General RSS Feed en-us General RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Elementary Education Students Host Home-Schooled Students for Science Experiments]]> Southwestern College elementary education majors hosted 25 home-schooled students, who are associated with the Maize Virtual School, for science investigations on Tuesday, April 25. Karen Podschun, Winfield, is an education specialist for the virtual school program and accompanied the students.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Walz credits the scholarship to her experiences at Southwestern College. 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2016 will be recognized on the printed program. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The docket for March 30 includes the following cases:

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

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

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

Court of Appeals decision

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

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

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

Court of Appeals decision

Additional information is available on the court's website at

Security Screening

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

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

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

Watch the archived video

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the trailer


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

The performance is sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:57:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kendra Weddle Irons to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College]]> Kendra Weddle Irons, associate professor of religion and humanities at Texas Wesleyan University, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall on the SC campus.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.   Additionally, at 7 p.m., inside Grace United Methodist Church, Southwestern will host a panel on women in ministry featuring Irons and several area women clergy.

The title of the lecture is “M. Madeline Southard: From the Plains to the Pulpit and Beyond.”

“Dr. Irons is the foremost scholar on Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna who was a pioneer for women clergy,” says Jackson Lashier, assistant professor of religion at Southwestern College.  “Her speeches and writings in the early twentieth century were instrumental to the struggle for the full ordination rights of women finally recognized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1956. Dr. Irons presence on our campus offers our Builder community the chance to remember and honor the significant work and contributions of one of our own.”

Irons holds a Ph.D in religion from Baylor University and a master of arts degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous monographs, including most recently, “If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All You are Meant to Be” (Chalice Press, 2015). Her first book—“Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956” (University Press of American, 2007)—examines United Methodist women who preached in Kansas prior to 1956 and includes two chapters dedicated to M. Madeline Southard, a Southwestern alumna.

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, 17 Oct 2016 15:15:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Three Former Moundbuilders to Enter Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Charles Hunter, Winfield; Gerald “Eddie” Weigle, Burden; and Arthur Hertzler (deceased). The hall of fame plaques will be on display prior to the 5 p.m. dinner in the Deets Library.  The induction ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the meal.  
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“The legacy of Southwestern College’s natural science program has been in place for over 100 years, as is evidenced by the induction of this year’s notable alumni,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern. “Dr. Arthur Hertzler, class of 1896, was a man ahead of his time in the field of medicine, and the education background he received at Southwestern undoubtedly was a part of that success.  The other two 2016 inductees bear witness to the fact that this legacy remains as strong as ever.  It is truly an honor to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work.”

Inductees include:
•    K. Charles “Charlie” Hunter ’67 turned his fascination with invertebrate animals and his love for teaching into a 42-year career on the Southwestern College faculty. He returned to the college as a sabbatical replacement in 1974 after earning his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, but plans for a short stay changed when he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and the quality and character of SC students. During this time, he fostered undergraduate research and designed a number of courses that continued to be taught at SC, including his favorite, Animal Physiology. He was the driving force behind SC’s marine biology program and for 16 summers taught students (including Moundbuilders) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Hunter’s awards included several SGA Faculty Citations, the Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award, and the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award.

•    Gerald E. Weigle II ’93 received undergraduate degrees in both biology/chemistry and physics from Southwestern and a master’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University before going to work for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. While at SwRI he worked on software for numerous NASA spacecraft missions, including Deep Impact, Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), and the Curiosity Rover (Mars). Weigle took on leadership of several of the project: On the Pluto project he was lead engineer for operations, and he was software project manager for the Curiosity Rover. He left SwRI in 2013 to move home to Burden, Kan., where he formed Big Head Endian LLC. The professional engineering and software firm continues to work on the projects Weigle had at SwRI, in addition to new mission work. 

•    Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896, was known as the “Horse and Buggy Doctor” and brought health care to Kansas which rivaled that found anywhere at the time.  Having received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Hertzler continued with three years of intensive medical study in Berlin before returning to Kansas.  His reputation for diagnosis and treatment was well known and physicians from a wide area consulted with him.  Hertzler had been offered a position as Professor of Anatomy at Northwestern, but chose instead to establish the Halstead (Kan.) Hospital in 1902.  During that same year, he accepted a position to teach pathology, histology, surgery, and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, although he still held office hours two days a week in Halstead.  In 1946, after more than 50 years of 18-hour days, Hertzler retired.  The legacy of this outstanding Kansas country doctor lives on through the Hertzler Research Foundation, Agnes Hertzler Memorial Clinic, Kansas Health Museum, and Halstead Hospital. 

Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Southwestern, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the induction.  Prior to the hall of fame inductions, there will be introductions of the science advisory council members, biology activity grant scholars, internship participants, and the Tri-Beta officers.

For more information about the Natural Science Hall of Fame, contact Lowe at (620) 229-6334.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:49:48 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Join Forces for Community Kids]]> Southwestern College students participated in a Homecoming service project on Sunday, Oct. 2.  The event was planned and hosted by Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship, and Green Team Southwestern.  A total of 331 SC students filled 1,500 bags for the Backpack for Kids program.

The bags included 11 non-perishable food items, two athletic passes for SC events, and a hand-written note from an SC students on a postcard. The handwritten postHC Service Learningcards were printed on recycled paper donated by Jason Speegle and the Green Team.

