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NOVEMBER 6 Emporia State University, 1 p.m. (Family Day) 13 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, 2 p.m. 20 NCAA Division II first round of playoffs, TBA 27 NCAA Division II second round of playoffs, TBA DECEMBER 4 NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals, TBA 11 NCAA Division II National Semifinals, TBA 18 NCAA Division II National Championship, Florence, Ala., TBA All games in bold played at Washburn in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl.


NOVEMBER 4 Southwest Baptist University, 6 p.m. 6 University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, 7 p.m. 12,14 NCAA Division II South Central Regionals, TBA 19 NCAA Division II Sweet 16, TBA 21 NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals, TBA DECEMBER 2 NCAA Division II National Semifinals, Louisville, Ky., TBA 4 NCAA Division II National Championship, Louisville, Ky., TBA All games in bold played at Washburn in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl.


NOVEMBER 2 Missouri Southern State University, 7 p.m. 5 Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., 7 p.m.

6 Pittsburg State University, 6 p.m. 9 Fort Hays State University, 7 p.m. 12 Emporia State University, 7 p.m. 18-20 NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament, TBA All games in bold played at Washburn in Lee Arena at Petro Allied Health Center.


NOVEMBER 2 University of Kansas, Lawrence, 7 p.m. 7 Kansas State University, Manhattan, 2:30 p.m. 9 University of Nevada - Las Vegas, 9 p.m. CST 16 Peru State College, 7 p.m. 20 Kansas Wesleyan University, 7 p.m. 26-27 Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz. 26 Grand Canyon University, 8 p.m. CST 27 Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., 3:15 p.m. CST DECEMBER 1 University of Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m. 4  Northwest Missouri State University, 7:30 p.m. 8 Fort Hays State University, 7:30 p.m. 11 Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., 3 p.m. 19 Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, 3:30 p.m. 31 University of Central Missouri, 3:30 p.m. JANUARY 5 Southwest Baptist University, 7:30 p.m. 8 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, 7:30 p.m. 12 Pittsburg State University, 7:30 p.m. 15 Emporia State University, 7:30 p.m. 19 Lincoln University, 7:30 p.m. 22 University of Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m. 26 Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, 7:30 p.m. 29 Missouri Western State University, 7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2 Truman State University, 7:30 p.m. 5 Fort Hays State University, 4 p.m. 9 University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, 7:30 p.m. 12 Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., 3:30 p.m. 17 Missouri Southern State University, 7:30 p.m. 19 Pittsburg State University, 7:30 p.m. 23 Emporia State University, 7:30 p.m. 26  Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., 3:30 p.m. MARCH 3-6 MIAA Basketball Championship Tournament, Kansas City, Mo., TBA 12-13, 15 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Basketball Tournament, TBA 23-24, 26 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, Springfield, Mass., TBA All games in bold played at Washburn in Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center.


NOVEMBER 7 University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2 p.m. 9 Kansas State University, Manhattan, 7 p.m. 15 Southwestern College, 7 p.m. 23 Drury University, 7 p.m. 26-27 Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz. 26 California State UniversityDominguez Hills, 1 p.m. CST 27 Lake Superior State University, 1 p.m. CST DECEMBER 1 University of Nebraska-Omaha, 5:30 p.m. 4 Northwest Missouri State University, 5:30 p.m. 8 Fort Hays State University, 5:30 p.m. 11 Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., 1 p.m. 19 Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.



31 University of Central Missouri, 1:30 p.m. JANUARY 5 Southwest Baptist University, 5:30 p.m. 8 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, 1 p.m. 12 Pittsburg State University, 5:30 p.m. 15 Emporia State University, 5:30 p.m. 19 Lincoln University, 5:30 p.m. 22 University of Nebraska-Omaha, 5:30 p.m. 26 Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, 5:30 p.m. 29 Missouri Western State University, 5:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 2 Truman State University, 5:30 p.m. 5 Fort Hays State University, 2 p.m. 9 University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, 5:30 p.m. 12 Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., 1:30 p.m. 17 Missouri Southern State University, 5:30 p.m. 19 Pittsburg State University, 5:30 p.m. 23 Emporia State University, 5:30 p.m. 26 Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., 1:30 p.m. MARCH 4-6 MIAA Basketball Championship Tournament, Kansas City, Mo., TBA 11-12, 14 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Basketball Tournament, TBA 23-24, 26 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, St. Joseph, Mo., TBA All games in bold played at Washburn in Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center. For more information, call (785) 670-1135 or visit



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3 From the President

150 Forward: The Next Decade of Progress


Meeting Health Career Challenges: 2010 and Beyond

15 Alumni News 21 Foundation 25 Calendar of Events 27 Campus News 33 Class Notes


Student Recruitment


Come Visit the Washburn Campus

ON THE COVER The Ichabod – our new name – gives the magazine a new personality while preserving Washburn tradition. Do you like our new look? Please drop us a letter or e-mail telling us what you like or don’t like about your Ichabod magazine. We want to hear from you.


University life celebrates a new beginning every fall. Faculty, staff and students commit to goals that help Washburn reach its highest potential. We know we are engaged in an enterprise that is unique and special. We are in the business of helping people fulfill their dreams and change their lives. This transformational process not only impacts our students, but also impacts each of us as well. The requirement for change and adaptation is the new “standard” in our lives. Washburn University has always embraced the value of change from our beginnings as a Congregational Church-related institution born during the Civil War. This university has adapted to survive the Great Depression, World War II and the 1966 tornado. From the beginning, we admitted African Americans and women and welcomed veterans. These events and actions shaped Washburn and gave thousands of students in Kansas and around the world opportunities to become educated citizens. This summer I read “Change or Die” by Alan Deutschman. In this book, Deutschman asserts that given the circumstances requiring them to adapt, people often refuse to change. Yet successful adaptation is essential for people to succeed. Building on a history of success, Washburn must once again embrace change to meet the needs of its students and community partners. This past academic year, we completed a strategic plan. Similarly, the Washburn Institute of Technology is just completing its strategic plan. Both will strengthen outstanding academic and technical programs and create new programs to serve business, industry and community needs. We will support our academic plan by increasing financial resources to recruit and retain a diverse student body that benefits from improved physical facilities and excellent co-curricular opportunities. As you read about our early strategic successes, I am sure you will agree that this is an exciting time for Washburn.

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The next decade of progress W

ashburn will mark the 150th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 6, 2015. With this milestone in view, Washburn’s Board of Regents initiated a process to develop a longrange strategic plan for the next decade. This broadly representative process culminated in the 150 Forward strategic plan approved by the Washburn Board of Regents in April 2010. President Jerry B. Farley said the planning process itself was a great way to encourage the Washburn community to think about and discuss future goals and dreams. “It provided an opportunity university wide to lay out all the ideas, and then it moved us toward prioritization and selection,” Farley said. “Dwight D. Eisenhower put it this way: ‘Plans are nothing; planning is everything.’” Five strategic themes focus on distinguished academic programs, enrollment growth and diversity, modernized space and equipment, an engaged student body, service to community and financial resources.

“Plans are nothing: planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It’s an exciting time for Washburn. We have a great team here at Washburn committed to accomplishing these strategic plans.” – Jerry B. Farley

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Distinguished academic programs “Our first priority is faculty,” Farley said. “The most critical and difficult job we have is to find professors for the next 25 to 30 years who believe in Washburn’s traditional commitment to teaching, student learning and personal involvement. We must be able to attract, compensate and have support structures in place for these faculty members.” The next priority for support is academic programs. The strategic plan lists priority programs in each of the four Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences:

school of opportunity, where students who need to work to pull themselves up can come to Washburn. The parents of many Washburn students live in the Topeka area and pay local taxes. Therefore, we must discuss if open admission is part of our future strategic direction.” This strategic issue will be the topic for fall term town hall meetings in which all will have the opportunity to have their views heard in this process, he said.

Enrollment growth and diversity Even though the strategic plan has been finalized, there are many issues yet to be discussed and decided, Farley said. “We’ve had some tactical successes such as increases in freshman and transfer students,” he said. “We’ve reinvigorated marketing, admissions, contacted more students and engaged alumni to identify potential students. “What type of students do we want to recruit and admit? That’s the strategic question. We have had a long tradition of open admission and encouraging access. We have always been a 5 Feature: 150 Forward

“The third theme in the strategic plan is about enhancing student life,” Farley said. “We will continue to do that. This includes athletics. We are committed to supporting the NCAA Life in the Balance initiatives. We will also enhance our international programs to further expand the global awareness of the University community.”

Service to the community The fourth theme calls on Washburn to engage and leverage its intellectual and physical resources to benefit and strengthen services to the region. “We benefit from our strong relationship with the greater Topeka community,” Farley said. “Washburn will remain an active partner in Heartland Visioning. We will continue to work with others to create new opportunities in business and the arts for our region.”

• The School of Law will enhance and expand the Centers of Excellence. • The School of Nursing will explore the expansion of existing programs and the development of the doctor of nursing practice degree program. • The allied health [School of Applied Studies] and nursing programs will continue to partner with health care organizations in Shawnee and surrounding counties to explore and identify prospective collaborative efforts and programs. • The University [through the College of Arts and Sciences] will continue its commitment to strong natural sciences and mathematics programs and investigate the feasibility of new programs and programmatic services in emerging areas such as the biosciences. • The School of Business will build upon its strength in international education and investigate the feasibility of a graduate accounting program. Also on the list are programs in history, music and the liberal, visual and performing arts; support of applied politics and international relations; enhanced honors and leadership programs; enhanced global awareness; and collaboration with Washburn Institute of Technology.

Engaged student body

Financial resources

Jason Dinkel, Plainville, Kan., a junior majoring in exercise physiology, and Samantha Kriley, Smith Center, Kan., majoring in biology, climb the rock wall at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Modernized space and equipment Buildings were a major priority in the past decade. The Living Learning Center was the first of many projects that included renovations and additions to the Memorial Union, Mulvane Art Museum, Stoffer Science Hall, Moore Bowl and Whiting Field House. New construction included the art building and Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Proposed future building projects include new construction and or renovations to the School of Law, Mabee Library, Morgan Hall, Henderson Learning Resources Center and Carnegie Hall.

“We need to focus on funding at a new level. This is the central message of theme five,” Farley said. “We know additional funding will be necessary to achieve the inspiring goals outlined in the strategic plan,” said JuliAnn Mazachek, president of the Washburn University Foundation. “The Foundation is poised and ready to work alongside the University to achieve its dreams and seek increasing levels of investment and support from those who believe in the transforming power of an education.” “Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek and her talented colleagues in the Washburn University Foundation have had tremendous success,” Farley said. “During the past 10 years, we have increased annual fundraising from just under $2 million to more than $13.3 million, a 665 percent increase. We have also increased donors during that same period by more than 300 percent. “We will be building on this success to expand and diversify our financial resources. This is a very important strategy in a rapidly changing financial environment within and external to higher education. “It’s an exciting time for Washburn. We have a great team here at Washburn committed to accomplishing these strategic plans.”

