Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ to Begin SC Theatre Season August 26 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.  Southwestern College students will be admitted without charge. 

title of show 3“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, is directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.
“This August performance provides one last opportunity to experience this amazing contemporary musical,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “It is also the launch of the 2016-17 Southwestern College Theatre season.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

The production will kick off a busy theatre season at Southwestern.  Upcoming season productions include “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney (Oct. 8); “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “15 Minute Hamlet” by Tom Stoppard (Nov.11-13); “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson (Feb. 16-19); and “Spring Awakening” by Steven Sater (April 7-9).  For a complete list of the entire 2016-17 season, go to 

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:33:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College (General)]]> New Southwestern College faculty and staff were introduced at the annual Welcome Back Dinner held at Baden Square on Monday, Aug. 15. 

New faculty include:
•    Jayna Bertholf, assistant professor of accounting.  She has a master of science degree in business education from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kansas State University.   
•    Tiffany Deater, assistant professor of communications. She has a master of arts degree in English and a master of fine arts degree in art video.  Soon she will hold a Ph. D. in environmental interpretation from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.   
•    Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology.  He has a Ph. D. in cognitive psychology from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina.
•    Xiuqing Liu, visiting scholar from Beijing, China, where she works as deputy chief of China’s meteorological sector.  Xiuqing will teach a course on Chinese language and culture and help mentor new Chinese students entering the MBA program. 

New staff members at Southwestern include:
•    Kaydee Riggs-Johnson, vice president for marketing and communications.
•    Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for youth and young adults (Institute for Discipleship).
•    Elizabeth Thummel, controller
•    Doreen Fast, executive assistant to the president.
•    Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts.
•    Nathan Morrison, assistant athletic trainer.
•    Delaney Osborne, athletic training graduate assistant.
•    Heather Griffin, admissions counselor for Professional Studies.
•    Jordan Pond, residence director for Cole Hall.
•    Mary Sites, first-year student advisor. 
•    Stephen Stogner, information technology technician.
•    Kierstin Stolley, sports information graduate assistant and assistant softball coach. 
•    Tim Testa, head cross country coach.
•    Adam Kirby, assistant football coach.
•    SirDerrick Dotson, assistant football coach
•    Tory Tucker, assistant women’s basketball coach.
•    Audrey Vorderlandwehr, assistant softball coach.
•    Hernan Hatem, assistant tennis coach.
•    Martyna Gluchowicz, assistant volleyball coach.
•    Justin Churchill, assistant golf coach. 


Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:33:27 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU to Present Concert August 20 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union will feature women’s choral music in its second Summer Sing concert, “There After” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

“This concert theme is all about the things that await us after a choice, event, opportunity, loss, and life,” says director Brian Winnie.  “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.”

Featured selections include Randall Thompson’s “A Girl’s Garden,” Susan Brumfield’s “No Time,” an arrangement of “Bring Me Little Water, Silvey” with body percussion, and much more. This concert will also feature soloists performing selections from the musicals “Little Princess” and “Wicked.”

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults while students and children are free.

The SCCU Fall rehearsal season, “Knowing You,” starts Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Songs include selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and Rutter’s “Requiem,” and features composers such as Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Craig Hella Johnson, and Shawn Kirchner. The concert is Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. According to Winnie, all singers ages 16 and older are welcome, and there will be open rehearsals throughout the month of September. For more details and to schedule a voice hearing, email Winnie at or call (620) 229-6302.

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

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:35:29 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Near Record Freshman Class Reports to Southwestern College (General)]]> President Brad Andrews reports that as of Friday, Aug. 12, Southwestern College had welcomed 174 freshmen to campus. The class ranks as the second largest in the past 25 years.  Over the weekend, 50 transfer students also moved onto the campus, as well as returning athletes. Andrews notes that "the size of this year's freshman class is an affirmation of the great value a Southwestern College education provides." 

Freshman ClassAndrews says that there wasn’t any secret ingredient behind this year’s recruitment results. 

“The success is largely attributable to the good work, day in and day out, of the staff and faculty at Southwestern,” Andrews says.  “We continue to work hard to bring students and families to visit campus, where it becomes quite obvious what a wonderful and rewarding place this is to spend their college years."

President Andrews emphasized the strength of the relationship between the town and the college.

“Prospective students and parents from across Kansas, and the Midwest, have visited campus, fallen in love with Winfield, and become enamored with the college,” says Andrews.  “I attribute the great success of this year's recruitment efforts directly to the wonderful, caring, hard-working, high-character people of Winfield and Southwestern College."


Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:42:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Freshmen Workday is Sunday, August 14 (General)]]> The annual Southwestern College freshman workday will be Sunday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.  For the first time, a majority of the work at this year’s event will happen in one location, Winfield’s Island Park. The first-year Moundbuilders will being work immediately following their return from Builder Camp in Oklahoma.

“Freshmen workday looks a little different this year due to some changes in the beginning-of-school calendar but the purpose remains the same. Freshmen workday is always a strong connecting point for the freshmen class and helps embed a service-minded perspective as is reflected in Southwestern’s mission statement. The event creates an opportunity for students to serve and connect with the community and in doing so helps the students get familiar with their new home,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.

According to Wood, the student work will include cleaning the park, rebulbing Isle of Lights displays, and making sure trails at the nature center are clear.  The first- year students will also go to certain locations around Winfield to paint houses, apartments, and decks, do yard work, and will spread mulch in one of the school playgrounds.  

Southwestern College sponsors the workday and the Leadership team at SC organizes and plans the service experience.

“Each student participating will get a t-shirt to help remember this important piece of their SC experience,” Wood says.  “The theme for this year is ‘There's No Place Like Winfield.’”

Leadership Southwestern has partnered with the City of Winfield, Mosaic, First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and Holy Name Catholic School on these projects.


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:26:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Photography by Stacy Sparks on Display at Winfield Arts and Humanities Council (General)]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks are on display until Sept. 30 at the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council (WAHC), 700 Gary Street in Winfield. WAHC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The photographs were made during a sabbatical from Southwestern College between August and December 2015. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 48 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs

Sparks teaches journalism and photography at Southwestern College in Winfield. A founding member of the Walnut Valley Camera Club, Sparks grew up in Dodge City and has been teaching journalism and advising student media staffs since 1988. She taught at St. Mary of the Plains College and then at Dodge City Community College before moving to Winfield in 2006 with her husband, Pat England.

Horses near GrenolaSparks’ work has been included in the Five-State Photography Show, as well as juried competitions in Liberal, Wichita, and Lubbock, Texas. She has shown her work in group and solo shows in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama and has participated in photography workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana and New Mexico.

She was inducted into the College Media Association Hall of Fame in October 2015. An active member of CMA and Kansas Collegiate Media, she has served in several leadership roles in both organizations.

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:57:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mary Banwart to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26 (General)]]> Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, will be featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation Friday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

BanwartThe opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Builder Fest 2016 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 2016 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Following the college’s 2016-17 academic year theme of “Knowledge,” Banwart will speak about the opportunities that knowledge gives to create change in powerful and positive ways.

"I am looking forward to Dr. Banwart’s visit to SC and her speech addressing the topic of Knowledge,” says Tracy Frederick, interim provost at Southwestern College.  “She will reflect on the privileges and awesome responsibility given to those of us who are afforded great academic opportunities as our students here at Southwestern have been. She is an engaging teacher, and an outstanding scholar in her field. But more importantly, she is a person who is mindful of those who are without opportunities and voice.” 

Banwart earned her Ph. D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s in speech communication from Western Kentucky University, and her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas.

Along with being an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, she is also the program and academic director for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and communication as well as political communication. Her primary research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign web sites, and mixed-gender debates. She also researches the effects of leadership development programs on empowerment.

Banwart has earned numerous honors and awards including the KU Women of Distinction award, Carrie Chapman Catt prize for research on women in politics, and the Inspire Integrity Award given by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kaydee Riggs-Johnson New Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Southwestern College (General)]]> Kaydee Riggs-Johnson has been hired as vice president for marketing and communications at Southwestern College.

A 2011 summa cum laude graduate of Southwestern College, Riggs-Johnson earned a business administration degree with a marketing emphasis and completed a minor in servant leadership. She served as the executive director of the William Newton Healthcare Foundation prior to being named the director of marketing and business development/public information officer for William Newton Hospital.  

