Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Red Cross, Fire Department, and SC Learning Council Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Winfield (General)]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College is teaming with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department for “Sound the Alarm,” the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students.
Sound the AlarmThe groups hope to install 700 smoke alarms in the Winfield community on Sunday, Oct. 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. The event will include the volunteers from the Red Cross (which serves south central and southeast Kansas), Southwestern, and the local fire department. In addition to installing the alarms, the volunteers will be canvassing neighborhood and helping families create fire escape plans. The event is part of the Red Cross’s Fire Prevention Campaign.

Community residents can ensure they receive a free smoke alarm by calling 211, or online at In addition, forms have been handed out to students at every Winfield USD 465 school to inform parents of the event.

“The majority of students from our athletic teams, service learning teams, and student organizations have participated in the past and we expect that same level of participation this year,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship at Southwestern. “October is fire prevention month and our student body has set a goal of installing 700 fire alarms in the Winfield community. Many homes have outdated alarms and need new ones, along with a fire escape plan. 

“Our students will be trained by the Red Cross to check and install alarms properly and talk with households about establishing a fire escape plan. If we reach our goal of 700 alarms installed, Winfield will hold the record in Kansas and Nebraska for the most fire alarms installed at one time in a community.”
Jennifer Sanders, Red Cross executive director, is part of the planning group. 

“Over the last 12 months, the Red Cross serving south central and southeast Kansas has responded to 295 home fires,” Sanders points out. “In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day. As of September 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 268 lives, reached 894,000 children through youth preparedness programs, and installed 964,000 free smoke alarms.”

Joshua Dobbs, lieutenant and paramedic for the Winfield Fire Department, says emergency responders are looking forward to the event. 

“Winfield Fire and EMS is excited to partner with Southwestern College and the American Red Cross to provide and install smoke alarms to the members of the Winfield community,” Dobbs says. “The selection of this project by Southwestern College to serve as their annual service learning project shows that Southwestern College and the American Red Cross have a sincere interest in increasing the quality of life for Winfield Residents.”

“This project would not be capable without the partnership of these great institutions and organizations,” Dobbs says. “This project further increases the pride that I have to live and work in such a great community.”

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

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-10-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes 10-10-2017 (PDF)

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:16:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ to Open Oct. 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present their family-friendly fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Peter and the Starcatcher“Even though the ‘Peter Pan’ characters are still evolving during ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ you can tell who they are going to become,” says director of theatre Allyson Moon.  “The show is written in a way that is highly entertaining and is absolutely for the entire family.  We even learn about the secrets of the magic fairy dust.”

Peter Pan, his fellow characters, and the setting of Neverland have appeared in many works since the original books and play by J.M. Barrie. The earliest were the stage productions of the play and an adaptation to silent film, done with Barrie’s involvement and personal approval.  Later works included adaptations of the main story in both animated and live-action films, musical stage productions, and a sequel novel.  In addition, there have been numerous uses of Barrie’s characters, settings, and storylines  including reinterpretations, sequels, prequels, and spin-offs in a variety of media, including film, television series, video games, and books.  

Moon explains why she thinks Barrie’s work has been so popular through the years.

“I think it is because the Lost Boys get to live lives that all of us have dreamed of,” Moon says,  “imagining we won’t grow up, being able to fly, being able to have things the way we want them and not how the grown-ups want them to be.  With regards to Hook, the thing that continues to make him endearing is that he doesn’t seem to be entirely bad.  He wants to be the ultimate villain but he has just enough flaws in his makeup that make him funny.  So even though he does some really villainous things, one can still have compassion for him.  And Tinkerbell—to have a guardian angel, someone who is always looking out for Peter Pan, I think that is something that we imagine about angels or fairies or sprites. Tinkerbell encompasses so many good and helpful parts of those spirits.”

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email 


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:35:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mound of Sound Returns to Southwestern College Oct. 10 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the fourth annual “Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The event is open to the public and there is no
admission charge. 
“We are very excited to host the 'Mound of Sound again," says Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  “Participating schools will showcase their talents while receiving feedback from our panel of professional adjudicators.  The feedback is intended for schools to make improvements in their performance at football games and other marching festivals.”
The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Approximately 700 students from eight schools will be participating.  Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification.  
Schools participating and time of performance include: 
10 a.m.—Dexter
10:20 a.m.—Riverton
10:40 a.m.—Pratt
11 a.m.—Winfield
Lunch Break
12 p.m.—Great Bend
12:20 p.m.—Arkansas City
12:40 p.m.—Ponca City (Okla.)
1  p.m.—Enid (Okla.)
Awards will include grand champion, runner up, second runner up, outstanding percussion, outstanding color guard, and outstanding drum major. Best In class awards will be determined by total score.
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:33:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 09-26-2017 (SGA)]]>  

 SGA Meeting Minutes 

For September 26, 2017 

Call to Order: 

a. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Castor at 8:09 P.M. 



a. Given by Arthur Anderson 


Approval of Minutes: 

a. New meeting policies 

a. Robert’s Rules, Dress Code, & Cell Phone Policy 

b. Inducted Freshman Class President Anderson 

c. Went over executive goals and made senate goals 

d. Executives went over our committees – which we will vote on later 

e. Organizations went over their past and upcoming events 

f. Concern of people going into the cafeteria the wrong way and not paying 

g. Talked about the upcoming documents that were due 

h. Continuing education – but the date has been changed so please note that 


Roll Call: 

a. There were (18) executives present, (2) presidents, and (9) senators. 


Robert’s Rules Overview: 

a. Handout 

a. Helps be more professional and allows everyone to have a voice 


New Senators: 

a. At Large 

a. Josh Hellemeier 

b. Marcus Richard 

b. Computer Science/Communications 

a. Emily Berry 

c. Business 

a. Karen Aros 

d. Performing Arts 

a. Scarlet Green 

b. Ryan Pangracs 


Senator Induction: 

a. New senators – Oath of Office 


Organization Budget Approval: 

a. Organizations Missing Forms: 

a. 3D Builders 

b. Campus Players 

c. Film Club 

d. Gaming Club 

e. SC Republicans 


g. Tonebuilders 

b. Organizations requesting over budget: (normally give $650 or less) 

a. Ed Builders – requested $1,775 


b. Film Club – requested $1,469 


c. Tone Builders – requested $1,890 


d. Gaming Club – requested $1,450 


e. InterAct – requested $955 


f. Pi Gamma Mu – requested $1000 


g. Sigma Tau Delta – requested $1,300 


Committee Selection: 

b. Emily & Megan – Communications & Advertisement 

c. Tessa – Elections & Constitutional Amendments 

d. Beth – Activities & Allocations 

e. Shayla – Student Concerns 


What have you been doing? 

a. Past organization events 



a. Gaming Club 

i. Meeting last Friday 

ii. Advisor leaving – made it to where he could come 

iii. 40 people came 

b. StuFu 

i. Free movie night last Wednesday 

ii. 370 students attend 

c. InterAct 

i. Mexican Independence Day last Sunday 

d. PHP 

i. Flu vaccine – 69 people were vaccinated 

e. Performing Arts 

i. All State festival 

b. Upcoming events 

a. EdBuilders 

i. Trunk or treat – please fill out a registration form to be able to decorate a trunk 

1. An electronic copy will be sent to all organizations 

b. PHP 

i. Sara Peck – PA student 

ii. Dr. John Smith coming in October 

c. Tri Beta 

i. Picnic – Sunday October 21st 

d. Campus Players 

i. First major production 

1. October 6,7,8 – Peter and the Starcatcher 

ii. Chipotle Fundraiser 

1. October 20st in Derby 

e. IOU 

i. Domestic Violence educational event 

ii. This Thursday at 7pm 

f. StuFu 

i. Freemium Friday 

ii. Breast Cancer event in October 

iii. Meeting tomorrow at 8pm 

iv. Wednesday night jams tomorrow starting at 9pm 

g. 9 Lives 

i. October 12 at 9pm in Messenger 

h. Psi Chi 

i. Study event preparing for Grad School 

1. Taking the GRE 

ii. Movie Night – lecture about killers and murderers 

i. Sigma Tau Delta 

i. Poetry Slam in the future 

ii. Book Discussion 



j. 3D Builders 

i. Future event – get together to paint everyone’s products that they have made 

k. SC Republicans 

i. Lieutenant Governor is coming to Southwestern next spring – will be the new Governor 

l. Psych Club 

i. Humans vs Zombies 

ii. 8th – 12th of October 

m. Homecoming service project 

i. Thursday the 28th in Pounds Lounge at 12pm 

ii. Preparing for the service project 

iii. Fire safety 

iv. Please send one member from each organization 

c. Encouragement 

a. Fools on the Hill – Wednesday 

b. Wednesday Night Jam – Wednesday at 9p.m. at the Stir and Bustle 

c. Softball – Friday at 4p.m. 

d. Women’s Soccer – Friday at 8p.m. 

e. Volleyball – Saturday at 1p.m. 

f. Football – Saturday at 6p.m. 


