Through the Years-Honors, Nuptials and Births




Mack and Jean Robinson (BSB  ‘57-Administration), Phoenix, AZ, just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 


Bobbie and Marcia Agler (BSB ‘63-Accounting), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2011.

Rex and Barbara Allen (MS ‘68-Industrial Education), Berryton, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28, 2011.

Jon Bingesser (MS ‘65-Educational Administration), Beloit, won a national title in an event at the 2011 Summer National Senior Games in Houston, TX, while finishing top six in this age division in four other events.

John Camien (BSE ‘66-Industrial Education), Holbrook, NY, has been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Camien was a track and cross country standout in 1961-65. He was a two-time NAIA national champion in cross country, and he won five NAIA national titles in outdoor track, including the 1500-meter run four years in a row.

Cletson Cox (BME ‘69-Music, MM ‘75-Music), Lenexa, is the Conductor of the Overland Park Civic Band after being Assistant Conductor for 26 years.

Michael C. Delich (BSE ‘69-Social Sciences, MA ‘76-History), Kansas City, became a foster father to a 2-year-old girl, Alijah, on July 8, 2011.

Stanley D. Herbic (BSE ‘68-Business Education), Overland Park, has retired as Principal of Bishop Miege High School after 17 years and 40 years of education overall.

Alan L. Van Loenen (BSB ‘69-Administration), Lawrence, has retired after 38 years as a Budget Director at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Charles W. McClellan (BSE ‘67-Foreign Language), Fairlawn, VA,  has stepped down from the Board of Trustees of Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in the Social Sciences, in October 2011 after 15 years, receiving the Society's Outstanding Achievement Award. Dr. McClellan was initiated as a student member of Kansas Iota Chapter at Emporia State University in 1966. He retired as chair of the Department of History at Radford University in 2006 after having served as sponsor of Virginia Epsilon's chapter of Pi Gamma Mu for 26 years.

Barbara K. (Heldberg) Meyer (BSE ‘69-Elementary Education), Parker, CO, is serving on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, CO.

Dr. Rita (Riggin) Swan (BA ‘63-English) and her husband, Dr. Douglas Swan (BA ‘61-Physics), Bronson, IA, are founders of Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (CHILD, Inc.), a national membership organization to stop child abuse and neglect related to religious or cultural beliefs. The couple relocated to Salem, OR, from January-April 2011 to work for legislation that removes Oregon's religious exemptions from medical care for sick children.

Frances Louise Taylor (MS ‘60-Physical Science), Lincoln, NE, was recognized by Lincoln Literacy for her leading role in its beginning 30 years ago, as part of Frank C. Laubach International’s Each-One-Teach-One English volunteer program for teaching to adults in need.

Clarence and Marjorie Todd (MS ‘69-Biology), Effingham, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 11, 2011.

Tom ThornbrughTom Thornbrugh (BA ‘68-Speech), Tulsa, OK, left, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Oklahoma Court of Appeals District Three. Since 1997, Thornbrugh has served as district court judge for the 14th Judicial District. He has presided over more than 200 jury trials involving civil and criminal felony matters.

Don C. Wilhelm (BSE ‘61-Physical Education, MS ‘63-Physical Education), Brenham, TX, was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor.

Dennis Wycoff (BSE ‘69-Social Sciences), Houston, TX, has retired as the Corporate Property Tax Manager for EDP Renewables. He worked for ExxonMobil for 31+ years prior to spending the last four years at EDPR.


Susan (Jacobs) Braverman (MS ‘70-Rehabilitation Counseling), Brooklyn, NY, has retired after 41 years of service as a rehabilitation counselor. She continues to do horticultural therapy with autistic children and the elderly.

Jim Deister (BA ‘70-Psychology, MS ‘72-Rehabilitation Counseling), Salina, has been appointed to the State Rehabilitation Council, which helps people with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability.

Deann (Scribner) Fleming (BSE ‘76, MA ‘83-Speech), San Antonio, TX, was inducted into the Texas State Thespian Hall of Fame. Fleming and her husband, Dr. Brent Fleming (BSE ’75-Speech), are retired teachers of theatre arts in Texas.

Jay Fowler (BS ‘77-Public Affairs), Wichita, has been installed as President of the Wichita Bar Association.

