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From Alumni Programs

Susan Lowe '95

As I write this, life in the United States has moved forward from the September 11 terrorist attacks. And although no one will ever forget that day, there is a determined effort to press on. Now, more than ever, we recognize a need to focus on the positive things in our lives.our families, friends, and good memories.

Your alumni programs department has renewed efforts to help you reconnect with old friends and reminisce about wonderful college stories. Last November, we brought together 23 alumni and friends for a great gathering in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five turned out for a good time at our December reunion in New York. January found us in Ft. Worth, Texas, and many more alumni gatherings are planned for this year.

But we aren't stopping there. Your college memories are poignant reminders of a time when life was simpler and the joy of friendship was entwined with every daily aspect. We want to hear your stories of those memories so we can share them with other alumni. Sharpen your recollections and break out your typewriter or computer. Plan to enter your favorite recollection in our "Moundbuilder Memories" contest.perhaps you can win an expense-free Homecoming weekend package, plus have your story printed in the Southwesterner! (See details below.)

Meanwhile, keep adding to those great Moundbuilder memories by attending an alumni gathering or by becoming an alumni volunteer this year! Don't forget to mark your calendar, Homecoming is Oct. 18, 19, and 20, 2002.



March 8 - 6-8 p.m., Wichita Area Family Fun Event at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd, Wichita. Join co-hosts Don Smith '82, Susane Gruning '99, and Jim Stotler '01 for a terrific evening of fun! Bring your family to enjoy a buffet in the café, Simulation Center, Kansas in Miniature, the Cave, and the KSN Weather Lab. Reconnect with fellow professional studies and traditional alumni and friends at a special price made possible through your Southwestern connection.

March 22 - 6-8 p.m., Professional Studies/Alumni Dinner Seminar, "Create Your Own Web Site," Wichita East Professional Studies Center. Professional Web site creator Jacqueline Wachtel of iCom Solutions will present simple tools and approaches to demonstrate a variety of ways you can build your own Web site. Dinner will be catered by Holiday Inn.

April 4 - '70s and '80s Alumni and Senior Class 2002 Wichita Stealth Football Event, at the Kansas Coliseum. Join co-hosts Mike McCoy '74, Scott Lindemann '91, and Ted Jantz '72 for an exclusive up-close and personal view of the Stealth machine and players.

April 6 - Houston Area Alumni and Friends Event, at the Houston Astros vs. the St. Louis Cardinals game. Co-hosts are Ralph '78 and Carol Thorne Hanna '78, and Bryan Scrivener '79.

April 13 - Natural Science Hall of Fame Ceremony for 2002 Inductees, on the Southwestern College main campus.

April 14 - Salina Area Alumni and Friends Event, at the Salina Holiday Inn. Co- hosts are David '73 and Linda Smith, Freeda Lee Steyer '67, and Rick '69 and Rita Johnson '70.

April 27 - Education Hall of Fame Ceremony for 2002 Inductees, on the Southwestern College main campus.

May 10 - Professional Studies Pre-Graduation Come & Go Celebration at the Wichita East Professional Studies Center. Class of 2002 professional studies graduates are invited to stop in with their families for a pre-graduation party.

May 11 - Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2002.
10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, Richardson Auditorium.
2-3 p.m. Professional Studies Reception, Pounds Lounge.
4 p.m. Commencement Convocation, Sonner Stadium.

May 31 - Western Kansas Area Alumni and Friends at Liberal. Join co-hosts Kevin Colvin '98, Jon Schneider '96, and Roger Crossman '92 for an evening of all-you-can-eat pizza and the zany antics of Oliver Propflinger (a.k.a., Matt Percival '98).

June 8 - Annual Kansas City Royals Alumni and Friends Event. Stephanie Sharp '98 and Barb Henthorn-Thompson '92 will co-host our third annual KC Royals alumni gathering. Please RSVP early, as tickets to this game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals are limited.

