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That’s the number of students who have added M.D. to their names since the first graduation ceremony at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita in 1975. We are proud to continue the tradition of outstanding medical training by the University of Kansas, but we are equally as proud to be 100 percent Wichita. What our students learn and experience behind our doors and within our neighborhoods is critical for the health and well-being of this community and our state – and you.

We doctor Kansas …and have been for more than 40 years.

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Polo on the Plains Launch Party Believers & Achievers Freedom Through Fashion Down Syndrome Society of Wichita Jokers and Jazz CCIM Kansas Chapter Commercial Real Estate Week Wichita State University Alumni Association Awards Gridiron Randy Brown Curtain Call Party Harmony for a Cause Wichita NOW She Makes A Difference Awards Million Dollar Motors Eat. Drink. Give. Enjoy! Blue Moon at the Museum Wichita Sports Hall of Fame

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the cover Models and Images model Eden Carter in downtown Wichita. Photographed by Aaron Patton Hair by Tousled Makeup by Beauty Call Makeup Jeans, $133, teamed with a black top by Joseph Ripkoff, $121. Mother of pearl and onyx earrings, $145, all at GM Clotheshorse. Black flats by Katy Perry, $100, at Dillard’s.


VIP Profile: University of Kansas School ICT Art Scene: Denise Celestin Girl Power Wichita Wears #WichitaFlag

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VIP Calendar of Events May 2018 Monday



















Wine About Cancer Exploration Place 6 p.m.

Music Theatre Wichita Jester Awards Century II 3 p.m.





Amber Waves Tasting Tour Delano 6 p.m.


22 Celebrity & Chef Cookoff Intrust Bank Arena 6 p.m.




Kansas Aviation Museum Golf Tournament Willowbend 7 a.m.


WSU College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame Gala Marcus Welcome Center 6:30 p.m.




Wichita Chamber James Taylor Small Business Awards Intrust Bank Arena Hyatt Regency 7:30 p.m. 11:15 a.m.


Food Trucks on the Fountain Wichita WaterWalk 11 a.m.


19 East Meets West Walk/Run Exploration Place 8 a.m.


26 Steampunk Day Cowtown 10 a.m.

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31 Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys Botanica 6 p.m.

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VIP • Walser Automotive Group

Dusty Buell, Rebecca Buell, Patti Geistfeld

Bob Baker, Lily Wu, Stephen Clark

A.J. Pickering, Elliot Merck, Reena Crisler

Polo on the Plains

Launch Party

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Alexa Dunford, Brent Wilson

Tara Katz, Tara Novak

Wendy Johnson, Serle McNeil

Sveta Yakubovich, Masha Yakubovich


o kick off the fifth anniversary of the popular event, Polo on the Plains held a launch party on April 19 at Walser Automotive Group. The launch party was the first opportunity to purchase tickets for Polo on the Plains, which will be held at Fairfield Polo Club on June 9. All proceeds from Polo on the Plains will go toward Kidzcope, a center for grieving children and their families, which has been providing peer support groups for nearly 20 years. Look for photos at

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Stephanie Flurry, Jenn Arneson, Sheila Tigert

David Morris, Val Peare, Liane Gillespie

Polo on the Plains Launch Party

Samantha Carney, Kim Carney, Ronda Downs, Tim Downs

Carolynn Grimes, Sally Simon, Patricia McNeill, Rhonda Rickert, Lisa Wilt

Ryan Wolf, Niki Wolf

Joe Tigert, Brent Wasson, Cayla Wasson, Melissa Smith, Reena Crisler

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VIP • National Center for Aviation Training

Charlie Johnson, Tom Winters, Jim Walters, Sheree Utash, John Moore, Tim Norton, Dave Unruh, Sam Frey

Weldon Kennedy, Shane Sudduth, Derek Penn

Believers & Achievers Shannon Bohnm, Joe Johnson

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Jeff Fluhr, Samantha Meeds


he WATC Foundation held Believers & Achievers, a benefit that recognized individuals who believed in the creation of the National Center for Aviation Training, and who have provided support to help Wichita Area Technical College students achieve academic success. Honorees at the April 12 event were Sam Frey, Peter Gustaf, Charlie Johnson, John Moore, Tim Norton, Jeffrey Turner, Dave Unruh, Jim Walters and Tom Winters. All proceeds from the event at NCAT went to fund scholarships through the Wichita Promise, an initiative by WATC to increase the skilled workforce in south-central Kansas. Look for photos at Chi Bolander, Karen Callaway, Andrew Likes, Ashley Likes

Lyndon Wells, Patty Koehler, Ed Koehler

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Jeff Beasley, Flo Beasley, Gus Collins, Sally Rose, Jimmy Washington, Bridget Bowman, Glenn Bowman

WATC Foundation Believers & Achievers, recognizing individuals who believed in the creation of the National Center for Aviation Training and have provided support to help WATC students achieve academic success.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Jeffrey Turner Peter Gustaf John Moore Sam Frey Charlie Johnson Catering Sponsor:

Jim Walters Tim Norton Tom Winters Dave Unruh

WATC is now WSU Tech. To find out more, please visit

The WATC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates independently from the College. Your Donation is tax deductible. WATC Advancement staff solicit and receive contributions to the Foundation from Wichita-area companies, organizations, and individuals whose charitable giving support WATC’s efforts to provide students a better life while providing highly-qualified job candidates for the region’s employers.



