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Volume 13, No. 1

p4 FHSU MAGAZINE Production Staff Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Publisher Kent Steward ’02, Editor Kurt Beyers, Copy Editor Marcia Tacha, Copy Editor Traci Goebel CS, Writer Kara Hackney CS, Writer Mary Ridgway ’99, Art Director Mitch Weber ’81, Photographer Jeff Brull ’99, ’07, FHSU Foundation

FHSU Magazine is published three times a year (Fall, Spring, Summer) by the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. Subscriptions are by dues paying membership in the Alumni Association with the exception of the Summer issue, which is complimentary to all FHSU alumni. Bulk postage paid at Fulton, Mo. ­­– Permit No. 38. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the FHSU Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767. ADVERTISING: For 2010-11 advertising rate cards and placement information, contact the FHSU Alumni Association via e-mail, [email protected], or call (785) 628-4430 or (888) 351-3591. © 2010 All rights reserved. Views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the official position of Fort Hays State University or the Alumni Board of Directors.


FEATURES 4 Alumni Awards 2010 14 Homecoming Weekend 2010 17 Re-purposing Picken Hall provides one-stop services 19 FHSU receives Big Read grant from NEA 10


CAMPUS NEWS 20 FHSU stimulates economy 21 Professor awarded prestigious grant 22 Nichols named assistant alumni director 23 FHSU still most affordable university 25 26


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COVER CREDIT The eye of the tiger represents the spirit and life of the tiger. Mascots of years past and present personify part what Fort Hays State was and is today. Special thanks to FHSU alumnus designer Jared Schiel ’02, Ellis, who is the new designer at the FHSU Foundation.



Alumni Awards 2010



Six alumni of Fort Hays State University will be honored with awards from the FHSU Alumni Association at the Alumni Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 1, during Homecoming celebrations. Two alumni will receive Alumni Achievement Awards, the association’s highest honor, for outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy. Recipients are Jim Nokes ’68, Kingwood, Texas, retired executive vice president of refining, marketing, supply and transportation for ConocoPhillips, Houston, and Dr. Larry Trussell ’65, ’66, Louisville, Neb., retired dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Two alumni will receive the Young Alumni Award, which recognizes 10- to 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments. This year’s recipients are Michael Schwanke ’99, Bel Aire, news anchor and investigative reporter for KWCH-TV, Wichita, and Dr. Stacey (Gould) Smith ’00, ‘00, Hays, director of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program at FHSU. Warren “Whitey” Alpers ’57, ’63, Hutchinson, retired coach and teacher of health and physical education for Hutchinson USD 308, will receive the Nita M. Landrum Award for alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or FHSU, especially in their home communities. Dr. Robert Sandmeyer ’56, Stillwater, Okla., dean emeritus of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, will receive a Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals, alumni or not, known as a friend of the university who demonstrates a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level, who supports spiritual, cultural and educational objectives, and who endorses and exemplifies the highest standards of character and personal attributes.

Jim W. Nokes Alumni Achievement Award Jim Nokes, Kingwood, Texas, graduated from FHSU in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He later earned an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He retired from ConocoPhillips, where he was executive vice president for refining, marketing, supply and transportation. His 36-year career with ConocoPhillips began in 1970. He held various administrative, planning and operating management positions with Conoco Pipe Line, a subsidiary of what was then Conoco. In 1981, he became manager of the natural gas and gas processing department and, in 1987, returned to the transportation side of the business as general manager and president of Conoco Pipe Line. His next position was director and general manager of business development for Conoco’s exploration and production affiliate in London. He returned to the United States in 1991 as vice president and general manager of product marketing, supply and transportation. In 1994, he became vice president of Conoco’s North American refining and marketing operations and, in 1998, he was named president of that division. In 2003, he was named U.S. Executive of the Year by Hart Publications’ World Refining Magazine. Nokes delivered the keynote address, “Fuel for Thought: The Challenge of Meeting America’s Needs,” at the 22nd annual International

Operating Conference and Trade Show in Houston in 2002. He was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the American Petroleum Institute Board of Directors, the Yellowstone Park Foundation Board and the Advisory Board of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. He is actively involved in the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, which distributes more than $65 million to the needy in the Houston area. He is a fan and supporter of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was instrumental in developing the Conoco Rodeo Run, which raised more than $1 million for the Rodeo Educational Fund. Nokes is also a long-time volunteer with ConocoPhillips’ community revitalization project in the historic Fifth Ward of Houston neighborhood. Nokes is currently a Board Member of Tesoro Corporation, Albemarle Corporation and Post Oak Bank. Nokes is a member of the United Methodist Church and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, and is a life member of the FHSU Alumni Association. “Jim Nokes has been a valuable asset to ConocoPhillips for nearly four decades,” said Jim Mulva, chair and CEO of Conoco Phillips. “His vision, drive and leadership have transformed the company’s downstream operations into a world-scale business with industry-leading returns.” He has maintained a healthy perspective of his career successes and remains a modest person involved in company, community and philanthropic efforts to provide opportunities for education and improvement in quality of life. He and his wife, Glennis (Huffman) Nokes, raised three children, Rita, Coye and Adam.

Omaha Business Review, The National Public Accountant, FloridaCPA, The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, the Conference Board Record, and Business Ideas Digest.

Dr. Larry R. Trussell Alumni Achievement Award Dr. Larry Trussell, Louisville, Neb., earned two degrees from FHSU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and accounting in 1965 and a Master of Science in economics and accounting in 1966. He later graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a Ph.D. After leaving FHSU, he was a part-time instructor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas until 1968, when he became an assistant professor of accounting and finance at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. In 1971, he became an assistant professor in and the chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. In 1974, he was named associate dean of the College of Business Administration at the University Nebraska-Omaha, a position he held until 1979, when he became dean of the college. From 1992 until 1999 he was coordinator of international initiatives and, in 1999, began a phased retirement as a tenured professor. He retired in 2005. His awards include an honorary doctorate from the Alexandru I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, and being coroneted as a 33rd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. His research has appeared in the

He has written more than $7 million in grants that have been funded to provide equipment and other support for his university and to conduct exchange and other programs with universities in Romania and Moldova. Trussell is past president of the Board of Directors of the Millard Education Foundation, past district governor for Rotary International and has served on the International Trade Committee for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He also served as vice chair of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation, is a past wise master of the Scottish Rite Chapter of Rose Croix and is the past chairman of the board for the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA. In January 2010 Trussell completed a term as chair of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Home for Boys and continues today as a board member. He is a member of the Mizpah Masonic Lodge. “Larry has a long and distinguished career as an educator, scholar, administrator, and as a civic leader,” said Dr. B.J. Reed ’71, ’72, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO. “Since Dr. Trussell’s retirement, he has continued to be engaged in the community, specifically as a board member and president of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Home for Boys, which serves youth who come from troubled backgrounds throughout Omaha and the Midwest. I have worked directly with Larry for a number of years with the Home for Boys, and it is truly an exceptional contribution.” Trussell and his wife, Sharon, raised two daughters, Christina and Michelle.

Federal Home Loan Bank Board Journal, Business and Society Review, AACSB Bulletin,


Michael D. Schwanke Young Alumni Award Michael Schwanke, Bel Aire, graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Arts in information networking and telecommunications, media studies, in 1999. He is a news anchor and investigative reporter for KWCH-TV, Wichita. His career in television began in 2000 with KBSD-TV Eyewitness News in Dodge City, where he worked shooting video, anchoring and reporting over all of western Kansas for the local 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. At the end of that year he moved to Wichita to become a crime reporter and general assignment reporter for KWCH-12 Eyewitness News. He was responsible for developing community relations and won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for crime coverage, working under deadline for three daily newscasts. Beginning in 2009, he became Channel 12’s managing editor, a position he took on in addition to an anchor and investigative reporter position he assumed in 2008. As managing editor, his duties include supervising crews and making daily editorial decisions for the No. 1 rated Wichita newscasts. He also trains new reporters, producers and photographers. The co-anchor and investigative reporter portion of his duties requires that he write, produce and co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and lead a three-person investigative team.



Schwanke also reports for KWCH’s radio partner, KFDI, and helped lead the way to Web reporting as well as broadcast news for KWCH. He was also one of the first KWCH reporters to hold online chats with viewers after key stories. His national Edward R. Murrow Award came in 2003 for his coverage of Jonathan and Reginald Carr, two brothers sentenced to death for a killing spree in Wichita. This year, he won a regional Murrow Award for investigative reporting on Small Smiles, a dental office performing unnecessary, detrimental work on children. The Small Smiles investigation began with a request from a Wichita family who believed their daughter had received unnecessary and abusive dental work at the clinic. Schwanke’s investigation uncovered hundreds of children who endured unnecessary and expensive treatments. A year after the first report, federal authorities reached a $25 million settlement for Medicaid fraud. The agreement also required the clinic owners to pay the children affected. “Michael has said that FHSU was ahead of its time in the 1990s – preparing students for the Web and new media before most of us grasped its significance. This foundation prepared him well in our organization,” said Joan M. Barrett, president and general manager of Sunflower Broadcasting Inc. “He has been one of our leaders with new technology, always looking for a new way to reach out to our viewers and gather news. He utilizes his laptop for field editing and reporting. When we recently purchased iPhones for our reporters, Michael led the way with stories, pictures and tweets.” Schwanke and his wife, Tenille, have two daughters, Jorja and Jayda.

Dr. Stacey L. Smith Young Alumni Award Dr. Stacey Smith, Hays, graduated from FHSU in 2000 with two degrees, a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and a B.S. in information networking and telecommunications. She earned an M.S. in hotel, restaurant and travel administration in 2002 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In December 2008, she received a Ph.D. in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She is director of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program and an assistant professor at FHSU. She was a graduate teaching assistant in the Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department at the University of Massachusetts from 2000 to 2002. She was assistant front office manager of the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., from 2002 to 2004. She was a graduate teaching assistant at Purdue from 2004 to 2008, during which time she also held several other positions, including Career Center assistant and assistant to the department head in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as the meeting planner for the International Hospitality and Tourism Virtual Conference. As a doctoral student at Purdue, Smith was named her department’s Outstanding Doctoral Student in 2008. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the university-wide Purdue Outstanding

Doctoral Dissertation Award. In 2006, she was one of only four out of 2,000 graduate instructors to win the Purdue Graduate School Excellence in Universitywide Teaching Award. That same year she was named the winner of the Outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Management Department Graduate Student Teaching Award. During her time with the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, she was an Award of Excellence winner and a nominee for Hyatt’s Manager of the Quarter Award. “Dr. Smith is an outstanding faculty member in the field of hospitality and tourism management,” said Dr. Sheryl Kline, now associate dean of the College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina, who was Smith’s supervisor at Purdue. “In a very short time, she has established a national reputation as an expert in the field of crisis management in the meeting planning industry,” said Kline. “As a young faculty member, she has quickly established herself as a recognized expert in this area of research.” Her career at FHSU began in fall 2008, when she became an assistant professor and director of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program within the Department of Management and Marketing in the College of Business and Leadership. Smith is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and three honor societies for human sciences, hospitality and tourism – Kappa Omicron Nu, Eta Sigma Delta and Gamma Sigma Delta. She also has wide-ranging credits in publications, presentations, panels and conferences. Smith and her husband, Shane ’01, are life members of the FHSU Alumni Association. They have a son, Jalen, and a daughter, Lauren.

