Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Student has Close Ties to Titanic; Will Lecture April 30 (General)]]> 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.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athlete Ceremony May 6 at Southwestern College (General)]]> 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. 

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in RecycleMania Contest (Green Team)]]> 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, 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.”  


Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:41:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Wins First Place at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis (General)]]> 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


Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24:51 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on 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.


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:27:18 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10 (General)]]> 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    

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  Click on the graduation link for further details.

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:26:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Singers and the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble to Present ‘Broadway Builders & Unplugged’ May 1 (Music)]]> 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. 


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:25:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Final Concert to Feature Winners of South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition (Music)]]> 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.


Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:44:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> 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  


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:08:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Evening of Percussion’ at Southwestern College April 16 (Music)]]> 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.”


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:52:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Accepted to National Theatre Institute (Theatre Arts)]]> 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  

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. 


Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:18:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform at The Eatery on April 11 (Music)]]> 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. 

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:42:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Madison Hovey Named Newman Civic Fellow (Leadership)]]> 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 


Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winfield Students Contribute in ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> 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  

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:47:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing to Perform at Southwestern College (General)]]> 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 or by calling Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:52:10 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Asbury Theological Seminary Professor to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> 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.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:57:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 16-19 at Southwestern College (General)]]> 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  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.

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:52:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host League of Legends Tournament March 27 (General)]]> 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 or  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  

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:16:39 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College Thursday (General)]]> 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.


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:35 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Offering Help for Job Fair Attendees (General)]]> 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.


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:20:12 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Unique View for Dinner Theatre Patrons Prior to ‘Spamalot’ (Theatre Arts)]]> 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  


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:22 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes February 23, 2015 (College Sustainability Council)]]> 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.  



Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:47:02 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jazz Violinist Christian Howes to Perform at Southwestern College March 13 (Music)]]> 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

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:01:25 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2015 Schedule (Alumni News)]]> 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

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

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

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 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.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:07:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on April 17, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> 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

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:01:25 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Fine Arts Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> 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

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:00:29 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> 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

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:58:46 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame on April 18, 2015 (Alumni News)]]> 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

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:56:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning War Documentary 'Restrepo' to be Shown at Southwestern College (General)]]> 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.


Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:44:49 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast for 'Spamalot' Finalized (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College performing arts faculty had auditions in January, and have cast and begun rehearsals for Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which will play in Southwestern’s Richardson Performing Arts Center March 5, 7, and 8.

The cast for the Broadway hit, produced by the SC performing arts division, began advertising auditions in the fall semester. Students from the music and theatre programs at Southwestern, along with talented actors, dancers, and musicians from across the disciplines began preparations for auditions for the many roles in the Monty Python musical theatre comedy.  Prospective area high school and community college students were also contacted and invited to audition to participate in the demanding production. 

“We have been blessed with enormous musical theatre talent for generations here at Southwestern College, as well as in the Winfield community and surrounding area,” says SC theatre professor Roger Moon, who is directing the “Spamalot” production.  “When SC’s brilliant new music faculty arrived this fall, including Dr. Brian Winnie, (director of choral activities and voice), and Dr. Amber Peterson, (chair for strings education and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony), along with Stephen Butler, as instructor of music theory and pianist, we looked at the wonderful people we already work with in the community and decided to open the doors further so prospective students can get to know our faculty and have a chance to work with them.”  

“Yazmin Wood, Southwestern’s instructor of dance, is a superb choreographer, as well as dance teacher,” says Allyson Moon, Southwestern’s director of theatre and also costume designer for “Spamalot.”  “We want all of our prospective students to know of the highly personalized attention and professional training Yazmin brings to SC.”

“Auditions at the beginning of the spring semester led to callbacks and selection of a talented ensemble, who play many roles as they did in the 2005 Broadway production,” Roger Moon says. 

 According to Roger Moon, the outrageous Monty Python style consistently has challenged performers to play multiple roles from the popular 1960’s British television show to the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and on to the 2005 Broadway production of “Spamalot.”  Tim Curry, star of television, film, and stage, who played Arthur on Broadway, was one of the only actors in that cast who did not play multiple roles.

“We decided the casting of actors in multiple roles is part of the charm of the show and have cast SC’s production in that way. Only one actor, William Wade, who is playing King Arthur, is the only actor playing one role,” Roger Moon says.  

Winfield actors include senior Mariah Warren, cast as the Lady of the Lake, and sophomore Phoebe Muldrow, who will play King Arthur’s right hand “man,” Patsy. Both actors will have the opportunity to play at least one other role, though Warren will be totally disguised, which is necessary for her role according to Roger Moon.

Other major roles in the “Spamalot” ensemble include Arkansas City’s John Rohr, appearing as Dennis Galahad; Austin Davis, Colorado Springs,  Colo., will be playing Sir Lancelot; Zoe Rea, Salina, will be playing Sir Robin; and Nikia Smith, Syracuse, will play Sir Bedevere.  
“All four actors will delight audiences in multiple other roles.  They are gifted comic actors, singers, and dancers,” says Roger Moon.
Other SC actors in the ensemble from Winfield who will play multiple roles include senior Jacob Marney, who will play Herbert’s Father among his many roles, and freshman Shelby Guffey, whose many roles will include Mrs. Galahad. 

