Alumni Class Notes for December 2021

Dr. Jay Mancini (’71) received 2021 Career Achievement Award from Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Sciences; Danny Leiva (’09) and his wife, Brittany, welcomed son Kai Ladislao Leiva; Mark Alan (’17) founded a publishing company with two other King's alumni, Abigail Jennings and Jesse Owen.

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Lois Houghtaling Ross Busby (’57) writes, “My hubby, Tim, passed away on October 4, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.”

Roger Arnold (NBC ’57) writes with family reflections, “I enjoy dipping into genealogy for the Arnold background, to find out what happened years before my time and how it affects the present. I’m so glad my background included Grandpa George N. Arnold, on my Dad’s side; plus my dad, Kenneth E. Arnold; then also myself, Roger K. Arnold. And the interesting thing about all three of us is in our own time we all became pastors of churches. Grandpa George pastored in southern NYS in his day; my dad had a few churches in New York State in his day; and for me, a student assistant pastor in NYC, plus an assistant of a church in Glen Echo, Md., and also became the pastor of the Wheaton Woods Baptist Church in Rockville, Md. in my day.”

Dr. Jay Mancini (’71) received the 2021 Career Achievement Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University, where he received his master’s degree in 1974.

On November 28, 2021, Danny Leiva (’09) and his wife, Brittany, welcomed their son Kai Ladislao Leiva. Big sister Chloe is excited to share all toys with him and to “teach him how to walk.”

Sophia Coston (’15) shares, “The family of Jordan (Nash) Hunter (’10) have suffered a tragedy this season. Please consider giving toward the GoFundMe and keeping the family and their community in prayer.”

Mark Alan (’17) writes, “In 2019, I founded a publishing company—Fallible House—with two other King’s alums, Abigail Jennings and Jesse Owen. We recently published our very first project, Fierce Wounded Things, a collection of short stories by Eric Bennett, King’s former VP of enrollment management and student development. You can read a selection of stories—and buy a copy—at”

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