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Meeting health career challenges:

2010 and beyond As part of her clinical training in Washburn’s radiation therapy program, Cari Massey, as ‘10, Topeka (center), gets hands-on training with a TomoTherapy treatment unit in the radiation therapy department of St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. Working closely with her (L to R) are radiation therapists Teresa (Sullivan) Zabokrtsky, certificate ’91, Burlingame, Kan., clinical instructor, and Marcie (Lierz) Koch, as ’01, Centralia, Kan. Posing as a patient is radiation therapist John O’Neil, as ’92, Topeka.

Two new programs


ari Massey, as ’10, Topeka, goes online on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time and joins 62 other classmates across the nation to attend radiation therapy program Web meetings on radiation therapy physics, radiation biology and simulation and treatment procedures. She spends 32 hours during the rest of the school week in the radiation therapy department of Topeka’s St. Francis Health Center getting hands-on clinical experience. Chris Conrow, bs ’10, and Anita Young, ba ’09 and bs ’10, both from Topeka, work at StormontVail HealthCare as laboratory scientists. They were the first two graduates of Washburn’s clinical laboratory science program.

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John Kratina, radiation therapy program director and lecturer, says the allied health department of Washburn’s School of Applied Studies offered the first online radiation therapy program in the nation. “We serve the needs of students in more than 20 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and have more than 70 Washburn clinical affiliates across the country,” Kratina said. “Many of these states do not have radiation therapy schools, so Washburn is meeting a need for the students and the medical and health care community.” The allied health department offers three other certificate programs with a combination of online courses and hands-on local clinicals similar to the radiation therapy program: computed tomography, diagnostic medical sonography and magnetic resonance imaging. The health information technology associate of science and bachelor of health science degrees also follow the online/clinical model.

Massey’s Washburn experience is an educational model that may become more common in the next decade, as Theme I of Washburn’s 150 Forward strategic plan calls for increases in the number of online courses and programs. The radiation therapy program model also supports other areas of 150 Forward by expanding the geographic areas where Washburn recruits students, including transfer students and by encouraging continued partnership with health care organizations. Massey is the only student enrolled in the 63-member program who previously attended Washburn, where she earned an associate degree in radiologic technology. The other 62 students come from a variety of hospital-based schools, community colleges and universities across the United States.

In 2009, Washburn began offering an 11-month clinical laboratory science degree. Two students graduated in May, and five are enrolled this year in the program, which is supported by St. Francis Health Center, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, the Topeka Community Foundation and Healthcare Innovations Network of Kansas. “Nationwide there is a dramatic shortage of clinical laboratory scientists,” said Kathy Hupp, coordinator of the program. “Within northeast Kansas, it’s even more critical because the current staff in many hospitals is nearing retirement.” The occupational therapy assistant program, new this year, offers an associate of

science degree. Graduates will fill the need in Kansas for professionals who can assist patients in achieving independence in all facets of their lives after an illness, injury or disability. Janice Bacon, the program director, is working on the accreditation process, which is currently in the developing program status. Construction on the classrooms and life skills and laboratory areas is expected to begin sometime next year. Bacon said there are 13 students currently enrolled, and she expects the program to reach its capacity of 24 students next year. The implementation of this new program was made possible by both private donor and local community support. St. Francis Health Center, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Kansas Rehabilitation Center and the Sunflower Foundation have committed financially to support the salaries of the program director and the academic clinical coordinator for two years. In addition, numerous health care sites in northeast Kansas have committed to provide clinical education for students enrolled in the program through interaction in school systems, hospital settings and community programs. Other gifts from private donors will support programming, faculty and student needs. For information about supporting the occupational therapy assistant program or other programs, please contact the Washburn University Foundation at (785) 670-4483 or visit

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Recruiting a legacy student: Tyler Wilson, Topeka, a junior at Washburn Rural High School, and his stepfather, Chris Stratmann, ba ’86, chat with Washburn admissions counselor Jonathan Person, bs ’08, at the Topeka-area high school college fair in the Kansas Expocentre. Washburn admissions officers and representatives from other colleges and universities introduce their programs to prospective high school students at college fairs held annually across Kansas in September and October.

Good news


Richard Liedtke (L), executive director of enrollment management, and Morgan Boyack (R), director of admissions

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t has been only a year since Richard Liedtke arrived at Washburn as the new executive director of enrollment management, and only seven months have passed since Morgan Boyack assumed the duties of Washburn’s director of admissions. Both Liedtke and Boyack have already been working on many of the initiatives set out in Theme II of the 150 Forward strategic plan – developing and implementing a recruitment program designed to address access as well as quality and quantity of students enrolled. Liedtke says access means improving the ways Washburn communicates with perspective students and their families, particularly in the areas of financial aid, scholarship availability and admissions counseling. Communication also includes making sure the Washburn message or brand is consistent and establishing an active presence on social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Fall enrollment looks great,” Liedtke said. “Enrollment is up 8.7 percent at 7,230, the third highest enrollment in the history of Washburn. New student freshman enrollment this year is up 12 percent over fall 2009 numbers, and enrollment of transfer students is up 8 percent. Washburn’s residence halls are filled to capacity, and Liedtke says this is also good news. In early September, Mindy Rendon, director of residential living, said she and her staff were working through the residence hall waiting list and still getting calls from students wishing to move into one of Washburn’s four campus facilities. Rendon said she has seen demand for Washburn’s 676 on-campus beds increase throughout the three years she has worked at Washburn. “Last year, the Living Learning Center and Washburn Village were full, but Kuehne and West halls were not. This year, they were all full as of July 15,” she said. Feature: Student Recruitment 10

reaching out to prospective students

Come visit the Washburn campus • (785) 670-1030 • (877) 281-2637

Dec. 3 Ichabods at Night (seniors only) With a student host, enjoy a Saturday athletic event, see the campus and stay overnight in a residence hall or Greek house. Dec. 3, Jan. 28 Ichabod Senior Days Take a campus tour, visit with academic departments and meet with faculty members. Feb. 21, March 11 and April 2 Ichabod Junior Days Take a campus tour, visit with academic departments and meet with faculty members. Choose a day for an individual visit Call the Washburn admissions office and schedule a campus tour – a half-day, a full-day or overnight visit. The admissions staff will be happy to customize your visit so you get the most out of it. Your own student guide will help you see and learn everything you need to know from a student’s perspective.

Feb. 15 is the deadline for financial aid and scholarship applications.

Contact us:, (785) 670-1030, (877) 281-2637

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(L to R): Biology majors Joseph Muiller, Lawrence, Kan., Keri Heston, Oskaloosa, Kan., and Lisa Ille, Ellinwood, Kan., pass on their way to classes in Stoffer Science Hall. Calendar of Events 12

Scholarships for Shawnee County Two special scholarships are available to outstanding graduating seniors from Shawnee County high schools. Principals and counselors from each high school are invited to name two students as Presidential Scholars. These students are then invited to compete for a Bryden Scholarship by submitting an application and an essay. The scholarships are renewable by maintaining a 3.0/4.0 grade point average and meeting other renewal qualifications.

A Scholarship for Topeka Wiseman Scholarships are available to students from Highland Park, Topeka High and Topeka West high schools who have a minimum 2.0 cumulative high school grade point average. Awards vary on a funds-available basis and are renewable by maintaining a 3.0/4.0 grade point average and meeting other renewal qualifications.

A Scholarship for legacies The Washburn Alumni Association has been awarding financial aid to Washburn students since 1944. The scholarships are funded from money raised by the Ichabod specialty tag license program, the fall Scholarship 5K Fun Run and Campus Walk, gifts from individual donors and earnings from the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Legacy students – those with a parent, sibling or spouse who graduated from Washburn – are given special consideration.

Legacies living outside Kansas Children of Washburn alumni who live outside Kansas are eligible to receive in-state tuition for the first six months of attendance, after which they are expected to establish Kansas residency. Prospective students should contact the admissions office for full details.

Kansas City, Mo., area residents Persons living in the Missouri counties of Andrew, Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Holt and Platte with a cumulative 3.0 or higher high school grade point average may be awarded the in-state tuition waiver.

Don’t miss the Garvey Competitive Scholarship exam Garvey Competitive Scholarship recipients are selected each year based upon the results of the Garvey exam. To take the exam, students must register and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative high school grade point average. Garvey Scholarships are renewable for four years if the student maintains a 3.25 grade point average and completes 12 credit hours each semester at Washburn.

WHEN VISITING THE CAMPUS Take time to visit Stauffer Commons, which connects the Memorial Union with the Capitol Federal Center for Learning and the Living Learning Center. 13 Feature: Come Visit the Washburn Campus

GARVEY Exam dates: • Nov. 20 Topeka, Henderson Learning Resources Center, 9 a.m. • Dec. 4 Hays, Kan., Sternberg Museum, 9 a.m. • Dec. 8 Topeka, Henderson Learning Resources Center, 6 p.m. Contact us:, (785) 670-1030, (877) 281-2637 Feature: Come Visit the Washburn Campus 14


Upcoming breakfast dates and speakers

Wake Up With Washburn lecture series set for 2010-11

Traffic safety and the green collar renewable industry are among the topics of alumni scheduled as speakers in the 2010-11 Wake Up with Washburn Breakfast Lecture Series. The Wake Up program is sponsored by the Washburn Alumni Association and the School of Business to provide opportunities for students, campus and community members to hear from successful alumni. The breakfast lectures begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center and cost $12 for dues-paid members of the Washburn Alumni Association and $14 for non members. Reservations may be made by calling (785) 670-1641 or e-mailing James Hanni, ba ’74, Lawrence, Kan., kicked off the series Sept. 9 with “Our Traffic Safety Culture: Where’s the Outrage?” Hanni is executive vice president of public affairs for AAA Allied Group Inc., an AAA affiliate that serves seven states. He is also cochairman of Kansas Department of Transportation’s Executive Safety Council, a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism and a former member of the Governor’s task force on driving safety. In 2009, he received the KDOT People Saving People Award for work on upgrading the Kansas teen driver licensing system. 15 Alumni News

Nov. 18, 2010 Barbara Morrison, bba ’85, Wichita, Kan., “Market Based Management: The Science of Success.” Morrison is director of project management for Koch Business Solutions, a privately held firm that owns a diverse group of companies engaged in refining and chemicals, commodity and financial trading, fibers and polymers and forest and consumer products. Morrison joined Koch in 1985 as an accountant and currently is responsible for delivery of an information technology project portfolio totaling more than $50 million. In her 25-year tenure with the company, she has held a variety of positions, including global controller for the trading business, which involved extensive international travel. At Washburn, she played basketball for the Lady Blues and was a member of Nonoso, the Accounting Society and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Feb. 24, 2011 Jay Lang, bba ’92 and jd ’95, Leawood, Kan., “New Opportunities in Existing Markets.” Lang is vice president, commercial finance and strategic development for MachineryLink, which maintains the largest fleet of combines in North America providing guaranteed delivery of the latest harvest technology. Prior to joining MachineryLink in 2003, Lang served as chief financial officer and general counsel for Nations Media Partners, where he completed more than 150 transactions with a total volume of $2.5 billion. He is a certified public accountant and an attorney. At Washburn, he was active in Washburn Student Association, rowing crew, debate and a member of Sagamore, Blue Key and Alpha Delta fraternity. April 28, 2011 Paige Strohson, ba ’91, San Diego, Calif., “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Strohson is a multifamily solar consultant with HelioPower, where she works in the rapidly growing green collar renewable industry field educating apartment owners on the benefits and return on investment of renewable energy. Prior to joining HelioPower in 2009, she held a variety of positions in sales, advertising and marketing for American Utility Management, Ista, For Rent, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Topeka Capital-Journal. She currently serves on the board of the San Diego County Apartment Association and her local Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae chapter. At Washburn, she served on the Kaw yearbook and the Washburn Review.

The Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center was designed by architect Mark Thompson, Philadelphia, son of the late Bradbury Thompson, ba ‘34 and honorary doctorate ‘65, for whom the building is named. The Center is home to the Washburn Alumni Association and a permanent exhibit of the Washburn College Bible designed by Bradbury Thompson. Calendar of Events 16

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2010-11

New members join Alumni Association board of directors Brian Clarke, bba ’03 and jd ’06, Wichita, Kan., is a tax attorney at Koch Industries Inc., where he focuses on tax planning and research for INVISTA, Koch’s multinational polymer and fiber business. Prior to joining Koch, Clarke worked in the international tax practice at KPMG LLP. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Kansas and Missouri bar associations. As a Washburn student, he served as a student ambassador and Student Government Association senator and was a member of Sagamore, Phi Kappa Phi  academic honor society, Business Law Society and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Washburn honored him with a Sibberson Award in 2003. John Haverty, ba ’99, Topeka, is manager of technology support at Washburn’s Technology Support Center. In this position, he oversees day-to day operations, manages the staff and coordinates department support, computer purchases and installations. He joined the Center as manager of user services in 2003 and has been working at Washburn in computer troubleshooting and user service since 1994. Haverty also served three years as chairman of Washburn’s staff council, which advises the university president’s office on matters affecting administrative and classified employees. As a Washburn student, he served as vice president of public relations in Pi Sigma Epsilon, the national professional fraternity in marketing, sales management and selling.

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President Roger VanHoozer, ba ’72

Vice President Stacey Calhoon, ba ’89

Board Members Ann Adrian, b ed ’67 Dennis Bohm, bba ’04 Jami Bond, bba ’04

Be a world traveler in 2011 Spring 2011: Egypt, May 22 - 31 You have seen the pyramids in books and on television. How about seeing them in person? Join the Washburn Alumni Association for a once in a lifetime trip to Egypt. Visit Cairo and Abu Simbel, then relax with a five-day/four-night cruise on the Nile River and visit Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor. See the temples of Isis and Horus, the Avenue of the Sphinxes and Temple of Luxor. Following the cruise, enjoy three nights in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum and see the Treasures of Tutankhamen as well as the Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Shop at the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. Prices start at $3,995 double occupancy and include roundtrip airfare, hotel, cruise and sightseeing. Fall 2011: London and Paris, October London and Paris are perennial favorites, and the Washburn Alumni Association will be traveling there in October of 2011 (dates TBA). There will be lots of time to explore both cities on your own. The trip includes four nights in London, sightseeing and a day trip to the gentle hillsides and sleepy villages of the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Then it’s off via the Eurostar for four nights in Paris. Take a day trip to Normandy/Omaha Beach and see the monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries that are a living commemoration to the Battle of Normandy. Details are yet to be finalized; however, the trip should be in the range of $2,700 per person double occupancy and will include roundtrip airfare, hotel, sightseeing and breakfast daily.

Brian Clarke, bba ’03 and jd ’06 Dawn Dennis, as ‘99 John Haverty, ba ’99 David Manley, bba ‘67 William Marshall, ba ’61 Erin Menard, bba ’05 Linda Parks, ba ’79 and jd ’83 Cindy Rogers, ba ’69 Mark Ross, bba ’83 John M. Ybarra, ba ’97

To inquire about these trips and other travel opportunities, contact Susie Hoffmann at or visit

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2010 Alumni Fellows Alumni Fellows are selected for achieving distinction in their career fields by the deans of their respective Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellows program was established to honor outstanding alumni and provide an opportunity for them to share their expertise with students and faculty in the classroom and other campus settings. The Alumni Fellows were honored at a luncheon Oct. 22.

(L to R): Gary Peer, Warren Stewart, Nancy Paul, Brandan Kennedy, Timothy Durst and Lynn R. Johnson are honored as 2010 Washburn Alumni Fellows.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Timothy Durst, ba ’84 • Hometown: Ulysses, Kan. • Current residence: Dallas, Texas • Current occupation: Senior partner, Baker Botts LLP, specializing in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation • Additional education: Juris doctor, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Ill. • Honors and accomplishments: Excellence in Board Leadership Finalist, Center for Non-Profit Management; Peter W. Gray Award for Outstanding Community Service; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Partners Against Blood Cancer Award; Best Lawyers in America; Texas Super Lawyer; Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property (Legal 500) • Professional and community service: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, various capacities, including vice chairman of the national board of directors; pro bono legal representative for low income housing and battered women service providers and indigent criminal defendants; volunteer in numerous church, bar, school and youth activities 19 Alumni News

•W  ashburn memory: “I was mentored by wonderful, engaged, caring professors who taught not only the subject matter but some very real life lessons, too. Washburn afforded me a broad introduction to some of the extra-curricular community and service interests that have continued to be a part of my life since college.” SCHOOL OF LAW Lynn Johnson, jd ’70 • Hometown: Oberlin, Kan. • Current residence: Mission Hills, Kan. •C  urrent occupation: Principal shareholder and president, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chartered, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation •A  dditional education: Bachelor of science, accounting, Kansas State University •H  onors and accomplishments: Distinguished Service Award, Washburn School of Law; Arthur C. Hodgson Award, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association/ Kansas Association for Justice; member, Inner Circle of Advocates; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

• Professional and community service: Chairman, Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission; board of governors, Washburn Law School Association (president 1994-96); board of directors, Kansas Legal Services Corp.; board of governors, Kansas Association for Justice • Washburn memory: “I started law school in 1967, following the devastating 1966 tornado, when the law school building consisted of seven trailers. I was a member of the first graduating class from the new building, which we moved into in the fall of 1969 – a building that was the result of the vision and hard work of many alumni, including my partner and mentor, John Shamberg.” SCHOOL OF APPLIED STUDIES Brandan Kennedy, as ’88 • Hometown and current residence: Topeka • Current occupation: A board certified pediatrician, Kennedy is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo., and associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

• Additional education: Bachelor of arts, human biology, University of Kansas; doctor of medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan.; post graduate residency training in pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. • Honors and accomplishments: Daniel C. Darrow Award for Excellence in Primary Care, Children’s Mercy Hospital • Professional and community service: Board member, medical care advisory committee, Kansas Health Policy Authority; board member, Peer Education and Resources Council, Kansas Medical Assistance Program • Washburn memory: “I lived just one block from Washburn, so have memories from going to the children’s theatre and enjoying art exhibits at the Mulvane to flying kites and playing Frisbee on the campus grounds. One of my favorite things was going to the observatory with Professor Parnell to ‘explore the universe’ through the telescope.” SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Nancy (Merillat) Paul, bba ’76 • Hometown: Topeka • Current residence: North Palm Beach, Fla. • Current occupation: Financial officer, Triple Crown Equities Inc., a privately held investment company; certified public accountant • Honors and accomplishments: Distinguished Service Award, Washburn Alumni Association; member of Nonoso • Professional and community service: Washburn Board of Regents (200307), chairwoman 2005-06; trustee, Washburn University Foundation; past board member: Girls Club of Topeka, Kansas Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Topeka Civic Theatre; Topeka Performing Arts Center, Top

of the Tower; treasurer, Topeka Public School Foundation; treasurer, Alpha Phi alumnae chapter; past financial officer for H.T. Paul Co. Inc. and related companies • Washburn memory: “I took an 8 a.m. class from Dr. Walt James when he first came to Washburn. He established a persona as a teacher of authority, and this caused me to never miss a class. I think I am still scared of him. He was truly an incredible teacher, and I was so fortunate to have his influence in my education at Washburn.” COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Gary Peer, ba ’63 • Hometown: Spring Hill, Kan. • Current residence: Stephenville, Texas • Current occupation: Provost and vice president for academic affairs, Tarleton State University • Additional education: Master of science, education, Emporia State University; doctorate, education, Indiana University, Bloomington • Honors and accomplishments: Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International; Resolution of Student Appreciation from Tarleton Student Government Association; twice selected keynote speaker by Texas Council of Faculty Senates • Professional and community service: President, Alamosa (Colo.) Chamber of Commerce; board member, Stephenville (Texas) Chamber of Commerce; past president, Oklahoma Personnel and Guidance Association; past president, Midwest Region of American Personnel and Guidance Association • Washburn memory: “Dr. George Parker allowed some freshman football players to enroll in but not attend his swimming class with the understanding we would still take the final exam. For the final, he told us to go to the middle of the pool and not touch the side for 10 minutes.

Some of us, myself in particular, nearly drowned. He told us, ‘Next time you think you’re getting something for nothing, think about it more carefully.’” SCHOOL OF NURSING Warren Stewart, bsn ’98 • Hometown: Topeka • Current residence: Sanford, N.C. •C  urrent occupation: Major, Army Nurse Corps, serving as clinical nurse officer in charge and chief flight nurse, emergency department, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C. • Additional education: Master of science, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in trauma, critical care and emergency nursing; certificate, teaching in nursing and health professions • Honors and accomplishments: Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Alumni Award, University of Maryland; Graduate of the Last Decade Award, Washburn Alumni Association; Spirit of Nursing Award, National Student Nurses Association/U.S. Army; Army Commendation Medal with valor device; Combat Medical Badge; Excellence in Nursing Award, Walter Reed Army Medical Center • Professional and community service: First responder to the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001; Iraq 2003-04, combat team nurse, treated more than 450 combat traumas, including three critically injured patients while under intense enemy fire; Iraq 2009-10, officer in charge of emergency department, which treated more than 3,000 with 100 percent survival • Washburn memory: “I remember my statistics professor, who refused to let me quit, and the entire School of Nursing faculty, who constantly pushed me toward excellence. Dr. Hornberger continues to be one of my most trusted mentors.”

