Alumni News RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/ Alumni News RSS Feed <![CDATA[Aidan Goodrich: Getting out of it what he put into it]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1912 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1912 (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Aidan Goodrich at CommencementIt’s a rare Southwestern student who doesn’t hear the same advice Aidan Goodrich heard as a new freshman: “You’re going to get out of it what you put into it,” someone told him.

It’s a rare student, though, who takes this advice as seriously as Goodrich. He graduated from SC in May with a biology degree. But in addition to the activities expected of a biology major (Beta Beta Beta, Pi Gamma Mu) he completed internships with Legacy Regional Community Foundation, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Georgia Aquarium. He was a member of the Leadership Team and was also elected a MasterBuilder.

“I was excited – I wanted to do things, challenge myself, learn about myself,” he says. “If there’s anything you’re passionate about, you’re going to put a lot of energy into it, and one thing led to another.”

When meeting with prospective students as an ambassador he shared that they were in for a special experience.

Aidan Goodrich at SeaWorld“I told them they were going to learn a lot about themselves, and other people, and the world, but they were also going to learn the spirit of service,” he says. “Our college is built on four pillars – knowledge, hope, courage, and freedom—but the fifth invisible pillar is service.”

Now Goodrich is working as a husbandry assistant in the animal training department of SeaWorld San Antonio, and spends his days observing killer whale calves, feeding sea otters, and caring for sea lions.

“It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be, and more,” he says – just like his Southwestern experience.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:11:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kayla Demel: Leaving SC better than she found it]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1911 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1911 (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Kayla DemelKayla Demel admits that she came to Southwestern to play basketball, but that decision opened the door to more than she ever expected.

“I saw upperclassmen getting involved, and I thought ‘I want to do that – I want to be an RA, and be involved in Builder Camp, and in student government, and in things I’m passionate about.’”

During her freshman year, Kayla admits, she was mostly focused on basketball and hanging out with friends.

“School wasn’t the first thing on my mind all the time, but then I realized I was only in college for four years,” she says. “I had to be ready to make decisions, and decisions you make in college are going to affect you for the rest of your life.”

Seeing older students model the possibilities Southwestern offered turned into a whirlwind of activities for Demel, who graduated in May as SGA president, student ambassador, treasurer of the Athletic Training Society, and member of the Pre-Health Professionals organization. And she continued to play basketball – she was an NAIA Div. II scholar-athlete and participated in all 31 games during her senior season.

“I told (dean of students) Dan Falk in February that my main goal was to leave Southwestern better than I found it, and I think I did that,” she says.

Next up for Kayla is a position with Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita, where she will be working with a surgeon as a physician extender and athletic trainer.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:05:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols’ second career leads to national acclaim]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1910 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1910 (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

David Nichols Signing BookFor a quarter of a century the college needed David Nichols to serve in a progression of roles. Though he considered opportunities elsewhere he was compelled to stay at SC. He taught economics, headed the business department, led institutional advancement, and finally was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college before he retired in 2003. And still, he says, he didn’t find out what he was really good at until he left SC.

(Pictured: David Nichols signs copies of his latest book about Dwight Eisenhower during an event on the Southwestern campus April 27. The book has been favorably reviewed by major national media.)

Today Nichols is a nationally-recognized author who is being called the foremost scholar on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. His latest book, Ike and McCarthy, was released in March 2017 and has been favorably reviewed by such media as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, and the Dallas Morning News. It was called “a thrilling new history” by The Daily Beast.

“I wasn’t going to play golf, and I needed something to do,” Nichols explains his late-life career as an author. Trained as a historian (his doctorate from College of William and Mary was in history), he told colleagues when he retired that he planned to write a book. Few predicted how successful he would be, though.

Abilene, he explains, was close and cheap so he decided to concentrate his research on the 34th president. Overlooked by East Coast scholars because of its out-of-the-way location, Eisenhower’s presidential library turned out to be a researcher’s treasure trove and Nichols reveled in the information he found.

Nichols Book Ike and McCarthyAn editor at Simon and Schuster took an interest in Nichols’ work, and in 2007 the respected publisher released A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. This was followed in 2011 by Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis – Suez and the Brink of War.

Critics took note of the books, with the Christian Science Monitor calling Year of Crisis one of “seven history books worth checking out in 2011.”

