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“Home” for Homecoming In late October the graduating Class of 1960 was invited to return to the campus of KSTC (forever) to attend Homecoming festivities. In round numbers we were a class of 400 graduates some 50 years ago. When the weekend ended, we had over 100 return for our reunion. We had returnees from California in the west to Massachusetts in the east, from Texas to Minnesota, from Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, Missouri and Kansas, plus some 10 other states. Earlier in the year through the leadership of Joan Lauber, now retired administrative officer for alumni relations and spearheaded by the day to day planning of Nikki Metz, Alumni “Master of Detail,” a committee made up of Rice Brown, Barbara Brinkman Becker, Don Reichardt, Gary Chaput, Donella Vosburg Markham and Don Young was formed to make the calls to our classmates and encourage their participation at Homecoming 2010. Any reunion endeavor, while so much fun, does have a downside as reality will undoubtedly surface. With the numerous phone calls we made as a group, we ran into classmates who were unable to attend because of health concerns or individual situations. To those classmates, they were definitely missed, they were remembered and our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to them all. A call to classmates lasting 30 or 45 minutes was not uncommon, so here’s a word of encouragement to classes in the future. Plan to charge ahead and get involved in putting your reunion together. You will not regret spending your time contacting your classmates from the past. I can’t explain why we waited all these years. All in all, I feel that those of us who made the trip, got involved in the activities, renewed old friendships, shook hands with acquaintances of the past and exchanged greetings would all agree that the time and effort spent was more than a great investment. Someone of great importance once said, “You can’t go home…” Well, some 100-plus of us did and are all the better for it. Thank you KSTC, ESU and Emporia as whatever we are today, we owe so much to our time spent with you. John Staton (BSE ’60, MS ’64) Auburn, Ala.




Musings while afoot I walked to work this morning. Granted, that’s hardly a noteworthy event. My home is only a few blocks south of Sauder Alumni Center, so it’s not unusual that I leave the car in the garage and let my feet propel me. This morning, though, signs of renewal were all around me. The first sprigs of green in my lawn (I’m hoping it’s grass, not weeds) and buds on trees gave me hope that warmer temperatures are beginning to displace winter’s hold on Emporia. Continuing north, I caught the morning sun’s flare in the shiny glass of the new Memorial Union atrium area. I imagined that light spilling inside the building once students replace construction workers as its principal inhabitants. My mind bounced toward renewal of another sort— welcoming new staff members who’re seeing their first spring at Sauder. Lorinda Duncan (BS 1993), the ESU Foundation and Alumni Association’s new chief financial officer, joined us in late fall. We’re also greeting Brett Larson as a new development officer for the ESU Foundation. Laurie Pitman has hit the ground running as alumni relations administrative assistant, following Joan Lauber’s retirement in December. Laurie had the benefit of working with Joan for several weeks to learn the ropes of the new job. Spring inspires creativity, and that’s what we’re celebrating in this issue of Spotlight. Join us as we take a look at just a few of the ways ESU students express that spirit of renewal and revitalization. Dave Sparks Editor emporia state universit y 1

Calendar of events March Emporia Connection Reunion April 8 – 9, Sauder Alumni Center and ESU campus Annual Poor Boy Event April 14, TBA Sixth Annual Blaufuss Scholarship Run/Walk April 29, 6 p.m., Sauder Alumni Center Second Annual KC Chapter Scholarship Golf Scramble May 7, Deer Creek Golf Club, Overland Park ESU Night at 23rd Street Brewery May 12, 5:30 p.m., 3512 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence ESU Spring Commencement May 14, 9:30 a.m., Welch Stadium ESU Night at the T-Bones June 24, 5:35 p.m. Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.

ESU at the Kansas State Fair September 9 – 18, Hutchinson Fan Fair September 9, Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture Series Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop September 28, 7 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall Alpha Sigma Tau reunion October 7 – 8, Emporia Homecoming 2011 October 15, Emporia Chi Omega 50th Anniversary Reunion October 15, Emporia Treble Clef Reunion and Rose Hirschorn’s 90th Birthday Celebration October 15, Emporia

South Central Chapter Golf Tournament August 28, Hesston Golf Park

On Stage This Spring Woodwind Showcase April 7, 7:30 p.m., Heath Recital Hall, Beach Hall Mid-America Woodwind Quintet April 12, 7:30 p.m., Heath Recital Hall Sherlock Holmes Reader’s Theatre April 14, R. Q. Frederickson Theatre, Roosevelt Hall Percussion Ensemble April 19, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall Jazz Concert April 21, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall Emporia Symphony Concert April 26, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 27 – 30, 7:30 p.m., Bruder Theatre, King Hall Community Chorus/ A Cappella Choirs May 1, 3 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall

Emporia Connection stages reunion

Cinco de Mayo Concert by Tango y Milonga Ensemble from Mexico City May 3, 7:30 p.m., Heath Recital Hall

A look at the history of African Americans at Emporia State University highlights the Emporia Connection reunion, April 8 and 9.

Spring Dance Show May 6, 7:30 p.m., Bruder Theatre

The group gets together every two years to reconnect with ESU friends during a series of social gatherings. This year, a panel discussion, “Those Who Have Gone before Us,” will highlight the reunion’s activities.

ESU Summer Theatre June 8, 7:30 p.m., First Production, Bruder Theatre

A Saturday evening reception and dinner will feature keynote speaker Angela Bates, a descendent of the settlers of Nicodemus, the historic all-African American settlement in north-central Kansas.

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Contents Editor Dave Sparks Design John Decker (BFA 1990, MS 2010) Photography James R. Garvey (BFA 1977) Through the Years Melissa Garrison (CS) Editorial Committee Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB 1979) Carol Cooper (FS) Tyler Curtis (BSE 2001, MS 2004) John Decker James R. Garvey Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 2001) Judith Heasley Dave Sparks Emporia State University President Dr. Michael R. Lane University Advancement Executive Director & ESU Foundation President Judith Heasley Alumni Relations Director Tyler Curtis Alumni Association Board of Directors President Russ Everhart (BSB 1990, BSB 1990, MS 1996) President-elect Jason Fanning (BSB 1995) Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Ken Hush (BSB 1982) First Vice-Chairman Tim Shadoin (BS 1992) Second Vice-Chairman Pam Konetzni (BSB 1981, MBA 1984) Spotlight is published twice a year by the Emporia State University Office of University Advancement, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018. Third class postage is paid from Liberty, Mo. This publication is mailed to alumni and friends of Emporia State University. Publication number 708440. Emporia State University is an equal opportunity employer. Contacts Editor, University Advancement, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018, (620) 341-5440 Advertising, Editor, (620) 341-5440 Address changes, (620) 341-5440, email Postmaster, send address corrections to University Advancement, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018 Volume 41, Number 1


Kansas Teacher of the Year shares knowledge


ESU launches new marketing campaign: Empowered by E


Emporia’s Empowered Arts


Memorial Union construction update


Saving lives with clay – Bill Strickland

On the cover:

The glow of molten glass reflects in the protective goggles Kaila Mock, Emporia, wears while sand-casting a sculpture in ESU’s Glass Studio. Photo credit: J. R. Garvey

Other 5 IDT students design another prize winner 8 - 9 Alumni awards 10 Foundation Trustees reflect on change 11 Alumni events 19 ESU Marketplace spurs online giving 20 Athletics in brief 22 Goodbye Joan – Hello Laurie! 26 Through the Years 33 2011 University Service Citation recipients


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Sharing knowledge— Kansas Teacher of the Year


hen you’re the Kansas Teacher of the Year, your job description undergoes a change. Curtis Chandler (MS 2008) and his fellow regional Teacher of the Year winners have spent considerable time on the road since the award was announced in November, advocating their profession at gatherings like one held at Emporia State University in February. Chandler teaches at Wamego Middle School. He and the regional Teachers of the Year (Nikki Chamberlain of Salina South High School, Jodi Testa of Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City, Lu

Anne Vides of El Dorado Middle School, and Linda G. Wiersma of Sunflower Elementary School in Paola) fielded questions from Teachers College students, discussed ways to motivate students, manage behavior, inspire creativity and prevent burnout during a series of seminars in Visser Hall. Admitting to concern about funding cuts for public schools that affect courses beyond the required reading and math subject areas, Chandler said teachers remain enthusiastic about their work. “Education is the single most important profession,” Chandler said.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

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Michael Schwind (left) and Rob Ervin are the third ESU team in the past four years to win best presentation honors at the AECT-PacifiCorp instructional design and development competition.

