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Southwestern College Founders Day Weekend April 22-23

Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into four halls of fame during the annual Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23.  

The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, and Educators Halls of Fame. 

All of the induction ceremonies are open to the public at no cost, but there is a cost for associated meals and seating is limited for those meals. To make meal reservations, contact Ashleigh Hollis at (620) 229-6155.

Hall of fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Deets Library with dinner honoring the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  The induction ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. Meal cost is $20.

On Saturday, April 23, the Business of Fame breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in Deets Library, followed immediately by the induction ceremony at 9 a.m.  The ceremony will take place in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.

A brunch will be held for the Fine Arts Hall of Fame in Deets Library at 10 a.m., with the induction ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.

At 12:45 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a luncheon for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. Lunch cost is $15. At 1:30 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin. Immediately following the Educators ceremony (at approximately 2:30 p.m.) the Scholars Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin. 

Other events include:

Hall of Fame lecture presented by Stephen Woodburn, professor of history at Southwestern College, Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The title of his lecture is “Well, What’s Putin Gonna Do?” Woodburn has been the recipient of the Kopke, Fassnacht, United Methodist, and Student Government teaching awards during his 19 years at SC. His doctorate is in Russian history, he has completed the first English translation of three Russian books and other articles, and he has traveled to Russia in 1996, 1998, and 2005. He has practiced “armchair Kremlinology” for local audiences including Sunflower Parish, Winfield Rotary Club, and the readers of the CourierTraveler newspaper. “Despite all this,” Woodburn says with a wink, “fair warning, I don’t actually know what he will do.” 

South Kansas Symphony concert at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 24, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:

Leaders in Service: Dr. Wallace Gray (posthumous); Rev. Jim Reed ’64; and Mona Petrocco Klein ’74.

Fine Arts: Misty Maynard ’75, Frieda Lindburg ’70, and Tom (posthumous) and Mari (Waite) Wallrabenstein ’59 and ’60.

Business: Thornton House ’94, and John Nichols ’87.  Business Builder award will be presented to RCB Bank.

Educators: Ruth Franklin McKeefery ’45 and Lynn (Bales) Hunter ’75.  Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education – Ralph Hanna Jr. (posthumous)’60.

Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.

2022 Founders Weekend Schedule

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