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FHSU MAGAZINE HOMECOMING 2012 - 800-628-FHSU or 785-628-4291

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Executive Council Dr. Marcella “Marcy” Aycock ’84, Sedgwick, President Brenda Herrman ’00, Hays, Past President Dr. Stephanie Bannister ’92, Manhattan, Awards & Recognition Chair Daron Jamison ’03, ’03, Hays, Finance & Operations Chair Dan Sharp ’84, Healy, Membership & Marketing Chair Dr. Mary Martin ’91, Hays, At-large Member Dennis Spratt ’71, Lawrence, At-large Member

Alumni Board Members *Jon Armstrong ’96, ’08, Hays Molly Aspan ’00, Tulsa, Okla. Josh Biera ’92, Garden City Monte Broeckelman ’92, Dodge City Tim Chapman, Hays Brian DeWitt ’89, Hays Rich Dreiling ’69, Wichita Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93, Hays Dr. Edward Hammond *Tracy Metzger ’96, Hutchinson Kevin Moeder ’82, La Crosse Denise Riedel ’86, Overland Park *Dr. Diane Scott ’88, ’90, Broomfield, Colo. Charles “Chuck” Sexson ’72, Topeka David “Dave” Voss ’80, ’82, Colby Barry Yoxall ’81, ’82, Phillipsburg Gordon Zahradnik ’55, ’58, Lyons * indicates new member. Italic indicates ex-officio member.

FHSU MAGAZINE Production Staff Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Publisher Kent Steward ’02, Editor Kurt Beyers, Copy Editor Marcia Tacha ’11, Copy Editor Mary Ridgway ’99, Art Director Mitch Weber ’81, Photographer Tricia Cline ’99, ‘02, Guest writer Ed Howell ’81, Guest writer FHSU Magazine is published three times a year (Fall, Spring, Summer) by the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. Subscriptions are by dues paying membership in the Alumni Association with the exception of the Summer issue, which is complimentary to all FHSU alumni. Bulk postage paid at Fulton, Mo. ­­– Permit No. 38. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the FHSU Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767.

Volume 15, No. 1


CAMPUS NEWS 4 “The Shirt” project benefits FHSU generations 6 Campus police get new look 7 FHSU graduate finds financial forgiveness


in Cheyenne County Technology helps advance student recruitment

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CAMPUS NEWS Tiger brand gets two new looks Two new opportunities will make it easier than ever to show that you are proud to be a Tiger. The Brand Implementation Team, a standing committee at FHSU that is known more simply as Brand IT!, is leading an effort to establish the tradition of wearing Tiger gold each and every Friday. With help from the Alumni Association, the Department of Athletics and other groups on campus and in the community, Brand IT! will organize several events to launch Tiger Gold on Fridays – or TGOF. The business world long ago relaxed its dress code to allow for casual Fridays. In a similar spirit, Brand IT! hopes to encourage widespread participation among students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of FHSU to wear the school color gold on Fridays.


“The Tiger family has always been supportive by wearing the Black and Gold to sporting events and other FHSU activities,” said Kent Steward ’02, chair of Brand IT! “We think TGOF will make Tiger pride even stronger as the FHSU faithful dress in branded sportswear or bold gold clothing every Friday. Imagine the effect as people on campus, in Hays and across western Kansas, and people generally show off their gold.” The first opportunity to learn about TGOF will be at a booth at the Back to School Picnic. Members of the community, as well as students, faculty and staff, are welcome at the annual event, which will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 on the Quad. It includes fun activities and a delicious and inexpensive picnic meal.

Other preparations for TGOF are still in progress, and more information will be available soon. The second new opportunity to show Tiger pride will be of special interest to alumni and friends who live in the eastern half of Kansas. The Kansas Sampler retail stores in Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence and the Kansas City area have added Tiger clothing to their inventory. Be sure to stop in and purchase a Fort Hays State University T-shirt. The FHSU-branded clothing can also be purchased online. Go to for store locations and other information.

“The Shirt” project to benefit FHSU generations

Agnew Hall dedication

Fifteen Fort Hays State students will be the first recipients of the Tiger Generational Scholarship. The fund, which benefits the children and grandchildren of FHSU graduates, was initiated in the 2011-12 academic year by the FHSU Alumni Association. Proceeds were generated by the sale of the inaugural Tiger “The Shirt”project and state of Kansas Tiger tags. The initial shirt was unveiled during last fall’s Homecoming pep rally, with the marching band, cheerleaders and Tiger Debs helping to set a spirited tone. In all, nearly 2,000 T-shirts were sold throughout the year. Those shirts have now been retired. Julianne Essmiller, a senior in sociology from Hutchinson, is a third generation Tiger and one of the 2012-13 scholarship recipients. “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank those who contributed to the Tiger Generational Scholarship through direct donations or by purchasing a Tiger T-shirt or Tiger tag. My grandfather, father and mother proudly call FHSU their alma mater. As a student, I have found an abundance of opportunities to help me grow into a person my family can be proud of.” Jesse Steffen, a junior in accounting from Hays, was also a generational winner. “Being awarded the Tiger Generational Scholarship is a huge honor as I follow the footsteps of my grandparents and parents to pursue a degree from Fort Hays State University,” said Steffen. “I appreciate this opportunity to carry on the Tiger tradition!” The second Tiger “The Shirt” was introduced to the Tiger community at the Back to School Picnic on the FHSU Quad on Aug. 20. Shirts will be sold through the alumni office, at campus events and through alumni chapters. Look for the announcement of the new design and ways you can contribute to the scholarship fund online at or by contacting the Alumni Office at 1-888-351-3591.

Join President Edward Hammond and residential life staff at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 during Homecoming Weekend as they dedicate the newest residential building on campus at the former Agnew Hall site. This will be the perfect opportunity to experience student life on campus and reconnect with your on-campus living experience if you lived in a residence hall. Later, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by McMindes Hall Living Room for a residential life open house. See the changes that have happened in FHSU student housing over the past couple of years, tour the residence halls, relive memories, and have a good time. Refreshments provided. Visitors can all enjoy lunch in the new McMindes Café. Tickets: $7 each. Questions, contact Rebecca Lee, residential life assistant director, or 785-628-4245.


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Football to appear on TV twice in 2012 FHSU will appear on television twice this year in the MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletics Association Network’s football Game of the Week. The Tigers will appear in back-to-back weeks, in their road game at Southwest Baptist on Oct. 13 and in their home game against Lincoln on October 20. Both games will start at 2:30 p.m. Check the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and for cable channel listings in Kansas and Missouri. A week-by-week schedule for the MIAA Game of the Week is available on

2012 Tiger Sports Hall of Fame Five new members will be inducted into the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. New members are Bill Dunlap (cross country and track and field, 1956-57), a posthumous award; Cliff Leiker ’64 (football 1959-63); Ken Dreiling ’66 (football, 1963-64); Dave Okeson ’72, ’75, ’75 (men’s basketball, 1970-72); and Jody Wise (volleyball coach, 1978-95). The induction ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Robbins Center’s Eagle Hall. The honorees will be recognized at halftime of the football game against Lincoln University, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at Lewis Field Stadium. Tiger supporters are invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the FHSU Athletic Office at 785-628-4050.

Donor endows new professorship An anonymous donor has contributed $500,000 to help create an endowed professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Hays State University. Under the Kansas Partnership for Faculty of Distinction, the state of Kansas will provide partnership funds, or earnings equivalent awards, which will effectively double the interest earned on the endowment for the new professorship. The partnership requires the gift to come from single or joint donors, not from general funds or fundraising drives. An endowed professorship for FHSU serves as an opportunity for private donors to enhance the ability of the university to attract and retain faculty members of distinction. Nominations for the professorship are initiated at the department level. Qualifications are determined by the donating party. In addition to demonstrating excellence in teaching, research and service, the faculty member is also required to conduct faculty seminars or presentations, provide annual reports on activities, projects, and academic leadership, and serve on the Council for Institutional Effectiveness. To date, friends and alumni of FHSU have created two endowed professorships for the university, the Anschutz Professor of Education and the Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies. If interested in establishing an endowed professorship at FHSU, contact the FHSU Foundation at 1-888-628-1060 or

New Memorial Union director announced Edie McCracken recently accepted the position as director of the Memorial Union. She began her new position on July 2. “In the past few years, we have increased the number of programs and services to the FHSU community, in particular to students and student groups,” said McCracken. “I would like to continue to improve upon that growth and make all students know they are welcome in the union and have access to the building, services and programs.” She received a Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University, Ada, Okla., and a Master of Education in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. McCracken has served as the assistant director of the union for two years, advising the University Activities Board, coordinating the Encore series and overseeing the Center for Student Involvement. She can be reached by email at or 785-628-5305.

CTC announces new email system Student email at Fort Hays State University moved to Google on June 1. The move from the Scatcat system in use for more than 12 years was announced by the university’s Computing and Telecommunications Center in May. “Several possibilities were considered, but the choice basically came down to either Microsoft’s Live@edu product or Google Mail,” said Mark Griffin ’87, ’97, assistant director for infrastructure and support services. “Both products offered advantages over Scatcat webmail, but ultimately it was decided that Gmail provided the best option for FHSU. We found that Gmail had a slightly quicker response time than Live@edu, and it seemed to us that the interface was a bit simpler to use.” Griffin also explained that other advantages of outsourcing the email system were an increase in data space for students and savings in hardware resources and technical support. In addition to Gmail, students will also have Google calendar, Google Docs and other Google apps. The new Gmail system is available through TigerTracks, much like the current Scatcat email was, said Griffin, and “students will be able to access their new FHSU Gmail account with their mobile devices, like Android phones, iPhones and iPads.” Faculty will still use Lotus Notes as their primary email for the foreseeable future, but, Griffin said, the possibility is there to move all FHSU email to Google.


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Leadership replaced by entrepreneurship The Fort Hays State University college that houses the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, the Department of Informatics, and the Department of Management and Marketing has been renamed the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The college was previously named the College of Business and Leadership. The Kansas – Dr. Mark Bannister ‘85, Dean Board of Regents approved the change at its monthly meeting in June. “The Department of Leadership Studies was moved from the business college in 2008 to the College of Arts and Sciences,” said university President Edward Hammond in announcing the change. “Therefore, ‘leadership’ as a program was no longer relevant to the name of this academic unit. The term ‘leadership’ in the title caused confusion.” He noted that state governmental leaders have asked Fort Hays State University to focus on entrepreneurship, and regional economic development leaders have asked FHSU to assist with entrepreneurship. He also cited FHSU’s Kansas Small Business Development Center and Network Kansas, which support entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The university’s Small Business Development Center was recently named the outstanding Small Business Development Center in Kansas. “Many of our students are interested in owning their own businesses or being part of start-up businesses,” said Dr. Mark Bannister ’85, dean of the college. “Students in the sciences, agriculture, health care and even the humanities can benefit from the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, in addition to students in our college. It is a natural that this college take the lead in providing entrepreneurship education.”

