Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Southwestern College Welcomes Largest Class in 132 Year History (General)]]> Southwestern College marked the beginning of the fall semester by welcoming a record breaking first-year class to campus.

“It’s a wonderful day to be a Builder,” said Southwestern President Brad Andrews as he shared news of the record enrollment.   

Andrews reported that as of Monday, 192 first-year students had moved onto campus, representing the largest freshman class in the 132 year history of the college.  At the time of publication, the college has also enrolled 80 transfer students. In total, 272 new students have enrolled, also a record for the college. 

“The momentum that we are building at Southwestern is very real,” said Andrews. “The value and attractiveness of the education we provide is meaningful to prospective students and families of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond.”  

 The large class was out in force on Sunday, performing community service at eleven homes and nonprofits throughout Winfield as part of the annual Freshman Work Day. On Friday their service will be focused on campus as they give the “SC” rocks on the hill east of Richard L. Jantz Stadium a fresh coat of white paint (a duty performed annually by the first-year class, with the help of President Andrews). Classes at the college will begin on August 21.

“We have 272 brand new students who chose Southwestern College, who chose Winfield— who have already begun to connect with our community and engage in our traditions,” said Andrews. “The college and Winfield are strengthened by their choosing to be here and that is certainly something we all should celebrate.” 

Last year Southwestern welcomed 173 first-year students, which, at the time, marked the second largest class to enter the college. Andrews attributes the record breaking success and increasing enrollment, which contradicts national trends, to faculty, staff, and the community.

“This success hinges on nothing more than prospective students and families recognizing that faculty and staff at Southwestern College are dedicated to helping students discover their potential and find success— and in seeing what a special place Winfield is to make home.”


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:17:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 9 (General)]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2017-2018 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. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by students moving into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A Family Farewell event begins at 3:30 p.m., and then the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Camp WOW in Stuart, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 12. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.
Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Saturday, Aug. 12.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Friday, Aug. 18.
Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
Sunday, Aug. 20, 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. 21, classes begin for students. 
Tuesday, Aug. 22, rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
Thursday, Aug. 24, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
Friday, Aug. 25, 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. 
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:34:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Stacy Sparks Photography on Display in Wichita (General)]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks will be on display at the Plymouth Art Gallery at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 North Clifton Ave., Wichita, in August and September. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 40 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs. 

Sparks is the associate professor of journalism at Southwestern College and has been teaching at SC since August 2006, when she moved to Winfield with her husband, Pat England. The photographs in this exhibit were made during a sabbatical between August and December 2015.

She grew up in Dodge City and began teaching journalism and advising student media staffs in 1988, first at St. Mary of the Plains College, then at Dodge City Community College. 

Sparks’ 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.

Sparks 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.

Located in the main hallway of the church, The Plymouth Art Gallery is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is also open during regularly scheduled church events.  


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Godspell’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Godspell” on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

Southwestern College graduate Meagan Morrow is directing the show while current student Matthew Porter is the musical director.  Morrow says that the production will take on a carnival theme.  One hour before the show starts, the cast and crew will create a carnival atmosphere on the lawn of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Morrow says that families are encouraged to attend and participate in games, face painting, live music, ring toss, and fortune telling.

“‘Godspell’ can be done in a variety of ways,” Morrow says.  “The cast and crew will participate in the carnival games outside of the recital hall.  From there, the carnival atmosphere will move inside Messenger and the show will begin.”

Jesus will be played by Tanner Schartz and John/Judas will be played by Jack Warring, both current Southwestern College students.  The ensemble will include current SC students Ondreya Seahorn, Kaela Massey, Jonathan Lane, and Shawn Knepper.  Other ensemble members are SC graduate Carlene Dick; master’s student Juliana Smarsh; Scarlet Green, Wichita; and Nathan Coordsen, Bartlesville, Okla. 

Morrow says that this production of “Godspell” should appeal to everybody from preschool age to adult.  The music style will range from pop to rock to gospel.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:37:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Finishes the Tour Divide (General)]]> Winfield biking enthusiast Bobby Smith has returned after competing in one of the toughest mountain bike experiences in North America.Bobby Smith Finishes TD

Smith, director of application systems at Southwestern College, completed the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route was 2,745 miles long and Smith finished it in 28 days, 12 hours, and 35 minutes. 

Smith, who is 30 pounds lighter after competing in the event, says that in hindsight, he could have finished the race sooner but rode with another competitor who had participated before in the Tour Divide. 

“I rode with him for quite a ways because he knew where the refueling stations were, had knowledge of where to camp out, and I didn’t want to get lost” Smith says.  “But once I got to Breckenridge (Colo.) I knew I had to pick up the pace if I wanted to finish in less than 30 days so I went on my own from there.”

Smith says that he hopes to ride in the event again someday. 

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to see a map of the route Smith rode along with other race statistics as well as a link to donate to the Builder Fund at


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:28:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Landmarks Being Constructed at Southwestern (General)]]> Construction has begun on a new landmark on the west side of the Southwestern College campus.

The George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success is expected to be completed by mid-August.

No Sign KeyholeThe Hayward family has made a gift to construct two monument signs at the west corners of campus; one at College St. and Warren Ave., and the other at College St. and Fowler Ave. Additionally, a pedestrian gateway framing Keyhole Drive and a monument sign in the center median of the drive will be constructed in the coming weeks.No sign Warren

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School (General)]]> Southwestern College hosted students from two different middle schools in Wichita during its annual Builder Bound Camp.  Students from Truesdell Middle School were on campus June 6-9 and students from Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Academy were on campus from June 20-23. 

Both schools were honored for their 2016-2017 achievements by the Kansas Association Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) with Truesdell awarded the Kansas Middle School of the Year and Jardine being a finalist for this distinctive award.   

A total of 112 students (75 from Truesdell and 37 from Jardine) attended the camps. Each week was concluded with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Superintendent Alicia Thompson of the Wichita USD 259 attended the graduation as a parent, acknowledging her daughter’s participation in Builder Bound Camp.  

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher and camp sponsor from Truesdell, students on the honor roll at Truesdell were selected first, followed by students who were close to achieving honor roll status and could benefit from the positive influences at Builder Bound Camp. Truesdell has over 1,100 students enrolled.

Builder Bound 17According to Lura Jo Atherly, the head principal at Jardine, students attending summer school for the two weeks were eligible to participate in the camp. Jardine has nearly 350 students enrolled.

This was the 11th year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide Builder Bound Camp.  For four years SC had partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of the students who attended camp are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first-generation college attenders. According to Pleas, part of the mission of this camp is to expose these students to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

Campers were split into teams and participated in six courses over the four days.  Courses and professors included: biology, Rick Cowlishaw; engineering, Michael Tessmer; college athletics, Matt O’Brien; digital design, DeAnn Nelson; media/interviewing, Tommy Castor; and fishing, Mary Sites.

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

The leadership staff included Dawn Pleas, executive director; Ed Loeb, academic dean, Lonnie Boyd, controller; Anjaih Clemons, operations; Tim Miser, college student mentors; Korie Hawkins, middle school campers; Krystal Winn, climate control;  Justin Williams and LaRide Conerly, male hall directors;  Jordon Pond and Korie Hawkins, female hall directors; Rodney Marner, assistant operations; Mary Sites, orientation meals;  Garnita James, female empowerment; and Sgt. Michael Williams, male empowerment.

The camps also featured 20 current students, recent alumni, and young adult friends of Southwestern College as mentors to the campers.  


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:24:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Aidan Goodrich: Getting out of it what he put into it (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Aidan Goodrich at CommencementIt’s a rare Southwestern student who doesn’t hear the same advice Aidan Goodrich heard as a new freshman: “You’re going to get out of it what you put into it,” someone told him.

It’s a rare student, though, who takes this advice as seriously as Goodrich. He graduated from SC in May with a biology degree. But in addition to the activities expected of a biology major (Beta Beta Beta, Pi Gamma Mu) he completed internships with Legacy Regional Community Foundation, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Georgia Aquarium. He was a member of the Leadership Team and was also elected a MasterBuilder.

