KWU Contact--Spring 2020

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CONTACT Spring 2020

Music Reimagined


A message from

President Matt Thompson Our world has changed drastically in the past few months, and I encourage you to read the letter that is enclosed in this mailing and addresses Kansas Wesleyan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our commitment to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends. Together we will prevail.

All Are Welcome Here

Kansas Wesleyan University Spring 2020 Contact is the official magazine of Kansas Wesleyan University and is published by the Office of Marketing and Communications. Managing Editor: Paula Hermann Design: Amanda Colgrove ’15, G’18 Writing Assistance: Bob Davidson Kristin Heck ’20 Brad Salois David Toelle ’01, ’08 Photo Credits: Karen Bonar Amanda Colgrove ’15, G’18 Tanner Colvin ’11 Diane Marie Dowell ’89 Send address changes to: Advancement Office 100 E. Claflin Ave. Salina, KS 67401 (785) 833-4341

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For more than 130 years, Kansas Wesleyan University has proudly claimed its connection and heritage with the Methodist Episcopal Church and its successor, the United Methodist Church. It is a relationship that has shaped the mission, the daily interactions and even our purpose for being. The strength of the United Methodist Church is that for a long time it has been considered a large tent—a place where people with a wide range of theologies, diverse backgrounds and varied lives not only were allowed, but welcomed: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Scheduled for this spring, but postponed until the meeting guidelines are lifted, the United Methodist Church faced a major decision on the future of a unified church. The vote at last year’s meeting in St. Louis to support the Traditional Plan, solidified a policy that maintains a strict LGBT ban—in essence not recognizing same-sex unions and imposing a ban on gay clergy serving in the pulpit. This is not in alignment with our mission and values. Part of what attracted me to work at Kansas Wesleyan is the way the university lives out our welcoming approach every day. From students to faculty, staff to trustees, alumni to supporters, the work of the university has long been about supporting and providing opportunities for all people. KWU was among the first in the state to welcome women and students of color. We led the way in offering women’s athletics. We are not perfect in our work, but we are earnest in our commitment to create an environment where everyone can develop and thrive. The future of the United Methodist Church leaves us in a quandary: Stay with a denomination that has taken a step backward from inclusion, diversity and equity, or step toward our own future. While we do not yet know the outcome, we cannot accept pushing people out of the tent. We will not turn our backs on any of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. In recent years, Kansas Wesleyan has defined its experience as the Power of AND. In its most simplistic form, students come to the university to continue an activity they love AND to get a great education. At a deeper level, the Power of AND defines us as a collection of our experiences, the people we know AND the way we lead our lives. The Power of AND is a notion of abundance. It is a worldview that does not exist in fear or the challenges of scarcity. We worship a God of abundance; a God who calls on all of us to serve Yahweh AND this world; AND a God who made all of us in the likeness of our Creator. How could we possibly look into the eyes of some of those in our community and say, “You are no longer welcome?” We do not place limits on God and do not believe He calls us to limit those in our community. Regardless of what happens in the broader world of the United Methodist Church, Kansas Wesleyan will continue to be a place that welcomes, loves and encourages all. We will continue to live out our mission and values. For now, we continue to be who we are. As we learn more after General Conference, we will work with trustees and campus leaders to determine our next steps. We will continue to have open hearts, open minds AND open doors.

Matthew R. Thompson, Ph.D., President and CEO P.S. — The same logic above also applies to our other extracurricular programs like music, debate, theater and DECA. Nearly 95% of our students are experiencing the Power of AND—and they are better for it.


MUSIC REIMAGINED Meet the new faculty


ATHLETICS Showman and Rietzke leave legacies


LIVES WELL LIVED Saying goodbye to four longest living alumni

Graves’ Legacy Grows as he Returns to Board The Honorable William P. (Bill) Graves ’76, former governor of Kansas, has been appointed by the Kansas Wesleyan Board of Trustees as a trustee emeritus, beginning this fall. A trustee from 1982-2000. Graves’ association with the university stretches back to 1887, when his great-grandfather, Henry M. Mayo, became the first graduate of KWU. His sister, Martha (Graves) Reese, graduated in 1974; she and their father, William Graves, also served as trustees. Governor Graves played football for legendary coach Gene Bissell and helped the Coyotes capture the 1971 KCAC Championship, earning him a spot in the KWU Athletics Hall of Fame. After graduation, he began a successful political career. He became the Kansas Secretary of State in 1991 and was elected governor in 1995. Graves help fuel the construction of the Graves Family Sports Complex by serving as national co-chair of the capital campaign. He served as president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, the national trade and safety organization of the United States trucking industry, which his family has been involved with for nearly 70 years. “Governor Graves has been a sounding board for ideas and one of the university’s greatest champions. We are pleased that he will be serving again in a more formal role. The Graves family holds an important spot in the university’s pantheon,” said President Thompson.


The Class of 2020 includes individuals who have exceled academically, achieved greatness in athletic competitions, helped ensembles earn accolades and performed in regional, state and national competitions. Featured below is a sampling of this outstanding class—campus leaders who have lived the Power of AND, and who upon receiving their degrees in May will be the ones to watch as they set the world on fire.

Stephanie Gomez

Music Performance Lyons, KS Singing comes naturally to Stephanie Gomez, who grew up singing in her father’s church. “I love songs that have special messages and make others feel good when they hear it,” said Gomez, who wants to own her own voice studio. “I want to help others reach their full potential in singing, because I know singing has helped me in so many ways, and I believe it will help others.”  As easy as it might have been to stay in her vocal music lane, Gomez took advantage of trying many new experiences at Kansas Wesleyan. In addition to being a section leader in the Philharmonic Choir, Gomez was a cheerleader and a member of the athletic training football staff. In addition to her vocal talents, she is skilled at playing the flute, and much to her chagrin, she discovered that she enjoys acting as well. She was cast as a main character in In the Heights and secured a role in Beauty and the Beast, opportunities provided by the university’s partnerships with the Salina Community Theatre and the Salina Symphony. Her most memorable experience of her college career, she says, was singing a solo at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference. “Our set was amazing, I had a solo for one of the songs, and I was a part of a small soli as well. The highlight was being able to sing in front of my high school choir director and other adults that have seen me grow up.”

Natalie Soukup

Criminal Justice Ellsworth, KS She was raised in the United Methodist Church, so it was no surprise that Natalie Soukup decided to become a Coyote. What she didn't expect, however, was the profound influence her faith would have on her college experience. Soukup, who took 25 credits each semester to graduate in three years, excelled on the track and field team, etching her name in the KWU record books in the hammer throw. She was senior class president and a member of the chorale and choir. But it was in Campus Ministry that she grew in her faith and discovered her calling. “Campus Ministry opened so many opportunities and helped me discover what faith truly means to me,” said Soukup, who is a singer and instrumentalist in the Campus Ministry Monday Night Alive chapel band and also provides prayers to students through Blessings on the Go. “I believe it is important for young people to focus on their faith journey, because it is one thing that remains constant. The world is constantly changing, we change as individuals, but God is not going anywhere, and your faith will always be with you.” Soukup’s involvement in Campus Ministry called her to a career in Criminal Justice where she can continue to minister and serve the community by working with those who are in the criminal justice system or in rehabilitation.

