Tally includes 5 Alumni Achievement Awards, 1 Young Alumni Award
HAYS, KS -- An NFL athletic trainer, a Wal-Mart corporate executive, a university librarian, a college dean, two research psychologists and a Hays business woman have been selected as this year's recipients of the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards.
The Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes graduates who have made outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy, goes to Brad C. Brown, director of athletic training for the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, TN; David J. Dible, executive vice president of Specialty Groups at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, AR; Maureen Diane Pastine, University Librarian of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; Dr. B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Dr. James R. Rodrigue, a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
The Young Alumni Award, recognizing 10- through 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation, goes to Dr. Tonja Renae Nansel, an investigator for the Prevention Research Branch of the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Gail Kuehl, owner and operator with her husband, Rick, of McDonald's of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney, is the recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award for friends of the university who have demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level.
The awards will be presented at a reception and banquet Oct. 11 during Homecoming celebrations, Oct. 10-13.
Brad C. Brown
Brad C. Brown, director of athletic training for the Tennessee Titans, earned two degrees from FHSU -- a bachelor of science in physical education in 1977 and a master of science in physical education and secondary administration in 1978. He worked as a student athletic trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs in their 1975 and 1976 training camps.
From 1978 to 1985 he was head athletic trainer at FHSU, then moved to Denver to be an assistant athletic trainer with the Broncos. The National Football League's Houston Oilers made him their head athletic trainer in 1987, and when the Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997 and became the Titans, Brown moved with them.
"Brad is one of the most loyal and hardworking colleagues I have been around," said Stephen L. Antonopulos, head athletic trainer of the Broncos, in a letter supporting Brown's nomination for an Alumni Achievement Award.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Brad Brown for 30 years," said Antonopulos. "It has been my pleasure to know him as a student athlete at Fort Hays; as a student athlete trainer of mine at Fort Hays; as an assistant athletic trainer of mine at the Denver Broncos Football Club; a professional colleague as the head athletic trainer with the Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans; and most of all as a friend."
"He really cares about people on a personal level. His passion for Fort Hays State University is unparalleled," Antonopulos said.
Brown, said Antonopulos, "is a leader in his church, in his home and his job. Brad is an outstanding leader in our professional athletic training society."
With the Titans, Brown's job is to direct the athletic training of all the players and, in conjunction with the team physicians, manage all injuries. This involves not only working with the athletes but also organizing and handling the numerous records required on the condition and status of players and their rehabilitation from injuries.
Brown is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, an organization for which he has served as secretary since 1999, and the South East Athletic Trainers Association of NATA, which named him the Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2002. He also received the Training Staff of the Year, 2001, Award from the PFATS. He was president of the Kansas Athletic Trainer Society from 1984 to 1985.
In 2000, he was given the 25 Year Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Brown and his wife, Kristi, a 1977 graduate of FHSU, live in Franklin, TN. They have two sons, Kyle and Joel.
David J. Dible
David J. Dible served two years in the U.S. Army after graduating from FHSU in 1969 with a bachelor of science in physical education. After his military service, he began his career with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as a department manager in Lebanon, MO. He is now executive vice president of Specialty Groups at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, AR, for the company's 3,000 stores in the United States.
"I still consider my experience at Fort Hays State to be one of the most positive influences on what I have been able to accomplish in the last 33 years," he said. Dible has worked many long hours for Wal-Mart the last 31 years, yet family time was a priority.
A neighbor in Rogers, AR, T.J. Bedard, writing in support of Dible's nomination for an Alumni Achievement Award, said, "Dave has attended every choir concert, baseball game, basketball game and football game that his two sons participated in while serving as executive vice president of Specialty Groups. He has been able to balance a very busy work schedule to make sure he was also a very involved father." Bedard also praised him as a good neighbor to her family. "He has rescued us in an ice storm, spent the night at the hospital with my oldest daughter and has taught all three of my children gun safety," she said. "He is a terrific role model."
Dible's career with Wal-Mart has been a steady progression of accomplishment. After his first year as a department manager, he spent a year serving as an assistant store manager in three cities: Waynesville and Monett, MO, and Junction City, KS. From 1973 to 1981 he was a store manager in Sikeston, Rolla and Waynesville, MO.
In 1981 he moved to company headquarters as sporting goods buyer, became a vice president divisional merchandise manager in 1982, general merchandise manager and senior vice president in 1985 and executive vice president of merchandising and sales in 1993. He has been executive vice president of Specialty Groups -- in charge of pharmacy, optical, jewelry, shoes, Tire and Lube Express and photo services -- since 1995. In 1999 he went on special assignment to Leeds, England, for six months to integrate a recently acquired retail chain into the Wal-Mart operations.
