Richard Leftwich ’41 was
inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Oct. 7,
2003. Richard was professor of economics at OSU from 1948-1985.
He is the author of The Price System and Resource Allocation, an
internationally known and used classic text, as well as numerous
other books and articles. His leadership included chair of the department
of economics and Regents professor of economics. Leftwich is a member
of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.
Ken and Vena (Condit) Hiebsch
’43 ’46 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary
Oct. 9, 2003.
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Sandy (Harding) Keene ’90
was nominated for the 2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year and received
an invitation to participate in an Education Roundtable Sept. 23,
2003, with Governor Kathleen Sebelius in Wichita. The roundtable
was called Education First: Investing in the Future of Kansas.
Patricia (Sandstrum) ’91 and
Jeff Waltman were married Sept. 13, 2003. Jeff farms and Patricia
continues to work as an R.N. They live in North Loup, Neb.
Tosca Ford ’93 married Mike
Crosby in July 2003. They live in Manassas, Va., where Tosca continues
to work as the facility manager for the National Rifle Association
in Fairfax, Va. Mike is an assistant general manager for Costco
Jolene (Munday) Taylor ’94
married Oct. 28, 2002. Jolene is the director for social services
at a local nursing home in Phoenix, Ariz.
Chris and Regina (Diercks)
Cheatum ’95 ’94 have moved to Iowa, where Chris
is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Iowa.
They have a two-year-old son, Joshua.
Donelle (Bergeson) Sommer ’97
keeps busy by staying home with her children and working part-time.
In the spring of 2003 she did the choreography for the musical Quilters
at SC. She also teaches dance classes for the Winfield recreation
commission. In June she completed the candidacy process for the
United Methodist Church—she was accepted and recommended as
a candidate for ordained ministry. Donelle recently assumed the
position as the director of music for Grace UMC in Winfield.
Brandon Sommer ’97 begins
his sixth year of teaching mathematics at Winfield High School.
He is also the head soccer coach and the assistant swim coach. Recently
Brandon was chosen to represent WHS at a training seminar call PLTW
(Project Lead the Way) in Colorado Springs, Colo. This program has
been adopted by the district and is designed implement engineering
into the classroom. Students will develop projects using mathematics,
creativity and the latest engineering software. Brandon will teach
the program’s first course “Introduction to Engineering,”
this fall at WHS.
Christy Grealis ’98 was the
recipient of the Southwestern College Young Alumni Award during
Homecoming weekend, Oct. 10, 11, 12.
Cory Helmer ’98 is working
at Cornerbank in Winfield..
Brandon Smith ’98 is the
production designer for the Showtime production of Brighter Days
hosted by Alec Baldwin. The 15-minute film premieres on Monday,
Dec. 1, 2003, at 9 p.m.
Kyle Woodrow ’99 has been
appointed associate pastor of the Paradise Valley United Methodist
Church in Phoenix, Ariz. He recently received his master of divinity
degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. From May 2001 through
August 2002, he served as a minister in the Methodist Church of
Southern Africa, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Sara Peterson ’00 and
Dave Denly were married July 5, 2003. Sara is a nurse at
Newton Memorial Hospital, and Dave is head women’s basketball
coach at Southwestern College.
Joshua Wheatley ’00 will
complete his master of science degree in biochemistry at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in December 2003. He is currently
employed as a research scientist II at Archer Daniels Midland Co.,
Decatur, Ill. Joshua will continue to work for Archer Daniels Midland
following the completion of his degree. He and his wife Kellie (Powell)
’98 and their 15-month-old son, Colton Lee, live in Rantoul,
Ill. Kellie is employed by Cobblestone Rehab, Danville, Ill., as
director of physical therapy services.
Greg Bomhoff ’01 and Anna
Nunn were married Aug. 23, 2003. They live in Kansas City, Kan.
Jennifer “JJ” Jensen ’01
is attending physician assistant school at the University of Oklahoma
Heath Sciences Center. She has a new family addition—Reese
a chocolate Labrador puppy.
Michael Armster ’02 has recently
finished his second book of poems. Michael resides in Topeka.
Cassie (Helmer) ’02 and
Ryan Turner ’01 were married July 19, 2003, in Winfield.
They are resident directors of Wallingford Hall. Ryan is a paraprofessional
for Adams Elementary School in Arkansas City, and is an assistant
coach for the SC men’s cross country and track team. Cassie
is teaching primary grades at Irving Elementary in Winfield. Both
are working on their master’s degrees at Southwestern.
Sara (Smith) ’02 and
Justin Pond ’01 were marred in August 2003. They
reside in Winfield, where Sara is filling in as the SC volleyball
coach while Julie Konrade is on maternity leave.
