New Faculty for 2004-2005 Academic Year
04/15/2005

Dr. Munther Alimari
Curtis Hammeke
Dr. Mark Nuss
Dr. Leota Anderson
Christopher Hauser Jr.
Dr. Todd D. Powell
Dr. Kathleen Arano
Ziantha L. Helm
Chris Powers
Charmion Arthur
Jay Hood
Mark Rohlf
Lindsey Basinger
Dr. Zdeslav Hrepic
Shane Schartz
Dr. S. Christopher Bennett
Scott Jones
Dr. Ronald Schott
A. J. Blazek
Dr. David John Kassler
Clark A. Sexton
Julie A. Brull
Ame Lambert-Aikhionbare
Sammie Sexton
Dr.Jin-Hee Lee
Erich K. Singer
Dr. Amy E. Cummins
Shelly D. Mann
William G. Smriga
Dr. Kathy Dale
Levi Marconnet
Michael Suchoparek
Jennifer Dilley
Heath Marrs
John Wang
Ruth Dysart
Douglas A. McFadden
Kerry Wasinger
Dr. Eric Eicher
Kathryn L. McGonigal
Christa Weigel
Jessica Finger
David L. Melendez
Elisa A. Weselis
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Mennenga
Dr. Regi LeAnn Wieland
Lance Gerstner
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Keith Woodall
Gorman "Mick" Glaze
Kimberly Miller
Amy Young
Kristen Goehausen
Dr. Guy E. Mills
Dr. Mohamed A. Zainuba


Dr. Munther Barakat Alimari, visiting assistant professor of economics and finance
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Munther Barakat Alimari as a new full-time visiting assistant professor of economics and finance on Aug. 16, 2004. Alimari received a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from San Francisco State University, a master's in business administration from Annajah National University, Nablus City, Palestine, and a Ph.D. in finance from Oklahoma State University. He has previously worked at the Arab American University as an assistant professor of finance, a teacher of risk management, financial management and corporate finance. He also taught at Oklahoma State University as a graduate assistant.

Dr. Leota Anderson, instructor of teacher education
Fort Hays State University welcomed Dr. Leota Anderson as a new full-time instructor of teacher education on Aug. 16, 2004. Anderson received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from FHSU. She earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University. She has worked at Hays High School and Silver Lake High School as an English and German teacher, at Butler County Community College as a composition instructor and learning center instructor and at Washburn University as an assistant professor in the education department.

Dr. Kathleen Arano, assistant professor of economics and finance
Fort Hays State University welcomed Dr. Kathleen Arano as a new full-time assistant professor of economics and finance on July 1, 2004. Arano received a bachelor's in economics from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. She also received a Ph.D. in applied economics from Mississippi State University. She has previously worked at Mississippi State as a lecturer and a graduate teaching assistant and the University of the Philippines Los Banos as an instructor.

Charmion Arthur, instructor of art
Fort Hays State University will welcome Charmion Arthur as a new full-time instructor of art on Aug. 16, 2004.Arthur received a bachelor's of fine arts degree in interior design with a secondary emphasis in photography at Fort Hays State University and is a master of liberal studies candidate at FHSU. Arthur has worked as coordinator and supervisor for the American Society of Interior Designers Exhibition and as an intern for Keller Furniture Galleries in Hays.She was involved in American Society of Interior Designers, public presentations in interior design and was a consultant for the Ellis County Historical Society.

Lindsey Basinger, admissions counselor
Fort Hays State University welcomed Lindsey Basinger as a new full-time admissions counselor on June 6, 2004. Basinger received her bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from FHSU. While at FHSU she was involved in leadership development training and youth leadership camps along with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Dr. S. Christopher Bennett, assistant professor of biological sciences and associate curator of paleontology for Sternberg Museum
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. S. Christopher Bennett as a new full-time assistant professor of biological sciences and associate curator of paleontology for Sternberg Museum on Aug. 16, 2004. Bennett received bachelor's degrees in biology and German from Tulane University, New Orleans, a master in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University, New Haven, CN, and a doctorate in systematics and ecology from the University of Kansas. Bennett has worked as the clinical adjunct assistant professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CN, and as assistant professor for the Division of Basic Sciences and as Director of the Human Anatomy Laboratory at the College of Chiropractic and College of Naturopathic Medicine for the University of Bridgeport, CN. He is affiliated with International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists, the Paleontological Society and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bennett has written several articles about paleontology for various professional publications, including one for the Geological Society of London.

