Alumni are invited to submit recent news of interest to others — marriage, job change, birth of a child, award, promotion, graduate school, retirement and so on — to the Office of Alumni Relations. Mail to 300 East 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit via the Bethel website. Please model your information after the current listings below, beginning with name, class year, city and state.
Anyone who earns 24 or more credit hours is a Bethel alumnus, whether a graduate or not. When reaching alumni status, they are assigned a
class year (later replaced by
grad year if they graduate).
The year behind each name below is the person’s class year, often the same as the grad year unless the individual has told the alumni office that they wish to associate with another reunion year (as in the case of a five-year program, study overseas, etc., that delays graduation).
J.O. Schrag ’38, North Newton, is featured in the spring issue of HarveyCountyNOW.com magazine for his 100th birthday. The magazine was published by Joel Klaassen ’68, Hillsboro.
- Marlow Ediger ’53, North Newton, had the following manuscripts published:
Assisting Pupils in Learning in Research and Pedagogic Interventions;
Teacher Observations to Evaluate Mathematics Achievement in Delta K;
The New Science Curriculum in Connecticut Journal of Science Education;
The Mathematics Curriculum and the Psychology of Learning in Montana Mathematics;
Quality in the Mathematics Curriculum in the Journal of Instructional Psychology; and
Seven Criteria for an Effective Classroom Environment in Edutracks. He also co-authored a teacher education textbook, School Subjects, Issues and Concerns (Discovery Publishing House, 2014).
- Gordon ’50 and DeLores (Wedel) Sawatzky ’52, Loveland, Colorado, recently moved to a Good Samaritan Retirement Center.
- Jim ’57 and Shirley (Suderman) Goering ’57, North Newton, accepted an invitation from the English Language Institute/China to teach at Pakse, Laos, this summer. This is their 14th summer teaching English from a Christian perspective in Asia. Of those, 12 have been in China. In March, Jim and Shirley visited Cuba as part of a
peopleto- people trip licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department and hosted by the National Geographic Society. The eight-day visit with a group of 25 Americans included a four-day stay in Havana and a four-day bus trip that took them to the cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, historic sites such as the Bay of Pigs, and expansive sugar plantations that were once the country’s economic mainstay.
- Don Zook ’51 and his wife Natalie, Wichita, observed their 60th wedding anniversary June 5. Don served as a United Methodist Church pastor from 1955-93. Upon retirement, Don and Natalie entered the volunteer world. Besides numerous projects in the United States, they served together as interim pastors in international congregations in Bogotá, Colombia; Brasilia, Brazil; Bali, Indonesia; London; and Kathmandu. They had previously done exchange pastorates with congregations in Peterlee, England, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. They have traveled to all seven continents.
- Gwen (Voth) Clingan ’68, Nowata, Oklahoma, retired after 35 years in the sales department of Mahle Industrial Filtration in Nowata.
- Henrik Eger ’66, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, is the author of
Picasso’s Afghan Children, a poem making the rounds on many Facebook sites in Afghanistan, Europe and the United States. In addition, his article,
A Male Alice in a Catholic Wonderland, was published by the Broad Street Review, an arts and culture website covering theater, music, art, dance, books, movies and more. To see the review, visit www.broadstreetreview.com/theater/beautiful-boy-at-the-walnut.
- W. (Wolfgang) Otto Friesen ’64, Charlottesville, Virginia, retired in May 2013. That same month, he was given the title professor emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia, where he had been a full professor and served as chair of that department from 1996-99. During his career, he supervised postdoctoral and graduate students; taught various classes, including Cellular Neurophysiology and Electronics for Biologists; and invented a non-contact heart and respiration monitor for infants, which holds a patent. In 2011, he was honored with the biology department’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
- Connie (Zielke) Panushka ’64, Lakewood, Colorado, is a trainer/customer service representative at Safeco Insurance Co. in Denver.
- Joe Schrag ’61, Wakarusa, wrote the first-ever book devoted to the Kansas Relays, The Kansas Relays: Track and Field Tradition in the Heartland (Adina Publishing, 2014). Joe is a KU Relays Hall of Fame member. He refers to his track career at Bethel in the preface.
- Liselotte Serviss ’62, McPherson, retired after teaching for 30 years on the elementary level. She is a Garden Club member, and volunteers with her church and community.
