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Program Master of Ceremonies Maureen Nickels Alumni Association Immediate Past President Greetings Lucas Dart Alumni Association Executive Director Dinner Recognitions Distinguished Alumni Awards Brenda Christensen Alumni Association President Distinguished Alumni Service Award Brenda Christensen Alumni Association President Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions Jon McBride Athletic Director Alma Mater Judith Henggeler Spohr Alumni Association Past President

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far in the West where the green valleys run And the sweeping hills dip to the plains; Rise the gray, storied walls of the home that we love Alma Mater, we hail thee again. ’Neath thy shade we have gazed over valley and plain On the scenes that enrapture the eye; And our hearts thrill with pride as the Blue and the Gold Proudly floats ’gainst the evening sky.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Tom Buecker Class of 1973

Tom Buecker

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om Buecker is curator of the Fort Robinson Museum and a renowned historian. He is the author of four books on western and frontier military topics. His Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899 and Fort Robinson and the American Century, 1900-1948 are the first full-length history books of Fort Robinson. The first book details the establishment of the fort, military activities, death of Crazy Horse and the Cheyenne Outbreak of 1878-79. The second is a continuation of the fort detailing the last years as a cavalry post, quartermaster remount period, WWII war dog training, German prisoners of war, USDA beef research and the beginnings of Fort Robinson State Park. He was co-author of The Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger. Buecker’s Water-Powered Flour Mills in Nebraska is a comprehensive study of the use of Nebraska waterways to power flour milling, once a vital industry in the state. Buecker is active as a participant and speaker in historical societies. His contributions have been recognized with a number of regional awards. Buecker is a native of Sidney.


Distinguished Alumni Award

LaVern Franzen Class of 1967, MA 1973, EdD 1995

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aVern Franzen of Hastings is a professional educator who had a 41-year career at Central Community College. He began as an accounting instructor in 1967 and retired as president in 2006. During his career he also served as dean of instruction of the Grand Island campus from 1987 to 1996 and vice president of Central Community College/president of the Hastings campus from 1996 to 2002 before being named college president in 2002. Franzen has been held many positions with several professional affiliations which include President of the Nebraska Association for Retarded Citizens; President of the Nebraska Vocational Association; Board Chair of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the Hastings Economic Development Corporation; Board Chair of the Mary Lanning Hospital Foundation; and member of the Nebraska Workforce Investment Board for six years. Franzen has received the Nebraska Department of Education Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award, the Nebraska Community College System Chief Executive Officer’s Award, Phi Theta Kappa Lifetime Achievement Award and Adult & Continuing Education Association of Nebraska Outstanding Adult Educator Award. Franzen is the native of Gothenburg.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Teresa Kowalski Porter Class of 1988

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eresa Kowalski Porter is President/CEO/Owner of ISYS Technologies in Denver. She has an extensive sales and management background in the technology industry spanning 29 years. She began her career in accounting and finance, moved into sales and marketing and eventually into the role of building, managing and growing technology-based organizations. ISYS Technologies is an engineering and information technology services company providing services to the Federal government and public sector. ISYS specializes in supporting the efforts of the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. In 2009, ISYS was selected as one of the outstanding small business companies in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VIII. Recently, ISYS received the Administrator’s Award of Excellence Certificate which acknowledges ISYS’ nomination as the Small Business Contractor of the Year. Before joining ISYS Technologies, Porter was Vice President of Operations at Softec Solutions; Director of Branch Operations for Compuware Corporation/DPRC; Account Manager at Analysts International; and Account Manager at UNISYS Corporation. Porter serves as a mentor in UNK Alumni Association’s Gold Torch Society. She has been involved in the Women’s Vision Foundation of Colorado where she is part of the Wise Women Council. Teresa Kowalski Porter is the native of Gothenburg.

Alumni Association Board of Directors Officers Brenda Christensen '83, President - Minden Chad Rutar '97, President-Elect - Omaha Bryan Kuntz '95, Secretary - Kearney Larry Feather ‘66, Trustee - Grand Junction, CO

TERM EXPIRING 2009

TERM EXPIRING 2011

Andrew Romatzke, J.D. '01 Kearney Deb Schwenka '76 - Minden Fred Arnold '83 - Fairbury Stephanie Hueftle Vogel '89, MAE '96 - Lincoln Sue Batie '73 - Cypress, CA Candy Fernau '96 - Dallas, TX Bob Warren '64 - McMinnville, OR

Barb Estes ’74 - Kearney Dean Jindra ’85 - Papillion Dee Dee Kitzelman ’90 - Kearney Andrea Miller ’02 - Scottsbluff Ben Rowe ’03 - Kearney Ryan Samuelson ’02 - Phoenix, AZ Troy Schleiger ’95 - Lincoln Ryan Tworek ’98 - Newport Beach, CA Candy Walton ’97 - Vermillion, SD

TERM EXPIRING 2010 Cynthia Bahler ’94 - Lamar Doug Burritt ’95 - Osceola Denise Christensen ’80 - Kearney Steve James ’77 - Danville,CA Lanny Jorgensen ’63 - Tucson, AZ Holly Nikels ’93 - Bettendorf, IA Nancy Osterbuhr ’95 - Minden

TERM EXPIRING 2012 Dr. Brett Kuhn ’86 - Gretna Bethany Spilde ’06 - Council Bluffs, IA Trina Rother ’92 - Grand Island Bret Walker ’00 - Brighton, CO Mark Felker ’86 - Alliance Nancy Polk ’73 - Kearney Pat Hoehner ’82 - Kearney Carol Ballain ’65 - Fort Collins, CO Kip Magner ’92 - Lincoln


Distinguished Alumni Award

Teresa Kowalski Porter Class of 1988

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eresa Kowalski Porter is President/CEO/Owner of ISYS Technologies in Denver. She has an extensive sales and management background in the technology industry spanning 29 years. She began her career in accounting and finance, moved into sales and marketing and eventually into the role of building, managing and growing technology-based organizations. ISYS Technologies is an engineering and information technology services company providing services to the Federal government and public sector. ISYS specializes in supporting the efforts of the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. In 2009, ISYS was selected as one of the outstanding small business companies in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VIII. Recently, ISYS received the Administrator’s Award of Excellence Certificate which acknowledges ISYS’ nomination as the Small Business Contractor of the Year. Before joining ISYS Technologies, Porter was Vice President of Operations at Softec Solutions; Director of Branch Operations for Compuware Corporation/DPRC; Account Manager at Analysts International; and Account Manager at UNISYS Corporation. Porter serves as a mentor in UNK Alumni Association’s Gold Torch Society. She has been involved in the Women’s Vision Foundation of Colorado where she is part of the Wise Women Council. Teresa Kowalski Porter is the native of Gothenburg.