Another prize-winning instructional design


he collaboration of two Emporia State University students not only has won national recognition, it may also benefit the company for which the students work. Rob Ervin and Michael Schwind, both employees of Argus Health Systems in Kansas City, Mo., presented the prizewinning solution to an instructional design problem at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) convention in Anaheim, Calif. It was the second year in a row that an ESU IDT team won best presentation honors in the PacifiCorp instructional design and development competition at the conference, and the third time in four

years that a team was selected as one of the competition’s three winning finalists. Ervin, of Parkville, Mo., and Schwind, of Lansing, are students in ESU’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program, an online master’s degree program. The competition pitted the ESU team against students representing well-known doctoral degree programs at Arizona State University and San Francisco State University. This is now two years in a row for the ESU IDT program to have finalists and win the best presentation award. “I think along with last year’s winners (Jennifer Gibson and Elizabeth Ermis), we’ve

helped put Emporia State out there even more as a nationally respected program,” said Ervin, a technical writer for Argus’ multimedia projects. For Dr. Marcus Childress, professor and chair of ESU’s IDT department, the Ervin-Schwind team’s performance highlights a team effort by quality faculty members. “Rob’s and Mike’s presentation shows that we have an online program that can deliver a rigorous curriculum, one that stands up well against the competition.” Learn more about ESU’s Instructional Design and Technology program by visiting the department’s website, www.

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We’re Empowered by E!


rive through some of the state’s metropolitan areas, hop on the World Wide Web, or channel-surf your television, and chances are you’ll see Emporia State University’s new marketing campaign at work. “‘Empowered by E’ will separate Emporia State University from its competitors and strengthen the ESU brand in the minds of prospective students, their parents and other stakeholders,” said Bill Noblitt, ESU’s director of marketing and media relations. The marketing campaign builds on the Power E logo and is part of the university’s strategic plan, Engaging Excellence. “What do we mean by ‘Empowered by E’?” asked Dr. Michael R. Lane, ESU president, as he unveiled the campaign at the university’s Spring General Assembly in January. “We mean the power to change lives for the better,” said Lane. Eye-catching billboard displays are already spreading the message along high-traffic routes in Johnson County, Topeka and Wichita, key areas for enrollment growth. Television commercials will air on stations in those same markets this spring. “The most significant advantage offered by Emporia State University is the faculty and staff who are here and believe in the quality of this institution and the education students receive here,” said Lane as he introduced a video using images of faculty, staff and students in action coupled with keywords describing the ESU experience. Watch the video on the university’s website (, its Facebook page ( and on YouTube ( emporiastateuniv).

Bryce Cooke, Olathe junior, created the student division winning entry in a “What Empowered by E Means to Me” video contest held this spring.

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Banners, YouTube videos, television ads and billboards spread the “Empowered by E� message.

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2010 Distinguished Alumni H. Edward Flentje, Ph.D.

Omar G. Rogers, Sr.

Robert J. “Bob” Gress

An outstanding career in teaching, public service, and federal, state and local politics made Ed Flentje an easy choice for Distinguished Alumnus honors. Currently a professor of public administration in the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University, Flense served on the Cabinets of two Kansas governors, Robert F. Bennett and Mike Hayden. He has been recognized for outstanding service to Kansas by Governors Bennett, Hayden and Joan Finney, chaired the Kansas Development Finance Authority and was a member and president of the Wichita Airport Authority. Flense also served as interim city manager for the City of Wichita in 2008. Flentje is starting his first year as a member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees.

From the time he began his first teaching position in Atchison in 1969, Omar Rogers has been working to help people improve their chances for success in life. Most recently the director of adult education for Bowling Green (Ky.) Technical College, Rogers has devoted his career to transforming lives through increased educational opportunities. An innovator in providing adult education programs in a challenging economic climate, Rogers’ expertise is sought by other Kentucky institutions facing similar demands. He received Bowling Green Technical College’s staff administrative award of excellence in 2009 and serves leadership roles in organizations including Lions Club, Salvation Army and Bowling Green Housing Authority. Rogers will begin a term as a member of the ESU Alumni Association in June.

For 24 years, Bob Gress has educated Kansans and visitors from beyond its borders about the natural wonders of the Sunflower State. As director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita since 1996, Gress oversees an attraction that more than 50,000 people visit each year to learn the story of wildlife, plants and habitats of the Great Plains. An accomplished photographer, Gress has contributed images to a long list of books on prairie natural history, beginning with “Natural Kansas” in 1985. Gress coauthored “The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots,” which was named a 2009 Kansas Notable Book. The Kansas Ornithological Society named Gress its Avian Conservationist of the Year in 2008.

Wichita, Kan. BSE 1964

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Bowling Green, Ky. BS 1969, MS 1972

Wichita, Kan. BA 1974, MA 1976

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2010 Outstanding Recent Graduates Aaron Bauck

Birmingham, Ala. BSB 2001, MBA 2002 Aaron Bauck is director of acquisition due diligence for Surgical Care Affiliates, the nation’s largest independent surgical company. The firm operates more than 130 ambulatory surgery centers across the United States with more than 2,000 physician partners. A certified public accountant licensed to practice in Alabama and Kansas, Bauck previously worked for Grant Thornton LLP in its Charlotte, N.C. and Wichita offices, and was a staff accountant for BKD LLP in Wichita. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CPA associations in Kansas and North Carolina, as well as the Institute of Management Accountants. Bauck is active in Junior Achievement, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and United Way.

Royce Kitts

Tonganoxie, Kan. BIS 2006, MLS 2008 The director of Tonganoxie’s Public Library since 2008, Royce Kitts currently serves as second vice president and president-elect of the Kansas Library Association. Prior to taking the position in Tonganoxie, Kitts was rotating book van coordinator, interlibrary loan librarian and reference librarian for the Manhattan Public Library. In addition to his KLA membership, Kitts is also a member of the American Library Association, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries and Mountain Plains Library Association. He attended the MLPA Leadership Institute in 2010 and received the association’s Board Members Choice Award in 2009.

Ben Pilat

New York, N.Y. BFA 2005 Theatrical lighting design is Ben Pilat’s specialty, a craft he has practiced since arriving at Emporia State University in 2002. Every theatrical production in the succeeding three years received Pilat’s touch, whether as a lighting designer, shop worker or performer. The United States Institute of Theatre Technology recognized Pilat’s excellence and artistic achievement with its 2010 Rising Star Award. Pilat currently serves as lighting designer for the Los Angeles Ballet. Other recent lighting credits include productions at The Juilliard School, The Kennedy Center, the New York Theatre Workshop, and The Muny in St. Louis.

Derrick Richling Newton, Kan. BSE 2004, MS 2006

Derrick Richling teaches fourth grade at the Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center for Newton’s USD 373. Instrumental in developing Walton School as an agricultural technology charter school, Richling is a school leader in technology integration and project-based learning. His class designed, built and decorated butterfly houses to raise money for classroom supplies. Richling won a 2008 Kansas Horizon Award presented by the Kansas State Department of Education to outstanding first-year teachers. An Eagle Scout, Richling is also a reserve police officer for the City of Newton and a member of the Harvey County Parks and Recreation Board.

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Foundation trustees reflect on change at annual meeting The words of Gary Sherrer (BS ’63) reverberated through the Butcher-Boertman Room of Sauder Alumni Center in November: “Never in the history of this university has the Foundation been more important. The ESU Foundation will have a significant and direct impact on this university,” said Sherrer, current chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. Speaking to trustees of the Emporia State University Foundation, Sherrer challenged trustees to: •

Increase their level of engagement in Foundation duties

Set and maintain a standard of excellence

Don’t let obstacles get in the way of goals

Create measurable goals for the Foundation, its trustees and staff.

Those steps are necessary, Sherrer said, in light of the decline in state dollars supporting higher education. “System-wide, tuition now pays for more of a college education’s cost than does state funding,” said Sherrer, who has carried the torch for increasing support of public support of higher education while advocating responsible use of those dollars by the colleges, universities and technical schools under the Board of Regents’ coordination. Tim Shadoin (BS ’92), who takes over as board chairman this coming November, said the organization’s commitment to ESU has been strong and will remain vital. “We are yet again faced with the need for change,” Shadoin said. “The landscape of our state, of our economy, and our university have again changed. We must change with it, and continue to make the changes needed to ensure we remain the quality option for students to choose for college.” The meeting was the first for new trustees Bud Burgess (BS ’64, MS ’71), Olathe; Ed Flentje (BS ’64, MS ’54), Wichita; Jim Meyer (BSE ’63, MS ’64), Sebastopol, Calif.; Beth Paladino (BS ’79), Wichita; Kim Penner (BS ’80), Andover; and Gary Tenpenny (BS ’76), Overland Park.

ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, 2010–2011

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Around Hornet Nation


ven in Austin, Tex., chances are good you’ll run into someone you know (or someone who knows someone you know) from your days at Emporia State University. That’s what Floyd (EdD 1968) and JoEllen (BSE 1969, MS 1972) Hoelting discovered as they put plans in motion for an Austin-area ESU alum gathering this past December. “It’s always a surprise to find out that we have something in common or know someone in common at these events,” reports JoEllen. The Austin-area event drew 19 Hornets to Maggie Mae’s, a popular watering hole, for a chance to get to know each other and meet Tyler Curtis, ESU’s alumni relations director. Plans are in the works for another social event this spring.


