saturday, April 26, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will hold its sixth annual “Blue Moon at the Museum” party from 7-10 p.m. The event will transform the Museum into the original Blue Moon Nightclub, which was located on South Oliver during the 1940s and 1950s. The club was a popular gathering spot for adults to dine and dance to the nation’s most famous orchestras. Guests will enjoy dinner, dancing, and music from former Wichitan, renowned jazz singer and former WestSider Donna Tucker. The event kicks off the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s 75th Anniversary and features a special exhibit “The Future of Your History the 75th anniversary of the Historical Museum.” Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the 24 other exhibits on all four floors of the 1890 City Hall Building. Tickets are $100 per person, and partially tax deductible. For tickets or more information, call 316-265-9314 or visit wichitahistory.org. WestSider is WSU homecoming queen Jazz singer Donna Tucker. Contributed photo Bishop Carroll Catholic High School alumnus Mogie Curmode was crowned the Wichita State University 2014 homecoming queen at halftime of the home basketball game on Feb. 22. The ceremony took place in a packed, gold-shirted crowd in Koch Arena as the Shockers earned their 29th victory of the season, beating Drake and clinching the Missouri Valley Conference championship title. Curmode, a 2010 graduate of BCCHS is majoring in communication sciences and disorders (speech and hearing pathology) and is active in Alpha Phi Sorority and Big Brothers-Big Sisters while making the dean’s list and working two jobs. Summer Leagues Now Forming Bring in this ad for 1 FREE GAME with every paid game. Offer expires April 30, 2014 749 N. Ridge Rd. 722-5211 1 5 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 WestSider takes part in China research trip The trip was led by Dr. Tony Gabel, an associate professor of management and marketing and the COBE’s Lusk Faculty Member of Distinction, and Justin Evans, instructor of management and marketing and the college’s international coordinator. Their research focuses on how international companies can best strategically account for the various legal systems in which they operate. Originally scheduled for July 2013, the trip was not originally intended to include students, but that changed when a knee injury that required surgery sidelined Gabel less than 24 hours before the flight to Shanghai. The trip was rescheduled for this year. Heroes that we turn to superheroes, and I think it’s the reason we turn to any kind of myth,” Dietrich said. “I think about the superhero genre as one of our major modern mythologies, and I think mythology always calls us back to who we are, who we should be, who we can be.” Being interested in comic books and superheroes hasn’t always been as accepted by the mainstream as it is in today’s culture, Dietrich said. When he was in school, he was picked on for his interests; he is glad to see the change in society’s view toward the characters and those who appreciate them. The study of poetry has long been thought of as an academic pastime, rather than a common topic of discussion; this anthology brings the best of both worlds together, Dietrich explained. “I think it’s a nice sort of gateway drug to help people appreciate poetry,” he said. “And similarly, I think it’s a gateway drug the other direction, for people who have never considered pop culture to be a viable arena for study. I think it works both directions as a kind of secret door into a different arena from what you normally see.” Bringing the public together through poetry has been a team effort. The anthology could not have been completed without the help of Ferguson, Dietrich said. “She has just been extraordinary,” he said. “My talent lies with going through the submissions and trying to find the best poems, and her specialties are everywhere else.” “Drawn to Marvel: Poetry from the Comic Books” is available online at www.minorarcanapress.com. The book is expected to be available on Amazon later in the month. Continued from Page 13 “We wanted to be true to his memory and follow through with this,” Dietrich said. Dietrich and Ferguson continued sifting through poetry as time allowed, until an editor approached Dietrich at an Associated Writing Program conference. The editor, interested in the idea, encouraged Dietrich to finish compiling the anthology as quickly as possible with the intention of getting it published. Unfortunately, that company changed management and direction, deciding not to publish the anthology. However, Dietrich and Ferguson found another publisher interested in the idea, and were in a good place to grow the anthology. An open call for superhero poetry returned more than 500 entries from around the world, Dietrich said. When the entries had been sorted, the final collection was more than 300 pages long and included poetry from 138 poets, some dating back 50 years. “This is not just recent poetry; it’s also, I think, rather representative and authoritative as far as the whole subgenre is concerned,” Dietrich said. Some of the poems are written in the voice of the superheroes, some are written as thoughts about superheroes, and some are written as sons or daughters who perceived their parents as superheroes, Dietrich explained. Though the purpose of each poem differs, each reflects a fascination with the super human comic book characters. “I think there are a lot of reasons At over 11,000 SQUARE FEET OF SHOWROOM Gallery Expressions is one of the areas largest building materials showroom. Cabinets, Counter tops, Fireplaces, windows, doors and More! The right products and the right price for every project! 7355 West Taft, Wichita, KS 67209 • 316-721-1228 2 large Lumber Yards with thousands of products! WestSide Story Four undergraduate students and one graduate student were able to accompany two Fort Hays State University College of Business and Entrepreneurship faculty on a two-week research trip to China in January. The undergraduate students were all seniors. Adam Wilbur, a graphic design major from West Wichita, was among the students. The other students were Seth Gooding of Haven, Amanda Groff of Hays, and Matthew Whitmore of St. Francis, Kan. Aaron “Tres” York III of Indianapolis as the graduate student. In China, the team interviewed nearly 40 senior executives and attorneys, who spoke on the Chinese legal system and its impact on foreign companies. April 2014 - 16 W e s t S i d e S t o r y WestSider makes sure her voice is heard Story Photos by Jen Bookhout courtesy Music was just going to be a hobby for Maize High School grad Kaleigh Glanton, but life has a way of taking unexpected turns. That was certainly the case for The Voice contestant Glanton, as all four of the network television music competition