Alumni Achievements

  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has named Sue Ann Childers (M.A. ’81) as new Christian County Eastern District Commissioner, citing her admirable service as a public school teacher for 25 years. Read more.
  • Caroline Helmkamp (Ed.S. ’91) was one of six awardees honored at the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Award Celebration in Kansas City. Read about her lifelong passion for bicycling in BikeWalkKC.
  • Sara Jahnke (M.A. ’04, Ph.D., ’06), director of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., argues that the benefits of exercise while firefighters are on duty outweigh the risk for injuries. Read the article in Fire Chief.
  • John A. Seldler (M.A. ’90), named Kansas City Athletic Director of the Year in 2007, has been named associate principal and athletic director of Gardner Edgerton High School (Gardner, KS) for the 2015-16 academic year. Read the article in the Gardner News.
  • Carol Charismas (M.A. ’70) was inspired by Nelson Mandela to return to teaching full-time. Read the article in The Kansas City Star.
  • Kathy Webster (M.A. ’79) has been named the new chair of the board of directors for The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Read more.
  • Adam Finkelston (B.A. ’04), produces a quarterly journal, The Hand, as a forum for artists working in photography and printmaking. Read the article in The Kansas City Star.
  • Joe Seabrooks (’95 M.A., ’96 Ed.S., ’01 Ph.D.) was inducted into the 7th UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame Class on January 23rd along with prior teammates of the 1991-92 UMKC Men’s Basketball Team.
  • Kathy Humphrey, Ed.D. (M.A. ’88), was named senior vice chancellor engagement and chief of staff at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more.
  • Andrea Chastain (M.A. ’80) retired in December after 29 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College as director of Student and Community Resource Center. Read more in the Wyandotte Daily.
  • Melissa Snell (B.A. ’92), principal of La Monte (Mo.) R-IV Elementary School, has received the New Elementary Principal of the Year award for the Central District. Read more.
  • Suzanne R. Gellens (B.A. ’65) has published her fourth book, Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2015 Larry Long (Ph.D., '97)
2014Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
Dorothy Watson (’64)
2012Suzanne McCanles (’97)
Yvonne S. Wilson (’76)
Steve L. Obenhaus (’88)

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