General RSS Feed en-us General RSS Feed <![CDATA[Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award]]> 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.”

Patrick Lee 40 Under 40“It is an honor to be recognized as an accounting professional by accounting industry peers nationwide and internationally,” Lee says. “This honor not only affirms my values as a certified public accountant, but affirms my values of being an educator in a profession that is helping shape the next generation of CPAs right here at Southwestern College.” 

Lee also was invited to attend the Thought Leader Symposium Oct. 16 - 18 in Indianapolis, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. 

“When I was a practicing CPA, I read the ‘CPA Practice Advisor’ every month,” Lee adds. “It is a publication respected in the industry as a source of the latest and greatest in technology, methods, and tools in the accounting field. It is a bit shocking to think that six years later I would be included in such a prestigious list of young accountants. Our industry is not only recognizing accounting professionals who do this work every single day, but the educators who are as much a part of the industry as the accounting professionals themselves.”  

“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 round table discussions on evolving practices and technologies.”

Of the 40 individuals recognized, three educators are on the list representing the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hartford (Barney School of Business), and Southwestern College.

“These young professionals are blazing a trail for their peers to follow, and are dedicated to enhancing firm management and client service through innovative technologies and workflow practices,” said editor-in-chief Gail Perry. "They are leading the way in firms of all sizes as the profession evolves to meet changing demands. We are proud to honor these professionals as 2016 '40 Under 40' Honorees.”


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:08:04 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Dean of Education Serves on Kansas Blue Ribbon Task Force]]> Southwestern College Dean of Education Cameron Carlson recently completed service on the Kansas Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on teacher vacancies and supply. Carlson began his appointment in April 2016, serving as the representative of teacher preparation programs at private colleges and universities.

The group’s final report was published Aug. 8.

“Southwestern College’s strong faculty, well-respected programs, and outstanding graduates– as well as Prof. Carlson’s great work in the field of teacher preparation made him an excellent choice to serve on the task force,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. 

Southwestern College offers a fully accredited education program which awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education. Many Southwestern graduates choose to stay and teach in Kansas.

“Alumni of our undergraduate and graduate education programs teach in classrooms across the state and are receiving recognition for their outstanding work as educators,” said Carlson. 

Brent Wolf, who received both bachelor’s and doctorate of education degrees from Southwestern, was named one of eight Kansas Teacher of the Year finalists on Sept. 10. The state-wide winner will be named in November.

“It seems only fitting that I give back to the communities, the schools, and the state that gave so much to me,” Wolf said. “Teaching in Kansas can be challenging, but I find that the challenge inspires me to be better and I’m hopeful that positive changes are coming.”  

In the task force’s final report the group outlined strategies for both recruiting and retaining educators in an effort to curb the growing shortage of teachers in Kansas. The group recommended that the State Board of Education makes increasing the recruitment and retention of teachers be top priority. Additionally, recommendations for immediate action were made to the state legislature, Kansas State Department of Education, school districts, public and private teacher preparation programs and members of Kansas education organizations. Strategic interventions to be launched over the course of the next four years were outlined.  

“It’s a point of pride for our program that many Southwestern graduates choose to serve in Kansas communities, but as outlined in the recommendations made in the final report of the task force, a lot of work remains to be done to improve the perception of teaching in Kansas as an attractive career,” Carlson said.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:59:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[University of Alberta Professor to Present Beck Lecture at Southwestern College]]> Joseph R. Wiebe, assistant professor of religion at the University of Alberta, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Joe WiebeThe title of his lecture is “Christianity, Climate Change, and Life in the Anthropocene.”

Wiebe earned his M.T.S. from Duke University and his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada. He teaches religion and ecology with interests in communitarianism, imagination, and ethics. His first book, “Wendell Berry's Imagination in Place,” will be published by Baylor University Press in January 2017.

“In a presidential election year, I think the best way we can use the funds generously given to us by the Beck family is to find a topic within religion and science that also gets debated by the presidential candidates,” says Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College.  “Climate change seems to be such a topic in this presidential election cycle: The problem of climate change is agreed upon by the scientific community, religious conservatives question the science of climate change, and Democrats and Republicans line up either behind the scientists or the religious conservatives. Dr. Joseph Wiebe will help us navigate these complex and difficult questions that involve Christian theology, environmental ethics, policy formation, religious reasoning, and scientific inquiry.” 

The Beck lectureship, funded by Paul V. Beck to explore topics relating to science and religion, is an annual event on campus and brings in theologians, scientists, and philosophers from across the nation.  

For more information about the Beck Lecture, call (620) 229-6059.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:19:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Strohl to Speak to MBA Students]]> Rod StrohlDallas consultant and author Rod Strohl will be the first distinguished guest speaker of a series being organized by MBA students at Southwestern College. Strohl’s talk will be at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Mossman Hall, room 101, and the public is invited to the free presentation.

Retired after 47 years in customer service with AT&T, Strohl will speak on the importance of relationships in today’s business world. He is currently writing a book, “Life Is All About Relationships.”

Strohl is a graduate of Southwestern College and earned a graduate degree in human resources from Ottawa University. During his career with AT&T he held various leadership roles throughout the Midwest and the Southwest. His honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men of America and Who’s Who in the Midwest. He was inducted into Southwestern College’s Business Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strohl is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

For more information, contact Debbie McAlister, MBA program director, at 620-229-6074. 

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:15:00 -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 Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Do We Really Need a President?”

“As we move towards the Nov. 8 presidential election, we need to consider a modest proposal: Given the turmoil caused by the historic unpopularity of both major party candidates, and given the difficulty of electing third-party candidates, are we forced to decide between two equally unpalatable choices?”  Barker says.  “Would it be more republican—more consistent with popular government and self-rule—not to have a president at all? In considering this modest proposal, we will return to Sept. 17, 1787; the hopes and fears of the Founders regarding the appropriate form of government for the newly-independent United States; and the executive branch as it is analyzed and defended by Alexander Hamilton.” 

 Dalene McDonald, Southwestern College librarian, has been instrumental in organizing the lecture and points out that it will be especially appropriate for first-time voters.

“Many SC students will be eligible to vote in a presidential election for the first time this fall.  As we prepare for the responsibility of electing our leaders, this is a good time to reflect on the Constitution,” McDonald says. 


Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:26:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Renowned Cancer Researcher to Lecture at SC]]> Dr. William HahnThe H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation has arranged for Dr. William Hahn, from Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, to give 2 presentations about his research on Prostate Cancer and how our genome can guide clinical decision making.  Dr. Hahn’s objective is finding more effective ways to treat Prostate Cancer and the emphasis of the lab is to understand the clinical and functional consequences of DNA sequence variation.

The presentation will be on:

Title:                Genetics / Prostate Cancer
Date:               Thursday, September 15, 2016

Place & Time:  Southwestern College, Mossman Hall, Room 101 at 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm and is free to the public.

