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Psalm 126 (NLT)
 
1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter,
    and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.
3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert.
5 Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
6 They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
 
Today, President Obama gave a speech that signaled the beginning of improved diplomatic relations and trading with the country of Cuba. This end to 50+ years of Cuban sanctions is said to bring a lot of criticism from congress and the American people in the coming months. It has almost become part of our worldly American culture to dislike Cuba or any other country with dictator governments. We forget that these are still God's people and we are called to love them. 
 
What we should remember is that God wants all of His people to prosper together. In order to do that, we need to learn to forgive each other and love endlessly. This is hard for many of us, because we hold grudges or we lack trust or faith in humanity - in today's world, it's not an uncommon practice. We must plant seeds that are pleasing to God. We have to believe in new beginnings and forgiveness of transgressions done against us. In this time of preparation, ask yourself how you are planting good seeds in your life. When the time for harvest comes, will you be singing with joy? On our way in from the fields, will we be able to say that we did everything we could to love one another and to love God? 
 
Quenton Todd is a senior music education major at Southwestern College.
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:33:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Merriman to Leave SC for Ohio School (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1601/?merriman-to-leave-sc-for-ohio-school http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1601/?merriman-to-leave-sc-for-ohio-school Dick Merriman, who has been president of Southwestern College since 1998, will leave Winfield at the end of this academic year to become president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  Merriman’s appointment as president of Mount Union, a United Methodist institution with enrollment of about 2,200 students, was announced this morning.
           
“President Merriman has given us many good years,” said Dr. David Smith, chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees. “Personally, I hate to see him go but this is a terrific opportunity for him as well as a wonderful opportunity for another college. His impact on the college has been profound: He came here during a difficult economic climate and led the college with great vision. He will be leaving Southwestern College in a position of strength.” 
           
During his service at Southwestern, Merriman has guided the college through years of unprecedented growth in scope and mission.  
“I’m proud that Southwestern has become a strong comprehensive institution, serving both traditional-age students and adults, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and providing instruction in a range of formats that meet the needs of a many kinds of students,” Merriman said.  “Our outreach to low-income, minority, and first-generation college students, our growing enrollment of international students, and our service to adult learners have helped make Southwestern a lively and diverse school while increasing the relevance and impact of the college in our region.”
           
Merriman encouraged growth in Professional Studies programs (which are aimed at working adults) and oversaw a transition to online offerings that allow nearly half of the college’s total enrollment to study from around the world via computer. This has been especially attractive to military learners; during Merriman’s presidency SC has been consistently recognized on lists of military-friendly colleges. 
           
The college’s first doctoral degree—a Doctor of Education—was approved by SC’s regional accrediting agency, and now enrolls more than 60 students each semester. In addition, other graduate programs (both on ground and online) have been expanded to make advanced degrees accessible to persons whose geographic or economic conditions would have prevented this in earlier years.
           
President Merriman led two capital campaigns and several project-specific fund drives that raised more than $50 million for college projects. This led to a number of campus improvements—construction of Cole Hall and Richard L. Jantz Stadium; creation of Richardson Performing Arts Center and the TOMARI technical theatre center; significant renovations of Mossman Hall and Deets Library; and the rebuilding of the college’s landmark Mound and 77 Steps. 

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

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

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:18:15 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1600/?isaiah-611-4-8-11 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1600/?isaiah-611-4-8-11 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (NIV)

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means coming. Take a moment and look at how this passage starts. “…[T]he Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” What Good News is he talking about? The news of our Lord’s coming. My favorite aspect about these verses is that they focus on the people who are hurting: the brokenhearted, the captives, the prisoners, those who mourn, etc., giving hope to people who are hurting the most.

Verse eleven is the perfect end to the reading for today. This is what God is promising us. He will come and make all of His nations, or people, righteous. We have so much to look forward to, and Advent gives us this time to explore these verses and think about Jesus’ second coming, or adventus. The Lord is coming back to save us all. When will that be? That’s a good question, a question that only God knows the answer to. Although we don’t know when that will happen, the hope that we can have because of, not only this passage, but many others, is a huge blessing. Going back to the first verse, God has anointed us to proclaim the Good News. Take time, not only to think about the coming of our Lord, but to share the hope that we have to those around you during this Advent and Christmas season.

Abby Warnke is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration at Southwestern College.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:51:57 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Newly Formed Southwestern College Choral Union Looking for Members (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1599/?newly-formed-southwestern-college-choral-union-looking-for-members http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1599/?newly-formed-southwestern-college-choral-union-looking-for-members Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, is looking for individuals to join the newly created Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU).  The community based choir is looking for various talent levels.
Brian Winnie
“Whether you are a seasoned veteran singer, need brushing up on your skills, or have never sung before, we invite you to join us this January for the start of our inaugural spring season production of ‘America the Beautiful!’” Winnie says.  “This program is a true celebration of America and all we hold dear, featuring American patriotic songs and modern classics by well-known American composers.”

There aren’t auditions to be a part of the SCCU however there will be placement screenings on Jan. 6-7.  This will be an opportunity for members to get to know Winnie and to sing for him.  He will then be able to place participants with others members with similar skill and talent.  

Beginning in January, rehearsals will be held every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., in the Darbeth rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building. 
The SCCU will perform twice in the spring of 2015.  On April 19, the SCCU will have a collaborative concert with the Southwestern College choirs.  The SCCU will have its own concert in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.  

There will be a fee to participate in the SCCU.  According to Winnie, for this organization to pay its bills, which includes music, printing and mailing costs, licensing royalties, and its staff, the dues process is structured at a nominal rate of $80 per concert season for adults; $30 for SC or high school students.  In the future Winnie hopes to be able to offer scholarships to interested participants and is hoping some local people or businesses might sponsor the organization.  

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

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity or would like more information about the SCCU, please contact Winnie or McKinzie at (620) 229-6302 or (620) 229-6288.    

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:21:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2 Peter 3:8-15 (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1598/?2-peter-38-15 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1598/?2-peter-38-15 2 Peter 3:8-15 (NIV)

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

Time is something that does not constrict the Lord. Human beings are placed into this world with one way forward. God chooses to love even through the times when we don’t choose love. The Advent season is a time of waiting for Christ’s second coming. No one knows the time Christ will come again, but we can have peace in knowing He will.

God has called us as the church to bring the Kingdom to Earth. We are broken and fallen and the Kingdom will never be fully on Earth until Christ comes again. Know that until Christ comes again it is our job to show glimpses of Christ on Earth. Selfless acts of love show people just a small glimpse of God’s love and that is what is needed this Christmas season.

Lindsey Graber is a junior at Southwestern College majoring in Religion and Philosophy.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:03:43 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Adoptable Dogs Relieve Stress for Southwestern College Students (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1597/?adoptable-dogs-relieve-stress-for-southwestern-college-students http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1597/?adoptable-dogs-relieve-stress-for-southwestern-college-students K9-3Maggie Collett, graduate fellow for student life and Leadership at Southwestern, is hoping to relieve the stress and anxiety that goes along with finals for students at Southwestern College.  Collett has teamed up with the Cowley County Humane Society to bring dogs on campus.

“I really like dogs and supporting the humane society plus studies show that spending time with animals lowers blood pressure and stress so I thought finals week was a perfect time to make it a collaborative effort,” Collett says.

Suzanne Nally from the Cowley County Humane Society, brought four dogs to the Southwestern College student center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, for four hours each day.  Students, along with faculty and staff, could come to the student center and pet, play, and walk the dogs.  

K9-2“This is great for the dogs too,” Nally says. “They get to play and socialize and socialization is good for them.  They get to play with the students along with the other dogs.  The students have so much energy; it is good for the dogs to be around them.”

Nally says that all of the dogs that were brought to Southwestern are ready to be adopted.

Collett first came up with the idea when she was a student at Southwestern.  It was her senior Leadership project.

“When I first came up with the idea I talked to Teresa Harden at the humane society.  I was worried that she wouldn’t like the idea but it turned out that she was even more excited about it than I was which was really cool,” Collett says. 

This is the third time that Collett has been able to schedule the dogs to come onto the Southwestern College campus and she says the feedback has been 99% positive.

“I have done surveys and all the students think it’s great,” she says.

Senior Lauren Strain says that she really enjoys this event.
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“I think this is such a cool event, it’s fun to see students who don’t know that this is going on and when they come by and see dogs in the window, they automatically come in,” Strain says.  “I wish I could adopt all of these dogs and put them in my dorm room but I think that is against the rules.”

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:53:37 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Isaiah 40:1-11 (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1596/?isaiah-401-11 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1596/?isaiah-401-11 Isaiah 40:1 - 11 (NLT)

“Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. 2 “Speak kind words to Jerusalem. Call out to her that her time of war has ended, that her sin has been taken away, and that she has received from the Lord’s hand twice as much for all her sins.”

3 A voice is calling, “Make the way ready for the Lord in the desert. Make the road in the desert straight for our God. 4 Every valley will be lifted up and every mountain and hill will be brought down. The turns in the road will be made straight and the bad places will be made smooth. 5 Then the shining-greatness of the Lord will be seen. All flesh together will see it, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 A voice says,

“Cry.” And he said, “What should I cry?” All flesh is grass. All its beauty is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass dries up and the flower loses its color when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. For sure the people are grass. 8 The grass dries up. The flower loses its color. But the Word of our God stands forever.

9 O Zion, you who bring good news, go up on the high mountain! Lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, you who bring good news. Lift it up, do not be afraid. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” 10 See, the Lord God will come with power, and His arm will rule for Him. See, He is bringing the reward He will give to everyone for what he has done. 11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will gather the lambs in His arms and carry them close to His heart. He will be gentle in leading those that are with young.” 

