Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Matthew Sigler New Campus Minister at SC (General)]]> Matthew SiglerMatthew Sigler has been selected to be the campus minister for the 2014-15 school year at Southwestern College.  He takes over for Ashlee Alley who left SC for a position with the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“We’re very fortunate to have such a capable person ready at hand as Ashlee moves to her new position with our sponsoring conference,” says Southwestern College President Dick Merriman.  “Matt’s scholarly achievements and his background in ministry and worship equip him well for leading our chapel and campus ministry program.”

Sigler is in his second year at Southwestern College.  He spent last year teaching as a visiting scholar.  Prior to coming to SC, Sigler lived in Boston while attending Boston University as he studied for his Ph. D in liturgical studies.

Sigler earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and his master of arts degree in Christian ministries (concentrating on worship studies) from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Sigler is originally from Daphne, Ala., and currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Shannon, and son, Elijah. 

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Next to Normal' Production to Feature Dinner and Mental Illness Talk Back Session (Theatre Arts)]]> The Tony Award winning rock musical “Next to Normal,” which chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness, will be performed in Winfield Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

Next to Normal castThe theme for the meal is a birthday dinner with the Goodmans.  It will include a fresh garden salad with lots of fresh vegetables, homemade croutons, and a freshly-made zesty Italian dressing.   Accompanying the salad are freshly baked garlic butter knots.  The main course features roast beef, homemade mashed red potatoes and gravy.  Vegetables include whole green beans cooked in bacon, corn on the cob, and freshly baked white and wheat bread braids.  Dessert features Gabe’s birthday funfetti cake and vanilla bean ice cream.  

“Next to Normal” tackles a serious and universal topic through the musical theatre form. 

“It speaks to issues that many families deal with,” says director Craig Fisher.  “It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar disease, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter, Natalie, and son, Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

At the conclusion of each performance, a talk-back session will be held to discuss the topic of mental illness that is at the core of the main character’s conflict.  The talk-backs will include conversations with the cast and creative teams who will discuss their experience with the show, the subject matter, and their own personal experiences with mental illness. All audience members will be invited to stay and be in conversation with the cast and production team.  A mental health professional will also join the sessions each night to provide the expert’s perspective and support.

“The talk-backs will be a way for audiences to ask questions about the process, about the nature of the show, the creation of the show, this production, questions for actors, or directors and then questions about the issues that the show tackles,” Fisher says.

Dinner times for the shows will be 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:59:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Sports Information Director Scott Nuss Earns Several Awards at Conference (General)]]> Southwestern College sports information director Scott Nuss received several awards at the 2014 NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (SIDA) conference in Orlando, Fla.  

Scott NussNuss was recognized four times in the NAIA-SIDA Walt McAlexander Publication Contest.  He earned a first, second, and fourth place awards in the “Game Notes” category for his men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and football notes, respectively.  Southwestern’s athletics website,, earned 10th place recognition in the “Outsourced Website” category.

Nuss submitted his feature story about retiring hall of fame head coach Jim Helmer titled “One Last Run.”  That story earned him a third place national award in the NAIA-SIDA Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest’s Feature Story category, and was recognized as the District 7 Coach/Administrator Profile & Feature of the Year in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.  District 7 consists of SID’s from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Canadian provinces Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Nuss’s story, “One Last Run,” can be read at

Dave Denly, athletic director at Southwestern College, was not surprised that Nuss was recognized so often.

“The athletic department would like to congratulate Scott Nuss on his many accomplishments at the NAIA-SIDA convention in Orlando this past month,” Denly says.  “Scott is vital part of our athletic department success. We feel we have one of the brightest SIDs in the country and it showed at this conference.”


Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Old and New Moundbuilders Lead in Production of 'Next to Normal' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Next to Normal” Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

“Next to Normal” is a Tony Award winning rock musical that chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness.  Craig Fisher, a 2000 Southwestern College graduate, is returning to direct the show.

“It is a revolutionary and groundbreaking musical about a family suffering and dealing with mental illness,” Fisher says.  “It tackles a very serious and universal topic in the musical theatre form. It speaks to issues that every family deals with. It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter Natalie and son Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

Along with graduating from Southwestern College, Fisher graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with his master of fine arts in directing. He currently serves as the artistic director and board president of the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble in Topeka. The Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble won a 2012 Arty Award for Emerging Artist and is considered one of the most progressive theatre companies in Topeka. Fisher has been nominated for Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 twice, and was nominated again this year. He has directed productions ranging from “Angels in America” to “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Music director for the production is Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.  Prior to this appointment, he served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to the interdisciplinary arts program.  He was also the artistic director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest for the past three years. Winnie has music directed shows ranging from Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida” to “Guys and Dolls” and “Les Misérables.”  

Dinner times for the shows will be at 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Email System (Information Technology)]]> Southwestern College has a new email system, Microsoft's Office 365!  Immediately you will enjoy a larger, cloud based mailbox.  Other features will be added over time.  Please make sure you logon using your full email address (including the "") as your user name.  Your password remain unchanged.

Click here to go to the new email website, or type into your web browser.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:09:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rare Bloom of Corpse Flower to Occur at SC (General)]]> Max Thompson, professor of biology and greenhouse supervisor at Southwestern College, has announced that a rare event is going to occur inside the Southwestern College greenhouse.  An Amorphophallus titanum, known as the titan arum or corpse flower, will bloom sometime next week.

Corpse Flower

“There are only a few, if any, each year in the United States that have one bloom. As you can imagine, we are terribly excited about this,” Thompson says. 

Southwestern will have a camera set up and will stream video of the event.  The web video feed can be seen here or by clicking the graphic below. (Windows Media Player is required.)

According to Thompson, The corpse flower is native to Western Sumatra in Indonesia. This plant gets its name from the odor that emanates from it when it blooms. The scent is the smell of a dead mammal. The odor attracts blowflies and carrion beetles which the plant uses to pollinate itself. 

“It is a rare event to bloom this plant as it takes years for the corm to get large enough to produce a flower,” Thompson says.  “The Southwestern College plant came from a corm from Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Fla. The corm was about 2” when we received it from the garden. Although we don’t know the exact size of it now, the last time we repotted, it weighed about 20 lbs.  The world record for weight comes from Germany where a corm weighed 258 lbs.”

The flower typically opens in mid-afternoon and stays open all night, emitting the foul stench to attract flies and beetles to pollinate it. The spadix or center part of the flower only lasts about 24 hours.

Corpse Flower Video Link

The Southwestern College greenhouse will keep an update on the voicemail (620-229-6285).  The greenhouse will be open when the plant blooms for the public to see. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus behind the Beech Science building.

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dinner Menu Announced for 'The Little Mermaid Jr.' (Theatre Arts)]]> The upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” by the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will include an optional dinner theatre experience in the President’s Art Gallery located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.

“Our patron’s will have a more intimate atmosphere in the President’s Art Gallery,” says director Allyson Moon.  “The sound in there is great and the cast will be singing.  I think their pre-production experience will enhance the entertainment value.”

Dinner guests will be treated to cheddar biscuits, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, main entrée choice of grilled marinated chicken or baked tilapia, baked potato, grilled squash and red pepper, hush puppies, and a red devils food gourmet cupcake for dessert.

The musical features songs that, according to Moon, everybody will remember.

“It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel, and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian,” Moon says. “These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

Matt Berthot will be directing musicians Billy Bearden and Deborah Martin on keyboards; Anthony Gropper on bass; and Nick Hofmeister on percussion.  

“Having two keyboards allows for a richer sound, more so than the piano,” Moon says. “Sebastian is a crab from the Caribbean and with the two keyboards we can have that calypso sound and rhythm.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Be A Builder Day is July 21 (General)]]> The Southwestern College Office of Admission invites high school students and possible transfer students to “Be A Builder Day” at Southwestern College on Monday, July 21. Future Moundbuilders will learn helpful tips on what needs to happen each month leading up to ensure a great college experience. 

