ALUMNI NOTES

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 1930

E. Marie Burdette '32 was featured in the Nov.-Dec. 2000 issue of The P. E. O. Record. It was noted that at age 99 Marie gives about 40 private piano lessons a week. She has given piano lessons in Winfield for more than 80 years and has taught four generations of some families. For 45 years she was a member of the music faculty at Southwestern College.

Margaret (Broadie) and H. Bertram Keller '38 '38 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during fall 2000. A celebration for friends and family was held in Valley Stream, N.Y., their longtime home. Attending the celebration were their children, Richard, a professor at Emporia State University, and Kathleen '69, a resident of Florida.

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 1950

Leonard Richardson '50 and his wife, Eleanor, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Wichita. With his brother, Newton, Leonard owned and operated Richardson Brothers Construction Co. of Winfield for more than 30 years. While retired from the construction business he continues to be an active farmer and rancher with his son. Eleanor worked in the business office at William Newton Memorial Hospital and later as a legal secretary for Roberts and Herlocker. She also did the bookkeeping for Richardson Brothers for a number of years.

Lou and Dona (Bettis) Kovach '51 '49 celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in August 2000. They spent two weeks in Germany seeing the Passion Play in Oberammergau and visiting Munich, Heidelberg, and Amsterdam. A seven-day cruise on the Mosel, Rhine, and Neckar Rivers gave them a chance to see beautiful vineyards and tour old castles.

John and Beverly (Headrick) Malin '53 '53 were honored with a 50th anniversary reception at Trinity Faith Church in Liberal. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren hosted the reception. John and Beverly were married Dec. 27, 1950. After leaving Southwestern College John served in the Military Police Division of the U. S. Army. In 1955 the couple returned to Liberal and farmed for 25 years. In 1978 John entered the real estate business and in 1988 formed John Malin Appraisal Service.

Ed Horton '59 and his wife, Sharon, report that they have sold their home in Hays and are retired to full-time RVing. Their e-mail address remains unchanged.

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 1960

Sue (Nichols) Simmons '66, director of conferences and summer programs at Southwestern College, was presented the Winfield First Citizen award on Oct. 19, 2000. The award is presented monthly by CornerBank to honor those Winfield residents who have shown servant leadership in the community. Sue was cited for her contribution to many community activities in Winfield and Cowley County. However, she is most proud of her role in the Legacy Community Foundation and her involvement with the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Dymacek '67 was named the Kansas Earth Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Association of Earth Science Teachers and the Kansas Geological Foundation in December 2000. He has taught science in the Gardner, Edergton, and Antioch school district for 34 years. He will be retiring from teaching at the end of the 2000-01 school year.

Donald Hapward '68 works with college students at many churches in Rapid City, S.D. He sponsors mission trips within the United States and to foreign countries. Last fall Don was a participant at the USA Today National Admissions & Financial Aid Hotline in Washington, D.C. Don is director of admissions at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

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 1970

Repha (Glenn) Buckman '70 received the Arkansas Governor's Art Award in Little Rock on Oct. 9, 2000. The executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council, she earned the award for having "a tremendous impact on, not just school children, but the whole Hope (Ark.) community." In that town she was an artist-in-residence working on the play "Oh Freedom." Guided by Repha, students wrote and produced the work.

Roger Moon '70, associate professor of theatre and speech and director of theatre programs at Southwestern College, led the Winfield District Preaching Workshop on sermon delivery in March 2000. He led the pastors through a series of discussions and exercises geared to enhance their skills at reading Scripture and delivering sermons in a more dynamic and interesting way.

Clyde Wacker '70 reports that he is now working for Foley Equipment Company as their customer finance manager. Foley is a Caterpillar dealership.

Nick Warner '70 was the speaker for the Fifteenth Annual Holland Preaching Series planned by the Anthony, Attica, Burchfiel, and Harper United Methodist churches. The theme of this year's series was "Getting Real: Real Visions for a Real Church in a Real World." The series is fully funded by bequests from the estates of Roy and Lottie Holland. Nick is pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson.

Jim Helmer '71 was named NAIA Region 4 coach of the year after leading the Southwestern College men's cross country squad to its 21st straight KCAC title and the women to a second-place finish.

Cliff Walker '71 (DVM, MPH) has been selected by the Army to attend the Senior Service College for a master's degree in strategic resources at Carlisle Barracks, Penn. He and his family will be leaving his post in San Diego, Calif., as commander of the U.S. Army Southern California District Veterinary Command to attend the year-long course this summer.

Washington Strong '72 reports that he has legally changed his name to Rafiq Hamidullah Mateen. After leaving Southwestern he went on to the University of Mississippi to earn bachelor of science and master of education degrees, both in the field of elementary education. He is currently working at BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support). Additionally, he volunteers at Discovery House, a psycho-social rehabilitation center (an activity he has pursued since 1985).

Gordon Hunter '73 is automation systems sales manager for Gilson Cyberlab located in Middleton, Wisc.

Doug Dungan '74 is working for Wal-Mart and hoping to teach part-time at Northern Iowa Area Community College. His wife, Karen, is pastor at First United Methodist Church, Osage, Iowa.

Jane (Wakefield) Pipes '76 and Marty Mutti '89 were married Dec. 10, 2000. Marty works at KSOK radio, Arkansas City. Jane provides day-care in their home.