“I was excited – I wanted to do things, challenge myself, learn about myself,” he says. “If there’s anything you’re passionate about, you’re going to put a lot of energy into it, and one thing led to another.”

When meeting with prospective students as an ambassador he shared that they were in for a special experience.

Aidan Goodrich at SeaWorld“I told them they were going to learn a lot about themselves, and other people, and the world, but they were also going to learn the spirit of service,” he says. “Our college is built on four pillars – knowledge, hope, courage, and freedom—but the fifth invisible pillar is service.”

Now Goodrich is working as a husbandry assistant in the animal training department of SeaWorld San Antonio, and spends his days observing killer whale calves, feeding sea otters, and caring for sea lions.

“It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be, and more,” he says – just like his Southwestern experience.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:11:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kayla Demel: Leaving SC better than she found it (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Kayla DemelKayla Demel admits that she came to Southwestern to play basketball, but that decision opened the door to more than she ever expected.

“I saw upperclassmen getting involved, and I thought ‘I want to do that – I want to be an RA, and be involved in Builder Camp, and in student government, and in things I’m passionate about.’”

During her freshman year, Kayla admits, she was mostly focused on basketball and hanging out with friends.

“School wasn’t the first thing on my mind all the time, but then I realized I was only in college for four years,” she says. “I had to be ready to make decisions, and decisions you make in college are going to affect you for the rest of your life.”

Seeing older students model the possibilities Southwestern offered turned into a whirlwind of activities for Demel, who graduated in May as SGA president, student ambassador, treasurer of the Athletic Training Society, and member of the Pre-Health Professionals organization. And she continued to play basketball – she was an NAIA Div. II scholar-athlete and participated in all 31 games during her senior season.

“I told (dean of students) Dan Falk in February that my main goal was to leave Southwestern better than I found it, and I think I did that,” she says.

Next up for Kayla is a position with Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita, where she will be working with a surgeon as a physician extender and athletic trainer.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols’ second career leads to national acclaim (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

David Nichols Signing BookFor a quarter of a century the college needed David Nichols to serve in a progression of roles. Though he considered opportunities elsewhere he was compelled to stay at SC. He taught economics, headed the business department, led institutional advancement, and finally was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college before he retired in 2003. And still, he says, he didn’t find out what he was really good at until he left SC.

(Pictured: David Nichols signs copies of his latest book about Dwight Eisenhower during an event on the Southwestern campus April 27. The book has been favorably reviewed by major national media.)

Today Nichols is a nationally-recognized author who is being called the foremost scholar on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. His latest book, Ike and McCarthy, was released in March 2017 and has been favorably reviewed by such media as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, and the Dallas Morning News. It was called “a thrilling new history” by The Daily Beast.

“I wasn’t going to play golf, and I needed something to do,” Nichols explains his late-life career as an author. Trained as a historian (his doctorate from College of William and Mary was in history), he told colleagues when he retired that he planned to write a book. Few predicted how successful he would be, though.

Abilene, he explains, was close and cheap so he decided to concentrate his research on the 34th president. Overlooked by East Coast scholars because of its out-of-the-way location, Eisenhower’s presidential library turned out to be a researcher’s treasure trove and Nichols reveled in the information he found.

Nichols Book Ike and McCarthyAn editor at Simon and Schuster took an interest in Nichols’ work, and in 2007 the respected publisher released A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. This was followed in 2011 by Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis – Suez and the Brink of War.

Critics took note of the books, with the Christian Science Monitor calling Year of Crisis one of “seven history books worth checking out in 2011.”

With the publication of Ike and McCarthy, Nichols has taken his place as the nation’s foremost expert on the Eisenhower presidency. National book tours, media interviews, and a second printing have followed its March 21 release.

“It’s the best written of the three books by far,” Nichols admits. “It’s not a who-done-it, it’s a how-done-it. It’s like a Sherlock Holmes mystery.”

At the center of the book is the fascinating general who became a president.

“Eisenhower was deceptive, almost to a fault,” Nichols says. “He appeared to be a bumbling grandfather in public but behind the scenes he was profane, ruthless, tough. When he finally went to war he could be lethal. He was both ethical and ruthless, which is a strange mixture.”

Now that Nichols has taken his place as a leading presidential scholar, he looks back on the careers that came before, and the Southwestern influence that occurred during his student days even before these careers began.

“During that transformative (for me) 1956-60 period, I learned that I – this untutored farm kid – could be a lifelong learner. Since then, I have lived by the maxim: ‘A liberal arts education equips you to learn whatever you have to learn to do whatever you have to do,’” Nichols says. “That principle has informed my life right up to and including the new book.”

“I’m a teacher at heart,” he says, “but if I had only been a classroom teacher I wouldn’t have understood Eisenhower.”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builders: They're Everywhere (Alumni News)]]> (As featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Southwesterner.)

Builders Everywhere 1Moundbuilders meet in the most unexpected places, as Kent Lundy ’90 and Kevin Galo ’14 discovered during the past year. Chaplain (Maj.) Lundy, a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, and Staff Sgt. Galo, an active duty U.S. Air Force Security Forces member from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, were deployed to Eskan Village in Saudi Arabia from July 2016 to January 2017 as members of the 879th Expeditionary Security Forces squadron. Eskan Village is a United States Secretary of State Training Mission compound where approximately 1,000 military members and contractors live and work. The 879th provided the force protection for the entire compound.

“We did not know each other before we arrived,” Lundy says. “We realized the connection one day when Kevin was talking with me about the incredible military-friendly college he was attending!”

Builders Everywhere 2Lundy earned his SC bachelor of arts in 1990, and Galo finished his criminal science degree from Professional Studies in 2014. In addition to his military duties Lundy is a full-time elder in the Indiana conference of the United Methodist Church, and as of July 1 will be senior pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church.

“And yes,” Lundy adds, “we both deployed with our SC T-shirts.”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:10:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Audience Members May Sit In the Round at ‘Big Fish’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

Director Allyson Moon says that the audience will have the opportunity to sit in the RPAC’s auditorium seats or they may sit on stage.

“The staging of ‘Big Fish’ is done from the perspective of being in the round,” Moon says.   “Audience members will be on all sides of the action.  The accompaniment will also be on stage. With a show that has scenes that include being at the edge of a river, in a circus, at a USO production, and a wild West saloon, this theatrical experience is constantly surprising.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

According to Moon, audience members on and off stage will have the opportunity to participate in the action when Edward starts telling a larger-than-life tale.  There is even a scene with soldiers in which audience members will have a chance to dance with them.  Moon stresses that this audience participation is not a requirement, but it is just a fun and unusual opportunity.

This isn’t the first time that Moon has directed a show staged in the round, but it is the first time she has done it in this space.

“Roger Moon paved the way when he staged the spring musical in RPAC in this way,” Moon says.  “It is challenging for the director and the actors.  This plays is about the lives of the Bloom family and those they touched, and who touched them.  This staging allows the audience to get to know them so much better.  Instead of just looking at the stage picture, audience members get to be in it.”

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:15:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present the Musical ‘Big Fish’ June 30, July 1-2 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Bring the whole family to this musical about family,” says director Allyson Moon.  “It will inspire you to live bigger, love bigger, and dream bigger.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

“Edward tells these huge, imaginative stories about who he has met while on the road as a traveling salesman,” Moon says.  “His son doesn’t believe his father has led the life that he has told.  He is on a mission to find out who his father really is.  Edward has a simple message, to live life as big as possible.”

The cast includes Matt Berthot as Edward; Matt Porter as young Edward; Michelle Zacharov as Sandra; Emily Flickinger as young Sandra; Jonathon Lane as Will; Hunter Lough as young Will; Kaela Massey as Josephine; Josh Massey as Karl; Jack Warring as Amos; Allie Petrovich as the Witch; Jessica Coldwell as Jenny Hill; Scarlet Green as young Jenny Hill; Tanner Schartz as Don Price; Shawn Knepper as Zacky Price; Austin Davis as Doctor Bennett; Nathaniel Metzinger as New York Doctor; Carlene Dick as Mermaid; Kyle Smith as Red Fang; and Chris Rogers as Ashton Mayor.

