Alumni Association to honor 7 during Homecoming celebrations
09/20/2006






Five alumni of Fort Hays State University will be honored with the Alumni Achievement Award and two with the Young Alumni Award during Homecoming celebrations Sept. 28 to Sept. 30.

Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award are Michael F. Artman, a 1974 graduate who is professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa and physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital of Iowa, Iowa City; Sandra K. Cesario, 1985, doctoral program coordinator for the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University, Houston; Martyn W.C. Howgill, 1970, executive director of the Institute for Health Technology Studies, Washington, D.C.; Linda J. Kennedy, 1992 and 1994, director of the Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Elgin, Ariz.; and Stephen D. Tebo, 1967, owner of Tebo Development Co., Boulder, Colo.

Young Alumni Award winners are Christina M. Ricke, 1994, a member of Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Wichita; and Terry J. Siek, 1991 and 2002, chief nursing officer at Hays Medical Center.

The awards will be presented at the Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 29.

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy. The Young Alumni Award recognizes 10- through 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation.

The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 39,000 graduates living throughout the United States and in 61 foreign countries.

Dr. Michael Artman graduated summa cum laude from Fort Hays State University in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He went to Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, where he earned a degree as a medical doctor in 1978.

He completed a pediatric internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., in 1979, completed his pediatric residency there in 1981, and completed fellowship training in pediatric cardiology in 1983.

He is now professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and physician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital of Iowa.

He is nationally recognized for his expertise in pediatrics and directs more than 130 specialists in his department, which has a strong research enterprise, ranking in the top 10 of all pediatric departments in National Institutes of Health funding. The NIH, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. He began his career in academics as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. In 1994, he moved to New York University as professor and director of pediatric cardiology. He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 2005.

A former colleague at South Alabama, Dr. Robert C. Boerth, writes, "He is an exceptional individual with the highest professional and moral standards. Not only are his standards high, but his performance clearly demonstrates the excellence to which he aspires."

He has been honored by Alpha Omega Alpha, an honorary medical society, was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, won a Public Health Service National Research Service Award, earned an American Heart Association Research Fellowship, and was an FHSU Young Alumni Award recipient.

Artman has many publications and awards in his field. He is a past chair of the Program Committee of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young;
is a past member of the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA; is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association; is a member of the Councils on Basic Research and Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He serves on several national committees, including research review committees at the NIH.

He also participates in community activities and is a member of the board
of directors of the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.

He and his wife, Sharon, have a son, Christopher, and he has two daughters, Beth and Laura.

Dr. Sandra Cesario graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in nursing from FHSU in 1985 after receiving a diploma to practice as a registered nurse in 1976 from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Racine, Wis.

Cesario was an early graduate of the FHSU distance learning program that enabled registered nurses to receive bachelor's degrees. Prior to attending FHSU, she studied at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland, playing clarinet in the American Wind Band in Crans.

She earned her doctorate in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Denton in 1999 after earning her M.S. in nursing with a leadership pathway in education from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, in 1989. She is now the Doctoral Program Coordinator and a tenured associate professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University on the Houston campus. The program has more than 100 active doctoral-level nursing students. The TWU-Houston campus is in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Cesario is responsible for the initial advising of all students enrolled and supervises five other doctoral program advisors. She also assists in advising and teaching nursing students at the undergraduate level. Cesario recently completed her elected term as speaker pro tem of the faculty senate.

A colleague at TWU, Dr. Rebecca Krepper, Associate Dean in the College
of Nursing, says, "While Dr. Cesario has been licensed as a registered nurse since 1976, her graduation from FHSU with a BSN in May 1985 set her on a trajectory of scholarly development culminating with a Ph.D. in 1999. Today, she is an integral part of the College of Nursing faculty at TWU, where she excels in teaching, research and service."

To her professional credit, Cesario has numerous publications, presentations and research and service activities relating to the promotion of health of women and newborns. Before taking her current position, she was Director of Research and an assistant professor at TWU-Houston; a clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing of the University of Oklahoma at its Claremore and Tulsa campuses; was an adjunct clinical faculty member at Langston University in Tulsa; was a staff RN in obstetrics at Claremore Regional Hospital; was a coordinator in the obstetrical nurse residency program for the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Public Health Service in Claremore; and was a staff RN in obstetrics at USPHS Indian Hospital, Claremore.

Her awards and honors include a nomination for the 2006 Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award for Faculty Teaching. In 2005, she received the Faculty Excellence Award for Service from the TWU College of Nursing. In 2004, she received the Award of Excellence in Education from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

She is currently serving as the President of the Beta Beta Houston chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International – the honor society for nurses, and as a Project Director for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses in Washington, D.C. Other professional memberships include the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the National Perinatal Association and the Southern Nursing Research Society.

