Volume CV, No. 5 Spring 2003
Future See page 5
A Taste of Home
KWU Women’s Auxiliary treats students - See page 3
KWU Women’s Auxiliary treats students - See page 3
KWU signs historic
with Cloud County
Keeping student needs in mind, Kansas
Wesleyan University and Cloud County
Community College have reached a curricula and
transfer agreement that will allow graduates of
CCCC to transfer to KWU with relative ease.
KWU President Philip Kerstetter was joined by
CCCC President George Knox January 31 in
Pioneer Hall’s Stanton Conference Room for a
news conference and document signing Kansas Wesleyan President Philip Kerstetter, left, and Cloud County Community College President George Knox sign the historic
concerning the historic transfer agreement transfer agreement.
between the two institutions. The KWU-CCCC Under the agreement, students who complete relationship,” Dr. Knox said.
agreement is the first of its kind between a private an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of KWU will honor the Kansas Transfer
and public institution in Kansas. Science degree at CCCC are guaranteed general Articulation Agreement, a policy established by the
“This is an historic occasion for both institutions, admission to the bachelor’s level degree program Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) to facilitate and
as we are making an important statement that at KWU, even though CCCC’s academic discipline ease the transition of in-state community college
demonstrates how the public and private sectors of fields may differ from those at KWU. Students students to universities. The KBOR supervises and
higher education can work together to ensure who transfer to KWU from CCCC without coordinates 19 community colleges in Kansas.
increased postsecondary opportunities for students receiving an associate’s degree will not fall within Policy requirements include students completing a
from our region,” Dr. Kerstetter said. “Students who the boundaries of the agreement and will be minimum of 45 credit hours of general education
complete their associate degree at CCCC will know required to meet regular KWU transfer policies and courses and graduating from an accredited Kansas
that they are welcome at KWU and that their practices. community college with an Associate of Arts or
courses will transfer.” “We think this is just the beginning of a great Associate of Science degree. ■
KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Greetings Coyotes, CONTACTSpring, 2003
Volume CV, No. 5,
As I sat in Sams Chapel during President Philip Kerstetter’s Inauguration, Published four times each year
I happened to look at the mural above the stage. It is a painting of the pioneers by the Office of Institutional Advancement
crossing the prairie in covered wagons. I imagined the conditions the original EDITOR Leslie Eikleberry,
Northwest Kansas Conference representatives found in Salina after arriving by train Director of Public Relations
KWU PRESIDENT Philip P. Kerstetter
in 1883 to view the site for KWU. I saw them, in my mind’s eye, driven by buggy KWU VICE PRESIDENT Raymond Russin
to the southern edge of the city, where a fence had to be taken down, so they could Board of Trustee Officers
cross a potato patch. Then they traveled along the edge of a cornfield, which is CHAIRPERSON Gene Bissell
VICE CHAIR Richard Brown
now Republic Street, before driving through one-half mile of prairie to what is now TREASURER Mark Miller
the location of Kansas Wesleyan University. SECRETARY Mary Andersen
I imagined the banker, Mr. A. M. Claflin, developing a plan for laying out city TRUSTEE EMERITI Wiliam H. Graves
lots for $100 a piece south of Republic Street to Claflin Avenue to fund the $26,000 KWU Alumni Association
cost for the first building. The corner stone for Lockwood Hall was laid in 1886 by the Rev. J. H. Lockwood PRESIDENT Phyllis Miles ’51
VICE PRESIDENT Phil Coleman ’68
not far from where I had been sitting in the beautiful chapel, where I had looked around at all the well- SECRETARY Karen Pinkall x’58
educated faculty, saw the loyal alumni, trustees, and community members filling the chapel. To view the TREASURER Ben Vidricksen ’51
inauguration was to witness the dreams of those early pioneers being fulfilled. Send address changes to:
To preserve this history and to celebrate this heritage, the Alumni Association is displaying photographs DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
around campus about our past. If you happen to be in Pioneer Hall you will find them on the second floor. 100 E. Claflin Ave.