Alumni Association Board of Directors Officers Brenda Christensen '83, President - Minden Chad Rutar '97, President-Elect - Omaha Bryan Kuntz '95, Secretary - Kearney Larry Feather ‘66, Trustee - Grand Junction, CO

TERM EXPIRING 2009

TERM EXPIRING 2011

Andrew Romatzke, J.D. '01 Kearney Deb Schwenka '76 - Minden Fred Arnold '83 - Fairbury Stephanie Hueftle Vogel '89, MAE '96 - Lincoln Sue Batie '73 - Cypress, CA Candy Fernau '96 - Dallas, TX Bob Warren '64 - McMinnville, OR

Barb Estes ’74 - Kearney Dean Jindra ’85 - Papillion Dee Dee Kitzelman ’90 - Kearney Andrea Miller ’02 - Scottsbluff Ben Rowe ’03 - Kearney Ryan Samuelson ’02 - Phoenix, AZ Troy Schleiger ’95 - Lincoln Ryan Tworek ’98 - Newport Beach, CA Candy Walton ’97 - Vermillion, SD

TERM EXPIRING 2010 Cynthia Bahler ’94 - Lamar Doug Burritt ’95 - Osceola Denise Christensen ’80 - Kearney Steve James ’77 - Danville,CA Lanny Jorgensen ’63 - Tucson, AZ Holly Nikels ’93 - Bettendorf, IA Nancy Osterbuhr ’95 - Minden

TERM EXPIRING 2012 Dr. Brett Kuhn ’86 - Gretna Bethany Spilde ’06 - Council Bluffs, IA Trina Rother ’92 - Grand Island Bret Walker ’00 - Brighton, CO Mark Felker ’86 - Alliance Nancy Polk ’73 - Kearney Pat Hoehner ’82 - Kearney Carol Ballain ’65 - Fort Collins, CO Kip Magner ’92 - Lincoln


University of Nebraska Foundation

Distinguished Alumni Award

Ron Larsen

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he University of Nebraska Foundation enables students, faculty and friends of the university to pursue a future of promise, expectation and strength. Founded in 1936, the foundation's purpose remains constant - to attract and carefully manage private funds for the benefit of the university and assisting the university in advancing its pursuit of academic excellence. Today's private support is the future of the University of Nebraska. It is upon these gifts that education is built. Contributions from friends and alumni of the university are managed as designated by each donor and invested according to the policies of the University of Nebraska Foundation. On June 30, 2007, the market value of the foundation's assets totaled more than $1.6 billion. Each year, the University of Nebraska develops programs, provides opportunities for students and faculty and enhances campus life through funds transferred from the foundation. During the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the Foundation transferred to the University of Nebraska's four campuses a record $89.5 million including support for academic programs, scholarships, fellowships, faculty, research and building projects. Alumni and friends are the strength of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Thank you for your continuing support. University of Nebraska Foundation - Kearney Office 214 West 39th Street PO Box 2678 Kearney, NE 68848 (308) 698-5270 Jon Abegglen ’75, Vice President, Campus Director of Development Kristin Howard ’00, Director of Development – College of Fine Arts & Humanities, Graduate Studies, Library Phil Kozera, Director of Development – College of Education, Loper Athletics Barb Wayman, Executive Assistant Laura Miller ‘86, Information Systems Coordinator Jennifer Rieke, Director of Annual Campaigns

Class of 1966

R Ron Larsen

on Larsen of Kearney was long-time coowner of Bob’s Super Store who has been deeply involved in community activities. After college, Larsen was a math teacher in Ralston and Holdrege before returning to Kearney in 1971. He served 16 years on the Kearney City Council and was Kearney mayor for four years. He was a board member of the Nebraska League of Municipalities for eight years, chairman of the Buffalo County Economic Development for 12 years, board member of Good Samaritan Hospital for nine years, board member of The Great Platte River Archway, advisory board member of Wells Fargo Bank for 15 years, a board member of YMCA and the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. Larsen was capital campaign chair of the Kearney YMCA and helped raise $2.5 million for expansion. He was capital campaign co-chair for the Nebraska Firefighters Museum in Kearney and helped raise $1.5 million for that project. Larsen was one of two founding members of the Kearney Softball Association and served as president for 16 years. He is a member of Kearney Sertoma Club and has served in all officers positions. In 2005, Larsen was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of Kearney High School from the Kearney Public Schools Foundation. He currently serves on Nebraska Public Power Board for District 3. Larsen is a native of Gothenburg.


University of Nebraska Foundation

Distinguished Alumni Award

Ron Larsen

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he University of Nebraska Foundation enables students, faculty and friends of the university to pursue a future of promise, expectation and strength. Founded in 1936, the foundation's purpose remains constant - to attract and carefully manage private funds for the benefit of the university and assisting the university in advancing its pursuit of academic excellence. Today's private support is the future of the University of Nebraska. It is upon these gifts that education is built. Contributions from friends and alumni of the university are managed as designated by each donor and invested according to the policies of the University of Nebraska Foundation. On June 30, 2007, the market value of the foundation's assets totaled more than $1.6 billion. Each year, the University of Nebraska develops programs, provides opportunities for students and faculty and enhances campus life through funds transferred from the foundation. During the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the Foundation transferred to the University of Nebraska's four campuses a record $89.5 million including support for academic programs, scholarships, fellowships, faculty, research and building projects. Alumni and friends are the strength of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Thank you for your continuing support. University of Nebraska Foundation - Kearney Office 214 West 39th Street PO Box 2678 Kearney, NE 68848 (308) 698-5270 Jon Abegglen ’75, Vice President, Campus Director of Development Kristin Howard ’00, Director of Development – College of Fine Arts & Humanities, Graduate Studies, Library Phil Kozera, Director of Development – College of Education, Loper Athletics Barb Wayman, Executive Assistant Laura Miller ‘86, Information Systems Coordinator Jennifer Rieke, Director of Annual Campaigns

Class of 1966

R Ron Larsen

on Larsen of Kearney was long-time coowner of Bob’s Super Store who has been deeply involved in community activities. After college, Larsen was a math teacher in Ralston and Holdrege before returning to Kearney in 1971. He served 16 years on the Kearney City Council and was Kearney mayor for four years. He was a board member of the Nebraska League of Municipalities for eight years, chairman of the Buffalo County Economic Development for 12 years, board member of Good Samaritan Hospital for nine years, board member of The Great Platte River Archway, advisory board member of Wells Fargo Bank for 15 years, a board member of YMCA and the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. Larsen was capital campaign chair of the Kearney YMCA and helped raise $2.5 million for expansion. He was capital campaign co-chair for the Nebraska Firefighters Museum in Kearney and helped raise $1.5 million for that project. Larsen was one of two founding members of the Kearney Softball Association and served as president for 16 years. He is a member of Kearney Sertoma Club and has served in all officers positions. In 2005, Larsen was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of Kearney High School from the Kearney Public Schools Foundation. He currently serves on Nebraska Public Power Board for District 3. Larsen is a native of Gothenburg.


