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Class of 1960 - June Newsletter

Attention Class of 1960: What A Difference 50 years Makes

This e-mail is to remind you to register for the Homecoming Activities at Southwestern College ,and make your lodging reservations for  October 1,2,3. A verbal conversation with one of the class hosts is not a registration. 

All members of the Class of 1960 recently received a letter from the class hosts inviting each person to submit information for a reunion booklet. That information must be sent to Southwestern by AUGUST 1.

This homecoming will be full of special events, but the Fifty Year Reunion Dinner, Saturday, October 2 at the Winfield Country Club is the primary event for our class.

Please see:  Note especially the Hall of Fame response by classmate Billie Day, and former faculty member Dennis Akin.   The reality of a web site is itself documentation of the difference 50 years makes.

 Note this information I found about two commencements events.

Winfield Courier, May 27, 1960

Headline … Southwestern Degrees to 91 At May 29 Event.

“A weekend of commencement activities, highlighted by the conferring of 91 degrees, is planned for May 28 and 29 at Southwestern College, announces President C. Orville Strohl.

The program begins Sat., May 28 at 12:15 with the traditional Order of the Mound luncheon. At 5:30 p.m. Southwestern alumni and former students will hold a dinner in the student union. Special recognition will be given to classes of 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, and 1960.  Trustees and faculty members will be special guests.  Dr. Elton Trueblood, author of “The Idea of a College” will be the keynote speaker.  He will discuss his dreams for a “great” college as outlined in his book.

At 8:30 “The Heights”, a historical drama written and directed by Miss Helen Graham, will be presented. The amusing and interesting pageant is being given for the second time this 75th anniversary year by popular request.

President Strohl will discuss “Stake Your Claim” at the 10:30 a.m. baccalaureate service Sunday in Stewart field house. The Southwestern symphony orchestra, under the baton of Ross O. Williams, will present the music program.

A special concert of the Purple Robed choir, directed by Dr. Jack Juergens, will be held in Richardson auditorium, at 3 p.m.

During the commencement program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the alumni athletic field, honorary degrees will be presented to Prof. W. J. Poundstone, SC graduate of 1910, and Dr. Gordon Hatler Scott, SC Class of 1922, of Detroit Michigan.

The Southwestern band, directed by Albert Hodges, will present special music.  “The Dream Which Possesses Us” is the title of the commencement address to be given by Dr. D. Elton Trueblood of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.”


Winfield Courier, May 10, 2010

Headline  …   Hail, Southwestern Hail

“With plenty of proud mothers looking on, Southwestern College added more than 600 names to its historic roll of graduates Sunday during three separate ceremonies at Stewart Field House.The special moment that is college graduation was made even more memorable falling on Mother’s Day, participants agreed. ….

A total of 644 degrees, including 147 in six master’s programs, were conferred Sunday at SC, representing 44 states and 10 countries.”

Reflections on the two commencements

The number of students living on campus is approximately 400.  The number of graduates now exceeds the enrollment in 1959-1960.  Southwestern has satellite offices in Oklahoma City and Wichita, and offers off site and on-line degrees through special agreement(s) with the US Air Force and private corporations.  The increase in master’s degrees is a reflection of the fact that many on-campus graduates take the extra time for the employability offered by that degree.  

There will be lots of change to celebrate when we gather October 1-2-3 for our class reunion.  Hope you can join us.

--Carl E. Martin for the Reunion Host Team