Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[The Internet is so SLOWWW! (Information Technology)]]> That is a complaint we hear a lot and we understand the frustration. There are more and more demands on the bandwidth and we can't seem to increase it quickly enough to keep up. We have ordered equipment and will be installing additional access points but in the interim, here are few things to keep in mind.
1) Make sure you are in the proper “lane”
Your SC provided laptops AND certain sites such as Blackboard, Self-Service and the Library Research Databases have the highest priority level on our bandwidth manager.  However, there are occasionally some computers that will misclassify on the network and are not routed to the correct "lane".  If you are using an SC laptop accessing standard information for work or school, and it is slow, please bring your laptop to the Helpdesk. They will look up your computer name and login information and work with the networking group to make sure it is categorized properly.
2) If you are in the proper lane and internet is still slow—let us know!
If you are on wireless, each access point has a limit on how much total bandwidth it can handle and when there are a lot of devices on the access point, it will slow down for everyone on it. We are taking steps to review and add wireless points as each gets congested. If you experience slowness, please let the helpdesk know where and when that happened and we will add that location to our review list—direct your email here:
3) Are you on your own device?
If you are on your own personal devices, we can't guarantee a high level of bandwidth. SC issued devices receive preference.
4) Streaming has limits
There is also a maximum total limit on streaming media on campus access points regardless of what device or login you are using.
The best thing to do is to email or call the helpdesk, (620) 229-6444, when you have a slow connection. 
Sharing information about your accessibility issue will help us troubleshoot and will be used as a data point for our continual evaluation of the locations and traffic types that might need enhancements.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award (General)]]> A Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

Patrick Lee 40 Under 40“It is an honor to be recognized as an accounting professional by accounting industry peers nationwide and internationally,” Lee says. “This honor not only affirms my values as a certified public accountant, but affirms my values of being an educator in a profession that is helping shape the next generation of CPAs right here at Southwestern College.” 

Lee also was invited to attend the Thought Leader Symposium Oct. 16 - 18 in Indianapolis, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. 

“When I was a practicing CPA, I read the ‘CPA Practice Advisor’ every month,” Lee adds. “It is a publication respected in the industry as a source of the latest and greatest in technology, methods, and tools in the accounting field. It is a bit shocking to think that six years later I would be included in such a prestigious list of young accountants. Our industry is not only recognizing accounting professionals who do this work every single day, but the educators who are as much a part of the industry as the accounting professionals themselves.”  

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

Of the 40 individuals recognized, three educators are on the list representing the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hartford (Barney School of Business), and Southwestern College.

“These young professionals are blazing a trail for their peers to follow, and are dedicated to enhancing firm management and client service through innovative technologies and workflow practices,” said editor-in-chief Gail Perry. "They are leading the way in firms of all sizes as the profession evolves to meet changing demands. We are proud to honor these professionals as 2016 '40 Under 40' Honorees.”


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:08:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Dean of Education Serves on Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force (General)]]> Southwestern College Dean of Education Cameron Carlson recently completed service on the Kansas Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on teacher vacancies and supply. Carlson began his appointment in April 2016, serving as the representative of teacher preparation programs at private colleges and universities.

The group’s final report was published Aug. 8.

“Southwestern College’s strong faculty, well-respected programs, and outstanding graduates– as well as Prof. Carlson’s great work in the field of teacher preparation made him an excellent choice to serve on the task force,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. 

Southwestern College offers a fully accredited education program which awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education. Many Southwestern graduates choose to stay and teach in Kansas.

“Alumni of our undergraduate and graduate education programs teach in classrooms across the state and are receiving recognition for their outstanding work as educators,” said Carlson. 

Brent Wolf, who received both bachelor’s and doctorate of education degrees from Southwestern, was named one of eight Kansas Teacher of the Year finalists on Sept. 10. The state-wide winner will be named in November.

“It seems only fitting that I give back to the communities, the schools, and the state that gave so much to me,” Wolf said. “Teaching in Kansas can be challenging, but I find that the challenge inspires me to be better and I’m hopeful that positive changes are coming.”  

In the task force’s final report the group outlined strategies for both recruiting and retaining educators in an effort to curb the growing shortage of teachers in Kansas. The group recommended that the State Board of Education makes increasing the recruitment and retention of teachers be top priority. Additionally, recommendations for immediate action were made to the state legislature, Kansas State Department of Education, school districts, public and private teacher preparation programs and members of Kansas education organizations. Strategic interventions to be launched over the course of the next four years were outlined.  

“It’s a point of pride for our program that many Southwestern graduates choose to serve in Kansas communities, but as outlined in the recommendations made in the final report of the task force, a lot of work remains to be done to improve the perception of teaching in Kansas as an attractive career,” Carlson said.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:59:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[University of Alberta Professor to Present Beck Lecture at Southwestern College (General)]]> Joseph R. Wiebe, assistant professor of religion at the University of Alberta, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Joe WiebeThe title of his lecture is “Christianity, Climate Change, and Life in the Anthropocene.”

Wiebe earned his M.T.S. from Duke University and his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada. He teaches religion and ecology with interests in communitarianism, imagination, and ethics. His first book, “Wendell Berry's Imagination in Place,” will be published by Baylor University Press in January 2017.

“In a presidential election year, I think the best way we can use the funds generously given to us by the Beck family is to find a topic within religion and science that also gets debated by the presidential candidates,” says Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College.  “Climate change seems to be such a topic in this presidential election cycle: The problem of climate change is agreed upon by the scientific community, religious conservatives question the science of climate change, and Democrats and Republicans line up either behind the scientists or the religious conservatives. Dr. Joseph Wiebe will help us navigate these complex and difficult questions that involve Christian theology, environmental ethics, policy formation, religious reasoning, and scientific inquiry.” 

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

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

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:19:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Alumni and Ambassadors to be Recognized (Homecoming)]]> The 2016 Ambassador Award, the Young Alumni Award, and the Alumni Recognition Award will be presented Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The honorees are Daniel Nutter, Brett Annis, and Vernon and Cindy (Batt) Goertz.  Patty (Houtz) Callison ’71 will be master of ceremonies. 

The SC Ambassador Award will be presented to Daniel Nutter, former Southwestern College librarian.  This award recognizes non-graduates of the college who have captured the Builder spirit and have served as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the community.  

Daniel Nutter’s tenure at Southwestern College spanned 18 years (1968 to 1986) and four institutional presidencies.  He was raised in the small rural community of Alcester, S.D., the youngest of three siblings. His father served as postmaster and his mother was a homemaker who also served as the first librarian of their town. 

Nutter graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with an undergraduate degree in speech and history, then accepted his first librarian position in Buna, Texas, before moving to Clarendon, Texas, where he met and married his wife, Elizabeth.  Nutter continued to advance in his professional career while completing his master of library science degree from North Texas State College. His early career included moves to Hamshire, Texas, and Marshall, Texas.  In August 1968 he became library director at Southwestern College. His assistants included Ruby Gary, Ralph Decker and Kathy (Hickman) Wilgers and with cooperative effort, they worked to build an exemplary collection of books and periodicals in bound and microfilm format.  

