accountants pass CPA examination

The Kansas Board of Accountancy announced 24 candidates successfully passed the computerized examination in the July/August/September 2019 exam window. Eric Spiess, Amanda McKeeman and Ryan Adams, all of Manhattan, were among the candidates who passed.

As of October 2019, 12,848 individuals have been issued the CPA certificates, of which 3,854 hold active permits to practice.

Passage of the national examination is the first step to becoming a certified public accountant. To be eligible to receive a permit to practice, an experience requirement must first be met.

K-State Alumni Association adds two staff members

Salena Sauber and Collin Just recently joined the K-State Alumni Association staff.

Sauber is serving as the director of communications.

“We are thrilled to welcome Salena and Collin to our staff,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. “They will offer fresh ideas and new perspectives to their roles that will allow us to continue to reach K-Staters everywhere.”

She oversees the communications department and also is responsible for the website, social media, emails and marketing efforts for the K-State Alumni Link for Life app.

Sauber is a communications professional with more than 10 years of experience telling brand stories. Sauber earned a degree in mass communications from K-State in 2009 and is currently working on a Professional Master of Business Administration from K-State.

After graduating from K-State, Sauber joined Spawn Ideas as a broadcast production assistant producing TV, radio and photo shoots in Anchorage, Alaska. From 2013-2016, Sauber relocated to Denver, working for Apple and Ti Training, a video production company. In 2016, Sauber moved back to Manhattan to manage and lead all marketing writing for AIB International. Throughout her career, she has crafted stories and experiences for companies like BP, McDonald’s and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Just is serving as the assistant director for student programs. He manages student programming for the association and all homecoming activities for the university. He also serves as an adviser for the Student Alumni Board and Wildcats Forever.

Prior to joining the K-State Alumni Association, Just worked for the Finney County Community Corrections program. He earned a degree in public relations from K-State in 2018. As a student, he helped found the Zeta Kappa chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at K-State and served on its recruitment board. Additionally, he was also a resident assistant in Goodnow Hall.

Girls on the Run



Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills and Girls on the Run of Northeast Kansas are merging together.

The new entity will be known as Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills. The council will serve girls and families in a 10-county area, including Clay, Cloud, Geary, Pottawatomie, Riley, Jackson, Lyon, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee.

Candice McIntosh, executive director of Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills, will continue to lead the new council.

“We are thrilled to expand our territory and work alongside the dedicated volunteers and supporters in these counties,” McIntosh said. “The merger will give us the capacity to serve more girls and make Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills stronger as we look to the future.”

Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills became an independent 501©(3) non-profit organization in 2014 and has served over 1,500 girls since its inception. Girls on the Run of Northeast Kansas was established in 2010 as an affiliate of the YWCA Northeast Kansas and has served over 2,000 girls since it began.

To celebrate the new expansion, all girls, coaches and supporters are invited to attend the Winter Runderland 5K in Manhattan on Dec. 7.

“We plan to continue to involve hundreds of local volunteers who have played critical roles at each council by serving as coaches and liaisons, 5K volunteers and participating in fund development,” McIntosh said.

Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills will offer programming in all counties in the spring. If you would like to get involved, please contact McIntosh at or (785) 380-7661.

Local bartender wins regional bar competition

Beatriz Lopez, a local LongHorn Steakhouse bartender, took home the regional win after participating in the Bar Stars Series, a competition that tests the teams’ knowledge at the bar and celebrates the top bartenders in each restaurant.

Lopez is one of 58 team members from across the country to achieve this distinction, out of thousands who were invited to participate in the competition.

“At LongHorn Steakhouse, we’re all about quality in everything we serve, from our fresh, never frozen steaks to our hand-crafted, ice-cold beverages,” said Thomas Hall, executive vice president of operations at LongHorn Steakhouse. “Beatriz has proven day in and day out that she is passionate about providing extraordinary service to every guest at her bar, and we’re proud to name her our regional bar star champion.”

Lopez, a Manhattan native who has worked at LongHorn for three years, said her favorite part of the job is that her team is like family. Her favorite LongHorn drink is the Moscow Mule.

The first annual Bar Stars Series awards cash prizes totaling more than $50,000. This year’s competition began at the restaurant level where bartenders across more than 515 LongHorn locations competed to move on to the regional round, where Lopez was named regional champion.

MAPJ awarded $25K

The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice has been awarded $25,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation to build a community organizing education program in Manhattan.

The program will teach basic community organizing concepts and skills, including building power and using strategy, to citizens who wish to shape policy and improve community health.

“As MAPJ has pivoted, placing priority on peace and justice here at home, we’ve moved more and more into community organizing. This grant will support our efforts to engage a wide cross-section of people in the community in creating change in their lives and in our city,” said Jonalu Johnstone, board chair.


appointed as Aviation Medical Examiner

Bradley K. Harrison, MD, of Manhattan Primary Care, has recently been appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

Dr. Harrison also continues to serve as a designee of the FAA as a Senior AME allowing him to perform Class 1, 2, and 3 flight physicals.

HIMS AMEs are trained in evaluating airmen for substance or alcohol-related conditions or other mental conditions. HIMS AMEs can provide sponsorship and monitoring for such conditions when required by the FAA for medical certification purposes. The purpose of the HIMS program is to effectively treat the disease of chemical dependency in pilot populations in order to save lives and careers while enhancing flight safety.

Following successful treatment and comprehensive continuing care, the pilot is eligible to seek FAA medical re-certification.

The FAA requires the pilot to be further evaluated by a specially trained FAA AME who then acts as the Independent Medical Sponsor (IMS) to coordinate the FAA re-certification process. The medical sponsor provides oversight of the pilot’s continuing care. The HIMS program is designed to ensure the pilot maintains total abstinence and to protect flight safety.

The HIMS program has showed that proper treatment and rehabilitation can produce highly successful rates of recovery. Airline pilots have been safely returned to their former cockpit positions and maintained abstinence, 85 to 90% of the time.

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