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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:55:51 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Chelsea Hare Receives Scholarship from UPS Educational Endowment Fund (General)]]> Southwestern College sophomore Chelsea Hare, Dallas, has been selected to receive a $2,425 UPS Scholarship for 2015-16 through the Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF).
Chelsea Hare
Hare is the daughter of Tara Hare and is a graduate of North Garland High School.  She is a sophomore majoring in psychology.

“By awarding me the UPS Scholarship, I am able to concentrate on what is important for my education,” Hare says.  “By the financial generosity, it has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I'll be able to help other students achieve their goals as the UPS Scholarship has helped me.”

The Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF) announced the awarding of 44,100 in UPS Scholarships to 18 high-achieving low-income students at private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC.

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, which will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.  In Kansas, KICF presented a $2,450 to a student at each of KICF’s eighteen individual member institutions.  Those colleges and universities are: Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary.

The 18 UPS Scholars in Kansas have an average grade-point-average of better than 3.00. 

The UPS Scholarships were funded by the UPS Educational Endowment, which is held and administered by CIC. The Endowment was established in the 1970’s by the UPS Foundation to support programs to benefit underserved populations. Since its inception, the Endowment has generated over $50 million in scholarship support for more than 17,000 students at independent colleges and universities.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 614 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

“Partnering with the CIC to develop the workforce of tomorrow by helping thousands of students obtain an education from our nation’s independent colleges is a very important initiative,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are also proud that The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed more than $104 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2014.”


Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:42:49 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CSU Professor Bernard Rollin to Present Beck Lecture at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> Bernard RollinColorado St. University professor Bernard Rollin will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

The title of his lecture is “Beyond Pain: Controlling Suffering in Laboratory Animals.”

Rollin serves as the University Distinguished Professor, professor of philosophy, professor of animal sciences, professor of biomedical sciences, and the university bioethicist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

He is the author of “Animal Rights and Human Morality” (Prometheus Books, 1981, 1993 & 2006), “The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change” (Oxford University Press, 1988 &1998), “Farm Animal Welfare” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 1995), “The Frankenstein Syndrome” (Cambridge University Press, 1995), “Science and Ethics” (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and “Putting the Horse Before Descartes” (Temple University Press, 2011).  He is one of the leading scholars in animal ethics, animal psychology, and animal rights.

“We are very fortunate to host Professor Bernard Rollin, and the Beck Lecture will also be the keynote address for the conference on Animal Suffering (organized by Professor Alice Bendellini),” says Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College.  “Dr. Rollin has written several books on animal rights and the problem of animal suffering, and he has also written on the relation between ethics and the philosophy of science.  He is one of the leading scholars in animal rights and animal consciousness and has lectured over 1,500 times all over the world.”

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

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

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

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:51:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Alumni and Ambassadors to be Recognized (General)]]> The 2015 Ambassador Award, the Young Alumni Award, the Alumni Recognition Award, and Servant Leadership Award will be presented Friday, Oct. 16, at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The honorees are Scott Schoon, Warren Berquist, Scott Hecht, and Donna DeMint.  Randy Juden, a 1980 SC graduate, will be the master of ceremonies. 

The SC Ambassador Award will be presented to Scott Schoon, superintendent of the Winfield Recreation Commission (WRC).  This award recognizes non-graduates of the college who have captured the Builder spirit and have served as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the community.  

The WRC and Southwestern College are partners in offering fitness and recreation opportunities to the community, with this partnership escalating in the past few years. In existence since 1955, the WRC has operated as a tax-supported government entity for 60 years with a goal of offering quality programs and services at an affordable price. In the spring of 2003, the recreation commission, USD 465, and Southwestern College agreed to have the WRC manage, schedule, program, and hire staff at Southwestern’s indoor pool. Since then the pool has offered open swim time, lap swim, youth and adult classes, private swim parties, and special events, with average attendance each year exceeding 9,000. The pool continues to be open free of charge to all SC students. A decade later, the WRC, Southwestern, and the school district were joined by the City of Winfield in 2013 to partner in expansion of the tennis courts at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex. The project included doubling the number of courts from 7 to 14, new parking, sidewalks, shade structures, a hitting wall, and other renovations. A fund raising campaign resulted in private donations totaling $700,000, along with $50,000 contributions from each of the four partners. The Lucien Barbour Addition to the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex was officially dedicated in April of 2014. Schoon, who has been recreation superintendent since 1988, has been instrumental in the establishment of the warm working relationship between SC and the WRC.  

Warren Berquist ’05 will receive the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate (or graduates) who have made an outstanding commitment to the college through support, including attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students. 
Bergquist combined his years as a physics major at Southwestern College with courses at Washington University in St. Louis as part of a dual degree engineering program for civil engineering, completing both his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in structural engineering in May 2006. A two-time All-American (once in track and once in cross-country) at Southwestern, he competed all four years in cross country nationals and three years each at indoor and outdoor track. 
He was given a full tuition scholarship to Washington University, one conferred on only two students each year. After graduation Berquist began working at Alper Audi, Inc., in St. Louis as a project engineer and this year became a partner of the 20-employee group. He has designed many buildings around the U.S., working directly with architects, contractors and developers/owners.  The single-discipline engineering firm designs commercial, research, institutional, and industrial buildings.  His recent projects include design of a 26-story apartment building, expansion to the St. Louis County Courthouse, five and seven-story corporate headquarters for several Fortune 500 Companies, educational buildings at Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri, and manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar and Dow Chemical. Warren and his wife, Theresa, have a two-year-old daughter, and are active in supporting the St. Louis Zoo.

Scott Hecht, a 1990 graduate, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of his significant contributions to the college and community.  

Hecht graduated from Southwestern with a degree in economics, and went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. He has worked for the same firm in downtown Kansas City since then and is now a partner in the firm known as Stinson Leonard Street LLP, which has about 600 lawyers nationwide. Hecht is in charge of the firm’s insurance litigation practice group, representing corporate clients with respect to insurance issues. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America for Insurance” for several years, and is a member of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.  Scott has served Southwestern as a member of the board of trustees since 2006, and is chair of the institutional advancement committee. He also is one of the founders and a former director of CIJ Foundation, which provides life skills and job skills training in a community-oriented environment to developmentally disabled adults in Wyandotte County. 
He’s also on the board of directors of the Lansing Education Foundation.

Scott and his wife, Shelley, have three children—Hannah, 22, Jake, 19, and Ally, 17. 

One additional award will be given out, the Servant Leadership Award, which is given to recognize a person who has exhibited a willingness to lead in the style of a servant within God’s community of the world, one’s society, or the local community in which one resides.  Donna (Homan) DeMint ’80 is the recipient.  The award will be accepted by Todd DeMint. 

DeMint was one of Southwestern’s most passionate supporters and volunteers from the time she graduated until she died on June 10, at age 57. She had been a class host for 15 years, provided the floral arrangements for such events as Homecoming and Commencement, and even decorated the college’s Christmas tree in the Christy Administration Building lobby. This service to Southwestern was only one way DeMint served her community. As owner and operator of Donna’s Designs, a local floral and gift shop, DeMint was not only a leading Winfield businesswoman; she was constantly looking for opportunities to improve her community. One of her most notable contributions was as founder of the Isle of Lights at Island Park. These lights were first lit in 1993, and she continued as president of the group for more than 21 years.

DeMint was a wonderful cook, and a talented quilter.  For many years, she was active in the local quilt guild and as a tribute to her, several of her quilting friends created a quilt exhibit in the President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center as a part of the Homecoming festivities. 
DeMint was also active in the Winfield Chamber of Commerce and various other groups, receiving many civic and floral industry awards and recognitions. She always found time to care for other people and encourage those with illnesses, including her involvement with breast cancer awareness through Relay for Life and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 


Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:30:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2015 Events at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate 2015 Homecoming Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18.  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--

“Homecoming excitement has an extra boost this year because of the arrival of new Southwestern College President Brad Andrews,” Lowe says.  “In addition to having several new family fun activities, this year’s weekend gathering also includes an award to Scott Schoon, as recognition of the partnership between Southwestern and Winfield Recreation Commission, and a special tribute to SC alumna Donna Homan DeMint ’80 with a quilt exhibit and award at the Friday night dinner.”

Friday’s schedule includes:
•    Quilt exhibit. President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature a special quilt exhibit in memory of Donna Homan DeMint ’80. The display may be viewed from Friday through Sunday afternoon. 
•    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.— Moundbuilder Market open
•    10 a.m.— Jinx Invitational Golf Tourney, Quail Ridge Golf Course.  Contact Brad Sexson at (620) 229-6161 to register.
•    12 p.m.— Class of 1965 Welcome Luncheon, The Eatery at Millington Place, 124 E. Ninth.
•    2 to 4 p.m. — Come and Go Alumni Reunion hosted by the SC business division at College Hill Coffee, 403 Soward St. 
•    2 to 5 p.m.— Registration for class reunions in the Christy Administration Building lobby.
•    3:30 p.m. —Ribbon cutting and dedication of new aquaria, Beech Science Center with Julie Fuquay ’15. 
•    4 to 5 p.m.—Lifetime learning session.  “How to Become a Better Listener,” presented by Tracy Frederick, Mossman 102.
•    5:30 to 6 p.m.—Meet and greet President Brad Andrews, Java Jinx. 
•    6 to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  Honorees this year are Ambassador Award recipient, Scott Schoon/Winfield Recreation Commission; Young Alumni Award recipient, Warren Bergquist ’05; Alumni Award recipient, Scott Hecht ’90; and Servant Leadership Award recipient, Donna Homan DeMint ’80.  Donna’s family will accept the award on her behalf. 
•    8 p.m. — High Jinx Campus Players Homecoming Variety Show, Richardson Performing Arts Center.
•    9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.
•    10 p.m.—Campus Players and theatre alumni party, Roger and Allyson Moon’s house, 1606 Fowler.