A.J. Blazek, assistant football coach and administrative assistant to the director of athletics
Fort Hays State University has hired A.J. Blazek as an assistant football coach and administrative assistant to the director of athletics. He will be in charge of the offensive line and strength and conditioning. Blazek comes to FHSU from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Most recently, he served stints as offensive line graduate assistant coach and defensive line graduate assistant coach. As an undergraduate, he served as a student assistant and also played for two seasons at center, as a long snapper, and captain during the 2000 season. Blazek also played football for two seasons at Butler County Community College as a center, long snapper, and kicker. During the 1998 season, he served as team captain on the BCCC national championship team. Blazek began his new position Jan. 2.

Julie A. Brull, nurse practitioner, Student Health Center
Fort Hays State University welcomed Julie Ann Brull as a new full-time nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center on Jan. 2. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Fort Hays State University. She previously worked at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of Western Kansas, Hays, as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and at Hays Medical Center in the Ambulatory Care Unit as a registered nurse. She has also worked at Hays Medical Center as a patient care technician, level II, and as an admissions/telecommunicationsclerk.

Dr. Amy E. Cummins, assistant professor of English
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Amy E. Cummins as a new assistant professor of English on Aug. 16, 2004. Cummins received a bachelor's in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her master's in English from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Kathy Dale, assistant professor of educational administration and counseling
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Kathy Dale as a new full-time assistant professor of educational administration and counseling on Aug. 16, 2004.Dale received a bachelor of arts in education from Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, a masters of science from Fort Hays State University and her doctorate in education administration from Kansas State Univeristy. Dale has worked as an interim superintendent of schools, executive director of Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, a technology-curriculum coordinator and as an interactive television coordinator before coming to FHSU. She has more than 13 years of experience in administration and is an experienced public speaker. Her doctorate studies focused on improvement and leadership development through systemic change. She is also an accomplished group facilitator and an experienced grant facilitator and project manager.

Jennifer Dilley, assistant senior women's administrator for student athletic services and compliance
Fort Hays State University will welcome Jennifer Dilley as a new full-time assistant senior womenís administrator for student athletic services and compliance on June 6, 2004. Dilley received an associateís degree in general studies from Seward County Community College and a bachelorís degree in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays State University. Dilley has worked for FHSU as an assistant hall director, assistant softball coach, resident assistant and as a VIP Student Ambassador. She has also been actively involved in Phi-Theta-Kappa and Tiger athletics and received the National Leadership Merit Award, National Minority Leadership Merit Award and All American Scholar Award. Dilley graduated from FHSU cum laude in 2001 and was on the National Deans List, FHSU Deans List and was an Academic All American.

Ruth Dysart, instructor of philosophy
Fort Hays State University will welcome Ruth Dysart as a new full-time instructor of philosophy on Aug. 16, 2004. Dysart received a bachelor of arts degree from Fort Hays State University and a master of arts in religious studies from the University of Kansas. Dysart has worked as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University and as a Graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. She has also worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas and as a supplemental instructor for the Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University. She has been an active member in the FHSU Philosophy Club, Phi Alpha Theta, FHSU History Club and Phi Eta Sigma. Dysart has also been involved in several community service projects in conjunction with the junior high Catholic Youth Organization, Girl Scouts, Sunflower Council and Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas.

Dr. Eric Eicher, instructor of English
Fort Hays State University welcomed Dr. Eric Eicher as a new full-time instructor of English on Aug. 16, 2004. Eicher received his bachelor's degree in humanities from Kansas State University and his master's in English from the University of California. He received his doctorate in English from the University of Kansas. He has worked at Colby High School as a Kansas Department of Education visiting scholar, at Colby Community College as an outreach teacher of English Composition II and as an ITV instructor of English Composition I. He has also been a graduate teaching assistant in English at the University of Kansas.

