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Advancing Literacy


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



7:30 pm ESU Campus, Albert Taylor Hall

n Vocal Trash


n The Great American Market 7am-4pm Downtown Emporia


Spotlight on Alumni Natalie Lager (CS) Samantha Volkman (CS)

n Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Downtown Emporia

DECEMBER 1, 8, 15 & 22

n Carriage Rides

Yard Sales across Kansas on Hwy 99

7:30 pm

n Race the Chase


n William Allen White Legacy Day

OCTOBER 18 n Julie Fowlis

7:30 pm Granada Theatre

n Shanghai Acrobats of China

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 FEBRUARY 26 n Morgenstern Trio

4 pm ESU Campus, Beach Hall



n The Taste

APRIL 27-29

n Oktobier Fest

OCTOBER 28 & 29

n Haunted Tours


n Downtown Trick or Treating

n Glass Blown Open Disc Golf Tournament


n DK 200: World’s Premier Gravel Grinder

Contributors Tyler Curtis (BSE 2001, MS 2004) Gwendolynne Larson Corbin McGuire Bobbi Mylnar Paul Payton Don Weast (BFA 1998) Terri Weast (MLS 1998) Editorial Committee Umair Abbasi (MBA 2007, MS 2010) Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB 1979) Tyler Curtis Teddi Davis (BS 2007) Jennifer Denton Sarah Elmer (BA 2003) Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 2001) Laurie Pitman 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) 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. Emporia State University is an equal opportunity employer.


Contact Information Spotlight 1500 Highland Street, Emporia, KS 66801-5018 620-341-5440

n All Veterans Tribute Celebration

See events schedule at


n Freedom Fest 5K Run or Walk/Bike Ride

Design Ryan O’Meara Photography Dustin Michelson



Managing Editor Mary Shivley (BA 2001, MS 2004)

n Small Business Saturday

SEPTEMBER 23 & 24 n Fabulous Finds on Hwy 99

For Alumni and Friends of Hornet Nation

Postmaster, send address corrections to Alumni Association, 1500 Highland Street, Emporia, KS 66801-5018

n Convention and Visitors Bureau n Emporia Arts Center n Emporia Main Street

Volume 46, Number 1









3 Call to Action

6 17th President Inauguration

7 Seven ESU Alums Earn 2016 Kansas Horizon Award 8 2016 Homecoming Schedule of Events

9 Friendship Through the Ages:

ESU’s Contribution to a 70+ Year Old Friendship

10 Four Hornets Honored for Ongoing University Service

11 12 14 16


Serving the Emporia Community Building a Stronger Hornet Nation A Campaign of Historic Proportions Advancing Literacy

Cover photo: Dustin Michelson

18 Student Foundation 18 Hornet Alum Named as the ESU Foundation President

19 Emporia State Distinguished

Alumni Gives Back

19 Avid Support of Hornet Nation 20 Major Transformation in the Heart of Campus

21 The Hornet Family 22 Spotlight on Alumni 29 Nuptials 29 Births: Future Hornets 3 0 Emporia State Retirements 3 1 In Memoriam: Obituaries




6 1 20 September ESU Booth at the Kansas State Fair September 9-18 Kansas State Fairgrounds Hutchinson, Kan. Summervill’s Fan Fair September 9 5:30 pm Kansas State Fairgrounds Hutchinson, Kan. President Garrett Inauguration September 16 2:00 pm Albert Taylor Hall Plumb Hall, Emporia, Kan.



ESU Homecoming Weekend 2016 October 14-15 Emporia, Kan.

Winter Graduate Commencement December 17 2:00 pm Albert Taylor Hall Plumb Hall, Emporia, Kan.

Smoky Valley After Hours Event October 6 5:30 pm Blue Skye Brewery Salina, Kan.

Hornets traveling to New England with Dr. Don and Linda Miller October 15-22 Hornet Alumni Event in Maine October 16 5:30pm Oceanfront Lodge of Bar Harbor Bar Harbor, Maine


KC Alumni at the Boulevard Brewery November 3 5:30 pm Boulevard Brewery Kansas City, Mo. ESU vs. KU Basketball Alumni Gathering November 8 Date subject to change Biggs BBQ Lawrence, Kan.

ESU Family and Friends Day and 2016 Hornet Heritage Family Introduction September 17 Welch Stadium

All Veterans Appreciation Luncheon November 12 11:30 am Webb Hall, Memorial Union

South Central Presidential and School of Business Dean Welcome Reception September 22 5:30 pm Emprise Bank Wichita, Kan.

Northeast Kansas Alumni Chapter Planning Meeting November 15 6:30 pm Lake View Villa Clubhouse Lawrence, Kan. For questions, contact Nikki Metz at 620.341.6468

Winter Undergraduate Commencement December 17 10:00 am W.L. White Auditorium 111 E. Sixth Ave., Emporia, Kan.


Save the Date Founders’ Day Luncheon February 17 11:30am Webb Hall, Memorial Union

Tri Sigma 100th Anniversary April 7-8 ESU Campus Kansas City Scholarship Golf Tournament May 5 Sycamore Ridge Golf Club

call to action

Call to Action I love meeting new people, and at Emporia State University, I have met wonderful students who have earned coveted spots in Broadway theater programs and Mayo Clinic externships, received research awards, created leadership curriculum for high school students and served others at the national level. I have met faculty and staff who work daily to earn high honors for our academic programs, have created entirely new programs like graduate forensic science and worked to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs to underrepresented middle- and high-school students. And, I have met proud alumni of ESU who excel in their careers and serve others with passion. This fall, several wonderful campus events will highlight service to others and the excitement building around Hornet athletics. Biology major Chris Alderman and student-athlete Shayla Cotman, an accounting major, will work with other students and former Olympic gold medalist Earl Young to sponsor a bone marrow registration drive on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 for the Delete Blood Cancer organization. Fred D. Gray, Sr., renowned U.S. civil rights attorney who stood alongside Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak on campus Sept. 15 and 16, sharing his experiences on the front lines of history. Mr. Gray’s presentations are part of our inauguration celebration on Sept. 16. Family & Friends Weekend follows with more celebrations on September 17. As always, Homecoming will fill the weekend of Oct. 14 and 15 with reunions, award presentations and celebrations of all that is great in Hornet Nation. I invite you to campus this fall to celebrate with us and learn firsthand where we are headed in the future.

Go Hornets! Allison D. Garrett President



changing lives

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Exposure to contemporary art and design is a critical part of students’ education in the Department of Art. Every other week, Art Forum brings in a successful contemporary artist or designer to meet art majors, share their working process and give career building advice. All art majors attend this unique course, which builds a sense of community among students and faculty and provides great networking opportunities. This past year, the Department of Art hosted a stellar lineup of Art Forum speakers including Emporia State alumnus Kent Michael Smith (BFA 99-Art). The Art Forum is open to the public.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

Emporia State’s Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program is the only one of its kind offered in Kansas. The MSFS program was developed with the input of all major crime laboratory directors in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro area. On March 31, a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled the new forensic science crime lab. To contribute to the MSFS program by giving to the MS Forensic Science Enhancement Fund, contact Angela Fullen (BFA 01-Communication) at or 620-341-6465.

School of Business

The School of Business and Career Services at Emporia State in partnership with Emporia Main Street will be launching the Community Internship Initiative for the 2016-17 academic year. Emporia Main Street and its member businesses will facilitate paid internship projects for business majors that are eligible for course credit. Students can apply their major-based knowledge in real-world settings while fostering community engagement with local businesses. Funding is provided by the High Impact Learning Initiative Grant from ESU and by Emporia Main Street.

changing lives

School of Library and Information Management

Emporia State named Dr. Wooseob Jeong dean of SLIM. Previously, he served at the University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee, moving from assistant professor to associate professor in the School of Information Studies. He also served as program director for the Bachelor of Science in information resources and the Master of Library and Information Science programs. Dr. Jeong served as interim dean of UWM’s School of Information Studies prior to beginning his role at ESU on July 5.

Student Affairs

As part of the Healthy Hornet Wellness initiative, the Student Wellness Center hired part-time dietician Emily Prouse. Prouse primarily has worked with individual students referred by Student Health Services or Counseling Services for help with issues such as diabetes, weight loss and eating disorders. She also helped develop recipes to use in Corky’s Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, and helped students prepare healthier meals from the offerings available in the pantry for students experiencing food insecurity. For the 2016-17 school year, an outreach program is in development to teach healthy cooking/food preparation for students, especially as they transition from living on campus with a meal plan to living on their own to prepare their own meals. A six-week series will deal with budgeting, menu planning, shopping, label reading, balanced nutrition, food safety and food preparation.

The Teachers College

The Flint Hills Writing Project (FHWP) is the only National Writing Project (NWP) site in Kansas. Established in September 2014, FHWP provides professional development for K-16 educators in all disciplines. Through a four-week Invitational Summer Institute, educators are immersed in the teacher-teaching-teacher model to better understand writing instruction. For over 40 years, the NWP has established itself as one of the longest running, most cost-efficient and most successful professional development programs in education.



spotlight express

17th Presidential Inauguration Hornet Nation celebrates the 17th president of Emporia State University during the inauguration of Allison Garrett. The ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Albert Taylor Hall will feature the talents of ESU students and faculty, including those in the music, theater and art departments. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception on the lawn in front of Plumb Hall will celebrate the close relationship between the campus and the Emporia community. The Friday inauguration events are a prelude to Family and Friends Weekend on Sept. 17, which will include open houses, special activities on campus, the announcement of the 2016 Hornet Heritage Family and the annual football game.

U.S. Civil Rights Attorney to Speak A renowned U.S. civil rights attorney who stood alongside Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will give a special presentation at Emporia State University on Sept. 15, the evening before the presidential inauguration. Fred D. Gray, Sr., will give a public presentation on Sept. 15, then speak to middle- and high-school students the next morning as part of a universitysponsored Constitution Day event. Gray began a dynamic civil rights career in 1954, less than a year after completing law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Gray was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the 2014 movie “Selma.�

spotlight express

Emporia State University Department of Nursing Emporia State’s nursing program is ranked 14th in the top 100 nursing programs in the United States by College Atlas with a licensure exam passage rate of more than 90 percent compared to the Kansas average of 80 percent over the past six years. Over the past three years, students exiting our program have a 98.6 percent job placement rate once the NCLEX exams are successfully completed. In addition, 90 percent of ESU students receive scholarships.

Seven ESU Alumni Earn 2016 Kansas Horizon Award Emporia State alums received seven of the 32 Kansas Horizon Awards in 2016. First-year educators from Kansas received the distinction during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network State Education Conference in Topeka.

