Leadership RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/ Leadership RSS Feed <![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Welcomes Students from Country View Elementary]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1833 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1833 Bailey Pfingsten and Raquel Resendiz, second-year Leadership Southwestern students, invited fifth graders from Country View Elementary to SC to learn about Leadership.
Leadership Students with CV
“We chose Country View because of their class size and we were familiar with the students,” says Resendiz.  “Our goal was to give them a foundation of leadership for future development.”

One of the activities students completed required that they close their eyes, picturing what a leader would look like, and then draw that vision on paper. The exercise culminates in the students talking through the shared characteristics of leaders it also helps them acknowledge that leaders are diverse. 

“A leader uses his or her strengths to build people up,” Resendiz stated.  

Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern, says that this project is part of the second year team experience of facilitating and planning a leadership development project. 

“Bailey and Raquel are concentrating on elementary leadership development in their leadership growth this year,” Wood says. 

Pfingsten and Resendiz plan on visiting Country View to follow up and talk more about leadership qualities with the fifth graders.  


Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:21:50 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Looking to Help Clean and Raise Money]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1729 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1729 Leadership Southwestern students are currently looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for upcoming service trips and projects as they work for donations.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance from Feb. 22 until March 11 and members willing to pitch in on any odd jobs, including raking, gardening, or cleaning.

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 30 members from all majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics, and styles of leadership, which are then practiced through service. Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service. 

The service trip that is taken is an extension of the community.

Appointments can be made until March 11.

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (918) 899-3332 or email caleb.janssen@sckans.edu., aidan.goodrich@sckans.edu., or dillon.good@sckans.edu.  


Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:29:08 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Lunches With Leaders’ at Southwestern College to Focus on Freedom of Choice]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1703 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1703 Southwestern College will host “Lunches With Leaders” Nov. 9-13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Mossman 101.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.  The public is invited to attend but an RSVP is required two days before the event.

“Lunches With Leaders” is sponsored by the division of social sciences at Southwestern College.  Lunch will be provided by five different eating establishments in Winfield.  Though the event is geared towards Southwestern College students, community members and other schools or organizations are welcome to attend with a reservation.

The theme for each speaker is “Freedom of Choice.”

The featured speakers, date, and lunch provider include:

  • Monday, Nov. 9—Thomas Kinlen, Ph.D., presented by the Department of Psychology. Kinlen is currently employed as the superintendent at Larned State Hospital (LSH).  At this time, he also provides psychology supervision for the State Security Program and the Sexual Predator Treatment Program while also serving as the director of clinical training for an American Psychological Association accredited predoctoral internship.  He received his graduate training in clinical psychology at Mississippi State University and Sam Houston State University while also receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University. (Taste of Winfield lunch by College Hill Coffee).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10—Susan Andrews, presented by the Department of History. She spent 15 years teaching English, speech, and drama full-time in Wichita public schools, and part-time at WSU, before going to work for Boeing as a facilitator in the quality management program. She soon moved to Seattle as an internal organization consultant at corporate headquarters, and now travels the country as a consultant for Boeing and other clients. She was born in Arkansas City and now lives in Winfield, and will speak about the freedom to take risks in your professional career. (Taste of Winfield lunch by The Eatery).
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11—Rev. Ben Hanne, presented by the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Hanne began serving as the campus minister for Southwestern College in July after nine years of pastoral ministry in several United Methodist churches in Kansas.  After receiving a degree in psychology from Kansas State University in 2002, Hanne took a massive leap of faith and moved to Denver to attend Iliff School of Theology.  In his role as a pastor Hanne has united couples in marriage, welcomed new life into the world, sat with the sick and dying, rebuilt homes, cried with the heartbroken, and offered hope to as many as possible. These have shaped his understanding of leadership and convinced him of the power in having the freedom to rethink (everything). (Taste of Winfield lunch by El Maguey).
  • Thursday, Nov. 12—Dr. Jean K. Phillips, presented by the Department of Political Science. “It never occurred to me that I was not free to choose my path in life,” Phillips says.  “Even though my gender was viewed as an obstacle by some, I was encouraged by my mentors to push beyond my comfort zone.  Through working with the Cuban detainees incarcerated at the United States prison in Leavenworth during the 1980s, I quickly discovered what it really meant not to be free.  In the process, I found a career path where I can make a difference in the lives of those around me.”  (Taste of Winfield lunch by Kathryn’s).
  • Friday, Nov. 13—Chris Kaufman, presented by Leadership Southwestern.  Kaufman is the program coordinator for Reaching Out From Within (ROFW) at Winfield Correctional Facility.  He says that ROFW is a self-help group for offenders who want to stop violence in communities by stopping the violence within themselves.

To RSVP for any or all of the lunches, e-mail leaders@sckans.edu.  

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:39:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Participate in Leadership Challenge Event in Topeka]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1654 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1654 Leadership Southwestern recently traveled to Topeka to participate in the Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University.  They were split into two teams and between them, SC won the Collaboration Award, the Communication Award, and finished third place overall.
Leadership Challenge 2015
The Leadership Challenge Event, according to their website, is a unique interscholastic as well as intercollegiate leadership competition for high school and college students. The event compares leadership abilities through a two-day event consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams compete to fulfill challenges and overcome obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.

“The Leadership team takes sophomore students to this event annually because it is such a great opportunity for them to apply their leadership skills in a real world situation and then receive constructive comments and criticism,” says Maggie Collett, graduate fellow for student life and Leadership at Southwestern College.  “It really allows them to see how they work as a team and helps them understand themselves better as leaders. The students leave the event with a much better sense of self and what they need to work on to improve as a leader.” 

The students from Southwestern who participated were Cierra Ross, Wichita; Aidan Goodrich, Independence; Tim Rosproy, McPherson; Ali Flickner, Kingman; Madison Hovey, Winfield; Caleb Janssen, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Dillon Good, Prague, Okla.; Kyndra Gabriel, Lincoln, Neb.; Jacob Jimmerson, Belton, Texas; and Michael Becker, Leander, Texas. 



Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:54:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Madison Hovey Named Newman Civic Fellow]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1639 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1639 From across the country, college and university presidents ⎯ all members of Campus Compact ⎯ have nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows. Madison Hovey, Winfield, has been named as a Newman Civic Fellow from Southwestern College. 
Madison Hovey
The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.  Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. 

Hovey is a junior at Southwestern College.  She is the daughter of Roland and Danielle Hovey, Winfield.  While attending SC, Hovey is also a volunteer at the Winfield Veterans’ Home where she has learned how to interact with different people who have varying needs, in particular veterans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  She has also been able to see what the administrative staff does first hand. 

“My next project is a quality of life facilities improvement for the state- run veterans’ home,” Hovey says.  “All of these experiences have helped me make the decision to pursue a graduate degree in health care administration so that I can keep impacting the lives of veterans.”

Southwestern College President Dick Merriman says that Hovey has been an exemplar in servant leadership during her college experience.

“She has been involved in significant leadership roles on campus as a member of the Leadership Southwestern service-learning team and the Enactus business team dedicated to offering business solutions to address needs in the world,” Merriman says.  “She is majoring in business administration with a minor in leadership studies. Her considerable volunteer experience through her organizational affiliations as well as her personal commitments has led her to an increased dedication and future career focus in the care of veterans.”

“I feel very blessed to be the one to represent Southwestern College as the Newman Civic Fellow,” Hovey says.  “There are a lot of students doing great things all over our campus. When I was contacted about the award I was awestruck.  I have a passion for helping people, especially veterans because they have selflessly given so much to us. It is an honor to be able to work with these heroes and to be given such wonderful recognition.”

As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. This year’s record number of Fellows (201) will leverage an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking. In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.  

 “With this recognition, Campus Compact is highlighting the remarkable impact these students are having on their campuses and communities,” stated Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and Campus Compact board member. “We are proud to support Campus Compact in bringing attention to these extraordinary students. KPMG seeks a diverse talent pool of students who share our values, one of which involves service to the communities in which we live and work.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org. 


Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:59 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Roses in the Rafters February 13 and 14]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1617 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1617 Leadership Southwestern will present “Roses in the Rafters,” an evening filled with live music, dinner, and dancing, on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Barns @ Timber Creek.  

Music will be provided by the jazz combo, The Student Loans.  The completely catered meal will include a garden salad, orange-glazed chicken over a bed of rice, steamed green beans, rolls, and either a chocolate raspberry mousse or red velvet cake. 

This event is an opportunity to help the Leadership Southwestern team raise funds for their annual service learning trip, which will head to Ireland this year.  

Reservations are $40 each or $280 for a table of eight.  Paid reservations are required and space is limited.  To make a reservation, email leaders@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6367. Reservations may also be made online at www.sckans.edu/roses.  Deadline for reservations is Monday, Feb. 2.


Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:50:59 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[2014 Rotary Camp a Success at SC ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1526 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1526 A total of 20 high school students from the state attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp on the Southwestern College campus from May 24-28.  

Rotary camp 2014Students learned about the responsibilities and possibilities of servant leadership through interactive experiences such as the ropes course at Camp Horizon, leadership lessons taught by SC students minoring in leadership studies, and a service day at the Winfield Kansas Veterans’ Home.  