Senior actors include Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., in roles which include the Historian and Lead Minstrel; and Juliette Lowrance, Coffeyville, who will play the Finnish Mayor, and will also be props master.  

Louise Kavanagh, an international student from Ireland who has considerable professional experience, will play Not Dead Fred along with numerous other dancing and comic roles.

SC ensemble juniors in the cast include Justin Godwin, Tuscaloosa, Ala., whose roles include the Black Knight; and Leslie Pasarell, League City, Texas, who plays many roles including the French Taunter.

Sophomore SC students in the ensemble include Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., who performs in ten roles, along with being assistant choreographer and dance captain, and Meagan Morrow, Bartlesville, Okla., whose roles range from English Knight to Brother Maynard. 

Southwestern freshmen include Noah Meadows, Bartlesville, Okla., whose roles include the English Guard who questions Arthurs kingship because he pretends to ride a horse to the sound of clacking coconuts; and Jose Delgado-Castro, Richardson, Texas, whose roles include Sir Bors who is beheaded by the deadly “Rabbit.”

Local students selected for the production include Nate Lee of Winfield High School, as Herbert, along with countless other roles; Arkansas City High School senior Ross Ferris whose singing, dancing, and acting talents led him to be cast in ten ensemble roles; and Bella Wood of Arkansas City, who dances as the Flying Nun, a Not Yet Dead body, and French, Jewish, and English chorus.

The stage manager for “Spamalot” is Anna Rosell, Wichita, and Tori Fairbank, Garden City, is the assistant stage manager.
Lee Jones, the Southwestern College technical director and manager of the TOMARI Center, is designing sets and projections which will be a major part of the design. Co-assistant lighting designers are Eli Rodda, Winfield, and Meagan Morrow. 

Reservations for “Spamalot,” which is a dinner theatre production, will go on sale beginning Feb. 19 and may be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or by e-mailing  


Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:09:21 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Climate Change Discussion at Southwestern College February 18 (Green Team)]]> Green Team Southwestern will host a discussion on climate change on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Beech Science Center, room 104.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Two speakers will offer differing views on climate change and global warming.  

The first presenter will be Rick Cowlishaw, professor of biology at Southwestern College.  He earned his bachelor of science degree in 2002 from Oregon State University; Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.  Cowlishaw’s research and teaching interests include plankton ecology, marine biology, and ecology.

The second presenter will be Neil Frank.  Frank was the director of the National Hurricane Center for 13 years before he retired from the Federal Government in 1987 to accept the position of chief meteorologist at the CBS Television station in Houston, Texas (KHOU-TV). In June 2008, Frank retired for the second time and is currently living in the Houston area.  He is a Southwestern College graduate and has published over 40 papers and written numerous articles for popular publications such as “National Geographic,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Times,” “Newsweek,” “People Magazine,” and the “Southern Living” magazine.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

For more information, contact Green Team Southwestern director Jason Speegle at (620) 229-6311.

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:54:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Private College Week is February 9-16 (General)]]> Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation identifying Feb. 9-16 as Kansas Private College week in the state of Kansas. 
The governor’s proclamation brings attention to Kansas higher education, especially the role played by Southwestern College and the 17 other independent colleges and universities that form the Kansas Independent College Association.

Kansas private colleges award over $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students annually; 20% of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 23% of the state’s master’s degrees are awarded to students attending private colleges.

“Kansas private colleges are efficient and effective,” says Southwestern president Dick Merriman.  “We provide significant educational opportunities for Kansas students without direct support from Kansas taxpayers and our focus on service learning and leadership means our graduates make important contributions to Kansas communities.”

“There are 18 private colleges in Kansas, enrolling 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year; and there are over 275,000 living alums—half of whom live and work in Kansas; among these alums are some of the state’s most important civic, business, and cultural leaders,” Brownback says.

Along with Southwestern College, the other 17 independent colleges and universities are Baker, Benedictine, Bethany, Bethel, Central Christian, Donnelly, Friends, Hesston, Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Manhattan Christian, MidAmerica Nazarene, Newman, Ottawa, Saint Mary, Sterling, and Tabor.


Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:40:38 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College; ‘Restrepo’ to be Presented February 17 (General)]]> 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.

Prior to his visit to the college, Southwestern will present a screening of Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary “Restrepo” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  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.  It documents the war in Afghanistan by reporting from the soldiers’ perspectives.

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

Junger and Hetherington worked together in Afghanistan on assignment for “Vanity Fair.” They spent a year with one platoon in the Korengal Valley, which is billed as the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. They recorded video to document their experience, and this footage went on to form the basis for “Restrepo.” The title refers to the outpost where Junger was embedded, which was named after a combat medic, Pfc. Juan Restrepo, killed in action.

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.


Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:10:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Ross Returns to Southwestern After Exploration Place Sabbatical (General)]]> Patrick Ross, Southwestern College professor of biology and chair of the natural science division, has returned to his teaching duties at the college after spending the  fall semester on sabbatical at Exploration Place in Wichita.  
Pat Ross Expo Place
While at Exploration Place, Ross participated in a number of activities connected with the museum’s education staff.  

