Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Christmas Classic ‘Eagerheart’ Returns (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 83rd annual production of “Eagerheart” will be return this December as the SC Christmas chapel, and will be presented at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.  The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The performance for the Kansas Veteran’s Home will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, however this performance is not open to the public.

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

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

Roger and Allyson Moon have led the production of “Eagerheart” since 1988.

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

This year the role of Eager Heart will be played by Campus Player President Anna Rosell, a senior theatre major from Wichita.

Also in the cast are junior Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., in the role of Eager Fame and senior Tori Fairbank, Garden City, as Eager Sense. 

The Beggar Man will be played by Stephen Gehly, Jenks, Okla.  The kings will be played by senior Jacob Marney, Winfield, as King of Power; junior Eli Rodda, Winfield, as King of Wisdom; and senior John Rohr, Arkansas City, as King of Love.

Continuing a tradition of inviting a Campus Player alumni or guest artist to play a role, Dan E. Campbell, Wichita, will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by seniors Austin Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Brandi Young and Phoebe Muldrow, Winfield.

The Prologue will be given by junior Meagan Morrow, Bartlesville, Okla., and angels will be played by senior Quenton Todd, Lawrence; junior Carlene Dick, Kingman; and senior Zoe Rea, Salina, as the Angel of Death.

For decades the Campus Players have chosen a female student, faculty, or staff member to play the role of the beggar woman who later becomes recognized as one the Holy Family, and also have used infants of the community as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A chosen senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance. 

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

For more information about area “Eagerheart” performances, contact the Southwestern College performing arts office at (620) 221-7720. 

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, 24 Nov 2015 13:33:15 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Will Present ‘I’ll Be Home’ on Friday, December 4 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) will present their winter concert, “I’ll Be Home,” on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

Director Brian Winnie says that “I’ll Be Home” is a family story of hope, love, and joy told through a community of singers. 

“With the father fighting for his country, his family back home shares their memories of love with pieces such as Sjolund’s ‘Kumbaya,’ Whitacre’s ‘Five Hebrew Love Songs,’ and Syler’s ‘Dear Sarah,’ Winnie says.  “You will hear the hopes and prayers of a family asking for their family to be reunited for Christmas with contemporary songs ‘Where Are You Christmas?’ and ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).’ Dreams are finally answered as the father appears on stage united with his family for the Christmas season, singing ‘I Had the Time of My Life’ followed by a tale of their love in ‘Suddenly’ from the movie ‘Les Misérables.’”

Tickets are $10 for adults and students, free for children.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dylan Moore at (620) 229-6272 or go online at


Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:42 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College goes to San Antonio (Music)]]> PASIC

Southwestern College's Jeremy Kirk, who is our band director, percussionist, and assistnt professor of music, and two of his percussion students, Jordan Butler and Quenton Todd, visited San Antonio this past weekend to attend PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). PASIC is a convention where hundreds of percussionists of all kinds come together and learn about all of the different styles there are through demonstrations like workshops, clinics, and panels that are presented by some of the world's finest artists. "It has been a tremendous experience for Jordan and Quenton to see such inspiring percussionists from all over the world," Professor Kirk says, In addition, "Southwestern has been advertised throughout the entire convention on the PAS Board, programs, banners, etc. [There were] schools like Northwestern, University of Kentucky, Hartford, Texas Christian, and Southwestern is right there with them." 

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:55:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition Coming to Southwestern College (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, at Southwestern College in Winfield.  The event is open to all instruments and voice.  Applications must be received by Feb. 1, and there is a $25 fee application.

Participants will be split into junior and senior divisions.

The junior division is open to 12- to 18-year-old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma or past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  First place in the competition will earn a solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony at their April 24 concert, a $200 award, and a full scholarship to the 2016 Cole Family Summer Music Festival (June 6-11).  Second place will earn $100 and a half scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  Third place will earn $50 and a $100 scholarship to the Cole Family Summer Music Festival.  

The senior division is open to Southwestern College students of any major.  First place will earn $300 and a solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony at their April 24 concert.  Second place will receive a $150 award. 

Interested students can find more information and application at
For more information, contact Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern and the conductor for the South Kansas Symphony, at (620) 229-6113 or by email at  



Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:57:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Trainers Attend KATS Seminar (General)]]> Ten Southwestern College athletic training students attended the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) Seminar held at Kansas State University on Sunday, Nov. 8.  

