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 1930

Al Hodges '36 was the first recipient of the Directors Award for Outstanding Contributions to Instrumental Music in Winfield. The honor was presented March 13, 2001, during a mass band concert at Winfield High School. Keith Anglemyer '84, band director at Winfield High School, Charles Yingling '67, director of bands at Southwestern College, and Frank Johnson, director of the Winfield Municipal Band, presented the award.

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 1940

Jerry (Yarberry) Countryman '40 and L. T. Marshall, Dodge City, were married March 7, 2001, at Sarasota, Fla.

Russell "Sticker" Briar '42 was posthumously inducted into the Newton High School Hall of Fame, class of 2000. As a student at NHS he was an all-state basketball player in 1932 and 1934. At Southwestern College he was on the 1939 basketball team that won the National Intercollegiate Tournament in Kansas City. Russell died in 1974.

Wanda (Broadie) Alexander '43 recently won a Spirit of Excellence Award from KNTV quickly followed by a MAGIC Award from the Avanti Foundation. MAGIC stands for Making a Great Investment in Community and carried with it a $5,000 stipend. Wanda is a clinical social worker and volunteer director of ACT (All Cooperating Together) for Mental Health. She also maintains a private practice.

David McGuire '47 was inducted into the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame on April 21, 2001. He was cited for his 30 years as a band director and university professor and his leadership on local, state and national levels.

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 1950

Howard Servis '51 reports that he is now retired after teaching history and speech, coaching debate, and directing plays in the Kansas public schools and at Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma. In the latter position he gained a priceless knowledge of Native Americans which he was later able to use in his history classes. Additionally he spent three years in Spain with his wife, Connie, an employee of the United States Air Force. While there the couple put over 40,000 miles on their car while Howard photographed over 500 castles and the Spanish countryside. A licensed lay minister of the United Methodist Church, Howard now sings in the choir at East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita and credits Dr. Orcenith Smith, at Southwestern College, as his finest vocal teacher.

Mel Cheatham '55 has developed the "Comfort Collar" for those taking long airline flights. The device supports the neck of the long-distance air traveler while sleeping. It alleviates the stiff neck and other discomforts usually associated with sleeping in an upright position. The collar can be purchased only from Magellan. The company's catalog describes Mel as a "clinical professor of neurosurgery and a leading brain and spinal surgeon with expertise in treating both traumatic and repetitive motion injuries to the neck and spine."

Mary (Carttar) Hartley '58 and her husband sponsored a Jan. 27, 2001, conference celebrating Winfield history. Four award-winning papers were presented: "John Peter and Adelaide Baden, Philanthropists" by Adelaide (Baden) Barnard '40; "Windows Into The Past: Historical Perspectives on the Health Care System in Winfield, Kansas" by Sharon Shetlar '85; and "The Twigg Massacre of Winfield, Kansas" by Robert P. Davis. There was a luncheon followed by a slide presentation on historic Winfield homes by Helen Storbeck. The conference concluded with a paper on "Chautauquas at Island Park" by Roland Mueller.

Kent Garhart '59 received the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in a ceremony at Southwestern College on April 21, 2001.

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 1960

Ken Forsyth '61 was named the Outstanding Music Educator of the year in late February 2001 by the Kansas Music Educators Association. He was chosen for the honor because of his contributions to music education. Ken is a music teacher at Washburn Rural High School.

Stan Lewis '61 reports that he was a missionary in Burundi, Africa, from 1968 to 1981. Since April 1982 he has been working in the church ministries department of World Gospel Mission in Marion, Ind. He has been director of church ministries since December 1989.

Susie Stark '63 was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from Uniserv, a teachers association group, at a reception in her honor Feb. 12, 2001. She was chosen as a recipient due to her long-time commitment to her students, peers, and schools. Susie is currently gifted coordinator for the Cowley County Special Services Cooperative and has taught in Arkansas City for the past 37 years.

Russell Vail '63, who was inducted into Southwestern's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 for being Southwestern's first-ever track and field all-American in 1962 and a two-time all-American in 1963, received a certificate of recognition for his service in the U. S. Army and the FBI during the Cold War. The award was presented by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Russ has returned to the FBI as a special investigator, and among other matters, is on the detail that investigates its own, similar to internal affairs in a large city police department.

Edith (Gitau) Gitao '64 reports that she married James Gitao in August 1964 and returned to Kenya in February 1966. She secured an administrative job with the Ford Foundation, Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Nairobi, retiring in July 1985. Then for eight years she ran the family business as a director of Akiba Properties Estate Agents Ltd. In January 1993 Edith moved back to an education career and opened a private Christian school known as Akiba Preparatory. It is for children aged 3-14 years (nursery to class 8) for the purpose of offering formal education to disadvantaged children. The school is located in a slum area within the vicinity of Nairobi. Over the past eight years some 804 children have registered in the school. About 100 children have graduated and moved on to high schools elsewhere. Besides managing the school, other responsibilities during the past 30 years have included active involvement in the work of the local church - the Anglican Church of Kenya.

Ken and Jan (Heersche) Hathaway '67, '69 report that in July of 1999 they were assigned as missionaries from the General Board of Global Missions to serve at McCurdy School in Espanola, N.M. Ken is now teaching middle school religion and Jan is directing and teaching full time at McCurdy Preschool, which was started in January 2000. They note that after 32 years of serving United Methodist churches in the Kansas West Conference, this is quite a change!