Jessica Finger, admissions counselor
Fort Hays State University welcomed Jessica Finger as a new full-time admissions counselor on June 6, 2004. Finger received a bachelor's degree of fine arts in graphic design and a bachelor of arts in foreign language with an emphasis in Spanish from FHSU in May 2004. Finger has worked within a business management internship and as a graphic design intern in Washington, DC. She was involved in Alpha Gamma Delta, Order of Omega Honorary Society, Panhellenic Council, Tiger Wild, University Activities Board, Student Government Association and intramurals and was an orientation advisor. Finger was also a Torch Award nominee

Kathleen Flynn, instructor of music
Fort Hays State University welcomes Kathleen Flynn as a new full-time instructor of music on Aug. 16, 2004. Flynn received a bachelors of music from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, a masters of music from Juilliard Opera Center; The Juilliard School, New York, NY, and is in progress to receive her doctor of music from State University of New York-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Flynn has worked as a private Vocal instructor, as a teaching assistant for the Julliard School Department of Vocal Arts, and as a vocal instructor for Summerarts, Ross Creek Center for the Performing Arts, Nova Scotia. She has professional affiliations with Agma and Equity and was a Sullivan Foundation Award receipient in 2002. Flynn is a mezzo soprano with opera experience in a variety of roles, including her portrayal of Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia. She has also been involved in many concerts and recitals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO, and Alice Tully Hall, New York.

Lance Gerstner, data manager and webmaster for the College of Education and Technology
Fort Hays State University welcomed Lance Gerstner as the new data manager and webmaster for the College of Education and Technology on Aug 2, 2004. Gerstner is currently working on his bachelor's degree in information networking and telecommunications at FHSU. He has previously worked at the Dickinson Mall 8 Cinema as the assistant manager and at the FHSU INT Department's Cisco Online Help Desk.

Gorman "Mick" Glaze, instructor of agriculture
Fort Hays State University welcomed Gorman Glaze as a new full-time instructor of agriculture on Aug. 23. Glaze received his associate's degree in agribusiness from the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture, Curtis, NE. He received bachelor's degrees in general agriculture and agriculture education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and his master's degree from Kansas State University in adult and continuing education. He has previously worked as an assistant farm manager in Curtis NE, a county extension agent in Curtis, NE, and Oberlin, KS, and as the feed department manager for the Maywood Co-op in North Platte, NE. He has also worked as a cattle manager in Curtis, an Agriculture farm representative for Farmers National Bank in Oberlin and as a branch bank manager and senior loan officer for Citizen's State Bank, WaKeeney, KS.

Kristen Goehausen, service learning specialist for the Office of Civic Engagement
Fort Hays State University will welcome Kristen Goehausen as the new service learning specialist for the Office of Civic Engagement on Aug. 30, 2004. Goehausen received a bachelor's degree in communication from Saint Louis University. At FHSU she will work with students and faculty to promote and implement service learning.

Curtis Hammeke, Director of Athletics
Fort Hays State University welcomed Curtis Hammeke as the new full-time Director of Athletics on June 6, 2004. Hammeke received a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's in athletic administration from FHSU. He was previously the director of athletics at Newman University, Wichita. He has been an athletic director at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, and Great Bend High
School. He also coached baseball at FHSU and BCCC.

Christopher Hauser Jr., instructor of health and human performance and assistant football coach
Fort Hays State University welcomed Christopher Hauser Jr. Jan. 2 as a new full-time instructor of health and human performance and as assistant football coach. Hauser earned his bachelor's degree in health education from the University of Akron in 2002 and his master's degree in sports science and coaching from the University of Akron in 2004. Hauser served as a graduate assistant, doing on-field coaching with defensive linemen and defensive backs. He also evaluated high school and junior college film, coordinated the offensive scout team with daily meetings and assisted with official visit weekends and game day visits. He has also assisted with the Ohio State Football Camp, the University of Akron Football Camp and the Hudson High School Football Camp and coordinated the Bishop Hartley High School Camp.Hauser is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association.

