General RSS Feed en-us General RSS Feed <![CDATA[Red Cross, Fire Department, and SC Learning Council Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Winfield]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College is teaming with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department for “Sound the Alarm,” the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students.
Sound the AlarmThe groups hope to install 700 smoke alarms in the Winfield community on Sunday, Oct. 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. The event will include the volunteers from the Red Cross (which serves south central and southeast Kansas), Southwestern, and the local fire department. In addition to installing the alarms, the volunteers will be canvassing neighborhood and helping families create fire escape plans. The event is part of the Red Cross’s Fire Prevention Campaign.

Community residents can ensure they receive a free smoke alarm by calling 211, or online at In addition, forms have been handed out to students at every Winfield USD 465 school to inform parents of the event.

“The majority of students from our athletic teams, service learning teams, and student organizations have participated in the past and we expect that same level of participation this year,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship at Southwestern. “October is fire prevention month and our student body has set a goal of installing 700 fire alarms in the Winfield community. Many homes have outdated alarms and need new ones, along with a fire escape plan. 

“Our students will be trained by the Red Cross to check and install alarms properly and talk with households about establishing a fire escape plan. If we reach our goal of 700 alarms installed, Winfield will hold the record in Kansas and Nebraska for the most fire alarms installed at one time in a community.”
Jennifer Sanders, Red Cross executive director, is part of the planning group. 

“Over the last 12 months, the Red Cross serving south central and southeast Kansas has responded to 295 home fires,” Sanders points out. “In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day. As of September 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 268 lives, reached 894,000 children through youth preparedness programs, and installed 964,000 free smoke alarms.”

Joshua Dobbs, lieutenant and paramedic for the Winfield Fire Department, says emergency responders are looking forward to the event. 

“Winfield Fire and EMS is excited to partner with Southwestern College and the American Red Cross to provide and install smoke alarms to the members of the Winfield community,” Dobbs says. “The selection of this project by Southwestern College to serve as their annual service learning project shows that Southwestern College and the American Red Cross have a sincere interest in increasing the quality of life for Winfield Residents.”

“This project would not be capable without the partnership of these great institutions and organizations,” Dobbs says. “This project further increases the pride that I have to live and work in such a great community.”

For more information, contact Just at (620) 229-6362.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Elliot Stone to Present Two Smith-Willson Lectures at Southwestern College]]> Dr. Brad Elliott StoneBrad Elliot Stone, professor of philosophy and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2017 Smith-Willson lecture.  Stone will present two lectures, one Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., and the other Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the Oct. 5 lecture is “Is God Not Black? Racism and Theology.”  The title of Stone’s Oct. 10 lecture Oct. 10 is “The Opposition to Oppression Is Prophecy.”

With Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Stone co-edited a collection of essays under the title “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Cascade, 2012), and they co-edited a sequel volume titled “Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Lexington, 2018).

Stone has published journal articles in “Philosophical Compass,” “The Pluralist,” “Theoforum, Contemporary Pragmatism,” “The Other Journal,” “The Xavier Zubiri Review,” and “Foucault Studies.” He has book chapters in “The Blackwell Companion to Foucault,” “Foucault: Key Concepts,” and “Essays zur Jacques Derrida und Gianni Vattimo, Religion.” He plans to spend part of his sabbatical in Winfield this fall with the intention of completing two book projects: “Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism” (co-authored with Goodson) and a book on the Four Ds of 20th Century Philosophy: Destruction, Deconstruction, Demythologization, and Demystification.

The Smith-Willson lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson to call attention to the important moral and religious aspects of education.  National leaders on various related topics are asked to speak at the annual lecture.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Men’s Basketball Team Visits Local Elementary Schools]]> The Southwestern College men's basketball team used its break from classes on Assessment Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to visit Whitter, Irving, and Country View Elementary Schools in the Winfield school district. Students at all three schools got to know the Moundbuilders during the team's visit.

Myron FisherThe student bodies at each school then assembled in the gymnasium, where the Moundbuilders gave a presentation on the five core values (respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant leadership, integrity) of the NAIA Champions of Character program. Following the presentation, team members put on a dunk contest for the students.

The men’s team has been going to local elementary schools for several years.

"Our players get to help the students, show the importance of character, and work on public speaking when we do these visits," associate head coach Tim Miser said. 

Head coach Matt O’Brien says that the experience is good for the students and his athletes.

“It's great for the students to learn about our core values, and have an opportunity to interact with our team.   It's a fun experience for everybody involved,” O’Brien says. 

“It's always a great opportunity to help out in the community,” says SC senior Jacob Horsch.  “Being able to teach the kids and make an impact in their lives is always a rewarding experience.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to go into the community to encourage and challenge young minds to be great,” says senior Myron Fisher. 


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:20:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bruce DeHaven Day and Giveaways from Graves Drug Stores on Saturday at SC Football Game]]> The Southwestern College football team will host McPherson College Saturday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.  SC will celebrate Bruce DeHaven Day and Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor.  

A 1970 graduate of Southwestern, DeHaven is credited with revolutionizing the role of special teams in the National Football League. His coaching career began at Oxford High School and stretched to five NFL teams that reached the Super Bowl five times. DeHaven passed away Dec. 27, 2016 after a battle with cancer; members of his family will attend the game.

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."

Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor and will provide free flu shots with insurance card or $20 flu shots with game day program; free blood pressure readings; samples of float shots and limeade; and commemorative footballs. 


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:09:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Populism's Poison Pill?”

According to Barker, this talk takes the 1787 Constitution as its point of departure and travels quickly through time to enter into the present populist moment of protests, anxieties, and disagreement. He will examine populism as a challenge to representative democracy, one that mobilizes power in the streets rather than through the political process, and as an expression of political opinion and agency within a basically liberal polity. 

“How does the Constitution shape the type of citizen participation that occurs in the American public sphere?” Barker asks.  “Can the Constitution settle debates and decide questions such as whether protesters or counter-protesters in Charlottesville are right or wrong to speak or not to speak? If so, how?”

The event is held to recognize the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

After the talk, there will be time for questions concerning the constitutional implications of the events of Charlottesville and the meaning of the Constitution in 2017.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:13:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Recognize Bruce DeHaven ]]> Southwestern College will celebrate the life and achievements of the late Bruce DeHaven, class of 1970, on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the SC football team hosts McPherson College.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

DeHavenDeHaven grew up on a farm in Trousdale and as a Moundbuilder was a basketball and track star.  Though DeHaven didn’t play the sport in college, he loved the game of football and took an opportunity to be a student manager for the Southwestern College football team.  

DeHaven began his coaching career at Oxford High School.  From there he had assistant coaching stints at the University of Kansas and New Mexico State University.  He then moved on to the United States Football League’s New Jersey Generals as a special teams coach.  After moving back to the high school ranks in the mid-1980s, he got a call from the newly-hired head coach of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy.

He went on to coach special teams for five NFL teams and reached the Super Bowl five times.  Along with the Bills, he coached for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and his final position with the Carolina Panthers.  It was during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, though, that DeHaven revolutionized the role of special teams. 

In spite of the success and accolades, DeHaven was always proud of his Kansas roots and Southwestern ties.

“He never forgot where he came from," said Richard Jantz, DeHaven’s friend since college.  “Bruce never got too big or busy to keep up with us; he was always proud of Southwestern and all of the friends he made while at SC.”

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime of the Southwestern versus McPherson game.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:41:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stir & Bustle Ribbon Cutting]]> The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Coffee plus a ribbon cutting Aug. 24 for Stir & Bustle Coffee, a new coffee shop located in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.

Stir and Bustle Ribbon Cutting(Pictured holding the big scissors in the middle is Dr. Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. Surrounding him are faculty and staff, students and chamber members. Photo courtesy of Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Stir & Bustle, which takes its name from the Alma Mater, converted the open lounge inside the library’s front entrance to a snack area that features open seating and contemporary décor.

Fresh Ideas, the campus food services contractor, installed the coffee shop as part of its contract with the college. Taylor Strecker, area manager for Fresh Ideas, has been instrumental in the planning of the new facility.

“It’s going to grow and evolve as it takes off, but we plan for it to be a full-blown running coffee house with coffee drinks, frappucinos, smoothies, and other drinks,” he says. “Ultimately we’ll have sandwiches and wraps, salads, parfaits, and other food, but we have packaged food from the start.”

More than snacks, though, the coffee shop provides a casual hub for students to meet, work on group projects, or relax between classes. The area is a convenient for meetings with campus visitors. The space may also be used for alumni or group gatherings, and can be closed off if coffee shop amenities are not needed.

