Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/news-and-events/news/ Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Freshmen Move-In Day at Southwestern College August 9 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1672/?freshmen-move-in-day-at-southwestern-college-august-9- http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1672/?freshmen-move-in-day-at-southwestern-college-august-9- Incoming freshmen will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Sunday, Aug. 9, as Fall Frenzy kicks off the 2015-2016 school year. 

Fall Frenzy introduces new and returning students to the many aspects of Southwestern College.  

The first students on campus will be the freshman.  Following a 3:15 p.m. Farewell Worship Sunday for students and parents, the newly-arrived freshmen will head to Builder Camp at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla.  

Transfer and returning students will move in on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Freshmen Work Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Since 1992, Southwestern College freshmen, along with Leadership Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, have spent one of their first days as Moundbuilders out in the city of Winfield.  The goal is to promote feelings of community among incoming students as well as a sense of belonging to the college and the city of Winfield.  Freshmen Work Day also strives to make a difference by establishing new relationships between the college and the community by assisting homeowners with indoor and outdoor home projects that the owners would otherwise not be able to complete.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., Winfield Main Street Revitalization will partner with Southwestern College for the third annual Purple Pride event which will take place in the parking lot of 300 E. Ninth Street in Winfield.  Local businesses are invited to set up booths to promote their businesses to the SC students.  Local restaurants are also invited to serve food samples.  

The remaining Fall Frenzy schedule includes: 
•    Sunday, Aug. 16, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
•    Monday, Aug. 17, classes begin for students.  
•    Tuesday, Aug. 18, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Thursday, Aug. 20, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m.  Purple and white football scrimmage at 8 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
•    Friday, Aug. 21, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

Friends of Southwestern College are invited to attend the Moundbuilding Ceremony, Opening Convocation, and the football scrimmage.

For more information about Fall Frenzy, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168.  For more information about Freshman Work Day, call Cheryl Rude at (620) 229-6381.

 

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:41:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Completely Hollywood, Abridged' (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671/?sc-summer-theatre-festival-to-present-completely-hollywood-abridged http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671/?sc-summer-theatre-festival-to-present-completely-hollywood-abridged Completely Hollywood 1The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday through Sunday, July 24-26, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The show, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti, will make audiences laugh, according to director Allyson Moon.

“Everybody loves the movies and this particular play makes fun of some of our very favorite movies--all totaled, 186 movies are included in this script,” Moon says.  “This show is strictly comedy. Sometimes it is slapstick comedy, sometimes satire, and it is sometimes witty. All comedy combinations are wrapped into this.”

Movies in the script include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” “Grease,” “Avatar,” “Batman,” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”

Three actors will participate in the production—Phoebe Muldrow, Justin Godwin, and Jacob Marney.

“I have never done a show in so little time, but it is exciting and I am confident it is going to be great,” Muldrow says.  “The Incredible Hulk is my favorite superhero and I get to act like the Hulk so I am really looking forward to that.”

Godwin, along with Muldrow, has been an intern all summer with the Summer Theatre Festival. He has been in “The Addams Family the Musical” and been a director for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Godwin says this summer experience has been great for him.

“The whole experience of creating a show in a week and half is a new experience for me, I have never done anything like this before, so now I can add that to my resume,” Godwin says.  “I am familiar with a lot of the movies that are depicted.  I am excited and a little bit nervous but I think this will be a fantastic show for the audience and for us.”

Brandi Young will be the stage manager and Emily Rising will assist in the production.

The show will run Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. 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.  

 

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:32:16 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ and Companion Pieces July 10-11 (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1670/?sc-summer-theatre-festival-to-present-if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie-and-companion-pieces-july-10-11 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1670/?sc-summer-theatre-festival-to-present-if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie-and-companion-pieces-july-10-11 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” along with four companion pieces on Friday, July 10, at 2 and 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern College.

The four companion pieces will include “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” If You Give a Dog a Donut,” If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  All of the pieces are adaptations of the award-winning books written by Laura Numeroff.  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is adapted for the stage by Jody Davidson. The rest of them are adapted by Ariel Grinnell.  The plays are based on the books that are known for their playful circular patterns of adventure.

TMouse a Cookiehe participants in the show are youth who are in the two day camps currently going on at Southwestern College—Story Theatre camp and Youth Theatre camp.  According to Allyson Moon, 27 individuals are participating in the camps.


“The campers in the Story Theatre camp will be acting in the plays. Because the plays are adaptations of stories in narrative form with characters in action, they are a perfect fit for the story theatre group,” Moon says.  “The individuals in the Youth Theatre camp are a little bit older and they will have the choice to act and to be part of the technical team.  We have some individuals who really want to do both and some who want to focus on just the technical challenges. The curriculum for the Youth Theatre camp is designed for them to be exposed to costumes, lights, sets, props, and makeup along with acting.”

Moon feels that this production will be wonderful entertainment for families with young children.

“Even though there are five plays, the performance will run for about an hour,” Moon says.  “This is fantastic entertainment for younger audiences.  Audience members will delight in the adventures of a mouse, cat, dog, moose, and pig, as the actors bring these children’s classics to life.”  

Moon will be directing the plays along with the festival interns.  Interns include Phoebe Muldrow, Juliette Lowrance, Justin Godwin, and Brandi Young.  Young will also be the production stage manager. 

Moon says there has to be a balance in leading these young actors.

“There has to be a healthy combination of seriousness and fun,” Moon says.  “The level of creative energy in both the Story Theatre and the Youth Theatre classes is amazing.  It is a super nova of creative thinking and action.  Our job is to channel and develop it in directions that mean they can create the characters, they can create the environment, and they can tell the stories.”

Admission for the plays will be $5 for adults and $2 for youth 11 and under.  Because there is limited seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, reservations are encouraged to assure everyone will have a seat.  To make reservations, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 

 

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:38:21 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Addams Family the Musical’ June 26-28 at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1669/?addams-family-the-musical-june-26-28-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1669/?addams-family-the-musical-june-26-28-at-southwestern-college The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical” will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Addams Fam 1show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.


Family entertainment is the idea behind the production.  Allyson Moon is directing the show and is reminded of the history of “The Addams Family” and why she hopes families will come and enjoy the program.

“‘The Addams Family’ has been around a long time in many forms and has always been family entertainment,” Moon says.  “It started in cartoon form way back in 1940.  Then it became a television series in the ’60s followed by a movie in the ’90s, then to Broadway, and now here in Winfield at Southwestern College.”

Phoebe Muldrow, a Winfield native and a junior at Southwestern College, is the publicity manager for the show and says that the show will leave audience members with a good feeling.  

“Just like the TV show and movie, the musical’s comedy is a combination of silly, spooky, and ridiculous,” Muldrow says.  

Moon says that the music includes the traditional Addams Family theme song as well as songs from a variety of genres.  

“Amazingly, composer Andrew Lippa has mixed in a contemporary musical theatre sound with an occasional touch of the creepy,” Moon says. 

Muldrow is also the choreographer for the program.

“The Addamses are Spanish and they like to dance.  The cha cha, the bunny hop, the twist, hip hop—all of these styles are featured in the opening number,” Muldrow says.  “This was my first show to choreograph and it was challenging to blend dances that would work for the wide variety of ages and dance experience.  There is a single tango scene for Gomez (Matt Berthot) and Morticia (Abby Bartel) that will be sensational to watch.”
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The dinner theatre portion was inspired by the young lovers in the show.  

“When we were planning the dinner menu, we were reminded of the wedding themed dinner for the Horsefeathers & Applesauce production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’  The shows may be different, but the wedding celebration dinner is very much the same,” Moon says. 
The ancestral family wedding feast menu will include cream of broccoli soup, crescent bowknot rolls, carved beef, crab stuffed mushrooms, wild rice Florentine, glazed carrots, molded salads, wedding cake, and sparkling cranberry punch.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinner will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

The show is appropriate for the entire family. Addams Fam 2

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

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:33:55 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts at Southwestern College (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1668/?cole-family-summer-music-festival-concerts-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1668/?cole-family-summer-music-festival-concerts-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts this week.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

•    Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as Alabama 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 10, 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 Brian Winnie along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles. 
•    Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.— Karissa Shimanek, artist in residence, and Luke Nicolay, Southwestern College young artist in residence, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Nicolay was chosen for the position through an audition process.  The purpose of the position is to offer a significant opportunity to a highly motivated musician, nurturing and polishing performance skills, while making the transition from student to professional. 
•    Saturday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. —All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2015 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    

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

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:10:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Whitney Corley Named Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1667/?whitney-corley-named-interim-head-womens-basketball-coach-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1667/?whitney-corley-named-interim-head-womens-basketball-coach-at-southwestern-college Whitney Corley has been named interim head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern College.  She will take over from Dave Denly who accepted the head women’s basketball coach position at Bellevue University in Nebraska last month.
Whitney Corley
“This is the job I have dreamed of since my playing career at SC ended,” Corley says.  “I had a great experience playing for Coach Denly and getting my undergraduate degree here.  I got the opportunity to get some experience from some other coaches in other programs with the idea of bringing that back to this program.  I feel very lucky and blessed to get this opportunity because this program and this school were so good to me.”

Corley was the assistant women’s basketball coach at SC last season.  She played for the Builders and Denly from 2003 to 2005.  Corley earned honorable mention all-conference in her first season at SC before earning KCAC Player of the Year honors in her senior campaign.  She is ranked second all-time in three-pointers made in Southwestern Lady Builder history.  In two seasons, she made 211 three-pointers; Andrea Mohr is the all-time leader with 265 and played four seasons at SC. Corley graduated from Southwestern in 2006.  After her playing career ended, she spent one year as a student assistant coach at SC and then was a graduate assistant coach at Fort Hays State University.  She became the assistant women’s basketball coach at Garden City Community College in 2008 and spent the next six seasons in that position before returning to Southwestern College. 