Students will discover:

Financial aid opportunities

Why it is important to get accepted to SC after six semesters of high school

Why it might be beneficial to take the ACT or SAT more than once

How concurrent high school courses are accepted to SC as college credit

Additional tips for success at Southwestern College

While on campus, students will take an extended tour of the campus, meet with SC professors, eat lunch in the cafeteria, visit with club and activity leaders, and receive a Southwestern College t-shirt.

To sign up, simply go to  For more information, call (620) 229-6236.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:58:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Performances of 'The Little Mermaid' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

Little Mermaid“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“This is the story that everyone remembers,” says director Allyson Moon. “It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel,  and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian. These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

According to Moon, the show will include a cast of over 50 people spanning a wide range of ages but concentrated on youth actors.

“We have some very talented youth performing in this production,” Moon says. 

The cast includes: Ariel, played by Payten Humphreys, Winfield; Flounder, played by Bella Wood, Arkansas City; Scuttle, played by Lilya Woodburn, Winfield; King Triton, played by Dylan Moore, Ottawa; Sebastian, played by Nate Lee, Winfield; Seahorse, played by Alex Geurin, Winfield; Ursula, played by Deborah Badley, Winfield; Flotsam, played by Shane Schrag, Arkansas City; Jetsam, played by Shelby Guffey, Winfield; Princess, played by Ondreya Seahorn, Winfield; Eric, played by Clayton Bauer, Winfield; Grimsby, played by Tyler Demaree, Winfield; Pilot, played by Austin Sherman, Winfield; Max, played by John Moberly, Winfield; Carlotta, played by Adrianna Somerville, Winfield; and Louis, played by Aron Pfingsten, Ulysses.

Cast members playing the part of Ariel’s sisters include: Zoe Rea, Salina; Emma Green, Arkansas City; and Kylee Wollard, Elena Woodburn, Madison Long, Kira Loeb, Sabrina Wilson, Faith Moore, and Katya Crow, Winfield.

Cast members playing the part of sailors include: Dakota Holland, Aaron Glover, Bennett Boyle, Jacob Marney and Austin Sherman, Winfield; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Cory Blevins, Arkansas City.  

Cast members playing the parts of merfolk, sea creatures, lagoon animals, chef assistants, and Prince Eric’s court include: Whitney Martin, Mercedes Dunbar, Adrianna Somerville, Ondreya Seahorn, Kylee Wollard, Jacob Marney, Austin Sherman, Cory Blevins, Aaron Glover, Dakota Holland, Bennett Boyle, Klara Flom, Marley Hoskins, Katya Crow, Elana Crow, Fiona Badley, Coryn Badley, Katrina Holland, Faith Moore, Ruby Woodburn, Elena Woodburn, Riley White, Coralee Moon, Abbey Denly, Hannah Stevens, Sabrina Wilson, Mia Peirce, Bryce Sexson, Luke Smith, Elias Moon, Carson McDade, Kayelyn Lattimore, and John Moberly, Winfield; Josie Krout, Megan Haynes, Mackenzie Vickery, Katelynn Vickery, Emmerson Allen, Price Allen, and Jasa Lightsey, Arkansas City; Zoe Rea, Salina; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.

Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Meals will be served in the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School (General)]]> Southwestern College is hosting students from two Wichita middle schools during the month of June.  Students from Truesdell Middle School will be on campus from June 17-20 and students from Jardine Middle School are on campus from June 24-27.  

Builder Bound 1A total of 68 students from Truesdell were eligible to attend the four-day Builder Bound camp that began Tuesday.  It will conclude on Friday with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 1:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

SC will welcome 35 students from Jardine on June 24.  This will be the first year that the college has hosted students from Jardine Middle School. Their camp will also conclude with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, on June 27, at 1:15 p.m., and the public is again invited to attend.

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher at 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 nearly 1,000 students enrolled.  Last year 52 students attended the camp and the number of kids eligible this year jumped to 68.

“The kids are always talking about coming to this camp,” Ricketts says.  “They are so excited to be here.  The eighth graders who are going into high school were not happy that they couldn’t attend this camp anymore.  And this year we get one extra day here which means more class time and more seat time.  This camp has such a positive influence on these kids.”

Ricketts says that this year the kids had more choices to make.  

“They had to pick their roommates and what classes they were going to take.  I want them to get a clearer look at what the college experience is like,” she says. 

Sycarreya Sanders, 12, is attending camp for the first time and has been counting down the days to Builder Bound.

“I want to go to college and I wanted to have some college-like experience,” Sanders says.  “I had this day marked on my calendar and I have been crossing out the days for the past two weeks.  I am really excited to be here.”

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

Ed Loeb, associate professor of mathematics at Southwestern, is leading the academic side of the camp.

“The camp this year is organized into six distinct mini-courses,” Loeb says.  “These courses include engineering, forensics, photography, Builders Abroad (students explore other cultures), entrepreneurship, and math and art. The students have been split into six teams that will each participate in one of the courses over the four days.”

  Courses are staffed by SC faculty (Michael Tessmer, Stacy Sparks, Rena Rodriguez, Sarah Hallinan) as well as by alumni (Korie Hawkins, Brandon Hessing).  Additionally, according to Loeb, other instructors include Truesdell faculty members, Joy Tessmer, Garnita Pleas, and Phyllis Pleas. 

“The courses will consist of nine hours of ‘seat-time’ over the four days as well as homework time in the evening for them to work on projects and materials for their classes,” Loeb says.Builder Bound 2

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

The camp staff this year is composed of current Southwestern College undergraduates and alumni.  Student mentors include Woodley Fenelon, Lekendrick Jordan,Vince Folston, Luiz Reyes, Quenton Todd, Stevie Heidzig, Maggie Dunnig, Audrey Vorderlandwehr, Cierra Ross, Paul Mata, Dejon Brison, Gabby Gamez, Monica Gamez, Austin Sheppard, and Deborah Martin.  These mentors will be working with campers in both the academic courses and also in the social aspects of the camp.  Alumni involved in the camp are Kaitlynn Tennyson, Maggie Collett, Tabitha McMullen, Gloria Griffin, Nolan Davenport, TJ Harris, Shelby Alexender, Gene Hartman, Jenn Nicholson, Tim Miser, and Anastasia Prokopis.  Other mentors include LJ Hawkins, Amanda Bintz, and Amber Good. 

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:29:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Works Showcase on June 21 to Feature Youth Writers and Actors (Theatre Arts)]]> Youth participating in the improvisational acting day camp and the playwrighting day camp June 16-21 at Southwestern College will present a New Works Showcase on Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend.  To underwrite some of the expense, there will be a suggested donation of $5.

Improv Day CampThe showcase will feature the scenes and short story plays that are created by the writers and will be performed in a staged reading by the youth actors and from members of the 9 Lives Improvisational Troupe at Southwestern.

Youth participating in the improvisational day camp are: Sam Ross and Nikolai Crow, Winfield; Adrianna Davis, Bethany Rozell, and Chloe Curl, Arkansas City; Chris Carlson, Wichita; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.  Youth participating in the playwrighting camp include Ross, Curl, and Moon along with Isabella Stewart and Garrett Bogle, Winfield. 

Roger Moon is teaching the playwrighting day camp with assistance from Aron Pfingsten and Meagan Morrow.  Allyson Moon is teaching the improvisational day camp with assistance from Pfingsten, Morrow, and Shane Schrag.

“It is always so thrilling and amazing to experience the creative talent of developing writers and actors,” Allyson Moon says.  “We (Roger and Allyson Moon) have such faith in their ability.  When an individual makes the choice to write or act, they have already stepped out as if to say ‘I can do this.’  They are here because they want to be here and we know they will do extraordinary things.”

Previous 9 Lives performers have been invited to participate in the showcase along with current troupe members.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:57:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Rotary Camp a Success at SC (Leadership)]]> A total of 20 high school students from the state attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp on the Southwestern College campus from May 24-28.  

