Southwestern College's 2001-2002 volleyball
team was named an Academic All-American team. With a cumulative grade
point average of 2.27, Coach Julie Murphy's squad was one of only 12
in the nation to earn the elite award.
Freshmen entering Southwestern College
this fall have a singular distinction: They're the only class in 11
years to not participate in Freshman Work Day. The annual service learning
event was rained out, so students spent the day in other group-building
activities. Leadership director Cheryl Rude says teams will complete
the promised work on local homes during the month of September.
Twenty Southwestern College students were
placed as summer interns in local churches through the Discipleship
Southwestern program. The internships are designed to help students
explore their own futures in ministry, as well as aiding local churches
in need of help with their youth ministries. While most are in United
Methodist churches, a variety of denominations are represented.
The internships include weekly meetings
with the local pastor to reflect on questions about ministry and how
God is involved in the students' lives, as well as on-site visits from
Brent Seusy, director of Discipleship Southwestern.
For more information, contact Seusy at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 620-229-6362.
Several gifts and grants will assist students
in programs at Southwestern College soon:
$1,100 service learning grant from Lead
and Service America, a national service organization, to establish a
learning resource center.
Newly-Published Books With SC
Ties Earn Favorable Reviews
English professor Troy Boucher based
his newly-published Prince of the Plains on the life of Henry Newton
Brown, one-time marshal of Caldwell, Kan.
The book has been favorably reviewed on
Amazon.com and in the Kansas Library Association Newsletter. "A beautiful
and often touching narrative from a talented Kansas writer, Boucher's
compelling story is written with a strong love and honest respect for
the historical characters that once traversed the Old West," said one
Amazon reviewer. The Kansas Library Association Newsletter was equally
The story of PRINCE OF THE PLAINS, by Southwestern
College professor Troy Boucher, is a historically accurate though fictional
account of the life of Henry Newton Brown, that Caldwell marshal. Boucher
has skillfully woven historical fact with great storytelling ability
to create an exciting tale of what might have been. For years Kansas
historians have puzzled over why a hard case like Brown, who once rode
with Billy the Kid, would settle down and become respectable only to
turn outlaw and die at the hands of a mob. This novel offers speculation
about the motivation, in the author's own words, behind a man who wanted
a better life and tried to make that life happen..Considering the historical
accuracy many Western readers expect, the creative writing style that
many Westerns lack, the strong Kansas connection, and the author's track
record as a short story writer, there should be a tremendous demand!"
Ruth Murray Brown '48
called on her training as a sociologist and her Midwestern roots in
writing For a 'Christian America': A History of the Religious Right.
Emeritus professor Wallace Gray recommends
the book as an honest depiction of the mid-20th century.
"The posthumous publication of a work
by Ruth Murray adds a crowning touch to a distinguished professional
career," Gray writes. "The author, in For a 'Christian America': A History
of the Religious Right, is aware that proponents and opponents of the
religious right see each other in stereotypical terms that do not accurately
reflect the views of the of the leaders on either side. Her study succeeds
in overcoming stereotypes both in her introductory overview and in her
masterful conclusion. The Oklahoma women she interviewed in the anti-ERA
movement, which she cogently contends helped give rise to the later
Moral Majority, are presented as flesh and blood people who vary among
themselves in interesting, three-dimensional ways. Any general reader,
regardless of his or her position on the religious right, can enjoy
and benefit from reading this skillful piece of history, sociology,
and political science."
SC Business Hall of Fame
Southwestern alumni who have made their
marks in the business world will be the first class of inductees in
the new Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame.
The group will be honored during Homecoming
2002 with the dedication of the Hall of Fame in the newly-renovated
Mossman Hall. Plaques honoring the nine businessmen will be placed in
the new business administration suite.
Selected for first-year induction were:
Larry Cantrell '71 is a native of Tucson, Ariz., but has spent
a quarter of a century as a generalist in engineering and construction
field around the world.
Harold W. Deets '43 began his career
in 1941 as a sheet metal worker at Beech Aircraft Corporation and progressed
through a series of supervisory responsibilities until 1972 when he
was elected vice president, materiel.
Dick Edmonson '50 started Edmondson
Construction Co., Inc., and Development. He was an original investor
in Alvamar, Inc., and helped develop several hundred acres of land for
James E. Farney '53 retired as senior
vice president of the Travelers Companies in Hartford, Conn., in 1990.
He joined The Travelers in 1958 as an agency service representative
Paul L. Hellman '58 retired as an
affiliate general manager of Mobil Oil Exploration and Production Division
after 28 years with the company, much of this time spent in foreign
locations such as Venezuela, Libya, and Indonesia.
Armon L. Mills '64 is a certified
public accountant who spent more than 20 years in public accounting
before making a career change to newspaper publishing with the American
City Business Journals in 1987. Most recently he has been publisher,
CEO, and co-founder of a weekly business newspaper covering technology
in the Silicon Valley.
Larry Montgomery '60 followed an
early career with the FBI and the U.S. Department of State with service
to three state governors. He most recently was co-founder, president,
and vice chairman of the board of directors of publicly-traded Multimedia
Deryl K. Schuster '57 has spent
his business career in banking and small business finance. He was president/CEO
of several banks, including a four-bank holding company.
Dale H. Snyder '51 began his career
as a teller-bookkeeper at the Lyons State Bank in 1951, and nearly 30
years later was elected president and chairman of the same bank.
of Fame to Honor Athletes
Five men who have made exemplary contributions
to Southwestern College athletics will be honored with induction into
the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Dec. 7. A banquet
and induction ceremony are set for 4 p.m., and the honorees will be
introduced at the halftime of that evening's basketball game against
The newest hall inductees include: " Victor
Gillespie '40 (deceased). Gillespie was a member of the 1939 national
championship basketball team, as well as being captain of the football
team. He lettered in three sports at Southwestern (football, basketball,
and track) before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot from 1940-45.
He received the Air Medal and Medal for Distinguished Service, retiring
from the military in 1968 as a colonel. "
John Swafford '49 (deceased). Swafford
excelled as a halfback on the 1946 CIC championship football team, and
was described by his teammates as a "speed merchant." After service
in the Marine Corps during World War II, he became an public school
educator and served as assistant superintendent of schools in Woodward,
Armand Hillier '62. A four-year
letterman in basketball and a three year starting guard, Hillier was
a leader on the 1962 KCAC championship team. He retired from public
school administration in 2002 after 40 years of service. Hillier received
the Award of Merit from the KIAAA in 2002; was recognized as the Kansas
Athletic Director of the Year in 1985; and received the Kansas Athletic
Director of the Year award from the National Council of Secondary School
Athletic Directors in 2002. The Augusta stadium (which includes the
football and track facilities) was renamed in the Armand L. Hillier
Stadium in 2002. "
Charles Cowdrey, head football
coach at Southwestern from 1983 to 1991. Cowdrey has the second most
wins in SC history (59) and won KCAC championships in 1983, 1985, and
1987. His 1984 team lost in the semi-finals of the national play-offs.
In addition to his position at Southwestern, Cowdrey has coached at
Drake University, Illinois State University, Morningside College, and
the University of Missouri. "
Monty Lewis '86 spent nine years
as head coach of the Moundbuilders (1993-2002) and amassed the most
wins in the college's history. As a player, his teams won three KCAC
championships. He was a four-year letterman as an offensive tackle,
and twice was named all-KCAC and NAIA All-American. As a coach, his
teams won three KCAC championships-1997, 1998, and 1999.