Class of 1965

Dennis Swan (BFA) was promoted to rank of Grand Master, 9th Dan Black Belt, in the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon-Do. Grand Master is the highest ranking in Tae Kwon-Do, and Dennis is only the 13th individual ever to achieve this rank.

Class of 1977

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg (MA) was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at Black Hills State University — the highest honor a faculty member can receive at the University.

Class of 1978

Trish Costello (BS, BA) was mentioned in a recent Forbes article “How More Women Are Stepping Up to Fund More Entrepreneurs in 2018.” She is the owner of Portfolia, a company that designed their funds with a special interest in appealing to women who own half of the wealth, buy the majority of products, but rarely invest in startup companies.

Class of 1980

Col. (Ret.) Timon Oujiri (MS, BBA, ‘86) leads the Iowa Veterans Home, which has 900 full and part-time employees and nearly 500 residents.

Class of 1984

Randall Dawson (MS) was recently named Vice President for Academic Success at Alamo Colleges District – St. Philip’s College (San Antonio). Dawson has served as Interim VPAS since 2017 and was recommended by the college president, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, for the permanent position after a competitive search.

Class of 1987

Jennifer Brunetti (BA) was appointed as the 11th district Judge. The 11th District is comprised of Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette Counties in Southeast Kansas.

Renee Marie Hamilton (BSN), was recognized by the International Nurses Association for her publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator in Knoxville, Tenn.

Class of 1994

Shawn Burnum (BST), the Division Manager with Performance Contracting Group, assumed the role of president for the Builders Association of Kansas City.

Heather Eckstein (MS, BA, ‘01) received Volunteer of the Year Award from Pittsburg Family YMCA.

Brian Hutchins (BBA) was inducted into MIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Class of 1996

John Lair (BS), President/CEO of Special Olympics Kansas, was nominated for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Class of 1999

Scott Casebolt (BST), Vice President of Key Construction in Wichita, assumed the role of President of Associated General Contractors of America.

Oscar Gonzalez (BSEd) was inducted into MIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Nishidha Kumaresan (BA, MBA ‘02) is the owner of Pioneer Technologies in Irving, Texas. The initial business started with two employees and now exceeds more than 300 who provide quality IT development services to various clients across the U.S.

Class of 2002

Taylor J. Wine (BSEd) was appointed Chief Judge of the 4th Judicial District for the State of Kansas.

Class of 2003

Amanda Davied (MS, BSEd, ‘08) was named Head Coach of the PSU Women’s Basketball Team.

Class of 2004

Matt Davis (BST), co-owner of Wood Shop BBQ in Seattle, Wash., was featured on Rudy’s Texas Chili with Guy Fieri on the popular food show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.”

Class of 2005

Justin Remington (BSEd) has been named as Richmond High School’s athletic director in Richmond, Mo.

Class of 2008

Quentin (Q) Gilkey (BA) has been working at Aftermath Entertainment in LA as a recording engineer. Q does recording work for Dr. Dre, the rapper, and recently was involved with Eminem on his January release. He also has a gold record for his work on the remix of the Michael Jackson album, “Michael,” a posthumous release in 2010.

Chastity McCullick (BSN, MSN) joined Citizens Memorial Hospital and Bolivar Family Care Center in Bolivar, Mo.

Class of 2009

Hannah Wright (MS) has been named Educator of the Year in Neodesha, Kan. She received the award at the recent 50th annual awards banquet. Wright’s educational career began in Neodesha when she was hired as a fourth grade teacher, then became assistant principal for both North Lawn and Heller Elementary schools there. This year, she became principal at North Lawn.

Class of 2013

Cory Kepley (BBA) has been named as the Director of Finance for the City of Chanute.

Ronald Scott Swaggart (BBA) a real estate agent from Belton, was recently named to Ingram’s “20 in their Twenties,” a program that recognizes young professionals for setting standards of excellence. Swaggart works with Keller Williams Real Estate. His office is located in Raymore, Mo.

Class of 2014

Nick Popejoy (BSEd) received the inaugural Good Apple Award at Apple Day. He is a coach and teacher for Webb City (Mo.) School District.

Class of 2015

Leah Fischer (BST) was named Project Manager for Big Machine Label Group Records in Nashville, working with recording artists Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery and Drake White.

Michael Koonce (EdS) was recognized in May with the Outstanding Student in Educational Leadership Award from the University of Arkansas, where he earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. This fall he begins a new position as principal of Quail Run Elementary School in Lawrence, Kansas, after serving as director of Learning Services for the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center since 2010.

Class of 2017 and 2018

Mikaela Burgess (BSEd ‘17) and Bo Farrow (BSEd ‘18) were among the 10 finalists from MIAA member institutions for the 2017 Ken B. Jones Award sponsored by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.