General RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/ General RSS Feed <![CDATA[Southwestern College Graduates Earn More than Projected]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1725 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1725 A recent study by a prestigious university shows that new Southwestern College graduates earned $6,000 more than they were projected to earn, the top projected earnings gap of any university in the state. 

The Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW) mined statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard to compile the earnings report for more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities.  The report takes into account the majors offered by the college (science and engineering fields tend to earn higher salaries, for example) then projects what graduates of that college could be expected to make. A survey of former students 10 years after they began their studies then compared what they actually earn to this base projection.

Of the 22 colleges and universities in the state, Southwestern College had the highest positive gap between what its graduates were projected to make and what they actually were earning. Actual earnings exceeded projected by $6,000-- projected earnings were $38,200 and actual earnings were $44,200. This was the highest positive gap in Kansas. 

Speaking in a Topeka Capital Journal article, a senior research analyst at CEW explained that the purpose of this study was to see if colleges are adding value to students’ earnings. 

“It’s supposed to be a measure of the college’s value,” said analyst Andrew Hanson. “In the end we’re trying to get one measure of the college’s ability to prepare students for the labor market.” 

The next closest positive earning gap was at Ottawa University, and was $1,000 behind Southwestern’s number. 

To see the full Georgetown University report, see cew.georgetown.edu/collegerankings

FORMER STUDENTS’ EARNINGS
A positive gap means former students earned more than projected, and a negative gap means they earned less.
University/Projected Earnings/Gap from Expected Earnings (+ or -):
•    Southwestern College: $44,200, +$6,000
•    Ottawa University:  $40,700, +5,000
•    Bethany College: $38,500, +$4,200
•    Newman University: $41,900. +$2,700
•    Kansas Wesleyan University: $36,600, +$2,100
•    Pittsburg State University: $38,200, +$1,500
•    Friends University: $41,800, +$1,300
•    Bethel College: $37,400, +$500
•    Central Christian College of Kansas: $31,100, -$900
•    University of Saint Mary: $39,900, -$1,200
•    Sterling College: $32,100, -$1,200
•    Emporia State University: $35,900, -$1,700
•    Baker University: $48,900, -$1,900
•    Fort Hays State University: $37,400, -$1,900
•    Washburn University: $37,900, -$2,200
•    Kansas State University: $43,300, -$2,400
•    Tabor College: $34,400, -$2,800
•    Wichita State University: $39,300, -$3,400
•    McPherson College: $35,500, -$3,700
•    MidAmerica Nazarene University: $39,100, -$4,200
•    University of Kansas: $44,600, -$5,100
•    Benedictine College: $37,800, -$6,200
(Source: Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce)

 

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:46:31 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus to Host Special Olympics Basketball Tournament]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1724 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1724 The Southwestern College Enactus team is hosting a basketball tournament for Special Olympians on Saturday, March 5, at Winfield High School.  There is no admission charge to attend and the public is invited to come and support the athletes. 

“Part of the Enactus experience involves project work, and I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before.  I have always had an interest in doing a Special Olympics activity,” says Alison Ornbaun, Enactus project leader. 

“I think this will be a really good legacy project that we can do year after year,” says Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business and Enactus co-advisor.  “We picked basketball because we can do it at any time and not have to worry about weather.”

Six teams from around the state of Kansas have signed up to participate.  Each participant will receive a ribbon and a T-shirt.  Individual and team trophies will be awarded to the top three teams.  

Along with the team competition, there will also be a skills competition and trophies will be awarded.  Enactus will provide lunch for teams.
Ornbaun says that donations for this not-for-profit event would be appreciated.  To make a donation, contact Ornbaun at (530) 908-3149 or by emailing Alison.ornbaun@sckans.edu. To contact Pettey, call (620) 229-6324 or email Kristen.pettey@sckans.edu.

Enactus is an international organization dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. They provide a platform for university students to collaborate with business and academic leaders in the development of entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. The Enactus experience transforms the lives of the students as they develop into entrepreneurially-minded, socially-responsible leaders.

 

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:56:57 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews During Founders Day Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1722 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1722 The inauguration of Southwestern College President Brad Andrews will highlight a busy Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Thursday through Sunday, April 14-17.  

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

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

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

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

On Saturday, April 16, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will begin at 9 a.m. on Richardson stage (limited seating, RSVP necessary), followed immediately by the induction ceremony in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  

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

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

At 8 p.m., John McCutcheon will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for alumni, and $10 for students.  For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

The weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, April 17, with the Southwestern College Spring Choral Concert at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 
Other events include:

•          Tuesday, April 12—writing on the Wall of Well Wishes in the Java Jinx and Deets Library.  Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff along with community members are invited to write messages or simply sign the wall.  
•          Friday, April 15— Noon reception honoring Trish Andrews, wife of President Brad Andrews, in Deets Library.  Also on Friday, Jacob Goodson, associate professor of philosophy at SC, will have a book presentation and signing at 2 p.m. in Deets Library.  

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

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

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

 

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:12:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Lee to Serve on Steering Committee For KSCPA Educators Conference]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1720 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1720 Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern College, has been appointed to serve on the steering committee for the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) Educators Conference on June 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

This conference is part of a Tri-Knowledge CPA Program with three conferences going on at once.  They include a business and industry conference, an accounting and assurance services conference, and an educators conference. 

“This conference will allow not just an opportunity for faculty members from the state of Kansas to network and learn from each other, but also allows faculty and industry professionals to network with each other,” Lee says.  “For faculty members, this conference will allow us to understand the current needs and changes in the industry so that we may translate those industry trends into our classroom. In return it helps our faculty at Southwestern College prepare our accounting students when it comes to their career after graduation.”

The KSCPA is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs and works closely with other state CPA societies.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:46:07 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to Perform Lecture and Jazz Pieces for MLK Day Event at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1718 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1718 Southwestern College will host Galen Abdur-Razzaq for a special Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  His program is titled “Jazz and the Civil Rights,” and he will discuss (and perform) jazz pieces by known jazz artists and how they influenced Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The event is hosted by the Campus Life Office.
FluteJuiceAbdur-Razzaq is a flutist from Montclair, N.J., who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Rutgers University, he holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

According to Anjaih Clemons, director of campus life at Southwestern, Abdur-Razzaq is known for his intellectually stimulating lectures and powerful jazz performances and is considered one of the most popular artists on university and college campuses in the country.

There is no admission charge to attend and the public is invited.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:55:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Military Appreciation Night at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1717 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1717 The Southwestern College athletic department and SC student life would like to invite all active duty military and veterans to Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Jan. 23, as the Southwestern College men’s and women’s basketball teams host the University of Saint Mary. The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m., and the men at 5 p.m., inside historic Stewart Field House.

All active duty military and veterans will be admitted free to the games and will receive a t-shirt. Participants will be recognized immediately before the men’s game tips off.

Interim assistant athletic director Scott Nuss says that he has been in contact with McConnell Air Force Base, area National Guard, and VFW and American Legion posts in Cowley County.  

“We recognize a lot of people throughout the season, but we often forget about those who serve and protect us on a daily basis,” Nuss says.  “I hope our military and veterans will accept our invitation, and support us while we recognize them for their service."

For more information, contact Nuss at (620) 229-6218.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:51:18 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Trainers Attend KATS Seminar]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1708 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1708 Ten Southwestern College athletic training students attended the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) Seminar held at Kansas State University on Sunday, Nov. 8.  

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

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

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

 

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:07:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Names Sarah York and Elizabeth Stephens ‘Teachers of Promise’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1706 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1706 The Southwestern College education department has recognized Sarah York, Clearwater, and Elizabeth Stephens, Dodge City, as “Teachers of Promise.”  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:37:14 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Accounting Students Attend Conference in Kansas City]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1705 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1705 Four Southwestern College students recently attended the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:51:18 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Jackie Glasgow to Receive Faculty Distinction Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1701 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1701 Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College, has been selected to receive the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) Faculty of Distinction award.  Glasgow, along with the other 17 honorees, will be recognized at a workshop and award reception in Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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“Jackie is an amazing educator and her dedication to teaching and learning is largely responsible for the success of our Ed.D. program,” says Southwestern College provost Andy Sheppard.  “She is an incredibly talented professor so KICA’s outstanding teacher award is both fitting and well deserved.”

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

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

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

 

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:16:35 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Humans vs. Zombies Game]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1699 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1699 WHAT: A giant game of tag that lasts for 4 days.

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

WHO: All SC faculty, staff, and students

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

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

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

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:19:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Homecoming Parade is Saturday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1698 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1698 The Southwestern College Homecoming Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Winfield’s Main Street. The parade route will begin at 15th and Main and travel north to 10th Street.

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

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

The full schedule of Southwestern College Homecoming activities can be found at http://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/homecoming.   

 

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Chelsea Hare Receives Scholarship from UPS Educational Endowment Fund]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1696 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1696 Southwestern College sophomore Chelsea Hare, Dallas, has been selected to receive a $2,425 UPS Scholarship for 2015-16 through the Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF).
Chelsea Hare
Hare is the daughter of Tara Hare and is a graduate of North Garland High School.  She is a sophomore majoring in psychology.