Alumni recipients were (from left to right): Manuel Estrada-Espinoza (BSE 13-Elementary Education) Walnut Elementary School, Emporia Tiffany (Orth) Lippoldt (BSE 12-Health Education and Physical Education, MS 14-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation) Skelly Elementary School, El Dorado Alissa Miller (BSE 14-Elementary Education) Emporia Middle School Sarah Johnson (BSE 13-Elementary Education) Baldwin City Junior High School Jenny (Allar) Waugh (BSE 14-Elementary Education) Circle USD - Oil Hill Elementary School, El Dorado Jocelyn Cummings (BSE 13-Mathematics) Mission Trail Middle School, Olathe Madison Hunter (BSE 14-Math Education) Galesburg Middle School, Erie-Galesburg









7:30 pm

Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert

Downtown / Granada Theatre


7:00 pm

Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture

Memorial Union: Webb Hall


11:30 am

KSTC Luncheon featuring Class of 1966

Memorial Union: KSTC Ballroom


2:00 pm

Rededication of the Zola Witten Track

Welch Stadium


2:30 pm

Class of 1966 Reception

Memorial Union: Blue Key Room


5:00 pm

Sigma Sigma Sigma Alumni Chili Feed

Tri-Sigma House (418 W. 12th Ave.)


5:30 pm

Black and Gold Gala

Memorial Union: Webb Lobby, Webb Hall


6:30 pm

Track Reunion Dinner and Panel Discussion

Memorial Union: KSTC Ballroom


7:00 pm

Chi Omega Social Hour

Dugout (519 E 12th Ave.)


7:00 pm

Nursing Social Hour

Brickyard (402 Merchant St.)


9:00 am

Athletic Hall of Honor Breakfast

Memorial Union: Webb Hall


9:00 am

Black and Gold Visit Day

Emporia State Campus


9:00 am

Alumni Coffee (Kaffee Klatch)

Memorial Union: Main Street


9:00 am

Blue Key Breakfast

Memorial Union: Blue Key Room


9:00 am

Sigma Sigma Sigma Coffee

Tri-Sigma House (418 W. 12th)


10:00 am

Morning at the Zoo with Nursing Alumni

David Traylor Zoo (75 Soden Rd.)


10:00 am

25-Year Rededication of the Sauder Alumni Center

Sauder Alumni Center


10:00 am

Phi Sigma Kappa Annual Meeting

Memorial Union, Veterans Hall of Honor


11:30 am

Homecoming Parade

Commercial St to 12th Street


12:00 pm

Sigma Tau Gamma Luncheon (Special recognition for alumni of the 1940s & 1950s)

Sigma Tau Gamma House


12:00 pm

Watering Hole - Pre-game tailgate

ESU Milton Tennis Courts


12:00 pm

The Teachers College Party on the Patio

Visser Hall Patio (east side)


2:00 pm

ESU Football vs. Lindenwood

Welch Stadium


5:00 pm

Chi Omega Post-Game Happy Hour

Memorial Union: KSTC Ballroom

Homecoming Musical “Big River” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 – 15, 2 p.m. Matinee Oct. 16 | Karl C. Bruder Theatre, King Hall For tickets, call ESU Ticket Office at (620) 341-6378 or toll-free (877) 341-6378. Featured Hornet Reunions include Chi Omega (55th anniversary), Class of 1966 (50-year class reunion), and the Track & Cross Country teams. Plus, Blue Key, Nursing, and Sigma Sigma Sigma will have special events scheduled this year during Homecoming. To learn more about these reunions and special events, please visit www.



Friendship Through the Ages: ESU’s Contribution to a 70+ Year Old Friendship Emporia State is, perhaps, best known for its contributions to the world of teaching. However, it is also a place where lasting friendships are founded. Betty “Jane” (Socolofsky) Course (BSE 42-Music) and Betty (Harrison) Kimmel (BS 42-Music) met at Emporia State University in the late 1930s and immediately became friends. “We met our first year in Emporia State, and we were in the same class,” said Course. “The friendship just grew from there...She was a best friend then, and she is a best friend now.” Course and Kimmel met in the music department and were both very active on the campus. Along with their individual interests, they were involved in YWCA, Winnetaska (Women’s Social Group), Women’s Glee Club and Symphonic Choir together. “The atmosphere at Emporia State brought us together,” Kimmel said. “There was always something to do. There was a dance for Independents (students not involved in sorority or fraternity life) that we always went to and looked forward to...We had a wonderful relationship then, like we do now.” Course met her husband, the late William “Ben” Course (BSE 47-Music), while attending Emporia State. Kimmel met Donald C. Kimmel, who was in the coast guard during WWII, and married him. “Both of our husbands were in the service, and we kept in touch,” said Course. “We’ve kept in touch all these years. She was my maid of honor. I was married in Detroit, Mich., my husband was in the service and she flew up. We made a pact that she would be my maid of honor and I would be hers, and we honored that.” Course and Kimmel’s relationship has been built on a mutual trust. “We got along then like we do now,” Kimmel said. “I know that if I needed her, I could get ahold of her.” ESU is a place that can foster these sort of relationships, according to President Allison Garrett. “ESU is the kind of caring community where new friendships are formed every day,” Garrett said. “You never know, but the person you sit next to in one of your classes might become your best friend.”

Elijah Williams, Associated Student Government president and senior political science and economics major, agreed that ESU can create a strong foundation for a lasting friendship. “It’s amazing that Emporia State University created a friendship that has lasted so long,” said Williams. “You can definitely see that ESU is a welcoming and friendly environment for all different types of people to meet and create a strong bond together...Keeping in contact with past friends at Emporia State University is tremendously important.” During their time at ESU, they were both active in the music department. Course graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, focusing on music. Kimmel graduated the same year with a Bachelor of Science in Music. “This story of these two alumni is exceptional because 75 years is a long time,” said David Cordle, provost. “But it’s not at all unusual for ESU students to forge lasting friendships. For more than 150 years, ESU’s culture has been built around personal connections, and that’s still true today.” Course was the 1941 Homecoming Queen. She remembered enjoying coming back to Emporia State for Homecoming or to visit. “ESU’s alumni look forward to Homecoming as an opportunity to stay involved with an institution that means a lot to them,” Cordle said. “When I meet alumni, they’re usually eager to tell their stories about how ESU changed their lives for the better.” The secret to having a lifelong friendship like this is to not sweat the small stuff, according to Course. “To make a friendship work, you must have common values, and we were both family first, which is why we got along,” Course said. “We respected each other. We disagreed on things, but we didn’t fight about it.” Student Writer: Sarah Spoon, Sophomore Editor in Chief, Bulletin



Virginia H. “Ginny” (Bundy) Higgins

Dr. Loren E. Pennington

John T. Staton

Marion S’Lee (Choate) Stuart

Four Hornets Honored for Ongoing University Service Four dedicated Emporia State supporters received the University Service Citation award on June 4. The University Service Citation awards, which began in 1980, are presented by the Alumni Association each year during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Virginia H. “Ginny” (Bundy) Higgins (BSE 62-Speech, MS 69-Speech) taught in the ESU Communication department from 1964-1999, earned the Ruth Schillinger Award in 1998-99 and was a two-time Outstanding College Teacher of Speech Award recipient from the Kansas Speech Communication Association. She is the only person to have received that honor twice. Higgins was the former chair of the campus AIDS Task Force that organized the display of a portion of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt at Emporia State. She was inducted into the Kansas Speech Association Hall of Fame in 2006. Dr. Loren E. Pennington (Emeritus Professor of History 1960-2008) has been keeping history alive in Emporia since 1960. Pennington interviewed World War II and Korean War veterans to build an impressive collection of personal stories from servicemen and women who fought in those wars. He also coordinated the university’s first television station. Representing Emporia State, Pennington became involved with the city’s annual Veterans Day celebration each November, presenting Veterans Roundtable panel discussions at the university. Pennington received ESU’s prestigious Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Award in 1980.

John T. Staton (BSE 60-Elementary Education, MS 64-Elementary School Psychology) began serving Emporia State as an undergraduate student. Some of his roles included serving as President of his junior class, senior representative for Associated Student Government and several officer positions in Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. He was also a key member of the Class of ’60 50-year reunion planning committee. Staton has served as a member of the Now & Forever National Campaign Committee and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He and wife Connie are sponsoring an effort to attract additional fine arts students to ESU through the John T. and Connie S. Staton Art Gallery in the Memorial Union. Beyond Emporia State, they have served with others in caring for Vietnam veteran General “Hal” G. Moore who was the subject of the movie “We Were Soldiers”.. Much of Marion S’Lee (Choate) Stuart’s (BSE 47-Art, MS 66-Art) formal education happened on the Kansas State Teachers College campus, before the name was changed to Emporia State. Marion and late husband Charles (aka “Chuck”) established the Charles L. and Marion S. Stuart Scholarship in 1993 to provide scholarships to students from the areas in and around their hometown of Clay Center, KS majoring in subjects leading to teacher certification. Along with Chuck, Marion attended numerous Homecomings and Hornet athletic events and frequently represented ESU at the Kansas State Fair booth. She supported Chuck in his roles on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the Foundation. Chuck and Marion also helped organize and made a presentation during a Vet City reunion.



Serving the Emporia Community The Emporia area is reaping the rewards of strong pre-professional programs at Emporia State, with three pre-dental alums returning in recent years as practicing dentists.

“I just think it’s a perfect mix,” he said.

Kerri (Douglas) Thompson, DDS, (BS 98-Biology), from north Lyon County, already had come back in 2005, after receiving her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School. She became part of Drs. Barden & Thompson LLC, and in 2015 became sole owner of the business, now Thompson Family Dental.

“I don’t think I could say enough about the encouragement that I got from the staff and the guidance that I got from the science staff,” he said.

Dentist Ryan Kohlmeier (BS 07-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and orthodontist Jeffrey Kohlmeier (BS 08-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), both from Cottonwood Falls, also received their DDS degrees from UMKC.

“You definitely leave Emporia with a leg up on a lot of other students. I think you do have an advantage as an Emporia State student.”

Having family and a university nearby, scenic surroundings, opportunity for a regional practice and a perfect-sized town all played a role in Ryan Kohlmeier’s return here.

Ryan holds a deep appreciation for Emporia State’s quality of education and its exceptional, accessible educators.

“Many of the courses required in dental school already had been covered at Emporia State and often at a higher level,” he said.

Ryan Kohlmeier graduated cum laude from UMKC in 2010 and owns Ryan Kohlmeier DDS LLC. Jeff Kohlmeier graduated first in his UMKC class in 2012 and was the only dentist accepted for the orthodontic residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He practices now at Emporia Orthodontics LLC.

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Recruit. Hire. Advocate. Give. The Hornet Nation initiative is all about engaging our alumni and friends in activities that have a high impact on Emporia State University’s success. Being a part of Hornet Nation means you are a member of the Emporia State family. Emporia State is focused on changing lives for the common good, and every member of Hornet Nation has an opportunity to contribute to Emporia State’s mission and future success. From alumni, fans, friends and community members to students, parents, faculty and staff, we all lead by example. Our actions demonstrate what it truly means to be a Hornet.

Recruiting the next generation of Hornets, hiring fellow Hornets, advocating for Emporia State University and giving financially are valuable actions that lead to positive impact. We are calling on you, Hornet Nation, to be the Hornet leaders of today by contributing to the current and future successes of the next generation of Hornet leaders.

Emporia State is focused on changing lives for the common good, and every member of Hornet Nation has an opportunity to contribute to Emporia State’s mission and future success.