show’s judges — Shakira, Adam Levine, Usher and Blake Shelton — turned their chairs around hoping to have her on their team for this season’s competition. “Auditioning in front of the four coaches, who are some of the most famous musicians in the world, has really given me a lot of confidence,” Glanton said. “I was never really nervous, but it helped with the nerves I had.” The Voice requires its contestants to compete in blind auditions where the judges listen with their backs to the singers, making their selections solely on of NBCU n i v e r s a l vocal skill. The judges compile a team of singers to coach in competition against the other judges’ teams. In her audition, Glanton wowed the coaches with her cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” But after each judge made their case to Glanton, she decided on Shelton as her coach, based on the connection she felt in his eye contact. “What Blake said to me made me feel very welcomed, and the way he was staring at me showed that he was really talking to me,” Glanton said. “With the way he fought, and the things he said, he just seemed really passionate about it, and it just felt right.” Glanton began singing for friends at a church conference during the summer before she turned 16, with no intention Continued on next page ABOVE: Kaleigh Glanton and fellow Team Blake member Noah Lis work with coach Blake Shelton and the members of The Band Perry in an episode of “The Voice” that aired on Tuesday, March 25. TOP: Blake Shelton, left, yells at Usher during Glanton’s blind audition. 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The next thing she knew, she had the surprise of a lifetime — an audition spot on the TV show. “Before I got the audition, I decided I didn’t want music to be a career; it was just for fun,” Glanton said. “But after the audition, I realized I had a passion for it and I needed to work towards it as a career because it’s my strongest talent.” Glanton had performance experience from playing in local coffee shops, weddings and other gigs her father and manager helped schedule for her, but interviews and auditions were a different ball game. In the past couple months, Glanton has been back and forth between LA and home as the show has not yet reached the live performance portion, and she is learning the art of interviewing. “It’s been a lot of auditions and interviews, which is all stuff I’d never done before,” Glanton said. “It was stressful, but not in a bad way; it’s just been overwhelming and completely amazing. I’m doing things people my age may never get to do.” Regardless of the outcome, Glanton is putting all her effort into singing in the competition for as long as she continues to be on the show. In addition to dis- covering the ins and outs of the music business, she has already formed close friendships she hopes will last for a lifetime. But more than anything, Glanton is still just trying to soak it all in. “To have this be the start of my career — it’s just the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said. “I’m just so thankful for this opportunity.” Glanton can be seen on The Voice, airing on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on NBC. The live portion of the show is set to begin at the end of April. Licensed and Insured for Your Protection HAIL OR WIND DAMAGE TO YOUR ROOF? Call us at: 1 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 ROOFING • GUTTERING • REMODELING • WINDOW REPLACEMENT April 2014 - 18 Featured this month Becker Bros.................................... 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Becker Bros. has continued the values and ethics of the founders of the company, Jerry and the late Jim Becker, who started serving Wichita and Sedgwick County in 1971. Their heating and cooling company has a long history while many other companies have come and gone. What makes Becker Bros. different? John says that it is about relationships and putting problem-solving and customer needs ahead of quick sales. Customer loyalty runs deep for this company and has been a foundation for Becker Bros. over the years. John often quotes his father: “The quality of the work will be remembered long after the sale is forgotten.” The Garrisons know and understand that no matter the size of the company, relationships are key. With a staff of 12 full-time employ- Becker Bros. technician Sam Hall talks about new air conditioning equipment with owners John and Beth Garrison. ees, Becker Bros. takes care of its large number of loyal customers. “I get calls all the time saying that they saw our truck and wanted to know if we come to Wichita, or Colwich, or Conway Springs, or Clearwater, or wherever. Of course the answer is yes!” said Beth. Becker Bros. has long served families and businesses in Wichita and rural Sedgwick County, as well as Sumner, Kingman, and Harvey counties. Becker Bros. is a full-service heating and cooling company, offering service and new equipment replacements, as well as new residential construction and commercial work. This time of year is especially important for maintenance service as people get ready for the 100 degree days of summer that lie ahead. “The life and efficiency of the AC equipment is extended by regular maintenance,” said John. “It’s like changing the oil in your car.” In fact, studies have shown that regular maintenance reduces repairs by 40 percent over the life of the equipment. Regular maintenance also helps maintain the efficiency of the equipment, which will lower your monthly costs. Beth and John found the business to be a life-changing challenge, and they love it. What does set them apart from other companies? “Our commitment to our customers, our desire to treat our customers with respect and understanding, and our need to establish close working relationships with our customers,” said Beth. “That’s what sets us apart.” For more information, call Becker Bros. at 316-531-2264. Prairie Sunset Home expands all areas of care physical therapy area and a new kitchen. “The entire facility is so much more open and inviting now,” said Maris. “And our expanded facilities really complete our four levels of care here.” Prairie Sunset Home offers independent living apartments adjacent to the main facility. Inside the main facility, there are now 12 assisted living apartments, and a new family area in that wing. Maris is pleased with the new special care area, which features ten rooms for Alzheimer’s and other specialty care needs. It also features a comfortable family area. “Both of these family areas feature kitchens that can be used for family get-togethers,” said Maris. “It really pro- vides options for our residents and their families.” The facility’s skilled nursing area was completely remodeled and expanded, and nine new private rooms were added. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and feature bathrooms with easy and safe access. One of the best things about the expansion project was the community and staff support that went into it. “This pulled the whole community together,” said Michelle Howell, Prairie Sunset’s longtime social services director. “We knew we needed to change things, and it was wonderful that the staff was able to be involved in the process.” The entire facility can now house 55 residents, and is operated by a staff of 60. “The community was completely behind this,” said Gretchen Maris, who works at the facility with her husband Rex. “Now we have an incredible facility that can serve this community, and also provide an option for people outside this community.” Pretty Prairie is conveniently located just a few minutes south of Hutchinson and just a little over a half hour from Wichita. An open house to showcase the expansion will be held on Sunday, April 6, from 2-4 p.m, at Prairie Sunset Home, 601 E. Main in Pretty Prairie. 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FOCUS ON BUSINESS By Paul Rhodes A quick tour around Prairie Sunset Home clearly showcases how much care and community support went into the facility’s two-year expansion project. Rex Maris, who has been director of the senior care facility in Pretty Prairie for the past 11 years, is thrilled with the final results, and knows the planning that went into the project for several years prior to the start of construction. “We started our planning efforts six years ago, and then moved into our design and financing efforts,” said Maris. The $4 million project provided additional and improved spaces for assisted living, special care and skilled nursing, as well as a new entrance and family visitation area, 19 - April 2014 A major expansion WestSide Story FOCUS ON BUSINESS April 2014 - 20 previous injury, and if the body isn’t allowed to do its own healing, the weakened area can’t recover,” said Dr. Papish. Prolotherapy restarts the healing process.” This technique has been incredibly effective at reducing pain and making joints more stable. “This really is a cure – not a cover-up,” said Dr. Papish. While the procedure is not covered by insurance, it is worth exploring for many patients. Dr. Papish also can help patients with spider vein issues. This process involves injecting a solution into the problem veins that literally can make them disappear. “It’s a simple outpatient process,” he said. Depending on the case, it can range from a one-time visit to a series of treatments. Although it is considered a cosmetic process and isn’t covered by insurance, many people are utilizing it because of how simple and effective it is. In 2009, Dr. Papish and his staff launched the Ideal Protein physician-supervised weight loss program. Since then, patients have lost thousands of pounds – and are keeping them off. Dr. Papish and Laura both have utilized the program, with remarkable success – like their patients. Most patients also find they can reduce or discontinue a variety of medications, especially those used to treat high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and high cholesterol/triglycerides. The weight loss program continues to offer new food products for patients, and the success rate is high. A free seminar covering the weight loss program will be held on Monday, April 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call Clearwater Family Practice for the seminar location. “I’ve been blessed with a loyal, dedicated staff, and our patients appreciate the experience they bring to the practice,” said Dr. Papish. “We genuinely love working with our patients, and seeing real results.” For more information about Clearwater Family Practice, call the clinic at 620584-2055, or visit www.clearwaterdoc. com. Our next FREE weight loss seminar will be Monday, April 21 5:30 p.m. Call for the seminar location. Clearwater Family Practice, P.A. (620) 584-2055 ‘I Love A Piano’ spotlights Irving Berlin classics Musical revue of some of Broadway’s favorite tunes runs April 5-26 at Crown Uptown April 6 and 18. The Crown Uptown, the Midwest’s premium Broadway Dinner Theatre, combines the best of the stage with the best of the plate, featuring succulent fine-dining meals created by executive chef Kevin Gillenwater and his culinary team. Gone are the buffet lines of the past in favor of personal, tableside meal service by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable wait staff. Chef Gillenwater has created a special menu, which will be available throughout the run of “I Love A Piano.” Cast members for “I Love A Piano” are Ben Cramer, Ryan Ehresman, Austin Stang, Brittney Morton, Emily Pirtle and Janet Wiggins. “I Love A Piano” is directed by Matthew Rumsey, with musical direction by Jesse Warkentin and choreography by Maurice Sims. Dora Arbuckle designed the costumes, and David S. Pilchman is the stage manager. Tickets for “I Love A Piano,” as well as other 2014 shows, “Shrek: The Musical” (June 6-28), “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein” (Aug. 15-Sept. 6), “AIDA” (Oct. 3-25) and “Miracle on 34th Street” (Nov. 21-Dec. 21) are available now. For reservations, call the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre at (316) 612-7696, visit the box office at 3207 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67218 or reserve online at www.instantseats.com. Ticket prices for “I Love A Piano” range from $40 to $60 per person for the show and chef-prepared meal and $25 to $45 for show only, depending on seating tier. Show-only tickets are available for any performance, pending seating availability. Additionally, the Crown Uptown, with seating for up to 500, is a great place for weddings/receptions, corporate functions and group events of all kinds. Call (316) 612-7696 for information and group discounts. WestSide Story The Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre’s next production, “I Love A Piano,” celebrates the music and lyrics of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin. The spirited musical revue follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with more than sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Always,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Anything You Can Do,” “God Bless America,” and of course, “I Love A Piano.” Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, this performance is a fitting tribute to Irving Berlin, the man Jerome Kern famously said had “no place in American music – he is American music.” The show opens April 5 and runs through April 26, including matinees on FOCUS ON BUSINESS By Paul Rhodes Dr. David Papish has been studying – and helping – the human body for more than 35 years at his practice in Clearwater. As a board certified osteopathic family physician, Dr. Papish brings a wide range of services to his patients, including complete family practice for all ages, osteopathic manipulation, prolotherapy, sclerotherapy, and a unique weight loss program that has had phenomenal success over the past few years. “This is a true medical home,” said Dr. Papish. He enjoys working as a solo practitioner, and his wife Laura is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Dr. Papish is constantly looking for ways to help his patients and provide real help for their medical issues. For patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, Dr. Papish utilizes osteopathic principles and practice and prolotherapy. 