As Advent is this time for preparation, I hope to focus on two key ways to prepare yourself for the Lord.

Let’s look to the scripture (Is. 40:1). What’s God telling the people? What is our first responsibility? Many of you, including myself are mixed up in this business called life. We live in a world with deadlines, bills, classes, finals and NETFLIX (and all the people said Amen). How can we prepare for God if we are always so boggled down by these ultimately meaningless (Ecc. 3!) things? God says it pretty plainly here, and so I’ll say it now. “Chill out!” Take a deep breath. Sit down. The economy will not collapse if you so choose to breathe for a couple of seconds.

Humans do this thing where we compartmentalize our life in categories: God, family, school, friends, finances and the like. So we commit to every club on the planet while taking thirty-seven credit hours, with a job to pay the bills, and go to church on Sundays and call it good. What would happen if we saw our values as God in my family; God in my school; God in my friends, etc.? Perhaps we might see that we have had no time for the response God calls us to give. We need to prepare a response to God every day. Just like in verses 3 - 9, we need to proclaim what God has done, is doing and will do. God is the only stability we can seek. The Lord is the only lasting thing that will continually care for us. As we continue our time in Advent, I challenge you to take five to ten minutes every day or every week to 1) calm down and quiet your mind to hear God’s call. And 2) respond to His call. Peace be upon you.

Kaitlin Kendel is a junior studying Philosophy & Religion. She is also the music director of Keynotes and a very adept Netflix watcher.

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Sun, 07 Dec 2014 01:11:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Recitals (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1595/?community-music-school-recitals http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1595/?community-music-school-recitals The Community Music School at Southwestern College will present its fall recitals on Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge to attend and light refreshments will be served following the recitals.

The recitals will feature students in the areas of piano, voice, violin, cello, and percussion. Recital A will feature beginning students to the school at 6 p.m. in the rehearsal hall. Recital B will feature intermediate and advanced students at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall. Those interested in potentially joining the school are invited to come and meet fellow students and teachers and may also enroll in spring lessons.

For more information about the Community Music School, contact Dylan Moore at 229-6188.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:46:42 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Assistant Professor Amber Peterson Published in 'Arts Education Policy Review' (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1594/?southwestern-college-assistant-professor-amber-peterson-published-in-arts-education-policy-review http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1594/?southwestern-college-assistant-professor-amber-peterson-published-in-arts-education-policy-review Amber PetersonAmber Peterson, assistant professor of music and the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education, has been published in the latest edition of “Arts Education Policy Review.”  The article title is “A View of Current Evaluative Practices in Instrumental Music Teacher Education.”

The quarterly publication used a portion of Peterson’s dissertation which was titled, “Expectations of Automaticity in Beginning Instrumental Music Educators.”

“This has been basically a two-year process,” Peterson says.  “I was quite thrilled to be published.”

According to Peterson, the purpose of the study was to examine how instrumental music educator skills are being evaluated in current undergraduate programs.  

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:29:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Isaiah 64:1-9 (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1593/?isaiah-641-9 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1593/?isaiah-641-9 Isaiah 64:1-9 (NIV)

1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze
    and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
    and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
    you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to our sins.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
    for we are all your people.

 

In this season of Holy anticipation, we are graced with the Holy Scriptures. The prophets give us great insight on how we are to anticipate the coming of Christ, with a twist. The twist is that the prophets are prophesying for the first coming of a Messiah. Because we have the revelation of the scriptures, we know that Christ did come, we know that he died and resurrected on the third day, and we know that he will one day come again. This is the Second Advent. We remember this promise during these four weeks and as I said, reading the prophets can get us in a spirit of holy anticipation in quite a hurry.

In this passage we see Isaiah describing the Israelites as a broken nation, taken captive by sin. There is so much vivid imagery in the text that you can really get a feel for where the Israelites are at this moment in history. They have heard prophesies of a Savior to come, and I can bet they are starting to wonder if he will in fact ever come. Do we ever wonder that? I can admit for one to losing sight of the promise of the return of Jesus Christ. Sometimes I get so caught up in the present moment that I fail to live into that eternal promise, and I miss out on the joy that comes with knowing that one day Christ will come and make all things new. I know I’m not alone with this, if you are in any way connected to Southwestern College you know what it’s like to be stretched too thin. I encourage you to take time to remember in this season of Advent that we can take heart against whatever it is that you’re going through, help is on the way! Also know that you’re not doing this alone, there is a faith community at Southwestern that is actively journeying through Advent together.

“Advent reverses the tired cliché of Christmas, “The Reason for the Season,” by offering us a “Season for the Reason.” –J.D Walt

Just the other day on Sunday night, I was filling in at a worship service in Wichita where we called an audible and decided to play “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” since it was the first day of Advent. This wasn’t a huge deal except that I hadn’t played this song since last Christmas (shocking huh?) and we did a transposition on the fly. Anyway this song provided me with a moment to step back, remember, and rejoice in knowing that the Son of God is coming! I played it on repeat all the way back to Winfield.

Matt Maher does a great arrangement of this hymn, listen to it and rejoice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igPYkBPizwA

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

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:34:50 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Williams String Quartet to Perform this Week in Winfield (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1592/?southwestern-college-williams-string-quartet-to-perform-this-week-in-winfield http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1592/?southwestern-college-williams-string-quartet-to-perform-this-week-in-winfield The Southwestern College Williams String Quartet will be playing holiday music at three different locations this week. 

The quartet will perform at Cumbernauld Village on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.  On Friday, Dec. 5, they will perform in the Winfield RCB Bank lobby at 11:30 a.m. and in the Winfield Cornerbank lobby at 2:30 p.m.  Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes. 

The Williams String Quartet consists of Eva Farid, Ashton Humbert, and Brandon Pew, Winfield, and Troy Fort, Stillwater, Okla.

For more information about the quartet or to schedule them for an event, contact Amber Peterson by email at amber.peterson@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6113.

 

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:54:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dawn Pleas-Bailey Receives Good Apple Award (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1591/?dawn-pleas-bailey-receives-good-apple-award http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1591/?dawn-pleas-bailey-receives-good-apple-award Dawn Pleas Bailey 2014Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life and special assistant to the president for community engagement at Southwestern College, received the Wichita Public Schools Good Apple award on Monday, Dec. 1, at a board of education ceremony.

The award was given to recognize the tireless work that Pleas-Bailey and Southwestern College have done with Jardine Middle School in Wichita.

Her nomination read: “Dawn is a special friend to Jardine. Her desire to give each student an opportunity to think college has helped to build a partnership that has included mentoring, special activities, visits on campus and a summer STEM camp. She brings lots of love and a passion for learning to every experience.”

Pleas-Bailey was humbled by the award but quick to point out that it was a team effort.

“This award is about the work of the college, not just me,” Pleas-Bailey says.   “It represents lots of people at the college that helped with this work and my boss (Southwestern College President Dick Merriman) who allows me to spread the joy of SC.”

Among several activities the college does with Jardine Middle School is “Builder Bound” camp.  This year, 35 Jardine students attended the camp.  Many of these students are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first generation college attenders. Part of the mission of this camp is to expose these kids to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.  For six years, Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide a similar camp for students at Stuckey Middle School, Truesdell Middle School, and Jardine Middle School.  

 

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:00:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Christmas Classic ‘Eagerheart’ Returns (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1590/?southwestern-college-christmas-classic-eagerheart-returns http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1590/?southwestern-college-christmas-classic-eagerheart-returns The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 82nd annual production of “Eagerheart” will be return this week as the SC Christmas chapel, and will be presented in Winfield and Arkansas City.  The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Free community performances will be at Winfield’s Grace United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 4, and in Arkansas City’s First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. 

Produced on the SC campus for the chapel service annually since 1932, the Campus Players began touring the Christmas mystery play in 2009 after the 75th annual production in 2007, when the group was invited to perform in England where “Eagerheart” was written and first produced.  

“Eagerheart,” by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.  
Roger and Allyson Moon have led the production of “Eagerheart” from 1988 to the present.

“Tradition is important to many of us at Christmas time,” says Roger Moon, this year’s director, “and it obviously is to Allyson and me, as well as the Campus Players.  That is why we do ‘Eagerheart’ each year.   People want to celebrate the Christmas holiday in a way that reminds them of a time when we perceive there was a simpler joy and life at this time of year.  We like to believe that charity and thinking about others and their needs were more important, and to go back to that time.  ‘Eagerheart’ reminds us that charity is the real heart of the Christmas tradition, but also reflects that it is a constant human struggle for us.”

Staging and costumes changed, through the years, but so has the casting.  In the late 20th century the Moons began casting non-traditionally, with the Kings and Shepherds played periodically by women as well as men.  

This year for the first time the role of Eager Heart will be played with a male actor.  Senior theatre major Shane Clark Schrag will play the role.

“Gender is not inherent to lives of the rich or poor, or to the roles of power, wisdom, love, fame or the senses, nor to a life of simplicity, grace or faith,” says Roger Moon.  “Shane asked to be considered for the lead role. He brings great talent and sensibilities to the role, and all of the senior women wanted to play other roles.  We believe audiences who see the play for the first time will not find anything unusual in the casting, and those who have seen the play as part of their Christmas tradition will find a new spark in the way Shane portrays to the role of Eager Heart.  The message of the play is fresh and filled with hope each year.  As Shane is from Arkansas City and a graduate of ACHS, it is especially fun to take the production on tour to Ark City.”

Also in the cast are seniors Mariah Warren, Winfield, in the role of Eager Fame and Juliette Lowrance, Coffeyville, as Eager Sense.  

The Beggar Man will be played by Quenton Todd, Topeka.  The kings will be played by senior Jacob Marney, Winfield, as King of Power; senior Nathan Bales, Mulvane, as King of Wisdom; and sophomore William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla., as King of Love.

