Fall 2006

Class notes

Comings, goings, appointments, retirements, honors, accolades and other personal alumni news. Former students are designated by fs. Honorary alumni are noted as hn. Members of the Wichita State University Alumni Association are identified by an asterisk (*). Membership dues support alumni publications as well as many other programs and services that support higher education at Wichita State.

Charles “Cookie” W. Cookson ’47, JOURN, founder and publisher emeritus of American Oil and Gas Reporter, was honored during the 2006 International Oil History Symposium with the first Oil History Journalism Award for his work in establishing the Reporter. He resides in Wichita.*

Howard Kessinger fs ’52, former editor and owner of The Oberlin Herald now co-publisher and editor of The Marysville Advocate, has been inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. He lives in Marysville, Kan.

Gregory L. Fowler ’56, BIO SCI, ’61 M BIO SCI, program director in the Hatfield School of Government and adjunct professor of biology and university studies at Portland State University and a clinical associate professor at Oregon Health and Sciences University, also serves as executive director and co-founder of Geneforum, a nonprofit group that promotes public education about ethical and social issues raised by new genetic technologies. Fowler lives in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Daisy J. (Smiley) Jewell ’56, ENG L/LIT, is a retired school media specialist for the public school system in Albuquerque, N.M., where she resides.

Victor “Vic” M. Schimming fs ’59, of FSC Securities Corp., Wichita, serves as treasurer for the Rotary Club of Wichita. He lives in Wichita.*

Ronald W. Walters fs ’60, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, was a participant in Wichita’s 1958 lunch-counter sit-in to protest segregation. As such, he was involved in a Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum project highlighting the career of civil rights activist Chester Lewis. Walters lives in Silver Springs, Md.

William “Bill” L. Lucas ’61, ACCT, Lucas & Associates owner and CPA, has received the Outstanding Leadership Award presented by the Wichita Art Museum. He lives in Wichita.*

Betty T. (Tener) Welsbacher ’61, M MUS P, Wichita State professor emeritus of music, was honored for her 60 years as a music educator at the 2006 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in Topeka, Kan. She lives in Wichita.*

H. Craig Miner ’66, HIST, ’67 M HIST, the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State, serves on the executive committee of the Kansas Humanities Council. He resides in Wichita.

E. George Fahnestock ’69, BUS ADM, Wichita resident and Fahnestock Heating A/C & Electric owner and CEO, has been named by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to chair the Kansas Technical College and Vocational School Commission.*

Christopher “Chris” S. Shank ’69, POL SCI, commercial executive with Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, is Goodwill Industries International’s Volunteer of the Year. He resides in Wichita.*

Earl G. Yarbrough ’69, IE, is professor of engineering technology and industrial education at Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va. He lives in Chesterfield, Va.*

O. Lee Elrick Jr. ’70, BUS ADM, Elrick & Associates Insurance Agency president and a 30-year Million Dollar Round Table member, is also a three-time MDRT Top of the Table qualifier; only four percent of financial professionals who are mdrt members qualify for the recognition. He lives in Wichita.*

Irene (Parsons) Hart ’70ANTHRO, ’75 M URB A, Sedgwick County director of community development, is the first recipient of the Irene Hart award, named for her and presented by Sedgwick County Department on Aging/Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, in acknowledgment of the contributions she made to the field of aging as the director of Sedgwick County Department on Aging from 1980-95. Hart resides in Wichita.*

K. Clark Jacobs ’70, BUS ED, director of the Workforce Development Center at Hutchinson Community College, has been honored with the Kansas Excellence in Workforce Development Award. He lives in Hutchinson, Kan.

Charles E. Monckton ’71, I ED, is principal of Sacred Heart Elementary School in Emporia, Kan., where he resides.*

Ellwyn T. Jeffus ’72, BUS ADM, is a retired insurance broker living in Louisville, Ky.

Irma L. Luna ’72, SEC ED, is the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year. She resides in Wichita.

Cindy C. (Clarke) Carnahan ’73, EL ED, The Carnahan Group president, has been named Junior League of Wichita Sustainer of the Year. She lives in Wichita.*

Claudia J. (Schneider) Hopkins ’74, EL ED, has retired after teaching for 32 years at Oxford Elementary School in Oxford, Kan. She lives in Winfield, Kan. 