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VIP • The Hudson

Janel Scott, Abby Bartel, Jessica Stong, Jenn Arneson

Amber Gonzalez, Andi Elmore, Jennifer White, Katie Naccarato

Freedom Through Fashion

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


reedom Through Fashion, now in its second year, was held at The Hudson on March 31. The event was a benefit for ICT SOS, a Wichitabased anti-trafficking organization whose mission is to connect the organizations who work directly with victims of human trafficking with members of the community who are compelled to help. The evening featured a unique fashion show highlighting clothing from Vanya Designs and Roger Fiqueora, whose collections were inspired to bring awareness to human trafficking. Look for photos at

Aaron Slemp, Nathan Palmer

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Ashley Rockefeller, Amber Gonzalez

Brynnan Norris, Holden Hunsinger

Leah Jung, Sharon Nightingale

Kevin Falting, Courtney Benner

Ava Johnston, Jessie Griffith

Myra Carle, Marina Carle

Freedom Through Fashion

Mark Geidel, Anne Geidel, Jonathan Geidel, Paige Kauffman, Lynda Kauffman, Dave Kauffman

Lisa Billershaw, Amanda Ferguson

Brittany Harrison, Kayla Moreno

Shannon Miller, Jamie Blanchaert, Jessi Amirani, Sheryl Nolan

Erica Burns, Dennis Schofield

Aida Stenholm, Brett Stenholm

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VIP Profile

University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton


en Schmanke was all set to go to the University of Kansas School of Medicine–Kansas City. The Topeka native, who earned his undergraduate degree at Washburn University, was looking forward to living in a bigger city with lots to do and still being close to his hometown. He’d even been apartment hunting. But then he got to wondering if he should at least check out KUSM-Wichita. When he did, he was impressed with what he calls “the great environment” he found. Faculty and students were welcoming and seemed more energetic than at the other medical schools he visited, he said, plus he was impressed with the medical community in Wichita, where health care is the second largest industry. The city and its amenities held promise, too. “This city is a beautiful place to live. It’s a big city with a smalltown feel,” said the 25-year-old who’s entering his third year of medical school. “If you want to see the youthfulness here, just look at how many breweries there are – my gosh. And the NCAA tournament was here.” He likes to go to festivals and local events, play in league sports and bike Wichita’s trails. Most importantly, Schmanke said, he thinks he’s getting a better medical education. With smaller class sizes and so many health care providers in Wichita, students and residents often get more handson opportunities – ranging from helping deliver babies to suturing during a surgical procedure – compared to his counterparts in Kansas City, Schmanke’s discovered.

school in Kansas City. It became a full four-year med school in 2011, when it enrolled its first class of first-year students, said Dr. Scott Moser, associate dean of curriculum. The expansion was part of the KU Med School’s plan to address physician shortages in Kansas as older doctors retire. Now the school is a blend of students who will complete a full four years in Wichita and the 50 students who continue to be transferred from KUSM-Kansas City, explained Moser. First- and second-year classes are limited to 28 students each, since the school doesn’t have enough classroom and clinical space to accommodate more. Students can choose to come to the KUSM-Wichita, or they are selected by lottery. Schmanke noted that all 28 students in his class were here by choice, likely because of the school’s reputation. KUSM-Wichita charts some important stats: The school is No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of graduates who go on to serve in rural areas – many in Kansas – and it’s sixth in the nation in producing primary care physicians. According to KUSM-Wichita’s “We Doctor Kansas” awareness campaign, over the past five decades more than 2,100 students have earned their medical degrees in Wichita. After residency, as many as eight KUSM-Wichita graduates will become pediatric physicians, noted Dr. Brian Pate, the chair of pediatrics and a former KUSM-Wichita student. “That’s an important pipeline for children’s health,” he said.

Caring for the state KUSM-Wichita began accepting students in 1973, and for nearly 40 years operated as a clinical campus, educating students in their third and fourth years after they’d completed their first two years of med

A healthy impact More than half the practicing doctors in Sedgwick County are graduates of KUSM-Wichita or its residency programs, according to school officials. Continued on Page 60



We just arrived home from an exciting trip to High Point Market in North Carolina. It’s always a whirlwind week, visiting our favorite vendors to see their new designs as well as searching for new lines to offer. We hope you played along on our social media as we shared fun designs we discovered! Here are a few strong themes we noticed throughout: • Performance fabrics (and leathers) are the best thing to ever happen to the upholstery industry. Science and textiles have worked together to develop beautiful, soft textures for chairs and sofas. These fabrics eliminate worries of dirt and spills since they can be cleaned with bleach if necessary. • We loved seeing all the shades of blue and green. These hues are found in nature, so we’re not surprised as there was a strong nod to nature throughout. Neutrals were big in upholstered furniture and accented with colorful pillows and accessories. • While large canvas paintings still brightened many spaces, 3D wall art was everywhere. Metallic bowls and ceramic or glass plates flowed freely across many walls, adding a touch of whimsy. Metal discs, thick twisted wires, and octagonal mirrors also made a statement. The fabulous new furniture and décor we picked out for you will be arriving every week! Come in and see us today.

