Winter 2006 - Emporia State University



Winter 2006 - Emporia State University
Table of Contents
Calendar of Events
Hornets grow on trees:
the Hornet Heritage Award
The Hasterts, Peats and Schlobohms
A circle of giving
In a campaign for students, targeted support
Building Blocks for Success
scholarship campaign launched
Two-thirds of $15 million already raised
Unlocking the secrets of science
ESU student pursues a better cancer therapy
Pillars of support
Record-setting gift benefits athletes
‘Innocence and fire’
Distinguished Alumni awash in memories
It’s never too early
Preparing for the future through estate planning
Homecoming photo pages
Through the Years
Volume 36 Number 1
Jesse Tuel (BSB 2001)
[email protected]
(620) 341-5440
Spotlight is published twice each year by
the Emporia State University Office of
University Advancement, 1500 Highland
St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018. Third
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This publication is mailed to alumni
and friends of Emporia State University.
Publication number 708440. Emporia
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Emporia State
Dr. Kay Schallenkamp
University Advancement
Interim Executive Director
John Blaufuss (BS 1967, MBA 1990)
Director of Alumni Relations
Roy Mann (BME 1979, MS 1998)
Director of Development
Sandra Kramer (FS)
Alumni Association
Board of Directors
Janet (Painter) Schalansky, Topeka
Kelly (Emig) Mobray, Salina
Board members
Neil Andersen, Overland Park
Joe Bowman, Park City, Utah
Edward Cates, Stockbridge, Ga.
Myrl Cobb, Topeka
Pete Euler, Emporia
Russ Everhart, Overland Park
Floyd Hoelting, Austin, Texas
D. Kent Hurn, Topeka
Brad Jones, Wichita
Jenny (Price) Kramer, Leavenworth
Richard Nienstedt, Fort Scott
Lana (Scrimsher) Oleen, Manhattan
Kimberly (Conner) Reimer, Dodge City
Rod Turner, Wichita
Alumni Chapter Presidents
Capital Area (Topeka/Shawnee County area)
Scott Bruner (785) 478-0401
[email protected]
Denver Area
William Edwards (303) 425-1980
[email protected]
Douglas County
Teresa Clounch (785) 865-1609
[email protected]
Kassie Edwards (785) 838-3431
[email protected]
Emporia Connection (African-American alumni)
Mark and Pat Sevier (770) 923-6177
[email protected]
Greater Kansas City Area
Matt and Leslie Holstin (913) 764-0221
[email protected]
Mid-Kansas (Hutchinson area)
Barbara and John Summervill (620) 665-5712
[email protected]
Smoky Valley (Salina area)
Kelly Mobray (785) 452-9619
[email protected]
South Central Kansas (Wichita area)
John McDonald (316) 778-1849
[email protected]
Foundation Board of Trustees
Executive Committee
Letter from the
Alumni Association president
It has been almost 20 years since my sister, brother
and I established a scholarship in honor of our parents.
Our father became totally disabled at a very young
age. He frequently told us how fortunate we were that
my mother had a lifetime teaching certificate and was
able to reenter the workforce. Our parents encouraged
us to obtain a higher education and marketable skills.
Scholarship support from ESU made it possible for us to attend a great university.
There have been many students over the years who have found themselves
in very similar situations, and these alumni have represented ESU well as they
have advanced in their careers. The 2005-06 school year began with the highest
enrollment in the past 24 years. Of these 6,288 students, more than 1,500
students – with more to be counted as awards are processed – are attending ESU
with the assistance of a scholarship.
The Distinguished Alumni awards luncheon reminded me of the great folks
who have graduated from ESU. Many alumni have found it important to give
back to the university scholarship campaigns or to establish a scholarship so that
future students might experience the same opportunities they benefited from.
Current students experience higher and higher tuition as state funding has not
kept pace with the costs of providing a quality educational experience. Today
more than ever, scholarships play a crucial role in allowing students to obtain an
education. Emporia State University has traditionally had a very high percentage
of first-generation college students. This further exacerbates the need to keep
college affordable through scholarship support for ESU students.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to donate what you can to
the scholarship campaign Building Blocks for Success. Your help will allow future
students to receive the same great ESU experience that all of us alumni were able
to benefit from, and the investment will reap rewards for years to come.
Janet (Painter) Schalansky (BA 1972, MS 1973)
Alumni Association president
Tim Clothier, Topeka
First vice-chairman
Art Bloomer, Wichita
Committee members
John Blaufuss, ESU controller
Mark Brady, Overland Park
George Breidenthal, Kansas City, Kan.
Dale Cushinberry, Topeka
Don Edwards, Wichita
Shane Goldsmith, Wichita
Ken Hush, Wichita
John Lohmeyer, Salina
Gwen Longbine, Emporia
Paula (Friesen) Sauder, Emporia
Kay Schallenkamp, ESU president
Greg Seibel, Emporia
The ‘warm embrace of Emporia’
This may be my first go-round as Spotlight editor, but it’s the second time I’ve been published in
the magazine.
The first time was under different circumstances, when I wrote an essay recalling a heady time
in my young life. I had proposed to my wife Stacy at ESU’s 2002 Homecoming, and I later wrote
about it for a Spotlight essay contest on Homecoming memories.
I won the contest, I think, because the story is a highly personal one. For so many alumni,
Emporia State University lives on in those personal memories. And the memories, like wine, get
better with age.
Peggy Lamm (BSE 1973), a 2005 Distinguished Alumna, spoke of a watermelon feed in front
of Plumb Hall her freshman year. She described the feeling she got from that experience as the
“warm embrace of Emporia.”
Elwood Morris Jones Jr. (BME 1941) wrote a letter to this magazine before he passed away in 2005. Halfway through
the three-page letter describing his career and college memories, he dropped in a one-sentence paragraph: “I had not really
intended to tell all of this, but I felt like I was telling old friends what I had been up to.”
That’s the spirit, I thought. The Spotlight belonged to Jones and his friends. It belongs to Lamm and that watermelon
feed. It belongs to you.
The spring 2005 edition was accompanied by a readership survey, the condensed results of which you’ll find on page 4.
Think of the results not as numbers, but as the many ways individuals are tied to the university.
Those are the stories we want to hear. Don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me; contact information is in the masthead.
While the memories of the 50,000-plus Hornet alumni might be highly personal, those gems of the past are bound by a
common thread. Surely I’m not the only guy who thought he was being clever by proposing on Wooster Bridge.
Now there’s a survey question.
Jesse Tuel (BSB 2001)
Calendar of Events
University Events
Readings & Lectures
Founders’ Day Celebration
Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., luncheon, Memorial Union Ballroom
Bonner and Bonner Diversity Series lecture
Feb. 21, 7 p.m., civil rights lawyer Morris Dees, Albert Taylor Hall
Business Etiquette Dinner
Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom
Especially for Alumni and Friends
Silent Film Festival
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Webb Lecture Hall
Alumni Association Board Meeting
Jan. 21, 9 a.m., Sauder Alumni Center
June 10, 9 a.m., Sauder Alumni Center
Emporia Super Custom Car Show
April 30, 8 a.m., tennis courts and parking lot north of ESU Student
Recreation Center
ESU Spring Commencement
May 13, 9:30 a.m., Welch Stadium
University Advancement News & Events –
University Events – (click on Calendar of Events)
Chi Omega Reunion Dinner & Dance
April 8, 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom
Emporia Connection
May 26-28, Ball on 27th, African-American alumni group, Atlanta, Ga.
For more information:
Alpha Kappa Delta 20th Year Reunion Banquet
April 7, 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom
Oct. 14
2005 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductees shine
NTHF nomination letters speak volumes
Marilyn Barrueta, a high school Spanish teacher in Arlington, Va.: “Her ever-evolving curricula brilliantly address cultural, historical, and
literary issues while also giving students the opportunity to examine and untangle the ultimate questions of their existence.”
On Stage
Brass Day
Feb. 3, 12 p.m., Heath Recital Hall and Beach Music Hall
Woodwind Day
Feb. 11, 8 a.m., Albert Taylor Hall and Heath Recital Hall
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
“Urinetown” Theater Production
March 1-4 and March 8-11, 7:30 p.m., Frederickson Theatre,
Roosevelt Hall
Mid America Woodwind Quintet
March 5, 3 p.m., Heath Recital Hall
Faculty Recital by Dr. Martin Cuellar
March 28, 7:30 p.m., Heath Recital Hall
Brass Choir Concert
April 4, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
The National Players in “Dracula”
April 7, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
Opera Concert
April 14-15, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
A Cappella/Community Chorus Concert
April 23, 3 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
“Arms And The Man” Theater Production
April 26-29 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at 2 p.m., Bruder Theatre, King
Spring 2006 sports
Indoor track
Jan. 20 CMSU Quad
Warrensburg, Mo.
Jan. 27-28
Iowa State Open
Ames, Iowa
Feb. 3-4 MSSU Radio Shack Invitational
Joplin, Mo.
Feb. 10 Prairie Wolf Invitational Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 18 KSU Open Manhattan
Feb. 24-25 MIAA Championships Joplin, Mo.
March 10-11 NCAA Division II Championships Boston, Mass.
March 16 April 1 April 8 ESU Spring Twilight UT-Arlington Invitational State Farm/ESU Relays NTHF nomination letters speak volumes
Feb. 25 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (M/W) 10 a.m.
vs. East Central (Okla.), Tulsa, Okla. (M/W) 3 p.m.
March 1 Kansas Wesleyan (M/W) 2 p.m.
March 3 vs. CSU-Pueblo, Topeka (M/W) 5 p.m.
March 8 Missouri Southern (W) 3 p.m.
March 11 @ Bethel, North Newton (M/W) 9:30 a.m.
@ Tabor, Hillsboro (M/W) 2 p.m.
March 13 Cameron (M/W) 1:30 p.m.
March 15 Southwest Baptist (M/W) 3 p.m.
March 18 Northwest Missouri (M/W) 1 p.m.
March 28 J ohnson County Community College (M/W) 2:30 p.m.
March 30 @ Washburn, Topeka (M/W) 2 p.m.
April 4 Central Oklahoma (M/W) 1 p.m.
April 8 @ Truman, Kirksville, Mo. (M/W) 4 p.m.
April 9 @ Quincy, Quincy, Ill. (M/W) 9:30 a.m.
April 11 Missouri Western (M/W) 3 p.m.
April 14-15 UCO Classic, Edmond, Okla. (M/W) TBA
April 18 Rockhurst (M/W) 3 p.m.
April 22-23 MIAA Championship, St. Joseph, Mo. (M/W) TBA
Men’s Basketball
Orchestra Concert
April 25, 7:30 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall
Outdoor track
April 13-14 ESU Open Multi-events Emporia
April 13-15 Godfather’s D-II Challenge Emporia
April 20-22 Kansas Relays Lawrence
April 28-29 Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa
April 28-29 UMKC Invitational Kansas City, Mo.
April 30-May 1 MIAA Multi-events Joplin, Mo.
May 6-7 MIAA Championships Emporia
May 13 ESU Twilight Qualifier Emporia
May 25-27 NCAA Division II Championships Emporia
Arlington, Texas
Jan. 21 Truman State
Jan. 22 Montana State-Billings
Jan. 28 @ Southwest Baptist, Bolivar, Mo. Feb. 4 @ Truman, Kirksville, Mo. Feb. 8 Northwest Missouri
Feb. 11 Central Missouri
Feb. 15 @ Washburn, Topeka
Feb. 18 @ Pittsburg State, Pittsburg Feb. 22 Missouri Western
Feb. 25 Missouri Southern
March 3-5 MIAA Tournament, Kansas City, Mo. Women’s Basketball
Jan. 21
Truman State
Jan. 28 @ Southwest Baptist, Bolivar, Mo. Feb. 4 @ Truman State, Kirksville, Mo. Feb. 8 Northwest Missouri Feb. 11 Central Missouri Feb. 15 @ Washburn, Topeka Feb. 18 @ Pittsburg State, Pittsburg
Feb. 22 Missouri Western Feb. 25 Missouri Southern Mar. 2, 4, 5 MIAA Tournament, Kansas City, Mo.
Randy William Granger, a high school art teacher in Philadelphia, Pa.: “He and the students were on their own time. Four years later, they
have a prototype, a patent and a realistic hope that they will someday be able to provide this (beach) wheelchair to those who need it.”
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Hurricane Katrina
ESU adopts University
of Southern Mississippi
In the devastating wake of
Hurricane Katrina, Emporia State
University is going all out to help a
counterpart in higher education. ESU
has adopted the University of Southern
Mississippi, setting a goal to raise
$15,000 and organizing numerous
Over the holidays, ESU and the
social sciences department planned
a two-week trip to the university in
Gulfport, Miss. The Katrina Helping
Hands project became a three-creditESU students at an Oct. 13
hour course for the students involved.
benefit for Hurricane Katrina
The benefit events began at ESU
victims perform an emotional
soon after the hurricane. The “Cajun
Jubilation” featured the ESU Jazz
Ensemble and New Orleans-style food. The Classified Assembly and Faculty
Senate took donations for tickets to give away prizes.