Rotary camp 2014Students learned about the responsibilities and possibilities of servant leadership through interactive experiences such as the ropes course at Camp Horizon, leadership lessons taught by SC students minoring in leadership studies, and a service day at the Winfield Kansas Veterans’ Home.  

The service experience on Memorial Day was particularly meaningful for camp participants, say camp organizers.  Students attended the Winfield Memorial Day celebration then spent the afternoon interviewing and talking with veterans about their experiences, wisdom, and challenges. The students also shared an ice cream social with the veterans.  At the closing of camp, many students noted lessons learned from their veterans and even wrote poems detailing their experiences.

RYLA camp members included: Paige Richardson, Sydney Fox, Trenton Ging, Laura Podschun, Andrew Everett and Ally Hovey, Winfield; Julia Montoya and Ellie Gerber, Garden City; Angel Palacioz, Kayleigh Serviss, and Autum Povrhussin, Derby; Morgan Lyles and Jaylynn Luna, Wellington; Jeremy Anderson, Kingman; Megan Bartley, Haven; Elena Carlos and Marissavel Rodriguez, Dodge City; Gabe YoNash, Belle Plaine; and Wisdom Knerr, Etoy Modica, and Mahalia Clemons, Wichita.

District Rotary clubs sponsored the camp costs for students who attended.  Additionally, Legacy Regional Community Foundation sponsored a student from Belle Plaine.  The Winfield Rotary Club of District 5690 played a significant role in the design and implementation of the camp.  Member Dean Kennedy helped to orchestrate a Rotary picnic and secured Judge Tommy B. Webb to come and deliver his “You Can Make a Difference” motivational speech to campers.

“Rotary Leadership Camp is always a powerful experience,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “In a span of five short days, campers grow and learn things about themselves and others that challenge them to make an impact in their home communities.  Campers come to realize that true leadership springs from a desire to serve and make the world around oneself better, and this is a freeing and motivating experience for many of them.  They become friends with students from around the state, connect with Rotarians who are living lives of service, and are challenged to do something differently when they return home.  It is inspiring to witness.”

SC Leadership team members Madison Hovey and Shawn Pancoast served as the directors of the camp, and leadership team members served as counselors. Counselors were Caleb Janssen, Michael Bond, Brenna Truhe, and Maggie Collett.

According to Wilke, anyone who may be interested in the May 2015 Rotary Camp, is asked to email or visit online at  Scholarships are available.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts Begin June 10 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts June 10-14.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors and Southwestern College ambassadors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as St. Louis and as close as Winfield, the performers will present a program in a variety of genres.   Musical theatre, classical, and jazz make up the enjoyable program demonstrating the talent of those who influence and teach the festival participants.

Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.—Mary Bander, young artist in residence, and Chase Foster, Winfield High School graduate, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Bander is a graduate of the department of music at Oklahoma Christian University, having majored in vocal performance.  She has performed in several OCU opera productions including “Les Contes D’Hoffmann,” “Il Pagliacci,” “Dido & Aeneas,” “L’elisir D’amor, Gallantry,” “Riders to the Sea,” and “Die Fledermaus.” Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Foster has been performing professionally for the better part of eight years and has now begun to start his solo career as a pop/jazz artist. Through the years, Foster has had a musical exploration in country, jazz, rock, pop, and blues genres, and has been heavily influenced by a number of great songwriters. He now performs regularly as a solo artist, and is continuing to build his song catalog.

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.—The Cole Family Summer Music Festival faculty and assistant faculty will perform a recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Stephen Butler, Jeremy Kirk, Timothy Shook, and Daniel Stevens plus Winfield High School faculty member Matt Berthot along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles.

Saturday, June 14—Numerous events will be held as the camp closes down.  Ensembles and solos are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  From 1-1:55 p.m., vocal and piano solos and ensembles with chamber groups in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  From 2-2:55 p.m., band and string orchestra in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From 3-3:25 p.m., African drum and dance and jazz combo at the Cole Mound Plaza.

Saturday, June 14, 4-5:30 p.m.—All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band with guest conductor Steven Barnett will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2014 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

For more information about any of the performances, call Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:59:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps along with Choir and Ensemble Opportunities Available (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer four summer camps. The camps will focus on story theatre, music theatre performance, and improvisational acting. 

Youth day campAll of these are a part of the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival and will be held on the SC campus in Winfield.

Music theatre performance camp is intended for children in grades four through six and will be June 2-6.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Children will work with Allyson Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  

Improvisational acting camp is for youth in grades 9-12 and runs June 16-21.  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 work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  

Playwriting camp (grades 6-8) and Advanced Playwriting camp (grades nine and up) will run June 16-21. The camp will help students develop their skills in writing original scenes and short plays.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

Technical theatre camp is for any age of student and will run June 30 to July 3.  All levels of experience are welcome.  The camp will help develop skills in sets, lights, costumes, make-up, and more.  Students will work with Moon and SC Summer Theatre interns. 

Each day camp costs $20.  To register or for more information, contact the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council at (620) 221-2161.

The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is also offering opportunities for students and community members.  

JourneyKids is a choral ensemble for students in grades 3-6 with unchanged voices who are wanting to have a fun time with other children their age through learning music. Auditions are on June 17 and 19 at Southwestern College. 

Journeys is the new CMS Show Choir for high school and college-age individuals that are interested in learning both music and dance. This would be a great opportunity to have a brand new choral experience during summer break. 

Viaggiare is the new community choir that is open to individuals, high school age and older. The choir will focus on a number of different genres and would be a great opportunity to learn new vocal techniques with other musicians from the community.

Audition dates for Journeys and Viaggiare are June 9-13.  Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to contact Moore to set up a time.

Dylan Moore, director of the CMS, highly encourages individuals that are interested in being in these groups to enroll with a private voice teacher in the community or through the CMS. 

“Whether you are a high school student exploring a different style of music or someone wanting to revive your love for this unique genre, this opportunity is one-of-a-kind,” Moore says.

The CMS is currently enrolling students interested in taking private lessons in the areas of voice, piano, organ, percussion, and saxophone. Lessons are open to students of all ages. 

For more details, contact Moore by email at or call (620) 229-6188.

Wed, 28 May 2014 14:24:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Team Does Service Learning in Virginia Beach, Virginia (Leadership)]]> A total of 18 Southwestern College students in the Leadership program recently returned from their annual service learning trip.  This year the trip destination was Virginia Beach, Va.  The focus of this year’s trip was on environmental stewardship.  

“Good leaders are stewards of both people and resources,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The outdoor world around us is one of those resources.  So every four years, the Leadership team takes a trip focused on outdoor service efforts.  It is our hope that students will learn valuable lessons about the complex and intertwined nature of leadership work and the environment around us and learn to make informed decisions that take this relationship into account as they graduate and move beyond the walls of SC.”

Leadership at WilliamsburgWhile on the trip, the team toured and worked for the nationally-recognized nonprofit Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. Students helped to prepare running and riding trails for a 5K fundraiser, and they also did maintenance work on the grounds.  Additionally, the team spent two days building fire pits in Virginia’s First Landing State Park.  

The team also visited Colonial Williamsburg, in addition to area beaches and cypress swamps.  In keeping with the outdoor theme of the trip, the students bunked at the local KOA campground. SC junior Tavinia Tucker served as the trip planner and coordinator.  

“The service learning trips that Leadership takes help expose students to different leadership efforts across the globe,” Wilke says.  “Their impact on students is invaluable and often remains a highlight of their time at SC.  They are educational, fun, and eye-opening all at the same time.”  

Wilke adds that if anybody is interested in helping to fund scholarships for future leadership service learning trips, email To learn more about the Leadership program at Southwestern College, visit or

Fri, 23 May 2014 13:59:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Productions at SC (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Next to Normal” are coming soon to Southwestern College.

Auditions for the two shows will be on Friday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. Individuals auditioning need to prepare a song and either a monologue or a children’s story. 