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rom reading and math to gardening and art, The Independent School summer program offers more than 100 classes and camps to keep elementary and middle school students engaged all summer!

According to research conducted by the National Summer Learning Association, and reported by NPR in August of 2017, nine out of ten teachers spend their first three weeks of class reviewing concepts that students have lost over the summer. Students who are actively engaged in various activities over the summer are more likely to retain the information they learned during the previous school year. The Independent School develops its summer course offerings with this in mind by offering academically geared courses like Coding and Creating Apps, Dr. Seuss Camp, Storybook Making, Culinary Arts, Cooking with Fractions, Create with Simple Machines, Creating Stories with Legos, Spanish for Ninos and many others. Independent also offers a full length musical production “Peter Pan Jr. The Musical” and a wide array of other fine arts opportunities. Some of the most popular offering are sewing for elementary age students, Project Runway fashion design, and classes offered by our partners from Monart.


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Along with classes, The Independent School offers a full day camp that caters to children in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. While at camp students spend a very active morning doing arts and crafts, playing games and jumping in our bouncy house. Everyday after lunch we load up in the Panther bus and travel to fun places like Rock River Rapids for swimming, Aviate to jump on trampolines, Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo. If your family needs all-day care, or even single-day or half-day care, Panther Adventures Camp is just for you! For more information about the summer program at The Independent School, please visit our website: or contact the Summer Program Director at 316-686-0152 ex.333

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VIP • Crown Uptown Theatre

Kaitlyn Eads, Carrie Nungesser, Ana Sawyer, Katy Henderson, Anamarie Enriquez, Ashley Lai, Matthew Daylor. Front: Tavrick Lawless

David Jensen, Janet Jensen, Carol Worley, Lauren Worley

Down Syndrome Society of Wichita




Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Down Syndrome Society of Wichita hosted its Jokers and Jazz gala at the Crown Uptown Theatre April 7, which featured awards, a silent auction, live jazz and national comedian Francisco Ramos. DSSW recognized the following with awards: Nate Robertson and the Wichita Wingnuts, Shobana Kubendran from the University of Kansas Medical School – Wichita, and Valerie Wall with Friendship Fields. Scott and Denise Sawyer were honored as volunteers of the year. The event, a benefit for the DSSW, was sponsored by Atlas MD and Hartman Oil Co. Look for photos at

Isaac Perez, Crystal Perez

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Blake Lemer, Josh Umbehr

Tamara Ammons, Jackie Rolfe

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Colin Hames, Alexandria Hames




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Kapaun Mt. Carmel celebrates 130-year legacy By Rob Knapp ‘82, President With a legacy of excellence that spans more than 130 years, Additionally, our students collectively perform more than we are proud and honored to partner with our parent community 15,000 hours of service each year for and on behalf of their family, their and our Catholic parishes to educate and form high school students school, their parish and their community. They continually support in the Diocese of Wichita. Our Catholic Charities in its effort to mission at Kapaun Mt. Carmel feed the hungry and minister to Kapaun Mt. Carmel Accolades & Achievements Catholic High School is to be the poor. dedicated to the education and Our school is proud of its formation of the total person in heritage built on the spirituality The Governor’s Achievement Award, signifying the image of Jesus Christ. We are of stewardship; the recognition performance in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the state of Kansas. mission driven. Our philosophies, that all is gift and that as disciples policies, prayers and curricula are of Jesus Christ, we are called to Over three dozen National Merit Scholarship Corporation intentionally designed to support put these gifts in the service of recognized scholars in the past three years. this mission. God and neighbor. We would be In realizing the total honored to tell you more about A seven-year string of appointments to our nation’s military academies. person emphasis of our mission, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic we operate our programs to High School. While the majority Our school’s 106th state championship in athletics. encompass the holistic person. of our students are Catholic, We do not focus solely on we do have students of other State and national awards in debate and forensics, music classroom performance, or religious faiths, so please inquire performance, studio art and theater. athletic performance, or artistic with me to discuss further. You expression or performance, bless us with your interest in our but rather promoting and mission. encouraging dedication and excellence in all aspects of a student’s life. May God continue to bestow his bountiful blessings on Our students respond with great vigor and even greater success, having Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, and may he bless all our recently earned a multitude of achievements and recognition. families, faculty, staff, students, friends and visitors.