Speaking of celebrating our past, please mark your calendars for Homecoming 2003, which will be held Salina, Kansas 67401
on October 3rd, 4th and 5th. We will be highlighting Gene Bissell’s career, so please plan on joining us,
World Wide Web
and if you are eager to get your class together let me know. We are in the planning phases now. www.kwu.edu
Also, if you know of any alumni serving in the military as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, sumbit the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
information using the “In Touch” form found on page 11. We would like to recognize them in our next http://www.acck.edu/kwes/alumdir/
issue of Contact.
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Jane Anderson DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Women’s Auxiliary dedicated
to the well being of KWU
Their manner is quiet and humble, but their works
speak volumes. Look around the Kansas Wesleyan
University campus and you’re bound to see something
provided by the KWU Women’s Auxiliary.
Founded in the days of President Daniel Bratton (1973-
1983), the auxiliary flourished for several years and then faded, but
has experienced resurgence the past 15 years, according to member
Kay Jarvis ’55. It was at that time that the organization started creating the
popular finals week survival kits for KWU students.
“We wanted to be an organization that did more than bake cookies for
tea parties,” said member Barbara Houdek.
The auxiliary has become just that. Most recently, the auxiliary purchased silver
flatware and serving utensils to be used for official university functions. Other auxiliary
enhancements to KWU include the purchase of new wall coverings for The Gallery in Sams
Hall of Fine Arts, furnishing a men’s dorm room, and providing a fence for the playground
near the married student housing.
How has the auxiliary been able to afford such gifts? While the $10 per year dues help
the organization’s cause, members have implemented fund-raising projects that benefit
both the auxiliary’s coffers and the students of KWU.
One such project is the creation and distribution of fall finals week survival kits. At the
beginning of the fall semester, the auxiliary notifies KWU parents of the opportunity to
provide finals week survival kits for their students. Parents who purchase the $12 survival
kits for their children can choose four items from a list that includes cheese and crackers,
a dozen cookies, a bag of party mix, and a variety of combinations of fruit.
Members of the auxiliary assemble the survival kits and distribute them to the lucky
students on the Saturday prior to finals week.
Another project that has proven successful is helping parents remember their KWU
See STUDENTS, page 12
KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY www.kwu.edu CONTACT 3
income for life
By Brad Botz DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT
Have you looked at the rate your CDs are
earning at your local bank? Or how about the
earnings you have been receiving this past year
from your stocks? Maybe now is the time to
look for some alternative ways of planning your
future. Let me suggest you look at a gift annuity
at Kansas Wesleyan University. In times of
lower interest rates, gift annuity payments can
be a way to generate more usable income than
you now receive from your investments.
James Joyce, ’50, decided now was the time
Student callers Kris Casper, Leoti, Kansas, sophomore and Gidget Henoch, Salina, Kansas, freshman, make calls during the 2003 to both provide for himself and his wife, and
Coyote Phonathon. Henoch was the top phonathon performer with 123 pledges for $11,225.
assist KWU by investing in a two-life gift
annuity. James and his wife, Leigh, will receive
income for the rest of their lives. James retired
in 1995 after serving as a missionary and
schoolteacher in Japan for 42 years. James and
The 2003 Coyote Phonathon kicked off February $58,000 while last year’s Phonathon raised $65,000. Leigh live in Afton, Minnesota.
