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Volume 14, No. 1


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 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. ADVERTISING: For 2011-12 advertising rate cards and placement information, contact the FHSU Alumni Association via e-mail,, or call 785-628-4430 or 1-888-351-3591. © 2011 All rights reserved. Views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the official position of Fort Hays State University or the Alumni Board of Directors.

CAMPUS NEWS FHSU remains most affordable university 4 6 Burnett gets national recognition for advising 8 Another avenue open to share FHSU successes 9 FHSU plans new residence hall on Agnew Hall site FEATURE 10 2011 Alumni & Presidential Awards 15















ON THE COVER “Homecoming is about embracing the tradition and pride of FHSU. The images we capture from the past help convey the many aspects of what makes Fort Hays State special to so many.” The cover was designed by Jared Schiel ’02, FHSU Foundation associate director for communications and marketing.


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CAMPUS NEWS FHSU’s expanded crisis plan enters planning stage As another academic year approaches, Fort Hays State University is making major progress toward fully implementing a new Emergency Management Plan that was approved in September 2010 by the President’s Cabinet. The new plan assigns responsibilities to numerous university employees in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and those employees have begun formal training that is coordinated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Members of the Critical Incident Policy Group, which developed the FHSU plan, have already completed several levels of the training. Partly in response to the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, FHSU created a Crisis Management Plan that gathered existing crisis protocols into a single document and established a more formal response process than had previously existed. Shortly after that plan went into effect, the Kansas Board of Regents hired a consultant to review the crisis plans of all the state universities, community colleges and technical schools.

The consultants identified two deficiencies in FHSU’s post-2007 Crisis Management Plan: 1. Although the FHSU plan included threat assessment, which is the process of recognizing and dealing with potential problems in order to head off a crisis before it occurs, the consultants recommended a more extensive and effective process; and 2. The consultants noted that the FHSU plan should be compatible with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to assure that emergency responses on campus would be most effectively coordinated with outside agencies. NIMS and the Incident Command System were created by the federal government to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of incidents. Accordingly, President Edward Hammond assembled a team to develop the new Emergency Management Plan. Todd Powell ’95, FHSU’s general counsel and

FHSU remains most affordable university Fort Hays State University’s recommendation for a tuition increase for the 2011-2012 year has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. “I’m pleased that the Board of Regents has approved our 2011-2012 recommendations,” said FHSU President Edward Hammond. “Our in-state undergraduate tuition goes from $101.15 to $105.20, an increase of $4.05, which is a 4-percent increase.” With the increase, the tuition cost for a freshman from Kansas taking 15 credit hours at FHSU this coming fall will be $1,578. In comparison, 15 hours in tuition alone will cost $4,182 at the University of Kansas and $3,468 at Kansas State University. The total out-of-pocket expense for both tuition and fees for a 15-hour semester at Fort Hays State in the 2011-2012 year will rise by 3.6 percent to $2,041.05. At KU, those hours will cost $4,610.95, an increase of 5.6 percent when accounting for both tuition and fees; and at K-State, $3,828.60, an increase of 3.8 percent. Tuition proposals approved by the Regents are expected to produce about $26 million in additional revenue for the six state universities to offset $24 million in cuts to operating budgets and increases in health care costs and other mandatory expenses.

executive assistant to the president, was named coordinator of the team. Powell and Ed Howell, director of University Police, serve as the university’s emergency co-managers under the new plan. The university continued to operate under the original Crisis Management Plan until the new Emergency Management Plan was approved last fall. FHSU’s new Emergency Management Plan incorporates NIMS compliance, and it also creates a Behavioral Intervention Team, coordinated by Shana Meyer, assistant vice president for student affairs. The Behavioral Intervention Team, with representatives from all areas of the university, meets regularly to evaluate reports of behavioral threats. In addition, FHSU changed to a new vendor – Rave Mobile Safety – that delivers alerts more quickly and effectively than the original vendor in three modes: telephone, text message and email. FHSU is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, and much progress has been made to provide effective emergency management.


ROBBINS CENTER We’re bringing a program to Fort Hays State that has been rocking campuses across the country.

Find out more at this year’s Tiger Bonfire. Thursday, Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. 4

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Current students have important role in FHSU brand The effort to promote the image of Fort Hays State University with a new brand – Forward thinking. World ready. – will reach out to current students beginning at the annual Back to School Picnic on Monday, Aug. 22. After investing more than two years in research and preparation, Fort Hays State University launched the new branding effort in 2008 to replace the previous “Affordable Success” message. The new brand captures the essence of the university: its programs and its people. FHSU is a nimble, innovative, socially engaged school that prepares graduates for success in a rapidly changing world, whether they choose to remain in western Kansas or relocate to faraway destinations. Much effort was made to educate faculty and staff about the meaning of the new brand and to deliver the message to potential students, to alumni and to friends of the university. Members of the FHSU Brand Implementation Team realized, though, that as students come and go over the years, many of them may not understand what the new brand signifies. “We do not expect students to study or memorize all the details of the FHSU brand, but we do want them to grasp the basics so they can become effective ambassadors of the university,” said Kent Steward ’02, director of University Relations and chair of the Brand Committee. “We want to make it fun,” he added. “We will have a table at the Back to School picnic where we will give away T-shirts and other prizes to students who answer trivia questions about FHSU. The T-shirts and various posters and signs around campus will display each of the words in the tagline – world, ready, forward and thinking – along with brief quotes that explain what each of those elements mean. We are also hoping to

Forward thinkin g World ready. . “I’m at home in the world.”

“I’m learning better ways to get things done.”

sponsor other events, possibly in partnership with local businesses who cater to our student body.” Changes in the brand image do not mean that the price of an education has become any less important. FHSU remains the most affordable four-year institution in this region of the country, and in these tough economic times, that is more important than ever so that everyone has an opportunity to pursue the American dream. In addition to affordability, the new brand emphasizes five main themes: • Learning opportunities with exceptional depth, inside and outside the classroom, from the beginning of the college experience; • Outstanding faculty and staff who deliver exceptional attention and support; • An expectation of social, civic and professional engagement; • Partnerships and learning experiences that bring together cultures, perspectives and thinking from around the world; and • Innovation that drives solutions.

“I’m preparing for what’s ahead.”

“I’m investing wisely in my future.”

Distinguished Scholars Program welcomes eight Fort Hays State University welcomed eight high-achieving freshmen to campus in August as the first cohort of the new Distinguished Scholars Program. These exceptional high school graduates scored at least a 30 on their ACT, earned a 3.5 or better GPA and submitted thoughtful, well-crafted responses to two essay questions. A faculty committee reviewed applications and selected these students based on their past academic success, involvement and their vision for themselves and the future. The Distinguished Scholars Program entitles recipients to a free laptop, campus parking pass, Encore tickets and other perks. More importantly, they receive specialized advising from Matthew Means, assistant professor of music and director of the Office of National and International Competitive Scholarships. Throughout the course of their academic careers, scholars attend weekly seminars that focus on professional and personal

development. All eight freshmen gained automatic membership in the Fort Hays Honor Society. “It is my expectation that the growth of this program will create a new cohort of academic standard-bearers at FHSU and a new generation of leaders and public servants for some very fortunate communities,” said Means. The committee selects a maximum of 10 recipients per year for this prestigious program. Once selected, scholars remain in the program for the duration of their undergraduate career as long as they maintain a 3.3 GPA and meet other requirements. Rebecca Whitmer, Hays, applied to the Distinguished Scholars Program because she wanted to be pushed to excel in college. “I know that being a part of this program will not only enhance my experience at FHSU but will also surround me with individuals who

share my determination,” she said. “I decided to apply for the DSP because I saw within the program a distinct opportunity to get involved, to be challenged, and to meet new friends,” said Daniel Hill, Kensington. “The scholarship money was also very appealing to me.” If you know of student who may qualify for the 2012 program, visit honors/dsp/ or call Means at 785-628-4533 to learn more.

2011 Distinguished Scholars • Johnny Hill, Falcon, Colo., graphic design • Daniel Hill, Kensington, music education • Rachel Kerschen, Wichita, accounting • Riley Mayden, Abilene, nursing • Cody Norton, Salina, biology • Valerie Ramage, Wheaton, psychology • Rebecca Whitmer, Hays, elementary education • Kevin Williams, Beloit, biology


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CAMPUS NEWS Kansas Jubilee conference highlights e-commerce Fort Hays State University’s College of Business and Leadership, with the support of the FHSU Small Business Development Center, will host the Kansas Jubilee Conference from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, in FHSU’s Memorial Union. The Jubilee is a two-day conference of workshops, seminars, panels and networking covering e-commerce venues and techniques for success. Expert sellers from eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Bonanza and e-commerce will present the workshops, including optimizing social networking for e-commerce and search engine optimization. The cost is $49 per person. Registration is limited to 200 participants. Joyce Banbury, Russell, an eBay and online seller, was instrumental in bringing the conference to Kansas. She promotes Kansas and rural lifestyle whenever the opportunity arises. She said the Internet has opened the door to allow independent businesses to prosper in rural areas. “I’ve watched Kansas main streets dwindle and die for 30 years,” she said. “When I discovered eBay in 1998 and became a power seller, I realized the potential of Internet marketing for rural areas.” The 2011 Jubilee Conference was expanded to include other online selling venues, e-commerce and social networking. eBay, the world’s largest marketplace, provides the perfect venue to start, build or grow an e-commerce business. Social networking is the tool to make that expansion work, when used correctly. “It is exciting to have so many exceptional people willing to present workshops at the Kansas Jubilee,” she said. Jim Griffith, senior manager of Seller Advocacy, eBay author and dean of eBay University, will be back to conduct workshops. Cliff Ennico, attorney, author and small business tax expert will discuss online tax responsibility, and Cindy Shebley, author, eBay power seller and speaker at Amazon’s national conference, will discuss cross-venue selling and catalog photography. “It is wonderful to bring this quality of learning, networking and fun experience to Kansas,” said Banbury. “It is even more exciting to realize we can live in our hometown and earn a part-time, full-time or operate a business with little more than a computer and Internet connection. For rural areas, the Internet is an open door to expand, grow or start a business such as eBay, and e-commerce enables entrepreneurial success.” For more information or to register, visit or contact Banbury at 785-483-6300.