Movie Night Concerns: 

a. Parking 

b. Maintenance 

c. Pest Control 

d. Dorm Concerns 

e. Misc. Concerns/Improvements 

Coming Up: 

a. Next Meeting: October 10th – Town Hall 

a. 8p.m. in Mossman 101 

b. State of the College Address – President Andrews 

b. Continuing Education: October 13th 

a. 12-1p.m. lunch in Pounds Lounge 

b. Business Casual Attire 

c. Senators and at least one representative required to come, advisors welcome 

d. TOPIC: Marketing & Communications 



a. On a motion by Tanner Schartz to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 PM, the senate voted and the motion passed. 

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:13:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Elliot Stone to Present Two Smith-Willson Lectures at Southwestern College (General)]]> Dr. Brad Elliott StoneBrad Elliot Stone, professor of philosophy and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2017 Smith-Willson lecture.  Stone will present two lectures, one Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., and the other Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the Oct. 5 lecture is “Is God Not Black? Racism and Theology.”  The title of Stone’s Oct. 10 lecture Oct. 10 is “The Opposition to Oppression Is Prophecy.”

With Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Stone co-edited a collection of essays under the title “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Cascade, 2012), and they co-edited a sequel volume titled “Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Lexington, 2018).

Stone has published journal articles in “Philosophical Compass,” “The Pluralist,” “Theoforum, Contemporary Pragmatism,” “The Other Journal,” “The Xavier Zubiri Review,” and “Foucault Studies.” He has book chapters in “The Blackwell Companion to Foucault,” “Foucault: Key Concepts,” and “Essays zur Jacques Derrida und Gianni Vattimo, Religion.” He plans to spend part of his sabbatical in Winfield this fall with the intention of completing two book projects: “Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism” (co-authored with Goodson) and a book on the Four Ds of 20th Century Philosophy: Destruction, Deconstruction, Demythologization, and Demystification.

The Smith-Willson lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson to call attention to the important moral and religious aspects of education.  National leaders on various related topics are asked to speak at the annual lecture.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Men’s Basketball Team Visits Local Elementary Schools (General)]]> The Southwestern College men's basketball team used its break from classes on Assessment Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to visit Whitter, Irving, and Country View Elementary Schools in the Winfield school district. Students at all three schools got to know the Moundbuilders during the team's visit.

Myron FisherThe student bodies at each school then assembled in the gymnasium, where the Moundbuilders gave a presentation on the five core values (respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant leadership, integrity) of the NAIA Champions of Character program. Following the presentation, team members put on a dunk contest for the students.

The men’s team has been going to local elementary schools for several years.

"Our players get to help the students, show the importance of character, and work on public speaking when we do these visits," associate head coach Tim Miser said. 

Head coach Matt O’Brien says that the experience is good for the students and his athletes.

“It's great for the students to learn about our core values, and have an opportunity to interact with our team.   It's a fun experience for everybody involved,” O’Brien says. 

“It's always a great opportunity to help out in the community,” says SC senior Jacob Horsch.  “Being able to teach the kids and make an impact in their lives is always a rewarding experience.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to go into the community to encourage and challenge young minds to be great,” says senior Myron Fisher. 


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:20:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bruce DeHaven Day and Giveaways from Graves Drug Stores on Saturday at SC Football Game (General)]]> The Southwestern College football team will host McPherson College Saturday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.  SC will celebrate Bruce DeHaven Day and Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor.  

A 1970 graduate of Southwestern, DeHaven is credited with revolutionizing the role of special teams in the National Football League. His coaching career began at Oxford High School and stretched to five NFL teams that reached the Super Bowl five times. DeHaven passed away Dec. 27, 2016 after a battle with cancer; members of his family will attend the game.

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."

Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor and will provide free flu shots with insurance card or $20 flu shots with game day program; free blood pressure readings; samples of float shots and limeade; and commemorative footballs. 


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:09:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present their fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the upended story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. It follows a nameless Boy and his friends as they are thrust into a mission with the apprentice Starcatcher, Molly Aster. Amidst a vicious sea storm, the pursuit of the notoriously unshaven pirate Black Stache, a tribe of cuisine-savvy natives, and a plot to steal a precious yet dangerous treasure, Molly and the Boy rely on the magic of hope and belief to save the world from an all too dramatic fate.

“The events of the play set up the ‘Peter Pan’ characters that we all know and love including Captain Hook” says Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern. “The play also contains music; the Pirates sing, and lullabies are sung to put the young ones to sleep.  This will be entertainment for the whole family.”

The cast for the production included Ryan Pangracs as Boy/Peter; Ondreya Seahorn as Prentiss; Shawn Knepper as Ted; Jonathan Lane as Lord Leonard Aster; Kaela Massey as Molly Aster; Tanner Schartz as Mrs. Bumbrake and Teacher; Sylvia Xu as Grempkin; Scarlet Green as Bill Slank and Fighting Prawn; Ali Petrovich as Alf; Hannah Breshears as Mack and Hawking Clam; Jack Warring as Black Stache; Scott Olney as Smee; and Sarrah Sultz as Captain Robert Falcon Scott and S’anchez. 

Admission charge is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:32:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture (General)]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Populism's Poison Pill?”

According to Barker, this talk takes the 1787 Constitution as its point of departure and travels quickly through time to enter into the present populist moment of protests, anxieties, and disagreement. He will examine populism as a challenge to representative democracy, one that mobilizes power in the streets rather than through the political process, and as an expression of political opinion and agency within a basically liberal polity. 

“How does the Constitution shape the type of citizen participation that occurs in the American public sphere?” Barker asks.  “Can the Constitution settle debates and decide questions such as whether protesters or counter-protesters in Charlottesville are right or wrong to speak or not to speak? If so, how?”

The event is held to recognize the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

After the talk, there will be time for questions concerning the constitutional implications of the events of Charlottesville and the meaning of the Constitution in 2017.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:13:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Recognize Bruce DeHaven (General)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate the life and achievements of the late Bruce DeHaven, class of 1970, on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the SC football team hosts McPherson College.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

DeHavenDeHaven grew up on a farm in Trousdale and as a Moundbuilder was a basketball and track star.  Though DeHaven didn’t play the sport in college, he loved the game of football and took an opportunity to be a student manager for the Southwestern College football team.  

DeHaven began his coaching career at Oxford High School.  From there he had assistant coaching stints at the University of Kansas and New Mexico State University.  He then moved on to the United States Football League’s New Jersey Generals as a special teams coach.  After moving back to the high school ranks in the mid-1980s, he got a call from the newly-hired head coach of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy.

He went on to coach special teams for five NFL teams and reached the Super Bowl five times.  Along with the Bills, he coached for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and his final position with the Carolina Panthers.  It was during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, though, that DeHaven revolutionized the role of special teams. 

In spite of the success and accolades, DeHaven was always proud of his Kansas roots and Southwestern ties.

“He never forgot where he came from," said Richard Jantz, DeHaven’s friend since college.  “Bruce never got too big or busy to keep up with us; he was always proud of Southwestern and all of the friends he made while at SC.”

