Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us https://www.sckans.edu/news-and-events/news/ Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Susan Castro to Present Annual Beck Lecture (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2084/?susan-castro-to-present-annual-beck-lecture https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2084/?susan-castro-to-present-annual-beck-lecture Susan Castro, associate professor of philosophy at Wichita State University, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

The title of her lecture is “How to Treat Humanity: Autism and Moral Imagination.”

Dr. Susan CastroCastro earned both her bachelor of science degree in math/applied science with specialization in computing and her Ph. D. in philosophy from UCLA.

Castro’s research centers on the Kant scholarship, informed by current methods and trends in the natural sciences with an eye toward broad interdisciplinary connections.  Her work ranges from Kant's peculiar moral imperative to act as if your maxim were to become by your will a universal law of nature, to idealizations in natural science, and the role of imagination in autism. Currently, she is working on a book using Kant’s lectures on logic and other antecedent resources to better understand how Kant meant to establish a metaphysics of morals as a non-empirical science. Castro regularly teaches classes on late modern philosophy, metaethics, ethical theory, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of feminism, philosophy of the arts, and business ethics.

The Beck lectureship, funded by Paul V. Beck to explore topics relating to science and religion, is an annual event on campus and brings in theologians, scientists, and philosophers from across the nation. 

For more information about the Beck Lecture, call (620) 229-6059.

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:37:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Founders Day Weekend April 11-14 (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2083/?southwestern-college-founders-day-weekend-april-11-14 https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2083/?southwestern-college-founders-day-weekend-april-11-14 Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into four halls of fame during the annual Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Thursday through Sunday, April 11 to 14. 

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 along with concerts and a lecture 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 or for other information, contact Charles McKinzie at (620) 222-1135.

Festivities will begin at 4 p.m., on Thursday, April 11, with the annual Honors Convocation in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

On Friday, April 12, plaques will be unveiled for the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Deets Library with the induction ceremony to follow. Meal cost is $20.

On Saturday, April 13, a breakfast will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library at 8 a.m., with the induction ceremony to begin at 9 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.

A brunch for the Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductees will begin at 10 a.m. in Deets Library, followed immediately by the induction ceremony at 11 a.m.  The ceremony will take place 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 Hall of Fame inductees. Lunch cost is $20. At 1:30 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin, also in Deets Library. 
Other events include:

• Cheryl Rude, academic director of Leadership Southwestern, will present “The Shaping of Leaders: Women’s Voices” on Friday, April 12, at 2 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101.
• Organ recital featuring 2016 Southwestern College graduate Luke Nicolay.  The recital will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.
• The Southwestern College A Cappella Choir will present a concert on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
• Leaders in Service: C. Michael Lennen ’67; Stephanie Sharp Bruyn ’98; and J. Michael Medina ’72.
• Fine Arts: Dr. James Leland, George Jason Johnston ’69, and Virginia (Stubbs) Spray (posthumous) ’33.
• Business: Larry Ewart ’73 and Cory Helmer ’99.  Business Builder award will be presented to Graves Drug Store.
• Educators: Dr. Gary King ’72, Judy (Martin) Haynes ’67, and Dr. Janet Doud ’16.
Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.
 

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:55:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Offer to Help Clean as Fundraiser (Leadership)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2082/?leadership-southwestern-students-offer-to-help-clean-as-fundraiser https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2082/?leadership-southwestern-students-offer-to-help-clean-as-fundraiser Leadership Southwestern students are looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for an upcoming service trip to Iceland.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance until April 5 and members are willing to pitch in on any odd jobs, including raking, gardening, or cleaning.

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, call (316) 680-8357 or email tessa.castor@sckans.edu. 
 

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:58:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 03-03-2019 (SGA)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2081/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-03-03-2019 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2081/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-03-03-2019 SGA Meeting Minutes for 03-03-2019

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Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:22:07 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brenda Hicks Elected National Chair of NASFAA (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2080/?brenda-hicks-elected-national-chair-of-nasfaa https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2080/?brenda-hicks-elected-national-chair-of-nasfaa Brenda Hicks, director of financial aid at Southwestern College, has been elected national chair for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) for 2020-21.

NBrenda HicksASFAA provides professional development and services for financial aid administrators, advocates for public policies that increase student access and success, serves as a forum on student financial aid issues, and is committed to diversity throughout all activities.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen by my peers to represent them in this way,” Hicks says.   “The financial aid profession is heading into a critical period for both the potential reauthorization of Title IV federal aid as well as new initiatives in professional certification.  I’m looking forward to being part of the national conversation with the ultimate hope and goal of improving student access to college.”

Hicks is a Humboldt native.  She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Kansas State University and her master of arts degree from Wichita State University.  She began working at Southwestern College in 1991 in the admission department.  Since 2002 Hicks has been working in financial aid.  She and her husband, Ross, live in Winfield and have two sons, Sam (20) and Isaac (17).
 

