Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/news-and-events/news/ Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Southwestern College Hosts Scholarship Competition (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1871/?southwestern-college-hosts-scholarship-competition- http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1871/?southwestern-college-hosts-scholarship-competition- Southwestern College recently hosted two scholarship competition days, which will culminate in offers of four full-tuition scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:34 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host Kansas Supreme Court (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1869/?sc-to-host-kansas-supreme-court http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1869/?sc-to-host-kansas-supreme-court Southwestern College to Host Kansas Supreme Court
Special Session March 30

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details about the court’s visit to Winfield are available by following a link on the court's website at www.kscourts.org under What’s New. As the session date approaches cases to be heard will be listed on the docket, also found at the court’s website.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Collects Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Electronics (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1868/?e-waste-recycling-event-collects-nearly-13000-pounds-of-electronics http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1868/?e-waste-recycling-event-collects-nearly-13000-pounds-of-electronics The Green Team of Southwestern College, Grace United Methodist Church, and the city of Winfield collected 12,868 pounds of electronics during their annual e-waste recycling event Feb. 7 at the Winfield fairgrounds. 

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

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

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

For questions about recycling, please contact Jason Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at jason.speegle@sckans.edu.

 

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Documentary ‘Out Here in Kansas’ to be Shown at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1867/?documentary-out-here-in-kansas-to-be-shown-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1867/?documentary-out-here-in-kansas-to-be-shown-at-southwestern-college Out Here in Kansas Logo“Out Here in Kansas,” a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, will be shown on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is geared toward students, it is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the trailer OutHereInKansas.com.

 

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:23:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College is Ranked by BestColleges.Com (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1866/?southwestern-college-is-ranked-by-bestcolleges.com http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1866/?southwestern-college-is-ranked-by-bestcolleges.com BestColleges.com Badge 2017

BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, has published its annual ranking of America’s Best Online Colleges. Southwestern College is ranked ninth in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform Symphonic Rhythms (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1865/?south-kansas-symphony-to-perform-symphonic-rhythms http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1865/?south-kansas-symphony-to-perform-symphonic-rhythms South Kansas Symphony, With Guest Artist Jeremy Kirk, to Perform Symphonic Rhythms on Feb. 19

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

The performance is sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein.

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

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

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

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

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:00:31 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kuehl Named Vice President for Enrollment at Southwestern College Professional Studies (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1864/?kuehl-named-vice-president-for-enrollment-at-southwestern-college-professional-studies http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1864/?kuehl-named-vice-president-for-enrollment-at-southwestern-college-professional-studies Southwestern College Professional Studies has announced that Bill Kuehl will be vice president for enrollment.  

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:29:14 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘I and You’ Production to Donate to Midwest Transplant Network (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1863/?i-and-you-production-to-donate-to-midwest-transplant-network http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1863/?i-and-you-production-to-donate-to-midwest-transplant-network The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

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

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

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

Both actors are excited about the production and their characters.  

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

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

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu. 

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:16:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2012 Graduate and Political Refugee Excels in Medical School (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1862/?2012-graduate-and-political-refugee-excels-in-medical-school http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1862/?2012-graduate-and-political-refugee-excels-in-medical-school 2012 SC soluditorian and political refugee Tendai Kwaramba is featured in an article on UNC School of Medicine website:

Tendai Kwaramba

From Zimbabwe to Chapel Hill

by Zach Read - zachary.read@unchealth.unc.edu

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

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

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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Deans Honor Roll for Fall 2016 Released (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1861/?southwestern-college-deans-honor-roll-for-fall-2016-released http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1861/?southwestern-college-deans-honor-roll-for-fall-2016-released Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have been announced with the release of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2016 semester.  Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.

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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:48:38 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Patrick Ross to Lead Book Discussion at Winfield Public Library (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1860/?sc-professor-patrick-ross-to-lead-book-discussion-at-winfield-public-library http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1860/?sc-professor-patrick-ross-to-lead-book-discussion-at-winfield-public-library The Winfield Public Library will offer a book discussion series during February through April as part of the upcoming traveling exhibition “Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:06:11 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Changes to BuilderGuest Wi-Fi (Information Technology)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1859/?changes-to-builderguest-wi-fi http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1859/?changes-to-builderguest-wi-fi In an effort to help better protect the college and your data, changes were made over the recent holiday break for the guest Wi-Fi network BuilderGuest. When connected to BuilderGuest you should still have normal internet access, however you will no longer be able to connect to some internal network resources such as PowerCampus, network shares, MySC and printing. Should you have issues connecting to one of these while connected to BuilderGuest, simply switch your Wi-Fi connection over to BuilderNet or connect to our wired network. Please contact the SC Helpdesk at sc.helpdesk@sckans.edu or (620) 229-6444 if you have any other questions.

 

Thank you!

SC Helpdesk

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:33:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show Feb. 4 (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1858/?nine-lives-to-perform-community-show-feb.-4 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1858/?nine-lives-to-perform-community-show-feb.-4 Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Moon by calling (620) 229-6328 or email allyson.moon@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:03:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 01-10-2017 (SGA)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1857/?sga-meeting-minutes-01-10-2017 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1857/?sga-meeting-minutes-01-10-2017 SGA Meeting Minutes

For January 10, 2017

 

Call to Order:

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

 

Invocation: Given by Student Conduct Advisor Jordan.

