FHSU welcomes new faculty
09/22/2006

Several new full-time faculty members have joined Fort Hays State University for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Scott P. Anstadt began as a new assistant professor of social work on Aug. 18.

He received his B.S. in psychology in 1973 from Western Illinois University. Anstadt was previously employed by Northwestern Louisiana State University, Natchitoches, La., as faculty associate.

Dr. Bryan E. Bennett began as a new assistant professor of political science on Aug. 14.

He graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1999 with a B.A. in English and a minor in political science and went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Va. Bennett is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas state and federal courts and has several publications.

Gary Thomas Brattin began as a new assistant professor of music on Aug. 14. He received a bachelor of music and a masters of music from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Brattin previously taught at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand.

Jeremy Brown began as a new assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator on July 16.

He received his B.S. in elementary education and M.S. in health and human performance with an emphasis in sports administration from FHSU. Brown was previously the head assistant basketball coach at Southwest Oklahoma State University, Weatherford.

Dr. Catherine F.M. Clewett began as a new assistant professor of physics on Aug. 14.

She received her B.A. in physics from Grinnell College, Grinnell, La. She received her A.M. in physics from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo, and her Ph.D. in physics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, where she was also previously a teaching assistant.

Dr. Benjamin J. Cline began as a new assistant professor of communication studies on Aug. 14.

He received his B.A. in political science and speech communication from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Cline previously taught at Bowling Green.

Chandra A. Daffer began as the new assistant director of student activities on June 18.

She received her bachelor of general studies with an emphasis in organizational leadership from FHSU and her M.S. in counselor education with an emphasis in student personnel in higher education from Emporia State University.

Daffer was previously the director of Greek life and student involvement at William Woods University, Fulton, Mo.

Anna C. Debes is the new internal auditor. She received her B.B.A. in accounting from FHSU.

Rachel M. Depenbusch began as the new assistant director of accounting services and grants accountant on July 18. She received her B.B.A. in accounting from FHSU. She was previously the internal auditor for FHSU.

Tobias R. Flores began as a new assistant professor of art on Aug. 14.

He attended Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, Calif., and his B.F.A. in sculpture from San Diego State University. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Flores previously taught sculpture at San Diego City College.

John Paul Gendron began as a new product manager intern at the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship on Aug. 28.

He received his B.B.A. in entrepreneurship and marketing from Wichita State University. Gendron previously worked as a counselor for NetWork Kansas in Wichita.

Daniel Green began as a new instructor of communication studies on Aug. 14.

He received his B.A. in history from FHSU. He belongs to Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Kappa Phi and is a published poet.

Kathy A. Herrman began as the new director of purchasing on Aug. 27.

She received her A.S. in secretarial administration from FHSU. Herrman was previously the public service administrator for the vice-president for administration and finance at FHSU.

Amy Hoffsommer-Cluthe began as a new instructor of health and human performance and assistant volleyball coach on June 18.

She received her B.S. in education from Emporia State University and received her M.S. in health and human performance and sports studies from FHSU.

Hoffsommer-Cluthe was previously a graduate assistant in health and human performance and assistant volleyball coach for FHSU.

Ken Jacobs began as the new director of maintenance and construction on June 18. He was previously a physical plant supervisor specialist for FHSU. Jacobs graduated with a B.S. in business and economics from FHSU.

Derek P. Johnson began as the new network and server administrator for the Computing and Telecommunications Center on May 8. He received his B.S. in computer science from FHSU and was previously the assistant systems administrator at FHSU.

Dr. Avi Kempinski began as a new assistant professor of modern languages on Aug. 14.

He received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in German from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. and his M.A. in comparative literature from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He went on to receive his M.A. in library science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. and received his Ph.D. in German studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Kempinski previously taught at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Steven Kite began as a new assistant professor of history on Aug. 14.

He received his B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and his M.A. in history from Emporia State University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University.

Kite previously taught at the University of Central Oklahoma as an adjunct faculty.

Kurt Larsen began as a new full-time instructor of English for the international Virtual College at ShenYang University in ShenYang, China.

He received his B.S. in finance from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He received his juris doctor from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Ill., and his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.
Larsen previously taught English in PhiChai Ratanakarn Ranong, Thailand.

M. Shane Larson began as the new assistant women's basketball coach on June 18.

He received his A.A. in secondary education from Cloud County Community College, Concordia, his B.A. in social science education from Bethany College, Lindsborg, and his M.S. in health, physical education and recreation with an emphasis in administration of sports from FHSU.

Larson was previously the head girls basketball coach at Washington High School.

Jennifer Mayers began as the new director for Wiest Hall and Residence Hall Association, student judicial advisor and coordinator of conference services on Aug. 28. She received her B.B.A. in marketing from FHSU.

Mayers was previously the graduate hall director of Custer Hall at FHSU.

Karen A. McCullough began as the new assistant director of international and disability student services on Aug. 13.
She received her B.B.A. in business communication and her M.S. in educational administration from FHSU. McCullough was previously the information resources coordinator for FHSU.

Linda Renee McHenry began as a new instructor of English on Aug. 14.

She received her B.A. in English/Writing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro. She received her M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. McHenry was previously the library assistant at FHSU.

Shana L. Warkentine Meyer began as the new assistant vice president for student affairs on Aug. 14.