23 with 21 student callers beginning the task of With ongoing Phonathon efforts, we hope to close The Charitable Gift Annuity is a combination
contacting KWU alumni and friends. The that gap before the end of KWU’s fiscal year on of a gift to charity and an annuity. It is a popular
Phonathon is the best way to reach the greatest June 30, 2003. The 2003 Phonathon also updated way to donate cash or securities to Kansas
number of KWU alumni and friends and we 200 alumni profiles and attained 48 new donors! Wesleyan University in exchange for a guaranteed
appreciate you taking our calls! Three groups are essential to the success of our income paid to you and/or to another beneficiary
Unless otherwise designated, 2003 contributions Coyote Phonathon. First of course, are those for a lifetime. The combination of partially tax-
supported KWU scholarship programs such as the alumni and friends who support KWU. Also free income and the initial charitable dedication
Presidential, Eisenhower, Memorial and KWU deserving acknowledgement are student callers makes this agreement quite attractive. At the
awards. These scholarships are vital to KWU as 98 and the Salina businesses that provide prizes and time you set up the annuity, the income you
percent of students receive financial aid. incentives for the callers. Please visit receive is determined, in part, by your age.
Many alumni and friends sent in their www.kwu.edu/advancement/fundraising.htm on Examples of the rates now offered are shown
contribution via the mail piece announcing our our recently revamped website to see both those below. (Under gift annuity rules, your age is
calling; and then, 730 KWU supporters said “YES!” to businesses that supported us and some of the determined by your nearest birth date.)
our student callers. These gifts and pledges totaled students you visited with. ■
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to sue his caregivers for malpractice. Why don’t you join James and Leigh by
This is no ordinary patient who has taken up looking into a gift annuity at Kansas Wesleyan
residence in the Kansas Wesleyan University University? For more information, contact Brad
Department of Nursing Education. He is SimMan, Botz, Director of Institutional Advancement
a high-tech, mannequin-based, simulated patient by e-mail email@example.com or by calling
See SimMan, page 12 785-827-5541 ext. 1121. ■
4 CONTACT Spring 2003
I N A U G U R A T I O N W E E K
Emphasizing the institution’s commitment to community,
KWU marked the inauguration of Philip P. Kerstetter, Ph.D., as its
17th president with a variety of community related activities
Whether the KWU communities — including students, faculty
and staff, alumni, and trustees — the United Methodist
community, or the Salina community, all were recognized
during the week-long celebration, which opened and closed
with services at the University United Methodist Church.
On February 22, approximately 400 people, including
dignitaries from other higher education institutions, the
United Methodist Church, and local and state government, as
well as a number of guests and community persons, joined
KWU trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students for the
inauguration ceremony. Dr. Gene Bissell, chair of the Board
of Trustees, presided over the ceremony, which included
the official investiture of President Kerstetter with the
powers, duties, and responsibilities of his office.
The theme was selected by President Kerstetter to
coincide with the University’s Founders’ Day, the 300th
anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, and the
inauguration. President Kerstetter noted that this was “a
celebration of Kansas Wesleyan University not only as
an academic community but also its connection to
Salina, the state, and the United Methodist Church.” ■
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I N A U G U R A T I O N W E E K
... and a cause for celebration
Above is a collage of photos from Inauguration Week festivities. Below are
excerpts from President Kerstetter’s inauguration speech.
I stand before you with the When we talk about being the best, I am
talking about our ability to fulfill our mission
message that our future is connected
to the best of our ability. We will not accept
implicitly with our mission. And more
that which is only satisfactory, we will not
importantly, that future is connected implicitly
simply go through the motions. Instead, we
to the extent we are able to come together as
will commit ourselves to excellence in all
a community - with our diverse interests, with
aspects of our mission statement. .....
our diverse talents, with our diverse priorities
- but with the unanimity of will to fulfill this We will expand our focus on the traditional
mission in its broadest sense ..... age student, and we already have established
I N A U G U R A T I O N W E E K
its renovations of existing buildings, but we wonder if we can do it, remember that the
must do more. We must have improved noted anthropologist Margaret Mead
facilities for the Fine Arts programs, for other observed that one must “Never doubt that a
academic areas, and for recreational programs small group of thoughtful, committed people
to provide the opportunities that our students can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
want, our faculty and staff need, and that the thing that ever has” .....
