Through the Years



Entries for “Through the Years” may be submitted by the alumnus/a or by a friend, but we will obtain permission from the alumnus/a before printing the information. High-quality photographs are encouraged (jpg format preferred) and will be considered for use. Entries may be edited for clarity or length. Entries may be sent to or to: Spotlight Magazine, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018.



Mary (Mater) Boyles (BSE ’44-Physical Science), Topeka, retired from the Topeka Housing Authority on December 21, 2012.  


E. L. Tom Far (MS ’54-Educational Administration), Topeka, celebrated his 90th birthday on October 21, 2012.

Paul (BSE ’57-Physical Education, MS ’61-Physical Education) and Cloeva Idol, Paola, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 18, 2012.

Janice Slagle (BSE ’59-Elementary Education, MS ’70-Educational Administration), Topeka, is a member of the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Gilbert (BSE ’56-Elementary Education) and Elvera Wehmeier, Paola, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 26, 2012.

Robert “Doc” Wimmer (MS ’55-Biology), Westfield, NJ, received the Servant Leader Award at the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on November 10, 2012.


Larry (BSE ’63-Elementary Education) and Bev Beam, Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 19, 2013.

Donald (BSB ’63-Business Administration) and Marilyn “Sue” (Moore) (BSE ’63-Elementary Education) Bond, Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 15, 2013. 

Pete Clarke (BSB ’64-Business Administration), Kingwood, TX, was inducted into the Sewanhaka Hall of Fame after graduating 53 years ago in 1959. Pete is also a regular competitor in the Senior Olympics and at USA Masters Track and Field events. He’s currently ranked third in the country for his age group. See story on page 22.

Beverly “Ray” Everhart (BSE ’69-Physical Education, MS ’74-Curriculum and Instruction), Gypsum, retired from a 43 year career in public education. 

Belle (Gates) Grimsley, (BSE-Elementary Education ’62, MS-Educational Administration ’70), Americus, was inducted in the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Ceremonies were held June 1, 2013 in Dodge City.

Virginia “Ginny” Hoover (BSE ’68-Elementary Education), Houston, TX, ASCD published “Key Elements of Classroom Management” in 2003. The book has been translated into Chinese in 2006 and Arabic in 2012. 

Florence (Jones) Painter (BSE ’66-Elementary Education), Topeka, celebrated her 90th birthday on January 20, 2013.

Cathy (Hallsted) Reeves (BSE ’69-Elementary Education, MS ’75-Library Science), Dodge City, is the first vice president of the Kansas Library Association and will become president in October. 

Jack (BSE ’61-Biology, MS ’68-Biology, MS ’81-Special Education) and Judy (DeForest) (BSE ’73-Elementary Education) Shoemaker, Baxter Springs, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Tom Thornbrugh (BA ’68-Speech), Tulsa, OK, was elected as the president judge of Division IV of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals for the 2013-2014 term. 

Ted (BSE ’65-Economics) and Mary Vannocker, Lebo, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 20, 2013.

Bill Whetzel (BSE ’68-Industrial Education), Emporia, retired from Markowitz Builders in November 2012.


James “Rick” Biles (BA ’73-Social Sciences, MS ’75-Political Science), Attica, has been appointed district magistrate judge of Harper County
in Kansas. 

George Breidenthal (BA ’72-History), Kansas City, was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at Kansas City Kansas Community College on November 3, 2012.

Steven Hanschu (BA ’74-Social Sciences, MS ’76-Social Sciences, MLS ’78-Library Science), Emporia, compiled “Emporia State University: The Campus History Series,” which includes a foreword by Michael D. Shonrock. The book uses photos pulled from University Archives as well as yearbooks to tell the 150-year history of Emporia State University. Hanschu began working as a student library assistant in spring 1972. He continued as a student employee until he was hired full-time in 1978. See story on page 10.

Kathy Hines, (BSE-Physical Education ’71), Atchison, was inducted in the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Ceremonies were held June 1, 2013 in Dodge City.

David Holthaus (BSB ’72-Business Administration), Topeka, has been promoted to the position of vice president of Government Relations at Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (KEC). 

Jeffrey “Jeff” Hulse (BSE ’77-Physical Education, MS ’90-Curriculum and Instruction), Olathe, was selected as the 2012-2013 Kansas Coaches Association Softball Coach of the Year.  Jeffrey is a teacher and coach at Olathe East High School.