Warren “Whitey” Alpers Nita M. Landrum Award Warren “Whitey” Alpers, Hutchinson, graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and industrial arts in 1957 and with a Master of Science in physical education and industrial arts in 1963. He is a retired teacher and coach for Hutchinson USD 308. After graduating from FHSU in 1957, he taught industrial arts and coached at Republic Rural High School, Republic, until 1962, when he returned to FHSU to earn his master’s degree. After receiving his master’s, he went to Hutchinson in 1963, where he taught health, physical education and driver education and coached for the next 32 years, until retiring in 1995. Alpers holds membership in the National Education Association; the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education and Dance (which he served as president from 1993-94), and the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (which named him its Central District Teacher of the Year in 1985). He is a lifetime member of the FHSU Alumni Association and served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1998. He was instrumental in developing the FHSU Reno County Alumni Chapter and today serves as an active member of the FHSU Half Century Club Board of Directors. Among his many volunteer activities, Alpers has chaired a Hutchinson Public School Bond Election; been a Boy Scout leader; served on the board of the American Heart Association; has been a

board member of the Salvation Army and served on its fundraising committee for a new building; served on the board of Hospice of Reno County; and served on the Pastor-Parish Committee of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a trustee of the church. Among his civic and professional awards, he was named Hutchinson Public School Teacher of the Year in 1985 and has a Phi Delta Kappa Certificate of Recognition. From the Reno County Food Bank, he has a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Accomplishments as that organization’s president. In 2003, the city of Hutchinson presented him with the Community Leadership Award for service and contributions to the people of Hutchinson. In addition to coaching and teaching, Alpers has been instrumental in organizing the Kansas State High School 3A basketball tournament each year and in being involved with the state football championships. He has been a part of the National Junior College Basketball Tournament by lining up all the practice facilities for the 16 teams who qualify for the tournament each year. He was also active in Special Olympics. “In Hutchinson, he is known as Mr. Fort Hays State,” said Roger Franke, Hutchinson. “He has been the main contact person whenever any alumni meetings, presidential media days, fair booths or other sojourns have taken place here in Hutchinson.” Alpers and his wife, Shirley ’56, have two sons, Mike ’82 and Todd.


Dr. Robert L. Sandmeyer Distinguished Service Award Dr. Robert Sandmeyer, Stillwater, Okla., dean emeritus of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, graduated from FHSU with a B.A. in economics in 1956. He earned an M.S. and a Ph.D., both in economics, from Oklahoma State, in 1958 and 1962, respectively. During his career, he was an instructor at FHSU in 1957 and 1958 and at Iowa State University, Ames, from 1958-59. He was an assistant professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, from 1961 to 1962. His career at Oklahoma State began in 1962 as a visiting assistant professor, progressing through assistant professor, associate professor and professor, a rank he attained in 1970. He has enjoyed emeritus status since 1994. During his time at Oklahoma State, Sandmeyer also filled several other positions. He was director of the Manpower Research and Training Center from 1966 to 1967; director of business and economic research from 1975 to 1978; dean of the College of Business Administration from 1977 to 1994; dean emeritus of the Spears School of Business from 1994 to the present; interim vice president of University Relations and Public Affairs for several months in 1989; and interim director of University Extension from 1989 to 1990. Since 2008, he has been the Henry G. Bennett Fellow in the School of International Studies. He also was an advisor to the College of Business Sciences



at United Arab Emirates University from 1994 to 2006 and was founding dean of the College of Business Sciences at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, from 1999 to 2000. He was also an advisor for graduate and executive education programs at Zayed from 2000 to 2006. Sandmeyer has served on two corporate boards, the Reading and Bates Corp. and R&B Falcon Corp., and on numerous academic and public service boards, including the Association to Advance Schools of Business International; the Southern Economic Association Executive Committee; the Mid-Continent Research and Development Council; the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education; the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce; and the Stillwater United Way. He has had numerous consulting appointments, including the NASA-funded Technology Use Studies Center, the Kerr Foundation Inc., Fidelity Bank N.A., and the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Sandmeyer has numerous publications, presentations, grants, and contracts to his credit. He is a life member of the FHSU Alumni Association and is a past winner of an FHSU Alumni Achievement Award. In October 2004, Sandmeyer was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. He is also in the Hall of Fame of the College of Business Administration at Oklahoma State. “Dr. Sandmeyer has rendered distinguished service at the local, state, national and international levels,” said Dr. Richard Poole, vice president emeritus and Regents Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Oklahoma State. “His career includes work and public service in education, business, government, the military and the nonprofit sector.” Sandmeyer and his wife, Loretta, raised four children, Karen, Bridgit, Barbara ’86 and Robert.

ALUMNI BOARD Comments from the board president …

Brenda Herrman,’00, president, Alumni Association Board of Directors

As summer 2010 marches on, a new academic year is on the horizon offering familiar sights and sounds of busy campus life at Fort Hays State University. Record numbers of FHSU students will join the Tiger community in search of a first-rate education, and undoubtedly their efforts as in past years will yield regional and national recognition for their achievements. We, as alumni, have the opportunity to share Fort Hays State’s legacy of educational success. In an effort to expand alumni membership and to continue developing membership activities and benefits, many exciting changes will be initiated this fall. A newly structured membership program will automatically make all FHSU graduates members of the Alumni Association with the option of selecting from five levels of benefits and services. We are also developing an Alumni Chapter Program in selected locations across the country. I encourage you to

continue your support of the Alumni Association and become actively involved in all aspects of the organization. Attend local alumni events and Student Recognition Scholarship Programs, join us for Oktoberfest and other Homecoming activities, or just wear your Tiger gear to promote the university wherever you go. Finally, I invite you to keep in touch by sending news and contact updates for FHSU Magazine and the electronic newsletter, FHSU-TigerTalk, as well as checking our website at and Facebook fan pages. The Alumni Board and staff look forward to hearing your thoughts, concerns and ideas as we work together for the betterment of Fort Hays State University. For more information, please call the Association at (785) 628-4430, toll free at (888) 351-3591, or drop an e-mail to [email protected] Hope to see you at Homecoming 2010!

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 47,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 73 foreign countries. The Board of Directors is a 24-member governing board that sets the policy and direction of the Association in developing life-long relationships between the university and its alumni and friends. Board nominations are currently being accepted as positions become available. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected]

Four alumni join Association Board Each year the Fort Hays State University Board of Directors welcomes new members. This year was no exception as four new members – Stephanie Bannister ’92, Manhattan; Monte Broeckelman ’92, Dodge City; Richard Dreiling ’69, Wichita; and Leo Lake ’57, ’61, Salina – assumed duties at the board’s summer meeting in Hays on June 11-12. Officers for the 2010-2011 Executive Council were introduced. They include Brenda Herrman ’00, Hays, board president; Brian DeWitt ’89, Hays, past board president ; Cassie Augustine Jones ’96, Lakewood, Membership and Marketing Committee chair; Kevin Moeder ’82, La Crosse, Finance and Operations Committee chair; and Chuck Sexson ’72, Topeka, Awards and Recognition Committee chair. Holding an at-large board position are Josh Biera ’92, Garden City, and Dennis Spratt ’71, Lawrence.

Bannister earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from FHSU in 1992. She is an associate director for housing and dining services at Kansas State University. Broeckelman graduated from FHSU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He is the chief financial officer for the Dodge City Cooperative Exchange.

Dreiling graduated from FHSU in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is a regional sales manager for Carlson Products. Lake earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1957 and a master’s degree in education administration in 1961, both from FHSU. Lake is the president of the FHSU Half Century Club, a position whose holder became a voting member of the board in 2009.


TIGER NOTES We want to hear about your new employment, honors, appointments and births so we can update your biographical file and keep others informed about the important happenings in your lives. Please send your news items to Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767, or e-mail [email protected] or FAX (785) 628-4191.

CLASS NOTES 1940s Paul Urban ’47, Great Bend, posthumously donated more than $77,000 to the endowment of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Hays.

1950s Dale Ficken ’53, ’64, ’65, Hays, exhibited artwork at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell. Dan Johnson ’53, ’68, Hays, has completed seven terms, totaling 14 years of service, in the Kansas House of Representatives. Max Rumpel ’57, Hays, a chemistry professor, retired from FHSU. Robert Schmidt ’50, Hays, and his wife, Patricia, donated $1 million to FHSU to create an indoor athletic training facility. John Thorns ’50, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with his “Eventide at Cheyenne Bottoms,” a mixed collage piece.

1960s Betty (Pfeifer) Befort ’68, ’72, Hays, retired from Lincoln Elementary School. Leon Boor ’68, Abilene, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Robert Channell ’65, ’70, ’84, Hays, retired from Hays High School.

Joe Cullen ’65, ’72, Cheyenne, Okla., retired from Corrections Corporation of America as an academic instructor. Pansy (Callaway) Fryman ’69, ’85, Garden City, retired after 41 years in Kansas public schools. She taught in La Crosse USD 395 and Paola USD 367 and finished with 36 years in Garden City USD 457. Joyce (Seeman) Jilg ’69, ’73, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with “Rapids,” an exhibit of her rolled stainless steel jewelry. Michael Jilg ’69, ’73, Hays, received an award for his acrylic painting, “Ode to a Russian Poet,” in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition. Kathleen Kuchar ’66, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with her acrylic paintings, “Serenity” and “Vitality,” in collaboration with Betty (Yelken) Baker ’71, ’77, and a solo work, an acrylic collage, “Talking Chairs.” Douglas McChristian ’69, Tucson, Ariz., received the Western Writers of America 2010 Spur Award for Best Non-Fiction Book with his Fort Laramie: Military Bastion of the High Plains.

Carolyn (Gilmore) McGovern ’65, Walnut Creek, Calif., retired from the California Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco as supervising editor.


Robert Meier ’62, Hays, copresented “Using Electronic Portfolios in Higher Education and Incorporating a Computerized Simulation in Selected Business Courses” with Wally Guyot at the 2010 Southwest Business Symposium at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. Ralph Pederson ’69, Russell, exhibited artwork at the Deines Cultural Center. Gene Schmidt ’61, ’62, Tulsa, Okla., presented a seminar titled “Forensics of Petroleum Hydrocarbons” in Tomanek Hall at Fort Hays State University. William Scott ’67, ’70, Hays, chemistry and physics professor, retired from FHSU. Arlyn Smith ’67, ’72, Laguna Niguel, Calif., is a vice president of investments at Morgan, Stanley, Smith & Barney in Irvine, Calif. Stephen Tramel ’67, Hays, professor of philosophy, retired from FHSU.

