Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[ Homecoming 2014 Events at Southwestern College (Homecoming)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate Homecoming Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5.  Numerous activities have been announced.
For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334. For schedule updates, refer to the homecoming website--

“The anticipation of Homecoming continues to build with both students and alumni,” Lowe says.  “In addition to longtime favorite activities of Homecoming, this year’s weekend gathering includes several new things, including a performing arts showcase, a petting roo-zoo, and a photo booth with props.  We encourage the local community to join in the fun, and especially come to see ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 1925 silent film with live organ music.”

Thursday’s schedule includes:
•    Photo exhibit. President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature photos by Davo Muttiah’99. The display may be viewed from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. 
Friday’s schedule includes:
•    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.— Moundbuilder Market open
•    10 a.m.— Jinx Invitational Golf Tourney, Winfield Country Club.  Contact Brad Sexson at (620) 229-6161 to register.
•    12 p.m.— Class of 1969 Welcome Luncheon, Burger Station and Island Park
•    2 to 5 p.m. — Registration for class reunions in Christy Lobby. 
•    2 to 4:30 p.m. —High Jinx Spoken Word/Poetry Slam contest in Christy 201.  Alumni may participate in the contest by bringing an original work or poetry or spoken word performance piece, or perform a classic instead.  Contact Michelle Boucher at (620) 229-6332 for more information
•    2:30 to 5 p.m.—Performing arts showcase.  A variety of entertainment will be provided by SC students with a new performance starting every 30 minutes in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  
•    6  to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  
•    7 p.m.—SC volleyball vs Bethel College, Stewart Field House.
•    8 p.m. — Kaleidoscope, performing arts production, Richardson Performing Arts Center.
•    9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.
Saturday’s schedule includes:
•    8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
•    8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Come-and-go continental breakfast and open house at the SC Learning Center on 120 W. 12th Street. 
•    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Moundbuilder Market open
•    9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Petting Roo-Zoo on the Deets Library lawn.  Free family fun activity for kids of all ages, including a kangaroo and a giant tortoise.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Rock painting at the Mound with George Lowe ’74 and Teresa Bevis-Yeoman ’80. 
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Performing arts come and go reception, Darbeth lobby.
•    10:30 a.m.—Computer science, English, and communications reunion brunch, lower level of the Christy Administration building. Contact Cindy Stevens, (620) 229-6293 to RSVP.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Book signing by Sherry (Galloway) Willis ’70/’95, for her new children’s book, “Rex the Mighty Rectangle,” Stewart Field House foyer. 
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Homecoming Picnic, Stewart Field House, $6 per person, $3 for children under 6.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  Say Cheez Photo Booth, Stewart Field House stage.  Props provided.
•    11:15 a.m. – Outreach Worship Service, south patio of Roy L. Smith Student Center.
•    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Country Club. 
•    12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Professional Class Photos, King Plaza. Photo times as follows: (class photos will be done separately by class)  noon – classes of 1964, 1969, 1974; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1979, 1984, 1989; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009.
•    1:15 p.m. – Class Reunion Gatherings, Jantz Stadium.
•    1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Football game vs. Tabor College.
•    5 p.m.  -  Volleyball Reunion, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
•    5 to 8 p.m. — Child care services, Grace UMC, $2 per child which includes a meal. Reservations preferred and walk-ins accepted if space allows.
•    5 p.m. — Class of 1964 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd. 
•    5:30 p.m. — Class of 1964 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club. 50-year gala celebration. 
•    5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class— 
•    6 p.m.—Women’s soccer alumni vs current students.
•    7 p.m.—Men’s soccer alumni vs current students.
•    7 p.m.—SC volleyball vs University of Saint Mary, Stewart Field House.
•    8 p.m. — “The Phantom of the Opera,” 1925 movie with live organ accompaniment, $15 per person, $12 for alumni, and $8 for students, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For more information, contact Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.
•    10:30 p.m.—“Tom Jones” production by Campus Players alumni in the Helen Graham Little Theatre. 
Sunday’s schedule includes:
•    9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  
•    10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Barry Dundas ’89 guest speaker.
•    11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
•    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Moundbuilder Market open.


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:31:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Phantom of the Opera’ Plus Live Organ Music in RPAC Oct. 4 (General)]]> Southwestern College is offering an unusual experience during Homecoming 2014 with the presentation of the classic 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” with live organ music by Brett Valliant on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

“The ability to provide a silent film with live organ accompaniment is unique to Richardson Performing Arts Center,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College.  “Renowned organist Brett Valliant is able to enhance a classic movie with his interpretations on the Reuter pipe organ, so that those who attend can experience ‘Phantom of the Opera’ much in the way original viewers did in the 1920s.”
Brett Valliant
Valliant is well known for scoring and accompanying films but is best known for dramatic films such as “King of Kings,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Broken Blossoms,” “Wings,” and “The Eagle.”  He plays annually for film festivals including the International Film Festival hosted by the American Film Institute, and has been a featured performer at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the American Theatre Organ Society.  Critics have defined his performances as exciting, refreshing, unorthodox, and astonishing.  Valliant has three solo recordings to his credit as well as a number of studio projects with other musicians.  

Valliant lives in Wichita where he is a full time musician at First United Methodist Church, overseeing a music department seen by thousands across the Midwest on the church’s television programs.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for Southwestern College alumni, and $8 for students.  For more information, contact Falk at (620) 229-6141.  According to Falk, patrons can also purchase tickets online at  

“We are excited to announce our new online ticketing system,” Falk says.  “Patrons now have the ability to order tickets for programs offered by RPAC Presents events using our secure online box office.  For a limited time as patrons become accustomed to using the online system we will be waiving online box office fees.”


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:30:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame (Alumni News)]]> The 2014 Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Deets Library.  Inductees will be Harold C. Tretbar '52, Mark W. Turrentine '79, and Belinda A. Vail '76.  Cost of the dinner event is $20 per person, RSVPs are necessary and seating is limited.  For more information or to register for the event, contact or call 620-229-6279.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:53:30 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Don't get Jinxed... Win an iPad! (Alumni News)]]> Don't Get Jinxed...Win an iPad!

Southwestern College alumni have a limited time opportunity to complete an online form and be eligible to win an iPad mini with Retina display.

You can have...not one...not two...but THREE chances to win! Each section you complete gives you another entry into the drawing.  Fill out all three (3) sections and you'll have your name entered THREE times in the giveaway.  (However, only one form submission will be accepted per individual.)

Maximize your chance to win by:

  1. Completing the “About Me” section
  2. Completing the “About my Work” section (in purple)
  3. Completing the “About my Life” section (in grey)

Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2014 (midnight EST)

Winner will be contacted via email on or around November 3, 2014

Contest only open to alumni of Southwestern College.  Current faculty, staff and students are ineligible to enter.

View complete contest rules here (PDF)

Official entry form:


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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:45:08 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Senate Meeting Notes 8.26.14 (SGA)]]> Senate Meeting Notes 8.26.14


Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:08:11 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Natural Science Hall of Fame (Halls of Fame)]]>

The 2014 Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame will recognize three graduates on Saturday, Nov. 8, at a dinner induction ceremony in Deets Library on the main college campus.  The hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions to the natural science world. 