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime of the Southwestern versus McPherson game.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:41:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 09-12-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes 

For September 12, 2017 

Call to Order: 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Castor at 8:05 PM 

Invocation: Given by Raquel Resendiz 

Approval of Minutes: 

a. Each executive went over their roles 

b. SGA Goals were stated 

c. The attire for meetings was mentioned 

d. Important forms like the hazing form were discussed 

e. The hazing policy was discussed 

f. Changes on budget requests 

g. New food policy 


Roll Call: 

There were (16) executives present, (3) presidents, and (5) Senators. 

New Meeting Policies 

a. Robert’s Rules 

b. Dress Code 

a. Contact an executive member if you have any questions 

c. Cell Phone Policy 

d. New Location 


Freshman Class President Induction – Jordan 

a. President Arthur Anderson III 


This Year’s Goals 

a. Our Goals 

a. Senate Involvement 

i. More jobs 

b. Known Organization 

i. Increase presence on campus 

c. Enforcing Structure 

b. Your Goals 

a. Small Groups 

i. Adding a TV to the cafeteria to advertise upcoming events 

ii. If one organization from each group could show up to other activities to get a more diverse and larger population at the events 

iii. Tobacco and smoking on campus – keep the process going – Tanner Schartz has a proposal ready 

iv. Create a pep squad – create a fun and exciting atmosphere 

v. Theme nights at games/events 


Senator Info 

a. What it means to be a senator 

b. Open senate positions 



a. Emily & Megan – Communications & Advertisement 

a. In charge of SGA social media 

b. Could work on getting an Instagram and/or snapchat 

c. Could work on getting a TV in the Cafeteria 

b. Tessa – Elections & Constitutional Amendments 

a. Put on all elections on campus 

b. In charge of the SGA constitution 

c. Goal – to amend the entire constitution 

d. Meet once a month 

c. Beth – Activities & Allocations 

a. Will get sent to various organizations 

i. Pick up receipts, deliver monthly budgets, solve any problems 

d. Shayla – Student Concerns 

a. Works with student life and attends staff meetings 

b. Try to resolve issues 

c. Once a month meetings for food committee 

d. One meeting a month based on a specific student concern or attending an activity 


What Have You Been Doing? 

a. Past organization events 

a. GamingClub 

i. Gaming night in August during BuilderFest 

ii. Teamed up with Main Street Games 

b. Theatre Division 

i. Just finished with Godspell 

c. Tri Beta 

i. Annual ice cream social 

d. StuFu 

i. Late night bowling 

b. Upcoming events 

a. Theatre Division 

i. Fools on the Hill on September 27th 

ii. Peter and the Star Catcher 

b. Pi Gamma Mu 

i. Helping to host the Lunches with Leaders 

c. StuFu 

i. Free Movie night 

ii. This Thursday, free shirts for Bystander Intervention 

d. Film Club 

i. Hoping to partner with StuFu at free movie night 



e. IOU 

i. Domestic violence month is October 

1. “silent” event 

f. EdBuilders 

i. Trunk or treat in October 

g. Gaming Club 

i. 29th of September 

ii. Video games, board games 

h. InterAct 

i. September 24th at Island Park 

1. Authentic Mexican Food 

2. Mexican Bingo 

3. Prizes 

i. FCA 

i. Meeting September the 24th at 8pm in Mossman 

j. Psych Club 

i. Human vs Zombies in October 

k. Leadership Garage Sale 

i. September 14-16 

ii. Corner of 9th and Gary 

iii. Can donate items or come shop 



a. People going into the cafeteria on the side door 

b. Not paying for their meals 


Coming up 

a. Documents due 

b. Fill out an upcoming event for if you plan on having an event 

c. Next meeting: September 26th 

d. Continuing Education: October 6th 

a. 12-1pm in Pounds Lounge 

b. Senators and at least 1 representative from each organization required to come; advisors welcome 

c. Topic: Marketing & Communications 



On a motion Jay Buffum by to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 PM, the senate voted and the motion passed. 

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:15:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students to Capture Memories Honoring Former Walnut Valley Festival President Bob Redford (General)]]> Students in the communication department at Southwestern College are collaborating with The Walnut Valley Association (WVA) to create a video project called “Winfield Memories” during the Walnut Valley Festival, Sept. 13 – 17, at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Bart Redford, WVA, presented the idea for the project to two SC faculty members in early September. “Winfield Memories” will honor the life of Bob Redford, former WVA president, who died in December of 2016. The students will record individual interviews from both festival goers and from people who have worked at the festival over the years. 

“The idea for this project came about as I listened to fans of the festival tell me about their favorite memories of the event and their recollections of my father,” Redford says.  “My dad always loved a good festival story, and had quite a few himself, and I just thought this would be a nice way to capture some of these tales on video as a tribute to him and to all the people who have made this event what it is, fans and WVA crew alike.”

After the stories are gathered during the festival, Tanner Carlson, communication senior, will develop the series of interviews into a documentary as a senior project. WVA intends to have them play at a new venue called Bob’s Place which will also feature memorabilia from the Festival’s long history. 

Carlson is coordinating the work of a team of students who are contributing to the project. He is being assisted by Jason Knowles, visiting instructor of communication, digital arts, and new media and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. 

“The Walnut Valley Festival provides an opportunity for a talented and hard-working senior to lead a group of students on a meaningful project with a uniquely Winfield angle,” Sparks says. 

The Walnut Valley Festival Memories booth will be at the Northwest end of Barn 8 of the Winfield Fairgrounds during the Walnut Valley Festival. Students will be gathering stories on Sept. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:02:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Returns to Southwestern College for a Sixth Year (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students, and no charge for SC faculty, staff, and students.  
The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out all the details.
This is SC’s sixth year to create 24-Hour Plays.
Participants will include:
Cowley College students; director of theatre Cara Kem; and designer/technical director, John Rohr.    
Wellington High School students and their teacher, Jessica Coldwell
Southwestern College students; director of theatre, Allyson Moon; faculty member Paula Makar; and technical director, Kenny Allman.  
Jeannine Russell, a Southwestern College Campus Player, and Wichita State University playwrighting professor, and Meagan Morrow, a Southwestern College Campus Player, will also participate as playwrights.  The festival will begin the evening of the Sept. 8 and will conclude the evening of Sept. 9.  
Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 
To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.  Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   
SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools,
may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  
The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  
Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:44:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[​Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award, Again (General)]]> For the second year in a row, a Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

“It is an honor to be recognized again in the 2017 ‘CPA Practice Advisor's’ 40 under 40 Accounting Professionals list,” Lee says.  “The recognition is an important one in our industry and is looked to by major accounting firms, professionals, and the profession as a whole. In an industry that will take a very different look in the future, I’m excited to be part of an elite group of young professionals finding ways to be part of the change and helping others to make the transition into the new era of accounting.” 

As a member of the 2017 40 Under 40, Lee is invited to attend the 40 under 40 Think Tank Symposium in Indianapolis on October 18-20, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. Lee attended the symposium last year and said it was a wonderful experience.

“Having being named to the 2016 40 under 40, I've been able to meet a lot of innovative and awe-inspiring professionals who are ready to take our profession into the next generation of accounting,” Lee says.  “Being able to network with these individuals in Indianapolis last year has allowed me to get an inside seat of what the future hold for our students and helps give great foresight to our accounting majors about how to be more competitive in their careers.

 “CPA Practice Advisor” calls this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees “the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. They are all active in the professional community, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers. Many are also frequently seen at industry trade shows, such as AICPA PS/Tech and state CPA society events, giving seminars or participating in roundtable discussions on evolving practices and technologies.”

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides option for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:11:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stir & Bustle Ribbon Cutting (General)]]> The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Coffee plus a ribbon cutting Aug. 24 for Stir & Bustle Coffee, a new coffee shop located in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.

Stir and Bustle Ribbon Cutting(Pictured holding the big scissors in the middle is Dr. Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. Surrounding him are faculty and staff, students and chamber members. Photo courtesy of Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Stir & Bustle, which takes its name from the Alma Mater, converted the open lounge inside the library’s front entrance to a snack area that features open seating and contemporary décor.

Fresh Ideas, the campus food services contractor, installed the coffee shop as part of its contract with the college. Taylor Strecker, area manager for Fresh Ideas, has been instrumental in the planning of the new facility.