Eli Smith ’19

Master of Business Severy, KS Eli Smith’s stature (6’8”, 300 lbs.) was an advantage on the hardcourt, where he began his collegiate athletics career, but it was a force to be reckoned with on the football field. It was there that Smith left his legacy and perhaps secured a plan for his future. “With a longer reach, I am usually able to get my hands on defenders quicker than they can get their hands on me,” said Smith. A four-year starter at left tackle, Smith was a key part of the historic KWU offensive line that ranked No. 1 in the KCAC in nearly every offensive statistical category and led the NAIA in fourth-down conversion percentage (.733), passing yards (4198), and pass efficiency. The Coyotes also ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in first downs per game, and total offense. He has helped the Coyotes to a 42-7 record in his four-year career. With his impressive statistics, it is no surprise that NFL scouts have been watching. A double major with an outstanding academic record, he was named a CoSIDA Academic AllDistrict player three years running, and this winter was named an Academic NAIA First-Team AllAmerican. He was able to complete two years on the basketball court and four on the football field for the Coyotes, giving him a chance to complete his MBA in the spring. He married former basketball standout, Brylee New ’17, in August 2019.

Hailey Vandevanter

Business Management Corona, CA Hailey Vandevanter’s impact on KWU was as big as the state she calls home, and when it came to choosing a college, this Californian found KWU to be a perfect fit. Her list of accomplishments is significant, including a nearly perfect GPA and numerous awards, like Student Ambassador of the Year, the KWU Women’s Soccer Legacy Award, and a Top-10 finish at the national DECA competition. She served as a resident assistant, student ambassador, president of the Coyote Activities Board (CAB), president of Alpha Chi Honors Society, vice president of the Sports & Exercise Science Club, and a Wesleyan Experience peer mentor. Vandevanter says the lessons she has learned being a leader, setting high expectations, and pushing to be the best version of herself, have been instrumental to her growth and have set her up for career success. “On the soccer field, I learned skills like patience, accountability and change management. I have learned how to build and manage relationships as an RA, and I’ve learned a lot about leadership.” She will spend the next two years on campus pursuing her MBA, while serving as the resident director of the first-year residence hall. In her new role, she will continue to be a role model for students, honing more leadership skills that may someday take her to the ranks of her business idol, fashion icon and philanthropist, Kendra Scott.

Commencement 2020 will take place on Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m.

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS Mike Baumberger ’96 | President

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The KWU alumni network is more than 10,000 strong. Your support can make Kansas Wesleyan a better place. Get involved in the Kansas Wesleyan Alumni Association, the official organization of graduates, former students and friends. • Host an alumni gathering in your area  • Share your experience by being a guest speaker in a class, virtually or in person • Attend a networking event with current students • Volunteer at Homecoming • Support a current project on campus • Make a gift to the scholarship fund to help the next generation of Coyotes achieve their dreams • Tell your friends and family about KWU and encourage high school students to consider us. If an alum recommends a student who stays for four years, that is equivalent to a $60,000 gift to the university!

John Terry ’14, G’15 | Treasurer


A great way to stay connected with alumni, parents and friends of the university is through Alumni Chapters, which are located throughout the world. Each chapter has a representative who serves on the national Alumni Council, which meets quarterly to discuss university news, events and issues and votes on the allocation of grants. Reach out to the following chapter representatives, the Alumni Council officers, or, if you’d like to start a chapter in your area, contact Sylvia Sawyer. Kansas Chapters Wichita: Mike Baumberger ’96 High Plains: David Branda ’76 Northern Kansas: Annetta Flax ’13 Kansas City: Bob Meyer ’73 Salina: Greg Hubbard ’73 Kansas Flint Hills: Nita Nelson Wiley '80


Kansas Wesleyan has always been a place where alumni serve as part-time and full-time employees. In the past year, the following alumni have been hired at KWU: Kyrsten Rodenbeek ’04, Assistant Professor of Social Work Sylvia Sawyer ’12, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Samantha Sandoval ’16, G’18, Admissions Counselor Laura (Nivens) Vetter ’17, Institutional Research and Core System Coordinator Kre’tien Webb ’18, Admissions Counselor Taylor LaGrange ’19, Academic Services Coordinator Coleman Houk ’19, Head Men’s Golf Coach Nissa Inzunza ’19, Assistant Registrar

Colorado Chapter Denver: Judy Marturano ’69

Miguel Prieto ’19, Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Arizona Chapter J.C. Walsh ’99

Henrik Sohn G’19, Head of Soccer Operations and Head Women’s Soccer Coach

International Chapter Elsa Hung G’08

Hailey Vandevanter ’20, Resident Director

SAVE THE DATE! HOMECOMING & FAMILY WEEKEND | OCTOBER 23-25, 2020 12 states visited by advancement staff, first-time visits up by 45%

total cash gifts

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in successful grant applications

More than 620 alumni are members of the Alumni Association

More than 150 Parent and Family Association members of the Class of 2023

On target to exceed annual fund goal of

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in gifts to the endowed fund



Advancement staff has written over 2,000 notes and completed more than 3,000 calls to alumni and friends


Hosted more than three dozen university and alumni events

Raised and secured future gifts exceeding

$5.5 million

for the new Nursing Education Center

All in the Family

A 2015 graduate, Jessica Hauschild is the most recent graduate in a multi-generational Coyote family. Her grandmother, Wilda McKee, attended KWU, as did her uncle, Stephen McKee ’92, and both of her parents, Dayna (McKee) ’89 and the Reverend Craig Hauschild ’88. Rev. Craig and Dayna met while taking classes in the Department of Religion. After graduating, they married and moved to North Carolina, where Craig earned is M.Div. at Duke. When they returned to Kansas, they both began serving the United Methodist Church. Craig was appointed pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina in June of 2019. Dayna, who earned her Master in Education (Counseling), served as a school

The Hauschild family legacy continued with Jessica's graduation in 2015. Dayna '89 and Craig '88 met while they were at KWU.

Nebraska–Lincoln, with the goal of becoming a Ph.D. candidate this summer. She works in text analytics and natural language. While exploring positions at tech companies is appealing, she is also contemplating teaching at a small university. “Jessica has taken all of her opportunities from KWU and gone on to further her studies,” said Craig. “That is what is so remarkable about all of our experiences with the university. The small liberal arts college experience suited all three of us. It gave each one of us the education and experiences necessary to move forward with our studies and careers.”

counselor and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor at Central Kansas Mental Health Center.

