Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 4 (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 4, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

            Commencement times and groups include:

1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;

5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).

            In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:

1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences);

3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and A.G.S.;

5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on channel 20 in Winfield as well as through closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus.  The graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony will not be broadcast. Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center; the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center, and the campus life lounge in the lower level of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  A Webcast of the ceremony can be viewed by following the Commencement link at     

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 3, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2013 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 4, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.

The Moundbuilder Market, located in the basement of the Roy L. Smith Student Center, is Southwestern College’s logo and apparel store.  It will be open Friday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.  Parking will also be available at Winfield High School with shuttle service to the Commencement site. 

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to  Click on the graduation link for further details.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:35:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[12th Annual Symphony on the Prairie Sunday (Music)]]> An afternoon and evening of music and activities in a pastoral setting is planned for Sunday, April 27, in the 12th annual presentation of Symphony on the Prairie.

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens, director of instrumental activities at Southwestern College), The Student Loans, SC Alternative Strings, Mobius Strip, and Crowsons & Friends will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. 

The evening will also feature a drawing to win one of two Google Nexus Tablets. Entry forms will be distributed at the gates until 6:45 p.m. and winners must be present at the time of the drawing. 

The schedule for the evening includes:

2 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business, Mobius Strip to perform

2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans

3 p.m.—SC Alternative Strings

3:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

4:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony

5:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

6:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony with Larry Hatteberg from KAKE news, narrator.

The setting is informal and no seating will be provided—all audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

General admission is $8. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. 

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:03:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in 2014 RecycleMania Competition (General)]]> The numbers are in and the results are official as the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament draws to a close.  Southwestern College competed against 460 other colleges and universities in the annual competition, which leverages campus spirit to increase recycling and waste reduction on campuses across the U.S. and Canada.  Participating schools represented more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2014 Electronics Recycling “E-cyclemania” competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

Green Team Southwestern collaborated with the City of Winfield, Grace United Methodist Church, and Vintage Tech LLC to collect electronic items that were ready to be recycled.  Businesses and individuals brought items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC collected the items and processes them for recycling.

“It has been a goal of mine to be able to have some kind of electronic waste recycling service,” Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern, says.  “It is something that is sorely needed.  Nowhere in the area is there a place to take obsolete electronics and get them recycled.  It is pretty hazardous to throw them in the landfill.  We had a great partnership with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to make the electronics recycling event happen. Members of Grace, about 25 college students and inmates from the Winfield Correctional Facility volunteered at the event.  We collected over 12,400 pounds of material.”

The next E-Waste collection event is scheduled for October 14, from 3 – 7 p.m. at Barn #4 of the Winfield Fairgrounds. Speegle says that they are only able to accept electronics during specific collection events.

Colleges and universities competing in the eight-week competition are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the early-February kickoff and the tournament’s final day on March 29, participating schools collectively recycled or composted 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 24, 823 cars. 

Southwestern students, faculty, and staff competed in several categories, including grand champion, corrugated cardboard, per capita classic, and waste minimization.  

Other Kansas schools that participated in RecycleMania were Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and Southwestern College.

Complete results for all 11 categories can be found on, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state and other groupings. The national winners of each category are recognized with an award made from recycled materials and earn bragging rights.  

“With the help of millions of students, RecycleMania competitors have recycled and composted over 277,800 tons of material since the competition first started in 2001,” said Stacy Wheeler president of RecycleMania, Inc. “RecycleMania is a powerful tool for colleges and universities to engage students to improve their community environments and the economy through recycling.” 

The RecycleMania Tournament is made possible with the sponsorship support of the American Forest & Paper Association, Alcoa Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Plan to Attend Homecoming 2014 (Homecoming)]]> Mark your calendar, call your old roommates, and make your motel reservations... Homecoming 2014 will be October 3, 4, 5.  Brochures will be mailed this summer, but you can go ahead and register on-line now if you would like.  Lot's of new activities are on the schedule, so you won't want to miss out on the fun!

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:24:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First Year Leadership Students Fight Hunger in Cowley County (Leadership)]]> The first year Leadership team at Southwestern College is taking measures to fight food waste and help stop hunger. 

Lship 2The team attended the Kansas Hunger Dialogue in Wichita in February to research the issue and listened to speakers from across the nation discuss creative ways to combat hunger.  Students then designed a service project that focuses on food redistribution; taking unused food that would go to waste and getting it to places that it can be used in the community.  

The students designed a delivery system for the Barns at Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast to get untouched food catered at weddings to First United Methodist Church for the Tuesday’s Table community meal program. They are also trying to raise awareness for the Prairie Land Food service that offers savings on food packages at discounted costs. 

“The Food Redistribution Project is a creative way to fight the issue of hunger,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Southwestern students researched community organizations and food programs to learn what the needs are for hungry citizens in the Cowley community.  They learned that access to affordable, healthy food is a barrier for many citizens.  So they decided to look for ways to address this disparity through food recovery and redistribution.  They went beyond the common idea of a food drive and attempted to design a sustainable system that will last.”

Contact or call (620) 229-6393 to let the Leadership team know how they can reach out to other parts of the community to help redistribute quality, healthy food. 


Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:01:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference (General)]]> Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on April 14.  

Sara Blackburn, Garden City senior, was named Journalist of the Year in the yearbook division. She received a $250 cash award and a plaque for her honor. Blackburn has been on the yearbook staff all four years at Southwestern College.

Dalton Carver, Ozawkie junior, was named second runner-up Journalist of the Year in the four-year newspaper division. Carver received a $50 cash award and a plaque for his honor. Carver has been on the newspaper and online staff for three years. He is also on the yearbook staff this year.

Carver took first place in editorial writing and review writing and won two third place awards, one in audio visual special projects and one in the audio story category.

Other students earned individual awards as well. 

Tabitha Larkin, Leavenworth freshman, earned second place in yearbook sports photography. 

Jonathan Woon, class of 2013, earned third place in yearbook sports photography and an honorable mention in yearbook feature photography. 

Kyle Killgore, Wichita senior, earned an honorable mention in newspaper headline writing 

Daniel Van Sickle, Maize senior, earned an honorable mention in newspaper review writing. 

The team of Bailey VenJohn, Andale sophomore, Min Jiao, China senior, Maggie Dunning, El Paso, Texas sophomore, Van Sickle, and Woon took first place in the audio visual multimedia category. 

Woon and Carver took second in the audio visual multimedia category. 

Woon and Dunning placed second in audio visual reporting. 

Kayla Demel, Wichita freshman, Blackburn, and Carver secured first place in the yearbook theme development category. 

The Collegian staff also earned an honorable mention in newspaper headline writing.

The Moundbuilder yearbook staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition. 

UpdateSC, placed second among all colleges in the online news division.

Hanna House, Kylie Stamper, Angel Vadillo, Blackburn, Carver, Dunning, Killgore, and VenJohn attended the conference April 13 and 14 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

There were part of a group of 170 students and advisers from 18 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students attended breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics and heard a keynote speaker. 