On the quest for New Tigers The Admissions Office has started the 2011-12 recruitment year. A lot of excitement is growing on campus and great activities are planned for the year. Prospective students in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas need to be on the lookout as FHSU admissions counselors have started traveling to college fairs and high schools in Tricia Cline ‘99, ‘02, FHSU Director of these areas. Admissions While Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska will remain the primary recruitment markets for FHSU, more and more Texas students have found Fort Hays State to be their “home away from home.” With this growing student population on campus, the Admissions Office has hired a full-time admissions counselor to recruit in the state of Texas. Chrisy Crough ’04 began her duties in June and will recruit from her home in Arlington. This position will give FHSU greater visibility in the state of Texas by visiting more college fairs and high schools as well as making connections in the communities and school districts. With all of the travel involved in recruiting students, you may wonder how the admissions staff has time to do it all. FHSU is lucky to have active alumni participating in the daily effort of recruiting students to campus. Every time an alumnus says a good word about Fort Hays State or mentions a fond memory, a student remembers that personal connection. In the recruiting process, nothing speaks higher about a university than a positive remark from an alumnus. To our alumni who are actively speaking praises about their alma mater, thank you. We appreciate all that you do and it makes the recruiting process even more fun when the student already knows a few great stories about Fort Hays State. Please help us make the freshman class of 2012 the biggest and best ever by contacting the Office of Admissions at 1-800-628-FHSU (3478) with any prospect who may have what it takes to be a Tiger!

Burnett gets national recognition for advising Dr. Jeffery Burnett, associate professor of health and human performance, received the Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association. Burnett received this award for the outstanding qualities he demonstrates in academic advising. The goal of the NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students. Burnett will be presented with the award in Denver, Colo., at the NACADA Annual Conference on Oct. 2. This award follows Burnett's recognition in May on campus by the FHSU Alumni Association as the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Pilot Award recognizing him as the outstanding faculty member of the year.


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Monday, October 17, 201 1 @ 7:3O p.m. (Cirque Mechanics)


Wednesday, November 30, 201 1 @ 7:3O p.m. (opera, jazz & broadway music)


Saturday, December 17, 201 1 @ 7:3O p.m. (ballet)


Sunday, December 1 8, 201 1 @ 2:0O p.m. (ballet)


Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 7:3O p.m. (Montana Repertory Theatre: drama)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 7:3O p.m. (broadway musical)


Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 7:3O p.m. (piano)

ITALIAN SAXOPHONE QUARTET Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 7:3O p.m. ( jazz & classical music)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012 @ 7:3O p.m. (broadway musical)

performances are held in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center tickets: Student Service Center. Memorial Union: (785) 628-5306 Season ticket information: (785) 628-5308 http://bigcat.f

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CAMPUS NEWS Another avenue opened to share FHSU successes An international student at FHSU recently expressed a concern that she had no easy way to share her successes with her friends and family back home. Many popular networking sites created for sharing such stories were banned in her home country. She could email her friends to keep in touch, but she thought others would enjoy learning about her experiences as well. Her concerns led to discussions between many departments on the campus of Fort Hays State University, and from those discussions, an avenue to share such stories was created. In a joint effort, the FHSU Foundation, the Virtual College, the Department of Student Affairs and the Office of Strategic Partnerships launched, a platform to share experiences, stories, photos, videos and more. For students abroad, international students on the FHSU campus and Virtual College students, this project was built in an effort to promote and share the richly diverse experiences of FHSU Tigers around the world. For more information about the Global Tigers blog, go to Feel free to share your FHSU experiences.

Flint Hills Technical College awarded first EnergyNET grant Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, has become the first recipient of a grant from EnergyNET Kansas, which will fund online course development for a 36-credit-hour power plant technology education program. EnergyNET is coordinated and directed by Fort Hays State University. EnergyNET, short for Energy Network of Education and Training, is a $1.6 million investment by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents to coordinate a network of public higher education institutions across the state in providing enhanced hybrid and online workforce training. FHTC will receive $181,500 to develop 18 highly interactive and simulationbased online modules that will allow anyone across the state, region and country to receive the necessary education and training to apply for a position in the field of power plant operations. The college will work with instructional designers SchwindTEC Inc. EnergyNET conducted an industry focus group at FHTC to learn about the workforce needs of the electric power industry. “Industry representatives from power plants or those who train others to run power plants included Westar, Wolf Creek, KCP&L, Midwest Energy, Sunflower Electric, and Kansas Municipal Utilities, which represents 119 local power plants across the state,” said Mike Michaelis ’92, ’01, EnergyNET director. “We found that most will have about a 50-percent turnover in the next five years and a hundred-percent turnover in the next 10 years because of retirements,” he said. “They need newly trained candidates with entry-level power plant skills to fill openings across the state.”


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Center for Civic Leadership wins a 2nd Outstanding Leadership Program Award Leadership programs at Fort Hays State University have joined a rare group with the announcement that the Association of Leadership Educators has given the university's Center for Civic Leadership its 2011 award for Outstanding Leadership Programs. FHSU's Department of Leadership Studies won the award in 2000. The award was announced at the July 10-13 national conference in Denver. "Only one other university has won two Outstanding Leadership Program awards, and that was Texas A&M," said Dr. Curt Brungardt, center director and Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership. "We're extremely honored to receive this award. It's always nice when our hard work is recognized by others around the country. I think it also helps reaffirm what we do and how we do it in advancing the field of leadership development." This award is designed to recognize outstanding leadership programs in education. A "clear impact on leadership education must be shown," says the organization's website. "I think it speaks a lot for FHSU that two different entities have now won the award, which tells us and also those beyond our campus that FHSU takes leadership education seriously, and we have had a lot of success in this field," said Brungardt. FHSU's Center for Civic Leadership is a nationally recognized institute for citizen leadership development. Its many programs provide high-quality educational programs and initiatives designed to enhance civic leadership capabilities. The website is The outstanding program is selected by a committee from among the list of nominees.


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CAMPUS NEWS FHSU plans new residence hall on Agnew Hall site With an enrollment that has literally doubled over the past decade, including growth on campus as well as in the Virtual College and China, Fort Hays State University is looking to build a new residence facility on the site of the former Agnew Hall. Agnew Hall was razed in the summer of 2010 because of its deteriorating condition and shrinking demand for this type of housing. Plans are to replace it with a new, modern facility similar to the Stadium Place Apartments. Uniplace LLC was awarded the contract to develop Stadium Place Apartments near Lewis Field through the competitive bidding process authorized by the state of Kansas. That contract gave Uniplace the right of first refusal on future private housing developments on the university’s campus. Through that right, Uniplace’s successor corporation was under contract with the university to develop the property formerly occupied by Agnew Hall. FHSU President Edward Hammond has stated that the university needs to have a new residence facility operational on the

Agnew Hall site by the start of the fall 2012 semester. The arrest of prominent FHSU alumnus Brooks Kellogg ’65 in October 2010 was a tragedy for his family, a shock to the university community and a complication in the effort to construct the new residence facility. Kellogg, Libertyville, Ill., is the managing member of Uniplace. He was arrested by the FBI at Denver International Airport and accused of trying to hire a hit man to commit a murder. He pleaded guilty to a single count this spring in a plea bargain and is awaiting a sentencing hearing. Kellogg was also a member of the FHSU Foundation Board of Directors and national co-chair with his wife, Gail, of the $60-million Cornerstone Campaign. Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the Foundation, announced immediately following Kellogg’s arrest that Ed and Donna ’77, ’83 Stehno, co-chairs of the Cornerstone Campaign, would assume all leadership responsibilities in the campaign. In addition, Kellogg is no longer a member of the Foundation Board.

Picken Hall gets accent Rejuvenated Picken Hall, approaching the first anniversary of its reopening after a $6 million renovation project, got a crowning touch for its atrium earlier this month when renowned glass artist Vernon Brejcha ’64, ’67 installed a chandelier in the building’s new atrium. Brejcha, Lawrence, graduated with a B.S. in art education and an M.S. in art. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin and taught glass blowing at the University of Kansas for 26 years. The work of art was commissioned through private funding.


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ive alumni and one friend of Fort Hays State University will be honored by the FHSU Alumni Association at the Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet Friday, Oct. 7, during Homecoming celebrations. In addition, Gary Sherrer, former lieutenant governor and former chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, will receive the Presidential Award, the university’s most distinguished recognition. Three alumni will receive Alumni Achievement Awards, the association’s highest honor, for outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy. Recipients are Les Anderson ’70, Valley Center, a professor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University; Patty (Sander) Billinger ’92, ’94, Overland Park, regional management officer for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication Review in Kansas City, Mo.; and Lyle Staab ’77, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., vice president of Global Instrument Manufacturing for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Tarrytown, N.Y.

One alumnus will receive the Young Alumni Award, which recognizes 10- to 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments. This year’s recipient is Jesse Shaver ’01, M.D., Ph.D., Cary, N.C., a scientist with Vadum Inc., Raleigh, N.C. Larry Dreiling ’80, ’80, ’85, Hays, senior field editor for The High Plains Journal, Dodge City, will receive the Nita M. Landrum Award for alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or FHSU, especially in their home communities. Steve Shields, Manhattan, founding CEO and chair of Kinmundy Ralston LLC, Milwaukee, Wis., and CEO and principal of Action Pact Development LLC, Manhattan, will receive a Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals, alumni or not, known as friends of the university who demonstrate a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level, who support spiritual, cultural and educational objectives, and who endorse and exemplify the highest standards of character and personal attributes.


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Alumni Achievement Award Les Anderson


es Anderson, Valley Center, graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1970. He earned a Master of Arts in journalism in 1971 from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a professor of communication at the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, where he has taught writing, editing and community journalism courses for more than 30 years. He joined the faculty in 1977. He worked at The Hays Daily News while studying at FHSU and at The Missourian, on the sports desk, while earning his master’s degree at the University of Missouri. From 1971 until 1974, he worked at The Wichita Eagle. He helped start the weekly Wichita Sun in 1974 and, in 1975, he and his wife, Nancy, started The Ark Valley News, Valley Center, a weekly they published until selling it in 2007. He was president of the Kansas Press Association for 1996-97 and was a member of its board of directors for eight years. He was also president of the Kansas Newspaper Foundation from 1997-98. He has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1970. Anderson has been a member of the National Newspaper Association since 1977, serving as a member of its Telecommunications and Journalism Education committees. As president of the KPA in 1997, he also served on the NNA’s National Leadership Council. The KPA has awarded him several honors: the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award; the Karl and Dorothy Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award; the Boyd Community Service Award (awarded by the KPA and the Huck Boyd Foundation); and the Victor Murdock Award for Excellence in Kansas Journalism. He has also received the Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award from the William Allen White Foundation of the University of Kansas. He was the 2011 winner of the John R. Barrier Distinguished Teaching Award in Humanities and Social Sciences at WSU, and he was awarded the firstever Elliott School of Communication Teaching Award in 2009. He received the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award for WSU in 2004. In addition to teaching, he is a member of the Wichita State University Faculty-to-Student Mentoring Program; the primary media coordinator for Kansas’ 30th Judicial District; and president of the advisory board of the monthly Active Aging, a publication for senior citizens in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties. He holds life membership status in the FHSU Alumni Association. He and his wife, Nancy, have five children, Spike, Maggie, Ben, Seth and Patrick.