The service experience on Memorial Day was particularly meaningful for camp participants, say camp organizers.  Students attended the Winfield Memorial Day celebration then spent the afternoon interviewing and talking with veterans about their experiences, wisdom, and challenges. The students also shared an ice cream social with the veterans.  At the closing of camp, many students noted lessons learned from their veterans and even wrote poems detailing their experiences.

RYLA camp members included: Paige Richardson, Sydney Fox, Trenton Ging, Laura Podschun, Andrew Everett and Ally Hovey, Winfield; Julia Montoya and Ellie Gerber, Garden City; Angel Palacioz, Kayleigh Serviss, and Autum Povrhussin, Derby; Morgan Lyles and Jaylynn Luna, Wellington; Jeremy Anderson, Kingman; Megan Bartley, Haven; Elena Carlos and Marissavel Rodriguez, Dodge City; Gabe YoNash, Belle Plaine; and Wisdom Knerr, Etoy Modica, and Mahalia Clemons, Wichita.

District Rotary clubs sponsored the camp costs for students who attended.  Additionally, Legacy Regional Community Foundation sponsored a student from Belle Plaine.  The Winfield Rotary Club of District 5690 played a significant role in the design and implementation of the camp.  Member Dean Kennedy helped to orchestrate a Rotary picnic and secured Judge Tommy B. Webb to come and deliver his “You Can Make a Difference” motivational speech to campers.

“Rotary Leadership Camp is always a powerful experience,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “In a span of five short days, campers grow and learn things about themselves and others that challenge them to make an impact in their home communities.  Campers come to realize that true leadership springs from a desire to serve and make the world around oneself better, and this is a freeing and motivating experience for many of them.  They become friends with students from around the state, connect with Rotarians who are living lives of service, and are challenged to do something differently when they return home.  It is inspiring to witness.”

SC Leadership team members Madison Hovey and Shawn Pancoast served as the directors of the camp, and leadership team members served as counselors. Counselors were Caleb Janssen, Michael Bond, Brenna Truhe, and Maggie Collett.

According to Wilke, anyone who may be interested in the May 2015 Rotary Camp, is asked to email leaders@sckans.edu or visit online at www.sckans.edu/rotarycamp.  Scholarships are available.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:39:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Team Does Service Learning in Virginia Beach, Virginia]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1523 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1523 A total of 18 Southwestern College students in the Leadership program recently returned from their annual service learning trip.  This year the trip destination was Virginia Beach, Va.  The focus of this year’s trip was on environmental stewardship.  

“Good leaders are stewards of both people and resources,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The outdoor world around us is one of those resources.  So every four years, the Leadership team takes a trip focused on outdoor service efforts.  It is our hope that students will learn valuable lessons about the complex and intertwined nature of leadership work and the environment around us and learn to make informed decisions that take this relationship into account as they graduate and move beyond the walls of SC.”

Leadership at WilliamsburgWhile on the trip, the team toured and worked for the nationally-recognized nonprofit Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. Students helped to prepare running and riding trails for a 5K fundraiser, and they also did maintenance work on the grounds.  Additionally, the team spent two days building fire pits in Virginia’s First Landing State Park.  

The team also visited Colonial Williamsburg, in addition to area beaches and cypress swamps.  In keeping with the outdoor theme of the trip, the students bunked at the local KOA campground. SC junior Tavinia Tucker served as the trip planner and coordinator.  

“The service learning trips that Leadership takes help expose students to different leadership efforts across the globe,” Wilke says.  “Their impact on students is invaluable and often remains a highlight of their time at SC.  They are educational, fun, and eye-opening all at the same time.”  

Wilke adds that if anybody is interested in helping to fund scholarships for future leadership service learning trips, email leaders@sckans.edu. To learn more about the Leadership program at Southwestern College, visit www.sckans.edu/leadership or www.facebook.com/leadershipsouthwestern.

Fri, 23 May 2014 13:59:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First Year Leadership Students Fight Hunger in Cowley County]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1510 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1510 The first year Leadership team at Southwestern College is taking measures to fight food waste and help stop hunger. 

Lship 2The team attended the Kansas Hunger Dialogue in Wichita in February to research the issue and listened to speakers from across the nation discuss creative ways to combat hunger.  Students then designed a service project that focuses on food redistribution; taking unused food that would go to waste and getting it to places that it can be used in the community.  

The students designed a delivery system for the Barns at Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast to get untouched food catered at weddings to First United Methodist Church for the Tuesday’s Table community meal program. They are also trying to raise awareness for the Prairie Land Food service that offers savings on food packages at discounted costs. 

“The Food Redistribution Project is a creative way to fight the issue of hunger,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Southwestern students researched community organizations and food programs to learn what the needs are for hungry citizens in the Cowley community.  They learned that access to affordable, healthy food is a barrier for many citizens.  So they decided to look for ways to address this disparity through food recovery and redistribution.  They went beyond the common idea of a food drive and attempted to design a sustainable system that will last.”

Contact leaders@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6393 to let the Leadership team know how they can reach out to other parts of the community to help redistribute quality, healthy food. 


Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:01:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Upcoming Leadership Road Race to Benefit Service Projects ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1494 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1494 The third annual Leadership Road Race will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Southwestern College.  All proceeds will benefit the service projects that are fulfilled by Leadership Southwestern.
LeadershipRoad Race Tee
Two races will be available--a 5K beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a one-mile family fun run/walk at 8:15 p.m.  Pets are welcome and t-shirts will be given to all participants.

The proceeds from the Leadership Road Race will support service work in the community via the Leadership program at Southwestern College.  The Leadership program contributes approximately 2,200 hours of service work to the community every year through projects such as Freshman Work Day, Leadership education workshops, Rotary Camp, and food packaging events.  Money raised through the road race will underwrite supplies, transportation, and materials.  It also allows Leadership students to fund their annual service learning trip each year.

This year the race will be a glow run with the theme “Light Up the Night” in honor of the idea that individual acts of service can collectively transform our community and stamp out darkness.

“Participating in the Leadership Road Race is a win-win for everyone,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Participants get a chance to better their health, the money is funneled back to the community through service, and college students are positively impacted in the process.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register a team of employees to run/walk together in support of health.  Discounts are offered for teams of five people.

Entry fee for the 5K run is $25; for the one-mile run/walk the fee is $15.  Leadership Southwestern is offering an early registration discount.  If registered on or before March 20, the fee for the 5K run is $20 and $12 for the one-mile run/walk.  Teams of five or more who register together will be discounted $3 per person if registered on or before March 20. 
Participants may register online at www.sckans.edu/roadrace

For more information, call (620) 229-6393.

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:43:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Looking to Help Clean and Raise Money]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1485 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1485 Leadership Southwestern students are currently looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for their service trip to Virginia Beach in May and will work for donations.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until March 30 and members are looking to help with any odd jobs that are needed including raking, gardening, or cleaning.
Leadership Spring Cleaning
While in Virginia Beach, the Leadership team will be working with the Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program to build running trails for their annual 5K run.  They will also be working with First Landing State Park to build benches for their cabins on the beach.

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 40 members from all different majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics and styles of leadership which are then practiced through service.

Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service.

The service trip that is taken each year is an extension of the community service that is undertaken each year.

“The leadership students love the spring cleaning jobs,” says team member Sara Peck.  “Not only are the jobs a good break from our school work, but it is a great way to meet some amazing people in the Winfield community and bond with our teammates in the process.”

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (620) 229-6393 or email Leaders@sckans.edu.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:51:07 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cowley County High School Students Award $500 Grants to their Schools]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1477 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1477 KICC14Area high school students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Udall, and Central (Burden) who began a program of study in leadership and service as a part of the Kids Impact Cowley County (KICC) program have awarded grants of up to $500 to their schools.

The Winfield Foreign Culture Club from Winfield High School will be using funds to provide “Viking Bags” full of useful goodies and resources to exchange students and transfer students.  Students feel this is a welcoming way to introduce the culture of the high school to new students.

The SkillsUSA organization at Arkansas City High School plans to use the funding to host a cookout to boost community morale and to enhance promotion of service work taking place in the organization.  They will use some funding to purchase supplies and promotional materials for SkillsUSA service projects including the blood drive, food drive, Toys for Tots, and reading to elementary students.

The Udall High School Class of 2017 students decided to utilize the funds to paint and upgrade the interior of the Udall Senior Center.  It is hoped that this work will develop leadership and teamwork skills in the participating class members.

The Central (Burden) Student Council will use its award to build a trophy case in the high school commons area to display school awards, plaques and trophies.  The student council hopes this will help celebrate successes and increase student and community pride.

Students began the grant making process back in September.  Understanding grant-making is the centerpiece of the KICC program. The students work to create and refine a Request for Proposals (RFP) under the supervision of the Leadership program at Southwestern College, then each group accepted applications from other organizations in their school. 

KICC is funded through an endowment held with Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

Michael Bond is the director for KICC this year and he has been impressed with the dedication of the high school students.

“Their passion to help their community is exciting,” Bond says.  “They have done a lot of work and it’s hard work at times but they have had a positive attitude throughout the year and it has been such a great joy to be able to work with people who want to make an impact in their school and their community.”

