Class of ’57, ’59
Marcel Normand, (BSE ’57, MS ’59), a retired social science instructor from Fort Scott Community College recently published a biography of a priest who changed his life and that of his family. The book, “Fr. John Reinkemeyer: God’s Humble Servant,” tells the story of this priest who wanted to be a farmer, but God had other plans.
Class of ’64
Roy G. Saffold, (BA ’64, MS ‘66) received the Joseph W. Kearney Pioneer Award from the Association of Old Crows (AOC) in October 2010. The award is presented annually for notable pioneering efforts and long-term participation in electronic warfare and information operations. The AOC is an international professional association engaged in the science and practice of electronic warfare, information operations and related disciplines. Saffold entered the field of EW in the 1960s and has worked for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing since 1971. He has worked on practically every significant electronic warfare program in St. Louis, including the F-4G, F-15, C-17, F/A-18, EA-18G and Next Generation Jammer. Saffold’s past achievements include the McDonnell “Award for Distinction for Outstanding IRAD” (1986, 1988, 1990) and the McDonnell Douglas “Leading Edge” Award (1997).
Class of ’67
Eileta (Johnson) Creekpaum (BSEd) retired in 2007 after teaching kindergarten in the Tulsa public schools for 40 years. Eileta, known as one of the best kindergarten teachers in Tulsa, was honored with the Oklahoma Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, for which she received a $10,000 stipend and her elementary school received a $2,000 stipend. Her husband, Eddie, who submitted this information, wrote that Eileta is a strong good-will ambassador for PSU and is eager to tell people what a fine university PSU has become. One of her principals in the ’70s was Dr. Harry McPhail, also a PSU graduate.
Class of ’81
Mark Ogle (BBA) has seen his efforts as a playwright blossom since he wrote his first play 17 years ago. Mark is the director of the Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center, Tulsa (Okla.) Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. In his spare time, he writes murder mystery plays that are used by service groups such as Rotary and the Red Cross as fundraisers around the world. To date, he has written 17 murder mystery plays, four children’s stories and a Christmas play. His work has been performed by groups in nine countries and 16 states. Mark, who received PSU’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 1993, and his wife, Karen, have five children ranging from 3 to 20 years old and have been foster parents to 75 children. They live on a 20-acre farm outside of Claremore, Okla.
Class of ’83
Ken Harris (MS ’83, Ed.S. ’93) retired in 2006 after 30 years in education, 25 of which he served in the Carthage R-9 System, where he was a high school counselor. Harris then took a job with VersaCourt as warehouse laborer, doing normal shipping/receiving of the company’s products. He quickly moved up in the company and in 2008 was recognized as the top salesman in the U.S. for GoalSetter Basketball Systems. Today he serves VersaCourt International as its vice president of sales. Ken writes that his PSU education “was as beneficial in my degree field as it has been currently. (It is) good to see a university, even in economically challenging times, continue to be progressive minded. Go Gorillas!”
Class of ’89
Marcus W. Falleaf(BS) was recently selected as the Air National Guard’s human resource adviser for the state of Texas. Promoted to chief master sergeant, Falleaf works directly for the adjutant general in areas of force management, force development and diversity education. Falleaf began his military career in the Marine Corps in 1975 He guarded the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Md., until he was discharged honorably in 1978. Falleaf joined the Air National Guard in 1986, and has worked his way up through the ranks in such positions as command and control, public affairs, historian, first sergeant and most recently, state human resource adviser. Traveling with the military, Falleaf visited Saudi Arabia, England, Germany, El Salvador, Jordan and many other places throughout the world. Falleaf and his wife, Vicki, live in Houston, Texas. He attends drill at Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. As a civilian, Falleaf is a teacher in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Houston.
Judy Stiles (MA) was named by the Joplin Tri-State Business Journal in August 2010 as one of the most influential women of the year. Stiles has served as the general manager of KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern State University since 1993. She also works as a part-time instructor at MSSU, teaching in the Department of Communication and with the First-Year Experience Program. Stiles has been at Southern since 1986. As general manager, she oversees the daily operations of the regional broadcast television station that reaches 167,800 households. Stiles’ community activity includes service as the president of the Joplin NALA Read board of directors. She has also served as a volunteer for local Girl Scouts, the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Southwest Missouri, Main Street Joplin, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and her church.
Class of ’90
Clint Miller (BBA), of Charles Town, West Virginia, has been promoted to market manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. A native of Columbus, Kan., Miller has been with Wal-Mart since 1991 and has most recently been a store manager for the past 13 years. Miller now manages seven Wal-Mart Supercenters in northern Virginia. He and his wife, Lynn, have one son, Evan, who is 8.
David Stephan (BBA, Accounting) had his book, “Mozan and the Return of Magic,” published in 2010 by Fyonhaireshizer Publishing. The book is a children’s fantasy that is intended to challenge their minds and help adolescents overcome the many challenges they face. Stephan is an analyst with Sirius Solutions, an international business consulting firm.
Class of ’91
Martin (Marty) Bicknell (BA) was listed second on Barron’s list of the top 100 independent investment advisors in America in 2010. Bicknell is the CEO of Mariner Wealth Advisors and Mariner Holdings in Leawood, Kan., where he leads a staff of 115. Bicknell is a former senior vice president for investments of A.G. Edwards & Sons, where he led a staff of professional financial consultants in providing customized wealth management solutions for public and private corporations, high net-worth individuals and their families, and charitable organizations. According to the Kansas City Business Journal, the growing company reached $5 billion in assets under his management this past year, two years ahead of schedule.
Class of ’95
Dr. Roger Wen (BBA ’95, MS ’96), was granted tenure at William Woods University in 2010. At William Woods University, Dr. Wen is an associate professor of education and business and director of instructional technology.
Class of ’00
Lisa Walser (BS) of Miami, Okla., is the new community relations coordinator at the Independent Living Center in Joplin, Mo. For the past eight years, she worked in Texas as a corporate trainer and as the director of the training and auditing departments, contracting hospitals in 14 states. Lisa reports that at the Independent Living Center, she has the pleasure of working with several other proud PSU alumni.
Class of ’02
Kevin Miller, (BME 2002, MM 2004) was selected as a regional semifinalist for Kansas State Teacher of the Year this last September. Miller, who teaches music at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School, was named a semifinalist for Region 2, which covers the state’s second congressional district. Miller, 33, is in his fifth year with the Leavenworth school district. He also taught in Humboldt and Pittsburg.