Archive for Sunday, September 28, 2003

Faces & places

September 28, 2003


Phil Harrison, Lawrence, has been named the president of The Culver Legion, becoming the 78th head of the Culver Academies alumni organization. Harrison also will serve a concurrent role on The Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees during his two-year term.

Harrison has operated Harrison & Harrison Land Development in Lawrence since 1994. He began Cardinal Publishing in 1981. He constructed a small shopping center on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i in 1986 and established the Kinipopo Fine Art gallery in 1998. He manages real estate interests in Kansas and Hawaii.

He earned a bachelor's degree at Kansas University and a master's degree at Indiana University.


W. Gary Mohr has been promoted to associate director by Professional Engineering Consultants. Mohr's associate director responsibilities will coincide with his duties as manager of the firm's Lawrence office. Mohr has worked for the company for 19 years. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University.


Ron Hetrick is the new assistant director of networking and telecommunications services at Kansas University. He will manage technology systems development and related support services.

Hetrick has more than 15 years experience with evolving communications technologies. He previously worked for Sprint.


Ron Karn, Denison, has joined the sales staff of the Topeka branch of Berry Tractor and Equipment Company. As a sales representative, he will be responsible for construction sales in the Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri areas.


Justin Cordova, Lawrence, recently earned the nationally recognized real estate designation, GRI. To receive the designation, Cordova became a member of the national, state and local board/association of Realtors and completed 90 hours of advanced coursework. The courses were sponsored by the Kansas Association of Realtors. Cordova is employed with Stephens Real Estate, Lawrence.


Dr. Vince J. Scholle, of the Scholle Chiropractic Office in Lawrence, recently attended a post-doctoral symposium where he completed Phase I training in the Bio-Energy Synchronization Technique.


A cycling team sponsored by Lawrence-based Prosoco raised $5,500 for the Eastern Kansas Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and completed the society's annual two-day fund-raising bicycle ride last weekend from Topeka to Perry Lake.

The Prosoco Pedalers raised their donation from sponsorship pledges, car washes, a bake sale and a Las Vegas-style "Casino night."

Team members were David and Anita Boyer, Jeff Plumlee, Fran Gale, Keith Nilles, Paul Grahovac and Les Monroe. Connie Ingle, Candy Monroe, Janet Horner and Mary Wakeman worked as aid station volunteers.

Honors and awards

The Jefferson County Appraiser's Office was presented the Public Information Program Award at the International Association of Assessing Officers' annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The office was recognized for its annual real property reassessment report, the real property Web page information and the upcoming online personal property filing.

Rick Stuart, county appraiser, received the Donehoo Essay Award. It is presented to the author of the best article or essay on assessment, property tax administration or policy. The article was titled, "Case Study: Manufactured Home Community: Tapping into a Future Market." It can be found on the appraiser's Web page at Stuart also received a Presidential Award for loyalty, commitment and dedication to IAAO. Stuart has the IAAO's highest professional designation of Certified Assessment Evaluator.

Coming events

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announced the following upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

  • Capital Title, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, 3115 W. Sixth St., Suite K.
  • Bird Physical Therapy, 11:30 a.m., Friday, 545 Gateway Drive.
  • Maya Restaurant, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 7, Ramada Inn, 2222 W. Sixth St.
  • J & S Coffee Service, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 9, 4821 W. Sixth St.
  • Star Signs, 4:30 p.m., Oct. 16, 801 E. Ninth St.
  • Veritas Christian School, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 21, 256 N. Mich.
  • Five Star Wireless, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 23, 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken/A&W;, 11 a.m., Oct. 28, 701 Wakarusa Drive.

Mayo Schmidt, CEO of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, will kick off the 2003-2004 Wake Up with Washburn Breakfast Lecture Series.

His presentation will begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in the Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall in the Bradbury Thompson Center at Washburn University.

Schmidt, who received a bachelor of business administration in 1980 from Washburn University, is CEO of Canadian-based public agricultural company, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. His company recently was recognized by Canadian Business Magazine as 48th in a list of top Canadian companies of all time.

The Wake Up With Washburn program is sponsored by Washburn's Alumni Assn. and the School of Business. Other speakers will be: Pamela Hollie, Dec. 11; Bob Hoffman, Feb. 5; and John Wood, April 22.

To obtain individual event or season tickets, contact the alumni association by calling (785) 231-1010, ext. 1641, by e-mail at or by clicking online at


The Kansas Women's Business Center is sponsoring a three-part series "Small Business Software Skills."

The class will introduce participants to Word, Excel and Outlook software programs. The classes will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 at Strategy Studio, 4747 Troost in Kansas City, Mo. The cost is $85 for the series or $35 per session. For more information, click on

The 19th annual Minority and Women Business Awards luncheon will be at noon Oct. 28 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The registration fee is $20 per person or $140 per table of eight. The deadline for registration is Oct. 20. To register or for more information, contact Rhonda Harris at (785) 296-5298 or e-mail


The ninth annual Kansas Human Rights Commission employment law seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Pozez Education Center at Stormont Vail Health Care in Topeka. Registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. A preliminary session will be from 8:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

John Fultz will cover the American Disabilities Act. The session will give employers a better understanding of how to identify ADA issues, reasonable accommodation and will cover an employers rights and responsibilities.

Jim Bachert, of the U.S. Department of Labor, will discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Barbara Scott-Girard, an attorney for the Kansas Human Rights Commission, will give a presentation on the term "similarly situated" and how to apply it to employees. She also will talk about recent changes in discrimination law.

The cost is $65 per person. For more information, call Jeremy Hall at (785) 296-3206 or (888) 793-6874.


The Kansas Women's Business Center is having a wine-and-chocolate networking event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the center, 8527 Bluejacket St., Lenexa. The cost is $15. For more information, click on

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