Freshman Class Beats All Predictions
As late as July, SC admission director
Todd Moore was still cautious about the number of freshmen he thought
would arrive at Southwestern College in the fall.
Maybe 160, maybe less—maybe more
if everything fell into place.
Although early predictors were positive
and he was confident he’d make his budgeted goal, Moore (in his
first year as admission director) didn’t want to raise expectations
about the size of the class. At 107, the entering 2002 freshman class
had been one of the smallest in years, a number blamed on post-9/11
prudence and an economy that had made many parents cautious about private
when counting was done on the first clay of classes Aug. 27, even Moore
A total of 174 students had been in class on the first day, with 77
transfer students. Although numbers will shrink slightly before the
official final count (on the 20th day of classes), it should go on record
as the largest on-campus class of new students since 1981, when final
count was 188. In the intervening years size of the freshman cohort
was as low as 74 (in 1993) and had not passed 150 in 15 years.
The class filled all available residence
halls, and had advisors scrambling to make sure all students could be
accommodated in freshman integrative studies courses.
Moore credits work of his staff, coaches,
activity directors, and faculty as being instrumental in the size of
the class. Financial aid procedures were streamlined and prospective
students received their proposed financial aid packages early in the
“No one brings in a great class alone,
and the size of this class is a tribute to everyone on campus,”
Moore says. “We knew we needed to have an increase in the freshman
class without sacrificing quality, and everyone worked hard toward that
Quality wasn’t sacrificed
for quantity. Statistics on the freshman class:
- Average ACT score of 22.
- Average grade point average of 3.4.
- Students from 12 states, and four foreign
countries, including Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and Ireland.
- Students from high schools with 10 in
their graduating class, and students with more than 1,200 in their graduating
(kyle) Stonebraker '75 and Kendra Stonebraker, Norwich, Kan., became a
two generation Moundbuilder family on move-in day Aug. 22. Kendra is part
of the largest freshman class in nearly two decades.
Invites Southwestern Onto Base
Southwestern College has been invited to be one of
only four institutions that provide on-site classes at McConnell Air
Force Base in Wichita. Baccalaureate degree completion courses will
be taught at base facilities for active duty airmen, their spouses,
Department of Defense contractors, military retirees, and others. Classes
also will be open to civilian learners (with appropriate base passes).
The McConnell initiative is part of Southwestern College
Professional Studies, a degree-completion program for working adults
who have some college credit. Classes are scheduled during evenings
and weekends and the course schedule allows learners to leave and rejoin
the program as their individual schedules dictate.
“Selection of the school was based on military
need and benefit to the military on base,” explains ??? Culliton,
education service officer at McConnell. “Southwestern is the program
that provides for the needs of the military learner.”
The college has professional studies centers at two
additional locations in Wichita (including sites at 2040 S. Rock Road
and at 7011 W. Central) and in downtown Winfield. Online programs allow
for learners anywhere in the world to complete their degrees through
Internet access to courses. Active duty service personnel deployed to
other areas often are able to continue their Southwestern education
through the online program.
On-base classes began in August with four classes scheduled
in the first six-week session. First to be offered are classes from
the business administration and business quality management majors,
with coursework anticipated to be added from additional majors as based
on demand. In all, 11 majors are offered through Professional Studies.
“Because we are able to have advising, enrolling,
and student accounts all available in a one-stop location, this can
make the connection with Southwestern College easily accessible,”
explains Karen Pedersen, SC vice president for professional studies.
Enrollment of active duty airmen in Professional Studies
and SC Online has been on the rise for the last three years, Pedersen
adds, and the college anticipates continued growth in enrollment.
Accepts Interim Dean Post
J.A. “Andy” Sheppard
has been named interim academic vice president and dean of faculty
at Southwestern College.
A member of the SC faculty since
1997, Sheppard had been associate dean of faculty from 2001-2003,
and is associate professor of philosophy and religion. He earned
his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England, and a master’s
degree from Iliff School of Theology.
Sheppard has earned a reputation
at Southwestern as a challenging faculty member whose philosophy
classes stimulate far-ranging discussions.
“I’m grateful to Andy
for accepting the challenge to lead the college’s academic
program. He’s a creative and energetic colleague,”
says President Dick Merriman.
The academic vice president serves
as chief advisor to the president in all academic and related
matters, and oversees the academic programs of the college.
Sheppard has continued to be an
active scholar while teaching at Southwestern. His research interest
in John Duns Scotus has led to several publications as well as
a book in progress. He was recipient of the ORS Fellowship from
1996 to 1999, an honor awarded by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors
and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom on the
basis of merit and research potential.
At Southwestern he organized the
Books for Belarus project, leading a nationwide book drive designed
to provide library books for the European Humanities University
of Belarus. He’s been assistant soccer coach, student government
faculty sponsor, and faculty sponsor for the Philosophy and Religion
An Elijah reunion is set
for Saturday, March 6, in Winfield. The group will meet
from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Winfield Community Center in Baden
Square (formerly St. John’s College campus).
The Mendelssohn oratorio
was performed many years at Southwestern, sponsored by the
Winfield Oratorio Society. Schedule for the reunion day
will include 3 p.m. registration, a 4 p.m. sing-through
of portions of Elijah, and a 6 p.m. catered dinner and informal
All previous participants
are invited to attend, organizers say. For more information
contact John Paulin, (620) 229-7909 or email@example.com,
or Wilma Anglemyer, (620) 221-6343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.