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Production Staff Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Publisher Riley Voth ’11, Communications Coordinator Kent Steward ’02, Editor Kurt Beyers, Copy Editor Kara Hackney CS, writer Marcia Tacha ‘11, Copy Editor Mary Ridgway ’99, Art Director Jessica Tormey CS, writer 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.

ON THE COVER The Department of Management and Marketing has taken and will continue to take steps to ensure that it remains a forerunner in its field. The words used on the cover, designed by Jared Schiel ‘02, represent key terms that are present in both the short-term and long-term goals and philosophies of the department.

CAMPUS NEWS Hammond reports on legislative session 4 5 Vaz selected for Fulbright 6 New insect species at FHSU 7 DECA team wins at conference FEATURES Department of Marketing and Management on the move 10 11 Rebuilt business education degree expands opportunities 12 Putting the focus on training and development 13 Marketing majors build their own brands 15 Social media – a study in marketing 17 Partnership provides valuable tools for both 19 Human resources – a growth field 20
















CAMPUS NEWS Hammond reports on legislative session The 2011 session of the Kansas Legislature was filled with uncertainty until the very end. With a new administration led by Gov. Sam Brownback and many new faces in the House of Representatives, we had to wait until the final day before we knew what our budget would be for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1. The Legislature finished its work in the wee hours of Friday, May 13, leaving us to deal with a shortfall of up to $1.7 million for the coming year, which includes a reduction of about $750,000 in state funding and another nearly $1 million in unfunded mandates. The good news is that thanks to the efforts of faculty and staff over the past two years, FHSU is in position to deal with these cuts. Through the hard work of our employees, we implemented numerous efficiencies, and we continued to grow our enrollment. During the session, I said we would need to consider four factors in setting next year’s budget: 1. growth and quality; 2. compression and equity; 3. tuition; and 4. base pay and inflation. After visiting with faculty and staff, I concluded that base pay was our highest priority. We had gone two years without raises while taking on significantly greater workloads. Therefore, I approved merit pay increases for most unclassified employees.

Those who were in their first year did not receive merit raises. Those who had been here for at least a year but less than two years received raises from a 1-percent merit pool. Those who had been here for two years or longer received raises from a 2-percent merit pool. We also gave a $1,000 health-care adjustment for all full-time unclassified employees. In addition, we budgeted a total of about $100,000 for compression increases for employees identified as out of line with their on-campus peers. Compression results when the salaries of long-term employees do not keep pace with the salaries of more recent hires. We also funded degree completion and promotion commitments. The salaries for the 2012 fiscal year were calculated by first adding the merit pay increase to an employee’s 2011 base pay, then adding the health care adjustment, and finally adding any additional adjustments for equity, compression, promotion, tenure and degree completion. Overall, these adjustments for unclassified employees will average about 4.5 percent. To deal with the issue of growth and quality, we added faculty positions in Marketing and Management, in Health and Human Performance, and in Justice Studies. We also increased a math position from part time to full time, and we added a counselor

in Financial Aid and a Texas recruiter in Admissions. We increased tuition by 4 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year. This brings our in-state, undergraduate tuition to $105.25 per credit hour, which means an FHSU student will pay $1,578 per semester for 15 hours. That compares to an increase of $14.80 per hour for a semester total of $3,805.50 at KU, an increase of $8.80 per hour for a semester total of $3,468.00 at K-State, an increase of $9.45 per hour for a semester total of $2,502.75 at Wichita State, an increase of $8.80 per hour for a semester total of $2,066.00 at Pittsburg State; and an increase of $8.33 per hour for a semester total of $1,932.00 at Emporia State. FHSU offers a high-quality education and remains the best buy among the Regents universities by a wide margin, which is important both for our strategy of continued growth and for our commitment to make higher education affordable for all Kansans. Unfortunately, our classified employees got no raises and no health care adjustments and narrowly escaped having to pay a 2.5-percent surcharge or tax on your employer-provided health benefits. As a result, they will get less take-home pay instead of more take-home pay next year. It is not fair, but state law dictates that legislators set classified salaries.

FHSU 20th-day spring enrollment nears 12,000, sets new record Fort Hays State University has been setting records for enrollment since the turn of the century, and the official 20th-day head count for the spring 2011 semester continues that growth trend with an official tally of 9,955 students. That is an all-time record 20th-day enrollment for a spring semester at FHSU, but the enrollment will grow by approximately 1,500 students when late-reporting enrollments are received from China, taking it to about 11,500. Some partner universities in China start their spring semesters later than American universities, so FHSU’s 20th-day numbers are a bit misleading in the spring. As of the official 20th day, which was Feb. 9, FHSU’s enrollment had climbed by



6.6 percent compared to the 20th day of the spring 2010 semester. The count of 9,955 this year representing an increase of 613 students over spring enrollment of 9,342 a year ago. The 20th-day head counts each spring and fall semester provide a snapshot for year-to-year comparisons. Enrollments increased in each of the three separate FHSU modalities: the Hays campus, the Virtual College and the partnerships with universities in China. On-campus enrollment grew by 58 students, to 4,073 from 4,015 in spring 2010, an increase of 1.4 percent. Virtual College enrollment grew by 269 students, to 4,173 students from 3,904 in spring 2010, an increase of 6.9 percent. Enrollment in the

Chinese partnerships by the 20th day had grown by 286 students, to 1,709 from 1,423 on the 20th day in spring 2010, an increase of 20.1 percent. The number of Kansans enrolled at FHSU, in on-campus and Virtual College classes combined, has increased also: a 3.4 percent increase in the number of Kansans served this spring from spring 2010. The total number this spring was 5,958, an increase of 196 students from 5,762 in spring 2010. And the 5,762 students last year was an increase of 268 from the 5,494 Kansans in spring 2009. Hispanic enrollment has been an area of emphasis for the Board of Regents. Growth at FHSU went from 234 in spring 2009 to 383 in spring 2010 to 459 this spring.

Vaz selected for Fulbright

2011 Torch, Pilot and Navigator awards (L to R); Nanette Fitzhugh, Navigator Award recipient as outstanding advisor, Michelle Webb ‘11, Torch Award recipient as the outstanding student, and Dr. Jeffrey Burnett, Pilot Award as outstanding faculty member.

Multiculturalism and internationalization at Fort Hays State University got a big boost in March when the U.S. Department of Education notified Dr. Pelgy Vaz, associate professor of sociology, that she has been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program. Vaz will spend the month of July in Brazil, attending lectures, conferences and field trips in five states. She will travel in Brazil with 15 other educators from across the country who Dr. Pelgy Vaz, were selected for this seminar. Nine other Fulbright-Hays seminars in other associate professor countries are also planned for summer 2011. of sociology The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for selected educators in the social sciences and humanities to participate in short-term study and travel seminars abroad. The purpose is to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Noting the purpose and requirement, and referencing FHSU’s creed of “Forward thinking. World ready.,” Vaz said, “The information and knowledge from this seminar about the historical, social, cultural, political, economic and other aspects of Brazilian society will be incorporated into my courses, which focus on how individuals are affected by the broader social context in which they live.”

Future of Kansas rests on economic impact of higher education The Kansas Legislature faced the task of writing a fiscal year 2012 budget with $500 million less in resources than were available in the current year. So, representatives of the state’s higher education system cautioned during the session that cuts would actually hurt the economy in future years. A study, “The Impact of the Kansas Board of Regents System to the State’s Economy,” showed how critical higher education is to a healthy economy. The study, published in March, was conducted by the Goss Institute for Economic Research, Denver. “The study shows that each tax dollar the state spends for the Regents system results in $11.94 in Kansas economic activity,” said FHSU President Edward Hammond at a news conference n April. “That is almost a 12:1 return. It would be hard to imagine a better investment for the state or for any other entity in today’s economic environment.”

The study said the Regents system produced approximately $7.3 billion in overall impacts, $3.4 billion in wages and salaries, and $485 million in state and local tax collections. The study said that the payback period – the number of years required to recover taxpayer support – was less than five years for most occupations of graduates. In other words, most graduates from Regents institutions pay back as much in taxes in five years or less than the state spent in tax dollars to educate them. Also, spending by Regents institutions supported an average of 95,327 jobs with a total payroll in 2010 of $3.4 billion. The average salaries or wages for the direct and indirect jobs was $35,430. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates in January 2011 were 16.5 percent for workers without a high school diploma, 10.7 percent for workers with a high school diploma, 8.5 percent for workers

with an associate degree and just 4.5 percent for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. In addition, from 1994 to 2009, workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher enjoyed wage growth of 92.6 percent, compared to 50.0 percent for workers with an associate degree, 50.3 percent for workers with a high school diploma and 52.6 percent for workers without a high school diploma.


Regents OK engineering degree in informatics Moving ever forward in its leadership in information science education, Fort Hays State University has gained approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for a new Bachelor of Science degree in information systems engineering (ISE). The program is designed to produce engineers capable of designing, maintaining Dr. Mark Bannister and protecting information systems. ‘85, dean of the “No Kansas institution of higher education College of Business currently offers an information systems and Leadership engineering degree,” said FHSU President Edward Hammond. “We will be the first in Kansas and in this part of the nation.” Recruiting will begin soon for the first students to begin class work in fall 2012. The goal is to enroll 45 to 50 new freshmen each year and maintain an overall enrollment of about 150 on-campus students in this new program. The program itself will be a 130-hour program, with a 55-hour general education requirement heavy in computer, math, physics and statistics courses. The final 75 hours of ISE courses are focused on mathematics, physics, computer science, Web, software, informatics and specific ISE courses. According to Dr. Mark Bannister ‘85, dean of the College of Business and Leadership, “FHSU will build the program from existing Fort Hays State University faculty and academic strengths. “The university has a strong pre-engineering program built on the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Physics, and much coursework will be provided by computer science, informatics and management information systems faculty.” The ISE program will be part of the Department of Informatics, which has been nationally recognized for the quality of its offerings. The department currently offers programs and degrees in computer networking and telecommunications, information networking, Web development, media studies, information assurance and others. It also has programs with an information assurance concentration in the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Liberal Studies.



Across the state of Kansas along I-70, I-135 and a few other locations, you can spot the new FHSU billboard wraps. The billboards are an important part of the university's branding strategy and keeps the name of the institution in front of the public eye.

