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Class of ’87

Richard (Rick) Simoncic (BSEd), was one of five Kansas school administrators honored for excellence this year by the Kansas Association of School Administrators. Simoncic received the Superintendent of Promise Award. Simoncic, who received an MS from FHSU, is in his first year as the superintendent of the Barnes-HanoverLinn school district. Previously, he served as a teacher and coach in Lamar, Mo., and then at Southeast High School. For the past 15 years, Simoncic has been with the Larned schools, where he taught math, coached the girls basketball team, served as athletic director, assistant principal and eventually principal. Simoncic and his wife, Jacquelyn (Bozone), BBA 1990, have four children

Class of ’90

Mark Knoles (BS), an 18-year member of the Winfield Police Department in Winfield, Kan., was promoted last spring from sergeant to lieutenant. A native of Independence, Kan., Knoles earned one of the highest scores of all promotioneligible officers during an intensive testing process. Knoles attended Independence Community College before earning a degree in sociology from PSU. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Eric and Emma.

Class of ’91

Julia (Anliker) Pyle (BSN) has been named the chief nursing officer at Newman Regional Health Center in Emporia. After earning her BSN at PSU, Pyle went on to earn an MSN from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked 18 years in intensive care and cardiac nursing at St. Luke’s in Kansas City, Mo. She served as the chief nursing officer at Coffey County Hospital in Burlington from 2007 to 2009 before coming to Newman.

Gorilla Generations

We don’t know what the record is for PSU degrees in a single family, but the Otto family set the bar pretty high when they gathered to show their family and Gorilla pride. They are, left to right, back row: Brandon Clark (BS ’09 Physical Education), William Clyde “Bill” Otto (BS, MS, EdS), JoNita Hunt Otto (BS, MS), Amy Otto Mispagel (BS, MS); 6th row: Julie Otto Cain (BS Construction Engineering), JoVeia Clark (6 months), Casey Mispagel, 6th grade, Olathe, Kan.; 5th row: Captain Travis Cain, US Army, ROTC (BS), Carl A. Otto (BS ’50, MS ’57), Deloris Wilson, Tim Mispagel (MS); 4th row: Charlie Cain (7 months), Conner Mispagel (4 years); 3rd row: JoVoli Otto Clark (BS), Elizabeth “Lizzy” Otto, Soph at Allen County College,coming to PSU next year; 2nd row: Adriana Cain (3 years), Logan Mispagel (2 yrs); front row: Brody Clark (2.5 years).

Newest Gorillas

Malissa L. (Hawn) Walden (’97) of Walden & Pfannenstiel, LLC in Lenexa is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Lenora Christine. Lenora was born three weeks early on February 4th at 8: 52 a.m. She weighed 6.2 pounds and was 17 inches long. Malissa, her husband Don, big sister Opal Adelle, and Lenora are all at home doing well.

Fall 2010 PITT STATE


Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010  
Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010  

Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010