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Fall 2013: Alumni News

Nov. 20, 2013

Volunteers Operate Concessions

The Kenney family—Corey (’99), Jill (Bachman, ’98), Asher, and Amelia (pictured right) —is one of many families volunteering as concession workers for MNU sporting events. The Office of Alumni Relations operates concessions at all home games. Outdoor concessions on the new mobile cart include soda, chips, candy and other snacks. Fans in Cook Center can purchase hot dogs, nachos, hot and cold drinks and other food items, including ice cream. Beginning with this year’s basketball season, a refillable MNU mug will be available with discounted refills.

Many individuals volunteer for a game or more, throughout the season. Alumni director Kevin Garber ('89), whose wife Shawna (Gafford, '95), and sons Matthew, 11, and Michael, 9, are frequent volunteers, says, “There’s no better way to expose my children to MNU athletics than through a service opportunity like concessions. They love it.”

Additional News

David Garrett (’75) recently retired from AT&T as product management director. During his tenure, he held positions in information systems, human resources, and marketing communications, retiring as a director in product management, and was a nine-time recipient of the company's Marketing Achievement Award. David continues his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service. He and his wife, Diane (Holden ’75), live in San Antonio, Texas.

Rocky Lamar (’76), Pioneer men's basketball coach since 1986, will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in the 2013-14 season. Induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, and the ensuing title of Hall of Famer, is the highest individual honor bestowed by the association. Coach Lamar has achieved 629 victories.

Sheila (Vandervoort, ’79) Bird is now director of planned giving at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.

Lisa (Smith, ’80) Clements, PhD, was elected secretary of the board of directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). She has been director of the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health since 2011.

Houston Thompson (’80) is dean of the School of Professional Studies and administrative dean for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Olivet Nazarene University. Houston is also program director of the Doctor of Education program in Ethical Leadership.

Judy (Lytle ’83) Naramore is the co-author of “From our Heart, Devotions for Daily Living,” an upbeat and emotional view of life in a daily devotional format.

Carolyn (Cooper ’84) Doolittle, EdD, is director of educational programs in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Saint Mary, Overland Park, Kan.

Sherri Chittum (’85) was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame on June 1, 2013. She is the previous recipient of the Coffeyville Elementary Educator of the Year (1995), Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year (2003) and Coffeyville Teacher of the Year (2007).

Bryan Carrier (’89), EdD, serves as the acting dean of students at Union University. He holds a BA in theology from MNU, an MEd in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University (2003) and an EdD in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University (2013).

Kevin Garber (’89) was awarded the Timothy Award from the Kansas City District Nazarene Youth International (NYI) for 22 years of service.

Michael Milton (’89), PhD, was invited by Michael Reagan and The Reagan Center, to speak and hold a book signing for his latest book, Silent No More: Why the Church Must Speak Biblically to State and Culture, at the Reagan Ranch and Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Dr. Milton's speech was titled, "What Ronald Reagan's Legacy Can Teach the Church Today."

Olathe Fire Chief Jeff Degraffenreid (’90, MEd ’99), EdD, was inducted into the Olathe Public Schools Wall of Honor.

Keith A. Brown (’92), Bay City, Texas, Independent School District superintendent has been named the ESC Region III Superintendent of the Year (SOTY). As a regional winner, he is now eligible for the state SOTY award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance and commitment to public involvement in education.

Robin (Grob, ’97) Hammann has coached the Pella High School, Iowa, cross country team for eight years. The program has grown from 25 to 130 athletes during that time, making it one of the largest programs in the state. Pella’s teams have won three state titles. Robin also teaches chemistry, physics and intro to engineering.

Patti Baumgartner (’98) was elected as a Fellow for ASET: The Neurodiagnostic Society.

Ryan Butler (’99), DO, graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in June 2013. He also earned an MBA in healthcare leadership from Rockhurst University in May 2013. Ryan is now a first-year family medicine resident at UPMC Horizon in Farrell, Penn.

Josh (’00) and Sarah (Messamer, ’01) Broward are back in the U.S. after nearly nine years in Korea where Josh served as lead pastor of Korea Nazarene University International English Church and Sarah was an English professor at KNU. Josh is now associate pastor at Duneland Community Church of the Nazarene in Chesterton, Ind., and Sarah started a small business hosting international students.

Dr. Tanner Auch (’04) joined Oklahoma Baptist University’s faculty as assistant professor of mathematics.

Heather (Bolte ’04) Bloesser, DO, completed her residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

Dr. Kevin Compton (’05) accepted a new position as district administrator for the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene.

John Ream (’05) recently completed an MBA with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship & innovation from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Billie Taylor (’07) is teaching ninth grade physical science at Center High School in Kansas City, Mo.

So Choi (’09), art teacher at Leawood Middle School in the Blue Valley (Kan.) School District, has been named Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator of the Year 2013-2014.

Amy Holmquist (’09) graduated with a master's degree in nonfiction writing & publications and took a communications coordinator position at Pella Cooperative Electric in Pella, Iowa.

Stephen Netherton (’09) graduated from Baylor Law School in May 2013. Stephen is an attorney for Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, LLP in Wichita, Kan.

Amber Rhoades (’09) was named administrative assistant for the School of Business at the University of Kansas.

Kevin Liddle (’12) is the youth pastor/executive director of BRIDGES at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene.

Eric Newlin (’12) is teaching choral music at Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kan.

Brianna (Davis, ’13) Morrison is the children’s pastor at Carthage First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage, Mo.

Michael Morrison (’13) is teaching eighth grade math at East Middle School in Joplin, Mo.

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