Archive for Sunday, May 27, 2001


May 27, 2001


Faces and places

Alicia Jenkins-Ewing, Lawrence, has been hired by Dance City Performing Arts Academy as director of its new Broadway City Theatre program, which includes training in voice, acting and dance.

Jenkins-Ewing's responsibilities include curriculum development, class instruction and production of two annual performances. She also teaches dance and will be available for private vocal lessons.

Jenkins-Ewing graduated with honors from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., with a degree in vocal performance and theater. Last summer she received a commendation for acting at the American College Theatre Festival 2000 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Her first production in Lawrence will include excerpts from "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Annie," featuring 25 youths. The production will be June 10 at the Lied Center.

Kathleen Marker, a lending officer, has joined Intrust Bank as a vice president at its Lawrence office, 901 Vt.

Wichita-based Intrust also an-nounced that David Darby, a graduate of Kansas and Baker universities, has joined the bank's Wealth Management Division for the Kansas City area, as a vice president.

Others who have joined the Kansas City division and their titles are Michael Marlow, senior vice president and regional manager; Leland Johnson Jr., vice president; and Marc Beelman, assistant vice president.

The Kansas Department of Human Resources' Wheat Harvest Program has begun.

The program provides free employment information and reporting services to farmers and harvest crews around the state.

Offices in 19 areas will open in June and operate during the wheat harvest in each area. The program, coordinated in Topeka, may begin this week in south-central Kansas.

For more information about the program, call Joyce Heiman at (785) 296-7435 or click on the department's Web site at http://entkdhr.state

Marilyn Dobski has joined the local Firstar Community Bank Advisory Board. Dobski is owner/operator of 13 McDonald's restaurants in six counties, including those in Lawrence.

James Kring Jr., a Kansas University graduate, has been named a vice chairman of the 11-member executive committee of the American Consulting Engineers Council.

Kring is executive vice president of Bartlett & West Engineers Inc. in Topeka.

Thomas Howe is a new Realtor at J.C. Nichols Residential Acres, Realtors, 1127 Iowa.

Tanya Bledsoe, of Criticare Home Health Services Inc., recently completed training on rehabilitation wheelchair fitting and specialty seating. She is available to measure and fit for wheelchairs.

Criticare, 1006 W. Sixth St., is locally owned and has served the area for more than 15 years.

Larry Carney III has joined The Trust Co. of Kansas as an investment support analyst. Carney, a Kansas University graduate, will provide investment research and support trust officers at the Wichita-based company.

Monica Fanning, who received her law degree from Kansas University, has joined Shughart Thomson & Kilroy's office in Kansas City, Mo., as an associate.

She focuses her practice on employment and labor law, insurance law and business litigation. At KU, Fanning was publications editor of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and was a moot court participant.

Edward Jones, a financial services firm, has hired Blaine Riney as an investment representative for Lawrence's branch office at 3025 W. Sixth St. Riney, a Kansas University graduate, will work alongside Emily Lilienkamp, branch office administrator.

Hope Ogden has joined Lawrence-based Prosoco as a cost accountant in the company's accounting department. Ogden, a 1985 graduate of Lawrence High School, previously worked as an accounting assistant for R.D. Johnson Excavating in Lawrence. Prosoco makes products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete, brick and natural stone.

Myron Reed and Jordan Lerner have joined GPW & Associates in Lawrence.

Reed joined GPW in December as vice president of engineering, with responsibilities that include development of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing department and overseeing quality assurance for all engineering projects for the company. The Kansas University graduate is a former chief engineer for the state of Kansas.

Lerner joined GPW in March as project manager/electrical engineer. He is responsible for managing and coordinating electrical design, cost estimating and construction administration. The KU graduate formerly was project manager/electrical engineer of Henderson Engineers in Lenexa.

Katie Green, also a KU graduate, has been promoted to product development manager/lighting engineer. Her new duties include managing a technical draftsman, developing CAD policies and standards, and coordinating construction documents with technicians and staff.

Gina Pacumbaba-Watson is the company's president and chief executive officer.

GPW is located at 934 Mass., Suite 304

Olathe-based Kemnitzer Design has forged an alliance with Villa Tosca, a design management center based in Milan, Italy.

Ron Kemnitzer, president of Kemnitzer Design and a Kansas University professor, said the alliance would help the company strengthen its leadership positions by expanding design solutions. Kemnitzer Design is an industrial design firm.

Augusto Grillo, director of Villa Tosca, recently visited Kemnitzer Design and met with Kemnitzer officials to discuss introducing Villa Tosca's educational programs in the United States.

Phyllis Clayton, president of Lawrence-based Clayton Gibson Co. announced the addition of several consultants and trainers for workplace performance improvement: Robert Schwindt, David "Mike" Bell, Kennith Burns, John Mercer and Vinod Nair.

Schwindt provides expertise in instructional system design, supervisory skills training, team-building training and grant writing.

Bell specializes in strategic visioning/planning, organizational development and leadership development.

Burns is a specialist in behavioral interventions, leadership development, team building, organizational change management and train-the-trainer.

Mercer specializes in leadership development, employee motivation, coaching skills for supervisors, team building and customer service.

Nair is a specialist in motivational speeches and seminars, business etiquette, stress management, team building, conflict management, communication skills and mind mapping. He also consults in India and the surrounding area, including and cross-cultural skills for understanding Indians.

Honors and awards

Central National Bank has earned a five-star superior rating from Bauerfinancial Reports Inc., a bank analyst that measures fiscal strength and performance.

The Junction City-based bank earned an additional designation of "exceptional," by maintaining a superior level for more than a decade. Central National Bank has two branches in Lawrence.

Coming events

The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be surveying farmers and ranchers for the June Agricultural Survey, intended to provide this year's first clear indications of potential production for major commodities.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting the survey and a representative will contact selected producers in the area between Wednesday and June 16. Individual survey responses are kept confidential.

Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing and investment decisions. Industry analysts, extension agents and farm organizations also use the information.

For a copy of the finished report or to obtain other agricultural statistics, visit the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service Web site at or call (800) 258-4564.

The deadline for Kansas farmers to apply for loans and loan deficiency payments for a variety of crops is May 31.

"May 31 is the final date for producers to apply for nonrecourse marketing assistance loans and LDPs for 2000 crop year corn, cotton, grain sorghum, mustard seed, safflower seed, soybeans and sunflower seeds," said Johnathon Alley, county executive director for Douglas County Farm Service Agency.

Producers who think they are eligible for marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments should contact the FSA office at 843-4260, or drop by 3010 Four Wheel Drive, Unit A. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Landlords of Lawrence Inc. will be hosting its second Landlord Information Fair at 7 p.m. June 4 in Building 21-S at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The fair will focus on rules and regulations of offering dwelling units to the renting public. Representatives from supporting agencies will be present for questions and information. The fair is free and refreshments will be provided.

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