SU’s 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship trophy made the rounds to several cities in Kansas and Missouri during the fall. One such stop was Wichita’s Pump House, where South Central alumni gathered to see the trophy and congratulate the team. Randy Steinert (BSB 1979), Kelsey Balcom, Haley Parker and Rheanna Egli, all freshmen, and Art Bloomer (BS 1955) admire the work of the 2010 team.


embers of ESU’s South Central Kansas alumni chapter got together for a barn party in November at the home of Jan (BSE 1980) and Gary (BS 1982) Geringer of Douglass. It was an opportune time to present a big check— more than $13,300, in fact—from the chapter’s annual golf outing. Lending helping hands with the presentation were (left to right) Tyler Curtis, alumni relations director, Mim Hiesterman, South Central alumni coordinator, Don Edwards and Rod Turner, South Central chapter volunteers.

ew to the ESU Alumni Association board this past June, Vicki Emery (BSE 1970) didn’t waste time getting her feet wet in the area of encouraging alumni connections. Vicki, from Fairfax Station, Va., helped organize a gathering of Washington, D.C.-area alumni in her role as DC Metro Area chapter president. A couple of attendees, Wendy Duran White (BS 2001), and Yingwen Zhou (MS 1995), Arlington, Va., modeled their 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship t-shirts.


group of Emporia State graduates met in Kansas City for breakfast in November. They were attending an annual fall high school media convention. All were editors of the Bulletin and/or the Sunflower during their time at ESU and now they advise high school publications. From left: Chad Rummel, ‘03; Brenna Scott, ‘02; Sally Renaud, Bulletin adviser 1995-2004; Lisa Sage, ‘98; Bradley Lewis, ‘00.

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Travis Ison, Emporia, spot torches a piece at the bench.


o an untrained observer, the activity inside Emporia State University’s glass studio looks like a well-rehearsed dance.

A long tube carrying a glob of molten glass efficiently moves from “glory hole” to work table. Back and forth from the oven to the bench, the glowing orb slowly evolves as the artist’s imagination controls the sculpting tools. A helper skillfully applies a blast of heat from the torch, a few minutes later instinctively knowing the precise moment to break the completed work from the tube. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Addison Hanna’s careful application of heat helps the piece take shape.

The scene repeats itself countless times each year. The resulting artwork fills senior exhibitions, is featured in regional galleries and has frequently brought national recognition to their creators.

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ESU’s glass forming program is the only university program of its kind in Kansas. And, says Patrick Martin, associate professor, it’s one the few programs in the region.

Robot v7.0, Kevin Miller, Olathe.

While some might say Emporia’s relative isolation from the arts communities of large cities puts it at a disadvantage, Martin has forged a partnership with a Kansas City art gallery that provides ESU glass students a place to exhibit their work. “Having that show gives us a presence in Kansas City,” says Martin. “What’s important is that Kansas City is a major art city, and our students are doing a show in a gallery in the heart of that city’s arts district.”

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Every two years, Millennic Glass opens its gallery space for a show of ESU student artwork. In Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District, where boutique shops and unique restaurants mix with art galleries and creative businesses to create a lively neighborhood, the show gives ESU students valuable experience in dealing with a professional gallery setting in one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the nation. The exposure also helps Martin recruit new students for the glass forming program, as does the annual Glass Blowout held each spring on the

ESU campus. This year’s event, April 9, will feature Karen Willenbrink Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen, glass sculptors from Bow, Wash. Students in ESU’s glass program have distinguished themselves in the arts and academia. Two examples include Kristin Elliott (BFA 2010), a finalist in the recent NICHE Awards competition. Michael Hernandez (BFA 2003) finished his graduate degree at the prestigious Alfred University in New York. He’s now an instructortechnician at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. (see profile on page 15).

Calm vs. Chaos, Christa Westbrook, Ft. Worth, Tex. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Each piece of glass requires several trips back to the fire for reheating.

Six questions for… Michael Hernandez


Alfred (Alfred, N.Y.) is ranked second in the nation for college/university glass programs and tenth in the nation for art graduate schools (US News and World Report, 2008). My experience at ESU gave me a good understanding of the importance of creating wellmade works of art. There was a good deal of emphasis on craftsmanship and techniques vital toward making strong aesthetic work.

5. Talk about your job at Ball State.

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1. Tell us about Mike Hernandez.


I was born and raised in Emporia, having spent the first 22 years of my life there. I began in glass at Emporia High School under Alan Keck, who still runs the program along with ceramics at EHS. He was really excited about the medium and his students. So that gave me both a positive beginning and a bit of a leg up once starting at ESU.


Why did you choose ESU to begin with?


I started at ESU with the idea that I would stay long enough to get my prerequisites out of the way. After the start of my sophomore year, I decided to major in art, specifically glass. I was really excited about the potential with the material, but the renovation of the program’s structure (physically and academically) by the newly hired professor, Patrick Martin, gave the glass studio and major an increased appeal.


Do you see any kind of special connection for ESU’s glassblowing program in Kansas?


It’s a sweet little gem. Patrick has really worked hard to get the program nationwide prominence, and it’s working. As I go to places each year, more and more people are familiar with ESU’s glass program. This is due to the impact that both Patrick Martin and Roberta Eichenberg have on their glass students. The students are pushed to look outside of their own little bubble in Kansas and involve themselves and their artwork in the larger glass world and art world. Things like the Millenic Glass show and the prominent visiting artists that are brought in really make a mark on students and people within the glass community.


You completed your graduate degree at a prestigious institution— Alfred University—how did your ESU background prepare you for grad school?

My position title is Glass Facilities Manager. This job has many facets, and this is part of what interested me in the position. It’s not the typical “shop tech” job that exists in many programs. I work more or less as half-technician, half-professor. So, I also teach classes as well as shape the curriculum for a program that just opened its door for the fall semester, Ball State’s first Master of Fine Arts degree.


What about contemporaries— students or colleagues of yours from ESU who’ve done notable work since graduating?


A few individuals who were in school over the time I was there come to mind. Brent Sommerhauser (BS 1997, BFA 1997) creates interesting works in sculpture that have been shown at some prominent galleries around the country. Stephen Protheroe (BFA 2004) works for the top hot glass studio equipment manufacturer in the U.S., where he plays a vital role in developing stateof-the-art, energy-efficient furnaces for schools and individual artists. And Jason Forck (BFA 2005) has been teaching and motivating high school students as well as developing glass programs at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Glass Center.

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New space coming online at Memorial Union


isitors touring construction at Emporia State University’s Memorial Union have plenty to “ooh” and “ahh” about these days. Details like the striking glassfronted “front door” east entrance, the new look in Webb Hall and the wide-open spaces for Hornet Express and other functions have evolved from architect’s designs to bricks and mortar reality this winter.

On the main floor concourse, the Memorial Union Bookstore’s entrance is seen below.

“The project remains on schedule, although two issues will stagger some areas coming online,” reports Dave Hendricks, Memorial Union director. Webb Hall is expected to open in April, after back-ordered acoustic panel material is installed. Additionally, winter’s wet weather has created a quagmire at the building’s east entrance which will have to dry before sidewalks are poured for the new atrium entrance. That entrance is also set for an April opening.

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Photo credit: Roger Heineken

A striking combination of coffered ceilings and attractive lighting draws visitors’ eyes upward in the new Webb Hall.

Other construction progress: • Hornet Express opened in its new location in late March. Hendricks said visitors will notice an increase in menu variety and space in the popular student hangout. • The new Bookstore was stocked over Spring Break. • The former Lakeview Cafeteria space has been gutted prior to remodeling that will include a stairway to connect the space with the lower level so visitors will have easy access to the patio on Wooster Lake.

The Union’s Main Street area is next on the list for the contractors. Shortly after spring commencement, Main Street will be closed and the Health Center will permanently move to Morse Hall. The new dining center reopens for the Fall, 2011 semester, while the entire Main Street renovation will be finished early the following spring.

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Tax credits available for Memorial Union renovation donors


f the prospect of helping create a fresh new look for Emporia State University’s Memorial Union isn’t sufficient stimulus for potential donors, now there’s another incentive, thanks to actions approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The Regents approved an $865,000 allocation for ESU as part of the Postsecondary Educational Institution LongTerm Infrastructure Maintenance Program approved by the Kansas Legislature in 2007. Because of

that action, ESU is able to offer tax credits that may be applied to several areas of the project, including the Admissions Office, admissions reception atrium, Office of International Education and the Career Services office. “We are delighted to be able to provide a significant tax advantage to prospective donors to the Memorial Union renovation,” said Dr. Michael R. Lane, ESU president. “If we are able to raise sufficient funds to use the entire credit, we may be able to reduce

the final year of the student fee for this project.” The first full-scale renovation of the Memorial Union in 20 years, the project moved forward once students voted to increase fees to contribute $18.5 million to the cost. The $2.5 million balance is being covered by private donors. Prospective donors can receive more information by contacting Suzanne Walter, ESU Foundation development officer, at swalter@ or 620-341-6480. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

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ESU Marketplace opens online giving opportunities You buy everything from sweaters to sushi on the web these days—why not add scholarships to your list of online purchases? Emporia State University’s new Marketplace website saf/foundation/give/give.html (accessible from the “Support ESU” link at the top of is the link to online support for scholarships, said Carol Cooper, director of advancement services. “If you’ve ever ordered anything from one of the major online retailers, this process will look very familiar,” said Cooper.