“Kaydee stood out as a professional with a strong work ethic and an obvious commitment to advance Southwestern College – she is a ‘Builder,’” says President Brad Andrews.  “Additionally, those who interviewed Kaydee noted her demonstrated successes in areas such as the coordination of successful fundraising initiatives and new business generation for the hospital’s many enterprises. Not only does Kaydee bring the experiences and skills necessary for success in this position, but her long-time love for who we are, and what we do, will serve the College well for many years to come.”

Riggs-Johnson resides in Winfield with her wife, Laura, and stepdaughter, Mary. 

Riggs-Johnson is actively involved with many community initiatives. She completed her term as President of the Winfield chapter of Rotary International in July, but continues to serve on the board of directors. She is serving as the chairperson of the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition and is also involved with the steering committee with the Kansas Sampler Festival. Additionally, she volunteers at Winfield High School and Grace Episcopal Church in Winfield.


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 11 (General)]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Thursday, Aug. 11.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2016-2017 school year.

Builder Camp takes first-year students on and off campus for a three-day orientation to college life, and Builder Fest is an on-campus experience introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern College. 

New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. They will move into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Following the family session at 4 p.m. and the Family Farewell event at 4:30 p.m., the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 14 to participate in the Freshman Workday event at Island Park from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.

Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Sunday, Aug. 14.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Saturday, Aug. 20.

Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
•    Sunday, Aug. 21, 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. 22, classes begin for students. 
•    Tuesday, Aug. 23, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Wednesday, Aug. 24, Purple Pride Block Party for all students, hosted by Campus Life and Winfield Main Street.  (The event will be on campus.)
•    Thursday, Aug. 25, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
•    Friday, Aug. 26, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

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

For more information about Builder Fest, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168. 

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:38:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ Ideal for Friends to Attend (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony-nominated and OBIE-award-winning musical comedy “[title of show]” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery, and ticket options for show-only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

title of showDirector Carman Moon says this is an ideal show for couples or groups of friends looking for an entertaining night out.

“So much of the show is about a group of friends, hanging out and doing what friends do,” Moon says.  “The character's camaraderie with one another is essential to making their dreams come true.”

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four includes Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“The show is hopeful; it will make you believe,” Davis says.  “The show is an autobiography about creation, and reminds us that sometimes you need help, and how much a group of friends can help.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Dinner guests will choose from a variety of meals.  Dinner will be served at The Eatery, 815 Millington St. in Winfield.  Menu items include:
•    Marinated grilled chicken breast served with rice pilaf and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Broasted (fried) chicken served with mashed potatoes and corn
•    Eight-ounce K.C. strip steak served with baked potato and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Catfish (cornmeal, blackened, or lemon pepper) served with homecut French fries and coleslaw
•    Vegetarian options 
All of these meals include a house salad and choice of water, tea, or coffee.

title of show 2Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email  For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.


Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:16:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present Musical ‘[title of show]’ July 22-24 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with a local restaurant, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“We hope the community will come join the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival interns as they explore the creative process necessary to move a musical idea to Broadway,” says Moon.  

The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production off and on Broadway. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Moon says that this production includes several levels of comedy.

“It is a thinking comedy,” Moon says.  “The jokes land on a multitude of levels.  If you have a theatre background, you will see it on a different level.  This production shows the collaboration that is necessary for any creative venture.  The audience will see the highs and lows of this process and how to take an idea and create something amazing.”

Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.


Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:16:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Large Diverse Cast Highlights ‘Hairspray’ (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s Summer Theatre Festival presents “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. 

“Hairspray” is a musical set in 1962 that has a theme that centers on unity and bringing diverse populations of people together. The show’s main character, Tracy Turnblad, enthusiastically works to unite two different dance groups to be together on the hit “Corny Collins Show.” Because the show features many diverse characters it provides the opportunity for performers of a variety of ages, cultural background, talents, and experience.  A total of 85 performers auditioned for a role in “Hairspray”, a total of 56 were chosen.  

HairsprayAngie Thompson, Wichita, plays the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. 

“I don’t feel like that Tracy strives to be accepted by anyone; I feel like she tries to accept everyone and hopes for the same in return,” Thompson says.  “She wants to live in a world where everyone can be as happy with themselves as she is with herself.” 

Dan Campbell, Southwestern College Campus Player, plays the gender-swapped role of Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad. Campbell mentioned that he has always wanted to play the role of Edna and that his favorite part about Edna is when she finds her joy again. 

“She had lost her joy,” Campbell says, “and then she realized that she doesn’t have to be a particular weight to be joyful.” 

This is Campbell’s 47th show at Southwestern College.

Nathaniel Lee, Winfield, plays the role of Seaweed, an African American dancer who befriends Tracy and introduces her to the rest of the misfit Motormouth Kids. Lee says it has been a challenge embodying the character of Seaweed.

“Seaweed is just so suave; I’m a quiet guy, and he’s cool,” Lee says.  “He’s comfortable doing anything, and I sit back and watch.” 

Jonathan Lane, Colwich, is working with the musical both on and off stage. Along with playing the role of a Corny Collins Council Kid, he is also the show’s stage manager. Lane has enjoyed working with the diverse cast of “Hairspray.”

“Truth be told, it’s what theatre is - people coming together,” Lane says.  “People you never knew from places you’ve never even heard of coming together, working on a show to put on for other people, making them happy, just doing their job as thespians.” 

Skylar Markley, Winfield, is playing a Corny Collins Council Kid, a role that requires a lot of precise and stylized dancing. Markley has six years of dancing experience from being trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling at The Edge in Winfield. Markley says it has been a challenging and rewarding experience so far.  

“The challenges of this show, for me, has been the singing with the dancing along with the new styles of dance,” Markley says. “It’s different dancing with people that you’re not used to dancing with every single day too.” 

According to Moon, the entire cast is doing an excellent job. 

“Because of the equal demands for every performer to act, sing, and dance, this production has provided a considerable challenge We have had enormous growth from every member of the cast,” Moon says. 

The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery (July 15) and Kathryn’s restaurant (July 16-17), and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  Dinner times for the shows on July 15 and 16 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 17 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinners will be served at The Eatery on Friday and at Kathryn’s on Saturday and Sunday. Menu options For Kathryn’s include grilled chicken, beef, or pork steak, a salad, and two side dishes (The Eatery menu options are still to be determined). Tickets for dinner and show are $25.  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.  

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:14:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team and Kline Motors Donate $8,000 to Winfield Food Pantry (General)]]> An $8,000 check was presented to the Winfield Food Pantry by the Southwestern College Enactus team and Kline Motors, results of the Lincoln Motor Company's Driven to Give event held on the SC campus April 30. The check presentation was June 23.

During the event, community members were encouraged to test drive a Lincoln vehicle at Southwestern, with a donation being made to a community organization for each drive up to a maximum of $8,000. Jeremy Biddle, general manager of Kline Motors, and Patrick Lee, SC Enactus advisor, decided to focus efforts on an immediate need that could make the biggest impact in the Winfield community —  the Winfield Food Pantry. 

Enactus donates to WFPTyler Crandall, a 2016 Southwestern College graduate, was project manager for this event and Raul Martinez, sophomore accounting major, was the assistant project manager. 

"After doing this event for years, the SC Enactus team not only produced a great event, but was able to achieve the $8,000 goal in the fastest time we have ever seen," Biddle said. 

Lee was thrilled with the end result.

“We cannot thank the Winfield community and Southwestern College students enough who came out in droves to support a great organization for a great cause,” Lee said.  “We saw a ton of student engagement from our student leaders and those who came out and brought their friends. The community came out early and showed up to make sure we hit our goal.”

According to Lee, planning has already started to host another on-campus event during Homecoming weekend and the SC Enactus team is looking forward to working with Kline Motors to put on another successful community event.

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

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:12:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Wild Things' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Wild Things,” a collection of Maurice Sendak stories, on Friday, June 24, at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building.  There is a suggested donation charge of $3 for children and $5 for adults. 

Participating in the shows are members of the youth theatre camp, the story theatre camp, and Southwestern College Summer Theatre interns.  

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival, the interns worked with members of the story theatre camp to write adaptations of “Bears,” “Bumble-Ardy,” “Dear Mili,” and “Wild Things.”

Moon says that these shows are ideal for families, especially younger family members because of the content of the show, and that it will conclude in less than an hour. 

Youth theatre camp members include: Callie Ledford, Riley White, Marcus Brooks, Ruby Woodburn, Dante Moon, Taylor Pappan, and Reese Pappan. Story theatre camp members include: Charlie Page, Macy White, Madeline Andrews, Gwendolyn Andrews, Alia Dust, Carson Mcade, Copeland Quiett, and Ian Dockery.