Topics that were discussed at the symposium included management of cervical spine injured athletes, dermatological considerations in athletics, hypernatremia, exercise induced bronchospasm, and the industrial work setting for the athletic trainer.  

“We are constantly encouraging our students to do things that will strengthen their resume,” Braun says. “The KATS seminar is a great opportunity to do this as well as to make connections with other students and certified athletic trainers in the state.”

Southwestern students who attended were: Blake Smith, Dexter; Kayla Lovell, Waukomis, Okla; Taylor Bleumer, Ingalls; Heather Gilmore, Kinsley; Courtney Jones, Madera, Calif; Cody Walther, Derby; Abbie Woods, Glencoe, Okla; Olyvia Bish, Mulvane; Taylor Henderson, Sapulpa, Okla; and Jordyn Miller, Wichita. They were accompanied by Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education; Amanda Beadle, head athletic trainer; and Lock Schnelle, assistant athletic trainer. 


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:07:39 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Cast List (Theatre Arts)]]> After some fun auditions, director Anna Rosell has released the cast list for her senior directing project, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Rosell is directing this show as one of the theatre department's mainstage productions.

Cast members include Meagan Morrow as Beatrice, Carlene Dick as Tillie, Julianna Smarsh as Ruth, Brandi Young as Janice, and Shayla Jordan as Nanny. 

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:10:46 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Names Sarah York and Elizabeth Stephens ‘Teachers of Promise’ (General)]]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Sarah York, Clearwater, and Elizabeth Stephens, Dodge City, as “Teachers of Promise.”  

Stephens graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of arts degree in English creative writing.  She is on track to earn a master of arts degree in teaching from Southwestern in December.

“I was gobsmacked to hear that I was nominated for this award, and humbled to hear that I had received it,” Stephens says. “This award would not be possible without the efforts of so many teachers before me who sacrificed their time and effort just to make me a little better each day. I accept this award for those who showed me what I want to be.”

York is the daughter of David and Debbie Klausmeyer and a graduate of Clearwater High School.  She and her husband, David, have three sons--Carter, 8; Landon, 5; and Jayden, nine months.  

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award,” York says.  “My family, cooperating teachers, and professors have been truly amazing throughout my student teaching journey and are the reason I have come this far. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. Now it is time to live my dream as a teacher.”

According to Jackie Glasgow, director of student teaching at Southwestern, each year Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” These individuals will be honored at a Nov. 21 banquet in Wichita.  

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

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


Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:37:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Accounting Students Attend Conference in Kansas City (General)]]> Four Southwestern College students recently attended the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

Jeff Shannon, Nolan Smith, Julia Taylor, and Elizabeth Walz attended the event and were able to network with certified public accountants from the states of Kansas and Missouri.  Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern, attended the event with the students and led a training session on professional etiquette.  
accounting group 2
Lee says that this was a two-track conference.

“Track one was a professionals/annual meeting track and the second was a college student track,” Lee says.  “In the college track our students were exposed to a professional Issues update given by Mark Koziel, vice president of the Firm Services and Global Alliance of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; a professional etiquette training that I led; an awards luncheon of the Women to Watch awards and the Men Who Get It award; and finally a Student Connect session where our students were able to network one-on-one with professionals and participate in round table discussions.”

Lee’s training session on Professional Etiquette had 60 to 70 accounting college students in attendance. Lee says they covered the topics of “The Business of You,” social media, and table etiquette.

“This was a great opportunity to learn about what it means to be a professional in the professional world,” Lee says.

Students from Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Tabor College, Southwestern College, and Seward County Community College attended the event.

Lee and his students also traveled to Topeka to meet with 2015 SC graduate Abby Gengler.  Gengler is employed by Wendling Noe Nelson Johnson, LLC.
Accounting group
“Our students met with the firm leadership and Abby for lunch and then Abby gave us a tour of her office and talked with our students on what working at an accounting firm is all about,” Lee says. 

Lee reports that the accounting program at Southwestern College has more than doubled from the 2013-14 school year to the 2014-15 school year.  He also says that three-quarters of the 2014-15 accounting graduates have secured positions with accounting firms since their graduation in May 2015.

For more information about the accounting program at Southwestern, contact the college’s admissions department at (620) 229-6326.

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:51:18 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Nathan Eckert, Stoddard, Wis.; Harold Miller, Medicine Lake, Minn..; and Esther Winkleman Overstreet (deceased). The plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal, at approximately 6:15 p.m.  