”Entrepreneurship is an area of study and expertise that can be shared with students across the institution regardless of major.“


Campus police get new look By Ed Howell, FHSU University police director In 2011, the Fort Hays State University Police Department (UPD) changed the style of its patrol units to distinguish them from other law enforcement vehicles. UPD went from the Ford Crown Victoria (discontinued by the manufacturer) to the Dodge Charger with the fuel efficient V6 engine. While other law enforcement agencies utilize the Dodge Charger, the aesthetics were modified to reflect FHSU institutional trademarks. The base color of the car is black with gold reflective graphics representing FHSU’s traditional colors. Combined with traditional law enforcement markings, the graphics also include the university seal (within the badge) and the university mascot, Victor E. Tiger. The interior was designed with state of the art communication systems that permit the department to communicate with other emergency responders and law enforcement agencies, the physical plant communications system, and the state’s standardized interoperability template for communications statewide. The units are equipped with automated external defibrillators, unlock kits, fire extinguishers, traffic control equipment and a transport barrier for detained individuals. The patrol vehicle also serves as a mobile command post for emergency management and response. The redesigned badges worn by FHSU police officers are symbolic of traditional law enforcement, the university and the state of Kansas. The badge is oval in shape, symbolizing a protective shield to society with rays radiating out from the center. The rays on the badge symbolize the light of truth and justice that is sought by law enforcement. The image of the cupola, the center piece, is an iconic symbol of the oldest structure on campus (Picken Hall) and is universally representative of students ascending to higher learning. The state seal, embedded into the structure of the cupola, symbolizes the influence of the state. The aesthetic changes to both the patrol units and badges reflect the progression of the University Police Department, its staff and the evolving services provided to a diverse clientele within a university environment. FHSU police officers are commissioned by the state of Kansas and have the same law enforcement authority and responsibilities as local police and sheriff’s deputies. UPD has primary jurisdiction over all property owned or controlled by Fort Hays State University, concurrent jurisdiction within the city of Hays, and all UPD officers carry an Ellis County deputy commission. The UPD is located in Custer Hall, room 120. Additional information can be found at or by calling 785-628-5304. In case of an emergency dial 911. FHSU UPD administrative team includes, left to right, Ed Howell, director of police, Cliff Denny, lieutenant, and Nathan Lang, sergeant.


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FHSU graduate finds financial forgiveness in Cheyenne County Megan Horinek, who graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2010 with a marketing degree, was featured in a recent Bloomberg News story titled “Student Debtors Find Much Forgiven in Move to Small Towns.” The story chronicles a new Kansas Department of Commerce program that offers as much as $15,000 toward student-loan repayment for people who relocate to areas beset by population declines. The writer, Jeanna Smialek, reports that Horinek left college with $20,000 in student-loan debt but dreamed of returning to her hometown of Atwood, in Rawlins County. After a stint with Kraft Foods Inc. in Wichita, Horinek accepted a lower-paying job as a business consultant in nearby Cheyenne County, next door to Rawlins, for the FHSU Small Business Development Center. “To know that I will be able to have my loans paid off within five years is even better than just finding a job,” Horinek says in the

story. “If I do choose to get married, or start a family, then I won’t have this hanging over my head.” Smialek reports that state and local governments around the nation are joining some private and nonprofit companies to attract talented people by capitalizing on graduates’ concerns in a sluggish economy about repaying their student debt. Outstanding loans total about $1 trillion, topping U.S. credit-card debt. In Kansas, the perk has attracted 411 applicants representing 33 states, according to Chris Harris, who manages the program for the Commerce Department. Kansas allocated $1 million for the first year of its program, which applies to 50 rural counties that have seen a 10-percent population drop since 2000. Horinek is Rawlins County’s sole participant in the program so far. She told Smialek it would make sense for Kansas to allocate more funding and offer

more incentive packages in the future. Horinek has purchased a home, and her return inspired her sister to move her family back to Kansas from Nebraska. “The economic impact – it’s more than just one person,” Horinek said. “More spots mean more of that ripple effect.” And speaking of the ripple effect, Horinek’s return home is also benefitting her alma mater. Megan Horinek “As a student, Megan served as the FHSU Alumni Association’s first social media intern and was an officer in Tigers4Life, our student alumni organization,” said Charlene Nichols, assistant alumni director. “Now that she is back, Megan is taking an active leadership role in establishing the High Plains Alumni and Friends Chapter in northwest Kansas. She has been and will undoubtedly continue to be a great representative of Tiger spirit.”

Extended road completes loop around campus An extension of Dwight Drive reached official completion July 3, signifying not only a new physical path through the campus but a link from the past to the future. Dwight Drive previously began at Elm Street and dead-ended on the west at the Wooster Place housing complex. Now it continues to curve northwest around the levee along Big Creek and connects with Gustad Drive, the road that goes from the main campus to Gross Memorial Coliseum. “The extension of Dwight Drive creates much more convenient travel through campus,” Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president, said during an official opening ceremony on the new road. “But it also does two other things. It marks the completion of our old master plan and the transition to a new plan for the future, and the extension of Dwight Drive will provide access to a new academic building, the Center for Networked Learning.” He said the total project cost for the road, which was built by Apac-Kansas Inc. of Hays, was about $500,000, which included

$420,000 for construction, $50,000 for design and some miscellaneous costs. “This new road has been part of the master plan since 1969,” the president said. “Gustad Drive did not even exist at that time. One version of the master plan had Dwight Drive continuing north, past Stroup Hall and my house, all the way to North Campus Drive. Another version of the master plan had it turning east just past my house and terminating at the Memorial Union.” FHSU has hired the Kansas City, Mo., office of Gould Evans Affiliates to develop a new master plan. They will meet with various constituent groups on campus and in the community. That will take months. The new master plan is due a year from now and must finally be approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. President Hammond also gave a status report on the Center for Networked Learning, which has been announced previously. “That project

is approaching the design development phase, and we hope to have plans ready for bid letting by this December,” he said. “The building will be about 37,150 square feet, including 1,400 square feet of shell space for future growth, and the construction cost will be about $11.2 million.” It will house the Virtual College, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology, the Department of Informatics, radio and TV studios, and laboratories for the new information systems engineering program. The projected completion date of the Center for Networked Learning is the summer of 2014, in time for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.


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In today’s society, it is no surprise that technology overpowers any other type of communication when reaching out to prospective students. Ways of communication have evolved immensely in the past decade, and to adapt to those changes, FHSU admissions counselors have had to stay on top of social media. By utilizing avenues such as Facebook and Twitter, the counselors can be efficient in staying in touch with multiple students as well as networking to discover other potential undergraduates. Fort Hays State University utilizes both Facebook and Twitter by having accounts to broadcast the latest news and events happening around campus. It is also a great way to acknowledge milestones such as birthdays, graduations and special events; counselors can build personal relationships that will help guide students in their college decisionmaking process. Another trend that has influenced practices over the years is text messaging. It seems as though students are more at ease text messaging. Admissions counselors quickly answer questions rather than finding the time to make a phone call. It adds a comfort level that allows students to talk at their convenience and connect personally with a counselor. Text messages can also act as reminders for the students to complete admission forms, housing documents, RSVP for events, etc. The power of technology enables us to reach potential students across the world and recruit students nationally and internationally. By visiting our website, they are able to learn about FHSU, tour our campus virtually and connect with an admissions counselor to ask additional questions. Whether a student is too busy to visit campus or lives across the globe, FHSU offers a virtual experience to show the academic quality and beauty of our campus. But Fort Hays State University still takes pride in keeping a personal touch in the recruiting process. Through high school visits, college fairs, Student Recognition Programs and campus visit days, students will find comfort in seeing the same faces throughout their college search process. A student’s personal relationship with the faculty, staff and administration uniquely separates FHSU from other institutions. To FHSU alumni and friends who actively promote the university, thank you for your continued support. If you haven’t connected with FHSU on admissions Facebook or Twitter pages, please do so and send students our way! By simply referring potential besun 2i0v1s2i-2e0r students to admissions social 1b 3 esunivs ier media sites or directing them to the Admissions Office at 1-800-628-FHSU, you can be the spark that students need to start their journey of besun FORT H ivsier becoming a Fort Hays State AYS STA TE UNIV University Tiger! ERSITY If you have a friend or family member considering college, check out www. or contact the office of admissions for a copy of the 2012-13 viewbook.

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Fort Hays State University recently launched a virtual campus tour and interactive campus and city maps providing a wealth of information to prospective students, parents, alumni, community members and FHSU employees. “From the admissions standpoint, it’s a good way for prospective students to see campus life at FHSU,” said Tricia Cline ’99, ’02, director of admissions and project leader.“ It’s also a fantastic way for virtual students to interact and feel connected to the university.” The theme-based tour is broken into various aspects of student experience at FHSU, including academics, student life, athletics and student pride, hands-on learning, and internationalization, among others. Students, faculty and alumni share the FHSU story through short videos on each of these themes as well as a substantial number of testimonial videos by students and faculty. “Before, it was mainly just a map with 360-degree photos of key campus buildings and a few videos,” said Suzanne Klaus ’02, ’08, manager of Web services. “It wasn’t as integrative as this one, and overall it just needed to be updated.” Fort Hays State University launched its new website in December 2009. The tour was created by CampusTours, which builds video tours, photorealistic interactive campus maps, mobile walking tours and custom data-driven multimedia applications for higher education, non-profit and government clients worldwide. With more than 200 completed presentations, CampusTours has developed a reputation for institutional storytelling through creative and compelling multimedia. FHSU is also one of the few universities in the country that has developed a specific tour to help recruit prospective faculty, giving them a taste of what the FHSU campus community is like as well as sharing a little bit about the Hays community from the firsthand experience of current faculty. The tour is at, or can be accessed from FHSU’s home page at www. Because the topics and messages for the prospective faculty tour are different than those directed at students, this tour is hidden from the general tour and can be accessed at

