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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Media Students Place at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference]]> Several Southwestern College students were honored at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference held in Wichita on April 14.  

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

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

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

Other students earned individual awards as well. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woon and Dunning placed second in audio visual reporting. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Four awards were presented Monday, April 14, for outstanding service to the college, and 25 employees were honored for years of service.

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

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

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 

•           40 years: Charlie Hunter

•           25 years: George Gangwere and Sara Weinert

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

•           15 years: Larry Fisher and Leslie Grant

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

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

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stephen Woodburn Book Presentation to Kick Off Founders Day Weekend]]> Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history at Southwestern College, will kick off a busy weekend at SC with a book presentation at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Woodburn is author of a translation of Nikolai Danilevskii’s “Russia and Europe: The Slavic World’s Political and Cultural Relations With the Germanic-Roman West” published by Slavica Publishers at Indiana University.  The book was first published in 1869; after 1895 it went out of print in Russia for almost a century, but since 1991 it has been printed in at least eight new editions and over 100,000 copies. The author argues that the Slavs are culturally distinct from Western Europe, which explains its popularity as Russians attempted to redefine their national identity after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has never before been translated into English. Kishimjan (Bektashova) Ketner ’09 proofread early drafts of each chapter. The book is available on Amazon, and will be available at the book signing.

“Recent events in Ukraine reveal that Russians and Ukrainians are still trying to figure out their relationship with the West,” Woodburn says.  “Danilevskii says that Slavic civilization is distinct from the Germanic-Roman civilization of Western Europe, and that resonates with Russians, plus nearly half of Ukrainians, in the present. For a book written so long ago, it’s quite relevant to the present.”

“If Russians are reading it,” he adds, “maybe more Americans should, too.”

Founders Day weekend will also include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame, Business Hall of Fame, Scholars Hall of Fame, and Educators Halls of Fame.

Hall of Fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 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. Limited seating is available and RSVP is necessary.

Saturday’s schedule begins with the dedication of the TOMARI Theatrical Arts and Technologies Center at 9 a.m. Named in honor of lead donors Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein, the center is located just east of White Physical Education Building on Warren Street.

Following the dedication will be the unveiling of plaques honoring the inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center lobby.  The induction ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium.

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.

At 7:30 p.m., Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, “Rent” will be presented inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.  For tickets, call 620-221-7720.


Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:22:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Delayed Opening March 3rd]]> Both the main campus and Professional Studies Wichita offices will delay opening on Monday, March 3rd until 10 a.m.

Stay warm and make good decisions.

Sara Weinert,
Vice President for Communications

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:25:33 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern College Names Tyler Shirley and Kaci Hutchinson 'Teachers of Promise']]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Tyler Shirley, Mulvane, and Kaci Hutchinson, Oologah, Okla., as “Teachers of Promise.” 
2014 spring Teacher of promise
Shirley is the son of Don and Annette Shirley. He is student teaching at Arkansas City Middle School under Southwestern College graduate Caleb Hartman and will graduate this spring with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.

“I am honored to be the recipient of one of Southwestern College’s prestigious education awards,” Shirley says.  “I was able to receive this award because I have had great professors here at SC who have helped model the proper ways to instruct and lead students. I have learned a great deal from them and without their help I would have never been able to be a ‘Teacher of Promise.’ I am thrilled to be the male recipient of this award and I will do my best to live up to and meet the standards that this award has set.”

Hutchinson is the daughter of Sherry and Rod Hutchinson.  She is currently student teaching a second grade class at Lowell Elementary in Winfield.  She will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

“I am blessed and excited about being awarded the ‘Teacher of Promise,’” Hutchinson says.  “I have many great teachers, leaders, friends, and family who have helped me get to this amazing point in my life. I am thankful for a great cooperating teacher that is providing me this opportunity. I will only continue to grow and learn as I continue my student teaching and begin my role as an educator.” 

According to Jackie Glasgow, coordinator of student teaching at Southwestern, each semester Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” The spring 2014 recipients were honored at a banquet in Topeka on Feb. 21. 

“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.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:59:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Susan Backofen Joins SC Professional Studies]]> Susan Backofen has been selected as Southwestern College’s new vice president for enrollment management in Professional Studies. Backofen will be responsible for recruitment and retention of adult learners and will supervise staff related to these efforts.

Backofen comes to Southwestern with over 15 years of experience in student recruitment and retention management. She has experience with many of the marketing techniques necessary in reaching adult learners, such as web strategies and search engine optimization and search engine marketing.
Susan Backofen
“Our service to adult learners through online instruction means we are recruiting learners nationally and internationally.  We are in a highly competitive environment that requires sophisticated use of technology combined with timely, high-touch service.  Susan Backofen stood out in our search in terms of experience and track record.  I’m pleased the college was able to hire her and think she’ll help us thrive,” says Southwestern College President Dick Merriman.

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Backofen had been the vice president of marketing and adult enrollment at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va.  She has also worked at Mountain State University in Beckley, W. Va., Ottawa University in Ottawa, and Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Backofen earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Davenport University and a master of science degree in administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:03:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ International Journalist Sue Sprenkle to Speak]]> International journalist Sue Sprenkle will talk about her experiences reporting around the world during a community presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building.  There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.
Sue Sprenkle
Sprenkle is a journalist, photographer, adventurer, and storyteller. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and has devoted her career to sharing her compassion and creative talents with readers and viewers.

Whether it is from the back of a camel trekking across the Sahara or a busy train station in Tokyo, this veteran reporter puts her signature human touch to the news. Instead of simply writing about the event and facts, Sprenkle delves in and meets people so that she can deliver the human side of the story. A small-town Kansas native, Sprenkle has covered international events ranging from tsunamis to genocides.  Despite her extensive travel to around 130 countries, her favorite spot in the world is being home in southwest Kansas with her family.

“I've been a student of writing for two decades and I still struggle to find the perfect way to tell individual stories. This is what makes writing so much fun — you never stop learning,” Sprenkle said.

Sprenkle has been a correspondent for the International Mission Board in Richmond, Va. since 1996. Since 2010, she has served as the Asia Bureau Chief. Based out of Thailand, she writes features and breaking news, oversees social media, and leads the team of a magazine website connecting four regions of the world. Sprenkle also coaches videographers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and animators while providing editing support.

Sprenkle was a career writer for the IMB between 1999 and 2010. Based out of Kenya, she wrote and photographed features and breaking news from around the world, localized international news for Southern Baptist outlets, led multi-media teams on international trips, and created multi-media story packages for online publications.

She began her career with the IMB as journeyman writer in 1996. Based out of the Caribbean, her duties included writing features, news and Sunday school curriculum, photography, and graphic design.

During a nine-month sabbatical in 2005, she was editor of “Missions Mosaic” magazine. She worked with freelancers, planned story budget and magazine themes, managed a small staff of designers, copy editor and marketer, wrote a monthly column and several features, and filled in as staff photographer for all WMU publications.

Sprenkle was an education reporter at the Lawton Constitution, in Lawton, Okla., between 1994 and 1995.

She began working at the Dodge City Daily Globe while a student at St. Mary of the Plains College. Upon graduation, she began working full time as a reporter and photographer until 1994. She covered everything from school board meetings to sports to murder trials. She photographed news and sports. She also designed, planned, and wrote special tabloid sections.

Sprenkle has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from St. Mary of the Plains College and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.


Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:08:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Rescheduled for February 11]]> The E-Waste recycling event has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Green Team of Southwestern College is collaborating with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host the event. It will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC will collect the items and process them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.

“The recycling of electronic waste is such a need in our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of the Green Team at Southwestern College.  “Partnering with Vintage Tech Recyclers provides an excellent opportunity for the residents of Cowley County to dispose of their electronic devices in a safe and responsible manner. Vintage Tech Recyclers provides hard drive destruction and data erasure compliant with the National Institute of Science and Technology standards as well as material processing and recycling compliant with e-Stewards and R2 standards.”

Vintage Tech accepts the following electronic items:  cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cellular phones, computer peripherals and all computer parts, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3 players, iPods, networking equipment, PDAs, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, UPS unites, VCRs, and video game consoles.

Vintage Tech also accepts the following household items:  blenders (without glass), bread machines, cameras, carpet sweepers, coffee makers (without glass), clocks, curling irons, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, fans, food sealing equipment, fryers, hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, irons, land line phones, massagers, metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, small saws, sanders), microwave ovens, mixers, remotes, radios, shaving equipment, toaster ovens and vacuum cleaners (without bag).

Vintage Tech cannot accept these items:  ballasts, capacitors, items containing Freon (air conditioners and dehumidifiers), gas cylinders, light bulbs, liquids and items containing liquids, household batteries, lithium batteries, medical equipment, VHS cassette tapes, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washer and dryers.