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One of Kansas Wesleyan’s most successful teams may be one of the most unfamiliar to anyone outside of the business arena. DECA is a competitive team, much like Debate and Forensics, in which individuals and teams compete in unique categories, presenting business presentations, case studies and advertising campaigns in such areas as business ethics, event planning, entrepreneurship operations, fashion merchandising and marketing, managerial accounting, and retail management. Kansas Wesleyan’s DECA team, established three years ago, has quickly risen to be one of the most competitive in the state and a force at the national competition. This year’s 16-member squad captured an impressive 29

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medals, 15 of them first-place honors, at the 2020 state meet in February. “Our DECA students have not only established themselves as the state’s best competitors over the last three years, but also as legitimate contenders at the national competition,” said KWU Head Coach Brylee New ’17, G’19. “I am extremely proud of the reputation they are continuing to build for both our program and our school.”   The program has earned 72 state medals to go along with quality results at nationals that have included multiple top-10 placings. The 2020 national competition was postponed this spring. “I believe that one of the unique things about DECA is that, because of its very nature, it can bring teammates from different backgrounds and

majors closer together,” offered New. “This is such a unique event because you have to work together and present solutions together. It can help form bonds that you just cannot find elsewhere.” The team earned 11 state medals in its inaugural 2018 season and brought home 32 last year. Twelve students advanced to nationals in 2019.  “Our team has been working very hard,” said New. “Our goal is for everyone to get a medal, as that can help demonstrate that all the hard work the students have put into learning and preparing for this event was worth it.” DECA, formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, was founded in 1946 with the goal of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

Emergency Management Program Earns National Ranking

Kansas Wesleyan's Emergency Management degree continues to earn positive reviews from national ranking systems, as KWU was recently named the seventh-best online program by Online Schools Report. The program had previously been listed as the best hybrid program in December 2019 rankings from, numerous rankings attained over the past five years. The demand for emergency managers is expected to rise during the next 10 years, and with the median annual salary for the position exceeding $70,000, the popularity of emergency management degrees is also increasing. The program at KWU is the only one of its kind in Kansas, as it remains the only school in the state with a four-year bachelor's degree in the discipline. In addition, students are able to study completely online, in the classroom or in a hybrid format, where some classes are online and others are taken on campus. Students in the Emergency Management discipline also have the option of securing a minor in, among other choices, unmanned aircraft systems usage. This is due to an agreement with nearby Kansas State Polytechnic, one of the top universities in the country for drone-related training. The major also frequently leads to quick employment, as evidenced by a list of alumni that includes Michelle Barkley ’18, the current Emergency Management Director for Saline County.

RESEARCH ON CYBER SECURITY ENHANCES CRITICAL SKILLS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAJORS According to John Burchill ’80, associate professor of Criminal Justice, it is the responsibility of all faculty to ensure that students are provided with the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies for useful service in the world. In criminal justice, he notes, traditional crime is decreasing, while those with a cyber-prefix increase. Bank robberies are down, cyber theft and ransomware are up. This was the impetus behind his six-month sabbatical, which enhanced his cybersecurity knowledge and will, in turn, better prepare KWU students for careers in law enforcement,

emergency management and computer forensics. Throughout the summer and fall of 2019, he took courses and trainings across the country in community cybersecurity and dark web, cell phone and open source investigations. He also participated in a weeklong Cyber Workshop sponsored by FEMA/ Homeland Security. “Since my return, I have been engaged in discussions and planning on how to better integrate cybersecurity into our curriculum,” he said. “It is clear to me that this is an issue that has a much broader reach than Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Computer Science (which currently has a Forensic Computing concentration).” Burchill has developed two new courses, Cybercrimes and Crime

Analysis, which will be offered in 2020-21. In addition to his focus on cybersecurity, he also spent time engaged in his own integration of faith and learning and has developed a prayer app for Kansas Wesleyan, which lists prayers that administrators and faculty can call up by topic. It will soon be available for download. “Spiritual development is part of our mission, and we are committed to providing an environment in which faith and learning are integrated,” said Burchill. “There are daily applications for prayer on campus, but not everyone is comfortable knowing what to say or how to say it. Now anyone can open up this phone App any time and choose from a variety of prayers.”

Good Samaritans Pay Students’ Fees The Salina community embraces the presence of the university's more than 700 students, and this spring, that bond was evident when a pair of good Samaritans paid down the account balances for a pair of Coyote students. One Coyote, a freshman Nursing student, works as a server in a Salina eatery. She waited on a couple who was so impressed by

her attitude and hard work that they went to the KWU Business Office and paid $1000 toward the student’s account balance, nearly eliminating what she owed. In a separate incident, an anonymous tuition payer, who met a sophomore Coyote in Salina, paid $100 per month for seven months on the student’s account. “We are touched by the kindness

displayed by these individuals,” said President Matt Thompson. “We always talk about our community and all it offers, but the people truly are the best part of Salina. The ways they show kindness to our students— whether in stories like this, our host family efforts, or simply their support for our programs and events—is inspiring, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Salina community.”


MUSIC Reimagined With three new faculty members, including a new chair at the helm, the KWU Department of Music is fusing new ideas with time-honored traditions and taking the program to new heights. “It’s a celebration of the new, while recognizing the history of what brought us to this moment,” says Dr. Milt Allen, who stepped into the role of chair of the department in August. “As we reimagine the department for the 21st century, we stand on the shoulders of many talented music educators and alumni who established a great music tradition that dates back 130 years.” Dr. Allen has a solid mix of pedagogical acumen and music performance expertise, and his vision is chock-full of creativity. In addition to hiring new faculty, he has initiated unique opportunities for students. High energy and out-ofthe-box thinking led to the creation of The Howl, a fanatic athletic band that will change game days and add excitement to various athletic events and community performances. In addition, Dr. Allen partnered with Campus Ministry to create Rise Up!. This new praise band not only gives students a chance to perform their faith through music, but through a class, also learn to form and direct a praise band.

DR. ALLEN'S FUSION VISION • The fusion of a variety of different ensemble and performing experiences, normally found at larger universities, while maintaining low student-to-faculty ratios;

Perhaps the most exciting change is that the academic experience has a new approach, which Allen refers to as “Fusion.” “We believe that simply teaching music teachers and performers isn't enough. That's why we embrace the idea of mentoring musicians — whether majors or non-majors. We look to the future of music education and performance by fusing together once separate components to create the 21st century educator, performer and advocate of music.” Fusion outreach initiatives include the winter anchor event: Fusion! — The KWU Festival of Music, and a variety of musical and educational resources for middle and high school students, directors and

2 02 0 P OI NT S OF P R ID E █ Dean Kranzler’s contributions to the Kansas music scene have been recognized with a double-selection into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Head of the KWU Percussion Studies program and a

they make our program unique.” As the new faculty continues to shape the department’s future, students continue to uphold Kansas Wesleyan’s quality reputation. This year, five vocal students advanced to the semifinals of a national competition, and the Wind Ensemble was named a semifinalist for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. Assistant Professor, Dr. Carl Rowles, director of bands, led a Women in Music concert this fall in which the music of four female composers was premiered by KWU ensembles. “This year of transition has included many proud moments,” said Allen. “And, as to Frank Sinatra would say, ‘The Best is Yet to Come.’”

