Alumni Hall of Fame
The Westside community came together on October 9 to celebrate five outstanding alumni. The Alumni Association inducted Michael Cassling, Fred H. Hawkins, Jr., Kim Hawkins, Kimberly C. Krhounek, and James A. Woodland into the Westside High School Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees:
Michael Cassling (’82): Mike graduated an All-American swimmer and during all four of his high school years, the swim team brought home state championships. Mike joined Cassling in 1985. He was appointed president in 1996. Today, Mike is the chief operating officer of Cassling and CQuence Health Group.
Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Performing Arts and Omaha Sports Commission. He is a member of the United States Strategic Command Consultations Committee, Bellevue University Strategic Business Committee, and Omaha Community Foundation Strategic Planning Committee. Mike also is an Ak-Sar-Ben Councilor. Nationally, Mike serves on the Broadway Dreams Board of Directors and The Salvation Army National Advisory Board.
Fred H. Hawkins, Jr. (’68): Fred earned a business administration degree from Hastings College and joined his family’s business, Hawkins Construction, in 1972. He has served as vice president, treasurer, and president. He became chief executive officer in 2006.
Fred has served the metropolitan community and state by being involved with a variety of organizations. He served as both a Governor and as a Coronation Ball Chairman for the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben. Fred served as chairman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for the Cure. The River City Roundup named him a Grand Marshal. He was a member of the Hastings College Board of Trustees. Hastings College inducted Fred into its Pro Rege Society. Fred is currently on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation.
Kim Hawkins (’72): Kim earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and joined Hawkins Construction Company in 1976. Kim earned his law degree from Creighton Law School in 1979. He serves as president of Hawkins Construction and Hawkins Equipment. Kim’s civic involvement includes serving as chairman of Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands and on the Board of Directors of the Westside Foundation, the Omaha Hearing School, and the Good Neighbor Foundation. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha honored him with a Spirit of Progress Award and the UNL College of Business Administration named Kim Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.
Kimberly C. Krhounek (’84): Kim attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in French. She earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, M.A. from American University School of International Service and received a Diploma from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (French school of government). Kim has worked for the U. S. State Department as a Foreign Service officer since 1994. Her first U.S. embassy posting was to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kim’s career has sent her to the United Nations, the Czech Republic, Egypt, and Iraq. Over the years Kim has handled sensitive policy issues from reconstruction of Iraq to deescalating crises in Ukraine and Gaza.
Today, Kim serves as the Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Paris. Kim has been recognized for political reporting, anti-fraud work and for her involvement with the 2010 NATO summit.
James Woodland (’66): Jim served as the Director of Science Education at the Nebraska Department of Education for 27 years. He retired in 2013. Jim’s responsibilities included the coordination, development, and implementation of Nebraska Science Standards and state science assessments. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Every two years, Westside Community Schools and the Westside Alumni Association honor outstanding graduates and boosters by inducting them into the Westside Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The next Hall of Fame event will be held in the Fall of 2016 and we want to honor Westside graduates who have made significant professional accomplishments and boosters who have made noteworthy contributions or service to Westside.