Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Wireless Access Coverage update! (Information Technology)]]> We have completed the installation of additional wireless access points in Cole, Wallingford and Darbeth North!  Those areas should now have a wider area of coverage for wireless connections.  We continue to keep track, through our helpdesk, of calls and requests for better wireless access and will add to the project as needed.  So, please continue to call the helpdesk if you have any connectivity issues!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Small Packages: Auditions (Theatre Arts)]]> This year's student directors are ready for you to audition for Small Packages! Small Packages are 10-minute scenes directed by five current SC students and will be performed on December 3rd.


All auditions will be in the Little Theatre and are at the following times:

Wednesday, October 26th @ 5pm

Wednesday, October 26th @ 10pm

Thursday, October 27th @ 10pm


No acting experience is required! This is a fun time to discover new skills and to have fun with other classmates. Any questions-contact Roger Moon at

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:51 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Community Show (Theatre Arts)]]> 9 Lives Creature Featre

Join us this Saturday when the 9 LIVES Improv Comedy Troupe presents: CREATURE FEATURE Comunity Show at 7:00pm in Messenger Recital Hall.

Admission is free for everyone, and so is the candy! Costumes are optional, but definitely encouraged!

If you have any questions, please call 620.229.6328.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kendra Weddle Irons to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (General)]]> Kendra Weddle Irons, associate professor of religion and humanities at Texas Wesleyan University, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall on the SC campus.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.   Additionally, at 7 p.m., inside Grace United Methodist Church, Southwestern will host a panel on women in ministry featuring Irons and several area women clergy.

The title of the lecture is “M. Madeline Southard: From the Plains to the Pulpit and Beyond.”

“Dr. Irons is the foremost scholar on Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna who was a pioneer for women clergy,” says Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion at Southwestern College.  “Her speeches and writings in the early twentieth century were instrumental to the struggle for the full ordination rights of women finally recognized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1956. Dr. Irons presence on our campus offers our Builder community the chance to remember and honor the significant work and contributions of one of our own.”

Irons holds a Ph.D in religion from Baylor University and a master of arts degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous monographs, including most recently, “If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All You are Meant to Be” (Chalice Press, 2015). Her first book—“Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956” (University Press of American, 2007)—examines United Methodist women who preached in Kansas prior to 1956 and includes two chapters dedicated to M. Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna.

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, 17 Oct 2016 15:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame (General)]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Charles Hunter, Winfield; Gerald “Eddie” Weigle, Burden; and Arthur Hertzler (deceased). The hall of fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal.  
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“The legacy of Southwestern College’s natural science program has been in place for over 100 years, as is evidenced by the induction of this year’s notable alumni,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern. “Dr. Arthur Hertzler, class of 1896, was a man ahead of his time in the field of medicine, and the education background he received at Southwestern undoubtedly was a part of that success.  The other two 2016 inductees bear witness to the fact that this legacy remains as strong as ever.  It is truly an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work.”

Inductees include:
•    K. Charles “Charlie” Hunter ’67 turned his fascination with invertebrate animals and his love for teaching into a 42-year career on the Southwestern College faculty. He returned to the college as a sabbatical replacement in 1974 after earning his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, but plans for a short stay changed when he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and the quality and character of SC students. During this time, he fostered undergraduate research and designed a number of courses that continued to be taught at SC, including his favorite, Animal Physiology. He was the driving force behind SC’s marine biology program and for 16 summers taught students (including Moundbuilders) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Hunter’s awards included several SGA Faculty Citations, the Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award, and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award.

•    Gerald E. Weigle II ’93 received undergraduate degrees in both biology/chemistry and physics from Southwestern and a master’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University before going to work for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. While at SwRI he worked on software for numerous NASA spacecraft missions, including Deep Impact, Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), and the Curiosity Rover (Mars). Weigle took on leadership of several of the project: On the Pluto project he was lead engineer for operations, and he was software project manager for the Curiosity Rover. He left SwRI in 2013 to move home to Burden, Kan., where he formed Big Head Endian LLC. The professional engineering and software firm continues to work on the projects Weigle had at SwRI, in addition to new mission work. 