If you would like to send your congratulations to an Alumni Fellow, please mail to Robin Moser, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, Kan., 66621; fax to (785) 670-1036; or e-mail Alumni News 20

A transforming experience As a senior at Seaman High School, Nicole Stormann’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. While her plans to attend college remained intact, it became imperative to her health for her to stay closer to home and her doctors. “Washburn was the natural decision because of my situation, and I knew I’d receive a great education. However, at the time, I was so unaware of how becoming an Ichabod would transform my life,” Stormann said. Stormann began her freshman year at Washburn in the fall of 2008 and lived at home in Topeka for the first year. As her health stabilized, she was able to become more involved with campus activities, particularly a Christian student group and WU Buddies. Coordinated by the international programs office at Washburn, WU Buddies are Washburn students from the United States who are paired with incoming international students to help them transition into the new culture and enhance their study abroad experience. Stormann also became a conversational English partner with several international students from China. Conversational English partners are coordinated by the international programs office and pair English-speaking students with international students to help them become more proficient in the English language. Through these experiences, Stormann developed friendships with several Washburn students from China and began to fall in love with the Chinese culture. “I was fascinated by their determination to learn and their hospitality. It was all new and exciting to me, and I wanted to learn more about their society in a more hands-on fashion,” Stormann said. The opportunity to learn more was right around the corner. Stormann soon learned of the organization FOCUS International through her involvement with campus activities. The group coordinates cultural exchange trips with universities from across the world, and one upcoming destination happened to be China. Stormann felt like the experience was meant to be. Her desire to learn more about a culture other than her own was about to be made possible. After a year of planning with the help of Washburn’s international programs, a 12-day trip to China became a reality. In addition to receiving financial assistance from international programs for her travels, Stormann was able to receive college credit for her trip as well. While abroad, she spent time at a teacher’s college in Bateau, China, where she interacted with other students, taught several classes, sat in on question and answer sessions and became immersed in the Chinese culture. “The trip truly transformed my life,” she said. “I felt like even though I was learning in a non-traditional setting, it was one of the most educational experiences I’ve had at Washburn.” Stormann is currently a resident assistant in West Hall. Her health is stable and she hopes to have the opportunity to take more trips in the future. She is also a first21 Foundation

generation college student and the first individual in her family to travel abroad. She said she is having the opportunity of a lifetime because of her education at Washburn. Stormann has been awarded an academic scholarship each semester. Study abroad programs like the one Stormann participated in are made possible, in part, by loyal donor support. The international programs office at Washburn also relies on private support from alumni and community members to help fund programs like WU Buddies and conversational English partners and coordinate student trips. “I am so thankful to be obtaining my degree at Washburn and that there is financial support available for study abroad experiences like I had. When I started at Washburn as a freshman, I had no idea I would have the opportunity to become so involved in experiences that have shaped who I am as a person,” Stormann said. To learn more about how to make an impact on the life of students like Nicole, contact Washburn University Foundation at (785) 670-4483 or visit

Stormann in front of a section of the Great Wall of China during her trip abroad. Photo courtesy of Nicole Stormann

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Not for herself alone

Jim Martin, bba ‘79, lecturer, School of Business

Collecting Donor Stories “I had a professor encourage me to participate in campus politics, and because of those experiences, I decided to pursue my education at Washburn University School of Law. I’ve never once looked back,” one Washburn graduate remembers.

Thank YOU for making an IMPACT Thanks to loyal donor support and dedicated campus and community members, Washburn University Foundation celebrated a record-breaking year of fundraising for the 2009-10 fiscal year. During the past year, approximately 6,500 students were impacted by gifts from donors. More than 1,500 students received private scholarship assistance with donor support. Thirty efficient teaching and learning spaces on campus have been maintained with the help from supporters, and more than 110 extracurricular activities are impacted by private support. These are just a few ways the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty and staff helped the Foundation support Washburn and raise a record $13.3 million. This total exceeds the previous fundraising record by more than $2.5 million.  Equally as exceptional was the increase in the total number of donors and new donors committed to providing support for Washburn students.  In the past fiscal year, 6,358 donors made a gift to Washburn and 922 of those individuals were defined as new donors. With the support of individuals like you, the Foundation and University are able to make an impact on students by providing additional scholarship aid, funding for student organizations and extracurricular activities and complete renovations and facelifts to campus facilities. The Foundation is truly grateful for the dedication and support of loyal donors who support its mission to provide students and Washburn University with the financial resources necessary to advance the institution.

“I met my husband at Washburn, and we’ve been married for nearly 40 years now,” another Ichabod recalls. Washburn University Foundation is inviting alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members to share how Washburn has impacted their lives. The stories may be featured on the Foundation website, in newsletters or in other materials to demonstrate the impact Washburn makes. If you are interested in sharing your story, please visit to fill out the online form or to print off a form. Be sure to include your name and the name of the person you are writing about. You know the stories about how Washburn impacted your life. Please share your story so it can be shared with others.

As a single mother with two young children, Cindy (Tilson) Rogers, ba ’69, Topeka, returned to further her degree at Washburn University because she knew the importance of an education. Backed by her own determination, strength and the support of her mentor and friend, Day Monroe, a Washburn professor, Rogers graduated from Washburn in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree in home economics. Since her time at Washburn, Rogers has strived to make an impact on the lives of other students like herself. Having once experienced the obstacles many non-traditional students at Washburn face, Rogers wanted to touch the lives of single mothers and help encourage them to complete a degree. “I firmly believe paying it forward is one of the most important things you can do in life,” she said. “I try to live by the saying ‘not for one alone,’ and keep that thought at the forefront of what I do.”

Through her involvement with Washburn Women’s Alliance, whose mission is to give single mothers the opportunity to further their education, expand their opportunities and strengthen their future, Rogers has dedicated her time and resources to making the dream of an education become a reality for many single mothers. Currently, she is endowing the Cynthia Tilson Conklin Rogers Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Day Monroe for single mothers, in honor of her mentor. Single mothers pursuing a degree at Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology are eligible for the Cynthia Tilson Conklin Rogers Scholarship. This is currently the only scholarship available specifically for single mothers who are also attending Washburn Tech. “I wanted to make the scholarship available to Washburn Tech students as well because it is not only a wonderful way to receive hands-on training and education for real-world occupations, but it can also serve as a stepping stone for further education at Washburn University on down the road,” Rogers said. To date, the Washburn Women’s Alliance has distributed more than $500,000 to 295 students in need. Through their support and the support provided by funds like the Cynthia Tilson Conklin Rogers Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Day Monroe, the lives of non-traditional female students are positively impacted daily. If you are interested in becoming involved with Washburn Women’s Alliance or creating an endowed fund to support Washburn University and students, please call (785) 670-4483 or visit for more information.

Cindy Rogers with mentor and friend, Day Monroe (above). (L to R) Cindy Rogers, ba ‘69, Topeka, and Geraldine Elphick, Lawrence, Kan., a senior majoring in education, at the 2010 Washburn Women’s Alliance luncheon. Elphick is the first to receive the WWA scholarship recently established by Rogers.

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DECEMBER 1 - 5: KTWU membership drives. Contact Kathy Woods at (785) 670-3162 or e-mail

NOVEMBER 18 Wake Up With Washburn, speaker Barbara Morrison, bba ’85, Wichita, Kan., “Market-Based Management: The Science of Success,” 7:30 a.m.

4 Quest high school academic competition needs volunteers to quiz high school participants at Super Saturday event, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. To sign up, contact Amanda Hughes at (785) 670-2153 or

DECEMBER 3 After Hours, 5 p.m. 8 Holiday party at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., co-sponsored by Washburn Alumni Association and Washburn School of Law Alumni Association, 6 p.m.


Barbara Waterman-Peters, Rumors

7 After Hours, 5 p.m. 12 Washburn Wednesday, The Other Place, Overland Park, Kan., 5:30 p.m.

Theatre EVENTS NOVember 12 - 13 “Rumors,” 7:30 p.m. 19 - 20 “Rumors,” 7:30 p.m. 21 “Rumors,” 2 p.m.

FEBRUARY 4 After Hours, 5 p.m. 9 Washburn Wednesday, The Other Place, Overland Park, Kan., 5:30 p.m. 19 Phoenix, Ariz., event 20 Tucson, Ariz., event 24 Wake Up With Washburn, Jay Lang, Leawood, Kan., “New Opportunities in Existing Markets” 25 Wichita reception in conjunction with Kansas Music Educators Association Alumni events are held in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, unless otherwise noted. Football tailgates are located in the parking lot north of Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl.

Laughter shared can be as contagious as a spreading rumor. “Rumors” is frothy and funny, a farce by Neil Simon, America’s premier comic 20th century playwright. Located at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Fine Arts Center, unless otherwise noted. For information, call (785) 670-1639.

Glenda Taylor, professor and chairwoman, Washburn art department, untitled, handbuilt, porcelain

Academics & Student Life NOVEMBER 24 - 28 Thanksgiving student recess

Mulvane Exhibits & Events

Through Jan. 16 “Printed Image III” A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary printmaking, cohosted with the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Through Jan. 23 Art Department Faculty Exhibit Works in a variety of media and styles by Washburn University art department faculty members Exhibits and events are in the Mulvane Art Museum, unless otherwise noted. The Mulvane Art Museum is located in Garvey Fine Arts Center. For information, call (785) 670-1124 or visit 25 Calendar of Events

DECEMBER 10 Last day of classes 17 Fall Commencement, Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center, 6:30 p.m. 18 School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony, White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, 10 a.m. 25 - Jan. 1 Winter holiday break (Washburn closed)

JANUARY 5 11 17 18

Special Events DECEMBER 2 Crane Observatory Open House, 7:30 - 9 p.m.* 3 Board of Regents meet. For information, call (785) 670-1712. 4 Quest high school academic competition

MUSIC EVENTS DECEMBER 1 Wind Ensemble “Man and Machine” Concert, 7:30 p.m. 2 Opera: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” 2:30 p.m. 3 Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. 5 Percussion Holiday Concert, 3 p.m. 12 Holiday Vespers Concert (free with ticket), 4 p.m. 19 Holiday Vespers Concert broadcast on KTWU, 7 p.m. All concerts are in White Concert Hall in Garvey Fine Arts Center, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change. For information, call (785) 670-1511.

* View the night sky at Crane Observatory in Stoffer Science Hall. Open houses are free and open to the public. For information, call (785) 670-2141 or visit

Volunteer Opportunities NOVEMBER 27 - 30: KTWU membership drives. Contact Kathy Woods at (785) 670-3162 or e-mail

Holidays and events

Notices of international students seeking transportation for local shopping expeditions, home-cooked dinners or short stays during holiday breaks are available in an e-mail notification system sponsored by the office of international programs. E-mail Heidi Staerkel at heidi. to join the list to receive notices.