The Lady Builders received 87 votes in the final 2015 NAIA division II women’s basketball coaches’ top 25 poll. Southwestern posted a 22-10 overall record, and finished second in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-5 mark against conference opponents. The Lady Builders won their second KCAC tournament championship in the last three years, and advanced to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, for the fifth-straight season.

The Lady Builders will return 12 members of its 2014-15 squad for the 2015-16 season.

“The girls coming back are excited, ready for something new and fresh but they also understand that there is a formula for success that has worked for almost 20 years so moving away from that won’t happen a whole lot. I think this has been comforting to the returners,” Corley says.  “They know that I have had experience with Coach Denly and they seem to be comfortable with the transition because it is a little more familiar to them than bringing someone new into the program.”

Corley will be interim coach during the 2015-16 year. 

The Lady Builders will open their season Oct. 30 versus Bacone University at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Classic.  

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:09:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for Upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Addams Family the Musical’ (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1666/?cast-announced-for-upcoming-southwestern-college-summer-theatre-festival-presentation-of-addams-family-the-musical http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1666/?cast-announced-for-upcoming-southwestern-college-summer-theatre-festival-presentation-of-addams-family-the-musical The cast has been announced for the upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical.”  The show will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 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.
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“Addams Family the Musical” is about a grown-up Wednesday Addams (Payten Humphreys), the ultimate princess of darkness, who has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met.  Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez (Matt Berthot), and begs him not to tell her mother, Morticia (Abby Bartel).  Gomez must do something he has never done--keep a secret from his beloved wife.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and parents. 

Other cast include: Fester Addams, played by Dan Campbell; Grandma, played by Juliette Lowrance; Mal Beineke, played by Dylan Moore; Alice Beineke, played by Phoebe Muldrow; Lucas Beineke, played by Nate Lee; Pugsley Addams, played by Andrew Say; and Lurch, played by Justin Godwin.

The ensemble of ancestors includes: Conquistador – Kyle Smith; Soldier – Cory Blevins; Flight Attendant – Sarrah Sultz; Caveman – Bennett Boyle; Courtesan – Ondreya Seahorn; Bride –Josie Krout; Flapper – Olivia McClung; Indian – Adam Cantu; Puritan – Katelin Miller-Vanatta; Gladiator – Jacob Krueger; and Elizabethan Lady – Tiffany Tatum.

The ghosts, zombies, and ooky creatures are John Moberly, Bryce Sexson, Madeline Stanton, Olivia Velasquez, Sabrina Wilson, Bella Wood, Klara Flom, and Brianna Hunt.

Allyson Moon is directing the production and is in charge of costumes.  Other members of the production team include: Brian Winnie, music director; Stephen Butler, accompanist; Phoebe Muldrow, choreographer; Lee Jones, scenic design; Juliette Lowrance, props designer; Michael Burley, lights; and Anna Rosell, graphic designer.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The theme for the dinner is the Addams Family Ancestral Feast and will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The show is appropriate for the entire family. 

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

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:05:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2015 Alumni Directory (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1665/?2015-alumni-directory http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1665/?2015-alumni-directory Alumni Directory PostcardBy now you've probably received a postcard like this in the mail. We are currently in the final stages of preparing Southwestern College Alumni Today, a publication that will feature listings along with photos and essays submitted by alumni. We need your help! A brief telephone call will ensure your listing is completely accurate and up-to-date. Call 1-877-821-0456 Monday-Friday between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM (CDT).  


Alumni Directory Blanket GiveawayCustom SC Blanket Giveaway

Everyone who responds by August 31, 2015, will be entered into a drawing for a custom SC blanket provided by Crochet from the Heartland.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:52:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC Increases its Power and Changes Frequency (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1664/?southwestern-college-radio-station-kswc-increases-its-power-and-changes-frequency http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1664/?southwestern-college-radio-station-kswc-increases-its-power-and-changes-frequency Southwestern College campus radio station KSWC has changed its frequency and its wattage in an effort to allow more people to listen to the station and to attract more media students, interested in radio, to the college.

For nearly 35 years, the station has operated at 10 watts on 100.3 FM.  Now the station is operating at 100 watts and can be heard on 94.7 FM.

Jeff Franck, chief operator for KSWC, and Tommy Castor, adjunct instructor of communication and faculty advisor of KSWC, discovered the opportunity to increase the wattage of the station in the fall of 2013.  They shared the information with Tom Jacobs, division chair for computer science and communications at Southwestern, who then advocated for the idea to Southwestern College Provost Andy Sheppard.  Ultimately, the idea was approved and the process began. 

“Almost two years ago, we found out that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was accepting new applications for non-profit radio stations, like KSWC, to boost their signal,” Castor says.   “They had opened a small window of time for applications and we quickly pitched the idea to apply to boost the power of KSWC.  The FCC accepted our application and approved us to increase power to 100 watts and change frequencies to 94.7 FM.  The project was completed this week with the help of plant operations and Atlas Electric.  KSWC had been a class D (10 watt) translator at 100.3 MHz (megahertz). We upgraded to a low power FM at 100 watts on 94.7 MHz.  Our new tower on top of the Christy Administration Building is 30 feet tall.  We have a brand new antenna, tower, transmitter, and transmission line.”

Castor is excited for the chance to attract new listeners and new students. 

“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says.  “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons. It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.  They will craft their skills on state-of-the-art equipment, and be able to learn by being on a radio station that is very similar to what they will work with in the real world.  Also, it is a great PR opportunity for the college, as now more listeners even outside the Winfield community, will become familiar with Jinx Radio, the communication program at SC, and the college itself through the broadcasting of great music and Southwestern sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.”

KSWC is a non-commercial radio station that plays top 40 music.  It is also the flagship station for the Moundbuilder Sports Network which broadcasts all of the Southwestern College football games, all men’s and women’s KCAC basketball games, and selected non-conference games.   

 

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Thu, 28 May 2015 14:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Denly to Coach at Bellevue (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1663/?scs-denly-to-coach-at-bellevue http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1663/?scs-denly-to-coach-at-bellevue Southwestern College athletic director and women’s basketball coach David Denly will leave the college July 1 to become head women’s basketball coach at Bellevue University in Nebraska. 
           
Denly was head women’s coach at SC for 17 years, and took the Lady Builders to the national championships during the past five seasons with seven appearances in all, finishing no lower than fourth in the KCAC every season he was at the helm.
           
President Dick Merriman promoted Denly to athletic director four years ago. 
           
“David has been an outstanding coach and athletic director for the college,” says Merriman, who will be leaving the college in July. “His Lady Builder squads have combined tremendous competitive success with outstanding academic performance and a strong leadership profile on campus. He has truly shown the way in terms of building a program that features both athletic and academic success.”  

Merriman describes Denly as “an active and engaged athletic director, working to achieve significant facilities improvements for athletics, like Jantz Stadium and the Helmer Family Track, and taking active roles in the work of the KCAC and the NAIA. The number of Builder teams and athletes that have been recognized as NAIA Champions of Character says a lot about his commitment to doing college athletics the right way.”
           
Denly will be the inaugural women’s basketball coach at Bellevue as the college adds the sport for the first time in 2015-16. With an enrollment of approximately 8,300, the college is part of the North Star Athletic Association.
           
“There were many things we fell in love with at Southwestern College and the outstanding character of the student-athletes and the overall athletic program was a big part of that,” says incoming SC President Brad Andrews. “Dave leaves big shoes to fill both in his coaching and his role as athletic director, but we’re proud of him and wish him well. We will work hard over the coming weeks to find someone worthy to take his place.”
           
“I’m forever grateful for the opportunities Southwestern College has given me,” Denly says. “The opportunity to be a women’s basketball coach and athletic director has helped me both personally and professionally, and for my family and me, Southwestern will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are excited about the opportunity Bellevue presents, and I will be drawing on my Southwestern experience as I move on in my career.”
           
Denly’s overall record at SC 348-171, and he has guided his team to seven consecutive 20-win seasons, setting school records along the way for both total victories in a season and conference wins in a season.  He has coached 24 first-team All-Conference players, 48 Academic All-Americans and 84 Academic All-Conference selections in his tenure at Southwestern, and the Lady Builders have had the KCAC Player of the Year four times during his tutelage. He was KCAC Coach of the Year three times, and is the 16th winningest women’s basketball coach in the NAIA. 

Before taking over the women’s program at SC, Denly served as an assistant coach to Brad Horstmann in the Builder men’s program for two years.  During that time, the Southwestern men qualified for the national tournament and won the KCAC conference tournament.

 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 13:45:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival to Feature New Clinicians, Artist-In-Residence (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1662/?cole-family-summer-music-festival-to-feature-new-clinicians-artist-in-residence http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1662/?cole-family-summer-music-festival-to-feature-new-clinicians-artist-in-residence Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 8-13 on the SC campus.  The festival will feature two new clinicians as well as a new artist-in-residence.

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, practice time, electives, recreation time, and much more. 

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year—Dr. Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College, and Dr. Amber Peterson, conductor, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College  and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education.  Joining Winnie and Peterson will be festival veterans Jeremy Kirk, band; Steven Butler, piano; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

“We are excited to offer a re-designed elective program that provides students the opportunity to explore new topics and develop skills with a secondary instrument,” says Shook.  “Electives include bluegrass, conducting, music technology, beginning keyboard, voice, strings, and African drum and dance.”

Through generous support from the Cole Family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375.  

This year the festival will be highlighted by a new artist-in-residence, Karissa Shimanek.  She will assist with the vocal track and showcase her talents as an artist.  
Karissa Shimanek
Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  She began singing at an early age, and was entertaining audiences by age 11. Her favorite childhood performances include the Prairie Fest Arts Festival competition in her hometown, in which she placed first, and when she was a featured performer at the Kolache Festival in Prague, Okla., for two years. Her high school career provided her with many performance opportunities in the choral and theatre departments, and allowed her to develop singing and acting skills outside of popular music.