In addition to his busy work schedule and devoted family life, Dible has been involved in the community: Children's Miracle Network, Special Olympics, United Way, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Northwest Arkansas Crisis Intervention Center, Youth Center Recreational Activities and many others. He has received the Sam M. Walton HERO Award and special recognition from the ASDA Stores of the United Kingdom.
He and his wife, Gloria, a retired psychologist, have two sons, Shawn and Bradley. They live in Rogers, AR.
Maureen Diane Pastine
Maureen Diane Pastine earned a degree in English from FHSU in 1967, and her first two professional positions were in teaching, but it was working as a student assistant in Forsyth Library beginning in 1962 that started her on the career path that led to her current position as University Librarian of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
In that position, she is the administrator for the main library, the education and social administration library, four science libraries and the engineering and architecture library, a mass media and communications library, a fine and studio arts library located outside of Philadelphia, and libraries located in Harrisburg and Ambler, PA, as well as responsibility for all special collections, university and urban archives and two international libraries, one in Rome and another in Tokyo.
A former colleague at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where Pastine was director of libraries from 1985 to 1989, wrote that she went to that position at a time when WSU libraries needed to upgrade in service, function, technology and reach.
"Under Maureen Pastine's direction, WSU Library became one of the most highly respected in the Pacific Northwest," wrote Eugene H. Semingson, who was head of media materials services at WSU when Pastine became director.
After graduating from FHSU, Pastine taught English, communications, creative writing and journalism at Kingman High School until 1969. In May 1970 she earned a master of library science from Emporia State University. In the fall of 1970, she returned to teaching, this time at Palco High School, where she also served as librarian. Her library career began in earnest in 1971 as reference librarian and later chair of the reference department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has also worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. She took her current position at Temple University in 1997.
Her honors and awards include lifetime membership in Beta Phi Mu, the international library science honor society, and in Phi Kappa Phi. She earned the second Distinguished Alumni Graduate Library School Award from Emporia State's School of Library and Information Management.
She has also been active in the communities where she has lived, serving in such capacities as secretary of the Omaha YMCA, in Philadelphia's Women's Way, and on the Dallas Museum of Arts Library Board. She is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
She and her husband, Jerry, who is self-employed in electronics and electrical work, live in Coatesville, PA.
Public service is the guiding principle for Dr. B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a position he has held since March 2001. He was named to the post on an interim basis in August 2000.
"My career and personal commitment flow from my belief in the importance of public service," he wrote. "Toward that end I have devoted my time to improving government and the quality of service to citizens."
"My commitment to public service," he added, "was largely shaped by FHSU faculty such as Rose Arnhold, Don Slechta and Dick Heil."
"Professor Reed has been pivotal in the development of dozens of productive partnerships between his department and a broad spectrum of community organizations," wrote Nancy Belck, chancellor of UN-Omaha.
Reed earned a bachelor of arts in political science in 1971 and a master of science in political science in 1972, both from FHSU. He received his doctorate in 1977 from the University of Missouri, where earned an Outstanding Teaching Award, a fellowship and a graduate assistantship. He was chair of the Department of Public Administration at UN-Omaha and a professor in public administration. He joined the UN-O faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor. Before that he was a lecturer in the master of public administration program at the University of Missouri. He also spent a year as an instructor of social science at Southwestern State College in Weatherford, OK.
From 1978 to July 1982, Reed was with the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, first as senior staff associate and director of Community and Economic Development Projects, then as director for Community and Economic Development and finally as director of Information Services. He was also director of Community Development for Mexico, MO, after having spent almost a year there as an administrative intern in the city manager's office.
Reed has extensive publication, research and service credentials. His awards include the Chancellor's Medal from UN-O, the David Scott Endowed Professorship there, the Advancing Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration, the Mayor's Partnership Award from the Greater Omaha Private Industry Council, and the Elmer Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs.
Reed and his wife, Christine, who is a professor of public administration and former associate vice chancellor and dean of Graduate Studies at UN-O, have two children, Charley and Brenda.
James R. Rodrigue
James R. Rodrigue's Alumni Achievement Award from FHSU will be the third in his display case.
He also has an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis, TN, where he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1989, and an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Maine at Farmington, where he earned a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1982. He came to FHSU in 1982 from Farmington and in 1984 he graduated with a master of science in clinical psychology.
Rodrigue is a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he started in 1989 an assistant professor. He is also the director and founder of the University of Florida's Center for Behavioral Health Research in Organ Transplantation and Donation and is director of psychological services at the Transplant Center at the university's affiliated medical center and at Shands Hospital. From 1993 to 1994 he directed the university's Center for Pediatric Psychology Research, which he also founded.
He can cite more than a dozen of his doctoral students who have gone on to gain professional recognition nationally and internationally. "I am very proud of their professional accomplishments and thankful for the opportunity to have participated in their professional development," he said.