Paul Edwards (BSE 1937), the creator of Corky the Hornet, hosted an
art show in Valley Verde, Calif. The September sale of art Edwards had
collected for more than 40 years raised $4,070 for the Red Cross.
A relief benefit hosted by the ESU Black Student Union, Black Women’s
Network, E-Unit and Harmonious Voices of Praise included an emotional
sketch of stranded hurricane victims. In November, 27 student groups were
listed as participating, planning and organizing relief events.
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John F. Mahoney, a high school mathematics teacher in Washington, D.C.: “Students recognize and appreciate John’s faith in them, and
over the course of the year they, too, begin to believe that they can have mathematical success.”
Hornet alumnus developing promising anecdote
An Emporia State University graduate is at the forefront of the
nation’s rush to protect itself from biological and nuclear attacks or
diseases such as avian flu, and in October he returned to campus
to discuss HomsperaTM. This drug is showing promise against
radiation exposure, respiratory and immune viruses, and more.
After hearing the presentation of Dr. Mark Witten, a 1975 ESU
graduate, it’s safe to say that many in the packed classroom were
hoping he could get back to work immediately.
Witten, with his Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company,
ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc., has spent 11 years developing
HomsperaTM, and mice trials show it holds broad promise. Now the
company is close to outsourcing a primate trial of the drug, and it
could be commercially available by the end of 2006.
Witten, a 1992 Distinguished Alumnus of ESU, only hopes the avian flu
waits that long.
“It’s just a matter of time before it gets to the United States,” said Witten. “I
can’t tell you what we’re going to do, because it hasn’t been made public, but
we are working in that direction.”
The drug works by inhibiting cellular death. The applications of
HomsperaTM are widespread, Witten said. Other possible applications include
anthrax, asthma, anti-inflammatory purposes, hair growth, AIDS, bacterial
infections and more.
In fact, Witten himself has taken the drug since January 2004 with no ill
effects. In that time, some of his silver hair has turned back to black, and his
recurrences of basal cell skin cancer have stopped.
(Above) Dr. Mark Witten (BSE 1975) gave a presentation at ESU this fall.
Witten is working on a drug that is showing promise against radiation exposure,
respiratory and immune viruses and more.
In the news
• Dr. Raffaele DeVito, a professor of management at ESU,
was tapped to serve on the Kansas World Trade Center
Board of Directors.
• Three articles in the spring 2005 Kansas History: A Journal
of the Central Plains were authored by ESU students and
faculty: Christopher Childers, who earned his master’s
degree, Dr. Jim Hoy, professor in the English department,
and Dr. Karen Manners Smith, associate professor in the
social sciences department.
• Dr. John Schwenn, ESU’s vice president for academic
affairs, was a recipient of the Graff Distinguished Alumni
Award from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
• The ESU Cheer Squad finished first earlier this year at the
Americheer Great Lakes Championship in Chicago, Ill.
• Five generations of the Hill family celebrated “Charlie
NTHF nomination letters speak volumes
Hill Day” earlier this year, honoring Hill’s long career
at ESU. Hill helped to launch the first Summer Theatre
season in 1955.
• Congressman Jerry Moran announced that ESU
would receive $250,000 to improve distance learning.
The money will be utilized to expand ESU’s teacher
preparation at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
• The ESU collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma has
been recognized as an Exemplary Chapter for its superior
level of membership acceptance among business students
in the 2003-04 academic year. The chapter is now eligible
to award a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship in the
2005-06 academic year.
Dr. Karen Crow Roark, a K-5 gifted resource teacher and assistant principal in Arlington, Va.: “She meets each child’s needs no matter
their academic or personal challenge. Karen’s students love her, and their parents respect her. What else could you ask for?”
Football Traditions
Barbeque a tasty
The third annual Corkys on Parade auction raised $6,800 for the Presidential
Academic Awards scholarship program. Auctioneer Paul Hancock rallies the
crowd at the President’s Club Celebration and Campaign Kickoff on Oct. 21,
where six of the nine Corkys were sold. The Best of Show Corky was “Stylin’ For
Success Corky,” which was sponsored by Sensei Salon LLC, Sax Hair Care, Salon
Mirage, Shear Designers, Annette’s Salon, and Peel’s Salon Services.The artist was
Marlina Poff.
ESU touted as a model for teacher programs
The national acclaim continues to mount for the Teachers College at
Emporia State University.
The college was labeled, by Dr. Arthur Levine, president of the Teachers
College at Columbia University, as one of the four schools in the nation that are
models for educating teachers.
The college was also featured as a model for teacher preparation in The New
York Times article titled “Who Needs Education Schools?” The article appeared
in the July 31 edition of the Times’ Education Life supplement.
Levine is writing a series of four reports on America’s education schools, and
visited the ESU college after narrowing the nationwide list of top schools down
to four. ESU made the cut, Levine said, because the college has kept a healthy
balance between the teaching and research duties of faculty. Many schools favor
“ESU is the Camelot for teacher education,” Levine said. “Educators in
Kansas and the nation used positive adjectives to describe teachers coming out
of ESU. ESU’s teacher education program is very impressive.
“At many universities, there tends to be a rift between academics and
experience. Faculty are more likely to research teaching instead of teach. ESU
has bridged the gap. That is what makes this one exemplary. That gap doesn’t
The other three schools chosen as models are Stanford University, the
University of Virginia and Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.
NTHF nomination letters speak volumes
No one left hungry from the
Football Traditions Barbeque hosted
Sept. 17 to benefit the Emporia State
University football program – not the
players, not the Hornets’ supporters,
and definitely not the program.
In only its second year, the annual
dinner raised more than $16,000 for
the football program through ticket
sales and an auction, compared to
more than $12,000 last year. Players
and parents mingled with ESU fans,
friends and alumni during a feast fit
for offensive linemen. The dinner was
organized by Emporians Russ and
Jeannie Jenkins and Kurt and Shiela
The Texas Roadhouse, an Olathe
restaurant, donated its catering
services to the barbecue. Five hundred
pieces of rib-eye steak, 500 pieces of
chicken and 400 pounds of pulled
pork, along with green beans and
mashed potatoes, were made from
scratch that day. The meal might
have cost $8,000 to $10,000, but the
Roadhouse was generous enough to
donate it all.
In the news
ESU was named one of the
“Best in the Midwest” by The
Princeton Review. The ranking
was based on surveys filled out by
current ESU students.
Merle Saunders, a high school auto technology teacher from Vale, Ore.: “In my 40 years as an educator, the last nine as Vale’s
superintendent, I have never met a better teacher than Merle Saunders.”
Hornet boosters
give back by the thousands
Interim director takes on Advancement
The generosity of the Hornet
faithful has made the past fiscal
year one to remember as Emporia
State University alumni and friends
donated $4.44 million, a 22.5
percent increase over the previous
Standing at $53.2 million, the
foundation’s net assets support the
university’s mission through student
scholarships, faculty support and
more. At the end of FY04, net assets were $48.2 million.
Additionally, ESU controller John Blaufuss* became the
interim executive director for University Advancement in
October when Boyce Baumgardner accepted the position of
assistant vice president for academic initiatives. Blaufuss will
stay on until a nationwide search for the post is completed in
*On a tremendously sad note, Blaufuss died Dec. 22. The
alumnus, long-time employee and friend of ESU was struck by
an automobile in Emporia while jogging in the early morning.
Our hearts go out to his family.
Check the summer edition of Spotlight for more about
Blaufuss’s life.
ESU enrollment soars
to 24-year high
Emporia State University reported the highest number
of students in nearly a quarter century in its fall 2005
enrollment figures.
After the 20th day of class, ESU reported to the Kansas
Board of Regents a total of 6,288 students, the highest fall
figure since 1981.
“Our students come to ESU, in part, because we are
a student-centered university and offer small classes and
provide personal attention that they both want and need,”
said ESU President Kay Schallenkamp. “We are committed
to continuing to offer high-quality academic experiences
that prepare students for their careers.”
Minority enrollment increased 5.9 percent from
last year. “Reaching out and engaging those frequently
underrepresented populations is a high priority at ESU,”
said Laura Eddy, director of admissions. “This focus has
resulted in a continual increase in minority enrollment.”
Kansas first-time freshmen enrollment is up 4.3 percent
from last year, as ESU welcomed 1,601 new students
this fall. Also the graduate program, which comprises
approximately 31 percent of ESU’s total enrollment, is up
6.2 percent from last year. Much of the growth in graduate
classes is driven by ESU’s off-campus programs, which
include distance education, online courses and courses
taught on-site in greater Kansas City and western Kansas.
Department makes move to
Butcher Education Center
The Emporia State University sociology and anthropology department
recently made a move from Roosevelt Hall to the Butcher Education
Center, boosting its classroom space and paving the way for new programs.
The department gained two classrooms, so it now has a total of six. A
faculty lounge, conference room, student lounge, and a larger computer
lab were also new additions.
“The move has been good,” said Nathaniel Terrell, associate professor
and department chair. “Our faculty members are closer together, and the
facilities are excellent.”
Terrell said he looks forward to the department continuing to grow.
Plans are underway for an anthropological field school to study Native
American culture, and a new major may be on the horizon.
“We are in the begonning stages of possibly implementing a new major,
crime and delinquency studies,” terrell said.
NTHF nomination letters speak volumes
In other NTHF news, Dr. Hector Ibarra, a 1998 inductee, was named Wal-Mart’s National Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Ibarra teaches at West Branch Middle School in West Branch, Iowa.
Crazy for Hornets?
If your home, business,
classroom or office is decorated
with ESU memorabilia, we
want to know about it. The
more black and gold, the better! Send
your pictures to Jesse Tuel at [email protected] or Sauder Alumni Center,
1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS
66801-5018. Include a contact name,
phone number and address, along with
a description of the picture.
The top photos will appear in the
next edition of Spotlight, and some of
the scenes may even get a visit from
a professional photographer as we
discover hidden pockets of Hornet
Friends of ESU cherish William Allen White house
William Allen White’s Emporia home was dedicated in May as a Kansas State Historic Site, and many involved in the
project have ties to Emporia State University. ESU graduates serve on the board of William Allen White Community
Partnership, Inc., write about and promote the site, and
even tend the gardens. Many of the docents are retired
ESU faculty. And White will also be posthumously
inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, which
is housed at ESU, in 2006.
“William Allen White was such a big part
of Emporia,” said Terri Adams, the house’s site
administrator who is finishing her master’s degree at
ESU. “He represented the small-town grassroots political
force in the nation. The house and the university, we
can work together to let everyone know what he did for
Emporia and for Kansas, and what a great man he was in
his day.”
At the William Allen White House State Historic Site, Dr.
Sally Foreman Griffith (left), author of the 1989 “Home Town
The home at 927 Exchange St. is open for tours from
News: William Allen White and The Emporia Gazette,” visits with
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or during
site volunteers who have ESU affiliations: assistant professor
the week by appointment for 10 or more people. For
Mary Bogan (second from left), Carolyn Kuhn (MS 1971) and
more information call the house at (620) 342-2800 or
Roger Heineken (BFA 1978). Bogan assisted Griffith with her
the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
research. Kuhn is president of William Allen White Community
Partnership, Inc. and Heineken is the marketing chairman.
Bureau at (800) 279-3730.
Granada memories
The Granada is empty without you! The grand old theater, also once known as the Fox theater, is undergoing a $2.6
million interior renovation, and it needs your memories. What was your favorite movie seen at the Granada? Did you
have a special date or get engaged there? Josie Stone, an ESU history major, is compiling oral and written memories
of the theater. Please send your memories to the Granada Theatre at 807 Commercial St., Emporia, KS 66801 or
[email protected] by March 10.
Young freshman excelling in debate
Zahra Nasr-Azadani, a freshman at ESU who just turned 17, was named the top
speaker in her first two debate tournaments of the fall semester.
The Emporia native graduated from high school in three years and became a
Virginia Endly Scholar, the only full-ride scholarship offered at ESU. After three years
of high school debate, the freshman earned “top speaker” honors at tournaments at
the University of Northern Iowa and Wichita State University.
“My older sister debated in high school. She would come home with research and
information. I liked to learn new things whenever I could,” Nasr-Azadani said. “I
thought it would be good. I was interested in politics, and it was easy to argue and get
“As an Endly Scholar, we expected Zahra to be among the most intellectually
gifted students we’ve had on the team. She is definitely that and more, bringing a
smile and great teamwork to a close squad,” said Ken DeLaughder, debate coach.
Atrium on the way
Next year’s Homecoming post-game reception won’t be so
crowded when the Dr. John R. Webb Atrium is completed.
In late 2005, work continued through inclement weather on
the 2,700-square-foot structure that honors long-time ESU
administrator Dr. John R. Webb.