Nutter brought the first Xerox copier to the Southwestern College campus. He also introduced the college and community to interlibrary loans, utilizing such outlets as Cooperating Winfield Colleges, and the South Central Kansas Library System, groups helped to facilitate during their early years. In the late 1970s, Nutter introduced the college to the nationwide database Ohio College Library Center (OCLC).

Brett Annis ’06 will receive the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate who has made an outstanding commitment to the college through support, including attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students. 

Annis ’06/’10 grew up in the oil and gas industry in Ulysses, and continued in this field after graduation from Southwestern.  He worked at Williams/WPX Energy in Tulsa, Okla., for eight years then joined Continental Resources in Oklahoma City, where he had been for the last two years.  This September, Annis accepted a position as manager of Mid-Continental Region Business Development for Laclede Energy Resources in Oklahoma City.

At Southwestern, Annis excelled at basketball and track and field.  In basketball he was an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete 2003-2005, an All-KCAC Scholar Athlete 2002-2005, is a member of the 1,000-point club, ranks in the top five in assists and three-pointers made, and was a three-time member of the All-Defensive team in the KCAC.  In track and field, he was a national qualifier in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800, and part of four KCAC outdoor team championships.  His undergraduate degree is in business and computer information systems and a minor in math and he also earned his MBA at Southwestern. 

Annis now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Avery Jean (3) and Jayci Sue (1).

Vernon ’66 and Cindy (Batt) Goertz ’66/’92, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of their significant contributions to the college and community.  

The Goertzes received their diplomas from Southwestern more than four decades ago but they have been just as connected to Southwestern College as alumni as they were during their years as students. Both graduated from SC in 1966 with degrees in education and taught in the public schools for 37 years, most of that time in Winfield. Vernon and Cindy have made dozens of Southwestern College students feel at home in Winfield by serving as foster parents for football players (15 years), women’s basketball players (since 1997), and for international students (16 years).  These international students represent China, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Brazil. They open their home for host family/student picnics each year, as well as pumpkin carving fall cookouts for both the women’s basketball team and international students. 

Their involvement doesn’t include only time, though: Vernon coached the Moundbuilder football team’s offensive line for 22 years and Cindy was an adjunct education instructor for 24 years. They have provided scholarships for upper-class students, provided volunteer labor during remodeling of athletic offices, and fostered connections between SC students and the Winfield community by helping create and organize the Purple Pride evening in downtown Winfield. 

“Helping students feel they have a home away from home is important to both the parents and the students,” Cindy says. “We also want them to feel connected to our community and for the community to get to know the students as the fine young people we know.”

The Homecoming dinner will be held in the Southwestern College dining hall, which is located on the upper level of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Seating is limited and tickets are $25.  To make reservations, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:39:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Strohl to Speak to MBA Students (General)]]> Rod StrohlDallas consultant and author Rod Strohl will be the first distinguished guest speaker of a series being organized by MBA students at Southwestern College. Strohl’s talk will be at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Mossman Hall, room 101, and the public is invited to the free presentation.

Retired after 47 years in customer service with AT&T, Strohl will speak on the importance of relationships in today’s business world. He is currently writing a book, “Life Is All About Relationships.”

Strohl is a graduate of Southwestern College and earned a graduate degree in human resources from Ottawa University. During his career with AT&T he held various leadership roles throughout the Midwest and the Southwest. His honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men of America and Who’s Who in the Midwest. He was inducted into Southwestern College’s Business Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strohl is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

For more information, contact Debbie McAlister, MBA program director, at 620-229-6074. 

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture (General)]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Do We Really Need a President?”

“As we move towards the Nov. 8 presidential election, we need to consider a modest proposal: Given the turmoil caused by the historic unpopularity of both major party candidates, and given the difficulty of electing third-party candidates, are we forced to decide between two equally unpalatable choices?”  Barker says.  “Would it be more republican—more consistent with popular government and self-rule—not to have a president at all? In considering this modest proposal, we will return to Sept. 17, 1787; the hopes and fears of the Founders regarding the appropriate form of government for the newly-independent United States; and the executive branch as it is analyzed and defended by Alexander Hamilton.” 

 Dalene McDonald, Southwestern College librarian, has been instrumental in organizing the lecture and points out that it will be especially appropriate for first-time voters.

“Many SC students will be eligible to vote in a presidential election for the first time this fall.  As we prepare for the responsibility of electing our leaders, this is a good time to reflect on the Constitution,” McDonald says. 


Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:26:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Renowned Cancer Researcher to Lecture at SC (General)]]> Dr. William HahnThe H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation has arranged for Dr. William Hahn, from Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, to give 2 presentations about his research on Prostate Cancer and how our genome can guide clinical decision making.  Dr. Hahn’s objective is finding more effective ways to treat Prostate Cancer and the emphasis of the lab is to understand the clinical and functional consequences of DNA sequence variation.

The presentation will be on:

Title:                Genetics / Prostate Cancer
Date:               Thursday, September 15, 2016

Place & Time:  Southwestern College, Mossman Hall, Room 101 at 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm and is free to the public.

Place & Time:  Winfield Country Club; Social: at 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Dinner served at 6:30 pm and Dr. Hahn’s presentation approximately starting at 7:15 pm.
RSVP’s and your check are necessary by September 8, 2016.  Cost is $21.00 a person.  Please send RSVP and check to HLSMF, 1407 Wheat Road, Winfield, KS  67156.

Novel gene may present new target for prostate cancer drugs

More than a decade ago, Dr. Hahn created mouse models with tumors that require androgen to grow, meaning that they cannot grow in female or castrated mice, and whose tissue closely mimics that found in normal, healthy mice. With funding from the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his team used these models to study castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and identify the kinase proteins that allow androgen-dependent cells to form tumors in castrate animals.

Through genetic screening, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues identified NEK6 as a kinase—an enzyme that causes other molecules in a cell to become either active or inactive—that helps to turn off the p53 tumor suppressor gene and is required for the survival of CRPC tumors. They also discovered that NEK6 drives tumor growth when androgens are absent, suggesting that targeting this enzyme with small-molecule drugs may be an effective CRPC treatment. Dr. Hahn and his colleagues are currently preparing a manuscript for publication to highlight these findings.

Gene fusion affects chromatin formation to drive prostate tumor development

It remains unknown why the TMPRSS2/ERG gene fusion causes many of the genes associated with cancer cell growth and survival to become abnormally activated by testosterone in prostate cancer. This gene fusion, which is observed in more than 50 percent of prostate cancers, often indicates the presence of a highly aggressive form of the disease.

With support from the Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues have shown that this gene fusion affects the formation of chromatin—a condensed mass of DNA and proteins that forms chromosomes in a cell—and consequently drives prostate tumor development. Genes that remodel chromatin are often altered in cancer. As there are no existing treatments that specifically target the TMPRSS2/ERG fusion, Dr. Hahn’s preliminary findings provide an opportunity to develop therapeutics that effectively target TMPRSS2/ERG in prostate cancer.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Now Accepting Students (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College is now accepting students for the JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in Grades 2-7 in Winfield and the surrounding communities.