Killgore participated on a panel, “No Pun Intern-ded Broadcast Radio,” moderated by Tommy Castor, class of 2008. Castor also led a session, “Stepping up to the Microphone.” Two other Southwestern College alumni, Monica Springer, class of 2008, and Nate Jones, class of 2009, participated in a panel, “What can you do with a Communication Degree?”

The students were accompanied by Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks is secretary of Kansas Collegiate Media. She worked with other officers to coordinate the media competition and programming for the conference.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at SC (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Four awards were presented Monday, April 14, for outstanding service to the college, and 25 employees were honored for years of service.

2014 facutly staff award winnersPresented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Terry Quiett, web producer; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Julie Galliart, assistant director of faculty for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Tammy McEwen, assistant professor of biology; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and student teaching coordinator.

Tavinia Tucker, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Pam Olney, social science and business faculty assistant.  The faculty citation went to Tammy McEwen.

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 

•           40 years: Charlie Hunter

•           25 years: George Gangwere and Sara Weinert

•           20 years: Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Rodney Worsham, and Terry Quiett

•           15 years: Larry Fisher and Leslie Grant

•           10 years: Dennis Love, Amber Good, Brad Sexson, Melinda Current, Misty Terrill, and Jessica Falk

•           5 years: Brandon Hessing, Brendon Fox, Jason, Jeschke, Jimmy Jordan, Julie Galliart, Lonnie Boyd, Matt O’Brien, Mike Farrell, Stephannie DeLong, Tad Humphrey, and Janet Butler.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Deadline for Nominations to Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> The deadline for nominations for this year's Natural Science Hall of Fame is fast approaching.  Be sure to submit the name and a brief summary of significant achievements of the Southwestern alum by May 1st.  Contact the alumni office for a form, or go to to fill out online.  We appreciate your help in recognizing outstanding alumni!

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:18:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[End of the Year (Parent Newsletter)]]> As the year draws to a close, there are important things that you need to be aware of:


If your student lives on campus, the day for moving out of the residence halls is fast approaching.   Students will be notified by Residential Life in preparation for that closing. As a general rule, students who are not graduating are expected to be out of their room within 24 hours after their last exam. Many students underestimate the time it will take to clear out their rooms, so you may want to encourage your student to begin packing their belongings at least a few days in advance of moving out. Southwestern does not provide storage, however several storage options are available in Winfield.


The last day of spring classes will take place on Friday, April 25.  The week of final exams is from April 28 through May 2. For exam times, students should check with their professor or view the final exam schedule.  Final grades will be posted as soon as they are received from professors.


Seniors should have already participated in Grad Finale which helps finalize the graduation process. If your senior who missed Grad Finale, they  can visit the commencement website for more information about graduation; including ordering announcements and cap and gown. They should also take time out of their busy schedule to returning library books, close out their accounts, and make sure the college has an updated permanent address on file.


Returning students who are eligible for financial aid have been receiving notification of their financial aid packages.  It is important to stay up to date on all deadlines.   Students can monitor their financial aid status on Self-Service related to securing their financial aid before the fall bill is released on July 16. First payments are  due August 7. Counselors are available to help you in through the Office of Financial Aid should you have additional questions.  Click for contact information and office hours.


For parents of returning students (sophomore to senior), the most common question we receive is "when can students move back into the residence halls?" For Fall 2014, the residence halls open on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Classes begin Monday, August 18.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:38:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parent Survey (Parent Newsletter)]]> Before you think about the end-of-year festivities, though, would you take a minute and tell us your opinions? Steve Wilke, vice president of planning at Southwestern College, would like your opinion as the college makes decisions for the future. This is what Steve says: 

“Over the last 25 years that I have been working here at Southwestern, I have seen a remarkable number of changes and improvements. Continuous improvement is a lifestyle at SC, and one of the ways we plan is through input from a wide range of persons and perspectives. You can help us to make the strategic choices we need to make in the days ahead by taking a moment and filling out two questions on our online survey. Thank you for helping us to build a better Southwestern!”

You’ll find the survey at
—it’s only two questions long, so please take a moment and fill it out today.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jeremy Kirk Recital Set in Community Music School Faculty Recital Series (Music)]]> Jeremy KirkThe Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is pleased to present a percussion recital by professor Jeremy Kirk on Monday, April 21,  at 6 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Kirk is an award-winning percussionist, educator, and composer who was called “a Paganini of percussion” by percussionist Kevin Webb.  Another percussionist, Casey Cangelosi, describes Kirk as “a diverse and balanced percussionist with wonderful beauty and fluidity.”  

Kirk has performed with country singer and songwriter Sara Evans and has also performed with groups such as Manheim Steamroller and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. He is a sponsored artist, educational consultant, and endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion, and Black Swamp Accessory Percussion. 

 The recital will feature the world premiere performance of Kirk’s newest composition titled “Upacara,” for multiple percussion.

The recital is part of the CMS’s Faculty Recital Series, which has already presented a harpsichord recital by James Leland of Grace United Methodist Church.

For more information contact Dylan Moore, CMS director, at (620) 229-6188.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:49:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Senior Julia Faust Senior Showcase April 16 (Theatre Arts)]]> Julia FaustSouthwestern College senior Julia Faust will perform her senior showcase on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

“This event will showcase me as a singer, actress, playwright, and director,” Faust says.

Selections were pulled from shows such as “Les Miserable,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Almost, Maine,” and other shows. Faust will be joined by performers Shane Schrag, Zoe Rea, Sydney Anderson, Mariah Warren, Katy Buffum, Aron Pfingsten, Arden Moon, and Sarah Frazier.”

Faust has performed in a number of productions while at Southwestern College including “Children of Eden,” “Eagerheart,” “Lion in Winter,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Faust is from Lake Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of Quentin Faust and the late Debra Faust, both of whom are alumni of Southwestern College Campus Players.   

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:12:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rock Musical "Rent" on Stage This Weekend (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Rent 4Performing Arts Center.  

 Junior Shane Schrag and senior Julia Faust are just two of the many performers in the show.  They agree that the overwhelming message in “Rent” is hope and enjoying each and every day. 

 “I think ‘Rent’ makes you really appreciate every day,” says Faust.  “That is a major message of the show.  It is all about loving each other and not taking today for granted, it is uplifting in a bizarre way.  Our theme for the year at Southwestern is ‘hope.’  This show goes along with that theme.  It is like finding the light in the dark--that is how I feel about this show.  There are a lot of heavy things that happen in the show but at the end you feel very happy.”

“No matter how many times you have seen this show it does teach you lessons and it makes you realize you have to cherish every moment you have,” says Schrag. “The word ‘rent’ means to be torn apart and we sing about that a lot.  There are several rips and tears and we mention how everything is being torn apart in our lives but by the end it is about sealing and healing all those rips and wounds.  It will make you walk away crying, but it is happy crying.”