Following high school, Shimanek pursued a degree in music with a focus in musical theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Okla., where she received vocal training from the esteemed Dr. Marilyn Govich. She also acquired dance training in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and tap while at UCO. During her undergraduate studies, she performed in many productions including Discoveryland’s production of “Oklahoma!” in Sapulpa, Okla. Shimanek has also had several lead roles at Mitchell Hall’s main stage and Jazz Lab productions in Edmond; some of her favorites are Betty Schaefer in “Sunset Boulevard,” Erzulie in “Once on this Island,” and as a featured soloist in several Jazz Lab shows. She also performed with Jodi Benson, the voice of “The Little Mermaid.” 

After the completion of her undergraduate degree, Shimanek pursued her master of music degree, also from UCO.  She was able to work as a graduate assistant for the musical theatre department and Broadway Tonight! office, and directed several shows at the Jazz Lab. 

Shimanek is currently pursuing her master of arts in teaching degree with a focus in choral directing. 

For more information about the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College or to register, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern at (620)-229-6141, email dir.campconf@sckans.edu, or visit the website at www.sckans.edu/musicfestival. 

 

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Thu, 21 May 2015 15:55:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Glasgow Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1661/?glasgow-receives-kopke-award-for-distinguished-teaching-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1661/?glasgow-receives-kopke-award-for-distinguished-teaching-at-southwestern-college Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and the coordinator of the doctoral program, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 10. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members.  

“The Kopke award exemplifies the Builder spirit at Southwestern and affirms my role at Southwestern as an opportunity to shape educational leaders,” Glasgow says.  “The award is not just about the recognition of what has been accomplished but more on what has yet to be accomplished for future leaders in our school systems and higher education institutions.”  
Jackie Glasgow
“Jackie deserves the outstanding teaching award,” says Andy Sheppard, provost of Southwestern College.  “She is the heart and soul of the Ed.D. program and her students have truly benefited from her work with them.”

Glasgow has spent the past three years at Southwestern.  Prior to that, she served for 37 years in public education in the Wellington school district; 28 of those years were spent teaching special education and fourth grade while the other nine years, she was the assistant superintendent.   Glasgow received her bachelor of science in education at Kansas State Teachers College; two master’s degrees (one in educational psychology and another in administration) from Wichita State University; and her Ed.D. from Wichita State University. 

“I am very humbled and grateful for receiving the award and wish to continue being an ambassador showcasing the exemplary educational programs Southwestern has to offer,” Glasgow says.  “It is important for me to think about what Southwestern can offer to the field of education and the possibilities it can afford its learners.”  

Glasgow and her husband live in Wellington.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 10:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes April 27, 2015 (College Sustainability Council)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1660/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-april-27-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1660/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-april-27-2015 Southwestern College Sustainability Council

April 17, 2015    

 

Members present: Richard Cowlishaw, Jackson Lashier, Allyson Moon, Sara Weinert

  1. Sara walked through the changes in how we print and copy at the college. Paper saving technologies include automatically printing double-sided and in black-and-white. Print jobs must be “released” from the printer through card-swipe, and all jobs can be traced to the user. (This is expected to prompt users to think about whether they actually need the job printed or not.) At this point, students are not being charged for printing but the usage will be tracked. Committee members discussed whether this could be a recruitment tool—perhaps with an allowance for student copies?

 

  1. Rick reported that we had gotten behind on tracking greenhouse gas figures due to a change in contractors. Everything is being brought up to speed now, and the inventory should be done by May. We hope this will help make a smooth transition to the new president’s support of the Presidents’ Initiative.

 

  1. Update on the minor in sustainability (Rick): It’s difficult to get an accurate number of how many students are in the minor because many students think they’re in the minor but haven’t formally declared it with the registrar. He estimates 5-10 students from several different academic areas are in the minor and Rick tries to make sure classes are offered in the proper sequence. “The minor isn’t easily managed in one academic area,” he says.

 

  1. How can we discuss the importance of campus sustainability with the new president, and what role can the council play in talking about the mission of striving to live by and teach a sustainability way of life on our campus? (Sara): It’s a distinctive we can use in recruitment. (Allyson): Economics. We will save money if we are more sustainable.

 

  1. A discussion followed on how we make sure Sodexo employees are on board with sustainability and recycling efforts.

 

  1. Recycling containers are working well across campus and more will be added over the summer.

 

  1. A discussion of the proposed sustainability center followed, with the thought of explaining the idea to the new president.

 

Minutes submitted by Sara Weinert

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Mon, 18 May 2015 10:34:46 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1659/?masterbuilders-announced-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1659/?masterbuilders-announced-at-southwestern-college Masterbuilders for the 2014-2015 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 9.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to six 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 2015

Masterbuilders for 2014-2015 include: Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla.; Jordan Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Jessica Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Sara Peck, Wellington; Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas; and Luiz Reyes, Humble, Texas.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Recognized by KATS (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1658/?sc-students-recognized-by-kats http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1658/?sc-students-recognized-by-kats Eight Athletic Training Students from Southwestern College have been recognized by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) honor roll.
KATS•    First Team—Caitlin Hays, Garden Plain.
•    Second Team—Amanda Watson, Miami, Okla.; Kayla Lovell, Waukomis, Okla.
•    Honorable Mention—Blake Smith, Dexter; Rachel Vieyra, Hutchinson; Kayla Demel, Wichita; Heather Gilmore, Kinsley; and Tiffany Rieger, Manchester, Okla. 

First-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program (ATP), and achieved a 3.8/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Second-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.6/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Honorable Mention nominees had to be sophomore or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.4/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.

“It’s nice for our students to get recognition at the state level for their hard work in the classroom.  They are all very deserving of this honor and I am proud of each of them.”  Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education.  

 

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Wed, 13 May 2015 11:40:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Announces New President (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1657/?southwestern-college-announces-new-president http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1657/?southwestern-college-announces-new-president Dr. Brad Andrews will be the next president of Southwestern College. Currently senior vice president for student success and strategic enrollment at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., Andrews will be the 19th president of the college when he begins his tenure July 1.

Andrews replaces President Dick Merriman, who will become president of the University of Mount Union after 17 years at Southwestern. 

Brad Andrews “We feel Brad Andrews is an ideal fit for Southwestern College, and could not be more pleased that he will be the next president,” says Michael Lewis, SC trustee and chair of the search committee. “He has extensive successful experience in three areas crucial to the continued success of the college—fundraising, enrollment management, and student life. He also is a collaborative leader who will work well with faculty and administrators already in place to extend the excellence we have come to expect at Southwestern.”

A native of Miami, Fla., Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1990 and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Drake University in 1994. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin.
           
"For more than 130 years Southwestern College has defined a truly student-centered approach to higher education,” Andrews says. “It is obvious that an exciting combination of tremendous people, a pioneering spirit, and outstanding programs have Southwestern College poised for great success moving forward. I am honored to be chosen to lead the Builder nation into the next era.”

Andrews’s leadership encompasses three divisions at Carthage College, including the departments of admissions, financial aid, student affairs, first-year academic advising, and religious life. His responsibilities include operational oversight for strategic institutional priorities, with emphasis on the immediate improvement of retention and graduation rates. 

As a member of the Carthage executive leadership team, he has helped guide an incredible period of growth for the college. Since 2000, Carthage College has:

  • grown its campus with more than $200 million in campus renovation and construction projects.
  • grown its academic reputation as demonstrated by a rise in national rankings, by significant increases in the number and quality of freshman applications, and by national recognition for programs such as participation in the NASA undergraduate research SEED program.
  • grown its enrollment from 1,500 to more than 2,500 full-time students.

Andrews arrived on campus in 1999 and quickly worked with staff and students to remake the student affairs program. After eight years as dean of students, Andrews was appointed vice president for enrollment and student life. In this role, he provided leadership for the completion of a campus strategic enrollment growth initiative. With a particular emphasis on entering new admissions markets and raising the academic reputation of the college, the college surpassed the 2,500 student mark. This enrollment figure represents a 67% increase from the full-time student enrollment 10 years earlier. This accomplishment was completed while maintaining the college’s discount rate, even through the national economic downturn in 2008-09.

In 2010, Andrews was asked to serve as senior vice president for academic resources, following the departure of the chief development officer. For two years in this role, he served simultaneously as the chief enrollment officer, chief development officer, and senior student affairs officer. During this period, enrollment continued to increase, the academic reputation of the college continued to rise, and fundraising results were accelerated after the national economic crisis.

Andrews will move to Winfield with his family. His wife, Trish, was born and raised in Harvard, Ill., a small dairy farming community. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Carthage College in 1997. Trisha earned a master’s degree in education from Carthage, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as director of academic advising, at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., where she also has taught courses in U.S. History. She spent the first eight years of her professional life working in student affairs and career services at small private colleges.

Brad and Trish enjoy spending time with their four children—Graham, 17; Tyler, 13; Madeline, 6; and Gwendolyn, 3. Brad is a golfer and enjoys running; he has completed 10 marathons. Trish is a photographer.

 

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:10:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Farewell President Merriman (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1656/?farewell-president-merriman http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1656/?farewell-president-merriman Dick Merriman, who has been president of Southwestern College since 1998, will leave the college at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

During his service at Southwestern, Merriman has guided the college through years of unprecedented growth in scope and mission.

Enjoy this photo montage commemorating his 17 years of service at SC!

President Dick Merriman Farewell from Southwestern College on Vimeo.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 12:14:59 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10; Merriman to Receive Honorary Doctorate in Leadership (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1655/?sc-commencement-to-be-held-may-10-merriman-to-receive-honorary-doctorate-in-leadership http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1655/?sc-commencement-to-be-held-may-10-merriman-to-receive-honorary-doctorate-in-leadership Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  This will mark the final Commencement ceremony for the outgoing president Dick Merriman. Merriman announced in December that he was leaving Southwestern to become the president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. 
           