Jeannine Neill (BSE ’77-Home Economics), El Dorado, was named Sedgwick’s new postmaster. 

Kelly Rankin (EDS ’70-Educational Administration), Vancouver, WA, was inducted into the USA Track and Field Officials Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Daytona Beach, Florida in November 2012. 

Judy (DeForest) (BSE ’73-Elementary Education) and Jack (BSE ’61-Biology, MS ’68-Biology, MS ’81-Special Education) Shoemaker, Baxter Springs, celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary.

Charles C. Skilling (BSE ’71-Psychology), Garden City, has published “Job Hunting Techniques for Everyone,” (Vantage Press).

Glenda Taylor (MS ’78-Art), Topeka, was presented the Achieving Excellence Award for her dedication to teaching and supporting students. 

Coleen (Sigel) Troutman (BSE ’70-Business Education), Peoria, IL, won the Journal of Accountancy’s Lawler Award for editorial excellence in 2012. The winning article, “Advising Financially Stressed Clients,” advises CPAs what to do and what to avoid when assisting clients in financial crisis. The article focuses on various options and alternatives available to a client in a variety of situations. The journal is published by the largest CPA organization in the country. 


Rebecca Branam (BS ’89-Rehabilitation Counseling), Ogden, has been appointed to a three year term at the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Kathie Buckman (BA ’81-History), Emporia, received a Faculty Excellence Award at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The award for Scholarly or Creative Activity was given for her research on Minnie Belle Huie, Henderson State’s first librarian.

Charles Collier, Jr. (MS ’89-Counselor Education), New Haven, CT, has been appointed assistant dean for health career pathways of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Thomas and Patsy (Funck) Cotte (MLS ’89-Library Science), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2013.

Greg Kossover (BSB ’85-Accounting), Wichita, has been hired as president of Physicians Development, which builds and manages senior living facilities in the Wichita area.

Fred and Patricia (Soper) Pearson (BSE ’84-Elementary Education), Osage City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 26, 2013.

Rueben Perez (BS ’85-Sociology/Anthropology, MS ’89-Counselor Education), Kansas City, MO, was honored as the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional of the Year at the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region IV-West conference in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Rueben is the director of Student Involvement & Leadership at the University of Kansas.

Carlton Ricketts (BSE ’80-Accounting, MBA ’81-Business Administration), Topeka, named executive vice president of the Corporate Services Division of Capital Federal Savings Bank.

David Rockers (BSE ’82-Business Education), Carthage, MO, was the 2012 Outstanding Professional of the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Education Administrators.  David is the director of the Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, Missouri. 

Brian Watson (BSB ’83-Accounting), Overland Park, began teaching sixth-graders at Shawnee Mission Elementary School. 

Robert “Rob” Young (BFA ’85-Speech), New York City, NY, is the stage manager on The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award for Best Musical).  

Sharon (McCall) Zoellner (MS ’89-Educational Administration), Lenexa, has been presented the annual Service Award by the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA).  Sharon is the superintendent at Louisburg USD 416. 


Janelle (Shumaker) Boden (BSE ’91-Physical Education), Wetmore, is the new principal at Wetmore Academic Center. 

Bryn Boice (BFA ’99-Dramatic Arts), Long Island City, NY, is the director of the Australian Writer’s Guild award for Best Play, Andrew Bovell’s “Speaking in Tongues.”

Daria (Phillips) Bossman (MLS ’91-Library Science), Pierre, SD, has been named as South Dakota’s new state librarian. 

Aron Dunn (BSB ’95-Accounting), Valley Center, was elected chairman of the 2,700-member Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants in November 2012. 

Herman Jones (BS ’91-Psychology), Berryton, was elected as the Shawnee County sheriff in November 2012.

Mike Lasater (BSB ’92-Management), Atchison, was promoted to vice president of Ingredients Sales and Marketing at MGP Ingredients, Inc. 

Kristin Oberle (BSE ’93-Art), Emporia, was named as a Master Teacher for 2013. 

Andrea (Roberts) Pierson (BA ’91-Speech and Theatre), Indianapolis, IN, joined the Faegre Baker Daniels LLP management board on March 21, 2013. She was also recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women in Litigation” in the United States by Benchmark Litigation.

Shanti Ramcharan (BS ’97-Rehabilitation Services Education, MS ’02-Rehabilitation Counseling, MBA ’12-Business Administration), Emporia, was appointed to a three year term to the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns. 