 

Roll Call:

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

Approval of Minutes:

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

        

Open Period/Announcements:

Register for workshop

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

Committee meetings

Emily Jones- Curriculum

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

Kayla Demel- Admissions and retention

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

Shayla Jordan- Academic Affairs

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

Organization events

IOU

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

Gaming Club

Cafeteria for a tournament the 27th of January

Contacting someone for reserving space

Contact Brittany Donley for any event planning needs.

Events

MLK night in RPAC January 16th at 6:30

Next meeting January 24th at 8:00 pm

Adjournment:

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

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:05:49 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘I and You’ Feb. 16-18 (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1856/?sc-theatre-department-to-present-i-and-you-feb.-16-18 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1856/?sc-theatre-department-to-present-i-and-you-feb.-16-18 The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

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

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

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

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email box.office@sckans.edu.  

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:49:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Spring Semester Rehearsals Begin Feb. 2 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1855/?journeykids-choir-spring-semester-rehearsals-begin-feb.-2 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1855/?journeykids-choir-spring-semester-rehearsals-begin-feb.-2 The Community Music School has announced that JourneyKids Choir will start spring semester rehearsals on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall at Southwestern College. JourneyKids Choir is a performance ensemble composed of students in grades 3 through 6 from the Cowley County and surrounding communities. 

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

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

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

 

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:08:43 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event in Winfield (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1854/?e-waste-recycling-event-in-winfield http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1854/?e-waste-recycling-event-in-winfield The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. 

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

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

 

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:18:28 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host Area High School Musicians (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1853/?southwestern-college-to-host-area-high-school-musicians http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1853/?southwestern-college-to-host-area-high-school-musicians Southwestern College will host area high school musicians on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25—its first Honor Orchestra Festival on Tuesday and the South Central Kansas Band League (SCBL) Honor Band on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:13 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition 2017 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/1852/?south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition-2017 http://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/1852/?south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition-2017 The South Kansas Symphony's 2017 Concerto Competition is a great way for high school students, who wish to pursue music in their future, to get the experience they want and need. It offers a similar experience for those music majors who are attending Southwestern College and wish to know what it is like to perform with a symphony. The Concerto Competition is a wonderful experience for any and all music students to increase their repertoire, increase performance opportunities, build relationships within the music community, and maybe even win some prize money!

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

Senior Division Prizes: 

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

Junior Division Prizes:

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

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

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:39:27 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition 2017 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1851/?south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition-2017 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1851/?south-kansas-symphony-concerto-competition-2017 The South Kansas Symphony's 2017 Concerto Competition is a great way for high school students, who wish to pursue music in their future, to get the experience they want and need. It offers a similar experience for those music majors who are attending Southwestern College and wish to know what it is like to perform with a symphony. The Concerto Competition is a wonderful experience for any and all music students to increase their repertoire, increase performance opportunities, build relationships within the music community, and maybe even win some prize money!

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

Senior Division Prizes: 

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

Junior Division Prizes:

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

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

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:38:37 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[BFA in Musical Theatre Now Offered at SC (Musical Theatre)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/musical-theatre/news/view/1850/?bfa-in-musical-theatre-now-offered-at-sc http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/musical-theatre/news/view/1850/?bfa-in-musical-theatre-now-offered-at-sc The Southwestern College division of performing arts has announced the new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in musical theatre degree program, which has been approved by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:25:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to Perform Lecture and Jazz Pieces for MLK Day Event at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1848/?flutist-galen-abdur-razzaq-to-perform-lecture-and-jazz-pieces-for-mlk-day-event-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1848/?flutist-galen-abdur-razzaq-to-perform-lecture-and-jazz-pieces-for-mlk-day-event-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will host Galen Abdur-Razzaq for a special Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  His program is titled “Jazz and the Civil Rights,” and he will discuss (and perform) jazz pieces by known jazz artists and how they influenced Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The event is hosted by the Campus Life Office.

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

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

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

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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:01:10 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Winter Recitals on Thursday, December 15 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1847/?cms-winter-recitals-on-thursday-december-15 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1847/?cms-winter-recitals-on-thursday-december-15 Join The Community Music School on Thursday, Dec. 15, for a night of celebration as they present their winter recitals in Messenger Recital inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:24 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarships Offered at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1843/?full-tuition-scholarships-offered-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1843/?full-tuition-scholarships-offered-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:37:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Announces Kevin Frady as Head Baseball Coach (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1842/?southwestern-announces-kevin-frady-as-head-baseball-coach http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1842/?southwestern-announces-kevin-frady-as-head-baseball-coach Southwestern College Athletic Director Matt Shelton has selected Kevin Frady to lead the Moundbuilder baseball program. Frady will become the first varsity baseball coach in Southwestern College since 1950. He will be formally introduced at a press conference and meet-and-greet Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Stewart Field House.  The public is invited to attend.Kevin Frady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:36:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College and Union State Bank Announce Jeffrey Toobin as Docking Lecture Series Speaker (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1841/?southwestern-college-and-union-state-bank-announce-jeffrey-toobin-as-docking-lecture-series-speaker http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1841/?southwestern-college-and-union-state-bank-announce-jeffrey-toobin-as-docking-lecture-series-speaker Jeffrey ToobinBest-selling author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin will present the 2017 Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m., on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Docking Lecture Series is sponsored by Union State Bank and the Docking Family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:06:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Department to Present Annual Winterfest Concert (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1840/?sc-music-department-to-present-annual-winterfest-concert http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1840/?sc-music-department-to-present-annual-winterfest-concert The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