Saturday’s schedule includes:
•    7:30 to 9 a.m. — Pancake breakfast by SC Enactus club at the American Legion.  $5 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12, free for ages 0-4. 
•    9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.  Parade marshals are President Brad and Trish Andrews.
•    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Rock painting at the Mound with George Lowe ’74 and Teresa Bevis-Yeoman ’80. Face painting on the Deets Library lawn with the SC cheerleading and dance teams.  Children’s scavenger hunt at the aquaria in the Beech Science Center.  Family Fun with Camp Horizon on Deets Library lawn with Joel Wilke ‘07/’08.  Sunflower Espresso mobile coffee/pastry shop with Kate (Hutchins) Clause ’05.  Alumni band rehearsal in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall.  Gallery exhibit and performing arts reception, Darbeth Fine Arts Center. 
•    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. – Homecoming picnic, Stewart Field House, $6 per person, $3 for children under 6.
•    11 a.m.  -  Dedication of the F. Joe Sims Studio, Darbeth Lobby.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  Say Cheez Photo Booth, Stewart Field House, 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 3 p.m. — Moundbuilder Market open
•    12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Professional class photos, King Plaza. Photo times (class photos will be done separately by class):  noon – classes of 1965, 1970, 1975; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1980, 1985, 1990; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010.
•    1:15 p.m. – Class reunion gatherings, Jantz Stadium.
•    1:30 p.m. — Homecoming football game vs. Bethany College.
•    5 p.m. — Class of 1965 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd. 
•    5:30 p.m. — Class of 1965 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— 
•    6 p.m.—Women’s soccer alumni vs current students, Jantz Stadium.
•    8 p.m. — RPAC Presents “The Nine Lives Alunmi Show,” in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets or more information, contact Jessica Falk at (800) 846-1543 ext. 6141.

Sunday’s schedule includes:
•    9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $7 per person.
•    10 a.m.—Class of 2010 farewell breakfast at Hunters Café, 1020 Manning.  
•    10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Nick Warner ’70 guest speaker.
•    11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $8 per person.
•    Noon – Class of 2005 farewell sack lunch at Island Park.


Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:46:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host ‘Mound of Sound Marching Band Festival’ October 13 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host “The Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Mound of SoundThe event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Over 1,100 students from 14 schools will be participating.  Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification.  

Schools participating and time of performance include: 

  • Class 1 - Dexter (10:10 a.m.) and Sedan (10:30 a.m.)
  • Class 2 – Wichita Collegiate (10 a.m.), Pratt (10:50 a.m.), Winfield (11:10 a.m.), and Riverton (11:30 a.m.)
  • Class 3 – Haven (11:50 a.m.), Great Bend (12:30 p.m.), Rose Hill (12:40 p.m.), Arkansas City (1 p.m.), and Ponca City (1:20 p.m.)
  • Class 4 – Liberal (1:40 p.m.), Enid, (2 p.m.), and Independence (2:20 p.m.)

Awards will be given for Best In Class, Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Percussion, Overall Second Runner-Up, Overall Runner Up, and Grand Champion.  

According to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College, the feedback given is intended to encourage participating bands to make improvements in their marching and music for future performances at home and other festivals.  

“I am very excited about our second annual ‘Mound of Sound Marching Festival’ and the opportunity to offer these students and programs a very rewarding educational experience,” Kirk says.  “We have an all-star panel of adjudicators that will provide valuable feedback that helps support the growth of students’ music education.”

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:27:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes, Sept. 28, 2015 (College Sustainability Council)]]> Southwestern College Sustainability Council

Sept. 28, 2015

Present: Steve Wilke, Sara Weinert, Rick Cowlishaw, Allyson Moon, Zak Larson, Brian Pekarek, Cata Wingfield, Kali Brewer, Jessica Gremling, Krista Scheuerman.

After introductions, Steve oriented new members to the Sustainability Council website. We meet twice each semester. Right now we have the Green Team  (a student group), the sustainability minor, the Climate Action team, and the Sustainability Council. We have worked on articulating a better statement of what sustainability at SC means, lobbied for the minor, and lobbied for the visibility of the minor. We have a sustainability campus map.

One of our projects that has improved is recycling. Every floor in the academic spaces of the college now has at least one place where trash and recycling are offered together. We are trying to push toward eliminating trash cans in offices and classrooms.  Steve suggested the Green Team can now do a story of our trash and recycling. This story (in PowerPoint or video) could be shown during orientation. Zak suggested we need signs that explain the recycling bins—that we are single-stream. Rick added that we should include why we are doing this. What happens if we don’t recycle? The Green Team also could make a list of companies that are doing good things in recycling. Allyson suggested that we need recycling containers outside as well as inside.

Steve talked about a possible Sustainability Center, which has been discussed for a few years. This is proposed because we don’t have a visible place on campus that is a space where students “do” sustainability activities. A center also would give the school something for which to write grants. It also would be a place for meetings, and a group for outside folks to partner with. The center also could be inside residence life in some way that students could choose to be in a sustainability living area. For example, if Sutton Center was to become the sustainability center, some of the rooms could be dedicated to sustainability outreach and the living areas of the building could be retrofit to be more sustainable (solar panels, etc.). Student council members were enthusiastic about the idea. There’s room around it for simple gardening projects, social gatherings, etc. Send ideas to Steve about what students would do if they lived in the sustainability center—what would make it cool? How could it be organized? Allyson pointed out this could be an exciting recruitment angle.

Steve discussed a beginning proposal to have an EcoBuilder Club. This would be an effort to interact with people in other areas of the college who will not be on the Green Team but who have interest in sustainability. This could be a half-day per semester (four hours) that would allow people to get involved in a more limited basis than on the Green Team. This could be anyone—community, faculty/staff, etc. It would help us acknowledge our volunteers as well as give an opportunity for involvement. Krista emphasized that the low-commitment aspect of the group should be stressed.

It was suggested that admissions could give refillable water bottles to prospects touring campus.

Next meeting of the Sustainability Council is Nov. 23.


Sara Weinert, scribe

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Banned Books Week’ to be Held at Southwestern College’s Deets Library Sept. 28 Through Oct. 2 (General)]]> A week-long event celebrating freedom of speech is planned at Southwestern College. “Banned Books Week” will be observed at the Deets Library beginning Monday, Sept. 28.

Many of the events are geared towards Southwestern College students, however there will be discussion about censorship in the Murray Reference Room of Deets Library on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Michelle Boucher, associate professor of English at Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its “Alma Mater” and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.  

“We celebrate ‘Banned Books Week’ each year to remind everyone of our rights and responsibilities in a democracy,” says library director Dalene McDonald.  “This year, we are making a special effort to highlight ‘Banned Books Week’ to tie in with the college’s pillar project theme, which is Freedom.  Freedom of speech is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and librarians take this responsibility seriously when creating collections and when responding to requests to remove books and other information from library shelves that some might find challenging to their belief systems.”

Other events during the week include a mock protest against censorship, a virtual readout of previously banned books, and a display in Deets Library, created by members of the SC English department’s Sigma Tau Delta, highlighting the history of censorship in regards to print media, cinema, and the internet. 

For more information about “Banned Books Week,” contact McDonald at (620) 229-6271.

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:47:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern to Remember Mary Lou Martin (General)]]> Mary Lou MartinAll are invited to join the Southwestern College community in remembering Mary Lou Martin during a gathering at the Deets Libray Friday, Sept. 25. The celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m.
Mary Lou Martin died Sept. 8, 2015, at age 77. She was a graduate of Southwestern, and was First Lady of the college when her husband, Carl, was president from 1988 to 1998. Carl Martin and other family members are expected to attend the SC commemoration. 
SC’s President Brad Andrews will host Friday’s gathering.

Mary Lou Martin Memorial Service - Video Archive


Technical Note: Due to technical issue while live web streaming the video, there are sections of this video which freeze and become out of sync with the audio. We apologize for this, but we also knew those who loved Mary Lou would still want to see this very special service.

Mary Lou Martin Memorial Service
September 25, 2015
Deets Library, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS


Musical Prelude - Stephen Butler, Assistant Professor of Music
Welcome President - Brad Andrews
Invocation - Ben Hanne, Campus Minister
Special Music - Martin Rude, Director of Outreach Ministry
Remembrance - Sara Weinert, Vice President for Communications
Remembrance - Roger Moon, Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech
Special Music - Mr. Rude
Remembrance - Charles McKinzie, Advancement Officer
Remembrance - Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Vice President for Student Life
Special Music - A Cappella Choir, Conducted by Brian Winnie
Closing - President Andrews
Benediction - Rev. Hanne
Recessional Music - Mr. Butler

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Open Season With a Tribute to Jean Sibelius (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will open their 2015-16 season with a tribute to Jean Sibelius on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The performance is sponsored by George and Marilyn McNeish.