“I was surprised at the degree museums are involved with education,” Ross says.  “The technical term is informal education.  You don’t have students bolted in their seats for 50 minutes.  People are coming in for a variety of reasons but the control of the visit is up to the visitor.  If you’re not doing anything interesting they will move on.  You can put up cool pictures and gobs of text but the learning experience is ultimately up to them.”  

Ross had opportunities to teach a wide range of age groups, from third and fourth graders to senior citizens.  

For example, Wichita has an event, “Senior Wednesdays,” that gives senior citizens the opportunity to visit museums and other area attractions. During the fall, Ross was the key speaker for this activity at Exploration Place, and talked about their fall exhibit on parasites.  

“That went over very well,” Ross says.  “It was a 50-minute lecture based Powerpoint presentation, a format I often use in my classes.  However, my next assignment stretched me considerably as I had to design an appropriate, hands-on activity about diseases and germs for elementary through high school kids.  This was my first really big assignment.  With the kindergarteners we used glow in the dark dust to teach proper hand washing technique and how sharing toys could lead to the spread of a disease.  With the high school students, we simulated the spread of an epidemic and talked about how vaccinations work to stop the spread of disease.”

Soon after this, one educator left their traveling education operation so Ross filled in for four weeks and was known as Professor Pat as he taught third and fourth graders.  Ross traveled to Wellington, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, and Oxford.

“That was the most fun I had,” Ross says.  “I enjoyed all of my fall at Exploration Place, but working with those little kids was great.  They are so curious; they are not bored or jaded toward science.  One exercise we did involved watching a candy dissolve in a cup of water.  In those five minutes, that was the most fascinating thing on the planet.”

An educator was eventually hired for this position but Ross wasn’t too disappointed:  They hired a former student of his, Southwestern College graduate Victoria Mitchell.

Ross beamed as he spoke about his role during Halloween at Exploration Place.  Zombies took over the museum for a two-day event titled “Museum of the Undead.”  Adults toured the museum and witnessed Ross dissecting a zombie.  Each room had something to startle the audience.  For Ross, it was an explosion of ‘blood’ during the dissection.  

Ross’s final chore was to prepare for the next traveling exhibit.  

“They are constantly re-inventing themselves,” Ross says.  “For each new national exhibit, they want programming--new lessons, new shows, something to connect that exhibit to our area.  Wildlife Rescue is the latest exhibit.  Jan Luth (Exploration Place president) is fascinated with the lesser prairie chicken and she gave me the charge of coming up with an exhibit to tell that story.”

The exhibit’s grand opening occurred Jan. 24.

“From the day Pat arrived he just fit right in,” Luth says.  “Having him take his sabbatical with Exploration Place helped provide our staff with professional development by a Ph.D. scientist.   Several of our key projects aligned with his expertise.  Pat jumped right in and did research to make a Kansas connection for our current national traveling exhibit ‘Wildlife Rescue.’ The museum added exhibit components, is having a series of guest speakers, and is offering innovative spring break field expeditions for students thanks to his research and connections.  He opened new doors for our museum and engaged our staff in thought provoking discussions.  We will miss him.”

So as Ross begins the spring semester back at Southwestern College, he feels he has a fresh outlook thanks to his fall at Exploration Place.

“I feel re-energized,” Ross says.  “The time away showed me that this place (Southwestern College) does just fine without me.  It gave me a little distance, a little altitude.  Maybe I don’t have to sweat the small stuff quite as much.  There is a teaching model used by Exploration Place that stresses engagement.  Before you can teach students anything you have to grab their attention.  I didn’t worry much about that before.  My students have to be in class, they are captives, so to speak.  But I now realize that the learning process will work so much better if they want to come to class.  A little entertainment can help liven up any lesson, whether it be at the museum or in my lectures.  If I can find ways to get them more revved up and I am trying to do more of that, I think it will be better for my students.  I want my students to enjoy the learning process as much as I do.”

Ross is grateful for the opportunity but at the same time, he did miss his students and colleagues.  

“I am thankful for all my colleagues, but especially Michael Tessmer and Rick Cowlishaw,” Ross says.  Early in the semester when I would drop in to check on things, Michael would almost physically chase me out of the building.  He was trying to make sure I got as much of a respite from the day-to-day activities of the college as he had on his sabbatical in China, even though I was just in Wichita and coming back home each night to Winfield.   Rick took care of the division while I was gone and he made sure the big things like our alumni meeting in November and our career workshop day went off just fine, which they did.  He did great.  I have such good colleagues in the natural sciences division and I had no misgivings about their ability to run the place, I had a lot of trust and that isn’t always the case in academia.”
Sabbaticals are available for professors at Southwestern for the purpose of professional enrichment.  They may apply for these sabbaticals every seven years.


Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:15:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Roses in the Rafters February 13 and 14 (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern will present “Roses in the Rafters,” an evening filled with live music, dinner, and dancing, on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Barns @ Timber Creek.  

Music will be provided by the jazz combo, The Student Loans.  The completely catered meal will include a garden salad, orange-glazed chicken over a bed of rice, steamed green beans, rolls, and either a chocolate raspberry mousse or red velvet cake. 

This event is an opportunity to help the Leadership Southwestern team raise funds for their annual service learning trip, which will head to Ireland this year.  

Reservations are $40 each or $280 for a table of eight.  Paid reservations are required and space is limited.  To make a reservation, email or call (620) 229-6367. Reservations may also be made online at  Deadline for reservations is Monday, Feb. 2.


Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:50:59 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Green Team to Hold E-Waste Recycling Events in Winfield and Arkansas City (Green Team)]]> The Southwestern College Green Team is coordinating two February recycling events in Cowley County.  

On Monday, Feb. 16, The Green Team, along with the City of Arkansas City, will accept e-waste recycling from 3 to 6 p.m. at the north end of the AgriBusiness Building in Arkansas City. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the team will collaborate with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Last year, the Green Team held two recycling events in Winfield and at the conclusion of those two events, had collected and recycled over 22,000 pounds of electronic devices 

“The e-waste collections have been so successful in the Winfield community, and the recycling of electronics is such an important need in our communities, that I wanted to expand our efforts,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “I pitched the idea to Kevin Neighbors of the City of Winfield and he coordinated a meeting with Randy Jacobs of the City of Arkansas City. Randy felt like it was a need in the Ark City community. I am very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Arkansas City to expand the collection and recycling of e-waste in our community.”

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC will collect the items and process them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 certified.
Vintage Tech accepts the following electronic items:  cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cellular phones, computer peripherals and all computer parts, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3 players, iPods, networking equipment, PDAs, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, UPS unites, VCRs, and video game consoles.

Vintage Tech also accepts the following household items:  blenders (without glass), bread machines, cameras, carpet sweepers, coffee makers (without glass), clocks, curling irons, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, fans, food sealing equipment, fryers, hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, irons, land line phones, massagers, metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, small saws, sanders), microwave ovens, mixers, remotes, radios, shaving equipment, toaster ovens, and vacuum cleaners (without bag).

Vintage Tech cannot accept these items:  ballasts, capacitors, items containing Freon (air conditioners and dehumidifiers), gas cylinders, light bulbs, liquids and items containing liquids, household batteries, lithium batteries, medical equipment, VHS cassette tapes, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washer and dryers.

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

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:38:40 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Offering Workshops (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College will offer a day of music education workshops on Saturday, Feb. 21, for current and future music educators in all emphasis areas K-12. Workshops will take place in Messenger Recital Hall and the rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus. 

Clinicians for each of the sessions will consist of Southwestern College music department professors Jeremy Kirk, percussion and bands; Brian Winnie, voice and choral singing and Amber Peterson, strings and orchestra. Two guest clinicians from the field of music education will also participate.  They are Nikki Kirk, elementary educator in Arkansas City and Karissa Shimanek, Southwestern College graduate student. 

The day will be offered as a Pre-KMEA (Kansas Music Educators Association) workshop and will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions will include contemporary vocal technique, inexpensive repair of percussion instruments, the science behind the Suzuki method, musical theatre repertoire selection, national core standards in general music classrooms, and many more in each emphasis area. Pre-registration fees are $20 for current educators and $10 for SC alumni if registration is received before Sunday, Feb 1. Registration fees after Feb. 1 is $30 for current educators and $20 for SC alumni and will remain open until Monday, Feb. 16. Current students interested in attending the workshops may attend for free (lunch fee of $6). Lunch will be provided for all attendees.  For more information or to register for the event email the Community Music School at or call (620) 229-6188.  

“The goal of the event is for current and future music educators to have an opportunity to interact with and learn from Southwestern College’s adept faculty members,” says Dylan Moore, Community Music School director.  “Each faculty member will also conduct a question and answer session throughout the day, so educators are encouraged to come with specific questions to discuss.”


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:37:09 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Elliott Stone from Loyola Marymount University to Deliver 2015 Beck Lecture (Philosophy & Religion)]]> Brad Elliott Stone, Ph.D, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., in Wroten Hall on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Stone is a professor of philosophy and the chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University.  The title of his lecture at Southwestern is “Curiositas Ex Machina: A Note on Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology.”

“Do you check your phone before going to sleep and check it again as soon as you wake up?  Do you place your trust and security in technological devices?  Are you on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter?  Do your skills of communication break down when your technological devices break down?  Can you even begin to imagine a world that is not saturated by technology and technological devices?  If you find these questions interesting and provocative, then Dr. Brad Stone's lecture is for you,” says Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College. 

The main points of Heidegger's philosophy of technology are: 
•    Scientists study natural objects within the world and not objects that scientists, themselves, make -- hence technology is not an object of scientific study but an object a philosophical study. 
•    The philosophical study of technology leads to the conclusion that human beings need to maintain power over technology and not allow technology to have power over humanity.  
•    Natural scientists are needed in the modern technological world because they continually remind us of the value of natural objects, so that we do not make the improper judgment that technology has more power and value over natural objects.  

According to Stone, the lecture will explain Heidegger’s critiques of curiosity and machination as inauthentic possibilities of Dasein (Dasein is the German word for one’s presence in the world).

The Beck lectureship, funded by Paul V. Beck to explore topics relating to science and religion, is an annual event on campus and brings in theologians, scientists, and philosophers from across the nation.  