The new inductees will be Harold C. Tretbar ’52, Mark W. Turrentine ’79, and Belinda A. Vail ’76.  Hall of Fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5:30 p.m. dinner.  The induction ceremony will immediately follow the meal, at approximately 6:15.

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

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:52:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Launch BeADisciple Academy (Discipleship)]]> Southwestern will soon launch the online BeADisciple Academy, thanks to a grant received from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

“We are so appreciative of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for both their support of the concept and financial backing of $40,000 to underwrite development costs” states Steve Wilke, executive director of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College.  

The BeADisciple Academy is designed to be a global online faith-building fellowship for high school or college students who want to go deeper in their faith lives and leadership skills. The Academy uses a wide range of contemporary online resources to provide interactive opportunities for students, including social media, webinars, videos, and other web-based initiatives. Both the high school and collegiate sessions run for two 12-week intervals in the fall and spring, concurrent with the school year.

Southwestern College is building on its strength as an online provider in higher education and its long history of developing young Christian leaders from around the world to develop, launch, and support this new global, interactive, online high school and college disciple Bible study and leadership program.

A beta test year will begin on Sept. 8 for the 24-week academy. A better understanding of God, self, and call is the goal of the Academy. Students will be in small groups and a part of a network of participants as well.

For more information, contact Wilke (620) 229-6277 or by email at  If you would like to learn more about the BeADisciple Academy, go to

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brian Winnie and Amber Peterson Will Lead Music Programs (Music)]]> The Southwestern College performing arts division has welcomed Brian Winnie as director of choral activities and voice, and Amber Peterson, Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education.

“Dr. Peterson and Dr. Winnie bring an exciting new perspective to Southwestern College music education and performance programs and ensembles,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  “Students will enjoy stimulating classroom and performance experiences, preparing them as professionals and advocates who cultivate the arts.”

Brian WinnieWinnie teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and choral methods. He also conducts the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and is head of the voice department.  An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Winnie has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska.  

Prior to this appointment, Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to their interdisciplinary arts program. Prior to his career in higher education, Winnie taught for seven years in public schools at both the middle and high school levels having served as director of choirs in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania where his choirs consistently achieved the highest ratings at festivals and competitions.  His 2007 Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association convention, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at Hopewell Valley High School, and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington in 2013.

Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. He has served as secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and is a former Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Winnie received his bachelor of science in music education from the Pennsylvania State University, master of music education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Additionally, he received his certificate of figure proficiency in Estill Voice Training in 2014. 

Amber PetersonPeterson’s duties will include conducting the South Kansas Symphony, overseeing the Southwestern College Youth Symphony, coaching the Williams String Quartet, and teaching private viola and violin lessons, string methods, and music fundamentals 

 Peterson holds music education degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed Suzuki violin teacher training at Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Prior to coming to Winfield, Peterson taught orchestra in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa, and played violin and viola in many regional symphonies. Her research has appeared in “Contributions to Music Education,” “Arts Education Policy Review,” and “American String Teacher.” She has presented sessions at numerous state and national conferences, including American String Teachers Association, American Educational Research Association, Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the NAfME Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Her specializations and research interests include music teacher education, string education, and music cognition and psychology.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:58:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Dean Peter Heckman to Speak at Opening Convocation (General)]]> Peter Heckman, academic dean for the main campus at Southwestern College, will be the featured speaker at the annual opening convocation on Friday, Aug. 22, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Following the college’s 2014-15 academic year theme of courage, Heckman will speak about moral courage.

Heckman has a bachelor of arts degree in English and philosophy from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and a master of arts degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University.  Before joining Southwestern College, Heckman was professor of interdisciplinary studies and associate dean at the University College, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

His first year in Abu Dhabi was spent as the associate dean.  

“I spent a lot of time working with faculty on several different committees and interviewing and hiring new faculty and evaluating continuing faculty,” Heckman says.  “I found I was interacting mostly with faculty who were from around the world but who were not Emirati.  I thought it would be good, as I was living in a country, to get to know its people and culture a little better.  So the next year I served on the faculty and taught global awareness classes to Emirati students.  The campus was segregated by gender, so I had a few classes that were all male and a few classes that were all female.”

Heckman’s wife, Pamela Thompson, was active in the tennis community in Abu Dhabi, and served on the board of the Abu Dhabi American Women’s Network, and as a writer-in-residence for the Art Hub in Liwa. She also taught courses in communication at Zayed University.

“We enjoyed Abu Dhabi,” says Heckman.  “One of the nice things, for us, was the ability to travel easily to other places on that side of the world.  In the two years we were in Abu Dhabi, my wife and I visited Istanbul, Bangkok, Prague, Hong Kong, Singapore, Muscat, and Doha.  I will miss the weather and the ocean, but we are glad to be back in the United States and excited to be working for Southwestern College.”

Heckman now lives in Winfield with his wife.  She is an adjunct English professor for Southwestern College.

He comes from a family entrenched in higher education:  His father, Phil, served 20 years as president of Doane College in Crete, Neb.  One of his sisters, Susan Lawlor, is the chair of the biology department at a campus of Latrobe University in Australia.  

The opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Fall Frenzy 2014 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 2014 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:41:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Luke Nicolay Performs at First United Methodist Church in Wichita (Music)]]> Southwestern College student Luke Nicolay spent his summer as an intern at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS.  At the end of his tenure, he was asked to perform as a guest musician at the service on August 3, 2014.  Below is video of his performance.

(Special thanks to First United Methodist Church of Wichita for sharing this video with us.)


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:27:36 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at SC (General)]]> New faculty and staff at Southwestern College were introduced during the employee welcome back dinner held on Aug. 11.

New faculty include:

Peter Heckman, academic dean for main campus.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University.  Before joining Southwestern College, Heckman was serving as the professor of interdisciplinary studies and associate dean at the University College, Zayed University in United Arab Emirates.  Prior to that he held a variety of administrative and teaching positions at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb.  

Amy Lash Esau, academic dean for professional studies. She was the director of academic development for adult learner undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. She holds a Ph.D. in family social sciences from the University of Minnesota. 

Christopher Barker, assistant professor of political science.  Barker has a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University. Most recently, he has been the Th. W. Smith postdoctoral fellow in U.S. Legal/Constitutional History at Ohio State University.  Chris has also served as a visiting professor at Boston College, a Jack Miller Fellow at Harvard, and a lecturer at California State University.  

Lalith Gamage, assistant professor of chemistry.  He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at New Mexico State University.  He has been an adjunct professor and lab director at Western New Mexico University.  He has also served as a high school chemistry teacher in his home country of Sri Lanka.

Molly Just, director of discipleship.  Just is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religious studies.  She has also earned minors in youth ministry and Christian discipleship.  She is currently studying for her master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Just is also a certified candidate for ordination in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Lee Jones, technical director for the TOMARI center. He has been the Plano Stages Theatre Technician in Plano, Texas.  Prior to that, he worked for the Denton Community Theatre Children’s Drama School in Denton.  Lee is a recent graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.   

Debbie McAlister-Gallander, director of the MBA program.  She holds a M.S. in organizational development from Pepperdine University.  She has been the coordinator of the Autry Technology Center in Enid, Okla., and prior to that she was a business development specialist and trainer for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers at Northwest Oklahoma State University.  