With the publication of Ike and McCarthy, Nichols has taken his place as the nation’s foremost expert on the Eisenhower presidency. National book tours, media interviews, and a second printing have followed its March 21 release.

“It’s the best written of the three books by far,” Nichols admits. “It’s not a who-done-it, it’s a how-done-it. It’s like a Sherlock Holmes mystery.”

At the center of the book is the fascinating general who became a president.

“Eisenhower was deceptive, almost to a fault,” Nichols says. “He appeared to be a bumbling grandfather in public but behind the scenes he was profane, ruthless, tough. When he finally went to war he could be lethal. He was both ethical and ruthless, which is a strange mixture.”

Now that Nichols has taken his place as a leading presidential scholar, he looks back on the careers that came before, and the Southwestern influence that occurred during his student days even before these careers began.

“During that transformative (for me) 1956-60 period, I learned that I – this untutored farm kid – could be a lifelong learner. Since then, I have lived by the maxim: ‘A liberal arts education equips you to learn whatever you have to learn to do whatever you have to do,’” Nichols says. “That principle has informed my life right up to and including the new book.”

“I’m a teacher at heart,” he says, “but if I had only been a classroom teacher I wouldn’t have understood Eisenhower.”

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:51:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builders: They're Everywhere]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1909 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1909 (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Builders Everywhere 1Moundbuilders meet in the most unexpected places, as Kent Lundy ’90 and Kevin Galo ’14 discovered during the past year. Chaplain (Maj.) Lundy, a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, and Staff Sgt. Galo, an active duty U.S. Air Force Security Forces member from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, were deployed to Eskan Village in Saudi Arabia from July 2016 to January 2017 as members of the 879th Expeditionary Security Forces squadron. Eskan Village is a United States Secretary of State Training Mission compound where approximately 1,000 military members and contractors live and work. The 879th provided the force protection for the entire compound.

“We did not know each other before we arrived,” Lundy says. “We realized the connection one day when Kevin was talking with me about the incredible military-friendly college he was attending!”

Builders Everywhere 2Lundy earned his SC bachelor of arts in 1990, and Galo finished his criminal science degree from Professional Studies in 2014. In addition to his military duties Lundy is a full-time elder in the Indiana conference of the United Methodist Church, and as of July 1 will be senior pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church.

“And yes,” Lundy adds, “we both deployed with our SC T-shirts.”

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:10:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three New Members Enter SC Business HOF; Kline Motors Receives Business Builder Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1897 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1897 The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame added three new names Saturday, April 22.  Eric Kurtz, Brian Pettey, and Dennis Hodges have joined the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history and were inducted as part of Founders Weekend activities. The Business Builder Award was presented to Kline Motors.

2017 Business HOFThis year’s inductees included:
•         Eric Kurtz ’92 is CEO and president of Union State Bank, the culmination of a career that began immediately after graduation. Kurtz progressed from night processor to senior vice president of Pioneer Bank and Trust in Ponca City before the bank was acquired in 2006. During his tenure the group became one of only three Oklahoma banks with Preferred Lender Program status with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Following acquisition by RCB Bank, Kurtz became senior vice president of commercial lending. In 2009, he joined Union State Bank. He became president of the bank in 2011, rising to CEO and president in 2014. During his tenure, the bank has expanded into Bartlesville, Okla., and Wichita, acquired RelianzBank, and has been recognized as one of the healthiest banks in the nation. 
 •      Brian Pettey ’96 is CEO of Robotzone, LLC, a business he founded in a Reid residence hall room during his senior year at Southwestern. Located in Winfield, the initial focus of Robotzone was designing and manufacturing robots and robotic components for educational purposes. In 2002, Robotzone began developing more advanced products that were suited for more diverse markets. Robotzone has assisted companies with NASA missions, had robots displayed at the Kennedy Space Center, and constructed robots to help kids learn in thousands of classrooms worldwide. Pettey has also assisted in the development of robots used to protect solders in war zones as well as in television programs and movies. Currently, Robotzone is designing a modular robotic construction system. Pettey has invented numerous products and holds more than 30 patents.
•       Dennis Hodges ’81 is the founder/CEO of Creatalyst, a global strategy boutique that teaches executives, educators, students, and entrepreneurs how to unlock creativity and drive innovation.  Hodges started with a self-designed degree in aesthetics and humanities that taught him to see relationships and connections among seemingly dissimilar items. This set the course for his life’s work, which combines photography, creativity, and strategy. Living for 14 years in Hungary taught him to look at issues from multiple perspectives and appreciate the local nuances that shape world views. He has worked on five continents, including speaking at TEDx Danubia. His work has been shown globally and is in the permanent collection of museums and private collectors.  Dennis also launched the lifestyle brand Dream. Believe. Do. and hosts its podcast.
•    Kline Motors was established in 1963 by Don and Virginia Kline as a family-owned business and has served Winfield and the Cowley County area for more than half a century. Its mission stresses the company’s commitment to the community. Pat Biddle started his career in 1975 in the service and parts departments and continued the tradition of supporting the community that included Southwestern College as he assumed leadership of the company. Kline Motors is now a third-generation business with Pat’s son, Jeremy, set to take ownership of the business. Following in the family footsteps, Jeremy’s son, Wyatt, 14, works summers in the dealership. 
 

