Halls of Fame RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/ Halls of Fame RSS Feed <![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2014]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1472 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1472 2014 Founders Weekend will take place on April 11-12 on the Southwestern College main campus.  This year, in addition to 5 halls of fame to recognize outstanding alumni and the annual Founders Day Dinner, we will also be dedicating the Tomari Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center.  Plan to attend as many of the festivities as you can!

Friday, April 11

5:30 p.m.  Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, Deets Library.  Reception followed by dinner and the induction of:
Pedro M. Esquivel '62
Harry H. Dunn '23
Bishop Bruce Blake
For reservations, call 620-229-6334.

7:30 p.m.  Jonathan Larson's rock musical, "Rent", based on Puccini's "La Boheme", Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

Saturday, April 12

9 a.m.  Dedication of the Tomari Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center, located just east of the White PE building on Warren Street.

10:30 a.m.  Fine Arts Hall of Fame reception, Darbeth Lobby.  Immediately following will be the induction ceremony in Messenger Recital Hall to honor:
George M. Cole '63
Loren B. Crawford '34
Ronald K. Curfman '64

12:30 p.m.  Business Hall of Fame, Deets Library.  Reception followed by lunch and the induction of:
Rodney C. Kreie '77
James L. Richardson '70
Merle D. Sharick '68
Sandy Foust - Business Builder Award recipient for 2014
For reservations, call 620-229-6334

3:30 p.m.  Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame, Deets Library.  Reception followed by induction of Education honorees:
Frank D. Davidson '79
John W. Marshall '70
Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall '70

Then induction of Scholars honorees:
Marilyn (Brown) Corbin '70
Everett V. Samuelson '48

6 p.m.  Founders Day Dinner (by invitation), Roy L. Smith dining hall.  Seating is limited, RSVPs are required.

7:30 p.m.  Jonathan Larson's rock musical, "Rent", based on Puccini's "La Boheme", Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:14:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2013]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1296 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1296

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 16:57:47 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Two to Enter Natural Science Hall of Fame; Wimmer to Receive Servant Leadership Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1251 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1251 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 14:36:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dalenta and Richardson to Enter SC Business HOF; Redford to Receive Business Builder Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1196 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1196 The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add two new names Saturday, April 21.  Terri (McCorkle) Dalenta and Ron Richardson will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.

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

This year’s inductees include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame Induction]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1195 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1195 Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 20, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus. 

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

The inductees include:

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

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

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

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Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:49:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 20-22]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1194 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1194 Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday through Sunday, April 20-22.  Four Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees, and the newly-refurbished Reuter Organ will be dedicated. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Business, and Educators Halls of Fame.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:48:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Four]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1084 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1084 Four Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12. The new members are Jeffrey Boone, Darrell English, Jessie Gulick, and Kenneth Laws. The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library. The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:51:53 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Eight Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1075 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1075 The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new members Saturday, Oct. 22, in Stewart Field House. There will be a social time at 9:30 a.m. followed by the induction at 10 a.m. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Southwestern-St. Mary football game in Richard L. Jantz Stadium. The new members are Rick Peterson, Mark Bliss, Terry Rhea, Loren Evans, Leroy Moore, Raquel (Rios) Stucky, Elliot Rodda, and Tyree Myles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:28:55 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Educators HOF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/963 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/963 The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Saturday, April 16, in the reference room of the Deets Library.
           
Yvonne (Osgood) English, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Lynn A. (Watkins) Felts, Winfield; and Lonnie Howerton, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., will enter the Educators Hall of Fame. 

The agenda for the afternoon includes the unveiling of plaques at 3:30 p.m. followed by the induction and presentation of the inductees at 4 p.m.
           
Educators Hall of Fame inductees include:

• Yvonne (Osgood) English ’60 earned her master’s degree at Louisiana State University with the help of an education scholarship provided by a Southwestern College alumnus, the first step in her distinguished teaching career. Most of her career was spent at Flagstaff (Ariz.) High School, where she taught a variety of business classes and advised the Future Business Leaders of America. The Flagstaff FBLA chapter was a consistent award-winner at regional, state, and national conferences and competitions. English served as her district’s chairman of the technology committee and the Vision Team, wrote the Vocational Office Practice Curriculum for the district, and wrote a grant that provided for the first networked classroom in the Flagstaff schools. She retired in 1997 and now enjoys being a volunteer in church and community.

• Lynn A. (Watkins) Felts ’77 has taught art at the elementary and secondary levels since her graduation from Southwestern College. During this time (most of it spent in the Winfield schools) she has been recognized as a superb teacher—as National Association of Art Educators (NAEA) 2007 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year; as NAEA Outstanding Western Region Secondary Art Educator in 2005-06; and as Kansas AEA Outstanding Secondary Art Educator in 1998-99. On the local level she was recognized as the Outstanding Young Educator in Winfield in 1985, and a candidate for the Governors’ Award in 2002. In 2008 Kansas legislators recognized her achievements in art education. Her students have won numerous awards in art competitions, and have received scholarships to prestigious art institutions.

