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Alumni Notes | Spring 2010

(Towns and cities listed on these pages are in Nebraska unless noted or generally understood. Efforts are made to keep our news current.)




Rex Johnson and his wife, Margie, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary March 2. The couple resides in Bellingham, Wash. Prior to his retirement in 1982 from the position of athletic director and assistant principal in the Bellingham School District, Rex spent his career coaching in Nebraska and Washington. They enjoy traveling and have toured all 50 states, the Pacific, Central America and Asia during their retirement years.



Wanda (Lenton) Philips, of Akron, Iowa, appeared as a guest performer on the "Bonnie Hunt Show" filmed in Culver City, Calif. Wanda writes a column for the local newspaper in Akron and her articles were among those selected for humor in small-town newspapers across the U.S. She began writing after a 35-year career in education.



Neil Edmunds (MSE '60) is a retired University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor and was honored at the 2010 Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day held at the Governor's Mansion. He was a member of the faculty/staff at Wayne State from 1969 to 1977.  Neil and his wife, Carol (Gesiriech '61), reside in Lincoln.



John Tanner (MAE '66) resides in Upland, Calif. After a career in education, John enjoys his retirement as the owner of an antique clock business, purchasing and restoring antique clocks.



Richard D. Jordan and his wife, Deborah, have lived in Australia since 1974. They reside in the city of Creswick. Richard retired from the University of Ballarat after teaching in the English department for 30 years.



Joyce (Brdicko) Dean and her husband, Ivan, serve as co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church, Beaver City. Joyce taught at West Point Schools for several years before becoming a commissioned lay pastor.



Nancy (Robinson) Nish resides in Canton, Mo. She is employed with Culver-Stockton College, Canton, serving as the coordinator of Career and Internship Services. Nancy is pictured with her daughter, Natalie, a senior at Canton High School.



Charles Cooper has led Special Olympics Nebraska as CEO for the past six years and successfully bid the 2010 Games at which time he assumed the position of President/CEO for the 2010 Games. Predicted as this year's largest sporting event, the games will be held in July at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.  The games will host the largest civilian airlift in the world July 17 when 300 donated private jets begin landing at Duncan Aviation, Lincoln. The jets will land every 90 seconds for 12 consecutive hours making it, for that day, the busiest airport in the world. Charles and his wife, Sandra, live in Omaha and are the parents of two grown children and grandparents to two.



Kevin Saunders has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Credit Managers. Kevin and his wife, Cindy, reside in Olathe, Kan. He serves as the district credit manager for Crescent Electric Supply, Kansas City, Mo.



Clyde Stuhr is a 19-year Air Force veteran, with the present commission of lieutenant colonel. He marked his 200th career combat mission in the F-15E Strike Eagle, surpassing more than 700 combat hours, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom efforts from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Upon redeploying to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C., he assumed duties as the 4th Fighter Wing Inspector General.



Joe Shinstock and his wife, Diane, reside in Roseville, Calif.  They were married Jan. 23 and are employed with Protandim.



Kim (Hansen) Kai and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of daughter, Callie, on Nov. 9. She is welcomed to their home in Pender by brother, Cale (5). Kim is employed at The Pender Times.



Angie (Nichols) Jager and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of daughter, Emery May, on Dec. 23. She is welcomed to their home in Rock Rapids, Iowa, by sister Ella (4). Angie is director of the Rock Rapids Chamber of Commerce.



Gregra (Williamson) Derby and her husband, Nick, announce the birth of Zacary Jace on March 9. They reside in Omaha. Gregra is the local client relations manager at The Knot.



Crystal Lutjens and Don Kula were united in marriage Sept. 19. She is an infant/toddler teacher at Early Head Start, Columbus. The couple resides in Monroe.



Lindsey (Stockwell) Mosel received a Doctor of Medicine degree at commencement ceremonies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha on May 8.



Jeremy Fajman received a master of arts in theatre degree from the University of Central Mssouri, Warrensburg, Mo. Jeremy resides in Columbus.



Timothy McKenna, Bloomington, Ill., received his master's in communication degree from Illinois State University in May. He has accepted a full tuition waiver and assistantship at Ohio University where he will continue his education to obtain his Ph.D.





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