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Seven alumni of Fort Hays State University will be honored at the Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet Oct. 5 during Homecoming celebrations. Six will receive Alumni Association awards, and one will receive the Presidential Award. Three will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the association’s highest honor, established in 1959 to recognize graduates who have made outstanding and unselfish contributions in service to their community, state or nation as citizens, in chosen career fields, or through philanthropic work. This year’s recipients are Dr. Marcia (Swenson) Bannister ’61, ’62, Hays; L. Kent Needham ’75, Tonganoxie; and Dr. John Dorsch ’76, Derby. One alumnus will receive the Young Alumni Award, which is granted to graduates of 10- through 15-year reunion classes to recognize those early in their career for significant business or professional accomplishments or for service to the university and the Alumni Association. The recipient is Dr. Eric Heinze ’99, Norman, Okla. Harry Watts Jr. ’76, Manhattan, will receive the Alumni Association’s Nita M. Landrum Award, which recognizes alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or FHSU, especially in their home communities or at any local level. Nancy Costigan Talbott ’63, ’91, Hays, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level; who supports spiritual, cultural and educational objectives; and who endorses and exemplifies the highest standards of character and personal attributes. One alumnus, Dr. Eric Arubayi ’76, ’78, Warri, Nigeria, will receive FHSU’s Presidential Award, the university’s most distinguished recognition, given by the Office of the President to recognize substantial contributions to the university through professional and personal achievements.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Dr. Marcia (Swenson) Bannister graduated from FHSU with a B.S. in elementary education in 1961 and an M.S. in 1962 majoring in speech therapy and minoring in psychology. Her professional career began in 1959 teaching third grade. From 1963 to 1968, she provided speech therapy services for one of the state’s first rural cooperatives. She earned a doctorate in speech pathology from the University of Kansas in 1973, having joined the FHSU faculty in 1969. She retired in 2004 as chair of and professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. Her leadership in cooperation with departmental colleagues brought accreditation to the speech-language program, enhancing quality and growth. At the time of her retirement, colleagues created the Marcia Bannister Fund for Excellence in recognition of her dedication to the department and her leadership. During her career, Bannister received many awards and honors. In 1971, she was named one of the Outstanding Women of America. Over her teaching career she received multiple nominations for the FHSU Pilot Award and was honored as a “Top Prof” by Mortarboard. In 2002, she received the Presidential Service Award from Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary for academic excellence in all disciplines. Bannister was recognized by the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1987 for exemplary service as president and, in 1993, received its honors for ongoing dedicated service and leadership. In 2002, she was in the first cadre earning national recognition as a fluency disorders specialist. She has been a tireless worker in maintaining loyalty of speech-language pathology alumni through FHSU continuing education programs, newsletters and FHSU Foundation Tiger Call telethons. She has


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served on numerous governance councils and committees charged with vision as the university moved toward the 21st century. She served a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Easter Seal Foundation and a 10-year term on the board of Youthville, Kansas’ largest child service agency. She is a member of the President's Club Round Table for FHSU; a Platinum member on FHSU's Wall of Fame; holds life membership in the FHSU Alumni Association and is also a Sustaining Member of the Altar Foundation at First United Methodist Church of Hays. Bannister and her husband, Bill Bannister, ’58, ’62 (deceased) have four sons: Mark ’85, Ted ’89, Grant ’93, and Joel ’01. She is now married to Ken Griffin ’61.

L. Kent Needham graduated from FHSU with a B.S. in business administration in 1975 and from Wichita State University in 1976 with an M.B.A. In 1984, Needham graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder, and is currently chairman, president and CEO of First Security Bank, Overbrook. From 1977 to 1980, he was an assistant vice president of Western National Bank, Amarillo, Texas, and assisted in taking a troubled and unprofitable institution to profitability. Needham served as executive vice president and director of Farmers Bank and Trust, Great Bend, from 1980 until 1992. During the tumultuous financial times of the ’80s, the bank grew from $18 million in assets to $116 million. From 1993 to 2007, he was president, CEO and director of First State Bank and Trust in Tonganoxie. Through strategic purchases, de novo branching and the assistance of a quality senior management team, a $50 million bank with two locations grew into a $325 million institution with eight locations. Taking an equity carve-out, Needham and his wife, Terry, purchased First Security Bank in 2007, which has grown from $22.8 million to $54 million in assets.

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Needham, a member of the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, 2009-2013, serves on its Executive Council and Finance Committee. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan Christian College and serves on its executive committee. Throughout his career, Needham has been very active in serving his industry as chair of the Kansas Bankers Association, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and as a member of the Administrative Committee of the America’s Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. He has also worked with the Financial Services Volunteer Corporation in New York, traveling to Russia to share his knowledge of strategic planning with Russian bankers in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Needham has served in several capacities within the Masonic fraternity, including Grand Master of Masons in Kansas, Kansas Masonic Foundation Board of Trustees and Kansas Masonic Home Board of Directors. He actively serves the communities where he has lived through his churches and activities such as scouting, economic development, legislative affairs, the Chamber of Commerce, foundations, civic groups, school districts and leadership initiatives. Needham and his wife, Terry, live in Tonganoxie. They have three children, Michael, Matthew and Megan.

served his residency in family medicine at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was in private practice in Hays from 1982 to 1988, when he joined the faculty of the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita. In 1996, he became the director of pre-doctoral education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita. From 1997 to 1998, he was again on the faculty of the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program before taking his current position. He oversees the fourth-year medical student family medicine rural rotations, subinternships and electives. He also teaches third-year medical students during the family medicine and ambulatory medicine/geriatrics clerkships and resident physicians in the family medicine residency program at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and at Smoky Hill in Salina. Dorsch was inducted into the KU School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2007. He received the Victor North Award for Outstanding Teaching in Family Medicine three times at St. Joseph/Via Christi and an Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award from the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. He is the only faculty member in Kansas who has won teaching awards at two separate residency programs, having also twice won the Family Medicine Teacher of the Year Award at the Wesley Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also very active in his community through such endeavors as scouting, serving as chair of the South Winds District of the Boy Scouts of America and as chair for fundraising for the Wheatland District of the BSA. He has also been a scoutmaster and den leader. In 2010, he was inducted into the BSA's 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership. He and his wife, Diane, live in Derby. They have two children, James and Amanda.

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Dr. John Dorsch graduated from FHSU in 1976 with a B.S. in general science. He won the Torch Award for outstanding graduating senior in 1976 and, in 1986, received a Young Alumni Award from the Alumni Association. He is an associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. He earned his M.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 1979 and 11

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Young Alumni Award

Dr. Eric A. Heinze graduated from FHSU with a B.A. in political science in 1999. At Fort Hays State he was a member of the honor societies of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha. He earned a master’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech in 2001, and a Ph.D. in political science in 2005 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he specialized in international relations and international human rights. He also studied international human rights and humanitarian law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Heinze is currently an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Department of International and Area Studies. He serves as director of graduate studies for the College of International Studies and is also an instructor for the OU College of Continuing Education, for whom he teaches at various U.S. military installations in the United States and Europe. He is the author of the book, Waging Humanitarian War: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention, co-editor of Ethics, Authority, and War: Non-State Actors and the Just War Tradition, and editor of Justice, Sustainability, and Security: Global Ethics for the 21st Century.

He is currently writing a book on the ethics and politics of global violence.

He has published more than 25 scholarly articles and book chapters in such journals as the Review of International Studies, Political Science Quarterly, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Journal of Military Ethics. Heinze’s research has been funded by more than $50,000 of internal and external grants, including from the National Endowment of the Humanities. In 2007, he was a member of the delegation of young American scholars to the Republic of China. In 2009, he was a Foundation for the Defense of Democracies faculty fellow based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and in 2011 he received OU's Gary B. Cohen Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a member of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association and the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chapter. He and his wife, Melissa, and son, Maddox, live in Norman, Oklahoma.

Nita M. Landrum Award

Harry A. Watts graduated from FHSU in 1976 with a B.S. in biology. He is the director of governmental relations for Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan. Before joining Kansas Farm Bureau, Watts served the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce as vice president for economic development. Prior to joining the chamber, he accumulated more than two decades of hands-on leadership

and experience in the public policy arena, having led a number of external affairs functions with the former Southwestern Bell Telephone Company/SBC Corporation. He received a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Grant during his FHSU studies. He has been a lifelong supporter of the university, providing extensive service through his volunteer work to the FHSU Alumni Association and the Foundation. For this work and for many other charitable and civic works, he is being honored with the Landrum award. Watts was a member of the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1988-1992, including serving as president from 19901991. He is a life member of the FHSU Alumni Association and was instrumental in growing the membership base and laying the groundwork for the new alumni/endowment center building during his presidency. He has hosted numerous Tiger pre-game receptions and gatherings, both in and outside of Kansas, generating Tiger excitement for all in attendance. He hosted a Tiger golf tournament, advocated for FHSU in the legislative support network and participated in and raised sponsorship funding for the FHSU Student Recognition Program. He was an instrumental presenter at the Alumni Leadership Conference held on campus in 1991. Watts was an active member of the Foundation's Executive Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2011, serving three full terms. He served on the Foundation Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011 and as chair of the Development Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is a current member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, where he also serves on the parish council and in the choir. Watts and his wife, Sharlene ’77, live in Manhattan. They have two children, Stuart and Diana.


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Distinguished Service Award

Nancy Costigan Talbott graduated from FHSU with a B.S. in elementary education in 1963 and an M.S. in communication in 1991. She is a retired teacher. Her service to humanity includes service on the Hays Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and the board of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. She has served children through her teaching and has made the case for math and science at local, state, regional and national conferences, speaking at professional gatherings, facilitating workshops and as an in-service developer. She presented “Physics is Fun” to civic groups and to Boy Scouts, conducted science workshops at area schools and emceed the Governor's Scholar Award Program. She established the Jim Costigan FHSU Memorial Scholarship and has been a member of the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors for three years. She was a member of the Red Cross Board of Directors for five years and is a six-year member of the Screening Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Chaumont Homeowners Association. For 12 years, she has been an active member of Chapter IH of P.E.O. and is a 16-year member of the Smoky Hill Ladies Golf Association. She has been a national representative for and a member of local and state chapters of the National Education Association and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the collegiate honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines.

For Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, she is a 20-year Eucharist minister and an 18-year Adoration Chapel volunteer and has served two terms on the Bishop’s Advisory Council. She has also served as president of the Board of Directors for the Parish Council. She was the Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1994, a Milken National Educator in 1993, a recipient of the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching from U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum in 1993, a Christa McAuliffe Fellow from 1990 to 1991 and an Eisenhower Grant winner in 1991, 1992 and 1996. She and her husband, Bill Talbott, live in Hays. They have nine children, James Costigan ’86, ’87; Jayne Costigan Inlow ’88; Jeanne Costigan ’93; Jennifer Costigan Burr ’93; Steve Talbott; Scott Talbott; Tom Talbott; Jim Talbott; and Lynnbeth Talbott.

