Through the Years-Honors, Nuptials and Births





John (BA ‘46-Mathematics, MS ‘56-Mathematics) and Venda (ALND ‘41) Doxon, Emporia, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2012.  Mr. Doxon passed away in November 2012.



Daniel Austin, Ph.D., BS ’58-Social Science) is the author of “Baseball’s Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander,” published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Marilyn (Mellies) Feasel (FS) and Gary Feasel (BSE ‘58-Physical Education, MS ‘62-Physical Education), La Grande, OR, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in August 2012.  Gary coached track and cross country at Eastern Oregon University and is a member of the Eastern Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame (coach).  Marilyn is a retired early childhood educator at Eastern Oregon University.

Bill Freeman (BSE ‘53-Biology), LeRoy, received the Pride of Kansas Award from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.  Freeman is one of the most successful high school football coaches in Kansas and is also a member of the Emporia State University Athletics Hall of Honor.

Delores Bates-Romeo (BS ‘50-Music), San Diego, CA, has been accepted for the 1913 editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Education.

Stan (BSE ‘57-Biology, MS ‘59-Biology) and Jan (BSE ‘62-Biology) Roth, Lawrence, were honored Oct. 7, 2012, as the namesakes of a nature trail at the KU Field Station northeast of Lawrence. The Stan and Janet Roth Nature Trail commemorate the learning opportunities the couple has helped provide for student and community groups.

Robert Wimmer (MS ’55-Biology), Winfield, received Southwestern College’s Servant Leader award in November, 2012. In addition to celebrating Wimmer’s award, Southwestern College marked establishment of the Robert Wimmer Chair in Biology at the college. He taught at southwestern College from 1959-1996.



Mike Bowman (BSE ‘68-Physical Education), Hudson, NY, was recently presented the Scoutmaster of the Year award at the Manikan District Annual Award Recognition Luncheon.  Bowman is the scoutmaster for Troop 121, which won the Gold Award for Troop Excellence in the Scouting’s Journey for Excellence program.

Pete Clarke (BSB ’64-Business Administration), Kingswood, TX, was inducted in the Sewanhaka High School (Floral Park, NY) Hall of Fame.

Dean and Betty Edson (BSE ‘62-Social Sciences, MS ‘65-Educational Administration), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2012.

Larry Eisenhauer (BSE ‘68-Social Sciences), Des Moines, IA, has been a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals since 2001 and in February 2012 was elected by the other members of the court as Chief Judge.

Bob and Patricia Jennings (MS ‘64-Elementary Education), Topeka, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2012.

Myron “Mike” and Karen Lietz (BSB ‘60-Business Administration), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 21, 2012.

Clyde Martin (BSE ‘65-Mathematics), Lubbock, TX, was one of 13 accepted into a year-long appointment with the U.S. Department of State as a Jefferson Fellow.  Martin has become the first mathematician/statistician accepted into the program.

Jerry and Karen (York) Middlebusher (BSE ‘60-Business Education), Daphne, AL, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2012.

Louis (BSE ‘63-Mathematics, MS ‘67-Mathematics) and Karen (Wise) (BSE ‘63-Elementary Education, MS ‘66-Educational Administration) Oard, Coffeyville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 8, 2012. 

Guy Oldfield (BA ‘63-Physical Science), Lusby, MA, is the senior plant health physicist at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.  He plans to retire in 2013 and either return to his home in Burr Oak, KS, or sail to Puerto Rico.

Ron and Elaine Osborn (BA ‘69-Mathematics), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 31, 2012.

Raymond (BSB ‘61-Business Administration) and Loretta (BSE ‘61-Elementary Education) Rentfro, Marion, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1, 2012.

Jerry Stephens (FS), Independence, MO, retired after 29 years as controller for Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. in Kansas City, KS.

Max “Vern” and Kay (Cantrell) Stephens (BSE ‘61-Elementary Education), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2012.

Stephen Twidwell (BSE ‘69-Biology), San Marcos, TX, recently retired as an aquatic biologist for the State of Texas after working 41 years.  In his tenure, Stephen sampled most of the major rivers, lakes, and estuaries in Texas and worked extensively in the Gulf of Mexico.  He was instrumental in establishing regional biological criteria, conducted numerous biological studies, and used biological assessment techniques to resolve water quality issues.

Duane (BSB ‘62-Business Administration) and Ellen (Thomson) (BSE ‘63-Business Education, MS ‘72-Library Science) Watts, Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 22, 2012.