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Thu, 11 May 2017 14:20:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2012 Graduate and Political Refugee Excels in Medical School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1862 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1862 2012 SC soluditorian and political refugee Tendai Kwaramba is featured in an article on UNC School of Medicine website:

Tendai Kwaramba

From Zimbabwe to Chapel Hill

by Zach Read - zachary.read@unchealth.unc.edu

Nearly a decade ago, fearing for her life, UNC medical student Tendai Kwaramba fled Zimbabwe and the ruthless regime of Robert Mugabe. Today, she's a political refugee living in the United States, on her way to becoming a physician.

In December 2008, as Tendai Kwaramba crossed the southern border of Zimbabwe into South Africa, she wondered if she would see her native country again. She was 18 years old, had just graduated from high school, and was fleeing to the United States, where her mother, Christinah, and brother, Farai, awaited her...

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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Prepares for Giving Tuesday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1835 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1835 Southwestern College is preparing to take part in its third annual day of giving on Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement, has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

Giving TuesdayThe goal of the Giving Tuesday movement is to pause and focus on serving others. After two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back, says Jessica Dibble, director of annual fund for Southwestern College.  The day is an opportunity to raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with neighbors; and celebrate generosity.

Since Southwestern began promoting Giving Tuesday to in 2014, significant funds have been raised for the college’s Builder Fund. In the past two years more than $20,000 have been raised from Giving Tuesday gifts.

“We have been very excited by the response to Giving Tuesday,” Dibble says.  “We are hopeful that Builder Nation will once again help us participate in this extraordinary day of generosity.”

Annual fund gifts collected for the Builder Fund are unrestricted, which allows Southwestern to be responsive to emerging opportunities and fund quality enhancements across the campus. 

Giving Tuesday donors are encouraged to support Southwestern  by mailing Intuitional Advancement at 100 College Street Winfield, KS 67156, calling 620-229-6279, or making a secure gift online at www.sckans.edu/makeagift.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:56:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter SC Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1827 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1827 Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Charles Hunter, Winfield; Gerald “Eddie” Weigle, Burden; and Arthur Hertzler (deceased). The hall of fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal.  
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“The legacy of Southwestern College’s natural science program has been in place for over 100 years, as is evidenced by the induction of this year’s notable alumni,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern. “Dr. Arthur Hertzler, class of 1896, was a man ahead of his time in the field of medicine, and the education background he received at Southwestern undoubtedly was a part of that success.  The other two 2016 inductees bear witness to the fact that this legacy remains as strong as ever.  It is truly an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work.”

Inductees include:
•    K. Charles “Charlie” Hunter ’67 turned his fascination with invertebrate animals and his love for teaching into a 42-year career on the Southwestern College faculty. He returned to the college as a sabbatical replacement in 1974 after earning his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, but plans for a short stay changed when he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and the quality and character of SC students. During this time, he fostered undergraduate research and designed a number of courses that continued to be taught at SC, including his favorite, Animal Physiology. He was the driving force behind SC’s marine biology program and for 16 summers taught students (including Moundbuilders) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Hunter’s awards included several SGA Faculty Citations, the Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award, and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award.