Roger L. Smith ’74, BIO SCI, ’95 M PUB ADM, has retired as manager from the Sedgwick County Department of Environmental Services after more than 30 years of public-health work. He takes pride in Wichita being the first city in Kansas to do its own restaurant inspections and the only city to have a local ordinance banning the sale of cigarettes to minors. He lives in Wichita.*

Douglas “Doug” B. Bailess fs ’75, a former Shocker golfer, played as an amateur in his first U.S. Senior Open in July at Prairie Dunes. He lives in Spring, Texas.

Joyce E. Gassen ’75, NURS, is director of nursing at Aldersgate Village, where she oversees the nursing and social services staff in the Olive T. Jones Health Care Center. Gassen lives in Topeka, Kan.

Terry E. “Rebound” Benton fs ’76, a basketball standout who scored 1,003 points in his three seasons at WSU and who led the MVC in rebounding in 1971 with a 16.8 average, owns T.B.I West Coast, a communications company in the San Francisco Bay area. He lives in Campbell, Calif.*

Mike T. Dealy ’76, GEN ST, former manager of the Equus Beds Groundwater Management District, now manages the Kansas Geological Survey’s Well Sample Library in Wichita. He lives in Wichita.

Robin R. Meyers ’76, SEC ED, pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., has written Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister’s Manual for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future. He lives in Oklahoma City.

Catherine “Cathy” R. (Pigg) Bybee ’77, MIN ST,  is an administrative assistant for the city of Longmont, Colo., where she lives.

John G. Green ’77, AJ, Sedgwick County undersheriff, is associate director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Center. He resides in Wichita.*

Dave E. Jabara ’77, ACCT, owner of David E. Jabara CPA, has established an educational fund to provide incentives for North High students and teachers, including college scholarships. He resides in Wichita.*

John A. “Tad” Snarenberger ’77, BUS ADM, co-owns and manages the Sports Time Fan Shop in east Wichita. He lives in Wichita.

Rob E. Swinson ’77, ANTHRO, owner of RidesUSA, an amusement ride business, has been for the past four years the caretaker of an 1864 Hardee-Cleburne flag, one of 22 carried by the 32nd and 45th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry regiments of the Civil War. The flag, valued at more than $160,000, is being sold to a private collector in Florida and will be put on public display in a museum in Franklin, Tenn., where the flag fell in 1864. Swinson resides in Wichita.

C.W. “Todd” Aikins ’78, IE, ’83 M GEO, is general manager of Vanguard Petroleum in Wichita, where he lives.*

Tona L (Veh) Leiker ’78, NURS, ’84 M NURS, assistant professor and chair of the nursing program at Tabor College-Wichita, has been presented the Exemplar Recognition Award by the Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Gamma Chapter-At-Large. Leiker lives in Wichita.*

Christine L. Downey-Schmidt ’79, EL ED, ’86 M EAS, a retired teacher and former state senator (1992-2004), has been elected to a one-year term as vice chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. She lives in Inman, Kan.

Oletha A. Faust-Goudeau fs ’79, state representative for Kansas’ 84th District, has successfully sponsored the “grandparents’ bill,” which offers financial assistance to grandparents when raising at-risk grandkids. She lives in Wichita.

Gayle E. Porter ’79, BUS ADM, ’82 M BUS ADM, an associate professor of management at the Rutgers University School of Business at Camden, has joined the editorial board of the international scholarly journal Human Relations. She resides in Haddonfield, N.J.

Edward E. Taravella ’79, ACCT, is president and owner of TARACORP, a commercial real estate investment, development and brokerage firm that specializes in land and residential subdivisions. TARACORP is based in Houston, Texas, where Taravella resides.*

Pamela (Clancy) Ammar ’80, DH, an attorney with Woodard Hernandez Roth & Day and a former Wichita Bar Association president, has retired from the law. She resides in Wichita.*

Charles A. Etherington ’80, BUS ADM, is senior vice president and deputy general counsel for American Century Investments. He lives in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

J.R. Hurst ’80, SP/THEA, an actor and author, played Falstaff in Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor in a Center Theatre production in Wichita, where he resides.

Karen J. (Kinney) Norton ’80, M EAS, retired head of the Independent School in Wichita, has been inducted into the Kansas Association of Religious and Independent Schools Hall of Fame. She lives in Wichita.