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VIP • Scotch & Sirloin

Craig Burns, Mayor Jeff Longwell, Trent Barney, Chad Stafford

Suzanna Mathews, Patrick Ahern, Charlie King, Rodney Horton

CCIM Kansas Chapter Commercial Real Estate Week Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


Mandy Sterling, Rose Hansen

Jim Howell, Gary Oborny

Colby Reynolds, Michael Madden

Craig Burns, Pete Meitzner

he Kansas Chapter of CCIM held a celebratory cocktail party on April 6 in the Oak Room of the Scotch & Sirloin in honor of Commercial Real Estate Week. With more than 130 members comprised of real estate professionals, developers, property managers, architects, bankers, representatives from title companies, construction companies and more, the CCIM Kansas Chapter is a diverse membership that emphasizes networking and resource sharing for commercial real estate in the region. Look for photos at

Jim Howell, Brandon Johnson, Charlie Claycomb

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Corey Minor, Cindy Claycomb, Steve Martens

Zach Zerbe, Matt Hiatt, Will Harmon

Commercial Real Estate Week

David Leyh, Mayor Jeff Longwell, Trent Barney, Carl Hebert

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VIP • Wichita State University

Shawna Lancelot, Shawn Lancelot, Angela Dudley

Kevin Nichols, Anand Desai, Kelsey Nichols

Clarence Pelton, Teresa Pelton, Lee Pelton, Kim Pelton, LaDonna Dozier

Wichita State University Alumni Association Awards Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Wichita State University Alumni Association honored eight alumni, supporters and administrators during its annual awards dinner April 17 at the Beggs Ballroom in the Rhatigan Student Center on the WSU campus. Lee Pelton, Emerson College president, received the association’s highest award, the Alumni Achievement Award. Other honorees were Robert Gutschenritter, owner of a Wichita accounting firm; Dorothy and Bill Cohen, donors to WSU’s Honors College and University Libraries; Lisa Teachman, KSN-TV meteorologist; Kaye Monk-Morgan, an assistant dean for Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Cindy Claycomb, assistant to the WSU president for strategic planning; and Mike James, a corporate executive for a major pharmaceutical company. Guests were welcomed by Courtney M. Marshall, president and CEO of the WSU Alumni Association, and Cathy Carrier, the Alumni Association board chair, while Dick and Bonnie Bing Honeyman served as masters of ceremony. Look for photos at

Ron Matson, Junetta Everett, Vic Everett

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Charlie Claycomb, Cindy Claycomb

Lynn Stephan, Don Stephan, Steve South

Linda South, Karen Hager

Delinda Royse, Jim Grier, Carolyn Grier

Wichita State University Alumni Association Awards

Lydia Santiago, Shirley Mayberry, Derek Morgan, Kaye Monk-Morgan, Payton Morgan, Cameron Morgan

Maureen Youngmeyer May, John Carnahan, Phil May, Nancy Knapp

Mike James, Kristi Oberg, Mary James, Dee Heller

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Art Denise Scene Celestin By MeLinda Schnyder - Photography by Aaron Patton


hen 4-year-old Denise Celestin started to dance down the aisle of the theater during a screening of the ballet movie “The Red Shoes,” her mother asked if she wanted to take ballet lessons. She’s been dancing ever since. Celestin trained in classical ballet all the way through high school and her ballerina dreams were still strong. Most of the serious dancers who planned to pursue a career in ballet were moving to New York right away. Celestin, though, wanted to perform as well as get a college education. “This was the 1970s and there were few dance programs at universities,” she said. She started college while continuing to train with her ballet school in her hometown of New Orleans, where she also performed with the regional company. Then she discovered Texas Christian University in Fort Worth had a dance program that allowed her to earn a bachelor’s degree. She performed with the regional Fort Worth Ballet while in school and stayed there to earn a master’s degree as well. “I realized I wouldn’t be able to dance forever and I needed to think about what I was going to do after my career,” she said. “I had a talent for teaching so I got my master of fine arts so when the time came that I had to stop performing I could transition into teaching.” Celestin danced professionally for 16 years with respected American ballet and opera companies before turning to university teaching, first at universities in Ohio and then coming to Wichita State University in 1992. She is a professor of ballet and also a Dorothy Johansen Hauck Faculty Fellow in Dance. Within WSU’s College of Fine Arts is the School of Performing Arts, which has four programs: Theatre Performance, Theatre Design & Technology, Musical Theatre and Dance. WSU is one of just 82 accredited institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Dance and offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts-Dance – for those focused on performance—and a bachelor’s degree for students who want to study technique as well as a second interest, for example business with the thought of operating a studio. “What is unique about dance at Wichita State is that our dancers have a lot of influences from faculty who have actually performed professionally before they have gone on to get their