•    Gerald E. Weigle II ’93 received undergraduate degrees in both biology/chemistry and physics from Southwestern and a master’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University before going to work for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. While at SwRI he worked on software for numerous NASA spacecraft missions, including Deep Impact, Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), and the Curiosity Rover (Mars). Weigle took on leadership of several of the project: On the Pluto project he was lead engineer for operations, and he was software project manager for the Curiosity Rover. He left SwRI in 2013 to move home to Burden, Kan., where he formed Big Head Endian LLC. The professional engineering and software firm continues to work on the projects Weigle had at SwRI, in addition to new mission work. 

•    Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896, was known as the “Horse and Buggy Doctor” and brought health care to Kansas which rivaled that found anywhere at the time.  Having received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Hertzler continued with three years of intensive medical study in Berlin before returning to Kansas.  His reputation for diagnosis and treatment was well known and physicians from a wide area consulted with him.  Hertzler had been offered a position as Professor of Anatomy at Northwestern, but chose instead to establish the Halstead (Kan.) Hospital in 1902.  During that same year, he accepted a position to teach pathology, histology, surgery, and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, although he still held office hours two days a week in Halstead.  In 1946, after more than 50 years of 18-hour days, Hertzler retired.  The legacy of this outstanding Kansas country doctor lives on through the Hertzler Research Foundation, Agnes Hertzler Memorial Clinic, Kansas Health Museum, and Halstead Hospital. 

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the induction.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council members, biology activity grant scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

View the online Natural Science Hall of Fame gallery here.

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

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Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:45:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2016 Promises Lots of Fun!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1766 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1766 Mark your calendar for October 7, 8, 9, 2016, the dates of this year's Homecoming celebration.  The weekend promises to be more exciting than ever with lots of reunion gatherings scheduled, including football, soccer, Iota Pi Omega, and classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011!  In addition, Campus Players will have a party, and alumni who were a part of the 1966 seminar to the Pacific area with Dr. Wallace and Ina Gray, will be meeting with them to reminisce over dinner.  Contact your Class Hosts or Susan Lowe if you have questions or ideas for more things to add to the schedule... and we look forward to seeing you then!

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:10:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Inauguration of President Bradley J Andrews]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1744 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1744 Formal Inauguration Ceremonies for President Bradley J Andrews will take place at 4 p.m. on April 14, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Overflow viewing is available at Messenger Hall, Java Jinx, and the Campus Life office.

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Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:02:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1743 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1743 The 2016 Educators Hall of Fame will begin with a reception at 3:30 p.m. in Deets Library, followed by the induction ceremony.  The honorees are Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio '74, Florence (Cutter) Metcalf '63, and Robert "Bob" Nispel '57.  Recipient of the Marilyn McNeish Special Education Award is Danielle N. Shioyama '10/'14.  No reservation is necessary. ]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:59:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1742 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1742 This year's Business Hall of Fame will honor Todd E. Conklin '84, Benjamin S. Harrison '12, and Bruce DeHaven '70.  Recipient of the 2016 Business Builder Award will be Galaxy Technologies of Winfield.  The event will begin with a reception at 12 noon in Deets Library, followed by lunch and the induction ceremony.  Cost of the meal is $15, seating is limited and reservations are necessary.  Call 620-229-6279 to RSVP. ]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:58:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Fine Arts Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1741 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1741 The Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will take place on the stage in Richardson Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.  Cost of the brunch is $15, seating is very limited and reservations are required.  At 10 a.m., the Fine Arts Hall of Fame inducation ceremony will begin.  2016 honorees are Scott I. Hartley '97, Timothy A. Myers '00, and Brandon Q. Smith '98.  No reservations are needed for the induction ceremony. ]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:57:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1740 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1740 The 2016 Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences will be held on Friday, April 15 in Deets Library.  The reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  This year's honorees are Randy E. Eshelman, class of 2009; Barbara (Johnson) Isely, class of 1964; and Mabel Madeline Southard, class of 1899.  Cost of dinner is $20, seating is limited and reservations are necessary.  Call 620-229-6279 for tickets. ]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:56:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1704 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1704 Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Nathan Eckert, Stoddard, Wis.; Harold Miller, Medicine Lake, Minn..; and Esther Winkleman Overstreet (deceased). 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 p.m.  

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“Southwestern College is known for having an impressive science program,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  “The 2015 Natural Science Hall of Fame inductees bear witness to that fact, as evidenced by their impressive accomplishments. We are proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and their work.”  