Graduate Study
Galusca receives Laurence C. Boylan Award
Roxana Galusca, an international student from Lasi, Romania, received the Laurence C. Boylan Award for the
outstanding master’s thesis produced during the 2004-05 academic year.
Galusca, who received her master’s degree in English in August 2005, was recognized for her thesis, “The Other Side
of the Globe: Dystopias and Utopias of Balkan Identity.” Galusca’s graduate thesis advisor was Gary Holcomb, associate
professor of English.
Galusca came to ESU from Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, in 2003, with a background in both modern and
classical studies and a mastery of six languages in addition to her native Romanian. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in
English at the University of Michigan.
The Laurence C. Boylan Award was created by a special fund drive to honor Boylan, who was creator of the graduate
program and dean of graduate studies from 1958 to 1966. In addition to honoring the best master’s thesis each year, two
graduate students are awarded scholarships as Boylan Scholars.
Order transcripts online
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record can be ordered by visiting Select the “transcript request form” link to
access the credit card payment form.
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Bonner & Bonner
Civil rights lawyer is Bonner and Bonner lecturer
Morris Dees, civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is the 2006
Bonner and Bonner Diversity Series lecturer.
Dees will speak on “A Passion for Justice” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Albert Taylor Hall at
Emporia State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In 1971, Dees co-founded the law center, a non-profit group that specializes in lawsuits
involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorists and racially motivated crimes. Besides guiding
lawsuits that bankrupted the KKK, imprisoned perpetrators of hate crimes and increased awareness
of radical militias, Dees also develops ideas for “Teaching Tolerance,” the law center’s well-regarded
education project.
The Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture Series was established in 1992 by Drs. Thomas and
Mary Bonner, ESU’s first and second African-American faculty members.
ESU grad named
state history teacher
of the year
Stay tuned for more information
about Founders’ Day events on
Feb. 14-15! Check the University
Advancement website at www. and join the party
as ESU turns 143 years young!
accepts new post
accepted the
position of
assistant vice
president for
initiatives in
The focus
of the position will be on special
fundraising and corporate development
for programs such as the engraving
arts, the National Teachers Hall of
Fame, the Kansas Business Hall of
Fame and endowed professorships.
“There is so much potential growth
for the National Teachers Hall of
Fame, the Kansas Business Hall of
Fame, endowed professorships and
the engraving arts program. I hope
to expand and grow these programs
and bring them to the forefront,” said
Baumgardner (BS 1964), who for
seven years was the executive director
of University Advancement.
“Having Boyce in this position
will allow us to move forward with
initiatives that we haven’t been able to
pursue before,” said ESU President Kay
Walt Cochran (MA 2000), a social
studies teacher at Gardner Edgerton
High School in Gardner, was named
in October as the 2005 Preserve
America Kansas U.S. History Teacher
of the Year.
The award program, a project of
the Preserve America White House
initiative, earned Cochran a $1,000
honorarium. The Gardner Edgerton
High School will also receive an
archive of historical materials in
Cochran’s name.
Cochran teaches U.S. history and
American government and also chairs
the school’s social studies department.
As a state winner, he competed for
the national teacher of the year.
Walt Cochran (MA 2000) was named
the 2005 Preserve America Kansas U.S.
History Teacher of the Year. With him
is Darla Mallein (BSE 1980, MS 1994),
director of secondary social sciences
education at ESU.
Alumni share knowledge and experiences
Communication professors Dr. Steve Hunt (BFA 1992) and Dr. Scott
Titsworth (BFA 1991) visited Emporia State University in October, lecturing in
several classes, presenting on campus and delivering the keynote address at the
annual Pflaum Debate Tournament banquet.
Hunt is a professor of communication and co-director of the basic
course at Illinois State University, and Titsworth is an assistant professor of
communication and basic course director at Ohio University in Athens.
Both were in ESU’s debate program during Glen Strickland’s tenure as coach.
Hunt was a member of the ESU debate squad that finished in the top three of
the CEDA national sweepstakes. Titsworth was the media lab coordinator for
the department of communication and theatre in 1992, and acting director of
forensics and lecturer in 1994.
ESU President Kay Schallenkamp (far left) applauds members of the Hastert, Peat and Schlobohm families as the 2005
Hornet Heritage Award winner on Sept. 17.
Hornets grow on trees
Making admissions work look easy, the 2005 Hornet
Heritage Award recognized the Hastert, Peat and
Schlobohm families as the multi-generational model of
devotion to Emporia State University.
Why so easy? Jolene Hastert-Prochko had no choice but
to attend ESU.
She was getting roped in. Her father Vernon Hastert
(BSE 1963, MS 1964) came first, followed by her two
brothers Jay Hastert (BSB 1984) and John Hastert (BSB
1987). Because of her father’s alumni status, she qualified
for a scholarship.
“And then of course I never thought of going anywhere
else,” said Jolene (BSE 1995). “After my father and two
brothers went there, I had no choice!”
It’s families like this that have Corky in the bloodlines.
At Family Day on Sept. 17, about 15 graduates and other
family members celebrated the award at events surrounding
that day’s football game.
“It was kind of like a big family reunion on both
sides,” said G. Charles Schlobohm (BSB 1974).
Schlobohm, whose mother Laura Schlobohm (MS 1971)
has four children with ESU degrees, married Barbara (Peat)
Schlobohm (BSE 1972, MS 1975). One of Barbara’s nieces,
Amy (Peat) Hastert (BSE 1986), married Jay Hastert, the
brother of Jolene.
So Hornets do grow on trees. And this family tree will
someday have more branches.
“I know that some of my second cousins are going there
now,” said Jolene. “I’ll definitely encourage my kids to go
there. They’re 4 and 2 now, but I don’t think it’s ever too
early to encourage them to go.”
Are there Hornets nesting in your family tree? Send us a nomination for the 2006
Hornet Heritage Award! To be considered, sketch an “ESU family tree” and send it to
Hornet Heritage, Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018 or
[email protected] or fax to (620) 341-6635. All entries not selected this year will be
retained for future consideration. Updates to earlier nominations are welcome.
BA – Bachelor of Arts
CS – Current Student M – Married
BSB – Bachelor of Science in Business FS – Former Student (unc) – unconfirmed
BSE – Bachelor of Sceince in Education MS – Master of Science
A circle of giving
Abby Vitt, an Emporia State
University education major, is
benefiting from a scholarship
provided by George Breidenthal
(BA 1972).
George Breidenthal and
Twakisha Jones, another
scholarship recipient of
Breidenthal’s, are both
products of the Kansas City,
Kan., school district.
Twakisha Jones has a passion for education, and she’s not the only one excited
about it. A man she hadn’t met until recently is paving the way for Jones and others by
providing students with scholarship support.
Jones and six other Emporia State University students, pursuing their elementary
education degrees through ESU Teachers College classes offered at Kansas City Kansas
Community College, are benefiting this fall from a scholarship program established by
George Breidenthal, a 1972 ESU graduate and Kansas City Kansas Board of Education
The legacy of Breidenthal’s gift will continue in the lives of the students. Jones, 33,
wants to run a tutoring service that focuses on reading. And she’s already decided to
give back, once she’s able to.
“We do need help,” Jones said of college students. “Whether it’s big, small, little, we
do need the help. It means financial help, but it also means someone out there cares.
“At the peak of my success, I plan to give back to someone.”
It is efforts like this that form the foundation of Emporia State University’s
scholarship campaign, Building Blocks for Success. The public phase began in late
October. At the end of November, $10.2 million was already raised.
Breidenthal was thrilled to meet with a couple of the students he’s helped through
the Breidenthal Education Scholars Program
“The payoff is in helping other folks,” Breidenthal said this fall, while talking with
Jones at KCKCC. “If there’s a niche, something that you’re excited about – whether it’s
athletics or engineering – you can help a kid fulfill their dreams. It makes us all better.”
As a board of education member for the last 22 years, Breidenthal is perfectly
positioned to understand the needs of education. He designed the scholarship
program, which supports students in the educational partnership between ESU and
KCKCC, to retain talented teachers in the Kansas City, Kan. area.
Abby Vitt, 21, a Bonner Springs native, is another Breidenthal scholarship recipient.
By studying in the ESU program in Kansas City, Vitt is able to stay close to home,
keep a job she’s held for five years, and earn a teaching degree from a nationallyrespected Teachers College.
“It makes it really nice, because the classes are so small, you make good friends,” Vitt
said. “I don’t know what I’d do without it.”
“Not this semester but the semester after that, I won’t be able to work as much,”
Vitt told Breidenthal. “I’ll have a little bit set aside for emergencies.”
A solid foundation has been laid for the $15 million scholarship campaign Building Blocks for Success. Unveiled publicly Oct.
21, the campaign had already accumulated more than $10 million.
Emporia State University launches scholarship campaign
An ambitious scholarship campaign is underway at
Emporia State University, aiming to raise $15 million
for students and ensure scholarships in perpetuity. The
campaign, Building Blocks for Success, went public at a
kickoff during Homecoming, revealing that about $10
million had already been raised.
Like the pyramids of Egypt, the permanence of an
endowed scholarship is real. The legacy created by each
gift will last forever, benefiting students for generations to
come. To the 400 in attendance at the kickoff, the message
rang true.
“Funding for higher education is getting tougher,
and we are going to make it a whole lot easier for young
people who come after us and make this university even
greater than what it is,” Tim Clothier, chairman of the
ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, told the crowd.
“Anything that we can do to make it easier on young
people, on families, and give them the quality of education
that Emporia State University offers is something that is
In the last 50 years, ESU has accumulated $27 million
in endowment for scholarships. Building Blocks For Success,
declared in October 2003, will generate $15 million by
For more information about Building Blocks for Success
or endowing a scholarship, contact the ESU Foundation
at (620) 341-5440.
2007 to benefit scholarships and significantly increase the
university’s ability to compete for top students. At the end
of November, $10.2 million had been raised.
“We’ll get to $15 million,” said Steve Sauder, who cochairs the campaign with Art and Sue Bloomer and Paula
Sauder. “We’ve just scratched the surface. We’ve started
something great at Emporia State University.”
The necessity of scholarships is evident. The number of
scholarships hasn’t kept pace with the university’s growth.
This fall, the university recorded its highest enrollment since
1981. And the amount of scholarship dollars hasn’t kept
pace with the escalating cost of education.
The $15 million goal is broken down into various parts.
The largest component is $8 million for the Presidential
Academic Award scholarships. Another $750,000 will be
set aside for graduate school scholarships, $1 million for
activities and talent scholarships, $1.5 million for Scholars
Program scholarships, and $3.75
million for college and school-specific
endowed merit scholarships in ESU’s
four schools: the Teachers College,
the School of Business, the School
of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the
School of Library and Information
President Kay
addresses a crowd
of about 400 people.
Matt Hofmeier (left) became interested
in science because of his older brother
Nick’s leukemia diagnosis.
When Matt Hofmeier donated bone marrow to his
older brother, Nick, he was too young to understand the
It’s not lost on Hofmeier these days. The Emporia State
University senior is exploring cancer therapies, an interest
sparked by Nick’s leukemia diagnosis at the age of 3.
For Hofmeier and thousands of other ESU students,
college can be a magical time of discovery and learning.
A biochemistry and molecular biology major, Hofmeier
is researching a way to destroy tumor cells under the
guidance of Dr. Mike Keck, an associate professor.
“This is my research so far,” Hofmeier said recently in
his lab, holding up what looks like a light bulb coated on
the inside with navy blue paint. “Pretty exciting.”
The potential certainly is. The blue stuff is a methylene blue, a derived dye that Hofmeier is modifying. The dye will
attach itself to the DNA of a tumor cell, and when irradiated the dye will trigger cell death. The dye compound still has
plenty of refining ahead of it as Hofmeier changes its structure. Eventually it will be combined with a compound that a
tumor cell will “preferentially up-take” – say, folic acid – because the dye won’t enter the cell as easily on its own.
Other photodynamic therapies are in use, but those therapies have different targets within the cell, such as a cell
membrane. Hofmeier’s research, which he modestly describes as “just getting my feet wet,” attempts a variation by
targeting a cell’s DNA. The hope is to develop a compound that is more selective in choosing tumor cells over healthy cells.
“It would potentially be a better therapy,” Hofmeier said. “It’d be fun to see it work like Dr. Keck and I want it to. Cure
for cancer? I think that’s a long haul in a lot of different (fields of ) medicine. But if patients needing treatment for skin
cancer or some other form of tumor are helped, then it’s done what we’ve hoped.”
Hofmeier is two years younger than his only sibling Nick. At the age of 7, Nick received a bone marrow transplant. His
brother’s marrow just happened to be a match. The firsthand experience piqued Matt’s interest in science.
The other motivation is the chance to help people. Hofmeier plans to attend pharmacy school in North Carolina, where
he and his fiancée will move after his graduation in May. But the pharmacy training doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a
pharmacist at the corner drug store. He could continue researching, or work in oncology with cancer patients.
“My interests definitely lean toward cancer, the interest in research,” Hofmeier said. “Obviously because of my brother,
but not only that, everyone knows someone who has cancer. It’s something that affects everyone.”