“By awarding me the UPS Scholarship, I am able to concentrate on what is important for my education,” Hare says.  “By the financial generosity, it has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I'll be able to help other students achieve their goals as the UPS Scholarship has helped me.”

The Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF) announced the awarding of 44,100 in UPS Scholarships to 18 high-achieving low-income students at private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC.

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, which will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.  In Kansas, KICF presented a $2,450 to a student at each of KICF’s eighteen individual member institutions.  Those colleges and universities are: Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary.

The 18 UPS Scholars in Kansas have an average grade-point-average of better than 3.00. 

The UPS Scholarships were funded by the UPS Educational Endowment, which is held and administered by CIC. The Endowment was established in the 1970’s by the UPS Foundation to support programs to benefit underserved populations. Since its inception, the Endowment has generated over $50 million in scholarship support for more than 17,000 students at independent colleges and universities.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 614 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

“Partnering with the CIC to develop the workforce of tomorrow by helping thousands of students obtain an education from our nation’s independent colleges is a very important initiative,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are also proud that The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed more than $104 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2014.”

 

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:42:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Alumni and Ambassadors to be Recognized]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1694 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1694 The 2015 Ambassador Award, the Young Alumni Award, the Alumni Recognition Award, and Servant Leadership Award will be presented Friday, Oct. 16, at the Southwestern College Homecoming dinner in the Roy L. Smith dining hall.  The honorees are Scott Schoon, Warren Berquist, Scott Hecht, and Donna DeMint.  Randy Juden, a 1980 SC graduate, will be the master of ceremonies. 

The SC Ambassador Award will be presented to Scott Schoon, superintendent of the Winfield Recreation Commission (WRC).  This award recognizes non-graduates of the college who have captured the Builder spirit and have served as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the community.  

The WRC and Southwestern College are partners in offering fitness and recreation opportunities to the community, with this partnership escalating in the past few years. In existence since 1955, the WRC has operated as a tax-supported government entity for 60 years with a goal of offering quality programs and services at an affordable price. In the spring of 2003, the recreation commission, USD 465, and Southwestern College agreed to have the WRC manage, schedule, program, and hire staff at Southwestern’s indoor pool. Since then the pool has offered open swim time, lap swim, youth and adult classes, private swim parties, and special events, with average attendance each year exceeding 9,000. The pool continues to be open free of charge to all SC students. A decade later, the WRC, Southwestern, and the school district were joined by the City of Winfield in 2013 to partner in expansion of the tennis courts at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex. The project included doubling the number of courts from 7 to 14, new parking, sidewalks, shade structures, a hitting wall, and other renovations. A fund raising campaign resulted in private donations totaling $700,000, along with $50,000 contributions from each of the four partners. The Lucien Barbour Addition to the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex was officially dedicated in April of 2014. Schoon, who has been recreation superintendent since 1988, has been instrumental in the establishment of the warm working relationship between SC and the WRC.  

Warren Berquist ’05 will receive the Young Alumni Award.  This honor is presented to a recent graduate (or graduates) who have made an outstanding commitment to the college through support, including attendance at college functions and recruitment of new students. 
Bergquist combined his years as a physics major at Southwestern College with courses at Washington University in St. Louis as part of a dual degree engineering program for civil engineering, completing both his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in structural engineering in May 2006. A two-time All-American (once in track and once in cross-country) at Southwestern, he competed all four years in cross country nationals and three years each at indoor and outdoor track. 
He was given a full tuition scholarship to Washington University, one conferred on only two students each year. After graduation Berquist began working at Alper Audi, Inc., in St. Louis as a project engineer and this year became a partner of the 20-employee group. He has designed many buildings around the U.S., working directly with architects, contractors and developers/owners.  The single-discipline engineering firm designs commercial, research, institutional, and industrial buildings.  His recent projects include design of a 26-story apartment building, expansion to the St. Louis County Courthouse, five and seven-story corporate headquarters for several Fortune 500 Companies, educational buildings at Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri, and manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar and Dow Chemical. Warren and his wife, Theresa, have a two-year-old daughter, and are active in supporting the St. Louis Zoo.

Scott Hecht, a 1990 graduate, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of his significant contributions to the college and community.  

Hecht graduated from Southwestern with a degree in economics, and went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. He has worked for the same firm in downtown Kansas City since then and is now a partner in the firm known as Stinson Leonard Street LLP, which has about 600 lawyers nationwide. Hecht is in charge of the firm’s insurance litigation practice group, representing corporate clients with respect to insurance issues. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America for Insurance” for several years, and is a member of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.  Scott has served Southwestern as a member of the board of trustees since 2006, and is chair of the institutional advancement committee. He also is one of the founders and a former director of CIJ Foundation, which provides life skills and job skills training in a community-oriented environment to developmentally disabled adults in Wyandotte County. 
He’s also on the board of directors of the Lansing Education Foundation.

Scott and his wife, Shelley, have three children—Hannah, 22, Jake, 19, and Ally, 17. 

One additional award will be given out, the Servant Leadership Award, which is given to recognize a person who has exhibited a willingness to lead in the style of a servant within God’s community of the world, one’s society, or the local community in which one resides.  Donna (Homan) DeMint ’80 is the recipient.  The award will be accepted by Todd DeMint. 

DeMint was one of Southwestern’s most passionate supporters and volunteers from the time she graduated until she died on June 10, at age 57. She had been a class host for 15 years, provided the floral arrangements for such events as Homecoming and Commencement, and even decorated the college’s Christmas tree in the Christy Administration Building lobby. This service to Southwestern was only one way DeMint served her community. As owner and operator of Donna’s Designs, a local floral and gift shop, DeMint was not only a leading Winfield businesswoman; she was constantly looking for opportunities to improve her community. One of her most notable contributions was as founder of the Isle of Lights at Island Park. These lights were first lit in 1993, and she continued as president of the group for more than 21 years.

DeMint was a wonderful cook, and a talented quilter.  For many years, she was active in the local quilt guild and as a tribute to her, several of her quilting friends created a quilt exhibit in the President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center as a part of the Homecoming festivities. 
DeMint was also active in the Winfield Chamber of Commerce and various other groups, receiving many civic and floral industry awards and recognitions. She always found time to care for other people and encourage those with illnesses, including her involvement with breast cancer awareness through Relay for Life and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

 

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:30:42 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2015 Events at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1693 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1693 Southwestern College will celebrate 2015 Homecoming Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18.  Numerous activities have been announced.

For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs, at (620) 229-6334. For schedule updates, refer to the homecoming website-- www.sckans.edu/homecoming.

“Homecoming excitement has an extra boost this year because of the arrival of new Southwestern College President Brad Andrews,” Lowe says.  “In addition to having several new family fun activities, this year’s weekend gathering also includes an award to Scott Schoon, as recognition of the partnership between Southwestern and Winfield Recreation Commission, and a special tribute to SC alumna Donna Homan DeMint ’80 with a quilt exhibit and award at the Friday night dinner.”

Friday’s schedule includes:
•    Quilt exhibit. President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature a special quilt exhibit in memory of Donna Homan DeMint ’80. The display may be viewed from Friday through Sunday afternoon. 
•    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.— Moundbuilder Market open
•    10 a.m.— Jinx Invitational Golf Tourney, Quail Ridge Golf Course.  Contact Brad Sexson at (620) 229-6161 to register.
•    12 p.m.— Class of 1965 Welcome Luncheon, The Eatery at Millington Place, 124 E. Ninth.
•    2 to 4 p.m. — Come and Go Alumni Reunion hosted by the SC business division at College Hill Coffee, 403 Soward St. 
•    2 to 5 p.m.— Registration for class reunions in the Christy Administration Building lobby.
•    3:30 p.m. —Ribbon cutting and dedication of new aquaria, Beech Science Center with Julie Fuquay ’15. 
•    4 to 5 p.m.—Lifetime learning session.  “How to Become a Better Listener,” presented by Tracy Frederick, Mossman 102.
•    5:30 to 6 p.m.—Meet and greet President Brad Andrews, Java Jinx. 
•    6 to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  Honorees this year are Ambassador Award recipient, Scott Schoon/Winfield Recreation Commission; Young Alumni Award recipient, Warren Bergquist ’05; Alumni Award recipient, Scott Hecht ’90; and Servant Leadership Award recipient, Donna Homan DeMint ’80.  Donna’s family will accept the award on her behalf. 
•    8 p.m. — High Jinx Campus Players Homecoming Variety Show, Richardson Performing Arts Center.
•    9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.
•    10 p.m.—Campus Players and theatre alumni party, Roger and Allyson Moon’s house, 1606 Fowler.