1970s Leslie Anderson ’70, Valley Center, wrote Never Take a Snake for a Ride, a collection of editorial columns that appeared in The Ark Valley News in Valley Center. Proceeds from the book will go toward funds for a new Valley Center public library. Linda (Prochaska) Applebee ’70, Russell, retired from teaching freshman English and family and consumer sciences at Russell High School. Betty (Yelken) Baker ’71, ’77, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with her acrylic paintings “Serenity” and “Vitality,” in collaboration with Kathleen Kuchar ’66, and a solo work, “Rhapsody,” an acrylic painting. Dan Collins ’70, Plainville, declared his candidacy for the Kansas House seat in the 110th District. Steven Dechant ’73, Hutchinson, has been appointed to the State Employees Health Care Commission by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Belinda DeWerff ’78, Ellis, serves as the vice president and branch managing officer of Equity Bank, Hays. Dianne (Applegate) Dunn ’74, Burton, Tex., retired from the Brenham Independent School District, Brenham. Douglas Durr ’76, ’84, WaKeeney, retired from teaching at Trego Community High School. Mark Eberle ’78, ’83, Hays, and Joe Tomelleri ’80, ’84, Leawood, have been contracted to write an expanded revision of the “Fishes of the Central United States.” Michele (Henry) Filbert ’76, ’94, Hays, retired from Felten Middle School. Donna Fleischacker-Maheras ’77, Hays, retired from Felten Middle School. James Gillen ’74, ’76, Centennial, Colo., head athletic trainer for the Denver Nuggets, was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Peggy (Richard) Golden ’77, ’92, Oakley, retired after 32 years with the Oakley Public School System. Victoria Jewel ’72, Lincoln, retired from Kanopolis Middle School. Vallerie Karl ’74, Hays, retired from Hays High School after being honored as a master teacher. Jack Logan ’73, ’78, Hays, exhibited artwork at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell. Kim Lohman ’78, Lakin, was honored by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association with its 2010 Congressional District 1 Athletic Director of the Year Award. Lawrence McCants ’71, Goodland, was reappointed to the board of Kansas Inc. by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson. Jane (Huffaker) Morrical ’76, The Woodlands, Texas, was selected as the Reserve Components Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps which consists of the Army’s occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants.

Charles Most ’76, Clinton, N.J., is a certified child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst and a member of the New Jersey Psychoanalytic Society. Sandra (Neely) Nicholson ’76, ’91, Hays, retired from Hays High School. Cheryl (Martin) Rathbun ’77, Ellis, retired from St. Mary’s Elementary School in Ellis. Tim Schumacher ’74, Hays, Strategic Financial Partners, has achieved membership in the 2010 Million Dollar Table and qualified as an elite member of the Court of the Table. Gordon Sherman ’73, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with two mixed pieces, “Sleep Forever” and “Trust~Habit,” which received an award. Leon Staab ’71, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with his “New and Old” photographs. Ronald Straight ’70, Hays, retired from his position as the transportation manager at Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas’ Access Transportation. Douglas Talbott ’72, Lindsborg, associate professor of music, retired from Bethany College. Susan (Pechanec) Urban ’76, ’77, La Crosse, retired from Hays USD 489. David Windholz ’78, ’79, Hays, retired from Hays High School. Errol Wuertz ’77, ’98, Hays, was awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist Designation by the Council for Residential Specialists.

1980s Brett Akagi ’88, Maple Grove, Minn., was named assistant news director at KSHB-TV Action News in Kansas City, Mo.

Debra (States) Berg ’82, Logan, was honored for her social studies curriculum by the Kansas State VFW, received a teacher award from Stockton VFW Post No. 8873, District 9, and was recognized as the state’s No. 1 teacher in the kindergarten-through-fifthgrade division. Christopher Crawford ’89, ’90, Hays, wrote the article “Quality and Growth Implications of Incremental Costing Models for Distance Education Units” with Dr. Larry Gould, Dr. Carl Parker, and Dennis King. It was published in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.

Larry Dreiling ’80, ’80, ’85, Hays, graduated from Rotary District 5670 Leadership Academy. Linda (Bunker) Ganstrom ’80, ’86, ’90, Hays, was the curator of the primary art exhibition at the 44th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Edna Giebler ’83, ’86, ’88, Russell, exhibited artwork at the Deines Cultural Center. John Heim ’84, Emporia, has been hired as the executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Kendall Krug ’83, Hays, was appointed to the Kansas Advisory Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired and was the 2010 recipient of the Dr. William Carriger Sr. Legislative Service Award. Frederick “Rick” Meier ’84, Ottawa, was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Perry Owens ’82, Minneapolis, serves on the Board of Directors as president of the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association. Sheryl Rader ’80, ’92, Hays, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award. Joe Tomelleri ’80, ’84, Leawood, and Mark Eberle ’78, ’83, Hays, have been contracted to write an expanded revision of the “Fishes of the Central United States.”

Debra (Ashmore) Staab ’88, Hays, was elected vice president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas.

1990s Dayna Crawford ’92, Codell, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award. Chandra Daffer ’98, Hays, accepted the position of community development manager with Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland. Tess Dunkel-McKnight ’99, Luray, exhibited artwork at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell. Anthony Gabel ’93, Hays, presented “H1N1 Pandemic and Response: A Survey of Subjects’ Intended Actions at a Midwestern State Comprehensive University” at the 2010 Southwest Business Symposium at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. Tara (Luck) Garcia ’95, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional, an organization within the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. Lara Hensley ’91, Fairbanks, Alaska, accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Stephen Johnson ’97, El Dorado, was named the new head baseball coach at FHSU. Petrece Klein ‘93, Savoy, Ill., accepted a position as the principal at St. Matthew School in Champaign, Ill. Michael Martin ’90, Hays, presented “Using Customer Experience Elements to Compare Return and Repair Models in the Power Hand Tool Industry” at the 2010 Southwest Business Symposium at the University of Central Oklahoma. Christopher Meiers ’97, ’99, Kansas City, received a Ph.D. in research, educational measurement and statistics from the University of Kansas.

Patricia (Robinson) Morgan ’96, ’99, Stockton, has been appointed to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson. Angela (Ryan) Myers ’90, Everton, Mo., was elected as the K-12 Division representative for the Missouri Art Education Association. Jay Myers ’90, Lindsborg, is a social sciences teacher, assistant football coach and head girls’ basketball coach at Halstead High School. Armando Orozco ’99, ’01, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional. Brian Ruder ’98, Hays, was the Kansas February Agent of the Month for American Family Insurance as well as the February District Agent of the Month for northwest Kansas. Leslie “Andy” Stanton ’93, ’97, Hays, is in marketing with Eagle Communications working on Web-based, interactive projects. Dustin Schlaefli ’96, ’97, Hays, was promoted to marketing and sales manager at Nex-Tech. Nancy (Smith) Stramel ’99, Hays, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award. Kathleen (Emmot) Vahling ’98, ’04, Hays, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award. James Van Doren ’94, Hays, has begun working as a psychiatrist at the new KVC Wheatland Psychiatric Hospital. Sheila (Overton) Wendling ’90, ’96, ’97, Augusta, is the principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta. Nancy (Rogers) Wertenberger ’93, Hays, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award.

2000s Trent Berning ’00, Fallbrook, Calif., was selected to be in the AMACO catalogue with his creation of “Equilibrium,” made with AMACO LT Textured Alligator, Gloss and Deco Gloss glazes. Cont. on p. 12


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Renee (Rodger) Braun ’03, Victoria, became corporate services legal assistant at Sunflower Electric Power Corp. in Hays. Sarah Brown ’07, ’07, Hays, and her sister, Jen, plan to participate in a marathon in Greece commemorating the 2,500th anniversary of the first marathon. Christie (Patterson) Brungardt ’01, Hays, won the South Central Region Soroptimist Ruby Award for her outstanding work to improve the lives of women. Christopher Channell ’02, Hays, was elected mayor of Hays. Emily Cline ’09, Lyons, was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Wichita Symphony Naftzger Young Artist competition. She was one of 62 student musicians from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to participate. She competed in the voice category as a mezzo-soprano.

Justin Deges ’00, Ellis, was recognized as qualifying for Supreme Knights Sales Club at the Knights of Columbus annual awards trip for accomplishments in 2009. He also achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. Matthew Eberle ’06, Hays, participated in the 41st annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition with his digital photographs “Omindus August Supercell” and “January Bloom.” Cole Engel ’07, ’07, ’09, Hays, co-wrote the article “Young Consumers in the New Marketing Ecosystem: An Analysis of Their Usage of Interactive Technologies” with Michael Martin, Joan Rumpel and Dr. Reginald Bell. It has been accepted for publication in the Academy of Marketing Studies Journal.

David Foster ’95, Elk City, Okla., was hired as the Dodge City High School head football coach. Bonita (Shultz) Green ’07, Dodge City, was hired by Newman University to lead the Western Kansas Education Center in Dodge City.

Timothy Graham ’00, Lawrence, has been hired as Kansas assistant secretary of state by Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs. Keith Herl ’05, Ellinwood, accepted a position with Central Kansas Medical Center of Great Bend as a new patient services representative. Ashley Inslee ’07, ’10, Hutchinson, received a master’s degree in biology from FHSU. Her thesis was “Herpetofaunal Response to Prescribed Burning on Matagorda Island, Texas: With Emphasis on the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum).” Bobie Jennings ’06, ’10, Hays, graduated with her mother and sister on May 15, 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in justice studies. Casey King ’05, Maize, was promoted to global technical support manager at The Coleman Company Inc. He is responsible for voice and data networks. Kelsey (Koerner) Kuehl ’08, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional.

Jared Leiker ’08, Lawrenceburg, Ind., was recognized as an outstanding young leader in Indiana for 2010 and was named teacher of the year for Lawrenceburg High School. Jonathan May ’04, Toledo, Ohio, graduated from the Medical University of Ohio with a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology in December of 2008. Justin McClure ’00, Wichita, received the Gold Award for animation work on Kansas Strong, commissioned by Brothers and Co. of Oklahoma City. Benjamin McCollum ’07, Hill City, accepted a position with Datawords in Paris, France. Dru Miller ’03, Gorham, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional. Nola (Hill) Ochs ’07, ’10, Jetmore, graduated as the world's oldest master’s degree candidate at the age of 98. Kathryn Prinslow ’09, Kiowa, Colo., won first prize for her thesis-based poster as well as the top student project prize.

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Darin Reed ’05, Ellis, was recognized as qualifying for Supreme Knights Sales Club at the Knights of Columbus annual awards trip for accomplishments in 2009. He also achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. Sara Reese ’02, Clarksville, Tenn., accepted the position of director of Financial Aid at Kaplan Career Institute in Nashville. Brian Simpson ’03, ’06, Kansas City, Mo., accepted a position with Intake as a motion graphic artist. Mandy Stos ’06, Lawrence, was featured in The Topeka CapitalJournal for her artistic abilities in creating vintage journals, accessories and home furnishings out of recycled materials. Jessica Torluemke ’04, ’04, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional. Lance Thurlow ’02, ’05, Omaha, Neb., completed a Ph.D. in microbiology at Kansas State University. Suzanne (Kerr) Unruh ’01, Haysville, accepted the position as Tabor College’s head softball coach. Bryan VonFeldt ’07, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional,. Brian Weimer ’02, Hays, was recognized as a Hays Area Young Professional. Shauna (Barton) Zweifel ’01, Hays, was a finalist for the 2010 Hays USD 489 Master Teacher Award.

2010s Brian Weber ’10, Dodge City, was elected vice mayor.

Faculty Carrol Haggard, Hays, and Margaret Butcher, Dodge City, wrote “An Exploratory Investigation of the Relationship between Ethnocentrism and Intercultural Willingness to Communicate in Chinese College Students,” a paper that was ranked second in the “Top Four Papers in the Intercultural Communication Division” of the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference. Anthony Hobson, Hays, FHSU head women’s basketball coach, will be inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame. Carrie Hofstetter, Hays, FHSU assistant women’s basketball coach, will be inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame. Richard Hughen, Hays, associate professor of philosophy, retired from FHSU. Mary Morgan, Hays, professor of biological sciences and nursing, retired from FHSU. Jim Krob, Hays, former cross country and track and field coach and a professor of health and human performance, retired from FHSU.