New insect species at FHSU In the world of insects, the Kansas version of the jumping bristletail is a little thing, about an inch long, a third of that being body and the rest tail (three of them, in fact). It is not known either for good or ill. It is not even certain what it eats. And now, thanks in part to work by Ryan Shofner, Littleton, Colo., a 2006 graduate of Heritage High School and a senior at Fort Hays State University, the Kansas bristletail can be recognized as a separate species, forthaysi (rhymes with eye), within the genus Hypomachilodes (HYPO-mack-uh-LOW-dees). Their research has been published in the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society (also known as the Central States Entomological Society), October 2010, Vol. 83, No. 4, pages 340-346. “Science has almost completely ignored them,” said Shofner. “They have no direct influence on humans, but they’re important to science because they are the most basic, most primitive of all insects. They lack wings, they lack a bunch of other features that almost all other insects have.” Shofner said he is very fortunate to be at Fort Hays State. Most institutions its size don’t have an scanning electron microscope. “And if they do,” he said, “you can bet that undergraduates don’t get to work with it.” And at the larger research institutions, he said undergraduate students might get a class about the SEM, “but they don’t get to work a project on it.” He is in the conservation biology program but has “very broad interests. I work with insects, I work with reptiles and amphibians, I work with plants.” He had no idea that Fort Hays State existed until he received an offer of a Miller Black and Gold Academic Award of $1,200 a year, renewable for three years. Tuition and fees at FHSU total about $3,900 for an academic year at 15 hours per semester. The offer was based entirely on his ACT scores. “They found me, offered me a scholarship. I liked what I saw, and it was inexpensive,” he said. “I would put our program up against any other university and we would come out on top,” said Shofner. “I really fervently believe that. I actually persuaded two other students to come here.” The journal can be found online at The website of the FHSU Department of Biological Sciences is


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NFL scout to campus Several NFL scouts visited campus in the fall with eyes on senior wide receiver O.J. Murdock, Tampa, Fla. A two-year standout player, Murdock set the single-season record for receiving yards in 2010 and was projected as a late-round pick in the draft. That didn’t happen, but he still has an excellent shot at being signed as a free agent at some level. Cordarol Scales, 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound senior receiver from Van Nuys, Calif., may also have a chance as a free agent. FHSU’s first-ever Pro Day in March was conducted by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. Shawnee seniors Mike Garrison ’10 (quarterback) and Beau Gadwood (tight end) participated in a Chiefs tryout for Kansas City-area players.

New shooting team wins in national competition

Nine shooters from Fort Hays State University finished with an accumulation of first-place finishes in four of six events at the recent Association of College Unions International Clay Target National Championship in San Antonio, Texas. The team received the runner-up trophy overall. FHSU began competing in this event in 2006. Back Row/L to R: Nate Rohleder, coach, Hays; Dr. Duane Shepherd, FHSU advisor/ coach, Victoria; Josey Nunnenkamp, Aurora, Neb.; Kilee Hutchison, Lakin; Cody Pedulla, Scottsbluff, Neb. Front Row/L to R: Randy Davis, coach, Hays; Damian Giles, North Platte, Neb.; Robert Ring, Springfield, Colo.; Luke Laha, Clearwater; Travis Crist, McPherson; Tye Smith, McCook, Neb.; Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president.

Panichello takes helm Greg Panichello was announced as the new state director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center Network by Dr. Edward Hammond at the January meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka. Panichello brings more than 20 years of experience in leading and managing banking, wholesale food distribution and small business development centers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University in Oregon and a master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University, also in Oregon. Panichello replaces Walter J. “Wally” Kearns, who had held the post since December 2001 and retired in May. Fort Hays State University is the sponsoring agency for the KSBDC network of eight regional and nine outreach centers across the state. FHSU Provost Dr. Larry Gould oversees the university’s activities with the Kansas SBDC. For more information about the KSBDC Network, visit ksbdc or call 877-625-7232.

DECA team wins at conference Six students in Fort Hays State University’s Collegiate DECA program, out of nine who attended, received honors at the recent International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla. DECA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization for students in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Jessica Tormey and Tyler Thompson, Derby juniors, took second place in the nation in entrepreneurship. Jenna Braun, Victoria senior, and Bryan Saindon, Ellis senior, took Top 10 honors in business ethics. Jacob Kessler, Lakin senior, and Zach Meyer, Hoxie senior, earned Top 10 honors in business law. The team was also honored with the Presidential Passport Award for leadership. Tormey was also awarded an individual Gold Passport award. These awards are based on DECA’s core values, competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.

Back Row/L to R: Zachary Meyer, Jacob Kessler, Tyler Thompson, Bryan Saindon Front Row/L to R: Jessica Tormey, Jenna Braun, Stephanie Bunch, Katie Strand Not Pictured: Chris Engel


Department of  Management   and  Marketing  on  the  move The Department of Management and

Dr. Greg Weisenborn, chair, Department of Management and Marketing

Marketing is one of the fastest growing academic departments at Fort Hays State University. In the following pages, we hope to illustrate how the department continually adapts to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and the employers who hire our graduates. The Department of Management and Marketing comprises 14 full-time faculty positions across seven undergraduate major concentrations. We provide online degrees in nearly every major concentration that we offer as well as cross-border management degree programs at two partner universities in China.

While our online programs extend the reach of Fort Hays State University around the globe, our international programs often bring students from China to our campus to study and interact with our domestic business students. Additionally, our international partnerships give undergraduate and MBA students the opportunities to study abroad and to gain a better understanding of the business life in China. As you read through the following stories and vignettes, I hope that you learn more about our department and how it is continually adapting and innovating to meet the needs of our students and employers and the state of Kansas.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Management and Marketing, with their specialties: Back row: Dr. Anthony Gabel ’93, business law; Dr. Micol Maughan, management; Charlie Wolfe, management; Henry Schwaller IV, management and marketing; Dr. Greg Weisenborn, chair, management; and Dr. Wally Guyot, business education. Front row: Dr. Stacey Smith ’00, ’00, tourism and hospitality management; Dr. Kyle Stone, human resource management; Dr. Mary Martin ’91, marketing; the late Dr. Jim Rucker; Cindy Huser, administrative assistant; Dr. Harriet Caplan, international coordinator; Dr. Jean Anna Sellers, business education; and Dr. Theresa Billiot, marketing. Not pictured: Mike Martin ’90, marketing and management; Scott Jones, business education.


Rebuilt business education  degree   expands  opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in

business education at Fort Hays State is reborn with three new tracks, or emphases, that make it much more useful for a much wider variety of students and careers and will also match up better with the needs of schools and businesses. It replaces the previous B.B.A. in business communication. All three concentrations are available totally online as well as on campus, said Scott Jones, instructor of management and marketing. Students will end their studies with portfolios of the work they have completed throughout the program. “In the end,” said Jones, “they will walk out with a package they can give to an employer to show what they can do.” The portfolio will include reports and studies of particular issues, problems and solutions. In essence, two degrees are being replaced. The B.B.A. in business communication no longer exists at all. The new degree is still called the Bachelor of Science in business education, but it is no longer only a degree for those who plan to go into teaching business in middle school or high school.


he three concentrations in the Bachelor of Science in business education:

Business teacher licensure emphasis The new B.S. in business education with a concentration in business teacher licensure has the same focus as the old B.S. in business education – preparing school teachers – but the coursework has changed and, in fact, students automatically have a second major: secondary education. This concentration will be more than 130 hours. “It has less focus on office management and more focus on technology, communications and marketing,” said Jones. “It is one of only two programs in the Kansas Regents system that have a B.S. in business ed for teacher licensure.” Jones said the program has also been designed to parallel Nebraska so that graduates can be licensed in that state as well as in Kansas.

Training and development concentration The B.S. in business education with a concentration in training and development is designed to prepare corporate trainers. “This is a brand new concentration,” said Jones. No new courses were developed specifically for this track, said Jones, but it “capitalizes on courses available in other areas.” For instance, degree requirements include three Department of Communication Studies courses; several College of Education and Technology courses in education, human growth and development, and instructional technology; and

courses in business management, organizational leadership, software and marketing. “It’s for people who are interested in training but not in a school environment,” he said. Even though the new degree has only recently been approved and posted, Jones has seen a surge of interest online, especially among non-traditional students. “I think there’s a lot of people out there, non-traditional students, who have worked themselves into a training position and who need a degree or a different degree to advance,” said Jones.

Corporate communication concentration This concentration of the B.S. in business education directly replaces the B.B.A. in business communication. “Moving to this gives us more flexibility in changing the curriculum to meet the needs of business,” said Jones. “Going to the Bachelor of Science also gives us a greater ability to work with community colleges and high schools in making articulation agreements.” Articulation agreements spell out which coursework is needed and transferrable, so that a high school or community college student can plan a course of study that will provide for a seamless transfer from one school to the next. “It is really going to help us, getting away from the B.B.A,” he said. The Bachelor of Science offers much more flexibility, he said. “It is a stronger program now, and I think students will be a lot happier with it. We tightened up on electives. Students still have flexibility, but it is not so loose that students get confused about what they need, what they can take, what will be useful.” This concentration has two big new courses, corporate communication and research and report writing. This program will require a project in the capstone course, the final requirement.


FHSU graduate connects the academic world to the corporate world.


raining and development in a business setting are a large part of what she does now, but they weren’t on the menu when Kara Gale ’90, ’91 was earning her B.S. and M.S. degrees in business education at FHSU. “I was interested in business, and I had a sense that I was interested in teaching. I didn’t think I wanted to teach in high school or middle school, but the idea of teaching adults was interesting to me,” said Gale, a consultant/training development specialist for Market-Based Management® LLC, a support company of Koch Industries Inc. Still, she continued on in business education and did the student teaching.

Putting the   focus  on   training  and   development effective? How can you help employees do some aspect of their work better?” To her, that is one of the strengths of the new training and development track. She learned most of that after she left FHSU and began training in a business setting. The standard, formal education track provided a good foundation, she said, but it left a lot to

“You have to emphasize to students the importance of professional communication.” – Kara Gale “The experience was fine,” she said, “but it did solidify for me that it wasn’t what I wanted to do as a career.” Her group provides services across the spectrum of different Koch Industries businesses. “The purpose of our group, our team, is to help all employees across all Koch companies understand and apply Market-Based Management, which is the management philosophy developed by Charles Koch. She has been at Koch Industries for 19 years and is also a member of the Management and Marketing Department Advisory Council at FHSU. She has provided recommendations for the training and development emphasis of the new B.S. in business education. She said that, for business training and development, the primary focus needs to be on adult learning and meeting specific business needs. “How do you develop and deliver content and classes in a work setting that will be


learn about adult education and needs assessment. “I can see a lot of people going back to school and picking up this degree,” she said. “There are people who get into a business setting and discover that they have an interest in and think they would be good at training and development.” Gale has some definite thoughts on what is needed for a training and development program. First, it is especially important, not only in training programs but also for corporate communication in general, to develop formal written and verbal communication skills. It is important to be able to communicate in written form with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and be able to stand up in front of a group and be able to communicate effectively and confidently. “You have to emphasize to students the importance of professional communication,” she said.

