Bethel coordinator of student activities and engagement resigns

Gabriel Fonseca, who has served on Bethel College’s student life staff since 2014, has announced his resignation.

His last day at Bethel will be Jan. 9. He has taken a position at Wichita State University as assistant director of student involvement, where he will oversee student organizations, student government and Greek life, supervising two full-time coordinators, as well as work on assessment and development for the stude nt involvement office.

A 2013 graduate of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina, Fonseca earned a master of education degree in student development and leadership in higher education from Angelo University in 2016.

Fonseca began at Bethel as resident director of Voth Hall and coordinator of student activities, later moving into the position he currently holds, coordinator of student activities and engagement.

Two of his biggest accomplishments at Bethel, he said, were strengthening the student government structure and building the Student Activities Council (SAC) from almost nothing (i.e., one student plus himself).

Fonseca helped move the Student Government Association (SGA) into its current form, including a judicial council, and oversaw the creation within SGA of the Diversity Council.



Prairie View receives award

Prairie View Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) to help people with severe mental illness afford safe and decent housing.

TBRA awards are funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships program administered by KHRC. The grant gives the opportunity of affordable housing for those at or below 50 percent median income. Prairie View’s grant is targeted at persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Eligible tenants for this grant must reside in Harvey, Marion or McPherson counties. The awarded funds will offer qualified applicants as much as two years of rental subsidy assistance. Households receiving assistance will generally pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income for rent.

Prairie View will begin accepting applications for housing assistance on Jan. 10. For more information, contact Megan Thompson, housing program coordinator, at 316-284-6400 or 800-992-6292.



Pine Village hires director of wellness and aquatics

MOUNDRIDGE  – Becky Setser has been named the new Director of Wellness and Aquatics for Pine Village. As Director, Setser will oversee all the wellness and aquatics programs on campus. This includes land and aquatic classes for residents and the public, as well as organizing bus trips, special programming and other social as well as community activities that occur in the Wellness Center.

“We are excited to have Becky joining us in her new role of Director of Wellness,” said Shelby Shaw, Administrator. “Becky has been teaching classes part-time for many years, so she’s very familiar with campus and the residents. She also brings a lot of experience and new ideas to the department, and we look forward to her leading the continued success of the wellness of campus.”

Setser started at Pine Village working part-time in April 2001. Prior to joining the Pine Village team full-time, Setser was a teller supervisor and office manager at Mid-Kansas Credit Union. With the support of her three boys, RJ, Devin and Cameron, Setser looks forward to this new chapter.

“I’m most excited about working with and getting to know better the people at Pine Village, residents and employees!” said Setser.



King awarded contract

The Kansas Department of Transportation recently announced approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Dec. 13 in Topeka.

King Construction Company Inc. and subsidiaries of Hesston was awareded a $253,278.45. contract for a .2 mile bridge replacement project  1.7 miles north and 1.4 miles west of Burlingame in Osage County.



Gust recognized

Jeffrey E. Gust, D.D.S, M.S, F.A.C.D. was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (ACD)  in Atlanta during an annual meeting of the American Dental Association. 

The ACD is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. It is comprised of dentists who have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society. Membership is by invitation only with about 3.5 percent of dentists in the United States holding the honor of Fellow. Dr. Gust has been in practice as an orthodontist at Gust Orthodontics in Hutchinson since January 2006 and in Newton since July 2008.




Brownback appoints new secretary to agency overseeing Medicaid


Gov. Sam Brownback recently appointed an interim secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to replace Susan Mosier, who announced in November she would step down from the embattled agency that partially oversees the state’s Medicaid program.

Darian Dernovish, an attorney for KDHE, will step into the role temporarily until a permanent replacement is found, Brownback spokesman Bob Murray said.

Brownback also appointed Rep. Greg Lakin, a Wichita Republican and physician, to be KDHE’s chief medical officer. Murray said Lakin wouldn’t necessarily have to step down to take the position. Lakin, who has championed legislation related to the national opioid epidemic, said he hadn’t yet decided whether he would resign from his Kansas House seat.

KDHE and KDADS are working to renew KanCare for another five years under new contracts with the managed care organizations. The new program includes work requirements for some recipients and has created concern among beneficiaries.

— Topeka Capital-Journal



Brownback names interim spokesperson



TOPEKA-- Governor Sam Brownback on Wednesday announced that Bob Murray will fill the role of interim spokesperson throughout the remainder of his time in office.



Murray currently serves as Special Assistant to the Governor and will continue in that position. He has worked for Governor Brownback for over 20 years and previously worked as Communications Director and Press Secretary when Governor Brownback was elected to the United States Senate.



Rachel Whitten has been working as spokesperson as well as serving as Director of Public Relations at the Department of Revenue since Aug. 18. Whitten is returning full time to her role at Revenue.