Mark V. Parkinson ’80, POL SCI/ED, a former state chair of the Republican Party, is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Parkinson lives in Olathe, Kan.*

Carolyn (Kline) Gaughan ’81, M SCI ED, lives in Wichita, where she chairs the Tobacco Free Wichita steering committee, which advocates that businesses and restaurants go smoke-free. Gaughan is also executive director of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Sue M. (Fruechting-Enns) Nyberg ’81, PA, ’88 M H SCI, a WSU College of Health Professions assistant professor, was awarded the Rodenberg Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives in Andover, Kan.*

B. Jean (Bringolf) Urmey ’81, AA RT CS, ’82 RT CS, a respiratory care special projects coordinator for Wesley Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Electron Documentation Team, is serving a three-year term on the Kansas Respiratory Care Council. She lives in Derby, Kan.

Gina E.J. Cooksley ’82, NURS, ’96 M NURS, a nurse practitioner at the Harper Hospital Clinic, is the recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Mentor Award presented by the WSU College of Health Professions. She lives in Harper, Kan.

John C. Messman ’82, PERS ADM, director of employee relations for Boeing World Headquarters in Chicago, works from his home  in Wichita.

Cynthia “Cindy” J. Mines ’82, M ENG, owner, editor and publisher of Wichita Times and Travel Kansas, was awarded McPherson College’s Citation of Merit for contributions to her community and to the college. She lives in Wichita.

Mary L. Phipps-Winfrey ’82, M COMM, starred in the Cabaret Old Town musical production of Menopaus-a-Palooza in Wichita, where she lives.

Bret S. Weber ’82, EL E, ’86 M EL E, who has a 25-year work history with LSI Logic Corp. and who holds 28 patents, has been named an lsi Fellow, Strategic Planning and Architecture, Engenio Storage Group. He lives in Wichita.

C. Bryan Masters ’83, JOURN, WSU director of interactive communications, The Shocker designer and a veteran songwriter, had three songs selected for recognition in the 2006 New Songs Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan. “You Again” was an alternate in the Love Song category, while “Made By Hand” and “Sept. 14, 1966” were winners in the categories Colorful Characters and Feelin’ Good, respectively. Masters lives in Wichita.

Patricia “Patty” A. Reeder ’83, SP THEA, appeared this summer in various roles in Music Theater of Wichita’s production of The Full Monty. Reeder co-owns Mosley Street Melodrama in Wichita, where she resides.

Phil R. Stephenson ’83, MGT, baseball coach at Dodge City Community College, has been dubbed Player of the Century by Collegiate Baseball magazine. A first baseman at WSU from 1979-82, he is the NCAA career leader in hits, runs, total bases, stolen bases and walks. He lives in Dodge City, Kan.

Marilyn R. Killian fs ’84, co-founder of the Wichita Community Children’s Choir and 2005 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for arts education, has retired after a 48-year career as a music educator. She resides in Wichita.

Susan R. Lovas ’84, M CSP, is the school nurse at Wichita’s Chisholm Life Skills Center, where she started a Healthy for Life program for staff members. Lovas lives in Cassoday, Kan.

Bob D. Lutz ’84, GEN ST, a Wichita Eagle sportswriter since 1974 and a columnist since 1995, was named top 10 in column writing and in feature writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Lutz lives in Wichita.

Duane E. Frazier ’85, JOURN, sportswriter for the Wichita Eagle, finished the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, his first marathon-length race. The Wichita resident ran the 26.2 miles in four hours, two minutes and 22 seconds.

Hellen L. (Badger) Haag fs ’85, a Wichita attorney, is also vice president of the Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund. She lives in Andover, Kan.

Robert L. Hinshaw ’85, AA SOC SCI, ’87 AJ, former commander of the Sedgwick County Jail, is now the county’s undersheriff, who oversees administrative matters and directs policies and  procedures. Hinshaw has served a variety of functions in his 27 years with the Sedgwick County sheriff’s office, including patrol deputy and bureau commander. He resides in Wichita.

Prentice F. Lewis fs ’85 was one of some 20 black teenagers and young adults who staged a sit-in at a Wichita drugstore in July 1958. The NAACP has recognized the Dockum Drug Store protest as the first lunch-counter sit-in in the country. Lewis lives in Wichita.

Mark C. Rowe ’85, SOC WK, is president and CEO of Hospice Care of Kansas, a rapidly growing company that has opened its first out-of-state office in Missouri. Rowe lives in Wichita.