David Robinson (BFA ’91-Speech and Theatre), Paola, was inducted into the Paola High School Athletic Hall of Fame on February 8, 2013. 

Matthew Scanlon (BFA ’96-Art), Kansas City, is the new associate director and curator of the Clendening History of Medicine Museum at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

Mary “Ru” Story-Huffman (MLS ’93-Library Science), Americus, was named dean of the James Earl Carter Library at Georgia Southwestern State University on March 14, 2013.


Jake Bassett (BS ’07) is the senior project manager for the Sam’s Club Team at Shopper Events in Rogers, Arkansas.

Mark Daniels (BSE ’01-Social Sciences), Orlando, FL, discussed his book, “A Call to Arms,” at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Orlando, Florida on February 12, 2013.

Rebecca “Becky” (Tajchman) Drews (BSE ’03-Elementary Education), Topeka, joined the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) team as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) coordinator. 

Jessica (Schofield) Elliott (BSE ’07-Elementary Education), Derby, self-published her second book, “Finding Prince Charming,” through CreateSpace in mid-November 2012. 

Brian Ferrell (BIS ’04-Intergrated Studies), Oklahoma City, OK, was recognized as one of the 2013’s honorees for The Journal Record’s Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs.

Courtney George (BS ’09-Social Sciences), Tuscaloosa, AL, graduated from Kansas State University in December 2012 with MS degree in Counseling and Student Development. She is now Coordinator of Orientation at Northwestern State University, Tahlequah, OK. 

Jessica Kohr (MBA ’08-Business Administration), Wichita, joined the certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered, as a senior staff accountant. 

Carl Lund, Jr. (MS ’02-Instructional Design Technology, MS ’03-Special Education, MLS ’05-Library Science), McPherson, has accepted a position as an assistant professor of education at McPherson College. 

Andrea Luthi (BS ’08-Biology and Chemistry, BA ’08-Modern Language), Evanston, IL, received one of the 12 International Institute for Nanotechnology’s Outstanding Researcher awards. 

Samuel Maurer (BFA ’03-Communication, BS ’03-Social Sciences), Emporia, was recognized as the Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Speech Communication Association. 

Natalie Reed (BS ’01-Biology), Shawnee, earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in August 2011 and in January 2012 was promoted to associate clinical project manager within the Neurology Therapeutic Delivery Unit at Quintiles. 

Janna (Sand) Stegmaier (BSB ’01-Accounting), Hutchinson, joined the tax staff of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC in the Hutchinson office. 

Scott Truelove (MS ’07-Business Education), Michigan City, IN, is currently teaching at Chesterton High School where he is also the Business Department chair in Chesterton, Indiana. He will also become president of the Indiana Business Education Association during the 2013-2014 school year. 

Christine Yates (BS ’07-Psychology), Richmond, VA, accepted a new position at Virginia Commonwealth University as a clinical data analyst and is also a volunteer faculty member for The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Anesthesiology Department. 


Brittney Miller (BSN ’11-Nursing), Paola, was inducted into the Paola High School Athletic Hall of Fame on February 8, 2013.


Shawn Sparks and Aubrey Folk (BFA ’07, MS ’09), April 21, 2012

Iain Perry and Michelle Fisher (BA ’98), May 19, 2012

Dustin Humphreys and Amanda Hoppenstedt (BS ’09), June 16, 2012

Dustin Odum (BSE ’99) and Elizabeth Goering, June 30, 2012

Chris Cigich and Jamie Grosdidier (BSE ’07), September 8, 2012

Logan Price and Shannon Hill (BSB ’11), September 15, 2012

James Parks and Kelsey Pearson (CS), September 15, 2012

Jacob “Jake” Nelson (BFA ’04) and Ashlee Ahlin, October 13, 2012

Clinton Arndt and Charisse Symmonds (BS ’06), October 13, 2012

Ryan Dalton (BS ’06) and Brianna Edwards (BSE ’08), October 20, 2012

Bruce Johnson and Jennifer Dean (BSB ’08), November 10, 2012

Matthew Duncan and Jennifer Elkins (BSE ’07), December 1, 2012

Shane Dickens (BSB ’04) and Tracy Roberson (BS ’05), December 12, 2012

Shae Grosdidier (BS ’07) and Amanda Putnam (BS ’07), December 14, 2012

Johnathan Schnable and Anne Behan (BFA ’08), March 23, 2013

Korey Keck and Emmalee Davis (BFA ’10), plan to be married on October 26, 2013


Ruby Rose Cannon, daughter, born to John (BSE ’08) and Anna (Kepka) Cannon (BS ’06, MS ’09), November 10, 2010