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

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

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

 

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:37:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Discipleship Southwestern and Winfield Ministerial Alliance to Present Christmas Church Tour (Philosophy & Religion)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1839/?discipleship-southwestern-and-winfield-ministerial-alliance-to-present-christmas-church-tour http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1839/?discipleship-southwestern-and-winfield-ministerial-alliance-to-present-christmas-church-tour A Christmas Church Tour, presented by Discipleship Southwestern and the Winfield Ministerial Alliance, will be open to the community from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The event will begin at Grace United Methodist Church where participants can purchase tour tickets for $7 for an adult, $5 for children, and free for children under the age of five. 

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

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

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

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

Just says that this idea came from Southwestern College students. 

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

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

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:25:12 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKinzie Named Director of Alumni Engagement at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1838/?mckinzie-named-director-of-alumni-engagement-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1838/?mckinzie-named-director-of-alumni-engagement-at-southwestern-college Charles McKinzieCharles McKinzie has been selected as director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  

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

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

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

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

 

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:36:31 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Call for ‘The Sorcerer’ at Southwestern College (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1837/?open-call-for-the-sorcerer-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1837/?open-call-for-the-sorcerer-at-southwestern-college The Community Music School at Southwestern College is looking for chorus members for the upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer,” a comic English opera, on March 4 and 5.

Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, describes “The Sorcerer” as an English light opera that will provide Walnut Valley residents a unique experience and immersion into the operatic repertoire.

“We invite any and all to come join the hilarity that is Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Sorcerer’ through being a chorus member,” Moore says. 

Interested chorus members need to contact Moore by Monday, Dec. 12, to schedule a hearing time for placement, which will occur Dec.12-14.  Rehearsals will be every Sunday afternoon starting Jan. 15, and every day during the first week of March. All rehearsals will take place in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall and Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“The Sorcerer” debuted in 1877 and is a comic story following two lovers by the names of Alexis and Aline in their pursuit of unconditional love and adoration. To ensure that Aline truly reciprocates his feelings, Alexis hires a sorcerer to secretly distribute a love potion to the entire town of Ploverleigh. After a momentary slumber, the village awakens, resulting in utter chaos as each citizen instantly falls in love with the wrong person. 

“The ultimate goal of our performance and rehearsal process is to increase awareness of the classical operatic repertoire through the satirical comedy of Gilbert and Sullivan,” Moore adds.

If interested, contact Moore at either (620) 229-6188 or email Dylan.moore@sckans.edu. 

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:40:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Eagerheart’ Returns to SC Little Theatre Dec. 7, 8, and 11 (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1836/?eagerheart-returns-to-sc-little-theatre-dec.-7-8-and-11 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1836/?eagerheart-returns-to-sc-little-theatre-dec.-7-8-and-11 The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 84th annual production of “Eagerheart” will be on stage soon. The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, located on the lower level of Christy Administration building, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m.  Other performances will be Thursday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 11, both at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Winfield Food Pantry.  Eagerheart
 “Eagerheart,” which was written by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.  

Director Roger Moon says that many community members have told him that because of the deeply moving Christian message, they refer to this production as the beginning of the Christmas season.  

“The message of the play is that there are those who have needs, and we have a hand to give,” Moon says. 

This year the role of Eager Heart will be played by Meagan Morrow. Brandi Young has been cast as Eager Fame and Carlene Dick as Eager Sense.  

The Beggar Man will be played by Jacob Marney.  The kings will be played by Alexander Wilken, King of Power; Elijah Rodda, King of Wisdom; and William Wade, King of Love. Donald Dutton will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by Matthew Porter, Julianna Smarsh and Willow Branch. 

The Prologue will be given by Stephen Gehly and angels will be played by Victoria Lybarger, Britany Morgan, and Allie Petrovich as the Angel of Death.

An uncredited woman traditionally plays the role of the beggar woman who later is recognized as one the Holy Family, and infants of the community are cast as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performances.  

Due to limited seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, reservations are encouraged.  They can be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272.  Reservations may also be made by emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu.  

 

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:52:05 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Prepares for Giving Tuesday (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1835/?southwestern-college-prepares-for-giving-tuesday http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1835/?southwestern-college-prepares-for-giving-tuesday Southwestern College is preparing to take part in its third annual day of giving on Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement, has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

Giving TuesdayThe goal of the Giving Tuesday movement is to pause and focus on serving others. After two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back, says Jessica Dibble, director of annual fund for Southwestern College.  The day is an opportunity to raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with neighbors; and celebrate generosity.

Since Southwestern began promoting Giving Tuesday to in 2014, significant funds have been raised for the college’s Builder Fund. In the past two years more than $20,000 have been raised from Giving Tuesday gifts.

“We have been very excited by the response to Giving Tuesday,” Dibble says.  “We are hopeful that Builder Nation will once again help us participate in this extraordinary day of generosity.”

Annual fund gifts collected for the Builder Fund are unrestricted, which allows Southwestern to be responsive to emerging opportunities and fund quality enhancements across the campus. 