Choky L. Tobing ’85, BUS ADM, is a consultant/advisor for Pana Harrison Asia PTE LTC in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he resides.

Dina M. (Knudsen) Aaby ’86, I BUS, is senior vice president of international business at Intrust Bank. She resides in Wichita.*

Piper L. (Jackson) Ayala ’86, PE, is vice president of Marriott ExecuStay in Wichita, where she lives.

Amy M. (Loehr) Hawthorne ’86, ENG CR, is an English teacher at Alchesay High School in Whiteriver, Ariz. She resides in Tucson, Ariz.

Randall “Randy” S. Johnson ’86, FIN, ’87 M BUS ADM, is vice president of investments for A.G. Edwards & Sons. Johnson lives in Wichita.

David “Dave” G. Keller ’86, MUS P, is a guitarist and vocalist who performs with the Benders, a 1950s and ’60s-style four-piece band that tours the country. He lives in Wichita.

Cindy G. (Dunlap) Miller ’86, NURS, co-owns Home Instead Senior Care in Hutchinson, Kan., where she resides.

Todd B. Miller ’86, MGT, co-owns Home Instead Senior Care in Hutchinson, Kan., where he lives.

Michael D. Argabright ’87, PE, ’93 M PE, former principal of Eureka, Kan., Junior-Senior High School, is superintendent of schools for Southern Lyon County. He lives in Eureka.

Roberta “Bobbie” J. Brooks ’87, PA, is a physician assistant at Oswego Medical Center in Oswego, Kan., where she lives.

Mark E. Foster ’87, PE/R, ’88 ANTHRO, ’90 M PE, is serving in Iraq.

David A. Raehpour ’87, M COMM, former president of Wichita-based Phonetics LP, has become senior vice president of CopperCom with the sale of Phonetics and its high-tech Internet product, Switchmaxx, to CopperCom, the dominant maker of software and hardware switches for independent telephone companies. Raehpour lives in Wichita.

Monica R. Vaughan ’87, SP THEA, is the coordinator of alternative education for Oakland, Calif., public schools. She lives in Oakland.

Donald “Don” L. Barry ’88, GEN ST, and wife Lora sponsored An Evening with John Harrison, a fundraiser benefiting the Kansas Humane Society. Harrison is concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and associate professor of violin at WSU. Barry, who is vice president of A.G. Edwards & Sons, lives in Wichita.*

Peter “Pete” P. Bodyk ’88, FIN, is chief of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s traffic safety bureau, which is responsible for the “Click It or Ticket” public service campaign. Bodyk lives in Overland Park, Kan.*

Merle L. Craig ’88, SEC ED, is one of three Circle High School science teachers who traveled to Johnson Space Center in Houston to conduct an experiment in zero gravity aboard a C-9 aircraft. Craig lives in Augusta, Kan.

Leslie A. Duram ’88, INT ST, the chair of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s geography department, has been awarded a Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award for 2006 by the National Council for Geographic Education. She lives in Carbondale, Ill.

Paul Becker ’89, M EAS, is the superintendent of the Jackson Heights school district. He lives in Holton, Kan.

Karla L. (Loving) Seymore ’89, AJ, is the juvenile division coordinator for the Sedgwick County district attorney. She resides in Mulvane, Kan.

Gary L. Gackstacker ’90, M MUS P, was recognized by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius at the 2006 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in Topeka, for his work as a composer, musician, conductor of the Winfield Regional Symphony and head of instrumental music at Cowley Community College. He lives in Arkansas City, Kan.

Michael “Mike” E. Boyd ’91, COMM, is a Ford Motor Credit Co. supervisor in Bedford, Texas. He lives in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Richard “Rich” L. Morrow ’91, ACCT, ’97 M P ACCT, is a CPA and owner of Morrow & Co. LLC  in Wichita. He lives in Clearwater, Kan.

Lori A. (Albin) Munsell ’92, EL ED, lives in Salina, Kan., where she is principal of Heusner Elementary School.

James “Jim” J. Pugh ’92, MATH ED, a math teacher at West High in Wichita, helped supervise the design and building of a 27-foot wind turbine. Students worked on the turbine during school, met after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and worked on the project outdoors on Saturdays. With assistance from Raytheon Aircraft, WSU and Westar Energy, the turbine was finished and dedicated in May. Pugh lives in Wichita.