The show contains adult language and themes but Schrag and Faust agree that those adult moments aren’t the focal point of this production.  

“I think the reason it is adult themed is that there are drug references, homosexuality, and several lewd gestures as well as vulgar language but it isn’t pounded in your face and it isn’t the theme of the show, it’s just the content within the show,” Schrag says.

“I think it makes you really appreciate every day despite all the themes that people may not agree with and the controversial elements,” Faust adds. 

 As a rock musical, “Rent” has challenged actors in the production. 

“Most of us here have been trained more for the classical musicals,” Schrag says. “‘Sweeney Todd’ was slightly classical and ‘Children of Eden’ was slightly classical.  ‘Rent’ is a rock musical. It is a different type of singing, a different type of acting, and a different type of dancing.  And along with having to sing almost everything, most of our lines are written with the same exact tempo and have to be done the same exact way every single time and that poses some of the difficulty.  I believe it has been a challenge we have met really well.  Speaking and singing in measure, though, is interesting.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 4.8.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 4.8.14

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:34:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stephen Woodburn Book Presentation to Kick Off Founders Day Weekend (General)]]> Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history at Southwestern College, will kick off a busy weekend at SC with a book presentation at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Woodburn is author of a translation of Nikolai Danilevskii’s “Russia and Europe: The Slavic World’s Political and Cultural Relations With the Germanic-Roman West” published by Slavica Publishers at Indiana University.  The book was first published in 1869; after 1895 it went out of print in Russia for almost a century, but since 1991 it has been printed in at least eight new editions and over 100,000 copies. The author argues that the Slavs are culturally distinct from Western Europe, which explains its popularity as Russians attempted to redefine their national identity after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has never before been translated into English. Kishimjan (Bektashova) Ketner ’09 proofread early drafts of each chapter. The book is available on Amazon, and will be available at the book signing.

“Recent events in Ukraine reveal that Russians and Ukrainians are still trying to figure out their relationship with the West,” Woodburn says.  “Danilevskii says that Slavic civilization is distinct from the Germanic-Roman civilization of Western Europe, and that resonates with Russians, plus nearly half of Ukrainians, in the present. For a book written so long ago, it’s quite relevant to the present.”

“If Russians are reading it,” he adds, “maybe more Americans should, too.”

Founders Day weekend will also include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame, Business Hall of Fame, Scholars Hall of Fame, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the dedication of the TOMARI Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center at 9 a.m. Named in honor of lead donors Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein, the center is located just east of White Physical Education Building on Warren Street.

Following the dedication will be the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.


Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:22:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKenzie Wheeler Recital Sunday at Southwestern College (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the senior recital for McKenzie Wheeler, music major from Winfield. The recital is Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

McKenzie WheelerWheeler will be performing songs by Mozart from the opera “Cosi fan Tutte,” several Faure pieces including “Caire de Lune,” two spirituals by Moses Hogan, a selection from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” featuring members of SC Singers, and more.  She will be accompanied by Deborah Martin on the piano and James Leland on harpsichord.  

Wheeler is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music and plans to continue towards her teaching degree after graduation.  She is currently the director of music at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.

A reception will follow the recital. 

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:44 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present "Rent" (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson PerformiRent 1ng Arts Center.  The show contains adult language and themes.

“Rent” is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

“Rent” is directed by Allyson Moon with musical direction by Matthew Berthot. 

“We all need to love and be loved, we need outlets to express ourselves, and, on the most basic level, we need to be feel safe and secure,” Moon says.  “Those needs drive the action for every character in ‘Rent.’  From Mimi’s song on the streets of Alphabet City, ‘Out Tonight,’ to Roger and Mark’s comment on our commercial society, ‘You Are What You Own,’ to the entire cast’s passionate plea for life in the title song, ‘Rent,’ and raucous celebration of it in ‘Le Vie Boheme,’ Jonathan Larson’s passionately pulsing score drives home each message.” 

“You only have one life; you only get one chance, so live to the fullest. This is the message Jonathan Larson portrays so well in this story,” says actor Jordon Snow, who plays Roger in the production.  “Through song, dialogue, and dance, the character’s stories are revealed as you go on a year-long journey with each one of them.  In the world Larson wrote about, it was necessary that these characters get to express themselves freely.  Because of this, there is some adult content and language in the show; however, it is necessarily used in order to convey the message in an effective way.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,


Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame to Induct New Members (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame and Scholars Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 12, in the reference room of the Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.

Entering the Educators Hall of Fame are Frank Davidson, John Marshall, and Ronda (Sims) Marshall.

The two inductees into the Scholars Hall of Fame are Marilyn Corbin and Everett Samuelson.

Following the ceremony, the Founders Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The dinner is by invitation only. 

New Educators Hall of Fame members include:

Frank D. Davidson ’79 began his career in education serving in the Peace Corps at the Escuela Agropecuaria de San Juan Bautista, located in rural Paraguay. Following his Peace Corps service, he moved to Arizona in 1982.  For 11 years, he was an elementary school teacher and principal.  In 1993, he was appointed assistant superintendent for instruction for the Casa Grande Elementary school district, and he has been superintendent since 1997.  Davidson received awards as the Superintendent of the Year for Large School Districts (Arizona School Administrators, 2000), the Business Leader of the Year (Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, 2003), and the state Superintendent of the Year (American Association of School Administrators, 2006).   His district has earned five “A+” awards from the Arizona Education Foundation.  Davidson has also co-authored two books and is active on several boards in Arizona.

John W. Marshall ’70 considers himself lucky to have started his career as a principal in a school reputed to be the worst in the district. Hills (Iowa) Elementary School had seen the deaths of two principals but with strong staff leadership already in place, Marshall moved quickly to put new programs into place. These included the first functioning Family Resource Center in the state of Iowa; an early childhood preschool; and the first extended day kindergarten in the Iowa City schools.  During his tenure Hills won two FINE Awards (First In the Nation in Education) as well as a National Blue Ribbon Award School designation. Marshall was recognized in 1997 by the National Association of Elementary Principals for excellence in education, but is most proud that staff members he hired have gone on to be respected administrators in the Iowa City District and in other districts.

Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70 taught in the same Iowa City Community School (Northwest Junior High) for all but one year of her 39 years as a junior high language arts teacher. She describes her predominantly seventh grade students as “challenging but also eager to learn, volatile but also steady and loyal, scared but also willing to take risks, secretive and reserved but also honest and open.”  Marshall has also taught workshops for gifted students, and at the university level has lectured on reading methods for all secondary pre-service teachers.  Highlights of her career included chairing a year-long, in-depth NCA accreditation study; giving the faculty address at the school’s 25th anniversary community celebration; and working at Princeton as a national scorer for the initial round of National Board Certification portfolios in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts.  She was presented the Literacy Teacher of the Year Award by her peers in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English.  