Summer Theatre Festival interns include: Jon Lane, Matt Porter, Julianna Smarsh, Carlene Dick, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Alex Wilken.  

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Interning at The Woodlands UMC (General)]]> Southwestern College students Victoria Lybarger, Winfield; Jaime Davison, Hugoton; and Jordan Butler, Arkansas City, are serving internships at The Woodlands (Texas) United Methodist Church until July 31. 

The Woodlands United Methodist Church is an 11,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston. The evangelical Methodist church offers eight live worship services each week in three unique worship styles.

“Last week we met a ton of amazing people and got a feel for the place,” Lybarger reports.  “We had the chance to lead worship at their staff chapel service last Wednesday, then we were led worship for the special needs service last Sunday. This week we are getting to lead worship for the vacation Bible school attended by more than 1,000 children ages kindergarten through fourth grade, and for a fifth- and sixth-grade day camp with more than 100 children. It’s been quite amazing so far.” 

Lybarger learned about this opportunity when Mark Swayze, director of contemporary music at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, visited Southwestern.

“This opportunity came about when Mark (Swayze) came on a visit to Southwestern because he had heard about our program from Martin Rude (director of outreach ministries),” Lybarger says.  “Martin had met him at a conference during the year. After Mark came and saw the great things worship outreach was doing, he felt we would be good for a program he’s been trying to start up at his church. He had talked to Martin for a while and Martin then talked to us three about going and being a part of it.” 

According to Rude, outreach ministry at Southwestern College is a hands-on experience.
“Currently, three teams are at work spreading God’s word through song, worship leadership, and instrumental music,” Rude says.  “Students from all academic disciplines unite to share their faith through music and the testimony of their lives. In Christ, groups are student-lead, so members gain first-hand experience in true worship planning.”           


Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:19:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Women’s Choir Rehearsals Begin July 19 (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) will begin rehearsals for its second annual SCCU Women’s Choir Summer Sings Program on Tuesday, July 19th.  Rehearsals are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  

Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, says that girls and women ages 14 and up are encouraged to join the summer choir to sing in a friendly learning environment.

“We welcome anyone to come sit in on rehearsals and sing with us,” Winnie says.  “Whether you are a seasoned veteran singer, need brushing up on your skills, or have never sung before, we invite you to join us for our Summer Sings program of ‘There After.’ This program features music about the possibilities that await us.”

The SCCU Summer Sings concert will be presented in Richardson Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.  The fee to participate in the summer program is $60 for adults, $20 for SC or community students. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

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

For answers to questions regarding this opportunity or for more information about the SCCU, contact Winnie (620-229-6302) or McKinzie (620-229-6288).    


Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:48:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nathan Morrison Named Assistant Athletic Trainer (General)]]> Nathan Morrison, a 2010 Southwestern College graduate, has returned to Winfield to join the college’s sports medicine office. Morrison has accepted the assistant athletic trainer position for the Moundbuilders, as announced Wednesday by head athletic trainer Lock Schnelle. 

“I am happy to add Nathan to our staff,” Schnelle said. “He brings a lot of new insight to the table, and will be a huge asset to our program as we continue to grow and develop our department.” 

Morrison comes to Southwestern from the Baltimore, Md., area where he has served as an Outreach Athletic Trainer for ATI Physical Therapy since 2014. During that time, he provided medical coverage for the athletic program at Fallston High School. He spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Loyola University Maryland, where he facilitated injury prevention, exams, treatment, and rehabilitation for the NCAA Div. I Greyhounds.

Prior to his time on the east coast, Morrison was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla., where he assisted the Eagles’ head athletic trainer in providing athletic training services to OKWU’s 14 athletic teams. He also instructed courses on nutrition and lifetime physical activity, and developed a strength and conditioning program for the track and field program’s throwers. 

Morrison received his National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) in May 2010, and earned his Impact Trained Athletic Trainer certification in 2016. He graduated with honors from Southwestern College in May 2010, before receiving his master of business administration degree in health care administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2012.

Morrison will move to Winfield with his wife, Katie.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:43:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2015-2016 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 7.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

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

Masterbuilders for 2015-2016 include: Ashlee Wenrick, Loveland, Colo.; LaKendrick Jordan, Dallas, Texas; Mary Reilly, Cherryvale; Brenna Truhe, Salina; and Monica Gamez and Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas.


Wed, 25 May 2016 11:12:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Five awards were presented Friday, April 15, for outstanding service to the college, and 30 employees were honored for years of service.

Presented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Eloy Mendoza, director of marketing for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands.  The Builder Spirit Award, a one-time special award, was presented to Terah York.

Aidan Goodrich, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Kathy Mignone, Fresh Ideas.  The faculty citation went to Carrie Lane, associate professor of psychology.

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 
•    25 years: Brenda Hicks, Cheryl Rude, and Martin Rude
•    20 years: Lisa Lowery and Kathy Mignone
•    15 years: Pat Boggs, Sheila Krug, Stanley Nichols, and Holly Peterson
•    10 years: Rodney Baker, Linda Kissire, Ed Loeb, Nili Luo, Mary Passmore, Zhiqun Qian, Joni Rankin, and Stacy Sparks
•    5 years: Sheryl Erickson, Rose Hanna, Zak Larson, James McEwen, Tammy McEwen, Keith McLaughlin, Alexis Miers, Jennifer Nicholson, Pam Olney, Wilma Schremmer, Barbara Wilson, Marvin Wilson, and Terah York.

Wed, 25 May 2016 11:11:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lee Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College (General)]]> Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 8. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

“I would like to thank Charles and Verda Kopke for bestowing this opportunity, not only on myself, but on the distinguish faculty that I get to work with each and every day,” Lee says.  “The Kopkes’ generosity reinforces the importance of our profession and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to receive this award. As you know, the Kopke award was established to recognize members of the college’s faculty who exemplify the college’s commitment to excellence in teaching. At Southwestern College, this is what we do--we teach, we inspire, we find every opportunity to challenge the status quo.”

Peter Heckman, academic dean at Southwestern College, notes that Lee has accumulated several awards in his time at SC.

Patrick Lee“Patrick Lee has added the Kopke award to those he has already won, including the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award and the SGA Faculty Citation,” Heckman says.  “These are all evidence of outstanding teaching.  Students appreciate his adaptability, the degree to which he makes himself available to students, and the practical nature of his teaching which is focused on helping students achieve career goals.  His leadership has helped the Southwestern College Enactus team win its regional competition, which is a remarkable achievement for an institution of this size.  I would like to congratulate Professor Lee for his many contributions to this institution.”

Lee is from Azusa, Calif. He received his bachelor of accounting degree from the University of LaVerne; a master of science in human environmental sciences from Oklahoma State University, and a master of accounting degree from the University of Connecticut.  He began teaching at Southwestern College in August 2013.

“What I love most about Southwestern College is our ability to challenge ourselves and do things that aren't so much about teaching, but more about our students,” Lee says.  “As a faculty member, I not only teach in the classroom, but I get to teach in our Enactus team. The lessons learned in our Enactus team aren't coming from a textbook, they are real life, have real consequences, and give my students real learning points to their education.”

Fri, 20 May 2016 09:34:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps Available This Summer at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer summer camps for youth.

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival at Southwestern College, one of the offerings this summer will be “Where the Wild Things Are” plus other Maurice Sendak plays. To perform in the production on June 24 and 25, two summer camps are being offered:

•       Story Theatre Camp is geared for kindergarten through third grade students.  The camp will focus on creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  
•       Youth Theatre camp is for fourth through eighth graders.  During this camp, participants will develop their acting skills while being exposed to all aspects of technical theatre.   

Both camps will be two weeks in length – June 13-17 and June 20-25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for the camp is $30 and sessions will be held in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

Other camp offerings this summer include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, May 31-June 4, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from Disney productions and other contemporary musicals will come to life on stage.  Children will work with Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  They will perform a musical theatre review of their work on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.  The cost for the camp is $25.
•       Improvisational Acting, June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. to noon.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will meet in the Helen Graham Little Theatre to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  
•       Playwrighting, June 27-July 1, 2-4 p.m. Original scenes and short plays will be developed using a variety of playwrighting exercises and writing techniques.  Writers will meet in Darbeth 105 and work with Roger Moon and SC’s summer theatre interns on the development of ideas, action, conflict, scenes, characters, and dialogue.  The improvisational class and the playwrighting class will perform a combined showcase on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.   The cost for both camps is $25.