Roger L. Bennin ’93, ED SP THEA, coached his debate squad at Maize, Kan., High School to the final four of the National Public Policy Forum National Tournament at New York University in April. He lives in Newton, Kan.

Adam D. Knapp ’93, JOURN, sports writer for the Wichita Eagle, was named top 10 in breaking news in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest, for his story on WSU baseball coach Gene Stephenson’s change of mind, returning to Wichita State after a short-lived acceptance of the head coaching job for the Oklahoma Sooners. Knapp resides in Wichita.

Kimberly D. (Guthrie) Luckert ’93, MKT, is vice president of retail banking at Intrust Bank. She resides in Wichita.

Christen L. Skaer ’93, GEN ST, veterinarian at Skaer Veterinary Clinic, Wichita, assisted Sedgwick County officials in developing plans for pet evacuation and care during a crisis. She lives in Wichita.

Karen Lee Boren ’94, M ENG CR, associate professor at Rhode Island College in Providence, has had her novella Girls in Peril published by Tin House Books. Her work has been nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Boren lives in Warwick, R.I.

Chad E. Elstun fs ’94, a former Shocker basketball player, is regional sales manager for Touchnet, a software company based in Lenexa, Kan. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.

John S. Jenkinson ’94, FLD MJR, ’96 M ENG CR, has had his book of poems, Rebekah Orders Lasagna: Poems, published by Woodley Press, Washburn University. He teaches literature and writing at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., and lives in Wichita.

Molly M. (Odiorne) McMillin ’94, JOURN, staff writer for the Wichita Eagle, won first place for her local business story, “Boeing Seals Deal,” from the Kansas Press Association. She lives in Wichita.

Scott D. Noah ’94, THEA, co-owner of Mosley Street Melodrama, played the villain Thurston Wansansee in the spoof of Titanic, Titanic on the Plains, in April. He lives in Wichita.

S. Todd Senseney ’94, HC ADM, resides in Overland Park, Kan., where he is the manager of The Resource Group, a financial services firm.

Terry W. Spenst ’94, ACCT, is vice president and trust officer at Intrust Bank in Wichita. He resides in Park City, Kan.

Farah Mehrzad (Seirafi-Pour) Gohari ’95, M PT, owns Innovative Physical Therapy in Wichita, where she resides.

Sherman W. Padgett ’95, M EAS, is principal at at North High School in Wichita, where he lives.

Jennifer L. (Newton) Rathbun ’95, PSYCH, ’97 M SP, is a College of Humanities senior lecturer at Ohio State University in Columbus. She lives in Delaware, Ohio.

Charles R. Williams ’95, M EAS, is assistant principal at West High in Wichita, where he lives.

Julie E. Allen ’96, ACCT, is senior accountant at Koch Supply and Trading lp in Wichita. She resides in Derby, Kan.*

Mildred A. (Patterson) Edwards ’96, HC ADM, ’99 M PUB H, project director at the Regional Prevention Center, is president-elect of the Junior League of Wichita. She lives in Wichita.

Mary M. “Mindy” (Patterson) McPheeters ’96, ACCT, has been elected a partner in the Wichita office of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. The Wichita resident joined the firm in 1999 and works in the area of employment law.

David A. Nordling ’96, MCH E, a research engineer at Pratt & Whitney-Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, Calif., has been presented the Stellar Award for outstanding engineering achievement by the Rotary National Awards for Space Achievement, for his work in advanced electric propulsion devises and power generation subsystems in support of the NASA Vision for Space Exploration. He resides in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Robert “Bob” V. O’Connor ’96, M BUS ADM, is senior vice president of business and strategic development for Trico Marine Services Inc. in Houston, Texas, where he resides.

Jeffrey N. Ollenburger ’96, M COMM, is president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan. He lives in Hutchinson.

Jon M. Ricks ’96, EL ED, ’01 M CI, a history teacher at Marshall Middle School in Wichita, spent part of his summer vacation at Cambridge University taking a course on the civil rights movement. He lives in Valley Center, Kan.

Tammy H. Weihe ’96, HIST, is curator of the Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons, Kan. A Wichita resident, she has revived the Kansas Trails Project, which includes updating the book Trails of Kansas: A Bibliography.