Matt and Nick, now roommates in Emporia, are from Hutchinson. Nick, a senior sociology major at ESU, expects to
graduate in December.
Matt’s studies have been supported by a variety of academic and departmental scholarships. Presidential Academic
Awards scholarships and Guaranteed GPA scholarships, along with help from the physical sciences department – such as
the Albert E. and Beulah H. Woodruff Scholarship and the Alfred T. Ericson Scholarship – are nudging this strong student
toward professional achievements.
The research itself is supported by the K-INBRE (Kansas Idea Network of
Biomedical Research Excellence) program, a federal grant administered by the
University of Kansas Medical Center that supports research at smaller in-state
universities. The grant provides ESU with scholarship support for Hofmeier
and money for research supplies.
“More than anything it’s a big help for my family,” Hofmeier said of
the scholarships. “That’s the biggest thing for me. Obviously family is very
important to me, and my parents have done a lot for me and my brother over
the years. By keeping my grades high, it helps my parents. I’m walking away
from my undergraduate years without a ton of debt on my shoulders.”
Dr. Keck, who supervises Hofmeier’s research, sees the impact of
scholarships in the lab.
“It seems like most of our students have to work while they’re going to
college just to pay the bills, and the pressure to do that is going to increase
as tuition continues to increase,” Keck said. “The more scholarship money
we have available for students like Matt, the more time they have to put into
projects like this.
“The scholarships are indispensable, enabling them to maximize their
ability to take advantage of research opportunities that are here, which are in
turn vital to their professional development as a scientist.”
Back in the lab, Hofmeier readies TLC (thin-layer chromatography)
solvent. On a small silica plate he places three dots of dye: two methylene
variations and the compound he’s manipulating. The dots are set just above
the solvent, which is a mixture of ethanol, chloroform and acetic acid. The
solvent is drawn up the silica plate like liquid climbing a paper towel, leaving
streaks from the three dots.
The end goal for the changed dye is a uniform dot at a unique spot on the
plate, indicating purity. Squatting down to examine the plate at eye level,
Hofmeier – on behalf of his brother and cancer patients everywhere – watches
intently. It’s not there yet, but it will be.
Hofmeier examines
a substance that
may hold promise
for better cancer
streaks on the plate
started as dots of
dye.The hope is to
create a compound
with the dye and
other materials that,
when radiated, will
kill cancer cells.
Gifts of all kinds, like the record-setting $1.25 million gift Earl Sauder (bottom center) gave to ESU, provide
scholarship support for students. Sauder’s gift is aiding 18 athletes this academic year.
One by one, Earl Sauder greeted the student-athletes who will always remember
his name. Thanks to a $1.25 million gift, the largest single donation earmarked
for scholarships in Division II history, 18 Emporia State University athletes are
competing this year with an extra boost.
Sauder’s gift, like others large and small, will live
on for ESU students of the future.
“I’m really happy to be the one who gives rather
than the one who receives,” said Sauder, beaming
from ear to ear, at a luncheon with the studentathletes.
A 1934 high school graduate, working on the
family farm kept Sauder from playing high school
sports and from attending college in Emporia. But
he kept his soft spot for ESU and its athletics, and
the athletes are certainly grateful.
“You work hard every day in practice, and the
type of rewards that he was giving, it kind of goes
beyond all the medals and plaques you can get,”
said Kristen Larson, a track athlete and senior from
“It’s a really good feeling to know I was given
the opportunity – not just to play college athletics,
because not everybody gets that chance – but to be
a recipient of a scholarship from such a wonderful
person,” said Kim Edwards, a senior volleyball
player from Sioux City, Iowa. “Normally you just
write a thank-you letter. You don’t see the face behind who’s
giving it. So it was a very wonderful thing.”
Sauder has been a long-time supporter of ESU and
Hornet athletics.
“I didn’t get to attend college, so I didn’t get to
participate in athletics,” Sauder said when the gift was
announced. “But I see how important athletics can be
for young people, and I wanted to make sure Emporia
State can keep getting good young men and women here
to play. I enjoy watching the games, and I think it’s a
spectator’s duty to support local schools. I saw the need for
scholarships, and I tried to help out.”
Earnings from the Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete
Scholars Program Fund are shared by the 15-sport program
at ESU. John Martin, a junior baseball player from
Shawnee, said the scholarship assistance kept him from
accumulating extra debt.
“He doesn’t know how much we appreciate
it,” Martin said. “It means a lot to us.”
Augusta Shepherd greets Shepherd Scholar Jeung-Eun Lee, a
current ESU nursing student, at a reunion luncheon for the
scholars during Homecoming weekend in October. The Shepherd
scholarship is one of the most prestigious at ESU, and the emotion
on Shepherd’s face is worth more than a thousand words.
Chemistry major
awarded $5,000
Jesus Hector Zapien, a chemistry major
at Emporia State University, received a $5,000
scholarship for the 2005-06 school year from the
national Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
“I’m happy to have been awarded such a
scholarship because it will be a way to thank the entire
faculty at ESU, especially the department of physical
sciences for their magnificent interest in helping me and all
the students obtain a career,” Zapien said.
New scholarship supports
business majors, athletes
In spring 2005, the ESU School of Business awarded the first-ever
Dr. John Rich & Carl Ricketts Scholarship. The recipient of the $1,000
scholarship is Overland Park native Tim Barger, a junior accounting major
and infielder on the baseball team.
After playing football in community college, Ricketts came to ESU and
dropped football to focus on academics. The award honors School of Business
Associate Dean John Rich.
“I am simply an ex-athlete who knows how hard it is to make it through
school,” Ricketts said. “This scholarship allows me to help deserving students and
honor a terrific professor at the same time.”
Scholarship honors
Emporian who loved baseball and education
Lynn Roberts loved baseball and dedicated many years to the American Legion
baseball program. As a tribute, his family and friends established the Lynn M.
Roberts Baseball Scholarship Fund.
“Baseball meant a lot to Lynn, but he also realized the importance of higher
education and how it enabled the college graduate to be exposed to greater
opportunities,” said his wife, Clara Roberts. “I thought this scholarship would
be a good way to channel that love for baseball while increasing educational
opportunities for baseball players.”
St. Joseph native receives ESU scholarship
Jennifer Danford, a native of St. Joseph, Mo., was named the 2005-06 recipient
of the Dr. Nancy Mayer Knapp Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors Dr.
Nancy Meyer Knapp, an ESU professor of psychology and art therapy who died
shortly after retiring in 1999.
ESU names seven full-ride scholarship recipients
Emporia State University named seven students who will receive the
prestigious Virginia Endly Scholarship for the 2005-06 academic year. It is the
university’s only full-ride academic scholarship, covering tuition and fees, room and
board and books. ESU alumnus H. Merle Endly established the fund in honor of his
sister, Virginia Endly, who died in 1998.
The students are: Zachary T. Andrews, Emporia; Anne M. Kelly, Grenola; Dacia
R. Krueger, Americus; Andrea A. Leiker, Lyons; Zahra Nasr-Azadani, Emporia;
Stephanie L. Schifferdecker, Mulvane; Justin R. Wieser, La Vista, Neb.
Deryl Wynn, Peggy Lamm, J. Andy Tompkins, Mary E. (Anderson) Devin and
William J. Greene, Jr. (inset picture) are the 2005 class of Distinguished Alumni.
From alumni in their mid-20s to those who graduated more than 50 years ago, Homecoming weekend brought
all ages together. Like others, members of the 2005 class of Distinguished Alumni were flooded with memories
of what was a magical time at Emporia State University.
Deryl Wynn
(BFA 1983, BSB 1983) Kansas City, Kansas
Attorney, McAnany,Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A.
Deryl Wynn remembered the advice he heard while
in college: “Do not let these days go to waste, because
these days will be the best days of your life.”
Wynn saw himself in today’s students. “It was
a great reminder of how we were goofy, ambitious,
insecure, yet ready to take on the world,” he said.
“(The Homecoming visit) reminded me of how ESU
remains a friendly and welcoming community. I went
back and things were as I remembered, yet different.
The students were the same – friendly, ambitious,
tolerant. They were the same as we were.”
William J. Greene, Jr.
(BSB 1970, MS 1971)
Washington, D.C.
Founder and President of New Life, Inc.
Counselor, Sharpe Health School
As a student, William Greene organized programs
on the Kansas State Teachers College campus for
disabled students. He had a knack for it then, and
he still does. He and his wife Brenda (BSE 1968,
MS 1970) were inducted into the Wheelchair Sports
Hall of Fame, and Greene coached the USA Olympic
wheelchair track team. Greene was unable to attend
Homecoming. He was, not surprisingly, committed to
coaching in a tournament that weekend.
Peggy Lamm
(BSE 1973)
Superior, Colorado
Executive Director of Bighorn Action,
Bighorn Center for Public Policy in Denver
The flood of memories hit Peggy Lamm when a
yellow pom-pom mum corsage was pinned onto her
blouse. It was just like the Homecoming corsage she
wore on the Morse Hall lawn as a student.
“I literally hadn’t thought about those since 30, 35
years ago,” Lamm said. “A real wash of memories! It just
tickled me to see those when we arrived. It was just like a
boomerang. It really sent me back in time.”
Lamm and the other Distinguished Alumni attended
the kickoff for Building Blocks for Success, a scholarship
campaign for students.
“It was lovely to hear the stories of how (alumni and
students) could make it with the help of scholarships,”
Lamm said. “It really is the promise of the American
dream. If you show up and work hard, someone is going
to help you out, and this university has recommitted to
do that in a big way.”
Mary E. (Anderson) Devin
(BSE 1961)
Junction City, Kansas
Associate Professor, Kansas State University
Mary Devin and her husband went to the
Homecoming musical, “Cocoanuts,” and they were
reminded of the first theater production they saw in
Albert Taylor Hall in 1958 or 1959 – “The Diary of
Anne Frank.”
Different subjects, same quality.
“What a contrast those two productions are, but the
quality of both were quite high,” Devin said.
Janet (Painter) Schalansky, the ESU Alumni Association
president (left) and ESU President Kay Schallenkamp
pose with the Distinguished Alumni. Greene was not able
to attend Homecoming.
J. Andy Tompkins
(MS 1973)
Topeka, Kansas
Retired Commissioner of Education, Kansas
Andy Tompkins first arrived in Emporia as a
married graduate student, wondering what his
apartment would look like. The chance to revisit
memories was a special one.
“I think a lot of it is recapturing the feelings you
had at the time,” Tompkins said. “You had all your
life in front of you. It gave me a little bit of time to
think about the people I had classes with at the time.”
A call for Distinguished Alumni nominees
The ESU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2006 class of Distinguished Alumni, and there’s
still time! Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2006. The award is the highest honor bestowed on living
alumni of ESU and recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishments of ESU’s finest graduates. For more
information, contact the alumni office at (620) 341-5440 or visit
In 16 years of estate planning, John Griffin has a story for every possible scenario.
Older people, particularly those who grew up in the Depression, are apt to hold onto wealth. One of Griffin’s clients, a
woman with $15 million in assets and one surviving relative – a brother with $10 million to his name – declined to sell her
house for charitable purposes.
“‘John, I grew up in the Depression,’” Griffin recalled she said, “‘and I don’t want to have to stand in a soup line.’”
Skilled investing has become routine for some, but Griffin’s role, as an estate planner working for friends of the Emporia
State University Foundation, is to encourage planned divestment.
“We spend a lifetime learning how to accumulate wealth, and we spend almost no time figuring out how to get rid of
it,” Griffin said. “Estate planning is really important because it gets assets where people want them to go at the right time.”
Griffin helps people make decisions in advance. Nationwide, 70 percent of people don’t have a plan in place. Without
planning, assets may not follow the family’s wishes. In Kansas, assets are split between the surviving spouse and the
children. In Iowa, children get two-thirds, Griffin said.
Bob and Aneta Bodkin of Emporia,
who are both in their 60s, are getting
ahead of the curve.
“I know you have to get your affairs
in order before (you pass),” said Bob,
a realtor in Emporia. To Aneta (BS
1985, MS 1987), who coordinates the
Women’s Center on campus, it was time
to investigate the options. They started
meeting with Griffin in 2004, and have
attended about five sessions.
Griffin first learns about the
background and family of a couple or
individual. Then they move into financial
discussions. The services are free, and
Griffin’s drafted estate plans are reviewed
by a lawyer of the client’s choosing.
Once the document is settled, it
Bob and Aneta Bodkin (left) meet with John Griffin, an estate planner. The
doesn’t stop there. Griffin said estate plans
Bodkins are among the many people Griffin has assisted through the ESU
should be reviewed periodically, especially
when there’s a change in circumstances
– a child dies unexpectedly, or a large inheritance arrives, or there’s a divorce in the family.
And it’s not just the elderly who should plan ahead. A young couple starting a family might carry life insurance to
provide for children.