Jim Rundstrom Distinguished Alumni Service Award

John Clinch Class of 1962

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John Clinch

ohn Clinch has played key roles the development of the UNK Alumni Association and the NU Foundation. While serving on the Alumni Association board of directors, he worked on such projects as securing the Alumni House and expanding its size for greater use. As president of the Association, Clinch played a key role in creating the first full-time alumni director in 1987. Clinch also served as president of the Kearney State College Foundation. It was during his term as president that the foundation merged with the University of Nebraska Foundation in 1992. After that merger, Clinch served on the board of directors of NU Foundation until 1998. For that service and the service to KSC Alumni Association, he received the Founders Award in 1993. Clinch and his wife Barbara continue to serve as trustees of NU Foundation. Clinch is also active in the Grand Island community. He is a past board member of St. Francis Medical Center and past president of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation; past president of Grand Island Rotary Club, past church board president; founding member of the Grand Island Athletic Booster Club; and past state board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Clinch, who owns Clinch Financial with his wife Barbara, has been active in regional, state and national financial services boards. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and currently serves as the president of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Lincoln Chapter. John Clinch is a native of North Platte.

Alumni Association

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n 1906, the first graduating class of then Nebraska State Normal School of Kearney recognized the mission the Alumni Association would pursue when it created the first constitution. “The association is designed to promote in every way the interests of the Normal School, and to foster among its members a sentiment of regard for one another, and attachment to their Alma Mater.” Today, the Alumni Association continues to work to fulfill those goals and others developed during the rich history of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Association, with approximately 34,000 members, produces UNK Today, the alumni magazine; works with alumni in developing clubs around the country; coordinates reunions; sponsors activities at Homecoming such as the Homecoming Banquet; recognizes alumni accomplishments with an awards program; cooperates with the admissions office to recruit students; provides scholarships and other programs for students; and assists the Foundation in raising private funds in support of the University. Support of alumni activities and the Alumni House is made possible through gifts to the Alumni Association and to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Since 1980 the Alumni House, 2222 9th Avenue, has been the home of the Association. It is a popular site for receptions, socials, gatherings and other activities. It is also a repository for much of the history of the University. Stop by for a visit or for any of your alumni needs. UNK Alumni Association 2222 9th Avenue PO Box 21 Kearney, NE 68849 (308) 865-8474 Lucas Dart ’97, Executive Director LDart@nufoundation.org Michelle Widger ’90, Assistant Director MWidger@nufoundation.org Jean Starman, Secretary JStarman@nufoundation.org Jim Rundstrom, Alumni Director Emeritus JRundstrom@nufoundation.org


Jim Rundstrom Distinguished Alumni Service Award

John Clinch Class of 1962

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John Clinch

ohn Clinch has played key roles the development of the UNK Alumni Association and the NU Foundation. While serving on the Alumni Association board of directors, he worked on such projects as securing the Alumni House and expanding its size for greater use. As president of the Association, Clinch played a key role in creating the first full-time alumni director in 1987. Clinch also served as president of the Kearney State College Foundation. It was during his term as president that the foundation merged with the University of Nebraska Foundation in 1992. After that merger, Clinch served on the board of directors of NU Foundation until 1998. For that service and the service to KSC Alumni Association, he received the Founders Award in 1993. Clinch and his wife Barbara continue to serve as trustees of NU Foundation. Clinch is also active in the Grand Island community. He is a past board member of St. Francis Medical Center and past president of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation; past president of Grand Island Rotary Club, past church board president; founding member of the Grand Island Athletic Booster Club; and past state board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Clinch, who owns Clinch Financial with his wife Barbara, has been active in regional, state and national financial services boards. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and currently serves as the president of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Lincoln Chapter. John Clinch is a native of North Platte.

Alumni Association

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n 1906, the first graduating class of then Nebraska State Normal School of Kearney recognized the mission the Alumni Association would pursue when it created the first constitution. “The association is designed to promote in every way the interests of the Normal School, and to foster among its members a sentiment of regard for one another, and attachment to their Alma Mater.” Today, the Alumni Association continues to work to fulfill those goals and others developed during the rich history of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Association, with approximately 34,000 members, produces UNK Today, the alumni magazine; works with alumni in developing clubs around the country; coordinates reunions; sponsors activities at Homecoming such as the Homecoming Banquet; recognizes alumni accomplishments with an awards program; cooperates with the admissions office to recruit students; provides scholarships and other programs for students; and assists the Foundation in raising private funds in support of the University. Support of alumni activities and the Alumni House is made possible through gifts to the Alumni Association and to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Since 1980 the Alumni House, 2222 9th Avenue, has been the home of the Association. It is a popular site for receptions, socials, gatherings and other activities. It is also a repository for much of the history of the University. Stop by for a visit or for any of your alumni needs. UNK Alumni Association 2222 9th Avenue PO Box 21 Kearney, NE 68849 (308) 865-8474 Lucas Dart ’97, Executive Director LDart@nufoundation.org Michelle Widger ’90, Assistant Director MWidger@nufoundation.org Jean Starman, Secretary JStarman@nufoundation.org Jim Rundstrom, Alumni Director Emeritus JRundstrom@nufoundation.org


Athletic Hall of Fame 1994 Dave Burke, ’77 Doug Holtmeier, ’82, MBA ’89 Rebecca Gannon Lehmer, ’80 John Sajevic, ’78 1995 Don Hather, ’64 Les Livingston, Coach 1956-83 Clayton Scott, ’56 Dr. L. R. Smith, Team Physician Brenda Gonnerman Urbanek, ’84 1996 Dayle Fitzke, ’51 Dan Moore, ’66 Bill Roach, ’78 JIll Stenwall, ’80 1997 Barbara Herbek Bergmeier, ’86 Jon Bergmeier, ’85 Tom Journey, ’43 Mike McGlade, ’80 Cathy Weir Renk, ’84 1998 Paul Collison, ’60 Beth Stuart Jurgens, ’87 Tom Kruger, ’79 Ken Vergith, ’78 Jim Zikmund, ’71, MAE ’75 1999 Don Ayres, ’56 LaNell Cox, ’88 Jim Irwin, ’64 Steve Larson, ’73 Phyllis DeBuhr Mazour, ’88 2000 Lane Kinnan, ’81 Bart Kofoed, ’87 Jerry Scott, ’83 Kathy Nelson Swanson, ’85 Charlie Thorell, ’60 2001 Jerry Hueser, Coach ’70-’96 Doug Martin, ’66, MAE ’78 Angie Janicek Reed, ’85

Athletic Hall of Fame Scot Schug, ’83 Donna Spickelmier-Vallin, ’90 2002 Tom Bales, ’88 Karol McKenzie Nelson, ’79 Jeff Norblade, ’87 Dean Reicks, ’87 Sharon Mullen Zavala, ’74 2003 Brian Hagan, ’91 Susan Johnson Hood, ’95 Ed Kruml, ’66 Gary Welton, ’61 Joan Bailey, Coach, ’63-’97 2004 Ali Elias, ’93 MAE ’95 Dr. Don Lackey, Staff Tom Ritzdorf, ’78 Rob Wennstedt, ’73 MAE ’74 Amy Anderson Wenstrom ’90 2005 Centennial Celebration No awards presented 2006 Steve Altmaier ’77 Ginger Keller Marx ’94 Jerry Stine ’67 MAE ’76 Hylke ‘Hike’ Van der Wal ’62 Bill Windhorst ’78 2007 Wayne Gappa ’66 Ted Mills ’58 Kim Vokolek Peltz ’93 Garry Shubert ’62 Guy Murray, Coach 2008 Ivan Ivanov ’96 Gene Lawhead ’60 Jennifer Warner Ramsey ’97 Brian Nelson ’93 Roger Wachholtz ’78