Ziantha L. Helm, admissions counselor
Fort Hays State University welcomed Ziantha L. Helm as a new full-time admissions counselor on June 6, 2004. Helm received a bachelor's degree in computer and information systems from Fort Hays State University and has worked as a Lancome Counter manager and beauty advisor for Kline's Department Store Inc., and as a member services representative at the Center for Health Improvement in Hays. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and was on the Deans Honor Roll. Helm has experience in COBOL programming language and RPG programming.

Jay Hood, instructor of health and human performance and assistant football coach
Fort Hays State University welcomed back Jay Hood as a full-time instructor of health and human performance and assistant football coach on June 6, 2004. Hood received his bachelor's in health and physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH. He received his masters of education with emphasis in athletic administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. He has previously worked at Millikin University, Decatur, IL, as an assistant professor of exercise and sport and as the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator. Hood has also worked at Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO, as an instructor of health, physical education and recreation and as the head football coach and defensive backfield coach. He previously worked at FHSU as an instructor of HPER and as a defensive coordinator.

Dr. Zdeslav Hrepic, instructor of physics
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Zdeslav Hrepic as a new full-time instructor of physics on Aug. 16 2004. Hrepic received a bachelor of science degree in physics and polytechnics education from the University of Split, Split, Croatia. He received his master of science in physics and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University. Hrepic has had multiple articles published and has given presentations at events such as the American Association of Physics Teachers national meetings, the Croatian Symposium on Physics Education and the International School of Physics, Varenna, Italy. He is affiliated with the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Pedagogical Association for Upbringing of Education in Human Values, Mensa Croatia and the environmentalprotection group Sunce of Croatia.

Scott Jones, instructor of accounting and information systems
Fort Hays State University welcomed Scott Jones as a new full-time instructor of accounting and information systems on Aug. 16, 2004. Jones received a bachelor's in education-marketing from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He received a master's degree in education administration and leadership from the University of Kansas. Jones also earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently working on his educational specialist degree at UMKC. He has worked at Leavenworth High School as the marketing education teacher-coordinator and as the career and technology education division coordinator.

Dr. David John Kassler, assistant professor of music
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. David John Kassler as a new full-time assistant professor of music on Aug. 16, 2004. Kassler received his bachelor's in instrumental music education from the University of Iowa. He received his master's in music education from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Utah. Kassler also received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Miami. Kassler has taken part in the Keystone Brass Institute, Keystone, CO, the Minnesota Instrumental Conducting Symposium, Northfield, MN, and the Minnesota Voice Care Network, Collegeville. He has previously worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami, the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota. He has also taught instrumental music at North Kossuth Community Schools, Swea City, IA, and Saint Edmond High School, Fort Dodge, IA, and choral music at several schools.

Ame Lambert-Aikhionbare, multicultural program advisor and Agnew Hall Director
Fort Hays State University welcomed Ame Lambert-Aikhionbare as the new multicultural program advisor and Agnew Hall Director. Lambert-Aikhionbare received her bachelor's degree in human recourses management from Baylor University, Waco, TX. Her master's degree in labor relations and human resources is from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. She has previously worked for Educate International, Houston, TX, as the director of personnel and development. She has also worked as an associate teacher at Rafiki Girls Center, Lagos, Nigeria, as a graduate assistant at the Institute for Children, Youth and Families, East Lansing, and as a hall assistant at Michigan State University.

Dr. Jin-Hee Lee, instructor of history
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Jin-hee Lee as a new full-time instructor of history on Aug. 16, 2004. Lee received a bachelor's in Japanese from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea. She received her master's in Asian studies and her Ph.D. in Asian languages and cultures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously worked at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as a teaching assistant. She has also been a language instructor at the Hanil Language Institute, Seoul.

Shelly D. Mann, counselor/coordinator of external testing programs, Kelly Center
Fort Hays State University's Kelly Center has named Shelly D. Mann as the new full-time counselor and coordinator of external programs. She began her duties on Sept. 20. Mann received her bachelor of arts degree in sociology and administration of justice from Bethany College in 1997. She will complete her master of science program in community mental health counseling at FHSU this fall. Mann's past experience includes working as a court services officer in the 28th Judicial District, as a foster care case manager and as an adult and juvenile corrections officer in Salina.