For questions about recycling, please contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at


Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:45:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tickets Still Available for Upcoming John McCutcheon Concert at Southwestern College]]> McCutcheonTickets are still available for the upcoming John McCutcheon concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

“Ticket sales are going very well,” says Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “However, I encourage anyone who plans on attending to get their tickets in advance.  Since it is open seating and no reserved seats, those people who have already purchased their tickets will have a better selection of seats than those who will be standing in line waiting to purchase tickets.”

McCutcheon, a Walnut Valley Festival favorite, is a respected and loved folksinger. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over 20 albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works.

Tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased by calling Falk at (620) 229-6141.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:40:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dockery is New VP for Institutional Advancement]]> DeAnn DockeryDeAnn Dockery has been selected as Southwestern College’s vice president for institutional advancement.  She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 13.  She will supervise staff with responsibility for alumni, annual fund, major gifts, and other development functions.

Dockery comes to Southwestern as a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) with 22 years of experience in nonprofit fund raising and management and five years of experience in sales and marketing with a multinational corporation, and extensive volunteer experience.

“DeAnn’s extensive fund-raising experience, including in the private education sector, combined with her Kansas roots, add up to a great fit for Southwestern,” says Southwestern College president Dick Merriman.  “I know our alumni and friends will enjoy getting to know her and I look forward to her leadership for our fund-raising and friend-raising programs.”

Prior to coming to Southwestern, Dockery was the Community Hospice Foundation executive director and vice president of philanthropy at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, a $90 million nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization serving 7000 patients and their families each year in the five counties of Northeast Florida. As chief development officer, she managed the Community Hospice Foundation board of directors and oversaw $14 million in endowed and non-endowed investment funds.

Dockery is a native of Overbrook, located 20 miles south of Topeka.  She earned two bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University.  Her husband and two children will be joining her in Winfield.


Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:45:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Tessmer Family Experiences China]]> UPDATE:  Because of the snowstorm the presentation by the Michael Tessmer family concerning their semester in China has been re-scheduled to Tuesday,
Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Beech 104.

An academic sabbatical in China became a family experience for Southwestern College’s Michael and Joy Tessmer and their two daughters during the fall semester of 2014. The Tessmers will discuss the experience with the community on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. in Beech 104 and all are invited to attend.

Tessmer ChinaThe semester came about as part of SC’s faculty exchange program with Huangshan University in Tunxi.  A chemistry professor at the Winfield college, Michael taught an upper-level chemistry course to approximately 40 students at the Chinese university. Joy visited English classes, where she talked with students about life in America and the students’ lives in China.
Aideen, 12, and Madeline, 9, continued their schoolwork online while they were in China.
“We often visited classes as a family since the Chinese students always wanted to hear about the lives of American kids,” Michael adds. 
In addition to their three months in Tunxi (which is a 20-hour train ride from the capital of China), the Tessmers spent a week in Beijing, then were in Hong Kong for a week before returning home in time for Christmas.
For more information on the Feb. 4 program or on their semester in China, contact Michael Tessmer at 620-229-6369.



Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:43:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Green Team to Partner with City of Winfield and GUMC for E-Waste Recycling Event]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College is collaborating with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event. It will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC will collect the items and process them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.

“The recycling of electronic waste is such a need in our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of the Green Team at Southwestern College.  “Partnering with Vintage Tech Recyclers provides an excellent opportunity for the residents of Cowley County to dispose of their electronic devices in a safe and responsible manner. Vintage Tech Recyclers provides hard drive destruction and data erasure compliant with the National Institute of Science and Technology standards as well as material processing and recycling compliant with e-Stewards and R2 standards.”

Vintage Tech accepts the following electronic items:  cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cellular phones, computer peripherals and all computer parts, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3 players, iPods, networking equipment, PDAs, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, UPS unites, VCRs, and video game consoles.

Vintage Tech also accepts the following household items:  blenders (without glass), bread machines, cameras, carpet sweepers, coffee makers (without glass), clocks, curling irons, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, fans, food sealing equipment, fryers, hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, irons, land line phones, massagers, metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, small saws, sanders), microwave ovens, mixers, remotes, radios, shaving equipment, toaster ovens and vacuum cleaners (without bag).

Vintage Tech cannot accept these items:  ballasts, capacitors, items containing Freon (air conditioners and dehumidifiers), gas cylinders, light bulbs, liquids and items containing liquids, household batteries, lithium batteries, medical equipment, VHS cassette tapes, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washer and dryers.

For questions about recycling, please contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:49:15 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[John McCutcheon to Perform February 8 at Southwestern College]]> Walnut Valley Festival favorite John McCutcheon will perform in Winfield Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $22.50 for general seating; there are no reserved seats for the show.  RPAC is located in the Christy Administration Building.

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

The McCutcheon concert is the first in an expected series of RPAC events designed to showcase the renovated auditorium.

“Our own college performers have loved the space, and now we want to show it’s a regional treasure as well,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern College.

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

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:54:35 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professional Studies Online Degrees Ranked in U.S. News and World Report]]> “U.S. News and World Report’s” 2014 rankings of the best online programs have been announced and Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS) is listed in three of the six categories.

Nearly 1,000 distance education programs completed the survey.  SCPS earned a #84 ranking for best online graduate education program; #112 ranking for best online bachelor’s program; and a #164 ranking for best online graduate business program. 

“Southwestern College Professional Studies is honored to continue to receive recognition for our online programs from U.S. News,” says Pamela Monaco, vice president and chief academic officer at SCPS.  “Online college students want high quality programs that not only intellectually engage them but also provide the means for meaningful engagement with other learners and faculty. We listen to our learners and the marketplace in our dedication to providing students with the education that will give them career opportunities. Professional Studies practices what it preaches: keep improving.”

Southwestern College has been offering online bachelor's degree programs since 2001.  All of the classes are delivered via the internet so students can access course material at their own convenience.

Southwestern College Professional Studies offers online programs designed for adults and their unique needs. Online learning provides the flexibility to complete educational goals while meeting work and family obligations.

“Education programs at Southwestern College engage learners at all levels of learning,” says Cameron Carlson, dean of education at Southwestern College.  “Our program desires to educate all learners to serve PK-12 schools.  Into all programming, we integrate five components: content and pedagogy, instruction and assessment, collaboration, leadership, and reflection and growth.  We are pleased to be recognized for providing a quality program.  We continually strive to engage all learners using best practices of online and face-to-face learning.  Our highly qualified staff expects the most of all learners so that they can become leaders in the field of education.” 

To view the complete rankings, go to

For more information about Southwestern College Professional Studies, contact Deb Stockman at (888) 684-5335 ext. 214, e-mail, or visit the website at




Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:03:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Diversity Council to Host Several Events to Commemorate Martin Luther King Day]]> The Southwestern College diversity council is hosting several activities to recognize Martin Luther King.  Martin Luther King Day is Monday, Jan. 20.

• Monday, Jan. 20, there will be a community freedom march beginning at 6 p.m. in the Jim Farney Family Plaza located at the south end of Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The community march will symbolize solidarity and reflect on the marches of the civil rights movement. The march will conclude at the Cole Mound Plaza with a commemorative rock dedication celebration. Participation in the march is free and open to the public and all SC students. 

• Wednesday, Jan. 22, a commemorative celebration will be held inside the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.  The event will begin at 7 p.m., and will feature student performances, gospel selections by Wichita’s New Destiny Ensemble, and a keynote address by Dellrose United Methodist Church pastor Kevass Harding.

• Thursday, Jan. 23, Southwestern College will present the documentary “In Remembrance of Martin” at 6 p.m. in Mossman Hall room 101.  Comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Andrew Young and a host of others, who recall Dr. King's career and trace his leadership in the civil rights movement. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Southwestern College diversity council is also hosting a Twitter contest from Jan. 20-23.  The contest is for Southwestern College students as well as any high school student from Cowley County. 

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is known to the world as a symbol of justice, equality and peace,” says Lai-L Clemons, director of campus life and chair of the diversity council.  “Yet, many don’t truly understand the power of his legacy and how it is relevant today.  In 140 characters explain how Martin Luther King and his legacy are relevant in 2014.”

Beginning at 8 a.m., answers should be tweeted using the #SCMLK hashtag.  The contest concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.  The diversity council will select three winners and they will be notified through the Jinx Tale, a daily e-mail sent out by the college, on Monday, Jan. 27.  Winners will receive a Visa gift card.

All the events are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

For more information, contact Clemons at (620) 229-6168.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:01:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Ross to Spend Fall 2014 Semester at Exploration Place in Wichita]]> Pat Ross, professor of biology and chair of the natural science division at Southwestern College, will spend the fall 2014 semester as a scientist in residence at Exploration Place in Wichita.

“I am really looking forward to teaching science in a completely different educational environment,” Ross says.  “I will help in the development of educational programs for spring/summer 2015.   I really want to be an active part of their efforts.  I will help in the training of their education staff.  I would love to initiate some new programs and exhibits if time permits.  I also would like to get an internship program set up so our students here at Southwestern who are interested in science education could funnel into Exploration Place for a semester or for a summer.”