Kristin Humphreys, associate vice president for business services, has worked with student life personnel to make sure the new space is student-friendly.

“For example, there are plenty of outlets for charging laptops, tablets, and phones,” she says.

The idea of an in-library coffee shop is not new, Strecker says – he was involved in the addition of a coffee shop to the Lindenwood University.

“It’s a gathering place, but we expect a lot of studying to be going on in this area,” he says. “There are still plenty of quiet spaces in the building for students who prefer that study environment.”

Stir & Bustle Photos

Stir & Bustle 360 - Student with drink

Stir & Bustle 360

Stir & Bustle - Panoramic

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students to Capture Memories Honoring Former Walnut Valley Festival President Bob Redford]]> Students in the communication department at Southwestern College are collaborating with The Walnut Valley Association (WVA) to create a video project called “Winfield Memories” during the Walnut Valley Festival, Sept. 13 – 17, at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Bart Redford, WVA, presented the idea for the project to two SC faculty members in early September. “Winfield Memories” will honor the life of Bob Redford, former WVA president, who died in December of 2016. The students will record individual interviews from both festival goers and from people who have worked at the festival over the years. 

“The idea for this project came about as I listened to fans of the festival tell me about their favorite memories of the event and their recollections of my father,” Redford says.  “My dad always loved a good festival story, and had quite a few himself, and I just thought this would be a nice way to capture some of these tales on video as a tribute to him and to all the people who have made this event what it is, fans and WVA crew alike.”

After the stories are gathered during the festival, Tanner Carlson, communication senior, will develop the series of interviews into a documentary as a senior project. WVA intends to have them play at a new venue called Bob’s Place which will also feature memorabilia from the Festival’s long history. 

Carlson is coordinating the work of a team of students who are contributing to the project. He is being assisted by Jason Knowles, visiting instructor of communication, digital arts, and new media and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. 

“The Walnut Valley Festival provides an opportunity for a talented and hard-working senior to lead a group of students on a meaningful project with a uniquely Winfield angle,” Sparks says. 

The Walnut Valley Festival Memories booth will be at the Northwest end of Barn 8 of the Winfield Fairgrounds during the Walnut Valley Festival. Students will be gathering stories on Sept. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:02:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[​Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award, Again]]> For the second year in a row, a Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

“It is an honor to be recognized again in the 2017 ‘CPA Practice Advisor's’ 40 under 40 Accounting Professionals list,” Lee says.  “The recognition is an important one in our industry and is looked to by major accounting firms, professionals, and the profession as a whole. In an industry that will take a very different look in the future, I’m excited to be part of an elite group of young professionals finding ways to be part of the change and helping others to make the transition into the new era of accounting.” 

As a member of the 2017 40 Under 40, Lee is invited to attend the 40 under 40 Think Tank Symposium in Indianapolis on October 18-20, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. Lee attended the symposium last year and said it was a wonderful experience.

“Having being named to the 2016 40 under 40, I've been able to meet a lot of innovative and awe-inspiring professionals who are ready to take our profession into the next generation of accounting,” Lee says.  “Being able to network with these individuals in Indianapolis last year has allowed me to get an inside seat of what the future hold for our students and helps give great foresight to our accounting majors about how to be more competitive in their careers.

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

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides option for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:11:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Welcomes Largest Class in 132 Year History]]> Southwestern College marked the beginning of the fall semester by welcoming a record breaking first-year class to campus.

“It’s a wonderful day to be a Builder,” said Southwestern President Brad Andrews as he shared news of the record enrollment.   

Andrews reported that as of Monday, 192 first-year students had moved onto campus, representing the largest freshman class in the 132 year history of the college.  At the time of publication, the college has also enrolled 80 transfer students. In total, 272 new students have enrolled, also a record for the college. 

“The momentum that we are building at Southwestern is very real,” said Andrews. “The value and attractiveness of the education we provide is meaningful to prospective students and families of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond.”  

 The large class was out in force on Sunday, performing community service at eleven homes and nonprofits throughout Winfield as part of the annual Freshman Work Day. On Friday their service will be focused on campus as they give the “SC” rocks on the hill east of Richard L. Jantz Stadium a fresh coat of white paint (a duty performed annually by the first-year class, with the help of President Andrews). Classes at the college will begin on August 21.

“We have 272 brand new students who chose Southwestern College, who chose Winfield— who have already begun to connect with our community and engage in our traditions,” said Andrews. “The college and Winfield are strengthened by their choosing to be here and that is certainly something we all should celebrate.” 

Last year Southwestern welcomed 173 first-year students, which, at the time, marked the second largest class to enter the college. Andrews attributes the record breaking success and increasing enrollment, which contradicts national trends, to faculty, staff, and the community.

“This success hinges on nothing more than prospective students and families recognizing that faculty and staff at Southwestern College are dedicated to helping students discover their potential and find success— and in seeing what a special place Winfield is to make home.”


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:17:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 9 ]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2017-2018 school year.
Builder Camp takes first-year students on and off campus for a three-day orientation to college life, and Builder Fest is an on-campus experience introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern College. 
New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by students moving into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A Family Farewell event begins at 3:30 p.m., and then the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Camp WOW in Stuart, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 12. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.
Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Saturday, Aug. 12.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Friday, Aug. 18.
Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
Sunday, Aug. 20, 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. 21, classes begin for students. 
Tuesday, Aug. 22, rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
Thursday, Aug. 24, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
Friday, Aug. 25, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.
Friends of Southwestern College are invited to attend the Moundbuilding Ceremony and Opening Convocation.
For more information about Builder Fest, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168. 
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:34:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Stacy Sparks Photography on Display in Wichita]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks will be on display at the Plymouth Art Gallery at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 North Clifton Ave., Wichita, in August and September. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 40 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs. 

Sparks is the associate professor of journalism at Southwestern College and has been teaching at SC since August 2006, when she moved to Winfield with her husband, Pat England. The photographs in this exhibit were made during a sabbatical between August and December 2015.

She grew up in Dodge City and began teaching journalism and advising student media staffs in 1988, first at St. Mary of the Plains College, then at Dodge City Community College. 

Sparks’ work has been included in the Five-State Photography Show, as well as juried competitions in Liberal, Wichita and Lubbock, Texas. She has shown her work in group and solo shows in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama and has participated in photography workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana, and New Mexico.

Sparks was inducted into the College Media Association Hall of Fame in October 2015. An active member of CMA and Kansas Collegiate Media, she has served in several leadership roles in both organizations.

Located in the main hallway of the church, The Plymouth Art Gallery is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is also open during regularly scheduled church events.  


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Finishes the Tour Divide]]> Winfield biking enthusiast Bobby Smith has returned after competing in one of the toughest mountain bike experiences in North America.Bobby Smith Finishes TD

Smith, director of application systems at Southwestern College, completed the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route was 2,745 miles long and Smith finished it in 28 days, 12 hours, and 35 minutes. 

Smith, who is 30 pounds lighter after competing in the event, says that in hindsight, he could have finished the race sooner but rode with another competitor who had participated before in the Tour Divide. 

“I rode with him for quite a ways because he knew where the refueling stations were, had knowledge of where to camp out, and I didn’t want to get lost” Smith says.  “But once I got to Breckenridge (Colo.) I knew I had to pick up the pace if I wanted to finish in less than 30 days so I went on my own from there.”

Smith says that he hopes to ride in the event again someday. 

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to see a map of the route Smith rode along with other race statistics as well as a link to donate to the Builder Fund at


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:28:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Landmarks Being Constructed at Southwestern]]> Construction has begun on a new landmark on the west side of the Southwestern College campus.

The George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success is expected to be completed by mid-August.

No Sign KeyholeThe Hayward family has made a gift to construct two monument signs at the west corners of campus; one at College St. and Warren Ave., and the other at College St. and Fowler Ave. Additionally, a pedestrian gateway framing Keyhole Drive and a monument sign in the center median of the drive will be constructed in the coming weeks.No sign Warren

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School]]> Southwestern College hosted students from two different middle schools in Wichita during its annual Builder Bound Camp.  Students from Truesdell Middle School were on campus June 6-9 and students from Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Academy were on campus from June 20-23. 

Both schools were honored for their 2016-2017 achievements by the Kansas Association Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) with Truesdell awarded the Kansas Middle School of the Year and Jardine being a finalist for this distinctive award.   

A total of 112 students (75 from Truesdell and 37 from Jardine) attended the camps. Each week was concluded with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Superintendent Alicia Thompson of the Wichita USD 259 attended the graduation as a parent, acknowledging her daughter’s participation in Builder Bound Camp.  

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher and camp sponsor from 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 over 1,100 students enrolled.