According to Allyson Moon, auditions are open to individuals of all ages.

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed July 11-13 in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“Next to Normal” will be presented July 24-26 in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

“Next to Normal” is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.  It tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.  

For more information, contact Moon at (620) 229-6328 or by emailing 

Thu, 22 May 2014 10:11:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mark your calendar... Homecoming is Oct. 3, 4, 5! (Alumni News)]]> Plan now to attend Homecoming this fall, October 3, 4, 5, 2014!  Reunion year classes are those ending in '4' and '9', and the affiliation reunion is Education.  More information can be found on the Homecoming tab or by contacting your Class Hosts.  See you then!

Tue, 20 May 2014 08:55:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Basketball Camp May 27-29 (General)]]> Southwestern College head men’s basketball coach Matt O’Brien has announced dates and times for the upcoming Southwestern College basketball camp.  Camp will be Tuesday through Thursday, May 27-29, from 1-4:30 p.m. and will be held at Winfield High School.  First through eighth grade boys and girls will be in one group while ninth through twelfth grader boys will be in the other group.  Cost of the camp is $85 which will include a camp T-shirt.

O’Brien will team up with Winfield High School girls basketball coach Jason VenJohn for the first- through eighth-grade camp.  The camp is designed for basketball players of all abilities. The program is intended to develop each athlete’s ability through drills and competition. O’Brien and VenJohn will focus on developing a player’s entire game to include skill development for every position. Instruction is focused on increasing the understanding of how to play the game so players can maximize their ability.

O’Brien will team up with other Southwestern College basketball coaches and players for the ninth- through twelfth-grade camp.  This camp is for players who want to be challenged. O’Brien and his staff will drill campers on the fundamentals as well as team play.

“Our entire staff will be committed to making your child’s experience nothing short of fantastic,” O’Brien says.

Both camps will feature a foul shooting competition, hot shot competition, team competition, and individual awards.  

Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of camp on Tuesday and will continue until the start of camp.  For more information call O’Brien at (316) 650-0076 or email

Tue, 13 May 2014 14:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14 on the SC campus.

The festival is for students ages 14-20.  Campers will choose from tracks in band, choir, orchestra, and piano.  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, technique class, practice time, recreation time, and much more.  

Under the supervision of festival dean Timothy Shook, the tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  This year the festival will be highlighted by guest conductor Steven Barnett.  Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year. Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College; and Matt Berthot, vocal music director at Winfield High School, will join returning faculty clinicians Daniel Stevens, director of strings at Southwestern College, and Shook.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new electives this summer including African drum and dance, jazz, and theory,” Shook says.

Barnett will lead two free clinics.  All music instructors are invited and encouraged to attend either or both sessions.  The sessions are titled “So What To Do When You Find Out That Your Band is NOT Blue Devils,” and “Band Arranging 101: A Practical Approach” and give instructors the opportunity to earn PDC points. Instructors are also invited to attend rehearsals throughout the week, thus increasing PDC points. 

Through generous support from the Cole family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375 when the application to attend the festival includes a signature of recommendation from a private music instructor or school music teacher.  

For more information about the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College or to register, call Jessica Falk, director of camps at Southwestern at (620) 229-6141 or email, or visit the website at   

Thu, 08 May 2014 14:40:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2013-2014 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 3.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

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

Masterbuilders for 2013-2014 include: Colton McNinch, Arnold; Maddie Chapin, Andover; Maggie Collett, Wardsville, Mo.; Nolan Davenport, Seminole, Okla.; Luke Arneson, Valley Center; and Christopher Paddock, Rose Hill.

Wed, 07 May 2014 10:56:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Tennis Camp June 8-12 (General)]]> Southwestern College will host its annual summer tennis camp June 8-12. The camp is for players from middle school to high school and will include drills and match play for players of all skill levels. 

“Thanks to some very generous donations, all Winfield tennis players can attend the Southwestern Tennis Camp this summer for $50 (day camp) or $250 (overnight camp),” says Jason Speegle, Southwestern College head tennis coach.

Regular price of the camp is $350 for day-campers or $550 for overnight campers. The schedule for day campers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunches included. Overnight campers will stay in a dorm on the Southwestern campus and have all meals and transportation included. Group and sibling discounts are available.

Speegle will direct the camp. Other camp instructors will include Randy Rowley, associate head coach at Army (NCAA Division I); D.J. Wilson, assistant coach at Washington College in Maryland (NCAA Division III); and Richard Southern, assistant coach at Southwestern.

To register for the Southwestern Tennis Camp, call or email Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141 or

Fri, 02 May 2014 11:48:02 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Linda Weippert New Registrar at SC (General)]]> Linda Weippert has been selected as the registrar at Southwestern College.

“Linda brings a wealth of administrative experience to the position,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Southwestern.  “She’s a delightful person and a great addition to our community.”

Linda WeippertWeippert comes to Southwestern after serving as the registrar at ITT Technical Institute of Wichita.  She also has worked as a financial aid administrator at American University in Washington, D.C., as well as University of Maryland University College.

“I am thrilled to be at Southwestern,” Weippert says.  “Moving from financial aid to registrar has been a fairly easy transition.  Both jobs are very detail oriented and deal with confidential records.  My heart is in higher education.”

Weippert is a double major from the University of Kansas where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies.  She earned a master of science degree in counselor education from Emporia State University.  

Weippert is a graduate of Wichita West High School and lives in Wichita with her husband, Michael.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:14:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athletes Named at SC (General)]]> Colton McNinch, Arnold, and Maddie Chapin, Andover, were named the 2014 OSAOutstanding Student-Athlete Award winners at Southwestern College.  The ceremony took place Wednesday, April 23, in Stewart Field House.  

The outstanding student-athlete award is given in memory of Tracy Young by Bill and Georgianna Young.  Tracy was in the class of 1982.  The award is presented to the top senior female and male student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional performance in athletics, academics, leadership, and college and community service.

McNinch is in the final season of his four-year career on the Southwestern College men's cross country team, where he spent this past season as a team captain. He has won three KCAC individual titles, and is a four-time All-KCAC selection on the cross country course. McNinch was also the recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character award at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships, and won the KCAC Cross Country Champion of Character Award the same season. Combined with his efforts as a member of the track and field team, he is a 17-time All-KCAC selection. He has qualified for nine NAIA national championships. McNinch has also been named a KCAC Scholar-Athlete three times, and has twice been selected as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. When he's not running McNinch is the Student Foundation vice president, the Senior Class President, and is a Student Government Senator. He is also a general and organic chemistry tutor, and has raised funds for the Winfield Food Pantry, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Chapin is a two-year captain and a four-year starter for the Southwestern College women's soccer program. She scored 11 goals and added five assists over her career, which was spent primarily as a defender. Chapin is a four-year All-KCAC selection, and was selected by her teammates as the "Most Valuable Player" in each of her four seasons with the team. She will graduate in May as the winningest player in Southwestern women's soccer program history having won 30 matches in her career. Chapin was named the KCAC Female Student-Athlete Champion of Character following her junior season, and was the KCAC winner of the Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. She is currently in the running to receive the national Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. She also competed in cross country for two seasons. Chapin has been accepted into the University of Missouri's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Nominees also included:

Jackie McCauley, Ulysses, women’s golf

Sara Blackburn, Garden City, softball 

Cori Hunt, Loveland, Colo., women’s cross country

Taylor Sisneros, Windsor, Colo., women’s track and field

Zefiryn Bryan, Delphos, Ohio, women’s basketball

Adrienne Vieyra, Hutchinson, volleyball

Tyler Harrell, Edmond, Okla., women’s tennis

Chris Paddock, Rose Hill, men’s track and field

Lorenzo Fouts, Arlington, Texas, football

Alex Tyler, Andover, men’s basketball

Max Manley, Coffeyville, men’s tennis

Joe Schwartz, Arkansas City, men’s soccer

Luke Arneson, Valley Center, men’s golf

This was the 16th annual presentation of the student-athlete award.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:44:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 4 (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 4, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

            Commencement times and groups include:

1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;

5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).