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Al Zikmund Claire Boroff Don Briggs Jon McBride,

Rosella Meier Steve Larson Rich Osentowski Dick Beechner

Jim Rundstrom Tom Kropp Jaime Lundgren Peter Yazvec

Steve Altmaier Buck Mahoney Sherry Morrow

Jill McCaslin-Timmons Class of 1998, EDS’02

J Jill McCaslinTimmons

ill McCaslin-Timmons of Lincoln was a three-time All-American in softball as a second baseman. As a sophomore in 1995, she was the Rocky Mountain Conference Most Valuable Player after hitting .494 to set a team record while leading the Lopers to a 30-5 season. She was a second team NCAA Division II AllAmerican. As a junior, McCaslin-Timmons was a third team selection and repeated as RMAC Most Valuable Player. That season, UNK finished fourth in the national tournament. As a senior, she was a second team All-American after hitting .333. The Lopers qualified for the national tournament for a second consecutive year. For her career, McCaslin-Timmons set school records for batting average (.400), doubles and stolen bases. In addition, McCaslinTimmons was an Academic All-American and earned a NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Earlier this year, she was named to the RMAC All-Centennial team chosen to recognize outstanding athletes and coaches of the conference’s 100 years of existence. She is a special education coordinator at Lux Middle School in Lincoln. Jill McCaslin-Timmons is a native of North Platte.


Athletic Hall of Fame 1994 Dave Burke, ’77 Doug Holtmeier, ’82, MBA ’89 Rebecca Gannon Lehmer, ’80 John Sajevic, ’78 1995 Don Hather, ’64 Les Livingston, Coach 1956-83 Clayton Scott, ’56 Dr. L. R. Smith, Team Physician Brenda Gonnerman Urbanek, ’84 1996 Dayle Fitzke, ’51 Dan Moore, ’66 Bill Roach, ’78 JIll Stenwall, ’80 1997 Barbara Herbek Bergmeier, ’86 Jon Bergmeier, ’85 Tom Journey, ’43 Mike McGlade, ’80 Cathy Weir Renk, ’84 1998 Paul Collison, ’60 Beth Stuart Jurgens, ’87 Tom Kruger, ’79 Ken Vergith, ’78 Jim Zikmund, ’71, MAE ’75 1999 Don Ayres, ’56 LaNell Cox, ’88 Jim Irwin, ’64 Steve Larson, ’73 Phyllis DeBuhr Mazour, ’88 2000 Lane Kinnan, ’81 Bart Kofoed, ’87 Jerry Scott, ’83 Kathy Nelson Swanson, ’85 Charlie Thorell, ’60 2001 Jerry Hueser, Coach ’70-’96 Doug Martin, ’66, MAE ’78 Angie Janicek Reed, ’85

Athletic Hall of Fame Scot Schug, ’83 Donna Spickelmier-Vallin, ’90 2002 Tom Bales, ’88 Karol McKenzie Nelson, ’79 Jeff Norblade, ’87 Dean Reicks, ’87 Sharon Mullen Zavala, ’74 2003 Brian Hagan, ’91 Susan Johnson Hood, ’95 Ed Kruml, ’66 Gary Welton, ’61 Joan Bailey, Coach, ’63-’97 2004 Ali Elias, ’93 MAE ’95 Dr. Don Lackey, Staff Tom Ritzdorf, ’78 Rob Wennstedt, ’73 MAE ’74 Amy Anderson Wenstrom ’90 2005 Centennial Celebration No awards presented 2006 Steve Altmaier ’77 Ginger Keller Marx ’94 Jerry Stine ’67 MAE ’76 Hylke ‘Hike’ Van der Wal ’62 Bill Windhorst ’78 2007 Wayne Gappa ’66 Ted Mills ’58 Kim Vokolek Peltz ’93 Garry Shubert ’62 Guy Murray, Coach 2008 Ivan Ivanov ’96 Gene Lawhead ’60 Jennifer Warner Ramsey ’97 Brian Nelson ’93 Roger Wachholtz ’78

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Al Zikmund Claire Boroff Don Briggs Jon McBride,

Rosella Meier Steve Larson Rich Osentowski Dick Beechner

Jim Rundstrom Tom Kropp Jaime Lundgren Peter Yazvec

Steve Altmaier Buck Mahoney Sherry Morrow

Jill McCaslin-Timmons Class of 1998, EDS’02

J Jill McCaslinTimmons

ill McCaslin-Timmons of Lincoln was a three-time All-American in softball as a second baseman. As a sophomore in 1995, she was the Rocky Mountain Conference Most Valuable Player after hitting .494 to set a team record while leading the Lopers to a 30-5 season. She was a second team NCAA Division II AllAmerican. As a junior, McCaslin-Timmons was a third team selection and repeated as RMAC Most Valuable Player. That season, UNK finished fourth in the national tournament. As a senior, she was a second team All-American after hitting .333. The Lopers qualified for the national tournament for a second consecutive year. For her career, McCaslin-Timmons set school records for batting average (.400), doubles and stolen bases. In addition, McCaslinTimmons was an Academic All-American and earned a NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Earlier this year, she was named to the RMAC All-Centennial team chosen to recognize outstanding athletes and coaches of the conference’s 100 years of existence. She is a special education coordinator at Lux Middle School in Lincoln. Jill McCaslin-Timmons is a native of North Platte.


Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame

Keith Staehr Class of 1997, MSE ’99

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Keith Staehr

eith Staehr of Kimball was a two sport athlete from 1964 to 1967 and a successful high school coach. As an athlete, Staehr lettered four years in both football and track. In football, he was a running back and defensive back on teams that compiled a 30-5 record and won three conference championships for coach Al Zikmund. The 1967 team was the last undefeated Loper squad. Staehr also led the team in punting with a career average of 42.6. He was the team’s leading punt returner as a junior and senior. In track, Staehr was hurdler and jumper. Staehr coached football 33 years. From 1968 to 1971 he compiled a 32-6 record winning three conference championships at North Loup Scotia. He was also head track coach. From 1972 until his retirement in 2000, he coached at Kimball High School compiling a 187-119-1 record. He had 10 teams qualify for the state playoffs. Staehr was head coach of Nebraska Shrine Bowl becoming the first person to play and then be head coach of that event. Staehr officiated high school basketball for more than 25 years working the state tournament several years. He is a 2009 inductee into the Nebraska Coaches Hall of Fame. Keith Staehr is a native of York.