New students are the lifeblood of Emporia State. Your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors represent what could be the next generation of Hornet Nation. We are here to help you encourage students to attend Emporia State. Request a recruiting packet, refer a Hornet, sign up for Corky’s Crew, encourage prospective students to visit Emporia State or offer to bring prospective students to campus for a campus visit. Don’t forget to tell your personal story as well. To learn more about how to bring students to campus, contact Admissions at and to request a recruiting packet, contact Alumni Relations at


College connections and a person’s alma mater create an environment that can be leveraged to advance one’s career. Helping current students prepare for their future careers, networking with other Hornet Nation members to enhance your own career and assisting others as they grow professionally are meaningful ways to build Hornet Nation.

A strong public system of higher education is important to the future of our state and is central to ensuring the freedom our nation is founded upon. Public school systems provide access to opportunities for every citizen to improve his or her life. As advocates for Emporia State and higher education, you ensure that we have the opportunity to change lives for the common good.

Help current students prepare for their future careers by mentoring a business major, participating in on-campus recruiting fairs, establishing internships for Hornets, presenting information sessions, conducting mock interviews and reviewing resumes. The Hire-a-Hornet system can also be utilized to advertise your internship or full-time opportunities to our students and alumni. For more information, contact Career Services at career@

Advocate for Emporia State University by becoming a Hornet for Higher Education, learn about your elected officials, support candidates who support higher education, sign up to receive your legislators’ e-mail newsletters, follow your legislators on Facebook and/or Twitter and attend events hosted by groups such as the Chamber of Commerce or League of Women Voters. Overall, let your elected officials and fellow community members know that you support and value access to higher education. For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at

Giving to Emporia State University provides sustainable resources for scholarships, academics and athletics. There truly is no better investment than supporting the hopes and dreams of a student, and your gift can make a life-changing difference. All philanthropic gifts to Emporia State are made through the Emporia State University Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation invests, manages and stewards funds in the best interest of donors and the university. Your annual gift can be made online at hornetnation., and for more information about connecting with a development officer, contact the Foundation at



now & forever

now & forever


A Campaign of Historic Proportions The Now & Forever Campaign has crossed the $50 million mark, making it the largest campaign in university history.

In late December 2015, less than three years from that public launch, the working goal of $45 million was surpassed. As of June 30, 2016, a total of 11,933 have participated. And those closest to Emporia State have given generously: 932 current and former ESU employees have given a total of $6.1 million. The Now & Forever Campaign has also inspired our donors to achieve higher levels of generosity. The average amount given per donor went from $573.62 in 2011 to $2,159.84 in 2015, an increase of 277% in just five years. This historic campaign has afforded Emporia State many opportunities to advance the university forward. Just a few of those opportunities include the Rosamond Hirschorn Endowed Professorship in Vocal Music, the Dennis Shogren Scoreboard, the Richard C. “Dick” and Sylvia Renner Hawk Scholarship and the Forensic Science Lab through the Forensic Science Program Enhancement Fund. “With the support of the Emporia community and the Emporia State Foundation, students in the Forensic Science program are able to learn techniques that will help us with our future careers in new, fully renovated laboratory spaces,” said Mary Ralston, current graduate student in the Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program. “NOW is the time for every single person who’s been impacted by our academic excellence at Emporia State University to participate in something truly special,” said Shane Shivley (BSB 00-Marketing), Foundation president. “We are looking for a tidal wave of new and repeat donors to help put an exclamation mark at the end of this incredibly successful campaign. Make a gift before Dec. 31 to be a part of university history FOREVER!”






Launched in February 2013, Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University was envisioned as a five- to seven-year effort with a goal of raising $45 million. The campaign would support student scholarships, academic departments and initiatives that advance Emporia State’s mission to recruit, teach and retain students, while providing resources to assist them in graduating with lower levels of student debt and ultimately putting them on a path to a solid career.

Day of Giving November 29 2016


for the common good

Advancing Literacy Two gifts – one aimed at helping area children and the other aimed at helping communities statewide – were given to Emporia State University this year to improve literacy skills. The Masons of Kansas gave the largest gift ever given to Emporia State totaling $4 million over 10 years to establish the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center. The KMLC will work with schools identified as being the lowest performing schools in Kansas to raise their literacy rates – in the classroom, within families and across communities. The Masons will actively participate in family and community literacy events. The Masons of Kansas will assist directly with the distribution of books, reading with students and organizing literacy events involving families and guest authors. Michael J. Taveras, president, Kansas Masonic Foundation said, “This gift demonstrates the importance that Kansas Masons’ place on our children throughout our state. Millions of dollars over the past 50 years has been donated by Kansas Masons and statewide Masonic Lodges to Kansans and our communities in support of this important endeavor. We as Masons hope this gift will continue to improve and enhance literacy rates for our children in Kansas.”

We as Masons hope this gift will continue to improve and enhance literacy rates for our children in Kansas. —Michael J. Taveras President, Kansas Masonic Foundation

for the common good

The Jones Trust granted $2 million over five years to Mobilizing Literacy, an effort working with children from birth to eight years old in Coffey, Lyon and Osage counties by focusing on school readiness, summer learning or attendance. “This generous gift is making it possible for schools to address more children's needs, improve the quality of services, invite community conversations, and create synergy between districts and counties,” said Acting Executive Director Steve Ternes. Beginning in January 2017, Mobilizing Literacy will become a component of KMLC, both housed within The Teachers College. Both the KMLC and Mobilizing Literacy match consultants with schools based on the school and community needs and goals. Emporia State researchers will gather data from these initiatives to determine the effectiveness of these programs. The quality of life for an individual and a community is the sum of many factors. “Reading, writing, speaking and listening at grade level predicts a good quality of life,” said Ken Weaver dean of The Teachers College. “Having vibrant, effective literacy programs in Coffey, Lyon and Osage counties and throughout Kansas to prepare all children for kindergarten readiness and grade-level literacy skills will transform communities and the state.”


Having vibrant, effective literacy programs in Coffey, Lyon and Osage counties and throughout Kansas to prepare all children for kindergarten readiness and grade-level literacy skills will transform communities and the state. —Ken Weaver Dean of The Teachers College


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Student Foundation

Every day private gifts become more and more crucial to the success of Emporia State University, and one group of students is taking strides to educate their peers on why that is. The Emporia State University Student Foundation is a group of young people comprised of students from many disciplines across campus. What do they have in common? They believe they have the power to make a difference amongst their peers. This student-led organization’s mission is simple: to raise money for student priorities and help create a culture of giving. Student priorities range from emergency assistance scholarships to physical improvements such as study spaces in the library. In October of 2015, the Student Foundation was challenged to raise $20,000 by spring commencement, and if they did, everything they raised would be matched by an anonymous donor. Working with students on campus as well as community and business leaders around Emporia, the students succeeded in hitting their $20,000 goal. They sold Hornet Nation t-shirts on campus, hosted a BBQ for ESU rib sale for the Super Bowl, held fundraisers at local events such as the Glass Blown Open Disc Golf Tournament and even utilized new crowd funding techniques. With the marked passion and enthusiasm shared by these students, you can rest assured the culture of giving at Emporia State University will only continue to grow from here.

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Shane Shivley (BSB 00-Marketing), recently-appointed president/CEO of the ESU Foundation, has a long-standing passion for education with more than 15 years of experience in higher education. Shivley leads an advancement team in raising the bar in the largest comprehensive campaign Emporia State University has ever embarked upon, a $45-million effort known as Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. “Shane came to Emporia State as a student 20 years ago and has dedicated his career to enhancing the university’s reputation and securing scholarship dollars for our students,” ESU President Allison Garrett said. Under Shivley’s leadership, the foundation, university and community of Emporia has recently solidified the first-ever University Community in Motion initiative. The City of Emporia and Lyon County have aligned priorities to support student scholarships at Emporia State. Prior to this appointment, Shane was the vice president of development for the Foundation. As a seasoned development executive, Shane built a reputation for driving results, strengthening programs and creating strategic plans. Previously, Shivley served in a dual-role as the senior director of development and the senior associate athletic director. “It is a privilege and honor to serve in this role,” Shivley said. “I am proud to be included in the vision for Emporia State University’s future. We have a great leader in President Garrett, and I am excited to engage with our great faculty, staff, students, alumni and community to help to take this institution to a new level.”

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Emporia State Distinguished Alumni Gives Back

Emporia State alumnus Richard C. “Dick” Hawk (BSB 56-Business Administration, MS 57-Business Administration) leads the way in helping current and future Hornets attend Emporia State through scholarships. Hawk’s generous gift to establish scholarship opportunities is an avenue for him to support Emporia State and honor his late wife, Sylvia Renner Hawk (BSE 59-Elementary Education). Hawk, a 2015 Emporia State Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, decided to become a Hornet back in the 1950s when the university offered him a $100 scholarship, “Which was a great deal of money at the time,” said Hawk. He wants to give future Emporia State students the same opportunities he had as a student. The Richard C. “Dick” and Sylvia Renner Hawk Scholarship will be a renewable scholarship that provides assistance to Emporia State students who have financial need. As an Emporia State student, some of Hawk’s activities included serving as the editor in chief of The Bulletin, president of Student Council and was one of 25 students chosen to represent Emporia State in the 1955-56 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” Leading a very successful career, Hawk has had experiences in many different sectors, including higher education, finance, business ownership and upscale restaurant management. Hawk commented, “Those of us associated with Emporia State have lots to be proud of; it is a great institution indeed.”

Avid Support of Hornet Nation

Lifelong Emporian Charles Wilhite (BSB 51-Business Administration) has always had a passion for three things: farming, sports and helping others. Ever since he graduated, he has been an avid supporter of Hornet Nation. “When I was a child, my family and I didn’t have a lot of the nice things in life and often times went without,” Wilhite said. “Even today, I always appreciate everything I have because of my humble beginnings.” For the past half-century, Wilhite has volunteered countless hours at the Sauder Alumni Center, attended Hornet athletic events and given Emporia State students opportunities to achieve their dreams by establishing scholarship funds and supporting other initiatives. This time, Wilhite’s gift to Emporia State supports the following initiatives: Unrestricted Annual Fund; Hornet Athletic Scholarship; Campus Beautification; Charles Wilhite Business Scholarship; and Roy, Ivol, and Charles Wilhite Scholarship. “Charles models what it means to be a Hornet,” said Shane Shivley (BSB 00-Marketing), president and CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation. “I have known Charles since I was a student here at Emporia State and have always been impressed by his dedication to the university and students. He makes me proud to be a fellow Hornet and friend.”



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Major Transformation in the Heart of Campus Welch Stadium has been a fixture in the heart of the Emporia State campus since 1937. It has undergone many changes in the last 80 years, including a major transformation over the past 12 months. Since July 2015, the home of Hornet football and track & field has seen the addition of the Shogren Scoreboard, new turf on Jones Field and complete resurfacing of the Zola Witten Track. “These improvements are a visible sign to our players, future recruits and supporters that Emporia State football and the Athletic department are on the move, and the future is bright,” said Emporia State Head Football Coach Garin Higgins (BS 92-Psychology). The Shogren Scoreboard gifted by Roberta (Bell) Shogren (FS) to honor the late, Dennis “Denny” Shogren (BSE 50-Business) was in use for the 2015 football season in which the Hornets went undefeated at home. Live action was available, along with an up close look at many of the

pregame and halftime festivities on the field. Jones Field now sports an alternating dark and light green pattern on the playing field, black end zones with a “Hornet’s Nest” pattern in the corners and a Power E that stretches nearly 25 yards across midfield. The most vibrant change over the past year may be the gold color of Witten Track. It is believed to be the only gold track in the state of Kansas. These upgrades will help maintain Welch Stadium’s place as one of the premier NCAA Division II football and track stadiums in the nation. “Often times our athletic facilities are the first things visitors notice when they come to campus. We are proud of the renovation and upgrades to Welch Stadium,” Athletic Director Kent Weiser said. “These projects are another great example of our community coming together to make our city and university the very best it can be.”

