Class Notes David A. Gippner, ’03, is a senior analyst, Ambulatory Services & Insurance for Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Stephen Farrier, ’05, opened United Wall Systems Inc., a commercial drywall company in Orlando, Fla. Farrier has more than 14 years experience in the construction industry. Chauncey Lane, ’05, graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business in May with a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration. Sarah Hopkins, ’07, and Lenes Chery, ’09, (right) attended the Park University cross country meet on Oct. 3 to support their former teammates. They were married on Sept. 3. Eric Bonner, ’08, is director of operations for Paddock Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minn. Aleksandra Kleczek, ’08, former student worker and administrative assistant at Park University’s Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, has joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Olisa Cifligu, ’09, is the third secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania to the United Nations. As part of her duties, Cifligu is assigned to a United Nations’ committee. She is responsible for preparing reports and serves as a spokesperson.
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Brooke Henderson, ’09; Megan Haley, ’09; and Tamara Jenkins, ’09, volunteered to conduct a program with inmates at the Federal Prison Camp, Leavenworth, Kan. Taught by criminal justice associate professor Carol Getty, Ph.D., the program includes students from the Parkville Campus and students from the prisons. After graduating from the program, they chose to continue the program as volunteers, creating and conducting four sessions in July. Mark Lebedzinski, ’09, broke his jaw in two places just six days before he was scheduled to graduate from the Randolph Air Force Base Campus Center in Texas. No one expected him to walk the stage. Two days after he was released from the hospital, Lebedzinski decided he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from celebrating what he had worked so hard to achieve. He walked the stage and is now headed to Officer Training School. Ryan Wagner, ’09, a staff sergeant, received the Air Medal from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, Mo. He was honored for working under “extremely hazardous” conditions between December 2007 and January 2008 while flying at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.
Birth and Adoption Announcements Phil Wheeler and Carol Groundwater Wheeler, both ‘62, welcomed new granddaughters, Shibere, age 4, and Meskele, age 2, to the family. Their son, Steve, and his spouse, Katie, adopted the girls from Ethiopia.
Rich Wolf, ’93, and Mishca Waliczek, ’95, welcomed Tobias Crittenden Wolf to their family on May 10. He weighed eight pounds and was 21 inches long.
Faculty and Staff President Emeritus Don Breckon and his spouse, Sandy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family on a cruise to Alaska. They were married Sept. 4, 1959. Breckon was president of Park 1987-2001. They continue to live in the Parkville area.
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Published on Dec 14, 2009