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 1940

Earl Reinbolt '48 reports that he has been happily retired from NASA since 1990. While at NASA he worked as a physicist in optics on all major space projects and, finally, on the Hubble Telescope. He also participated in laser and holographic development. His son, Bruce, is also a physicist in the area of optics. Another son, Brian, works with computers and is a pianist and composer of electronic music.

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 1950

Robert Bishop '56 has filed a declaration of candidacy for reelection as district judge in Winfield. He has held that office continuously since 1977.

Ken Sargeant '56 is one of the five founding members of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. He currently serves as president of the organization. The society's activities can be checked out at www.citrustrains.com/. Ken has been an educator for 35 years. He also served as head football and track coach on the high school and college levels before getting into administration. He is currently assistant principal at South Plantation (Fla.) High School.

Garry Hays '57, president of United States International University, has been named to the American Council on Education's Commission on International Education. The commission helps ACE develop plans for policy discussions with federal officials as well as good practices to assist member institutions to become more international in scope and focus. Garry's appointment runs through December 2002.

Myrtle (Good) Bly '59 was elected Valentine Queen at Presbyterian Manor, Arkansas City. She taught kindergarten for about 35 years and possibly operated the first pre-school in that city.

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 1960

Harry Betts '65 has been appointed to the Attica United Methodist Church, Attica, Kan. He has been serving First United Methodist Church, Coffeyville.

Diane (Helsel) Watters '65 has been appointed to First United Methodist Church, Salina. She has been serving as superintendent of the Winfield District of the United Methodist Church.

Dennis Kuder '69 will become superintendent of the Dodge City District of the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church in July 2000. As a district superintendent Dennis will provide supervision and support for the pastors and congregations of 53 United Methodist churches in southwest Kansas.

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 1970

Bruce DeHaven '70 recently signed with the San Francisco 49ers to become their special teams coach. Bruce moves to the 49ers after 13 years in a similar position with the Buffalo Bills.

Phil Fischer '73 was clinician at the Pike Trail League Band Clinic hosted by St. John's High School band. Currently pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wichita, Phil was instrumental music director at Concordia High School before entering the ministry. He also taught at O'Neill, Neb., and Sedgwick, Kan.

Kim Tennal '76 was recently named the Kansas Sports Volleyball Coach of the Year for 1999. Her Centralia Lady Panthers finished the season undefeated with a 41-0 record and a three- peat state championship. Kim was assisted by her husband, Kimbrook '76. Kimbrook coached volleyball at Seneca, Nemaha Valley for eight years compiling a 298-3 record. Their daughter, Miklannet, was a four-year starter on the Lady Panther volleyball team. Kimbrook is the Lady Panther basketball coach. His team finished the 1999-2000 season undefeated (28-0) 1A state basketball champs. Miklannet was named one of the top five players in basketball for the state of Kansas. The Tennals have two other children, Sandon (16) and Kenton (12).

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 1980

Robin Rivers '83 recently accepted a position with Kansas Orthopaedic Center in Wichita with a primary responsibility in rodeo sports medicine. She travels all over Kansas and northern Oklahoma covering rodeos and taking care of cowboys' and cowgirls' injuries. Robin reports that she is having a blast doing something she loves. Robin is a certified athletic trainer and has been working at NCAA Division III schools in Virginia and Ohio for the last 14 years after getting her master's degree.

Keith Anglemyer '84 was the director of a massed choir composed of musicians from many churches at the Winfield District Festival of Faith. The festival, "Celebrate 2000, Celebrate Jesus," took place April 2, 2000, at Wellington First United Methodist Church. Also included was a special trumpet fanfare written by Keith.

Ann (Channel) Leppke '84 brought a group of 19 students from her seventh- and eighth-grade classes and their sponsors to spend two days on the Southwestern campus. The group toured the new science center, sat in on an Atom and Cosmos class, and ate in the student center. They took an off-campus trip to the Slate Creek Wetlands, where Eugene Young '89, Southwestern's visiting professor in ecology, explained shore bird migration and techniques for collecting samples. After a swim at the college pool the group camped at Winfield City Lake. On the way back to Peabody they stopped near Augusta for a fossil hunt.

Sam Sanders '84 is involved with Hutchinson Community Theater and is currently directing a melodrama with the help of Southwestern College graduate Craig Williams '68. Sam also conducts the choir and handbell choir at First Church of God and actively participates in Boy Scouts. He and his wife, Robin (Hopkins) '85, are also kept busy by their four children (a girl, 14, and three boys, 12, 10, and 9).