•    Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896, was known as the “Horse and Buggy Doctor” and brought health care to Kansas which rivaled that found anywhere at the time.  Having received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Hertzler continued with three years of intensive medical study in Berlin before returning to Kansas.  His reputation for diagnosis and treatment was well known and physicians from a wide area consulted with him.  Hertzler had been offered a position as Professor of Anatomy at Northwestern, but chose instead to establish the Halstead (Kan.) Hospital in 1902.  During that same year, he accepted a position to teach pathology, histology, surgery, and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, although he still held office hours two days a week in Halstead.  In 1946, after more than 50 years of 18-hour days, Hertzler retired.  The legacy of this outstanding Kansas country doctor lives on through the Hertzler Research Foundation, Agnes Hertzler Memorial Clinic, Kansas Health Museum, and Halstead Hospital. 

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

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:49:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Join Forces for Community Kids (General)]]> Southwestern College students participated in a Homecoming service project on Sunday, Oct. 2.  The event was planned and hosted by Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship, and Green Team Southwestern.  A total of 331 SC students filled 1,500 bags for the Backpack for Kids program.

The bags included 11 non-perishable food items, two athletic passes for SC events, and a hand-written note from an SC students on a postcard. The handwritten postHC Service Learningcards were printed on recycled paper donated by Jason Speegle and the Green Team.

The backpack food programs provide a bag of non-perishable food to children when school meal programs are unavailable.  Students from Winfield, Arkansas City, and Wellington who have been identified as living in food insecure homes will receive the bags. 

USD 465 Superintendent J.K Campbell says that this project will help a lot of area youth. 

“Southwestern College student's service learning project will have a major impact on food insecure children,” Campbell says. “Their efforts will provide over 120 children with weekend food backpacks for a significant period of time - aiding in their ability to focus and learn, and providing much needed food security to the children served through this vital program.”

“I love that the SC experience is about the whole person,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We challenge students to contribute to their community through their knowledge and talent. Southwestern balances expertise with experience for students. Having a school-wide service project as a kick-off to Homecoming is a great example of that. My favorite part is walking around listening to students reflect on the service.”

Financial donors include: Wal-Mart in Winfield, Arkansas City, and Wellington; First United Methodist Church in Winfield; and Southwestern College service learning, athletics, student life, and performing arts.  

“Being a Builder is about being dedicated to things that are bigger than yourself,” Speegle says.  “On Sunday, we were able to join forces and make a real, tangible impact on hunger in our community. Seeing over 300 SC students serving together makes me proud to be a Builder.”


Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:37:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern Top-Tier in US News Colleges (General)]]> Southwestern College has been named a Tier One college in the 2017 “U.S.News and World Report Best Colleges” annual ranking of the nation’s colleges and universities. The college’s Professional Studies program also has been recognized in the Best Colleges report for its online bachelor’s degree programs, online graduate business program, and online graduate education programs.

This is another indication of the great quality and value of a Southwestern College education,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “I am so proud of the high quality education our faculty provide to each student.”

Andrews says there is a direct correlation between the rankings and the large freshman class at Southwestern.  Enrollment numbers become official after the 20th day of classes.  SC’s freshman class has 182 students, the second largest class in more than 40 years.  SC also welcomed 54 transfer students to campus. 

"The size of this year's new student class is a clear indication that students and their families realize the quality and value of a Southwestern College education," Andrews says. 

Southwestern is categorized as a “Midwest Regional University.” The region is made up of colleges and universities from Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois. “U.S. News and World Report” defines regional universities as schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs but few doctoral programs.  

Southwestern College and other regional universities are compared to and ranked against their peer group in the surrounding geographical location because they tend to draw students primarily from surrounding states, according to “U.S. News & World Report.” Other regions in the publication included the North, South, and West.


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:31:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Love Letters’ On Stage Oct. 8 at Southwestern College (Theatre Arts)]]> “Love Letters,” A. R. Gurney’s play about lifelong love and friendship, will return to the Southwestern College stage for one night during the SC Homecoming weekend.  The production will be presented Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building. 

Gurney’s 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which two readers share the correspondence of ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ was performed in a memorable homecoming production in 1994 by then-SC President Carl Martin and first lady Mary Lou Martin. 