Place & Time:  Winfield Country Club; Social: at 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Dinner served at 6:30 pm and Dr. Hahn’s presentation approximately starting at 7:15 pm.
RSVP’s and your check are necessary by September 8, 2016.  Cost is $21.00 a person.  Please send RSVP and check to HLSMF, 1407 Wheat Road, Winfield, KS  67156.

Novel gene may present new target for prostate cancer drugs

More than a decade ago, Dr. Hahn created mouse models with tumors that require androgen to grow, meaning that they cannot grow in female or castrated mice, and whose tissue closely mimics that found in normal, healthy mice. With funding from the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his team used these models to study castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and identify the kinase proteins that allow androgen-dependent cells to form tumors in castrate animals.

Through genetic screening, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues identified NEK6 as a kinase—an enzyme that causes other molecules in a cell to become either active or inactive—that helps to turn off the p53 tumor suppressor gene and is required for the survival of CRPC tumors. They also discovered that NEK6 drives tumor growth when androgens are absent, suggesting that targeting this enzyme with small-molecule drugs may be an effective CRPC treatment. Dr. Hahn and his colleagues are currently preparing a manuscript for publication to highlight these findings.

Gene fusion affects chromatin formation to drive prostate tumor development

It remains unknown why the TMPRSS2/ERG gene fusion causes many of the genes associated with cancer cell growth and survival to become abnormally activated by testosterone in prostate cancer. This gene fusion, which is observed in more than 50 percent of prostate cancers, often indicates the presence of a highly aggressive form of the disease.

With support from the Snyder Medical Foundation, Dr. Hahn and his colleagues have shown that this gene fusion affects the formation of chromatin—a condensed mass of DNA and proteins that forms chromosomes in a cell—and consequently drives prostate tumor development. Genes that remodel chromatin are often altered in cancer. As there are no existing treatments that specifically target the TMPRSS2/ERG fusion, Dr. Hahn’s preliminary findings provide an opportunity to develop therapeutics that effectively target TMPRSS2/ERG in prostate cancer.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Baseball Coming to Southwestern College]]> Baseball at SCPresident Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton have announced that the board of trustees has voted to approve the addition of baseball as a varsity sport at Southwestern College. 

“Baseball has been ‘on its way’ to Southwestern for some time,” Andrews said.  

Andrews added that the baseball team will likely have fall contests in 2017 and will begin its full season in the spring of 2018. He shared that Southwestern College is also researching an additional varsity women’s sport to begin competition in 2019.

“I’m extremely excited that baseball will be coming to Southwestern in the spring of 2018. The sport has deep roots in south central Kansas which makes it a natural fit for the location,” Shelton said. 

The Southwestern baseball team will join 11 teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). 

KCAC commissioner Scott Crawford expressed his excitement regarding the announcement of baseball at Southwestern College. 

“As a conference, we have risen to among the top NAIA baseball conferences over the past few years by making strategic decisions with team additions, scheduling, and postseason formats,” Crawford said.  “This addition only further solidifies the impact of the KCAC nationally on NAIA Baseball." 

The next step in the process is to hire a head coach who will begin the recruitment of student athletes. Approximately 25 new baseball players will be on campus next autumn. 

“I’m thrilled to begin the search for our head coach and I have no doubt that our team will take the field with intensity and will reflect the Builder Spirit that we value at SC,” Shelton said.


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:42:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College]]> New Southwestern College faculty and staff were introduced at the annual Welcome Back Dinner held at Baden Square on Monday, Aug. 15. 

New faculty include:
•    Jayna Bertholf, assistant professor of accounting.  She has a master of science degree in business education from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kansas State University.   
•    Tiffany Deater, assistant professor of communications. She has a master of arts degree in English and a master of fine arts degree in art video.  Soon she will hold a Ph. D. in environmental interpretation from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.   
•    Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology.  He has a Ph. D. in cognitive psychology from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina.
•    Xiuqing Liu, visiting scholar from Beijing, China, where she works as deputy chief of China’s meteorological sector.  Xiuqing will teach a course on Chinese language and culture and help mentor new Chinese students entering the MBA program. 

New staff members at Southwestern include:
•    Kaydee Riggs-Johnson, vice president for marketing and communications.
•    Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for youth and young adults (Institute for Discipleship).
•    Elizabeth Thummel, controller
•    Doreen Fast, executive assistant to the president.
•    Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts.
•    Nathan Morrison, assistant athletic trainer.
•    Delaney Osborne, athletic training graduate assistant.
•    Heather Griffin, admissions counselor for Professional Studies.
•    Jordan Pond, residence director for Cole Hall.
•    Mary Sites, first-year student advisor. 
•    Stephen Stogner, information technology technician.
•    Kierstin Stolley, sports information graduate assistant and assistant softball coach. 
•    Tim Testa, head cross country coach.
•    Adam Kirby, assistant football coach.
•    SirDerrick Dotson, assistant football coach
•    Tory Tucker, assistant women’s basketball coach.
•    Audrey Vorderlandwehr, assistant softball coach.
•    Hernan Hatem, assistant tennis coach.
•    Martyna Gluchowicz, assistant volleyball coach.
•    Justin Churchill, assistant golf coach. 


Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:33:27 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Near Record Freshman Class Reports to Southwestern College]]> President Brad Andrews reports that as of Friday, Aug. 12, Southwestern College had welcomed 174 freshmen to campus. The class ranks as the second largest in the past 25 years.  Over the weekend, 50 transfer students also moved onto the campus, as well as returning athletes. Andrews notes that "the size of this year's freshman class is an affirmation of the great value a Southwestern College education provides." 

Freshman ClassAndrews says that there wasn’t any secret ingredient behind this year’s recruitment results. 

“The success is largely attributable to the good work, day in and day out, of the staff and faculty at Southwestern,” Andrews says.  “We continue to work hard to bring students and families to visit campus, where it becomes quite obvious what a wonderful and rewarding place this is to spend their college years."

President Andrews emphasized the strength of the relationship between the town and the college.

“Prospective students and parents from across Kansas, and the Midwest, have visited campus, fallen in love with Winfield, and become enamored with the college,” says Andrews.  “I attribute the great success of this year's recruitment efforts directly to the wonderful, caring, hard-working, high-character people of Winfield and Southwestern College."


Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:42:25 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Freshmen Workday is Sunday, August 14]]> The annual Southwestern College freshman workday will be Sunday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.  For the first time, a majority of the work at this year’s event will happen in one location, Winfield’s Island Park. The first-year Moundbuilders will being work immediately following their return from Builder Camp in Oklahoma.

“Freshmen workday looks a little different this year due to some changes in the beginning-of-school calendar but the purpose remains the same. Freshmen workday is always a strong connecting point for the freshmen class and helps embed a service-minded perspective as is reflected in Southwestern’s mission statement. The event creates an opportunity for students to serve and connect with the community and in doing so helps the students get familiar with their new home,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.

According to Wood, the student work will include cleaning the park, rebulbing Isle of Lights displays, and making sure trails at the nature center are clear.  The first- year students will also go to certain locations around Winfield to paint houses, apartments, and decks, do yard work, and will spread mulch in one of the school playgrounds.  