Jim Wilson '67 is gaining fame as the "Colorado Cowboy." Jim and his partner, Mike Hall, were one of the featured presentations at the 2001 American Association of School Administrators convention in Orlando, Fla. The duo had also been featured at the AASA conventions in 2000 and 1998. Jim, who also performs as a single act, rewrites the lyrics of songs to adapt them to a specific group. His programs have taken him to 12 states over the past two years. The Conference Daily described the pair as follows: "Wilson, in leather vest and wide-brimmed cowboy hat, is the talkative one, telling jokes, ribbing the audience, and singing. Hall, in casual Friday attire (business suit, no tie), communicates only through song in a soft tenor voice. To the duo that seemed able to craft a joke about anything in education, one thing remained serious: Never forget the students and teachers you have been hired to serve." Jim's educational career has spanned 34 years in two states. His honors in Kansas included being designated a Master Teacher (twice) and being named the Rural and Small Schools Administrator of the Year. Since his move to Colorado, Jim has served as the president of the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators and is a member of the Executive Board of the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Sheryl (Huber) Lloyd '69 was inducted in the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame on April 21, 2001. She was recognized for her 25 years of service to the children of the Solano Beach School District. As a music teacher for the district she has written musical productions for children in kindergarten through sixth grade and helped to design and implement the summer program Connections! That activity integrates the visual arts, music, theatre, dance and creative writing.

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 1970

Mildred (Marrs) Speer '70 and her husband, Jack, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception hosted by their family. They were married March 15, 1951, at Mount Zion Church, southwest of Arkansas City. Their wedding was the first and only one to have been performed at Mount Zion in 57 years. Mildred (Marrs) Speer '70 and her husband, Jack, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception hosted by their family. They were married March 15, 1951, at Mount Zion Church, southwest of Arkansas City. Their wedding was the first and only one to have been performed at Mount Zion in 57 years.

Lyneva (Sherman) Bryan '71 writes that she taught physical education and health for a number of years and then with the addition of girls' sports in her district, she coached high school volleyball, basketball, and track for several years. Later she opted to start the programs at the middle school in Herington, where she continues to coach volleyball and coed track. Lyneva volunteers for Special Olympics Kansas North Central and started the "Magic" team in Dickinson County. She also heads the Southeast Dickinson Transition Council, which helps families with special needs children integrate them into meaningful lives in the community.

Jim Buterbaugh '71 was honored with a reception during the Kansas American Legion and Auxiliary Mid-Winter Forum in Overland Park. Jim is serving as national historian (one of only 10 national offices) for the Legion. In that capacity he oversees the compilation of histories at the post, district, department (state) and national levels from Legion national headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. Additionally, he travels representing the national commander and the Legion. Jim is a partner in Buterbaugh and Handlin Insurance of Winfield.

Jim Godbey '72, pastor of the United Methodist church in Medicine Lodge, worked with 12 Boy Scouts on the "God and Me," "God and Country," and "God and Church" awards. The awards were presented during worship on Scout Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001. Additionally, Jim found time to complete a doctor of ministry program at Phillips Theological Seminary and receive his degree in May 2001. His dissertation was on gender issues in the church.

John Hartzell '73 has been named to the 2000-2001 edition of Strathmore's "Who's Who" for his poetry. The plaque he received from Strathmore reads, "Inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession." John has been included in the Marquis "Who's Who" for three years and is a member of the Kansas Authors Club and the Kansas Writers Association. He has worked for Automatic Coin Service Co. of Winfield for 25 years.

Dale and Marla (Rowe) Voth '74, '75 took a spring break trip to Annapolis, Md., to visit their daughter Polly '99. While visiting Washington, D.C., they met up with Ted Hresko '73 at the Treasury Department. As a long-time secret service agent Ted gave the Voths the VIP treatment with personal tours of the White House complete with an introduction to President Bush. Dale is in his 27th year of teaching and coaching in Cimarron, and runs the city's summer recreation program. Marla is in her 25th year of teaching elementary school, 24 years in Cimarron.

Jennis (Manny; Wilcox) '75 and Galen Irvin were recently married. Jennis is a music teacher with the Arkansas City school district. Galen is substitute teaching in the Cowley County area.

Beth (Richardson) Wilke '78 was presented the Community Cornerstone Award for February 2001 by CornerBank, N.A. (formerly First National Bank of Winfield). Beth's volunteer activities include Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, USD 465, the Winfield Swim Club, First United Methodist Church, Snyder Clinic Auxiliary, and Southwestern College. She is also on the board of FACT (Families Actively Communicating Together) and the Winfield Board of Education, assisted with the Partners for Success after-school program, had been active in PTO groups, served as the Helping Hands emergency fund coordinator, and was director of the Commodity Food Program. Since 1994 Beth has been director of volunteer ministries at First United Methodist Church, Winfield.

 

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 1980

Barbara (Chapman) White '80 has received a supplemental appointment as QPA chair at Washington Elementary School, Wellington.

Jeanne (Baker) Dexter '81, associate professor of business at Southwestern College, resigned at the end of the 2000-01 school year.

Linda (Bauman) Young '81, the interim director for Cowley County Mental Health Counseling Center, has been named its permanent director. She has been on the staff since 1991. In her new position she will be responsible for the center's $2.8 million budget and the 57 people employed at the facility.

Melissa (Dvorak) Lathers '82 is assistant coach for boys and girls seventh and eighth grade track at Wellington Junior High School.

Tim Otte '83, former director of public relations at Southwestern College, is now based in Fort Lauderdale where he operates his own travel and hospitality marketing and public relations firm.

Shelley (Day) Stinson '83 has been named the 2001 Master Teacher of the Year for USD 470, Arkansas City. The recipient is chosen by peers in the local teachers association. Shelley teaches second grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.

