Alumni News RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/ Alumni News RSS Feed <![CDATA[Deadline for Nominations to Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1507 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1507 The deadline for nominations for this year's Natural Science Hall of Fame is fast approaching.  Be sure to submit the name and a brief summary of significant achievements of the Southwestern alum by May 1st.  Contact the alumni office for a form, or go to https://w3.sckans.edu/forms/alumni/halls-of-fame/natural-science/natural-science-hof-nomination.htm to fill out online.  We appreciate your help in recognizing outstanding alumni!

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:18:41 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame to Induct New Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1497 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1497 The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 12, in the reference room of the Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.

Entering the Educators Hall of Fame are Frank Davidson, John Marshall, and Ronda (Sims) Marshall.

The two inductees into the Scholars Hall of Fame are Marilyn Corbin and Everett Samuelson.

Following the ceremony, the Founders Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The dinner is by invitation only. 

New Educators Hall of Fame members include:

Frank D. Davidson ’79 began his career in education serving in the Peace Corps at the Escuela Agropecuaria de San Juan Bautista, located in rural Paraguay. Following his Peace Corps service, he moved to Arizona in 1982.  For 11 years, he was an elementary school teacher and principal.  In 1993, he was appointed assistant superintendent for instruction for the Casa Grande Elementary school district, and he has been superintendent since 1997.  Davidson received awards as the Superintendent of the Year for Large School Districts (Arizona School Administrators, 2000), the Business Leader of the Year (Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, 2003), and the state Superintendent of the Year (American Association of School Administrators, 2006).   His district has earned five “A+” awards from the Arizona Education Foundation.  Davidson has also co-authored two books and is active on several boards in Arizona.

John W. Marshall ’70 considers himself lucky to have started his career as a principal in a school reputed to be the worst in the district. Hills (Iowa) Elementary School had seen the deaths of two principals but with strong staff leadership already in place, Marshall moved quickly to put new programs into place. These included the first functioning Family Resource Center in the state of Iowa; an early childhood preschool; and the first extended day kindergarten in the Iowa City schools.  During his tenure Hills won two FINE Awards (First In the Nation in Education) as well as a National Blue Ribbon Award School designation. Marshall was recognized in 1997 by the National Association of Elementary Principals for excellence in education, but is most proud that staff members he hired have gone on to be respected administrators in the Iowa City District and in other districts.

Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70 taught in the same Iowa City Community School (Northwest Junior High) for all but one year of her 39 years as a junior high language arts teacher. She describes her predominantly seventh grade students as “challenging but also eager to learn, volatile but also steady and loyal, scared but also willing to take risks, secretive and reserved but also honest and open.”  Marshall has also taught workshops for gifted students, and at the university level has lectured on reading methods for all secondary pre-service teachers.  Highlights of her career included chairing a year-long, in-depth NCA accreditation study; giving the faculty address at the school’s 25th anniversary community celebration; and working at Princeton as a national scorer for the initial round of National Board Certification portfolios in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts.  She was presented the Literacy Teacher of the Year Award by her peers in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English.  

Scholar Hall of Fame inductees include:

Everett V. Samuelson ’48 oversaw a period of extensive growth as dean of the College of Education at the University of Idaho. During his 26-year tenure in this position (1963-1989), the college constructed its main College of Education building, buildings for industrial education and physical education, and the swim center. Among many programs he helped develop were a doctoral program in education and extensive international programs. Samuelson had been a principal and superintendent in Kansas schools following graduation from Southwestern, but moved on to become director of school accreditation for Kansas State Department of Education. After he earned his doctorate, he served in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then became director of the Bureau of Educational Research at the University of Colorado before joining the Idaho faculty.

Marilyn Brown Corbin ’70 has devoted over 40 years to extension education, leading community-based programs that address preventive health strategies developed with the latest university research.  She has been a faculty and administrator with Cooperative Extension at four land-grant universities—Texas A&M, Kansas State, North Carolina State, and Pennsylvania State.  Most recently she has been associate director, extension program leader for family and consumer sciences, and professor with Penn State Cooperative Extension at Pennsylvania State University. She provides statewide leadership to non-formal educational programs offered throughout Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, working closely with extension educators employed at county level. During her career she has received over $20.5 million in grants and contracts to implement award-winning educational programs for families, emphasizing nutrition, health, and family life education.

For more information about Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.

 

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members; Foust to Receive Business Builder Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1496 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1496 The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add three new names Saturday, April 12.  James Richardson, Hutchinson, Merle Sharick, Prosperity, S.C., and Rodney Kreie, Newton, will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history. The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Sandy Foust, Winfield.

The agenda for the hall of fame induction begins with the unveiling of plaques at 12:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Next, a luncheon at 12:45 p.m. will be followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees.  Cost of the lunch is $15 and limited seating is available. 

Sandy Foust, Winfield, will be presented the Business Builder Award.  This award recognizes business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life.  

Foust is founder and chief executive officer of S and Y Industries. Starting with a vision to generate extra income for the family, she began fabricating printed circuit boards on the back porch of the 19th century farmhouse she and her husband, Gary, owned in rural Kansas. The company quickly grew beyond a part-time job and now S and Y continues to grow with Foust actively at the helm. Under her leadership the company has received awards including “Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies in America” in 2009 and 2010. Today the company has more than 70 employees and operates in more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space.  Her community involvement includes ownership of retail stores in downtown Winfield, and active support of various philanthropies. 

The Business Hall of Fame inductees include:

James L. Richardson ’70 has been involved in management and growth of the same institution since 1972 and now is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Prairie Bank of Kansas in Stafford and Farmers National Bancshares, Inc. He has administrated, developed, and implemented all bank operational, investment and lending policies and procedures, successfully managing the bank through the 1980s and current financial crisis. During this time he has managed the increase of bank’s assets by 400%, has overseen growth through acquisition and managed growth in new markets, and was responsible for managing loan growth of 500%. He has been a member and executive committee member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees, an active member of the Kansas Bankers’ Association, and an advisory board member of the Hutchinson airport.

Merle D. Sharick ’68 is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB), supporting all business development activities for LexisNexis in mortgage/real estate. This includes the Mortgage Asset Research Institute’s (MARI) MIDEX data base.  His expertise supports a team that markets LexisNexis data solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries.  Sharick earned the CMB designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America in 2007.  Prior to joining MARI, Sharick was a risk management and business development executive in the private mortgage insurance industry for 21 years.  He also has background in public record retrieval, pre-employment background screening, and real estate property disposition, and started several businesses.  He had been a successful teacher and coach, public school administrator, and in the real estate and auction business.  He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker in several states. 

Rodney C. Kreie ’77 is a certified public accountant. In 1985 he started his own practice in Ulysses, merging in 1989 with two other Kansas firms to become part of the CBIZ professional network. Kreie left public accounting in 1999 to pursue other business ventures including irrigated and dryland farming, a bank (where he was president and CEO), a property and casualty insurance agency, a software development start-up, and other small companies. His current companies specialize in developing renewable and alternative energies in an effort to increase to amount of dependable sustainable power in the marketplace. Kreie has been an active volunteer. In Ulysses he helped form the first teen center, worked with local schools developing leadership programs, and served as chair of the Grant County Economic Development Council. He has also served on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

The induction ceremony is a part of Founders Day Weekend at Southwestern Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. 

For more information or luncheon reservations, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334.

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:05:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 11-12 at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1492 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1492 Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.  Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.
               
At 12:30 p.m., a luncheon will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library, with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  Seating is limited and RSVP is needed.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.
           
“Founders Day weekend is a shining moment every year at Southwestern College,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “The halls of fame provide an opportunity for the college to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders.  Their successes validate the education provided here.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Pedro M. Esquivel ’62, Harry H. Dunn ’23, and Bishop Bruce Blake.
• Fine Arts: George M. Cole ’63, Loren B. Crawford ’34, and Ronald M. Curfman ’64.
• Business: Rodney C. Kreie ’77, James L. Richardson ’70, and Merle D. Sharick ’68. Business Builder Award: Sandy Foust.
• Educators: Frank D. Davidson ’79, John W. Marshall ’70, and Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70.
• Scholars: Marilyn (Brown) Corbin ’70, and Everett V. Samuelson ’48.

For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:36:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Music Festival, June 9-14, 2014]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1491 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1491 The Cole Family Summer Music Festival will take place at Southwestern College from June 9-14, 2014.  This six-day summer camp features outstanding college-level faculty, professional musicians, and guest conductors from across the region.  The schedule includes private lessons, faculty recitals, technique classes, small ensemble opportunities, African drum and dance ensemble and much more.  For more festival information, go to www.sckans.edu/musicfestival.

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Co-Sponsor Opening Night for Wichita Wingnuts]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1483 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1483 Once again this year, Southwestern College will co-sponsor opening night for the Wichita Wingnuts baseball season.  The game is on Thursday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. in Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, when the Wingnuts take on the Grand Prairie Airhogs.  Southwestern alumni, friends, and students, are encouraged to attend (bring the spring issue of the Southwesterner which will have information about this event, for special discounted tickets of only $5 per person.)  President Merriman will throw out the first pitch and lots of fun will be had by all! 

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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:48:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Honorees will be Recognized on Founders Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1475 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1475 Inductees to five halls of fame will be honored at Southwestern College on Founders Weekend, April 11-12, 2014.

Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences:
  Bishop Bruce Blake
  Harry H. Dunn '23
  Pedro M. Esquivel '62

Fine Arts Hall of Fame:
  George M. Cole '63
  Loren B. Crawford '34
  Ronald K. Curfman '64

Business Hall of Fame:
  Rodney C. Kreie '77
  James L. Richardson '70
  Merle D. Sharick '68
Business Builder Award:
  Sandy Foust (of S & Y Industries)

Educators Hall of Fame:
  Frank D. Davidson '79
  John W. Marshall '70
  Ronda Jo (Sims) Marshall '70

Scholars Hall of Fame:
  Marilyn (Brown) Corbin '70
  Everett V. Samuelson '48

For more information and a schedule of the weekend activities, check out the on-line alumni calendar or contact the office of alumni programs at susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:54:24 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dockery is New VP for Institutional Advancement]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1474 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1474 DeAnn Dockery has been selected as Southwestern College’s vice president for institutional advancement.  She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 13.  She will supervise staff with responsibility for alumni, annual fund, major gifts, and other development functions.