Presidential Award

Dr. Eric Arubayi graduated from FHSU with an M.S. in education administration in 1976 and an Education Specialist degree in education administration-superintendent in 1978. His bachelor’s degree, a B.S. in biology, was received in 1974 at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas. He earned his doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1979. He was a graduate teaching and research assistant at FHSU and at Kansas State. He is president and a professor of education administration and planning at Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The university has 35,000 students, 94 academic departments, 800 professors and 3,000 support staff. He began his career at Delta State in 1992 as a professor and dean of education faculty. He

became deputy vice-chancellor in 1993 and was appointed director of external degree programs in 1996. He has also taught as a secondary school teacher for Urhobo College, Warri, Nigeria; for Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; and for the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Arubayi has written one book, Toward Efficiency in School Administration, co-written three others and has written chapters for eight others. He has also published in national and international journals and has written 19 technical reports. His resume includes 20 appointments by the national and state governments and 22 national and international consultancies for entities such as the World Bank, UNESCO, Shell Petroleum and the International Development and Green Resources Institute as well as for state and national bodies in Nigeria. His has served as an external examiner for a dozen universities and colleges and as an editor-in-chief or consulting editor for 16 academic and scholarly journals. His awards and commendations include a Merit Award from the Delta state government for fighting examination malpractice in Nigeria and a commendation from the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria for his work supervising Ph.D. and master’s degree candidates. His community work includes his church council and membership in the Uvwie Club and Uvwie Improvement Development Union. Uvwie is a local government area, one of the Urhobo tribal kingdoms of southern Nigeria. Arubayi has a Merit Award from the Uvwie Development Union. He and his wife, Diana, live in Warri, Nigeria. They have five children.


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Almost six years ago, Fort Hays State University launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. Unfortunately, halfway through the campaign, our nation’s economy dipped into a severe recession. Regardless of economic struggles, thousands of you participated and did what you could to contribute to the campaign. Thanks to your generous support, the Cornerstone Campaign raised $68,743,800, surpassing the $60 million goal. The passion that you all have for Fort Hays State University is tremendous, and we greatly appreciate your contributions!

It Doesn’t Stop Here. Another Door is Opening ...

If you’re like most of our FHSU graduates, you appreciate the affordable, high-quality education that you received and you believe in giving back to your alma mater. Did you know that 30 percent of FHSU’s funding comes from people like you making personal gifts to the university? With that said, we appreciate your continued partnership. This fall you will be contacted by a student through the “I Fed The Tiger” – Tiger Call campaign. We encourage you to accept the call with the same enthusiasm you have shown in the past. KEEP FEED’N THE TIGER!!!

Your Fort Hays State University Foundation plays a vital role in the success of FHSU. With the continued decline in state funding, private support has never been more important for the future of higher education. Fort Hays State University continues to lead all Kansas Regent schools in enrollment increases (by percentage) and Kansans served. Your investment is the gas in the engine that makes our institution run so smoothly. We thank you for what 15 you have done, and will continue to do, for the future of Fort Hays State University.

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ATHLETICS All FHSU sports now affiliated with MIAA

Diego Cabral (right), Asuncion, Paraguay, junior.

Fort Hays State will have all 18 of its intercollegiate athletic programs competing for conference championships in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012-13. The MIAA added wrestling and men’s soccer as conference sports this year, allowing affiliation for all FHSU sports. Since Fort Hays State joined the MIAA in 2006-07, the wrestling program remained an associate member of the school’s former conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, due to not enough MIAA schools with wrestling. With the addition of four schools to the MIAA in 201213 (Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Lindenwood), wrestling will now be a conference sport. Three of the four schools joining have wrestling – Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma and Lindenwood – which gives the MIAA six wrestling schools with Fort Hays State, Central Missouri and Truman State. The conference should be very competitive. The Tigers are consistently in the national rankings, along with Nebraska-Kearney and Central Oklahoma, a pair of schools that combined have won five national championships since 2000. The Fort Hays State men’s soccer program played its inaugural season of 2011 as an independent in NCAA Division II. The Tigers were very successful in their first year, going 11-5-2 overall and ranked among the top five teams in the South Central Region. The MIAA made men’s soccer a conference sport this year by adding three affiliate members to make an eight-team conference. Fort Hays State, Truman and Southwest Baptist all had men’s programs in 2011, and the addition of Northeastern State (Oklahoma) and Lindenwood made five. Associate members joining just for men’s soccer in 2012 are Upper Iowa, Harding (Arkansas) and Southern Nazarene (Oklahoma). Fort Hays State has won two MIAA conference championships since joining the conference. The men’s basketball team won the MIAA Tournament Championship in 2010-11, and the women’s golf team won the conference championship in 2012.

Lance Russell (right), Wichita senior.

MIAA grows, and schedules change The MIAA landscape has changed once again for 2012-13. The conference grows to 15 schools this year from 11 last year with the addition of Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State (Oklahoma) and Lindenwood (Missouri). All 15 schools have football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Conference schedules will have a different look in 2012-13. All football teams will have a 10-game conference schedule, as four schools will not be on each school’s slate. The schools that FHSU will not play this year in football are defending national champion Pittsburg State, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Missouri Southern. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will involve an 18-game conference schedule. The conference is broken into three pods of five schools each, so schools within the same pod will play each other twice, home and away, and meet the other 10 non-pod schools once within the season. Within Fort Hays State’s pod in basketball is Washburn, Nebraska-Kearney, Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State. The top 12 teams in the conference will qualify for the conference tournament, with first-round byes going to the top four teams and the No. 5 through 8 seeds hosting first-round home games against the lower seeds. Winners from those games will form the eight-team bracket played in Kansas City. The same pod system applies to the baseball schedule. Schools within the pod will play doubleheaders home and away and play three-game sets with the other 10 schools throughout the year, creating a 46-game conference schedule. The conference tournament will have eight teams, with the top four seeds hosting a best of three-game series at their home venues against lower seeds. Winners from those series will move on to a four-team bracket in Kansas City. In softball, the format remains the same. All schools will play each other once in a doubleheader, which creates a 28-game conference schedule. An eight-team, doubleelimination conference tournament in Kansas City will be as it has been in the past years. Thirteen MIAA schools have volleyball, all except Northeastern State and Lincoln. FHSU faces five schools twice – Nebraska-Kearney, Washburn, Emporia State, Pittsburg State and Central Oklahoma – and the other seven schools once for a 17-match conference schedule. New this year is a conference tournament, which has not existed for several years, with the top eight schools qualifying. In men’s soccer, schools will play a 10-game conference slate, and the top four teams will qualify for the conference tournament. In women’s soccer, schools will play a 12-game conference slate and the top eight teams will qualify for the conference tournament. In wrestling, schools will meet each other once in dual action, and a conference tournament is also scheduled in February before regionals. Tennis will be the same as all schools meet once in the regular season before an eight-team conference tournament. Cross country and track and field use the conference meet to determine conference champions, which is also the same for golf.


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Construction begins on indoor athletic training facility A groundbreaking ceremony on June 19 between Lewis Field Stadium and Big Creek on the FHSU campus officially launched construction of a nearly $4.2 million indoor athletic training facility, is the latest in a series of four major construction projects that total an investment of about $30 million by the university. Cranes and other heavy construction machinery have become a common sight on the FHSU campus. “We announced plans for this project two years ago, thanks to major gifts from the families of Bob ’50, and Pat Schmidt and Don and Chris Bickle,” said Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president, at the ceremony. The Schmidts and Bickles each donated $1 million toward construction of what will be called the Schmidt/ Bickle Indoor Training Facility. “Those two gifts, combined with the generosity of many other donors, made today possible,” he said. The training facility will be located at the southeast corner of the FHSU campus near the football stadium. The 50,400-square-foot facility will be equipped with weights, cardio equipment, a four-lane synthetic track, an artificial-cover surface that will extend 65 yards, and meeting and entertainment rooms. Compton Construction Corp. of Wichita had the low bid of $3,628,000, well below the original estimate of $4 million, said Hammond, so two alternates to the base bid were accepted – stone veneer to the north and east sides of the building and a folding partition inside that will allow meeting space to be divided into separate rooms. The total of $3,753,600 is still below original estimates. Equipment, especially for weight training, and furnishings bring the estimated total cost of the new facility to nearly $4.2 million. In addition to the training facility, FHSU recently completed an extension of Dwight Drive from the Wooster Place housing complex to Gustad Drive, is nearing completion of the first phase of the Tiger Place residential facility on the site of the former Agnew Hall, with the second phase to begin soon, and will also soon begin construction of a new academic building called the Center for Networked Learning, which will house the Virtual College and some other departments and offices.

Left to right, Chris and Don Bickle, Pat and Bob ’50 Schmidt, President Edward Hammond and Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93 pose with their golden shovels at the groundbreaking for the Schmidt/Bickle Indoor Training Facility on June 19.


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HALF CENTURY CLUB President Leo’s last hurrah! “A Celebration of Tiger Nation” is an appropriate way to describe the 2012 Homecoming Weekend. Upon reviewing addresses of Half Century Club (HCC) members, the size of the Tiger Nation is noted by members living in nearly every state in the nation and many foreign countries. Homecoming is always an exciting time on campus. Young Leo Lake ’57, ’61, President or old, all enjoy the festivities Half Century Club and celebration of Tiger pride. If you graduated in 1962 or 1952, the Half Century Club will be honoring you at a luncheon in the Memorial Union. FHSU President Edward Hammond will be present to recognize the honored 50-year and 60-year classes and to update us on campus activities that include major building projects as well as an update on enrollment figures, which are hard for many HCC members to comprehend when we think of past campus experiences. Prior to the luncheon will be time for members to renew friendships with other FHSU alumni and friends. We hope that both classes will make every effort to

contact fellow classmates. Invite them to join you for an interesting and fun Homecoming experience as well as the opportunity to be honored at the Half Century Club luncheon. If you can come to Homecoming but have not been on campus lately, plan to see the new and renewed facilities. Be it buildings now under construction, such as the Schmidt/Bickle Athletic Training Facility and the new Agnew Hall or buildings all club members will recognize from the outside, such as Sheridan Coliseum or Picken Hall, campus has definitely changed. Check out Picken or Sheridan to see the beautifully renovated, functional interiors. Also, be sure to drop by your “home away home” – the Robbins Center and the Alumni and Foundation offices. Perhaps many from long distances cannot attend Homecoming this year, but, hopefully, you will always have fond memories of your FHSU experiences. Even from a distance, there are many ways to maintain a connection to the University. Through email, Facebook and the magazine, you can learn of continuing progress at FHSU.

As my term draws to a close, I wish to thank you for the opportunity to serve as president of the Half Century Club. Serving as a member of the Alumni Board representing the Half Century Club has also been both an honor and a privilege. This past year has been highly successful in all regards. Thanks to your generous contributions, Half Century Club not only established and endowed the first-ever Dr. Edward Hammond Scholarship in perpetuity, we also awarded a student leader, Braden Dreiling, Hays, the first award in the amount of $2,500. Half Century Club members also provided funding for an additional six scholarships of $700 each to deserving students. If you have not had the opportunity to participate in giving to either fund, they are open for donations from all friends and graduates of Fort Hays State. Twila Wanker ’57, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, will assume the leadership of the Half Century Club following Homecoming. Best wishes to Twila and the board as the Half Century Club continues to be an active force at Fort Hays State University.