1977 Charlie Foster, Coach ’45-’71 1980 Ihling ‘Brick’ Carskadon, ’28 Fred Fulmer, Coach ’22-’34 Doyle Fyfe, ’55 Frank Lydic, ’31 John Marrow, ’37 Pat Panek, ’40 Randy Rasmussen, ’67 Art Stegeman, ’32 Merle Trail, ’32 J. L. ‘Cap’ Williams, ’32 1981 Bill Wolcott, ’32 Ken Cook, ’60 Martin ‘Tuck’ Mason, ’62 1982 Ted James, Coach ’30-’33 L. F. ‘Pop’ Klein, Coach ’35-‘44 Jim Lovell, ’30 Rich Osentowski, ’69 Dr. Mike Shada, ’43 Orlie Watts, ’33 1983 Dick Butolph, ’64 Clyde Cox, ’27 Bill Essert, ’17 Bob Hauver, ’49 Marion Marrow, ’39 Gene Turner (posthumously), ’54 1984 Gene Armstrong, ’58 Jill Garlock, ’71 Paul Larsen, ’39 Al Zikmund, Coach ’55-’71 1985 Paul Blessing, ’42 Dode Graham, ’35 Chelys Mattley Hester, ’41 Max Hester, ’40 Larry Jacobsen, ’60

1986 Carl Cox, ’26 Frank Dusek, ’30 Tom Kropp, ’75 John Makovicka, ’71 Lee Marrow, ’48 1987 Claire Boroff, ’59 Lee Jacobsen, ’68 Bob Korte (posthumously), ’49 Kathy Welter, ’76 1988 Marilyn Dubbs, ’77 Mitch Johnson, ’77 Carl Meyer, ’42 John Parilek, ’39 Bob Whitehouse, ’66 1989 Merlin Bachman, ’56 Loren Killion, ’77 Warren Monnington, ’50 Dr. Randy Nelson, ’72 Dr. Gary Smidt, ’59 1990 Glen Bartunek, ’41 Dennis Dukesherer, ’69 Louis Ellermeier, ’40 Arlo Gard, ’49 J. Michael Sobieszczyk, ’71 1991 Don Briggs, ’51, MAE ’57 Jerry Dunlap, ’63 LeRoy Sprague, ’58 Dr. B. M. Stevenson, Team Physician 1992 Paul Forch, ’58 Merlin Lawrence, ’62 Doug Peterson, ’79 Danis Richards Willet, ’79 1993 Tim Higgins, ’80, MSE ’97 Ron Laux, ’68 Rosella Zimmerman Meier, ’65 Larry Snell, ’60


Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame

Keith Staehr Class of 1997, MSE ’99

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Keith Staehr

eith Staehr of Kimball was a two sport athlete from 1964 to 1967 and a successful high school coach. As an athlete, Staehr lettered four years in both football and track. In football, he was a running back and defensive back on teams that compiled a 30-5 record and won three conference championships for coach Al Zikmund. The 1967 team was the last undefeated Loper squad. Staehr also led the team in punting with a career average of 42.6. He was the team’s leading punt returner as a junior and senior. In track, Staehr was hurdler and jumper. Staehr coached football 33 years. From 1968 to 1971 he compiled a 32-6 record winning three conference championships at North Loup Scotia. He was also head track coach. From 1972 until his retirement in 2000, he coached at Kimball High School compiling a 187-119-1 record. He had 10 teams qualify for the state playoffs. Staehr was head coach of Nebraska Shrine Bowl becoming the first person to play and then be head coach of that event. Staehr officiated high school basketball for more than 25 years working the state tournament several years. He is a 2009 inductee into the Nebraska Coaches Hall of Fame. Keith Staehr is a native of York.

1977 Charlie Foster, Coach ’45-’71 1980 Ihling ‘Brick’ Carskadon, ’28 Fred Fulmer, Coach ’22-’34 Doyle Fyfe, ’55 Frank Lydic, ’31 John Marrow, ’37 Pat Panek, ’40 Randy Rasmussen, ’67 Art Stegeman, ’32 Merle Trail, ’32 J. L. ‘Cap’ Williams, ’32 1981 Bill Wolcott, ’32 Ken Cook, ’60 Martin ‘Tuck’ Mason, ’62 1982 Ted James, Coach ’30-’33 L. F. ‘Pop’ Klein, Coach ’35-‘44 Jim Lovell, ’30 Rich Osentowski, ’69 Dr. Mike Shada, ’43 Orlie Watts, ’33 1983 Dick Butolph, ’64 Clyde Cox, ’27 Bill Essert, ’17 Bob Hauver, ’49 Marion Marrow, ’39 Gene Turner (posthumously), ’54 1984 Gene Armstrong, ’58 Jill Garlock, ’71 Paul Larsen, ’39 Al Zikmund, Coach ’55-’71 1985 Paul Blessing, ’42 Dode Graham, ’35 Chelys Mattley Hester, ’41 Max Hester, ’40 Larry Jacobsen, ’60

1986 Carl Cox, ’26 Frank Dusek, ’30 Tom Kropp, ’75 John Makovicka, ’71 Lee Marrow, ’48 1987 Claire Boroff, ’59 Lee Jacobsen, ’68 Bob Korte (posthumously), ’49 Kathy Welter, ’76 1988 Marilyn Dubbs, ’77 Mitch Johnson, ’77 Carl Meyer, ’42 John Parilek, ’39 Bob Whitehouse, ’66 1989 Merlin Bachman, ’56 Loren Killion, ’77 Warren Monnington, ’50 Dr. Randy Nelson, ’72 Dr. Gary Smidt, ’59 1990 Glen Bartunek, ’41 Dennis Dukesherer, ’69 Louis Ellermeier, ’40 Arlo Gard, ’49 J. Michael Sobieszczyk, ’71 1991 Don Briggs, ’51, MAE ’57 Jerry Dunlap, ’63 LeRoy Sprague, ’58 Dr. B. M. Stevenson, Team Physician 1992 Paul Forch, ’58 Merlin Lawrence, ’62 Doug Peterson, ’79 Danis Richards Willet, ’79 1993 Tim Higgins, ’80, MSE ’97 Ron Laux, ’68 Rosella Zimmerman Meier, ’65 Larry Snell, ’60


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2002 Curt Coffman, ‘84 Joe Green, ‘75 Dr. Larry Hardesty, ‘69 Dr. Marge Kindvall Harouff, ‘62

2006 Dr. Norris Haring, ’48 Nancy Montanez Johner, ’94 Dr. Gary Smidt, ’59 Ron Williams ’67

2003 Dr. Kip Anderson, ’90 Jack Garlock, ’76 Joe Higgins, ’64 JoAn Scott, ’86

2007 Dwayne “Butch” Brown ’69 Kevin Rader ’84 Judy Henggeler Spohr ’63 Dr. Don Unger ’65, MSE ’69

2004 Judge Richard Kopf, ’69 Dr. Larry Peterson, ’79 Karen Wyatt Rhoads, ’81

2008 Tom Carman ’71 Bill Dunn ’73 Dr. Jean Ochsner Lukesh ’85, MAE 90, MSE ’93 Brenda VanLengen ’88

2005 Centennial Celebration No awards presented

Athletic Hall of Fame

Martin Segovia Class of 1995

M Martin Segovia

artin Segovia was a three-time AllAmerican in wrestling at 134 lbs. He was fifth in 1993 and national runnerup in 1994 and 1995. Segovia was 1995 Midwest Region Wrestler of the Year. That year he also was team captain and the UNK Male Athlete of the Year. During his wrestling career, UNK had two top ten NCAA finishes and hosted the 1995 national tournament. After graduating, Segovia returned to his home town, Garden City, Kansas. He taught social studies, was a central office administrator and coached wrestling. He was two-time Kansas Class 6-A High School Coach of the Year and compiled a 119-16 dual coaching record in eight years. Segovia is also head coach of the Garden City youth wrestling club, Greater Gold. The club won the 2009 team state championship. Since 2004, Segovia has been elementary assistant principal in Garden City. Martin Segovia is a native of Garden City.


