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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 bseusy@sckans.edu, 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 complimentary.

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."

New 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 building homes.

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 in Wichita

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 Games, Inc.

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.



Hall 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 Kansas Wesleyan.

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, Okla. "

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.