Levi Marconnet, admissions counselor
Levi Marconnet, a December 2004 graduate of Fort Hays State University, has been hired as admissions counselor. He began his new position Dec. 13. A psychology major, Marconnet served as a supervisor for telephone recruitment at the university and was also a varsity athlete on the track and field team.

Heath Marrs, instructor of psychology
Fort Hays State University will welcome Heath Marrs as a new full-time instructor of psychology on Aug. 16, 2004. Marrs received a bachelor's degree in psychology and biblical and religious studies from Tabor College, Hillsboro. He received his master's in psychology from FHSU along with his specialist in education and is currently a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University. Marrs has previously worked as a child-adolescent case manager, a school psychologist, an instructor at Tabor College and most recently as an assistant professor of psychology at Tabor College before coming to FHSU. He has given several presentations dealing with academic accommodations for students transitioning to higher education and issues in the assessment of learning disabilities in adolescents and adults.

Douglas A. McFadden, assistant football coach
Fort Hays State University has hired Douglas A. McFadden as the new defensive backs football coach.
McFadden comes to FHSU from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, where he served as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator since 2003. In addition, he performed recruitment duties and assisted the team in making travel arrangements. Prior to his coaching stint at SDSU, McFadden was the secondary coach and defensive coordinator during the 2002 season at Langston University in Langston, OK. He also served as defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College during the 2001 season and served from 1999-2001 as the secondary coach. McFadden graduated from Friends University in Wichita in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in organizational management and leadership. Before graduating from Friends, McFadden attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, where he was a four-year football letterman.

Kathryn L. McGonigal, instructor of sociology and social work
Fort Hays State University will welcome Kathryn L. McGonigal as a new full-time instructor of sociology and social work on Aug. 16, 2004. McGonigal received a bachelor's in sociology with a minor in speech communications from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. She received her master's in sociology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has previously worked at the University of Missouri in teaching assistantships and autonomous teaching positions as well as at William Woods University.

David L. Melendez, database admininstrator for Computing and Telecommunications Center
David L. Melendez has joined Fort Hays State University's Computing and Telecommunications Center as a database administrator. He began his new duties on Sept. 1. Melendez received an associate's degree in criminal justice from Colby Community College in 1995 and a bachelor of arts degree in computer information systems from FHSU in 1999. Prior to his current position at FHSU, he worked as a part-time instructor of information networking and telecommunications and at Nex-Tech in Hays. Melendez's certifications include Microsoft Certified Professional, Cisco Certified Network Associate and Certified Novell Administrator.

Shawn Mennenga, assistant football coach/defensive coordinator
Fort Hays State University welcomed Shawn Mennenga as a new full-time assistant football coach/defensive coordinator on Jan. 2. Mennenga earned a bachelor's degree in educational studies in 1993 from the University of Missouri. He received his master's in education in 1998 from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. Before beginning his tenure at FHSU, Mennenga had served since December 2001 as football head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri. Under his leadership, the team broke 34 team and individual school records and were ranked in the top 25 nationally for the first time in school history. Mennenga has also served as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Culver-Stockton College; assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College; assistant coach at Western Kentucky University; assistant coach and graduate assistant coach at Southwest Baptist University; and as assistant coach at Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dr. Jeffrey Miller, instructor of leadership studies
Fort Hays State University welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Miller as a new instructor of leadership studies on Aug. 16, 2004. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from Ohio State University. His doctorate in agricultural education, with an emphasis adolescent development, was earned at Pennsylvania State University. He has previously worked at Innovative Leadership Solutions as the president and senior educator and consultant, at the University of Indianapolis as an adjunct professor and at the Medgar Evers Institute as part of the steering committee. He has also worked at the Community Leadership Association as the interim executive director, at the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership as part of the workshop training and facilitation team and at North Dakota State University Extension Services as the assistant director and state leader for 4-H development education.

