Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Elementary Education Students Host Home-Schooled Students for Science Experiments (General)]]> Southwestern College elementary education majors hosted 25 home-schooled students, who are associated with the Maize Virtual School, for science investigations on Tuesday, April 25. Karen Podschun, Winfield, is an education specialist for the virtual school program and accompanied the students.

Emily JonesFour SC elementary education majors planned science investigations for the students then hosted the children through a series of rotations so each child was able to participate in each activity. 

•    Emily Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla., had children ‘mix it up’ by seeing how baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring interact. 
•    Tayvia Kemp, El Dorado, had students investigate how sounds are made using a variety of kitchen items and by humming to rice on plastic wrap stretched over various sized bowls.
•     Karrie McNutt, Winfield, let students make their own rain in a cup with shaving cream representing clouds and food coloring drops into and through the clouds. 
•    Mariah Patillo, Montrose, Colo., helped students understand how pollution in streams, lakes, and rivers is harmful to fish. 

Karrie McNuttSheryl Erickson, the course instructor, invited the children to look closely at a variety of seeds, first with just their eyes, and then with magnifying glasses. 

“The science rotations event was a great way to help the children consider how science is around us every day, and for the Southwestern future teachers to plan and implement meaningful learning science opportunities for children,” Erickson says. 


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:54:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform April 30 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> Winfield, Kan., April 24, 2017 — The South Kansas Symphony will perform "Titans,” its final concert of the season, on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.
The performance is sponsored by Larry and Linda Hahn.
The orchestra will be performing Mahler's “Symphony No. 1.” The concert also features the winners of the 2017 South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition, Alex Qian and Aidan Wells. The symphony will accompany both concerto winners as they play movements from Haydn's “Oboe Concerto” and Schumann's “Piano Concerto.”
Qian is a freshman at Wichita Collegiate High School and is the son of Nili Luo and Timothy Qian. He currently studies with Andréa Banke at Wichita State University. He serves as principal oboist of the Wichita Youth Symphony and previously performed with the KSHAA 4-1A District Band and the Kansas City Youth Symphony. He also plays saxophone and piano.
Wells is a first-year student at Southwestern College, studying with Timothy Shook, professor of music and division chair of performing arts at the college. He is an active musician, performing with A Cappella Choir, South Kansas Symphony, Southwestern College Percussion ensembles, Southwestern College Choral Union, and Jazz Band. Along with piano, Wells currently studies cello, marimba, organ, and applied composition. He also performs at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.
Briley Lewis, a junior at Maize High School, and TJ Ziegler, a sophomore at Winfield High School, will also be recognized during the program as Junior Division finalists in the 2017 South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition. Additionally, Southwestern College students Eva Farid and Ashton Humbert will be recognized as finalists for the Senior Division.
Adult tickets for the concert are $8. Tickets for children (5-18) are $5. Southwestern College students, faculty, staff, and youth symphony members may attend for free, although donations are always appreciated to support the symphony. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling (620) 229-6272.
Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:25:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Seeking Freshman Work Day Applications (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern is searching for community service projects for the 26th annual Freshman Work Day, to be held Sunday, Aug. 13.  

Freshman Work Day is the final day of Southwestern orientation for the incoming freshman class.  All freshman head out into the Winfield community to work on homes and nonprofit buildings that need repair, painting, cleaning, or yardwork.  Freshman Work Day was started by the Leadership program in 1992 with the goal of establishing positive relationships between Southwestern College and the community.  Since then, all incoming freshman have spent their first day as Moundbuilders doing service for the community.

“The service work on Freshman Work Day helps new Southwestern College freshmen connect to the Winfield community as well as framing part of the school mission for students to be responsible citizens and engage in leadership through service,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. 

To apply or to request services for someone else, call (620) 229-6367 and leave your name and phone number.  Applications can be found online at


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:58:49 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Student Restores Timber Creek Nature Center (Leadership)]]> Southwestern College senior Dillon Good invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting event in the Timber Creek Nature Center, which is just east of Island Park in Winfield.  The ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. 

Dillon GoodLeading Through Nature is the title of Good’s senior leadership project.  He says it focused on restoring and renovating the local nature trails in the Timber Creek Nature Center. 

“This was a two-part project: first cleaning and restoring the existing trails to an enjoyable state, then installing educational, interpretive signs along the restored trails,” Good says.  “My hope is that this project will encourage visitors to enjoy what nature has to offer and educate them about the local flora and fauna.” 

Good sought outside help with this project.  He chose Mark Olney, director of parks and public for the city of Winfield and Richard Cowlishaw, biology professor at Southwestern College. 

“I chose Mr. Olney because he has a strong personality and loves his community,” Good said.  “He gave me insight into how to implement this project on city property and make it sustainable.  Dr. Cowlishaw loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and nature explore.  He added the educational side of my project by assisting me in providing proper information for the interpretive signs that were installed along the trail.  His knowledge in nature and his biology education was critical to providing the proper identification and information.”

“I’m also grateful for Jim Banks,” Good says.  “He is a SC leadership alumnus and he generously awarded me funding for this project.”


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:39:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Humbert Violin Recital is April 29 (Music)]]> Ashton Humbert, music education senior at Southwestern College, will present her senior violin recital on Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building at Southwestern College. 

Ashton HumbertThe recital will feature Stephen Butler, Eva Farid, the William's String Quartet, James Leland, and the South Kansas Symphony Chamber Ensemble. Repertoire includes pieces from J. S.Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Handel, Mascagni and Faurè. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. A catered reception will follow the recital


Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:27:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Win Awards at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> Four members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won several awards while attending the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media, April 9 and 10 in Wichita.

SC students who won awards were:SC Media Awards
•    Senior Kylie Stamper, Wichita, took second place in feature photography and third place in both news photography and page design. 
•    Senior Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs, received second place in the yearbook theme development category, third place in video storytelling, and honorable mention in feature writing. 
•    Senior Garrett Chapman, Broken Arrow, placed third in newspaper sports features. 
•    Freshman Tessa Castor, Clearwater, earned an honorable mention in feature photography. 

The UpdateSC online staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition.

Juniors Turki Alturki, Saudi Arabia, and Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas, along with Castor, Chapman, Forrest, and Stamper attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

They were part of a group of 139 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students heard keynote speaker Abigail Beckman of KMUW present “Learning the Hard Way: Valuable Lessons to Get You Started.” 

The students also participated in breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Tommy Castor, class of 2008, an adjunct instructor of communication and adviser at Southwestern College, led a breakout session, “The Future of the Radio Industry.” 

Forrest participated on a panel “Everything You Need to Know About Internships,” moderated by Tommy Castor.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:56:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble to Present End of Year Concerts (Music)]]> The SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble will each present their final concert for the 2016-17 school year.  Both groups are under the direction of Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  

The SC Jazz Band concert is on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Perform Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building and will feature music ranging from the standards of Miles Davis and Nat Adderley to contemporary music of Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters.  

The Percussion Concert, which will feature the Percussion Ensemble and African Drum & Dance Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The Percussion Ensemble will present works by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, while the African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform traditional music and dance from West Africa.

There is no admission charge to either performance and the public is invited to attend.  

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:55:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols to Sign Latest Book at SC April 27 (General)]]> The history department at Southwestern College will host a book event with local author David Nichols on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Deets Memorial Library. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” will be available for purchase and signing.

Ike and McCarthy Book CoverThe former academic dean at SC, Nichols has written three books on President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is currently on a national press tour for the launch of his latest book, “Ike and McCarthy,” published by Simon & Schuster. The new book has won rave reviews in such periodicals as the “Wall Street Journal,” “The Atlantic,” and most recently, “The Washington Post.”

“Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to rigorously document, using declassified and ignored sources, Dwight Eisenhower’s secret campaign to destroy Joseph McCarthy’s political influence.  Dwight Eisenhower shrewdly deployed trusted subordinates in a clandestine operation that ruined McCarthy and “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to fully authenticate that fact, says SC history professor Stephen Woodburn.  