According to Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern, the goal of the KICC program is two-fold: give young people the skills to become better leaders and provide them with a community arena to put their skills into practice right now.

Students who are a part of KICC and participated were:
• Winfield High School—Avery Hogan and Alec Askins; advisor—Krystal Trimmer.
• Udall High School—Kelsie Hoffman, Alex Perez, Morgan Hack; advisor—Anna Altwies.
• Arkansas City High School—Jaclyn Neal, Maranda Oak, Shane Kieffer; advisor—Jeremy Truelove.
• Central Burden High School—Tab Beavers, Michael Delaney, Greg Hilario, Rylee Liebau, Bailee Ellis, Shelby Bannister, Julie Price, Luca McMichael; advisor—Judy Powell.

In addition to awarding the grants, all of the students in KICC participated in a bus tour of the county and completed a day of service at the Cowley County Historical Museum.  Students spoke with volunteers at many community locations and discussed the power of engagement and leadership in the community.  They also discussed the benefits of working together as a county.  A final KICC event will be held in March, and KICC hopes to complete the year with service work at the Cowley County Humane Society.

“We work from a definition that philanthropy is ‘voluntary action for the public good,’” Wilke says. “Students learn that philanthropy is about giving both money and service to others.  To do this effectively, one has to become aware of what exists in the community.  What are the needs and assets?  This knowledge then informs the grant-making cycle.”

The KICC program was featured in the statewide “Kansas Leadership Center” journal.  The article can be read online at:
For more information about Legacy Regional Community Foundation, call (620) 221-7224 or (620) 442-1322 or visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org/.


Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:29:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Program Nominates Debi Clark for KLF Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1456 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1456 Debi Clark, Area 4 Program Director for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been awarded the 2013 Kansas Leadership Forum Connector Award. Clark was nominated by the Southwestern College Leadership program.
Debi Clark Award
The Connector Award is a joint effort between the Kansas Leadership Forum (KLF) and the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and is supported by the Kansas Health Foundation.  The Kansas Leadership Forum (KLF) is a professional association designed to serve and assist those Kansas professionals and volunteers involved in providing youth and adult leadership development and education. The Connector Award is intended to recognize a person who has done an outstanding job in encouraging collaboration among partners and who has provided outstanding leadership in connecting people and programs for positive community purposes.

On Monday, Dec. 16, Clark was surprised with the presentation of the award at her monthly board meeting. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and chair of the Kansas Leadership Forum, came from Manhattan to present the award.  Debbie Lutz, state program director for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters was also in attendance as part of the surprise.  (Area 4 covers nine Kansas counties.)

As part of the award, Clark was granted $1,000 to donate to a charity of her choice, and she intends to donate it to operating funds needed at the local BBBS organization.

Southwestern College junior biology major Sara Peck was the author of the nomination.  She worked closely with BBBS case manager Cathy Oller, as well as Matt O’Brien, head coach of the men’s basketball team at SC, to complete the nomination.

“We were excited to be able to honor Debi in front of a group of peers who recognized how much she deserves this award,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern.  “Debi is a long-standing force for positive change in our community, and she is wholly deserving of this award.”

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:06:31 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCPB Awards $1,500 to Cowely County Non-Profits]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1455 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1455 The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board (SCPB) in conjunction with students in a Philanthropy and Grant Making course at the college recently awarded grants totaling $1,500 to two non-profit organizations in Cowley County.  Students chose to allocate funding to support operational expenses in Cowley County non-profits.  In their research and interviews with non-profit staff and board members, they learned that funding for operational expenses is a constant need.
SCPB Big Check
Students awarded a grant of $1,250 to Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) for the Winfield residential treatment center program Achieving Recovery Through Creativity (A.R.T.C.).  The A.R.T.C. program is unique to PFH and offers persons recovering from substance abuse a way to engage in alternate means of expression and positive behaviors utilizing artistic mediums such as visual arts, music, and creative writing.  The funds will be used to purchase various art supplies for the program.  Students chose this program because in their research of county needs, they noted that substance abuse was a major issue of concern cited by citizens in the county-wide Vision 2020 surveys.

Students also chose to award a smaller grant in the amount of $250 to the Community Learning Center to support a student-planned field trip during the 2013-2014 school year.  This trip will provide high school students with opportunities to develop leadership and cooperative learning.  Additionally they will expose students to cultural and artistic opportunities not otherwise available to them.  Some potential trip opportunities include: Wichita Art Museum, Commerce Arts District/City Arts/Gallery 7, Camp Horizon Ropes Course, or the Sedgwick County Zoo.

According to Lindsay Wilke, instructor of the Philanthropy and Grant Making course, a total of 12 grant applications were received from non-profits throughout the county for a myriad of operational expenses.

“The depth and breadth of the applications the SCPB received highlights the good work that is taking place throughout the county and the great need that continues to exist in our community nonprofits,” Wilke says.  “The students worked hard to develop an application that would allow their funding to be put to good use, and they succeeded.  The unique use of PFH and CLC grant funding will strengthen the community.  It is rare that students get to sit in the seat of the funders, and in doing so, they learned valuable lessons about stewardship.”

Southwestern College students that participated in the grant making process included: Lauren Strain, Katy Hamilton, Madison Hovey, Tania Espinosa, Keith Zerger, Margaret Dunning, Polly Gorman, Brenna Truhe, Julie Fuquay, Brianna Helton, Alicia Barnett, Shawn Pancoast, and Cayla McCullough.
SCPB Big Check 2
If anyone would like to donate to the work of the SCPB or learn more about the student group, email scpb@sckans.edu or visit the Web site at sckans.edu/scpb.  Additionally, citizens may choose to donate to SCPB grant making efforts. 

“All who choose to support the work of the SCPB get a double bang-for-their-buck: They encourage college students to learn about community needs through intentional coursework, and at the same time, channel funding directly to community non-profits,” Wilke says.  “It is exciting when giving efforts can have such an extensive double impact.” 

Gifts can be made online at: www.sckans.edu/makeagift/contribution/category/102/.



Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:24:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Lunches With Leaders' at SC Nov 11-15]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1436 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1436 Southwestern College will host “Lunches With Leaders” Nov. 11-15, from noon to 1 p.m., in Mossman 101.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.  The public is invited to attend but an RSVP is required two days before the event.

Lunches and speakers are sponsored by the following departments and groups: business, Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship Southwestern, performing arts, and psychology.

The featured speakers include:

• Monday, Nov. 11—Leonard R. Wolfe, business. Wolfe is president and chairman of the board of United Bank and Trust. He began his banking career during his senior year at Southwestern College, working part-time at his hometown Cedar Vale State Bank until graduation, then full time until 1986 when he became president of Home State Bank. 
• Tuesday, Nov. 12—Jan Davis, Leadership Southwestern.  Davis is a life-long educator, having accumulated more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, director of staff development, and assistant superintendent with the Wichita Public Schools. Since her first retirement in 1996, Davis has been employed as director of operations for Fundamental Learning Center, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas, and interim executive director for the YWCA Wichita.
• Wednesday, Nov. 13—Rev. Terrell Davis, Discipleship Southwestern.  Davis is the principal for Truesdell Middle School and pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Wichita.
• Thursday, Nov. 14—Jeremy Kirk, performing arts.  Kirk is assistant professor of music at Southwestern College. At Southwestern, Kirk directs the concert band and percussion ensemble and teaches courses in music education, applied percussion, applied composition, and music theory. His previous teaching experience includes Coffeyville Community College, Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. and public schools in Kansas and West Virginia.
• Friday, Nov. 15—Michael Johnson, psychology.  Johnson joined the University of Arkansas as the athletic department’s director of clinical and sport psychology in the fall of 2013. Johnson is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sport psychology. Additionally, he has extensive experience working with college student-athletes. 

Leadership Southwestern student Michael Bond serves as the coordinator for the event. 

The Leadership Tuesday lunch will be sponsored by the community group Leadership Cowley County in an effort to partner with the college more effectively and advance leadership development work in Cowley County.

“We are excited about the line-up of speakers this year and what they will challenge our students and community to think about,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southestern.  “‘Lunches with Leaders’ is a great opportunity to hear from experts in different fields and to think about how to expand both individual and community leadership capacity.”

To RSVP for any or all of the lunches, e-mail leaders@sckans.edu

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:44:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Disaster Response Simulation to Occur at Southwestern College on Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1420 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1420 A disaster response simulation, the first of its kind in the state of Kansas, will test out the concept of Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Stewart Field House on the campus of Southwestern College from 2-4 p.m.  An estimated 300 Southwestern College students will gather to package comfort kits for the regional Red Cross.

The purpose of the M.A.R.C. is to bring together under one roof all local and national agencies that would provide relief and assistance after a disaster; this would make it easier for victims to quickly and efficiently get the help they need.

The first time the M.A.R.C. strategy was officially used was after the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., and then again after the May 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla.  This will be the first time the concept will be tested in Kansas.  The purpose of the project is two-fold.  Southwestern students participating in the simulation will gain heightened awareness about the massive community effort needed after a disaster and potential volunteer opportunities in their local community.  Additionally, the Red Cross and United Way agencies are hoping to draft an official M.A.R.C. response plan that can be used in the event of an actual disaster. 