Sibelius, who was born 150 years ago, was a Finnish composer who has been recognized as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, although his style harkens back more to the nationalistic composers of the Romantic Era, rather than the experimental trends of other composers of the time. Sibelius was an artistic influence in the fight for Finland’s independence from Russia, which is heard in “Finlandia.” This concert also features Sibelius’s “Karelia Suite” and “Andante Festivo,” and most notably, Veronique Mathieu, violin professor from University of Kansas, on his celebrated “Violin Concerto.”

Veronique MathieuCanadian violinist Véronique Mathieu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, South Africa, South America, and the United States. She is a prizewinner of the 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatté Contemporary Music Competition, the 2010 Krakow International Contemporary Music Competition, and a three-time winner of the Canada Council Bank of Instruments Competition. As a member of Trio Micheletti, she won the Grand Prize of the 2009 Competition in the Performance of Music from Latin America and Spain. Mathieu broadcast recitals for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Radio-Canada, the Classical Radio in Costa Rica, and the Radio Suisse-Romande. She was recently invited to perform and teach master classes in Costa Rica for the series Promising Artists of the 21st Century, and is artist in residence at the Festival International de Musica Erudita de Piracicaba in Brazil. Mathieu is currently an assistant professor of violin at the University of Kansas, a visiting teacher at the Toronto School for Strings, and was previously on faculty at State University of New York in Buffalo.

The SKS is composed of both college students and community members and director Amber Peterson invites the public to attend this event.

“The South Kansas Symphony strives to provide musical memories for our audience with a variety of music for all ages,” Peterson says. “Talented musicians drawn from the collegiate and public communities enrich the ensemble. In addition, we hope the new acoustically-crafted Richardson Performing Arts Center and Callison Stage transport your listening experience to another level.”

The admission charge is $8 per person.  For more information, contact Peterson at (620) 229-6113.

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:41:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Order Your 2015 Alumni Directory by Nov. 8 (Alumni News)]]> The phone lines for updating your alumni directory information are closed, but there is still time to order your copy of the 2015 Alumni Directory.

Call 1-800-877-6554 before November 8, 2015 to secure your copy!

Congratulations to Peggy Ginn '63 for winning the custom SC blanket from Crochet from the Heartland.

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:32:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS First Concert of the Season is October 4 (Music)]]> The first concert of the season for the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Admission charge is $8.  The concert is sponsored by Betty Bradley.

According to director Jayme Hayes, the SCYS has 66 members this year, 20 more than last year.  Members are from all around the area including Winfield, Arkansas City, Wellington, Derby, Atlanta, and Burden.

The title of the concert is “Sightsee.”

“Come listen to the Southwestern College Youth Symphony in their first concert of their 2015-2016 season,” Hayes says.  “They will take you around the world on a journey to see the sights of different cultures and landscapes. We will be premiering a new group, the Lite Orchestra, and I am very excited for them to make their debut.”


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:18:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS First Concert of the Season is October 4 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The first concert of the season for the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Admission charge is $8.  The concert is sponsored by Betty Bradley.

According to director Jayme Hayes, the SCYS has 66 members this year, 20 more than last year.  Members are from all around the area including Winfield, Arkansas City, Wellington, Derby, Atlanta, and Burden.

The title of the concert is “Sightsee.”

“Come listen to the Southwestern College Youth Symphony in their first concert of their 2015-2016 season,” Hayes says.  “They will take you around the world on a journey to see the sights of different cultures and landscapes. We will be premiering a new group, the Lite Orchestra, and I am very excited for them to make their debut.”


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:17:36 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Moundbuilder Market at Homecoming (Alumni News)]]> The Moundbuilder Market is under new management and you will love all the great changes!  In addition, if you pre-register for Homecoming (either by mail or online) by Oct. 5, you will receive a 10% off coupon to be used in the Moundbuilder Market over Homecoming weekend!  Make your reservation now and pick up your coupon when you arrive for Homecoming registration on Oct. 16 or 17.  (See Homecoming schedule for registration times and locations.) ]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:36:42 -0500 (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Meet the President Tailgate Party Scheduled for Sept. 19 (Alumni News)]]> The Southwestern College alumni department is hosting a tailgate party on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Farney Family Plaza located on the south end of Jantz Stadium. 

The tailgate party will give fans and supporters of Southwestern College an opportunity to meet and greet new president Brad Andrews.  The Southwestern College football team will then take on McPherson College at 6 p.m.

For $5, tailgate attenders will have their choice of a hot dog or hamburger, along with chips and a drink.  Reservations are appreciated and should be made by Friday, Sept. 11.  For more information or to make a reservation, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6279 or by emailing   


Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:04:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Announces New Vice President (General)]]> President Brad Andrews announced today that Dean T. Clark will be the new vice president for enrollment at Southwestern College. Clark is currently vice president for enrollment at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., and will begin his duties Oct. 1.
“Dean was on campus last week and was extremely impressed with the Builder spirit and potential for growth in our enrollment,” says President Andrews. “This year he and his staff brought in Carthage’s largest-ever freshman class and total enrollment. Dean is a congenial and hard-working colleague, and he is excited about improving Southwestern’s on-campus numbers.”
Clark is a graduate of Carthage, where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also earned an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. After several years as an investment specialist for Charles Schwab in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin, he returned to Carthage as director of admissions and financial aid in 2002. He was promoted to associate vice president for admissions in 2008, and became vice president for enrollment in 2011.        

In his most recent position Clark has been responsible for a staff of 19 professionals, with oversight of admission, financial aid, and retention efforts. 
This year Carthage was expected to have its largest freshman class in history as well as the largest total enrollment (2,640 students) ever. 
Clark has taken a key role in collaborations between the admission office and the campus community. These collaborations have included a revamped honors program, a new branding and communication plan, development of new majors, and development of academic visit days for prospective students.  


Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:27:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College & Cowley College to Create 24 Hour Plays (Theatre Arts)]]> 24 hour playsThe 24 Hour Plays, created for the last three years by the Southwestern College Theatre Department, will be a new collaborative project this year as Southwestern and Cowley College students and faculty work together for 24 hours to create a full evening of theatre that includes six 10-minute plays. The end-of-the-“day” performance will be presented Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern campus. The event was originally created and is now licensed by “24 Hour Plays,” a New York organization that gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out details.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin. Parents, friends, and community members are invited to attend as individuals meet. At 11 p.m., playwrights choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company sleeps. Playwrights finish their plays by morning, and at 7 a.m., directors and technical directors return. The remainder of participants return at 8 a.m. Actors and technicians work all day to create the for the 7:30 p.m. performance, with everyone striking the sets and costumes, and cleaning the theatre following.

The plays are written for general audiences. General admission tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for students.

 “Last fall when John Sefel (the new director of theatre at Cowley College) started the year, we got together and found that we had lots of ways we could work together,” says Roger Moon, SC theatre professor. “Organizing and overseeing the 24 hours is very challenging. Though we work to create the plays in this amount of time, the process is very structured and everyone needs a chance to take at least a few hours off for rest – even the supervisors. Working with John, we can manage the 24 hours and neither of us will be exhausted. Together we can divide up the responsibilities of overseeing the playwrights at night and also the development of the scripts during the day.”

 Southwestern College and Cowley College will pool their resources as well as talents to create the plays. SC technical director Brittany Morgan and Cowley technical director Milan Anich will oversee technical operation of the event. Allyson Moon, SC theatre professor, will lead and organize the directors.

“We’re thrilled with the collaboration,” Sefel adds. “Cowley and Southwestern have a strong and long-standing relationship, and many of our students go on to study on their beautiful campus. Just as importantly, the Moons are exceptionally talented theatre artists, and it benefits our students greatly to experience as many teachers, environments, and viewpoints as possible.”

Sefel, a published and produced playwright, is no stranger to new play development. In addition to his own plays, he has edited an anthology of new works, run festivals, and been an associate dramaturg with the New Theatre Works organization.

“We all understand that the lifeblood of the film, music, and TV industry is new work, but sometimes, I think, in theatre we forget that new voices need just as much stage time and exposure as the greats of years past,” Sefel says. “This sort of event not only helps promote new playwrights and encourages audiences to be open to new material, but helps all of our students understand the unique challenges and opportunities involved in working on a brand new script.”

“We are very excited to really get to deeply know the students and faculty at Cowley College, and to have them get to know us,” says Allyson Moon. We have a fabulous reputation for what our four-year students do after graduation, but that is also true for the transfer students when they leave Southwestern after two years. In the arts we know that the push to excellence through high quality collaboration is the best way to success.

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:21:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Seemee Ali to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation Friday (General)]]> Seemee Ali, associate professor of great ideas and English at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., will be the featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation on Friday, Aug. 21, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

"Dr. Ali is an impressive scholar, an engaging person, and a remarkable teacher,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “She will be addressing the topic of Freedom, reflecting on the critical role that education and learning play in the constant human struggle for freedom. I look forward to her visit and her insights with great anticipation."