credentials to teach in the university,” Celestin said. “We did our craft and our art, and experienced a professional setting so we can share with them what it’s really like to be in a dance company, how you do auditions, how you pace yourself in a performance.” Another highlight of WSU’s dance program is that the faculty represent diverse styles of dancing. “We don’t do one genre, we want our dancers to be wellrounded so there’s ballet, modern dance, jazz,” Celestin said. “Our director of the dance program is a mime artist. You don’t find that anywhere in a university.” Celestin teaches all levels of classical ballet technique. She also shares teaching duties with fellow professors in choreography, dance history, methods of teaching and dance kinesiology. She has a special interest in the collaboration of music and dance – teaching musicians the full body movements to the dance forms they play. “I was trained by my mother in piano so I love music, and of course we all use music as dance artists,” Celestin said. “I have a special love for wanting to connect musicians and dancers. Musicians want to know stylistically how to approach playing a dance form. They can learn from music teachers and history how to do that, but when they actually do the dance it enlightens musicians on how that feels in the body.” Celestin and colleague Sylvia Coats, a retired piano professor at WSU, are regularly invited to present interactive sessions on historical dances in numerous international, national and regional venues. You’ll also find her involved in the Wichita arts community, including choreographing for other WSU fine arts programs, Wichita Grand Opera and Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. She also teaches a weekly class for high school students at Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center. “I’m so grateful to be here in Wichita and to be part of a wonderful, giving arts community,” Celestin said. “Doing my art here and functioning as an academic is the best of both worlds. It keeps me young, vital in my art and I learn as much from the dancers as they are learning from me.”

Denise Celestin Wichita State University School of Performing Arts

VIP • Orpheum Theatre

Linda Parks, Chris Brown, Teresa Veazey, Rich Learned

Jennifer Skliris, Jill Howard, Jade Martin, Frank Palisi


Randy Brown Curtain Call Party Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists celebrated its 50th anniversary of staging Gridiron with an April 6 Randy Brown Curtain Call party at the Orpheum Theatre to help raise additional funds for journalism scholarships. The party took place following the second night of the three-night performance run of Wichita’s Gridiron, an annual parody show of local and national news. Wichita’s Gridiron is the longest continuously running show of its kind in the country. The party’s namesake was a late Wichita Eagle writer and Gridiron emcee. Journalists and other communications professionals write, produce and perform the skits and musical numbers that spoof the news. Rich Bumgardner directed the show, while Tony Award-nominated actress Karla Burns was the voice director. The fundraising party featured a silent auction and music by Pop & The Boys. In a half-century of shows, Gridiron has provided more than $240,000 worth of scholarships to journalism students in Kansas. Look for photos at

Ann Garvey, Charla Sanderson, Jennifer Skliris

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Suzanne Perez Tobias, Mark Chamberlin

Mayor Jeff Longwell, Bill Roy

Dick Schremmer, Janice Schremmer

Tim Norton, Peggy Smith

Molly McMillan, Forrest Gossett, Dave Murfin

Karla Burns, Lathi de Silva, Paul Diefenbach

Gridiron Randy Brown Curtain Call Party

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Girl Power By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Madison Ham


or a handful of select girls at Jefferson Elementary School, having a weekly lunch with Bonnie Bing – the former longtime fashion columnist for The Wichita Eagle and a prolific volunteer with Wichita nonprofits and other organizations – doesn’t mean catching up on the latest fashion or what’s happening in Wichita. As they share their lunch with Bing and forgo lunchtime recess, the girls share other things that nourish their self-esteem and their character. They learn positive habits. They talk about things that might bother them and things that they enjoy. It’s a safe place and time, spent with Bing who tells them at the beginning of the school year that they’re there to get to know her and she them, and that’s what makes this pretty special. They’re always amazed that she’s not paid to be there. “I think it’s good for these girls to have an adult in their life who’s not their parent or their teacher but someone who by choice wants to spend time with them,” said Bing. For more than 20 years, she’s been making the choice to be a Girl Power program facilitator and mentor. Sometimes she shares her Girl Power experiences in her occasional lifestyle column in The Eagle. “Bonnie listens, echoes and drives conversations that build trust,” said Nancy Hinten, executive director of the Pando Initiative, a nonprofit that was founded 27 years ago as Communities in Schools. Girl Power is one if its programs. While Pando Initiative – whose tagline is connect, engage and thrive – has several programs in which more than 250 volunteers contribute, “Bonnie is our veteran,” Hinten said. “There are so many girls she’s helped keep on track by helping them build character and making decisions. She creates a curriculum that clicks for the girls … and is helping young girls discover who they are and be inspired.” Other Pando Initiative efforts include small-group mentoring like that done by employees from Martin Pringle Law Firm and special projects such as Cargill sponsoring a program for 100 kids and volunteers to help in a community garden and learn about eating healthy and sustainability. In another project, Spirit Aerosystems provides weekly mentors for an all-girl robotics team. The girls in Bing’s group are selected by their teachers who have insight into which girls might benefit from help in the areas of self-esteem, positive image and character building or by having a mentor. They spend about 30-40 minutes every week meeting with Bing during the school year. Among their celebratory end-of-school activities are a fashion show during their fifth-grade graduation and a zoo outing with Bing when school has let out for the summer. She becomes their confidant and builds trust. The kind of trust that has a scared girl waiting anxiously to speak to Bing because she didn’t know who else to turn to about the abuse she’d witnessed her mother suffer by her boyfriend. The kind of trust that lets a young girl voice concerns that she doesn’t seem to fit in with the other girls or with her family whose attention is now focused on a new baby sister. Continued on Page 60