“We hope that we will never actually have to put this plan into place in Cowley County,” says Mark Stump, director of direct services from United Way of the Plains.  “However, the more we can sit together and talk about things like this on calm, sunny days, the more prepared we will be to act quickly and efficiently in the event of an actual disaster.” 

The local branch of disaster response, Cowley County Emergency Management, under the direction of Brian Stone, will be evaluating the M.A.R.C. trial run.

Approximately 20 community partners have agreed to participate in this event and will have booths located inside the gymnasium: The American Red Cross, Cowley County Disaster Management, Southwestern College, United Methodist Committee on Relief, KSOK Radio, insurance agents from American Family Insurance, Salvation Army, Cowley County Animal Response Team, Cowley County Mental Health, Winfield City Commission (represented by Beth Wilke), Cowley County Health Department, United Way of the Plains, Children’s Miracle Network, Catholic Charities, Winfield Food Bank, Winfield First United Methodist Church, Lions Club, Creative Community Living, and Winfield Community Helping Hands.

Additionally, Southwestern students will package approximately 700 Red Cross Comfort Kits to be distributed regionally to disaster victims.  The kits include basic toiletry items, and funding for the kits was provided by Southwestern College Student Government Association, Student Foundation, the SC athletic department, the SC service learning teams and the SC performing arts department.  Delta Dental is donating approximately 720 toothbrushes to the effort.

“This is the third annual campus-wide Homecoming service project, says Lindsay Wilke, director of the SC service learning council.  “It is inspiring to see Southwestern students dedicate their time and efforts to kick off their Homecoming week with an emphasis on service.  And this year it is exciting that we will be part of a brand new initiative for the state.  We hope that students will recognize the importance of this effort that extends beyond the day and learn something about themselves and their community during this process.”

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:52:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCPB Awards $2500 Grant]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1368 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1368 The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board (SCPB) recently awarded a grant to a non-profit organization in Cowley County.

SCPB Award

Students in the SCPB awarded a grant of $2,500 to Mid-KS Community Action Program (Mid-KS CAP).  Mid-KS CAP is going to partner with the K-State Research and Extension Cowley County to provide a nutritional program to income-sensitive families in Cowley County.  The program is intended to reach approximately 126 families.  The program will provide participants with education but also with food that they will practice preparing in the classes and can then take home to their families.  In a recent pilot session, participants received a slow cooker and a cook book, and prepared two freezer-ready healthy slow cooker meals to take home.  Benefits of the classes include:

• Healthy meal and cost effective meal ideas;
• Experience in meal planning;
• Increased kitchen skills;
• Familiarity of nutritious foods and values;
• Building community support and networks.

According to Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern, the SCPB aimed to grant funding this year to a program that would improve the wellness of individuals in Cowley County, a central element of the county-wide strategic plan, Vision 2020.  The students indicated a broad definition of wellness that included spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental components.  A total of 11 grant applications were received from non-profits throughout the county for a myriad of programs and projects.

“The depth and breadth of the applications the SCPB received highlights the good work that is taking place throughout the county and is a testament to the strength of the SCPB grant application,” Wilke says.  “The students worked hard to develop an application that would allow their funding to be put to good use, and they succeeded.  The collaborative partnership between Mid-KS CAP and K-State Research and Extension Cowley County is an exciting one that promises to strengthen the health of Cowley residents through a unique nutrition program.  It is rare that students get to sit in the seat of the funders, and in doing so, they learned valuable lessons about stewardship. I am proud of their work.”

Southwestern College students that participated were Jessie Riggs, Hannah Podschun, Mariam Mamah, Michael Bond, Katy Hamilton, Sally McGuire, Lauren Strain, and Sydnee Nelson.

If anyone would like to donate to the work of the SCPB or learn more about the student group, email scpb@sckans.edu or visit the web site at www.sckans.edu/makeagift/contribution/category/102/.


Thu, 09 May 2013 11:49:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Grants Awarded to Winfield, Arkansas City, Udall, and Central (Burden) High School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1364 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1364 Area high school students from Winfield, Arkansas City, Udall, and Central (Burden) who began a program of study in leadership and service as a part of the Kids Impact Cowley County (KICC) program have awarded grants worth $500 to their schools.

The Winfield student council had the winning application from Winfield High School and will construct a leadership wall of fame in their school.

National Honor Society (NHS) won the grant at Arkansas City High School.  They plan to use the money for a reading program that NHS does with the elementary school kids. The money is intended to be spent on books and transportation.

The Udall students decided that most of the money will be used to send two students (from the sophomore class) to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference at the University of Kansas for four days. Upon return from the conference, the two students will create multiple service projects that in total will require 100 hours of total community service. These projects will be created in cooperation with the leadership class.

Central (Burden) will use its award toward planting grasses, bushes, and flowers at their high school baseball fields. They have partnered with local greeneries and community members to get the supplies needed. This project will take place in early May.


Students began the process back in November.  Understanding grant-making is the centerpiece of the KICC program. The students work to create and refine a Request for Proposals (RFP) under the supervision of the Leadership program at Southwestern College, then each group accepted applications from other organizations in their school.
KICC is funded through an endowment held with Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

Michael Bond is the director for KICC this year and he has been impressed with the dedication of the high school students.

“Their passion to help their community is exciting,” Bond says.  “They have done a lot of work and it’s hard work at times but they have had a positive attitude throughout the year and it has been such a great joy to be able to work with people who want to make an impact in their school and their community.”

According to Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern, the goal of the KICC program is two-fold: give young people the skills to become better leaders and provide them with a community arena to put their skills into practice right now.

Students who are a part of KICC and participated are:


• Winfield High School—Megan Lance, Alessandra Bevilacqua, and Avery Osen;
• Arkansas City High School—Madison McDowell, Jesus Del Angel, Manny Green, Jesus


Rodriguez, and Marissa Leake;
• Udall High School—Kelsie Hoffman, Darby Aldrich, Abby Hoffman, Zach Kratochvil, Heath Sattarlee, and Michael Propst;
• Central (Burden) High School—Zach Koppelmann, Travis Wham, Shelby Bannister, Greg Hilario, John Taylor, Grant Loewer, Rylee Liebau, Josh Koppelmann, Lucas McMichael, Michael Delaney, Jordyn Foley, Jeremiah Klick, Saydi Loewer, Cooper Dennett, and Bailee Ellis.

In addition to awarding the grants, all of the students in KICC visited the 2012 Winfield Habitat House and did service at Twin Rivers Developmental Supports to plant raised flower beds and gardens for their residents. 

“We work from a definition that philanthropy is ‘voluntary action for the public good,’” Wilke says. “Students learn that philanthropy is about giving both money and service to others.  To do this effectively, one has to become aware of what exists in the community.  What are the needs and assets?  This knowledge then informs the grant-making cycle.”

For more information about Legacy Regional Community Foundation, call (620) 221-7224 or (620) 442-1322 or visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org/.




Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:00:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Leadership Students Lead Effort to Connect SC Students and Downtown Winfield]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1362 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1362 First year Leadership Southwestern students are leading an effort to get Southwestern College connected with downtown Winfield. 

Build Up Main St.

On Saturday, April 20, the first year Leadership students spent several hours providing services to multiple locally owned organizations such as Neives,’ Graves Drug, Eagles Nest, Posh, S & Y Industries, Bradbury Kitchen, and Hometown True Value.  In return, many local businesses are providing discounts to Southwestern College students.

“Since small town locally owned stores thrive on local customers, our students will be providing one of the greatest services that these businesses could ask for, customers,” says Southwestern College freshman and Leadership Southwestern student Michael Becker.


Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:59:46 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Drop Off Event Sunday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1353 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1353 Southwestern College senior Sally McGuire is coordinating an e-waste (electronic waste) drive-through drop-off event on Sunday, April 21, at the Winfield Fairgrounds inside Building 6 (4-H Arena).  The event will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude when capacity has been reached or by 4 p.m.

Sally McGuire

“This event will give Cowley County residents the opportunity to discard old electronic items to be recycled,” McGuire says. 

By definition of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, e-waste includes all types of obsolete, unused, or unwanted electronic equipment.  The presence of lead in many of the items has caused some states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to express concerns about disposal in non-hazardous waste landfills. 

Electronics will be delivered to Asset LifeCycle in Topeka, a state authorized e-waste recycling facility.  This facility accepts laptops, monitors, keyboards, scanners, cell phones, printers, controllers, and much more.  Items are accepted for free except CRT monitors ($10) and televisions ($20).  It is advised to remove all personal information from electronic devices; however, Asset LifeCycle assures removal of all personal information upon receiving the devices. 

According to McGuire, the project would not be possible without the help of Frito-Lay, Inc. in Topeka, who will be providing a semi-truck for transportation to the recycling facility free of charge.

For a full list of accepted items or for any other questions, contact McGuire at sally.mcguire@sckans.edu.


Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:46:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Earns Two Awards at Challenge Event]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1335 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1335 Ten Leadership Southwestern students competed in the Leadership Challenge event March 7-8 at Washburn University.  Three awards were presented to the top performing teams, and Southwestern secured two of the awards.

