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WAHOO – It’s been a few years since alumni and friends of John F. Kennedy College got together, but another reunion is now being planned for October.

A reunion is being planned for Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.

JFK Alum Linda Collins said the last reunion was held in 2010. Collins, who has helped to also organize past reunions, said she has received a lot of requests for another one this year.

The college started in Wahoo in 1965. There were a few students with some transfer credits who were eligible to graduate in 1968.

“But, the first four year students graduated in 1969,” she said.

The 50th anniversary of that first full graduating class was enough reason for Collins to jump back in and plan another reunion. But, the upcoming event is not just for alumni.

“Anybody that has any interest is welcome,” she said.

Activities get underway on the evening of Friday, Oct. 11 with a “Should I Know You?” social. This will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Wanahoo Education building. The crowd is then invited to move to Starlite Event Center for a public dance featuring “Bartek and James.”

On Saturday, the morning gets going with a golf scramble at Hilltop Country Club. Registration fee is $30 per person. For more information, contact Cyndy Lammert at Brunch will also be served at Hilltop County Club.

Saturday evening events include a banquet at The Shed in Wahoo. The crowd will then move to Maly’s Landing for the “Come Together” Beatles Tribute Band.

The reunion closes on Sunday morning with a brunch at Hilltop Country Club. To register for activities. Contact Collins at

Collins said information has already been sent to alumni and other college supporters. But, she said there are probably people who are not on the existing list.

Anyone who has not been contacted yet is encouraged to contact Collins or Lammert.


History of the formation of John F. Kennedy College (courtesy of Marv Broman)

For a history of the conception and establishment of John F. Kennedy College, please request one through: The document is NOT available online.


Teri Johnston elected Mayor of Key West FL in 2018!


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Organ Donation Advocate Melody Harper-Connett encourages the cause on Colorado’s 9News July 9, 2019


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Complete article on site listed below.


Gail Hartigan inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and KMA Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, August 22 2012 @ 12:34 pm CDT

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I am writing this as it appeared in the Des Moines Register newspaper earlier this summer.

"High Schools:  National hall honors pair of Iowa coaches

Two legendary southwest Iowa high school coaches, Treynor's Gail Hartigan and Woodbine's Phil Hummel, were inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's Hall of Fame last week.

Hartigan has coached basketball, volleyball and track at Treynor. She has won more than 600 career basketball games and won the 1994 state title. She shared the Des Moines Register's high school coach of the year honors that season."

KMA Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Gail Hartigan

Aug 18, 2016

Today's inductee is one of the state's greatest basketball coaches. Treynor's Gail Hartigan has won nearly 700 games in her incredible career that also includes 13 state tournament appearances and the 1994 state championship.


Jim Cantrell selected to create official 2017 Kentucky Derby posters…visit them at their Bardstown Art Gallery/Thomas Merton Book Collection location


Brian Hill coaches Orlando Magic to 1995 NBA Playoffs


Don Clark Retires in 2019 as longest-serving elected county official in Saunders County


Carl Wirth recounts JFK College at Saunders County Historical Museum


Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame Selects Cathy Buell and Don Joe


Don Joe, Fremont – Don Joe started his coaching career in 1961 at Fremont, Nebraska. In 1965 and 1966 his team won the state women’s championship and participated in the regional tournament. Don coached the John F Kennedy College Women’s team form 1967-1970. His team won the state championship 3 out of the 4 years. He coached Garrett’s Construction, Lincoln. In 1974 they won the state title. He was co-founder of the Women’s College World Series. He team won the national title in 1968, 1969 an 1970. Don is being inducted as a manager.



Cathy Buell, Fremont – Cathy started her softball career in Fremont, Nebraska and helped lead Diers Mustangs to the state title in 1965. She was one of the driving forces behind the successful John F. Kennedy College team from Wahoo, Nebraska. She was instrumental in them winning the first Women’s College World Series in 1969, 1970 and 1971. After graduation she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she played for the Lauerla Ladies, one of the top eight teams in the nation. Cathy is being inducted as a player.


