Ken Rosenauer ’74 and Brent Rosenauer ’17 purchased the Savannah Reporter newspaper in January 2020. Ken taught journalism at Missouri Western for 34 years and retired in 2013. He was named professor emeritus of English.

Clifford Hawk ’77 was awarded faculty emeritus status at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. Hawk retired in 2018 after nearly 40 years of teaching agriculture.

Paul Rhoads ’89 is the defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Rhoads joined the Arizona staff from UCLA where he was defensive backs coach.

Dirk Allsbury ’93 is the general manager at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri. Allsbury joined KQTV in 2007 as sales director and has served as digital sales manager and general sales manager.

Dr. Jill Watkins ’95 was named principal of the Chillicothe Elementary School and will begin her duties for the 2020-21 school year.

Dlo DuVall ’96 is the assistant director of special programs for the St. Joseph School District. She will serve as principal of Edison Elementary School in St. Joseph until the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Dr. Nate Moore ’00 is the assistant superintendent of business services for the Branson, Missouri School District. He has 20 years experience in public education with eight of these years as superintendent in the Mansfield R-IV School District. Dr. Moore holds advanced degrees from William Woods University and Southwest Baptist University. He earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University.

Wade Harms ’04 was named vice president of E.L. Crawford Construction Inc. of St. Joseph, Missouri. Harms, of Weatherby, Missouri, began his construction career working for a custom home builder while attending Missouri Western State University where he obtained his degree in construction engineering technology.

Barbara (Meyer) ’08 Spencer and her husband, Clint, announce the birth of a daughter, Charlotte Ray, born April 19, 2019. She has three siblings, C.J., Frankie, and Audrey Sue.

Tori Lee McNutt ’18 and Bradley Dale Thomas ’18 were married at Emerson Fields in Macon, Missouri. The couple resides in St. Joseph.

In Memoriam

We remember those who have passed away. If you want to include someone in this listing, please call (816) 271-5651, mail the information to MWSU Magazine, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507, or email

Lawrence D. Dawson ’74, Platte City, Missouri, Jan. 5, 2020.

Ruth Galloway, Gladstone, Missouri, Jan. 5, 2020. Galloway taught English at Missouri Western and was named professor emerita of English.

Stephanie A. Gabbert ’97, St. Joseph, Missouri, Feb. 6, 2020.

Larry Jones ’75, St. Joseph, Missouri, Jan. 29, 2020.

Michael J. Kiscoan ’89, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 10, 2019.

Doug Minnis, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 26, 2019. Minnis was Missouri Western’s first baseball coach and served in that role for 30 seasons.
Janice K. Pray, St. Joseph, Missouri, Jan. 16, 2020. She was a longtime devoted member of the MWSU Ambassadors and served on the board and its scholarship committee for many, many years.

James “Pat” Shea ’83, Trimble, Missouri, Dec. 16, 2019.

Sharon M. (Koehnlein) Thorpe ’84, St. Joseph, Missouri, Oct. 27, 2019.

Martin A. Zimmerman ’01, Stewartsville, Missouri, Sept. 22, 2019.