Quentin Collin Faust (formerly Don Allgood '85) practices in the Dallas office of Arter & Hadden LLP, where he focuses on federal securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, and general corporate matters. Don graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1997, where he published an article in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy on pre-employment honesty testing. He recently presented "Private Placements and Disclosure Requirements" at the University of Houston's two-day seminar, "Representing Start-Ups and New Companies." Last spring, his article, "The SEC and Your Pre-IPO Venture Capital Financing" was published in the Venture Capital Journal. His poetry has been published in the Candelabrum and in The Journal of the American Tolkein Society. Don met his wife of 13 years, Debra (King) '84, while the two of them were theatre students at Southwestern. Debra has been a professional actress and singer since 1982. She frequently appears in regional musical theatre productions, including Music Theatre of Wichita, and Cabaret Oldetowne, and she will be appearing this summer at The Mosley Street Melodrama in Wichita from May 31 through July 14.

Jo Ellen Parker '85 was married to Jeremy Cates on Aug. 22, 1998. (see also births)

Sharon Shetlar '85 will be returning to full-time teaching in the nursing department at Southwestern College for the 2000-01 school year. For the past six years Sharon has served as half-time associate academic dean and half-time nursing faculty member.

Mitch Day '87 has been appointed assistant cross-country coach at Wellington Junior High School.

Maggie (Hall) Bicker '88 painted the exterior of Neives Mexican Restaurant. The business is housed in the former Winfield Electric building at 119 E 9th Ave. in Winfield.

Rick Phelps '89 has moved from teaching junior high social studies to high school social studies in USD 353 (Wellington). Additionally, he has been appointed junior high school wrestling coach.

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 1990

Sheryl Hollingsworth '90 has been employed by USD 465 (Winfield) as a substitute school nurse.

Mike Wilmoth '90 has been appointed head seventh-grade football coach at Wellington Junior High School.

Dan Lara '91 was named communications director for the Employment Policy Foundation in Washington, D.C., on May 21. EPF is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational foundation that focuses on workplace trends and policies. Dan will be responsible for promoting EPF's research and statistics to the media, as well as business and industry.

Paul McDonald '91 presented a paper for peer review at the SAS Users' Group International 26 in Long Beach, Calif., on April 21, 2001. The paper was titled "Enterprise Wide SAS Administration: Avoiding the Pitfall." The paper and presentation was intended for an audience of experienced SAS programmers and business managers who have SAS programming needs. Readers learned how to build a strong SAS infrastructure across multiple platforms, develop the basics of an in-house SAS software training system, create an easy way for SAS to work with other applications and prepare their systems for new technologies that come out in the future. The SAS Institute (http://www.sas.com/) is one of the largest software companies in the world.

Jason Catlin '93 has been appointed head ninth-grade football coach, head eighth-grade boys basketball coach and assistant seventh-grade boys basketball coach at Wellington Junior High School.

Fran O'Keefe '93 was inducted into the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame on April 21, 2001. Her 11 years as an educator have included service as executive director and the lead teacher for the Community Learning Center, a program for at-risk high school and middle school students in Cowley County.

Erik Olsson '94 and Ellen Jackson were married July 7, 2000.

Terry Quiett '94, coordinator of academic technology at Southwestern College, celebrated the release of his new CD "JoyRide," with a release party at Beatriz' Bistro in Winfield. Surprise musical guests joined him and there was a special "Total TQ Giveaway" drawing. The new CD is available for purchase at the Southwestern College Book Cave and more information and downloadable MP3s are available at www.quiett.com.

Kelly Adams '95 coaches ninth-grade boys and girls basketball at Wellington Junior High School.

Christopher Smith '95 was on campus April 2, 2001, to speak on attorney/law careers for Andy Sheppard's "Responsibility for the Future" class.

George Stover '95 accepted the position of chief financial officer at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth, on Jan. 1, 2001. He and his wife, Trisha, are expectant parents, with the baby due in September 2001.

Jim Tucker '95 invites fellow Moundbuilders to check out his family's Web site: www.tuckergreenhouse.com.

Stephanie Gonzales '96 has been promoted from pharmaceutical representative to professional products representative with Roche Laboratories. Her territory covers the southern third of Kansas.

Pamela (Wentworth) Moore '96, former office manager in the institutional advancement office at Southwestern College, is now executive director of Legacy, a regional community foundation. Legacy was formed in 1996 in Cowley County, and serves Elk, Chautauqua, Sumner, and Cowley counties.

Tara (Harris) Taylor '96 finished a master's degree in special education at Emporia State University in December 2000.

LaTaunia Anderson '97 and Carl Bahr Jr. were married Feb. 24, 2001. LaTaunia is considering going on for more education and Carl is working toward a degree in social work.

Steve Butler '97, his brother, Paige, and friends were one of the groups performing at Singspiration, an annual event of the Burden United Methodist church.

Aaron Iverson '97 recently passed the certified public accountant examination. He sat for the exam in November and received his letter of completion in February. He has also completed the required ethics exam. His application for a Kansas Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant was approved in March 2001. Aaron has been employed by Edward B. Stephenson & Co. CPAs since shortly after graduation from Southwestern.

Camille (Sneed) Richert '97 coaches ninth-grade volleyball and is assistant seventh- and eighth-grade track coach at Wellington Junior High School.

Preston Richert '97, and Jeff Tipton finished first-place in the Tequila Rose Doubles Bowling Tournament held in Wichita. They received a $750 check and as state champions represented Kansas at the National Bowling Finals April 18-20, 2001, in Las Vegas.

Judy Stine '97, former admission counselor at Southwestern College, and Bryan Haynes were married April 28, 2001.

Megan Cruit '98 and Kevin Taylor were married Jan. 20, 2001. The two met during the 1 years Megan was a nanny in Germany. Kevin was serving in the U. S. Army and was stationed in the same town. The couple now resides in Manhattan, Kan.

