Through the Years | Honors



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Robert MottRobert Mott (BA’47), San Diego, Calif., was honored with the creation of the Robert A. Mott Distinguished Excellence Award, which will be given to those who represent and support scholarly excellence in the communication program at Washington State University. Before joining the WSU faculty in 1966, Robert served five years on active duty during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. In addition to serving WSU for 12 years, Robert also wrote Science in the News for nine years, was executive director of National Educational Radio, served as director for station relations at PBS and was instrumental in the establishment and development of National Public Radio.


Dr. Marlow Ediger (BSE’58, MS’60), North Newton, was appointed as an evaluator for Ph.D. theses for Mother Teresa University in Kodaikanal, India. He also had manuscripts accepted for publication in The College Student Journal, Education, The Journal of Instructional Psychology, Reading Improvement, and the International Journal of Education, Research, Extension, and Development. In addition, Marlow was reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education.


Pete Clarke (BSE’64), Kingwood, Texas, will be competing for the World Masters 400 meter record for men 70 and older in at the Senior World Olympics, held in Houston in June, 2011.

Charley GreenCharley Green (BSB’65, MS’70), Overland Park, was part of the 114th “Daddy of ‘Em All” program for Cheyenne Frontier Days Celebration in Cheyenne, Wyo.



Robert Mee (BSE’66), Bay City, Mich., retired as an associate professor of Spanish from Delta Community College at University Center, Mich. Robert taught for 42 years.

Treva Jean EdwardsonTreva Jean Edwardson (Jeanie Hartshorn) (BSE’67), Aransas Pass, Texas, recently published a children’s book called Froggy Fun.


Ronald K. WillfordRonald Willford (BSE’68), Belle Plaine, retired in June 2010 at Technology Director of USD 357, after 11 years in education. Ronald entered the education field after 27 years as an auto parts business owner in Wichita.


Bruce Knapp (BSE’70), Shawnee, was published in the KC Business Journal for being able to provide interpreters in less than 30 seconds via the Internet.

Jamie (McAtee) Pittman (BME’70), Cottonwood Falls, retired at the end of 2009 after 39 years of teaching vocal music in Chase County.

Steve Duncan (BSE’71), Solon, Iowa, retired from his career in athletic administration in 2010. He spent 24 years as an athletic administrator in Illinois and Iowa, four years at Sterling High School in Sterling, Ill., and 20 years (1989-2010) at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Steve was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa from 1979-1985, and in 2006 was named the National High School “Athletic Administrator of the Year” by the National High School Coaches Association.

Eloise (Harder) Jordan (MS’71), North English, Iowa, retired after serving as a missionary in Taiwan for 34 years.

Milton Siegele, Jr. (BA’72, BA’72), Colleyville, Texas, recently travelled to Russia and the Ukraine on a mission trip.

Julia (Ware) Ekholm (BSE’73), Inman, retired from teaching after 30 years in USD 418 at Roosevelt Elementary in McPherson. She taught various grade levels from second to fourth and fifth combination.

Richard Ekholm (BSE’73), Inman, retired from teaching after 37 years in USD 418 after teaching ninth grade English, eighth grade U.S. history, and seventh grade Social Studies at McPherson Middle School.

Robert Berning (MLS ’74), Carlisle, Iowa, retired after working as the director for Carlisle Public Library in Carlisle, Iowa, for 25 years.

Jesse Nelson (BSE’74, MS’79, MED’84), Olpe, coached his women’s basketball team to its 700th win Jan. 18.

Brian Harris (BSE’76, MS’78), Shawnee, retired in July 2010 after 15 years as Superintendent of Schools for USD 442 Nemaha Valley Schools in Seneca. Brian also served as a high school principal in Pomona, Seneca, and Clay Center, and taught in Ottawa and Stafford.

Bruce Koel (BS’76, MS’78), Belle Mead, N.J., took a position with Princeton University as a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering within the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Patrick WeissbeckPatrick Weissbeck (BSE’77), Topeka, retired in Sept. 2010 as Technical Sergeant from the 190th Kansas Air National Guard after 20 years of service. He is President and owner of Allstate Insurance – Patrick J. Weissbeck Agency, Inc. in Topeka.



Sherri SpareSherri Spare (BSE’78), Parsons, has become a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. She has been an elementary teacher in USD 503 in Parsons for the past 20 years.

Steven Mollach (BSE’79), Emporia, recently retired as North Lyon County Superintendent of Schools. Steven was part of the USD 251 school system for 23 years.