Southwestern College sponsors the workday and the Leadership team at SC organizes and plans the service experience.

“Each student participating will get a t-shirt to help remember this important piece of their SC experience,” Wood says.  “The theme for this year is ‘There's No Place Like Winfield.’”

Leadership Southwestern has partnered with the City of Winfield, Mosaic, First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and Holy Name Catholic School on these projects.


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:26:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Photography by Stacy Sparks on Display at Winfield Arts and Humanities Council]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks are on display until Sept. 30 at the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council (WAHC), 700 Gary Street in Winfield. WAHC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The photographs were made during a sabbatical from Southwestern College between August and December 2015. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 48 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs

Sparks teaches journalism and photography at Southwestern College in Winfield. A founding member of the Walnut Valley Camera Club, Sparks grew up in Dodge City and has been teaching journalism and advising student media staffs since 1988. She taught at St. Mary of the Plains College and then at Dodge City Community College before moving to Winfield in 2006 with her husband, Pat England.

Horses near GrenolaSparks’ 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.

She 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.

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:57:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mary Banwart to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26]]> Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, will be featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation Friday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

BanwartThe opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Builder Fest 2016 and officially start the academic year. It will also feature the introduction of new faculty, recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Following the college’s 2016-17 academic year theme of “Knowledge,” Banwart will speak about the opportunities that knowledge gives to create change in powerful and positive ways.

"I am looking forward to Dr. Banwart’s visit to SC and her speech addressing the topic of Knowledge,” says Tracy Frederick, interim provost at Southwestern College.  “She will reflect on the privileges and awesome responsibility given to those of us who are afforded great academic opportunities as our students here at Southwestern have been. She is an engaging teacher, and an outstanding scholar in her field. But more importantly, she is a person who is mindful of those who are without opportunities and voice.” 

Banwart earned her Ph. D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s in speech communication from Western Kentucky University, and her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas.

Along with being an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, she is also the program and academic director for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and communication as well as political communication. Her primary research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign web sites, and mixed-gender debates. She also researches the effects of leadership development programs on empowerment.

Banwart has earned numerous honors and awards including the KU Women of Distinction award, Carrie Chapman Catt prize for research on women in politics, and the Inspire Integrity Award given by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  


Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:05:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kaydee Riggs-Johnson New Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Southwestern College]]> Kaydee Riggs-Johnson has been hired as vice president for marketing and communications at Southwestern College.

A 2011 summa cum laude graduate of Southwestern College, Riggs-Johnson earned a business administration degree with a marketing emphasis and completed a minor in servant leadership. She served as the executive director of the William Newton Healthcare Foundation prior to being named the director of marketing and business development/public information officer for William Newton Hospital.  

“Kaydee stood out as a professional with a strong work ethic and an obvious commitment to advance Southwestern College – she is a ‘Builder,’” says President Brad Andrews.  “Additionally, those who interviewed Kaydee noted her demonstrated successes in areas such as the coordination of successful fundraising initiatives and new business generation for the hospital’s many enterprises. Not only does Kaydee bring the experiences and skills necessary for success in this position, but her long-time love for who we are, and what we do, will serve the College well for many years to come.”

Riggs-Johnson resides in Winfield with her wife, Laura, and stepdaughter, Mary. 

Riggs-Johnson is actively involved with many community initiatives. She completed her term as President of the Winfield chapter of Rotary International in July, but continues to serve on the board of directors. She is serving as the chairperson of the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition and is also involved with the steering committee with the Kansas Sampler Festival. Additionally, she volunteers at Winfield High School and Grace Episcopal Church in Winfield.


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 11 ]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Thursday, Aug. 11.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2016-2017 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. They will move into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Following the family session at 4 p.m. and the Family Farewell event at 4:30 p.m., the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Sky Ranch Cave Springs in Quapaw, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 14 to participate in the Freshman Workday event at Island Park from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.

Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Sunday, Aug. 14.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Saturday, Aug. 20.

Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
•    Sunday, Aug. 21, 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. 22, classes begin for students. 
•    Tuesday, Aug. 23, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
•    Wednesday, Aug. 24, Purple Pride Block Party for all students, hosted by Campus Life and Winfield Main Street.  (The event will be on campus.)
•    Thursday, Aug. 25, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
•    Friday, Aug. 26, 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. 

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:38:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team and Kline Motors Donate $8,000 to Winfield Food Pantry]]> An $8,000 check was presented to the Winfield Food Pantry by the Southwestern College Enactus team and Kline Motors, results of the Lincoln Motor Company's Driven to Give event held on the SC campus April 30. The check presentation was June 23.

During the event, community members were encouraged to test drive a Lincoln vehicle at Southwestern, with a donation being made to a community organization for each drive up to a maximum of $8,000. Jeremy Biddle, general manager of Kline Motors, and Patrick Lee, SC Enactus advisor, decided to focus efforts on an immediate need that could make the biggest impact in the Winfield community —  the Winfield Food Pantry. 

Enactus donates to WFPTyler Crandall, a 2016 Southwestern College graduate, was project manager for this event and Raul Martinez, sophomore accounting major, was the assistant project manager. 

"After doing this event for years, the SC Enactus team not only produced a great event, but was able to achieve the $8,000 goal in the fastest time we have ever seen," Biddle said. 

Lee was thrilled with the end result.

“We cannot thank the Winfield community and Southwestern College students enough who came out in droves to support a great organization for a great cause,” Lee said.  “We saw a ton of student engagement from our student leaders and those who came out and brought their friends. The community came out early and showed up to make sure we hit our goal.”

According to Lee, planning has already started to host another on-campus event during Homecoming weekend and the SC Enactus team is looking forward to working with Kline Motors to put on another successful community event.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:12:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Interning at The Woodlands UMC]]> Southwestern College students Victoria Lybarger, Winfield; Jaime Davison, Hugoton; and Jordan Butler, Arkansas City, are serving internships at The Woodlands (Texas) United Methodist Church until July 31. 

The Woodlands United Methodist Church is an 11,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston. The evangelical Methodist church offers eight live worship services each week in three unique worship styles.

“Last week we met a ton of amazing people and got a feel for the place,” Lybarger reports.  “We had the chance to lead worship at their staff chapel service last Wednesday, then we were led worship for the special needs service last Sunday. This week we are getting to lead worship for the vacation Bible school attended by more than 1,000 children ages kindergarten through fourth grade, and for a fifth- and sixth-grade day camp with more than 100 children. It’s been quite amazing so far.” 

Lybarger learned about this opportunity when Mark Swayze, director of contemporary music at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, visited Southwestern.

“This opportunity came about when Mark (Swayze) came on a visit to Southwestern because he had heard about our program from Martin Rude (director of outreach ministries),” Lybarger says.  “Martin had met him at a conference during the year. After Mark came and saw the great things worship outreach was doing, he felt we would be good for a program he’s been trying to start up at his church. He had talked to Martin for a while and Martin then talked to us three about going and being a part of it.” 