Cesario and her husband, Robert, have two children, Anthony and Anastasia.

Martyn Howgill, executive director of the Institute for Health Technology Studies, Washington, D.C., graduated from FHSU in 1970 with a B.A. in English. He runs a non-profit foundation devoted to research and education about the value and impact of innovation in medical technology.

Before moving to Washington, Howgill served for eight years as vice president for international business development at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Previously, he held positions in hospital administration, including senior vice president for human resources and marketing at Methodist Hospital of Indiana Inc., and senior vice president for marketing at HCA Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He initially moved to Wichita to serve as president of the St. Francis Regional Medical Center Foundation, which he helped found, and as vice president for the SFRMC public relations program.

Howgill began his career in higher education, serving as vice president for institutional advancement at Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, and as vice president of Gehrung Associates University Relations Counselors Inc., Keene, N.H.

"It is an honor for me to support the nomination of Martyn Howgill for the Alumni Achievement Award," writes Charles Bayer, Claremont, Calif., a former pastor of the First Christian Church in St. Joseph who has known Howgill since 1976. "Wherever he has been, Mr. Howgill has been a credit to the institution for which he worked and for the university where he is a graduate. He is competent, wise and impeccably honest and responsible."

After graduating from FHSU, he earned an M.A. in journalism form the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he also worked for the university's public relations program. Howgill, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born and reared in England, came to the United States in 1965 to play basketball for New Mexico State University. He returned home and studied philosophy, sociology and economics at the University of Sheffield before coming to FHSU in 1967 and playing for Coach Chuck Brehm's basketball team until his graduation in 1970. Howgill played for the British Olympic basketball team in 1972.

In 1998, Howgill and The Richards Group, a Dallas advertising agency, won a CLIO award for innovative advertising on behalf of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Howgill's professional memberships and honors include service as a board member and chair of the Ethics Committee for the Alliance for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing, which also presented him with its President's Award. He was a member of the Wichita Sales and Marketing Chapter, which named him Marketer of the Year. He has served as an Executive Committee member on the boards of both the Wichita and Indianapolis, Ind., symphony orchestras and as president of the St. Joseph Symphony Society.

He is a past recipient of the FHSU Young Alumni Award. He and his wife, Dr. Doris "Woodie" (Broach) Howgill, who earned FHSU degrees in 1968 and 1970, have two children, Molly Lester and Martyn "Bill" Howgill, and five grandchildren.

Dr. Linda Kennedy graduated summa cum laude from FHSU with a B.S. in biology in 1992 and with an M.S. in biology in 1994. She went on to earn a doctorate in botany from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 1999. Working now for the National Audubon Society, she is the director of the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, a 7,000-acre sanctuary and research facility in southeastern Arizona. Her responsibilities include land stewardship, initiating and supervising research projects, and planning and implementing educational and outreach programs.

"I've been at the ranch 12 years and in that time, the most important thing I have done has been to hire Linda," writes Dr. William V. Branan, former director of the Research Ranch. "She is the most capable, most hard-working, most honest person I know. She has become the backbone of the Research Ranch. She has business savvy and always makes excellent decisions concerning the ranch -- from land management to research to outreach -- and she manages all details."

Before coming to FHSU, she worked at the First National Bank of Kensington as a bookkeeper. Prior to that, she worked as the office manager for the Kensington district office of the Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co. She has taught as a graduate assistant at Arizona State and FHSU and has also taught as adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and at Arizona State.

Kennedy is a member of the Society for Range Management and the Arizona Native Plant Society and is a peer reviewer for the Society for Conservation Biology.

Kennedy has numerous publications to her credit and, in 2002, the National Audubon Society honored her with the ACE Award for individual achievement.

She serves on the Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee to Arizona State Parks and works in the Firewise program to educate and encourage homeowners to protect their homes from wildfires. She is also on the Huachuca Mountains Fire Management Team for Cochise and Santa Cruz counties and served on the Board of Trustees for Sonoita Elgin Emergency Services Inc.

Kennedy has two daughters, Alaina (Elliott) Chapman, who earned FHSU degrees, one in 1996 and another in 1998, and Erica Elliott, and two grandchildren.

Stephen Tebo, owner of Tebo Development Company, Boulder, Colo., graduated from FHSU in 1967 with a B.S. in mathematics. He owns and manages more than 125 properties in Colorado, Kansas and California. In 1968, he earned a master of science in computer science from the University of Missouri, Rolla.