Giving Tuesday donors are encouraged to support Southwestern  by mailing Intuitional Advancement at 100 College Street Winfield, KS 67156, calling 620-229-6279, or making a secure gift online at www.sckans.edu/makeagift.

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

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:56:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 11-15-2016 (SGA)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1846/?sga-meeting-minutes-11-15-2016 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1846/?sga-meeting-minutes-11-15-2016 SGA Meeting Minutes 

For November 15, 2016 

Call to Order: 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Jones at 8:07 PM 

Invocation: Given by Student Conduct Advisor Jordan. 

Roll Call: 

There were (5) executives present and (7) Senators and (12/17) organizations present. 

Approval of Minutes: 

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

Officer Reports: 

All execs- Strategic Planning Forum 

 Strategic planning meeting led by the president. 

 Four different categories—Academic, Co-curricular, Financial and Building Plant 

o Helping to strategize how money should be spent 

 Another meeting Wednesday at 4 in Wroten—anyone is welcome. 

o All opinions are welcome! 

 

Open Period/Announcements: 

 T-shirts 

o Design approved 

 Workshop 

o SGA is putting on a workshop for organizations and students to participate in. This workshop is to help students run organizations smoothly and help them use all of the executive positions wisely. 

o Organizations are highly encouraged to attend. 

o January 22nd in the afternoon in the cafeteria, time will be determined at a later date. 

o Helping the organizations at Southwestern survive and thrive for years to come. 

o Empowering organizations on campus. 

 Organization announcements 

o Jay Buffum- SC Republicans 

 Congressman Pompeo- visited campus 3 weeks ago. 

 Biggest group he ever visited on a college campus- over 100 people in attendance. 

 Thought highly of the school. 

 Jay Buffam has been elected chair of the Cowley County Republican party 

o Campus Players 

 Closed a play last weekend. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead including The 15 minute Hamlet. 

 

 

 Participating entry for Kennedy Center theater contest. They are being held with a chance of performing at the festival. Exciting news! 

 Saturday at 7:00pm. Music theater ensemble and SC singers fall concert. SC singers will be singing Beyoncé and Disney medleys. 

 All of them have solos of common jukebox songs. 

o Gaming Club 

 Friday is a board game night in the gaming lounge it will be at 6:30. A fun way to relax before Thanksgiving. 

o Student Foundation 

 Movie night on Wednesday- tomorrow. SC spirit night, wear SC colors and yearbook staff will be there taking pictures. 

 Write down what you are thankful for and take a picture with it. 

 Doors will open at 9:00 and the movie will begin at 9:30. 

 SC Christmas 

 Weeklong event the first week of December 

 Fun events throughout the week. 

 Letter art, tree lighting ceremony, massages on campus, bingo night after the nine lives show, decorating wreaths and ornaments. 

o Tessa Caster 

 If you know anyone that needs yardwork done leadership is doing fall cleaning. Contact Zachary.moya@sckans.edu. 

o Next meeting November 29th 

o Christmas party in early December combined with Stufu! 

 

Adjournment: 

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

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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Hill Coffee to Host Three Performances on November 18 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1834/?college-hill-coffee-to-host-three-performances-on-november-18 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1834/?college-hill-coffee-to-host-three-performances-on-november-18 An evening of music, friendship, fun, and coffee is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, at College Hill Coffee at 403 Soward in Winfield.  The community is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The Community Music School will perform at 7 p.m., followed by the Brass Ensemble from Southwestern College at 7:30 p.m., and finishing up with the vocal group Teachappella at 8 p.m.

Community Music School students from the voice, violin, and piano studios will be performing secular and non-holiday selections with performers ranging in age from four to seventy. They will exhibit the school’s diverse spectrum of experience levels in a variety of genres from contemporary to more classical styles.

“It is always a pleasure to collaborate with our most staunch supporters in the arts and to give the community a sampling of what the Community Music School is all about,” says Dylan Moore, director for The Community Music School.

The SC Brass Ensemble is a four-member group which includes Lawrence Taylor, Nathan Metzinger, Jonathon Lane, and Tanner Schartz. According to Moore, the group will perform a number of holiday favorites with a special brass flare.

Teachapella is a four-member a cappella group performing a mixture of a cappella favorites, soul stirring spirituals, hard rock anthems, and more uplifting musical selections. The group includes JourneyKids Choir director, Nikki Kirk, and local teachers Alisha Montgomery, Rachael Vann, and RyAnn Myers.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Nikki Kirk and Teachappella to offer this eclectic program of music at College Hill Coffee,” Moore says. 

For more information, contact Moore at (620) 229-6188 or email cms@sckans.edu.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:52:59 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Welcomes Students from Country View Elementary (Leadership)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1833/?leadership-southwestern-welcomes-students-from-country-view-elementary http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1833/?leadership-southwestern-welcomes-students-from-country-view-elementary Bailey Pfingsten and Raquel Resendiz, second-year Leadership Southwestern students, invited fifth graders from Country View Elementary to SC to learn about Leadership.
Leadership Students with CV
“We chose Country View because of their class size and we were familiar with the students,” says Resendiz.  “Our goal was to give them a foundation of leadership for future development.”