“David Nichols has remained a good friend of Southwestern College,” Woodburn says, “and has done great things in his research on Eisenhower. This book represents incredible findings and tells a great story as well.”

For decades, Eisenhower’s detractors have depicted him as cowardly in refusing to use his bully puppet to assault the senator’s anti-communist witch hunt.  Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, but he was more a man of action than words, Nichols’ book says.  Believing that giving McCarthy presidential attention would only enhance his prestige, Ike refused to use the senator’s name in public.  During 1953, Eisenhower was preoccupied with ending the Korean War and otherwise prosecuting the Cold War – not McCarthy. 

However, when McCarthy went after Communists in the U.S. Army, Eisenhower took it as a direct challenge—and an opportunity, the book says.  In early 1954, he and his team investigated the privileges Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel, had recklessly sought for Private G. David Schine. The White House decided to exploit this scandal to damage McCarthy.  On Ike’s secret orders, the Army produced a report in March 1954 that generated a political firestorm.  

The Army’s narrative prompted the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings, lasting two months, and watched by millions.  Television was unkind to McCarthy and his poll numbers plummeted.  In early 1954, Joe McCarthy had been one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate.  By year’s end, he had been formally censured by his colleagues.  His political reputation never recovered. 


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:15:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Walz Receives Prestigious Scholarship from KSCPA (General)]]> Southwestern College junior Elizabeth Walz has been named recipient of the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for $2,500 and Walz will be recognized at an upcoming KSCPA function. She competed for the award against accounting students at public and private institutions throughout Kansas, and is the first Southwestern College student to receive this scholarship.

Elizabeth  WalzWalz is the daughter of Karin and Steve Walz, Atchison. 

“Lizzie works tirelessly in her major and in her leadership roles on the Enactus Team, including helping to develop the script that made the Enactus Team a regional champion in Dallas a few weeks ago,” says Patrick Lee, accounting professor and Walz’s academic advisor.  “Lizzie's receipt of this scholarship is a testament to our accounting program and the extra-curricular activities we provide at Southwestern College.”  

Walz transferred to Southwestern at the beginning of her sophomore year. In addition to her involvement on the Enactus Team she has had various internships and currently works for the firm of Lyle A. Weinert, CPA. She has been involved in Enactus since her sophomore year and has led the team to two appearances to the Enactus National Exposition. She is also the secretary of the team.

Walz credits the scholarship to her experiences at Southwestern College. 

“I had confidence in my work experience and in the leadership skills I have picked up these past couple of years,” Walz says.  “If it weren't for the amazing business division and accounting program, I wouldn't have been offered the amazing opportunities such as internships and job positions that I have had. I was extremely excited to find the letter in my mailbox.”

According to the KSCPA, qualified nominees must demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon the nominee’s overall grades. Involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character are important characteristics of a nominee. The Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship Award is not based on financial need. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:07:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was crowned regional champions in Dallas April 10, and has earned the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City May 21-23.Enactus 2017 Reg. Champ

This is the third time in three years the SC Enactus team has reached the national competition, a perfect record since formation of the team in 2015. This year the Moundbuilders were competing against the University of Texas at Austin, John Brown University, Oklahoma State University, North Lake College, Wayland Baptist University, and Xavier University.

According to team advisor Patrick Lee, the competition consisted of a 17-minute presentation to business executives from partner companies, with the presentation highlighting projects completed throughout the year. Judging criteria called for the winner to be the Enactus team that “most effectively used entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way." 

The Southwestern team’s major project during the year was management of the campus’s Moundbuilder Market.

SC presenters were Meagan Brady, Bixby, Okla.; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jacob Sigmon, Sand Springs, Okla.; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; and Shirley Jones, Balch Springs, Texas.

Other team members attending were Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Raul Martinez, Houston; Dylan Tillotson, Flower Mound, Texas; James Gurzynski, Walker, La.; Kyle Robinson, Austin, Texas; Kailee Turner, Schertz, Texas; Elizabeth Walz, Atchison; and Casey Cargill, Stafford.    

“As faculty advisors, we’re very proud of the hard work our Enactus students put in each and every day and being named regional champion continues our tradition of academic and business excellence in a team that attracts attention at national exposition every year,” Lee says.  

At the National Exposition SC will compete against the nation's top 100 teams for the title of Enactus USA National Champion and the opportunity to participate in the Enactus World Cup in London in September.

 “This year's team is made up of a young group of Southwestern Enactus students and to see them carry the tradition of academic and business excellence is a great sight to see,” Lee says.  “Last year we graduated nine seniors, which represented half of our team. This year we have 18 students and only two are graduating while 15 of them are sophomores or younger.”

Enactus faculty advisors who accompanied the team to Dallas were Kristen Pettey, Jayna Bertholf, James McEwen, and Patrick Lee. The graduate assistant in charge of the presenting team was Michelle VanGieson.

In addition to the regional and national competition, Enactus events allow SC students the opportunity to network with companies through the career fair held at each event. In Dallas, companies such as AVIS Budget Group, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, Robert Half, Target, The Home Depot, Schwan Food Company, and Sam's Club were recruiting students for internship and career opportunities. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:41:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Presentation to be Held at Southwestern College (General)]]> Education Builders, a Southwestern College student organization, will host the Kansas Teacher of the Year team presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m., in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Teachers from throughout the state are nominated, selected, and reviewed by their schools and districts followed by an application process they go through to be submitted to regional review. Each of the eight regions in the state selects a finalist and with Kansas Teacher of the Year announced at an annual event held in November. After this, the team of eight meets and plans a group presentation based on their team beliefs and strengths.

Brent Wolf, a Southwestern College graduate and Winfield resident, is among the eight-member 2016-17 Kansas Teacher of the Year team.  He currently teaches sixth grade English language arts at Derby North Middle School.  Other Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year include: Kristine Bruce, Auburn Elementary School; Jennifer Farr, Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City; Jonathan Ferrell, Briarwood Elementary in Overland Park; Crystal May, Pray-Woodman Elementary in Maize; Maret Schrader, Seaman High School in Topeka; Lori Stratton, Wamego High School; and Kansas Teacher of the Year, Jason Sickel, Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to see, meet, and hear from some of the top K-12 educators in the state of Kansas,” says Sheryl Erickson, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College. 


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:06:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Elementary Honor Choir to Sing at Southwestern April 11 (Music)]]> The Community Music School is hosting its first Elementary Honor Choir Day on the Southwestern College campus Tuesday, April 11. After a full day of activities, the event will conclude with a free concert at 6 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend. 

Made up of students from the Arkansas City and Winfield school districts, the 60-member choir will feature students in grades three through five who have been selected and identified by their music teachers as gifted in music. The students will spend the day rehearsing in the Richardson Performing Arts Center with Arkansas City music teacher Nikki Kirk. Throughout the day, students will be learning critical rhythmic and vocal technique skills which will enable them to become leaders in their classrooms. Concert selections will include favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Let It Shine,” in addition to lesser known works. 

Kirk is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district where she teaches pre-K through 5th grade general music. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and the musical director for the Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir. Kirk is in her ninth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas. 

“I am honored to work with the students of Cowley County and the surrounding areas for the Elementary Honor Choir Day,” Kirk says. “I hope to provide the students with a memorable day of musical knowledge, excellence, and fun. I look forward to sharing the achievements of our outstanding young musicians with the community during the evening concert.” 

“We look forward to the opportunity for these young exceptional participants to sing with those who have the same interest and musical levels,” says Timothy Shook, department chair of music at Southwestern College. “The music will challenge their skills and give them confidence to pursue the enjoyment of singing.”  
For more information, call the Community Music School at (620) 229-6188.


Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:48:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 7 (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

 Commencement times and groups include:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).

 In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T) and B.S.N:
•       3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and B.S.A.T.;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at  Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center and the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. 

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.  

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2016 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 7, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.  

In case of inclement weather, the decision to move the commencement exercises indoors will be posted on and on social media sites.

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:02:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership SC Students Offering Dog and Car Wash April 8 (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are inviting the community to have their car and their dog washed on Saturday, April 8, from 12-3 p.m., at the car wash located between Sonic Drive-In and Winfield Motor Co. in the 1900 block of Main in Winfield. 