"Over the years, Stephen has consistently demonstrated high character qualities, personal integrity, astute business wisdom and outstanding management ability," writes Louis J. DellaCava of LJD Enterprises Inc., Boulder. "But perhaps most impressive to me has been his dedication to the city and county of Boulder and their people."

He has always been an entrepreneur, starting a coin collection at age 11 that helped finance his college education and turned into a business that eventually led to Tebo Development.

After a stint as an instructor at the University of Colorado, he opened a coin shop in Boulder, which led to an opportunity to become a distributor of store display fixtures. While searching for a building for his expanded coin business, he decided to build a facility larger than he needed and rent out part of it. Tebo Development was born. He eventually sold the coin and fixture business.

His honors and awards include Man of the Year for Boulder County from the YWCA and recognition for philanthropic and community-oriented activities, including contributions for scholarships at FHSU and Colorado University and a recent gift to the Boulder Community Hospital for a 30,000-square-foot cancer center. In 1977, he was among the first year's recipients of FHSU's Young Alumni Award.

Tebo's professional memberships include the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Boulder Inc., organizations that support local economic development.

Stephen and his wife, Shari Tebo, are also known for their community involvement as regular sponsors of community events and especially for their contributions and services to Boulder Community Hospital and Imagine!, which provides services to mentally and physically handicapped adults.

Tebo is active in such programs as the Boy Scouts, University of Colorado athletics and the YWCA.

He has five children, Brad, who graduated FHSU in 1994, Brenda, Bonnie, Brandi and Shane, and six grandchildren.

Christina (Schlenker) Ricke, a member and industry group leader with Kennedy and Coe LLC, Wichita, graduated magna cum laude from FHSU in 1994 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. She holds a certified public accountant certificate in Kansas.

Her role as an industry group leader -- one of only seven in the firm, which is the sixth largest CPA firm west of the Mississippi -- includes overall management responsibility for the company's Financial Institutions Group, which encompasses practices in Wichita and Greeley, Colo. She also serves on the firm's Human Resources and Firmwide Learning Committees. She reached manager status with Kennedy and Coe after only five years with the firm and was admitted to the ownership group as a member on April 1, 2006.

"Christina achieved the designation of manager, and now member, in our firm," writes Sharon K. Smith, a CPA and member of Kennedy and Coe who has known Ricke since Ricke joined the firm in 1995. "I believe the single most important quality a manager or member in Kennedy and Coe, LLC, should have is leadership -- the demonstrated ability to influence in a powerful and positive way the attitudes, behaviors and performance of individuals and teams. Christina has that quality
in spades!"

Her honors and awards include designation by the Wichita Business Journal in 2004 as a "40 Under 40" honoree. The same year, she received a Women Who Mean Business Award and was selected as a participant for the 2004 Leadership Wichita program. She was also a panel member at the 2000 Wichita Women's Conference.

Ricke serves as a co-chair on the Advisory Council for Catholic Charities Harbor House and is a parishioner of the Church of the Magdalen. She is also involved with the United Way as a Pacesetter leader within Kennedy and Coe and as a Young Leader donor. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedgwick County American Heart Association and as a judge for the 2006 Wichita Chamber Small Business Award.She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Public Accountants.

She is married to Daniel Ricke.

Terry Siek, chief nursing officer at Hays Medical Center, graduated from FHSU in 1991 with a bachelor of science in nursing and an M.S.N. in 2002. Prior to his appointment to chief nursing officer, he served as the director of education at HMC along with the duties of orientation and staff development instructor. His earlier tenure at HMC included the positions of house supervisor, special projects coordinator and both charge and staff nurse on the surgical unit. While at HMC, he also was a senior level instructor teaching leadership and management for basic nursing students and a junior level clinical instructor for FHSU.

"Besides his various nursing positions at HMC, Terry has contributed significantly to our profession of nursing through his excellent endeavors in the areas of teaching, service and scholarly achievement," writes Karen Trible, assistant professor of nursing at FHSU. "He continues to be a strong advocate for the best standard of nursing practice at his facility. He is committed to providing the best possible health care atmosphere, from which we can garner learning experiences for nursing students at FHSU."

Siek's nursing peers recognize him as an expert on documentation of nursing care. He is published and has presented to healthcare professionals in Kansas and Nebraska on this topic and other related topics in professionalism, delegation, accountability and staff development. His professional memberships include the Kansas State Nurses Association and its affiliate; the American Nurses Association; the Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders, for which he serves as president elect; and president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International. Other memberships include the American Organization of Nursing Executives, the Kansas Health Educators Council and the Intravenous Nurses Society.

Siek is active in Kansas Special Olympics, serving on the State Basketball Tournament Games Management Team as coordinator of the first aid rooms.


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