One of the activities students completed required that they close their eyes, picturing what a leader would look like, and then draw that vision on paper. The exercise culminates in the students talking through the shared characteristics of leaders it also helps them acknowledge that leaders are diverse. 

“A leader uses his or her strengths to build people up,” Resendiz stated.  

Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern, says that this project is part of the second year team experience of facilitating and planning a leadership development project. 

“Bailey and Raquel are concentrating on elementary leadership development in their leadership growth this year,” Wood says. 

Pfingsten and Resendiz plan on visiting Country View to follow up and talk more about leadership qualities with the fifth graders.  

 

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Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:21:50 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Symphonic Band to Begin in January; Community Members Invited to Participate (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1832/?sc-symphonic-band-to-begin-in-january-community-members-invited-to-participate http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1832/?sc-symphonic-band-to-begin-in-january-community-members-invited-to-participate Community members, ages 16 and up who play a wind or percussion instrument, are invited and encouraged to participate in the Southwestern College Symphonic Band, which will begin its inaugural season in January.  

The band will be under the direction of Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  Kirk says that the band will learn and explore all areas of band literature ranging from traditional repertoire to new compositions by leading composers.  
Jeremy Kirk
“I am very excited to create the SC Symphonic Band,” Kirk says.  “The group will serve both SC students and members of the community.  By working together in a positive, nourishing environment, we will create a truly rewarding experience that will enhance personal and musical growth of all participants while enriching the arts within the community.”

Rehearsals will occur on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center beginning January 12.  To register or for more information, please contact Kirk at (620) 229-6303 or email jeremy.kirk@sckans.edu.

 

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Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:34:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Graduate Jerry Kill to be Recognized on Saturday, Nov. 12 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1831/?southwestern-college-graduate-jerry-kill--to-be-recognized-on-saturday-nov.-12 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1831/?southwestern-college-graduate-jerry-kill--to-be-recognized-on-saturday-nov.-12 Southwestern College will recognize Jerry Kill, class of 1984, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at halftime of the Southwestern-Sterling football game, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m.  The community is invited to attend a meet-and-greet with Kill from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the southeast end of Jantz Stadium. 

Jerry Kill mugA Cheney native, Kill was a linebacker for the Moundbuilder football team and served as captain his senior year. He graduated with a degree in health, physical education and recreation, and was a member of the Beta Rho Mu fraternity. Kill is married to his college sweetheart, Rebecca (Smith) Kill ’87. They have two daughters, Krystal and Tasha.  

After serving as a high school football coach in Oklahoma and then as an assistant at Pittsburg State University, Kill accepted his first head coaching position at Saginaw Valley State University. He was head coach for Emporia State University, Southern Illinois University, and Northern Illinois University before moving to the University of Minnesota where he was named Big 10 Coach of the Year in 2014. Kill guided the Gophers to three straight bowl games from 2012 to14. In 2016, Kill joined Kansas State University as associate athletic director. 

Kill was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005. After beating cancer he was able to manage lingering health issues and return to coaching, but he ultimately stepped down from his coaching position at Minnesota in October of 2015 due to epileptic episodes. In addition to his current work at Kansas State University, Kill has worked to bring awareness to cancer and epilepsy through the Coach Kill Cancer Fund, the Chasing Dreams Epilepsy Fund, and his new biography, “Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.” Copies of Kill’s biography will be available for purchase at the Nov. 12 meet-and-greet.

Kill, a member of the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in October.

“Coach Kill is a wonderful example of the Moundbuilder spirit at work in the world – we are excited to honor and recognize his achievements,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. 

 

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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:08:57 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[10 tips for effective searchs on Google (Information Technology)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1830/?10-tips-for-effective-searchs-on-google http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1830/?10-tips-for-effective-searchs-on-google In our era of advanced technology and high-speed Internet connections, you can find information on virtually anything. In the space of just a few minutes, we can find recipes for the tastiest pie or learn all about the theory of wave-particle duality.

But more often than not, we have to sift through a vast body of knowledge to get the information we need, and this can take hours rather than minutes. This is why Bright Side has put together a list of the most effective methods for searching Google to help you find the precious material you’re looking for in just a couple of clicks.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:37:25 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Five New Members Inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1829/?five-new-members-inducted-into-the-southwestern-college-athletic-hall-of-fame http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1829/?five-new-members-inducted-into-the-southwestern-college-athletic-hall-of-fame The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five new members Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  The new members are Keitha Adams, Tony Gray, Lisa Buller-Brummer, Brant Littrell, and Gerald Houser.AThletic HOF

Keitha Adams graduated from Southwestern in 1989, and has gone on to lead a very successful career as a collegiate women’s basketball coach. She is about to begin her 15th season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she is the program’s all-time wins leader with a record of 276-186, including four Conference USA Championships, and four NCAA national tournament appearances. She is a three-time Conference USA Coach of the Year award winner, and has been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year

Tony Gray graduated in 1980, and was feared by many in the KCAC during his time as a linebacker for the Moundbuilders during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Known as one of the meanest defensive players in the game, he was an All-KCAC First Team selection, and earned NAIA District 10 First Team recognition, but the highlight of his career came in 1979 when he was named an NAIA All-American linebacker.

Lisa Buller-Brummer graduated in Southwestern in 1995 after a successful cross country and track career. In addition to earning five KCAC Individual track championships, she also won three KCAC individual cross country titles. She went on to become Southwestern’s first NAIA Women’s Cross Country All-American in 1993 and earned the honor again in 1994, and was an NAIA Indoor All-American in the two-mile run in 1994.