The group, now entering its second year, is made up of over twenty area students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden.

“Students are encouraged to come for a fun-filled, group learning atmosphere, focused on musical exploration,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “The group allows students the ability to sing out of specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre, which is not highly covered in the public schools.”

A focal point of the group will be the development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and comradery.

The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.

All experience levels are welcome, but an audition for voice placement, musical ability, and level of knowledge will be expected. This semester students will have the opportunity to perform for the community, as well as be a part of the annual Winterfest Concert at Southwestern College. Through this opportunity, students will be able to sing with collegiate students and adults in the community, collaborating with the Southwestern College Choirs and the Southwestern College Choral Union.

The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, a Pre-K-5th grade music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield. She is in her tenth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas, in her home state of West Virginia, and served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College. In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist, Sara Weinert.

“The JourneyKids Choir is a unique group,” says Kirk.  “Students in the surrounding areas bond, create an elite musical ensemble, and have fun doing it.  I am excited to begin making music with this new group in its new year.”

Rehearsals take place in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College Campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Thursday, Sept. 15. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $10 a month with a total cost of $40 per student. Partial need-based tuition scholarships are available. Voice placement hearings are on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All newly interested students are asked to schedule a voice placement hearing to get to know Kirk prior to the start of rehearsals. For more information or to schedule a voice placement, call Dylan Moore, at (620) 229-6188 or email


Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:33:22 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Return to Southwestern (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out all the details.

This is SC’s fifth year to create 24-Hour Plays. 

“The popularity of 24-Hour Plays is enormous,” explains Roger Moon, SC theatre professor and playwright, “and we are delighted to cooperate on this project with Cowley College and their new faculty, Cara Kem and John Rohr.  This experience creates an intense creative community among its participants, and this will be a great project to begin our work together.”

“Winfield and Southwestern students experience the exuberant creativity that happens when five dozen playwrights, directors, stage managers, technicians and actors converge to ‘play’ at this intense level,” says Moon.  “It’s a joy to experience as a creator or as an audience.  There is nothing as electric as the community of theatre.”   

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 

To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.

 Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   

SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools, may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  

The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  

“As we invite prospective students to join us for the 24-Hour Plays,” explains Moon, “we want them to know that they will be valued in this community, so we try to house them for the night in community homes and start the wonderful and supportive relationship that they will have when they come as a student to SC.”  

Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.


Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:33:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Live streaming SC sports (Information Technology)]]> We are having some issues live streaming SC sports events.  The Athletics department is working on the problem will have an update soon.

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:10:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCAM Alert! (Information Technology)]]> Scam Using FBI Phone Number to Target College Students

The FBI is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students using the FBI’s phone number on caller ID.

The FBI has received multiple calls from college students at various universities and their parents complaining of a phone scam from someone who claims to be representing the U.S. government and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars. In each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans to delinquent taxes and overdue parking tickets.

During each attempt to gain personally identifiable information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information. The originating number used by the fraudsters, which appears on students’ caller ID, is masked as the number for the FBI’s local office. In some cases, the fraudsters will direct potential victims to the FBI homepage on the Internet, claiming they can “verify” the caller ID phone number in an attempt to keep victims on the phone and legitimize the scam.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If citizens receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.

If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller’s instructions. Rather, you should:

  • Notify your banking institutions.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:47:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Possible Email issues (Information Technology)]]> Microsoft Office365, our email service is experiencing some issues that might impact some of you.  Microsoft is working on it and we will update as needed.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:41:45 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New helpdesk phone - announcement and calling tree (Information Technology)]]> We have implemented a messaging system on the helpdesk number.  When you call the helpdesk, the first thing you will hear is any announcements about system-wide issues.  If you are calling about that particular issue, then you can safely hang up as we are already working on it.  If you have any other issues, please follow the instructions after the announcement.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:44:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Call the Helpdesk! (Information Technology)]]> We have had recent changes to our personnel and with all the transitions, we advice everyone to call or email the helpdesk for any IT issues or project requests.  That way, we can start a ticket and ensure followup from the right individuals.  If you have already contacted the helpdesk and it is not getting resolved in a timely manner please contact Ben Lim.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:41:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New RDP host for PowerCampus (Information Technology)]]> We recently migrated our RDP host from APP03 to APP04.  If you use remote terminal to access PowerCampus, just change the APP03 in the "Computer" entry box to APP04.  Everything else stays the same.


Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:38:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for SC's major fall production to be held August 30th (Theatre Arts)]]> Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, SC's major fall production, will hold auditions Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, at 6:30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Come join the fun at 6:30, or if you would like to prepare an audition ahead of time, contact  Audition materials will  be provided. 

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:34:33 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Baseball Coming to Southwestern College (General)]]> Baseball at SCPresident Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton have announced that the board of trustees has voted to approve the addition of baseball as a varsity sport at Southwestern College. 

“Baseball has been ‘on its way’ to Southwestern for some time,” Andrews said.  

Andrews added that the baseball team will likely have fall contests in 2017 and will begin its full season in the spring of 2018. He shared that Southwestern College is also researching an additional varsity women’s sport to begin competition in 2019.

“I’m extremely excited that baseball will be coming to Southwestern in the spring of 2018. The sport has deep roots in south central Kansas which makes it a natural fit for the location,” Shelton said. 

The Southwestern baseball team will join 11 teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). 

KCAC commissioner Scott Crawford expressed his excitement regarding the announcement of baseball at Southwestern College. 

“As a conference, we have risen to among the top NAIA baseball conferences over the past few years by making strategic decisions with team additions, scheduling, and postseason formats,” Crawford said.  “This addition only further solidifies the impact of the KCAC nationally on NAIA Baseball." 

The next step in the process is to hire a head coach who will begin the recruitment of student athletes. Approximately 25 new baseball players will be on campus next autumn. 

“I’m thrilled to begin the search for our head coach and I have no doubt that our team will take the field with intensity and will reflect the Builder Spirit that we value at SC,” Shelton said.


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:42:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ to Begin SC Theatre Season August 26 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.  Southwestern College students will be admitted without charge. 

title of show 3“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, is directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.
“This August performance provides one last opportunity to experience this amazing contemporary musical,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “It is also the launch of the 2016-17 Southwestern College Theatre season.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

The production will kick off a busy theatre season at Southwestern.  Upcoming season productions include “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney (Oct. 8); “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “15 Minute Hamlet” by Tom Stoppard (Nov.11-13); “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson (Feb. 16-19); and “Spring Awakening” by Steven Sater (April 7-9).  For a complete list of the entire 2016-17 season, go to 

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:33:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College (General)]]> New Southwestern College faculty and staff were introduced at the annual Welcome Back Dinner held at Baden Square on Monday, Aug. 15. 

New faculty include:
•    Jayna Bertholf, assistant professor of accounting.  She has a master of science degree in business education from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kansas State University.   
•    Tiffany Deater, assistant professor of communications. She has a master of arts degree in English and a master of fine arts degree in art video.  Soon she will hold a Ph. D. in environmental interpretation from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.   
•    Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology.  He has a Ph. D. in cognitive psychology from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina.
•    Xiuqing Liu, visiting scholar from Beijing, China, where she works as deputy chief of China’s meteorological sector.  Xiuqing will teach a course on Chinese language and culture and help mentor new Chinese students entering the MBA program. 