• Lonnie Allen Howerton ’69 and his family moved 12 times in his first three years of school. He overcame this challenge (eventually earning his doctorate in education from Pepperdine University) and has devoted his life to helping others overcome similar challenges. As an active duty Marine from 1969 to 1992, Howerton taught basic English and math to his battalion so that these Marines could earn high school diplomas. His post-military passion has been teaching in an alternative school in Orange County, Calif. These students come from juvenile hall or court schools, or have been removed from public schools for breaches of discipline. Despite these challenges, more than 90 percent graduate from high school over an average of five years. Howerton also organized a top-selling DVD that explores learning styles in alternative education.

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, 11 Apr 2011 11:25:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Angeles, Sims, and Young to Enter SC Fine Arts HOF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/959 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/959 The Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Saturday, April 16.  The ceremony will begin in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby, with induction to be held in Messenger Auditorium.
           
The celebration will begin with a reception and the unveiling of plaques at 10 a.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
           
Inductees include:

• L. Dean Angeles ’67, Arden, N.C., conducted the Loyola University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and coordinated a comprehensive string education program for the Loyola College of Music in New Orleans from 1980 until 2006. His highly acclaimed public school and university orchestras appeared at national music conferences and completed several successful concert tours in Europe as well as in the United States and Costa Rica. Angeles has served as conductor or clinician in 33 states, including 24 all-state orchestra festivals. He is the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Arts, sponsored by Big Easy Entertainment and Gambit weekly, and was awarded the 2010 Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor. He continues to work as a clinician and guest conductor in semi-retirement.

• F. Joe Sims ’51, Wichita, joined the music faculty at Southwestern College in 1954 and taught voice and music education courses. As faculty co-adviser for the Campus-Y organization, Sims received a leadership award from the West Central Area Council. He received SC’s Student Council Faculty Citation in 1962, and the 1964 Moundbuilder yearbook was dedicated to him. That same year Sims was awarded a Fulbright lectureship to promote music education in Colombia, South America. During that sabbatical he provided leadership for the 21 men’s glee clubs in Colombia’s universities. In 1971 Sims became director of choral and voice activities at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo, later becoming head of the Division of Fine Arts. He retired from teaching in 1987.

• Gordon E. Young ’49 (1919-1998) is generally recognized as one of the most brilliant organist-choirmasters of our time. Born in McPherson, he was an eager music student as a boy and spent hours at the piano and pipe organ at the churches where his father was pastor. Educated at Southwestern College and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Young served as choirmaster in churches in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Detroit. He left his post at First Presbyterian Church in Detroit in 1967 to concentrate on composing.  He left a legacy of nearly 1,000 published musical works, including organ, choral, solo, ensemble, and instrumental pieces, and a number of his church anthems have become standard repertoire fare.

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Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:59:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Join Leaders in Service Hall of Fame]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/954 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/954 Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 15, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus. 
           
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.  Contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, (620) 229-6334.
           
Inductees include:

• Mary Kristine Lange Cheatum ’59 (1937-2010) was a social worker by profession, but her passion to make the world better extended throughout her life. She had a remarkable career as an activist and advocate on a wide range of progressive issues from the Cesar Chavez grape boycott to opposition to the war in Afghanistan. Over her 50-year career as a human rights and social justice activist, Cheatum campaigned, published numerous letters in major newspapers, protested, lobbied, volunteered, and marched. She was arrested five times for anti-nuclear civil disobedience at the Mercury and Los Alamos nuclear sites. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a tireless, joyful, hilarious, energetic woman with an indomitable spirit who added far more to this world than she took.

• Forrest J. Robinson ’44, Winfield, entered the Christian ministry in 1959 after serving in the United States Army. He was senior minister at both First United Methodist Church in Winfield and at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, where he worked for fairness on the important racial issues of housing and equal opportunity. He led in establishing an inter-institutional alternative energy program in the state and served as the governor’s liaison for economic development following his campaign for governor in 1974. He was interim president of Southwestern College, then became vice president for development, and later served as the Kansas Secretary on Aging. During his retirement he completed a nationwide lecture tour on his experiences as a liberator of Holocaust death camps during World War II.

• James J. “Jim” Shultz ’61, Richmond, Calif., exhibited diversity during his multi-faceted career, but underlying the diversities are continuities drawn from family (missionaries and farmers), church (values and truth speaking), and Southwestern College (speech skills and non-specialized intellectual curiosity). During the first quarter century after graduation, Shultz consulted with more than 50 organizations beginning with the YMCA during the 1960s. At the time of the U2 crisis he was arrested in the USSR for handing out Russian-language gospels in Moscow. The notoriety changed his life and launched a decade-long speaking tour. In the mid-1980s Shultz earned his special education credentials and began teaching students disabled by mental health problems. Special needs came home when his 19-year-old son suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, and Shultz helped him re-learn speech.