Richard Malone '98 has been added to the roster of the Wichita Stealth of the Arena Football League. A 6'2", 285-pound offensive/defensive lineman from Dallas, Malone played last season with the Wichita Warlords of the now defunct Indoor Football League. While at Southwestern College he was a two-time, first team all-KCAC defensive lineman.

Kristen (Martin) Pettey '98 and Jason Speegle '99 were on campus April 9, 2001, to speak on "Engineering at the Cessna Corporation" for Andy Sheppard's "Responsibility for the Future" class.

Stephanie Sharp '98 is now working for the American Cancer Society as their government relations manager (translation: lobbyist) in Topeka. However, she notes that lobbying for ACS doesn't have quite the same connotation as lobbying for oil, tobacco, or insurance companies.

Brandon Smith '98 was recently accepted into the prestigious New York University/Tisch School of the Arts MFA program for scene design in film, television and theatre. He will be joining seven other graduate designers in New York City this fall to start the three-year program. Contact him via e-mail: brandon@focusfive.com.

Ginger Wilcox '98 was on campus March 29, 2001, to speak on business merchandising in Jeanne Dexter's '81 "Global Business" class.

Mary Black '99 reports that she is now living in Colorado and teaching fifth grade. She is working on a master's degree in literacy techniques with an emphasis on bilingual education.

Adam Messenger '99 has been promoted to director of advancement research and records in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Southwestern College. Adam will now be working with fund raising as well as with SC's computer records. His new responsibilities will include providing the institutional advancement office's solicitation staff with information used to seek gifts from individual donors, foundations and businesses. He also will be working with the development module of SC's administrative database software.

Mandy O'Brien '99 is a full-time, salaried employee in analytical chemistry at Penn State University. She is not in a master's program as reported in the previous Southwesterner. Additionally she works part-time for L. Robert Kimball and Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, on a consulting basis. In her "spare time" Mandy is a representative for Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc., a national non-profit organization which works for the sole purpose of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dachshunds and dachshund mixes. She is on the membership and fundraising committees, as well as doing other work, such as transports, home checks, adoption checks, and fostering.

Jason Speegle '99 (see news for Kristen Pettey '98)

Polly Voth '99 is a nanny in the Annapolis, Md., area.

Rie Yanai '99 reports that since returning to Japan she has had an opportunity to work at the trading department of a food processing machinery manufacturer in Japan. Her English studies at Southwestern College gave her an edge in landing the position since she can understand more English than many in her area. The company exports food processing machines all over the world.

 

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 2000

Jeana Clark '00, resident director at Broadhurst Hall and assistant Web producer/graphic designer in the public relations office at Southwestern College, is moving on to Overland Park. She is working for Multiservice corporation as a Web developer. Jeana will be working on sites such as www.80s.com, www. macromusic.com, www.musicfanclubs.org, www.majormud.com, and www.metropolis.com.

Kevin Crawford '00, formerly of Tonkawa Foundry, Inc., Tonkawa, Okla., was recently awarded a plaque for his service as the 1999-2000 Plains State chairman. Kevin has since joined Vulcan Engineering Co., Inc., Helena, Ala.

Timothy Myers '00 will be spending the summer of 2001 in the Czech Republic (Kromeriz) coaching at the International Opera Workshop and then joining a select group of young conductors to conduct the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic.

Renae Giefer '01 has been appointed assistant softball coach by USD 353 (Wellington).

Jelinda Gose '01, currently serving as resident director of Sutton Hall at Southwestern College, will be the resident director at the new freshman women's hall for the 2001-02 school year.

Ngan Nguyen '01 has accepted a graduate assistant position at Chapel Hill High School in Tyler, Texas. She will begin her master's degree at the University of Texas at Tyler this fall.

Silas Robertson '01 has been employed by USD 465 (Winfield) as middle school assistant track coach.

Cheryl Persinger '02 was recently the first in the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group-Wichita Division to acquire the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) newest certification called the Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA). To receive this certification Cheryl successfully sat for a 100-question, four-hour, open-book examination covering such topics as quality basics, teams, and continuous improvement.

Melinda Ray '04 and Jeffrey Donley were married Dec. 30, 2001. Melinda is a part-time student and substitute teaches. Jeffrey is a bus mechanic for the Winfield school district and farms with his father.

 

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 Births

Jo Ellen (Parker) Cates '85 and her husband, Jeremy, are the parents of Brianna Mae Ellen. Born Feb. 12, 2001, she weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 18 inches long. (see also alumni news)

LeAnn (Hubbell) and Billy Tipps '89, '95 are the parents of a girl, Grace Adlee. Born March 27, 2001, she weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Roxann (Bever) Fletcher '90 her husband, Doug, and their son, James, welcomed a new family member, Jennifer Lynn, on Nov. 26, 2001. Roxann formerly worked for Mid-South Transplant, but is now is a full-time mom.

Jeff Newlon '91 and his wife, Vicky, are the parents of a baby girl, Megan Lynn. Born March 8, 2001, she weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. She joins a brother, Austin (2).

Becky (Blevins) and Andy Stephens '91, '93 are the parents of a son, Alec Paul. Born Feb. 5, 2001, he weighed 2 pounds 8 ounces. Grandparents are Bill (athletic director at Southwestern College) and Paula (Brown) Stephens '63, '85.

Trevor Leffingwell '92, his wife, Paula and their son, Dawson, announce the addition of Jackson Henry to the family. He was born on March 13, 2001.

Jody (Watkins) Suiter '92 and her husband, Robb, are the parents of a son, Jacob William. He was born Feb. 4, 2001.