Saturday’s schedule includes:
•    7:30 to 9 a.m. — Pancake breakfast by SC Enactus club at the American Legion.  $5 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12, free for ages 0-4. 
•    9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.  Parade marshals are President Brad and Trish Andrews.
•    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
•    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Rock painting at the Mound with George Lowe ’74 and Teresa Bevis-Yeoman ’80. Face painting on the Deets Library lawn with the SC cheerleading and dance teams.  Children’s scavenger hunt at the aquaria in the Beech Science Center.  Family Fun with Camp Horizon on Deets Library lawn with Joel Wilke ‘07/’08.  Sunflower Espresso mobile coffee/pastry shop with Kate (Hutchins) Clause ’05.  Alumni band rehearsal in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall.  Gallery exhibit and performing arts reception, Darbeth Fine Arts Center. 
•    10:30 a.m.—Computer science, English, and communications reunion brunch, lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Contact Cindy Stevens, (620) 229-6293 to RSVP.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Homecoming picnic, Stewart Field House, $6 per person, $3 for children under 6.
•    11 a.m.  -  Dedication of the F. Joe Sims Studio, Darbeth Lobby.
•    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  Say Cheez Photo Booth, Stewart Field House, props provided.
•    11:15 a.m. – Outreach Worship Service, south patio of Roy L. Smith Student Center.
•    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Country Club. 
•    12 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Moundbuilder Market open
•    12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Professional class photos, King Plaza. Photo times (class photos will be done separately by class):  noon – classes of 1965, 1970, 1975; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1980, 1985, 1990; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010.
•    1:15 p.m. – Class reunion gatherings, Jantz Stadium.
•    1:30 p.m. — Homecoming football game vs. Bethany College.
•    5 p.m. — Class of 1965 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd. 
•    5:30 p.m. — Class of 1965 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club. 50-year gala celebration. 
•    5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—www.sckans.edu/homecoming). 
•    6 p.m.—Women’s soccer alumni vs current students, Jantz Stadium.
•    8 p.m. — RPAC Presents “The Nine Lives Alunmi Show,” in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  For tickets or more information, contact Jessica Falk at (800) 846-1543 ext. 6141.

Sunday’s schedule includes:
•    9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $7 per person.
•    10 a.m.—Class of 2010 farewell breakfast at Hunters Café, 1020 Manning.  
•    10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Nick Warner ’70 guest speaker.
•    11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $8 per person.
•    Noon – Class of 2005 farewell sack lunch at Island Park.

 

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:46:41 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Banned Books Week’ to be Held at Southwestern College’s Deets Library Sept. 28 Through Oct. 2 ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1690 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1690 A week-long event celebrating freedom of speech is planned at Southwestern College. “Banned Books Week” will be observed at the Deets Library beginning Monday, Sept. 28.

Many of the events are geared towards Southwestern College students, however there will be discussion about censorship in the Murray Reference Room of Deets Library on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Michelle Boucher, associate professor of English at Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its “Alma Mater” and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.  

“We celebrate ‘Banned Books Week’ each year to remind everyone of our rights and responsibilities in a democracy,” says library director Dalene McDonald.  “This year, we are making a special effort to highlight ‘Banned Books Week’ to tie in with the college’s pillar project theme, which is Freedom.  Freedom of speech is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and librarians take this responsibility seriously when creating collections and when responding to requests to remove books and other information from library shelves that some might find challenging to their belief systems.”

Other events during the week include a mock protest against censorship, a virtual readout of previously banned books, and a display in Deets Library, created by members of the SC English department’s Sigma Tau Delta, highlighting the history of censorship in regards to print media, cinema, and the internet. 

For more information about “Banned Books Week,” contact McDonald at (620) 229-6271.

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:47:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern to Remember Mary Lou Martin]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1689 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1689 Mary Lou MartinAll are invited to join the Southwestern College community in remembering Mary Lou Martin during a gathering at the Deets Libray Friday, Sept. 25. The celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m.
           
Mary Lou Martin died Sept. 8, 2015, at age 77. She was a graduate of Southwestern, and was First Lady of the college when her husband, Carl, was president from 1988 to 1998. Carl Martin and other family members are expected to attend the SC commemoration. 
           
SC’s President Brad Andrews will host Friday’s gathering.

Mary Lou Martin Memorial Service - Video Archive

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Mary Lou Martin Memorial Service
September 25, 2015
Deets Library, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS

 

Musical Prelude - Stephen Butler, Assistant Professor of Music
Welcome President - Brad Andrews
Invocation - Ben Hanne, Campus Minister
Special Music - Martin Rude, Director of Outreach Ministry
Remembrance - Sara Weinert, Vice President for Communications
Remembrance - Roger Moon, Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech
Special Music - Mr. Rude
Remembrance - Charles McKinzie, Advancement Officer
Remembrance - Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Vice President for Student Life
Special Music - A Cappella Choir, Conducted by Brian Winnie
Closing - President Andrews
Benediction - Rev. Hanne
Recessional Music - Mr. Butler

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Announces New Vice President]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1681 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1681 President Brad Andrews announced today that Dean T. Clark will be the new vice president for enrollment at Southwestern College. Clark is currently vice president for enrollment at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., and will begin his duties Oct. 1.
       
“Dean was on campus last week and was extremely impressed with the Builder spirit and potential for growth in our enrollment,” says President Andrews. “This year he and his staff brought in Carthage’s largest-ever freshman class and total enrollment. Dean is a congenial and hard-working colleague, and he is excited about improving Southwestern’s on-campus numbers.”
           
Clark is a graduate of Carthage, where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also earned an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. After several years as an investment specialist for Charles Schwab in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin, he returned to Carthage as director of admissions and financial aid in 2002. He was promoted to associate vice president for admissions in 2008, and became vice president for enrollment in 2011.        

In his most recent position Clark has been responsible for a staff of 19 professionals, with oversight of admission, financial aid, and retention efforts. 
           
This year Carthage was expected to have its largest freshman class in history as well as the largest total enrollment (2,640 students) ever. 
           
Clark has taken a key role in collaborations between the admission office and the campus community. These collaborations have included a revamped honors program, a new branding and communication plan, development of new majors, and development of academic visit days for prospective students.  

 

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:27:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Seemee Ali to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation Friday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1679 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1679 Seemee Ali, associate professor of great ideas and English at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., will be the featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation on Friday, Aug. 21, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

"Dr. Ali is an impressive scholar, an engaging person, and a remarkable teacher,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “She will be addressing the topic of Freedom, reflecting on the critical role that education and learning play in the constant human struggle for freedom. I look forward to her visit and her insights with great anticipation."

Ali earned her Ph.D. in literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she also received her master of arts degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Austin College.

At Carthage, she holds a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary great ideas program and in the English department. With philosophy professor Michael McShane, she is the co-founder of Carthage’s popular Hannibal Lecture Series.

Ali’s most recent essay, “Wallace Stevens’ Scrawny Cry,” appears in an anthology of essays devoted to lyric poetry, “The Lyric Prospect.” She is working on a book about Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad.

Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie. Having lived and taught in Rome, she and McShane regularly travel to Rome with Carthage students during J-Term to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays.

The opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Fall Frenzy 2015 and officially start the academic year. It will also feature the introduction of new faculty, recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2015 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

 

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:19:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Completely Hollywood, Abridged’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1678 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1678 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show ran July 24-26 but director Allyson Moon wanted to give community members and Southwestern College students one more opportunity to see it.

The show, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti, will make audiences laugh, Moon says.

“This show appealed to people, and it didn’t matter about their age,” Moon says.  “It is laugh-out-loud funny.  Sometimes it is slapstick comedy, or wit, or the way the movie is used within the scene.  It is a heyday for movie buffs.”

According to Moon, “Completely Hollywood, Abridged” will incorporate a number of movies.

“I want the audience to know that 186 movies are referenced in this production, whether it is one-liners, plot lines, characters, or visual images that have become iconic and are fun,” Moon says.  “It can be fun to keep a tally sheet of how many movies you recognize.”

  Three actors will participate in the production—Phoebe Muldrow, Justin Godwin, and Jacob Marney.

“The three performers have really gelled into a very tight ensemble,” Moon says.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. There is no admission charge for Southwestern College students, faculty, or staff. For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 

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

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:41:56 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Choral Union to Present Concert August 22]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1677 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1677 The Southwestern College Choral Union will present its inaugural Summer Sing concert, “A Heart’s Memory,” by the Summer Women’s Choir on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The admission charge is $10 for adults and free for students and children.

“From being a child, to having a child, and to always listening to our inner child, the circle of our lives is never-ending,” says director Brian Winnie.  “This concert will feature an array of repertoire that reminds us of the journey and circle of life; may we never forget.”

Featured selections include Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby,” Nick Page’s “Niska Banja,” an arrangement of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and more. This concert will also feature soloists performing “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods”; “You Raise Me Up,” and Winfield small ensemble Harmony Bound.

“We hope the community will come celebrate the joy of women’s choral music, the close of our summer season, and the Welcome Back weekend at SC,” Winnie says.

Winnie also wants to remind interested singers about the upcoming fall rehearsal season, “I’ll Be Home,” which begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.  All singers ages 16 and older are welcome to the sessions in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall, and there will be open rehearsals throughout the month of September. For more details and to schedule a voice hearing, contact Winnie at (620) 229-6302 or by email at brian.winnie@sckans.edu.

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.

 

           

           

           

 

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:53:25 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning Author Reyna Grande to Speak at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1676 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1676 Author Reyna Grande will be speaking in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6-8 p.m.  The lecture will be about her latest book, “The Distance Between Us” with an emphasis on the theme of Freedom.  The community is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 
Reyna GrandeThe event is sponsored by SC Women’s Connect, South Central Kansas Library System, and Deets Library.  

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.

Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.