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Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:24:50 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day 2011 Coming April 15-16]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/941 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/941 Four Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees during the Founders Day weekend Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16.  The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Business, and Educators Halls of Fame.

The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.

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

At 11:30 a.m., an update about Richardson Auditorium, which is currently under construction, will be given in the lobby of Christy Administration Building.

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

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

Founders Day will conclude at 8 p.m. with a presentation by Jerry Wallace, a former Southwestern College archivist, titled “The Story of Southwestern College: Its Beginnings.” The presentation will be in Messenger Auditorium.

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

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

• Leaders in Service: M. Kristine (Lange) Cheatum, ’59; Forrest Robinson, ’44; Jim Shultz, ’61.
• Fine Arts: L. Dean Angeles,’67; F. Joe Sims, ’51; Gordon Young, ’49.
• Business: Larry Jarvis, ’39; Mike Lewis, ’74; Bob Jewell, ’77. Business Builder Award: Bob Tyler.
• Educators: Yvonne (Osgood) English, ’60; Lynn (Watkins) Felts, ’77; Lonnie Howerton, ’69.

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

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Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:29:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kim Mercer to Receive Marilyn McNeish Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/728 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/728 Southwestern College in Winfield will honor Kim Mercer, the 2010 Marilyn McNeish Special Education award winner, during the Educators Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, April 17, in the reference room of the Deets Library.

Kim Mercer with kids


Mercer, a 1986 graduate of Southwestern College, has provided social work services to Winfield youth and families since 1986.  She is the school social work program coordinator for USD 465.  She offers direct social work services at Lowell Elementary and Country View Elementary as well as being involved in district activities.  Mercer says she earned three degrees from Southwestern and is appreciative for the solid liberal arts education she received at SC.  She decided on social work because she enjoys working with children.
            
“I enjoy working with children and families and offering support to help them move in a more positive direction,” Mercer says. “I work with colleagues who are passionate about helping children and families.  And my favorite role is to connect generous donors in the community to children and families who can benefit from their generosity. I like that part, I prefer to do my work behind the scenes, and smiles from kids are enough.”
           
Mercer is grateful to receive this prestigious award.
           
“I have great admiration and respect for the McNeish’s,” Mercer says.  “To get an award with their name on it through their association with Southwestern College is very much an honor. For me to feel successful in my work, awards aren’t necessary but are very much appreciated.”
           
There will be a reception and plaque unveiling at 3:30 p.m. followed by the induction and presentation of Mercer along with the Educators Hall of Fame inductees.

 

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Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:46:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences to Induct Three New Members]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/718 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/718 Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 16, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus. 
           
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary.  Contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, (620) 229-6334.
           
Inductees include:

• Billie Ann Day ’60.  She began her community and international service as a YWCA volunteer abroad in Turkey, serving in Sierra Leone as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers.  She began teaching with the Urban Teacher Corps and spent her career committed to encouraging students to broaden their perspectives.   She later served as an international election observer (in Bosnia and Sierra Leone) and Federal Emergency Management Agency volunteer. She has been president of social studies associations, Peace Corps alumni, World Hunger Education Service, Friends of Sierra Leone, and of the D.C. League of Women Voters, and served on the boards of the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Peace Corps Association.  She earned the Daniel Roselle Lecture Award and Fulbright Scholarships to the Netherlands and Brazil.

• Lyman Schiller Johnson ’28 (deceased), minister and teacher, earned his graduate degrees from Iliff School of Theology, and was ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1931. A leader in the United Methodist Church, he served six times as a delegate to General Conference and on many boards and commissions. His passion for justice led him to  integrate a local church, recruit Japanese American students for Southwestern College and thus get them released from relocation centers during World War II, and serve as a member of the "Commission of 70" that framed the plan for full participation of African-American members in the denomination. Accepting this honor will be his daughter, Barbara (Johnson) Isely ’64.

• C. Darnell Jones II ’72 was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2008. Jones began serving as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia in 1987, and then became president judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in 2005. During his tenure as president judge of Pennsylvania’s largest judicial district, he was appointed chair of the Administrative Governing Board.  Before becoming a judge, he practiced law at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he served as chief of the Family Court Division. At the request of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, he oversaw the development of a curriculum for trial judges presiding over capital cases. In 2005, Judge Jones was named one of the 500 leading judges in America.

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Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:42:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Former Builders Return to SC for Founders Day Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/712 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/712 Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees during the Founders Day weekend Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17.  The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service, Fine Arts, Business, Educators, and Scholars Halls of Fame.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:28:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)