There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted and appreciated.  Leadership students will wash both cars and dogs to earn donations, and all proceeds will go towards the students' service learning trip to Philadelphia in May. 


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:35:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced (Music)]]> Six high school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 11-17.  

“On March 4, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists performed solo repertoire for a chance to win a full tuition scholarship, half tuition scholarship, or $100 tuition award to attend the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Timothy Shook, chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Southwestern College.

“Twenty-six students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, nine students performed for a chance to perform a concerto with the South Kansas Symphony and win one of these scholarships.”

The following students received full tuition scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Bryan Miller); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk and Randy Crow); David Mathes and Abigail Dormann, Pratt High School (Brandon Wade); T.J. Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); and Alex Qian, Wichita Collegiate High School (Troy Fischer).  

The following students received half tuition scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Sam Ross and Jonathan Lee, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Victoria Liu, Andover Central High School (Timothy Shook); Rachelann Colson, Ponca City High School (Chad Keilman); and Leah Wise, Derby High School (Wes Despain); 

The following students received $100 scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Riley Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); Zane Butler, Arkansas City High School (Chris VanGilder); Sophia Dawson, Medicine Lodge High School (Yvonne Burden); Nathan Doffing, Conway Springs High School (Dennis Kerr and Stephanie Downey); and Paige Stockard, Central Heights High School (Jonathon Garcia). 

In addition, Alex Qian was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition winner with Briley Lewis receiving second place and T.J. Ziegler third place. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis--choir, orchestra, band, and piano.  Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Nanda, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $395 for overnight campers and $325 for day campers.  Additional scholarship aid based on need is available.  

Registration for the camp is open until May 15.  For more information go to 


Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:16:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC’s Brian Winnie Becomes Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training (Music)]]> Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, became a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training during the five-day Estill Voice Training workshop at Southwestern College over spring break.  Winnie is one of 41 Certified Master Teachers in the country.  The week-long event was led by Estill Voice International President Kim Steinhauer.

This was the conclusion of a three-year process for Winnie which included first gaining a certificate of figure proficiency. To become a Certified Master Teacher, Winnie had to pass a written exam on the Estill Voice Training System, anatomy and physiology, and acoustics of the voice, as well as complete sung recordings of 57 various figures for the voice. Figures for the voice were designated exercises created by Jo Estill in order to master subtle variations within 13 structures of the vocal mechanism. 

“My professional development continues toward becoming a certified course instructor in the model and started with my dissertation work on contemporary vocal technique in the choral rehearsal,” Winnie says. “I wanted to help our profession teach the entirety of the voice rather than the usual western classical tradition, which can be seen as a bias towards other genres. My hopes are to continue research in voice science to better understand choral conducting gesture as it relates to the voice, and also redevelop choral pedagogy as it relates to vocal science and the continued discoveries.”

The workshop attracted 21 participants including many Southwestern College students.  The workshop taught the students about vocal anatomy and how to maneuver specific structures to create a multitude of vocal qualities associated with a variety of genres and styles. 

According to Winnie, Steinhauer is a world-renown voice pedagogue, researcher, scholar, and teacher and a highly sought after clinician and presenter on the Estill model.


Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:23:29 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Musical ‘Spring Awakening’ Brings Something Old and Something New (Theatre Arts)]]> The upcoming Southwestern College production of “Spring Awakening” is both something old and something new in the world of the American musicals, according to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and director of the play. 

Performances will be April 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  The musical has mature subject matter and language, and is not for children. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email

Based on an 1891 play, Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards in 2007.

“Those Tonys were awarded for a good reason,” says Moon, who teaches musical theatre performance and history. “Like ‘Showboat,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Hamilton,’ and other great shows, ‘Spring Awakening’ is in the tradition of musicals with captivating characters in deep struggles with issues that matter deeply to them and to their audiences.” 

Stephen Sater and Duncan Shiek have taken a story with universal challenges and told it with music in a popular style that can resonate with their contemporary audiences, Moon says.  

“‘Spring Awakening’ pushes boundaries beyond any musical we have done here at SC,” says Moon. “Dealing with the journey through adolescent sexuality is clearly serious subject matter.  Adults of my generation and younger have probably experienced it in our youth, and have seen it gradually be addressed in movies, then on television, but didn’t grow up expecting it to be on stage.  Language as mature (and sometimes immature) and graphic as language about sex can be is far from the general audience expectations of the ‘golden age’ of the 1940s to 1960s.”

Adolescents struggling to understand their changing bodies as they sexually mature need not only knowledge and understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, and social changes, but also guidance of parents, teachers, and all those who might help them understand and deal with their world, the director points out. Although “Spring Awakening” is set and costumed in the late 19th century, when the show’s adolescent angst explodes into song it is in 21st century musical theatre alternative punk rock, he says.  

“This is a new style for me, and that is wonderfully challenging,” says Moon, who is a fan of the Golden Age of the American musical.

 “I love musical theatre from Gilbert and Sullivan and George M. Cohan, to Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, and finally to Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Lowe.  I am deeply grounded in those.  But I’ve also come to love Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn, Yorkey and Kitt, and many, many more,” Moon says. “It is deeply meaningful to identify and connect with all those worlds, with the people, their feelings, and the struggles that we share.  They give great hope; that is what musicals do.”  

Today’s young musical theater performers and audiences know and love “Spring Awakening,” says Moon. The story expresses the difficulties they know and feel as they grow up in a world that sometimes does not allow them enough information from parents and teachers who might give real guidance and support, and they ultimately seek too much information from outside sources. The effects may be as tragic as those in this musical, Moon adds. 

Moon says the choice of a show that pushes boundaries was intentional.

“Southwestern College is committed to education, acknowledging the pillars of hope, courage, freedom and knowledge,” he says. “We are committed to giving our students a wide range of learning experiences, and to bring our campus, community and area audiences a wide range of productions for their learning experience and entertainment as well.”   

“Spring Awakening” is a great project for Southwestern’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre program, says Allyson Moon, SC’s director of theatre, and co-creator of the new BFA program with Brian Winnie, of SC’s music department.  “The students need to study, be exposed to, and be challenged to learn and perform the widest range of musical theatre styles.  In recent years our students have had the chance to perform musicals from the traditional styles of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, to book musicals as varied as ‘Sweeney Todd’, Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Hairspray.’  They have done musicals from ‘Willy Wonka’ to ‘Next to Normal.’  ‘Spring Awakening’ will be followed by a summer of family musicals which will soon be announced.”  

“Though I’m old and old-fashioned in many ways,” Roger concludes, “it is important to understand today’s students and their perspectives and struggles, and to find the way to stage and communicate their stories, to their friends, families, teachers, and community.  With this year’s Pillar’s Project theme of ‘knowledge,’ what is more important than the basic understanding of the journey young people make through what the ‘Spring Awakening’ youth call the ‘spring’s dark blue shadows,’ so that they might reap fruitful and healthy lives in the mature ‘purple summer’ of life?”


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:05:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Fundraising Concert April 2 at The Barns at Timber Creek (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony will hold its annual fundraising concert, the Chamber Gala, on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at The Barns at Timber Creek. The concert is sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. The venue has been donated by Martin and Cheryl Rude. 

The concert will feature performances by South Kansas Symphony musicians and friends, including Southwestern College's Williams String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra; Wind, Wood & Wire; the premiere performance of "Suite of Birds" by the symphony's principal oboist Shannon McPartland; and duets played by other college students and faculty. 

The event will also include hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction with items and services donated by local businesses including (but not limited to): Wheat State Winery; Quail Ridge Golf Course; College Hill Coffee; Gottlob Landscaping; Rubbermaid Products; Massage Therapy; crafts by Kelley Alexander and Dari Trout; Wind, Wood & Wire; The Wet Pet; Field to Fabric; Galaxie Business Equipment; South Kansas Symphony; and the Southwestern College Division of Performing Arts. 