President Merriman will receive an honorary doctorate in leadership during the ceremony.  According to Andy Sheppard, provost at Southwestern College, given the long-term commitment that Merriman has made to Southwestern College and his contributions to the Winfield community, a special committee consisting of faculty, students, and members of the board of trustees determined that the honorary doctorate in leadership was the most fitting award. 
           
“Dick’s accomplishments at SC are visible in our much improved campus environment and the outstanding colleagues whom we enjoy every day,” Sheppard says.  “His work has been exemplary and we have all benefited from his dedication to our community.”
           
In his 17 years as president of Southwestern College, Merriman led two capital campaigns and several project-specific fund drives that raised more than $50 million for college projects. This led to a number of campus improvements—construction of Cole Hall and Richard L. Jantz Stadium; creation of Richardson Performing Arts Center and the TOMARI technical theatre center; significant renovations of Mossman Hall and Deets Library; and the rebuilding of the college’s landmark Mound and 77 Steps. He also has built relationships with the city and public schools that have furthered cooperation in the city of Winfield.
           
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, all ceremonies will be held in Stewart Field House. Commencement schedule and times will be:
•    1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T);
•    3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, B.S.A.T., 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 be internet streamed. 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 www.moundbuilder.com.     

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 9, 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 2014 will be recognized on the printed program. 
Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 10, 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 10, 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.  Graduates will be notified May 8 and 9 if they qualify for this honor.
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 transportation 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 www.sckans.edu/registrar.  Click on the graduation link for further details.

 

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Mon, 04 May 2015 15:38:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Participate in Leadership Challenge Event in Topeka (Leadership)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1654/?leadership-southwestern-students-participate-in-leadership-challenge-event-in-topeka http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1654/?leadership-southwestern-students-participate-in-leadership-challenge-event-in-topeka Leadership Southwestern recently traveled to Topeka to participate in the Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University.  They were split into two teams and between them, SC won the Collaboration Award, the Communication Award, and finished third place overall.
Leadership Challenge 2015
The Leadership Challenge Event, according to their website, is a unique interscholastic as well as intercollegiate leadership competition for high school and college students. The event compares leadership abilities through a two-day event consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams compete to fulfill challenges and overcome obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.

“The Leadership team takes sophomore students to this event annually because it is such a great opportunity for them to apply their leadership skills in a real world situation and then receive constructive comments and criticism,” says Maggie Collett, graduate fellow for student life and Leadership at Southwestern College.  “It really allows them to see how they work as a team and helps them understand themselves better as leaders. The students leave the event with a much better sense of self and what they need to work on to improve as a leader.” 

The students from Southwestern who participated were Cierra Ross, Wichita; Aidan Goodrich, Independence; Tim Rosproy, McPherson; Ali Flickner, Kingman; Madison Hovey, Winfield; Caleb Janssen, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Dillon Good, Prague, Okla.; Kyndra Gabriel, Lincoln, Neb.; Jacob Jimmerson, Belton, Texas; and Michael Becker, Leander, Texas. 

 

 

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:54:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS Auditions for 2015-16 Coming Up May 19-21 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1653/?scys-auditions-for-2015-16-coming-up-may-19-21 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1653/?scys-auditions-for-2015-16-coming-up-may-19-21 The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for young musicians who wants to be a part of the symphony for the 2015-16 school year.  The auditions will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 19-21, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

Middle and high school students who play string, wind, brass, or percussion instruments are encouraged to try out. Students should prepare a one- to two-minute solo and a two-octave scale of the musician’s choice.  There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition. Students will be notified of their specific audition day and time upon registration.  The audition fee is $5.

The SCYS provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region, but will also add a “lite” orchestra ensemble this next season for students interested in alternative styles. Students may participate in both ensembles without additional cost. The SCYS encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 

Rehearsals for next season are Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. The ensemble fee is $140 for the season, which includes four concerts. Discounts are available for families with two or more musicians in the orchestra. 

Online registration is available for the auditions at http://goo.gl/forms/JJsYA5yI3u. For more information or questions about the symphony, contact Ismail Farid at ismail.farid@sckans.edu. 

 

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:02:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Auditions! (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1652/?open-auditions http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1652/?open-auditions Adams family

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:49:10 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student has Close Ties to Titanic; Will Lecture April 30 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1651/?sc-student-has-close-ties-to-titanic-will-lecture-april-30 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1651/?sc-student-has-close-ties-to-titanic-will-lecture-april-30 As the granddaughter of shipbuilders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Louise Kavanagh grew up hearing about the Titanic.  She will share her stories about the ship on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  The public is encouraged to attend and there is no admission charge. 
Louise Kavanagh
Kavanagh says that she was very close to her grandmother who loved to tell her stories about her father and grandfather who worked in the shipyards, and that her grandfather was a carpenter for Harland and Wolff, builders of the Titanic.

“I grew a real interest in Titanic and applied for a job in Northern Ireland's newest tourist attraction which is the Titanic Belfast museum,” Kavanagh says.  “I was a tour guide at the museum and this opened my world to so much more information. Also, many of the stories I heard growing up collaborated with the facts I learned at my new job.”

Kavanagh says she wanted to do this presentation because of the famous story and because she has so much background experience and knowledge.

“I hope that this can be an educational experience but I also want the community to get a feel for real Irish heritage,” Kavanagh says.  “Titanic is a big part of Irish history and I love that my family was a part of that. Growing up near the shipyards was interesting; it has developed a lot over the years but as a child I remember my parents taking me down to the original slipways where the Titanic sat and a year ago I even had the privilege of walking through the actual drawing rooms were she was created.” 

Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

 

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athlete Ceremony May 6 at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1650/?outstanding-student-athlete-ceremony-may-6-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1650/?outstanding-student-athlete-ceremony-may-6-at-southwestern-college The Southwestern College athletic department will announce the 2015 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners on Wednesday, May 6, in Stewart Field House.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. The ceremony will begin at noon.  

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.

The nominees include:
    Alyssa Richardson, Lantana, Texas, women’s golf
    Rachel Baker, Edmond, Okla., softball 
    Morgan Workman, Parsons, women’s track and field
    Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla., women’s basketball
    Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., women’s soccer
    Sara Peck, Wellington, women’s tennis
    Nick Warnke, Wichita, men’s track and field
    Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas, football
    Michael Bond, Andover, men’s tennis
    Dalton Carver, Ozawkie, men’s soccer
    Shane Gilbert, Derby, men’s golf

This will be the 17th annual presentation of the student-athlete award. 

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in RecycleMania Contest (Green Team)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1649/?southwestern-college-wins-award-in-recyclemania-contest http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1649/?southwestern-college-wins-award-in-recyclemania-contest Over the past two months, Southwestern College competed with more than 390 colleges and universities in a tournament measured not in three pointers or foul shots, but in pounds of material recycled and composted. The RecycleMania Tournament harnesses the competitive energy of sports rivalries to engage students in increasing recycling and waste reduction on campuses nationwide. 

Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2015 Electronics Recycling “E-cyclemania” competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

“Recycling electronics is a tremendous need in our region,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Thanks to the success of our collection events the past two years, we were able to broaden the scope of our efforts this spring. In February, with the help of the City of Winfield, the City of Arkansas City, Grace United Methodist Church, and the ACES student group from Cowley College, we conducted electronics recycling collection events in Arkansas City and Winfield. The two communities recycled over 16,000 pounds of electronics total.”

Southwestern participated in the eight-week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the Feb. 1 kickoff and the final recycling weigh-in on March 28, competing schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars.

Competing colleges and universities are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect over two months. 
The 394 schools participating enrolled 4.5 million students, with the American contingent representing nearly one in five U.S. college students.  The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautifully vibrant communities.

Complete results for all categories can be found at http://recyclemania.org, 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. 

 “RecycleMania took the competition to a new level in our 15th anniversary year,” said Stacy Wheeler, president and co-founder of RecycleMania, Inc.  “We are thrilled with the increased engagement around waste reduction and recycling spurred by 3R Actions, the new digital and social component of the RecycleMania Tournament.”   

 “We know that competition is a significant motivator,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is proud to encourage recycling among young leaders through the RecycleMania program. Congratulations to all the participants making a difference in their campus communities.” 

The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company.

“The students and universities participating in RecycleMania continue to drive impactful change by significantly reducing waste in hundreds of communities,” said Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation.  “Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation congratulate this year’s winners and participants on their remarkable efforts to promote recycling.”  

 

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:41:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Wins First Place at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1648/?southwestern-college-enactus-team-wins-first-place-at-the-enactus-national-exposition-in-st.-louis http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1648/?southwestern-college-enactus-team-wins-first-place-at-the-enactus-national-exposition-in-st.-louis The Southwestern College Enactus Team competed at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis, Mo., April 13-16.  The team won first place in the consultation round.
Enactus Award
According to Patrick Lee, Southwestern College Enactus Team advisor, the consultation rounds are a set of rounds for those that didn't advance on day one of competition. 

“The cool thing about consultation rounds is that the team gives the presentation and then the judges spend some time addressing issues that may have been the reason they didn't advance,” Lee says. 

Southwestern defeated such schools as the University of Pennsylvania, New Mexico State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Missouri Baptist University. 

The SC Enactus Team was represented by Madison Hovey, Tavinia Tucker, Austin Williams, and Hunter Cline. A total of 15 students from SC attended as the four-day exposition included competition, networking opportunities, career fairs, and professional development workshops.

Lee says that 186 teams were registered in St. Louis, competing for the title of Enactus USA Champion and the opportunity to advance to the Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 14 – 16. The SC Enactus Team competed in the opening round against Benedictine College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Penn State Altoona, Mount Mercy University, Union University, Pittsburg State University, and Valparaiso.

Along with Lee, the team was accompanied by James McEwen, internship coordinator, and Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business.   