“It’s going to grow and evolve as it takes off, but we plan for it to be a full-blown running coffee house with coffee drinks, frappucinos, smoothies, and other drinks,” he says. “Ultimately we’ll have sandwiches and wraps, salads, parfaits, and other food, but we have packaged food from the start.”

More than snacks, though, the coffee shop provides a casual hub for students to meet, work on group projects, or relax between classes. The area is a convenient for meetings with campus visitors. The space may also be used for alumni or group gatherings, and can be closed off if coffee shop amenities are not needed.

Kristin Humphreys, associate vice president for business services, has worked with student life personnel to make sure the new space is student-friendly.

“For example, there are plenty of outlets for charging laptops, tablets, and phones,” she says.

The idea of an in-library coffee shop is not new, Strecker says – he was involved in the addition of a coffee shop to the Lindenwood University.

“It’s a gathering place, but we expect a lot of studying to be going on in this area,” he says. “There are still plenty of quiet spaces in the building for students who prefer that study environment.”

Stir & Bustle Photos

Stir & Bustle 360 - Student with drink

Stir & Bustle 360

Stir & Bustle - Panoramic

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Freshmen Perform Community Service in Winfield (Leadership)]]> Southwestern College freshmen participated in the annual Freshman Work Day event in Winfield on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Frosh Work Day at Whittier“It is a great chance for our incoming freshman to connect to their new community which include their new classmates, their new school, and their new town,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. “Southwestern develops students through its commitment to extensive community service opportunities. Freshman Work Day is an important initial milestone for all students to participate in.”
Wood reports that 186 freshman, 25 Leadership students, SC faculty, staff, and local community members participated and donated more than 1,000 service hours to Winfield.  This year the theme of the day was "Finding Winfield" as students divided into groups, then went to 11 different sites around the town. These ranged from individual homeowners to Whittier Elementary and Baden Square. 
A banquet dinner capped the day and experience. The freshmen, leadership students, homeowners, and community partners reflected on the day and celebrated their work together. 
The day was planned and executed by the Southwestern Leadership team which is one of three service learning teams at SC. 
“The Leadership team is committed to changing ourselves and the world around us through servant leadership,” Wood says. 
Freshman Work Day has been a tradition at Southwestern College for more than 25 years. 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:20:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Welcomes Largest Class in 132 Year History (General)]]> Southwestern College marked the beginning of the fall semester by welcoming a record breaking first-year class to campus.

“It’s a wonderful day to be a Builder,” said Southwestern President Brad Andrews as he shared news of the record enrollment.   

Andrews reported that as of Monday, 192 first-year students had moved onto campus, representing the largest freshman class in the 132 year history of the college.  At the time of publication, the college has also enrolled 80 transfer students. In total, 272 new students have enrolled, also a record for the college. 

“The momentum that we are building at Southwestern is very real,” said Andrews. “The value and attractiveness of the education we provide is meaningful to prospective students and families of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond.”  

 The large class was out in force on Sunday, performing community service at eleven homes and nonprofits throughout Winfield as part of the annual Freshman Work Day. On Friday their service will be focused on campus as they give the “SC” rocks on the hill east of Richard L. Jantz Stadium a fresh coat of white paint (a duty performed annually by the first-year class, with the help of President Andrews). Classes at the college will begin on August 21.

“We have 272 brand new students who chose Southwestern College, who chose Winfield— who have already begun to connect with our community and engage in our traditions,” said Andrews. “The college and Winfield are strengthened by their choosing to be here and that is certainly something we all should celebrate.” 

Last year Southwestern welcomed 173 first-year students, which, at the time, marked the second largest class to enter the college. Andrews attributes the record breaking success and increasing enrollment, which contradicts national trends, to faculty, staff, and the community.

“This success hinges on nothing more than prospective students and families recognizing that faculty and staff at Southwestern College are dedicated to helping students discover their potential and find success— and in seeing what a special place Winfield is to make home.”


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:17:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 9 (General)]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2017-2018 school year.
Builder Camp takes first-year students on and off campus for a three-day orientation to college life, and Builder Fest is an on-campus experience introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern College. 
New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by students moving into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A Family Farewell event begins at 3:30 p.m., and then the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Camp WOW in Stuart, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 12. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.
Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Saturday, Aug. 12.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Friday, Aug. 18.
Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
Sunday, Aug. 20, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
Monday, Aug. 21, classes begin for students. 
Tuesday, Aug. 22, rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
Thursday, Aug. 24, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
Friday, Aug. 25, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.
Friends of Southwestern College are invited to attend the Moundbuilding Ceremony and Opening Convocation.
For more information about Builder Fest, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168. 
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:34:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Stacy Sparks Photography on Display in Wichita (General)]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks will be on display at the Plymouth Art Gallery at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 North Clifton Ave., Wichita, in August and September. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 40 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs. 

Sparks is the associate professor of journalism at Southwestern College and has been teaching at SC since August 2006, when she moved to Winfield with her husband, Pat England. The photographs in this exhibit were made during a sabbatical between August and December 2015.

She grew up in Dodge City and began teaching journalism and advising student media staffs in 1988, first at St. Mary of the Plains College, then at Dodge City Community College. 

Sparks’ work has been included in the Five-State Photography Show, as well as juried competitions in Liberal, Wichita and Lubbock, Texas. She has shown her work in group and solo shows in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama and has participated in photography workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana, and New Mexico.

Sparks was inducted into the College Media Association Hall of Fame in October 2015. An active member of CMA and Kansas Collegiate Media, she has served in several leadership roles in both organizations.

Located in the main hallway of the church, The Plymouth Art Gallery is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is also open during regularly scheduled church events.  


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Godspell’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Godspell” on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

Southwestern College graduate Meagan Morrow is directing the show while current student Matthew Porter is the musical director.  Morrow says that the production will take on a carnival theme.  One hour before the show starts, the cast and crew will create a carnival atmosphere on the lawn of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Morrow says that families are encouraged to attend and participate in games, face painting, live music, ring toss, and fortune telling.

“‘Godspell’ can be done in a variety of ways,” Morrow says.  “The cast and crew will participate in the carnival games outside of the recital hall.  From there, the carnival atmosphere will move inside Messenger and the show will begin.”

Jesus will be played by Tanner Schartz and John/Judas will be played by Jack Warring, both current Southwestern College students.  The ensemble will include current SC students Ondreya Seahorn, Kaela Massey, Jonathan Lane, and Shawn Knepper.  Other ensemble members are SC graduate Carlene Dick; master’s student Juliana Smarsh; Scarlet Green, Wichita; and Nathan Coordsen, Bartlesville, Okla. 

Morrow says that this production of “Godspell” should appeal to everybody from preschool age to adult.  The music style will range from pop to rock to gospel.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:37:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Finishes the Tour Divide (General)]]> Winfield biking enthusiast Bobby Smith has returned after competing in one of the toughest mountain bike experiences in North America.Bobby Smith Finishes TD

Smith, director of application systems at Southwestern College, completed the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route was 2,745 miles long and Smith finished it in 28 days, 12 hours, and 35 minutes. 

Smith, who is 30 pounds lighter after competing in the event, says that in hindsight, he could have finished the race sooner but rode with another competitor who had participated before in the Tour Divide. 

“I rode with him for quite a ways because he knew where the refueling stations were, had knowledge of where to camp out, and I didn’t want to get lost” Smith says.  “But once I got to Breckenridge (Colo.) I knew I had to pick up the pace if I wanted to finish in less than 30 days so I went on my own from there.”

Smith says that he hopes to ride in the event again someday. 

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to see a map of the route Smith rode along with other race statistics as well as a link to donate to the Builder Fund at


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:28:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Landmarks Being Constructed at Southwestern (General)]]> Construction has begun on a new landmark on the west side of the Southwestern College campus.

The George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success is expected to be completed by mid-August.

No Sign KeyholeThe Hayward family has made a gift to construct two monument signs at the west corners of campus; one at College St. and Warren Ave., and the other at College St. and Fowler Ave. Additionally, a pedestrian gateway framing Keyhole Drive and a monument sign in the center median of the drive will be constructed in the coming weeks.No sign Warren

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School (General)]]> Southwestern College hosted students from two different middle schools in Wichita during its annual Builder Bound Camp.  Students from Truesdell Middle School were on campus June 6-9 and students from Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Academy were on campus from June 20-23. 