            In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:

1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences);

3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and A.G.S.;

5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on channel 20 in Winfield as well as through closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus.  The graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony will not be broadcast. Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center; the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center, and the campus life lounge in the lower level of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  A Webcast of the ceremony can be viewed by following the Commencement link at     

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 3, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2013 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 4, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.

The Moundbuilder Market, located in the basement of the Roy L. Smith Student Center, is Southwestern College’s logo and apparel store.  It will be open Friday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.  Parking will also be available at Winfield High School with shuttle service to the Commencement site. 

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to  Click on the graduation link for further details.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:35:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[12th Annual Symphony on the Prairie Sunday (Music)]]> An afternoon and evening of music and activities in a pastoral setting is planned for Sunday, April 27, in the 12th annual presentation of Symphony on the Prairie.

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens, director of instrumental activities at Southwestern College), The Student Loans, SC Alternative Strings, Mobius Strip, and Crowsons & Friends will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. 

The evening will also feature a drawing to win one of two Google Nexus Tablets. Entry forms will be distributed at the gates until 6:45 p.m. and winners must be present at the time of the drawing. 

The schedule for the evening includes:

2 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business, Mobius Strip to perform

2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans

3 p.m.—SC Alternative Strings

3:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

4:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony

5:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

6:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony with Larry Hatteberg from KAKE news, narrator.

The setting is informal and no seating will be provided—all audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

General admission is $8. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. 

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:03:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in 2014 RecycleMania Competition (General)]]> The numbers are in and the results are official as the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament draws to a close.  Southwestern College competed against 460 other colleges and universities in the annual competition, which leverages campus spirit to increase recycling and waste reduction on campuses across the U.S. and Canada.  Participating schools represented more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2014 Electronics Recycling “E-cyclemania” competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

Green Team Southwestern collaborated with the City of Winfield, Grace United Methodist Church, and Vintage Tech LLC to collect electronic items that were ready to be recycled.  Businesses and individuals brought items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC collected the items and processes them for recycling.

“It has been a goal of mine to be able to have some kind of electronic waste recycling service,” Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern, says.  “It is something that is sorely needed.  Nowhere in the area is there a place to take obsolete electronics and get them recycled.  It is pretty hazardous to throw them in the landfill.  We had a great partnership with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to make the electronics recycling event happen. Members of Grace, about 25 college students and inmates from the Winfield Correctional Facility volunteered at the event.  We collected over 12,400 pounds of material.”

The next E-Waste collection event is scheduled for October 14, from 3 – 7 p.m. at Barn #4 of the Winfield Fairgrounds. Speegle says that they are only able to accept electronics during specific collection events.

Colleges and universities competing in the eight-week competition are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the early-February kickoff and the tournament’s final day on March 29, participating schools collectively recycled or composted 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 24, 823 cars. 

Southwestern students, faculty, and staff competed in several categories, including grand champion, corrugated cardboard, per capita classic, and waste minimization.  

Other Kansas schools that participated in RecycleMania were Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and Southwestern College.

Complete results for all 11 categories can be found on, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state and other groupings. The national winners of each category are recognized with an award made from recycled materials and earn bragging rights.  

“With the help of millions of students, RecycleMania competitors have recycled and composted over 277,800 tons of material since the competition first started in 2001,” said Stacy Wheeler president of RecycleMania, Inc. “RecycleMania is a powerful tool for colleges and universities to engage students to improve their community environments and the economy through recycling.” 

The RecycleMania Tournament is made possible with the sponsorship support of the American Forest & Paper Association, Alcoa Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Plan to Attend Homecoming 2014 (Homecoming)]]> Mark your calendar, call your old roommates, and make your motel reservations... Homecoming 2014 will be October 3, 4, 5.  Brochures will be mailed this summer, but you can go ahead and register on-line now if you would like.  Lot's of new activities are on the schedule, so you won't want to miss out on the fun!

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:24:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First Year Leadership Students Fight Hunger in Cowley County (Leadership)]]> The first year Leadership team at Southwestern College is taking measures to fight food waste and help stop hunger. 

Lship 2The team attended the Kansas Hunger Dialogue in Wichita in February to research the issue and listened to speakers from across the nation discuss creative ways to combat hunger.  Students then designed a service project that focuses on food redistribution; taking unused food that would go to waste and getting it to places that it can be used in the community.  

The students designed a delivery system for the Barns at Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast to get untouched food catered at weddings to First United Methodist Church for the Tuesday’s Table community meal program. They are also trying to raise awareness for the Prairie Land Food service that offers savings on food packages at discounted costs. 

“The Food Redistribution Project is a creative way to fight the issue of hunger,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Southwestern students researched community organizations and food programs to learn what the needs are for hungry citizens in the Cowley community.  They learned that access to affordable, healthy food is a barrier for many citizens.  So they decided to look for ways to address this disparity through food recovery and redistribution.  They went beyond the common idea of a food drive and attempted to design a sustainable system that will last.”

Contact or call (620) 229-6393 to let the Leadership team know how they can reach out to other parts of the community to help redistribute quality, healthy food. 


Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:01:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on April 14.  

Sara Blackburn, Garden City senior, was named Journalist of the Year in the yearbook division. She received a $250 cash award and a plaque for her honor. Blackburn has been on the yearbook staff all four years at Southwestern College.

Dalton Carver, Ozawkie junior, was named second runner-up Journalist of the Year in the four-year newspaper division. Carver received a $50 cash award and a plaque for his honor. Carver has been on the newspaper and online staff for three years. He is also on the yearbook staff this year.

Carver took first place in editorial writing and review writing and won two third place awards, one in audio visual special projects and one in the audio story category.

Other students earned individual awards as well. 

Tabitha Larkin, Leavenworth freshman, earned second place in yearbook sports photography. 

Jonathan Woon, class of 2013, earned third place in yearbook sports photography and an honorable mention in yearbook feature photography. 

Kyle Killgore, Wichita senior, earned an honorable mention in newspaper headline writing 

Daniel Van Sickle, Maize senior, earned an honorable mention in newspaper review writing. 

The team of Bailey VenJohn, Andale sophomore, Min Jiao, China senior, Maggie Dunning, El Paso, Texas sophomore, Van Sickle, and Woon took first place in the audio visual multimedia category. 

Woon and Carver took second in the audio visual multimedia category. 

Woon and Dunning placed second in audio visual reporting. 

Kayla Demel, Wichita freshman, Blackburn, and Carver secured first place in the yearbook theme development category. 

The Collegian staff also earned an honorable mention in newspaper headline writing.

The Moundbuilder yearbook staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition. 

UpdateSC, placed second among all colleges in the online news division.

Hanna House, Kylie Stamper, Angel Vadillo, Blackburn, Carver, Dunning, Killgore, and VenJohn attended the conference April 13 and 14 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

There were part of a group of 170 students and advisers from 18 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students attended breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics and heard a keynote speaker. 

Killgore participated on a panel, “No Pun Intern-ded Broadcast Radio,” moderated by Tommy Castor, class of 2008. Castor also led a session, “Stepping up to the Microphone.” Two other Southwestern College alumni, Monica Springer, class of 2008, and Nate Jones, class of 2009, participated in a panel, “What can you do with a Communication Degree?”

The students were accompanied by Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks is secretary of Kansas Collegiate Media. She worked with other officers to coordinate the media competition and programming for the conference.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at SC (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Four awards were presented Monday, April 14, for outstanding service to the college, and 25 employees were honored for years of service.

2014 facutly staff award winnersPresented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Terry Quiett, web producer; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Julie Galliart, assistant director of faculty for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Tammy McEwen, assistant professor of biology; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and student teaching coordinator.

Tavinia Tucker, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Pam Olney, social science and business faculty assistant.  The faculty citation went to Tammy McEwen.