BIRTHS 1990s Mike Berry and Kimberly Heston ’97, Ozawkie, a girl, Michaela Sue, March 24, 2010. Lance ’96, ’01 and Shannon Hammond, Louisville, Ky., a boy, Trent Edward, March 28, 2010. Curt ’95, and Mary Jo Schmidberger, Hays, a boy, Dalton Wade, March 11, 2010.

2000s Heath and Megan ’07 (Fickenscher) Bachman, Merna, Neb., a girl, Raylee May, May 19, 2010. Zachary ’05, ’05 and Jessica ’04 (Braun) Butte, Hays, a girl, Madison Celeste, March 30, 2010. Brent ’02 and Natasha (Beilman) Fernandez, Chicago, Ill., a boy, Jasper Eames, Sept. 1, 2009.

Douglas ’00 and Julie ’01 (Siefkes) Goetz, Topeka, a girl, Taryn Alyene, April 22, 2010. Samuel ’04, ’06 and Shannon ’05, ’05 (Sander) Green, Topeka, a girl, Hannah Marie, April 12, 2010. Rusty ’03 and Brooke ’06 (McDonald) Klitzke, Ogallah, a girl, Cambrey Jae, Dec. 15, 2009. Jeff and Jill ’05, ’05 (Bruna) Kruse, Canton, a girl, Brynn Elizabeth, April 21, 2010. Bryan ’07 and Melissa ’05 (Beyer) Schoepf, Sylvan Grove, a girl, Brynn Marie, April 28, 2010. Jed ’01 and Arielle (Schamberger) Simpson, Hays, a girl, Piper Layne, April 19, 2010. Matt and Tamara “Tammy” ’04 (Jensen) Zimmerman, Hays, a boy, Brogan Matthew, March 10, 2010.

Correction David and Natalie (Barrett)’96, ’96 Wood , Solomon, a boy, Evan David, Feb. 12, 2010. We inadvertently posted the date of Evan’s birth incorrectly. We apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.

MARRIAGES 1990s Charles Cox and Tara Look ’99, Oct. 31, 2009.

2000s Jordan Bollig and Rebecca Rogers ’06, Oct. 17, 2009. Christopher Leeson ’03 and Kimberly Campbell ’02, Oct. 11, 2009.

Jonathan May ’04 and Brandy Mahaney, Oct. 18, 2008. Derek Rupp ’09 and Shelly Detwiler ’09, Feb. 6, 2010. Marshall Schyler and Leah Sneath ’03, ’08, April 8, 2010. Timothy Sprenger and Courtney Poland ’06, Jan. 9, 2010. Brady Werth ’09 and Jennifer Meyer ’08, Dec. 5, 2009. Andrew Wright and Heather Padfield ’00, Oct. 10, 2009.

Dustin ‘03 and Erica ‘02 Locke, Olathe, head to a T-Bones game in Kansas City with their daughter, Paisley, who is sporting a Tiger T-shirt . The Locke family and other Tiger supporters attended the first-ever FHSU T-Bones Pre-game Party on July 18. Plans are currently underway to join other MIAA alumni associations to conduct a comprehensive pre-game party to be held in summer 2011 in conjunction with a T-Bones game. The institution with the most alums in attendance will win a prize. 13

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Welcome to one of the greatest traditions at Fort Hays State University – Homecoming Weekend. This exciting four-day weekend combines the best of both Homecoming and reunions Open to all FHSU alumni and friends, there is much to look forward to: opportunities to meet and greet classmates, mingle with students, and enjoy a wide variety of athletic events, including the Homecoming football game, a golf tournament, a 5K run/walk and a newly-resurrected Tiger bonfire. Who can forget the sights and sounds of autumn on the Fort Hays State University campus? Mark your calendars now. It’s time for all Tiger alumni and friends to make plans to attend Homecoming Weekend 2010! There’s something for everyone: Oktoberfest, football, reunions, parade, banquets, dances, and more at this most special Homecoming. Don’t let the party pass you by. Advanced reservations are required for all alumni events listed. You can also register at Questions, call (785) 628-4430 or toll free at (888) 351-3591.

FRIDAY, October 1 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union

THURSDAY, September 30 Tiger Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 8 a.m., Registration; 9:30 a.m., Shotgun start, Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall Exhibit Opening, Jerry Choate Photography 6-7 p.m., Sternberg Museum of Natural History Tiger Bonfire 7 p.m., Robbins Center, east lawn


Half Century Club Luncheon and Induction 10 a.m., Facebook Session, Memorial Union NEW 11 a.m., Social; noon, Luncheon, Memorial Union Campus Tours 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Memorial Union Oktoberfest 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Frontier Park, South Main Street FHSU Tiger Alumni & Friends Tent NEW 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Oktoberfest, Frontier Park, South Main Street

Sigma Phi Epsilon Gathering NEW 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Frontier Park, South Main Alumni & Friends Awards Banquet 6 p.m., Social; 7 p.m., Banquet, Memorial Union FHSU Baseball Reunion 7 p.m., Larks Park, Fourth & Oak

Student Government Association Reunion NEW 7 p.m., Rooftops, 1200 Main, Sixth Floor

“Tea with DZ” Open House & Parade Entry NEW 10-11:30 a.m., Open House; Noon, Parade entry, 410 West Sixth

Delta Zeta Turtle Tug NEW Halftime, south end of Lewis Field Stadium

Dominic Flask Exhibition “Process” & Opening Reception NEW 7-9 p.m., Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall

Art Exhibit: Dominic Flask Exhibition “Process” NEW 10 a.m.-noon, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall

Delta Sigma Phi Carnation Ball NEW 6 p.m., Social; 7 p.m., Dinner; 8 p.m., Dance, Fox Pavilion, 1202 Main

Delta Zeta Sorority 85th Anniversary Celebration NEW 7-10 p.m., Social; 8 p.m., Program and group pictures, Memorial Union Alpha Gamma Delta Chapter Social 7-10 p.m., Precision Valley Golf/Family Center, West 27th

SATURDAY, October 2 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m.-noon, Memorial Union Class of 1950 and 1960 Reunion Breakfast 8:30 a.m., Breakfast; 11:45 a.m., Parade entry, Memorial Union 5K Tiger Fun Run/Walk 8:30 a.m., Robbins Center Picken Hall Re-dedication Ceremony NEW 10 a.m., Picken Hall, Campus Alpha Gamma Delta Brunch & Open House 10 a.m., AGD House, 409 West Eighth Sigma Alpha Epsilon Reunion – 10-Year Anniversary NEW 10 a.m., Brunch, Memorial Union; Noon, Parade entry, SAE House, 304 West Seventh

Alumni Baseball Game 11 a.m., Larks Park, Fourth & Oak Homecoming Parade 1 p.m., Main Street, Downtown Hays Leader/Reveille/University Relations Reunion NEW 2:30- 5:30 p.m., Robbins Center, Eagle Hall The 2010 Gospel Extravaganza NEW 3-5 p.m., Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center, FHSU Campus Office of Admissions Reunion – Past & Current Employees NEW 3-6 p.m., Tiger Alley Tailgate outside of Lewis Field Stadium Tiger Friends & Family Picnic 4-7 p.m., East side of Lewis Field Stadium (food served at 5 p.m.)

Baseball Reunion Social 7 p.m., The Golden Q, 809 Ash

SUNDAY, October 3 Baseball Alumni/Parent 4-Person Scramble 10 a.m., Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, 1450 Golf Course Road

OTHER EVENTS Sternberg Museum of Natural History Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Tiger Memorabilia Visit the Fort Hays State University Bookstore located in the Memorial Union or Tiger’s Book Shop, 509 W. Seventh

Lewis Field Pioneer Reception NEW 5-7 p.m., East side of Lewis Field Stadium Tiger Letter Winner’s Association BBQ (formerly K-Club) 5 p.m., Gridiron Club, inside Lewis Field Stadium, southwest corner FHSU vs. Washburn University Football Game 6 p.m., Pre-game ceremonies; 7 p.m., Game time, Lewis Field Stadium




Joan L. Hazlett ’44, Lenora, April 20, 2010. Carol A. (Banister) Mlynar ’48, ’78, Emporia, April 17, 2010. Geraldine Jean (Farr) Willis ’46, Springfield, Mass., May 10, 2010.

T. Ferne (Miller) Bowersox ’71, Hutchinson, May 13, 2010. Karen S. (Parker) Bradshaw ’71, Wichita, April 28, 2010. Alvin L. Collins ’72, Weskan, April 1, 2010. Deborah L. (Rifford) Davis ’71, Guthrie, Okla., April 9, 2010. Charles W. Halm ’74, Oklahoma City, Okla., April 22, 2010. Glenda R. (Pedersen) Holmberg ’73, Lincoln, Neb., April 6, 2010. Mabel C. (Stryker) Holmes ’71, Lakeland, Fla., April 22, 2010. Suzan Marie (Hooper) Kern ’76, Wichita, May 28, 2010. Judy K. (Chlumsky) Moran ’71, Alexander, April 10, 2010. Mark E. Purvis ’79, Hays, April 22, 2010. John L. Schmeidler ’71, Hays, April 17, 2010. Milton H. Zimmerman ’70, Wichita, June 6, 2010.

1950s Robert K. Churchill ’58, Novato, Calif., June 17, 2010. Warren R. Conner ’51, WaKeeney, May 19, 2010. Philip G. Martin ’54, Pasadena, Md., March 19, 2010. William D. McDougall ’56, ’57, Pasadena, Calif., Feb. 12, 2010. Kenneth F. Rogers ’59, Colby, April 1, 2010.

1960s Daniel K. Applegate ’63, ’70, Oakley, June 11, 2010. Curtis J. Carley ’63, ’65, Albuquerque, N.M., April 6, 2010. Keith E. Gumm ’62, Terry, Mont., April 17, 2010. Judy K. (Leiker) Laux ’67, Huntley, Ill., Aug. 16, 2008. Linda L. (Fairbairn) Murray ’64, Kearneysville, W.V., Nov. 11, 2009. James T. Nichols ’60, ’61, North Platte, Neb., April 18, 2010. Darrell G. Resner ’68, Colorado Springs, Colo., July 4, 2005. Robert K. Webster ’68, ’70, Russell, April 7, 2010. Kenneth R. Weigel ’60, Kearney, Neb., April 19, 2010.

1980s Shannon Scott Bain ’83, Rolla, Mo., Nov. 28, 2009. Dru Archie Hughes ’85, Phoenix, Ariz., May 23, 2010.

1990s Jan R. (Poppe) Eaton ’97, Montezuma, Jan. 14, 2010. Robert L. Foster ’93, ’97, La Crosse, March 31, 2010.

2000s Jonathan May ’04, Tipton, March 24, 2009.


