Class notes


The Rev. Dr. Allen Polen, ’62, Kappa Sigma, was awarded the Community Cornerstone Award for his community involvement in Winfield, Kan.


Mary Bradbury, ’72, recently retired as family and consumer science instructor at Louisburg (Kan.) High School.

Martha (West) Harris, BS ’79, Phi Mu, was awarded the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching in May at Baker University, where she is a professor of business and economics.


Connie R. Markovich, ’82 and MSM ’01, Alpha Chi Omega, was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer for USBA. Markovich has worked with the association for 29 years, starting as a customer service representative and advancing into senior-level management. Before becoming chief operating officer, she was the senior vice president of administration and membership services. USBA is a nonprofit organization providing low-cost group life insurance plans and other financial services to the active-duty and retired military market as well as honorably discharged veterans, national guard, reserves and federal civilian employees.


Kim (Cramer) Barney, BME ’93, ’02, MASL, Delta Delta Delta, was named the state’s outstanding assessment coordinator of the year in January. She is the associate director of teaching and learning for USD 232.

Kent Galley, BS ’93, Sigma Phi Epsilon, was recently named Kansas Small Business CFO of the Year. He is vice president and CFO of Saepio Technologies.

Joe McDonald, BS ’94, Delta Tau Delta, completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and was selected to serve as a chief resident for one year at KU. In July he began a three-year fellowship at Washington Hospital Center in pulmonary/critical care. His wife teaches medical students at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Kristin Babcock, BA ’07, Alpha Chi Omega, is an education reporter for the Johnson County Sun and Wednesday Sun.

Nicole Eckert, MBA ’06, and Thomas Stephenson, were married Nov. 13, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. Their home is in Merriam, Kan.

Dwight Faulkner, MBA ’04, is the president of the Manhattan branch of the first National Bank of Wamego.

McKenzie Fergerson, BS ’08, and Lars Lueders, were married Aug. 7, 2010, in the Pines in Golden, Colo. Their home is in Dodge City, Kan.

Lolly (Robinson) Gardiner, MBA ’03, a staff scientist at the Midwest Research Institute in Frederick, Md., was recently named registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

Trevor Gleason, ’09, and Amber Keith, ’09, were married June 11, 2011, in Shawnee, Kan. Their home is in Shawnee.

Keri Hadley, MAED,’05, teaches at Washington Elementary in El Dorado, Kan.

Marcus Hammond, MLA ’06, and Cassondra Nicole Reed, were married June 4, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. Their home is in Overland Park.

Suzanne Klinker, MSM ’01, and Nathan Freeby, were married Aug. 21, 2010, in Manhattan, Kan. Their home is in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Emilee (Merry) Kuhn, ’06, has been named a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. She is an assistant actuary at Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill.

Brent Larson, BS ’03, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Sarah Marquart, were married Oct. 2, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.

Michelle Lockhart, BS ’02, Delta Delta Delta, was recently named to Oklahoma magazine’s 40 Under 40 for making Oklahoma “a better, richer, more exciting place to live.” She is senior director of admissions at Oklahoma City University.

Deborah Needleman, BSM ’03, is the human resources manager for The EPOCH, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.

Jaclyn Rivera, BA ’09, has accepted a position as a contracting specialist in military construction with the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Ronald Atkinson, BS ’10, is the residential education coordinator for Bethany College.

Kelsey Epperson, BS ’10, and Zack Rockey, BS ’10, were married June 4, 2011, in Lawrence, Kan.

Rusty Meigs, Ed.D. ’10 and adjunct professor at the School of Education, had his article “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore. Or Are We?” published in Volume 27, Issue 4 of the International Society for Technology in Education’s Journal of Computing Teachers. He also oversees Web services for the Olathe Public Schools, which recently launched a new site at

Karenah Spencer, ’11, and Camron Thissen, ’11, were married June 11, 2011, in McPherson, Kan.

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