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Kim (Emerson) Vogel (BS) Recreation, has been named director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Pittsburg. Vogel has served as recreation supervisor for the city for the past 10 years and as such has been instrumental in the expansion and development of much of the department’s current programming.

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Lisa Walser (BS) of Miami, Okla., is the new community relations coordinator at the Independence (Kan.) Living Center. For the past eight years she worked in Texas as a corporate trainer and as the Director of the Training and Auditing departments, contracting hospitals in 14 states.

and Joplin offices before moving to Branson to lead that branch in 2000. As a member of both the BKD Southern Missouri retail and business services and Wealth Plan teams, Hill has 26 years of experience providing tax, accounting and consulting services for individuals and closely held businesses, including those in the real estate, hospitality, retail, business services, manufacturing and distribution industries. Hill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, Branson/Hollister Rotary Club and the Southern Missouri BKD Foundation Advisory Committee.

PSU grad receives tenure and promotion PSU alumna Vicky Fang recently received a promotion and tenure at Cedarville University (Ohio). This honor goes into effect August 2010. A faculty member at Cedarville University since 2004, Fang has been promoted to associate professor of computer engineering. She earned her BSEE at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1992, MSET at PSU in 1998, and Ph.D. at the University of Akron in 2004. Graduate publishes memoir She currently resides in Xenia, Ohio. set in Pittsburg Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Kevin Gray, an author and 1976 graduate Baptist university of arts, sciences, of PSU, has written a memoir about professional and graduate programs. the adventures and life lessons learned during his college years. His new book, “On the Strand,” is focused largely in PSU grad named partner Pittsburg and at the former Kansas State at BKD College, which became PSU in 1977. Troy E. Hill, (BBA ’84) has been named Gray, whose father Harold L. Gray as a partner to BKD’s Joplin (Mo.) office. graduated from Kansas State Teachers After earning his degree in accounting, College in 1941, works as a journalist he joined BKD in 1992, when CPA firm for the Osawatomie Journal. He taught Oler, Casey & Dennett in Pittsburg was English and journalism at Paola (Kan.) acquired by BKD, one of the 10 largest High School for 30 years before retiring CPA and advisory firms in the U.S. He to pursue journalism. spent eight years in the firm’s Pittsburg “On the Strand,” named after a poem 40

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his father wrote in 1939 while attending KSTC, is Gray’s third book. He has also published the memoir “Waking Up in the Studebaker” and “To the Prairie and to God,” a book of poetry written by his father. For more information, visit http://

Insurancenter Associate Earns Professional Designation Dallas Johnson, a native of Kansas and a PSU graduate, was recently awarded the professional designation of Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) from The Insurance Institute of America. To receive the AAI designation the candidate must successfully complete three courses and national examinations that test for the person’s knowledge of insurance coverage, marketing concepts, selling techniques and agency and sales management. Johnson, who joined the agency in 2008, is a commercial insurance producer and is responsible for bringing in new business for the agency. He has 13 years of experience in the insurance business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University and an Associate of Arts degree from Neosho County Community College. He and his wife, Teresa, and their two children reside in Webb City, Mo.  The Insurancenter, an independent, Best Practices agency, provides business and personal insurance, employee benefits and financial planning services for businesses and individuals. 

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

Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010