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2002 Curt Coffman, ‘84 Joe Green, ‘75 Dr. Larry Hardesty, ‘69 Dr. Marge Kindvall Harouff, ‘62

2006 Dr. Norris Haring, ’48 Nancy Montanez Johner, ’94 Dr. Gary Smidt, ’59 Ron Williams ’67

2003 Dr. Kip Anderson, ’90 Jack Garlock, ’76 Joe Higgins, ’64 JoAn Scott, ’86

2007 Dwayne “Butch” Brown ’69 Kevin Rader ’84 Judy Henggeler Spohr ’63 Dr. Don Unger ’65, MSE ’69

2004 Judge Richard Kopf, ’69 Dr. Larry Peterson, ’79 Karen Wyatt Rhoads, ’81

2008 Tom Carman ’71 Bill Dunn ’73 Dr. Jean Ochsner Lukesh ’85, MAE 90, MSE ’93 Brenda VanLengen ’88

2005 Centennial Celebration No awards presented

Athletic Hall of Fame

Martin Segovia Class of 1995

M Martin Segovia

artin Segovia was a three-time AllAmerican in wrestling at 134 lbs. He was fifth in 1993 and national runnerup in 1994 and 1995. Segovia was 1995 Midwest Region Wrestler of the Year. That year he also was team captain and the UNK Male Athlete of the Year. During his wrestling career, UNK had two top ten NCAA finishes and hosted the 1995 national tournament. After graduating, Segovia returned to his home town, Garden City, Kansas. He taught social studies, was a central office administrator and coached wrestling. He was two-time Kansas Class 6-A High School Coach of the Year and compiled a 119-16 dual coaching record in eight years. Segovia is also head coach of the Garden City youth wrestling club, Greater Gold. The club won the 2009 team state championship. Since 2004, Segovia has been elementary assistant principal in Garden City. Martin Segovia is a native of Garden City.


Athletic Hall of Fame

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Al Sheffield Class of 1960

A Al Sheffield

l Sheffield of Grand Island was a fouryear letterman in football and baseball from 1971 to 1975. He also was a longtime high school coach. As a defensive safety in football, Sheffield was named to the Nebraska College Conference team three times. He led the team in interceptions for three years. When he graduated, he held the record with Jim Zikmund with four interceptions in one game and he had 17 career interceptions. For two years, Sheffield returned punts and kickoffs. As a freshman, he led the team in kickoff returns with a 21.2 average and in his senior year he led the team in punt returns with a 10.6 average including one touchdown. He was NAIA All-American honorable mention in football. In baseball, the centerfielder led the team in hitting as a senior with a .333 average. He was selected to the all-conference team and the NAIA District 11 team. Sheffield coached football and basketball for 32 years at Adams Central and Grand Island Northwest before retiring in 2008. Al Sheffield is a native of Holdrege.

1980 Dr. Ewald Ehly, ’58 Dr. Milton Hassel, ’41 Richard Mengler, ’33 Mary Elaine House, ’40 Rae Weimer, ’26 1981 Pete Kotsiopulos, ’70 Dr. Clarence Lindahl, ’27 Dr. Jim Nielsen, ’50 1982 Bill Milldyke, ’58 John Mitchell, ’47 Clayton Morey, ’40 Edross (Kay) Robinson, ’31 1983 Mildred Hansen, ’28 John Marrow, ’40 Wayne Smithey, ’44 Dr. Don Welch, ’54 1984 Stan Miller, ’66 John Payne, ’62 Marilyn Peterson, ’55 Bob Phares, ’62 1985 Homer McConnell, ’27 Wayne McKinney, ’48 Dr. Ward Newcomb, ’44 Burnell Saum, ’50 1986 Leland Holdt, ’71 Dr. Elizabeth McMahan, ’43 Jim Morey, ’66 Dr. Leonard Skov, ’56 Dr. Herbert Welte, ’24

1987 Dr. Carlisle Anderson, ’36 Bill Beavers, ’58 Thelma Lang, ’59 Dr. Clifford Trump, ’59 1988 Dr. Gary Haller, ’62 Dr. Jim Hansen, ’58 Larry Ludden, ’46 Scott Nelson, ’71 1989 Dr. Neal Dunning, ’44 Larry Hall, ’64 Dr. Charles Lindly, ’52 DiAnna Schimek, ’63 1990 Dr. Halvor Christensen, ’35 Dr. Louis Kenney, ’39 Celann LaGreca, ’79 Dr. Joe Lutjeharms, ’58 1991 James Barton, ’38 Dr. Lynn Casey, ’65 Dr. Helen Stauffer, ’64 Dr. Dick Triplett, ’56 1992 Betty Kort, ’64 Dr. Daniel Lydiatt, ’73 Norman Otto, ’49 Jaunetta Strohmyer, ’66

1995 Ronald Crampton, ’63 Dr. Elisabeth Wright Erling, ’42 Dr. Daniel Mowrey, ’73 Dr. Larry Peterson, ’58 1996 Merle Hinrichs, ’64 Bettelee Frahm Lewis, ’47 Mark Lundeen, ’81 Dr. Paul Paulman, ’74 1997 George Beattie, ’69 Dr. Tom Green, ’77 Joyce Bryan Strout, ’70 Dr. Gary Thomas, ’55 1998 Dr. Tyler Martin, ’81 Dr. Verla Worthing Robbins, ’43 Dr. Mike Shada, ’43 Jacklyn Brunke Smith, ’72 1999 Dr. Dianne Gabrukiewicz Bystrom, ‘75 Dayle Fitzke, ‘51 Judge Karen Lueck Hunt, ‘61 Dr. Robert Kupper, ‘73