Classes begin for entering School of Law students School of Law classes begin Martin Luther King holiday (Washburn closed) Classes begin

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CAMPUS NEWS Jones joins Washburn as legal counsel

Robinson joins School of Law’s Center for Law and Government

NEW MASCOT A new and improved Ichabod mascot has the traditional blue coat with long tails and top hat, but has more realistic facial features than the mascot from the 1980s which he replaces. President Jerry Farley said Washburn has one of the most unique college mascots because it represents a real person, Ichabod Washburn, a Massachusetts industrialist whose $25,000 gift in 1868 enabled the college to stay on its feet financially. Farley said the new mascot, which will be featured at Washburn’s sporting and community events, exemplifies courage, enthusiasm and excitement.

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Reginald Robinson, former president and chief executive officer for the Kansas Board of Regents, joined the School of Law faculty this fall as a professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Government. “He is an absolutely perfect fit for what we envision for the Center for Law and Government,” said Thomas Romig, School of Law dean. “His knowledge of government at the federal, state and local levels and his past teaching experience are exactly what we had in mind when we established this Center.” “In a law school located in the state capital and with the tradition Washburn law alumni have for commitment to public service, it makes sense to have a Center that concentrates on the intersection of law and government and policy,” Robinson said. In addition to teaching courses in administrative law and legislation, Robinson is working to establish curriculum and set up internships and externships. Long term goals include enhancing community and public education through sponsoring speakers and engaging with policy makers. “The issues facing policy makers are complex,” Robinson said. “To make tough decisions, policy makers need a clear sense of their roles, a clear presentation of their options and need to be as fully equipped as possible. I am hopeful that, over time, the Center can add value along these lines.” Robinson taught, among other courses, torts, civil rights and local government law 1988-93 at the University of Kansas School of Law. He returned to KU in 1998 to serve four years jointly as chief of staff to Chancellor Robert Hemenway and as a visiting associate professor. In 1993, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a White House Fellow and served as a Special Assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno. Following his fellowship, he was appointed to a number of senior executive posts within the Department. He also served four years as an Army field artillery officer, achieving the rank of captain. The Center for Law and Government is one of four signature School of Law programs that include the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, the Business and Transactional Law Center and the Children and Family Law Center.

Lisa R. Jones, aa ’85, bs ’94 and jd ’97, of Derby, Kan., began serving as Washburn’s legal counsel in September. “She made a very positive impression on those with whom she met,” said President Jerry Farley, who also noted that Jones was selected following a nationwide search. “She has the talent, temperament and strength of character to serve her alma mater as legal counsel. We welcome her to Washburn.” Jones comes to Washburn from Wichita State University, where she served as associate general counsel since 2007. Prior to joining WSU, she served as staff attorney for the 3rd Judicial District of Kansas, as associate general counsel for the Kansas Board of Regents and assistant county counselor for Shawnee County. She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association Board of Editors and a member of both the Kansas and Florida bar associations. She replaces Kenneth Hackler, ba ’72 and jd ’77, Topeka, who retired in June after 29 years of service.

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Woodley Press marks 30th YEAR In 1980, Bob Lawson, now professor emeritus (department of English 1963-94), took on the role of editor for the recently incorporated non-profit Bob Woodley Memorial Press. For Lawson, who served as editor for the next 20 years, it was a labor of love for Kansas authors and literature, and also a way for Lawson to honor the memory of his friend and longtime colleague, Bob Woodley, ba ’58, who taught creative writing at Washburn from 1961 until his death in 1976. Lawson’s novel, “The Bridge of Dreams,” released in November 2009, is one of five books marking the 30th anniversary of Woodley Press. “Ghost Stories of the New West: From Einstein’s Brain to Geronimo’s Boots,” by Denise Low, takes readers on a head-to-toe discovery of colliding cultures, shifting winds and legendary figures who still populate the Great Plains region.

“Atlas of Our Birth,” by Serina Allison Hearn, is a poetry collection about family, place, the environment and colonialism.

Bob Lawson, Washburn professor of English from 1963 to 1994.

“Kansas Poems of William Stafford,” second edition, is about Kansas and the poet’s explorations of human potential. The Cimarron River and the cities of Liberal and Hutchinson are surface traces of deep set human intricacies.

“Sky Land,” by Michael Johnson, is the poet’s tribute to the land of endless sky, beauty and human impact.

“The Bridge of Dreams,” by Bob Lawson, is a celebration of culture and the richness of the interaction between the individual spirit and the artifacts of culture. For more information, visit 29 Campus News

Although financially separate from Washburn, Woodley Press has published the writing of Washburn faculty, alumni and friends while many others in the Washburn community served on the board of directors. Larry McGurn, ba ’75, Shawnee, Kan., longtime Woodley Press board president, said he is amazed that the small non-profit entity has published with continuity for 30 years. “It took a lot of elbow grease,” he said. Martin Graham, ba ’89, Topeka, who served 1985-2001 as a member and 1985-93 as vice president of the Woodley board, illustrated, designed or typeset the majority of the books Woodley published through 2004. He recently illustrated and designed the cover for “Bridge of Dreams.” To learn more about Woodley Press and its publications, visit reference/woodley-press.

Blanche Parks

David Moses

Jim Klausman

Christel Marquardt

KTWU wins Emmy Awards KTWU received three 2010 Emmy Awards in the Heartland Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Four KTWU staff members and a playwright received individual Emmys. Jim Kelly, ba ’77, producer, for “Sunflower Journeys: The Bloody Benders,” historical/cultural/segment John Njagi, ba ’01, producer/director, for “Sunflower Journeys: Plains People, Joe White,” community affairs segment Philip Grecian, ba ’93, Topeka, playwright; Jim Kelly, ba ’77, producer/ director; and Valerie VanDerSluis, producer, for “Dracula, the Radio Play,” entertainment program

Washburn Board of Regents Members of the Washburn Board of Regents elected the Honorable Christel Marquardt, jd ’74, Topeka, as chairwoman and Blanche Parks, b ed ’71 and m ed ’76, Topeka, as vice chairwoman for 2010-11. Marquardt, who serves as a judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, was appointed to the Board in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Parks was originally appointed to the Board in 1993 by the late Mayor Butch Felker, reappointed in 1996 by former Mayor Joan Wagnon and again in 2008 by Mayor Bill Bunten. She is employed by the State Department on Aging. Marquardt and Parks will serve as board officers for one year. Gov. Mark Parkinson recently appointed Jim Klausman, ba ’74, Topeka, and David Moses, bba ’76 and jd ’79, Wichita, Kan., to the Washburn Board of Regents. Klausman is the president and chief executive officer of Midwest Health Inc. in Topeka, which manages 35 senior living

centers located in Kansas and surrounding states. He is a past president of the Kansas Health Care Association, a past chairman of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of St. Francis Hospital and the advisory board of US Bank, both in Topeka. Moses is an attorney with Case, Moses, Zimmerman & Martin PA, representing clients in a variety of areas, including education law. Previously, Moses was a partner at Curfman, Harris, Rose & Smith LLP and the chief administrative attorney for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. He is a member of the Washburn Alumni Association, the School of Law’s Dean’s Circle and a charter member of the School of Business’ Angel Investors Society. Also serving on the Board are Topeka Mayor William Bunten; Topekans James Lagerberg, ba ’53; Dan Lykins, jd ’72; Bob Storey, bba ’61 and jd ’63; and Maggie Warren, ba ’74.

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Chinese gift of art on Washburn campus In June, the sculpture “Lantern Light” was installed near the northwest corner of the Henderson Learning Resources Center. It is one of four sculptures exchanged between China and the United States to mark a 30-year-old trade deal signed during the Carter administration. Ye Yushan, a famed Chinese sculptor, created the nine-foot high and 16-foot wide metal sculpture. Etched on the four-sided base are signatures representing a sample of Chinese people born in 1979. “Lantern Light” will stay at Washburn for about two years until a permanent location is determined in downtown Topeka.

Bearman is dean of libraries

Beverly Thompson Beverly (Caruthers) Thompson, m ed ’70, Topeka, discusses how to preserve a 74-year-old photograph of her as an infant in her mother’s arms with Rex Ellis, associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian Institution. Ellis provided one-on-one professional consultations on how to care for personal items as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “Save Our African American Treasures” program co-hosted at Washburn in August. The event provided opportunities for northeastern Kansas-area residents to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance.

The education department is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in spring 2011. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments for review by the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

Alan Bearman was appointed dean of university libraries in August. He joined the history faculty in 2003 and has served as interim dean of libraries since 2008. A native of London, England, Bearman holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky, bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Murray (Ky.) State University and a doctorate from Kansas State University.

Submit written comments to: Board of Examiners NCATE 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036-1023 Or by e-mail to: 31 Campus News

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Alumni highlighted in blue are dues-paid members of the Washburn Alumni Association. To join, visit our website:

Ken Boggs, ba ’72, Greensboro, N.C., is chief financial officer


Diane (Ticehurst) Burton, bs ’79

Sarah (Warfel) Belcher-


Raymond Cochrane, ba ’64, and

and bs ’80, Topeka, is vice-

Whitehead, ba ’54, Topeka,

Patricia Cochrane, Bartlesville,

chairwoman of the American

celebrated her 90th birthday in July.

Okla., celebrated their 60th

Red Cross Kansas Capital Area

wedding anniversary in August.

Chapter board.

Virginia (Woodbury) Martinson,


Damian Dekat, b ed ’60, and

Greg Cartwright, ba ’79,

Betty Becker-Theye, ba ’63,

Rae Dekat, Silver Lake, Kan.,

Paola, Kan., retired from Paola

Belfast, Maine, is the author

celebrated their 50th wedding

High School after 32 years in

of “The Hidden Children of

anniversary in August.

education as a teacher, coach and

of Law Alumni Association. Donald Schnacke, jd ’57, Topeka, was reappointed by Gov. Mark Parkinson to the Kansas Inc. board of directors for a four-year term.

anniversaries Glennie (Smith) Buckley, ba ’59 and m ed ’80, and David Buckley, ba ’59 and jd ’62, Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. 33 Class Notes

board of education for the fourth consecutive year.

Paul Brown, ba ’78 and jd ’81,

Fred Stawitz, ba ’73 and bs ’85, Houston, Texas, co-authored

Hutchinson, Kan., is

“Homeboy’s Soul: Pride, Terror & Street Justice In America.” Thomas Thomas, ba ’75, Paramus, N.J., was appointed senior vice president, student success at Berkeley College in Paramus. Maria Torrez Anderson, ba ’76,

high school administrator.