DeAnn DockeryDockery comes to Southwestern as a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) with 22 years of experience in nonprofit fund raising and management and five years of experience in sales and marketing with a multinational corporation, and extensive volunteer experience.

“DeAnn’s extensive fund-raising experience, including in the private education sector, combined with her Kansas roots, add up to a great fit for Southwestern,” says Southwestern College president Dick Merriman.  “I know our alumni and friends will enjoy getting to know her and I look forward to her leadership for our fund-raising and friend-raising programs.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Dockery was the Community Hospice Foundation executive director and vice president of philanthropy at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, a $90 million nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization serving 7000 patients and their families each year in the five counties of Northeast Florida. As chief development officer, she managed the Community Hospice Foundation board of directors and oversaw $14 million in endowed and non-endowed investment funds.

Dockery is a native of Overbrook, located 20 miles south of Topeka.  She earned two bachelor's degrees from Kansas State University.  Her husband and two children will be joining her in Winfield.

 

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:42:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1393 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1393
Natural Science Hall of Fame to induct three alumni

November 9, 2013 5:30 pm

Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world.  New hall of fame members will be Ann Allegre '72, Brian Howard '82, and Ronald Lohrding '63. The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15.

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Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:55:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Inductees to Enter Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1352 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1352 The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 20, in the reference room of the Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.
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ubal Tiner, Brevard, N.C., and Chris Downum, Flagstaff, Ariz., will enter the Scholars Hall of Fame.

Marilyn Davidson, Hays; Diane Nickleson, Clearwater; and Bobby Joe Slade, Dallas; will enter the Educators Hall of Fame.  Vicki Hitchcock, Wichita, will be presented the Marilyn McNeish Special Education award.
           
Scholars Hall of inductees include:
• Jubal Tiner ’88 is an associate professor of English at Brevard College. He is an award-winning and widely published fiction writer, his work often exploring varied approaches to masculinity in contemporary society. Tiner's work has appeared in “The Baltimore Review,” “The Florida Review,” “Oxford Magazine,” “Puerto del Sol,” “Jabberwock Review,” “Dos Passos Review,” “Weber Studies,” and elsewhere. His manuscript, “The Waterhouse,” was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. He is the founder and editor of “Pisgah Review,” owner of “MIGSC Press,” and former editor of both “The Cimarron Review” and “Midland Review.” In addition to his own work, Tiner has worked to instill a love of literary arts in others by teaching at Xavier University, University of Indianapolis, University of Dayton, and Western Carolina University.
• Christian E. Downum ’79 is a professor of anthropology and former director of the Anthropology Laboratories at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has more than 30 years of field experience and has headed more than 140 field and laboratory projects in the deserts, mountains, and Colorado Plateau regions of Arizona. He is considered an expert on the ancient ceramics of northern Arizona and the prehistoric archaeology of the area surrounding Flagstaff. Recent research projects include an archaeological survey of Sunset Crater National Monument, and investigating the possible cancer-preventive properties of ancient and traditional Southwestern foods. He is author of “Hisatsinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land Without Water,” which was named one of the 10 best books of 2012 in the Southwest.

Educators Hall of Fame inductees include:
• Marilyn (Stanton) Davidson ’63 taught kindergarten and first grade in Hays for 43 years. An energetic teacher who loves children and constantly motivates her students to do their best, Davidson has created hundreds of hands-on materials. She often incorporates musical activities into the academic curriculum, and frequently involves parents in her classroom. Through the years she has shared her knowledge and ideas by teaching workshops, Telenet classes, Project T.E.A.C.H., and classes at Fort Hays State University. She was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 1997, and was a Master Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School.
• Diane Nickelson ’95 began her career in elementary education following graduation from Kansas State University in 1983. She has spent her tenure in education enmeshed in education reform, beginning with A Nation at Risk and continuing through No Child Left Behind.  During her 14 years teaching first and second grade in Wellington the state adopted QPA, presenting her with the first of many leadership opportunities. She completed her master of education degree at Southwestern College and in 1996 became a fifth-grade teacher in Clearwater. She was an assistant principal for five years, then a principal for an additional seven years. Nickelson received her doctorate in educational leadership in 2010, and is assistant principal at Clearwater High School.                         
• Bobby Joe Slade ’57 spent nearly all of his 45 working years in education. He has been a recreational therapist, an elementary teacher, and worked with the Area Manpower Institutes for Development of Staff (AMIDS). He was coordinator, assistant director, and director of the Dallas Skills Center in the Dallas Independent School District, as well as assistant principal at the Sequoyah Learning Center and at Roosevelt High School. He also served as assistant principal of Skyline High Schools, one of the largest high schools in the state of Texas.

The 2013 Marilyn McNeish Special Education award winner is Vicki Hitchcock.  She is a 1972 graduate of Southwestern College.  Hitchcock began teaching elementary classroom and music in 1972, but found herself drawn to children who struggled with learning. That led her to a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in learning disabilities. Until her retirement in 2010 she was a teacher for 38 years, with 34½ of those spent teaching the ever-changing population of special education students. She taught in Newton, Joplin, Mo., El Dorado, Andover, and Wichita. Her classes included those with mental handicaps, those in the autism spectrum, students struggling with behavioral difficulties, and those who needed difficult learning modalities.

For more information about either hall of fame, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1347 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1347 Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 19, in Deets Library on the college’s campus. 

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  Seating is limited and RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

The inductees include:
• Scott Hecht ’90 earned a degree in economics from Southwestern College before attending Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1993. He began practicing in the Kansas City office of Stinson Mag & Fizzell, P.C. (now Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP) and became a partner in 2000. He has handled a wide range of disputed matters, primarily for corporations and other business organizations. Hecht has advised clients in both man-made and natural catastrophes. He routinely represents on a pro bono basis deserving clients who have fallen victim to tragedy or need business advice. Hecht helped found CLJ Foundation, which provides life skills and job training to developmentally disabled adults in Wyandotte County. He is on the board of directors of the Lansing Education Foundation, and has served on Southwestern’s Board of Trustees.

• Carl M. Metzger ’71 is a native Kansan who grew up in Wichita and Salina. He spent his professional career as a city administrator, beginning as a city administrator in Halstead and Hillsboro before assuming his first city manager position in Concordia. In early 1985 his family left Kansas and moved to Ankeny, Iowa, where he would spend more than 27 years as city manager and helped a community of 15,000 grow into a city of nearly 50,000 people. He retired from his position and from the city management profession in 2012. He has been president of the Kansas Association of City Management; a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and a life member of the International City/County Management Association.

• Victor C. Sherring ’41 was born in 1918 in Kanpur, India, and died in 2004 in New Delhi. His special talents were recognized early by a missionary from Hutchinson who arranged for his enrollment at Southwestern College. He was a student pastor at Grace United Methodist Church, as well as a Masterbuilder. He earned degrees from Garret Biblical Institute and Northwestern University. From 1945 to 2004 Sherring dedicated his life to church service in India. He was district superintendent to three districts and president of a Methodist college. His name was synonymous with construction, whether building lives or buildings. A talented musician, Sherring organized and conducted the India Centenary Choir and Orchestra. He also composed “Jaya Ho,” a hymn based on a Hindi melody that was later included in the United Methodist Hymnal.

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Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:51:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 19-21 at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1339 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1339 Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday through Sunday, April 19-21.  Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

At 11:45 a.m., there will be a briefing about the new Theatre Tech Center in Messenger Auditorium.

At 12:30 p.m., a reception for the Business Hall of Fame inductees will be held in Deets Library followed by lunch and the induction ceremony beginning at 12:45 p.m.  Seating is limited and RSVP is needed.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremonies for both halls of fame will begin.

At 7:30 p.m., the Builders on Broadway concert will be held inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.  For tickets call (620) 221-7720.

Founders Day weekend will conclude Sunday with the South Kansas Symphony on the Prairie, 2-8 p.m., at the Bonfy Ranch. Admission is $6. For tickets call (620) 221-7720.

“Founders Day weekend is always an exciting time at Southwestern and this year’s celebration certainly promises to live up to that tradition,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.   “The college is honored to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders at the five halls of fame that will take place, and we hope alumni, friends, and members of the community will join us.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Scott C. Hecht ’90, Carl M. Metzger ’71, and Victor C. Sherring ’41.
• Fine Arts: Kenneth A. Forsyth ’61, Leora K. (Martin) Kline ’66, and Lou (Edwards) Tharp.
• Business: Otis W. Morrow ’70 and Leonard R. Wolfe ’79. Business Builder Award: Blenda Hoskinson.
• Educators: Marilyn G. (Stanton) Davidson ’63, Diane K. (Ford) Nickelson ’95, and Bobby Joe Slade ’57. Marilyn McNeish Special Education Award: Vicki L. (Sims) Hitchcock ’72.
• Scholars: Christian E. Downum ’79, and J. Jubal Tiner ’88.

For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:02:56 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lady Builders win KCAC Women's Basketball Title for 2012-2013]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1325 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1325 For the first time in Lady Builder basketball history, the team brought home the KCAC Tournament title for 2012-2013.  The Lady Builders beat the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes, 90-65, in a decisive victory to claim the championship. CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Onward to nationals in Sioux City, Iowa, where the Lady Builders will play Eastern Oregon on Thursday, March 7, at noon.

For the full story, go to http://scupdate.org/?p=17885. 

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lady Builders in KCAC Title Game ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1324 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1324

Moundbuilder Sports Network

Tonight’s women’s basketball game between Southwestern and Kansas Wesleyan will be broadcast on the Moundbuilder Sports Network and on TV on PBS Channel 8 in Winfield.  So for the best of both worlds (if you aren’t attending) turn on the TV, turn down the volume, and tune in KSWC FM 100.3 and listen to Curt Caden.  The Dave Denly Pregame show will begin 20 minutes before tip-off or approximately 7:40.  You can also listen on cable channel 20 in Winfield and online at www.buildersports.com. 

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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:36:13 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Alum Jerry Kill Featured on Buick Human Highlight Reel]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1315 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1315 The Buick Human Highlight Reel, in partnership with NCAA, features SC Alum Jerry Kill, '84 and his work with the Coach Kill Cancer Fund.

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Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:06:19 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend and Halls of Fame at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1295 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1295 Plans are underway for Founders Weekend at Southwestern College, April 19-21, 2013.