Diane Nickelson, assistant professor of teacher education.  She holds a Ed.D. in educational leadership from Wichita State University.  She served as the principal at Clearwater Elementary School and then as assistant principal at Clearwater High School.  Nickelson also has the distinction of supervising the dissertation of one of the first Ed.D. graduates at Southwestern College.

Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music (strings).  She has a Ph.D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.  She holds a K-12 teaching certificate in both Illinois and Iowa.  She is also a certified Suzuki instructor.  Peterson has served as an adjunct instructor at a variety of schools including the University of Florida and Kent State University.

Heather Pianalto, instructor of mathematics.  She recently earned her master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  While there, she was a graduate teaching assistant.  Pianalto is a native of Wichita and she earned her first degree from Newman University.

Marcia Stoesz, math literacy center instructor.  She has been serving as an instructor of mathematics at Hutchinson Community College.  Prior to that, she taught math at McPherson College.  Marcia has served as the co-director of the anti-racism program, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.  She has also taught math to range of students from elementary through high school.  Stoesz holds a master’s degree in statistical sciences from Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Shoshana Wernick, assistant professor of psychology.  Wernick earned her Ph.D. in community psychology from Wichita State University.  She has taught as an affiliate faculty member in a number of area colleges.  She has been a community researcher for the Center for Community Support and Research and she was a coordinator for the first multiracial elections in South Africa.  

Brian Winnie, assistant professor of music (choir).  Winnie holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Washington, Seattle.  He has served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma.  He has also worked as the artistic director or conductor for a variety of organizations including public schools and youth organizations.

New staff members at Southwestern include:

Colin Baker, assistant men’s soccer coach

Danielle Brush, assistant director of residence life

Whitney Corley, assistant women’s basketball coach

Todd DeMint, staff accountant

Wyatt Jiru, assistant football coach

Nathan Johnson, network support specialist

Becky Mangus, executive assistant to the president and the provost

Victor Redd, assistant football coach

Jessica Schlageck, social media and public relations coordinator for Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS)

Karissa Shimanek, faculty assistant for the education department

Cindy Stevens, faculty assistant for the communications division

Timothy Tucker, admissions counselor/recruiter at Ft. Riley for SCPS

Carolina Garbato, head volleyball coach

Chris Weathers, assistant volleyball coach

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:47:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Molly Just Hired as Director of Discipleship at SC (Discipleship)]]> Molly (Komlofske) Just has been selected as the director of discipleship at Southwestern College.

Molly JustHer duties include providing leadership for the Discipleship Southwestern service-learning team which requires close work with students, faculty, and staff relative to faith formation of emerging adults. 

The Discipleship Southwestern team is a group of 40 undergraduate students who have made a commitment to study and practice their Christian faith.  According to Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern, Just’s work will connect the campus to the community by maintaining long-held relationships and building new connections with area youth ministers, camp directors, campus ministers, as well as the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

“I am excited to have Molly join our Southwestern College community,” Rude says.  “Just is a returning alumna of the Discipleship program, so I look forward to seeing how she mixes the traditions of her own experience with her new knowledge and perspectives from seminary to help shape the future direction of the program.”

Just is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religious studies.  She has also earned minors in youth ministry and Christian discipleship.  She is currently studying for her master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Just is also a certified candidate for ordination in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Just is originally from Holcomb and now lives in Winfield with her husband, Kyle.

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[How do I care for my student from a distance? (Parent Newsletter)]]> When your student returns to school, don’t be surprised if the frequency of their communication with family changes.  During the academic year, your student is involved in classes, extracurricular activities, social events and other activities.

Instead of sending an email, how about sending them a handwritten letter?  You will be surprised how excited students are to receive a note or package from their parents or grandparents.  It is an excellent way to make their day.

How about a short text message on their cell phone?  Wish them a great day, tell them good luck on an upcoming exam, or cheer them on during their extracurricular activities from a distance.

You could send them a care package filled with school supplies or favorite treats. Flowers and balloon bouquets on their birthday or any day are very popular.

One of the easiest gifts is final exam care packages that parents can sign up to send at the end of each semester.  You will receive a notification from the Residence Life office about giving your student a wonderful end-of-semester care package.  Nothing eases stress like love from home, even if it is not actually packed at home.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:55:30 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[How can a parent get involved on campus? (Parent Newsletter)]]> Although it is essential to support your student from a distance, we also want you to get involved on campus yourself.  Southwestern College knows that parents are an important part of our campus community.  We welcome and encourage you to be an active participant in the life of the college.    Check out the SC website.  It is filled with all kinds of things to do and events to participate in.  

Discuss with your student a good time for a visit during the weekend or even during the week.  The college has plenty of activities in which you can participate.  Just go to the activities and events section of the website.  Also stay posted for the Family Day which is planned for Homecoming weekend (October 3 to October 5).  Along with alums and friends of the college, Homecoming weekend is a time for you to come to the campus in the fall.  But don’t wait for a special occasion, we welcome you to campus ANY TIME.

Other involvement options include:     

  • volunteer to speak on campus about your culture or faith,
  • provide a placement for student internships,
  • participate in our family programs for international students,
  • support athletic teams or co-curricular activities,
  • attend a concert or play

However you choose to engage in the campus, please know that we are always happy to see you.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:54:33 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Why is my student struggling? (Parent Newsletter)]]> At Southwestern College, we are fortunate to have a wellness coordinator, Mary Ann Smith LMSW. (  She works with students who may struggle with their adjustment to college and experience anxiety during this time of independence and growth. She frequently advises parents to trust their own wisdom, experience and guidance in supporting your maturing young adult.

Here are some of the issues that your student might face:

  • Difficulty adjusting
  • Navigating the college campus and local community
  • Learning a different cultural community
  • Missing home (parents, siblings, smells, and comforts)
  • Dealing with academic pressures
  • Balancing academic, social, relationships and activities
  • Resisting peer pressures and social climate
  • Frustration with anticipation versus reality of college life
  • Living up to personal and parental expectations and values
  • Negotiating a new environment
  • Managing money and financial pressures

During this time, the best thing a parent can do is be supportive, reassuring and encouraging.  As parents, you may wonder what is going on. Please know this is a common concern.  In fact, facing issues like those above is an important part of your child’s maturing process.  If you have concerns about your young adult, don’t hesitate to contact college staff at any time.

Unfortunately, it might be difficult to always understand what is happening with your student.  They are not living with you and may not express or share the nature of what is going on.   According to MacKay and Ingram in Let the Journey Begin: A Parents’ Monthly Guide to the College Experience, here are some suggestions for helping your student.  

Communicate by asking questions such as “what happened today?” or “what has been doing on these last few days?”  Make sure that you encourage them to talk in-depth and not with surface responses.

Persuade them to work to their best ability and not overly stress themselves to over-exertion.  Encourage them to utilize the various campus resources such as counseling, academic support, advisors and student life staff.  This additional campus support can be essential to them dealing with rough times.   

Suggest that they attend the Fall Frenzy Events at the beginning of the year  It is a fun way to meet other students and participate in all the welcome week activities.   The Jinx Tale (daily campus email) and The Collegian (student newspaper) are excellent resources for campus events as well.  Find more information at

Recommend that they communicate with their resident student advisor (RA) or residence hall director (RD).  These in-hall residence staff members are there to support and encourage your student. If the issue is regarding their roommate or other hall issues, advise them to communication their concerns to their RA or RD.          