Salina native, Kranzler has been an instructor at Fort Hays State, Marymount College and Bethany College. He has served as the principal percussionist at the Salina Symphony for 46 years and performs

KWU students, all while providing the region with memorable performances. The Department of Music has established collaborations with the Salina Symphony and the Salina Community Theatre, which have given Music and non-Music majors the opportunity to learn from and work alongside professionals on a community stage. Allen is developing expanded partnership opportunities, including a possible program with the Stiefel Theatre. “Imagine our students having the opportunity to learn from musicians and crews in town playing at the Stiefel Theatre,” said Allen. “These experiential moments create networks and opportunities for growth, and

with numerous bands, including Midnight Flyer, for which he was one of the founding members. The Salina-based band will also be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in May.

• Faculty who fuse diverse teaching styles, performance experience and musical interests to give students a unique education in a low, studentto-faculty ratio environment; • The fusion of internationally recognized artists, composers and educators to not only educate and inform our students, but to help them forge career connections; • The fusion of composition and improvisation as integral parts of our programs of study; • The fusion of the Department of Music with strong community partners, including the Salina Arts & Humanities, the Salina Community Theatre, the Salina Symphony and the Stiefel Theatre, creating something truly unique to KWU and the Salina community.

█ The Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble has been named a semifinalist for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. One of 22 semifinalists in the college and

university division, KWU joined such schools as the University of Kansas, Texas Christian University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It marked the first time that the Wind Ensemble has been recognized as a candidate for this award.

New Music Faculty Dr. Milt Allen He arrived on campus in August with a spring in his step and a resolute mission to reimagine the KWU Department of Music. As he completes his first academic year as chair, Dr. Milt Allen has brought much of his vision to life, breathing energy and renewed excitement into the department, while launching new techniques, courses and partnerships, and introducing unique music groups for 2020-21. In his 26-year career, Allen has served in roles across the globe, from elementary schools, including Salina’s St. Mary’s Grade School, to colleges, such as The Ohio State University, where he was the Associate Director of Bands/Visiting Associate Professor of Music. Ensembles under his direction have received numerous awards at local, state and national levels, including recognition by the United States Congress for Musical Excellence. He is a two-time high school Teacher of the Year, a Kansas Teacher of the Year SemiFinalist and is listed in various  Who’s Who publications. Other honors and distinctions include five awards from The Ohio State University School of Music, recognizing his teaching and service, and selection as a Conducting Fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 40th Anniversary. He also received an Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award. In 2008, Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor (USAF Heritage of America Band).

█ Dr. Milt Allen was selected as a guest conducting clinician for the U.S. Army School of Music, Feb. 19-21, at the school located in Virginia Beach, VA, where he conducted various clinics and taught classes for members of U.S. Army bands and ensembles.

Dr. Anne Gassmann Anne Gassmann arrived at Kansas Wesleyan with her recently awarded Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Nebraska (UNL), and a lifetime of vocal performance expertise and teaching skills. As the director of choirs and vocal area, Gassmann conducts the Philharmonic Choir and Wesleyan Chorale, teaches voice lessons, recital practice and other vocal-related courses. One of her overarching goals is to facilitate the growth of stellar musicians, which she says is essential in the development of incredible music teachers. “They need to learn how to be reflective and thoughtful about the music they sing and how they might convey it to someone else. They should be so excited about music that they look forward to practicing and discovering how to do something better,” Gassmann said. It has been an exciting year for Gassmann, as five of her vocal students auditioned for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, in which Ethan Badders qualified for nationals, something KWU hasn’t done before. Continuing traditions, while adding fresh elements, is a priority. The annual Choir Tour, for example, took the Philharmonic Choir through Kansas, showcasing their talents at five high schools, nursing homes and churches. The Christmas by Candlelight performance was another highlight for Music students and the Salina community. Gassmann takes a holistic approach to teaching. "The Vocal Area is where students are getting the tools to be the best musicians, educators, and people they can be. It is vital to me that our students grow emotionally and intellectually in addition to vocally. Teaching and performing music is an incredibly vulnerable experience, and I want each student to feel proud of their progress, not just the end product.” As a strong advocate for lifelong singing, Gassmann's experience includes performing as a member and soloist throughout the Midwest. Ensembles include: CORO, Sounding Light, Cantorei of First Plymouth Church, and the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists. Gassmann is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Collegiate Choral.

█ Morgan Parker, who graduated in December 2019, had a dream, and in January, it was realized when she was accepted into the New York University Steinhardt Master of Music in Percussion. It was the emphasis in Broadway Studies

that attracted her to the program. Involved in nearly every musical ensemble on campus, Parker’s excitement for theatrical performance was sparked when she played in the pit for the KWU production of In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which she said

Dr. Leonardo Ottoni do Rosario With an international reputation for violin performance, an extensive background in chamber music and universitylevel teaching experience, Dr. Leonardo Ottoni do Rosario is ready to take KWU Orchestra to a whole new level. His field of research includes the rediscovery of works for violin by diverse composers, focusing most recently on the violin music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and as director of strings and string orchestra conductor, he plans to introduce students to underperformed artists. “I intend to incorporate ColeridgeTaylor’s work, along with the work of other underperformed artists, into the canon of my work that student ensembles will perform,” he said. “It is important for me to expose students to a variety of composers—it broadens their world and can demonstrate to them that it is in the diversity of music that innovation and creativity flourish.” Ottoni do Rosario earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance at the Boston Conservatory and a Doctor of Music Arts from UNCG. He has played in professional orchestras as a violinist in Brazil and in the United States, and has participated in national and international performance tours in ten countries with some of the world’s most leading conductors. Ottoni do Rosario claimed second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England in 2008, and served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Fayette (NC) Symphony and Boston Conservatory Orchestras. Ottoni do Rosario speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has released recordings with internationally distributing labels.

changed her perspective on music. “I never knew music could be like that, so draining, and yet so fulfilling,” she said. “That work convinced me that I wanted to put all my effort into pursing music, and specifically, Broadway studies.”

Exciting things are happening in the KWU Department of Music, headlined by two new ensembles:

The Howl & Rise Up!


