Class of 1950
John Vitt (BSE) and his wife, Eileen (Bach), celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in Bartlesville, Okla. Vitt is a retired control systems designer for Phillips Petroleum Co. The Vitts have four children: Michael, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Janet, of Sacramento, Calif.; Cynthia Murphy, of Norman, Okla.; and Elaine, of Bartlesville. They have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Class of 1952
Forrest Nelson (BSE) recently celebrated his 93rd birthday and was featured on “Brad’s Beat” on KSNF, NBC. Forrest keeps busy by working a couple of hours a day at his store with his son.
Class of 1957
Marcel Normand (BSE, MS ’59), a retired social science instructor from Fort Scott Community College, recently published his second book, “The Lucile James Story: Portrait of a Remarkable Teacher,” which tells the story of a woman who wanted to teach since she was three. A native of Pleasanton, Kan., James received a BS from KU and an MS from PSU. She went on to become a successful and effective English and literature teacher at Fort Scott High School. Normand taught with James for 25 years.
Class of 1959
Patricia Louise (Tassi) McKee (BSE, MS ‘66, ‘77 EDS) has retired from Northeast High School in Arma where she taught for 50 years. A native of Arma, McKee graduated from the Arma high school in 1954. She accepted a position as biology teacher and guidance counselor at that same school in 1964. Through the years, McKee was always a counselor, but also taught career education, psychology and freshman orientation.
Class of 1960
John Kekec (BSE, MS ‘66) had his book, “The Passing Years,” accepted for publication by the University of Florida Academic Press. The book is a fictional account of a terrorist plot set in the Ozarks. Kekec is a retired college instructor and consulting engineer. He and his wife live in Bonne Terre, Mo.
Virginia Rush (BSE) was featured at the 63rd annual convention of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association (OREA) at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
Class of 1967
Steve Gash (BA, MS ‘69) has been named rifle editor for Shooting Times magazine, and will contribute monthly features on various topics. He has written for various outdoor publications for more than 20 years. Published by the Integrated Media Division of the Outdoor Sportsman Group, Shooting Times has a circulation of 232,000 monthly and is the premier journal of technical information for shooting enthusiasts.
Class of 1971
Christopher R. Johnson (BA) retired after 39 years of court management service last September. Johnson spent 11 years with the Kansas Judicial System and 28 years as United States District Clerk, Western District of Arkansas.
Class of 1975
Randall Love (BSBA Finance) recently retired as a partner from KPMG LLP after 38 years in the Big 4 public accounting business. Love played basketball under coach Bill Johnson. Since 1979, Love has lived in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Jan (a 1974 Pitt State graduate), three daughters, and two grandchildren.
Class of 1980
Debbie Alvord (BSE) was honored at a PSU football game as Educator of the Game. Alvord was awarded a $500 check, which she is deciding how to spend in a manner that will affect most students at Parsons USD 503.
Class of 1983
Kent Barfoot (BST) retired as Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief after serving for 29 years.
Class of 1990
Steve Noble (BSE) has been named the superintendent of the Seaman School District in Topeka, Kan. He will begin his duties on July 1. Noble previously served as superintendent of schools at USD 410 in Hillsboro. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg State, Noble went on to earn a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and a doctorate from Wichita State University.
Class of 1991
Rance McClain, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM (BS ‘91) assumed the position of associate dean, clinical sciences, and professor of clinical sciences at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Miss. He oversees the clinical education of more than 200 third- and fourth-year medical students during their clinical rotations. McClain joined WCUCOM after spending more than 15 years in medical education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. A 1996 graduate of KCUMB, McClain is a board certified family physician and is also board certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine and holds a certificate of additional qualifications in sports medicine.
Class of 1994
Jane A. Anderson (MS) and Robert (Bob) Jackson of Ontario, Canada, were married in January 2015. The couple met on the square dance floor in south Texas in the Rio Grand Valley in 2013. Jane and Bob travel back and forth from a home in Grove, Okla., to Ontario, to Mission, Texas, every year.
Class of 2005
Jessica Busse (BSET, MBA, ‘10) has been promoted to Beechcraft Premier 1, Hawker 400, Cessna Citation M2 business jet technical support manager. Busse has been with the Cessna/Textron Aviation in Independence, Kan., for almost 10 years.
Class of 2007
Zach Weast (BBA) was promoted to the position of vice president of commercial lending at Rose Hill Bank. In his new position he will continue to focus on building and servicing the bank’s portfolio of business loans.
Class of 2008
Brandon Rogers-Plott (BA) has been named director of employment services for Engage Life Institute. This department requires specialized licensing through the State of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (Vocational Rehab). The organization assists persons diagnosed with physical, emotional and cognitive barriers in finding employment. Brandon previously worked as a certified professional life coach and holistic practitioner for Engage Life. Engage Life serves the entire state of Oklahoma with its focus primarily on clients who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, or who are transgendered or who are rehabilitated offenders.
Class of 2009
Hannah Dillon (MS) has been named assistant principal of North Lawn and Heller Elementary in Neodesha, Kan. Prior to that, she taught 4th grade at North Lawn Elementary for nine years. Dillon joined current and aspiring leaders from 25 Kansas school districts to participate in Greenbush Leadership Academy for the 2015-2016 school year.
Class of 2010
Tiffany Martin (BS) and Sharif Mekkaoui, both of Wichita, Kan., were married in September 2015.
Class of 2011
Tyler Riggs (BS) along with his wife, Kayla Riggs, opened Riggs Chiropractic in December of 2015 in Pittsburg, Kan. Tyler played football for the Gorillas and is the nephew of the late Tommy Riggs as well as Kendall Gammon. Both Tyler and Kayla are graduates of the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.
Class of 2013
Jayson Stettler (BS) has been promoted to A.V.P. commercial loan officer with University Bank, where he has worked since 2011. For the past two and one-half years, he has worked in loan administration and as a credit analyst. Stettler is scheduled to receive his MBA from PSU this May.