Continuing a tradition of inviting a Campus Player alumni or guest artist to play a role, Dan E. Campbell, Wichita, will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by juniors Austin Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Anna Rosell, Wichita, and Emily Tilton, Douglass. 

The Prologue will be given by senior Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., and angels will be played by sophomores Eli Rodda, Winfield, and Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., and juniors John Rohr, Arkansas City, and Justin Godwin, Grove Hill, Ala.  

For decades the Campus Players have chosen a female student, faculty or staff member to play the role of the beggar woman who later becomes recognized as one the Holy Family, and also have used infants of the community as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A chosen senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance.  First United Methodist Church of Arkansas City will be invited to choose a woman and young infant for those roles, bringing to life the importance of the values of “Eagerheart” in their community. 

Audiences are welcome at all three “Eagerheart” performances without charge.  Audiences at the campus chapel and community performances are encouraged to bring canned food for the Winfield Food Pantry.  

For more information about area “Eagerheart” performances, contact the Southwestern College performing arts office at (620) 229-6272.  

 

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:16:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students to Present “Never Forget: the Courage to Remember” (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1589/?sc-students-to-present-never-forget-the-courage-to-remember http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1589/?sc-students-to-present-never-forget-the-courage-to-remember On Tuesday, Dec. 2, six Southwestern College students will share stories they have collected from individuals whose families have been directly affected by the Holocaust either as victims or as war veterans, and from people who fought to liberate the victims who are living with the trauma of the Holocaust.  The presentation, “Never Forget: the Courage to Remember,” will begin at 4 p.m., in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The students presenting the information are Cierra Ross, Wichita; Dalton Carver, Ozawkie; Ryan Crowell, Conway Springs; Margaret Dunning, El Paso, Texas; Alex Elisaesser, Hugoton; and Brenna Truhe, Salina.  Teaching the students this semester has been Tracy Frederick, professor of communication, and Alice Bendinelli, assistant professor of English.

The students in the Holocaust Narratives class have spent this semester studying the historic events, the rhetoric of the perpetrators that created and led this genocide, and the narratives of the victims who survived the trauma in both historical documents and in their fictional representations. The students have also conducted interviews with both first- and second-generation survivors who are still affected by the Holocaust due to its trans-historical traumatic effects. Using what they have learned this semester, the students will reflect on the repercussions of this historical “wound” with members of the SC and Winfield community.

Frederick says that the students have developed sensitivity to the horrors and trauma that others have endured. 

“They (the students) have mentioned that the most shocking information has come from the personal testimonies that they have witnessed and read, but primarily they have been shocked by the fact that so many, including the United States,  knew what was happening and refused to help or aid the Jews who were trying to escape this genocide,” Frederick says.  “The students have been horrified by the unwillingness of other nations to offer a safe place for them to go, but instead were only concerned with maintaining their comforts. They have been moved by the information that expresses the horror and the lack of help from others. They also expressed that they were also startled to learn that it wasn’t just Jews who were condemned or exterminated, but also gypsies, homosexuals, assemblies of God, the handicapped, and several other groups.”

“This project would not have been possible if it had not been for the generous time offered by the interviewed volunteers who were willing to share their stories, as well as the efforts and support provided by members both within and outside the SC community, including Shoshana Wernick and Margot Kelman,” Bendinelli says. 

Margaret Dunning, one of the student presenters, says that the class has taught her plenty about the Holocaust. 

“This class has taught me that the Holocaust should never be forgotten because the victims of this horrific event in history should never be forgotten,” Dunning says.  “Their pain and plight was real and it still is real for so many people today. I hope on Dec. 2, I will be able to share someone’s story on their involvement in the Holocaust and that it will inspire others to take action against injustice and hatred in the world, because if people don’t take action it is no longer evil’s fault for thriving, it is the fault of those who stood back and watched it happen.”

 

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:39:20 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Get Ready! (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1588/?get-ready http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1588/?get-ready Mark 13:24-37 (NIV)

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Get ready. Watch. Be prepared.

I grew up on the Gulf Coast where we were required in eighth grade to sit through several sessions on hurricane preparedness. Honestly, it was boring; but the teachers put the fear of God in us to make sure we had extra batteries, non-perishable foods, and drinking water on hand. The message was clear: a hurricane will come some day and you need to be ready.

Most of us have done some form of preparation for a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado, but how much time do we spend preparing for the return of Christ—something Christians believe will actually happen someday. Jesus’ words are too often glossed over—“keep watch…be alert!”—yet this is what Advent is all about. Christians believe that we know the way the Story ends: one day Jesus the Christ will return in glory to do away with evil, once and for all, and make all things new.

There have been a lot of speculative books and movies about this final chapter in the Story of God. I worry sometimes if they can actually do damage by portraying the return of Christ as one more action adventure story that provides us passive amusement. Yet the biblical witness is clear that this is the final act in the Story of stories. It’s the climatic destiny toward which time marches. And it’s the closing chapter that gives ultimate meaning to our past, present and future.

As we begin this season of Advent, I invite you to join me in preparing for a God who is coming again, who will set all things right and will make all things new.

Amen! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

One of the traditional hymns for this first Sunday in Advent is Charles Wesley’s “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending.” You can listen to a modern arrangement here:

http://zachicks.bandcamp.com/track/lo-he-comes-with-clouds-descending

Matt Sigler is the interim campus minister at Southwestern.

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:54:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Introduction: Welcome to the Advent to Epiphany blog (Chapel)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1587/?introduction-welcome-to-the-advent-to-epiphany-blog http://www.sckans.edu/activities/chapel/advent-to-epiphany-blog/view/1587/?introduction-welcome-to-the-advent-to-epiphany-blog As a way to encourage us to read scripture as a community together over the break, and in hopes that we’d be drawn deeper together into the Story of God, we’ve created a devotional blog for our community to follow from Advent to Epiphany. Advent historically has been a season of preparation—not so much for the birth of the baby Jesus, but for the Second coming of Christ. Think of it as looking through the baby in the manger to see the King coming on the clouds in final victory. It’s the season when we celebrate the final episode in the Story of God’s salvation in Christ Jesus. Christmas, of course, is the time when we celebrate the Word made flesh. And Epiphany marks the revelation of Christ as the fullness of God in flesh—think Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan river.
 
These seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany mark key chapters in the Story. Twice a week (on Sunday and Wednesday) we’ll post a short devotional on a passage from Scripture as a way for our community to continue to connect these chapters over the break. It also will allow us to stay, quite literally, on the same page as a community. I invite you to join with us and to share your own reflections on how the Lord is speaking through these passages during this time.
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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:19:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern College Enactus Team to Receive Four Grants (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1586/?-southwestern-college-enactus-team-to-receive-four-grants http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1586/?-southwestern-college-enactus-team-to-receive-four-grants Southwestern College's Enactus team is the recipient of four Enactus Project Grants offered by Enactus USA. 
The SC team has been awarded the AB InBEV Better World grant, sponsored by AB InBev; Uncap Opportunities for Women Project Grant, supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation; the Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment Project Grant; and the Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business Project Grant. 

Faculty advisor Patrick Lee says that this is quite an accomplishment by the Southwestern College Enactus team.

“We were awarded four project grants in our first year as a team. This is a remarkable achievement not only for the students and the Division of Business, but for the entire Moundbuilder community,” Lee says.  “It truly shows what our students can do."

Nolan Smith is the team lead for AB InBEV Better World grant, Tyler Crandall is the team lead for the Sam’s Club Step up for Small Business grant, and Aniefiok Ukim is the team lead for the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Uncap Opportunities for Women Project Grant Supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation grant.

“After a conference call with Enactus, we found out that the most competitive grants were the AB InBev Better World (10 available for U.S.-based teams) and the Uncap Opportunities for Women (43 available for U.S.-based teams) of which the SC team secured both,” Lee says.             
According to Enactus USA, the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership provides the opportunity for Enactus United States teams to empower at least one small business to strengthen their foundation for long-term success through improved business practices.

The AB InBEV Better World partner project grant is a grant that will help the Southwestern College’s Enactus team design and implement a scalable solution to increase recycling in the community, specifically restaurants, bars and other on-premise businesses in Cowley County.

The Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership is an Enactus program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation that empowers women by providing entrepreneurial training and workforce development through Enactus teams. The need for women’s economic empowerment is evident around the world. Despite the challenges that remain on the front of women’s economic empowerment, Enactus students see this as an opportunity to create value in the lives of women, their families, and their communities. Through the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership, Enactus teams work side-by-side with women to empower them with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in the workforce or their own business.

In addition, the Uncap Opportunities for Women partnership provides Enactus teams opportunity to empower women through collaboration with a community-based organization to evaluate and identify areas of long-term improvement. 

“From our end, the Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business grant will be focused on strengthening the success of The Barns at Timber Creek, specifically adding business cliental and finding ways to improve business during slow months at The Barns. Southwestern College's Enactus Team members will develop and execute a plan to accomplish these goals,” Lee says.  “The Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment and the Uncap Opportunities for Women grant will be focused on developing and further assisting Eagle Nest Inc. in Winfield improving the well-being of women living in poverty. Specifically, the Enactus Team will find ways to develop and enhance programming that will allow Eagle Nest to provide increased entrepreneurial training and workforce development to women in the local community.  The AB InBEV Better World will enable our team to help business in our local community do a better job at recycling items that normally would be headed to the landfill. We have seen a major growth in the recycling and reusing industry and this grant helps us get one step closer to being eco-friendly,” Lee explains.

For more information on activity grant opportunities for students or to learn more how you can be involved visit www.sckans.edu/activities/enactus-team/.  To learn more about Enactus, visit www.enactus.org.

