May 22, 2020 6:05 PM

Local, area students among KWU award recipients

Posted May 22, 2020 6:05 PM

Kansas Wesleyan University honored multiple seniors with end-of-year awards at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year.

The school also announced that Dr. Meredith Drees, chair of the religion and philosophy department, was the recipient of KWU’s top faculty honor, the Exemplary Teacher Award, for the year.

Student award winners included Cassity Morlan (Kechi), who was recognized with two awards by the Communication Studies Department. Morlan was a key figure in the KWU yearbook that earned a trio of awards at the state level. She also spent time in other realms of student media, including hosting a podcast, and had her senior capstone recognized as the outstanding student paper by the Southern States Communication Conference. Morlan was also a multi-year member of the KWU debate and forensics team that competed throughout the central U.S.

Izaiah Grogan (Concordia) was the recipient of the Campbell/Hurd Emergency Management Award. The honor is named for former KWU student Rex Campbell, who helped save the life of classmate Aaron Hurd during Hurd’s 2016 in-class cardiac arrest. Grogan was honored for his multiple leadership roles in the Cadet Corps, the group of top Emergency Management and Criminal Justice students. Those roles included teaching the course, “Stop the Bleed”, a nationally recognized trauma management program.

John Olivier (Castle Rock, Colo.), a member of the KWU baseball program, was honored as a graduate of the Arete honors program. Olivier, who has been accepted into Wichita State’s physical therapy program, also was named the top student in the Sport and Exercise Science Department.

Hailey Vandevanter (Corona, Calif.), who has served as a resident assistant, a member of DECA and a former player on the women’s soccer team, was tabbed the Outstanding Business Management Student, while Natalie Soukup was named the winner of the Donald Olson Sociology Award. Soukup (Ellsworth) was honored for her research on the issue of sexual assault reporting on college campuses.

The Teacher of Promise Award, which was started by the Kansas Department of Education, went to Hilda Pena (elementary) and Morgan Parker (secondary). Pena (Oxnard, Calif.) did her clinical practice at Cottonwood Elementary, while Parker (Salina), a longtime standout in the KWU Music Department, worked at Sunset Elementary as part of her degree requirements. Parker also earned the Music Department’s yearly award, now named for the first KWU music graduate and titled the Dora B. Newbanks Award for Distinction in Music.

Other award recipients included Isabel Hinkeldey (Charlotte, N.C.), who was tabbed the George Taylor Criminal Justice Award winner, and Kylie Ross (Sterling, Colo.), who received awards from both the marketing program (Outstanding Marketing Student) and the communications department (co-Communications Student of the Year).

Phillip Hauser (Salina) was named the university’s Outstanding History Graduate, Patrick Mercer (Denton, Texas) was the Outstanding Accounting Graduate and a handful of students completed their undergraduate education as Alpha Chi honor society graduates. Those included Hinkeldey, Parker, Morlan, Olivier, Vandevanter, Pedro Beltran (Salina), Kylee Cheatum (Brewster), Holly Holt (Shawnee Mission), Evin Miller (Superior, Neb.), Mallory Lantz, Michelle Rodriguez (Moorpark, Calif.), Michelle Sugimura (Mississauga, Ontario) and Troy Watson (Coffeyville).

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May 22, 2020 6:05 PM
COVID-19 drive-thru test site changes announced

Beginning next week, there are changes to the drive-thru test site locations and hours of operation in El Dorado, Hutchinson, and Salina.

The drive-thru testing sites are now available to anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit to see if eligible for testing and to make an appointment. To be tested, individuals must have a scheduled appointment and be present in a vehicle.

The testing sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth, and state and local officials. As of Friday, Walmart has 180 active test sites in 27 states that have tested more than 49,000 people. The sites use a self-administered nasal swab test with results from the test being received within three to five business days.

“The self-swab protocol for specimen collection is the FDA-approved, standard-of-care used widely across the country,” said Coral May, eTrueNorth’s CEO. “We have implemented a process whereby the entire self-swab is supervised by a pharmacist. While the individual is inside their vehicle, the pharmacist communicates with the individual regarding angle and positioning of the swab in the nose via both verbal instructions and step-by-step flash card. The key to the self-administrated nasal swab test is that the individual is being instructed, supervised and observed by a pharmacist.”

UPDATED COVID-19 testing for Salina

Updated Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly, 7–9 a.m.

Note: The site will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, but will open Tuesday from 7-9 a.m. and resume its regular schedule on Wednesday.

New Location:  Salina Walmart Parking Lot: 2900 South Ninth Street


•This is a self-administered nasal swab test that is performed by the individual is in their vehicle.

•A trained pharmacist observes the self-administration of the specimen collection to ensure the sample is taken correctly, including counting out loud so the individual can hear to ensure the swab is in contact with nasal passage long enough to collect an appropriate sample.

•The nasal-swab specimen collection is the standard of care for COVID-19 testing across the country.

•Once specimens are collected at the drive-through testing sites, they are shipped to certified laboratories across the country for analysis.

•The specimens collected at these drive-through sites are analyzed on the gold standard of laboratory testing instruments.

•The testing method (RT-PCR) is approved by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and is used nationally. In short, the analysis is performed by high quality laboratories, and the results are accurate.

Additional testing information

•The sites are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting.

•NOTE:  The sites will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, but will open Tuesday from 7-9 a.m. and resume their regular schedule on Wednesday.

•Testing is for adults who meet CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms.

•Individuals must be 18 years and older.

•The testing site will require an appointment  through  eTrueNorth’s  online portal at, or by calling the toll-free number at 800-635-8611.

•Once on site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.

•The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained Walmart pharmacist to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.

•eTrueNorth will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable departments of health.

•The sites will be staffed by Walmart pharmacists and associates.

•While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.