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Alumni News & Notes: Spring 2022


Tammy (Spiva) Hawks, ’72, who is the incoming president of the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic, was presented the gavel at Indian Hills Country Club, where 195 women gathered for the annual Women of the Year and Scholarship Brunch. Outgoing president, LaTasha (Roberts) James, ’07, welcomed Hawks into her new role.


Jerry Rauschelbach, ’84, owner of Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, was recently honored with the No. 1 spot for the 2022 Best Barbecue Restaurants in the USA by Gayot: the Guide to the Good Life.

Candice Millard, ’89, released her fourth book in May, River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal. The book traces one of history’s greatest exploration feats: the search for the source of the Nile. Millard’s first three books are New York Times bestsellers. Read more in the Kansas City Star.


Ron Litchfield, ’91, was hired as the new head football coach at Olathe (Kansas) South High School.

Pat Richard, ’91, head coach of the Oak Grove (Missouri) High School football program, will be inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2022 on December 9, 2022.

Amy (Richard) Hercules, ’95, ’02 MSSL, principal at Sunnyside Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas, was named Elementary Kansas Principal of the Year.


Julie Peffer, ’07 MBA, was named chief financial officer at, a leader in AI-powered analytics and cyber engineering solutions.


Ryan Pfeifer, ’13 MAED, who serves as a biology teacher and chair of the science department and coaches pole vaulters at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, received a Milken Educator Award in April. He will attend the Milken Educators Forum in Los Angeles this summer. Read more in latest alumni news and in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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