Both schools were honored for their 2016-2017 achievements by the Kansas Association Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) with Truesdell awarded the Kansas Middle School of the Year and Jardine being a finalist for this distinctive award.   

A total of 112 students (75 from Truesdell and 37 from Jardine) attended the camps. Each week was concluded with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Superintendent Alicia Thompson of the Wichita USD 259 attended the graduation as a parent, acknowledging her daughter’s participation in Builder Bound Camp.  

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher and camp sponsor from Truesdell, students on the honor roll at Truesdell were selected first, followed by students who were close to achieving honor roll status and could benefit from the positive influences at Builder Bound Camp. Truesdell has over 1,100 students enrolled.

Builder Bound 17According to Lura Jo Atherly, the head principal at Jardine, students attending summer school for the two weeks were eligible to participate in the camp. Jardine has nearly 350 students enrolled.

This was the 11th year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide Builder Bound Camp.  For four years SC had partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of the students who attended camp are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first-generation college attenders. According to Pleas, part of the mission of this camp is to expose these students to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

Campers were split into teams and participated in six courses over the four days.  Courses and professors included: biology, Rick Cowlishaw; engineering, Michael Tessmer; college athletics, Matt O’Brien; digital design, DeAnn Nelson; media/interviewing, Tommy Castor; and fishing, Mary Sites.

In addition to the classes, the students went bowling at Hillcrest Lanes in Arkansas City and attended a movie at the Cowley 8 Cinema.  Apart from these organized outings, time was built into the schedule for the campers to learn from their mentors about student success, discuss and develop a healthy image of themselves, and establish an understanding that college is attainable.

The leadership staff included Dawn Pleas, executive director; Ed Loeb, academic dean, Lonnie Boyd, controller; Anjaih Clemons, operations; Tim Miser, college student mentors; Korie Hawkins, middle school campers; Krystal Winn, climate control;  Justin Williams and LaRide Conerly, male hall directors;  Jordon Pond and Korie Hawkins, female hall directors; Rodney Marner, assistant operations; Mary Sites, orientation meals;  Garnita James, female empowerment; and Sgt. Michael Williams, male empowerment.

The camps also featured 20 current students, recent alumni, and young adult friends of Southwestern College as mentors to the campers.  


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:24:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Aidan Goodrich: Getting out of it what he put into it (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Aidan Goodrich at CommencementIt’s a rare Southwestern student who doesn’t hear the same advice Aidan Goodrich heard as a new freshman: “You’re going to get out of it what you put into it,” someone told him.

It’s a rare student, though, who takes this advice as seriously as Goodrich. He graduated from SC in May with a biology degree. But in addition to the activities expected of a biology major (Beta Beta Beta, Pi Gamma Mu) he completed internships with Legacy Regional Community Foundation, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Georgia Aquarium. He was a member of the Leadership Team and was also elected a MasterBuilder.

“I was excited – I wanted to do things, challenge myself, learn about myself,” he says. “If there’s anything you’re passionate about, you’re going to put a lot of energy into it, and one thing led to another.”

When meeting with prospective students as an ambassador he shared that they were in for a special experience.

Aidan Goodrich at SeaWorld“I told them they were going to learn a lot about themselves, and other people, and the world, but they were also going to learn the spirit of service,” he says. “Our college is built on four pillars – knowledge, hope, courage, and freedom—but the fifth invisible pillar is service.”

Now Goodrich is working as a husbandry assistant in the animal training department of SeaWorld San Antonio, and spends his days observing killer whale calves, feeding sea otters, and caring for sea lions.

“It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be, and more,” he says – just like his Southwestern experience.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:11:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kayla Demel: Leaving SC better than she found it (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Kayla DemelKayla Demel admits that she came to Southwestern to play basketball, but that decision opened the door to more than she ever expected.

“I saw upperclassmen getting involved, and I thought ‘I want to do that – I want to be an RA, and be involved in Builder Camp, and in student government, and in things I’m passionate about.’”

During her freshman year, Kayla admits, she was mostly focused on basketball and hanging out with friends.

“School wasn’t the first thing on my mind all the time, but then I realized I was only in college for four years,” she says. “I had to be ready to make decisions, and decisions you make in college are going to affect you for the rest of your life.”

Seeing older students model the possibilities Southwestern offered turned into a whirlwind of activities for Demel, who graduated in May as SGA president, student ambassador, treasurer of the Athletic Training Society, and member of the Pre-Health Professionals organization. And she continued to play basketball – she was an NAIA Div. II scholar-athlete and participated in all 31 games during her senior season.

“I told (dean of students) Dan Falk in February that my main goal was to leave Southwestern better than I found it, and I think I did that,” she says.

Next up for Kayla is a position with Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita, where she will be working with a surgeon as a physician extender and athletic trainer.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols’ second career leads to national acclaim (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

David Nichols Signing BookFor a quarter of a century the college needed David Nichols to serve in a progression of roles. Though he considered opportunities elsewhere he was compelled to stay at SC. He taught economics, headed the business department, led institutional advancement, and finally was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college before he retired in 2003. And still, he says, he didn’t find out what he was really good at until he left SC.

(Pictured: David Nichols signs copies of his latest book about Dwight Eisenhower during an event on the Southwestern campus April 27. The book has been favorably reviewed by major national media.)

Today Nichols is a nationally-recognized author who is being called the foremost scholar on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. His latest book, Ike and McCarthy, was released in March 2017 and has been favorably reviewed by such media as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, and the Dallas Morning News. It was called “a thrilling new history” by The Daily Beast.

“I wasn’t going to play golf, and I needed something to do,” Nichols explains his late-life career as an author. Trained as a historian (his doctorate from College of William and Mary was in history), he told colleagues when he retired that he planned to write a book. Few predicted how successful he would be, though.

Abilene, he explains, was close and cheap so he decided to concentrate his research on the 34th president. Overlooked by East Coast scholars because of its out-of-the-way location, Eisenhower’s presidential library turned out to be a researcher’s treasure trove and Nichols reveled in the information he found.

Nichols Book Ike and McCarthyAn editor at Simon and Schuster took an interest in Nichols’ work, and in 2007 the respected publisher released A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. This was followed in 2011 by Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis – Suez and the Brink of War.

Critics took note of the books, with the Christian Science Monitor calling Year of Crisis one of “seven history books worth checking out in 2011.”

With the publication of Ike and McCarthy, Nichols has taken his place as the nation’s foremost expert on the Eisenhower presidency. National book tours, media interviews, and a second printing have followed its March 21 release.

“It’s the best written of the three books by far,” Nichols admits. “It’s not a who-done-it, it’s a how-done-it. It’s like a Sherlock Holmes mystery.”

At the center of the book is the fascinating general who became a president.

“Eisenhower was deceptive, almost to a fault,” Nichols says. “He appeared to be a bumbling grandfather in public but behind the scenes he was profane, ruthless, tough. When he finally went to war he could be lethal. He was both ethical and ruthless, which is a strange mixture.”

Now that Nichols has taken his place as a leading presidential scholar, he looks back on the careers that came before, and the Southwestern influence that occurred during his student days even before these careers began.

“During that transformative (for me) 1956-60 period, I learned that I – this untutored farm kid – could be a lifelong learner. Since then, I have lived by the maxim: ‘A liberal arts education equips you to learn whatever you have to learn to do whatever you have to do,’” Nichols says. “That principle has informed my life right up to and including the new book.”

“I’m a teacher at heart,” he says, “but if I had only been a classroom teacher I wouldn’t have understood Eisenhower.”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builders: They're Everywhere (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Builders Everywhere 1Moundbuilders meet in the most unexpected places, as Kent Lundy ’90 and Kevin Galo ’14 discovered during the past year. Chaplain (Maj.) Lundy, a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, and Staff Sgt. Galo, an active duty U.S. Air Force Security Forces member from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, were deployed to Eskan Village in Saudi Arabia from July 2016 to January 2017 as members of the 879th Expeditionary Security Forces squadron. Eskan Village is a United States Secretary of State Training Mission compound where approximately 1,000 military members and contractors live and work. The 879th provided the force protection for the entire compound.