Scholar Hall of Fame inductees include:

Everett V. Samuelson ’48 oversaw a period of extensive growth as dean of the College of Education at the University of Idaho. During his 26-year tenure in this position (1963-1989), the college constructed its main College of Education building, buildings for industrial education and physical education, and the swim center. Among many programs he helped develop were a doctoral program in education and extensive international programs. Samuelson had been a principal and superintendent in Kansas schools following graduation from Southwestern, but moved on to become director of school accreditation for Kansas State Department of Education. After he earned his doctorate, he served in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then became director of the Bureau of Educational Research at the University of Colorado before joining the Idaho faculty.

Marilyn Brown Corbin ’70 has devoted over 40 years to extension education, leading community-based programs that address preventive health strategies developed with the latest university research.  She has been a faculty and administrator with Cooperative Extension at four land-grant universities—Texas A&M, Kansas State, North Carolina State, and Pennsylvania State.  Most recently she has been associate director, extension program leader for family and consumer sciences, and professor with Penn State Cooperative Extension at Pennsylvania State University. She provides statewide leadership to non-formal educational programs offered throughout Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, working closely with extension educators employed at county level. During her career she has received over $20.5 million in grants and contracts to implement award-winning educational programs for families, emphasizing nutrition, health, and family life education.

For more information about Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.


Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Business Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members; Foust to Receive Business Builder Award (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add three new names Saturday, April 12.  James Richardson, Hutchinson, Merle Sharick, Prosperity, S.C., and Rodney Kreie, Newton, will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history. The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Sandy Foust, Winfield.

The agenda for the hall of fame induction begins with the unveiling of plaques at 12:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Next, a luncheon at 12:45 p.m. will be followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees.  Cost of the lunch is $15 and limited seating is available. 

Sandy Foust, Winfield, will be presented the Business Builder Award.  This award recognizes business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life.  

Foust is founder and chief executive officer of S and Y Industries. Starting with a vision to generate extra income for the family, she began fabricating printed circuit boards on the back porch of the 19th century farmhouse she and her husband, Gary, owned in rural Kansas. The company quickly grew beyond a part-time job and now S and Y continues to grow with Foust actively at the helm. Under her leadership the company has received awards including “Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies in America” in 2009 and 2010. Today the company has more than 70 employees and operates in more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space.  Her community involvement includes ownership of retail stores in downtown Winfield, and active support of various philanthropies. 

The Business Hall of Fame inductees include:

James L. Richardson ’70 has been involved in management and growth of the same institution since 1972 and now is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Prairie Bank of Kansas in Stafford and Farmers National Bancshares, Inc. He has administrated, developed, and implemented all bank operational, investment and lending policies and procedures, successfully managing the bank through the 1980s and current financial crisis. During this time he has managed the increase of bank’s assets by 400%, has overseen growth through acquisition and managed growth in new markets, and was responsible for managing loan growth of 500%. He has been a member and executive committee member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees, an active member of the Kansas Bankers’ Association, and an advisory board member of the Hutchinson airport.

Merle D. Sharick ’68 is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB), supporting all business development activities for LexisNexis in mortgage/real estate. This includes the Mortgage Asset Research Institute’s (MARI) MIDEX data base.  His expertise supports a team that markets LexisNexis data solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries.  Sharick earned the CMB designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America in 2007.  Prior to joining MARI, Sharick was a risk management and business development executive in the private mortgage insurance industry for 21 years.  He also has background in public record retrieval, pre-employment background screening, and real estate property disposition, and started several businesses.  He had been a successful teacher and coach, public school administrator, and in the real estate and auction business.  He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker in several states. 

Rodney C. Kreie ’77 is a certified public accountant. In 1985 he started his own practice in Ulysses, merging in 1989 with two other Kansas firms to become part of the CBIZ professional network. Kreie left public accounting in 1999 to pursue other business ventures including irrigated and dryland farming, a bank (where he was president and CEO), a property and casualty insurance agency, a software development start-up, and other small companies. His current companies specialize in developing renewable and alternative energies in an effort to increase to amount of dependable sustainable power in the marketplace. Kreie has been an active volunteer. In Ulysses he helped form the first teen center, worked with local schools developing leadership programs, and served as chair of the Grant County Economic Development Council. He has also served on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

The induction ceremony is a part of Founders Day Weekend at Southwestern Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. 

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

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:26:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Upcoming Leadership Road Race to Benefit Service Projects (Leadership)]]> The third annual Leadership Road Race will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Southwestern College.  All proceeds will benefit the service projects that are fulfilled by Leadership Southwestern.
LeadershipRoad Race Tee
Two races will be available--a 5K beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a one-mile family fun run/walk at 8:15 p.m.  Pets are welcome and t-shirts will be given to all participants.

The proceeds from the Leadership Road Race will support service work in the community via the Leadership program at Southwestern College.  The Leadership program contributes approximately 2,200 hours of service work to the community every year through projects such as Freshman Work Day, Leadership education workshops, Rotary Camp, and food packaging events.  Money raised through the road race will underwrite supplies, transportation, and materials.  It also allows Leadership students to fund their annual service learning trip each year.

This year the race will be a glow run with the theme “Light Up the Night” in honor of the idea that individual acts of service can collectively transform our community and stamp out darkness.

“Participating in the Leadership Road Race is a win-win for everyone,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Participants get a chance to better their health, the money is funneled back to the community through service, and college students are positively impacted in the process.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register a team of employees to run/walk together in support of health.  Discounts are offered for teams of five people.

Entry fee for the 5K run is $25; for the one-mile run/walk the fee is $15.  Leadership Southwestern is offering an early registration discount.  If registered on or before March 20, the fee for the 5K run is $20 and $12 for the one-mile run/walk.  Teams of five or more who register together will be discounted $3 per person if registered on or before March 20. 
Participants may register online at

For more information, call (620) 229-6393.

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:43:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 3.11.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 3.11.14

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:30:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 11-12 at SC (Alumni News)]]> Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.  Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.
At 12:30 p.m., a luncheon will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library, with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  Seating is limited and RSVP is needed.

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.
“Founders Day weekend is a shining moment every year at Southwestern College,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “The halls of fame provide an opportunity for the college to recognize several outstanding Moundbuilders.  Their successes validate the education provided here.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: Pedro M. Esquivel ’62, Harry H. Dunn ’23, and Bishop Bruce Blake.
• Fine Arts: George M. Cole ’63, Loren B. Crawford ’34, and Ronald M. Curfman ’64.
• Business: Rodney C. Kreie ’77, James L. Richardson ’70, and Merle D. Sharick ’68. Business Builder Award: Sandy Foust.
• Educators: Frank D. Davidson ’79, John W. Marshall ’70, and Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall ’70.
• Scholars: Marilyn (Brown) Corbin ’70, and Everett V. Samuelson ’48.

