Archive for Sunday, February 7, 1999


February 7, 1999


Gina Eastman has been named director of career development and placement services at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She had been assistant director in the office of career and employment services at Kansas University.

Karen Andregg of Marston Hearing Center has received her third award for continuing education from the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

  • Stephen Ritz has joined Glenn Livingood Penzler P.A. as a project manager. An architect with more than 24 years of experience, Ritz will be responsible for design, programming and project coordination and will assist with new business development.

  • MAXIMUS Inc. announced the members of its Kansas Health Wave management team. The team will be based in Topeka and oversee Health Wave, a low-cost insurance program for Kansas children. Vickie Johnson-Scott is project director. She had been a deputy project manager with MAXIMUS in Texas.

  • Todd Brabender of Spread The News Public Relations attended the first Inventors Advocate Summit, where he was one of 15 people to address new ways to assist individuals and corporations through the invention process. Brabender also was named public relations director for the American Inventors Workshop.

  • Julie Gudenkauf has been promoted to bakery manager at Dillons Food Store, 1740 Mass. She started with the company in 1980 as a pastry clerk and checker and has worked in the store's bakery since then.

  • Mark Kuecker, owner of Complete Music Disc Jockey Service in Lawrence, was appointed to the national board of advisers to the United States Mobile Entertainer's Alliance. Kuecker will be responsible for expansion of the association in Kansas.

  • The Kansas Auctioneers Assn. Inc. recently elected officers at its annual convention. Among them were Buddy Griffin of Ottawa, president-elect; John Shoemaker of Tonganoxie, director; and Lester Edgecomb of Baldwin, director. Griffin has been a director for six years.

  • Jack Manahan has joined the government and education management division of American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., as a principal and consultant. The Lawrence native and Kansas University graduate had been county administrator of Peoria County, Ill. He is the son of G.E. Manahan of Lawrence.

  • Farmland Industries Inc. has chosen two people to participate in its Farmland Leadership Institute. They are Jim Witthaus, managing director of strategic planning and business development in Farmland's crop production division, and Kevan Vick, general manager of Farmland nitrogen manufacturing. Witthaus began his career with Farmland as an engineering intern in 1975 while a student at Kansas University. Vick joined Farmland in 1976 and has served in various positions. He also is a KU graduate.

  • The Kansas Board of Accountancy said 79 of 305 candidates passed a recent two-day examination. From Lawrence, they were Michal Alexander, Derek Dummermuth, David Dummermuth, Hsulin Peng and Dongmei Yang. The examination is the first step to becoming a certified public accountant.

  • Melissa Alexander Medill has been named office manager of the Lawrence office of Lincoln Center OB/GYN P.A. She had been medical records/transcription supervisor at Lincoln Center OB/GYN in Topeka.

  • Milton's Coffee and Wine, 920 Mass., has changed its hours of operation. New hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is no longer being served, but some food items will be available.

Awards and honors

Michael Love, a service provider for United Parcel Service, was honored for completing 15 years of safe driving service. Love, a Lawrence resident, works at the Lawrence UPS facility.

Coming events

Savannah will have a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the intimate apparel shop at 735 Mass.

  • Obtaining a Bank Loan: Myths, Math & Methods, is set for Thursday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 734 Vt., Suite 104. Sponsored by the Kansas University Small Business Development Center, the session is designed to provide a general understanding of what it takes to get a bank loan for a small business. Presenters also will discuss SBA loans and tricks of the trade for obtaining a bank loan. The session is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $20. Call (785) 843-8844 to register or for more information.

  • The 1999 Ag Chemical Fair is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Sponsored by K-State Research & Extension of Douglas County and the Lawrence Farmers Cooperative Assn., the fair will feature Ray Lamond, extension soils specialist, discussing soil fertility; Scott Staggenborg, Northeast Area Extension Specialist, discussing crop production; and several chemical companies sharing information on their products. For a luncheon reservation or more information, call (785) 843-7058 by Thursday.

  • The 1999 Western Farm Show will be Feb. 20-22 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. The show is considered one of the largest indoor displays of farm equipment in North America. It features a wide range of agricultural-related products and services as well as outdoor lawn power equipment. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20-21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Admission is $5.

  • The Bank of America Foundation expanded its scholarship program, which provides educational opportunities to people with disabilities. The bank is accepting applications for the program from students in Kansas and elsewhere in its territory. Interested applicants should contact The Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program at P.O. Box 1465, Taylors, S.C. 29687, to receive an application packet. Packets also are available by phone at (864) 268-3363 or fax at (864) 268-7160.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at conventions, meetings and events scheduled for February, 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:

  • Feb. 5-7: Ice Ballet, 80, $25,168.
  • Feb. 5-7: SBC, 250, $78,652.
  • Feb. 6-8: Hills Pet Conference, 390, $122,697.
  • Feb. 7-8: Gun, Knife, Metaphysical Show, 3,000.
  • Feb. 19-20: National Society of Black Engineers, 100, $31,461.
  • Feb. 19: Central Christian Church Retreat, 70, $11,011.

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