Steve Gillies (BSE ‘79-Recreation), Wichita, is the new Metro Executive Director of the Sedgwick County Division of the American Heart Association.

Bishop Ronald K. and Sandra K. Lassiter (MS ’75-Counselor Education), Topeka, recently celebrated 40 years of marriage on October 22, 2011.

Richard C. Morrell, Ph.D. (BSE ‘79-Physical Education, MS ‘82-Counselor Education) is vice-president for student services at Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research. KUSTAR is building a new campus on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Massoud (BS ‘87-Political Science) and Debra A. “Fatima” (Terrill) Nashatizadeh (BSE ‘76-English, MS ‘76-Elementary Education) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on September 14, 2011.

Dennis Neff (BSE ‘74-Physical Science, MS ‘77-Physical Science), Grove, OK, recently had scores for the “Streets of Laredo” and “The Wabash Cannonball” contracted for publication by the Neil A. Kjos Music Co. These will be used in Junior and Senior High School string orchestra programs.

Richard U. Nienstedt (BS ‘78-Public Affairs), Ottawa, won the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for excellence in Public Management.

Theodore “Ted” Potts (BSE ‘70-Elementary Education, MS ‘71-Counselor Education), Niles, MI, has been a high school track coach from 1972-present. He spent 1984-89 as assistant coach at University of Notre Dame.

Mike Reid (BS ‘76-Administration), Lawrence, has been named Director of Public Affairs for the KU Memorial Unions at the University of Kansas.

Denise Scribner’s (BSE ‘75-Physical Education), Wichita, ecology classes won the 2011 President’s Environmental Youth Award for Region 7 with their class project to restore the native grasses section within the on-campus native prairie grasslands at the Goddard High School outdoor wildlife learning site (OWLS) and installation of culturally significant native prairie plant gardens. Denise is now at the district’s new high school, Eisenhower High School, working on a new outdoor wildlife learning site to enhance learning outside the classroom for her ecology and biology high school students.

Milton H. Siegele, Jr. (BA ‘77-English), Colleyville, TX, traveled to Uganda on a mission trip and conducted leadership training at LivingStone University.

Patrick Tubach (BSB ‘77-Administration), Broken Arrow, OK, was awarded the 2010 PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game.

Leonard E. Unruh (BA ‘70-Chemistry, Minor-Physics and Mathematics), Maumelle, AR, retired from the Food & Drug Administration with 34 years of service working at the National Center for Toxicological Research.


Pamela (Haselhuhn) Babb (BSE ‘84-Home Economics), Wichita, will teach Family and Consumer Science for the upcoming school year at Wichita South High School.

Paula Gangel (BSE ‘88-Secondary Education), Mission, has authored Leading with the Carrot—A Practical Guide to Volunteer Management. Her first nonfiction work is told from her unique perspective as a hospital volunteer director for nearly 15 years. She is Director of Volunteer Management for the University of Kansas Hospital, and she blogs at

Marlea Gruver (MS ‘82-Counselor Education), Cherry Hill, NJ, is employed by Life Counseling Services, a PA based company, as a counselor. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and works from two New Jersey offices of LCS delivering traditional counseling services to children and adults, individuals and couples.

Vickie Hurt (BSB ‘85-Business Administration), Topeka, was a member of the 2011 class of Leadership Kansas.

Michael Law (BSB ‘81-Business Administration), Olathe, is Vice President for Programming for KBEQ-FM, owned by Wilks Broadcasting, Kansas City, MO. As the on-air talent known as Mike Kennedy, he was named a winner of the Large Market Personality award in the 2012 Country Radio Seminar/Country Aircheck Award.

Clifford D. and Margaret ‘Peggy’ (Patterson) McCurdy (BSE ‘88-Business Education) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20, 2011.

Massoud (BS ‘87-Political Science) and Debra A. “Fatima” (Terrill) Nashatizadeh (BSE ‘76- English, MS ‘76-Elementary Education) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 14, 2011.

Lorne (BSB ‘87-Administration) and Jill (Schowengerdt) Willard (BSB ‘88-Computer Information Systems), Liberty, MO, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Lorne Willard (BSB ‘87-Administration), Liberty, MO, was ESU Phi Delta Theta Chapter Alumni of the Year.