For more information about the Beck Lecture, call (620) 229-6059.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:35:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Griffin to Lead Southwestern College Football Team (General)]]> Southwestern College Director of Athletics Dave Denly has announced that Brad Griffin has been hired to lead the Moundbuilder football program. Griffin becomes the 28th head coach in the team’s 111-year history.
Brad Griffin
“We are excited to put our football program in Brad Griffin’s hands,” Denly said. “He came to us highly recommended, and his values and philosophies fit what we were looking for. I truly believe that his dedication and vision for success will breathe new life into our football program.”

Griffin comes to Southwestern from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he recently completed his 10th season as the defensive coordinator for the Statesmen. During his 10 years at WPU, he helped transform the program from one of the worst in college football to a contender in the Mid-States Football Association. William Penn spent 42-straight weeks as a nationally-ranked team, and finished the 2014 season ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top-25 Poll with a 7-4 record. In 2010, William Penn won its first MSFA Midwest Conference Championship since 1976. Two seasons later, the Statesmen won the 2012 MSFA Midwest Conference Championship, and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship play-off series.

Under Griffin, the William Penn defensive unit made its home in the national spotlight. His 2014 Statesmen were the 10th-best pass defense in the NAIA, allowing 160 yards per game. In 2013, Griffin’s squad was ranked No. 6 nationally, and allowed 292 total offensive yards per game. Griffin was recognized as the MSFA Midwest Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011. 

“Southwestern College is getting a great young coach who has been through his share of battles,” William Penn head football coach Todd Hafner said. “One of his biggest battles was getting the William Penn program going in the right direction, and he has played a huge role in our success over the last 11 years. He is very meticulous in his weekly preparation, and his players are very well-versed on what to expect on game day. He will hold the players to a high level of discipline and accountability. Southwestern College will have one of the best young head coaches in the country!”

A Kansas native, Griffin graduated from Nickerson High School in 1996, and started his college football career at Hutchinson Community College, where he was a two-year starter and team captain. He continued his playing career at Emporia State University, where he was a two-year starter and team captain under Southwestern alumnus and current University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. Griffin started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Emporia State from 2001-03. During that time, the Hornets won the 2002 Mineral Water Bowl, and claimed the 2003 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship to advance to the NCAA Div. II National Championship play-offs.

“This is a very exciting time for me and my family,” Griffin said. “Becoming a head coach has always been a career goal of mine, and I feel like Southwestern is a great place for me to get it started. I believe we can make great things happen as we move our program in the right direction. I’m happy to be close to my family, and I look forward to getting to know the community. I feel like this is a great fit for me, and I’m excited to get started.”

Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation from Emporia State in 2001. He and his wife, Katie, will come to Winfield with two daughters, Brielle (6) and Bayler (2).


Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:01:08 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Video Gamers Can Receive eSports Grants at Southwestern College (General)]]> Video games have become so popular as a competitive sport that Southwestern College is now offering activity grants for in-coming students to play for the college’s teams. 

According to Marla Sexson, vice president for enrollment management at Southwestern College, a student may receive a $5,000 grant each year, equaling $20,000 for four years to participate in eSports at SC. These students will be part of a team of gamers who compete against other teams throughout the nation.
League of Legends photo
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.

Currently, Southwestern Colleges offers this as a club activity and according to Tom Jacobs, chair for the division of computer science and communication, around 40 participants now meet several times each week to improve their skills and scores on the computer game. 

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.”

Zenas Lopez, a Southwestern College student and the co-founder and president of the club, says that the game has brought different groups of students together.

“League of Legends has a global reach,” Lopez says.  “We have lots of international students on our campus and sometimes it’s tough to get to know them.  But I have found that this club unites everybody and with the game’s help, we seem to speak the same language.”

If parents are concerned that their students will attend Southwestern just to play video games and not study, Jacobs says not to worry.  To participate, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.  

The club currently meets in the computer lab on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building but a gaming area is being renovated just for eSports players.

​For more information, contact Jacobs at (620) 229-6351 or Sexson at (620) 229-6364.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:34:42 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McCormick to Speak at MLK Observance (General)]]>

The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered at Southwestern College Tuesday, Jan. 20, with a presentation by a prominent Wichita author and historian. Mark McCormick will speak in Mossman 101 beginning at 7 p.m.

There is no admission charge, and refreshments will be served. In addition, Deets Library books about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X will be displayed.

Now living in Wichita, McCormick is on his second tour of duty as executive director of the Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM), but was trained as a journalist. Mark is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning writer and editor. Mark serves as a trustee of two journalism schools (the University of Kansas and Wichita State University) and he has been a Professional in Residence at the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

McCormick is featured in a documentary about WSU’s efforts to acquire the collected works of trailblazing photographer, author and filmmaker Gordon Parks, who grew up in Ft. Scott.

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

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:50:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Ephesians 3:1-12; God's Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles (Chapel)]]> Ephesians 3:1-12 (NIV)

God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely
you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is,
the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading
this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not
made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s
holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs
together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in
Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through
the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace
was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to
everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who
created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God
should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his
eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in
him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

What is this administration of God’s grace that Paul speaks of twice? He speaks once in reference to the administration of God’s grace to him and again in reference to God’s administration of His grace through Paul to all non-Jews.

Paul refers to his transformation from a person with a deadly insistence on everything scriptural to an insistence in the person of Jesus. A transformation from a focus on the written Word to The Word became flesh. If we also are to follow and faithfully administrate the grace of God as Paul suggests, how do we become givers of our “insight into the mystery of Christ?”  