All proceeds will go to support the South Kansas Symphony and its future seasons.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults ($25 of which is tax deductible) and $25 for children (5-18). Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance. This can be done by contacting Kristin Porter at (620) 229-6272 or Amber Peterson at (620) 229-6113.


Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:59:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk to Perform Faculty Percussion Recital on March 14 (Music)]]> Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and director of bands, percussion, and music education, will present a faculty percussion recital on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The recital is free and open to the public.  

Kirk will perform “Temazcal” by Javier Alvarez (maracas and playback), John Cage’s “Composed Improvisation for Snare Drum,” Kevin Erickson’s “In the Valley of the Kings” (timpani), “The Big Audition” by Casey Cangelosi (solo hand cymbals and playback), and Ney Rosauro’s “Marimba Concerto No. 1.”

“I am very excited to offer a faculty percussion recital,” Kirk says.  “The program promises to be an exciting and intriguing percussive experience for the audience.  The newly-acquired Majestic Timpani will be featured on ‘In the Valley of the Kings.’ I am also very fortunate to have Stephen Butler performing the orchestral reduction on piano for Ney Rosauro’s ‘Marimba Concerto No. 1.’” 

According to Percussive Notes, Rosauro’s Concerto is “The most popular marimba concerto of all time. The concerto is superbly written for the unique timbre and virtuoso technical qualities of the marimba.”

For more information, call Dylan Moore, director of The Community Music School at (620) 229-6188. This event is part of the Community Music School’s annual Faculty Recital Series, which offers an opportunity for community members of all ages to freely experience music with the highly qualified faculty at Southwestern College.


Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:28:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC ‘Day of Percussion’ Coming March 11 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Percussion Studio will host its annual “Day of Percussion” on Saturday, March 11, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center beginning at 9 a.m.  The event will feature guest artists Kevin Bobo and Michael Compitello and SC faculty member Jeremy Kirk. 

The day will conclude with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center featuring solo performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  The free concert is open to the public, and donations supporting the “Day of Percussion” will be accepted.  

The “Day of Percussion” will consist of clinics, masterclasses, and performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  Additionally, a solo competition for marimba and snare will be held for college and high school students.  

The event is open to anyone with an interest in percussion, including students, teachers, and community members.  Registration is $20 and includes admission to all “Day of Percussion” events and lunch.

Kevin BoboKevin Bobo is a native of Winfield and is currently associate professor of percussion at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Internationally respected as a solo marimba artist, Bobo has performed on five continents and in nearly 40 U.S. states. Bobo’s compositions are performed all over the world, with his solo works frequently appearing on international competition repertoire lists. He has authored two method books and composed numerous pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles. 

A percussion faculty member at the University of Kansas, Michael Compitello is a percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist.  He has performed with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, and has worked with numerous composers on premieres and performances of new chamber works. He earned his graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music, and his undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. From 2009 to 2010, he performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State. 

Michael Compitello“We are thrilled to have Kevin Bobo and Mike Compitello in residence as our guest artists for our ‘Day of Percussion,’” Kirk says.  “Students from high schools and colleges across Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma will be in attendance and receive an exhilarating and inspirational experience.  I highly encourage the community to attend any events, and especially the evening concert.”   

Percussion industry sponsors are helping make the “Day of Percussion” possible.  Bobo’s sponsors include Zidjian Cymbals and Evans Drumheads. Compitello’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Pearl/Adams Instruments. Kirk’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Majestic Percussion.  

For more information and to register, please visit

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:19:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Offer to Help Clean as Fundraiser (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for an upcoming service trip to Philadelphia.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until March 10 and members are willing to pitch in on any odd jobs, including raking, gardening, or cleaning.

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (620) 305-9971 or email  

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 26 members from all majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics, and styles of leadership, which are then practiced through service. Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service. 


Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:18:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Hosts Scholarship Competition (General)]]> Southwestern College recently hosted two scholarship competition days, which will culminate in offers of four full-tuition scholarships.

The Pillars Scholarship competition included 32 high school seniors who had been invited based on their demonstrated dedication to academic rigor and intellectual curiosity. Finalists and their families traveled from Texas, Oklahoma, and all over Kansas to compete for the Pillars Scholarship Saturday, Feb. 4. Students participated in interviews with faculty and completed a timed essay with a prompt centering on imagination.

The Pillars Scholarship Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 4, and included 32 students from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on imagination.  

The Moundbuilder Spirit Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 11, and included 56 students from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Florida.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on civility in politics. 

Parents and other family members attending the competition days listened to presentations on Southwestern College academics, student life, and financial aid.  Each day’s event ended with a luncheon for students and their families.

Winners of both the Pillars Scholarship Competition and the Moundbuilder Spirit Competition are expected to be announced in March.  


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host Kansas Supreme Court (General)]]> Southwestern College to Host Kansas Supreme Court
Special Session March 30

The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session Thursday, March 30, at Southwestern College in Winfield. The special session is part of ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. March 30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus at 100 College Street.

Kansas Supreme CourtPictured seated (l to r): Justice Marla J. Luckert; Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss; and Justice Carol A. Beier. Standing (l to r): Justice Dan Biles; Justice Eric S. Rosen; Justice Lee A. Johnson; and Justice Caleb Stegall.


It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Winfield in the court’s 156-year history and it will be only the sixth time that the court will hear cases in the evening.

The public is invited to attend the special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in two cases to be announced soon. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the lobby adjacent to the performing arts center. 

The event is expected to be important for its educational role, both at the college and in the community.

“Opportunities for students to meet with sitting judges and justices are as rare as they are valuable,” says Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at SC. “This is a particularly important opportunity for dialogue. Not only do students get a chance to talk in person with a legal practitioner, but they also have the chance to ‘think judicially’ in a world of partisan politics, policy debates, and party divisions. The very distance of the judicial perspective from the regular push and pull of political life offers a valuable new vantage for students.” 

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — to see who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “We encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about Supreme Court proceedings to attend. We continue to provide live webcasts of all our courtroom sessions in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, but people tell us there’s nothing like seeing proceedings in person.”

The Supreme Court has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011, when it marked the state sesquicentennial by convening in the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. Since then, the court has had sessions in Garden City, Hays, Hiawatha, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Overland Park, Pittsburg and Topeka. 

The court started conducting evening sessions when it visited Hays in April 2015. That event drew a crowd of nearly 700 people. Subsequent evening sessions have also drawn crowds numbering in the hundreds. 

The docket for March 30 includes the following cases:

Appeal No. 111,671: Staci Russell v. Lisa May, M.D., Victoria W. Kindel, M.D., and Tana Goering, M.D.

Russell seeks compensation in this medical malpractice action against three doctors she claims were professionally negligent when they delayed diagnosing her breast cancer, lessening her chance for recovery and long-term survival. At trial, a Sedgwick County District Court judge dismissed the primary care physician from the action and the jury found the remaining two providers were not at fault. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

12-28-16  Supplemental Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD
12-28-16  Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Tana Goering, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of court of Appeals Decision
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Tana Goering, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellant
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD

Court of Appeals decision

Appeal No. 112,035: State of Kansas v. Marcus Gray

Gray appeals his Harvey County District Court convictions for drug possession, interfering with law enforcement, driving on a suspended license, and failing to signal. In part, Gray argues he was unlawfully stopped by law enforcement based on his race, and the district court should have suppressed evidence collected as a result.

12-21-16  Brief of Appellant
05-11-15  Brief of Appellee

Court of Appeals decision

Additional information is available on the court's website at

Security Screening

Anyone who wants to attend the special session should plan to arrive at the school before 6 p.m. to allow time to get through security screening. Court security offers these guidelines to ease the process:

  • Do not bring food or drink.
  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you must carry a cell phone, turn it off and store it out of sight while court is in session.

Audience members are prohibited from talking during oral arguments because it interferes with the attorneys’ remarks and questions asked by the justices. If someone arrives after proceedings start, or must leave the auditorium before it ends, he or she should be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Talking immediately outside the auditorium is also discouraged.

Watch the archived video

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Collects Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Electronics (General)]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College, Grace United Methodist Church, and the city of Winfield collected 12,868 pounds of electronics during their annual e-waste recycling event Feb. 7 at the Winfield fairgrounds. 