Ali earned her Ph.D. in literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she also received her master of arts degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Austin College.

At Carthage, she holds a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary great ideas program and in the English department. With philosophy professor Michael McShane, she is the co-founder of Carthage’s popular Hannibal Lecture Series.

Ali’s most recent essay, “Wallace Stevens’ Scrawny Cry,” appears in an anthology of essays devoted to lyric poetry, “The Lyric Prospect.” She is working on a book about Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad.

Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie. Having lived and taught in Rome, she and McShane regularly travel to Rome with Carthage students during J-Term to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays.

The opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Fall Frenzy 2015 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 2015 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.


Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:19:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Completely Hollywood, Abridged’ (General)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show ran July 24-26 but director Allyson Moon wanted to give community members and Southwestern College students one more opportunity to see it.

The show, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti, will make audiences laugh, Moon says.

“This show appealed to people, and it didn’t matter about their age,” Moon says.  “It is laugh-out-loud funny.  Sometimes it is slapstick comedy, or wit, or the way the movie is used within the scene.  It is a heyday for movie buffs.”

According to Moon, “Completely Hollywood, Abridged” will incorporate a number of movies.

“I want the audience to know that 186 movies are referenced in this production, whether it is one-liners, plot lines, characters, or visual images that have become iconic and are fun,” Moon says.  “It can be fun to keep a tally sheet of how many movies you recognize.”

  Three actors will participate in the production—Phoebe Muldrow, Justin Godwin, and Jacob Marney.

“The three performers have really gelled into a very tight ensemble,” Moon says.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. There is no admission charge for Southwestern College students, faculty, or staff. For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 

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

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:41:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Choral Union to Present Concert August 22 (General)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union will present its inaugural Summer Sing concert, “A Heart’s Memory,” by the Summer Women’s Choir on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The admission charge is $10 for adults and free for students and children.

“From being a child, to having a child, and to always listening to our inner child, the circle of our lives is never-ending,” says director Brian Winnie.  “This concert will feature an array of repertoire that reminds us of the journey and circle of life; may we never forget.”

Featured selections include Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby,” Nick Page’s “Niska Banja,” an arrangement of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and more. This concert will also feature soloists performing “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods”; “You Raise Me Up,” and Winfield small ensemble Harmony Bound.

“We hope the community will come celebrate the joy of women’s choral music, the close of our summer season, and the Welcome Back weekend at SC,” Winnie says.

Winnie also wants to remind interested singers about the upcoming fall rehearsal season, “I’ll Be Home,” which begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.  All singers ages 16 and older are welcome to the sessions in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall, and there will be open rehearsals throughout the month of September. For more details and to schedule a voice hearing, contact Winnie at (620) 229-6302 or by email at

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






Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:53:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning Author Reyna Grande to Speak at Southwestern College (General)]]> Author Reyna Grande will be speaking in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6-8 p.m.  The lecture will be about her latest book, “The Distance Between Us” with an emphasis on the theme of Freedom.  The community is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 
Reyna GrandeThe event is sponsored by SC Women’s Connect, South Central Kansas Library System, and Deets Library.  

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.

Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.

Her novels, “Across a Hundred Mountains” (Atria, 2006) and “Dancing with Butterflies” (Washington Square Press, 2009), were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, “The Distance Between Us,” was published in August 2012 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Grande writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, “The Distance Between Us” is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the ‘Angela’s Ashes’ of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Born in Mexico, Grande was two years-old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Grande and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when she was nearly ten years-old, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant (she has since become a United States citizen). She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Grande obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film and video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

Grande teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension and is at work on her next novel.

Copies of “The Distance Between Us” are available for purchase at Watermark Books and Café at 4701 East Douglas in Wichita and at Deets Library at Southwestern College.  Grande will be available to sign books while at Southwestern.

For more information, contact Dalene McDonald, Deets Library director, at (620) 229-6271.

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:11:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School at Southwestern College Offering Choir for Students in Grades 2-5 (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering a new choral opportunity for students in Grades 2-5 called JourneyKids Choir.

The choir is for students interested in growing relationships and to enhance their love for music, according to Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School. 

“The group will allow students the ability to sing an eclectic selection of songs that are geared to build musical knowledge in a fun and inviting setting,” Moore says.  “A focal point of the group will be the development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and camaraderie.”
Nikki Kirk
Nikki Kirk, a pre-kindergarten-5th grade general music teacher for Arkansas City schools, will be directing the group. Kirk serves as the director of music for First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and is in her ninth year of teaching. 

“She is extremely excited to work with the Community Music School at Southwestern College, having been a previous guest clinician for Spring Into the Arts Day 2015 and Music Educators’ Day of Workshops 2015,” Moore says. 

The group will rehearse on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College campus. All experience levels are welcome, but an audition for voice placement, musical ability, and level of knowledge will be expected. Auditions can be arranged by contacting the CMS Director. For the audition, students are asked to sing “Happy Birthday.” For more information, or to schedule an audition time, call Moore at (620) 229-6188 or email


Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:56:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College (General)]]> New faculty and staff at Southwestern College were introduced during the employee welcome back dinner held on Aug. 8.
New faculty include:
•    Tanzil Khan, assistant professor in early childhood education.  She has a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach.  She has been a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine.   
•    Kari Nilsen, psychology professor.  She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology from Wichita State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history, also from WSU.  
•    Brian Pekarek, assistant professor of education in curriculum and instruction.  He has a doctorate from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in school counseling from Kansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.  He had been working as a superintendent of the Ashland School District. 

New staff members at Southwestern include:
•    Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. She served as Leadership team coordinator from 2008-2010.  Wood has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of arts in specialized ministry from Southwestern College. 
•    Kirsten Guidero, scholar with the Institute for Discipleship.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Marquette University and holds a master of arts in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
•    Britany Morgan, technical director for the TOMARI Center.  She recently received her bachelor’s degree from Stephens College and has been working as a dance instructor in Valley Falls. 
•    Justin Williams, director of international student services.  Williams is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern College.  He had been teaching sixth grade students in the Derby School District. 
•    Rev. Ben Hanne, campus minister.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Iliff School of Theology.  He has recently been the pastor to the First United Methodist Church in Stafford.  
•    Kyle Pond, head men’s soccer coach
•    Ryan Richardson, assistant men’s soccer coach
•    Sinead Byrne, assistant women’s soccer coach
•    Elishia Andrada, athletic training graduate assistant
•    Tobias Boese, assistant track and field coach
•    Vaine Lutz, financial aid counselor
•    Ben Klinger, assistant football coach
•    Nate Justice, assistant football coach
•    Jeff Kontz, assistant football coach
•    Corey Gray, assistant football coach
•    Brandon Owen, graduate assistant football coach
•    Mandy Watson, athletic training graduate assistant
•    Kitra Terrell, administrative assistant for financial aid
•    Senta Sellers, reference and instruction librarian
•    Kristi Perkins, lead teacher at the SC Learning Center
•    Kevin Lynum, assistant women’s basketball coach
•    Rodney Marner, assistant men’s basketball coach
•    Britt Bradley, director of marketing and communications for the Institute for Discipleship

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:50:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Justin Williams Named Director for International Student Services at Southwestern College (General)]]> Justin Williams has been hired at Southwestern College as the director for international student services and the residence director for Wallingford Hall.

Dan Falk, associate vice president for student life and dean of students, says that Williams will be in charge of international student programming and helping students adjust to life at SC and in the United States. He will also be the liaison with the host family program and will serve as an immigration regulations advisor for the students.

Williams, a 2011 graduate of Southwestern College, plans on being involved in every aspect of the international students’ lives at SC. He will be creating programs for them on campus, taking care of insurance, and making sure their visas are up to date, Williams says. 

“My main goal is to focus on relationships,” Williams says. “As a teacher, I was big on building relationships with my students. I want and hope that they will love this community and this college like I do. I want them to experience all that they can while they are here. I want them to gain that cultural experience.”

Williams hopes area families will want to get involved and become hosts for the international students. 

“There are so many benefits for both the host family and the student,” Williams says. “The host family gets an opportunity to experience a different culture. For the kids, they are thousands of miles from home and it is so important for them to know they have a family here in Winfield that they can visit with or escape the college life for a little while. I wasn’t an international student and I struggled my first semester here because I felt a bit alone. By my junior year, I met a friend, Tanner Seidel from Arkansas City, and I started going to some of their family events and became really close to them. I called them my foster parents. That really helped me once I had that foundation. I think the host family program is one of the most important programs for our campus and for our international students.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Williams taught fourth grade at Cooper Elementary in Derby for three years, then taught sixth graders at the sixth grade center. He also coached eighth-grade middle school basketball. 

When the chance for Williams came up to return to Southwestern, he didn’t hesitate.

“I always wanted to come back to Southwestern if the opportunity came around and when this came up, I spoke with Dawn (Pleas-Bailey) and interviewed with Dan (Falk) and here I am,” Williams says. “I feel like Winfield is my second home. I am still a Texas boy at heart but I love Winfield and I love Southwestern.”

Anyone interested in becoming a host family is encouraged to contact Williams at (620) 262-5412.

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:31:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Freshmen Move-In Day at Southwestern College August 9 (General)]]> Incoming freshmen will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Sunday, Aug. 9, as Fall Frenzy kicks off the 2015-2016 school year. 