May 2018

Everything Woman Bio

Sarah Robinson has been the Community Engagement Advisor for Saint Francis Community Services since 2016, working with community organizations and government entities to enhance programs and develop collaborative partnerships to support children and families. Headquartered in Salina, Kan., Saint Francis is an Episcopal-based organization helping children and families – as well as adults with intellectual disabilities – by providing a network for family preservation services, foster care, adoption services, residential care, and outreach in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi Central America and China. Saint Francis serves more than 3,500 children in foster care across Kansas, more than 2,000 of whom live in the 10-county area around Wichita. Sarah has been a vocal advocate for the welfare of children and families. She worked with Big Brothers and Sisters, Monica House and spent 30 years as CEO of the Wichita Children’ Home. Sarah Robinson truly is an Everything Woman! An avid horse lover all her life, one of Sarah’s clear passions is equine-assisted therapy: rider-assisted programs that provide measurable psychological, physical, and emotional gains for both children and adults. Saint Francis Community Services offers equine-assisted therapy for foster care teens in Salina, Kan., location. Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors of Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center in Wichita, which also provides services to local children in foster care. Sarah serves on the Episcopal Social Services Board of Directors, is a member of the Wichita Coalition for Prevention of Child Abuse, and is a representative to Safe Streets, a group dedicated to preventing drug/alcohol abuse among young people. She was the Wichita State University Alumni of the Year for 2010, a Kansas Health Foundation Fellow, and is a past recipient of the Kansas Attorney General’s Service Award and the NAACP Legacy Service Award. She is grateful to have worked throughout the years with wonderful people who share the same commitment to children and families. May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Saint Francis Community Services needs 211 more foster homes in the Wichita area so that children may remain close to their families and be able to visit. Please help Sarah celebrate Foster Parent Appreciation Month by learning more about becoming a foster parent at

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armony for a Cause, a benefit for Families Together, was held at Distillery 244 on April 21. The evening featured hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail and a dueling pianos show. Founded in 1982, Families Together provides support and information for families of children, from birth to age 26, with disabilities and special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families. Look for photos at

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he Wichita NOW chapter held its sixth annual She Makes a Difference awards dinner March 30 at Homewood Suites by Hilton. During the sold-out event, three trail-blazing women were honored: longtime civil rights activist and current Wichita school board member Ernestine Krehbiel, former county and state elected official and current CEO of the Urban League of Wichita Melody McCray-Miller, and writer Myrne Roe, who was the first chair of the Wichita Commission for the Status of Women that helped establish the first women’s crisis center in Wichita. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefited the Zero to One project, which is working to reduce Kansas infant mortality rates, particularly among African-American mothers, through community education and a training curriculum for health-care professionals. Look for photos at

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A dress with an embellished neckline has a full pleated skirt, of chiffon, black with white dots. By Teri Jon, $795. At GM Clotheshorse.

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t’s as plain as black and white. The combination never goes out of style. It works regardless of the year, season or time of day. The sharp contrast adds a spark to everything from swimwear to evening gowns. Spring offers fun, casual pieces in black and white. Romantic dresses in black and white go from day to evening. And of course, you have to have your white jeans to pull on with your favorite black top or black and white T-shirt. Spring prints in black and white include polka dots, abstracts, huge florals, stripes of all widths and solids with embroidery. One more great thing about black and white, the dramatic combo lends itself to a pop of color in accessories. - Bonnie Bing

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A versatile white dress by Theory, $475, is ready for spring and summer. Black gold studded sandals by ASH, $207. All at Nouveau.

It’s great to have an easy dress to pop into. Add a pair of sandals and you’re ready to go. This dress of silk, black and white abstract print is by Go Silk, $348. Earrings with moonstone drops are $311. All at Nouveau.

A crisp white and black stripe cotton dress is by designer Adam Lippes, $1,350. Shoes by 3.1 Phillip Lim, $495. All at Lyndon’s.

Black with white stripe pants of jersey blend, $895. Bustier of black, white and nude neoprene, $890. Both by Marie Saint Pierre. White square-toe mule by Reike, $355. All at Lyndon’s.

Florals are as popular this spring as last year, so why not go bold? Skirt is lined with solid black waistband, $140, top, $69. Necklace, $60. All at White House Black Market. Next page: Jumpsuit by Lauren is black with white polka dots, $150. Shoes by ZLNY, $100. White pebbled leather bag by Rebecca Minkoff, $295. All at Dillard’s.