Builder Bound 17According to Lura Jo Atherly, the head principal at Jardine, students attending summer school for the two weeks were eligible to participate in the camp. Jardine has nearly 350 students enrolled.

This was the 11th year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide Builder Bound Camp.  For four years SC had partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of the students who attended camp are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first-generation college attenders. According to Pleas, part of the mission of this camp is to expose these students to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

Campers were split into teams and participated in six courses over the four days.  Courses and professors included: biology, Rick Cowlishaw; engineering, Michael Tessmer; college athletics, Matt O’Brien; digital design, DeAnn Nelson; media/interviewing, Tommy Castor; and fishing, Mary Sites.

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

The leadership staff included Dawn Pleas, executive director; Ed Loeb, academic dean, Lonnie Boyd, controller; Anjaih Clemons, operations; Tim Miser, college student mentors; Korie Hawkins, middle school campers; Krystal Winn, climate control;  Justin Williams and LaRide Conerly, male hall directors;  Jordon Pond and Korie Hawkins, female hall directors; Rodney Marner, assistant operations; Mary Sites, orientation meals;  Garnita James, female empowerment; and Sgt. Michael Williams, male empowerment.

The camps also featured 20 current students, recent alumni, and young adult friends of Southwestern College as mentors to the campers.  


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:24:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Rides the Tour Divide]]> One of the toughest mountain bike experiences in America will be the next challenge for Bobby Smith, a Winfield biking enthusiast. 

Bobby Smith Tour DivideSmith left this week to participate in the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, British Columbia, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route is 2,745 miles long—“longer if you get lost,” he says. Official start of the race is June 9.

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to follow Smith’s progress in real-time, as well as a links to his Instagram account and to the Builder Fund at

A computer specialist at SC, the 51-year-old Smith has been riding since he was a child. 
“Having ridden and raced all genres of cycling, I am first and foremost a mountain biker. The Tour Divide is the pinnacle of an off-pavement challenge where a mountain bike and ‘fat tire’ is pretty much required equipment to succeed,” he says.

Smith will be self-supported, carrying 30 to 40 pounds of supplies, sleeping gear, water, and food on his mountain bike. With only a start date and route provided by promoters (no entry fee or official racer meeting is held), racers must rely on their own ingenuity to complete the course. They may resupply food and equipment at commercial shops along the way, but any services must be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged.

This self-reliance is a key component of the Tour Divide. Racers are not allowed to meet family on the friends on the trail because this is considered a form of support. However, they can accept support from total strangers, who are known as “Trail Angels.” An encounter with one of the strangers is called “Trail Magic,” and Smith admits he is looking forward to experiencing this magic. 

“Information on the race is purposefully difficult to come by, which is exactly how the promoter wants it,” Smith says. “Luckily for us mere mortals, the more people who take on this challenge, the more information that is available to prepare.”

Smith plans to get up with the sun each day, pack, and ride all day, sometimes finishing before dark and sometimes riding into the night if the weather is good. In order to finish the course in less than a month (the vacation time he has available) he must average at least 100 miles daily, with a goal of 110-120 miles per day.

In addition to the terrain and weather conditions, he’ll also be watching out for additional non-human competitors—“we ride right through grizzly, wolf, and mountain lion country”—so he’ll have bear spray and a bear bell ready.

But the physical challenges will pale compared to the mental challenges, Smith predicts. 

“Although the magnitude of the adventure requires utmost preparedness, the unknown aspects will reveal whether or not I am equipped mentally to complete this daunting task,” Smith says. “So why am I taking this challenge? Not only to see if I 'have what it takes', but also for the invaluable experiences, memories, adventure, freedom, pain and laughs; and in many ways to simply see how the story unfolds. Furthermore, I am taking on this challenge to enhance my already blessed life, to empower myself to go beyond my comfort zone, and inspire myself to grow and live a life worth living.”

Bobby Smith on InstagramSee photos from Bobby's adventure at his Instagram account
or search #BuilderOnABike

Learn more about Tour Divide Ride here.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Service Learning Teams Make an Impact in Philadelphia and Portland]]> Two service learning teams from Southwestern College recently traveled to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

“Service Learning teams at Southwestern College hold three threads of learning and practice in common, which are classroom learning, service work, and travel,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We believe the combination of those three things facilitate the best learning  and development for our students.  Hence, each of our teams (Leadership and Discipleship) took a service trip as part of the travel component.”

The Leadership team traveled to Philadelphia and worked with three organizations, The Salvation Army, Share Food, and Front Step.  
Leadership in Philadelphia•    For The Salvation Army, members worked at a warehouse for a day sorting new toys into appropriate age groups and categories. These donated toys are handed out to kids during the Christmas season.  They were able to sort, box, and label all their donations in the warehouse. 
•    For Share Food, the team packaged 1,401 boxes of food commodities (each box was 30 pounds of food).  
•     For Front Step, the team worked with a pastor from Front Step to clean up a neighborhood and park.

“Each year the Leadership team embarks on a service learning trip where members get to experience a new part of the world and simultaneously serve,” Wood says.  “Following a four-year rotation, students have the opportunity to participate in trips in outdoors locations, international site, Kansas, and urban areas. These trips allow students to serve culturally diverse populations and learn more about what it means to be a leader in a global society.”

The Discipleship team traveled to Portland, Ore.

“Our trip was organized through Kaleo Missions in Portland and they housed our team and organized our mission experiences for the week,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship.  “Together we clocked more than 500 service hours.”
Discipleship in Portland•    Much of this time was spent serving alongside ministries that feed and clothe the homeless population.  These ministries included St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and Union Gospel Mission. The team helped prepare and serve food at both locations and also helped clean up and distribute clothing and other commodities throughout the week.
•    Members spent time helping at the Oregon Food Bank where the team separated food for distribution, and worked with Women’s Life Change, a Beaverton, Ore., organization that is an extended, on-site living program for women coming out of abuse, addiction, and homelessness. At Women’s Life Change the team toured the building, learned about the program, met residents, helped paint offices, and helped prepare for the program graduation.
•    The team also attended the Real Life Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International.  According to Just, it brought to life the experiences of refugees and impoverished people around the world. “It was a learning experience that prompted our team to see the world with different eyes,” she says.

Both teams were able to enjoy iconic locations in each city.  In Philadelphia the Leadership team visited the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and burial grounds, Christ Church, and the Philadelphia Zoo.  The Discipleship team visited local food trucks, grabbed an iconic pink box of Voodoo Doughnuts, went to Powell’s Books (the world’s largest independent bookstore), and went to Multnomah Falls.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:28:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team Earns First Place in Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was the top team in the nation in the Enactus USA 2017 Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge for their work in the Moundbuilder Market. 

Enactus RW Plaster winnersThe award was announced Tuesday at the 2017 Enactus USA National Recognition in Kansas City, and comes with a trophy and $10,000 prize for use by the team for continued growth within their Enactus program and projects. This is the largest monetary awarded challenge Enactus USA presents to a team annually. 

“The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge recognize teams that have a business venture project that implements entrepreneurial activities to increase profit margins,” says Patrick Lee, Enactus team advisor.

The Moundbuilder Market, which sells branded apparel and other Southwestern College items, was taken over by the SC Enactus team in August 2015. Since then the group has created a business model that is both sustainable in nature and profit driven. Enactus team members manage the enterprise, creating practicum opportunities for SC business, accounting, and sports management majors. 

The store is managed by Uly Cisneros (junior majoring in business, Rowlett, Texas) and Christian Gordon (junior majoring in accounting, Yukon, Okla.). In addition Chase Carr (junior majoring in accounting, Bixby, Okla.) manages event sales for the market.

“It's exciting to see a team go from nothing in 2014 to becoming a nationally-recognized team in just three years,” Lee says.  “This is the first nationally-awarded challenge to Southwestern College Enactus team.” 


Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McNutt Named President for KNEA-SP]]> Karrie McNutt Southwestern College senior Karrie McNutt, Winfield, has been elected president of the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP).

Her duties will include organizing two major KNEA events, one in the fall of 2017 and one in the spring of 2018.  The spring event will include a service project normally done in the hometown of the current president.

In April, president-elect McNutt assisted with the Outreach to Teach event at Ogden Elementary School of USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden, where members volunteered for projects that included revamping flowerbeds, planting a tree, painting railings and bookshelves, painting the teacher’s lounge and technology center, organizing classroom libraries, and work in the Ogden Community Garden.