According to Rude, outreach ministry at Southwestern College is a hands-on experience.
“Currently, three teams are at work spreading God’s word through song, worship leadership, and instrumental music,” Rude says.  “Students from all academic disciplines unite to share their faith through music and the testimony of their lives. In Christ, groups are student-lead, so members gain first-hand experience in true worship planning.”           


Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:19:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nathan Morrison Named Assistant Athletic Trainer]]> Nathan Morrison, a 2010 Southwestern College graduate, has returned to Winfield to join the college’s sports medicine office. Morrison has accepted the assistant athletic trainer position for the Moundbuilders, as announced Wednesday by head athletic trainer Lock Schnelle. 

“I am happy to add Nathan to our staff,” Schnelle said. “He brings a lot of new insight to the table, and will be a huge asset to our program as we continue to grow and develop our department.” 

Morrison comes to Southwestern from the Baltimore, Md., area where he has served as an Outreach Athletic Trainer for ATI Physical Therapy since 2014. During that time, he provided medical coverage for the athletic program at Fallston High School. He spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Loyola University Maryland, where he facilitated injury prevention, exams, treatment, and rehabilitation for the NCAA Div. I Greyhounds.

Prior to his time on the east coast, Morrison was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla., where he assisted the Eagles’ head athletic trainer in providing athletic training services to OKWU’s 14 athletic teams. He also instructed courses on nutrition and lifetime physical activity, and developed a strength and conditioning program for the track and field program’s throwers. 

Morrison received his National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) in May 2010, and earned his Impact Trained Athletic Trainer certification in 2016. He graduated with honors from Southwestern College in May 2010, before receiving his master of business administration degree in health care administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2012.

Morrison will move to Winfield with his wife, Katie.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:43:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College]]> Masterbuilders for the 2015-2016 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Saturday, May 7.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

The Student Government Association initiates the process for naming Masterbuilders by calling for each 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 2015-2016 include: Ashlee Wenrick, Loveland, Colo.; LaKendrick Jordan, Dallas, Texas; Mary Reilly, Cherryvale; Brenna Truhe, Salina; and Monica Gamez and Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas.


Wed, 25 May 2016 11:12:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College by the college’s board of trustees.  Five awards were presented Friday, April 15, for outstanding service to the college, and 30 employees were honored for years of service.

Presented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Eloy Mendoza, director of marketing for Professional Studies; the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Stephen Woodburn, associate professor of history; and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music and director of bands.  The Builder Spirit Award, a one-time special award, was presented to Terah York.

Aidan Goodrich, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Kathy Mignone, Fresh Ideas.  The faculty citation went to Carrie Lane, associate professor of psychology.

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

Awards for years of service were also presented for: 
•    25 years: Brenda Hicks, Cheryl Rude, and Martin Rude
•    20 years: Lisa Lowery and Kathy Mignone
•    15 years: Pat Boggs, Sheila Krug, Stanley Nichols, and Holly Peterson
•    10 years: Rodney Baker, Linda Kissire, Ed Loeb, Nili Luo, Mary Passmore, Zhiqun Qian, Joni Rankin, and Stacy Sparks
•    5 years: Sheryl Erickson, Rose Hanna, Zak Larson, James McEwen, Tammy McEwen, Keith McLaughlin, Alexis Miers, Jennifer Nicholson, Pam Olney, Wilma Schremmer, Barbara Wilson, Marvin Wilson, and Terah York.

Wed, 25 May 2016 11:11:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lee Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College]]> Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 8. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

“I would like to thank Charles and Verda Kopke for bestowing this opportunity, not only on myself, but on the distinguish faculty that I get to work with each and every day,” Lee says.  “The Kopkes’ generosity reinforces the importance of our profession and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to receive this award. As you know, the Kopke award was established to recognize members of the college’s faculty who exemplify the college’s commitment to excellence in teaching. At Southwestern College, this is what we do--we teach, we inspire, we find every opportunity to challenge the status quo.”

Peter Heckman, academic dean at Southwestern College, notes that Lee has accumulated several awards in his time at SC.

Patrick Lee“Patrick Lee has added the Kopke award to those he has already won, including the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award and the SGA Faculty Citation,” Heckman says.  “These are all evidence of outstanding teaching.  Students appreciate his adaptability, the degree to which he makes himself available to students, and the practical nature of his teaching which is focused on helping students achieve career goals.  His leadership has helped the Southwestern College Enactus team win its regional competition, which is a remarkable achievement for an institution of this size.  I would like to congratulate Professor Lee for his many contributions to this institution.”

Lee is from Azusa, Calif. He received his bachelor of accounting degree from the University of LaVerne; a master of science in human environmental sciences from Oklahoma State University, and a master of accounting degree from the University of Connecticut.  He began teaching at Southwestern College in August 2013.

“What I love most about Southwestern College is our ability to challenge ourselves and do things that aren't so much about teaching, but more about our students,” Lee says.  “As a faculty member, I not only teach in the classroom, but I get to teach in our Enactus team. The lessons learned in our Enactus team aren't coming from a textbook, they are real life, have real consequences, and give my students real learning points to their education.”

Fri, 20 May 2016 09:34:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Award Winning Christian Music Artist Mark Schultz to Perform at Southwestern College May 28]]> Christian music recording artist Mark Schultz will perform in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m.  The concert will benefit the American Cancer Society.  Tickets are $15.

Mark SchultzSchultz, a Colby native, is a platinum-selling artist and an 18-time Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove nominee in the categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Writer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year.  The GMA Dove Awards honors outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian music.  Schultz has released nine albums including GMA Dove Award winner “Mark Schultz Live…A Night of Stories and Songs.”  He has had several number one hit songs including “He’s My Son,” “Child of Mine,” “I Am the Way,” and “Remember Me.”  He has sold over 1.3 million albums.  

While at Southwestern, Schultz and his band will spend time with students from around the state who are attending the Amp It Up camp.  Amp It Up camp is for high-school-aged students on praise and worship teams.

Schultz attended Kansas State University and now lives in Nashville with his wife, Kate, and son, Ryan.  

Tickets can be ordered online at  For more information, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences, at (620) 229-6141.


Wed, 04 May 2016 10:55:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bikes Looking for Donations]]> Southwestern College senior Emily Tilton is starting a bicycle rental program at SC called Builder Bikes.  She is hoping that community members will donate their gently used and unwanted bicycles for SC students to use.  

Tilton, a Douglass native, wants students to have easy access to bicycles.

“Biking is a sustainable, cost effective, and healthy form of transportation,” Tilton says.  “I enjoy the peace of being outdoors with my friends and want my fellow students to have the same opportunity. We surveyed 25 students. Only three of these students had bikes on campus. Every student who did not have a bike on campus was interested in renting a bike from the school. Many students live out of state or even out of the country. This makes it difficult for students to bring their own bikes from home. Builder Bikes hopes to provide these students easy access to bicycles.”

