Founders Weekend

Founders Weekend, April 17-19, 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.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 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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