- Ross Friesen ’76, Lawrence, was one of several faculty and staff members honored by Washburn University student-athletes for exemplary work helping Ichabods succeed in the classroom and on campus. The inaugural class of mentors received certificates during a basketball doubleheader. Ross was chosen by the softball and football teams. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee chose one mentor, Ross, for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Faculty Mentor Award. He was voted MIAA SAAC Mentor of the Year and recognized at the MIAA Banquet June 5.
- Jim Krause ’75, Lawrence, released a new recording, Selections from Charles Stewart Ashworth, 1812 (from Ashworth’s 1812 drum instruction manual with accompanying fife tunes). Ashworth was the second director of the U.S. Marine Band. Selections is available as a digital download only. Jim is a musician and instructor at Americana Music Academy.
- David E. Ortman ’75, Seattle, won the M60-64 400m (56.78) and long jump (5.32m), and took second in the high jump (1.57m) at the National Senior Games in July 2013 in Berea, Ohio. His 400m time was the fastest in the world in 2013 for the M60-64 age group. He also placed second in the (M60-64) high jump (1.55m); second in the 4x400m relay; fourth in the 300m hurdles (46.10); and fifth in the long jump (4.99m) at the World Masters Athletics championship meet in October 2013 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. David won the M60-64 pentathlon (3,990 points) and long jump (5.24m) at the USA Masters Indoor National Track and Field Championships March 14-16 in Boston. His pentathlon (60mH, LJ, SP, HJ, 100m) score was 16 points short of the American age-group record. He also took second in the high jump (1.50m); second in the triple jump (9.51m); third in the 200m (26.90); and seventh in the 60m (8.30). David ran lead-off for the secondplace Pacific Coast Track Club’s M60+ 4x400m relay (split 62.81) and third-place 4x100m relay at the Penn Relays April 25. He took fourth place in the M60-64 100m (13.23).
- Clint Stucky ’73, Wichita, is director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Newman University. The program recently earned a 10-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Graduates sitting for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination in 2013 achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Clint was featured in Newman University Magazine for his beekeeping hobby and how it connected him to a NASA project: in 2008, NASA started a program called Honey-BeeNet,
which combined satellite images of vegetation growth in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States with information provided by volunteer beekeepers of bee activity in the same area at the same time, according to mag.newmanu.edu.
- Denise (Kaufman) Diller ’99, Albany, Oregon, completed her master of science in nursing degree with an emphasis on public health in February from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix.
- Rick McNary ’95, Potwin, vice president of strategic partnerships with Outreach Inc., is featured in a Feb. 27 Wichita Eagle article regarding Outreach, an Iowa-based nonprofit that organizes volunteers to pack meals for the hungry. Outreach was looking for a new Wichita center to serve as a hub for their meal-packaging events. Rick hoped to have the new facility in use by June.
- Brandon Russell ’98, Andover, is chief operations officer with Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters in Wichita.
- Matt ’94 and Amy (Franz) Schmidt ’93, Newton, are featured in an article in the spring issue of HarveyCountyNOW.com magazine for their work with the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, which benefits the work of Mennonite Central Committee. The magazine was published by Joel Klaassen ’68, Hillsboro.
- Jason Barrett-Fox ’00, Jonesboro, Arkansas, was awarded the outstanding dissertation prize for 2013 from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric. This national prize is given annually to a student from English, rhetoric, communication or a related discipline. Jason’s dissertation,
Feminisms, Publics and Rhetorical Indirections: Figuring Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Anita Loos and Mae West, 1905-1930, examines how three women writers, including Kansan Marcet Haldeman-Julius from the early 1900s, wrote feminist messages for a popular audience. Jason earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Kansas and is assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University.
- Jana (Jensen) Olwine ’08, Haslett, Michigan, will teach chemistry at Bethel for two years, the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, while Gary Histand, professor of chemistry, takes a two-year leave to teach chemistry in China. Jana earned her doctorate in chemistry at Miami (Ohio) University, specializing in chemistry education research.
- Stephen Owens ’00, Hesston, is featured along with business partner Carlos Fernandez in an article in the spring issue of HarveyCountyNOW.com magazine about their app Page-Out, which won a first-place national Mobiley award. The magazine was published by Joel Klaassen ’68, Hillsboro.