Since Ross is going to be gone for just one semester, the college will not hire a professor to take over.  Tamara McEwen, assistant professor of biology, will teach one of his classes.

The change from college professor to teaching children should be seamless for Ross.  For the past three summers, he has traveled throughout the state of Kansas performing science shows for kids. Last summer, the show visited Kansas towns including Winfield, Arkansas City, Cawker City, Downs, Hugoton, Liberal, Andover, Ulysses, and Meade.

“Although my training is in biology, I have learned a lot by doing these library programs about what works and what doesn’t work with kids,” Ross says.  “I am hoping to gain new insights from working with Exploration Place as well as sharing my experiences with them.”

“We welcome Pat’s level of knowledge and scholarship of science,” said Jan Luth, Exploration Place president. “He has a unique gift to take complex ideas and information and make them approachable. That’s what museums are all about.”

Southwestern College President Dick Merriman feels this is a win-win situation for everybody involved.

“Pat is a very innovative science educator and Exploration Place is an ideal venue for him to develop and experiment with new teaching techniques,” Merriman says.  “Our students, and patrons of Exploration Place, will certainly benefit. We believe this can be the start of a valuable partnership with Exploration Place and we’re very grateful to the museum’s president, Jan Luth, for helping it happen.”

Sabbaticals are available for professors at Southwestern for the purpose of professional enrichment.  They are allowed to take one every seven years if they choose to.

“One of the purposes of the sabbatical is to recharge your batteries,” Ross says.  “It is a chance to get away from the day-to-day activities of teaching courses that I have taught several times in a row.  Hopefully I will learn some new teaching techniques that are transferrable to my work at the college.  If you’re doing something with third graders, some may wonder why is that in anyway going to help me teach college course work to sophomores in college; I think it does.  They are more alike than one would think.  Our students always appreciate the kind of interactive and hands-on activities that are the hallmark of good science education.”

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest dome theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kan.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:04:52 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[NAIA Rules SC Basketball Player will Retain Winnings in Scholarship Form]]> The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Cameron Rodriguez of Southwestern College (Kan.) will be allowed to retain his winnings from a half-court shot during a National Basketball Association (NBA) halftime promotion. The NAIA’s National Eligibility Committee (NEC), which consists of representatives from various schools and conferences, was the decision making body for Southwestern College’s request for an exceptional ruling to a standard rule.
Cameron Rodriguez
The decision to use the money as a scholarship was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“We’re pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the NEC that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use towards his education,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We feel the NAIA is the student-centered association in collegiate athletics, and this decision by our membership reflects that emphasis.”

Rodriguez, a men’s basketball player at Southwestern College, made the shot Nov. 18 during halftime of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Denver Nuggets after being selected at random. At the time of the basket, he was the fourth person since February to hit the franchises’ $20,000 half-court shot.  

The NAIA Official & Policy Handbook, the primary governance document of the association, outlines the decision making process for this type of exception in a three-step process (Article V, Section L). First, the ruling must be submitted to the conference eligibility chairperson by the FAR and the institution’s athletic director requesting the ruling. The conference eligibility chairperson – in this specific case an individual from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – then provides a recommendation to the NAIA. Once that recommendation is received, the NEC reviews the documentation and provides a ruling that only applies to the specific case and does not establish precedent.

“We are proud of our student-athlete for doing the right thing in contacting his coach before he did anything,” Dick Merriman, Southwestern College President said. “We are also proud of the NAIA for doing the right thing in their ruling. I am pleased with this outcome.”

Rodriguez will have to maintain his amateur status throughout the remainder of his eligibility. The NAIA defines amateurism as a student who engages in athletic contests for educational values, personal pleasure, satisfaction, and for the love of the sport, not for monetary or material gain. 

“We are very pleased with the decision the NAIA has made, and we appreciate their willingness take this case into consideration,” Southwestern College Director of Athletics Dave Denly said. “We are excited for Cameron to be able to maintain his eligibility while accepting his winnings in the form of a scholarship, and we thank all parties involved for their patience and support during this process.”

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered sports programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience for its 250-plus member colleges and universities. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. For more information, visit

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:45:37 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members]]> The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  There will be a social time at 1:30 p.m., followed by the induction at 2 p.m.  The inductees will also be introduced at the conclusion of the of the Southwestern-Friends women’s basketball game at 6:45 p.m., in Stewart Field House.  The new members are Bill Shaw, Nicole (Ledbetter) Brannon, Janaye (White) Shaffer, Andrea (Mohr) Stafford, Niki (Nicholas) Schadegg, and Terry Barnett.
Athletic HOF 2013
Bill Shaw is a 1976 graduate of Southwestern.  He played basketball while at Southwestern but is best known for his many years as a successful high school coach.  While at Wellington High School, Shaw was named class 4A baseball coach of the year in 1991, 1995, and 1996.  He also coached baseball at Derby High School where he led the Panthers to the class 6A state championship in 2001 and was named National High School Baseball Coach of the Year.  He also was the football defensive coordinator for Wellington when they won the state championship in 1982 and at Derby when they won a state championship in 1994.

Nicole (Ledbetter) Brannon participated in women’s track and graduated in 2000 from Southwestern College.  She was a two-time NAIA All-American in ’97 and ’98 and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer in ’97, ’98, and ’99.  Brannon currently holds the Southwestern College record in the 100- and 200-meter dash and was a member of two record-setting relay teams.  She also holds the KCAC meet record in the 200-meter dash.  She was a 12-time KCAC champion in only three seasons of competition.

Janaye (White) Shaffer, graduated in 1997.  While at Southwestern, Shaffer participated in volleyball and track and field.  She was an NAIA indoor All-American in 1995.  She placed 7th in the 4 x 100 meter relay at the 1997 national outdoor meet.  She was a 10-time KCAC champion in sprints and relays and is a former school record holder in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

Andrea (Mohr) Stafford, graduated from Southwestern in 2004.  Stafford excelled at women’s track and field and basketball while at SC.  After finishing second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 2003 NAIA national championships, she became the NAIA national champion and former record holder in the same event in 2004.  She was a three-time NAIA track All-American.  For the Southwestern College women’s basketball team, she was a three-time All-KCAC selection and is the all-time career leader in three-point field goals made (265).

Niki (Nicholas) Schadegg, graduated from Southwestern in 2004.  Schadegg is the all-time leading scorer in Southwestern College women’s basketball history (1,972 points).  She was a four-time All-KCAC First-Team selection, two-time KCAC Player of the Year selection (2001 and 2004), and a two-time NAIA All-American.

Terry Barnett. A long-time professor of chemistry at SC, Barnett has been the public address voice of Southwestern College football, volleyball, and basketball for 26 years. 

At halftime of the Southwestern-Friends men’s basketball game there will be a special introduction of the 2003-04 women’s basketball team, which was the first squad to qualify for the NAIA national tournament and the only team to win its first round game and advance to the round of 16.  The Lady Builder Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and there is no admission charge.  For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame or the induction ceremony, call (620) 229-6218.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:02:58 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open House to Showcase Dole Center, Conference Room Dedication to Honor Ronnie Jenkins]]> On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Southwestern College will be holding an open house to showcase the remodeled Jim and Hazel Dole Center that is the new home of the college’s office of institutional advancement. The open house will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will be highlighted by the dedication, at 4 p.m., of the Ronnie Jenkins Conference Room. 

Ronnie JenkinsJenkins retired from the advancement office last summer, following 20 years of service to the college as an advancement officer representing Southwestern to alumni and friends and seeking financial gifts for the college.  The renovation of the Dole Center was underwritten, in part, by Southwestern alumnus Charles Kopke, who made a generous gift to the college to honor Jenkins’ service on the occasion of his retirement.

Community members, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to attend the come and go reception and enjoy food and refreshments.

The Jim and Hazel Dole Center is located at 201 N. College Street.  Parking is available across the street from the Dole Center in the parking lot behind the Beech Science Center.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:33:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Former Tennis Champions are Grand Marshalls for Homecoming Parade]]> The Southwestern College Homecoming Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Winfield’s Main Street. The line-up will include many entries from the Southwestern College community as well as the Winfield Police Department, the Winfield Fire Department, and the Wichita Dynamic Steppers. The parade route will begin at 15th and Main and travel north to 10th street.

This year’s parade marshalls are Jim Farney and Neil Frank, 1953 graduates and doubles teammates who captured the CIC doubles tennis championship and the state championship, and placed fourth in the NAIA National Tennis Championship in 1953.

• Jim Farney is from Vero Beach, Fla., and is a former trustee of the college.  Both he and his wife, Bette, are alumni of SC. Jim is retired from his role as vice president of Travelers Corporation and spends a lot of time playing tennis, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and helping to repair homes of some of the people served by Meals on Wheels.
• Neil Frank is from Fulshear, Texas (near Houston), and is the retired director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla.  He is considered one of the nation’s foremost authority on hurricanes, and is former chief meteorologist for KHOU-TV in Houston. 