Harold Nolan dedicates career to Parks and Recreation Industry

A Living Legend Harold Nolan has dedicated his life to the parks and recreation industry

I shake my head as I look around at a converted space that serves as a shrine to all-things parks and recreation. The walls are covered with awards and articles. Journals and research periodicals fill the spaces in between, along with pictures from successful projects throughout the country. One might think I am sitting in a university library or a college recreation room; however, I am in the research facility of a man endlessly dedicated to our industry—a true legend who has inspired thousands of individuals over the years. Dr. Harold Nolan’s life reads like a Hollywood movie for parks and rec professionals. His accomplishments are endless, and his story is one that newbies to the industry and even seasoned veterans can benefit from hearing. He lives and breathes parks and recreation, revealing his contagious personality and passion for the industry.

EARLY LIFE It all began in Middletown, N.J. The son of a World War II veteran turned local builder, Nolan spent his early life filled with traditional recreational endeavors that most children enjoy, including baseball and basketball. He also excelled in diving and surfing (and still can be seen riding waves today). But Nolan showed the most promise in running, and this passion would serve him well throughout his life. As a high school runner in Monmouth County, N.J., he quickly formed a relationship with Dr. George Sheehan, a rival’s father from a nearby town. Sheehan is known as one of the godfathers of the running boom. He wrote books and countless articles on all aspects of the sport and became an enormous advocate of all-things running in the area, even serving as the medical editor for Runner’s World magazine. Sheehan took a liking to young Nolan and would regularly cram his Volkswagen with Nolan, Sheehan’s sons, Timmy and George Jr., and as many other runners as he could uncomfortably squeeze in for meets throughout New Jersey and New York. Nolan describes the legendary track guru as “certainly brilliant and yet somewhat aloof. [He was] a hard man to truly know.”

ACADEMICS AND EARLY CAREER Nolan’s early running success laid the foundation for his road to greatness in the world of recreation. He landed a scholarship halfway across the country, enrolling at Kennedy College in Wahoo, Neb., in the fall of 1965. A summer job prior to and during his early college years as a playground camp counselor led Nolan to select “Park and Recreation Management” as his major, and he never looked back. In 1969, after leaving Kennedy College and countless track records behind, Nolan entered the workforce. His first job was in the seaside town of Long Branch, N.J., which as Nolan puts it, “Was the best first job. I learned so much. It was great years—the golden age of recreation departments.” He oversaw eight rec centers, 21 playgrounds, a fleet of mobile rec equipment, youth boxing, many different parks, community pools, and three miles of guarded ocean beaches. Throughout this five-year period, the department even organized local concerts, several of which featured a local talent named Bruce Springsteen. Throughout Nolan’s tenure in Long Branch, he also found time to complete his master’s degree in Environmental Management at Montclair State University. Shortly thereafter, Nolan made the next important change in his life, again an intersection of his running and professional lives. After meeting professors at an industry conference and believing in the (then-revolutionary) concept of training at altitude, Nolan enrolled in the University of Utah, earning his doctorate in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, while also training to qualify for the 1976 Olympic Trials. During his years in Utah, he balanced running, school, and work, landing a position with the Bureau of Land Management as Outdoor Recreation Planner. He learned about planning through his work in the Wasatch Mountains, where he was involved in some amazing projects, including early work on the Park City Planning Unit, which was instrumental in the early formation of the Park City Ski Resort. The next jump for Nolan landed him teaching young Cornhuskers at the University of Nebraska, where he was a professor in the College of Health, PE and Recreation. At this time, he also gained valuable experience for his work, as his dissertation was on the potential development of the North Platte River. His work would be instrumental in what would later be developed as both federal and state recreation areas. Returning to the East, Nolan next worked for Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire as Director of Recreational Services, which he describes as “the most unique job I ever had.” The work was two-fold: he oversaw both the college academic recreation, parks, and tourism programs and all campus recreation and sports facilities. Among those was an alpine ski resort run by the university, which he

rebuilt from the ground up, including new slopes, lifts, and more. Inexperienced in ski-resort management, he quickly became an expert, revitalizing the once-struggling resort into a profitable success. In the late 1970s through the 1980s, he returned to his Garden State roots and became the Chair of Kean University’s Recreation, Park and Tourism program, and later as the chair at Georgian Court University’s Tourism, Recreation and Hospitality programs. During this time teaching, he also took over the Recreation & Park Director duty for the rural New Jersey town of Colts Neck, where he would serve for 30 years. His long tenure can be felt today, making Colts Neck one of the most desirable towns to live in. Before he left, he added eight parks to the inventory and 90-plus additional programs. Colts Neck was a finalist for NRPA’s National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Recreation & Park Management award, and Nolan was actively involved in NRPA and NJRPA as well, garnishing dozens of industry awards, including NJRPA’s Recreation Administrator of the Year.