For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:36:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Music Festival, June 9-14, 2014 (Alumni News)]]> The Cole Family Summer Music Festival will take place at Southwestern College from June 9-14, 2014.  This six-day summer camp features outstanding college-level faculty, professional musicians, and guest conductors from across the region.  The schedule includes private lessons, faculty recitals, technique classes, small ensemble opportunities, African drum and dance ensemble and much more.  For more festival information, go to

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:30:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['A Modest Proposal' to be Performed Three More Times at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> There are three more performances of Adam Sharp’s “A Modest Proposal” at Southwestern College.  The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday, March 6, 7, and 8, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.  The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
Modest Proposal 2
“The audience roared last weekend,” says Southwestern College theatre professor Roger Moon.  “Don’t let the word ‘modest’ fool you. This is an outrageous satire and not the least bit modest.  It’s a wild ride for the poverty stricken family who live out the words of the brilliant proposal by Johnathan Swift.”  

Dan E. Campbell, playing Johnathan Swift, said that what he loves most about the show is the wittiness of the writing.

“It is like you were set down inside a world where everything someone says is a non-sequitur, yet they think they are making perfect sense,” Campbell says.  “Some of my favorite lines are those that just pop up out of nowhere and don't really have much to do with the plot, yet are totally in the character of whoever is saying them.”

“A Modest Proposal,” which is directed by SC alumna Bethany Simmons, is an original script based on Jonathan Swift’s 1727 satire of the same name. The play deals with the poverty of a family in Ireland in the late 1720s, their lack of employment, debts, and their attempt to save their farm.

Performing in his final production at Southwestern College, senior Jordan Hill is amazed at the script.

“The craziest part of ‘A Modest Proposal’ has definitely been embracing the show's own unique brand of crazy. Adam's created a show that a lot of people aren't used to seeing, and he isn't afraid to take a risk for the sake of a joke he thinks is worth it,” Hill says.

For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage,

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:11:29 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Delayed Opening March 3rd (General)]]> Both the main campus and Professional Studies Wichita offices will delay opening on Monday, March 3rd until 10 a.m.

Stay warm and make good decisions.

Sara Weinert,
Vice President for Communications

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:25:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern College Names Tyler Shirley and Kaci Hutchinson 'Teachers of Promise' (General)]]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Tyler Shirley, Mulvane, and Kaci Hutchinson, Oologah, Okla., as “Teachers of Promise.” 
2014 spring Teacher of promise
Shirley is the son of Don and Annette Shirley. He is student teaching at Arkansas City Middle School under Southwestern College graduate Caleb Hartman and will graduate this spring with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.

“I am honored to be the recipient of one of Southwestern College’s prestigious education awards,” Shirley says.  “I was able to receive this award because I have had great professors here at SC who have helped model the proper ways to instruct and lead students. I have learned a great deal from them and without their help I would have never been able to be a ‘Teacher of Promise.’ I am thrilled to be the male recipient of this award and I will do my best to live up to and meet the standards that this award has set.”

Hutchinson is the daughter of Sherry and Rod Hutchinson.  She is currently student teaching a second grade class at Lowell Elementary in Winfield.  She will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

“I am blessed and excited about being awarded the ‘Teacher of Promise,’” Hutchinson says.  “I have many great teachers, leaders, friends, and family who have helped me get to this amazing point in my life. I am thankful for a great cooperating teacher that is providing me this opportunity. I will only continue to grow and learn as I continue my student teaching and begin my role as an educator.” 

According to Jackie Glasgow, coordinator of student teaching at Southwestern, each semester Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” The spring 2014 recipients were honored at a banquet in Topeka on Feb. 21. 

“In this selection process, the teacher education program faculty of SC typically considers individuals who are presently in their student teaching semester through both the campus and professional studies cohorts. With the continued growth of our program, the pool of potential candidates continues to grow, making the final selection challenging,” Glasgow says.

Glasgow continued that in naming “exemplary” candidates, attributes of effective professional educators are considered, similar to those utilized in identifying the Kansas State Teacher of the Year.  Those attributes include demonstrating a strong commitment to the teaching profession, planning and delivering effective lessons which attempt to meet the learning styles and needs of all students, building team relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and parents, and engagement in the greater school community.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:59:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 2.25.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 2.25.14

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:21:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Successful at SC (Green Team)]]> The Southwestern College Green Team collaborated with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event on Feb. 11.

More than six tons of electronic waste was kept out of landfills as participants collected 12,421 pounds of outdated, unused, or nonfunctioning electronics to be sent to Vintage Tech Recyclers.

Nearly 30 students from Southwestern helped out along with eight workers from the Winfield Correctional Facility and volunteers from Grace United Methodist Church.  Vintage Tech LLC collected the items and processed them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information.

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).

“The recycling of electronics is so important,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle.  “It prevents many toxic materials from being dumped in a landfill and allows new products to be manufactured using fewer natural resources. We were very excited to be able to offer this service to the Cowley County community. We hope to have our next e-waste collection sometime during the fall of 2014.”

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:53:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Looking to Help Clean and Raise Money (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are currently looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for their service trip to Virginia Beach in May and will work for donations.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until March 30 and members are looking to help with any odd jobs that are needed including raking, gardening, or cleaning.
Leadership Spring Cleaning
While in Virginia Beach, the Leadership team will be working with the Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program to build running trails for their annual 5K run.  They will also be working with First Landing State Park to build benches for their cabins on the beach.

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 40 members from all different majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics and styles of leadership which are then practiced through service.

Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service.

The service trip that is taken each year is an extension of the community service that is undertaken each year.

“The leadership students love the spring cleaning jobs,” says team member Sara Peck.  “Not only are the jobs a good break from our school work, but it is a great way to meet some amazing people in the Winfield community and bond with our teammates in the process.”

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (620) 229-6393 or email

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:51:07 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes February 2014 (College Sustainability Council)]]> Sustainability Council Minutes February 2014

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:09:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Co-Sponsor Opening Night for Wichita Wingnuts (Alumni News)]]> Once again this year, Southwestern College will co-sponsor opening night for the Wichita Wingnuts baseball season.  The game is on Thursday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. in Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, when the Wingnuts take on the Grand Prairie Airhogs.  Southwestern alumni, friends, and students, are encouraged to attend (bring the spring issue of the Southwesterner which will have information about this event, for special discounted tickets of only $5 per person.)  President Merriman will throw out the first pitch and lots of fun will be had by all! 

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:48:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[James Leland Harpsichord Recital February 27 (Music)]]> James Leland will play a harpsichord recital Thursday, Feb. 27, at Southwestern College. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.
Sponsored by Southwestern’s Community Music School as a part of its faculty concert series, the program features music by Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, and Elisabeth- Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

Leland is an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern and organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield. A graduate of Oberlin College, he holds a doctorate in music from Northwestern University. His organ and harpsichord studies include two years in Salzburg and Berlin. For 34 years he was professor of music at Hollins University in Virginia.

For this program Leland will play the harpsichord built for him by John Phillips in Berkeley, Calif. It is patterned on 18th-century Florentine instruments.