Carl and Mary Lou 1995For the upcoming production SC theatre professor Roger Moon, who also directed the ’94 production, has gathered a cast of 30 actors ranging from current SC freshmen theatre majors to Campus Player alumni who graduated 60 years ago.  The 15 couples will play ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ two friends in the play who corresponded by letters for 50 years of their lives.

SC freshmen will begin reading the letters of ‘Andy and ‘Melissa’ written when they were six years old, followed by current senior Campus Player theatre majors, then recent Campus Player alumni of the class of 2006 and ’01, and ’96, will read the love letters old ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa’ as they continue through their early years and on into their lives.  Alumni from classes ending in ’01 and ’06 or adjacent years will continue, in tag-team fashion, to read the letters of ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ ending with the last letters read by SC Campus Player alumni of the class of 1956. 

Tickets for “Love Letters” are $12 for adults and $6 for students.  Tickets are general admission, but may be reserved at, or by calling (620) 221-7720 or the SC performing arts office at (620) 229-6272.  Tickets will also be sold at the box office in the Christy Administration Building immediately before the performance. Proceeds from the performance will support the SC theatre department TOMARI Technical Theatre Arts Center, and be used toward addition of a new shop for set construction.   

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Open House is Oct. 6 (General)]]> The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College’s JourneyKids Choir will host an open house and rehearsal Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

The theme of the open house is “The Singing Games,” and students will have the opportunity to learn new songs and musical games with their peers.

“Open houses are a wonderful opportunity for students and families to attend a rehearsal, experience our program, and have a little fun in the process,” says Dylan Moore, CMS director. 

The CMS JourneyKids Choir, which is for students grades 2-8, is a choral opportunity for students of all experience levels from south central Kansas and the Walnut Valley. The JourneyKids Choir will have a final enrollment following the open house, which will be the last time for students to join the group for the fall 2016 semester. The group’s culminating fall performance will be at Winterfest, held on Dec. 4 with the Southwestern College performing arts division in Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

Regular rehearsals are held in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $10 per month with a total cost of $40 per student. Partial need-based tuition scholarships are available.

“This open house will be a fun experience for children, teachers, and parents who enjoy music,” says director Nikki Kirk. “Everyone is encouraged to come and experience the joy of JourneyKids."

“We invite any students, parents, and teachers of the community for an informative and enlivening experience with our wonderful young singers,” Moore adds. 

For more information, interested individuals may contact Moore at (620) 229-6188 or by email at


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:47:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Work by Renowned Artist, SC Grad on Display Oct. 7-8 (General)]]> The artwork of Southwestern College alumnus Jerry Thomas will be on display in the President’s Art Gallery during Homecoming 2016.  Thomas is a member of the class of 1981.

Jerry ThomasThomas’s lifelike depictions of the historical American West have garnered him wide acclaim.  His attention to detail and passion for accurately portraying his subjects is a hallmark of his images.

His artwork will be on display on Friday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The President’s Art Gallery is located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge.  

“We are honored to have Jerry’s artwork on display for Homecoming,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  “He will be at the Saturday (Oct. 8) performing arts reception in Darbeth Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for conversation and questions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with him and see some of his incredible paintings.”

Thomas grew up in Scott City, location of the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection built in 2010.  The gallery displays and exhibits his original artwork and Western historical collection.

Thomas’s artwork is collected and displayed worldwide and has been featured on book covers, magazine articles, television and radio documentaries, and talk shows.  Widely recognized for his passion and dedication in supporting and protecting important historic preservation and restoration projects, Thomas has worked to preserve valuable national landmarks and historic sites through his artwork.
His Native American paintings have benefited and honored the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Crow Reservations.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback also named him director of the initiative to design and build a museum at the El Cuartelejo National Historic Site.  

The SC graduate’s honors include the state-awarded “Kansas’ Finest,” and induction into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame.


