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Archive for Sunday, April 4, 1999

BUSINESS BRIEFS

April 4, 1999

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Faces and places

Gragg Advertising and Design has named five-year employee Scott Loewen as a partner at the agency.

Loewen joined Gragg as an advertising assistant after graduating from Kansas University in May 1993.

His new responsibilities as agency director and partner will include day-to-day operations and agency management.

Perry Beal has joined Callahan Creek as director of media services. He brings more than 16 years of media services experience to the Topeka marketing firm, which will move its headquarters to Lawrence later this year.

Beal had been vice president-director of media services for Light & Associates in Kansas City.

Jill Berkley and Heather Kirchhefer recently joined the Bert Nash Center as family preservation specialists. Berkley had been a school social worker. Kirchhefer previously worked at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Lynn Amyx recently was named residential manager for the center's Bridges House, 336 N.J. Amyx had been supervisor for the Breakthrough Living Program in Topeka.

Harold T. Pearce, CFP and branch manager, recently attended the national conference for Raymond James Financial Services Inc. financial advisers. Pearce is a member of the company's executive council and was recognized for his achievement during the conference.

Raymond James Financial Services operates through the David M. King and Associates Ltd. branch in Lawrence.

Awards and honors

Robert E. Bregant Jr., administrator of Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, has advanced to fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

To attain the status, members must demonstrate their education, experience and leadership in the health care field and complete a management project.

Several staff members at KJHK, the Kansas University student-operated radio station, were recently honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

First-place awards went to Jen Silvers for complete newscast and Chad Speakar for graduate sports play-by-play. Second-place honors were given to Michelle Tuckner for complete newscast, Rachel Robson for real alternative radio public affairs program, and Michael Erb for sports play-by-play.

Honorable mention was given to Ryan Sturtch for IRIE Vibrations Station Promo Announcement and Jen Silvers for sports play-by-play.

Dale Boger, a Kansas University graduate, recently received the 1999 Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

Boger, an organic and medicinal chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., modifies the structure of existing drugs and studies how that affects the drug's action.

A Commercial Federal Bank TV ad about free checking received a finalist certificate in the New York Festivals 1998 International TV and Cinema Advertising Competition. The bank is opening a full-service branch in Lawrence.

Coming events

A ribbon-cutting is planned at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Victorian Veranda Country Inn, 1431 N. 1900 Rd., one mile north of Lawrence. Beverly Ray and Rob Phillips are innkeepers.

TherapyWorks, an outpatient rehabilitation clinic at 3115 W. Sixth, is sponsoring several community education seminars this month for National Occupational Therapy Month.

The brown-bag luncheon seminars will begin at noon. Guests should bring their own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.

Seminar topics and dates are "Arthritis & Activity," Friday; "ABCs of Vision," April 16; and "Lymphedema," April 23. For more information, call (785)749-1300.

The Kansas Department of Human Resources will play host to "Plain Talk from the Government" this spring at seven Kansas locations. The one-day institutes are designed to help employers operate their businesses more efficiently.

A seminar will be held Tuesday at the Lawrence Holidome. Cost is $75 per person for full-day registration and $35 for a half-day session. For more information, call (785) 296-7106 or check the Web at www.hr.state.ks.us.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will sponsor a free radio/television career fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita.

The fair will include talks by recent broadcast graduates and the opportunity to discuss the field with Kansas broadcasters and broadcast educators. For more information, call the association at (785) 235-1307.

  • Kansas International and Kansas University will present an update on economic activities in Asia during a breakfast seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club. Cost for the seminar is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call (785) 841-4685 for more information.

  • Sid Ziegler of Ziegler Corp. will offer an open house featuring insulated concrete construction on April 15. The open house will start at 3 p.m. at 1512 Prestwick Ct., where construction is in progress. It will continue from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1610 Wedgewood, where construction is complete.

  • The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present "The Manufacturer's Guide to Designing Your Web Marketing Strategy" April 21 in Kansas City, Mo. The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1575 N. Universal Ave., Suite 130, Lakeside Plaza I.

The fee is $135 for a single registration and $115 each for groups of three or more. Lunch is included. Call (800) 653-4333 to register.

  • The Kansas City Board of Trade will offer "Trading the ISDEX at the KCBT" at 3:30 p.m. April 22 in the Rod Turnbull Room at the board of trade. The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call Virginia Price or Deborah Bollman at (816) 753-7500 or (800) 821-5228.

  • Internet Security Systems will offer a seminar on how to implement and manage safe and productive e-commerce environments. The seminar will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon April 14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 W. 12th, Kansas City, Mo.

  • The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present "How to Start a Business" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. There is a $20 charge for the seminar, which will be presented by representatives with the Service Corps of Retired Executives. To register, call (785) 843-8844 or send e-mail to kusbdc@idir.net.

  • Westaff Inc. is offering more than $15,000 in scholarships this year to employees who are also students. To be eligible, applicants must work 400 hours between May 17 and Sept. 25 and be enrolled full-time in an accredited school. The support staffing company has an office at 925 Iowa.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at conventions, meetings and events scheduled for April in Lawrence, courtesy of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau. Each listing is followed by the number of attendees and estimated revenues, if available.

  • Flint Hills Conference, April 9-11, 240, $75,506.
  • Housing and Redevelopment Conference, April 13-16, 200, $104,772.
  • Medichem, April 16-17, 150, $47,191.
  • City Managers Conference, April 21-23, 75, $23,595.
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Assn., April 21-23, 80, $25,168.
  • Dale Boom Golf Tournament, April 30-May 2, 300.

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