Glen (BSE ’71-Biology, MS ‘73-Biology), Ph.D., and Janell (BS ’71-Special Education) Andrews, Olathe, are winners of the EPA’s Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement award.

Shirley Claas (BSE ‘71-Elementary Education, MS ‘91-Curriculum & Instruction), Seneca, retired from USD 451 after 41 years in education in the B&B-Baileyville school system.

Steve and Faith (Bond) Coleman (MS ‘76-Curriculum & Instruction), Emporia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 14, 2012.

Emery and Judy (Stevens) Corbett (MLS ‘70-Library Science), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2012.

Dr. Jackie Glasgow (BSE ‘74-Special Education), Wellington, retired as assistant superintendent of USD 353 after 37 years in education all in Wellington.

Bob Gress (BA ‘74-Biology, MS ‘76-Biology), Wichita, retired as the director of the Great Plains Nature Center.  He helped shape its concept and mission, plan the building, and design the exhibits, and for more than three decades, he has introduced thousands of Kansans to every bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian the Sunflower State has to offer. 

William (Bill) Harder, Jr. (BSB ‘70-Management), Lincoln, NE, received the 2012 Ray Boller Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Skeet from the National Skeet Shooting Association’s Hall of Fame.

Brian Hughes (BSB ‘70-Business Administration), Plano, TX, is the vice president of Client Operations for RealPage, Inc. in Dallas, TX.  He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 41 years.

Sandy (Kramer) Lewis (BSE ‘79-Elementary Education), Garnett, has been named as a 2012 Teacher of the Year recipient.  She has been a teacher for 19 years in the Anderson County School District.

Michael Manning (BA ‘71-Psychology), Paradise Valley, AZ, has been selected as one of the 2012 Top Lawyers by AZ Business Magazine’s Ranking Arizona.  For more than 25 years, Manning has been considered one of the country’s leading lawyers.

Paul and Peggy (Griebat) Marmet (MS ‘77-Physical Education), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2012.

Randy Scott (BS ‘79-Chemistry), Los Altos Hill, CA, has been named the CEO of Genomic Health, Inc.’s new subsidiary and remains a Genomic Health Board member.

Denise Scribner (BSE ‘75-Physical Education), Wichita, was named one of the 18 national winners of the 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the EPA.  She was also selected as one of the 24 teachers nationwide to travel to Japan to participate in the Fulbright Japan U.S. Teacher Exchange for Education for Sustainable Development in June-July 2012.

William (Bill) Sullivan (BSE ‘72-Elementary Education), Bonner Springs, has retired from KDOT on April 1, 2011.

Leonard Unruh (BA ‘70-Chemistry), Maumelle, AR, retired from the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research in December 2011.



Sue Buckley (BSB ’80-Business Administration, MS ’82-Counselor Education), Topeka, received the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Business Women of the Year award. Buckley is vice president of sales at Dynamic Computer Solutions, Inc.

Jim (BSB ‘80-Business Administration) and Beverly (Howard) Dillman (MS ‘87-Master Teacher), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2012.

Stuart and Barbara (Praeger) Ervay (MS ‘87-Curriculum & Instruction), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 16, 2012.

Jeff Kohlman (BSE ‘84-Physical Education), Lyndon, accepted the position of superintendent and kindergarten through sixth grade principal for Chase County Public Schools.

Kenton E. Russell (BGS ‘89-General Studies), Ellis, is professor of justice studies at Fort Hays State University. In 2011-12, he received FHSU's Man of Merit Award and Honoring Our Professors Award. 

Dave Schramm (BFA ‘85-Speech), San Francisco, CA, earned his Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012.  He currently serves on the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches a variety of communication courses.



Carolyn (Holland) Cole (BSE ‘94-English), Emporia, was recognized for her commitment to technology education and student learning with the Goodheart-Willcox State Advisor of the Year Award that was presented at the Technology Student Association National TSA Conference in June 2012.

Jennifer (Mader) Dean (BS ‘98-Biology), Garnett, was promoted to director of Environmental Studies and Permitting at TradeWind Energy, LLC in December 2011.

Marcie Dawn (Garst) Faust (BSE ‘94-Elementary Education), Wellington, received the 2011 Kansas School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year Award and was a finalist in the 2012 Kansas Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award.  She was voted president-elect of the Kansas School Counselor Association and is in the running for the American School Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award.

