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For Alumni and Friends of Hornet Nation


Energizing a University


Planning to visit campus? Why not check out some things happening in the community, too!

MARCH 25-26




Monkey Island Open Ben & Noel Haggard with Merle Haggard’s The Strangers


Symphony in the Flint Hills National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction

JUNE 26-30

The Marshall Tucker Band

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Peter and Wendy



The Taste


Russian National Ballet Theatre

APRIL 27-29

Glass Blown Open Disc Golf Tournament


Cinco de Mayo Block Party

MAY 20

Flatland Cruisers Car Show


Lunar Kanza


Great American Market


William Allen White Legacy Day


Twinkies Festival

NOVEMBER 1-11 All Veterans Tribute

Reverend Horton Heat with Agent Orange & Flat Duo Jets


Dirty Kanza 200 Bike Race & Finish Line Party

For Alumni and Friends of Hornet Nation Managing Editor Mary Shivley (BA 2001, MS 2004) Design & Layout Ryan O’Meara Photography Dustin Michelson Spotlight on Alumni Lexie Thomas (CS) Breanne Cayton (CS) Contributors Tyler Curtis (BSE 2001, MS 2004) Emmy Eddie (BSB 2012, MS 2013) Gwendolynne Larson Bobbi Mylnar Paul Payton Dave Sparks Don Weast (BFA 1998) Terri Weast (MLS 1998) Editorial Committee Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB 1979) Tyler Curtis Jennifer Denton (MBA 2016) Sarah Eimer (BA 2003) Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 2001) Laurie Pitman Lindsay Thompson Emporia State University President Allison Garrett Foundation President Shane Shivley (BSB 2000) Foundation Vice President for Stewardship and Administration Jennifer Denton Alumni Association Executive Director Tyler Curtis Foundation Board of Trustees Chairperson Steve Williams (BSE 1964, MS 1969) Alumni Association Board of Directors President Gary Handy (BS 2004)

Convention and Visitors Bureau Emporia Arts Center Emporia Main Street Granada Theater

Spotlight is the magazine of Hornet Nation, consisting of more than 60,000 alumni and friends of Emporia State University. The Emporia State University Alumni Association and Emporia State Foundation, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018, publish Spotlight twice a year. Third class postage is paid from Liberty, Mo. Publication number 708440. Contact Information Spotlight 1500 Highland Street, Emporia, KS 66801-5018 620-341-5440 Postmaster, send address corrections to Alumni Association, 1500 Highland Street, Emporia, KS 66801-5018 Volume 46, Number 2








Excellence In Action


Life of a Legend


2016 Distinguished Alumni


Energizing a University


2016 Outstanding Recent Graduates


Spotlight on Alumni


Experience Outside the Classroom


Emporia State Retirements


Trifecta Triumph




Saving Lives


Births: Future Hornets


A Journey to the Common Good


In Memoriam

Cover photo: Dustin Michelson & University Photography The mosaic on the front cover consists of over 1,000 photos from various events throughout the Now & Forever campaign. 1



March 31 ■ 6:00 pm ESU Campus

May 5 ■ 11:00 am Sycamore Ridge Golf Club, Spring Hill, KS

Track & Cross Country Alumni Dinner


Chicago Alumni Event

April 3 Chicago, IL

Tri Sigma 100th Anniversary

April 7-8 ESU Campus

Phi Delta Theta White Carnation Dinner/Dance

April 22 ESU Campus

Newberg Outstanding Senior Banquet

April 24 ■ 6:00 pm Memorial Union, Webb Hall South Central Alumni Chapter Theater Event

April 29 ■ 6:30 pm Forum Theater, Wichita, KS

Kansas City Scholarship Golf Tournament

Martin Cuellar and Ramiro Miranda Concert

May 14 Sauder Alumni Center, Emporia, KS Martin Cuellar and Ramiro Miranda Concert

May 17 Schmitt Music, Overland Park, KS


Emporia Connection Reunion

July 14-16 The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Sigma Tau Gamma Reunion – Men of the 60s

July 21-22 ESU Campus


Don Edwards Golf Classic

August 26 ■ 8:00 am Sand Creek Station, Newton, KS

ESU Athletic Auction


ESU Athletics Golf Tournament

September 8 ■ 5:30 pm Encampment Building, Hutchinson, KS

May 25 ■ 6:00 pm White Auditorium May 26 ■ 9:00 am Emporia Golf Course


Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Summervill’s Fan Fair

ESU Family and Friends Day and Hornet Heritage Family Introduction

September 23 Welch Stadium

June 3 ■ Noon Memorial Union, Webb Hall


KC Royals Alumni Event

November 3-4 ESU Campus

June 8 Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

ESU Homecoming 2017

All Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

November 11 ■ 11:30 am Memorial Union, Webb Hall

Alpha Sigma Alpha 100th Anniversary

November 10-11 ESU Campus

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A look at ESU’s commitment to the institution’s value of excellence.

Nursing program ranked 14th in the United States by College Atlas.

Presented “The Treehouse Effect” at the Kennedy Center Region V American College Theatre Festival.

Best Colleges for Veterans, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

Only Master of Science degree in forensic science in Kansas. The program was developed with input from state crime labs.

Alum Greg Michells was awarded the National Medal for Museum & Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the highest a library may achieve.

Pianist and alumna Angel Yang won the Fifth Music Teachers National Competition from the National Music Education Department of China.

Chelsie Dieker made the top score in Kansas for the Jan/Feb 2016 CPA exam. Chelsie received both a BSB and an MBA with an accounting concentration from ESU.

The Teachers College graduates received seven out of 32 Kansas Horizon Awards for Excellence awarded to new teachers.

10th in the nation in producing Academic All-Americans according to the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (ARTS) A collaboration of Emporia State University art students and the Emporia Police Department provided a visual reminder of the relationship between the community and law enforcement. A group of art students at Emporia State with Associate Professor Derek Wilkinson created a mural for the police department, which was the sole focus of a two-week summer course designed after Police Chief Scott Cronk approached the ESU Art Department about the project.

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (SCIENCES) Biologists at both Emporia State University and Wichita State University are sharing $1.05 million in federal funding to study how grazing on grasslands will affect plants and wildlife. Emporia State will receive about $680,000 of the funds for research directed by Dr. Bill Jensen (MS 1999-Biology), associate professor of biological sciences. The remaining funds will be used by Drs. Gregory Houseman and Mary Liz Jameson, both associate professors of biological sciences at Wichita State.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Ed Eilert (BSB 1961-Business Education, MS 1962-Business Education) was named one of Ingram’s Most Powerful Business Leaders in Greater Kansas City. Ed was a consultant with A.G. Edwards for nearly 37 years and mayor of Overland Park, Kan., for 24 years. He is currently the chairman of the Johnson County Commission. Ed is also on the Business Alliance Board for ESU’s School of Business. The council meets once a year to address issues of importance to the School of Business.


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SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Dr. Sarah W. Sutton, assistant professor of SLIM, co-authored “Guide to Electronic Resource Management” with Sheri V. T. Ross of St. Catherine University. Published in February 2016, this instructional guidebook prepares readers for managing every aspect of their virtual “stacks.” From evaluating resources, to negotiating and licensing, to staff training and mastering authentication software, readers learn everything they need to know to fund, procure and organize their digital collection.

STUDENT AFFAIRS On November 29, 2016, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Emporia State University with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award, joining more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country. With the announcement of 51 new and renewing BFUs from 25 states, ESU joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them.

THE TEACHERS COLLEGE Milton Knopp (MS 2016-Instructional Design & Technology) and Julie La Combe (MS 2016-Instructional Design & Technology) won the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Design and Development Competition. Knopp and La Combe were up against two teams from doctoral programs in the finals. They won the final round during AECT’s convention October 17-21 in Las Vegas. This is the third time ESU’s teams have won the competition and the seventh time as semi-finalists. Both Knopp and La Combe graduated in December with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design & Technology from Emporia State University


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Ron Fredrickson of Osage City received a Bachelor of Science in Education in social sciences in 1953. He holds a Master of Science and a doctoral degree, both in counseling and guidance, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After graduation from Emporia State, Fredrickson served in the U.S. Navy for five years and in the Navy Reserve from 1958 to 1976.

Shirley Johannsen, Topeka, graduated from Emporia State with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education degree in 1964 and began teaching that fall in the State Street Elementary School in Topeka. She retired in 2014 after spending her entire career in USD 501 as a teacher at State Street Elementary and a coach at Holiday Junior High and Chase Middle School. That same year, she was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame and saw the State Street School’s auditorium named in her honor.

He retired as director of the School Counseling and Counseling Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he had taught from 1963 to 1992. 6

MR. HERMAN JONES Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991, began his association with law enforcement as a dispatcher for the campus Police and Safety department. He later was an officer with the Emporia Police Department and served as a trooper and an administrator for the Kansas Highway Patrol for a total of 21 years. The Kansas Sheriff’s Association named Jones 2014 Sheriff of the Year, and he was recognized as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2012 by the Topeka Downtown Optimists organization.

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Emporia native Mike Law began his association with the university as an Emporia High School student keeping statistics for Hornet football games on KVOE radio. Law received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Emporia State in 1981. Known professionally as Mike Kennedy, Law recently retired as the vice president of programming for Steel City Media Kansas City and program director of Q104 KBEQ. He was inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014 and inducted into the radio portion of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Steve Sauder, who graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is president of Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc. (KVOE AM & FM and KFFH FM) and also a founder and chairman of the Board of Managers of ValuNet, Emporia’s fiber-optic broadband network. Years earlier, he had been involved in creating a local telephone company in Emporia, Valu-Line, which later was sold to Birch Telecom. Sauder has supported the university in a variety of ways, from serving on boards and councils, to fundraising, to establishing multiple scholarships.

Nominate a Hornet Searching for—and recognizing—the best. You know them. Those brilliant people who make everything they touch turn into Hornet Nation gold. In fact, maybe you’re one of them. Now is the time to tell us about those people and give them the recognition they deserve. Honor them with a nomination for an Emporia State award or board position. Or put your name in the hat for consideration. For more information, visit alumni/awards. Nomination deadlines: Distinguished Alumni and Alumni Association Board of Directors: Nov. 1; Hornet Heritage Award and University Service Citation: Dec. 1.

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JASON BAKER BSB 2008—Accounting MBA 2009—Accounting Scott City, Kan.

LINDSEY RAZAFSKY BSE 2008—Elementary Education Leawood, Kan.

DR. YAOKUN “ANGEL” YANG MM 2009—Piano Performance Dalian, China

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Experiences Outside the Classroom


■■ Sophomore in biochemistry and molecular biology ■■ Spent summer 2016 launching and running a summer meals program with Catholic Charities in her hometown

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My classes really helped with my ability to plan things out and get them organized ahead of time. Just like you have to strategize a plan for finishing a 10page paper on time, I had to make sure the food orders were placed and reports submitted on time. This summer helped me prepare for a future career by helping me gain the experience of running and managing a large-scale project. I really broadened my horizons and way of thinking. I got to meet and form connections with people that I never would have before and heard their stories and life goals. You never know how much one person or opportunity can make an impact in your life until it happens to you.”

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■■ Senior in nursing ■■ Was a Summer III Nurse Extern with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., summer 2016 Everything I have learned in nursing classes has prepared me for the externship, which showed me what it is like to work in the hospital. The culture was very positive for the Summer III’s. Everyone had something to teach me, and generally was very accepting and tried to make me feel welcome. I was able to get around 400 hours of hospital experience while there, which has really prepared me to be a nurse. After graduation, I’m headed back to Mayo. I was offered and accepted a job on the Medical Intensive Care Unit in Rochester.”

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■■ Senior in psychology with minors in Spanish and crime and delinquency studies ■■ Interned with Johnson County Corrections’ Adult Residential Center, summer 2016

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My crime and delinquency classes helped me tremendously in this internship, specifically my community corrections class I took. I was able to apply everything that I learned about the legal system to the criminal history and the process of the sentencing each client received. I was also able to understand many of the mental health disorders the clients were diagnosed with because of my abnormal psychology class. My internship made me realize that I would love to work with community corrections, whether that be becoming a probation officer or being a mental health counselor in a correctional facility.”