Another important aspect for her is the ability to do a “needs analysis.” A training or development program, she said, “should focus on a need.” Any time a training department is asked to create a training program, the trainers or instructional designers should have the skills to find the answers to some key questions. “What’s behind this request?,” she asked. “What’s the gap? What’s the need? What is it, exactly, that you want your employees to do better than they are doing now?” The new emphasis in training and development provides other useful foundational knowledge. The core business classes that come with a College of Business and Leadership major provide students with a general sense of what a business is. Because training and development needs can originate from any department, having a broad understanding of business is important. Another need is compliance training. Few people know or understand just how much compliance training is performed in corporate America. “There is a real opportunity for somebody in a training and development role to really make a difference, to add value to that process,” she said. Gale’s experience as a training and development professional in the corporate setting has side benefits. She gets to travel a lot. Most of her assignments have been in the United States, but that alone encompasses many wonderful places. She has also been to Singapore and China. “It is one of those careers, especially in medium- to large-size companies, where the variety can be great. It’s one of the reasons why I love my job!”


tudents majoring in marketing at Fort Hays State University are expected to do more than accumulate a bagful of classes. Dr. Mary Martin ’91, Dr. Theresa Billiot and Mike Martin ’90 are creating and fostering a culture of excitement, rigor, relevance and innovation. The marketing faculty want students to actively engage and interact with each other, with faculty and with outside agencies and businesses in an exciting learning experience rather than feeling as if they have jumped through a series of hoops to get to a degree. The FHSU experience differentiates them from marketing graduates of other universities and prepares them for their careers. The marketing faculty have implemented several initiatives with the overall goal of involving students in a deliberate process of building a foundation. A portfolio system requires students to build a collection of projects and experiences throughout their marketing major. For example, students prepare a personal marketing plan in the Marketing Principles class. The plan includes a résumé, cover letter and strategies to target a prospective employer. It is the basis of the portfolio. In each succeeding marketing class, a project is completed and becomes part of the portfolio (for example, a research project completed for the Marketing Research class). This gets students to ponder, analyze and plan their careers and develop a personal branding strategy. Personal branding, by definition, is the process by which a person markets him or herself to others. An individual can leverage the same strategies that make celebrities or corporate brands appeal to others. The faculty wants students to think about “baking” their personal brand, not “microwaving” it, which means taking a long-term versus short-term view. Another intent of the portfolio system is to demonstrate to prospective employers experience in marketing and professional written and oral communication skills. One way for students to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market is by developing portfolios and personal brands that represent their talents and job-related skills. An assurance of learning system consistently measures progress on important learning goals, and continuous improvements are implemented.

Students build portfolios of projects and experiences to prepare them for the professional work world.

Marketing Majors build

their own  brands

New online technologies are integrated in several classes to assess and document student learning. In Marketing Principles and Marketing Strategy, students participate in activities and take quizzes in Connect Marketing, a Web-based assignment and assessment platform that links performance directly to specific learning goals such as critical thinking and global awareness. The marketing assurance of learning system will be part of the College of Business and Leadership’s effort to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. New classes and activities address both student demand and new technologies that have a great impact on the field of marketing. Billiot developed a Sports Marketing class that gives a realistic view of careers in the sports industry, an industry in which many students aspire to work. As Mitch Holthus, Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, pointed out in a presentation to the class, many universities do not provide a realistic view of the pressures and demands. As a result, he said, many end up leaving the profession. Billiot wants to make sure students are prepared to handle a career in sports marketing. She has also integrated Web 2.0 technologies into her classes (website development, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media). Marketing, like no other business discipline, has been affected by these new technologies, and students must stay current in this ever-changing field. A new concentration in marketing is being offered in the Master of Business Administration, giving students an opportunity to advance their study.

An exciting research agenda enriches faculty teaching and, in turn, enhances student learning. Billiot is leading an interdisciplinary proposal to acquire eye-tracking software and equipment to be used in research and classroom projects. Dr. Martin is editor of the Journal of Business & Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching, a College of Business and Leadership effort that publishes research by academics from around the world. By engaging in research and offering opportunities to publish that research, the professors believe they will provide a more meaningful learning experience. Internships and hands-on applications of marketing get increased emphasis. A good example is the project with Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. and Mike Martin’s class. In a real-life project, students apply and adapt classroom knowledge to different work environments. Students in Dr. Martin’s Marketing Strategy course participated in the Follett Marketing Genius Student Competition this semester. They developed marketing plans for Follett university bookstores, a national chain that is being challenged in the textbook market by online competitors offering innovative alternatives – digital and rental textbooks. Several students have completed internships for local, regional and national companies like Eagle Communications, Nex-Tech Wireless, The Buckle, Target, the FHSU Alumni Association, U.S. Speedskating, U.S. Figure Skating, Entercom Radio, the Kansas City T-Bones and Western Beverage. Internships with the Kansas City Chiefs are being discussed.


Tourism Education By Kent Steward ‘02 Director, University Relations


n hindsight, maybe it was just meant to be. Dr. Stacey Smith grew up in Hays, applied for the directorship of the new tourism and hospitalithy management program at FHSU and, with a new Ph.D. in hand, was selected. She returned to Hays with her husband and two children, where her father serves as FHSU provost and her mother, Eva, works for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies. Smith is now an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing and director of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program. “We started in August 2008, and we’re completing our third year,” she said. She said the challenges of creating a new program included developing courses, recruiting students and building partnerships with other schools and with the industry those students will eventually serve. A special strength of the program, Smith said, is that it is housed in FHSU’s College of Business and Leadership. “The industry is not mom-and-pop shops anymore,” she said. “Our students need to know industry skills, business education and the critical thinking perspectives acquired from general education courses.”

Dr. Stacey Smith ’00, ’00 (center) directs the hospitality and tourism program. She is shown with Whitney Liggett, Limon, Colo., senior, left, and Carlos Villanueva, Garden City senior.


Smith pointed to a relationship with the I-70 Association, a confederation of 14 communities that work together to promote tourism across the state from Colorado to Missouri along Interstate 70, as an early success in building professional partnerships. Jana Jordan, director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the I-70 Association, concurs. “In Kansas and probably most other states, there has not been a lot of education available to prepare people to work in the hospitality industry,” Jordan said. “People sometimes think it’s a lot of fluff and you just party all the time,” said Jordan, “but there is a fundamental business component to the tourism industry. You must prepare budgets, know how to market and advertise, and know how to plan events. I’m excited about this program. It is especially beneficial for the I-70 Association, which actually budgeted a $1,000-a-year scholarship for students in Stacey’s program. The FHSU program has also been well received by the Travel Industry Association of Kansas. They are struggling with budget just now but would also like to provide a scholarship.” The program is off to a good start, but Smith knows much remains to be done. “Where I see the program at the end of this third year is that we are now moving from the development stage to the producing stage, with lots of freshmen coming in,” she said. “We will push hard at developing all these relationships. We have created a strong foundation for doing that.” That foundation includes a “2-plus-2 Partnership” with Garden City Community College, which allows students to move seamlessly into the FHSU program after completing an associate degree at GCCC. Another 2-plus-2 Partnership is in the works with Dodge City Community College,

and Smith has established an articulation agreement with Buhler High School. “I spend a lot of time visiting high schools and career fairs, just beating the bushes to find students,” she said. She is also looking to expand the program internationally, with China, Switzerland and India as possibilities. Smith now realizes that a sense of marketing is as valuable as any of her industry knowledge or academic coursework. Just as the partnerships with tourism professionals create learning opportunities for the FHSU students through projects and internships, the partnerships with other schools help with recruitment of students into the FHSU tourism program and develop workforce professionals for central and western Kansas. Smith notes that her program offers a menu of education options: a Bachelor of Business Administration in tourism and hospitality management; a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in tourism and hospitality management; and four certificates that complement other degrees. For graduate students, there is also a tourism and hospitality management concentration in the M.B.A. program. All the degrees are available both on campus in Hays and online through the FHSU Virtual College. Plans include the creation of certificates and alignment with North Central Kansas Technical College programs. Students will be prepared for all sorts of jobs: hotels and restaurants, event planning, airlines, consulting, marketing research, sports complexes, real estate development, state tourism offices, and convention centers. Do you have an internship to offer or a business or project that would benefit from participation by FHSU tourism students? If so, please call Dr. Stacey Smith at 785-628-4696 or contact her by email at

– a  study       in

She has both sections of the marketing class – the virtual and on-campus – showcased on Facebook, where each course section can view student projects. A bonus was that on-campus students who were not enrolled in the marketing class, or even in the department, discovered the course Facebook page, and these students became interested and involved . “What was groundbreaking,” she said, “was that both the on-campus and virtual sections connected with each other. Each class was crosspromoting the other’s brand through its social media tactics. I was really happy to see these above-and-beyond efforts to help each other build a successful brand.” The campaigns brought a couple of surprises. Take “The Party Goers Guide to Health.” That was the brainchild of Callie Capraro, Grover, Colo., senior; Samantha Grollmes, Topeka junior; Alexandra Trimpe, Pratt senior; and Kevin Quinley, Salina junior. The idea was to improve college students’ health. “We felt like there were a lot of health pages out there, but not a lot of health pages aimed at our age without depriving us of the ‘college lifestyle,’” Capraro said. With healthy drink recipes, workout tips, humorous and educational links, interesting videos and much more, “The Party Goers Guide to Health” is exactly what the title infers – and then some. The posted information is no joke. The team worked hard researching topics and obtaining facts from reliable sources, often sharing it in a fun and interesting way. “We do research online mostly, and Sammy’s sister is a dietician, so we get information from her, too,” Capraro said. The group has gotten its name out as far as Chicago. The students were contacted by Dig Communications, a public relations and advertising firm, to help promote a new flavor of MGD 40 that will come out in the summer. “Face to Face Day,” the virtual course’s campaign, encouraged people to step away from digital devices for 24 hours to get out and meet people face to face to “experience life unplugged.” “Our group wanted to create an anti-technology day to encourage people to take a break from the Internet for a day and experience life on the ‘outside,’” said Shannon Archacki, McHenry, Ill., senior. “By being virtual students, we understand how our lives can get taken over by the amount of time spent virtual. Face-to-Face Day was created to reconnect people in the real world while trying new and interesting activities.” Group members were Archacki; Amber Baxter, Mesquite, Nev., senior; Andrew Hawkins, Baldwin, Mo., senior; Matthew Loewen, Hutchinson senior; and Amy Rose, Overland Park senior. The group’s original goal of 1,000 participants was far surpassed when 2,760 people took part. “I hope that the people who celebrated Face to Face Day can see how much fun they had away from the computer and spend a little less time online and a little more time enjoying outdoor activities,” said Archacki. One of the surprises for Billiot was that a majority of on-campus and virtual students didn’t know much about social media except for Facebook. “I wasn’t sure if this lack of knowledge was due to a slow adoption toward other forms of social media,” said Billiot, “but many students started to appreciate social media in a new way very rapidly. The adoption rate, specifically toward Twitter, started to increase.” Another discovery was that the more reserved students are much more involved on Twitter. “We’re really trying to enhance the student-teacher engagement process,” said Billiot. “I’m learning so much more about what motivates my students, and this discovery allows me to create marketing lectures around these student interests. The learning process will only get better.”