Inductees include:

  • Nathan L. Eckert '01 is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the propagation and culture of freshwater mussels. After earning his master’s degree from Missouri State University, he was hired by the Virginia Department of Game and Freshwater Fisheries to run their Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Center for the purpose of freshwater mussel restoration. In 2010 he took a position raising freshwater mussels for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Genoa (Wis.) National Fish Hatchery.  Over the first decade of his career he was responsible for the production of over 20 million juvenile mussels of 38 species, 14 of which are federally endangered.  In 2014 he received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence in recognition of his creativity and tenacity in developing new techniques for culturing freshwater mussels.
  • Harold E. “Gene” Miller ’62 was a senior principle scientist for General Mills Research Center from 1968 to 2002. During his research and development there, he was heavily involved in development of one of the company’s most popular products, Cheerios. His research resolved details of the chemical activity during processing that provides stability to oxidative rancidity in cereals.  He led research that gained important cost reduction regarding vitamin and mineral use and won FDA approval to label high purity limestone as calcium. The team documented phytochemicals and micronutrients in whole grain products, providing new information to help explain positive health benefits of whole grains besides their fiber content, and he was principal researcher on a paper that compared the antioxidant activity of whole grain, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals to that of fruits and vegetables.
  • Esther Winkelman Overstreet ’28 was one of the earliest women physicians in America and was a family physician in Kansas City for 51 years until retiring in 1987.  She was on staff at Research Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center, and in 1965 she was the first woman awarded Family Physician of the Year by the Kansas City Academy of General Practice.  In 1992 Winkelman was recognized as one of 12 outstanding persons in the 25th anniversary edition of “MD Magazine,” and she received the Award of Merit from the Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City.  Following her retirement she was considered to be the 10th most traveled person in the United States.  She died in 1993 after a car accident on her way to the airport.

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council scholars, biology activity grant 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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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:16:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Order Your 2015 Alumni Directory by Nov. 8]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1687 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1687 The phone lines for updating your alumni directory information are closed, but there is still time to order your copy of the 2015 Alumni Directory.

Call 1-800-877-6554 before November 8, 2015 to secure your copy!

Congratulations to Peggy Ginn '63 for winning the custom SC blanket from Crochet from the Heartland.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:32:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Moundbuilder Market at Homecoming]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1683 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1683 The Moundbuilder Market is under new management and you will love all the great changes!  In addition, if you pre-register for Homecoming (either by mail or online) by Oct. 5, you will receive a 10% off coupon to be used in the Moundbuilder Market over Homecoming weekend!  Make your reservation now and pick up your coupon when you arrive for Homecoming registration on Oct. 16 or 17.  (See Homecoming schedule for registration times and locations.) ]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:36:42 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Meet the President Tailgate Party Scheduled for Sept. 19]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1682 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1682 The Southwestern College alumni department is hosting a tailgate party on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Farney Family Plaza located on the south end of Jantz Stadium. 

The tailgate party will give fans and supporters of Southwestern College an opportunity to meet and greet new president Brad Andrews.  The Southwestern College football team will then take on McPherson College at 6 p.m.

For $5, tailgate attenders will have their choice of a hot dog or hamburger, along with chips and a drink.  Reservations are appreciated and should be made by Friday, Sept. 11.  For more information or to make a reservation, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6279 or by emailing susan.lowe@sckans.edu.   

 

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:04:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2015 Alumni Directory]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1665 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1665 Alumni Directory PostcardBy now you've probably received a postcard like this in the mail. We are currently in the final stages of preparing Southwestern College Alumni Today, a publication that will feature listings along with photos and essays submitted by alumni. We need your help! A brief telephone call will ensure your listing is completely accurate and up-to-date. Call 1-877-821-0456 Monday-Friday between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM (CDT).  


Alumni Directory Blanket GiveawayCustom SC Blanket Giveaway

Everyone who responds by August 31, 2015, will be entered into a drawing for a custom SC blanket provided by Crochet from the Heartland.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:52:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2015 Schedule]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1628 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1628 Founders Weekend, April 16-19, 2015, is a great opportunity to celebrate the many things that make Southwestern unique and outstanding. We hope you will be able to attend one or more of the events.