As a scientist, he is recognized for his research and work in the psychological aspects of organ transplantation and donation, with more than 70 publications,
co-author or editor of four books and nearly 100 conference presentations to his credit. Supporters of his research include the National Institutes of Health.
"Dr. Rodrigue has made significant contributions to research and teaching," wrote Michael G. Perri, a colleague and research collaborator with Rodrigue since 1990. Perri notes that students have twice voted Rodrigue the Classroom Teacher of the Year.
Rodrigue is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the Transplantation Society, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. One of his main endeavors is working to increase awareness about the need for organ donation. He works with the United Network for Organ Sharing, the American Society of Transplantation, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Association of Tissue Banks.
Rodrigue has a son, Nicholas, and he and his wife, Kathleen, who is a psychologist and director of Haile Behavioral Health Services in Gainesville, FL, are expecting a baby in January.
Tonja Renae Nansel
After earning her bachelor of science in nursing from FHSU in 1988, Dr. Tonja Renae Nansel went on to earn a master of arts in psychology (1995) and a doctorate (1998) in community/clinical psychology, both from Wichita State University. She is now with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD, where she is an investigator for the Prevention Research Branch of the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research.
Among her work is a study on bullying, for which she was lead author, that earned her national attention when it was published in April 2001 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "I recruited Tonja to NIH as a postdoctoral fellow in 1998," wrote Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, chief of the Prevention Research Branch. "I was particularly impressed with her wide range of experience." Nansel, said Simons-Morton, "has become a person whose work receives national attention and makes a difference in the world."
After leaving FHSU, Nansel spent the next eight years as a registered nurse in behavioral health at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita, working as a staff
nurse, primarily in adolescent psychiatry but also in adult and geriatric psychiatry and in chemical dependency. In addition, she served as a consultant for psychiatric patients who came to the emergency room.
During much of this time she was earning her master's degree while also serving as a graduate teaching and research assistant and conducting her clinical and research practica. From 1993 to 1996 she was a psychiatric nurse for Psychiatric Care Home Health Services, carrying a case load of home health clients and developing a program for psychiatric home care of persons with AIDS.
While working on her doctorate, Nansel was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Health Services Organization and Policy at WSU. While an intern, she also developed and led a pain-management therapy group at Pawnee Mental Health Services in Manhattan, KS.
Nansel already has a significant list of publications, grants and research to her credit. Since joining the NIH in 1998, she has, in addition to her research into bullying, also conducted highly acclaimed work on preventing childhood injuries and is beginning a program of research on helping families manage childhood diabetes.
Nansel and her husband, Michael, a 1988 graduate of FHSU who is a nurse informatician, live in Rockville, MD.
Gail Kuehl, owner/operator with her husband, Rick, of McDonald's of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney, has long been a strong proponent of FHSU and education in general. She was a driving force in Sternberg Museum of Natural History getting the exhibit "A T. rex Named Sue," which drew more than 100,000 people in two months in 2001, and played a large role in the success of the exhibit.
Kuehl has a long list of awards and recognitions for her work in schools, business and the community, including the first-ever Laurence L. Stanton Friend of Education Award from the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame, awarded to Kuehl and her husband, Rick, for their involvement in education and in recognition of their work in bringing Sue to the Sternberg Museum. Others are the Kansas State Friend of Education Award from the Kansas Department of Education, the Hays USD 489 Friend of Education and Golden Apple Awards and Leadership Hays All-American Citizen recognition. The Hays Chamber of Commerce has recognized her with its Athena Award and, in 2002, the chamber named her its Citizen of the Year for service to the people and city of Hays.
"I have known Gail Kuehl through a number of experiences for the past 11 years," wrote Jennifer Kitson, Prevention Team coordinator for Project RURAL in Hays USD 489. "Gail Kuehl can always be counted on for support to assist others in our community," said Kitson.
Kuehl earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1973, graduating with honors. She is currently studying at FHSU for her master of liberal studies with an emphasis in leadership. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honors sorority in nursing and is a member of the Kansas Nurses' and the American Nurses Associations. She has worked as a registered nurse in intensive and coronary care and as a school nurse.
Life as an owner/operator of McDonald's began in Hays in 1979. Restaurants were later added in Russell and WaKeeney and a second restaurant was added in Hays. In 1987, and for the next 14 years, she added ownership of Radio Inc., which ran radio stations KJLS, KKQY, KFIX and KBGL in and around Hays. She and Rick also owned MediaNet, the largest Internet service provider in Hays and IgoSolutions Web Design.
She is a member of many community, business and service organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the McDonald's Women's Operator Network, First United Methodist Church and the Sternberg Museum. She also serves on numerous FHSU, educational, Methodist and community committees and boards.
Kuehl and her husband live in Hays and have three children, Matt, Robbie and Jamie.