“These are wonderfully talented people who exemplify the best of the Builder Spirit,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Southwestern.  “The awards express the community’s appreciation for the subtle leadership and service that these colleagues provide to others on a daily basis.”

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 

•           40 years: Charlie Hunter

•           25 years: George Gangwere and Sara Weinert

•           20 years: Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Rodney Worsham, and Terry Quiett

•           15 years: Larry Fisher and Leslie Grant

•           10 years: Dennis Love, Amber Good, Brad Sexson, Melinda Current, Misty Terrill, and Jessica Falk

•           5 years: Brandon Hessing, Brendon Fox, Jason, Jeschke, Jimmy Jordan, Julie Galliart, Lonnie Boyd, Matt O’Brien, Mike Farrell, Stephannie DeLong, Tad Humphrey, and Janet Butler.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Deadline for Nominations to Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> The deadline for nominations for this year's Natural Science Hall of Fame is fast approaching.  Be sure to submit the name and a brief summary of significant achievements of the Southwestern alum by May 1st.  Contact the alumni office for a form, or go to to fill out online.  We appreciate your help in recognizing outstanding alumni!

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:18:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[End of the Year (Parent Newsletter)]]> As the year draws to a close, there are important things that you need to be aware of:


If your student lives on campus, the day for moving out of the residence halls is fast approaching.   Students will be notified by Residential Life in preparation for that closing. As a general rule, students who are not graduating are expected to be out of their room within 24 hours after their last exam. Many students underestimate the time it will take to clear out their rooms, so you may want to encourage your student to begin packing their belongings at least a few days in advance of moving out. Southwestern does not provide storage, however several storage options are available in Winfield.


The last day of spring classes will take place on Friday, April 25.  The week of final exams is from April 28 through May 2. For exam times, students should check with their professor or view the final exam schedule.  Final grades will be posted as soon as they are received from professors.


Seniors should have already participated in Grad Finale which helps finalize the graduation process. If your senior who missed Grad Finale, they  can visit the commencement website for more information about graduation; including ordering announcements and cap and gown. They should also take time out of their busy schedule to returning library books, close out their accounts, and make sure the college has an updated permanent address on file.


Returning students who are eligible for financial aid have been receiving notification of their financial aid packages.  It is important to stay up to date on all deadlines.   Students can monitor their financial aid status on Self-Service related to securing their financial aid before the fall bill is released on July 16. First payments are  due August 7. Counselors are available to help you in through the Office of Financial Aid should you have additional questions.  Click for contact information and office hours.


For parents of returning students (sophomore to senior), the most common question we receive is "when can students move back into the residence halls?" For Fall 2014, the residence halls open on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Classes begin Monday, August 18.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:38:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parent Survey (Parent Newsletter)]]> Before you think about the end-of-year festivities, though, would you take a minute and tell us your opinions? Steve Wilke, vice president of planning at Southwestern College, would like your opinion as the college makes decisions for the future. This is what Steve says: 

“Over the last 25 years that I have been working here at Southwestern, I have seen a remarkable number of changes and improvements. Continuous improvement is a lifestyle at SC, and one of the ways we plan is through input from a wide range of persons and perspectives. You can help us to make the strategic choices we need to make in the days ahead by taking a moment and filling out two questions on our online survey. Thank you for helping us to build a better Southwestern!”

You’ll find the survey at
—it’s only two questions long, so please take a moment and fill it out today.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk Recital Set in Community Music School Faculty Recital Series (Music)]]> Jeremy KirkThe Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is pleased to present a percussion recital by professor Jeremy Kirk on Monday, April 21,  at 6 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Kirk is an award-winning percussionist, educator, and composer who was called “a Paganini of percussion” by percussionist Kevin Webb.  Another percussionist, Casey Cangelosi, describes Kirk as “a diverse and balanced percussionist with wonderful beauty and fluidity.”  

Kirk has performed with country singer and songwriter Sara Evans and has also performed with groups such as Manheim Steamroller and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. He is a sponsored artist, educational consultant, and endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion, and Black Swamp Accessory Percussion. 

 The recital will feature the world premiere performance of Kirk’s newest composition titled “Upacara,” for multiple percussion.

The recital is part of the CMS’s Faculty Recital Series, which has already presented a harpsichord recital by James Leland of Grace United Methodist Church.

For more information contact Dylan Moore, CMS director, at (620) 229-6188.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:49:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Senior Julia Faust Senior Showcase April 16 (Theatre Arts)]]> Julia FaustSouthwestern College senior Julia Faust will perform her senior showcase on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

“This event will showcase me as a singer, actress, playwright, and director,” Faust says.

Selections were pulled from shows such as “Les Miserable,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Almost, Maine,” and other shows. Faust will be joined by performers Shane Schrag, Zoe Rea, Sydney Anderson, Mariah Warren, Katy Buffum, Aron Pfingsten, Arden Moon, and Sarah Frazier.”

Faust has performed in a number of productions while at Southwestern College including “Children of Eden,” “Eagerheart,” “Lion in Winter,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Faust is from Lake Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of Quentin Faust and the late Debra Faust, both of whom are alumni of Southwestern College Campus Players.   

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:12:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rock Musical "Rent" on Stage This Weekend (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Rent 4Performing Arts Center.  

 Junior Shane Schrag and senior Julia Faust are just two of the many performers in the show.  They agree that the overwhelming message in “Rent” is hope and enjoying each and every day. 

 “I think ‘Rent’ makes you really appreciate every day,” says Faust.  “That is a major message of the show.  It is all about loving each other and not taking today for granted, it is uplifting in a bizarre way.  Our theme for the year at Southwestern is ‘hope.’  This show goes along with that theme.  It is like finding the light in the dark--that is how I feel about this show.  There are a lot of heavy things that happen in the show but at the end you feel very happy.”

“No matter how many times you have seen this show it does teach you lessons and it makes you realize you have to cherish every moment you have,” says Schrag. “The word ‘rent’ means to be torn apart and we sing about that a lot.  There are several rips and tears and we mention how everything is being torn apart in our lives but by the end it is about sealing and healing all those rips and wounds.  It will make you walk away crying, but it is happy crying.”

The show contains adult language and themes but Schrag and Faust agree that those adult moments aren’t the focal point of this production.  

“I think the reason it is adult themed is that there are drug references, homosexuality, and several lewd gestures as well as vulgar language but it isn’t pounded in your face and it isn’t the theme of the show, it’s just the content within the show,” Schrag says.

“I think it makes you really appreciate every day despite all the themes that people may not agree with and the controversial elements,” Faust adds. 

 As a rock musical, “Rent” has challenged actors in the production. 

“Most of us here have been trained more for the classical musicals,” Schrag says. “‘Sweeney Todd’ was slightly classical and ‘Children of Eden’ was slightly classical.  ‘Rent’ is a rock musical. It is a different type of singing, a different type of acting, and a different type of dancing.  And along with having to sing almost everything, most of our lines are written with the same exact tempo and have to be done the same exact way every single time and that poses some of the difficulty.  I believe it has been a challenge we have met really well.  Speaking and singing in measure, though, is interesting.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 4.8.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 4.8.14

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:34:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stephen Woodburn Book Presentation to Kick Off Founders Day Weekend (General)]]> Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history at Southwestern College, will kick off a busy weekend at SC with a book presentation at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Woodburn is author of a translation of Nikolai Danilevskii’s “Russia and Europe: The Slavic World’s Political and Cultural Relations With the Germanic-Roman West” published by Slavica Publishers at Indiana University.  The book was first published in 1869; after 1895 it went out of print in Russia for almost a century, but since 1991 it has been printed in at least eight new editions and over 100,000 copies. The author argues that the Slavs are culturally distinct from Western Europe, which explains its popularity as Russians attempted to redefine their national identity after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has never before been translated into English. Kishimjan (Bektashova) Ketner ’09 proofread early drafts of each chapter. The book is available on Amazon, and will be available at the book signing.