Delbert Marshall served FHSU for 36 Years By Traci Goebel CS, Alumni Office Delbert Marshall, 72, Hays, passed away Oct. 16, 2009. Marshall, a native of Topeka, attended Emporia State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He continued his education at Kansas State University, receiving a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry. His wife, Marilyn, also attended KSU, earning a master’s degree. Marshall served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1955 to 1963. He began his teaching career at KSU as a teaching assistant in 1961. Two years later he was employed by Salina High School as a science teacher. In 1964, Marshall went to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., as a chemistry instructor. The following year he returned to KSU with his previous title and in 1967 he joined KSU’s research fellowship. FHSU first employed Marshall as an assistant professor of chemistry in September of the same year. In 1968, he was recognized by Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma in 1969. Marshall was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1971 and then became a professor five years later. He retired in 2002. During his employment with FHSU, Marshall was nominated for the Pilot Award and listed in Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans , Who’s Who for the Midwest, and Who’s Who for the State of Kansas multiple times. Marshall was part of American Men and Women of Science and was a member of the Kansas Academy of Science. His work included research, classroom instruction and publication in refereed journals. He served as an officer of the FHSU Sigma Xi Club for many years, including serving as president for one academic year. Academically, Marshall served on the FHSU Library Committee, Faculty Association, Council on Preparation of Teachers and University Cultural Experience Committee and also within the community. Assisting with local science fairs and memberships in the Hays Humane Society, Hays Arts Council, Ellis County Historical Society, FHSU United Fund Drive, and the Methodist Church made Marshall a vital individual in the community. He enjoyed volunteering for KOOD Channel 9 and was a patron of FHSU Theatre. His hobbies included photography, reading and model railroading. The FHSU Alumni Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Delbert Marshall for his hard work on both the campus and in the local area. His success and development of students and the community will be forever remembered.

Re-purposed Picken Hall provides one-stop services By Kent Steward ’02, Director, University Relations As the first building on the Fort Hays State University campus, Picken Hall stands as a treasure house of memories. The years since 1904 took their toll, however, and the venerable building had deteriorated into a musty, creaky artifact ill-fitted for a modern university. Thanks to a $6 million investment and a vision for what could be, the renovated and re-purposed Picken Hall has been reborn as the site for just about anything a future or current FHSU student could need. Dr. Joey Linn ‘87, ’91, associate vice president for student affairs/Registrar, said the new facility was desperately needed to “provide the ultimate wow factor” for prospective students who visit campus. “This sort of welcome center was needed now more than ever in the cut-throat competitive climate of college recruiting,” he said. Linn recalled how Admissions had moved nearly two decades ago from cubbyholes in the Memorial Union to larger facilities in Custer Hall, but that location was remote from the lively main campus. “Now,” he said, “prospective students and their parents come directly to the center of campus where they can immediately feel the heartbeat of the university.” Current students also feel the benefits. “The new layout of the center allows for greater student privacy and individualized attention,” said Ellis junior Brittany Kroeger, a student worker in the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center. Picken Hall reopened this summer as home to Admisisons, the Registrar, Academic Advising and Career Exploration, Financial Assistance, Student Fiscal Services, the Graduate School, and the Kelly Center. The convenience of the new site includes spaces reserved for visitors in the new parking lot directly across Park Street. “The building is our home and provides a sense of community with a variety of student services at Fort Hays State University,” said Dr. Patty Griffin ‘87, ’91, director of the advising center. “Bringing together these services allows us to serve our students, faculty and staff in a more efficient manner and with greater ease.” After returning from temporary quarters during construction, Griffin said she and her staff appreciated returning to a Picken Hall that no longer required them to talk over the noise of window air conditioners or make apologies for the building’s condition. “This remodel has done more than provide a facelift to the building,” she said. “It has created a new identity and a tie to our institutional brand – Forward Thinking. World Ready. The university’s vision

for the future of this building and our students is apparent in the location of offices throughout the building in regards to services that our students utilize.” Craig Karlin ‘88, ’96, director of Financial Assistance, agreed. “The biggest thing for us is being out of Custer Hall and closer to our student services business partners,” he said. “It’s amazing how much better things work when you are in close proximity. In our case, we really interact a bunch with Student Fiscal Services, the Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School office, so it’s not only handier for the students but the staff as well.” Judith A. Getty ‘94, ‘97, director of Student Fiscal Services, chimed in on the importance of having all the student services consolidated. “The best part of the move for Student Fiscal Services is that all of our staff can now be together rather than in four separate places on campus,” she said. “Students do not have to be sent from one building to another to meet their needs, and the central location makes it easier to provide directions for visitors.” Dr. Tim Crowley, dean of the Graduate School, said the renovation was beautiful. “The traffic flow to my office is much better than what we had before,” he said. “The space we are in is more soundproof, too. Lighting is excellent and the level of ambient noise is low even in the large shared outer office space. The conference facilities are excellent, which means the ability to hold small to medium sized group meetings is going to be a big plus for my office in how it conducts business with faculty. In addition, the Internet bandwidth is excellent.” Griffin has been conducting interviews to fill an empty position, and she said the candidates, like students and staff, had very positive reactions. “One commented that her daily quality of life will improve just walking into this building each day,” Griffin said. Dr. Kenton Olliff, director of the Kelly Center, which now occupies the entire lower level, said the privacy of that arrangement was especially important to his staff’s services as counselors to students. Olliff also offered a broader assessment: “As the oldest building on campus but also the most recently renovated building, Picken Hall provides the link from our past to our future.”

Leave your mark on the new Picken Hall Picken Hall, Fort Hays State University’s oldest building, has undergone its first major renovation in nearly 50 years at a cost of $6 million. Your name, or the name of someone you wish to honor, can be part of the Picken Hall legacy. The Kansas Legislature made tax credits available for Regents universities’ top deferred maintenance needs, and FHSU’s top priority is Picken Hall. Donors interested in supporting the renovation project can receive a 45-percent Kansas tax credit with a minimum contribution of $10,000. At certain levels of giving, alumni and friends have the option to attach their names to spaces in the building, such as office suites, individual offices, conference rooms and new lobby areas. The renovation of Picken Hall has provided 104 naming opportunities. All naming opportunities will need the approval of the Gift Acceptance Committee and President Edward Hammond. Upon approval, the donor will be notified and the appropriate text confirmed for all signage and locations. The complete list of naming opportunities is available at or by calling the Foundation at (785) 628-5620.

We all cherish personal memories of Picken Hall. Don’t miss your chance to revisit those memories by seeing the university’s oldest building for yourself. Plan to attend the re-dedication ceremony for the renovated Picken Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, during Homecoming Weekend. Tours will be included.


Legislature demonstrates strong support By Ron Keller, Director, Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science and Kent Steward ’02, Director, University Relations Faced with withering state revenues, the 2010 Kansas Legislature was looking high and low for places to cut, but there was one place legislators did not look – the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science. The Legislature increased its funding for the fledgling academy from $333,188 last year to $753,857 for the coming academic year. So, as it enters its second year of existence, KAMS will be bigger and better than ever. Located at Fort Hays State University, KAMS is the state’s premier residential learning experience for high school juniors and seniors who show a keen interest in mathematics and science. KAMS students complete a minimum of 68 college credits and participate in hands-on research opportunities during their two-year academic adventure. The pioneer class of KAMS students, representing both small and large school districts from all regions of Kansas, got the academy started last August. Those juniors will be seniors this year, and they will be joined by a new crop of juniors representing an even broader area of Kansas. KAMS students excelled in the rigorous mathematics and science courses at FHSU. The students also found time to be active in community service endeavors and civic engagement opportunities, including volunteering at the Humane Society, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and helping the local Optimist Club sell trees during the holiday season. Last year, some of the KAMS students got a jump-start on their senior research projects with a few of them receiving recognition on the regional, state and international levels. Some of the students also interacted with students from other countries while conducting their research. As seniors, they will all have research projects in such areas as improving education in math and science, dynamics of threatened and endangered species, iPhone applications and computational physics. The KAMS students had a very eventful year; many of the students participated in the FHSU Marching Band, were active in TigerWild and joined the Astronomy Club. One KAMS student became the first ever intern for a facility as a concurrently enrolled high school and college student. One of the highlights of the year was a trip to the state Capitol in Topeka. The students were extremely proud of the opportunity to interact with legislators and to be recipients of resolutions of commendation by both the House and the Senate, which hinted at the Legislature’s later decision not only to maintain but actually increase funding for KAMS. KAMS began its existence under FHSU’s College of Education and Technology but will move in the second year to the Division of Student Affairs. Being a part of Student Affairs will provide a wide spectrum of events throughout the school year. This will strengthen the KAMS experience by providing additional learning opportunities outside of class. Students will have a direct link to such areas as Residential Life, counseling and academic support, Career Services, the first-year experience, and general student activities. As a proud part of Fort Hays State University, KAMS students uphold high ideals and strive for accomplishments that advance the academy, the university, the state and the nation.

For more information about the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science or to schedule a visit, see or call (785) 628-4690.


Roger’s back! When the pioneer members of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science return this fall for their senior year, another returning Tiger will be there to greet them. Dr. Roger Schieferecke ‘95, ‘98 will greet the returnees and their incoming junior classmates as the associate director for student services at KAMS. After earning his bachelor and master’s degrees in communication at FHSU, Schieferecke served as director of admissions from 2001 to 2005 before leaving to direct enrollment services at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He then moved to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, where he earned a doctorate in higher education administration. “The opportunity to engage in the lives of some of the best and brightest high school minds in the state drew me to the position,” Schieferecke said of his return to FHSU. “The fact that the academy is on the campus of Fort Hays State University is the icing on the cake. I am very excited to return to my alma mater, which is the institution that launched my professional career.” As associate director, Schieferecke will serve as the KAMS academic advisor. His responsibilities include marketing the academy, recruiting new students and overseeing state assessments. He will assist in the college search and selection process and work with students on applying for scholarships. In addition, he will serve as the KAMS liaison on numerous university committees.

FHSU receives Big Read grant from NEA, multitude of events planned October 2010 will officially be ”My Antonia” month both at Fort Hays State University and in the Hays community thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from the community. The grant is part of The Big Read program, which is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enjoyment. FHSU’s grant will go toward activities and materials throughout the month to celebrate Willa Cather’s My Antonia, which tells the stories of several Czech, or Bohemian, immigrant families who start new lives in rural Nebraska. “Hays was shaped by the same historical and climactic forces documented in Cather’s Nebraska fiction,” said Dr. Steven Trout, chair of the Department of English. “Hays is the quintessential Great Plains community. The world that Cather describes is our world.” “Students don’t get a literary perspective on the High Plains from any of the other literature they read in school,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to read classic literature that is set in their own backyard.” Activities open with an official ceremony in the Hays city hall. U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas Education Commissioner Alexi Posey and former First Lady Laura Bush have been invited. Several Cather scholars will visit Hays to give presentations and workshops. Citizens from Wilson, a destination for many Czech immigrants during the late 19th century, will contribute to the presentations, offering examples of Czech food, crafts and dance to bring the experiences of Cather’s characters home to readers. Filmmaker Joel Geyer, who directed the PBS documentary “Willa Cather: The Road is All,” will show and discuss his film at the Fox Pavilion in downtown Hays. Willa Cather. Photo Credit: Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Collection, Nebraska State Historical Society

“’The Road is All’ will show readers how her writing isn’t just regional fiction,” said Trout. “The film shows how Cather was inspired by the different places and cultures she lived throughout her life.” A keynote panel discussion, featuring all four of the scholars, will bring the scholarly portion of the Big Read program to a close. All Big Read presentations, panel discussions and performances will be recorded and made available through cable television, streaming online video and podcast. Online book discussion groups will be open to all on Facebook and Twitter in case they cannot attend discussions in person. Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, will host a regional Sigma Tau Delta conference in Red Cloud, Neb., which is the location of the Willa Cather Foundation. Foundation and Sigma Tau Delta volunteers will organize activities for Hays High School and Thomas More PrepMarian High School students, who will take a field trip to Red Cloud. The Hays Recreation Commission will host an excursion for adults to the places described in My Antonia. FHSU faculty members Dr. Greg Farley, professor of biological sciences, Dr. Steven Kite, assistant professor of history, and Trout will provide perspective from different disciplines. “Literature, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary,” said Trout. “The richer and more profound a piece of work is, the more ties it has to every other aspect of life.” Cather, an avid naturalist, documented the plants and animals from the various areas she visited and lived in. To emphasize this facet of Cather’s life, Farley will lead a discussion of flora and fauna at the Willa Cather Prairie, where many of the plants and animals she documented live.