I talked with a couple writers of earlier blog entries and one expressed a feeling that her contribution maybe was not good enough and still another was uncertain of his understanding of scripture. The quality of our work matters but the main focus is the quality of our participation in relationship with Christ.  Are you in it with the person of Jesus?  Getting the words right or in the right order become secondary to the heart of the writer who is seeking to communicate his or her relationship with Jesus. Jesus says to the Pharisees, “You search the scriptures because you think they give you eternal life but the scriptures point to me” (John 5:39, NLT).

God’s grace is at work in our world. Leonard Sweet says God will not be without a witness.  The challenge for us is to put on the witness of Christ here and now in our culture.  Let us take to heart Paul’s encouragement to keep our confidence in the person of Jesus and join Paul in faithfully administrating the grace of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you Cheryl for your assistance with editing!

Martin Rude is director of outreach ministries at Southwestern College. 

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 23:06:51 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[John 1:1-18; The Word Became Flesh (Chapel)]]> John 1:1-18 (NIV)

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him
nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of
all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to
testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was
not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to
everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world
was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which
was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to
those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We
have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying,
“This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me
because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place
of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is
himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. 

Alpha and Omega, beginning and end…

We often refer to God as an everlasting God, which would mean that He was there from the start and will be there to the end. But what happens in between? God reveals Himself through many places and times in scripture but hear in the gospel John He reveals the “big play” in the divine rescue plan, that being His Glory incarnate, the son of God, or as we know Him, Jesus. John testifies to the validity of the one true light that gave the right for people to believe and become children of God. The word became flesh and came so that we could see God’s glory and some day return to His presence.

From the beginning God had a divine rescue plan, we are a part of that plan. It is my encouragement that in this New Year season you embrace the word that became flesh. Be moved to make changes that reflect the light of Christ bearing witness just like John. Be encouraged that Alpha and Omega, the everlasting God has made it possible to become an heir of the one true king.

Peace and Blessings,
Jordan Romines

Jordan is a student of Southwestern College currently studying business administration.

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 08:32:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke 2:22-40 (Chapel)]]> Luke 2:22-40 (NIV)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses 
Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is
written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the
Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the
Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem
called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation
of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy
Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the
Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to
do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms
and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now
dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which
you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at
what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:
“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a
sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.
And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the
daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband
seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. 
She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the
child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When Joseph and
Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their
own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with
wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.


You can’t go through life completely avoiding preparations. You may disagree and say sometimes you improvise but it is very possible that you still prepared, only in a different form, not necessarily physical preparation but perhaps mentally. We prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we prepare to attend college, we prepare for exams, even the changing seasons…sometimes we prepare with the knowledge of possible outcomes but that isn’t always the case. There are certain things which we are bound to come across without an idea of how it will fit into life’s puzzle, just like Mary and Joseph, Simeon and Anna, yet, we are chosen to be responsible for it.

These people may not have known the reason for doing what they were doing, they still followed through out of obedience. Mary and Joseph were obedient parents, to God and the Jewish Torah in the upbringing of the Christ child. Simeon waited patiently on the Lord’s promise to him and Anna kept her hope in God. All of them were blessed because of their obedience and faithfulness to God in waiting and preparing. In short, sometimes it will take a few more steps down the road to reach an understanding.

Our short-sightedness as humans, sometimes leaves us frustrated and disappointed in the process, keeping us from moving on, but we mustn’t let that get to us. Like it or not, we all need to be constantly reminded that we should seize and cherish each and every second of our lives though, easier said than done since frustrations and disappointments are part of life, but even those should be cherished because of the hope and confidence we know we have in Christ.

The awareness that there is hope, something for us to look forward to, is what makes each part of life meaningful. As we enter a new year, add this to your list of resolutions: to make every second of your life count, find meaning in the mundane and don’t forget about the bigger picture.

Deborah Martin is from Penang, Malaysia. She is a junior studying music and business administration.

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:27:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Galatians 4:4-7 (Chapel)]]> Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)

4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the
full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no
longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also
an heir.

When I first read this scripture, the first thing that popped into my head was “GOD USED TO SEE HUMANS AS SLAVES?? WHAT!?! THAT’S WHAT VERSE 7 SAYS AND WHAT!?!?”

Then, well, I thought about it.

What does the Bible refer us to being slaves to time and time again? Answer: Sin. We are…were slaves to sin. But then God sent his son to save us from being slaves to sin. See, now THAT makes a lot more sense than my first understanding of this verse.

But I think that there is more to be said than just realizing that God sees us as his children than as slaves. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT of truth and power in that statement! God sees us as his own creation and his own children, and that just shows a fraction of how much he truly and unconditionally loves us. But there is another message in this scripture, too. If all of us have the same spiritual Father, then we are all spiritually brothers and sisters. We all have a connection, and it is because God sent his one son so we could all be his children.

There is a certain beauty in this scripture that is infinite and can never be fully captured in words or thoughts. This scripture proves that we are all connected. We all have the Spirit of the Son in our hearts. Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we may realize that even though we are different people living different lives, we all come back to having the same beginning. We all come back to having the same Father. We all come back to being brothers and sisters.

Carlene Dick is a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Southwestern College. 