“Recent events in Ukraine reveal that Russians and Ukrainians are still trying to figure out their relationship with the West,” Woodburn says.  “Danilevskii says that Slavic civilization is distinct from the Germanic-Roman civilization of Western Europe, and that resonates with Russians, plus nearly half of Ukrainians, in the present. For a book written so long ago, it’s quite relevant to the present.”

“If Russians are reading it,” he adds, “maybe more Americans should, too.”

Founders Day weekend will also include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame, Business Hall of Fame, Scholars Hall of Fame, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the dedication of the TOMARI Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center at 9 a.m. Named in honor of lead donors Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein, the center is located just east of White Physical Education Building on Warren Street.

Following the dedication will be the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.


Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:22:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKenzie Wheeler Recital Sunday at Southwestern College (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the senior recital for McKenzie Wheeler, music major from Winfield. The recital is Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

McKenzie WheelerWheeler will be performing songs by Mozart from the opera “Cosi fan Tutte,” several Faure pieces including “Caire de Lune,” two spirituals by Moses Hogan, a selection from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” featuring members of SC Singers, and more.  She will be accompanied by Deborah Martin on the piano and James Leland on harpsichord.  

Wheeler is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music and plans to continue towards her teaching degree after graduation.  She is currently the director of music at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.

A reception will follow the recital. 

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:44 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present "Rent" (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson PerformiRent 1ng Arts Center.  The show contains adult language and themes.

“Rent” is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

“Rent” is directed by Allyson Moon with musical direction by Matthew Berthot. 

“We all need to love and be loved, we need outlets to express ourselves, and, on the most basic level, we need to be feel safe and secure,” Moon says.  “Those needs drive the action for every character in ‘Rent.’  From Mimi’s song on the streets of Alphabet City, ‘Out Tonight,’ to Roger and Mark’s comment on our commercial society, ‘You Are What You Own,’ to the entire cast’s passionate plea for life in the title song, ‘Rent,’ and raucous celebration of it in ‘Le Vie Boheme,’ Jonathan Larson’s passionately pulsing score drives home each message.” 

“You only have one life; you only get one chance, so live to the fullest. This is the message Jonathan Larson portrays so well in this story,” says actor Jordon Snow, who plays Roger in the production.  “Through song, dialogue, and dance, the character’s stories are revealed as you go on a year-long journey with each one of them.  In the world Larson wrote about, it was necessary that these characters get to express themselves freely.  Because of this, there is some adult content and language in the show; however, it is necessarily used in order to convey the message in an effective way.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,


Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame to Induct New Members (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 12, in the reference room of the Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.

Entering the Educators Hall of Fame are Frank Davidson, John Marshall, and Ronda (Sims) Marshall.

The two inductees into the Scholars Hall of Fame are Marilyn Corbin and Everett Samuelson.

Following the ceremony, the Founders Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The dinner is by invitation only. 

New Educators Hall of Fame members include:

Frank D. Davidson ’79 began his career in education serving in the Peace Corps at the Escuela Agropecuaria de San Juan Bautista, located in rural Paraguay. Following his Peace Corps service, he moved to Arizona in 1982.  For 11 years, he was an elementary school teacher and principal.  In 1993, he was appointed assistant superintendent for instruction for the Casa Grande Elementary school district, and he has been superintendent since 1997.  Davidson received awards as the Superintendent of the Year for Large School Districts (Arizona School Administrators, 2000), the Business Leader of the Year (Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, 2003), and the state Superintendent of the Year (American Association of School Administrators, 2006).   His district has earned five “A+” awards from the Arizona Education Foundation.  Davidson has also co-authored two books and is active on several boards in Arizona.

John W. Marshall ’70 considers himself lucky to have started his career as a principal in a school reputed to be the worst in the district. Hills (Iowa) Elementary School had seen the deaths of two principals but with strong staff leadership already in place, Marshall moved quickly to put new programs into place. These included the first functioning Family Resource Center in the state of Iowa; an early childhood preschool; and the first extended day kindergarten in the Iowa City schools.  During his tenure Hills won two FINE Awards (First In the Nation in Education) as well as a National Blue Ribbon Award School designation. Marshall was recognized in 1997 by the National Association of Elementary Principals for excellence in education, but is most proud that staff members he hired have gone on to be respected administrators in the Iowa City District and in other districts.

Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70 taught in the same Iowa City Community School (Northwest Junior High) for all but one year of her 39 years as a junior high language arts teacher. She describes her predominantly seventh grade students as “challenging but also eager to learn, volatile but also steady and loyal, scared but also willing to take risks, secretive and reserved but also honest and open.”  Marshall has also taught workshops for gifted students, and at the university level has lectured on reading methods for all secondary pre-service teachers.  Highlights of her career included chairing a year-long, in-depth NCA accreditation study; giving the faculty address at the school’s 25th anniversary community celebration; and working at Princeton as a national scorer for the initial round of National Board Certification portfolios in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts.  She was presented the Literacy Teacher of the Year Award by her peers in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English.  

Scholar Hall of Fame inductees include:

Everett V. Samuelson ’48 oversaw a period of extensive growth as dean of the College of Education at the University of Idaho. During his 26-year tenure in this position (1963-1989), the college constructed its main College of Education building, buildings for industrial education and physical education, and the swim center. Among many programs he helped develop were a doctoral program in education and extensive international programs. Samuelson had been a principal and superintendent in Kansas schools following graduation from Southwestern, but moved on to become director of school accreditation for Kansas State Department of Education. After he earned his doctorate, he served in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then became director of the Bureau of Educational Research at the University of Colorado before joining the Idaho faculty.

Marilyn Brown Corbin ’70 has devoted over 40 years to extension education, leading community-based programs that address preventive health strategies developed with the latest university research.  She has been a faculty and administrator with Cooperative Extension at four land-grant universities—Texas A&M, Kansas State, North Carolina State, and Pennsylvania State.  Most recently she has been associate director, extension program leader for family and consumer sciences, and professor with Penn State Cooperative Extension at Pennsylvania State University. She provides statewide leadership to non-formal educational programs offered throughout Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, working closely with extension educators employed at county level. During her career she has received over $20.5 million in grants and contracts to implement award-winning educational programs for families, emphasizing nutrition, health, and family life education.

For more information about Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.


Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members; Foust to Receive Business Builder Award (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add three new names Saturday, April 12.  James Richardson, Hutchinson, Merle Sharick, Prosperity, S.C., and Rodney Kreie, Newton, will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history. The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Sandy Foust, Winfield.

The agenda for the hall of fame induction begins with the unveiling of plaques at 12:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Next, a luncheon at 12:45 p.m. will be followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees.  Cost of the lunch is $15 and limited seating is available. 

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

Foust is founder and chief executive officer of S and Y Industries. Starting with a vision to generate extra income for the family, she began fabricating printed circuit boards on the back porch of the 19th century farmhouse she and her husband, Gary, owned in rural Kansas. The company quickly grew beyond a part-time job and now S and Y continues to grow with Foust actively at the helm. Under her leadership the company has received awards including “Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies in America” in 2009 and 2010. Today the company has more than 70 employees and operates in more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space.  Her community involvement includes ownership of retail stores in downtown Winfield, and active support of various philanthropies. 

The Business Hall of Fame inductees include:

James L. Richardson ’70 has been involved in management and growth of the same institution since 1972 and now is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Prairie Bank of Kansas in Stafford and Farmers National Bancshares, Inc. He has administrated, developed, and implemented all bank operational, investment and lending policies and procedures, successfully managing the bank through the 1980s and current financial crisis. During this time he has managed the increase of bank’s assets by 400%, has overseen growth through acquisition and managed growth in new markets, and was responsible for managing loan growth of 500%. He has been a member and executive committee member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees, an active member of the Kansas Bankers’ Association, and an advisory board member of the Hutchinson airport.