Leadership Soph students 2013

According to Lindsay Wilke, associate director for Leadership Southwestern, this is a competition hosted at Washburn in which teams of students participate in a Leadership simulation and are judged by a variety of persons (business executives, faculty, and community leaders) on their performance as individuals and as a group.  A total of eight college teams were at the competition from the following schools: Fort Hays State University, Missouri Southern State University, Tabor College, Kansas State University, Metropolitation Community College, and Southwestern.

Southwestern College earned the Team Communication award and the Team Collaboration award.  This marks the second time that Leadership Southwestern has taken teams to this event and both times SC teams have won an award.

“The students’ performance at the challenge event is a testament to the strength of the Leadership program at Southwestern and the caliber of the students participating in the program,” Wilke says.  “Students in the Leadership program spend a great deal of time developing their personal strengths and weaknesses and learning to utilize these effectively in a team setting.  The awards from Washburn prove that the students are making great strides in leadership development work and can stand up against competition from recognized universities and colleges across the state. I could not be more proud of their efforts.”

The participating Southwestern students were: Taylor Fogle and Katy Hamilton, Bartlesville, Okla.; Dalton Carver, Ozawkie; Carlos Cruz, Crowley, Texas; Sara Peck, Wellington; Tavinia Tucker, San Antonio, Texas; Stevie Heidzig, Rogersville, Mo.; Lauren Strain, Pryor, Okla.; Kelcey Gabriel, Lincoln, Neb.; and Michael Bond, Wichita.

“I think that Southwestern Leadership did so well because we really know each other as individuals and we are like a little family,” says student Sara Peck.  “We truly build off others’ ideas, and we are not afraid to step in when things get out of hand.  I think we did a great job at realizing each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and in turn using them to our advantage when it came to the challenge event.  The two-day event was a great experience and brought us closer as a team.”


Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:12:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Want to Clean]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1322 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1322 Leadership Southwestern students are currently looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes.  The students are raising money for their service trip to Seattle in May 2013 and will work for donations. Spring cleaning helps the students in preparing for the work that will be done in Seattle in the coming months.

Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until April 6.

The Leadership team is composed of approximately 40 members from all different majors and activities at the college. Members learn about team dynamics, personal strengths and weaknesses, ethics and styles of leadership which are then practiced through service. Leadership students at Southwestern put their skills into practice by planning and implementing service projects in the community. Each year approximately 25 Leadership service projects are underway in the community, involving more than 210 college students, and 2,000 hours of service.

The service trip that is taken each year is an extension of the community service that is undertaken each year. For the Seattle trip, the team will be volunteering with P-Patch Community Gardens, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Chinatown-International District.

“The trip is designed to give students opportunities to serve outside of the Winfield community,” says Leadership Southwestern student Dylan Moore.  “Students expand their worldviews by learning from others and discerning what it means to be a leader in today's global society. Students raise funds throughout the year to pay for their trip, and students also plan and run the entire trip. The location of the trip rotates every year among the following destinations: international, Kansas, urban, and outdoors.”

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (620) 229-6393 or email Leaders@sckans.edu.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:57:59 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Awards Heart of Leadership Recognition]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1302 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1302 Green Team Southwestern and Discipleship recently awarded their Heart of Leadership awards which includes a $500 prize.

Discipleship awarded their Heart of Leadership award to the First United Methodist Church youth group in McPherson. 

“They were given the award because of the diligence and passion for their service,” say Mallorie Coffman, Southwestern College Discipleship team administrator.  “They are participating in mission throughout the Midwest and other missions in Africa.”

Green Team Southwestern presented their award to the Eureka JSHS Green Team.  

The $500 prize will go towards the construction of a TerraCycle wall with gabion walls in Eureka. 

“The impact of this project will be to show community members that there are alternatives to 'throwing away' certain items and keeping them out of the waste stream,” says Stacey Hart, adult supervisor for the Eureka JSHS Green Team.  “We also think that by participation in these types of projects we foster stewardship responsibilities when it comes to the environment and personal decisions.”

Every year Leadership Southwestern awards three Heart of Leadership awards recognizing an environmental service project, a community service project, and a church mission project.  Earlier in the school year, the Winfield High School student council earned the Leadership award for their work on raising money for breast cancer awareness. 

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:56:05 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Elementary Leadership Day at Country View in Winfield]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1287 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1287 Leadership Southwestern students Taylor Fogle and Stevie Heidzig recently partnered with first graders from Country View Elementary in Winfield for “Elementary Leadership.”

Fogle and Heidzig designed an interactive curriculum centered upon the movie “Finding Nemo” to teach the first graders about behaviors of a servant leader.  As a part of the day, the first graders brainstormed service ideas for their school.  A total of 28 elementary students participated in the event, and Julie Wilke, a Southwestern graduate, served as the primary contact in the collaboration between the schools.

“It was so much fun working with these kids, and it was really gratifying knowing that we helped to start their leadership journey,” Fogle said.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:04:11 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Heart of Leadership Award to Winfield High School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1286 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1286 The Winfield High School student council was awarded the Heart of Leadership Award from Leadership Southwestern on Friday, Nov. 30.  Six Leadership Southwestern students presented the award worth $500 at the pep assembly held at the high school.

The Winfield High School student council used the grant award to collaborate with the Arkansas City High School student council and host a “Pink Zone” at their annual rivalry basketball game held in Winfield on Nov. 30.  The grant money was used to purchase the items for sale at the game.

According to the grant application submitted by the Winfield student council, the money was used to purchase pink hoodies, sweat pants, T-shirts, and bracelets to be sold at the game.  The profits from the sale were to go to the Kay Yow Foundation fund to fight breast cancer.

“The Leadership Southwestern students were impressed that the student councils were able to put aside their rivalry to work together for something greater,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “In our world today, it is inspiring to know that young people care about bridging their divisions to work for the common good, and Winfield exemplified this through their service project.”

“It’s awesome to see these schools coming together for something bigger than themselves,” says Maggie Collett, student director for the Heart of Leadership award.  “The time and dedication they’ve put into ‘Pink Zone’ is something they should be really proud of. We were so excited to be able to help them out with their project.”

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:46:17 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Team Up with Students from Winfield Middle School for Leadership Day]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1259 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1259 Leadership Southwestern students, Katy Hamilton, Mandy Watson, and Ashley Schmitt, recently teamed up with the Builders Club at Winfield Middle School to host a Middle School Leadership Day on the Southwestern campus. 

Leadership and WMS Students

A total of 36 middle school students visited campus to learn about servant leadership practices and to design a service project for their school.  While on campus, the students participated in a service project of writing 43 Thanksgiving and Christmas letters to be sent via Operation Shoebox to American troops serving overseas.  
Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern, hopes that the middle school students will take the lessons they learned on campus back into their school to help foster service and leadership at WMS. 

“The Leadership students designed an interactive and engaging day for the middle school students,” Wilke says.  “They worked hard to provide the students with lessons that will help them make positive contributions in their school and in their personal lives.”

Leadership Southwestern student Mandy Watson says that it is the small things that make a big difference.

“It’s an amazing feeling working with younger kids that are so enthused about service learning,” Schmitt says.   “It’s nice to know that you can start early with the kids in teaching them how to build community and what an impact it can make, even if it is something as simple as writing a letter to a soldier.  Sometimes it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for some it can make a big difference.”

Jalaine Richardson, coordinator of the WMS Builder Club, helped coordinate the event.


Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:19:27 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Package and Deliver 1,000 Bags of Food for USD 465]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1236 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1236 On Sunday, Oct. 7, 267 Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff teamed up to package and deliver 1,000 bags of food for the Homecoming Hunger Project.

The event was hosted by the service learning organizations at Southwestern, which include Leadership, Discipleship, and Green Team. Students from all athletic teams, student life, student government, performing arts, and the service learning teams were in attendance.  Once all the food was bagged and boxed, all 267 students carried the food from Stewart Field House down Warren Street to Winfield High School where the food will be stored.

The packaged food will be used as supplement for the “Backpacks for Kids” program at USD 465, which works with the Kansas Food Bank to provide weekend meals for children who have been identified as food insecure. There are currently 88 children in the program and SC’s donation will supply all 88 with food for three months worth of weekends. The bags of food will also include a hand-written letter from a college student as encouragement to the child who will be receiving them.

“It is just a phenomenal project that will support students that are in need of nutritional resources,” says USD 465 Superintendent J.K. Campbell.  “It was overwhelming to see the college students marching with the bags and boxes of food.  The impact this will have on those students and their ability to do well in school will be good because now they don’t have to worry about food.  And I know the SC students will never see the outcome of this event. I am so appreciative that they spent a Sunday afternoon to pack and deliver all of this food.”
HC Hunger Project
Funding for the event was provided by a donation from Steve and Cathy Hamlin and a contribution from each department participating. There was also a total of $4,520 raised for the project. SC staff and faculty provided plastic bags for the event.


“The Southwestern students have proven that they care about the issue of hunger and are willing to act on their convictions. And by contributing funding and support to the event, the institution as a whole is living out its commitment to service,” said Lindsay Wilke, associate director of Leadership Southwestern.

“I know the Kansas Food Bank will be so appreciative because they have been responsible to provide this,” Campbell says.  “They are always looking for partners because there is such a huge need here and across the state.”


Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:38:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Service Learning Teams Host Weekend Retreat]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1228 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1228 Service learning teams from Southwestern College teamed up with Camp Horizon director Joel Wilke and hosted almost 80 students and 20 youth pastors from around the state for a fall retreat held at Camp Horizon Sept. 29-30.

The goal for the retreat was to provide a service for busy youth pastors and high school students interested in learning more about servant leadership and at the same time introduce students to Southwestern College as a potential option after high school.

The service learning groups’ participation included:

• Green Team Southwestern members did a rain barrel service project
• Leadership Southwestern did a development workshop on servant leadership and a planning session for their youth group/church
• Discipleship/Worship Outreach held a Sunday morning worship service.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:55:14 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cheryl Rude Selected as 2012 Engaged Faculty Fellow]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1188 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1188 The Kansas Campus Compact has announced the selection of four distinguished faculty members from Kansas colleges as 2012 Engaged Faculty Fellows.  Cheryl Rude from Southwestern College is one of the selections.  Rude and the other three recipients each will receive a $6,000 grant to support efforts to integrate service-learning and civic-engagement into their teaching and research.

Rude is currently engaged in leadership development at Southwestern College as associate professor and division chair of the social sciences. Her award-winning program of leadership education for undergraduate students includes community involvement labs and academic rigor in the classroom.

She also directs the master of science in leadership studies program, which provides knowledge and coaching for persons across a wide spectrum of employment and volunteer positions. Rude facilitates workshops and training for student groups and professional associations. She also develops and publishes leadership education curriculum. Her areas of interest and expertise are the pedagogy of service learning and youth and young adult leadership development.

“I feel honored to be able to add my voice to the research team in hopes of making a positive contribution to the field of service-learning,” Rude says. “I am also pleased to help my own institution move forward in recognizing faculty efforts in service learning in a meaningful way.”

The other 2012 Engaged Faculty Fellows include Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture at Fort Hays State University; Vibhavari Jani, associate professor of interior architecture and product design at Kansas State University; and Dustin Wilgers, assistant professor of biology at McPherson College.

The 2012 Engaged Faculty Fellows will collaborate on research addressing the challenges and most effective mechanisms for including civic and community engagement efforts in higher education’s systems for promotion and recognition of faculty and staff.  In addition, each Engaged Faculty Fellow will each develop and implement a university-level class that incorporates some element of engaged pedagogy, such as service-learning of community-participatory research, and actively serve as a champion for service-learning and community engagement on their campus and state-wide.  This is the second year of the Kansas Campus Compact’s Engaged Faculty Fellows program.

Headquartered in Manhattan, the Kansas Campus Compact is a coalition of twelve higher education institutions committed to strengthening integration of civic service and community engagement into the higher educational experience throughout Kansas.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:44:58 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Philanthropy Board Awards $3,800]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1178 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1178 The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board (SCPB) presented grants totaling $3,800 to three local non-profit organizations on Wednesday, May 2, at College Hill Coffee in Winfield.


SCPB members presented a $2,000 grant to the Eastern Cowley County Resource Center (ECCRC).  ECCRC was founded in 2003 with a focus on computers and reading literacy. ECCRC is the sponsor of the Lighthouse Library project, an ocean-themed rural library with a 21,000 book collection. The funds granted to ECCRC will fund computer towers that will be used in robotics programming for youth and senior citizen computer workshops.
The SCPB awarded $1,000 to Family Life Services located in Arkansas City.  The funds granted will go towards 40 hours of counseling sessions for parents who are having problems with abuse in their families or parents who have had abuse problems growing up.

Family Services Check

The SCPB also awarded $800 to Eagle Nest of Winfield.  The funds granted will go towards class scholarships for women. 

Eagle Nest Check

The SCPB was formed four years ago as a senior Leadership Southwestern student’s project.  A grant was written, and Southwestern College was chosen by Campus Compact’s Students4Giving program as one of 10 institutions to receive a start-up grant of $15,000.  The college also contributed to this amount.
With this funding, a group of students from the three Southwestern College service learning teams (Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship Southwestern, and Green Team Southwestern) formed the SCPB.  The board consists of five members from the three programs.
The mission of the SCPB is twofold.  First, it exists to teach college students about philanthropy and grant-making.  Each year, the SCPB creates Request for Funding Proposals (RFPs) and distributes them to Cowley County non-profit organizations.  The board then meets to review and award grant applications.  The second part of the mission is to help students connect and build relationships with local non-profits.  This year, the board worked toward this goal by visiting past grant recipients and hosting an on-campus philanthropy awareness week.
According to SCPB advisor Lindsay Wilke, the focus for this year’s RFP covered three areas and was derived from the county’s Vision 2020 plan:
• Decreasing the high incidence of child abuse in the county
• Increasing recreation and educational opportunities for young people ages 0-25
• Improving services for senior citizens.
A total of 11 non-profit organizations submitted funding requests, but programs that met one or more of the areas above were given priority.
Wilke has been pleased with the group.
“The board and the class took their job of crafting an RFP very seriously this year,” Wilke says.  “They researched county needs and assets and studied Vision 2020 thoroughly to ensure that the grant money would make a difference.”
Members of the SCPB include Sally McGuire, Denton, Texas; Jessie Riggs, Wellington; Sydnee Nelson, Clay Center; Mariam Mamah, Tulsa, Okla.; and Hannah Podschun, Winfield.  Members of the philanthropy and grant making class that worked in conjunction with the SCPB to develop the RFP and award the grant include: Tavinia Tucker, San Antonio, Texas; Michael Bond, Wichita; Taylor Fogle and Katy Hamilton, Bartlesville, Okla.; Stevie Heidzig, Rogersville, Mo.; Kaley Rodriguez, Gypsum; and Lauren Strain, Pryor, Okla.




Tue, 15 May 2012 11:58:39 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Green Gazebo' Built by SC Students]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1176 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1176 An energy efficient “Green Gazebo” has been constructed as part of a senior Leadership project and now sits in the south lawn of Reid Hall on the Southwestern College campus.

Southwestern College senior Jacob McGuire, with the assistance of fellow SC students Stephen Strecker and Mark Strecker, and SC worship outreach director Martin Rude, built the gazebo. 

McGuire and Gazebo

The gazebo started off as a Green Team fundraiser.  McGuire was attempting to build something out of recycled aircraft pallets to sell for the Green Team. This eventually morphed into a gazebo.

According to McGuire, the inspiration for a gazebo that features a solar charging dock came from the "Solar Docks" freshman Leadership survey in 2011.

“The survey asked the student body if there was an interest in outdoor solar powered picnic tables. The student body liked the idea but not the $11,000 price tag,” McGuire says.

The gazebo is 8'x8.5' and is made from one aircraft pallet. The roofing material is Ondura which is 50% post-consumer recycled material. The gazebo also features a 45-watt solar panel that powers two LED lights and, according to McGuire, will charge a computer, play a boom box, and run a number of other things.

The financial donation to the project was $1,000 made by McGuire, which was the approximate cost of the solar powered system.  The gazebo was placed on the south side of Reid next to the sand volleyball court April 23, however, the final installation site for it has yet to be determined. 


Wed, 09 May 2012 10:57:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winfield Elks Club Helps Fund Freshman Work Day]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1175 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1175 Leadership Southwestern will receive a grant from the Winfield Elks Club for the annual Freshman Work Day.

The local Elks Club has donated funding to Freshman Work Day for the past two years.  This year the Elks will fund lunch for all of the freshman workers and their site leaders, as well as sponsoring supplies at 17 sites across Winfield.

“In a time of tight budgets and funding, this continued support from the Elks is a welcome relief and very much appreciated by Leadership Southwestern,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “It proves yet again that community organizations and partners play a pivotal role in the work going on at the college.” 

Southwestern Leadership students will be facilitating the annual Freshman Work Day event on Aug. 15, and approximately 160 new Moundbuilders are expected to blanket the community in service.  Openings for site locations are still available. 

“If you are a homeowner and have various manual labor jobs to be completed (painting, yard work, small building projects, etc.), please e-mail us (leaders@sckans.edu) with your interest or fill out the online application at www.sckans.edu/freshmanworkday,” Wilke says.

Freshman Work Day was started by the Leadership program in 1992 with the goal of establishing positive relationships between Southwestern College and the community.  Since then, all incoming freshman have spent their first day as Moundbuilders doing service for the community.

Wed, 09 May 2012 10:48:53 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rethhorst Leads Moundbuilder Connection Project]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1172 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1172 Scott Rethorst, a senior with Leadership Southwestern, is the project lead for a new volunteer tracking system at Southwestern College. The program, called Moundbuilder Connection, connects students looking for volunteer opportunities with local organizations in need of volunteers

Throughout the semester, Rethorst has been coordinating efforts between the three service learning teams at Southwestern and Thunder::Tech to create the system. Organizations will be able to post volunteer opportunities on a website and students will then be able to sign-up for the event.

For more information or to sign up, e-mail leaders@sckans.edu or scott.rethorst@sckans.edu.

Wed, 02 May 2012 08:41:22 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Osen Educates Irving Students with International Night]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1171 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1171 Southwestern College senior Chastity Osen, Winfield, recently hosted an international evening of food tasting and education for kindergarten students from Irving Elementary in Winfield.