“The turnout from the community and the sheer amount of obsolete electronics that we collect each year never ceases to amaze me,” said Jason Speegle, Green Team director at Southwestern College. “I am encouraged that the Winfield community cares enough about our environment to ensure that their electronics are recycled. This service is a definite need in our community and I am excited that the Southwestern Green Team, the city of Winfield, and Grace UMC can work together to help make a difference.”

Residents brought computer monitors and televisions weighing 4,920 pounds to the event. There were 117 CRT monitors and televisions collected. The groups collected 1,791 pounds of computer towers, 210 pounds of miscellaneous wire, 139 pounds of laptop computers, 69 pounds of lead batteries, and seven pounds of cell phones. There was also 5,732 pounds of miscellaneous electronic waste.

“I want to thank Lonny Bedeski and GON Recycling (Wichita) for coming down and transporting all of this E-waste to their facility for processing,” Speegle says.  “Without them, this event would not be possible.”
The next community e-waste recycling event is scheduled for February 2018.

For questions about recycling, please contact Jason Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Documentary ‘Out Here in Kansas’ to be Shown at Southwestern College (General)]]> Out Here in Kansas Logo“Out Here in Kansas,” a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, will be shown on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is geared toward students, it is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 

Following the half-hour movie, there will be a question and answer discussion.

“Out Here in Kansas” is based on a pair of news articles, published 14 years apart by longtime journalist

Adam Knapp, who directed the film.  It centers around three people:

  • Burt Humburg, a fundamentalist Christian who realized he was gay as he was winding up his career as an All-American football player at Southwestern College.
  • Joe Wright, Burt and Adam’s former pastor, who was instrumental in making gay marriage illegal in Kansas.
  • Adam Knapp himself, who felt God put him in a unique position to seek answers from the polar opposites and tell the story. 

The documentary includes testimonials from several gay Kansans, including filmmaker Steve Balderson, Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, and Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian.”

Watch the trailer


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:23:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College is Ranked by BestColleges.Com (General)]]> Badge 2017, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, has published its annual ranking of America’s Best Online Colleges. Southwestern College is ranked ninth in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.

Southwestern College's bachelor of arts in early childhood education combines general early childhood and early childhood special education certification into one program, with graduates qualified to care for and teach children from birth to age eight. In addition to hosting an on-campus preschool at the college's Winfield location, where many students complete their practicum experiences, Southwestern also maintains partnerships with special education programs throughout the country, such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation) and the REACH program.


Students interested in the online early childhood education bachelor's degree only need six post-high school college credits to apply for the program. Credit may also be granted for previous professional, military, or college experience. Curriculum includes a combination of general education, pre-professional education, exploratory education, admission to teacher education, and capstone-level courses. Inclusive and progressive content topics include technology in special education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), a diversity field experience. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“The Best Online Colleges ranking is intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost. As online higher education demand grows and more schools bring programs online, it’s important and necessary to hold institutions to a standard of excellence that students can depend upon when making their college choice,” said Stephanie Snider, general manager of

Southwestern College also earned honorable mention status for the Best Online College of 2017.

Southwestern is the only KCAC school in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs and Best Online College of 2017.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform Symphonic Rhythms (General)]]> South Kansas Symphony, With Guest Artist Jeremy Kirk, to Perform Symphonic Rhythms on Feb. 19

The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will present works with a Latin flavor in “Symphonic Rhythms” Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Southwestern College’s Richardson Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $8; $5 for children: and youth under the age of five will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff may also attend for free.

The performance is sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein.

Under the direction of Amber Peterson, the orchestra will performing works including “Aragonesa, Danza Final,” “Tico Tico,” and “Danzas Cubanas.”

Featured guest artist Jeremy Kirk also will perform Ney Rosauro's “Concerto for Marimba” with the symphony.  Kirk is director of bands, percussion, and music education at Southwestern College

At Southwestern, Kirk directs the symphonic band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and African Drum & Dance Ensemble. He also teaches courses in percussion techniques, applied percussion, and music education.  Kirk has presented and performed at notable events such as the National Association for Music Education National Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and numerous MEA Conferences and PAS Days of Percussion throughout North America.  He frequently tours universities and high schools to present recitals, master classes, and clinics on topics such as contemporary multiple percussion, marimba, orchestral percussion, timpani, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, world percussion, effective practice habits, and mental performance preparation.

The SKS is composed of both college students and community members.  For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:00:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kuehl Named Vice President for Enrollment at Southwestern College Professional Studies (General)]]> Southwestern College Professional Studies has announced that Bill Kuehl will be vice president for enrollment.  

His duties include recruiting and enrolling well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for the college’s professional studies academic programs.   He will also provide leadership in key collaborative relationships with financial aid, registrar, the academic dean, and faculty.  

Kuehl comes to Southwestern College Professional Studies from Hobsons, Inc., where he served as director of enrollment services for Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City).  Before that he was vice president for enrollment management at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla.

Kuehl’s qualifications include more than 22 years of comprehensive enrollment, marketing and recruitment experiences; successful coaching and team building skills which have developed from working on numerous college and university teams at St. Gregory’s, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Augsburg College, and Hamline University.

Kuehl and his wife, Marilee, have a son, Grayson, who is a senior at Moore High School in Moore, Okla. 

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:29:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘I and You’ Production to Donate to Midwest Transplant Network (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

For every ticket sold, a $1 donation will be made to the Midwest Transplant Network to raise awareness about organ donation. 

“Not only is this show from playwright Lauren Gunderson an entertaining and insightful night of theatre for those who come to watch, but it is also for a wonderful cause,” says director Allyson Moon. “Caroline, one of the two characters in the play, suffers from a congenital disease and is in need of a transplant. This production provides us with the opportunity to use powerful theatre to raise awareness.”

The play stars Victoria Lybarger as Caroline and Kuhmar Shannon as Anthony.  The play follows the two as they bond over Walt Whitman homework. Through their short time together they discover that despite their different worlds, backgrounds, and personalities, their connection can have more weight and meaning than they ever thought possible. 

Both actors are excited about the production and their characters.  

“I think the play is about breaking stereotypes and perseverance,” Lybarger says.  “It's written so well that the give-and-take of both characters makes it interesting.” 

“I like how Anthony gets to know Caroline and really care for her. I love how the play increasingly falls together, scene by scene,” Shannon says.  

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email 

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:16:45 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2012 Graduate and Political Refugee Excels in Medical School (Alumni News)]]> 2012 SC soluditorian and political refugee Tendai Kwaramba is featured in an article on UNC School of Medicine website:

Tendai Kwaramba

From Zimbabwe to Chapel Hill

by Zach Read -

Nearly a decade ago, fearing for her life, UNC medical student Tendai Kwaramba fled Zimbabwe and the ruthless regime of Robert Mugabe. Today, she's a political refugee living in the United States, on her way to becoming a physician.

In December 2008, as Tendai Kwaramba crossed the southern border of Zimbabwe into South Africa, she wondered if she would see her native country again. She was 18 years old, had just graduated from high school, and was fleeing to the United States, where her mother, Christinah, and brother, Farai, awaited her...

Read Full Article

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Deans Honor Roll for Fall 2016 Released (General)]]> Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have been announced with the release of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2016 semester.  Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:48:38 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Patrick Ross to Lead Book Discussion at Winfield Public Library (General)]]> The Winfield Public Library will offer a book discussion series during February through April as part of the upcoming traveling exhibition “Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library.

The series will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion of “The Martian” by Andy Weir.  It continues with “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe on March 7, “Contact” by Carl Sagan on March 28, and “Red Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson on April 18.

Southwestern College professor Patrick Ross will serve as the discussion leader for the series. Ross grew up during the beginning of manned space exploration and was glued to the television set for all of the Apollo missions.  His interest in science led to his pursuit of a bachelor of science in zoology at the University of Wisconsin and then master’s degrees in both statistics and biology at the University of California—Santa Barbara.  He completed his Ph.D. in the courtship behavior of guppies at the University of California—Santa Barbara in 2002.  Ross is now finishing his 20th year of teaching at Southwestern College where he serves as the chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  He regularly participates in educational outreach activity at the college and throughout Kansas, including science shows, cadaver demonstrations, and book discussions.