Numerous activities are scheduled for alumni as well as for friends of the college.  For more information, go to

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:31:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kelly Bender to Preach at Grace United Methodist Church on Sunday]]> Rev. Kelly Bender, 1968 graduate of Southwestern College, will preach on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the 10:50 a.m., morning service at Grace United Methodist Church at 320 College Street in Winfield.  The sermon title is “A Dogged Love.” The service one of the final events scheduled for 2013 Homecoming at Southwestern.

Bender, a native of Ulysses, played on the 1964 and 1967 conference champion football teams while at Southwestern.  Bender was voted as a Masterbuilder his senior year.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.

“Southwestern College helped shape my core values for my life and for my ministry,” Bender says.  “It also fostered a passion for justice.”

That passion led Bender along with other students and faculty to head to Greenville, Miss., in 1965.  They worked on behalf of Delta ministry to register black voters following the passing of the 1965 voting rights act.

“I also want to talk about the importance of a liberal arts education that creates critical thinkers.  It is very important in this day,” Bender says. 

Bender may be best known for his nine years as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Wichita where he preached live to thousands of television viewers across the state of Kansas every Sunday morning.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:30:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2013 Events at SC]]> Southwestern College will celebrate Homecoming Thursday, Oct. 10, thru Sunday, Oct. 13.  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--

“With the start of a new school year comes fall and the excitement of Homecoming,” Lowe says.  “This year’s weekend gathering includes reunions for classes ending in 3’s and 8’s, and tennis.  We hope Moundbuilders and the local community will take part in all the fun activities.”

Thursday’s schedule includes:
• Art exhibits. President’s Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by Marilyn McNeish ’54 and Tom Toperzer ’63. Also, watercolors by Ron Andrea ’68 will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  The displays may be viewed from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.
• 7:30 p.m. “The Good Woman of Setzuan” theatre production, Messenger Recital Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center. For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

Friday’s schedule includes:
• 9 a.m. to 4 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.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — SC Career Fair, Java Jinx snack bar
• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Registration for class reunions in Pounds Lounge.
• 3 and 4 p.m. — Campus walking tours, meet in Pounds Lounge.
• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.—Builder tennis reunion reception in Deets Library.
• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner and auction, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
• 8 p.m. — “The Good Woman of Setzuan” theatre production, Messenger Recital Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center.
• 9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.

Saturday’s schedule includes:
• 8 to 10 a.m. — Alumni registration, Pounds Lounge.
• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Come-and-go continental breakfast and open house at the SC Learning Center on 120 W. 12th Street.
• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Moundbuilder Market open
• 9:30 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.
• 10:30 12 p.m. — Rock painting at the Mound with George Lowe ’74 and Teresa Bevis-Yeoman ’80.
• 10:30 a.m.—Computer science, English, and communications reunion brunch, lower level of the Christy Administration building. Contact Jane Handlin, (620) 229-6293 to RSVP.
• 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Homecoming Picnic, Stewart Field House, $5.50 per person, $2.75 for children under 6.
• 11:15 a.m. – Outreach Worship Service, south patio of Roy L. Smith Student Center
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Country Club
• 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Professional Class Photos, King Plaza. Photo times as follows: (class photos will be done separately by class)  noon – classes of 1963, 1968, 1973; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1978, 1983, 1988; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008
• 1:15 p.m. – Class Reunion Gatherings, Jantz Stadium
• 1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Football game vs. Bethany College
• 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Fine Arts come and go reunion, Darbeth Lobby
• 4 to 5 p.m. — Builder Nation Party and drawing for $100 gift card for young alumni from class years 2009-2013.
• 5 to 8 p.m. — Child care services, Grace UMC. Reservations required and walk-ins accepted if space allows.
• 5 p.m. — Class of 1963 reunion photo, Winfield County Club, 2916 County Club Rd.
• 5:30 p.m. — Class of 1963 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club. 50-year gala celebration.
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—
• 8 p.m. — Kaleidoscope, performing arts production, Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Sunday’s schedule includes:
• 9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall. 
• 10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Kelly Bender ’68 will be the guest speaker.
• 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Moundbuilder Market open.
• 2 p.m. Theatre production “The Good Woman of Setzuan,” Messenger Recital Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center. 

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:16:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stacy Sparks to Lead First Ever Photo Walk in Winfield]]> Stacy Sparks, Southwestern College associate professor of journalism, will be leading the first ever Worldwide Photo Walk in the Walnut Valley on Saturday, Oct. 5, 9-11 a.m., in Winfield. 

“We will gather at 8:30 a.m., at College Hill Coffee to get acquainted and finalize plans for a morning of photography,” Sparks says.

College Hill Coffee is located at 403 Soward Street.

This is the sixth annual Worldwide Photo Walk and, according to Scott Kelby, president of Kelby Training and #1 bestselling photography and technology book author, it is the world’s largest global social photography event in the history of photography itself. It takes place on the same day around the world where photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together, usually in downtown areas to socialize, learn new tips from each other, and explore their corner of the world through photography.

“In 2012, we had 1,300 walks,” says Kelby, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User magazine, and president of Kelby Media Group. “Last year, we had over 1,300 walks with more than 32,000 photographers joining in. Over 10 million photos were taken in that one single day that wouldn’t have been taken otherwise. And, I can’t wait for this year’s walk. This is easily my favorite day of shooting throughout the entire year.”

Anyone can participate in the event. All you need is a camera and a passion for photography. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use. According to Kelby, people have used simple point-and-shoot and even disposable cameras in the past, had a blast, and left with a new appreciation for photography and some great local connections.

Kelby credits the success and popularity of the event to the social aspect of photography.

“Photography is usually viewed as a solitary activity, but the truth of the matter is that people love to shoot together, compare notes, and just have fun with photography,” says Kelby. “The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social phenomenon. I’ve had group leaders contact me to say that they’ve turned their walk into a monthly event. Other people tell me that they’ve made friends at the very first Photo Walk that they’ve kept to this day. It’s the joy of shooting with friends, new and old, that makes this event so special.”

In addition to enjoying a day of photography with other local photographers, participants may also be eligible to win prizes from the Worldwide Photo Walk’s sponsors if their photo is chosen as the best photo of the day by their walk leader. Each winning walk photo is then entered into a global competition where Kelby picks the single “best photo” of the event along with 10 runners-up. Full details are available at:

There is no charge to participate.  Sparks recommends that walkers wear a comfortable pair of shoes.  For more information, contact Sparks at (620) 229-6320.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Professional Studies Named Military Friendly School by Victory Media]]> Victory Media, the media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Southwestern College Professional Studies to the Military Friendly Schools list.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Southwestern College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” 

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools, and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding.

“Our commitment to military learners is evident in our continued inclusion in the list of Military Friendly Schools,” said Pamela Monaco, vice president of Southwestern College Professional Studies. “We make it possible for those serving all around the world to make their educational goals a reality. We are extremely proud to remain on this list for the fifth year in a row.”

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:49:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Completes Third Year of Educating Youth During Library Summer Reading Program]]> Patrick Ross, professor of biology at Southwestern College, has just completed his third summer of visiting Kansas libraries to perform science shows for kids.

Pat Ross Library Tour

Ross uses the nationwide American Library Association summer reading program theme as a springboard for creating a 45- to 60-minute interactive presentation on a related scientific topic.  This summer’s theme was “Dig Into Reading” which led Ross and his students to develop “Life in a Cup of Dirt.” The show visited Kansas towns including Winfield, Arkansas City, Cawker City, Downs, Hugoton, Liberal, Andover, Ulysses, and Meade.  Not only were students involved in planning the science show, but they were also involved in booking the shows and helping out with some of the performances.
Ross plans to further develop the program with the help of his students, including several incoming Southwestern College freshmen who have an interest in science education outreach.

“Each year the program gets a little bit bigger,” Ross says.  “Now that we have done this for a couple of summers, we are getting some repeat business and drawing the interest of other librarians.  This year we also had more college student involvement from start to finish which has always been our goal.  As we move forward, my hope is to get students more involved in all aspects of planning and performing.” 

Touring rural libraries has personal rewards for Ross. 

“Some of the libraries that we visit are still located in their classic Carnegie library buildings which are just beautiful,” Ross says.  “You walk in from a dusty, sun-bleached Kansas side street and enter an explosion of color, energy and curiosity.  The librarians who staff these oases of exploration are doing amazing work on a shoestring budget. These libraries are keeping kids interested and energized about learning; to be a part of that thrills me the most.”

Next summer, the national library summer reading program theme is called “Fizz, Boom, Read” and Ross plans to put together a traveling chemistry show, a theme that presents new challenges for him. 

“A show of bubbling and exploding chemical reactions will probably be our most expensive yet due to the amount of disposable supplies required for each performance,” says Ross.  “If we continue to add new libraries to our tour, we could easily run into funding problems.  My hope is that some donors will find value in the program and help it continue in the future.”

As part of the college’s commitment to educational outreach, the library shows have been offered free of charge to Kansas libraries, many of which have been facing their own budget challenges.

