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CLASS NOTES

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Class of ’66

Gary Daniels (MS) of Grove, Okla., has been awarded the 2010 Cardinal Citation Award by the Labette Community College Alumni Association and Labette Community College. This is the highest honor that is bestowed to an individual for lifetime achievement by LCC. Each year the association recognizes an individual for a lifetime of outstanding service to their community or college. Daniels has had teaching experience at several different universities including PSU, Ohio State University and Kansas State University.

Class of ’69

Carl Birney (BS) retired from a 17-year teaching career at Minneola (Kan.) High School this spring. After college he spent two years in the Navy as a mechanic, serving in Guam, before briefly teaching in the Oakley and Meade, Kan., school districts. Birney, who taught industrial arts, now plans to spend time working on his farm in Minneola.

Class of ’71

Brilla Highfill Scott (MS), of Lawrence, has been named the state executive director for the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel (KARSP). She began her responsibilities on March 1. Scott, a former Lawrence junior high principal, retired in 2003 as the executive director and chief lobbyist for United School Administrators of Kansas.

Class of ’74

Dan Burke (BS) Counseling, retired in May after 35 years in teaching, 28 in the Delta County (Colo.) School District. In addition to his degree from PSU, Burke earned a master’s degree in education from Wichita State University and an educational endorsement from the University of Denver. Burke began his teaching career at the middle school level in Douglass, Kan., in 1975. In 1982,

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Burke began teaching in Hotchkiss, Colo. In 1985, he was named assistant principal and counselor at Hotchkiss High School. In ’83, he was named principal. Over the years, Burke served in a number of administrative roles for the district. His wife, Beverly, continues to teach in the district.

Class of ’76

Dr. Jo Ann C. McDowell, president emeriti of Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, was honored on June 5th at the fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of her Theatre Conference oversight and the fifth anniversary of the GPTC. That evening, the Jo Ann C. McDowell Great Plains Theatre Award for Outstanding Service to the Omaha Theatre Community was established. McDowell will present it each year at the conference. Dr. McDowell semi-retired last year from MCC and plans to fully retire in December to her hometown of Cherryvale, Kan. Prior to her tenure at Metropolitan Community College, McDowell served as president of Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska, from 1992 to 2005 and holds president emeriti titles from both PWSCC and MCC. McDowell served her alma mater, Independence Community College, in several senior administrative positions from 1979-1992, including serving as president from 1988-1992. McDowell also held the position of executive

assistant for education to the governor of Kansas. She served as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body of the six state universities, from 1989-1992. McDowell holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State University (KSU) and was named Alumni Fellow (Outstanding Alumna) from KSU’s College of Education in 1992. She holds an Ed.S., M.S. and B.S. from PSU where she was named Outstanding Alumna in 1984 and received PSU’s 2005 Meritorious Service Award. McDowell also holds an associate of arts degree from Independence Community College. Larry Mitcham (MS) retired at the age of 47 after a successful career with a number of companies including Texas Instruments. He spent a number of years as a consultant with companies that included Sharp and Samsung before taking a position with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. Mitcham holds 14 U.S. patents and 3 overseas. After retiring, Mitcham earned a Ph.D. in theological studies in Hebrew and special Biblical studies. He has since written two books and has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Salado, Texas.

Class of ’85

Cheryl Horton (BBA), of Naperville, Ill., received the $2,500 Ruth C. Dissinger Memorial Award for Outstanding Administrative Support Staff from North Central College in Naperville. She has served there as an academic affairs secretary since 2006. She graduated from PSU with a degree in marketing. According to one proud nominator, Horton is “very much the ‘face’ of North Central College to prospective faculty.”

Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010  

Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010