Archive for Sunday, October 24, 1999


October 24, 1999


Faces and places

Jen Miller, junior, and Nicole Harper, senior, both members of Business Professionals of America Club at Free State High School, were elected into state offices. Miller was elected state vice president, and Harper was elected state historian. They were elected at the BPA Fall Delegate Assembly on Oct. 5 at Emporia State University. Miller and Harper will attend leadership conferences through the 1999-2000 school year. They will attend the state conference Feb. 24-26, 2000, in Salina, and the national conference April 28-May 2, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Joseph McCloud has joined Vision Data Solutions Inc. in Independence, Mo., as the new business development manager. McCloud earned a master's degree in information systems management from Baker University.

  • Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. of Overland Park has named Thomas Butch chief marketing officer. Butch was appointed an executive vice president of Waddell & Reed Inc. and a senior vice president of Waddell & Reed Financial Inc.

Butch was most recently president of Stein Roe Mutual Funds, Chicago.

  • Erica Haas and Warren Rogers have joined Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chtd. in Lawrence. Haas and Rogers are 1999 graduates of the Washburn School of Law. They are licensed to practice in Kansas and federal courts for the District of Kansas. Haas will concentrate her practice in the area of family law. Rogers will concentrate his practice in the area of bankruptcy.

  • Thomas Armstrong, vice president of Fundamental Technologies, LLC, Lawrence, recently returned from a CASSINI meeting in Landau, Germany. CASSINI is the unmanned, robotic spacecraft on its way to Saturn. As part of the MIMI Science Investigation team, he discussed the observations made by the MIMI equipment they designed to measure radiation and its performance during the Aug. 18 Earth "swingby." CASSINI is expected to arrive at Jupiter in December 2000 and then at Saturn in 2004.

  • Carol Hester and Von Edman, members of the Lawrence Association of Life Underwriters, recently attended the annual convention of the National Association of Life Underwriters in Nashville.

  • Terrence Campbell has joined Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn & Murray, L.C. as an associate. Campbell graduated from the Kansas University School of Law in 1997. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and served on the Board of Editors of the Kansas Law Review. Campbell will specialize in matters involving federal litigation, employment law and general litigation. Campbell has been a Lawrence resident since 1992.

  • Steve Snavely of Radio Realty, a member of the Lawrence Board of Realtors, recently completed the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) course as well as the GRI 101: Professional Performance course presented by the Kansas Association of Realtors.

Honors and awards

Bud Jennings Carpet One, Lawrence, received honorable mention in the Most Consistent Campaign category of the recent Carpet One Annual Advertising Awards Competition. Tom Jennings accepted the award in a ceremony held at Carpet One's 1999 International Summer Convention in New Orleans.

The Liberty Press has won three Vice Versa Awards for excellence in the gay and lesbian press. The winning articles, which ran between July 1998 and June 1999, are: "Talking About Sex Got Him Arrested: Max Movsovitz's road to same-sex justice for Kansans" by Lawrence resident Deb Taylor, second place for best news article or news feature; "Chris Somers 47 XXY: an intersexed person's visit to Lawrence" by Kansas University graduate Marcelo Vilela, third place for best news interview or personality profile; and "Butch's Corner: New Year's Butch Tips" by Skye Delphon, third place for best humor piece.

The Liberty Press is among the 10 nominees for Best Publication in its division. The award will be given during a special ceremony April 27 in Washington D.C.

The Liberty Press is based in Wichita, but has offices in Lawrence and Topeka.

  • Chris Chappell, Jefferson County Geographic Information Systems coordinator, received the "Most Valuable Member" award at the 1999 Kansas Association of Mappers (KAM) conference in Wichita. Chappell was elected president of KAM and will take over the leadership role at the 2000 KAM conference.

  • SBC Communications Inc. has been named one of "America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises" by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

SBC has been recognized for its commitment of developing successful, innovative programs that promote the inclusion of women-owned businesses in its purchasing and contractual business. In the last five years, SBC has spent more than $2.4 billion, or 8.3 percent of its procurement base, with women-owned businesses.

