Law firm adds attorney, promotes another

Adrian & Pankratz recently announced the promotion of Cynthia A. Wiens to her new position as Senior Associate with the law firm. She is a graduate of Bethel College. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law, she practiced law with an insurance defense firm located in Medford, Oregon for five years, arguing several cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Returning to Kansas to raise a family, Wiens joined Tom Adrian, Randy Pankratz, Tim Hodge and Dave Stucky in their general practice firm. Her practice focuses on the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Medicaid Planning, Guardianship and related elder law issues. Cindy is a founding board member of the Goessel Community Foundation. She and her husband, Dale, are members of the Bethel College Parents Council and have three children attending Kansas colleges.

The Adrian & Pankratz law firm is pleased to announce the arrival of Kelly J. Schodorf as an Associate Attorney.  Schodorf is a Wichita native.  She also spent much of her childhood at her family farm, The Little House on the Prairie, in southeast Kansas. Schodorf graduated from Wichita State University, where she majored in International Business. Following graduation, she went on to attend the University of Kansas School of Law. While at KU, she served as Chief Justice of the KU Law Moot Court Council. Upon graduation, she returned to her roots in south-central Kansas to begin her practice at Adrian & Pankratz. 


Yoder named CEO

The Schowalter Foundation of Newton recently announced the appointment of Arlan Yoder as president and CEO of the foundation. 

Yoder and his wife live in Hesston. He brings experience in administration, investment and financial services along with a farming background. 

Jerre Bontrager, who is retiring from the position, served as president and CEO of the foundation since 2006. 

Yoder was Chief Financial Officer with Via Christi Health Systems and most recenlty worked as Senior Investment Officer for Everence. 

The foundation was established by the implementation of Jake A. Schowalter's will in 1954. He envisioned an ethically invested endowment which would grow through the years and enable gifts to efforts in peace-making and service to humankind. The board is comprised of members of the CHurch of Gid iN Christ, Mennonite and Mennonite Church USA. Grants are focused on projects proposed by Mennonite-related groups. 


NMC partnering with heart association

Newton Medical Center recently announced a collaboration with the American Heart Association and their CPR in Schools program. Through this program, Newton High School will receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit™, to train the next generation of lifesavers.

 “We know that approximately 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, so knowing CPR can save the lives of family members and loved ones,” said Val Gleason, Newton Medical Center president & CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with the American Heart Association and USD 373 to provide this vital training for the youth of our community.”

Developed with lifesaving science and research from the American Heart Association, the leader in CPR programs, each CPR in Schools Training Kit is in an easy-to-carry bag and includes: 10 Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins; 10 kneel mats with carry bags; 10 practice-while-watching training DVDs; hand pump for manikin inflation; two mesh collection and storage bags; 50 replacement airways; 50 manikin wipes; and 10 replacement face masks. A lesson plan and a facilitator guide are also included with each kit.

The kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief. It's portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable – one kit can train hundreds of students.


Kansas State University business school opens new building

MANHATTAN (AP) — The $60 million College of Business Administration building at Kansas State University officially opened for use this semester.

The building is a little over 160,000 square feet and is the culmination of more than five years of planning, fundraising and collaboration.

The college's senior director of development Darin Russell says officials wanted the building to have a corporate feel, but blend in with the campus.

According to Stacy Kovar, associate dean for academic administration, more space for classrooms was the No. 1 priority. The college grew from nine classrooms in its old building, Calvin Hall, to 20 in its new facility.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that students quickly began using the collaborative areas in the new building. The building has so much meeting space that other departments on campus are using it for some of their needs.

The new facility also has updated technology, including videoconferencing available in every classroom and conference room. In the National Strategic Selling Institute located in the building, students can role-play sales calls and interviews with the new technology.

"It's not just for marketing majors. We really encourage any business major to try it," sophomore and student ambassador Amy Scott-Sanjur said. "You always have to know how to sell yourself. It prepares you for how you look, how you're perceived by other people. It shows you how you approach a front desk for an interview or how you use hand motions."

The building does not have an official name yet. Kovar said that gifting opportunity is still available.