community expects. We must have the
Therefore, I call upon each and every one
residence halls that provide a variety of living
of us at this university and those around us
opportunities for students of all ages. We
who care about this university to re-examine
must have appropriate gathering spots
our commitment, re-evaluate our dedication,
throughout campus for students, faculty, and
and re-affirm our efforts to achieving the best
staff to congregate and interact .....
that is within us to achieve the best for
This is part of our identity, and we frankly Kansas Wesleyan. It is through this focus that
must make a much stronger and more vocal we will - and will together - build on the
case for the value of a faith-based educational foundation that has been laid before us. It is
experience for the sons and daughters of all how we will become the best.
congregations – whether United Methodist
Church congregations or those of other I invite you to join me as we work to
denominations. We will enhance our focus further the university and achieve even
on spiritual growth and development. It is a more.
key element of who and what we are ..... I invite you to join me in fulfilling the
dreams of our early founders to achieve a
We are so very fortunate to be located in pinnacle of academic inquiry in the arts,
Salina and in Central Kansas, but we have not sciences, and professional areas firmly
taken full advantage of the potential for grounded in the liberal arts traditions to
relationships with these communities. We prepare our graduates for lives of
will expand our internship programs and meaningful service in an increasingly
service-learning experiences to provide troubled world.
learning opportunities for our students and to
develop a well-educated citizenry and I invite you to join me in creating the
workforce. While part of this is directed at programs and facilities needed to support
the business sector, I also envision outreach our mission.
and support for the cultural arts, the non- I invite you to join me in affirming the
profit, the medical, and the educational importance of our historical relationship
sectors of the community as well. We with the United Methodist Church.
recognize the value of our location, and we I invite you to join me in strengthening
want the organizations and communities in those ties with the Salina and the other
a renewed focus on recruitment of students our region to recognize the value of Kansas surrounding communities that are an
from Kansas. We will continue to examine Wesleyan being located here at the integral part of our identity as an
ways to expand our programs for adult crossroads of Kansas ..... institution.
students, and we will explore the possibility And I invite you to join me on a journey
It may be easy to think that such
of expanding into additional graduate that will enable Kansas Wesleyan to
aspirations are unattainable or undeserved.
markets…..Put simply, though, without an achieve its rich potential for greatness.
But the reality is that these are both attainable
expansion in our overall enrollment, we will
and worthy visions. John Wesley It will be a worthwhile journey, although
not be able to generate the resources and
admonished people to not an easy one, but we have never shied
critical mass needed to fulfill our mission .....
Do all the good you can, away from difficulties. Instead, we will
In efforts to be fiscally responsible, budgets by all the means you can, address the multitude of tasks before us.
have been balanced but sometimes at the in all the ways you can, Through hard work, compromise,
expense of those co-curricular services, in all the places you can,
cooperation, and focus, we can achieve the
programs, and activities that enrich and to all the people you can,
seemingly impossible. Like Kansas, we can
enhance the student experience. We will be for as long as ever you can.
reach to the stars, and like Kansas Wesleyan,
more student-centered .....
These words shall be our watchwords to we can know that the prize will be worthy of
Frankly, Wesleyan has worked miracles in guide us in this process, and lest we ever our efforts ..... ■
KWU assists Salina community
Some painted. Others sanitized
sleeping areas and counted canned goods. Still
others made ready brochures about dealing with
terrorism or sorted donated clothing and toys.
While the spectrum of tasks was broad, it was no
larger than the hearts of the Kansas Wesleyan
University employees who went into the Salina
community to lend a helping hand.
As a part of Inauguration Week activities, a
number of KWU employees and trustees assisted
five Salina organizations during the Community
Service Day event. Organizations assisted included
the American Red Cross, Ashby House, the
“I think it is good for Kansas
Wesleyan to get out into the
community and provide
Dr. Steven Hoekstra
assistant professor of psychology
Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas
(DVACK), Habitat for Humanity, and the Salina
“I think it was a really great idea. They were a
really big help to us,” said Chelsea Sutton,
emergency social services coordinator for the
Salina chapter of the American Red Cross.