Alumni Achievement Award Patty (Sander) Billinger


atty Billinger, Overland Park, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from FHSU in 1992 and a Master of Science in political theory in 1994. She is the regional management officer for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Region VII, one of only 10 similar positions in the nation. She began her federal career as a claims representative in the Hays field office from 1994 until 2000, then was promoted to management support specialist and operations supervisor in the Wichita office. She was promoted to the field management officer and regional director for operations and administration in the Kansas City Regional Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. She oversees the operational, workload and strategic planning activities for the Kansas City Region, consisting of approximately 400 employees, including 72 judges in hearing offices located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Most recently, she has led Region VII in opening two new hearing offices in Topeka, Kan. and Columbia, Mo. She serves as the management chair of the National American Federation of Government Employees Health and Safety Committee. In 2007 and through 2009, while working with the Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge, she was named to the commissioner’s backlog reduction team, which was charged with eliminating the backlog of thousands of pending hearings. She was instrumental on both the national and regional levels in Social Security’s transition from paper folders to an electronic disability hearing process. She has been presented with numerous performance awards during her career, including three Regional Commissioner Awards while in Hays and another Regional Commissioner Award in 2005 for educating the homeless about Social Security programs. She has received numerous Commissioner’s and Deputy Commissioner’s Citations and other national awards for leadership pertaining to the hearings operation. She volunteered at the Kansas City Rescue Mission, educating the homeless about Social Security programs; the Heartland Book Bank, Harvesters Food Pantry and Distribution Center; the Genesis Young Women’s Center; the Children’s Museum of Kansas City; and the Dictionaries for Kids Program. She worked with the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in Hays as a member of the games evaluation team; and volunteered with the Kansas Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita. Billinger volunteers with a prison outreach program in the Kansas City area and is a member of the FHSU Alumni Association. She and her husband, Ken, have one son, Blaine. 11

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Alumni Achievement Award Lyle Staab


yle Staab, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., graduated with a Bachelor of Science in finance from FHSU in 1977. After completing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, he started with Corning Inc. as a supervisor of accounting. His career since has led him to leadership positions in manufacturing, restructuring, accounting and commercial operations in the medical diagnostics and consumer products industries. He is vice president for global instrument manufacturing for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, responsible for analyzer and parts manufacturing and repair activities at six plants in the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Previously, he was vice president, integration, managing the consolidation of commercial, manufacturing, and product development activities around the globe after Siemens’ acquisition of three leading in-vitro companies in 2006 and 2007 for $11 billion. In other roles, he has served as managing director of commercial and manufacturing companies in Ireland and Canada; as executive director of manufacturing operations for a facility producing both instrumentation and biological reagents; as business controller for worldwide diagnostics and housewares businesses and for Latin American operations; and as plant controller for Corning’s largest packaging and distribution center. Staab is active in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, speaking frequently at its Principled Business Leadership Institutes. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Staab served on the Board of the Irish Medical Devices Association from 2003-2007. In 1987, he received the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. He holds life membership status in the FHSU Alumni Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fort Hays State University Foundation. Staab is a member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Ill., was a Scout leader both in the United States and Canada, and is active in community and church choirs. He and his wife, AnnMarie, have three children, Carl, Caitlin, and Kelley.

Young Alumni Award Jesse Shaver


esse Shaver, Cary, N.C., earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from FHSU in 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in molecular physiology and biophysics in 2007 and an M.D. in 2009 from Vanderbilt University, Nashville. He is a scientist with Vadum Inc., Raleigh, N.C., a defense firm that provides research and engineering solutions for counter-electronic warfare, radio frequency measurement and signatures intelligence. The 10 years since his graduation from FHSU have included not only his postgraduate studies but also research and development of optical, mechanical and electronic instruments and systems. He holds two patents on a device to measure physiological characteristics of the cornea (transparency, hydration and thickness). During his doctoral research, he also designed and built new general-purpose signal recovery systems for measurement of extremely weak optical signals in the presence of strong noise and interference. This system is patent-pending. His broad-based research includes the areas of robotics; low-level photo detection; optical and electronic medical device development; corneal biophysics; microfluidic devices; micro electro-mechanical systems; advanced microscopy; and ophthalmic device development. He has experience with a variety of laser-based instruments used in medical and military applications. Shaver has co-authored papers and given presentations on numerous topics, including effects of dispersion and aberrations in ocular focusing of femtosecond pulses and the impact on damage mechanisms; retinal damage thresholds for ultra-short laser pulses; a low-cost optical pachymeter for the diagnosis of glaucoma and ocular hypertension using optical disc laser technology; quantitative imaging of zinc secretion from pancreatic islets; and neural electrophysiology experiments with pulsed neurotransmitters generated using PDMS microfluidics. During all four years of his undergraduate career at FHSU, Shaver was a Robert C. Byrd Scholar, an FHSU Presidential Scholar and a Dane G. Hansen Scholar. He was a National Merit Scholar and was awarded the FHSU Tomanek Award during his freshman year. Other academic awards include the Outstanding Senior Award of the American Institute of Chemists and the American Chemical Society Senior Award in Chemistry. His doctoral studies were supported through the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program. Shaver is married to Kelley (Crispin) Shaver ’04, ’04.


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Nita Landrum Award Larry Dreiling


arry Dreiling, Hays, earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from FHSU in 1980, one in political science and the other in communication, and added a Master of Science in communication in 1985. He is a senior field editor for High Plains Journal, Dodge City. He joined the Journal, as an associate editor in 1989 and was named a senior field editor in 2001. He was news director for KAYS Radio and Television, 1980-1984, where he covered the Kansas Legislature. He received the College Media Advisors National Award for Business and Economics while working at The University Leader. Before joining the Journal, he worked at The Hutchinson News and The Ellsworth Reporter. Dreiling was the 2000-2001 president of the American Agricultural Editors Association and the 2005-2006 president of the Association of North American Agricultural Journalists, the first person to hold the presidency of both organizations. He received the NAAJ’s J.S. Russell Memorial Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 1999, and in 2004 he was named an AAEA Master Writer at the same time as he won the group’s writing contest for Best Internet Breaking News Reporting. In 2002 he won first place in the Livestock Publications Council Critique Contest for Best Regular Column. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences Rueben Brigham Award, given to a communicator who has made a major lifetime contribution in the field of agriculture, natural resources or life and human sciences at the regional, national or international level. Dreiling led the U.S. delegation to the 2001 Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, in Finland, and was also a U.S. delegate to congresses in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a contributing analyst to agricultural broadcasts on Radio Tirana, Albania, and Radio New Zealand. Dreiling was a Tiger mascot as a student and helped fund Victor E. Tiger’s suit. He served two four-year terms on the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, holds a platinum life membership in the Association, and was communications director of the Boot Hill Chapter. He was a member of the FHSU Athletic Association Advisory Board and currently serves as an alumni representative on the Tiger Auction Planning Committee. He has been a member of the FHSU Tiger Athletic Club since 2004 and is an advocate in FHSU’s Legislative Support Network.

Distinguished Service Award Steve Shields


teve Shields, Manhattan, earned a Bachelor of Science in social work from Kansas State University in 1994 with a secondary major in gerontology and long-term care administration. He attended FHSU from 1974 to 1976. Shields is founding CEO and chair of Kinmundy Ralston Corporation of Milwaukee, Wis. He is also CEO and principal of Action Pact Development LLC, an international company with offices in Manhattan, Atlanta, Ga., and Milwaukee, which specializes in organizational and strategic planning, architectural design and construction, financial forecasting, and project development for the senior living service sector. Shields is a pioneer of the “Household Model,” which transforms institutional nursing homes into comfortable houses that provide good living for frail elders. From 1994 until January of this year, he was CEO and president of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan, which grew from a $3 million to a $60 million company and became an internationally known senior living provider that pioneered and shaped the “Household Model” into reality. Shields conducted a two-year international speaking tour in 28 states and abroad to communicate the need for change in long-term care. He has been featured on CBS, the Public Broadcasting System and in the National Video Series of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is co-author of the book In Pursuit of the Sunbeam, now in its third printing, which is used as a textbook in at least 13 universities. His service work takes many forms. He is a member of the Health Policy and Management Advisory Board for KU Medical Center and the Manhattan Community Foundation. He is a founding member of the Association of Healthcare Households International and has served as a board member for St. Isidore’s Foundation, the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Shields is also an honorary Rotarian. The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce recognized him as its 2010 Citizen of the Year, and the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging recognized his work with a Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2011. Shields also received the Manhattan Legacy Award in 2008 and the Public Advocacy Award from the College of Human Ecology at KSU in 2007. The Manhattan Mercury named him to its list of 30 most-admired citizens of 1999. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the FHSU Foundation since 2006, moving to emeritus status in 2011.


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Presidential Award Gary Sherrer


ary Sherrer, Broomfield, Colo., recipient of only the sixth Presidential Award ever given by FHSU, is a former Kansas lieutenant governor and former chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. He became lieutenant governor in 1996, the first person in the state’s history to be appointed to the position, before winning election in 1998. He served until 2003, which also made him the longest-serving lieutenant governor in Kansas history. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and served until June 2011. Sherrer began his career as a public school teacher, specializing in speech and debate, before entering the field of banking. He was secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce from 1995 to 2002 and led the efforts that resulted in 42,000 new Kansas jobs, training of more than 100,000 Kansas workers and $2 billion in capital improvements. He is a past chair of the National Association of Lieutenant Governors and received the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award in 2000 for his contributions to the advancement of career and technical education. Sherrer served on the Liberty Memorial Board of Governors and was a member of the Johnson County Community College Foundation Board. He has been involved in leadership training and development for more than 25 years. He was a founder of the Leadership Kansas program – one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. During his tenure as chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, Sherrer helped to initiate Foresight 2020, a strategic plan for all of higher education in the state of Kansas. He chaired two task forces on admissions, one of which resulted in legislation that gave the board authority over admissions standards. The other task force raised admissions standards. He enhanced Regents institution’s CEO evaluations including “360” surveys and first-semester visits by teams of Regents focused on CEO goals. He conducted Regent visits, for the first time, to all community colleges and technical college campuses. Sherrer designed the Kansas Commitment, a Regents advocacy initiative for funding higher education, and appointed an Articulation and Transfer Task Force that focused on enhancing the transfer of credits to universities from community colleges and technical colleges. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and has also received that university’s Award of Excellence and Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his late wife, Judy, have two children, Nancy and Stuart.