Thursday, April 16

3 p.m.  Readings and book signing by Strohl family members of their parents' book, "Fifty Years to Shape a Dream, 1933-1983", by Helen & Orville Strohl, held in Deets Library.  Books are available for purchase, $24.99 each.


Friday, April 17

2 p.m. Book presentation, Irenaeus on the Trinity, by Jackson Lashier, associate Professor of Religion, held in Deets Library.  Dr. Lashier analyzes Irenaeus' Trinitarian conception of God and how it contributes to the development of Tinitarian thought in early Christianity.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

5:30 p.m.  Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences dinner & induction ceremony, Deets Library.  Cost $20, limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
F. David Froman '68
Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez '94
John William "Bill" Todd '51


Saturday, April 18

8:30 a.m.  Open House, Darbeth Lobby to view Fine Arts Hall of Fame and display in the President's Gallery
9 a.m.  Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch & induction ceremony, stage in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
Michael R. Brummett '79
Terry L. McGonigle '73
Madeline (Magnusson) Norland '83

12 noon  Business Hall of Fame lunch & induction ceremony, Deets Library.  Cost $15, limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
Shawn L. Fanshier '83
Gregg A. Howell '73
Leo T. "Pete" Whalen '51

Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2015:  Winfield Economic Development Committee (board members are Craig Duncan, Jill Long, Warren Porter and Rodger Steffen)

3:30 p.m.  Educators & Scholars Halls of Fame reception, Deets Library, followed by hall of fame ceremonies.  No charge, but to insure adequate seating, your RSVP to susan.lowe@sckans.edu is appreciated.

Educators Hall of Fame Inductees:
Gyla (Brock) Conklin '58
Cheryl (Bernard) Schasteen '71
Kenneth E. Valentine '70

Scholars Hall of Fame Inductees:
Dale B. Sims '80
Philip R. Schmidt

6 p.m.  Founders Day Dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall, by invitation only.

8 p.m.  RPAC Presents, Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Show details will be announced at a later date.


Sunday, April 19

3 p.m.  Spring Choral Concert, Richardson Performing Arts Center.

For more information on Founders Weekend events, call 620-229-6279.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:07:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on April 17, 2015]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1627 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1627 Plan to attend the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences to honor three outstanding Moundbuilders: F. David Froman '68, Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez '94, and John William "Bill" Todd '51.  The hall of fame event will begin at 5:30 on April 17 with the unveiling of plaques in Deets Library, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony in the same location at 6 p.m.

Cost of the meal is $20, seating is limited and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:01:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Fine Arts Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1626 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1626 For 2015, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame event will be moving to the stage in beautiful new Richardson Performing Arts Center in Christy Hall.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. on April 18 with a brunch served on the stage, followed by the induction ceremony.

Outstanding alumni that will be honored are Michael R. Brummett '79, Terry L. McGonigle '73, and Madeline (Magnusson) Norland '83.

Seating for this event is limited and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:00:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1625 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1625 The Business Hall of Fame event for 2015 will begin with an unveiling of plaques at 12 noon on April 18, 2015 in Deets Library.  Immediately following will be a luncheon and the induction ceremony in the same location.

Outstanding alumni to be recognized are Shawn L. Fanshier '83, Gregg A. Howell '73, and Leo T. "Pete" Whalen '51.  Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2015 is the Winfield Economic Development Committee, board members are Warren Porter, Craig Duncan, Rodger Steffen, and Jill Long.

Cost of the luncheon is $15.  Seating is limited for the event and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:58:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame on April 18, 2015]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1624 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1624 Southwestern College is proud to announce those who will be honored at the 2015 Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame, which will take place on Founders Weekend.  The event will begin with a reception for both halls, starting at 3:30 p.m. on April 18 in Deets Library.

At 4 p.m., the Educators Hall of Fame will begin and will recognize Gyla (Brock) Conklin '58, Cheryl (Bernard) Shasteen '71, and Kenneth E. Valentine '70.

The Scholars Hall of Fame will immediately follow in the same location and will honor Dale B. Sims '80, and beloved longtime SC professor, the late Philip R. Schmidt.  There is no cost to attend, but to insure adequate seating, your RSVP is appreciated to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:56:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Natural Science Hall of Fame at Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1581 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1581 Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Hal Tretbar, Tucson, Ariz; Mark Turrentine, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Belinda Vail, Prairie Village. 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 p.m.  

