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William & Allene Gutherie Van Meter 

Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Each year Labette Community College and your LCC Alumni Association recognize an individual for outstanding service to the community and the college.  Unlike the Cardinal Citation that recognizes recipients for a lifetime of service and achievement, the Van Meter award is presented on the basis of a singular achievement or excellence in the recipient's line of work.  This award is reserved for graduates of LCC who are 50 years of age or younger at the time the award is presented.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year, however to be considered for the current year's award the nomination must be received by August 12 of that year. To nominate someone please send a letter and brief biography to Labette Community College Alumni Association; 200 South 14th Street; Parsons, KS 67357, or nominate online at http://www.labette.edu/foundation/nomination.htm. If you have questions, please e-mail Lindi Forbes, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, or call 620-421-6700, ext. 1212.  

Recipients

2013 Dr. Douglas Gardenhire '93
2012 Gary Bandy '75
2011 CJ Huff '93
2010 Jerry C. Bouman `77
2009 Dr. Sandra Willsie `73
2008 William "Pat" Haley `75
2007 Jeffrey J. Quirin '92
2006 Roch Switlik '81
2005 Michael W. Carter '91
2004 Robin C. Jones Rogers '79
2003 Ray Jacquinot '80
2002 William R. Brady '75
2001 Mark L. Johnson, Ed.D. '81
2000 Marcia "Trinnie" Turner '83
2013 Van Meter Award Recipient
Dr. Douglas Gardenhire
1993 Graduate of LCC

The 2013 recipient of this prestigious award is Dr. Douglas S. Gardenhire, of Marietta, GA. Gardenhire is a graduate of Labette Community College and is currently entering his thirteenth year on faculty at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, GA. For the past decade he has served as Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy Program. Prior to joining GSU, Dr. Gardenhire served as Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care Program at Labette Community College. Clinically he has practiced respiratory therapy as an international/domestic flight therapist at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham, AL, as a critical care respiratory therapist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita and as a staff respiratory therapist at Labette County Medical Center.

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2012 Van Meter Award Recipient

 
Gary Bandy
1975 Graduate of LCC

The 2012 recipient of this prestigious award is Chief Meteorologist Gary Bandy, of Joplin, MO. Bandy is a graduate of Labette Community College and is currently the Chief Meteorologist at KSNF-TV. Bandy began his broadcasting career in 1973 at KLKC radio while still in high school in Parsons, KS. He relocated to Joplin in 1981 working in radio. In 1988 moved to television. He has been KSN's Chief Meteorologist in 2003. He has been married since 1986 to his wife, Doris. He has one son, Coleman, who is in his Junior year in the Honor's Journalism program at the University of Missouri.

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2011 Van Meter Award Recipient
Dr. CJ Huff
1993 Graduate of LCC

The 2011 recipient of this prestigious award is Dr. C.J. Huff, of Joplin, MO. Huff is a graduate of Labette Community College and is currently in his fourth year as the Superintendent of Joplin public schools. Dr. Huff was born and raised in Southeast Kansas near the town of McCune. Prior to becoming an educator he was a farmer for eight years and attributes much of the success he has achieved to a strong work ethic and values instilled in him by his family. He has been married fourteen years to his wife, Jennifer. Together they have three children, of whom he is very proud, Savannah, age 11, Keaton, age 9, and Julianne, age 2

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2010 Van Meter Award Recipient
Dr. Jerry C. Bouman
1977 Graduate of LCC

Jerry C. Bouman was born in Chanute, Kansas, and grew up in Fredonia, Kansas.  After graduating from Fredonia Senior High school he attended Labette Community College and wrestled for legendary coach Jody Thompson.  He graduated with honors in 1977. He then went on to  Pittsburg State University and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. He continued with graduate work and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education the following year. During his time in Pittsburg he served as a counselor at the Children’s Court Center, counseling troubled youth. After graduation he became the biology and physiology instructor, and wrestling coach at Chanute Senior High School. During his coaching career at Chanute he coached three individual state wrestling champions, two runners up, and two third place finishers. His team placed as high as fifth on the state level.

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2009 Van Meter Award Recipient
Dr. Sandra Willsie
1973 Graduate of LCC

Sandra K. Willsie was born in Parsons, Kansas and graduated with honors from Labette Community College and Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg Kansas. She received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, with distinction, from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and subsequently completed postgraduate training, inclusive of a rotating internship, Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Critical Care Medicine. Read full press release

 

 

2008 Van Meter Award Recipient
William "Pat" Haley
1975 Graduate of LCC

William “Pat” Haley, of Topeka, KS, has been named to receive the 2008 William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the board of directors of the Labette Community College Foundation and Alumni Association. Haley graduated from Labette Community College in 1975 with an Associate of Arts degree. While he attended LCC, he was President of the Student Senate and Vice-President of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Student Section.
 