Friday, April 19 will lead off with the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Deets Library for dinner and the induction ceremony.  This year's inductees are Scott C. Hecht '90, Carl M. Metzger '71, and Victor C. Sherring '41 (deceased).  For reservations to the dinner event, call 620-229-6334.

On Saturday, April 20, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame starts at 10:30 a.m. with a reception in Darbeth Lobby, followed by the induction in Messenger Auditorium.  Inductees are Kenneth A. Forsyth '61, Leora K. (Martin) Kline '66, and Lou E. (Edwards) Tharp. 

The Business Hall of Fame begins at 12:30 with a luncheon and induction ceremony in Deets Library.  This year's inductees are Otis W. Morrow '70 and Leonard R. Wolfe '79.  The recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2013 is Blenda Hoskinson (College Hill Coffee).  For reservations for the luncheon event, call 620-229-6334.

At 3:30 p.m., the reception for the Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame begins in Deets Library, followed by programs for each.  Inductees to the Educators Hall of Fame are Marilyn G. (Stanton) Davidson '63, Diane K. (Ford) Nickelson '95, and Bobby Joe Slade '57.  Recipient of the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education is Vicki L. (Sims) Hitchcock '72.  Inductees to the Scholars Hall of Fame are Christian E. Downum '79 and J. Jubal Tiner '88.

The evening will feature musical entertainment with the Builders on Broadway Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

To round off the weekend, Sunday, April 21, from 2-8 p.m. will be South Kansas Symphony on the Prairie at the Bonfy Ranch.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:04:58 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Two to Enter Natural Science Hall of Fame at Southwestern; Wimmer to Receive Servant Leadership Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1252 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1252 Two Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame and one former professor will receive the Servant Leader award on Saturday, Nov. 10. 

The new members are Gordon Scott (deceased) and Gregory Unruh, while Robert “Doc” Wimmer will receive the Servant Leader Award. The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15. 

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world.

• Gordon H. Scott ’22 was a pioneer in medical education. After completing his Ph.D. in anatomy at the University of Minnesota in 1926, Scott’s early work included assisting E.V. Cowdry with cytological studies of malaria at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.  In the department of anatomy at Washington University, he began to do research in medical physics and developed many physical methods of study for biology.  One was the nation’s first electron microscope (1935-1936). Scott joined the medical faculty of Wayne State University in 1945 when the medical school occupied one building and had an enrollment of 250 students. When he retired nearly 25 years later, enrollment was well over 2,000. In its 1964 Distinguished Service Award, Wayne State cited Scott as a “creative researcher, distinguished educator, and masterful administrator. His research in histochemistry, aviation physiology, and capillary circulation brought him renown as one of the country’s finest scientists.”

• Gregory K. Unruh ’77 is an anesthesiologist and tenured professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and most recently has been associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official.  A native of Sedan, he earned his M.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1981, and has been an active lecturer and researcher, as well as teaching and practicing medicine. Unruh received the Joel V. Mangold Award for Excellence in Resident Education, and has been anesthesiology residency program director since 2009. His institutional service includes being faculty advisor to the Delp Society (a student/faculty mentoring group) for more than a decade. He also has been an active participant in the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has held multiple offices (including the presidency) in the Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists.

Wimmer will receive the SC Servant Leadership Award.  This award recognizes those persons who have exhibited a willingness to lead in the style of a servant within God’s community of the world, one’s society, or the local community in which one resides.  Servant leadership describes the willingness of a person to serve causes beyond one’s own self-interest.

Wimmer was born in Westfield, N.J. He came to Kansas in 1949 as a student at College of Emporia and obtained a degree in 1952. He went on to obtain a master’s degree at Emporia State University in 1954 and a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in 1970. He taught at Southwestern College from 1959-1996.  During his tenure, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award given by the Chamber of Commerce, four Student Government Outstanding Teacher awards, the Bertholf Outstanding Teacher award, and the Ruth and Floyd Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty award.  He also generated the NSF grant to renovate the basement of Mossman Hall into biology laboratories.

These facts don’t tell the full story of “Doc” Wimmer, though. His family claims Doc never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed teaching so much, and the 790 students with biology majors who graduated from SC during his tenure experienced this gift both in and out of the classroom. He wasn’t driven by monetary goals; as a natural teacher he simply loved interacting with students, telling stories rather than giving lectures. Hundreds of those students also had memorable learning experiences during Jan Term trips Doc led.

In addition to celebrating Wimmer’s recognition as a Servant Leader Award recipient, SC is celebrating the establishment of the Robert Wimmer Chair in Biology at Southwestern College. A funding drive began several years ago and a final push this year brought in the needed commitments to establish the chair. As an endowment, earnings will annually benefit the biology program and students in the discipline.

Pat Ross, division chair for science at Southwestern College, will be the master of ceremonies.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the Mastin Scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6334.
 

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:38:32 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Norman Ornstein to Deliver Docking Lecture]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1221 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1221 Docking Lecture Series LogoNorman Ornstein will deliver the fourth Docking Lecture in Leadership and Public Affairs at Southwestern College on Friday, Oct. 5.  The Docking Lecture will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m.  Previous Docking Lectures have been presented by Sen. Pat Roberts, NBC political correspondent Chuck Todd, and Professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia.

Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.  He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.  A noted scholar on Congress, elections, and campaign finance, Ornstein is co-author with Thomas Mann of the new book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks:  How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”  He writes widely for both scholarly and popular publications and is a frequent commentator on American politics. His lecture at Southwestern will examine the sources of Washington’s current gridlock and the dangers it poses for the country.  Ornstein’s lecture “Dysfunctional Politics and the 2012 Elections: Where Do We Go From Here?” will be followed by questions from those in attendance.

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

At 2 p.m. the same day the college will host the first Docking Symposium on Kansas Politics.  The event will be held in the Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the SC campus.  Speakers will be professor Burdett Loomis of the University of Kansas and professor Edward Flentje.  Loomis has published widely on interest group politics, campaign finance, and Kansas politics.  Flentje is co-author, with Joseph Aistrup, of the 2010 book “Kansas Politics and Government:  The Clash of Political Cultures.”  Both Loomis and Flentje will offer brief introductory remarks and will then engage with each other and with audience members in discussion about current issues in Kansas politics and the political culture of the state.

Both the Docking Lecture and the Docking Symposium are free and open to the public.

The Docking Lecture and Symposium are underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century.  In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961.  His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:46:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Alumni and Ambassadors to be Recognized]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1216 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1216 The 2012 Ambassador Award, the Young Alumni Award, and the Alumni Recognition Award will be presented Friday, Oct. 12, at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The honorees are Mike Lennen, Brad Newell, and Bill Docking.

The SC Ambassador Award will be presented to Bill Docking.  This award recognizes non-graduates of the college who have captured the Builder spirit and have served as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the community.  These persons have given generously of their time, talents, and resources in endeavors such as personal attendance at college functions, assistance in recruiting students, contributions to the financial needs of the college and personal help when needed, on or off campus.

Docking is chairman and CEO of Union State Bank in Arkansas City, and chairman of City National Bank and Trust Company, Guymon, Okla. He also is managing member of an oil production company based in Oxford, Kan., and is president of Cowley County Broadcasting, Inc., which owns two radio stations. An attorney and certified public accountant, Docking has distinguished himself as a businessman, a community leader, and a friend of Southwestern College. Although he has three degrees from the University of Kansas, he has supported SC generously, helping make possible the Docking Lecture Series that has brought leading political figures and analysts to SC for community lectures. Docking’s support of community has led to extensive service throughout Cowley County and Kansas: He is former president of the Kansas Bankers Association and a former director of the University of Kansas Hospital Authority; he is a former member of the Kansas Board of Regents; current chair of the Kansas Health Foundation, a trustee of the Cowley County Community College Endowment Association and the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and president of Arkansas City’s Community Health Foundation.

Brad Newell, a 2002 SC graduate, will receive the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate who has made an outstanding commitment to the college with an emphasis placed on attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students.

Newell felt at home at Southwestern College from the moment President Carl Martin invited him to campus for a tour. He enrolled here (Mary Lou Martin is his cousin) and dove into campus activities as well as his academic pursuits. In addition to completing two degrees (a BS in business and computer information systems and a BA in computer technology) he was active in Student Government Association, serving a year as vice president and a year as treasurer. He also played in the SC bands and was a student representative to the Board of Trustees. Following graduation he enrolled at the University of Kansas, and graduated in 2008 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. After graduation he worked for Walgreen for four years, and now is a clinical pharmacist for Dillons. He hasn’t forgotten his SC roots, though—he is a member of the SC Natural Sciences Advisory Council and has been a guest speaker for Beta Beta Beta, the college’s honor society for biology students.

Mike Lennen, a 1967 graduate, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of his significant contributions to the college and community. 

Lennen has enjoyed a distinguished career as an attorney, and has served his alma mater and the communities where he has lived with leadership on numerous governing boards.

A 1967 Southwestern graduate, Lennen received his juris doctor degree from Washburn University in 1974. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Frank G. Theis and was administrative assistant for Congressman Martha Keys before becoming secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, then chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission. He practiced law in Wichita with the firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy for 18 years, then became vice president of regulatory affairs for Westar Energy, Inc., in 2007. He retired from this position in 2012 and currently is of counsel with the Morris, Laing Topeka office.

Mike’s community service included active participation on Southwestern College’s board of trustees from 2001 to 2010; as well as service on the boards of the Kansas Health Foundation, the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, and the Independence Charitable Trust. He currently is president of the Topeka Symphony Society. His active professional life has included presidency of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference and the Midwestern States Association of Tax Administrators.

For more information about the Homecoming dinner, contact Susan Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:14:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2012 Artist Feature - Mike Fell]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1211 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1211 Homecoming 2012 will feature the work of 4 talented Southwestern College artists.  Beginning on Thursday, October 11, the President's Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by three talented Moundbuilders from the class of 1977:  Mike Fell, Lynn (Watkins) Felts, and Sulinda (Baker) Fogle.  The display will be open from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, October 14.  Artwork by Jim Borger '82 that integrates still life and the natural world will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center throughout the weekend.  Watch this website for bios on all four of these talented artists.