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HALF CENTURY CLUB Year deemed a success – more to come! Homecoming Weekend Calling all Fort Hays State alumni and friends – Oct. 6-9, 2011, should now be marked on your calendar as that is the 2011 Homecoming Weekend. This is true for everyone, but for those who graduated in 1961, this Homecoming will be an extraordinary celebration. The 1961 graduates hold the distinction of being the honored 50-year class and will be recognized at the Half Century Club social and luncheon on Friday, Oct. 7. In early August, you will receive more information from the Alumni Association, but consider this your special invitation to attend the 2011 Homecoming festivities. Another group, the Class of 1951, also will be honored at the luncheon, celebrating their 60-year FHSU anniversary. This special class saw their FHSU years end early when Big Creek flooded. It will be a privilege to have this group on campus. What a great time to renew acquaintances and to meet new friends. Again this year during the social hour, those in attendance are encouraged to share their memories of Fort Hays State with current students who will record the conversations. This special HCC project, begun in 2010, is our attempt to keep history alive. Fort Hays State is a different place from the institution of 50 to 60 years ago, yet the pride of the university remains the same. The HCC social and luncheon are just the beginning of a fun-filled Homecoming weekend. You may remember in years gone by the bonfire held the night before the football game. Yes, it is back, and this year, it will be held on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 6. Other activities include the FHSU vs. Pittsburg State University football game, the Homecoming parade, the arts, Oktoberfest, the 2011 Gospel Extravaganza and numerous other activities for your entertainment.

Alumni Board of Directors meeting One of the many privileges of serving as president of HCC is the appointment to the FHSU Alumni Board of Directors with full voting privileges. I attended the 2011 ABOD board meeting recently in June. It was especially interesting this year as a panel composed of board members from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Emporia and Washburn shared how their associations operate. It gave the board numerous items for consideration as it strategically plans for the future. Be it committee meetings, budgetary decisions, attending key events – the HCC is represented in all matters. Several key initiatives the board has undertaken this year include a new membership program known as “Everyone is a Tiger,” in which several new membership levels have been instituted, including the Platinum level, offering the highest membership status available. HCC members should examine the membership structure and seek ways to upgrade their membership. I did, and I have been pleased with the many new benefits it has afforded. Also, a new Tiger alumni chapter system including chapters not only in Kansas but beginning this fall in other states including Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, will allow all HCC members to enjoy the camaraderie of other FHSU graduates. Check out www. to see how you can make a difference.

Scholarships The HCC voted in 2008 to dedicate its efforts to providing scholarship funds for current FHSU students. Even though FHSU continues to be the most cost-effective Regents university, in FY 2011-2012 tuition costs will increase 4 percent. In FY 2010-11, we successfully raised $6,000 to assist students in achieving their educational dreams, and this year is no different as all HCC members are encouraged to donate monies, big or small, that can be used for scholarships. To join us in making a difference in the lives of FHSU students, send your taxdeductible contribution to the FHSU Alumni Association, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767. On the memo line of your check, please indicate the funds are to be used for the HCC Scholarships. Don’t delay, do it now. Your help in these difficult financial times is greatly appreciated. As always, if you have suggestions or ideas for making the HCC more effective, please contact me or any HCC Executive Council member and make your ideas known. See you at Homecoming with a very special welcome to the Classes of 1961 and 1951!

Leo Lake ’57, ’61, President Half Century Club

FY 2011-12 Half Century Club Officers Whitey Alpers ’57, ’63, Hutchinson Jeani Billinger ’72, ’83, Secretary Marvel Castor ’57, ’62, Russell Tim Chapman, Foundation Joan Henry ’54, Hays Leo Lake ’57, ’61, Salina, President Darrell McGinnis ’59, ’60, Hays

Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Alumni Association Loyal Vincent ’57, ’61, Ph.D. Omaha, Neb., Past President Darrell Wanker ’58, Holly Ranch, Texas Twila Wanker ’57, Holly Ranch, Texas, President-elect Gordon Zahradnik ’72, ’83, Lyons


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Campus Tour 10 a.m./2 p.m., Memorial Union Oktoberfest 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Frontier Park South Main Street FHSU Tiger Alumni & Friends Tent 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Oktoberfest Frontier Park, South Main Street United Methodist Campus Ministry Open House

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OCTOBER 5-9 Welcome to one of the greatest traditions at Fort Hays State University – Homecoming Weekend! Mark your calendars now and order your tickets early. Advanced reservations are required – deadline Sept. 30, 2011. Questions, call 785-628-4430 or toll free at 1-888-351-3591. Register online at

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5 Second City Comedy Tour

★ NEW★ 7:30 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

Tiger Bonfire 7:30 p.m., Robbins Center (east lawn) Wesley Foundation Informal Gathering ★ NEW★ 8:15 p.m., Bannister residence, 413 W. Sixth

1:30-4:30 p.m., Corner of Sixth and Elm Wesley Foundation Reunion

★ NEW★ 5 p.m., reception; 6 p.m., dinner and program, Memorial Union Football Reunion ★ NEW★ 5-8 p.m., social, Thirstyʼs Brew Pub & Grill, 2704 Vine Art Exhibit & Opening Reception ★ NEW★ 5-7 p.m., Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall Alumni & Friends Awards & Recognition Banquet 6 p.m., social; 7 p.m., banquet Memorial Union


THURSDAY OCTOBER 6 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 ★ NEW★ 5:30-7 p.m., Robbins Center

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Memorial Union Half Century Club Luncheon and Induction 10 a.m., Half Century Club Living History Session 11 a.m., social; noon, luncheon, Memorial Union

Block & Bridle Reunion

★ NEW★ 7 p.m., dinner, Robbins Center; 9:30 p.m., social and dancing, Wild Rose 109 W. Seventh Baseball Reunion Social 7 p.m., The Golden Q 809 Ash


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SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-noon, Memorial Union 5K Tiger Fun Run/Walk 8:30 a.m., Robbins Center Class of 1951 & 1961 Reunion Brunch 9:30 a.m., Memorial Union 11:45 a.m., board trolley for parade, Memorial Union (west side)

Wesley Foundation Open House ★ NEW★ 2:30-9 p.m., United Methodist Campus Ministry, corner of Sixth and Elm Alpha Gamma Delta Open House 2:30-5 p.m., 409 W. Eighth Delta Zeta Open House/ House Tours 2:30-6:30 p.m., 410 W. Sixth

Football Reunion – Tour of Lewis Field Facilities

Football Reunion Tailgate

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3-7 p.m., Tiger Alley Tailgate outside of Lewis Field Stadium (located along Elm Street)

10 a.m., Lewis Field Stadium (meet at east entrance to stadium), 91 Lewis Drive

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The 2011 Gospel Extravaganza VIP Student Ambassador Brunch ★ NEW★ 10 a.m.-noon, Presidentʼs Residence, 7 College Drive

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Art Exhibit: “The Lavielle Collection” ★ NEW★ 10 a.m.-noon, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall

Tiger Friends & Family Picnic 4-7 p.m. (food served at 5 p.m.) Lewis Field Stadium (east side)

Block & Bridle Reunion

★ NEW★ 11:45 a.m., board float for parade, Memorial Union (west side) Football Reunion

★ NEW★ Noon, board flatbed trailer for parade, Memorial Union (west side) Homecoming Parade 1 p.m, Main Street Downtown Hays Alumni Baseball Game 2 p.m., Larks Park Fourth and Oak

4-5 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, FHSU campus

FHSU vs. Pittsburg State University football game 6 p.m., pre-game ceremonies 7 p.m., game time, Lewis Field Stadium

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9 Wesley Foundation Reunion Worship Service 10:45 a.m., First United Methodist Church, 305 W. Seventh FHSU Volleyball vs. Pittsburg State University 2 p.m., Gross Memorial Coliseum

Miscellaneous Sternberg Museum of Natural History Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. closed Mondays Tiger Memorabilia Visit the Fort Hays State University Bookstore located in the Memorial Union or Tiger Book Shop, 509 W. Seventh, to find that special FHSU Tiger merchandise. Alumni Association members will receive a 20% discount during Homecoming Weekend on all items except textbooks and software. Membership card lost? Call the Alumni Office toll free at 1-888-351-3591 to get a replacement. FREE Special Homecoming T-shirt (to qualified parties) 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. For more information visit www. or call the Alumni Office. Be an early bird! Make your lodging reservations early as motels fill up quickly for Homecoming weekend. Alumni Association members receive a discount with a valid membership card . Must show membership card on arrival to receive the discount. Go to


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ATHLETICS Krob, Garner inducted Into RMAC Hall of Fame Two of Fort Hays State’s all-time great coaches were inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on Friday, June 24 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jim Krob and Gary Garner were two of six individuals who joined the RMAC Hall of Fame in 2011. Krob was the FHSU head cross country and track and field coach from 1989 to 2005. In his time at the helm, he was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year six times while helping the men’s program to six conference championships and the women to one conference championship. In 2001, he was named the NCAA Division II Track and Field Coach of the Year. In 2009, Krob was named the top men’s track and field coach in the 100-year history of the RMAC. He coached 108 NCAA Division II All-Americans in track and field over 13 seasons. In cross country, Krob coached eight All-Americans. Since his retirement in 2005, Krob has been honored by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association with their Distinguished Service Award. Gary Garner was the FHSU head men’s basketball coach from 1991 to 1997. In his fifth season at the helm of the program, he led the Tigers to their first ever NCAA Division II National Championship with a perfect record of 34-0 in 1995-96. He guided the Tigers to their third national championship in men’s basketball after the Tigers won back-to-back NAIA Championships in the mid-1980s.

Fort Hays State captured three RMAC titles under Garner. The 16-0 conference mark by the Tigers in 95-96 was the first time in RMAC history that a men’s basketball team went undefeated in conference play. Garner was named the Sears/National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year, Molten/Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year, and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 95-96. In his six years with the Tigers, Garner posted an overall record of 138-44, a winning percentage of .758.

Left to right: Jim Krob, Mary Krob, Tom Spicer ’72, ’77 (former FHSU athletic director), FHSU President Edward Hammond, Barbara Garner and Gary Garner.