“We did not know each other before we arrived,” Lundy says. “We realized the connection one day when Kevin was talking with me about the incredible military-friendly college he was attending!”

Builders Everywhere 2Lundy earned his SC bachelor of arts in 1990, and Galo finished his criminal science degree from Professional Studies in 2014. In addition to his military duties Lundy is a full-time elder in the Indiana conference of the United Methodist Church, and as of July 1 will be senior pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church.

“And yes,” Lundy adds, “we both deployed with our SC T-shirts.”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:10:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Audience Members May Sit In the Round at ‘Big Fish’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

Director Allyson Moon says that the audience will have the opportunity to sit in the RPAC’s auditorium seats or they may sit on stage.

“The staging of ‘Big Fish’ is done from the perspective of being in the round,” Moon says.   “Audience members will be on all sides of the action.  The accompaniment will also be on stage. With a show that has scenes that include being at the edge of a river, in a circus, at a USO production, and a wild West saloon, this theatrical experience is constantly surprising.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

According to Moon, audience members on and off stage will have the opportunity to participate in the action when Edward starts telling a larger-than-life tale.  There is even a scene with soldiers in which audience members will have a chance to dance with them.  Moon stresses that this audience participation is not a requirement, but it is just a fun and unusual opportunity.

This isn’t the first time that Moon has directed a show staged in the round, but it is the first time she has done it in this space.

“Roger Moon paved the way when he staged the spring musical in RPAC in this way,” Moon says.  “It is challenging for the director and the actors.  This plays is about the lives of the Bloom family and those they touched, and who touched them.  This staging allows the audience to get to know them so much better.  Instead of just looking at the stage picture, audience members get to be in it.”

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:15:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present the Musical ‘Big Fish’ June 30, July 1-2 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Bring the whole family to this musical about family,” says director Allyson Moon.  “It will inspire you to live bigger, love bigger, and dream bigger.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

“Edward tells these huge, imaginative stories about who he has met while on the road as a traveling salesman,” Moon says.  “His son doesn’t believe his father has led the life that he has told.  He is on a mission to find out who his father really is.  Edward has a simple message, to live life as big as possible.”

The cast includes Matt Berthot as Edward; Matt Porter as young Edward; Michelle Zacharov as Sandra; Emily Flickinger as young Sandra; Jonathon Lane as Will; Hunter Lough as young Will; Kaela Massey as Josephine; Josh Massey as Karl; Jack Warring as Amos; Allie Petrovich as the Witch; Jessica Coldwell as Jenny Hill; Scarlet Green as young Jenny Hill; Tanner Schartz as Don Price; Shawn Knepper as Zacky Price; Austin Davis as Doctor Bennett; Nathaniel Metzinger as New York Doctor; Carlene Dick as Mermaid; Kyle Smith as Red Fang; and Chris Rogers as Ashton Mayor.

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:43:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Rides the Tour Divide (General)]]> One of the toughest mountain bike experiences in America will be the next challenge for Bobby Smith, a Winfield biking enthusiast. 

Bobby Smith Tour DivideSmith left this week to participate in the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, British Columbia, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route is 2,745 miles long—“longer if you get lost,” he says. Official start of the race is June 9.

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to follow Smith’s progress in real-time, as well as a links to his Instagram account and to the Builder Fund at

A computer specialist at SC, the 51-year-old Smith has been riding since he was a child. 
“Having ridden and raced all genres of cycling, I am first and foremost a mountain biker. The Tour Divide is the pinnacle of an off-pavement challenge where a mountain bike and ‘fat tire’ is pretty much required equipment to succeed,” he says.

Smith will be self-supported, carrying 30 to 40 pounds of supplies, sleeping gear, water, and food on his mountain bike. With only a start date and route provided by promoters (no entry fee or official racer meeting is held), racers must rely on their own ingenuity to complete the course. They may resupply food and equipment at commercial shops along the way, but any services must be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged.

This self-reliance is a key component of the Tour Divide. Racers are not allowed to meet family on the friends on the trail because this is considered a form of support. However, they can accept support from total strangers, who are known as “Trail Angels.” An encounter with one of the strangers is called “Trail Magic,” and Smith admits he is looking forward to experiencing this magic. 

“Information on the race is purposefully difficult to come by, which is exactly how the promoter wants it,” Smith says. “Luckily for us mere mortals, the more people who take on this challenge, the more information that is available to prepare.”

Smith plans to get up with the sun each day, pack, and ride all day, sometimes finishing before dark and sometimes riding into the night if the weather is good. In order to finish the course in less than a month (the vacation time he has available) he must average at least 100 miles daily, with a goal of 110-120 miles per day.

In addition to the terrain and weather conditions, he’ll also be watching out for additional non-human competitors—“we ride right through grizzly, wolf, and mountain lion country”—so he’ll have bear spray and a bear bell ready.

But the physical challenges will pale compared to the mental challenges, Smith predicts. 

“Although the magnitude of the adventure requires utmost preparedness, the unknown aspects will reveal whether or not I am equipped mentally to complete this daunting task,” Smith says. “So why am I taking this challenge? Not only to see if I 'have what it takes', but also for the invaluable experiences, memories, adventure, freedom, pain and laughs; and in many ways to simply see how the story unfolds. Furthermore, I am taking on this challenge to enhance my already blessed life, to empower myself to go beyond my comfort zone, and inspire myself to grow and live a life worth living.”

Bobby Smith on InstagramSee photos from Bobby's adventure at his Instagram account
or search #BuilderOnABike

Learn more about Tour Divide Ride here.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Service Learning Teams Make an Impact in Philadelphia and Portland (General)]]> Two service learning teams from Southwestern College recently traveled to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

“Service Learning teams at Southwestern College hold three threads of learning and practice in common, which are classroom learning, service work, and travel,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We believe the combination of those three things facilitate the best learning  and development for our students.  Hence, each of our teams (Leadership and Discipleship) took a service trip as part of the travel component.”

The Leadership team traveled to Philadelphia and worked with three organizations, The Salvation Army, Share Food, and Front Step.  
Leadership in Philadelphia•    For The Salvation Army, members worked at a warehouse for a day sorting new toys into appropriate age groups and categories. These donated toys are handed out to kids during the Christmas season.  They were able to sort, box, and label all their donations in the warehouse. 
•    For Share Food, the team packaged 1,401 boxes of food commodities (each box was 30 pounds of food).  
•     For Front Step, the team worked with a pastor from Front Step to clean up a neighborhood and park.

“Each year the Leadership team embarks on a service learning trip where members get to experience a new part of the world and simultaneously serve,” Wood says.  “Following a four-year rotation, students have the opportunity to participate in trips in outdoors locations, international site, Kansas, and urban areas. These trips allow students to serve culturally diverse populations and learn more about what it means to be a leader in a global society.”

The Discipleship team traveled to Portland, Ore.

“Our trip was organized through Kaleo Missions in Portland and they housed our team and organized our mission experiences for the week,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship.  “Together we clocked more than 500 service hours.”
Discipleship in Portland•    Much of this time was spent serving alongside ministries that feed and clothe the homeless population.  These ministries included St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and Union Gospel Mission. The team helped prepare and serve food at both locations and also helped clean up and distribute clothing and other commodities throughout the week.
•    Members spent time helping at the Oregon Food Bank where the team separated food for distribution, and worked with Women’s Life Change, a Beaverton, Ore., organization that is an extended, on-site living program for women coming out of abuse, addiction, and homelessness. At Women’s Life Change the team toured the building, learned about the program, met residents, helped paint offices, and helped prepare for the program graduation.
•    The team also attended the Real Life Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International.  According to Just, it brought to life the experiences of refugees and impoverished people around the world. “It was a learning experience that prompted our team to see the world with different eyes,” she says.