marketing By Kara Hackney CS and Kurt Beyers, Assistant Director, University Relations


tudents in a Fort Hays State University marketing class have spent an entire semester promoting social causes with limited resources and a zero budget. In the on-campus and virtual classes of Dr. Theresa Billiot’s Strategic Electronic Marketing course, all-student groups created social media campaigns through resources such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wordpress, Flash, Tumblr and HootSuite to gain hands-on experience with developing their brands through a social strategy. “Last semester was my first time teaching virtual courses,” Billiot said, “and I wasn’t happy with how Blackboard distanced me from my students, and I wasn’t happy with how Blackboard distanced students from each other. It was just too much like an email exchange, and I felt changes had to be made.” Her answer was to use social media as a teaching and learning tool. Billiot primarily uses Twitter and Facebook to increase engagement and interaction among her students. Each course section has a Twitter page, and all students within each course section follow each other. Some students from the virtual course follow students from the on-campus course, and vice-versa. “One beneficial aspect of Twitter was the humanization of each text message through the use of student pictures,” she said. “This personal touch allowed on-campus students living in Hays, Kansas, to feel more connected with virtual students living in states such as Illinois, New York and Florida.”


One grad  explains          what  makes  Tiger  alums              attractive  to  employers


our graduates of FHSU’s College of Business and Leadership were hired into the Techtronic Industries (TTI) Leadership Training Program in 2010, the second most of the more than 50 colleges and universities in the program, said Josh Kingsley ‘04, ‘06, associate brand manager with Milwaukee Electric Power Tool Corp., one of the TTI brands. No. 1, of course, was the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is 70 miles away,

of Business and Leadership. He earned a B.B.A. in marketing in 2004 and an M.B.A. in marketing in 2006. He is one of 15 FHSU graduates who have gone to work for TTI or one of its divisions in the past four or five years. Kingsley started with TTI in November 2007 in its Home Depot sales team. He was promoted to the Milwaukee Tool corporate office in September 2008. After graduating with his M.B.A., Kingsley, a Hays native and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School graduate (1999) worked for B&L Motels for six months on a construction project in Walla Walla, Wash., and then six months for Einstein Brothers Bagels in the corporate payroll office. He found his way to TTI through Derek Osburn ‘07, who was already working for TTI,

“We have probably a dozen people in our office who put a lot of time into recruiting at that school. So we’re into some serious law of average stuff here.” – Josh Kingsley has almost 29,000 undergraduate students and more than 9,000 graduate students, not counting medical, law, veterinary, audiology and pharmacy. Kingsley noted the size differential between FHSU and Wisconsin-Madison, and the proximity of Madison, and added this in answer to a question about the number of Tiger grads who go to work for Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd., Milwaukee Tool’s parent: “We have probably a dozen people in our office who put a lot of time into recruiting at that school. So we’re into some serious law of average stuff here.” Kingsley is a product of the Management and Marketing Department in FHSU’s College


to Tim Speno, who was about to begin his leadership development program to nurture and recruit college talent. Kingsley eventually became part of TTI’s recrutiting program as a chief recruiter at FHSU. Of the 15 FHSU alumni hired, 11 are still with TTI or its various divisions. Most of them, he said, come from the Management and Marketing Department programs. “The way that our program works is we recruit into that entry-level position, our sales position calling on Home Depot for Team TTI,” said Kingsley. “People get promoted out of that position to go into various marketing or sales positions for the different brands at TTI.”

In his current position as associate brand manager for power tools and test and measurement tools, Kingsley handles marketing for industrial, independent and hardware chain accounts. “I touch the vast majority of tool and T&M displays,” he said. His work involves “anything we do from a communications standpoint – checkout displays, posters, Web graphics – anything that involves graphic design, I deal with.” His product lines include all corded and cordless power tools and the test and measurement lines, which involve digital multimeters, inspection cameras and other equipment used by electricians and HVAC technicians. He cites several factors that make FHSU graduates attractive. “A big thing is a good work ethic,” he said. “People come in from backgrounds of good values and good work ethic. They are ambitious self-starters.” But there is also the atmosphere at FHSU. “More than anything,” he said, “there’s a good faculty and staff. They are very accessible to students, and they gain students access to outside companies in good ways.” The curriculum involves “a lot of hands-on kind of projects.” “There were at least three or four classes where we did a project that required contact with a company outside the university. The research was relevant to real world kinds of things.” And one more thing. “Just the Fort Hays culture in general. There’s a lot of clubs and a lot of things going on there. There are a lot of projects and groups and things going on that people can get involved in. Those are the kind of people we look for in the company.” “Students in the Management and Marketing Department,” he said, “were very involved people.”

Partnership provides  valuable  tools  for  both By Kurt Beyers, Assistant Director University Relations


ack when Tim Speno of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. was developing the Techtronic Industries Leadership Development Program that finds and nurtures talent from college campuses across the United States, Fort Hays State University was a good match. He lives in Hays, “and my wife’s two brothers are alumni. It was an ideal pick for me.” The result has been a special relationship with the Department of Management and Marketing at FHSU, a class project that provides valuable information for Speno and experience for FHSU students. A number of students from the department and from the College of Business and Leadership have subsequently gone to work for Milwaukee Tool and its parent company, Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI). Speno is vice president of job site solutions and service for Milwaukee Tool. “My team is responsible for the end-user experience.”

Although he lives in Hays, his office is in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. His company’s leadership program has targeted more than 50 campuses across the country. “We go beyond just the career fair,” he said. “We develop relationships with faculty and develop a strong network of alumni. We like to integrate within classes and within targeted majors.” “The Marketing Department at Fort Hays State is one of those departments that have been very good to us,” he said. Part of the relationship at FHSU is the Marketing 603 course, “Customer Service and Relationship Management,” taught by Mike Martin ’90, instructor of management and marketing. For three years now, students taking that class have conducted a project in the spring semester that evaluates customer service for Milwaukee Tools. “This is a program that Mike Martin and I set up for students to map and evaluate the end-user experience for both factory and authorized service centers,” said Speno. “Students are provided with tools and instructed to return the tools to either a manufacturing service center or an authorized service center,” said Martin. “Students get a broken tool from TTI and then they get a list of repair service centers, some factory, some independent. They call and make the initial contact, tell them they have a broken tool and need to get it fixed. Then they go through that process,” he said. Martin said the students evaluate the company based on a list of criteria, rating the customer service performance on a scale of one to five. The criteria include everything from time of return to attitude of employee to ease of return. As part of his sphere of responsibility with Milwaukee Tool, Speno runs factory and authorized

service centers around the United States. He already collects data from in-house metrics and monthly evaluation surveys from end users. The surveys conducted by FHSU students provide another data stream. “I compare the class project data to what my metrics are telling me,“ said Speno. “I dig into the exceptions, the areas where the findings of one don’t match up with the other.” All this provides Speno with another tool he can use to understand key elements of the “end-user experience:” pricing, warranty, service and “overall customer satisfaction.” The marketing class project began as an independent study. Speno hired a couple of interns out of the department. The study broadened into the project. Of it all, Speno said, “The satisfaction level continuously exceeds my expectations on many different levels. First off, we have access to top talent within the department. We have faculty support, and we have involvement beyond the career fair.” For students, said Martin, the purpose of Marketing 603 is to come to understand the nature of customer service, how to overcome customer dissatisfaction, how to build and maintain customer loyalty, and how to build and maintain relationships in the workplace – not just external but internal as well. Students also gain valuable experience in seeing how the return process actually works. Martin said that, while all colleges have sales management coursework, this one is unique because “there is an emphasis on the soft skills, on the communications and on realizing the importance of those relationships inside and outside of the organization.” “When students come out of here, companies like TTI want to hire them because, I think, they work hard, they’re resourceful. They can get along with people. They can make a solid impression. They have a desire to succeed. All these students are pretty self motivated.” On the academic side, the project will be used in pedagogical research in the field of marketing. “Our relationship with Techtronic Industries has provided us with great opportunities for research and classroom instruction,” said Martin. “More importantly, our students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through their coursework and a brighter future with very gainful employment.”


New marketing  &  management  faculty Dr. Theresa R. Billiot is an assistant professor of marketing. She teaches Marketing Principles and Marketing Research. Prior to joining the faculty at FHSU, Billiot received a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, with a research agenda in sport and electronic media, which led to collaboration with the National Football League. She holds an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, an M.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a B.A. in mass communications from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La. Prior to that, Billiot served as a solutions manager for Clear Channel Radio in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami market. She was also previously employed by the Florida Panthers, a National Hockey League franchise, as a new business executive to sell season seat and luxury suite packages. Her website: http:// Dr. Kyle B. Stone is director of the Management Development Center and an assistant professor in the College of Business and Leadership. He has worked in the North American manufacturing industry since 1990. His 20-year career in industry includes automotive, healthcare, chemical, pulp and paper, and heavy steel fabrication primarily focused in process improvement, operations management, human resource and organizational development. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational performance and change and an M.Ed. in adult education and training, both from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., and a B.S. in industrial arts and technology, with an emphasis in industrial engineering from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. His website: Charles Wolfe teaches undergraduate courses in business policy (strategic management) and management principles in addition to masters-level courses in strategic management. Prior to coming to FHSU, he taught entrepreneurship and new venture finance at Northern Michigan University, where he received the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Business Award for 2009. Before pursuing a career in academia, Wolfe enjoyed a 15-year business career in management. He has experience in working for Fortune 100 firms and consulting, as well as starting two entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently completing a Ph.D. program in strategic management from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Wolfe holds an M.A., an M.B.A. and a B.A., all from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. His website: http://www.