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Mon, 04 Mar 2019 15:20:33 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students to Present Murder Mystery Dinner to Raise Funds for Trip to Iceland (Leadership)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2079/?leadership-southwestern-students-to-present-murder-mystery-dinner-to-raise-funds-for-trip-to-iceland https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2079/?leadership-southwestern-students-to-present-murder-mystery-dinner-to-raise-funds-for-trip-to-iceland Leadership Southwestern students will present a murder mystery fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at The Barns at Timber Creek.  Proceeds will go towards the students’ upcoming service learning trip to Iceland.

The three-course meal will include salad and breadsticks, lasagna, and a brownie sundae.  Tickets are $45 per person or $280 for a table of eight.  Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 28.

Leadership student Logan Weppler says that the guests will play the role of the detectives while the students play roles in the murder mystery.

“The guests will have the task of gathering clues and do their best sleuthing to find the murderer,” Weppler says.

Order Tickets

For more information, contact Weppler at (316) 640-7862 or email logan.weppler@sckans.edu.

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Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:47:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Roger Moon to Perform One-Man Show on March 2 (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2078/?roger-moon-to-perform-one-man-show-on-march-2 https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2078/?roger-moon-to-perform-one-man-show-on-march-2 Roger Moon, former director of theatre at Southwestern College, will perform in the one-man show “Clarence Darrow” by David W. Rintels, on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building.

Roger MoonThe show is a benefit fundraiser for the Southwestern College summer theatre program.  It is sponsored by Mark and Teresa Krusor and Craig and Diana Duncan. 

Based on Irving Stone’s biography “Clarence Darrow for the Defense,” the play portrays the famous late 19th- and early 20th-century lawyer as he thinks over his life, his achievements, and his failures.

“Darrow was 70, I am the same age,” Moon says.   “He is looking back on his career.  He is trying to step out and be done.  It is hard because it has been his life.  I identify with him in a lot of ways.  I understand him more deeply than I did in 1985 or 1990 (the first two times Moon performed this show).  The way he talks about his mid-life and his career, I can relate to him.”

Darrow spent most of his career defending the underdog.  He helped with racism cases that spurred the development of the NAACP and ACLU.

Moon felt compelled to do the show and raise funds for the Southwestern College summer theatre program. 

“I believe in the Southwestern summer theatre experience and what it provides for the actors and the community,” Moon says.  “It is a great opportunity for kids to discover themselves and realize how important theatre is.”

Tickets for the play are at two levels.  Benefit tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.  The other option is $15 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, (620) 221-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.  

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Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:41:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCYS to Present ‘From Russia with Love’ on Sunday (South Kansas Symphony)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/2077/?scys-to-present-from-russia-with-love-on-sunday https://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/2077/?scys-to-present-from-russia-with-love-on-sunday The Southwestern College Youth Symphony will present “From Russia with Love,” on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration building.

The concert features music of native Russia as well as exotic music from Italy and Arabia from the view of Russian composers.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-18.  There is no admission charge for SC faculty, staff, and students.

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:21:49 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lonnie Boyd Recognized as HR Professional (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2076/?lonnie-boyd-recognized-as-hr-professional- https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2076/?lonnie-boyd-recognized-as-hr-professional- Lonnie Boyd, director of human resources at Southwestern College, has been recognized as a human resources (HR) professional by the Wichita Business Journal.

Lonnie BoydThe 2019 class of HR professionals is composed of 25 of the best HR professionals in Wichita and the surrounding area.

Boyd, and her husband, Timothy, live in Winfield.  She is the daughter of David and Grace Nichols, Winfield.  Boyd earned her bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree from Southwestern College and joined the college administration in February 2009.  Prior to that, she worked as Winfield community events coordinator for the city of Winfield/Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, from 2001-2006, and was CEO of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2006-2009.

“I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin a career in HR at my alma mater,” Boyd says.   “I could not have asked for a better training ground in that I already had an intimate understanding of the organization’s mission and vision and was being given the chance to be a part of achieving those outcomes.  HR allows you to have a direct positive impact on the organization through personal connections and open communication. It’s incredible what can be accomplished when people feel respected, informed, and appreciated.”  
Boyd credits her former supervisor, Sheila Krug, as her most important mentor.

Boyd says there are challenges to her position.

“The ongoing challenge is to serve as an advocate and trusted facilitator on issues that are important to both the organization and its employees, respectively,” Boyd says.  “Understanding how and when organizational and individual perspectives intersect and finding the mutual ‘win’ is the most satisfying aspect of my job.”
 

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:22:10 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre to Present ‘Dr. Faustus’ (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2075/?sc-theatre-to-present-dr.-faustus https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2075/?sc-theatre-to-present-dr.-faustus The Southwestern College theatre department will present “Dr. Faustus” Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre. 

“The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus,” commonly referred to simply as “Dr. Faustus,” is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust.