New staff members at Southwestern include:
•    Kaydee Riggs-Johnson, vice president for marketing and communications.
•    Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for youth and young adults (Institute for Discipleship).
•    Elizabeth Thummel, controller
•    Doreen Fast, executive assistant to the president.
•    Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts.
•    Nathan Morrison, assistant athletic trainer.
•    Delaney Osborne, athletic training graduate assistant.
•    Heather Griffin, admissions counselor for Professional Studies.
•    Jordan Pond, residence director for Cole Hall.
•    Mary Sites, first-year student advisor. 
•    Stephen Stogner, information technology technician.
•    Kierstin Stolley, sports information graduate assistant and assistant softball coach. 
•    Tim Testa, head cross country coach.
•    Adam Kirby, assistant football coach.
•    SirDerrick Dotson, assistant football coach
•    Tory Tucker, assistant women’s basketball coach.
•    Audrey Vorderlandwehr, assistant softball coach.
•    Hernan Hatem, assistant tennis coach.
•    Martyna Gluchowicz, assistant volleyball coach.
•    Justin Churchill, assistant golf coach. 


Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:33:27 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU to Present Concert August 20 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union will feature women’s choral music in its second Summer Sing concert, “There After” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

“This concert theme is all about the things that await us after a choice, event, opportunity, loss, and life,” says director Brian Winnie.  “We hope the community will come celebrate the joy of women’s choral music, the close of our summer season, and the welcome back weekend at SC.”

Featured selections include Randall Thompson’s “A Girl’s Garden,” Susan Brumfield’s “No Time,” an arrangement of “Bring Me Little Water, Silvey” with body percussion, and much more. This concert will also feature soloists performing selections from the musicals “Little Princess” and “Wicked.”

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults while students and children are free.

The SCCU Fall rehearsal season, “Knowing You,” starts Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Songs include selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and Rutter’s “Requiem,” and features composers such as Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Craig Hella Johnson, and Shawn Kirchner. The concert is Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. According to Winnie, all singers ages 16 and older are welcome, and there will be open rehearsals throughout the month of September. For more details and to schedule a voice hearing, email Winnie at or call (620) 229-6302.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:35:29 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Near Record Freshman Class Reports to Southwestern College (General)]]> President Brad Andrews reports that as of Friday, Aug. 12, Southwestern College had welcomed 174 freshmen to campus. The class ranks as the second largest in the past 25 years.  Over the weekend, 50 transfer students also moved onto the campus, as well as returning athletes. Andrews notes that "the size of this year's freshman class is an affirmation of the great value a Southwestern College education provides." 

Freshman ClassAndrews says that there wasn’t any secret ingredient behind this year’s recruitment results. 

“The success is largely attributable to the good work, day in and day out, of the staff and faculty at Southwestern,” Andrews says.  “We continue to work hard to bring students and families to visit campus, where it becomes quite obvious what a wonderful and rewarding place this is to spend their college years."

President Andrews emphasized the strength of the relationship between the town and the college.

“Prospective students and parents from across Kansas, and the Midwest, have visited campus, fallen in love with Winfield, and become enamored with the college,” says Andrews.  “I attribute the great success of this year's recruitment efforts directly to the wonderful, caring, hard-working, high-character people of Winfield and Southwestern College."


Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:42:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Freshmen Workday is Sunday, August 14 (General)]]> The annual Southwestern College freshman workday will be Sunday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.  For the first time, a majority of the work at this year’s event will happen in one location, Winfield’s Island Park. The first-year Moundbuilders will being work immediately following their return from Builder Camp in Oklahoma.

“Freshmen workday looks a little different this year due to some changes in the beginning-of-school calendar but the purpose remains the same. Freshmen workday is always a strong connecting point for the freshmen class and helps embed a service-minded perspective as is reflected in Southwestern’s mission statement. The event creates an opportunity for students to serve and connect with the community and in doing so helps the students get familiar with their new home,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.

According to Wood, the student work will include cleaning the park, rebulbing Isle of Lights displays, and making sure trails at the nature center are clear.  The first- year students will also go to certain locations around Winfield to paint houses, apartments, and decks, do yard work, and will spread mulch in one of the school playgrounds.  

Southwestern College sponsors the workday and the Leadership team at SC organizes and plans the service experience.

“Each student participating will get a t-shirt to help remember this important piece of their SC experience,” Wood says.  “The theme for this year is ‘There's No Place Like Winfield.’”

Leadership Southwestern has partnered with the City of Winfield, Mosaic, First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and Holy Name Catholic School on these projects.


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:26:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Photography by Stacy Sparks on Display at Winfield Arts and Humanities Council (General)]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks are on display until Sept. 30 at the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council (WAHC), 700 Gary Street in Winfield. WAHC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The photographs were made during a sabbatical from Southwestern College between August and December 2015. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 48 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs

Sparks teaches journalism and photography at Southwestern College in Winfield. A founding member of the Walnut Valley Camera Club, Sparks grew up in Dodge City and has been teaching journalism and advising student media staffs since 1988. She taught at St. Mary of the Plains College and then at Dodge City Community College before moving to Winfield in 2006 with her husband, Pat England.

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

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

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:57:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mary Banwart to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26 (General)]]> Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, will be featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation Friday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

BanwartThe opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Builder Fest 2016 and officially start the academic year. It will also feature the introduction of new faculty, recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Following the college’s 2016-17 academic year theme of “Knowledge,” Banwart will speak about the opportunities that knowledge gives to create change in powerful and positive ways.

"I am looking forward to Dr. Banwart’s visit to SC and her speech addressing the topic of Knowledge,” says Tracy Frederick, interim provost at Southwestern College.  “She will reflect on the privileges and awesome responsibility given to those of us who are afforded great academic opportunities as our students here at Southwestern have been. She is an engaging teacher, and an outstanding scholar in her field. But more importantly, she is a person who is mindful of those who are without opportunities and voice.” 

Banwart earned her Ph. D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s in speech communication from Western Kentucky University, and her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas.

Along with being an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, she is also the program and academic director for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and communication as well as political communication. Her primary research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign web sites, and mixed-gender debates. She also researches the effects of leadership development programs on empowerment.

Banwart has earned numerous honors and awards including the KU Women of Distinction award, Carrie Chapman Catt prize for research on women in politics, and the Inspire Integrity Award given by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kaydee Riggs-Johnson New Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Southwestern College (General)]]> Kaydee Riggs-Johnson has been hired as vice president for marketing and communications at Southwestern College.

A 2011 summa cum laude graduate of Southwestern College, Riggs-Johnson earned a business administration degree with a marketing emphasis and completed a minor in servant leadership. She served as the executive director of the William Newton Healthcare Foundation prior to being named the director of marketing and business development/public information officer for William Newton Hospital.  