Her novels, “Across a Hundred Mountains” (Atria, 2006) and “Dancing with Butterflies” (Washington Square Press, 2009), were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, “The Distance Between Us,” was published in August 2012 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Grande writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, “The Distance Between Us” is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the ‘Angela’s Ashes’ of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Born in Mexico, Grande was two years-old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Grande and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when she was nearly ten years-old, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant (she has since become a United States citizen). She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Grande obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film and video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

Grande teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension and is at work on her next novel.

Copies of “The Distance Between Us” are available for purchase at Watermark Books and Café at 4701 East Douglas in Wichita and at Deets Library at Southwestern College.  Grande will be available to sign books while at Southwestern.

For more information, contact Dalene McDonald, Deets Library director, at (620) 229-6271.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:11:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1674 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1674 New faculty and staff at Southwestern College were introduced during the employee welcome back dinner held on Aug. 8.
New faculty include:
•    Tanzil Khan, assistant professor in early childhood education.  She has a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach.  She has been a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine.   
•    Kari Nilsen, psychology professor.  She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology from Wichita State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history, also from WSU.  
•    Brian Pekarek, assistant professor of education in curriculum and instruction.  He has a doctorate from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in school counseling from Kansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.  He had been working as a superintendent of the Ashland School District. 

New staff members at Southwestern include:
•    Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. She served as Leadership team coordinator from 2008-2010.  Wood has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of arts in specialized ministry from Southwestern College. 
•    Kirsten Guidero, scholar with the Institute for Discipleship.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Marquette University and holds a master of arts in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
•    Britany Morgan, technical director for the TOMARI Center.  She recently received her bachelor’s degree from Stephens College and has been working as a dance instructor in Valley Falls. 
•    Justin Williams, director of international student services.  Williams is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern College.  He had been teaching sixth grade students in the Derby School District. 
•    Rev. Ben Hanne, campus minister.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Iliff School of Theology.  He has recently been the pastor to the First United Methodist Church in Stafford.  
•    Kyle Pond, head men’s soccer coach
•    Ryan Richardson, assistant men’s soccer coach
•    Sinead Byrne, assistant women’s soccer coach
•    Elishia Andrada, athletic training graduate assistant
•    Tobias Boese, assistant track and field coach
•    Vaine Lutz, financial aid counselor
•    Ben Klinger, assistant football coach
•    Nate Justice, assistant football coach
•    Jeff Kontz, assistant football coach
•    Corey Gray, assistant football coach
•    Brandon Owen, graduate assistant football coach
•    Mandy Watson, athletic training graduate assistant
•    Kitra Terrell, administrative assistant for financial aid
•    Senta Sellers, reference and instruction librarian
•    Kristi Perkins, lead teacher at the SC Learning Center
•    Kevin Lynum, assistant women’s basketball coach
•    Rodney Marner, assistant men’s basketball coach
•    Britt Bradley, director of marketing and communications for the Institute for Discipleship

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:50:52 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Justin Williams Named Director for International Student Services at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1673 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1673 Justin Williams has been hired at Southwestern College as the director for international student services and the residence director for Wallingford Hall.

Dan Falk, associate vice president for student life and dean of students, says that Williams will be in charge of international student programming and helping students adjust to life at SC and in the United States. He will also be the liaison with the host family program and will serve as an immigration regulations advisor for the students.

Williams, a 2011 graduate of Southwestern College, plans on being involved in every aspect of the international students’ lives at SC. He will be creating programs for them on campus, taking care of insurance, and making sure their visas are up to date, Williams says. 

“My main goal is to focus on relationships,” Williams says. “As a teacher, I was big on building relationships with my students. I want and hope that they will love this community and this college like I do. I want them to experience all that they can while they are here. I want them to gain that cultural experience.”

Williams hopes area families will want to get involved and become hosts for the international students. 

“There are so many benefits for both the host family and the student,” Williams says. “The host family gets an opportunity to experience a different culture. For the kids, they are thousands of miles from home and it is so important for them to know they have a family here in Winfield that they can visit with or escape the college life for a little while. I wasn’t an international student and I struggled my first semester here because I felt a bit alone. By my junior year, I met a friend, Tanner Seidel from Arkansas City, and I started going to some of their family events and became really close to them. I called them my foster parents. That really helped me once I had that foundation. I think the host family program is one of the most important programs for our campus and for our international students.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Williams taught fourth grade at Cooper Elementary in Derby for three years, then taught sixth graders at the sixth grade center. He also coached eighth-grade middle school basketball. 

When the chance for Williams came up to return to Southwestern, he didn’t hesitate.

“I always wanted to come back to Southwestern if the opportunity came around and when this came up, I spoke with Dawn (Pleas-Bailey) and interviewed with Dan (Falk) and here I am,” Williams says. “I feel like Winfield is my second home. I am still a Texas boy at heart but I love Winfield and I love Southwestern.”

Anyone interested in becoming a host family is encouraged to contact Williams at (620) 262-5412.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:31:16 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Freshmen Move-In Day at Southwestern College August 9 ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1672 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1672 Incoming freshmen will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Sunday, Aug. 9, as Fall Frenzy kicks off the 2015-2016 school year. 

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

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

Transfer and returning students will move in on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Freshmen Work Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Since 1992, Southwestern College freshmen, along with Leadership Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, have spent one of their first days as Moundbuilders out in the city of Winfield.  The goal is to promote feelings of community among incoming students as well as a sense of belonging to the college and the city of Winfield.  Freshmen Work Day also strives to make a difference by establishing new relationships between the college and the community by assisting homeowners with indoor and outdoor home projects that the owners would otherwise not be able to complete.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., Winfield Main Street Revitalization will partner with Southwestern College for the third annual Purple Pride event which will take place in the parking lot of 300 E. Ninth Street in Winfield.  Local businesses are invited to set up booths to promote their businesses to the SC students.  Local restaurants are also invited to serve food samples.  

The remaining Fall Frenzy schedule includes: 
•    Sunday, Aug. 16, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
•    Monday, Aug. 17, classes begin for students.  
•    Tuesday, Aug. 18, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Thursday, Aug. 20, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m.  Purple and white football scrimmage at 8 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
•    Friday, Aug. 21, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

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

For more information about Fall Frenzy, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168.  For more information about Freshman Work Day, call Cheryl Rude at (620) 229-6381.

 

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:41:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Whitney Corley Named Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1667 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1667 Whitney Corley has been named interim head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern College.  She will take over from Dave Denly who accepted the head women’s basketball coach position at Bellevue University in Nebraska last month.
Whitney Corley
“This is the job I have dreamed of since my playing career at SC ended,” Corley says.  “I had a great experience playing for Coach Denly and getting my undergraduate degree here.  I got the opportunity to get some experience from some other coaches in other programs with the idea of bringing that back to this program.  I feel very lucky and blessed to get this opportunity because this program and this school were so good to me.”

Corley was the assistant women’s basketball coach at SC last season.  She played for the Builders and Denly from 2003 to 2005.  Corley earned honorable mention all-conference in her first season at SC before earning KCAC Player of the Year honors in her senior campaign.  She is ranked second all-time in three-pointers made in Southwestern Lady Builder history.  In two seasons, she made 211 three-pointers; Andrea Mohr is the all-time leader with 265 and played four seasons at SC. Corley graduated from Southwestern in 2006.  After her playing career ended, she spent one year as a student assistant coach at SC and then was a graduate assistant coach at Fort Hays State University.  She became the assistant women’s basketball coach at Garden City Community College in 2008 and spent the next six seasons in that position before returning to Southwestern College. 

The Lady Builders received 87 votes in the final 2015 NAIA division II women’s basketball coaches’ top 25 poll. Southwestern posted a 22-10 overall record, and finished second in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-5 mark against conference opponents. The Lady Builders won their second KCAC tournament championship in the last three years, and advanced to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, for the fifth-straight season.

The Lady Builders will return 12 members of its 2014-15 squad for the 2015-16 season.

“The girls coming back are excited, ready for something new and fresh but they also understand that there is a formula for success that has worked for almost 20 years so moving away from that won’t happen a whole lot. I think this has been comforting to the returners,” Corley says.  “They know that I have had experience with Coach Denly and they seem to be comfortable with the transition because it is a little more familiar to them than bringing someone new into the program.”

Corley will be interim coach during the 2015-16 year. 

The Lady Builders will open their season Oct. 30 versus Bacone University at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Classic.  

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:09:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC Increases its Power and Changes Frequency]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1664 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1664 Southwestern College campus radio station KSWC has changed its frequency and its wattage in an effort to allow more people to listen to the station and to attract more media students, interested in radio, to the college.

For nearly 35 years, the station has operated at 10 watts on 100.3 FM.  Now the station is operating at 100 watts and can be heard on 94.7 FM.

Jeff Franck, chief operator for KSWC, and Tommy Castor, adjunct instructor of communication and faculty advisor of KSWC, discovered the opportunity to increase the wattage of the station in the fall of 2013.  They shared the information with Tom Jacobs, division chair for computer science and communications at Southwestern, who then advocated for the idea to Southwestern College Provost Andy Sheppard.  Ultimately, the idea was approved and the process began. 