Randall Walz ’02 has joined
the Peace Corps. He is working with coastal water management and
youth development. Randal is assigned to the Fiji Islands for two
Justin Dillner ’03 graduated
last May with a bachelor of science degree and his dad Ron
Dillner ’03 graduated at the same time with his MBA.
Lonnie Young ’03 was selected
out of 500 other applicants to participate in an undergraduate training
program with Aetna Corporation. Lonnie is the first SC graduate
to be selected for the prestigious program in Houston, Texas
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Tally Elizabeth, born Sept. 12, 2003, to Heidi and Darrel
Drennan’82. Tally has a sister, Alexandria, 9.
Shelby Bryn, born Aug. 29, 2003, to Tracy
(Wiechman) and A. J. Schmutzler ’93.
Shelby has a sister, Rachel, 2.
Tyler Brett, born Sept. 29, 2003, to Kelli
(Schanbacher) ’94 and Terry Wilkerson.
Tyler has a big sister, Kylie.
Coryn Danyel Blythe born Sept. 20, 2003, to
Deborah (Dove) and William Badley ’97 ’97.
Aidan William, born July 26, 2003 to Janaye
(White) ’97 and Mick Shaffer.
Anthem Lee Andrew, born Nov. 11, 2002. to Donelle
(Bergeson) and Brandon Sommer ’97 ’97.
He joins a sister, Eymber, and brother, Orion.
Clancy Kate born Oct. 14, 2003, to Freedom
(Phillips) and Ben Brass ’98 ’99.
Clancy joins a sister, Chloe, 4.
George A. Martinez II, born July 18, 2003, to Dina
(Suarez) ’98 and George A. Martinez.
Eóin Joss, on Nov. 11, 2002, to Mandy
(Fritchey) and Bart O’Brien ’99 ’99.
Lucas Steven, born Sept. 22, 2003, to Heather and
Hans Judd ’01. He joins two brothers—Sage,
7, and Elliot 4.
Isaac Robert Voelker-Morris, born May 18, 2003,
to Robert and Julie Voelker-Morris ’04.
Andrew Joseph and Mikayla Ann, twins born Sept.
29, 2003, to Julie (Murphy) and Mike Konrade ’05.
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Olive (Callahan) Garfield ’26
died Aug. 21, 2003, at the age of 99. A retired Wichita public school
psychologist, Olive received the Kansas Personnel and Guidance Association’s
award for outstanding contributions to guidance. She was an active
member of the First United Methodist Church since 1929. Olive is
a sister-in-law Faith (Chappell) Callahan ’26.
Thomas J. Smith ’25 died
Aug. 16, 2003, in Pasadena, Calif. Survivors include a nephew John
Smith ’63 and a niece, Nancy Smith Allen, both of Liberal
Lenna Vee Bennett ’32 died
Sept. 30, 2003 at the age of 92. Lenna spent her life teaching history,
English, music, and Latin. She received the Gerstacker Award for
teaching excellence and retired in 1972.
Wilbur Crowley ’36 died Aug.
16, 2003, at the age of 89. He was a farmer and retired as a rural
mail carrier serving Burden and Winfield for 28 years.
Elizabeth “Bessie” (Gosting)
Gullett ’32, former resident of Ponca City, Okla.,
died Sept. 24, 2003. She was 93.Bessie taught in secondary schools
in Kansas and also coached girls basketball. For years Bessie traveled
with several groups and accomplished her goal of visiting all 48
continental states by 1990.
Laura Alberta (Pilant) Harmon ’30
died Aug. 4, 2003, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens, Texas.
A retired educator, Laura had taught at one time in the Wellington
George Lawrence ’39 died
Aug. 17, 2003, at the age of 88 in Boulder, Colo. During World War
II he worked on aircraft restoration for Continental Airlines. He
also worked for United Airlines and Northwest Airlines. During his
lifetime Lawrence owned and operated Bluebird Texaco in Sterling,
Colo. He retired from the Ford Motor Company after 22 years as a
heavy truck and fleet engineer.
Anthony Leon Snyder ’35 died
Sept. 16, 2003, at the age of 89. Leon was a former pharmacy owner,
city commissioner, and mayor of Winfield.
Marjorie Eileen Thompson ’38
died Aug. 26, 2003, at the age of 87. She was a retired USD 308
Rufus Wright ’36 died Aug.
29, 2003, at the age of 88. After attending SC, Rufus earned a Ph.D.
in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1940. He spent
World War II on radar development with MIT’s radiation laboratory.
In 1945 he came to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington,
D.C., retiring in 1976.On the occasion of the Naval Research Laboratory’s
75th anniversary, Rufus received an award for his work on counter
measures. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gertrude Wright.