Clicking on the “Support ESU” link at the top of the ESU homepage and on the “Give” button on the next page connects donors with the ESU Marketplace. The “Give to ESU link that appears is your portal to the secure online donation process. “It’s extremely user-friendly, and the fact that our online giving has posted a sizable increase this year tells us that donors are eager to give the new process a try,” said Cooper.

Along with online giving, the Alumni Events side of the Marketplace site is also equipped to accept registrations for Alumni Association events. The Emporia Connection reunion in April is the first test of that system. “Emporia Connection is our test of the system,” said Nikki Metz, alumni programs coordinator. “We plan to have all our Homecoming events available for online registration in July,” Metz added.

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Brian Robinson (BGS 1995), his wife Brenda (Windle) Robinson (BSE 1988, MS 1995) and their son Luke watch at center court as Robinson’s No. 41 jersey is retired at William Lindsay White auditorium.

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Sports Highlights Remembering the Dream Season


he most wins in the history of Emporia State’s men’s basketball program. The most points. A 31-5 record and a conference championship. Even though 25 years has passed since ESU’s ‘Dream Season,’ memories of the 1985-86 team remain strong in the hearts of players, coaches and fans alike.

Team members and their coach, Ron Slaymaker, were honored at halftime of the ESU men’s game against Fort Hays State Feb. 26 at White Auditorium. Brian Robinson’s No. 41 jersey was retired as part of the celebration, prompting him to recall some of those memories. Teammate Wilbur Reeser’s jersey was retired at a similar ceremony a month earlier. “Playing for Coach Slaymaker and also playing for the group of guys behind me

and just the memories of messing around that court with that ball and winning those games,” Robinson said. “And some of them we thought we’d never win but we did.” “It was just kind of a dream team and my contribution was that I was just smart enough to stay out of their road because they were all leaders,” Slaymaker said.

Lady Hornets retire Boston’s jersey


lthough she’s more likely to be seen on the sidelines in her new role as graduate assistant coach, Cassondra Boston earned one more moment in the White Auditorium spotlight this winter. Boston’s jersey was retired in a Jan. 15 ceremony at halftime of the women’s game.

ESU Athletics Hall of Honor


The fourth-highest scorer in the history of women’s basketball at ESU, Boston earned the MIAA Player of the Year award en route to helping her team win the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship.

ix individuals and a national semi-finalist men’s basketball team were inducted into the ESU Athletic Hall of Honor as part of Homecoming 2010 festivities. The inductees will join a group of 159 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators and nine teams distinguishing themselves, the university and their professions through their athletic achievement. 2010 ESU Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees

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Tara (Holloway) Churchill, Women’s Basketball, 1996-2000 Leon Lett, Football 1989-90 Lester McCoy, Football/Basketball, 1997-2001 Russ Meyer, Baseball, 1965-68 Laura Rand, Women’s Track & Field, 1993-96 Janell (Smith) Carson, Track & Field, 1965-69 1964 Men’s Basketball team emporia state universit y 21

Goodbye, Joan...Welcome, Laurie!


he guest of honor told everyone she didn’t want a big to-do for the occasion.

“Laurie’s professional skills and personality are a great fit for our organization,” said Tyler Curtis, alumni relations director. And as for the retiree, “Please tell everyone ‘thank you’ for all the cards, emails and best wishes they’ve sent. They mean so much!” says Joan.

But we had other ideas. And the result was a chance for her family (biological and ESU-connected) to join in wishing Joan Lauber a happy retirement at a Sauder Alumni Center party in her honor Dec. 3. Joan spent the last 23 of her 26 years of service to ESU as the Alumni Association’s administrative officer. Laurie Pitman has taken over the job from Joan since she started at the end of November. Laurie comes to the Alumni Association from the marketing and human relations department of Emporia’s Newman Regional Health. Laurie Pitman and Joan Lauber spent several weeks working together prior to Joan’s retirement in December as ESU Alumni Association administrative officer. Joan was a somewhat reluctant guest of honor at a party celebrating her contribution to the organization.

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Hornet Heritage family’s ESU roots run deep Hornet Heritage Award family.


rom two great aunts attending Kansas State Normal School in the horse and buggy days to graduates from the latter part of the 20th century, Emporia State University figures prominently in the lives of this year’s

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Claiming the 2010 award is the SimkinsHartzler family. With 18 degrees from KSN, Kansas State Teachers College and Emporia State University between them, the family also includes six more who attended. “Noting this legacy includes three generations, it is obvious that black and gold runs through your veins,” said Judith Heasley, ESU Foundation president and University Advancement

executive director, in a letter congratulating Charles and Frances Ross Simkins on their family’s selection. Dr. and Mrs. Simkins divide their time between homes in Danbury, Wis., and Aiken, S.C. The ESU Alumni Association sponsors the Hornet Heritage award to recognize a multigenerational family of Hornet alumni and former students. The family was honored on Hornet Heritage Day Sept. 18. For more information on the family’s lengthy background, visit the Hornet Heritage website www.emporia. edu/saf/awards/hornetheritage.htm.

Saving lives with clay


ill Strickland’s success in saving the lives of Pittsburgh’s inner-city kids stems from a teacher who showed him how to make a bowl out of clay. “I was flunking out of public school,” Strickland told the audience at Emporia State University’s Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture Series on Sept. 22, 2010. “An art teacher named Frank Ross saved my life. I happened to be walking down a corridor one afternoon and saw him making a giant clay bowl,” Strickland said. That introduction helped Strickland develop an unshakable message of leadership, self-worth and the ability in all of us to achieve remarkable transformation in our lives. Strickland is president and chief executive officer of Manchester Bidwell Corp. Graduating with honors from the University of Pittsburgh, Strickland is now a member of the institutions’ board of trustees. He also served as its commencement speaker. “I told an audience of 13,000 people, ‘Don’t give up on the poor kids. One of them may end up as your commencement speaker,’” said Strickland, the Bonner and Bonner lecture audience chuckling along with him. Strickland’s program empowers disadvantaged young people and adults by teaching them skills in a wide range of programs, including pharmacy technicians, woodworkers and culinary arts in addition to its programs involving pottery and other artistic media. His work has now gained the attention of two U.S. presidents. This winter, he was selected as a member of President Barack Obama’s new Council for Community Solutions. Eight years

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ago, he served on former President George W. Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The Bonner and Bonner Lecture Series honors Drs. Thomas and Mary Winstead Bonner, ESU’s first and second African American faculty members. Both were tenured professors with a combined 48 years of service and contributions to ESU. emporia state universit y 23

1930s James F. Edwards (BSE’36), Emporia, Dec. 20, 2010. *Alice W. (Grimsley) Gatewood (LIF’38), Emporia, Aug. 11, 2010. *Lillian M. (Mahlandt) Helmer (CRT’33), Emporia, Aug. 27, 2010. William “Lyndon” Herrman (BSE’37), Leawood, Aug. 27, 2010. Edith L. (Ten Eyck) Hetzel (BSE’39, MLS’68), Colony, Sept. 2, 2010. Harriet L. (Griswold) Lyon (LIF’35), Carrollton, Ga., Aug. 3, 2010. Evelyn I. Montgomery (BSE’36, MS’42), Russellville, Ark., Oct. 4, 2010. Edwin G. Provost (BSE’39), Topeka, Dec. 11, 2010. Eugene Savaiano (BSE’36, MS’38), Wichita, June 11, 2010. Alfred R. Service, Jr. (BME’38), Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 27, 2010. Willard I. Shepherd (BME’39, MS’54), San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 8, 2010. Margaret (Woodmansee) West (BA’37), Kansas City, Mo., June 5, 2010.

