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Waddell & Reed announced that Chris Giroux has joined the firm as an executive director of practice management development for central Kansas. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Giroux was vice president and director of investment management research for United Capital Management of Kansas, where he had worked for 13 years.
As a member of the Waddell & Reed field leadership team, Giroux will help serve the financial needs of the community in several capacities, including building and leading a team of financial advisers, providing ongoing professional development and management of financial advisers and staff, while building upon rapport with veteran financial advisers to further develop skills for garnering greater client success, growing Waddell & Reed’s presence in the area by strategically increasing both the capacity of the sales division and number of new clients. Giroux also will be working with the central Kansas market but will also be working with clients. Giroux, a Kansas State University graduate, has been a professional in the financial services industry for 20 years.
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LINDSBORG — Bethany College has hired Ryan Van Dusen to serve as dean of student development. Van Dusen has nearly two decades of student development experience.
As dean of student development, Van Dusen will oversee residence life, career development, student activities, counseling services, spiritual life, campus safety and health services and provide leadership to the professionals in those areas. Dane Pavlovich has been serving in this position and as dean of athletics for the past two years.
Van Dusen has been associate dean of students at the University of Memphis since 2015. Prior to that, he was director of military and veterans programs at Texas Tech University. He has 15 years of experience working in student life positions and served in the United States Army as an assistant tank commander for four years at Fort Riley, Camp Casey and in Korea.
He received a doctor of philosophy degree in higher education from Texas Tech University in 2011 and has a master of arts in communication studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master of business degree from the University of Memphis and a bachelor of arts in history from Edinboro University.
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Salina South High School teacher Susan Montoy won the Share-An-Idea contest during the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association conference June 11 through 14 in Bismarck, N.D. The theme of the conference was “Inspiring Tomorrow’s Legends.” Montoy’s entry was titled “Children’s Storybook Project,” in which students created a personalized story for a first-grader and then published it.
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Ellsworth Correctional Facility announced its Employees and Volunteer of the Year for fiscal 2017. They were honored at ECF’s awards ceremony on May 18 and at the governor’s ceremony in Topeka on June 14:
• Sergeant Felix Arcayan is the Outstanding Uniformed Employee of the Year for the Kansas Department of Corrections. He will soon celebrate seven years of service with KDOC and ECF. His dedication and dependability were cited as strengths. As ECF’s entry officer, he is assigned to a warden’s specialty post. His contact with facility staff and the public has been untarnished. Arcayan is responsible for securing vehicle escorts when resources are limited.
• Cathy S. Pflughoeft is the Outstanding Non-Uniformed Employee of the Year for KDOC. She is well-known and appreciated for her efforts to serve ECF and the Chaplaincy/Spiritual Life Department. In addition to her standard administrative assistant duties, she coordinates volunteer training and maintains associated records, performs bookkeeping duties and manages the marketing database for the Spiritual Life Center.
• Allan Collins is the Kansas Department of Corrections Outstanding Contract Employee of the Year. As a welding instructor, he is recognized as a valuable member of the ECF and Barton Community College family. Collins provides his students not only with technical skills needed in welding but also provides them with hope, desire, compassion and the ability to break the cycle of their past and to become providers their families deserve.
• Eric Austin is the KDOC Outstanding Volunteer of the Year because of his efforts assisting the ECF chaplaincy and mentoring staff. He is committed to providing offenders with every opportunity to change from within and successfully transition into the community upon release. Eric is involved in many facets of volunteer life at ECF, including Brothers-In-Blue Weekends and serving as Thursday night Disciple’s Bible study leader, GED tutor and mentor.
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• Larry Stoss, of Salina, was recently awarded the 2017 Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Award. Criteria considered in the selection process are: membership in both technical and nontechnical organizations, service to the profession; service to his/her community and for the benefit of humankind, honors or awards bestowed; technical, professional or non-professional offices held, regional, national and international activities of unique quality, and special regional, national and international advisory assignments.
Stoss is a graduate of Barton County Community College with an associate degree in pre-engineering and a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Stoss works as a senior project manager for H.W. Lochner.
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YODER — Sixty-three new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Ziegler during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on June 23.
The new officers were members of the 245th basic training class at the center.
The graduates, who began their training March 20, represented 47 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Area graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below:
• Walter Moeller, patrol officer, Herington; Christian Fuentes, Stephen Ligon and Kelly Whitaker, patrol officers, Hays; Ashley Schinke, deputy, Mankato; Horacio Aldrete, patrol officer, Lindsborg; John Binning, deputy, Atwood; Isaiah Stierlen, deputy, Russell; Timothy Cooper and Phillip Thull, patrol officers, Salina; John Windle, patrol officer, Goodland.
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Lindsey Graber Is joining Trinity United Methodist Church as director of youth ministries this month. She grew up in Wichita and graduated from Southwestern College with a degree in religion and philosophy. While at Southwestern, she was a youth ministry intern at First United Methodist Church in Winfield. She is moving here from London, where she received her master’s degree in Systemic Theology from King’s College.