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


Mon, 09 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir to Present Spring Concert May 14 (Music)]]> The JourneyKids Choir will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, but is free for students, children, and Southwestern College faculty and staff. Proceeds from the concert support the ensemble’s continued growth and scholarship program. For tickets or more information, call Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School, at (620) 229-6188 or email

The concert will feature a variety of musical styles designed to take the audience on a memorable journey through different cultures.
The choir is directed by Nikki Kirk and is accompanied by Sara Weinert. Kirk is a music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City. Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is in her ninth year of teaching. 

“I am very proud of our JourneyKids Choir and all that they have accomplished this year,” Kirk says.   “Our students have connected with other children and adults in their surrounding community through music, and this experience will stay with them for a lifetime.  It is my sincere hope that all students involved in the ensembles take what they have learned and share the power of their musical experience with others by becoming music leaders in their schools, as well as in the JourneyKids Choir.  We are excited to show the community how much our students have grown in music throughout the year during our final concert on Saturday, May 14.”

The Community Music School’s JourneyKids Choir is a 20-member group made up of students in grades 1-7 from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden. The group allows students in the region the ability to sing out a specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre. A focal point of the group is the creation and development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for musical exploration and learning. The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.


Fri, 06 May 2016 13:55:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Registration Ends May 15 (Music)]]> Students are encouraged to register now for Southwestern College’s Cole Family Summer Music Festival, to be held June 6-11 on the SC campus.  Award-winning faculty and popular special events are set for the event, with registration closing on Sunday, May 15. 

The festival is for students ages 13-18, and 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. 

“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 beginning keyboard, voice, strings, and African drum and dance, musical theatre voice, and fun with music theory.”

The tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  They include Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southwestern College; Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the Maize Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education; Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands and percussion at Southwestern College; Steven Butler, instructor of music theory and piano at Southwestern College; and festival dean Tim Shook. 

Faculty assistants are full-time certified music teachers and include Whitney Maxwell, Marcia Hatfield, and Susan Mayo for orchestra; Karissa Hoag and Brandon Wade for choir; and Peter Weinert, Austin Russell, and Hollyann Sewell for band.

Mark Saunders will be artist-in-residence for the camp.  Saunders is a musical theatre graduate from Lindenwood University and currently lives in St. Louis.  He is a tenor section leader/soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a tenor in the symphony chorus with the St. Louis Symphony.  He is also a member of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus.  He has served as a counselor for the Cole Family Summer Music Festival for many years.

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

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 


Fri, 06 May 2016 10:51:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning Christian Music Artist Mark Schultz to Perform at Southwestern College May 28 (General)]]> Christian music recording artist Mark Schultz will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m.  The concert will benefit the American Cancer Society.  Tickets are $15.

Mark SchultzSchultz, a Colby native, is a platinum-selling artist and an 18-time Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove nominee in the categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Writer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year.  The GMA Dove Awards honors outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian music.  Schultz has released nine albums including GMA Dove Award winner “Mark Schultz Live…A Night of Stories and Songs.”  He has had several number one hit songs including “He’s My Son,” “Child of Mine,” “I Am the Way,” and “Remember Me.”  He has sold over 1.3 million albums.  

While at Southwestern, Schultz and his band will spend time with students from around the state who are attending the Amp It Up camp.  Amp It Up camp is for high-school-aged students on praise and worship teams.

Schultz attended Kansas State University and now lives in Nashville with his wife, Kate, and son, Ryan.  

Tickets can be ordered online at  For more information, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences, at (620) 229-6141.


Wed, 04 May 2016 10:55:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bikes Looking for Donations (General)]]> Southwestern College senior Emily Tilton is starting a bicycle rental program at SC called Builder Bikes.  She is hoping that community members will donate their gently used and unwanted bicycles for SC students to use.  

Tilton, a Douglass native, wants students to have easy access to bicycles.

“Biking is a sustainable, cost effective, and healthy form of transportation,” Tilton says.  “I enjoy the peace of being outdoors with my friends and want my fellow students to have the same opportunity. We surveyed 25 students. Only three of these students had bikes on campus. Every student who did not have a bike on campus was interested in renting a bike from the school. Many students live out of state or even out of the country. This makes it difficult for students to bring their own bikes from home. Builder Bikes hopes to provide these students easy access to bicycles.”

The bicycles will eventually be stored in the basement of Deets Library and students will check them out from there. 

Interested community members may donate their gently used bikes on Saturday, May 30, from 12 to 5 p.m. Bikes can be brought to the lawn off of Warren and Houston street next to Sutton Hall. If anyone would like to donate but is unable to do so on May 30, contact Emily Tilton at or (316) 759-9705.


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Hairspray’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Hairspray” are coming soon to Southwestern College. 

“This is a diverse cast,” says director Allyson Moon. “It provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and show that each person is important, each person has gifts, and each person should have a chance to shine.” 

Auditions will be Thursday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building and Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show. Contact musical director Brian Winnie, at, to request audition materials for “Hairspray.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided. 

“Hairspray” will be performed July 15-17. The show is about dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad who auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun, and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Other productions for the summer include “Where the Wild Things Are” and other Maurice Sendak plays, June 24 and 25, and the contemporary musical “Title of Show” July 22-24.

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


Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Scholarship Winners Announced (Music)]]> Three high school students and two middle school students have won full scholarships to attend the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College June 6-11.

“On February 16, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists performed solo repertoire for a chance to win a full tuition scholarship, half tuition scholarship, or $100 tuition award to attend the 2016 Cole Family Summer Music Festival,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Twenty students performed in Richardson Performing Arts Center and Messenger Recital Hall.  Additionally, on March 5, 14 students performed for a chance to perform a concerto with the South Kansas Symphony and win one of these scholarships.”

The following students received full tuition scholarships (the names of the students’ instructors are in parentheses): Avery Givens, Arkansas City Middle School (Hans Judd); Leah Wise, Derby North Middle School (Gray Bishop); Thomas Mondry, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School (Brian Miller); Aidan Wells Filbert, Wichita East High School (Eric Crawford); and Victoria Peavey, Wichita Northwest High School (Amy Brown).

Half tuition scholarships were awarded to: Sam Ross, Winfield High School (Paige Camp); Cooper Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Briley Lewis, Maize High School (Bryan Kirk); and Lindsey Bergner, Pratt High School (Peter Weinert). 

$100 tuition awards went to: Marlie Dennett, Central of Burden High School (Jayme Hayes); Caroline Jiang, Wichita Independent Middle School (Joe Clements); Bryan Jiang, Wichita East High School (Miranda Wilson); and Caleb Renner, Inman High School (Ben Scheirling).  
In addition, Mondry was the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition winner followed by Wells Filbert and Renner. 

The Cole Family Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held at Southwestern College.  Campers study with college faculty while developing music skills in four areas of emphasis: choir, orchestra, piano, or band. Through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $375 for overnight campers and $300 for day campers. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

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


Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2016 Promises Lots of Fun! (Alumni News)]]> Mark your calendar for October 7, 8, 9, 2016, the dates of this year's Homecoming celebration.  The weekend promises to be more exciting than ever with lots of reunion gatherings scheduled, including football, soccer, Iota Pi Omega, and classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011!  In addition, Campus Players will have a party, and alumni who were a part of the 1966 seminar to the Pacific area with Dr. Wallace and Ina Gray, will be meeting with them to reminisce over dinner.  Contact your Class Hosts or Susan Lowe if you have questions or ideas for more things to add to the schedule... and we look forward to seeing you then!

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:10:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Youth Symphony Auditions Coming Up Quickly! (South Kansas Symphony)]]> The Southwestern College Youth Symphony (SCYS) is holding auditions for the 2016-2017 season May 31st through June 2nd. All auditions are held at Southwestern College in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall. Studentss are expected to have a short piece prepared to show their level of  playing, a 2-3 octave scale of choice, and be prepared to play a short sight reading exercise. The audition fee is $5.00.

Students who are in their second year of playing, through 12th grade, are invited to audition. SCYS is accepting students who play the following instruments:violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, electric bass, and electric guitar.

The 2016-2017 will bring a new ensemble back into the program. The Southwestern Philharmonic will be open to all string students to help them develop as a musician. This ensemble is designed specifically for students who want to improve their playing but are not yet ready for the challenging music of the older group, the Youth Symphony. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to take what they learn in school outside of their classroom walls and apply it in a different setting. 

You may register online at

If you have any questions, you may contact Mr. Ismail Farid at or 620-218-1178.

We look forward to another wonderful season!

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:14:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Drive for Community Event at Southwestern College to Benefit Winfield Food Pantry (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team is hosting a Ford Drive for Community event in conjunction with Kline Motors on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be in the parking lot on the south end of Richard L. Jantz stadium

The goal of the event is to raise up to $8,000 for the Winfield Food Pantry. 