Rick Mack '87 and Richard Herold have formed the law firm of Mack and Herold, P.C. Rick practices general commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate litigation. He is a State Bar of Arizona board certified real estate specialist, writing and lecturing regularly on various real estate and litigation topics. Rick has been admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his juris doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Mark Gravenstein '88 is now working for the Missouri Council on Economic Education. He is a program director and runs the stock market game.

Kevin Potts '88 is currently manager of both Pizza Hut locations in Winfield. He recently received a master of management information systems degree from Friends University.

Connie Jo Sears '88 teaches ninth grade biology, eleventh grade honors biology, human anatomy, human physiology, marine science, and medical anthropology at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, S.C.

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 1990

Kathy Gann '90 has been appointed pastor of the St. Paul and Grandview United Methodist Churches in Arkansas City. She began her new duties March 5, 2000.

Paul McDonald '91 recently completed a project in Tulsa for Williams Energy Marketing and Trading. There he assisted commodity traders with risk analysis reporting and working with a new software product called SAS Risk Dimensions www.sas.com/. In April 2000 he traveled to Indianapolis to the SAS User's Group International (SUGI) user group meeting, where he presented four papers for peer review on the SAS Software System. He was awarded Best Paper in Systems Architecture for his paper "PC SAS Administration: Making Your Ship Go." This paper will be available for viewing online at www.spikeware.com/ shortly. The paper was published in the proceedings of SUGI 25 2000, SAS Institute, Cary, N.C. At SUGI he represented SPIKEware, Inc. www.spikeware.com/ as the CEO/president. Paul and his brother have been successfully working together in SPIKEware for over two years, providing solutions using data-mining technologies-loosely translated as "computer nerds" to most people. Since graduation Paul has continued to work with Primerica and was promoted to regional leader in 1997. Paul has continued to volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., www.willowcreek.org/ with their Generation-X ministry AXIS www.generationaxis.com/. Axis has regularly been attracting people ages 18-28 for a Saturday night church service with a modern, rough-alternative edge with a true Biblical message. Three weeks ago a second, similar service was added on Sunday and attendance has jumped from around 700 per weekend to 1,600 per weekend!

Jim Perry '93 has finished his first year working with the human services division of the state of New Mexico. He is also a worship leader with Living Hope Church in Albuquerque, N.M., and has been married to his wife, Monica, for 3 years.

Jeff "Pink" Henderson '94 '00 and Margaret Henderson were reunited in marriage on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2000. At the end of the school year Jeff will relocate to Fort Worth to be with Margaret, who owns God Bless Janitorial Service, Hurst, Texas.

James Leach '94 has transferred to the 3M electronics products division in Columbia, Mo., as a process chemist. He was previously with the 3M tape manufacturing division in Knoxville, Iowa.

Rodney Miller '94 has been promoted to the position of defensive coordinator with the Wichita Warlords. The Warlords are an Indoor Football League team and play home games at the Kansas Coliseum.

Tami (Vogt) Hiebert '95 and her husband, Rob, have moved to Hesston, after spending 8 years in Winfield. Rob is working for the Newton Fire/Emergency Medical Service Department. Tami is at home with Kirsten (2) and baby Seth. (see also births)

Robert Hyatt '95 has been hired by the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association to coordinate the powwow at the 2000 event. Between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors are expected in Medicine Lodge Sept. 22, 23, and 24.

Jennifer Muret Bate '96 was awarded the First National Bank of Winfield's First Citizen Award for March 2000. She was recognized for her significant contributions to the Winfield community. Since 1998 she has taught at the Community Learning Center, a school for high school students who are more successful in a non-traditional environment. Additionally she volunteers at the Whittier Elementary after-school program and is active at both First Baptist and Grace United Methodist churches. She serves on the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council and is publicity director for Winfield Habitat for Humanity. Jennifer is co-manager of the Walnut Valley Farmers Market and co-founder of the First National Bank Coffeehouse Music Series. She was on the original Town Night committee and is now part of the Winfield Main Street promotions committee.

Robin Hathaway '96 is an assistant district attorney in the 19th judicial district, Wichita. She prosecutes child-in-need-of-care cases in the juvenile division.

Angela DeFisher '98 has been working at a veterans' residential center outside of Wilmore, Ky., in a capacity somewhat like a chaplain. She is attempting to cram all her remaining course work at Asbury Theological Seminary into this semester. As part of her studies her work experience this semester is at the county victim's advocate office. As a member of the staff she sees mainly victims of domestic violence and goes to court weekly as an advocate for clients.

Christy Grealis '98 continues in her role as communications coordinator at the Country Music Association. Christy's feature articles on country music personalities appear in Close Up, the magazine of the association.