Gayle (Samuelson) Bertram (BFA ‘98-Communication, BSE ‘00-Elementary Education, MS ‘06-Educational Administration), Olathe, is now principal of MacArthur Elementary.

Anthony Brown (BSE ‘92-Social Sciences), Eudora, was a member of the 2011 class of Leadership Kansas. Brown is a state representative.

Ross BjorkRoss Bjork (BS ’95-Recreation), Oxford, MS, left, is the new athletic director at the University of Mississippi. Bjork previously was athletic director at Western Kentucky University.

Julie Courtwright (BSE ‘94-English), Ames, IA, is the newly-published (University Press of Kansas) author of Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History. She is an assistant professor of history at Iowa State University.

Jennifer (Winkle) Gauska (MS ‘95-Psychology), Oronoco, MN, released a YA Paranormal Romance novel, A Kiss for Emily, on Jan. 1, 2012.

Travis Hale (BSE ‘99-Speech & Theatre, BME ‘00-Music), Mulvane, currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Wichita Southeast High School, and was recently appointed associate conductor with the Southwestern College Youth Symphony Program.

Chris Howell (BSB ‘92-Accounting), Topeka, has been appointed Native American Liaison for the Brownback Administration.

Chad Ingram (BSB ‘96-Finance), Wichita, is the new manager of the Hutchinson office of Gutschenritter & Johnson, LLC.

Jeff Johnson (BSB ‘97-Accounting, MBA ‘99-Business Administration), Shawnee, has been promoted to the director level at Deloitte in Kansas City.

Jason Malaschak (BSE ‘97-Mathematics, MS ‘05-Educational Administration), Kansas City, is the new Assistant Principal at Piper High School in Kansas City.

Kelly (Emig) Mobray (BFA ‘96-Communication, MS ‘98-Counselor Education), Salina, was named the 2010-11 Salina Altrusan of the Year.

Kristi Nelson-Lackey (BS ‘90-Psychology, MS ‘91-School Psychology, EDS ‘93-School Psychology), Hillsboro, just released her book titled Stress Less and Soar More.

Gregory Nichols (MS ‘99-Mathematics), Arkansas City, is now a mathematics instructor at Cowley County Community College as an Associate Dean of Instruction.

Andrea (Roberts) Pierson (BA ‘91-Speech & Theatre), Indianapolis, IN, was selected to be on the Product Liability Advisory Council. PLAC is a nonprofit organization that works to improve product liability law in and outside the United States. 

Brian D. Protheroe (BFA ‘96-Communication), San Francisco, CA, is the new human resources manager for

Elizabeth Schmidt (BSE ‘97-Elementary Education, MS ’01-Early Childhood Education), Wolfforth, TX, was named Teacher of the Year at Bennett Elementary School.

Ethan Schmidt (BSA ‘98-History and Political Science, MS ‘01-History), Wolfforth, TX, was named one of the winners of a Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at TTU.

Kim R. Tomlinson (BS ‘91-Psychology, MS ‘93-Counselor Education), Fort Smith, AR, took a job as the Academic Advisor for the College of Education at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Howard Wheeler (BS ‘91-Psychology), Manhattan, has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard.

Carrie WyattCarrie Wyatt (BSB ’97-Management), Derby, left, received Wichita State University’s President’s Distinguished Service Award. Carrie is senior administrative specialist in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions at WSU.


Brian Bina (BSB ‘08-Accounting), McPherson, just passed his bar exam and has taken a position as a new associate with Karstetter & Klenda.

Clint Corby (BSE ‘03-Elementary Education), Derby, is now the new principal at Wineteer Elementary in Derby.

Mark Cross (BSB ‘05-Marketing), Wichita, has been promoted to Customer Support Manager at Aeroflex Corporation.

Melissa “Missy” Davis (BSB ‘07-Accounting), Park City, has been promoted to Accountant/Analyst 2 at Koch Industries: Flint Hills Resources.

Cindy EhrsteinCindy Ehrstein (MS ‘04-Instructional Design and Technology), Andover, left, was selected as a 2012 Kansas Master Teacher. Cindy teaches eighth grade language arts at Andover Central Middle School.

Jessica (Schofield) Elliott (BSE ‘07-Elementary Education), Derby, has just published her first book, Charming Academy.