Kinberger promoted to head softball coach Fort Hays State Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93 named Erin (Brunt) Kinberger ’09 the new head softball coach of the Tigers on Monday, June 20. Kinberger takes over for Julie LeMaire, who resigned to take the head coaching position at Emporia State University. Kinberger takes the reins after spending the last three seasons as the assistant coach of the Tigers. She helped lead the team to three consecutive 30-win seasons, including a runner-up finish at the MIAA Tournament in 2011. As an assistant, Kinberger was responsible for helping with all areas of the softball program, focusing mainly on the development of catchers and infielders. Under her tutelage, Tiger catcher Malinee Powell, Conifer, Colo., became an All-MIAA and All-South Central Region First Team selection as a sophomore in 2011. Off the field, her duties included assisting in team management, recruiting, scouting, fundraising and alumni relations. “Fort Hays State is a great place, and I appreciate Curtis Hammeke and Dr. Hammond believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the Tiger softball program,” said Kinberger. “I’m ready to get to work and help Tiger softball reach new heights. It’s my goal to build a program the Tiger fans and university can be proud of and cheer on for many years to come.” A native of Clearwater, Fla., Kinberger earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Leo University, St. Leo Fla., in 2007 and a master’s degree in health and human performance from FHSU in 2009. She is the seventh coach for softball in the sport’s NCAA era at FHSU.

Tickets anyone? Get your season tickets for Tiger football and basketball in 2011-12 by contacting the FHSU Athletic Office at 785-628-4050. Forms for season tickets can be found online by clicking the “Tickets” icon at the top right of the homepage of An exciting season awaits. Chris Brown is entering his first year as head coach of the football program, and the men’s basketball team is coming off the MIAA Tournament Championship and another NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010-11.


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Summer facility renovations The major portion of summer facility renovations began at Gross Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, June 15 with the old basketball floor being replaced by a completely new floor. The surface was stripped all the way down to the cement underneath. The tartan surface track around the outside also received a facelift. The new floor will be much more forgiving to athletes than the old floor, which did not have any cushion underneath. The old floor was placed right on top of the existing tartan and concrete, thus making it one of the firmest surfaces an athlete could play on. The new surface will be like many modern playing surfaces that have a layer underneath to allow more of a springboard effect when athletes run on it, thus helping the wear and tear on athletes bodies and a reduction of injuries. The painting of the new court is very similar to the old court, except a new, larger Tiger logo will be featured at center court. Also under renovation are the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms, which are receiving a major facelift and will be ready for use this fall.

The video screens in two of the corners of the lower level of the coliseum will be replaced prior to basketball season. Plans are in place to use modern high resolution flatscreen technology to enhance fans’ game experience at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Outside of the coliseum, fans will notice that the marquee along the highway bypass is back in operation, only this time with a much more modern look. A new LED screen will replace the area currently filled with the text “Fort Hays State University” and the Tiger logo. The new marquee was scheduled to be in operation by late August. Tiger Stadium, home of Tiger softball, changed with a newly painted black outfield fence with yellow trim. Larks Park, home of Tiger baseball, received major renovations below the grandstand this past spring for a new players lounge (pictured at right). More updates to each stadium are in the works. The new indoor training facility for FHSU Athletics, which will be located next to Lewis Field, is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2012.

O.J. Murdock Signed by Tennessee Titans O.J. Murdock, former wide receiver for Fort Hays State, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, July 26. The Titans play their first preseason game on Saturday, August 13. A native of Tampa, Fla., Murdock set the FHSU single-season record for receiving yards in 2010 with 1,290 and was named an All-American by Football Gazette and He also set the MIAA career record for yards per catch (20.9). Murdock played two years at FHSU from 2009-2010. Murdock was a two-time All-MIAA selection and earned Don Hansen All-Super Region 4 honors in 2010. He also tied the FHSU single-season record in yards per catch (21.5) in 2010. His 12 touchdowns and 117.3 receiving yards per game were second most for a single season at FHSU. He had a total of 20 receiving touchdowns in his two years at FHSU. Murdock accumulated 1,987 receiving yards on 95 catches. Murdock participated in the Cactus Bowl (NCAA Division II All-Star Game) and East-West Shrine Game in January and participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in February.


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FOUNDATION Cornerstone Campaign surpasses $53 million The FHSU Foundation announced at the end of May that the Cornerstone Campaign has successfully surpassed the $53 million mark of its three-year, $60 million campaign goal. More than $27 million in assets have already been received by the Foundation with the remaining $26 million being deferred commitments for future funds. The Cornerstone Campaign’s $60 million goal includes $30 million in cash gifts for immediate needs and $30 million in deferred funds. The campaign focuses equally on four designated areas: university projects, scholarships, faculty enhancement and capital projects. With today’s state-funding decreases, the time for private funding for Fort Hays State University has never been more important. Asking the students to cover the continually widening gap isn’t an option Fort Hays State officials want to pursue. They feel it’s important that FHSU continues to offer high

quality at an affordable price in economic times like the ones we are experiencing. In addition to major gifts, the Foundation uses annual giving campaigns, including Campus Drive, Community Drive and Tiger Call, to help meet the Cornerstone Campaign’s goals. Additionally, the Foundation is reaching out to new donors with campaigns like “I Fed the Tiger,” an online giving campaign that features matching gifts from local corporate sponsors. The new Tiger Auction and Dinner also aided in securing financial contributions and gifts in kind that are included in the total for the Cornerstone Campaign. More information about the Cornerstone Campaign or any of the other initiatives of the FHSU Foundation can be found on the Foundation’s website at http://foundation. Here you will find departmental needs, donor lists, features, campaign details and much more.

New avenues for involvement and communication Gone are the days of receiving one phone call and a couple of broad-based newsletters from your alma mater. Universities are doing more with a targeted approach to communications, and the FHSU Foundation remains a leader by providing unique and varied opportunities to stay involved with the university. “We’re reaching out to all of our constituents in the ways they prefer to communicate,” said Foundation President and CEO Tim Chapman. The Foundation maintains an active social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, blog posts and RSS feeds. You may have also noticed emails that are relevant to your interests both from the Foundation and from others on its behalf. “It’s not just about asking for dollars. It’s about staying informed and involved enough to want to make a difference,” said Chapman. As part of this effort, the Foundation, in conjunction with the university and the community, conducted a matching gift campaign in April and May called “I Fed the Tiger.” Gifts made online were matched by five corporate sponsors. Gifts to academic areas were matched by NexTech, Athletics gifts were matched by Cerv’s, gifts made to campus clubs and organizations were matched by Emprise Bank, gifts in support of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History were matched by McDonald’s, and gifts to scholarships and all other areas were matched by Buff Car Wash. “Cerv’s was honored to be a part of the ‘I Fed The Tiger’ campaign,” said Russ Pfannenstiel ’91, owner of Cerv’s. “We understand the importance of giving back and appreciate the partnerships and support between FHSU and the business community.” “It provided an opportunity for graduates, friends and current students not only to support their favorite areas but also to inform their friends to do the same through social media and email,” said Melanie Bailey, director of annual giving. The campaign raised more than $24,000. The Foundation plans to build on its success in 2012. The Foundation welcomes the active participation of its constituents through these and other avenues as yet unexplored. The mission of the Foundation has always been to cultivate passion for FHSU, its students and its projects. Let the FHSU Foundation help your voice create positive change for FHSU. Visit to join the conversation.


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TIGER NOTES We want to hear about your new employment, honors, appointments 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.

CLASS NOTES 1960s Darrell Ehrlich ’67, ’70, Salina, retired from COMCARE as the chief administrator after serving 37 years. Dorothy (Gross) Knoll ’68, ’76, Kansas City, Mo., retired from the University of Kansas after 19 years of service as dean of students. Cheryll (Jennings) Meier ’68, ’86, La Crosse, retired from Hays USD 489 as an out-of-district special education teacher.

1970s Thomas Arnhold ’75, Hutchinson, was appointed as a judge for the Kansas Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Topeka. Bruce Benyshek ’77, Salina, earned the designation of Chartered Merger and Acquisition Professional and has been named as a 2011 Wichita Business Journal CFO Award honoree. Marilyn (Pishny) Benyshek ’75, Salina, retired after 31 years of teaching in the Chanute, Garden City, Wichita and Salina school districts. Jody (Allen) Bruce ’72, Odessa, Fla., a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., retired after 23 years of service. Sherry (Nietzel) Chaffin ’71, ’77, Hays, retired from Hays USD 489’s Lincoln Elementary School. David Couch ’73, ’81, ’86, Russell, was nominated for the 2011 Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.

Dianne (Younker) DeGood ’71, Goddard, was elected secretary to the Board of Directors for Herron Island, Wash. Margo (Shomshor) Denning ’71, Salina, retired after 25 years of service with Salina USD 305. Margaret (Moore) Duell ’72, ’74, Salina, retired after 37 years of service with Salina USD 305 and Central Kansas Cooperative in Education. Katherine (Hasker) Eilders ’79, Gypsum, retired after 31 years of service with Salina USD 305. Darryl Gleason ’70, Hutchinson, completed his 40th year of service as a social worker. Carol (Suelter) Haymond ’73, ’91, Ellsworth, retired after 17 years of service with Salina USD 305 and Central Kansas Cooperative in Education as a special education teacher. Nelson Krueger ’72, ’72, Lawrence, has been added to the honor roll in Leavenworth as a member of the International Forest of Friendship. Gracemary (Valchine) Melvin ’74, Hays, a former instructor at Colby Community College, was conferred with a 2011 honorary associate degree. Jolene Niernberger ’72, ’75, Ellis, was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to serve on the Kansas Volunteer Commission. RaNell Ruder ’75, Salina, retired after 35 years of service with Salina USD 305.


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Allen Schmidt ’77, Hays, Kansas District 36 state senator, was recognized for achieving perfect attendance and voting records during the 2011 Kansas legislative session. Garry Sigle ’78, Manhattan, retired from Riley County USD 378 after a 33-year teaching and coaching career and accepted the position of executive director of the Kansas Association of American Educators. Michael Teasley ’71, Denton, Texas, exhibited two cast bronze sculptures and a fabricated steel sculpture at the Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Beth (Marshall) Walizer ’79, ’92, Russell, assisted in the creation of a presentation titled “Designing and Creating Engaging, Energetic and Extended E-Learning” for the 2011 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Errol Wuertz ’77, ’98, Hays, was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to serve on the Kansas Real Estate Commission.