Fall Frenzy introduces new and returning students to the many aspects of Southwestern College.  

The first students on campus will be the freshman.  Following a 3:15 p.m. Farewell Worship Sunday for students and parents, the newly-arrived freshmen will head to Builder Camp at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla.  

Transfer and returning students will move in on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Freshmen Work Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Since 1992, Southwestern College freshmen, along with Leadership Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, have spent one of their first days as Moundbuilders out in the city of Winfield.  The goal is to promote feelings of community among incoming students as well as a sense of belonging to the college and the city of Winfield.  Freshmen Work Day also strives to make a difference by establishing new relationships between the college and the community by assisting homeowners with indoor and outdoor home projects that the owners would otherwise not be able to complete.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., Winfield Main Street Revitalization will partner with Southwestern College for the third annual Purple Pride event which will take place in the parking lot of 300 E. Ninth Street in Winfield.  Local businesses are invited to set up booths to promote their businesses to the SC students.  Local restaurants are also invited to serve food samples.  

The remaining Fall Frenzy schedule includes: 
•    Sunday, Aug. 16, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
•    Monday, Aug. 17, classes begin for students.  
•    Tuesday, Aug. 18, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Thursday, Aug. 20, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m.  Purple and white football scrimmage at 8 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
•    Friday, Aug. 21, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

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

For more information about Fall Frenzy, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168.  For more information about Freshman Work Day, call Cheryl Rude at (620) 229-6381.


Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:41:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Completely Hollywood, Abridged' (Theatre Arts)]]> Completely Hollywood 1The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday through Sunday, July 24-26, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The show, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti, will make audiences laugh, according to director Allyson Moon.

“Everybody loves the movies and this particular play makes fun of some of our very favorite movies--all totaled, 186 movies are included in this script,” Moon says.  “This show is strictly comedy. Sometimes it is slapstick comedy, sometimes satire, and it is sometimes witty. All comedy combinations are wrapped into this.”

Movies in the script include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” “Grease,” “Avatar,” “Batman,” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”

Three actors will participate in the production—Phoebe Muldrow, Justin Godwin, and Jacob Marney.

“I have never done a show in so little time, but it is exciting and I am confident it is going to be great,” Muldrow says.  “The Incredible Hulk is my favorite superhero and I get to act like the Hulk so I am really looking forward to that.”

Godwin, along with Muldrow, has been an intern all summer with the Summer Theatre Festival. He has been in “The Addams Family the Musical” and been a director for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Godwin says this summer experience has been great for him.

“The whole experience of creating a show in a week and half is a new experience for me, I have never done anything like this before, so now I can add that to my resume,” Godwin says.  “I am familiar with a lot of the movies that are depicted.  I am excited and a little bit nervous but I think this will be a fantastic show for the audience and for us.”

Brandi Young will be the stage manager and Emily Rising will assist in the production.

The show will run Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  


Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:32:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ and Companion Pieces July 10-11 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” along with four companion pieces on Friday, July 10, at 2 and 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern College.

The four companion pieces will include “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” If You Give a Dog a Donut,” If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  All of the pieces are adaptations of the award-winning books written by Laura Numeroff.  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is adapted for the stage by Jody Davidson. The rest of them are adapted by Ariel Grinnell.  The plays are based on the books that are known for their playful circular patterns of adventure.

TMouse a Cookiehe participants in the show are youth who are in the two day camps currently going on at Southwestern College—Story Theatre camp and Youth Theatre camp.  According to Allyson Moon, 27 individuals are participating in the camps.

“The campers in the Story Theatre camp will be acting in the plays. Because the plays are adaptations of stories in narrative form with characters in action, they are a perfect fit for the story theatre group,” Moon says.  “The individuals in the Youth Theatre camp are a little bit older and they will have the choice to act and to be part of the technical team.  We have some individuals who really want to do both and some who want to focus on just the technical challenges. The curriculum for the Youth Theatre camp is designed for them to be exposed to costumes, lights, sets, props, and makeup along with acting.”

Moon feels that this production will be wonderful entertainment for families with young children.

“Even though there are five plays, the performance will run for about an hour,” Moon says.  “This is fantastic entertainment for younger audiences.  Audience members will delight in the adventures of a mouse, cat, dog, moose, and pig, as the actors bring these children’s classics to life.”  

Moon will be directing the plays along with the festival interns.  Interns include Phoebe Muldrow, Juliette Lowrance, Justin Godwin, and Brandi Young.  Young will also be the production stage manager. 

Moon says there has to be a balance in leading these young actors.

“There has to be a healthy combination of seriousness and fun,” Moon says.  “The level of creative energy in both the Story Theatre and the Youth Theatre classes is amazing.  It is a super nova of creative thinking and action.  Our job is to channel and develop it in directions that mean they can create the characters, they can create the environment, and they can tell the stories.”

Admission for the plays will be $5 for adults and $2 for youth 11 and under.  Because there is limited seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, reservations are encouraged to assure everyone will have a seat.  To make reservations, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 


Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:38:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Addams Family the Musical’ June 26-28 at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical” will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Addams Fam 1show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

Family entertainment is the idea behind the production.  Allyson Moon is directing the show and is reminded of the history of “The Addams Family” and why she hopes families will come and enjoy the program.

“‘The Addams Family’ has been around a long time in many forms and has always been family entertainment,” Moon says.  “It started in cartoon form way back in 1940.  Then it became a television series in the ’60s followed by a movie in the ’90s, then to Broadway, and now here in Winfield at Southwestern College.”

Phoebe Muldrow, a Winfield native and a junior at Southwestern College, is the publicity manager for the show and says that the show will leave audience members with a good feeling.  

“Just like the TV show and movie, the musical’s comedy is a combination of silly, spooky, and ridiculous,” Muldrow says.  

Moon says that the music includes the traditional Addams Family theme song as well as songs from a variety of genres.  

“Amazingly, composer Andrew Lippa has mixed in a contemporary musical theatre sound with an occasional touch of the creepy,” Moon says. 

Muldrow is also the choreographer for the program.

“The Addamses are Spanish and they like to dance.  The cha cha, the bunny hop, the twist, hip hop—all of these styles are featured in the opening number,” Muldrow says.  “This was my first show to choreograph and it was challenging to blend dances that would work for the wide variety of ages and dance experience.  There is a single tango scene for Gomez (Matt Berthot) and Morticia (Abby Bartel) that will be sensational to watch.”
addams family
The dinner theatre portion was inspired by the young lovers in the show.  

“When we were planning the dinner menu, we were reminded of the wedding themed dinner for the Horsefeathers & Applesauce production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’  The shows may be different, but the wedding celebration dinner is very much the same,” Moon says. 
The ancestral family wedding feast menu will include cream of broccoli soup, crescent bowknot rolls, carved beef, crab stuffed mushrooms, wild rice Florentine, glazed carrots, molded salads, wedding cake, and sparkling cranberry punch.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinner will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

The show is appropriate for the entire family. Addams Fam 2

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

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:33:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts at Southwestern College (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts this week.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

•    Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as Alabama and as close as Winfield, the performers will present a program in a variety of genres.   Musical theatre, classical, and jazz make up the enjoyable program demonstrating the talent of those who influence and teach the festival participants.
•    Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.— The Cole Family Summer Music Festival faculty and assistant faculty will perform a recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Stephen Butler, Jeremy Kirk, Timothy Shook, and Brian Winnie along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles. 
•    Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.— Karissa Shimanek, artist in residence, and Luke Nicolay, Southwestern College young artist in residence, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Nicolay was chosen for the position through an audition process.  The purpose of the position is to offer a significant opportunity to a highly motivated musician, nurturing and polishing performance skills, while making the transition from student to professional. 
•    Saturday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. —All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2015 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    

For more information about any of the performances, call Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:10:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Whitney Corley Named Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Southwestern College (General)]]> Whitney Corley has been named interim head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern College.  She will take over from Dave Denly who accepted the head women’s basketball coach position at Bellevue University in Nebraska last month.
Whitney Corley
“This is the job I have dreamed of since my playing career at SC ended,” Corley says.  “I had a great experience playing for Coach Denly and getting my undergraduate degree here.  I got the opportunity to get some experience from some other coaches in other programs with the idea of bringing that back to this program.  I feel very lucky and blessed to get this opportunity because this program and this school were so good to me.”

Corley was the assistant women’s basketball coach at SC last season.  She played for the Builders and Denly from 2003 to 2005.  Corley earned honorable mention all-conference in her first season at SC before earning KCAC Player of the Year honors in her senior campaign.  She is ranked second all-time in three-pointers made in Southwestern Lady Builder history.  In two seasons, she made 211 three-pointers; Andrea Mohr is the all-time leader with 265 and played four seasons at SC. Corley graduated from Southwestern in 2006.  After her playing career ended, she spent one year as a student assistant coach at SC and then was a graduate assistant coach at Fort Hays State University.  She became the assistant women’s basketball coach at Garden City Community College in 2008 and spent the next six seasons in that position before returning to Southwestern College. 

The Lady Builders received 87 votes in the final 2015 NAIA division II women’s basketball coaches’ top 25 poll. Southwestern posted a 22-10 overall record, and finished second in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-5 mark against conference opponents. The Lady Builders won their second KCAC tournament championship in the last three years, and advanced to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, for the fifth-straight season.