Diane (Bradford) Giardine (BS ‘00-Mathematics), Dodge City, is now the Human Resources Manager for Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City.

Michael Giardine (BA ‘00-Communication), Dodge City, was appointed Judge of the Dodge City Municipal Court.

Nick Gronseth (MS ‘06-History), Carrington, ND, is now supervisor at Fort Totten State Historic Site in North Dakota.

Enilda Romero-Hall (BS ‘07-Business Administration, MS ‘08-Instructional Design/Tech), Norfolk, VA, was awarded the Advanced Simulation and Training Fellowship (2011-2012) by the Link Foundation to conduct research for her doctoral dissertation.

Gary Handy (BS ‘04-Social Sciences), Topeka, works as Assistant Director for Student Activities & Greek Life at Washburn University.

Tawny (Willard) Hiatt (BS ‘01-Psychology), Greenwood Village, CO, has been named the Training Director for the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center.

Jerome and Cynthia JohnsonCynthia S. Johnson (BSE ‘00-Business Education, MS ‘03-Instructional Design and Technology), Leavenworth, left (wish husband Jerome Johnson), was named Kansas Business Educator of the Year in 2010. She was honored last summer as Mountain-Plains Business Educator of the Year, and received Secondary Business Teacher of the Year honors at the National Business Education Association’s national convention in April, 2012. Johnson teaches at Jefferson County North High School, Winchester, Kan.

Jerome Johnson (BME ‘09-Music), Leavenworth, was named USD 342-McLouth’s 2011 Employee of the Year. Jerome is the husband of Cynthia Johnson.

Amy McAnarney (MS ‘00-Educational Administration), Emporia, has been named Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year.

Megan Schulz (BS ‘04-History, MLS ‘09-Library Science), Silver Lake, has received the 2011 Kansas Library Presidential Award for New Professionals.

Adam L. Tucker (BSB ‘08-Management), Jacksonville, FL, is now the Duval County Competitions Director for Special of Olympics of Florida.

Marek Wensel (MS ‘04-Health, Phys. Ed., & Recreation), Cedar Rapids, IA, competed for the USA relay teams at the WMA World Masters Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State University. His team won the silver medal in the M40 4x100 in 43.55 seconds and his M40 4x400 won the gold in 3:23.15. He also won the M40 Decathlon on July 6 and 7 at the same meet.


Mohamed Abdalla (MA ‘10-TESOL), Sacramento, CA, is principal of Salam Academy, Sacramento.


Mary Winstead Bonner (FSt ‘64-‘86), was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Education Hall of Fame, June 3, 2011. Dr. Bonner is a member of the College of Education’s 13th Hall of Fame class.

Thomas E. Winski (FSt ‘08-‘10), Jacksonville, IL, has retired after 35 years of teaching. In November of 2010, he received his Master Journalism Educator status from JEA.