Mike Fell '77



After graduating from SC as co-valedictorian with his mother Ardith Fell in 1977, and degrees in Biology and Art, Mike came back to SC for one more year to finish his teacher certification requirements and immediately started teaching art at the Winfield Middle School in the fall of 1978.  For the next 27 years he would teach a variety of subjects from the 6th through the 12th grade in the areas of art, science, social science, and English and coach a variety of sports while at the middle school level.  While teaching Biology at Winfield High School, Mike served as an officer in the Kansas Biology Teachers Association and was an active participant in the annual KATS camp for science teachers, which is where he met his wife Ann  who was teaching Earth science at Winfield High School at the time.  Since then, they have raised four children: twin sons Ryan and Brandon, daughters Phoebe, and Elynne who graduated from Southwestern with a degree in Biology in 2011.

Since fall of 2003, Mike has been working as an art instructor at Cowley Community College where his emphasis has been the 3-dimensional arts of Ceramics and Sculpture.   He currently specializes in stone, clay, and metal sculpture and has received several awards in juried competitions such as Winfield’s Art in the Park, the Smokey Hill Art Show in Hays, KS and the Arts Incubator in Kansas City, KS.  He has also served as an Arts judge in a variety of local art competitions including the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, Winfield Art in the Park, and the Arkansas City Prairie Fest.

Fell’s works blend his love of nature and natural forms and his reverence for life and its multiple expressions.  From simple abstract forms whose flowing shapes and contrasting textures invite a person to touch, to the intricate details of the human face, Fell’s works blend reality and imagination in a manner which invites the viewer to stop and participate in the experience. 

“I am both a teacher and a student.  I enjoy learning from my students as well as sharing what I know with them.  Together we both grow.” “Creating art helps me to connect the reality and spirituality (essence) of what I see around me.  It allows me to go beyond replication and truly create images which exist only in the mind’s eye.” “Helping my students to create their own visual expressions of the world in which they live is, for me, what teaching is all about.”

When not teaching or creating art, Mike farms and gardens on 60 acres north of Winfield where he built his own passive solar earth sheltered home complete with wind generator, solar-electric panels and geothermal heat pump.  His latest project is the refurbishing of an 1880’s vintage building at 1001 Main Street in downtown Winfield into an Art Gallery/ Studios and classroom.  Opening in October, Gallery 1001 (Ten-O-One) will be home to the local artists cooperative and will showcase their artwork as well as the works of guest and student artists.  Classes will be offered in various media and the gallery will host other creative events such as music performances, readings and writers workshops.  Eventually the upstairs of the building will be home to a community meeting room/arts library, artist studios, and a ceramics studio.



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Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:04:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2012 Artist Feature - James Borger]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1200 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1200

Homecoming 2012 will feature the work of 4 talented Southwestern College artists.  Artwork by James Borger '82 that integrates still life and the natural world will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Throughout the weekend, the President's Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by three talented Moundbuilders from the class of 1977:  Mike Fell, Lynn (Watkins) Felts, and Sulinda (Baker) Fogle.  The displays will be open from Thursday evening, October 11, through Sunday afternoon, October 14. Watch this website for bios on all four of these talented artists.

James Borger '82

James Borger received a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis in studio painting, from Southwestern College in 1982.  He continued his education at Wichita State University, taking graphic design classes through 1984.  James has been working in the graphic design industry since 1984.  He has been employed at Pioneer Balloon Company since 1985, where he is presently Executive Art Director of Product.

James has continued to paint and exhibit locally and regionally.  His work is in private and public collections across the country.  His recent artistic direction has explored the still life moved outdoors in front of expansive Midwestern landscapes and skies.  For lack of a better term, he coins this direction "Stillscapes".

"I have attemped to create still lifes that are a natural extension of the landscape, stripping down the foreground components to represent simplified, utilitarian groupings that find symbolism in our social fabric and agrarian culture.  The fragile fruit rest on draped fabrics mimicking the folds and planes of the land and uniting the still life objects to the land.  It is important for the works to be believable but also house a spirituality that transcends the pictorial subject matter.  In some cases the still life objects take on a metaphoric or even an anthropomorphic meaning, providing commentary and exposing an undercurrent to the contemplative paintings."

James is represented by the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, MO, as well as the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS.  He has also exhibited in the Wichita area.

Some examples of James's work:

Sun Kissed by James Borger

Sun Kissed by James Borger

Red, Green, Gold by James Borger

Red, Green, Gold by James Borger

Traverse by James Borger

Traverse by James Borger

A Touch of Light by James Borger

A Touch of Light by James Borger

Ethereal Sustenance by James Borger

Ethereal Sustenance by James Borger

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Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:35:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2012 Artist Feature - Sulinda Fogle]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1199 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1199 Homecoming 2012 will feature the work of 4 talented Southwestern College artists.  Beginning on Thursday, October 11, the President's Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by three talented Moundbuilders from the class of 1977:  Mike Fell, Lynn (Watkins) Felts, and Sulinda (Baker) Fogle.  The display will be open from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, October 14.  Artwork by Jim Borger '82 that integrates still life and the natural world will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center throughout the weekend.  Watch this website for bios on all four of these talented artists.

Sulinda Fogle ' 77

Sulinda FogleSulinda (Baker) Fogle taught middle school art in Dodge City, Kansas, for 15 years.  While in Dodge City, she studied under western painters Norma Clare and Jack Sorenson.  In 1997, she moved to her hometown of Caldwell, Kansas, with her husband, Wil and son, Hank.  Sulinda returned to Southwestern College to study for her special education licensure and taught special education in South Haven, Kansas, before retiring in 2011.  She enjoys her newfound time with her family and continues working on her art.

Some examples of Sulinda's work:

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Drover by Sulinda Fogle '77

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Tetons by Sulinda Fogle '77

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Raccoons by Sulinda Fogle '77

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Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:22:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2012 Artist Feature - Lynn Felts]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1193 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1193 Homecoming 2012 will feature the work of 4 talented Southwestern College artists.  Beginning on Thursday, October 11, the President's Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by three talented Moundbuilders from the class of 1977:  Mike Fell, Lynn (Watkins) Felts, and Sulinda (Baker) Fogle.  The display will be open from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, October 14.  Artwork by Jim Borger '82 that integrates still life and the natural world will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center throughout the weekend.  Watch this website for bios on all four of these talented artists.

Lynn Felts ' 77

 

lynn felts.jpgLynn Felts received her Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College, in Winfield, Kansas in 1977.  During the 1977-1978 Jan Term she and 10 other art students accompanied Warren Brown, professor of art at Southwestern to Rome and Florence, Italy to study art history for three weeks.   Returning from Rome, Italy, Lynn was hired as a permanent elementary art teacher for the remainder of the 1978 school year in Wellington, Kansas.  She taught at Lincoln, Eisenhower and the Sixth Grade Center in Wellington.    An elementary art position opened in Winfield near the end of the school year.  Lynn applied, got the position in Winfield and taught elementary art at Irving, Country View, South Vernon and Pleasant Valley for 10 years.   In 1986, Lynn moved to Winfield High School where she continues to be a full time Visual Arts Educator.  In 1991 Lynn received a Master of Art Education from Wichita State University.

Lynn is currently the National Art Education Association Secondary Division Director representing secondary art educators in the United States.  An elected position, she is one of thirteen on the National Art Education Association Board of Directors.  She is also the Kansas Art Education Association Secondary Representative and a Past-President for KAEA.

Among the honors Lynn is most proud of is being selected for the NAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year in 2007, receiving her award in New York City.  Lynn also gave a commencement speech for the College of Fine Arts, Wichita State University in 2007.

Lynn loves to paint on site/ plein air painting.  Her favorite subjects are close to home, the bridges of Cowley County, Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas and floral.  Lynn and 10 other artists are helping Mike Fell '77 to prepare his gallery, 1001 Gallery, at 1001 Main Street, Winfield, for opening in September 2012.

Some examples of Lynn's work:

Little Badger Creek by Lynn Felts

Little Badger Creek by Lynn Felts '77 (pastel)

Oxford Mill by Lynn Felts

Oxford Mill by Lynn Felts '77 (pastel)

Abstract by Lynn Felts

Abstract by Lynn Felts '77 (oil)

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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:07:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming Awards, October 12]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1192 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1192 Special awards will be given at the Friday night All-Class Homecoming Dinner at Homecoming 2012.  This year's Alumni Award recipient will be Mike Lennen '67, the Young Alumni Award will be given to Brad Newell '02, and the Ambassador Award will recognize Bill Docking.
Seating is limited for this dinner that will kick-off the Homecoming weekend.  For more details about the Homecoming weekend schedule or to register, go to the Homecoming web page.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:10:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dillmans Celebrate 50-year Anniversary]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1191 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1191 Jim '61 and Bev (Howard) Dillman '61 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception for family and friends at the First United Methodist Church in Emporia, on June 30, 2012.  Classmates from Southwestern who attended were Vere '60 and Bev (Clutter) English '61 and Don and Tonnie (Martin) Grunder '60. 

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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:00:58 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dalenta and Richardson to Enter SC Business HOF; Redford to Receive Business Builder Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1159 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1159 The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add two new names Saturday, April 21.  Terri (McCorkle) Dalenta and Ron Richardson will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.

The agenda for the hall of fame induction includes a reception for the inductees at 1:30 p.m. in Deets Library followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees at 2 p.m.  The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Bob Redford, Winfield.

This year’s inductees include:

Ronald Richardson ’83 had expected to go to law school after graduation, but his first job with Dean Witter Reynolds set him on a path to his career in finance. He soon was hired by Merrill Lynch to boost the local branch’s production in equity trading.  After Richardson became syndicate coordinator the branch moved into the top 70 offices in the nation. Richardson also became a Certified Financial Planner. He rejoined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 2000 and became a portfolio manager in the custom portfolio group in 2005. He was named Oklahoma magazine’s top financial advisor in 2008. In 2009 Richardson formed Vista Investment Partners and is a portfolio manager providing financial planning for private clients and small businesses.

Teresa (Terri) Dalenta ’87 began her career at Aetna in Connecticut in the actuarial leadership development program. After five years in that program, she continued the job rotation theme by working in roles of increasing responsibility in various departments and various insurance companies. Dalenta worked at Aetna Life and Casualty as an actuary and senior investment strategist, at Travelers Insurance Company as vice president product management, and at Safeco Insurance as senior vice president of claims and customer service. She now is the chief risk officer for Allstate’s property and casualty insurance division.