“We're inviting the community to come down to Jantz Stadium on Saturday, April 30, to test drive Ford vehicles,” says Enactus advisor Patrick Lee.  “To hit that goal, we will need 300 people to come out and check out this event. For every test drive taken the Ford Foundation and Kline Motors will donate to our local food pantry. If you mention ‘free t-shirt,’ the first 100 people will receive a voucher for a free ‘Drive for Community’ t-shirt from the Moundbuilder Market.”


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:24:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Deborah Martin's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Deborah MartinMalaysian-born pianist, Deborah Martin is in her final semester of study at Southwestern College, finishing her Bachelors of Arts in Music and minor in Business Administration. She studies piano with Dr. Timothy Shook, Division of Performing Arts Chair and Piano Professor at Southwestern College, and studies voice as a secondary with Dr. Brian Winnie, Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Southwestern College.

In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers' Association (KMTA) and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. Martin was first place in the Junior/Senior categories of the 2014 auditions and third place in the Freshman/Sophomore 2013 auditions. Her achievement in 2014 was recognized with the invitation to perform at the Honors Recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators' Association annual workshop. In 2015, Martin also won first place in the senior division of the South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition.

She is an active member of the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, the Southwestern College Choral Union, and the South Kansas Symphony (SKS) at Southwestern College. She also has experience serving as a collaborative pianist, accompanying both vocal and instrumental students for private lessons, choirs in the vicinity, and the SKS. She has played the keyboard in the pit orchestra for several of  the college's musical theater productions including: Sweeny Todd, The Little Mermaid, Nextto Normal and Spamalot. Most recently, she also served as the Assistant Musical Director in the college's production of Legally Blonde, the Musical. 

Martin is also a private piano studio instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College. She is a section leader and assistant student conductor with the A Cappella Choir and Southwestern College Choral Union. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted to the conducting institute hosted by Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She had the opportunity to study with distinguished pedagogues in choral conducting, mainly Simon Carrington, during her time there. She is also an active member of the Music Teachers' National Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Martin also serves as a worship leader. Her experience in worship leading comes from being a part of Worship Outreach (WO) at Southwestern College. In 2013, she was the keyboardist for WO's Southeast Asia tour entitled "No Secrets." She aslo served as the Assistant Producer and one of the songwriters in the production of the "No Secrets" album.

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:41:45 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Eva Farid's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Eva FaridEva is a senior at Southwestern College and is pursuing her major in music performance. She was an active member of the SC Youth Symphony for 6 years, from middle school trhough high school, and was concert mistress her senior year. Throughout her high school, Eva competed in both Regional and State commpetitions. Currently, she is a member of the South Kansas Symphony and the first violinist with the William's String Quartet. Eva also took part in the Kansas Inter-Collegiate Orchestra in 2014, which involved 7 colleges from Kansas, and was placed 3rd chair 1st violin. The last couple of years, Eva had the opportunity for small venue performance in Dallas, Singapore, and Vancouver BC. In spite of her busy schedule, Eva still finds time to to gig with her dad.

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:24:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tim Shook Named Chair of the National Certification Commission for MTNA (General)]]> Timothy Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College, was named chair of the National Certification Commission for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at the MTNA National Conference held in San Antonio on April 3.  He is currently the West Central Division (8 state region) commissioner.

Shook will assume this position at the conclusion of the 2017 national conference in Baltimore and serve in that capacity until the conclusion of the 2019 national conference.  After ratification by the MTNA Board of Directors, he became the chair designate at the conclusion of the 2016 national conference in San Antonio.

Gary Ingles, executive director and CEO of MTNA, and Rebecca Grooms Johnson, president of MTNA, stated that Shook was their unanimous choice for the position.

While attending the conference, Shook also presented a workshop and training sessions for newly-elected and returning regional commissioners/evaluators.  

MTNA provides a nationally recognized standard of excellence in music teaching for the independent and collegiate music teacher.  Upon fulfillment of the MTNA standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification Credential with the designation, National Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).  This designation gives the independent and collegiate music teacher added credibility in the community and increased professional stature.  


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:33:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke Nicolay's Senior Organ Recital (Music)]]> Luke NicolayLuke Nicolay’s senior recital will be happening on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College. This recital is partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. Nicolay’s recital will feature works from Bach, Guilmant, Reger, Brahms, Couperin, and Alain. He hopes that many people will come and enjoy the music with his family and friends. Mr. Nicolay would also like to invite everyone in attendance to a small reception immediately following the recital in Richardson Lobby. 

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:56:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tori Fairbank's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Tori FairbankTori Fairbank, a senior at Southwestern College, will be presenting her senior recital in conclusion of her time at Southwestern College. “Love of Theater” is the theme for her program, and she will be performing a variety of musical selections, including musical theater songs, pop songs, scenes, and dancing. Miss Fairbank will have many guests performing with her, including Megan Morrow, Justin Godwin, Jacob Marney, Carlene Dick, Brandi Young, Juliann Smarsh, Michelle Pentz, Phoebe Muldrow, Anna Rosell, Allie Petrovich, John Rohr, Zoe Rea, and William. Some of the major areas of accomplishments for Tori since she has been at Southwestern include being an Irene Ryan Nominee 2015 & 2016, being accepted to the National Theater Institute, receiving two mainstage costume design credits, she was one of the playwrights for devised play The Kid Courage Project, and she directed two 10 minute scenes. She has also participated in Uncle Vanya (assistant stage manager and Marina), Spamalot (assistant stage manager), The Kid Courage Project (playwright and actor), High Jinx (Much Ado scene and MTEns number), Much Ado About Nothing (costume designer/costumer and Beatrice), The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (costume designer/costumer), Legally Blonde (makeup crew), A Cappella Choir, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Fools on the Hill (actor and director), Small Packages (actor and director), 24 Hour Play Festival (assistant stage manager and actor), Eager Heart (house manager and Eager Sense), and Acts of Consequence (run crew for Shane Schrag’s senior recital).

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:52:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Zoe Rea's Senior Recital (Music)]]> Zoe ReaZoe Rea, a senior at Southwestern College, will be putting on a senior recital to conclude her career at Southwestern College. The theme for her program will be "Moving Forward" and Miss Rea will be singing, acting, playing piano, directing, and dancing. The recital will be featuring selections from Camelot, RENT, Ghost the Musical, Next to Normal by Christina Perri, and many more selections will be performed.  Miss Rea has been involved with every single show here since her freshman year, including being Elle Woods in Legally Blonde this spring. She’s been involved in orchestra, choir, MTens, SC singers and worship outreach where she’s been music leader for the team Selah. She has received two Irene Ryan nominations that she took to KCACTF.

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform April 24th (South Kansas Symphony)]]>         The South Kansas Symphony will perform "Prairie Potential," its final concert of the season, on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The performance has been generously sponsered by Dr. Gail Burden of Grene Vision Group.

        The orchestra will be performing Masacangni's Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'." The concert will also feature the winners of the 2016 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition, Thomas Mondry and Leslie Wofford. The symphony will accompany both concerto winners as they play movements from the Shostakovich's "Concerto No. 2" for piano and Mozart's "Concerto No. 1" for flute. The symphony is under the direction of Amber Peterson.

        Thomas Mondry

        Mondry is a junior at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita and has played piano for ten years. He currently studies with Timothy Shook, professor of music and division chair of performing arts at Southwestern College. Mondry previously studied with Sally Buxton. He placed first in the three-piece senior division of the Kansas Music Teachers' Association state festival in 2015, earning the honor to play for the Kansas Music Educators' Association conference. He has also competed in the Kansas State High School Activities Association high school festival for three years, twice earning a top rating at state. After high school, Mondry plans to study mechanical engineering and music.

        Leslie Wofford

        Leslie Wofford is a freshman at Southwestern College pursuing a bachelors of music in performance with an emphasis in flute. Shr currently studies with Rae Lynne Baker, principal flute of the South Kansas Symphony. Wofford is from Liberty Hill, Texas. She has been playing the flute since the sixth grade. In high school, Wofford was selected as a regional honor band mamber for four consecutive years. She also participated in Liberty Hill High School's concert and marching bands during high school. Wofford participated in the solo and ensemble festivals throughout high school, receiving a "I" rating on her solo during her junior yearand advancing to state level. She has also been an active participant in the Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College for four years. Wofford was privilaged to receive a scholarship each year to the camp. Wofford's experiences with the Cole Family Summer Music Festival led her to discover that music is her true passion.

