Selected to serve on the committee for Funding Capital Projects for ATVS, Technical Colleges and Community Colleges for the State Department of Education.
Sports Information Director Michael Dawes
Earned two third place awards in the College Sports Information Directors of America District VII Writing Contest for his stories published in the Spring 1998 edition of Hilltopics. Categories were general feature story and coach/administrator profile.
Art Instructor Steve Dudek
Exhibited 15 watercolor paintings of Japanese Koi fish in a show titled “Contemporary Regional Paintings,” Jan. 16 through March 29, at the Wichita Center for the Arts.
Had a watercolor painting accepted in the Smoky Hill 29th Annual Art Exhibition in Hays, April 24 through May 29, at the Hays Arts Center Gallery.
Had three watercolor paintings accepted and received a cash award for one of his works in the 24th annual Prairie Art Exhibition, April 17 through May 3, at the Sterling College Art Gallery.
Presented one-person show June 7-30 at Deines Cultural Center in Russell.
Had watercolor painting accepted in the 27th Annual Seven State Exhibition of the Kansas Watercolor Society, June 7 through Aug. 30, at the Wichita Art Museum.
Received national recognition as recipient of the Diane Hodel Memorial Award for his work, “Yellow Koi,” in the 25th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo.
Served as judge for the 30th Anniversary of the Russell Original Art Review Exhibition,
Earned first and second place awards in the internal publications category of the Kansas Press Women’s 1998 Communications Contest for her stories published in the Communique.
Her first-place story also won second place in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest.
Athletic Department Administrative Assistant Dana Foss
Was elected vice president of the Kansas Community College Athletic Secretaries organization at the July meeting in Wichita.
Physics Instructor and Planetarium Director Gillian Gabelmann
Has been participating in a series of nationwide workshops focusing on the use of microcomputer-based laboratories in college-level physics courses. Places and dates of the workshops so far include Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo., March 12-14, and Forsythe Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 24-26.
Business Computer Management Coordinator LaVonne Gerritzen
Elected vice president for the Faculty Council of Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
Appointed in January 1998 to a second two-year term as president of the North American Falconers Association.
Human Resources Coordintor Julie Knoblich
Elected chairperson-elect of Kansas Community College Human Resource Managers.
Art Instructor Marcia Polenberg
Her ceramic portrait was selected for exhibition in the national show, “Ceramics: Viewpoint ’98,” March 2-2, at Grossmont College’s Hyde Gallery in El Cajon, Calif.
Mixed media piece accepted in the Kansas Artist Craftsmen’s Association 1998 Members Exhibition, Jan. 10 through March 1, in the Swogger Gallery of the Columbian Theater, Museum and Art Center in Wamego.
Had two ceramic portraits accepted in the 24th annual Prairie Art Exhibition, April 17 through May 3, at the Sterling College Art Gallery.
Featured artist at Susannah Keith Gallery in Dexter, Mich., in June.
Exhibited work through June 14 at Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.
Her work, “Hugo,” was accepted in 12th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition in San Angelo (Texas) Museum of Fine Arts.
Showed works in Westmoreland Art Nationals at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa., during June.
Exhibited 10-12 sculptures in the Prairie Fire Ceramics Invitational, June 24 through July 20, at The Source Gallery in the Westport area of Kansas City, Mo.
Gave a slide talk about her work at City University of New York in New York City.
Exhibited work in one-person show at Dodge City Community College, Sept. 8 through Oct. 12.
Exhibited work in the 1998 Southwest Kansas Art Educators Exhibit at Carnegie Center for the Arts in Dodge City, Sept. 11 through Oct. 11. (Polenberg continued on next page)
Earned the Best of Show award at the Dodge City Area Arts Council’s 23rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition for three mixed media installation sculptures in November.
Showed a group of sculptures in the invitational exhibit, “Pitt Fire,” in the University Art Gallery at Pittsburg State University Oct. 18.
Exhibited one sculpture at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, Oct. 16 through Jan. 3.
Agriculture Program Coordinator Steve Pottorff
Earned a cash award in the Kansas Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association “Exchange of Ideas” during the Agriculture Education Symposium Jan. 29-31 for his idea, “Steve’s Joke Book: A Collection of Some Very Punny Stuff,” a book filled with puns he has encountered during his teaching career.
Installed as president of the Great Bend Rotary Club and represented the local organization at the Rotary International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in June.
Continuing Nursing Education Specialist Donna Staab, M.S.N., R.N.
Appointed to a second two-year term on the Kansas State Board of Nursing Continuing Education Committee.
Dr. David J. Tarver, Dean of Student Development
Selected to participate in Leadership Great Bend, a program sponsored by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. He was one of 10 participants selected from a cross-section of the community to learn about local and state government, the history of Great Bend, its educational system, the impact of major industry and the city’s future.
Was appointed co-chairperson of the 1998 Great Bend United Way Campaign.
Elected president of the Deans of Students of Kansas Community Colleges.
Business Technology Instructor Avalon White
Became a certified business etiquette consultant and began Confidence Plus, a new training program for business etiquette, offered in conjunction with the College. She customizes her seminars to fit specific business needs, showing employees how to approach their work and their business contacts with a confidence and polish that build profits.
The following Barton instructors were nominated for inclusion in the fifth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers: Randy Allen, Karlene Barrett, Mary Barrows, Rick Bealer, Mike Compton, Steve Dudek, Robert Dunavan, Greta Foster, Vern Fryberger, Lee Frye, Gillian Gabelmann, LaVonne Gerritzen, Stephannie Goerl, Ken Henderson, Jane Howard, Rachel Johnson, Gary Kenyon, Linda McCaffery, Rory Perrodin, Kay Robinson,
Bahar Sheikh and Mark Shipman.
Barton County Community College
Athletic Accomplishments 1997-98
Team Accomplishments: Men's Cross Country (no team in NJCAA), Joseph Kogo 5th (South Plains, Texas)
4th in Region VI championship (Overland Park)
Women's Cross Country 8th in NJCAA (South Plains, Texas)
1st in Region VI championship (Overland Park)
Volleyball 3rd in NJCAA Tourn. (Orem, Utah)
Ning Zhao, Danielle Geronymo -- All-Tournament Team