October 12, 2010
Contact: Rep. Elaine Bowers
785 243-3325 x2


The Kansas National Guard’s STARBASE program has announced the names of newly elected board members and officers. New board members are Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University; Lindsay Brechler, SOURCECORP; Bruce Stewart, iGlobal Networks, Inc.; Kerry Taylor, and Gary Wells, Honeywell Corporation. They join current board members State Representative Elaine Bowers; Barbara Bunting; Frank Garver, Kansas Gas Service and Chris Orwoll, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

The new officers are Garver, president; Bunting, vice president; Orwoll,

secretary and Bowers, treasurer.

The new officers and board members will begin their terms Oct. 1, 2010.

Kansas STARBASE board members serve for three-year terms.

Kansas STARBASE was launched in 1992 to ignite the interest of youth (4th

-6th graders) in science, math, technology, goal setting and positive life

choices by exposing them to the technological environments and positive role

models of the Kansas Air and Army National Guard. STARBASE has worked with

more than 32,800 of Kansas' students to increase their knowledge and

interest in the areas of math, science or technology, as well as instilling

a sense of pride and personal accomplishment. Fifth graders at the Concordia Middle School have been attending the annual program since 2000. Representative Bowers traveled as a classroom helper with her youngest children and had the opportunity to help keep the Salina classrooms open when the budget for the STARBASE program was being reviewed years later.

The Kansas STARBASE program is the largest in the U.S. It has school-year

academies in Wichita, Topeka, Salina and Kansas City, Kan. For the past five

years, Kansas STARBASE has partnered with Western Kansas community colleges,

Challenger Learning Center of Kansas, Fort Hays State University, Kansas

State University, Pittsburg State University and the Kansas Cosmosphere to

provide summer academies in Pittsburg, Great Bend, Liberal, Garden City,

Hays, Hutchinson and Pratt.

More information about the Kansas STARBASE program can be found at .