“Almost two years ago, we found out that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was accepting new applications for non-profit radio stations, like KSWC, to boost their signal,” Castor says.   “They had opened a small window of time for applications and we quickly pitched the idea to apply to boost the power of KSWC.  The FCC accepted our application and approved us to increase power to 100 watts and change frequencies to 94.7 FM.  The project was completed this week with the help of plant operations and Atlas Electric.  KSWC had been a class D (10 watt) translator at 100.3 MHz (megahertz). We upgraded to a low power FM at 100 watts on 94.7 MHz.  Our new tower on top of the Christy Administration Building is 30 feet tall.  We have a brand new antenna, tower, transmitter, and transmission line.”

Castor is excited for the chance to attract new listeners and new students. 

“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says.  “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons. It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.  They will craft their skills on state-of-the-art equipment, and be able to learn by being on a radio station that is very similar to what they will work with in the real world.  Also, it is a great PR opportunity for the college, as now more listeners even outside the Winfield community, will become familiar with Jinx Radio, the communication program at SC, and the college itself through the broadcasting of great music and Southwestern sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.”

KSWC is a non-commercial radio station that plays top 40 music.  It is also the flagship station for the Moundbuilder Sports Network which broadcasts all of the Southwestern College football games, all men’s and women’s KCAC basketball games, and selected non-conference games.   

 

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Thu, 28 May 2015 14:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Denly to Coach at Bellevue]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1663 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1663 Southwestern College athletic director and women’s basketball coach David Denly will leave the college July 1 to become head women’s basketball coach at Bellevue University in Nebraska. 
           
Denly was head women’s coach at SC for 17 years, and took the Lady Builders to the national championships during the past five seasons with seven appearances in all, finishing no lower than fourth in the KCAC every season he was at the helm.
           
President Dick Merriman promoted Denly to athletic director four years ago. 
           
“David has been an outstanding coach and athletic director for the college,” says Merriman, who will be leaving the college in July. “His Lady Builder squads have combined tremendous competitive success with outstanding academic performance and a strong leadership profile on campus. He has truly shown the way in terms of building a program that features both athletic and academic success.”  

Merriman describes Denly as “an active and engaged athletic director, working to achieve significant facilities improvements for athletics, like Jantz Stadium and the Helmer Family Track, and taking active roles in the work of the KCAC and the NAIA. The number of Builder teams and athletes that have been recognized as NAIA Champions of Character says a lot about his commitment to doing college athletics the right way.”
           
Denly will be the inaugural women’s basketball coach at Bellevue as the college adds the sport for the first time in 2015-16. With an enrollment of approximately 8,300, the college is part of the North Star Athletic Association.
           
“There were many things we fell in love with at Southwestern College and the outstanding character of the student-athletes and the overall athletic program was a big part of that,” says incoming SC President Brad Andrews. “Dave leaves big shoes to fill both in his coaching and his role as athletic director, but we’re proud of him and wish him well. We will work hard over the coming weeks to find someone worthy to take his place.”
           
“I’m forever grateful for the opportunities Southwestern College has given me,” Denly says. “The opportunity to be a women’s basketball coach and athletic director has helped me both personally and professionally, and for my family and me, Southwestern will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are excited about the opportunity Bellevue presents, and I will be drawing on my Southwestern experience as I move on in my career.”
           
Denly’s overall record at SC 348-171, and he has guided his team to seven consecutive 20-win seasons, setting school records along the way for both total victories in a season and conference wins in a season.  He has coached 24 first-team All-Conference players, 48 Academic All-Americans and 84 Academic All-Conference selections in his tenure at Southwestern, and the Lady Builders have had the KCAC Player of the Year four times during his tutelage. He was KCAC Coach of the Year three times, and is the 16th winningest women’s basketball coach in the NAIA. 

Before taking over the women’s program at SC, Denly served as an assistant coach to Brad Horstmann in the Builder men’s program for two years.  During that time, the Southwestern men qualified for the national tournament and won the KCAC conference tournament.

 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 13:45:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Glasgow Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1661 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1661 Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and the coordinator of the doctoral program, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 10. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members.  

“The Kopke award exemplifies the Builder spirit at Southwestern and affirms my role at Southwestern as an opportunity to shape educational leaders,” Glasgow says.  “The award is not just about the recognition of what has been accomplished but more on what has yet to be accomplished for future leaders in our school systems and higher education institutions.”  
Jackie Glasgow
“Jackie deserves the outstanding teaching award,” says Andy Sheppard, provost of Southwestern College.  “She is the heart and soul of the Ed.D. program and her students have truly benefited from her work with them.”

Glasgow has spent the past three years at Southwestern.  Prior to that, she served for 37 years in public education in the Wellington school district; 28 of those years were spent teaching special education and fourth grade while the other nine years, she was the assistant superintendent.   Glasgow received her bachelor of science in education at Kansas State Teachers College; two master’s degrees (one in educational psychology and another in administration) from Wichita State University; and her Ed.D. from Wichita State University. 

“I am very humbled and grateful for receiving the award and wish to continue being an ambassador showcasing the exemplary educational programs Southwestern has to offer,” Glasgow says.  “It is important for me to think about what Southwestern can offer to the field of education and the possibilities it can afford its learners.”  

Glasgow and her husband live in Wellington.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 10:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1659 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1659 Masterbuilders for the 2014-2015 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 9.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to six 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 2015

Masterbuilders for 2014-2015 include: Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla.; Jordan Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Jessica Hobbs, Harrah, Okla.; Sara Peck, Wellington; Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas; and Luiz Reyes, Humble, Texas.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Recognized by KATS]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1658 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1658 Eight Athletic Training Students from Southwestern College have been recognized by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) honor roll.
KATS•    First Team—Caitlin Hays, Garden Plain.
•    Second Team—Amanda Watson, Miami, Okla.; Kayla Lovell, Waukomis, Okla.
•    Honorable Mention—Blake Smith, Dexter; Rachel Vieyra, Hutchinson; Kayla Demel, Wichita; Heather Gilmore, Kinsley; and Tiffany Rieger, Manchester, Okla. 

First-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program (ATP), and achieved a 3.8/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Second-team nominees had to be junior or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.6/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.  Honorable Mention nominees had to be sophomore or above in academic standing, active within the professional phase of the ATP, and achieved a 3.4/4.0 KATS honors average which is the average of the student’s spring grade-point average (GPA), fall GPA, and cumulative GPA.

“It’s nice for our students to get recognition at the state level for their hard work in the classroom.  They are all very deserving of this honor and I am proud of each of them.”  Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education.  

 

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Wed, 13 May 2015 11:40:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Announces New President]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1657 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1657 Dr. Brad Andrews will be the next president of Southwestern College. Currently senior vice president for student success and strategic enrollment at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., Andrews will be the 19th president of the college when he begins his tenure July 1.

Andrews replaces President Dick Merriman, who will become president of the University of Mount Union after 17 years at Southwestern. 

Brad Andrews “We feel Brad Andrews is an ideal fit for Southwestern College, and could not be more pleased that he will be the next president,” says Michael Lewis, SC trustee and chair of the search committee. “He has extensive successful experience in three areas crucial to the continued success of the college—fundraising, enrollment management, and student life. He also is a collaborative leader who will work well with faculty and administrators already in place to extend the excellence we have come to expect at Southwestern.”

A native of Miami, Fla., Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1990 and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Drake University in 1994. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin.
           
"For more than 130 years Southwestern College has defined a truly student-centered approach to higher education,” Andrews says. “It is obvious that an exciting combination of tremendous people, a pioneering spirit, and outstanding programs have Southwestern College poised for great success moving forward. I am honored to be chosen to lead the Builder nation into the next era.”

Andrews’s leadership encompasses three divisions at Carthage College, including the departments of admissions, financial aid, student affairs, first-year academic advising, and religious life. His responsibilities include operational oversight for strategic institutional priorities, with emphasis on the immediate improvement of retention and graduation rates. 

As a member of the Carthage executive leadership team, he has helped guide an incredible period of growth for the college. Since 2000, Carthage College has:

  • grown its campus with more than $200 million in campus renovation and construction projects.
  • grown its academic reputation as demonstrated by a rise in national rankings, by significant increases in the number and quality of freshman applications, and by national recognition for programs such as participation in the NASA undergraduate research SEED program.
  • grown its enrollment from 1,500 to more than 2,500 full-time students.

Andrews arrived on campus in 1999 and quickly worked with staff and students to remake the student affairs program. After eight years as dean of students, Andrews was appointed vice president for enrollment and student life. In this role, he provided leadership for the completion of a campus strategic enrollment growth initiative. With a particular emphasis on entering new admissions markets and raising the academic reputation of the college, the college surpassed the 2,500 student mark. This enrollment figure represents a 67% increase from the full-time student enrollment 10 years earlier. This accomplishment was completed while maintaining the college’s discount rate, even through the national economic downturn in 2008-09.

In 2010, Andrews was asked to serve as senior vice president for academic resources, following the departure of the chief development officer. For two years in this role, he served simultaneously as the chief enrollment officer, chief development officer, and senior student affairs officer. During this period, enrollment continued to increase, the academic reputation of the college continued to rise, and fundraising results were accelerated after the national economic crisis.