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:46:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Internet is so SLOWWW! (Information Technology)]]> That is a complaint we hear a lot and we understand the frustration. There are more and more demands on the bandwidth and we can't seem to increase it quickly enough to keep up. We have ordered equipment and will be installing additional access points but in the interim, here are few things to keep in mind.
1) Make sure you are in the proper “lane”
Your SC provided laptops AND certain sites such as Blackboard, Self-Service and the Library Research Databases have the highest priority level on our bandwidth manager.  However, there are occasionally some computers that will misclassify on the network and are not routed to the correct "lane".  If you are using an SC laptop accessing standard information for work or school, and it is slow, please bring your laptop to the Helpdesk. They will look up your computer name and login information and work with the networking group to make sure it is categorized properly.
2) If you are in the proper lane and internet is still slow—let us know!
If you are on wireless, each access point has a limit on how much total bandwidth it can handle and when there are a lot of devices on the access point, it will slow down for everyone on it. We are taking steps to review and add wireless points as each gets congested. If you experience slowness, please let the helpdesk know where and when that happened and we will add that location to our review list—direct your email here:
3) Are you on your own device?
If you are on your own personal devices, we can't guarantee a high level of bandwidth. SC issued devices receive preference.
4) Streaming has limits
There is also a maximum total limit on streaming media on campus access points regardless of what device or login you are using.
The best thing to do is to email or call the helpdesk, (620) 229-6444, when you have a slow connection. 
Sharing information about your accessibility issue will help us troubleshoot and will be used as a data point for our continual evaluation of the locations and traffic types that might need enhancements.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award (General)]]> A Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

Patrick Lee 40 Under 40“It is an honor to be recognized as an accounting professional by accounting industry peers nationwide and internationally,” Lee says. “This honor not only affirms my values as a certified public accountant, but affirms my values of being an educator in a profession that is helping shape the next generation of CPAs right here at Southwestern College.” 

Lee also was invited to attend the Thought Leader Symposium Oct. 16 - 18 in Indianapolis, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. 

“When I was a practicing CPA, I read the ‘CPA Practice Advisor’ every month,” Lee adds. “It is a publication respected in the industry as a source of the latest and greatest in technology, methods, and tools in the accounting field. It is a bit shocking to think that six years later I would be included in such a prestigious list of young accountants. Our industry is not only recognizing accounting professionals who do this work every single day, but the educators who are as much a part of the industry as the accounting professionals themselves.”  

“CPA Practice Advisor” calls this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees “the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. They are all active in the professional community, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers. Many are also frequently seen at industry trade shows, such as AICPA PS/Tech and state CPA society events, giving seminars or participating in round table discussions on evolving practices and technologies.”

Of the 40 individuals recognized, three educators are on the list representing the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hartford (Barney School of Business), and Southwestern College.

“These young professionals are blazing a trail for their peers to follow, and are dedicated to enhancing firm management and client service through innovative technologies and workflow practices,” said editor-in-chief Gail Perry. "They are leading the way in firms of all sizes as the profession evolves to meet changing demands. We are proud to honor these professionals as 2016 '40 Under 40' Honorees.”


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:08:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Dean of Education Serves on Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force (General)]]> Southwestern College Dean of Education Cameron Carlson recently completed service on the Kansas Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on teacher vacancies and supply. Carlson began his appointment in April 2016, serving as the representative of teacher preparation programs at private colleges and universities.

The group’s final report was published Aug. 8.

“Southwestern College’s strong faculty, well-respected programs, and outstanding graduates– as well as Prof. Carlson’s great work in the field of teacher preparation made him an excellent choice to serve on the task force,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. 

Southwestern College offers a fully accredited education program which awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education. Many Southwestern graduates choose to stay and teach in Kansas.

“Alumni of our undergraduate and graduate education programs teach in classrooms across the state and are receiving recognition for their outstanding work as educators,” said Carlson. 

Brent Wolf, who received both bachelor’s and doctorate of education degrees from Southwestern, was named one of eight Kansas Teacher of the Year finalists on Sept. 10. The state-wide winner will be named in November.

“It seems only fitting that I give back to the communities, the schools, and the state that gave so much to me,” Wolf said. “Teaching in Kansas can be challenging, but I find that the challenge inspires me to be better and I’m hopeful that positive changes are coming.”  