The Lady Builders will return 12 members of its 2014-15 squad for the 2015-16 season.

“The girls coming back are excited, ready for something new and fresh but they also understand that there is a formula for success that has worked for almost 20 years so moving away from that won’t happen a whole lot. I think this has been comforting to the returners,” Corley says.  “They know that I have had experience with Coach Denly and they seem to be comfortable with the transition because it is a little more familiar to them than bringing someone new into the program.”

Corley will be interim coach during the 2015-16 year. 

The Lady Builders will open their season Oct. 30 versus Bacone University at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Classic.  

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:09:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for Upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Addams Family the Musical’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The cast has been announced for the upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical.”  The show will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.
addams family
“Addams Family the Musical” is about a grown-up Wednesday Addams (Payten Humphreys), the ultimate princess of darkness, who has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met.  Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez (Matt Berthot), and begs him not to tell her mother, Morticia (Abby Bartel).  Gomez must do something he has never done--keep a secret from his beloved wife.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and parents. 

Other cast include: Fester Addams, played by Dan Campbell; Grandma, played by Juliette Lowrance; Mal Beineke, played by Dylan Moore; Alice Beineke, played by Phoebe Muldrow; Lucas Beineke, played by Nate Lee; Pugsley Addams, played by Andrew Say; and Lurch, played by Justin Godwin.

The ensemble of ancestors includes: Conquistador – Kyle Smith; Soldier – Cory Blevins; Flight Attendant – Sarrah Sultz; Caveman – Bennett Boyle; Courtesan – Ondreya Seahorn; Bride –Josie Krout; Flapper – Olivia McClung; Indian – Adam Cantu; Puritan – Katelin Miller-Vanatta; Gladiator – Jacob Krueger; and Elizabethan Lady – Tiffany Tatum.

The ghosts, zombies, and ooky creatures are John Moberly, Bryce Sexson, Madeline Stanton, Olivia Velasquez, Sabrina Wilson, Bella Wood, Klara Flom, and Brianna Hunt.

Allyson Moon is directing the production and is in charge of costumes.  Other members of the production team include: Brian Winnie, music director; Stephen Butler, accompanist; Phoebe Muldrow, choreographer; Lee Jones, scenic design; Juliette Lowrance, props designer; Michael Burley, lights; and Anna Rosell, graphic designer.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The theme for the dinner is the Addams Family Ancestral Feast and will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The show is appropriate for the entire family. 

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

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:05:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2015 Alumni Directory (Alumni News)]]> Alumni Directory PostcardBy now you've probably received a postcard like this in the mail. We are currently in the final stages of preparing Southwestern College Alumni Today, a publication that will feature listings along with photos and essays submitted by alumni. We need your help! A brief telephone call will ensure your listing is completely accurate and up-to-date. Call 1-877-821-0456 Monday-Friday between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM (CDT).  

Alumni Directory Blanket GiveawayCustom SC Blanket Giveaway

Everyone who responds by August 31, 2015, will be entered into a drawing for a custom SC blanket provided by Crochet from the Heartland.

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:52:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC Increases its Power and Changes Frequency (General)]]> Southwestern College campus radio station KSWC has changed its frequency and its wattage in an effort to allow more people to listen to the station and to attract more media students, interested in radio, to the college.

For nearly 35 years, the station has operated at 10 watts on 100.3 FM.  Now the station is operating at 100 watts and can be heard on 94.7 FM.

Jeff Franck, chief operator for KSWC, and Tommy Castor, adjunct instructor of communication and faculty advisor of KSWC, discovered the opportunity to increase the wattage of the station in the fall of 2013.  They shared the information with Tom Jacobs, division chair for computer science and communications at Southwestern, who then advocated for the idea to Southwestern College Provost Andy Sheppard.  Ultimately, the idea was approved and the process began. 

“Almost two years ago, we found out that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was accepting new applications for non-profit radio stations, like KSWC, to boost their signal,” Castor says.   “They had opened a small window of time for applications and we quickly pitched the idea to apply to boost the power of KSWC.  The FCC accepted our application and approved us to increase power to 100 watts and change frequencies to 94.7 FM.  The project was completed this week with the help of plant operations and Atlas Electric.  KSWC had been a class D (10 watt) translator at 100.3 MHz (megahertz). We upgraded to a low power FM at 100 watts on 94.7 MHz.  Our new tower on top of the Christy Administration Building is 30 feet tall.  We have a brand new antenna, tower, transmitter, and transmission line.”

Castor is excited for the chance to attract new listeners and new students. 

“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says.  “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons. It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.  They will craft their skills on state-of-the-art equipment, and be able to learn by being on a radio station that is very similar to what they will work with in the real world.  Also, it is a great PR opportunity for the college, as now more listeners even outside the Winfield community, will become familiar with Jinx Radio, the communication program at SC, and the college itself through the broadcasting of great music and Southwestern sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.”

KSWC is a non-commercial radio station that plays top 40 music.  It is also the flagship station for the Moundbuilder Sports Network which broadcasts all of the Southwestern College football games, all men’s and women’s KCAC basketball games, and selected non-conference games.   


Thu, 28 May 2015 14:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Denly to Coach at Bellevue (General)]]> Southwestern College athletic director and women’s basketball coach David Denly will leave the college July 1 to become head women’s basketball coach at Bellevue University in Nebraska. 
Denly was head women’s coach at SC for 17 years, and took the Lady Builders to the national championships during the past five seasons with seven appearances in all, finishing no lower than fourth in the KCAC every season he was at the helm.
President Dick Merriman promoted Denly to athletic director four years ago. 
“David has been an outstanding coach and athletic director for the college,” says Merriman, who will be leaving the college in July. “His Lady Builder squads have combined tremendous competitive success with outstanding academic performance and a strong leadership profile on campus. He has truly shown the way in terms of building a program that features both athletic and academic success.”  

Merriman describes Denly as “an active and engaged athletic director, working to achieve significant facilities improvements for athletics, like Jantz Stadium and the Helmer Family Track, and taking active roles in the work of the KCAC and the NAIA. The number of Builder teams and athletes that have been recognized as NAIA Champions of Character says a lot about his commitment to doing college athletics the right way.”
Denly will be the inaugural women’s basketball coach at Bellevue as the college adds the sport for the first time in 2015-16. With an enrollment of approximately 8,300, the college is part of the North Star Athletic Association.
“There were many things we fell in love with at Southwestern College and the outstanding character of the student-athletes and the overall athletic program was a big part of that,” says incoming SC President Brad Andrews. “Dave leaves big shoes to fill both in his coaching and his role as athletic director, but we’re proud of him and wish him well. We will work hard over the coming weeks to find someone worthy to take his place.”
“I’m forever grateful for the opportunities Southwestern College has given me,” Denly says. “The opportunity to be a women’s basketball coach and athletic director has helped me both personally and professionally, and for my family and me, Southwestern will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are excited about the opportunity Bellevue presents, and I will be drawing on my Southwestern experience as I move on in my career.”
Denly’s overall record at SC 348-171, and he has guided his team to seven consecutive 20-win seasons, setting school records along the way for both total victories in a season and conference wins in a season.  He has coached 24 first-team All-Conference players, 48 Academic All-Americans and 84 Academic All-Conference selections in his tenure at Southwestern, and the Lady Builders have had the KCAC Player of the Year four times during his tutelage. He was KCAC Coach of the Year three times, and is the 16th winningest women’s basketball coach in the NAIA. 

Before taking over the women’s program at SC, Denly served as an assistant coach to Brad Horstmann in the Builder men’s program for two years.  During that time, the Southwestern men qualified for the national tournament and won the KCAC conference tournament.


Wed, 27 May 2015 13:45:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival to Feature New Clinicians, Artist-In-Residence (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 8-13 on the SC campus.  The festival will feature two new clinicians as well as a new artist-in-residence.

The festival is for students ages 14-20.  Campers will choose from tracks in band, choir, orchestra, and piano.  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, practice time, electives, recreation time, and much more. 

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year—Dr. Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College, and Dr. Amber Peterson, conductor, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College  and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education.  Joining Winnie and Peterson will be festival veterans Jeremy Kirk, band; Steven Butler, piano; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

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

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

This year the festival will be highlighted by a new artist-in-residence, Karissa Shimanek.  She will assist with the vocal track and showcase her talents as an artist.  
Karissa Shimanek
Shimanek grew up in Arkansas City and is the daughter of Mike and Judith Shimanek.  She began singing at an early age, and was entertaining audiences by age 11. Her favorite childhood performances include the Prairie Fest Arts Festival competition in her hometown, in which she placed first, and when she was a featured performer at the Kolache Festival in Prague, Okla., for two years. Her high school career provided her with many performance opportunities in the choral and theatre departments, and allowed her to develop singing and acting skills outside of popular music.