Kimberly Miller, instructor of communication studies
Fort Hays State University welcomed Kimberly Miller as a new full-time instructor of communication studies on Aug. 16, 2004. She received her bachelor's degree in English and creative writing from Knox College, Galesburg, IL. Her master's degree in English literature was from Iowa State University. She has previously worked at the University of Kansas as a lecturer for the Department of English and the Department of Theatre and Film. She has also worked as the executive director of the Association of Kansas Theatre as well as the academic program director for the Department of Student Life at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Guy E. Mills, professor of educational administration and counseling and dean of the College of Education and Technology
Fort Hays State University welcomed Dr. Guy E. Mills as a new full-time professor of educational administration and counseling and as dean of the College of Education and Technology on May 9. Mills received a bachelorís degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a masters of science from Central Missouri State University and his doctorate of education from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Millís educational specialist degree is also from Central Missouri State University. Mills has worked as dean of the College of Education for Pacific University, dean of the College of Education and Human Services for Minnesota State University-Moorhead, professor of education at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and as associate professor of education at South Dakota State University. He has given several presentations throughout the United States. Mills has also written several articles about educational programs and administration, including one for the annual Education Law Association conference in Atlanta, GA.

Kara J. Moore, program specialist and director of the Kansas Youth Leadership Academy
Fort Hays State University will welcome Kara J. Moore on June 26 as a new full-time program specialist and director of the Kansas Youth Leadership Academy. Moore received a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from FHSU. She has previously been a marketing specialist for the Golden Belt Bank, Hays, a workshop coordinator for the Fort Hays Educational Development Center and a youth leadership development coordinator for the Center for Civic Leadership, Hays.

Dr. Mark Nuss, instructor of management and marketing
Fort Hays State University welcomed back Dr. Mark Nuss as a new full time instructor of marketing and management on June 28, 2004. Nuss received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas. He received a master's degree from FHSU in communication studies. His doctorate was from the University of Kansas in communication studies. He previously taught at FHSU in the Communication Department as an assistant professor and an instructor. He has also taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a lecturer and at the University of Kansas as a graduate teaching assistant.

Dr. Todd D. Powell, general counsel and executive assistant to the president
Fort Hays State University has named Dr. Todd D. Powell as general counsel and executive assistant to the president. Powell will begin his duties Oct. 13. Powell received a bachelor of arts degree in history from FHSU in 1995. He later attended Washburn University School of Law, receiving a juris doctorate in 1998. Prior to being named to his current position at FHSU, Powell worked as an attorney with the law firm of Cavanaugh, Smith & Lemon, P.A., in Topeka. He also served as an adjunct professor of law at Washburn and as a research attorney with the Kansas Court of Appeals. Powell is a member of the Kansas, American and Topeka Bar Associations.

Chris Powers, instructor of history
Fort Hays State University welcomed Chris Powers as a new full-time instructor of history on Aug. 16, 2004. Powers received his bachelor's degree in political science and his master's degree in history from FHSU. He is currently working on his doctorate in history from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has previously worked at FHSU as a graduate assistant for the History Department and at the University of Arkansas as a Women's Athletic Department tutor.

Mark Rohlf, program specialist for the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications
Fort Hays State University welcomes Mark Alan Rohlf as a program specialist for the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications on Aug. 16, 2004. Rohlf received a bachelors of arts in communication and a masters of science in instructional technology from FHSU. He has worked as an Internet specialist, network analyst and as a Virtual College instructor. He has served on active duty for the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge.Rohlf volunteers for the Ellis County Relay for Life Planning Committee and helps in annual fundraising.

Shane Schartz, instructor of accounting and information systems
Fort Hays State University welcomes Shane M. Schartz as a full-time instructor of accounting and information systems on Aug. 16, 2004. Schartz received a bachelors degree in computer information systems and a master's in business administration from FHSU. Schartz has interned by assisting students in RPG IV programming and as an assistant lab administrator at FHSU. He has also worked as an assembler for Adronics, Elrob Manufacturing, Hays. Schartz has knowledge of several programming languages, including JAVA, COBOL, and Visual Basic. He was a College of Business Scholar, was on the Deans Honor Roll, and was involved in Alpha Lambda Delta at FHSU.