"For the upcoming school year, I couldn't be more honored to represent the aspiring future educators that our state and nation so greatly need,” McNutt says.  “Teaching has truly become my passion and I can't imagine serving my future profession in any other way.  As KNEA-SP president, I look forward to using my leadership skills to help teach my peers how we can make a difference in our Kansas public schools as college students, but more importantly, as we enter the education profession as teachers.”

McNutt adds that the KNEA Student Program Spring Representative Assembly will take place at Southwestern College in April. 

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to give back to my hometown education family, and look forward to including the community in this event,” McNutt says.

A 2014 graduate of Winfield High School, McNutt is majoring in elementary education at Southwestern.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:39:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodrich, Gamez Named 2017 Fran Jabara Award Recipients]]> Goodrich GamezAidan Goodrich, Independence, and Becky Gamez, Houston,  received the Fran Jabara Award at Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7.

Goodrich graduated summa cum laude (with highest honor) with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in leadership. Gamez graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and a minor in business administration.

The Fran Jabara Award is presented to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and excellence in its recipients.  Jabara, an Oklahoma State University and Wichita State University graduate, was an advocate of the American free enterprise system and founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU in 1977.

Goodrich and Gamez each received a plaque and a cash award. 

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Peterson-Veatch Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that Ross Peterson-Veatch will be the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  Dr. Peterson-Veatch will begin his duties July 1.

Ross Peterson-VeatchThe new vice president will have responsibility for the academic vision and execution of academic programs at the college, including both the main campus and Professional Studies. During the past year’s national search to fill the position these duties have been performed by Tracy Frederick, interim provost, after former provost Andy Sheppard accepted a college presidency in Georgia.

“I am so pleased to be chosen as Southwestern's new vice president for academic affairs,” Peterson-Veatch says.  “I am excited to join the Moundbuilder community and I look forward to working with faculty and administrators to continue Southwestern's strong traditions of student engagement and academic excellence.”  

Peterson-Veatch has served as interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Goshen College (Ind.) since 2015.  In that role he was responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all academic and student life programs and departments.  He served Goshen previously as associate vice president for academic affairs, primarily focused on adult and graduate programs. Before that, as associate academic dean, his duties included service on the college team developing strategic academic priorities. 
Prior to his tenure at Goshen, Peterson-Veatch was a faculty member at Indiana University in the liberal arts and management program, and has also held faculty appointments at Earlham College, Goucher College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. From 2001 to 2007 he served Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business as an instructional consultant focused on improvement of classroom teaching practice.

 “Southwestern is a college with a clear focus on students and their success and a commitment to developing students as leaders.  I am honored and humbled to be able to be a part of those efforts and to help extend them to a growing student body both in Winfield and beyond,” Peterson-Veatch adds.

Peterson-Veatch received his bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Spanish and sociology/anthropology and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in folklore from Indiana University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on professional learning communities and other topics.

His academic interests include leadership studies, folklore, history of ethnography and Colonial Latin American literature.  

“I look forward to partnering with him and am excited about the leadership and service he will provide Southwestern in the years to come,” Andrews says. 

Peterson-Veatch has been involved in college pedagogy initiatives since 1992 and served on the program committee for the 2009 annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and the American Folklore Society.

Peterson-Veatch and his wife, Erika, plan to move to Winfield this summer along with their sons, Oscar and Arthur.  

Fall 2017 Opening Convocation
August 25, 2017

0:00 Processional - Dr.James Leland (Psalm Nineteen – Benedetto Marcello)

2:45 Invocation - Emily Jones, 2017-2018 SGA President 

3:30 Welcome - Dr. Bradley J Andrews, President 

5:58 Recognition of the Scholars of the College and Dean’s Honor Roll - Dr.Ross Peterson-Veatch, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College 

Troy Fort, Scholar of the College 

7:25 Special Music - Tyler Demaree, Matthew Porter, and Jack Warring, vocals; Aidan Wells Filbert, piano (On the Willows from Godspell – Stephen Schwartz)

10:35 Introduction of Speaker - Dr. Andrews 

12:05 Speaker - Dr. Peterson-Veatch 

29:45 Announcements - Mr. Dan Falk, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students 

31:35 Alma Mater - Matthew Porter, Conductor 

34:05 Benediction - Rev. Benjamin Hanne, Campus Minister 

35:02 Recessional - Dr. Leland (Toccata: Deo Gratias – Richard Keys Biggs)

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tammy McEwen Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at SC]]> Tammy McEwen, associate professor of biology, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

Tammy McEwen“I am very grateful to the Kopkes for providing this generous award to recognize excellence in teaching,” McEwen says.  “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for doing a job about which I am passionate. I am humbled to be included in the same category with the distinguished educators who have previously received this acknowledgement, and I have the honor and privilege of collaborating with many of those previous recipients frequently.”

McEwen grew up in Texas and graduated from high school in New Braunfels, Texas.  She earned her bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in molecular biology from Pittsburg State University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.  Prior to arriving at Southwestern in August 2011, she taught high school science (biology, earth science, advanced biology, anatomy and physiology) at Altoona-Midway High School in southeast Kansas. McEwen also taught adjunct courses at Neosho County Community College. 

“Winning this award means a great deal to me for while I love biology, particularly developmental biology, my true passion and calling is teaching. In essence, this award is validation for many years of hard work and dedication to serving students,” McEwen added.

McEwen and her husband, Jim, live in Winfield.  He is the internship coordinator at Southwestern.

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodson Published in ‘The Oxford Handbook on Secularism’]]> Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, has had an article published in “The Oxford Handbook on Secularism.”

“My chapter describes the German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas’s usage of the terms ‘secularity,’ ‘secularism,’ and ‘post-secularism,’” Goodson says.  “I explain how Habermas’s usage of these three terms is best understood in relation to his philosophical theory of communicative rationality. Habermas makes a shift from secularism to post-secularism, and I argue that this shift is based on the fact that post-secularism allows for better communication, on the standards of communicative rationality, between religious believers and nonreligious citizens in our globalized twenty-first century context.”

Goodson says that his argument addresses questions raised by Southwestern College students in courses such as History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Warfare and Ethics.  

“The Oxford Handbook on Secularism” was edited by John R. Shook and Phil Zuckerman, and it contains 43 chapters. It costs $150 if ordered through Oxford University Press.

According to Goodson, one reviewer describes his chapter as providing a helpful discussion concerning "Habermas and former Pope Benedict [XVI] on religion, fundamentalism, war, and theological endorsements of post-secularism."


Fri, 12 May 2017 10:16:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College]]> Masterbuilders for the 2016-2017 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Thursday, April 20.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

2017 MasterbuildersThe Student Government Association initiates the process for naming Masterbuilders by calling for each SGA member to nominate students.  The list of students who receive votes are then submitted to a faculty vote.  Finally, the entire student body votes, choosing recipients from the names remaining on the list.  

Masterbuilders for 2016-2017 include: Sadie Pfau, Ardmore, Okla..; Carlene Dick, Spivey; Abby Warnke, Wichita; Seth Topham, Peabody; LaRide Conerly, McKinney, Texas; and Aidan Goodrich, Independence.


Wed, 10 May 2017 11:31:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Elementary Education Students Host Home-Schooled Students for Science Experiments]]> Southwestern College elementary education majors hosted 25 home-schooled students, who are associated with the Maize Virtual School, for science investigations on Tuesday, April 25. Karen Podschun, Winfield, is an education specialist for the virtual school program and accompanied the students.

Emily JonesFour SC elementary education majors planned science investigations for the students then hosted the children through a series of rotations so each child was able to participate in each activity. 

•    Emily Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla., had children ‘mix it up’ by seeing how baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring interact. 
•    Tayvia Kemp, El Dorado, had students investigate how sounds are made using a variety of kitchen items and by humming to rice on plastic wrap stretched over various sized bowls.
•     Karrie McNutt, Winfield, let students make their own rain in a cup with shaving cream representing clouds and food coloring drops into and through the clouds. 
•    Mariah Patillo, Montrose, Colo., helped students understand how pollution in streams, lakes, and rivers is harmful to fish. 

Karrie McNuttSheryl Erickson, the course instructor, invited the children to look closely at a variety of seeds, first with just their eyes, and then with magnifying glasses. 

“The science rotations event was a great way to help the children consider how science is around us every day, and for the Southwestern future teachers to plan and implement meaningful learning science opportunities for children,” Erickson says. 


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:54:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Win Awards at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference]]> Four members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won several awards while attending the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media, April 9 and 10 in Wichita.

SC students who won awards were:SC Media Awards
•    Senior Kylie Stamper, Wichita, took second place in feature photography and third place in both news photography and page design. 
•    Senior Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs, received second place in the yearbook theme development category, third place in video storytelling, and honorable mention in feature writing. 
•    Senior Garrett Chapman, Broken Arrow, placed third in newspaper sports features. 
•    Freshman Tessa Castor, Clearwater, earned an honorable mention in feature photography. 