1940s Lois J. (McFerrin) Athon (BSE’49), Prairie Village, Aug. 30, 2010. Orin R. “Ron” Bales (BS’40), Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 30, 2010. *Vincent J. “Demp” Bowman (BS’46), Emporia, Dec. 25, 2010. Lois (Flanagan) Bryson (BSE’40), Dodge City, Dec. 20, 2010. Wanda A. Clark (LIF’41, BS’46), Salina, Aug. 12, 2010. Mary L. (Townsend) Cleveland (BS’43), Aurora, Mo., Jan. 26, 2011. Ellouise F. (Allen) Cook (BS’49), Raymore, Mo., Aug. 28, 2010. *H. Justine Curry (BSE’41, MLS’55), Emporia, May 30, 2010. Cecile E. Davis (BSE’49), Garden City, Oct. 26, 2010. 24 spotlight

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Fred H. Day (BSB’42, MS’54), Dodge City, April 3, 2010. *Gordon W. Fahring (BSE’49), Concordia, Nov. 16, 2010. Marvin P. Hamman (BSE’41), Dodge City, Dec. 27, 2010. Dale B. Hanson (BSE’42, MS’49), Weatherford, Okla., Jan. 5, 2011. Beatrice (Castor) Hempstead (BME’42), Topeka, May 31, 2010. Mary Ann (Cunningham) Hoglund (BSE’40), Topeka, Oct. 27, 2010. Marjorie R. (Longenecker) Johnson (BA’46), Topeka, Dec. 11, 2010. Jean E. Jones (BME’40), Topeka, Aug. 4, 2010. Fred B. “Ted” Kline (BSB’49), Emporia, July 10, 2010. William C. Litchfield (BSE’49), Southlake, Texas, Dec. 11, 2010. Mildred E. (Wilson) Lowry (BSE’40), El Dorado, Aug. 28, 2010. Harry E. McAnarney, Jr. (BSE’43), Bloomington, Ill., June 21, 2010. *Orville McHenry (BSE’41), Topeka, Sept. 17, 2010. *Galen M. Milsap (BA’48), Emporia, June 6, 2010. Amalia (Aguilar) Nasario (BSE’42), Barstow, Okla., Nov. 10, 2010. Keith L. Nitcher (LIF’41), Lawrence, Nov. 6, 2010. Mary E. (Swanson) Phipps (BSE’45), Cottonwood Falls, Jan. 25, 2011. Dorothy L. (Knox) Rude (BSE’45), Austin, Texas, Oct. 31, 2010. Leonard W. Selig (BSE’47), Clay Center, Dec. 9, 2010. Patricia (Garrett) Stuart (BME’46), Sullivan, Ill., Jan. 15, 2011. *Gretta M. (Rees) Thomas (BSE’45), Emporia, Dec. 2, 2010. Jacqueline L. (Murphy) Wood (BME’44), Jonesboro, Ark., Oct. 19, 2010. Carol R. (Bronsema) Zack (BA’46), Poway, Calif., Dec. 19, 2010.

1950s Kenton L. Bailey (BS’54), Lebo, Dec. 3, 2010. Franklin J. Barnett (BS’59), Haysville, June 26, 2009. James M. Bishop (BA’58), Litchfield Park, Ariz., March 8, 2010. Bill V. Brown (BS’52), Panama City, Fla., Nov. 25, 2010. *Catherine A. (Lineham) Brown (BSE’53), Emporia, Jan. 25, 2011. Bobby D. “Bob” Burd (BSE’51), Lebo, June 1, 2010. Martha J. (Hassler) Burden (BSE’50), Manhattan, Dec. 11, 2010. Joseph S. Cantrall, Jr. (BA’54), Pearl River, La., Jan. 6, 2009. William “Bud” Chester (BSE’58, MS’64), Sabetha, Aug. 20, 2010. Earl D. Dean (MS’55), Abilene, Aug. 1, 2010. Roland J. Delay (BSE’59), Wichita, March 27, 2010. *Margaret S. “Denny” Denniston (BSE’58), Wichita, Jan. 3, 2011. Paul R. Dickens (MS’57), Lawrence, Aug. 10, 2010. Opal (Hancock) Dunham (BSE’55), Bella Vista, Ark., July 6, 2010. Jaclyn (Jaquiss) DuPont (BSE’57), Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 4, 2010. Cynthia L. Johnson (BSE’53), Prairie Village, Sept. 14, 2010. Victor A. Klotz, Jr. (BSB’51, MS’54), Salina, Oct. 19, 2010. Joyce L. (Lanier) Krebiel (BSE’56), Bartlesville, Okla., July 20, 2010. *Louis J. Marin, Jr. (BS’58), Emporia, Nov. 22, 2010. Fern Marsh (BSE’52), Iola, April 29, 2010. Jean C. (Bailey) Mathews (BSE’54), Garden City, Jan. 23, 2011. Edith I. (Sanders) Maxwell (BSE’59), Overland Park, Aug. 13, 2010.

Gerald F. O’Donnell (BSB’59), Oak Ridge, N.J., Oct. 25, 2010. Lois F. (Smith) Patterson (BSE’54, MS’69), Burleson, Texas, Jan. 21, 2011. Rachel S. (Sayre) Rees (BSE’54), Topeka, Oct. 22, 2010. Edgar E. Schroeder (BSE’57), Wichita, Dec. 31, 2010. Carl E. Sherwood (BSB’50), Irvine, Calif., Sept. 5, 2010. Jean (Stine) Shields (BSE’56), Mapleton, Nov. 30, 2010. Herbert H. Small, III (BSB’55), Carl Junction, Mo., Nov. 18, 2010. Lavetta (Derfelt) Starlin (BSB’56), Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 30, 2009. *Gladys K. (Williams) Stockwell (BSE’58, MS’70), Neosho Rapids, Oct. 22, 2010. Richard L. Sturdevant (BA’50), Blackwell, Okla., Jan. 18, 2011. Daniel V. Unger, III (BSB’57), Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 8, 2011.

Take Corky with you!

Dwight E. Waddell (BSE’50), Jackson, Miss., Nov. 9, 2009. C. Alice (Culver) Wilson (BSE’52), Topeka, Oct. 21, 2010. Earl H. Winchester (BME’51), Portland, Ore., July 11, 2009.

1960s Gail P. Anderson (BS’67), Greenville, S.C., June 8, 2010. Kent L. Arnold (MS’67), Topeka, Dec. 4, 2010. Alice E. (Smith) Tanner Bacon (BS’69), Wichita, Jan. 28, 2011. Anita (Thomas) Niles Beattie (BSE’63), Topeka, July 2, 2010. Allen L. Bird (BA’63, MLS’70), Alva, Okla., March 5, 2009. Ronald D. Breashears (BS’68), Chillicothe, Mo., June 28, 2010. Wenonah E. (Angell) Brock (MS’60), Alta Loma, Calif., March 30, 2010.

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Thelma A. (Combes) Buchtel (BSE’67), Osage City, July 1, 2010. Vida K. “Katie” Clothier (MS’65), Hutchinson, Feb. 3, 2011. Gerald B. Cox (BSE’62), Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 29, 2010. Mary E. Cravens (MS’61), Fayetteville, Ark., June 23, 2010. Steve P. Croucher (BSB’69), Bartlesville, Okla., Nov. 2, 2010. Robert G. Cundith (BSB’66), Sterling, Aug. 31, 2010. Rachel E. (Bray) Daniels (MS’66), Leavenworth, Oct. 4, 2009. Robert L. “Bob” Day (BSB’60), Emporia, Aug. 29, 2010. Marjorie P. (Huddle) Douthit (BSE’64, MS’65), Clarinda, Iowa, March 10, 2010. Helen M. (Morris) Tipton Duesler (BSE’64), Wetmore, July 17, 2010. Patricia A. Duffy (MS’69), Cary, N.C., June 4, 2010. Gary L. Ells (BSE’65), St. Marys, Nov. 17, 2010. Robert J. Gamer (BA’60), Albuquerque, N.M., Jan. 6, 2011. Ila M. (Homrighauser) Gillogly (MS’69), Louisburg, July 1, 2010. Janet S. (Murray) Gosselin (BSB’61), Leavenworth, Oct. 11, 2010. Marjorie M. (Cyphers) Graham (BSE’69), Emporia, Sept. 9, 2010. Kerry J. Granger (BSE’64), Hutchinson, May 22, 2010. Ernest L. Grant, Sr. (MS’63), Hesston, Nov. 19, 2010. Harry A. Granzow, Jr. (MS’66), Herington, Oct. 20, 2010. Marilyn R. (Rogge) Greathouse (MS’63), Lawrence, Nov. 5, 2010. Marilyn J. (Lewis) Hawkins (BME’60, MLS’70), Gladstone, Mo., June 7, 2010. Bonnie C. (Baringer) Coryell Hatch (BSE’62, MS’67), Derby, Dec. 2, 2010.

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*French Hey (MS’60, EDS’67), Coffeyville, Oct. 29, 2010. Kenneth E. Hoffman (MS’60), Emporia, Feb. 9, 2011. Bruce Hoover, Jr. (BSE’60), Emporia, July 17, 2010. Diana L. (Brant) Lunquist (BSE’68), Surprise, Ariz., June 28, 2010. Merlin Luthi (BSE’63), Wakefield, Dec. 25, 2010. Martha L. (Seal) McCoy (BSE’66), Topeka, Sept. 21, 2010. Janice L. (Smith) McEvoy (MLS’62), Topeka, Sept. 22, 2010. Lucille V. (Winkley) Mierowsky (BSE’65), Hillsboro, Aug. 7, 2010. Harold L. Miller, Jr. (BSE’60), Newton, Aug. 4, 2010. Neal M. Misak (BSE’67), Caldwell, July 2, 2010. Robert R. Nelson (BSE’61, MS’63), McPherson, Aug. 5, 2010.

ESU claims three more Horizon Award winners Two of this year’s Horizon Award winners are graduates of Emporia State University, home of the nationally accredited Teachers College. A third is working on a graduate degree at ESU. The Kansas State Department of Education sponsors the Horizon Awards to recognize exemplary first-year educators. This year’s recipients include Elissa Hadley (BSE 2009) of Emporia High School and Josey Eastes (BS 2007, BSE 2008) of Tonganoxie. Mila Little of Pioneer Ridge Middle School in the Gardner-Edgerton district is currently a graduate student at ESU.