Topeka, was appointed to the Students Against Destructive Decisions national board of


Verla (Wichert) Dick, b ed ’61,

by State University of New

and Robert Dick, Topeka,

Michael “Tom” Goodrich, ba ’73,

York Press. She is professor

celebrated their 50th wedding

Englewood, Fla., authored

Pamela Dawes-Tambornino opens a window to life with her grandmother in “Maggie’s

emeritus and former dean of

anniversary in June.

“Hellstorm – The Death of Nazi

Story: Teachings of a Cherokee Healer,” released in May by Mammoth Publications of

Germany, 1944-1947,” his 10th book.

Lawrence, Kan.

jd ’52, Hugoton, Kan., received Award from the Washburn School

Communities: Retrospective

Survival,” published in 2010


a 2010 Lifetime Achievement

professor of elementary education at

Hutchinson’s city attorney.

France, 1940-1945: Stories of

the University of Nebraska at

Donald Concannon, ba ’52 and

the USD 437 Auburn-Washburn

Corwin Press.


birthday in July.

“Building Classroom Reading

curriculum and instruction from

Angeles, Calif.

Topeka, celebrated his 90th

Nacogdoches, Texas, is assistant

Topeka West High School.

anniversary in May.

Wayne Howbert, ba ’48,

& Voice board of directors.

Circles,” published by

Adella (Robb) Shafer, ba ’30,


Topeka, was elected president of

Seeger earned a doctorate in

churches in the area of Los

wedding anniversary in June.

2009 and is the co-author of

Topeka, is interim principal of

celebrated their 60th wedding

Topeka, celebrated their 60th

b ed ’95 and m ed ’05,

Miscue Analysis and Socratic

a coalition of urban Lutheran

ba ’49, and David Martinson,

Texas, joined the HiBeam Internet

Stephen F. Austin State University.

and Joanne Edmonds, Topeka,


Bill Sneed, bba ’77 and jd ’80,

Steve Roberts, ba ’74 and m ed ’87,

1930s her 103rd birthday in April.

Kansas State University in

Health System.

directors of New City Parish,

San Francisco, Calif., celebrated

Victoria (Billau) Seeger, ba ’76,

and treasurer for Moses Cone

Harlan Edmonds, bba ’55,


Steve Millstein, jd ’78, Dallas,

Pamela Dawes-Tambornino, ba ’86, Linwood, Kan.

directors for a three-year term.

anniversaries Sylvia (Wulf) Borghardt, m ed ’74, and Carl “Truman” Borghardt, Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June.

Kearney College of Fine Arts

Marie (Richter) Newbery, b ed ’65,

and Humanities and serves as

and Joe Newbery, bba ’73,

James Hanni, ba ’74, Lawrence,

adventures and calamities she and her brother encountered during visits with their

adjunct professor of modern

Topeka, celebrated their 60th

Kan., was elected to the Gettysburg

Gary Clarke, ba ’79, and

languages at the University of

grandmother, Maggie Dawes, in Pawhuska, Okla. Each of the folksy tales eventually leads to

wedding anniversary in June.

Foundation board of directors.

Margaret Clarke, Topeka,

Dawes, who often laughs at the children’s mishaps, yet teaches them something important.

celebrated their 50th wedding

Charlotte (Stollenwerck)

Marla Luckert, ba ’77 and jd ’80,

For example, in “Noodling,” Dawes-Tambornino, then five years old, nags her grandmother

anniversary in June.

John Conway, jd ’63,

Oldham, b ed ’60, and David

Topeka, received a 2010

Albuquerque, N. M., received

Oldham, bs ’60, Houston,

Distinguished Service Award

a 2010 Lifetime Achievement

Texas, celebrated their 50th

from the Washburn School of

Award from the Washburn School

wedding anniversary in May.

Law Alumni Association. She

Maine Hutchinson Center.

of Law Alumni Association.

was honored by Washburn in Carolyn (Kirby) Reed, ba ’61,

1993 as an Alumni Fellow.

Winton Hinkle, jd ’68, Wichita,

and John Reed, Lawrence, Kan.,

Kan., is serving a two-year term

celebrated their 50th wedding

Marilyn (Schreiner) Masterson,

as president of Washburn’s School

anniversary in June.

bsn ’78 and ba ’78, Manhattan,

of Law Alumni Association.

Kan., received a doctorate from Kansas Gary Scoggin, m ed ’64, and

State University in human ecology:

Glen Winchell, bba ’68, Arden

Donna Scoggin, Topeka,

life span human development.

Hills, Minn., was elected

celebrated their 50th wedding

She is an assistant professor at

treasurer of the board of

anniversary in July.

Washburn’s School of Nursing.

*Dues-paid Alumni Association members are highlighted in blue.

In 36 short chapters, titled in both English and Cherokee, Dawes-Tambornino describes

to let her learn to “noodle.” As is also the case in other chapters, Dawes demonstrates the how to, and then leaves her granddaughter to try it herself.

Joyce (Irwin) Robinson, b ed ’74

and ma ’84, and Allan

It takes Dawes-Tambornino more than an hour of feeling for fish under rocks to catch,

or more appropriately, be caught by, a 12-pound fish that won’t let go. She describes the

Robinson, ba ’72, Tecumseh,

condition of her right hand after her grandmother gets the fish loose: “Two of the fingers

Kan., celebrated their 25th

were bent at a real funny angle, kind of like a door had slammed on them.” In her role as

wedding anniversary in June.

healer, Dawes straightens the fingers, cleanses the hand, applies herbs and binds it in a splint. That evening, “old death grip was the main dish,” writes Dawes-Tambornino, who shouts “no” when her grandmother asks if she would like to noodle again the next day.

Dawes -Tambornino taught business and technical writing at Washburn as an adjunct


Margaret (Becker) Blevins, bsn ’86,

1993-2009. She currently serves as professor of English at Haskell Indian Nations University,

Mayetta, Kan., competed in the

Lawrence, Kan., and holds a master’s degree in library and information management from

Sunflower State Games Governor’s

Emporia State University, where she is also pursuing a master of arts degree.

“Noodling” is anthologized in the summer 2010 issue of “Yellow Medicine Review.”

Cup 5K/10K as a member of the Beef Endurance Team. Class Notes 34

Bruce Emmert, ba ’82, Topeka,

Chapter of the National Association

Trenton “TJ” Lennard, bs ’90,

Rosemary (Schock) Wilkerson, ba ’90,

customer service manager for

of the National Association of

Comer in Corporate/Mergers

Lucas Hackmann, ba ’09, and

is senior pastor of First United

of Women in Construction.

Lemoore, Calif., is the

Holton, Kan., competed in the

Caravan Ingredients.

Women in Construction.

&Acquisitions by Chambers

Jaime Ditch, Topeka, on April 17.

commanding officer of the

Sunflower State Games Governor’s

USA 2010.

He works for the Home Depot

Eric Slusser, bba ’83, Marietta,

VFA-154 Black Knights, a Navy

Cup 5K/10K as a member of the

Samantha (Cooper) Gassie, ba ’07

Kris (Castillo) Klima, ba ’05,

David Hanzlick, ba ’82 and

Ga., was named chief financial

F/A-18F Super Hornet squadron

Beef Endurance Team.

and mls ’08, Binghamton, N. Y.,

Topeka, was promoted to

Effie (Cooper) Swanson, ba ’09,

ba ’84, Overland Park, Kan., is

officer of Gentiva Health Service

assigned to the aircraft carrier

is assistant professor of political

associate director of admissions

Bryan, Texas, is pursuing a

Samantha Inverarity, bsn ’01,

vice president of development

in Atlanta, Ga.

USS Ronald Reagan.

Stacey (Nafziger) Woolington,

science and international studies

at Washburn University.

master’s degree at the Bush

and Gerrick Baize, Chelsea,

bs ’95, Topeka, is financial

at Binghamton University. In

School of Government and

Mich., on Dec. 19. She is employed at Allegiance Health.

Methodist Church in Topeka.

and marketing for Kansas City’s Sheffield Place. Michael Moore, ba ’87, Grand Prairie, Texas, was promoted to

Cheryl Whelan, ba ’87, Topeka,

Ryan Losh, bs ’93, Florissant,

administrator for Shawnee

June, she presented research on

Daniel Lehman, mba ’01,

Public Service. She completed

is general counsel for the Kansas

Mo., received a doctor of

County (Kan.)

international law and interviews

Topeka, was elected treasurer of

an internship in Washington,

Department of Education.

optometry degree from the

with survivors of the 1970s

the American Red Cross Kansas

D.C., where she worked with

Stuart Ledbetter, bba ’05, and


Cambodian genocide at a

Capital Area Chapter board.

the Transportation Security

Karie Noll, Topeka, on July 10.

Katherine (Murray) McElhinney,

Kan., competed in the Sunflower

Dedra Duran-Gray, bba ’02

Topeka, is a staff accountant

jd ’97, Overland Park, Kan., was

State Games Governor’s Cup

and mba ’07, Topeka, is a senior

for TPP Certified Public

Lora Westling, bba ’05 and

appointed municipal court judge

5K/10K as a member of the Beef

member credit risk analyst at


mba ’07, Kirksville, Mo., is the

for Lenexa, Kan.

Endurance Team.

FHLBank Topeka.

senior vice provost and is the first


dean of undergraduate studies at the

Nancy (Rinehart) Mergen, ba ’82,

University of Texas at Arlington.

and Richard Mergen, ba ’79, Topeka, celebrated their 30th

Laura Johnson-McNish, bba ’83 and jd ’91, Marysville, Kan., was

wedding anniversary in June.

selected to be Marshall County

Darla (Gaston) Rundell,

(Kan.) attorney.

m ed ’80, and George Rundell, Topeka, celebrated their 50th

Daniel Muchow, jd ’81, Phoenix, Ariz., was ranked

merchandising executive team.

wedding anniversary in May.

University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Administration and

conference in Finland and Estonia.

Adam Barta, bs ’03, Randall,

Nathan Martin, bba ’09,

Homeland Security.

Liz Rogers ba ’04, and Ben Rebein, bs ’05, Hackensack, N.J., on May 29.

assistant women’s basketball

Jaime Strickland, bsn ’00, and

Keith Pangburn, jd ’09,

coach for Truman State

Jason Cole, Topeka, on April 17.


Kristen Mickey, jd ’94,

Betty Barker, mba ’07,

Rodolfo Forde, ba ’07,

Topeka, is an Army logistician

Scottsbluff, Neb., was appointed a

Wakarusa, Kan., is a sales and

Gainesville, Fla., earned a master

for the State of Kansas.

Scotts Bluff County (Neb.) judge

marketing account executive for

of business administration degree

of the 12th Judicial District.