Following high school, Shimanek pursued a degree in music with a focus in musical theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Okla., where she received vocal training from the esteemed Dr. Marilyn Govich. She also acquired dance training in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and tap while at UCO. During her undergraduate studies, she performed in many productions including Discoveryland’s production of “Oklahoma!” in Sapulpa, Okla. Shimanek has also had several lead roles at Mitchell Hall’s main stage and Jazz Lab productions in Edmond; some of her favorites are Betty Schaefer in “Sunset Boulevard,” Erzulie in “Once on this Island,” and as a featured soloist in several Jazz Lab shows. She also performed with Jodi Benson, the voice of “The Little Mermaid.” 

After the completion of her undergraduate degree, Shimanek pursued her master of music degree, also from UCO.  She was able to work as a graduate assistant for the musical theatre department and Broadway Tonight! office, and directed several shows at the Jazz Lab. 

Shimanek is currently pursuing her master of arts in teaching degree with a focus in choral directing. 

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


Thu, 21 May 2015 15:55:49 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Glasgow Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College (General)]]> Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and the coordinator of the doctoral program, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 10. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members.  

“The Kopke award exemplifies the Builder spirit at Southwestern and affirms my role at Southwestern as an opportunity to shape educational leaders,” Glasgow says.  “The award is not just about the recognition of what has been accomplished but more on what has yet to be accomplished for future leaders in our school systems and higher education institutions.”  
Jackie Glasgow
“Jackie deserves the outstanding teaching award,” says Andy Sheppard, provost of Southwestern College.  “She is the heart and soul of the Ed.D. program and her students have truly benefited from her work with them.”

Glasgow has spent the past three years at Southwestern.  Prior to that, she served for 37 years in public education in the Wellington school district; 28 of those years were spent teaching special education and fourth grade while the other nine years, she was the assistant superintendent.   Glasgow received her bachelor of science in education at Kansas State Teachers College; two master’s degrees (one in educational psychology and another in administration) from Wichita State University; and her Ed.D. from Wichita State University. 

“I am very humbled and grateful for receiving the award and wish to continue being an ambassador showcasing the exemplary educational programs Southwestern has to offer,” Glasgow says.  “It is important for me to think about what Southwestern can offer to the field of education and the possibilities it can afford its learners.”  

Glasgow and her husband live in Wellington.

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:40:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes April 27, 2015 (College Sustainability Council)]]> Southwestern College Sustainability Council

April 17, 2015    


Members present: Richard Cowlishaw, Jackson Lashier, Allyson Moon, Sara Weinert

  1. Sara walked through the changes in how we print and copy at the college. Paper saving technologies include automatically printing double-sided and in black-and-white. Print jobs must be “released” from the printer through card-swipe, and all jobs can be traced to the user. (This is expected to prompt users to think about whether they actually need the job printed or not.) At this point, students are not being charged for printing but the usage will be tracked. Committee members discussed whether this could be a recruitment tool—perhaps with an allowance for student copies?


  1. Rick reported that we had gotten behind on tracking greenhouse gas figures due to a change in contractors. Everything is being brought up to speed now, and the inventory should be done by May. We hope this will help make a smooth transition to the new president’s support of the Presidents’ Initiative.


  1. Update on the minor in sustainability (Rick): It’s difficult to get an accurate number of how many students are in the minor because many students think they’re in the minor but haven’t formally declared it with the registrar. He estimates 5-10 students from several different academic areas are in the minor and Rick tries to make sure classes are offered in the proper sequence. “The minor isn’t easily managed in one academic area,” he says.


  1. How can we discuss the importance of campus sustainability with the new president, and what role can the council play in talking about the mission of striving to live by and teach a sustainability way of life on our campus? (Sara): It’s a distinctive we can use in recruitment. (Allyson): Economics. We will save money if we are more sustainable.


  1. A discussion followed on how we make sure Sodexo employees are on board with sustainability and recycling efforts.


  1. Recycling containers are working well across campus and more will be added over the summer.


  1. A discussion of the proposed sustainability center followed, with the thought of explaining the idea to the new president.


Minutes submitted by Sara Weinert

Mon, 18 May 2015 10:34:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2014-2015 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 9.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to six graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern. 

The Student Government Association initiates the process for naming Masterbuilders by calling for each member to nominate students.  The list of students receiving votes is then submitted to a faculty vote.  Finally, the entire student body votes, choosing recipients from the names remaining on the list. Masterbuilders 2015

Masterbuilders for 2014-2015 include: Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla.; Jordan Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Jessica Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Sara Peck, Wellington; Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas; and Luiz Reyes, Humble, Texas.

Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:44 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Recognized by KATS (General)]]> Eight Athletic Training Students from Southwestern College have been recognized by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) honor roll.
KATS•    First Team—Caitlin Hays, Garden Plain.
•    Second Team—Amanda Watson, Miami, Okla.; Kayla Lovell, Waukomis, Okla.
•    Honorable Mention—Blake Smith, Dexter; Rachel Vieyra, Hutchinson; Kayla Demel, Wichita; Heather Gilmore, Kinsley; and Tiffany Rieger, Manchester, Okla. 

First-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program (ATP), and achieved a 3.8/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Second-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.6/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Honorable Mention nominees had to be sophomore or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.4/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.

“It’s nice for our students to get recognition at the state level for their hard work in the classroom.  They are all very deserving of this honor and I am proud of each of them.”  Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education.  


Wed, 13 May 2015 11:40:45 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Announces New President (General)]]> Dr. Brad Andrews will be the next president of Southwestern College. Currently senior vice president for student success and strategic enrollment at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., Andrews will be the 19th president of the college when he begins his tenure July 1.

Andrews replaces President Dick Merriman, who will become president of the University of Mount Union after 17 years at Southwestern. 

Brad Andrews “We feel Brad Andrews is an ideal fit for Southwestern College, and could not be more pleased that he will be the next president,” says Michael Lewis, SC trustee and chair of the search committee. “He has extensive successful experience in three areas crucial to the continued success of the college—fundraising, enrollment management, and student life. He also is a collaborative leader who will work well with faculty and administrators already in place to extend the excellence we have come to expect at Southwestern.”

A native of Miami, Fla., Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1990 and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Drake University in 1994. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin.
"For more than 130 years Southwestern College has defined a truly student-centered approach to higher education,” Andrews says. “It is obvious that an exciting combination of tremendous people, a pioneering spirit, and outstanding programs have Southwestern College poised for great success moving forward. I am honored to be chosen to lead the Builder nation into the next era.”

Andrews’s leadership encompasses three divisions at Carthage College, including the departments of admissions, financial aid, student affairs, first-year academic advising, and religious life. His responsibilities include operational oversight for strategic institutional priorities, with emphasis on the immediate improvement of retention and graduation rates. 

As a member of the Carthage executive leadership team, he has helped guide an incredible period of growth for the college. Since 2000, Carthage College has:

  • grown its campus with more than $200 million in campus renovation and construction projects.
  • grown its academic reputation as demonstrated by a rise in national rankings, by significant increases in the number and quality of freshman applications, and by national recognition for programs such as participation in the NASA undergraduate research SEED program.
  • grown its enrollment from 1,500 to more than 2,500 full-time students.

Andrews arrived on campus in 1999 and quickly worked with staff and students to remake the student affairs program. After eight years as dean of students, Andrews was appointed vice president for enrollment and student life. In this role, he provided leadership for the completion of a campus strategic enrollment growth initiative. With a particular emphasis on entering new admissions markets and raising the academic reputation of the college, the college surpassed the 2,500 student mark. This enrollment figure represents a 67% increase from the full-time student enrollment 10 years earlier. This accomplishment was completed while maintaining the college’s discount rate, even through the national economic downturn in 2008-09.

In 2010, Andrews was asked to serve as senior vice president for academic resources, following the departure of the chief development officer. For two years in this role, he served simultaneously as the chief enrollment officer, chief development officer, and senior student affairs officer. During this period, enrollment continued to increase, the academic reputation of the college continued to rise, and fundraising results were accelerated after the national economic crisis.

Andrews will move to Winfield with his family. His wife, Trish, was born and raised in Harvard, Ill., a small dairy farming community. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Carthage College in 1997. Trisha earned a master’s degree in education from Carthage, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as director of academic advising, at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., where she also has taught courses in U.S. History. She spent the first eight years of her professional life working in student affairs and career services at small private colleges.

Brad and Trish enjoy spending time with their four children—Graham, 17; Tyler, 13; Madeline, 6; and Gwendolyn, 3. Brad is a golfer and enjoys running; he has completed 10 marathons. Trish is a photographer.


Tue, 12 May 2015 09:10:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Farewell President Merriman (General)]]> Dick Merriman, who has been president of Southwestern College since 1998, will leave the college at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

During his service at Southwestern, Merriman has guided the college through years of unprecedented growth in scope and mission.

Enjoy this photo montage commemorating his 17 years of service at SC!

President Dick Merriman Farewell from Southwestern College on Vimeo.