The bicycles will eventually be stored in the basement of Deets Library and students will check them out from there. 

Interested community members may donate their gently used bikes on Saturday, May 30, from 12 to 5 p.m. Bikes can be brought to the lawn off of Warren and Houston street next to Sutton Hall. If anyone would like to donate but is unable to do so on May 30, contact Emily Tilton at or (316) 759-9705.


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Drive for Community Event at Southwestern College to Benefit Winfield Food Pantry]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team is hosting a Ford Drive for Community event in conjunction with Kline Motors on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be in the parking lot on the south end of Richard L. Jantz stadium

The goal of the event is to raise up to $8,000 for the Winfield Food Pantry. 

“We're inviting the community to come down to Jantz Stadium on Saturday, April 30, to test drive Ford vehicles,” says Enactus advisor Patrick Lee.  “To hit that goal, we will need 300 people to come out and check out this event. For every test drive taken the Ford Foundation and Kline Motors will donate to our local food pantry. If you mention ‘free t-shirt,’ the first 100 people will receive a voucher for a free ‘Drive for Community’ t-shirt from the Moundbuilder Market.”


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:24:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tim Shook Named Chair of the National Certification Commission for MTNA]]> Timothy Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern College, was named chair of the National Certification Commission for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at the MTNA National Conference held in San Antonio on April 3.  He is currently the West Central Division (8 state region) commissioner.

Shook will assume this position at the conclusion of the 2017 national conference in Baltimore and serve in that capacity until the conclusion of the 2019 national conference.  After ratification by the MTNA Board of Directors, he became the chair designate at the conclusion of the 2016 national conference in San Antonio.

Gary Ingles, executive director and CEO of MTNA, and Rebecca Grooms Johnson, president of MTNA, stated that Shook was their unanimous choice for the position.

While attending the conference, Shook also presented a workshop and training sessions for newly-elected and returning regional commissioners/evaluators.  

MTNA provides a nationally recognized standard of excellence in music teaching for the independent and collegiate music teacher.  Upon fulfillment of the MTNA standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification Credential with the designation, National Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).  This designation gives the independent and collegiate music teacher added credibility in the community and increased professional stature.  


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:33:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews ]]> Southwestern College will inaugurate Bradley J Andrews as its 19th president on Thursday, April 14.  

The inauguration ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  A large crowd is anticipated and will include Southwestern College Board of Trustees members, the Southwestern College administrative council, Great Plains United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones, former Southwestern College presidents, deans and faculty, and delegates representing colleges and universities throughout the state. 

The invocation will be given by Bishop Richard Wilke, bishop in residence at Southwestern followed by remarks from Dr. David Smith, Southwestern College Board of Trustees chair; Trisha Andrews, wife of Brad Andrews, and Greg Campbell, retired president of Carthage College (Wisc.); and the inaugural address from Brad Andrews.  

A reception will follow at 5:15 p.m. in Deets Library. 

The inauguration ceremony is open to the public.  The parking lots on the south and north side of Christy Administration Building will be reserved for those individuals who have already been issued parking passes.  Golf cart service will be available for persons with mobility issues.

Inauguration day also will include a 10 a.m. dedication of presidential pavers and a tree planting at the Cole Mound Plaza located at the bottom of the 77 Steps. First Lady Trish Andrews will be honored at a noon reception Friday, April 15, in Deets Library, and “Quiet,” an exhibit of photographs by Trish Andrews, will be displayed in the library from Tuesday to Sunday. 

In addition to the inauguration ceremony itself, two events are of special interest to community members and friends of the college: First, all are invited to write a message on the “Wall of Well Wishes” on Tuesday in Deets Library or on Wednesday in the Christy Administration Building lobby.  Second, community members are encouraged to attend Wednesday chapel service at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Speaker at chapel will be Lauren Hansen, director for alumni and parent programs at Carthage College.

Phil Jarvis ’64, Mary Jarvis ’87, and Cory Helmer ’99, are members of the presidential inauguration committee.  In addition to faculty, staff, and students, they represented the community and alumni on the committee.  


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:13:22 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Frederick Named SC Interim Provost]]> Tracy Frederick, professor of communication at Southwestern College, will become interim provost of the college July 1 when Andy Sheppard leaves that post to become a college president in Georgia.  She will serve in this top academic position during a national search for a permanent provost. 

“Dr. Frederick is a capable and experienced faculty member who will be able to help us through a scheduled accreditation as well as giving us time to do a full national search,” says President Brad Andrews. 

Frederick has been on the faculty since 1998 and has served in all offices (including chair) of the Faculty Senate. She was a member of the General Education Task Force which restructured the general education program, and has served on every faculty committee. In addition, Frederick is a respected academician who has published consistently and presented at numerous conferences. 

The search for a permanent provost will follow the model set in a recent successful search for a new athletic director, President Andrews adds. A search committee (made up primarily of faculty) will invite applications on a national scale, then identify three or four finalists. The finalists will be made available to meet the community on campus and Andrews will choose the person he describes as his right-hand partner in leading the college.

The president expects the comfortable time frame will attract top candidates while giving the college experienced leadership as it completes an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in 2017. 

“I am confident we will have strong interest in this position, and I am comforted to know that we have a very strong academic affairs leadership team of deans and division chairs to work with Dr. Frederick and ultimately with the new provost,” he adds.


Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:07:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team has been crowned regional champions, as they competed in Atlanta, Ga., regional competition March 30-April 2.  They have earned the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis May 15-18.

Enactus Reg. Champs“This is the second year the SC Enactus team has been in existence and to move on to the National Expo is a big deal.  We couldn't do it without our very dedicated team of students and advisors,” says Patrick Lee, Southwestern College Enactus team advisor.

Lee adds that the Enactus regional and national events aren't just about competition, but they also are about network and career development with students interacting with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, CVS, Avis Budget Group, and many more. Students have a chance to network with representatives from companies and earn internships or jobs at these events.

“Raul Martinez made a networking contact with Dexter Mack, a representative from Mondelez International (they make Oreos and other snacks).  Mr. Mack is going to try to get Raul an internship this summer in Houston,” Lee says.  “Another student randomly sat next to someone at lunch who happened to be from a company that the student had applied to on the West Coast.  They exchanged information and although this student has several other career opportunities, this contact expands his network greatly.”

Team members include: Alison Orbaun, Arbuckle, Calif.; Chase Carr, Bixby, Okla.; Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jeffrey Shannon, Arkansas City; Julia Taylor, Murrieta, Calif.; Julianna Smarsh, Colwich; Chelsea Broyles, Glencoe, Okla.; Michelle VanGieson, Norwich; Tyler Crandall and Aniefiok Ukim, Winfield; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Nolan Smith, Mulvane; Jacqueline Erlanson, Leander, Texas; and Monica Gamez and Gabby Gamez, Houston, Texas.  Kristen Pettey, assistant professor of business, and James McEwen, internship coordinator, also serve as advisors for the team.

The team will be looking to advance through nationals to be the United States representative at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto.

