Business RSS Feed en-us Business RSS Feed <![CDATA[Business Internship Program at SC]]> The Southwestern College business division is growing internship possibilities for students majoring in business and business related fields.

According to James McEwen, internship coordinator at Southwestern College, the business division is committed to the idea that business students need to be “real world ready” when they graduate.

“Internships expose students to actual business experiences,” McEwen says. “They take the student out of the classroom to appreciate the practical application of principles and concepts. The business division is developing an internship program that emphasizes the importance of immersion in all types of work environments.”

Twelve local businesses have already developed internships with Southwestern and more than 20 businesses in the area have expressed an interest in finding out more about the project.

“The responses so far to our initial efforts have been tremendous,” McEwen says. 
The Southwestern College business division is extending an open invitation to any private and public entity to coordinate with the internship program. To get started, a business owner should first contact McEwen at (620) 229-6346 or email Over the next few weeks McEwen will be reaching out to businesses throughout the region with the expectation of developing additional internships for Southwestern business majors.

The internship is not limited to any one type of business. McEwen believes there are valuable lessons to be learned in all types of business settings whether it’s in a company with an international presence or home-grown businesses that are critical to the success of the local economy.

“Last year 20 students participated in the internship program,” McEwen says.  “The students earn credit hours towards their business degree and students have an opportunity to develop and improve a skill set that makes them more valuable in the job market.”

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:33:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Foreign Exchange Easier at SC]]> Southwestern College has partnered with the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) to make studying abroad easier for SC students.

“It’s important because we live in a global era,” says Andy Sheppard, dean of faculty at Southwestern College.  “To not have this as a component of our students education is very short sighted.  The days of not knowing some other countries, cultures, and languages are over.”

AIFS offers opportunities for students to study in places such as Costa Rica, England, France, Australia, Russia, and Greece.

Kurt Keiser, chair of the business division at Southwestern, says that the college works with students who want to participate in the program.

“There are numerous course offerings available in numerous countries,” Keiser says.  “We are here to work with the students so it won’t cost them extra semesters at the college.  The credits they earn studying abroad will transfer to Southwestern.”

Maggie Collett, a junior from Wardsville, Mo., is taking advantage of the opportunity as she will study at the University of Salzburg in Austria for the spring 2013 semester. 
“I am excited for this opportunity,” Collett says.  “There will be all kinds of side trips that I will get to take, too.  I will be going to the Czech Republic, London, and Munich, Germany.”

Collett also says that her classes will be taught in English and that she has met many of her future classmates through Facebook and is looking forward to meeting them in person.

Both Sheppard and Keiser praise the efforts of AIFS and how the company makes the experience as comfortable as possible for the students.

“They (AIFS) take the stress and complication out of someone doing it themselves,” Keiser says. “They offer these programs with a support network in place to make it a positive experience for the student.”

AIFS offers over $600,000 in scholarships and grants to study abroad.

To learn more about destinations or scholarships, contact Keiser at (620) 229-6361.

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:45:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bob Tyler to Receive Builder Business Award]]> During the Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame, Robert Tyler will receive the Builder Business award and will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.

Bob Tyler

Tyler is president and founder of Winfield Consumer Products, which is located at Strother Field and manufactures aftermarket accessories for cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles. The company’s products sell under the trade names Husky and Husky Liners. The main product line consists of cargo area protectors for sports utility vehicles, floor linters that protect the carpeted floor area on the interior of the vehicle and custom molded mud flaps for pick-ups and sport utility vehicles. The company employs approximately 90 people in Cowley County.

Tyler moved to Winfield in 1978 to work for Gott Corporation, which was purchased in 1986 by Rubbermaid Corporation. During this period he served as a project engineer, engineering manager and then as the product engineering manager. At the end of August 1988 he left to start Winfield Consumer Products. The company has grown to be one the most successful and admired businesses in the aftermarket industry.

He will receive the Business Builder Award in order to recognize him along with other business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life. 

Tyler is also the past recipient of Cornerbank’s First Citizen Award and served on the Citizen’s Bond Project Oversight Committee for the Cowley County Jail Project. He is currently serving on the county’s Citizen Efficiency Task Force.
Winfield High School Afterglow, Kansas Big Brothers and Big Sister, Young Peoples Concert, Salvation Army, Eagles Nest, First United Methodist Church, Helping Hands, Winfield Food Pantry, Legacy Main Street, William Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation are some of the local activities and charities, in which Tyler supports through the company, as an individual, as well as through the Robert and Gwendolyn Tyler Family Foundation.

