Wayne Chandlee ’61 presented Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse with his award for NBA Coach of the Year. Wayne was Nick’s high school basketball coach, and coached the Raptors in their pre-season camp in Vancouver last year.


Dr. Greg Seals ’78, associate professor at College of Staten Island/ City University of New York, was awarded the 2020 John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award for his book “Teachable Moments and the Science of Education’’ (Routledge, 2019).


ashlockU.S. Navy Commander Derek Ashlock ’88 assumed command of Fighter Squadron One One One (VFC-111) on Nov. 13, 2020 at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. Commander Ashlock is a graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Adversary class and has been awarded the Air Medal for combat operations as well as numerous other personal and unit awards. He is married to Susan (Janorschke) Ashlock ’86 and they have one son.


James Bryan ’91 was recently appointed as the Chief of Police in Bentley, Kansas.

millsBrian Mills ’93, a certified hand therapist at the University of Kansas Health System, began serving as president of the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association in April 2019. He is married to Melissa (Velasquez) Mills ’96, and one of their three children currently attends Missouri Western.

Lt. Col. Jason Horn ’95 was promoted to Commander of the Medical Group of the 139th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard, St. Joseph, Missouri.


tylerLaura (Williams) Tyler ’07 successfully defended her dissertation in November. Her qualitative study examined how student trauma affects educators, specifically the secondary traumatic stress that results.

Autumn (Greear) Haeker ’08 was elected president of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Autumn and her husband David have been members since 2010. The Mesilla Valley Concert Band has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the premier concert bands in the state.

Traci (Haug) Howell ’08 has published two children’s books, “Gus’ Big Adventure” and “Rudy.” She is also currently expanding her virtual assistant business, Victory Assistants, found at victoryassistants.com.


carpenterAubry (White) Carpenter ’14 and her husband, Teddy, announce the birth of their son, Malcolm, born Dec. 1, 2020.

Brittnie Morgan ’15 was recognized in the St. Joseph News-Press 20 Who Count: 2020 for her work when the south side of St. Joseph experienced flooding last summer. Brittnie is a social worker at Hosea Elementary School.

OYO book coverMark. B. Hamilton, retired English faculty member, has published “OYO, The Beautiful River: an environmental narrative in two parts,” a book-length sequence of lyric narratives written from a journey down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, in a 15-foot rowing dory.


In Memoriam

In Memoriam

We remember those who have passed away. If you want to include someone in this listing, please call (816) 271-5676, mail the information to MWSU Magazine, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507, or email magazine@missouriwestern.edu.

Sam Abarr ’86, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 14, 2020

Jerry Ashlock ’58, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 17, 2020

Marilou Barnett ’76, St. Joseph, Missouri, Oct. 15, 2020

Clara “Patti” Burri ’55, St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 23, 2020

Brian Carson ’93, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 21, 2020

Laurie Farrell ’13, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 16, 2020

Dr. Virgil Freeman ’70, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 4, 2020

Amanda Frye ’13, St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 17, 2020

Ronnie Herndon ’71, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 17, 2020

Susan Ide ’83, Easton, Missouri, Jan. 1, 2021

Kathleen “Kathy” Kelder ’97, Country Club, Missouri, Jan. 11, 2021

Judith Kennedy ’83, Plattsburg, Missouri, Jan. 5, 2021

Donald Krull ’97, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 25, 2020

Ruth Leonard ’61, Blue Springs, Missouri, Dec. 29, 2020

Daniel Linebaugh ’56, Stewartsville, Missouri, Dec. 21, 2020

Sharon Lohmeyer ’68 and ’01, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 13, 2020

Jacqueline “Jackii” Mays ’83, Cameron, Missouri, Dec. 3, 2020

Linda McBride ’08, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 29, 2020

Michael Moyer ’70, Country Club, Missouri, Dec. 17, 2020

Chad Nold ’93, St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 20, 2020

Phillip O’Konski ’65, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020

Linda Perry ’60, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 6, 2020

Lisa Przybylski ’88, St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 14, 2020

Stephen Robbs ’15, St. Joseph, Missouri, Oct. 5, 2020

James Root ’72, St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 21, 2020

Stacie J. (Wells) Root ’94, St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 3, 2020

Mildred “Millie” Schwader ’49, Gower, Missouri, Jan. 16, 2021

Herman Seufert Jr. ’48, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 15, 2020

Robert Simpson ’51, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dec. 14, 2020

Rex Sowell ’73, St. Joseph, Missouri, July 10, 2020

Douglas Spratt ’84, Sanford, Florida, Jan. 4, 2021

Margaret “Peggy” Stanton ’97, Troy, Kansas, Jan. 4, 2021

Loah Stollard, St. Joseph, Missouri, Foundation Board member, Dec. 26, 2020

Naomi Taylor, St. Joseph, Missouri, Jan. 9, 2021

Frank Thomas, St. Joseph, Missouri, professor emeritus of music, Nov. 22, 2020

Pauline White ’09, St. Joseph, Missouri, July 10, 2020