Bob Redford, Winfield, will be presented the Business Builder Award.  This award recognizes business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life. 

Redford was one of three co-founders of the Walnut Valley Association, a group that in 1972 organized the “National Flat-Picking Championship and Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival.” Later it would become known simply as the Walnut Valley Festival, or to its thousands of devoted fans, Winfield. President of the association for 40 years, Redford has managed the growth of the festival to its current status as one of the most renowned music events in the nation. In 1999 the Walnut Valley Festival was named the “Bluegrass Event of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Redford also had a 25-year career as an agent with Northwestern National Life Insurance, hired in 1960 as the youngest agent in the company. He was selected one of the Outstanding Young Men of Kansas in 1973.

The induction ceremony is a part of Founders Day Weekend at Southwestern Friday through Sunday, April 20-22. Four Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees, and the newly-refurbished Reuter Organ will be dedicated.

For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:06:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame Induction]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1153 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1153 Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 20, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus. 

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

The inductees include:

Eugene L. Lowry ’55 is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and was professor of preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology for three decades (1968-98). He has been involved in public affairs and church-related projects as a volunteer in Kansas City. In 1962 he was named to the Human Relations Commission of Kansas City, Mo., a group charged with implementing the recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Civil Disorders. As chair, he guided the commission in its work of arbitration, influence, and consciousness-training. In 1992 he was named to the Board of Trustees of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library. Three major building projects were completed during his 13 years on the board. He also initiated development of a preschool for disadvantaged children.

Larry D. Eason ’55 was the founding president and CEO of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth, heading the agency for 38 years. The center was a merger of six agencies serving handicapped children, and provided diagnostic and treatment services to children with developmental disabilities. After retiring in 1999, Eason became a consultant to not-for-profit organizations in strategic planning and fund development. His first client was Union Gospel Mission where he led the agency in the development of a 10-year master plan. He then became a member of the board of directors, and during the past 11 years he has served as president of this board. Eason was a member and chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees (1998-2010) and co-chaired the Builders of Excellence capital campaign. He is now an emeritus trustee of Southwestern College.

Myrne (Richards) Roe ’58 is a retired editorial writer and syndicated columnist for the Wichita Eagle and her column was published regularly at newspapers across the country. Her columns about her struggles with chronic, clinical depression won several awards from public health and mental health organizations. Roe has taught in Wichita public schools and at Wichita State University. She was campaign manager for Dan Glickman’s successful first campaign for Congress, then served 10 years as his chief aide. She also headed the Office of University Communications at Wichita State University for four years, where her staff won numerous national communication, advertising, and publication awards. Roe was awarded the Kansas Public Relations Society’s Clarus Award for Professional of the Year in 1987.

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Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:46:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 20-22]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1138 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1138 Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday through Sunday, April 20-22.  Four Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees, and the newly-refurbished Reuter Organ will be dedicated. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Business, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The inauguration ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be a walking tour of the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

At 1:30 p.m., a reception for the Business Hall of Fame inductees will be held in the Deets Library lobby followed by the induction ceremony at 2 p.m. 

At 3:30 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators Hall of Fame inductees followed by the induction ceremony beginning at 4 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the college will dedicate the Reuter Organ followed by an organ concert featuring James Leland and James Strand.

Founders Day weekend will conclude Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Spring Choral Concert in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge to the concert.

“Founders Day weekend is always an exciting time at Southwestern and this year’s celebration certainly promises to fulfill that tradition,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.   “The college is honored to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders at the four halls of fame that will take place, and we hope alumni, friends, and members of the community will join us.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Larry Eason ’55; Eugene Lowry ’55; Myrne (Richards) Roe ’58.
• Fine Arts: Orcenith Smith, James Strand, Jerry Thomas ’81.
• Business: Terri (McCorkle) Dalenta ’87; Ron Richardson ’83. Business Builder Award: Bob Redford.
• Educators: E. Katherine (White) Davidson ’38/’56; Anne Farmer ’97; James Wilson ’67. Marilyn McNeish Special Education award: Andrew Brenn ’01/’06.

For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:10:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Four]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1083 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1083 Four Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12.  The new members are Jeffrey Boone, Darrell English, Jessie Gulick, and Kenneth Laws. The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15. 

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world.

Jeffrey L. Boone ’73, M.D., M.S., is a consultant in cardiometabolic health, preventive cardiology, and stress medicine. In 2007, he was selected as one of the 160 top doctors in America by “Men’s Health Magazine,” and in the top 17 cardiovascular doctors for men. He is president, CEO, and medical director of the Boone Heart Institute, a Denver-based organization dedicated to the eradication of heart disease and stroke. As national co-director of the NFL Player Care Foundation Cardiovascular Program, Boone works with former professional football players to eliminate heart disease and stroke in this high-risk, high-profile group. In 2009, the Boone Heart Institute initiated preventive cardiology testing with the Colorado Rockies. His approach to early detection and aggressive prevention of heart disease has been presented in 12 countries and in 47 states.

Darrel S. English ’59 earned his Ph.D. in genetics at Iowa State University then spent the next 30 years teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Northern Arizona University. He was Mortar Board Professor of the Year there (1988) and received the NAU Presidential Award for Faculty Advisor of the Year (1995).  He was biology department director of advisement for well over 1,000 biology majors each year.  English was a participant on the Genetics Disease Review and Advisory Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services, and supervised the research of many graduate and undergraduate students.  In addition to his research work in cytogenetics and protein chemistry, English has numerous scholarly publications on the broader issues surrounding genetic engineering and DNA testing.

Jesse R. Gulick ’44 began his distinguished science career as a scholarship student at Southwestern College, worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau, and then was drafted into service as a military meteorologist during World War II. During his 4½ years in the military he attended UCLA for a year of intense meteorological study, thereby completing his Southwestern degree. After discharge from the Navy in 1945, he returned to the U.S. Weather Bureau and was a professional meteorologist in the Honolulu office until his transfer to the Kansas City office. There he worked as a district forecaster until 1960 when he was recruited to work on the NASA space program’s Project Mercury. He continued with the space program until 1978, when he retired as chief meteorologist for the Kennedy Space Center.

Kenneth I. Laws ’72 turned an early fascination with computers into a career as a computer scientist. His dissertation research at the University of Southern California (for a 1980 Ph.D. in electrical engineering) developed a new method of image texture recognition, and the Laws texture measures are used today as a benchmark in texture recognition studies. He then was employed by SRI International in the Artificial Intelligence Center.  In 1988 the National Science Foundation chose Laws as program director for Robotics and Machine Intelligence. He ran a grant program distributing almost $6 million annually. In 1990 Laws founded Computists International, a society that published an online newsletter for AI scientists. In 2002 he closed Computists International and accepted a contractor position at NASA Ames Research Center in the Intelligent Systems Division working on website and database development for an aircraft data bus system.

Pat Ross, division chair for science at Southwestern College, will be the master of ceremonies.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the Mastin Scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

For more information about the dinner or the Natural Science Hall of Fame, call Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6334.

 

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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:51:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT EIGHT MEMBERS]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1074 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1074 The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new members Saturday, Oct. 22, in Stewart Field House.  There will be a social time at 9:30 a.m. followed by the induction at 10 a.m.  The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Southwestern-St. Mary football game in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The new members are Rick Peterson, Mark Bliss, Terry Rhea, Loren Evans, Leroy Moore, Raquel (Rios) Stucky, Elliot Rodda, and Tyree Myles.

Rick Peterson, Kingsville, Texas, is a 1979 graduate of Southwestern.  Peterson is currently in his 14th season as head basketball coach at Texas A & M University at Kingsville.  He is the only coach in the school’s history to win 200 games (208-178).  His 2004 team won 19 games, finished second in the Lone Star Conference, won the South Central Regional tournament, and led to Peterson’s selection as Coach of the Year in the conference.  In his playing days, Peterson was a two-year starter at Southwestern and played on the KCAC championship teams of 1976-77 and 1977-78.  He was an All-KCAC selection in 1977.

Mark Bliss, Ozark, Mo., graduated from SC in 1987. Bliss was a three-year letter-winning quarterback at SC.  In 1984 SC finished in third place in the NAIA Championships and won the KCAC conference title in 1985. He was head football coach at Conway Springs for seven years and racked up a record of 81-4 and won four Class 3A State Championships.  He received six league Coach of the Year honors and four Kansas State Coach of the Year honors.  He is currently coaching at Ozark High School in Missouri.

Terry Rhea, Wichita, graduated in 1976.  Rhea was twice named All-KCAC first team in basketball.  In 1975, he was an NAIA All-District 10 selection. Rhea ranks third in SC basketball history for most field goals made in a single season and is still the all-time single season leader in scoring average (24.0).  He finished his career with 1,018 points.

Loren Evans, Flower Mound, Texas, graduated from Southwestern in 1969.  Evans was a first team All-KCAC selection in basketball in 1968 and in 1969.  He led the KCAC in scoring during his senior year.

Dr. Leroy Moore, deceased.  He was a 1917 graduate of Southwestern.  Moore was the first documented African-American to participate in athletics at Southwestern College.  He played football, baseball, and track despite intense racial hatred directed at him from other teams, players, and coaches.  He earned his Ph. D. in chemistry in 1944 from the University of Kansas and became the academic dean at Texas College from 1967-69.

Raquel (Rios) Stucky, Pretty Prairie, graduated from SC in 1997.  She was a four-time NAIA All-American in women’s track, an accomplishment held by only one other female track athlete at SC.  She currently holds five women’s track records.  In 1995 she was a national runner-up in the marathon.  She recently qualified for the United States Olympic trials in the marathon for 2012.

Elliot Rodda, Winfield, graduated from Southwestern in 1988.  He was a three-time NAIA All-American in men’s track.  He was the KCAC cross country champion in 1997 and the KCAC most valuable performer in track in 1988.  Rodda is currently apart of three school record relay teams.  Rodda is a physical therapist at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Tyree Myles, Atlanta, Ga., graduated in 1998 from SC.  Myles was a three-time first team NAIA All-American offensive lineman, the only three-time All-American in Southwestern College football history.  He was a four-time All-KCAC performer and named Most Valuable Player in 1994.

For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame or the induction ceremony, call (620) 229-6218.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:27:58 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ORGAN DEDICATION ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1073 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1073 Mark your calendars for the Organ Dedication in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 21, 2012 during Founders Day Weekend.