2012 Half Century Club Board Leo Lake ‘57, ‘61, President Twila Wanker ‘57, President-elect Whitey Alpers ‘57, ‘63 Dr. Marcia Bannister ‘61, ‘62 Marvel Castor ‘57, ‘62 Tim Chapman, Foundation Darrell McGinnis ‘59, ‘60 Debra Prideaux ‘86, ‘92, Alumni Association Dr. Loyal Vincent ‘57, ‘61 Darrell Wanker ‘58 Gordon Zahradnik ‘55, ‘58 Jeani Billinger ‘72, ‘83, HCC Secretary, Alumni Office


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“Ghost Towns and Gold Mines” Opening Reception 7-9 p.m., Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall 102

FRIDAY, October 5 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union

Campus Tours 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Memorial Union

Presidents of the Heartland ~NEW~ 10 a.m., Forsyth Library

Half Century Club Luncheon and Induction 11 a.m., Social, noon, Luncheon, Memorial Union

Welcome to one of the greatest traditions at Fort Hays State University – Homecoming Weekend! This exciting, four-day weekend has something for everyone and is open to all FHSU alumni and friends. Order tickets online at http://goforthaysstate. com/homecoming2012. Advance reservations required. Deadline: Sept. 25. Questions, call 785-628-4430 or toll free at 888-351-3591.

Oktoberfest – 40-year Anniversary 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Frontier Park, South Main

WEDNESDAY, October 3 Sklar Brothers Comedy Show ~NEW~ 7:30 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

THURSDAY, October 4 Tiger Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 8 a.m., Registration, 9:30 a.m., Shotgun Start, Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall

Post Rock Alumni & Friends Chapter Social 5:30-7 p.m., Robbins Center

Tiger Bonfire & Pep Rally 7:30 p.m., Robbins Center (east lawn)

FHSU Tiger Alumni & Friends Tent 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oktoberfest, Frontier Park, South Main

FHSU Men’s Soccer vs. Eastern New Mexico 2 p.m., FHSU Soccer Stadium at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex, 1376 Highway 40

Football Reunion 5-7 p.m., Social, Thirsty’s, 2704 Vine

Alumni & Friends Awards & Recognition Banquet 6 p.m., Social, 7 p.m., Banquet, Memorial Union

Sigma Sigma Sigma Gathering ~NEW~ 6:30-8:30 p.m., Memorial Union

Baseball Reunion Social 7 p.m., Golden Q, 809 Ash


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SATURDAY, October 6 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-noon, Memorial Union

5K Tiger Run/Walk

Football Reunion Noon, board flatbed trailer for parade, Memorial Union (west side)

Homecoming Parade 1 p.m., Main Street, Downtown Hays

7:30 a.m., Registration; 8:30 a.m., race begins, Robbins Center

Alumni Baseball Game

FHSU Tiger Open Cross Country Meet

Alpha Gamma Delta Open House

9 a.m., Sand Plum Nature Trail (near Victoria)

Class of 1952 Reunion Brunch 9:30 a.m., Memorial Union, 11:45 a.m., Board trolley for parade, Memorial Union

Class of 1962 Reunion Brunch 9:30 a.m., Memorial Union; 11:45 a.m., Board trolley for parade, Memorial Union

Sigma Sigma Sigma Reunion Brunch ~NEW~

2 p.m., Larks Park, Fourth & Oak

2:30-5 p.m., 409 W. Eighth

Delta Zeta Open House 2:30-6:30 p.m., 410 W. Sixth

Housing Town Hall Meeting ~NEW~ 3-4 p.m., Memorial Union

Football Reunion Tailgate 3-6 p.m., Tiger Alley Tailgate, Lewis Field Stadium (outside, along Elm Street)

Tiger Friends & Family Picnic

9:30 a.m., Memorial Union; 11:45 a.m., Board trolley for parade, Memorial Union

4-7 p.m. (food served at 5 p.m.), Lewis Field Stadium (east side)

Nursing Reunion – 60th Anniversary Celebration Brunch, Program & Tour ~NEW~

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Tailgate Party

9:30 & 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union & Stroup Hall

Football Reunion – Tour of Lewis Field Facilities 10 a.m., Lewis Field Stadium (meet at east entrance to stadium), 91 Lewis Drive

Agnew Hall Dedication ~NEW~ 11 a.m., former Agnew Hall site (rain location, McMindes Hall Living Room)

Wrestling Alumni Takedown Luncheon and Tournament ~NEW~ 11:15 a.m., Gross Memorial Coliseum, Victor E. Lounge

5 p.m., Lewis Field Stadium (east side: Sig Ep flag and red fire truck)

FHSU vs. Lindenwood University Football Game 6 p.m., Pre-game ceremonies; 7 p.m., game time, Lewis Field Stadium

MISCELLANEOUS Sternberg Museum of Natural History Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.; closed Mondays

FHSU Department of Music & Theatre’s Fall Musical Production Thursday & Friday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m, Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall

Tiger Memorabilia Visit the Fort Hays State University Bookstore in the Memorial Union to find that special Tiger merchandise. During Homecoming weekend, Alumni Association members will receive a 20% discount on all items except textbooks and software. Or, check out the Tiger Book Shop, 509 W. Seventh, for your perfect Tiger gear. Membership card lost? Call the Alumni Office toll free at 888-351-3591 to get a replacement.

Special Homecoming Offer Do you enjoy the events of Homecoming? Help us continue this legacy for the next generation of Tigers by becoming a member of the FHSU Alumni Association. In addition to the benefits and gifts distinguished by your level of membership, you will also receive a free Homecoming T-shirt. Offer expires Oct. 12. For more information on membership and its benefits, contact Alumni Office at www.goforthaysstate. com/membership or call 785-628-4430 or 888-351-3591.

SUNDAY, October 7 FHSU Men’s Soccer vs. West Texas A&M 12 p.m., FHSU Soccer Stadium at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex, 1376 Highway 40

Residential Life Open House ~NEW~ 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. McMindes Hall Living Room


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ALUMNI BOARD Onward and upward – the 4Cs! Dear Tigers!, As one of my first duties as president of the Alumni Board of Directors, it is my honor and privilege to send greetings to all FHSU alumni and friends. I look forward to the next two years of my term in anticipation of opportunities to meet you and serve as your representative. At this year’s annual FHSU Alumni Board of Directors meeting held June 8-9, several exciting initiatives were adopted for the coming year. In addition to further establishment of chapters, developing a partnership with INTRUST for a Tiger corporate credit card program, and creation of an iPhone and Droid application, the board approved a proposal presented by the Membership and Marketing Committee to establish an alumni tag line, “Keep it Great – Fort Hays State!” for use in Association identification, or “branding.” In doing so, the board affirms its desire to assist the university in making progress in future growth while maintaining the value of established tradition and excellence in higher education.

As board president, I have challenged each board member to do his or her part to keep Fort Hays State great by actively practicing what I call the 4 “C”s – choice, communicate, connect and commit.  CHOICE – I encourage you to make the choice to be involved with FHSU, attend area events, and recommend FHSU to future students.  COMMUNICATE – the Alumni Association wants to hear from you – share your family, news and career accomplishments in order that they can be shared with other members of the Tiger community. Watch for news in the FHSU Magazine and FHSU TigerTalk. We need you to communicate with us. How can we best serve you?  CONNECT – has it been too long since you connected with old friends from FHSU? Now is the time to connect with other alums – attend Homecoming, area events and Student Recognition Programs, “like” FHSU and the Alumni Association on Facebook, and purchase a Tiger Tag.  COMMIT – step forward to upgrade your membership, purchase the annual T-shirt (providing Tiger Generational Scholarship monies) or attend an alumni chapter

function. We are committed to serving alumni, from recent graduates to seasoned ones! In addition, I challenge each and every FHSU graduate also to do what you can to keep FHSU great by practicing the 4 Cs. As the university continues to grow at a significant rate, continue to help your Association grow for the benefit of current students and generations to come. Don’t forget to stay in touch. Send updates of contact information or milestones in your life, and check our website at www. and Facebook fan pages. Also, for more information, contact the Association at 785-628-4430, toll-free at 1-888-351-3591, or drop an email to I look forward to working with you to “Keep it Great – Fort Hays State!” I hope to see you at Homecoming 2012, Oct. 4-7. Make sure to stop by the Alumni Association tent at Oktoberfest in Frontier Park to connect with other Tigers, and you may even win a prize. Mark your calendar now for “A Celebration of Tiger Nation!” – Dr. Marcy Aycock ’84, President FHSU Alumni Board of Directors

Alumni join Association Board Three new members were named to the Alumni Association Board of Directors of Fort Hays State University June 8 at the board’s summer meeting in Hays. New to the board are Jon Armstrong, Hays; Diane (Pfeifer) Scott, Broomfield, Colo.; and Tracy Metzger, Hutchinson. Armstrong, FHSU assistant director of admissions and transfer coordinator, received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1996 and a Master of Liberal Studies in organizational leadership in 2008, both from FHSU. He will serve a three-year faculty appointment term.

Scott graduated from FHSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and again in 1990 with a Master of Science in counseling and guidance. She is selfemployed as a consultant and life coach and will serve on the board for a four-year term. Metzger graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems in 1996. He is the vice president and chief technology officer at Lowen Corporation. He was appointed to a two-year term.

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 51,980 graduates living throughout the United States and 73 foreign countries. The Board of Directors is a 24-member governing board that sets the policy and direction of the association in developing life-long relationships between the university and its alumni and friends. Board nominations are currently being accepted as positions become available. For more information, visit or e-mail or call 785-628-4430 or toll free 888-351-3591.


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TIGER NOTES We want to hear about your new employment, honors, appointments, marriages and births so we can update your biographical file and keep others informed about the important happenings in your lives. Please send your news items to Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767, or e-mail or FAX 785-628-4191.

Michael Kreller ’78, ’82, Victoria,

Mary Ann (Drees) Tobias ’71,

was re-elected to the board of directors and management of Document Resources Inc. Tom Kuhn ’75, ’83, Hays, retired as director of personnel services at FHSU.

Lyons, retired as a middle school paraeducator at Lyons Middle School. Dianne (Yoxall) VanEaton ’73, ’89, Minneapolis, retired from her position as Beloit Junior/Senior High School librarian.

Kimberly (Pederson) Lyon

CLASS NOTES 1960s Michael Billinger ’68, Hays, retired

as Ellis County treasurer after 37 years of service. Carol (Dinkel) Brull ’69, ’73, Hays, joined the staff of Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School as yearbook and newspaper advisor in addition to serving as advisor for the Scholars Bowl program. Robert Chaffin ’68, ’74, Hays, retired after 21 years of service with North Central Kansas Technical College. Patricia (Sheets) Florence ’68, Lincoln, retired from Lincoln USD 298. Joe D. McLeland ’69, Wichita, retired from the Kansas House of Representatives after 12 years of service to the citizens of Kansas. Maynard Oliverius ’66, Topeka, retired as president and chief executive officer at Stormont-Vail Healthcare after 15 years in that post and 43 years of overall service. Jean Ann (Quinn) Wilson ’68, Almena, received the Tangeman Award for Teaching Excellence from Colby Community College. Henry G. Wolf ’69, Chester, Ill., retired as a teacher at Maximum Security Mental Hospital.