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The Hornet Family When it comes to family, support has no limits. When it comes to Emporia State athletics, family means a little something different. On one March weekend, three ESU programs showed exactly what it means to be a Hornet. On this particular weekend, the Lady Hornets were in Pittsburg, Kan., for the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. Meanwhile, six ESU track and field student-athletes were competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Pittsburg as well. Less than an hour away in Joplin, Mo., the Hornet baseball team played a key three-game series against Missouri Southern. Despite the importance of each program’s task at hand, the family factor prevailed and the limitless support showed. “We’re all family,” ESU track’s Taysean Goodwin, a physics major, said. “As a group, Emporia basketball, Emporia soccer, anything, we’re all family. We’re all a group. We’re all going to stick together. We’re all going to show support.” The baseball team showed up for the Lady Hornets’ first round win. After their second NCAA Tournament victory, the Lady Hornets watched ESU’s 4x400-meter team race to a school-record and All-American time to finish sixth. Earlier in the day, ESU’s track team showed up for the Hornets’ second game against MSSU. “Unbelievable experience. It’s totally unique in the way that it certainly wasn’t scripted. To me, it’s basically the essence of Emporia State athletics,” ESU Head Track Coach Steve Blocker said, “It was the perfect storm, and it worked out beautifully. There was nothing going to stop us from going to see them.” The day of the regional title game, ESU Head Women’s Coach Jory Collins (BSE 02-Elementary Education, MS 07-Educational Administration) stopped by MSSU’s baseball field to cheer on the Hornets in their series-deciding game. While the game didn’t go ESU’s way, the unique weekend showed why many student-athletes come to Emporia and why coaches like Bob Fornelli (BGS 92-General Studies) have stayed around. “ESU’s a family, and we all care about each other,” said Fornelli, ESU’s head baseball coach for the last 13 years. “That’s who we are.”

As a group, Emporia basketball, Emporia soccer, anything, we’re all family. We’re all a group. We’re all going to stick together. We’re all going to show support. —Taysean Goodwin



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Spotlight on Alumni 1940 Marion S. (Choate) Stuart (BSE 47-Art, MS 66-Art), Clay Center, was honored during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in June at ESU as a recipient of the Service Citation Award, which recognizes individuals for unique and significant service to the university.

1950 Daniel L. Austin (BS 59-Social Sciences), Plantation, FL, was honored as the Volunteer of the Year at the HandsOn Broward’s 14th Annual Heart of the Community Volunteer Awards dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Marlow Ediger (BSE 58-Elementary Education, MS 60-Educational Administration), North Newton, was reappointed to the editorial board of Reading Improvement, and he has had seven manuscripts accepted for publication.

Dr. Ronald “Ron” H. Fredrickson (BSE 1953 – Social Sciences), Osage City, was selected as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni at ESU. He will be honored at Homecoming on October 14. Charles F. Malone (BSE 50-Elementary Education), Phoenix, AZ, whose accomplishments include two years of teaching, 15 years as a principal, 25 years as a professor at Arizona State University, writing three textbooks, raising four children who would later become teachers, and winning national and world championships in handball, credits ESU in no small part to what he calls “a great life” and would like to offer his best to the class of 1950. Evelyn J. Rees (BSE 52-Physical Education, MS 62-Physical Education), Caldwell, was inducted

into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Stan D. Roth (BSE 57-Biology, MS 59-Biology), Lawrence, was honored at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita with the Kansas Wildlife Conservation Champion of the Year award sponsored by the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

1960 Jon C. Bingesser (MS 65-Educational Administration), Beloit, was recently recognized for a lifetime of achievements in athletics when he was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Hall of Fame. Mike S. Bowman (BS 68-Physical Education), Hudson, NY, was recently inducted into the New York Teachers Hall of Fame for Driver Education. He will enter his 41st year of teaching driver education this summer. Pete S. Clarke (BSB 64-Business Administration), Kingwood, TX, has been inducted into the Texas Senior Games Hall of Fame for a life of accomplishments in track and field. Myra A. Dean (BSE 69-Elementary Education), Tuscola, TX, recently received the Women of Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Abilene, Tex. Kenneth Gimple (BA 69-Chemistry), Topeka, 1955 graduate of Clay Center Community High School, was recently inducted into the CCCHS Hall of Fame, recognizing him for a lifetime of achievements as an orthopedic surgeon. Donald E. Halverstadt(BSE 68-Mathematics, MS 72-Mathematics), Grand Junction,

CO, was named Neosho County Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2016. Virginia “Ginny” H. (Bundy) Higgins (BSE 62-Speech, MS 69-Speech), Topeka, was honored during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in June at ESU as a recipient of the Service Citation Award, which recognizes individuals for unique and significant service to the university. Shirley Johannsen (BSE 1964 – Elementary Education), Topeka, was selected as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni at ESU. She will be honored at Homecoming on October 14. Dr. Jim F. (MA 64-English) and Dr. Cathy (Thompson) Hoy (MA 82-Curriculum & Instruction, MLS 83-Library Science, PhD 01-Library & Information Management), Emporia, are the recipients of the Friend of the Flint Hills Award given by the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation in Manhattan for the significant time, effort, and resources they have given to the conservation of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Jim was also named Kansan of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. Edward K. Piculell (BSE 67-Social Sciences), Leesburg, FL, recently had an article about his Coast Guard career and some of his poetry published in the “Reservist: Official Publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.” John C. Prather (BSB 69-Business Administration), El Dorado, recently retired from Groendyke Transport, Inc.

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Steve Sauder (BSB 1968 – Business Administration), Emporia, was selected as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni at ESU. He will be honored at Homecoming on October 14. Dr. Ron (BSE 60-Physical Education, MS 62-Physical Education) and Shirley (Temple) Slaymaker (BSE 59-Business Education, MS 60-Business Education), Emporia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2016. Lawrence and Lorna (Hutchinson) Slimmer (BSE 64-Elementary Education), Hiawatha, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 1, 2016. John T. Staton (BSE 60-Elementary Education, MS 64-Elementary School Psychology), Auburn, AL, was honored during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in June at ESU as a recipient of the Service Citation Award, which recognizes individuals for unique and significant service to the university. Brock J. (EdS 69-Educational Administration) and Sharon (Heidner) Winans (BSE 64-Elementary Education), Williamstown, NJ, formerly of Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2016. The Winans are both retired teachers from Shawnee Heights USD 450. Brock retired in 1994 after having taught 34 years, and Sharon retired in 1996 after having taught 31 years. Virginia R. (Schultz) Wolken (BSE 68-Physical Science), Erie, was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.

1970 Michael J. Brundy (BA 75-Social Sciences), Mansfield, TX, a marathon runner and published author of “A Message From Michael: Lessons I’ve Learned About Life,” traveled to Leavenworth, Kans., to deliver remarks at two Father’s Day events.

Sheldon Carpenter (MS 72-Educational Administration), Pratt, retired from his position as executive director at the Iroquois Center for Human Development, Inc., a position that he’s held for 34 years. Jeanette L. Carter (BS 79-Psychology, MS 87-Psychology, EdS 89-School Psychology), Eureka, retired as a school psychologist in October 2015 from the Chautauqua and Elk County Special Services Cooperative. Louis J. Copt (BA 71-Art), Lecompton, artist behind the “Springtime in the Flint Hills” mural on 6th and Merchant in Emporia, is the illustrator for “The New Kansas Cookbook” coming out this November. Kenneth S. Fousek (BA 72-Political Science, MS 73-Social Sciences), Excelsior Springs, MO, coauthored a book with Geraldine Perry titled “The Two Faces of Money.” Dr. Harvey C. Foyle (MS 74-Social Sciences), Emporia, is retiring as professor in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology after teaching at Emporia State since 1984. Bob J. Gress (BA 74-Biology, MS 76-Biology), Wichita, has been the only bird photographer with access to an endangered species found only near Gunnison, Colo., for the past two seasons to help produce an educational poster with the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Strategic Committee. Joan “Darlene” (Noyes) Hadsall (BSE 73-Home Economics, MS 78-Curriculum & Instruction), Osawatomie, retired after teaching at Osawatomie High School for 37 years. Brian L. Harris (BSE 76-Social Sciences, MS 78-Counselor Education), Overland Park, retired from his position as superintendent and elementary principal of Troy USD 429 after 41 years in education. Richard (BSB 74-Data Processing/ Information Systems) and Pamela (Stone) Hodges, Claremore, OK,


celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 4, 2016. Dave F. Holthaus (BSB 72-Business Administration), Topeka, retired from working as an electric industry lobbyist. Jean M. (Fienhage) Holthaus (BSE 72-Business Education), Topeka, retired from her position as a LSCSW at the Topeka Veterans Hospital. Donna K. (Arnold) Hudson (BSE 73-Elementary Education, MS 89-Curriculum & Instruction), Medicine Lodge, retired after 43 years of teaching in the Medicine Lodge Grade School. Arden “Ardie” G. Lauxman (BSB 76-Accounting), Fort Mohave, AZ, is currently finishing up a second year as the Mohave Community College Foundation president, is the chair of the Franchise License Commission of Bullhead City, Ariz., and is serving as a trustee on the Western Area Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Michael C. Moran (BSE 79-Industrial Education, MS 90-Counselor Education), Marion, retired after 24 years as counselor at Hillsboro Elementary School USD 410. Nancy J. (Nelson) Morgan (BSE 79-Elementary Education), White City, was recognized as the Rural Vista USD 481 Teacher of the Year at the County Chamber of Commerce Banquet held in Herington. Florine N. Nath (BSB 77-Accounting), Denver, CO, was appointed to Denver’s Audit Committee by the City Council. B. Jolene Pennington (BSE 76-Art), Centerville, was named a 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Judge Michael F. Powers (BSE 77-Social Sciences), Marion, was named president of the Kansas District Judges’ Association for the 2015-2016 year and was reappointed in February to a two-year term as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District by the Kansas Supreme Court.


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Joyce E. (Anderson) Robinson (BS 78-Home Economics), San Antonio, TX, retired on May 31 after 22 years of teaching in the Northeast Independent School District. Denise L. Scribner (BSE 75-Physical Education), Wichita, was named the 2015 Kansas Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Educator of the Year.