Katherine Scraper '98 recently had her first book published. The book is Collecting Words: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Picture Patterns, published by Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Inc. The book helps instructors teach phonics to students by using a combination of letter chunks, or parts of words, and pictures. By learning the letter chunks students are able to read faster than by sounding out every letter in a word. Katherine teaches first grade in the mornings and Reading Recovery in the afternoons at Frances Willard Elementary School in Arkansas City.

Jason Bruce '99 and Aubrey Heckert were married Nov. 13, 1999, at Tisdale United Methodist Church. A wedding trip to Tahiti was planned. Both are nurses at Columbia/HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

John Dyke '99 has moved to Harlingen, Texas, to accept a new position with Lockheed Martin. He notes that Harlingen is right next to South Padre Island!

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 2000

Amy Sherffius '00 reports that in January 2000 she was hired by Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center as a burn technician. Amy assesses the degree and percentage of burns, does daily dressing changes, attends burn conferences and classes, and does the burn dressings for post-operative patients. .

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 Births

Shurma (Milburn) Messenger '83 and her husband, Alan, announce the birth of their baby girl, Audra Glynn. Audra Glynn was born Jan. 19, 2000. She weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches in length. Audra has two big brothers, Garrett (6) and Russ (3). Grandparents include Dorothy (Higgins) Milburn '60 of Rolla and the late Tom Milburn.

David Anderson '85 and his wife, Charlene, are the parents of a daughter, Emma Nichole. Born March 13, 2000, she weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Mark Richardson '85 and his wife, Jody, announce the birth of their first child, Kyle Henry. Born on Feb. 25, 2000, he weighed 8 pounds 5.6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Susan (Manley) MacMillan '88 and her husband, George, are the parents of a son, Ryan Charles. Born April 18, 2000, he weighed 9 pounds 9 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Brian and Stephanie (Drennan) Hoberecht '93 '92 have a new baby boy, Brendon Scot. Born March 4, 2000, he weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. He joins a big sister, Alyx (4).

Tami (Vogt) Hiebert '95 and her husband, Rob, are the parents of a son, Seth Robert. He was born Jan. 28, 2000.

Kerri Miller '96 is the mother of a daughter, Katelin Shea, born March 4, 2000. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Brande (Friederich) Simmons '96 and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Michael. Born Feb. 23, 2000, he weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Johnna (Buckle) Leonard '97 and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of their daughter, Chaney Caroline. She was born Jan. 4, 2000. She weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Stacy (Ridgel) Yeager '97 and her husband, Gaylin, are the parents of a son. He was born April 14, 2000, and weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces.

Robyn (White) and Greg Butler '98 '98 are the parents of a son, Nicholas Charltyn, born April 19, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds 1 1/6 ounces.

Jennifer (Wahlenmaier) and Matt Biehler '99 '98 are the parents of a daughter, Kenzie Alexis. Born March 30, 2000, she weighed 7 pounds 15.7 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Brad Anders '00 and his wife, Shelia, are the parents of a son, Austin Taylor. Born Jan. 17, 2000, he weighed 5 pounds 5.7 ounces and measured 19 inches in length.

Ryan and Shannon (Hutchinson) Smykil '01 '00 are the parents of a son, Mason Shawn. Born April 2, 2000, he weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Renae Baugh '01 and James Jackson are the parents of a son born Jan. 28, 2000. He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.

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Russell Jump '18 died April 18, 2000, at the age of 105. His death follows that of his wife, Florence (Regnier) by approximately four months. After Russell's tour of duty with the Army Air Corps as a pilot and flight instructor the couple established a uniform manufacturing business, Arotex Co., in Wichita. For 39 years Florence designed the patterns and Russell took care of the accounts and other business. They sold the business, retiring in 1963. While a businessman in Wichita, Russell served as the mayor of Wichita in 1952 and 1953. The Jumps had celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary in 1998.

Irene (Crick) Gardner '23 died April 15, 2000. A retired teacher and USD 470 (Arkansas City) board of education secretary, she was 98.

George Putnam '26 died April 23, 2000. Formerly with the Federal Aviation Administration weather bureau, he was 96. Survivors include his wife, Thelma.

Freda (Scoggins) Thomas '28 died Dec. 25, 1999.

Goldie (Corn; Marshall) Morris '30 died March 27, 2000, at the age of 93. A former schoolteacher she taught for 26 years in Kansas and Oklahoma, retiring in 1968 from Truesdell Middle School, Wichita, where she taught home economics for 12 years.

Cecil Coffey '32 died May 2, 2000. A retired vice president of The State Bank, Winfield, he was 89. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor.

Edna (Arnold) Bingle '33 died March 22, 2000, at the age of 88. She had been a chemical technician for H. L. Snyder Research Foundation in Winfield, Kan.

Alice (Cook) Cooper '33 died Feb. 6, 2000. A homemaker, she was 90.