■■ Graduated January 2017 with master’s of library and information science, archives studies ■■ Interned summer 2016 at the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology Internships can be powerful experiences and can set your life’s course. This was my first experience working full-time at an archive. I feel like I have a better idea of what is expected of me when I do enter the workforce. I want to pursue an archivist position on the academic level. I am excited about what the future holds.”

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■■ Senior in biochemistry and molecular biology ■■ Served as Midwest student representative and cancer research presenter at the National Institutes of Health, summer 2016 ■■ During his tenure, Alderman presented his cancer research at a national conference and spoke to members of the U.S. Congress about NIH funding outcomes. I am even more confident that I want to conduct research in my career, and I realize the importance of lobbying. I’ve learned how to build relationships with the budget- and decision-makers in government.”

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■■ Graduate student in Master of Accountancy ■■ Interned as inventory accounting analyst at Phillips 66, summer 2016 There was a steep learning curve. I needed a foundation of accounting and business to begin to understand how Phillips 66 operated and how to do my job. School is abstract where work is application, but there were several classes that helped me pick up on the new information and environment fast. I returned to campus with a job offer. After graduation, I will work full-time in Phillips 66’s new headquarters in Houston.”

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■■ Senior in theatre ■■ Selected by audition for one of 60 spots in the Open Jar Institute in New York City, summer 2016 I was really surprised at the amount of support we received throughout the week, honestly. We hear all the time that the word we’ll hear most in this business is ‘no.’ But, I genuinely heard ‘yes’ more often. Experience is the best teacher. You have to be able to truly do something to know what it is you’re getting into. The skills I acquired here at ESU made my experience that much better because of the abilities I’d established. I’m moving to New York City next August to jump in feet first.”

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TRIFECTA TRIUMPH FOR HORNET NATION Three graduates of Emporia State's Teachers College dominated state professional competitions in November. Sue Givens, who received a bachelor's degree in education in 1977, was named 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas School Superintendents Association. Jason Sickel, with a bachelor's in music education in 2004, was named 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education. Kristi Dixon, who received a master's degree in counseling with emphasis in school counseling in 2000, was named 2016-17 Outstanding School Counselor of the Year by the Kansas School Counselor Association. All will represent their respective organizations in national competitions. Givens taught elementary and middle school math, language arts and computer science and served as assistant superintendent at Pratt before becoming El Dorado Public Schools superintendent in 2007.


She singled out two former Emporia State educators for their influence on her career. "In undergraduate work at Emporia State, the demand for discipline and pride in one's work, both as a student teacher with Jeanette Bigge and as a vocal music student of Rose Hirschorn, helped prepare me for this responsibility in each of my roles as an educator," Givens said. Jason Sickel said Emporia State had provided a wonderful experience. "It was very nurturing. It was challenging, but it really did prepare me for a teacher role," Sickel said. "Coming from a small school and a small town where I grew up, it was the perfect step for me." He taught vocal music in Osawatomie, Louisburg and Olathe before joining Blue Valley North High School's music department in Overland Park. He is working toward a master's degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City and is a Kansas Ambassador for Education.


Dixon, counselor at Overland Park's Blue Valley Southwest High School, has worked with special education students and as a learning center teacher, has taught graduate counseling courses for Emporia State and UMKC and is a trainer for the Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage diversity team. Emporia State's program laid a solid foundation for her career. "The instructors I had the opportunity to work with completely shaped, I think, how I see the role of a school counselor," Dixon said, mentioning former Hornet professors Pat Neufeld (MM 1985-Music, MS 1991-Counselor Education), Dennis Pelsma and Julie Elson (MS 1978-School Counseling) as especially influential. "They had such a huge impact on the way that I view school counseling as a profession. They all left quite an impression on me."




HORNETS COMMIT TO SAVING LIVES When two Emporia State seniors took giving to a new level last semester, students responded at a rate neither had anticipated. Wichitan Shayla Cotman, an accounting major and track and volleyball student-athlete, and Emporian Chris Alderman, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, joined forces with 1960 Olympic track gold medalist Earl Young in a two-day campus blitz to enroll donors in DKMS, an international bone-marrow donor program. Young, an acquaintance of President Allison Garrett, had survived acute myeloid leukemia because of bone-marrow transplanted from a donor in Offenburg, Germany. Garrett had linked Young and the sign-up drive to Alderman, a student in the Honors College, because of his career focus on cancer research. "My grandpa died from cancer, and there was no cure for him," Alderman explained, "so I have a very strong motivation. If there is a cure for some forms of cancer, I know how important it is to the families and how desperate they become."

"It is something that's a known cure for blood cancer and can really save a person's life," he said. Cotman, secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, secured the Athletics department’s Hornet Rally to participate in the donor drive, enlisting student volunteers to register donors, helping arrange a special donor-recruitment event during the Hornets' first football game on Sept. 1 and promoting what she termed "such an amazing cause." They'd hoped to enroll 500 potential donors; instead, 550 committed. "I'll always remember being a part of it," Cotman said, "and I feel it connected the student body together in a different way than ESU has seen before." Applications may be made at

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Journey A


Note: Emporia State University’s vision is to change lives for the common good. We see this vision lived out in the actions of ESU students, staff and alumni. After following Rachael LeClear (BA 2004-Art, Foreign Language) via Facebook during her recent journey, which allowed me to travel the world vicariously through her posts and pictures, I had to sit down with Rachael while she was back in the United States and hear about her adventures first hand. Truly, her story is the common good in action. Germany. Netherlands. Ireland. France. Spain. Portugal. Italy. United Kingdom. Croatia. Greece. Turkey. Bulgaria. China. Japan. And, these are just a few of the places Rachael LeClear has traveled over the past 15 months. No, she didn’t win the lottery or inherit a fortune. Instead, she took a look at her life, determined where she was and where she wanted to be, and decided to take a risk. “I was at a place in my life where I needed to take a leap – to challenge myself in ways I hadn’t challenged myself in a while,” says the 36-year-old LeClear.   And leap she did. After spending eight years at Flint Hills Technical College, most recently serving in the position of dean of Instructional Services, Rachael found something missing in her life. A native of Emporia, she loved being close to family and lifelong friends. She loved her work. By all means, she loved her life and was happy. But something was missing. So, she started allowing herself to dream and formed a plan. “I went through a process of convincing myself that I could do things. Logic kept pulling me ‘back into reality,’ but I allowed myself to start envisioning a different reality for my life.”


After months of dreaming and planning, Rachael felt prepared to leave her job and start her journey. Always frugal, Rachael had worked hard and saved as much as she could. Her detailed planning enabled her to stretch the “rainy day fund” into enough funds for a 15-month long journey. Five days after her last day at work, a single bag, some tentative plans, a lot of dreams and the desire to have an adventure were all she had packed as she boarded a one-way flight to the Netherlands. “I experienced so much kindness and generosity – a kindness that, frankly, I wasn’t really accustomed to. It was humbling and inspiring. I still think of those moments when I think about the kind of person I want to be.” Responding to a calling to serve, Rachael found herself drawn to the Syrian refugee crisis. Some 65 million people have been displaced by the country’s civil war. She traveled to the island of Lesvos to assist with Syrian refugees displaced by their country’s civil strife and fleeing their homeland.   Lesvos is a small Greek island located off the coast of Turkey. She discovered two organizations: Lighthouse Relief and the Dirty Girls of Lesvos. The two organizations partner on a mission that entails meeting refugees upon their arrival on the island, providing them with dry clothes and warmth and taking the wet, dirty clothes worn by incoming refugees to be washed and reused. “Sorting through piles and bags of wet, dirty laundry isn’t on the top of most people’s list, but I found it rewarding.” It’s overwhelming to see that many displaced people with little to no resources.” Taking care of arriving refugees was and remains the volunteers’ top priority.

for the common good Until March, refugees would go from Lesvos to Athens and then on to Northern Europe to reunite with family or build their lives in a country with a thriving economy. However, a recent EU-Turkey deal coupled with increased resistance to allow refugees into European countries has now led to longer term stays in both Turkey and other European countries. Entire refugee communities have now developed – blighted areas full of makeshift shelters are filled with refugees who, though poor, are happy to be out of danger and also happy to share what little they have. “The generosity from those who have nothing is perhaps the most inspiring thing of all.” And for Rachael, that generosity has inspired her to conquer a new challenge and work towards a new goal and purpose.

Educating Refugees

Bumping up against the limits of her Schengen visa, Rachael has now – though temporarily, she points out – found herself back in the United States. Here, she is collaborating with a fellow volunteer and colleague to find ways to deliver educational services to the refugees while they wait to have the opportunity to reunite with other family members in places like Northern Europe or Canada – people who perhaps someday will be able to return to their home country to rebuild their nation, but for now equipping them with skills to serve their new homes. Rachael and others see an opportunity to provide the refugees with educational experiences to advance their lives. “These people spend thousands of euros to seek safe passage out of Syria. Though useless by most standards, converting rubber dinghies into items like jewelry that can be sold for money to assist them with their needs is an opportunity to both reuse perceived refuse and earn some needed resources.” Language barriers, lack of Internet connectivity, few educational facilities – these are certainly logistical barriers that exist for Rachael and her fellow dreamers. But her experience has taught her that those are just barriers, and barriers can be overcome with diligence and resolve. Rachael has found both the confidence and strength to face these challenges.

A Final Chapter...for Now

This final chapter of her 15-month journey solidified several take-aways. “There are good people all over the planet, and now I truly feel at home wherever I am in the world. The more you travel, the smaller the world gets. If you push your limits, you’ll discover immense confidence. I know that first hand. In the United States, the media projects too much danger and fear about other parts of the world, so get out and experience it for yourself. These past 15 months have taught me to be less judgmental and more open, to be more generous and more kind.” Read more about Rachael's story at spotlight/a-journey-to-the-common-good


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FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING Back-to-back DII playoff years and strong academic performances turned the 2016 Hornet football season into an outstanding one. The team finished 11-2, losing only to national champion Northwest Missouri State, and was ranked 10th in American Football Coaches Association's top-10 teams. Twenty-five Hornets received MIAA academic honors. Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Don Weast (BFA 1998Communication) said a patient administration and a refusal to accept "quick fixes" had enabled the program to mature under Head Coach Garin Higgins (BS 1992-Psychology) and staff. During those 10 years, the Hornets went from a 19-36 record in 2007-11 to 45-16 in 2012-16. Higgins identified three key components: trust and accountability, attitude and Family Over Everything. It's crucial to be able to rely on players to do the right thing on and off the field, he said, and to maintain consistent, positive attitudes. "If their coach gets on them, they're going to have the right type of body languages every day," Higgins explained. "I don't like to deal with guys that have a different personality every day." Higgins emulates his father, a coach who developed long-lasting relationships in a family atmosphere, where coaches and players genuinely care about each other and emerge as better citizens, fathers and husbands. And, after graduation, he wants them to retain a close attachment to Emporia State and its role in their lives. "It's not perfect; it's not utopia," Higgins said, "but I think our players understand that we want the best out of them, and we're going to push it. ...It goes hand in hand with being able to see those guys have success in the classroom and graduate. ...It doesn't always have to be about football."


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LIFE OF A LEGEND Some people couldn't care less. John "Doc" Baxter couldn't have cared more. Baxter (MS 1967-Physical Education), who died Nov. 3 in Topeka, had been a trainer in Albuquerque and at West Point before joining Emporia State athletics as head athletic trainer and instructor in 1966. He was director of Athletic Medicine from 2010 until he retired in 2012, after suffering a stroke and going blind in 2011. Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Don Weast (BFA 1998Communication), once a student trainer for Baxter, said the word "legend" might be inadequate to describe Baxter's value to Hornet athletics and to the university. Baxter's influence touched thousands, through camps he ran for high school student trainers, athletic training classes he taught and the care and advice he freely gave to others, Weast said. Bob Fornelli (BGS 1992-General Studies), formerly a Hornet catcher and now Hornet head baseball coach, described Baxter as "one of the smartest and funniest men I ever met."

He really cared a whole lot about the athletes... you’re not going to replace a guy like that.