Joseph M. “Joe” Schneider (BSB 78-Business Administration), Topeka, retired after 31 years of owning his own chiropractic business in Holton, Kans. Dr. Connie S. Schrock (BSE 77-Mathematics, MS 81-Mathematics), Emporia, will serve a four-year term on the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Board beginning as the president-elect and becoming president at the end of the April 2017 NCSM Annual Conference. Dr. Mark E. Stanbrough (BSE 77-Social Sciences, MS 79-Physical Education), Emporia, coauthored “The History of Emporia State University Track and Field” and “The History of Emporia State Cross Country,” two books that explore the legendary history and tradition of the programs. Chief Judge Merlin G. Wheeler (BA 74-Political Science), Emporia, was recently reappointed to a two-year term as chief judge of the 5th Judicial District, effective from February 2016 to December 2017.

1980 Retired U.S. Army Col. Guy C. Beougher (BS 80-Business Administration), McLean, VA, was

named a 2015 Distinguished Kansan by the Topeka Capital-Journal. Dr. Marlin E. Berry (MS 82-Educational Administration), Olathe, has been selected as the new superintendent for Rogers Heritage High School in Arkansas. Dr. Teresa L. Clounch (BSB 89-Business Administration, MS 96-Counselor Education), Baldwin City, was featured as the commencement speaker for Allen County Community College’s 2016 Spring Commencement exercises and was also named ACCC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni.

Julianne M. (Perrault) Couch (BFA 82-Dramatic Arts, BS 82-English, MS 84-English), Bellevue, IA, recently released a book titled “The SmallTown Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century.” Judge Daniel D. Creitz (BSE 82-Social Sciences), Erie, was reappointed in February to a two-year term as chief judge of the 31st Judicial District by the Kansas Supreme Court. James H. Dienst (BS 85-Biology), Warner Robins, GA, U.S. Air Force, was selected for promotion to brigadier general. In this position, he will be the director of the Department of Defense Education and Training at the Defense Health Agency and chief of the AF Biomedical Corp. Patricia L. (Ramsey) Fischer (BSB 81-Business Administration), Leesburg, VA, recently retired after 36 years in human resources management, spending the last 19 years at Tulsa Community College where she retired as the chief human resources officer. Nancy King (BSE 84-Elementary Education, MS 92-Master Teacher), Emporia, is finishing her 30th year of teaching at Olpe Elementary School where she has taught first and second grades. Mike Law (BSB 1981 – Business Administration), Olathe, was

selected as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni at ESU. He will be honored at Homecoming on October 14. Joseph L. McCormick (BS 88-Earth Science), Celina, TX, was recently named chief executive officer for the leading national lumber processor and integrated provider of packaging solutions, Conner Industries, Inc., in Fort Worth. Linda S. (Kelley) McKeever (BSE 85-English), Mesa, AZ, has been promoted to chief academic officer in Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Ariz.,where she oversees the supervision of 41 schools, including the Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability, Special Education, Title I, and Professional Development departments. Lynette G. (Dyson) Murphy (BS 89-English), Wichita, was named to the March 2016 class of Certified Fund Raising Executives by CFRE International. Daniel R. Naccarato (BSB 82-Business Administration, MBA 85-Business Administration), Hutchinson, was named the 201516 Dragon Educator of the Year at Hutchinson Community College, where he is an instructor of business management and entrepreneurship. Robert P. Reschke (BSE 88-Biology), Topeka, was hired by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission as the executive director for the Division of Conservation. John P. Thissen (BSE 84-Biology), Herington, recently became superintendent at Hays USD 489. Dr. Daniel L. Wann (MS 87-Psychology), Murray, KY, recently received the 2016 Distinguished Professor Award at Murray State University, where he is a professor of psychology. Shelly (Cash) Wood (BFA 87-Communication), Sapulpa, OK,

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was honored as the Sapulpa Public Schools District Teacher of the Year and will compete for the 2017 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Award.

1990 Josh M. Anderson (BSE 97-English, Speech/Theatre), Kansas City, MO, has been named 2015 National Coach of the Year by the National Speech and Debate Association. Dr. Josh M. Anderson (BSE 97-English, Speech/Theatre), Kansas City, MO, gave the spring commencement address for the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and School of Education at Baker University. Col. Regena M. (Bailey) Aye (MA 98-History), Osage City, has been appointed to command the sevenstate North Central Region of The Civil Air Patrol. John J. Boyle (BSB 92-Finance), Washington, DC, recently became an associate partner at IBM Global Services. Alex Carvalho (MBA 96-Business Administration), Hutchinson, has joined the MassMutual Oklahoma agency as an investment advisor representative. Angela S. (Potter) Dailey (BSB 91-Marketing), Topeka, is now the director of HR at Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka. Darren M. Elliot (BFA 98-Communication), Olathe, was recently recognized as the 2016 Debate Coach of the Year by William Jewel College, 2014 and 2016 KSCA College Educator of the Year, and has coached 12 consecutive Community College National Championships in debate, which includes the first community college win in National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship in 2015 and coached a third consecutive team to the NDT in 2015. Mark E. Fox (MS 94-Curriculum & Instruction), Newton, has been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director at Tabor College.

Leosha L. (Douglas) Giardina (BSE 99-Elementary Education), Topeka, has been named new principal at Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka. Donna E. (Siebuhr) Hanson (AS 96-Office Services, BSB 01-Office Systems Management), Emporia, recently retired from ESU after nearly 29 years in several departments and positions across campus. Jason C. Herman (BSE 98-Social Sciences), Olathe, was named principal at Olathe North High School. Herman Jones (BS 1991 – Psychology), Berryton, was selected as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni at ESU. He will be honored at Homecoming on October 14. Julie A. Josserand (MS 95-Special Education), Topeka, recently became the principal at Ellinwood Grade School USD 355. Deandra L. (Doubrava) McBride (BS 99-Recreation, BSE 99-Elementary Education), Mont Belvieu, TX, was part of the 2016 class inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Shana L. (Warkentine) Meyer (BS 95-English, MS 97-Counselor Education), St. Joseph, MO, was recently named the co-chair of Trails West!, Northwest Missouri’s largest arts festival, celebrating the unique culture and heritage of St. Joseph, Mo., and the surrounding area. Meyer will serve in this role for two years. Gregory A. Nichols (MS 99-Mathematics), Colby, was recently named the new president of the Salina Area Technical College. Jason “Jay” W. Novacek (BSE 97-English), Overland Park, has been chosen to serve as principal for the new Olathe West High School when it opens in August 2017. Corey B. Reese (BSE 94-Physical Education, MS 01-Educational Administration), Clyde, recently left his position as superintendent at Clifton-Clyde and became superintendent at Lebo-Waverly USD 243.


Brian J. Richardson (BSB 92-Business Administration, Management), Salina, CEO of Occupational Performance Corp., is using his real estate expertise to tackle the task of renovating and breathing new life into downtown Salina, with the goal of attracting people and businesses to the area and to bring new energy to the city. Lacee B. (Goldsmith) Sell (BSE 97-Physical Education, Psychology, MS 01-Educational Administration), Chapman, recently became the executive director of teaching and learning for Manhattan-Ogden USD 383. Craig A. Sharp (BS 90-Industrial Education), Augusta, recently relocated his business, Craig Sharp Homes, from Augusta to Wichita. The company, formerly named Sharp Construction, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as well. Bonnie B. (Bruderer) Starr (BFA 98-Communication, MS 06-Mental Health Counseling), Emporia, recently retired from her position as biofeedback lab coordinator and counselor for Counseling Services at ESU. Sheree S. Stoppel (MM 99-Music), Mill Valley, recently retired from a vocal teaching career that spanned more than 35 years. Dr. Jennifer A. (Blevins) Thomas (BS 97-Recreation, MS 99-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Emporia, was recently elected as second vice president of the Emporia State faculty. John P. Toothaker (BSE 96-Physical Science), Clearwater, was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for Pratt Community College. Tristen V. (Scheve) Wendland (BS 95-Recreation, MS 00-Counselor Education), Summerfield, FL, recently received a significant honor within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where she’s worked for the last 15 years. She was named the VA’s Counselor of the Year for the second time during her tenure there.


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Juanita M. (Garrison) White (BSB 94-Accounting), Lebo, recently brought her 28 years of experience in accounting and financial management to her new position as controller for the Coffey Health System. Cliff C. Williams (BSE 90-Elementary Education, MS 02-Educational Administration), Burlington, recently became superintendent for Riley County USD 378. Julia L. (Williams) Wilson (BSE 92-Elementary Education), Seneca, recently joined Marysville USD 364 as a secondary schools special education teacher.

2000 Jason N. Baker (BSB 08-Accounting, Management, MBA 09-Accounting, Business Administration), Scott City, was named ESU’s 2016 Outstanding Recent Graduate from the School of Business. He will be honored at Homecoming on Oct. 14. Kristy L. (Nunn) Bansemer (BA 00-English), Derby, was promoted to the position of communications director for the city of Derby. Dusty D. Buell (BFA 04-Communication), Augusta, has been recognized as one of 2016’s “40 Under 40” for up-and-coming, nonprofit professionals by the Wichita Business Journal. Jody A. (Kelly) Buller (BS 09-Biology), Council Grove, is now a practicing optometrist with The EyeDoctors Optometrists at their Herington, Council Grove, and Emporia locations. Aaric S. Davis (BSE 01-Mathematics, MS 06-Educational Administration), Olpe, has been hired as the superintendent for Royal Valley USD 337. David L. Ediger (MS 09-Educational Administration), Cimarron, assistant principal and activities director at Cimarron High School, was named the 2015 Honor Administrator at the Southwest Kansas Music Educator Association Honor Band and Honor Choir concert.

Leslie C. (Nigro) Freeman (BSB 02-Accounting), Shawnee, has recently been promoted to the position of tax manager at GBW Railcar Services, LLC.

Matthew D. Jones (BA 03-Communication), Dallas, TX, completed his sixth and seventh marathons on his sixth and seventh continents in Antarctica and Chile, three days apart, in January 2016. Making this goal even more challenging was the fact that Matthew was diagnosed with cancer his senior year at ESU and had to relearn how to walk. Today, he is the author of eight books, and he shares his inspirational and motivational story around the country.

Diane K. (Bradford) Giardine (BS 00-Mathematics), Montezuma, was recently promoted to general manager at Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City. John Mark A. Gilmore (BM 09-Music, MM 11-Music), Kansas City, MO, recently began working at Coffeyville Community College as band director and instrumental music instructor. Benjamin E. Hanson (BSB 06-Management), Leonardville, recently became the new county executive director for the Franklin County Farm Service Agency in Ottawa. Kyle L. Hayden (MS 01-Educational Administration), Lawrence, was selected as the new superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools USD 497. Dr. Elsie K. Haynes (BS 08-Microbial and Cellular Biology, MA 11-General

Biology), Aurora, CO, recently received her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Deirdre A. Hoff (MA 05-History), Salina, was recently selected as Salina Public School USD 305’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. James “Jim” N. Howard (MS 08-Educational Administration, MS 08-Curriculum & Instruction), Fort Scott, was recently selected as a 2015-2016 Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. He also resigned from his position as middle school principal at Fort Scott USD 234 and took on the role of superintendent of schools and K-6 principal at Hoxie USD 412. Sheila E. (Thompson) Koup (BSE 00-Social Sciences, MAT 06-Social Sciences), Eureka, was named a 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Taylor L. (Relph) Kriley (BFA 09-Communication, Public Relations, MS 11-School Counseling), Emporia, recently named the senior director for the Center for Student Involvement at Emporia State. Kiersten F. Latham (PhD 09-Library and Information Management), Kent, OH, has received tenure and promotion to associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, where she has developed and teaches the specialization in museum studies from an LIS perspective. Courtney L. (George) Martin (BS 09-Social Sciences), Denton, TX, began working for Denton Independent School District in Denton, Tex., as the community engagement specialist. Bryan J. McBride (MLS 02-Library Science), Alta Vista, recently became the director of the Wamego Public Library. Jeremy E. Michelbook (BSE 09-Elementary Education), Roswell, NM, cofounded Michelkin Publishing and Design Company.