Andrews will move to Winfield with his family. His wife, Trish, was born and raised in Harvard, Ill., a small dairy farming community. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Carthage College in 1997. Trisha earned a master’s degree in education from Carthage, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as director of academic advising, at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., where she also has taught courses in U.S. History. She spent the first eight years of her professional life working in student affairs and career services at small private colleges.

Brad and Trish enjoy spending time with their four children—Graham, 17; Tyler, 13; Madeline, 6; and Gwendolyn, 3. Brad is a golfer and enjoys running; he has completed 10 marathons. Trish is a photographer.

 

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:10:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Farewell President Merriman]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1656 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1656 Dick Merriman, who has been president of Southwestern College since 1998, will leave the college at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

During his service at Southwestern, Merriman has guided the college through years of unprecedented growth in scope and mission.

Enjoy this photo montage commemorating his 17 years of service at SC!

President Dick Merriman Farewell from Southwestern College on Vimeo.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 12:14:59 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10; Merriman to Receive Honorary Doctorate in Leadership]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1655 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1655 Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  This will mark the final Commencement ceremony for the outgoing president Dick Merriman. Merriman announced in December that he was leaving Southwestern to become the president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. 
           
President Merriman will receive an honorary doctorate in leadership during the ceremony.  According to Andy Sheppard, provost at Southwestern College, given the long-term commitment that Merriman has made to Southwestern College and his contributions to the Winfield community, a special committee consisting of faculty, students, and members of the board of trustees determined that the honorary doctorate in leadership was the most fitting award. 
           
“Dick’s accomplishments at SC are visible in our much improved campus environment and the outstanding colleagues whom we enjoy every day,” Sheppard says.  “His work has been exemplary and we have all benefited from his dedication to our community.”
           
In his 17 years as president of Southwestern College, Merriman led two capital campaigns and several project-specific fund drives that raised more than $50 million for college projects. This led to a number of campus improvements—construction of Cole Hall and Richard L. Jantz Stadium; creation of Richardson Performing Arts Center and the TOMARI technical theatre center; significant renovations of Mossman Hall and Deets Library; and the rebuilding of the college’s landmark Mound and 77 Steps. He also has built relationships with the city and public schools that have furthered cooperation in the city of Winfield.
           
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, all ceremonies will be held in Stewart Field House. Commencement schedule and times will be:
•    1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T);
•    3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, B.S.A.T., 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 be internet streamed. 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 www.moundbuilder.com.     

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 9, 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 2014 will be recognized on the printed program. 
Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 10, 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 10, 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.  Graduates will be notified May 8 and 9 if they qualify for this honor.
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 transportation 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 www.sckans.edu/registrar.  Click on the graduation link for further details.

 

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Mon, 04 May 2015 15:38:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student has Close Ties to Titanic; Will Lecture April 30]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1651 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1651 As the granddaughter of shipbuilders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Louise Kavanagh grew up hearing about the Titanic.  She will share her stories about the ship on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  The public is encouraged to attend and there is no admission charge. 
Louise Kavanagh
Kavanagh says that she was very close to her grandmother who loved to tell her stories about her father and grandfather who worked in the shipyards, and that her grandfather was a carpenter for Harland and Wolff, builders of the Titanic.

“I grew a real interest in Titanic and applied for a job in Northern Ireland's newest tourist attraction which is the Titanic Belfast museum,” Kavanagh says.  “I was a tour guide at the museum and this opened my world to so much more information. Also, many of the stories I heard growing up collaborated with the facts I learned at my new job.”

Kavanagh says she wanted to do this presentation because of the famous story and because she has so much background experience and knowledge.

“I hope that this can be an educational experience but I also want the community to get a feel for real Irish heritage,” Kavanagh says.  “Titanic is a big part of Irish history and I love that my family was a part of that. Growing up near the shipyards was interesting; it has developed a lot over the years but as a child I remember my parents taking me down to the original slipways where the Titanic sat and a year ago I even had the privilege of walking through the actual drawing rooms were she was created.” 

Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

 

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athlete Ceremony May 6 at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1650 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1650 The Southwestern College athletic department will announce the 2015 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners on Wednesday, May 6, in Stewart Field House.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. The ceremony will begin at noon.  

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.

The nominees include:
    Alyssa Richardson, Lantana, Texas, women’s golf
    Rachel Baker, Edmond, Okla., softball 
    Morgan Workman, Parsons, women’s track and field
    Montana Rickey, Blackwell, Okla., women’s basketball
    Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., women’s soccer
    Sara Peck, Wellington, women’s tennis
    Nick Warnke, Wichita, men’s track and field
    Paul Mata, Carrollton, Texas, football
    Michael Bond, Andover, men’s tennis
    Dalton Carver, Ozawkie, men’s soccer
    Shane Gilbert, Derby, men’s golf

This will be the 17th annual presentation of the student-athlete award. 

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Wins First Place at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1648 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1648 The Southwestern College Enactus Team competed at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis, Mo., April 13-16.  The team won first place in the consultation round.
Enactus Award
According to Patrick Lee, Southwestern College Enactus Team advisor, the consultation rounds are a set of rounds for those that didn't advance on day one of competition. 

“The cool thing about consultation rounds is that the team gives the presentation and then the judges spend some time addressing issues that may have been the reason they didn't advance,” Lee says. 

Southwestern defeated such schools as the University of Pennsylvania, New Mexico State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Missouri Baptist University. 

The SC Enactus Team was represented by Madison Hovey, Tavinia Tucker, Austin Williams, and Hunter Cline. A total of 15 students from SC attended as the four-day exposition included competition, networking opportunities, career fairs, and professional development workshops.

Lee says that 186 teams were registered in St. Louis, competing for the title of Enactus USA Champion and the opportunity to advance to the Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 14 – 16. The SC Enactus Team competed in the opening round against Benedictine College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Penn State Altoona, Mount Mercy University, Union University, Pittsburg State University, and Valparaiso.

Along with Lee, the team was accompanied by James McEwen, internship coordinator, and Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business.   

The SC Enactus Team is a division supported organization that strives to find ways to make an impact in the community through entrepreneurial spirit. High School students interested in Enactus at SC can apply for an activity grant for their participation in the SC Enactus Team. For more information about the team or to submit an activity grant application go to www.sckans.edu/enactus/.

 

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1647 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1647 Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on Monday, April 13. 
Media Student Awards
Dalton Carver, Ozawkie senior, was named Journalist of the Year in the yearbook division. He received a $250 cash award and a plaque for his honor. Carver has been on the yearbook staff for two years at Southwestern College.  This marks the second year in a row that a Southwestern student has earned this honor (Sara Blackburn won in 2014).

Carver took second place in editorial writing and feature writing and earned two honorable mentions, one in front page design and one in review writing in the four-year private college newspaper division.

The Collegian newspaper staff also took first place, third place and two honorable mentions in the special publication category.
Other students earned individual awards as well. Bailey VenJohn, Andale junior, took second place in newspaper headline writing and honorable mention in online photo gallery. Maggie Dunning, El Paso junior, earned honorable mentions in column writing and feature photography. Kylie Stamper, Wichita freshman, earned an honorable mention in feature writing and Jonahs Joudrey, Vancouver, Wash., junior, earned an honorable mention in review writing.

The team of Carver, Garrett Chapman, Tulsa sophomore, and Angel Vadillo, El Paso, Texas senior, earned an honorable mention in the online video category. 

The Moundbuilder yearbook staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition. UpdateSC earned a bronze medal in the online news division.

Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs freshman, Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas junior, Hanna House, Clearwater sophomore, along with Carver, Chapman, Dunning, Joudrey, Stamper, Vadillo and VenJohn attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

There were part of a group of 160 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students attended breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Carver and Vadillo led a roundtable discussion on converting from print to online.

The students were accompanied by Pam Thompson, adjunct English instructor, and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks has completed two two-year terms as secretary of Kansas Collegiate Media. She worked with other officers to coordinate the media competition and programming for the conference.

 

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:27:18 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 10]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1646 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1646 Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 10, 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 and B.S.A.T);
  • 3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, B.S.A.T., 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 www.moundbuilder.com.    

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 9, 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 2014 will be recognized on the printed program.

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 10, 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 10, 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.  Graduates will be notified May 8 and 9 if they qualify for this honor.

Receptions are scheduled for:

  • 10:30 a.m. to noon—communications, computer science, and English majors in Christy Administration Building, room 13.
  • 11 a.m. to noon—social science majors and minors in the Welcome Center.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—business and MBA students in the hallway of Mossman Hall.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—education students in the reference room of Deets Library.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Professional Studies reception in the dining hall of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.

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 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, from 10 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 www.sckans.edu/registrar.  Click on the graduation link for further details.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:26:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing to Perform at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1637 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1637 The Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing will perform on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show is part of the RPAC Presents Series that was created to showcase the renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

The Cherokee Maidens are a trio of songwriters made up of Bartlett Arboretum steward Robin Macy; Jennifer Pettersen, a singer whom Macy taught over a decade ago when she was a teacher at Wichita Collegiate School; and Monica Taylor, a member of the Cherokee Nation who lives in Perkins, Okla., and was featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show.  The Maidens are accompanied by Sycamore Swing, a troupe of veteran jazz musicians led by Macy’s husband, Kentucky White.  Other members include Jimmy Campbell, dobro; Jordan Bollig, bass; and Kirk Russell, drums. Macy has described their music as a confluence of three singer-songwriters and a fabulous hillbilly jazz combo. Much of their material is vintage and western.