“Almost everybody needs some kind of plan,” Griffin said. “Everyone doesn’t need an elaborate plan, but everybody
needs a plan. Things change as you get older. When you get into your 60s and 70s and 80s, you really have to have nailed
down what you’re going to do.”
For more information on estate planning, contact the ESU Foundation at (620) 341-5440.
Ensuring the Legacy
•Corporate matching gifts
•Life insurance
•Retained life estate
•Retirement accounts
•Cash gifts
•Real estate gifts
•Gifts in kind
•Gifts of securities
•Charitable gift annuity
•Deferred gift annuity
•Charitable lead trust
•Charitable remainder annuity trust
•Charitable remainder unitrust
•Gifts of endowments
•Donor-advised funds
•Bequest in a will or living trust
Lorna (Smith) Baxter (BSE 1955), left, and
Bob Burns (BME 1955) greet Ruth (Staton)
Bloxom (BSE 1955) at the Building Blocks for
Success campaign kickoff during Homecoming.
(From left) Joan (Wigger) Hoeschen (FS),
Sandy (Wiggins) Burton (BFA 1980),
Becky Winterscheidt (BS 1980),
Morgan Rettele (BSE 1982),
Joyce Wempe and Diane Inbody (BS 1980)
gather during Homecoming.
(From left) Harry
Stephens (BA
1965, MS 1972),
Max Armstrong
(BA 1965), Charley
Green (BSB 1965,
MS 1970) and Don
Duncan (BSE 1965)
are recognized as
members of the
class of 1965 during
David James (BME 1993), Boyce Baumgardner (BS 1964),
assistant vice president for academic initiatives, ESU
President Kay Schallenkamp and Mel Wagner (BSB 1991)
break ground during Homecoming weekend for a new Phi
Delta Theta fraternity house.
Kelly Jo (Hoover) Olson (BSE 1995), Becky (Davis) Clopton (BSE
1983) and Gayla (Gibb) Bazil (BSE 1962) talk before Sigma Sigma
Sigma’s annual dinner during Homecoming. As seen on the poster,
the chapter is raising funds to renovate the chapter house.
Fraternity sets sights
on new home
The Phi Delta Theta fraternity broke ground
for a new chapter house bordering the Emporia
State University campus as 100 alumni,
collegiate members and friends and university
officials looked on during Homecoming
The new house, with two levels and 4,000
square feet, will sit on the site of the chapter’s
first Emporia home. Construction is expected
Members of Sigma Pi
fraternity and Alpha
Sigma Alpha sorority
crowd together early
on the morning
of Homecoming.
Greeks decorated
three chapter
houses near campus
in a luau theme.
Judges chose the
Chi Omega and
Sigma Phi Epsilon
collaboration as the
Chi Omega alumnae Peggy Lamm (BSE 1973), left, and Mandy Davis
(CS), second from left, the alumni chairwoman, visit with alumni and
collegiate members, along with members of Lamm’s family, at the
sorority’s open house during Homecoming.
to start in the spring. From the front of the
property at the southeast corner of 14th Street
and Highland Street, members will be able to
see the Memorial Union entrance a block away.
The chapter set out to raise $165,000, and
they’re nearly there. Only $45,000 remained
outstanding as of October. Mel Wagner (BSB
1991), a Phi Delta Theta alumnus, revised a
familiar phrase.
“It’s not ‘If we build it they will come,’ but
‘If we build it they will come back,’” Wagner
Alpha Sigma Alpha hosted an alumni tea during Homecoming.
On hand were, from right, Jane (Carpenter) McDonald (BSE 1962),
Virginia (Briix) Lowther (BSE 1953), JoAnn (Porter) Sunter
(BSB 1954), Carol McGee (BSE 1963, MS 1968), Ruth (Staton)
Bloxom (BSE 1955) and Betty (Kirk) Porter (BSE 1956).
From left, Zac Morris (BSE
2003) and Clint McCurry
(BSB 2001, MBA 2004) fill
their plates at the Sigma Tau
Gamma fraternity alumni
luncheon at Homecoming.
Fall sports highlights
In an up and down year, the Hornet football team finished the season 4-6, 3-5 in the
MIAA. The Hornets played one of the toughest schedules in the nation with all six losses
coming to teams with at least seven wins on the season.
After sporting the MIAA’s leading rusher in 2003 and the leading receiver in 2004, one
of the goals of the 2005 season was a more balanced offense. The Hornets were the most
balanced offense in the MIAA with only 206 yards separating the rushing and passing
totals for the season.
Injuries played a big role in the outcome of the season. A total of 39 players started at
least one game for the Hornets. Three different players shared
the load at running and combined to rush for 1,224 yards and
14 touchdowns. Freshman Seville Ko led the way with 559
yards and six touchdowns. After gaining 127 yards in his debut
against Fort Hays State, Ko suffered an injury against Winona
State and played sporadically the next three games. In the six
games in which he carried the ball at least 14 times, he averaged
87.5 yards per game and scored six touchdowns.
Justin Whitworth ended the season with the 11th -best single season passing total in ESU
history with 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns. Brandon Weems paved the way for the offensive
production and was named second-team All-MIAA on the offensive line.
Adam Melichar was named first-team All-MIAA at linebacker, one of three positions he
played during the season. He was joined on the all-conference squad by second-teamers Andrew
Jeffries on the defensive line and Emmanuel Howard at cornerback. The Hornets ended the
season ranked fourth in the MIAA in total defense.
Emporia State will return seven starters on defense and six on offense for the 2006 season, and
there are 17 players on next year’s roster that started at least five games.
ESU ended the year at 7-9-3, 5-7-2 in the MIAA, the third best
overall record and the second most MIAA wins in the program’s five-year
history. The Hornets continued their dominance at home, going 4-2-2 at
the TRYSA Complex, where they are now 25-16-5 overall and 25-11-5
against unranked opponents in the program’s history.
Brandie Booth had seven goals on the year and 38 in her illustrious
career to move into sole possession of third place in MIAA career goals
scored list. She earned second team All-MIAA honors. Booth ended her
career as ESU’s points and goals leader for a single game, single season
and career, and she ranked sixth in the MIAA in career points.
Melodie Zdanek scored nine goals to finish fourth in the MIAA in
that category and added three assists to rank fourth in total points as
well. She was named first-team All-MIAA.
National championship
in Emporia
Emporia State University was awarded the
2006 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field
Championships. The meet, a showcase event for the
new turf on Jones Field and a resurfaced Zola Witten
Track, will be held May 25-27 at Fran Welch Stadium.
More than 600 athletes, 215 support staff and
200 local support staff are expected. The event was
previously held in Emporia in 1999, when 472
athletes competed.
The competition is the fifth NCAA Division II
championship event ESU has hosted since 1995.
The Hornet volleyball
team enjoyed an incredible
year, culminating with
the program’s first trip to
the NCAA Division II
Tournament. ESU got off
to a school record 13-0 start,
the longest winning streak
by a Hornet team since a 150 run in the middle of the
1992 season.
A highlight of the season
was ESU’s 3-1 upset of
No. 1-ranked Truman in
Kirksville, Mo., on Oct. 14.
The Bulldogs had given the
Hornets their first loss of the
season on Sept. 16 in front of the largest crowd to watch the
ESU volleyball team as a member of the NCAA.
Kim Edwards ended her journey as the career leader
in assists at ESU and was second in MIAA history in that
category. She earned first-team All-MIAA honors after being named to the second team as a sophomore and junior. Leah
Griswold was named second-team All-MIAA after leading ESU in kills and service aces.
Cross Country
The Hornet women took fourth place at the MIAA Cross Country
Championships, their best finish since 2000. Kristen Larson and Jonel
Rossbach placed fourth and fifth, respectively, to pace ESU and earn
All-MIAA honors. The team was ranked as
high as 21st in the nation following their
team championship at the ESU/Jock’s Nitch
Due to injuries and illnesses, the entire
Hornet men’s team was red-shirted for the
season, one year after finishing second in the
MIAA Championships.
Through the Years
Elma (Johnson) Fry (LC), and her husband,
Robert Fry (BSE 1944, MS 1957), celebrated
their 61st wedding anniversary in June 2005.
Rosalea (Freeman) Snow (MS 1954),
Overland Park, has written a new play titled
Five Card Stud.
Don Holst, Chadron, Neb., co-authored
the book “American Men of Olympic Track and
Field,” published by McFarland & Company.
W. Art Bloomer, Wichita, is the new
chairman of Integrated Data Corporation.
Marlow Ediger (MS 1960), North Newton,
has recently published “Reading in Technical
Education” in Education Magazine, “Old
Order Amish Philosophy of Education”
in Education, “Struggling Readers in High
School” in Reading Improvement, and “Recent
Trends in the Social Studies” in the Journal of
Instructional Psychology.
Bill Dickey (MS 1963), Pittsburg, is the
interim 7-12 principal at St. Mary’s-Colgan
High School.
Debra (Duffield) Carter, Emporia, retired
as third-grade teacher from Walnut School
after 37 years.
John Henry (MS 1968), Lincoln, Neb.,
retired after 37 years with Lincoln Public
Schools. Carol (Small) Lebbin, Towanda,
retired from Price-Harris Elementary School
where she taught kindergarten for 37 years.
Lottie (Koehn) Miller, Wichita, retired
as principal of Peterson Elementary School.
Carmen (Watkins) Farinas, Naples, Fla.,
recently retired from her work as a library
assistant in Illinois.
Shirley Hurt (MS), Emporia, juried the
Columbian Artists Sixth Juried Art Exhibit
in Wamego at The Columbian Theatre in
April 2005. Ron Poplau (MA), Kansas City,
was named the 2006 Kansas Teacher of the
Year by the Kansas State Department of
Education. He also received the national
Disney Teacher Award. Poplau is a sociology
teacher at Shawnee Mission Northwest High
School in Shawnee.
Conrad Jimison (MS 1969), Arkansas City,
retired as vice president after 37 years with
Cowley County Community College.
Raymond Feltner (MS 1961), Lenexa,
retired June 30, 2005, as director of student
services from the Blue Valley School District
in Overland Park.
David Calvert, Wichita, was featured in
The Wichita Eagle on Jan. 17, 2005, for his
public service toward civil rights for people
with disabilities. Calvert is a self-employed
Florence (Wadsack) Wilson, Garden City,
was inducted into the Garden City High
Linda (Wagner) Coxon (MS 1978), Spring,
Texas, retired after 34 years of teaching
for Shawnee Mission Schools in Shawnee
Mission. Merry (Hutter) Gumm, Douglass,
authored the book “Help! I’m in Middle
School…How Will I Survive?” published by NSR
Publications. Dennis Reiling, Oskaloosa,
completed 30 years as a magistrate judge for
Jefferson and Jackson counties. Rod Turner
(MS 1974), Wichita, is newly employed with
UnitedHealth Group and is responsible for
senior product services.
William John, Kansas City, retired from
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad after
almost 40 years. Lana (Scrimsher) Oleen
(MS 1977), Manhattan, was appointed to the
Midwestern Higher Education Commission
by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Janet
(Painter) Schalansky (MS 1973), Topeka, is
the new president of the Kansas Children’s
Service League Foundation. Schalansky is
also a new board member on the St. Francis
Health Center Foundation’s board of
directors. Marilyn (Stude) Webb, Plains,
was organist in an organ-piano fundraiser at
her church. Webb teaches special education
at Plains Elementary School.
Bill Fraley, Peoria, Ariz., retired as physical
education teacher from Estrella Middle
School. Leon Hannebaum, Salina, recently
celebrated 25 years in business with his
company, Hannebaum Grain Co., Inc. Bill
Hoffman (MLS), Ft. Myers, Fla., who writes
under the name Henry Hoffman, recently
published the novel “Drums Along the Jacks
Fork” through Echelon Press. Steven Sigel,
Mechanicsville,Va., is the new deputy director
for the Virginia Department of Forensic
School Hall of Fame in May 2005. Lorraine
Aitken, Wichita, retired in June 2005 as
communications operator after 21 years with
the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Ann (Dunhaupt) Birney (MLS 1977),
Admire, presented a history lesson on April
12, 2005, at the Syracuse Fair Building as
part of a program by the Syracuse Historical
Society. Marc Johnson, Fort Collins, Colo.,
is the interim director for Cooperative
Extension at Colorado State University.
Johnson is the vice provost for agriculture
and outreach and the dean of the College of
Agricultural Sciences at CSU.
Max McCoy, an award-winning novelist,
screenwriter and investigative reporter, visited
his alma mater for a week in November,
holding a question-and-answer session and a
silent auction to benefit graduate scholarships.
McCoy (MA 1994), who has written four
of the Indiana Jones books, was also presented
with the Outstanding Master’s Alumnus Award.
Russell Jenkins, Emporia, received the
Emerald Award at the 125th annual meeting of
the Association of Network Representatives.