Anita Evans (BSE’80), Mayetta, was honored in the second Port Jervis High School Alumni Hall of Fame in New York. She began her career in 1980 teaching and coaching in the Kaw Valley School District and has served as the Title VII Director and physical education teacher at Royal Valley High School since 1995.

Martin Louis "Lou" Crow, Jr.Martin Louis “Lou” Crow, Jr. (BSE’81), San Diego, Calif., retired after 36 years total service in the United States Navy. Lou was awarded five Navy Commedation medals, four Navy Achievement medals, five overseas service ribbons, and five Sea Service deployment ribbons during his Naval career. He is an honors graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, served aboard four ships, taught at the Naval School of Health Sciences, and made nine operational deployments to Columbia, El Salvador, and other hotspots. Lou started his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in January, 2011, and is still active as an alumni to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Fayann “Annie” Salisbury (MS’81), Ferryville, Wis., was an honored member for the 2010-2011 edition of the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs.

Cindy Yulich (BSB’81), Lawrence, is the newly elected chair for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and will serve a three year term. Cindy is the Community Bank President of Emprise Bank in Lawrence.

Tom Carlson (BSB’83), Denver, Colo., competed in the USA Masters Track and Field Championships held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Tom became the national champion in the weight throw in the 50-54 age group.

Dr. Kurt Ream (BS’84), Warrensburg, Mo., graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with his doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Scott McGlasson (BSB’86), Lenexa, recently received the “Outstanding Service/Lawyer of the Year” award from Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, a national law firm. Scott opened the firm’s Kansas City regional offices and currently manages the region’s operations.

Carla (Kivitter) Betik (BSE’89), Ennis, Texas, was named the Scurry-Rosser Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year.

Lisa Muntz (BSE’89), Palo Alto, Calif., accepted a position with Google and became the Director of Family Programs.


Jeff Strathman (BSB’91), Slovenia, who is employed by Colgate, was recently relocated to Slovenia to be the Finance Director of the region, which includes several countries.

Kenneth Palmer (BSB’94), Wichita, accepted a position as a master scheduler in Mitchell, S.D.

Maj. Joey Hamilton (BSB’95), Liverpool, N.Y., earned his Ph.D. in accounting and is preparing to be a professor in accounting and finance at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Joey started his career as a combat engineer officer and has been a command officer, an Army comptroller, and has been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq.

Jenna Nelson (BSE’95), Lenexa, accepted a sixth grade math and science position at Hong Kong International School for the 2011-2012 school year. Jenna is also the current president of the European League for Middle Level Education, an international affiliation to the National Middle School Association.

Tanya McGinn Paolo (MS’96), North Atleboro, Mass., is the new director of fraternity and sorority affairs at Tufts University.

Ru Story-Huffman (MLS’93), Americus, Ga., received the Teacher of the Year Award at Georgia Southwestern State University. Ru is the reference librarian and government information coordinator.

Melody Stutzman (BSE’96, MA’98, MS’10), Overland Park, was promoted to the position of Principal at Alta Vista Middle School in Kansas City, Mo.

Benjamin Kohl (BFA’98), Manhattan, accepted the position of Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Brad Johnson (BSB’04), Topeka, is the Vice President of Marketing at Advisors Excel in Topeka.

Sarah (Weese) Johnson (BS’05), Topeka, is the head volleyball coach at Silver Lake High School. Sarah is also working on her Master’s in Education through Baker and will graduate in May.

Erica (Rindt) Musgrove (BS’05), Memphis, Tenn., graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in April of 2010. Erica was also featured in Women in Optometry, a national publication, for graduating and having a baby on the same day.

Jennifer Horchem (BA’06), Hays, graduated from Washburn Law School and joined the law firm of Deines & Deines.

Amanda Hulme (BSB’07), Omaha, Neb., recently completed her Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

Scott Truelove (MS’07), Niles, Mich., was appointed Business Department Chairman at Chesterton High School.

Stephanie (Wade) Fowler (BS’08), Columbia, Mo., received her Master’s in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Missouri in May 2010.

Janet Lodge (MS’08), Albany, Ore., was hired for a full-time contracted faculty position at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

Jessica (Smith) Douglas (BSB’08), Lebo, is a Marketing Merchandiser for Bunge North America in Emporia.

Alexandria Evans (BSB’09), Lenexa, was promoted to Supervisor at Alliance Data in Lenexa.


Bobby Riggs (FS’80), Parsons, Tenn., has worked for Walmart for ten years, and was recently transferred to Tennessee to be an Inventory Control Supervisor. Previously, he was the Department Manager of Automotives in El Dorado.