The UpdateSC online staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition.

Juniors Turki Alturki, Saudi Arabia, and Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas, along with Castor, Chapman, Forrest, and Stamper attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

They were part of a group of 139 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students heard keynote speaker Abigail Beckman of KMUW present “Learning the Hard Way: Valuable Lessons to Get You Started.” 

The students also participated in breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Tommy Castor, class of 2008, an adjunct instructor of communication and adviser at Southwestern College, led a breakout session, “The Future of the Radio Industry.” 

Forrest participated on a panel “Everything You Need to Know About Internships,” moderated by Tommy Castor.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:56:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols to Sign Latest Book at SC April 27]]> The history department at Southwestern College will host a book event with local author David Nichols on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Deets Memorial Library. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” will be available for purchase and signing.

Ike and McCarthy Book CoverThe former academic dean at SC, Nichols has written three books on President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is currently on a national press tour for the launch of his latest book, “Ike and McCarthy,” published by Simon & Schuster. The new book has won rave reviews in such periodicals as the “Wall Street Journal,” “The Atlantic,” and most recently, “The Washington Post.”

“Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to rigorously document, using declassified and ignored sources, Dwight Eisenhower’s secret campaign to destroy Joseph McCarthy’s political influence.  Dwight Eisenhower shrewdly deployed trusted subordinates in a clandestine operation that ruined McCarthy and “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to fully authenticate that fact, says SC history professor Stephen Woodburn.  

“David Nichols has remained a good friend of Southwestern College,” Woodburn says, “and has done great things in his research on Eisenhower. This book represents incredible findings and tells a great story as well.”

For decades, Eisenhower’s detractors have depicted him as cowardly in refusing to use his bully puppet to assault the senator’s anti-communist witch hunt.  Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, but he was more a man of action than words, Nichols’ book says.  Believing that giving McCarthy presidential attention would only enhance his prestige, Ike refused to use the senator’s name in public.  During 1953, Eisenhower was preoccupied with ending the Korean War and otherwise prosecuting the Cold War – not McCarthy. 

However, when McCarthy went after Communists in the U.S. Army, Eisenhower took it as a direct challenge—and an opportunity, the book says.  In early 1954, he and his team investigated the privileges Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel, had recklessly sought for Private G. David Schine. The White House decided to exploit this scandal to damage McCarthy.  On Ike’s secret orders, the Army produced a report in March 1954 that generated a political firestorm.  

The Army’s narrative prompted the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings, lasting two months, and watched by millions.  Television was unkind to McCarthy and his poll numbers plummeted.  In early 1954, Joe McCarthy had been one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate.  By year’s end, he had been formally censured by his colleagues.  His political reputation never recovered. 


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:15:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Walz Receives Prestigious Scholarship from KSCPA]]> Southwestern College junior Elizabeth Walz has been named recipient of the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for $2,500 and Walz will be recognized at an upcoming KSCPA function. She competed for the award against accounting students at public and private institutions throughout Kansas, and is the first Southwestern College student to receive this scholarship.

Elizabeth  WalzWalz is the daughter of Karin and Steve Walz, Atchison. 

“Lizzie works tirelessly in her major and in her leadership roles on the Enactus Team, including helping to develop the script that made the Enactus Team a regional champion in Dallas a few weeks ago,” says Patrick Lee, accounting professor and Walz’s academic advisor.  “Lizzie's receipt of this scholarship is a testament to our accounting program and the extra-curricular activities we provide at Southwestern College.”  

Walz transferred to Southwestern at the beginning of her sophomore year. In addition to her involvement on the Enactus Team she has had various internships and currently works for the firm of Lyle A. Weinert, CPA. She has been involved in Enactus since her sophomore year and has led the team to two appearances to the Enactus National Exposition. She is also the secretary of the team.

Walz credits the scholarship to her experiences at Southwestern College. 

“I had confidence in my work experience and in the leadership skills I have picked up these past couple of years,” Walz says.  “If it weren't for the amazing business division and accounting program, I wouldn't have been offered the amazing opportunities such as internships and job positions that I have had. I was extremely excited to find the letter in my mailbox.”

According to the KSCPA, qualified nominees must demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon the nominee’s overall grades. Involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character are important characteristics of a nominee. The Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship Award is not based on financial need. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:07:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was crowned regional champions in Dallas April 10, and has earned the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City May 21-23.Enactus 2017 Reg. Champ

This is the third time in three years the SC Enactus team has reached the national competition, a perfect record since formation of the team in 2015. This year the Moundbuilders were competing against the University of Texas at Austin, John Brown University, Oklahoma State University, North Lake College, Wayland Baptist University, and Xavier University.

According to team advisor Patrick Lee, the competition consisted of a 17-minute presentation to business executives from partner companies, with the presentation highlighting projects completed throughout the year. Judging criteria called for the winner to be the Enactus team that “most effectively used entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way." 

The Southwestern team’s major project during the year was management of the campus’s Moundbuilder Market.

SC presenters were Meagan Brady, Bixby, Okla.; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jacob Sigmon, Sand Springs, Okla.; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; and Shirley Jones, Balch Springs, Texas.

Other team members attending were Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Raul Martinez, Houston; Dylan Tillotson, Flower Mound, Texas; James Gurzynski, Walker, La.; Kyle Robinson, Austin, Texas; Kailee Turner, Schertz, Texas; Elizabeth Walz, Atchison; and Casey Cargill, Stafford.    

“As faculty advisors, we’re very proud of the hard work our Enactus students put in each and every day and being named regional champion continues our tradition of academic and business excellence in a team that attracts attention at national exposition every year,” Lee says.  

At the National Exposition SC will compete against the nation's top 100 teams for the title of Enactus USA National Champion and the opportunity to participate in the Enactus World Cup in London in September.

 “This year's team is made up of a young group of Southwestern Enactus students and to see them carry the tradition of academic and business excellence is a great sight to see,” Lee says.  “Last year we graduated nine seniors, which represented half of our team. This year we have 18 students and only two are graduating while 15 of them are sophomores or younger.”

Enactus faculty advisors who accompanied the team to Dallas were Kristen Pettey, Jayna Bertholf, James McEwen, and Patrick Lee. The graduate assistant in charge of the presenting team was Michelle VanGieson.

In addition to the regional and national competition, Enactus events allow SC students the opportunity to network with companies through the career fair held at each event. In Dallas, companies such as AVIS Budget Group, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, Robert Half, Target, The Home Depot, Schwan Food Company, and Sam's Club were recruiting students for internship and career opportunities. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:41:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Presentation to be Held at Southwestern College]]> Education Builders, a Southwestern College student organization, will host the Kansas Teacher of the Year team presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m., in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Teachers from throughout the state are nominated, selected, and reviewed by their schools and districts followed by an application process they go through to be submitted to regional review. Each of the eight regions in the state selects a finalist and with Kansas Teacher of the Year announced at an annual event held in November. After this, the team of eight meets and plans a group presentation based on their team beliefs and strengths.

Brent Wolf, a Southwestern College graduate and Winfield resident, is among the eight-member 2016-17 Kansas Teacher of the Year team.  He currently teaches sixth grade English language arts at Derby North Middle School.  Other Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year include: Kristine Bruce, Auburn Elementary School; Jennifer Farr, Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City; Jonathan Ferrell, Briarwood Elementary in Overland Park; Crystal May, Pray-Woodman Elementary in Maize; Maret Schrader, Seaman High School in Topeka; Lori Stratton, Wamego High School; and Kansas Teacher of the Year, Jason Sickel, Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to see, meet, and hear from some of the top K-12 educators in the state of Kansas,” says Sheryl Erickson, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College. 


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:06:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 7]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

 Commencement times and groups include:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).

 In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T) and B.S.N:
•       3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and B.S.A.T.;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at  Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center and the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. 

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.  

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, 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 2016 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 7, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.  

In case of inclement weather, the decision to move the commencement exercises indoors will be posted on and on social media sites.

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:02:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Hosts Scholarship Competition ]]> Southwestern College recently hosted two scholarship competition days, which will culminate in offers of four full-tuition scholarships.

The Pillars Scholarship competition included 32 high school seniors who had been invited based on their demonstrated dedication to academic rigor and intellectual curiosity. Finalists and their families traveled from Texas, Oklahoma, and all over Kansas to compete for the Pillars Scholarship Saturday, Feb. 4. Students participated in interviews with faculty and completed a timed essay with a prompt centering on imagination.