1970s Ronald Adams ’75, Hays, is running

for Third District commissioner in Ellis County.

Patricia (Heinze) Biggs ’73,

Barnard, retired from Lincoln USD 298. Nadine (Bolte) Bishop ’77, ’81, Imperial, Neb., accepted the position of state range management specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Peggy (Griffeth) Bohnert ’79, Jewell, retired from Beloit USD 273 after 36 years of service. Sue (Holloway) Boldra ’79, Hays, is running for the Kansas House of Representatives in the 111th District. Dan L. Collins ’70, Plainville, retired from the Kansas House of Representatives after two years of service to the citizens of Kansas. John N. Dorsch ’76, Derby, received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita. Loretta (Neuburger) Dreiling

’72, Hays, retired after 39 years of teaching with Hays USD 489, the last 33 at Felten Middle School. Jacque (Peterson) Havice ’78, ’80, ’87, Abilene, retired after 32 years as the business teacher at Abilene High School. She has since joined Apple as a trainer educating teachers on the use of the iPad and iPod in the classroom. William Havice ’77, ’79, Clemson, S.C., was awarded the 2012 Technology Teacher Educator of the Year Award by the Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education. Larry K. Keil ’75, ’82, Hays, is a science and social studies teacher at Hays Middle School.

’79, ’85, Gorham, retired from Roosevelt Elementary School, Hays, after 32 years as a teacher. Philip Martin ’72, ’00, Ellis, filed for the 110th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. James McNiece ’78, ’85, Wichita, has filed for the District 10 Kansas State School Board position. Barbara Mohler-Spear ’70, ’75, Lindsborg, retired as professor of business and accounting at Bethany College. Warren A. Parker ’78, Manhattan, was named co-director of communications for Kansas Farm Bureau. Verlin F. Pfannenstiel ’71, Victoria, celebrated 50 years of success with Heartland Building Center. Mary Kay (Berens) Schippers

’77, ’81, Victoria, retired as an instructor of mathematics at FHSU. Paul Schumacher ’73, Columbus, Neb., was named an Outstanding Alumni Award winner by Central Community College. Greg J. Simpson ’70, Ransom, on behalf of Simpson Farm Enterprises, accepted the Top Performer Travel Award as part of the AGCO Achiever program. Charles C. Skilling ’79, Garden City, published Job Hunting Techniques for Everyone in 2011. Joyce (Bennett) Songer ’74, Salina, has retired after 36 years from Ell-Saline Elementary School. Mark Taddiken ’72, Clifton, retired from the Kansas Senate after 12 years of service to the citizens of Kansas. Robert Threlkel ’70, ’81, Hays, retired from Felten Middle School as a teacher and coach.

1980s Kevin E. Burr ’82, ’89, Medicine

Lodge, is the new superintendent for the Sapulpa school district, Sapulpa, Okla. Roberta “Kathy” (Ford) Dale ’86, Hays, retired as associate professor of advanced education programs at Fort Hays State University. Linda (Bunker) Ganstrom ’80, ’86, ’90, Hays, taught a class at the summer arts program Hot Clay, in Idyllwild, Calif. Kraig Gross ’82, Hays, has been appointed to a third term for The Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans Board of Trustees. Eva (VonLintel) Junk ’88, ’93, Hays, is the recipient of the 2012 Hays Master Teacher Award. Becky Kiser ’80, ’94, Hays, received a first-place MIDI award in the community programming series for fewer than 10,000 subscribers category from the Mid-America Cable Show organization for her program titled “Charlie Training.” Marty E. Kugler ’85, Smith Center, is the president of Central National Bank, Mankato. Rhonda (Vankooten) Meyerhoff

’81, Hays, received first- and second-place MIDI awards in marketing and promotion for 10,001 to 25,000 subscribers from the Mid-America Cable Show organization category for the program titled “Bottom Line and Leap Year.” Christopher Riedel ’86, Shawnee Mission, is retail sales manager for Sunflower Bank. Patricia Schroeder ’86, Council Grove, is a relief veterinarian at Frick Veterinary Services, Larned.


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Ed Smith ’84, ’85, Rio Rancho,

Luke J. Higgins ’96, Salina, was

Sharon (Lake) Berner ’02,

Joshua Jordan ’05, Gastonia, N.C.,

N.M., was awarded Bronze Awards for Achievement in religious programming and in cinematography for the documentary Mulungwishi: A United Methodist Mission. He also received a best-of-show Aurora Award during the 2012 Telly Awards competition for the documentary of the same name. Cheryl (King) Stone ’86, Kansas City, Mo., was honored with the Traditions in Excellence Honor Cadre Award from North Kansas City school district for outstanding service as a sign language interpreter. Scott Wiltfong ’88, Doniphan, Neb., was named vice president and manager for Cornerstone Bank, Grand Island, Neb. David Younger ’87, Halstead, has been named superintendent for Ulysses USD 214.

recognized for outstanding service and tenure at Central Kansas Mental Health Center. Brian Hill ’95, Salina, was recognized for outstanding service and tenure at Central Kansas Mental Health Center. Dustin D. McEwen ’95, Leoti, was hired as superintendent for Norton Community Schools USD 211. Joel McReynolds ’98, Kearney, Neb., was named physician assistant at the New West Sports Medicine outreach clinic, Plainville. William Orth ’95, Osage City, was hired as superintendent for Prairie Hills USD 113. Tammy (Cress) Pettijohn ’94, Agra, is the new administrator of Deseret Health Rehab Center, Kensington and Smith Center.

Manhattan, works as a director of strategic planning for the state of Kansas. Valarie J. Browning ’05, ’06, ’08, Larned, was named Employee of the Quarter by Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Alan Burton ’05, Great Bend, of Adams Brown Beran & Ball, was the top scorer for the January/ February 2012 testing window of the CPA examination in the state of Kansas. Theresa (Riddle) Clark ’01, Hays, joined the staff at Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School as a counselor. Kylee Colson ’05, ’05, Oakley, accepted a Logan County Economic Development housing consultant position. Brandon D. Cooley ’04, Hays, won second place in cable advertising for 10,000 and fewer subscribers from the Mid-America Cable Show organization for the program “G&L Girls 2012.” Justin “J.J” Deges ’00, Bogue, is a Knights of Columbus multipleyear Million Dollar Round Table field agent. Joe Donley ’04, Loveland, Colo., is the associate director of operations for the Student Financial Services office at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Aaron Enyeart ’05, St. Joseph, Mo., joined the Smith County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy. Dustin S. Florence ’03, Lincoln, was named undersheriff for Lincoln County. Brenda (Hoffman) Gaston ’04, ’04, Leawood, is an ASA financial manager for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Kristin Goodheart ’04, ’07, Plano, Texas, will graduate from Texas Tech University in August 2012 with her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She co-authored and co-edited the book Eating Disorders

was named an assistant coach for the Duke Blue Devils baseball team. Anthony Kemper ’01, ’03, ’08, Huntington, W.V., accepted the position of associate head coach for the women’s basketball team at Marshall University. Michael Kimberlin ’01, Garden Plain, was named the principal of Holton USD 336 for the 2012-2013 school year. Taylor M. Klug ’08, Great Bend, joined First Kansas Bank as an assistant information technology and compliance officer. Troy Lane ’06, Knoxville, Tenn., was named chief of police at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Travis Couture-Lovelady ’05, Topeka, filed for the Republican nomination for the 110th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. Casey McAvoy ’06, Hays, received first and third from the Mid-America Cable Show organization for community programing single to 10,000 subscribers for the programs “Remembering Nichols and Carter” and “Russell Prairiesta 2011.” Hillary (Pack) McKinney ’02, Erie, is running for a second term as Labette County attorney. William Meagher ’05, ’11, Hays joined Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School staff as boys’ basketball coach and will assist with the football team. Rico Perez ’00, ’02, Ulysses, was named principal at Sullivan Elementary School. Kristy Pfannenstiel ’06, Shawnee, has accepted a position in the University of Kansas burn unit. Ann M. (Brungardt) Pfeifer ’07, Ellis, filed for the Ellis County treasurer position.

1990s Michael J. Battin ’93, Bogue, is the

director of global seed sales for Sorghum Partners/Chomatin Inc. Carol (Cain) Bunning ’92, Horton, was inducted into the 2012 Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Robert Channell ’90, ’94, Hays, received a 2012 teaching award from FHSU. Jennifer (Pate) Clark ’97, Anthony, was named one of Chaparral High School’s two Teachers of the Year. Garet R. Fitzpatrick ’94, Larned, was honored with the 2012 KRPA Distinguished Recreation Programmer Award at the annual Kansas Recreation and Parks Association State Conference. Bret Frerichs ’93, Goddard, works for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Wichita. Dustin Herbig ’96, Syracuse, N.Y., has received tenure from Syracuse University. Cinthia (Adelhardt) Hertel ’95, Hays, was named communications manager at Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

Nicole (Hendrix) Pfannenstiel

’96, Hays, was promoted to member services manager for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. Eber Phelps ’96, Hays, has filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in the 111th District. Duane Shephard ’94, Victoria, received a faculty award from FHSU for service. Rodney Spangler ’94, Tecumseh, was promoted to regional operations manager at American Fidelity Assurance Company. Michael Toews ’95, Tifton, Ga., was promoted to associate professor and also received tenure at the University of Georgia. Mitchell Weber ’99, Liberty, Mo., joined the 41 Action News Team, Kansas City, Mo. Tamara (Brooks) Wellbrock ’94, ’02, Hays, was awarded a U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management Regent Scholarship.

2000s Lance Albin ’01, ’06, ’11, Hays, was

promoted to vice president of UMB Bank, Russell.

in Women and Children: Prevention, Stress Management and Treatment,

published in 2011.

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Ryan Prickett ’03, ’05, Hays,

received the Best in Nation honor by College Sports information Directors of America for design of the 2011 Fort Hays State University

Corey E. David ’11, Sharon

Springs, completed Kansas law enforcement training and serves as a deputy for the Wallace County Sheriff’s Department.

Volleyball Media Guide. Kimberly Ribelin ’03, Topeka,

accepted the position as director of impact and investments with United Way of Greater Topeka. Susan (Hillier) Richmeier ’00, Garden City, is running for the position of Finney County attorney. Brent S. Riedy ’04, Andover, was named assistant principal and athletic director at Andover High School. Patsy A. Rivera ’07, Bloomingdale, Ga., published the children’s book,

Tahlequah, Okla., was named director of Families and Communities Together. Nikole Schroeder ’10, Colby, was hired as a staff accountant for Adams Brown Beran & Ball.