The Community Music School at Southwestern is a group of college students, faculty, and local musicians who teach private lessons, master classes, and ensembles to students of Winfield and surrounding communities. Begun in 2008, the school is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the college.

“Dr. Leland’s recital will be a treat for the Winfield community,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “For anyone not familiar with the harpsichord, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear a world-class performer.”

For more information, call (620) 229-6272.


Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:43:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Susan Backofen Joins SC Professional Studies (General)]]> Susan Backofen has been selected as Southwestern College’s new vice president for enrollment management in Professional Studies. Backofen will be responsible for recruitment and retention of adult learners and will supervise staff related to these efforts.

Backofen comes to Southwestern with over 15 years of experience in student recruitment and retention management. She has experience with many of the marketing techniques necessary in reaching adult learners, such as web strategies and search engine optimization and search engine marketing.
Susan Backofen
“Our service to adult learners through online instruction means we are recruiting learners nationally and internationally.  We are in a highly competitive environment that requires sophisticated use of technology combined with timely, high-touch service.  Susan Backofen stood out in our search in terms of experience and track record.  I’m pleased the college was able to hire her and think she’ll help us thrive,” says Southwestern College President Dick Merriman.

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Backofen had been the vice president of marketing and adult enrollment at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va.  She has also worked at Mountain State University in Beckley, W. Va., Ottawa University in Ottawa, and Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Backofen earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Davenport University and a master of science degree in administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:03:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Issues with IE and Blackboard (Information Technology)]]> The most recent MS update to IE is causing issues with Blackboard.  You can use Firefox for now until we have updates from Microsoft.  For more details of the problems, please visit:

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:47:35 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 2.11.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 2.11.14

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:28:18 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parkhurst Lecture and Builders In Ministry Week Coming to SC (Philosophy & Religion)]]> Quincy Brown 3 Rev. Quincy Brown, vice president for spiritual life and church relations at LaGrange College, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College Thursday, Feb. 20. Brown will speak on “The Quest for Vocation: The Humpty Dumpty Moments of In-between Times.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center and is a free event that the public is encouraged to attend.  The Parkhurst Lecture coincides with the 8th annual Builders In Ministry week, Feb. 20-21, at Southwestern College.

Known to many as “Q,” Quincy uses his gift as a storyteller to help others see how their personal stories fit together with God’s larger story of grace and wholeness to define their calling.  Quincy has written several articles, essays, and publications on vocation, faith development, and life’s transitions including the book “Q.U.E.S.T. Stories as Guides through Life’s Transitions” (2008) and “The Q.U.E.S.T. for Vocation: A Personal Journey to Discern a Life’s Calling (2013).”  Quincy has served as a keynote speaker for numerous events, coordinated church programming events ranging from youth ministry to mission and service trips, created both blended and contemporary worship services, and implemented and taught new Sunday school classes. 

“When I heard Quincy last year in Indianapolis, I found him both informative and entertaining, and I am so glad he agreed to be with us,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern College.

Quincy, an ordained United Methodist minister, earned a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering, a master of divinity degree from Emory University, and a doctor of ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center on the Atlanta University Center campus where his dissertation focused on how liminality helps college students to develop their faith. He is interested in using stories from the Bible, comic books, movies, and pop culture to help people make meaning out of life crises and transitions.  He is married to Dionne Moore Brown and lives in Newnan, Ga.

Refreshments will follow the lecture in the Richardson lobby.

Builders in Ministry is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders—lay and clergy—for effective living and ministry.  The event is a two-day conference for Moundbuilder alumni, current students, and friends of Southwestern who are involved in ministry or are anticipating going into the ministry, and will include elements of spiritual renewal/refreshment, community/fellowship, and continuing education.

Additional featured speakers for Builders in Ministry include Rev. Doug Morphis, the co-founder of the Counseling and Meditation Center.  He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, an ordained United Methodist minister, and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in the state of Kansas; and Rev. Valerie Robideaux, Chaplain at Centenary College and ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church.

For more information, go to

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:24:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cowley County High School Students Award $500 Grants to their Schools (Leadership)]]> KICC14Area high school students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Udall, and Central (Burden) who began a program of study in leadership and service as a part of the Kids Impact Cowley County (KICC) program have awarded grants of up to $500 to their schools.

The Winfield Foreign Culture Club from Winfield High School will be using funds to provide “Viking Bags” full of useful goodies and resources to exchange students and transfer students.  Students feel this is a welcoming way to introduce the culture of the high school to new students.

The SkillsUSA organization at Arkansas City High School plans to use the funding to host a cookout to boost community morale and to enhance promotion of service work taking place in the organization.  They will use some funding to purchase supplies and promotional materials for SkillsUSA service projects including the blood drive, food drive, Toys for Tots, and reading to elementary students.

The Udall High School Class of 2017 students decided to utilize the funds to paint and upgrade the interior of the Udall Senior Center.  It is hoped that this work will develop leadership and teamwork skills in the participating class members.

The Central (Burden) Student Council will use its award to build a trophy case in the high school commons area to display school awards, plaques and trophies.  The student council hopes this will help celebrate successes and increase student and community pride.

Students began the grant making process back in September.  Understanding grant-making is the centerpiece of the KICC program. The students work to create and refine a Request for Proposals (RFP) under the supervision of the Leadership program at Southwestern College, then each group accepted applications from other organizations in their school. 

KICC is funded through an endowment held with Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

Michael Bond is the director for KICC this year and he has been impressed with the dedication of the high school students.

“Their passion to help their community is exciting,” Bond says.  “They have done a lot of work and it’s hard work at times but they have had a positive attitude throughout the year and it has been such a great joy to be able to work with people who want to make an impact in their school and their community.”

According to Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern, the goal of the KICC program is two-fold: give young people the skills to become better leaders and provide them with a community arena to put their skills into practice right now.

Students who are a part of KICC and participated were:
• Winfield High School—Avery Hogan and Alec Askins; advisor—Krystal Trimmer.
• Udall High School—Kelsie Hoffman, Alex Perez, Morgan Hack; advisor—Anna Altwies.
• Arkansas City High School—Jaclyn Neal, Maranda Oak, Shane Kieffer; advisor—Jeremy Truelove.
• Central Burden High School—Tab Beavers, Michael Delaney, Greg Hilario, Rylee Liebau, Bailee Ellis, Shelby Bannister, Julie Price, Luca McMichael; advisor—Judy Powell.

In addition to awarding the grants, all of the students in KICC participated in a bus tour of the county and completed a day of service at the Cowley County Historical Museum.  Students spoke with volunteers at many community locations and discussed the power of engagement and leadership in the community.  They also discussed the benefits of working together as a county.  A final KICC event will be held in March, and KICC hopes to complete the year with service work at the Cowley County Humane Society.