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Kallie L. Moore (BS 07-Earth Science), Missoula, MT, collections manager at the Paleontology Center at The University of Montana, was recently featured on the “SciShow Talk Show” on YouTube, which was viewed almost 80,000 times in just two weeks. Precious H. (Tillman) Porras (MS 04-Counselor Education), Topeka, longtime member of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas, has been named permanent director of the department. Larry D. Randle (BS 04-Physics), Wichita, has been recognized as one of 2016’s “40 Under 40” for up-andcoming, nonprofit professionals by the Wichita Business Journal. Lindsey J. Razafsky (BSE 08-Elementary Education), Leawood, was recently named EUS’s 2016 Outstanding Recent Graduate from The Teachers College. She will be honored at Homecoming on Oct. 14. Amanda “Mandy” K. Rohr (MAT 06-Social Sciences), Derby, assistant principal at Derby Middle School, was recently selected as an Exemplary Assistant Principal for the 2015-2016 school year by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. Ben D. Schears (BS 03-History, MS 07-History), Arkansas City, was recently hired by the Northwest Kansas Technical College as the school’s new president. Sheryl A. Servatius-Brown (MLS 02-Library Science), Ottawa, retired after 30 years with the Ottawa school district. Mary A. (Decker) Shivley (BA 01-Communication, MS 04-Counselor Education), Emporia, successfully defended her EdD dissertation with distinction in May at Baker University. Shane T. Shivley (BSB 00-Marketing), Emporia, was named the new president/CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation and Emporia State vice president for advancement. Christine R. Staab (MS 08-Educational Administration), Louisburg, was named secondary

teacher of the year at Louisburg USD 416. LeeAnn B. Thomas (BSE 07-Elementary Education, MA 11-Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages), Overland Park, was selected by the ELPA21 Consortium to serve as panelist on the ELPA21 Standard Setting Committee. Jeremy S. Tiemann (MS 02-Biology), Sidney, IL, 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.” Justine S. (Miller) Tuttle (BSE 09-Elementary Education), Norcatur, opened Little Tykes Pre-School in Oberlin in 2015. Maria A. “Alex” Vuyk (BS 05-Psychology, MS 10-Special Education), Lawrence, was selected as a recipient of the University of Kansas’s School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award for her paper, “Openness to Experience Rather than Over Excitabilities.” Jamie L. Wetig(MS 08-Educational Administration), Wichita, was recently named the Assistant Middle School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. Dr. Yaokun “Angel” Yang (MM 09-Piano Performance), China, was recently named ESU’s 2016 Outstanding Recent Graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She will be honored at Homecoming on Oct. 14.

2010 Lauren E. Brown (BSE 12-Elementary Education, Modern Language), Overland Park, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Gwendolyn C. “Gwen” Calcaterra (BSE 15-Elementary Education), Ellinwood, was hired as fifth grade teacher at Ellinwood Grade School USD 355. Allan D. Cooper (MS 14-Educational Administration), Topeka, has been


named the new assistant principal at Seaman Middle School USD 345. Jocelyn M. Cummings (BSE 13-Mathematics), Overland Park, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Julie J. Glass (BSN 12-Nursing), Americus, was recognized for excellence in nursing by the Nursing Excellence Program at Newman Regional Health. Adam C. Heerey (MS 10-Mental Health Counseling), Marion, now provides private mental health services in Marion at St. Luke Hospital as an outreach provider. Nicholas “Nick” G. Hensley (BS 15-Crime and Delinquency Studies), Emporia, completed the necessary training requirements to be promoted from the temporary position of university police officer trainee to the permanent position of university police officer. Madison R. Hunter (BSE 14-Math Education), Tonganoxie, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Brandon D. Jensen (BFA 15-Theatre), Salina, coauthored “The Treehouse Effect,” one of six productions chosen to be performed at the Kennedy Center Region 5 American College Theatre Festival in Minneapolis, Minn. Sarah E. Johnson (BSE 13-Elementary Education), Baldwin City, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Julia C. “Julie” Kern (BS 16-Graphic Design), Salina, pictured here with fellow Emporia State alumna Becki J. (Brown) Yoder (BS 83-Biology) has been named the director of marketing and independent living for Pine Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Moundridge.


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Marissa L. Lamer (BA 12-History), Salina, recently joined the Hays Public Library as the new Kansas room librarian. Caelee T. (Gibbs) Lehman (BFA 11-Communication), Bellevue, NE, recently took a new position as the special events coordinator and gifts officer in Alumni and Donor Relations for the College of Saint Mary. April Dawn Lemon (BFA 15-Art), Holton, recently opened More Than Lemons, a studio and gallery in Holton, where she provides a handson glassblowing experience for people of all ages and features artwork from local artists. Tiffany J. (Orth) Lippoldt (BSE 12-Health Education, Physical Education, MS 14-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Wichita, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Alissa M. Miller (BSE 14-Elementary Education), Emporia, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award. Megan L. O’Brien (MS 14-Art Therapy, Mental Health Counseling), Walton, joined Therapy for Healthy Living in Hutchinson as an autism specialist (AS) licensed professional counselor. Rutherford “Rudy” C. Rankin (BA 10-Modern Language), Roswell, NM, cofounded Michelkin Publishing and Design Company and published his first novel “ Fighting Against Gravity” in June 2016. Ceara Shaughnessy (MS 13-Mental Health Counseling), Lawrence, has recently been named the new director of Community Counseling Services within the Department of Counselor Education. Erich K. Singer (MS 11-Special Education), Topeka, teacher and coach at Topeka High School, recently received the Distinguished Staff Award as recognition for his outstanding work in the district. Benjamin R. “Ben” Smith (BS 10-Biology, MS 13-Environmental Biology), DeSoto, had the third chapter of his thesis published in

the “Southwestern Naturalist” titled Distribution and Density of Zebra Mussels in Four Kansas Reservoirs. Caleb Smith (MS 11-Educational Administration), Valley Center, was recently named athletic director and assistant principal for Valley Center High School for the 2016-17 school year. Taylour R. B. Tedder (BS 11-Economics), Wichita, was recently named assistant city manager for the city of Leavenworth. Craig W. Turner (BS 14-Coaching), Burlington, was recently hired by the Burlington Recreation Center as the sports coordinator. Tiffany N. Walter (BSB 11-Accounting), Olathe, was named Miss Wheelchair Kansas at a ceremony in March and will compete in August at Miss Wheelchair America in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mark E. Warner (BFA 14-Theatre), Salina, coauthored “The Treehouse Effect,” one of six productions chosen to be performed at the Kennedy Center Region 5 American College Theatre Festival in Minneapolis, Minn. Ryan D. Wash (BFA 13-Communication), Emporia, one half of the Emporia State debate team that won dual national championships in 2013, was the focus of a recent podcast from Radiolab. The focus of the podcast was to better understand the broader issues that were happening and continue to happen in college debate. Jenny L. (Allar) Waugh (BSE 14-Elementary Education), El Dorado, is a 2016 recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award.

Friends Carleen K. Dvorak, Emporia, was recently named the 2015 Outstanding University Support Staff Employee of the Year during the University Service Awards Ceremony in April. Don A. Hill, Emporia, retired from the Kansas Legislature after serving seven terms since first being elected in 2002.

Dr. Loren E. Pennington, Emporia, was honored during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in June at ESU as a recipient of the Service Citation Award, which recognizes individuals for unique and significant service to the university. Dr. Marshall D. Sundberg (CF), Emporia, was named the 2016 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor.

Former Students Nona G. Mason, Goodland, was named a 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Oscar Rodriguez, Emporia, spoke at the inaugural Hispanic College Institute at Fort Hays State University. Brian P. Shay, Paola, was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments in football.

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Nuptials Michael Arinwine and Erica Johnson (BS 08), June 24, 2012 Albert Moews and Hanna Maier (BSE 11), July 27, 2013 Brome Shaad (FS) and Taylor Mayers (BIS 14), June 21, 2014 Brock Robertson and Kelly Hoehn (BSE 12), September 5, 2015 Nick Hensley (BS 15) and Whitney Brooks (FS), October 10, 2015 Amanda Branch and Maureen Hill (BFA 07), April 16, 2016 Marion Wickliffe, Jr. and Kimberly Olson (BSN 11), April 23, 2016 Dennis Newell (MS 84) and Robin Clark, April 23, 2016 Justin Axman (BSE 13) and Whitney Starr (BSE 14), April 30, 2016 Aaron Hammond (BIS 14) and Stephanie Dall (BIS 15), May 7, 2016 Joshua Williams (FS) and Michelle Gumfory (BS 09), May 28, 2016 Brent Wilson (CS) and Madison Smith, June 4, 2016 Adam Mawdsley (CS) and Ashley Brooks (BSE 09), June 6, 2016 Bryson Ramsey (BS 12) and Megan Wacker, June 11, 2016 Ace Finch (BS 16) and Charmetra Walker (BSE 16), June 11, 2016



Brooklyn Mae Dieckhoff, daughter, born to Eric (BSB 08) and Jessica (Lyne) Dieckhoff (BS 08), May 14, 2015 Korbyn Kendall Jowers, son, born to Stephen (BSE 11, MS 14) and Ashley (Vogts) Jowers (BIS 12), October 13, 2015 Elliot Wayne Martin, son, born to Ben and Jessica (Isakson) Martin (BSB 09, MBA 10), October 16, 2015 Marley Jo Troyer, daughter, born to Nathan (BFA 10) and Amy (Arnold) Troyer (BFA 04), November 12, 2015 Mila Shay Wood, daughter, born to Shawn and Kaylee Wood (BSB 11), December 5, 2015 Finley Evadeen Meier, daughter, born to Bryant and Darcy (Illk) Meier (BSB 05), December 9, 2015 Brylee Jonee Hopkins, daughter, born to Matthew and Amanda (Dutton) Hopkins (BA 06), December 29, 2015 Emmett Ray Bass, son, born to Ryan and Lauren (Morton) Bass (BSE 13), December 31, 2015 Brooklyn Paige McCullough, daughter, born to Darin (BS 08) and Heather (Douglas) McCullough (BSN 01), January 4, 2016 Lily Marie Delmott, daughter, born to Asher (BA 12) and Amber (Harrouff) Delmott (BS 15), January 28, 2016