Jamie Arnold ’97, FLD MJR PSYCH, former Shocker hoops standout, plays professional basketball for the Maccabi Elite in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lichelle R. Garner ’97, EAS, is principal at Buckner Performing Arts Magnet School in Wichita, where she lives.

Erik S. Landon fs ’97, an officer with the  Wichita Police Department, was recognized with a Gold Award for uncommon valor in the line of duty, for arresting an aggravated battery and domestic violence suspect. The award was presented at the 27th Annual Awards Program of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. Landon lives in Wichita.

Jessie M. Cornwell ’98, GEN ST, a Wichita Police Department officer, was recognized with a Silver Award for extraordinary action that significantly prolonged or saved a life, for entering and re-entering a burning house to save six people. The award was presented at the 27th Annual Award Program of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. Cornwell resides in Andover, Kan.

Marc C. Davis ’98, ANTHRO, a Wichita attorney, is a member of the Wichita Bar Association and serves as chair of the organization’s diversity committee, which encourages more racial and cultural diversity among lawyers. He resides in Wichita.*

Jenanne “Jeanne” L. Gerstenkorn ’98, AA, ’00 NURS, lives in Wichita, where she is informatics specialist at Presbyterian Manors Mid-America.*

Chad Q. Heitman ’98, GEN ST, is an engineering designer with the architectural firm Law/Kingdon Inc. He lives in Wichita.

Kevin M. Lavery ’98, COMM, an award-winning producer at KWMU, the National Public Radio affiliate in St. Louis, Mo., has been recognized for his work by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri and Illinois Associated Press and the Bar Association of Metropolitan   St. Louis. He lives in Florissant, Mo.

Cara L. Ledy ’98, M EAS, is principal at South High School in Wichita, where she resides.

Donna L. Shank ’98, POL SCI, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, was speaker at the 2006 Seward County Community College graduation ceremonies. She lives in Liberal, Kan.*

Joby L. Steele ’98, HSOP, lives in Wichita, where he is a respiratory therapist and manager of the respiratory care department and sleep program at Galichia Heart Hospital, which has added an on-site sleep lab.

Jeanette C. Lochridge-Ecker ’99, PA, lives in Wichita, where she is a physician assistant in the emergency department at Wesley Medical Center.

Robert “Rob” A. Nicholas ’99, MUS ED, an instructional systems designer at Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kan., also is assistant director of the Bonner Springs City Band, the acting bandmaster and warrant officer candidate with the 312th Army Band from Lawrence, Kan., assistant principle trombonist with the Johnson County Wind Ensemble and a member of the Kansas City Wind Symphony. He lives in Lansing, Kan.

Natalie M. Browning ’00, M CI, is principal of Prairie Center Elementary School in Olathe, Kan., where she lives.

Eric M. Hofer-Holdeman ’00, M EAS, who lives in Wichita, is head coach of varsity boys basketball at Northwest High School.

Steve M. Holbrook ’00, M HIST, ’04 M EAS, a former lead teacher at Judge Riddel Boys Ranch, is assistant principal at West High School in Wichita, where he lives.

Dustin E. Pierce ’00, MKT, is a network manager at Progressive Insurance, Wichita, where he lives.

Jason K. Roberts ’00, SP ADM, a Pratt, Kan., resident is a loan officer at the Peoples Bank in Pratt. He serves in the mortgage loan area, originating and servicing real estate and personal loans.

Audrey J. Smalley ’00, M CI, a Derby, Kan., High School math teacher, won a 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Award winners receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., for professional development. She lives in Wichita.

Shontae T. Smart ’00, HR MGT, is a human resources generalist with Thomson Tax & Accounting in Carrollton, Texas. She resides in Dallas.

Briton G. Watson ’00, SPAN, is a border patrol agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Ajo, Ariz., where he lives.

Doug E. Weaver ’00, GEN ST, a former science teacher at North High School in Wichita, is now North’s assistant principal. He lives in Wichita.

Jedd R. Beaudoin ’01, M ENG CR, former editorial associate with The Shocker, is managing editor of Wichita City Paper. He lives in Wichita.

Sanjeev Bhandari ’01, FLD MJR, a former manager at Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service in Arizona, owns Bhandari Tax Service in Wichita, where he lives.

Jennifer “Jen” R. Morrow ’01, FIN, formerly with public accounting at E&Y, is a specialist in financial reporting at Accenture’s corporate office in downtown Chicago. She lives in Chicago.*

Barry T. Newell ’01, M SP ADM, is the baseball coach and a social studies teacher at Andale High School, Andale, Kan. He resides in Wichita.