1980s Marcy (Johnson) Aycock ’84, Sedgwick, accepted a position at Butler Community College as the director of the Early College Health Science Academy. Gregory Beougher ’89, Stockton, was elected to the Stockton USD 271 School Board. Jerald Brown ’87, Russell, was elected to the Russell USD 407 School Board. Kelly (Wilhelm) Deming ’87, Billings, Mont., was named head varsity volleyball coach at Billings West High School. Doris (Tieben) Donovan ’84, ’02, Spearville, is controller of the Boot Hill Casino and Resort, Dodge City. Larry Dreiling ’80, ’80, ’85, Hays, senior field editor for The High Plains Journal, Dodge City, was named the Association for Communication Excellence 2011 Reuben Brigham Award recipient.

Sheri (Weigel) Enfield ’81, Hays, was selected as a Hays McDonald’s March crew member of the month. David Frisbie ’82, McDonald, was elected to the McDonald USD 103 School Board. Linda (Bunker) Ganstrom ’80, ’86, ’90, Hays, exhibited figurative sculptures at the Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, and at the Strecker Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, as well as other works in McPherson and in Surf City, N.J. Jerold Harris ’89, ’04, Hays, was honored by the National Science Foundation as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Jane (Haase) King ’81, Salina, an adaptive special education teacher at Oakdale Elementary School in Salina USD 305, received the University of Kansas 25-year Service to Education certificate. Kendall Krug ’83, Hays, coauthored “Clinical Decision Making in the Care of Patients with Chronic Vision Impairment,” which was presented at the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RoxAnn (Riley) Mack ’80, Longmont, Colo., received the Colorado Bar Association’s 2011 “Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year” award. Mark Schnose ’83, ’83, Fontana, Calif., created a percussion shaker instrument called the Qube. Debra (Ashmore) Staab ’88, Hays, was elected president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas. Amy (Engel) Tuttle ‘95, Plainville, was elected to the Plainville USD 270 School Board. Jan (Keller) Vap ’84, La Crosse, Washington Elementary School special education teacher, retired from Hays USD 489.

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1990s Timothy Benoit ’94, Damar, was elected to the Palco USD 269 School Board. Stacia (Gressel) Boden ’96, Derby, serves as general legal counsel of Mission Group Kansas Inc.’s Wright Career College. Brian Dawson ’92, Hays, was promoted to assistant chief of the Hays Police Department. Danny Dinkel ’98, Hays, a Farm Bureau financial services agent, was named 2010 Life and Investment Agent of the Year-Rural and 2010 Property and Casualty Agent of the Year-Rural. Cheryl Hochhalter ’95, Rose Hill, was named principal of Andover USD 385’s Central High School. Janci (Kugler) Mills ’91, Hays, was named superintendent-principal at Brewster USD 314. Tonya (Wiegel) Murphy ’92, Gorham, was elected to the Russell USD 407 School Board.

Bradley Odle ’93, Stockton, was elected to the Stockton USD 271 School Board. Nicole (Denio) Pulec ’95, ’98, ’98, Stockton, was elected to the Stockton USD 271 School Board. Don Scheibler ’96, Hays, was named chief of police for the city of Hays. Debra (Savage) Schreck ’91, ’92, ’94, Victoria, a Hays USD 489 school psychologist, retired in May. Dustin Smith ’94, San Francisco, Calif., accepted a position at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Advertising Agency as an associate creative art director. Anne (Deines) Spray ’96, ’99, Hays, completed the requirements to become a certified MamaCare Clinical Breast Examiner. David Stueve ’97, Salina, an art teacher at Salina USD 305, received a University of Kansas 25-year Service to Education certificate.

James Van Doren ’94, Hays, joined Psychiatric Associates at Hays Medical Center. Tammy (Brooks) Wellbrock ’94, ’02, Hays, was awarded a Constant Contact Scholarship by the U.S. Chamber Institute Program presented annually to only six Chamber of Commerce professionals. Regi Wieland ’94, Hays, assisted in creating a presentation titled “Designing and Creating Engaging, Energetic and Extended E-Learning” for the 2011 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Mary Beth Winters ’99, Salina, retired after eight years of service at Salina USD 305. Patricia (Sowers) Ziegelmeier ’91, Gem, received the 2011 Tangeman Award, given to recognize the year’s outstanding teacher at Colby Community College.

2000s Cindy (Schneider) Biehler ’09, Herington, an early childhood special education teacher for Salina USD 305 and the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education, received a University of Kansas 25-year Service to Education certificate. Sharri (Penner) Coffey ’08, Woodston, was elected to the Stockton USD 271 School Board. Travis Couture-Lovelady ’05, Topeka, was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to serve on the Kansas Volunteer Commission. Dustin Dalke ’02, Hillsboro, Hillsboro High School art teacher, was selected as the March Teacher of the Month. Aaron Davidson ’08, Lenexa, received top individual honors in the men’s five-mile race at the annual Festival Fitness Five held in conjunction with the Salina Smoky Hill River Festival. (Continued on p. 24)

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Justin “J.J.” Deges ’00, Bogue, was awarded the President’s Award from the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. Eric Deneault ’07, ’07, Salina, received the Program Excellence Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Cheri Dorzweiler ’03, ’03, Hays, is a registered associate of VSR Financial Services after completing the FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licensing exams. Monica (Cook) Dreiling ’00, ’02, Hays, was selected as event coordinator for the 2011 Wild West Festival Committee. Trent Gottschalk ’05, Logan, was elected to the Logan City Council. Nate Gregory ’03, ’03, Wellington, co-owner of MoJack Distributors, Bel Aire, announced company growth of 500 percent in 2010. Beth (Hammerschmidt) Hansen ’06, Hays, a parent educator for the Hays USD 489 Early Childhood Connections program, was awarded a Home Visitation Associate credential. Brenda (Moore) Herrman ’00, Hays, retired after 15 years of service with the Hays Public Works Department. Erin Kinberger ’09, Clearwater, Fla., was promoted to head softball coach at FHSU. Danielle (Clausen) Kingsbury ’05, Dorrance, of the south McDonalds in Hays, was promoted to swing manager. Dru Miller ’03, Gorham, was elected to the Gorham City Council. Stuart Moeckel ’05, ’07, Hays, head boys basketball coach at Victoria High School, was named the 2011 Hays Daily News Coach of the Year. Erin Niehaus ’08, Hays, was appointed as human resources coordinator for the city of Hays.

Ashlee Orr ’09, ’09, Lenexa, received top individual honors in the women’s five-mile race at the annual Festival Fitness Five held in conjunction with the Salina Smoky Hill River Festival. Abigail Rhoades ’08, Hays, accepted a Center for Civic Leadership graduate assistantship and will work with the Kansas Women’s Leadership Conference. Bill Rhoads ’09, Nevada, Mo., was appointed by the National League for Nursing to serve as an NLN Ambassador. Diane (Becker) Stiles ’07, Goodland, was elected to the Goodland USD 352 School Board. Drew Thomas ’07, ’07, Lawrence, received an M.S.E. in education administration from the University of Kansas.

2010s Sara Allen ’11, Nixa, Mo., was hired as a community support specialist at Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, Mo. Nancy Lugo Baez ’11, Wichita, was hired by Bethel College, North Newton, as a nursing instructor. Daryl Bickford ’11, Rockford, Ill., was hired as a student advocate at Rock Valley College. Jessica Billings ’11, Phillipsburg, was hired as a special education teacher at Phillipsburg USD 325. Dana Blouin ’11, Broadway Heights, Ohio, was hired as a network engineer at Cox in Parma, Ohio. Mark Bogner ’10, ’10, Hoisington, joined the service staff members at Manweiler Chevrolet. Kelsey Bonifas ’11, Blue Hill, is a hired hand at Herz Land & Cattle. Nikki Brobst ’11, Stockton, is office and hired help at Liberty Ranch. Nicole Brown ’11, Hoxie, was hired as a radiologic technologist at the Sheridan County Health Complex. Judith Brummer ’11, Hays, is a science instructor at FHSU. Mari Casey ’11, Hays, was hired by NEW Corporation as a customer care representative.

Trish Carroll ’11, Columbus, was appointed as general manager of Columbus Telephone Co. Matthew Carver ’11, Salina, was hired by Bethany College, Lindsborg, as a computer technician. Ashley Cook ’11, Hardtner, was hired as a language assistant at the Ministry of Education of Spain. Janet Cowdery ’11, Keenesburg, Colo., was hired as an assistant fair coordinator for the Boulder County Fair, Longmont. Jane Dickson ’11, Stafford, was hired as an administrative assistant at the Recreation Commission. Derek Elder ’11, Fruita, Colo., was hired by Electric Utility in Grand Junction, Colo., as an energy services administrator. Kim Ellenberger ’11, Glade, was hired as an insurance agent for Heritage Insurance Group, Stockton. Amayi Esterl ’11, Beloit, was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Wamego USD 320’s West Elementary School. Allison Estes ’11, Siloam Springs, Ark., was hired by Cargill as a human resource assistant. Lacey Fischer ’11, Leoti, was hired as a radiologic technologist at St. Catherine Hospital. Tracie Ford ’11, Phillipsburg, was hired as a special education teacher for Phillipsburg USD 325. Amber Friedrichs ’11, Bremen, was hired as an agronomist at the Ag Valley Coop. Olga Gonzalez ’11, Lakin, is a registered nurse at Kearney County Hospital. Slade Hackney ’11, Hays, is a hydrologic technician for the U.S. Geological Survey. Brian Hadley ’11, Hays, joined maintenance at Countryside Estates. Kennedy Hansen ’11, Hays, was hired as an FHSU admissions counselor for the Office of Admissions. Whitney Harper ’11, Independence, Mo., was hired as a warehouse manager for Amateur IT Consultant.

Megan Hart ’11, Bogue, works as a Spanish teacher for Phillipsburg USD 325. Heather Hicks ’11, Liebenthal, is an accounting manager at Waffle-Crete. Stormie Higginbotham ’11, Wellington, was hired by Haysville West Middle School as a teacher. Jenae Hill ’11, Council Grove, was hired at Morris County Hospital as a billing clerk. Samantha Hixon ’11, Plainville, was hired as an X-ray technologist at the Rooks County Health Center. Jenna Johnson ’11, Colby, is a spirit customer service representative at GTM Sportswear, Manhattan. Jennifer King ’11, Waterville, Maine, was hired at Cayer Security Services Inc. as an office manager. Jaclyn Krueger ’11, Norton, was hired by Logan County Hospital as a radiologic technologist. Jerad Lange ’11, Colby, was appointed to Patrolman II by the Colby Police Department. Jeff Lawler ’11, Ellis, is selfemployed as a geologist and does subcontract work for Solutions Consulting, Hays. Jasmine Lawrence ’11, Pemberton, N.J., was hired at the Postal Service Center as a mail clerk. Riana Legleiter ’10, Hays, completed the MRI boards from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Bonnie LeRoy ’11, Ellis, is a corporate resolution specialist at NEW. Emily Linden ’11, Hays, is a deputy clerk at the Ellis County Courthouse. Debbie Lobdell ’11, Colorado Springs, Colo., was hired by Pikes Peak Community College as an administrative assistant. Zach Long ’11, Logan, is a cardiovascular lab technician at Hays Medical Center. Lesa Maurer ’11, Hays, was hired at Happy Days Childcare as a daycare teacher.