The evening consisted of tasting food from countries such as Zimbabwe, China, Malaysia, Mexico, India, and Greece. The students read books about people from other countries, and learned about the wardrobes of children their age from other countries.

“My hope for this project was for the kindergarten students to gain knowledge of others and become more understanding of those people who are different than us,” Osen says.  “Since the United States is a diverse mixture of people from various countries, I hoped students would become more understanding to accept others as they are.  My overall goal of the event was for students and parents to try to reconsider their current prejudices.”

Wed, 02 May 2012 08:40:12 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First Year Leadership Students Teach at Lowell Elementary]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1170 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1170 First year Leadership Southwestern students recently completed a 12-week fitness and nutrition curriculum with second-grade students from Lowell Elementary in Winfield.

Ldrship and lowell students

Taking the L.E.A.D. (leadership, exercise, action, and diet) was taught by the SC students with assistance from community members Terri Fields, Nancy Miller, and Becky Reid.

A celebration for the culmination of the curriculum was held on April 18 at Lowell.  Funding for the celebration was provided by a grant from Youth Service America for Global Youth Service Day.

“It has been fun watching the Leadership students build relationships with the second graders,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern.  “The Leadership team took on an extensive project over the course of the semester and secured grant funding to make it happen.  Watching the project unfold has been extremely rewarding for everyone involved.”


Wed, 02 May 2012 08:38:27 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Volunteer for Developmentally Disabled]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1165 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1165 Southwestern College senior Caitlin McCurdy has always had a special connection to developmentally challenged people.  She has a sibling with a developmental disability and has worked with various developmentally handicapped people in Johnson County, so it was not a surprise when her senior Leadership project focused on the developmentally disabled in Cowley County. 

RJ Bingo for McCurdy

“Special Pops” Night on the Town was a four-event program for the developmentally disabled adult population in Cowley County. The program took place from Monday, April 2, to Wednesday, April 11, concluding with a service celebration of the program on Saturday, April 14. The program consisted of four different events: Bowling Night, Bingo Night, Dance Night, and Boys/Girls-Night-Out.

During the course of the program, there were 128 participants and 61 Southwestern student volunteers.

“My ultimate goal is to have the Winfield Recreation Commission continue permanent regular programming for the developmentally disabled population in the county,” McCurdy says.


Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Meeka Gentry Named Newman Civic Fellow]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1148 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1148 Meeka Gentry, at junior at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., has been named a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. Gentry is one of only 162 students chosen from 32 states for this prestigious award. Students nominated demonstrate a personal commitment to creating lasting change in their communities through service, community-based research, and advocacy.

Meeka Gentry

The daughter of Jackie Kernell, Newkirk, Okla., Gentry has focused her studies and activism on sexual trafficking. She has volunteered at a community safe house for abused women and children and has worked over the summers with children who are at risk for educational success. Her senior project will connect use of pornography to sexual trafficking. She plans to pursue counseling psychology in order to equip herself to make a difference for exploited women around the world.
“Meeka is an example of a student who is making the most of her college experience,” says Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We are confident she will be a force for good in the world and will be an asset to the community of Newman Civic Fellows.”
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can, and does play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin. 


Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:18:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Road Race is April 14]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1145 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1145 Leadership Southwestern is hosting the Leadership Road Race on Saturday, April 14, at Southwestern College.

Two races will be available, a 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m., and a one-mile family fun run/walk at 9:15 a.m.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.  Participants are also encouraged to run in costume.  Prizes will be awarded to the best individual and group outfits.

This fundraising effort for Leadership Southwestern provides the team finances to carry out many community service projects and to go on service learning trips.  Leadership Southwestern students contributed 10,000 hours of service to the community last year.  Members participated in service projects locally, nationally, and internationally.  They also taught middle school, high school, and college age students about servant leadership.  Leadership students are holding this run to raise funds and also promote a healthy lifestyle. 

Entry fee for the 5K run is $25; for the one-mile run/walk the fee is $15.  Leadership Southwestern is offering an early registration discount.  If registered on or before March 30, the fee for the 5K run is $20 and $12 for the one-mile run/walk.  Teams of five or more who register together will be discounted $3 per person if registered on or before March 30.  Participants may register online at www.sckans.edu/roadrace

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:23:46 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Campus High School Receives Heart of Leadership Award]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1110 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1110 Leadership Southwestern students presented their Heart of Leadership award to the Haysville Student Council on Friday, Jan. 13.  The award includes $500, and is the highest group honor presented by the Southwestern College group.

“The Heart of Leadership award is an excellent way to recognize servant leadership taking place at the high school level,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern.  “We were excited to meet the Haysville-Campus High School students and discuss the impact this award will have in their school and community.”
In 2010, the Campus High School Student Council saw an increase in the number of students who needed community service hours for National Honor Society, Student Council, and the school's Community Service Seminar. There was no organized method of identifying community service options. Several Student Council members brought forth the idea of creating a community service week to provide students with opportunities to meet their requirements. A committee was formed, and the Annual Community Service Week (ACSW) was created.

Heart of Leadership award 2012

Students decided to work in conjunction with the Haysville Activity Center and Haysville City Hall to build a concessions stand at the Junior League football fields in Haysville. The project included all aspects of constructing the building. In 2010, 49 students and staff members donated a total of 281 hours from March 29-April 9.

With the success of the 2010 project, the Haysville Student Council again elected to work with the Haysville Activity Center and the Haysville City Council in 2011. The 2011 projects included installing a disc golf course at one of the city parks, working on the remodeling project at the city hall building, and working on bleacher painting and reassembly project for the Haysville Heat baseball organization. Sixty-six students and staff spent a combined 296 hours from March 28-April 2 working on the three projects.
When applying for the 2012 Heart of Leadership award, the student council noted some projects that they would like to work on including a Rake and Run where volunteers help older citizens with spring yard preparations. Another idea includes adding character to the hallways at Campus High School.

Leadership Southwestern students that presented the award were Dylan Moore, Elizabeth Macy, Hannah Podschun, Erin Buster, Kaley Rodriguez, Jessie Riggs, and Caitlin McCurdy.


Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:52:39 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Students Heading to Hutch]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1099 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1099 Twenty-Seven Leadership Southwestern students will embark on a service learning trip to Hutchinson Dec. 16-19. 
The Leadership students will:

• Wrap gifts at New Beginnings.  New Beginnings provides for men, women, and children who are displaced from their homes and offers affordable housing so that others will not have to experience homelessness.

• Work at the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson.

• Team up with members of the Park Place Christian Church to sing Christmas carols for shut-ins and have a retirement home Christmas party.

The First United Methodist Church of Hutchinson is hosting the Leadership students and will provide breakfast each morning.

“The Leadership service trip provides a unique opportunity for students to serve outside of the campus and Cowley County community,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “While the Leadership team travels all over the United States and internationally, the Kansas trip is particularly near and dear to our hearts.  It gives students a chance to serve fellow Kansans and helps us learn about other leadership and service initiatives across the state.  The Kansas trip is a good reminder that you don’t always have to go far to find new experiences and people in need.”

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 11:12:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Two Southwestern College Students to Present at Rotary District Conference]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1043 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/1043 Two students from Leadership Southwestern will present at the Rotary District Conference Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Wichita Airport Hilton hotel.

Kaley Rodriguez, junior from Salina, and Sally McGuire, junior from Denton, Texas, will be presenting on the work Leadership Southwestern has done throughout the summer of 2011. The first part of the presentations will focus on the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, which was held in June. The camp was attended by 28 high school students from throughout the state.

The second part of the presentation will focus on the team’s service partnership with a Rotary Club in Barcelona, Spain. Members of the team traveled to Barcelona this summer where they worked in two outreach homes, serving children and adults. This international partnership is the first for this district.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:38:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Heading to Europe]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/992 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/992 Several members of Leadership Southwestern are preparing for their service learning trip to Europe May 17-28.

The trip will include stops in Barcelona, Spain; Venice, Italy; and Athens and Poros, Greece.  Leadership Southwestern will partner with a Rotary club in Spain to do painting at a children’s shelter as well as conduct a basketball tournament.  The group also plans on working with refugee populations and doing manual labor at an international school in Athens and beach cleanup in Poros.

“An important component of the Leadership service learning curriculum includes service learning travel,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The Leadership program is designed to give students opportunities to serve outside of the Winfield community in order to expand their worldviews and enhance learning on what it means to be a leader in a global society.  Through service learning trips, students have a chance to explore new places, meet new people, and challenge their beliefs about how the world operates.  They learn and grow as leaders by putting their leadership skills into action.”

Students participating include: Andrew Topham, Peabody; Caitlin McCurdy, Overland Park; Denae Webber, Joshua Sapp, and Lacey Hibbs, Wellington; Dylan Moore, Ottawa; Elizabeth Macy, Belle Plaine; Gage Cranmer, Fredonia; Erin Buster, Kyle Luttgeharm, and Scott Rethorst, Wichita; Kayley Rodriguez, Salina; Hunter Rockhill, Derby; Lashae Bacon, Osawatomie; Chastity Osen, Hannah Podschun, Julie Wilke, Kaydee Johnson, and Taggart Wall, Winfield; Sally McGuire, Denton, Texas; and Samantha Gillis, Fort Collins, Colo.