Sonya L. Strickland ’01, GEN ST, is an attorney with the Law Offices of Joseph & Hollander at the firm’s Topeka, Kan., office. She lives in Topeka.

Jennifer “Jenny” L. (Evans) Thrush ’01, M PUB ADM, a former assistant to the city manager of Derby, Kan., is now the city’s human resources manager. She lives in Rose Hill, Kan.

Melissa K. Angle ’02, JOURN, is senior designer at the Orlando Sentinel, where her duties include mentoring other news designers. Her first job after graduating from Wichita State was in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; she has lived in Orlando for a year.

Brandon J. Bansemer ’02, AA, a Derby, Kan., police officer, was recognized with a Silver Award for extraordinary action that significantly prolonged or saved a life, for rescuing an intoxicated driver from his car, which was submerged in the Arkansas River. The award was presented during the 27th Annual Awards Program of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. Bansemer lives in Derby.

John A. Bulcock ’02, COMM, is graduate advisor to the Interfraternity Council while he completes the master’s program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. He lives in Ames, Iowa.*

Christine E. Crouse-Dick ’02, M COMM, assistant director of communication arts at Bethel College, has analyzed the National Prayer Service of Sept. 14, 2001, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Her research findings are collected in “Prayer and Remembrance: A Rhetorical Analysis of a National Prayer Service,” a paper that, she relates, “focuses on the rhetorical choices that brought together a sense of cohesion between church and state.” Crouse-Dick lives in Newton, Kan.

Jorge L. Fernandez fs ’02, a resident of Ajo, Ariz., is a border patrol agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Jerome A. Haden ’02, M SP ADM, former administrative assistant with Shocker athletics, is an assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

Jeff C. Sanborn ’02, M SP ADM, a program supervisor at Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness in Newington, Conn., lives in East Hartford, Conn.

Brent A. Seebohm ’02, M SP ADM, is the general manager of Wildcat Sports Properties at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he lives.

Kevin R. Moler ’03, MUS ED, lives in Marion, Kan., where he teaches music appreciation at Marion High School. He also directs the high school and middle school choirs and the MHS Singers.

Jessica S. (Bowers) Traffas ’03, P ARTS, owns The Dance Center in Clearwater, Kan., where she teaches jazz, ballet, tap, cheer dance and musical-theater dance for a diverse age-range of students. She lives in Haysville, Kan.

David M. Hahn ’04, ART GD, is a graphic designer at the Wichita-based design firm Greteman Group. He lives in Wichita.

Scott M. Hall ’04, M ANTHRO, is the base archaeologist at Kansas’ Fort Riley. He lives in Chapman, Kan.

Kenneth “Ken” F. Landwehr ’04, FLD MJR, a lieutenant with the Wichita Police Department, was honored as Wichita Police Officer of the Year by the Insurance Women of Wichita. Landwehr lives in Wichita.

Dan D. Mattern ’04, M PHYS, a math and physics teacher at Circle High School in Towanda, Kan., was one of three teachers to conduct a science experiment in zero gravity aboard a NASA aircraft. Mattern lives in Towanda.

Kirsten “Krissy” A. (Hett) Moler ’04, MUS P, is a paraeducator at Marion High School in Marion, Kan., where she resides.

Tara L. Shaffer ’04, MUS THEA, account executive with Crest Hill Suites Co., Wichita, performed in the Music Theatre of Wichita’s summer production of The Full Monty. She lives in Wichita.

Julie M. Vargas ’04, SEC ED, lives in Wichita, where she teaches English at North High School.

Elizabeth M. Veeder ’04, CT FC, ’05 CJ, is a Sedgwick County assistant corrections supervisor. She lives in Wichita.*

Kerry A. Antunes ’05, M SP ADM, works in athletic events management at Harvard University. She lives in Quincy, Mass.*

Vonda R. (Wichert) Brecheisen ’05, ACCT, is an assurance department associate at Allen Gibbs & Houlik in Wichita. She lives in Derby, Kan.