Lee Zwink '76 and his wife, Cathy, and their two sons, Sammy (3) and Christopher (seven months) headed back to Chile on Jan. 3, 2001. After a mission meeting they traveled to Southern Chile and are scheduled to move to the city of Iquique in March 2001.

Greg Hall '77 presented at the national middle school conference in St. Louis in November 2000. His topic was "Integrative Basic Skill Development with a Rigorous Algebra Curriculum." Greg is currently in negotiations involving publication of a book on this topic. Additionally, in November 2000 he received notification that he had achieved national board certification in the area of early adolescent mathematics.

Paulette (Jones) Schadegg '77 is the new severely mentally handicapped teacher at Wellington High School, Wellington. She had recently retired from Creative Community Living (CCL), a non-profit parent-generated organization of group homes which she helped develop and open. CCL houses and provides numerous services for the disabled individuals from the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center, which closed in the late 1990s.

Judy (Smith) Kraus '78 started to work Oct. 23, 2000, as a clerk for the Cowley County register of deeds office.

Steve Wilke '78, vice president for enrollment management, planning, and new ventures at Southwestern College, visited Malaysia and Singapore in early December 2000 for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He visited Methodist College in Kuala Lumpur and Pilley Methodist Institute in Sibu promoting newly-established scholarships.

Cesar Garces '79 reports that he expects to receive a Ph.D. in social welfare in June 2001. He is currently working as an emergency discharge planning coordinator at a large hospital in the South Bronx section of New York City. Cesar is in charge of social work for four emergency rooms. Matt Lauer of NBC news has interviewed him about his work. The report was aired as a special on problems of inner-city hospitals. His doctoral dissertation is considered a pioneer work for social work in the emergency room. Additionally, Cesar has served as a mentor for students of social work.

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 1980

Linda (Bauman) Young '81, clinical director for Cowley County Mental Health Counseling Center, has been named interim director of the center. She has been on the staff since 1991 and has developed all the children's programs for community-based services. Linda also started the attendant-care and home-based therapy programs and the specialized community day school in Arkansas City. As interim director she will be responsible for the center's $2.8 million budget and the 57 people employed at the facility.

Jeff Anderson '83 has been listed in the 2000 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. His mother, Jo Anderson, was listed in the same edition. Former students recommend persons listed in the publication. Jeff is a social studies teacher at Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, Mo., having been on the teaching staff since 1993. He also coaches football, basketball, and track. Last year he organized a youth program called "Hoops and Books" as part of his sponsorship of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. FCA members coach youth (5-10) basketball teams and go to the library with the youngsters to listen to them read and work on their reading skills. Jeff is currently working on a master's degree in administration.

Dave Lucas '83 as lucas_entertainment@hotmail.com and as a federal probation officer has put together a very strong substance abuse prevention magic show that is presented in the public schools K-12. There is also a program for college campus groups. David mainly works in North Carolina, but he does travel if booked elsewhere.

Fred Howie '84 had a job change with USD 444 (Little River) beginning with the fall semester 2000. He now teaches only one class, yearbook, and is the district's technology guru, trying to keep the many computers up and running along with the many file servers and the network. His wife, Kay (Kingdon) Howie '83, is again teaching second grade and in her "spare time" giving private piano lessons to two students.

Chad Anglemyer '86 has been appointed director of development at the Nebraska Children & Families Foundation (NCFF). The foundation is headquartered in Lincoln, Neb.

Doug Fort '86 reports that he is now president of Fort Environmental Laboratories. FEL works in the areas of amphibian, reptilian, and fish ecotoxicology; environmental chemistry, and general toxological evaluation including mammals. The lab is located on the Meridian Technology Center campus.

Don Gray '86 presented an organ concert at the Fifteenth Annual Holland Preaching Series planned by the Anthony, Attica, Burchfiel, and Harper United Methodist Churches. The theme of this year's series was "Getting Real: Real Visions for a Real Church in a Real World." The series is fully funded by bequests from the estates of Roy and Lottie Holland. Don teaches pre-kindergarten through grade five vocal music at Jefferson Elementary School in Wichita as well as being an organist at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church and organist at First Baptist Church, Wichita.

Marty Mutti '89 (see entry for Jane (Wakefield) Pipes '76)

Sherrie (Johannes) Trask '87 is now working afternoons with Cardinal Ritter Institute in the St. Louis area. She provides medical social services for elderly homebound people.

Doug Regnier '88 is teaching lifetime fitness for Butler County Community College. He began his work at the school's Marion location with the fall semester 2000. (see also births)

Chuck Sturgis '88 has been appointed director of fine needle aspiration at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. During 2000 he had several peer-reviewed papers published in cytology journals.

Jerry Burns '89 continues to practice law in the Denver area. He is now with the law firm of Lipinski and Associates, P.C.

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 1990

Scott Hecht '90 has been elected a shareholder in the law firm of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell.

Jason Belden '92, along with Holly Eaton and Michael Lydy, recently had an article published in the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. "Occurrence of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Fish and Sediment of the Arkansas River Basin, Kansas," appeared in Vol. 103, Nos. 3-4, October 2000, of that publication.

Thad Leffingwell '92 earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in August 2000, and has taken a job as an assistant professor in the psychology department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His wife, Kim (Fort) '92, is a clinical supervisor in their speech pathology training clinic.

Doug Wolff '93 has completed teacher certification requirements at the University of Kansas. On Dec. 11, 2000, he became a member of the staff at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, Kan. His wife, Alicia (Lindal) '97 is in her third year of teaching at Proctor Elementary School. Additionally she leads the youth bell choir at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Linda (Rickard) Yearout '93 has received a master of science degree in family therapy from Friends University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and coordinator of children's community based services at Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington.