- Jodie (Allison) Rogers ’05, Augusta, is a patient relations representative in risk management with Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
- Lindsey (Miller) Young ’07 and husband Joey, Hutchinson, are the majority owners of Kansas Publishing Ventures LLC, which publishes The Hillsboro Free Press, Buyer’s Edge and HarveyCountyNOW.com magazine. KPV joins Lindsey and Joey’s other two weekly newspapers, The Clarion and Maize Free Press, in serving south-central Kansas.
- Courtney Anthony ’14, Ulysses, is a kindergarten teacher in the Halstead school district.
- Jesse Baer ’14, Hesston, is a second-in-command intern at Flight Safety in Wichita.
- Creigh Bartel ’14, Newton, is employed at The Burger Stand at the Casbah in Lawrence.
- Madeline Baumgartner ’14, Silver Spring, Maryland, is a homehealth assistant with Helpers Inc. in Olathe.
- Sarah Bell ’14, Newton, is a registered nurse at Newton Medical Center.
- Jenna Bliss ’14, Wichita, is an adoption social worker with Saint Francis Community Services in Wichita.
- Marissa Bontrager ’14, Newton, is a registered nurse at Newton Medical Center.
- Becca Bradley ’14, Omaha, Nebraska, is a special education teacher at Cooper Early Education Center in Newton.
- Erin Bradley ’14, Newton, is a page designer/copy editor for The Hutchinson News.
- Lindsey Chandler ’14, Topeka, accepted a position with Saint Francis Community Services.
- Leah Clark ’14, North Newton, is an elementary and middle-school art teacher in the Hesston school district.
- Clinton Chlumsky ’14, Wichita, has accepted a position in asset management as a retirement education specialist at J.P. Morgan, Overland Park.
- Kyle Doesken ’14, Derby, works at Tuesday Morning as a sales associate.
- Rebecca Epp ’14, North Newton, is employed at the Newton Et Cetera Shop.
- Kaitlin Heller ’14, Lawrence, has accepted a position to teach first grade at Kingman Elementary School.
- Sara Holman-Boman ’14, Newton, is employed at Mojo’s in North Newton.
- Jared Kaufman ’14, Moundridge, has accepted a position as a police officer with the McPherson Police Department.
- Evan Koch ’14, North Newton, is employed on the summer maintenance staff at Bethel College.
- Linsey Laird ’14, Peabody, is employed at Peabody State Bank.
- Andrew Miller ’14, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a midline salesperson with Scheels in Sioux Falls.
- Julia Miller ’14, Hesston, has accepted a position as 5th- through 12th-grade vocal music teacher with the Marion school district.
- Ashley Morris ’14, Viola, has accepted a position as a registered nurse with Catholic Care Center, Wichita.
- Ingrid Pinto ’14, Newton, is a dietary aide at Asbury Park in Newton.
- Katie Regier ’14, Whitewater, is a fifth-grade teacher in the Buhler school district.
- Renee Reimer ’14, Merriam, is the youth program director at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas.
- Christopher Santoya ’14, Newton, is self-employed as a Nike retailer with Sole-d Out Shoes in Newton.
- Casey Shunn ’14, Whitewater, is an assistant in the business office at Great Alaska Adventure Lodge, Sterling, Alaska, a fishing and nature tourism company that brings in clients for fishing adventures, nature hikes and bear watching.
- Spencer Suderman ’14, McPherson, is an elementary teacher in the Burrton school district.
- Hollie Tabor ’14, Wichita, is a registered nurse at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
- Aaron Topham ’14, Peabody, is an accountant with Koch Industries KBS in Wichita.
- Rebecca (Trumble) Tschetter ’14, Wichita, is a special education teacher in the Sedgwick County Special Education Co-op in Goddard.
- Austin Unruh ’14, Marion, South Dakota, is farming near Freeman, South Dakota.
- Henry Unruh ’14, Newton, is employed by Dillons in Newton.
- Paul Voran ’14, Newton, is employed at Quisisana Resort, Center Lovell, Maine, in the jazz band and on the maintenance staff.
- Ashley Wasserman ’14, Valley Center, is a registered nurse at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
- Brett Wedel ’14, Hutchinson, accepted a new position at Nulabel Technologies in Providence, Rhode Island.