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:42:20 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Scott Hartley Art Glass on Display at Southwestern April 12-21]]> Scott Hartley, owner of Infinity Art Glass in Benton, will be inducted into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16.  Several of his glass creations will be on display in the President’s Art Gallery, located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center, beginning at noon on April 12 and concluding at noon on April 21. The gallery will be open to the public; gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or by appointment through SC security.  

Hartley was a bit perplexed when he got the letter indicating he had been selected for a hall of fame at Southwestern.

“When I was at Southwestern College, I played basketball and dreamed of being good enough to make it into the hall of fame in this school that I loved,” Hartley says. “I always thought to myself what an honor that would be to celebrate all that I had accomplished and worked so hard to achieve.  When I received the letter saying that I was being inducted into the hall of fame, I thought to myself, ‘I didn't think I was good enough to make it into the sports hall of fame.’”

Along with playing basketball at Southwestern, Hartley was active in the science and education departments.  

“I had trouble wrapping my mind around that fact that I deserved this sort of prestigious recognition,” Hartley recalls.  “I loved my school and just really wasn't sure how to take this all in.  I blew glass the next few days and soaked myself into my work (glass making is a meditation of sorts, it requires total concentration and being in the moment at all times).  After a couple days in the studio, I realized what an honor this truly is.  It's not an award for something I did years ago; it's not recognition for something I no longer do; this induction recognizes my life's work.  It validates what I do now and will continue to do throughout my life.”
Hartley Glass
Glass, as Hartley states, is an amazing medium.  He starts with the rawest of materials when it comes to creating each piece of work. Hartley mixes sand, soda ash, borax, and many other chemicals together to create a raw batch of materials that is shoveled into the glass blowing furnace at 2,000 degrees.  This mixture of raw chemicals, heated for 24 hours, becomes molten glass that Hartley is able to create and form into unique pieces of artwork.  Each piece is created individually, by hand, on the end of a blowpipe.  There are no molds used to shape the glass into its final presence; the glass is sculpted free form on the end of the pipe.  

“It is a dance of sorts, a merger of what the glass will allow and what I physically can make it do,” Hartley says.  “The glass itself is in constant motion and is on the brink of catastrophe the entire time.  It would just as soon end up in a pile on the floor as finish as a work of art.  My job is to control this catastrophe and remain on that edge of disaster to allow the hot glass to move fluidly without struggle to cool and rest in a place of beauty as it becomes ridged and holds that shape.”

Hartley graduated from Andover High School in 1993 and from Southwestern College in 1997 with a degree in biology education.  He taught high school biology and physical science in Wichita. Science was a love, but art was always a passion in his life. The students always appreciated his science artwork on the board during labs and discussions, and he incorporated art into his lessons whenever possible. Somehow, he says, this wasn’t quite enough.  

In 1999, an opportunity arose to pursue art full-time, which changed the course of his life entirely. Even though he had never blown glass, watching molten glass being manipulated one time left him spellbound. 

In 2003 Hartley opened Infinity Art Glass, his own glassblowing studio and gallery in Benton. His work is now displayed in more than 100 galleries as well as in museums and private collections around the world. He has won many “Best of Show” awards at fine art shows around the country, and he continues to be recognized nationally as a standout in his field. Hartley prides himself on creating custom artwork that not only resonates with the client but also with himself.  To view his work, go to 

Hartley’s creations come from inspiration he gets every day from his family.  He married his high school sweetheart, Gwen, and they have three children: Cal (17), Claire (14), and Lola (9).  

“My family is slightly different than the ‘typical’ family,” Hartley says.  “Cal reminds me so much of myself when I was growing up except he does everything better than I ever did.  He is an outstanding basketball player, 4.0 student, a brilliant mind, and just an unbelievable leader and caring individual.  My two girls have a rare genetic disorder called microcephaly.  They will probably never walk, talk, or function in normal society, yet they have had more of an impact in their short lives so far than I probably ever will in my entire life.  I have never met such dynamic souls and innocent children.  I am continually amazed by the impact of all of my children and how much of a difference they make in this world.  My artwork is influenced greatly by my wife and my kids.  To make something even close to as beautiful as their lives is an unattainable goal.  I strive to get as close as possible.”

Hartley has continued his love for teaching by conducting school tours, field trips, and educational demonstrations of his glassblowing. He hopes his own example of pursing art inspires others to follow their passion in life.

The Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebration will be on Saturday, April 16.  The celebration will begin with a brunch at 9 a.m. (cost is $15, seating is limited, and RSVPs are necessary) on the Callison Stage of the Richardson Performing Arts Center followed at 10 a.m. with the induction ceremony which is open seating with no reservation needed. 

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


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:26:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leading Scholar in Current Methodism to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College]]> Kevin Watson, assistant professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler Divinity School of Emory University, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the lecture is “No Holiness but Social Holiness: Small Group Formation in Early Methodist Theology and Practice.”

Watson is a leading scholar in current Methodism. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Southern Methodist University. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and a John Wesley Fellow. 

Watson is the author of many important works including “A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living” and “The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience.”

Last year he was invited to speak to the Council of Bishops about the importance of reclaiming the practice of small groups to the renewal and revitalization of the United Methodist Church.

“Dr. Watson’s scholarship on Wesley’s small groups is an important influence in United Methodism,” says Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion at Southwestern. “Our students and community will benefit greatly from hearing his ideas on Wesleyan discipleship.”

The Parkhurst Lecture is one of three annual endowed lectures hosted by the philosophy and religion department of the social sciences division at Southwestern College. This lecture focuses on Biblical studies. 

For more information contact Lashier at (620) 229-6066.

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:15:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three to Enter Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences at Southwestern College]]> Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 15, in Deets Library on the college’s campus.  

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.  Cost of the dinner is $20, seating is limited, and RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

The inductees include:
•    Barbara Johnson Isely '64 had a career as a public school orchestra teacher and sociologist at Oregon State University, then in 1999 was invited to lead choirs for children in Vellore, India, where she was teaching sociology in the community health department. In Sri Lanka, she created teacher training for use of music with young children traumatized by war and tsunami, and she led workshops for the Ceylon Bible Society for children and youth excluded from competitive choirs.  Her focus is on how to include and expand the skills of all persons, rather than exclude the seemingly less talented.
•    Randy E. Eshelman ’07/’09 joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and served in conflicts in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. Following retirement from the Army in 2007, Eshelman began working for United States Strategic Command. His duties included developing satellite communications policy and directing the international affairs department in negotiating and managing government-to-government agreements between the U.S. and partner nations. In 2012, Randy led the U.S. delegation that negotiated a six-nation agreement resulting in the largest cooperative agreement for a space-based capability ever achieved by the U.S. Eshelman left government service in 2015 to become chief operating officer for Food Dreams Made Real (FDMR), a start-up focused on Asian food product development. Under its brand “Suji’s Korean Cuisine,” FDMR was named among Top 5 Meals of 2015 by food industry magazine “Prepared Foods.”
•    Mabel Madeline Southard, an 1899 Southwestern graduate, became a preacher and evangelist in her teens. With an A.B. from Southwestern College and an M.A. from Garrett Biblical Institute, she worked for ecclesial suffrage, serving as a delegate to the General Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1920 and 1924. After a brief stint with prohibitionist Carry Nation (including the famous Topeka saloon smashing raid in in 1901), she lectured briefly for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) circuit before settling in on a life of itinerant preaching and evangelism. Her career extended to the Philippines and India, and she founded an organization for women ministers. She lived to be 90, maintaining a personal diary from the time she was 14 years old. 


Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:14:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews During Founders Weekend]]> The inauguration of Southwestern College President Brad Andrews will highlight a busy Founders Weekend at Southwestern College Thursday through Sunday, April 14-17.  

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

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

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

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

On Saturday, April 16, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame brunch will begin on the Callison Stage in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. (cost is $15, limited seating, and RSVP necessary).  The induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center, and is open to the public with no reservations needed.  

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

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

At 8 p.m., John McCutcheon will perform with the South Kansas Symphony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The concert is sponsored by the Walnut Valley Festival. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for alumni, and $10 for children of alumni. For tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

The weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, April 17, with the Southwestern College Spring Choral Concert at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door. 

Other events include:

  • Tuesday, April 12—writing on the Wall of Well Wishes in the Java Jinx and Deets Library.  Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff along with community members are invited to write messages or simply sign the wall.
  • Friday, April 15—Jacob Goodson, associate professor of philosophy at SC, will have a book presentation at 2 p.m. in Deets Library. The presentation is titled “Why Do We Need the Virtues for Reading Scripture?” and copies of Goodson’s book, “Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues,” will be available for signing.  

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

  • Leaders in Service: Randy Eshelman ’07/’09, Barbara (Johnson) Isely, ’64, and Madeline Southard (deceased), class of 1899.
  • Fine Arts: Scott Hartley ’97, Timothy Myers’00, and Brandon Smith ’98.
  • Business: Todd Conklin ’84, Bruce DeHaven ’70, and Benjamin Harrison ’12.  Recipient of the Business Builder Award for 2016 is Galaxy Technologies.
  • Educators: Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74, Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63, and Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 (deceased). McNeish Special Education Award—Danielle Shioyama ’10/’14. 

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

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

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:56:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[John McCutcheon to Perform at Southwestern College]]> Walnut Valley Festival favorite John McCutcheon will perform with the South Kansas Symphony in Winfield Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for alumni, and $10 for children of alumni.  RPAC is located in the lobby of the Christy Administration Building.

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

The South Kansas Symphony, conducted by Amber Peterson, will be a featured guest of John McCutcheon. South Kansas Symphony is a full orchestra made up of Southwestern College students, faculty, and alumni, as well as players from many surrounding communities in Kansas. This concert will be the symphony's second performance featuring bluegrass music this season.  The first one was on March 6 as they performed with Milltown, a progressive bluegrass band from the Quad Cities area.

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



Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:16:17 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Educators Hall of Fame to Induct New Members ]]> The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame will induct new members on Saturday, April 16, in Deets Library.  A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following at 4 p.m.

Entering the Educators Hall of Fame are Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74, Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63, and Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 (deceased).  The McNeish Special Education Award will be presented to Danielle Shioyama ’10/’14.  There is no charge to attend but to ensure adequate seating, RSVP is appreciated.

The ceremony is a part of Founders Weekend April 14-17.

New Educators Hall of Fame members include:
•    Kathryne (Cooper) Delcarpio ’74 first taught in a student teaching program that prepared students to work in inner-city schools, an indicator that in her future career she would be dedicated to disadvantaged students. She began in New Orleans where she taught English to inner-city high school students, most from project housing. Delcarpio was then assigned to a school for teen-aged expectant mothers.  In this placement, she learned to work around enrollment issues, doctor appointments, and deliveries. In 1979 she transferred to a small rural public high school, where nearly all of the students lived in poverty. With no money for extra-curricular activities, she raised funds for an annual senior play by holding dinner theatres. After retirement in 2007, she continued her role in education as an adjunct college instructor and as a volunteer adult ESL and citizenship instructor for immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens.

•    Florence (Cutter) Metcalf ’63 grew up on her parents’ Kansas farm near Hugoton. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College, she earned a master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1983. Metcalf completed 27 years as a family and consumer science teacher at Hugoton Middle School, retiring in 1999. In addition to being a teacher, she is committed to service.  As she taught, Metcalf served on the Stevens County Extension Council board for 13 years and received the Kansas Friend of Extension Award in 1998. She was instrumental in bringing public television to the 16 counties of Southwest Kansas in 1990, and has served on the Smoky Hills Public Television board since 2008. Metcalf also served six years on the board of directors that organized the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program. She is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

•    Robert “Bob” Nispel ’57 began his teaching career in Fredonia.  In 1959, Nispel began teaching business at Horace Mann USD 259 (Wichita) where he became a vice principal in 1965. In 1967, he was named assistant budget director for USD 259.  Eventually, he was promoted to executive director of financial services/district treasurer.  When Nispel retired in 1991, he received the Kansas Association of School Business Officials Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest award presented to an individual.  Though Nispel was considered one of the top three experts on school finance in the state of Kansas during his three decades as a teacher and administrator in USD 259 (Wichita), he remained a teacher at heart, explaining complicated issues in a simple, understandable way.

The 2016 Marilyn McNeish Special Education award winner is Danielle Shioyama.  She is the High Needs Interrelated Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Arkansas City, where she works with students with challenging behaviors and learning difficulties. 

After graduating from Drury College, Shioyama taught fifth grade for six years while earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Southwestern College in 2010.  Shioyama has extensive experience and training in special education, including the completion of her master’s degree in special education at Southwestern in 2014, participation in Tertiary Behavior Supports Team training and data collection through TASN, and training in the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to phonics. She is often asked to be a part of district trainings and in-service meetings. She presents, or co-presents, to USD 470 and Cowley County Special Education Service staff on topics such positive behavior supports, visual supports, and challenging behaviors. 