Sharla (Wright) McIver '95 recently achieved the highest professional credential in the field of teaching - National Board Certification, presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Sharla was one of 14 Kansas educators who achieved this honor for the 1999-2000 school year. She is in her first year of teaching fourth and fifth grades at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Winfield, although she has had six years of experience teaching elementary, middle-school, and college students.

Jackye Feldman '95 has been elected to the Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) nominating committee. She is employed as the standardized patient coordinator and teaching assistant at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita.

Jonathan Morris '96 and Angela Leith '98 were married Nov. 4, 2000. They are both employed by Nike Inc. in Beaverton, Ore.

Jeremy Vickers '96 graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology on May 20, 2000, with a master of divinity degree. He is currently serving as a pastor in the Missouri West Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Tanya Depew '97 began part-time duties as executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chautauqua County Dec. 1, 2000. The newly-formed organization is a three-fold program directed at mentoring and positively influencing area children who are at risk due to personal circumstances, or who need guidance and encouragement. Tanya will continue to work at the Sedan hospital as a social worker and has recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a master's degree in clinical social work.

Caleb Hass '97 and Kysa Nelson '00 were married Aug 12, 2000. Caleb is attending Friends University pursuing a master's degree in management information. He is employed at Cessna Aircraft as computer programmer/analyst. Kysa is attending Newman University majoring in occupational therapy.

Donelle (Bergeson) Sommer '97 accepted a position as a dance instructor for the Winfield Recreation Commission. During fall 2000 she taught a variety of classes for ages two and older. In January 2001 she added toddler/preschool music classes as well. She plans to continue her position part-time at WRC in addition to staying at home with her two children, Eymber and Orion. Her husband, Brandon '97, teaches mathematics at Winfield High School in addition to coaching soccer and other sports.

Shane Armstrong '98 is working as a sales representative for Muro Pharmaceuticals. His territory includes Wichita.

Christopher Burley '98 has been named creative director for Taxpayers for Common Sense. In addition to his Internet-related responsibilities he has taken on a greater level of responsibility in the design and production of policy reports and organizational marketing materials. You can see his latest projects at http://www.taxpayer.net/forest/.

JoLynn Dennett '98 is currently teaching fifth/sixth grades at Udall Elementary School. She is also the head junior high girls' basketball coach and head junior high girls' and boys' track coach.

Lynnette Gillespie '98 has recently received a promotion and is now researcher at the Quality Tech Library at Boeing Wichita.

Christy Grealis '98 accepted a position at the Country Music Association effective Dec. 4, 2000. She is working in the special projects department, where she handles all the media events as well as logistical areas for such events as Fan Fair and CMA Awards.

Glenn Hammons '98 recently completed a course of study at the College of Oceaneering in Los Angeles, Calif. Glenn will be certified as a medical technician specializing in the problems associated with professional divers.

Matt Percival '98 has relocated to the Tulsa area with Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Joyelle Pickett '98 is continuing her interest in marine biology by volunteering at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Her full-time job is with Peoples Bank.

Mark Sloan '98 joined the Kansas Air National Guard fulltime at McConnell Air Force Base.

Jessie (Brass) Fisk '99 has entered a medical technician certification program at the University of Idaho.

Chris Knapp '99 is pursuing graduate studies in physiology at the University of Oklahoma.

Derek Long '99 is attending Northeastern School of Optometry in Tahlequah, Okla.

Mandy O'Brien '99 began a master's degree program in ecology at Penn State University in the fall of 2000.

Sara Potter-Chattam '99 is a student in the physical therapy program at Wichita State University.

Teresa (Swoyer) Davis '99 is working as the environmental management director for the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.

Jaime (Brooks) Igleta '99 and her daughter have recently returned to Texas after spending about four months in Germany. Jaime is currently working for a doctor's office but hopes to move to Georgia in the near future.

Allyson (Schmidt) Owen '99 has transferred from Emporia State University to Southwestern's MBA program at the east Wichita Professional Studies Center. Additionally, she notes that her husband, Shane, is attending Butler County Community College and working with the Butler County Highway Department.

Molly Schulte '99 transferred within Nextel Communications in May 2000. She moved from Denver, Colo., to Orlando, Fla., where she is currently a customer relations representative within the sales department for Central Florida. With her job she travels around the state and has frequent opportunities to visit the ocean.

Amy Schwartz '99 reports she moved to Orlando, Fla., in May 2000 and is currently employed with the Walt Disney World Company as a research specialist. She recently accepted a new position within the company as a youth facilitator for the Disney Institute. She began training in January, working with the experiential, youth and leisure, and team programs at Disney Institute. She has been busy with many extra activities, including the Disney cast choir, which performed nightly at Epcot Center as part of the candlelight processional and massed choir program. It features celebrity narrators, including Jon Secada, Phlicia Rashad, and James Avery. In October Amy also worked as a seasonal performer at Universal Studios Escape Orlando in their Halloween Horror Nights event as a scareactor.

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 2000

Corey Benton '00 has accepted a position with Abbott Laboratories in McPherson. In September 2000 he began work as a research associate.

Alycia Griffin '00 is attending Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is working toward a master of religious education degree. Alycia finds great inspiration in children and is currently involved in an after-school program called Project Transportmation, which provides children a place with a Christian atmosphere.