Brandt Littrell is a 2004 graduate of Southwestern College, and he will be remembered as one of the most successful athletes in Moundbuilder cross country and track history. Between cross country and track, Brant won nine KCAC individual championships. He went on to become an NAIA Cross Country All-American in 2003, and was a five-time NAIA track All-American, and was a back-to-back NAIA steeplechase champion, winning the event in both 2003 and 2004.

Gerald Houser graduated in 1993 as a decorated member of the Moundbuilder track and field program. He was a six-time KCAC Champion, and a five-time NAIA District 10 champion, and went on to become a five-time NAIA All-American. Houser also produced a pair of school records. He was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that completed the race in a program-best time of 3:10.25, and his 800 meter record (1:51.02) still stands after more than 25 years.

For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame call (620) 229-6218.

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Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:49:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast for ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ and ‘The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet’ Announced (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1828/?cast-for-rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-and-the-fifteen-minute-hamlet--announced http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1828/?cast-for-rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-and-the-fifteen-minute-hamlet--announced Southwestern College will present “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and “The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet” on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Art Center, in the Christy Administration Building.

Directed and produced by Roger Moon, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is an absurd comic take on the classic “Hamlet,” while “15-Minute Hamlet” is a condensed version of the play. Both pieces were written by Tom Stoppard, who also wrote the film “Shakespeare in Love.”  

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Promo 1The SC production will feature Southwestern College students Stephen Gehly as Rosencrantz;  Meagan Morrow as Guildenstern; Hamlet will be played by William Wade, and The Player by Jack Warring.   

Cast members will double for “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet,” playing the same roles in both productions.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Southwestern College’s actors to build their skills with Shakespearean text, and comedy in two styles,” says Moon. “It will also be an incredible opportunity for audiences to enjoy these two great comedies.”

Members of the court of Elsinore are played by Matt Porter as Claudius, Allie Petrovich as Gertrude, Donnie Dutton as Polonius, Julianna Smarsh as Ophelia, Tanner Schartz as Horatio, Jacob Marney as Fortinbras, Peter Wei Pan and Yue Sylvia Xu as court guards, and Kale Baker as the English Ambassador.

The traveling tragedians performing in the court at Elsinore are played by Willow Branch, Carlene Dick, Shawn Knepper, John Lane, and Tanner Schartz. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Promo 2The production has a large technical staff including stage manager Carson Davis; assistant stage managers Kara McClain, Brandi Young, Tessa Castor, and Emily Jones; set designer Roger Moon; costume designer Allyson Moon; lighting designers Meagan Morrow, William Wade and Matt Porter; master electrician Scott Olney; makeup designers Kaela Massey and Ondreya Seahorn; props masters Carlene Dick and Juliana Smarsh; technical director Britany Morgan; shop foreman Jonathan Lane; sound designer Brandi Young and sound operator Toni Ervin; publicity manager Kale Baker; house manager Lena Williams; and box office manager Alex Wilken. 

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for youth and area students with school ID, $10 for senior citizens, and free for all Southwestern faculty, staff, and students. Tickets can be reserved by calling (620) 221-7720, or emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu. 
 

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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:56:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter SC Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1827/?three-former-moundbuilders-to-enter-sc-natural-science-hall-of-fame http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1827/?three-former-moundbuilders-to-enter-sc-natural-science-hall-of-fame Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Charles Hunter, Winfield; Gerald “Eddie” Weigle, Burden; and Arthur Hertzler (deceased). The hall of fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal.  
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“The legacy of Southwestern College’s natural science program has been in place for over 100 years, as is evidenced by the induction of this year’s notable alumni,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern. “Dr. Arthur Hertzler, class of 1896, was a man ahead of his time in the field of medicine, and the education background he received at Southwestern undoubtedly was a part of that success.  The other two 2016 inductees bear witness to the fact that this legacy remains as strong as ever.  It is truly an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work.”

Inductees include:
•    K. Charles “Charlie” Hunter ’67 turned his fascination with invertebrate animals and his love for teaching into a 42-year career on the Southwestern College faculty. He returned to the college as a sabbatical replacement in 1974 after earning his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, but plans for a short stay changed when he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and the quality and character of SC students. During this time, he fostered undergraduate research and designed a number of courses that continued to be taught at SC, including his favorite, Animal Physiology. He was the driving force behind SC’s marine biology program and for 16 summers taught students (including Moundbuilders) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Hunter’s awards included several SGA Faculty Citations, the Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award, and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award.

•    Gerald E. Weigle II ’93 received undergraduate degrees in both biology/chemistry and physics from Southwestern and a master’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University before going to work for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. While at SwRI he worked on software for numerous NASA spacecraft missions, including Deep Impact, Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), and the Curiosity Rover (Mars). Weigle took on leadership of several of the project: On the Pluto project he was lead engineer for operations, and he was software project manager for the Curiosity Rover. He left SwRI in 2013 to move home to Burden, Kan., where he formed Big Head Endian LLC. The professional engineering and software firm continues to work on the projects Weigle had at SwRI, in addition to new mission work. 