Chad Gordon '93 and his wife, Christie, are the parents of a daughter born Feb. 8, 2001. She weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces.

Jennifer (Barnes) Irwin '93 and her husband are the parents of a son, Dane Thomas. Born April 2, 2001, he weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Jeff and Melody (Huff) Everett '94, '97 are the parents of a son. Born March 8, 2001, he weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces.

Bryan Kiser '94 and his wife, Jenny, are the parents of a daughter, Cortney Lee, born April 4, 2001. She weighed 10 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Monroe Anderson '95 and Felicita Bueschel announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie. Born Aug. 18, 2000, she weighed 4 pounds.

Christen (Callaway) Rierson '96 and her husband, Darrin, are the parents of a son. He was born April 27, 2001, weighing 9 pounds 4 ounces.

Jeremy Turner '96 and his wife, Jeri, are the parents of a son born Feb. 26, 2001. He weighed 8 pounds 12.8 ounces.

Amy (Llamas) Pinion '97 and her husband, Brent, are the parents of a daughter, Allison Nicole. Born April 26, 2001, she weighed 11 pounds 5 ounces.

Jennifer (Higgins) Witham '97 and her husband, Gary, are the parents of a girl, Tatum Alexandra. Born Jan. 31, 2001, she weighed 6 pounds 7.7 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was welcomed home by her sister, Peyton Margaret, who was three years old in May.

Jason Bruce '99 and his wife, Aubrey, are the parents of a son, Alexander Eugene. Born March 9, 2001, he weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces and was 15 inches long.

Stanton Ruggles '00 and his wife, Kyla, are the parents of daughter born March 20, 2001. She weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces.

Sudie White '00 and Samuel Tapia are the parents of a son, Salvador Luis Tapia, born March 27, 2001. He weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and was 18 inches long. He joins sisters, Samantha (11) and Sylvania (1).

Jelinda (Lockyear) Gose '01 and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 31, 2001. She weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces.

Jason and Nichola (Bowker) Mills '01, '02 are the parents of a son, Austin James. Born Feb. 15, 2001, he weighed 6 pounds 9.6 ounces and was 18 inches long. He was welcomed home by his brother, Joel.

Stacy Martens '02 and Hosteen Tsosie announce the birth of their son, Xavier Hosteen. Born Jan 28, 2001, he weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Katrina Teter '02 is the mother of a son born March 9, 2001. He weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces.

 

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Ruth (Curfman) Fesler '27 died April 26, 2001, at the age of 97. After teaching in Oklahoma for a few years she moved to Arkansas City and taught at various grade levels for over 30 years.

Carl Coover '27 died March 6, 2001, at the age of 96. Originally a high school music teacher and school superintendent, he was later employed by Beech Aircraft Co. as an inspector.

Eleanor (Corrie) King '28 died Feb. 9, 2001, at the age of 94. She had been a guidance counselor and home economics teacher at Wichita East High School and Derby High School.

Joseph Swartz '28 died April 22, 2001. He had been involved in education and insurance sales in Kansas from 1928 until the late 1950s. Joseph served as a school administrator at Bushong, Allen, Old Strawn, Burdette, and Elkhart before moving to Topeka where he was in the insurance business. In 1960 he moved to Phoenix and then Fruita, Colo., where he was in the real estate business. He retired in 1976. Survivors include a brother, George Swartz '29.

Wanda (Wiley) Frank '30 died Feb. 22, 2001.

Elanora (Stuber) Youle '31 died March 4, 2001, at the age of 91. Before marrying she taught school in Bentley, Kan. After her husband's death she worked as a dietitian at William Newton Hospital and later at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She retired in 1972. Survivors include a brother, Joe Stuber '49 and a sister, Sarah (Stuber) Young '48.

Eva (Boger) Shelton '32 died April 15, 2001. She had been a teacher of private piano.

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

Adrienne (Nossaman) Scott '34 died during November 2000. Survivors include her husband, Walter.

Ruth (Zimmerman) Beal '36 died March 26, 2001, at the age of 85. She had been a schoolteacher at Bucklin, Haven, and Mount Hope. Survivors include a brother, Julian Zimmerman '39.

Vern Livengood '39 died April 4, 2001. A United Methodist pastor, he had served 46 years in that capacity. Among his appointments were Beeler, Burden, Lindsborg, Scott City, Wichita Bethany, Wellington, Concordia, Liberal, and Anthony. Additionally Vern spent 27 months during World War II as a chaplain in the U. S. Army. He spent a year in training before serving 27 months in England, France, Belgium and Germany - six months on the front line.

Velma (Carttar) Miller '39 died Jan. 29, 2001, at the age of 83. She taught elementary school in rural Clark County, Kan., at Cimarron Grade School and the school in Kalvesta. She later worked as an insurance underwriter for Cimarron Insurance Company, retiring in 1987.

Malcolm "Jack" Rose '42 died Feb. 28, 2001, at the age of 83 in Anthony, Kan. He was retired from 33 years of teaching physics and chemistry and coaching football, basketball and track at Holton High School. He was director of the American Red Cross swimming program in Holton and managed the Holton Public Swimming Pool for many years. Survivors include his wife, Doris (Highfill) '43.

Phyllis (Miller) Robe '44 died Feb. 7, 2001.

Adron Shockey '44 died Feb. 8, 2001, at the age of 79. Having served in the Army Air Corps during World War II he returned to Winfield and farmed for 10 years. He later worked for Winfield State Hospital and Training Center as the farm and dairy supervisor. After that division was sold he worked as grounds maintenance supervisor until his retirement in 1984. Survivors include his wife, Christina; a son, Stuart '68, and a sister, Savinah (Shockey) Harpending '36.