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The rule does not seem to apply to television. “True Detective” had numerous shots of cars in motion, but they seemed to be travelling within the speed limits. This difference may have to do with the supposed ages of the relevant audiences. I myself am inconveniently beyond the 15-35 age group movies theoretically aim at, and have had a driver’s license for enough years that the thrill of mobility is pretty well under control. But that can’t be the whole explanation. Check the ages of people at auto shows, and the followers of NASCAR. As you might suspect, I avoid fast-car movies as much as I can. But openings and deadlines being what they are, I had to see “Need For Speed,” which I suspect is a fair specimen of the genre. And I will say it kept me awake and at attention. Director Scott Waugh and his credited 73 drivers have a real gift for destroying automobiles in exciting ways, and whether or not you can believe the Wichita Eagle’s “Go!” section claim that “it was all done for real, without the use of CGI,” they won’t let you doze off. But they couldn’t keep me from wondering about the number of drivers, bystanders and policemen who would have died or been crippled along those public roads. The credits assure us that everything was shot on closed empty roads, but that isn’t what the movie wants us to believe. And I don’t know enough about cars to know whether a car could sail through the air for about half a block and smash down on the grass and keep on going at full speed. But I did think that a person who would spend literally millions to make a car go REAL FAST might have spent some time and money on a car that wouldn’t fishtail even on straightaways, not to be picky about swerving and sometimes spinning when turning cor- Movie Review Jim Erickson ners. People tell me that auto racing is worthwhile because of what it teaches us about cars. Well, maybe. Few of these road epics as I’ve seen, I couldn’t find anything in “Need For Speed” that wasn’t aged, even for me. The hero seeks revenge for the death of his buddy – brother, probably – and restoration of his reputation after being framed for manslaughter. The rival driver is the villain of it all, the race is the one last chance for this and that, the heroine is insistent on going along (how often have I heard “You’re not going anyplace” or “because you’re a woman”?), and there is a big redemption bit where the hero supposedly learns true values and changes his way. I forgot about the token-minority sidekick and the Hepburn/Tracy initial antagonism between hero and heroine. Realism is not sought or claimed in this school entertainment, so we must not marvel at our hero’s driving from New York to California at about 120 miles per hour without attracting more than two policemen until California, or the one sidekick’s acquisition of an Army helicopter on the spur of the moment. There is love, of a sort, in “Need For Speed,” but not sex. At 120 m.p.h. in a two-seat car, that would be a bit much for even fast-car fanciers to accept. There is nudity, rather dragged in: a young male undresses at work and runs the corporate offices and into the public streets naked because, he later explains, he wanted to be sure he would never come back. Nothing graphic, though. What could compete with the shock value of big flameout automobile crashes? (A friend told me that what I saw as accidental swerving and fishtailing and spinning out was actually highly skilled driving at extremely high speeds. Oh, well. I never said I understood this school of entertainment.) I much prefer to see movies in an empty house, largely because my reactions seem to be very different from those of the crowd in general. This is especially the case with comedies, as I seem to find quite normal and ordinary the things that the audiences find hilarious. This is why I seldom review comedies. And let me say at the outset that even when I have had to see hit movies in packed theaters, and when I have found myself surrounded by tots and pre-middle schoolers, I have never been bothered by audience behavior including cell phones. But just in case someone is interested in how to avoid crowds, here’s how. The first show on Monday is unlikely to fill up, no matter what super-blockbuster is on offer. And the first show on Sunday interferes with people going to church and/or eating dinner before the show. And any day, the show that starts between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. interferes with supper – though considering the range of food offered at the popcorn stand, especially if you want to go Mexican, I don’t see why a snack can’t be used to forestall serious hunger – and is unlikely to be inconveniently full. And that all-important single-screen independent/foreign/art movie that opens every Friday at only one screen at only one theatre seldom fills up (it’s not expected to, and is practically a public service) and is at least not a comic book, special effect or sequel boilerplate. This is a personal recommendation, not a result of study. Notice the lack of Cinema Scene Jim Erickson reference to discount theaters – I have to review new releases, and in any case get in on a press pass. Non-commercials • Peace and Social Justice Center, 1407 N. Topeka. April 8, 7 p.m., “Missing” with Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon. • The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. April 4, 8 p.m., “Wichita,” new feature locally written, produced and directed by Nicholas Barton. April 6, 3 and 7 p.m., “Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins,” about the Christian singer-songwriter of the 1980s and 1990s. April 17, 7 p.m., “Rear Window.” • Tallgrass at the Orpheum series. April 25, 7:30 p.m., at Watermark Books, Oliver and Douglas, “Ernest and Celestine,” an Oscar-nominated animation feature about a bear and a mouse, from France but in English. April 27, 7:30 p.m., at The Orpheum, “Following Beethoven,” about the roles Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has played in a lot of places, with discussion following. • Murdock Theater, 536 N. Broadway, April 5, 11:55 p.m., “La Boheme,” Metropolitan Opera on the big screen live. WestSiders complete basic training with USAF through the Community College of the Air Force. Phillips is the son of Robert Phillips Jr., of Wichita. He is a 2013 graduate of Maize High School. DeNayer is the son of Danny DeNayer and grandson of Vickie Dickerson, both of Wichita. He is a 2013 graduate of Maize South High School. Prouty is the son of Mayumi and Jimmy Prouty of Wichita. He is a 2013 graduate of Maize High School. Bui is the son of Tien Bui of Wichita, and Truc Pham of Lansing, Mich. He is a 2013 graduate of Maize High School. Unforgettable Experiences For Kids Entering Grades 1 - 12 Starting June 2 • Flip into skateboarding physics. • Strengthen your science superhero powers. • Cook up kitchen chemistry. • And more! NEW! Pixel Time Computer Camps Sign up by April 30 And Get Early Bird Prices!