Nancy J. Caro ’05, GEN ST, owns and works as secretary for Mike Caro Construction Inc. in Eastborough, Kan., where she lives.*

Dawn R. Davidson ’05, M ENG, is an English teacher at Udall High School. She lives in Mulvane, Kan.*

Jason A. Dilts ’05, POL SCI, is executive director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party in Wichita, where he lives.*

Mandy E. Etem ’05, MED TECH, lives in Wichita, where she is a medical technologist at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus.*

Cara M. Fish ’05, MUS P, performs as Jennyanydots, the tap-dancing cat, in the national touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. The tour, produced by Troika Entertainment of Gaithersburg, Md, opened July 4 in Charlotte, N.C. Fish lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Jesse A. Fray ’05, COMM, is a reporter for KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kan., where he resides.*

Larry G. Guhr ’05, NURS, is an emergency room RN at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he lives.*

Brian A. Hazlip ’05, FIN, is a market research and analysis agent for Occidental Management, a commercial real estate management and development company. He lives in Wichita.*

Sarah R. Helten ’05, PE, is a YMCA fitness specialist and personal trainer in Wichita. She lives in Garden Plain, Kan.

Jesus E. Hernandez ’05, BUS ADM, is a technical support analyst with Medappz LLC, a Wichita-based company known for its electronic health records system. Hernandez lives in Wichita.

Travis J. Heying ’05, JOUR, Wichita Eagle photographer, has been recognized with two first-place awards for feature and sports photography by the Kansas Press Association. He lives in Wichita.*

Jamar Howard fs ’05, a former Shocker basketball standout, plays professionally with the San Jose, Calif., Skyrockets. He lives in Belgrade, Mont.

Melissa M. Leiker ’05, MUS ED, is a music teacher at Holy Cross Elementary School in Overland Park, Kan. She lives in Kansas City, Kan.*

Tracy L. Luntsford ’05, ACCT, lives in Wichita, where she’s a tax analyst with CCH Incorporated.*

Jamie L. Mertens ’05, NURS, is a nurse technician at Riverside Hospital in Wichita. She lives in Goddard, Kan.*

Cori A. Meyer ’05, SPT ADM, a former Shocker volleyball player named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team as an outside hitter, coaches volleyball at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. She lives in Wichita.

Kendall “Ken” D. Miller ’05, NURS, lives in Wichita, where he works as an RN in the trauma and surgical intensive care unit at Via Christ Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus.*

Jennifer L. (Claycamp) Moss ’05, CJ, is a legal assistant with Powell Brewer & Reddick LLP in Wichita, where she resides.*

Melissa S. Oborny ’05, PSYCH, is a children’s case manager with South Central Mental Health in Augusta, Kan. She lives in Wichita.*

Sean T. Rash ’05, MGT, is a professional bowler who made Professional Bowlers Association history by becoming the first nonexempt PBA member to win a tour event when he won the West Virginia Championship in February. He had to bowl his way through qualifying rounds to make the 64-person tournament field (exempt bowlers are spared this). Rash lives in Bel Aire, Kan.

Vanessa L. Reid ’05, NURS, ’05 BIO/CHEM, is a RN at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., where she lives.

Robert L. Reif ’05, EE, is an electrical engineer at Lucent Technologies in Wichita, where he lives.*

Stephanie L. Rogers ’05, COMM, a Haven, Kan., resident, is an editor at KWCH TV-12 in Wichita.*

Donald “Don” L. Schroeder ’05, M PUB ADM, ’05 CT PUB FIN, is the McPherson County commissioner. He lives in Inman, Kan.*

Kappelle D. Simpson ’05, COMP SCI, lives in Wichita, where he is an auto body specialist with All Star Cars.*

Andrew “Andy” W. Timberlake ’05, ENTRE, is a communications technician with the Kansas Air National Guard in Wichita, where he lives.*

Leah N. Wahlgren ’05, M SPT ADM, former director of women’s basketball operations at Wichita State, is administrative assistant to the head men’s basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. She lives in Jupiter, Fla.

Christina M. Winesberry ’05, PSYCH, lives in Wichita, where she is a community living trainer at KETCH.*

Marc W. Woolsey ’05, BUS ADM, is an information technology manager at Woolsey Operation Co. LLC. He lives in Wichita.

L. Cody Proctor ’06, THEA, appeared this summer as Teddy Slaughter in the Music Theater of Wichita’s production of The Full Monty. Proctor also tours with the Alithea Mime Theatre, which performed at the United Nations in New York City as part of a youth leadership conference in August. He lives in Wichita.