“This past summer, my mother, Mary Sue Brown, a retired librarian from Chicago, who has no ties to Southwestern outside of her son teaching at the college, felt that the program was worthwhile,” Ross says.  “One person made the difference this summer.  It doesn’t take much and I am hoping some donors will want to help the program as we move forward.  The summer library shows get our current students involved in educational outreach as well as reaching out to the next generation of Moundbuilder science students.”

For more information about the program, contact Ross at (620) 229-6273.


Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:04:49 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Wins National Contest; Donates Winnings to Non-Profit in Winfield]]> Winning a cash prize of $500 generally can stimulate one’s imagination about how to spend the prize.  Some might choose to upgrade their wardrobe, have a party, purchase a new computer, put it in the bank, or take a vacation.  But for one Southwestern College student, none of these ideas came to mind.  Instead, she made the immediate decision to donate the money to a non-profit organization.

Lauren Strain, a Southwestern College junior from McAlester, Okla., who is studying psychology with a minor in Leadership studies, found herself in a hunger class offered by Southwestern in the spring of 2013.  One assignment was to come up with a way to solve world hunger.  The question was to be answered on the Stine Seed Company web site which posed this question.  Stine Seed Company is headquartered in Adel, Iowa.  The winning submission would win $500.

Lauren Strain and Gayle Mcpherson

“My answer, in a nutshell, was to teach hungry people how to be self-sufficient,” Strain says.  “And then once they learn how to be self-sufficient, it is time to pay it forward and teach others who are struggling how to be self-sufficient.  The reason I won, according to the Stine Seed Company, was because my solution was the most realistic approach.  I was shocked; I never win anything.  I think the last time I won a contest was in the second grade.”

Strain submitted her answer in March and found out about her win during the summer.  She says she immediately called her mom.  But oddly, Strain wasn’t thinking about how she could spend the money on herself but rather how she could help somebody else.

“I learned about winning the $500 right around the time of the Moore (Oklahoma) tornadoes and immediately thought about donating there,” Strain says.  “But then I thought ‘Winfield is my home now, how could it be put to good use here?’”

Through Leadership Southwestern, Strain has become very close with Gayle McPherson and Eagle’s Nest.  Their mission is important to her, which has led her to donating the money to Eagle’s Nest.

“I love Gayle, but even more, I love the mission of Eagle’s Nest,” Strain says.  “Their purpose is to empower women.  To teach them that even if they are at the bottom, they can make it to the top.”

Strain is excited to be at Southwestern College and feels she is where she was meant to be.

“Lindsay (Wilke) and Cheryl (Rude) have helped me so much in becoming the person I want to be,” Strain says.  “They have taught me so much through servant leadership.  They have taught me humility and I am grateful for that.”


Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:42:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff Announced at SC]]> New faculty and staff at Southwestern College were introduced during the employee welcome back dinner held on Aug. 12.

New faculty include:
• Deepak Aralumalliage Subbarayappa, math instructor.  He recently earned his Ph. D. in applied mathematics from Wichita State University.  While at Wichita State, he taught classes ranging from algebra to differential equations. 
• Amanda Alliband, visiting assistant professor of chemistry.  Alliband will be filling in for Michael Tessmer, professor of chemistry, as he in China for the fall semester.  Alliband is currently completing her Ph. D. in organic chemistry at Wichita State University.
• Nathan Clements, coordinator of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.  He holds a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Kansas and a second master’s degree in teaching ESL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
• Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy.  Goodson has been serving as a visiting assistant professor of religious ethics at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He earned his Ph. D. in philosophical theology from the University of Virginia.
• Jared Larson, assistant professor of political science. Larson is completing his Ph. D. at the University of Delaware.  He had been serving as a visiting scholar at Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
• Cameron Carlson, dean of teacher education.  Carlson comes to Southwestern after serving as assistant professor of education at Southern Illinois University where his research interests were focused on leadership and learning.  Prior to entering higher education, Carlson served as academic dean at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita.
• Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting.  Lee holds a CPA and earned his first master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  He is in the process of earning a second master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in December.  He is the president and founder of AcQute Financial Solutions and has served as an auditor for Deloitte and Touch, LLP.
• Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of bands.  Kirk holds a master of arts in percussion from Marshall University and has been serving as a professor at Coffeyville Community College.
• Raphael Servantez, visiting instructor in digital media and graphic arts.  Servantez earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Wichita State University.  He has taught as an affiliate professor at Southwestern.
• Matthew Sigler, visiting scholar for the Institute for Discipleship.  Sigler earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Huntingdon College; master of arts in Christian ministries from Asbury Seminary; and his doctor of theology liturgical studies from Boston University. 
• Dalene McDonald, library director.  McDonald has a master in library science degree from San Jose State University in California.  Prior to coming to Southwestern, she was the library director for the Arkansas City Public Library.

New staff members at Southwestern include:
• Donna Davis, data management and transcript evaluator
• Stephen McCann, coordinator of advancement services
• Amanda Bintz, assistant softball coach
• Eden Denney, assistant volleyball coach
• Richard Southern, assistant tennis coach
• Jimmy Bryant, associate head cross country coach
• Leslie Felts, director of cheerleading and dance
• Sierra Garber, assistant athletic trainer
• Deborah Jenkins, assistant women’s soccer coach and apartment manager for Shriwise and Honor
• Kaley Rodriguez, apartment manager for Reid Hall
• Don Key, security officer
• Jeffrey Soukup, security officer
• Shelly Isham, faculty assistant for natural science
• Cordell Black, academic success coach for Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS)
• John Hudson, SCPS admissions recruiter, Kansas City
• Kara Johnson, admissions counselor, SCPS
• Linda Moody, director of nursing programs for SCPS.

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:07:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Freshmen Moving In August 11]]> Incoming freshmen will begin moving in to the residence halls at Southwestern College on Sunday, Aug. 11, as Fall Frenzy kicks off the 2013-2014 school year. Transfer and returning students will move in on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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.  This is the group’s first year in Oklahoma; since 2004, Builder Camp had been held at Rock Springs in Junction City. 

“We changed the location of Builder Camp because we were looking for an opportunity to provide our students with an atmosphere that aligns with the mission and values of Builder Camp,” says Lai-L Clemons, director of campus life at Southwestern College.  “Also, we were looking for a camp facility that provided our students with lots of social activities in a modern location. Sky Ranch Cave Springs provides students with up-to-date housing facilities, technology capable classrooms, and several outdoor social activities, which include a zip line, a freshwater spring, and laser tag.”

Freshmen Work Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 14.  Since 1992, Southwestern College freshmen, along with Leadership Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, have spent one of their first days as Moundbuilders out in the city of Winfield.  The goal is to promote feelings of community among incoming students as well as a sense of belonging to the college and the city of Winfield.  Freshmen Work Day also strives to make a difference by establishing new relationships between the college and the community by assisting homeowners with indoor and outdoor home projects that they would otherwise not be able to complete.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., Winfield Main Street Revitalization will partner with Southwestern College for the second annual Purple Pride event which will take place in the parking lot of 8th and Millington Street in Winfield.  Local businesses are invited to set up booths to promote their business to the SC students.  Local restaurants are also invited to serve food samples.  Kevin McClung from KPM Computer Solutions will provide sound systems and Kelly Dillner from radio station 102.5 The River will provide the karaoke. 

The complete Fall Frenzy schedule is as follows:
• Sunday, Aug. 18, welcome back barbeque in the dining hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.;  welcome back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
• Monday, Aug. 19, classes begin for students. 
• Tuesday, Aug. 20, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
• Thursday, Aug. 22, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 23, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

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

For more information about Fall Frenzy, call Brandon Hessing at (620) 229-6161.  For more information about Freshman Work Day, call Cheryl Rude at (620) 229-6381.

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:53:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Gaston Warner to Speak at Convocation]]> Gaston Warner, executive director for the Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor (ZOE), will be the featured speaker at Opening Convocation at Southwestern College on Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Gaston WarnerAfter serving on its board, Warner was appointed as executive director for ZOE in 2013, facilitating the empowerment of over 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in multiple African countries. More and more African children are caring for other children because of the growing number of parents dying due to HIV/AIDS, disease, war, famine, and other causes.  ZOE works to break the cycle of poverty and give these children hope.  ZOE goes into communities where the orphans are already living, and brings them together in supportive groups. ZOE provides the resources and training they need to pull themselves out of poverty in just three years.

ZOE’s social workers ensure children know about their rights, are free from abuse and exploitation, and can find a safe place to live. Children learn skills such as farming and animal husbandry at monthly meetings. Then, ZOE provides them tools, seeds, and farm animals so they can grow and raise their own food. When children need a home, ZOE provides the necessary materials and their peer working group assists in construction.

Warner is an ordained elder in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He has led congregations in inner-city, multi-ethnic, and suburban settings, from Chicago to Bristol, England.  Gaston has served on numerous non-profit boards and as a staff member for Habitat for Humanity, Duke Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.  Gaston received a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University, a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and a master of business administration from University of Durham in England.  He lives in Durham, N.C., with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner who is executive vice dean for Duke University Divinity School, and their daughter Clare.


Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Degree Offered at SC Professional Studies]]> Southwestern College Professional Studies is now offering a master of education with emphasis in special education (functional). This degree is intended for licensed teachers and will allow those who work or want to work in a functional level special education classroom to receive an endorsement from the Kansas Department of Education to add to their existing teaching license.

According to Christine Rogers, assistant professor of education, learners can choose from two options—a 36-credit-hour master’s or a 33-credit-hour endorsement.

There are two courses available to begin the program in the next Southwestern College Professional Studies summer session which begins July 8 and continues through Aug.18.  The new degree is offered both on ground and online.

For more information, contact Southwestern College Professional Studies at 888-684-5335.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Impacts Students from Truesdell Middle School]]> Southwestern College is hosting 52 students from Truesdell Middle School in Wichita at the three-day Builder Bound that camp began Wednesday.

According to DeAnn Nelson, a teacher at Truesdell, students on the honor roll at Truesdell were selected first followed by students who were close to achieving honor roll status and could benefit from the positive influences at Builder Bound Camp. Truesdell has nearly 1,000 students enrolled.

“These kids are really excited.  To be selected amongst their peers and to be special is really good for our kids,” Nelson says.  “A lot of our kids have never thought they could go to college so to get them on a college campus is going to be a good experience for them.”

“It’s exciting because I got chosen for being a good student. It was the best day of my life,” says Riley Brotherton, who will enter the seventh grade in the fall.

“Whoa, I am going to college,” was the first thing that an elated Maria Stephens thought when she heard that she would be attending the camp.

This is the fifth year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 265 to provide a similar camp.  For four years SC has partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas-Bailey to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of these students are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first generation college attenders. Part of the mission of this camp is to expose these kids to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

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

“The camp this year is organized into five distinct mini-courses,” Loeb says.  “These courses include leadership, creative writing, television production, business and economic development, and a course in simple engineering and design. The students have been split into five teams that will each participate in one of the courses over the three days.”

Courses are staffed by SC faculty (Lindsay Wilke, Cheryl Rude and Michelle Boucher) as well as by alumni (Tommy Castor and Gio Garcia).  Additionally, according to Loeb, instructors from The Independent School in Wichita and two from a small college in St. Louis will share their knowledge with the students.
“The courses will consist of nine hours of ‘seat-time’ over the three days as well as homework time in the evening for them to work on projects and materials for their classes,” Loeb says.

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

The camp staff this year is composed of current Southwestern College undergraduates and alumni.  Student mentors include Paul Mata, Dejon Brison, Bethany Venn, CJ Bruce, Christine Sheppard, Gabby Gamez, Hayley Weston, Monica Gamez, Jordan Romines, Austin Sheppard, and Maggie Collett.  These mentors will be working with campers in both the academic courses and also in the social aspects of the camp.  Alumni involved in the camp are Brendt Winn, Justin Williams, Shelby Alexender, Tanner Seidel, RJ Schnack, Tashira Triplett, Gene Hartman, Tim Miser, and Anastasia Prokopis.

“This camp is phenomenal,” says Adam Bancroft, who works at Stucky Middle School and has been a part of the Builder Bound camp in the past.  “We want to build hope with these kids.  They were ready for camp from the moment they got off the bus.  It’s nice to see a lot of familiar mentors and sponsors.  To see the quality of college students, professors, and coaches here is tremendous.  To see them here and willing to give up some of their summer time to be involved to spark an interest in these younger kids, it’s great.”

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.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:35:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Michelle Pentz to be Featured on 'Hatteberg's People' on Sunday Evening]]> Michelle Pentz, performing arts and discipleship recruitment coordinator at Southwestern College, will be featured on “Hatteberg’s People” which will air on Wichita television station KAKE (channel 10 in Winfield) during the 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday, June 2. 

Pentz works days at Southwestern College but in her spare time she recycles car parts, coat hangers, or anything she can get her hands on and welds them into art.  She then donates that recycled art to area fundraisers.  For example she donates to the Humane Society and the Winfield Chamber of Commerce for their fundraisers. 

“I like to donate whatever time and products I happen to have that fit a need,” Pentz says. 

Pentz says that the experience of having the spotlight on her was amazing, humbling, and a little sobering.

“While I am completely honored, I don't think I'm worthy of such attention,” Pentz says.  “Each one of us has our own story, and live our own version of ‘right.’  The fact that mine has been spotlighted is incredible.”

Thu, 30 May 2013 17:05:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Ronnie Jenkins to Retire from SC]]> Ronnie Jenkins

After 20 years at Southwestern College, Ronnie Jenkins, director of major gifts, will retire during the summer. Jenkins was honored at Founders Day activities at the college during April.

A 1963 graduate of Arkansas City High School and a 1967 graduate of Baylor University, Jenkins began his career at Southwestern Jan. 1, 1993.  Before that he had worked for his father and the family business, Jenkins and Sons Production Inc., in Arkansas City.  He was also a city commissioner for three years in Arkansas City and mayor in 1979.

Through the years, Jenkins has been in charge of establishing relationships and seeking donations for the college.  His territory of responsibility included the western third of the United States stretching from Arizona to Washington.

“My title is a bit misleading,” Jenkins says.  “Every gift is a major gift, whether $5, $50, or $500,000.”

The campus and the landscape of the college look much different today than they did in 1993 and of this change has come about largely through Jenkins’s efforts.  He is proud of many of Southwestern’s improvements (Jantz Stadium construction, Stewart Field House and Deets Library renovations) but two achievements are especially close to his heart: the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Endowed Chair for Strings and the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

“When I first came to Southwestern, Richardson Auditorium was what I wanted to change,” Jenkins says.  “For years there was no interest in redoing the auditorium.  When the decision was made to renovate, though, I couldn’t imagine the results would be as spectacular as they are.  To turn what was basically a barn into a facility that is so acoustically wonderful is remarkable.”

Southwestern College Dick Merriman is thankful for the work Jenkins has done through the years.

“Ronnie has been an effective ambassador for the college and has been a very skillful advocate in seeking financial support for Southwestern,” Merriman says.  “He has helped our donors help Southwestern achieve great things, particularly in the performing arts, and I’m very grateful for his service.”

When asked what he will miss most, people were first and foremost on his list.

“I like the people I work with,” Jenkins says. “I will miss the annual trips to see donors who have become friends.  I will miss the people.  The physical being of the college is one thing but the real deal is the people who support it and have been here and have feelings for it.  There is a real sense that people are pleased with the direction the college is going.  People want to be a part of a winning team and a winning team is easier to support.”

Jenkins is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Anita Judd-Jenkins, and being able to simply stay home. 

“It’s been an incredible experience for me to get to be here and get to know the college like I have.  I think it is a real treasure.  In the pantheon of private colleges in the state of Kansas, Southwestern is probably in the best position it has ever been.  It is a result of not only our office but the administration, our communications that go out and our admissions team.  I feel a bit like Jerry Seinfeld and his television show. When he got to the top of the ratings he said, ‘It’s not going to get any better than this for me.’”

Mon, 13 May 2013 11:01:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College]]> Masterbuilders for the 2012-2013 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 4.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern. 

Masterbuilders 12-13

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

Masterbuilders for 2012-2013 include: Clint Dick, Spivey; Sally McGuire, Denton, Texas; Derreck Carter-House, Conway Springs; Meeka Gentry and Hannah Podschun, Winfield; Jessie Riggs, Wellington; and Kaley Rodriguez, Salina.


Thu, 09 May 2013 11:37:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outstanding Student Athletes Named]]> Frank Adelman, Yukon, Okla., and Kaley Rodriguez, Salina, were named the 2013 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners at Southwestern College.  The ceremony took place Wednesday, April 24, in Stewart Field House. 


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

Adelman is a biology major.  He is a two-time NAIA Cross Country All-American, an NAIA Track and Field All-American, and has earned multiple Champion of Character awards at both the KCAC and the NAIA level.  He has also qualified for nine NAIA cross country and track and field national championships.  Adelman has been involved in student government, and has been a lab tutor for “Science, Society, and the Environment.” 

Rodriguez is an elementary education major and a leadership studies minor.  She is a four-year member of the volleyball team, and was a KCAC Academic All-Conference selection in 2012. She is an assistant teacher in the Southwestern College Learning Center, is a resident assistant in the freshman residence hall, and is actively involved with Leadership Southwestern.


Nominees also included:
 Sydnee Nelson, Clay Center, women’s cross country
 Melissa Roetzer, Dodge City, women’s tennis
 Rhea Rollins, Kansas City, Mo., women’s track and field
 Alyson Sparkman, Owasso, Okla., women’s soccer
 Jordan Barrett, Oologah, Okla., football
 Michael Morales, Ulysses, men’s basketball
 Jessie Riggs, Wellington, men’s tennis
 Austin Sacket, Derby, men’s soccer
 Bobby Weidner, Libertyville, Ill., men’s golf

This was the 15th annual presentation of the student-athlete award.



Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:17:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Photo Gallery Highlights Service Learning Students With Community Partners]]> A photo gallery is currently on display at College Hill Coffee in Winfield.  The photos highlight Southwestern College service learning students from Leadership, Discipleship, and Green Team working with community partners.  The photos will be on display until May 3.

A total of 16 community partners are recognized in the photo gallery.

“The service learning programs are so grateful to have partners in the community willing to give college students a chance to execute voice and ownership in civic matters,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern.  “Our community partners are unique individuals and organizations who provide students with opportunities to plan service projects and grow as individuals; they are willing to take risks in order to create positive change.  They deserve to be recognized for the wonderful work that they do.”

A special subset of the gallery highlights photos taken by students in the Hunger course currently underway at Southwestern. 

“As a part of the college’s 2012-2013 focus on the issue of hunger, students in the course grabbed cameras and attempted to capture what hunger looks like on campus and in the community,” Wilke says.  “The gallery provides a unique perspective of the issue.  The photos touch on issues of food waste and disparity, as well as problems with processed food and emotional hunger.”
Photos for this subset of the gallery were paid for via a grant from the Sodexho Foundation through Youth Service America in honor of Global Youth Service Day.  Also through the grant, students were given $340 to spend on causes that impact the issue of hunger and that tied to hunger course research.
College Hill Coffee is located at 403 Soward St. in Winfield.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:54:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Four awards were presented Friday, April 19, for outstanding service to the college, and 36 employees were honored for years of service.

Presented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Bobi Muldrow, payroll and benefits administrator; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Linda Kissire, coordinator of academic records and processes for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Pat Ross, professor of biology; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion.

Fassnacht 2013 Winners“These are wonderfully talented people who exemplify the best of the Builder Spirit,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Southwestern.  “The awards express the community’s appreciation for the subtle leadership and service that these colleagues provide to others on a daily basis.”

(Pictured:  Linda Kissire, Bobi Muldrow, Jackson Lashier)

Awards for years of service were also presented for:

  • 35 years: Bill DeArmond, Jim Helmer
  • 25 years: Roger Moon, Allyson Moon, Tim Shook, Terry Barnett
  • 20 years: Bob Gallup, Sharon Wright, Michelle Boucher, Jackie Berryman, Jane Schlickau, Ronnie Jenkins
  • 15 years: Lisa Braun, Dick Merriman, Michael Tessmer, Tracy Frederick, Tami Pullins
  • 10 years: Joe Wood, David Gardner, Stephen Woodburn, Chris Schmitz, Jimmie Tagg, Charles Osen, Tommy Vargas, Ray Baldwin
  • 5 years: Kristin Humphreys, Skye Browning, Marla Sexson, Susan Burdick, George Hindman, TJ Harris, Jason Speegle, Lock Schnelle, Justin Hearne, Jimmy Holland, Kristen Pettey


Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Jordan Stalder Named Journalist of the Year; Others Recognized at KCM Conference ]]> Southwestern College students and media publications were recently recognized at the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media.

Media Award 1

Jordan Stalder, senior from Chapman, was named four-year magazine-yearbook Journalist of the Year.  She received a $250 cash award and a plaque for her honor. Stalder also earned second place in caption writing.

“Creating a yearbook is a thankless job. An effective yearbook editor must combine imagination with attention to detail and self-discipline,” says Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism at Southwestern College. “Jordan Stalder has done an outstanding job of collaborating with others during four years on the Moundbuilder yearbook staff. She has earned the distinction of being named a Journalist of the Year by the Kansas Collegiate Media.” 

The Moundbuilder yearbook staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition and took first place for illustration and for cover design.

“The Collegian” student newspaper earned a silver medal in the four-year private college division and UpdateSC (, the online news site, took second place among four-year private colleges.

Jonathan Woon, Malaysia, and Taylor Posey, Wayne, Okla., took second place across all divisions in multi-media storytelling. Woon also won the four-year private college newspaper news photography competition and earned honorable mentions in news

Media award 2

photography and sports photography.

Clinton Dick, Spivey, took first place in feature writing and sports feature writing; second place in front page design; and honorable mention in sports news writing and sports photography. Dalton Carver, Ozawkie, placed second in review writing.

Carver, Dick, Maggie Dunning, Min Jiao, Kyle Killgore, Bailey VenJohn, and Woon attended the conference at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

A total of 163 students and advisers from 18 colleges and universities participated in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students attended 18 breakout sessions over a variety of journalism topics and heard two keynote speakers.

Woon participated on a panel, “Rethinking student media operations,” along with Dave Bostwick, faculty adviser at Baker University; Laura Guy, faculty adviser at Garden City Community College; Hannah Wise, student from the University of Kansas; and Brad Barnes, student at Baker University.

The students were accompanied by Sparks, who was re-elected to a two-year term as secretary of Kansas Collegiate Media. She worked with other officers to coordinate programming for the conference.



Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:22:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 5]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 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 include:
• 1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences);
• 3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.S.N., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and A.G.S.;
• 5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.  

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

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Saturday, May 4, 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 2012 will be recognized on the printed program.

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 5, 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 at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.

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

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:47:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mud Volleyball Tournament in Winfield Hosted by SC]]> The Southwestern College volleyball program will host a mud volleyball tournament on April 13. The event will be held north of Winfield High School at 300 Viking Boulevard, and will begin at 10 a.m.  It is open to all ages and anybody is invited to put a team together and enter the event.

The 6-on-6 co-ed tournament will be played using a double elimination format. All teams must have at least three female members. Registration fee is $10 per player if registered before April 11, and $15 per player if registered after April 15. All proceeds will go toward the Southwestern College volleyball program and its upcoming season.
Donnie Wallace, Southwestern volleyball head coach, invites teams from the area to compete.

“Since the day I was hired, people all around the community have asked me if I'd bring back the mud tournament,” Wallace says.  “We're excited to finally bring back one of the most popular events in the area. It's a great way to celebrate the end of a school year and provide a fun event for our students and community to participate in. It's going to be a blast.”

For more information or to get a registration form, go to or contact Wallace at (620) 229-6170 or email

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:54:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Electronic Christmas Card Wins Award]]> Southwestern College’s Jinx and Bobo electronic Christmas card, produced by Terry Quiett, has won an award in the fifth annual Sharkie Awards. The awards program, hosted by Brainshark, Inc., honors organizations and individuals that have created standout video presentations. Southwestern College was named a winner in the “Humorous” category.

Jinx and Bobo

More than 400 entries were submitted in this year’s Sharkie Awards. Judges from Brainshark and other presentation experts evaluated submissions based on presentation quality, clarity, organization, and aesthetics. Entries had to demonstrate effective use of Brainshark’s technology – which lets users transform static documents, such as PowerPoints, into online and mobile video presentations.

Quiett, Web producer at Southwestern College, produced an animated online Christmas greeting that was posted on the Southwestern College website and e-mailed to alumni.  The greeting features Jinx and Bobo, a parody of Hallmark’s Hoops and Yoyo, as they riff on Southwestern College traditions and holiday spirit. SC seniors Justin Tinker and Chris Cole provided the voices for the production.  Southwestern College graphic designer Susan Burdick provided the background art.

“I was excited and flattered when I found out that we had won and that our work had been recognized,” Quiett says.  “We create some kind of electronic Christmas card each year.  Typically they are more reverential in tone, but this year we decided to create something a little more light-hearted.”

To view the award winning presentation, go to

“The competition in this year’s Sharkie Awards was especially fierce, with many organizations using online video presentations to communicate with impact,” said Irwin Hipsman, Brainshark’s director of customer community. “Terry Quiett from Southwestern College went above and beyond. At a time when it’s increasingly important to break through the deluge of communications, Southwestern is using online presentations to inform, motivate and truly ‘wow’ its audiences. We commend them on the excellent use of Brainshark’s technology.”

More information about the awards program, including a gallery of winning presentations, is available at


Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Diversity Council Creates Phenomenal Woman Award ]]> The Southwestern College Diversity Council presented their first Phenomenal Woman award to three recipients on Wednesday, March 27. 

The council placed the nominated women from Southwestern College into three categories: faculty, staff, and classified. 

Phenom Women

The winning nominees were:
• Tamara McEwen, assistant professor of biology
• Sheila Krug, vice president for finance and human resources
• Pat Boggs, student life office manager.

Lai-L Clemons, diversity council chairman, says that this event is a good way to recognize Southwestern College women.

“A lot of times when we think about phenomenal women, we look outside of Southwestern College,” Clemons says.  “We need to look at the women that are right here and recognize them and award them for their great contributions.”

A total of nine women were nominated for the award.  Each of them received a certificate and a carnation.  McEwen, Krug, and Boggs received a frame that has the “Phenomenal Woman” poem by Maya Angelou, a Moundbuilder mug, and candy.