Luceil (Reeve) Drum '35 died April 18, 2000, at the age of 87. Survivors include sons Leslie '60 and Donald '65.

Elizabeth (Burdette) Marine '36 died May 6, 2000. A retired teacher, she was 85.

Frances (Lawson) Clark '37 died Feb. 20, 2000. A homemaker, she was 86.

Mildred Lutz '37 died Feb. 21, 2000. A retired elementary teacher, she was 92. Survivors include a sister, Fern (Lutz) Kinton '26.

Betty (Barham) Hollowell '38 died March 22, 2000. She was 92.

Mabel (Embers) Severtson '41 died Feb. 7, 2000, at the age of 80. She was a retired Kansas State Department of Education certification specialist. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth (Severtson) Martin '69.

Vic Allen '43 died Jan. 21, 2000, at the age of 78. He served in the Marine Corps for 20 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Vic was then employed as a theoretical nuclear physicist at Kaman Science for 25 years and had his own consulting business, VACON, for 10 years. He served on the board of directors of Gospel Ministries for 12 years and was a missionary to Costa Rica for six years.

Genevieve "Faith" (Daves) Greene '45 died Oct. 21, 1999. She was a musical prodigy by age four. She attended Southwestern College for one year and at age 16 won a scholarship to complete her education at Julliard School of Music in New York City. As an undergraduate she was concertmistress of the Julliard Graduate School Orchestra. She played as concertmistress of the American Youth Symphony under the direction of Leopold Stokowski and played the violin under the direction of Arturo Toscanini. She later become concertmistress of the New York City Opera and was a member of the Oklahoma Symphony. She wrote several ballets as well as numerous pieces for piano and violin. She composed the musical score for the historical drama "Eden on the River," based on the life of Aaron Burr. She received the Distinguished West Virginian award in 1987. Survivors include her husband, Fay '38.

Violet (Markwell) Peck '47 died April 1, 2000. A former schoolteacher, farmer, and homemaker, she was 76. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd.

Gladys Townsley '47 died April 15, 2000, at the age of 96. A retired schoolteacher, she taught near Rock, Beaumont and Wright Canyon. She also taught in Arkansas City at Sleeth Elementary School where she was principal and at Adams where she was assistant principal.

Vernice (Delp) Rausch '49 died Feb. 29, 2000. After graduation she taught music in a grade school west of Winfield. Later she moved to Kansas City where she was active in two United Methodist churches and was director of the Mommetts, a barbershop singing group. Survivors include her husband, Dean '49.

Homer Downum '50 died Jan. 31, 2000, at the age of 75. He had served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded at Rhineland, France. Later he was a U.S. postal carrier for 27 years and then worked for the City of Oswego, Kan., at the water plant, retiring in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Patsy, and a son, Chris '79.

Mary (Woodard) Fieser '53 died March 17, 2000. A schoolteacher in Kansas and DeLeon Springs, Fla., until her retirement, she was 73. She later was secretary and treasurer for the family's dairy. Her husband, Ralph, survives.

Jack "J.C." Fortenberry '53 died Feb. 10, 2000, at the age of 74. He served in the Army during World War II and was a police officer in Arkansas City, Kan., for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Iona.

Manford Kimberly '54 died Feb. 25, 2000.

Marjorie (Corn) Wilson '55 died April 19, 2000, at the age of 85. For 42 years she taught in and around Cowley County. In retirement she had tutored students in her home.

Don Doughty '55 died March 31, 2000, at the age of 67. At the time of his death he was retired from teaching and the insurance business.

Jule (Markiewicz) Norton '58 died March 10, 2000. A librarian and former schoolteacher she was 66. Survivors include her husband, Omar '58.

William "Bill" Peters '61 died April 29, 2000. An engineer for Sandia National Laboratories, he was 61. Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Harmon) '61.

Mildred (Marshall) Detter '64 died March 17, 2000, at the age of 95. She had been a teacher in Grenola, Udall, Oxford, and Winfield. Survivors include a son, Marshall '54, and daughters Carol Falen and Janice Flick.

Yvonne (Robb) Eckert '70 died March 14, 2000, at the age of 65. An art teacher, she had been on the faculty at Osawatomie High School and more recently at Halstead High School. She retired in 1994.

Hazel Carter '75 died April 8, 2000. Retired from Winfield State Hospital and Training Center after 43 years of service, she had been active in several professional and teachers' organizations in addition to being secretary-treasurer of her church.

Melinda Morford '78 died Feb. 11, 2000.

Bernice Martin, widow of Isaac Martin '17, died Feb. 10, 2000.

Pauline (Mallonee) Shepherd, widow of Chester '30, died Feb. 17, 2000, at the age of 92. A mathematics teacher, she was retired from Chaparral High School, Anthony-Harper, Kan.