Sutton explained that the KWU volunteers
placed contact information labels on thousands of KWU Trustee Phil Coleman,’68, and Dr. Pat Brown, associate professor of nursing, take inventory in one of the pantry rooms at
brochures about what to do in a terrorism the Salina Rescue Mission.
“We knew they would be able to help us get the
brochures ready, but we weren’t expecting them to
complete the entire project on their own,” Sutton
said of the KWU volunteers. “They did the whole
project for us and in less time than we had
One of those hard-working volunteers was Dr.
Steven Hoekstra, assistant professor of psychology.
“I like giving to the community,” Hoekstra said.
“I think it is good for Kansas Wesleyan to get out
into the community and provide assistance.”
At the Ashby House, which provides assistance
to homeless and low-income families, some KWU
volunteers sorted donated clothing and other
items, while others worked on refurbishing two
“It was a good opportunity for us to have KWU
here that day. We are always needing help and this
was a good chance for us to build a relationship
with Kansas Wesleyan,” said Bryan Anderson,
Ashby House administrator.
Dr. Susan McDonald, associate professor of physics, KWU Trustee Mary Andersen sorts through boxes of donated
Continuted on Page 10 concentrates on painting at the Habitat for Humanity house. toys at DVACK.
8 CONTACT Spring 2003
birth of their twin daughters, Kaya and Pruitt August 10, 2002, in Manhattan,
Kenslee, on May 23, 2002. The family Kansas. She is a staff nurse at Salina
resides in Columbus, Ohio. Regional Health Center. He works for
Jason Ybarra, ’00, and his wife, Renee Doug Stevenson Construction, New
Cowan-Ybarra, had a daughter, Cambria, Kansas. They live in Salina,
Makaylee Lynn, on October 8, 2002. Kansas.
Lynda Sloan,’02, and Don Schneider
Weddings were married March 1, 2003, at the
Cory Birdsong, x’03, married Kristen Bennington Bible Church, Bennington,
30s Arizona. She currently works as a
treatment coordinator/counselor at
Ehrich, ’99, in February 2000. He is in
the Honor Guard of the Army. She
received a bachelor’s degree in nursing
from the University of Maryland in 2002,
and is working on a master’s degree as a
Kansas. She is a workforce development
center manager of the Salina Area
Chamber of Commerce. He is shop
foreman at Boettcher Enterprises, Beloit,
Shiela Sutton Schmidt, ’33, is the neonatal nurse practitioner at the Ambrosia Tsai, ’02, married Ron
Crossroads Charter School in Phoenix. University of Maryland-Baltimore. They Serene December 6, 2002, in Nassau,
proud great-grandmother of twins.
Marta Klein, ’98, Wichita, is enrolled live in Alexandria, Virginia. Bahamas. They live in Salina, Kansas.
40s in the Physician Assistant program at
Wichita State University.
Kelley Conrow, ’01, married Benjamin Continuted on Page 10
Hazel Doherty, ’45, is recovering from
shoulder joint replacement surgery on
February 28, 2003.
Gwen Jones, ’01, and her husband,
John Ritter, ’48, Salina, Kansas,
Greg, announce the birth of their son,
celebrated his 80th birthday with an
Obadiah Gideon Bell Jones on February
open house in the Tescott (Kansas)
7, 2003, in Hays, Kansas. He has three
Lions Club Building. Hosts for the event
brothers, Josiah, 14, Elijah, 12, and
were his friends and members of the
Noah, 9, and three sisters, Mariah, 10,
1957 undefeated, state champion Tescott
Susannah, 7, and Aliah, 19 months.