RUNNING CAREER Despite his demanding workload, Nolan continued his remarkable efforts on the running track. He won hundreds of area races at many distances, placing him in the USATF Hall

of Fame. He set the American over-40, one-mile record with a 4:15 time. Other career accomplishments include making the 1968 Olympic trials for the steeplechase and setting American age group records for the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter distances.

Q AND A Responding to direct questions, Nolan provided some insightful points from which all professionals can gain perspective:

Hoffman: What is the biggest quality one needs to make it in parks and recreation? Nolan: Flexibility. The job is a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour job. You will be working days, nights, weekends, and holidays, and you need to be OK with that. Hoffman: Do you have a biggest flop or biggest mistake? Nolan:Once, when we (Colts Neck) organized the annual Fourth of July fireworks, which hosted thousands of people, we forgot about providing bathrooms. But we showed our flexibility, quickly pivoted, and “found” 20 portable restrooms, grabbing them from other facilities, calling in favors, and doing everything to turn a disaster into a success. Hoffman:What are you most proud of in your career? Nolan: It would be my 30 years at Colts Neck. It’s my greatest claim to fame. I had a blank slate and was able to build something special. [He quickly thanked his rec committee and teammates.] Hoffman: Where do you see the industry going, and what challenges do you see? Nolan: Budgeting. We have to ensure we are always operating efficiently. It’s vital to serve the three streams— natural-resource management, rec programming , and park operations, making sure we are adjusting to consumer demands and protection of the land. Finally... secure online access made simple

RESEARCH FACILITY Equally impressive, Nolan has developed The Institute of Tourism and Recreation Management. His New Jersey-based research facility rivals any similar center, with thousands of master-planning reports, industry publications, textbooks, journals, magazine collections, and periodicals. Students

and professionals are welcome to learn more about the research center by visiting It was a truly remarkable experience to learn about this legend. His dedication and unending stream of knowledge is idol-worthy. Nolan is a true legend and a game changer in parks and recreation. His passion is infectious, and his career is inspiring. Like his running pace, his achievements show no sign of slowing down. PRB

Charles Hoffmann graduated from Coastal

Carolina University with a Degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Management. He has over 20 years of experience in municipal and commercial recreation and currently serves as the Director of Recreation in Red Bank, N.J. He lives and writes on the N.J. coast and has published several articles with PRB in recent years. Reach him at

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Harold Nolan takes first in age group on 3000 meter in ‘06 Masters Track and Field Event

M55 3000 METER RUN
World Record: 8:58.7 Gunther Hasselmann (GER) 12/14/80
American Record: 9:30.09 Nolan Shaheed (CA) 03/11/05
All-American Standard: 11:15

10:11.14 HAROLD NOLAN (111)
10:11.30 ROGER PRICE (134)
10:24.49 REID HARTER (134)
10:35.05 RONALD PATE (134)
10:58.29 RICHARD DIEDRICH (124)
11:03.55 RANDY TAYLOR (134)
11:08.0h SETH BERGMANN (007)
11:52.86 CHARLES BISHOP (110)
11:55.43 PHILIP RIPOSO (134)
12:01.15 JEFFREY PARKMAN (005)
12:21.7h RICH NICKLAS (041)
12:24.49 RALPH JOSEPHSON (048)
12:33.8h J J WIND (047)
13:26.7h CARL GROSSMAN (040)
13:47.9h PHIL KRACHUN (041)
14:29.65 MARVIN RIPP (066)


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JFK survived 10 years but was a Pioneer in Women’s Sports (Omaha World-Herald)