The SC Enactus Team is a division supported organization that strives to find ways to make an impact in the community through entrepreneurial spirit. High School students interested in Enactus at SC can apply for an activity grant for their participation in the SC Enactus Team. For more information about the team or to submit an activity grant application go to www.sckans.edu/enactus/.

 

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1647/?southwestern-college-media-students-place-at-kansas-collegiate-media-conference http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1647/?southwestern-college-media-students-place-at-kansas-collegiate-media-conference Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on Monday, April 13. 
Media Student Awards
Dalton Carver, Ozawkie senior, was named Journalist of the Year in the yearbook division. He received a $250 cash award and a plaque for his honor. Carver has been on the yearbook staff for two years at Southwestern College.  This marks the second year in a row that a Southwestern student has earned this honor (Sara Blackburn won in 2014).

Carver took second place in editorial writing and feature writing and earned two honorable mentions, one in front page design and one in review writing in the four-year private college newspaper division.

The Collegian newspaper staff also took first place, third place and two honorable mentions in the special publication category.
Other students earned individual awards as well. Bailey VenJohn, Andale junior, took second place in newspaper headline writing and honorable mention in online photo gallery. Maggie Dunning, El Paso junior, earned honorable mentions in column writing and feature photography. Kylie Stamper, Wichita freshman, earned an honorable mention in feature writing and Jonahs Joudrey, Vancouver, Wash., junior, earned an honorable mention in review writing.

The team of Carver, Garrett Chapman, Tulsa sophomore, and Angel Vadillo, El Paso, Texas senior, earned an honorable mention in the online video category. 

The Moundbuilder yearbook staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition. UpdateSC earned a bronze medal in the online news division.

Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs freshman, Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas junior, Hanna House, Clearwater sophomore, along with Carver, Chapman, Dunning, Joudrey, Stamper, Vadillo and VenJohn attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

There were part of a group of 160 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students attended breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Carver and Vadillo led a roundtable discussion on converting from print to online.

The students were accompanied by Pam Thompson, adjunct English instructor, and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks has completed two two-year terms as secretary of Kansas Collegiate Media. She worked with other officers to coordinate the media competition and programming for the conference.

 

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:27:18 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1646/?sc-commencement-to-be-held-may-10 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1646/?sc-commencement-to-be-held-may-10 Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House.

            Commencement times and groups include:

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

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

  • 1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T);
  • 3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, B.S.A.T., 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 www.moundbuilder.com.    

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 9, 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 2014 will be recognized on the printed program.

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 10, 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 10, 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.  Graduates will be notified May 8 and 9 if they qualify for this honor.

Receptions are scheduled for:

  • 10:30 a.m. to noon—communications, computer science, and English majors in Christy Administration Building, room 13.
  • 11 a.m. to noon—social science majors and minors in the Welcome Center.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—business and MBA students in the hallway of Mossman Hall.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—education students in the reference room of Deets Library.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Professional Studies reception in the dining hall of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.

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 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, from 10 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 www.sckans.edu/registrar.  Click on the graduation link for further details.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:26:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Singers and the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble to Present ‘Broadway Builders & Unplugged’ May 1 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1645/?sc-singers-and-the-sc-musical-theatre-ensemble-to-present-broadway-builders--unplugged-may-1 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1645/?sc-singers-and-the-sc-musical-theatre-ensemble-to-present-broadway-builders--unplugged-may-1 The Southwestern Choral Department will present a night of contemporary pop and Disney musical theatre in one concert titled “Broadway Builders & Unplugged!” on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

The concert will be shared by the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble and the SC Singers.  This marks the first ever concert by the newly restructured and reorganized SC Singers.  

“In line with this year’s vision of exploring all vocal technique there has been a growing interest in contemporary commercial music,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern.  “The SC Singers (formerly a classical chamber ensemble) have a new focus as a contemporary a cappella ensemble.”

The concert will feature Disney Hits from the musicals “Tarzan,” “Pocahontas,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Aida,” “Frozen,” and more.  It will also feature contemporary pop hits such as “Since U Been Gone,” “I’m Yours,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 

“This will surely be a night featuring the growth of all SC vocal students over the course of this year, with powerful belting, beat-boxing, and tight harmony,” Winnie says.

This concert also will feature guest beat-boxer Jordan Butler, son of accompanist Stephen Butler. 

 

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:25:07 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Final Concert to Feature Winners of South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1644/?south-kansas-symphony-final-concert-to-feature-winners-of-south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1644/?south-kansas-symphony-final-concert-to-feature-winners-of-south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition The South Kansas Symphony will perform “Prairie Potential,” its final concert of the season, on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

According to South Kansas Symphony conductor Amber Peterson, the symphony will be playing works by Aaron Copland, including his popular "Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo." The concert will also feature the winners of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition, Allison Tung and Deborah Martin. The symphony will accompany both of the concerto winners.

Allison TungTung is a senior at Wichita East High School and has played piano and violin since the age of four under the instruction of Timothy Shook and Laura Black respectively.  She was recently awarded the position of co-concertmaster with the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster for the Kansas All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2015.  Tung started piano competitions in middle school, and in 2012 and 2013 she placed first in Kansas State Honors Auditions for both piano solo and piano duets, allowing her the honor of performing for the Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop.  She also received the Senseney Schneider piano scholarship in 2011 and 2013 for her outstanding performances.  She was named the winner of the junior division of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition.  This May, Tung will graduate from Wichita High School East International Baccalaureate program.  She has been admitted to the University of California, San Diego, where she plans to pursue a major in biotechnology and a minor in music.

Deborah MartinMalaysian-born pianist Deborah Martin is in her third year at Southwestern College, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in music with a minor in business administration. She studies piano under the instruction of Timothy Shook and studies voice with Brian Winnie. In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. She earned third place in the Freshman/Sophomore category of the 2013 auditions and returned as the winner in the 2014 auditions for the Junior/Senior category earning her the opportunity to perform at the honors recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop. Choral and contemporary commercial music are her other areas of interest in the field. She currently serves as a private piano instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College.   

Garrett VanArsdale, senior at Lebo High School, and Kaela Massey, junior at Winfield High School, will also be recognized during the program as Junior Division finalists at the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition. 

Tickets for the program range from $6 to $10.  For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

 

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:44:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1643/?cast-announced-for-the-kid-courage-project-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1643/?cast-announced-for-the-kid-courage-project-at-southwestern-college The cast and production crew have been announced for the upcoming Southwestern College theatre department presentation of “The Kid Courage Project” Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.

The cast includes five Southwestern College students who portray middle school students.  They include Jose Delgado-Castro, Richardson, Texas; John Rohr, Arkansas City; Willow Branch, Winfield; Tori Fairbank, Garden City; and Jemimah McPeek, Belle Plaine.  Playing the role of teacher is Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at SC.  

The production team includes: Nikia Smith, production manager, Syracuse; John Rohr, stage manager, Arkansas City; Jose Delgado-Castro, assistant stage manager, Richardson, Texas; Noah Meadows, lighting designer and scenic designer, Bartlesville, Okla.; William Wade, sound designer, Bartlesville, Okla.; Juliette Lowrance, costume designer, Coffeyville; Allie Petrovich, hair and makeup designer, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Austin Davis, props master, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Tori Fairbank, publicity manager, Garden City.

The content for “The Kid Courage Project” came from youth from the Winfield Intermediate School and Winfield Middle School.  The students had writing prompts about the theme of courage and the students wrote and contributed their stories.  Those stories were then passed on to Southwestern students in the “Devising Playwriting” class that was taught in the fall semester by Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre at speech at Southwestern.  The SC students then took that content and developed short scripts that were incorporated into a larger play.  The length of the play is just under one hour and there will be a talkback session with the cast and crew immediately following the production.  
Moon says that the students in his class have learned quite a bit about playwriting.

“We often think theatre is written by people ‘out there’ about people ‘out there,’” Moon says.   “The primary learning goal for the students in ‘Devising Playwriting’ is that theatre has many forms, and is not always a story acted out in traditional ways. Theatre can tell our community’s stories, finding the structure from the stories themselves.  The students found a way to focus on the kids of our community, and there we found how much they feel that they are alone, struggling to find courage.  We found dramatic stories that have much in common, so we hope by bringing them to life so that we can impact their lives by helping them know they are not alone.”

Moon says that there are endless possibilities for his students when it comes to seeking out possible scripts in the future.

“Once the students devise a play from an unexpected source like this, and see that it can make a real difference in these kids’ world, they may realize that there are theatrical possibilities around them all the time, that they just have find them, and that there is untold wealth in creating theatre from it,” Moon says. 

The show has had a positive impact on the cast as they prepare to perform this weekend. 

“It's a show that will help teach kids that it's okay to stand up for yourself and others,” Willow Branch says. 

“It’s going really well,” John Rohr says. “We’re all bonding really well as a cast, and it’s a positive story; it’s a real show and one that I think many can relate to.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  To purchase tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.  

 

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:08:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Evening of Percussion’ at Southwestern College April 16 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1642/?evening-of-percussion-at-southwestern-college-april-16 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1642/?evening-of-percussion-at-southwestern-college-april-16 The Southwestern College music department will present “Evening of Percussion” on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  
Jeremy Kirk
The evening of entertainment will include performances by The SC Percussion Ensemble, the SC African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the SC Percussion Studio students. 

Performers include: Brandon Pew, Brandi Young, Ashton Humbert, and Eva Farid, Winfield; Quenton Todd, Lawrence; Aaron Jeffries, Bird City; Kaitlyn Holler, Protection; Luke Nicolay, Augusta; and Kylie Stamper and Melissa Connell, Wichita.

“We will be performing a wide variety of percussion music in both solo and ensemble settings as well as authentic cultural music from West Africa,” says director Jeremy Kirk.  “There will be something for everyone in the programming and it is sure to be a sonic treat.”