Hornet Nation showed its esteem for Baxter during Homecoming 2013, when a reception in his honor proved to be the largest Homecoming gathering in Emporia State history. As a professional, Baxter had served on state boards, successfully lobbied the Legislature to register trainers, received awards for meritorious service and was inducted into local, state and national halls of fame for his meticulous, effective treatment of injured athletes. As an individual, Baxter also volunteered to work with adults and youngsters with serious muscle or skeletal problems. "And, not a lot of people knew about it," said Steve Ice, Washburn University's head athletic trainer. Ice, once a student-camper and later a colleague, said Baxter had been a wealth of knowledge for him, even designing and hand-building a fiberglass orthotic for an Ichabod player. Gary Hazelrigg, former head athletic trainer at Missouri Western, concurred. "You could bring him about any kind of injury," said Hazelrigg, who worked with Baxter 26 years as trainers for NAIA basketball tournaments. "We always said he could probably fix a kid with duct tape." Baxter had opportunities at Division I schools, but Emporia State had captured his heart. "He really cared a whole lot about the athletes and his own kids," Hazelrigg said. "Emporia was very important to him." "They can put somebody in his position, but you're not going to replace a guy like that." Memorial contributions to the Baxter Student Trainer Scholarship or the Baxter Sports Medicine Center may be sent to the Emporia State Foundation, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801.



ENHANCING THE HOME OF HORNET ATHLETICS With the resurfacing of the football field and track Emporia State had some major athletic facility upgrades this fall. This past season, the Hornet football team enjoyed playing on the brand new, state-of-the-art artificial football turf. The project was celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 1, with a rededication and a bell ringing just before Hornet football’s season opener against Northwest Missouri State. Representatives of the major contributors to the project — the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the City of Emporia and Emporia USD 253 — were on hand to celebrate the rededication. Zola Witten Track, the home of Emporia State University’s track and field program, was rededicated Oct. 14 during a bell-ringing ceremony at Welch Stadium. The track was resurfaced and transformed into a unique gold oval thanks to the generous contributions from the City of Emporia, the Frank Karnes Estate and Dr. Michael and Joyce Reynolds. Representatives of the donors were on hand to take part in the ceremony during Homecoming weekend. “Frank would have been proud to be a part of this project,” said Dixie Karnes, Frank’s widow. “He had very fond memories and credited Emporia State for getting his life on track, as far as his education, his work ethic and the dreams he had for what he wanted to accomplish in his life.”


An anonymous gift from a loyal supporter was given to the Emporia State tennis programs to enable facility improvements and to provide funds for equipment, travel, scholarships and other enhancements for both the men’s and women’s teams. In response to the donor’s request, the university has dedicated the four individual tennis courts and the tennis complex itself in honor of several passionate Hornet tennis alumni and Hornet supporters. “This gift to the tennis programs will enhance scholarships, which will allow us to compete better with our Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association peers,” said Kent Weiser, executive director of intercollegiate athletics. “So many of our capital projects are a reality because of numerous private gifts and support of our local foundations and communities,” said Kent Weiser. "When I see all the different things we’ve been able to do, I know it wouldn’t be possible without the support of proud members of Hornet Nation.”



Aquatic Research and Outreach Center

Emporia State unveiled the plans for a new Aquatic Research and Outreach Center (AROC) on February 15 during a bell ringing for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Thanks to generous gifts from 21 donors, including a lead gift from Trusler Foundation and major gifts from Joyce (MS 1976-Environmental Biology) & Mark Fleming, Carl (BSE 1955-Biology, MS 1957-Biology) & Kay Prophet, Mark (BS 1978-Biology, MS 1981-Biology) & Angie (BSE 1979-Speech, BSB 1984-Accounting) Schreiber, Westar Energy Foundation, and Norman (MS 1967-Biology) & Jean (BSE 1967-Biology) Youngsteadt, $431,815 has been raised toward this project. AROC will allow teachers, students and future leaders the opportunity for aquatic ecology research and training. It will also expose K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and Kansans to STEM fields and the study of environmental science and technology. AROC will be located on East 18th Avenue, directly north of campus and adjacent to I-35.

The Teachers College

A bell ringing was held on February 16 to announce that two former educators, Mildred Caldwell (BSE 1961-Speech, Psychology) and Colleen Thebo (BSE 1964-English), and current Dean of The Teachers College Dr. Ken Weaver, and wife Katherine, are each giving substantial legacy gifts to The Teachers College. Caldwell established a donor advised fund to support numerous organizations, including scholarships for elementary education majors, the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and the Karl C. Bruder Scholarship Fund at Emporia State. Thebo’s gift will establish a scholarship for secondary and elementary education majors.

Hornet Football Remodeling Project

The Hornet football program will benefit from a financial gift given by alum and former football player Dave Robertson and his wife Kathy of Wichita. Robertson’s gift to the football program at Emporia State will help remodel the football locker room, meeting room and coaching facility. Now president and chief operating officer for Koch Industries, Inc., Robertson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Emporia State in 1984.

Preston Family Student Complex

School of Business students will soon enjoy a new area in Cremer Hall, following a gift from the William and Aloha Preston Family Trust. The new area, with a proposed name of the Preston Family Student Complex, will be created in the lower level of Cremer. The complex will house the BizHornet Center and new spaces for business clubs to meet. William (1921­-2008) and Aloha Preston (1918-2009) were both alumni and faculty of Emporia State.

Breidenthal University House

The Breidenthal University House will be named in honor of George Breidenthal, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State Teachers College in 1972. The University House will offer space for entertaining alumni and donors and will be used to advance Emporia State. It will also provide private living quarters for Emporia State’s president and family. Other major donors are Carolyn Langenwalter (BSE 1964-Elementary Education, MS 1969-Educational Administration) and Steve (BSB 1968-Business Administration) and Bobbi Sauder.

Dr. John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship

The Dr. John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship will honor long-time Emporia State educator Dr. John C. Rich. Rich, now associate dean and professor in the School of Business, has served in a variety of roles since coming to Emporia State as an instructor in 1968. The professorship was established by more than 50 donors with a combined $722,681 in firm commitments and another $131,971 in anticipated gifts, for a grand total of $854,652. Major contributors to this project are Tony Forcum (BSB 1973-Accounting) and his wife, Debbie, of Plano, Texas, Troy Johnston (BSB 1988-Accounting) and his wife, Connie (BSB 1986-Business Administration), of Spring, Texas, the Preston Family Fund, Greg Kossover (BSB 1985-Accounting) of Wichita, Laura McAntee (BSE 1948-Business Education, BS 1948-Commerce, MS 1961-Business Education) of Emporia and Ralph Laster (BSB 1974-Accounting) and his wife, Jerri, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. 17

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Energizing a University Transformational. It’s a word used many times to define the impact that a fund-raising effort called “Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University” has made on ESU and its students. It’s a makeover with effects both tangible and intuitive. What was launched in February 2013 as a five- to seven-year challenge to raise $45 million has, indeed, transformed the institution and launched Hornet Nation, a new charge and mission for Emporia State’s community of dedicated supporters. Now & Forever punctuated its success in December 2016 by pushing far past its original goal, breaking the $58 million fundraising mark at the close. It is the largest, most comprehensive campaign in Emporia State’s history. Looking back, honorary co-chairs remarked on the pride-instilling impact the campaign has had on students, alumni, staff and community. “That’s a lot of what this campaign has been about, getting people reconnected with the university and stirring them up to once again get interested in the school that they graduated from,” said Carolyn Langenwalter (BSE 1964-Elementary Education, MS 1969-Educational Administration). For Dr. John Rich, whose association with Emporia State dates back to his arrival on campus as a newly minted faculty member in 1968, Now & Forever has created a sense of pride among alumni. “I think it was an awakening about the role of the institution and what it has meant to us, the doors it’s opened and the relationships it’s helped create,” said Rich, School of Business associate dean and professor.


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New, generous scholarships are helping Emporia State recruit and retain scholars. Two of those opportunities include the Distinguished Business Scholars Program and the Richard C. “Dick” and Sylvia Renner Hawk Scholarship. New learning centers and laboratories mean students have opportunities to put their classroom knowledge to work in real-life settings. “I had the opportunity to use the new technology in the Thomas Learning Center as a student volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program last spring,” explained Payson Maydew (BSB 2016-Accounting). “It was a great experience for us as students to apply what we’d learned in our tax and accounting classes to help members of the community. We got to show off the technology when we demonstrated what we were doing on the large monitors in the center.” Newly renovated facilities provide contemporary, functional spaces and amenities appropriate for 21st-century students. Rich credits the work of Steve Sauder (BSB 1968-Business Administration), as the campaign’s Champion for Athletics, for orchestrating a series of forward-thinking gifts taking Emporia State’s Athletics program to the next level. “Funding of summer school for student-athletes has really paid off,” said Rich, noting that the program boosts both physical conditioning and academic performance.


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“We did some good,” said Sauder. “We got a lot more people making annual contributions, most of them going to scholarships. It raised awareness of the great job the Athletics department does at Emporia State.” Welch Stadium renovations, including new Jones Field turf and running surface for Zola Witten Track, along with the Dennis Shogren Scoreboard have already seen positive reviews. New softball stadium turf and creation of the Baxter Sports Medicine Center further complement the list of Athletic facility upgrades, along with improvements at White Arena, where Hornet basketball and volleyball teams compete. And, while the Now & Forever Campaign is concluded, that only means the time for a new fund-raising effort is not far off. “You can be sure we’re just getting started,” said Sauder. “We’ve cultivated so many new supporters, and it’s the Foundation’s job to come up with a new challenge.” “We worked hard to wrap up Now & Forever with a tidal wave of new and repeat donors in the last few weeks of 2016,” said Shane Shivley (BSB 2000-Marketing, Communication), ESU Foundation president and chief executive officer. Shivley credits the thorough work of Carol Cooper, campaign manager, for helping make Now & Forever a familiar symbol of the revitalization that has saturated Emporia State’s soul. “This was such a humbling experience to see the tremendous generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who made this campaign an overwhelming success,” Cooper said. “It truly has had—and will continue to have—a transformational impact on our university.” “We are grateful for everyone who has participated in this exceptional opportunity to continue Emporia State’s commitment to its current students, and those who’ll be learning here in the future,” added ESU President Allison Garrett.


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By the numbers...

13,523 1,040

4,872 4,404








KS - 10,204 MO - 749 TX - 483

OK - 32 2







Texas Florida


CO - 305







$69m as of 6/30/16, up from $60M on 6/30/12

School of Business ................ 11% Athletics.................................17% College of LA&S................... 20% The Teachers College .......... 25% University-Wide Initiatives...... 21% SLIM, Unrestricted, Other........ 6%


5,119 FY 2016, up from 4147 in FY 2011



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To Our Donors... Thank you to our Hornet Nation. Your generosity has inspired more than $58 million in private gifts, grants, pledges and planned gifts for the benefit of Emporia State University students, faculty and programs—the highest fundraising total of any fundraising campaign in university history. Please help us thank the following donors who committed $10,000 or more and/or designated a planned gift to Emporia State during the campaign period January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2016: 2S, Inc. AAUW - Emporia Abbott Laboratories George & Pamela Abel+ Jim & Susie Aber Gary & Eliza Ace Elaine & Jim Adkins Bob & Marcia Agler+ Kay Alden & Vern Nelson O.C. & Susan Allbritton Gary & Patricia Allerheiligen Dr. Douglas & Dr. Marged Lessenden Amend Lisa Ayn (Barnes) & Jim Anway+ Jeremy S. Askren ATG-Ram Industries, LLC DeWayne & Sherry Backhus+ Bob N. Baker Phillip & Janet (Scheibe) Balsmeier Bank of America - Wichita Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC Dorris Barnett Estate John & Laurie Barnett+ William & Jean Barr+ Ed & Sara Bashaw Aaron & Leslie Bauck John "Doc"* & Pam Baxter Diane & Gary Beatty Barbara A. & Frank J. Becker Phil Bennett Richard L. Bennett Better Life Technology, LLC Rachel & John Bezdek Ross & Sonya Bjork John & Stephanie Blaufuss 22