Jacqueline (LeRoy) Hauer ’46
died Sept. 26, 2003, at her home in Winfield. She was a musician
from an early age, playing the organ at churches in Winfield and
many other communities. During her lifetime Jacqueline also taught
elementary music. She is survived by her aunt, E. Marie
James Kreie ’43 died Sept.
21, 2003 at the age of 82. During World War II, Kreie served in
the U.S. Army Air corps as an aircraft mechanic. After the war he
worked for Hewlett-Packard in Colorado Springs, Colo., for 20 years;
he retired in 1985. Survivors include his wife Janis (McPeek)
Kreie ’43 and a daughter Kitra (Kreie) Workman
Jean Margaret (Copple) Loucks ’44
died Oct. 6, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.
She had worked with the Social Security Administration at the Dodge
City regional office for 23 years.
Ida Belle (Zimmerman) Michel ’43
died Oct. 21, 2003 at Enid, Okla. She was a member of the United
Methodist Church in Kiowa, the Old Kiowa Club, and the Women’s
Bridge Club. Survivors include her husband, George.
Lois (Powell) Orton ’49 died
Aug. 23, 2003, at the age of 75. Lois lived in Topeka, Kan., and
later Yukon, OK where she worked as a bookkeeper for Kerr McGee
Oil retiring in the early 1990s. She was an active church and community
Hazel (Hendricks) Osterhout ’40
died Aug. 25, 2003 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Throughout
her life Hazel gave service to her community as a teacher, clerical
worker, customer service assistant, homemaker and parent.
David Egbert Potter ’46 died
July 23, 2003 at Long Beach California. David was a veteran of World
War II, where he was wounded in action in the mountains of Italy.
He suffered paralysis from that injury. David was a member of the
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach and served
as president for the C/P.V.A. (California Paralyzed Veterans Association)
in 1956. He is survived by one sister Mary Potter ’42.
Mildred Ruth (Grier) Stutzman ’40
died July 18, 2003 at the age of 83. Millie taught school for many
years and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church as well
as a member of many civic organizations.
Bob Barber ’50 died Oct.
6, 2003, at the age of 79. He was a retired graphic designer for
Boeing and Screen Process Printing Company. He is survived by his
Nellie (Lemmon) Bottorff ’54
of Cumbernauld Village, in Winfield died Oct. 7, 2003. A retired
educator Nellie taught elementary school in Medicine Lodge, Winfield,
Martha A. (Sanburn) Evans ‘57
died October 10, 2003 at her home in Atlanta, GA. Martha attended
SC and graduated from Wesley Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita,
James Rethorst ’54 died Oct.
22, 2003 at his home, he was 71. After graduation from Southwestern
College, James attended and graduated from the University of Kansas
City, School of Denistry in 1962 and practiced until Decem ber 2002.
He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and belonged
to the American Dental Association and the Kansas Dental Association.
Survivors include his sister Mary (Rethorst) Adams ’51
and brother Clarence ’50.
Leona (Beeman) Wittenborn ’55
died August 21, 2003, she was 69 years old. Leona worked as a teacher’s
aid for the Eugene School District in Oregon. She enjoyed gardening,
arranging, flowers, cake decorating, traveling and spending time
with her family. She is survived by her husband Albert, sisters
Viola (Beeman) Musquiz ’40, Maxine (Beeman) Snyder
’43, Marguerite (Beeman) Jehle ’45 and
Carol (Beeman) Brummett ’50.
Donna J. (Bogner) Current ’78
died Sept. 13, 2003. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from
SC in 1978, she was the director of occupational therapy at the
Winfield State Hospital and Training Center and taught art at elementary
schools in Winfield. Donna also taught continuing education students
at Cowley County Community College. She is survived by her husband
Melvin Current and a daughter Sharry (Bogner) Turner ’98.
David Alan Laws ’73 died
October 22, 2003. After graduating from Saint Francis School of
Nursing, he worked as an intensive care nurse at William Newton
Hospital in Winfield and at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. David
also worked for Hospice Care of Kansas. Survivors include his wife
Heidi Johnson Laws, a daughter Amy Laws, his parents Dr. Leonard
and Janet Laws, brothers Greg ’69 and Kenneth
’72 and a sister Rebecca (Laws) Gulick ’77.
Aaron Judd '00 died in an automobile
accident Nov 13, 2003. He was 25. Aaron was a graphic designer and
Web designer, and had been employed as an Internet development specialist
by the Winfield Publishing Company. His survivors include his mother
and stepfather, Anita Judd-Jenkins and Ronnie Jenkins (major gift
officer at Southwestern College), and a brother, Hans Judd
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Dave Denly and Sara Peterson ’00
were married July 5, 2003. Sara is a nurse at Newton Memorial Hospital,
and Dave is head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern
Julie Konrade, Southwestern College
volleyball coach, and her husband, Mike ’05,
are parents of twins born Sept. 29, 2003. Andrew Joseph weighed
3 pounds 11 ounces, and Mikayla Ann weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces.
