The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 14
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B6 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL • TOBACCO SETTLEMENT Funds go up in smoke NURSE APPRECIATION SALE! 5 days only! May 7 -11 State must use some of tobacco settlement money to fix budget By The Associated Press TOPEKA Two years ago, lawmakers believed they were making a permanent commitment when they put most of Kansas' share of the national tobacco settlement into a trust fund for children's programs. No matter how bad the state's finances might be, the thinking went, funding for infant and toddler care, children's mental T MCPHERSON All about cars lyicPherson College car restoration program keepin' on By CLARA KILBOURN The lliitcliinson News MCPHERSON — Laura Morgan, Culpeper, Va., plans to be' come an orthopedic surgeon or work in the field of infectious diseases. - But this year, the McPherson College biology major and daughter of an Episcopalian priest has enrolled in the school's auto restoration technology program. "I'm interested in cars," Morgan said. "I used to help my father work on cars." Morgan, a junior and the only woman active in the program, plans to become "a professional hobbyist" after she finishes medical school. This weekend, McPherson College kicked off a 25th anniversary observance as the only four-year college or university in the country that offers a two-year program in auto restoration technology which instructs students in authentic hands-on restoration techniques and research methods. The first students enrolled in - 1976. A Friday evening anniversary banquet honored those whose efforts were instrumen- tal'in establishing the program, and the department will present its first distinguished . alumni award. •: -The auto restoration pro- "ffam was established through "Ihe generosity of McPherson entrepreneur Gaines H. "Smokey" BilluBj who provided an initial investment of more than $2.5 million for the construction of Templeton Hall "and additional operating capital through the donation of a part of his classic and antique car collection. "There's a lot of passion from folks involved in the old- car program and auto-restoration committee," director Robert Vaughn said. "It's something we feel good about." Vaughn, with 25 years experience as a technical education teacher, said the program continues to expand. The department is adding another 5,000 square feet to its present 28,000 square feet of work space; next year's enrollment has reached the maximum 24 students and has a waiting list. "They are coming from all over the country," Vaughn said. This years' out-of-state students come from Virginia, California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Illinois. Most of the graduates will make auto restoration their career choice; the demand for their specialty is ongoing, Vaughn said. 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