“Kaydee stood out as a professional with a strong work ethic and an obvious commitment to advance Southwestern College – she is a ‘Builder,’” says President Brad Andrews.  “Additionally, those who interviewed Kaydee noted her demonstrated successes in areas such as the coordination of successful fundraising initiatives and new business generation for the hospital’s many enterprises. Not only does Kaydee bring the experiences and skills necessary for success in this position, but her long-time love for who we are, and what we do, will serve the College well for many years to come.”

Riggs-Johnson resides in Winfield with her wife, Laura, and stepdaughter, Mary. 

Riggs-Johnson is actively involved with many community initiatives. She completed her term as President of the Winfield chapter of Rotary International in July, but continues to serve on the board of directors. She is serving as the chairperson of the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition and is also involved with the steering committee with the Kansas Sampler Festival. Additionally, she volunteers at Winfield High School and Grace Episcopal Church in Winfield.


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 11 (General)]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Thursday, Aug. 11.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2016-2017 school year.

Builder Camp takes first-year students on and off campus for a three-day orientation to college life, and Builder Fest is an on-campus experience introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern College. 

New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. They will move into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Following the family session at 4 p.m. and the Family Farewell event at 4:30 p.m., the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 14 to participate in the Freshman Workday event at Island Park from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.

Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Sunday, Aug. 14.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Saturday, Aug. 20.

Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
•    Sunday, Aug. 21, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
•    Monday, Aug. 22, classes begin for students. 
•    Tuesday, Aug. 23, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Wednesday, Aug. 24, Purple Pride Block Party for all students, hosted by Campus Life and Winfield Main Street.  (The event will be on campus.)
•    Thursday, Aug. 25, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
•    Friday, Aug. 26, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

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

For more information about Builder Fest, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168. 

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:38:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ Ideal for Friends to Attend (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony-nominated and OBIE-award-winning musical comedy “[title of show]” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery, and ticket options for show-only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

title of showDirector Carman Moon says this is an ideal show for couples or groups of friends looking for an entertaining night out.

“So much of the show is about a group of friends, hanging out and doing what friends do,” Moon says.  “The character's camaraderie with one another is essential to making their dreams come true.”

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four includes Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“The show is hopeful; it will make you believe,” Davis says.  “The show is an autobiography about creation, and reminds us that sometimes you need help, and how much a group of friends can help.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Dinner guests will choose from a variety of meals.  Dinner will be served at The Eatery, 815 Millington St. in Winfield.  Menu items include:
•    Marinated grilled chicken breast served with rice pilaf and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Broasted (fried) chicken served with mashed potatoes and corn
•    Eight-ounce K.C. strip steak served with baked potato and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Catfish (cornmeal, blackened, or lemon pepper) served with homecut French fries and coleslaw
•    Vegetarian options 
All of these meals include a house salad and choice of water, tea, or coffee.

title of show 2Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email  For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.


Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:16:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present Musical ‘[title of show]’ July 22-24 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with a local restaurant, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“We hope the community will come join the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival interns as they explore the creative process necessary to move a musical idea to Broadway,” says Moon.  

The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production off and on Broadway. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Moon says that this production includes several levels of comedy.

“It is a thinking comedy,” Moon says.  “The jokes land on a multitude of levels.  If you have a theatre background, you will see it on a different level.  This production shows the collaboration that is necessary for any creative venture.  The audience will see the highs and lows of this process and how to take an idea and create something amazing.”

Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.


Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:16:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Large Diverse Cast Highlights ‘Hairspray’ (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s Summer Theatre Festival presents “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. 

“Hairspray” is a musical set in 1962 that has a theme that centers on unity and bringing diverse populations of people together. The show’s main character, Tracy Turnblad, enthusiastically works to unite two different dance groups to be together on the hit “Corny Collins Show.” Because the show features many diverse characters it provides the opportunity for performers of a variety of ages, cultural background, talents, and experience.  A total of 85 performers auditioned for a role in “Hairspray”, a total of 56 were chosen.  

HairsprayAngie Thompson, Wichita, plays the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. 

“I don’t feel like that Tracy strives to be accepted by anyone; I feel like she tries to accept everyone and hopes for the same in return,” Thompson says.  “She wants to live in a world where everyone can be as happy with themselves as she is with herself.” 

Dan Campbell, Southwestern College Campus Player, plays the gender-swapped role of Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad. Campbell mentioned that he has always wanted to play the role of Edna and that his favorite part about Edna is when she finds her joy again. 

“She had lost her joy,” Campbell says, “and then she realized that she doesn’t have to be a particular weight to be joyful.” 

This is Campbell’s 47th show at Southwestern College.

Nathaniel Lee, Winfield, plays the role of Seaweed, an African American dancer who befriends Tracy and introduces her to the rest of the misfit Motormouth Kids. Lee says it has been a challenge embodying the character of Seaweed.

“Seaweed is just so suave; I’m a quiet guy, and he’s cool,” Lee says.  “He’s comfortable doing anything, and I sit back and watch.” 

Jonathan Lane, Colwich, is working with the musical both on and off stage. Along with playing the role of a Corny Collins Council Kid, he is also the show’s stage manager. Lane has enjoyed working with the diverse cast of “Hairspray.”

“Truth be told, it’s what theatre is - people coming together,” Lane says.  “People you never knew from places you’ve never even heard of coming together, working on a show to put on for other people, making them happy, just doing their job as thespians.” 

Skylar Markley, Winfield, is playing a Corny Collins Council Kid, a role that requires a lot of precise and stylized dancing. Markley has six years of dancing experience from being trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling at The Edge in Winfield. Markley says it has been a challenging and rewarding experience so far.  

“The challenges of this show, for me, has been the singing with the dancing along with the new styles of dance,” Markley says. “It’s different dancing with people that you’re not used to dancing with every single day too.” 

According to Moon, the entire cast is doing an excellent job. 

“Because of the equal demands for every performer to act, sing, and dance, this production has provided a considerable challenge We have had enormous growth from every member of the cast,” Moon says. 

The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery (July 15) and Kathryn’s restaurant (July 16-17), and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  Dinner times for the shows on July 15 and 16 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 17 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinners will be served at The Eatery on Friday and at Kathryn’s on Saturday and Sunday. Menu options For Kathryn’s include grilled chicken, beef, or pork steak, a salad, and two side dishes (The Eatery menu options are still to be determined). Tickets for dinner and show are $25.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The show is appropriate for the entire family. 

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

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:14:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team and Kline Motors Donate $8,000 to Winfield Food Pantry (General)]]> An $8,000 check was presented to the Winfield Food Pantry by the Southwestern College Enactus team and Kline Motors, results of the Lincoln Motor Company's Driven to Give event held on the SC campus April 30. The check presentation was June 23.

During the event, community members were encouraged to test drive a Lincoln vehicle at Southwestern, with a donation being made to a community organization for each drive up to a maximum of $8,000. Jeremy Biddle, general manager of Kline Motors, and Patrick Lee, SC Enactus advisor, decided to focus efforts on an immediate need that could make the biggest impact in the Winfield community —  the Winfield Food Pantry. 

Enactus donates to WFPTyler Crandall, a 2016 Southwestern College graduate, was project manager for this event and Raul Martinez, sophomore accounting major, was the assistant project manager. 