In the task force’s final report the group outlined strategies for both recruiting and retaining educators in an effort to curb the growing shortage of teachers in Kansas. The group recommended that the State Board of Education makes increasing the recruitment and retention of teachers be top priority. Additionally, recommendations for immediate action were made to the state legislature, Kansas State Department of Education, school districts, public and private teacher preparation programs and members of Kansas education organizations. Strategic interventions to be launched over the course of the next four years were outlined.  

“It’s a point of pride for our program that many Southwestern graduates choose to serve in Kansas communities, but as outlined in the recommendations made in the final report of the task force, a lot of work remains to be done to improve the perception of teaching in Kansas as an attractive career,” Carlson said.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:59:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[University of Alberta Professor to Present Beck Lecture at Southwestern College (General)]]> Joseph R. Wiebe, assistant professor of religion at the University of Alberta, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Joe WiebeThe title of his lecture is “Christianity, Climate Change, and Life in the Anthropocene.”

Wiebe earned his M.T.S. from Duke University and his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada. He teaches religion and ecology with interests in communitarianism, imagination, and ethics. His first book, “Wendell Berry's Imagination in Place,” will be published by Baylor University Press in January 2017.

“In a presidential election year, I think the best way we can use the funds generously given to us by the Beck family is to find a topic within religion and science that also gets debated by the presidential candidates,” says Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College.  “Climate change seems to be such a topic in this presidential election cycle: The problem of climate change is agreed upon by the scientific community, religious conservatives question the science of climate change, and Democrats and Republicans line up either behind the scientists or the religious conservatives. Dr. Joseph Wiebe will help us navigate these complex and difficult questions that involve Christian theology, environmental ethics, policy formation, religious reasoning, and scientific inquiry.” 

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

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

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:19:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Alumni and Ambassadors to be Recognized (Homecoming)]]> The 2016 Ambassador Award, the Young Alumni Award, and the Alumni Recognition Award will be presented Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The honorees are Daniel Nutter, Brett Annis, and Vernon and Cindy (Batt) Goertz.  Patty (Houtz) Callison ’71 will be master of ceremonies. 

The SC Ambassador Award will be presented to Daniel Nutter, former Southwestern College librarian.  This award recognizes non-graduates of the college who have captured the Builder spirit and have served as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the community.  

Daniel Nutter’s tenure at Southwestern College spanned 18 years (1968 to 1986) and four institutional presidencies.  He was raised in the small rural community of Alcester, S.D., the youngest of three siblings. His father served as postmaster and his mother was a homemaker who also served as the first librarian of their town. 

Nutter graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with an undergraduate degree in speech and history, then accepted his first librarian position in Buna, Texas, before moving to Clarendon, Texas, where he met and married his wife, Elizabeth.  Nutter continued to advance in his professional career while completing his master of library science degree from North Texas State College. His early career included moves to Hamshire, Texas, and Marshall, Texas.  In August 1968 he became library director at Southwestern College. His assistants included Ruby Gary, Ralph Decker and Kathy (Hickman) Wilgers and with cooperative effort, they worked to build an exemplary collection of books and periodicals in bound and microfilm format.  

Nutter brought the first Xerox copier to the Southwestern College campus. He also introduced the college and community to interlibrary loans, utilizing such outlets as Cooperating Winfield Colleges, and the South Central Kansas Library System, groups helped to facilitate during their early years. In the late 1970s, Nutter introduced the college to the nationwide database Ohio College Library Center (OCLC).

Brett Annis ’06 will receive the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate who has made an outstanding commitment to the college through support, including attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students. 

Annis ’06/’10 grew up in the oil and gas industry in Ulysses, and continued in this field after graduation from Southwestern.  He worked at Williams/WPX Energy in Tulsa, Okla., for eight years then joined Continental Resources in Oklahoma City, where he had been for the last two years.  This September, Annis accepted a position as manager of Mid-Continental Region Business Development for Laclede Energy Resources in Oklahoma City.