The Pillars Scholarship Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 4, and included 32 students from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on imagination.  

The Moundbuilder Spirit Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 11, and included 56 students from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Florida.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on civility in politics. 

Parents and other family members attending the competition days listened to presentations on Southwestern College academics, student life, and financial aid.  Each day’s event ended with a luncheon for students and their families.

Winners of both the Pillars Scholarship Competition and the Moundbuilder Spirit Competition are expected to be announced in March.  


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host Kansas Supreme Court]]> Southwestern College to Host Kansas Supreme Court
Special Session March 30

The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session Thursday, March 30, at Southwestern College in Winfield. The special session is part of ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. March 30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus at 100 College Street.

Kansas Supreme CourtPictured seated (l to r): Justice Marla J. Luckert; Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss; and Justice Carol A. Beier. Standing (l to r): Justice Dan Biles; Justice Eric S. Rosen; Justice Lee A. Johnson; and Justice Caleb Stegall.


It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Winfield in the court’s 156-year history and it will be only the sixth time that the court will hear cases in the evening.

The public is invited to attend the special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in two cases to be announced soon. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the lobby adjacent to the performing arts center. 

The event is expected to be important for its educational role, both at the college and in the community.

“Opportunities for students to meet with sitting judges and justices are as rare as they are valuable,” says Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at SC. “This is a particularly important opportunity for dialogue. Not only do students get a chance to talk in person with a legal practitioner, but they also have the chance to ‘think judicially’ in a world of partisan politics, policy debates, and party divisions. The very distance of the judicial perspective from the regular push and pull of political life offers a valuable new vantage for students.” 

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — to see who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “We encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about Supreme Court proceedings to attend. We continue to provide live webcasts of all our courtroom sessions in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, but people tell us there’s nothing like seeing proceedings in person.”

The Supreme Court has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011, when it marked the state sesquicentennial by convening in the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. Since then, the court has had sessions in Garden City, Hays, Hiawatha, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Overland Park, Pittsburg and Topeka. 

The court started conducting evening sessions when it visited Hays in April 2015. That event drew a crowd of nearly 700 people. Subsequent evening sessions have also drawn crowds numbering in the hundreds. 

The docket for March 30 includes the following cases:

Appeal No. 111,671: Staci Russell v. Lisa May, M.D., Victoria W. Kindel, M.D., and Tana Goering, M.D.

Russell seeks compensation in this medical malpractice action against three doctors she claims were professionally negligent when they delayed diagnosing her breast cancer, lessening her chance for recovery and long-term survival. At trial, a Sedgwick County District Court judge dismissed the primary care physician from the action and the jury found the remaining two providers were not at fault. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

12-28-16  Supplemental Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD
12-28-16  Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Tana Goering, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of court of Appeals Decision
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Tana Goering, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellant
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD

Court of Appeals decision

Appeal No. 112,035: State of Kansas v. Marcus Gray

Gray appeals his Harvey County District Court convictions for drug possession, interfering with law enforcement, driving on a suspended license, and failing to signal. In part, Gray argues he was unlawfully stopped by law enforcement based on his race, and the district court should have suppressed evidence collected as a result.

12-21-16  Brief of Appellant
05-11-15  Brief of Appellee

Court of Appeals decision

Additional information is available on the court's website at

Security Screening

Anyone who wants to attend the special session should plan to arrive at the school before 6 p.m. to allow time to get through security screening. Court security offers these guidelines to ease the process:

  • Do not bring food or drink.
  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you must carry a cell phone, turn it off and store it out of sight while court is in session.

Audience members are prohibited from talking during oral arguments because it interferes with the attorneys’ remarks and questions asked by the justices. If someone arrives after proceedings start, or must leave the auditorium before it ends, he or she should be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Talking immediately outside the auditorium is also discouraged.

Watch the archived video

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Collects Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Electronics]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College, Grace United Methodist Church, and the city of Winfield collected 12,868 pounds of electronics during their annual e-waste recycling event Feb. 7 at the Winfield fairgrounds. 

“The turnout from the community and the sheer amount of obsolete electronics that we collect each year never ceases to amaze me,” said Jason Speegle, Green Team director at Southwestern College. “I am encouraged that the Winfield community cares enough about our environment to ensure that their electronics are recycled. This service is a definite need in our community and I am excited that the Southwestern Green Team, the city of Winfield, and Grace UMC can work together to help make a difference.”

Residents brought computer monitors and televisions weighing 4,920 pounds to the event. There were 117 CRT monitors and televisions collected. The groups collected 1,791 pounds of computer towers, 210 pounds of miscellaneous wire, 139 pounds of laptop computers, 69 pounds of lead batteries, and seven pounds of cell phones. There was also 5,732 pounds of miscellaneous electronic waste.

“I want to thank Lonny Bedeski and GON Recycling (Wichita) for coming down and transporting all of this E-waste to their facility for processing,” Speegle says.  “Without them, this event would not be possible.”
The next community e-waste recycling event is scheduled for February 2018.

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


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Documentary ‘Out Here in Kansas’ to be Shown at Southwestern College]]> Out Here in Kansas Logo“Out Here in Kansas,” a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, will be shown on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is geared toward students, it is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 

Following the half-hour movie, there will be a question and answer discussion.

“Out Here in Kansas” is based on a pair of news articles, published 14 years apart by longtime journalist

Adam Knapp, who directed the film.  It centers around three people:

  • Burt Humburg, a fundamentalist Christian who realized he was gay as he was winding up his career as an All-American football player at Southwestern College.
  • Joe Wright, Burt and Adam’s former pastor, who was instrumental in making gay marriage illegal in Kansas.
  • Adam Knapp himself, who felt God put him in a unique position to seek answers from the polar opposites and tell the story. 

The documentary includes testimonials from several gay Kansans, including filmmaker Steve Balderson, Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, and Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian.”

Watch the trailer


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:23:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College is Ranked by BestColleges.Com]]> Badge 2017, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, has published its annual ranking of America’s Best Online Colleges. Southwestern College is ranked ninth in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.

Southwestern College's bachelor of arts in early childhood education combines general early childhood and early childhood special education certification into one program, with graduates qualified to care for and teach children from birth to age eight. In addition to hosting an on-campus preschool at the college's Winfield location, where many students complete their practicum experiences, Southwestern also maintains partnerships with special education programs throughout the country, such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation) and the REACH program.


Students interested in the online early childhood education bachelor's degree only need six post-high school college credits to apply for the program. Credit may also be granted for previous professional, military, or college experience. Curriculum includes a combination of general education, pre-professional education, exploratory education, admission to teacher education, and capstone-level courses. Inclusive and progressive content topics include technology in special education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), a diversity field experience. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“The Best Online Colleges ranking is intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost. As online higher education demand grows and more schools bring programs online, it’s important and necessary to hold institutions to a standard of excellence that students can depend upon when making their college choice,” said Stephanie Snider, general manager of

Southwestern College also earned honorable mention status for the Best Online College of 2017.

Southwestern is the only KCAC school in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs and Best Online College of 2017.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform Symphonic Rhythms]]> South Kansas Symphony, With Guest Artist Jeremy Kirk, to Perform Symphonic Rhythms on Feb. 19

The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will present works with a Latin flavor in “Symphonic Rhythms” Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Southwestern College’s Richardson Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $8; $5 for children: and youth under the age of five will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff may also attend for free.

The performance is sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein.

Under the direction of Amber Peterson, the orchestra will performing works including “Aragonesa, Danza Final,” “Tico Tico,” and “Danzas Cubanas.”

Featured guest artist Jeremy Kirk also will perform Ney Rosauro's “Concerto for Marimba” with the symphony.  Kirk is director of bands, percussion, and music education at Southwestern College

At Southwestern, Kirk directs the symphonic band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and African Drum & Dance Ensemble. He also teaches courses in percussion techniques, applied percussion, and music education.  Kirk has presented and performed at notable events such as the National Association for Music Education National Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and numerous MEA Conferences and PAS Days of Percussion throughout North America.  He frequently tours universities and high schools to present recitals, master classes, and clinics on topics such as contemporary multiple percussion, marimba, orchestral percussion, timpani, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, world percussion, effective practice habits, and mental performance preparation.

The SKS is composed of both college students and community members.  For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:00:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kuehl Named Vice President for Enrollment at Southwestern College Professional Studies]]> Southwestern College Professional Studies has announced that Bill Kuehl will be vice president for enrollment.  

His duties include recruiting and enrolling well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for the college’s professional studies academic programs.   He will also provide leadership in key collaborative relationships with financial aid, registrar, the academic dean, and faculty.  

