Archive for Sunday, October 31, 2004

Faces & places

October 31, 2004


Robert Kiefer, of Kief's Audio/Video in Lawrence, attended the Home Theater Specialists of America convention Oct. 17-19 in San Francisco. HTSA is a professional group of home theater specialists from each state. Kief's is a member of HTSA.


Sara Pocius joins Callahan Creek as art director. Pocius works with members of the creative department to produce collateral and print and broadcast ads for agency clients. She is responsible for hands-on design work and supervision of designers, photographers and production artists.

Pocius previously was art director at Sullivan, Higdon & Sink in Kansas City, Mo., and an art director with R&R; Partners in Las Vegas.


Diana Gillespie has joined Topeka-based Jayhawk File Express as an account executive. She supports client development and customer service efforts in Lawrence and Topeka. Gillespie previously worked for the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Gillespie also previously worked in sales and marketing with Senne Company Inc. and the Diet Center.


Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates announces the 20th anniversary of providing services in the Lawrence area. Drs. Stephen Segebrecht, Robert Dinsdale and Lee Reussner provide care for people with hearing and balance disorders, diseases of the nose and throat and tumors of the head and neck region. The group provides facial plastic surgery care and is home of the Kansas Voice Center. The doctors provide care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, University of Kansas Hospital, Lawrence Surgery Center and Ransom Memorial Hospital.


Debbie Zago, formerly of Rejuvene Salon & Day Spa, has joined the staff at Shear Perfection. Zago is a licensed and nationally board certified massage therapist. She specializes in deep tissue massage and has training in the back and neck areas. She also is an herbologist and a specialist in hot stone massage therapy. Zago has associate's degree in therapeutic body massage.


Central National Bank participated in Get Smart About Credit Day, a financial literacy program Oct. 21 that was sponsored by the American Bankers Assn.'s Education Foundation. Amanda Vail taught students from Free State High School and Lawrence Alternative High School what to do and not to do when it comes to using credit. Her presentation included a definition of credit, an explanation of how budgeting can help students avoid credit problems, suggestions for obtaining and managing credit, and the importance of maintaining a good credit report.


Janet Fouche-Schack has been promoted to director of support services at Cottonwood Inc. She oversees the assistance of individuals in the coordination of services they receive from Cottonwood, the medical community and other social services. She has been with the Lawrence company for 18 years. She previously was support services case manager.


Wanda Boettger and Louis Bia, both formerly of River City Hair Co., will join Lawrence's Hairport Salon on Tuesday.

Coming events

Kansas State Nurses Assn. District 17 will present "Women, Take Heart," a program about women and heart disease. The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The cost varies from $5 to $25, depending on whether participants are hospital employees or association members. Participants can register at the door. For more information, contact Lynn Skinner at 840-2569.


The eighth-annual Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference will be Thursday through Sunday at Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Leaders in the agriculture industry will address more than 350 college students from throughout the Midwest. The conference is designed for college students who plan to pursue careers in food and agribusiness. For more information, contact Erin Kretzschmar at (816) 512-2281 or e-mail


The former president of Helzberg Diamonds, who founded a nonprofit organization to encourage and support budding entrepreneurs in Kansas City, will address participants in a new Kansas University program that brings together students interested in innovation, business and technology development.

Barnett Helzberg Jr. will speak about his Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Spahr Engineering classroom in Eaton Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Students and faculty, especially those in the sciences and engineering, are encouraged to attend.

Helzberg led the Kansas City, Mo.-based family jewelry chain, founded in 1915, from 1963 until 1995, when he sold it to Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett. Helzberg had taken the firm from 15 stores to more than 145 stores in 23 states. When it was sold, Helzberg Diamonds was the nation's third-largest jewelry store chain.


The Sports Dome will celebrate its move from 942 Mass. to 1000 Mass. with a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday. An open house will be conducted from the end of the ceremony until 7 p.m.


The Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 will meet to discuss "Cutting The Wires: The Ins and Outs of Wireless Networking" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Signs of Life, 722 Mass.

Experts will demonstrate the options Mac users have for wireless connectivity while maintaining proper security. For more information contact Dave Greenbaum at


Southwind Health Collective will celebrate its move to 1045 Ky. with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. This winter Southwind will offer hot stone massage. Southwind provides massage and acupuncture services, plus Chinese herbs and relaxation products.


The Lawrence Professionals in Aging will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Jade Mongolian Barbeque, 1511 W. 23rd St.

The speaker will be David Ekerdt, interim director of the Gerontology Center at Kansas University, who will discuss "Household Disbandment in Later Life."

The cost is $11.50. No reservations are required.


In cooperation with the National Tool and Machining Assn., the Business & Technology College is offering a 16-week training program in precision machining.

Classroom instruction is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Metropolitan Community Colleges' Business & Technology College in Kansas City, Mo. The spring semester starts Jan. 19 and ends May 19. Part-time day and evening options are available for both the certificate and degree programs. Limited space is available in the pre-apprenticeship program.

Financial aid, including a $750 scholarship sponsored by the National Tooling and Machining Assn. for high school graduates or GED recipients, to cover all or part of the program costs, is available to students who meet certain criteria.

Information sessions to learn more about the program and the career opportunities open to skilled machine tool technicians will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the college.

For more information, call (816) 482-5210 or (816) 482-5620.

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