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:43:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Rides the Tour Divide (General)]]> One of the toughest mountain bike experiences in America will be the next challenge for Bobby Smith, a Winfield biking enthusiast. 

Bobby Smith Tour DivideSmith left this week to participate in the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, British Columbia, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route is 2,745 miles long—“longer if you get lost,” he says. Official start of the race is June 9.

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to follow Smith’s progress in real-time, as well as a links to his Instagram account and to the Builder Fund at

A computer specialist at SC, the 51-year-old Smith has been riding since he was a child. 
“Having ridden and raced all genres of cycling, I am first and foremost a mountain biker. The Tour Divide is the pinnacle of an off-pavement challenge where a mountain bike and ‘fat tire’ is pretty much required equipment to succeed,” he says.

Smith will be self-supported, carrying 30 to 40 pounds of supplies, sleeping gear, water, and food on his mountain bike. With only a start date and route provided by promoters (no entry fee or official racer meeting is held), racers must rely on their own ingenuity to complete the course. They may resupply food and equipment at commercial shops along the way, but any services must be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged.

This self-reliance is a key component of the Tour Divide. Racers are not allowed to meet family on the friends on the trail because this is considered a form of support. However, they can accept support from total strangers, who are known as “Trail Angels.” An encounter with one of the strangers is called “Trail Magic,” and Smith admits he is looking forward to experiencing this magic. 

“Information on the race is purposefully difficult to come by, which is exactly how the promoter wants it,” Smith says. “Luckily for us mere mortals, the more people who take on this challenge, the more information that is available to prepare.”

Smith plans to get up with the sun each day, pack, and ride all day, sometimes finishing before dark and sometimes riding into the night if the weather is good. In order to finish the course in less than a month (the vacation time he has available) he must average at least 100 miles daily, with a goal of 110-120 miles per day.

In addition to the terrain and weather conditions, he’ll also be watching out for additional non-human competitors—“we ride right through grizzly, wolf, and mountain lion country”—so he’ll have bear spray and a bear bell ready.

But the physical challenges will pale compared to the mental challenges, Smith predicts. 

“Although the magnitude of the adventure requires utmost preparedness, the unknown aspects will reveal whether or not I am equipped mentally to complete this daunting task,” Smith says. “So why am I taking this challenge? Not only to see if I 'have what it takes', but also for the invaluable experiences, memories, adventure, freedom, pain and laughs; and in many ways to simply see how the story unfolds. Furthermore, I am taking on this challenge to enhance my already blessed life, to empower myself to go beyond my comfort zone, and inspire myself to grow and live a life worth living.”

Bobby Smith on InstagramSee photos from Bobby's adventure at his Instagram account
or search #BuilderOnABike

Learn more about Tour Divide Ride here.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Service Learning Teams Make an Impact in Philadelphia and Portland (General)]]> Two service learning teams from Southwestern College recently traveled to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

“Service Learning teams at Southwestern College hold three threads of learning and practice in common, which are classroom learning, service work, and travel,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We believe the combination of those three things facilitate the best learning  and development for our students.  Hence, each of our teams (Leadership and Discipleship) took a service trip as part of the travel component.”

The Leadership team traveled to Philadelphia and worked with three organizations, The Salvation Army, Share Food, and Front Step.  
Leadership in Philadelphia•    For The Salvation Army, members worked at a warehouse for a day sorting new toys into appropriate age groups and categories. These donated toys are handed out to kids during the Christmas season.  They were able to sort, box, and label all their donations in the warehouse. 
•    For Share Food, the team packaged 1,401 boxes of food commodities (each box was 30 pounds of food).  
•     For Front Step, the team worked with a pastor from Front Step to clean up a neighborhood and park.

“Each year the Leadership team embarks on a service learning trip where members get to experience a new part of the world and simultaneously serve,” Wood says.  “Following a four-year rotation, students have the opportunity to participate in trips in outdoors locations, international site, Kansas, and urban areas. These trips allow students to serve culturally diverse populations and learn more about what it means to be a leader in a global society.”

The Discipleship team traveled to Portland, Ore.

“Our trip was organized through Kaleo Missions in Portland and they housed our team and organized our mission experiences for the week,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship.  “Together we clocked more than 500 service hours.”
Discipleship in Portland•    Much of this time was spent serving alongside ministries that feed and clothe the homeless population.  These ministries included St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and Union Gospel Mission. The team helped prepare and serve food at both locations and also helped clean up and distribute clothing and other commodities throughout the week.
•    Members spent time helping at the Oregon Food Bank where the team separated food for distribution, and worked with Women’s Life Change, a Beaverton, Ore., organization that is an extended, on-site living program for women coming out of abuse, addiction, and homelessness. At Women’s Life Change the team toured the building, learned about the program, met residents, helped paint offices, and helped prepare for the program graduation.
•    The team also attended the Real Life Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International.  According to Just, it brought to life the experiences of refugees and impoverished people around the world. “It was a learning experience that prompted our team to see the world with different eyes,” she says.

Both teams were able to enjoy iconic locations in each city.  In Philadelphia the Leadership team visited the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and burial grounds, Christ Church, and the Philadelphia Zoo.  The Discipleship team visited local food trucks, grabbed an iconic pink box of Voodoo Doughnuts, went to Powell’s Books (the world’s largest independent bookstore), and went to Multnomah Falls.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:28:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Percussionist Thomas Burritt to Perform at Southwestern College June 15 (Music)]]> Thomas Burritt, professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at the University of Texas–Austin, will perform at Southwestern College Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (Christy Administration Building), and admission charge is $10. 

Thomas BurrittActive in the creation and performance of new music for percussion, Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar and was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 and 2009 Zeltsman Marimba Festival. In April 2004, Burritt performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later that same year the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released a CD on the Innova label.

Burritt has earned degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (bachelor of music in education and performance), Kent State University (master of music), and Northwestern University (doctor of musical arts).

As a percussion soloist, Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Maki Ishii, Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka, John Mackey, and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt’s first solo CD recording, “All Times Identical – New American Music for Marimba,” was released in November 2006. His second solo marimba recording, “Groundlines,” is available in iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio, and Spotify. In August of 2015, Burritt released his latest recording via YouTube, featuring a video album of J. S. Bach’s 5th Cello Suite performed on the marimba. In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy-nominated recordings, “Conspirare in Concert” and “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings,” both distributed world-wide on the Harmonia Mundi label.

The concert is a part of the The Cole Family Summer Music Festival, June 11-17.  The festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis--choir, orchestra, band, and piano. 

For more information about the camp or the concert, contact Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141, or visit the RPAC website.

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

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team Earns First Place in Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was the top team in the nation in the Enactus USA 2017 Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge for their work in the Moundbuilder Market. 

Enactus RW Plaster winnersThe award was announced Tuesday at the 2017 Enactus USA National Recognition in Kansas City, and comes with a trophy and $10,000 prize for use by the team for continued growth within their Enactus program and projects. This is the largest monetary awarded challenge Enactus USA presents to a team annually. 

“The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge recognize teams that have a business venture project that implements entrepreneurial activities to increase profit margins,” says Patrick Lee, Enactus team advisor.

The Moundbuilder Market, which sells branded apparel and other Southwestern College items, was taken over by the SC Enactus team in August 2015. Since then the group has created a business model that is both sustainable in nature and profit driven. Enactus team members manage the enterprise, creating practicum opportunities for SC business, accounting, and sports management majors. 

The store is managed by Uly Cisneros (junior majoring in business, Rowlett, Texas) and Christian Gordon (junior majoring in accounting, Yukon, Okla.). In addition Chase Carr (junior majoring in accounting, Bixby, Okla.) manages event sales for the market.

“It's exciting to see a team go from nothing in 2014 to becoming a nationally-recognized team in just three years,” Lee says.  “This is the first nationally-awarded challenge to Southwestern College Enactus team.” 


Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McNutt Named President for KNEA-SP (General)]]> Karrie McNutt Southwestern College senior Karrie McNutt, Winfield, has been elected president of the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP).

Her duties will include organizing two major KNEA events, one in the fall of 2017 and one in the spring of 2018.  The spring event will include a service project normally done in the hometown of the current president.