Advise that they meet their professor during their faculty hours and ask questions regarding academic concerns and challenges.  

Advocate that they seek a tutor or study group with other students.

The Financial Aid office can assist you with financing your student’s college degree. The counselors may show you options, strategies, and problem solving.

Whatever the issue and the manner in which you deal with the issue, it is important to show patience with their change in behavior.  In addition, continue to communicate with them and monitor their behavior.   Most likely, your student can work through their problem.  But occasionally, they might need help.  The college has abundant resources to assist you.  You should feel free to communication with the college about your concerns and let us help you and your student.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[What is FERPA? What parents can expect? (Parent Newsletter)]]> FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  It establishes students as the owner of their educational records and gives parents no rights to access their student's records without the student's consent. FERPA does give the college the right to share certain information if the parent provides a federal document that denotes the student as a tax-dependent.

The college works to help students become responsible for their own learning process through demonstrating their accountabilities as adults.   As a result, we direct most of our communication to the student regarding academic, social, and activities.   We then encourage them to share this information with you as parents.

We are aware that there are circumstances where parents have legitimate concerns regarding their students.  In these incidences, we consider not only our legal responsibilities, but also the philosophy of the college and the circumstances regarding the particular incident   Parents are informed about the conduct of their students if they are placed on disciplinary probation, residential suspension, disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion. They are also informed of academic progress, if their student is placed on very serious academic warning, suspension or dismissal.

If you want additional information, please read the college’s website:

or the US Department of Education Web site:

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:43:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Freshmen Moving in August 10 (General)]]> Incoming freshmen will begin moving in to the residence halls at Southwestern College on Sunday, Aug. 10, as Fall Frenzy kicks off the 2014-2015 school year. 

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

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

Transfer and returning students will move in on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Freshmen Work Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 13.  Since 1992, Southwestern College freshmen, along with Leadership Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, have spent one of their first days as Moundbuilders out in the city of Winfield.  The goal is to promote feelings of community among incoming students as well as a sense of belonging to the college and the city of Winfield.  Freshmen Work Day also strives to make a difference by establishing new relationships between the college and the community by assisting homeowners with indoor and outdoor home projects that they would otherwise not be able to complete.

On Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., Winfield Main Street Revitalization will partner with Southwestern College for the second annual Purple Pride event which will take place in the parking lot of 8th and Millington Street in Winfield.  Local businesses are invited to set up booths to promote their business to the SC students.  Local restaurants are also invited to serve food samples.  

The complete Fall Frenzy schedule is as follows: 

Sunday, Aug. 17, welcome back barbeque in the dining hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.;  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. 18, classes begin for students.  

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.

Thursday, Aug. 21, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m.  Purple and white football scrimmage at 8 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.

Friday, Aug. 22, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

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

For more information about Fall Frenzy, call Sarah Hallinan at (620) 229-6392.  For more information about Freshman Work Day, call Cheryl Rude at (620) 229-6381.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:59:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Matthew Sigler New Campus Minister at SC (General)]]> Matthew SiglerMatthew Sigler has been selected to be the campus minister for the 2014-15 school year at Southwestern College.  He takes over for Ashlee Alley who left SC for a position with the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“We’re very fortunate to have such a capable person ready at hand as Ashlee moves to her new position with our sponsoring conference,” says Southwestern College President Dick Merriman.  “Matt’s scholarly achievements and his background in ministry and worship equip him well for leading our chapel and campus ministry program.”

Sigler is in his second year at Southwestern College.  He spent last year teaching as a visiting scholar.  Prior to coming to SC, Sigler lived in Boston while attending Boston University as he studied for his Ph. D in liturgical studies.

Sigler earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and his master of arts degree in Christian ministries (concentrating on worship studies) from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Sigler is originally from Daphne, Ala., and currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Shannon, and son, Elijah. 

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Next to Normal' Production to Feature Dinner and Mental Illness Talk Back Session (Theatre Arts)]]> The Tony Award winning rock musical “Next to Normal,” which chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness, will be performed in Winfield Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

Next to Normal castThe theme for the meal is a birthday dinner with the Goodmans.  It will include a fresh garden salad with lots of fresh vegetables, homemade croutons, and a freshly-made zesty Italian dressing.   Accompanying the salad are freshly baked garlic butter knots.  The main course features roast beef, homemade mashed red potatoes and gravy.  Vegetables include whole green beans cooked in bacon, corn on the cob, and freshly baked white and wheat bread braids.  Dessert features Gabe’s birthday funfetti cake and vanilla bean ice cream.  

“Next to Normal” tackles a serious and universal topic through the musical theatre form. 

“It speaks to issues that many families deal with,” says director Craig Fisher.  “It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar disease, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter, Natalie, and son, Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

At the conclusion of each performance, a talk-back session will be held to discuss the topic of mental illness that is at the core of the main character’s conflict.  The talk-backs will include conversations with the cast and creative teams who will discuss their experience with the show, the subject matter, and their own personal experiences with mental illness. All audience members will be invited to stay and be in conversation with the cast and production team.  A mental health professional will also join the sessions each night to provide the expert’s perspective and support.

“The talk-backs will be a way for audiences to ask questions about the process, about the nature of the show, the creation of the show, this production, questions for actors, or directors and then questions about the issues that the show tackles,” Fisher says.

Dinner times for the shows will be 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

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

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:59:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Sports Information Director Scott Nuss Earns Several Awards at Conference (General)]]> Southwestern College sports information director Scott Nuss received several awards at the 2014 NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (SIDA) conference in Orlando, Fla.  

Scott NussNuss was recognized four times in the NAIA-SIDA Walt McAlexander Publication Contest.  He earned a first, second, and fourth place awards in the “Game Notes” category for his men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and football notes, respectively.  Southwestern’s athletics website,, earned 10th place recognition in the “Outsourced Website” category.

Nuss submitted his feature story about retiring hall of fame head coach Jim Helmer titled “One Last Run.”  That story earned him a third place national award in the NAIA-SIDA Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest’s Feature Story category, and was recognized as the District 7 Coach/Administrator Profile & Feature of the Year in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.  District 7 consists of SID’s from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Canadian provinces Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Nuss’s story, “One Last Run,” can be read at

Dave Denly, athletic director at Southwestern College, was not surprised that Nuss was recognized so often.

“The athletic department would like to congratulate Scott Nuss on his many accomplishments at the NAIA-SIDA convention in Orlando this past month,” Denly says.  “Scott is vital part of our athletic department success. We feel we have one of the brightest SIDs in the country and it showed at this conference.”


Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Old and New Moundbuilders Lead in Production of 'Next to Normal' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Next to Normal” Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

“Next to Normal” is a Tony Award winning rock musical that chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness.  Craig Fisher, a 2000 Southwestern College graduate, is returning to direct the show.

“It is a revolutionary and groundbreaking musical about a family suffering and dealing with mental illness,” Fisher says.  “It tackles a very serious and universal topic in the musical theatre form. It speaks to issues that every family deals with. It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter Natalie and son Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

Along with graduating from Southwestern College, Fisher graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with his master of fine arts in directing. He currently serves as the artistic director and board president of the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble in Topeka. The Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble won a 2012 Arty Award for Emerging Artist and is considered one of the most progressive theatre companies in Topeka. Fisher has been nominated for Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 twice, and was nominated again this year. He has directed productions ranging from “Angels in America” to “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Music director for the production is Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.  Prior to this appointment, he served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to the interdisciplinary arts program.  He was also the artistic director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest for the past three years. Winnie has music directed shows ranging from Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida” to “Guys and Dolls” and “Les Misérables.”  