Contemplating Questions, Not Answers, at the Table “In philosophy, we focus on questions more than answers. It’s an atmosphere in which we all learn from each other.” — Dr. Meredith Drees


rowing up on a threegenerational farm in Hill City, KS, Meredith Drees, Ph.D., drove a tractor, showed horses, rounded up cattle, and even participated in barrel racing and pole bending competitions, acquiring some skills that she still puts to use on that same farm today. But what she hadn’t expected from her time riding in the wide-open spaces of western Kansas was that it would put her on a path to teach philosophy and religion to college students in Salina. “Looking back, life on the farm seems to have led me to philosophy. The open spaces, beauty in nature, and interaction with animals drew me to think about philosophical questions, and, eventually, to see


experiences of beauty as glimpses of the Good and God,” said Dr. Drees, an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. “My own love for philosophy and my belief in it, as a discipline and as a way of life, is something I hope to depict to my students. Philosophy teaches students critical thinking skills, humility, open-mindedness, and to value ‘the goods of the mind’ (vs. material things).” Analyzing with an open mind In her classes, Dr. Drees incorporates Socrates Cafés as a pedagogical method, which, she explains, helps students see the importance of learning to analyze, not only other people’s beliefs and arguments, but also their own. A student leader is required to use the Socratic Method in order to facilitate the discussion over a question or topic and is graded on his or her ability to help the group work as a team and use high-order critical thinking skills. The Socrates Cafés, which Dr. Drees says are the best experiences she’s had in her teaching career, have

opened new doors for the department, including attracting students to the Religion and Philosophy major and eliciting interest from the Salina community. Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, in downtown Salina, has hosted numerous Socrates Cafés that Drees and Dr. Phil Meckley have opened to the public. Community members, local pastors, and other students who happen to be at Ad Astra have often overheard discussions and asked to participate. “Something that we are losing in contemporary society is the value that comes from sitting around a table with one another and enjoying a quality conversation. Doing this encourages us to engage with one another.” Outside the classroom When she’s not in the classroom or on the farm, Dr. Drees is often exploring the world. As director of experiential learning at Kansas Wesleyan, she has directed 16 Wesleyan Journey courses, serving as the onsite logistics coordinator on courses in Costa Rica and Italy. Her admiration for Greek philosophers

led her to Greece 14 years ago, and the history, as well as the food, have drawn her back on four occasions. In 2019, she presented a paper on Plato’s Ethics and Aesthetics at the Athens Institute for Education and Research. She also worked on the Politeia: International Interdisciplinary Philosophical Review, for which she serves on the editorial board. She and her husband continue to manage the farm operation in Hill City, a place that connects her with good memories and continues to create space for her to contemplate the theoretical questions of the world. But it’s in the classroom with her students where she feels she is following her calling. “My favorite part about teaching college students is what I learn from them, their diverse perspectives and their unique insights. In philosophy, we focus on questions more than answers. It’s an atmosphere in which we all learn from each other. The practice of philosophy can be discipleship if a person helps others learn to ask these questions and create, analyze, and think through these ideas.”



Faith Journey Kansas Wesleyan helps students discover their calling and use their gifts and talents to benefit the world and honor God. To that end, the Campus Ministry Team, led by Campus Minister Scott Jagodzinske has enhanced the number and variety of faith offerings to meet the needs of the campus community. Under a new branding model “Yotes Alive!” the team has launched numerous initiatives that connect with approximately 200 students and members of the campus community each month. “God is moving on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan,” says Jagodzinske. “I am constantly amazed by what God is doing, through the awesome student and staff leaders, to change lives on campus.” The team includes: Mark Hendrickson, associate campus minister and assistant football coach, Annie Boswell and Logan Henry, Life Group leaders, Pastor Nick Talbott, University United Methodist Church, and Aaron Glendening, Fellowship of Christian Athletes area representative. “Each individual brings unique gifts and talents to the whole team, and the web of resources, gifts and connections greatly enhances what we can do within the ministry at KWU,” says Jagodzinske. Hendrickson and Talbott are both involved in the football program, and Boswell has a strong relationship with the soccer programs, resulting in an increase in involvement in faith initiatives from those teams, according to Jagodzinske, who notes that college is a critical juncture in one’s faith development.

“For many students, they are truly on their own for the first time, making decisions on their careers, education, social lives and faith journeys, for the first time, that are not based on mom and dad prodding or leading,” he said. “So, this is an important time to create opportunities for students to ask questions, be in community with others who are on this journey with them, seek answers about their calling, and, most importantly, have dedicated time, places to be and people to guide them in this journey.” Senior Natalie Soukup has been a vocalist and instrumentalist in the chapel band for three years and said it was the best decision she made. “Being involved in Campus Ministry has allowed me to grow deeper in my faith and learn how to be steadfast in God’s love,” she said. “It has taught me that I can be bigger, stronger, and more confident than I have ever imagined I could be.” “I have seen so many lives changed or impacted through Campus Ministry. I have been able to be there supporting my friends who have decided to begin their walk with Christ. It is definitely no secret that KWU Campus Ministry saves and impacts many lives.” In an attempt to fulfill its goal of creating a robust and unique campus ministry experience that impacts not only the campus community

but the Church around the world, the Campus Ministry team meets regularly with its Visioning Committee to focus on such areas as: raising funds for a Campus Ministry endowment and operating budget under the guidance of the Advancement Office, working with internal and external focus groups and special projects teams to create community initiatives, connecting with United Methodist churches, and expanding the understanding of the faith needs of the campus community. New initiatives include: • Blessings on the Go, a prayer initiative for the KWU community to connect in a “walk-by” model, started this year and has been a chance for students in the Campus Ministry program to offer prayers for their fellow students as they are on their way to class, practice or rehearsals. • Peer Ministers, which places trained students in the residence halls offering hands-on Bible study, prayer ministry and peer-to-peer small groups, called “Rooted,” designed to be a safe group for students to gather weekly for self-care with each other. • Voices, a faith-based discussion group for faculty members launched by Hendrickson last fall as a way for faculty to have faith conversations in a safe space.

• Rise Up! a praise band that, in partnership with the Music Department, opens doors for students interested in worship music as well as leading worship bands. • Monday Night Alive, now housed in the University UMC Forum, features music and faith sharing led by community members, church leaders and students. Jagodzinske says the team continues to explore ways to enhance the university’s historically strong connection with UUMC. • FCA has traditionally been one of the most popular groups on campus, and a new FCA Discipleship/Intern program will provide scholarships to two student-athletes who will help lead the FCA Huddle on campus as well as assist with local middle and high school huddles with Glendening. The Coyote coaches also have a weekly huddle.    “Through many of these initiatives we are seeing students embolden in their faith journeys,” said Jagodzinske. “Through their training, the Peer Ministers have helped guide and direct students in their Residence Halls to necessary resources, served as a soft face to talk to, and in some cases, walked with students through their faith journey.” “We are excited to see what incredible gifts and talents will be discovered among our students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of honoring God.” For more information on how to support the Campus Ministry Endowment, contact Ken Oliver at (785) 833-4342.