 

2007 Van Meter Award Recipient
Jeffrey J. Quirin
1992 Graduate of LCC
 

Jeffrey J. Quirin, Parsons, KS has been named the 2007 William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the board of directors of the Labette Community College Foundation and Alumni Association. Quirin graduated from Labette Community College in 1992 with an associate's degree in accounting.
 

 

2006 Van Meter Award Recipient
LTC Roch Switlik
1981 Graduate of LCC

Roch Switlik, Doylestown, PA has been named to receive the 2006 William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the board of directors of the Labette Community College Foundation and Alumni Association. Switlik was born in Parsons to John and Marie Switlik and was the tenth child out of eleven. He graduated from Parsons High School and was a member of St. Patrick’s parish. After graduating from high school, Switlik attended Labette Community College. He was a Student Senator from 1979-1980 and student Senate President from 1980-1981. He graduated from Labette Community College in 1981 with an Associate of Arts degree. 

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2005 Van Meter Award Recipient
Michael W. Carter
1991 Graduate of LCC

Michael W. Carter, PA-C.,  St. Paul, has been named to receive the 2005 William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the board of directors of the Labette Community College Foundation and Alumni Association. The award will be presented November 4 at the eighth annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Carnegie Arts Center in Parsons. The luncheon will not only honor Carter, but will also give thanks to all persons who donated to the LCC Foundation in the past year. Music will be provided by the LCC Music Department and scholarship recipients will speak to the audience.
 
2004 Van Meter Award Recipient
Robin C. Jones Rogers
1979 Graduate of LCC

Robin C. Jones Rogers, MSN, ANP, BC, CS came to Parsons, Kansas in August of 1970.  She was a broken and somewhat lost young woman who was accepted into the heart and home of William G., Sr. and E. Ruth Ligon Scott.  She was one ofl the many foster children that "Mommie and Poppa Scott" opened their home to throughout the years.  There she found safety and built her confidence and vision for her future. She graduated from Labette County High School in 1974 and Labette Community Junior College in 1979 with an Associate degree in Nursing.

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2003 Van Meter Award Recipient
James Ray Jacquinot
1980 Graduate of LCC

Ray Jacquinot has been active in youth programs in Parsons for more than 25 years, including 15 years as a coach of Babe Ruth baseball.  He has also coached Kiwanis soccer, Little League basketball, and basketball at St. Patrick's school.  He was among the originators of the children's Halloween parade in downtown Parsons and was in charge of the parade for many years.  He and his wife Becky would dress in Halloween costumes and walk in the parade with their sons, Christopher and Matthew.

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2002 Van Meter Award Recipient

William R. Brady
1975 Graduate of LCC

 

William R. Brady retired from the Kansas Legislature in 1996 after serving ten years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. While serving in the Senate he had the distinction of having the only district that contained three Community Colleges.  His position on the Ways and Means Committee enabled him to shepherd through numerous increases in the base aid that the colleges received from the state.  After leaving the Senate he became a business administrator at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.  He has been executive director of the Minnesota Library Association and since 1999 has been a contract lobbyist for Kansas Governmental Consulting, Topeka.  He and his wife Nancy have two children, Kevin and Maureen.

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2001 Van Meter Award Recipient
Mark L. Johnson, Ed.D
1981 Graduate of LCC

Associate Professor in Technical Education at Pittsburg State University.  He was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of 2000 by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Vocational Educator of 1998 by the Kansas Vocational Association.  In 1998 he also received the National Honorary Lifetime Membership Award and the National Alumni Career Achievement Award from the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).  He received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Education Specialist's Degrees from PSU and his Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.  He served on the boards of several National Technical Education Associations and was Vice President of the Trade and Industrial Division of ACTE.

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2000 Van Meter Award Recipient

Marcia "Trinnie" Turner
1983 Graduate of LCC

Owner and President of Turner Communications, Inc., with radio and television interests in several states.  When she owned KWCV-TV in Wichita, she was the first black woman to be sole owner of a U.S. television station.  In high school, Marcia was able to skip her junior year and graduate at the age of 16.  At LCC she was regularly on the Dean's list and the President's list.  She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Phi Beta Lambda business society.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University and a gifted endorsement from Emporia State University, and then taught gifted students in the Wichita public school system for eight years before getting into the broadcasting business.

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