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:58:17 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Isaiah 9:2-7 (Chapel)]]> Isaiah 9:2-7 (NIV)

2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice
before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when
dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have
shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and
every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel
for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government
will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his
government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and
over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

From the beginning, we have struggled to be an obediently loving people. We have turned away from God and toward our own selfish desires and ambitions. Perhaps you have experienced this feeling of conviction for yourself as your eyes are opened to the unfaithfulness of our people. Perhaps then this conviction turned to guilt or despair as your faith in yourself began to break down. It is far too easy to fixate on our shortcomings. When we do this, we run the risk of mishearing what heaven is saying back at us. Instead of listening to words of truth, we listen to false words of condemnation. When all we can see is our failure and shame, and guilt is burdening us we often fail to hear what God has been speaking all along.

Tonight we remember God’s response to our unfaithfulness: a baby boy, sent to be our redeemer.

Let us rejoice together with shouts of praise, for our God has initiated redemption by sending his son into the world to deliver us!

Daniel Reffner is a sophomore at Southwestern College majoring in Religion and Philosophy

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:22:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Auditions for Upcoming Production of 'Spamalot' (Theatre Arts)]]> Auditions and technical theatre work for the Southwestern College production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” have been opened up to area high school and community college students, announces Tim Shook, chair of SC’s performing arts division. 

The musical, which will be performed March 5, 7, and 8, has been chosen as a major project by the theatre, music, and dance faculty.   

A reading of “Spamalot” will be held at 6:30 on Monday, Jan. 12, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre for those who want to know the show as well as more about auditions and technical opportunities.    Auditions will follow in Southwestern’s Richardson Performing Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, at 6:30 p.m.  Recall auditions will be Jan. 15 at the same time.

Rehearsals will begin Jan. 16, and continue thru March 4, with rehearsals Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10 and on Fridays from 3:30 to 7 p.m.  Technical work on the production will be done during the afternoons, evenings, and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Spamalot” became a major Broadway hit in 2005 when it received 14 Tony award nominations and three awards including Best Musical. It is adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”  Though the stage musical differs in many ways from the film, it is true to Monty Python’s highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend.

“The musical, which pursues ‘the holy grail,’ is a new step for us in collaboration and quality,” said director of theatre, Allyson Moon, “and is a significant step as we pursue our quest to create the highest quality education for our students in musical theatre studies.  We are thrilled to be working with Southwestern’s outstanding new music faculty, who have great talent, skill, and passion for collaboration and musical theatre.  We hope working and performing in ‘Spamalot’ will be an opportunity for area community and high school students to experience the great prospects possible for educational futures here at SC.”

“Area students who have an interest in studying and/or working in musical theatre,” continues Moon, “will have a chance to work with our excellent music faculty, including Dr. Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and vocal; Dr. Amber Peterson, professor of music for strings education and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony; and Stephen Butler, instructor of music theory, pianist, and accompanist for the production, along with seasoned theatre professor Roger Moon, director of the production, and Yazmin Wood, Southwestern’s instructor of dance, who will be choreographing the production.  They are a force of talent that we want area high school and community college students to have an opportunity to work with before they make their college decision.”

“It is not uncommon that area students who want to study theatre, music, or other academic areas think that they need to go ‘away’ to find high quality education in these areas.  We want to give them a chance to get a taste of working with SC’s faculty and students before they decide,” Moon added.

In addition to performance opportunities, technical students from area high schools and community colleges will have the opportunity to work with Lee Jones, Southwestern’s new technical director who will be designing sets for the production, and theatre professor Allyson Moon, who will be designing costumes and leading their construction.

To prepare for auditions director Roger Moon, musical director Brian Winnie, and choreographer Yazmin Wood invite those who would like to audition to prepare in the following way:

Those auditioning for major roles and/or building audition skills should prepare to both sing and perform a short monologue or scene.  They are asked to sing 16-20 bars of two musical theatre songs, one up-tempo and one ballad, that are not from the musical “Spamalot.” Those auditioning should bring a copy of their music to the auditions.       

“Spamalot” is contemporary musical theatre, featuring a mash-up of musical styles and genres throughout the cast and musical numbers. The songs are a relatively easily accessible musical theatre style, so Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, or a rock musical would not necessarily fit this show. If actors have in mind a specific role that is of interest (for instance King Arthur or the Lady of the Lake) audition selections should showcase appropriate vocal quality and agility. If actors are not interested in a particular role, those auditioning should still choose songs that best fit the style, range, and character roles in “Spamalot,” as well as their own.

In preparation for auditions actors should prepare a monologue of 1/1½ minutes in length from a musical theatre comedy, or a 2-3 minute scene with another person who is auditioning.  A musical comedy monologue or scene is most appropriate, and again, these scenes and monologues should not be from “Spamalot.”  If actors are not interested in a particular role, they should still choose material that is appropriate in age, character, and style of characters from this production.

Dance auditions will be led by choreographer Yazmin Wood who will teach a short dance to give an opportunity for all show dance skills and experience.  No preparation is necessary.

Those who are auditioning for chorus and small non-speaking roles may audition by coming to auditions where they will learn a short dance and section of a song from “Spamalot.”  They may also read for a small speaking role from a scene provided at the auditions. 