Colton James Messer, son, born to Tanner (FS) and Andrea (McAfee) Messer (BSN 11), February 4, 2016 Wade LeRoy Turner, son, born to Todd (BS 09) and Lori (McDonald) Turner (BSE 05), February 7, 2016 Rhett Michael Langley, son, born to Michael and Jennifer (Grider) Langley (FS), February 12, 2016 Tristan Craig Beyer, son, born to Beau and Lindsay (Craig) Beyer (BS 11), March 1, 2016 Zane Bennett Moore, son, born to Casey and Shuresa (Kair) Moore (BS 14), March 24, 2016 Kolby Jason Stinson, son, born to Jason (FS) and Jessica (James) Stinson (BFA 05), March 30, 2016 Harrison Miles Kennett, son, born to Michael (MS 13) and Lacey (Hall) Kennett (BFA 07), April 13, 2016 Benjamin Seth Roach, son, born to Seth (MME 09) and Rebecca (Haller) Roach (BA 04), May 3, 2016 Landon Beau and Lucas Joseph Sadler, twin boys, born to Ian (FS) and Meredith (Ryan) Sadler, May 9, 2016 Lex William Bassett, son, born to Jake (BFA 07) and Shanna (Williams) Bassett (BS 07), June 3, 2016


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Emporia State Retirements Gwen Alexander, Emporia, retired June 30, 2016, after 9 years on campus, ending her career as a professor in the School of Library & Information Management. Kalyan Chakraborty, Topeka, retired August 9, 2016, after 16 years on campus, ending his career as a professor in the School of Business. Dennis Coddington (BSB 80-Business Administration, MBA 82-Business Administration), Emporia, retired January 31, 2016, after 42 years on campus, ending his career as an electronic control center supervisor in University Facilities. Doug Cooper (BSE 72-English), Emporia, retired March 12, 2016, after 28 years on campus, ending his career as a public service administrator in the Graduate School. Robin Crockett (BSB 00-Computer Information Systems), Emporia, retired January 22, 2016, after 23 years on campus, ending her career as a senior administrative assistant in the Memorial Union. Indy Dambro (BFA 82-Dramatic Arts), Emporia, retired June 4, 2016, after 45 years on campus, ending his career as a public service executive in Albert Taylor Hall. Vickie Deere (MS 84-Biology), Emporia, retired June 30, 2016, after 25 years on campus, ending her career as a custodial specialist in Building Services. Mary Delgado (BSE 98-Elementary Education), Emporia, retired March 12, 2016, after 9 years on campus, ending her career as a teacher in the Center for Early Childhood.

Raffaele DeVito, Lawrence, retired May 17, 2016, after 34 years on campus, ending his career as a professor in the School of Business. Jane Eberle, Emporia, retired January 16, 2016, after 12.5 years on campus, ending her career as a professor in Instructional Design and Technology. Harvey Foyle (MS 74-Social Sciences), Emporia, retired May 7, 2016, after 29.5 years on campus, ending his career as a professor in Instructional Design and Technology. Donna Hanson (AS 96-Office Services, BSB 01-Office Systems Management), Emporia, retired May 31, 2016, after 38 years on campus, ending her career as a public service administrator in Financial Aid. David Johnson, Emporia, retired May 31, 2016, after 25 years on campus, ending his career as a facility specialist in University Facilities. Christina Karunakaran, Lebo, retired June 6, 2016, after 17 years on campus, ending her career as a custodial specialist in the Morse Complex. Stanley Kerbs, Emporia, retired June 6, 2016, after 39 years on campus, ending his career as a painter in University Facilities. Edward Linden, Lebo, retired May 31, 2016, after 11 years on campus, ending his career as a storekeeper specialist in Building Services. Theresa McKinney, Emporia, retired June 18, 2016, after 22 years on campus, ending her career as a custodial specialist in Building Services.

Shelly Ogleby, Allen, retired June 30, 2016, after 20 years on campus, ending her career as an administrative specialist in the School of Business. Cheryl Protheroe, Emporia, retired January 2, 2016, after 16 years on campus, ending her career as an administrative specialist in The Teachers College. Marjory Scrivner, Americus, retired February 13, 2016, after 14 years on campus, ending her career as an administrative specialist in the Memorial Union. Steve Sisson, Council Grove, retired May 31, 2016, after 28 years on campus, ending his career as a building systems technician in Building Services. Karen Smith, Pelham, MA, retired May 7, 2016, after 21 years on campus, ending her career as a professor in Social Sciences. Bonnie Starr (BFA-Communication, MS 06-Mental Health Counseling), Emporia, retired June 30, 2016, after 17 years on campus, ending her career as a counselor in Counseling Services. Ginger Tabares (BSE 77-Business Education), Emporia, retired June 4, 2016, after 25 years on campus, ending her career as an administrative specialist in the Physical Sciences department. James Telfer (BSE 66-Mathematics, MS 71-Mathematics), Emporia, retired July 31, 2016, after 27 years on campus, ending his career as an instructor in Mathematics and Economics.

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In Memoriam


Bernice Harvey (LTC 22), Wichita, May 14, 2016

1930 Berylene N. Hoffman (BSE 35), Orlando, FL, Jan. 8, 2016 Kenneth W. Myers (BSE 36), Leesburg, FL, April 24, 2016 Doris E. (Sherrard) Page (BSE 37), Shelbyville, IN, Dec. 18, 2015 Harriet E. (Bunting) Shirley (BME 38), Springfield, MO, Dec. 13, 2015

1940 Marion “Sam” B. Butterfield (BSE 47, MS 62), Hutchinson, May 15, 2016 William M. “Bill” Collins (BA 49), Lawrence, Dec. 28, 2015 Elma M. (Johnson) Fry (LTC 42), Madison, Dec. 28, 2015 Robert H. Fry (BSE 44, MS 57), Madison, Jan. 8, 2016 Delia M. (Sturdy) Handkins (BME 46), Omaha, NE, May 8, 2016 Margaret W. (Hieronymus) Hill (BSE 43), Hood River, OR, April 22, 2016 Juanita Sherk (BME 49), Annville, PA, March 20, 2016 Ruth O. (Wright) Wagner (BSE 41), El Dorado, Dec. 30, 2015

1950 Junior Wayne W. Bastin (BSE 55, MS 64), Emporia, Feb. 5, 2016 Albert G. Bolton (BS 58), Kansas City, Jan. 20, 2016 Conrad L. Bowen (BSE 50), Overland Park, Feb. 9, 2016 Clifford W. Burrows (BS 58), Surprise, AZ, Feb. 19, 2016 Alvin V. Burton (BSB 50), Wichita, March 18, 2016 Marian L. Carson (BS 58), Mesa, AZ, March 22, 2016 Frank E. Colaw (BSE 53, MS 55), Las Vegas, NV, April 5, 2016 Harvey J. Cooke (BSB 58, MS 59), Kansas City, MO, Jan. 6, 2016

Kenneth A. Dean, Jr. (BSB 50), Madison, June 6, 2016 Grace Dorcas (BSE 57, MS 67), Burlington, Jan. 23, 2016 Drusilla (Piatt) Esslinger (BSE 59, MS 64), Madison, Jan. 20, 2016 Dennis W. Ferm, Sr. (BA 56), Arlington, VA, April 25, 2016 Harriet M. (Anderson) Fitzgerald (BSE 53), Springfield, OR, Dec. 20, 2015 Phyllis A Gester (BSE 53), Birmingham, AL, Feb. 5, 2016 Charles A. Gordon (MS 59), Tampa, FL, May 16, 2016 Sally Graham (BSE 59), Leavenworth, April 7, 2016 Everett A. Harden (BSE 59, MS 62), Wichita, April 6, 2016 Roy G. Hilderman (BSE 51), Johnstown, OH, May 1, 2016 James H. Hobson (BSE 50), Lawrence, May 14, 2016 Robert A. Hodge (BSE 51, MS 60), Wichita, Jan. 3, 2016 Sam L. Hofer (BSE 58, MS 63), Mission, TX, May 29, 2016 Mac D. Homan (BSE 55), Tucson, AZ, May 28, 2016 George E. Irey (BSE 57, MS 59), Long Beach, CA, Dec. 11, 2015 Dr. Darrell F. “Kelly” Kellams (BSE 51), Omaha, NE, May 22, 2016 Dora “Darlene” D. (Warren) Kelley (BME 53, MS 69), Topeka, May 30, 2016 John F. Leis (BSB 59), Woodhaven, NY, Feb. 15, 2016 Leland R. Long (MS 58), Bentonville, AR, Jan. 26, 2016 Beverly J. Martin (BSE 54, MS 59), Austin, TX, Jan. 8, 2016 William C. Medley, Jr. (MS 57), Winfield, March 20, 2015 Mae J. O’Dell (BSE 57, MS 63), Wichita, Feb. 9, 2016 Ollie L. Parrott (BSB 56), Reston, VA, Jan. 16, 2016 Wesley A. Peters (MS 58), Valparaiso, IN, March 8 2016 Bob Phillips (BSE 54), Shawnee Mission, Dec. 19, 2015

Dolores A. (Parks) Purcell (BSE 52, MS 68), Pomona, May 20, 2016 Dr. John M. Richards (MS 56), Fredericksburg, TX, May 7, 2016 Frank Squillace (BSB 53), Mission, March 21, 2016 James C. Stolfus (BSE 50, MS 55, Ed.S 67), Emporia, April 13, 2016 Jack E. Sutton (BSB 51), Hutchinson, Feb. 23, 2016 Frederick M. Updegraff (BA 56, BSE 57), Garland, TX, Sept. 28, 2012 Carol D. (Schlesener) Waisner (BSE 55), Aug. 27, 2014 Lela L. (Phillips) Zickefoose (BS 56), Shawnee, June 24, 2016

1960 Hazel L. Adkinson (MLS 69), Stockton, MO, Feb. 29, 2016 Ottis W. Allen (BS 69), Fort Scott, Dec. 21, 2015 Jose A. Amaro (MS 65), Stone Mountain, GA, Jan. 25, 2012 Nina G. Anderson (BS 65), Columbia, MO, March 24, 2016 Cheryl E. Arnwine (BSE 62), Independence, Jan. 30, 2016 Bernard M. Atherton (MS 69), Wichita, Feb. 7, 2016 Donna L. Bicknell (BSE 60), Wichita, Feb. 12, 2016 John “Vince” V. Bramer (MS 68), Omaha, NE, April 21, 2016 Ralph E. Brumback (MS 63), Wichita, June 8, 2016 Jack K. Bruner (MS 66), Paola, April 21, 2016 Loeta “Grace” (White) Corrick (MLS 65), May 23, 2016 Daphne Davies (BSE 66), Osage City, April 17, 2016 Paul P. Devivo (MS 61), Cleveland, OH, July 16, 2015 Keith L. Dexter (MS 60), Sioux Falls, SD, May 28, 2016 Tobias F. Dirks (BSE 61, MS 64), Rocky Face, GA, Dec. 8, 2013 Aileen A. Engel (BSE 63, MS 67), Le Roy, April 9, 2016 John E. Favero (Ed.S 67), Prairie Village, Feb. 11, 2016