Kite will discuss the historical context for My Antonia in Red Cloud’s 19th-century train depot. Trout will explore the visual artworks and literacy traditions that inform Cather’s writing at the Cather Museum. Participants will tour Cather’s childhood home and other sites in the novel and will meet with local townspeople who have memories of Cather and the individuals who inspired her characters. In addition to the planned activities, the Big Read grant will also purchase 2,000 copies of Cather’s novel for distribution to all middle and high school students in Hays. The remaining books will go to the public, with focus on local book clubs and senior citizens. Local bookstores will also sell My Antonia for a discounted price. Spanish translations will be acquired via interlibrary loan, and HALO will work with the Hispanic community to maximize its involvement. In addition, some of the activities, including FHSU instructor of English Sharon Wilson’s presentation on My Antonia and contemporary Hispanic-American literature, will target Hispanic readers specifically. For more information about the Big Read program at FHSU, contact Trout at (786) 628-4285.


CAMPUS NEWS FHSU stimulates economy

Dr. Tom Johansen ‘80, ‘81

Fort Hays State University plays a vital role in the economy of its community and region, and the importance of that role has increased during the current recession. Even though growth has cushioned FHSU to some extent – enrollment increased 11.5 percent at FHSU in spring 2010 while the entire Kansas Board of Regents system grew by only 2.2 percent – cuts to higher education damage the communities, such as Hays, where state universities are located. A study of the economic impact of FHSU on the city and county that was released this spring showed that in the most recent fiscal year for which complete information is available – July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009 – the university had a total impact of $194,092,519 locally. Dr. Tom Johansen ‘80, ‘81, professor of economics and finance and co-author of the recently released economic impact study, analyzed the effect of the recent reductions in state funding for FHSU and concluded there had been a reduction of more than $8 million in local impact due to the cuts in state financial support. Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president, adopted five planning principles to cope with the reduced funding, and one of those principles is to minimize the impact of cuts on the local community.

Accordingly, FHSU played a key role in supporting the $10-million Hays Sports Complex, which includes $2 million in direct spending for the university’s soccer stadium in the complex. In addition, the $5.39-million renovation of Picken Hall employed a local general contractor and other local companies. Fort Hays State used the major share of its $2.8 million in federal stimulus money to pay for deferred maintenance projects, which also provided work for local contractors. Also of note, in partnership with Virginia Tech and several other universities, FHSU constructed two Super Dual Auroral Radar Network antennas that will study the impact of the changing solar winds on Earth’s near-space environment. FHSU and the local community have a symbiotic relationship, and the university is committed to financial decisions that will protect, as much as possible, the city of Hays, Ellis County and western Kansas. Johansen earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 in finance and a master’s degree in 1981 in business administration, both from FHSU. In 1990, he earned a Ph.D. in business administration from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Johansen can be reached at [email protected]

Fifteen home dates on 2010-11 basketball schedules Fort Hays State University Tigers have one more home date for conference play on the schedule this year with the addition of Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., to the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association). Long-time rival University of Nebraska-Kearney headlines the non-conference competition at home in late November. The men’s team climbed all the way to No. 3 in the national rankings last year and made its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament under Mark Johnson in his ninth year. The women’s team also made strides last year, posting a winning record and another MIAA Tournament appearance under second-year coach Tony Hobson. Check, the official website of Fort Hays State Athletics, for dates and times. For season tickets or individual game tickets, contact the FHSU Athletics Office at (785) 628-4050. For more information on tickets, visit

Partnership with Navy expands Whether they’re on the high seas or the coasts of America, Fort Hays State University’s Virtual College helps sailors in the United States Navy earn degrees by participating in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP). Through the NCPDLP program, FHSU’s Virtual College has made available a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Bachelor of General Studies with emphases in hospitality management, healthcare management or information networking and telecommunications. After submitting a proposal to add a degree, the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) must approve the degree programs before they are open to sailors for enrollment and listed on the NCPDLP website. Installation into the program is very selective. For more information about FHSU’s distance learning opportunities, contact Dennis King, director of the Virtual College and learning technologies at (785) 628-4291 or by e-mail at [email protected]


Professor awarded prestigious grant A prestigious Fulbright Grant from the U.S. State Department will give an opportunity to teach abroad to Dr. Avi Kempinski, assistant professor of modern languages and interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages at FHSU. The State Department’s Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Kempinski will travel to the University of Duisberg-Essen in Essen, Germany, for the spring 2011 semester to teach and continue his research. He was one of about 1,100 American scholars and professionals to be sent to approximately 125 different countries this year and one of only 30 funded by the German government. “Avi now has the chance to share information between FHSU and the rest of the world,” said Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost. “This is a great opportunity for FHSU, and it helps us internationalize our campus.” Not only will this opportunity benefit Kempinski, but it will also benefit his students, his teaching and FHSU. “By teaching in the diversified context of UDE, I will have the opportunity to expand my understanding of the notion of German identity and subsequently to incorporate those insights and knowledge in future course offerings at FHSU,” said Kempinski. “In addition,” he said, “I hope that the students I teach in Germany will be candidates one day to come and study at Fort Hays State University.” One of his main goals while in Germany is to expand the ties between UDE and FHSU through exchange programs for students and faculty. In addition to Kempinski’s award, Dr. Lexey Bartlett, assistant professor of English, has been designated as an alternate for a Fulbright Grant this award cycle. Bartlett proposed to teach and conduct research at the University of Maynooth in Maynooth, Ireland. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, go to

Foundation boasts new team

COET dean named

The public face of the Fort Hays State University Foundation received fresh leadership in April as the new director of communications and marketing, Jeff Brull ’99 ’07, began work in the midst of a busy Community Drive. Brull has been involved in every aspect of the Foundation’s communications efforts since. He has a background in sales, marketing and public relations and has been an active member of FHSU and the surrounding community for years. His diverse experiences exhibit great promise to actively and creatively promote the Foundation’s many endeavors for years to come. The Foundation is also proud to announce that Jared Schiel ’02 joined the team as associate director of communications and marketing in July. Schiel graduated from FHSU’s graphic design program and was hired shortly thereafter at FHSU’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology as a graphic designer and animation specialist. Schiel’s responsibilities in that role included developing promotional materials and learning objects for many courses. Schiel said he is excited to join the Foundation team in implementing new technologies in shaping a new look and feel as the Foundation moves forward, continuing in its growing role in support of education and innovation at Fort Hays State University.

Dr. Robert Scott has been named interim dean for the College of Education and Technology for the 2010-11 academic year. Scott has served as chair and professor of the FHSU Department of Justice Studies since 2007. Most recently, he served as the provost at Keystone College in Scranton, Pa., from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that Scott served as provost at the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 2002-2005. Scott earned a B.A. degree in political science from Brock University, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and an M.S. degree in criminal justice from State University of New York-Buffalo in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, in 1993. “Based on his service as a provost and line officer at two institutions of higher education, I believe he will provide the necessary short-term leadership to maintain continuity and direction for the coming year,” said Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost. Scott replaces Dr. Debbie Mercer, who has been named associate dean for teacher education in the College of Education at Kansas State University, Manhattan. He can be reached at Rarick Hall, room 213B, (785) 628-5866 or [email protected]

Jeff Brull ’99 ’07

Jared Schiel ’02

Dr. Avi Kempinski

Dr. Robert Scott


CAMPUS NEWS FHSU Madrigal Feaste brings ancient Christmas traditions to life “Castles and feasting meet dinner theatre” is one way to describe a madrigal dinner. During the Middle Ages and continuing into the Renaissance, the Christmas season was a time of great celebration. Modern day madrigal dinners transport the audience to a fabulous medieval or Renaissance ceremonial feast. This year’s FHSU Madrigal Feaste will be held in the Memorial Union on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, Nov. 1, in the Union Administrative Office, room 208. “After Advent, a time of introspection and fasting, elaborate preparations were made for a truly festive event,” said Bill Smriga, director of the Memorial Union. “It was a real celebration, with eating, drinking, dancing and even animals parading through the great halls of castles and manor houses.” The event provided an opportunity to visit and exchange news. After prayers in chapel or at the table, trumpet fanfares signaled the service of specific courses and dishes within the feast. Guests danced, told stories and sang in enthusiastic outbursts of merrymaking. Madrigal singing began as entertainment in Renaissance Italy. It quickly spread throughout Europe and reached the height of its popularity in Elizabethan England, where several collections of madrigals were printed in Queen Elizabeth’s honor. The fun continues today with the Madrigal Feaste produced by the Memorial Union and presented in partnership with the Fort Hays Singers, led by Choral Director Dr. Terry Crull. Fort Hays’ effort began in 1964 with one performance and continues today. “Thanks to Dr. Crull’s leadership and creativity, we always make it into a pretty rollicking good time,” Smriga said. “It’s one of the most beloved and popular cultural traditions here.” In recent years, audience members have begun to get into the Madrigal Feaste spirit. The dinner is a great family event, and Smriga encourages visitors to “come in your best Elizabethan outfit.”

From left: Dr. Fred Britten, professor of communication disorders and Pilot Award recipient; Andrew Leiker ’10, Torch Award recipient; Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president; and Dr. Greg Farley, professor of biological sciences and Navigator Award recipient. The awards were presented at the Graduate and Faculty Brunch on May 14.


Nichols named assistant alumni director Fort Hays State University’s Alumni Association named Charlene Nichols the new assistant alumni director on June 14 following a nationwide search. She will assist with planning and implementing a variety of alumni activities, programs and services as well as developing marketing strategies to reach a broad base of FHSU alumni and friends. Nichols will also serve as the sponsor of Tigers4Life, the student alumni organization. “We are very pleased to add Charlene as a key part of the Association’s professional team,” said Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, FHSU executive alumni director. “Her qualifications, her enthusiasm for Fort Hays State and her creative and successful approaches to developing meaningful programs and services have, and will continue to benefit the entire Tiger community.” A native of Chapman, Nichols received a Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communications in 1992 from Kansas State University. Her professional experience includes serving as a senior account executive and media planner with Shaker Recruitment Advertising and Communications, the nation’s second largest privately held recruitment advertising and communications firm. At Shaker, she planned media strategies, including Web 2.0 and social media campaigns, for a wide range of clients including Mohawk Industries, Smiths Aerospace, Coca-Cola Enterprises and DaVita. Since August 2009, Nichols has served as the interim FHSU assistant alumni director. Nichols is married to Dr. Gregory Weisenborn, chair of the FHSU Management and Marketing Department. They live in Hays with their children, Katie and John. She can be reached at [email protected] or (785) 628-4430.

