Five new members join FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors

HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Alumni Association recently announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors.

These members, all of whom were selected for four-year terms, were introduced June 16 at the association's Board of Directors summer meeting.

Hays native Kari Austin, Topeka, earned a bachelor of arts in communication with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in political science from FHSU in 1991. She is the executive director of the Republican Party of Kansas and has previously held jobs with Koch Industries Inc., the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate and the Miami County Publishing Company. Austin is also a member of the Topeka South Rotary Club and is a past board member of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Larry Dreiling, Dodge City, a native of Aurora, CO, earned three degrees from FHSU: a bachelor of arts in communication and a bachelor of arts in political science, both in 1980, and a master's in communication in 1985. He is employed as an associate editor for the High Plains Journal in Dodge City. Dreiling also serves as president of the American Agricultural Editors Association and as historian and southwest regional vice president of the North American Agricultural Journalists. He is an active member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists and a non-resident member of the National Press Club of Washington, DC. In 1999, Dreiling received NAAJ's prestigious J.S. Russell Memorial Award.

Tom Fellers, a native and resident of Ashland, graduated from FHSU with a bachelor of science in biology in 1959 and a master of science in education in 1960. He went on to graduate from the Basic School of Banking, Lincoln, NE, and the Graduate School of Banking, Madison, WI, in 1961 and 1975, respectively. He is chairman of the board of directors of Stockgrowers State Bank, Ashland, and chairman of Peoples Bank, Coldwater. Fellers is also a former city mayor and city councilman and was re-elected as city councilman in 1999. He is also a member of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Bankers Association, where he serves on the KBA Governing Council. Fellers and his wife, Phyllis, have three children, Jacquelyn, Tom and Elizabeth.

Michael Kastle, Ransom, a native of Kirwin, earned a bachelor of science in physical education in 1968 and a master of science in education administration in 1972, both from FHSU. A former teacher and coach at Cuba-Hillcrest, Kastle has also been a principal, teacher and coach at Winona-Triplains and is currently the superintendent and K-12 principal of USD 302 in Ransom. He is also a current member of United School Administrators of Kansas, the Kansas Association of School Administrators, the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and Phi Delta Kappa. Kastle and his wife, Linda, have two children, Holly and Candace.

Harry Joe Pratt, a native and resident of Hoxie, earned a bachelor of science in business administration from FHSU in 1981. He went on to earn his juris doctorate from Washburn Law School in 1983. Pratt practiced law in Hill City until taking his current job as vice president and loan officer at the First National Bank of Hoxie. He is a member of the Hoxie Rotary Club, Hoxie Elks Club and the Kansas Bar Association. Pratt and his wife, Ellen, have four children, Fred, Jessica, Danielle and Karl.

The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 36,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.

The Board of Directors is a 25-member governing board that sets the policy and direction of the association in developing life-long relationships between the university and its alumni and friends. For further information, visit or e-mail or call (785) 628-4430 or, toll free, 1-888-351-3591.

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