Chris Hibbert '00 is employed at Edward Jones in Tulsa.

Daniel Miller '00 is attending the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.

Tim Myers '00 participated in late January 2000 in the Carnegie Hall Conducting Workshop with renowned British conductor Neville Marriner of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra.

Amy Sherffius '00 is working as a burn technician at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

Jason Siemens '00 is attending the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.

Josh Smith '00 has taken a sales position with Allergan Pharmaceuticals. He will soon be moving to Tulsa and traveling Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri selling glaucoma medications to doctors in those states.

Angela Tran '00 is attending the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.

Nathan Turner '00 and Tania McLean '00 were married July 22, 2000. Nathan coaches and teaches at Waskum, Texas. Tania is an exercise specialist at Marshall Life Center.

Joshua Wheatley '00 began a doctoral program in biochemistry at the University of Illinois in fall 2000.

Rachelle (Hain) Jesseph '01 has entered the physician assistant program at Wichita State University.

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Teresa (Wilcoxen) Myatt '81 and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of a daughter, Robyn Marie. Born Dec. 7, 2000, she weighed 6 pounds. She joins sisters Molly, Angeline, Mary, and Samantha, and brothers Kerby and Thomas.

John and Vicki (Bennett) Boyle '82 '85 are the parents of a son born Dec. 13, 2000. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces.

Brent Hendry '84 and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of a baby boy, Franklin James. Born Nov. 27, 2000, he weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins sisters Kira (12) and Breea (4).

Terry (Couchman) Hodges '87 and her husband, Steven, are the parents of a son, Steven Gerald. Born Jan 3, 2001, he weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Kaitlyn Marie (4). Grandmother is Glennis Couchman, formerly of the home economics department at Southwestern College.

Kevin and Leisa (Askins) Potts '88 '89 are the parents of a new baby boy. Born Dec. 18, 2000, he weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces.

Danne Webb '88 and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of a baby girl, Hannah Caroline. Born Nov. 27, 2000, she weighed 3 pounds 3 ounces.

Melissa (McPhail) Miller '89 and her husband, Mike, have a new baby boy, Clifton Michael. He was born Oct. 13, 2000, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He joins a brother, Jackson (2).

Shonda (Cato) Thomas '89 is the mother of a baby girl, Skyelar. Born Nov. 29, 2000, she weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces.

Elizabeth (Cleland) Harvey '90 and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of their third child, Addison Kate. Addie was born 11 weeks prematurely and weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces and was 14 inches long. The Harveys are now home with older brother, Ian (8), and big sister, Erin (5).

Lori (McManus) and Anthony Salas '90 '90 are the parents of a daughter. Born Nov. 3, 2000, she weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces. She joins siblings Megan, Jordan, and Katherine.

Steve Drennan '91 and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of a daughter, Isabella Grace. Born Oct. 30, 2000, she weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Jonathan Gibson '91 and his wife, Cathleen, are the parents of a daughter, Jocelyn Patricia Karryn, born Jan. 12, 2001. A brother, Christian (8), and a sister, Jillian (2), welcomed her home.

Shannon (Shetlar) Ryan '91 and her husband, Thomas, are the parents of a daughter, Olivia Nicole. Born Nov. 30, 2000, she weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces. Sharon Shetlar, professor of nursing and associate dean of faculty at Southwestern College, is the grandmother.

Ty and Megan (Gannon) Partridge '92 '92 are the parents of a son, Grant Tyler. Born Dec. 8, 2000, he weighed 6 pounds and measured 19 inches.

Nick Garcia '93 and his wife, LaDona, are the parents of a baby girl, Shayla Michelle. Born Nov. 20, 2000, she weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. Shayla was welcomed home by big sister, Isabella Mylan.

Julie (Leonard) Carver '92 and her husband, Dave, announce the arrival of a baby boy, Isaac David. He was born Nov. 21, 2000, weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

Bryan and Julie (Pettey) Davis '93 '93 are the parents of a son born Nov. 17, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. He was welcomed home by his sisters Glynne, Allyson, and Emma.

Maureen (Pate) Morton '95 and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their daughter, Paten Reagayle. She was born Nov. 13, 2000.

Gretchen (Wells) Chapple '96 and her husband, Todd, are the parents of a son, Brett Edward. Born Dec. 5, 2000, he weighed 10 pounds 1 ounce. He joins a sister, Meredeith (1).

Michele (Wood) Dierks '96 and her husband, Jason, are the parents of twin boys. Born Jan. 12, 2001, they weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces and 6 pounds 5 ounces.

Troy Jordan '96 and his wife, Heather, are the parents of a daughter, Bryn Abigail. Born Sept. 25, 2000, she weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces.

Robert Reed '97 and Valerie Austin announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel James Reed, born Jan. 12, 2001. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces and measured 17 inches long. He has five brothers and three sisters, LeRoy and Mitchell Belt and Mary Ann, Steven, Colby, Amber, Lindsey, and Austin Reed.

Tamara Shaddox '97 is the mother of a son. Cameron Taelor was born Dec. 4, 2000.

Heather (Seitz) Underkofler '97 and her husband, K. B., are the parents of a son, Colby Austin. Born Nov. 17, 2000, he weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Kristin (Nelson) Ward '97 and her husband, Brad, are the parents of a baby boy born June 5, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and is named Seth Robert.

