Archive for Sunday, July 25, 2004

Faces and places

July 25, 2004


Matthew Hecker has joined Realty Executives, 1037 Vt. Hecker, who has lived in the Lawrence area for nearly 30 years, will provide services such as comparable market analysis and custom marketing plans.


Tom Jaramillo has joined the staff of Lawrence Therapy Services and Baldwin Therapy Services. He is a graduate of the Sanford Brown College occupational therapy assistant program. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Washburn University. He specializes in the treatment of athletic and orthopedic injuries of the hand and arm, strength training, balance training and exercise programs.


Keith Billick has joined Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, as a project landscape architect. He is a registered landscape architect in Kansas and Missouri. He earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in 1992 from Iowa State University. His project responsibilities include community master planning, site development, zoning and land-use planning and construction documentation. He is currently involved in the Lawrence Fire Station No. 5 and Baldwin Junction redevelopment projects.


Commercial Federal Bank has appointed Robert Lacy to home mortgage consultant. He previously was a mortgage loan officer for Bank of America and vice president of mortgage lending for Fidelity State Bank, both of Topeka. He also previously worked for Commercial Federal Bank as a mortgage loan officer at the Lawrence branch. Lacy is a Kansas University graduate.


Angie VanDonge has joined Eudora Family Care as a nurse practitioner. She previously worked as a staff nurse in Kansas City and completed clinical rotations in Appleton City, Mo., and Holton. She is a graduate of the Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing.


Clint Bradley, vice president at Central National Bank, recently completed the 2003-2004 Advanced School of Banking. It is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Assns. The two-week course is designed is designed to assist bankers in developing operational and managerial skills.


Dr. Sharon Green, president of the Kansas Optometry Board, recently attended the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry annual meeting June 20-22 in Kissimmee, Fla.


McKim & Creed, an engineering and surveying firm with offices throughout the Southeast, announces that Randy Osburn, formerly of Topeka, has joined the company's Raleigh, N.C., office as a project manager. Osburn has 15 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in environmental health engineering from Kansas University.

Honors and awards

Ricardo Antonio Olea, Lawrence, has been honored with the William Christian Krumbein Medal of the International Association for Mathematical Geology. The award is based on distinguished research, service to the association and service to the profession. The award is the highest bestowed by the association. He was a visiting industrial research scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey in Lawrence in 1970. In 1982, he earned a doctorate in chemical and petroleum engineering at Kansas University.

After occupying various positions at KGS in Lawrence and at the Empresa National del Petroleo in Santiago, Chile, he became senior scientist in the mathematical geology section for KGS in 1995. He retired from the position in 2003 but retains emeritus scientist status at KGS. He is a visiting research scholar in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina.

Coming events

Woodbury Farms, near Quenemo, will play host to the first of three ranch management field days on Aug. 19. The event will be presented by the Kansas Livestock Assn. and Kansas State University. Fred Woodbury and his sons Howard and John operate a beef and grain operation in eastern Osage County.

Topics will include: stock watering systems that enhance water quality, cowherd record keeping and a value-added cuts of beef. The day will begin with registration in late afternoon and conclude with a free dinner. The association hasn't set the meeting time.

The other field days will be Aug. 24 at C&W; Ranch near Smolan and Sept. 8 at Vaughn & Vaughn south of Rexford.

For more information, call the Kansas Livestock Assn. at (785) 273-5115.


As Kansas seeks to develop new economic revenue sources, some Kansas organizations, corporations and individuals have teamed up to play host to the Kansas Partnership Conference. The conference will be Sept. 28-29 in Junction City. It will be designed to provide useful strategies and information for building a strong foundation for financial success.

The conference will feature speakers from organizations such as Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Speedway and the Kansas Bed and Breakfast Assn.


The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following ribbon-cutting ceremonies and open houses:

  • McFadden Group, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 19, 825 Vt.
  • Tanner's Bar & Grill, 4:30 p.m., Aug. 24, 1540 Wakarusa Drive.
  • Das Autohaus and Scuba Shack, 4:30 p.m., Aug. 26, 1045 N.J.
  • Scott Rice, 4:30 p.m., Aug. 31, 805 Vt.

The Lawrence Technology Assn. will meet at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at The Hereford House, Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Brief presentations will be given by Carl Kurt, of Engraph, and Sam Campbell, of Crititech. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To make reservations, contact Peggy Williams by e-mail at, voice mail at 864-7354 or fax at 864-0387.


The Kansas Business Women's Center, Lenexa, is offering a workshop designed to introduce participants to the center and help them learn the ideal characteristics of an entrepreneur. The session "Out of Your Head and Into Business: Assessing Your Entrepreneurial Potential /Orientation" will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the center, 8527 Bluejacket St. The cost is $20.

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