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Rachel Mawhirter ’11, Great Bend, was hired by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development as a marketing coordinator. Heather Mendenhall ’11, Enid, Okla., was hired at Denny Price Family YMCA as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Darci Mills ’11, Palco, was hired at ePercipio as a creative designer. Troy Morash ’11, Hays, is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Wyoming. Michelle Muehlberg ’11, Salina, was hired by Brown Mackie College as a nursing instructor. Brett Myers ’11, Hays, joined Troon Golf as an assistant golf professional and instructor. Corbin Myers ’11, Tribune, is the manager of Oleo Ranch. Jordan Newman ’11, Shawnee, is a business consultant for Center Corporation. Heath Owens ’11, Hays, was hired by Spearville High School as a biology teacher. Kimberly Pfanenstiel ’11, Victoria, was hired to teach at Russell High School. Tesa Pvonka ’11, Lawrence, is a personal trainer at Health Ridge Fitness. Carly Reed ’11, Victoria, joined the staff at Hays Medical Center as a cath lab X-ray technician. Tandra Reif ’11, Hays, is owner of Reif Daycare. Tiffany Robben ’11, Meriden, was hired at the Wild Adventures Theme Park as a zookeeper. Anastatia Russell ’11, Dodge City, was hired as a registered nurse at Manor of the Plains. Krista Russell ’11, Salina, was hired as a physical education teacher for Ell Saline USD 307. Bryan Saindon ’11, Ellis, is an executive team leader for Target. Jamie Schneider ’11, Russell, was hired by Heart of Kansas Family Health Care as an ARNP. Rance Schreibrogel ’11, Hays, works for the National Park Service as a biological technician.

Avery Schultz ’11, Wilson, is the owner of Sincerely Yours Gifts, Flowers and Bakery. Jennifer Scott ’11, Wichita, was hired as the CS program manager of Integra Technologies. Tara Shrake ’11, Concordia, was hired as a senior administrative assistant at Cloud County Community College. Annette Silva ’11, Concordia, was hired as an art teacher in Concordia Middle School. Kylie Simpson ’11, Hays, joined the staff of Hays Veterinary Hospital. Susan Soltwedel-Carey ’11, Elkhart, was hired at the Kansas Connections Academy as a teacher. Stephanie Spinelli ’11, Ellis, is a realtor at Keller Williams. Dorothy (Dottie) Staab ’11, Hays, is the textbook manager at the FHSU University Bookstore/ Follett Corporation. Matt Strawel ’11, Hays, joined the help desk department at Nex-Tech. Miranda Unruh ’11, Holcomb, was hired as a car salesman and office assistant at Tim and Jerri’s Auto Sales Inc. Hector Villanueva ’11, Hays, is the multicultural admissions counselor for FHSU’s Office of Admissions. Francis Walker ’11, Dodge City, is a network technician at United Telephone. Paul Whalen ’11, Fort Thomas, Ky., was hired as an attorney at Daymark Realty Advisors in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keisha Williams ’11, Garden City, was hired as manager of Hastings. Joni Wilson ’11, Goodland, accepted a position at Northern Sun/ADM as a merchandiser. Sarah Wilson ’11, Wichita, joined Via Christi Health as an RN and ARNP. Heather Zerr ’11, Ulysses, is an X-ray technician at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. Ethan Ziegler ’11, Collyer, is a radiologic technologist at Hays Medical Center. Shawn Zimmerman ’10, ’10, Hays, joined Waddell and Reed as a financial adviser.

MARRIAGES 1970s James Brown and Betty (Millhouse) Twitchell ’74, April 13, 2011.

2000s Blake Connelly ’09 and Sarah Hubbell ’10, May 28, 2011. Weston Fleming ’09 and Adrienne Podjun, Dec. 31, 2010. James Gerstner ’09 and Renee Fleharty ’08, April 30, 2011.

Stuart Keltner ’06, ’07 and Brooke Hobbs ’10, ’10, June 4, 2011. Robert Lawson ’09 and Tonya Newton, Sept. 4, 2010. Tyler Pfannenstiel and Carrie Keener ’05, April 16, 2011. Patrick Prediger ’09 and Cassandra Renz, June 19, 2010. Kiley Rice and Reanne Pfannenstiel ’05, April 19, 2011. Shiloh Vincent ’10 and Lindsey Moors, Dec. 11, 2010. Thomas Wessel ’10 and Julie Anne Tacha ’10, June 4, 2011.

BIRTHS 1990s Bradley ’93 and Karen ’88 ’93 (Zimmer) Crosby, Olathe, a girl, Malia Emilee, May 22, 2011. Matthew ’97 and Rene (Forsythe) Dierking, Albuquerque, N.M., a girl, Margaret Mary, May 3, 2011. Aaron ’93 and Jennifer (Bourne) Ferguson, Leawood, a girl, Henley Rae, Nov. 26, 2010. Dustin Herbig ’96 and Annette Knight, Syracuse, N.Y., a girl, Willow Grace, May 16, 2011. Martin ’96, ’01 and Lori ’06 (Vahling) Kollman, Lawrence, a boy, Asa Owen, April 30, 2011. Mark ’92 and Holly ’00 (Goodman) Ohrenberg, Minneapolis, a girl, Aubry Lu, May 5, 2011. Stephen ’93, ’95 and Chada ’98 (Ayuthia) Schleicher, Hays, a boy, Thomas Wayne, April 26, 2011. Jeremy and Heidi ’95 (Van Doren) Weis, Mission, a boy, Oliver David, Feb. 17, 2011.

Grant and Karla ’92, ’96 (Loomis) Youngdahl, Wichita, a girl, Ava, Nov. 30, 2010.

2000s Jason and Staci ’00 (Cuthbertson) Breiner, Norcatur, twin boys, Grady Reid and Gage David, Dec. 29, 2010. The late Nicholas Charvat and Lana ’02 (Vogts) Charvat, Lindsborg, a girl, Josie Grace, Feb. 17, 2011. Jeremy and Erin ’03 (Parks) Farber, Hays, a boy, Evan Ray, April 12, 2011. Travis ’04 and Tori ’02 (Halpin) Gano, Hays, a boy, Lyten Jordan, May 3, 2011. Kendall and Jordan ’09 (Koch) Johnson, Lindsborg, a boy, Ridge Dean, March 22, 2011. (Cont. on page 26)

Do you know a high school senior? Consider providing them with information about attending Fort Hays State. Call toll-free at 800-628-FHSU (3478), or contact FHSU Admissions directly at 628-628-5666 or email a request for information at 25

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IN MEMORY 1930s Nella Mae (Marshall) Moss ’38, Los Alamos, N.M., May 5, 2011. Burtis E. Taylor ’38 ’39, Irvine, Calif., May 30, 2011.

1940s Clara E. (Hayes) Peterson ’48, Pullman, Wash., April 31, 2011. Ethel N. (Cathcart) Railsback ’44, Oberlin, April 30, 2011. Albert A. Riedel ’47, ’58 Hays, May 18, 2011.

Richard L. Gregory ’68, Hurst, Texas, Feb. 22, 2011. Leland L. Hopkins ’63, Lorraine, May 13, 2011. Peter J. Karlin ’63, ’76, Beloit, May 10, 2011. Robert W. Krug ’64, Russell, June 19, 2011. Wray A. Miller ’60, Wilson, March 12, 2011. James L. Morton ’69, Great Bend, Nov. 3, 2010. Dorothy M. (Smith) Schumacher ’61, ’71, Leoti, May 17, 2011. William J. Walters Jr. ’66, Englewood, Colo., May 28, 2011.

1950s Edward D. Filbert ’52, ’61, Hutchinson, Jan. 24, 2011. Joseph M. Hickel ’51, ’54, Ellinwood, June 20, 2011. Joseph C. Karlin ’59, Hays, May 1, 2011. Philip B. Morgan ’50, Gainesville, Fla., April 4, 2011. Daryl A. Olson ’58, ’66, Norton, April 22, 2011. Max Pickerill ’53, Colby, May 9, 2011. Regina (Schuckman) Ross ’58, ’68, Wichita, April 28, 2011.

1970s James R. Borthwick ’75, Hays, May 7, 2011. Adelaide (Waldschmidt) Camarata ’78, Overland Park, May 29, 2011. Roger G. Freeland ’74, Hutchinson, Dec. 13, 2010.

1980s Roger B. Rabuck ’82, Manhattan, June 2, 2011.


1960s James E. Alexander ’68, Hill City, April 26, 2011. Jerold C. Buxton ’66, Larned, Feb. 5, 2011.

Stephen K. Schmeidler ’92, Hays, June 19, 2011. Jerry Stanfield ’94, Hays, June 19, 2011.

“Man Crossing a Bridge” image from the Leora B. Stroup Asian art collection, Fort Hays State University.


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Engagement only BEGINS with membership The FHSU Alumni Association introduces the “Everyone’s a Tiger” membership plan, providing Bronze-level membership to all FHSU alumni as well as current full-time faculty and staff. Paid membership levels include the Silver Tiger (annual) level, as well as Gold, Diamond and Platinum levels, which are lifetime memberships with increasing benefits and services. Paid memberships help finance the many activities of the Alumni Association, including Homecoming events and reunions; alumni, student, faculty and staff awards programs; student recognition programs, pre-game parties in Hays and across the state; alumni chapters; and legislative advocacy – just to name a few! Every day, the Alumni Association staff works to strengthen Fort Hays State’s ties to its alumni, friends, staff and students. You can help us make FHSU’s future bright – join a local chapter, become a legislative advocate, attend an event, or become a paying member of or make a donation to the Alumni Association. Contact us today at 1-888-351-3591!