Art & Sue Bloomer Jeffrey & Susan Bloomer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation BNSF Railway Foundation Aneta S. Bodkin+ James R. & Jacquelyn Anne Bowen Boyer Educational Trust Mark & Jill Brady Julie & Randy Brehm Breidenthal Foundation Benjamin Breidenthal George Breidenthal* McKenzie Breidenthal Kenneth & Marilyn Buchele+ Arliss & Mary Keith Burns+ Elizabeth Butcher Sherri A. Buttenhoff Mildred L. Caldwell+ Kenneth & Cathryn Callison James W. Calvert+ Campus Cruisers Scott D. Capes+ Capitol Federal Foundation Sara Carlson-Welch & Byron Welch Robert D. Chatham Dr. William H. Clamurro Walter G. Clark Stephen J. Clegg, Jr. & Karen Kohler Clegg Clint Bowyer '79 Fund Myrl & Laveta Cobb Mark & Brenda Commons Steve & Pamela Commons Sally A. Conard+

Mike & Bettie Concannon ConocoPhillips Richard & Marcia Cooper David & Pamela Cordle Larry "Doc" & Teresa Criqui and Family Patricia A. Crowe Glenn* & Neva Crumb CSX Corp. Jack & Donna* Curry Gene & Jackie Cusic Dr. Malonne & Dale Davies Roberta V. Davies* Dale & Carolyn Davis Russell L. Davis Brian & Jennifer Denton Lester & Janet Derley Mary E. Devin Joyce & David Didde Ike & Jennifer Diel Jim & Beverly Dillman+ Doris E. Arnold Trust+ Margaret & Robert Doucette+ Donald W. Duncan+ Richard & Monica Duncan Dr. David & Beverly Dungan+ Dynamic Discs Terry Eberhard Ted & Jan Eberle+ Charles D. Edmondson Educational Foundation of KSCPAS, Inc. Edwards Land Investment - Keith Mull Pat & Morgan Eggleston Greg & Debby Ek Ek Real Estate, Inc. - Jeffrey Kitselman and Jeffrey Williams *Deceased

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Dave & Ann Eldridge+ Emil Babinger Trust Emporia Saint Patrick’s Day Committee Larry J. Erickson Stuart & Barbara Ervay ESB Financial Pete & Leslee Euler EVCO Wholesale Food Corp. Skip & Jan Evans Jason & Tiffany Fanning James & Sara Farley Dr. Ray Feltner H. Edward Flentje Mavis Fletcher*+ Kevin & Mary Flott Anthony & Deborah Forcum Tom & Ruth Fowler Chuck & Nancy Frazier Ronald & Patricia Fredrickson Charles & Marjorie Freeman Joyce & Craig French John & Anne Frey Patricia Hiss Friedeman & Phillip R. Friedeman+ Drs. K. Lyle & Sandra W. Froese Jodie L. Fund Jon & Lois Fuquay Roy C. & Mary Jo Gallup+ Fred & Pamela Geer+ James & Joan Geitz Jon & Alison Geitz Gary & Jan Geringer Michael & Diane Giardine Dale & Sheryll Gibbens GJ & Company, LLC D.J. & Linda Glaser Glendo Corporation Dr. James & Jacqueline Glenn Robert & Patricia Goldsmith Goppert Foundation James Grabner*+ *Deceased

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Joan* & John Gray Robert Gress & Mary Butel+ Chuck & Margi Grimwood+ Howard & Eunice Gunkel Robert Gutru* H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc. Sorouch Haddad Harvey & Norma Haeker William & Beverly Hammers Chuck & Doris Hanna+ Joseph Hannah Leon & Judy Hannebaum Ellen R. Hansen+ Dennis & Ardis* Hanson Ted & Doris Harder Darrell & Barbara* Harkness Harlan & Russell Willits Trust James & Laurie Harris Greg & Sunny Harvey Ray & Bonnie Harvey+ Dr. Marshall A. "Jack" & Ann Havenhill Jeff & Cheryl Hawes HRS Education Services, Inc. Richard C. Hawk* Sam & Jeannene Hayes Roger W. Heineken Michael & Sandra Helbert Georgia M. Helm Dave & Shanda Hendricks Duane & Jerilynn Henrikson+ Jerry & Carol Ann Herbert Douglas J. Hermes+ Charles R. Hill Don & Robbie Hill+ Nancy Hite Floyd & JoEllen Hoelting Angela & Skip Hoffman David & Melissa Hoffmans+ Nancy J. Holliday Horace F. Holmes* Matthew & Leslie Holstin

Phillip* & Patricia Hopper+ Herb & Shannon Houchin Larry* & Patricia Howard Michael & Lori Hubert Eric & Charlene Hughes+ Charles I. & Wilma Hummert Dr. Perry Hunsley+ Kitty Huntley*+ Linda & William Hurt Kenneth J. Hush Thomas & Anne Hutton Dr. R. Scott Irwin, Ph.D. Jane & Bernard Reeble Foundation Russ & Jeannie Jenkins Dr. Roy & Judy Johansen Brad & Sarah Johnson Troy & Connie Johnston John & Gig Jones Russell & Myra Jones Josephine E. Bates Estate Everett* & Ruby Kadel Kansas Health Foundation Kansas Masonic Foundation Drs. Jerry & Sharon Karr David Kasitz* Nancy S. Kelley+ Tom J. Kennedy*+ Kenneth L. Smejkal Trust Jim & Kathy Kessler Carol J. Ketterman Lynn & Ann Kindred Rosemary A. Kirby Pamela J. Konetzni Greg H. Kossover KPMG Foundation Brock & Mary Kretsinger Craig & Mickie Kuckelman John & Barb Kudlacek Marvin D. Kuehn+ Clinton & Donna Lacock Carolyn A. Langenwalter+ 23

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Milton H. Larsen Ralph & Jerri Laster Linda Lattin Burns Lattner Family Foundation, Inc. Nick & Jan Laurent Mary Ann Law Mike & Nycki Law Cameron Leiker & Maria Biank Lewis Humphreys Charitable Trust Lovilla Linn Larry & Carrie Logback John C. Lohmeyer Longbine Autoplaza - Jeff & Gwen Longbine Loretto Langley Charitable Trust David & Myra Lybarger Lyle A. Arnold Trust+ Lyon County State Bank David & Robin Majors Beverly Martin*+ Teresa A. (Harms) Martin John & Georgia Masterson James Mathews* Laura McAntee Carol J. McGee Max McGee Bradley & Janine McGlachlin Michael McHugh Vernon & Nancy McKinzie+ Drs. Paul & Kay McKnab John & Ann McPherson Virginia Meeker*+ Phil & Julianne Meserve Dwight & Linda Metcalf Russell & Sheila Meyer James & Shirley* Meyer Richard & Susan Michalski Mildred Fulhage Trust Janet R. Miley Arnita J. Miller Estate Beverly Miller+ 24

David & Peggy Miller Lynette & Randy Miller Marshall & Sharon Miller Monte & Lynda Miller Patricia S. Miller Mark & Theresa Mitchell+ Modern Air Conditioning Donald M. Moritz & Connie L. Moritz Mary L. Morris Mull Farms & Feeding - Keith W. Mull Mulready's Pub - Rick Becker Ruby Munzer*+ Barry Murphy & Jane Porter-Murphy Daniel & Lynette Murphy Kala A. Musick Neill E. Wiley Trust Kevin & Lori Nelson Fred & Paula Neuer Gaylen & Loretta Neufeld Shirl Nichols & Mark Miettinen+ Max Nightingale Dr. Richard & Susan Nitsch+ David & Patricia Nixon Norfolk Iron & Metal Tim & Janell North Lana & Kent Oleen Jerry & Lu Olmsted George & Elinor Osborn Owen C. Miller Trust Beth E. Paladino+ The Patterson Family Foundation Leo W. & Karen A. Pauls Kim & Dennis Pember Kim & Lynda Penner Kent & Janet Pennybaker Peoples Bank & Trust Ken & Phyllis Perry+ John & Michelle Peterson Mike & Carol Petitjean Connie & Ronald Phelps Phillips 66 Company

Anthony Phillips & Kathy Poston Art C. Piculell Jerry Pinto & Margaret Mullane-Pinto Gene & Betty Plank Richard & Sarah Porter DenaSue Potestio Bill Powers Preston Family Fund Carl & Kay Prophet Stuart & Jan (Latta) Prophet Larry & Kathy Putnam+ David J. Pyle Marjorie Pyle R.E. French Family Educational Foundation Dick & Joyce Ratcliff Evan C. Rath*+ Roscoe & Velma Rayl Memorial by Charles & Merry Diane Rayl+ Minami Reeser Donald G. Reichardt Michael & Joyce Reynolds Dr. W. Ann King Reynolds+ Dr. John C. Rich Brian & Julie Richardson Fred Riesgo John "J.D." Rios The Neil & Carol (Harbour) Roach Family Noel & Tracy Roach Roberts Blue Barnett Funeral Home, Inc. - Mike Turnbull Clara L. Roberts+ Dave & Kathy Robertson James & Cibyl Ronen John Rossillon* Phil & Kate Roush Roy & Zella Norris Foundation Jeremy & Wendy Rusco S & S Oil & Propane Co., Inc. Jamie & Jennifer Sauder *Deceased

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Paula K. Sauder+ Steve & Bobbi Sauder Bill & Linda Sawyer Janet K. Schalansky Randall & Kris Schankie Schankie Well Service, Inc. Jim & Stephanie Schartz+ Claire & Betty Schelske R.C. Schlatter, Jr.+ Mark & Angie Schreiber Harold & Diana Schremmer Jean Schulenberg Darrel & Janet Schultze Jim & Bonnie Schwartzburg Steve* & Carla Scott Harold & Brenda See Greg & Donna Seibel Sertoma Club of Emporia Robert L. Sextro*+ Tim & Kristy Shadoin Shawna D. Shane Pep K. Shanelec+ Augusta H. Shepherd James R. Shepherd Donald & Marguerite Shepherd CRUT Edward Sherraden* Roberta E. Shogren Michael & Karen Shonrock+ Jason W. Simecka John & Paulette Simecka Simmons Pet Foods Elaine A. Slater* Jerry & Nancy Smith Doug & Nanette Smith+ Roger & Carla Smith+ Brett & Shelley Sneed Sodexo, Inc. & Affiliates Karen L. Sommers State Farm Companies Foundation John & Connie Staton Randall E. & Jan M. Steinert+ *Deceased

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Kurt & Shiela Steinkuhler Harry & Sharon Stephens Grace & John Steuri Max & Sharon Stewart John & Kim Stibal Lloyd* & Twila* Stone Marjorie E. Stone* Melvin & Donna Storm+ Craig & Kyra Stromgren Chuck* & Marion Stuart John & Barbara Summervill Summit Drilling Company Robert & Bo Swanson+ Bob & Jane Symmonds Doris M. Taylor Colleen Thebo+ R. Brent & Stephanie Thomas William* & Jessie L. Thomas+ Damon L. Thompson Bill & Kathy Tidwell Rick & Sarah Tidwell Lynda A. & John L. Tobald Andy & Glenda Tompkins Leon* & Glenda Torkelson+ Ray & Bev Toso Treat America Limited Trusler Foundation, Inc. Leonard & Suzanne Unruh+ Richard Stewart Utter+ Jacqueline A. Vietti Pete & Susan Villaescusa Virginia Smith Charitable Family Trust Deanna & Marc Wagaman John & Jenny Waldeck Michael & Susan Waldeck Paul David Walker & Barbara White Walker Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust Robert D. Warren Angela & Curt Watson

Ken & Katherine Weaver+ Westar Energy Foundation Ellen & Dave White Deborah & Robert Wietharn Judith M. Wild Wiley Family Trust - Russ Wiley Charles Wilhite+ Brian & Becky Wilkinson Lorne & Jill Willard James & Helen Williams Rex & Debbie Williams of Williams Automotive Stephen & Cheryl Williams Rebecca Winterscheidt & Robert Werner+ Wright CPA Group, PA Kendall & Margaret Wright Timothy L. & Kristi G. Wright Howard & Tonnie Wullschleger+ Gary & Ranae Wyatt+ Herbert & Sarah Wyrick Mark & Terry Young Steve W. Younger Norman & Jean Youngsteadt Darlene Zoberst* Nancy K. (Page) Zook 10 additional donors wish to remain anonymous

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Paul (BSE 40-Mathematics) and Margaret Miller, Wichita, recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

1950 Dr. Marlow Ediger (BSE 58-Elementary Education, MS 60-Education), North Newton, received notice of publication of his manuscripts "The School Principal as Supervisor in the School Curriculum," "Action Research in the Curriculum" and "Teaching Science, the Soft Skills." His biography will appear in the 2017 issue of "Who's Who in the World." Pep K. Shanelec (BSE 1950-Physical Education), Ellsworth, was selected as the grand marshal for Cowtown Days in Ellsworth for the second time.