Denise (Wells) Liebau '99 and her husband, Jake, are the parents of a daughter. Born Nov. 10, 2000, she weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces. A sister, Rylee (3) assisted in welcoming her home.

Melissa (Vance) Milner '01 and her husband, Brad, are the parents of a son. Born Nov. 13, 2000, he weighed 6 pounds.

Chanelle Hart '02 and Mark Baughman are the parents of a baby girl, Darina Jolene. Born on October 16, 2000, she weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and was and 21 in long.

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 Deaths

Marjorie (Switzer) Wilson '25 died Oct. 30, 2000, at the age of 97.

Helen (George; Swanson) Carroll '26 died Oct. 16, 2000, at the age of 97. She taught English, speedwriting, and typing for a number of years at the Kansas School of Business and was named National Speedwriting Teacher of the Year in 1955.

Dorothea (Welsh) Miller '26 died Dec. 9, 2000. She was a retired librarian at Southwestern College and director of the Chisholm Trail Museum in Wellington.

Flossie (Sullens) Moody '26, '28 died Dec. 7, 2000, at the age of 98. She taught school for 25 years beginning at age 16 in a one-room schoolhouse in Plunket, N. M. In the course of her teaching career she taught all grades 1-12 and was principal of two schools. She taught mainly mathematics and music, retiring at age 69 after teaching second grade in Soledad, Calif. Married to a Methodist minister, Clifford Moody '28 (deceased), she also served churches with him for 36 years in Indiana, Kansas, and California.

Ina (Faubion; Wilson) Graves '27 died Dec. 22, 2000, at the age of 95. She spent her entire adult life teaching in Kansas towns - Yates Center, Montezuma, Bird City, and finally Ness City. She taught first grade, second grade, Spanish, dramatics, English, and art. Additionally, Ina illustrated art "lessons" and similar materials for others to study. An avid painter, she worked in oils, pastels, watercolors, and charcoals creating a portfolio that is a real picture of Kansas. During her later years in Ness City she taught art at the senior center in Ness City and through the Dodge City Community College outreach center to what she called "old people." Ina retired at age 89.

Louisa (Frusher) Stairrett '27 died Oct. 6, 2000, at the age of 96. A long-time resident of western Kansas she had been a schoolteacher in Leoti, Jetmore, Dodge City, and Kansas City as well as Oakridge, Tenn.

Nelda (Jefferies) Ackley '28 died Oct. 29, 2000. A homemaker and former teacher at Hardtner, Kan., she was 94.

Paul Dukewits '29 died Oct. 25, 1999. Survivors include his wife, Ada.

Hildred (Applegate) Barnard '30 died Nov. 23, 2000. A homemaker and longtime resident of Hutchinson, Kan., she was 93.

Clyde Ernst '30 died Jan 21, 2001, at the age of 92. From 1945 to 1971 Clyde taught fifth and sixth grades and was also the music teacher in the Raymond school system near Lyons. He was a former director of the Rice County Historical Museum in Lyons and was named Lyons Citizen of the year in the 1980s.

Zelma (Kipp) Russell '30 died Oct. 10, 2000. A homemaker, she was 93.

Thelma "Tiny" (Large) McIntyre '31 died Oct. 30, 2000, at the age of 92. She was a retired office manager for Dr. Ronald McCoy, Coldwater.

Loren Crawford '34 died Nov. 10, 2000, at the age of 88. For 19 years he was a teacher at Burden, McPherson College, Pratt and Garden City. He taught six years in the Pasco, Wash., public schools and 14 years in Ogden, Utah, where he was string coordinator for the Ogden City Schools for one year and an assistant professor of music and orchestra director at Weber State University for 13 years. Loren retired from college teaching in 1978 and taught private violin before retiring again in 1986. At the time of his death he held the title assistant professor of music emeritus at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Survivors include his wife, Margaret.

Dorothy (Hatfield) Brannam '36 died Dec. 20, 2000. Survivors include a son, daughter, and niece, Beverly Craft '53.

Robert Friend '38 died Dec.20, 2000, three months before his 85th birthday. Retiring from the Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C., in 1978, he had also been employed by the Library of Congress and the Department of Agriculture. His three years of service in the Army Air Force during World War II included one year overseas. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Meeker) '39, a son, Robert Jr., and a daughter, Beverly Andersen.

Ivan "Ike" Chatham '39 died Jan 13, 1999. He had been a child welfare worker with the Native Americans in North Dakota, a missionary to Puerto Rico, and then joined the Bruderhof, working with the poor in the areas surrounding its communities. Survivors include his wife, Thelma (Nurse) '39.

Wesley Garton '42 died Sept. 20, 2000. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette (Ryniker) '42.

Norma (Harrold) Combs '47 died Nov. 10, 2000, at the age of 75. She was a retired social worker for the Wilson School District, Phoenix, Ariz.

Lowell Gish '49 died Jan. 4, 2001, at the age of 73. He began working as a teacher and coach in Wilmore in 1949 and moved to Kinsley in 1951. He served as elementary school principal there for three years before moving back to Wilmore and serving as school superintendent. He moved to Ottawa in 1956, and was Ottawa Junior High School principal for several years before moving to Baldwin in 1963. He then became chairman of the Baker University education department. He retired in 1995. He later taught and served in various capacities at Haskell Indian Nations University. Survivors include his wife, Enola, and a son, Steve '79.