Tue, 05 May 2015 12:14:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10; Merriman to Receive Honorary Doctorate in Leadership (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  This will mark the final Commencement ceremony for the outgoing president Dick Merriman. Merriman announced in December that he was leaving Southwestern to become the president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. 
President Merriman will receive an honorary doctorate in leadership during the ceremony.  According to Andy Sheppard, provost at Southwestern College, given the long-term commitment that Merriman has made to Southwestern College and his contributions to the Winfield community, a special committee consisting of faculty, students, and members of the board of trustees determined that the honorary doctorate in leadership was the most fitting award. 
“Dick’s accomplishments at SC are visible in our much improved campus environment and the outstanding colleagues whom we enjoy every day,” Sheppard says.  “His work has been exemplary and we have all benefited from his dedication to our community.”
In his 17 years as president of Southwestern College, 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. He also has built relationships with the city and public schools that have furthered cooperation in the city of Winfield.
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, all ceremonies will be held in Stewart Field House. Commencement schedule and times will be:
•    1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T);
•    3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, B.S.A.T., 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 be internet streamed. 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 9, 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 2014 will be recognized on the printed program. 
Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 10, 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 10, 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.  Graduates will be notified May 8 and 9 if they qualify for this honor.
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 transportation 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.


Mon, 04 May 2015 15:38:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Participate in Leadership Challenge Event in Topeka (Leadership)]]> Leadership Southwestern recently traveled to Topeka to participate in the Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University.  They were split into two teams and between them, SC won the Collaboration Award, the Communication Award, and finished third place overall.
Leadership Challenge 2015
The Leadership Challenge Event, according to their website, is a unique interscholastic as well as intercollegiate leadership competition for high school and college students. The event compares leadership abilities through a two-day event consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams compete to fulfill challenges and overcome obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.

“The Leadership team takes sophomore students to this event annually because it is such a great opportunity for them to apply their leadership skills in a real world situation and then receive constructive comments and criticism,” says Maggie Collett, graduate fellow for student life and Leadership at Southwestern College.  “It really allows them to see how they work as a team and helps them understand themselves better as leaders. The students leave the event with a much better sense of self and what they need to work on to improve as a leader.” 

The students from Southwestern who participated were Cierra Ross, Wichita; Aidan Goodrich, Independence; Tim Rosproy, McPherson; Ali Flickner, Kingman; Madison Hovey, Winfield; Caleb Janssen, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Dillon Good, Prague, Okla.; Kyndra Gabriel, Lincoln, Neb.; Jacob Jimmerson, Belton, Texas; and Michael Becker, Leander, Texas. 



Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:54:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS Auditions for 2015-16 Coming Up May 19-21 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for young musicians who wants to be a part of the symphony for the 2015-16 school year.  The auditions will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 19-21, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

Middle and high school students who play string, wind, brass, or percussion instruments are encouraged to try out. Students should prepare a one- to two-minute solo and a two-octave scale of the musician’s choice.  There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition. Students will be notified of their specific audition day and time upon registration.  The audition fee is $5.

The SCYS provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region, but will also add a “lite” orchestra ensemble this next season for students interested in alternative styles. Students may participate in both ensembles without additional cost. The SCYS encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 

Rehearsals for next season are Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. The ensemble fee is $140 for the season, which includes four concerts. Discounts are available for families with two or more musicians in the orchestra. 

Online registration is available for the auditions at For more information or questions about the symphony, contact Ismail Farid at 


Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:02:11 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Auditions! (Theatre Arts)]]> Adams family

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:49:10 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student has Close Ties to Titanic; Will Lecture April 30 (General)]]> As the granddaughter of shipbuilders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Louise Kavanagh grew up hearing about the Titanic.  She will share her stories about the ship on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  The public is encouraged to attend and there is no admission charge. 
Louise Kavanagh
Kavanagh says that she was very close to her grandmother who loved to tell her stories about her father and grandfather who worked in the shipyards, and that her grandfather was a carpenter for Harland and Wolff, builders of the Titanic.

“I grew a real interest in Titanic and applied for a job in Northern Ireland's newest tourist attraction which is the Titanic Belfast museum,” Kavanagh says.  “I was a tour guide at the museum and this opened my world to so much more information. Also, many of the stories I heard growing up collaborated with the facts I learned at my new job.”

Kavanagh says she wanted to do this presentation because of the famous story and because she has so much background experience and knowledge.

“I hope that this can be an educational experience but I also want the community to get a feel for real Irish heritage,” Kavanagh says.  “Titanic is a big part of Irish history and I love that my family was a part of that. Growing up near the shipyards was interesting; it has developed a lot over the years but as a child I remember my parents taking me down to the original slipways where the Titanic sat and a year ago I even had the privilege of walking through the actual drawing rooms were she was created.” 

Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athlete Ceremony May 6 at Southwestern College (General)]]> The Southwestern College athletic department will announce the 2015 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners on Wednesday, May 6, in Stewart Field House.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. The ceremony will begin at noon.  

The outstanding student-athlete award is given in memory of Tracy Young by Bill and Georgianna Young.  Tracy was in the class of 1982. The award is presented to the top senior female and male student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional performance in athletics, academics, leadership, and college and community service.

The nominees include:
    Alyssa Richardson, Lantana, Texas, women’s golf
    Rachel Baker, Edmond, Okla., softball 
    Morgan Workman, Parsons, women’s track and field
    Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla., women’s basketball
    Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., women’s soccer
    Sara Peck, Wellington, women’s tennis
    Nick Warnke, Wichita, men’s track and field
    Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas, football
    Michael Bond, Andover, men’s tennis
    Dalton Carver, Ozawkie, men’s soccer
    Shane Gilbert, Derby, men’s golf

This will be the 17th annual presentation of the student-athlete award. 

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in RecycleMania Contest (Green Team)]]> Over the past two months, Southwestern College competed with more than 390 colleges and universities in a tournament measured not in three pointers or foul shots, but in pounds of material recycled and composted. The RecycleMania Tournament harnesses the competitive energy of sports rivalries to engage students in increasing recycling and waste reduction on campuses nationwide. 

Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2015 Electronics Recycling “E-cyclemania” competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.

“Recycling electronics is a tremendous need in our region,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Thanks to the success of our collection events the past two years, we were able to broaden the scope of our efforts this spring. In February, with the help of the City of Winfield, the City of Arkansas City, Grace United Methodist Church, and the ACES student group from Cowley College, we conducted electronics recycling collection events in Arkansas City and Winfield. The two communities recycled over 16,000 pounds of electronics total.”

Southwestern participated in the eight-week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the Feb. 1 kickoff and the final recycling weigh-in on March 28, competing schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars.

Competing colleges and universities are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect over two months. 
The 394 schools participating enrolled 4.5 million students, with the American contingent representing nearly one in five U.S. college students.  The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautifully vibrant communities.

Complete results for all categories can be found at, 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. 

 “RecycleMania took the competition to a new level in our 15th anniversary year,” said Stacy Wheeler, president and co-founder of RecycleMania, Inc.  “We are thrilled with the increased engagement around waste reduction and recycling spurred by 3R Actions, the new digital and social component of the RecycleMania Tournament.”   

 “We know that competition is a significant motivator,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is proud to encourage recycling among young leaders through the RecycleMania program. Congratulations to all the participants making a difference in their campus communities.” 

The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company.

“The students and universities participating in RecycleMania continue to drive impactful change by significantly reducing waste in hundreds of communities,” said Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation.  “Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation congratulate this year’s winners and participants on their remarkable efforts to promote recycling.”  


Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:41:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS Auditions for 2015-16 Coming Up May 19-21 (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) will hold auditions for young musicians who wants to be a part of the symphony for the 2015-16 school year.  The auditions will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 19-21, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.

Middle and high school students who play string, wind, brass, or percussion instruments are encouraged to try out. Students should prepare a one- to two-minute solo and a two-octave scale of the musician’s choice.  There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition. Students will be notified of their specific audition day and time upon registration.  The audition fee is $5.

The SCYS provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region, but will also add a “lite” orchestra ensemble this next season for students interested in alternative styles. Students may participate in both ensembles without additional cost. The SCYS encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra.

Rehearsals for next season are Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. The ensemble fee is $140 for the season, which includes four concerts. Discounts are available for families with two or more musicians in the orchestra.

Online registration is available for the auditions at For more information or questions about the symphony, contact Ismail Farid at

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

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:10:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Wins First Place at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus Team competed at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis, Mo., April 13-16.  The team won first place in the consultation round.
Enactus Award
According to Patrick Lee, Southwestern College Enactus Team advisor, the consultation rounds are a set of rounds for those that didn't advance on day one of competition. 

“The cool thing about consultation rounds is that the team gives the presentation and then the judges spend some time addressing issues that may have been the reason they didn't advance,” Lee says. 

Southwestern defeated such schools as the University of Pennsylvania, New Mexico State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Missouri Baptist University. 

The SC Enactus Team was represented by Madison Hovey, Tavinia Tucker, Austin Williams, and Hunter Cline. A total of 15 students from SC attended as the four-day exposition included competition, networking opportunities, career fairs, and professional development workshops.

Lee says that 186 teams were registered in St. Louis, competing for the title of Enactus USA Champion and the opportunity to advance to the Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 14 – 16. The SC Enactus Team competed in the opening round against Benedictine College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Penn State Altoona, Mount Mercy University, Union University, Pittsburg State University, and Valparaiso.

Along with Lee, the team was accompanied by James McEwen, internship coordinator, and Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business.   

The SC Enactus Team is a division supported organization that strives to find ways to make an impact in the community through entrepreneurial spirit. High School students interested in Enactus at SC can apply for an activity grant for their participation in the SC Enactus Team. For more information about the team or to submit an activity grant application go to


Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24:51 -0500 (Southwestern College)