The event will occur during Founders Weekend at Southwestern College.  

 “The Cherokee Maidens are a regional favorite and it’s an honor to have them perform at SC,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “This is also a terrific opportunity to showcase the renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center to our alumni as well as our friends in the community during our Founders Day Weekend celebration.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Southwestern College alumni, and $10 for students.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.sckans.edu/cherokeemaidens or by calling Jessica Falk at (620) 229-6141.

 

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:52:10 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Founders Day Weekend April 16-19 at Southwestern College ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1635 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1635 Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College will be Thursday through Sunday, April 16-19.  Five Southwestern College halls of fame will open their doors to new inductees. The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m., on Thursday, April 16, with readings and a book signing by family members of Helen and Orville Strohl in Deets Library.  They will read from “Fifty Years to Shape a Dream, 1933-1983,” by Helen and Orville Strohl and copies will available to purchase for $24.99.

On Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m., Jackson Lashier, associate professor of religion, will lead a discussion on his book, “Irenaeus on the Trinity,” in Deets Library.  Lashier will analyze Irenaeus' Trinitarian conception of God and how it contributes to the development of Tinitarian thought in early Christianity.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the unveiling of plaques of those entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences and a dedication of the hall of fame to outgoing Southwestern president, Dick Merriman, in recognition of his outstanding 17-year tenure.  At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner in Deets Library followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45. The cost is $20, limited seating is available, and RSVP is necessary.

From 8-9 p.m. in Darbeth Fine Arts Center, there will be a reception for Madeline (Magnusson) Norland ’83.  Items from her personal art collection will be on display in the President’s Gallery throughout the weekend.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with an open house at the President’s Gallery, for persons who were not able to attend the evening reception to view paintings from the Norland collection.  At 9 a.m. the Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will be held on Richardson stage (limited seating, RSVP necessary), followed immediately with the induction ceremony honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  

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

At 3:30 p.m., in Deets Library, there will be a reception for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. At 4 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin followed by the induction ceremony for the Scholars Hall of Fame at approximately 4:45 p.m.  There is no charge but to insure adequate seating, RSVP is appreciated. 

Another exciting component of Founders Weekend is the President’s dinner (by invitation only) at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.  New inductees to the Heritage Society, persons who have made provisions for Southwestern College in their estate plans, will be recognized.  Heritage Society inductees for 2015 are Dr. Martha Kyle ’67, Dr. David ’60 and Grace Nichols ’80, and the Rev. Dr. Robert and Delores Eades.

At 8 p.m., the Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for alumni, and $10 for students.  For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

“Just like the welcome excitement of seeing the first flowers of springtime, I look forward to Founders Weekend every year at Southwestern College,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC.  “In addition to all the activities going on, we celebrate outstanding Moundbuilders at five halls of fame during this weekend.  Their successes validate the education provided here.”

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
•    Leaders in Service: F. David Froman ’68, Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez ’94, and John William “Bill” Todd ’51.
•    Fine Arts: Michael Brummett’79, Terry McGonigle ’73, and Madeline (Magnusson) Norland ’83.
•    Business: Shawn Fanshier ’83, Gregg Howell ’73, and Leo “Pete” Whalen ’51. Business Builder Award: Winfield Economic Development (board members: Rodger Steffen, Jill Long, Warren Porter, Craig Duncan, and Stan Ahlerich).
•    Educators: Gyla (Brock) Conklin ’58, Cheryl (Bernard) Schasteen ’71, and Kenneth Valentine ’70. 
•    Scholars: Dale Sims ’80, and Philip Schmidt. 

Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.  Electronic viewing of the halls may be found at www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/halls-of-fame/.  The Heritage Society display is located in the Christy Administration Building.
 
For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:52:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host League of Legends Tournament March 27]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1634 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1634 Southwestern College eSports will host a League of Legends 5 versus 5 tournament on Friday, March 27, at 7:15 p.m., in the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. There is no entry fee required however players must supply their own computer with wifi capability.  Free pizza and drinks will be provided. 
Pre-registration is encouraged.  To register, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/769866773098079/ or http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/qTaXfITuP3.  Players may also register in person between 6 and 7 p.m., on March 27.  According to Zenas Lopez, a Southwestern College student and the co-founder and president of the club, they will be using the Riot Games Inc. tournament rules.  Riot Games Inc. will also provide prizes for the top four teams. 

Southwestern College director of admission Marla Sexson recently announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, a student may receive a $5,000 grant each year, equaling $20,000 for four years, to participate in eSports at SC. 

League of Legends has become the most popular of the eSports.  According to developer Riot Games Inc., 27 million people play the game each day.  Southwestern becomes just the third school in the United States to offer scholarships for eSports.

According to the game’s website, League of Legends is a “fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of a real-time strategy game with role playing game elements.”

For more information about the March 27 tournament, contact Lopez at zenas.lopez@sckans.edu.  

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:16:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College Thursday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1633 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1633 Award winning journalist, director, and best-selling author Sebastian Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Junger became a fixture in the international media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the “New York Times” best-seller list for more than three years with “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture starring George Clooney.
Sebastian Junger
As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Junger is a graduate of Concord Academy in Massachusetts.   He received his bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.  

Some of Junger’s works include:
•    “Fire” is a collection of articles dealing with dangerous regions of the world,
•    “Restrepo” was his first film.  The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 
•    “War.” “Time” magazine named it a top 10 non-fiction book in 2010.
•     “Which Way is the Front Line From Here” is about the life and times of photographer Tim Hetherington and focusing on his documenting the humanity of people caught up in war. 

The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century.  In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961.  His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

 

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Enactus Team Offering Help for Job Fair Attendees]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1632 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1632 The Southwestern College Enactus team is offering assistance for anyone at Southwestern College or in the community who would like assistance putting together a resume, cover letter, and interview skills in preparation for the upcoming job fairs in Winfield and Arkansas City. The job fairs are sponsored by Cowley First.

Enactus team members will work with individuals who plan to attend the job fairs to help enhance their chances of gaining employment.  Each individual who comes for help will receive a leather portfolio.

The job fairs will be Tuesday, March 3, in the Winfield High School auxiliary gym from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Wright Room on the Cowley College campus in Arkansas City.

For more information or to set up an appointment with an Enactus team member, contact Southwestern College internship coordinator Jim McEwen at (620) 229-6346.

 

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:20:12 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning War Documentary 'Restrepo' to be Shown at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1623 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1623 Southwestern College will present a free screening of Sebastian Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary “Restrepo” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend.

“Restrepo” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley and there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. According to the “Restrepo” website, the only goal of the documentary was to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.

Co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

“‘Restrepo’ is an unforgettable and terrifying story—an adrenaline drip of blazing action that assaults your senses and locks your eyes to the screen,” says Steve O’Brien, CBS Radio.  “This is war as only the bravest experience it; enormously affecting.”

Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

 

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:44:49 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Private College Week is February 9-16]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1620 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1620 Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation identifying Feb. 9-16 as Kansas Private College week in the state of Kansas. 
The governor’s proclamation brings attention to Kansas higher education, especially the role played by Southwestern College and the 17 other independent colleges and universities that form the Kansas Independent College Association.

Kansas private colleges award over $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students annually; 20% of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 23% of the state’s master’s degrees are awarded to students attending private colleges.

“Kansas private colleges are efficient and effective,” says Southwestern president Dick Merriman.  “We provide significant educational opportunities for Kansas students without direct support from Kansas taxpayers and our focus on service learning and leadership means our graduates make important contributions to Kansas communities.”

“There are 18 private colleges in Kansas, enrolling 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year; and there are over 275,000 living alums—half of whom live and work in Kansas; among these alums are some of the state’s most important civic, business, and cultural leaders,” Brownback says.

Along with Southwestern College, the other 17 independent colleges and universities are Baker, Benedictine, Bethany, Bethel, Central Christian, Donnelly, Friends, Hesston, Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Manhattan Christian, MidAmerica Nazarene, Newman, Ottawa, Saint Mary, Sterling, and Tabor.

 

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:40:38 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College; ‘Restrepo’ to be Presented February 17]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1619 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1619 Award winning journalist, director, and best-selling author Sebastian Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Junger became a fixture in the international media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the “New York Times” best-seller list for more than three years with “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture starring George Clooney.
Sebastian Junger
As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

Prior to his visit to the college, Southwestern will present a screening of Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary “Restrepo” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  It documents the war in Afghanistan by reporting from the soldiers’ perspectives.

The public is invited to attend both events and there is no admission charge.

Junger and Hetherington worked together in Afghanistan on assignment for “Vanity Fair.” They spent a year with one platoon in the Korengal Valley, which is billed as the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. They recorded video to document their experience, and this footage went on to form the basis for “Restrepo.” The title refers to the outpost where Junger was embedded, which was named after a combat medic, Pfc. Juan Restrepo, killed in action.