Victor McCrea, husband of Melba (Maurer; Lyon) '33, died May 8, 1999. A retired rear admiral of the United States Navy, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Irma (Korte) Davis, wife of John '36, died Dec. 29, 1999.

John Hannah Jr., husband of Dorothy (Wilson) '41, died April 19, 2000. A retired investigator for the State of Kansas Beverage Control Department, he was 88.

Anna (Rhine) Fleming died March 31, 2000, at the age of 80. Survivors include a brother, Robley Rhine '53.

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Gabe Adkins has joined the staff of the Southwestern College Professional Studies Centers in Wichita as a recruiter/advisor. A native of Paola, Gabe graduated from Ottawa University and had recently worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car in the El Dorado satellite office. He and his wife, Tammy, live in Wichita.

Dena Allison, financial aid counselor at Southwestern College, is the new dance squad coach.

Cindy Ball has been added to the institutional advancement staff at Southwestern College. She is the coordinator of corporate and foundation relations.

Fran Broadhurst, former assistant dean of students at Southwestern College, celebrated her 80th birthday March 27, 2000, with a card shower. As Fran is still pastor at the Cambridge Presbyterian Church, she made the congregation promise not to have a party on her birthday. Fully complying with Fran's wishes, the congregation surprised her with a reception the following Sunday afternoon.

Martha Butler, nursing program director at Southwestern College, has been elected chairperson of the nominating committee of the Kansas State Nurses Association.

Floyd Camp, a member of the Southwestern College Professional Studies Centers advisory board, recently retired as head of education outreach at McConnell Air Force Base. As a high school dropout he enlisted in the Air Force and learned firsthand the value of adult education. By the time he retired from active duty in 1989 Floyd had earned two associate's degrees, a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. Additionally he held the rank of chief master sergeant, one of only eight people in education to do so. He and his wife, Joyce, will retire to the home they built a few years ago in Illinois, but he says he will be back to McConnell for the opening of the Consolidated Education Center, a $7 million project he helped plan.

Cynthia Evans is a new admission counselor at Southwestern College. She will be responsible for recruiting in southeast Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Cynthia comes to Southwestern from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she worked as a student ambassador and office aid in the admission office.

Willard Fisher, former custodian at Southwestern College, died April 11, 2000, at the age of 69. Survivors include his wife, Josephine.

Mira Greene began working in the Office of Institutional Advancement on April 17, 2000, as prospect researcher. She is moving from Memorial Library where she was acquisitions/ circulation librarian.

Ron Harp, former head of security at Southwestern College, died March 22, 2000. Before coming to Southwestern he was a law enforcement officer for the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department. He also served as Derby's chief of police and was head of security for the Wichita public schools. He was a Santa Claus for over 40 years for Bucks Department Store (Wichita), Innes Department Store (Wichita) and Southwestern National Bank (Wichita). Survivors include his wife, Patsy, and a son, Larry Harp, former head custodian at Southwestern College.

Munir Hassan will join the Southwestern College faculty in the fall of 2000 as assistant professor of finance.

Brock Hickam, soccer coach at Southwestern College, has accepted the head soccer coaching position at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Rhett Joy joined the communications office on March 1, 2000, as Web producer. He will take on the responsibility of the external portion of the college's Web site, with special focus on alumni communications. Rhett is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of fine arts degree. For the past several years he has been a member of the design team at ATG Design Group in Wichita. He and his wife, Julie, children's librarian at the Winfield Public Library, have two children, Carter (2) and newborn Cole.

Sherry Lawson is the new assistant in the Book Cave. She had previously worked in the dental office of Aaron Huslig.

Herman Lebovitz, former head of the social work department at Southwestern College, died Nov. 14, 1999. Survivors include his wife, Lillian (Silver), former college nurse.

Edna Lewis, custodian at Broadhurst Hall, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Downtown Center, retired during March 2000.

Nancy Lewis, after six years of service to the athletic department, cheerleaders, and dance team, has decided to turn her full attention to her children, Shelby and Josh, and her husband, Monty.

Debbie Lynch, housekeeping supervisor at Southwestern College, is leaving campus and venturing out into business. She will be opening and operating Timber Creek Cafe and Marina at the Winfield City Lake. Her last day at Southwestern was March 3, 2000.

J. T. Moore writes that he fondly remembers his year of teaching at Southwestern College. He notes that he then went to the University of Kansas where he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy. He is currently working with the developmentally disabled in Stillwater, Okla.

Cindy Poehlein, night security guard at Southwestern College, and her partner, Jodie Corbin, are the parents of a daughter, Ayla Cheyenne Corbin. The parents report that she was born April 20, 2000, and weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces, measuring 17 inches.