“Most importantly, they get to know they were the first to ever do this and people do recognize the hard work they are doing and they are greatly appreciated,” says Clemons.


Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:20:12 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Professional Studies Implements Military Tuition Assistance Grant]]> Southwestern College Professional Studies is committed to providing a supportive environment for military learners. In light of the recent Department of Defense suspension of tuition assistance funds the college has announced its Military Tuition Assistance Grant that will help these learners pay for courses while the suspension is in place.

Through this new grant (also known as MTAG), all current SC tuition-assistance-eligible military learners who were enrolled in at least one course from fall 2012 through spring 2013, may receive a Southwestern College grant. MTAG applies to courses offered April 1 through May 12, 2013, and provides up to $250 per credit hour (the government’s customary reimbursement for tuition) to replace suspended military tuition assistance. The maximum grant covers three tuition hours, and applies to both on-ground and online graduate and undergraduate courses.

“It is our goal to make education a reality for our military service members,” said Pamela Monaco, vice president and chief academic officer of Southwestern College Professional Studies. “The suspension of tuition assistance places a burden on our military learners, and we don't want them to have to put their education on hold. This is an opportunity for us to continue supporting their education goals and needs.”
Learners interested in applying for the grant can do so through the Southwestern College Professional Studies website at Military students who do not meet the requirements for MTAG should explore using their GI Bill benefits. Information on these benefits can be found on the Southwestern College Professional Studies website at or at Federal grants and loans are also available. For more information about the application procedures and timelines for federal financial aid, students should contact a financial aid counselor at

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:11:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Luo Elected to NAEYC Governing Board]]> The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading professional organization for those working with and on behalf of young children from birth through age eight, announced that five early childhood education leaders have been newly elected to its governing board.

Nili Luo, professor and director of early childhood education at Southwestern College, is

Nili Luo

one of the newly elected members.

The two officers and three members will begin their terms on June 1, 2013.

The newly elected officers are:
• President-Elect: Carol Brunson Day, consultant, Silver Spring, Md.
•  Treasurer: William H. Isler, President, The Fred Rogers Company, Pittsburgh, Penn.

In addition to Luo, newly-elected board members are:
• Chad Dunkley, chief operating officer, New Horizon Enterprises, Plymouth, Minn.
• Ann McClain Terrell, director, early childhood education, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, Wis.

“Our new board members bring a wide range of expertise and experience in the early childhood education field to NAEYC,” said Gera Jacobs, president of NAEYC’s Governing Board. “We welcome them to the board and look forward to working together to advance NAEYC’s mission of promoting high-quality early childhood education for all children.”

NAEYC’s 17-member board governs the association, which is nationally recognized for setting standards of quality for early childhood centers, schools, and teacher preparation programs; convening thought leaders; publishing research-based position statements, books, and periodicals that guide early childhood policy and practice; and providing an array of professional development opportunities for early childhood educators.

“We are pleased that these distinguished members will be joining the extraordinary leaders on our governing board,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of NAEYC. “I am confident they will help lead our association in this exciting time of national focus on early childhood education.”


Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:07:30 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Campus Opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26th]]> Southwestern College’s main campus will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Offices will open at that time and classes scheduled for 10 a.m. and later will be held (unless the individual professor calls off the class). As always, each individual should use good judgment in deciding whether travel is safe and prudent. You know your own situation, and the travel conditions to campus from where you live. Be safe, and make good decisions.


The KCAC women’s basketball championship that had been scheduled for Monday night has been postponed to Tuesday night in Hartman Arena.

SC Learning Center will be CLOSED on Tuesday, February 26th due to the blizzard-like conditions. This decision was made after detailed discussions with the district and college.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:41:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winter Storm Postpones KCAC Championship Monday]]> Due to winter storm that is expected to dump upwards of 10 inches of snow on the Wichita metro area, the second annual Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference "Championship Monday" event has been postponed. The event, which will host the 2012-13 KCAC Women's basketball championship game will now be played Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Hartman Arena in Park City. Southwestern will play Kansas Wesleyan in the women's championship game at 8 p.m.

"We appreciate the flexibility of Hartman Arena and KCAC fans in accommodating the KCAC Basketball Championship move to Tuesday night," KCAC Commissioner Scott Crawford said.

The Southwestern Lady Builders will be participating in the KCAC Women's Basketball Championship game for the third time in the last four years, and will be a KCAC Championship Monday event participant for the second-straight season. Last season, Southwestern fell two points short of its first KCAC Tournament title in a loss to Sterling at Hartman Arena. The Lady Builders will meet a KWU team that has never played in Hartman Arena, and has not participated in a KCAC Championship game since the 2010-11 season.

A full game preview will be posted Monday at

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:18:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professional Studies Listed in 'Military Advanced Education']]> “Military Advanced Education,” the journal of higher learning for today’s service members, has named Southwestern College Professional Studies to the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

Southwestern College Professional Studies currently has more than 1,600 military student enrolled.  The college offers opportunities to earn certificates as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

“We are very excited to continuously be named as a military-friendly school,” said Pamela Monaco, vice president for Professional Studies. “Southwestern College Professional Studies is committed to providing a supportive environment for military students. With our student centered approach we make it possible for those serving all around the world to make their educational goals a reality.”

For more information contact Deb Stockman at (888) 684-5335 ext. 214, e-mail, or visit the web site at

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:12:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Grad Finale is March 4th]]> Attention Graduates!
Grad Finale is your one-stop-shop to make plans for 2013 Commencement at Southwestern College. You can purchase your cap and gown, order announcements or class rings, find out about alumni programs, and meet with SC staff to tie up any loose ends.

The Spring 2013 Grad Finale is being held the following times and locations:
  • Monday, March 4, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Winfield Main Campus, Student Center Pounds Lounge
  • Monday, March 4, 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Professional Studies Wichita East Center, 2040 S. Rock Road

Refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held for all participants who complete a check-off sheet and enter the drawing. Expect to spend about 30 minutes at the event you choose to attend.

For students unable to attend the scheduled events, please watch your email for further details. Additional information about Commencement will be posted on our website after the Grad Finale event.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:09:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Offers Numerous Opportunities]]> Southwestern College President Dick Merriman once said about Southwestern College that a student will get from Southwestern exactly what he or she puts into it. 

Southwestern College senior Jonathan Woon has taken those words to heart.

Jonathan Woon

Since arriving on the campus of Southwestern College, Woon has immersed himself in activities and projects; he excels in photography, journalism, and worship outreach. 
Woon came to Southwestern from Malaysia and was awarded a Bishop Scholarship which has helped pay his tuition.  The scholarship offered by the school changes from year to year, but represents one of the college’s most generous scholarships. The scholarship award also makes the student available for additional funds from the Institute for Discipleship. These funds are in addition to the scholarship and are need based.

“I came to Southwestern to study communications not knowing what communication studies were all about,” Woon says.  “I stepped into my first journalism class with Stacy Sparks (associate professor of journalism), not knowing anything about journalism and started to learn.  I like to learn new things. And then later on she invited to me to be on the newspaper staff (The Collegian) and I began to really appreciate journalism.  I work now a lot in the online area, social media, and pushing content.”

Woon has been involved heavily with worship outreach and chapel at Southwestern.  He has performed numerous times with the worship outreach team Selah.  He has now moved to a more behind the scenes role of producing music. 

“To me the true joy comes when I am able to capture the essence of worship on an mp3 file and a student then can listen to it in their car or on their iPod,” Woon says.

Chapel at Southwestern has been a valuable experience for Woon.

“For me, I generally relate to people through Christ,” Woon says.  “That is how I find community and support.  (Southwestern College campus minister) Ashlee Alley has always been there for me when I need help or support.  The people in chapel are great and were especially important to me my first few weeks here.”

Woon’s connections at Southwestern led him to a valuable internship during 2012 when he spent the summer as an intern for “The Upper Room” and lived in Nashville, Tenn.  “The Upper Room” is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, “The Upper Room” has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service.

“Connections, it is all about connections,” Woon says.  “If you know how to use these resources at Southwestern, it can happen for you.  I told Martin Rude (director of outreach ministry) and Steve Wilke (vice president for planning and new programs) that ‘hey, I need an internship’ and the idea was initially to get an internship at a recording studio which is what I am really passionate about.  Steve said that his sister, Sarah, is spearheading ‘The Upper Room’ publishing house and he encouraged me to do a dual internship.  Everything just fell into place and I got a great experience.”

Woon, who is on schedule to graduate in December, is now planning on going on tour with Rude, former Moundbuilder Josh Melcher, and current SC students. They will feature music from their newly finished worship album, “No Secrets.”  At the end of January, they will be leading a weekend event in Houston and then in May tour to Jakarta, Singapore, and Malaysia. 

“I grew up in Southeast Asia and I am looking forward to sharing our music,” Woon says.

 “The best part of a small college is if students know how to maximize the experience, they will get a lot out of it,” Woon says.



Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:23:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)