To check out books and for more information about the series, contact the Winfield Public Library at (620) 221-4470 or visit the website at

“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space” is a national traveling exhibition. It is an inside look at NASA, America’s space agency, and covers six key NASA areas: human exploration, earth science, Mars exploration, solar system and beyond, aeronautics, and technology. Discover NASA will be on display at Winfield Public Library from Feb. 1 to April 19.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:06:11 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Changes to BuilderGuest Wi-Fi (Information Technology)]]> In an effort to help better protect the college and your data, changes were made over the recent holiday break for the guest Wi-Fi network BuilderGuest. When connected to BuilderGuest you should still have normal internet access, however you will no longer be able to connect to some internal network resources such as PowerCampus, network shares, MySC and printing. Should you have issues connecting to one of these while connected to BuilderGuest, simply switch your Wi-Fi connection over to BuilderNet or connect to our wired network. Please contact the SC Helpdesk at or (620) 229-6444 if you have any other questions.


Thank you!

SC Helpdesk

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:33:39 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show Feb. 4 (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

With Valentines’s Day coming up, the title for the show is “We Love You!” and it is intended for the entire family.  

“For those who never attended a Nine Lives Improv comedy show, the format is a lot like what you see in the television show, ‘Whose Line is It, Anyway,’ says troupe leader Allyson Moon.  “The content for ‘We Love You!’ will all be family friendly.”  

The show will feature Valentine’s Day inspired improvisational acting games and lots of audience and troupe member interaction.  Troupe members include seniors Stephen Gehly, Meagan Morrow, Allie Petrovich, and Carlene Dick; junior, Matthew Porter; and sophomore, Melissa Connell.  

Moon says that the community show is Nine Lives gift to audience members of all ages.  Not only will the show be filled with comedy, there will be candy and prizes for everyone.  

For more information, contact Moon by calling (620) 229-6328 or email

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:03:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 01-10-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes

For January 10, 2017


Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Jones at 8:04 PM


Invocation: Given by Student Conduct Advisor Jordan.


Roll Call:

There were (5) executives present and (5) Senators and (13/18) organizations present.

Approval of Minutes:

A motion was made by President Demel to pass the minutes as unread. Motion passed without debate.


Open Period/Announcements:

Register for workshop

Talk to Savannah to register
Register your organization by January 16th

Committee meetings

Emily Jones- Curriculum

Different things that are changing in majors. Education is adding a class.
Beyond Google- working out a better way to have a class for incoming freshman.

Kayla Demel- Admissions and retention

Talked about incoming students coming in at semester.
Keeping up the student success center and enrolling for classes

Shayla Jordan- Academic Affairs

Difference between Practicum and Internship
Planning the graduation reception for December graduates

Organization events


Planning to take the pledge for Random Acts of Kindness.
If you take the pledge you send someone a note- in February
Making Pillows in March
Walk for the college and community April

Gaming Club

Cafeteria for a tournament the 27th of January

Contacting someone for reserving space

Contact Brittany Donley for any event planning needs.


MLK night in RPAC January 16th at 6:30

Next meeting January 24th at 8:00 pm


On a motion by President Demel to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 PM, the senate voted and the motion passed.

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:05:49 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘I and You’ Feb. 16-18 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

Written by Lauren Gunderson, “I and You” is the story of two students who connect while working together on a Walt Whitman homework project.  Through their time together, the two come to learn more about each other and themselves.  Southwestern’s production of “I and You” stars Victoria Lybarger as Caroline and Kuhmar Rezzaq Shannon as Anthony. 

“Lauren Gunderson is a masterful new playwright,” says director Allyson Moon.  “Her story of characters Anthony and Caroline will touch your heart; it will surprise you, and stay with you long after the curtain closes.”

Gunderson is an award-winning playwright, born in Atlanta. She earned her bachelor of arts in creative writing from Emory University in 2004, and her master of fine arts in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. “I and You” has been critically acclaimed and is the winner of the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, as well as being a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email  

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:49:40 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Spring Semester Rehearsals Begin Feb. 2 (Music)]]> The Community Music School has announced that JourneyKids Choir will start spring semester rehearsals on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall at Southwestern College. JourneyKids Choir is a performance ensemble composed of students in grades 3 through 6 from the Cowley County and surrounding communities. 

The JourneyKids Choir is under the direction of Nikki Kirk, music educator in the Arkansas City public school district, where she teaches kindergarten through fifth grade general music at C-4 Elementary and Jefferson Elementary. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is an adjunct instructor of music at Southwestern College. 

“I’m excited for our spring semester of the JourneyKids Choir,” Kirk says.  “In the fall, the students spend some time getting to know one another and working toward improving their individual singing technique and knowledge. The spring semester is a time of growth where the students truly come together as an ensemble. The resulting experience is always magical. I look forward to guiding them along their journey.” 

Along with weekly rehearsals, the JourneyKids Choir will have performances throughout the spring, including an Honor Choir Day at Southwestern College. To get involved contact Community Music School Director Dylan Moore at (620) 229-6188 or The cost to participate in JourneyKids Choir is $10 per month, per child. 


Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:08:43 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event in Winfield (General)]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. 

“Recycling electronic devices is very important for our planet and our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team at Southwestern College.  “When electronics are sent to the landfill, they have the potential to leach hazardous toxins into our soil and drinking water. Recycling electronics ensures that they are disposed of safely and many of the components will be reused.”

 Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. 
GON Recycling accepts electronic items which include computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners and equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances ( toasters, irons, coffee pots), telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards, computer mice, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink and toner. GON Recycling will also accept appliances, and lithium-ion batteries.
The Green Team and GON Recycling will recycle CRT monitors and televisions for a $5 fee. If you need to recycle these items, please bring the funds to pay the recycling fee.
“On behalf of the Green Team at Southwestern, Grace United Methodist Church, and the City of Winfield, we are excited to continue to be able to provide this service to the Winfield community,” Speegle says.
For questions about recycling, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at 


Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:18:28 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host Area High School Musicians (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host area high school musicians on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25—its first Honor Orchestra Festival on Tuesday and the South Central Kansas Band League (SCBL) Honor Band on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Honor Orchestra Festival will consist of 49 high school students in addition to Southwestern College students.  The all-day event will culminate with a concert at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge for the concert and the public is invited to attend.  The concert is sponsored by Betty Bradley.

Most of the orchestra will be nominated high school students from Winfield, Arkansas City, El Dorado, Derby, and Ponca City.  It will be directed by Amber Peterson and will perform the Rutter “Suite for Strings” in addition to accompanying SC percussion professor Jeremy Kirk on a movement of the Rosauro “Marimba Concerto.” The concert will also feature the 89-player Ponca City High School Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dan P. Larson.

Peterson is looking forward to the concert and hopes for a long relationship with these musicians. 

“We are very excited to host all these talented young string players on our campus,” Peterson says.  “We hope this will be the start of an educational and musical relationship with these programs, their directors, and the students for many years to come.”

Southwestern will host the South Central Kansas Band League (SCBL) Honor Band on Wednesday, Jan. 25.  The SCBL is composed of 1A, 2A, and 3A schools.  High school directors have selected between five to eight of their top high school wind and percussion students to participate in the 72-member band, which will be conducted by Kirk.  

The day will consist of full band rehearsals and sectionals, and will conclude with a concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Music will include Ralph Vaughn Williams’s “Flourish,” Mike Sweeney’s “Rock River Tree,” Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace,” and John Mackey’s “Foundry.”  There is no admission charge to attend the concert and the public is invited to attend. 

“I am very excited to host the directors and students of the South Central Band League,” Kirk says.   “This promises to be a great educational opportunity and musical experience for all students.”


Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:13 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition 2017 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The South Kansas Symphony's 2017 Concerto Competition is a great way for high school students, who wish to pursue music in their future, to get the experience they want and need. It offers a similar experience for those music majors who are attending Southwestern College and wish to know what it is like to perform with a symphony. The Concerto Competition is a wonderful experience for any and all music students to increase their repertoire, increase performance opportunities, build relationships within the music community, and maybe even win some prize money!

The competition is open to all instruments and voice, and will take place on March 4, 2017 in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus. There is a junior division, which is open to 12-18 year old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma, or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival. Then there is the senior division, which is open to all current Southwestern College students. The application deadline is February 4, 2017 and the entry fee is $25. The application and rules can be found in the following link:

Senior Division Prizes: 

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony and a $300 award
  • 2nd Place - $150 award

Junior Division Prizes:

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony, a $200 award, and full scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 2nd Place - $100 and a half scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 3rd Place - $50 award and a $100 scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival

Any additional information on this event can be found on the South Kansas Symphony page, which is under the 'instrumental ensembles' tab on the music webpage for Southwestern College.

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:39:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition 2017 (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony's 2017 Concerto Competition is a great way for high school students, who wish to pursue music in their future, to get the experience they want and need. It offers a similar experience for those music majors who are attending Southwestern College and wish to know what it is like to perform with a symphony. The Concerto Competition is a wonderful experience for any and all music students to increase their repertoire, increase performance opportunities, build relationships within the music community, and maybe even win some prize money!

The competition is open to all instruments and voice, and will take place on March 4, 2017 in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus. There is a junior division, which is open to 12-18 year old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma, or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival. Then there is the senior division, which is open to all current Southwerstern College students. The application deadline is February 4, 2017 and the entry fee is $25. The application and rules can be found in the following link:

Senior Division Prizes: 

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony and a $300 award
  • 2nd Place - $150 award

Junior Division Prizes:

  • 1st Place - Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony, a $200 award, and full scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 2nd Place - $100 and a half scholarship to the 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival
  • 3rd Place - $50 award and a $100 scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival

Any additional information on this event can be found on the South Kansas Symphony page, which is under the 'instrumental ensembles' tab on the music webpage for Southwestern College.

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:38:37 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[BFA in Musical Theatre Now Offered at SC (Musical Theatre)]]> The Southwestern College division of performing arts has announced the new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in musical theatre degree program, which has been approved by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The BFA focuses on gaining skills in three main performance disciplines; music, theatre, and dance. Rigorous study in all three disciplines is necessary to prepare students for the professional musical theatre world upon graduation. Through this degree SC students will gain first-hand knowledge in all aspects of theatre including performance, technical theatre, choreography, and directing.  Students will also be engaged in professional internships, and casting calls throughout their time at SC. 

“We believe Southwestern College is a place where students of all musical and theatrical interests can succeed,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at SC. “The BFA reaches out to those students who have a true passion for musical theatre and is not a degree offered by many other institutions in the state. Students desiring to work hard and grow into ‘triple threats’ in music, theatre, and dance within a smaller campus environment will thrive here at SC.”

Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts says that this degree will be beneficial to students and the college.

“Having the bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre degree will help the division fulfill its mission to prepare students for professional performance careers and will also enhance our role as serving as a center of musical excellence to our constituency,” Shook says.  “Additionally, it will fulfill the desire of the current students in music and theatre degree programs to excel in the three disciplines as they prepare for their careers and/or graduate school.”  

Allyson Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech, likes the performance aspect of the degree. 

“Every semester students will have the opportunity to perform individually and as an ensemble through musical theatre ensemble and, on an advanced level, the Broadway Builders Ensemble in showcase productions,” Moon says.  “Students will also have the opportunity to perform in two musicals per year and will be encouraged to audition for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival, musical theatre productions, or other regional, musical theatre performance opportunities.”

Southwestern College will be having a scholarship audition day for performing arts, music, theatre, and musical theatre on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  This event is for students in search of financial assistance for their talents and interests in the performing arts. For more information, call the performing arts office at (620) 229-6272 or Southwestern College admission office at (800) 846-1543 extension 6236.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to Perform Lecture and Jazz Pieces for MLK Day Event at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College will host Galen Abdur-Razzaq for a special Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  His program is titled “Jazz and the Civil Rights,” and he will discuss (and perform) jazz pieces by known jazz artists and how they influenced Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The event is hosted by the Campus Life Office.

Abdur-Razzaq is a flutist from Montclair, N.J., who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Rutgers University, he holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

According to Anjaih Clemons, director of campus life at Southwestern, Abdur-Razzaq is known for his intellectually stimulating lectures and powerful jazz performances and is considered one of the most popular artists on university and college campuses in the country.

There is no admission charge to attend and the public is invited.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:01:10 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Winter Recitals on Thursday, December 15 (Music)]]> Join The Community Music School on Thursday, Dec. 15, for a night of celebration as they present their winter recitals in Messenger Recital inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

 “This special night is a chance to meet our current students and teachers to see what the CMS is all about,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “These recitals are an opportunity for our students, that range from 4 years to 78 years old, to perform holiday and other pieces for their parents and families. Our winter recitals provide a unique opportunity to experience students moving through the spectrum of musical learning from its inception to mastery.”

Student performances will represent a wide range of public schools including: Whittier Elementary, CountryView Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Trinity Lutheran Academy, C4 Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Oxford Elementary, Udall Elementary, Straight Paths Academy, Winfield Middle and High School, Arkansas City Middle and High School, and Oxford High School.

Recital A students will perform at 6 p.m., which will include performances on the violin, piano, and percussion.  The JourneyKids Choir will also perform some holiday tunes in Recital A.

Recital B students will perform at 7:30 p.m., and will include pieces on the violin, piano, percussion, and voice.

“This night is a chance for our students to show their progress and celebrate all of their growth throughout the semester,” Moore says.  “You will hear music from the classical and contemporary genres, including pieces by W.A. Mozart, Jason Robert Brown, Antonio Vivaldi, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Faber & Faber, and many more.”

Both recitals will be held in Messenger Recital Hall on Southwestern College’s campus. After each recital, there will be a celebratory reception with punch and desserts. For questions, call Moore at (620) 229-6188.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:24 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarships Offered at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships.  

This is the first year for the Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship that will be awarded annually to two student leaders who are well-rounded, hardworking, and community-minded.  

Southwestern College also continues to offer the Pillars Academic Scholarship.  This merit-based award recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities. Scholars who have at least a 3.5 grade point average in high school and are ranked in the top 10% of their classes are encouraged to apply for this full undergraduate tuition scholarship.

“Southwestern College has a long history of recognizing the special talents of each student,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “Indeed, helping students understand their potential and strengths– and in doing so preparing Moundbuilders to be service minded citizens of the world– is a great tradition here.”

According to Dean Clark, vice president for enrollment management, The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship is a special addition to the college. 

“Southwestern College is proud to honor students who do the right thing, who are kind, who are resourceful and eager, and who will exemplify the values of Southwestern College,” Clark says. 

The scholarship will award full undergraduate tuition, and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. The four scholarships are valued at approximately $150,000 each over four years. 

The competition requires that qualified students complete an application. Finalists will be invited to campus in mid-February to complete an essay, and faculty/staff interview.  To be considered for either of the scholarships students must have submitted both their application for admission and scholarship applications by January 20. For more information about each of SC’s competitive scholarships visit or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236. 


Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:37:45 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Announces Kevin Frady as Head Baseball Coach (General)]]> Southwestern College Athletic Director Matt Shelton has selected Kevin Frady to lead the Moundbuilder baseball program. Frady will become the first varsity baseball coach in Southwestern College since 1950. He will be formally introduced at a press conference and meet-and-greet Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Stewart Field House.  The public is invited to attend.Kevin Frady

Frady comes to Southwestern after a one-year stint at NCAA Div. II West Texas A&M University, where he managed recruiting, offensive development and game management for the Buffs, while working directly with catchers and outfielders. West Texas A&M posted a 36-20 overall record with Frady on its staff. 

“I’m very excited to welcome Kevin to our staff,” Shelton said. “He brings experience in all facets of the game, and exemplifies the kind of Builder Spirit I look for in the hiring process.”