In April, president-elect McNutt assisted with the Outreach to Teach event at Ogden Elementary School of USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden, where members volunteered for projects that included revamping flowerbeds, planting a tree, painting railings and bookshelves, painting the teacher’s lounge and technology center, organizing classroom libraries, and work in the Ogden Community Garden.

"For the upcoming school year, I couldn't be more honored to represent the aspiring future educators that our state and nation so greatly need,” McNutt says.  “Teaching has truly become my passion and I can't imagine serving my future profession in any other way.  As KNEA-SP president, I look forward to using my leadership skills to help teach my peers how we can make a difference in our Kansas public schools as college students, but more importantly, as we enter the education profession as teachers.”

McNutt adds that the KNEA Student Program Spring Representative Assembly will take place at Southwestern College in April. 

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to give back to my hometown education family, and look forward to including the community in this event,” McNutt says.

A 2014 graduate of Winfield High School, McNutt is majoring in elementary education at Southwestern.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:39:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodrich, Gamez Named 2017 Fran Jabara Award Recipients (General)]]> Goodrich GamezAidan Goodrich, Independence, and Becky Gamez, Houston,  received the Fran Jabara Award at Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7.

Goodrich graduated summa cum laude (with highest honor) with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in leadership. Gamez graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and a minor in business administration.

The Fran Jabara Award is presented to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and excellence in its recipients.  Jabara, an Oklahoma State University and Wichita State University graduate, was an advocate of the American free enterprise system and founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU in 1977.

Goodrich and Gamez each received a plaque and a cash award. 

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Peterson-Veatch Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that Ross Peterson-Veatch will be the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  Dr. Peterson-Veatch will begin his duties July 1.

Ross Peterson-VeatchThe new vice president will have responsibility for the academic vision and execution of academic programs at the college, including both the main campus and Professional Studies. During the past year’s national search to fill the position these duties have been performed by Tracy Frederick, interim provost, after former provost Andy Sheppard accepted a college presidency in Georgia.

“I am so pleased to be chosen as Southwestern's new vice president for academic affairs,” Peterson-Veatch says.  “I am excited to join the Moundbuilder community and I look forward to working with faculty and administrators to continue Southwestern's strong traditions of student engagement and academic excellence.”  

Peterson-Veatch has served as interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Goshen College (Ind.) since 2015.  In that role he was responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all academic and student life programs and departments.  He served Goshen previously as associate vice president for academic affairs, primarily focused on adult and graduate programs. Before that, as associate academic dean, his duties included service on the college team developing strategic academic priorities. 
Prior to his tenure at Goshen, Peterson-Veatch was a faculty member at Indiana University in the liberal arts and management program, and has also held faculty appointments at Earlham College, Goucher College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. From 2001 to 2007 he served Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business as an instructional consultant focused on improvement of classroom teaching practice.

 “Southwestern is a college with a clear focus on students and their success and a commitment to developing students as leaders.  I am honored and humbled to be able to be a part of those efforts and to help extend them to a growing student body both in Winfield and beyond,” Peterson-Veatch adds.

Peterson-Veatch received his bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Spanish and sociology/anthropology and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in folklore from Indiana University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on professional learning communities and other topics.

His academic interests include leadership studies, folklore, history of ethnography and Colonial Latin American literature.  

“I look forward to partnering with him and am excited about the leadership and service he will provide Southwestern in the years to come,” Andrews says. 

Peterson-Veatch has been involved in college pedagogy initiatives since 1992 and served on the program committee for the 2009 annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and the American Folklore Society.

Peterson-Veatch and his wife, Erika, plan to move to Winfield this summer along with their sons, Oscar and Arthur.  


Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:12 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tammy McEwen Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at SC (General)]]> Tammy McEwen, associate professor of biology, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

Tammy McEwen“I am very grateful to the Kopkes for providing this generous award to recognize excellence in teaching,” McEwen says.  “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for doing a job about which I am passionate. I am humbled to be included in the same category with the distinguished educators who have previously received this acknowledgement, and I have the honor and privilege of collaborating with many of those previous recipients frequently.”

McEwen grew up in Texas and graduated from high school in New Braunfels, Texas.  She earned her bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in molecular biology from Pittsburg State University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.  Prior to arriving at Southwestern in August 2011, she taught high school science (biology, earth science, advanced biology, anatomy and physiology) at Altoona-Midway High School in southeast Kansas. McEwen also taught adjunct courses at Neosho County Community College. 

“Winning this award means a great deal to me for while I love biology, particularly developmental biology, my true passion and calling is teaching. In essence, this award is validation for many years of hard work and dedication to serving students,” McEwen added.

McEwen and her husband, Jim, live in Winfield.  He is the internship coordinator at Southwestern.

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodson Published in ‘The Oxford Handbook on Secularism’ (General)]]> Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, has had an article published in “The Oxford Handbook on Secularism.”

“My chapter describes the German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas’s usage of the terms ‘secularity,’ ‘secularism,’ and ‘post-secularism,’” Goodson says.  “I explain how Habermas’s usage of these three terms is best understood in relation to his philosophical theory of communicative rationality. Habermas makes a shift from secularism to post-secularism, and I argue that this shift is based on the fact that post-secularism allows for better communication, on the standards of communicative rationality, between religious believers and nonreligious citizens in our globalized twenty-first century context.”

Goodson says that his argument addresses questions raised by Southwestern College students in courses such as History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Warfare and Ethics.  

“The Oxford Handbook on Secularism” was edited by John R. Shook and Phil Zuckerman, and it contains 43 chapters. It costs $150 if ordered through Oxford University Press.

According to Goodson, one reviewer describes his chapter as providing a helpful discussion concerning "Habermas and former Pope Benedict [XVI] on religion, fundamentalism, war, and theological endorsements of post-secularism."


Fri, 12 May 2017 10:16:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three New Members Enter SC Business HOF; Kline Motors Receives Business Builder Award (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame added three new names Saturday, April 22.  Eric Kurtz, Brian Pettey, and Dennis Hodges have joined the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history and were inducted as part of Founders Weekend activities. The Business Builder Award was presented to Kline Motors.

2017 Business HOFThis year’s inductees included:
•         Eric Kurtz ’92 is CEO and president of Union State Bank, the culmination of a career that began immediately after graduation. Kurtz progressed from night processor to senior vice president of Pioneer Bank and Trust in Ponca City before the bank was acquired in 2006. During his tenure the group became one of only three Oklahoma banks with Preferred Lender Program status with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Following acquisition by RCB Bank, Kurtz became senior vice president of commercial lending. In 2009, he joined Union State Bank. He became president of the bank in 2011, rising to CEO and president in 2014. During his tenure, the bank has expanded into Bartlesville, Okla., and Wichita, acquired RelianzBank, and has been recognized as one of the healthiest banks in the nation. 
 •      Brian Pettey ’96 is CEO of Robotzone, LLC, a business he founded in a Reid residence hall room during his senior year at Southwestern. Located in Winfield, the initial focus of Robotzone was designing and manufacturing robots and robotic components for educational purposes. In 2002, Robotzone began developing more advanced products that were suited for more diverse markets. Robotzone has assisted companies with NASA missions, had robots displayed at the Kennedy Space Center, and constructed robots to help kids learn in thousands of classrooms worldwide. Pettey has also assisted in the development of robots used to protect solders in war zones as well as in television programs and movies. Currently, Robotzone is designing a modular robotic construction system. Pettey has invented numerous products and holds more than 30 patents.
•       Dennis Hodges ’81 is the founder/CEO of Creatalyst, a global strategy boutique that teaches executives, educators, students, and entrepreneurs how to unlock creativity and drive innovation.  Hodges started with a self-designed degree in aesthetics and humanities that taught him to see relationships and connections among seemingly dissimilar items. This set the course for his life’s work, which combines photography, creativity, and strategy. Living for 14 years in Hungary taught him to look at issues from multiple perspectives and appreciate the local nuances that shape world views. He has worked on five continents, including speaking at TEDx Danubia. His work has been shown globally and is in the permanent collection of museums and private collectors.  Dennis also launched the lifestyle brand Dream. Believe. Do. and hosts its podcast.
•    Kline Motors was established in 1963 by Don and Virginia Kline as a family-owned business and has served Winfield and the Cowley County area for more than half a century. Its mission stresses the company’s commitment to the community. Pat Biddle started his career in 1975 in the service and parts departments and continued the tradition of supporting the community that included Southwestern College as he assumed leadership of the company. Kline Motors is now a third-generation business with Pat’s son, Jeremy, set to take ownership of the business. Following in the family footsteps, Jeremy’s son, Wyatt, 14, works summers in the dealership. 