The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“Southwestern College is known for having an impressive science program,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  “The 2015 Natural Science Hall of Fame inductees bear witness to that fact, as evidenced by their impressive accomplishments. We are proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and their work.”  

Inductees include:

  • Nathan L. Eckert '01 is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the propagation and culture of freshwater mussels. After earning his master’s degree from Missouri State University, he was hired by the Virginia Department of Game and Freshwater Fisheries to run their Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Center for the purpose of freshwater mussel restoration. In 2010 he took a position raising freshwater mussels for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Genoa (Wis.) National Fish Hatchery.  Over the first decade of his career he was responsible for the production of over 20 million juvenile mussels of 38 species, 14 of which are federally endangered.  In 2014 he received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence in recognition of his creativity and tenacity in developing new techniques for culturing freshwater mussels.
  • Harold E. “Gene” Miller ’62 was a senior principle scientist for General Mills Research Center from 1968 to 2002. During his research and development there, he was heavily involved in development of one of the company’s most popular products, Cheerios. His research resolved details of the chemical activity during processing that provides stability to oxidative rancidity in cereals.  He led research that gained important cost reduction regarding vitamin and mineral use and won FDA approval to label high purity limestone as calcium. The team documented phytochemicals and micronutrients in whole grain products, providing new information to help explain positive health benefits of whole grains besides their fiber content, and he was principal researcher on a paper that compared the antioxidant activity of whole grain, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals to that of fruits and vegetables.
  • Esther Winkelman Overstreet ’28 was one of the earliest women physicians in America and was a family physician in Kansas City for 51 years until retiring in 1987.  She was on staff at Research Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center, and in 1965 she was the first woman awarded Family Physician of the Year by the Kansas City Academy of General Practice.  In 1992 Winkelman was recognized as one of 12 outstanding persons in the 25th anniversary edition of “MD Magazine,” and she received the Award of Merit from the Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City.  Following her retirement she was considered to be the 10th most traveled person in the United States.  She died in 1993 after a car accident on her way to the airport.

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council scholars, biology activity grant scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

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


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:16:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Lunches With Leaders’ at Southwestern College to Focus on Freedom of Choice (Leadership)]]> Southwestern College will host “Lunches With Leaders” Nov. 9-13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Mossman 101.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.  The public is invited to attend but an RSVP is required two days before the event.

“Lunches With Leaders” is sponsored by the division of social sciences at Southwestern College.  Lunch will be provided by five different eating establishments in Winfield.  Though the event is geared towards Southwestern College students, community members and other schools or organizations are welcome to attend with a reservation.

The theme for each speaker is “Freedom of Choice.”

The featured speakers, date, and lunch provider include:

  • Monday, Nov. 9—Thomas Kinlen, Ph.D., presented by the Department of Psychology. Kinlen is currently employed as the superintendent at Larned State Hospital (LSH).  At this time, he also provides psychology supervision for the State Security Program and the Sexual Predator Treatment Program while also serving as the director of clinical training for an American Psychological Association accredited predoctoral internship.  He received his graduate training in clinical psychology at Mississippi State University and Sam Houston State University while also receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University. (Taste of Winfield lunch by College Hill Coffee).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10—Susan Andrews, presented by the Department of History. She spent 15 years teaching English, speech, and drama full-time in Wichita public schools, and part-time at WSU, before going to work for Boeing as a facilitator in the quality management program. She soon moved to Seattle as an internal organization consultant at corporate headquarters, and now travels the country as a consultant for Boeing and other clients. She was born in Arkansas City and now lives in Winfield, and will speak about the freedom to take risks in your professional career. (Taste of Winfield lunch by The Eatery).
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11—Rev. Ben Hanne, presented by the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Hanne began serving as the campus minister for Southwestern College in July after nine years of pastoral ministry in several United Methodist churches in Kansas.  After receiving a degree in psychology from Kansas State University in 2002, Hanne took a massive leap of faith and moved to Denver to attend Iliff School of Theology.  In his role as a pastor Hanne has united couples in marriage, welcomed new life into the world, sat with the sick and dying, rebuilt homes, cried with the heartbroken, and offered hope to as many as possible. These have shaped his understanding of leadership and convinced him of the power in having the freedom to rethink (everything). (Taste of Winfield lunch by El Maguey).
  • Thursday, Nov. 12—Dr. Jean K. Phillips, presented by the Department of Political Science. “It never occurred to me that I was not free to choose my path in life,” Phillips says.  “Even though my gender was viewed as an obstacle by some, I was encouraged by my mentors to push beyond my comfort zone.  Through working with the Cuban detainees incarcerated at the United States prison in Leavenworth during the 1980s, I quickly discovered what it really meant not to be free.  In the process, I found a career path where I can make a difference in the lives of those around me.”  (Taste of Winfield lunch by Kathryn’s).
  • Friday, Nov. 13—Chris Kaufman, presented by Leadership Southwestern.  Kaufman is the program coordinator for Reaching Out From Within (ROFW) at Winfield Correctional Facility.  He says that ROFW is a self-help group for offenders who want to stop violence in communities by stopping the violence within themselves.