1993 Karen Kilgarin, ’79 Duane Obermier, ‘65 Dr. Kenneth Schroer, ’69 E. K. Yanney, ’49

2000 Ron ‘Gus’ Gustafson, ‘88 Jerry Kriha, ‘59 Marilyn Prososki McGahan, ‘65, MAE ‘77 Paul Younes, ‘75

1994 Jim Griess, ’63, MSE’68 Lucile Wiley Ring, ’44 Dr. Warren Treptow, ’75 Barc Wade, ’48

2001 Joyce Focken Blackwell, ‘79 Lori Goa McClurg, Class ‘82 Dennis Nelson, ‘73 Larry Schulte, ‘70, MA ‘78


Athletic Hall of Fame

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Al Sheffield Class of 1960

A Al Sheffield

l Sheffield of Grand Island was a fouryear letterman in football and baseball from 1971 to 1975. He also was a longtime high school coach. As a defensive safety in football, Sheffield was named to the Nebraska College Conference team three times. He led the team in interceptions for three years. When he graduated, he held the record with Jim Zikmund with four interceptions in one game and he had 17 career interceptions. For two years, Sheffield returned punts and kickoffs. As a freshman, he led the team in kickoff returns with a 21.2 average and in his senior year he led the team in punt returns with a 10.6 average including one touchdown. He was NAIA All-American honorable mention in football. In baseball, the centerfielder led the team in hitting as a senior with a .333 average. He was selected to the all-conference team and the NAIA District 11 team. Sheffield coached football and basketball for 32 years at Adams Central and Grand Island Northwest before retiring in 2008. Al Sheffield is a native of Holdrege.

1980 Dr. Ewald Ehly, ’58 Dr. Milton Hassel, ’41 Richard Mengler, ’33 Mary Elaine House, ’40 Rae Weimer, ’26 1981 Pete Kotsiopulos, ’70 Dr. Clarence Lindahl, ’27 Dr. Jim Nielsen, ’50 1982 Bill Milldyke, ’58 John Mitchell, ’47 Clayton Morey, ’40 Edross (Kay) Robinson, ’31 1983 Mildred Hansen, ’28 John Marrow, ’40 Wayne Smithey, ’44 Dr. Don Welch, ’54 1984 Stan Miller, ’66 John Payne, ’62 Marilyn Peterson, ’55 Bob Phares, ’62 1985 Homer McConnell, ’27 Wayne McKinney, ’48 Dr. Ward Newcomb, ’44 Burnell Saum, ’50 1986 Leland Holdt, ’71 Dr. Elizabeth McMahan, ’43 Jim Morey, ’66 Dr. Leonard Skov, ’56 Dr. Herbert Welte, ’24

1987 Dr. Carlisle Anderson, ’36 Bill Beavers, ’58 Thelma Lang, ’59 Dr. Clifford Trump, ’59 1988 Dr. Gary Haller, ’62 Dr. Jim Hansen, ’58 Larry Ludden, ’46 Scott Nelson, ’71 1989 Dr. Neal Dunning, ’44 Larry Hall, ’64 Dr. Charles Lindly, ’52 DiAnna Schimek, ’63 1990 Dr. Halvor Christensen, ’35 Dr. Louis Kenney, ’39 Celann LaGreca, ’79 Dr. Joe Lutjeharms, ’58 1991 James Barton, ’38 Dr. Lynn Casey, ’65 Dr. Helen Stauffer, ’64 Dr. Dick Triplett, ’56 1992 Betty Kort, ’64 Dr. Daniel Lydiatt, ’73 Norman Otto, ’49 Jaunetta Strohmyer, ’66

1995 Ronald Crampton, ’63 Dr. Elisabeth Wright Erling, ’42 Dr. Daniel Mowrey, ’73 Dr. Larry Peterson, ’58 1996 Merle Hinrichs, ’64 Bettelee Frahm Lewis, ’47 Mark Lundeen, ’81 Dr. Paul Paulman, ’74 1997 George Beattie, ’69 Dr. Tom Green, ’77 Joyce Bryan Strout, ’70 Dr. Gary Thomas, ’55 1998 Dr. Tyler Martin, ’81 Dr. Verla Worthing Robbins, ’43 Dr. Mike Shada, ’43 Jacklyn Brunke Smith, ’72 1999 Dr. Dianne Gabrukiewicz Bystrom, ‘75 Dayle Fitzke, ‘51 Judge Karen Lueck Hunt, ‘61 Dr. Robert Kupper, ‘73

1993 Karen Kilgarin, ’79 Duane Obermier, ‘65 Dr. Kenneth Schroer, ’69 E. K. Yanney, ’49

2000 Ron ‘Gus’ Gustafson, ‘88 Jerry Kriha, ‘59 Marilyn Prososki McGahan, ‘65, MAE ‘77 Paul Younes, ‘75

1994 Jim Griess, ’63, MSE’68 Lucile Wiley Ring, ’44 Dr. Warren Treptow, ’75 Barc Wade, ’48

2001 Joyce Focken Blackwell, ‘79 Lori Goa McClurg, Class ‘82 Dennis Nelson, ‘73 Larry Schulte, ‘70, MA ‘78


Jim Rundstrom Distinguished Alumni Service Awards 1982 Jim Rundstrom, ’64

1996 Dick Hock, ’48

1983 Earl Rademacher, ’54

1997 Ethel Rother, ’73

1984 Don Briggs, ’51 MAE ’57

1998 Dottie Holcomb Lowe

1985 Barry Sherman, ’64

1999 Jim Van Marter, ’53

1986 Connie Shivers Hatcher, ’69

2000 Jennie Silas Gutierrez ’73, MAE ’81 Dale Kastens, ’64

1987 Dr. Ora Lindau, ’41 1988 Dallas Sinnen, ’56 1989 Ron Landstrom, ’53 1990 Maureen Neary Miller, ’74 1991 Dale Falter, ’59 Joan Christ Falter, ‘59 1992 Joe Davenport, ’53 1993 Lori Lienhart Waters, ’74 1994 Al Lybarger, ’57 Addie Lewis Lybarger, ’55 1995 Jean Nama, ’53 June Nama Murty, ’55

2001 Jim Armagost, ’65, MAE ’67 Betty Jo Gillespie Armagost, ’67 2002 Janell Godberson Beveridge, ’79 2003 Paul Wagner, ’58 2004 Roger Jones, ’65 2005 Centennial Celebration 2006 Sue Batie, ’73 2007 Jeff Stelling, ’93 2008 Kathy Horvath, ’67 Dallas & Cheryl Wymore, ’74

Athletic Hall of Fame

Danielle Shum-Stowell Class of 1997, MSE ’99

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anielle Shum-Stowell of Garden City, Kansas was at two-time All-American volleyball player and twice was Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player during her career from 1993 to 1996. A 510 setter, Shum-Stowell had 6,248 career assists. She was only the third player to have more than 6,000 assists in NCAA Division II history. Shum-Stowell led UNK to two Elite Eight appearances in 1995 and 1996. The Lopers had back to back 36 win seasons in 1994 and 1995. Earlier this year, she was named to the RMAC AllCentennial team chosen to recognize outstanding players and coaches of the conference’s 100 years of existence. She works part time at Lakemary School, a school for dually diagnosed students ranging in age from six to 21. She also coaches club volleyball and gives private lessons. Earlier this summer, she and her husband, Mike, coached a Kansas City club team, KC Power 16, to a national championship. Danielle Shum-Stowell is a native of Bellevue.