Jayhawk File Express.

from Walden University and is a human resources assistant for the Veterans Administration.

medical degree from Kansas

Scott Webb, ba ’08, and Patricia Anita Young, ba ’09 and bs ’10,

Wagoner, Ft. Benning, Ga., on

Ben Rebein, bs ’05,

Topeka, is a laboratory scientist

April 20. He is serving in the

Hackensack, N.J., received a

at Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

Army in Seoul, South Korea.

City University of Medicine




April (Hazen) Rowland, bs ’99

Faron Barr, bba ’03, Topeka,

Jennifer (Cecil) Albright, ba ’95,

and mcj ’04, Topeka, has joined

received a Distinguished

an attorney in the law firm of

Pretty Prairie, Kan., is a case

the staff at Davidson Funeral

Toastmaster award from

Daniel Gilligan, jd ’09,

and Biosciences and a master of

Robert Bauer, ba ’07 and jd ’10,

Denise (Bunck) Davies, bba ’05,

Quarles & Brady.

manager with Big Brothers Big

Home after receiving an assistant

Toastmasters International.

Hutchinson, Kan., is an assistant

business administration degree

and Andrea Brack, Lenexa,

and Luke Davies, Troy, Kan., a

Sisters in Hutchinson, Kan.

funeral director license.

district attorney with the

from Rockhurst University. He

Kan., on Nov. 7, 2009.

girl, Ainsley Chaise, on July 21.

Reno County (Kan.) District

is in a general surgery residency

in the 2010 Chambers USA directory for excellence in environmental practice. He is

Paul Nathenson, bis ’80 and bsn ’82, Lincoln, Neb., was inducted

Dennis Bohm, bba ’04, Shelley (Foster) Duffey, ba ’95,

Shawn Saathoff, bba ’90,

Washington, D.C., is a

into Cambridge Who’s Who

Topeka, was inducted into the

Lawrence, Kan., is a member

consultant with the firm Booz

for leadership and excellence in

2010 Topeka Shawnee County

financial analysis manager for

Allen Hamilton.

rehabilitation and holistic health

Sports Council Hall of Fame.

FHLBank Topeka.

care. Nathenson is vice president

She was named to the Washburn

long term care services and

Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

biomedical support for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Eric Johnson, ba ’91, Matthews,

Attorney’s Office.

She joins a sister, Addyson, 1.

at St. Joseph’s Hospital,

Kristin Bell, b ed ’08, and

Paterson, N.J.

Curtis Fisher, Lawrence, Kan.,

Teresa (Middleswart) Fisher,

on June 5. She is a teacher for

bsn ’03, and Curtis Fisher,

Topeka USD 501.

Topeka, a boy, Isaac Wesley, on

Lena (Bronson) Hayden, ba ’02, Topeka, is president of Nos

Keri (Battershell) Renner,

Brian Casebeer, bba ’01,

Vemos Greetings, which has

ba ’03, Topeka, received a

Jason Stewart, bba ’95, Olathe,

Topeka, received the professional

launched a new line of bilingual

Bronze Quill Award from the

Nina Chandlee, ba ’09, and

Kan., was promoted to president

designation of accredited asset

greeting cards that combine

International Association of

Jeremy Welch, Leavenworth,

of Cohen Financial Services LLC,

management specialist from

English and Spanish.

Business Communicators.

Kan., on Nov. 14, 2009. She is a

Melissa (Ross) McClain, ba ’01, and

youth psychosocial group facilitator

Josh McClain, Long Island, Kan.,

N. C., is executive director of the

where he has served 14 years in

the College for Financial

Mark Remboldt, as ’84,

University Park Alliance, which

numerous managerial positions.

Planning, Denver, Colo.

Topeka, marked 20 years

is working to revitalize the area

with Kansas Department of

around the University Akron.

March 5. He joins a brother, Ethan, 3.

Matt Hundley, b ed ’03,

Travis Rodmon, jd ’09,

with The Guidance Center of

a boy, Brogan Joshua, on May 31.

Holton, Kan., is a men’s assistant

Arlington, Texas, was named in


He joins a sister, Kassidy, 1.

Rosemary Thorne, ba ’91,

Kyle Cox, bs ’09, Lawrence, Kan.,

coach at Barton Community

the Top 40 Entrepreneurs and

Wakarusa, Kan., competed

is an officer with the Ottawa

College, Great Bend, Kan.

Executives Under 40 in Fort

Matt Ewald, bba ’09, and

Annie (Davis) Stoops, ba ’00,

Shawn Leisinger, jd ’99,

in the Sunflower State Games

(Kan.) Police Department.

Bend County (Texas).

Lauren Lawless, Topeka, on June

and Jason Stoops, ba ’97 and

Topeka, is executive director of

Governor’s Cup 5K/10K

19. He is an investment adviser

mba ’04, Topeka, a boy, Jayden

Susan Schilling, bba ’89, Topeka, is

the Washburn School of Law

as a member of the Beef

Bill Crooks, bba ’01 and

and mba ’04, Topeka, is

Jason Stone, jd ’00, Des Moines,

with Advisors Excel.

Davis, on April 5. He joins a

serving as vice president of the Topeka

Center for Excellence.

Endurance Team.

mba ’06, Kansas City, Mo., is

treasurer of the Topeka chapter

Iowa, was named an Up and

Transportation, where he is a senior engineering technician.

35 Class Notes

Gloria (Deters) Keating, bba ’00

*Dues-paid Alumni Association members are highlighted in blue.

brother, Jacob, 1. Class Notes 36


Alumni Association. As a student,

Washburn, he was a member of

of National Bank of Alaska; and a

Norma (Nedvar) Keltner, b ed ’69

he was a member of ROTC,

the Newman Club, Association

lifetime member of the Washburn

and m ed ’72, 82, Topeka, on July

Kayla Boeckman, bsn ’10,

Washburn Bar Association and

of Business Students, Young

Alumni Association. As a student,

25. She taught 26 years in Topeka

Topeka, is a registered nurse

Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.

Republicans and a charter member

he was a member of Independent

at Quincy Elementary School

of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Students Association.

and was a member of Alpha Chi

Buhler, Kan., on July 9. He had a

Robert Fish, ba ’50, 89, Eureka,

Mary Ann (Hindenach) Swartz,

career with the Federal Aviation

Calif., on May 4. An Army World

ba ’54, 78, Overland Park, Kan., on

Roy Vickrey, bba ’64, 73,

Administration in air traffic

War II veteran, he was president of

June 17. She was a member of Holy

Sherman, Texas, on May 13. He

control, was a lifetime member of

the Banker’s Association and retired

Spirit Catholic Church, where she

retired as a senior vice president

the Washburn Alumni Association

as manager of First Interstate Bank.

sang in the choir. At Washburn, she

of Fleming Foods, was active in

was a member of Phi Sigma Chi

community service organizations

honorary women’s pep club and

and operated a record and

Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

memorabilia shop. At Washburn,

in the post-surgical unit at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Rochelle Graves, bba ’10, Lenexa, Kan., is a compliance specialist with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.


in memory

Chris Hamm, bba ’10, Topeka,

Herbert Ebendorf, ba ’32, 99,

was promoted to director of

Wichita, Kan., on Aug. 4. He had

operations at Premier One Data

a long career with the Coleman

Systems Inc.

Co., which he joined in 1945 as publications manager. After

Dan Heinz, jd ’10, Topeka,

retirement, he served 30 years

competed in the Sunflower

as a volunteer historian of the

State Games Governor’s Cup

company, publishing a newsletter,

5K/10K as a member of the Beef

“Coleman Lite,” and co-authored

Endurance Team.

the book, “Coleman Collector’s Guide.” He was a lifetime

Danielle Hodge, b ed ’10 and

member of the Washburn Alumni

ba ’10, Lenexa, Kan., is teaching

Association. As a student, he was

at Turner Elementary School in

a staff member of the Kaw and

Kansas City, Kan.

Washburn Review and a member

wedding Katie Brevitz, as ’10, and Derek Brown, Topeka, on Dec. 19. She is employed at Sunflower Prompt Care.

in the community Four Washburn alumni are serving on the board of Breakthrough House.

Ed Bryan, jd ’74, Topeka Joan Donnelly, bs ’84, Topeka Bob Harrison, ba ’77, Topeka, president Brandi Studer, jd ’06, Lawrence, Kan., secretary

37 Class Notes

of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.


in memory

David Johnson, ba ’48, and jd ’49,

Leavenworth. At Washburn,

85, Sonoma, Calif., on July 9. A

she was named to Nonoso and

Navy veteran of World War II, he

Who’s Who Among Students

was a mortgage banker and real

in American Universities and

estate developer in California and

Colleges, served on the Washburn

Hawaii and supported Washburn

Review staff, was president of

as a member of the Lincoln and

Women’s Athletic Association and

Whiting societies. As a student, he

a member of Alpha Phi sorority.

was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Wibert “Bill” Chamberlin, ba ’56, 79, Bowie, Md., on July 9. A

George McCullough, ba ’49 and

veteran of the Korean conflict, he

jd ’50, 86, Topeka, on July 19. A

had a career with the Interstate

Navy veteran, he served as general

Commerce Commission and

counsel and lobbyist for the Kansas

remained active in the Air Force

AFL-CIO and practiced worker’s

Reserve until retirement.

compensation law, retiring from the law firm of McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker. At Washburn, he was a member of Pi Kappa Delta national debate society.

Force veteran of the Korean War, he had a long career in the Denver (Colo.) Water Board personnel teacher in Denver public schools

92, Leawood, Kan., on May 30.

retired as vice president of sales for

after retirement, was active in the

Magi Marketing. At Washburn, he

Democratic Party, an elder of Peoples

was a member of the band, Student

Presbyterian Church and served as

Council, Kappa Mu Epsilon

Western regional vice president of

national mathematics honor society

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

and church. At Washburn, she was named to Nonoso and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and served as vice president of the freshman class, secretary-treasurer of the senior class and president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

and Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Young Republicans and Phi Alpha

Richard Cottle, ba ’51 and jd ’53,

Richard Heywood, jd ’54, 81, Innsbrook, Mo., on May 21. A Navy World War II veteran, he

Omega sorority.

he was a member of Delta Sigma

had a private law practice in the

George Tomlinson, bba ’53, 83,

St. Louis, Mo., area for more than

Overland Park, Kan., on July 19.

Herbert Dodd, jd ’56, 86,

50 years and was active in the

A World War II Navy veteran, he

Gary Watson, bba ’62, 75,

Wichita, Kan., on July 24. A Navy

Missouri Bar Association, American

retired from the Social Security

Louisiana, Mo., on May 19. He

veteran of World War II, he was

Bar Association and American

Administration after 30 years of

was a Navy veteran and retired

a prominent attorney, active in

Intellectual Property Law Association.

service. At Washburn, he was a

as vice president of the Bank of

the Republican Party, served as

At Washburn, he was a member of

member of Association of Business

Louisiana and Farm Credit. At

president of Civic Progress Inc. and

Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.