To RSVP for any or all of the lunches, e-mail  

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.

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:39:46 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students in Charge of Production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College theatre department will present William Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.
Much Ado 1
According to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at SC, the show’s production staff is entirely student driven.  

“There nothing much more exciting as a teacher than to see a talented bunch of students taking hold of the design process, committing deeply to doing their absolutely best work, and sticking to it the way this cast has,” Moon says.  “Their analysis, along with Allyson Moon as director, was one of the most insightful and energetic works of collaboration that I have seen from a design team in years.  They developed the concept of the production, researched, and have pushed and supported each other through the selection and implementation of the design. I think the final total design will be very exciting for the audience, really helping to tell Shakespeare’s story in a very contemporary way for SC’s audiences.”

Megan Morrow and Eli Rodda are the co-lighting designers and Morrow feels they have created the perfect light for the show.

“"Not very many people realize the amount of time and manpower it takes to create a world,” Morrow says.  “Every detail is a choice that has been discussed with the entire collaborative team. In designing the lights we talked about the need for warmth. The show is a comedy and it's set in California during summertime. What we've created through our lighting design is this warm glowing sunshine."

John Rohr is the scenic designer for the production and is excited to show off what he and his team have created.

“Working collaboratively on the look of this modernized play has been challenging, but so rewarding,” Rohr says.  “I really believe that we achieved a scenic look together, and I am excited to let the audience enter the world we built together.”

Director Allyson Moon adds that the usage of technology will be evident throughout the play.  Most of the cast will be on stage with a cell phone.  They will be taking selfies, and they will communicate via text message.

“We are going to project onto a screen what people are texting to each other.  We want to be sure that the audience participates in the social media frenzy of this production’s very modern world,” Moon says.

The admission charge for the show is $5 for students, $10 for adults.  Season tickets will also be sold which would be good for “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds,” and “Legally Blonde.” Season ticket cost is $25 for adults and $12 for students.

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:26:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Jackie Glasgow to Receive Faculty Distinction Award (General)]]> Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College, has been selected to receive the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) Faculty of Distinction award.  Glasgow, along with the other 17 honorees, will be recognized at a workshop and award reception in Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Glasgow 2015
“Jackie is an amazing educator and her dedication to teaching and learning is largely responsible for the success of our Ed.D. program,” says Southwestern College provost Andy Sheppard.  “She is an incredibly talented professor so KICA’s outstanding teacher award is both fitting and well deserved.”

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.  Throughout their existence, these colleges (which include the oldest colleges in Kansas) have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives.  The 2015 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA.  “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual.  Or as one nominee was described, they help every student ‘to find their voice,’ which is central to forming college graduates with the ability to succeed wherever they go.”

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the president and/or chief academic officer of each KICA member institution.  This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural and physical sciences, business, education, and several social sciences, as well as art, theatre, and language.  They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.


Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:16:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ International Conference in Animal Studies to be Hosted at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22 and 23, Southwestern College will host an international conference on animal suffering. The two-day inter-disciplinary conference featuring 20 national and international scholars will focus on animal studies, an emerging field of research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences that investigates and questions past and present relations between human and non-human animals. 

The conference, titled “Animal Suffering: Interdisciplinary Investigations in Animal Studies,” is organized by Southwestern College scholars Alice Bendinelli, associate professor of English, and Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy. Two internationally-known keynote speakers, Susan McHugh and Bernard Rollin, will deliver lectures that consider the ethical, political, social, literary, philosophical, religious, and ecological implications of what it means to serve as witnesses to animal suffering. 