Jenkins is the Northwestern Mutual Financial
Network representative in Emporia. Carol
(Murray) Mallicoat, Wellsville, was named
a Wal-Mart teacher of the year. Mallicoat
is a kindergarten teacher for Wellsville
Elementary School. Christine (Hartman)
Peters, Tatamy, Pa., was honored as a 2004
Volunteer of the Year for the Crime Victims
Council of Lehigh Valley. Andy Tompkins
(MS), Topeka, retired as the longest-serving
education commissioner of Kansas and is
now an associate professor for the University
of Kansas School of Education’s educational
leadership program. Tompkins also received
the 2005 Clyde U. Phillips Award for
Distinguished Service from Pittsburg State
University. Nancy Ward, Las Vegas, Nev., was
awarded the 2005 Distinguished Educator’s
Award in Mathematics for the second year.
Ward is the math department coordinator
and teacher for Bonanza High School in the
Clark County School District.
Rebecca Morgan, Sante Fe, N.M., was
featured in the April 8, 2005, edition of the
Albuquerque Journal for her work at the
Southwest Children’s Theatre. Rudy Pouch
(MS), Lyndon, was elected 2005-06 council
chair for the Multiple District MD17 Kansas
Lions Clubs International. Pouch recently
completed his 2004-05 term as K7 District
Governor. Debbie Sawtelle, Towanda, was
named the Butler Community College 2005
Master Teacher.
Drew Naccarato, Edmond, Okla., is the
new director of the Oklahoma Department
of Human Services’s Data Services Division
Research and Strategy unit.
Brady Burton, Clay Center, is the 2005-06
superintendent of schools for the RandolphBlue Valley school district. Anita (Billings)
Drew, Overland Park, was featured in the
June 7, 2005, The Kansas City Star’s Business
Leaders section. Drew is a senior client
consultant for RJ Dutton, Inc. Connie
Lindell (AS, BSB 1977, MS 1984), Lawrence,
was awarded the Mountain-Plains Business
Education Association Secondary Business
Teacher of the Year Award in June 2005.
Lindell is a business teacher at Santa Fe Trail
High School in Carbondale.
Gregory Fitch (MA), Jefferson City,
Mo., is the new commissioner of higher
education for the Coordinating Board
for Higher Education (CBHE) in Missouri
as of January 2005. Milton Siegele,
Southlake, Texas, recently published an
article titled “Gas Station Moments” on
the Faith in the Workplace website (www.
Dayle (Hammond) Fischer, LeRoy, was
featured in the February 23, 2005, edition
of the Gridley Gleam newspaper for her
volunteer work in the LeRoy community.
Rita Petty, Topeka, is the new manager of
office services and executive assistant to the
executive vice president and chief executive
officer of Kansas Electric Power Cooperative
Inc. Colette Winkelbauer, Lawrence,
was promoted to Deputy Warden, Support
Services at Lansing Correctional Facility in
January 2005.
Norma Hafenstein, Denver, Colo.,
received the University of Denver’s 2005
Distinguished Service to the University
Award. Karen Robinson (MLS), Florissant,
Mo., recently joined the faculty at the
University of Missouri-Columbia’s School
of Information Science and Learning
Technologies. Robinson is also on the library
faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Lori (Fitsmorris) Kiblinger (MS 1988),
Chanute, is the new assistant principal at
Royster Middle School. Andrea (Kapell)
Loewy (MS), Lafayette, La., is a new
professor of music and graduate coordinator
at the University of Louisiana and principal
flutist of the Acadiana Symphony. Loewy
recently released a CD by Centaur Records
titled “Apparitions and Whimsies.” Julie
Whiting (FS), Denton, Texas, received a
doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree from
Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS)
on March 12, 2005.
Members of Alpha Kappa Lambda
share the spotlight with ESU President Kay
Schallenkamp at the unveiling of a $16,000
statue the fraternity dedicated to the university.
The falcon standing west of Wooster Lake
represents the fraternity’s strength in its heyday,
said Gary Sherrer, who pledged the fraternity
in 1959 and later served as Kansas lieutenant
“One of the goals we have is to continue
beautifying this campus,” Schallenkamp told
the crowd. “As we continue to beautify the
campus grounds, this statue will hopefully be a
challenge to other Greek organizations to add
to what the AKLs have done.”
Brady Anshutz (MS 2002), Harveyville,
is the new principal at Mission Valley High
School in Eskridge. Sandy (Witkopf)
Rieger, Gardner, is the 2005-06 governor
of the Gardner Rotary District 5710. June
E. (Green) Unrein (BSE 1981), Colorado
Springs, Colo., was named one of the 2006
Top Ten Business Women of AWBA (the
American Business Women’s Association).
Michael Fine, Tallahassee, Fla., is the new
coaching and recreation coordinator at
Florida State University, ending his 21year career at University of Kansas. Kiva
(Drosselmeyer) Sanders, Shawnee
Mission, has been promoted to Hallmark
Sales Development Manager Card Specialty
with Wal-Mart.
Through the Years
Kieth Hiesterman (BA 1957), left, and George
Charlsen (BA 1961) share a laugh as the South
Central Kansas Alumni Chapter gathers for
baseball at “ESU Night at the Wranglers” in
Wichita last June.
Mary (Evans) Mikkelson, Oklahoma
City, Okla., is the new vice president and
controller of Kerr-McGee Chemical, LLC.
Cora Zaletel (MA 1985), Pueblo, Colo.,
was recently named to the board of the
Higher Education Association of the Rockies
(HEAR). Zaletel also recently received the
Anna Taussig Award as part of the YWCA’s
Tribute to Women.
Paul Andresen (MS 1985), Berryville,
Ark., was ordained on June 25, 2005, and
installed as minister of the First Presbyterian
Church in Berryville. John Ericson, Tempe,
Ariz., recently released his second CD titled
“Canto” on the Summit label. Jay Hastert,
Paola, is the new business manager for USD
368 in Paola. Dave Robertson, Wichita,
was promoted to executive vice president
for Koch Industries and named to its board
of directors. Rochelle Schmidt (MS 1986),
Emporia, is a 2005 inductee into the Newton
High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Marilyn
(Edwards) Shaw (MS), Derby, was inducted
into the Southwestern College Educators
Hall of Fame in April 2005.
Jami (Taylor) Calvert, Wichita, is the
new owner of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, a
national one-on-one home tutoring franchise.
Dennis Ford (MS 1991), Hutchinson,
is a new rehabilitation services program
administrator for the Hutchinson Service
Center. Gary Frothingham, Lancaster,
Ohio, graduated with honors from DeVry
University in Columbus, Ohio in June 2005.
Kevin Harker, Leawood, was promoted to
executive vice president for the Heartland
Affiliate of the American Heart Association,
headquartered in Overland Park. Cindy
(Heerey) Henning, Wichita, was selected
as one of Wichita Business Journal’s 2005
40 Under 40. Henning is a senior manager,
Assurance Services for Allen, Gibbs & Houlik
LC. Lisa Wagner, Chicago, Ill., performed a
one-actress play titled Deep Listening as part
of a seminar for health-care professionals
at the Providence Medical Center in Kansas
Lori (Womacks) Johnson, Rantoul, was
recently nominated for the Kansas Teacher
of the Year award. Johnson is a fourth-grade
teacher at Trojan Elementary School in
Tony Divish, Wamego, is a major in the
Kansas Army National Guard. Steve Gegen,
Wichita, was selected as one of Wichita
Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for his success
as vice president and commercial loan
department manager for Legacy Bank.
Cameron Leiker, Harker Heights, Texas,
was featured on a PBS special called Frontline
for his efforts in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Maj. Leiker is the operations chief for 1st
Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment.
Christy (Sandwith) Bright, Wichita, was
selected as one of Wichita Business Journal’s
40 Under 40 for her success as an interior
designer for Cessna Aircraft. Rennie Guyer,
Yorktown, Ind., was featured in the April
23, 2005, edition of The Star Press for his
accomplishments in mountain climbing.
Howard Wheeler, Manhattan, is a major for
1st Battalion 635th Armor.
Melissa (Golladay) Hansen (MS 2004),
Prairie Village, is a new boys and girls cross
country coach for St. James Academy in
Lenexa. Donna Jacobs (MBA), Arroyo
Grande, Calif., is the new vice president of
nuclear services for Pacific Gas & Electric in
Avila Beach, Calif.
Patti (Wiggins) Butcher (MLS), West
Columbia, S.C., is the new state library
director for South Carolina. Rick Golubski,
Newton, has been selected as vice
president of the Greater Wichita Chapter
of Construction Financial Management
Association for 2005-06. Tom Grady (MS
2002), Iola, was chosen as Outstanding
Faculty by the National Institute for Staff and
Organizational Development. Cindi Hickey
(MLS), Lawrence, received Library Journal’s
annual Movers & Shakers Award for 2005.
Hickey is the coordinator for the Institute
for Continuous Education, School of Library
and Information Management, ESU. Kevin
Klein, Wichita, was promoted to regional
director of Central National Bank’s Hesston,
Halstead and Newton branches.
Mario Bonilla, Wichita, is the new senior
manager in the tax department of Grant
Thornton LLP. Celso Doria, Sao Paulo,
Brazil, is vice president of Morgan Stanley
Technology and was promoted to manage
all of the Americas branches, including
Canada and Latin America, excluding the
headquarters in New York, N.Y. Kerri
(Young) Elstun, Shawnee Mission, is the
new softball coach for St. James Academy
in Lenexa. Linda (McGuire) Fockele
(MS), Topeka, retired as Title 1 reading
teacher from Santa Fe Trail High School
in Carbondale. Fockele was a teacher
for almost 30 years. Michelle “Shelly”
(Odgers) Parks (BSE 1994), Salina, was
named the National Teacher of the Year by
the National Head Start Association. She is
a preschool teacher at Heartland Programs
in Salina. Stephanie (Firkins) Pascua (MS
1996), Eudora, authored and self-published
the children’s book “When a Sneeze Leaves.”
Renee (Morrill) Sharpe, Independence,
was promoted to vice president and
controller of Condon National Bank.
Luis Agenol Marrero, Bonita Springs,
Fla., published a book in September 2005,
titled “When You Dream,You are Not Alone.”
Garrett Martin, Wamego, organized a
charity motorcycle ride in April 2005 to
benefit the Manhattan-Area Traumatic Brain
Injury Support Group. Rudy Ortiz (MS),
Austin, Texas, was recently awarded the
James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for
Academic Advising. Ortiz is an advisor in
the Department of Biomedical Engineering
at The University of Texas at Austin. Tricia
Suellentrop (MLS), Shawnee Mission,
received the Library Journal’s annual Movers
& Shakers Award for 2005. Suellentrop is a
teen services librarian for Johnson County
Library. Shane Windmeyer, has published
his third book, “Brotherhood: Gay Life in College
Jarod Allerheiligen, Naperville, Ill., is a
recipient of the 2005 Pratt Community
College Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Allerheiligen was also promoted to assurance
partner of Grant Thornton, LLP. Everett
Starling, Jersey City, N.J., is a new editorial
producer for Major League Baseball
Advanced Media in New York, N.Y. Brian
Wilkinson, Wichita, was selected as Wichita
Business Journal’s 2005 40 Under 40 for his
success as tax senior manager for KPMG, LLP.
Shane Gagnebin, Bonner Springs, was
honored as the Kansas Young Democrat of
the Year at the 72nd Annual Kansas Young
Democrats State Convention. Aaron Lake,
Lawrence, performed the role of Beast in
Disney’s play, Beauty and the Beast, at The
Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan, Ill.
JoLynne (Morgan) Noe, Lexington, Ky.,
was recently elected to the University of
Kentucky Women’s Forum Board. Noe is
assistant director of assessment at UK. Gina
Poertner, Emporia, is the new director
of Life Balance Health & Wellness. Tate
Toedman (MS), Sabetha, is a new middle
school teacher and boys head basketball
coach at Wetmore Attendance Center.
Kansas Department of Revenue in Topeka.
Keri (Boeckman) Strathman, Goff, is a
new Title 1 teacher at Wetmore Attendance
Center in Sabetha.
firm. Susan (Hinde) Walters, Iola, is a
sixth-grade science and language arts teacher
at Iola Middle School.
Renee Arnett, Mission, has been selected
to participate in the National Institute for
Leadership Development LEADERS Program.
Arnett is a counselor for the Career Services
Center at Johnson County Community
College. Kellie Brubaker (FS), Lawrence,
is a new dental hygienist for Dr. Ted Jowett,
DDS in Topeka. Jeff Harkin (MS), Lawrence,
is the new assistant principal at Pioneer Trail
Junior High School. Brian Winsor, Riverside,
Calif., is a new member of the management
team of Harry’s Pacific Grill in Corona, Calif.
Ryan Majors, Olathe, is the new head
football coach for Shawnee Mission North
High School. Fatima Nguyen, Emporia, is a
new accountant for Wendling Noe Nelson &
Johnson LLC, Certified Public Accountants
and Management Consultants in Topeka.