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James “Jim” W. Fraley (BSE 62, MS 70), Peoria, AZ, April 29, 2016 Edla J. Freeland (BSE 65), Salina, Feb. 20, 2016 Keith A. Greiner (BA 62), Washington, DC, May 31, 2016 Jean E. (Colyer) Grundy (BSE 66), Eureka, March 12, 2016 Eunice M. Hager (BSE 64, MS 79), Herington, Feb. 25, 2016 Robert L. Hampton (BSE 62, MS 67), Humboldt, March 12, 2016 Mildred M. Harkness (BSE 61, MS 71), Delavan, April 17, 2016 Phillip L. Headings ( BSE 63, MS 68), Hutchinson, Jan. 15, 2016 Mary C. Hilding (MS 64), Overland Park, June 27, 2016 Susan M. (Curtis) Houck (BSE 60), Syracuse, April 27, 2016 Steven K. Hundley (BSE 66, MS 69), Kingman, Feb. 24, 2016 Carl W. Jabben (BSB 61), Wichita, March 1, 2016 Lyle L. Johnson (BSE 63, MS 64), Salina, April 4, 2016 Marvin J. Johnson (Ed.S 68), Springfield, MO, March 7, 2016 Richard E. “Dick” Johnson (BSE 62), Olpe, March 4, 2016 Frank N. Kidwell (BSB 61), Lees Summit, MO, May 8, 2016 Carolyn S. (Ens) Klassen (MS 67), Garden City, Dec. 30, 2015 Betty E. Lewis (BSE 64), Garnett, Feb. 17, 2016 Donald J. “Don” Lind (MS 64), Coffeyville, May 17, 2016 Terry M. Mahany (BSB 66), Lenexa, Feb. 16, 2016 Gloria A. McCormick (BSE 67), Hays, Nov. 15, 2015 Lois M. (Taylor) McPherron (MA 67), Wichita, May 30, 2016 Gerald E. Parks (BME 63), Osage City, April 4, 2016 Doris L. Peters (BSE 61, MS 70), Emporia, Feb. 15, 2016 Bruce S. Powell (BSE 69), Centennial, CO, April 29, 2016 Jewell L. (Dareing) Qualls (MS 66), Georgetown, TX, Feb. 26, 2016 Mariellen Rhoades (BSE 65, MS 73), Hamilton, Feb. 17, 2016 Robert “Bob” R. Schmidt (BSE 66), Shawnee Mission, May 12, 2016

Ruth E. Schmidt (BSE 67), Haven, April 3, 2016 Vernon H. Sears (BSE 65, MS 68), Hot Springs, AR, March 1, 2016 Robert L. Sextro (LTC 67), Hillsboro, Feb. 21, 2016 Cheryl J. (Mann) Siddens ( BSE 67), Morristown, NJ, Dec. 30, 2016 Priscilla A. (Allen) Slawson (BSE 63), Spring Hill, May 12, 2016 Laura M. (Wilkinson) Smith (BSE 60), Abilene, June 16, 2016 James E. Stover (BSE 62), Andale, Jan. 14, 2016 Wilbur L. Tarrant (BSB 65), Emporia, Feb. 8, 2016 Lorenne Tippin (MS 67), Wichita, Feb. 20, 2016 Richard M. “Dick” Turner (MS 66), Kansas City, MO, Dec. 16, 2015 W. Jack Unruh (MS 66), Topeka, Dec. 22, 2015 Warren B. VanCamp (MS 64), Grand Junction, CO, March 30, 2016 Marie T. Walker (BSE 67), Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2015 Mary H. (Todd) Wamsley (BA 66), Broken Arrow, OK, Dec. 25, 2015 Alvin L. Winters (BA 64), Tuscaloosa, AL, March 9, 2016 Lanna Wollesen (BSE 64), Leavenworth, April 14, 2016 Angeline L. Youngdahl (BSE 66), Portland, OR, Nov. 29, 2011 Barbara E. (Gage) Zander (MS 69), New Knoxville, OH, March 4, 2016

1970 Gary L. Akers (MS 70), Dodge City, April 9, 2016 Melinda S. Bainter (BSE 71), Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 29, 2016 Charles C. Bales (BSE 70), Lawrenceville, IL, Jan. 24, 2016 Barbara J. (Murphy) Bernard (BS 70), Omaha, NE, April 14, 2016 Donald R. Boles (MA 70), Midland, TX, Dec. 28, 2015 Virgil R. Bourne (BSB 75, MBA 80), Terre Haute, IN, Feb. 21, 2016 John A. Brooke (BA 73, MS 79), Haysville, Feb. 17, 2016 Curtis A. Cage (BSB 75), Lakeville, MN, Feb. 11, 2016

George D. Campbell (BS 74), Nevada, MO, Jan. 24, 2016 Jonell Cotton (MS 73), Johnstown, PA, Feb. 18, 2016 Ronald Waybe Cowell (BA 73), Bremerton, WA, Dec. 23, 2015 James L. Cox (BSE 71), Banning, CA, Jan. 4, 2016 Pamela S. (Moss) Crandall (BS 74), Palm Harbor, FL, June 23, 2016 Claire E. Davis (MS 79), Williamsburg, March 31, 2016 Katrina J. “Kitty” (Swartz) Douthit (MLS 76), Hutchinson, June 10, 2016 Michel A. Fabin (MS 79), Sterling, March 21, 2016 Lee A. Gregg (BSB 74), Arkansas City, April 29, 2016 Joan E. (Kirk) Gryder (MS 79), Eureka, June 14, 2016 Thomas C. Hanlon (BA 79), Topeka, March 10, 2016 Stephen W. Henning (MS 74), Manhattan, Jan. 11, 2016 Walter E. Holdren (MS 73), Mankato, Feb. 17, 2016 Beverly K. (Pyke) Howard (MLS 75), Lawrence, April 30, 2016 James F. Kientz (Ed.S 78), Wamego, Nov. 11, 2015 Steve S. Law (BSB 74), Emporia, June 30, 2014 Marcia “Marcy” J. (Mouse) Looper (BSB 72), Emporia, Dec. 21, 2015 James B. Maxwell (MS 70), Parsons, Dec. 30, 2015 Ronald G. “Ron” Moddelmog (BSE 70, MS 71), San Antonio, TX, June 18, 2016 Sandra R. (Read) Moore (BSB 78), Emporia, June 8, 2016 James G. Pepin (BSB 72), Newington, CT, April 9, 2015 Gary T. Pickert (BSB 79), Overland Park, Feb. 14, 2016 Ronald K. Postier (BS 78), Lake Worth, FL, March 22, 2016 Robert A. Rumsey (BSE 71), Rio Rico, AZ, Aug. 8, 2013 Donald K. Tillett (BA 73, MLS 74), Overland Park, March 12, 2016 Stanley E. Voth (MS 74), Newton, Feb. 6, 2016 Arthur J. White, Jr. (MS 70), Woodstock, VA, Jan. 17, 2016

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Former Students

Merle V. Bolz (Ed.S 81), Benton, March 2, 2016 Floyd C. Boss, Jr. (BS 82), Osage City, May 26, 2016 Ruth M. (Workman) Clark (MS 82), Saint John, June 5, 2016 Mary Jo Davis-Grant (MS 89), El Dorado, Feb. 16, 2016 Steven J. “Steve” Einsel (MS 88), Wichita, June 14, 2016 James H. Lohmeyer (BSE 80), Saint Marys, May 20, 2016 Lynneda “Goldie” M. (Gretencord) Martin (BSE 88), Granbury, TX, April 27, 2016 Jesse Howard Lash Masterson (BS 83, MS 86), Melvern, Jan. 7, 2016 Norma E. McWilliams (MLS 83), Rochester, MN, March 18, 2016 Shawna K. (Harp) Mobley (BS 80, MS 83), Colwich, Jan. 4, 2016 Susan A. (Turner) Montgomery (BS 87), Emmett, May 27, 2016 Kimberly “Kim” M. (Werner) Pruitt (BSE 81, MS 83), Wichita, April 24, 2016

Damon M. Dicks (BFA 01), Emporia, Dec. 21, 2015 Michael D. “Mike” Myers (BA 07), Burlington, June 4, 2016 Peggy A. (Dye) Riedle (MS 03), Independence, Dec. 22, 2015

Brenton L. Bennett, Emporia, April 13, 2016 Gayle L. (Hyman) Bezdek, Crystal Lake, IL, May 20, 2016 Janet L. (Wilson) Coe, Boonville, IN, June 3, 2015 Tom Davies, Holton, April 7, 2016 Donald R. Elder, Severance, April 30, 2016 Jeane M. (Barlow) Fanestil, Kansas City, March 19, 2016 Jeanne L. Hawk, Hutchinson, March 5, 2014 Brenda J. (Brooks) Hess, Wichita, April 26, 2016 Harry C. Kandt, Salina, April 16, 2016 Betsy M. (Doane) Kelly, Mulvane, March 13, 2016 Marvin Lee, Chicago, IL, April 7, 2016 Jewell L. Lynch, Oklahoma City, OK, Sept. 28, 2015 Walter. L. Markley, Derby, Feb. 28, 2016 Elmaleda E. McMinn, Emporia, June 15, 2016 Virginia (Hagan) Meeker, Topeka, Jan. 2, 2016 Judith A. (Weeks) Mundy, Admire, June 3, 2016 Robert J. Navrat, Marion, April 27, 2016 Harriet A. Oldweiler, Reading, March 20, 2016 Shourov ‘Tony’ Patwary, Emporia, April 16, 2016 Evelyn A. Pickert, Kansas City, April 9, 2016 Robert L. Rodee, Ogden, UT, Jan. 4, 2016 Celia A. (Sainer) Rudka, Manhattan, May 12, 2016 Charlotte E. (Hall) Schmidt, Duncan, OK, April 25, 2016 Robert B. Sharp, Anthony, March 25, 2016 Margaret “Peggy” A. (Miller) Stephenson, Cottonwood Falls, June 3, 2016 Bryce A. Swingle, Valley Center, Jan. 20, 2016

1990 Roiann M. Baird (MLS 98), Lead, SD, April 18, 2016 Jeffery R. Bannon (BS 91), Emporia, Feb. 27, 2016 Jennifer J. Dean (MS 92), Kansas City, May 19, 2016 Joan E. Lawrence (BS 99), Emporia, Feb. 4, 2016 Andrea L. Oliver (MLS 93), Osage City, Jan. 7, 2016 Sue “Carrol” (Wilson) Stockton (BS 90), Ottawa, Jan. 20, 2016 Ida M. Wilson (MS 92), Lebo, April 20, 2016 Jean A. Wright (BSN 96), Emporia, March 8, 2016

2010 Vickie I. (Cunningham) Fish (MLS 14), Oregon City, OR, March 10, 2016 Gina R. (Yorkovich) Healy (BSE 15), Kansas City, Feb. 12, 2016

Friends Lillian L. (Miller) Aufdengarten, Rolla, MO, Jan. 17, 2016 Steven W. Butcher, Emporia, June 16, 2016 Dr. Duane A. Ginavan, Emporia, April 28, 2016 Delores D. (Caldwell) Harrell, Emporia, May 7, 2016 Doris C. Krone (FF), Bonner Springs, March, 27, 2016 Willard O. Stibal (FF), Kansas City, March 1, 2016

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