Kuehl comes to Southwestern College Professional Studies from Hobsons, Inc., where he served as director of enrollment services for Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City).  Before that he was vice president for enrollment management at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla.

Kuehl’s qualifications include more than 22 years of comprehensive enrollment, marketing and recruitment experiences; successful coaching and team building skills which have developed from working on numerous college and university teams at St. Gregory’s, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Augsburg College, and Hamline University.

Kuehl and his wife, Marilee, have a son, Grayson, who is a senior at Moore High School in Moore, Okla. 

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:29:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Deans Honor Roll for Fall 2016 Released]]> Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have been announced with the release of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2016 semester.  Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:48:38 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Patrick Ross to Lead Book Discussion at Winfield Public Library]]> The Winfield Public Library will offer a book discussion series during February through April as part of the upcoming traveling exhibition “Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library.

The series will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion of “The Martian” by Andy Weir.  It continues with “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe on March 7, “Contact” by Carl Sagan on March 28, and “Red Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson on April 18.

Southwestern College professor Patrick Ross will serve as the discussion leader for the series. Ross grew up during the beginning of manned space exploration and was glued to the television set for all of the Apollo missions.  His interest in science led to his pursuit of a bachelor of science in zoology at the University of Wisconsin and then master’s degrees in both statistics and biology at the University of California—Santa Barbara.  He completed his Ph.D. in the courtship behavior of guppies at the University of California—Santa Barbara in 2002.  Ross is now finishing his 20th year of teaching at Southwestern College where he serves as the chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  He regularly participates in educational outreach activity at the college and throughout Kansas, including science shows, cadaver demonstrations, and book discussions.

To check out books and for more information about the series, contact the Winfield Public Library at (620) 221-4470 or visit the website at

“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space” is a national traveling exhibition. It is an inside look at NASA, America’s space agency, and covers six key NASA areas: human exploration, earth science, Mars exploration, solar system and beyond, aeronautics, and technology. Discover NASA will be on display at Winfield Public Library from Feb. 1 to April 19.

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.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:06:11 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event in Winfield]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. 

“Recycling electronic devices is very important for our planet and our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team at Southwestern College.  “When electronics are sent to the landfill, they have the potential to leach hazardous toxins into our soil and drinking water. Recycling electronics ensures that they are disposed of safely and many of the components will be reused.”

 Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. 
GON Recycling accepts electronic items which include computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners and equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances ( toasters, irons, coffee pots), telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards, computer mice, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink and toner. GON Recycling will also accept appliances, and lithium-ion batteries.
The Green Team and GON Recycling will recycle CRT monitors and televisions for a $5 fee. If you need to recycle these items, please bring the funds to pay the recycling fee.
“On behalf of the Green Team at Southwestern, Grace United Methodist Church, and the City of Winfield, we are excited to continue to be able to provide this service to the Winfield community,” Speegle says.
For questions about recycling, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at 


Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:18:28 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to Perform Lecture and Jazz Pieces for MLK Day Event at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College will host Galen Abdur-Razzaq for a special Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  His program is titled “Jazz and the Civil Rights,” and he will discuss (and perform) jazz pieces by known jazz artists and how they influenced Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The event is hosted by the Campus Life Office.

Abdur-Razzaq is a flutist from Montclair, N.J., who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Rutgers University, he holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

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

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

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:01:10 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarships Offered at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships.  

This is the first year for the Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship that will be awarded annually to two student leaders who are well-rounded, hardworking, and community-minded.  

Southwestern College also continues to offer the Pillars Academic Scholarship.  This merit-based award recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities. Scholars who have at least a 3.5 grade point average in high school and are ranked in the top 10% of their classes are encouraged to apply for this full undergraduate tuition scholarship.

“Southwestern College has a long history of recognizing the special talents of each student,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “Indeed, helping students understand their potential and strengths– and in doing so preparing Moundbuilders to be service minded citizens of the world– is a great tradition here.”

According to Dean Clark, vice president for enrollment management, The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship is a special addition to the college. 

“Southwestern College is proud to honor students who do the right thing, who are kind, who are resourceful and eager, and who will exemplify the values of Southwestern College,” Clark says. 

The scholarship will award full undergraduate tuition, and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. The four scholarships are valued at approximately $150,000 each over four years. 

The competition requires that qualified students complete an application. Finalists will be invited to campus in mid-February to complete an essay, and faculty/staff interview.  To be considered for either of the scholarships students must have submitted both their application for admission and scholarship applications by January 20. For more information about each of SC’s competitive scholarships visit or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236. 


Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:37:45 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Announces Kevin Frady as Head Baseball Coach]]> Southwestern College Athletic Director Matt Shelton has selected Kevin Frady to lead the Moundbuilder baseball program. Frady will become the first varsity baseball coach in Southwestern College since 1950. He will be formally introduced at a press conference and meet-and-greet Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Stewart Field House.  The public is invited to attend.Kevin Frady

Frady comes to Southwestern after a one-year stint at NCAA Div. II West Texas A&M University, where he managed recruiting, offensive development and game management for the Buffs, while working directly with catchers and outfielders. West Texas A&M posted a 36-20 overall record with Frady on its staff. 

“I’m very excited to welcome Kevin to our staff,” Shelton said. “He brings experience in all facets of the game, and exemplifies the kind of Builder Spirit I look for in the hiring process.”

Prior to West Texas A&M, Frady spent a season at NCAA Div. II Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo., where he was the team’s hitting, catching and bench coach. He spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Independence Community College, and spent that summer as an assistant coach with the Kitsap BlueJackets (Bremerton, Wash.) of the West Coast Collegiate League. That summer under Frady’s guidance, the University of San Francisco’s Ryan Matranga saw a 100-point improvement in his batting average and earned all-conference honors as a catcher.

From 2006-10, Frady was an assistant coach under Ritch Price at the University of Kansas, where he helped lead the Jayhawks to the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional in 2006, and the Chapel Hill (N.C.) regional in 2009. He coached first base for Kansas, and oversaw skill development with the team’s catchers. A total of 26 players were drafted during Frady’s tenure at Kansas.

“Kevin brings energy, passion, work ethic and an outstanding knowledge of the game to the ballpark every day,” University of Kansas Head Baseball Coach Ritch Price said. “It was a pleasure to have him on my staff for five years.”

Frady worked in professional baseball from 1999-2001, serving as an area scouting supervisor for the New York Mets , where he was responsible for evaluating amateur prospects for the annual draft. 

“Having experience as a player, a scout and a coach at all levels, Kevin has the skill set that will allow him to be able to roll from day one,” Shelton said. “He has a tall task in front of him, but I’m excited to see how it will all take shape. I can’t wait to see him hit the ground running as he assembles our first varsity baseball program.”

A native of Edmonds, Wash., Frady completed his bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from Bellevue University in 2013. He was married on July 15, to his wife Julie. They have one son, Will. 

Southwestern will begin competition as a varsity program during the 2017-18 season.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:36:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College and Union State Bank Announce Jeffrey Toobin as Docking Lecture Series Speaker]]> Jeffrey ToobinBest-selling author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin will present the 2017 Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m., on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Docking Lecture Series is sponsored by Union State Bank and the Docking Family.

The public is invited to attend and there will be no admission charge. (Click here to reserve tickets.)

“Union State Bank, Tom Docking, and I are delighted to partner with Southwestern College in bringing Jeffrey Toobin to Southwestern’s campus,” says Bill Docking, chairman of the board at Union State Bank. “He is an excellent communicator who provides insightful analysis whether commenting on legal matters, politics, or a host of other topics. I’ve enjoyed watching him on CNN and have read several of his books. In fact, I recently read ‘American Heiress,’ his riveting account of Patricia Hearst’s kidnapping and the incredible events that followed. It’s a pleasure to help bring a speaker of Jeffrey Toobin’s stature to Southwestern College.”

Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002. He now serves the network as senior analyst. 

Toobin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993 and has written articles on such subjects as Roman Polanski and the Bernie Madoff scandal. He also has written profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens, and of Chief Justice John Roberts. His article, “An Incendiary Defense,” broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.”

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn. He also was an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, “Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case: United States v. Oliver North.” Toobin’s other books also take behind-the-scenes looks at the legal system. “A Vast Conspiracy” explored the investigation and impeachment of Bill Clinton; “The Run of His Life” closely examined the workings of the criminal justice system in the O.J. Simpson trial; “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” was listed on the New York Times best-seller list for more than four months.