Kathy Powell has joined the staff of the Southwestern College Professional Studies Centers as a recruiter/advisor. She will assist new students through the entire advising, enrolling, and financial aid process. Kathy had previously worked for Bombardier Learjet. She began her duties March 6 at Southwestern's Wichita East Professional Studies Center.

Robert Price, head of the psychology department at Southwestern College from 1958 to 1963, died May 4, 2000, in Nashville, Tenn. Survivors include his son, Preston Price, and daughter-in-law, Jean (Miles) Price '67.

Joni Rankin, communications assistant at Southwestern College, is the new cheerleading coach.

Roy Robertson, retired Southwestern College vice president, died March 1, 2000. He also had been a teacher and football coach for Attica High School, Springfield (Mo.) Central High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Colorado College, and Valley Center High School; principal at Derby High School; owner and manager of Wilson Lake Inc., and cattle rancher. Survivors include his wife, Mildred "Mickie."

Patrick Ross, assistant professor of biology at Southwestern College, and his wife, Julie, are the parents of a son, Samuel Akira Ross. Born Feb. 15, 2000, he weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Academic Achievements
Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, presented its end-of-year awards to several students May 1. Honored were Pam Brown and Shelley Good, the Balanos Award to Outstanding New Members; Ashley Helfrich, the Boax Award to Outstanding Continuing Member; and John Nelson, the Boudetase Award to Outstanding Graduating Member.

Jeanne Dexter, associate professor of business, presented a paper and chaired a session at the 25th annual international conference on "Wealth of Nations and the Poverty of Politics." The conference was sponsored by such groups as the Association of Private Enterprise Education, the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, the Citadel, and the Heritage Foundation. Dexter is author of "Organizational Structures, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity," a paper published in the AIC Journal of Business. She also presented a paper, "Moving Toward Quantum Organizations," in the management section of the Southwest Business Symposium.

Tracy Frederick,director of forensics and assistant professor of speech, was involved in professional activities during the spring semester. During the Central States Communication Association Convention in Detroit April 14-17, she chaired two panels, The State of Forensics Scholarship: Our Prospects for the Future, and Top Three Competitive Papers for the Women's Caucus Division. One of her articles will be published in the next issue of The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta. She and a co-author had presented the article at the Organization for the Study of Gender and Language. Its title is "The Sounds of Silence: The Gender Based Experiences of Women in Intercollegiate Debate and Forensics."

Jim Helmer, associate professor of health and physical education and head cross country and men's track coach, and Mike Kirkland, head women's track coach and sports information director, were named men's and women's KCAC Track Coaches of the Year. The men's team won their 18th consecutive KCAC championship, and the women won their eighth consecutive KCAC championship and their 10th championship in the past 12 years.

Brenda Hicks, director of admission at Southwestern College, traveled to Washington, D.C., March 6 and 7 to urge elected officials to support guidance counseling, affirmative action, and student aid to help students in the high school-to-college transition. She is one of 100 elected leaders of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) who attended the association's annual legislative conference. At each Capitol Hill office, Brenda urged congressional members to support professional development for counselors in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She promoted increased funding for student aid and increased federal investment in college preparation programs and defended funding for student aid programs.

Beth Sheppard, acquisitions librarian and instructor in Biblical studies at Southwestern College, has been informed of the official approval of her doctorate from the University of Sheffield. Her paper on Pontius Pilate, presented recently to the meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature southwest regional meeting, has received special recognition. It was proclaimed the "most outstanding paper presented by a junior scholar" at that meeting and will be one of eight regional papers submitted to the national meeting. At that level, it is in competition for some prize money and the chance to be one of four or five to be presented at the national meeting in November.

James Strand, professor of music at Southwestern College, presented an organ workshop at the United Church of Oberlin. He presented information about playing hymns, registration, and general organ playing. He also worked with the bell choir.

Greg Zuck, director of Memorial Library, visited with Kansas legislators during a three-day April lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. Zuck spoke on behalf of copyright, technology, and telecommunications needs of libraries at the state and national level. As a member of the state-wide Digitization Grant Evaluation Committee of the Kansas Library Network Board, Zuck evaluated and selected the best proposals for digitization projects submitted by school, public, academic, and special libraries in the state of Kansas.

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Warren Andreas has been chosen for inclusion in the 54th edition of Who's Who in America. Now retired, Warren is a former deputy county attorney, City of Winfield attorney, USD 465 board of education attorney, and Southwestern College legal counsel for many years. He is a member of the college's Board of Trustees. He has been very active in community affairs and First United Methodist Church in Winfield.