Jim Rundstrom Distinguished Alumni Service Awards 1982 Jim Rundstrom, ’64

1996 Dick Hock, ’48

1983 Earl Rademacher, ’54

1997 Ethel Rother, ’73

1984 Don Briggs, ’51 MAE ’57

1998 Dottie Holcomb Lowe

1985 Barry Sherman, ’64

1999 Jim Van Marter, ’53

1986 Connie Shivers Hatcher, ’69

2000 Jennie Silas Gutierrez ’73, MAE ’81 Dale Kastens, ’64

1987 Dr. Ora Lindau, ’41 1988 Dallas Sinnen, ’56 1989 Ron Landstrom, ’53 1990 Maureen Neary Miller, ’74 1991 Dale Falter, ’59 Joan Christ Falter, ‘59 1992 Joe Davenport, ’53 1993 Lori Lienhart Waters, ’74 1994 Al Lybarger, ’57 Addie Lewis Lybarger, ’55 1995 Jean Nama, ’53 June Nama Murty, ’55

2001 Jim Armagost, ’65, MAE ’67 Betty Jo Gillespie Armagost, ’67 2002 Janell Godberson Beveridge, ’79 2003 Paul Wagner, ’58 2004 Roger Jones, ’65 2005 Centennial Celebration 2006 Sue Batie, ’73 2007 Jeff Stelling, ’93 2008 Kathy Horvath, ’67 Dallas & Cheryl Wymore, ’74

Athletic Hall of Fame

Danielle Shum-Stowell Class of 1997, MSE ’99

D Danielle ShumStowell

anielle Shum-Stowell of Garden City, Kansas was at two-time All-American volleyball player and twice was Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player during her career from 1993 to 1996. A 510 setter, Shum-Stowell had 6,248 career assists. She was only the third player to have more than 6,000 assists in NCAA Division II history. Shum-Stowell led UNK to two Elite Eight appearances in 1995 and 1996. The Lopers had back to back 36 win seasons in 1994 and 1995. Earlier this year, she was named to the RMAC AllCentennial team chosen to recognize outstanding players and coaches of the conference’s 100 years of existence. She works part time at Lakemary School, a school for dually diagnosed students ranging in age from six to 21. She also coaches club volleyball and gives private lessons. Earlier this summer, she and her husband, Mike, coached a Kansas City club team, KC Power 16, to a national championship. Danielle Shum-Stowell is a native of Bellevue.


Special Guest

Special Guest

Dr. DeAnn Psota, Class of 1984 29th Don Fox Chemistry Lecturer

Rex Barker, Class of 1981 Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Award

earney physician Dr. DeAnn Psota ’84 was honored by the Chemistry Department as the 29th annual Dr. Don Fox lecturer during Homecoming week. Each year since 1980, the Chemistry Department has been inviting alumni back to honor Dr. Don Fox who was a chemistry faculty member and chairman from 1935 until his retirement in 1973. Dr. Fox died in 2003 at the age of 98. Dr. Psota Dr. Psota, a native of Ravenna, attended a twoyear college in Minneapolis and received a degree as a medical laboratory technician. While working at the Kearney Clinic Laboratory she returned to college at UNK majoring in chemistry/biochemistry with hopes of going to medical school. After graduating from medical school at UNMC, Dr. Psota completed a three-year residency in pediatrics. She returned to Kearney Clinic in 1992 to begin her medical practice.

illard South High School music teacher Rex Barker ’81 was named the 2009 recipient of the Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Award during Homecoming week. Barker is director of bands and head of music department at Millard South along with being the instrumental music coordinator for Millard Public Schools. He is president of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and has served as president, marching band chair and A-AA Rex Barker Class representative for the Nebraska State Bandmasters. Barker has been a guest conductor for the Fort Kearney Conference Honor Band, UNK Festival Band, Omaha Wind Symphony, The UNO Honor Bands and Pioneer Conference Honor Band. He was selected by School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2001. The Millard South Music Department consists of marching band, concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, two jazz bands, various small ensembles as well as four choirs, two swing choirs, two orchestras and chamber orchestra. The music department has received many national recognitions. It was awarded a Grammy Signature School designation in 1999. It was the sweepstakes award winner at the 2009 Orange Bowl field competition and parade which earned them the opportunity to perform their marching show as part of the pre-game ceremonies. They also earned a similar honor in 2004 at the Alamo Bowl. They placed first in the 2000 Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego. The Millard Public Schools have been named in the Top 100 Places for Music Education in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006. As a UNK student, Barker was in marching, concert and symphonic bands with Dr. Ron Crocker, the orchestra with Dr. Gerald Feese, the college choir with Dr. Myron Osterberg, the Choraleers with Bill Lynn and the jazz ensemble with Dr. Jim Payne.

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Special Guest

Special Guest

Dr. DeAnn Psota, Class of 1984 29th Don Fox Chemistry Lecturer

Rex Barker, Class of 1981 Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Award

earney physician Dr. DeAnn Psota ’84 was honored by the Chemistry Department as the 29th annual Dr. Don Fox lecturer during Homecoming week. Each year since 1980, the Chemistry Department has been inviting alumni back to honor Dr. Don Fox who was a chemistry faculty member and chairman from 1935 until his retirement in 1973. Dr. Fox died in 2003 at the age of 98. Dr. Psota Dr. Psota, a native of Ravenna, attended a twoyear college in Minneapolis and received a degree as a medical laboratory technician. While working at the Kearney Clinic Laboratory she returned to college at UNK majoring in chemistry/biochemistry with hopes of going to medical school. After graduating from medical school at UNMC, Dr. Psota completed a three-year residency in pediatrics. She returned to Kearney Clinic in 1992 to begin her medical practice.

illard South High School music teacher Rex Barker ’81 was named the 2009 recipient of the Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Award during Homecoming week. Barker is director of bands and head of music department at Millard South along with being the instrumental music coordinator for Millard Public Schools. He is president of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and has served as president, marching band chair and A-AA Rex Barker Class representative for the Nebraska State Bandmasters. Barker has been a guest conductor for the Fort Kearney Conference Honor Band, UNK Festival Band, Omaha Wind Symphony, The UNO Honor Bands and Pioneer Conference Honor Band. He was selected by School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2001. The Millard South Music Department consists of marching band, concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, two jazz bands, various small ensembles as well as four choirs, two swing choirs, two orchestras and chamber orchestra. The music department has received many national recognitions. It was awarded a Grammy Signature School designation in 1999. It was the sweepstakes award winner at the 2009 Orange Bowl field competition and parade which earned them the opportunity to perform their marching show as part of the pre-game ceremonies. They also earned a similar honor in 2004 at the Alamo Bowl. They placed first in the 2000 Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego. The Millard Public Schools have been named in the Top 100 Places for Music Education in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006. As a UNK student, Barker was in marching, concert and symphonic bands with Dr. Ron Crocker, the orchestra with Dr. Gerald Feese, the college choir with Dr. Myron Osterberg, the Choraleers with Bill Lynn and the jazz ensemble with Dr. Jim Payne.

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