She received her B.S. in English and journalism and her M.S. in counselor education from Emporia State University.
Warkentine Meyer was previously assistant director of College advancement for student life at Kansas State University, Salina.

Dr. Robert Allen Moody began as a new assistant professor of education administration and counseling on Aug. 14.
He received his A.A. in elementary education from Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., and his B.S. in elementary education with a minor in language arts from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. He received his M.Ed. in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and his Ph.D. in educational administration, curriculum and supervision with a minor in educational instructional technology integration from the University of Oklahoma.

Moody was previously the superintendent for Maysville Public Schools, Maysville, Okla.

Dr. Andrew V. Novotorov began as a new assistant professor of agriculture on Aug. 14.

He received his B.S. in animal and poultry science from the Gorkiy Institute of Agriculture, Gorkiy, Russia. He received his M.S. in agricultural systems technology from the Leningrad Institute of Agriculture, Leningrad, Russia, and his Ph.D. in agricultural education and extension education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Novotorov was previously an assistant professor of agriculture at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
Phil K. Ockinga began as a new instructor of human health and performance and assistant football coach on March 27.
He received his B.A. in physical education and his M.A. in teaching social science from Hastings College, Hastings, Neb. He received his M.S. in health and human performance with an emphasis in sports administration from FHSU.

Ockinga was previously the graduate assistant defensive line coach and video coordinator for FHSU.

Christopher P. Pappas began as a new assistant professor of political science on Aug. 14.

He received his B.S. in economics and international relations from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his juris doctor from Vermont Law School, South Royalton.

Pappas previously taught as a professor of law at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

Kyle Pitts began as a new instructor of English through the Virtual College on Aug. 14.

He received his B.A. and M.A. in English from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark. Pitts previously taught at the Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ark.

Kenny Rigler began as a new integrated learning technologies specialist on June 18.

He received his B.S. in technology education and his M.S. in instructional technology from FHSU.

Rigler was previously the technology integration specialist at Osawatomie High School.

Kenton Russell began as a new instructor of justice studies on Aug. 14.

He received his B.S. in science from Emporia State University. He received his M.S. in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement from Washburn University.

Russell was previously the criminal justice/law enforcement department head at Cloud County Community College.
Richard L. Sabath began as the new head baseball coach on June 18.

He received his A.A. in liberal arts from Barton County Community College. He received his B.S. in physical education from FHSU and his M.S. in sports administration from the University of Kansas.

Sabath was previously the assistant baseball coach at the University of Kansas.

Jim Schreiber began as the new director of grounds, custodial and other services on June 18.

He received his B.S. in health and human performance from FHSU. He is a member of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers and the Central Association of Physical Plant Aministrators.

Schreiber was previously director of grounds and building services at FHSU.

Phillip R. Sechtem began as a new instructor of communication disorders on Aug. 18.

He received his B.A. in communication studies and his M.S. in speech-language pathology from FHSU. Sechtem previously worked at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., as a Voice and Swallowing Specialist.

Anissa Lynn Sonntag began as a new assistant professor of nursing on Aug. 14.

She received her B.S and M.S. in nursing from FHSU. Sonntag was previously an emergency nurse practitioner.

Debbie J. Staab began as the new associate coordinator for the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Aug 28.
She received her A.A. from Dodge City Community College. She received her B.S. in business administration, marketing from Kansas State University. She received her M.L.S. in organizational leadership from FHSU.

Staab was previously a degree analyst for International and Military Special Programs at FHSU.

Michael J. Tweed began as a new instructor of political science on Aug. 14.

He received his B.S. in public administration and his master's of public administration from Missouri State University, Springfield.

Tweed was previously a political science instructor at Northern Illinois University.

MaryAlice Wade began as a new reference librarian on July 6.

She received her B.A. in psychology and anthropology from Kansas State University. She received her M.S. in clinical psychology from FHSU and her M.A. in library and information science from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Wade was previously a graduate teaching assistant and reference desk assistant at the University of Missouri.
Kathleen R. Ward began as a new assistant professor of nursing on Aug. 14.

She received her B.S. in nursing, her M.S. in nursing and nursing administration and a post master's in nursing education from FHSU.

Ward was previously director of education at Hays Medical Center.

Dr. Gregory Weisenborn began as a new assistant professor of management and marketing on Aug. 14.

He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Weisenborn was previously a contract professor at the College of Technology and Management at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Miranda Wilkens-Watkins began as a new administrative business specialist for the Small Business Development Center on July 2.

She received her A.A.S. in office technology and her B.B.A in informational systems administration from FHSU.
Wilkens-Watkins was previously executive secretary at Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas.

Mary M. Wilson began as the new assistant director for the Kansas Center for Performance Excellence on July 17.

She received her B.A. in elementary education from Doane College, Crete, Neb., and received her M.S. in educational administration from FHSU.

Wilson was previously a graduate teaching assistant for educational administration.

Aron Yingling began as a new instructor of allied health on Aug. 14.

He received his A.S. in general science from Colby Community College and received his A.S. in radiologic technology and B.S. in medical diagnostic imaging from FHSU.

Yingling previously worked as a CT technologist at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

Alan E. Zellner began as the new coordinator of diversity affairs for the office of Student Affairs on Aug. 14.

He received his B.S. in business education and his M.S. in educational leadership from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Zellner was previously the director of diversity at Wilkes University.


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