All the panels and the keynote lectures will be held in the reference room in Deets Library on the main Winfield campus. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. A complete list of presentations and abstracts can be found at the conference website (            

“This is an important conference that talks to the entire community, on campus and beyond,” explained Bendinelli. “Animals are a pervasive and essential presence in our lives and community, but they also enter our classroom as literary representations, subjects of philosophical enquiry, or of scientific observation. By attracting scholars from several states and even from another continent, this conference also provides an important opportunity for Southwestern College to place itself within a larger academic community of scholars who, in a non-anthropocentric gesture, are capable of overcoming geographical and species boundaries.”                         

Conference presentations include discussions of the portrayal of dogs and other animals in literature and media; examinations of the voices of animals themselves; and ethical and philosophical issues surrounding the portrayal and treatment of animals. Topics encompass vegan boycotts, the ethics of fishing, treatment of animals on factory farms, dogs as our friends and companions, and the many attempts--real and imagined--to solve the problems of animal harm. 

“This conference matters because all of us rely on animals for our own livelihood,” says Goodson. “Some of us rely on animals for our daily nutrition; some rely on animals as companions and pets; while others use animals for recreational purposes.  Because of our rural setting, Southwestern College has an opportunity to be a place where scholarly questions about animals can and should be addressed.”         

The scholars coming to SC are from research institutions in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, North Dakota, and Massachusetts, as well as from Australia. They represent a wide range of disciplines, from literature, gender studies, and literary theory, to philosophy and theology, according to Bendinelli.  

Susan McHugh’s keynote lecture on Thursday at 5 p.m. will raise important questions about the human response to the representation of animal suffering in a talk titled “Can We Co-Suffer? Speciesism, Racism, and Multitudes.” Reviewers of “White God,” a movie by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczo, praise its non-CGI execution of a mass street-dogs’ revolt, but express confusion about its meaning: Is the uprising metaphorical or is it just more evidence of the impossibility of animal revolutions? This talk examines how attention not only to content but also to formal aspects helps to track the halting emergence of a discourse of multitudes appropriate to intersectional analysis of race and species.

McHugh is a professor and the chair of English at the University of New England, where she teaches courses in writing, literary theory, and animal studies. She is the author of “Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines,” as well as “Dog,” a volume in Reaktion Books' groundbreaking animal series that has been published in eight languages. She recently co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies” and “Literary Animals Look,” a special issue of “Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.”  

On Friday at 5 p.m. Bernard Rollin will conclude the conference with a keynote lecture titled “Beyond Pain: Controlling Suffering in Laboratory Animals.” Rollin has drafted prospective legislation for laboratory animals and demonstrated to Congress in 1982 why “laboratory animal analgesia” was needed. His research found an absence of knowledge of analgesia, which among other things denied the awareness of animal pain. While the use of analgesia represents a major step forward, it does not cover other forms of suffering that affect laboratory animals. He contends that taking cognizance of these negative states requires a change in metaphysics.

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 one of the leading scholars in animal ethics, animal psychology, and animal rights. He is the author of “Animal Rights and Human Morality,” “The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change,” “Farm Animal Welfare,” “The Frankenstein Syndrome,” “Science and Ethics,” and “Putting the Horse Before Descartes.” 

For more information on the conference, email Bendinelli at or Goodson at

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:23:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Humans vs. Zombies Game (General)]]> WHAT: A giant game of tag that lasts for 4 days.

WHEN: Starts Sunday Oct. 18 at 9m and Ends Thursday Oct. 22 at 4 pm

WHO: All SC faculty, staff, and students

WHERE: The designated free play zones on campus (basically between buildings on campus)

HOW: This is explained on and at the mandatory safety/rules meeting at 6:15 pm Sunday Oct. 18th

WHY: It is a fun way to relieve the stress from mid-terms and homecoming and bond as a campus

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:19:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Homecoming Parade is Saturday (General)]]> The Southwestern College Homecoming Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Winfield’s Main Street. The parade route will begin at 15th and Main and travel north to 10th Street.

This year’s parade will feature parade marshals Brad and Trish Andrews.  Andrews is in his first year as president of Southwestern College, and has been the college’s 19th president since July 1.

A total of 21 entries are entered in the parade, including Homecoming king and queen candidates, the class of 1965 trolley, an American Legion honor guard, and other groups and organizations representing Southwestern College.

The full schedule of Southwestern College Homecoming activities can be found at   


Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 9.22.15 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 9.22.15

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 Bendinelli),” 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 11:51:00 -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)