 

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:52:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Accepted to National Theatre Institute (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1641/?sc-student-accepted-to-national-theatre-institute http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1641/?sc-student-accepted-to-national-theatre-institute Tori FairbankSouthwestern College junior Tori Fairbank, Garden City, has been accepted to study at the National Theatre Institute located at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn.

“I was speechless when I got the email saying that I was accepted,” Fairbank says, smiling ear to ear.  “I was so excited and then I thought to myself, ‘How am I going to do this?’”

Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern, says that this quite an honor for Fairbank and Southwestern.
“This is an enormous honor for any student and for the colleges that helped her,” Moon says.  “I say colleges because Garden City Community College is a really strong program and two of our students have come from there.  She (Fairbank) has made enormous growth in the process this year but it is really what she has done out of her own character.  It is exciting and a real honor.”

Moon says that this is a rare occurrence for SC students. 

“Eugene O’Neill is really the father of American drama and the O’Neill Center has developed this program,” Moon says.  “The last student we had go there was Seth Bate back in the early ’90s. Tori has a huge range of intellectual capabilities.  She understands history and dramaturgy, she has watched directing, she has been doing a lot of stage management as well as performance and playwriting. She has a large liberal arts foundation but depth in enough areas for them to say ‘This person could put together some really important stuff and move forward in American theatre.’”

Fairbank will spend most of the fall 2015 semester in Connecticut and will have a two-week residence in London.

“This will give me the chance to network with some people and it will give me a leg up on becoming a professional actress,” Fairbank says. 
Fairbank says that she will take 20 credit hours with classes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“I think my willingness to work hard and my passion for theatre really helped in getting accepted.”

Fairbank indicates that it will be costly to attend but well worth the expense.  To assist in meeting the expense, she has set up a link at www.gofundme.com/GetMeToNTI.  

The Eugene O’Neill Center was founded in 1964 by George C. White, in honor of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright.  The O'Neill is home to the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, National Theater Institute, and National Critics Institute. 

Writers and directors, puppeteers and singers, students and audiences alike take their first steps in exploring, revising and understanding their work and the potential of the theater they help create.

All focus on the script, as it begins its journey to the stage.  Actors work with simply rendered sets, no costume design, and script in hand, revealing for the first time the magic of a new play or musical, puppetry piece or cabaret act. 

 

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:18:58 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform at The Eatery on April 11 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640/?south-kansas-symphony-to-perform-at-the-eatery-on-april-11 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1640/?south-kansas-symphony-to-perform-at-the-eatery-on-april-11 The South Kansas Symphony will hold its Chamber Gala on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m., at The Eatery, located at 815 Millington in Winfield. This is the symphony's main fundraising event of the season. Hors d'oeuvres will be served between performances by South Kansas Symphony players. 

The Williams String Quartet of Southwestern College will perform two serenades. Members include Eva Farid, Ashton Humbert, Brandon Pew, and Troy Fort.

A woodwind trio consisting of Rae Lynne Baker, Shannon McPartland, and Allen Dilley, will play several works, including one composed by McPartland. 

The Quartet Sine Nomine, which includes Jennis Irvin, Clara Shupak, Ryan Fell, and Don Phillip Gibson, will present the world premiere of “String Quartet” in d minor by Paul Trapkus. 

The evening will close with a passacaglia performed by the symphony's concertmaster, Maciek Zawadzki, and conductor, Amber Peterson. 
Amber Peterson
The fundraising event will also include a silent auction. Many local businesses have donated items and services. Patrons will also be able to bid on a seat within the orchestra during one of next season's performances, as well as the opportunity to conduct the symphony. 

Tickets are $50 and seating is limited.  Reservations must be made in advance. For reservations, please contact Linda Newby at (620) 221-6216. 
 

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:42:21 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Madison Hovey Named Newman Civic Fellow (Leadership)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1639/?madison-hovey-named-newman-civic-fellow http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1639/?madison-hovey-named-newman-civic-fellow From across the country, college and university presidents ⎯ all members of Campus Compact ⎯ have nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows. Madison Hovey, Winfield, has been named as a Newman Civic Fellow from Southwestern College. 
Madison Hovey
The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.  Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. 

Hovey is a junior at Southwestern College.  She is the daughter of Roland and Danielle Hovey, Winfield.  While attending SC, Hovey is also a volunteer at the Winfield Veterans’ Home where she has learned how to interact with different people who have varying needs, in particular veterans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  She has also been able to see what the administrative staff does first hand. 

“My next project is a quality of life facilities improvement for the state- run veterans’ home,” Hovey says.  “All of these experiences have helped me make the decision to pursue a graduate degree in health care administration so that I can keep impacting the lives of veterans.”

Southwestern College President Dick Merriman says that Hovey has been an exemplar in servant leadership during her college experience.

“She has been involved in significant leadership roles on campus as a member of the Leadership Southwestern service-learning team and the Enactus business team dedicated to offering business solutions to address needs in the world,” Merriman says.  “She is majoring in business administration with a minor in leadership studies. Her considerable volunteer experience through her organizational affiliations as well as her personal commitments has led her to an increased dedication and future career focus in the care of veterans.”

“I feel very blessed to be the one to represent Southwestern College as the Newman Civic Fellow,” Hovey says.  “There are a lot of students doing great things all over our campus. When I was contacted about the award I was awestruck.  I have a passion for helping people, especially veterans because they have selflessly given so much to us. It is an honor to be able to work with these heroes and to be given such wonderful recognition.”

As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. This year’s record number of Fellows (201) will leverage an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking. In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.  

 “With this recognition, Campus Compact is highlighting the remarkable impact these students are having on their campuses and communities,” stated Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and Campus Compact board member. “We are proud to support Campus Compact in bringing attention to these extraordinary students. KPMG seeks a diverse talent pool of students who share our values, one of which involves service to the communities in which we live and work.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org. 

 

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:59 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winfield Students Contribute in ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1638/?winfield-students-contribute-in-the-kid-courage-project-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1638/?winfield-students-contribute-in-the-kid-courage-project-at-southwestern-college The Southwestern College theatre department will present “The Kid Courage Project” Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  

The play is a devised play, similar to the 2010 production of Adam Sharp’s “The Pillars Stand,” which was based on historical accounts of the Richardson Auditorium fire and interviews with individuals who experienced the fire.  

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired this selection by the theatre department.

The content for “The Kid Courage Project” came from youth from the Winfield Intermediate School and Winfield Middle School.  The students had writing prompts about the theme of courage and the students wrote and contributed their stories.  Those stories were then passed on to Southwestern students in the “Devising Playwriting” class that was developed in the fall semester by Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre at speech at Southwestern.  The SC students then took that content and developed short scripts that then were incorporated into a larger play.  The length of the play is just under one hour and there will be a talkback session with the cast and crew immediately following the production.  

“(‘The Kid Courage Project’) explores what it takes to have courage,” says Allyson Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern College.   “What causes fear, anxiety, and terror in the lives of youth? How do they work through it in order to be able to go on and be whole and sometimes fearless and courageous and who helps them do that? There are many things that youth face. Death is a huge topic of concern, the death of parents, grandparents, death of a pet, and their own death and mortality.  And of course bullying is a huge topic of concern for them.  All of that is in the play.”

Allyson Moon says audience members will feel positive after viewing this production.

“I think people will leave feeling uplifted,” Allyson Moon says.  “I also feel like this show is instructional.  If you want to know what goes on in the collective mind of children in the intermediate and middle school age range, and the things they think about and the things they are concerned about, you will know by the time you leave.  You will also know that these kids are tough and how they plan on coming out on the other side and being stronger.  Some of this show is heartbreaking and so true to life, no matter what age you may be.  I think everyone who attends will be able to relate to the content. There are also parts that are honestly funny.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  To purchase tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.  

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:47:52 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing to Perform at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1637/?cherokee-maidens--sycamore-swing-to-perform-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1637/?cherokee-maidens--sycamore-swing-to-perform-at-southwestern-college The Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing will perform on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show is part of the RPAC Presents Series that was created to showcase the renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

The Cherokee Maidens are a trio of songwriters made up of Bartlett Arboretum steward Robin Macy; Jennifer Pettersen, a singer whom Macy taught over a decade ago when she was a teacher at Wichita Collegiate School; and Monica Taylor, a member of the Cherokee Nation who lives in Perkins, Okla., and was featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show.  The Maidens are accompanied by Sycamore Swing, a troupe of veteran jazz musicians led by Macy’s husband, Kentucky White.  Other members include Jimmy Campbell, dobro; Jordan Bollig, bass; and Kirk Russell, drums. Macy has described their music as a confluence of three singer-songwriters and a fabulous hillbilly jazz combo. Much of their material is vintage and western.

The event will occur during Founders Weekend at Southwestern College.  

 “The Cherokee Maidens are a regional favorite and it’s an honor to have them perform at SC,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “This is also a terrific opportunity to showcase the renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center to our alumni as well as our friends in the community during our Founders Day Weekend celebration.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Southwestern College alumni, and $10 for students.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.sckans.edu/cherokeemaidens or by calling Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.

 

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:52:10 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Asbury Theological Seminary Professor to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1636/?asbury-theological-seminary-professor-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1636/?asbury-theological-seminary-professor-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college Joseph Dongell, professor of Biblical studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Dongell will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities in finding a theology that unifies the Old and New Testaments.  

Dongell joined the faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1989. He now serves as professor of Biblical studies, with primary responsibility in the Inductive Bible Studies Department.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Central Wesleyan College in 1978, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1981, a master of arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in 1991.

Prior to joining the faculty, he served as an instructor in various languages (Greek, Hebrew and Latin) at Asbury Seminary (1981-1983), Asbury College (1985-1986), and Union Theological Seminary (1987). His doctoral dissertation focused on the literary structure of Luke’s Gospel, a particular interest that has more recently extended into the Gospels of Mark and John. Dongell is the author of a commentary on the Gospel of John (Wesley Press).

