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Faculty/staff news update: January/February 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Academe welcomes news from WSU faculty and staff about research, teaching and service activities. This column recognizes grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and deaths of our current and former colleagues.

Ed Baker, assistant professor and technical theatre director, School of Performing Arts, received a Certificate of Merit for sound design in “The 39 Steps” at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Baker also served as regional respondent for Load-In/Load-out for Invited Productions for the festival. 

Ed Baker; Danette Baker, adjunct faculty, theater; Bret Jones, director of theater; and Betty Monroe, professor, all of the School of Performing Arts, presented workshops at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Monroe also supervised WSU’s participation in the KCACTF Costume Parade that featured costumes from “Assassins.”

Ed Flentje
Ed Flentje
Ed Flentje, professor, Hugo Wall School of Public and Urban Affairs, has returned to normalcy in his teaching and service responsibilities in the Hugo Wall School after a six-month assignment as interim president of Emporia State University. He returns to phased retirement and plans to continue in that status at half-time through 2014. 

Mark Glaser, professor, Hugo Wall School of Public and Urban Affairs, will serve as a paper discussant for the H. George Frederickson Festschrift and Symposium on April 13 at the University of Kansas. 

Suzanne R. Hawley, chair and professor of public health sciences, is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel J. Crumbine Medal, the highest award given by the Kansas Public Health Association. Hawley, new to WSU in fall 2011, was recognized for her dedication to improving the public health of Kansans through workforce and leadership development. 

Alicia Huckstadt, professor and director of graduate programs, School of Nursing, has a published chapter on health promotion in I.M. Lubkin & P.D. Larsen (Eds.), Chronic illness impact and intervention (8th ed., pp. 429-455). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Alicia Huckstadt also has a published chapter, “Achieving excellence in teaching,” in L. Zhan & L. P. Finch (Eds.) Accelerated education in nursing: Challenges, strategies, and future directions (pp. 61-79). New York: Springer. 

Elizabeth King
Elizabeth King
Elizabeth King, president and CEO, WSU Foundation, and Linda Brantner, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Kansas and member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council, were recently named in “50 Kansans You Should Know” in the January 2012 issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.

Mark Laycock, Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship, director of orchestras, School of Music, was a guest professor at Florida’s Lake Gibson High School where he worked with the school's orchestra students. 

Wilma Moore-Black, assistant director and curriculum coordinator, TRIO Communication Upward Bound, delivered the 12th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media at Kansas State University, her alma mater. The lecture is sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.

Elaine Steinke, professor, School of Nursing, was co-chair and co-author of a scientific statement for the American Heart Association on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease, published in the journal Circulation.


Willie Johnson Jr., 68, former adjunct professor and director of Upward Bound, died Jan. 29 in Tyler, Minn. Services have been held. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Sr. and Ardalia (Chadwick) Johnson, and brother, Stanley. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son, Brandon Grant Johnson of Plymouth and Minneapolis, Minn; grandson, Maximillian; sister, Sandra Johnson, Tyler; brothers, Lee (Sandra), Oklahoma City; Carl (Brenda), Houston; Lawrence (Letticia), San Antonio; Greg, Fort Worth; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Robert Lawless, professor, anthropology, died Feb. 2 in Wichita. A private family service has been held. He is survived by his wife Anita; daughters Ilona and Sharmini; sons Andy, Kylen and Tavrick; granddaughters Mackenzie and Kerrigan; brothers Jerry of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Lyndon of Alpharetta, Ga. A memorial is being established with details to come. 

Edith E. Stamm, 94, retired secretary, died Feb. 10 in Wichita. Services have been held. She was preceded in death by husband, Sanford; stepson, John Stamm; brothers, David Britton, John Frank and Don Steele. Survivors include sons, Mike (Delfina) Brooks and Mark (Carol) Stamm; daughters, Susan Kies and Shelley (Tate) Duncan; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established with Youthville, 4505 E. 47th St. S., Wichita, KS 67210.

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