Luke Smith, Wellington, is the new head
coach for Wellington High School’s girls
basketball team. Elizabeth Wilson-Agin
(MS), Emporia, is featured in the April 20,
2005, edition of the Marion County Record for
developing a technique to identify unmarked
grave sites.
Shane Duncan, Lincoln, is included in
the 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among
America’s Teachers. Duncan is a Lincoln
High School teacher. Trisha Gresnick
(BA 2001, MS 2004), Tonganoxie, is the new
assistant director of student activities at
the State University of New York College at
Amanda (Loreman) Biery, Ponca City,
Okla., is the new special education teacher at
American Legion Children’s Home for Ponca
City Public Schools. Roger Edmonds (MBA
2004), Pratt, is a new associate for the Pratt
office of Kennedy and Coe, an accounting
Sarah (Thon) Dent, Lenexa, is a new
world geography and U.S. history teacher
at Shawnee Mission Northwest High
School. William Dent, Lenexa, is a new
English teacher and assistant football
coach at Shawnee Mission Northwest
High School. Myra Johnson, Manhattan,
is a new registered nurse for Mercy
Regional Health Center. Crystal Kaba,
Wichita, is a kindergarten teacher at Cloud
Elementary. Heather Leckey, Smithville,
Mo., is a solution delivery consultant
for Cerner Corporation, a healthcare
information technology company. Krystal
Littrell, Olathe, is an account manager for
Assessment Technologies Institute and a
Darren Elliot, Topeka, coached the
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s
debate team to two community college
national championship titles for the second
consecutive year. Ben Kohl, Manhattan,
earned a master of science degree in adult,
occupational and continuing education
from Kansas State University on May 13,
2005. Michael Schumacher, Overland
Park, earned his master of arts and school
leadership degree from Baker University on
May 16, 2004.
Jaryl Seth (MBA 2001), Silver Lake, is a
new applications programmer/analyst for the
(From left) Peggy (Mullen) Kruger (FS 1963), Mary (Johnson) Wilhelm (BSE 1962), Betty
Engleking (BSB 1969), Dale Hendricks, LaShawn (Engstrom) Hendricks (BSE 1991) and JoEllen
(Greathouse) Hoelting (BSE 1969, MS 1972) are all smiles at an alumni event in Austin, Texas, in
July. The event was hosted by Floyd (BA 1968, MS 1968) and JoEllen (Greathouse) Hoelting (BSE
1969, MS 1972).
Through the Years
certified Jazzercise instructor. Amy Wilson,
Ottawa, is a new fifth-grade teacher at
Lincoln Elementary School.
Tiffany Schweigert, Olathe, is a theatre,
debate and forensics teacher at Mulvane
High School. Cortney Woodruff, Wichita,
was promoted to compliance inspector for
Kansas Quiznos.
Former Students
Greg Noll, Winchester, was appointed to
the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Advisory Board
by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Robert Howard (BA 1952), Wichita, is
included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best
Lawyers in America. He is a lawyer with
Foulston Siefkin.
Matthew Beavers and Erin Smith (BS 2005),
on June 25, 2005. Cory Cannon (BA 2001)
and Melissa Bluemke, on Aug. 5, 2005. Caleb
Cline (FS) and Mariah Catlett (BS 2004),
on July 9, 2005. Ron Conklin and Kerry
Rasmussen (BS 1997), on Nov. 25, 2004.
Dale Conrad and Sherry Lynch (MS 1980),
on Nov. 20, 2004. W. Matthew Dean (BFA
2004) and Beth Nickerson (BSE 2004),
on July 2, 2005. Tyson Eslinger and Shelly
Tucker (BS 2004), on June 4, 2005. Ben
Fisher and Tamara Whitney (BSB 2001), on
May 7, 2005. Thomas Grady (BSE 1993, BSE
1993, MS 2002) and Misti Hammerschmidt,
on July 16, 2005. John Hesse (BS 1999,
BSB 2000, MBA 2001) and Lisa Blaufuss
(BSB 2000, MBA 2001), on Dec. 31, 2004.
Robert Hite (CF) and Nancy Groneman
(BSE 1969, MS 1971, CF), on July 16, 2005.
Ned Hoover (FS 1952) and Margaret
Greenlee (BSE 1955), on Aug. 6, 2005.
Grant Jones (BS 2002) and Shanea Deese,
on Aug. 19, 2004. Albert Jost and Ashley
Ross (BSB 2003), on July 2, 2005. Eric Klein
(MS 2002) and Allison Temple (BS 1999,
MS 2001), on July 2, 2005. Peter Leyva
III (BS 2001) and Beth Kepka, on June 4,
2005. Michael Mead and Missy Lackey (FS
1991), on July 16, 2005. Eric Patterson and
Meredith Accas (BSB 2001), on April 22,
2005. Brandon Rains (BSB 2004) and Lana
Nurnberg (CS), on June 11, 2005. Ben
Robinson (BSB 2004) and Audra Rieck
(BSB 2004), on May 21, 2004. Brad Rohlmeier
and Jennifer Shockey (BIS 2002), June 4,
Dr. Judith Calhoun (left), chair of ESU’s
department of nursing, and Karen Sommers,
a member of the ESU Foundation’s Board of
Trustees, enjoy themselves at a reception for
the trustees during Homecoming weekend.
Members of the board come from far and wide
for the annual meeting and festivities each fall.
For more information on becoming involved
with the Foundation or the board, call (620)
2005. Aron Sergeant and Darlene Klenda
(BSB 2004), on April 30, 2005. Kevin Smiley
(BSE 2005) and Stacy Foltz (BSE 2004),
on July 11, 2005. Brian Smith and Cecilia
Sides (BSN 2000), on June 11, 2005. Dustin
Smithhisler (BSE 2002) and Teresa
Wiechen (BSE 2002), on June 4, 2005.
William Sweet (BSB 2005) and Sarah
Eatinger (BSE 2004), on June 11, 2005. Jason
Weimer and Jessica Bruyr (BSE 2005), on
May 28, 2005.
Mitchell Matthew Ball¸ son, born
to Aaron Ball (BS 2003) and Natalie
(White) Ball (BSB 2002), on March 10,
2005. Caleb Matthew Bartels, son, born
to Brad Bartels and Jennifer (Smith)
Bartels (BFA 1990), on June 19, 2005.
Emma Jolie Blaufuss, daughter, born to
James Blaufuss (BSB 1997) and Tina
(Lucas) Blaufuss (BSN 1998), on July 13,
2005. Kerigan Lee Burkhart, son, born to
Cory Burkhart (BS 1998) and Kourtney
(Miller) Burkhart (BS 1998), on March 2,
2004. Lainie Drew Burkhart, daughter,
born to Cory Burkhart (BS 1998) and
Kourtney (Miller) Burkhart (BS 1998),
on Aug. 18, 2005. Kalos Edison Busby, son,
born to Chan Busby and Sara (Pantos)
Busby (BA 1998), on May 31, 2005. Aidan
Patrick Cahill, son, born to Daniel Cahill
and Tina (Brown) Cahill (BS 1993), on
Feb. 22, 2005. Gage Atticus Chapman,
son, born to Travis Chapman (BS 1992, MS
1994) and Kelly (McCurnin) Chapman,
on May 25, 2005. Hudson Eric Curts,
son, born to Eric Curts (BSB 2001) and
Darlene (Spohn) Curts (FS), on April 6,
2005. Kaiden Mattias Dean, son, born to
Thomas Dean Jr. (BSE 2003) and Veronica
Dean, on Oct. 27, 2004. Joel Deppe, son,
born to Troy Deppe (BS 1995) and Kelly
(Hare) Deppe (BS 1996), on Jan. 26, 2005.
Ellie Melinda Edwards, daughter, born to
John Edwards (MS 1999) and Christine
(Hoehn) Edwards (BSE 1999), on Sept. 23,
2004. Jaeden Michael Fisher, son, born to
Ben Fisher and Tamara (Whitney) Fisher
(BSB 2001), on Aug. 10, 2005. Cameron
Gray Geitz, son, born to Jon Geitz (BSB
1999) and Ali (Lawrence) Geitz (BSE
2001), on April 11, 2004. Andrew Kelly
Hess, son, born to Eric Hess and Kari
(Ratcliff) Hess (BSN 1996), on July 15,
2005. Emily Anne Hill, daughter, born
to Rob Hill and Lori Hill (BSE 1993), on
Oct. 23, 2004. Cray Jacob Huntington,
son, born to Kyle Huntington (BS 1995)
and Missy (Seaberg) Huntington (BSB
1995), on Aug. 3, 2005. Lydia Jin-Ju Grace
Jacobs, daughter, born Sept. 27, 2004,
adopted by Tom Jacobs (BSB 1992) and
Ann (Durham) Jacobs (BS 1992), on
April 24, 2005. Tirzah Joy Kohl, daughter,
born to Ben Kohl (BFA 1998) and Deborah
Kohl, on Jan. 26, 2005. Eli Lawrence Lane,
son, born to Travis Lane and Stephanie
(Bezdek) Lane (BSE 1998), on April 27,
2005. Campbell Kathleen Mettner,
daughter, born to Bradley Mettner and
Michelle (Broce) Mettner (BSE 1993, MS
2004), on May 13, 2005. Kennedy Faith
Miller, daughter, born to Aaron Miller
(BS 1998) and Stacey (Blake) Miller (BS
1997, MS 2002), on June 22, 2004. Emory
Elizabeth Morgan, daughter, born to
Luke Morgan (BS 2001) and Adrienne
(Johnson) Morgan (BSE 2000, MS 2004),
on Dec. 10, 2004. Bryce Allen Orton,
son, born to Darrin Orton (BSB 1997)
and Melissa (Miller) Orton (BS 2000),
on March 31, 2005. Taylor Marie Palmer,
daughter, born to Matthew Palmer
(BS 1997) and Janel (Wagner) Palmer
(BS 1997), June 18, 2005. Macy Nichole
Parsons, daughter, born to Justin Parsons
and Lisa (Regehr) Parsons (BSE 1993),
on Jan. 31, 2005. Matthew Walsh Peters,
son, born to Shawn Peters and Kathleen
(Green) Peters (BSE 2001), on May 19,
2004. Brady Lee Rapp, son, born to Bryan
Rapp and Cara (Carpenter) Rapp (BS
1998), on Aug. 3, 2005. Corey Blaine Reese
Jr., son, born to Corey Reese (BSE 1994,
MS 2001) and Janet (Wendling) Reese
(BFA 1991), on May 2, 2005. Dylan Thomas
Schmidt, son, born to Ethan Schmidt (BA
1998, BA 1998, MA 2001) and Elizabeth
(Skolaut) Schmidt (BSE 1997, MS 2001),
on June 17, 2005. Zander Steven Seth, son,
born to Jaryl Seth (BSB 1999, BSB 1999,
MBA 2001) and Stephanie (Arnett) Seth, on
April 30, 2005. Treverton Jacob Tilton,
son, born to Dustin Tilton (FS 1989) and
Trudy (Mohr) Tilton (BSE 1992), on Feb. 1,
2005. Savannah Rae Tucker, daughter, born
to John Tucker (BSE 1993) and Stephanie
(Franklin) Tucker (BSE 1991, MS 1997), on
Aug. 31, 2004. Carlyn Victoria Voor Vart,
daughter, born to Allen Voor Vart and Leann
(Payne) Voor Vart (BSE 1996), on July 12,
In Memory
Ruth (Andrews) Deluca (BSE 1927),
Sarasota, Fla., January 30, 2005. Margaret G.
(Gardner) Jones (BSE 1927), Hartford, July
14, 2005.
Helen M. (Wilks) McGlinn (FS 1932),
Prescott Valley, Ariz., May 17, 2005. Richard
W. Warren (BSE 1934), Leavenworth, Aug. 3,
2005. Paul A.Young (BSE 1934), Oklahoma
City, Okla., Jan. 10, 2005. Virginia M.
(Wiand) Traylor Bennett (FS 1935), Lebo,
April 30, 2005. Dorothy L. Weigand (BSE
1935), Maryville, Mo., April 26, 2005. Glenn
L. Kirby (BSB 1936), South Hutchinson,
April 19, 2003. Harold V. Leslie (BSE 1936),
Hollywood, Fla., Dec. 17, 2004. Vernon
L. Loomis (BSB 1937), Denver, Colo.,
Jan. 5, 2005. *Bernard K. Reeble (BSB
1937), Emporia, March 31, 2005. Helen C.
(Lenander) Cary (LC 1938), Alma, Neb.,
October 8, 2004. Elsie L. Davis (LC 1938,
BSE 1944, MS 1968), Inman, May 24, 2005.
Dorothy N. (Resch) Knox (BSE 1938),
Lawrence, May 22, 2005. *Paul J.Terry (BSE
1938), Emporia, March 25, 2005. Mary E.Van
Pelt (BSE 1938), Beloit, Nov. 28, 2004. J. Ray
Hanna (BSE 1939), Cheyenne, Wyo., March
11, 2005. Ernestine (Stever) Roller (FS
1939), Papillion, Neb., June 10, 2004.
