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Winter 2017: Alumni News


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Lee Pate ('77) accepted a position as military and family life counselor at Fort Riley, Kansas.  



Mark Miller ('81) accepted a position at Barclay College in the registrar’s office and will also teach music classes.



Chaplain Colonel Dwayne Peoples ('84) recently became the division chief of chaplain recruiting for the United States Air Force.



Troy Ross ('86) participated in the National Senior Olympics and has won a bronze in the 100-meter sprint and a gold in the 50-meter sprint. He has qualified for the National Senior Olympics in Birmingham, Alabama in June 2017.



Commander Doran Kelvington ('89) accepted a position at Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific as the deputy force chaplain.  



Dr. Michael A. Milton ('89) earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub ('92) accepted a position as a career services counselor with the Kansas State University Alumni Association. 



Kent Stroman ('95) just released his new book, “The Intentional Board: Why Your Board Doesn't Work, and How to Fix It.”



Corey Kenney ('99) accepted a position as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Kansas Attorney General, Criminal Litigation Division.



Troy Sundermeyer ('99) was commissioned as a chaplain by the United States Navy and is stationed in Japan for his first assignment.



Jeremiah Hayes ('03) was promoted to lieutenant at the Saline County Kansas Sheriff’s Office.



Alex Perry ('03) accepted a position as an FFA social worker for foster children.



Phil Burkhart ('04) was elected lead pastor of Ashland Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Ashland, Oregon.



Elizabeth (Dagley, ’04) Graham serves as a missionary at Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Hamilton, New Zealand. Now in New Zealand for over a year, Elizabeth and Jaron, her husband, have found that area bi-vocational pastors need affordable Wesleyan theological education. The Grahams are partnering with Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, to help. Nazarene Theological College-Auckland is the answer, with Jaron acting as facilitator and taking on a variety of administrative roles and Elizabeth providing academic support to students. Read the whole story at Engage magazine. MNU library and theology faculty have sent 10 bags of books to New Zealand to assist with undergraduate- and graduate-level education programs for pastors. 

Jaron, Quentin (Q) and Elizabeth Graham, enjoying summer (during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter) at Blue Springs Walkway in New Zealand.

Elizabeth shares that in addition to financial support, another resource needed is mentors to help students perform well and write effectively in a western context. People with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in theology, strong academic writing skills and a love of working with other cultures are encouraged to contact the Grahams about mentoring a student in New Zealand.

Follow the Graham’s journey at



Rebekah Vann ('06) was named head women's basketball coach at Kansas Christian College in Overland Park, Kansas.



Melissa Martens ('10) has been awarded the Blue Ribbon Teacher award by Metro Nashville Public Schools.



Matthew Cuppett ('13) graduated with a Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.



Luke Friesen ('15) accepted a position as an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).



Jordan Whelan ('16) signed a professional basketball contract with BBG Herford in Germany. 





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