Thought for  Food In December, Dr. Tony Gabel ‘93, assistant professor of management and marketing, and the Marketing Management Association completed the annual Thought for Food Canned Food Drive to benefit the local food pantries. Canned goods were collected in classrooms throughout the College of Business and Leadership. Students, faculty and staff raised 3,020 pounds of canned food to benefit the Community Assistance Center.


High-­tech tool  on   the  want  list O

ne item on the marketing program wish list is a high-tech piece of equipment called an “eye tracker.” The proposal for funding is a joint effort by two departments in the College of Business and Leadership and the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are excited about the possibility of implementing this innovative research tool to enhance our academic and undergraduate research,” said Dr. Theresa Billiot, assistant professor of management and marketing. “This eye-tracking device will allow us to provide further measurement to explore critical research areas such as website usability and consumer behavior in various disciplines.” “With eye-tracking equipment, FHSU will also provide faculty, students and the business community with opportunities to examine the effects of social media applications and other advertising platforms on cognition, spatial relations and behavioral patterns of consumers,” according to the proposal. The equipment is portable and involves a head harness. “It’s accurate and precise,” said Billiot. The equipment follows reflections in the corneas of the subject’s eyes to see where they are looking and what they look at first. The equipment (the Tobii T60 eyetracker), software (Tobii Studio Enterprise Edition), installation and training come to $48,300. Only one of the harnesses is in the plan, said Billiot. “It is really expensive.” The harness accounts for $31,900 of the cost. Eye-tracking glasses, being smaller and more lightweight, provide a much more natural experience for the test subject. But those are even more expensive. “We can request for funds to cover these eye-tracking glasses in a future grant,” said Billiot. The proposal has been placed in the top tier of requests for what is called actionplan money, which is used for program, facility or equipment improvements. Actual funding depends on a variety of factors, primarily the availability of funds.

Human Resources

– a  growth  field

By Dr. Kyle Stone and Jessica Tormey CS


hile the economy is slowly recovering, the outlook for human resource professionals continues to show improvement as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall growth in the human resource discipline is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2018. Areas such as recruitment and placement are projected to increase by 28 percent, while areas like compensation and benefits are projected to experience a 24-percent increase. A degree or certificate in human resources prepares a Fort Hays State University graduate for a career in many different industries since most organizations are comprised of people, resulting in a continued demand for graduates with current knowledge of the latest management trends. The Department of Management and Marketing has recognized the continuing demand for human resource professionals and recently hired Dr. Kyle Stone as a full-time assistant professor. Stone brings 20 years of industry experience to students in the classroom and consults with businesses through his role as the director of the Management Development Center.

The MDC offers workshops and consulting services focused on learning new management theories and immediately applying them in the workplace. In addition to his work with the MDC, Stone has recently affiliated the department and FHSU with the Lean Educator Network at MIT. Students have many opportunities to gain more information on campus or virtually about human resources by completing a certificate or earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Liberal Studies degree. To earn a certificate in human resource management, students would

The Bachelor of Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration are more business focused and provide students with a well-rounded look into the business world through completing courses

A degree or certificate in human resources prepares a Fort Hays State University graduate for a career in many different industries. complete four classes: Human Resource Management (MGT 611); Recruitment, Selection and Retention (MGT 612); Total Compensation (MGT 613); and Training and Development (MGT 614). These four classes are the core of the human resource program and will be present in all of the degree options.

in management, marketing, accounting and communication. If you would like to receive more information about the programs listed in this story, visit management, or contact the Department of Management and Marketing at 785-628-4201 or

Industry  partnerships  drive  innovation A

Dr. Greg Weisenborn, chair, Department of Management and Marketing

s we work to develop more industry relationships with companies like TTI, we hope you consider how your organization might benefit from greater interaction with us. The Department of Management and Marketing would like to help explore those possibilities with you. Active departmental alumni like Kara Gale ’90, ’91 provide an example of how one person can help make a big difference for a new program concentration in our department. The Department of Management and Marketing is both a resource for and a servant to the citizens and companies of Kansas and beyond. Summer student internships and faculty consulting and research will continue to build these important relationships so that we can thrive as an institute of higher learning. We cannot continue to grow without the support of our alumni. Alumni support can take many forms: student scholarships, support for faculty research like the eye-tracking lab, endowed faculty positions to attract the best scholars to western Kansas, internships for students, and consulting or research projects for faculty. Success tends to build on itself, and we hope our alumni members can help to keep us moving in the right direction. We appreciate your continued support, and we hope to find ways to work with you in the future. To partner with the Department of Management and Marketing, contact 785-628-4201 or email


ATHLETICS Individual, team efforts make Tigers a force in MIAA Winter recap

Spring sports reviw

Fort Hays State claimed its first ever MIAA Championship in any sport by winning the Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament in March. For the second straight season, the men’s team finished second in the regular season but finally broke through with their first championship by defeating regular season champion Missouri Southern 89-83 to claim the tournament crown. Led by senior All-American guard Dominique Jones, Harlem, N.Y., senior, the Tigers made their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, third in the last four years, and fifth under 10th-year head coach Mark Johnson. Riding the momentum of the conference tournament win, the Tigers thrashed West Texas A&M in the first round by 26 points. The Tigers’ run would end in the regional semifinals for the second straight year, this one in a loss to tournament host Central Oklahoma. The Tigers made a valiant effort, erasing a 22-point second-half deficit to tie the game late but fell just short. FHSU finished 26-7 overall for the season. Early season-ending injuries for a pair of the top players on the women’s basketball squad led to another up-and-down year. The Lady Tigers finished 12-14 overall and ninth in the MIAA, but took major strides in defeating nationally ranked teams Washburn and Northwest Missouri State. FHSU snapped a 16-game losing streak to Washburn with a win over the No. 11 ranked Lady Blues in Hays. The Tigers also knocked off Northwest Missouri State, a team that went on to the final four of the national tournament.

The FHSU softball team experienced a roller coaster regular season, but hit its stride at the end in the MIAA Tournament. The Tigers finished seventh in the conference standings but made it to the conference tournament, where they were edged by nationally ranked NebraskaOmaha 2-1. The Mavericks handed the Tigers both of their tournament losses. FHSU finished the season at 30-22, the third straight 30-win season under Head Coach Julie LeMaire. Eight players earned All-MIAA honors, led by first-team selection Malinee Powell, Littleton, Colo., sophomore, at catcher. The Tigers bid farewell to four-year seniors Sara Tani, Westminster, Colo., and Kayla Rupa, Parker, Colo., both of whom own several individual school records.


Tiger baseball finished fourth in the MIAA regular season and advanced to the conference tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Tigers’ stay in Kansas City was short, ending in a 5-4 opening round loss to Missouri Western. FHSU finished 28-23 in Coach Steve Johnson’s first season. Seven players made the All-MIAA team, led by second-team selections Sloan Soulia, Falcon, Colo., senior catcher, and outfielder Nash Smith, Jewell junior. The women’s tennis team finished seventh in the MIAA with a 6-12 record. Sophomore Amy Guilliams, Brighton, Colo., earned All-MIAA Honorable Mention honors for the No. 6 singles position. Guilliams becomes the first-ever All-MIAA selection for Fort Hays State since the school joined the conference in 2006-07. FHSU track and field for both men and women saw yet another year of multiple individual successes, but tough team competition held them to a fourth-place finish for the women and fifth place for the men at the MIAA Championships. Along with three other top-three finishers at the meet, Darcie Schmitz, Baileyville senior, claimed individual event titles in the long jump and triple jump. She set a new MIAA championship meet record in the triple jump and a new FHSU record with a distance of 41 feet, 1 inch. Also breaking school marks this year was Concordia senior Christa Bergmann. She won the national title during the indoor season in the weight throw and set a new school record for the outdoor season in the hammer throw. Max Alonso, Santiago, Chile, junior, led the men’s squad at the conference meet, winning individual titles in the shot put and discus. Alonso has set school records in both events this spring. Mitch Sahlfeld, Beloit senior, also set school marks for the indoor and outdoor seasons in his top events – the indoor weight throw and the hammer throw for the outdoor season. Kevin Quinley, Salina senior, member of the men’s golf team, became the first individual regional qualifier for FHSU since joining the MIAA with his play throughout the season. He was selected to participate in the regional after finishing seventh in the individual conference points standings. He also garnered All-MIAA honors for his efforts in 2010-11. Follow the latest on all Tiger sports, results, standings, schedules or upcoming events at the FHSU Athletics website, www. fhsuathletics. com.

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CAMPUS NEWS Doc Brower – past and future catalyst By Ted Harbin ’89, guest columnist

Garry Brower

The weather was plenty frightful April 15, the scheduled opening day of the 2011 Fort Hays State University Rodeo. The high winds – you know the wind has some power behind it when western Kansans say so – combined with snow made for miserable conditions at Doug Phillips Arena, so the officials and FHSU Rodeo Coach Charles “Bronc” Rumford ’74 made the call to postpone competition a day, jamming three days of rodeo into two. But there was no delay in the celebration of the FHSU Alumni Association, which sponsored a reunion of former club members. Rodeo alumni also created and fully funded the Doc Garry Brower Endowed Scholarship – a touching recognition to the longtime rodeo coach – thanks in large part to a giving nature. “God bless the Alumni Association for providing that glue, the interaction and the vehicle to make it happen,” said Steven Knowles ’89, one of the organizers of the reunion weekend. “It was a great beginning for us to be able to get all those groups together so we can get this club together for the betterment of the team. “Brower was the catalyst for all this to happen. We wanted to do something nice for him so we could tell him what he’s done for all of us over the years.” The reunion brought together various generations of Rodeo Club members. Those from the ’70s could share stories with those from the ’90s with the hope of building the future of the rodeo program. It was


fascinating to see the present team mingle with alumni. It might have been more fascinating to see more than $6,500 raised for the scholarship in just a few minutes. During the social banquet on the afternoon of April 16, Knowles reached out to the alumni with hopes of raising the $10,000 fund in three years – he noted that

strongest in our history,” Knowles said. “I think all of this will make recruiting better, which is exactly what we want to develop.” To donate to the Doc Brower Scholarship Fund, send monies to the FHSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601 with Doc Brower Scholarship noted in the memo line.

“He was the catalyst for this to happen. We wanted to do something nice for him so we could tell him what he’s done for all of us over the years.”