Prior to West Texas A&M, Frady spent a season at NCAA Div. II Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo., where he was the team’s hitting, catching and bench coach. He spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Independence Community College, and spent that summer as an assistant coach with the Kitsap BlueJackets (Bremerton, Wash.) of the West Coast Collegiate League. That summer under Frady’s guidance, the University of San Francisco’s Ryan Matranga saw a 100-point improvement in his batting average and earned all-conference honors as a catcher.

From 2006-10, Frady was an assistant coach under Ritch Price at the University of Kansas, where he helped lead the Jayhawks to the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional in 2006, and the Chapel Hill (N.C.) regional in 2009. He coached first base for Kansas, and oversaw skill development with the team’s catchers. A total of 26 players were drafted during Frady’s tenure at Kansas.

“Kevin brings energy, passion, work ethic and an outstanding knowledge of the game to the ballpark every day,” University of Kansas Head Baseball Coach Ritch Price said. “It was a pleasure to have him on my staff for five years.”

Frady worked in professional baseball from 1999-2001, serving as an area scouting supervisor for the New York Mets , where he was responsible for evaluating amateur prospects for the annual draft. 

“Having experience as a player, a scout and a coach at all levels, Kevin has the skill set that will allow him to be able to roll from day one,” Shelton said. “He has a tall task in front of him, but I’m excited to see how it will all take shape. I can’t wait to see him hit the ground running as he assembles our first varsity baseball program.”

A native of Edmonds, Wash., Frady completed his bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from Bellevue University in 2013. He was married on July 15, to his wife Julie. They have one son, Will. 

Southwestern will begin competition as a varsity program during the 2017-18 season.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:36:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College and Union State Bank Announce Jeffrey Toobin as Docking Lecture Series Speaker (General)]]> Jeffrey ToobinBest-selling author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin will present the 2017 Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m., on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Docking Lecture Series is sponsored by Union State Bank and the Docking Family.

The public is invited to attend and there will be no admission charge. (Click here to reserve tickets.)

“Union State Bank, Tom Docking, and I are delighted to partner with Southwestern College in bringing Jeffrey Toobin to Southwestern’s campus,” says Bill Docking, chairman of the board at Union State Bank. “He is an excellent communicator who provides insightful analysis whether commenting on legal matters, politics, or a host of other topics. I’ve enjoyed watching him on CNN and have read several of his books. In fact, I recently read ‘American Heiress,’ his riveting account of Patricia Hearst’s kidnapping and the incredible events that followed. It’s a pleasure to help bring a speaker of Jeffrey Toobin’s stature to Southwestern College.”

Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002. He now serves the network as senior analyst. 

Toobin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993 and has written articles on such subjects as Roman Polanski and the Bernie Madoff scandal. He also has written profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens, and of Chief Justice John Roberts. His article, “An Incendiary Defense,” broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.”

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn. He also was an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, “Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case: United States v. Oliver North.” Toobin’s other books also take behind-the-scenes looks at the legal system. “A Vast Conspiracy” explored the investigation and impeachment of Bill Clinton; “The Run of His Life” closely examined the workings of the criminal justice system in the O.J. Simpson trial; “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” was listed on the New York Times best-seller list for more than four months.

The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  

The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century. In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961. His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  

Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

“We at Southwestern College are so grateful that the Docking family and Union State Bank have made it possible to bring leading authorities who specialize on a range of topics to Southwestern College. Their presence on campus allows for academic discovery,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Mr. Toobin will be coming to our community in March. He is an expert on matters concerning the national judicial system and will offer valuable and interesting insight for students, faculty, and community members alike.”

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Union State Bank has been locally-owned and operated in Cowley County since 1908. With approximately $300 million in total assets and 10 locations, Union State Bank serves South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma with comprehensive banking solutions and expertise. Union State provides a wide range of financial products and services for individuals and businesses including checking, savings, loans and lines of credit, mortgages, credit cards, online services, and investments.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:06:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Department to Present Annual Winterfest Concert (Music)]]> The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and his wife, Trish, will host the event.  The concert is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones.

Winterfest is a collaboration between the South Kansas Symphony (SKS), the A Cappella Choir, and the Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU). Conducting the musical groups are Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music and Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice.

The concert will feature “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” selections from Handel's “Messiah,” and a new candlelight tradition featuring music of Ola Gjelio, Eric Whitacre, and traditional carols with audience participation. The concert will end with the traditional singing of “Beautiful Savior.” 


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:37:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Discipleship Southwestern and Winfield Ministerial Alliance to Present Christmas Church Tour (Philosophy & Religion)]]> A Christmas Church Tour, presented by Discipleship Southwestern and the Winfield Ministerial Alliance, will be open to the community from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The event will begin at Grace United Methodist Church where participants can purchase tour tickets for $7 for an adult, $5 for children, and free for children under the age of five. 

Tour maps will be available with a list of the participating churches, which include Grace United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, First Church of the Nazarene, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, and Grace Episcopal Church. 

All proceeds will directly benefit the ecumenical group of students going on a May 2017 mission trip to Portland, Ore., with the Discipleship program. Sixteen people will serve at Kaleo Missions – an urban Christian mission organization dedicated to building relationships with the poor. Oregon has the highest percentage of homeless per capita of any state in the United States, and many of these homeless are youth. 

“Come celebrate the Christmas season by touring Winfield Churches in their seasonal splendor, and learn how different Christian traditions celebrate the coming of Christ,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship Southwestern.  “From a stained glass window tour, to a Chrismon ornament lesson, to learning about the history of some of our Winfield churches – the tour is for all ages.” 

“The Winfield Ministerial Alliance is excited to partner with Southwestern Discipleship for the Christmas church tour,” says Lora Andrews of the Winfield Ministerial Alliance.  “It is a gift to be able to share our sacred spaces and support these students’ mission opportunity.”

Just says that this idea came from Southwestern College students. 

“The idea for a Christmas church tour was birthed by our own students and staff here at Southwestern as a way to raise funds for our annual mission trip,” Just says.  “We wanted to do something that would connect the community, our churches, and our college – three components of Winfield that are so meaningful to us. What better way to experience the Christmas season than by learning how local churches in the community celebrate the coming of Jesus? When we brought the idea before the Ministerial Alliance, they immediately jumped on board, offering creative ideas to make this a sacred experience.”

For more information, contact Just at (620) 229-6362.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:25:12 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKinzie Named Director of Alumni Engagement at Southwestern College (General)]]> Charles McKinzieCharles McKinzie has been selected as director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  

McKinzie, who has been a gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement since 2013, will transition into this new role at the start of 2017, following the retirement of Susan Lowe. 

“I am excited to pick up the torch Susan has carried so well and am looking forward to running the next leg to further advance SC,” McKinzie says.

DeAnn Dockery, vice president for institutional advancement, says that McKinzie will be a terrific fit.
 “Charles has a genuine love for Southwestern College and already knows many of the alumni,” Dockery says.  “With his skills and knowledge, he will hit the ground running.”
McKinzie has been a part of the SC community since his Wellington childhood days when he sang in the Walnut Valley Youth choir and participated in Horsefeathers & Applesauce productions.  
Prior to joining the Southwestern College staff in 2013, McKinzie was a development officer for United Way of the Plains in Wichita.  
In addition to recent responsibilities in the northeast section of the nation, McKinzie’s territory has included alumni and donor connections in Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. His special academic and interest areas have been performing arts and social sciences. 
On his first trip to meet California Moundbuilders, he says, he was struck by the instant connection with the SC graduates. 

“I called my wife and told her what a strange feeling it was to walk in the door and be welcomed like a long-lost cousin,” he recalls. “They told me ‘Because you’re from SC, you’re one of us.’”
 As he looks to the future McKinzie hopes to begin to develop programs that will more fully engage students from Professional Studies programs. He is a current student in this venue and plans to use his knowledge of the special issues that face adult learners to help these graduates continue their bond with the college. 
 McKinzie lives in Douglass with his wife, Carrie, and their children, Cambria, Catriona, and Charles III. They are active in Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:36:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)