Catch up 24-7-365 It has never been easier to stay abreast of happenings on Fort Hays State’s campus or with FHSU alumni and friends, thanks to a host of social networking sites currently maintained by the FHSU Alumni Association. Join us on one of these websites.

Admissions starts 2010-11 recruiting season With the changes in the economy, local demographics and the world of technology, the Admissions Office is facing exciting opportunities for the future of recruitment at Fort Hays State University. As high school students evolve, the staff has been developing new recruitment strategies to provide them with the best service possible. The quest for our new Tigers has begun, and the staff looks forward to building relationships with the 2011-2012 recruiting class. The 2010-2011 Admissions Office recruiting staff:

Facebook is the nation’s fastest-growing social media provider. Tiger alumni and friends are no exception to this trend. Since August 2009, the number of fans on the FHSU Alumni Facebook page has nearly quadrupled. Facebook fans can find event photos, campus news, issues of FHSU TigerTalk and perhaps even an old friend or two on the Association’s fan page: In addition to the main alumni page, links are available to other Facebook pages, such as Half Century Club, Alumni Chapters and reunion groups.

With nearly 700 members, the FHSU Alumni Group provides professional networking opportunities to Tigers in all fields across the globe. Job postings, discussion boards and business offerings are among the site’s more popular features.

Visit to see an array of videos specifically related to alumni interests. From highlights of Alumni Award winners’ presentations to updates from President Hammond or a tour of the Robbins Center, the Association’s YouTube channel has it all. If you have a video related to FHSU to share with Tiger alumni and friends, contact us and we will be happy to add it to the site.

Tricia Cline ’99, ’02, Director of Admissions

Angela Krueger ’06 – Southwest Kansas admissions counselor Lindsey Minar ’04 – Out-of-state/Sedgwick and Butler counties admissions counselor Kelsi Hoffman ’10 – Northwest Kansas admissions counselor Leanna Roberts ’09 – Nebraska admissions counselor Kathleen Dougherty – Colorado admissions counselor Sara Stoecklein ’10 – Northeast Kansas admissions counselor As always, if an alum or family member knows of a prospective student that you would like us to contact, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 628-FHSU or [email protected]

Jon Armstrong ’96, ’08 Assistant Director of admissions/transfer coordinator

FHSU still most affordable university Fort Hays State University continues to offer the lowest tuition among the six state Regents universities. The Regents-approved increase at FHSU will be only $2.95 per credit hour for in-state, undergraduate students. Calculated for a 15-credit-hour semester, undergraduate tuition at FHSU in the coming academic year will be $1,517.25, which is an increase of 3.0 percent from $1,473 in 2009-2010. Considering that FHSU already had the lowest tuition and instituted the lowest increase, the gap widened between the cost at FHSU and at the other five schools. By comparison, undergraduate tuition increased by 9.1 percent at the University of Kansas, to $3,583.50 per semester. Tuition at the other four state universities falls between FHSU and KU. Required fees vary at the universities. At FHSU, tuition and fees for undergraduates will total $1,958.25 per semester in the coming year, an increase of 4.1 percent from $1,881 last year. Most of the increase was a new $2-per-credit-hour fee for athletics that was approved by the student body. “With states unable to maintain their levels of funding for higher education over the past two years, tuition increases have been unavoidable,” said Dr. Edward Hammond, university president. “However, at FHSU we have found ways to hold down our increases.” FHSU will also extend the incentive program instituted last year. The Tuition Incentive Program, or TIP, rewards students for good academic performance and thereby reduces the impact of the tuition increase. In the first year of TIP, FHSU returned $5 to undergraduate Kansas students for every credit hour completed in an on-campus course with a grade of C or better. This year, that will increase to $10 per credit hour. Based on the results of the initial year of TIP, FHSU actually expects to return more money to students in the coming year than it raises from the tuition increase. “We have projected that our 3-percent tuition increase will generate $700,000 in new revenue next year,” President Hammond said. “At the higher payout level of $10, we expect to return $740,000 to Kansas students through TIP.” 23



Another year of success! Earlier this summer, I was attending a meeting in Hays, visiting with a graduate of Fort Hays State University. The conversation began with the fact that I had started to school in 1949 but did not finish until 1957. The gentleman then asked if the Korean War had interrupted my time at school. My response was that we were washed out by the 1951 flood and then Korea. Because the flood is so ingrained in the minds of those who were in Hays during those years, I was surprised when he asked, “What flood was that?” A quick calculation in my mind made me realize that the flood was probably before he was born. Yet the flood and its impact was deeply etched in my mind. This brought to the forefront the importance of keeping history alive for future generations. The HCC has initiated a Facebook page for the purpose of retaining history. Issues like the flood, which took the lives of five people, will always be a part of the memory of those who were at Fort Hays State in and about that time, but if we don’t have written records others will never understand. Therefore, with the help of the FHSU alumni staff, a Facebook page at was created for one main purpose and that is to preserve history. Some of the history may be of a very serious nature, like the flood, or, on the other extreme, of amusing things that may have happened on the campus, like the wearing of beanie hats for all freshmen and the results of not wearing those beanies. The tug of war across Big Creek, the sudden dismissal of school for celebrations, different type of homecomings and many other memories should be preserved. Our goal is to get you to write some of your memories on the Facebook page, both serious and amusing, to keep the HCC history alive. For those of you who feel comfortable with the computer, please share some thoughts and memories you might have about Fort Hays State. For those of us less comfortable, perhaps you could have a good time with a grandchild asking them for guidance and

sharing some of the memories with them. Can you think of a better way to introduce a grandchild to Fort Hays State University than to share the fun things you recall about the university? Homecoming is just around the corner, and plans are in the making to provide a great opportunity for the Class of 1960 to learn about the Half Century Club. On Friday, Oct. 1, a luncheon will be held at the Memorial Union to induct the Class of 1960 as the newest HCC members. Also, we will recognize the Class of 1950, which has reached the 60-year graduation mark. For all HCC members, we welcome you back to Homecoming. During the fellowship time prior to the luncheon, several students will be present to help those interested in adding your memories to the HCC Facebook page. If you have an opportunity to talk with one of the students, please take a few minutes to recall your university experiences. You will find it exciting to take time for memories, while at the same time students will learn more about Fort Hays State University’s past. To all HCC members, I would like to personally thank each of you for the great response to the request this past year to provide scholarship monies. We awarded two $1,200 scholarships and six $500 scholarships. In the current economic times, these scholarships are most valuable to FHSU students. Another year is now upon us, and I would make another plea to you if you can give funds for scholarships, now is the time to send your gift to the Alumni Office noted for the HCC Scholarship Fund. It is our desire to increase the amount of scholarships another year. Any funds given to HCC for scholarships will also count toward the $60 million Foundation Cornerstone Campaign currently in effect. Please note that gifts of any size are greatly appreciated. Give from your heart what you are able and that money will help a student stay in school at Fort Hays. Remember Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3. Plan to attend as many activities as possible, including the

Leo Lake ’57, ’61 President, Half Century Club Awards and Recognition Banquet on Friday, Oct. 1. Two noteworthy HCC members will be recognized. Dr. Robert Sandmeyer ’56, Stillwater, Okla., will receive a Distinguished Service Award and Warren “Whitey” Alpers ’57, ’63, Hutchinson, will be recognized with a Nita M. Landrum Award. Whenever you have a thought about how we can have a better HCC, never hesitate to contact one of your officers or the Alumni Association office at (888) 351-3591. Thanks for supporting Fort Hays State University with your gifts and your enthusiasm.

2010-11 Half Century Club Officers Whitey Alpers ’57, ’63, Hutchinson *Jeani Billinger ’72, ’83, Secretary *Tim Chapman, Foundation Joan Henry ’54, Hays Leo Lake ’57, ’61, Hutchinson, President Darrell McGinnis ’59, ’60, Hays *Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Alumni Association Dr. Loyal Vincent ’57, ’61, Omaha, Neb., Past President Darrell Wanker ’58, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas Twila Wanker ’57, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas Gordon Zahradnik ’72, ’83, Lyons (*Campus Representatives)


ATHLETICS FHSU’s first soccer coaches named Oliver Twelvetrees and Craig Shaw were named head coaches of the new men’s and women’s soccer programs at Fort Hays State University in July. Twelvetrees will be the head coach of the men’s program, and Shaw will be the head coach of the women’s program. The teams will begin play in 2011-12 at Fort Hays State. Twelvetrees comes to the program from Barton Community College, where he has been the head coach for the last four years. Shaw comes from Ottawa University, where he was the head coach the last three years. Shaw began his position on Aug. 2. Twelvetrees will begin his position on Dec. 1, 2010. Twelvetrees is coaching one more season at Barton in fall 2010. Twelvetrees has made the Barton men’s soccer program a perennial powerhouse at the NJCAA level. He has guided the school to a record of 75-9-3 (an .879 winning percentage) over the past four years. He led Barton to Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Championships in 2007 and 2008, the Region VI Championships in 2007 and 2009, and to the District Championship in 2009, which qualified the Cougars for the eight-team national championship tournament. Twelvetrees was named KJCCC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2009. He has been among the final four selections for National Coach of the Year. Twelvetrees is a native of Wales in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Brighton in England in 1999. He later earned his master’s degree at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn., in 2004. In three years, Shaw guided Ottawa to a record of 38-20-3. The 2009 season was Ottawa’s best under Shaw with a 16-5 overall record. The Lady Braves won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with an unblemished 9-0 record. Ottawa improved in the conference standings each year under Shaw, finishing third in 2007, second in 2008 and at the top in 2009. The 2009 Ottawa squad also won the conference tournament and was an NAIA national tournament qualifier. Shaw was named KCAC Coach of the Year and NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2009. He led the Lady Braves to NAIA national rankings in 2008 and 2009. Hailing from Australia as both a player and coach, Shaw, among his other highly acclaimed accomplishments, also played collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division II level. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn., and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Johnson takes over baseball program Steve Johnson was named the new head baseball coach at Fort Hays State University in May. Johnson comes to FHSU from Butler Community College, where he was the head coach for the past seven years. He becomes the 13th coach in the history of the FHSU baseball program. While at Butler Community College, Johnson compiled a record of 235-155 in seven years as head coach. He led the program to at least 30 wins in each of his last six seasons and an NJCAA World Series appearance in 2006. The Grizzlies were co-champions of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division three times in Johnson’s tenure, including the 2010 season. He was twice named the Jayhawk Western Division Coach of the Year (2005 and 2007) and was the NJCAA Central District and ABCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2006. Prior to becoming the head coach at Butler Community College, Johnson spent eight years as an assistant with three different successful programs, producing a combined record of 262-190. A native of Salisbury, Mo., Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in Sports Management from Fort Hays State in 1997.


Tiger Hall of Fame The annual FHSU Tiger Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Robbins Center on the campus of Fort Hays State University. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Inductees will also be honored at halftime of the football game against Pittsburg State University later that afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Athletic Office, (785) 628-4050.