High School basketball team, which he
Darren Lambdin, ’97, and his wife,
Traci Lambdin, ’96, of New Cambria,
60s Kansas, announce the birth of their
daughter, Emmarae Anna Belle, on
Ben Burgess, ’66, Wichita, won the
October 15, 2002. She has a brother,
2002 general election for the Division 7
Samuel, 3. Gustavo Fernandez, ’01, of Walnut Creek, California, marked the first day of the new
District Judge position in the 18th
Allyson (Davidson) Lindstrom,’97, year by climbing to the top of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the western
and her husband, Chris, announce the hemisphere. The mountain is located in Argentina.
Gil Deninger, ’69, retired in February
after 33 years with JPMorgan Chase. As
Vice President, he managed multiple
Client Service Units within the Private
Bank. He, along with his wife, Kirsti, and
two children, Christine and Erica, reside
on Long Island, New York.
Eloise Lynch, ’61, Salina, Kansas, was
honored by the Kansas Democratic Party
with the Georgia Neese Gray Award at
the party’s 2003 Washington Day
Convention in Topeka, Kansas. Lynch, a
former state representative, was honored
for her service to the Democratic Party
and her community.
Brenda (Brown) McDaniel, ’73, was
selected as the Salina USD 305 Master
Teacher for 2003. She teaches at
Lakewood Middle School and is married
to Paul, who is an area sales manager at
Dillard’s. They have two children and
Photo courtesy Tom Dorsey/The Salina Journal
90s Former Kansas Senator Ben Vidricksen,’51, known as a champion of tourism and highways in Kansas, recently was honored
Leisa Elliott, ’99, received a Master of when the state named a portion of Interstate 135 for him. The 17-miles of I-135 between Interstate 70 and the McPherson County
Arts degree in counseling from line are now known as the Ben E. Vidricksen Highway. Vidricksen served on the Senate Transportation Committee his entire 21
Chapman University in Phoenix, years in the state legislature. He chaired the committee for 12 of those years.
KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY www.kwu.edu CONTACT 9
If you know any former students
you would like to nominate for one
of the awards found below, please
send in their name, class year and
what award you are nominating
them to receive. Also make sure
to include the reason you feel
they should be recognized. The
award winners will be recognized
at Homecoming, so send your
nominations no later than
May 30 to:
Florida Alumni Open House Kansas Wesleyan University
KWU alums living in Florida gathered in April 2002 for the first Florida Resident KWU Alumni Open House in Lakeland,
Florida. The idea for the gathering came about after members of the group discovered that five people who attended KWU Att: Jane Anderson
now reside in Lakeland. The group had a wonderful time and shared many memories. If you are interested in attending the 100 E. Claflin
2003 gathering, please contact John Baker at 352-314-1841. Salina, KS 67401
Award for outstanding
Class Notes — From page 9 accomplishments in the former
student’s chosen field.
Nancy Williams, ’91, married Justin member of the faculty from 1986-2001, Kansas, died November 26, 2002.
Wires on July 27, 2002, in Salina, died November 25, 2002, at age 72. He Viola Nordstrom, ’31, died in Alumni Service Award for
Kansas. She is an art teacher at taught mathematics. Ellinwood, Kansas. notable and devoted loyalty to
Lakewood Middle School, Salina. He is Katherine Grant, ’42, Salina, Kansas, Fernne Robinson-Cox, ’42, died in Kansas Wesleyan University.
an editorial assistant at the Salina died November 14, 2002, at age 82. She Roswell, NM, on January 10, 2003.
Journal. They live in Salina. was a librarian. William Donald “Bill” Saip, ’56, Young Alumnus(a) Award
Robert L. Hassebrock, x ’54, died Belton, Missouri, died April 26, 2002, at for extraordinary service and
Anniversaries February 2, 2002. age 73. He was a high school teacher achieve-ment for an alumnus(a) 35
Dick House, ’51, and his wife, JoAnn Vinton A. Hight, ’36, died February 9, and coach and a business sales years old or less.