 

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:13:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College’s Deborah Martin Wins Piano Competition (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1585/?southwestern-colleges-deborah-martin-wins-piano-competition http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1585/?southwestern-colleges-deborah-martin-wins-piano-competition Southwestern College junior Deborah Martin won the Kansas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Piano Competition on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Washburn University in Topeka.  Martin competed against other juniors and seniors from colleges and universities from around the state of Kansas.  She performed the Chopin Etude op. 10, no.3 and Bartok Suite op.14, no. 3.
Deborah Winning the KMTA Piano Competition
Martin is from Penang, Malaysia, and is the daughter of Dave Martin and Katherine Ung.  She is a graduate of Penang Chinese Girls' High School.

Tim Shook is Deborah’s piano teacher as well as chair of the performing arts division at Southwestern, and emphasizes the high quality of performers in this competition. Typically the state’s large universities send their most talented and accomplished pianists to represent their schools, he says, and to have a student from a small, private liberal arts college take the top prize shines the spotlight on the quality of artistry at Southwestern.

“We were delighted with Deborah’s third place finish last year and what is impressive is that she is at the younger level of this competition,” Shook adds.

“I'm very thrilled to have won because that means I've not only made my school proud, I've made my country proud and most of all I've made my family proud,” Martin says.  “I started piano lessons in a music school when I was four. Then I switched to private lessons at about age seven. Every now then, there would be performance opportunities available through my instructors and usually I would be invited to be a part of those performances.”

Shook says that Martin’s work ethic paved the way to her victory.

“This was a team effort,” Shook says.  “She played often for her colleagues and they provided valuable feedback.  Deborah has a work ethic, first and foremost, and there is talent and when those two things are combined, many good things happen.  She has an artistic sense in many ways; visually she is a great photographer; she has a wonderful ear; and she sings beautifully.  But what she does is she works and she practices and she develops that talent that she has been given.”

Martin is happy that she participated in the competition.

“I chose to do it again this year because it was a great opportunity to gain someone else's insight on my technique and musical interpretations,” Martin says.  “I'm also certain that this opportunity is going to facilitate my growth as a musician.”

Although she is just a junior, Martin has an eye on her future.

“Right now, I aspire to become a choral conductor and a private lesson instructor on the side,” Martin says.

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:00:54 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Hope and Courage are Themes in Upcoming SC Theatre Department Productions (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1584/?hope-and-courage-are-themes-in-upcoming-sc-theatre-department-productions http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1584/?hope-and-courage-are-themes-in-upcoming-sc-theatre-department-productions Southwestern College’s theatre department will open productions of two comedies running in repertory Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 13-15: “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov, and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. The plays have very different contexts in terms of time period and setting, but they share a number of connections. 

“Perhaps the most relevant connections are the themes of hope and courage,” says director of theatre Allyson Moon. She describes the plays as comedies with real characters caught in what feels like hopeless situations yet finding the courage to face life move on.

“Uncle Vanya” will be performed Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be performed Saturday, Nov. 8, Thursday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Both shows contain adult language and are intended for mature audiences. 
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov wrote a number of plays in his time, including “Three Sisters,” “The Seagull,” and “Uncle Vanya.” All three were identified as comedies by Chekhov.  According to Moon, “Uncle Vanya,” first published in 1897, contains themes of unfulfilled hopes and wasted lives, themes present in most of Chekhov’s writings. Each of Chekhov’s characters struggle with the loss of hope in their respective lives and must fight to find the courage to go on.
Uncle Vanya“Uncle Vanya” takes place in the estate of Ivan Petrovich (Uncle Vanya), where he lives with his mother, Maria, and his niece, Sonia. Vanya’s brother-in-law, an old professor who owns the estate, comes to stay there along with his second wife, who is much younger and very beautiful, capturing the attention of both Vanya and his friend Astrov, the local doctor. The old professor is lazy and frustrating and causes tensions for Vanya throughout the play. Meanwhile Sonia suffers from deep feelings for Doctor Astrov, coupled with an awareness of her own lack of beauty. When the professor announces his intentions to sell the estate, which Vanya has spent the majority of his life managing, Vanya snaps and very nearly murders the professor. 

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” directed by Allyson Moon, is Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning Best Play of 2013, and is currently the most produced play in the United States. It is heavily based upon the characters and themes from Anton Chekhov’s plays, especially Uncle Vanya. 

Vanya and Sonia spent much of their lives taking care of their sick parents in their old age, and since the passing of their parents have failed to move on with their lives, sitting at home doing nothing all day, every day. The house is owned and paid for by their older sister Masha, who is a successful film actress and is never around. When Masha makes a surprise visit with her new and much younger boyfriend Spike, Vanya and Sonia have their worlds turned upside down. Unspoken resentment bubbles forth between siblings when Masha announces her intentions to sell the house; Masha becomes jealous of a pretty young girl named Nina who catches Spike’s attention; Vanya is frustrated by how the world has changed, his emotions exacerbated by Spike’s youthful ignorance; and throughout, all are plagued with entreaties from the clairvoyant cleaning lady, Cassandra.

In addition to the character names, matching themes of hope and courage, and parallels in plot, the shows share a number of other counterparts, according to Roger Moon, director of “Uncle Vanya.” Conspicuous references to Anton Chekhov and his plays “Three Sisters” and “The Seagull” are made within the script of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Southwestern College’s production of the shows will include shared props and set pieces between the shows to accent these parallels, and all of this is further highlighted by the shows running in repertory on consecutive nights and on the same stage. 

The opportunity for these plays to be presented as a unit is a unique experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. 

“It’s been a lot of fun to work with the two casts and make comparisons between the shows,” says junior Anna Rosell, who will be playing Maria in “Uncle Vanya.” “The two Vanyas and the two Sonias play the parts in their own way, but also build off of each other.” 

For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. 

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:36:18 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Host Family Opportunity for International Students Available at Southwestern College (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1583/?host-family-opportunity-for-international-students-available-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1583/?host-family-opportunity-for-international-students-available-at-southwestern-college Leslie Grant, international and transfer admissions counselor at Southwestern College, would like to invite families from around the area to consider becoming host families for international students.

Southwestern College is the temporary home of more than 100 students from around the world.  They come to Winfield from China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, and other countries.

Local “host” families are matched with new international students as a way to help them adjust to life in the United States. 

“It’s a nice way for a new person to the United States to spend time with an American family when schedules permit,” Grant says.  “The time each student and family spends together varies. Some families enjoy having their student over for dinner or maybe a meal out. Some families will come to their students sporting events and campus activities as a way to show support.”

There is no fee to become a host family and the students do not live with their host families.

There are four main events each year that the international students and their host families are invited to attend.  Two of those events occur in the month of November, the International Cuisine Dinner and Thanksgiving Dinner.

The International Cuisine Dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Southwestern College cafeteria.  Community members along with Southwestern College faculty and staff are invited to come taste foods from around the world.

The Thanksgiving event will be Monday, Nov. 17, at Grace United Methodist Church and will allow the international students an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the first time.  

The other events during the year are a Chinese New Year celebration in the spring and the Welcome Picnic at the beginning of September.

Allan and Susan Norton became involved in the program 17 years ago while Don  and Betsy Drennan enjoyed 15 years. Both couples have decided to retire from the program this year.

“They were wonderful, fulfilling years,” Susan says.  “We became very close friends (with the Drennans), the program expanded, and we got many Winfield couples involved with the international students and the college.  We made friendships with students all over the world.”
“Once the student graduates you may never hear from them again, and then you may have a friend forever,” Betsy added.

For more information about the program, contact Grant at (620) 229-6269.

“If you are interested in a cultural experience and making lasting relationships that will last a lifetime, this program is for you,” Grant says.  

 

 

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:33:05 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Major Named one of SC's "Teacher of Promise." (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1582/?sc-music-major-named-one-of-scs-teacher-of-promise. http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1582/?sc-music-major-named-one-of-scs-teacher-of-promise. Senior,Music Education and Music Performance Major, Dylan Moore was selected as one of two Fall 2014 "Teachers of Promise."  We would like to congratulate Dylan and encourage him to keep up the Good Work!!!!

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:14:13 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Natural Science Hall of Fame at Southwestern (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1581/?three-to-enter-natural-science-hall-of-fame-at-southwestern http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1581/?three-to-enter-natural-science-hall-of-fame-at-southwestern Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Hal Tretbar, Tucson, Ariz; Mark Turrentine, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Belinda Vail, Prairie Village. The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15 p.m.  

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world.

“The 2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame honorees are impressive in their accomplishments, and continue the long-standing high level of achievement that has been evidenced in past inductees.  We are proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and their work,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  

Inductees include:
•    Hal Tretbar ’52 grew up in a family of doctors. His father, brother, uncle, and two cousins were doctors. Tretbar graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1956. He practiced at the Tucson (Ariz.) Clinic from 1965 until his retirement in 1998. Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, he co-founded a Section of Rheumatology at the University of Arizona Medical School, was an arthritis consultant for four hospitals, and started an arthritis clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital where he was a weekly consultant for 25 years. In addition to being hospital chief of staff, he was board chair for 10 years, taking an HMO from concept to function.  He has combined his career in medicine with varied interests that include travel and photography, and he climbed Mr. Kilimanjaro on his 65th birthday.

•    Mark Turrentine ’79 is chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at IU Health, director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Indiana University School of Medicine, and surgical co-director of the IU Health Heart Transplant Program. He specializes in heart surgeries, mechanical heart support, heart and lung transplantation, and limited access surgical approaches. Since 1998, Turrentine has been involved with mission work through the Palestinian Children’s Relief Organization, Gift of Life International, and Rotary International. These groups brought children with congenital heart defects to the United States for surgeries they could not have at home. After several years of being limited to the number of children that could be sponsored, Turrentine organized and led the first Riley Heart Mission team to Amman, Jordan. The team has since participated in 18 trips to Jordan, Uganda, and China, performing over 100 life-sustaining heart surgeries. 