The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  

The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century. In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961. His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  

Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

“We at Southwestern College are so grateful that the Docking family and Union State Bank have made it possible to bring leading authorities who specialize on a range of topics to Southwestern College. Their presence on campus allows for academic discovery,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Mr. Toobin will be coming to our community in March. He is an expert on matters concerning the national judicial system and will offer valuable and interesting insight for students, faculty, and community members alike.”

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.

Union State Bank has been locally-owned and operated in Cowley County since 1908. With approximately $300 million in total assets and 10 locations, Union State Bank serves South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma with comprehensive banking solutions and expertise. Union State provides a wide range of financial products and services for individuals and businesses including checking, savings, loans and lines of credit, mortgages, credit cards, online services, and investments.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:06:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McKinzie Named Director of Alumni Engagement at Southwestern College]]> Charles McKinzieCharles McKinzie has been selected as director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  

McKinzie, who has been a gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement since 2013, will transition into this new role at the start of 2017, following the retirement of Susan Lowe. 

“I am excited to pick up the torch Susan has carried so well and am looking forward to running the next leg to further advance SC,” McKinzie says.

DeAnn Dockery, vice president for institutional advancement, says that McKinzie will be a terrific fit.
 “Charles has a genuine love for Southwestern College and already knows many of the alumni,” Dockery says.  “With his skills and knowledge, he will hit the ground running.”
McKinzie has been a part of the SC community since his Wellington childhood days when he sang in the Walnut Valley Youth choir and participated in Horsefeathers & Applesauce productions.  
Prior to joining the Southwestern College staff in 2013, McKinzie was a development officer for United Way of the Plains in Wichita.  
In addition to recent responsibilities in the northeast section of the nation, McKinzie’s territory has included alumni and donor connections in Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. His special academic and interest areas have been performing arts and social sciences. 
On his first trip to meet California Moundbuilders, he says, he was struck by the instant connection with the SC graduates. 

“I called my wife and told her what a strange feeling it was to walk in the door and be welcomed like a long-lost cousin,” he recalls. “They told me ‘Because you’re from SC, you’re one of us.’”
 As he looks to the future McKinzie hopes to begin to develop programs that will more fully engage students from Professional Studies programs. He is a current student in this venue and plans to use his knowledge of the special issues that face adult learners to help these graduates continue their bond with the college. 
 McKinzie lives in Douglass with his wife, Carrie, and their children, Cambria, Catriona, and Charles III. They are active in Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:36:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Graduate Jerry Kill to be Recognized on Saturday, Nov. 12]]> Southwestern College will recognize Jerry Kill, class of 1984, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at halftime of the Southwestern-Sterling football game, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m.  The community is invited to attend a meet-and-greet with Kill from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the southeast end of Jantz Stadium. 

Jerry Kill mugA Cheney native, Kill was a linebacker for the Moundbuilder football team and served as captain his senior year. He graduated with a degree in health, physical education and recreation, and was a member of the Beta Rho Mu fraternity. Kill is married to his college sweetheart, Rebecca (Smith) Kill ’87. They have two daughters, Krystal and Tasha.  

After serving as a high school football coach in Oklahoma and then as an assistant at Pittsburg State University, Kill accepted his first head coaching position at Saginaw Valley State University. He was head coach for Emporia State University, Southern Illinois University, and Northern Illinois University before moving to the University of Minnesota where he was named Big 10 Coach of the Year in 2014. Kill guided the Gophers to three straight bowl games from 2012 to14. In 2016, Kill joined Kansas State University as associate athletic director. 

Kill was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005. After beating cancer he was able to manage lingering health issues and return to coaching, but he ultimately stepped down from his coaching position at Minnesota in October of 2015 due to epileptic episodes. In addition to his current work at Kansas State University, Kill has worked to bring awareness to cancer and epilepsy through the Coach Kill Cancer Fund, the Chasing Dreams Epilepsy Fund, and his new biography, “Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.” Copies of Kill’s biography will be available for purchase at the Nov. 12 meet-and-greet.

Kill, a member of the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in October.

“Coach Kill is a wonderful example of the Moundbuilder spirit at work in the world – we are excited to honor and recognize his achievements,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. 


Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:08:57 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Five New Members Inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame]]> The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five new members Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  The new members are Keitha Adams, Tony Gray, Lisa Buller-Brummer, Brant Littrell, and Gerald Houser.AThletic HOF

Keitha Adams graduated from Southwestern in 1989, and has gone on to lead a very successful career as a collegiate women’s basketball coach. She is about to begin her 15th season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she is the program’s all-time wins leader with a record of 276-186, including four Conference USA Championships, and four NCAA national tournament appearances. She is a three-time Conference USA Coach of the Year award winner, and has been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year

Tony Gray graduated in 1980, and was feared by many in the KCAC during his time as a linebacker for the Moundbuilders during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Known as one of the meanest defensive players in the game, he was an All-KCAC First Team selection, and earned NAIA District 10 First Team recognition, but the highlight of his career came in 1979 when he was named an NAIA All-American linebacker.

Lisa Buller-Brummer graduated in Southwestern in 1995 after a successful cross country and track career. In addition to earning five KCAC Individual track championships, she also won three KCAC individual cross country titles. She went on to become Southwestern’s first NAIA Women’s Cross Country All-American in 1993 and earned the honor again in 1994, and was an NAIA Indoor All-American in the two-mile run in 1994.

Brandt Littrell is a 2004 graduate of Southwestern College, and he will be remembered as one of the most successful athletes in Moundbuilder cross country and track history. Between cross country and track, Brant won nine KCAC individual championships. He went on to become an NAIA Cross Country All-American in 2003, and was a five-time NAIA track All-American, and was a back-to-back NAIA steeplechase champion, winning the event in both 2003 and 2004.

Gerald Houser graduated in 1993 as a decorated member of the Moundbuilder track and field program. He was a six-time KCAC Champion, and a five-time NAIA District 10 champion, and went on to become a five-time NAIA All-American. Houser also produced a pair of school records. He was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that completed the race in a program-best time of 3:10.25, and his 800 meter record (1:51.02) still stands after more than 25 years.

For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame call (620) 229-6218.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:49:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Ranked as Top Kansas School in Best Bang for the Buck Rankings by ‘Washington Monthly’]]> Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Southwestern College as one of the nation’s top values in higher education in its 2016 college rankings issue. The magazine ranks SC fifth in the Midwest Region as a “Best Bang for the Buck College.” 

According to Washington Monthly, the “Best Bang for the Buck” list includes schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“This is who we are at Southwestern and it’s what we have been doing for more than 130 years: helping deserving students attain meaningful degrees at affordable prices,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. 

Washington Monthly’s methodology for the rankings is rooted in three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country).

Data reviewed in the ranking process includes graduation rates, first-generation student ratios, graduate earnings, net price of attendance, and a measure calculated for each institution’s dedication to community service. In total, 367 institutions of higher education were ranked in the Midwest category. The fifth place ranking put Southwestern ahead of all other schools in Kansas.

According to the guest editor of the issue, Kevin Carey, who directs the education policy program at the New America Foundation, the ranking is most fundamentally based “not on what (colleges) did for themselves, but on what they did for their country.” 

“Colleges that enrolled many low-income students and helped them graduate did well on our rankings, regardless of how famous they were. So did universities producing the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and those that built an ethos of public obligation by sending graduates into service,” wrote Carey in his introduction to the college rankings guide. 

SC was also ranked in the magazine’s Top 100 Master’s Universities at number 33.        

In addition to the Washington Monthly ranking, Southwestern has achieved other recent recognitions for offering outstanding value to students.  A February study by Georgetown University Center for Education named SC best in the state for graduates beating mid-career salary expectations. U.S. News & World Report ranked SC a Top Tier Midwest Regional University in the newsmagazine’s annual ranking, which was published in September.

The complete ranking of Midwest “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2016” is available online and includes the magazine’s methodology.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:24:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Youth Invited to Participate in Halloween Events at Southwestern College]]> Community youth are invited to a couple of Halloween events going on at Southwestern College.

Education Builders are hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m., at the bottom of the 77 steps. 

“We are doing this event as a way for the college to give back to the community that is always there to support us,” says Morgan Hughes, president of Education Builders.  “We also wanted to create a safe event for young children to come and trick or treat. We will have at least 20 different trunks representing different organizations on campus. The children can come dressed up and get their Halloween candy while also feeling the SC spirit.”

On Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m., Deets Library, on the campus of Southwestern College, will be offering treats.  Trick-or-treaters are asked to use the south library entrance accessible from the Broadhurst Residence Hall parking lot where they will discover a low-light and not too scary balloon maze to navigate. The first 50 children in costume who make it through the library maze will receive a free book.


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:57:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)