Classes of 1969 & 1970

Tom McDaniel (BFA, MS 1989) & Anita Harvey McDaniel (BSE, MS 1989) co-authored the book Beantown, USA: The History of Erie, Kansas (1866-2014) and Neosho County, Kansas Old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion with a group of Erie residents. After completing the book in 2014, Tom and Anita began working on a second book, Beantown, USA: Images of Erie, Kan., which contained images and town founders who were not included in the first book. It was finished this year for Erie’s Sesquicentennial.


Class of 1970

Jim Hogan (BSE, MS 1978) was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame this spring. Hogan worked as a teacher in the Industrial Arts for 35 years before retiring in 2005. He began his career at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville, Kan., before moving on to teach at Independence High School and Independence Community College where he remained until his retirement.


Class of 1978

Lisa Ward (BSE) was honored as a 2017 Kansas Distinguished Financial Educator before her retirement this spring. Ward taught at Fort Scott High School for 33 years, where she was also a sponsor for the Interact club, the Future Business Leaders of America club, junior class magazine sales, and student council.


Class of 1981

Rhonda Gilpin (BSN, Ed.S. 1994) retired after 30 years of being a nurse educator at Labette Community College (LCC). Gilpin worked as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital and Labette County Medical Center in intensive care and critical care before filling her position at LCC. During her time there, she taught a variety of courses, recruited and advised students, served on college committees, and completed a yearly service project.

Mark Rounds (BS) was recently recognized as one of “50 Missourians You Should Know” by Ingrams Business Magazine of Kansas City in the January 2017 edition. Rounds spent the first 30 years of his career as a public servant in Claremore, Okla., where he was the City Manager. In 2013, he moved to Lexington, Mo. where he is now a city administrator. Once there, Rounds was able to put a four-county economic-growth program in place that has gotten him noticed across the state.


Class of 1982

Jeff Brown (BGS) has been hired as a Senior Research Associate at Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Cybersecurity, Info Protection & Hardware Evaluation Lab (CIPHER Lab). The CIPHER Lab conducts applied research focused on cyber threats and countermeasures, secure multi-level information sharing, resilient command and control network architectures, reverse engineering, information operations and exploitation, high performance computing, and data analytics. Jeff previously worked at the Maui High Performance Computing Center in Maui, Hawaii, which is a Department of Defense Super Computing Resource Center. He is also the Pacific Region President and a National Executive Committee member of the Navy League of the United States.

Gregg Wilson (BBA) has been named the new executive director of Catholic Charities of Omaha. He most recently served as chief administrative officer at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Wilson will focus on new strategic planning that will match with the charity’s Christian mission.


Class of 1984

Janet Buzzard (MS) was selected to be the new dean of the College of Business & Technology at Northeastern State University (NSU). Buzzard started her career as a graduate teaching assistant before moving on to become an associate professor at Eastern New Mexico University. She also taught at Missouri Southern State University and worked as an information technology specialist with the Department of Defense. Prior to accepting the position at NSU, Buzzard served as the dean of the College of Business at Eastern New Mexico University.


Class of 1988

Mark Drennan (BST) has been named the general manager of ACDelco, the General Motors Original Equipment parts brand for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Drennan previously worked as the director of GM Accessories, where he integrated sales and distribution with the design, production and marketing of GM’s vehicle accessories portfolio. He has also worked as a field zone sales manager and a regional service manager.


Class of 1989

Shelly Kiblinger (BSE, MS 1997) has been hired to be the superintendent of the Cherryvale school district. Kiblinger is originally from Neodesha and took the position to be closer to home after working in the Fredonia, Garden City, and Hutchinson school districts.

Lonnie Moser (BA) has accepted the position of superintendent for the Hiawatha school district and will begin this fall. Moser began his career at Salina South Middle School in Salina, Kan., and then moved on to schools in Little River and Pittsburg. He was most recently the K-12 principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Chetopa-St. Paul school district.


Class of 1993

Lorinda Hackett (Ed.S.) has been appointed interim dean of the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) School of Education. Hackett started her career as a social science teacher at Pittsburg High School before she advanced to teaching at MSSU. Before becoming interim dean, she started out as a teacher certification officer, an assistant professor, and then a full-time instructor, eventually serving as chair of the Teacher Education Department. While serving as chair, they became the first in the state to meet new accreditation standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation Preparation.


Class of 2002

Joe Marlow (MS, Ed.S. 2007) retired from public education in 2015 and is now a semi-retired educator, consultant, and writer. Last October Governor Brownback appointed him to the Kansas Volunteer Commission where he now serves as vice chair. Dr. Marlow also volunteers in his grandchildren’s schools and is an occasional substitute teacher. His wife Karen just retired and they are living in Olathe with Lilly Mae, their West Highland white terrier.


Class of 2006

Melissa Kipp (BST, MA 2014) was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Labette Community College Distinguished Faculty Award. Kipp is a professor of graphic design and has been teaching at LCC in Parsons, Kan., since 2008.


Class of 2008

Mackenzie Garst (BA) was named as one of the Joplin Regional Business Journal’s 2017 Class of Most Influential Women. She currently serves as the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County.


Class of 2011

Barb Roberts (BSE) was honored as the 2017 Administrative Faculty Member of the Year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Roberts is currently the director of undergraduate recruitment, programs, and services. She previously worked as a high school social sciences teacher, a student employment coordinator and career counselor at PSU, and as an admissions and financial aid counselor at UNLV.