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Three to Enter Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences

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.