We Heard From
- Courtney Goodrum, Class of 2009, lives in Wellington. After helping the Cowley College women’s basketball team to 45 wins during her two years at the school, Goodrum went on to play one season of basketball at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. She then transferred to the University of Kansas where she received a Doctrate of Pharmacy.
- Rosemarie (LaPort) Corby, Class of 2008, and her husband, Michael, live in Haysville, KS. After Cowley, Rosemarie went on to obtain a Bachelor’s of General Studies in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University in 2011. She is employed as the Kansas Youth Education Coordinator at Pheasants Forever and created the accredited Hunter Education Instructor Course at Wichita State and Kansas State Universities and is now the adjunct instructor. She was named the 2010 Kansas Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. Michael is employed as a machinist. The couple has a son, James Denis 23, and step-daughters Sara Miller 26, and Kayla Corby 20. They also have a grandson named Asher.
- Stephen Oertel, Jr, Class of 2003, lives in Duluth, MN. He is a Food Service Specialist Second Class for the United States Coast Guard. He has served in the Coast Guard for eight years and has been stationed in Natchez, MS; Petaluma, CA; Jonesport, ME; and Duluth, MN. He is preparing to transfer to a Recruiting Office in Oklahoma City where he will be stationed for the next four years. He recently got back into performance theatre and joined a local improv comedy team. He enjoys running in local 5k events and expanding to nationwide obstacle course races. His goal is to complete a half marathon before the end of the year. He has three children, Kelleigh Agena Oertel 6, Lobelia AnnaLea Oertel 5, and Phyllisity Zaylee-Ann Oertel 3.
- Dean Clower, Class of 2003, lives in Laramie, Wyoming. Clower was a two-year team captain for the Tiger men’s tennis team and was ranked fifth in the nation in doubles as a freshman and sophomore. He helped Cowley place sixth nationally each year at the school. Clower then moved on to a solid, two-year career at Lamar University. After four years as an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl tennis program, Clower was promoted to head coach in the spring of 2012. He led the squad to a 14-9 overall mark and a record of 5-2 in Mountain West play. The Cowgirls finished tied for second in the conference, which is the highest finish ever for the team. He and his wife, Amanda, who is an assistant coach with the University of Wyoming track and field team, have a daughter, Riley.
- Timothy Strange, Class of 1995, and his wife, Michelle, live in Euless, Texas. The couple has a son, Kenneth, who is four years old. Timothy is employed as a pharmacist.
- Robert “Don” Gifford, who attended Cowley College in 1991, and his wife, Gloria, live in Norman, OK. He is an Assistant U.S. Attorney and serves part-time as a federal prosecutor in Oklahoma City as a Chief District Court Judge for the Kaw Nation Tribe. He also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an adjunct law professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Gloria is employed as an interpreter/translator. The couple has three children, Gabriela 13, Olivia 11, and Juliann 5.
- Doug Kennedy, Class of 1982, and his wife, Shari (Leland) Kennedy, who attended Cowley College from 1982-1983, live in Derby, KS. Doug is a homemaker and Shari works in finance. David Owen, attended Cowley in 1983, and his wife, Maudie, live in Highlands Ranch, CO. David was a member of the 1983 Tiger tennis team that qualified for the National Tournament in Ocala, FL. He currently serves as the director of Enterprise Fleet Management in Centennial, CO. The couple has two sons, Drew 11 and Luka 9.
- John Lang, Class of 1956, and his wife, Joleen, live in Wamego, KS. John recently retired after 51 years as an attorney. The couple has two children.
- Marie (Millett) Hart, Class of 1944, lives in Sarasota, FL. Marie took a number of science classes at Arkansas City Junior College and later received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. She practiced nursing for 40 years before retiring. She enjoys international folk dancing as well as other interesting activities. Her son, Robert Baum, teaches French to middle school students in New Jersey, while her step-son, Mike Millett resides in Wichita. She appreciates the education she received at ACJC and recalls receiving lots of individual attention.