•    Belinda Vail ’76 is David M. Hueben Endowed Professor and vice chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her clinical practice includes women’s health, procedures, maternity, and inpatient care. She teaches students in all four years of medical school, nurse practitioner students, and family medicine residents and has received numerous teaching awards. She served as residency director for the department for 11 years. She has been instrumental in helping the KU chapter of Women in Medicine and Science become a national model for women’s organizations at medical colleges. She has presented over 250 national and international lectures on topics including women’s health and contraception, pediatric diseases, immunizations, skin diseases, obesity, and diabetes. Vail also is medical director for Community Living Opportunities, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults.  

Richard Cowlishaw, interim chair, division of natural sciences and mathematics and professor of biology at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the Mastin Scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6334.

 

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:08:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Business Division Launches Enactus Team (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1580/?southwestern-college-business-division-launches-enactus-team http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1580/?southwestern-college-business-division-launches-enactus-team The Southwestern College Division of Business has launched an Enactus team, supervised by Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting, and James McEwen, internship coordinator.

Enactus is an international organization dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. They provide a platform for university students to collaborate with business and academic leaders in the development of entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. The quality and impact of the students’ projects are evaluated by leading executives through a series of regional, national, and global competitions. The Enactus experience transforms the lives of the students as they develop into entrepreneurially-minded, socially-responsible leaders.

According to Lee, Southwestern College’s Enactus team seeks to create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in a continually more complicated and challenging world.

“Southwestern College's Enactus team is encouraged by the Division of Business as a way to bridge the gap between the classroom theories and concepts with the reality of the world in which our graduates will work,” Lee says.

The president of the SC Enactus team is Abby Gengler; Rachel Baker is the vice president; Madison Hovey is the vice president of projects; Alyssa Richardson is the vice president for communications; Kayla Williams is the vice president of treasury; Luis Reyes is the vice president of recruitment; and Michelle VanGieson is the secretary. 

For more information on activity grant opportunities for students or to learn more how you can be involved visit www.sckans.edu/activities/enactus-team/.  To learn more about Enactus, visit www.enactus.org.

 

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:06:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS to Present Halloween Concert October 26 (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1579/?sks-to-present-halloween-concert-october-26 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1579/?sks-to-present-halloween-concert-october-26 The South Kansas Symphony will present “Witches & Wizards” on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The production is sponsored by Phil and Mary Jarvis. Children will be admitted free of charge with an adult admission.  Admission price varies between $6 and $10.

The orchestra will be performing classical “witch” pieces by Berlioz and Humperdinck, as well as several popular works in celebration of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Joanna Brazil, children’s librarian at the Winfield Public Library, will also be reading a Halloween story.  All who attend are encouraged to wear costumes. 

At the conclusion of the performance, there will be an instrument petting zoo in the lobby just outside the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

For more information about the event call (620) 229-6272.

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:10:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Several High School Marching Bands to Participate in 'The Mound of Sound' at Southwestern College (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1578/?several-high-school-marching-bands-to-participate-in-the-mound-of-sound-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1578/?several-high-school-marching-bands-to-participate-in-the-mound-of-sound-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will host “The Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.  So far, high school marching bands from Winfield, Arkansas City, Liberal, Ponca City, Okla., Central of Burden, Dexter, Udall, and Riverton have signed up to perform.

The bands will perform for a panel of judges in a friendly and supportive environment, according to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the coordinator for “The Mound of Sound.”

“It is a good way to provide some of the local schools with a festival that they can attend where they will receive feedback from judges.  It is also friendly-competitive, and we will give out awards for grand champion, second place, and third place.  They all will get rated and will receive that feedback, which is so vital.”

Kirk is no stranger to putting these festivals together.    

“I hosted these events at Coffeyville Community College and at Marshall University in the Tri-State Festival which is one of the biggest marching competitions on the East coast,” Kirk says.  “It is great for these schools as it’s a great educational experience.  It is competitive in a friendly way.  I have six judges coming who will judge in the areas of music performance, visual performance, general affect, color guard, percussion, and drum major.  Some of the judges are nationally known.”  

According to Kirk, each band has a chance to win whether they are big or small.  

“The way I have done the score sheets, it’s based on their performance, not how many are in the band,” Kirk says.  “A group might have 20 kids but if they sound really tight and their fundamentals are great, they can score just as high or higher than the 150-piece bands.  The way the scoring system is, everyone has a fair shot.”

The event will begin at 10 a.m.  The schedule includes: Central of Burden, 10 a.m.; Udall, 10:20; Dexter, 10:40; Winfield, 11; Riverton, 11:20; Ponca City, 11:40; Arkansas City, 12; Liberal 12:20; and the awards presentation at 12:40.

 

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:17:50 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes September 2014 (College Sustainability Council)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1577/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-september-2014 http://www.sckans.edu/other/college-sustainability-council/news/view/1577/?college-sustainability-council-minutes-september-2014 College Sustainability Council Minutes September 2014 (Word Document)

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:51:39 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Marine Who Helped Build and Run Al Qaida Detention Facilites, Major General Mike Lehnert, to Speak at Southwestern (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1576/?marine-who-helped-build-and-run-al-qaida-detention-facilites-major-general-mike-lehnert-to-speak-at-southwestern http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1576/?marine-who-helped-build-and-run-al-qaida-detention-facilites-major-general-mike-lehnert-to-speak-at-southwestern Southwestern College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Major General Michael Lehnert for an intensive week-long visit where he will conduct classes, seminars, and lectures.  The public is invited to attend a public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101. There is no admission charge.  The title of the lecture is “Coalition Building and Environmental Policy.”
Maj General Lehnert
Lehnert will also lecture on terrorism, Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Following the lecture there will be a question and answer session. The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged as seating will be limited.  To make reservations, go to https://bit.ly/rsvpMajorGeneral or call (316) 684-5335 ext. 120.  

Major General Mike Lehnert was commissioned in 1973 as a combat engineer and participated in combat operations in Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq. In 2003 he led 5,000 Marines and sailors during the initial invasion of Iraq in support of the 70,000 Marines who formed the I Marine Expeditionary Force. During his 37 years of active duty, he held 13 separate commands from platoon commander to joint task force commander. He was the chief of staff joint task force Panama charged with overseeing the turnover of the Panama Canal, joint task group commander in Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Cuban migrant crisis, and commander joint task force 160 to build and run detention facilities for Al Qaida and Taliban terrorists. He commanded the marine logistics group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment on active duty was regional commander for the seven Marine bases west of the Mississippi. 

He was the subject of Karen Greenberg's book, “The Least Worst Place,” used in many military and law schools as a study in ethical decision making. In 2010, the National Conflict Resolution Center honored him as their 2010 National Peacekeeper Award recipient. 

Lehnert serves as vice chairman of the board for the Student Veterans of America (SVA). SVA is a national veterans’ organization including over 800 active chapters throughout all 50 states and in three countries. It was formed in 2008 to ensure that student veterans achieve their educational goals in universities and achieve their academic potential. 

He has been recognized by numerous environmental groups including the Sierra Club for his work recovering endangered species while still on active duty. Today he serves on the 11-person board of the Endangered Species Coalition. The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of over 440 conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, and business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.

After serving for two years as a senior adviser to the Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, General Lehnert was invited to serve as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow where he lectures on leadership and ethical decision making.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington D. C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions.  For over 35 years, Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement.

The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities.  For more information, visit the CIC’s website at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.  

 

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:22:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Tamara McEwen to Receive Faculty of Distinction Award from KICA (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1575/?-tamara-mcewen-to-receive-faculty-of-distinction-award-from-kica http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1575/?-tamara-mcewen-to-receive-faculty-of-distinction-award-from-kica The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) has announced the selection of 18 college faculty members to receive KICA's inaugural Faculty of Distinction Award.  The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Oct. 21.

Tamara McEwen, assistant professor of biology at Southwestern College, was selected as one of the recipients.
Tamara McEwen
The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.  Throughout their existence, these colleges, which include the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described, ‘they have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.’”

McEwen began at Southwestern College in August of 2011. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology and immunology at the University of Missouri.  Prior to earning her degree McEwen taught high school biology at Altoona-Midway High School in Buffalo, Kan., and spent her summers teaching for Pittsburg State University and Neosho County Community College.  

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the Chief Academic Officer of each KICA member institution. This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, business, history, and theology, as well as auto restoration, music, and others.They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

“Tammy is a remarkably gifted teacher with an incredible knack for making science accessible to the students,” says Andy Sheppard, provost at Southwestern.  “Her work is unrivaled and she is deserving of this award.

For more information, or with questions about this program, please contact Lindsey or call (785) 235-9877.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:42:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Campus Player Alumni to Present 'Tom Jones' (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1574/?sc-campus-player-alumni-to-present-tom-jones http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1574/?sc-campus-player-alumni-to-present-tom-jones Southwestern College Campus Player alumni of the late 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, along with friends, will present a short musical version of “Tom Jones” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.

According to Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern College, the first production of “Tom Jones,” produced in 1969 as a student project, was also in the Little Theatre.

“George Jason Johnston was a theatre and music major at Southwestern,” says Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre.  “He and Gayle McMillan took the music off a vinyl recording of a BBC 1960s special, and Jason directed it as his senior directing project.  The crazy musical comedy is based upon the ‘Tom Jones’ novel by Henry Fielding.   The next year in the spring of 1970, the Campus Players, led by Norman and Roxy Callison, did it as dinner theatre, and it was a huge success.”  

