Daily Archives: Sept. 22, 2009

Arkansas City man to join veterans advisory board

TOPEKA – Arkansas City veteran Elgin Wahlborg has been appointed to serve on the Veterans Claim Assistance Advisory Board by Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Wahlborg, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army and the Kansas National Guard, is the American Legion nominee for the board. He is also the American Legion’s chief financial officer.

After serving in the military, Wahlborg joined Shelton-Beaty Post 18 where he has been a member for 18 years and earned the Gold Brigade Award for membership. Wahlborg has also served as vice commander and commander of the Third District of Kansas and has been active in veterans affairs.

The Veterans Claim Assistance Advisory Board advises the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs in the implementation and administration of the veterans claims assistance program. The program aims to improve the coordination of veterans benefits counseling in Kansas and ensure that every veteran is served and receives claims counseling and assistance.

WSU professor named to help oversee grants for historic sites

TOPEKA – The governor has appointed Wichita State University professor Jay Price to the board that oversees grant funding for historic places.

Price is the director of the public history program at WSU, where he teaches courses in American cultural and social history. He is also on the Kansas Humanities Council board.

Gov. Mark Parkinson also reappointed Nancy Horst of Winfield and Daniel Sabatini of  Lawrence  to the board.

The State Historic Sites Board of Review considers applications for grant funding and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places.

Babich to serve on state high court nominating committee

TOPEKA – Long-time Wichita teacher Paul Babich has been appointed to serve on the State Supreme Court Nominating Committee by the governor.

The nominating committee recommends candidates for appointments to the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals. Babich will be one of four public members on the board and will represent the 4th Congressional District.

Babich taught in  Wichita public schools for 30 years. He recently retired as president of the United Teachers of Wichita, and has served on the Kansas NEA Board of Directors. Babich has received many awards and honors over the years, including USD 259’s Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award.

Governor appoints Jeffrey Jabara to committee that regulates oil industry

TOPEKA – The governor has appointed Jeffrey Jabara of Wichita to a committee that oversees oil and gas activities.

Jabara is a a wing structure and systems segment controller for Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

He oversees Spirit AeroSystems financial operations in the U.S. and in Scotland, as well as the Aftermarket organization in Wichita, Gov. Mark Parkinson’s office said in a statement.

The Advisory Committee on Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities reviews and makes recommendations on industry issues including drilling methods, plugging techniques and protecting state waters from pollution from the industry.