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<Today class notes spring 2011>

Class Notes

1950 - 1959

Richard Dahms '53, a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon, has served as assistant attorney general and assistant city attorney of St. Joseph, Mo.; assistant prosecuting attorney of Buchanan County; public defender for the Fifth Judicial Circuit; and judge of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Buchanan County. He and his wife, Deloris, have five children and currently reside in Country Club Village, Mo. He recalls his UCM days serving as manager of the football, basketball and track teams and bartending at the Top Hat. His other great memories include Mother Brown's Tea Room and the Voo Doo Hamilton Dance Orchestra.

1960 - 1969

Ruthie Wornall '63, '71, '76 taught for 17 years in the Raytown School District. She is the author of a cookbook series and four culinary murder mystery novels, including her most recent, "Murder at the Wornall House"” Ruthie is the author of a food column, Reluctant Chef in the "Weston Chronicle."

Tom Karczewski '67 and his wife Rosalie (Cowdry) '67 are enjoying their retirement together. Rosalie spent 25 years teaching elementary school in Kansas City; Tom was a media representative, selling radio and television advertising to both local and regional accounts. Now, they enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Rosalie is a Tri Sigma alum, and Tom stays in touch with Phi Sigma Epsilon.


1970 - 1979

Daniel Huggins '71 and his wife, Mary, are celebrating the one-year birthday of their first grandson, Nicholas, born in July 2013. The grandparents live in Florissant, Mo.


Sherry (Call) Altis '73 and her husband, Tim '91, retired from Knob Noster High School in May 2013. They were the first teachers to be honored as commencement speakers multiple times at KNHS. Sherry is now teaching English at UCM.

Joyce Kinkead '75, '77 authored the textbook "Farm: A Multimodal Reader," which was used in a course, "The Farm in Literature and Culture" that she developed at Utah State University.

Patrick McLaughlin '75 retired from Northwest Missouri State University after 36 years as a professor of law and insurance. He also retired as head coach of the Bearcat Women's Golf Team, a varsity golf program he started seven years ago.

Nancy (Riley) Sweets '75 retired after teaching music at Hannibal-LaGrange University for 28 years. She continues to provide lessons for woodwind and piano students in her private studio. Her husband, Henry, is the director of the Mark Twain Boyhood home and museum in Hannibal, Mo.

Patricia Long '78 has retired after serving seven years as president of Baker University in Baldwin, Kan.


1980 - 1989


Johnie Wood '80 retired from J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., as vice president of corporate security and audits. He has written two fictional books, "Crystal Hill" and "Seditious Conspiracy"” Johnie and his wife, Shirley, reside in Bentonville, Ark., and enjoy traveling and landscaping.


Ronald Walker '81, '84 had a solo art exhibit "Suburban Primitive Paintings" displayed at Merced College in California.

James Magditch '84 accepted a position as quality engineer for General Cable. He resides in Lawrenceburg, Ky., with his wife, Gina (Salazar) '86, and their two children.


1990 - 1999


Brad Bodenhausen '91 is director of the International Leadership and Training Center, a collaboration between Missouri State University and the Springfield (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce, where he previously served as executive vice president.


Stephen Jones '91 is a dispatch coordinator for ZieglerCat. His work involves coordinating the movement of power systems, agricultural and construction machines in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Dennis Zolotor '91 works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as a senior technical support analyst. He resides in Kansas City, Kan., with his wife, Dolores, and their three sons.

Robert Exendine '93 and his wife, Leslie '93, opened Anne's Acres Blueberry Farm in Lincoln, Mo., four years ago. Home to 4,000 plants, the farm welcomes customers to pick blueberries annually. Robert also is serving as vice president of the Missouri Blueberry Council.

Judy (Wurl) '93 resides in Warrensburg with her two sons, Tyler and Peyton.

David Luoma '96 received a Master of Science in Nursing Education, is teaching at Johnson County Community College, and living in Spring Hill, Kan.

Scott Alvested '97 is manager of alumni relations and annual giving for the Metropolitan Community College Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.

Eric Cline '97 has written various fiction magazine articles. His work has appeared in "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine," "Stupefying Stories," "James Gunn's Ad Astra," "Every Day Fiction" and the original anthology, "Writers of the Future Vol. 29."

Shawn Jones '97, '11 is director of athletics at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Formerly UCM's senior associate athletic director for external operations, he was well known to fans as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Mules.