Douglas Self ’10, ’12, Valley Falls,

received the Best in Nation honor by College Sports Information Directors of America for design of the 2011 Fort Hays State University Volleyball Media Guide.

MARRIAGES 1980s Mark Bannister ’85 and Melanie Bailey, June 9, 2012.

1990s Matt Ortman and Mardy Robinson ’98, June 2, 2012.

Wendy and the Witch. Lesley A. Schmidt ’08, Park

City, participated in Syngenta’s Leadership at Its Best program and was also elected to serve as the second vice president for Kansas Agri-Women. Melissa (Beyer) Schoeph ’05, ’10, Hays, was named head coach for the girls’ basketball team and a junior high school math teacher at Thomas More Prep-Marian JuniorSenior High School. Monica (Hahn) Seib ’04, ’06, Lawrence, joined Sunflower Electric Power Corp. as a legal administrative assistant in the president’s office. Shane T. Smith ’01, Hays, was honored with the 2012 Rising Star Award by the Hays Chamber of Commerce. Tara (Towns) Vance ’04, Norton, was hired as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and director of the Norton County Community Foundation. Rachel (Reynolds) Wentling ’00, Hays, was named principal of Holy Family Elementary School. Kevin N. Windholz ’00, Edmond, Okla., served as the vice president of enrollment management at Oklahoma City University.

Ashlee (Lingle) Gann ’12,

2000s Derek Berns ’06, ’06 and Regina Tanking, June 5, 2010. Carlos Branham and Sara Boggs ’06, Nov. 20, 2011. Dan Bunker ’07, ’08 and Kelly Weber, Sept. 10, 2011. Chris Delimont ’09, ’09 and Traci Goebel ’11, ’11, June 2, 2012.

Rocky Gomez and Hannah Sowers ’09, Dec. 31, 2011. Grant Lacy ’06 and Karla Jo Holmes, April 6, 2012. Brandon Mai ’11 and Katherine Jones ’05, ’10, ’12, June 25, 2011. Brandon Maska and Megan Feldt ’09, May 19, 2012. Lance Moland and Eryn Norton

’09, ’09, June 25, 2011. Greg Nieman and Ericka Ummel ’08, ’08, Sept. 17, 2011. Patrick Prediger ’09 and Cassandra Renz, June 19, 2010. Jerome Schmeidler ’09 and Angela Masetti, April 21, 2012. Eric Steinle ’05, ’06 and Carrie Ritchey, June 25, 2011. Shane Summers ’08 and Samantha Jackson ’10, Oct. 9, 2010. Bryan VonFeldt ’07, ’11 and Brittney Folsom ’11, Aug. 7, 2010.

Christian Westerhaus ’07 and Kati Snelling, Nov. 5, 2011.

2010s Curt Beringer ’10 and Christina Schmid, May 21, 2011. Kyle Crossland and Katie Waldman ’10, Aug. 20, 2011. Daniel Grater ’10 and Jenna Rudell ’10, ’10, May 26, 2012. Dustin Jahay and Eleanor Hudson ’11, April 28, 2012. Steven Juenemann ’11 and Amanda McIlnay ’10,

Aug. 13, 2011. Paul Kasper and Avery Schultz ’10, ’10, Aug. 6, 2011. Dylan Loyd ’10 and Emily Rehmer ’11, ’12, April 28, 2012. Brent Risting and Reta Gnizak ’11, ’11, July 31, 2010.

BIRTHS 1990s Jason and Emily ’96, ’00 (Edmondston) Breit, Hays, a girl, Ava Emerson, June 24, 2012. Jeff ’99, ’07 and Julie ’00, ’04 (Moeder) Brull, Hays, a girl, Jaden Grace, June 5, 2012. Mark ’95, ’97, ’09 and Angela ’98 (Penny) Pahls, Hays, a boy, Samuel Nicholas, Dec. 27, 2011.

2000s Preston ’05 and Andra ’03, ’05 (Rome) Cunningham, Fowler, a girl, Abby Jo, April 4, 2012. Brian and Amanda “Mandy” ’01 (Jacobs) Drennon, Hays, a boy, Camden Allen, June 4, 2012.

Kyle Eilts and Angela ’04, ’06 (Stenfors) Eilts, Hays, a girl, Finley Jane, Dec. 14, 2011. Darris ’02 and Stacey ’02 (Schumacher) Meitler, Lucas, a boy, Jaxson Lee, June 1, 2012. Brian ’02 and Heather ’00, ’04 (Jones) Hoff, Bel Aire, a girl, Madison Layne, Feb. 7, 2012. Mike ’04, ’07 and Ashley ’07 (Gabel) Knoll, Topeka, a girl, Reagan Nicole, Feb. 22, 2012. Mark ’06 and Chelsea ’07 (Frieb) Pechanec, La Crosse, a girl, Kaitlyn Olivia, April 19, 2012. Christopher and Terri ’06 (Kroeger) Plante, Hays, a girl, Lyla Jeanette, May 22, 2012. Beau ’03, ’05 and Holly ’04 (Fehrenbach) Rebel, La Crosse, a boy, Jaxson Daniel,

April 26, 2012.

Jake and Jordyn ’06 (Kaiser) Sanders, Metairie, La., a boy, Emmett Dalton, April 18, 2012. Lance ’00 and Janelle ’01 (Adams) VanKooten, Hays, a girl, Sabrie CiennMarie, April 8, 2012. Brian ’10 and Alicia ’03, ’10 (Adams) Weber, Dodge City, a girl, Alise Brianne, June 16, 2012. Tyler and Reagan ’08 (Budig) Wiesner, Olathe, a boy, Makson Scott, March 20, 2012.

2010s Justin ’10 and Megan (Plante) Casey, Plainville, a girl, Kinsley Marie, April 8, 2012. Steven and Rachel ’11 (Schmidt) McCluskey, Hays, a boy, Joseph Thomas, March 23, 2012.


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IN MEMORY 1930s Donald A. Golden ’38, Phoenix,

Ariz., May 4, 2012.

1940s Donald H. Kaufmann ’40,

Concordia, May 4, 2012. Alma M. (McWilliams) Smith ’42,

Quinter, May 9, 2012.

1950s Sharleen K. (Holthus) Allen ’59,

Smith Center, Nov. 12, 2012. Margaret (Burditt) Breathouwer

’58, Holton, April 17, 2011. Vernon Conner ’51, McCracken,

May 12, 2012. Marjorie (Lebsack) Curtis ’50, ’53,

Hays, June 25, 2012. Joyce E. (Anderson) Riedl ’58,

Sedgwick, April 19, 2012. Forrest Schuhs ’50, Leoti, May 2, 2012. Robert Stone ’58, ’67, Hutchinson, June 8, 2012. Rosanna (Healey) Thompson ’52, Overland Park, Aug. 5, 2011. Pierce “Wes” Wikoff ’57, Hays, June 9, 2012.

1960s Raymond L. Archer ’60, Tahlequah,

Okla., Jan. 23, 2012. Darrel C. Baird ’62, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 16, 2010. Clarence E. Biggs ’68, Boise, Idaho, Aug. 22, 2011. Reeta (Cockrell) Brummer ’61, Arvada, Colo., Feb. 2, 2012. Archie D. Clement ’62, ’70, Overland Park, April 27, 2012. Carole J. (Huffman) Crist ’69, Quinter, May 2, 2012.

Dolores M. (Oborny) Dunning

’63, Fort Worth, Texas, April 27, 2012. Patricia (Whisler) Knapp ’65,

WaKeeney, June 27, 2012. Marcelline (Snider) Koch ’60,

Alden, June 3, 2012. Ilene (Davis) Kozisek ’60,

Holyrood, March 10, 2012. James W. Miller ’61, Hutchinson,

March 14, 2010. Bettie (Westerhaus) Nebergall

’69, St. George, Utah, Dec. 31, 2009. James Schalansky ’62, Topeka, May 13, 2012. Charles Sites ’62, ’67, Merriam, May 30, 2012. Douglas VanLoenen ’65, Hays, May 29, 2012.

Dwayne H. Spady ’73, Hays,

May 3, 2012. Dolores M. (Hunter) Taylor ’71,

Kinsley, Dec. 26, 2011. Thomas L. Toepfer ’72, Hays, April 30, 2012. Susan A. (Gillum) Werth ’76, ’82, Mora, N.M., May 4, 2012. Fred C. Wilson ’71, ’74, Greeley, Colo., July 22, 2011. Buddy Wiser ’72, Haswell, Colo., August 3, 2011.

1980s David R. Jesseph ’89, Leon,

May 4, 2012. Wieland M. Rounkles ’81, Cocoa,

Fla., Jan. 3, 2009.

1990s Patti L. Grollmes ’94, Fairview,

April 26, 2012. Emilie (Elliot) Sharp ’97, Las Vegas,

N.M., Jan. 3, 2010. Twila F. (Ulin) Zachgo ’92, Tipton,

April 22, 2012.

1970s Richard M. Allton Jr. ’77, ’78,

Marshalltown, Iowa, May 5, 2012. Billy Clark ’75, Hutchinson,

June 10, 2012. Alrene (Quenzer) Daniels ’76,

Tribune, May 20, 2012. Marilyn (Kirtland) Doerfler ’77,

Hays, June 6, 2012. Carl Harvey ’73, Little River,

June 26, 2012. Yvonne M. (Cline) Lewis ’75,

Syracuse, April 12, 2012. Stanley R. Massey ’79, El Dorado,

May 3, 2012. Jane M. (Krannawitter) McBride

’71, Paola, May 3, 2012. Janet A. (Staats) Meyer ’73, ’83,

Sylvan Grove, June 12, 2011. Peggy J. (Miller) North ’71, Salina,

April 27, 2012. Ansel E. “Rocky” Packer ’71,

Moon Township, Pa., April 23, 2012. Gary N. Siemer ’70, ’75, Houston, Texas, April 26, 2012.

Tiger and Dragon (detail) from the FHSU Leora B. Stroup collection.


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CHAPTER NEWS Choose from one of three fabulous cruises


GoNext, in conjunction with Tigers worldwide, is offering a full array of 2013 traveling opportunities – Rome to Lisbon, New Orleans to Memphis and Vancouver to Anchorage. The European Mosaic-Oceania Cruise (Rome to Lisbon), scheduled for June 5-13, will allow you to sample some of Europe’s rich past and exciting present as you cruise to Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard the elegant Oceania Cruise’s Nautica. See the famed Renaissance cities of Pisa and Florence, the glittering French Riviera, serene Provence, and the varied, enduring cultures of Barcelona and Cartagena. A voyage aboard the American Queen April 19-28 is priceless Americana, and this Mississippi steamboat Antebellum South river cruise brings a rich part of it to life. Delve into the history, culture and epic grandeur of the antebellum South from New Orleans to Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena and Memphis. Take advantage of the Alaskan Discovery-Regent Seven Seas cruise from Aug 7-13 and discover the history, character and natural beauty of Alaska from the all-inclusive luxury of Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator. This cruise to the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka is an unforgettable experience featuring one of the most rugged, friendly, naturally beautiful places on earth. To receive the best possible rate, call GoNext toll free at 800-842-8923 or visit for more information or to reserve a place. Indicate you are an Tiger supporter and a percentage will be returned to the FHSU Alumni Association for programs and services.