William "Dan" Kittrell '49 died Nov. 24, 2000, at the age of 75. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he worked as a school administrator for 26 years and then as a broker/owner for Coldwell Banker Arka-Vista for 10 years before retiring in 1991. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, and a sister, Ivah (Kittrell) Pratt '39.

Vivian (Brown) Engelland '61 died Dec. 14, 2000, at the age of 61. For many years she was employed as a social worker at Lyons, Kan. Recently she had been a job placement officer for the state of Kansas. Survivors include her husband, Jack.

Ferne (Nellis) Mayhill '61 died Nov. 29, 2000, at the age of 91. She began her teaching career in schools in rural Cowley and Sumner counties. Then she was at Adams Elementary School in Arkansas City for 11 years, teaching a total of 33 years before retiring to be a full-time homemaker. Her granddaughter, Cheryl Langhorst '02, is a current student at Southwestern College.

Melba (Rutter) Bechtel '69 died Nov. 18, 2000, at the age of 87. She taught at Ashton and Oak Grove schools and at Jefferson Elementary. Survivors include her husband, Harley.

Doug Hunter '73 died Jan 6, 2001, at the age of 52. At the time of his death, Doug was art professor at Cowley County Community College and had previously had the additional duties of athletic recruiting, assistant baseball coach and head coach of the women's softball team. For seven years Doug had been the assistant track coach at Southwestern College. Survivors include his wife, Patricia.

Annetta (Smith) Hanna '85, former Book Cave employee at Southwestern College, died Dec. 30, 2000, in an auto accident. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Hanna Jr. '60, and a son, Ralph Hanna III '78.

Bethel (Williams) Killblane '85 died Dec. 29, 2000, at the age of 54. She had worked as a floor administrator at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center for 28 years before its closing and then worked one year for the Social Rehabilitation office in Winfield. Bethel served as church organist for St. Paul's United Methodist Church for several years and later as director of music for Central Christian Church, both Arkansas City, Kan. Survivors include her husband, Paul, and sons, Chad '00 and Sean '98.

Aaron Estabrook '93 died Jan. 16, 2001, at the age of 55. He had been a fireman at Ford County fire department from 1974 to 1987. After graduation from Southwestern College, Aaron was employed by United Methodist Youthville, Dodge City, as a social worker.

Ruby (Daniel) Callison, widow of Ernest Callison '37, died Nov. 18, 2000. A clerk at McClellan's Department Store in Winfield before her marriage, she was later a homemaker. While she considered crafts to be a hobby, she was highly successful at marketing them in Oklahoma City as "made by a little old lady from Kansas." Survivors include her sons Keith Callison, Norman Calllison '63, and Danny Callison '70.

Ray Johnson, husband of Ellen (Sisson) Johnson '92, died Dec. 31, 2000, at the age of 46. Ray had farmed and was currently in the insurance business. At the time of his death he was serving on the Cowley County Commission and as a Republican precinct committeeman.

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E. Marie Burdette '32 (see alumni news).

Vaughn Guthrie, husband of Carrie Guthrie, former Southwestern College business office employee, died Nov. 3, 2000. A conductor for Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad, he was 65.

Annetta (Smith) Hanna '85 (see deaths).

Jim Helmer '71 (see alumni notes).

Brad Horstmann, assistant professor of health and physical education and head men's basketball coach at Southwestern College, has announced his resignation effective at the end of the current academic year. During Brad's five-year tenure, Southwestern was 53-78. Under his leadership Southwestern produced three all-Americans and six academic all-Americans.

Dorothea (Welsh) Miller '26 (see deaths).

Roger Moon '70 (see alumni news).

Tami Pullins, director of housing at Southwestern College, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 7-9 to participate in the winter meeting of the Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO). She is serving on the Comprehensive Training committee. This committee designs and implements a professional development curriculum for UMR members through planning workshops, programs, program tracks and drive-in workshops. Committee members will be planning training opportunities for the association's next conference, which will be held in Green Bay, Wisc., in November.

Sue (Nichols) Simmons '66 (see alumni notes).

Denise Stephens has joined the staff of Southwestern College as the administrative assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She has previously worked in computer operations at Thorn America in Wichita and Rubbermaid in Winfield.

Dennis Trask, former resident director at Reid Hall, is now executive director of the Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation. He is working on housing redevelopment projects and building renovations in addition to running a senior center.

Richard Wilke, bishop in residence at Southwestern College, visited Malaysia and Singapore in early Dec. 2000 for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He visited Methodist College in Kuala Lumpur and Pilley Methodist Institute in Sibu promoting newly-established scholarships. Bishop Wilke also preached Dec. 8, 2000, at the consecration ceremony for the new bishop of Singapore, Bishop-elect Robert Solomon, current president of Trinity College in Singapore.

Steve Wilke '78 (see alumni news).

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Marie (Hoyt) Allred died Dec. 5, 2000, at the age of 76. A homemaker, she stayed home to raise her children and provided day care for other families. Later she served as secretary for Allred Implement and Pump Service in Winfield from 1972 to 1987, retiring when the business closed. Survivors include her husband, Bill.

Donna Avery has announced plans to retire from her position as manager of Strother Field Airport and Industrial Park, a position she has held for nine years. In her tenure at the field the number of businesses located there has risen from 26 to 36 and employment has risen from 1,300 to 2,400. Her service to the area was celebrated with an open house at the terminal building.