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Youth Symphony Auditions May 23-25 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season Tuesday through Thursday, May 23 through May 25. Audition times are 2 to 6 p.m. each day in the SC Darbeth rehearsal hall. Students who are in their second year of playing through 12th grade are invited to audition.
Students should be prepared to play a short piece to show their level of playing, two scales in contrasting styles, and a short sight reading exercise.  The audition fee is $5. Online registration is available at 

SCYS is accepting students who play the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, electric bass, and electric guitar.  

Concert dates for the upcoming season are Oct. 15, Jan. 28, and April 22.  All concerts begin at 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Ismail Farid at or (620) 218-1178. 

The orchestras of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony program provide musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The youth symphony program strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region. The ensemble encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 


Thu, 11 May 2017 11:27:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2016-2017 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Thursday, April 20.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

2017 MasterbuildersThe 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 2016-2017 include: Sadie Pfau, Ardmore, Okla..; Carlene Dick, Spivey; Abby Warnke, Wichita; Seth Topham, Peabody; LaRide Conerly, McKinney, Texas; and Aidan Goodrich, Independence.


Wed, 10 May 2017 11:31:14 -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 “The Magic School Bus.”  Two camps are being offered for performers in the June 9 and 10 production:

•       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 long, from May 30 to June 2 and June 5 to 10, from 10 a.m. to noon., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. The cost for the camp is $30

Other summer theatre camps include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, June 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from contemporary musical productions 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 Friday, June 16, 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, July 10-14, 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 Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 LIVES.  The class will finish with an improvisational acting review on Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. in the Messenger Recital Hall.
•       Playwrighting, July 10-14, 1-3 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 class will finish with a staged reading of scenes on Friday, July 14, 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.

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


Tue, 02 May 2017 11:29:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Big Fish’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Big Fish” will be on Friday, May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditions will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern. “Big Fish” will be performed June 30, and July 1 and 2.

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 “Big Fish.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided.

 Those auditioning are asked to bring a current headshot or picture. 

“This musical about family ignites the imagination toward living a life of big and magical dreams,” says director Allyson Moon.

“Big Fish” is a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. It is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” and the 2003 film “Big Fish” written by August and directed by Tim Burton.

Other productions for the summer include “The Magic School Bus” June 9 and 10, and “Godspell” July 28, 29, and 30.

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


Tue, 02 May 2017 11:27:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Elementary Education Students Host Home-Schooled Students for Science Experiments (General)]]> Southwestern College elementary education majors hosted 25 home-schooled students, who are associated with the Maize Virtual School, for science investigations on Tuesday, April 25. Karen Podschun, Winfield, is an education specialist for the virtual school program and accompanied the students.

Emily JonesFour SC elementary education majors planned science investigations for the students then hosted the children through a series of rotations so each child was able to participate in each activity. 

•    Emily Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla., had children ‘mix it up’ by seeing how baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring interact. 
•    Tayvia Kemp, El Dorado, had students investigate how sounds are made using a variety of kitchen items and by humming to rice on plastic wrap stretched over various sized bowls.
•     Karrie McNutt, Winfield, let students make their own rain in a cup with shaving cream representing clouds and food coloring drops into and through the clouds. 
•    Mariah Patillo, Montrose, Colo., helped students understand how pollution in streams, lakes, and rivers is harmful to fish. 

Karrie McNuttSheryl Erickson, the course instructor, invited the children to look closely at a variety of seeds, first with just their eyes, and then with magnifying glasses. 

“The science rotations event was a great way to help the children consider how science is around us every day, and for the Southwestern future teachers to plan and implement meaningful learning science opportunities for children,” Erickson says. 


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:54:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform April 30 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> Winfield, Kan., April 24, 2017 — The South Kansas Symphony will perform "Titans,” its final concert of the season, on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.
The performance is sponsored by Larry and Linda Hahn.
The orchestra will be performing Mahler's “Symphony No. 1.” The concert also features the winners of the 2017 South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition, Alex Qian and Aidan Wells. The symphony will accompany both concerto winners as they play movements from Haydn's “Oboe Concerto” and Schumann's “Piano Concerto.”
Qian is a freshman at Wichita Collegiate High School and is the son of Nili Luo and Timothy Qian. He currently studies with Andréa Banke at Wichita State University. He serves as principal oboist of the Wichita Youth Symphony and previously performed with the KSHAA 4-1A District Band and the Kansas City Youth Symphony. He also plays saxophone and piano.
Wells is a first-year student at Southwestern College, studying with Timothy Shook, professor of music and division chair of performing arts at the college. He is an active musician, performing with A Cappella Choir, South Kansas Symphony, Southwestern College Percussion ensembles, Southwestern College Choral Union, and Jazz Band. Along with piano, Wells currently studies cello, marimba, organ, and applied composition. He also performs at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.
Briley Lewis, a junior at Maize High School, and TJ Ziegler, a sophomore at Winfield High School, will also be recognized during the program as Junior Division finalists in the 2017 South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition. Additionally, Southwestern College students Eva Farid and Ashton Humbert will be recognized as finalists for the Senior Division.
Adult tickets for the concert are $8. Tickets for children (5-18) are $5. Southwestern College students, faculty, staff, and youth symphony members may attend for free, although donations are always appreciated to support the symphony. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling (620) 229-6272.
Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:25:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Seeking Freshman Work Day Applications (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern is searching for community service projects for the 26th annual Freshman Work Day, to be held Sunday, Aug. 13.  

Freshman Work Day is the final day of Southwestern orientation for the incoming freshman class.  All freshman head out into the Winfield community to work on homes and nonprofit buildings that need repair, painting, cleaning, or yardwork.  Freshman Work Day was started by the Leadership program in 1992 with the goal of establishing positive relationships between Southwestern College and the community.  Since then, all incoming freshman have spent their first day as Moundbuilders doing service for the community.

“The service work on Freshman Work Day helps new Southwestern College freshmen connect to the Winfield community as well as framing part of the school mission for students to be responsible citizens and engage in leadership through service,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. 

To apply or to request services for someone else, call (620) 229-6367 and leave your name and phone number.  Applications can be found online at


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:58:49 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Student Restores Timber Creek Nature Center (Leadership)]]> Southwestern College senior Dillon Good invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting event in the Timber Creek Nature Center, which is just east of Island Park in Winfield.  The ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. 

Dillon GoodLeading Through Nature is the title of Good’s senior leadership project.  He says it focused on restoring and renovating the local nature trails in the Timber Creek Nature Center. 

“This was a two-part project: first cleaning and restoring the existing trails to an enjoyable state, then installing educational, interpretive signs along the restored trails,” Good says.  “My hope is that this project will encourage visitors to enjoy what nature has to offer and educate them about the local flora and fauna.” 

Good sought outside help with this project.  He chose Mark Olney, director of parks and public for the city of Winfield and Richard Cowlishaw, biology professor at Southwestern College. 

“I chose Mr. Olney because he has a strong personality and loves his community,” Good said.  “He gave me insight into how to implement this project on city property and make it sustainable.  Dr. Cowlishaw loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and nature explore.  He added the educational side of my project by assisting me in providing proper information for the interpretive signs that were installed along the trail.  His knowledge in nature and his biology education was critical to providing the proper identification and information.”

“I’m also grateful for Jim Banks,” Good says.  “He is a SC leadership alumnus and he generously awarded me funding for this project.”


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:39:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Humbert Violin Recital is April 29 (Music)]]> Ashton Humbert, music education senior at Southwestern College, will present her senior violin recital on Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building at Southwestern College. 