Kathryn M. (Gillett) Houser (BSE 1940),
Topeka, July 5, 2005. Mary H. (Case)
Mastin (LC 1940), Glendale, Ariz., Nov. 16,
2003. Carrie M. (Hill) Copeland (BSE
1941), Lenexa, July 17, 2005. Horace W.
Eubank (BSE 1941, MS 1972), Topeka, July
2, 2005. Armin F. Gimbel (BSE 1941),
Springfield, Mo., Oct. 8, 2003. Elwood M.
Jones Jr. (BME 1941), San Diego, Calif., Feb.
7, 2005. Winifred M. Ketch (BSB 1943),
Augusta, June 24, 2005. John H. Atchison
(BS 1946), Sun City West, Ariz., March 10,
2005. Othello J. Budd (BS 1946), Bella Vista,
Ark., March 10, 2005. Thomas D. Wheat
(BME 1946, MS 1960), Iola, March 15, 2005.
Sam Adame (BA 1948), Lawrence, July 11,
2005. Melvin E. Bailey (BS 1948, MS 1954),
Topeka, May 25, 2005. Evelyn V. (Smith)
Lewallen (FS 1948), Wichita, April 12, 2005.
*Wilbur E. Reeser (BSE 1948), Tuscon,
Ariz., June 3, 2005. Kenneth W. Rinker (BSE
1948), Emporia, March 22, 2005.
Mervin F. Martin (FS 1950), Topeka, March
26, 2005. Nadine (Ridenour) Sheridan
(BSE 1950), Winters, Texas, Nov. 25, 2004.
Milo W. Sutton (FS 1950), Hermosa Beach,
Calif., June 7, 2005. Gerald E. Richards
(BSE 1951), Oklahoma City, June 30, 2005.
Peggy L. (McNelly) Moore (BSB 1952),
Hutchinson, March 6, 2005. Leonard W.
Sterling (BSE 1955, MS 1965), Arkansas
City, Feb. 9, 2004. Thomas N. Beattie (BS
1957, BA 1957, MS 1961), Wichita, March 6,
2005. Lee W. Newton (BSB 1957), Bonner
Springs, June 16, 2005. Benjamin C. Cobb
(BA 1958), Phoenix, Ariz., March 21, 2005.
Vera E. (Neese) Glasgow (BSE 1958),
Fredonia, Oct. 3, 2003. Edwin C. Jorgensen
(MS 1958), Roswell, N.M., July 16, 2005.
Clayton N. Darnell Jr. (BA 1959, MS 1964),
Edmond, Okla., April 21, 2004.
Eva S. (Humes) Cummins (BSE 1960),
Hamilton, March 30, 2005. Benny R. Steele
(BSB 1960, MS 1965), Stillwater, Okla., May
31, 2003. Chad Q. Clemens (BSB 1961),
Goldendale, Wash., April 10, 2005. Edward L.
Frickey Sr. (MS 1961), West Lafayette, Ind.,
May 4, 2005. Richard G. Hall (BSE 1961, MS
1964), Ruidoso, N.M., Dec. 16, 2003. Robert
B. Marshall (FS 1961), Warrensburg, Mo.,
April 26, 2005. Joseph R. Sahlberg (BSE
1961, MS 1985), Osage City, Aug. 2, 2005.
Janice I. Wilkison (BSE 1961, MS 1966),
Overland Park, Aug. 3, 2005. *Edythe O.
Winsor (BSE 1961, MS 1966), Abilene, May
29, 2005. Gerhard R. Buhr (MS 1962),
North Newton, July 24, 2005. Nell M. (Hill)
Amburn (MS 1963), Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug.
15, 2005. Anita C. (Edwards) Bagby (BSE
1963), Tulsa, Okla., April 11, 2005. James
D. Carlile (BSB 1963), Colwich, March 26,
2005. Larry G. Clark (BSE 1963), Plano,
Texas, Nov. 16, 2004. Herbert L. Overton
(MS 1963), Terre Haute, Ind., May 1, 2005.
Winnifred (Garrett) Hazen (MS 1964),
Leroy, June 23, 2005. Blaine L. Wells (MS
1964), Washington, March 18, 2005. Maria
S.Vakas (BSE 1964), Leavenworth, Feb. 28,
2005. Donna L. (Ary) Lindell (BSE 1965,
MLS 1991), Pleasanton, Feb. 28, 2005. John
W. Hirsch (MS 1966), Warsaw, Mo., June 25,
2005. Milo B. Newman (MS 1966), Arkansas
City, June 24, 2005. John A. Blaufuss (BS
1967, MBA 1990), Olpe, Dec. 22, 2005.
Helen J. (Sutherin) Floyd (MLS 1967),
Berkeley, Calif., May 28, 2005. Dorothy L.
Novotny (BSE 1967), Hutchinson, Nov.
1, 2004. Gary L. Dalton (BSE 1968),
Lake Dabinawa, April 14, 2005. Estelle W.
(Horney) Frazier (MLS 1968), Nashville,
Tenn., Feb. 16, 2005. Edith A. (Donnel)
Garner (BSE 1968), Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 25,
2004. Cheryl A. Russell (BSE 1968), Olathe,
Jan. 1, 2005. Judith E. Benskin (BA 1969),
Kansas City, Mo., March 24, 2005. Frances
E. (Dougan) Eastham (BSE 1969), Junction
City, May 20, 2005.
A second set of ESU babies has been born to
a trio of Topeka couples with ties to ESU. The
“E” is Kylie Cleverdon, the daughter of Gary
(FS) and Anne (Walshire) Cleverdon (BSN
1998). The “S” is Connor Kueser, the son of
Craig (BS 1996) and Carrie (Haag) Kueser
(BSE 1998, MS 2001). The “U” is Halle Pavlik,
the daughter of Jerry (BSB 1997) and Amy Reid
Pavlik (BSE 1997, MS 2002). The latest arrivals
were born within six months of each other. The
first set – Mallory Kueser, Cade Michael Pavlik
and Courtney Grace Cleverdon – made an
appearance in the fall 2002 edition of Spotlight.
Through the Years
Donald E. Anderson (MS 1970), Emporia,
April 15, 2005. Ray Firestone (MLS 1970),
Kansas City, Mo., March 25, 2005. Louis W.
Izard (BSE 1970), Overland Park, Feb. 11,
2005. Nella M. (Crossman) Johnston
(MS 1970), Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2004.
Donald F. Kramer (MS 1970), Flossmoor,
Ill., June 27, 2003. C. Pearl Lear (BSE 1970,
MS 1974), Bern, June 14, 2005. David L.
Mitchell Sr. (BA 1972), Kansas City, Aug. 8,
2005. Bernice L. (Cannon) Classen (BSE
1973), Overland Park, April 13, 2005. Alice L.
Woodson (MS 1973), Topeka, May 18, 2005.
Anna L. (Kell) Burgess (MS 1974), Topeka,
March 25, 2005. Terrence L. Kramer
(BSB 1974), Wichita, July 30, 2005. Henry
J. Bohon (MS 1975), Mt.Vernon, Mo., May
22, 2005. Dan J. Flener (FS 1975), Lansing,
May 27, 2005. Barbara A. (Cook) Jones
(MS 1975), Mulvane, Aug. 15, 2005. Patsy Jo
(Schibbelhut) Ayers (BS 1976), Wamego,
April 29, 2005. Edith (McCullough)
Brown (BSE 1976), Council Bluffs, Iowa, July
8, 2005. Eric F. Dybsand (BSB 1976), Tulsa,
Okla., April 15, 2004. Craig G. Miller (BSE
1976), Murray, Ky., Aug. 4, 2004. Norman F.
Misner (MS 1976), Topeka, April 19, 2005.
David W. Smith (BSE 1976), De Soto, April
12, 2005. Delores J. (Alsop) Minnock (BSE
1978, MS 1997), Topeka, April 20, 2005.
Patrick C. Kelley (BSE 1982), Great Bend,
April 2, 2005. Jeannette L. Barnes (BS
1986), Overland Park, June 21, 2005. Sheri
L. (Smith) Samuels (BSB 1988), Haysville,
Feb. 7, 2005.
W. Lynn Harper (BSE 1990), Emporia,
March 18, 2005. C. Jane (Hoke) Zander
(MLS 1993), Camdenton, Mo., March 29,
2005. Christopher E. Lietzan (BSB 1995),
Emporia, May 4, 2005. Brenda F. (Ross)
Coe (BSE 1999), Williamsburg, Aug. 14, 2005.
Krystal Phillips (FS 2004), Emporia,
Dec. 29, 2004. Anita K. Cobb (FS 2005),
Emporia, July 11, 2005.
Former Students
Tom J. Beiker, Lenexa, July 26, 2003.
William T. Browne, Houston, Texas, April
6, 2005. Thomas G. Green, Pearcy, Ark.,
‘I love you, my dear student’
Rebecca Stevens, the daughter of former KSTC
president John King, wrote of her beloved teacher,
Jeanette Bigge.
In May my father called to say that Jeanette Bigge, our
Emporia State University laboratory high school teacher
for many years, had passed away. Phone in hand, I could
see Ms. Bigge, arms folded, waiting for us to quiet down.
She would smile at the shy ones and raise her eyebrows at
the over-exuberant.
Ms. Bigge retired from Emporia State University in
1977, where for 30 years she taught teacher training classes and was an instructor in
on-campus schools.
The last time I was in her class was in 1959, but she and I had corresponded.
Because of ill health, she tried to catch up with a 2003 note.
“I love you, my dear student,” she wrote.
And love us she did. She loved us all – the rough ones and the scared ones, the
cocky and the quiet. She remained that presence in our lives who we hoped to make
proud and who we avoided disappointing. She mattered, and I wanted to say goodbye somehow.
My father said she would be buried in Stockton, Kan., so I called information and
asked for all the “Bigge” numbers. I called the numbers, trying to be courteous and
non-intrusive, but the final message was tearful. “Please kindly call with information
about memorial services for Ms. Jeanette Bigge. I am a former student she taught and
helped and would like to send flowers.”
That night we got little sleep after packing for a sailing trip in the Gulf. Each day
out on the water I thought about our teacher.
Ms. Bigge’s room was on the upper floor of Roosevelt High School. Its windows
looked out over the shaded campus. Most of us high school students were fiftiessilly. The girls liked to stroll arm-in-arm singing, but Ms. Bigge made sure we were
She taught the core curriculum. During my junior year, we had a unit on
American writers, in which Ms. Bigge introduced me to Willa Cather. Since then I
have read everything Cather ever wrote.
While out on the water, I thought about my granddaughter, Katie Lou. Who will
inspire her to read Cather? Will there be as fine a teacher as Ms. Bigge?
A message from Stockton was waiting when we returned home. Ms. Bigge had
been buried alongside her family in Stockton Cemetery near her childhood home.
Her family also told of her life.
Born on a farm homesteaded by her grandfather near Stockton, Ms. Bigge
accepted a position at Kansas State Teachers College in 1947 as an assistant professor
of education. She supervised student teachers in Roosevelt Junior and Senior High
Schools and Butcher Middle School. After teaching 44 years, she had influenced over
5,000 students.
I miss her dignified presence presiding even at a distance over our lives. I grieve
that she will not personally teach my granddaughter, but I rejoice that some of Ms.
Bigge’s students have become the teacher she was.
Thank you, Ms. Bigge, for being my teacher, and for teaching me about Willa
Cather, so I can share her books with Katie. Thank you for caring about all of us all
these years.
Rebecca Stevens
March 14, 2005. Mark D. Lloyd, Overland
Park, July 29, 2005. Vida M. (Schmidler)
Warner, Hutchinson, April 16, 2005.
University Friends
*Jeanette Bigge (FF), Mission Viejo, Calif.,
May 10, 2005. *Dorothy Eubank (FR),
Emporia, July 20, 2005. *Donald A. Glaser
(FR), Emporia, April 12, 2005. Phyllis G.
Gress, (FF) Emporia, Aug. 13, 2005. Kenneth
S. Hastings (FR), Emporia, June 24, 2005.
Kenneth L. Lohmeyer (FR), Emporia,
May 16, 2005. Donald W. Matlock (FR),
Andover, Aug. 13, 2005. *J.W. “Bill”
Maucker (FF), Cedar Falls, Iowa, July 5, 2005.
Melbern W. Nixon (FF), Emporia, Nov. 14,
2005. L. Wylie Price (FR), Emporia, June 18,
2005. *John R. Webb (FF), Emporia, May 19,
Alumni are listed under the year they
received bachelor’s degrees unless otherwise
*A memorial has been established with the
ESU Foundation.
AS – Associate degree
CS – Current student
FAC – Faculty
FF – Former faculty
FS – Former student
LC – Life certificate
RF – Retired faculty
RS – Retired staff
STA – Current staff
TC – Teaching certificate
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allows. Nuptials, births and deaths received
within one year of the occurrence will be
announced. Detailed obituaries for certain
faculty and friends may be selected at the
discretion of the Spotlight staff.
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