* For Kids Entering Grades 3 - 12 Starting June 7 Located in the new Butler Community College Technology Studio • Design video games. • Code apps. • Create animations. • And more! 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Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree 2 3 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 How to enjoy an empty house April 2014 - 24 Finding the right contractor Go first class with S&S Limousine Service W e s t S i d e S t o r y Check out our website snslimo.com or call 316-641-5670 Spring is on the way. It’s the perfect time to start on those home improvement projects that you have been contemplating all winter long. But unless you have the skill, the equipment, and the time, chances are that you will need to hire a contractor for the really substantial projects. So where do you start? To find the best contractor for your project, you need to invest real quality time researching potential contractors. That is unless you are lucky enough to have had a long term contractor or your friend or neighbor has someone they can highly recommend. Referrals can be golden. Otherwise, you should really narrow your search to local companies. You are going to have more success in seeing some of their previous work and talking to some of their previous clients. And, if there is ever a problem, local contractors will prove to be your best option. For best results, you should get at least three bids. It is time consuming but it enhances your chances of getting what you expect for your money. Sorting through all of the advertising can be confusing. While you are looking for a contractor and not an advertising executive, you would hope for care to be taken in their advertising. The ad may indicate the quality of work you might expect. Personally, I am looking for attention to detail rather than flash. You may not want the guy with the biggest ad because you know who ends up paying for that. On the other hand, the guy that puts his flyer in a bag full of gravel and throws it on my driveway always fails to impress. You can always call the Better Business Bureau, the Wichita Area Builders Association, and other similar trade-related organizations to inquire about specific contractors. Another good choice is to contact vendors in the field. A paint store might be able to give you some recommendations for painters that they Wichita Homes Philip Holmes | Interior Designer work with. At some point though, the process comes down to a bid and an interview. Nothing beats face-to-face communication. For best results, you should get at least three bids. It is time consuming but it enhances your chances of getting what you expect for your money. Do your homework in advance; define your project in writing as detailed as possible. While you may not be an architect or an engineer, the more specific you can get with measurements, materials and your vision of the final project, the better off you will be in the end. This specific description also will allow you to better compare bids. This detailed description will likely be the basis for the final contract. And, by all means, do have a written contract. Besides the bids submitted, there are both objective and subjective criteria in which to evaluate the prospective contractors. A reputable contractor will have the appropriate licenses and insurance. He also will build to code and pull the required building permits. The contract should also specify how change orders are dealt with as well as warranties for the work performed. You should ask about the contractor’s experience as well as determine who will actually be in your home doing the work. There are several subjective criteria that should be considered before hiring a contractor. First of all, there should be a personality match. This potentially will be a person who will be in your home. You should feel comfortable about this or else you have the wrong person. A good contractor will have the ability to listen, which includes being able to guide clients through decisions without being pushy. This should be evident in your first meeting. A contractor should display good project management skills. That is, being able to balance activities with the right people in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing. Winners of Wichita Grand Opera’s 2014 season coloring book contest received ribbons and prizes on stage prior to the premiere of WGO’s historic new production of Rossini’s “William Tell” before a packed Century II Concert Hall audience. The coloring books tell the stories of each of WGO’s five 2014 Season Productions: “The Sleeping Beauty”(ballet), “Willian Tell,” “Tosca,” “Don Quixote”(ballet), and “The Barber of Seville.” The contest was a new initiative in the company’s education and outreach program, aimed at younger children. Notably, the Coloring Book Contest is the second WGO Education Program to be profiled in “Opera America” magazine, which earlier highlighted WGO’s Highland Community College Opera Production Program. Winning coloring book artwork was displayed in the Century II Concert Hall Lobby in March. All winners are invited to attend the May 31 production of “The Barber of Seville,” and first through third place winners received art kits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. The winners in the ages 6-9 category were Lex Oswald from Wichita Collegiate in first place, Dannia Gandara from Horace Mann in second place, Yuan Zhao from Horace Mann in third place and Rosalinda Lucero from Beech Elementary with an honorable mention. The winners in the ages 9-10 category were Julia Douglas from Independent in first place, Emma Jane from St. Catherine of Siena in second place, Mallory Nesbitt from Beech Elementary in third place and Madison Ivy from Beech Elementary with an honorable mention. The winners in the ages 11-12 category were Ashby Schwanz from Independent in first place, Kaitlyn Greenman from Peppertree Academy Home School in second place, Hannah Griffin who is home schooled in third place and Almas Zafar from Anoor Islamic School with an honorable mention. 