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Janice M. (Witte) Nevills (BSB’62), Wichita, Oct. 6, 2010. Otto Ohmart (MS’64), Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dec. 15, 2009. Kenneth K. Pollard (MS’68), Bethany, Okla., Jan. 11, 2011. Harriett A. (Wicker) Ridenour (MS’67), Council Grove, Aug. 24, 2010. Edward J. Roberts (BSB’62), Fairview, Texas, July 12, 2010. Vyck B. Shanes (BSB’67), Kansas City, Mo., July 11, 2010. Tommy J. Shriver (BSE’60), Kansas City, May 24, 2010. Ireland U. Sloan (BSE’64), Roanoke, Va., June 28, 2010. Sharon K. (Turner) Spoon (BSE’66), Loveland, Colo., Oct. 13, 2010. Audrey (Gray) Sprenger (BSE’69, MS’81), Lebanon, Penn., Nov. 11, 2010. Jacqueline S. “Jackie” (Patton) Terrell (BSB’63), Emporia, Oct. 8, 2010. Gary W. VanHooser (BSE’67), Tulsa, Okla., Feb. 5, 2011. Paul Wiand (BA’63), Oswego, Dec. 4, 2010. Thelma L. (Starr) Workman (MS’64), Concordia, June 20, 2009.

1970s Charlotte L. (Grimes) Bottiger (MS’77), Highland, Jan. 10, 2011. Alice J. (Morgan) Carter (BSB’71), Garfield, Ark., Feb. 19, 2010. Elzay Caywood, Jr. (MS’74), Wichita, June 24, 2010. James “Jim” Crum, Sr. (BSE’70), Leavenworth, June 5, 2010. Steven L. Davis (BSB’74), Emporia, Jan. 11, 2011. Martha J. (Cronn) DeSoignie (BSE’72), Humble, Texas, Sept. 1, 2010. Debra C. (Schneider) Downs (BSE’73, MS’93), Emporia, Sept. 11, 2010. Terry D. Feay (BSE’70), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Aug. 22, 2010.

Rosemary Fiedler (MS’78), Wichita, Aug. 24, 2010. Teresa F. Johnson Flummerfelt (BA’77), Winfield, Oct. 8, 2010. Betty A. (Schmidt) Hills (BA’75), Wichita, Dec. 27, 2009. Jana S. (Schnackenberg) Matthews Hirschman (BA’72, MS’78), Derby, Dec. 30, 2010. Joseph P. Glotzbach (BSE’78), Council Grove, Oct. 19, 2010. Kenneth C. Graber (MS’71), Pretty Prairie, Sept. 27, 2010. James Hittle (MS’71), Towanda, Aug. 30, 2010. Norman L. Jeffery (EDS’70), Miami, Okla., Aug. 17, 2010. Ron Jordan (BA’73, MS’75), Henderson, Nev., July 2, 2010. Joyce A. Kehler (BS’78, MS’92), Burlingame, July 9, 2010. Steven L. Kramer (BSB’78), Topeka, Dec. 21, 2010. Mary V. Lammy (MS’71), Oxford, Oct. 14, 2010. Jeffrey M. Lasley (MS’79), Norfold, Neb., July 17, 2010. Leonida Linnebur (MLS’73), Wichita, June 24, 2010. *William A. “Bill” Long (BSB’71), Columbia, S.C., Dec. 15, 2010. Ruth O. (Brown) Maier (MLS’71), Corvallis, Ore., Dec. 1, 2010. Martha N. (VanSchuyver) McReynolds (BSE’70), Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug. 13, 2010. Mary L. Moak (MS’74), Topeka, May 31, 2010. Dorothy J. (Benedict) Moser (MS’78), Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 21, 2010. Lorna J. Nichols (BSE’74), Wichita, Jan. 11, 2011. David L. Ollenberger (BSB’70), Topeka, Aug. 31, 2010. Cathye S. Olson (MS’79, MS’88), Overland Park, June 20, 2010.

Margaret T. (Gregory) Pearce (MLS’73), Overland Park, Jan. 4, 2011. Verlin M. Rogers (MS’72), Larned, Oct. 20, 2010. Dorothy A. “Mike” Al-Rasheed Rollett (MS’76), Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 8, 2010. Louise Ryan (BSB’72), Salina, Sept. 3, 2010. Alfred E. Service (BSE’75), Kansas City, Mo., March 26, 2010. Ray K. Slyter (MS’73), Augusta, May 30, 2010. Kathleen J. Tracy (BSE’70), Agua Dulce, Calif., July 26, 2010. Valyn E. Weekly (MS’75), Topeka, June 13, 2010. Kathi J. (Carter) Young (BSE’72), Junction City, Aug. 9, 2010.

1980s Carmeline R. Chirveno (MS’84), Prairie Village, Jan. 4, 2010. Mary K. (Gillespie) Curtiss (BSE’89), Burlington, Aug. 2, 2010. Beverly Maddox (MS’84), Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 5, 2010. Clyde L. Noyce (MS’81), Russellville, Ark., June 3, 2010. Sean P. Regan (BGS ’82), Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 1, 2010. Rex E. Smith (BSB’80), Wichita, Jan. 30, 2011. Kevin R. Wickstrum (BSB’85), Topeka, Dec. 4, 2010. Kathleen A. (Swoger) Zdziemborski (BS’88, MS’90), Chanute, Feb. 6, 2011.

1990s Stephen P. Aldrich (BS’98, BS’98), Independence, Mo., Oct. 16, 2010. Melissa J. Archer (BSE’91, MS’04), Topeka, Dec. 22, 2010. Mark S. Buckner (BS’94), Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 20, 2010. Rhonda J. (Mink) Hess (BSE’95), Olathe, Oct. 23, 2010.

Thomas S. Nielsen (MLS’99), Blair, Neb., June 27, 2010. Donna L. Smith (MLS’98), El Dorado Springs, Mo., Oct. 6, 2010.

2000s Jennifer L. (Smith) Carr (MS’04), Kansas City, Mo., July 24, 2010. Jennifer M. (Halbleib) Kufahl (MS’09), Topeka, Nov. 27, 2010. Capt. Jason T. McMahon (BS’04), Dover, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2010.

FSt/FF Josephine P. Robledo (FSt), Emporia, July 13, 2010.


William F. “Bill” Adams, Jr. (FS’40), Clay Center, Dec. 23, 2010. Michael A. Bellino (FS’60), Maplewood, N.J., Jan. 17, 2009. Vernon L. Berens (FS’61), Victoria, July 21, 2010. Normagene (Cozens) Cook (FS’37), Council Grove, Feb. 4, 2011. Margaret A. (McClain) Redenbaugh Decker (FS’58), Wilmington, N.C., Sept. 26, 2010. Donald E. Fanestil (FS’78), Sun Lakes, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2010. Carolee (Shoebrook) Forrester (FS’52), Topeka, Aug. 14, 2010. Elizabeth M. (Price) Smith Hollar (FS’49), Emporia, Nov. 10, 2010. Rachael P. (Wagaman) Keller (FS’36), St. Francis, Aug. 19, 2010. David A. Leitch, II (FS’88), Garnett, Feb. 20, 2009. James T. Lewis (FS’33), Emporia, Nov. 22, 2010. Arlyne (Anderson) Loacker (FS’34), Seattle, Wash., May 27, 2010. Betty (McClung) Lovell (FS’49), Wichita, Dec. 19, 2010.

Beth K. Maslak (FS’10), Kansas City, Oct. 2, 2010. Violet F. (Wilson) Pauler (FS’41), Emporia, July 28, 2010. Dorothy E. (Ellis) Ratzlaff (FS’83), Topeka, Dec. 5, 2010. Winona M. (Griffith) Rhoades (FS’42), Emporia, June 9, 2010. Roberta W. Songer (FS’38), Lindsborg, Jan. 23, 2011. Delmar E. Tincknell (FS’84), Atwater, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2010. James L. Tipling (FS’56), Nevada, Mo., March 26, 2010. Lareston V. Withee (FS’43), Manhattan, May 15, 2010. Donald R. Wright (FS’51), Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 30, 2010. Mary Jane (Britain) Yaeger (FS’53), Hutchinson, Jan. 19, 2011.