Wed, 11 May 2011 10:56:02 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Topham to Begin Tutoring Program for HS Students]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/970 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/970 Southwestern College senior and Leadership Southwestern member Andrew Topham, Peabody, will begin the SC-WHS Connect Math Tutoring Program, as part of his senior service project. This project will aid high school students who are struggling with math and science by providing tutors.

Andrew Topham

“When coming up with a project idea, I decided I wanted to help influence younger students to be more open and receptive to the subjects of math and science,” said Topham. 
Topham decided this program was needed by noticing numerous requests for math and science help in the Jinx Tale, a daily email sent to Southwestern faculty, staff, and students.  He began the project by collaborating with Diane McKinney, counselor at Winfield High School, on how it would operate. In addition, Topham said he received input from fellow students and from Ed Loeb, assistant professor of mathematics at Southwestern.
“I decided on enlisting volunteers to be tutors and have set up a pipeline with the high school to pair students with tutors,” Topham says.
The program will consist of pairing tutors with students. Southwestern students will fill out an information form, including which subjects they are comfortable tutoring. This information will be forwarded to McKinney at the high school. She in return will have a list of students and will match the students based on the information gathered from SC students. The parent’s of the students needing help will be responsible for setting up a time and place where the tutoring can take place. As of now, the tutoring will be at the high school library, during the high school student’s homeroom time.
“It’s my goal is that the project will continue beyond this year to provide a community service and learning opportunity for Southwestern students and quality mentoring as an educational aid to students at the high school,” said Topham.


Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:54:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Master's Project to Raise Funds for Leadership Endowment]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/924 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/924 Julie Wilke

Julie Wilke, Southwestern College graduate fellow, presented her final for her master’s degree on Tuesday, March 1.  Her project is to raise funds for the Leadership endowment program.

There is currently $47,000 in the fund.  Wilke’s goal is to raise $53,000.

“If we reach $100,000, then with the interest, we can offer $5,000 in scholarships to Leadership students that can be used for room and board,” Wilke says.

The Leadership program at Southwestern College does numerous servant activities including Freshman Work Day, Rotary Camp, and trips in and out of state to do service for others.  Wilke is passionate about how important the program is and what it has meant to her.

“Raising this money is so important to me because the Leadership program has shaped me as a leader,” Wilke says.  “I believe it is time for the program to grow financially so that we can help other college students learn about being an effective servant leader.  This program allows students to do service projects and learn about their leadership through that service.” 

For more information or to donate, contact Wilke at (620) 229-6367.


Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:15:11 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Fundraiser for Trip to Europe]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/902 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/902 Leadership Southwestern is inviting the public to enjoy an evening of live music, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing.

“Roses in the Rafters” is an opportunity to help the Leadership Southwestern team raise funds for their service learning trip to Europe this May.  The event will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at The Barns at Timber Creek.  Reservations are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight.

“We hope to create an elegant and enjoyable atmosphere that will entice people to want to do this again next year,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern. “If we do things right, we hope that ‘Roses in the Rafters’ could become an annual fundraiser for the Leadership program.  Mostly, we want people to know that this is both a classy event and a good cause.”

The dinner will be made up of food from the three different countries that the Leadership team will travel to on their service learning trip.  That includes tapas from Spain; a Greek salad; an Italian pasta main course; and an assortment of desserts from each of the countries.  College Hill Coffee will be choosing and catering the dishes

Music will be provided by the SC Jazz Combo.

“Many people think that it is important for college students to get an opportunity to travel and experience new cultures, and Leadership is going to do this in conjunction with service projects,” Wilke says.  “In Spain, we are going to host a basketball tournament for underprivileged children.  In Greece, we are going to serve meals to refugees, work at an International School, and conduct a beach clean-up.  Our students work hard to fundraise throughout the year to be able to go on this trip.  We hope that our guests at ‘Roses in the Rafters’ will enjoy the evening and enjoy donating to a worthy cause at the same time.”

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Wilke at (620) 229-6393 or email Lindsay.wilke@sckans.edu.  Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 7.

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:39:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Hosts Elementary Day]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/860 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/860 Southwestern Leadership partnered with Irving Elementary School to bring Leadership Elementary Day to approximately 50  Winfield fourth-graders to teach them about Leadership on Friday, Nov. 12.

The theme was based on the movie “Up,” and Leadership students taught the students lessons titled, “Building Up relationships” and “Communicating it Up.”

“Through these lessons and the fun activities designed to accompany them, it is hoped that the elementary students will learn more about behaviors that are important in leading others,” said Cheryl Rude, Leadership director.
There were guest speakers at the event, as well as staff from the SC admissions office.

“The final goal for the day is to help the elementary students dream and plan a service project of their own,” said Rude. “Then they will return to Southwestern for a day in the spring in order to complete and celebrate their project.”
The students were brought to Messenger and then Wroten Halls to experience the campus, where they shared lunches with the Leadership students, provided by the Sodexo.

“Leadership Southwestern believes that it is important to start helping young people develop their leadership skills and behaviors at a young age, so that they grow up into persons capable of creating positive change,” said Rude. “Elementary Leadership Day helps to expand the Leadership skills of Southwestern students by allowing them to design and teach their own leadership curriculum and organize a large-scale leadership event.”

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:39:32 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership SC Back to School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/793 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/793 We have posted the Leadership SC Back to School calendar!  Check out the events and activities happening in the first weeks of school:

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:32:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Helps Businesses Save Energy]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/752 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/752 Several businesses in Winfield are now more energy efficient thanks to the efforts of one Southwestern College senior.
Cassi Reimer Caulking           
Cassi Reimer, Ulysses, decided for her senior Leadership project to share her energy efficient knowledge with some Winfield businesses.  She performed home energy audits at Long & Neises CPA, Buterbaugh & Handlin, Hometown True Value, Moonshadow Bookstore, Winfield Chamber of Commerce, the office of Dr. Alan Marcotte DDS., and State Farm Insurance.
Along with the energy audit, Reimer also checked the water flow out of the faucets and toilets, and checked for recycling. 
“After the audit, I calculated how much energy and money they would save if they made some green improvements, for example changing all their light bulbs to energy efficient ones,” Reimer says.  “Then, I gave them the results and asked if they wanted to make any changes. I told each of them if they bought the supplies, I could provide the manual labor.”
Three of the businesses accepted Reimer’s offer.

• Moonshadow Bookstore had Reimer caulk the windows and seal the door to reduce the airflow.

• Hometown True Value asked Reimer and her volunteers to remove an old air conditioning unit.  They removed it and replaced the hole which will reduce heat loss and excess air flow.

• Buterbaugh & Handlin installed a hot water heater jacket and sealed socket/light switch gaps behind the plates to reduce heat loss.
Matt Bradbury, owner of Hometown True Value, liked the ideas that Reimer offered.
“She gave a different perspective to look at,” Bradbury said.  “When you’re around the business day-after-day, you don’t realize the changes that can be made.  She came in and gave me a fresh new way to look at my business.”       
Reimer says that these businesses should begin seeing money savings in their energy bills.
I had big dreams for this project and I am so grateful to these businesses for allowing me the opportunity to help,” Reimer says. 


Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:32:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Philanthropy Board Awards Gifts]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/513 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/513 The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board has awarded grants to three non-profit organizations in Cowley County that will allow these organizations to hire student interns for three months.

Philanthropy Group Gives Checks

“We had quite a few non-profits apply throughout Cowley County, but the board found three recipients who they felt truly met the criteria and the goal of the grant internship,” says Laura Morgan, Southwestern College senior from Goddard. 
Morgan was in charge of setting up a student philanthropy board from the four service learning organizations on campus.  According to Morgan, their goal was to educate students on the grant-making process and to learn more about philanthropy.  The board members were Megan Martin, Mandi Bever, Andrew Topham, Lacey Hibbs, and Taggart Wall.  Joni Rankin served as an instructor for the board.
The gift recipients are Winfield Community Theatre ($2,000), Creative Community Living of South Central Kansas ($2,000), and William Newton Healthcare Foundation ($4,000). 
The funds to donate were available thanks to Morgan getting involved with Students4Giving.  The program is sponsored by The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact.  It is aimed at promoting philanthropic education efforts at colleges and universities across the country.
“Students4Giving is providing students with unique, real-life opportunities to learn about community needs and how best to manage charitable assets to maximize their impact,” comments Sarah C. Libbey, president of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. 


Fri, 08 May 2009 09:24:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students to Take Part in GYSD]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/503 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/503 Leadership Southwestern students have chosen three Winfield schools to serve during Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) which lasts from April 24-26. 
On Thursday, April 23, first-year Leadership Southwestern students will head to Holy Name Catholic School between 1-4 p.m. working with the kids on their playground.
On Friday, April 24, the Leadership students will partner with Country View Elementary students to landscape and plant flowers at Country View between 8-11 a.m.  At 2:30 p.m. the Leadership students will read to elementary students at Irving Elementary.
There will be a Thank You luncheon for everyone who participated in GYSD on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. in Winfield’s Island Park.
According to the GYSD Web site, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement. Country music stars Miley Cyrus and The Carter Twins have pledged to promote and help GYSD.

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:01:50 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)