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Jake O’Neill, Residence Director & Intramural Coordinator

Jake O’Neill, a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University has recently been named to the Student Development team as Residence Director and Intramural Coordinator. O’Neill is originally from Salina and graduated from Salina Central High School before getting his Sports Management degree from KWU.

O’Neill worked with the Salina Parks and Recreation Department as a Sports Program Assistant before joining the Dodge City Parks and Recreation Department as the Sports Director, where he spent the last three years. While there, O’Neill developed ten new programs and increased program participation by 25%.

“It’s great to be back in Salina and to be on campus again as part of the KWU family,” O’Neill said.

As Residence Director and Intramural Coordinator, O’Neill will be responsible for all of the intramural sports on campus and will serve as the Residence Director in Wilson Hall. He will also be involved in wellness and general recreation activities on campus.

Morgan%20Miles.jpgMorgan Miles, Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship

Miles, a Salina native, graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Miles has higher education and annual giving campaign experience, and also brings non-profit fundraising experience to KWU.

As Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, Miles will be responsible for engaging in fundraising activities and endeavors that are consistent with and contribute to the established objectives, commitments, and mission of the University. Miles will work to strengthen and maintain the relationship between the University and its alumni, friends, and benefactors. She will also work with the Director of Development to manage annual giving campaigns.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Institutional Advancement office and excited to help Kansas Wesleyan move forward with their plans for the future,” Miles said.

AnBedrous-8747.jpgdrew Bedrous, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Kansas Wesleyan has selected Dr. Andrew Bedrous as Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Bedrous comes to the University from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he was a visiting lecturer in sociology.

At KWU, Bedrous will teach sociology courses related to nationality and race, marriage and family, statistics, and also a political science course.

Bedrous is from Moreno Valley, California, and received degrees in political science and sociology from the University of California at Riverside, a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Doctorate in Sociology from UNL as well. His primary areas of interest are environmental sociology, quantitative research methods, and social theory.

Dr. MarthMSMR.jpga Robertson, Associate Professor, Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Robertson joins the KWU faculty as the Director of Teacher Education. She comes to us from Hutchinson Community College where she was the Director of Learning Outcomes, Assessment, and Grants. Robertson was previously a member of the KWU faculty as an Assistant Professor of English, and was honored as the Teacher of the Year in 2004-05.

Dr. Robertson received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University, a Master’s Degree in English from Pittsburg State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Southwestern College.

Lisa LarsoLisa%20Larson.jpgn, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education

The Division/Department of Nursing at Kansas Wesleyan University announces the hiring of Lisa Larson as an Assistant Professor of Nursing Education.  Larson, originally from Highland, Kansas, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University in 2011, and recently began the Ph.D. of Nursing program at the University of Kansas.

For the last 10 years, Larson has been a nurse in the Salina School District, and for five years prior, a school nurse in Hiawatha, Kansas.

“I am so excited to become a part of the Kansas Wesleyan family,” said Larson.

In addition, Larson has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Western and an Associate of Arts from Highland Community College.