Mamie (Brooks) Terrill '41 died March 26, 2001, at the age of 96. A schoolteacher, she taught in Attica, Burden, Coldwater and Augusta. In 1947 she moved to Manhattan to teach there. During the 1958-59 school year she taught at Hahn Air Force Base in Germany. She retired as a fifth-grade teacher in Manhattan in 1971.

Geraldine (Sey-Burgauer) Galle '47 died March 8, 2001. A resident of Park Forest, Ill., she was a retired teacher. Geraldine was a founding member of and played viola in the Park Forest Symphony (a community orchestra). This orchestra subsequently became the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra which has had national recognition. For a number of years, she was active in that orchestra guild. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William.

Lois (Miller) Workman '48 died March 7, 2001, in California.

Alfred Brown Jr. '51 died Feb. 9, 2001, at the age of 81. After serving in the U. S. Army during World War II he attended Fort Scott Junior College and then Southwestern. A baseball player at the college level, he later played semi-professional ball. As a career educator, he taught 32 years in Lost Springs, Dexter and Oxford (all Kan.). Most of his teaching career was in coaching and industrial arts. Survivors include his wife, Marion, and a daughter, Margie (Warren) Brookshire '68.

Dorothy Greever '53 died Feb. 23, 2001, at the age of 87. She had been an elementary teacher in rural schools in Cowley County and then at Stevenson and Irving Elementary Schools in Winfield before retiring in 1979.

Jay Ben-Lesser '55 died Feb. 25, 2001.

John Oswalt '56 died Jan 28, 2001, at the age of 72. He had been a sales manager for the family business, Oswalt Industries. After the business was sold he started a land development company, Hillside Land Corp. Later he sold real estate for Regan & Co. Survivors include his wife, Iann.

Mildred Scott '56 died Dec. 11, 2000.

Roger Daeschner '57 died April 17, 2001, at the age of 64. He was a retired teacher and high school principal. He also worked for 25 years for the National Education Association and Texas State Teachers Association. At the time of his death, Roger was involved in a second career as the "Woodchuck," creating and selling woodcrafts on the weekends. Survivors include his wife, Sharon.

Estelle (Hamilton) Gottlob '57 died April 13, 2001, at the age of 87. She taught in the rural Arkansas City and Winfield schools until 1958. She taught at the Arkansas City Junior High School and then 10th grade at the high school beginning in 1960. After retirement she substituted in the school system and tutored Vietnamese children in Arkansas City. Survivors include her husband, Clyde, and a son, Cliff '61.

Rosalie "Lili" Halgedahl '57 died March 1, 2001. She was 85.

Evelyn (Fowler) Stewart '59 died April 17, 2001, at the age of 84.

Viola Barnard '64 died March 16, 2001. She was 82.

Gordon Garver '64 died Feb. 24, 2001. A retired piano turner and dispatcher for the Wellington (Kan.) Police Department, he was 59.

Lorinda (Stauffer) Lewis '65 died Feb. 10, 2001. Survivors include her husband, Keith '64.

Bethel (Warren) Racker '67 died Feb. 24, 2001. A retired registered nurse and teacher, she was 76. Survivors include her husband, Walter '52; sons, Walter E. Racker IV '68 and Warren Racker; and brothers, Leonard Warren '42 and Harding Warren '44.

Kathy (Burke) Burley '85 died April 30, 2001, at the age of 51. She was a teacher for the Sumner County Special Education Cooperative at Oxford when she became ill. Survivors include her husband, Terry, and son Chris '98.

Ernestine (Young) Herrin, widow of Harold Herrin '32, died Feb. 20, 2001, at the age of 90. She had been a teacher in Paola for two years and retired in 1975 from Unified School District 470 (Arkansas City) after 28 years of teaching math and physical education.

Constance (Hayes) Groves, wife of Harold Groves '41, died recently.

Anna Mae (Householder) Hoyt, widow of LeRoy Hoyt '43, died April 2, 2001, at the age of 79. Before retirement she had been a music teacher at the Attica (Kan.) school.

Frank Morgan, widow of Emma (Hoyle) Morgan '59, died Feb. 7, 2001, at the age of 85. At various times he had been a farmer, construction worker and pipe fitter. Survivors include a granddaughter, Jennifer (Blankenship) Bauer '93.

Elvin Phipps '91 died Feb. 15, 2001, at the age of 67. A retired high school biology teacher, he taught in El Dorado for 17 years and in Wellington for 18 years. Survivors include his wife, Marian and a daughter, Doris (Phipps) O'Rourke '79.

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Janis Elliott was the winner of the Great Ball Drop, hosted by Southwestern College and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Janis is an employee of Sodexho-Marriott, operator of the college cafeteria. Craig Ernsting, food service manager, bought enough of the $5 golf balls that each of Southwestern's Sodexho-Marriott employees could have a chance at the grand prize. The ball chosen by Elliott was the first of 5,000 to make it down the 77 Steps and earned her $1,000 in Winfield Chamber Bucks.

Gary Gackstatter, director of the Winfield Regional Symphony, recently accepted a Governor's Art Award on behalf of the Winfield Regional Symphony. The award is co-sponsored by the governor of Kansas and the Kansas Arts Commission. Gackstatter is an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern, and several SC students play in the regional symphony.

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.

Jennifer Hill is the new Faith-in-Action coordinator for the leadership program.

Al Hodges '36 (see alumni notes).

Paul Homan will be leaving the admission office at Southwestern College on June 29, 2001. Paul has made an outstanding contribution to the college as the new position of financial planner was implemented. Paul will be working with AFLAC insurance.

Jelinda Gose '01 (see alumni notes and births).

