Five outstanding alumni recognized

LINDSBORG, KAN., May 21, 2012—At its annual Alumni Recognition Banquet on May 19, Bethany College honored five outstanding alumni including Kris Ericson, Chris Bauer, H.R. Bohman, Carolee (Benson) Jones, and Mozelle (Clark) Sherman.

Kris Ericson, Albuquerque, N.M., Class of 1984

Kris Ericson, Albuquerque, N.M., was honored with the Alumni Award of Merit, Bethany’s highest alumni honor. The Bethany College Alumni Association selects alumni each year based on noteworthy achievements, service through church and public life, creativity in the arts or sciences, or outstanding leadership and participation in a recognized organization. Recipients must have graduated more than 20 years ago.

Ericson works as an independent consultant to the behavioral health community with clients across the country. Her work includes serving as executive director of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, mentoring emerging leaders, technical writing, training, and assisting states in the redesign of Medicaid programs. In her career in the behavioral health field, she has served as a clinician, administrator, advocate, and policy maker and is passionate about improving the health care system to assure that all people have access to the care they need. She participates in several professional societies to continually inform her work

Ericson is an active community volunteer and is the Bethany College Board of Directors vice chair, a long-time volunteer for Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, a Worship Ministries chair, a high school Sunday school  teacher at All Saints Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, N.M., and president of the the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Mexico Board of Directors.

Ericson completed her baccalaureate studies in psychology at Bethany College in 1984. She earned her master’s in community psychology and her doctorate in public administration with a concentration on health policy from Pennsylvania State University.

Chris Bauer, Lindsborg, Kan., Class of 1993

The Gold Award, given to a graduate of the last two decades, was presented to Chris Bauer, Lindsborg, Kan., in honor of his service to society. Gold Award recipients graduated within the last two decades.

Chris Bauer has served Kansas law enforcement since his graduation from Bethany College in 1993. After starting at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, he was hired at the Garden City Police Department in December 1993. While there, he served as a member of the Finney County Gang Task Force, a Field Training Officer, and a shift supervisor. He was awarded the Bronze Award of Valor twice and the Meritorious Service Award twice. In 1998, he was awarded the department’s first Employee of the Year Award, largely due to his work as the agency’s first school resource officer at Garden City Senior High School, where he was credited with dramatically reducing school violence and developing better relations between the police and school youth.

In July 2000, Bauer began his career with the Kansas Highway Patrol and was assigned to McPherson County.  He was first promoted in 2005 to Trooper II and to Master Trooper in 2007. He has distinguished himself as one of the region’s leading detectors of the impaired driver and has received several commendations for his efforts. Bauer believes in the importance of DUI education and was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2005 and completed the coursework to be a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor in 2009.

Bauer continues to be involved in the Criminal Justice Program at Bethany and has been a guest instructor for college classes and summer high school programs since 1994. He also serves on Lindsborg’s Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee and enjoys playing golf.

Dr. H.R. Bohman, Quilcene, Wash., Class of 1971

Dr. H.R. Bohman, Quilcene Wash., was given the Distinguished Graduate Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement and service to a society. Bohman graduated from Bethany College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1975 with a surgery internship at Naval Regional Medical Center (NRMC) in Philadelphia and a General Surgery Residency at NRMC Oakland. He furthered his training with a colon & rectal fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School.

Bohman has spent 37 years in the military, serving the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).  His eight deployments in support of the USMC included Beirut, Gulf War, Somalia, and multiple tours to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). Bohman was the Officer in Charge of a team that developed a small, light, mobile surgical capability (FRSS) and his experiences have led to improvements in equipment, training, tactics, techniques, and procedures that have significantly impacted outcomes of all who are injured and cared for by forward surgical units.

Bohman is the recipient of numerous military awards.  In August 2006, he received the Combat Casualty Care Research Program Award for Excellence from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command “for vision and dedication in the improvement of early surgical care of those injured in combat.”  He was listed in the Consumers’ Research Council of America: Guide to “America’s Top Surgeons” from 2004 to 2011.

Always eager to teach, Bohman was an associate professor of surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) from 1984 to 2011.  He is the author or coauthor of 18 articles in medical and professional publications, and he has presented at over 30 medical and professional conferences around the world on forward surgical care. Bohman served as a consultant to the Swedish Armed Forces medical directors and traveled to Sweden as a guest clinical enstructor/evaluator for the Swedish Special Operations Group surgical teams on five occasions.

Bohman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has also served two terms on their board of governors, as secretary-treasurer, and as president of the Sand Diego chapter. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, and a diplomat of the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. Bohman retired in 2011 to Quilcene, Wash., with his wife, a retired ELCA pastor, where he is now locum tenens for Port Townsend Surgical Associates.

Carolee Jones, Salina, Kan., Class of 1978

Carolee (Benson) Jones, Salina, Kan., was given the Distinguished Graduate Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement and service to a society. Jones graduated magna cum laude from Bethany Colelge in 1978 with a degree in history/political science. She was employed at Planters Bank and Trust as a loan operations customer service representative and then at RSVP/The Volunteer Center.

Since 1992, Jones has worked for Child Advocacy & Parenting Services (CAPS), serving as their executive director. She is responsible for the planning, development, administration, and support of the organization, and has led the development of their benefit auction from a small-scale event to a major fundraiser.  During her tenure, the CAPS has gone from an agency with fewer than two full-time personnel to 20 employees.

Jones is also the board chair for the Saline County Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team and has served on the boards of League of Women Voters, Salina Planning Council for Children and Families, Kiwanis Club, the Ad Astra Capitol Dome Sculpture Committee, Community Corrections Board, Salina Area United Way Campaign Cabinet, 28th Judicial District Truancy Review Board, Kansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Task Force, and the Bethany College Terrible Swede Fundraising Committee.

Jones is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salina, Kan., and has served her church as junior choir director, Midweek Program coordinator, assistant lay minister, Sunday school teacher, and Meals on Wheels deliverer.

Mozelle Sherman, Louisville, Ky., Class of 1953

The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Mozelle (Clark) Sherman in recognition of her outstanding achievement and service to society. Recipients have provided “unique and significant service” to the college over their lifetimes.

Sherman, Bethany College class of 1953, is an award-winning stage director, lyricist, actress, author, and voice teacher. She holds distinguished experience in civic, university, and regional theatre of the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Bethany, Master of Music in voice performance from Indiana State University, and her doctorate in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sherman has taught on university faculties in Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Brazil, and Panama. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Sherman is noted for her one-woman Women of the Bible dramatic presentation of 80 biblical and contemporary woman leaders, as well as workshops and seminars in the history and usage of the religious arts in worship. She is the CEO and co-owner with her husband, Louis L. Sherman, class of 1954, of the not-for-profit S & S Agency and its subsidiary, Script & Score Publications, which are dedicated to providing avenues of expression for talented community artists. She has teamed with renowned contemporary composers Theoderos Sflotsos and Phillip Landgrave to write the book, lyrics. and production for large sacred lyrical stage works.

She is the author of privately published books and full length plays, as well as collections of more than a thousand dramatic scripts and numerous journal and magazine articles and short stories translated into eight languages. Sherman has been named to Who’s Who in America since 2000 and was named Outstanding Teacher of America in 1978. Other awards include the Orpheus Award (Sinfonia), Gold Award (S.A.I.), E.B. Fred Fellowship (University of Wisconsin), twp State of Texas grants for theatre excellence, and the Armstrong/Browning Grant for writing.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

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