Beth (Johnson) Caldwell '99 was elected to the Board of Aldermen for Ste. Genevieve, Mo. She resides there with her husband, Bo, and son, Austin. Beth and her mother own the Station 2 Café, a restaurant located downtown in the city's historic fire department.


2000 - 2009


Carolyn (Clark) Brown '00 and her husband, James, announce the birth of a son, Chase Edward Brown, on April 2, 2014. He joins his older brother, Tyler. The family resides in St. Charles, Mo.


Stacie (Littrell) Wild '00, psychology instructor and guidance and career services coordinator for the State Fair Career and Technology Center, was named Adjunct Instructor of the Year. She has worked at SFCC for 10 years and is involved with the Allied Health Academy, core advising and SkillsUSA competition.

Tommy Myers '01 is now director of athletics facilities at his alma mater, Pittsburg State University in Kansas. The former Mules head baseball coach is managing the campus' Robert W. Plaster Center and the Garfield Weede P.E. Building.

Marlies K. Ozias '01 earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Toxicology from Iowa State University in 2004 and now has completed a Ph.D. in medical nutrition science from the University of Kansas. The former co-captain of the Jennies basketball team is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Phoenix, Va.

Samantha "Sam" Jones Purcell '02 moved to Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Shane, and their seven-year-old son. She is substitute teaching for the Meridian school district.

Christopher Rodriguez '02 and his family welcomed Ryan Scott Rodriguez on Dec. 9, 2013.

Lucas Boyce '03 was named to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. He is director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic basketball team.

Jessica Dulle '03 accepted a position as executive director for the Strand Centre for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Previously, she was executive director for the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas. She also has been executive director for Capital City Council on the Arts in Jefferson City, Mo.

Jason Richey '03 and his wife, Julie, welcomed their second son, Keegan James, on March 15, 2014. Jason works for Metal Exchange Corporation as a safety manager. He and his family reside in St. Louis, Mo.

Melissa Felkner '04 was promoted to reimbursement accountant at Freeman Health System. Melissa resides in Joplin, Mo.

Clinton Longwell '04 accepted a position as head baseball coach at Rolla (Mo.) High School where he also teaches history. Longwell was the starting pitcher for the Mules baseball team in 2003 when it won the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Rhonda Munoz '04 has completed the requirements to become a Certified Safety Professional. The CSP certificate is awarded to individuals who meet academic standards, satisfy professional safety experience requirements, and have passed two examinations covering engineering and management aspects of safety, applied sciences, legal and regulatory matters, professional affairs and other safety-related topics.

Brent Zweifel '04 and wife, Ashley '02, met their daughter for the first time Feb. 25, 2013. They celebrated 10 years of marriage May 30 before Brent accepted a position as director of distance learning June 2 at Wentworth Military Academy and College.

Jamie (Fischer) Patterson '05 is the digital marketing manager at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

Erin Morrison '06, '14 accepted a position as assistant director of telemarketing for alumni giving and engagement at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Mike Jeffries '08 accepted a position as the state director of fundraising for the Greater Kansas Chapter of the March of Dimes. He and his wife, Amanda Schmittling Jeffries '10, reside in Lenexa, Kan.

Nathan Caywood '09 starred in a television commercial launching a new marketing campaign for the Hopper on Dish Network during March Madness. Nathan's mother, Lana (Miller) '77 and father, Thomas '77, '81, report their son is busy in Hollywood. Watch his commercial.


2010 -


Scott Melton '10 accepted a position as district safety and health manager for the Kansas City District of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Scott resides in Marshall, Mo.

Rachel Simmons '12 opened the Ivory and Lace Bridal Boutique in July 2014. Located in Warrensburg, the boutique specializes in personal figure and shape consultations, wedding gowns, dresses, tuxedoes and bridal accessories.

Kim Welch '12 recorded his first experience in electronic voice phenomenon on the second floor of the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nev. The recording, titled "Kim Welch – Old Washoe Club EVP," is available on YouTube. Kim teaches third grade in Moberly, Mo.

Joshua Seeley '13 departed June 17, 2013, to serve 27 months with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He teaches biology and other sciences.

Joe Migdal '14 qualified to play in the U.S. Amateur Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The former Mule golfer earned his way into the nation's top amateur tournament with a first-place finish in the 36-hole qualifier at the Jefferson City Country Club.