        Aiden Wells, senior at Wichita East High School, and Caleb Renner, senior at Inman High School, will also be recognized during the program as Junior Division finalists in the 2016 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition. Additionally, Eva Farid, senior performance major at Southwestern College and violinist in th eSouth Kansas Symphony, will be recognized as a finalist for the Senior Division.

        Tickets for the concert are $8.

        "In recognition of our concerto comeptition winners, high school students will be admitted free to the performance," Peterson says.

         Southwestern College students, faculty and staff may also attend for free, although donations are always appreciated to support the symphony. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling (620) 229-6272.

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

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Butterfly Garden Installed Outside Beech Science Center (Green Team)]]> The Southwestern College Green Team has funded, designed, and planted a butterfly garden on the south side of the Beech Science Center at Southwestern College. The project was completed with financial backing and assistance from Southwestern College alumni Jason Speegle, Ken Kraus, Jonathan Leeper, Alex Gottlob, and the Rick and Sue (Kraus) Ferree family.
Butterfly Garden
The butterfly garden will serve several functions, according to Gottlob.

“The idea of bringing this butterfly garden to SC is two-fold,” Gottlob says.  “First, this will be a benefit to the plants and animals, specifically pollinators like bees and butterflies.  Secondly it will serve as a site for education and awareness for all students in the area to learn about pollinators and butterflies. We hope all visitors including professors and their students can benefit from having this as a learning site.”  
According to Kraus, it has been a great experience for Green Team members and community volunteers who have helped.  

“Local volunteers found it rewarding to have the opportunity to work side by side with the Green Team students, including former SC president Carl Martin,” Kraus says.

“There are no set plants or criteria for butterfly gardens other than that they attract butterflies. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to utilize plants that can serve both as a food source but also as a host to eggs and larvae. Butterfly gardens are not new but in the last several years there has been an increase in participation to construct these gardens as Monarch and other insect populations are at risk,” Gottlob says.  

“In our minds, pollinator and butterfly areas are a more sustainable way to garden and more of these gardens are needed due to the decline of pollinators and human food sources being at risk,” Gottlob says.  

Gottlob is using and utilizing plants that will bloom and flower throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons and create pollen as well as food sources for insects as they migrate through or as they live in the garden and generate offspring.

“We came out last fall and replaced all the soil with a mixture of top soil and composted manure which allowed us to more naturally increase the soil structure making it more desirable for a lot of these plants,” Gottlob says.  “Since we chose to plant some plants by using established plants and some by seed, immediately there will be flowers to see and soon there will be butterflies and bees coming to those flowers.  Other plants that we have planted such as purple prairie clover, zinnias, Sunflowers, and a variety of milkweeds will establish themselves throughout the year all while becoming more numerous in years to come by self-seeding.  It is a slow process but one that in the end will create an environment that is self-sustaining and won’t require a lot of maintenance.”

This group hopes that this garden will provide a model for creating more natural habitat on the Southwestern College campus and in the community. Members also would like to raise money to put up interactive signage about pollinators in the garden.  If you would like to help, please contact the institutional advancement office at Southwestern College at (620) 229-6279.  For questions about butterfly gardens or how to plant one, call Alex Gottlob with Gottlob Lawn and Landscape Nursery and Garden Center at (620) 222-8870.


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:33:44 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews (General)]]> Southwestern College will inaugurate Bradley J Andrews as its 19th president on Thursday, April 14.  

The inauguration ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  A large crowd is anticipated and will include Southwestern College Board of Trustees members, the Southwestern College administrative council, Great Plains United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones, former Southwestern College presidents, deans and faculty, and delegates representing colleges and universities throughout the state. 

The invocation will be given by Bishop Richard Wilke, bishop in residence at Southwestern followed by remarks from Dr. David Smith, Southwestern College Board of Trustees chair; Trisha Andrews, wife of Brad Andrews, and Greg Campbell, retired president of Carthage College (Wisc.); and the inaugural address from Brad Andrews.  

A reception will follow at 5:15 p.m. in Deets Library. 

The inauguration ceremony is open to the public.  The parking lots on the south and north side of Christy Administration Building will be reserved for those individuals who have already been issued parking passes.  Golf cart service will be available for persons with mobility issues.

Inauguration day also will include a 10 a.m. dedication of presidential pavers and a tree planting at the Cole Mound Plaza located at the bottom of the 77 Steps. First Lady Trish Andrews will be honored at a noon reception Friday, April 15, in Deets Library, and “Quiet,” an exhibit of photographs by Trish Andrews, will be displayed in the library from Tuesday to Sunday. 

In addition to the inauguration ceremony itself, two events are of special interest to community members and friends of the college: First, all are invited to write a message on the “Wall of Well Wishes” on Tuesday in Deets Library or on Wednesday in the Christy Administration Building lobby.  Second, community members are encouraged to attend Wednesday chapel service at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Speaker at chapel will be Lauren Hansen, director for alumni and parent programs at Carthage College.

Phil Jarvis ’64, Mary Jarvis ’87, and Cory Helmer ’99, are members of the presidential inauguration committee.  In addition to faculty, staff, and students, they represented the community and alumni on the committee.  


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:13:22 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Frederick Named SC Interim Provost (General)]]> Tracy Frederick, professor of communication at Southwestern College, will become interim provost of the college July 1 when Andy Sheppard leaves that post to become a college president in Georgia.  She will serve in this top academic position during a national search for a permanent provost. 

“Dr. Frederick is a capable and experienced faculty member who will be able to help us through a scheduled accreditation as well as giving us time to do a full national search,” says President Brad Andrews. 

Frederick has been on the faculty since 1998 and has served in all offices (including chair) of the Faculty Senate. She was a member of the General Education Task Force which restructured the general education program, and has served on every faculty committee. In addition, Frederick is a respected academician who has published consistently and presented at numerous conferences. 

The search for a permanent provost will follow the model set in a recent successful search for a new athletic director, President Andrews adds. A search committee (made up primarily of faculty) will invite applications on a national scale, then identify three or four finalists. The finalists will be made available to meet the community on campus and Andrews will choose the person he describes as his right-hand partner in leading the college.

The president expects the comfortable time frame will attract top candidates while giving the college experienced leadership as it completes an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in 2017. 

“I am confident we will have strong interest in this position, and I am comforted to know that we have a very strong academic affairs leadership team of deans and division chairs to work with Dr. Frederick and ultimately with the new provost,” he adds.


Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:07:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Annual Fundraiser is Sunday, April 10 (South Kansas Symphony)]]>            The South Kansas Symphony's annual fundraising event will be held Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m., at The Barns at Timber Creek which is located at 14704 91st Road in Winfield.

           Symphony musicians will perform chamber music while patrons enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction. Performers will include Southwestern College's Williams String Quartet (Eva Farid, Ashton Humbert, Brandon Pew, and Troy Fort), students Deborah Martin and Leslie Wofford, and community musicians Rae Lynne Baker, Dianna Thompson, Hunter Rockhill, Alex Cartwright, Clyde Vasey, and Jayme Hayes. The symphony's conductor, Amber Peterson, will also be a soloist on Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in a performance Southwestern College music students. This event is generously sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan.

           Tickets for the event are $50, with $25 of this amount being tax deductible. Seating is very limited and reservations must be made in advance. For reservations call Linda Newby at (620)-221-6216.

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

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:00:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team has been crowned regional champions, as they competed in Atlanta, Ga., regional competition March 30-April 2.  They have earned the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis May 15-18.

Enactus Reg. Champs“This is the second year the SC Enactus team has been in existence and to move on to the National Expo is a big deal.  We couldn't do it without our very dedicated team of students and advisors,” says Patrick Lee, Southwestern College Enactus team advisor.

Lee adds that the Enactus regional and national events aren't just about competition, but they also are about network and career development with students interacting with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, CVS, Avis Budget Group, and many more. Students have a chance to network with representatives from companies and earn internships or jobs at these events.

“Raul Martinez made a networking contact with Dexter Mack, a representative from Mondelez International (they make Oreos and other snacks).  Mr. Mack is going to try to get Raul an internship this summer in Houston,” Lee says.  “Another student randomly sat next to someone at lunch who happened to be from a company that the student had applied to on the West Coast.  They exchanged information and although this student has several other career opportunities, this contact expands his network greatly.”