According to Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern College, Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus focuses on the title character’s unquenchable desire for knowledge and power that leads him toward the study of the dark arts.  Faustus’ practice attracts the attention of Lucifer, the master of the dark arts. Ultimately, the two of them make a pact in which Faustus trades his soul for 24 years of life. During that time he can freely practice his magical powers.

“Our production of ‘Dr. Faustus’ is both similar to and different from the original,” Moon says.  “No longer a tragedy, the upcoming production is a comedy, satirizing the current political scene.”

Though the time, place, and approach are changed, the original character names and classical language remain.  In the portrayal of the classically-named characters, actors will frequently look and sound like well-known politicians, celebrities, or movie characters.  Many of the actors play multiple roles including likenesses of Kellyanne Conway, Prince Harry, Gordon Ramsay, Mitch McConnell, Theresa May and others. Actors in the ensemble include Raynee Case, Maya Damron, Carson Davis, Scarlet Green, Shawn Knepper, Emily Robinson, Elizabeth Santana, Jennifer Warren, Jack Warring, and Albanee Garcia. 

Tickets are $12 for adults, seniors $10, and students $6.  For more information or to make reservations, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu. 
 

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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:10:28 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mohler-Seib to be Visiting Scholar at SC (Philosophy & Religion)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2074/?mohler-seib-to-be-visiting-scholar-at-sc https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2074/?mohler-seib-to-be-visiting-scholar-at-sc Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib has been selected as the Southwestern College visiting scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College’s visiting scholar program began in 2006, and supports a person nearing the completion of their Ph.D. work in the field of religion.

Mohler-Seib is the 10th visiting scholar in the program. 

Wendy Mohler-SeibMohler-Seib is currently pursuing her doctoral work in practical theology through Nazarene Theological College at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. Her dissertation, titled “Hearing and Obeying God: Mentoring Teenagers in Practicing the Presence of God,” explores spiritual disciplines and the faith formation of adolescents. 

Mohler-Seib is a 2001 graduate of Southwestern College, where she received a B.A. in religion and philosophy. She attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., where she earned both a M.Div. and a M.A. in youth ministry in 2012. 

After her return to Kansas, Mohler-Seib was ordained an elder in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2014.

In 2017, Mohler-Seib was named a Harry Denman Fellow by the Foundation for Evangelism. As a Denman Fellow, Mohler-Seib participates as a junior fellow in the John Wesley Fellowship, a program of the Association for Theological Education (AFTE).

Since 1998, Mohler-Seib has served in varying ministry roles in Kansas, Florida, and New Jersey, first as a director of youth ministry and later in associate and senior pastoral positions. She currently serves as the director of faith formation for the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College.  She will continue in this capacity while serving as visiting scholar at the college.

Steve Wilke, executive director of the Institute for Discipleship, says, “This additional role and title is appropriate as Wendy has begun her doctoral work, and will allow her to share her gifts more widely on campus.”

As visiting scholar at the college, Mohler-Seib will participate as a member of the faculty and teach several courses in religion.

“I am humbled and honored to join the community of previous visiting scholars, whose lives and work continue to make significant contributions in theological education,” says Mohler-Seib.

“I look forward to working alongside the faculty and staff at SC, and encouraging the educational pursuit of current and future Builders.”

Mohler-Seib will begin as the visiting scholar at Southwestern College on Aug. 1.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Seahorn, Schartz Earn Top Awards at KCACTF (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2072/?seahorn-schartz-earn-top-awards-at-kcactf https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2072/?seahorn-schartz-earn-top-awards-at-kcactf Southwestern College students Ondreya Seahorn, Winfield, and Tanner Schartz, Wichita, finished first and second in the Musical Theatre Intensive competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Seahorn and Schartz competed against 200 students from institutions across the region in the Musical Theater Intensive and were selected among 20 finalists to the workshop and to perform in the cabaret showcase. Seahorn was recognized as the top performer and has been invited to compete against the winners from the seven other regions at nationals in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“They said my name and I just couldn’t believe it. I just started crying,” Seahorn says.

The same group awarded a second scholarship, and Schartz was the winner.  As the two top performing individuals, Seahorn and Schartz received Open Jar scholarships to spend the summer performing and learning in New York City.

“We are the first students in the BFA (bachelor of fine arts) program at Southwestern and we are part of building this – we’re not just setting the bar, we are the bar, so it feels really good to be recognized for our work,” Schartz says.

Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern College, was proud of Seahorn and Schartz and appreciated the way SC was represented.

“I have a deep sense of pride about the way our students carried themselves as they represented Southwestern College throughout the week,” Moon says.  “I am also thrilled about the way the students celebrated Ondreya and Tanner’s respective honors.  On an ongoing basis, SC performing arts students rally around each other to provide care and challenge each other to be better.  This week, that hard work and support paid off.”