“While we are seeking the best cast for the production,” says Roger Moon, “we also want to have a good time.  Auditions may be the scariest part of the theatre process, and Dr. Winnie and I both want our students, as well as high school and community college students, to be at ease so that they can do their best, while they continue to grow and learn.”

Those who are not familiar with the musical may find both the film and songs from the stage musical available for viewing and listening through various mediums. 

Those who have questions may contact Roger Moon at or (620) 262-7700, or e-mail Brian Winnie at

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:27:25 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[God's Promises: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (Chapel)]]> 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (NIV)


After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:

16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”


God’s Promises

In this passage, we have Nathan, a prophet, who has an encounter with God during a dream one night. During this dream, God tells Nathan to relay the information he gets to David, a servant of God. The message that Nathan receives is one of a promise to David. This promise includes God’s presence with him all of his days and wherever he may roam, and that David will have an everlasting kingdom that will endure forever through God.

Later on throughout scripture, we see this promise to David become complete when Jesus, son of God, heir of David, is born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph. Jesus grows up and saves creation through his sacrifice to allow everyone to have a relationship with God.

As we go on through our daily lives, God’s promise to David is still true for us—that He is with us all the time and will never leave us. Sometimes when life gets tough, we feel lost, lonely, and like we are just going through our daily routine until something new comes along to bring joy to our lives again. During these times, we must try to remember that God is with us 24/7/365 and He is going nowhere! God also brings joy to our lives in many moments throughout every single day, and it’s up to us to recognize them and give the glory back to Him.

Throughout this advent season, let us remember as the body of Christ that we are never alone and that God never takes back His promises. Jesus, son of God, is our promise to have a relationship with the Creator and security in our future, and we can all experience the love of God and promises He has for each of us every day that we live.

Brandi Young is a junior at SC majoring in Religion/Philosophy and Business Administration and minoring in Music/Worship and Discipleship. Brandi is the Student Administrator for Worship Outreach and the Mission Chair and Kingdom Committee leader for Discipleship.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:31:51 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Psalm 126 (Chapel)]]>  
Psalm 126 (NLT)
1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter,
    and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.
3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert.
5 Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
6 They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Today, President Obama gave a speech that signaled the beginning of improved diplomatic relations and trading with the country of Cuba. This end to 50+ years of Cuban sanctions is said to bring a lot of criticism from congress and the American people in the coming months. It has almost become part of our worldly American culture to dislike Cuba or any other country with dictator governments. We forget that these are still God's people and we are called to love them. 
What we should remember is that God wants all of His people to prosper together. In order to do that, we need to learn to forgive each other and love endlessly. This is hard for many of us, because we hold grudges or we lack trust or faith in humanity - in today's world, it's not an uncommon practice. We must plant seeds that are pleasing to God. We have to believe in new beginnings and forgiveness of transgressions done against us. In this time of preparation, ask yourself how you are planting good seeds in your life. When the time for harvest comes, will you be singing with joy? On our way in from the fields, will we be able to say that we did everything we could to love one another and to love God? 
Quenton Todd is a senior music education major at Southwestern College.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:33:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Merriman to Leave SC for Ohio School (General)]]> Dick Merriman, who has been president of Southwestern College since 1998, will leave Winfield at the end of this academic year to become president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  Merriman’s appointment as president of Mount Union, a United Methodist institution with enrollment of about 2,200 students, was announced this morning.
“President Merriman has given us many good years,” said Dr. David Smith, chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees. “Personally, I hate to see him go but this is a terrific opportunity for him as well as a wonderful opportunity for another college. His impact on the college has been profound: He came here during a difficult economic climate and led the college with great vision. He will be leaving Southwestern College in a position of strength.” 
During his service at Southwestern, Merriman has guided the college through years of unprecedented growth in scope and mission.  
“I’m proud that Southwestern has become a strong comprehensive institution, serving both traditional-age students and adults, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and providing instruction in a range of formats that meet the needs of a many kinds of students,” Merriman said.  “Our outreach to low-income, minority, and first-generation college students, our growing enrollment of international students, and our service to adult learners have helped make Southwestern a lively and diverse school while increasing the relevance and impact of the college in our region.”
Merriman encouraged growth in Professional Studies programs (which are aimed at working adults) and oversaw a transition to online offerings that allow nearly half of the college’s total enrollment to study from around the world via computer. This has been especially attractive to military learners; during Merriman’s presidency SC has been consistently recognized on lists of military-friendly colleges. 
The college’s first doctoral degree—a Doctor of Education—was approved by SC’s regional accrediting agency, and now enrolls more than 60 students each semester. In addition, other graduate programs (both on ground and online) have been expanded to make advanced degrees accessible to persons whose geographic or economic conditions would have prevented this in earlier years.
President 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. 

In addition, Merriman worked to foster cooperative relationships between the college and the Winfield community, including partnerships for community use of the college swimming pool, joint college and school district funding and use of Jantz Stadium, recent expansion of tennis facilities, and the creation the SC Learning Center for young children in downtown Winfield.  

“All of us at Southwestern are very grateful for the support of the Winfield community and the warm welcome it provides our students,” Merriman said. 
The search for a new Southwestern College president is expected to begin after the Christmas break. 


Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:18:15 -0600 (Southwestern College)