The winter and spring athletics seasons will be highlighted in the history books, not for records that were smashed or titles that were won, but rather for seasons that weren’t completed or played. Nothing Steve Wilson had experienced during his 13 years as an athletics administrator prepared him for what he and countless others like him have faced recently. “There’s no playbook for what we’re going through,” said Wilson, who was named director of athletics at Kansas Wesleyan in October. “We’re writing a playbook that we hope and pray to God we never have to look at again the rest of our professional lives.” That “playbook” deals with implications from the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the For the first time, Kansas globe, causing illness Wesleyan University claimed and death, pushing the Kansas Collegiate the pause button on Athletic Conference (KCAC) basketball seasons Commissioner’s Cup. The and cancelling the coveted honor recognizes the spring sports season cumulative annual achievements altogether. Classes of all Coyote athletics programs. were moved online, It celebrates the achievements most students went of student-athletes and member home, and coaches institutions in the KCAC through went from focusing a points system that is scored on practices and according to how the 17 varsity games to longteams finish in the fall, winter and distance coaching and spring athletic seasons. The spring serving as instructors, season was not included in this counselors, mentors year’s competition. KWU held the and sounding-boards. lead in the Commissioner’s Cup The women’s standings at the conclusion of basketball team took the fall season, with 63.5 points, a significant hit at the and added 39 points in the winter most inopportune season, to finish with 102.5 points, time. Winners one point ahead of Friends. of the program’s first-ever outright Kansas Conference regular season title, the Coyotes defeated Mayville State (ND) in their first-round NAIA Division II National Championship

KWU Coyotes Win Commissioner’s Cup


game March 11—their first national tournament victory since 2009. They were scheduled to play top-seeded and topranked Concordia, NE, two days later, but the tournament was cancelled March 12, leaving them with a final 26-6 record and void filled with visions of “what could have been.” After the initial shock and disappointment lessened, Coach Ryan Showman ’04 focused on the Coyotes' numerous accomplishments, which included him becoming the program's career-winningest coach. “We told the team that sometimes things happen that are out of our control,” he said, “but it doesn’t take away from the special things we were able to do, and those are what we will remember forever about this season. There’s a lot this team will be known for that’s bigger than the reason we had to stop.” Coach Taylor Reichard’s softball team appeared to be gaining its stride, winning 11 of 14 non-conference games before the season ended. KWU finished with a 14-8 record but didn’t play any conference contests. Reichard has been in constant contact with her players, and said the phones are ringing both ways. Head Baseball Coach Bill Neale moved academics into the lead-off spot for his program, as did the other coaches. "The most important thing, at least from my standpoint, is academics,” Neale said. “We want our guys to do well in the

classroom and finish strong.” The Coyotes finished with an 11-12 record, 3-4 in the KCAC, and had won three of four when the season came to a halt. The bowling teams were able to compete in the NAIA Conference Championships on March 1. The golf teams were relegated to one match, while women’s tennis played four matches, and the men completed three. The outdoor track season never got out of the starting blocks. The abrupt end to the spring season also had a profound effect on the football team. The Coyotes weren’t able to conduct their spring practice, which was vital this year as the 2019 roster featured 30 seniors, 18 of them starters. Head Coach Myers Hendrickson G’15 is optimistic despite the absence of spring ball. Each player was given at-home conditioning programs, the playbook and videos were available online, and academic progress was closely monitored by the staff. “It’s been amazing—on top of everything they’ve been through— how mature they’ve been about the situation,” Hendrickson said. “They are understanding of the reality. It really won’t matter what comes next if we don’t have our health and safety.” Follow the Coyotes all season on Twitter @KWUCoyotes

Showman Becomes All-Time Winningest Women’s Coach The 2019-20 basketball season will be one of the most memorable for Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ryan Showman ’04. He led the Coyotes to a 21-3 conference record (26-6 overall), their first outright KCAC Championship title and a second consecutive trip to Sioux City, IA, for the NAIA Division II Championships. The team handily won its first-round game and was set to play overall No. 1 seed in the second round, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, the remainder of the tournament was canceled before the first round could be completed. Despite the season’s profound disappointing finale, there was plenty to celebrate, including a win over Oklahoma Wesleyan on January 11, when Showman became the winningest coach in program history.

In just eight seasons, Showman has recorded 153 wins, surpassing his mentor and close friend Gordon Reimer, who had 140. To add to the accolades, Showman was named the KCAC Coach of the Year and was selected as one of six finalists for the NAIA Coach of the Year award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. “As a head coach you never think about the personal accolades,” Showman said. “I just want my kids to be successful and have a chance to win games. My hard work and dedication to the program and the university, to see that rewarded, it means a lot.” His student-athletes were also recognized for their success. Kelcey Hinz (Whitewater, KS) and Amanda Hill (Rossville, KS), who will both

return to the lineup next year, were named Honorable Mention NAIA All-Americans. Hinz was chosen as the KCAC Newcomer of the Year and was an NAIA Third Team All-American selection. Hill ranked No. 8 in NAIA Division II in threepoint percentage and was No. 47 in field goal percentage. Senior Courtney Heinen (Axtell, KS) was named to the KCAC Second Team. She ranked No. 33 in the NAIA in free throw percentage. Senior Haleigh Bradford (Shertz, TX) was a KCAC Honorable Mention, and Gabby Mureeba (Allen, TX), earned a spot on the

KCAC All-Freshman squad. “I've been very fortunate to have really great players. I've been fortunate to have really great coaches with me—really great support staff.” After back-to-back NAIA appearances, the team, Showman says, has adopted a championship culture. “Now we're changing the narrative. It's not ‘we want to get back to the national tournament,’ now it's ‘we want to continue to go and compete for a conference title.’” Read more about Coach Showman’s career at

Rietzke selected Division II Coach of the Year at Rockhurst His list of accolades is longer than the length of Muir Gymnasium, where he spent six years coaching women’s teams to record-setting seasons. However, his most recent achievement may top them all. Tracy Rietzke ’77 has been the head volleyball coach at Rockhurst University since 1988, and after posting another remarkable season this fall (33-8), Rietzke was named as the USMC/AVCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in December. On April 13, Rietzke made the announcement that he was stepping down as the head coach of the Hawks, finishing his career ranking second all-time in NCAA Division II history in total wins. While at Rockhurst, Rietzke compiled a 1,105-229 record, and since beginning Division II play in 1998, his teams made 13 NCAA national tournament appearances, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight three times. The Hawks finished in the Top 25 ten times under his tutelage. This fall, he led the team to its tenth NCAA regional finals and captured the title for the third time