Cecilia Georgeann Sellers, daughter, born to Kevin and Melissa (Boeckel) Sellers (BSE ’05, BFA ’05), May 8, 2011

Anderson Stanley Jones, son, born to Seth and Sarah (Mann) Jones (MS ’09), July 7, 2011 

Blaise Daniel Freeman, son, born to Luke (BS ’04) and Kathleen Freeman, August 2, 2011 

Drue Whitworth, daughter, born to Justin (BIS ’07) and Megan Whitworth, November 13, 2011

Jocelyn Marie Stewart, daughter, born to Thomas (BSB ’98) and Heather (Thompson) Stewart (BSB ’98), December 6, 2011

Larkin Rae Greenlee, daughter, born to Eric (BS ’97) and Dr. Rishelle “Shelly” (Meyer) Greenlee (BS ’03), December 23, 2011

Bailey Lynn Norris, daughter, born to Christopher and Allison R. (Evans) Norris (BSE ’08), February 2, 2012

Lilyanne Joy Dent, daughter, born to William “Billy” (BSE ’04) and Sarah (Thon) Dent (BSE ’04), February 3, 2012

Garin Mitchell Landgren, son, born to Lyndel (BSE ’94, MS ’96) and Aimee (Mitchell) Landgren (BME ’98, MS ’04), February 6, 2012

James Clayton Musgrove, son, born to Clint (BS ’03) and Erica (Rindt) Musgrove (BS ’05), April 14, 2012

Jude Ambroze Keeling, daughter, born to Kyle Moravec (BIS ’09) and Kyle Ann Keeling (BS ’09), May 10, 2012 

Brock Raymond Zimmerli, son, born to Ben (BSB ’03, MBA ’05) and Leanna (Harvey) Zimmerli (BSE ’04, MS ’07), May 29, 2012

Ian Bradley Homant, son, born to Jeff (BSB ’98) and Stephanie Homant, June 1, 2012

Layla Grace Harter, daughter, born to Erren Harter (ALND) and Melanie Cates (BSE ’06), June 14, 2012

Luke Wayne Johnston, son, born to Cory and Jodi (Scolaro) Johnston (BS ’08), June 28, 2012

Hattie Monette Kushner, daughter, born to Brad (MBA ’06) and Jan Farwell Kushner (BSB ’04), August 26, 2012

Kai Elizabeth Wolfe, daughter, born to Masey and Bri (Gibson) Wolfe (BA ’04), January 19, 2012

Jaxon Roskilly, son, born to Jesse and Jenna (Roland) Roskilly (BSE ’08), June 11, 2012

Cali Reese Grooms, daughter, born to Justin and Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB ’01), August 9, 2012

Bren Carter Burns, son, born to Karsten (BM ’11) and Robin (Long) Burns (BSE ’06), September 20, 2012

Jack Henry Majors, son, born to Brian (BS ’09) and Courtney (Stevens) Majors (BSB ’07, BA ’07, MBA ’09), October 9, 2012

Emma Katherine DeWitt, daughter, born to Martin and Miranda “Mandy” (Davis) DeWitt (BFA ’07), October 15, 2012

Abigail Hazel Elliott, daughter, born to Jonathan (FS) and Jessica (Schofield) Elliott (BSE ’07), November 5, 2012

Carter Joseph Hanson, son, born to Joshua (BSB ’05) and Jennifer (Conroy) Hanson (BSN ’06), February 18, 2013

Monroe Irene Bassett, daughter, born to Jake (BS ’07) and Shanna (Williams) Bassett (BS ’07), February 27, 2013

Paige Cheyenne Inwood, daughter, born to Brian (BSB ’99, BSE ’04) and Nancy (Simpson) Inwood (BFA ’00), March 27, 2013

Owen Jeffrey Hoag, son, born to Jeff (BSB ’08) and Stephanie (Tatum) Hoag (BSN ’10), March 30, 2013

Josephine Mae Freeman, daughter, born to Luke (BS ’04) and Kathleen Freeman, May 11, 2013