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IS ARTHRITIS SLOWING YOU DOWN? Here’s What You Need to Know Orthopedic Surgeon Christopher Anderson, MD, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis. Dr. Anderson obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas and practices at Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita. Dr. Anderson is board certified and fellowship trained in joint replacement, he completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL and is a leader in the growing space of robotics-assisted orthopedic surgery. By Dr. Christopher Anderson Why should I be concerned about arthritis? Arthritis is a growing national health concern as the #1 cause of disability in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis and related conditions account for an estimated 6.7 million hospitalizations and $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses each year.i Isn’t arthritis a disease of old age? Arthritis is an equal opportunity illness that can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethic group or age. Most U.S. adults diagnosed with arthritis are of working age, from 18 to 64 years old.ii What are my chances of getting arthritis? Arthritis affects more than 50 million American adults or approximately 20 percent of people over age 18. By 2040, the CDC projects the number will rise to 78 million adults, or a quarter of the population.iii Are there different kinds of arthritis? There are over 100 types of arthritis! The most common form of arthritis in the U.S. is osteoarthritis, a progressive degeneration of joint cartilage, mainly in the knee, hip or hand.

What causes osteoarthritis? The main cause is genetic, so having a family history may make you more susceptible. However, doctors are also seeing more of what we call the “wear and tear phenomenon.” Simply, people are living longer and cartilage doesn’t regenerate. When it’s gone, arthritis sets in. What treatments exist for osteoarthritis? Doctors offer a variety of conservative treatments to help patients manage the pain, including physical therapy, medications, and injections. If the pain doesn’t get better, the next step may be minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat the damaged cartilage or tissues. What about joint replacement surgery? If pain impacts the quality of your life, your doctor may recommend a joint replacement. Joint replacements have been around for 40 years with very successful results. Knee replacements are the number one joint replacement surgery in the U.S., nearing 1 million this year alone.iv What are the latest developments in joint replacement? Joint replacement is being transformed by robotic technologies that help ensure accurate placement

of joint implants, crucial to their long term success. Implants are improving, too. Newer devices provide more natural results and are lasting longer than in the past. Is there anything I can do to prevent osteoarthritis? Be sure to talk with your doctor. Good ways to avoid or manage osteoarthritis include: eating a wholesome diet full of fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids; maintaining a healthy weight; exercising to strengthen the muscles around your joints; and, being active—cartilage has to be used to stay healthy! Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit or call 316-631-1660 to learn more. i Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from arthritis-statistics-facts.php ii Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Theis KA, Murphy LB, Hootman JM, Brady, Cheng YJ: Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation—United States, 2010-2012. MMWR 2013;62(44): 869-873. Retrieved from ivb0/prevalence-arthritic-conditions iii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Improving the Quality of Life for People With Arthritis At A Glance 2016. Retrieved from https:// iv Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from

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Christopher Anderson, MD Dr. Christopher Anderson is a fellowship trained, board certiďŹ ed orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee conditions. Dr. Anderson completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Il. As a Kansas native, he is driven to offer patients in his home state the most effective orthopedic solutions available today. For treating knee pain, Dr. Anderson is a leader in the growing space of robotics assisted total and partial knee replacement.

What is robotics-assisted partial and total knee replacement? Robotic assistance in surgery is a new and growing trend designed to improve surgical accuracy and patient outcomes. Using a robotic system called NAVIO, Dr. Anderson is able to individualize the procedure to each patient he sees.

How does it work?

Through an advanced computer program, the NAVIO system relays precise information to Dr. Anderson during the procedure. Using this data, boundaries are established for a robotics-assisted surgical tool to remove the damaged surface of your knee and position the knee implant with greater accuracy.

Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit or call 316-631-1660 to learn more

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Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center is the premier elective surgery specialty hospital in Wichita. For treating knee pain, we offer one of the most advanced technologies available today - NAVIO robotic assistance. NAVIO technology provides our surgeons with an extra layer of precision and accuracy – crucial to the success of the procedure. We are the only center in Wichita able to offer this technology.

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are, vintage, luxury and performance vehicles filled the showroom floors of the Walser Automotive Group on April 24 for Million Dollar Motors, a benefit for Wesley Children’s Foundation. Attendees enjoyed decadent hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, breweries and distributors while viewing the vehicles from local private collectors. Look for photos at

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new event - Eat. Drink. Give. Enjoy! – attracted a crowd of more than 200 to Brick + Mortar on April 12. Abbreviated to EDGE, the first-time event helped raise funds for The Arc of Sedgwick County. The event was designed to share inspiration and dedication to improving the lives of local youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their families. The lively evening featured food samples from local restaurants, an open bar, silent and live auctions, a wine pull, mystery boxes, whiskey draw and numerous other special activities. Emcees were Michael Schwanke of KWCH and Krystian Fish, the reigning Miss Kansas. Look for photos at

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or the seventh consecutive year, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum brought back a little of Wichita’s history April 21 by recreating the Blue Moon Nightclub, a popular dining and dancing club on South Oliver in Wichita during the 1940s and 1950s. During Blue Moon at the Museum, guests enjoyed dinner and drinks in a second-floor exhibition room that had been transformed into a nightclub atmosphere, with renowned jazz singer Donna Tucker from Kansas City and her band providing the music. Look for photos at

