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Locals inducted into Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame

The Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame inducted three new members on April 20. The ceremony was held in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby, with induction held in Messenger Auditorium.

Leora K. (Martin) Kline, a 1962 graduate of Garden City High School, was among the inductees.

Kline graduated from Southwestern College with a bachelor of music degree in 1966, followed by a graduate degree from the Eastman School of Music. For 25 years, she taught and conducted public school orchestra programs in Kansas and Ohio, also holding college teaching appointments in Kansas and Ohio. She played 25 years as a professional violinist in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera Orchestra, and her career has included concert solo presentations with community, college, and high school orchestras. Since concluding her career as a professional violinist, Kline has ministered to people who could not attend live performances, to the ill, and those facing the end of life.

Other inductees included Kenneth Forsyth, Topeka, and Lou Tharp, Winfield.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

G.C. native honored as outstanding graduate at KSU

A Garden City resident has been honored as an outstanding graduating senior at Kansas State University.

Kaitlyn Dechant, psychology, minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies, of Garden City, was one of those seniors. She also is president of Wildcats Against Rape, SafeZone, Chi Omega Sorority, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Ralph and Ruthana Lashbrook Scholarship, and Bill Gardiner Memorial Scholarship.

"My favorite memory of being a leader was in November 2012 when the Wildcats Against Rape and the K-State Women's Center brought Mike Domitrz to speak to the K-State students about healthy relationships and respecting boundaries. The W.A.R. members and I worked very hard to get ready for the big event. We had close to 200 students there for the program. It was very cool to work that hard and to be able to actually see the success of that hard work," Kaitlyn said.

Dechant will be attending graduate school in Chicago at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in the Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Psy.D program and plans to work with children and teenagers who have experienced sexual trauma.

Kansas State University students from fields as diverse as aeronautics and biology have been named outstanding graduating seniors. The awards were presented at an April 25 reception by Pat Bosco, K-State, vice president for student life and dean of student life.

The awards, first given in 1999, recognize the significant contributions these seniors made to student life at K-State. Directors and staff members in the division of student life nominated candidates; Bosco made the final selections.