Dinner times for the shows will be at 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Email System (Information Technology)]]> Southwestern College has a new email system, Microsoft's Office 365!  Immediately you will enjoy a larger, cloud based mailbox.  Other features will be added over time.  Please make sure you logon using your full email address (including the "") as your user name.  Your password remain unchanged.

Click here to go to the new email website, or type into your web browser.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:09:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rare Bloom of Corpse Flower to Occur at SC (General)]]> Max Thompson, professor of biology and greenhouse supervisor at Southwestern College, has announced that a rare event is going to occur inside the Southwestern College greenhouse.  An Amorphophallus titanum, known as the titan arum or corpse flower, will bloom sometime next week.

Corpse Flower

“There are only a few, if any, each year in the United States that have one bloom. As you can imagine, we are terribly excited about this,” Thompson says. 

Southwestern will have a camera set up and will stream video of the event.  The web video feed can be seen here or by clicking the graphic below. (Windows Media Player is required.)

According to Thompson, The corpse flower is native to Western Sumatra in Indonesia. This plant gets its name from the odor that emanates from it when it blooms. The scent is the smell of a dead mammal. The odor attracts blowflies and carrion beetles which the plant uses to pollinate itself. 

“It is a rare event to bloom this plant as it takes years for the corm to get large enough to produce a flower,” Thompson says.  “The Southwestern College plant came from a corm from Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Fla. The corm was about 2” when we received it from the garden. Although we don’t know the exact size of it now, the last time we repotted, it weighed about 20 lbs.  The world record for weight comes from Germany where a corm weighed 258 lbs.”

The flower typically opens in mid-afternoon and stays open all night, emitting the foul stench to attract flies and beetles to pollinate it. The spadix or center part of the flower only lasts about 24 hours.

Corpse Flower Video Link

The Southwestern College greenhouse will keep an update on the voicemail (620-229-6285).  The greenhouse will be open when the plant blooms for the public to see. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus behind the Beech Science building.

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dinner Menu Announced for 'The Little Mermaid Jr.' (Theatre Arts)]]> The upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” by the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will include an optional dinner theatre experience in the President’s Art Gallery located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.

“Our patron’s will have a more intimate atmosphere in the President’s Art Gallery,” says director Allyson Moon.  “The sound in there is great and the cast will be singing.  I think their pre-production experience will enhance the entertainment value.”

Dinner guests will be treated to cheddar biscuits, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, main entrée choice of grilled marinated chicken or baked tilapia, baked potato, grilled squash and red pepper, hush puppies, and a red devils food gourmet cupcake for dessert.

The musical features songs that, according to Moon, everybody will remember.

“It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel, and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian,” Moon says. “These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

Matt Berthot will be directing musicians Billy Bearden and Deborah Martin on keyboards; Anthony Gropper on bass; and Nick Hofmeister on percussion.  

“Having two keyboards allows for a richer sound, more so than the piano,” Moon says. “Sebastian is a crab from the Caribbean and with the two keyboards we can have that calypso sound and rhythm.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Be A Builder Day is July 21 (General)]]> The Southwestern College Office of Admission invites high school students and possible transfer students to “Be A Builder Day” at Southwestern College on Monday, July 21. Future Moundbuilders will learn helpful tips on what needs to happen each month leading up to ensure a great college experience. 

Students will discover:

Financial aid opportunities

Why it is important to get accepted to SC after six semesters of high school

Why it might be beneficial to take the ACT or SAT more than once

How concurrent high school courses are accepted to SC as college credit

Additional tips for success at Southwestern College

While on campus, students will take an extended tour of the campus, meet with SC professors, eat lunch in the cafeteria, visit with club and activity leaders, and receive a Southwestern College t-shirt.

To sign up, simply go to  For more information, call (620) 229-6236.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:58:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Performances of 'The Little Mermaid' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

Little Mermaid“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“This is the story that everyone remembers,” says director Allyson Moon. “It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel,  and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian. These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

According to Moon, the show will include a cast of over 50 people spanning a wide range of ages but concentrated on youth actors.

“We have some very talented youth performing in this production,” Moon says. 

The cast includes: Ariel, played by Payten Humphreys, Winfield; Flounder, played by Bella Wood, Arkansas City; Scuttle, played by Lilya Woodburn, Winfield; King Triton, played by Dylan Moore, Ottawa; Sebastian, played by Nate Lee, Winfield; Seahorse, played by Alex Geurin, Winfield; Ursula, played by Deborah Badley, Winfield; Flotsam, played by Shane Schrag, Arkansas City; Jetsam, played by Shelby Guffey, Winfield; Princess, played by Ondreya Seahorn, Winfield; Eric, played by Clayton Bauer, Winfield; Grimsby, played by Tyler Demaree, Winfield; Pilot, played by Austin Sherman, Winfield; Max, played by John Moberly, Winfield; Carlotta, played by Adrianna Somerville, Winfield; and Louis, played by Aron Pfingsten, Ulysses.

Cast members playing the part of Ariel’s sisters include: Zoe Rea, Salina; Emma Green, Arkansas City; and Kylee Wollard, Elena Woodburn, Madison Long, Kira Loeb, Sabrina Wilson, Faith Moore, and Katya Crow, Winfield.

Cast members playing the part of sailors include: Dakota Holland, Aaron Glover, Bennett Boyle, Jacob Marney and Austin Sherman, Winfield; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Cory Blevins, Arkansas City.  

Cast members playing the parts of merfolk, sea creatures, lagoon animals, chef assistants, and Prince Eric’s court include: Whitney Martin, Mercedes Dunbar, Adrianna Somerville, Ondreya Seahorn, Kylee Wollard, Jacob Marney, Austin Sherman, Cory Blevins, Aaron Glover, Dakota Holland, Bennett Boyle, Klara Flom, Marley Hoskins, Katya Crow, Elana Crow, Fiona Badley, Coryn Badley, Katrina Holland, Faith Moore, Ruby Woodburn, Elena Woodburn, Riley White, Coralee Moon, Abbey Denly, Hannah Stevens, Sabrina Wilson, Mia Peirce, Bryce Sexson, Luke Smith, Elias Moon, Carson McDade, Kayelyn Lattimore, and John Moberly, Winfield; Josie Krout, Megan Haynes, Mackenzie Vickery, Katelynn Vickery, Emmerson Allen, Price Allen, and Jasa Lightsey, Arkansas City; Zoe Rea, Salina; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.

Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Meals will be served in the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School (General)]]> Southwestern College is hosting students from two Wichita middle schools during the month of June.  Students from Truesdell Middle School will be on campus from June 17-20 and students from Jardine Middle School are on campus from June 24-27.  

Builder Bound 1A total of 68 students from Truesdell were eligible to attend the four-day Builder Bound camp that began Tuesday.  It will conclude on Friday with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 1:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

SC will welcome 35 students from Jardine on June 24.  This will be the first year that the college has hosted students from Jardine Middle School. Their camp will also conclude with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, on June 27, at 1:15 p.m., and the public is again invited to attend.