•    Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896, was known as the “Horse and Buggy Doctor” and brought health care to Kansas which rivaled that found anywhere at the time.  Having received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Hertzler continued with three years of intensive medical study in Berlin before returning to Kansas.  His reputation for diagnosis and treatment was well known and physicians from a wide area consulted with him.  Hertzler had been offered a position as Professor of Anatomy at Northwestern, but chose instead to establish the Halstead (Kan.) Hospital in 1902.  During that same year, he accepted a position to teach pathology, histology, surgery, and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, although he still held office hours two days a week in Halstead.  In 1946, after more than 50 years of 18-hour days, Hertzler retired.  The legacy of this outstanding Kansas country doctor lives on through the Hertzler Research Foundation, Agnes Hertzler Memorial Clinic, Kansas Health Museum, and Halstead Hospital. 

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the induction.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council members, biology activity grant scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

View the online Natural Science Hall of Fame gallery here.

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:45:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Ranked as Top Kansas School in Best Bang for the Buck Rankings by ‘Washington Monthly’ (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1826/?sc-ranked-as-top-kansas-school-in-best-bang-for-the-buck-rankings-by-washington-monthly http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1826/?sc-ranked-as-top-kansas-school-in-best-bang-for-the-buck-rankings-by-washington-monthly Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Southwestern College as one of the nation’s top values in higher education in its 2016 college rankings issue. The magazine ranks SC fifth in the Midwest Region as a “Best Bang for the Buck College.” 

According to Washington Monthly, the “Best Bang for the Buck” list includes schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“This is who we are at Southwestern and it’s what we have been doing for more than 130 years: helping deserving students attain meaningful degrees at affordable prices,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. 

Washington Monthly’s methodology for the rankings is rooted in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country).

Data reviewed in the ranking process includes graduation rates, first-generation student ratios, graduate earnings, net price of attendance, and a measure calculated for each institution’s dedication to community service. In total, 367 institutions of higher education were ranked in the Midwest category. The fifth place ranking put Southwestern ahead of all other schools in Kansas.

According to the guest editor of the issue, Kevin Carey, who directs the education policy program at the New America Foundation, the ranking is most fundamentally based “not on what (colleges) did for themselves, but on what they did for their country.” 

“Colleges that enrolled many low-income students and helped them graduate did well on our rankings, regardless of how famous they were. So did universities producing the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and those that built an ethos of public obligation by sending graduates into service,” wrote Carey in his introduction to the college rankings guide. 

SC was also ranked in the magazine’s Top 100 Master’s Universities at number 33.        

In addition to the Washington Monthly ranking, Southwestern has achieved other recent recognitions for offering outstanding value to students.  A February study by Georgetown University Center for Education named SC best in the state for graduates beating mid-career salary expectations. U.S. News & World Report ranked SC a Top Tier Midwest Regional University in the newsmagazine’s annual ranking, which was published in September.

The complete ranking of Midwest “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2016” is available online and includes the magazine’s methodology.

 

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:24:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Youth Invited to Participate in Halloween Events at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1825/?community-youth-invited-to-participate-in-halloween-events-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1825/?community-youth-invited-to-participate-in-halloween-events-at-southwestern-college Community youth are invited to a couple of Halloween events going on at Southwestern College.

Education Builders are hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m., at the bottom of the 77 steps. 

“We are doing this event as a way for the college to give back to the community that is always there to support us,” says Morgan Hughes, president of Education Builders.  “We also wanted to create a safe event for young children to come and trick or treat. We will have at least 20 different trunks representing different organizations on campus. The children can come dressed up and get their Halloween candy while also feeling the SC spirit.”

On Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m., Deets Library, on the campus of Southwestern College, will be offering treats.  Trick-or-treaters are asked to use the south library entrance accessible from the Broadhurst Residence Hall parking lot where they will discover a low-light and not too scary balloon maze to navigate. The first 50 children in costume who make it through the library maze will receive a free book.

 

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:57:43 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Internet bandwidth update (Information Technology)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1824/?internet-bandwidth-update http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1824/?internet-bandwidth-update We have finished reviewing our bandwidth utilization analysis and found some ways to improve access for students.  Although our total limit did not change, we have managed to find savings from some areas and allocated those savings to students and their devices.

At this time, student laptops and personal devices are allocated up to the maximum of 90% of our bandwidth, although that percentage will depend on higher priority devices and applications, such as our servers, blackboard, self-service etc, and faculty laptops.

If you have any issues with access, please call the helpdesk and report it, or tweet @builder_cio, and we will look into it.

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:34:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[BEWARE of phishing emails! (Information Technology)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1823/?beware-of-phishing-emails http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1823/?beware-of-phishing-emails Many of you have been receiving various emails that on the surface appear to come from official looking Southwestern College, Microsoft, or Helpdesk accounts. Some of these may request personal account information (either directly or via a link), while others may contain an attachment. Please be advised that these are SPAM, and should be disregarded.

Under no circumstances should you ever divulge your account password via email.

Please do not click on links that appear to be sent from IT before you check for a valid email address (i.e. @sckans.edu). If in doubt, you can call us before clicking at 620-229-6444.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:06:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Wireless Access Coverage update! (Information Technology)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1822/?wireless-access-coverage-update http://www.sckans.edu/student-services/information-technology/news/view/1822/?wireless-access-coverage-update We have completed the installation of additional wireless access points in Cole, Wallingford and Darbeth North!  Those areas should now have a wider area of coverage for wireless connections.  We continue to keep track, through our helpdesk, of calls and requests for better wireless access and will add to the project as needed.  So, please continue to call the helpdesk if you have any connectivity issues!

