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					Volume CV, No. 5                                                 Spring 2003

                                 A Vision
                                  for the
                                   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
transfer agreement
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
                                                                                                                                                 Jane Anderson
           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.                             
              Also, if you know of any alumni serving in the military as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, sumbit the                             e-mail
                                                                                                                                                 Alumni Directory
           information using the “In Touch” form found on page 11. We would like to recognize them in our next                         
           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             CONTACT 3
                                                                                                                                Gift returns
                                                                                                                                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

Annual Phonathon
                                                                                                                                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               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. ■
                                                                                                                                Single Annuitant
                                                                                                                                60 ............................................................6.0%

                                                                No dummy!                                                       65 ................................................................6.3
                                                                                                                                70 ................................................................6.7
                                                                                                                                76 ................................................................7.5
                                                                                                                                80 ................................................................8.3
                                                                $50,000 patient takes                                           86+..............................................................10.1

                                                                up residence in Nursing                                         Two Annuitants
                                                                Education Department                                            60 & 55 .....................................................5.1%
                                                                                                                                65 & 60.........................................................5.6
                                                                   One moment his chest might heave from                        70 & 65.........................................................6.0
                                                                irregular breathing. A bloody toe might hang by a               76 & 71.........................................................6.4
                                                                thread from a severely wounded foot. The next                   82 & 77.........................................................7.0
                                                                moment, he might be dying or feistily threatening               88 & 83.........................................................8.1
                                                                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 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

        A Celebration
        of Community
          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
        February 16-23.
          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.” ■

                                                               KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY       CONTACT 5
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
Rescue Mission.
   “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
planned for.”
   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,

 Class Notes
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
Judicial District.
                                             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
two grandchildren.
                                                                                                                               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                         CONTACT 9
                                                                                                                                  Submit your
                                                                                                                                  alumni award
                                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                                                                  Alumni Achievement
                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                    2003 Homecoming
Elinor Seusy Corman, ’46, died             He was age 92.                             Sorority.
                                                                                                                                    October 3-5
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. ■
                                                                                                                                    Don’t Forget
 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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From page 3
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
in popularity.
    “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-
Jarvis said.
                                                      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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        Volume CV, No. 5, Spring 2003
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