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher at Truesdell, students on the honor roll at Truesdell were selected first followed by students who were close to achieving honor roll status and could benefit from the positive influences at Builder Bound Camp. Truesdell has nearly 1,000 students enrolled.  Last year 52 students attended the camp and the number of kids eligible this year jumped to 68.

“The kids are always talking about coming to this camp,” Ricketts says.  “They are so excited to be here.  The eighth graders who are going into high school were not happy that they couldn’t attend this camp anymore.  And this year we get one extra day here which means more class time and more seat time.  This camp has such a positive influence on these kids.”

Ricketts says that this year the kids had more choices to make.  

“They had to pick their roommates and what classes they were going to take.  I want them to get a clearer look at what the college experience is like,” she says. 

Sycarreya Sanders, 12, is attending camp for the first time and has been counting down the days to Builder Bound.

“I want to go to college and I wanted to have some college-like experience,” Sanders says.  “I had this day marked on my calendar and I have been crossing out the days for the past two weeks.  I am really excited to be here.”

This is the sixth year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide a similar camp.  For four years SC has partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas-Bailey to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of these students are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first generation college attenders. Part of the mission of this camp is to expose these kids to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

Ed Loeb, associate professor of mathematics at Southwestern, is leading the academic side of the camp.

“The camp this year is organized into six distinct mini-courses,” Loeb says.  “These courses include engineering, forensics, photography, Builders Abroad (students explore other cultures), entrepreneurship, and math and art. The students have been split into six teams that will each participate in one of the courses over the four days.”

  Courses are staffed by SC faculty (Michael Tessmer, Stacy Sparks, Rena Rodriguez, Sarah Hallinan) as well as by alumni (Korie Hawkins, Brandon Hessing).  Additionally, according to Loeb, other instructors include Truesdell faculty members, Joy Tessmer, Garnita Pleas, and Phyllis Pleas. 

“The courses will consist of nine hours of ‘seat-time’ over the four days as well as homework time in the evening for them to work on projects and materials for their classes,” Loeb says.Builder Bound 2

In addition to the classes, the students will go bowling at Hillcrest Lanes in Arkansas City and attend a movie at the Cowley 8 Cinema.  Apart from these organized outings, time is built into the schedule for the kids to learn from their mentors about student success, discuss and develop a healthy image of themselves, and establish an understanding that college is attainable if they wish.

The camp staff this year is composed of current Southwestern College undergraduates and alumni.  Student mentors include Woodley Fenelon, Lekendrick Jordan,Vince Folston, Luiz Reyes, Quenton Todd, Stevie Heidzig, Maggie Dunnig, Audrey Vorderlandwehr, Cierra Ross, Paul Mata, Dejon Brison, Gabby Gamez, Monica Gamez, Austin Sheppard, and Deborah Martin.  These mentors will be working with campers in both the academic courses and also in the social aspects of the camp.  Alumni involved in the camp are Kaitlynn Tennyson, Maggie Collett, Tabitha McMullen, Gloria Griffin, Nolan Davenport, TJ Harris, Shelby Alexender, Gene Hartman, Jenn Nicholson, Tim Miser, and Anastasia Prokopis.  Other mentors include LJ Hawkins, Amanda Bintz, and Amber Good. 

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:29:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Works Showcase on June 21 to Feature Youth Writers and Actors (Theatre Arts)]]> Youth participating in the improvisational acting day camp and the playwrighting day camp June 16-21 at Southwestern College will present a New Works Showcase on Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend.  To underwrite some of the expense, there will be a suggested donation of $5.

Improv Day CampThe showcase will feature the scenes and short story plays that are created by the writers and will be performed in a staged reading by the youth actors and from members of the 9 Lives Improvisational Troupe at Southwestern.

Youth participating in the improvisational day camp are: Sam Ross and Nikolai Crow, Winfield; Adrianna Davis, Bethany Rozell, and Chloe Curl, Arkansas City; Chris Carlson, Wichita; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.  Youth participating in the playwrighting camp include Ross, Curl, and Moon along with Isabella Stewart and Garrett Bogle, Winfield. 

Roger Moon is teaching the playwrighting day camp with assistance from Aron Pfingsten and Meagan Morrow.  Allyson Moon is teaching the improvisational day camp with assistance from Pfingsten, Morrow, and Shane Schrag.

“It is always so thrilling and amazing to experience the creative talent of developing writers and actors,” Allyson Moon says.  “We (Roger and Allyson Moon) have such faith in their ability.  When an individual makes the choice to write or act, they have already stepped out as if to say ‘I can do this.’  They are here because they want to be here and we know they will do extraordinary things.”

Previous 9 Lives performers have been invited to participate in the showcase along with current troupe members.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:57:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Rotary Camp a Success at SC (Leadership)]]> A total of 20 high school students from the state attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp on the Southwestern College campus from May 24-28.  

Rotary camp 2014Students learned about the responsibilities and possibilities of servant leadership through interactive experiences such as the ropes course at Camp Horizon, leadership lessons taught by SC students minoring in leadership studies, and a service day at the Winfield Kansas Veterans’ Home.  

The service experience on Memorial Day was particularly meaningful for camp participants, say camp organizers.  Students attended the Winfield Memorial Day celebration then spent the afternoon interviewing and talking with veterans about their experiences, wisdom, and challenges. The students also shared an ice cream social with the veterans.  At the closing of camp, many students noted lessons learned from their veterans and even wrote poems detailing their experiences.

RYLA camp members included: Paige Richardson, Sydney Fox, Trenton Ging, Laura Podschun, Andrew Everett and Ally Hovey, Winfield; Julia Montoya and Ellie Gerber, Garden City; Angel Palacioz, Kayleigh Serviss, and Autum Povrhussin, Derby; Morgan Lyles and Jaylynn Luna, Wellington; Jeremy Anderson, Kingman; Megan Bartley, Haven; Elena Carlos and Marissavel Rodriguez, Dodge City; Gabe YoNash, Belle Plaine; and Wisdom Knerr, Etoy Modica, and Mahalia Clemons, Wichita.

District Rotary clubs sponsored the camp costs for students who attended.  Additionally, Legacy Regional Community Foundation sponsored a student from Belle Plaine.  The Winfield Rotary Club of District 5690 played a significant role in the design and implementation of the camp.  Member Dean Kennedy helped to orchestrate a Rotary picnic and secured Judge Tommy B. Webb to come and deliver his “You Can Make a Difference” motivational speech to campers.

“Rotary Leadership Camp is always a powerful experience,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “In a span of five short days, campers grow and learn things about themselves and others that challenge them to make an impact in their home communities.  Campers come to realize that true leadership springs from a desire to serve and make the world around oneself better, and this is a freeing and motivating experience for many of them.  They become friends with students from around the state, connect with Rotarians who are living lives of service, and are challenged to do something differently when they return home.  It is inspiring to witness.”

SC Leadership team members Madison Hovey and Shawn Pancoast served as the directors of the camp, and leadership team members served as counselors. Counselors were Caleb Janssen, Michael Bond, Brenna Truhe, and Maggie Collett.