“We work from a definition that philanthropy is ‘voluntary action for the public good,’” Wilke says. “Students learn that philanthropy is about giving both money and service to others.  To do this effectively, one has to become aware of what exists in the community.  What are the needs and assets?  This knowledge then informs the grant-making cycle.”

The KICC program was featured in the statewide “Kansas Leadership Center” journal.  The article can be read online at:
For more information about Legacy Regional Community Foundation, call (620) 221-7224 or (620) 442-1322 or visit


Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:29:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Discussion about Hope Features Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Traditions (Philosophy & Religion)]]> The theme for the 2013-2014 school year at Southwestern College is hope.  With that theme in mind, the college will host a discussion titled “Perspectives on Hope: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Dialogue” on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend this event which will discuss hope as it is found in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions. 

Participating in the dialogue will be Professor Jackson Lashier, Imam Hussam Madi, and Rabbi Michael Davis.  United States ambassador David Dunford will be the moderator.

A third generation Reform rabbi, Rabbi Michael A. Davis has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El since August 1995.  He served congregations in Florida and New York, and has served, taught in, and advised youth groups for congregations across the country. In Wichita, Rabbi Davis conducts workshops and has been a frequent guest lecturer at universities, churches, schools, and hospitals. He has served as president of the Board of Inter-Faith Ministries and of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Kansas Chapter, and served on their boards for many years.  Rabbi Davis is also a chaplain for the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department

Imam Hussam Madi, his wife, and five children are long-time citizens of Wichita. He is a graduate of Wichita State University where he majored in mechanical engineering and computer science. He has played professional soccer in Wichita including a stint with the Wichita Wings. He is a member of the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW) and held different volunteer positions including board of trustees’ member, ISW spokesman, motivational speaker, and Arabic translator for the Sedgwick County courthouse and for the Wichita school district.

Jackson Lashier is the assistant professor of religion at Southwestern College. He earned his Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary focused on biblical interpretation, and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Iowa State University.  He is a Raynor Fellow and a John Wesley Fellow.  Prior to Southwestern, Lashier has served as a youth minister in Iowa.  Lashier and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in Winfield.  Julie serves as chaplain at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. 

David Dunford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in June of 1995 following completion of his assignment as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona where he teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Middle East business environment, and globalization and global government.
Each year Southwestern College implements a theme in conjunction with the four pillars at the top of the 77 Steps at SC.  The pillars represent hope, courage, knowledge, and freedom.  The 2013-14 theme is hope and Gaston Warner kicked off the school year at the Opening Convocation with a message of hope.  Warner is the executive director for the Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor which facilitates the empowerment of over 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in multiple African countries.  Campus professors have implemented lessons of hope and built them into the classroom.
“This event is a unique opportunity of an interfaith dialogue where we can talk about the concept of hope in the three major religions,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs at Southwestern College.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Honorees will be Recognized on Founders Weekend (Alumni News)]]> Inductees to five halls of fame will be honored at Southwestern College on Founders Weekend, April 11-12, 2014.

Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences:
  Bishop Bruce Blake
  Harry H. Dunn '23
  Pedro M. Esquivel '62

Fine Arts Hall of Fame:
  George M. Cole '63
  Loren B. Crawford '34
  Ronald K. Curfman '64

Business Hall of Fame:
  Rodney C. Kreie '77
  James L. Richardson '70
  Merle D. Sharick '68
Business Builder Award:
  Sandy Foust (of S & Y Industries)

Educators Hall of Fame:
  Frank D. Davidson '79
  John W. Marshall '70
  Ronda Jo (Sims) Marshall '70

Scholars Hall of Fame:
  Marilyn (Brown) Corbin '70
  Everett V. Samuelson '48

For more information and a schedule of the weekend activities, check out the on-line alumni calendar or contact the office of alumni programs at

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:54:24 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dockery is New VP for Institutional Advancement (Alumni News)]]> DeAnn Dockery has been selected as Southwestern College’s vice president for institutional advancement.  She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 13.  She will supervise staff with responsibility for alumni, annual fund, major gifts, and other development functions.

DeAnn DockeryDockery comes to Southwestern as a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) with 22 years of experience in nonprofit fund raising and management and five years of experience in sales and marketing with a multinational corporation, and extensive volunteer experience.

“DeAnn’s extensive fund-raising experience, including in the private education sector, combined with her Kansas roots, add up to a great fit for Southwestern,” says Southwestern College president Dick Merriman.  “I know our alumni and friends will enjoy getting to know her and I look forward to her leadership for our fund-raising and friend-raising programs.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Dockery was the Community Hospice Foundation executive director and vice president of philanthropy at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, a $90 million nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization serving 7000 patients and their families each year in the five counties of Northeast Florida. As chief development officer, she managed the Community Hospice Foundation board of directors and oversaw $14 million in endowed and non-endowed investment funds.

Dockery is a native of Overbrook, located 20 miles south of Topeka.  She earned two bachelor's degrees from Kansas State University.  Her husband and two children will be joining her in Winfield.


Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:42:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ International Journalist Sue Sprenkle to Speak (General)]]> International journalist Sue Sprenkle will talk about her experiences reporting around the world during a community presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building.  There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.
Sue Sprenkle
Sprenkle is a journalist, photographer, adventurer, and storyteller. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and has devoted her career to sharing her compassion and creative talents with readers and viewers.

Whether it is from the back of a camel trekking across the Sahara or a busy train station in Tokyo, this veteran reporter puts her signature human touch to the news. Instead of simply writing about the event and facts, Sprenkle delves in and meets people so that she can deliver the human side of the story. A small-town Kansas native, Sprenkle has covered international events ranging from tsunamis to genocides.  Despite her extensive travel to around 130 countries, her favorite spot in the world is being home in southwest Kansas with her family.

“I've been a student of writing for two decades and I still struggle to find the perfect way to tell individual stories. This is what makes writing so much fun — you never stop learning,” Sprenkle said.

Sprenkle has been a correspondent for the International Mission Board in Richmond, Va. since 1996. Since 2010, she has served as the Asia Bureau Chief. Based out of Thailand, she writes features and breaking news, oversees social media, and leads the team of a magazine website connecting four regions of the world. Sprenkle also coaches videographers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and animators while providing editing support.

Sprenkle was a career writer for the IMB between 1999 and 2010. Based out of Kenya, she wrote and photographed features and breaking news from around the world, localized international news for Southern Baptist outlets, led multi-media teams on international trips, and created multi-media story packages for online publications.

She began her career with the IMB as journeyman writer in 1996. Based out of the Caribbean, her duties included writing features, news and Sunday school curriculum, photography, and graphic design.

During a nine-month sabbatical in 2005, she was editor of “Missions Mosaic” magazine. She worked with freelancers, planned story budget and magazine themes, managed a small staff of designers, copy editor and marketer, wrote a monthly column and several features, and filled in as staff photographer for all WMU publications.

Sprenkle was an education reporter at the Lawton Constitution, in Lawton, Okla., between 1994 and 1995.