Donald Arnold died Feb. 18, 2000. A retired Boeing engineer in manufacturing research and development, he was 71. Survivors include his wife, Betty, and a son, Neil '99. Beulah (Henderson) Bailey died March 30, 2000. A longtime resident of Ponca City, Okla., she was 88. Survivors include a son, Marlin '55.

Ralph Barcelo died March 27, 2000, at the age of 84. A retired United Methodist pastor, he had served churches in Texas, Greenwich, Norwich, Clearwater, Ellis, Downs-Portis, Garfield-Rozel, Coldwater, Andover and Wichita (Waco Avenue). Survivors include his wife, Beth, and a daughter, Becky (Barcelo) Babb '70.

Alice (Burdett) Carlile died April 28, 2000. A farm wife and homemaker, she was 88. Survivors include her husband, Eugene.

Frankie (Snow) Cullison was recently featured in the Winfield Daily Courier. The article detailed her many civic accomplishments including her 25 years of service with the Cowley County Historical Museum. It also noted that her latest crusade is the preservation of Baden Hall on the former St. John's campus.

Enola (Vastine) Feldman died March 16, 2000. A homemaker, piano teacher, and author, she was 87. Joseph Graham died March 11, 2000, at the age of 73. He was employed with the Mobil refinery in Augusta, Kan., for 24 years and was manager of the Horizon United Methodist Center in Arkansas City for 20 years, retiring in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, who also worked at Camp Horizon and later at the Southwestern College food service, and daughters, Teresa (Graham) Bressler '77 and Peggy (Graham) Schmidt '80.

Kevin Graham has been appointed pastor of the Rosalia (Kan.) United Methodist Church. He began his duties Feb. 1, 2000.

Laura (Zweibel) Graham died Dec. 12, 1999. A homemaker, she was 102.

Ruth Guthrie died April 14, 2000. A homemaker, she was 87.

Alice (Williams) Hammer died Feb. 27, 2000, at the age of 102. A lifelong resident of Cowley County, Kan., she operated a small grocery store in Cambridge for 10 years and occasionally filled in as a rural mail carrier. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Hammer '43 and Joy Hammer, formerly adjunct professor in the nursing department at Southwestern College, and a daughter, Evelyn (Hammer) Watt '38.

Tim Harlan and Dana Monson were married March 25, 2000.

Larry Harvey has been appointed superintendent of the Winfield District of the United Methodist Church. He has served several pastorates within Kansas and at one time was associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Winfield. He has most recently served First United Methodist Church in McPherson.

Opal (Brooks) Hinnen died Feb. 22, 2000. A homemaker, she was 77.

Anita Judd-Jenkins, a veteran employee of Home National Bank, recently received national press coverage for the success she has enjoyed as director of the bank's Heritage Club since its inception in 1987. The club is open to account holders of Home National who are 50 or older and provides travel, social, and informative opportunities. Now director of the club in Arkansas City and Winfield, Anita was featured in the January/February 2000 issue of Bank Travel Management magazine. Her trips have taken her to every continent except Antarctica. She has bungee jumped in New Zealand and sailed, ridden a hot-air balloon, and climbed mountains all over the world. Anita is married to Ronnie Jenkins, director of major gifts at Southwestern College.

Ray Landreth, husband of Mary Therese Landreth, formerly of the Southwestern College Department of Education, died March 10, 2000. An engineer with USD 251 (Haysville, Kan.), he was 83.

Gerald Lewis died March 24, 2000. A former jet engine mechanic at General Electric, he was 85. Survivors include his wife, Sarah, a son, Paul '77 and a daughter, Jean (Lewis) Conner '79.

Orie Love died Feb. 29, 2000. A farmer and cattleman, he was 76. Survivors include his wife, Winifred, a son, Marshall '66, and a daughter, Norma (Love) Ackeret '68.

Jerome Menaker died March 19, 2000, at the age of 84. He was the retired chief of Wesley OB/GYN, past chairman of St. Joseph OB/GYN and St. Francis OB/GYN physician. Survivors include his wife, Thelma.

Daisy (Swaim) Nichols died Dec. 29, 1999. The retired co-owner of Nichols Conoco and the Hideout Resort, Oxford, Kan., she was 92.

Marjorie (Gove) Osmundson died March 19, 2000, at the age of 77. For over 30 years she taught music in schools in various communities including Dexter and Udall. Survivors include her husband, Roy.

Harold Pfalzgraf died Feb. 26, 2000. An attorney, he was 66. Survivors include his wife, Carol, and a son, Doug '82.

Ivor Pounds died April 9, 2000. The owner of Pounds Home Improvement, he was 94.

Guy Rendoff has been appointed pastor of Kechi United Methodist Church. He has been serving First United Methodist Church, Arkansas City.