Students and Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Washburn, he was a member of

1960s in memory

Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Delta legal fraternity.

a board member of First United Methodist Church. At Washburn, he was a member of Phi Alpha

Stephen Etzel, bba ’58, 79,

83, Tampa, Fla., on May 18. He

volunteered in her community

As a student, he was a member of

Aurora, Colo., on Dec. 17. An Air

Emma Lee (Dunn) Gaddis, ba ’42,

20. She was a homemaker and

member of the Whiting Society.

Delta legal fraternity.

department, served as a substitute

ba ’45, 85, Bristol, R.I., on June

and supported Washburn as a

Phillip Cochran, ba ’58, 78,

Charles Putt, ba ’47 and bba ’49,

Isabel (Neiswanger) Hughes,

Donald Dirks, ba ’54, 80,

Henry Logan, jd ’51, 85, Santa Ynez, Calif., on July 15. He was awarded Silver and Bronze stars as an Army infantryman in World War II and practiced law for 57 years.

Topeka, on Aug. 3. An Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict, he worked in banking at Capitol Federal Savings, American Savings and Southwest Bank and Trust and also at Jetz Service Co. At

Romanko Blankinship, ba ’64, and jd ’67, 67, San Antonio, Texas, on April 22. He had a career in

David Rosen, bba ’56, 77,

the Air Force as an attorney and

Sun Lakes, Ariz., on June 18.

served as a substitute teacher after

He operated certified public

retirement. At Washburn, he was a

accountant practices; was a trust

member of Tau Delta Pi scholastic

officer for First National Bank

honor society, ROTC and Alpha

in Fort Collins, Colo.; controller

Delta fraternity.

Pi national business fraternity.

Darlene (Kippes) Williams, bs ’66, 65, Wamego, Kan., on July 15. She was the medical laboratory director at Wamego City Hospital for 28 years. At Washburn, she was a member of Newman Club, Biology Club and Independent Students Association.


Donovan Cook, 67, Topeka, on June 16 Donovan Cook joined the education department faculty in 1987 as assistant professor/coordinator of student field experience and served 22 years, retiring in 2009 with associate professor emeritus status. Throughout his years at


83, Ashland, Ore., on May 23.

Washburn, Cook taught EPIC, the early experience field-based course; coordinated and directed student teaching

A Navy Air Corps World War

and all field placements; and served as adviser to Washburn’s Student Kansas National Education Association. In

II veteran, he practiced law in

2003, the National Education Association recognized Cook as the national outstanding chapter adviser. He also

Karen (Handke) Barrett, b ed ’58,

Ashland, was a professor of

directed Washburn’s summer National Youth Sports Program for underprivileged children for 13 years.

74, Leavenworth, Kan., on June 9.

business law at Southern Oregon

She taught physical education in

University, served as legal counsel

Topeka and owned and operated

for the SOU Foundation and was a

Pullman Place Restaurant in

lifetime member of the Washburn

in memory

Prior to Washburn, Cook taught science and math for 18 years in middle and high schools, including 12 years in

Libya. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa; a master of science degree in biology from Mankato (Minn.) State University; and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg. His wife, Sherilyn (McDowell) Cook, aa ’01, survives.

Memorials toward planting a tree in front of Carnegie Hall may be sent to Washburn’s education department. Class Notes 38


Alenna (Hawk) Sanders, b ed ’73,

cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, at

Timothy Griffin, aa ’81 and ba ’90,

94, Nortonville, Kan., on July 27.

the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas,

52, Topeka, on May 16.


She taught 16 years in Atchison

Hays Medical Center; a longtime

Deborah (Boswell) Christenson,

County, Kan., and 27 years in Jefferson

surgeon for the Wichita (Kan.)

Thelma (Brobst) Mannen, aa ’83,

Ronald Richey, ba ’49, jd ’51 and honorary doctorate ’89, was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who served at

b ed ’71, 61, Houston, Texas,

County, Kan., and was a member

Surgical Group; and served on the heart

78, Topeka, on May 31. She worked

Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. as vice president and general counsel, chairman and chief executive officer. In

on June 29. She taught school

of the Retired Teachers Association

transplant team of the Medical College

15 years for Menninger and retired

1982, he was named president of Torchmark Corp., retiring in 1998 as chief executive officer and in 2002 as chairman

at Auburn, Kan., and other

and Cummings Christian Church.

of Virginia Hospital. At Washburn,

in memory

elementary schools; volunteered at the Topeka Zoo, Kansas Historical Museum and Audubon Society of Houston; and was a former member of Washburn Women’s Alliance. Her husband, Bruce Christenson, bba ’71, survives.


he was a member of Sagamore and

Jim Nix, jd ’82, 69, St. Joseph,

served on the Washburn Law board of governors. The Washburn Alumni Association and Washburn School of Law

Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Mo., on June 5. He retired from

honored him with Distinguished Service Awards. He was a benefactor of Washburn, supporting many programs and

the Navy at the rank of captain

building projects, including the School of Law Foundation and the law library addition. In 2006, with his wife, Florence

Ann (La Pointe) Barron, ba ’89, 45,

Topeka, on June 5. He worked for

St. Augustine, Fla., on Jan. 21. She

John Stueve Service Station and was

was a data base administrator for

Linda Paillette, b ed ’83, 65,

a member of First Christian Church

JP Morgan Chase and active with

Topeka, on July 19. She was a

and the National Rifle Association.

substitute teacher for 27 years.

Nancy Curtis, aa ’86, 55, Topeka,

Elizabeth Saenz, ba ’87 and bas ’00,

shareholder and certified public

on June 7. She worked for Childrens

46, Topeka, on June 10. She

accountant of Summers, Spencer

Halfway House, Menninger,

volunteered at the Topeka and

Comfort Keepers, Topeka and

Shawnee County Public Library

Shawnee County Public Library,

Gary Benton, bs ’80, 52, Hays, Kan.,

and was a member of Fellowship

Stormont-Vail HealthCare and

on July 12. He was a medical director,

Bible Church.

Midland Hospice Care.

Grove, Kan., on July 26. A Vietnam

and Donna Hicken foundations

War veteran, he retired from the Navy

and Young Survivor Coalition. At

as a chief hospital corpsman and

Washburn, she served as a resident

an instructor at the Navy Hospital

assistant in Benton Hall.

Student Nurses of Washburn.

of the board of directors.

David Bruner, b music ’84, 49,

the Susan G. Komen for the Cure

At Washburn, he was a member of

from Topeka State Hospital.

in memory

Frank Holm, bsn ’79, 79, Council

Corps School in Great Lakes, Ill.

RonalD Richey, 84, Shoal Creek, Ala., on August 25

He served since 1982 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee, receiving emeritus status in 1999 and also

(Kane) Richey, ba ’49, who survives, he established the Richey Scholar Program to attract exceptional students to

and retired as a municipal judge.

Washburn. As a student, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.

Gary Spencer, bba ’80, 53, Topeka,

student, he was a member of Phi

benefactor of Washburn, she was

Marjorie (Curry) Yates, 70, Topeka,

on May 28. He was a founding

Delta Phi legal fraternity.

a member of the Lincoln and

on June 24. She retired from


Whiting societies. As a student,

Washburn’s information systems

she was a member of Kappa Alpha

and services department in 2001

in memory

Theta sorority.

with eminentes universitatis status.

Kristin (Holm) Ely, bba ’00, 34,

Catherine “Libby” (Ramsey)

Lecompton, Kan., on July 22. She

Kelley, 89, Topeka, on Aug. 3.

and Cavanaugh CPA Chartered and retired from Carroll and Spencer CPA. At Washburn, he was a member of the Accounting Society. Andrew Van Sickel, bsn ’83, 48, Mundelein, Ill., on June 26. He was a nurse anesthetist and served in the Air Force at the rank of captain with the United Nations during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. At Washburn, he was named to Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society and was a member of Student Nurses of

From the High Road, Watercolor by Joan Foth, courtesy of Victoria Sherry


Joan Foth, honorary doctorate ’98, 80, Chimayo, N.M., on July 22 Joan Foth served 1958-83 as an adjunct with Washburn’s art department, teaching life drawing and watercolor. In 1958, she was named to the Mulvane Art Museum board of directors and is credited with initiating the first Mulvane Art Fair in 1954.

Best known for her Kansas landscapes, she exhibited her work in galleries in Kansas, Oklahoma City

and New Mexico. Her work is found in the collections of the Mulvane, the Wichita Art Museum, the Beach Museum at Kansas State University and Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, in addition to many private collections. She was chosen in 1970 as the first Kansas artist to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts Artist in the Schools program and received the Kansas Governors Artist Award from the Kansas Arts Commission in 1983.

Washburn honored her in 1982 with the Monroe Award and later conferred an honorary doctor of

fine arts. In 1991, the Mulvane Art Museum held a 10-year retrospective exhibition of her paintings. Her

Washburn. His wife, Robin (Barnette) Van Sickel, bsn ’83, survives. Mark Williams, ba ’81 and jd ’83, 57, Lawrence, Kan., on Aug. 7. He was an Army veteran.


in memory J. Richard Showalter, jd ’91, 63, Topeka, on July 27. He worked in the insurance industry, had a law practice and was a lifetime member of the Washburn School of Law Alumni Association. As a

was employed by H&R Block and was a volunteer for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Frisco, Texas. Her husband, Tim Ely, bba ’99, survives. Debra (Tinker) Pack, aa ’00, 52, Colfax, La., on July 7.


in memory

Michael Errett, 63, Perrysburg, Ohio, on June 16. He was an instructor 1991-95 in Washburn’s mass media department and also taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

She was a homemaker and a

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and the Mulvane Art Museum’s international bazaar. Her husband, James Kelley, who died in 2009, served 1974-81 as Washburn’s student health department physician. Memorials may be made to the John R. Ramsey Law School Endowment Fund at Washburn. William Nelson, attendee ’38, 93, Morris, Conn., on May 6. He served in the Army at the rank of first lieutenant, spent his life working and living the ideals of American Youth Hostels and was a lifetime member of the Washburn

Katherine (Beals) Harper

Alumni Association. As a student,

Hornbaker, attendee ’39, 92,

he was in the marching band.

Peoria, Ariz., on May 26. She was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church in Junction City, Kan., and active with the American Heart Association. A

Rick Sims, 54, Hoyt, Kan., on June 3. He worked in security police at Washburn after retiring from the Air National Guard.

late husband, J. Richard Foth, served 1957-83 as an adjunct in the School of Law. 39 Class Notes

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (L to R) Music education majors Taryn Doty, a junior from Berryton, Kan., and Ashley Hauser, a freshman from Topeka, rehearse in the Mulvane Court.

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