Moon adds that this will be a “senior” senior project since many of the 15 alumni returning to do the show are now in their 60s.  Allyson Moon will direct the production which is being designed and built by Jason Johnston.   Gayle McMillan is returning as musical director and to accompany.  

The cast features John Marshall of the class of ’70 in the role of Tom Jones, which he created in both the’69 and ’70 productions. Alumni from the class of ’69 and ’70 returning to play in the production are Roxy Clark Callison, John Esche, Ronda Sims Marshall, Donna Bean Mercier, Marci Brown Monteith, and Roger Moon.  Other Campus Players from the 1970s and ’80s returning to act or assist in the production include Terry McGonigle, Robbie Gilger Banks, David Lungren, Kathy Hampson Baker, Suzanne Smith, Kathy Cooper Delcarpio, and Jessica Callison Fisher.  Local, area, and regional performers adding to the cast are Martin Rude, Dan Campbell, and Heather Marshall.

Seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre at the 10:30 p.m. performance is restricted to 75, so tickets are limited.  

“It may be more like a late night party,” says Moon, “but we’re going to give ourselves a heck of a show and have a great time” 

For information about tickets contact Rose Hanna at the SC performing arts office, (620) 229-6244. 
 

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:39:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 9.23.14 (SGA)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1573/?senate-meeting-notes-9.23.14 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1573/?senate-meeting-notes-9.23.14 Senate Meeting Notes 9.23.14

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:20:56 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 9.9.14 (SGA)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1572/?senate-meeting-notes-9.9.14 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1572/?senate-meeting-notes-9.9.14 Senate Meeting Notes 9.9.14

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:18:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Top-Tier in US News Colleges (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1571/?southwestern-top-tier-in-us-news-colleges http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1571/?southwestern-top-tier-in-us-news-colleges Southwestern College has been named a Tier One college in the U.S.News and World Report Best Colleges annual ranking of the nation’s colleges and universities. The college’s Professional Studies program also has been recognized in the Best Colleges report for its online bachelor’s and online graduate education programs.

Southwestern is categorized as a “Midwest Regional University” because of its extensive graduate programs. This category was topped by Creighton University, followed by Butler University and Drake University.

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

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:33:17 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ SC Homecoming Service Project Sunday in Richardson Performing Arts Center (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1570/?-sc-homecoming-service-project-sunday-in-richardson-performing-arts-center http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1570/?-sc-homecoming-service-project-sunday-in-richardson-performing-arts-center Southwestern College is teaming up with The Center for Combating Human Trafficking to kick off Homecoming week with a unique service project this year.  The fourth annual Homecoming service project is titled “Courage to Use Your Voice.”  The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge to attend.

Instead of providing manual labor to serve the community, students will practice using their voices to advocate for change.  The event will feature a guest lecture from Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Ph. D.  She is an assistant professor of social work at Wichita State University and speaks both nationally and internationally on the topics of homeless youth and sexual exploitation/human trafficking.  

Following the 30-minute presentation by Countryman-Roswurm, students will be given 45 minutes to advocate for action on the issue in whatever creative format they choose.  Advocacy efforts will be documented and compiled via video (SC students majoring in communication) and photos (SC Instagram #BuildersInService).  Sample advocacy ideas and resources (including recent legislation) can be found at this website: http://sckans.edu/activities/service-learning/homecoming-service-project.

A host of community partners will be in attendance at the event to help the students with their advocacy work, including House of Representatives member Ed Trimmer, as well as staff from the following organizations: Raise My Head Foundation (Wichita), Safe Homes, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cowley County, and the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (Wichita).  

This issue is particularly salient because recent statistics indicate that Wichita ranks in the top five cities as a human trafficking originating city.  This means that children are picked up in Wichita and trafficked to other areas in our nation for forced labor and sexual exploitation.  

The Center for Human Trafficking serves as a non-partisan think tank and resource bank for students, multi-disciplinary professionals, concerned community members, and faith congregations. With their partners, the center works to assist in preventing, assessing, identifying, evaluating, and intervening in cases of human trafficking.

A total of 50 seats will be reserved for the general public at this event and can be accessed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern invites SC students and community members to come learn more about the issue of domestic human trafficking taking place in the state of Kansas and discover actions that can be taken to help combat it.

“I am excited that Southwestern students will have the opportunity to participate in a different kind of service on an issue that is meaningful to many of them,” Wilke says.  “Educating oneself about an important and complex issue and figuring out how to do something about it is just as much of a service to the community as painting a house or picking up trash.  I cannot wait to see students’ creativity in action, and I hope this will further empower our students to continue making positive changes in the community.”

Southwestern College organizations that are working on this project are from the service learning teams, athletics, performing arts, student life, and the communication department.

For more information about the event, contact Wilke at (620) 229-6393.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:53:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show for the Entire Family (Theatre Arts)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1569/?nine-lives-to-perform-community-show-for-the-entire-family http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1569/?nine-lives-to-perform-community-show-for-the-entire-family Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge; however the team is requesting that a non-perishable food item is brought. The comedy troupe has teamed up with the Discipleship team at SC to collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Winfield Food Bank.
Nine Lives Go bananas
The theme for the show is “Go Bananas” and it is intended for the entire family.

“We do the community show for the children,” says Southwestern College senior Paul Mata.  “We like to provide high quality entertainment for the whole family.”

“This show a way to get the whole family involved,” says senior Shane Schrag.

According to troupe leader Allyson Moon, Nine Lives normally performs one community show a semester.  Unfortunately, this will be the only community show for the year because the troupe will be touring during the second semester.

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:08:20 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ E-Waste Recycling Event Coming Oct. 14 in Winfield (Green Team)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1568/?-e-waste-recycling-event-coming-oct.-14-in-winfield http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1568/?-e-waste-recycling-event-coming-oct.-14-in-winfield The Southwestern College Green Team is again collaborating with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event. It will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC will collect the items and process them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.

Vintage Tech accepts the following electronic items:  cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cellular phones, computer peripherals and all computer parts, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3 players, iPods, networking equipment, PDAs, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, UPS unites, VCRs, and video game consoles.

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

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

During the first e-waste recycling event in February, more than six tons of electronic waste was kept out landfills as participants collected 12,421 pounds of outdated, unused, or nonfunctioning electronics to be sent to Vintage Tech Recyclers.

There were 64 different items brought to the event for recycling.  The most popular items were cable and cords (111) followed by computers (77), batteries (67), and printers (63). 

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

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:06:23 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Opening Concert is Sunday (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1567/?south-kansas-symphony-opening-concert-is-sunday http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1567/?south-kansas-symphony-opening-concert-is-sunday The South Kansas Symphony will present the opening concert of the year on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets prices for the concert range from $6 to $10, depending on seat location.

The concert title is “Overture” and will include works by Handel, Bach, Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, and Beethoven.  The concert is sponsored by Marilyn McNeish.

Amber Peterson, conductor of the South Kansas Symphony, says this concert will have several familiar selections.

“The South Kansas Symphony will be opening the season with a collection of overtures, which are often considered masterworks in symphonic orchestra music,” Peterson says.  “These well-known overtures from some of the greatest composers come from an oratorio, suite, play, and several operas. Many will be familiar to the audience.”

For more information about the concert or to order tickets, contact Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:04:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Homecoming 2014 Events at Southwestern College (Homecoming)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/homecoming/news/view/1566/?-homecoming-2014-events-at-southwestern-college http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/homecoming/news/view/1566/?-homecoming-2014-events-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will celebrate Homecoming Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5.  Numerous activities have been announced.
For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334. For schedule updates, refer to the homecoming website-- www.sckans.edu/homecoming.

“The anticipation of Homecoming continues to build with both students and alumni,” Lowe says.  “In addition to longtime favorite activities of Homecoming, this year’s weekend gathering includes several new things, including a performing arts showcase, a petting roo-zoo, and a photo booth with props.  We encourage the local community to join in the fun, and especially come to see ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 1925 silent film with live organ music.”

Thursday’s schedule includes:
•    Photo exhibit. President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature photos by Davo Muttiah’99. The display may be viewed from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. 
Friday’s schedule includes:
•    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.— Moundbuilder Market open
•    10 a.m.— Jinx Invitational Golf Tourney, Winfield Country Club.  Contact Brad Sexson at (620) 229-6161 to register.
•    12 p.m.— Class of 1969 Welcome Luncheon, Burger Station and Island Park
•    2 to 5 p.m. — Registration for class reunions in Christy Lobby. 
•    2 to 4:30 p.m. —High Jinx Spoken Word/Poetry Slam contest in Christy 201.  Alumni may participate in the contest by bringing an original work or poetry or spoken word performance piece, or perform a classic instead.  Contact Michelle Boucher at (620) 229-6332 for more information
•    2:30 to 5 p.m.—Performing arts showcase.  A variety of entertainment will be provided by SC students with a new performance starting every 30 minutes in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  
•    6  to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  
•    7 p.m.—SC volleyball vs Bethel College, Stewart Field House.
•    8 p.m. — Kaleidoscope, performing arts production, Richardson Performing Arts Center.
•    9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.
Saturday’s schedule includes:
•    8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
•    8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Come-and-go continental breakfast and open house at the SC Learning Center on 120 W. 12th Street. 
•    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Moundbuilder Market open
•    9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Petting Roo-Zoo on the Deets Library lawn.  Free family fun activity for kids of all ages, including a kangaroo and a giant tortoise.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Rock painting at the Mound with George Lowe ’74 and Teresa Bevis-Yeoman ’80. 
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Performing arts come and go reception, Darbeth lobby.
•    10:30 a.m.—Computer science, English, and communications reunion brunch, lower level of the Christy Administration building. Contact Cindy Stevens, (620) 229-6293 to RSVP.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Book signing by Sherry (Galloway) Willis ’70/’95, for her new children’s book, “Rex the Mighty Rectangle,” Stewart Field House foyer. 
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Homecoming Picnic, Stewart Field House, $6 per person, $3 for children under 6.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  Say Cheez Photo Booth, Stewart Field House stage.  Props provided.
•    11:15 a.m. – Outreach Worship Service, south patio of Roy L. Smith Student Center.
•    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Country Club. 
•    12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Professional Class Photos, King Plaza. Photo times as follows: (class photos will be done separately by class)  noon – classes of 1964, 1969, 1974; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1979, 1984, 1989; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009.
•    1:15 p.m. – Class Reunion Gatherings, Jantz Stadium.
•    1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Football game vs. Tabor College.
•    5 p.m.  -  Volleyball Reunion, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
•    5 to 8 p.m. — Child care services, Grace UMC, $2 per child which includes a meal. Reservations preferred and walk-ins accepted if space allows.
•    5 p.m. — Class of 1964 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd. 
•    5:30 p.m. — Class of 1964 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club. 50-year gala celebration. 
•    5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—www.sckans.edu/homecoming). 
•    6 p.m.—Women’s soccer alumni vs current students.
•    7 p.m.—Men’s soccer alumni vs current students.
•    7 p.m.—SC volleyball vs University of Saint Mary, Stewart Field House.
•    8 p.m. — “The Phantom of the Opera,” 1925 movie with live organ accompaniment, $15 per person, $12 for alumni, and $8 for students, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For more information, contact Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.
•    10:30 p.m.—“Tom Jones” production by Campus Players alumni in the Helen Graham Little Theatre. 
Sunday’s schedule includes:
•    9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  
•    10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Barry Dundas ’89 guest speaker.
•    11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
•    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Moundbuilder Market open.