Ken Kraus '79, director of development at Southwestern College, has resigned effective June 30, 2001. Ken is enrolled in graduate courses and has decided to devote more time to that pursuit.

Sherry Lawson has left the position of assistant in the Book Cave to pursue other interests.

Jill Megredy, registrar at Southwestern College, has been awarded a scholarship by the P. E. O. Sisterhood to continue her education towards a master's degree.

Adam Messenger '99 (see alumni notes).

Pamela (Wentworth) Moore '96 (see alumni notes).

Tim Otte '83 (see alumni notes).

Holly Peterson has taken over as the faculty assistant for the philosophy and religion, discipleship, and leadership departments.

Several members of the Professional Studies staff are completing degrees. Nancy Morse received an associate's degree from Butler County Community College. Kathy Powell is enrolled in Southwestern College's MBA program, and Gabe Adkins is pursuing his master's at Pittsburg State University.

Terry Quiett '94 (see alumni news).

Moira Rogers, associate professor of international studies and modern languages at Southwestern College, has enlisted various Cowley County officials to work in the "Welcome New Neighbors" program. The program addresses issues accompanying the opening of Future Beef in Arkansas City.

Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern, raised the most money in the second annual Leadership Bowl for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County. She was awarded a hotel stay and dinner for two in Wichita.

Jennifer Schaller, assistant to the registrar at Southwestern College, will be leaving the registrar's office effective June 29 to devote full-time to her family.

Becky Schotte is the new shipping/receiving coordinator in the Book Cave.

Viola (Rucker) Schwantes, comptroller at Southwestern College, for 34 years, died May 8, 2001, at the age of 79. Survivors include her sister, Lois (Rucker) McCaw, former social science division administrative assistant at Southwestern College.

Brent Seusy is the new director of Discipleship Southwestern in cooperation with the Institute for Discipleship. Brent's previous position was at Friends University where he finished his master's degree and was director of campus housing.

Sharon Shetlar '85 (see alumni notes).

Diane Starkey, former campus visit coordinator in the admission office at Southwestern College, has moved to Texas where her husband has taken a new job. She promises to visit campus when she comes back next fall for Bluegrass.

Kristi Singer is working in the admission office at Southwestern College. After a stint as a stay-at-home mom, she is once again recruitment coordinator in that office.

Judy Stine '97 (see alumni news).

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.

Rachel Workman, coordinator of Sutton Center, began work at the South Central Kansas Agency on Aging on April 16, 2001.

 

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Ray and Mary (Jordan) Ankrom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their family.

Chester E. Bauer, 90, died at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson, Kan., on April 27, 2001. He taught intermediate grades in the Hudson public schools. In 1934, he founded the Hudson Oil Company which he operated for 40 years until his retirement in 1974. Chet was the father of Mary Lou (Bauer) Martin '60, former first lady of Southwestern College.

Walter and Jane (Miller) Bond celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 7, 2001. Walter is a retired school principal and farmer. Jane is a retired teacher.

Howard Buffum died April 14, 2001, at the age of 76. A fourth-generation newspaper journalist, he wrote the column "Around and About" which appeared in the Winfield Daily Courier.

James Garetson died Feb. 28, 2001. A farmer and rancher, he was 79. Survivors include his wife, Martha.

Beth (Groene) Glantz has been promoted to circulation manager with the Winfield Daily Courier.

Jerry (Morrison) Hayden died Feb. 6, 2001, at the age of 77. Survivors include a daughter, Dana Bennington.

Richard Hughes died March 23, 2001. A retired farmer and U. S. Navy veteran, he was 79. Survivors include his wife, Mary.

L. Leontine (Curtis) Lackey died Feb. 13, 2001, at the age of 82. She had been active on the Kansas Association of Mental Illness board and was past president of AMI of Mid-Kansas. She was also a Red Cross volunteer and director of the choir at Friendly Acres Retirement Community. Survivors include her husband, Harmon.

Ethelyn S. Lonnberg, 89, died April 17, 2001. She was the former co-owner of the Wichita Vinegar Works.

John and Betty Nation celebrated their 65th anniversary on March 28, 2001.

Guy Rendoff, pastor of Kechi First United Methodist Church, was honored at the 41st annual meeting of the Kansas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He received the People to People Award for his work with a support group.

Patricia (Coad) Rood died March 11, 2001, at the age of 69. With her husband, Lawrence, she owned and operated Coad Candy Co. in Winfield from 1966 to 1996. Survivors include her husband and a sister, Marjorie (Coad) McCormick '47.

Richard "Dick" Smith died March 5, 2001. He was an agent with Regency Travel in Wichita and had helped with the planning of Southwestern College alumni trips.

Steve Souther, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Winfield, was the preacher for the Kanza Days church service at the Winfield Fair Grounds. Playing an early circuit rider, he arrived on horseback.

Coleitto (Foster) Taylor died Feb. 16, 2001, at the age of 89. Retired at the time of her death, she had worked for over 20 years in the laundry service at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. Survivors include her husband, Alfred, a long-time maintenance man at Southwestern College, and a daughter, Joyce (Taylor) Grieve '72.

Verl and Paul Wesley were honored at a reception to celebrate their 80th and 81st birthdays. Jennifer Brothers and Kathy Seaman, children of the couple, hosted the celebration at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Verl worked for Dillons for 18 years. Paul worked for Farmland Industries for 38 years. After retirement they have been volunteers at William Newton Hospital and with Meals on Wheels.

Edith (Hippensteel) Yount died March 24, 2001. Survivors include her son, Joseph Yount '59.

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Academic Achievement

Mac Barnett, instructor in professional studies, has been selected to speak at the 2001 APICS International Conference in San Antonio, Texas, to be held in October. Title of his presentation will be "Change Management - Partnering With the People." Mac is lead instructor for the special topics classes, APICS, ASQ, SME and NAPM, which are offered for certifications in industry.