We will be celebrating the dedication of the REUTERS ORGAN with an ORGAN CONCERT in the new Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Featured organists are James H. Strand and James M. Leland.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:22:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CALLING ALL COOKS!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1009 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1009 SC 125th Anniversary Cookbook

In recognition of over a century of good cooking for and good eating by Southwestern College students and alumni, we have compiled a wonderful collection of recipes from alumni, students, friends, current and former faculty & staff, and current and former first families of SC.  Many recipes also include some SC-related memories.  We had a tremendous response to this project... the printed book contains well over 450 pages! 
Cookbook Cover

Completed cookbooks are available for purchase both on campus and on-line.  The cost is $25 per book, or three books for $70.

For shipping and handling, please add an additional $5 per shipment/address for up to 3 books.  For purchases over three books, the cost is an additional $2 more per book for shipping to the same address. 

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Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:35:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[HELMER FAMILY TRACK DEDICATION – April 30, 2011]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/929 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/929 TrackThe Helmer Family Track will be dedicated at the 50th Anniversary of the Southwestern College Relays on April 30, 2011 at approximately 4:00 p.m.     Southwestern is privileged to have the opportunity to honor a living legend in Coach Jim Helmer with the momentous naming of the Helmer Family Track. 

The historic legacy built by Jim  Helmer ’71 is nothing short of extraordinary and spans generations of graduates at Southwestern College.  Since he joined the faculty at his alma mater, Helmer has coached 31 straight conference champion cross country teams (1980-2010) and his men’s track and field squads have won every conference championship since 1983.  In 2001, he was inducted into the NAIA Cross Country Hall of Fame in the category of coach.  Only nine other coaches have been awarded this honor in cross country since 1956.

Jim Helmer

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Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:07:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[RICHARDSON FIRE PLAY]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/878 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/878 During Homecoming 2010, the SC Theatre Department and Campus Players recreated the April 1950 burning of Richardson Hall through a specially written play called, "The Pillars Stand."  Many alumni provided information about their memories and even some exclusive on-the-scene videotapes of that fateful event which made this incredible production possible. 

This exclusive play was captured on DVD format and is available for purchase at a cost of $20, plus $1.50 shipping if needed.  To purchase a copy of the DVD, contact the alumni office at 620-229-6334 or e-mail susan.lowe@sckans.edu and specify that you would like to order the Richardson Fire Play DVD.

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Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:57:43 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2010 HOMECOMING 125th HISTORY DVD]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/877 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/877 If you would like to purchase a copy of the exclusive DVD that was created and exhibited at Homecoming 2010 for the kick-off celebration of Southwestern College's 125th anniversary, please contact the alumni department at 620-229-6334 or e-mail susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Cost of the DVD is $20 each, plus $1.50 shipping if needed.  The DVD was created using vintage photos, old videos, and period music, all of which combine to create a trip down memory lane that will remind you of how proud you are to be a Moundbuilder!

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Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:57:18 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Charles Maddin to Receive Servant Leader Award at Natural Science HOF Induction]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/841 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/841 Southwestern College Board of Trustees member Charles Maddin will be presented the Servant Leader award during the Natural Science Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 13.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, approximately 6:15 p.m.           

Maddin began his employment with the Dowell Division of the Dow Chemical Company in 1953, and was manager of analytical laboratories until 1981. He retired from the company in 1984 as environmental manager but continues as a consultant for Dowell Schlumberger.

“Charlie has been a tremendous friend of the college and a diligent and hard-working member of the Natural Science Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees, says Southwestern College President Dick Merriman.  “We owe him a lot, and it will be a pleasure to recognize and thank him for all he has done for Southwestern and our students.”

His connection with Southwestern College began through his friendship with famed alumnus scientist, Wayne White ’27, who was a member of the college’s natural science advisory council.  White was unable to attend one of the council’s meetings and asked Maddin to represent him.  He enjoyed the interaction so much that he continued to attend.  He has served on the advisory council for over a decade, bringing his expertise as an analytical chemist to the development of SC’s science programs. Maddin provided an invaluable volunteer service to the college in the late 1990s during the remodeling of Mossman Hall.  He identified, labeled, and arranged for disposal of years of accumulated chemicals and supplies, preparing the former science building for renovation. 

Maddin serves on the academic affairs committee for Southwestern. He and his wife, Dorothy, have endowed a scholarship fund for chemistry majors.

The new members being inducted into the hall of fame are Douglas Fort and Harold Taylor (deceased).

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Susan Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:34:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2010 Events at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/840 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/840 Southwestern College has numerous events scheduled as Homecoming 2010 approaches.

Friday’s schedule includes:

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. —Southwestern Moundbuilder Market (campus store) open.
• 10 a.m. —  Jinx Invitational Golf Tourney, Winfield Country Club
• 1 – 3 p.m. — Richardson fire discussion; Alumni, community, and students visit about the Richardson fire and the crisis of 1950, Messenger Recital Hall/Darbeth Fine Arts Center
• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Registration for class reunions in Pounds Lounge. See specific class Homecoming schedules on the alumni website for times of individual class registrations.
• 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. — Professional class photos, Pounds Lounge.
• 3 and 3:30 p.m. — Campus tours, Pounds Lounge. Student Ambassadors will give campus walking tours.
• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “All Class Homecoming Dinner and 125th Anniversary Kick-off,” Stewart Field House. Master of ceremonies, Jim Farney ’53; Invocation by Carl Martin ’60. Recognition of 50 yr class, 51+ alumni, reunion year Class Hosts, SC Trustees. Alumni Award: Tom ’59 and Mari (Waite) Wallrabenstein ’60, Young Alumni Award: Brian Robinson ’05, Ambassador Award: Jeff and Stephanie Weeast. 
• After Dinner — Auction of 125th Anniversary Quilt, Roger Lungren ’62, auctioneer.
• 8 p.m. —  Kaleidoscope Concert, Richardson Auditorium
• 9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the soccer field.

Saturday’s schedule includes:

• 8 a.m. — Alumni registration, Pounds Lounge.
• 8 a.m. — Jantz stadium tour. Hosts: Ken Crandall, Dave Denly, Mike Kirkland, Mike Farrell.
• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Come-and-go continental breakfast and open house at the new SC Learning Center on 120 W. 12th Street.
• 9 a.m. — Ribbon cutting ceremony at SC Learning Center, 120 W. 12th St.
• 9 a.m. — Classes of 1985 and 1990 gathering, Daylight Donuts, 910 Main
• 9 a.m. — Class of 1960 trolley loading for parade, First United Methodist Church parking lot, 11th and Millington.
• 9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. — Rock painting at Cole Plaza and the Mound
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Professional Studies reception and service members reunion at Deets Library. Highlights from this reunion will be webcast at www.mounbuilders.com
• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  — Homecoming Picnic, Stewart Field House.
• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni at Winfield County Club.
• 12 to 12:45 p.m. — Ice cream cones, Farney Plaza.
• 12:30 p.m.—Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Farney Family Plaza (South Plaza area between Stewart Field House and White Physical Education Building).
• 12:40 p.m. — Class reunion gatherings, Jantz Stadium
• 12:50 p.m. — Dedication of Richard L. Jantz Stadium and pre-game festivities. 
• 1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Football game vs. Ottawa University.
• 4 to 5 p.m. — Communication and English reunion, come and go in Christy Administration Building lower level. This includes alumni involved with Moundbuilder yearbook, Collegian newspaper, Jinx Radio, SCTV, The English Journal, and debate.
• 4 to 5 p.m. — Builder Nation Party for 0-4 alumni (classes of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Sutton Lobby.
• 5 to 8 p.m. — Child care services, Grace UMC. Reservations required and walk-ins accepted if space allows.
• 5 p.m. — Class of 1960 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd.
• 5:30 p.m. — Class of 1960 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club. 50-year gala celebration.
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion gatherings. Bring your old college photos and memorabilia for reminiscing. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class).
• 8 p.m. — Theatre Production, “The Richardson Fire Project,” Richardson Auditorium. For tickets, call (620) 229-6272.

Sunday’s schedule includes:

• 9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
• 9:30 a.m. — Class of 1980 at friends brunch/worship, First United Methodist Church, 10th and Millington. Brunch followed by worship with guest speaker, Paul Wilke ’80.
• 10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service at Grace United Methodist Church.
• 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall. No reservations necessary.
• 1 to 3 pm. — Historic Homes Tour featuring College Hill homes from Southwestern’s early years, with front porch narratives. Tour tickets are available at any of the featured homes. For tour schedule or more information, call (620) 221-4379.
• 3 p.m. Theatre production, “The Richardson Fire Project,” Richardson Auditorium.

For tickets, call (620) 229-6272.

For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Susan Lowe at (620) 229-6334.  For schedule updates, refer to the SC alumni Web site at www.sckans.edu/homecoming.

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Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:13:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kristine (Lange) Cheatum Remembered]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/803 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/803 Kristine (Lange) Cheatum ’59 died on June 6, 2010. Kris was a case manager at the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services for 36 years, and maintained her social work license until the day she died. She had an over 50-year career as a human rights activist and an advocate for a wide range of progressive issues. A Kansas City Star column by Lewis Diuguid noted Kris’s commitment to justice: “Kris Cheatum and her husband, Lynn, spoke out for Muslims’ rights and against the U.S. war in Afghanistan and later against the war in Iraq. They attended nearly every rally, carried signs, edited newsletters, absorbed insults and conducted fundraisers. They wanted the best for America and all of its people, advocating peace as the only answer – not war, scapegoating and discrimination. When individuals use their intellect and goodwill to build up civilization, positive things can happen.... Her hard work for peace helped to slow the massive move to scapegoat Muslims. She kept people from feeling entitled to hurt, hate and discriminate. That pause allowed folks’ brains to engage so they could see the humanity in people of a different faith.” Among survivors are Lynn and their two sons.

Myrne Roe, class of '58, composed this poem in her honor:

Kris Died June 6, 2010

by Myrne Roe

 

This morning's paper read

Kansas City, Missouri

Mary Kristine Cheatum . . .

A pause to shake off sleep,

a cautious second glance.

Then my eyes stopped

on the Kris in Kristine.

 

Kris, the tiny girl-woman

with a nasal twang

that set the college drama teacher

into a hell-bent goal to change

that "awful" voice.

