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IN THIS (ISSUE) News from the Director News From The Director 1 What’s New With You? 2 Alumni Spotlight: Mary Duncan 2 License Plates Now Available 2 Homecoming 2012 3 Inauguration of President Arant 3 Faculty Spotlight: Jay Johnson 3 Fall Alumni Events 4 From the Desk of Lisa Tilma 4

Congratulations to the following MHCL graduates who are advancing in the health care field:

Ryan Jackson, M’12, has accepted a position with Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., as the director of cardiovascular services. Ulrike Schlingensiepen, M’12, has recently been appointed to the position of program director of the YWCA’s Center for Safety in Topeka. Terry Bourlard, M’11, is now the community wellness coordinator for the Derby Recreation Commission in Derby, Kan.

Bob Harvey MHCL Program Director

License Plate Update on Page 2

Tiffany Stepien, M’11, was promoted to the position of physician practice coordinator at the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Pete Moyer, M’12, is now the project manager for TransforMED in Leawood, Kan.

Billi Kiester, M’12, was promoted to the position of manager - national/clinical services at Favorite Healthcare Staffing in Overland Park, Kan. If you have any news of MHCL graduates regarding job changes or promotions, please email the information to me at


Friends University is more than just getting a degree, but developing a lifelong friendship, which is why we want to stay connected with you as a member of the Friends University Alumni Association. If you have some exciting news that you would like to share with your classmates, let us know! You can update your information online at Use your ID number to process the changes quicker.

Fall 2012 • (MHCL)

Alumni Spotlight In this issue of your class newsletter, we are pleased to spotlight Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) alumna, Mary Duncan, M’09.


Mary has been a member of the Friends University Topeka Alumni Advisory Board since 2010 and will be serving as the president for the 2012-2013 academic year. But that’s not all she’s accomplished since graduating from Friends. Mary wears many hats, including teacher and council member. She teaches science methods at Washburn University to preservice teachers, serves on the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center program and exhibit committees, and the Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) international advisory team. She also serves on the coordinating council of developmental services for the state of Kansas as the Governor’s representative and chair. Mary’s favorite instructor at Friends University was Dona Gibson. “She believed in me when I was finishing my master’s program,” said Mary. “She challenged me to ‘keep going’ with my research and studies. By continuing my education (because of her encouragement) other doors have opened.”

University Kansas license plates now available

As of June 25, the Alumni Office learned that the Friends University state license plates were shipped from the Division of Vehicles to all Kansas county tag offices. This means that by the time you read this issue of Campus Connection, the plates will be available to pick up from your local county tag office! A supplemental order for Sedgwick County has been placed as of July 16. If you did not pre-purchase a plate from the University, you can still purchase one “over-the-counter” next time your tag comes due. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Office via email at


October 20 day, tur a S

Milestone Class Reunions • 10 a.m. Davis Admin. Bldg. (1962, 1987) • Check-in at 10 a.m., first floor. • Visit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (campus tours included). Parade • 1 p.m. University Ave. & Hiram St. • Motorcyclists and and classic car enthusiasts wanted for parade. • Bring the family to enjoy the floats and collect candy!

President’s Inauguration brings Friends community together Friends University celebrated the inauguration of its 13th president, Dr. T.J. Arant, March 30, 2012. The ceremony took place at 2 p.m. in Garvey Gymnasium in the Garvey Physical Education Center. Approximately 600 students, alumni, parents, friends and members from the local community were in attendance, along with nearly 50 delegates from visiting colleges who showed their support. Rodney Pitts, G’82, chair of Friends University Board of Trustees, presided over the installation of the president, followed by Dr. Arant’s inaugural address. Music was provided by the Friends University student brass quintet, the University Concert Band and the Singing Quakers. A cocktail-style reception in McKay Gymnasium at the Casado Campus Center followed the ceremony, with music provided by the Friends University jazz ensemble and string ensemble. Guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres provided by Sodexo catering services. This historic occasion was a rare opportunity to highlight Friends University and its place within the realm of higher education and the regions it serves.

Block Party • 1:30 p.m. Garvey Practice Field • FREE carnival games and inflatables. • FREE tailgate lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins! Football Game vs. Bethany College Swedes • 3 p.m. • Halftime - crowning of Homecoming Royalty.

Faculty Spotlight In this issue of Campus Connection, we are pleased to feature Friends University Associate Professor of Business and director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate program, Dr. Jay Johnson. Since first coming to Friends in 2009, Dr. Johnson has increased the size of the University’s MBA program from 140 students to 270 students, making the program the largest on campus, with approximately 10 percent of the student body. He also implemented an all-online program, an MBA in accounting and a CPA track, as well as compiling more data for further improvements. “I always have something cooking,” Dr. Johnson says of his plans to further improve the MBA program. In his free time, Jay enjoys golfing, travel, watching TV, movies, and visiting his family farm in Missouri a few times a year. If you know someone who may be interested in learning more about the MBA program, feel free to have them contact Lisa Haggard, manager of Graduate School Recruiting Services via email at

Friends University Appreciation Tailgate

Sept. 8, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 7 p.m.



Alumni Art Show Reception

Oct. 18, 2012, 6:30-9 p.m.

Milestone Reunions for Classes of 1962 and 1987

Sept. 28, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

APRENTIS Institute National Conference “Grace, Grace and More Grace”

Singing Quaker Alumni Concert

Sept. 27-29, 2012

Deadline for Athletic Hall of Fame nominations Oct. 1, 2012, at 5 p.m.

Run with Friends

Nov. 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Run with Friends

Dec. 1, 2012, Wichita Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

Jan. 26, 2013, between women’s/men’s basketball games

Oct. 14, 2012, Wichita Prairie Fire Marathon

Stay up-to-date on alumni news with Friends Flash! at! Did you know the Friends University Alumni Association has its very own Facebook group? As of this issue of Campus Connection, we’re at more than 900 members! If you would like to join, go to friendsuniversityalumni. If you are already a member, I challenge you to help make this group something that will be enjoyed by all!

Alumni Office 316.295.5900 800.794.6945 ext. 5900


Great Conversation!

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Suggestions include: • Photos from your college days – you never know what memories a photo will spark! • Job postings – if you’re looking for you or your employer, ask a fellow alum for their help. • Hello to new neighbors – did you recently move? Chances are there is someone with a Friends connection who lives in your new hometown. • Invite your classmates – I would love to see our group reach 1,000 members before the end of 2012.

Lisa Tilma, G’01/M’04 Executive Director of Alumni Relations


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