Archive for Sunday, September 19, 2004

Faces and places

September 19, 2004


Humbelina Harper and Tran Tran, both Lawrence Memorial Hospital employees, were recognized by the Topeka Community Foundation as recipients of the Kansas Blood Services Fund Scholarship. They are invited to attend the American Association of Blood Banks' annual meeting in October in Baltimore. They were recognized for their exceptional work with LMH and their desire to further their education in blood bank.


Scott Gorsuch has joined Peridian Group Inc. as a civil engineering manager. Gorsuch has 14 years of experience in civil engineering with an emphasis on municipal street, roadway and drainage design. Gorsuch will oversee the plan, production and design of street and drainage projects. Gorsuch received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Kansas University and a master's degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Kansas City, Mo. Peridian has offices in Lawrence and Gardner.


Lori Winfrey has joined Health Care Access Clinic as clinical manager. She serves as the primary provider for the clinic, coordinates clinical research and manages the clinical staff. Winfrey is a returning staff member and is a graduate of Kansas University Medical Center's family nurse practitioner program. The clinic is a nonprofit, medical clinic serving the uninsured and low-income of Douglas County.


Ottawa University has received permission from the Coordinating Board of the Missouri Higher Education Commission to offer two new majors, human resources and management, in the state of Missouri. The university already provides an undergraduate degree in business administration at Unity Village in Lee's Summit, Mo. As a result of adding these two majors, enrollment is projected to double.


Kansas University junior Andrew Pirotte, Joplin, Mo., has received the first $1,000 Serologicals Corp. scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year. The scholarship will be given annually to a KU student of academic promise in biological sciences or pharmacy.

Pirotte worked with Mark Richter, KU professor of biochemistry, this summer. He helped assist with research to develop a biochemical assay to measure activities of two enzymes that play key roles in tumor development.

Serologicals Corp., which has headquarters in Atlanta, is a global provider of biological products and enabling technologies for the research, development and manufacturing of biologically-based life science products. The company is constructing a bio-process manufacturing facility in Lawrence.


Dr. Richard Wendt, an orthopedic surgeon with Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery, recently attended an instructional course on "Minimally Invasive Technique for Total Hip Replacement." The course was Sept. 10-11 at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago.


Michael Bowman and David Bach, owners of Scuba Shack Inc., recently completed Visual Cylinder Inspector and Eddy Current Service Technician certifications with PSI Inc. in Hartwell, Ga. The certifications allow Scuba Shack to offer required annual visual inspection and certification of Scuba cylinders and utilization of Eddy Current devices for detection of cylinder cracks and imperfections. Scuba Shack is a full-service dive center.


Jennifer Williams, occupational therapist, has joined the staff of Lawrence Therapy Services and Baldwin Therapy Services. Williams received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the Kansas University in 2000. She specializes in the areas of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation, sensory integration, memory and cognitive decline in seniors, and adapting the home environment to improve safety and function.

Coming events

The Twilight Chapter of American Business Women's Assn. will meet Monday at the American Legion. Networking begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will Joanne Keaton, a Kansas University professor. She will speak about "Communicating to Make a Difference." For more information or to make reservations, contact Connie Torneden by telephone at (913) 723-3576 or by e-mail at


The Kansas University School of Business will play host to a conference on "Investing in China" at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Overland Park Convention Center. Speakers at the event will provide background on the rapidly changing economic, political and legal environment in China, and assess current prospects and strategies for investors.

The keynote speaker will be Kent McCarthy, who is president, owner and founder of Jayhawk Capital Management LLC and investment manager of the Jayhawk China Fund, which was established in 1997. McCarthy has extensive experience investing in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai-listed shares.

For more information, contact George Bittlingmayer at 864-7541 or visit the KU School of Business Web site at


Washburn University's Division of Continuing Education is offering "Essentials of Human Resource Management," a course for human resource professionals.

The course will review human resource functions and responsibilities, key legal issues and how to ensure compliance and developing effective recruitment, training, discipline and performance-evaluation strategies.

The course will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Memorial Union. Cost is $395. To register call the Division of Continuing Education at (785) 231-1399 or click online at


The American Business Women's Assn. Lawrence Express Network will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hereford House, Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. David Schauner, Lawrence city commissioner, will talk about "Growth and Development -- At What Cost." Cost of the luncheon is $15. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Tina Neal at 331-3610.


The Growing Growers program is offering two tours this fall to allow aspiring and existing market gardeners to see what kind of equipment is being used for a more efficient production.

The first tour will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Pendleton's Country Market in Lawrence. John and Karen Pendleton have a diversified vegetable and flower operation. Their equipment ranges from a bed shaper and mulch layer to a wide selection of hand tools collected during two decades of market gardening.

The second tour will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Lenny Meier's farm near Topeka. Through the growing season, the farm provides a continual supply of fresh vegetables for the family's store Meier's Market. Their equipment includes an onion lifter and cleaner, a precision seeder and a "go devil" that can break up compactness in seeded ground. As part of the tour, Sylvester Meier, who has years of experience in the field, will briefly discuss finding equipment sources.

The Growing Growers program also is offering a six-hour workshop which begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at Doolittle Farms in Leavenworth. "Business Planning for Your Small Farm" will provide highly individualized instruction. Jerry Jost, of the Kansas Rural Center, will lead the workshop.

For more information about the tours or to register for the workshop, call (913) 488-1270 or e-mail Katherine Kelly at

Growing Growers is a cooperative effort of Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kansas City Food Circle.


The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present a financing seminar "The Complete Quickbooks Pro" on Friday and Saturday.

The seminar, taught by a certified QuickBooks instructor, will teach the business owner to manage financial information in an organized way through the use of the QuickBooks program. The seminar will cover topics such as setting up business accounts, managing charts, paying bills and tracking customers.

The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Summerfield Hall at the KU School of Business. The cost is $140 with pre-registration and $150 without pre-registration. To register, call 843-8844 or e-mail


Bank of America will sponsor a free seminar designed to help certified public accountants move beyond providing tax-return services. The accredited seminar "CPA Profit Mastery -- Advisory Services for the Closely Held Business" will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. To make reservations, call (877) 262-6446 or click on by Monday.

Seminar participants will learn to fine-tune their advisory skills, help clients target and realize measurable increases in both profitability and cash flow, and leverage this improved performance into increased returns for their own practices. Attendees will earn eight hours of Continuing Education credit. The event will feature Carl Forssen, senior vice president of Business Resource Services.

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