Both teams were able to enjoy iconic locations in each city.  In Philadelphia the Leadership team visited the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and burial grounds, Christ Church, and the Philadelphia Zoo.  The Discipleship team visited local food trucks, grabbed an iconic pink box of Voodoo Doughnuts, went to Powell’s Books (the world’s largest independent bookstore), and went to Multnomah Falls.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:28:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Percussionist Thomas Burritt to Perform at Southwestern College June 15 (Music)]]> Thomas Burritt, professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at the University of Texas–Austin, will perform at Southwestern College Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (Christy Administration Building), and admission charge is $10. 

Thomas BurrittActive in the creation and performance of new music for percussion, Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar and was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 and 2009 Zeltsman Marimba Festival. In April 2004, Burritt performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later that same year the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released a CD on the Innova label.

Burritt has earned degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (bachelor of music in education and performance), Kent State University (master of music), and Northwestern University (doctor of musical arts).

As a percussion soloist, Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Maki Ishii, Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka, John Mackey, and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt’s first solo CD recording, “All Times Identical – New American Music for Marimba,” was released in November 2006. His second solo marimba recording, “Groundlines,” is available in iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio, and Spotify. In August of 2015, Burritt released his latest recording via YouTube, featuring a video album of J. S. Bach’s 5th Cello Suite performed on the marimba. In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy-nominated recordings, “Conspirare in Concert” and “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings,” both distributed world-wide on the Harmonia Mundi label.

The concert is a part of the The Cole Family Summer Music Festival, June 11-17.  The 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. 

For more information about the camp or the concert, contact Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141, or visit the RPAC website.

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.

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team Earns First Place in Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was the top team in the nation in the Enactus USA 2017 Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge for their work in the Moundbuilder Market. 

Enactus RW Plaster winnersThe award was announced Tuesday at the 2017 Enactus USA National Recognition in Kansas City, and comes with a trophy and $10,000 prize for use by the team for continued growth within their Enactus program and projects. This is the largest monetary awarded challenge Enactus USA presents to a team annually. 

“The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge recognize teams that have a business venture project that implements entrepreneurial activities to increase profit margins,” says Patrick Lee, Enactus team advisor.

The Moundbuilder Market, which sells branded apparel and other Southwestern College items, was taken over by the SC Enactus team in August 2015. Since then the group has created a business model that is both sustainable in nature and profit driven. Enactus team members manage the enterprise, creating practicum opportunities for SC business, accounting, and sports management majors. 

The store is managed by Uly Cisneros (junior majoring in business, Rowlett, Texas) and Christian Gordon (junior majoring in accounting, Yukon, Okla.). In addition Chase Carr (junior majoring in accounting, Bixby, Okla.) manages event sales for the market.

“It's exciting to see a team go from nothing in 2014 to becoming a nationally-recognized team in just three years,” Lee says.  “This is the first nationally-awarded challenge to Southwestern College Enactus team.” 


Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McNutt Named President for KNEA-SP (General)]]> Karrie McNutt Southwestern College senior Karrie McNutt, Winfield, has been elected president of the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP).

Her duties will include organizing two major KNEA events, one in the fall of 2017 and one in the spring of 2018.  The spring event will include a service project normally done in the hometown of the current president.

In April, president-elect McNutt assisted with the Outreach to Teach event at Ogden Elementary School of USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden, where members volunteered for projects that included revamping flowerbeds, planting a tree, painting railings and bookshelves, painting the teacher’s lounge and technology center, organizing classroom libraries, and work in the Ogden Community Garden.

"For the upcoming school year, I couldn't be more honored to represent the aspiring future educators that our state and nation so greatly need,” McNutt says.  “Teaching has truly become my passion and I can't imagine serving my future profession in any other way.  As KNEA-SP president, I look forward to using my leadership skills to help teach my peers how we can make a difference in our Kansas public schools as college students, but more importantly, as we enter the education profession as teachers.”

McNutt adds that the KNEA Student Program Spring Representative Assembly will take place at Southwestern College in April. 

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to give back to my hometown education family, and look forward to including the community in this event,” McNutt says.

A 2014 graduate of Winfield High School, McNutt is majoring in elementary education at Southwestern.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:39:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodrich, Gamez Named 2017 Fran Jabara Award Recipients (General)]]> Goodrich GamezAidan Goodrich, Independence, and Becky Gamez, Houston,  received the Fran Jabara Award at Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7.

Goodrich graduated summa cum laude (with highest honor) with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in leadership. Gamez graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and a minor in business administration.

The Fran Jabara Award is presented to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and excellence in its recipients.  Jabara, an Oklahoma State University and Wichita State University graduate, was an advocate of the American free enterprise system and founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU in 1977.

Goodrich and Gamez each received a plaque and a cash award. 

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Peterson-Veatch Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that Ross Peterson-Veatch will be the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  Dr. Peterson-Veatch will begin his duties July 1.

Ross Peterson-VeatchThe new vice president will have responsibility for the academic vision and execution of academic programs at the college, including both the main campus and Professional Studies. During the past year’s national search to fill the position these duties have been performed by Tracy Frederick, interim provost, after former provost Andy Sheppard accepted a college presidency in Georgia.

“I am so pleased to be chosen as Southwestern's new vice president for academic affairs,” Peterson-Veatch says.  “I am excited to join the Moundbuilder community and I look forward to working with faculty and administrators to continue Southwestern's strong traditions of student engagement and academic excellence.”  

Peterson-Veatch has served as interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Goshen College (Ind.) since 2015.  In that role he was responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all academic and student life programs and departments.  He served Goshen previously as associate vice president for academic affairs, primarily focused on adult and graduate programs. Before that, as associate academic dean, his duties included service on the college team developing strategic academic priorities. 
Prior to his tenure at Goshen, Peterson-Veatch was a faculty member at Indiana University in the liberal arts and management program, and has also held faculty appointments at Earlham College, Goucher College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. From 2001 to 2007 he served Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business as an instructional consultant focused on improvement of classroom teaching practice.

 “Southwestern is a college with a clear focus on students and their success and a commitment to developing students as leaders.  I am honored and humbled to be able to be a part of those efforts and to help extend them to a growing student body both in Winfield and beyond,” Peterson-Veatch adds.

Peterson-Veatch received his bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Spanish and sociology/anthropology and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in folklore from Indiana University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on professional learning communities and other topics.

His academic interests include leadership studies, folklore, history of ethnography and Colonial Latin American literature.  

“I look forward to partnering with him and am excited about the leadership and service he will provide Southwestern in the years to come,” Andrews says. 

Peterson-Veatch has been involved in college pedagogy initiatives since 1992 and served on the program committee for the 2009 annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and the American Folklore Society.

Peterson-Veatch and his wife, Erika, plan to move to Winfield this summer along with their sons, Oscar and Arthur.  

Fall 2017 Opening Convocation
August 25, 2017

0:00 Processional - Dr.James Leland (Psalm Nineteen – Benedetto Marcello)

2:45 Invocation - Emily Jones, 2017-2018 SGA President 

3:30 Welcome - Dr. Bradley J Andrews, President 

5:58 Recognition of the Scholars of the College and Dean’s Honor Roll - Dr.Ross Peterson-Veatch, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College 

Troy Fort, Scholar of the College 

7:25 Special Music - Tyler Demaree, Matthew Porter, and Jack Warring, vocals; Aidan Wells Filbert, piano (On the Willows from Godspell – Stephen Schwartz)

10:35 Introduction of Speaker - Dr. Andrews 

12:05 Speaker - Dr. Peterson-Veatch 

29:45 Announcements - Mr. Dan Falk, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students 

31:35 Alma Mater - Matthew Porter, Conductor 

34:05 Benediction - Rev. Benjamin Hanne, Campus Minister 

35:02 Recessional - Dr. Leland (Toccata: Deo Gratias – Richard Keys Biggs)

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tammy McEwen Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at SC (General)]]> Tammy McEwen, associate professor of biology, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

Tammy McEwen“I am very grateful to the Kopkes for providing this generous award to recognize excellence in teaching,” McEwen says.  “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for doing a job about which I am passionate. I am humbled to be included in the same category with the distinguished educators who have previously received this acknowledgement, and I have the honor and privilege of collaborating with many of those previous recipients frequently.”