Friends Donald L. Akin, Silver Lake, Aug. 11, 2010. Evelyn E. (Vogel) Anderson, Marion, Nov. 3, 2010. Norman “Casey” Appel, Emporia, Jan. 1, 2011. *Jacob F. Balkenhol, Emporia, Aug. 16, 2010. Arlene F. (Schmidt) Balzer, North Newton, Aug. 24, 2010. Dorris V. (Reid) Hirsch Barnett, Emporia, Nov. 12, 2010. Floyd W. Benton, Osawatomie, Oct. 24, 2010. Eleanor L. (Brinkman) Blaufuss, Olpe, Aug. 13, 2010. Ned W. Branine, Arkansas City, June 19, 2010. Kenneth C. Bronson, Topeka, Oct. 25, 2010. William B. Brooks, Emporia, Nov. 29, 2010. Margaret N. “Peg” (Kieferle) Busselle, Cottonwood Falls, Dec. 1, 2010. emporia state universit y 27

Pave your way

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*Marvin L. Butts, Emporia, May 5, 2010. Lyle W. Carr, Wamego, Oct. 15, 2010. John H. Cole, Leavenworth, Oct. 5, 2009. Richard A. Consigli, Manhattan, Dec. 10, 2010. Coralea E. (Davidson) Cranz, Emporia, Feb. 2, 2011. Melizent L. “Mez” (Brown) Davis, Elmdale, Jan. 6, 2011. Rachel M. (Schoenig) Swenson Davis, Emporia, Dec. 31, 2010. Kathryn L. (Hughes) Duffield, Emporia, Aug. 20, 2010. John Dunbar, Manhattan, Aug. 7, 2010. Patricia K. “P. Kay” (Ingersoll) Duncan, Americus, Dec. 17, 2010.

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George A. Ehrnman, Jackson, N.J., Aug. 31, 2010. Ruth (Swender) Ensley, Colony, Dec. 30, 2010. Clois B. (Zirnstein) Ensminger, Emporia, Dec. 18, 2010. Dale A. Fenton, Topeka, June 27, 2010. Clarence E. Flory, Baldwin City, March 29, 2010. Esther G. (Whipple) Fowler, Rose Hill, July 7, 2010. Donald M. Froelich, Emporia, Aug. 3, 2010. *Ruth (Somers) Gilman, Emporia, Oct. 6, 2010. Vada F. Hainline, Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2010. Merle E. Hayes, Emporia, Feb. 10, 2011. Jim Haynes, Olpe, July 17, 2010. Louise Y. (Young) Heitman, Emporia, Dec. 17, 2010. Lisa L. (Litke) Huber, Concordia, Dec. 15, 2010. Larry T. Hughes, Topeka, Sept. 1, 2010. *Richard P. Keeling, Emporia, Sept. 22, 2010. Carrol E. Koch, Emporia, Oct. 18, 2010. Evan E. Koger, Cottonwood Falls, Nov. 23, 2010. Clifford C. Lane, Lebo, Dec. 4, 2010. Chester “Wayne” Laughlin, Eagle, Idaho, Nov. 29, 2010. Vernon E. Matson, Emporia, Jan. 18, 2011. Gerald W. Maxwell, Cornish, Maine, June 8, 2010. Barney L. Messersmith, Emporia, Oct. 6, 2010. Raymond L. Meyer, Wichita, June 17, 2010. Leroy D. Miller, Wamego, Aug. 20, 2010. Edward W. Moore, Sr., Spring Hill, Sept. 16, 2010.

Eldon E. Moore, Council Grove, Sept. 11, 2010. Edwin E. Moran, Olpe, Dec. 11, 2010. Leslie F. Nuessen, Emporia, Dec. 21, 2010. Francis P. Palenske, Alma, July 9, 2010. Edna Z. Parli, Emporia, Dec. 1, 2010. Warren D. Parry, Osage City, Sept. 15, 2010. Evelyn D. (Hoch) Scheve Rodgers, Olpe, Aug. 31, 2010. Earl Leslie Rohrbaugh, Cortez, Colo., Sept. 5, 2010. Wanda M. Pollman, Lebo, June 30, 2010. Henry R. Scheuermann, Sr., Topeka, June 1, 2010. *Lorene F. (Ericson) Schubert, Emporia, July 3, 2010. Forrest S. Smith, Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 6, 2010. Forrest A. Steeves, Emporia, June 20, 2010. Wayland A. Stephenson, Sisters, Ore., Oct. 21, 2009. LaResta Y. Smith-Williamson, Meriden, Nov. 30, 2010. R. Alfred Titus, Cottonwood Falls, June 10, 2010. Lois V. (Marcum) Walters, Newton, Jan. 4, 2011. Ronald R. Weedon, Chadron, Neb., May 25, 2010. Muriel (Huggins) Wilson, Manhattan, Aug. 23, 2010. Lena B. (Hobble) Young, Emporia, Nov. 24, 2009. * – Memorial fund established at ESU Foundation.

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1940s Robert Mott (BA’47), San Diego, Calif., was honored with the creation of the Robert A. Mott Distinguished Excellence Award, which will be given to those who represent and support scholarly excellence in the communication program at Washington State University. Before joining the WSU faculty in 1966, Robert served five years on active duty during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. In addition to serving WSU for 12 years, Robert also wrote Science in the News for nine years, was executive director of National Educational Radio, served as director for station relations at PBS and was instrumental in the establishment and development of National Public Radio.

1950s Dr. Marlow Ediger (BSE’58, MS’60), North Newton, was appointed as an evaluator for Ph.D. theses for Mother

Teresa University in Kodaikanal, India. He also had manuscripts accepted for publication in The College Student Journal, Education, The Journal of Instructional Psychology, Reading Improvement, and the International Journal of Education, Research, Extension, and Development. In addition, Marlow was reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education.

1960s Pete Clarke (BSE’64), Kingwood, Texas, will be competing for the World Masters 400 meter record for men 70 and older in at the Senior World Olympics, held in Houston in June, 2011. Charley Green (BSB’65, MS’70), Overland Park, was part of the 114th “Daddy of ‘Em All” program for Cheyenne Frontier Days Celebration in Cheyenne, Wyo. Robert Mee (BSE’66), Bay City, Mich., retired as an associate professor of Spanish from Delta Community College at University Center, Mich. Robert taught for 42 years.

Treva Jean Edwardson (Jeanie Hartshorn) (BSE’67), Aransas Pass, Texas, recently published a children’s book called Froggy Fun.

Ronald Willford (BSE’68), Belle Plaine, retired in June 2010 at Technology Director of USD 357, after 11 years in education. Ronald entered the education field after 27 years as an auto parts business owner in Wichita.


Bruce Knapp (BSE’70), Shawnee, was published in the KC Business Journal for being able to provide interpreters in less than 30 seconds via the Internet. Jamie (McAtee) Pittman (BME’70), Cottonwood Falls, retired at the end of 2009 after 39 years of teaching vocal music in Chase County. Steve Duncan (BSE’71), Solon, Iowa, retired from his career in athletic administration in 2010. He spent 24 years as an athletic administrator in Illinois and Iowa, four years at Sterling High School in Sterling, Ill., and 20 years (1989-2010) at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Steve was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa from 1979-1985, and in 2006 was named the National High School “Athletic Administrator of the Year” by the National High School Coaches Association. Eloise (Harder) Jordan (MS’71), North English, Iowa, retired after serving as a missionary in Taiwan for 34 years. Milton Siegele, Jr. (BA’72, BA’72), Colleyville, Texas, recently travelled to Russia and the Ukraine on a mission trip. Julia (Ware) Ekholm (BSE’73), Inman, retired from teaching after 30 years in USD 418 at Roosevelt Elementary in McPherson. She taught various grade levels from second to fourth and fifth combination.

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Richard Ekholm (BSE’73), Inman, retired from teaching after 37 years in USD 418 after teaching ninth grade English, eighth grade U.S. history, and seventh grade Social Studies at McPherson Middle School. Robert Berning (MLS ’74), Carlisle, Iowa, retired after working as the director for Carlisle Public Library in Carlisle, Iowa, for 25 years. Jesse Nelson (BSE’74, MS’79, MED’84), Olpe, coached his women’s basketball team to its 700th win Jan. 18. Brian Harris (BSE’76, MS’78), Shawnee, retired in July 2010 after 15 years as Superintendent of Schools for USD 442 Nemaha Valley Schools in Seneca. Brian also served as a high school principal in Pomona, Seneca, and Clay Center, and taught in Ottawa and Stafford. Bruce Koel (BS’76, MS’78), Belle Mead, N.J., took a position with Princeton University as a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Patrick Weissbeck (BSE’77), Topeka, retired in Sept. 2010 as Technical Sergeant from the 190th Kansas Air National Guard after 20 years of service. He is President and owner of Allstate Insurance – Patrick J. Weissbeck Agency, Inc. in Topeka. Sherri Spare (BSE’78), Parsons, has become a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. She has been an elementary teacher in USD 503 in Parsons for the past 20 years. 30 spotlight

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Steven Mollach (BSE’79), Emporia, recently retired as North Lyon County Superintendent of Schools. Steven was part of the USD 251 school system for 23 years.

1980s Anita Evans (BSE’80), Mayetta, was honored in the second Port Jervis High School Alumni Hall of Fame in New York. She began her career in 1980 teaching and coaching in the Kaw Valley School District and has served as the Title VII Director and physical education teacher at Royal Valley High School since 1995.