In Tracy Rietzke’s final season coaching volleyball for KWU, the Coyotes posted a school-record 34 wins and a second-place finish in the 1987 NLCAA National Tournament.

in four years. Rietzke left his mark at KWU and in the NAIA as a basketball standout, setting multiple school, conference and NAIA records. He was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd as an athlete (Feb. 23, 1976) and as a coach (Sept. 28, 2010). He was inducted into the KWU Athletic Hall of Fame as a player in the 1986 inaugural class. His collegiate full-time coaching career began at Kansas Wesleyan, taking women’s intercollegiate athletics to a new level that earned him a spot

in the record books as one of the most successful coaches in Coyote history. Beginning in 1982, and for six years, he coached the volleyball, softball and women's basketball teams, balancing responsibilities and successful coaching strategies between three sports. His volleyball teams posted a 172-56 record overall, and Rietzke was the program's all-time wins leader until passed by Fred Aubuchon in 2018. He twice led KWU to secondplace KCAC finishes and led the 1987 team to a school-record 34 wins in his final season and a second-place finish

in the NLCAA National Tournament. In women's basketball, he posted a 94-60 overall record and led the 198788 team to the program’s first KCAC championship and NAIA District 10 berth. He has the thirdhighest win total in school history behind Gordon Reimer and Ryan Showman, but carries the highest win percentage in history (.610). His 1982-83 team finished 13-11 overall, the first over-.500 record in school history in women's basketball, and the 16 conference victories were the most in school history. The 1988 team was inducted into the KWU Athletic Hall of Fame after a storied season that included the team’s first KCAC Championship. In softball, he posted a 126-40 overall record and led the team to four consecutive KCAC Championships (1985-88). His teams never lost more than eight games in a single season and never finished worse than third in the KCAC.


Class Notes 1960s

Nicholas Petron ’68, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Adelphi University, recently shot a scene in the new film, Open Source, directed by Matt Eskandari and starring Bruce Willis. Petron plays “Eric,” Willis’ limousine driver. This is his fourth acting role in a feature film in the last three years.


Rex Buchanan ’75 recently published a book with former Kansas gubernatorial candidate, Josh Svaty and Burke Griggs titled, Petrolyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills. The book includes a number of photographs for each of fourteen sites in central Kansas with ancient carvings, highlighting individual carvings and the groups and settings in which they occur. The book documents what is known of the petroglyphs, how and when they were made, and what they can tell us of the early people of Kansas. Buchanan, a native of central Kansas, is the director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas and editor of Kansas Geology and coauthor of Roadside Kansas, both from the University Press of Kansas.

married to Quinn Barrett in August of 2018 and is a senior graphic designer for the Phoenix Suns. Katie Fross ’15, has turned her interest in criminal profiling and her business acumen from her MBA at KWU into a creative hobby as the co-creator of a true crime podcast called “True Crime Campfire,” which has more than 100K downloads. Check out the interview with Katie at and listen to her podcast on or Tremayne Jackson ’15, G’17 was promoted to Director of Finance and Compliance at Young Invincibles, a nationwide nonprofit working on initiatives for young adults relating to health care, higher education, and economic security. He has moved to the Los Angeles regional office after working in the national office in Washington D.C. since October 2017. Kalie LeShore ’15 married David Tomlin on April 18 and is a clinical nurse coordinator at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO. Apryl Saunders ’15 is a research assistant at Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Rumi (Mamenari) Delgado ’16, received a master’s degree from Emporia State University and is working as a Forensic Scientist at Quest Diagnostics. Chelsea (Kostyak) Johnson ’17 is an M.D./ Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Kaleb Whitehair ’17 is pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at South College (TN). Evan Williams ’17 is in Physical Therapy School at Wichita State University. Darren Woodson ’17 is a software developer at Apex Systems. Aries Duran ’18 and Jesse Lennon ’17, are new parents to baby Kaiden.


Terence P. Jones ’82 is currently working for the Nebraska Public Health Environmental Lab.


April (Cain-Dickerman) Dickey ’10, APRN, recently graduated from Bradley University with a degree in MSN Family Nurse Practitioner in December and works in Salina. Alecia (Smith) Barrett ’13, G’14 gave birth to Calvin Daniel Barret on December 5. She was


Bradley Kugler ’19 and MaCahla Leslie ’19 were married March 20, 2020. The very small ceremony took place at Martinelli's Little Italy with KWU Professor Bryan Minnich officiating. MaCahla is teaching math at Ellsworth High School. Bradley is persuing his master's degree in health and human services at Fort Hays State.

Jacob Griese ’18 was accepted into the masters of engineering program at the University of Houston where he began his coursework this spring. “Will” Zhichen Liu ’18 was married on January 31. He and his wife, Giana, live in Florida. Will is pursuing a doctorate of physics at the University of Central Florida. Preston Vetter ’18 secured a position as a System Engineer at Eagle Technologies Inc., in Salina. Morgan Beougher ’19 married Colton Hull, on August 3. She is a first-year veterinary student at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, where her husband is also enrolled.

Zach Rammelt ’19, the 2019 Fran Jabara recipient, is an orthopedic sales device representative for Smith-Nephew in Milwaukee, WI. He works alongside doctors in the operating room and advises on knee and hip replacement devices.

Noteworthy Rev. Dr. Marshall Stanton, president at Kansas Wesleyan from 1983–2002, was inducted into the ShelterBox USA Hall of Fame after raising more than $100,000 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people worldwide who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict. He is one of 400 ShelterBox Ambassadors who fundraise on behalf of the organization and is one of 36 who have reached this milestone. By Faith Magazine (BFM), which serves 2,500 Black United Methodist Churches, conferences and 400,000 members, recognized Rev. Delores Williamston as a BFM 2020 Women’s History Month Honoree in its March-April issue. She was recognized as a Difference Maker. Rev. Williamston is the District Superintendent for the UMC and serves as a trustee for Kansas Wesleyan.

In Memoriam Mrs. Evelyn Amend, of Salina, KS, passed away January 3, 2020. She served as a KWU Trustee from 2000 to 2009. Adam B. Hulstine ’07, of Salina, passed away July 29, 2019. Peggy Medina ’05, of Salina, former director of the art gallery at Kansas Wesleyan University, passed away Jan. 13, 2020. Harriet (Dove) Landon ’81, of Salina, passed away on Dec. 2, 2019. Cheryl (Carey) Averell ’73, of Haddon Township, NJ, passed away Jan. 27, 2020. William E. Harner ’73, of Fountainville, PA, passed away Dec. 1, 2018. J. Robert Trimble ’71, of Everett, WA, passed away May 16, 2019. Terry L. Behrends ’70, of Randall, KS, passed away Feb. 7, 2018. Dennis Burger ’70, of Croton-onHudson, NY, passed away Feb. 26, 2020. John Omli ’70, of Salina, KS, passed away Nov. 2, 2019. Retired Commander Jack Balaun ’69, of Henderson, NV, passed away March 11, 2020. Lewis Woodrow Keller, Jr. ’68, of Tulsa, OK, passed away Feb. 4, 2018. Ernestine (Tena) (Anderson) Stoller ’68, of Lake Charles, LA, passed away Dec. 16, 2019. William Clifford (Skip) Montgomery ’67, of Garden Plain, KS, passed away Feb. 5, 2020. John F. Kline ’66, of Herington, KS, passed away Sept. 18, 2019. Kenneth L. Smock ’64, of Fairfax, VA, passed away Nov. 21, 2019. Floyd E. Anderson ’63, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Sept. 17, 2019. Richard “Dick” Morgenstern, Jr. ’61, of New Cambria, KS, passed away June 2, 2019.

