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.
• 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.