The backpack food programs provide a bag of non-perishable food to children when school meal programs are unavailable.  Students from Winfield, Arkansas City, and Wellington who have been identified as living in food insecure homes will receive the bags. 

USD 465 Superintendent J.K Campbell says that this project will help a lot of area youth. 

“Southwestern College student's service learning project will have a major impact on food insecure children,” Campbell says. “Their efforts will provide over 120 children with weekend food backpacks for a significant period of time - aiding in their ability to focus and learn, and providing much needed food security to the children served through this vital program.”

“I love that the SC experience is about the whole person,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We challenge students to contribute to their community through their knowledge and talent. Southwestern balances expertise with experience for students. Having a school-wide service project as a kick-off to Homecoming is a great example of that. My favorite part is walking around listening to students reflect on the service.”

Financial donors include: Wal-Mart in Winfield, Arkansas City, and Wellington; First United Methodist Church in Winfield; and Southwestern College service learning, athletics, student life, and performing arts.  

“Being a Builder is about being dedicated to things that are bigger than yourself,” Speegle says.  “On Sunday, we were able to join forces and make a real, tangible impact on hunger in our community. Seeing over 300 SC students serving together makes me proud to be a Builder.”


Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:37:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Southwestern Top-Tier in US News Colleges]]> Southwestern College has been named a Tier One college in the 2017 “U.S.News and World Report Best Colleges” annual ranking of the nation’s colleges and universities. The college’s Professional Studies program also has been recognized in the Best Colleges report for its online bachelor’s degree programs, online graduate business program, and online graduate education programs.

This is another indication of the great quality and value of a Southwestern College education,” says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  “I am so proud of the high quality education our faculty provide to each student.”

Andrews says there is a direct correlation between the rankings and the large freshman class at Southwestern.  Enrollment numbers become official after the 20th day of classes.  SC’s freshman class has 182 students, the second largest class in more than 40 years.  SC also welcomed 54 transfer students to campus. 

"The size of this year's new student class is a clear indication that students and their families realize the quality and value of a Southwestern College education," Andrews says. 

Southwestern is categorized as a “Midwest Regional University.” The region is made up of colleges and universities from Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois. “U.S. News and World Report” defines regional universities as schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs but few doctoral programs.  

Southwestern College and other regional universities are compared to and ranked against their peer group in the surrounding geographical location because they tend to draw students primarily from surrounding states, according to “U.S. News & World Report.” Other regions in the publication included the North, South, and West.


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:31:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[JourneyKids Choir Open House is Oct. 6]]> The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College’s JourneyKids Choir will host an open house and rehearsal Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

The theme of the open house is “The Singing Games,” and students will have the opportunity to learn new songs and musical games with their peers.

“Open houses are a wonderful opportunity for students and families to attend a rehearsal, experience our program, and have a little fun in the process,” says Dylan Moore, CMS director. 

The CMS JourneyKids Choir, which is for students grades 2-8, is a choral opportunity for students of all experience levels from south central Kansas and the Walnut Valley. The JourneyKids Choir will have a final enrollment following the open house, which will be the last time for students to join the group for the fall 2016 semester. The group’s culminating fall performance will be at Winterfest, held on Dec. 4 with the Southwestern College performing arts division in Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

Regular rehearsals are held in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on the Southwestern College campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $10 per month with a total cost of $40 per student. Partial need-based tuition scholarships are available.

“This open house will be a fun experience for children, teachers, and parents who enjoy music,” says director Nikki Kirk. “Everyone is encouraged to come and experience the joy of JourneyKids."

“We invite any students, parents, and teachers of the community for an informative and enlivening experience with our wonderful young singers,” Moore adds. 

For more information, interested individuals may contact Moore at (620) 229-6188 or by email at


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:47:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Work by Renowned Artist, SC Grad on Display Oct. 7-8]]> The artwork of Southwestern College alumnus Jerry Thomas will be on display in the President’s Art Gallery during Homecoming 2016.  Thomas is a member of the class of 1981.

Jerry ThomasThomas’s lifelike depictions of the historical American West have garnered him wide acclaim.  His attention to detail and passion for accurately portraying his subjects is a hallmark of his images.

His artwork will be on display on Friday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The President’s Art Gallery is located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge.  

“We are honored to have Jerry’s artwork on display for Homecoming,” says Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern.  “He will be at the Saturday (Oct. 8) performing arts reception in Darbeth Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for conversation and questions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with him and see some of his incredible paintings.”

Thomas grew up in Scott City, location of the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection built in 2010.  The gallery displays and exhibits his original artwork and Western historical collection.

Thomas’s artwork is collected and displayed worldwide and has been featured on book covers, magazine articles, television and radio documentaries, and talk shows.  Widely recognized for his passion and dedication in supporting and protecting important historic preservation and restoration projects, Thomas has worked to preserve valuable national landmarks and historic sites through his artwork.
His Native American paintings have benefited and honored the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Crow Reservations.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback also named him director of the initiative to design and build a museum at the El Cuartelejo National Historic Site.  

The SC graduate’s honors include the state-awarded “Kansas’ Finest,” and induction into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame.


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:46:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![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)