At Southwestern, Annis excelled at basketball and track and field.  In basketball he was an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete 2003-2005, an All-KCAC Scholar Athlete 2002-2005, is a member of the 1,000-point club, ranks in the top five in assists and three-pointers made, and was a three-time member of the All-Defensive team in the KCAC.  In track and field, he was a national qualifier in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800, and part of four KCAC outdoor team championships.  His undergraduate degree is in business and computer information systems and a minor in math and he also earned his MBA at Southwestern. 

Annis now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Avery Jean (3) and Jayci Sue (1).

Vernon ’66 and Cindy (Batt) Goertz ’66/’92, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of their significant contributions to the college and community.  

The Goertzes received their diplomas from Southwestern more than four decades ago but they have been just as connected to Southwestern College as alumni as they were during their years as students. Both graduated from SC in 1966 with degrees in education and taught in the public schools for 37 years, most of that time in Winfield. Vernon and Cindy have made dozens of Southwestern College students feel at home in Winfield by serving as foster parents for football players (15 years), women’s basketball players (since 1997), and for international students (16 years).  These international students represent China, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Brazil. They open their home for host family/student picnics each year, as well as pumpkin carving fall cookouts for both the women’s basketball team and international students. 

Their involvement doesn’t include only time, though: Vernon coached the Moundbuilder football team’s offensive line for 22 years and Cindy was an adjunct education instructor for 24 years. They have provided scholarships for upper-class students, provided volunteer labor during remodeling of athletic offices, and fostered connections between SC students and the Winfield community by helping create and organize the Purple Pride evening in downtown Winfield. 

“Helping students feel they have a home away from home is important to both the parents and the students,” Cindy says. “We also want them to feel connected to our community and for the community to get to know the students as the fine young people we know.”

The Homecoming dinner will be held in the Southwestern College dining hall, which is located on the upper level of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Seating is limited and tickets are $25.  To make reservations, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:39:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Strohl to Speak to MBA Students (General)]]> Rod StrohlDallas consultant and author Rod Strohl will be the first distinguished guest speaker of a series being organized by MBA students at Southwestern College. Strohl’s talk will be at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Mossman Hall, room 101, and the public is invited to the free presentation.

Retired after 47 years in customer service with AT&T, Strohl will speak on the importance of relationships in today’s business world. He is currently writing a book, “Life Is All About Relationships.”

Strohl is a graduate of Southwestern College and earned a graduate degree in human resources from Ottawa University. During his career with AT&T he held various leadership roles throughout the Midwest and the Southwest. His honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men of America and Who’s Who in the Midwest. He was inducted into Southwestern College’s Business Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strohl is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

For more information, contact Debbie McAlister, MBA program director, at 620-229-6074. 

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture (General)]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Do We Really Need a President?”

“As we move towards the Nov. 8 presidential election, we need to consider a modest proposal: Given the turmoil caused by the historic unpopularity of both major party candidates, and given the difficulty of electing third-party candidates, are we forced to decide between two equally unpalatable choices?”  Barker says.  “Would it be more republican—more consistent with popular government and self-rule—not to have a president at all? In considering this modest proposal, we will return to Sept. 17, 1787; the hopes and fears of the Founders regarding the appropriate form of government for the newly-independent United States; and the executive branch as it is analyzed and defended by Alexander Hamilton.” 

 Dalene McDonald, Southwestern College librarian, has been instrumental in organizing the lecture and points out that it will be especially appropriate for first-time voters.

“Many SC students will be eligible to vote in a presidential election for the first time this fall.  As we prepare for the responsibility of electing our leaders, this is a good time to reflect on the Constitution,” McDonald says. 


Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:26:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Renowned Cancer Researcher to Lecture at SC (General)]]> Dr. William HahnThe H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation has arranged for Dr. William Hahn, from Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, to give 2 presentations about his research on Prostate Cancer and how our genome can guide clinical decision making.  Dr. Hahn’s objective is finding more effective ways to treat Prostate Cancer and the emphasis of the lab is to understand the clinical and functional consequences of DNA sequence variation.

The presentation will be on:

Title:                Genetics / Prostate Cancer
Date:               Thursday, September 15, 2016

Place & Time:  Southwestern College, Mossman Hall, Room 101 at 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm and is free to the public.