Cherri Baer is one of three recipients of national awards made by Church World Service in October 2000. The award recognized "a standard of excellence" for extensive follow-up after floods and tornadoes in Kansas in 1998, 1999, and 2000. She was honored during CWS Disaster Response Training at Mount Weather, Va., where she was on the leadership team. Cherri is also a volunteer for UMCOR and has assisted recovery efforts in communities across the nation since 1996.

Harry Brown died Jan. 7, 2001, at the age of 90. Formerly vice president of Sun Ray DX, Tulsa, he retired from Tasco, Calif. Survivors include his wife of 70 years,

Sue. Frankie (Snow) Cullison died Jan. 1, 2001, at the age of 90. She was employed in bookkeeping and secretarial work until the death of her husband, George. At that time she became the owner and manager of Cullison Lumber Co. For more than 55 years Frankie was a registered Girl Scout and Girl Scout leader. In the latter role she trained many Girl Scout leaders. She was also active in the Winfield First Christian Church, the Cowley County Historical Society, and Baden Hall Preservation Committee.

O. E. Engelen, father of Lizzy (Engelen) Weible '79 and Irma Engelen '81, died recently. Engelen was a medical doctor and the past treasurer (for many years) of the Indonesian Council of Churches.

Gary Gackstatter conducted the Region VI Kansas Music Educators Association Honor Band for 1-2-3-4A high schools. Gary is director of instrumental music at Cowley County Community College, and directs the Winfield Regional Symphony at Southwestern College.

Ruth A. Hill died Nov. 15, 2000. A homemaker and a former custodian at McPherson High School, she was 96.

Rosa (Moore; Jones) Humbert died Nov. 25, 2000, at the age of 93. A longtime Winfield resident, she had worked as a nurse's aide at William Newton Memorial Hospital.

Johnette (Spengler) Jones died in early Dec. 2000. Survivors include her husband, Earle, a son, Jonathan '96, and a sister, Gladys (Spengler) Clark '60.

Theresa "Tres" Kill died Dec. 6, 2000, at the age of 97. The first woman to graduate from Harvard University Medical School with a certificate in physical therapy, she was the first physical therapist in Kansas, working as director of physiotherapy at St. Mary's Hospital and Snyder Clinic in Winfield from 1930 to 1941. In 1944 she served as director and head instructor of physical therapy at Camp Crowder, Mo. In 1946 she returned to Winfield and organized the physiotherapy departments at St. Mary's Hospital and Winfield State Hospital and Training Center, where she served as director from 1952 to 1972. The state hospital program was the first physical therapy department for the mentally handicapped in the United States. Tres was also on the clinical faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Pearl (Hess) Lungren died Feb. 3, 2001. A retired teacher and homemaker, she was 86. In 1991 she and her husband, Ted, received the Ambassador Award from Southwestern College. In addition to Ted, survivors include two sons, Roger Lungren '62 and David Lungren '74; and daughters, Marilyn (Lungren) Houlden '61, Linda Lungren '68 and Virginia (Lungren) Vanek '69.

Andrew McIntire died Dec. 3, 2000. A retired farmer and stockman, he was 95.

Grace Morgan died Jan. 3, 2001, at age 80. A long-time resident of the Atlanta, Kan., community, she is survived by her husband, Lloyd.

Roscoe Waldorf died Nov. 10, 2000. For 12 years he taught high school at LaCrosse, Gove, Sylvia, and Protection. For 26 years he taught biology at Garden City Community College. Survivors include his sister, Wilotta Bliss.

Una (Ring) Yoder died Nov. 25, 2000, at the age of 88. She taught speech, drama, and literature at McPherson College, retiring in 1978. In 1984 she received the McPherson College Alumni Citation for Meritorious Achievement. Survivors include her husband, Wilbur.

Ina Zeisset died Dec. 6, 2000. She was a retired schoolteacher and taught elementary and secondary levels in various schools. Survivors include her husband, Merton.

Howard Zook died Jan. 11, 2001. A retired farmer, he was 87. Survivors include his wife, Norma.

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Academic Achievement

Scott Dalrymple, Beech Professor of Business Administration and chair of the business division, has been retained as a subject matter expert in marketing by NETg, a subsidiary of Harcourt which creates CD-ROM and Web-based business software.

Wallace Gray, Emeritus Kirk Professor of Religion and Philosophy, is the translator of Eiji Hattori's book on the Silk Roads. The translated work is titled "Letters From the Silk Roads: Thinking at the Crossroads of Civilization" and was published in December by University Press of America. The Silk Road as an interconnected system over land and sea provides a significant metaphor for intercultural and international cooperation in the new millennium. The book describes how the world's civilizations are connected with each other by invisible threads. The dialogue among civilizations is omnipresent. The Japanese author visited Winfield in connection with the translation. Southwestern students who worked with Gray on the translation were Rie Fujimaki '02, Rie Yanai '99, Kayoko Waki '00, and Soshi Kawabe '00. The college library staff and the computer center-most especially, Steve Ruggles-provided resources and technical support. Ina Turner Gray acted as editor and publication facilitator. Gray also has been approved for listing in the International Biographical Centre's 21st Century Award for Achievement.

Munir Hassan, assistant professor of finance, chaired a session of the 27th annual meetings of the Eastern Economic Association in New York City Feb. 23-25. Hassan's session was titled "Immigration, Trade, and Income Inequality." Participants included representatives of Appalachian State University, City University of New York, and William Paterson University.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey, associate dean of students, presented the keynote address at the Friends University Faith and Learning Lecture Series in February 2001, speaking to 500 freshmen and sophomores on spirituality. In addition, Pleas-Bailey presented a workshop in October 2000 at the annual regional conference of the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers. The workshop was titled "Is It a Dream or Can It Be Reality?: Working through Diversity in Kansas.