1960 Kay Alden (BSE 67-English), Chicago, Ill., former head writer of "The Young and the Restless," has recently returned to the show as a story consultant. Andrew P. Brown (BA 60-Speech), Baltimore, Md., recently had his book "The Chugalug King & Other Stories" published. Ed C. Eilert (BSB 61-Business Education, MS 62-Business Education), Overland Park, was named by Ingram's as one of the 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City area in 2016.

Floyd B. Hoelting (BA 68-Social Science, MS 68-Education), Austin, Texas, hiked to Kilimanjaro's Gilman's Point in 2016. Barbara J. Kerr (BSE 61-Elementary Education, MS 66-Educational Administration), Wamego, celebrated her 80th birthday on July 24, 2016. 26

Rich K. Marks (BA 66-Biology), Wichita, recently retired after 46 years as an optometrist at Derby Eye Care. Everett W. Pruitt (BA 69-Art), Claremore, Okla., had his artwork on display in the Chanute Art Gallery.

1970 Joe D. Black (BGS 77-General Studies, BSB 79-Business Administration), Wichita, is a new physician assistant at Heritage Medical Associates in Peabody, Kan. George Breidenthal (BA 72-History), Kansas City, posthumously received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his tremendous support of ESU Athletics. Bill Cinelli (BSE 76-Physical Education, MS 86-Counselor Education), Emporia, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his excellence in football. Jon M. Dunbar (BS 79-Mathematics), Iola, is a new high school math teacher at Central Heights USD 288. David G. Dutton (BSE 73-Speech, English, MA 82-Theater), Granger, Ind., was inducted into the Indiana High School Forensic Association (IHSFA) Hall of Fame. Phyllis A. Ericson (BA 72-Physical Science, MS 78-Chemistry), Lincoln, Neb., was named the Nebraska Genealogist of the Year. Paul R. Everett (BSB 71-Business Administration), Cottonwood Falls, is the office manager for the Chase County Leader-News. Sue E. Givens (BSE 77-Elementary Education), El Dorado, was selected by the Kansas School Superintendents' Association as the 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Gene J. Henderson (BS 79-Rehabilitation Counseling), Colorado Springs, Colo., received the Minnie Ray Hunter Award for Business from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Arden "Ardie" G. Lauxman (BSB 76-Accounting), Fort Mohave, Ariz., has recently been reappointed as the president of the Mohave Community College Foundation for the third year. Janice E. Lee (MLS 70-Library Science, MS 85-Master Teacher), Ottawa, recently

retired from Ottawa University, where she served for 48 years as a librarian and a professor in education and liberal arts studies. Joseph W. Lowery (BSE 75-Physics), Fountain Inn, S.C., a colored pencil artist, had his first gallery show in February 2016 in Greenville, S.C. Fred McClain (BSE 71-Physical Education, MS 76-Counselor Education), Madison, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his excellence in football. Jill A. McCollum (BSE 77-Physical Education), Fall River, is the new K-12 adaptive special education teacher at Miltonvale USD 334. Dennis B. Neff (BSE 74-Physical Science, MS 77-Physical Science), Estes Park, Colo., an ESU distinguished alumnus, gave a presentation in the ESU Physical Sciences department called, "Pathways to Success Amid Evolving Technologies: A Personal Journey." Randy D. Roberts (BSE 70-Social Sciences, MS 80-Educational Administration), Hutchinson, has retired after 44 years in education and 34 years as a principal.

Denise L. Scribner (BSE 75-Physical Education), Wichita, is the winner of the Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science, representing the state of Kansas in the category of grades 7-12 science. Dr. Andy A. Tompkins (MS 73-Educational Administration), Topeka, was appointed as interim president at Fort Hays State University. Debbie F. Wynn (BSE 72-Elementary Education, MS 75-Curriculum & Instruction), Colorado Springs, Colo., received the Johnnie Martin Award for Education from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

1980 Tena Cassity (BSE 80-Elementary Education, MS 85-Music Technology

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Certificate), Hartford, is the new Kansas Reading Roadmap Program coordinator for Southern Lyon County USD 252. Tom V. Dolenz (MS 89-Counselor Education), Fowler, is the new superintendent for Rawlins County USD 105. Gary G. Geringer (BS 82-Psychology), Douglass, was recognized in the Financial Times magazine's ranking of the FT 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors. Stuart L. Holmes (BSE 84-Social Sciences), Hillsboro, is the new pre-K through fifth grade principal and district superintendent at Greeley County USD 200. Norman P. Hope (MBA 86-Business Administration), McPherson, recently became the chief financial officer and vice president for Business and Finance at Tabor College. Mike D. Law (BSB 81-Business Administration), Olathe, retired at the end of 2016, after 40 years in the radio business, as the VP of programming and morning show host "Mike Kennedy" at KBEQ Kansas City. Dr. Jim D. Persinger (BA 88-Psychology, Sociology, MS 90-Psychology), Emporia, was recently honored by The Kansas Association of School Psychologists with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Cindy E. Staten (BSE 89-Elementary Education, MS 94-Master Teacher), Beloit, recently became the new junior high and high school special education teacher at Lincoln USD 298. John A. Stibal (BSB 82-Business Administration), Glenview, Ill., regional vice president of sales and client management northeast region for Unum, presented the sixth address in the Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture Series at ESU. He spoke on "Keep Rising to the Next Level." Susan L. Thacker (BS 81-English), Great Bend, was recently named as the news editor for the Great Bend Tribune newspaper. Dr. Joyce M. Thierer (MLS 80-Library Science, MS 86-History), Admire, a current professor of Social Sciences at Emporia State University, is one of five women to be inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

1990 Stefanie K. Baker (BSE 99-Elementary Education), Lebo, is the new language arts & social studies teacher for fourth & fifth grade students at Lebo USD 243. Danielle D. Bartelli (BS 98-Psychology, MS 01-Counseling Education), Overland Park, was recently promoted to president of KVC Behavioral Health Care in Olathe, Kan. Matthew D. Combes (BS 96-Biology, MS 03-Biology), La Plata, Mo., has recently been promoted to supervisor of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Agricultural Systems Research Field Station in Kirksville, Mo. Wes W. Cooper (BSB 91-Management), Wichita, recently added CEO to his title as the president of TrueNorth, Inc. Jennifer Davis (BSE 96-Elementary Education), Lindsborg, recently became the business owner of Silver Linings Art and an art teacher at Salina USD 305. Leslie C. Downing (BSE 90-Elementary Education), Lawrence, who is a kindergarten teacher at Langston Hughes Elementary School, was named the 2016-17 Lawrence Master Teacher.

Lisa L. (McDonald) Everhart (BSE 97-Elementary Education), Leawood, received the Blue Valley Excellence in Education Award in December 2016. Amy L. Furman (BSE 97-Elementary Education, MS 08-Master Teacher), New Strawn, is the new second grade teacher for Burlington USD 244. Michelle R. Gifford (BSB 94-Marketing), Emporia, is the new high school business teacher at Waverly USD 243. Dr. Bill E. Jensen (MS 99-Biology), Topeka, ESU associate professor of Biological Sciences, and his research group have received a generous grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Some of this grant will go toward a project that involves bird, plant and insect responses to grassland management across the state. Bill is collaborating with plant and insect ecologists at Wichita State University for this project.

Joel R. Kahnt (BSE 96-Business Education), White City, is a new principal at White City USD 481. Laurie s. Kasl (MS 99-Special Education), Belleville, is the new sixth grade, social studies and language arts teacher at Republic County USD 109. Joseph E. Kvas (MM 90-Music), Council Grove, is a new special education teacher at Centre USD 397. Gregory P. Mickells (MLS 91-Library Science), Madison, Wis., received the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Trish A. Miller (BS 99-Biology), Emporia, recently became a new obstetrician/gynecologist at Labette Health. Tina C. Oelke (BSE 97-English), Emporia, recently became the assistant dean of Outreach and Workforce Development at Neosho County Community College in Ottawa, Kan. Donna R. Prettyman (BSE 95-Elementary Education, MS 11-Early Child Education), Overbrook, was recently hired as a new preschool teacher for Scranton Preschool. Jimmy D. Riedle (BS 95-Biology), Pratt, was recently elected as treasurer of the Kansas Herpetological Society. Suzanne M. Sherwood (BSE 91-Elementary Education), Scott City, is a new fourth grade teacher at Scott City USD 466. Christy A. Smith (BS 97-Psychology), Garnett, is the new elementary librarian and reading intervention specialist at Central Heights USD 288. Justin C. Smith (BSE 94-Mathematics, Physical Science), Ellinwood, is teaching mathematics at St. John USD 350. John C. Triplett (MLS 91-Library Science), Junction City, was selected as the librarian at Brown-Mackie College in Salina, Kan. Lt. Col. Matthew W. Twombly (BSE 91-Physical Science), Baldwin City, was named executive officer of the 130th Field Artillery Brigade. Mel E. Wagner (BSB 91-Management), Lee's Summit, Mo., was recently promoted to CEO of INDATEL Services.


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Michael D. Warriner (BS 97-Biology), Austin, Texas, accepted the listing and recovery branch chief position at the Austin Ecological Service Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Travis A. Zirkle (BSE 93-Elementary Education), Leavenworth, recently became a new special education teacher for Glasco USD 334.

2000 Jim W. Agee (MLS 02-Library Science), Denver, Colo., was recently hired as the new director of the Hays Public Library. Mayra Aguirre-Raplinger (BSB 03-Management), Mission, recently accepted the position of vice president of the Hall Family Foundation. She was also recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Ryan N. Ayers (BSE 01-Physical Education, BSE 01-Biology), White City, is a new high school science teacher at White City USD 481. Natalie C. Ball (BSE 02-Elementary Education, MS 10-Instructional Design/ Technology), Kansas City, is the new Cottonwood Elementary School principal at Paola USD 368. Hillary B. Barlow (BS 01-Sociology), El Dorado, is the new school counselor for Centre USD 397. Karen A. Barraza (MS 09-Instructional Design/Tech), Eureka, is the new school psychologist for Lebo-Waverly USD 243. Steven P. Clark (MS 01-Counselor Education), Georgetown, Texas, is the new director of Guidance and Counseling at Leander Independent School District. Heather M. Corby (BSE 03-Elementary Education), Hillsboro, is a new music and art teacher at Hillsboro USD 410. Dustin L. Dick (BSE 02-Chemistry, Physics), Silver Lake, who is the associate principal at Topeka West High School, was recognized as one of Topeka's Top 20 Under 40. Mandi R. Dilling (BSB 07-Marketing), Chicago, Ill., is a published co-author of the book "The Freshman Project." Kristi L. Dixon (MS 00-Counselor Education), Overland Park, was recently recognized as the Outstanding Kansas School Counselor of the Year. Christopher L. Dobbs (BS 06-Earth Science, Physics), Mission, completed his MBA from the University of Kansas in May 2016. 28

Kathi Emling (MS 05-Master Teacher), Burlington, is the new third grade teacher at Chanute USD 413. Karen R. Farrell (BSE 09-Elementary Education), Axtell, is the new principal at St. Gregory's Catholic School. Greg A. Ferguson (MS 09-Educational Administration PreK-12), Goodland, is the new athletic director at Clay County USD 379. Dr. David Gillette (MS 02-Biology), Asheville, N.C., is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville and was recently published in River Research and Applications for collaborative research on "Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assemblage Response to Removal of a Partially-Breached Lowhead Dam in a Southern Appalachian River." Gerald D. Gurss (BM 01-Music), Charlotte, N.C., was nominated for the American Prize for Choral Composition, Professional Category. Brian C. Hadley (BSE 01-Social Science), Lebo, is the new Lebo High School social studies teacher at Lebo-Waverly USD 243. He is also an assistant coach for the high school football team, as well as the head high school boys' track coach. Kyle J. Halverson (BS 04-Earth Science), Topeka, was recently promoted to chief geologist for KDOT in September 2016. Sherrie L. Hoffman (BSE 02-Foreign Language, MS 14-School Counseling), Hiawatha, is the new high school Spanish teacher for Hiawatha USD 415. Bradley S. Huber (BFA 00-Communication), Paola, is a new business teacher at Central Heights USD 288. Jamie L. Humlicek (BSE 09-Math Middle Level License, English as a Second Language), Burlington, is the new Waverly High School mathematics teacher at Lebo-Waverly USD 243. Jill C. Jones (BS 00-Psychology, BSE 05-Elementary Education, MS 10-Master Teacher), Valley Glen, Calif., is the new math specialist teacher at the Oakwood School in North Hollywood, Calif. Michelle N. Kelly (BSE 06-Elementary Education, MS 14-Early Childhood Education), Basehor, received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, representing the state of Kansas in the category of grades K-6.