Martin Louis “Lou” Crow, Jr. (BSE’81), San Diego, Calif., retired after 36 years total service in the United States Navy. Lou was awarded five Navy Commedation medals, four Navy Achievement medals, five overseas service ribbons, and five Sea Service deployment ribbons during his Naval career. He is an honors graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, served aboard four ships, taught at the Naval School of Health Sciences, and made nine operational deployments to Columbia, El Salvador, and other hotspots. Lou started his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in

January, 2011, and is still active as an alumni to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Fayann “Annie” Salisbury (MS’81), Ferryville, Wis., was an honored member for the 2010-2011 edition of the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs. Cindy Yulich (BSB’81), Lawrence, is the newly elected chair for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and will serve a three year term. Cindy is the Community Bank President of Emprise Bank in Lawrence. Tom Carlson (BSB’83), Denver, Colo., competed in the USA Masters Track and Field Championships held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Tom became the national champion in the weight throw in the 50-54 age group. Dr. Kurt Ream (BS’84), Warrensburg, Mo., graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with his doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis. Scott McGlasson (BSB’86), Lenexa, recently received the “Outstanding Service/Lawyer of the Year” award from Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, a national law firm. Scott opened the firm’s Kansas City regional offices and currently manages the region’s operations. Carla (Kivitter) Betik (BSE’89), Ennis, Texas, was named the Scurry-Rosser Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year.

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Lisa Muntz (BSE’89), Palo Alto, Calif., accepted a position with Google and became the Director of Family Programs.

1990s Jeff Strathman (BSB’91), Slovenia, who is employed by Colgate, was recently relocated to Slovenia to be the Finance Director of the region, which includes several countries. Kenneth Palmer (BSB’94), Wichita, accepted a position as a master scheduler in Mitchell, S.D. Maj. Joey Hamilton (BSB’95), Liverpool, N.Y., earned his Ph.D. in accounting and is preparing to be a professor in accounting and finance at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Joey started his career as a combat engineer officer and has been a command officer, an Army comptroller, and has been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Jenna Nelson (BSE’95), Lenexa, accepted a sixth grade math and science position at Hong Kong International School for the 2011-2012 school year. Jenna is also the current president of the European League for Middle Level Education, an international affiliation to the National Middle School Association.

Tanya McGinn Paolo (MS’96), North Atleboro, Mass., is the new director of fraternity and sorority affairs at Tufts University. Ru Story-Huffman (MLS’93), Americus, Ga., received the Teacher of the Year Award at Georgia Southwestern State University. Ru is the reference librarian and government information coordinator. Melody Stutzman (BSE’96, MA’98, MS’10), Overland Park, was promoted to the position of Principal at Alta Vista Middle School in Kansas City, Mo. Benjamin Kohl (BFA’98), Manhattan, accepted the position of Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

2000s Brad Johnson (BSB’04), Topeka, is the Vice President of Marketing at Advisors Excel in Topeka. Sarah (Weese) Johnson (BS’05), Topeka, is the head volleyball coach at Silver Lake High School. Sarah is also working on her Master’s in Education through Baker and will graduate in May. Erica (Rindt) Musgrove (BS’05), Memphis, Tenn., graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in April of 2010. Erica was also featured in Women in Optometry, a national publication, for graduating and having a baby on the same day. Jennifer Horchem (BA’06), Hays, graduated from Washburn Law School and joined the law firm of Deines & Deines. Amanda Hulme (BSB’07), Omaha, Neb., recently completed her Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Scott Truelove (MS’07), Niles, Mich., was appointed Business Department Chairman at Chesterton High School.

Stephanie (Wade) Fowler (BS’08), Columbia, Mo., received her Master’s in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Missouri in May 2010. Janet Lodge (MS’08), Albany, Ore., was hired for a full-time contracted faculty position at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Jessica (Smith) Douglas (BSB’08), Lebo, is a Marketing Merchandiser for Bunge North America in Emporia. Alexandria Evans (BSB’09), Lenexa, was promoted to Supervisor at Alliance Data in Lenexa.

FS Bobby Riggs (FS’80), Parsons, Tenn., has worked for Walmart for ten years, and was recently transferred to Tennessee to be an Inventory Control Supervisor. Previously, he was the Department Manager of Automotives in El Dorado.


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Births Ellinor Rose Allen, daughter, born to Kaile and Shelli (Maier) Allen (BSB’08), May 7, 2010. Adalyn Grace Armstrong, daughter, born to Cade (BSE’07) and Mary (McFerson) Armstrong (BSB’07), Oct. 20, 2010. Bryson Lee Ary, son, born to Brett (BS’98) and June (Seimers) Ary (BS’00), April 1, 2010.

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Jack Francis and Eliza Kay Crosby, son and daughter, born to Charles and Kristi (Bess) Crosby (BS’07), May 19, 2010. Joshua Matthew Gustin, son, born to Matt and Heather (Jenne) Gustin (BFA’05), Dec. 13, 2010. Braeden Cole Higgins, son, born to Benjamin and Jenise (Laipple) Higgins (BSE’06), Jan. 12, 2010. Britton Robert Howell, son, born to Eric Howell and Tracey Massey-Howell (BSB’97), June 9, 2009. Braun Landon Johnson, son, born to Brad (BSB’04) and Sarah (Weese) Johnson (BS’05), April 27, 2010. Morgan June Krug, daughter, born to Christopher and Angela (Pack) Krug (BSE’99), Sept. 10, 2010. Mason Edward Lane, son, born to Travis and Stephanie (Bezdek) Lane (BSE’98), May 7, 2010. Toby Jade Mitchell, daughter, born to Shane L. Mitchell (Shiriah L. Craft) (BS’06) and Elizabeth (Ryan) Mitchell (BS’06), Sept. 17, 2010. Ella Ann Musgrove, daughter, born to Clint and Erica (Rindt) Musgrove (BS’05), April 30, 2010.

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Floyd Smith and Helen Schenck (BSE’54, MS’62), May 22, 2010. Logan Smith and Jessica Douglas (BSB’08), May 29, 2010.

Dalton Tyler and Daxton McDuff Paul, sons, born to J. Tyler (BSB’04) and Misty (McDuff) Paul, May 20, 2010. Rayce Grant Pierce, son, born to Thomas (BA’08) and Kimberly (Lockwood) Pierce (BFA’07), Nov. 1, 2010.

Nuptials Mike Betsworth and Jennifer Hocker (BSE’04), May 29, 2010. Michael Brown (BSE’09) and Jennifer Allen (BSB’10), June 12, 2010. Travis Combes (FS’05) and Renee Bruce (BSB’08), Oct. 17, 2009. Kevin Deutsch and Jaclyn Ball (BSB’06, MBA’08), Sept. 25, 2010. Matt Fischer (BME’04) and Theresa Smith (BME’07), Dec. 18, 2010. Drew Fowler (BS’07) and Stephanie Wade (BS’08, BS’08), July 17, 2010. Cal Gast (BSB’04, BSB’04, MBA’06) and Leslie Loftus (BS’05), May 22, 2010. Gilbert Gonsalez and Tommie Edmiston (BS’05, MS’08, EDS’08), June 26, 2010. John Harter (BSB’60) and Marilyn (McKibben) Harter (BSE’59) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 29, 2010. Brad Kushner (FR) and Jan Farwell (BSB’04, MBA’06, CSt), Oct. 2, 2010. David Livingston and Theresa Holderbach (BSE’05, MS’10), July 3, 2010. Brandon Maze and Ashley Booe (BSB’05), May 22, 2010. Kent Schade and Stacey Mader (BSE’01, MS’10), May 29, 2010.

Bob Sturgeon (BSB’84) and Kim Krebs (BS’82), April 18, 2010. David Veatch (BS’99, BSE’04) and Jami Craig (BSE’88, MS’92), June 12, 2010. Jason Way (BS’06) and Erin Perry (BS’03), Aug. 28, 2010. Michael Windle and Ashley Williams (BS’08, MS’10), Dec. 11, 2010. Nick Wood and Krista Gaskill (BSB’04), Aug. 21, 2010.

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Gail “Pep” Shanelec, Kieth Hiesterman and John Summervill are winners of 2010 University Service Citation awards.

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Trio applauded during Founders’ Day


hree people recognized for their unique and significant service to their alma mater were honored during Emporia State University’s Founders’ Day celebration Feb. 15. Winners of 2011 University Service Citation awards are Kieth Hiesterman of Wichita, Gail “Pep” Shanelec of Ellsworth and John Summervill of Hutchinson. Hiesterman (BA 1957) has held leadership positions on ESU Foundation committees and has been a member of the School of Business Council of Advisors. Active in the ESU Alumni Association’s South Central chapter

and Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni group, Hiesterman continues to volunteer for activities sponsored by those organizations. Shanelec (BSE 1950) is a retired high school teacher and football coach who continues to make Emporia State University known to students in the Ellsworth area. A member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, Shanelec continues to support student recruitment efforts. Summervill (BSE 1962, MS 1963) has continued his passion for students, their education and success during his years

as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He coordinates Fan Fair, the annual ESU Alumni gathering on the opening night of the Kansas State Fair, and serves as a member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees. The Founders’ Day luncheon celebrated the 148th anniversary of the establishment of Kansas State Normal school by the Kansas Legislature. Handling the ceremonial birthday cakecutting duties were Laura McAntee, a member of the Kellogg Society, and Ashley McCullough, ESU Associated Student Government vice president.

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