Dr. Ronald Schott, assistant professor of geosciences
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Ronald Schott as a new full-time assistant professor of geosciences on Aug. 16, 2004. Schott received his bachelor's in geology with a minor in mathematics from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. He received his master's and Ph.D., both in geology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked at Lake Superior State University as an assistant professor. He has also worked at Western Kentucky University as a temporary assistant professor and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a lecturer.

Clark A. Sexton, assistant professor of philosophy
Fort Hays State University will welcome Clark Alan Sexton back as an assistant professor of philosophy on Aug. 16, 2004. Sexton received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Fort Hays State University, a master's in computing and information sciences and his doctorate in computing and information sciences from Kansas State University in Manhattan. Sexton has worked as a Web engineer for Garmin International Inc., as a director of academic computing for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology and as an instructor of philosophy for FHSU. He received a College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Teaching Award from Kansas State University and honorable mention from the Graduate Council Interdisciplinary Research Forum. Sexton was on the FHSU Deans Honor Roll and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society and Kansas State University's
Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Sammie Sexton, instructor of communication disorders
Fort Hays State University welcomed Sammie Sexton as a new full-time instructor of communication disorders on Aug. 16, 2004. She received her bachelor's degree in speech and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas. She was previously a half-time instructor of communication disorders at FHSU.

Erich K. Singer, director of Wiest Complex
Fort Hays State University welcomed Erich K. Singer as the new full-time director of Wiest Complex on June 6, 2004. Singer received a bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Fort Hays State University in May 2004. Singer worked as a student teacher for Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and Wilson Elementary School teaching both boys and girls physical education classes. He was also a resident assistant and resident manager for FHSU and a student assistant wrestling coach for the FHSU Athletic Department. He was a member of the FHSU wrestling team. Singer has also received certification in teaching and coaching.

William G. Smriga, director of the Memorial Union
Fort Hays State University welcomed William G. Smriga as the new director of the Memorial Union on May 23, 2004. Smriga received a bachelorís of science, arts and sciences from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, a masters of science in college student personnel administration from Indiana University and his post-materís certificate of advanced studies in organizational development from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Smriga has worked as a director for Missouri Unions, as associate director for Student Auxiliary Services in Colombia, MO and as an executive director for Hostelling International in Chicago before coming to FHSU. He has given several presentations concerning strategic planning and union management and has actively been involved within his community, serving as commissioner for the Columbia, MO, Cultural Affairs Commission, on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Missouri Tourism Council and a loaned executive for United Way of Porter County and as a volunteer for Valparaiso Boys and Girls Club and the parks and recreation department. Smriga has also written several articles about union management and the development and marketing of leaders for various organizations.

Michael Suchoparek, instructor of political science
Fort Hays State University welcomes Michael Suchoparek as a new full-time instructor of political science on Aug. 16, 2004. Suchoparek received an associate's degree in art and liberal studies from Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA, a bachelor of arts in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters of public administration from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Administration, Syracuse, NY. Suchoparek received his juris doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY. Suchoparek has worked as a division of management and budget intern for Onondoga County xecutive, Syracuse, NY, as a business and technology editor for the Digest Law Journal and as director of the Syracuse University College of Law Grant Opportunity Program. He has legal experience in bankruptcy, tax and investigation. Suchoparek has also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Santa Ana, the U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of New York, Syracuse, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Riverside. Suchoparek is enlisted in the United States Army Reserves of Los Alamitos, CA and is proficient in conversational Spanish.

John Wang, Unix and network administrator for the computing center
Fort Hays State University welcomed John Wang as the new Unix and network administrator for the computing center on June 6, 2004. Wang received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Lanzhou, Lanzhou, China. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Hanover, Hanover, Germany. He earned a master's degree in computer science from Wichita State University. He previously worked at Wichita State University as a research assistant and system administrator, at the Dodge City Public Library as a network administrator and at Tomorrow Telecom Co. as a systems administrator and software developer. He has also worked at the University of Hanover as a software engineer and system administrator and at the Institute of Radiation Protection, Lanzhou, as a research scientist.

