Class of 1940

Lt. Richard Schiefelbusch (BSEd) celebrated his 100th birthday and served as the Grand Marshal of the Lawrence, Kan., Veterans Day Parade.

 

Class of 1966

Jim Triplett (BA, MS ’68), a longtime award-winning conservationist and retired biology faculty member, was appointed as the first Special Assistant to the President for Sustainability at PSU.

 

Class of 1974

Christy McNally (BSEd) was named to the 2019 President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Class. The program provides a first-class leadership experience for select outstanding women with the goal of encouraging, mentoring, and preparing them for new levels of government and politics.

 

Tony Thiebaut (BSEd) published a book titled “Fine Lines & Creative Rhymes for Kidults.” Tony created the sketches, which were accompanied by poems by Michelle Brittain.

 

Class of 1975

Kirby Brown (BS, MS ‘77), who retired after 40 years of military and federal service, was named dean of Park University’s College of Management.

 

Chuck Smith (BSEd, MSEd ’78 SSLS ’98) was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. He was a two-sport athlete during his time at PSU and was the longest-winning St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools head football coach.

 

Class of 1976

Rob Hefley (BS, MS ’81) was featured on the History Channel’s American Pickers television show. The show was filmed at the residence of his late father in Baxter Springs, Kan., and showcased his vast collection.

 

Class of 1979

Paul Grimes (BS, MS ’80) was inducted into the Mississippi Council on Economic Education Hall of Fame. Before returning to PSU as the dean of Kelce College of Business, he served in many positions while working at Mississippi State University, including Professor of Economics and Associate Dean in the College of Business.

 

Class of 1980

DeAnn Hill (BBA) was named to the 2019 President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Class. The program provides a first-class leadership experience for select outstanding women with the goal of encouraging, mentoring, and preparing them for new levels of government and politics.

 

Class of 1983

Russ Jewett (BS, MS ’93) was named 2018 MIAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Gorillas to the program’s 10th all-time MIAA Championship in November. This is Jewett’s 41st time to receive the honor for his leadership with men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field.

 

Class of 1984

Dan Younger (CERT) competed in the 134th U.S. National Target Championship & U.S. Open in Dublin, Ohio, where he qualified for the Sweet 16. He is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the master’s archery division.

 

Jeff LeBar (BBA) was named Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, for American State Bank in Salina, Kan.

 

Class of 1986

Lisa Paterni (BBA, MBA ’96, MS ’11) was recognized with the 2018 Kaye Lynne Webb Influential Woman in Business Award by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Paterni is president of Pitsco Education, where she directs the strategic vision for the Pitsco family of companies and the development of relationships with key industry partners.

 

Class of 1988

Lt. Commander Pat Sweeten (BM, ‘89 MM) was named the new director of the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md.

 

Class of 1993

David Hogard (BBA, MBA ‘95) joined the City Council in Frontenac, Kan., replacing longtime member and alumnus AJ Menghini (BS ‘63).

 

Class of 2000

Kenny Underwood (BSET, MSET ‘09) traveled to Stratton Mountain, Vt., where he ran in the North American Obstacle Course Racing Championship. It included 9.3 miles, 4,000 feet of ascent, and 39 obstacles.

 

Class of 2001

Bill Feuerborn (BGS) was reappointed to a second term on the Kansas Board of Regents. Since joining the board, he’s remained invested in Pittsburg State events and activities. In recent years, he was a guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the Robert W. Plaster Center and attended the unveiling of the renovated Overman Student Center.

 

Class of 2002

Jessica Clements (BS) was named a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Being named a “Fellow” honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education, or leadership in the medical physics community.

 

Class of 2005

Dawn Oldenettel (MSEd) was selected as a 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She is the principal of St. John’s Lutheran School in West Bend, Wis.

 

Class of 2006

Katie Sawyer (BA) was named to the 2019 President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Class. The program provides a first-class leadership experience for select outstanding women with the goal of encouraging, mentoring, and preparing them for new levels of government and politics.