Adam P. Eimer and Sarah L. Wallace (BFA ‘03), September 25, 2010

Jason Koch (BSB ‘04) and Taverli Orr (FS ‘04), October 16, 2010

Clifton Proehl (Friend) and Kelsie Lambert (BSE ‘07), March 19, 2011

Willie Savaiinaea and Leigh Anne (Hundley) Hunt (BS ‘81), March 25, 2011

Scott Aligo and Sarah M. Phillips (BFA ‘05), June 2011

Lucas Trendel (FS ‘95) and Nicole Michalski (BFA ‘07, MS ‘09), June 3, 2011

Brandon Cox and Katie Whipple (BSE ‘10), June 4, 2011

Jason Maxfield (BA ‘03) and Cassandra Young (BS ‘09), June 4, 2011

Mike Bell and Jaci Albers (BA ‘01), June 11, 2011

Kellen Jenkins (BS ‘11) and Kelsey Ryan (BS ‘11), June 11, 2011

Kevin Schoon (BS ‘10) and Breann Rozell (Friend), June 11, 2011

Brian Cornell and Tauna Spain (BS ‘04, MS ‘11), June 18, 2011

Jacob Ternes (BSE ‘09) and Elissa Hadley (BSE ‘09), June 25, 2011

Donald E. Haring (BSB ‘63) and Lynda K. (Taylor) Raner (FS ‘92), June 25, 2011

Adam L. Kinyon and Kelly E. Spiegel (MS ‘08), June 25, 2011

Tyler Duncan and Callie Koehn (BSN ‘11), June 30, 2011

Nicholas May and Julie Haag (BS ‘98), July 8, 2011

Kevin Engel and Laura Craven (BSE ‘09), July 9, 2011

Adam Haag (FS ‘02) and Katherine Bess (BIS ‘08), July 9, 2011

Aaron M. Wall (BSE ‘10) and Elise S. McDonald (BSE ‘09), July 16, 2011

Michael Kennett (BSE ‘07) and Lacey Hall (BFA ‘07), July 23, 2011

Troy Dodge (BS ‘03) and Paula Richardson (BS ‘01, MS ‘03), August 6, 2011

Tyler W. Erker (BSB ‘08) and Danielle M. Broughton (BS ‘07), August 6, 2011

Scott Price (FS ‘96) and Angie Williams (BSN ‘08), October 15, 2011

Jason Bivens (FS) and Katie Hensley (BSE ‘07), November 5, 2011



Carsen Noah Stout, son, born to Cliff and Angela (Alonzo) Stout (BS ‘08), January 14, 2010

Brianna Marie Schmidt, daughter, born to Ethan (BSE ‘97, MS ‘01) and Elizabeth Schmidt (BSE ‘97, MS ‘01), April 24, 2010

Chance Wesley Lang, son, born to Wesley Lang (BIS ‘02) and Jessica (Rhodes) Lang (BIS ‘05), August 30, 2010

Wilson Ryne Rable, son, born to Nathan and Taylar (Turnbull) Rabel (BSE ‘08), September 26, 2010

Ellaina Ash Mages, daughter, born to Kelly Mages (BSB ‘97) and Michelle Mages, October 6, 2010

Luke E. Musick, son, born to Darin Musick (BS ‘05) and Elaine (Blaufuss) Musick (BSE ‘98, MS ‘04), November 12, 2010

Gary Albert Elliott, son, born to Jonathan Elliott (FS ‘10) and Jessica (Schofield) Elliot (BSE ‘07), January 21, 2011

Presley Grace Loudon, daughter, born to Brad and Courtney (Hoyt) Loudon (BS ‘96), January 24, 2011

Charles Andrew Eichholz, son, born to Neil Eichholz (BSB, BA ‘05) and Rebecca (Linn) Eichholz (BSE ‘04, MS ‘09), March 7, 2011

Grant William Cook, son, born to Dr. Brian Cook (BS ‘00-Recreation and Sociology) and Alicia (Schroeder) Cook (BSE ‘99, MS ‘09), April 4, 2011. 

Kenzie Faith Stout, daughter, born to Brett Stout (FS ‘04) and Katie (Korphage) Stout (BFA ‘03), April 5, 2011

Bradley Allen Bowen, son, born to Adam Bowen (BS ‘06) and Abby (Otte) Bowen (BS ‘06), April 18, 2011

Bentlee Carter Schultz, son, born to Brett and Heather (Nienstedt) Shultz (BSE ‘05), May 26, 2011

Annabelle Jane Gast, daughter, born to Cal Gast (BSB ‘04, BSB ‘04, MBA ‘06) and Leslie (Loftus) Gast (BS ‘05), May 28, 2011

Cole Amos Troyer, son, born to Nathan Troyer (BSE ‘10) and Amy Jo (Arnold) Troyer (BFA ‘04), June 10, 2011

Gabriel Todd Gibson, son, born to Chris and Christina (Wolfe) Gibson (BS ‘06), June 16, 2011

Ethan John Swickard, son, born to Michael Swickard (BFA ‘04) and Alissa (Fox) Swickard (BME ‘06), August 22, 2011.

Cohen Michael CrossCohen Michael Cross, son, left, born to Mark Cross (BS ‘05) and Kelly (Weiters) Cross (BE ‘08), July 24, 2011

Hudson Patrick Woodward, son, born to Capt. Jason Woodward and Beth (Dorsey) Woodward (BA ‘05), September 4, 2011

Jesse Cole Moritz, son, born to Caleb and Kasha (Graham) Moritz (BS ‘08), October 4, 2011

Bridget Marie Flavin, daughter, born to Brody and Melissa Marie (Bruna) Flavin (BSE ‘07), October 6, 2011



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