Inductees in the 2010 class Don and Chris Bickle, contributors, 2010. Brad Brown, contributor, athletic training, 1978-85. Jeremy Hawks, football and track and field, 1993-98. Bob McAnany, cross country and track and field, 1977-79. Shauna Porter, women’s basketball, 1997-2001. Bob ’50 and Pat Schmidt, contributors, 2010. Barton Snow, men’s basketball, 1971-76. Steve Webster, contributor, broadcasting, 1989-2002.

FOUNDATION FHSU alumnus impacts national discussion through photographs Associated Press photographer Charlie Riedel ’83 received a message on Facebook from a staff member of Time Magazine asking if he would like a copy of the cover art of the June 21, 2010, issue since it featured Riedel’s photography. That was the first Riedel knew about his moving photographs having been chosen for the cover of one of the most iconic publications. “Because I work for AP, they really own my work,” said Riedel. “I rarely know where they wind up. I didn’t even know they were looking at it until they had the cover all mocked up.” Riedel likes to think of his role as an AP photographer as a way to sway public debate over controversial issues, although he admits it is often difficult to gauge his success. That was not the case with his recent trip to the Gulf of Mexico to chronicle the impact of the BP oil spill. “This was an instance where very soon thereafter it was obvious that it had impacted a lot of people,” he said. “It was something you could look at and you knew it because of blogs and Facebook and people sending e-mails and people talking about it on the news that it obviously struck a chord with people.” Riedel credits much of his success to his roots as a student at Fort Hays State University and as a community journalist for The Hays Daily News. It was his time in Hays that gave him the chance to develop a broad-based education, practice his craft and develop his own style. “Ten years ago I came to the AP, and now I cover major news events and major sporting events – things I never would have covered when working in Hays,” he said. “But my time at FHSU and The Hays Daily News really honed my skills. It’s great being able to have both of those experiences.”

Associated Press photographer Charlie Riedel documents an oiled brown pelican that died and washed up on the Louisiana coast in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill June 7, 2010. Photo by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Society

Proposed indoor training facility now a necessity Winter and 400 student athletes who need indoor training facilities strain Gross Memorial Coliseum to its limits. Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93 has been a proponent of such a facility since his arrival on campus. FHSU President Edward Hammond recalls Hammeke’s appeal: “Next to personnel, having really top-flight coaches which we are blessed with, facilities are very important to the mix of having a good athletic program. If we’re going to play, participate and compete at the highest level, we need to have facilities that will be at that level.” A significant milestone toward the estimated project price tag of between $4 million and $5 million was announced June 11, with a pair of $1 million gifts from Don and Chris Bickle and Bob ’50 and Pat Schmidt. “I think it’s necessary that we get this done,” said Foundation President and CEO Tim Chapman. “These two gifts are going to enable us to do that – not only as part of our campaign but also for the athletic programs and recruiting efforts and for us to win championships and bring the best student athletes we can to Fort Hays State University.” The facility will be named in honor of these two lead gifts, but other naming opportunities remain, including the field, the track, the lifting and cardio facility, and a wall of honor for donors and teams. “We would like to see former athletic teams become involved in the wall of honor,” said Chapman. The proposed training site is at the southeast corner of the FHSU campus, near Lewis Field Stadium. The 71,000-square-foot facility will have weights, cardio equipment, a four-lane synthetic track and an artificial covered surface that will extend 70 yards, although the final version of the project will depend heavily on future contributions. While the purpose is primarily for intercollegiate athletics, the facility will be a tremendous asset to all FHSU students, faculty and staff. It will be made available for intramural use, general student use, and the use of student groups when not being utilized by the Athletics Department. For more information about the proposed facility, making a contribution or naming opportunities, contact the FHSU Foundation. Call (785) 628-5620, e-mail [email protected] or visit

FHSU Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke explains the need for an indoor training facility at the June 11 news conference announcing two lead gifts. Photo by Jeff Brull ’99, ’07


CHAPTER NEWS What kind of Tiger are you? You’ve asked – we listened! Beginning Sept. 1, 2010, all FHSU graduates, along with current faculty and staff, will be granted membership into the FHSU Alumni Association. Under the current membership model, only those who paid dues were considered to be members. The new plan, offering a variety of alternatives for Tigers of all ages to engage with the association and the university, includes five levels of memberships – each with additional incentives. More importantly, for those of you who are current members of the Association, you will be grandfathered into the new plan at the coinciding level. Annual members will step into the Silver Tier whereas life members will automatically be granted Gold Tier status. Two new categories will be released – the Diamond Tier and the Platinum Tier, both of which have elevated privileges and incentives. “We are thrilled about the options the new membership program will afford the Association,” said Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, executive alumni director. She cited, “More involvement, greater benefits and chances to reconnect with the Tiger community.” Everyone will have full access to an online alumni directory and receive the FHSU Magazine and FHSU-TigerTalk. Advanced levels will include all of the above plus incentives, gifts, discounts, recognition and a free state of Kansas Tiger tag license. Watch for details about the new program, which will be sent to alumni and friends prior to the September 1 launch or check out For more information, contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or (888) 351-3591.




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ALUMNI NEWS Nominate the best!

Sea to sea with fellow Tigers

Each year, the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association presents accomplished alumni and friends with awards in honor of their achievements and/or service. The FHSU Alumni Association invites individuals to nominate qualified candidates for one of four 2011 Alumni Association alumni award categories: Alumni Achievement, Distinguished Service, Young Alumni and Nita M. Landrum. The Alumni Achievement Award was introduced in 1959 to recognize FHSU alumni who have made outstanding contributions in service to their community, state or nation as citizens, in chosen career fields and/or philanthropic work. The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1974, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level. Started in 1977, the Young Alumni Award was designed to recognize 10- to 15-year graduates who have had outstanding achievements and recent accomplishments in their careers. In 1994, the Nita M. Landrum Award was created in honor of Landrum, the longest-tenured university alumni director, to recognize alumni and friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Association and/or FHSU. “The awards program allows the Association to recognize FHSU alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves in their personal and professional lives,” said Debra Prideaux ’86, ’92, executive alumni director. Over the last 50 years, more than 300 FHSU alumni and friends have been honored by the Alumni Association for their accomplishments. For more information or to nominate an individual for an Association award, please contact the FHSU Alumni Office toll free at (888) 351-3591 or online at www. Consideration of the 2011 awards programs will be given to nominations received by November 15, 2010. Nominators are asked to submit an eligible candidate’s name. Honorees will be selected by the FHSU Alumni Board of Directors for recognition during the 2011 Homecoming Weekend. This year’s FHSU Alumni and Friends Awards Banquet is Friday, Oct. 1, at the Memorial Union Ballroom on the FHSU campus.

Mark your calendars and make plans today to travel with the FHSU/GoNext travel program. Designed to give all Tiger alumni, family and friends a unique opportunity to expand their horizons and experience the world with new and exciting travel adventures, the GoNext travel program is known for its careful planning, excellent accommodations, exceptional guides, competitive pricing and friendly groups. This year’s trips are no exception! Why not take advantage of 2-for-1 specials on our Alaskan Frontiers and Glacier Cruise, June 7-17, 2011, or our Best of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles Cruise Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 2011. Both are certain to please as you join other Tigers from around the world and experience something extraordinary! The cost of both trips includes round-trip airfare from select Oceania Cruise cities; 10 nights’ accommodations and cruising onboard the Regatta (Alaska) or Marina (Mediterranean) cruise ships to historic and scenic ports of call; all meals, entertainment and use of facilities on board the ship; private welcome reception; complimentary bottle of wine; attentive service from an experienced Go Next program manager; comprehensive pre-departure information; and government taxes and fees. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see the world today. For more information, contact the FHSU Alumni Office toll free at (888) 351-3591.


Calendar 2010-2011 AUGUST 2010

23 Fall semester begins

Back to School Picnic, FHSU Quad 27 Tiger Auction and Dinner, Memorial Union


9 Tiger After-Hour Party Robbins Center

Calling all Tigers – it’s party time! Need a break? Looking for a relaxing, fun time? The first in a series of after-hour parties scheduled in 2010-11, featuring adult beverages and munchies, is sure to please Tigers of all ages.

13 Tiger Alumni & Friends Gathering at the State Fair, Dillon Hall, Encampment Building, Hutchinson It’s sure to be a grand time as area FHSU alumni and friends gather at for this annual event. It’s fellowship and fun at its finest complete with a Dagwood sandwich bar with all the trimmings, including an official Tiger cake. Hear the latest in Tiger news, and you may even win a Tiger prize. Advance registrations are required. Cost: $7.50. Register today at http://goforthaysstate. com/statefair2010. Hosts: Whitey ’57, ’63 and Shirley ’56 Alpers and the FHSU Alumni Association. Questions, call (888) 351-3591. P.S. Be sure to bring your Dillons shopping card for free admittance to the fair! Don’t worry, if you forget your card or don’t have one, you will only have to pay a dollar to enter the fairgrounds.

18 Boothill/JJ Powerline Golf Tournament, Dodge City

Participants can enjoy great golf while raising scholarship funds for Fort Hays State students from Ford and surrounding counties. Contact Terry Rabe ’78 at [email protected] or (620) 227-2333.

25 Tiger Party at Martinelli’s, 158 S. Santa Fe Ave., Salina Benvenuti (Welcome) Tigers!!! Join Saline County area Tiger alumni and friends as they gather at 6:30 p.m. to experience “La Dolce Vita’ (the sweet life) as the Italians do at Martinelli's Little Italy Italian Restaurant in Salina. Enjoy Tiger camaraderie at its finest. Special guest: Dr. Edward Hammond, FHSU president. Tickets for the event are just $10 and include an authentic Italian meal with all of the trimmings. We hope you can join us for a great evening with “amici della tigre” (Tiger friends)! Hosts are Heather Ney '00, [email protected], and the FHSU Alumni Office. Advance registrations required. Please register at martinellis2010.

30 Homecoming Weekend, Campus (see pgs. 14-15)



1-3 Homecoming Weekend, Campus (see pgs. 14-15)

5 Tiger Watch Party – Takin’ the Ichabods by Storm, Hays

6 Encore: The Dallas Brass, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

22 Encore: Montana Repetory Theatre in Bus Stop, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

23 FHSU Hall of Fame Brunch, Robbins Center Alumni Leadership Conference, Campus Encore: Fiddler on the Roof, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center 25-29 2010 Media Tour, statewide 28 FHSU Kansas City Tiger Reception, Overland Park

3-6 MIAA Basketball Tournament/ Tiger Alumni Party, Kansas City, Mo. 15 Encore: Bowfire, Beach/ Schmidt Performing Arts Center 21-27 FHSU Spring Break 28 Encore: Alley II, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

NOVEMBER 15 2011 Alumni Awards nomination deadline, 17 Encore: Spamalot, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

APRIL 26 Encore: The Aluminum Show, Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center

22-28 Fall Break – no classes


23 “Tiger Tuesday” FHSU vs. Newman pre-game party, Wichita

13 Graduate/Faculty Brunch, Campus

DECEMBER 18 Fall semester ends 23-31 Winter Break, campus closed

JANUARY 2011 1-2 Winter Break, campus closed

3 Campus open

10 2011 Kansas Legislative opening session, Topeka 12 Spring classes begin, campus 25 Encore: International Chamber Soloists, Beach/ Schmidt Performing Arts Center



14 2011 Commencement For information on these or other upcoming events, call the FHSU Alumni Office at (785) 628-4430, toll free at (888) 351-3591 or visit

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