Kerry Wasinger, instructor of management and marketing
Fort Hays State University welcomes Kerry Wasinger as a new full-time instructor of management and marketing on Aug. 16, 2004. Wasinger received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a juris doctorate from Washburn University, Topeka.Wasinger has worked as a staff attorney for Kansas Legal Services, Hays, as a virtual college instructor for FHSU and as a legal intern for Washburn Law Clinic and Sloan, Listrom, et al., Topeka. She is a Certified Domestic Mediator and was admitted to practice law in the State of Kansas and in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Wasinger spent time studying abroad at Kings College, London, England, and has been involved in Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and the Washburn Student Bar Association.

Christa Weigel, instructor of allied health
Fort Hays State University welcomed Christa Weigel as a new full-time instructor of allied health on June 23, 2004. Weigel received her associate's in radiologic technology and her bachelor's in medical diagnostic imaging from FHSU. She received her master's in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. She previously worked at Radiology Associates of Hays as a radiologic technologist and mammographer. She has also worked at FHSU as a mammography positioning instructor and at Central Kansas Medical Center, Larned, as a radiologic technologist.

Elisa Weselis, instructor of political science
Fort Hays State University has announced that Elisa A. Weselis has been hired as a full-time instructor of political science. She began her duties Jan. 3. Weselis comes to FHSU from California, where she served as a law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. She has also clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse, NY, and as an extern at several other locations in New York and California. In her spare time, Weselis enjoys volleyball, traveling, and hiking.

Dr. Regi LeAnn Wieland, assistant professor of educational administration and counseling
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Regi LeAnn Wieland to her new position of assistant professor of educational administration and counseling on Aug. 16, 2004. Wieland received a bachelor's in music education from Kansas State University, her master's in educational administration from FHSU and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from KSU. Currently Wieland is director of the Fort Hays Educational Development Center. Before coming to FHSU she was the director of school improvement and staff development for the Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center. She was also an administrative assistant at the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives and a K-6 music instructor.

Keith Woodall, instructor of modern languages
Fort Hays State University welcomed Keith Woodall as a new full-time instructor of modern languages on Aug. 16, 2004. Woodall received an associate's degree in English from Northeast Texas Community College and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Texas. His master's degree in romance languages is from Texas Tech University. He is currently working on a doctorate in 19th-century Latin American Literature with a minor in Portuguese from Texas Tech University. He has worked at Ohio University as a visiting instructor in Spanish, at Texas Tech University as a part-time instructor in Latin American and Iberian studies and Spanish. He has also worked for Wayland Baptist University and South Plains College as an adjunct faculty member.

Amy Young, instructor of modern languages
Fort Hays State University welcomes Amy D. Young as a new full-time instructor of modern languages on Aug. 16, 2004.Young received a bachelor of arts in German and political science from Simpson College, Indianola, IA; a master of arts in German from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH; and a doctorate in German, with an English minor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Young has worked as an adjunct instructor of German and English for Doane College, NE; as a resident director for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Study Abroad Program, Berlin, Germany; as a graduate teaching assistant of German for the department of modern languages and literatures at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Kufstein, Austria. She speaks four languages: English, German, Spanish and French. Young has professional affiliations with the American Association of Teachers of German, Women in German, Modern Language Association and the National Women's Studies Association. She has given several presentations, including one for the Women in German Conference, Carrollton, KY.

Dr. Mohamed A. Zainuba, associate professor of management and marketing
Fort Hays State University will welcome Dr. Mohamed A. Zainuba as a new full-time associate professor of management and marketing on June 1, 2004. Zainuba received a bachelor's in business education from Texas Southern University, Houston. He also received his master's in business education and his doctorate in higher education from Texas Southern. He did post doctoral studies in international business at the University of Houston and in managerial communications at Rice University, Houston. He has previously worked at Texas Southern as an instructor for the school of business, and as a graduate student advisor. He has also worked for the Houston Training School, as a staff administrator, the Houston Community College, as an instructor, and the University of St. Thomas as an adjunct professor. Just before coming to FHSU he worked as an associate professor at TSU's School of Business. He has given several presentations ranging from improving college students' understanding of finance and financial-based objectives to communicating unique diversity issues to minority college business students.


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