June 11 - 6-8:30 p.m., Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Professional Studies/Alumni Dinner Seminar, "Mastering the Business Game of Golf." Don't miss this opportunity to hone your golf skills with the Crestview golf pro. 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 the alumni programs office, 800-846-1543, ext. 6231, or nan@sckans.edu for more information or to RSVP.

Lindburg CD To Benefit Scholarships

The songs Frieda Lindburg loves will benefit Southwestern College students.

Lindburg '70, a professional opera singer now living in Germany, is making available her CD "The Songs I Love" through Southwestern's Office of Institutional Advancement. The CD, recorded live during a Christmas performance, will be available for $15 with all proceeds to benefit the Warren Wooldridge Scholarship. Wooldridge was Lindburg's professor and mentor when she was a student at SC.

A native of Hutchinson, Lindburg studied opera at the Munich Music Academy in Germany following graduation from Southwestern. She has sung throughout Europe in leading roles, and taught at the University of Kiel beginning in 1987. Lindburg returned to Southwestern in 1994, teaching here four years before returning to live in Kassel, Germany. There she has her own voice studio and appears as a guest vocalist in the theatre and in solo recitals. She is a member of the German Musical Artist Association.

To order a CD, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement, Southwestern College, (800) 846-1543 ext. 6279, or e-mail dstephens@sckans.edu.


Moundbuilder Memories: Win a Homecoming Weekend

If you have a favorite memory of your college days at Southwestern, this is your chance to share your tale. The alumni programs office is having a "Moundbuilder Memories" short story contest. Whether your reflection is happy, silly, poignant, scholarly, or even sad, we want to hear how your campus experience enriched your life and left you with an indelible memory of Southwestern College.

Two categories are offered: traditional alumni and professional studies alumni. Contest entries will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2002. No late entries will be allowed.

One overall grand prize winner will be selected to earn an expense-free Homecoming weekend package*, plus have your story printed in The Southwesterner.

In each category, traditional and professional studies, two winners will be selected: first runner-up and second runner-up. All winners will be recognized at Homecoming this October, and will have an opportunity to read their compositions during Homecoming weekend.

  1. To enter, write an original short story about a favorite Southwestern College memory, 250 words or less. The entry should be typed or neatly and legibly handwritten. One entry per person, please.
  2. Make sure your name, complete address, telephone number, traditional or professional studies alumni indication, and class year appear prominently on your entry. Persons who attended SC but did not graduate are eligible for this contest.
  3. Submit your entry in time to be received by Aug. 31, 2002, to SC Alumni Programs, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156-2499.
  4. Employees of Southwestern College are welcome to submit memories, but are not eligible to win.

* Expense-free Homecoming weekend package includes: two nights stay in a local motel; guest of honor at the alumni hospitality room and social time; meal vouchers for two to the Friday night alumni dinner, Saturday morning alumni breakfast, Saturday noon picnic, Saturday night alumni class reunion, Sunday morning alumni brunch, and free passes for two to the Saturday Homecoming football game.


Career Network Links Alumni, Students

A new program designed to link Southwestern College's alumni with its current students is being promoted by the alumni programs and career services offices. The Southwestern College Alumni Career Network is now enrolling alumni participants.

"Alumni can provide valuable guidance to students as they develop and pursue their career goals," explains alumni programs director Susan Lowe. "At the same time alumni can benefit on both a personal and professional level by developing relationships with future Southwestern graduates."

Melodee Voth, director of student support and career services, has seen the benefits this kind of alumni involvement can provide.

The program will allow alumni to participate in a variety of ways, from offering job shadowing opportunities, to providing mentoring, to coming back to Southwestern for the alumni career fair. The level of career network involvement can be as intense or as occasional as the alumnus chooses, Voth explains.

"We find that Southwestern alumni have a great desire to help current students. This is one way they can," she says.

More information or registration forms to participate in the alumni career network are found on SC's Web site, www.sckans.edu/~studlife/alumni.html, or by contacting Voth by e-mail at career@sckans.edu, or at 800-846-1543 ext. 6255.