Munir Hassan, assistant professor of finance, has been very busy in his first year at Southwestern College. In addition to previously published academic achievements, he chaired a session "Art, Architecture, and Agriculture," at the 35th Bengal Studies Conference May 18-20 at Kansas State University. He also presented at the same conference and at the Pan Pacific Conference (international conference in business), Vina del Mar, Chile, May 28-30. Hassan was selected as an official discussant of papers at the annual Missouri Valley Economic Association, Feb. 22-24, in Kansas City, Kan.; at the annual meeting of the Eastern Economic Association, Feb 23-25, in New York City; and at the annual conference of the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) in Chicago, March 7-9, 2001.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey has been appointed acting dean of students. She will be a member of the college's administrative council and will supervise staff and programs of student life and athletics. Dawn received her master's degree from Newman University in May, and was a speaker at the baccalaureate services there.

Tracy Frederick, assistant professor of speech and director of forensics, was re-elected co-governor of the Heartland Province of Pi Kappa Delta. The group merged with the Missouri Province and redistricted in PKD, so she now is serving as co-governor with Gina Jenson of Webster University. Frederick also was recognized at the national convention for service to PKD: province coordination committee 1999-2001; historical preservation committee 1999-2001; tournament administration committee 1999-2001; practices and procedures committee 1999-2001; governor, Province of the Plains, 1998-2001. She also served as part of the tabulation staff for the national tournament, and as respondent/critic for the top papers for the women's caucus of Central States Communication Association in Cincinnati. Frederick has been elected to the administrative council for the Great Plains Forensic Conference for 2001-2002.

Tami Pullins, director of housing at Southwestern College, has been promoted to associate dean of students. She 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, Wis., in November.

Beth Sheppard, reference/automation librarian, read a paper titled "The Disciple Who Remains: John 21:20-23 and Roman Demographics" at the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting in Dallas on March 17-18, 2001.

Greg Zuck, director of Memorial Library, attended the 2001 Tri-Conference in Topeka April 4 and 5, and participated in two programs titled "E-Book for All!" as introductory speaker and "Emerging Technologies: Library Impact and Applications" as a member of a panel of three experts.

Andy Sheppard, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Southwestern College, has been named the associate dean of faculty, effective July 1.

 

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Miss Burdette is 100

The lasting musical legacy of E. Marie Burdette '32 cannot be measured at Southwestern College, or in Winfield. When she turns 100 years old on July 3, 2001, she will be arguably the oldest piano teacher still active in her profession. As a faculty member at Southwestern she taught piano for 45 years (from 1925 to 1970), and at age 96 continued to play the organ for Winfield's First United Methodist Church. Shown here in her 1931 Moundbuilder portrait, Miss Burdette still has dozens of piano students, and has taught four generations of some families. Birthday cards can be sent to 1103 E. 7th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156-3013.

 

Keitha Green coaching at UTEP

Keitha Green '89 has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of Texas-El Paso. Green, who averaged more than 25 wins per season as the head coach at Independence Community College the last five years, is a native of Oxford. "I'm very excited about the opportunity at UTEP and at the Div I level," she says. "No question the quality of education that I received at SC has played a role in this opportunity."

 

 

 

SC alumni, friends speed shuttle preps

Preparing a payload to fly aboard a space shuttle should be more customer friendly thanks to the efforts of Southwestern College alumni and friends. Keith Chuvala (former SC staff and faculty member), Tyler Doubrava '98, and Brian Coryell, formerly of Arkansas City, are on a software development team at the United Space Alliance (USA). The company is located in the Houston area. The team's work at USA (NASA's prime contractor for the space shuttle and ISS operations) was featured in a recent company newsletter. The three are the co-architects and core developers of the system software. The new software, Cargo PCT, conveys flight and payload information more effectively using drawings and graphs instead of lines of green text, the developers say. It enables the space program to work with payloads closer to their scheduled flight and make changes much closer to launch. In turn, this will help NASA reach its goal of reducing the flight preparation template from 12 months to about seven months.

Billy Bleeds Purple

When Billy Beard '90 moved from Dallas to Winfield in 1985, his first goal was to stay for a semester. Except for one year, though, Beard has stayed in Winfield ever since. He now is the team leader at the Creative Community Living house on Harris Road in Winfield, and is known as one of the best staff trainers in the agency. CCL is a parent-founded nonprofit company that cares for more than 100 people with severe developmental disabilities. It was started when the Winfield State Hospital closed. Beard excelled as a Southwestern College football player, and he was named to the 1987-88 All-American team. By the time he graduated in 1990 he was already a coach for SC. He also started working at the Winfield State Hospital. "My trainer told me if I could stay two weeks I could do it," Beard said. Returning from a year in Georgia, Beard opened the Harris Road house on Dec. 22, 1997. He was hand-picked for the job, matched with eight men who needed positive behavioral support. "I just really wanted to see what it would be like, 'cause people were saying, 'Harris Road, it's going to be a challenge,'" Beard said. "I don't think there's a better run house. People (know) what to do and how to react in certain situations, plus they can call me and get information." Beard also returned to the Southwestern College staff as defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach. "We lost Billy for a while. That affected us," said Monty Lewis, head football coach at Southwestern. "When Billy came back, it was a blessing. I have a great deal of respect for Billy as a person ... and he undoubtedly is a good football coach." "I can tell you right now what he provides for us is priceless. What he's teaching the young men under his tutelage and everyone around him is how to commit to something with your heart and your soul ... Billy bleeds purple. Enough said." -by Seth Bate '93

 

 

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