Ashton HumbertThe recital will feature Stephen Butler, Eva Farid, the William's String Quartet, James Leland, and the South Kansas Symphony Chamber Ensemble. Repertoire includes pieces from J. S.Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Handel, Mascagni and Faurè. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. A catered reception will follow the recital


Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:27:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Win Awards at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> Four members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won several awards while attending the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media, April 9 and 10 in Wichita.

SC students who won awards were:SC Media Awards
•    Senior Kylie Stamper, Wichita, took second place in feature photography and third place in both news photography and page design. 
•    Senior Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs, received second place in the yearbook theme development category, third place in video storytelling, and honorable mention in feature writing. 
•    Senior Garrett Chapman, Broken Arrow, placed third in newspaper sports features. 
•    Freshman Tessa Castor, Clearwater, earned an honorable mention in feature photography. 

The UpdateSC online staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition.

Juniors Turki Alturki, Saudi Arabia, and Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas, along with Castor, Chapman, Forrest, and Stamper attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

They were part of a group of 139 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students heard keynote speaker Abigail Beckman of KMUW present “Learning the Hard Way: Valuable Lessons to Get You Started.” 

The students also participated in breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Tommy Castor, class of 2008, an adjunct instructor of communication and adviser at Southwestern College, led a breakout session, “The Future of the Radio Industry.” 

Forrest participated on a panel “Everything You Need to Know About Internships,” moderated by Tommy Castor.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:56:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble to Present End of Year Concerts (Music)]]> The SC Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble will each present their final concert for the 2016-17 school year.  Both groups are under the direction of Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  

The SC Jazz Band concert is on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Perform Arts Center, located on the main level of the Christy Administration building and will feature music ranging from the standards of Miles Davis and Nat Adderley to contemporary music of Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters.  

The Percussion Concert, which will feature the Percussion Ensemble and African Drum & Dance Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The Percussion Ensemble will present works by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, while the African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform traditional music and dance from West Africa.

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

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:55:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols to Sign Latest Book at SC April 27 (General)]]> The history department at Southwestern College will host a book event with local author David Nichols on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Deets Memorial Library. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” will be available for purchase and signing.

Ike and McCarthy Book CoverThe former academic dean at SC, Nichols has written three books on President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is currently on a national press tour for the launch of his latest book, “Ike and McCarthy,” published by Simon & Schuster. The new book has won rave reviews in such periodicals as the “Wall Street Journal,” “The Atlantic,” and most recently, “The Washington Post.”

“Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to rigorously document, using declassified and ignored sources, Dwight Eisenhower’s secret campaign to destroy Joseph McCarthy’s political influence.  Dwight Eisenhower shrewdly deployed trusted subordinates in a clandestine operation that ruined McCarthy and “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to fully authenticate that fact, says SC history professor Stephen Woodburn.  

“David Nichols has remained a good friend of Southwestern College,” Woodburn says, “and has done great things in his research on Eisenhower. This book represents incredible findings and tells a great story as well.”

For decades, Eisenhower’s detractors have depicted him as cowardly in refusing to use his bully puppet to assault the senator’s anti-communist witch hunt.  Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, but he was more a man of action than words, Nichols’ book says.  Believing that giving McCarthy presidential attention would only enhance his prestige, Ike refused to use the senator’s name in public.  During 1953, Eisenhower was preoccupied with ending the Korean War and otherwise prosecuting the Cold War – not McCarthy. 

However, when McCarthy went after Communists in the U.S. Army, Eisenhower took it as a direct challenge—and an opportunity, the book says.  In early 1954, he and his team investigated the privileges Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel, had recklessly sought for Private G. David Schine. The White House decided to exploit this scandal to damage McCarthy.  On Ike’s secret orders, the Army produced a report in March 1954 that generated a political firestorm.  

The Army’s narrative prompted the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings, lasting two months, and watched by millions.  Television was unkind to McCarthy and his poll numbers plummeted.  In early 1954, Joe McCarthy had been one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate.  By year’s end, he had been formally censured by his colleagues.  His political reputation never recovered. 


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:15:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Walz Receives Prestigious Scholarship from KSCPA (General)]]> Southwestern College junior Elizabeth Walz has been named recipient of the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for $2,500 and Walz will be recognized at an upcoming KSCPA function. She competed for the award against accounting students at public and private institutions throughout Kansas, and is the first Southwestern College student to receive this scholarship.

Elizabeth  WalzWalz is the daughter of Karin and Steve Walz, Atchison. 

“Lizzie works tirelessly in her major and in her leadership roles on the Enactus Team, including helping to develop the script that made the Enactus Team a regional champion in Dallas a few weeks ago,” says Patrick Lee, accounting professor and Walz’s academic advisor.  “Lizzie's receipt of this scholarship is a testament to our accounting program and the extra-curricular activities we provide at Southwestern College.”  

Walz transferred to Southwestern at the beginning of her sophomore year. In addition to her involvement on the Enactus Team she has had various internships and currently works for the firm of Lyle A. Weinert, CPA. She has been involved in Enactus since her sophomore year and has led the team to two appearances to the Enactus National Exposition. She is also the secretary of the team.

Walz credits the scholarship to her experiences at Southwestern College. 

“I had confidence in my work experience and in the leadership skills I have picked up these past couple of years,” Walz says.  “If it weren't for the amazing business division and accounting program, I wouldn't have been offered the amazing opportunities such as internships and job positions that I have had. I was extremely excited to find the letter in my mailbox.”

According to the KSCPA, qualified nominees must demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon the nominee’s overall grades. Involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character are important characteristics of a nominee. The Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship Award is not based on financial need. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:07:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was crowned regional champions in Dallas April 10, and has earned the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City May 21-23.Enactus 2017 Reg. Champ

This is the third time in three years the SC Enactus team has reached the national competition, a perfect record since formation of the team in 2015. This year the Moundbuilders were competing against the University of Texas at Austin, John Brown University, Oklahoma State University, North Lake College, Wayland Baptist University, and Xavier University.

According to team advisor Patrick Lee, the competition consisted of a 17-minute presentation to business executives from partner companies, with the presentation highlighting projects completed throughout the year. Judging criteria called for the winner to be the Enactus team that “most effectively used entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way." 

The Southwestern team’s major project during the year was management of the campus’s Moundbuilder Market.

SC presenters were Meagan Brady, Bixby, Okla.; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jacob Sigmon, Sand Springs, Okla.; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; and Shirley Jones, Balch Springs, Texas.

Other team members attending were Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Raul Martinez, Houston; Dylan Tillotson, Flower Mound, Texas; James Gurzynski, Walker, La.; Kyle Robinson, Austin, Texas; Kailee Turner, Schertz, Texas; Elizabeth Walz, Atchison; and Casey Cargill, Stafford.    

“As faculty advisors, we’re very proud of the hard work our Enactus students put in each and every day and being named regional champion continues our tradition of academic and business excellence in a team that attracts attention at national exposition every year,” Lee says.  

At the National Exposition SC will compete against the nation's top 100 teams for the title of Enactus USA National Champion and the opportunity to participate in the Enactus World Cup in London in September.

 “This year's team is made up of a young group of Southwestern Enactus students and to see them carry the tradition of academic and business excellence is a great sight to see,” Lee says.  “Last year we graduated nine seniors, which represented half of our team. This year we have 18 students and only two are graduating while 15 of them are sophomores or younger.”

Enactus faculty advisors who accompanied the team to Dallas were Kristen Pettey, Jayna Bertholf, James McEwen, and Patrick Lee. The graduate assistant in charge of the presenting team was Michelle VanGieson.

In addition to the regional and national competition, Enactus events allow SC students the opportunity to network with companies through the career fair held at each event. In Dallas, companies such as AVIS Budget Group, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, Robert Half, Target, The Home Depot, Schwan Food Company, and Sam's Club were recruiting students for internship and career opportunities. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:41:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Presentation to be Held at Southwestern College (General)]]> Education Builders, a Southwestern College student organization, will host the Kansas Teacher of the Year team presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m., in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Teachers from throughout the state are nominated, selected, and reviewed by their schools and districts followed by an application process they go through to be submitted to regional review. Each of the eight regions in the state selects a finalist and with Kansas Teacher of the Year announced at an annual event held in November. After this, the team of eight meets and plans a group presentation based on their team beliefs and strengths.