 

Class of 2007

Amy Bartlow (BS, MS ‘14) was honored as a Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association distinguished paper winner. She presented her research at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association in New York, N.Y.

Quentin Holmes (BST) was named director of Community Development and Housing for the City of Pittsburg, Kan. Originally from Basehor, Kan., he has served in many roles in the Pittsburg community; he and his wife, Monica, own The Cheer Pitt.

Josh Lutz (BST) was promoted to Market Segment Manager at Nazdar Ink Technologies. He now manages the entire product line lifecycle, from strategic planning to tactical activities for Nazdar-manufactured UV inkjet products.

Samantha Reinecke (BSEd, MSEd ’16 SSLS ’18) – Crowned Mrs. United States this past July. Samantha is a special education teacher in Chanute, Kan., and previously held the title of Mrs. Midwest.

Kelly Shaer (BBA, MBA ‘09) was promoted to director at James Moore & Company, P.L. in Gainesville, Fla.

 

Class of 2010

Arice Pittman (BSEd, MS ’16) was hired as a defensive line coach at Southern Arkansas University. He was a two-time captain and a four-year letterman for Gorilla Football. He also served as a graduate assistant for the team.

 

Class of 2011

Aaron Anders (BST) was promoted to full-time photographer at the Salina (Kan.) Journal. He worked part-time for the newspaper for almost five years.

Alex Kuhlman (BS ’11) and Bailey Kuhlman (BS ’13 BSN ’13 MSN ’17) opened Physi-Kuhl Therapy in downtown Pittsburg.

Ramiro Miranda Rios (BS), assistant professor of violin, viola, and conductor of orchestras at Emporia State University, was accepted to the prestigious Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France.

 

Class of 2012

Barbara Hilt (MA) was one of three named the 2018 Crystal Apple Teachers of Finney County. She was also the recipient of the College of Education’s Outstanding Secondary Educator Award.

Kelly Stringer (BS, MS ’15) was hired as the new Unit Marketing Coordinator for Sodexo at PSU. She is responsible for promoting Sodexo services via social media and in print and digital communications.

 

Class of 2013

Nate Dreiling (BGS) was promoted in the 2018 season as PSU Football’s defensive coordinator after serving as Safeties Coach the season prior. During his collegiate career as a Gorilla, Dreiling was a four-time All-American linebacker, garnered NCAA Division II National Defensive Play of the Year, and led PSU to an NCAA Division II National Championship in 2011.

Gabe Hayes (BST) was honored as one of the 2018 Emerging Manufacturing Leaders at the annual Dream It Do It Oklahoma Makers, Builders, and Dreamers Breakfast. He is an engineering manager at Wood Systems, Inc. in Tulsa, Okla.

 

Class of 2014

Crista Cunningham (BST) created a logo for the Cincinnati Bengals Special Teams. She works at Pitsco Education as a multimedia graphic artist, and she also has a freelance design business.

 

Class of 2015

Blaze Heckert (BS, MS ’16) presented his doctoral research at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany. His research focus was improving materials used in aerospace components to better absorb energy and reduce vibration. He is pursuing his doctoral degree in materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa.

 

Class of 2017

Sam Galliart (BST) was featured in AWI’s Design Solutions Magazine.

Magali Chase Mallorquín (BS) sang at the Miss Paraguay Pageant at Hotel Guaraní.

 

Class of 2018

Abbey McCandless (BS) was recently hired as a designer at Grooms Office Environments, a full-service commercial furniture dealership based in Springfield, Mo.

Frank Papish (BS), KBI Assistant Director, was elected and installed as the Second Vice President of the FBI National Academy. This leadership role is the first step toward the executive board.

Stephanie Powers (BS) placed fourth in the Best DJ Audio national competition. This award was the first national award earned by a PSU student in radio. She is the Program Director of KKOW 96.9.