"After doing this event for years, the SC Enactus team not only produced a great event, but was able to achieve the $8,000 goal in the fastest time we have ever seen," Biddle said. 

Lee was thrilled with the end result.

“We cannot thank the Winfield community and Southwestern College students enough who came out in droves to support a great organization for a great cause,” Lee said.  “We saw a ton of student engagement from our student leaders and those who came out and brought their friends. The community came out early and showed up to make sure we hit our goal.”

According to Lee, planning has already started to host another on-campus event during Homecoming weekend and the SC Enactus team is looking forward to working with Kline Motors to put on another successful community event.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 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, 24 Jun 2016 15:12:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Wild Things' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Wild Things,” a collection of Maurice Sendak stories, on Friday, June 24, at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building.  There is a suggested donation charge of $3 for children and $5 for adults. 

Participating in the shows are members of the youth theatre camp, the story theatre camp, and Southwestern College Summer Theatre interns.  

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival, the interns worked with members of the story theatre camp to write adaptations of “Bears,” “Bumble-Ardy,” “Dear Mili,” and “Wild Things.”

Moon says that these shows are ideal for families, especially younger family members because of the content of the show, and that it will conclude in less than an hour. 

Youth theatre camp members include: Callie Ledford, Riley White, Marcus Brooks, Ruby Woodburn, Dante Moon, Taylor Pappan, and Reese Pappan. Story theatre camp members include: Charlie Page, Macy White, Madeline Andrews, Gwendolyn Andrews, Alia Dust, Carson Mcade, Copeland Quiett, and Ian Dockery.

Summer Theatre Festival interns include: Jon Lane, Matt Porter, Julianna Smarsh, Carlene Dick, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Alex Wilken.  

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Interning at The Woodlands UMC (General)]]> Southwestern College students Victoria Lybarger, Winfield; Jaime Davison, Hugoton; and Jordan Butler, Arkansas City, are serving internships at The Woodlands (Texas) United Methodist Church until July 31. 

The Woodlands United Methodist Church is an 11,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston. The evangelical Methodist church offers eight live worship services each week in three unique worship styles.

“Last week we met a ton of amazing people and got a feel for the place,” Lybarger reports.  “We had the chance to lead worship at their staff chapel service last Wednesday, then we were led worship for the special needs service last Sunday. This week we are getting to lead worship for the vacation Bible school attended by more than 1,000 children ages kindergarten through fourth grade, and for a fifth- and sixth-grade day camp with more than 100 children. It’s been quite amazing so far.” 

Lybarger learned about this opportunity when Mark Swayze, director of contemporary music at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, visited Southwestern.

“This opportunity came about when Mark (Swayze) came on a visit to Southwestern because he had heard about our program from Martin Rude (director of outreach ministries),” Lybarger says.  “Martin had met him at a conference during the year. After Mark came and saw the great things worship outreach was doing, he felt we would be good for a program he’s been trying to start up at his church. He had talked to Martin for a while and Martin then talked to us three about going and being a part of it.” 

According to Rude, outreach ministry at Southwestern College is a hands-on experience.
“Currently, three teams are at work spreading God’s word through song, worship leadership, and instrumental music,” Rude says.  “Students from all academic disciplines unite to share their faith through music and the testimony of their lives. In Christ, groups are student-lead, so members gain first-hand experience in true worship planning.”           


Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:19:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Women’s Choir Rehearsals Begin July 19 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) will begin rehearsals for its second annual SCCU Women’s Choir Summer Sings Program on Tuesday, July 19th.  Rehearsals are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  

Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, says that girls and women ages 14 and up are encouraged to join the summer choir to sing in a friendly learning environment.

“We welcome anyone to come sit in on rehearsals and sing with us,” Winnie says.  “Whether you are a seasoned veteran singer, need brushing up on your skills, or have never sung before, we invite you to join us for our Summer Sings program of ‘There After.’ This program features music about the possibilities that await us.”

The SCCU Summer Sings concert will be presented in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.  The fee to participate in the summer program is $60 for adults, $20 for SC or community students. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

“We hope community members and students will join us as we continue to reawaken community choral singing in Winfield,” Winnie says.  “If a business is interested in sponsorship, providing scholarships, or other contributions or donations, I hope they will contact Charles McKinzie (Southwestern College advancement officer) or myself.”

For answers to questions regarding this opportunity or for more information about the SCCU, contact Winnie (620-229-6302) or McKinzie (620-229-6288).    


Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:48:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nathan Morrison Named Assistant Athletic Trainer (General)]]> Nathan Morrison, a 2010 Southwestern College graduate, has returned to Winfield to join the college’s sports medicine office. Morrison has accepted the assistant athletic trainer position for the Moundbuilders, as announced Wednesday by head athletic trainer Lock Schnelle. 

“I am happy to add Nathan to our staff,” Schnelle said. “He brings a lot of new insight to the table, and will be a huge asset to our program as we continue to grow and develop our department.” 

Morrison comes to Southwestern from the Baltimore, Md., area where he has served as an Outreach Athletic Trainer for ATI Physical Therapy since 2014. During that time, he provided medical coverage for the athletic program at Fallston High School. He spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Loyola University Maryland, where he facilitated injury prevention, exams, treatment, and rehabilitation for the NCAA Div. I Greyhounds.

Prior to his time on the east coast, Morrison was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla., where he assisted the Eagles’ head athletic trainer in providing athletic training services to OKWU’s 14 athletic teams. He also instructed courses on nutrition and lifetime physical activity, and developed a strength and conditioning program for the track and field program’s throwers. 

Morrison received his National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) in May 2010, and earned his Impact Trained Athletic Trainer certification in 2016. He graduated with honors from Southwestern College in May 2010, before receiving his master of business administration degree in health care administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2012.

Morrison will move to Winfield with his wife, Katie.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:43:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2015-2016 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 7.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

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

Masterbuilders for 2015-2016 include: Ashlee Wenrick, Loveland, Colo.; LaKendrick Jordan, Dallas, Texas; Mary Reilly, Cherryvale; Brenna Truhe, Salina; and Monica Gamez and Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas.


Wed, 25 May 2016 11:12:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Five awards were presented Friday, April 15, for outstanding service to the college, and 30 employees were honored for years of service.

Presented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Eloy Mendoza, director of marketing for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands.  The Builder Spirit Award, a one-time special award, was presented to Terah York.

Aidan Goodrich, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Kathy Mignone, Fresh Ideas.  The faculty citation went to Carrie Lane, associate professor of psychology.

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 
•    25 years: Brenda Hicks, Cheryl Rude, and Martin Rude
•    20 years: Lisa Lowery and Kathy Mignone
•    15 years: Pat Boggs, Sheila Krug, Stanley Nichols, and Holly Peterson
•    10 years: Rodney Baker, Linda Kissire, Ed Loeb, Nili Luo, Mary Passmore, Zhiqun Qian, Joni Rankin, and Stacy Sparks
•    5 years: Sheryl Erickson, Rose Hanna, Zak Larson, James McEwen, Tammy McEwen, Keith McLaughlin, Alexis Miers, Jennifer Nicholson, Pam Olney, Wilma Schremmer, Barbara Wilson, Marvin Wilson, and Terah York.