“Southwestern measured up—it’s easy to think we’re a small school and we can’t compete with big schools, but then we went to festival and we showed that we not only can compete, but we can also win,” Seahorn says.  
 

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Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:21:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 02-04-2019 (SGA)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2071/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-02-04-2019 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2071/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-02-04-2019 SGA Meeting Minutes for 02-04-2019

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Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:06:19 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Recognized by KCACTF (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2070/?sc-students-recognized-by-kcactf https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2070/?sc-students-recognized-by-kcactf Several Southwestern College students and faculty were recognized for excellence at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Sioux Fall, S.D., Jan. 20-26.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.
 
“Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was one of the nine scenes invited to perform at the festival in addition to excellent feedback, the cast received a Meritorious Commendation for ensemble performance, and Scott Olney won Meritorious Commendation for original composition for the performance.
 
“Over the Garden Wall” was recognized with individuals receiving Meritorious Commendations: Jessica Burk for costume design; Jack Warring for lighting design; Allyson Moon for direction; Ryan Pangracs and Aidan Wells Filbert for the creation of an original work
 
“It is a clear indication of the investment that SC students make in their liberal arts grounded, performing arts education,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “It provides them with a variety of ways to express themselves – performance, design, creative writing, management - and they have taken full advantage of those opportunities, developing their abilities to be the very best that they can be.  That quality of work was rewarded all week long at the festival.
 
MKCACTF Team Photooon and Jennifer Hemphill, assistant professor of theatre, served as respondents for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.
 
Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts, is proud of what was accomplished at the festival.
 
“The SC musical theatre, theatre, and music students presented themselves to the KCACTF Region 5 festival with a sense of purpose, focus, direction, preparation, and artistry,” Shook says.   “I’m genuinely proud of these young people--how they embody the knowledge and process Jennifer Hemphill provides them plus the internal initiative the performing arts faculty members nourish in these students.”
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Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:52:01 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dean’s Honor Roll at Southwestern College for Fall 2018 Released (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2069/?deans-honor-roll-at-southwestern-college-for-fall-2018-released https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2069/?deans-honor-roll-at-southwestern-college-for-fall-2018-released Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have been announced with the release of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2018 semester.  Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.
Students on the list include:

Aguayo Felix Juarez 
Angel Vincent Wichita KS
Ashilonu David Cedar Hill TX
Barrett Bryson Prosper TX
Bate Emma Winfield KS
Baumann Catabrean Tulsa OK
Beaumont Ashley Fort Benning GA
Berry Douglas Kapolei HI
Berry Jack Cimarron KS
Bertholf Abby Winfield KS
Blattner Kari Cimarron KS
Bohling Steven Wichita KS
Boyd James Raeford NC
Brady Meagan Bixby OK
Breeden Lindsey Antioch CA
Breshears Hannah Wichita KS
Brito Henry Sterling IL
Buchanan Taya' Welch OK
Buffum Jay Winfield KS
Burdick Benjamin Wichita KS
Calicchia Justin Montreal, QC 
Calvin Braden Lakin KS
Carpenter Jennifer Wichita KS
Case Raynee Arkansas City KS
Castor Tessa Clearwater KS
Cefalu Nina San Antonio TX
Coleman Jessica Salina KS
Collins Darci Iola KS
Collins Maria Wichita KS
Comstock David Webb City MO
Cook Jefferson Cleveland OK
Cooper Angie Derby KS
Crawford Taylor Houstonia MO
Cummings Brian Converse TX
Detter Nicholas Andover KS
Dittert Breanna Hillsboro KS
Domingos Terena Rego Park NY
Dominguez Rebeca Juarez 
Elliott Michael Winfield KS
Ellis Kanami Round Rock TX
Enriquez-Chavez Ailinn Wichita KS
Fang Shulin Lujiang 
Ferguson Faith Maple City KS
Flores Jesus El Paso TX
Foltz Hannah Douglass KS
Forbes Andrew Minot AFB ND
Fortune Shawn Wichita KS
Foster Drake Aubrey TX
Freeman Alexandra Ponca City OK
Fugit Colby Andover KS
Gardner Cristian Rowlett TX
Gillispie James Westerville OH
Gonzalez Kayleen Rowlett TX
Goodrich Cameron Independence KS
Gordon Christian Yukon OK
Gragert Lori Oxford KS
Grahn Bryce Clarendon TX
Griffin Cole Caney KS
Hall Paige Miami OK
Hall Erin Norwich KS
Hobbs John Tuscola TX
Holland MiCaila Sapulpa OK
Howsden Patricia Andover KS
Humphrey Taylor Winfield KS
Hunt Isabella Winfield KS
Innocent Niyonkuru Jamestown ND
Jacobs Ryan Lockport IL
Johnson Haleigh Garland TX
Joldersma Savannah Redwood Falls MN
Jones Nicholas Augusta KS
Keeley Chance Memphis TN
Kelley Deardin Carl Junction MO
Kindred Meghan Logan UT
Koch Caitlin Tomball TX
Kronick Olivia Cocoa Beach FL
Le Stephen Andover KS
Lena Raymond Ayer MA
Lombardi Sara Fort Dix NJ
Lott Kiley Minneapolis KS
Lyons MacKenzie Ponca City OK
Madory Lonnie Oklahoma City OK
Mann Marcelo Offenberg 
Mars Kelsie Arkansas City KS
Massey Kaela Winfield KS
Mazunga Tabeth Harare 
McAninch Sarah Holden MO
McDowell Mason Arkansas City KS
McElwee Matthew Wichita KS
McMains Julia Arkansas City KS
McMinn Brailey Canyon TX
McMullen Donovan Phoenix AZ
McMurry McKelvie Greensburg KS
Michaelson Alysha Moore OK
Milch Megan Rozel KS
Miller Shonna Haysville KS
Mitchell Morgan Mulvane KS
Moore Michele  
Mora Kory Modesto CA
Mora Jarad Modesto CA
Moreno Hayleigh Pearland TX
Morin Shelley Winfield KS
Mull John Winfield KS
Nash Nicholas Jacksonville NC
Ndiho Happy Dallas TX
Nitura Justin Brighton CO
Norton Cady Elgin TX
Padilla Czedrik Avondale AZ
Pangracs Ryan Leavenworth KS
Parobek Michele Kent OH
Patillo Mariah Nashville TN
Perrigo Deidra Winfield KS
Poche Brandon Hester LA
Poi Franco Colonia Caroya 
Randall Brittany Gloucester VA
Redmon Lindsey DPO AA
Resendiz Raquel Winfield KS
Ritzema Alexandria Waterloo WI
Robinson Emily Andover KS
Robson Jonah Rose Hill KS
Rodriguez Taylor Macksville KS
Rylant Curtis Clearwater KS
Schneider Fabio Cologne 
Schubert Cassidy Terrell TX
Schweizer Colby Johnson KS
Shelton Brandi APO AP
Simpson Kaycie Cheyenne WY
Smith Brent Bel Aire KS
Smith Drew Paola KS
Soberano David Derby KS
Staples Evan McAlester OK
Stein Quinlan Jetmore KS
Sutton Emily Garden Grove CA
Tapp Alissa Ponca City OK
Temple Matthew Derby KS
Toson Chay Paauilo HI
Vining Khord Durant OK
Vogele Justine Dexter KS
Waynick Molly Wooster OH
Weathers Serina Houston TX
Wells Filbert Aidan Wichita KS
Weppler Logan Goddard KS
Werner Emily Winfield KS
White Emily Baxter Springs KS
Wofford Leslie Liberty Hill TX
Woodburn Jacob Eureka KS
Wright Loren Edmond OK
Yuen Joshua El Paso TX
Yungeberg-Vann Bryan Waterville KS

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Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:40:44 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[MLK Day Celebration at Southwestern College on Jan. 21 (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2068/?mlk-day-celebration-at-southwestern-college-on-jan.-21 https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2068/?mlk-day-celebration-at-southwestern-college-on-jan.-21 Southwestern College will host a Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
The theme of the celebration is “Give Hope, Receive Hope.”

“The celebration will focus on the connection between Elijah Pilgrim Geiger, the first African American graduate of Southwestern, and the beliefs of Dr. King and how their lives shape us to think about our calling and purpose, just as their calling and purpose was to create change and break down barriers in our society,” says Anjaih Clemons, director of student life at Southwestern College.

The featured speaker will be Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College. The celebration will also feature a performance from Southwestern College graduate Chanel McCray, a personal statement of faith and hope from SC transfer student Kenyana Heard, and several SC staff who will participate in other capacities. 
 

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:21:04 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Wagner Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at SC (Alumni News)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2067/?wagner-named-vice-president-for-institutional-advancement-at-sc https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2067/?wagner-named-vice-president-for-institutional-advancement-at-sc Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has named Pat Wagner as vice president for institutional advancement.

Pat WagnerAfter completing a national search, with a large and strong pool of candidates, Pat stood out as an engaging, experienced, and talented fundraising leader,” said Andrews.
Wagner will lead a team in the office of institutional advancement responsible for alumni relations, annual fund, major gifts, and other development functions.

“His track record of success includes growing annual giving and leading capital campaigns. This, along with his experience serving at the vice-presidential level, perfectly suits him for the opportunities at Southwestern,” said Andrews.

Wagner earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He has worked in the field of advancement and fundraising for nearly 20 years, following a successful career in corporate management. Wagner served at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., prior to his current position as vice president for development and alumni relations at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill.

“I am taken by Southwestern’s many meaningful traditions; the college has a rich history, and, as evidenced by impressive growth in recent years, strong momentum,” said Wagner. “When my wife and I visited Southwestern and Winfield we felt very welcome. We are looking forward to being a part of such a warm and vibrant community.” 

