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Founders Day Weekend April 19-21 at Southwestern College

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.