2 5 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Coloring contest winners named The Wichita Grand Opera coloring book contest winners with WGO artistic director Margaret Ann Pent. Contributed photo Prairie Fire to include fun run May 4, in front of the Wichita Boathouse. Pre-registration is required and may be done online or at KidFest, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Century II Exhibition Hall. Registration is $15 until May 3, or $20 at KidFest, which is where race packets must be picked up. Registered participants will get to take part in the red balloon launch at the starting line and receive a finisher’s medal when they complete the walk. To register or get more information about the “My Heart. My Life.” Fun Run and Walk or other races and activities being held in conjunction with the Prairie Fire Half Marathon, go to prairiefiremarathon.com. WestSide Story The 2014 Prairie Fire Spring race series will include a one-mile run or stroll along the Arkansas River sponsored by Via Christi Health and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Participants in this non-competitive event are asked to wear an old shirt and be ready to get “red” along the way. This event is one in which the entire family can take part,” said Nancy Duling, executive director of the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate. “Our volunteers are looking forward to joining Via Christi and helping spread the red and, in doing so, raise awareness about heart disease.” The race will start at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, April 2014 - 26 SPRING PLANTING TIME Fruit Trees Remember last year’s fruit and vegetable prices? Start your own garden! Let Brady’s garden experts help you get started. 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Featuring exclusive fabrics and design options that heighten sophistication in any home. Visit us to learn more about the Alustra product difference. 511 S Woodlawn 316-681-3361 Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 accentinteriors.net © 2014 Hunter Douglas. All rights reserved. All trademarks used herein are the property of Hunter Douglas. Don’t let your pet be pudgy In people, obesity is now considered a disease. Many of us are overweight and fifty percent of our pets are likewise heavier than they should be. A shorter lifespan, joint disease, and several serious diseases can result from carrying around these extra pounds. Life expectancy is related to size and body weight. In a nursing home, you will find many 80- to 90-year-old persons who weight less than 125 pounds. Many of the people weighing 250 pounds or more died when they were under seventy-five years of age. Small dogs and cats of normal weight can live up to fifteen years of age, some pets may live longer. Large breed dogs and overweight pets live a much shorter life. Arthritis and anterior cruciate ligament injury or rupture is more common in overweight pets. Weight loss is an important part of the treatment for both of these conditions. Diabetes mellitus and pancreatitis are seen more in pets that consume too much fat and are overweight. Much like in people, diabetes is related to diet, especially in the cat. Insulin injections and diet changes are needed for control. The pancreas produces insulin but it also produces enzymes that help digest food. One of these enzymes is Lipase, which helps in fat digestion. Excess fat in the diet causes changes in the pancreas with inflammation, which results in abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Puppies should be fed around one cup of quality dry dog food per ten pounds of weight per day. Kittens should be fed 1/4 – 1/2 cup of dry food per day. When dogs or cats are spayed or neutered, they may gain weight easier, so the amount of food must be reduced twenty-five percent. Adult dogs should receive one cup of dry dog food for Movie Review Dr. Ron Helten | Veterinarian every twenty pounds of body weight. Adult cats should be fed around 3/4 cup total per day. If treats are given, it is important to reduce the amount of food fed even more. Health problems are more likely when a pet is overweight. It is much easier to prevent pets from getting too heavy than to take the weight off once it occurs. Prevention of weight gain is the key to a healthy pet. Keeping your pet’s weight down can extend its life expectancy. Newman University has named J.V. Johnston, president of Johnston’s in Wichita, as its next Vice President for University Advancement. Johnston fills the vacancy created when Troy Horine resigned in February. Johnston will oversee Newman’s Advancement Department, which incorporates Fundraising/Development, Alumni Relations, University Relations and Archives. Johnston begins his new duties Monday, March 17. After a 36-year career at Johnston’s – an upscale mens and ladies retail clothing business – and after having served 19 of those years as company president, Johnston was looking to shift his professional focus. Johnston is stepping away from the day-to-day operations and his role as president. He remains part-owner in the store along with his wife Veronica, who is a full-time Johnston’s employee, and long-time business partner Kevin Edmundson of Wichita. “I pretty much delegated myself out of a job,” Johnston said with a laugh. Johnston graduated in 1982 from then-Kansas Newman College with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in Business Administration and History. He served four terms on the Newman Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2011, including four years as Chairman from 2007 to 2011. Among his many accomplishments as Chairman, Johnston was involved in completing Founders Plaza on the Newman campus as part of the Dugan Library and Campus Center capital campaign. Johnston also worked closely with the Newman administration to create the Newman Strategic Plan for 2009-2014, as well as the 2010 Campus Master Plan for the university. Johnston and his family have a long history with Newman University. That relationship began when Johnston became a Newman student and a men’s basketball player in the late 1970s. Over the years that role has evolved to include board member and chair, volunteer and Newman parent – three times over. Within the Wichita community, Johnston also is well known and has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Friends names interim president Friends University Board of Trustees Chair Dr. John Lewis has announced the appointment of Dr. Darcy Zabel as interim president for the pniversity, following the resignation of President T.J. Arant. Lewis said Dr. Arant offered his resignation during a special meeting of the board. The board accepted his resignation, which was effective March 21. Dr. Arant has been president since July 1, 2011 when he succeeded Dr. Biff Green. In his letter to the board, Arant said he intended to seek other opportunities. “It has been my privilege to work with the faculty, staff, and board to serve our students, and I leave with confidence that this steadfast and caring community will continue to thrive in the years ahead,” he wrote. Lewis said the board is now looking toward the future. “We are confident that Dr. Zabel will provide the leadership we need, to take the university through this transition,” he said. Dr. Zabel is currently Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Friends University. She has been a faculty member for more than 15 years. “I am honored to serve as the Interim President of Friends University, and to be the first woman in the history of Friends University to hold this position,” she said. As interim president, Dr. Zabel hopes to focus on the university’s strengths. “What Friends University does best is to combine the values of a liberal arts education with professional and pre-professional studies,” Dr. Zabel said. Friends University is a regional university with national programs and an international presence. 