Christa R. Klover (BSB 09-Management), Shawnee, opened her own art studio called the Painted Clover. Ryan L. Kohlmeier (BS 07-Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), Emporia, was selected to play in the NBC World Series. Sarah N. Lucero (BSE 05-Elementary Education), Topeka, was recognized as one of Topeka's Top 20 Under 40. Steven L. Maltby (BSE 00-Elementary Education), Ozawkie, is the new fourth grade teacher at Oskaloosa USD 341. Gabe Medina (BSB 06-Management), Mission, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his excellence in baseball. Peter M. Mungai (MBA 04-Business Administration), Scranton, is the new chief executive officer of Salem Home in Hillsboro, Kan. Heather L. Pitts (BSE 09-Social Sciences), Princeton, is the new high school girls' physical education teacher at Osawatomie USD 367. Joe A. Serna (MS 07-Special Education), Osage City, is a new middle school and high school teacher at Osage City USD 420.

Jason A. Sickel (BME 04-Music), Shawnee, was recently selected as the 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Melissa Stevens (BSB 06-Marketing), Overland Park, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for her excellence in softball. Sherra S. Taylor (MS 09-Educational Administration), Belle Plaine, is a new high school English teacher at Mulvane USD 263. Brock D. Ternes (BS 08-Sociology, MS 10-Sociology), Emporia, successfully defended his dissertation, "Sustainable Practices in the High Plains: A Study of Water Conservation Efforts and Well Ownership," in late November to complete his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas. Carmaine G. Ternes (MLS 00-Library Science), Emporia, successfully coauthored the publication "Libraries Partnering with Self-Publishing: A Winning Combination."

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Jeremy S. Tiemann (MS 02-Biology), Sidney, Ill., field biologist at The University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, recently returned to ESU to present a seminar entitled "Vermillion River Mussel Projects: From Reintroductions to Dam Removal." Becky L. Washington (BA 08-Public Relations, Communication), Derby, is an employee development coordinator at Intrust Bank in Wichita, Kan. Alexia J. Wells (MS 05-Special Education, MLS 07-Library Science), Osage City, is the new fifth and sixth grade interrelated teacher at Burlingame USD 454. Landon L. West (BS 07-Recreation), Arkansas City, is a recipient of the 2016 Young Achiever Award from Cowley College. Lory A. West (BSB 07-Management, MBA 08-Business Administration), Arkansas City, is a recipient of the 2016 Young Achiever Award from Cowley College. Jamie L. Wetig (MS 08-Educational Administration Pre K-12), Wichita, is the new superintendent of Ashland USD 220. Kristin J. Williams (MA 05-History, MLS 06-Library Science), Athena, Ore., is the new director of the Frazier Farmstead Museum in MiltonFreewater, Ore. Danielle N. Wurtz (BS 07-Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), Wichita, completed her residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wesley Medical Center and began her family practice at Community Physicians Clinic in Marysville, Kan., on September 19, 2016.

2010 Rebekah J. Allen (BA 09-English, Social Sciences, MA 13-English), Manhattan, is teaching English and speech at the Perry and Wamego Centers of Highland Community College. Sherri V. Allen (BME 16-Music Education), Independence, is the new music teacher for Burlington USD 244. Tyler Ayers (MS 16-Educational Administration), Shawnee, is a new Linn Public School principal at Barnes Hanover Linn USD 223. Walker J. Ayers (BS 11-Sociology, BSE 15-Elementary Education), Emporia, is a new fourth grade teacher for Neosho Rapids USD 252.

Richard B. Bechtel (BS 14-Crime & Delinquency Studies), Hartford, was recently promoted to university police officer at Emporia State University. Jayna S. Bertholf (MS 13-Business Education), Winfield, is an assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern College. Anna V. Betancourt-Markert (BSE 16-Elementary Education), Garnett, is a new teacher at Westphalia USD 365. Deana K. Bittinger (MS 16-Special Education), Burlington, is the new K-3 special education teacher at Burlington USD 244. John R. Boss (BSE 15-Physical Education, Health Education), Fredonia, recently became a new physical education teacher at Fredonia USD 484. Renae A. Bott (MS 13-Elementary Education, Master Teacher), Linn, is a new first and second grade teacher at Linn Lutheran School. Garrett L. Brummett (BS 16-Crime & Delinquency Studies), Concordia, a second-team All-MIAA selection as a relief pitcher, signed a contract with the Texas Rangers. Amy F. Carlson (BSE 16-Elementary Education), Marion, is the new fourth grade teacher for Centre USD 397. Haley J. Claibourn (BSE 10-Business Education), Neodesha, is the new business and computer teacher for Neodesha USD 461. Shane R. Clapper (MA 11-History), Stratton, Neb., is the new high school history teacher, head high school track coach and assistant high school football coach at Burlington USD 244. Jessica A. Crabtree (BSE 10-Business Education), Hesston, was recently awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at the Mountain-Plains Business Education Conference. Megan M. Crosley (BSE 15-Elementary Education), El Dorado, is a new third grade teacher at Anthony-Harper USD 361. Andrew M. Davids (BSE 15-Biology Education, Chemistry), Winfield, recently became a high school science teacher at Arkansas City USD 470. Dustin T. Fife (MLS 13-Library Science), Midvale, Utah, founder of the website Creative Libraries Utah, was recognized as one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers 2016-Tech Leaders. Tyler F. Flavin (MS 12-Educational Administration), Meade, recently

became the new elementary school principal at Meade USD 226. Shelley R. Gardner (MS 14-Educational Administration), Altamont, is the new Lincoln school principal at Parsons USD 503. Hailey D. Gifford (BSE 14-Elementary Education), Burlington, is the new preschool teacher at Lebo-Waverly USD 243. Sara F. Greene (BSE 10-Elementary Education), Herington, is a second grade teacher at Scott City USD 466. Marissa S. Grier (BSE 14-Elementary Education), Emporia, is the new third grade teacher for Hiawatha USD 415. Katrina L. Gulick (MS 16-Educational Administration), Coffeyville, is a fifth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School at Iola USD 257. Jeremy Harmison (MS 13-Educational Administration), White City, is a new K-6 physical education teacher at Prairie Heights USD 417. Adam C. Helmer (BSE 15-Speech, Theatre), Emporia, is a new junior high and high school English and speech teacher at Quinter USD 293. Josh C. Honeycutt (BS 11-Recreation), Phoenix, Ariz., placed 16th in the qualifying round of the men's triple jump at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Marla A. Jones (BSE 12-Elementary Education), Cherryvale, recently became a new fourth grade teacher at North Lawn Elementary School at Neodesha USD 461. Chelsey K. Kohman (MA 16-Biology), Salina, is now attending veterinary school in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at St. George's University. Madison J. Landwehr (BS 15-Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), Emporia, is the new technology recruiter at Dodge City Community College. Halie R. Luken (BSE 15-Speech, Theatre), Moran, is teaching seventh, eighth and tenth grade at Pleasanton USD 344. Amanda L. Martens (MS 13-Psychology), Shelby, Iowa, was recently selected as the doctoral winner of the Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence. Melanie A. Massey (MLS 16-Library Science), Olathe, is the first library media specialist and MakerSpace facilitator for Olathe West High School.


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Sage S. Maydew (BSE 15-Elementary Education), Pratt, is a new fourth grade teacher and middle school girls' basketball assistant coach at Pratt USD 382. Jennifer L. Moran (MA 13-Psychology, English), Emporia, recently became the new director of the Lyon County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Brock M. Nehls (BS-10-Recreation), Fulton, Mo., was hired as the new William Woods University head baseball coach. Sarah M. Owen (MLS 16-Library Science), Coffeyville, became the director of Library Services at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. John N. Parker (MS 16-Health, Physical Education, and Recreation), Bixby, Okla., was recently hired as the head women's tennis coach at Northeastern State University. Kristen A. Phillips (BSE 15-Elementary Education), Emporia, is a new fifth grade teacher for Neosho Rapids USD 252. Charity C. Rouse (MLS 11-Archives Studies, Library Science), Spartanburg, S.C., was recently promoted to director of Local History for the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Mason S. Schild (BSE 15-English), Emporia, is the new high school MTSS English teacher at Hartford USD 252. Marion E. Schweitzer (BIS 15-Interdisciplinary Studies), Herington, is the new director of the Clay Center Carnegie Library. Kurt S. Seiler (MS 15-Educational Administration), Neodesha, is the high school assistant principal and activities director at Independence USD 446. Tyler D. Sisson (BSE 16-Physical Education), Council Grove, is the new elementary school physical education teacher at White City USD 481. Jacque Slingsby (MLS 15-Library Science), Atchison, is the new library director at the Atchison Library. Jenay M. Solomon (MLS 15-Library Science), Lincoln, Neb., is the new diversity resident librarian at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.


Eric Stoddard (MS 15-Educational Administration), Marysville, was recently hired as the new elementary school principal at South Barber USD 255. Dave D. Thomas (MS 14-Educational Administration), Olathe, is the new principal at Pleasanton USD 344. Brittany A. Thompson (BSE 12-English), Spring Hill, is a new English teacher at Valley Center USD 262. Kelley R. Tuel (MS 13-Biology), Olathe, was recently elected to be the secretary of the Kansas Herpetological Society. Maddison M. Valkar (BSE 15-Elementary Education), Lawrence, is a new third grade teacher at Horton USD 430. Matt L. Van Horn (BSB 12-Accounting), Wichita, recently became a senior auditor at Hein & Associates in Denver, Colo. Nicholas L. Vogts (BS 16-Biology), Canton, is teaching high school science courses at Canton-Galva USD 419. Sarah R. Warne (BSE 10-Elementary Education, MS 12-Curriculum & Instruction), Mankato, is a new fourth grade teacher at Rock Hills USD 107. Katherine T. Weaver (BS 15-Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), Emporia, is a new pharmacist at Zumwalt Pharmacy in Stockton, Mo. Lizzie M. Weilert (BSE 16-Social Sciences), Leoti, is the new junior high head cheer coach at Wichita County USD 467. Susan C. Welte (BA 15-English), Derby, is a new staff writer at the Ottawa Herald newspaper. Jacob T. White (BFA 11-Public Relations), Tahlequah, Okla., was named the head baseball coach at Sterling College. Spencer B. Wilson (BSE 13-Chemistry), Nortonville, is the new physical science teacher at Oskaloosa USD 341. Stacy L. Wolf (BSE 15-Elementary Education), Olpe, is the new kindergarten teacher for Neosho Rapids USD 252. Stephen B. Woody (MLS 16-Library Science), Topeka, was hired as an academic librarian at Washburn University.

Han Yan (MBA 13-English, Business Administration), Lawrence, is a new staff accountant with CBIZ Myers & Stauffer.

