Archive for Sunday, August 16, 1998


August 16, 1998


Becky Foster has been promoted to director of interior design at Davis Design in Lincoln, Neb. Foster, a Lawrence native and graduate of Kansas University, also was recently honored by the Nebraska-Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for her work with corporate, health care and institutional clients. She is the daughter of Robert and Becky Foster of Lawrence.

Cindy Vervynck of Lawrence, an engineering technician, recently celebrated 20 years of service with the Kansas Department of Transportation.

  • Troy A. Gregory, vice president at University National Bank has completed the final year of the three-year program at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. The program is conducted on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus each summer.

  • Kantronics Inc. recently attended and displayed its products at the Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Albuquerque, N.M. Attending were Cheryl Seiwald and Ken Baker.

  • Victor J. Braden was named legal counsel for United School Administrators of Kansas and began work in the Topeka office. Two other Lawrence residents recently began working for United School Administrators of Kansas. Brilla Highfill Scott is its new executive director and Katharine Weickert is director of administrator services.

  • Rick Gammill, education and safety administrator at Communicolor in Eudora, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Johnson County Community College Business and Industry Institute Advisory Council.

  • Chris Hutchens has joined the Charlton Manley Agency as an account executive working with small businesses and individuals. He had been an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance Co. in Lawrence. Hutchens, a Kansas University graduate, will be supported by Charlton Manley's new Personal Insurance Service Center, which provides a staff of nine to assist clients with insurance and claims management.

  • Coach's Edge has added four new full-time employees. Chris Kleiman is the new head football coach. He had been defensive secondary coach at Kansas University. Kristen Davis is the new assistant director of the women's sports division. She had been camp director of One-on-One Sports Camps. Dale Cordes will be multimedia developer. He had been art director at LodgeNet Entertainment in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jerod Haase will serve as a basketball adviser. He was a three-year starter for the KU Jayhawks basketball team, and has been marketing a book and video since graduation in 1997.

  • Ernie Cummings of Kizer Cummings Jewelers recently attended the Jewelers of America Show in New York. The event showcases the latest trends in jewelry and provides continuing education in fabricating platinum jewelry.

  • Free State Solutions, a full-service financial management consulting company, has moved to downtown Lawrence. The company's new address is 706 Mass., Suite No. 208, P.O. Box 1229, Lawrence 66044. The phone number is 842-6498.

Awards and honors

The Topeka regional marketing staff of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas was honored for its sales performance during the second quarter. Group consultants for the staff are Bernardo Cruz, John Deines, Mark Dolsky, Jackie Tomes, Lisa Toyne and Barry Trulson. Mary Jo Waugh is regional manager.

  • Five members of the youth services department of the Lawrence Public Library recently attended an international Storytelling Assn. conference in Kansas City. Librarians attending the four-day event were Jan Irving, head of youth services; Joyce Steiner, assistant head of youth services; and Kim Patton, Linda Clay and Jane Johnston.

  • Englewood Florist employees Erica Weaver, Kimberly Meyers, Jill Holliday, Ila Hohn, Susan Engle and Cary Engle attended the American Floral Services Expo '98 in Shawnee Mission.

  • Hotz Business Systems offices in Lawrence, Ottawa, and Kansas City, St. Joseph and Warrensburg, Mo., recently were named to the 1997-98 Minolta Office Systems Product and Technical Support Division's Circle of Service Excellence. Mike Kruzel supervises Hotz service in the Lawrence area.

Coming events

The ``Scrap the Code Tour,'' a traveling congressional debate over whether to replace the federal tax code with a flat tax or national sales tax, is set for Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan. The public is invited to attend and participate in the event, which features a debate between House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas and Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana. The debate, sponsored by the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, is set to begin at noon Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel, 8787 Reeder Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event is free.

  • Pearson Collision Repair will have a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 646 Conn.

  • Kaw Valley Center will have a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 1525 W. Sixth St., Suite A.

  • The Internal Revenue Service and Kansas Department of Revenue will be host to free electronic tax filing seminars and workshops around Kansas next month. The sessions are open to tax professionals, who may earn continuing professional education credit. They are set for Sept. 16 at Wichita State University, Sept. 17 at UMB & NationsBank of America in Salina, Sept. 21 at the Finnup Center Conference Room of the Garden City Zoo, and Sept. 23 at Washburn University in Topeka. Morning and afternoon seminars are available. For more information or to register, call (314) 539-2161.

  • Employment Marketplace Fall '98 is set for Sept. 19 at the Lawrence Riverfront Factory Outlets. Local employers and trade organizations are invited to participate in the event to bring job seekers together with employers. Registration is $100 per booth. For more information, call Gretchen Gwaltney at (785) 865-4426. The registration deadline is Aug. 25.

  • The Computer Learning Center at Independence Inc. has been selected by Microsoft Corp. as a product testing site. Under the arrangement, Microsoft will send new software to the center, where it will be tested and evaluated on its accessibility to persons with disabilities. Reports will be submitted to Microsoft, which will use the information in upgrades. Interested testers should contact Terry Thompson at (785) 841-0333 or by e-mail at indepinc

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