During Homecoming week, four alumni were honored for their achievements with the 2019 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for Emeritus Director of Alumni Relations Kenneth K. Bateman. 

After teaching middle school and starting his own company, Matt Frankenbery (BSEd ’94) joined the Pitsco, Inc., team in Pittsburg, Kansas, as a curriculum specialist. Now the company’s vice president and director of education, he impacts thousands of students each year by assisting educators and administrators across the U.S. in developing and implementing custom curriculum solutions, particularly in STEM education. 

After working in leadership positions for Via Christi Health, Rebecca VanTassel Light (BBA ’93, MBA ’94) opened her own company, SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions, which now employs nearly 100 in Pittsburg and Kansas City. 

For 13 years, Amy Trowbridge-Yates (BA ’01) has worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, where today she is a senior creative writer, has her own card collection and has published a best-selling Hallmark book. She’s widely read as a contributor to the Scary Mommy Blog and to Hallmark.com. 

Kimberly Young (BS ’97) is the president of the KC Animal Health Corridor. Her career has included jobs with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, and Missouri Partnership, and as vice president in bio science development for the Kansas City Area Development Council.