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


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:58:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Provost to be College President in Georgia]]> James Andrew Sheppard, provost of Southwestern College, has been named the president of Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga. He will be the 11th president of the university when he begins his tenure on July 1, 2016.
President Brad Andrews expressed his thanks to Sheppard for his service to the Southwestern when he made the local announcement this morning.
“When Andy arrived at Southwestern almost 20 years ago, this college was a very different institution. Andy has served SC, in different roles, under three presidents, and has worked tirelessly with colleagues from across the institution to advance Southwestern College,” Andrews noted. “He has helped to build our religion program, has traveled the world on behalf of SC and interacted with alumni and donors, and has taken a leading role in establishing doctoral degree programs at the college. In every way possible, Andy’s dedication, skills, and wisdom have played a key role in making Southwestern the college it is today.”
“Personally, I have been fortunate to have Andy as a colleague and a friend this past year,” President Andrews added. “His selection as the new president of Thomas University is another great success for him, and for Southwestern. We can all be proud when good things happen to deserving people.”
President Dick Merriman named Sheppard the first provost of the college in 2014, giving him responsibility for academic programs both on the main campus and in the Professional Studies degree completion program. 
“The college has an unchanging commitment to helping people grow,” Sheppard says. “We often talk about that commitment relative to the students but it is true for the employees, too.  I have grown at SC and I am grateful.”
Sheppard had come to Southwestern on a one-year temporary appointment in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and was promoted to assistant professor then associate professor of philosophy and religion. In 2001 he left the faculty ranks to become associate dean of faculty, taking on the role of academic vice president in 2003. 
His academic accomplishments included leading the college through accreditation of its first doctoral degree (Ed.D. in Leadership), redesigning and expanding the master’s programs, and providing leadership for the creation of the Center for Belarusian Studies and the SC Academic Press. 
Sheppard is a prolific researcher and author in the field of medieval religious studies. 


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:28:11 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Names Mary Reilly and McKenzie Wheeler ‘Teachers of Promise’]]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Mary Reilly, Cherryvale, and McKenzie Wheeler, Winfield, as “Teachers of Promise.” Because of this distinction, Reilly and Wheeler were invited to attend the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference in Topeka Feb. 18 and 19. 

Reilly is the daughter of Debra and Phillip Reilly and a 2011 graduate of Cherryvale High School.  

“Being selected as a Teacher of Promise is such an honor,” Reilly says.  “This accolade means that Southwestern College truly believes that its student teachers each have the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of young people through our chosen career. The Teacher of Promise award helps reinforce that we are following the proper and most influential path in our lives.”

Wheeler is the daughter of Dave and Sandi Myser.  She is a 2001 graduate of Winfield High School and earned a bachelor of music degree from Southwestern College in 2014.  She lives in Winfield with her husband, Ryan, and two sons, Jaxson (7) and Lincoln (4).  She is on track to earn a master of arts degree in teaching from Southwestern in May.

“It is such an honor to be able to receive this award and be given the opportunity to attend the KEEN conference in Topeka where I could learn from the best teachers what it truly means to be exemplary,” Wheeler says.  “I hope to continue to constantly strive to be a better teacher.”

According to Jackie Glasgow, director of student teaching at Southwestern, each year Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.” 

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

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


Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:09:32 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Names New Athletic Director]]> After an extensive national search, Matt Shelton has been named athletic director at Southwestern College. Currently associate athletic director at Graceland (Iowa) University, Shelton will take over SC’s top athletic administration job April 1.

Matt Shelton“Those who have worked closely with Matt over the past many years describe numerous strengths, but invariably laud his strength of character and his focus on others, colleagues as well as students,” says SC President Brad Andrews. “I am excited about the experience, professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication Matt brings to our athletic department, and our campus.”

An NAIA school of about 1,100 students, Graceland hosts 21 varsity sports and recently added wrestling and bowling to its offerings. It is located in Lamoni, a town of 2,300 in south central Iowa.

"I am honored to be selected as the next athletic director at Southwestern College,” Shelton says. “As my wife and I have searched for the right fit for our family during the last few years it became very evident that my passion was in collegiate athletics because of the opportunity to impact the lives of those around me, and to repay the impact athletics have had on my own life.”

Since Shelton became an athletics administrator in 2011 Graceland athletes earned 134 Academic All-America designations while its sports programs maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Graceland has had 216 all-conference selections and 22 All-Americans, and Yellowjacket athletic teams have competed at NAIA national championships 31 times in the last six years.

Shelton graduated from Graceland 2001 and began his career as a junior and senior high school special education teacher. He also coached golf and basketball, and was serving as athletic director at Lamoni Community Schools when he was asked to return to his alma mater as sports information director. He led the marketing and branding campaigns in the Graceland athletic department for seven years, combining these responsibilities with the role of assistant athletic director in 2011.

He earned a master of science in sport management from California University of Pennsylvania, specializing in intercollegiate athletic administration.

Since May 2014 he has been interim/associate athletic director, supervising 40 full- and part-time employees. In addition to setting the long-term vision for GU athletics, budgetary responsibilities, and department-wide recruiting initiatives, Shelton has worked extensively with institutional advancement personnel as they look to complete a $5 million project for gymnasium renovation and an outdoor practice facility.

At Southwestern Shelton will oversee 15 varsity sports. He was chosen in a selection process that drew applications from throughout the United States. A search committee made up of faculty, staff, trustees, and community members vetted the candidates and four finalists participated in day-long interviews on campus during the past few weeks.

Shelton and his wife, Amber, are parents of three children—Hailey, 12; Trevor, 9; and Molly, 5. They will be moving to Winfield when the school year ends.

“When the Southwestern athletic director position was posted, I felt an instant connection to the position, the college and the community. When I came to Winfield and Southwestern for the interview it did nothing but validate that feeling for me. I can’t wait for April 1 to arrive so I can be on campus and my family and I can begin the next chapter of our lives in the community,” Shelton adds.

Southwestern has been without a permanent athletic director since May, when David Denly accepted a position in Bellevue, Nebr. He had been AD for six years, and was head women’s basketball coach for 17 years. Mike Kirkland, coach of women’s track and field, and sports information director Scott Nuss shared interim athletic director duties.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:54:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Graduates Earn More than Projected]]> A recent study by a prestigious university shows that new Southwestern College graduates earned $6,000 more than they were projected to earn, the top projected earnings gap of any university in the state. 

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

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

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

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

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

To see the full Georgetown University report, see

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:56:57 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews During Founders Day Weekend]]> The inauguration of Southwestern College President Brad Andrews will highlight a busy Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Thursday through Sunday, April 14-17.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

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

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

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


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:12:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Patrick Lee to Serve on Steering Committee For KSCPA Educators Conference]]> Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern College, has been appointed to serve on the steering committee for the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) Educators Conference on June 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

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

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

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

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:46:07 -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. 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  His program is titled “Jazz and the Civil Rights,” and he will discuss (and perform) jazz pieces by known jazz artists and how they influenced Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The event is hosted by the Campus Life Office.
FluteJuiceAbdur-Razzaq is a flutist from Montclair, N.J., who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Rutgers University, he holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:51:18 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Trainers Attend KATS Seminar]]> Ten Southwestern College athletic training students attended the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) Seminar held at Kansas State University on Sunday, Nov. 8.  

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

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

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


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:07:39 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Names Sarah York and Elizabeth Stephens ‘Teachers of Promise’]]> The Southwestern College education department has recognized Sarah York, Clearwater, and Elizabeth Stephens, Dodge City, as “Teachers of Promise.”  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:37:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Accounting Students Attend Conference in Kansas City]]> Four Southwestern College students recently attended the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:16:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Humans vs. Zombies Game]]> WHAT: A giant game of tag that lasts for 4 days.

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

WHO: All SC faculty, staff, and students

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full schedule of Southwestern College Homecoming activities can be found at   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:30:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)