Brent Wolf, a Southwestern College graduate and Winfield resident, is among the eight-member 2016-17 Kansas Teacher of the Year team.  He currently teaches sixth grade English language arts at Derby North Middle School.  Other Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year include: Kristine Bruce, Auburn Elementary School; Jennifer Farr, Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City; Jonathan Ferrell, Briarwood Elementary in Overland Park; Crystal May, Pray-Woodman Elementary in Maize; Maret Schrader, Seaman High School in Topeka; Lori Stratton, Wamego High School; and Kansas Teacher of the Year, Jason Sickel, Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to see, meet, and hear from some of the top K-12 educators in the state of Kansas,” says Sheryl Erickson, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College. 


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:06:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Elementary Honor Choir to Sing at Southwestern April 11 (Music)]]> The Community Music School is hosting its first Elementary Honor Choir Day on the Southwestern College campus Tuesday, April 11. After a full day of activities, the event will conclude with a free concert at 6 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend. 

Made up of students from the Arkansas City and Winfield school districts, the 60-member choir will feature students in grades three through five who have been selected and identified by their music teachers as gifted in music. The students will spend the day rehearsing in the Richardson Performing Arts Center with Arkansas City music teacher Nikki Kirk. Throughout the day, students will be learning critical rhythmic and vocal technique skills which will enable them to become leaders in their classrooms. Concert selections will include favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Let It Shine,” in addition to lesser known works. 

Kirk is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district where she teaches pre-K through 5th grade general music. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and the musical director for the Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir. Kirk is in her ninth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas. 

“I am honored to work with the students of Cowley County and the surrounding areas for the Elementary Honor Choir Day,” Kirk says. “I hope to provide the students with a memorable day of musical knowledge, excellence, and fun. I look forward to sharing the achievements of our outstanding young musicians with the community during the evening concert.” 

“We look forward to the opportunity for these young exceptional participants to sing with those who have the same interest and musical levels,” says Timothy Shook, department chair of music at Southwestern College. “The music will challenge their skills and give them confidence to pursue the enjoyment of singing.”  
For more information, call the Community Music School at (620) 229-6188.


Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:48:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 7 (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

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

 In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T) and B.S.N:
•       3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and B.S.A.T.;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at  Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center and the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. 

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.  

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2016 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 7, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.  

In case of inclement weather, the decision to move the commencement exercises indoors will be posted on and on social media sites.

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:02:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership SC Students Offering Dog and Car Wash April 8 (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are inviting the community to have their car and their dog washed on Saturday, April 8, from 12-3 p.m., at the car wash located between Sonic Drive-In and Winfield Motor Co. in the 1900 block of Main in Winfield. 

There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted and appreciated.  Leadership students will wash both cars and dogs to earn donations, and all proceeds will go towards the students' service learning trip to Philadelphia in May. 


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:35:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced (Music)]]> Six high school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 11-17.  

“On March 4, 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 2017 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Timothy Shook, chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Southwestern College.

“Twenty-six students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, nine 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 (instructors' names in parentheses): Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Bryan Miller); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk and Randy Crow); David Mathes and Abigail Dormann, Pratt High School (Brandon Wade); T.J. Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); and Alex Qian, Wichita Collegiate High School (Troy Fischer).  

The following students received half tuition scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Sam Ross and Jonathan Lee, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Victoria Liu, Andover Central High School (Timothy Shook); Rachelann Colson, Ponca City High School (Chad Keilman); and Leah Wise, Derby High School (Wes Despain); 

The following students received $100 scholarships (instructors' names in parentheses): Riley Ziegler, Winfield High School (Robbie Banks); Zane Butler, Arkansas City High School (Chris VanGilder); Sophia Dawson, Medicine Lodge High School (Yvonne Burden); Nathan Doffing, Conway Springs High School (Dennis Kerr and Stephanie Downey); and Paige Stockard, Central Heights High School (Jonathon Garcia). 

In addition, Alex Qian was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto competition winner with Briley Lewis receiving second place and T.J. Ziegler third place. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis--choir, orchestra, band, and piano.  Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Nanda, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $395 for overnight campers and $325 for day campers.  Additional scholarship aid based on need is available.  

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


Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:16:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC’s Brian Winnie Becomes Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training (Music)]]> Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, became a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training during the five-day Estill Voice Training workshop at Southwestern College over spring break.  Winnie is one of 41 Certified Master Teachers in the country.  The week-long event was led by Estill Voice International President Kim Steinhauer.

This was the conclusion of a three-year process for Winnie which included first gaining a certificate of figure proficiency. To become a Certified Master Teacher, Winnie had to pass a written exam on the Estill Voice Training System, anatomy and physiology, and acoustics of the voice, as well as complete sung recordings of 57 various figures for the voice. Figures for the voice were designated exercises created by Jo Estill in order to master subtle variations within 13 structures of the vocal mechanism. 

“My professional development continues toward becoming a certified course instructor in the model and started with my dissertation work on contemporary vocal technique in the choral rehearsal,” Winnie says. “I wanted to help our profession teach the entirety of the voice rather than the usual western classical tradition, which can be seen as a bias towards other genres. My hopes are to continue research in voice science to better understand choral conducting gesture as it relates to the voice, and also redevelop choral pedagogy as it relates to vocal science and the continued discoveries.”

The workshop attracted 21 participants including many Southwestern College students.  The workshop taught the students about vocal anatomy and how to maneuver specific structures to create a multitude of vocal qualities associated with a variety of genres and styles. 

According to Winnie, Steinhauer is a world-renown voice pedagogue, researcher, scholar, and teacher and a highly sought after clinician and presenter on the Estill model.


Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:23:29 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Musical ‘Spring Awakening’ Brings Something Old and Something New (Theatre Arts)]]> The upcoming Southwestern College production of “Spring Awakening” is both something old and something new in the world of the American musicals, according to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and director of the play. 

Performances will be April 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  The musical has mature subject matter and language, and is not for children. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email

Based on an 1891 play, Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards in 2007.

“Those Tonys were awarded for a good reason,” says Moon, who teaches musical theatre performance and history. “Like ‘Showboat,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Hamilton,’ and other great shows, ‘Spring Awakening’ is in the tradition of musicals with captivating characters in deep struggles with issues that matter deeply to them and to their audiences.” 

Stephen Sater and Duncan Shiek have taken a story with universal challenges and told it with music in a popular style that can resonate with their contemporary audiences, Moon says.  

“‘Spring Awakening’ pushes boundaries beyond any musical we have done here at SC,” says Moon. “Dealing with the journey through adolescent sexuality is clearly serious subject matter.  Adults of my generation and younger have probably experienced it in our youth, and have seen it gradually be addressed in movies, then on television, but didn’t grow up expecting it to be on stage.  Language as mature (and sometimes immature) and graphic as language about sex can be is far from the general audience expectations of the ‘golden age’ of the 1940s to 1960s.”

Adolescents struggling to understand their changing bodies as they sexually mature need not only knowledge and understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, and social changes, but also guidance of parents, teachers, and all those who might help them understand and deal with their world, the director points out. Although “Spring Awakening” is set and costumed in the late 19th century, when the show’s adolescent angst explodes into song it is in 21st century musical theatre alternative punk rock, he says.  

“This is a new style for me, and that is wonderfully challenging,” says Moon, who is a fan of the Golden Age of the American musical.

 “I love musical theatre from Gilbert and Sullivan and George M. Cohan, to Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, and finally to Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Lowe.  I am deeply grounded in those.  But I’ve also come to love Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn, Yorkey and Kitt, and many, many more,” Moon says. “It is deeply meaningful to identify and connect with all those worlds, with the people, their feelings, and the struggles that we share.  They give great hope; that is what musicals do.”  

Today’s young musical theater performers and audiences know and love “Spring Awakening,” says Moon. The story expresses the difficulties they know and feel as they grow up in a world that sometimes does not allow them enough information from parents and teachers who might give real guidance and support, and they ultimately seek too much information from outside sources. The effects may be as tragic as those in this musical, Moon adds. 