McEwen grew up in Texas and graduated from high school in New Braunfels, Texas.  She earned her bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in molecular biology from Pittsburg State University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.  Prior to arriving at Southwestern in August 2011, she taught high school science (biology, earth science, advanced biology, anatomy and physiology) at Altoona-Midway High School in southeast Kansas. McEwen also taught adjunct courses at Neosho County Community College. 

“Winning this award means a great deal to me for while I love biology, particularly developmental biology, my true passion and calling is teaching. In essence, this award is validation for many years of hard work and dedication to serving students,” McEwen added.

McEwen and her husband, Jim, live in Winfield.  He is the internship coordinator at Southwestern.

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodson Published in ‘The Oxford Handbook on Secularism’ (General)]]> Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, has had an article published in “The Oxford Handbook on Secularism.”

“My chapter describes the German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas’s usage of the terms ‘secularity,’ ‘secularism,’ and ‘post-secularism,’” Goodson says.  “I explain how Habermas’s usage of these three terms is best understood in relation to his philosophical theory of communicative rationality. Habermas makes a shift from secularism to post-secularism, and I argue that this shift is based on the fact that post-secularism allows for better communication, on the standards of communicative rationality, between religious believers and nonreligious citizens in our globalized twenty-first century context.”

Goodson says that his argument addresses questions raised by Southwestern College students in courses such as History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Warfare and Ethics.  

“The Oxford Handbook on Secularism” was edited by John R. Shook and Phil Zuckerman, and it contains 43 chapters. It costs $150 if ordered through Oxford University Press.

According to Goodson, one reviewer describes his chapter as providing a helpful discussion concerning "Habermas and former Pope Benedict [XVI] on religion, fundamentalism, war, and theological endorsements of post-secularism."


Fri, 12 May 2017 10:16:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three New Members Enter SC Business HOF; Kline Motors Receives Business Builder Award (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame added three new names Saturday, April 22.  Eric Kurtz, Brian Pettey, and Dennis Hodges have joined the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history and were inducted as part of Founders Weekend activities. The Business Builder Award was presented to Kline Motors.

2017 Business HOFThis year’s inductees included:
•         Eric Kurtz ’92 is CEO and president of Union State Bank, the culmination of a career that began immediately after graduation. Kurtz progressed from night processor to senior vice president of Pioneer Bank and Trust in Ponca City before the bank was acquired in 2006. During his tenure the group became one of only three Oklahoma banks with Preferred Lender Program status with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Following acquisition by RCB Bank, Kurtz became senior vice president of commercial lending. In 2009, he joined Union State Bank. He became president of the bank in 2011, rising to CEO and president in 2014. During his tenure, the bank has expanded into Bartlesville, Okla., and Wichita, acquired RelianzBank, and has been recognized as one of the healthiest banks in the nation. 
 •      Brian Pettey ’96 is CEO of Robotzone, LLC, a business he founded in a Reid residence hall room during his senior year at Southwestern. Located in Winfield, the initial focus of Robotzone was designing and manufacturing robots and robotic components for educational purposes. In 2002, Robotzone began developing more advanced products that were suited for more diverse markets. Robotzone has assisted companies with NASA missions, had robots displayed at the Kennedy Space Center, and constructed robots to help kids learn in thousands of classrooms worldwide. Pettey has also assisted in the development of robots used to protect solders in war zones as well as in television programs and movies. Currently, Robotzone is designing a modular robotic construction system. Pettey has invented numerous products and holds more than 30 patents.
•       Dennis Hodges ’81 is the founder/CEO of Creatalyst, a global strategy boutique that teaches executives, educators, students, and entrepreneurs how to unlock creativity and drive innovation.  Hodges started with a self-designed degree in aesthetics and humanities that taught him to see relationships and connections among seemingly dissimilar items. This set the course for his life’s work, which combines photography, creativity, and strategy. Living for 14 years in Hungary taught him to look at issues from multiple perspectives and appreciate the local nuances that shape world views. He has worked on five continents, including speaking at TEDx Danubia. His work has been shown globally and is in the permanent collection of museums and private collectors.  Dennis also launched the lifestyle brand Dream. Believe. Do. and hosts its podcast.
•    Kline Motors was established in 1963 by Don and Virginia Kline as a family-owned business and has served Winfield and the Cowley County area for more than half a century. Its mission stresses the company’s commitment to the community. Pat Biddle started his career in 1975 in the service and parts departments and continued the tradition of supporting the community that included Southwestern College as he assumed leadership of the company. Kline Motors is now a third-generation business with Pat’s son, Jeremy, set to take ownership of the business. Following in the family footsteps, Jeremy’s son, Wyatt, 14, works summers in the dealership. 

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Youth Symphony Auditions May 23-25 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season Tuesday through Thursday, May 23 through May 25. Audition times are 2 to 6 p.m. each day in the SC Darbeth rehearsal hall. Students who are in their second year of playing through 12th grade are invited to audition.
Students should be prepared to play a short piece to show their level of playing, two scales in contrasting styles, and a short sight reading exercise.  The audition fee is $5. Online registration is available at 

SCYS is accepting students who play the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, electric bass, and electric guitar.  

Concert dates for the upcoming season are Oct. 15, Jan. 28, and April 22.  All concerts begin at 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Ismail Farid at or (620) 218-1178. 

The orchestras of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony program provide musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The youth symphony program strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region. The ensemble encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 


Thu, 11 May 2017 11:27:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2016-2017 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Thursday, April 20.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

2017 MasterbuildersThe Student Government Association initiates the process for naming Masterbuilders by calling for each SGA member to nominate students.  The list of students who receive votes are then submitted to a faculty vote.  Finally, the entire student body votes, choosing recipients from the names remaining on the list.  

Masterbuilders for 2016-2017 include: Sadie Pfau, Ardmore, Okla..; Carlene Dick, Spivey; Abby Warnke, Wichita; Seth Topham, Peabody; LaRide Conerly, McKinney, Texas; and Aidan Goodrich, Independence.


Wed, 10 May 2017 11:31:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps Available This Summer at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer summer camps for youth.

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival at Southwestern College, one of the offerings this summer will be “The Magic School Bus.”  Two camps are being offered for performers in the June 9 and 10 production:

•       Story Theatre Camp is geared for kindergarten through third grade students.  The camp will focus on creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  
•       Youth Theatre camp is for fourth through eighth graders.  During this camp, participants will develop their acting skills while being exposed to all aspects of technical theatre.   

Both camps will be two weeks long, from May 30 to June 2 and June 5 to 10, from 10 a.m. to noon., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. The cost for the camp is $30

Other summer theatre camps include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, June 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from contemporary musical productions will come to life on stage.  Children will work with Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  They will perform a musical theatre review of their work on Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.  The cost for the camp is $25.
•       Improvisational Acting, July 10-14, 10 a.m. to noon.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will meet in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 LIVES.  The class will finish with an improvisational acting review on Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. in the Messenger Recital Hall.
•       Playwrighting, July 10-14, 1-3 p.m. Original scenes and short plays will be developed using a variety of playwrighting exercises and writing techniques.  Writers will meet in Darbeth 105 and work with Roger Moon and SC’s summer theatre interns on the development of ideas, action, conflict, scenes, characters, and dialogue.  The class will finish with a staged reading of scenes on Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.   The cost for the camp is $25.

To register or for more information, contact the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council at (620) 221-2161.


Tue, 02 May 2017 11:29:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Big Fish’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Big Fish” will be on Friday, May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditions will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern. “Big Fish” will be performed June 30, and July 1 and 2.

The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show. Contact musical director Brian Winnie, at, to request audition materials for “Big Fish.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided.

 Those auditioning are asked to bring a current headshot or picture. 

“This musical about family ignites the imagination toward living a life of big and magical dreams,” says director Allyson Moon.

“Big Fish” is a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. It is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” and the 2003 film “Big Fish” written by August and directed by Tim Burton.

Other productions for the summer include “The Magic School Bus” June 9 and 10, and “Godspell” July 28, 29, and 30.

For more information about the auditions or the other productions, contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328 or 


Tue, 02 May 2017 11:27:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![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)