Place & Time:  Winfield Country Club; Social: at 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Dinner served at 6:30 pm and Dr. Hahn’s presentation approximately starting at 7:15 pm.
RSVP’s and your check are necessary by September 8, 2016.  Cost is $21.00 a person.  Please send RSVP and check to HLSMF, 1407 Wheat Road, Winfield, KS  67156.

Novel gene may present new target for prostate cancer drugs

More than a decade ago, Dr. Hahn created mouse models with tumors that require androgen to grow, meaning that they cannot grow in female or castrated mice, and whose tissue closely mimics that found in normal, healthy mice. With funding from the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his team used these models to study castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and identify the kinase proteins that allow androgen-dependent cells to form tumors in castrate animals.

Through genetic screening, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues identified NEK6 as a kinase—an enzyme that causes other molecules in a cell to become either active or inactive—that helps to turn off the p53 tumor suppressor gene and is required for the survival of CRPC tumors. They also discovered that NEK6 drives tumor growth when androgens are absent, suggesting that targeting this enzyme with small-molecule drugs may be an effective CRPC treatment. Dr. Hahn and his colleagues are currently preparing a manuscript for publication to highlight these findings.

Gene fusion affects chromatin formation to drive prostate tumor development

It remains unknown why the TMPRSS2/ERG gene fusion causes many of the genes associated with cancer cell growth and survival to become abnormally activated by testosterone in prostate cancer. This gene fusion, which is observed in more than 50 percent of prostate cancers, often indicates the presence of a highly aggressive form of the disease.

With support from the Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues have shown that this gene fusion affects the formation of chromatin—a condensed mass of DNA and proteins that forms chromosomes in a cell—and consequently drives prostate tumor development. Genes that remodel chromatin are often altered in cancer. As there are no existing treatments that specifically target the TMPRSS2/ERG fusion, Dr. Hahn’s preliminary findings provide an opportunity to develop therapeutics that effectively target TMPRSS2/ERG in prostate cancer.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Now Accepting Students (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College is now accepting students for the JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in Grades 2-7 in Winfield and the surrounding communities.

The group, now entering its second year, is made up of over twenty area students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Parkerfield, Oxford, Udall, and Burden.

“Students are encouraged to come for a fun-filled, group learning atmosphere, focused on musical exploration,” says Dylan Moore, director of the Community Music School.  “The group allows students the ability to sing out of specific repertoire from the elementary choral genre, which is not highly covered in the public schools.”

A focal point of the group will be the development of community, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and comradery.

The JourneyKids Choir has recently performed at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.

All experience levels are welcome, but an audition for voice placement, musical ability, and level of knowledge will be expected. This semester students will have the opportunity to perform for the community, as well as be a part of the annual Winterfest Concert at Southwestern College. Through this opportunity, students will be able to sing with collegiate students and adults in the community, collaborating with the Southwestern College Choirs and the Southwestern College Choral Union.

The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, a Pre-K-5th grade 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. She is in her tenth year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas, in her home state of West Virginia, and served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College. In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist, Sara Weinert.

“The JourneyKids Choir is a unique group,” says Kirk.  “Students in the surrounding areas bond, create an elite musical ensemble, and have fun doing it.  I am excited to begin making music with this new group in its new year.”

Rehearsals take place in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College Campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Thursday, Sept. 15. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $10 a month with a total cost of $40 per student. Partial need-based tuition scholarships are available. Voice placement hearings are on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All newly interested students are asked to schedule a voice placement hearing to get to know Kirk prior to the start of rehearsals. For more information or to schedule a voice placement, call Dylan Moore, at (620) 229-6188 or email


Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:33:22 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Return to Southwestern (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out all the details.

This is SC’s fifth year to create 24-Hour Plays. 

“The popularity of 24-Hour Plays is enormous,” explains Roger Moon, SC theatre professor and playwright, “and we are delighted to cooperate on this project with Cowley College and their new faculty, Cara Kem and John Rohr.  This experience creates an intense creative community among its participants, and this will be a great project to begin our work together.”