Moon says the choice of a show that pushes boundaries was intentional.

“Southwestern College is committed to education, acknowledging the pillars of hope, courage, freedom and knowledge,” he says. “We are committed to giving our students a wide range of learning experiences, and to bring our campus, community and area audiences a wide range of productions for their learning experience and entertainment as well.”   

“Spring Awakening” is a great project for Southwestern’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre program, says Allyson Moon, SC’s director of theatre, and co-creator of the new BFA program with Brian Winnie, of SC’s music department.  “The students need to study, be exposed to, and be challenged to learn and perform the widest range of musical theatre styles.  In recent years our students have had the chance to perform musicals from the traditional styles of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, to book musicals as varied as ‘Sweeney Todd’, Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Hairspray.’  They have done musicals from ‘Willy Wonka’ to ‘Next to Normal.’  ‘Spring Awakening’ will be followed by a summer of family musicals which will soon be announced.”  

“Though I’m old and old-fashioned in many ways,” Roger concludes, “it is important to understand today’s students and their perspectives and struggles, and to find the way to stage and communicate their stories, to their friends, families, teachers, and community.  With this year’s Pillar’s Project theme of ‘knowledge,’ what is more important than the basic understanding of the journey young people make through what the ‘Spring Awakening’ youth call the ‘spring’s dark blue shadows,’ so that they might reap fruitful and healthy lives in the mature ‘purple summer’ of life?”


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:05:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Fundraising Concert April 2 at The Barns at Timber Creek (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony will hold its annual fundraising concert, the Chamber Gala, on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at The Barns at Timber Creek. The concert is sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. The venue has been donated by Martin and Cheryl Rude. 

The concert will feature performances by South Kansas Symphony musicians and friends, including Southwestern College's Williams String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra; Wind, Wood & Wire; the premiere performance of "Suite of Birds" by the symphony's principal oboist Shannon McPartland; and duets played by other college students and faculty. 

The event will also include hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction with items and services donated by local businesses including (but not limited to): Wheat State Winery; Quail Ridge Golf Course; College Hill Coffee; Gottlob Landscaping; Rubbermaid Products; Massage Therapy; crafts by Kelley Alexander and Dari Trout; Wind, Wood & Wire; The Wet Pet; Field to Fabric; Galaxie Business Equipment; South Kansas Symphony; and the Southwestern College Division of Performing Arts. 

All proceeds will go to support the South Kansas Symphony and its future seasons.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults ($25 of which is tax deductible) and $25 for children (5-18). Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance. This can be done by contacting Kristin Porter at (620) 229-6272 or Amber Peterson at (620) 229-6113.


Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:59:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk to Perform Faculty Percussion Recital on March 14 (Music)]]> Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and director of bands, percussion, and music education, will present a faculty percussion recital on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The recital is free and open to the public.  

Kirk will perform “Temazcal” by Javier Alvarez (maracas and playback), John Cage’s “Composed Improvisation for Snare Drum,” Kevin Erickson’s “In the Valley of the Kings” (timpani), “The Big Audition” by Casey Cangelosi (solo hand cymbals and playback), and Ney Rosauro’s “Marimba Concerto No. 1.”

“I am very excited to offer a faculty percussion recital,” Kirk says.  “The program promises to be an exciting and intriguing percussive experience for the audience.  The newly-acquired Majestic Timpani will be featured on ‘In the Valley of the Kings.’ I am also very fortunate to have Stephen Butler performing the orchestral reduction on piano for Ney Rosauro’s ‘Marimba Concerto No. 1.’” 

According to Percussive Notes, Rosauro’s Concerto is “The most popular marimba concerto of all time. The concerto is superbly written for the unique timbre and virtuoso technical qualities of the marimba.”

For more information, call Dylan Moore, director of The Community Music School at (620) 229-6188. This event is part of the Community Music School’s annual Faculty Recital Series, which offers an opportunity for community members of all ages to freely experience music with the highly qualified faculty at Southwestern College.


Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:28:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC ‘Day of Percussion’ Coming March 11 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Percussion Studio will host its annual “Day of Percussion” on Saturday, March 11, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center beginning at 9 a.m.  The event will feature guest artists Kevin Bobo and Michael Compitello and SC faculty member Jeremy Kirk. 

The day will conclude with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center featuring solo performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  The free concert is open to the public, and donations supporting the “Day of Percussion” will be accepted.  

The “Day of Percussion” will consist of clinics, masterclasses, and performances by Bobo, Compitello, and Kirk.  Additionally, a solo competition for marimba and snare will be held for college and high school students.  

The event is open to anyone with an interest in percussion, including students, teachers, and community members.  Registration is $20 and includes admission to all “Day of Percussion” events and lunch.

Kevin BoboKevin Bobo is a native of Winfield and is currently associate professor of percussion at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Internationally respected as a solo marimba artist, Bobo has performed on five continents and in nearly 40 U.S. states. Bobo’s compositions are performed all over the world, with his solo works frequently appearing on international competition repertoire lists. He has authored two method books and composed numerous pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles. 

A percussion faculty member at the University of Kansas, Michael Compitello is a percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist.  He has performed with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, and has worked with numerous composers on premieres and performances of new chamber works. He earned his graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music, and his undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. From 2009 to 2010, he performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State. 

Michael Compitello“We are thrilled to have Kevin Bobo and Mike Compitello in residence as our guest artists for our ‘Day of Percussion,’” Kirk says.  “Students from high schools and colleges across Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma will be in attendance and receive an exhilarating and inspirational experience.  I highly encourage the community to attend any events, and especially the evening concert.”   

Percussion industry sponsors are helping make the “Day of Percussion” possible.  Bobo’s sponsors include Zidjian Cymbals and Evans Drumheads. Compitello’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Pearl/Adams Instruments. Kirk’s sponsors include Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Majestic Percussion.  

For more information and to register, please visit

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:19:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Offer to Help Clean as Fundraiser (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for an upcoming service trip to Philadelphia.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until March 10 and members are willing to pitch in on any odd jobs, including raking, gardening, or cleaning.

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (620) 305-9971 or email  

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 26 members from all majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics, and styles of leadership, which are then practiced through service. Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service. 


Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:18:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Hosts Scholarship Competition (General)]]> Southwestern College recently hosted two scholarship competition days, which will culminate in offers of four full-tuition scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host Kansas Supreme Court (General)]]> Southwestern College to Host Kansas Supreme Court
Special Session March 30

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The docket for March 30 includes the following cases:

Appeal No. 111,671: Staci Russell v. Lisa May, M.D., Victoria W. Kindel, M.D., and Tana Goering, M.D.

Russell seeks compensation in this medical malpractice action against three doctors she claims were professionally negligent when they delayed diagnosing her breast cancer, lessening her chance for recovery and long-term survival. At trial, a Sedgwick County District Court judge dismissed the primary care physician from the action and the jury found the remaining two providers were not at fault. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

12-28-16  Supplemental Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD
12-28-16  Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Tana Goering, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of court of Appeals Decision
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Tana Goering, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellant
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD

Court of Appeals decision

Appeal No. 112,035: State of Kansas v. Marcus Gray

Gray appeals his Harvey County District Court convictions for drug possession, interfering with law enforcement, driving on a suspended license, and failing to signal. In part, Gray argues he was unlawfully stopped by law enforcement based on his race, and the district court should have suppressed evidence collected as a result.

12-21-16  Brief of Appellant
05-11-15  Brief of Appellee

Court of Appeals decision

Additional information is available on the court's website at

Security Screening

Anyone who wants to attend the special session should plan to arrive at the school before 6 p.m. to allow time to get through security screening. Court security offers these guidelines to ease the process:

  • Do not bring food or drink.
  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you must carry a cell phone, turn it off and store it out of sight while court is in session.

Audience members are prohibited from talking during oral arguments because it interferes with the attorneys’ remarks and questions asked by the justices. If someone arrives after proceedings start, or must leave the auditorium before it ends, he or she should be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Talking immediately outside the auditorium is also discouraged.

Watch the archived video

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)