 

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:31:53 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Phantom of the Opera’ Plus Live Organ Music in RPAC Oct. 4 (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1565/?phantom-of-the-opera-plus-live-organ-music-in-rpac-oct.-4 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1565/?phantom-of-the-opera-plus-live-organ-music-in-rpac-oct.-4 Southwestern College is offering an unusual experience during Homecoming 2014 with the presentation of the classic 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” with live organ music by Brett Valliant on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

“The ability to provide a silent film with live organ accompaniment is unique to Richardson Performing Arts Center,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College.  “Renowned organist Brett Valliant is able to enhance a classic movie with his interpretations on the Reuter pipe organ, so that those who attend can experience ‘Phantom of the Opera’ much in the way original viewers did in the 1920s.”
Brett Valliant
Valliant is well known for scoring and accompanying films but is best known for dramatic films such as “King of Kings,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Broken Blossoms,” “Wings,” and “The Eagle.”  He plays annually for film festivals including the International Film Festival hosted by the American Film Institute, and has been a featured performer at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the American Theatre Organ Society.  Critics have defined his performances as exciting, refreshing, unorthodox, and astonishing.  Valliant has three solo recordings to his credit as well as a number of studio projects with other musicians.  

Valliant lives in Wichita where he is a full time musician at First United Methodist Church, overseeing a music department seen by thousands across the Midwest on the church’s television programs.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for Southwestern College alumni, and $8 for students.  For more information, contact Falk at (620) 229-6141.  According to Falk, patrons can also purchase tickets online at www.sckans.edu/phantom.  

“We are excited to announce our new online ticketing system,” Falk says.  “Patrons now have the ability to order tickets for programs offered by RPAC Presents events using our secure online box office.  For a limited time as patrons become accustomed to using the online system we will be waiving online box office fees.”

 

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:30:41 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1553/?2014-natural-science-hall-of-fame http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1553/?2014-natural-science-hall-of-fame The 2014 Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Inductees will be Harold C. Tretbar '52, Mark W. Turrentine '79, and Belinda A. Vail '76.  Cost of the dinner event is $20 per person, RSVPs are necessary and seating is limited.  For more information or to register for the event, contact susan.lowe@sckans.edu or call 620-229-6279.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:53:30 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Don't get Jinxed... Win an iPad! (Alumni News)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1552/?dont-get-jinxed...-win-an-ipad http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/1552/?dont-get-jinxed...-win-an-ipad Don't Get Jinxed...Win an iPad!

Southwestern College alumni have a limited time opportunity to complete an online form and be eligible to win an iPad mini with Retina display.

You can have...not one...not two...but THREE chances to win! Each section you complete gives you another entry into the drawing.  Fill out all three (3) sections and you'll have your name entered THREE times in the giveaway.  (However, only one form submission will be accepted per individual.)

Maximize your chance to win by:

  1. Completing the “About Me” section
  2. Completing the “About my Work” section (in purple)
  3. Completing the “About my Life” section (in grey)

Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2014 (midnight EST)

Winner will be contacted via email on or around November 3, 2014

Contest only open to alumni of Southwestern College.  Current faculty, staff and students are ineligible to enter.

View complete contest rules here (PDF)

Official entry form:  www.sckans.edu/ipad

 

Sponsor - Galaxie Business Equipment

Special thanks to our sponsor Galaxie Business Equipment for making this contest possible! Providing service and support for typewriters and other office products to schools and businesses in Harper, Sumner and Cowley Counties since 1972.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:45:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 8.26.14 (SGA)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1551/?senate-meeting-notes-8.26.14 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/1551/?senate-meeting-notes-8.26.14 Senate Meeting Notes 8.26.14

 

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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:08:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame (Halls of Fame)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1550/?2014-natural-science-hall-of-fame http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/news/view/1550/?2014-natural-science-hall-of-fame

The 2014 Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame will recognize three graduates on Saturday, Nov. 8, at a dinner induction ceremony in Deets Library on the main college campus.  The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world. 

The new inductees will be Harold C. Tretbar ’52, Mark W. Turrentine ’79, and Belinda A. Vail ’76.  Hall of Fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner.  The induction ceremony will immediately follow the meal, at approximately 6:15.

For more information or reservations, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6334.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:52:52 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Launch BeADisciple Academy (Discipleship)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/discipleship/news/view/1549/?sc-to-launch-beadisciple-academy http://www.sckans.edu/activities/discipleship/news/view/1549/?sc-to-launch-beadisciple-academy Southwestern will soon launch the online BeADisciple Academy, thanks to a grant received from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

“We are so appreciative of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for both their support of the concept and financial backing of $40,000 to underwrite development costs” states Steve Wilke, executive director of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College.  

The BeADisciple Academy is designed to be a global online faith-building fellowship for high school or college students who want to go deeper in their faith lives and leadership skills. The Academy uses a wide range of contemporary online resources to provide interactive opportunities for students, including social media, webinars, videos, and other web-based initiatives. Both the high school and collegiate sessions run for two 12-week intervals in the fall and spring, concurrent with the school year.

Southwestern College is building on its strength as an online provider in higher education and its long history of developing young Christian leaders from around the world to develop, launch, and support this new global, interactive, online high school and college disciple Bible study and leadership program.

A beta test year will begin on Sept. 8 for the 24-week academy. A better understanding of God, self, and call is the goal of the Academy. Students will be in small groups and a part of a network of participants as well.

For more information, contact Wilke (620) 229-6277 or by email at steve.wilke@sckans.edu.  If you would like to learn more about the BeADisciple Academy, go to www.BeADisciple.com/academy.


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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brian Winnie and Amber Peterson Will Lead Music Programs (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1548/?brian-winnie-and-amber-peterson-will-lead-music-programs http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1548/?brian-winnie-and-amber-peterson-will-lead-music-programs The Southwestern College performing arts division has welcomed Brian Winnie as director of choral activities and voice, and Amber Peterson, Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education.

“Dr. Peterson and Dr. Winnie bring an exciting new perspective to Southwestern College music education and performance programs and ensembles,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Students will enjoy stimulating classroom and performance experiences, preparing them as professionals and advocates who cultivate the arts.”

Brian WinnieWinnie teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and choral methods. He also conducts the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and is head of the voice department.  An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Winnie has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska.  

Prior to this appointment, Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to their interdisciplinary arts program. Prior to his career in higher education, Winnie taught for seven years in public schools at both the middle and high school levels having served as director of choirs in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania where his choirs consistently achieved the highest ratings at festivals and competitions.  His 2007 Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association convention, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at Hopewell Valley High School, and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington in 2013.

Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. He has served as secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and is a former Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Winnie received his bachelor of science in music education from the Pennsylvania State University, master of music education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Additionally, he received his certificate of figure proficiency in Estill Voice Training in 2014. 

Amber PetersonPeterson’s duties will include conducting the South Kansas Symphony, overseeing the Southwestern College Youth Symphony, coaching the Williams String Quartet, and teaching private viola and violin lessons, string methods, and music fundamentals 

 Peterson holds music education degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed Suzuki violin teacher training at Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Prior to coming to Winfield, Peterson taught orchestra in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa, and played violin and viola in many regional symphonies. Her research has appeared in “Contributions to Music Education,” “Arts Education Policy Review,” and “American String Teacher.” She has presented sessions at numerous state and national conferences, including American String Teachers Association, American Educational Research Association, Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the NAfME Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Her specializations and research interests include music teacher education, string education, and music cognition and psychology.


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:58:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Dean Peter Heckman to Speak at Opening Convocation (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1547/?sc-dean-peter-heckman-to-speak-at-opening-convocation http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1547/?sc-dean-peter-heckman-to-speak-at-opening-convocation Peter Heckman, academic dean for the main campus at Southwestern College, will be the featured speaker at the annual opening convocation on Friday, Aug. 22, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Following the college’s 2014-15 academic year theme of courage, Heckman will speak about moral courage.

Heckman has a bachelor of arts degree in English and philosophy from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and a master of arts degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University.  Before joining Southwestern College, Heckman was professor of interdisciplinary studies and associate dean at the University College, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

His first year in Abu Dhabi was spent as the associate dean.  