Team members include: Alison Orbaun, Arbuckle, Calif.; Chase Carr, Bixby, Okla.; Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jeffrey Shannon, Arkansas City; Julia Taylor, Murrieta, Calif.; Julianna Smarsh, Colwich; Chelsea Broyles, Glencoe, Okla.; Michelle VanGieson, Norwich; Tyler Crandall and Aniefiok Ukim, Winfield; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Nolan Smith, Mulvane; Jacqueline Erlanson, Leander, Texas; and Monica Gamez and Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas.  Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business, and James McEwen, internship coordinator, also serve as advisors for the team.

The team will be looking to advance through nationals to be the United States representative at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto.

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:42:20 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Scott Hartley Art Glass on Display at Southwestern April 12-21 (General)]]> Scott Hartley, owner of Infinity Art Glass in Benton, will be inducted into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16.  Several of his glass creations will be on display in the President’s Art Gallery, located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center, beginning at noon on April 12 and concluding at noon on April 21. The gallery will be open to the public; gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or by appointment through SC security.  

Hartley was a bit perplexed when he got the letter indicating he had been selected for a hall of fame at Southwestern.

“When I was at Southwestern College, I played basketball and dreamed of being good enough to make it into the hall of fame in this school that I loved,” Hartley says. “I always thought to myself what an honor that would be to celebrate all that I had accomplished and worked so hard to achieve.  When I received the letter saying that I was being inducted into the hall of fame, I thought to myself, ‘I didn't think I was good enough to make it into the sports hall of fame.’”

Along with playing basketball at Southwestern, Hartley was active in the science and education departments.  

“I had trouble wrapping my mind around that fact that I deserved this sort of prestigious recognition,” Hartley recalls.  “I loved my school and just really wasn't sure how to take this all in.  I blew glass the next few days and soaked myself into my work (glass making is a meditation of sorts, it requires total concentration and being in the moment at all times).  After a couple days in the studio, I realized what an honor this truly is.  It's not an award for something I did years ago; it's not recognition for something I no longer do; this induction recognizes my life's work.  It validates what I do now and will continue to do throughout my life.”
Hartley Glass
Glass, as Hartley states, is an amazing medium.  He starts with the rawest of materials when it comes to creating each piece of work. Hartley mixes sand, soda ash, borax, and many other chemicals together to create a raw batch of materials that is shoveled into the glass blowing furnace at 2,000 degrees.  This mixture of raw chemicals, heated for 24 hours, becomes molten glass that Hartley is able to create and form into unique pieces of artwork.  Each piece is created individually, by hand, on the end of a blowpipe.  There are no molds used to shape the glass into its final presence; the glass is sculpted free form on the end of the pipe.  

“It is a dance of sorts, a merger of what the glass will allow and what I physically can make it do,” Hartley says.  “The glass itself is in constant motion and is on the brink of catastrophe the entire time.  It would just as soon end up in a pile on the floor as finish as a work of art.  My job is to control this catastrophe and remain on that edge of disaster to allow the hot glass to move fluidly without struggle to cool and rest in a place of beauty as it becomes ridged and holds that shape.”

Hartley graduated from Andover High School in 1993 and from Southwestern College in 1997 with a degree in biology education.  He taught high school biology and physical science in Wichita. Science was a love, but art was always a passion in his life. The students always appreciated his science artwork on the board during labs and discussions, and he incorporated art into his lessons whenever possible. Somehow, he says, this wasn’t quite enough.  

In 1999, an opportunity arose to pursue art full-time, which changed the course of his life entirely. Even though he had never blown glass, watching molten glass being manipulated one time left him spellbound. 

In 2003 Hartley opened Infinity Art Glass, his own glassblowing studio and gallery in Benton. His work is now displayed in more than 100 galleries as well as in museums and private collections around the world. He has won many “Best of Show” awards at fine art shows around the country, and he continues to be recognized nationally as a standout in his field. Hartley prides himself on creating custom artwork that not only resonates with the client but also with himself.  To view his work, go to 

Hartley’s creations come from inspiration he gets every day from his family.  He married his high school sweetheart, Gwen, and they have three children: Cal (17), Claire (14), and Lola (9).  

“My family is slightly different than the ‘typical’ family,” Hartley says.  “Cal reminds me so much of myself when I was growing up except he does everything better than I ever did.  He is an outstanding basketball player, 4.0 student, a brilliant mind, and just an unbelievable leader and caring individual.  My two girls have a rare genetic disorder called microcephaly.  They will probably never walk, talk, or function in normal society, yet they have had more of an impact in their short lives so far than I probably ever will in my entire life.  I have never met such dynamic souls and innocent children.  I am continually amazed by the impact of all of my children and how much of a difference they make in this world.  My artwork is influenced greatly by my wife and my kids.  To make something even close to as beautiful as their lives is an unattainable goal.  I strive to get as close as possible.”

Hartley has continued his love for teaching by conducting school tours, field trips, and educational demonstrations of his glassblowing. He hopes his own example of pursing art inspires others to follow their passion in life.

The Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebration will be on Saturday, April 16.  The celebration will begin with a brunch at 9 a.m. (cost is $15, seating is limited, and RSVPs are necessary) on the Callison Stage of the Richardson Performing Arts Center followed at 10 a.m. with the induction ceremony which is open seating with no reservation needed. 

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


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:26:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leading Scholar in Current Methodism to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (General)]]> Kevin Watson, assistant professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler Divinity School of Emory University, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the lecture is “No Holiness but Social Holiness: Small Group Formation in Early Methodist Theology and Practice.”

Watson is a leading scholar in current Methodism. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Southern Methodist University. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and a John Wesley Fellow. 

Watson is the author of many important works including “A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living” and “The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience.”

Last year he was invited to speak to the Council of Bishops about the importance of reclaiming the practice of small groups to the renewal and revitalization of the United Methodist Church.

“Dr. Watson’s scholarship on Wesley’s small groups is an important influence in United Methodism,” says Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion at Southwestern. “Our students and community will benefit greatly from hearing his ideas on Wesleyan discipleship.”

The Parkhurst Lecture is one of three annual endowed lectures hosted by the philosophy and religion department of the social sciences division at Southwestern College. This lecture focuses on Biblical studies. 

For more information contact Lashier at (620) 229-6066.

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:15:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences at Southwestern College (General)]]> Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 15, in Deets Library on the college’s campus.  

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  Cost of the dinner is $20, seating is limited, and RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

The inductees include:
•    Barbara Johnson Isely '64 had a career as a public school orchestra teacher and sociologist at Oregon State University, then in 1999 was invited to lead choirs for children in Vellore, India, where she was teaching sociology in the community health department. In Sri Lanka, she created teacher training for use of music with young children traumatized by war and tsunami, and she led workshops for the Ceylon Bible Society for children and youth excluded from competitive choirs.  Her focus is on how to include and expand the skills of all persons, rather than exclude the seemingly less talented.
•    Randy E. Eshelman ’07/’09 joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and served in conflicts in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. Following retirement from the Army in 2007, Eshelman began working for United States Strategic Command. His duties included developing satellite communications policy and directing the international affairs department in negotiating and managing government-to-government agreements between the U.S. and partner nations. In 2012, Randy led the U.S. delegation that negotiated a six-nation agreement resulting in the largest cooperative agreement for a space-based capability ever achieved by the U.S. Eshelman left government service in 2015 to become chief operating officer for Food Dreams Made Real (FDMR), a start-up focused on Asian food product development. Under its brand “Suji’s Korean Cuisine,” FDMR was named among Top 5 Meals of 2015 by food industry magazine “Prepared Foods.”
•    Mabel Madeline Southard, an 1899 Southwestern graduate, became a preacher and evangelist in her teens. With an A.B. from Southwestern College and an M.A. from Garrett Biblical Institute, she worked for ecclesial suffrage, serving as a delegate to the General Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1920 and 1924. After a brief stint with prohibitionist Carry Nation (including the famous Topeka saloon smashing raid in in 1901), she lectured briefly for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) circuit before settling in on a life of itinerant preaching and evangelism. Her career extended to the Philippines and India, and she founded an organization for women ministers. She lived to be 90, maintaining a personal diary from the time she was 14 years old. 


Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:14:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Legally Blonde’ on Richardson Stage (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College will present Heather Hach’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

The show is directed by Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults.

Legally Blonde PosterThe play is musical comedy full of dancing, colorful sets and costumes, jokes, and sentiment, participants say. The story follows Elle Woods as she takes on Harvard in spite of the difficulty and stereotypes that await her.

Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern, has been a major contributor to the show.

“I hope that the vocals can help propel the story and characters throughout the show,” Winnie says. “Even more so, I hope the audience can hear the continued vocal development and growth in the musical theatre program and the cast members. This show represents the ‘new normal’ in musical theatre featuring extreme belt ranges and vocal stamina.” 

