FHSU welcomes new faculty

Fort Hays State University has welcomed several new full-time faculty members for the fall semester.

Dr. David Bovee is as a new assistant professor of history.

He received his B.A. in history and German from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He received his M.A. in history and his doctor of philosophy in history from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Bovee was previously a visiting assistant professor at Marquette. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, an assistant for an associate professor of history at Newman University in Wichita, and an assistant professor of history at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City.

His professional organizations include the American Historical Association and the American Catholic Historical Assocation. He has several publications on Catholic history.

Crystal Bruntz is a financial assistance counselor.

Bruntz received her B.B.A. in finance from FHSU. She has previously worked as assistant to the office manager in the financial aid office at FHSU.

Dixon Cooper is an instructor of accounting and information systems.

Cooper received his bachelor of business administration in accounting with minors in finance, economics and political science and his master of science in taxation from the University of North Texas in Denton.

He was an associate professor, division chair and department head at Sterling College. He was also an online instructor at Hutchinson Community College and an instructor at several institutions in Texas, including the University of Texas in Arlington and the University of North Texas in Denton and Dallas. He continues to provide consulting and financial advising services for DHC and Associates in Flower Mound, TX.

Cooper was an author and editor for the American Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on several campus committees, such as the Standards and Integrity committee, the Library Committee, Sterling's Scholarship and Institutional Planning committees and Austin College's Accreditation Committee.

Terry Crull is an instructor of music.

Crull received his B.A. in secondary education from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and his master of music in choral conducting, music education and voice from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He is currently working toward his doctorate in choral conducting and opera theater at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

He was previously the conductor for the UNC Men's Glee Club and a graduate teaching assistant for the UNC Choral Department. He was chorus master for two major opera productions at UNC, the conductor and artistic director for The Rocky Mountain Chorale in Boulder, CO, and was assistant professor of choral music at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD.

Crull has been a guest conductor at many church, high school- and college-level concerts and festivals and has participated in numerous theatrical performances. He is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, Chorus America, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.

Brandi Douglas is the Multicultural Program advisor and Agnew Hall director.

Douglas received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She was previously the marketing and community development programmer for the OSU Family Resource Center. She also worked as a resident assistant three years for OSU Residential Life, was president of the Resident Assistant/Community Facilitator Council and was a member of the Student Government Association Multicultural Affairs Committee.

Dr. Wolf Kozel is an assistant professor of special education.
He received his bachelor of science and business administration in general business, his master of education in special education and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Kozel was previously a graduate assistant for the University of Arkansas' Curriculum and Instruction Department. He also has experience teaching English as a Second Language to children and adults in the United States and Taiwan.

Tali Morgulis is an instructor of music.

Morgulis attended the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium, studying piano performance, and received her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music in Israel. She received her professional studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and is currently working towards her doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.
She has taught at the New School of Music in Cambridge, MA, was supervisor of the Secondary Piano Program at the New England Conservatory, was a teaching assistant at Tel Aviv University's Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Israel, and has operated a private piano studio in Tel Aviv, New York City and Boston.

Morgulis has performed with orchestras in Germany, Spain, Croatia, Israel, Italy and Urkraine and has given solo and collaborative recitals throughout the United States and Europe, including Switzerland, Belgium and Steinway Hall in Boston.

Benjamin Morris-Cline is an instructor of music.

He received his bachelor of music and master of music degrees in cello performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He received his education diploma with an emphasis in elementary education from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is continuing his professional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying cello performance, cello pedagogy and orchestral excerpts.

Morris-Cline formerly taught elementary education at the Lincoln Academy Charter School in Arvada, CO, and was a visiting professor of cello at UNC. He was a faculty cello player for the Northern Colorado String Quartet Program and a clinician for Denver-area high school orchestras.

Morris-Cline has performed with several ensembles and orchestras in Colorado and the Midwest, including the Columbine String Quartet and the Wedding Strings Ensemble in Denver.

Adrienne Patmythes is the Residence Hall Complex director.

She received her associate of arts and associate of applied science degrees from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI, and her bachelor of arts in communication from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Patmythes was previously a Residence Hall Association graduate assistant at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She has also worked as a residence hall director at OSU and St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, and as a resident assistant at Florida Atlantic University.

Jennifer Pekarek is the Residence Hall director for Wiest Hall. She is also the director of the Residence Hall Association, student judicial advisor and coordinator of conference services. She was previously the graduate hall director for Custer Hall at FHSU.

Pekarek received her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from FHSU and is currently pursuing her master of business administration degree.

Pekarek has also worked as resident manager and assistant at Agnew and McMindes Halls at FHSU. She was the recipient of the 2004 FHSU Torch Award.

Linda Sanko is a full-time visiting assistant professor of nursing.

She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing and master of science degree in education from FHSU. She also received a master of nursing degree from the University of Kansas.
Sanko recently retired from the Dodge City Community College Department of Nurse Education, where she was a professor of nursing, director of nursing continuing education and director of EMT and fire science programs. She has worked at the former Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays, Graham County Hospital in Hill City, and at FHSU as an adjunct professor.
Her professional organizations include the American Nurses Association, Kansas State Nurses Association, Kansas Organization for Nurse Leaders and Kansas Committee for Nurse Education and Practice.

Andy Stanton is an assistant professor of communication studies.

He received his B.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in public relations and journalism and his M.S. in communication studies from FHSU.

Stanton was previously director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was also an adjunct instructor at Dodge City Community College's Department of Fine Arts, public information coordinator for the Dodge City Public School District and a graduate teaching assistant for the FHSU Department of Communication. He continues his work as co-owner of D&A Communications, an online communications consulting business.

He was the founding member of the Try Southwest Kansas tourism marketing coalition and the Kansas Cattle Town tourism coalition, was the founding director of the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame and is a member of the Kansas and National School Public Relations Associations.

Jessie Wymore is an instructor of communication disorders.

Wymore received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders and her master of science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

She was formally a speech-language pathologist at Speech-Language Pathology Services of Columbus, GA. She was also a speech-language pathologist for Snyder Speech Services at Midlands and Select Specialty Hospitals in Papillion, NE.

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