Michelle Ceynar Rosell, assistant professor of psychology, attended a conference in January, The National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. She presented a paper titled "Miles to Go Before We Sleep: Integrating Feminist Methodology Into an Undergraduate Psychological Research Methods Course" that she co-authored with Andrea M. Karkowski, Capital University; Raeal Moore and Kristin R. Bowes, Ohio State University.

Two Southwestern College professors, Tim Shook and Claudia Geer, were approved for tenure by the college's board of trustees at its Jan. 20, 2001, meeting. Shook, associate professor of music, has been on faculty since 1988. Geer, assistant professor of psychology and chair of the social sciences division, has been a faculty member since 1995.

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Dudley Inaugurated President on Hastings College

Phillip Dudley '68 is the 14th president of Hastings (Neb.) College. Dudley was inaugurated during Oct. 12 ceremonies at the college. The college's board of trustees unanimously appointed Dudley president in April, after he had served as acting president for nearly two months.

A native of Cheney, Dudley graduated from SC with a degree in mathematics and business, earning his master's degree in economics at Wichita State University and his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining the Hastings staff he taught at Doane (Neb.) College.

Dudley has been a member of the Hastings College community for 27 years and has served in various capacities: as associate professor of economics, assistant football coach, assistant to the president, and most recently, vice president of the college. As vice president his responsibilities included overseeing the areas of admissions and public relations, financial aid, athletics, and computer services. He continued to teach one economics course each semester, to advise the student association, and to chair several campus groups.

"Dudley places students at the heart of his educational philosophy and has pledged to make service to students the highest priority of his presidency," news of his appointment stresses. "This student-centered vision will be evident as Hastings College embarks on its next strategic planning process, which will result in goals and objectives to guide the college for the next four to five years."

 

 

Conners Named Outstanding Fundraiser

Tell your child where Judy (Gibson) Conners '76 goes to work every day, and you'll probably provoke an open-mouthed look of envy. Conners is director of development at Exploration Place, the Midwest's newest favorite spot for children. Since opening its doors April 1, 2000, the interactive museum on the west bank of Wichita's Arkansas River has attracted more than 300,000 visitors. More than 375,000 are expected before its first year is out.

Conners signed on as the fourth employee (the first director) in 1996 when Exploration Place was still a distant dream. About half of its $62 million capital campaign goal was on hand to make the dream reality, but taking the fundraising job was a leap of faith.

"It was a huge amount of money to raise for a brand-new institution," Conners recalls, "and there were a hundred reasons why it was a risky venture, but that's what fundraising is all about."

With Conners at the helm the campaign not only reached its goal but exceeded it; final tally was more than $65 million. The success led to recognition by the American Fundraising Executives (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives). Late last fall Conners was named the outstanding fundraiser by the Wichita branch of the organization, the group's first such recognition since 1992.

Today Exploration Place has become a cultural keystone for Wichita attractions. Visitors of all ages move through the four thematic exhibit areas, encountering immersive environments and hands-on experiences related to flight, health and human life, people, places and environments of Kansas, and imaginative spaces for young children. (The mix of visitor ages proves Exploration Place isn't just for kids, though; 55% of the visitors are adults, and they aren't all accompanied by children.)

Although Conners admits that her favorite exhibit is the Kansas in Miniature display, like a mother with many children, she hesitates to pick a favorite. "I love the whole place, and I love walking through it," she says. "Every day I walk in here and I feel very, very blessed to be here."

 

Delori Dalany Receives Ethel Fitton Scholarship

0Delori Dalany, a student in the professional studies nursing program, is the first recipient of the Ethel Fitton Scholarship. Established in honor of the aunt of Candyce Duggan, the scholarship will be awarded each January to a professional studies student. Preference is given to nursing students.

Duggan, who is assistant director of the professional studies program, established the scholarship as a way to honor her aunt.

"Ethel was a nontraditional RN," Duggan explains. "She got her diploma at Stormont-Vail in Topeka and went back to get her RN at age 45. She was always very supportive of education, but no one helped her to go to school-she did it all herself.

When it was time to decide how to memorialize Fitton, Duggan was confident her aunt (a strong Methodist) would appreciate other nontraditional nursing students being beneficiaries. And the benefit to Duggan is personal: "This is a nice way to keep Ethel with me," Duggan says.

 

Gary Patel: A Friend of the College

Anyone staying at the Camelot Motor Inn in Winfield soon discovers a Southwestern College fan in the owner, Gary Patel. In fact, Patel moved his family here in 1996 because of the college.

"SC is one of the finest colleges you can find," Patel said. "We moved from Seattle just to join SC," he said. Patel explained that his daughter, Chhyna, expressed interest in joining the campus community as a student. The family had been in Kansas two or three times a year to visit an uncle who lives nearby, and gradually learned about Southwestern.

"We heard lots of people talk about it," Patel said. So Patel and his wife, Daksha, sold the motel they owned in Seattle and relocated in Winfield.

Although Chhyna Patel decided to get married before finishing her SC degree (she now attends college in Hollywood, Calif., where her husband lives and works) Patel is still adamant about promoting SC.

"SC is always doing something," he said. "We are busy because of them."
-by Kasey Dumler '01

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