Family, friends, classmates and teammates gathered at Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU), Mitchell, S.D., Sept. 29 as the university athletic department dedicated its offices to the memory of former DWU athlete Barry Kusel.
Kusel was a four-year starter and letter winner in football, playing offensive and defensive end. He distinguished himself as one of the best ends in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. For his efforts, he won All-Conference honors in 1967 and 1968 and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic All-District XII honors in 1968. Kusel was also an outstanding track performer. His most memorable victory came in 1967 when he set a school record in the half mile, becoming the first DWU runner in history to break the two-minute barrier by winning the SDIC half-mile championships with a time of 1:57.04.
“Barry was a prime example of the core values of Dakota Wesleyan, and it’s apparent he touched the lives of many during his time at DWU,” Director of Athletics Jon Hart said. “It is an honor and privilege to work in a facility and space dedicated to him.”
In remembrance of Kusel, there is now a plaque that hangs in the DWU athletic offices. The plaque reads, “This gift is given in memory of Barry Kusel ’69 and his teammates. Many former athletes are equally deserving to be recognized; however, as a team captain and member of the DWU Athletic Hall of Fame, it is fitting that Barry’s name be chosen as the representative from his era of former student-athletes. Barry personified leadership on the football field, on the track and in the campus community.”
Dawn Rohe Meyer began her career in public service in 2007 when she was hired as Manning City Clerk. In 2011 she was assumed the responsibilities of Manning City Administrator/City Clerk.
Meyer was honored by the Iowa League of Cities in September 2016 with the Rhonda Wood Smith Award recognizing exemplary work of young city officials. One year later, September 2017, she was elected to serve on the League of Cities Executive Board.
Meyer was integral in the process of gaining Main Street Iowa and Great Places designations for Manning. She has written numerous successful grant applications to benefit local projects. Additionally, she was immersed in the 2014 revitalization of 14 Main Street Manning buildings and she has led efforts to consolidate municipal offices into one building, as well as leadership of said utilities under one municipal utility board.
Meyer is married to husband Jason, and has a daughter, Kaui.
It’s a dream come true for floral designer Kristina (Muhlbauer) Lupardus. She is now the owner of Manning’s only flower shop. Her purchase of Lori’s Flowers from Kelly Sybesma was effective Oct. 14.
Lupardus is among the many young Manning alumni who are returning to Manning to raise their families. Following her graduation in 2004, she attended DMACC Ankeny with non-specific plans for her future. She took a part-time job at Flowerama and quickly signed up to study horticulture.
“After I took the job at the flower shop, I knew that was what I wanted to do,” she said.
Four years later she graduated with a degree in horticulture and entrepreneurship. She worked at Flowerama all through college, and after meeting her husband, Jeremy, moved to Norwalk for two years. During that time, she worked as a floral designer for HyVee Floral in West Des Moines.
The couple settled in Manning seven years ago and started their family consisting of four sons. Lupardus made the decision to remain home with her boys while they were young. She cared for her children, operated a home daycare and still found time to work with flowers. When the opportunity came along to purchase the flower shop, it was the opportunity she had hoped for.
Matt Campbell of Tulsa OK, has joined Hall Estill, a leading Oklahoma law firm, with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Denver, and Nashville.
“Matt is a very talented attorney and will be a great addition to our tax practice,” said Mike Cooke, managing partner for Hall Estill. “He has shown a deep commitment to his clients and brings extensive experience to our already strong tax team.”
Campbell earned his J.D, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law and received his LL.M in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
A 20-year attorney, Campbell has experience in private practice and in a Fortune 500 Corporate Tax department. His practice at Hall Estill will concentrate on tax and international tax law, as well as corporate services, specifically in the mergers and acquisitions serving clients nationwide.