Wed, 25 May 2016 11:11:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lee Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College (General)]]> Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 8. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

“I would like to thank Charles and Verda Kopke for bestowing this opportunity, not only on myself, but on the distinguish faculty that I get to work with each and every day,” Lee says.  “The Kopkes’ generosity reinforces the importance of our profession and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to receive this award. As you know, the Kopke award was established to recognize members of the college’s faculty who exemplify the college’s commitment to excellence in teaching. At Southwestern College, this is what we do--we teach, we inspire, we find every opportunity to challenge the status quo.”

Peter Heckman, academic dean at Southwestern College, notes that Lee has accumulated several awards in his time at SC.

Patrick Lee“Patrick Lee has added the Kopke award to those he has already won, including the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award and the SGA Faculty Citation,” Heckman says.  “These are all evidence of outstanding teaching.  Students appreciate his adaptability, the degree to which he makes himself available to students, and the practical nature of his teaching which is focused on helping students achieve career goals.  His leadership has helped the Southwestern College Enactus team win its regional competition, which is a remarkable achievement for an institution of this size.  I would like to congratulate Professor Lee for his many contributions to this institution.”

Lee is from Azusa, Calif. He received his bachelor of accounting degree from the University of LaVerne; a master of science in human environmental sciences from Oklahoma State University, and a master of accounting degree from the University of Connecticut.  He began teaching at Southwestern College in August 2013.

“What I love most about Southwestern College is our ability to challenge ourselves and do things that aren't so much about teaching, but more about our students,” Lee says.  “As a faculty member, I not only teach in the classroom, but I get to teach in our Enactus team. The lessons learned in our Enactus team aren't coming from a textbook, they are real life, have real consequences, and give my students real learning points to their education.”

Fri, 20 May 2016 09:34:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps Available This Summer at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer summer camps for youth.

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival at Southwestern College, one of the offerings this summer will be “Where the Wild Things Are” plus other Maurice Sendak plays. To perform in the production on June 24 and 25, two summer camps are being offered:

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

Both camps will be two weeks in length – June 13-17 and June 20-25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for the camp is $30 and sessions will be held in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

Other camp offerings this summer include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, May 31-June 4, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from Disney productions and other contemporary musicals will come to life on stage.  Children will work with Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  They will perform a musical theatre review of their work on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.  The cost for the camp is $25.
•       Improvisational Acting, June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. to noon.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will meet in the Helen Graham Little Theatre to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  
•       Playwrighting, June 27-July 1, 2-4 p.m. Original scenes and short plays will be developed using a variety of playwrighting exercises and writing techniques.  Writers will meet in Darbeth 105 and work with Roger Moon and SC’s summer theatre interns on the development of ideas, action, conflict, scenes, characters, and dialogue.  The improvisational class and the playwrighting class will perform a combined showcase on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.   The cost for both camps is $25.

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


Mon, 09 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir to Present Spring Concert May 14 (Music)]]> The JourneyKids Choir will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, but is free for students, children, and Southwestern College faculty and staff. Proceeds from the concert support the ensemble’s continued growth and scholarship program. For tickets or more information, call Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, at (620) 229-6188 or email

The concert will feature a variety of musical styles designed to take the audience on a memorable journey through different cultures.
The choir is directed by Nikki Kirk and is accompanied by Sara Weinert. Kirk is a music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is in her ninth year of teaching. 

“I am very proud of our JourneyKids Choir and all that they have accomplished this year,” Kirk says.   “Our students have connected with other children and adults in their surrounding community through music, and this experience will stay with them for a lifetime.  It is my sincere hope that all students involved in the ensembles take what they have learned and share the power of their musical experience with others by becoming music leaders in their schools, as well as in the JourneyKids Choir.  We are excited to show the community how much our students have grown in music throughout the year during our final concert on Saturday, May 14.”

The Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir is a 20-member group made up of students in grades 1-7 from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden. The group allows students in the region the ability to sing out a specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre. A focal point of the group is the creation and development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for musical exploration and learning. The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.


Fri, 06 May 2016 13:55:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Registration Ends May 15 (Music)]]> Students are encouraged to register now for Southwestern College’s Cole Family Summer Music Festival, to be held June 6-11 on the SC campus.  Award-winning faculty and popular special events are set for the event, with registration closing on Sunday, May 15. 

The festival is for students ages 13-18, and campers will choose from tracks in band, choir, orchestra, and piano.  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, practice time, electives, recreation time, and much more. 

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

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  They include Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College; Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education; Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands and percussion at Southwestern College; Steven Butler, instructor of music theory and piano at Southwestern College; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

Faculty assistants are full-time certified music teachers and include Whitney Maxwell, Marcia Hatfield, and Susan Mayo for orchestra; Karissa Hoag and Brandon Wade for choir; and Peter Weinert, Austin Russell, and Hollyann Sewell for band.

Mark Saunders will be artist-in-residence for the camp.  Saunders is a musical theatre graduate from Lindenwood University and currently lives in St. Louis.  He is a tenor section leader/soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a tenor in the symphony chorus with the St. Louis Symphony.  He is also a member of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus.  He has served as a counselor for the Cole Family Summer Music Festival for many years.

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

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


Fri, 06 May 2016 10:51:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning Christian Music Artist Mark Schultz to Perform at Southwestern College May 28 (General)]]> Christian music recording artist Mark Schultz will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m.  The concert will benefit the American Cancer Society.  Tickets are $15.

Mark SchultzSchultz, a Colby native, is a platinum-selling artist and an 18-time Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove nominee in the categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Writer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year.  The GMA Dove Awards honors outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian music.  Schultz has released nine albums including GMA Dove Award winner “Mark Schultz Live…A Night of Stories and Songs.”  He has had several number one hit songs including “He’s My Son,” “Child of Mine,” “I Am the Way,” and “Remember Me.”  He has sold over 1.3 million albums.  

While at Southwestern, Schultz and his band will spend time with students from around the state who are attending the Amp It Up camp.  Amp It Up camp is for high-school-aged students on praise and worship teams.

Schultz attended Kansas State University and now lives in Nashville with his wife, Kate, and son, Ryan.  

Tickets can be ordered online at  For more information, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences, at (620) 229-6141.


Wed, 04 May 2016 10:55:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bikes Looking for Donations (General)]]> Southwestern College senior Emily Tilton is starting a bicycle rental program at SC called Builder Bikes.  She is hoping that community members will donate their gently used and unwanted bicycles for SC students to use.  

Tilton, a Douglass native, wants students to have easy access to bicycles.

“Biking is a sustainable, cost effective, and healthy form of transportation,” Tilton says.  “I enjoy the peace of being outdoors with my friends and want my fellow students to have the same opportunity. We surveyed 25 students. Only three of these students had bikes on campus. Every student who did not have a bike on campus was interested in renting a bike from the school. Many students live out of state or even out of the country. This makes it difficult for students to bring their own bikes from home. Builder Bikes hopes to provide these students easy access to bicycles.”

The bicycles will eventually be stored in the basement of Deets Library and students will check them out from there. 