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Wichita Sports Hall of Fame Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Wichita Sports Hall of Fame held its 15th annual induction ceremony April 21 at Hillside Christian Church. Several of the inductees had legendary local careers, while others – like Wichita State head men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall and Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Pelfrey – are no strangers in the national field of sports. Other inductees included Bill Faflick, former Wichita Southeast and Wichita public schools athletic director; 81 Speedway founders Bill and Shirley Hall (posthumously); Dwane Martin, a well-known pro bowler in Kansas; Paul Miller, former Shocker standout on WSU’s 2006 Sweet 16 team; Jessica Smith, a former All-American high school soccer player and current collegiate coach; LaVerne Smith, a former Big 8 track champion; Vic Trilli, Newman University athletic director; and Steve Woodberry, a Wichita South basketball star who became one of the University of Kansas’ top scorers and now is on the Wake Forest coaching staff. WSU athletic director Darren Boatright accepted the team induction honor on behalf of the 2012-13 WSU Final Four team. Joe Hutchinson accepted the organization induction honor on behalf of the Wichita Swim Club. KNSS radio personality Ted Woodward was honored with the 8th Annual Mal Elliott Sports Media Award. Look for photos at

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VIP Profile University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Continued from Page 17 But KUSM-Wichita doesn’t only educate doctors; it impacts the community in other ways, too, with its medical professionals and partnerships with other universities. The impact can even be seen on local sports fields, when occasional emergency medical attention is needed and a team of KUSM-Wichita students happens to be playing. “They know we’re medical students so they come to us and ask us to put their dislocated joints back in place,” said Schmanke, who’s on the school’s recreation softball and football teams. But on the more serious side: “There’s good evidence that when there’s a medical school in a community, there’s better medical care overall in the community,” said Moser. Faculty members see patients at the school’s 14 clinics and bring some of the latest knowledge. This summer, for example, an adolescent medical specialist will join the faculty in Wichita, offering a new specialty service in Wichita, said Pate. Students and residents who round with doctors serve as a second pair of eyes and can provide input on a patient’s care. In partnership with the safety-net Guadalupe Clinic, the student-run JayDoc Community Clinic sees about 500 underinsured and uninsured patients annually. Schmanke will become the junior executive director of the clinic’s board this year and the board’s executive director next year. When the JayDoc Community Clinic needed Spanish interpreters, it partnered with Wichita State’s languages department to find student volunteers. Students from Newman University’s nursing program and from WSU’s physician assistant program work together with the KUSM-Wichita medical and pharmacy students at the school’s medical simulation center, getting practice at being part of a health care team. The center has high-fidelity mannequins that can simulate situations from an office exam room to a surgical suite. Students from health programs at other universities also get diagnostic and other medical experience in the school’s standardized patient program, where community members get paid to role-play medical patients.

Girl Power As the girls do an activity, Bing slips in life lessons. For example, as the girls work on a Valentine’s Day card, the conversation can turn to discussions on thoughtfulness and gratitude. Sometimes they learn about manners and how to set a table. Sometimes they learn how to have difficult conversations. On a recent Wednesday, it might have seemed to someone peeking into the room that the girls were doing something frivolous – painting their nails with the bottles of bright colored turquoise and pink nail polish Bing had given them. Inside, a visitor would hear the girls learning about hygiene and grooming and would witness small acts of kindness. “Oh, look how pretty Ashe’s nails look. That color looks so good.” “Can we share our nail polish and I paint one nail with Sarah’s color and she can use mine to paint one of hers?” Bing is no stranger to the classroom. Her first career was as a

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With a mission of teaching and research, the school also provides several opportunities for patients to be part of clinical trials. As school officials like to say, “A healthy Kansas starts here.”

Continued from Page 32 middle school teacher in Wichita. “I love kids,” said Bing. She understands that the preteen years are an important transition time for girls, as they figure out who they are and move from elementary to middle school. Over the years, she’s run these Girl Power lunches at Alcott, Harry Street and Lincoln Elementary schools. She’s been at Jefferson for more than five years now. “You don’t have to have that kind of background to make an impact,” said Hinten. “Every mentor brings in unique experiences to work with kids and to help them thrive. But Bonnie’s in a class of her own.” The Pando Initiative has a number of volunteer opportunities available for individuals or businesses to participate in and make an impact on local schoolchildren, including lunchtime buddy mentorships, special projects or workplace visits. For more information, call 316.973.5110 or visit

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#WichitaFlag They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile, and these fashionistas have smiles and flag swag to spare! The creativity of Wichitans never ceases to amaze, as shown by these custom items in this month’s Wichita flag feature. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Vest in Show” goes to @neblanc and this custom creation by Denise Ziegler.

When in doubt, put a bow on it. And make it as pretty as this one by @morganhemphill.

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True Wichitans love the flag and the Shockers, like @angieprath.

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Wichita pride comes from the soul, and also the sole of these custom Nikes by @_chrischilds.

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