Lynette (Peters) Fredrickson (BSB ‘91-Marketing), Concordia, was promoted to assistant vice president of the Elk State Bank.

Dr. Rishelle “Shelly” (Meyer) Greenlee (BS ‘03-Biology), Suffolk, VA, completed her 4-year residency in OB/GYN at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and was sent to Okinawa, Japan, in July 2012.

Kyle Griffitts (BSE ‘93- Social Sciences), Salina, was hired as principal at Cottonwood Elementary School.  

Ginger Hamilton (BSE ‘92-Mathematics), Hays, was selected as a NASA Endeavor Fellow.

Jill (Atkinson) Lachenmayr (BSE ‘92-Elementary Education), North Newton, is the new assistant superintendent for Academic Affairs for USD 385.

Cameron A. Leiker (BS ‘90-Economics), Fort Eustis, VA, was promoted to Colonel of the U.S. Army in May 2012.  In June 2012, he graduated from the National Defense University/Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., with a Masters in National Security Strategy and Resource Management.  His current assignment is the Director of Human Capital Enterprise at the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.

Angela Ryan-Davis (BSE ‘95-Elementary Education, MS ‘07-Early Childhood Education), Emporia, received the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year Award by the Kansas Council for Exceptional Children.

Alisa Snavely, CPA (BSB ‘96-Accounting), Topeka, was nominated for the AICPA/KSCPA 2012 “Women to Watch” award. Snavely is the tax director at Bierberich Trahan & Co., P. A. in Topeka.

Sgt. Mark Summey (BSB ‘03-Business Administration, MS ‘07-Instructional Design/Technology), Emporia, now works at Emporia State University’s Technology and Computer Services after 31 years of service with the Emporia Police Department.

Nancy (Wagner) Taylor (MS ‘91-Counselor Education), Fountain Hills, AZ, retired from USD 450-Shawnee Heights Middle School in May 2011 after 33 total years of service.

Troy Thrasher (BSE ‘94-Physical Education), Hutchinson, became the all-time, winningest coach in Brown Mackie College’s history this year. He is the head women’s basketball coach at BMC.

Shannon Stewart Wedel (BSE ‘95-Art), Great Bend, has been named Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2012-2013. Wedel teaches art at Lincoln Elementary School in Great Bend.



Brent Baker (BSE ‘01-Elementary Education, MS ‘07-Educational Administration), Topeka, received the 2012 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 District.

Michele Burke (MLS ‘06-Library Science), Salem, OR, was named one of Library Journal's 53 “Movers and Shakers 2012” for shaping the future of libraries. Burke is a reference librarian for Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Dorian Burnette (MS ‘02-Physical Science), Memphis, TN, is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis.

Brett Bruner (BSB ‘06-Business Administration), Hays, is the new Director of Persistence & Retention at Fort Hays State University.

Robert “Chris” Childers (BSE ‘02-Chemistry and Social Sciences, BS ‘02-History, MA ‘04-History), Pittsburg, had his first book, The Failure of Popular Sovereignty: Slavery, Manifest Destiny, and the Radicalization of Southern Politics, published by the University Press of Kansas in the fall of 2012.

Kari (Bailey) Crump (BSB ‘04-Marketing), Emporia, opened the retail store, Studio 11 LLC, in 2010.

Ryan Diehl (BA ’04-English & History, MA ’07-English), Hutchinson, was named 2012 Dragon Educator of the Year at Hutchinson Community College. Diehl received the same honor in 2011, and has been an English composition and literature instructor at HCC since 2007.

David Grover (MS ‘00-Educational Administration), Cheney, was named the superintendent in USD 268-Cheney. 

Brady W. Hanson (BS ‘07-Biology), Phoenix, AZ, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May 2012. He has begun a residency in family medicine with Banner Good Samaritan Family Clinic in Phoenix.

Jim Howard (MS ‘08-Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Administration), Scott City, is the new Scott City Middle School principal.

Cindy (Steve) Johnson (BSE ‘00-Business Education, MS ‘03-Instructional Design/Technology), Leavenworth, received the 2010 Kansas Business Educator of the Year Award, the 2011 Mountain-Plains Business Educator of the Year Award for the nine-state region, and the 2012 Secondary Business Teacher of the Year Award at the National Business Education Association national convention.

Jerome Johnson (BME ‘00-Music), Leavenworth, was named the 2011 Employee of the Year Award for the McLouth School District-USD 342.