Merle D. Sharick ’68 is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB), supporting all business development activities for LexisNexis in mortgage/real estate. This includes the Mortgage Asset Research Institute’s (MARI) MIDEX data base.  His expertise supports a team that markets LexisNexis data solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries.  Sharick earned the CMB designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America in 2007.  Prior to joining MARI, Sharick was a risk management and business development executive in the private mortgage insurance industry for 21 years.  He also has background in public record retrieval, pre-employment background screening, and real estate property disposition, and started several businesses.  He had been a successful teacher and coach, public school administrator, and in the real estate and auction business.  He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker in several states. 

Rodney C. Kreie ’77 is a certified public accountant. In 1985 he started his own practice in Ulysses, merging in 1989 with two other Kansas firms to become part of the CBIZ professional network. Kreie left public accounting in 1999 to pursue other business ventures including irrigated and dryland farming, a bank (where he was president and CEO), a property and casualty insurance agency, a software development start-up, and other small companies. His current companies specialize in developing renewable and alternative energies in an effort to increase to amount of dependable sustainable power in the marketplace. Kreie has been an active volunteer. In Ulysses he helped form the first teen center, worked with local schools developing leadership programs, and served as chair of the Grant County Economic Development Council. He has also served on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

The induction ceremony is a part of Founders Day Weekend at Southwestern Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. 

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

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 3.25.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 3.25.14

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:26:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Upcoming Leadership Road Race to Benefit Service Projects (Leadership)]]> The third annual Leadership Road Race will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Southwestern College.  All proceeds will benefit the service projects that are fulfilled by Leadership Southwestern.
LeadershipRoad Race Tee
Two races will be available--a 5K beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a one-mile family fun run/walk at 8:15 p.m.  Pets are welcome and t-shirts will be given to all participants.

The proceeds from the Leadership Road Race will support service work in the community via the Leadership program at Southwestern College.  The Leadership program contributes approximately 2,200 hours of service work to the community every year through projects such as Freshman Work Day, Leadership education workshops, Rotary Camp, and food packaging events.  Money raised through the road race will underwrite supplies, transportation, and materials.  It also allows Leadership students to fund their annual service learning trip each year.

This year the race will be a glow run with the theme “Light Up the Night” in honor of the idea that individual acts of service can collectively transform our community and stamp out darkness.

“Participating in the Leadership Road Race is a win-win for everyone,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Participants get a chance to better their health, the money is funneled back to the community through service, and college students are positively impacted in the process.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register a team of employees to run/walk together in support of health.  Discounts are offered for teams of five people.

Entry fee for the 5K run is $25; for the one-mile run/walk the fee is $15.  Leadership Southwestern is offering an early registration discount.  If registered on or before March 20, the fee for the 5K run is $20 and $12 for the one-mile run/walk.  Teams of five or more who register together will be discounted $3 per person if registered on or before March 20. 
Participants may register online at

For more information, call (620) 229-6393.

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:43:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 3.11.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 3.11.14

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:30:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 11-12 at SC (Alumni News)]]> Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.  Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.
At 12:30 p.m., a luncheon will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library, with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  Seating is limited and RSVP is needed.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.
“Founders Day weekend is a shining moment every year at Southwestern College,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “The halls of fame provide an opportunity for the college to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders.  Their successes validate the education provided here.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Pedro M. Esquivel ’62, Harry H. Dunn ’23, and Bishop Bruce Blake.
• Fine Arts: George M. Cole ’63, Loren B. Crawford ’34, and Ronald M. Curfman ’64.
• Business: Rodney C. Kreie ’77, James L. Richardson ’70, and Merle D. Sharick ’68. Business Builder Award: Sandy Foust.
• Educators: Frank D. Davidson ’79, John W. Marshall ’70, and Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70.
• Scholars: Marilyn (Brown) Corbin ’70, and Everett V. Samuelson ’48.

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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:36:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Music Festival, June 9-14, 2014 (Alumni News)]]> The Cole Family Summer Music Festival will take place at Southwestern College from June 9-14, 2014.  This six-day summer camp features outstanding college-level faculty, professional musicians, and guest conductors from across the region.  The schedule includes private lessons, faculty recitals, technique classes, small ensemble opportunities, African drum and dance ensemble and much more.  For more festival information, go to

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:30:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['A Modest Proposal' to be Performed Three More Times at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> There are three more performances of Adam Sharp’s “A Modest Proposal” at Southwestern College.  The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday, March 6, 7, and 8, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.  The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
Modest Proposal 2
“The audience roared last weekend,” says Southwestern College theatre professor Roger Moon.  “Don’t let the word ‘modest’ fool you. This is an outrageous satire and not the least bit modest.  It’s a wild ride for the poverty stricken family who live out the words of the brilliant proposal by Johnathan Swift.”  

Dan E. Campbell, playing Johnathan Swift, said that what he loves most about the show is the wittiness of the writing.

“It is like you were set down inside a world where everything someone says is a non-sequitur, yet they think they are making perfect sense,” Campbell says.  “Some of my favorite lines are those that just pop up out of nowhere and don't really have much to do with the plot, yet are totally in the character of whoever is saying them.”

“A Modest Proposal,” which is directed by SC alumna Bethany Simmons, is an original script based on Jonathan Swift’s 1727 satire of the same name. The play deals with the poverty of a family in Ireland in the late 1720s, their lack of employment, debts, and their attempt to save their farm.

Performing in his final production at Southwestern College, senior Jordan Hill is amazed at the script.

“The craziest part of ‘A Modest Proposal’ has definitely been embracing the show's own unique brand of crazy. Adam's created a show that a lot of people aren't used to seeing, and he isn't afraid to take a risk for the sake of a joke he thinks is worth it,” Hill says.

For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:11:29 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Delayed Opening March 3rd (General)]]> Both the main campus and Professional Studies Wichita offices will delay opening on Monday, March 3rd until 10 a.m.

Stay warm and make good decisions.

Sara Weinert,
Vice President for Communications

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:25:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern College Names Tyler Shirley and Kaci Hutchinson 'Teachers of Promise' (General)]]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Tyler Shirley, Mulvane, and Kaci Hutchinson, Oologah, Okla., as “Teachers of Promise.” 
2014 spring Teacher of promise
Shirley is the son of Don and Annette Shirley. He is student teaching at Arkansas City Middle School under Southwestern College graduate Caleb Hartman and will graduate this spring with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.

“I am honored to be the recipient of one of Southwestern College’s prestigious education awards,” Shirley says.  “I was able to receive this award because I have had great professors here at SC who have helped model the proper ways to instruct and lead students. I have learned a great deal from them and without their help I would have never been able to be a ‘Teacher of Promise.’ I am thrilled to be the male recipient of this award and I will do my best to live up to and meet the standards that this award has set.”

Hutchinson is the daughter of Sherry and Rod Hutchinson.  She is currently student teaching a second grade class at Lowell Elementary in Winfield.  She will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

“I am blessed and excited about being awarded the ‘Teacher of Promise,’” Hutchinson says.  “I have many great teachers, leaders, friends, and family who have helped me get to this amazing point in my life. I am thankful for a great cooperating teacher that is providing me this opportunity. I will only continue to grow and learn as I continue my student teaching and begin my role as an educator.” 

According to Jackie Glasgow, coordinator of student teaching at Southwestern, each semester Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” The spring 2014 recipients were honored at a banquet in Topeka on Feb. 21. 

“In this selection process, the teacher education program faculty of SC typically considers individuals who are presently in their student teaching semester through both the campus and professional studies cohorts. With the continued growth of our program, the pool of potential candidates continues to grow, making the final selection challenging,” Glasgow says.

Glasgow continued that in naming “exemplary” candidates, attributes of effective professional educators are considered, similar to those utilized in identifying the Kansas State Teacher of the Year.  Those attributes include demonstrating a strong commitment to the teaching profession, planning and delivering effective lessons which attempt to meet the learning styles and needs of all students, building team relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and parents, and engagement in the greater school community.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:59:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)