According to Wilke, anyone who may be interested in the May 2015 Rotary Camp, is asked to email or visit online at  Scholarships are available.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cole Family Summer Music Festival Concerts Begin June 10 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host several Cole Family Summer Music Festival concerts June 10-14.  All performances are free to attend and community members are invited to any or all of the concerts.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.—Counselors and Southwestern College ambassadors will perform inside Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From as far away as St. Louis and as close as Winfield, the performers will present a program in a variety of genres.   Musical theatre, classical, and jazz make up the enjoyable program demonstrating the talent of those who influence and teach the festival participants.

Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.—Mary Bander, young artist in residence, and Chase Foster, Winfield High School graduate, will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Bander is a graduate of the department of music at Oklahoma Christian University, having majored in vocal performance.  She has performed in several OCU opera productions including “Les Contes D’Hoffmann,” “Il Pagliacci,” “Dido & Aeneas,” “L’elisir D’amor, Gallantry,” “Riders to the Sea,” and “Die Fledermaus.” Her residency is sponsored by George Cole.  Foster has been performing professionally for the better part of eight years and has now begun to start his solo career as a pop/jazz artist. Through the years, Foster has had a musical exploration in country, jazz, rock, pop, and blues genres, and has been heavily influenced by a number of great songwriters. He now performs regularly as a solo artist, and is continuing to build his song catalog.

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.—The Cole Family Summer Music Festival faculty and assistant faculty will perform a recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Stephen Butler, Jeremy Kirk, Timothy Shook, and Daniel Stevens plus Winfield High School faculty member Matt Berthot along with their faculty assistants will present solos, piano duets, and ensembles.

Saturday, June 14—Numerous events will be held as the camp closes down.  Ensembles and solos are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  From 1-1:55 p.m., vocal and piano solos and ensembles with chamber groups in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  From 2-2:55 p.m., band and string orchestra in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  From 3-3:25 p.m., African drum and dance and jazz combo at the Cole Mound Plaza.

Saturday, June 14, 4-5:30 p.m.—All festival members of the orchestra, choir, and concert band with guest conductor Steven Barnett will provide a grand performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center to conclude the 2014 Cole Family Summer Music Festival.    Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

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

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:59:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps along with Choir and Ensemble Opportunities Available (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer four summer camps. The camps will focus on story theatre, music theatre performance, and improvisational acting. 

Youth day campAll of these are a part of the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival and will be held on the SC campus in Winfield.

Music theatre performance camp is intended for children in grades four through six and will be June 2-6.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Children will work with Allyson Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  

Improvisational acting camp is for youth in grades 9-12 and runs June 16-21.  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 work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  

Playwriting camp (grades 6-8) and Advanced Playwriting camp (grades nine and up) will run June 16-21. The camp will help students develop their skills in writing original scenes and short plays.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

Technical theatre camp is for any age of student and will run June 30 to July 3.  All levels of experience are welcome.  The camp will help develop skills in sets, lights, costumes, make-up, and more.  Students will work with Moon and SC Summer Theatre interns. 

Each day camp costs $20.  To register or for more information, contact the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council at (620) 221-2161.

The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is also offering opportunities for students and community members.  

JourneyKids is a choral ensemble for students in grades 3-6 with unchanged voices who are wanting to have a fun time with other children their age through learning music. Auditions are on June 17 and 19 at Southwestern College. 

Journeys is the new CMS Show Choir for high school and college-age individuals that are interested in learning both music and dance. This would be a great opportunity to have a brand new choral experience during summer break. 

Viaggiare is the new community choir that is open to individuals, high school age and older. The choir will focus on a number of different genres and would be a great opportunity to learn new vocal techniques with other musicians from the community.

Audition dates for Journeys and Viaggiare are June 9-13.  Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to contact Moore to set up a time.

Dylan Moore, director of the CMS, highly encourages individuals that are interested in being in these groups to enroll with a private voice teacher in the community or through the CMS. 

“Whether you are a high school student exploring a different style of music or someone wanting to revive your love for this unique genre, this opportunity is one-of-a-kind,” Moore says.

The CMS is currently enrolling students interested in taking private lessons in the areas of voice, piano, organ, percussion, and saxophone. Lessons are open to students of all ages. 

For more details, contact Moore by email at or call (620) 229-6188.

Wed, 28 May 2014 14:24:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Team Does Service Learning in Virginia Beach, Virginia (Leadership)]]> A total of 18 Southwestern College students in the Leadership program recently returned from their annual service learning trip.  This year the trip destination was Virginia Beach, Va.  The focus of this year’s trip was on environmental stewardship.  

“Good leaders are stewards of both people and resources,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The outdoor world around us is one of those resources.  So every four years, the Leadership team takes a trip focused on outdoor service efforts.  It is our hope that students will learn valuable lessons about the complex and intertwined nature of leadership work and the environment around us and learn to make informed decisions that take this relationship into account as they graduate and move beyond the walls of SC.”

Leadership at WilliamsburgWhile on the trip, the team toured and worked for the nationally-recognized nonprofit Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. Students helped to prepare running and riding trails for a 5K fundraiser, and they also did maintenance work on the grounds.  Additionally, the team spent two days building fire pits in Virginia’s First Landing State Park.  

The team also visited Colonial Williamsburg, in addition to area beaches and cypress swamps.  In keeping with the outdoor theme of the trip, the students bunked at the local KOA campground. SC junior Tavinia Tucker served as the trip planner and coordinator.  

“The service learning trips that Leadership takes help expose students to different leadership efforts across the globe,” Wilke says.  “Their impact on students is invaluable and often remains a highlight of their time at SC.  They are educational, fun, and eye-opening all at the same time.”  

Wilke adds that if anybody is interested in helping to fund scholarships for future leadership service learning trips, email To learn more about the Leadership program at Southwestern College, visit or

Fri, 23 May 2014 13:59:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Productions at SC (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Next to Normal” are coming soon to Southwestern College.

Auditions for the two shows will be on Friday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. Individuals auditioning need to prepare a song and either a monologue or a children’s story. 

According to Allyson Moon, auditions are open to individuals of all ages.

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed July 11-13 in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“Next to Normal” will be presented July 24-26 in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

“Next to Normal” is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.  It tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.  

For more information, contact Moon at (620) 229-6328 or by emailing 

Thu, 22 May 2014 10:11:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mark your calendar... Homecoming is Oct. 3, 4, 5! (Alumni News)]]> Plan now to attend Homecoming this fall, October 3, 4, 5, 2014!  Reunion year classes are those ending in '4' and '9', and the affiliation reunion is Education.  More information can be found on the Homecoming tab or by contacting your Class Hosts.  See you then!

Tue, 20 May 2014 08:55:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Basketball Camp May 27-29 (General)]]> Southwestern College head men’s basketball coach Matt O’Brien has announced dates and times for the upcoming Southwestern College basketball camp.  Camp will be Tuesday through Thursday, May 27-29, from 1-4:30 p.m. and will be held at Winfield High School.  First through eighth grade boys and girls will be in one group while ninth through twelfth grader boys will be in the other group.  Cost of the camp is $85 which will include a camp T-shirt.

O’Brien will team up with Winfield High School girls basketball coach Jason VenJohn for the first- through eighth-grade camp.  The camp is designed for basketball players of all abilities. The program is intended to develop each athlete’s ability through drills and competition. O’Brien and VenJohn will focus on developing a player’s entire game to include skill development for every position. Instruction is focused on increasing the understanding of how to play the game so players can maximize their ability.