SBC is a global communications leader that provides local and long-distance phone service, wireless and data communications, paging, high-speed Internet access and messaging, and cable and satellite television, security services and telecommunications equipment.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital was among 18 Kansas businesses and organizations recently honored at the fourth annual Kansas Award for Excellence banquet in Overland Park. LMH received a Commitment to Excellence Award, the first level of three levels of recognition under the statewide program. The Level 1 Commitment to Excellence Award is given to organizations that demonstrate a serious commitment to the use of quality principles.

The Kansas Award for Excellence program recognizes companies who have used the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Criteria for Business Excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality criteria include core values and concepts embodied in seven categories: leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, information and analysis, human resource focus, process management and business results.

Coming events

Riley, Burkhead & Nitcher Chtd. recently announced the expansion of its Lawrence offices. The firm has expanded offices in the Kansas Seed House at 805 N.H. An open house reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The firm will maintain its offices at 808 Mass.

  • Gary Bowersox, a leading expert on gemstones of Afghanistan, will host "The Afghan Connection" from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Tallmon & Tallmon Jewelers, 520 W. 23rd St. Bowersox returned to the United States in September after leading an expedition through the civil war of Afghanistan.

  • Tenants to Homeowners Inc. will present a First Time Homebuyers' Workshop from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The meeting will be in meeting room A at the Lawrence United Way Center, 2518 Ridge Court. The free workshop will cover the following: decision of buying a house, mortgage process, personal budgeting and home maintenance.

  • Microsoft will offer its Small Business Solutions Seminar on Wednesday at the Business Technology Assn., 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo. Solutech Inc., based in St. Louis, is co-sponsoring the seminar.

The seminar will cover: choosing the best desktop operating systems, improving office productivity, commanding the power of the Internet, building an Internet presence and managing software assets.

To attend this free event, register online at or call (877) 673-8368.

The sixth Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Seminar will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the theater of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. The seminar presents guidelines for serving Kansas City, including issues of time, money, why and how. A panel representing donors, volunteers and funding recipients will speak.

There is no charge, but seating is limited. To make reservations call 913-469-4445.

  • Johnson County Community College is offering a retail sales representative certificate program. The program, which is 17 hours of credit classes, will include a marketing and management internship. For more information about the certificate program call 469-8500, ext. 3475.

  • The Kansas Farm Bureau's 81st annual meeting is set for Nov. 19-21 in Wichita. The theme this year is "Farm Bureau -- Helping Feed the World." Highlights of the meeting will include addresses by motivational speakers Dan Clark, Mark Mayfield and Ron Hanson.

  • The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) will present a seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Manufacturing Learning Center, 510 McCall Road, on Kansas State University's campus in Manhattan. The fee is $149 for a single registration, and $125 each for groups of three or more. Lunch will be provided.

To register in advance, call 1-888-649-4333.

MAMTC is a not-for-profit organization designed to help small and mid-sized manufacturers improve their competitiveness.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Professional Women of the Chamber and Crown Automotive will present the 1999 Athena Conference on Tuesday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

The cost for the conference is $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members. To attend the luncheon only, the cost is $12.50 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.

To make a reservation by phone, call 865-4411. For more information, call Betty Markley at 865-4429.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Awards, to be presented during National Small Business Week 2000. The awards are given each year to outstanding entrepreneurs and dedicated advocates who have used their professional skills and talents to increase opportunities for small businesses in Kansas and Missouri. Entrepreneur categories: Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, Small Business Exporter, Entrepreneurial Success and Welfare-to-Work. Advocate categories: Financial Services, Media, Minority Small Business, Women in Business, Veteran's and Accountant.

Local winners go on to state competition, and those winners move on to a national competition. For more information, contact Barbara Caldwell at (816) 374-6760, ext. 244.

  • Students are invited to attend next month's 50th Annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Assn. Convention and Trade Show Thursday through Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. A valid student ID is all that is necessary to gain admittance, and sit in on educational programs and the trade show floor. For more information, call (800) 708-6459 or visit the organization's Web site,

  • The deadline for entries for the Governor's New Product Award, sponsored by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, is Nov. 3. Any new product, machine, process or material developed in Kansas is eligible, as long as it was introduced on the market between Sept. 1, 1994, and Sept. 1, 1998. Judging criteria: economic contribution to Kansas; ingenuity using engineering principles and materials; improved function, ease and savings in use; and percentage of research and development done in Kansas. For more information, call the society at (785) 233-2121.

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