Marlow Ediger ’53, North Newton, had the following manuscripts accepted for publication: Issues in Testing and Measurement, Revisited in Edutracks; Problem Solving in the Mathematics Curriculum in Montana Mathematics; Whole Language Versus Phonics in the University of Utara Journal (Malaysia); and Reading, the Pupil, and the Curriculum in the Journal of Instructional Psychology. He also co-authored the textbook School Subjects, Issues and Concerns (Discovery Publishing House, 2014). Marlow was reappointed to the editorial board of Education, a journal for teachers and school administrators, as well as lay people interested in public schools.

John Gaeddert ’50, North Newton, was featured in the fall 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine in an article that dealt mostly with his sculpture.

Norma (Voran) Preheim ’54, North Newton, along with the Newton Community Children’s Choir, was featured in the winter 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine. The choir celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 and honored Norma, the founding director, at its fall concert.

Bob Regier ’52, North Newton, had an exhibit, Journey Through Time: Bob Regier, A Retrospective, at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Dec. 6, 2014–Jan. 31, 2015.

Richard D. Reimer ’57, Smithville, Ohio, was honored June 7, 2014, at the College of Wooster’s Alumni Weekend with an endowed scholarship by Don Koehn, former vice president of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Koehn is one of Richard’s former students, others of whom have also contributed to the Richard D. Reimer Scholarship at Wooster.

Loren Reusser ’59, Newton, was featured in the cover story in the fall 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine. The article was about the involvement of Loren and his wife, Peggy, with Bethel College and Fall Festival.


Lauren Friesen ’65, Chicago, retired from the University of Michigan. He recently completed a memoir, Prairie Lands, Private Landscapes.

David Schmidt ’65, Wichita, accepted a position in October 2014 as senior director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies at Fort Hays State University. He was present at the creation of CTELT, and now plans to finish his career there. David has continued to teach one or two online philosophy classes a year to keep some level of competency in philosophy and to keep up with changes in the learning management system.

Luella (Goossen) Unruh ’60, North Enid, Oklahoma, retired from 30 years of teaching. For the last 12 years, she has held the elected position of North Enid town clerk.


Faith A. Allen ’78, Kansas City, Missouri, was elected general secretary of Evangelism and Missions for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in July 2014. This department functions as the center of the CME Church’s mission thrust in evangelism and social concerns. Faith also was assigned to the senior pastorate at Jamison Memorial Temple CME Church in Kansas City.


Eric Habegger ’83, Bogotá, Colombia, received the 2014 Excellence in Education Award from AdvancED International, the world’s largest accrediting organization. The AdvancED regional director for Latin America, Dennis Klump, presented the award Dec. 4, 2014, at the Latin America Chief Administrators’ Conference in Atlanta. Eric is superintendent at Colegio Nueva Granada, an American international school in Bogotá that provides educational services to 1,800 English-speaking students from 30 countries.

Greg Raleigh ’84, Hesston, was featured in an article in the winter 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine about Hesston High School basketball. Greg is boys’ basketball head coach at HHS.

Bryan Reber ’81, Athens, Georgia, was named the first C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he is a public relations professor. Bryan will be tasked with increasing opportunities for students to study crisis communication, serving as a commentator on crises in popular media, and positioning the Grady College as the preeminent source for crisis communication leadership, analysis and expertise.


Matthew Friesen ’90, Bluffton, Ohio, earned a doctorate in sociology in December 2014 from the University of Oregon and is assistant professor of sociology and social justice at Bluffton University. He also published an article, Framing Symbols and Space: Counterrecruitment and Resistance to the U.S. Military in Public Education, in the journal Sociological Forum in March 2014.

Willmar Harder ’97, Hannah Neufeld ’99 and family transitioned to Buhler from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, after completing four years of service with Mennonite Central Committee Bolivia. Willmar serves as the lead pastor at Buhler Mennonite Church.

Connie (Carver) Moore ’98, Newton, is employed at Davita Inc. in Wichita.

Marcy (Heppner) Thiesen ’97, Hesston, and husband Jeff were featured in an article about their home in the fall 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine.

Jaroslav Tir ’95, Lafayette, Colorado, is at the University of Notre Dame this spring on a fellowship through the Kroc Peace Institute, where he will expand his project on civil war prevention. The basic agenda is to find a way to prevent escalation of low-level domestic armed conflicts to full-blown civil wars. Jaroslav’s argument is that international institutions that have high leverage over member states can provide tangible (usually economic) incentives and punishments for governments and rebels to settle their differences.


Micah Bales ’04, Washington, D.C., authored the Guide to Quaker Worship, a free e-book available through micahbales.com that is meant to help anyone, whether they identify as Quaker or not.

Josh Chittum ’09, Kansas City, Kansas, is children’s program coordinator at Community LINC, a homeless service organization. Its mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families it serves.

Andrew Goering Gingerich ’05, Albuquerque, earned a master of community and regional planning degree and a graduate certificate in town design in fall 2012 from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. His thesis, Growing Home: Sacred Space and Contemporary Ectopia, passed with distinction. In summer 2013, he presented and submitted a summary of his thesis at the International Symposium of Urbanism, Spirituality and Well Being at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Harvard Divinity School. Since spring 2013, Andy has worked as a geographic information systems analyst at the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization in Albuquerque. He recently completed a four-year term with the Leadership Board of Mountain States Mennonite Conference. Andy continues to reside in a 120-square-foot self-described shack and to manage the Fighting Doves, the Albuquerque Mennonite Church softball team.

Owen Kindall ’07, Newton, was included in an article about Newton Young Professionals in the winter 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine. Owen is president of the group.

Peter Miller ’08, Arcola, Illinois, was featured in a Jan. 11 article in The News-Gazette (Champaign) about his involvement with Ten Thousand Villages in Champaign, Illinois. He will be chairman of the board this year and was recognized by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) as one of 20 Under 35. Peter is executive vice president of Equipment Direct West, an agricultural export company based in Arcola. He also co-owns Agro Capital Management and has initiated a small housing subdivision in Romania.

Kelley (O’Reilly) Smith ’05, Belfast, Northern Ireland, is employed by Allstate Northern Ireland.


Daniel Barrera ’14, Newton, was featured in a front-page story in the Oct. 9, 2014, issue of The Newton Kansan. Danny is spending the year as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer, working with Peace Connections in Newton.

Jennifer Rose ’11, Walton, was included in an article about Circles of Hope through Peace Connections in Newton in the fall 2014 issue of HarveyCountyNOW magazine. She is the director of Peace Connections.