“Winfield and Southwestern students experience the exuberant creativity that happens when five dozen playwrights, directors, stage managers, technicians and actors converge to ‘play’ at this intense level,” says Moon.  “It’s a joy to experience as a creator or as an audience.  There is nothing as electric as the community of theatre.”   

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 

To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.

 Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   

SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools, may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  

The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  

“As we invite prospective students to join us for the 24-Hour Plays,” explains Moon, “we want them to know that they will be valued in this community, so we try to house them for the night in community homes and start the wonderful and supportive relationship that they will have when they come as a student to SC.”  

Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.


Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:33:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Live streaming SC sports (Information Technology)]]> We are having some issues live streaming SC sports events.  The Athletics department is working on the problem will have an update soon.

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:10:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCAM Alert! (Information Technology)]]> Scam Using FBI Phone Number to Target College Students

The FBI is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students using the FBI’s phone number on caller ID.

The FBI has received multiple calls from college students at various universities and their parents complaining of a phone scam from someone who claims to be representing the U.S. government and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars. In each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans to delinquent taxes and overdue parking tickets.

During each attempt to gain personally identifiable information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information. The originating number used by the fraudsters, which appears on students’ caller ID, is masked as the number for the FBI’s local office. In some cases, the fraudsters will direct potential victims to the FBI homepage on the Internet, claiming they can “verify” the caller ID phone number in an attempt to keep victims on the phone and legitimize the scam.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If citizens receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.

If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller’s instructions. Rather, you should:

  • Notify your banking institutions.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:47:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Possible Email issues (Information Technology)]]> Microsoft Office365, our email service is experiencing some issues that might impact some of you.  Microsoft is working on it and we will update as needed.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:41:45 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New helpdesk phone - announcement and calling tree (Information Technology)]]> We have implemented a messaging system on the helpdesk number.  When you call the helpdesk, the first thing you will hear is any announcements about system-wide issues.  If you are calling about that particular issue, then you can safely hang up as we are already working on it.  If you have any other issues, please follow the instructions after the announcement.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:44:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Call the Helpdesk! (Information Technology)]]> We have had recent changes to our personnel and with all the transitions, we advice everyone to call or email the helpdesk for any IT issues or project requests.  That way, we can start a ticket and ensure followup from the right individuals.  If you have already contacted the helpdesk and it is not getting resolved in a timely manner please contact Ben Lim.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:41:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New RDP host for PowerCampus (Information Technology)]]> We recently migrated our RDP host from APP03 to APP04.  If you use remote terminal to access PowerCampus, just change the APP03 in the "Computer" entry box to APP04.  Everything else stays the same.


Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:38:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for SC's major fall production to be held August 30th (Theatre Arts)]]> Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, SC's major fall production, will hold auditions Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, at 6:30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Come join the fun at 6:30, or if you would like to prepare an audition ahead of time, contact  Audition materials will  be provided. 

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:34:33 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Baseball Coming to Southwestern College (General)]]> Baseball at SCPresident Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton have announced that the board of trustees has voted to approve the addition of baseball as a varsity sport at Southwestern College. 

“Baseball has been ‘on its way’ to Southwestern for some time,” Andrews said.  

Andrews added that the baseball team will likely have fall contests in 2017 and will begin its full season in the spring of 2018. He shared that Southwestern College is also researching an additional varsity women’s sport to begin competition in 2019.

“I’m extremely excited that baseball will be coming to Southwestern in the spring of 2018. The sport has deep roots in south central Kansas which makes it a natural fit for the location,” Shelton said. 

The Southwestern baseball team will join 11 teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). 

KCAC commissioner Scott Crawford expressed his excitement regarding the announcement of baseball at Southwestern College. 

“As a conference, we have risen to among the top NAIA baseball conferences over the past few years by making strategic decisions with team additions, scheduling, and postseason formats,” Crawford said.  “This addition only further solidifies the impact of the KCAC nationally on NAIA Baseball." 

The next step in the process is to hire a head coach who will begin the recruitment of student athletes. Approximately 25 new baseball players will be on campus next autumn. 

“I’m thrilled to begin the search for our head coach and I have no doubt that our team will take the field with intensity and will reflect the Builder Spirit that we value at SC,” Shelton said.


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:42:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![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)