Tyler lives in Winfield with his wife, Gwen, and worships at the First United Methodist Church. They have two children, Danielle Morris of Chandler, Ariz., and Christopher Tyler of Winfield.


Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:20:27 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Business HOF to Add Three New Members]]> The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add three new names Saturday, April 16.  Larry Jarvis, Bob Jewell, and Mike Lewis, will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.

The agenda for the hall of fame induction includes a reception for the inductees at 1:30 p.m. in Deets Library followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees at 2 p.m.  The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Bob Tyler, Winfield.

This year’s inductees include:

• Laurence F.  “Larry” Jarvis ’39 (deceased) was the president of Jarvis Auto Supply and K&O Distribution Co., and was engaged in farming, oil and gas discovery, and real estate development. A major in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Jarvis joined his father, two brothers, and another partner in Jarvis Auto Supply, and after the war soon became general manager. He guided the business’s expansion to include 13 stores in Oklahoma and Kansas. Eventually the business had 135 employees, with 15 wholesale stores in Kansas and a complementary distributing warehouse business. Larry was deeply involved in the Winfield community and was committed to sustaining important community institutions. He was instrumental in the development of Webster Engineering, which became one of Winfield’s top manufacturers, and developed the Country Club Estates and Vizcaya Estates.

• Robert P. “Bob” Jewell ’77, Olathe, is an entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman. After earning his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Jewell turned his passion and affinity for technology into a career. He began working for a multi-national pharmaceutical company where he gained national and international experience during the 15 years he managed global computer operations and telecommunications. Today, Jewell operates his own consulting firm, Network Integration Services, Inc. (NIS). He has developed NIS into a premier IT consulting firm known for providing comprehensive consulting services and enterprise class data center services for its local, national, and international clients. Jewell has served on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees for 12 years providing significant expertise and donated equipment and services to the college. He is involved with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program as a Fellow, collaborating and advising other budding business owners.

• Michael D. “Mike” Lewis ’74, Bentonville, Ark., began his corporate career in the Kmart management trainee program, and further developed management skills while a store manager with Wendy’s. He received his first Wal-Mart store assignment in Joplin, Mo., in 1980. This location just 50 miles from the corporate headquarters provided exposure to corporate leadership on a regular basis, and soon after  Lewis began managing the Macomb, Ill., store he was called to interview for a home office merchandising position. Under Lewis’s leadership, the Alaska/Hawaii merchandising group became responsible for coordination of unique logistic issues, specific replenishment opportunities, development and implementation of unique local market merchandise needs, and tailoring the merchandise layout of each off-shore store. Lewis has mentored more than 300 Wal-Mart management associates in the Bentonville home office to help advance their careers and develop their potential.  Lewis has provided important leadership for the college as a member of the board of trustees, including six years as a board chair.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:18:37 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Operation Shoebox a Success]]> Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) of Southwestern College, in association with Operation Shoebox, recently concluded a community-wide drive for supplies that are needed by troops serving all around the world.

Amy Buxman, PBL treasurer, reports that the month-long drive raised nearly $500, hand-written letters, and a large collection of supplies including foods and toiletries.
“I am very pleased with the response we received from both our student body at SC and the community of Winfield,” Buxman says.  “It was nice to see people supporting a project that will benefit troops thousands of miles away from here. I hope to do the project again next year and get even more people involved.”

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:35:57 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[PBL Collecting Items for U.S. Troops]]> Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) of Southwestern College, in association with Operation Shoebox, is conducting a community-wide drive for supplies that are needed by troops serving all around the world.

PBL is collecting supplies (including non-perishable foods, candy, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) and hand-written letters for the troops, thanking them for their services.  Cash or checks will also be accepted to defer postal service fees to deliver the packages. 

Amy Buxman, PBL treasurer, wanted to do this to get Southwestern College and the community involved in an effort to support our troops who are currently serving overseas.

“I've always been a big supporter of our country's brave servicemen and women, and wanted to help bring a 'touch of home' to those that are still stationed overseas, and missing many of the luxuries that we are used to,” Buxman says.

The drive will continue until Feb. 28.   At the end of the project, PBL will send the donated supplies to Operation Shoebox, who will then divide up the supplies and send them to our troops overseas. 

