Class of 1987
Kent Thompson (BBA) was appointed to fill the 9th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives made vacant by the death of Ed Bideau. Thompson previously served 12 years on the Allen County Commission. A life-long resident of Allen County Kansas, Thomson owns and operates a large cattle operation as well as Thompson Realty, Inc.
Class of 1993
Mikel J. Ward (BS, MS) was honored by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals with its Area 6 Middle School Principal award. Ward is the principal at Lakin Middle School. Ward holds an associate’s degree from Washburn University and both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree (educational leadership) from PSU. He earned a superintendent certificate in district leadership from PSU in 2002.
Class of 1995
Julie Crain (Ed.S.) was named principal of Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park Kansas last July. She is a 14-year veteran principal in the district, having led two other high schools in Shawnee Mission before returning to SM West HS where she was an associate principal from 1999-2007.
Cynthia (Nelson) Wiseman (BS) finished 11th in the nation at Intermediate Level at the 2013 American Eventing Championships in September. Wiseman describes eventing as an equestrian triathlon, including dressage, endurance (or cross-country) and show jumping. Following graduation from PSU, Cynthia earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, where she met her husband, Heath. The two own a small animal veterinary practice in Springfield, Mo. A track athlete who earned numerous MIAA conference championships and set the 400m hurdle record at PSU, Cynthia says she transitioned her passion for speed and hurdles from the track to the equestrian sport of eventing.
Class of 1996
Dr. Michael Calvert (Ed.S) is the new president of Pratt Community College. Calvert assumed his new role in Sept. 2013. Prior to assuming the leadership of PCC, Calvert served as campus president/college vice president for Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb. Before that, he served for 20 years at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., where he was a dean for 14 years. In addition to his Ed.S. from PSU, Calvert holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern College, a Master’s Degree from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.
Class of 1998
Gregg Walls (BSE, MS) received the Circle USD 375 Distinguished Alumni Award. Walls, a 1990 graduate of Circle High School, is the technology education teacher at Circle Middle School and is also the platoon sergeant for the 242nd Engineering Company of the Kansas Army National Guard.
Class of 2004
Lt. Col. Anna Renae Friederich-Maggard (BFA) was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army in August 2013. Col. Friederich-Maggard began her enlisted military career in 1985 as a combat medic with the U.S. Army Reserve and later transitioned to the Kansas Army National Guard, 891st Combat Engineers in Chanute. She received her active duty officer’s commission in 1991 through PSU’s ROTC program, where she also earned a master’s degree in fine arts.
Class of 2007
Dr. Ashley R. Craven (BS) has joined the Grene Vision Group in Hutchinson, Kan. Craven attended optometry school at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, graduating in 2011. After graduation, she moved back to Kansas to work in private practice until joining the Grene Vision Group.
Kelly (Livingston) Shaer has joined James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants in Gainesville, Fla., as an associate accountant. Prior to joining the firm, Shaer worked as an accounting coordinator in the self-insurance program at the University of Florida. Shaer received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from PSU. As an associate accountant, Shaer works in both the tax preparation and audit departments. She is responsible for assisting with the performance and supervision of compilations, reviews and audits, and research and preparation of income tax returns.
Justin Hobbs (BS) has joined Landmark National Bank in Miami County, Kan., as vice president and commercial loan officer. Hobbs received a bachelor of science degree in communication from PSU. Prior to joining Landmark, Hobbs has 10 years of banking experience, primarily in commercial and agricultural lending.
Class of 2008
Kenisha Morton (BA) has been named the new team leader for the Children’s Case Management Program at Labette Center for Mental Health Services. Morton earned an associate of arts degree in psychology and sociology from Coffeyville Community College in 1998. In 2008, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from PSU.
Class of 2009
Thom Hanrahan (MA) has been hired as managing editor of the Brownwood Bulletin in Brownwood, Texas. Hanrahan manages an editorial and advertising staff of 8-10 people and is responsible for the operation and content of the daily newspaper in a town of about 20,000 in the center of Brown County. Hanrahan previously taught journalism at Missouri Southern State University and at Missouri Western State University.
Class of 2011
Shawn Raymond (BS, MS) has joined Independence Family Medicine, owned by Wilson Medical Center. He serves Dr. Petie Schwerdtfeger’s practice as a board certified family nurse practitioner. Raymond earned a nursing degree from Labette Community College and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from PSU. He has more than 10 years of experience as a nurse in various hospital settings. Prior to that, he served for 12 years in the U.S. Army.