House, ’47, of Salina, Kansas, 2003, in Los Angeles. He was the center representative in Colorado Springs,
celebrated their 50th wedding for the Kansas Wesleyan basketball team Colorado.
anniversary on October 19, 2002. from 1932-36. Dannette E. Schmidt, x ’53, Salina,
Duane W. Hoisington, x ’34, died Kansas, died November 7, 2002, at age Important Dates
Deaths January 11, 2003, in Niceville, Florida. 71. She was a member of Kappa Delta
Elinor Seusy Corman, ’46, died He was age 92. Sorority.
January 9, 2003, at her home in Gary Konetzni, ’72, died November 12, Leo J. Stewart, ’50, Topeka, Kansas,
Gene Bissell will be recognized for
Minneapolis, Kansas. She is survived by 2002. died November 10, 2002, at age 92. He
his many contributions to KWU.
her husband, Evan Corman, ’48, six Otto E. Laas, x ’42, Brookville, Kansas, was an accountant for Frisbie
Make plans now to attend.
children, and 16 grandchildren. died December 12, 2002, at age 84. Construction, Salina, Kansas, for 27
Dr. Peter R. Flusser, Salina, Kansas, a Everett C. Morgan, ’37, Concordia, years, retiring in 1982. ■
KWU Assists — From page 8 If you know of KWU alumni who
are serving in Operation Iraqi
Anderson noted that President Philip Kerstetter was inventory of the items in our pantry. They did everything Freedom, please send us the
among the hard-working KWU volunteers. cheerfully and quickly, while paying attention to detail.” informtion using the “In Touch”
“He did a great job! Those floors shined,” Anderson Volunteers at DVACK sorted clothing and toys, while form found on page 11.
said of Dr. Kerstetter’s job of cleaning floors in one of the volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity project helped
apartments. “Kansas Wesleyan is very fortunate to have refurbish a home.
him. You won’t find too many people in a position like “I volunteered because it is rewarding to help others,”
his who are willing to scrub floors.” said Dr. Susan McDonald, associate professor of physics. “I
The Salina Rescue Mission’s Steve Kmetz said he was especially like working with Habitat for Humanity,
impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the KWU working with families that need a hand up out of
volunteers. substandard and dangerous housing situations. The KWU
“They did an excellent job. There was nothing that community benefits from volunteer opportunities
they didn’t want to do,” he said. “They cleaned the dorms, because learning happens both inside and outside the
disinfected all of the beds and bed frames, and did an classroom.” ■
10 CONTACT Spring 2003
Smith expects the Lady Coyotes to again contend for the KCAC regular season
and post-season titles. He feels this year’s squad can power the ball, and for a
change, there is some depth in the pitching rotation.
Following a strong indoor season, Coach John Pickens has some strong
challengers in the KCAC.
Indoor records were set in the distance medley relay, the women’s shotput,
and the women’s triple jump. Coach expects more of the same as the weather
warms up and his young teams loosen up. The women will be headed by
senior Jennifer Henderson, Saint Francis, KS, a three-time medalist in the long
jump. Kelly Tubbs, sprinter, Norman, OK, leads the men.
Spring Outlook Winter Wrap-Up
The Lady Coyotes found 2003 a long, grueling season. Despite continual
Track & field, baseball, softball, golf and spring have all come to Kansas improvement throughout the year, the Ladies could not really shoot the ball
Wesleyan. The clip-clip of the runner’s feet, the plop-plop of the baseball
well. Senior Jennifer Henderson and juniors Kristy Rogers, Greenville, TX, and
glove, the whiz of the golf drive, the ping-ping of the softball bats all combine
Crystal Meadows, Mesa, AZ, were the only returning upper-class women.
with the songs from early birds letting us know spring is here weather
Freshmen Jerika Swatek, Topeka, KS, Andrea Velez, Topeka, KS, and Brenda
permitting or not. We have been practicing through snow, sleet, cold, and rain;
Brockman, Lawrence, NE, were bright spots throughout the dim season.
but the seasons are now upon us.
