Anderson Knight Architects hires digitalist

Anderson Knight Architect recently hired Johnathan Disberger as its first digitalist.

Disberger is a 2019 graduate of Kansas State University with a master’s degree in architecture. While attending K-State, Johnathan worked for AKA for two years as an architectural intern.

Johnathan’s passion for integrating technology into design and architecture has been of interest to him from a young age. As a student at KSU, he was able to further explore and develop his digital and architectural skills.

His interest lies in the balance between the digital and physical realms of architecture and the exploration of how to use new technologies to refine the design process and design intent. His proficiency in augmented reality, virtual reality, Internet of Things, and hypertext markup language will guide the firm’s adoption of new technology.

Junction City police captain graduates from FBI academy

Junction City Police Capt. Trish Giordano graduated from the FBI National Academy program at Quantico, Virginia, on June 7.

Capt. Giordano was one of 256 students in the 276th session of the program. The class included law enforcement from all over the United States and 35 countries.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Attorney general William P. Barr and FBI director Christopher Wray were commencement speakers.

Training is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

The FBI National Academy was started in 1935. The selection process is competitive, and graduates represent only 1% of law enforcement globally.

During the course of the FBI National Academy, Capt. Giordano also completed the “Yellow Brick Road” physical training challenge which consists of a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines.

Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and more.

Capt. Giordano is only one of a handful of officers in the history of the Junction City Police Department to attend, with the last being Chief Dan Breci in 2016.

Woofs launches home services

Woofs Play and Stay, a locally-owned facility that offers premier dog dayplay, overnights, grooming, and training , is expanding home services in the Manhattan market to include pet sitting, dog walking, and mobile pick up and drop off for all of Woofs other services. All Woofs employees in this new division are bonded and insured, have passed drug and background checks, and graduated from Woofs rigorous training program in dog handling, health, and safety. Pet sitting services will include the auxiliary tasks of mail and newspapers brought into the home, plant watering, and other tasks associated with taking care of the place while dog owners are away.

New Woofs locations are now in Topeka, Lawrence and multiple KC locations, with future stores planned in Wichita and Columbia, Missouri, within the next 12 months.

Education reporter for the Manhattan Mercury. Follow me on Twitter at @byRafaelGarcia.

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