FORMER STUDENTS Greg P. Burger (FS), Lecompton, was recently named the Kansas Pharmacists Association's 2016 Champion in Pharmacy. He also recently became the medication safety coordinator for Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kan. Anne A. Foos (FS), Webb City, Mo., received her 70-year membership pin from Webb City Chapter No. 204, Order of the Eastern Stars on June 16, 2016. Steve Michael (FS), Bremerton, Wash., received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his excellence in baseball. Tara A. Schnakenberg (FS), Emporia, is the new director of the Child Visitation and Exchange Center at SOS, Inc. Kim K. Thomas (FS), Stockton, the first African-American female mayor in Kansas, is the new president of the League of Kansas Municipalities.

FRIENDS Jim (FSt) and Mary Fuller, Emporia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 14, 2016.


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Robert Aman (MS 73-Psychology), Emporia, retired December 31, 2016, after 11 years on campus, ending his career as a lecturer in The Teachers College. Judy Anderson (BS 73-Office Services, MBA 90-Business Administration), Manhattan, retired December 16, 2016, after 19 years on campus, ending her career as the executive director and the title IX and EEO coordinator in Human Resources. Dean Claycamp, Andover, retired on July 31, 2016, after 5 years, ending his career as a consultant in Small Business Development Center. Larry Gutierrez, Emporia, retired December 16, 2016, after 28 years on campus, ending his career as a custodial specialist in Building Services. Beth Hanschu (BSE 73-Elementary Education), Emporia, retired on December 14, 2016, after 39 years on campus, ending her career as a library assistant in Libraries and Archives.


Roger Heineken (BFA 78-Art), Emporia, retired on January 3, 2017, after 32 years on campus, ending his career as an administrative officer in the Memorial Union. John Lohmeyer (BSE 74-Physical Education, MS 77-Counselor Education), Topeka, retired December 31, 2016, after 5 years on campus, ending his career as a director of development in the ESU Foundation. Earl Martin, Olathe, retired on December 31, 2016, after 6 years, ending his career as an instructor in The Teachers College. Deborah Mulsow (FS), Emporia, retired on October 31, 2016, after 28 years on campus, ending her career as an administrative officer in the University Copy Center. Karla Rodgers, Emporia, retired on December 13, 2016, after 43 years on campus, ending her career as a senior administrative assistant in Counseling Services.

John Schrock, Emporia, retired on December 31, 2016, after 30.5 years on campus, ending his career as a professor in Biological Sciences. Donald Shafer, Emporia, retired on August 31, 2016, after 36 years on campus, ending his career as an university police sergeant in Police & Safety. Albert Ziesmer, Emporia, retired on September 10, 2016, after 45 years on campus, ending his career as a physical plant supervisor in University Facilities.

Joe Sopha and Shelley Koch (MS 10), June 1, 2013 Stephen White (BSE 11) and Tiffany Morrow (BSE 10), September 13, 2014 Vincent Lang and Michelle Mitchell (BSE 12), March 7, 2015 Brenton Collins and Jessica Medlin (BSE 14), May 23, 2015 David Brokaw and Lacy Jordan (BSE 12), June 27, 2015 David Brand and Stephanie Lowmaster (BSE 15), September 5, 2015 Thomas L. Fort (BFA 12) and Randi E. Sutton (BS 15), September 19, 2015 Brian Patterson and Kelsey Glasener (BFA 05), September 26, 2015 Preston Mossman (BSB 15) and Claire Foraker (BSE 14), October 3, 2015 Scott Peterson and Kristen Larson (BA 06, BS 06), October 17, 2015 Robert Keisler and Lexie Dancer (BSE 12), March 12, 2016 Matthew Cuadra (BSE 13) and Alexandra Schmaderer (BSE 11), March 19, 2016 Steven Eurich (BSB 07) and Kylie Haag (BS 13), April 16, 2016

Jonathan Coffey (BS 14) and Nicole Zepeda (BS 14), May 21, 2016 Austin Oetting (BS 14) and Amy Bretches (BS 14), May 21, 2016 Adam Jones and Natalie Tabares (BSB 08), May 21, 2016 Joshua Taylor (BS 16) and Nichole Combes (BSB 06), May 28, 2016 Brandon Long (BSB 12) and Ashley Rodgers (BSE 14), June 4, 2016 Adam Murphy and Amanda Dendurent (BSE 12), June 25, 2016 Roy Riffel and Elizabeth Heller (BSN 09), July 2, 2016 Dylan Calhoon and Cassity Holt (CS), July 9, 2016 Justin Hill and Jenna Stanbrough (MS 15), July 16, 2016 Cory Triplett and Brittanie McKenna (BSE 13), July 29, 2016 Jake Scott (BSB 09) and Kayla Flanigan (MS 11), September 3, 2016 Aaron Newton (BS 11) and Lacee Hanson (BA 11), October 22, 2016 Richard Hopper and Denelle Miller (BSB 10), November 22, 2016



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3 Brynnley Gracyn Krug, daughter, born to Christopher and Angela Krug (BSE 99), April 28, 2015 Beau Randel Wolfe, son, born to Masey and Bri Wolfe (BA 04), December 7, 2015 Emmett Warren Leeds, son, born to Jarrett (BS 08) and Amy Leeds (BFA 05), February 11, 2016 Ella Kate Hartley, daughter, born to Paul and Katie Hartley (MS 12), March 24, 2016 Sydney Anne Ternes, daughter, born to Jacob (BSE 09) and Elissa Ternes (BSE 09, MA 11), June 17, 2016 Brenna Ann Cox, daughter, born to Brandon and Katie Cox (BSE 10), June 23, 2016 Teagan Jo Scheve, daughter, born to Justin (BSB 06) and Kim Scheve, June 24, 2016 Atalee Helen Keck, daughter, born to Korey and Emmalee Keck (BFA 10), June 24, 2016 Eiken Tate James Fuller, son, born to Tony and Chelsea Fuller (BIS 07), June 26, 2016 Tessa Jane Marcotte, daughter, born to Austin (BS 08) and Angela Marcotte (BS 08), July 13, 2016 32


4 Benton Charles Mellies, son, born to Craig and Denee Mellies (BSN 04), July 22, 2016 Vivyann Marie Shane, daughter, lovingly adopted by Shawna Shane (BSE 96, MS 98), born on August 2, 2016 Finley Elise McJunkin, daughter, born to Jared (BS 00, MS 02) and Angela McJunkin (BSB 97), August 12, 2016 Gunner Ray Birchmeier, son, born to Andrew (BSE 14) and Amy Birchmeier, August 24, 2016 Ethan Carter Storrer, son, born to Jeremiah and Amanda Storrer (BS 09), August 26, 2016 Ensley Annakay Ayers, daughter, born to Ryan (BS 01) and Julie Ayers (BS 01, MS 08), September 6, 2016 Sutton Lynn McCoy, daughter, born to Brent (BSE 12) and Lauren McCoy (BS 11), September 10, 2016 Brynn Laree Jacob, daughter, born to Dylan (BSB 14) and Nicole Jacob, September 12, 2016 Mason Cole Price, son, born to Logan and Shannon Price (BSB 11), September 28, 2016 Decker Scott Brammer, son, born to Scott (BSB 06) and December Brammer, October 14, 2016

5 Berkley Jean Gant, daughter, born to Matthew and Traci Gant (BSB 03), October 18, 2016 Mason Abraham Morales, son, born to Abraham (BSB 11) and Lindsay Morales (BS 08), October 18, 2016 Owen James Thompson, son, born to Ryan (BSB 08) and Ashlie Thompson (BSB 10), October 28, 2016 Hayes Rex Kushner, male, born to Bradley (MBA 13) and Jan Kushner (BSB 04, MBA 06), November 11, 2016 Josslyn Marie Rivers, daughter, born to Jonathan (BS 11) and Ashley Rivers (BA 11), December 6, 2016 Kaiden Robert Dirks, son, born to Rustan and Melissa Dirks (BSE 07), December 10, 2016


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Keith A. Greiner, 76, passed away on May 31, 2016, at his home in Washington, D.C., from ALS. He grew up in Mulvane, Kan., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962 from ESU and an LLD (J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia in 1966. Keith married Sarah (Steerman) Greiner in 1962. During their 14 years together, they had four children – Laura, Allen, Anne and Will. In 1989, Keith married Linda (Wright) Greiner and she survives, as do his children and their mother, Sarah. Keith began a 50-year law practice beginning with the Steerman and Perkins firm of Emporia in 1966, later founding Keith A. Greiner, Chartered, earning local, state and national recognition for leadership and service throughout. Keith served for 45 years on the ESU Foundation Board of Directors. Dale W. Greiner, 75, died on January 10, 2017, at Clarehouse in Tulsa, Okla. following a 10-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Dale leaves his wife of 53 years, Barbara, his daughter Allison (Greiner) Redick, her husband David and their four grown children; his sister Joyce and husband Paul O’Hern; and brother Neil. Dale was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea, and his brother, Keith. After high school in Mulvane, Kan., Dale attended Emporia State University on a football scholarship and earned BS 1962 and MS 1964 degrees in biology. After meeting and marrying wife Barbara during his ESU years, he attended the University of Michigan, earning a second master’s degree in zoology. Dale’s 30 years of teaching included graduate assistantships at ESU and Michigan, then high school science teaching and tennis coaching at Pioneer and Huron High Schools in Ann Arbor. After retirement, Dale and Barbara moved to Broken Arrow, Okla.

A Classmate’s Tribute to the Passing of Keith and Dale Greiner "Among the friendships of a lifetime, precious few have equaled the admiration, respect and lasting memories generated by and for Keith and Dale Greiner. They were the kind of ‘old college friends’ some of us may have seen and visited with only at irregular intervals. But scattered Homecoming conversations over 50 intervening years were so focused we could pick up where the previous visit paused. Our shared experiences at Emporia State University, in the classroom, varsity athletics and student leadership through Blue Key, were just practice for Keith’s and Dale’s lives of devotion and dedication to family, distinguished careers, life-long learning and professional and community service to others." –Scott Irwin (BSE 1961-Biology, MS 1965-Biology)


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1940 Eva M. (Lash) Atkinson (BSE 41), Kansas City, Mo., June 6, 2016 Maurine K. Blackwell (BSE 40), Overland Park, July 26, 2016 Vivian V. Clinton (BSE 45), Dodge City, July 23, 2016 Ruth E. (Puckett) Fahrbach (BSE 48), Wichita, June 9, 2016 Mary J. (Gladfelter) Hogg (BSE 47), Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 19, 2016 Marvin H. Ives (BSE 42), Bel Aire, Oct. 23, 2016 Winifred J. (Donnellan) Nelson (BSE 43), Attleboro, Mass., Nov. 23, 2016 Ruth E. Pankratz (BME 40), Madison, July 26, 2016 Marjorie C. (Mulkey) Sheeley (BSE 43), Allen, Oct. 13, 2016 Margaret J. (Kissick) Tucker (BSE 45), Bowling Green, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2016

1950 George B. Blodig (BS 57, MS 59), Atchison, Dec. 4, 2016 Ardon W. Brandyberry (MS 59), Hutchinson, June 22, 2016 Thomas C. Bumgarnder (BSB 50), Coffeyville, Dec. 19, 2016 Richard L. Carlson (BSB 53), Des Moines, Wash., Jan. 31, 2016 Delbert D. Catron (MS 58), Greenville, Ill., Sept. 21, 2016 William H. Craig (BSB 57), Garnett, Nov. 5, 2016 Glenn H. Crumb (BSE 51, MS 56), Topeka, Aug. 3, 2016 Walter L. Davies (BSE 53, MS 57), Kansas City, Oct. 29, 2016 Helen M. (Hawley) Ericson (BSE 58), Emporia, Nov. 13, 2016 Donald L. Farmer (BSB 52), Colorado Springs, Colo., June 3, 2016 Peggy L. (Dotts) Halcomb (BSE 55), San Diego, Calif., Sept. 5, 2016 Dewain A. Hettenbach (BSE 53), White City, Aug. 11, 2016 Eugene W. Hicks (BSE 58, MS 74), Herington, Aug. 25, 2016 Charles F. Hobbs (BA 56), St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 11, 2016 Lois L. Hodge (BA 50, BSE 60), Wichita, Oct. 29, 2016 Robert P. Hudson (BSE 56), Marble Falls, Texas, June 7, 2016 Paul G. Hull (MS 54), El Dorado, Nov. 1, 2016 34