Wagner will begin work in the office for institutional advancement on January 14.

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Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:30:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Scheduled for February 5 (Green Team)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/2066/?e-waste-recycling-event-scheduled-for-february-5 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/2066/?e-waste-recycling-event-scheduled-for-february-5 The Southwestern College Green Team will collaborate with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. More details will be released in January.

“If you are fortunate enough to receive new electronics for Christmas, please don’t pitch the old ones,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle.  “Put them in a safe place until Feb. 5 and then bring them to the 2019 e-waste recycling event in Winfield.”

For questions about recycling, please contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at jason.speegle@sckans.edu.

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:01:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Philanthropy Board Honored (Leadership)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2064/?southwestern-college-philanthropy-board-honored https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2064/?southwestern-college-philanthropy-board-honored National Philanthropy Day 2018 was held on Nov. 16 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Wichita Chapter. Southwestern College Philanthropy Board was honored with the Youth in Philanthropy Group Award.

Philanthropy Big CheckThe student-led board currently consists of Ashleigh Hollis, Quinlan Stein, and Raquel Resendiz. These three accepted the award on the behalf of the board's work and past student board members over the last 10 years. The November issue of the Wichita Business Journal highlighted the board in a two-page spread including Laura (Morgan) Gottlob, who started the board as her senior leadership project in 2008.

“It is important for young people to be involved in philanthropy because it gives them a chance to represent a cause they believe in,” Hollis says.  “To me, this honor means that youth philanthropy work is not going unnoticed.  This is important to our organization because we can show future youth philanthropy groups that they can do good work and make a difference no matter how young or old they are.”

In 2008, Southwestern was selected as one of 10 academic institutions to participate in the students4giving program, an initiative that provides opportunity for students to give grants to nonprofits. Gottlob set up the Southwestern board in response to this grant, which allows other students to learn about the giving cycle and give out grant money to non-profits. Since its inception, the board has awarded over $10,000 grant money to a variety of organizations. The organizations and non-profits are selected under direction and guidance from the board through a non-profit class at Southwestern, currently taught by Lindsay Morgan.

Beyond the honor for national philanthropy day, the class and board held their own grant ceremony on Dec. 13 to feature their 2018 choice for grant recipients. With the board's leadership, the class officially decided to fund the Circles local chapter with $950 for their collaborative work on a children’s curriculum and stipends for their leaders, and the Wichita Sexual Assault Center with $500 to host an event in Cowley County. This ceremony gave some history of the grant, featured the recipients, and announced future new board members.
 

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:20:26 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Student Art Show Reception (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2063/?student-art-show-reception- https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2063/?student-art-show-reception- An artists’ reception for the student art show and sale is from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the President’s Gallery of Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The exhibit of student artwork is on display until Dec. 10.

The students in classes taught by Martha Fitzwater are exhibiting drawings as well as acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings. Students in classes taught by Mike Fell are exhibiting ceramics and stained glass. Student photography is on exhibit in the President’s Gallery with additional photographs on display in Pounds Lounge in the student center.

The galleries are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:45:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full-Tuition Scholarships Offered at SC (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2062/?full-tuition-scholarships-offered-at-sc https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2062/?full-tuition-scholarships-offered-at-sc Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships. Four full-tuition scholarships will be awarded.

The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to two student leaders who are well rounded, hardworking, and community-minded. Moundbuilder Scholars are active and service oriented; they volunteer in their community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

The Pillars Academic Scholarship is a merit-based award that recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities. Pillars scholars are described as intellectually and creatively adventurous. They are typically honors students who have taken advanced placement courses in high school.

Last year, Shelly Morin, Winfield, and Mariah Collins, Wichita, earned the Pillars Academic Scholarship and Jonah Robson, Rose Hill, and Jenni Warren, Winfield, were awarded the Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarships.

The scholarships each award full undergraduate tuition, and are renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. The four scholarships are valued at approximately $150,000 each over four years.

The competition requires that qualified students complete an application. Finalists will be invited to campus to complete an essay, and faculty/staff interview.  To be considered for either of the scholarships students must have submitted both their application for admission and scholarship applications by January 16. For more information about each of SC’s competitive scholarships visit BeABuilder.com/scholarships or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236.


2019 Pillars Academic Scholarship Application

2019 Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship Application

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Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:18:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Department to Present Annual Winterfest Concert (Music)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2061/?sc-music-department-to-present-annual-winterfest-concert https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2061/?sc-music-department-to-present-annual-winterfest-concert The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and his wife, Trish, will host the event.  The concert is sponsored by Joan Fenema Jones.

Winterfest is a collaboration between A Cappella Choir, JourneyKids Choir, the South Kansas Symphony, the Southwestern College Choral Union, and the Southwestern College Percussion Ensemble. Conducting the concert selections are Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music; Nikki Kirk, JourneyKids Choir; Aaron Knodle, assistant professor of music; and Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music, along with James Leland providing organ accompaniment.

