Spring 2013: Alumni News

Mar. 11, 2013 - by jsklekamp

Alumni News

March 25, 2013
smokorowski

Featured 

Dyane Smokorowski

Andover Middle School eighth grade advanced language arts teacher Dyane Smokorowski (MET ’07), is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Nominated by her former principal Brett White, Smokorowski was honored by Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker during a ceremony in Wichita Nov. 17.

“It is truly a pleasure to present this award to Dyane Smokorowski,” said DeBacker. “When Dyane talks about teaching, her entire face lights up. She gets carried away with her enthusiasm for her profession and for her students, and it is impossible not to be carried away with her. I am grateful to have teachers like Dyane in Kansas.”

Smokorowski completed a Master of Educational Technology degree at MNU in 2007. The outstanding teacher and role model, known to her students as “Mrs. Smoke,” runs a student-centered classroom where she incorporates a variety of technology strategies to help students build stronger communication skills.

Recently, Smokorowski’s 8th grade students researched issues surrounding digital piracy, plagiarism, and copyright laws. Throughout the project, they used Skype to connect with and interview a wide variety of intellectual property experts. Throughout the course of the project, students talked to FBI cyber crime agents and the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.  

“Through this experience and others like it, I have successfully connected my small town Kansas students to classrooms on all seven continents, and with more than 30 experts in areas ranging from the entertainment industry to the American Revolution,” said Smokorowski.

Smokorowski is the second Kansas Teacher of the Year in the past three years to have earned a master's degree in education at MNU. Karen Tritt, a foreign language teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District, won the award in 2010. Tritt completed a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning at MNU in 2001. For more information on MNU’s master of education program, visit
www.mnu.edu/med.

deGraffenreidDr. Jeff DeGraffenreid (’96, MEd ’99)

The Olathe Fire Department, headed by Fire Chief Dr. Jeff DeGraffenreid (’96, MEd ’99), was awarded Accredited Agency Status by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). CPSE’s accreditation recognizes departments whose services and performance levels demonstrate excellence in the field. The status distinguishes the Olathe Fire Department as one of only three accredited fire departments in the Kansas City metro, and one of approximately 160 in the world.


Additional News

Rob McDonald (’77) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Nazarene University. McDonald has served in pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene for the past 34 years.

Steve Cecil (’81) has been elected to serve as the senior pastor at Westside Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, Ill. Cecil and his wife, Peggy (Denny ’84) have served in full-time pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene since 1981.

Jerry Storz (’82) was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta (the International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration) on January 19, 2013. Storz also successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Faith-Based Boards: What Are the Challenges?” at Argosy University-Denver, Colo., in December.

C.B. Glidden (’84) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Nazarene University. He currently serves as senior pastor at Fort Worth First Church of the Nazarene, and on the SNU Board of Trustees.

Gerald Smith (’85) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern Nazarene University. Smith currently serves as president of Nazarene Publishing House.

Kyle Miller (’01) was promoted to senior project manager at Axway, a leading international software company.

New York actress and musician Larissa Klinger (’04) performed with the USO Liberty Bells in Times Square for the 2013 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

Michael Scrivani ('05) was named senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kan. Scrivani completed a Master of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012, and was ordained February 3, 2013.

Stephen Netherton (’09) and his fellow members of the Baylor University Law School team won both the overall championship and the Professionalism Award at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions. Netherton, who is in his third year of law school at Baylor, was also recognized as Best Advocate in the Final Round.

Josh Transmeier ('12) is now a quality control chemist in the animal health division at Elanco Kansas City, a subsidiary of the international pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

Dean Wessels (’12) and Stephen Wessels (’12) are now accountants at Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting, and construction company.

 

 

MNU News

Friday, April 29
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
SwopeParkRangers
Swope Park Rangers Promote LQVE Haiti Project

Swope Park Rangers Promote LQVE Haiti Project

The Swope Park Rangers soccer club is promoting MNU's LQVE Haiti project at its home opener Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Children's Mercy…

Read More
aLabChip-19
Student Solving Real World Problems

Student Solving Real World Problems

Exciting Collaboration Between K-State Olathe and MNU Scientists One of the advantages of attending a small university is the chance to do scientific research with one’s professor. Often something…

Read More
IMG 8280
Pioneer Supports Work with Inner-City Youth

Pioneer Supports Work with Inner-City Youth

Senior Addie Limmex is a consistently high-performing sociology and psychology major who enjoys studying human social systems and how they relate to…

Read More
Brent Moore 7x7-2016
Prof Wins the Night with Creativity

Prof Wins the Night with Creativity

Dr. Brent Moore took first place with his presentation on vulnerability in the creative process at MNU's 7x7 Challenge April 5, 2016. The 7x7 Challenge features seven professors giving seven-minute…

Read More
Symphonic Choir PH2016
MNU President’s Honors Gala Sets Record

MNU President’s Honors Gala Sets Record

The President's Honors Gala, MNU's premier annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarships, raised a record amount of more than…

Read More
Brent Moore Poster
Celebrating Scholarship at MNU

Celebrating Scholarship at MNU

It's Week of Scholarship and students, faculty and staff are learning about research and other scholarly endeavors that happen (sometimes behind the scenes) on campus. Fourteen faculty members'…

Read More
WOS15
Pioneers Aim for 20/20 in Student Scholarship Showcase

Pioneers Aim for 20/20 in Student Scholarship Showcase

Scholarship on display in a fun and unusual way. On Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m., in Mabee Library, the community is invited to attend the Student…

Read More
IMG 7621use sm
Olathe Chamber Signs Partnership Agreement with MNU

Olathe Chamber Signs Partnership Agreement with MNU

The Olathe Chamber and MidAmerica Nazarene University announced yesterday a partnership that will provide Chamber members, employees and their…

Read More
Baker MidAm 032216 58
Women Pioneers Capture National Title

Women Pioneers Capture National Title

By Scott Barker, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern (Box Score | Bracket) No. 2-seed MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) capped off its season with a championship title, as the…

Read More
Sports
Sawyerr Highlights Track & Field Performances

Sawyerr Highlights Track & Field Performances

Results | Devan Sawyerr hit national qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 and was named Conference Track Athlete of the Week after Saturday's meet at Tabor...(click title for more)

 
Gameday Central

Gameday Central

BB at Evangel | Springfield, MO | 1:00/3:30 Thu | Gm 1: W 6-0 | Gm 2: W 4-2 Fri | Gm 3 Live Stats | Gm 4 Live Stats The Pioneers took the first 2 of a 4-game series on Thursday...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers Sweep Evangel

Pioneers Sweep Evangel

MNU ended a 4-game skid with a double header sweep at Evangel on Wednesday...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
IMG_0348 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0349 Dr. Jeff DeGraffenreid (not shown) a '96 MNU alum, is Chief of the Fire Department & Dir. of Emergency Services in Olathe.
IMG_0350 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0351 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0352 The department is scheduled to receive a new $1.2 million truck soon.
IMG_0357 Squad members are expert firefighters and take extensive additional training to join the bomb squad.