Homecoming logo 2005Each year, the FHSU Alumni Association presents accomplished alumni and friends with awards in honor of their achievements and service. At Homecoming, three categories of awards are to be given: Young Alumni, Nita M. Landrum and Alumni Achievement. The Alumni Association considers the awards program one of its finest endeavors.

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes graduates who have made outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy. The Young Alumni Award recognizes 10- through 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation. The Nita M. Landrum Award recognizes alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association, or the university, in their communities. Summaries of the the award recipients' accomplishments follow; you can read the full stories in the Homecoming issue of the FHSU Magazine.

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bill Havice
Bill Havice

Bill Havice has been involved at FHSU both as a student and instructor. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts and his Masters of Science in Industrial Education from FHSU in 1977 and 1979 respectfully. He went on to earn his Ed.S. from Pittsburg State University in 1984 and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 1994.

Havice was employed as in instructor at FHSU from 1979-1996. While serving as an instructor in the Technology Studies department, Havice was influential in creating a new degree and curriculum in Instructional Technology as well as assisting with the development of the degree in Information Networking and Telecommunications. Additionally, in his tenure at FHSU, the Technology Studies department made the transition from manual to computer aided drafting and developed a communication systems lab. As a student at FHSU, Havice was a member of the Tiger Wrestling team, earning a 7th place finish in 1977 at the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament. Currently Havice is employed as the Associate Dean for Academic Support Services and Undergraduate Studies and Professor in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

He and his wife, Pamela ’80, ’84, have two daughters, Brooke Ann and Briana Lea. They are at home in Clemson.

Katrina Hess
Katrina Hess

When Katrina Hess chose to return to her hometown of Hays, it was considered by the medical profession as under served and in special need of another Family Physician. Hess has done everything she can to fill that need. As Family Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Hess Clinic, Hess employees a staff of 16 people and serves 5,000 patients in Hays and Northwest Kansas.
   
Hess received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from FHSU in 1989. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1994. While at FHSU, she was active in the Chemistry and Physics Clubs. She also spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve Service Staff. She has volunteered her time as a volunteer faculty member at both the University of Kansas and Wichita State University as well as in the Volunteer Faculty Nurse Practitioner Program at FHSU. Hess also volunteers her time to speak with Chemistry students at FHSU on a frequent basis.

She and her husband, Kendall Krug ’83, OD, are at home in Hays with their two children, Russell and Laura.

Donald Kaufman
Donald Kaufman

One of the key components of looking at a college professor’s success is to examine his published research. In the case of Donald Kaufman, his published research clearly points to success. Kaufman’s research has been published in a total of 144 publications.

Kaufman received both his Bachelor of Science in General Science and Masters of Science in Zoology from FHSU in 1965 and 1967 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1972. Currently he is Professor of Mammalian Ecology in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. While at FHSU, he was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Beta Beta Beta, and Phi Kappa Phi. He also had both a Graduate Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship in Biology while attending the university. He and his wife, Glennis Kaufman, Ph.D., have been involved in many philanthropic activities over the past 15 years. These activities include contributing to the Sternberg Building Fund as well as being life members and adjunct curators for the museum and being the founding contributors to the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas.

Kaufman and his wife are at home in Manhattan. They have one child, Dawn Kaufman, Ph.D.

Robert Orr
Robert Orr

Certain people leave Kansas to pursue something big. Instead, Robert Orr brought something big to Kansas.

Orr received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from FHSU in 1980. He is founder and chief executive officer of Brooke Corporation, a public company he founded in 1986. Brooke Corporation was added to the American Stock Exchange in 2003. Today, with more than 600 employees, Brooke Corporation franchises insurance agencies to more than 400 locations in 26 states. Additionally, he is an Air Force veteran, a graduate of the Colorado School of Banking and has served as president of several Kansas banks. He has also written a book, Death of an Insurance Salesman?, which outlines his philosophy regarding insurance distribution.

He and his wife, Kimba, are at home in Smith Center. They have three children: Kaley, Casey, and Kelsey.

YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT

LaNette Schmeidler Parker
LaNette Schmeidler Parker

LaNette Schmeidler Parker serves as a communications consultant in the Change Implementation practice of Towers Perrin, a global human resources consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 and international companies manage their investments in people. And while working for this highly prestigious company, she has learned that she can compete with the “best of them” because of what she learned at Fort Hays – that “there’s no substitute for hard work and common sense.”

Parker received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from FHSU in 1995 and 1996 respectively. While at FHSU, she also pursued a Field of Emphasis – Leadership Studies. Parker was highly involved with Student Government while attending FHSU. She also was editor of Lines: A Journal of the Arts and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the English Department. Additionally, she has presented to FHSU English Department students on how to apply the English degree outside of teaching and is currently leading the effort to set up an endowed scholarship at FHSU of behalf of the Schmeidler family.
She and her husband, Brion Parker, are at home in Mountain View, California.

Mark Haub
Mark Haub

Not only was Mark Haub an outstanding student while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from FHSU in 1992, he also was a member of the FHSU Cross Country and Track and Field teams as well as a Resident Assistant and Resident Manager at Agnew Hall.
   
After earning his degree from FHSU, he went on to earn both his Masters of Science and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1996 and 1998 respectively. While earning his degrees, he was given both the Outstanding Masters Student Award and the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. He currently is employed by Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition. He is a member of the American Society of Nutritional Science, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the American Diabetes Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine where he received the Student Research Award in both 1994 and 1996.

He and his wife, Michelle, are at home in Manhattan with their child, Trae.

NITA M. LANDRUM AWARD

Jerry Anderson
Jerry Anderson

Jerry Anderson graduated from FHSU in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has owned and operated a ranch in the Kinsley area for the last 45 years. For the past 20 years he also has been building, selling, and donating handmade furniture from boards taken from an old two-story barn destroyed by a tornado in 1984. He has exhibited and sold his furniture in Taos, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado; Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and throughout Kansas. Anderson has been the director of the Kinsley COOP, the Edwards County Historical Society, and the Investors Savings and Loan. Additionally, he has served as Advisory Direct for Farmers Bank and Trust, President of the Edwards County Fair Association, and a member of the Kansas Livestock Association.
 
Jerry Anderson is proud to be an alum of FHSU. So proud, in fact, that he and his wife, Dianne, established the Anderson-Crandall scholarship for students from Edwards County who plan to attend the university.
   
He and his wife live in the Kinsley area. They have two children, Lisa Gales and Scott Anderson.