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From Alumni Programs

Susan Lowe '95

What takes more than 12 months of planning, more than 100 volunteers to staff, and three action-packed days to experience? It’s Southwestern College’s Homecoming, of course! We’ve been busy for months, creating the best Homecoming yet. An outline of the three-day schedule is printed in this Southwesterner, but it doesn’t include nearly all that is planned. Meanwhile, mark the dates on your calendar… Oct. 10, 11, 12, 2003, and be sure to make your motel reservations now – space is limited. This year’s theme is “Moundbuilders in Paradise,” and the whole weekend promises to be full of fun and excitement that you won’t want to miss!

And while we are on a tropical theme, Southwestern has even more to offer along those lines. SC Alumni Programs has been hard at work to create a dream-come-true journey to Hawaii. This outstanding trip will be offered over the Christmas holiday break, at the same time the SC men’s basketball team plays at Hawaii Pacific University. Come for a tropical vacation — the Hawaiian travel experience — and be a part of the fun at the Builders’ basketball game in Honolulu as well!

If you have questions or would like more information on either Homecoming or the Hawaii trip, please contact me at 800-846-1543, ext. 6334, at slowe@sckans.edu, or at 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156-2499. I look forward to hearing from you!

Susan Lowe ’95
Director of Alumni Programs


Saturday, June 14, 4:30 p.m. Kansas City Royals alumni event! Join us for the fourth annual KC Royals gathering as they take on the San Francisco Giants. The evening will begin with a tailgate barbecue from 4:30-5:30 p.m., followed by the game at 6:05 p.m. with club level seats in Kauffman Stadium. Alumni hosts are Melissa Burdett ’00, and Alan ’75 and Judy (Hensley) Nation ’74.

Friday, Aug. 22, 1-3 p.m. Alumni Cookie Break and Legacy Photo on Move-in Day. Cookies and refreshments will be provided in the Roy L. Smith Student Center snack bar to students and families to keep up their strength and spirits while moving. Multi-generation Moundbuilders and alumni who sent in names for prospective students to go to SC are encouraged to attend with their new Moundbuilder recruit for the Legacy Photo.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Moundbuilding Ceremony, at the Mound.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 1-5 p.m. Professional Studies Fall Frolic, our first annual family fun event at Linwood Park, Wichita. Professional studies alumni, faculty, and current students are invited to come and bring their families for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and zany juggler “Oliver Propflinger.”

Saturday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m. 2003 Business Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall. 5 p.m. dinner, 5:45 p.m. induction ceremony, 7 p.m. football game vs. Kansas Wesleyan.

Oct. 10, 11, and 12 – HOMECOMING 2003 Fine Arts is the academic focus and reunion years are classes ending in 3 and 8. Mark your calendar now!

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 Department of Alumni Programs, 800-846-1543, ext. 6334, or slowe@sckans.edu for more information.

Moundbuilder Memories

Do you have wonderful memories of your days at good old SC? If so, we can provide you with a chance to share your tales. The alumni programs department is hosting the second annual “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. 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 in October, and will have an opportunity to read their composition during Homecoming weekend.

To enter:
1. Write an original short story about a favorite Southwestern College memory, 250 words of less. The entry should be typed or neatly and legible handwritten. One entry per person, per year, 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 to SC Alumni Programs, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156.
4. Employees of Southwestern College are welcome to submit memories, but are not eligible to win.

*Expense-free Homecoming weekend package consists of the following:

Two nights hotel stay during Homecoming weekend.
• 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, and Sunday morning alumni brunch.
• Free passes for two to the Saturday Homecoming football game.

(Please note, this package is good only for the year in which the prize is given.)

A Big Thanks to our Volunteers

Thanks to all who have volunteered for alumni programs since the last Southwesterner
(April - June 2003)

Natural Science Hall of Fame, April 5:
Paul Farney ’05

Garden City Choir Tour Event, April 10:
Nanon Clare ’55
Kent Garhart ’59
Dean Nolte

University United Methodist Church Choir Tour Event, April 11:
Gayla Rapp ’85

’70s and ’80s Wichita Stealth Alumni Event, April 26:
Ted Jantz ’72
Scott Lindemann ’91
Mike McCoy ’74

Colorado Admissions Recruitment:
Mildred Gilbert ’48
Dick Hagen ’59

Fourth Annual KC Royals Alumni Event, June 14:
Melissa Burdett ’00
Alan ’75 and Judy Hensley Nation ’74

SC Goes Tropical

Join Southwestern College alumni as they cheer on the men’s basketball team and see the new year dawn during a two-island trip to Hawaii Dec. 28, 2003, to Jan. 3, 2004.

The trip will include stays in Honolulu and in Maui, and the opportunity to attend the Builder basketball game against Hawaii Pacific University. Optional tours and activities are available.

A full itinerary is on the Web at www.sckans.edu/hawaii. For more information, contact the Department of Alumni Programs, (620) 229-6334.


Hats off to all alumni who have sent in names of prospective new students for Southwestern College. To date we have received more than 80 names, and we anticipate more on the way. The SC admissions staff is in contact with these prospects and we hope you will stay in touch with them too, to encourage them to attend SC.

Students who enroll at Southwestern will be welcomed by the alumni department on move-in day, Friday, Aug. 22, with the Alumni Cookie Break. If a student you recruited will be a new student, we hope you will come, too, and be at the Roy L. Smith snack bar before 3 p.m. for the legacy photo. This photo will feature multigenerational Moundbuilders, as well as alumni and the students they recruited.

Interested in finding out more? Contact Susan Lowe, Director of Alumni Programs, at 800-846-1543, ext. 6334 or e-mail slowe@sckans.edu.

Mark Your Calendars for Homecoming

Mark your calendar now… next year’s Homecoming celebration will be held on Oct. 10,11, and 12, 2003. The academic focus will be fine arts, and the reunion year classes will be those ending in 3 or 8. Plan to be there!