As an ordained elder in the Wesleyan Church, Dongell has maintained an active ministry in that denomination as an associate pastor, an adult Sunday school teacher, a one-time director and frequent advisor of the Wesleyan Seminary Foundation on Asbury Seminary’s campus, an instructor in regional Wesleyan ministerial training, and a representative to the annual Graduate Student Theological Seminar. 

The Parkhurst Lecture is one of three annual endowed lectures hosted by the philosophy and religion department of the social sciences division at Southwestern College. This lecture focuses on Biblical studies. 

For more information contact Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion, at (620) 229-6066.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:57:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 16-19 at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1635/?founders-day-weekend-april-16-19-at-southwestern-college- http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1635/?founders-day-weekend-april-16-19-at-southwestern-college- Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Thursday through Sunday, April 16-19.  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.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m., on Thursday, April 16, with readings and a book signing by family members of Helen and Orville Strohl in Deets Library.  They will read from “Fifty Years to Shape a Dream, 1933-1983,” by Helen and Orville Strohl and copies will available to purchase for $24.99.

On Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m., Jackson Lashier, associate professor of religion, will lead a discussion on his book, “Irenaeus on the Trinity,” in Deets Library.  Lashier will analyze Irenaeus' Trinitarian conception of God and how it contributes to the development of Tinitarian thought in early Christianity.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences and a dedication of the hall of fame to outgoing Southwestern president, Dick Merriman, in recognition of his outstanding 17-year tenure.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. The cost is $20, limited seating is available, and RSVP is necessary.

From 8-9 p.m. in Darbeth Fine Arts Center, there will be a reception for Madeline (Magnusson) Norland ’83.  Items from her personal art collection will be on display in the President’s Gallery throughout the weekend.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with an open house at the President’s Gallery, for persons who were not able to attend the evening reception to view paintings from the Norland collection.  At 9 a.m. the Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will be held on Richardson stage (limited seating, RSVP necessary), followed immediately with the induction ceremony honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  

A luncheon will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library at 12 p.m., with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  The cost is $15, 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.  There is no charge but to insure adequate seating, RSVP is appreciated. 

Another exciting component of Founders Weekend is the President’s dinner (by invitation only) at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.  New inductees to the Heritage Society, persons who have made provisions for Southwestern College in their estate plans, will be recognized.  Heritage Society inductees for 2015 are Dr. Martha Kyle ’67, Dr. David ’60 and Grace Nichols ’80, and the Rev. Dr. Robert and Delores Eades.

At 8 p.m., the Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for alumni, and $10 for students.  For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

“Just like the welcome excitement of seeing the first flowers of springtime, I look forward to Founders Weekend every year at Southwestern College,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “In addition to all the activities going on, we celebrate outstanding Moundbuilders at five halls of fame during this weekend.  Their successes validate the education provided here.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
•    Leaders in Service: F. David Froman ’68, Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez ’94, and John William “Bill” Todd ’51.
•    Fine Arts: Michael Brummett’79, Terry McGonigle ’73, and Madeline (Magnusson) Norland ’83.
•    Business: Shawn Fanshier ’83, Gregg Howell ’73, and Leo “Pete” Whalen ’51. Business Builder Award: Winfield Economic Development (board members: Rodger Steffen, Jill Long, Warren Porter, Craig Duncan, and Stan Ahlerich).
•    Educators: Gyla (Brock) Conklin ’58, Cheryl (Bernard) Schasteen ’71, and Kenneth Valentine ’70. 
•    Scholars: Dale Sims ’80, and Philip Schmidt. 

Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.  Electronic viewing of the halls may be found at www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/.  The Heritage Society display is located in the Christy Administration Building.
 
For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:52:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host League of Legends Tournament March 27 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1634/?sc-to-host-league-of-legends-tournament-march-27 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1634/?sc-to-host-league-of-legends-tournament-march-27 Southwestern College eSports will host a League of Legends 5 versus 5 tournament on Friday, March 27, at 7:15 p.m., in the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. There is no entry fee required however players must supply their own computer with wifi capability.  Free pizza and drinks will be provided. 
Pre-registration is encouraged.  To register, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/769866773098079/ or http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/qTaXfITuP3.  Players may also register in person between 6 and 7 p.m., on March 27.  According to Zenas Lopez, a Southwestern College student and the co-founder and president of the club, they will be using the Riot Games Inc. tournament rules.  Riot Games Inc. will also provide prizes for the top four teams. 

Southwestern College director of admission Marla Sexson recently announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, a student may receive a $5,000 grant each year, equaling $20,000 for four years, to participate in eSports at SC. 

League of Legends has become the most popular of the eSports.  According to developer Riot Games Inc., 27 million people play the game each day.  Southwestern becomes just the third school in the United States to offer scholarships for eSports.

According to the game’s website, League of Legends is a “fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of a real-time strategy game with role playing game elements.”

For more information about the March 27 tournament, contact Lopez at zenas.lopez@sckans.edu.  

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:16:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College Thursday (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1633/?sebastian-junger-to-deliver-docking-lecture-at-southwestern-college-thursday http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1633/?sebastian-junger-to-deliver-docking-lecture-at-southwestern-college-thursday Award winning journalist, director, and best-selling author Sebastian Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Junger became a fixture in the international media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the “New York Times” best-seller list for more than three years with “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture starring George Clooney.
Sebastian Junger
As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Junger is a graduate of Concord Academy in Massachusetts.   He received his bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.  

Some of Junger’s works include:
•    “Fire” is a collection of articles dealing with dangerous regions of the world,
•    “Restrepo” was his first film.  The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 
•    “War.” “Time” magazine named it a top 10 non-fiction book in 2010.
•     “Which Way is the Front Line From Here” is about the life and times of photographer Tim Hetherington and focusing on his documenting the humanity of people caught up in war. 

The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century.  In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961.  His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

 

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Offering Help for Job Fair Attendees (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1632/?southwestern-college-enactus-team-offering-help-for-job-fair-attendees http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1632/?southwestern-college-enactus-team-offering-help-for-job-fair-attendees The Southwestern College Enactus team is offering assistance for anyone at Southwestern College or in the community who would like assistance putting together a resume, cover letter, and interview skills in preparation for the upcoming job fairs in Winfield and Arkansas City. The job fairs are sponsored by Cowley First.

Enactus team members will work with individuals who plan to attend the job fairs to help enhance their chances of gaining employment.  Each individual who comes for help will receive a leather portfolio.

The job fairs will be Tuesday, March 3, in the Winfield High School auxiliary gym from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Wright Room on the Cowley College campus in Arkansas City.

For more information or to set up an appointment with an Enactus team member, contact Southwestern College internship coordinator Jim McEwen at (620) 229-6346.

 

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:20:12 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Unique View for Dinner Theatre Patrons Prior to ‘Spamalot’ (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1631/?unique-view-for-dinner-theatre-patrons-prior-to-spamalot http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1631/?unique-view-for-dinner-theatre-patrons-prior-to-spamalot Audiences at the Southwestern College’s spring Broadway musical “Spamalot,” lovingly ripped off from 1960s television series and the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Gail,” will have the opportunity to experience the full backstage view of the Broadway musical hit.  

“The tradition of excellence in dinner theatre productions at Southwestern is a long one,” says Roger Moon, SC theatre professor, who is also director of the production. “Since dinner theatre began in the 1960s and running though the long life of Horsefeathers and Applesauce summer dinner theatre, and on into the years of collaboration with the Marquee and the SC Summer Theatre Festival productions, the menus and style of service of SC dinner theatre has always been to coordinate the menu, décor, and style of serving with the show.  We always want to enrich the full experience of the dinner theatre patron.”

The Campus Players who are creating the dinner decided to tackle a new direction in this experience.  Instead of creating the world of King Arthur and Spamalot, audiences will go “backstage” for the full sweep of pre-show preparations.  Before and as diners are treated to a New York Jewish dinner, they will experience Broadway backstage with all the sets, props, costume, and makeup preparation for the evening’s show.  

“This is a huge technical show,” explains Allyson Moon, SC director of theatre and costume designer for “Spamalot.”  “It is very complex with hundreds of costumes on dozens of characters, and a crazy set designed by new SC technical director Lee Jones, with medieval towers, projections, and a trap door to enable the appearance of the Arthur’s ‘Lady of the Lake.’  Audiences will get to see how it all works.”

Instead of hiding the backstage magic with the show’s theme or setting as dinner theatre usually does, the SC production will immerse the attendees.  Guests will get to share the special fun with actors as they get into make-up and costume, set their props, and warm up.  
The menu includes Jewish New York garlic hummus and pita chips, stuffed chicken breast, potato latkes with grated onion, and a special herbed cabbage and beets.  Dessert is Jewish apple cake with sliced almonds.  

“We’ve never done anything like it,” explains director Moon. “After they have eaten, diners may go directly on to backstage and into the theatre.  They’ll see how the set works, how props and costumes are organized.  They may get to see some of the last minute madness that is part of keeping everything cool in the front of house.”  

Creating the full experience for diners with an excellent meal and special involvement will be great fun for audiences, though there will be a limit the number of people that can be seated, Moon adds.  

“Spamalot” performances will be on Thursday and Saturday, March 5 and 7, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee on March 8 will serve dinner at 12:30 with the performance at 2 p.m. 

Combined dinner and show tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for senior, and $18 for children under 12 years of age.

Seating for “Spamalot” may also be reserved without dinner.  For reservations for dinner and show or just the performance, contact the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720.   Information is also available on the web at performing arts@sckans.edu.  

 

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes February 23, 2015 (College Sustainability Council)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1630/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-february-23-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1630/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-february-23-2015 Southwestern College Sustainability Council

February 23, 2015

Employees present: Steve Wilke, Jason Speegle, Sara Weinert, Allyson Moon, Rick Cowlishaw.