$3,500 had already been raised. That’s when university president Dr. Edward Hammond took the stage and showed us all how to raise money: He would write a $5,000 check if the alumni group could raise just $1,500 more in seven days. Donations were being called out all across the room, and within moments the endowment had been established. “When I got there and first saw the numbers that we’d already raised more than $3,000, it was a welcome surprise,” Knowles said. “This was supposed to just be the kickoff. We couldn’t have scripted it better. It was an awesome surprise, but it shows a lot for Brower, too. I think it shows how much he’s contributed to that rodeo team.” The reunion not only raised money for the rodeo program, it also established a hunger to keep the process going. Knowles said there are plans to have a barbecue every year during the rodeo and that a big reunion likely will take place every five years. “We’ve always wanted to do this, and with the new tools at our availability, we can make this team one of the

About the author: Ted Harbin owns Rodeo Media Relations, a company that promotes rodeo and its people. He has served as media director for all aspects of rodeo, including community events, contractors and athletes. Harbin has more than 25 years experience in traditional media. He and his wife, Lynette, live in Maryville, Mo.


Half Century Club has memorable year By Leo Lake ’57, ’61, President Half Century Club Members of the Half Century Club have effectively met their 2010-11 goals to provide scholarship support for deserving Fort Hays State University students, offer greater opportunities for communication via an HCC Facebook page, and initiate an oral history project to preserve memories of FHSU’s past for future generations. The 2011 Half Century Club spring reception held April 29, at the Memorial Union brought an energized group of HCC members to the campus. It was an opportunity to renew acquaintances and to meet new friends who support Fort Hays State. The Homecoming 2010 videos and recordings made to remind persons of the history of Fort Hays State were shown during the visitation period at the spring reception, and a trivia game involving members in attendance revealed facts about or recent happenings at the university. It was a relaxing, fun program. Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president, shared with the organization facts and figures including enrollment, graduation rates, economic savings, job availability, etc., comparing Fort Hays State with other Regent

schools. It was a proud moment to see that FHSU ranked at the top in all categories. Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Hammond, who annually sponsor the HCC spring reception. An excellent luncheon with lots of visiting made for an interesting spring day. Be watching for next year’s reception annually held in the latter part of April. In keeping with a major mission of the organization, HCC awarded six scholarships. This year’s recipients are: Seth Burian, business, Seibert, Colo., Brittney Funk, graphic design, Quinter; Miranda McCune, management, Stockton; Elyse (Powell) Allen, foreign language, Phillipsburg; Kelly Whitaker, psychology, Sublette; and Tella Whitaker, chemistry, Sublette. Brittney and Elyse were present at the HCC Spring Reception and expressed their appreciation for the scholarship. As college costs continue the upward trend, scholarship funds are needed to assist students. HCC members will recall when tuition was $60 per semester for all the hours one could handle. Fort Hays State is the least expensive of the four-year colleges in Kansas, but tuition is now based on credit hours. Each credit hour now costs over $100. If you have not sent a donation this year, please consider doing that now. Many small donations equal a large donation, so give what you are able. Checks should be sent to the FHSU Alumni Association, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601. Denote Half Century Club Scholarship in the memo line.

In an HCC board meeting following the reception, the board requested changes in the HCC Scholarship Memorandum of Understanding with the FHSU Foundation. They also named Marvel Castor ’57, ’62, Russell, to a three-year terms on the HCC Board. Retiring will be Georgia Moore ’47, Hays, and Joan Henry ’54, Hays, who have served faithfully for several years. The next opportunity to share memories will be at Homecoming 2011, Oct. 6-9, “Tigers are for Reel.” The HCC will induct the Class of 1961and will also recognize the Class of 1951 at festivities Friday, Oct. 7, at the Memorial Union. We sincerely hope that members of the class of 1961 as well as previously inducted members will mark their calendars now and join others in memory lane. It has been a privilege to serve on the FHSU Alumni Board, and I look forward to the second year of my term as HCC president. It has been an experience which has opened my eyes to how much of our history is totally unknown to the younger members. It will be important for each generation to record its history for future generations. Plan to attend Homecoming and, in addition to renewing friendships, share our history. For additional information or to share any comments, please contact the Alumni Association at, call toll free at 1-888-351-3591, or you can reach me at 785-479-1805 or email Also, be reminded to check for HCC updates and information at

Class of 1960 Half Century Club inductees in attendance at the 2010 Homecoming HCC Brunch and Induction Ceremony held on campus.


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 1940s Estella (Crabtree) Nuss ’45, Wilson, was inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame by Central Plains USD 112.

1950s Kenneth Braun ’56, Hays, retired from the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors.

1960s Michael Jilg ’69, ’70, Hays, a professor of art and design, retired from FHSU in May. Dennis Kepka ’67, Ellsworth, retired from the Ellsworth County Medical Center Rural Health Clinic. Wava Reames ’69, Norcatur, was elected to the Norcatur City Council. Joe Thomasson ’68, Hays, a professor of biological sciences, retired from FHSU in May.

1970s Thomas Arnhold ’75, Hutchinson, was appointed to the Kansas Workers Compensation Appeals Board in Topeka. Steven Baumrucker ’73, Hays, was named a board member of Heartland Community Foundation. Gerald Brungardt ’73, ’77, Victoria, was elected to the Victoria City Council.

Larry Caspers ’76, Hays, president of Insurance Planning Inc., received the Agency of the Year award for 2010 from the Great Lakes regional office of United Fire Group. Mary “Theresa” (Heeke) Davidson ’72, ’73, Emporia, was named superintendent of Emporia USD 253. Joanne (Pfannenstiel) Emerick ’73, Hoxie, published Courage Before Every Danger, Honor Before All Men, after 18 years of research on

the 31st Bombardment Squadron’s history during World War II. Marie (Dreiling) Froelich ’76, Hays, was elected as a vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Darlene (Tieszen) Gilchrist ’72, ’79, Hays, retired after 28 years of service with Advanced Real Estate Co. Roger Jensen ’73, St. Francis, was elected to the St. Francis City Council. Lynden Klein ’70, Hays, recently acquired ownership of Advanced Real Estate Co. and attended the Hays Board of Realtors 2011 installation banquet. Dianna (Schmidt) Koerner ’78, Hays, a professor of nursing, retired from FHSU in May. Ted Krone ’70, Wichita, sculptor and chair of the art department at Friends University, displayed his art “Formal Order” at the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery in Lindsborg.


Charles Krull ’72, Hays, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, was honored for his sales performance during the fourth quarter of 2010 and later for the entire year of 2010. Jolene Niernberger ’72, ’75, Ellis, was elected to the Ellis City Council. Eileen (Weber) Porter ’73, Madison, Wis., was named a professor emerita of nursing at the University of Missouri in August 2010 and was appointed a professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2010. Andrew Rupp ’77, Hays, of Insurance Planning, now serves as a board member for the Downtown Hays Development Corporation and Heartland Community Foundation. Daniel Schippers ’78, Hays, was appointed to serve on the Hays Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Richard Schroder ’76, Lenexa, became the president of the Kansas Academy of Science for 2011. Richard Settle ’77, McPherson, coached McPherson High School wrestling for 23 years. Karen (Schulte) Trible ’79, ‘02, Russell, an assistant professor of nursing, retired from FHSU in May. Beth (Marshall) Walizer ’79, ’92, Russell, was granted tenure and was promoted to associate professor of teacher education at FHSU. Ronald Wente ’73, Hays, was re-elected to the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors for a three-year term. Errol Wuertz ’77, ’98, president of Heartland Realty, attended the Hays Board of Realtors 2011 installation banquet.

1980s Kathy (Schulte) Amrein ’80, Hays, director of music at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, was elected president of the Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Rex Ball ’82, Hays, was elected to the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Marion “Joe” Bollig ’82, Baldwin City, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, received a twoyear certification in a catechesis program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education in Birmingham, England. Curtis ’81, ’84, and Christie ’01, Brungardt, Hays, were honored as State Champions for Victims Rights at the 14th Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita. Gerald Casper ’85, ’89, Rochester, Minn., was awarded the IRACTC Outstanding Educator Award for 2011. Melinda Dougherty ’86, Hays, received a one-year service award from Nex-Tech Wireless. Chris Dreiling ’87, Victoria, was elected as a vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Janet (Jensen) Fields ’85, Russell, OCN at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute at Hays Medical Center, renewed an oncology nursing certification. Kraig Gross ’82, Hays, was reelected to the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors for a three-year term. Mitchell “Ted” Harbin ’89, Maryville, Mo., was honored with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Media Award for Excellence in Print Journalism at the PRCA annual convention and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. John Holub ’82, Hays, of Realty Executives of Hays, attended the Hays Board of Realtors 2011 installation banquet. Michael Madden ’83, ’83, Hays, received a $10,000 Undergraduate Campus Faculty Scholar Award from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. Gregory Mann ’80, Norton, received the Kansas School Superintendents Association 2011 Distinguished Service Award.

Craig Manteuffel ’86, ’03, Hays, was named president of the Kansas Music Educators Association. Brenda (Braun) Meder ’80, ’87, Hays, performed the one-person play “The Belle of Amherst: The Story of Emily Dickinson,” by William Luce, for FHSU Theatre. Ronald Michael ’85, ’92, Lindsborg, presented an overview of four Kansas visual artists who achieved national recognition at the Birger Sanzén Memorial Gallery. Martin Patterson ’86, Hays, was elected to the Hays USD 489 School Board. Patrick Poore ’85, ’86, Sycamore, Ill., was hired as a receivers coach for the University of Minnesota football team. David Schmidt ’82, Hays, of Realty Executives of Hays, attended the Hays Board of Realtors 2011 installation banquet. Robert Underwood ’89, Stillwater, Okla., accepted a new position as head football coach for Newkirk High School in Newkirk, Okla.

1990s Mike Arensdorf ’94, Hays, was elected vice president of IT by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Jeffrey Augustine ’90, Ellis, was elected as a vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Cassie Augustine-Jones ’96, Lakewood, Colo., was promoted to vice president of O’Brien Advertising. Patricia (Rhoades) Baconrind ’93, Hays, of Baconrind Appraising Services, completed the Appraisal Qualifications Board Instructor Certification Program. Jody Beckman ’99, Oakley, was elected as a member of the Grinnell USD 291 School Board. Michael Billinger ’94, ’97, Hays, of Midwest Energy, was named a board member for the Downtown Hays Development Corporation. Blake Bittel ’94, Ellis, works for the Hays office of Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich & Williamson, a Salinabased law firm.