Calling all leaders! The 2012 Alumni Leadership Institute is set for Sept 8. It’s sure to be a grand time as FHSU supporters from across the state of Kansas and beyond join us to learn about other FHSU chapters and officers, learning/ thinking/working styles, steps to performing groups, volunteer management, communications, recruitment skills and, in general, everything about today’s Fort Hays State. Originally resurrected in Kansas in 2010, the FHSU Tiger Alumni & Friend Chapter system is actively taking hold throughout the state and elsewhere. In between a variety of hands-on training sessions, there will be a campus tour, lunch, and if desired, tickets to the 7 p.m. FHSU vs. Washburn University football game, which is sure to be a thriller under the leadership of FHSU Football Coach Chris Brown. As an incentive for attendees, hotel accommodations are available on Sept. 7 for those interested in serving in a leadership role who are traveling 100-plus miles (one way). Email or call the Alumni Office toll free at 888-351-3591 to sign up.

100 years of FHSU history Lighthouse on the Plains: Fort Hays State University, 1902-2002 encompasses 100 years of rich FHSU history. Written by Dr. James Forsythe, the late FHSU historian, the book can be purchased in hardbound ($15) or softbound ($10) versions. The price includes postage and handling. Order online at, contact the Alumni Association at 1-888-351-3591 or 628-4430 or email

Harris Golf Tournament Following a long stretch of exceedingly high temperatures in southwest Kansas this summer, temperatures dropped Aug. 4 to the 80s in Liberal, setting a perfect stage for the 2012 Harris Golf Tournament at the Liberal Country Club. FHSU alumni and friends alike headed to the links to enjoy a fun-filled day in the sun. The golf tournament, held in honor of the late Dr. Norvan Harris '42 and his wife, Dorothy, has been dedicated to raising funds for the Harris Scholarship Fund, which helps students from southwest Kansas attend Fort Hays State University. Through the years, the Harrises have been avid supporters of higher education and the importance it has not only in student's lives but the communities in which they live. This year‘s event, as have the others, raised thousands of dollars. Special thanks to Jerry Harding '78 and Sarah Miller, ‘83 both from Liberal, for their continued willingness and dedication to making the Harris Golf Tournament a real success.

Winning the day's championship flight was, left to right, John Engel '71, former FHSU golfer, Dr. Edward Hammond, Don Owens and Dean Sumner with a score of 57.


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Don't toss it – check out the value!

Reaching Tigers

Like many of us, you’re probably bombarded with window envelopes, some of which contain credit card offers. As an alumnus or friend of Fort Hays State University, from time to time you might receive an offer for the Tiger Platinum Visa.

The FHSU Alumni Office is traveling to a site near you! Watch for further details as we visit various areas in Kansas and beyond to update you on the latest happenings on campus! In addition, all Tigers are invited to join us for an FHSU Day at the Kansas State Fair 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Hutchinson at the Cottonwood Food Court Building. Special guest Victor E. Tiger will make an appearance noon to 1:30 p.m. There will be tattoos for the little ones and FHSU giveaways. Be sure to show your pride with Tiger spirit wear and we hope to see you at the Fair!

 FREE rewards and cash back

It’s true! With the Tiger Platinum Visa you’re automatically signed up for FREE rewards. With INTRUST Rewards you earn one point for every net $1 spent on purchases. Points are easily turned into a cash-back credit; or you might explore the travel, merchandise and gift cards available.You can even redeem points for a gift card to the FHSU bookstore! Check it out at

 Value to the Alumni Association

Additionally, the Tiger Platinum Visa provides vital funding for the Alumni Association, furthering the mission to promote and serve FHSU alumni and future alumni – at no cost to you.

 Don’t wait

With FREE rewards, no annual fee, low APR, customer service provided by a Kansas owned bank and Alumni Association support – it’s a great value. Apply anytime at or call 800-222-7458. Join your fellow alumni and friends who show their Tiger Pride by carrying and using the Tiger Platinum Visa.

Stay connected – sign up today! Are you receiving the FHSU-TigerTalk, the electronic alumni newsletter containing the latest and greatest in FHSU news? If not, you’ll want to contact the Alumni Office toll free at 888-351-3591 to take advantage of this free service.

We're still looking for lost friends. Can you help us track these Tigers? If you know how any of these people can be reached, contact the FHSU Alumni Association, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS, 67601- 3767, or call locally 785-628-4430 or toll free 888-351-3591. Tammy A. (Luyster) Alderdice ’95 James K. Brinker ’62 Susan D. Brown ’74 Fred Brungardt ’71 Ann M. (Bettenbrock) Chowning ’74 Lacey J. Clevenger ’03 Faye B. (Chance) Conklin ’55 Suzanne M. (Vieyra) Craig ’91 Barbara J. (Scott) Cullen ’56 Micha S. Davis ’09 ’12 Lori A. (Conn) Denney ’88 ’93 Melinda K. (Griffith) Ewert ’94 Larry E. Garrett ’73 Loretta C. (Belisle) Gross ’76 Linda L. (Hawthorne) Hair ’96 Patricia S. (Nicholson) Harper ’74 Clell W. Harrison ’62 Jon T. Hartman ’62 ’63 Brenda J. (Mantz) Heily ’95 Thomas L. Hellerud ’83 Gayle L. (Good) Henricksen ’95 Jill F. Hessenflow ’02 Leonard James ’62 William D. Kendrick ’62 Cheryl S. (Muck) King ’74 Diana M. (Hobbie) Kramer ’01 John A. Lawver ’73 JoAnn M. (Rogers) Luedke ’84

Jennifer R. (Hughes) Lundgrin ’95 Mary E. (Meyer) Mariner ’89 Lisa A. (Getty) McRae-Garner ’91 Jennifer M. (Burkhart) Mehmood ’03 Amanda S. (Schlyer) Mitchell ’07 Bradley K. Morrison ’09 Douglas G. Morrissey ’61 ’62 Charles E. Mowry ’52 Janna S. (Strandberg) Murray ’90 Kelly L. (Zordel) North ’95 Carl D. Novinger ’73 Lillian R. (Wolfe) Parks ’68 Andrea S. (Fabrizius) Pattin ’93 Robert J. Pellow ’62 Roy Phillis ’52 Shelbi R. Raffelock ’02 Bruce Ramsay ’52 Susan P. Robson ’84 Stephen R. Rogers ’09 Sidney A. Rohde ’01 Fred Ross ’52 Hollie S. (Sanchez) Salinas ’99 Susanne M. (Stafford) Sanders ’77 Patricia A. (Bolles) Sandy ’96 Angel (Boyd) Schmutz ’97 Verlin K. Siefkes ’72 Leland M. Sloan ’62 Cynthia K. Smith ’81

L. Joan (Sample) Smith ’58 Dwane A. Smith ’90 Sharon M. (Smith) Stafford ’76 Jessa C. Stanley ’04 Jerald L. Starkey ’52 Ruth L. (Taylor) Starkey ’52 Tosha D. (Garrison) Stoner ’98 ’02 Carla J. (Streck) Streck-Perez ’88 Anna L. (Sublett) Street ’71 Connie E. (Vanwey) Sullivan ’71 Clinton A. Talbert ’51 ’52 Paula (Martinez) Talbert ’91 Steve L. Thompson ’76 Bonnie R. (Bloom) Totten ’73 Debra D. (Joslin) Trimble ’79 Jill D. (Echer) Vanblaricon ’80 Bruce L. VanPetten ’76 ’76 ’77 Theresa M. VonFeldt ’94 Melody S. (Grooms) Wallace ’03 Haley A. Webster ’09 Robert G. Whalen ’91 Barbara J. White ’62 Aimee H. (Chen) Wienern ’95 Patricia E. (Johnson) Wiggins ’99 Patricia A. (Holmes) Wilson ’72 Kresta M. (Cox) Wolf ’96 Mary E. (Hoover) Wooldridge ’74 Gary R. Zipfel ’71 29

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Calendar 2012 August


20 2012-13 Tiger Generational Shirt unveiling, Campus Quad

3 Sklar Brothers Comedy Show, Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center

4-7 Homecoming Weekend 2012, Hays (see pages 18-19 for list of events)

Fall semester begins

21 Kansas City Area Chapter August Meet & Greet at Tanner’s, Overland Park

Encore – Mystery Hour Tour, Beach/Schmidt

Performing Arts Center

25 2012 Tiger Auction, campus

September 8

2012 Alumni Leadership Institute, Robbins Center

13 FHSU Faculty/Staff Tiger Reception, Robbins Center 15

Reno County Chapter – Wear Your Tiger Colors – Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson

17 Encore – TAP!, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center 23 Kansas City Area Chapter – October Meet & Greet at Tanner’s, Overland Park

19-25 Fall Break (university closed Nov 22-23)

26-30 Media Tour, Kansas and Nebraska 26 Reno County Tiger Chapter Social – Hutchinson 28 Kansas City Area Chapter – Tiger Reception, Overland Park 29 Southwest Kansas Tiger Chapter Gathering, Garden City

29 Encore – The Phantom of the Opera, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center



For information on these or other upcoming events, call the FHSU Alumni Office at 785-628-4430, toll free at 888-351-3591 or visit

13 Encore – Ricky Nelson Remembered, Beach/ Schmidt Performing Arts Center

14 Fall semester ends

ON THE COVER Fort Hays State alumni and friends are making plans to gather for Homecoming 2012 “A Celebration of Tiger Nation.” This long-standing tradition offers Tigers of all ages an opportunity to show their pride in their alma mater and their gratitude for all that Fort Hays State means to the past and future of higher education in Kansas and beyond. The cover was designed by Jared Schiel '02, '12, director, athletic development for the FHSU Foundation.

Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University Kansas’ Premier Residential Early-Entry-To-College Program for High School Juniors & Seniors. Students selected to the Academy earn a minimum of 68 hours of college credit in addition to graduating from high school. The deadline to apply to the Academy is January 1 of the student’s sophomore year. For more information on the Academy or to schedule a visit, please contact us at: Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science 600 Park Street Hays, KS 67601

E-mail: (785)628-4690 Phone (785)628-4077 Fax


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Photo by Michael C. Snell

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Robbins Center – One Tiger Place Hays, KS 67601-3767

Non-profit Organization US POSTAGE PAID FULTON, MO PERMIT 38


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FHSU Magazine - Homecoming 2012  

The is the Homecoming edition of the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association.

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