Kay (Douglass) Jarvis ’55, of Salina, KS, passed away Sept. 25, 2019. Kay was a former KWU Trustee and Foundation Board member. Irene M. (Peters) Hubbard ’51, of Lawrence Township, NJ, passed away Aug. 6, 2018. Joseph T. O’Shea ’51, of Kent, WA, passed away March 20, 2019. Evelyn “Evie” Louise (Eisenhauer) Nelson ’50, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Dec. 9, 2019.

Warren A. Young ’49, of Salina, KS, passed away on Feb. 17, 2020.

William E. (Bill) Keeler ’44, of Salina, KS, passed away Jan. 4, 2020.

Rev. Robert B. Brooks ’48, of Hutchinson, KS, passed away July 20, 2019.

Mary Helen (Wilson) Hayman ’42, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away Sept. 12, 2019.

Edward F. (Ed) Doherty ’47, of Hutchinson, KS, passed away Feb. 8, 2020.

Jeanne (Cloud) Ritter ’41, of Lees Summit, MO, passed away Oct. 28, 2019.

Dale C. Olson ’46, of Midland, TX, passed away Sept. 27, 2019.

Remembering four longest-living alumni Kansas Wesleyan University capture the KCAC track lost four of its longest-living championship in 1942. alumni in 2020: William Doherty left his legacy by Everett “Bill” Keeler ’44, supporting the new Bieber, Edward F. “Ed” Doherty ’47, Doherty, Scofield Throwing Warren A. Young ’49, and Venue, which opened in Dale C. Olson ’46. All four led May 2019. The Hall of altruistic lives. serving in WWII Famer and military veteran and leaving their legacies at was a member of the KWU their alma mater—three helped Board of Trustees from build Glenn Martin Stadium; 1976-1985 and received Warren Young ’49 and Bill Keeler ’44, who both two were athletic Hall of Fame the KWU Alumni Service helped build Glenn Martin Stadium, reconnected inductees; two provided funding to talk about their experiences on Jan. 9, 2014 Award in 1982. for the Graves Family Sports Warren Young, died at the when the stadium was razed to make way for the Complex and Throws Venue, age of 99 on February 17. Graves Family Sports Complex. one established a scholarship for Young was also part of the Nursing students, and one left an indelible gift that WPA initiative that constructed Glenn Martin Stadium. will help fulfill the dreams of future Coyotes. His college years were segmented between service to his Bill Keeler attended KWU from 1940 until 1943, country, building aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Upon when he left for an accelerated naval officer training his return to KWU, he completed his degree and married program. He served as commanding officer in the U.S. Laureen Fish ‘65, whom he met in the Philharmonic Choir. Navy during WWII and spent his final years of service Young worked for Lockheed Corporation and spent more as a naval aviator, frequently working at the Pentagon. than 30 years at Sears Roebuck Company. Fish was a nurse Keeler and his second wife, Betty Price Keeler, who and taught at the Asbury Hospital School of Nursing. passed away in June 2019, attended many campus events, Young served on the KWU Board of Trustees from 1988 including the demolition of Glenn Martin Stadium, to 1995. The Young family has established an endowed which Keeler helped build, hauling rocks to campus for scholarship for Nursing in honor of their parents. $16 a month as part of the government’s Work Projects Dale Olson, whose family’s concrete business poured Administration (WPA). In 2009 he received the KWU the steps in front of Pioneer Hall, passed away on Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding career field September 27 at the age of 96. Olson served in the U.S. achievements for his distinguished naval service. In 2013 Navy in WWII. His ability to take summer courses at he was inducted into the KWU Athletic Hall of Fame KWU and complete his pre-engineering coursework in recognition of his outstanding varsity football career, while serving his country, he said, was instrumental to which included a KCAC championship in 1940. Keeler his academic success. He spent nearly 50 years as an passed away on January 4 at the age of 97. engineer with Conoco and made Midland, TX, home Ed Doherty, who died February 8 at the age of 98, with his wife, Marceline. Olson provided funding for began his career as a social studies teacher and head the Olson Family Track at the Graves Family Sports basketball coach in Stockton and Anthony High Schools Complex, in honor of his brother, a Salina High School (Kan.) where he compiled a 103-33 coaching record. He track and football standout, who died in WWII. The spent the remainder of his career at Cessna Fluid Division, couple placed a high value on education, crediting KWU where he held the position of Director of Personnel and and Kansas State for his success, and contributed estate Planning and helped develop a training program known gifts to both universities. The Dale C. and Marceline L. as “Earn While You Learn” that became a national model. Dandurand Olson Scholarship fund will be one of the Doherty also helped build Glenn Martin Stadium, where largest endowed funds at KWU, helping approximately he excelled at track, helping the one-mile relay team 33 students annually, averaging $5,800 per student.


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SCHOLARSHIPS Available Fall 2020 Ad Astra Scholarship (Kansas Residents or Transfers)

Students graduating from a Kansas high school or home school, anyone who transfers to KWU from a Kansas college, or Kansas residents are eligible to receive $15,000 per year for up to four years (up to $60,000) for undergraduate coursework.

Saline County Scholarship (Saline County Residents)

Students who graduate from a Saline County high school or home school or reside at a Saline County address are eligible for $17,500 per year (up to $70,000), regardless of whether they choose to live on campus during their college experience. This scholarship is made possible in part by the kind support of the Jack K. and Donna Vanier family.

Legacy Scholarship

(Children and grandchildren of alumni)

All children and grandchildren of alumni, who have at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a 50% tuition legacy scholarship. The opportunity applies to full-time, on-ground, on-campus new undergraduate students.

United Methodist Scholarship (UMC members)

Current members of the United Methodist Church are extended a 50% tuition scholarship. The scholarship opportunity applies to full-time, on-ground, on-campus new undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 who submit a letter from the church where membership is held. This will not affect a student’s eligibility for other outside scholarships offered by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, including “Dollars for Scholars.” Spread the word about these fantastic scholarship opportunities! For more information, prospective students may contact KWU Student Services at (785) 833-4319.

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