Top 10 reasons to be an active alumni member 10. Show your loyalty 9. Make a difference in the future of Fort Hays State 8. Promote FHSU awareness 7. Offer scholarship support 6. Networking opportunities 5. Cost-saving benefits 4. Catch up with old friends and make new ones 3. Uphold Tiger traditions and pride 2. Stay Connected 1. Once a Tiger – ALWAYS a Tiger! Proudly declare yourself an FHSU Tiger – join today at For information on the many services your Alumni Association offers or to keep tabs on the latest alumni developments, email or call toll free 1-888-351-3591.

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BOARD NEWS Message from Brenda Herrman, alumni board president As the summer of 2011 brings me to a new stage in life with my retirement as the director of public works for the city of Hays, so do the initiatives created last year continue to unfold for the FHSU Alumni Association. The restructured “Everyone’s a Tiger” membership program, which includes all FHSU graduates as alumni members on the Bronze level, plus four optional membership levels, each with a progressive list of available benefits and services, has brought new life and excitement to the Association. The creation of a Tiger chapter program has also resulted in myriad activities and events offering alumni the opportunity to become more involved than ever before. While the focus has been on selected cities in Kansas, the intent is to develop more state chapters and eventually broaden our reach across the country, first to Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas and then to international areas served by the university. The key to success of these programs, however, will be you FHSU alumni who respond to these initiatives by advancing beyond your current membership level to become active members who attend chapter events in your area as well as traditional events and activities, such as Homecoming, Half Century Club receptions, Student Recognition Scholarship Programs, pre-game parties and MIAA tourney rallies. Remember, Tiger spirit is contagious! As the university continues to grow in leaps and bounds, please 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 and Facebook fan pages. Also, for more information, please call the Association at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591, or drop an email to Though now retired from my career, I will serve my term as president of the Alumni Board of Directors and look forward to working with you to meet the challenge of taking our Association to new heights. See you at Homecoming 2011!

Alumni join Association Board Four new members were named to the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association Board of Directors at the semi-annual two-day June meeting in Hays. New to the board this year are Mary (Johansen) Martin ’91, Ph.D., Hays; Dan Sharp ’84, Healy; Denise (Stegman) Riedel ’86, Overland Park; and David Voss ’80, ’82, Colby. Mary Martin, an associate professor in FHSU’s Department of Management and Marketing, graduated from FHSU in 1991 with a master’s degree in business administration. She will serve a three-year faculty appointment term. Dan Sharp earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from FHSU in 1984. He is president of Sharp Brothers Seed Company. He was appointed to a four-year term.

Denise Riedel, owner of Riedel Communications, is a freelance consultant and writer. She graduated from FHSU in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She was appointed to a four-year term. David Voss graduated from FHSU in 1980 with a bachelor‘s and in 1982 with a master’s degree, both in political science. He is employed with Unicare Health Plan of Kansas, Topeka, as a senior network education representative. He was appointed to a four-year term.

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 46,000 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 email or call 785-628-4430 or toll-free 1-888-351-3591.

2011-2012 ABOD Executive Council Brenda Herrman ’00, Hays, President Marcy Aycock ’84, Ph.D., Sedgwick, President-elect Brian DeWitt ’89, Hays, Past President Cassie Augustine-Jones ’96, Lakewood, Colo., Membership & Marketing Chair Josh Biera ’92, Garden City, At-large Member Kevin Moeder ’82, La Crosse, Finance & Operations Chair Chuck Sexson ’72, Topeka, Awards & Recognition Chair Dennis Spratt ’71, Lawrence, At-large Member

Alumni Board Members Molly Aspan ’00, Tulsa, Okla.

Stephanie Bannister ’92, Ph.D., Manhattan Monte Broeckelman ’92, Dodge City *Tim Chapman, Hays Rich Dreiling ’69, Wichita *Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93, Hays *Edward Hammond, Ph.D., Hays Brad Haynes ’93, ’97, Hays Daron Jamison ’03, Hays Stacy Kohlmeier ’84, Manhattan Leo Lake ’57, ’61, Salina Diane Long ’72, Flower Mound, Texas Mary Martin, ’91, Ph.D, Hays Denise Riedel ’86, Overland Park Dan Sharp ’84, Healy David Voss ’80, ’82, Colby Barry Yoxall ’81, ’82, Phillipsburg Gordon Zahradnik ’55, ’58, Lyons (* asterisk denotes ex-officio member)


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CHAPTER NEWS Feeling lucky? Sign up today!

MIAA T-Bones event – a success! Nearly 150 Fort Hays State Tiger supporters gathered at the first-ever MIAA T-Bones Party on Friday, June 24 at the T-Bones CommunityAmerica Stadium in Kansas City. A group of Tigers led by Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, FHSU alumni director (front row, left), presented a check to Missouri Southern State University Alumni Director Lee Eliff Pound (front row, right) for donations received from Tigers to the Missouri Southern Foundation for Joplin Tornado Emergency Relief Fund. In the end, more than $1,500 was collected and presented, which will be used to assist Missouri Southern faculty, staff and students who were affected by the devastating EF5 tornado which hit Joplin on May 23.

Capital City Tiger Chapter Come join in the fun, relax and meet others at Tiger Tuesday in Shawnee County on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The monthly Tiger Tuesday of the Capital City Tiger Chapter is planned for the third Tuesday of each month. Members will rotate to locations among the five counties which make up the capital area alumni chapter. If you have a love for FHSU, save the dates, watch for email invitations announcing the locations, and plan to attend! Questions, contact Capital Area President Lea Ann Curtis ’76, ’82 at or 785-969-2502.

Post Rock Chapter to host Homecoming social FHSU alumni and friends are invited to join members of the Post Rock Alumni Chapter, consisting of Tigers from Barton, Ellis, Ness, Rush, Russell and Trego counties, for a pre-bonfire social on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Robbins Center. Appetizers and drinks, including adult beverages, will be served. After the social, join in the fun of the Homecoming bonfire on the lawn east of the Robbins Center. Admission for the social is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Register at for this and other Homecoming events or contact Post Rock President Bill Scott ’67, ’70, Hays, at or 785-628-1213.

2011 Boothill Golf Tournament Plan to join us for the annual Boothill Golf Tournament at the lush green course of the ever-popular Dodge City Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 10. Enjoy great golf while raising scholarship funds for Fort Hays State students from Ford and surrounding counties. Contact: Terry Rabe ’78, Dodge City, 620-227-2333 or

This exciting opportunity to win Tiger merchandise is open to all FHSU alumni and friends 18 years old or older. Simply sign up online at for the monthly drawing. Prizes will be provided by the FHSU Alumni Association. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing and will be announced each month on the alumni website following the drawing. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Good luck!

Interested in volunteering? FHSU alumni and friends have several upcoming events to choose from which are currently in the planning stage. Please keep an eye on your mail and email for more information on events in Garden City, Hays, Kansas City, Lawrence, Salina, Topeka, Wichita, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. You won’t want to miss any of these opportunities to reconnect with FHSU alumni and friends. If you are interested in volunteering, call the Alumni Office toll free at 1-888-351-3591 today and show your Tiger pride!

Get social with us! Connecting with your Alumni Association is as simple as a click of the mouse! Facebook In addition to our main fan page at fhsualumni, we maintain pages for over 20 affinity groups as diverse as Half Century Club, Rodeo Club, Greek chapters, and our five current in-state alumni and friends chapters. You can find links to all of them from our main fan page. Twitter We tweet! Follow us at @fhsualumniassoc YouTube The Alumni Association YouTube channel can be found at


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Calendar 2011-12 August 2011





Post Rock Tiger Chapter, Trego County Fair/Parade


2011 Media Tour continues, Kansas

TBD GradFest, campus


Capital Area Tiger Chapter, Tiger Tuesdays, Topeka


FHSU Tiger Party, Hutchinson



Fall semester begins


Tiger Luncheon, Wichita


FHSU Tiger Auction/ Banquet, Memorial Union

FHSU Tiger Gathering, Salina


FHSU Kansas City Tiger Reception, Overland Park


Taking the Wildcats by Storm, pre-game party, Manhattan


Capital Area Tiger Chapter, Taking the Jayhawks by Storm, pre-game party, Lawrence

March 1-4

MIAA Tiger pre-game parties, Kansas City


2012 Alumni awards nomination deadline

South Central Tiger Chapter, Wine & Dessert Social, Wichita


Encore: Jim Brickman, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Post Rock Tiger Chapter, Thirsty Tiger Thursday, Hays


Encore: Three Mo’ Tenors, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

September 9

Faculty & Staff Welcome Back Reception, Robbins Center

Harris Golf Tournament Liberal


Boothill/JJ Powerline Golf Tournament, Dodge City


Post Rock Tiger Chapter, TailGreat Party, Lewis Field Stadium (parking lot)


South Central Tiger Chapter, Tiger Tuesday, Wichita

October 5-8

Homecoming Weekend – “Tigers are for Reel,” campus


Post Rock Tiger Chapter, Social, Robbins Center


FHSU Tiger Oktoberfest Tent, Frontier Park, Hays


Alumni Chapter Leadership Institute, campus


Encore: Cirque Mechanics presents BoomTown, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Post Rock Tiger Chapter, Tiger Thursday, Hays


Tiger Pre-Game Tailgate Party, FHSU at Washburn, Topeka


2011 Media Tour, Kansas

Capital Area Tiger Chapter, pre-game party, FHSU vs. Washburn basketball, Topeka


Encore: Italian Saxophone Quartet, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

10-11 FHSU Family Weekend, campus



Tiger Generations Breakfast, Hays


Encore: Montana Rep presents Doubt, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Encore: In the Heights, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Half Century Club Spring Reception, Robbins Center


Spring semester ends

Graduate/ Faculty Brunch

Graduate School Commencement

19-25 Spring break TBD Tigers4Life, Schmooze or Lose etiquette and networking event, Hays

12 Undergraduate Commencement

June 8-9

Alumni Board of Directors Annual Meeting, campus

For information on these or other upcoming events, call the FHSU Alumni Office at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591 or visit

December 15

Post Rock Tiger Chapter, Thirsty Tiger Thursday, Hays


Fall semester ends

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Encore: Prairie Nutcracker, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

Lincoln Biera, son of Josh ’92 and Jeanine ’93 Biera, rides in style at the Kansas City T-Bones alumni and friends gathering.

January 2012 7

Front Range Tiger Gathering, location TBA

8-10 CASE District 6 Conference, Denver, Colo. 9

2012 legislative session begins, Topeka


Spring semester begins


Tigers4Life alumni/student pitch tournament, Hays

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Alumni - FHSU Magazine Homecoming 2011  

FHSU Magazine Homecoming 2011