2 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Johnston named to Newman post WestSide Story April 2014 - 28 W e s t S i d e S t o r y Legislature honors Newman’s 80th It isn’t often that members of the Kansas Legislature take time to sing the praises of a private institution of higher education. But that’s just what happened March 13, when the Kansas House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed separate resolutions commemorating the history, values, contributions to the community and 80th Anniversary of the founding of Newman University. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Ponca-We Victors of the 103rd District, who is a 2005 graduate of Newman, sponsored and introduced the resolution (HR 6057) and presented comments about her alma mater. In the Senate, Sen. Michael O’Donnell of the 25th District introduced the Senate resolution (SR 1797) and took a few moments to offer positive remarks about Newman University. Also providing glowing comments about the university were Sen. Les Donovan of the 27th District and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau of the 29th District. “It was exciting to be there and hear the legislators say such great things about Newman University,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., who was among a number of Newman representatives who attended the events at the Capitol in Topeka. “The standing ovations we received in both chambers brought us to tears. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Rep. Victors, Sen. O’Donnell and others who helped make this special day possible.” Sen. Donovan spoke about the positive effect Newman had on his grandsons, one who is a recent graduate of Newman presents studentdirected one-acts Newman and another who is a current graduate student. “It was truly moving listening to these legislators making tributes to Newman, and saying how Newman has made a change in their families’ lives, and how the state of Kansas is lucky to have Newman University,” said Associate Vice President of Academic Services and Student Development Rosemary Niedens, part of the group from Newman. Niedens noted that other members of the Kansas delegation came forward to shake hands and visit briefly with the representatives from Newman. The House and Senate resolutions outlined major points in the history of Newman, from its founding as Sacred Heart Junior College in 1933 by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) to the present. The resolutions further noted that the university’s mission to “empower graduates to transform society” is grounded in its Core Values of Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Culture of Service and Global Perspective. The resolutions concluded by commending and celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Newman University. Newman Student Government Association secretary and treasurer Chase Blasi, who spearheaded the effort to create the resolutions, said he was inspired by the anniversary. “Newman University has been celebrating its 80th Anniversary throughout this academic year. I thought there was no better way to recognize Newman throughout the state than recognition from the State Legislature,” said Blasi, a junior from Colwich. “Newman contributes so much to society through its graduates and the students who dedicate countless hours of service to the community.” In January, Blasi contacted Rep. Victors, and asked her “as a proud alum of Newman” if she would help prepare a resolution, and sponsor and introduce it to the House. Victors and her staff worked closely with Newman Provost Michael Austin, Ph.D., other university officials and Blasi to write the resolution. To prepare a Senate resolution, Blasi contacted Sen. O’Donnell, a longtime friend, who agreed to sponsor and introduce the resolution. By early February, the resolutions were on the Legislature’s docket. In addition to Carrocci, Niedens and Blasi, those attending the signing of the resolutions were Director of Mission Effectiveness and Archives Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC, Associate Professor of Theology Joshua Papsdorf, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History Kelly McFall, Ph.D. SGA Sen. Jonathan Albers also attended. “It was very nice,” added Papsdorf, who attended as the current president of the Newman Faculty Senate. “Rep. Victors was very accommodating and had a nice lunch with us.” The trip to Topeka also included a brief meeting with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Representatives from Newman University had an opportunity to meet Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback while in Topeka to attend the approvals of the House and Senate resolutions. Pictured with Brownback (seated) are, l-r: Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.; Newman student Jonathan Albers; Associate Vice President of Academic Services and Student Development Rosemary Niedens; Rep. Ponca-We Victors; Rep. Roderick Houston; Newman student Chase Blasi; Director of Mission Effectiveness and Archives Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC,; Associate Professor of Theology Joshua Papsdorf, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History Kelly McFall, Ph.D. Contributed photo The Newman University Theatre Department will present “MultiPLAYcity:” a festival of student-directed one-act plays April 10 – April 12 in the Jabara Flexible Theatre, located inside of the De Mtattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. Tickets to the plays are purchased as a pass that allows the bearer into any and all of the plays. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; $5 for non-Newman students, and free to Newman students with ID. Six Newman students are directing the one-act performances. “As an actor, there are a lot of things in the process you take for granted,” sophomore Justin Ralph said. “But as the director, you act as the ship’s captain. You’re responsible if it sinks or if it sails. I have nothing but a new respect for every director I’ve ever worked for. I hope people come see the one acts since all the student-directors involved have worked very hard putting together a production, which is no simple task.” The schedule of plays is as follows, with directors and their respective hometowns noted: April 10 7 p.m. – “Every Tuesday” (written by NU student C.L. Smet) – directed by Rusty Carbaugh (Bartlesville, Okla.) 8:15 p.m. – “Like Dreaming, Backwards” – directed by Ian Ewing (Fairway, Kan.) 9 p.m. – “Everyman” – directed by Francisco (Pancho) Fields (Newton) 10 p.m. - Clybourne Park – directed by C.L. Smet (Wichita) April 11 7 p.m. – “Everyman.” 8 p.m. – “The Strangest Kind of Romance” – directed by Justin Ralph (Wichita) 9 p.m. – “Like Dreaming, Backwards.” 10 p.m. – “Frankenstein” – directed by Brittany Jonas (Wichita) April 12 7 p.m. – “The Strangest Kind of Romance.” 8 p.m. – “Every Tuesday.” 9:15 p.m. – “Clybourne Park.” 10 p.m. – “Frankenstein.” e r o f e b l l Ca g n i r p s e h t ! e r e h e r rains a • Premier Gutter Cover System • Affordable • Proven & Attractive • Family Owned & Operated For a FREE estimate call: (316) 777-1185 WE DO GUTTERS AND GUTTER COVERS! www.theguttercoverofwichita.com 15 minutes from Wichita... This model home is for sale! 2 9 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Say goodbye to gutter cleaning! Country lake living — only a few lots left One of the finest school districts in the area All double-sized lots Contact: 316-650-0956 prettyflowersestates.com WestSide Story SPECIAL SPRING PRICE NOW!! April 2014 - 30 W e s t S i d e S t o r y WestSide teams dominate State bowling This year’s Kansas high school State bowling tournaments had a distinct West Wichita flavor. Two teams – the Northwest boys and the Eisenhower boys – both won team titles. The Northwest Grizzlies claimed the Class 6A team title on Thursday, March 6. The next day, Eisenhower won the 5-1A State title. Both championships came at Northrock Lanes. The Grizzlies, coached by Jodi Floyd, bowled 2757 as a team to beat out Derby by 44 pins. Junction City was third with 2699. Three Grizzlies placed in the top 20 to medal. Junior Cody Hubbard (692) and freshman Brandon Kraus (688) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Lane Stanberry, a sophomore, was 19th with a 651 series. Zachary Hall missed out on a medal by 1 pin. The freshman placed 21st with a 649 series. Junior Kyle Clare (618) placed 31st, and junior Seth Fraizer (608) was 33rd. Eisenhower won its second State title in just the third year of competition. The Tigers bowled 2749 for head coach Brian Adelgren, edging out runner-up Circle by 5 pins. McPherson (2712) was third. Medalists for the Tigers included freshman Brandon Gile (719, fifth place), junior Trentin Dyer (717, sixth place), freshman Bryce Runyan (645, 15th) and senior Patrick Chambers (635, 18th). Tristen Sowers, a senior, was 21st with a 604 series, and junior Zach Jayne bowled 558 to place 48th. Goddard High’s Griffin Bryant, a freshman, bowled 518 to place 61st. He won the 5-1A regional at Seneca Bowl. The Bishop Carroll girls placed fourth in 5-1A. They are coached by Jim Nance. The Golden Eagles rolled a team score of 2267. Senior Hollyann Johansen medaled for Bishop Carroll. She bowled 649 to take fifth place. The rest of the Golden Eagles results were: senior Abigail Lathem, 569, 25th; junior Danielle Hamilton, 556, 11th; sophomore Jennifer Bohr, 488, 43rd; sophomore Anneke Bouska, 451, 57th; freshman Angely Morgan, 448, 59th. Eisenhower’s Shannon Kane won the individual State title, rolling a 683 series to beat out the rest of the field. Teammate Bridget Lagana also medaled, bowling 586 to place 20th. The Northwest High (top) and Eisenhower (above) boys bowling teams are both State champions. Eisenhower’s Shannon Kane, left, won an individual title. Dale Stelz and Bill Rhodes/ WestSide Story The 39th annual Blarney Breakfast, a benefit for Rainbows United, Inc., was held on St. Patrick’s Day at Old Chicago’s east location. More than 700 people attended, with more than $52,500 in net proceeds to benefit children birth – 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management Program. “It’s a great event bringing the public, businesses and celebrities together to support children with special needs,” said Margaret Shook, event Chair, Chi Epsilon Chapter ESA. A highlight of the event was the presentation of equipment to Rainbows’ families. Part of the proceeds from the event were joined by funds provided through Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi Health to provide specialized equipment for several Rainbows’ children. “It was wonderful to be able to provide these specialized items to several Rainbows’ children as part of this year’s event,” said Deb Voth, President. Celebrities from the Wichita area, including Dawson Grimsley of Davis-Moore Auto Group, KAKE-TV, Mayor Carl Brewer and other Wichita personalities were on hand to WestSider and KAKE Television broadcast journalist Larry Hatteberg was on hand for the 39th annual Blarney Breakfast at Old Chicago on March 17. The event benefits Rainbows United, Inc. Contributed photo meet guests and serve coffee. KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and KAKE-TV also provided live broadcasts from the event. Blarney Breakfast partners are: Chi Epsilon Chapter of ESA, Old Chicago East, KAKEland, Docuplex Graphics, KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and Chris Cakes of Wichita. The first 500 Blarney Breakfast attendees received a free commemorative Blarney Breakfast mug, courtesy of Vornado Air. Students attend Midwest Model U.N. Out of the past 54 Midwest Model United Nations Conferences in St. Louis, Fort Hays State University has participated in 53. This year, 19 students, representing Cuba and the United Kingdom, addressed a variety of world issues. The group included two WestSiders: Alesha Stroh, sophomore, and Austin Tatro, junior. “They learned no matter where they are from they are a part of a larger community and most issues we face are global,” said Dr. Curt Brungardt, Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies and director of the Center for Civic Leadership at FHSU. Students had five weeks to research their topics and countries and combine results into a binder. Delegates played their roles and represented their countries to create resolutions that represent what the United Nations would do. Each of the eight committees wrote a resolution for each of their topics such as nuclear disarmament, peacekeeping and peace building, and the World Food Program. 3 1 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Blarney Breakfast raises more than $52,000 WestSide Story