Donald E. Inbody (MS 55), Overland Park, Sept. 14, 2016 Jack L. Irwin (BSE 50), Chambersburg, Pa., July 19, 2016 Willard G. Jones (BSE 50, MS 54), Greeley, Colo., Nov. 5, 2016 Dean D. Justice (BSB 50), Austin, Texas, Oct. 29, 2016 Delores W. Koehn (BSE 50), Newton, July 23, 2016 Donald W. Lamb (BSE 50, MS 62), Bella Vista, Ark., Sept. 21, 2016 Donald "Don" G. Levieux (BSB 55), Eureka, Nov. 13, 2016 Robert L. Martin (BSE 51), Marshall, Okla., Sept. 24, 2016 Rosanne R. Moore (BA 59), Augusta, Sept. 9, 2016 Muriel S. (Sutton) Morgan (BSB 50), Topeka, Aug. 10, 2016 Mary C. Newlin (BSE 52, MS 67), Abilene, Nov. 22, 2016 Sherrol S. Parker (BME 55), Wichita, July 1, 2016 William F. "Bill" Pierce (BSE 57, MS 63), Wichita, Nov. 2, 2016 Wesley A. Pletcher (BSE 57), Rosalia, Oct. 31, 2016 Kathryn J. Sarver (BSE 58), Iola, Nov. 13, 2014 George J. Scherrer (BSB 52), Long Island, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2015 Russell J. Shoenewe (BSB 58), Broken Arrow, Okla., Sept. 10, 2016

1960 Felix E. "Phil" Adams, Jr. (BSE 63), Wichita, Aug. 10, 2016 Larry G. Alderson (BS 63), Emporia, July 3, 2016 Sidney O. "Sid" Allison (BS 64, MS 68), Topeka, Nov. 26, 2016 John A. "Doc" Baxter (MS 67), Emporia, Nov. 3, 2016 Lillian E. (Voth) Brady (BSE 66), Wichita, Aug. 27, 2016 Cary T. Church (MS 63), Naples, Fla., Sept. 9, 2016 Robert D. Clark (BSE 60), Litchfield, Minn., Oct. 24, 2016 James E. Cochran (BSE 64), Claremore, Okla., Sept. 24, 2016 Augustina T. (Lopez) Cramer (BSE 67), Topeka, Sept. 13, 2016 Gerry R. Cromwell (BSB 65), Lake Ranch, Fla., Oct. 1, 2016 Otis L. Dall (BSE 67), Richland, Texas, Oct. 29, 2016

Leo P. Dangel (BA 66, MA 68), Yankton, S.D., Dec. 13, 2016 Harold A. Davis (BA 67), Madison, Ind., Aug., 9, 2016 Paul P. Devivo (MS 61), Cleveland, Tenn., July 16, 2015 Mary B. Dolan (BSE 62), Salina, Oct. 13, 2016 Judith E. (Trost) Dyer-Carlgren (BSE 65), Scandia, Sept. 10, 2016 Vicki J. Eads (BSE 66), Whitewater, Aug. 3, 2016 William C. "Bill" Eikermann (BA 65), Kansas City, Mo., July 12, 2016 Janice V. Flesca (BSE 66), Whispering Pines, N.C., June 1, 2016 Charlene J. (Shunn) Garzillo (MS 66), Lawrence, Aug. 7, 2016 Larry D. Gile (BSB 61, MS 67), Creston, Iowa, Nov. 13, 2016 Victor R. Goering (MS 65), Newton, Aug. 23, 2016 Richard E. Goulden (BSE 63, MS 71), Arkansas City, Nov. 16, 2016 Charles F. Hamsa (MLS 69), Lafayette, La., Nov. 28, 2016 Edra L. Hanson (MS 68), Portland, Ore., Aug. 23, 2016 Estella I. (Yutzy) Headings (BSE 63), Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 16, 2016 Ed E. Heide (BSB 60), Abilene, Oct. 11, 2016 Thomas C. Henley (BSE 61, MS 67), Spring Hill, Aug. 8, 2016 Patricia L. (Reid) Herrmann (BSE 65, MS 71), Topeka, Oct. 5, 2015 R. Evelyn (Copeland) Horn (MS 68), Baldwin City, Nov. 2, 2016 Gary L. Hunter (BSB 60), Salina, Nov. 24, 2016 Frances L. "Fran" (Foos) Kimple (BSE 67), Plano, Texas, Aug. 5, 2016 Dalbert D. Knox (MS 67), Killeen, Texas, July 23, 2016 George D. Lane (BSB 63), McHenry, Ill., July 15, 2016 Elzada Mack (BSE 69), Kansas City, Sept. 10, 2016 Marlene H. Mariani (MS 68, MS 80), Eureka, Nov. 13, 2016 Wallie D. Maxson (BA 68), Coffeyville, Sept. 14, 2016 James N. Metzdorf (BSE 61), Tucson, Ariz., July 26, 2016 Shirley A. Miller (BSE 61), Aurora, Colo., April 6, 2015 Raymond A. Miller (MS 62), Overland Park, Jan. 13, 2016

in memoriam

Michael J. Montee (BSB 69), Shawnee, Sept. 22, 2016 Garry D. Nutt (BA 69), Shawnee, June 16, 2016 Wendell C. Peterson (MS 61), Hutchinson, Oct. 13, 2016 Richard D. Raaf (BSB 67), Gridley, May 1, 2016 Frank D. Randel (MS 67), Coffeyville, Nov. 30, 2016 Evan C. Rath (BSB 60), Marion, Nov. 6, 2016 Robert M. Reed (MS 63), Lyons, June 27, 2016 Victoria Reishus (MS 96), Rollinsford, N.H., Nov. 16, 2016 Sharon K. Rhoades (BSE 60), Longmont, Colo., May 4, 2016 Robert K. Robinson (MS 66), Manhattan, June 6, 2016 John F. Rutter (MS 61), Green Bay, Wis., Oct. 30, 2016 Howard M. Savage (BA 69), Florence, Aug. 21, 2016 Elizabeth J. (Kuhl) Schlup (BSE 65, MS 71), Mustang, Okla., Oct. 7, 2016 Robert A. Simmons (MS 66), Brownsville, Pa., July 21, 2016 Donald E. Skipton (BSE 60, MS 64), Belleville, Nov. 8, 2016 LTC William J.M. Thomas (MS 65), Corona, Calif., April 16, 2015 Wayne E. Thompson (BSE 62), Topeka, Nov. 9, 2016 Barbara J. (Medford) Tipton (MS 66), Topeka, Sept. 13, 2016 Charles T. "Tom" Turner (BSB 66), Winchester, Ill., July 26, 2016 Donald L. Villeme (BS 66), Topeka, Sept. 29, 2016 Doris L. Welch (MS 66), Choctaw, Okla., Nov. 18, 2016 Richard F. Welchel (BS 68, MS 69), Windsor, N.C., April 28, 2016 Ronald R. Wells (BSB 65), Mount Judea, Ark., Sept. 23, 2016 Ellen A. Wiener (BSE 68), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 20, 2016

1970 Sue L. Adamson (BS 70), Moline, Nov. 5, 2016 Thomas W. Bartel (BA 74), Arkansas City, Dec. 5, 2016 Evelyn J. Brown (MLS 70), Manhattan, Nov. 12, 2016 Sandra S. (Barrett ) Burnworth (BA 77), Shawnee, Oct. 1, 2016

June J. Copeland (MS 77), Coffeyville, July 24, 2015 Donald R. Crawford (BSB 71), Yukon, Okla., Aug. 2, 2016 William N. "Nick" Embery (BSB 70), Mission, June 29, 2016 Thomas C. Franklin (BSE 70), San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 9, 2016 John R. Hallenbeck (BSE 70), Racine, Wis., Oct. 5, 2016 Pamela M. (Churchill) Higgs (MS 71), Topeka, Oct. 18, 2016 Edward J. Hopkins (BSE 70), Cincinnati, Ohio, June 24, 2016 Kathy. K (Bernhardt) Hubbard (BSE 73), Wellington, Aug. 3, 2016 Dennis L. Knoblock (BSE 72), Shawnee, Sept. 27, 2016 Frances M. "Frani" Lake (BSB 75), Leavenworth, Sept. 13, 2016 Doris D. (Gabriel) Lange (MS 79), Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 25, 2016 Margot J. (Jorgensen) Mack (MS 71), Hutchinson, Aug. 29, 2016 Francis E. Medaris (MLS 75), Greeley, Colo., Aug. 27. 2014 James A. Mitchell (BSB 73), Rose Hill, July 15, 2016 Linda A. (Logan) Nymeyer (BSE 72), Broken Arrow, Okla., Aug. 24, 2016 Bettye L. Palmer (MS 77, EdS 90), Atchison, Nov. 1, 2016 Roberta L. Pepper (BME 76), Pampa, Texas, April 4, 2016 Jean L. Perkins (BSE 75), Flippin, Ark., Dec. 11, 2016 David L. Rader (BS 72), Manhattan, Aug. 4, 2016 Donna J. (Dietz) Schmitz (BSE 74, MS 90), Silver Lake, Oct. 24, 2016 Ellen L. Schopp (BA 71), Beatrice, Neb., Nov. 23, 2016 David R. Settle (BS 74), Topeka, Nov. 13, 2016 David A. Shearon (BSB 75), Enid, Okla., Feb. 2, 2016 William L. Shirk (BA 74), Grantville, Ga., Dec. 22, 2013 Fletcher T. Simmons (BSB 73), Manhattan, Nov. 4, 2016 Albert A. Southard (BSA 71), Leawood, April 15, 2015 Tony T. Tramontelli (BSE 71), Troy, Mich., May 2, 2012 Sherry R. (Rose) Trommer (BSE 74), Georgetown, Texas, Aug. 26, 2016 Susan M. Washburn (BSB 78), Newton, Dec. 16, 2016

Frank Ybarra (MS 70), Shattuck, Okla., Aug. 9, 2016

1980 John D. Alleman (BS 87), Herrin, Ill., June 10, 2016 Elroy G. Allen (MS 86), Stillwater, Okla., April 10, 2016 Barry K. Angell (BSB 89), Meade, July 11, 2016 James V. "Jim" Annuschat (MA 89, MA 91), Winfield, Nov. 6, 2016 Carolyn S. Behan (MS 81), El Dorado, Oct. 30, 2016 Emma L. Brown (MS 85), Carbondale, Nov. 22, 2016 Charles R. Cook (BSB 80), Wellsville, Sept. 6, 2016 Linda C. (Farmer) Eargle (BFA 84), Olathe, Sept. 27, 2016 Janie S. Foster (BSB 88), Topeka, Dec. 3, 2016 Eddie S. Freeman (BSB 85), Kansas City, June 28, 2016 Gerald L. Hunter (BSB 88), Salina, Nov. 24, 2016 Kathleen "Kaye" (Neumeyer) Krause (BSE 81), El Dorado, Sept. 30, 2016 Betty D. (Harder) Lange Fruechting (MS 87), Hillsboro, Aug. 6, 2016 Sarah L. McGlone (MS 89), Lebo, July 21, 2016 Shirley Ann (Mai) Meyer (BSE 81), Sebastopol, Calif., Sept. 30, 2016 Jeannie S. (Peirce) Schmidt (BS 83), Austin, Texas, Aug. 6, 2016 Dorothy R. (Miller) Snyder (MS 85), Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 15, 2016

1990 Stanley V. "Stan" Buckley, Jr. (MS 97), Wichita, Aug. 5, 2016 Edwin L. Puckett (BSB 98), Emporia, Dec. 14, 2016 Amer S. Reese (BS 97), Wichita, Aug. 24, 2016 Alan A. Schif (BSB 91), Bonner Springs, Dec. 15, 2016 Susan D. Weisenberger (MLS 97), Yates Center, July 25, 2016

2000 Amanda S. (Nance) Kapfer (BSE 01), Lawrence, Oct. 8, 2016 Craig A. Springfield (BIS 06), Wichita, Aug. 28, 2016


in memoriam


2010 Larry D. Criddle (MS 11), Paola, Aug. 15, 2016

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