She began working at the Dodge City Daily Globe while a student at St. Mary of the Plains College. Upon graduation, she began working full time as a reporter and photographer until 1994. She covered everything from school board meetings to sports to murder trials. She photographed news and sports. She also designed, planned, and wrote special tabloid sections.

Sprenkle has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from St. Mary of the Plains College and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.


Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:08:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Weekend 2014 (Halls of Fame)]]> 2014 Founders Weekend will take place on April 11-12 on the Southwestern College main campus.  This year, in addition to 5 halls of fame to recognize outstanding alumni and the annual Founders Day Dinner, we will also be dedicating the Tomari Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center.  Plan to attend as many of the festivities as you can!

Friday, April 11

5:30 p.m.  Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, Deets Library.  Reception followed by dinner and the induction of:
Pedro M. Esquivel '62
Harry H. Dunn '23
Bishop Bruce Blake
For reservations, call 620-229-6334.

7:30 p.m.  Jonathan Larson's rock musical, "Rent", based on Puccini's "La Boheme", Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

Saturday, April 12

9 a.m.  Dedication of the Tomari Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center, located just east of the White PE building on Warren Street.

10:30 a.m.  Fine Arts Hall of Fame reception, Darbeth Lobby.  Immediately following will be the induction ceremony in Messenger Recital Hall to honor:
George M. Cole '63
Loren B. Crawford '34
Ronald K. Curfman '64

12:30 p.m.  Business Hall of Fame, Deets Library.  Reception followed by lunch and the induction of:
Rodney C. Kreie '77
James L. Richardson '70
Merle D. Sharick '68
Sandy Foust - Business Builder Award recipient for 2014
For reservations, call 620-229-6334

3:30 p.m.  Educators and Scholars Halls of Fame, Deets Library.  Reception followed by induction of Education honorees:
Frank D. Davidson '79
John W. Marshall '70
Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall '70

Then induction of Scholars honorees:
Marilyn (Brown) Corbin '70
Everett V. Samuelson '48

6 p.m.  Founders Day Dinner (by invitation), Roy L. Smith dining hall.  Seating is limited, RSVPs are required.

7:30 p.m.  Jonathan Larson's rock musical, "Rent", based on Puccini's "La Boheme", Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:14:29 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Rescheduled for February 11 (General)]]> The E-Waste recycling event has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Green Team of Southwestern College is collaborating with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host the event. It will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., 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.

“The recycling of electronic waste is such a need in our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of the Green Team at Southwestern College.  “Partnering with Vintage Tech Recyclers provides an excellent opportunity for the residents of Cowley County to dispose of their electronic devices in a safe and responsible manner. Vintage Tech Recyclers provides hard drive destruction and data erasure compliant with the National Institute of Science and Technology standards as well as material processing and recycling compliant with e-Stewards and R2 standards.”

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

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

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

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


Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:45:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Attend and Compete at KCACTF (Theatre Arts)]]> Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 19-24.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Missouri.

Students participated in several intensive sessions that included design and performance, musical theatre, lighting, and costume design.
“Everyone who participates basically gets a week worth of information and/or training in one day,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern College. 
In the musical theatre intensive session, 60 people competed and 20 were chosen, including Nikia Smith from Southwestern.  Smith sang “Alto’s Lament” by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler.

Jordan Snow and Mariah Warren competed in the summer theater auditions.  Each has had multiple callbacks from companies including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Brownville Village Theatre, Highland Summer Theatre, Prairie Repertory Theatre, and Crane River Summer Theatre.

“One outcome of the training students receive at Southwestern College, is that they are prepared  to be able to compete in the summer theatre auditions against other students from our eight state region and be called back for potential summer employment,” Moon says.  “Of course, we encourage SC to students to compete in the other events at the festival but when they are able to audition or interview for the summer theatre positions, they are gaining real world experience that will help to take them to the next level of employment.”

Rachel Rose received a certificate of merit for her “Lion in Winter” costume designs.   Though she did not win the costume design exhibit competition, this experience allowed her to significantly advance her design portfolio materials and communicate face to face with working professionals.  Even in the competitive events, education is at the center of the KCACTF experience.

“KCACTF is a critical part of each student’s education.  Truly, the entire week is one big theatre intensive event,” Moon says.  “Students who are primarily actors or primarily technicians or are a combination have the opportunity to attend workshops, multiple workshops, which cover every aspect of theatre.”

The KCACTF attendees are grateful to both the Southwestern College Student Government Association and Campus Players, organizations that helped underwrite the cost of festival attendance.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:24:16 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 1.28.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 1.28.14

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:24:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Comedy Improv Troupe's Winter Olympics Show (Theatre Arts)]]> Free Family Entertainment!
 Southwestern College’s own 9 Lives Improv Comedy Troupe invites families and children of all ages to attend a night of hilarity. Get ready for raucous, family-oriented entertainment featuring Southwestern College students and faculty guest artists.
The show starts at 7:30pm on Friday,
February 7th, in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus. Admission is FREE! Be sure to keep an eye out for an announcement of our next family show this SUMMER!  For more information, contact Allyson Moon at 229-6328.


Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:51:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tickets Still Available for Upcoming John McCutcheon Concert at Southwestern College (General)]]> McCutcheonTickets are still available for the upcoming John McCutcheon concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

“Ticket sales are going very well,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “However, I encourage anyone who plans on attending to get their tickets in advance.  Since it is open seating and no reserved seats, those people who have already purchased their tickets will have a better selection of seats than those who will be standing in line waiting to purchase tickets.”

McCutcheon, a Walnut Valley Festival favorite, is a respected and loved folksinger. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over 20 albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works.

Tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased by calling Falk at (620) 229-6141.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:40:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 1.21.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 1.21.14

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:19:50 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dockery is New VP for Institutional Advancement (General)]]> DeAnn DockeryDeAnn Dockery has been selected as Southwestern College’s vice president for institutional advancement.  She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 13.  She will supervise staff with responsibility for alumni, annual fund, major gifts, and other development functions.

Dockery comes to Southwestern as a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) with 22 years of experience in nonprofit fund raising and management and five years of experience in sales and marketing with a multinational corporation, and extensive volunteer experience.

“DeAnn’s extensive fund-raising experience, including in the private education sector, combined with her Kansas roots, add up to a great fit for Southwestern,” says Southwestern College president Dick Merriman.  “I know our alumni and friends will enjoy getting to know her and I look forward to her leadership for our fund-raising and friend-raising programs.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Dockery was the Community Hospice Foundation executive director and vice president of philanthropy at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, a $90 million nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization serving 7000 patients and their families each year in the five counties of Northeast Florida. As chief development officer, she managed the Community Hospice Foundation board of directors and oversaw $14 million in endowed and non-endowed investment funds.

Dockery is a native of Overbrook, located 20 miles south of Topeka.  She earned two bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University.  Her husband and two children will be joining her in Winfield.


Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:45:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)