PBL has donation drop boxes at five different locations.  They are at the Winfield Country Club, Donna’s Designs, Winfield Apple Market, Southwestern College Deets Library, and Country Mart in Arkansas City.  PBL will also collect items during all home Southwestern College basketball games.

For more information, contact Buxman at or by going to

Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003 in an effort to send support, snacks, and much needed personal care items to troops deployed outside of the USA.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:48:57 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CornerBank President to Receive Business Builder Award]]> Bruce Schwyhart, CornerBank President/CEO, will receive Southwestern College’s 2010 Business Builder Award.  The presentation will be during the Business Hall of Fame ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 17, in the Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.

Bruce Schwyhart

The Business Builder Award recognizes business leaders in South Central Kansas who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions, have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life.  Schwyhart, an influential Winfield and Cowley County business leader and supporter of Southwestern College, has been instrumental in developing a countywide approach to economic development and has served in numerous leadership capacities.
His community service includes leadership on a wide variety of local and state boards, including the Kansas Bankers Association; Kansas Co-op Council; Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation; University of Kansas Lied Center; Cowley First Advisory Council; Twin Rivers Development; William Newton Healthcare Foundation; Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity; Marquee Performing Arts Center; and Grace United Methodist Church.  Additionally, Schwyhart has taught in the Southwestern College MBA program.
"The foundation of the community starts and ends with volunteerism.  I grew up on a farm between Winfield and Oxford and I found out that things don't happen unless you get involved," Schwyhart said.  "It is extremely rewarding to see a project come to fruition.  When we have success, it definitely is worthwhile, but it does take a while and requires diligence to fulfill our goals." 
CornerBank recognizes individuals every month with a Community Cornerstone Award for volunteer service.  To be on the receiving end of a similar recognition is a bit odd for Schwyhart.
"I told Dick (Merriman, Southwestern College President) that usually I'm the one presenting the award, not the one receiving the award," Schwyhart said.  "I have always held Southwestern College in high esteem, a cornerstone in our community, so it is humbling to receive the Business Builder Award,"           
Schwyhart has no desire to slow down.  He continues to look toward the future for Winfield.
"Looking ahead, I still see a lot of things coming," Schwyhart said,  "in particular, Jantz Stadium and Richardson Auditorium at Southwestern College being brought up to date, which gives me a sense of hope and appreciation that we take care of these resources.
"William Newton Hospital also has been involved in maintenance and improvement projects, which are extremely important.  I'm very excited about the future plans and ideas for the downtown area, as well," he added.  "I am just a member of many great teams of people interested in keeping the community strong.  These things are being put into the action. You're never done."
Schwyhart graduated from Emporia State University.  He completed graduate work at Wichita State University and earned his Certified Financial Planning certification through the College for Financial Planning in Denver.
For more information about the Business Hall of Fame at Southwestern College or the Business Builder Award, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at Southwestern, at (620) 229-6334.


Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:07:44 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Two Southwestern College Business Students Qualify for National Competition]]> Two Southwestern College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) students earned top awards at the state competition in Emporia.
Elizabeth Smith, Rock, and Robyn Peariso, Arkansas City, competed against students from Emporia State, Central Christian, Butler County, Cowley County, Colby Community College, and Labette Community College.
“As sponsor for the organization, I am extremely proud of the performance of our two students who competed in the state conference,” says John DuPuy, chair of the business division at Southwestern.   “I think it speaks well of their personal drive and focus and is a good reflection on the level of education made available at Southwestern.”
Smith earned first place awards in financial analysis and decision making and in marketing concepts.  She earned second place awards in accounting for professionals and in accounting analysis and decision making.
Peariso earned second place in job interviews and third place in future business executive.

Both have qualified to represent Southwestern College in competition at the National PBL conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 9-12.

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:41:50 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Veteran's Day Presentations at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) will sponsor a presentation of the Buffalo Soldiers and their contribution to our heritage.  Also included will be a presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen. The presentations will be made by the Kansas Veterans organization on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building.  There is no admission charge however, contributions of two canned goods of food will be collected by members of PBL for donation to the Winfield Food Pantry.

PBL is a group of business students at Southwestern College formed to learn and develop business skills to enhance their careers when they finish college.
For more information, call (620) 229-6361.

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:05:32 -0600 (Southwestern College)