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:01 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Small Packages: Auditions (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1821/?small-packages-auditions http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1821/?small-packages-auditions This year's student directors are ready for you to audition for Small Packages! Small Packages are 10-minute scenes directed by five current SC students and will be performed on December 3rd.

 

All auditions will be in the Little Theatre and are at the following times:

Wednesday, October 26th @ 5pm

Wednesday, October 26th @ 10pm

Thursday, October 27th @ 10pm

 

No acting experience is required! This is a fun time to discover new skills and to have fun with other classmates. Any questions-contact Roger Moon at roger.moon@sckans.edu

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Community Show (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1820/?9-lives-community-show http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1820/?9-lives-community-show 9 Lives Creature Featre

Join us this Saturday when the 9 LIVES Improv Comedy Troupe presents: CREATURE FEATURE Comunity Show at 7:00pm in Messenger Recital Hall.

Admission is free for everyone, and so is the candy! Costumes are optional, but definitely encouraged!

If you have any questions, please call 620.229.6328.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kendra Weddle Irons to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1818/?kendra-weddle-irons-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1818/?kendra-weddle-irons-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college Kendra Weddle Irons, associate professor of religion and humanities at Texas Wesleyan University, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall on the SC campus.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.   Additionally, at 7 p.m., inside Grace United Methodist Church, Southwestern will host a panel on women in ministry featuring Irons and several area women clergy.

The title of the lecture is “M. Madeline Southard: From the Plains to the Pulpit and Beyond.”

“Dr. Irons is the foremost scholar on Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna who was a pioneer for women clergy,” says Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion at Southwestern College.  “Her speeches and writings in the early twentieth century were instrumental to the struggle for the full ordination rights of women finally recognized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1956. Dr. Irons presence on our campus offers our Builder community the chance to remember and honor the significant work and contributions of one of our own.”

Irons holds a Ph.D in religion from Baylor University and a master of arts degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous monographs, including most recently, “If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All You are Meant to Be” (Chalice Press, 2015). Her first book—“Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956” (University Press of American, 2007)—examines United Methodist women who preached in Kansas prior to 1956 and includes two chapters dedicated to M. Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna.

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 Lashier at (620) 229-6066.

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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:15:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1817/?three-former-moundbuilders-to-enter-southwestern-college-natural-science-hall-of-fame http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1817/?three-former-moundbuilders-to-enter-southwestern-college-natural-science-hall-of-fame Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Charles Hunter, Winfield; Gerald “Eddie” Weigle, Burden; and Arthur Hertzler (deceased). The hall of fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal.  
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“The legacy of Southwestern College’s natural science program has been in place for over 100 years, as is evidenced by the induction of this year’s notable alumni,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern. “Dr. Arthur Hertzler, class of 1896, was a man ahead of his time in the field of medicine, and the education background he received at Southwestern undoubtedly was a part of that success.  The other two 2016 inductees bear witness to the fact that this legacy remains as strong as ever.  It is truly an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work.”

Inductees include:
•    K. Charles “Charlie” Hunter ’67 turned his fascination with invertebrate animals and his love for teaching into a 42-year career on the Southwestern College faculty. He returned to the college as a sabbatical replacement in 1974 after earning his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, but plans for a short stay changed when he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and the quality and character of SC students. During this time, he fostered undergraduate research and designed a number of courses that continued to be taught at SC, including his favorite, Animal Physiology. He was the driving force behind SC’s marine biology program and for 16 summers taught students (including Moundbuilders) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Hunter’s awards included several SGA Faculty Citations, the Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award, and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award.

•    Gerald E. Weigle II ’93 received undergraduate degrees in both biology/chemistry and physics from Southwestern and a master’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University before going to work for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. While at SwRI he worked on software for numerous NASA spacecraft missions, including Deep Impact, Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), and the Curiosity Rover (Mars). Weigle took on leadership of several of the project: On the Pluto project he was lead engineer for operations, and he was software project manager for the Curiosity Rover. He left SwRI in 2013 to move home to Burden, Kan., where he formed Big Head Endian LLC. The professional engineering and software firm continues to work on the projects Weigle had at SwRI, in addition to new mission work. 

•    Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896, was known as the “Horse and Buggy Doctor” and brought health care to Kansas which rivaled that found anywhere at the time.  Having received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Hertzler continued with three years of intensive medical study in Berlin before returning to Kansas.  His reputation for diagnosis and treatment was well known and physicians from a wide area consulted with him.  Hertzler had been offered a position as Professor of Anatomy at Northwestern, but chose instead to establish the Halstead (Kan.) Hospital in 1902.  During that same year, he accepted a position to teach pathology, histology, surgery, and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, although he still held office hours two days a week in Halstead.  In 1946, after more than 50 years of 18-hour days, Hertzler retired.  The legacy of this outstanding Kansas country doctor lives on through the Hertzler Research Foundation, Agnes Hertzler Memorial Clinic, Kansas Health Museum, and Halstead Hospital. 

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the induction.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council members, biology activity grant scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:49:48 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)