“I spent a lot of time working with faculty on several different committees and interviewing and hiring new faculty and evaluating continuing faculty,” Heckman says.  “I found I was interacting mostly with faculty who were from around the world but who were not Emirati.  I thought it would be good, as I was living in a country, to get to know its people and culture a little better.  So the next year I served on the faculty and taught global awareness classes to Emirati students.  The campus was segregated by gender, so I had a few classes that were all male and a few classes that were all female.”

Heckman’s wife, Pamela Thompson, was active in the tennis community in Abu Dhabi, and served on the board of the Abu Dhabi American Women’s Network, and as a writer-in-residence for the Art Hub in Liwa. She also taught courses in communication at Zayed University.

“We enjoyed Abu Dhabi,” says Heckman.  “One of the nice things, for us, was the ability to travel easily to other places on that side of the world.  In the two years we were in Abu Dhabi, my wife and I visited Istanbul, Bangkok, Prague, Hong Kong, Singapore, Muscat, and Doha.  I will miss the weather and the ocean, but we are glad to be back in the United States and excited to be working for Southwestern College.”

Heckman now lives in Winfield with his wife.  She is an adjunct English professor for Southwestern College.

He comes from a family entrenched in higher education:  His father, Phil, served 20 years as president of Doane College in Crete, Neb.  One of his sisters, Susan Lawlor, is the chair of the biology department at a campus of Latrobe University in Australia.  

The opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Fall Frenzy 2014 and officially start the academic year. It will also feature the introduction of new faculty, recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.


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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:41:43 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke Nicolay Performs at First United Methodist Church in Wichita (Music)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1546/?luke-nicolay-performs-at-first-united-methodist-church-in-wichita http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/1546/?luke-nicolay-performs-at-first-united-methodist-church-in-wichita Southwestern College student Luke Nicolay spent his summer as an intern at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS.  At the end of his tenure, he was asked to perform as a guest musician at the service on August 3, 2014.  Below is video of his performance.

(Special thanks to First United Methodist Church of Wichita for sharing this video with us.)

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:27:36 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at SC (General)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1545/?new-faculty-and-staff-at-sc http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1545/?new-faculty-and-staff-at-sc New faculty and staff at Southwestern College were introduced during the employee welcome back dinner held on Aug. 11.

New faculty include:

Peter Heckman, academic dean for main campus.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University.  Before joining Southwestern College, Heckman was serving as the professor of interdisciplinary studies and associate dean at the University College, Zayed University in United Arab Emirates.  Prior to that he held a variety of administrative and teaching positions at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb.  

Amy Lash Esau, academic dean for professional studies. She was the director of academic development for adult learner undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. She holds a Ph.D. in family social sciences from the University of Minnesota. 

Christopher Barker, assistant professor of political science.  Barker has a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University. Most recently, he has been the Th. W. Smith postdoctoral fellow in U.S. Legal/Constitutional History at Ohio State University.  Chris has also served as a visiting professor at Boston College, a Jack Miller Fellow at Harvard, and a lecturer at California State University.  

Lalith Gamage, assistant professor of chemistry.  He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at New Mexico State University.  He has been an adjunct professor and lab director at Western New Mexico University.  He has also served as a high school chemistry teacher in his home country of Sri Lanka.

Molly Just, director of discipleship.  Just is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religious studies.  She has also earned minors in youth ministry and Christian discipleship.  She is currently studying for her master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Just is also a certified candidate for ordination in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Lee Jones, technical director for the TOMARI center. He has been the Plano Stages Theatre Technician in Plano, Texas.  Prior to that, he worked for the Denton Community Theatre Children’s Drama School in Denton.  Lee is a recent graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.   

Debbie McAlister-Gallander, director of the MBA program.  She holds a M.S. in organizational development from Pepperdine University.  She has been the coordinator of the Autry Technology Center in Enid, Okla., and prior to that she was a business development specialist and trainer for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers at Northwest Oklahoma State University.  

Diane Nickelson, assistant professor of teacher education.  She holds a Ed.D. in educational leadership from Wichita State University.  She served as the principal at Clearwater Elementary School and then as assistant principal at Clearwater High School.  Nickelson also has the distinction of supervising the dissertation of one of the first Ed.D. graduates at Southwestern College.

Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music (strings).  She has a Ph.D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.  She holds a K-12 teaching certificate in both Illinois and Iowa.  She is also a certified Suzuki instructor.  Peterson has served as an adjunct instructor at a variety of schools including the University of Florida and Kent State University.

Heather Pianalto, instructor of mathematics.  She recently earned her master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  While there, she was a graduate teaching assistant.  Pianalto is a native of Wichita and she earned her first degree from Newman University.

Marcia Stoesz, math literacy center instructor.  She has been serving as an instructor of mathematics at Hutchinson Community College.  Prior to that, she taught math at McPherson College.  Marcia has served as the co-director of the anti-racism program, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.  She has also taught math to range of students from elementary through high school.  Stoesz holds a master’s degree in statistical sciences from Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Shoshana Wernick, assistant professor of psychology.  Wernick earned her Ph.D. in community psychology from Wichita State University.  She has taught as an affiliate faculty member in a number of area colleges.  She has been a community researcher for the Center for Community Support and Research and she was a coordinator for the first multiracial elections in South Africa.  

Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music (choir).  Winnie holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Washington, Seattle.  He has served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma.  He has also worked as the artistic director or conductor for a variety of organizations including public schools and youth organizations.

New staff members at Southwestern include:

Colin Baker, assistant men’s soccer coach

Danielle Brush, assistant director of residence life

Whitney Corley, assistant women’s basketball coach

Todd DeMint, staff accountant

Wyatt Jiru, assistant football coach

Nathan Johnson, network support specialist

Becky Mangus, executive assistant to the president and the provost

Victor Redd, assistant football coach

Jessica Schlageck, social media and public relations coordinator for Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS)

Karissa Shimanek, faculty assistant for the education department

Cindy Stevens, faculty assistant for the communications division

Timothy Tucker, admissions counselor/recruiter at Ft. Riley for SCPS

Carolina Garbato, head volleyball coach

Chris Weathers, assistant volleyball coach


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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:47:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Molly Just Hired as Director of Discipleship at SC (Discipleship)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/discipleship/news/view/1544/?molly-just-hired-as-director-of-discipleship-at-sc http://www.sckans.edu/activities/discipleship/news/view/1544/?molly-just-hired-as-director-of-discipleship-at-sc Molly (Komlofske) Just has been selected as the director of discipleship at Southwestern College.

Molly JustHer duties include providing leadership for the Discipleship Southwestern service-learning team which requires close work with students, faculty, and staff relative to faith formation of emerging adults. 

The Discipleship Southwestern team is a group of 40 undergraduate students who have made a commitment to study and practice their Christian faith.  According to Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern, Just’s work will connect the campus to the community by maintaining long-held relationships and building new connections with area youth ministers, camp directors, campus ministers, as well as the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

“I am excited to have Molly join our Southwestern College community,” Rude says.  “Just is a returning alumna of the Discipleship program, so I look forward to seeing how she mixes the traditions of her own experience with her new knowledge and perspectives from seminary to help shape the future direction of the program.”

Just is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religious studies.  She has also earned minors in youth ministry and Christian discipleship.  She is currently studying for her master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Just is also a certified candidate for ordination in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Just is originally from Holcomb and now lives in Winfield with her husband, Kyle.

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[How do I care for my student from a distance? (Parent Newsletter)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/parent-newsletter/news/view/1543/?how-do-i-care-for-my-student-from-a-distance http://www.sckans.edu/other/parent-newsletter/news/view/1543/?how-do-i-care-for-my-student-from-a-distance When your student returns to school, don’t be surprised if the frequency of their communication with family changes.  During the academic year, your student is involved in classes, extracurricular activities, social events and other activities.

Instead of sending an email, how about sending them a handwritten letter?  You will be surprised how excited students are to receive a note or package from their parents or grandparents.  It is an excellent way to make their day.

How about a short text message on their cell phone?  Wish them a great day, tell them good luck on an upcoming exam, or cheer them on during their extracurricular activities from a distance.

You could send them a care package filled with school supplies or favorite treats. Flowers and balloon bouquets on their birthday or any day are very popular.

One of the easiest gifts is final exam care packages that parents can sign up to send at the end of each semester.  You will receive a notification from the Residence Life office about giving your student a wonderful end-of-semester care package.  Nothing eases stress like love from home, even if it is not actually packed at home.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:55:30 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[How can a parent get involved on campus? (Parent Newsletter)]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/parent-newsletter/news/view/1542/?how-can-a-parent-get-involved-on-campus http://www.sckans.edu/other/parent-newsletter/news/view/1542/?how-can-a-parent-get-involved-on-campus Although it is essential to support your student from a distance, we also want you to get involved on campus yourself.  Southwestern College knows that parents are an important part of our campus community.  We welcome and encourage you to be an active participant in the life of the college.    Check out the SC website.  It is filled with all kinds of things to do and events to participate in.  

Discuss with your student a good time for a visit during the weekend or even during the week.  The college has plenty of activities in which you can participate.  Just go to the activities and events section of the website.  Also stay posted for the Family Day which is planned for Homecoming weekend (October 3 to October 5).  Along with alums and friends of the college, Homecoming weekend is a time for you to come to the campus in the fall.  But don’t wait for a special occasion, we welcome you to campus ANY TIME.

Other involvement options include:     

  • volunteer to speak on campus about your culture or faith,
  • provide a placement for student internships,
  • participate in our family programs for international students,
  • support athletic teams or co-curricular activities,
  • attend a concert or play

However you choose to engage in the campus, please know that we are always happy to see you.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:54:33 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)