Britany Morgan, technical director and costume designer, is responsible for the look of the show.

“My goal is to make every character unique and memorable. Whether they are onstage for a few seconds or a few scenes, I want everyone in the show have their own personal look for their characters,” Morgan says.

And Morgan is working behind the scenes as well as on the stage.

“The biggest challenge I face is really balancing my schedule,” she explains. “Since I'm involved in multiple elements of the show it gets a bit tricky. As a technical director, I mentor and guide the designers in their process; as a costume designer, I make everything look flawless and ready for the performance; as a performer, I embody my character and ready myself for opening night.”

Scenic designer John Rohr also has put tremendous effort into a project. “Legally Blonde is a special musical to me. It is very powerful and has a lot of potential to speak truthful, meaningful messages to its audiences,” he says. “In the design, I was really searching for that ‘truth’ or ‘veritas,’ which is written on the Harvard flag.”

Rohr worked hard to find a way to keeping the set open, yet new and engaging, and showing the multiple locations the audience goes with Elle Woods.

“So much of the show is influenced by knowledge and education, so the institutions we find ourselves at with Elle play a big role in the action and feel. It has been a monster of a show to undertake, but so very rewarding,” he adds.

In spite of the hard work, everyone is enthusiastic about what audiences have in store for them. Morgan explains that this show “is about what anyone can do if they don't limit themselves. People should walk away feeling that nothing is impossible. I know it sounds cliché, but it's an important message to hear and I hope our audience does feel that way when they see the show.”

Winnie believes that the show “really encapsulates the notion of breaking down stereotypes, and being true to oneself. In the face of judgment we can lose ourselves, which slowly breaks down our self-confidence and self-worth. This story showcases that when we are truly authentic and vulnerable, we celebrate our uniqueness and fuel our passion.”

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews During Founders Weekend (General)]]> The inauguration of Southwestern College President Brad Andrews will highlight a busy Founders Weekend at Southwestern College Thursday through Sunday, April 14-17.  

The inauguration ceremony will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  A reception will follow at 5:15 p.m. in Deets Library. Inauguration day also will include a 10 a.m. dedication of presidential pavers and a tree planting at the Cole Mound Plaza located at the bottom of the 77 Steps. First Lady Trish Andrews will be honored at a noon reception Friday, April 15, in Deets Library, and an exhibit of photographs by Trish Andrews will be available in the library from Tuesday through Sunday. 

Founders Weekend will also see four Southwestern College halls of fame open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, and Educators Halls of Fame.

The festivities will begin on April 11 when an art glass exhibit, presented by 1997 graduate Scott Hartley, will be displayed in the Presidents Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts building.  The title of the exhibit is “Where Glass Meets Science.”  The exhibit will show through April 21.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 6:45. The cost is $20, limited seating is available, and RSVP is necessary.

On Saturday, April 16, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will begin on the Callison Stage in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. (cost is $15, limited seating, and RSVP necessary).  The induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center, and is open to the public with no reservations needed.  

 A luncheon will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library at noon, with the induction ceremony to begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  The cost is $15, seating is limited, and RSVP is needed.

At 3:30 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin. There is no charge but to ensure adequate seating, RSVP is appreciated.

At 8 p.m., John McCutcheon will perform with the South Kansas Symphony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The concert is sponsored by the Walnut Valley Festival. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for alumni, and $10 for children of alumni. For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

The weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, April 17, with the Southwestern College Spring Choral Concert at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door. 

Other events include:

  • Tuesday, April 12—writing on the Wall of Well Wishes in the Java Jinx and Deets Library.  Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff along with community members are invited to write messages or simply sign the wall.
  • Friday, April 15—Jacob Goodson, associate professor of philosophy at SC, will have a book presentation at 2 p.m. in Deets Library. The presentation is titled “Why Do We Need the Virtues for Reading Scripture?” and copies of Goodson’s book, “Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues,” will be available for signing.  

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

  • Leaders in Service: Randy Eshelman ’07/’09, Barbara (Johnson) Isely, ’64, and Madeline Southard (deceased), class of 1899.
  • Fine Arts: Scott Hartley ’97, Timothy Myers’00, and Brandon Smith ’98.
  • Business: Todd Conklin ’84, Bruce DeHaven ’70, and Benjamin Harrison ’12.  Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2016 is Galaxy Technologies.
  • Educators: Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74, Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63, and Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 (deceased). McNeish Special Education Award—Danielle Shioyama ’10/’14. 

Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.  Electronic viewing of the halls may be found at  

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

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:56:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[John McCutcheon to Perform at Southwestern College (General)]]> Walnut Valley Festival favorite John McCutcheon will perform with the South Kansas Symphony in Winfield Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for alumni, and $10 for children of alumni.  RPAC is located in the lobby of the Christy Administration Building.

McCutcheon has emerged as one of the nation’s most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced more than 20 albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

The South Kansas Symphony, conducted by Amber Peterson, will be a featured guest of John McCutcheon. South Kansas Symphony is a full orchestra made up of Southwestern College students, faculty, and alumni, as well as players from many surrounding communities in Kansas. This concert will be the symphony's second performance featuring bluegrass music this season.  The first one was on March 6 as they performed with Milltown, a progressive bluegrass band from the Quad Cities area.

For tickets or for more information about the concert, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at SC, at (620) 229-6141 or purchase online at  



Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:16:17 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame to Induct New Members (General)]]> The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 16, in Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.

Entering the Educators Hall of Fame are Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74, Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63, and Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 (deceased).  The McNeish Special Education Award will be presented to Danielle Shioyama ’10/’14.  There is no charge to attend but to ensure adequate seating, RSVP is appreciated.

The ceremony is a part of Founders Weekend April 14-17.

New Educators Hall of Fame members include:
•    Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74 first taught in a student teaching program that prepared students to work in inner-city schools, an indicator that in her future career she would be dedicated to disadvantaged students. She began in New Orleans where she taught English to inner-city high school students, most from project housing. Delcarpio was then assigned to a school for teen-aged expectant mothers.  In this placement, she learned to work around enrollment issues, doctor appointments, and deliveries. In 1979 she transferred to a small rural public high school, where nearly all of the students lived in poverty. With no money for extra-curricular activities, she raised funds for an annual senior play by holding dinner theatres. After retirement in 2007, she continued her role in education as an adjunct college instructor and as a volunteer adult ESL and citizenship instructor for immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens.

•    Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63 grew up on her parents’ Kansas farm near Hugoton. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College, she earned a master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1983. Metcalf completed 27 years as a family and consumer science teacher at Hugoton Middle School, retiring in 1999. In addition to being a teacher, she is committed to service.  As she taught, Metcalf served on the Stevens County Extension Council board for 13 years and received the Kansas Friend of Extension Award in 1998. She was instrumental in bringing public television to the 16 counties of Southwest Kansas in 1990, and has served on the Smoky Hills Public Television board since 2008. Metcalf also served six years on the board of directors that organized the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program. She is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

•    Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 began his teaching career in Fredonia.  In 1959, Nispel began teaching business at Horace Mann USD 259 (Wichita) where he became a vice principal in 1965. In 1967, he was named assistant budget director for USD 259.  Eventually, he was promoted to executive director of financial services/district treasurer.  When Nispel retired in 1991, he received the Kansas Association of School Business Officials Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest award presented to an individual.  Though Nispel was considered one of the top three experts on school finance in the state of Kansas during his three decades as a teacher and administrator in USD 259 (Wichita), he remained a teacher at heart, explaining complicated issues in a simple, understandable way.

The 2016 Marilyn McNeish Special Education award winner is Danielle Shioyama.  She is the High Needs Interrelated Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Arkansas City, where she works with students with challenging behaviors and learning difficulties. 

After graduating from Drury College, Shioyama taught fifth grade for six years while earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Southwestern College in 2010.  Shioyama has extensive experience and training in special education, including the completion of her master’s degree in special education at Southwestern in 2014, participation in Tertiary Behavior Supports Team training and data collection through TASN, and training in the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to phonics. She is often asked to be a part of district trainings and in-service meetings. She presents, or co-presents, to USD 470 and Cowley County Special Education Service staff on topics such positive behavior supports, visual supports, and challenging behaviors. 

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


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:58:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Inauguration of President Bradley J Andrews (Alumni News)]]> Formal Inauguration Ceremonies for President Bradley J Andrews will take place at 4 p.m. on April 14, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Overflow viewing is available at Messenger Hall, Java Jinx, and the Campus Life office.

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:02:46 -0600 (Southwestern College)