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

“The 2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame honorees are impressive in their accomplishments, and continue the long-standing high level of achievement that has been evidenced in past inductees.  We are proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and their work,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  

Inductees include:
•    Hal Tretbar ’52 grew up in a family of doctors. His father, brother, uncle, and two cousins were doctors. Tretbar graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1956. He practiced at the Tucson (Ariz.) Clinic from 1965 until his retirement in 1998. Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, he co-founded a Section of Rheumatology at the University of Arizona Medical School, was an arthritis consultant for four hospitals, and started an arthritis clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital where he was a weekly consultant for 25 years. In addition to being hospital chief of staff, he was board chair for 10 years, taking an HMO from concept to function.  He has combined his career in medicine with varied interests that include travel and photography, and he climbed Mr. Kilimanjaro on his 65th birthday.

•    Mark Turrentine ’79 is chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at IU Health, director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Indiana University School of Medicine, and surgical co-director of the IU Health Heart Transplant Program. He specializes in heart surgeries, mechanical heart support, heart and lung transplantation, and limited access surgical approaches. Since 1998, Turrentine has been involved with mission work through the Palestinian Children’s Relief Organization, Gift of Life International, and Rotary International. These groups brought children with congenital heart defects to the United States for surgeries they could not have at home. After several years of being limited to the number of children that could be sponsored, Turrentine organized and led the first Riley Heart Mission team to Amman, Jordan. The team has since participated in 18 trips to Jordan, Uganda, and China, performing over 100 life-sustaining heart surgeries. 

•    Belinda Vail ’76 is David M. Hueben Endowed Professor and vice chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her clinical practice includes women’s health, procedures, maternity, and inpatient care. She teaches students in all four years of medical school, nurse practitioner students, and family medicine residents and has received numerous teaching awards. She served as residency director for the department for 11 years. She has been instrumental in helping the KU chapter of Women in Medicine and Science become a national model for women’s organizations at medical colleges. She has presented over 250 national and international lectures on topics including women’s health and contraception, pediatric diseases, immunizations, skin diseases, obesity, and diabetes. Vail also is medical director for Community Living Opportunities, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults.  

Richard Cowlishaw, interim chair, division of natural sciences and mathematics and professor of biology at Southwestern, will serve as 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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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:08:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1553 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1553 The 2014 Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Inductees will be Harold C. Tretbar '52, Mark W. Turrentine '79, and Belinda A. Vail '76.  Cost of the dinner event is $20 per person, RSVPs are necessary and seating is limited.  For more information or to register for the event, contact susan.lowe@sckans.edu or call 620-229-6279.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:53:30 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Don't get Jinxed... Win an iPad!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1552 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1552 Don't Get Jinxed...Win an iPad!

Southwestern College alumni have a limited time opportunity to complete an online form and be eligible to win an iPad mini with Retina display.

You can have...not one...not two...but THREE chances to win! Each section you complete gives you another entry into the drawing.  Fill out all three (3) sections and you'll have your name entered THREE times in the giveaway.  (However, only one form submission will be accepted per individual.)

Maximize your chance to win by:

  1. Completing the “About Me” section
  2. Completing the “About my Work” section (in purple)
  3. Completing the “About my Life” section (in grey)

Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2014 (midnight EST)

Winner will be contacted via email on or around November 3, 2014

Contest only open to alumni of Southwestern College.  Current faculty, staff and students are ineligible to enter.

View complete contest rules here (PDF)

Official entry form:  www.sckans.edu/ipad

 

Sponsor - Galaxie Business Equipment

Special thanks to our sponsor Galaxie Business Equipment for making this contest possible! Providing service and support for typewriters and other office products to schools and businesses in Harper, Sumner and Cowley Counties since 1972.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:45:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mark your calendar... Homecoming is Oct. 3, 4, 5!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1521 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1521 Plan now to attend Homecoming this fall, October 3, 4, 5, 2014!  Reunion year classes are those ending in '4' and '9', and the affiliation reunion is Education.  More information can be found on the Homecoming tab or by contacting your Class Hosts.  See you then!

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Tue, 20 May 2014 08:55:03 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![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 11:18:00 -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)
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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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