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Pam Block (’74) is the recipient of the 2010 Missouri Creativity and Innovation in Teaching Award and of a resolution from the Missouri State House of Representatives for excellence in teaching.

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Joe DiCostanzo, M.D., (’97, MHR 65) recently became board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has been employed with Kaiser Permanente’s Occupational Health Services Department in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2007.

Dr. David (’75) and Lisa (Jacobson ’78) Frisbie have signed a multi-book contract with Beacon Hill Press to produce counseling-related titles for the general market and for the pastoral/church relations market.

Dean Nelson (’76), journalism professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, was awarded first place in the spiritual and inspirational category by the San Diego Book Awards Association, for his book, God Hides in Plain Sight. Nelson has won the same award twice before for books he co-authored with Gary Morsch: Heart and Soul: Awakening Your Passion to Serve and The Power of Serving Others.


Dan Soliday (’89) is now CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas in Wichita, Kan.


Marlys (Haun ’90) Arnold was recently awarded Supplier of the Year for the Kansas City Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (KCMPI). Arnold is a trade show marketing consultant, speaker and author of three books. She has been an active member of KCMPI since 2001. She and husband, Alan (’88), live in Kansas City, Mo.

Michael DeBoef (’99) is now senior pastor at Visalia Nazarene Church in Visalia, Calif.

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Melanie (Angell ’92) Elliott wrote the book, Why Am I Conservative? 24 Topics for Kids or Anyone, published in August. The book presents the basics of political and Biblical conservative values, in a read-and-discuss format. Her website is

Patricia Walsh (’90, MBA ’93) is now assistant to the chancellor/coordinator of institutional research at Missouri State University-West Plains. Walsh led the team that was approved for a grant of $2 million over the next five years from the federal Title III Strengthening Institutions grant program that will fund the university’s new “Road to Achievement” developmental education program. She will also oversee the grant program.


Nathan Baxter, D.C. (’05) recently joined Beavercreek Chiropractic Clinic, Beavercreek, Ohio, as an associate doctor of chiropractic. Dr. Baxter completed his post-graduate studies at the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas in 2008.

Jon Ekstrom (’06) is now a public relations assistant for the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Stephanie Hail (’01) recently finished a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan State University. She is accepted into World Medical Mission’s post residency program and will serve at Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Ethiopia. The hospital partners with Pan African Academy of

Christian Surgeons. Hail will train Ethiopian general surgery residents. Her blog site is

Jason Haworth, D.D.S. (’01) stepped forward to help a 10-year-old Kansas City boy. Demarcus Maple helped save his mother’s life when she suffered a seizure while driving. In the process of getting their car to the side of the road, Demarcus chipped a front tooth. The Maples did not have the means to get his tooth fixed until Haworth offered to fix the tooth for free. Haworth is an associate at Gardner Dental Care in Gardner, Kan. He is married to Sara (Burkhart ’01) Haworth.

Lisa (DeBoef ’03) Ruckman, M.D., graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and is completing a residency at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

U.S. Army Captain Andrew James Weintraub (’04), a physician assistant, was deployed to Joint Base Balad in Iraq for one year in July. Weintraub earned a graduate degree from Midwestern University in Arizona in 2008.


Barrett Alexander (’10) is founder of Humanity Project International, a non-profit organization created to serve those around the world struggling with basic human needs such as food, water, health care, and education.

The organization’s first project is to raise $10,000 to assist in building a small educational facility in Pakistan. Alexander has enlisted Josh Klekamp (’09) and Taylor Bottles (’11) as part of the organization’s leadership team. Visit www. to learn more about the project.


Amy Mulder to Tanner Auch (’04) on June 19, 2010 in Bismarck, ND.

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