The teacher did not know

Kris could not change.

It was not in her nature to conform.

Her life would become a celebration

of civil disobedience.

 

She would brook no intolerance,

support no war.

Her energy overflowed her frame.

Her compassion sent her with food

into a crime-filled ghetto in the 1960s

so the Black Panthers

could feed hungry children.

Her war against war and nuclear crusades

earned her catcalls and arrests.

Her laugh left her throat

with uncontrollable delight

and her love wrapped others

in an embrace like a soft cotton comforter.

I weep today for the Kris in Kristine.

 

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Tue, 07 Sep 2010 17:11:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Former Builders Return to SC for Founders Day Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/710 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/710 Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees during the Founders Day weekend Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17.  The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service, Fine Arts, Business, Educators, and Scholars Halls of Fame.

The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The inauguration ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

At 1:30 p.m., a reception for the Business Hall of Fame inductees will be held in the Deets Library lobby followed by the induction ceremony at 2 p.m. 

At 3:30 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees followed by the induction of both groups beginning at 4 p.m.

Founders Day will conclude at 8 p.m. with the spring concert by the A Cappella Choir and the SC Jazz Band in Richardson Auditorium in the Christy Administration building.

“Founders Day weekend is always an exciting time at Southwestern and this year’s celebration certainly promises to fulfill that tradition,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.   “The college is honored to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders at the five halls of fame that will take place, and we hope alumni, friends, and members of the community will join us.”
Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

  • Leaders in Service: Billie Ann Day, ’60; C. Darnell Jones II, ’72; Lyman Schiller Johnson, ’28 (deceased).
  • Fine Arts: Norman Callison,’63 (deceased); Dennis Akin; Gayle McMillen, ’71.
  • Business: Roger Crossman, ’92; Bill Seyb, ’65; Brad Bennett, ’73.
  • Business Builder Award: Bruce Schwyhart.
  • Educators: Tom Mundinger, ’72; Clinton Trillingham,’21 (deceased); Lois (Dryden) Vasey, ’49.
  • Marilyn McNeish Special Education Award: Kim Mercer ’86.
  • Scholars: Randy Duncan, ’77; John “Jim” Ward, ’50 (deceased).

For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334

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Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:04:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Grad Callie Seaton to Present Art Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/687 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/687 A reception celebrating the art work of Callie Seaton has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21, in the lobby of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The reception will follow the SC Concert Band performance scheduled for 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.  The band concert admission is $5; there is no admission charge to the reception.
           
Seaton’s work has been on display at numerous juried, group, and individual shows.  This show features her abstract oil paintings. 
           
“Some of my recent work begins with a haphazard and intuitive layering of thin paint rather than any pictorial image,” Seaton says.  “The emerging work is guided by marks that the tools make.  As the process develops, some original marks may remain evident while others are covered.  When the painting ‘seems right’ to me, something from nature usually comes to mind and this provokes a title. Other times my photographic images guide the work.  The results then tend to be more literal.   
            
“Most of my life has been lived in Maine and Kansas,” continues Seaton.  “My inspiration comes from the natural environment—the colors, shapes and textures I find there.  Although my recent paintings are very abstract, the seacoast and granite quarries of Maine and the Flint Hills of Kansas speak through my work.”
           
Seaton earned a bachelor of arts degree in art from Southwestern in 1986.  She has continued her education at Wichita State University, Cowley College, and the Wichita Center for the Arts.
           
Seaton’s art work will be on display until April 1 in the Presidents Gallery inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  For more information call (620) 229-6272.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:08:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Fund Drive Gets Big Boost from Mabee Foundation]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/666 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/666 Two big facilities projects at Southwestern College – construction of a new stadium and renovation of the college’s main auditorium to create a performing arts center – got a big boost with notification last week that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has issued a challenge grant for $959,000 to the college.   The foundation is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla.

Under the terms of the challenge grant, Southwestern College has one year to secure pledges for 80% of the roughly $4.8 million needed for the two projects.  If the college’s fund drive meets this goal, the Mabee Foundation will provide the final 20% needed to complete project funding.  

“The math is pretty simple,” said college president Dick Merriman.  “We currently have cash and pledges totaling $2.6 million for the two projects.  We need additional commitments of $1.3 million to reach the 80% mark and claim the challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation to complete funding for the projects.” 

The college is accepting pledges payable over three to five years for the projects. 

“We don’t need to have cash in hand to meet the Mabee Foundation challenge,” Merriman noted, “just firm pledge commitments from individuals and organizations.” 

The Mabee Foundation assists religious, charitable, and educational organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Recent Mabee Foundation grants to Southwestern College have supported the construction of the Beech Science Center and Mabee Laboratories, and the renovation of Mossman Hall.   

 “We’re most grateful to the Mabee Foundation for this latest challenge grant and for all they have done, down through the years, to help the college,” Merriman stated. “Their grants, and the gifts they motivate through their challenges, have changed the face of Southwestern in very positive ways.”

The college’s new stadium, to be named for leadership donor Richard L. Jantz, will have a synthetic turf playing surface for football and soccer and a new eight-lane oval for track events.  ADA-compliant home grandstand seating for 3,000 and visitor seating of 600 will be built.  The stadium will include a press box complex providing accommodations for coaches, broadcasters, and game administrators.  Restrooms and a concession stand facility will be built at the south end of the stadium.  The facility will host athletic contests for Southwestern College and Winfield High School, Commencement exercises for both schools, and other community events.

The second performance venue slated for improvement with campaign funds is the auditorium in the Christy Administration Building which will be renovated to create an up-to-date performing arts center.   The goal of the renovation, said Merriman, is to create a beautiful and well-equipped performing arts center that will properly support teaching, rehearsal, and performances, along with major lectures and convocations.  The renovation will include a box office, ADA-compliant seating, new seats, production and technical areas in the rear of the hall, a reconfigured hall to improve acoustics, and significant improvements for staging and production of concerts, plays, and lectures.

“We have the opportunity, now, to dramatically improve two facilities that are crucial for the quality of life in Winfield.  We have 12 months to reach our goal, and we’ll need help from everyone who loves Winfield and loves Southwestern,” concluded Merriman. 

For more information on how to make a donation, and to learn more about naming and memorial opportunities, contact Mike Farrell, vice president for institutional advancement, at (620) 229-6286.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:04:15 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Photos from Homecoming 2009!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/641 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/641 Homecoming 2009 Photo Galleries

We had a wonderful Homecoming 2009!  In fact, we had so many fantastic photos (over 2000) from the various events that we decided to share as many as we could.  We've assembled them into separate photo albums for each event.

For those of you who were here, you can relive the experience.  For those Builders who weren't able to make it back, you can take a look at all the fun you missed.

VIEW THE 2009 HOMECOMING PHOTOS!

 

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Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:57:27 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Natural Science Hall of Fame to Welcome Three New Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/636 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/636 Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 14.  The new members are William Glass, Lyle Kallenbach, and John Leonard Antal.  The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, approximately 6:15. 

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world.

This year’s inductees include:

• William A. Glass ’53 held management positions ranging from scientist to associate lab director at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) from 1963 to 1993. As chief scientist at PNNL, he was responsible for program management and a budget of more than $5 million. A physicist, his research has focused on the energy loss of energetic nuclear particles (protons, neutrons, electrons) in tissue-like material, i.e. gas state carbon, hydrogen, oxygen in tissue equivalent composition. He pioneered many of the techniques of energy loss in very thin tissue layers by using variable energy incident particles impinging on gas targets of various densities. His work with wall-less proportional counters (radiation energy deposition detectors) was also pioneering.

• Lyle Kallenbach ’61 completed graduate degrees in chemistry at Oklahoma University and Texas A&M University, and then joined Gulf Oil Research Co. where he was a manager in the analytical research department that specialized in polymers and proprietary chemicals research. Technical firsts achieved under his direction included the utilization of mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and high pressure liquid chromatography to elucidate and quantify new organic structures. He joined Phillips Petroleum Co. (later ConocoPhillips) and as a senior research chemist, he continued research and specialized in catalyses where he invented and developed numerous new polymers and petrochemical processes. These are currently utilized worldwide in the chemical, polymer, and oil refining industries. He has technical publications, technical seminars, and 35 U.S. patents to his credit.

• John Leonard Antal ’58 was a packaging engineer for many companies throughout his distinguished career. He developed his first acrylic for Monsanto Chemical while he was still in college, then became an expert in product packaging. After an 11-year stint with Falstaff Brewing Corp.—where he designed and developed labels, cans, bottles, and metals—most of Antal’s work was done with medical and pharmaceutical products. He created an irrigation and Pedialyte bottle for Abbot Laboratories that is still used today, designed plastic products including a kidney dialysis filter unit for Baxter Travenol Laboratories, and designed the Neosporin package and the Snoopy Band-Aid with Neosporin box for Glaxo-Wellcome. After retirement he received a patent for orthopedic surgeries developed for Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Antal died in 2001.

For more information about the dinner or the Natural Science Hall of Fame, call Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6334.

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Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:40:21 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stadium Groundbreaking on Saturday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/628 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/628 Southwestern College will celebrate the final game inside Sonner Stadium and the groundbreaking for the new Richard L. Jantz Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7.  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at halftime of the Southwestern—Tabor football game.

Several local dignitaries will be at the stadium for the groundbreaking ceremony.  The ceremony gives the college a chance to pay tribute to the many supporters of the stadium project.

The college has announced that construction of the new stadium on campus will begin in early 2010, with the goal of having the stadium ready for competition for the fall 2010 football and soccer season.  The stadium will be named for Jantz, a 1970 graduate of Southwestern.  Jantz lives in Lawrence and is owner of Millard Management, a crop insurance company serving farmers across the region.  Jantz is a former member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

Southwestern College President Dick Merriman says that the college has not completed its fund raising campaign for the stadium but feels that by showing progress on the new stadium new donors may be inspired to contribute.  Merriman is grateful to SC alumni and the community for helping out.

“The college’s alumni and friends have responded well,” Merriman says.  “These pledges, combined with the $1 million commitment from the Winfield public schools, will allow us to begin construction of the stadium in early 2010 season.  The new stadium should be ready and waiting for the fall 2010 football season.” 

For more information about the ceremony or how to contribute, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at Southwestern at (800) 846-1543 ext. 6279 or (620) 229-6279.