According to Knodle, the A Cappella Choir, the Choral Union, and JourneyKids Choir will offer both traditional and contemporary selections, the Percussion Ensemble will present arrangements with both swing and Latin rhythms, and the South Kansas Symphony will offer several variations of “Sleigh Ride.”

“We will conclude the concert with the combined choral and orchestral forces presenting F. Melius Christiansen’s ‘Beautiful Savior,’ Dan Forrest’s arrangements of the ‘Huron Carol’ and ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful,’ and Dan Goeller’s ‘Christmas Carol Sing-Along,’” Knodle says.
 

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Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:25:08 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cultural Arts Festival at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2060/?cultural-arts-festival-at-southwestern-college-friday-and-saturday https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2060/?cultural-arts-festival-at-southwestern-college-friday-and-saturday Southwestern College will host a Cultural Arts Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Event coordinator and Southwestern College student Raquel Resendiz hopes the event will prompt dialogue between international and domestic students with faculty, staff, and the community.

“It is important to celebrate the differences and similarities between cultures and what better way to do this than through art, since it comes in all shapes and forms,” Resendiz says.

The event will be in four different locations around the Southwestern College campus. 
• Christy Administration Building—American Indian traditions, Indian dance lessons, African braids, G(race) Talks, folklore, Arabic language, German language, loteria (Mexican bingo), henna, and salsa and bachata dance teaching.
• Messenger Recital Hall—Scottish bagpipes, Indian dance performance, and mariachi band.
• Darbeth Fine Arts Center—Portuguese language, Zamba dance teaching, Mexican ballad writing, Be Part of the Bigger Picture (painting/coloring), The Roles We Play, and world instruments.
• Roy L. Smith Student Center—Finding Common Ground game, Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe, and ceramics tie-die.

Patrons are encouraged to walk to all the locations.  Festival t-shirts and food will be for sale.  For more information, go to www.facebook.com/culturalartsfestival.

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Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:23:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Staff and Students Pack Boxes for Children in Need (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2059/?sc-staff-and-students-pack-boxes-for-children-in-need https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2059/?sc-staff-and-students-pack-boxes-for-children-in-need The Summit Youth Academy and Southwestern College Campus Ministry has teamed up with Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fla., to participate with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for youth and young adults for the Institute for Discipleship, Ben Hanne, campus minister, and Southwestern College students purchased and packed items to be delivered to children around the world that are in need.  The items included school supplies, personal hygiene products, washcloths, and a toy. According to Mohler-Seib, 57 boxes were packed.

Christmas Boxes for Children

Mohler-Seib served at Forest Park United Methodist Church following her graduation from Southwestern College. She says that every single friend of hers in the Panama City area was affected by Hurricane Michael.

“One of my dear friends who has headed up this ministry for 21 years at Forest Park said that they just couldn’t do it this year due to the volume of destruction in Panama City.  I told her that the Summit would team up with Campus Ministry here and put boxes together and do it in her stead this year.”

Forest Park United Methodist Church is paying for the shipping of the boxes. 

“The focus of Campus Ministry this past month has been about Thanksgiving and what it means to give thanks so hopefully as we consider other people who are in a place of need, it reminds us of reasons that we all have to be grateful.  This is what Builders do, we give back.”

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Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:40:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Major Gifts Establish New Career Center at Southwestern College (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2058/?major-gifts-establish-new-career-center-at-southwestern-college https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2058/?major-gifts-establish-new-career-center-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College has announced the receipt of two major gifts in support of establishing a Career Center on campus.

A lead gift from alumnus of the college and former board chair David Smith, and his wife, Linda, as well as a significant contribution from current board chair Scott Hecht, and his wife, Shelley, both alumni, will allow work on the Career Center to begin.

“I’ve served on the board for many years and it is from that perspective I share there is no better time to invest in Southwestern than right now,” said David Smith.

Identified as a priority during the college’s strategic planning process, both student and faculty groups have offered direction in the initial planning phase of the Career Center.

“Each academic division of the college has faculty advisors who assist students as they consider their vocational calling and career plan – and that work will continue,” said Brad Andrews, Southwestern College president.

The Career Center will be a resource for students in many ways, including résumé review and interview preparation. Andrews shared that in this way, the Career Center will complement the important connection faculty advisors have with students.

“Our college is on the move, for the third year in a row we’ve welcomed a record incoming class and it is a joy to make a gift knowing that it will directly support and benefit the lives of these young Builders,” said Smith. “As SC gave me a foundation to build a meaningful career, I know it will for them too.”

The first step in the launch of the Career Center will be to hire a full-time director who will assist in planning the physical space and program offerings.

“We will be looking for someone who has a background in career counseling and who will be dedicated to helping our students get a strong start on their career path,” said Andrews. “As our enrollment has grown, we have committed to increasing our investment in resources for students; we are grateful to the Smiths and Hechts for their support of that vision.”

