Surely no time of the year invokes more
poignant memories of home than that of autumn and the impending holiday
season. On a cool October weekend, Southwestern welcomed alumni, family,
and friends to come home for a visit and once again, it was a Homecoming
worth remembering. Builders of Excellence was the theme, and truly,
it embodied our Moundbuilder heritage and the quality of education that
for over 100 years has been a trademark of the college.
Personally speaking, it was a joy to see
all who came for the weekend; I hope everyone had a great visit with
old friends and classmates, new friends, and current students. In case
you were wondering if anyone came back for Homecoming, the numbers are
in: For 36 different events/activities, an estimated total of 2,680
alumni and friends attended, and that does NOT include persons at the
Homecoming parade, the football game, or the worship service at Grace
United Methodist Church. And if you are wondering how we can possibly
accommodate that number of people, your fellow Moundbuilders volunteered
in force to help us out - a total of 180 persons and/or organizations
gave of their time to make it a spectacular weekend! If you didn't get
to come back this year, mark your calendar now for Homecoming next fall
so you won't miss it. the dates are Oct. 10, 11, and 12, 2003, the academic
focus will be fine arts, and the reunion years will be classes ending
in '3' or '8.'
Meanwhile, remember you don't have to live
close to the college to stay involved with it. There are numerous volunteer
roles that alumni from all over the country can fill for SC. Contact
the alumni office for a volunteer brochure, or watch for more information
about volunteering in upcoming Southwesterner editions. Volunteer opportunities
make it possible for anyone to be a vital part of the college and its
If you have questions about alumni events
or programs, please contact me via phone (800-846-1543, ext. 6334),
letter (100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156), or e-mail (email@example.com).
Hats off to you, Builders. of Excellence!
(For more photos of this year's Homecoming
excitement, visit www.sckans.edu/homecoming ????)
Monday, Dec. 2 - 7:00 p.m. Alumni Christmas
Tree Challenge Cup! This competition will be a face-off between
current students in freshman through senior classes to see which class
can decorate the winning tree and thus hold claim to the trophy cup
for the next year. Christmas sugar cookies will be decorated and holiday
music and fun will abound. Alumni judges for this event are Chris
Douglas '94, Robbie (Gilger) Banks '72, Justin Olmstead '02, and
Paul Homan '83 (aka Santa Claus). Alumni are welcome to participate
in the cookies and the fun!
Saturday, Dec. 7, 4:00 p.m. - Southwestern
College Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony
will be held on the main campus, followed by exciting Moundbuilder basketball
as SC takes on Kansas Wesleyan. 2002 inductees are Charles Cowdrey,
Victor Gillespie '40, Armand Hillier '62, Monty Lewis '86, John Swafford
Jan. 31, 5-6:30 p.m. - '50s and '60s Alumni
Event at Hotel in Old Town, Wichita. Food, fun, and lots
of great reminiscing will highlight the evening in this beautiful, historic
location. Be sure to bring your old yearbooks and photos. and a camera
to take new pictures! Co-hosts are Loren '51 and Donna Fall Alexander
'53, and Ron and Judy (Martin) Haynes '67 '67.
Saturday, Feb. 1 - SC Basketball Alumni Reunion
in Stewart Field House honoring the 1961 and 1963 KCAC championship
teams. 5 p.m. women's game, 7 p.m. men's game, as the Builders take
on Sterling College. Honorees will be recognized at halftime of the
men's game and a reception will immediately follow the game.
Sunday, Feb. 2 - Johnson, Kan. President Dick
Merriman, SC music group Selah, and Addicted drama team will
visit Johnson United Methodist Church. Alumni are encouraged to bring
prospective students to visit with current students and hear about SC.
Covered dish lunch gathering will follow church.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. -Dodge City alumni
dinner at Casey's Cowtown Club. It'll be a fun time in the
old town tonight. with President Dick Merriman and other Moundbuilder
alumni! Co-hosts are Carla Harris '77 and Paul Lewis '77.
Sunday, Feb. 9 - Dodge City, Kan. President
Dick Merriman, SC music group Selah, and Addicted drama team
will visit Dodge City First United Methodist Church. Alumni, this is
your chance to bring prospective students for a visit with current students
and to hear about SC. Covered dish lunch gathering will follow church.
March 10, 5:30-7:15 p.m. - "Ice Cream a-la-lumni".
SC alumni department will provide ice cream and all the fixin's for
current students (future alumni!) in the snack bar area of the Roy L.
Smith student center.
Saturday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. -
Musical concert at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Wichita. Unified
group of vocalists, brass, and more, sponsored by SC's Institute for
Remember, you do not need to live in the area where
an event is being held to attend. All alumni and friends of the college
are welcome to attend any of our events, regardless of location. Contact
alumni programs, 800-846-1543, ext. 6231, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information or to RSVP.
to be Inducted
Five men will be inducted into Southwestern College's
Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 7. A reception
at 4 p.m. in the student center will be followed by a 4:30 banquet and
induction ceremony. The honorees will be introduced during halftime
of the evening 7 p.m. basketball game.
" Victor Gillespie '40. A participant on the 1939 national
championship basketball team, Gillespie also was captain of the football
team. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot in World War II, receiving
the Air Medal and Medal for Distinguished Service. He retired from the
service in 1968 as a colonel, and died in 1999.
" John Swafford '49 excelled as a halfback on the 1946
CIC championship football team. A longtime public school educator, he
retired as assistant superintendent of schools in Woodward, Okla. He
" Armand Hillier '62 was a four-year lettermen in basketball,
and a leader on the 1962 KCAC championship team. He retired from public
school administration in the spring of 2002 after serving 40 years.
Hillier was recognized as the Kansas Athletic Director of the Year in
1985, and received the 2002 Kansas Athletic Director of the Year award
from the National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors.
" Charles Cowdrey. Cowdrey was head football coach at
Southwestern from 1983 to 1991, amassing a record of 59-34-1. His teams
won KCAC championships in 1983, 1985, and 1987, and in 1984 his team
lost in the semi-finals of the national play-offs. In addition to his
position at Southwestern, Cowdrey has coached at colleges including
Drake University, Illinois State University, Morningside College, and
University of Missouri.
" Monty Lewis '86. A four-year letterman as an offensive
tackle at Southwestern, Lewis was a two-time all-KCAC player and two-time
NAIA All-American. He was head coach at Southwestern from 1993 to 2002,
and accumulated the most wins in Southwestern football history (60)
as well as KCAC championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999.