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Tue, 03 Nov 2009 10:11:10 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2009 Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes Six New Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/625 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/625 The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members Saturday, Nov. 7, in Stewart Field House.  There will be a social time at 10 a.m. followed by the induction at 10:30 a.m.  The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Southwestern-Tabor football game in Sonner Stadium.  The new members are Donald Carter, Steve Savarese, Denise Allen Mobley, Wylie Smith, Lori Green, and Kyle Wollenberg

Donald Carter, Wichita, is a 1998 graduate of Southwestern.  At the time of his graduation, he was the men’s basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,690 career points.  Carter was a two-time NAIA All-American, three-time All-KCAC, and KCAC player of the year in 1998.  Carter still holds the school record for most steals in a single season (91).  Carter, along with another hall of fame inductee, Kyle Wollenberg, led Southwestern College to an appearance in the 1998 NAIA national tournament for the first time in 43 years.

Steve Savarese, Montgomery, Ala., graduated from SC in 1974.  Since graduation Savarese has excelled at teaching and coaching in Kansas and Alabama.  In 1978 he led the Douglass football team to the class 3A state championship.  After seven years at Douglass he returned to Alabama and has served as head coach and athletic director at high schools in Birmingham, Mobile, Daphne, and Alexander City.  He also served as assistant principal and has been named “Outstanding Teacher” at every school where he was employed.  His career coaching record is 289-80.  He has coached seven athletes that have gone on to National Football League (NFL) careers and was a NFL high school coach of the year finalist in 1996-97.  He is currently the executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.  When he became the executive director, Savarese was the all-time winningest coach in Alabama.

Denise Allen Mobley, Macclenny, Fla., graduated in 1993.  Mobley came to Southwestern from Lost Springs and attended Centre High School.  She is the current record holder of the indoor track high jump record (5’6’’).  Her other accomplishments include being named All-KCAC for four years in the high jump and triple jump; three-time NAIA All-District 10 in high jump; NAIA All-District 10 champion in high jump in 1991; and two-time NAIA All-American in high jump in 1991 and 1993

Wylie Smith, Hesston, graduated from Southwestern in 1951.  A Protection native, Smith participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track while attending SC.  Smith was respected for his athleticism and sportsmanship.  Smith earned 14 letters while participating in athletics at Southwestern and was named to the All-CIC basketball team his senior year.  Smith also played semi-pro baseball for the Boeing Bombers of Wichita while employed by Boeing.  Currently, Smith and his wife, Louise, live in Hesston.  Wylie volunteers regularly at his church and drives a bus for the senior citizens group. 

Lori Green, Altamont, is a 1986 graduate of Southwestern.  Green came to SC after playing basketball for two years at Labette County Community College.  She was a unanimous two-time All-KCAC and NAIA District 10 first team selection.  Green holds the women’s basketball record for best point-per-game average (19.2) all-time.  Her other accomplishments include second most points scored in a single game (40), second most field goals scored in a single game (20), and fifth most points scored in a single season (485).  In the 1984-85 season, Green had a free throw percentage of 82% which was the top percentage in the NAIA District 10.

Kyle Wollenberg, Lindsay, Okla., graduated from SC in 1999.  Wollenberg left his mark on the men’s basketball record book after his four-year career.  He remains the all-time leading scorer in basketball history with 1,796 points.  He was named All-KCAC three times and NAIA All-American twice.  Along with being the all-time leading scorer, he is also first in career three-point field goals made (229) and free throws made (435).  He is second in career field goals made (566) and assists (408).  He played in 111 games which is fourth best all time. 

For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame or the induction ceremony, call (620) 229-6218

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Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:33:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Auctioning Vacation Packages to Benefit the Stadium Initiative]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/622 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/622 As part of SC’s Great Performances Campaign, the two vacation packages presented below are being offered for sale until November 5 via an on-line auction. All proceeds will go toward the campaign’s initiative to build a new football, track and soccer stadium for Southwestern College and Winfield High School.

Please click on the link below to view our two spectacular vacation packages, and to learn about our easy bidding instructions:

Only the highest bidder on each item will be notified; this will be done by phone on November 7, and “live” at the November 7 football game between SC & Tabor.

Thank you for your support of the Great Performances Campaign.

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Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:47:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Stadium Groundbreaking Ceremony]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/621 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/621 We are excited to announce the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Richard L. Jantz Stadium will take place during the halftime of the SC football game vs. Tabor on Saturday, November 7, 2009 (kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.). We hope many Builders will come join us for this important step in the Stadium Initiative!

Find out more details on the Stadium Initiative Web Site!

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Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:35:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Reed, Lungren, Seaton Honored]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/618 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/618 The Young Alumni Award, the 2009 Ambassador Award, and the Alumni Recognition Award were presented Friday, Oct. 16, at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in Stewart Field House.  The honorees were Traci Lungren, David Seaton, and Jim Reed.
The SC Ambassador Award was presented to David Seaton.  This award is given to a person or persons who are not alumni of the college, but yet are involved and supportive of the mission and role Southwestern strives to fulfill.
Seaton has been a valued friend of Southwestern College since 1981, through his role as editor and publisher of the Winfield Daily Courier. 
Dave Seaton Photo
After graduation from Harvard, David and his wife, Callie, served for two years in the Peace Corps in Brazil.  Following that, David was press secretary to United States Senator James B. Pearson of Kansas.  In 1978, the Seaton family moved to Winfield, and Seaton went to work for the Winfield Publishing Company, involved in conveying news to the public in Winfield, Arkansas City, and Newkirk, Okla.
Seaton is an active volunteer, especially in the local community.  He has served on the board of trustees for KPTS public television in Wichita, a past-president of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, active member of the Winfield Main Street Program, and also involved with the Winfield Martin Luther King Jr. task force and Creative Community Living program.  In addition to all of this, he has supported
the mission of Southwestern College.

“David understands and appreciates the difference Southwestern makes in the quality of life for young people and is a strong advocate for the college,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni activities at Southwestern.

Lungren, a 2004 SC graduate now living in Norman, Okla., was presented the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate who has made an outstanding commitment to the college. 
 

Traci Lungren

      According Lowe, Lungren has volunteered to be a regional host for several alumni gatherings.  She also agreed to be a class host and has been active with keeping her classmates connected to Southwestern.  Lungren also keeps an eye out for bright and involved high school students who would fit at SC.  She has brought several to the college for campus tours.

“Traci is always upbeat, willing, and eager to help, no matter what the request.  Indeed, she is an enthusiastic Builder who goes above and beyond for her alma mater,” Lowe says. 

Reed, a 1964 SC graduate, was presented the Alumni Recognition Award in honor of his significant contributions to the college and to community. Jim is an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church, and served as pastor at Derby UMC for several years, and then First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, until his recent retirement.  In addition to his work in the ministry, he is on the board of Mercy Health Center in Manhattan, and has been helping raise funds to create a United Methodist Campus Ministries/ Wesley House for K-State alums in his hometown.  
For over a decade, Jim has been a class host volunteer for Southwestern College, helping establish a vital link between his college classmates and their alma mater.  

Jim Reed


“He is always a willing volunteer, ready to help with any need that the college asks of him, including serving on the Builders in Ministry committee,” says Lowe.  “He and his wife, Sherry, are strong supporters of SC and continue to help recruit future generations of Moundbuilders whenever the opportunity arises.”

 

 

 

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Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:43:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Grad Named New Tennis Coach]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/545 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/545 Tennis Coach Randy Smith

Southwestern College graduate Randy Smith has been named men’s and women’s tennis coach at Southwestern.
          “We feel fortunate and excited about having such a quality individual to lead our tennis program into the future,” says athletic director Dave Denly.  “With his experience and background in tennis, I feel very confident that we can continue the success that has been established over the years at Southwestern.”
            Smith was the KCAC tennis champion at #2 singles and #1 doubles in 1985 while at Southwestern.  He graduated that year with a bachelor of arts degree in biology.  Following his graduation, he became the head coach for the Friends University tennis team, operated a tennis program for 300-500 juniors each summer, and received the United States Tennis Association facility of the year award in 1989 while operating the Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita. 
            “Following in the footsteps of John Paulin is exciting,” Smith says.  “My goals are to build upon the program that is already in place.  Coach Paulin has had so much success I just want to continue what he has built.”
             Smith and his wife, René, live in Winfield with their two daughters, Kelsey and Ashley.  Smith will continue to teach sixth grade science at the Winfield Intermediate School. 

 

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Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:51:02 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builders Return for Founders Day Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/536 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/536 Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees during the expanded 2009 Founders Day weekend Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.  The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service, Fine Arts, Business, Educators, and Scholars Halls of Fame.
The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17 with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.
Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The inauguration ceremony will be at 11:45 a.m.
At 1:30 p.m., a reception for the Business Hall of Fame inductees will be held in the Deets Library lobby followed by the induction ceremony at 2 p.m. 
At 3:30 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees followed by the induction of both groups beginning at 4 p.m.
Founders Day will conclude at 8 p.m. with the spring concert by the A Cappella Choir and the SC Singers.
“Founders Day 2009 at Southwestern College will be a celebration unlike any others in the college’s 124-year history,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “This year, Founders Day has been expanded to become Southwestern College Hall of Fame weekend.  The halls of fame are always a wonderful opportunity to lift up outstanding Moundbuilders and recognize them for their lifetime of accomplishments.  However, this year, with the two new halls, we are especially honored to be able to pay tribute to some of the cornerstone members from Southwestern whose legacy continues on, in some cases even after their time at the college came to an end.”
Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Jack Focht, ’57; Hon. Loy Henderson, ’15; Carl Martin, ’60; Kim Moore, ’71; Jim Robinson, ’80; Ed Salm; Hon. David Swartz, ’64.
• Fine Arts: Marie Burdette, ’29; Earl Dungan, ’40; Mildred (Demaree) Erhart, ’41; Helen Graham; Lauren Kilmer; David McGuire, ’47; Grace Sellers, ’27; Ross Williams, ’35.
• Business: Sue (Lewis) Hale, ’66; Jimmy Kline, ’67. Business Builder Award: Todd Gentry.
• Educators: Sally (Mann) Cauble, ’72; Gary Rhodes, ’72; Jean (Jones) Wilson, ’58.
• Scholars: Virginia Blanton, ’89; Garry Hays, ’57; Mike Robinson, ’65.
For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334

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Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:36:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)