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June 1, 2005
Contact: Carolyn Barnes, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760 or (800) 584-2957.

More than 40 KU alumni attend reception in Concordia May 23


LAWRENCE -- More than 40 University of Kansas alumni from six counties met with about 40 KU faculty traveling on the Wheat State Whirlwind tour of Kansas, several KU representatives and a special guest from National Review online magazine during a reception May 23 in Concordia's Union Pacific Depot.

KU alumni attending included:

From Belleville: Herbert and Lucille Doubek and Trey A. Francis
From Beloit: Kim L. Nelson
From Clay Center: Patricia and Montie Bowen
From Concordia: Beth and Ray Anderson, Lavon Brosseau, Holly Brown, Jeanne Falk, Brenda Hanson, Delmer and Ruth Harris, Brian and Lori Kemling, Jill and Mike Lamm, Brad and Lee Lowell, Nicole and Steve Palmquist, Larry Payne, Roy Reif, Ben and Susan Retter, Susan Sutton, Suzy and Tom Tuggle, and O.D. Wilson and Winifred Danenbarger-Wilson.
From Courtland: Shirley Hyde and Beverly Hyde
From Glasco: Dr. Claude J. and Marilyn Harwood
From Hanover: Drs. Linda and Roger Warren
From Mankato: Keith, Bethany and Sasha Roe
From Scandia: Marynell and Bill Reece

Denis Boyles, columnist for National Review online and a writer for AARP magazine, joined the gathering. Boyles is in Concordia during the summer working on a book about Midwestern values.

Former Concordia resident and KU Vice Provost for Student Success Marlesa Roney and KU Senior Vice Provost Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett traveled to Concordia to meet with alumni from Cloud, Clay, Jewell, Mitchell, Republic and Washington counties as well as with the faculty on the tour of Kansas. Mike Davis, senior vice president of alumni programs, and Kim Cuda, director of KU Medical Center alumni and community relations, also attended.

Concordia was one of more than 25 communities in Kansas the faculty visited this year. The fast-moving 1,500-mile tour provides faculty new to Kansas an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, economy and traditions of the state.

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