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Class of ’54
Robert E. Mosier (BS ’54, MS ’62) has been named the national 2011 Earth Team Individual Volunteer Award winner by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Mosier is the retired superintendent of the Greensburg, Kan., schools. He volunteers through two NRCS. Mosier helped establish the Sunflower Regional Recycling Program and he helps in the collection of electronic waste in Kiowa County. Mosier collects and recycles bicycles for the “Bikes for Youth” program and he helps the needy by participating in the “Kansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry” program.

Class of ’64
Mary Ann Castagno Horgan (BS ’64, MS ’73) of Weir, Kan., retired in 2010 after teaching 45 years at Cherokee Grade School, Cherokee, Kan. She taught kindergarten for five years then moved to first grade, which was her dream, for the remaining 40 years. Her husband, Mike Horgan, is a 1964 PSU graduate. Their son Micael A. Horgan graduated from PSU as well as son Bryan D. Horgan and daughter-in-law Dina Hogard Horgan. They also have two grandchildren, Bryan M. and Erin Horgan, whom they enjoy spending time with.

Class of ’67
Larry Cole, Ph.D., psychology, recently published two books through Turner Publishing with coauthor Byrd Baggett, CSP. The books are “97 Things To Take Your Sales Career to the Next Level,” and “Charisma Based Leadership: Be the Leader Followers Like to Follow.” Both books provide “how to” steps to manage personal change, the interpersonal skills to manage working and selling relationships, and to be the person with whom prospects like to by from and team member want to work. Cole attended Fort Scott Community College and received degrees from both PSU and the University of Oklahoma. He has published six books, co-wrote the eBook True Growth leadership series and has written more than 100 articles for professional journals. Cole is working on another book, “Transformational Teamwork: Putting the Team in Teamwork to Work.” His consulting company, TeamMax®, helps people work together in a variety of organizations. Cole and his wife, Shelvie, live in Conway, Ark.

Class of ’70
James Glenn (BS ’70, MS ’71) this past spring received the prestigious AGC of St. Louis award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis. Glenn president of Glenn Construction Company, Inc., in Eureka, Mo. Glenn Construction has been in business for more than 20 years. The organization praised Glenn personally for his contribution “to the mission and goals of the AGC of St. Louis and the Construction Training and Advancement Foundation (CTAF).” Glenn served on the AGC’s board of directors from 1994-2001 and was president of the board in 2000. He served as a trustee on the CTAF from 2004 – 2008 and was chairman in 2006-2008. Adding to his contributions to the AGC of St. Louis, Glenn has served on the permitting & codes committee, governmental affairs policy committee (two years as chairman), various legislative resource groups, education subcommittee, the AGC’s charter school task force, the AGC Education Foundation task force and the professional development committee.

Class of ’73
Diane Bohling Wahto (MA English) received the 2011 April Salina Poetry Reading Series New Voice Award. Wahto ave a poetry reading at Moka’s Coffeehouse in Salina. The month-long event was sponsored by the Salina Public Library and the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. Wahto earned a teaching certificate from PSU in 1974 and retired from Butler Community College in 2001.

Class of ’74
Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen (BSE) has been named the commanding general of all Marine forces in the Pacific and is now stationed in Hawaii.

Class of ’82
Theresa Farris, (BS) was named this spring the 2011 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC). As the 2011 honoree, she earned an expense-paid trip to the National Foundation for Ag in the Classroom. Farris teaches kindergarten at the Service Valley Charter Academy (SVCA) in Oswego, Kan. Farris has spent 21 years at Service Valley, teaching kindergarten and first grade. SVCA is one of two charter schools in the state with a focus on agriculture.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli was named adjutant general of Kansas and promoted to major general in the Kansas National Guard in January. As the adjutant general, Tafanelli oversees the activities of the Adjutant General’s Department. This includes providing command and control for more than 7,700 soldiers and airmen in the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. As the director of Kansas Emergency Management, a division of the department, he guides a professional core of personnel that prepare for, respond to and mitigate disasters. In addition to the part-time soldiers and airmen, the department he leads includes about 2,300 full-time state and federal employees. Additionally, 105 county emergency managers and their staffs receive guidance and training through the department. Tafanelli is also the director of Homeland Security for Kansas, where he works to ensure security in the state is a top priority.

Class of ’87
Chad Pio had a new children’s book published in 2011 that is based on a kid’s view of a PSU football game. In the story, PSU wins, of course, and does so against rival Northwest Missouri State University.

Pio’s book, “The Pride of Pittsburg,” is part of his “RivalReads” book series. The book is available at the Gorilla Bookstore by Barnes and Noble on the PSU campus or through Pio’s website, Pio lives in Gladstone, Mo.

Class of ’92
Norm Conard (MA) of Fort Scott, has a new book out, which consists of the story of he and his students and their work on a well-known international project. The book is “Life In a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project.” The creative non-fiction book tells of his four Kansas students discovering one of the heroes of the Holocaust. Two of the four, Megan Felt and Jessica Ripper, are graduates of PSU. Nine of the 37 students who have worked on the project also graduated from PSU. The book is written by Jack Mayer of Vermont and is available at Hastings Book store or at

Class of ’98
Jay Fredrick (BA) and his wife, Jennifer, recently purchased an Anytime Fitness franchise in Canon City, Colo.

Stephanie Sorenson (BS ’98, MS ’02), a second-grade teacher at Stony Point South Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan., received the Crystal Apple Award from Fox 4 TV in the spring. The award recognizes teachers who go “above and beyond” in their profession. Along with the award, Sorenson received two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a weekend getaway at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

Class of ’07
Jacquelyn Slater (BA) has been appointed assistant professor of bibliography and librarian, Western History Collections in the University of Oklahoma’s University Libraries.