O’Brien will team up with other Southwestern College basketball coaches and players for the ninth- through twelfth-grade camp.  This camp is for players who want to be challenged. O’Brien and his staff will drill campers on the fundamentals as well as team play.

“Our entire staff will be committed to making your child’s experience nothing short of fantastic,” O’Brien says.

Both camps will feature a foul shooting competition, hot shot competition, team competition, and individual awards.  

Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of camp on Tuesday and will continue until the start of camp.  For more information call O’Brien at (316) 650-0076 or email

Tue, 13 May 2014 14:57:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the Cole Family Summer Music Festival June 9-14 on the SC campus.

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

Under the supervision of festival dean Timothy Shook, the tracks are led by award-winning conductors, performers, and teachers.  This year the festival will be highlighted by guest conductor Steven Barnett.  Barnett is in his 11th year as director of bands and professor of music at Marshall University.  He conducts the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the “Marching Thunder” marching band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast and Midwest and is currently a staff arranger for Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, Fla., where he has 15 marching band arrangements published. 

Two new faculty clinicians will join the festival this year. Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College; and Matt Berthot, vocal music director at Winfield High School, will join returning faculty clinicians Daniel Stevens, director of strings at Southwestern College, and Shook.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new electives this summer including African drum and dance, jazz, and theory,” Shook says.

Barnett will lead two free clinics.  All music instructors are invited and encouraged to attend either or both sessions.  The sessions are titled “So What To Do When You Find Out That Your Band is NOT Blue Devils,” and “Band Arranging 101: A Practical Approach” and give instructors the opportunity to earn PDC points. Instructors are also invited to attend rehearsals throughout the week, thus increasing PDC points. 

Through generous support from the Cole family, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $375 when the application to attend the festival includes a signature of recommendation from a private music instructor or school music teacher.  

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

Thu, 08 May 2014 14:40:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2013-2014 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 3.  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 member to nominate students.  The list of students receiving votes is then submitted to a faculty vote.  Finally, the entire student body votes, choosing recipients from the names remaining on the list.  

Masterbuilders for 2013-2014 include: Colton McNinch, Arnold; Maddie Chapin, Andover; Maggie Collett, Wardsville, Mo.; Nolan Davenport, Seminole, Okla.; Luke Arneson, Valley Center; and Christopher Paddock, Rose Hill.

Wed, 07 May 2014 10:56:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Tennis Camp June 8-12 (General)]]> Southwestern College will host its annual summer tennis camp June 8-12. The camp is for players from middle school to high school and will include drills and match play for players of all skill levels. 

“Thanks to some very generous donations, all Winfield tennis players can attend the Southwestern Tennis Camp this summer for $50 (day camp) or $250 (overnight camp),” says Jason Speegle, Southwestern College head tennis coach.

Regular price of the camp is $350 for day-campers or $550 for overnight campers. The schedule for day campers is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunches included. Overnight campers will stay in a dorm on the Southwestern campus and have all meals and transportation included. Group and sibling discounts are available.

Speegle will direct the camp. Other camp instructors will include Randy Rowley, associate head coach at Army (NCAA Division I); D.J. Wilson, assistant coach at Washington College in Maryland (NCAA Division III); and Richard Southern, assistant coach at Southwestern.

To register for the Southwestern Tennis Camp, call or email Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141 or

Fri, 02 May 2014 11:48:02 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Linda Weippert New Registrar at SC (General)]]> Linda Weippert has been selected as the registrar at Southwestern College.

“Linda brings a wealth of administrative experience to the position,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Southwestern.  “She’s a delightful person and a great addition to our community.”

Linda WeippertWeippert comes to Southwestern after serving as the registrar at ITT Technical Institute of Wichita.  She also has worked as a financial aid administrator at American University in Washington, D.C., as well as University of Maryland University College.

“I am thrilled to be at Southwestern,” Weippert says.  “Moving from financial aid to registrar has been a fairly easy transition.  Both jobs are very detail oriented and deal with confidential records.  My heart is in higher education.”

Weippert is a double major from the University of Kansas where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies.  She earned a master of science degree in counselor education from Emporia State University.  

Weippert is a graduate of Wichita West High School and lives in Wichita with her husband, Michael.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:14:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athletes Named at SC (General)]]> Colton McNinch, Arnold, and Maddie Chapin, Andover, were named the 2014 OSAOutstanding Student-Athlete Award winners at Southwestern College.  The ceremony took place Wednesday, April 23, in Stewart Field House.  

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

McNinch is in the final season of his four-year career on the Southwestern College men's cross country team, where he spent this past season as a team captain. He has won three KCAC individual titles, and is a four-time All-KCAC selection on the cross country course. McNinch was also the recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character award at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships, and won the KCAC Cross Country Champion of Character Award the same season. Combined with his efforts as a member of the track and field team, he is a 17-time All-KCAC selection. He has qualified for nine NAIA national championships. McNinch has also been named a KCAC Scholar-Athlete three times, and has twice been selected as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. When he's not running McNinch is the Student Foundation vice president, the Senior Class President, and is a Student Government Senator. He is also a general and organic chemistry tutor, and has raised funds for the Winfield Food Pantry, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Chapin is a two-year captain and a four-year starter for the Southwestern College women's soccer program. She scored 11 goals and added five assists over her career, which was spent primarily as a defender. Chapin is a four-year All-KCAC selection, and was selected by her teammates as the "Most Valuable Player" in each of her four seasons with the team. She will graduate in May as the winningest player in Southwestern women's soccer program history having won 30 matches in her career. Chapin was named the KCAC Female Student-Athlete Champion of Character following her junior season, and was the KCAC winner of the Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. She is currently in the running to receive the national Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. She also competed in cross country for two seasons. Chapin has been accepted into the University of Missouri's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Nominees also included:

Jackie McCauley, Ulysses, women’s golf

Sara Blackburn, Garden City, softball 

Cori Hunt, Loveland, Colo., women’s cross country

Taylor Sisneros, Windsor, Colo., women’s track and field

Zefiryn Bryan, Delphos, Ohio, women’s basketball

Adrienne Vieyra, Hutchinson, volleyball

Tyler Harrell, Edmond, Okla., women’s tennis

Chris Paddock, Rose Hill, men’s track and field

Lorenzo Fouts, Arlington, Texas, football

Alex Tyler, Andover, men’s basketball

Max Manley, Coffeyville, men’s tennis

Joe Schwartz, Arkansas City, men’s soccer

Luke Arneson, Valley Center, men’s golf

This was the 16th annual presentation of the student-athlete award.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:44:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 4 (General)]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 4, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

            Commencement times and groups include:

1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Numerous vendors will be selling various food and other goods. 

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

The schedule for the evening includes:

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

2:30 p.m.—The Student Loans

3 p.m.—SC Alternative Strings

3:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

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

5:30 p.m.—Crowsons & Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Other students earned individual awards as well. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woon and Dunning placed second in audio visual reporting. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at SC (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Four awards were presented Monday, April 14, for outstanding service to the college, and 25 employees were honored for years of service.

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

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

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 

•           40 years: Charlie Hunter

•           25 years: George Gangwere and Sara Weinert

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

•           15 years: Larry Fisher and Leslie Grant

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)