James Braun ’91, Hays, chief of the Hays Police Department, retired after 32 years of service. Emily Breit ’96, ’00, Hays, assistant professor of economics, finance and accounting at FHSU, was granted tenure. Les Brown ’93, ’95, Hays, was elected as a vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Melissa (Nichols) Button ’98, Topeka, earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Baker University, Baldwin City. Robert Channell ’90, ’92, Hays, was granted tenure and was promoted to professor of biological sciences at FHSU. Tim Davis ’93, Hays, was granted tenure and was promoted to associate professor of social work at FHSU. Duane Dreiling ’92, Carl Junction, Mo., accepted the position of executive director at Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation, Pittsburg. Carol (Dreiling) Groen ’94, ’00, Hays, a registered nurse at Hays Medical Center, completed national recertification in emergency nursing administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Melanie (Mayo) Heimerman ’94, Hays, accepted a position with FHSU as an instructor of nursing. Kenneth Johnson ’90, Hays, was elected to serve as treasurer of the Hays Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Carl Keith ’91, Penokee, was elected to the Hill City USD 281 School Board. Nicholas Ketzner ’92, Bird City, was elected to the Cheylin USD 103 School Board. Tracy (Lundstedt) Kinderknecht ’91, Ellis, was elected to the Ellis USD 388 School Board. Curtis Kuhn ’99, Great Bend, was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for five years of service. Tammi Legleiter ’98, Gorham, was elected as a teller supervisor by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors.

Renee (Dreher) Medina ’98, ’99, Hays, was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for three years of service. Michael Michaelis ’92, ’01, Hays, was named director of the Energy Network of Education and Training at FHSU. Howard Peters ’97, Omaha, Neb., an instructor of communication studies, retired from FHSU in May. Don Scheibler ’96, Hays, was named assistant chief of police for the Hays Police Department. Scott Schwab ’96, Olathe, representative from Kansas House District 49, was named chair of the 2011 Kansas Legislative Elections Committee by Kansas Speaker Mike O’Neal, Hutchinson. Gregory Schwartz ’97, Hays, was elected to the Hays USD 489 School Board. Brian Schwarz ’98, Salina, of First Bank of Kansas, was promoted to vice president. Kathy (Braun) Stenzel ’93, Hays, was elected vice president of operations by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Treg Vyzourek ’96, ’96, North Platte, Neb., was named director of North Platte Physician Group LLC. Angela (Eggers) Walters ’99, ’00, Hays, assistant professor of informatics at FHSU, was granted tenure. Mitchell Weber ’99, Topeka, of KSNT and Fox KTMJ, created “Sunflower Heroes,” a news feature aimed at recognizing community members nominated for making a difference in the lives of other locals. William Weber ’97, ’01, Hays, was promoted to assistant professor mathematics and computer science at FHSU.

2000s Bradley Austin ’08, Topeka, published his thesis, “Nitrification and Denitrification Response to Varying Periods of Desiccation and Inundation in a Western Kansas Stream,” in the journal Hydrobiologia.

Markita (Dickens) Bowden ’06, Hays, of Hays Area Children’s Center, was awarded a child development associate credential in recognition in recognition of outstanding work with young children. Kelly Braun ’05, ’05, Hays, received a one-year service award from Nex-Tech Wireless. Christie (Patterson) Brungardt ’01, Hays, was granted tenure and was promoted assistant professor of leadership studies at FHSU. Amy Burgett ’00, Hays, a registered nurse at Hays Medical Center, completed national recertification in emergency nursing administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Cristin Chester ’02, Hays, was promoted to general manager of Hays Clean-Rite. Tracy (Gottschalk) Dague ’00, ’01, Hays, staff member of Connections, was awarded a child development associate credential as a home visitor. Justin “J.J.” Deges ’00, Bogue, of Western Kansas Agency of the Knights of Columbus Insurance, qualified for an incentive awards cruise to the Panama Canal. Joshua Dreher ’09, Hays, a loan officer at Bank of Hays, completed the Small Business Administration guaranteed loan training in Anaheim, Calif. Ashley Ernsbarger ’06, Hays, was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for three years of service. Weston Fleming ’09, Hays, FHSU graduate biology student, received the Duffy Student Travel Grant sponsored by the Kansas Chapter and North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society. Jessamyn (Tauscher) Garrison ’09, Hays, received a one-year service award from Nex-Tech Wireless. Sarah Glassman ’05, Hays, serves as the organist and pianist at the First Church Baldwin United Methodist in Baldwin, N.Y. Jennifer (Hall) Grabbe ’04, Schoenchen, staff member of Connections, was awarded a child development associate credential for infants and toddlers. Continued on p. 26


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Brian Gribben ’07, ’08, ’10, Hays, published “Waving the Bloody Newsprint: Partisan Coverage of Populism in Ellis County, Kansas, 1891-1896,” in the summer edition of Heritage of the Great Plains. Tavish (Marshall) Hall ’06, Anthony, staff accountant at Adams, Brown, Beran, & Ball Chtd., Hutchinson, earned a certified public accountant designation. Michael Hammett ’08, ’08, Hays, was named Kansas State High School Activities Association Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year at the 3A State Basketball Championships in Hutchinson. Tara (Dowling) Harding ’08, Hays, a registered nurse at DeBakey Heart Institute Clinic, was named DeBakey Heart Clinic Nurse of the Year. Aaron Gillespie ’05, Hays, was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for five years of service. Alicia (Donovan) Hering ’06, Hays, of Nex-Tech Wireless, was elected to the Hays Area Young Professionals Advisory Council. Brenda Herrman ’00, Hays, public works director, was named the 2011 Business Woman of the Year by the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shingo Ishihara ’08, Hays, successfully defended his thesis, “Genetic Analysis of VancomycinResistant Gram-Positive Cocci Isolated from Wild Songbirds.” Daron Jamison ’03, ’03, Hays, a loan officer at Bank of Hays, was selected as a member of the 2011 Leadership Kansas class. Jessica (Basgall) Kerr ’02, Hays, was elected vice president of compliance by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. Michael Koerner ’00, ’05, Hays, was named a board member of Heartland Community Foundation. Jennifer (Pfeifer) Kreutzer ’00, Wichita, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas. Nathan Legleiter ’07, Hays, was elected as an assistant vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors. James Leiker ’05, ’05, Hays, was elected to the Hays USD 489 School Board. Angela Meagher ’05, Hays, of Golden Belt Bank, was honored for five years of service as a loan processor. Robert “RJ” Meyer ’09, Spearville, of Western Kansas Agency of the Knights of Columbus Insurance, qualified for an Incentive Awards Cruise to the Panama Canal. Kara (Kastens) Moore ’02, Hays, was elected as a marketing specialist by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors.

Signs of Summer

Summer is when the FHSU campus gets repairs. College Drive is being repaved and repainted before fall semester begins in August.


Janett Naylor ’00, Hays, assistant professor of psychology at FHSU, was granted tenure. Brent O’Brien ’08, Round Rock, Texas, was named assistant football coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. David Otter ’05, Hays, was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for five years of service. Cathy (Bowles) Pfannenstiel ’03, Hays, was awarded the Golden Ladle Trophy by the Humane Society of the High Plains ’Soup’ R Bowl XIV. Dustin Pfeifer ’05, ’07, Colby, accepted a position at Silverstein and Partners Advertising Agency in San Francisco, Calif., as an associate creative art director. Emily (Cline) Ptacek ’09, Lyons, was named a finalist for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition in January in Idaho. Daniel Reed ’06, Garden City, Western Kansas Agency of Knights of Columbus Insurance, qualified for an incentive awards cruise to the Panama Canal. Darin Reed ’05, Ellis, of Western Kansas Agency of Knights of Columbus Insurance, qualified for an incentive awards cruise to the Panama Canal. Kelsey Roberts ’08, ’08, Lexington, Neb., was recognized as Hays Home Depot’s Student of the Month in February. Macie Smith ’09, Hoyt, was named legislative director for Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, Lindsborg. Elizabeth Sosa ’03, Garden City, was selected as a member of the 2011 Leadership Kansas Class. Kent Steward ’02, Hays, was elected to the Hays City Commission. Nicole Thibodeau ’08, Hays, exhibited “The Guardian Show” at the Abilene Public Library as well as in Hays, Marquette, McPherson and Topeka. Alicia Triplett ’06, Northridge, Calif., was recognized by Nex-Tech Wireless for three years of service.

Ryan Vavricka ’08, ’08, Hays, was honored as New York Life Kansas New Agent Life Case Rate Leader and New Associate of the Year. Sabrina William ’01, Hays, accepted a position with Energy Network of Education and Training at FHSU as the online course developer. Benjamin Wilson ’09, McPherson, senior staff accountant of Adams, Brown, Beran, and Ball Chtd., received a certified public accountant designation. Toni (Dinkel) Younger ’01, Ellis, was elected to the Ellis USD 388 School Board. Melissa Zerr ’00, ’05, Hays, was elected as an assistant vice president by the Golden Belt Bank Board of Directors.

2010 Dylan Bathurst ’10, Henderson, Nev., accepted a position with Justin Casey ’10, Plainville, New York Life Kansas, was named one of New York Life’s Top 50 New Associates. Alexander Galt ’10, Carrington, N.D., received the Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award for outstanding students during the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Julie Tacha ’10, Manhattan, attended and participated on “The Price is Right” game show in Los Angeles. Elizabeth Waring ’10, Brookfield, Wis., FHSU graduate biology student, received honorable mention for her oral presentation at the International Society for Wetland Scientists. Thomas Zimmerman ’10, Walker, was recognized as Hays Home Depot’s Operations Associate of the Month for February 2010.

Faculty Samuel Sackett, Canton, Okla., published a new historical novel, The Robin Hood Chronicles.

MARRIAGES 1990s Randall Sauer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 and Nichole Ruder â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04, Dec. 18, 2010.

2000s Corey Anglemyer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10 and Sarah Schumacher â&#x20AC;&#x2122;09, June 5, 2010. Shane Austin and Beth Zillinger â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;09, July 10, 2010. Travis Boxberger â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 and Alissa Frieden, Oct. 30, 2010. Robert Delzeit and Angela Krueger â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06, Oct. 16, 2010. Peter Donlay and Chelsea Anderson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06, Sept. 4, 2010. Dustin Jones and Kellie Brashear â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03, March 5, 2011.

Joshua Kingsley â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06 and Misty Hill, March 13, 2010. Kurt Kippes â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04 and Kellie Vavra, Oct. 23, 2010. Darrin Lenkner â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 and Jenna Polok â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08, July 10, 2010. Scottie Mishler and Chelsey Juenemann â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03, July 26, 2010. Louis Neal and Heather Ney â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00, Oct. 21, 2010. James Nelson and Kimberly Tuxhorn â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03, Dec. 18, 2010. Justin Potter â&#x20AC;&#x2122;09 and Kimberly Roblyer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08, June 12, 2010. Blake Schmidtberger and Laura Zadina â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05, Oct. 3, 2010. Dustin Steinert and Nicole Hammerschmidt â&#x20AC;&#x2122;09, Sept. 25, 2010.