Aundrellius R. Kerr (BSB ‘09-Marketing), Olathe, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

Sarah Phillips (BFA ‘05-Communication), College Station, TX, is the current director of Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Nursing.     

Benjamin Pilat (BFA ‘05-Theater), Venice, CA, is a new Lighting Design faculty member at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

Cierra Sauls (BS ‘09-Psychology), Johnson City, TN, received her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from East Tennessee State University in December 2011. And in March 2012, she became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and began working for Youth Villages, Inc. as a family counselor. 

Melissa (Boeckel) Sellers (BSE ‘05-Art, BFA ‘05-Art), Olathe, received her Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and Photography from UMKC.  She is currently in her sixth year of teaching digital photography at Olathe East High School.

Jessica Stewart (BSE ‘09-Health Education & Physical Education), Wichita, was honored as the 2011-2012 Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s Young Professional of the Year Award.

Sara Tincknell-Dreisbach (BIS ‘02-Online Integrated Studies), Cherryvale, has been selected as the online learning coordinator for Allen Community College’s Iola Campus in Iola, KS.  

Justin Whitworth (BIS ‘07-Integrated Studies), Kansas City, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2012.

Kate Wise (MLS ‘08-Library Science), Salina, was honored with the 2012 Kansas Library Association’s Presidential Award for New Professionals. 

Christine Yates (BS ‘07-Psychology), Wichita, was accepted to the Virginia Commonwealth University Ph.D. program in Health Related Sciences with a concentration in Hospital Administration and Outcomes Research.



Daniel O’Connell (BS ‘10-Athletic Training, MS ‘12-Health, Physical Education, and Recreation), Lawrence, is the new assistant athletic trainer at Baker University.

Jamie Cornelsen (MS ‘11-Early Childhood Education), Hays, opened the Amazing Grace Preschool at Cross Point Church in Hays.

Austin Klumpe (MS ‘11-Business Education), Belton, TX, has been named assistant coach with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s women’s basketball team.

Rebecca Ventola (MS ‘11-Elementary Education), Clover, SC, is the new kindergarten teacher at Ivybrook Academy in Fort Mill, SC.  



Bradley Rice and Jennifer Highberger (BSE ‘05), July 17, 2010

Eric Brown (BS ‘11) and Ashley Hill (CS), June 4, 2011

Will Braune and Cara Wadsworth (BSE ‘07, MS ‘09), June 18, 2011

Jacob McFarlane (BSE ‘11) and Katherine Blaes, July 23, 2011

Wesley Williamson (BS ‘02) and Kathryn Cory, October 9, 2011

Jason Chan and Sheila O’Keeffe (BSE ‘03), October 25, 2011

Lucas Cole (BA ‘00) and Jennifer Maris (BS ‘04), November 12, 2011

James Plunkett (BS ‘04) and Niki Morris, December 11, 2011

Abraham Morales (BSB ‘11) and Lindsay Whitmore (BS ‘08), April 21, 2012

Nicholas Guffey (BFA ‘09) and Emily Thomas (BSE ‘09), April 28, 2012

Brett Wright and Nicole Gannon (BSB ‘09), April 28, 2012

Cassidy Anderson (BS ‘09) and Cameo Felipe (FS), May 11, 2012

Paul Mose (CS) and Melissa East (BFA ‘10), May 18, 2012

Kent Otto and Kelsey Bravi (BSE ‘12), May 25, 2012

Nicholas Wellington and Michelle McHenry (BIS ‘09), May 26, 2012

Brian Dorsey (BSB ‘08) and Whitney Sims, May 27, 201 

Aaron Crumb (CS) and Carrie Hurlocker (CS), June 2, 2012

Casey Finlayson (BS ‘11) and Sally Boyce (BS ‘12), June 2, 2012

Daniel Tush (MS ‘07) and Rachael Lane (BS ‘09), June 3, 2012

Kyle Leclair and Janet Cope (BS ‘02, MS ‘04), June 9, 2012

Scott Aligo and Sarah Phillips (BFA ‘05), June 29, 2012

Michael Fairchild and Amy Rowland (BA ‘06), June 30, 2012 

Benjamin Cigich and Kathleen Wayland (BSE ‘06), June 30, 2012

Jesse Liggett (BIS ‘12) and Katherine “Kitty” Evans (MS ‘03), July 4, 2012 

Matthew Christian (BA ‘05) and Jessica Stewart (BSE ‘09), engaged, wedding planned for November 2, 2013