Interested community members may donate their gently used bikes on Saturday, May 30, from 12 to 5 p.m. Bikes can be brought to the lawn off of Warren and Houston street next to Sutton Hall. If anyone would like to donate but is unable to do so on May 30, contact Emily Tilton at or (316) 759-9705.


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Hairspray’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Hairspray” are coming soon to Southwestern College. 

“This is a diverse cast,” says director Allyson Moon. “It provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and show that each person is important, each person has gifts, and each person should have a chance to shine.” 

Auditions will be Thursday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building and Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show. Contact musical director Brian Winnie, at, to request audition materials for “Hairspray.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided. 

“Hairspray” will be performed July 15-17. The show is about dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad who auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun, and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Other productions for the summer include “Where the Wild Things Are” and other Maurice Sendak plays, June 24 and 25, and the contemporary musical “Title of Show” July 22-24.

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


Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced (Music)]]> Three high school students and two middle school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 6-11.

“On February 16, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists performed solo repertoire for a chance to win a full tuition scholarship, half tuition scholarship, or $100 tuition award to attend the 2016 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Twenty students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, on March 5, 14 students performed for a chance to perform a concerto with the South Kansas Symphony and win one of these scholarships.”

The following students received full tuition scholarships (the names of the students’ instructors are in parentheses): Avery Givens, Arkansas City Middle School (Hans Judd); Leah Wise, Derby North Middle School (Gray Bishop); Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Brian Miller); Aidan Wells Filbert, Wichita East High School (Eric Crawford); and Victoria Peavey, Wichita Northwest High School (Amy Brown).

Half tuition scholarships were awarded to: Sam Ross, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Cooper Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk); and Lindsey Bergner, Pratt High School (Peter Weinert). 

$100 tuition awards went to: Marlie Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Caroline Jiang, Wichita Independent Middle School (Joe Clements); Bryan Jiang, Wichita East High School (Miranda Wilson); and Caleb Renner, Inman High School (Ben Scheirling).  
In addition, Mondry was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition winner followed by Wells Filbert and Renner. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing music skills in four areas of emphasis: choir, orchestra, piano, or band. Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $375 for overnight campers and $300 for day campers. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

Registration for the camp is open until May 15. For more information go to  


Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2016 Promises Lots of Fun! (Alumni News)]]> Mark your calendar for October 7, 8, 9, 2016, the dates of this year's Homecoming celebration.  The weekend promises to be more exciting than ever with lots of reunion gatherings scheduled, including football, soccer, Iota Pi Omega, and classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011!  In addition, Campus Players will have a party, and alumni who were a part of the 1966 seminar to the Pacific area with Dr. Wallace and Ina Gray, will be meeting with them to reminisce over dinner.  Contact your Class Hosts or Susan Lowe if you have questions or ideas for more things to add to the schedule... and we look forward to seeing you then!

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:10:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Youth Symphony Auditions Coming Up Quickly! (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) is holding auditions for the 2016-2017 season May 31st through June 2nd. All auditions are held at Southwestern College in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall. Studentss are expected to have a short piece prepared to show their level of  playing, a 2-3 octave scale of choice, and be prepared to play a short sight reading exercise. The audition fee is $5.00.

Students who are in their second year of playing, through 12th grade, are invited to audition. SCYS is accepting students who play the following instruments:violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, electric bass, and electric guitar.

The 2016-2017 will bring a new ensemble back into the program. The Southwestern Philharmonic will be open to all string students to help them develop as a musician. This ensemble is designed specifically for students who want to improve their playing but are not yet ready for the challenging music of the older group, the Youth Symphony. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to take what they learn in school outside of their classroom walls and apply it in a different setting. 

You may register online at

If you have any questions, you may contact Mr. Ismail Farid at or 620-218-1178.

We look forward to another wonderful season!

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:14:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Drive for Community Event at Southwestern College to Benefit Winfield Food Pantry (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team is hosting a Ford Drive for Community event in conjunction with Kline Motors on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be in the parking lot on the south end of Richard L. Jantz stadium

The goal of the event is to raise up to $8,000 for the Winfield Food Pantry. 

“We're inviting the community to come down to Jantz Stadium on Saturday, April 30, to test drive Ford vehicles,” says Enactus advisor Patrick Lee.  “To hit that goal, we will need 300 people to come out and check out this event. For every test drive taken the Ford Foundation and Kline Motors will donate to our local food pantry. If you mention ‘free t-shirt,’ the first 100 people will receive a voucher for a free ‘Drive for Community’ t-shirt from the Moundbuilder Market.”


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:24:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Deborah Martin's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Deborah MartinMalaysian-born pianist, Deborah Martin is in her final semester of study at Southwestern College, finishing her Bachelors of Arts in Music and minor in Business Administration. She studies piano with Dr. Timothy Shook, Division of Performing Arts Chair and Piano Professor at Southwestern College, and studies voice as a secondary with Dr. Brian Winnie, Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Southwestern College.

In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers' Association (KMTA) and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. Martin was first place in the Junior/Senior categories of the 2014 auditions and third place in the Freshman/Sophomore 2013 auditions. Her achievement in 2014 was recognized with the invitation to perform at the Honors Recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators' Association annual workshop. In 2015, Martin also won first place in the senior division of the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition.

She is an active member of the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, the Southwestern College Choral Union, and the South Kansas Symphony (SKS) at Southwestern College. She also has experience serving as a collaborative pianist, accompanying both vocal and instrumental students for private lessons, choirs in the vicinity, and the SKS. She has played the keyboard in the pit orchestra for several of  the college's musical theater productions including: Sweeny Todd, The Little Mermaid, Nextto Normal and Spamalot. Most recently, she also served as the Assistant Musical Director in the college's production of Legally Blonde, the Musical. 

Martin is also a private piano studio instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College. She is a section leader and assistant student conductor with the A Cappella Choir and Southwestern College Choral Union. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted to the conducting institute hosted by Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She had the opportunity to study with distinguished pedagogues in choral conducting, mainly Simon Carrington, during her time there. She is also an active member of the Music Teachers' National Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Martin also serves as a worship leader. Her experience in worship leading comes from being a part of Worship Outreach (WO) at Southwestern College. In 2013, she was the keyboardist for WO's Southeast Asia tour entitled "No Secrets." She aslo served as the Assistant Producer and one of the songwriters in the production of the "No Secrets" album.

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:41:45 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Eva Farid's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Eva FaridEva is a senior at Southwestern College and is pursuing her major in music performance. She was an active member of the SC Youth Symphony for 6 years, from middle school trhough high school, and was concert mistress her senior year. Throughout her high school, Eva competed in both Regional and State commpetitions. Currently, she is a member of the South Kansas Symphony and the first violinist with the William's String Quartet. Eva also took part in the Kansas Inter-Collegiate Orchestra in 2014, which involved 7 colleges from Kansas, and was placed 3rd chair 1st violin. The last couple of years, Eva had the opportunity for small venue performance in Dallas, Singapore, and Vancouver BC. In spite of her busy schedule, Eva still finds time to to gig with her dad.

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:24:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)