However with only one senior on the squad, Coach Cary Wilson eyes next
Baseball had a really rough beginning as Head Coach Mike Waldie resigned
year with hope and optimism.
just two days before spring practice. Fortunately, Tim Bellew, who had guided
the Coyotes the past eight years, was still in Salina and willing to step in to The men started strong with wins over Doane and Southern Nazarene
act as interim coach for the Coyotes this spring. Seventeen new prospects highlighting the early season; however losing 9 of 10 in midseason doomed
were available, but it is going to take time for the team to develop into the Coyotes hopes. An 8 of 11 close with a seven-game winning streak
contending for another KCAC title. featuring wins over NAIA final four Bethany, KCAC champion Bethel, and all
Bellew is excited about being back at the helm, and feels the team will be KCAC teams except Tabor and Ottawa highlighted the year. Coach Jones
playing well by midseason. commented, “Losing three games by one kept us out of KCAC contention; and
Coach Mike Smith saw the usual ice and snow wipe out the scheduled Pack it was us that kept ourselves out of it, leaving no one else to blame. We played
Attack tournament in March, and again this year had to take the field without very, very well much of the time, and certainly I was proud of the team for
ever being able to practice outdoors. Despite the early season losses, Coach their strong finish.”
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students on birthdays or other special occasions.
Parents can select from a variety of home-baked
goods, which auxiliary members will deliver with
a balloon to the students. Like the finals week
survival kits, the special remembrances are gaining
“We’ve had a really big birthday cake year this
year,” said Karen Pinkall x’58, shortly after
delivering a birthday surprise.
While the two fund-raisers are important from a
financial standpoint, Houdek was quick to point
out that money wasn’t the sole focus of the
projects. Karen Pinkall, x’58, presents student Kyle Bollers with a surprise birthday gift via the KWU Women’s Auxillary.
“We wanted to give them a little bit of home,”
luncheons three times a year. “Being a part of the auxiliary also keeps us
she said of the KWU students.
“Anyone is welcome to come and have lunch informed about what is going on at Kansas
Membership in the KWU Women’s Auxiliary is
with us. We are always glad to welcome new Wesleyan.”
$10 per year and is open, though most members
members,” she said. Jarvis said that persons interested in joining the
are either KWU alumnae or the wives of alumni,
“The important thing to remember is that this is KWU Women’s Auxiliary should contact her at 785-
a group that really enjoys being together. We have 827-3542, Margie Mugler at 785-827-3542, or Jean
“We do have some faculty and staff who are
a lot of fun working on the projects,” Houdek said. Cyr at 785-827-3044. ■
members. We also have some members who
because of moving no longer live in Salina. While
it is more convenient for those of us in Salina to
participate in the activities, our out-of-town
members do their part by sending their dues and
SimMan available for training scenarios
other financial assistance as they see fit,” Jarvis From page 4 While SimMan primarily will be used for
added. that can be programmed for a variety of health training of KWU nursing students, others in the
Women’s groups in some of the Methodist care scenarios. community also may utilize the training scenarios.
Churches in the West Conference also contribute to SimMan was made available to KWU thanks to At the initial in-service training in January, KWU
the auxiliary’s cause, she said. $50,000 in grants from the Salina Regional Health nursing education faculty members were joined by
The auxiliary works through a series of Foundation and the United Methodist Health representatives of the Salina Regional Health
committees, with the treasurer being the only Ministry Fund. Center and the Salina Fire Department.
elected officer. Jarvis said the arrangement works Controlled through computer programs According to Dr. Pat Kissell, chair in the
well as no one person is responsible for activities designed to simulate a plethora of health concerns, Department of Nursing Education, each group
for a long period of time. SimMan gives health care providers training critical could use the scenarios package that came with
In addition to its fund-raising and campus to saving lives and improving the quality of care SimMan or develop its own scenarios as the needs
enhancement activities, the auxiliary also has provided to human patients. of its own work dictate. ■
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