Larry and Sharon (Andres) Rusco celebrated their 25th anniversary with a card shower. Larry has been employed with British Air Space for 20 years and Sharon works in the hobbies and crafts field. Their son, Ryan '01, is currently a student at Southwestern College.

Dana (Driskell) and Steve Saffell announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Olivia. Born Feb. 15, 2000, she weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce and measured 17 inches in length.

George "Howard" Salisbury died April 26, 2000. A retired Tinker Air Force Base motor pool clerk, he was 79. Survivors include his wife, Shirley.

David Weible has been appointed to First United Methodist Church, El Dorado. He has been serving First United Methodist Church, Salina.

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Floyd FassnachtFloyd Fassnacht, whose gifts have led to scholarships, awards, and facilities at Southwestern College, died May 19, 2000, in Prairie Village, Kan. A 1929 graduate in chemistry, Fassnacht began working for Phillips Petroleum in 1940 as a lab chemist. In 1948 he became chief chemist in charge of all plant products, and assisted in the development of aviation fuel for World War II. He retired from the company in 1973 as assistant superintendent of Phillips Kansas City Refinery.

Along with his wife, Ruth, Floyd was a generous donor to Southwestern. They endowed a student scholarship, as well as the Fassnacht Awards presented annually to outstanding faculty and staff. They also were naming donors of the Fassnacht Research Laboratory in the Beech Science Center. In 1997, Fassnacht received the colleges Alumni Recognition Award.

Ruth died in 1994.



Wayne White

Wayne E. White '27, one of Southwestern College's most distinguished graduates and most ardent supporters, died Feb. 13, 2000. He was 95.

White is best-known for his work in fluorine chemistry, including the development of commercial processes for stannous fluoride and sodium nofluorophosphate, the two fluorides most widely used as toothpaste additives. It was for this achievement that he became the first recipient of the Oklahoma Chemist Award presented by the American Chemical Society in 1971 to recognize and honor a person for outstanding achievement in the field of chemistry whose work was performed in Oklahoma.

White married his college sweetheart, Laura Brown, a partnership that lasted 68 years.

"He and his wife were a pair-where one was, the other one was," says longtime friend Bob Wimmer, Southwestern College science faculty member. "She was very supportive of him-when he'd make a little joke, she'd sit there and beam like he was Johnny Carson." Mrs. White died July 5, 1998.

Dr. White joined the Ozark-Mahoning Company in Tulsa in 1946 to direct developments in research and production of compounds containing fluoride. Although he officially retired in 1972, he continued to publish and wrote several highly-acclaimed books and articles in retirement.

Throughout the years he was a staunch supporter of Southwestern College, and was one of the principal founders of the Science Advisory Council in the 1970s. His leadership was responsible for the publication of the college's directory of science graduates; he personally edited and published the original volume, as well as a later update.

His contributions to the college were noted with the Alumni Association Recognition Award from Southwestern in 1980, and in 1986 with the conferring of an honorary Doctor of Science award.

Survivors include two children, Arlene (White) Price, Fort Smith, Ark., and Wayne F. White, Manitowoc, Wisc.

Gifts and Grants of Note

Southwestern College and the Winfield public school system will collaborate in a professional development workshop for K-12 teacher, thanks to an Eisenhower Professional Development Grant. The grant of $12,500 was made available through the Kansas Board of Regents and will provide for a six-day teachers' workshop in conjunction with the annual conference "Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science" to be held in late July.

Tanner Lundy, senior biology major, has received a grant from the Maurice F. Baker Research Fund of the Kansas Ornithological Society to conduct studies on bird kills at transmitting towers less than 500 feet tall near Winfield. While avian mortality at larger towers is common in the literature, the extent of mortality at smaller towers is not known, says faculty member Eugene Young. "This is an extremely important study because of the proliferation of small transmitting towers (i.e. cellular phone) throughout the U.S."

Charles Hunter, professor of biology, and Eugene Young,visiting professor in ecology, received a $20,000 grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the 100th Meridian Initiative to prevent the westward spread of the zebra mussel. This is a continuation grant as Hunter received $21,000 the past two years. The grant has involved four different students.

A named endowment to benefit Memorial Library has been established by the family of Orland Kolling, long-time chemistry faculty member at Southwestern College. Kolling's brother, Harold, made the lead gift to establish the endowment.

An 899-acre farm in Cowley County has come to Southwestern College through the estates of Floyd and Edna Moore. The Moores had owned the Moore Flower Shops in Wichita. Floyd died in May 1976, and Edna died January 22, 2000. Mr. Moore had been a classroom teacher in North High School and Horace Mann Junior High School in Wichita before going into business for himself in 1947. They were active members of the Woodland United Methodist Church.

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