The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century.  In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961.  His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

 

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:10:33 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Ross Returns to Southwestern After Exploration Place Sabbatical]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1618 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1618 Patrick Ross, Southwestern College professor of biology and chair of the natural science division, has returned to his teaching duties at the college after spending the  fall semester on sabbatical at Exploration Place in Wichita.  
Pat Ross Expo Place
While at Exploration Place, Ross participated in a number of activities connected with the museum’s education staff.  

“I was surprised at the degree museums are involved with education,” Ross says.  “The technical term is informal education.  You don’t have students bolted in their seats for 50 minutes.  People are coming in for a variety of reasons but the control of the visit is up to the visitor.  If you’re not doing anything interesting they will move on.  You can put up cool pictures and gobs of text but the learning experience is ultimately up to them.”  

Ross had opportunities to teach a wide range of age groups, from third and fourth graders to senior citizens.  

For example, Wichita has an event, “Senior Wednesdays,” that gives senior citizens the opportunity to visit museums and other area attractions. During the fall, Ross was the key speaker for this activity at Exploration Place, and talked about their fall exhibit on parasites.  

“That went over very well,” Ross says.  “It was a 50-minute lecture based Powerpoint presentation, a format I often use in my classes.  However, my next assignment stretched me considerably as I had to design an appropriate, hands-on activity about diseases and germs for elementary through high school kids.  This was my first really big assignment.  With the kindergarteners we used glow in the dark dust to teach proper hand washing technique and how sharing toys could lead to the spread of a disease.  With the high school students, we simulated the spread of an epidemic and talked about how vaccinations work to stop the spread of disease.”

Soon after this, one educator left their traveling education operation so Ross filled in for four weeks and was known as Professor Pat as he taught third and fourth graders.  Ross traveled to Wellington, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, and Oxford.

“That was the most fun I had,” Ross says.  “I enjoyed all of my fall at Exploration Place, but working with those little kids was great.  They are so curious; they are not bored or jaded toward science.  One exercise we did involved watching a candy dissolve in a cup of water.  In those five minutes, that was the most fascinating thing on the planet.”

An educator was eventually hired for this position but Ross wasn’t too disappointed:  They hired a former student of his, Southwestern College graduate Victoria Mitchell.

Ross beamed as he spoke about his role during Halloween at Exploration Place.  Zombies took over the museum for a two-day event titled “Museum of the Undead.”  Adults toured the museum and witnessed Ross dissecting a zombie.  Each room had something to startle the audience.  For Ross, it was an explosion of ‘blood’ during the dissection.  

Ross’s final chore was to prepare for the next traveling exhibit.  

“They are constantly re-inventing themselves,” Ross says.  “For each new national exhibit, they want programming--new lessons, new shows, something to connect that exhibit to our area.  Wildlife Rescue is the latest exhibit.  Jan Luth (Exploration Place president) is fascinated with the lesser prairie chicken and she gave me the charge of coming up with an exhibit to tell that story.”

The exhibit’s grand opening occurred Jan. 24.

“From the day Pat arrived he just fit right in,” Luth says.  “Having him take his sabbatical with Exploration Place helped provide our staff with professional development by a Ph.D. scientist.   Several of our key projects aligned with his expertise.  Pat jumped right in and did research to make a Kansas connection for our current national traveling exhibit ‘Wildlife Rescue.’ The museum added exhibit components, is having a series of guest speakers, and is offering innovative spring break field expeditions for students thanks to his research and connections.  He opened new doors for our museum and engaged our staff in thought provoking discussions.  We will miss him.”

So as Ross begins the spring semester back at Southwestern College, he feels he has a fresh outlook thanks to his fall at Exploration Place.

“I feel re-energized,” Ross says.  “The time away showed me that this place (Southwestern College) does just fine without me.  It gave me a little distance, a little altitude.  Maybe I don’t have to sweat the small stuff quite as much.  There is a teaching model used by Exploration Place that stresses engagement.  Before you can teach students anything you have to grab their attention.  I didn’t worry much about that before.  My students have to be in class, they are captives, so to speak.  But I now realize that the learning process will work so much better if they want to come to class.  A little entertainment can help liven up any lesson, whether it be at the museum or in my lectures.  If I can find ways to get them more revved up and I am trying to do more of that, I think it will be better for my students.  I want my students to enjoy the learning process as much as I do.”

Ross is grateful for the opportunity but at the same time, he did miss his students and colleagues.  

“I am thankful for all my colleagues, but especially Michael Tessmer and Rick Cowlishaw,” Ross says.  Early in the semester when I would drop in to check on things, Michael would almost physically chase me out of the building.  He was trying to make sure I got as much of a respite from the day-to-day activities of the college as he had on his sabbatical in China, even though I was just in Wichita and coming back home each night to Winfield.   Rick took care of the division while I was gone and he made sure the big things like our alumni meeting in November and our career workshop day went off just fine, which they did.  He did great.  I have such good colleagues in the natural sciences division and I had no misgivings about their ability to run the place, I had a lot of trust and that isn’t always the case in academia.”
Sabbaticals are available for professors at Southwestern for the purpose of professional enrichment.  They may apply for these sabbaticals every seven years.

 

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:15:03 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Griffin to Lead Southwestern College Football Team]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1613 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1613 Southwestern College Director of Athletics Dave Denly has announced that Brad Griffin has been hired to lead the Moundbuilder football program. Griffin becomes the 28th head coach in the team’s 111-year history.
Brad Griffin
“We are excited to put our football program in Brad Griffin’s hands,” Denly said. “He came to us highly recommended, and his values and philosophies fit what we were looking for. I truly believe that his dedication and vision for success will breathe new life into our football program.”

Griffin comes to Southwestern from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he recently completed his 10th season as the defensive coordinator for the Statesmen. During his 10 years at WPU, he helped transform the program from one of the worst in college football to a contender in the Mid-States Football Association. William Penn spent 42-straight weeks as a nationally-ranked team, and finished the 2014 season ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top-25 Poll with a 7-4 record. In 2010, William Penn won its first MSFA Midwest Conference Championship since 1976. Two seasons later, the Statesmen won the 2012 MSFA Midwest Conference Championship, and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship play-off series.

Under Griffin, the William Penn defensive unit made its home in the national spotlight. His 2014 Statesmen were the 10th-best pass defense in the NAIA, allowing 160 yards per game. In 2013, Griffin’s squad was ranked No. 6 nationally, and allowed 292 total offensive yards per game. Griffin was recognized as the MSFA Midwest Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011. 

“Southwestern College is getting a great young coach who has been through his share of battles,” William Penn head football coach Todd Hafner said. “One of his biggest battles was getting the William Penn program going in the right direction, and he has played a huge role in our success over the last 11 years. He is very meticulous in his weekly preparation, and his players are very well-versed on what to expect on game day. He will hold the players to a high level of discipline and accountability. Southwestern College will have one of the best young head coaches in the country!”

A Kansas native, Griffin graduated from Nickerson High School in 1996, and started his college football career at Hutchinson Community College, where he was a two-year starter and team captain. He continued his playing career at Emporia State University, where he was a two-year starter and team captain under Southwestern alumnus and current University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. Griffin started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Emporia State from 2001-03. During that time, the Hornets won the 2002 Mineral Water Bowl, and claimed the 2003 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship to advance to the NCAA Div. II National Championship play-offs.

“This is a very exciting time for me and my family,” Griffin said. “Becoming a head coach has always been a career goal of mine, and I feel like Southwestern is a great place for me to get it started. I believe we can make great things happen as we move our program in the right direction. I’m happy to be close to my family, and I look forward to getting to know the community. I feel like this is a great fit for me, and I’m excited to get started.”

Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation from Emporia State in 2001. He and his wife, Katie, will come to Winfield with two daughters, Brielle (6) and Bayler (2).

 

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:01:08 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Video Gamers Can Receive eSports Grants at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1612 http://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/1612 Video games have become so popular as a competitive sport that Southwestern College is now offering activity grants for in-coming students to play for the college’s teams. 

According to Marla Sexson, vice president for enrollment management at Southwestern College, a student may receive a $5,000 grant each year, equaling $20,000 for four years to participate in eSports at SC. These students will be part of a team of gamers who compete against other teams throughout the nation.
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League of Legends has become the most popular of the eSports.  According to developer Riot Games Inc., 27 million people play the game each day.  Southwestern becomes just the third school in the United States to offer scholarships for eSports.

Currently, Southwestern Colleges offers this as a club activity and according to Tom Jacobs, chair for the division of computer science and communication, around 40 participants now meet several times each week to improve their skills and scores on the computer game. 

According to the game’s website, League of Legends is a “fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of a real-time strategy game with role playing game elements.”

Zenas Lopez, a Southwestern College student and the co-founder and president of the club, says that the game has brought different groups of students together.

“League of Legends has a global reach,” Lopez says.  “We have lots of international students on our campus and sometimes it’s tough to get to know them.  But I have found that this club unites everybody and with the game’s help, we seem to speak the same language.”

If parents are concerned that their students will attend Southwestern just to play video games and not study, Jacobs says not to worry.  To participate, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.  

The club currently meets in the computer lab on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building but a gaming area is being renovated just for eSports players.

​For more information, contact Jacobs at (620) 229-6351 or Sexson at (620) 229-6364.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:34:42 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)