Xavier Whitaker '96 will
return to Southwestern College in January to become director of
campus life. He had been assistant director for leadership initiatives
at Baylor University since 2001, and before that was coordinator
of student activities at Friends University. "He has the knowledge,
the experience, and most of all the personal qualities of intergrity
and positive attitude that I'm confident will help create a vibrant
experience for students at Southwestern," says dean of students
Dawn Pleas-Bailey. Whitaker earned a masters degree in Christian
ministry with emphasis in Christian leadership and counseling from
Friends University. At Baylor he has been chair of the leadership
development courses, supervising eight instructors.
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Barbara Berry died Sept. 30, 2003.
Survivors include her husband Eston ’51.
Dulcie Caywood died Step. 4, 2003
at the age of 88 in Springfield, Mo. She is the widow of Gerald
Caywood ’36, former trustee of the college. Survivors
include a daughter Connie (Caywood) Wagner, ’63,
a son Jay ’72, and granddaughter Denise
(Caywood) Waring ’93.
George MacMillan died Sept. 18,
2003. Survivors include his wife Susan (Manley) MacMillan
William B. Plum died February 15,
2003, in Gaithersburg, Md. Plum had served on the faculty at SC
as professor of physics and mathematics and dean of men from 1938-1942.
He was married to the late Esther (Langenberg) Plum ’36.
William A. Pulliam died Sept. 4,
2003. Survivors include a son Bryan ’77.
Alyce L. Smith died July 24, 2003
in Pasadena, Calif. (see deaths Thomas J. Smith ’25)
Albert Tarr died Oct. 10, 2003.
Survivors include his wife Millie ’60.
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Kraemer ’02, currently a graduate student in the
physics department at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln,
made a conference presentation in August 2003 at Cambridge University
in England. The title of her presentation was “The Effects
of Humidity on the Dielectric Response of a Ferroelectric Polymer
Made by Langmuir-Blodgett Deposition.”
Shawn Neises, assistant professor
of education, along with early childhood majors Elizabeth
Parker, Erica Teubner, Ashley Lake, Amanda Johnson, and
Little Builders Preschool director Abriel Lette,
presented Constructivist Teacher Education: Carrots, Carpentry and
Cozy Corners at the annual meeting of the National Association of
Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) in Chicago, Illinois.
NAECTE represents nearly 700 early childhood teacher educators across
the country and the world. Organization members are drawn from ten
regions in the country each with its own elected representative
who is charged with informing regional members of national issues
and initiatives and supporting the development and activities of
state affiliate groups. The group also attended the National Association
for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference Nov. 5-8
held in conjunction with the NAECTE conference. Johnson, Lette and
Neises presented at the Kansas Association for the Education of
Young Children (KAEYC) conference in Topeka on Oct. 11.
Stephen Rankin, associate professor
of religious studies and campus minister, is author of “On
Teaching Evangelistic Preaching: A Bibliographic Essay” published
in October 2003 in the Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in
Theological Education. Rankin also gave a presentation on John Wesley
as part of a convocation series at Tabor College Nov. 3, 2003, and
gave a presentation and was a panel participant at Saint Paul School
of Theology Nov. 6 and 7, 2003. His presentation was titled, “Motivation
and Vision: The Missional Dynamic of the Wesleyan Movement.”
Karen Schoenebeck, assistant professor
of accounting and director of the MBA program, has recorded several
academic achievements recently. She is author of
Interpreting and Analyzing Financial Statements, a textbook published
by Prentice Hall; she wrote Test Item File, to accompany Management
Accounting, fourth edition, by Atkinson, Kaplan, and Young published
by Prentice Hall; and wrote Internet Exercises and PHLIP/Companion
Website to accompany Introduction to Accounting: A User Perspective,
third edition, by Werner and Jones, published by Prentice Hall.
Her professional presentations include “Facilitation Skills”
(co-presented with Christie Jordan, and Margaret Faichney) at the
American Society of Women Accountants National Conference, New Orleans,
October 2002. Schoenebeck and Michael Wood, assistant
professor of business and finance and chair of the business department,
co-presented two sessions for the Wichita Chapter of the American
Society of Women Accountants—“Negotiating Conflict Situations”
in June, and “Essential Skills for Managing Change”
Phyllis Schultz, assistant professor
of nursing, was awarded the “Leader of Leaders Award”
from the Kansas Association of Nursing Students (KANS) during the
Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) Convention held in Kansas
City on Oct. 9 and 10.
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