Green Team members present: Shawna Castaño, Kasie Jones, Kali  Brewer, Cata Wingfield, Jessica Gremling, Stephanie Hill, Kylie Stamper, Krista Scheuerman.

 

Green Team members served as a focus group to talk about possible initiatives for future sustainability efforts by the college.

Steve led a discussion on the student center. The lower floor of the union is underutilized, and there have been suggestions that we put more program headquarters on this floor. This could be a sustainability center and would give a focus for sustainability issues. The space is located in the current Moundbuilder Market area.  (Reaction to this is discussed in #2 below.)

What would be the next steps of progress? Green Team suggestions:

  1. Not using trays in the cafeteria? Sustainability will be one of the criteria companies bidding to do SC’s food service will be judged on when they make presentations next week.
  1. Steve asked about relationship between Green Team and remainder of student body. One member said most students don’t know who members of the Green Team are. More outreach is needed to get visibility. Jason’s office is not on a main traffic pattern. Signage needed? Members were enthusiastic about putting Jason’s office and Green Team activities in the lower level of the student center. This would aid visibility, convenience, and participation.
  2. Is a sustainability club or other activity needed for persons who want to be involved but not to the extent of being on the Green Team? Eco-Builder? Students say that is already the way the Green Team is organized. Everyone is welcome to join, whether on scholarship or not.  More awareness is needed by students, education on how to live sustainability. Both why and how are important, as is making it easy for people to change their behavior.
  3. Is the college changing on sustainability? Veteran members of the group see change, but slowly.
  4. Workshop on living green? People forget to do the small things that lead to sustainability (such as turning off lights.)
  5. What about the relationship with Winfield? Some things we can do as Winfield does it. (Single stream recycling, for example.) E-waste is an example of success of working with municipalities. Rick pointed out this is a service for the city. Allyson mentioned the partnership of Green Team with Grace UMC to pick up Island Park.
    1. Making spaces a great place to be?
    2. Some political work with businesses to influence retail to make different choices? How do you affect the kind of change that lets Sonic not use Styrofoam?
    3. For incoming freshmen, could we send a group to a recycling center? Or to a business that they could experience recycling?
    4. Meet with mom-and-pop shops to get them to transition to sustainability? How to incentivize this? Greenbucks that could be exchanged for a t-shirt?
    5. Recycling containers at Island Park? And all public spaces (baseball fields, tennis courts, etc.)?
  6. What is in the mind of high school students? At Stephanie’s high school, a class is taught in going green, but none of the high schools of other GT members did. It would be easier to shape attitudes and behaviors if students came already with some exposure to this issue. Even in Winfield High School there are no recycling bins.
  7. Several of the students are in the sustainability minor. How did they find out about it? Jason has been the primary promoter of the minor. To be on the Green Team a student has to be enrolled in certain sustainability classes and earning the minor is only a couple classes beyond this.
  8. How could class projects be used in other ways? Class poster project of green projects in Java Jinx was successful. Leaving it out longer would have been helpful.
  9. Steve suggested the majority of those not involved with sustainability on campus are not opposed to sustainability, but uneducated. GT members agreed. Peer education and influence could help with the issue. Rick: Sustainability is being defined by the wrong people. Instead of being promoted as a healthier and more prosperous life, it is being promoted as deprivation and hardship. We have to make sustainability cool for young people.  

 

 

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:47:02 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jazz Violinist Christian Howes to Perform at Southwestern College March 13 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1629/?jazz-violinist-christian-howes-to-perform-at-southwestern-college-march-13 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1629/?jazz-violinist-christian-howes-to-perform-at-southwestern-college-march-13 Violinist Christian Howes will perform along with his group Southern Exposure Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $15 for general seating, $12 for alumni, and $8 for students and children. RPAC is located in the Christy Administration Building.

“Arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz,” says an article in the “Minneapolis Tribune.”

In August 2011, Howes was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the “Downbeat” Critics Poll and nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year.” In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in “JazzTimes” expanded critics poll. The same year, he received the Residency Partner Award from Chamber Music America for his educational outreach with school orchestra programs.  He now regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Howes toured Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy, as a cultural ambassador, underscoring U.S. support for a free and democratic Ukraine.

Howes visited Southwestern College this past October as a guest clinician, working with student and community musicians on improvisation skills.

His most recent album release, Southern Exposure, combines traditional jazz with Latin influences.  

For more information, contact Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.  Patrons can also purchase tickets online at www.sckans.edu/Howes

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:01:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2015 Schedule (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1628/?founders-weekend-2015-schedule http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1628/?founders-weekend-2015-schedule Founders Weekend, April 16-19, 2015, is a great opportunity to celebrate the many things that make Southwestern unique and outstanding. We hope you will be able to attend one or more of the events.


Thursday, April 16

3 p.m.  Readings and book signing by Strohl family members of their parents' book, "Fifty Years to Shape a Dream, 1933-1983", by Helen & Orville Strohl, held in Deets Library.  Books are available for purchase, $24.99 each.


Friday, April 17

2 p.m. Book presentation, Irenaeus on the Trinity, by Jackson Lashier, associate Professor of Religion, held in Deets Library.  Dr. Lashier analyzes Irenaeus' Trinitarian conception of God and how it contributes to the development of Tinitarian thought in early Christianity.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

5:30 p.m.  Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences dinner & induction ceremony, Deets Library.  Cost $20, limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
F. David Froman '68
Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez '94
John William "Bill" Todd '51


Saturday, April 18

8:30 a.m.  Open House, Darbeth Lobby to view Fine Arts Hall of Fame and display in the President's Gallery
9 a.m.  Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch & induction ceremony, stage in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
Michael R. Brummett '79
Terry L. McGonigle '73
Madeline (Magnusson) Norland '83

12 noon  Business Hall of Fame lunch & induction ceremony, Deets Library.  Cost $15, limited seating, RSVP necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

Inductees:
Shawn L. Fanshier '83
Gregg A. Howell '73
Leo T. "Pete" Whalen '51

Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2015:  Winfield Economic Development Committee (board members are Craig Duncan, Jill Long, Warren Porter and Rodger Steffen)

3:30 p.m.  Educators & Scholars Halls of Fame reception, Deets Library, followed by hall of fame ceremonies.  No charge, but to insure adequate seating, your RSVP to susan.lowe@sckans.edu is appreciated.

Educators Hall of Fame Inductees:
Gyla (Brock) Conklin '58
Cheryl (Bernard) Schasteen '71
Kenneth E. Valentine '70

Scholars Hall of Fame Inductees:
Dale B. Sims '80
Philip R. Schmidt

6 p.m.  Founders Day Dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall, by invitation only.

8 p.m.  RPAC Presents, Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Show details will be announced at a later date.


Sunday, April 19

3 p.m.  Spring Choral Concert, Richardson Performing Arts Center.

For more information on Founders Weekend events, call 620-229-6279.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:07:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on April 17, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1627/?leaders-in-service-hall-of-fame-for-the-social-sciences-on-april-17-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1627/?leaders-in-service-hall-of-fame-for-the-social-sciences-on-april-17-2015 Plan to attend the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences to honor three outstanding Moundbuilders: F. David Froman '68, Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez '94, and John William "Bill" Todd '51.  The hall of fame event will begin at 5:30 on April 17 with the unveiling of plaques in Deets Library, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony in the same location at 6 p.m.

Cost of the meal is $20, seating is limited and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:01:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Fine Arts Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1626/?fine-arts-hall-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1626/?fine-arts-hall-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 For 2015, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame event will be moving to the stage in beautiful new Richardson Performing Arts Center in Christy Hall.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. on April 18 with a brunch served on the stage, followed by the induction ceremony.

Outstanding alumni that will be honored are Michael R. Brummett '79, Terry L. McGonigle '73, and Madeline (Magnusson) Norland '83.

Seating for this event is limited and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:00:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1625/?business-hall-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1625/?business-hall-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 The Business Hall of Fame event for 2015 will begin with an unveiling of plaques at 12 noon on April 18, 2015 in Deets Library.  Immediately following will be a luncheon and the induction ceremony in the same location.

Outstanding alumni to be recognized are Shawn L. Fanshier '83, Gregg A. Howell '73, and Leo T. "Pete" Whalen '51.  Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2015 is the Winfield Economic Development Committee, board members are Warren Porter, Craig Duncan, Rodger Steffen, and Jill Long.

Cost of the luncheon is $15.  Seating is limited for the event and RSVPs are necessary to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:58:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1624/?educators-and-scholars-halls-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1624/?educators-and-scholars-halls-of-fame-on-april-18-2015 Southwestern College is proud to announce those who will be honored at the 2015 Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame, which will take place on Founders Weekend.  The event will begin with a reception for both halls, starting at 3:30 p.m. on April 18 in Deets Library.

At 4 p.m., the Educators Hall of Fame will begin and will recognize Gyla (Brock) Conklin '58, Cheryl (Bernard) Shasteen '71, and Kenneth E. Valentine '70.

The Scholars Hall of Fame will immediately follow in the same location and will honor Dale B. Sims '80, and beloved longtime SC professor, the late Philip R. Schmidt.  There is no cost to attend, but to insure adequate seating, your RSVP is appreciated to susan.lowe@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:56:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning War Documentary 'Restrepo' to be Shown at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1623/?award-winning-war-documentary-restrepo-to-be-shown-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1623/?award-winning-war-documentary-restrepo-to-be-shown-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will present a free screening of Sebastian Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary “Restrepo” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend.

“Restrepo” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley and there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. According to the “Restrepo” website, the only goal of the documentary was to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.

Co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

“‘Restrepo’ is an unforgettable and terrifying story—an adrenaline drip of blazing action that assaults your senses and locks your eyes to the screen,” says Steve O’Brien, CBS Radio.  “This is war as only the bravest experience it; enormously affecting.”

Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

 

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:44:49 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)