BIRTHS 1990s Norman â&#x20AC;&#x2122;94 and Sherry â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 (McNeill) Kinderknecht, Colby, a girl, Breckyn Delaney, Dec. 9, 2010. Paul â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 and Suzzette â&#x20AC;&#x2122;97 (Grimsley) Kraus, Erie, Colo., a boy, Henry James, Nov. 16, 2010. Daniel and Christina â&#x20AC;&#x2122;94 (Schlenker) Ricke, Wichita, a boy, Devin Lucas, Sept. 23, 2010. Alan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 and Phyllis â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 (Nickel) Slipke, Netawaka, a girl, April Dawn, Dec. 29, 2010.

2000s Tyler and Emily â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 (Pennington) Blank, Kensington, a boy, Aadyn Maddox, Feb. 18, 2011.

Marc and Aubrey â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06 (Hauptman) Brooks, Hays, a boy, Parker Alan, Dec. 17, 2010. Eric â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 and Cammie â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04 (Bell) Dorzweiler, Topeka, a girl, Abigayle Rose, Nov. 23, 2010. Heath â&#x20AC;&#x2122;02 and Shannon â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04 (Hoffman) Funk, Hays, a boy, Landon David, Oct. 10, 2010. Joshua and Lauren â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 (Hubbard) Maska, Wichita, a boy, Easton James, March 3, 2011. Micah â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 and Noel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01 (Turner) Sanderson, Hays, a boy, Coulter Matthew, Dec. 26, 2010. Nick â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 and Kerrie â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 (Olson) Wahlmeier, Ellis, a boy, Trenton Ray, March 2, 2011.

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IN MEMORY 1930s Mary E. (Eppstein) Gunn ’35, ’36, ’67, Wooster, Ohio, April 6, 2011. Marguerite P. (Perkins) Stutz ’36, Hanston, Feb. 7, 2011. Elizabeth A. (Bartholomew) Walter ’35, Pittsburg, March 15, 2011.

1940s Barbara H. (Cannon) Alexa ’49, Mill City, Ore., Dec. 5, 2010. Catherine L. (Smith) Culley ’42, Hill City, Dec. 29, 2010. William Kenneth Guthrie ‘49, ‘57, Urbandale, Iowa, Feb. 12, 2011. Nixie B. (Beason) Koelling ’42, Batesville, Ind., Jan. 25, 2011. Verda I. (Moore) Milberger ’42, Ellis, March 16, 2011. Warren Keith O’Connor ’47, Goleta, Calif., Nov. 28, 2010. Jack H. Sloan ’43, Prairie Village, March 18, 2011.

Albert C. Ford ‘59, ‘65, Lawrenceburg, Ind., Feb. 4, 2009. Herbert F. Gerstner ’51, Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 30, 2011. Edmund J. Giebler ’52, Salina, Feb. 19, 2011. Homer L. Grimes ’54, Climax Springs, Mo., April 10, 2011. William D. Hill ’51, Pueblo, Colo., Feb. 7, 2011. Robert W. King ’50, ’60, Wichita, Jan. 7, 2011. Norman E. Linton ’56, ’62, Holyrood, Dec. 22, 2010. Don E. McCosh ’55, Bonner Springs, March 27, 2011. Ted L. McNutt ’51, Overland Park, Dec. 10, 2010. Charles C. Middlekauff ’59, Ballwin, Mo., March 15, 2011. Arlin E. Mills ’50, ’53, Ellis, April 18, 2011. LeVoy C. Nelson ’53, ’56, Salina, Aug. 11, 2010. Laurence D. Trauer ’56, Hays, Jan. 20, 2011. Ralph J. Walters ’50, Hays, Feb. 7, 2011.

1950s Rita J. (Dunn) Ashcraft ’59, Warner Robins, Ga., Nov. 9, 2010. Gilbert A. Brungardt ’55, Timonium, Md., Dec. 29, 2010. Edith L. Dobbs ’51, ’56, Sharon Springs, Dec. 25, 2010. Denzell B. Ekey ’52, ’57, Topeka, Dec. 25, 2010. Robert M. Fleenor ’54, McPherson, Feb. 3, 2011. Bill G. Folkers ’54, Dallas, Texas, April 1, 2010.

1960s James D. Bailey ’69, Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 16, 2009. Hazel Broberg ‘60, Lincoln, Jan. 26, 2011. Carroll D. Bryant ’63, Hawkins, Texas, May 9, 2010. Marilyn L. (Krueger) Chesney ’63, Hays, March 22, 2011. Richard H. Dale ’67, Fruitvale, Texas, Oct. 19, 2010.

Detail from “Picnic with a Boat.” Image from Leora B. Stroup Asian art collection, Fort Hays State University.


Leslie A. Dreiling ’68, ’68, McLean, Va., April 3, 2011. Delores A. (Baalman) Fortin ’61, Russell, March 10, 2011. Roger A. Gray ’64, Hays, Feb. 25, 2011. Donald R. Haberman ’66, ’69, Topeka, Dec. 27, 2010. Karl F. Hilgers ’67, Richmond, Texas, Feb. 28, 2003. Barbara O. (Foster) Keeley ’67, Great Bend, Nov. 28, 2010. Glen R. Meharg ’63, Borger, Texas, Dec. 4, 2010. Jerry G. Michaelis ’65, Aurora, Colo., Feb. 5, 2011. Mabel M. (Kaster) Pruter ’61, ’64, Plainville, Jan. 20, 2011. Roy H. Ralstin ’69, Wichita, July 26, 2010. Calvin Dennis Reese ’67, Lenexa, Dec. 12, 2010. Alma R. (Schenk) Herl ’63, Halstead, April 11, 2011. Cleda R. (Rambo) Smith ’64, Wellsville, Oct. 29, 2010. Paul L. Smith ’61, Wichita, Sept. 2, 2010. Lindon L. Swafford ’60, ’61, Pratt, Dec. 27, 2010.

1970s Dennis K. Bretz ’70, Hoxie, Jan. 8, 2010. Eric R. Colglazier ’76, Larned, Dec. 7, 2010. Linda A. (Wiesner) Comeau ’75, Plainville, March 31, 2011. Ethel L. (Wright) Geering ’71, Hays, April 12, 2011.

Theodore L. Hill ’74, Parsons, Jan. 29, 2011. Ronald E. Howard ’70, Reading, Dec. 1, 2010. Merna M. (Banz) Langford ’71, Ozark, Mo., Sept. 26, 2007. Jean A. (Portschy) Leitner ‘74, Herndon, Jan. 17, 2011. Marlin K. Locke ’79, WaKeeney, Feb. 3, 2011. Arlen L. Newell ‘73, Versailles, Ken., March 28, 2011. Jon F. Thummel ’72, Plainville, Dec. 17, 2010. M. Patricia (Hargrave) Wenke ’75, Libby, Mont., November 23, 2010.

1980s Leigh A. Davis ’87, Oberlin, Jan. 13, 2011. Bonnie K. (Fischer) Laughlin ’82, Norton, Dec. 31, 2010.

1990s Janet S. (Rankin) Brack ’99, Great Bend, Oct. 20, 2010. Jean F. (Donohue) Demuth ’93, Dodge City, Jan. 31, 2011. Heather R. Lewis-Unruh ’97, ’97, Olathe, April 2, 2011. Sally D. (Koogle) Schmidt ’93, ’01, Hays, Dec. 12, 2010. Ronald J. Wasinger ’95, Leawood, April 5, 2011.

2000s Alicia M. Burkhalter-Rippe ’03, ’03, ’07, Ludell, March 12, 2011.


Tiger T-Bones Party Fort Hays State University alumni and friends of all ages are invited to join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening Friday, June 24, in Kansas City for a Tiger T-Bones Tailgate Party. Come one, come all!!! Head to the park – ballpark that is! Join other FHSU family and friends while enjoying a fun-filled night of relaxation, music and home runs as MIAA schools gather for the first-ever MIAA Outing at the T-Bones, Community America Park, 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and Frisbees. Enjoy a delicious chicken picnic dinner with all the trimmings, music provided by a DJ, the opportunity to interact with other MIAA alums, institution-specific drawings, PLUS a reserved game ticket!! Cost: $15 per person. The challenge has been set: Which MIAA school can get the most alumni and friends to attend. Are you a Tiger supporter? Sign up today at

Shirley ‘56 and Warren “Whitey” Alpers ‘57, ‘63, wearing his original Freshman beanie, share stories about their time as FHSU students as part of a living history project sponsored by Tigers4Life, the student alumni organization and Half Century Club.

Homecoming Weekend – Save the Date! Welcome to one of the greatest traditions at Fort Hays State University – Homecoming Weekend! This exciting four-day weekend, Oct. 6-9, is full of educational, cultural and athletic events with plenty of time to socialize and experience the campus with today’s FHSU students. Open to all FHSU alumni and friends, there is much to look forward to, featuring opportunities to meet and greet classmates, attend classes, and mingle with students. Top it off with a wide variety of events, including the Homecoming FHSU vs. Pittsburg State University football game, Oktoberfest, Tiger golf tournament, 5K run and walk, Tiger bonfire and live music. Special live performance is planned featuring multi-talented Rudy Currence, an R&B, soul, jazz and blues, folk, pop and classical artist. Honored reunions include the Classes of 1951 and 1961, plus specialty reunions planned for football, Block & Bridle Club, Anderson VIP Ambassadors, and Wesley Foundation alumni and friends. Mark your calendars now. Then make plans to return to Fort Hays State University for one of the best weekends ever. Watch your email in the coming weeks for more details, including ticket prices, a list of motels that offer discounts to alumni members and descriptions of all activities. Visit for more details.


Calendar 2011 June


9-10 ABOD Annual Meeting, campus 24

Tiger MIAA T-Bones Gathering, Kansas City


Homecoming Weekend – Tigers Are for Reel, Campus


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


Tiger Pregame Party – FHSU vs. Washburn, Topeka

July 29

Summer semester ends

August 22

Fall classes begin, campus


FHSU Tiger Auction, Memorial Union


Boothill/J.J. Powerline Golf Tournament, Dodge City

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

December 16 17, 18

Fall semester ends Encore: Prairie Nutcracker, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

November 1

Takin’ the Jayhawks by Storm – Tiger Pregame Party, Lawrence


2011 Media Tour (cont.), Kansas

September 10

2011 Media Tour, Kansas


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





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