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:13:02 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-11-2018 (SGA)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2057/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-11-11-2018 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2057/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-11-11-2018 SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-11-2018

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:23:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McCoy Named Southwestern College Athletic Director (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2056/?mccoy-named-southwestern-college-athletic-director https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2056/?mccoy-named-southwestern-college-athletic-director Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that Mike McCoy, who was named the acting athletic director in July, will fill the role of athletic director moving forward. 

McCoy, who is an alumnus of Southwestern, served as a volunteer consultant for SC athletics for several years before being named as the acting athletic director.

Mike McCoy"Mike is a true Builder. He is fully committed to guiding and supporting our coaches and student-athletes,” said Andrews. “He brings a breadth of experience as an administrator and coach — coupled with a deep love for our college.”

McCoy's career has been in athletics. He spent 20 years coaching at the high school and collegiate levels, as well as another 20 years of experience in professional sports. He coached at several large high schools before serving as wide receiver coach and on-campus recruiting coordinator at Kansas State University. His career then led him to indoor professional football.

McCoy worked as a sports management consultant, primarily for arena football franchises, and from 2004 to 2015 served as the general manager of several professional indoor football teams.

“We couldn’t be more fortunate to have Mike fill this important role,” Andrews added. 

Southwestern College has had a solid start to their athletic year—with several of the fall sports achieving record win totals, advancing to post-season play, and strong coaches’ poll predictions for winter sports.

"I’m excited to lead Southwestern athletics forward; we will remain focused on building strong character and work ethic in our student-athletes,” said McCoy. “In this past four months I have been so impressed with our excellent team of coaches, who are building their programs in the right way and who understand the importance of our traditions — it’s a privilege to work with each of them.”

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:10 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members (Alumni News)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2055/?southwestern-college-natural-science-hall-of-fame-to-induct-three-new-members https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2055/?southwestern-college-natural-science-hall-of-fame-to-induct-three-new-members Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The new members are Angela Mayorga May, Shawnee; Kenneth Renner, Beresford, S.D.; and C. Clifford Conaway (deceased).

The celebration will begin with dinner at 5 p.m. (cost is $25 per person, seating is limited, and RSVPs are necessary) followed immediately by the induction ceremony.  To make reservations, contact Charles McKinzie, director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College, at (620) 222-1135 or email Charles.mckinzie@sckans.edu. 

This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.

“We are always excited to welcome new members into our halls of fame,” says McKinzie.  “It reminds us of how much we have to be proud of and how important it is for us to continue our tradition of excellence for current students. We are privileged to welcome these Moundbuilders into this prestigious hall.”

Inductees include:

  • C. Clifford Conaway ’60 was a toxicologist, research scientist, and college professor whose distinguished career continued until a year before his death at age 78 in 2017. Conaway spent seven years as a project toxicologist for Texaco before moving to the American Health Foundation (Institute for Cancer Prevention) in 1986. For 17 years he did cancer research focusing on basic research on mechanisms of carcinogenesis and dietary approaches to cancer chemoprevention. He was author of 41 publications at the institute before it closed in 2004. Conaway was a consultant in environmental toxicology, carcinogenesis, and risk assessment, and was project leader for health risk evaluations on emissions from hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities for the EPA. He concluded his career teaching topics related to toxicology at Pace University and at New York Medical College. 

  • Angela Mayorga May ’97 received her M.D. degree from Creighton University and completed residency training in the combined internal medicine/psychiatry program at the University of Kansas. She was recipient of the Shawn Storm Memorial Award, presented to a graduating psychiatry resident who consistently demonstrates excellence in all aspects of patient-centered care. She was selected one of four chief residents in internal medicine, holding a joint appointment in the department of psychiatry. She joined the psychiatry faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2007 and holds a joint appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry and internal medicine at KU Medical Center. She also functions as residency director of the psychiatry residency program. Her principal duties are educating residents, staffing the outpatient clinic, and working as a psychiatric consultant to the solid organ transplant service.

  • Kenneth J. Renner ’76 has spent his career in education and research, mostly focusing on investigating how steroid hormones affect monoaminergic transmission (dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine pathways) to alter the expression of behaviors, in particular female sexual behavior and stress responses. A faculty member at the University of South Dakota from 1994 to the present, his recent studies have examined the potential roles of organic cation transporters in mediating rapid changes in monoamine neurotransmitters in response to the stress hormone corticosterone. This raises the possibility that the corticosterone blockade of organic cation-mediated transport may contribute to rapid actions of stress hormones in the brain and affect behavioral outcomes. Dr. Renner has spent consider time optimizing and applying techniques for analysis of monoamines in his own lab and has generously shared this knowledge with other investigators. Nominated multiple times for excellence in teaching awards, Dr. Renner continues to be active in science education as a volunteer instructor for the South Dakota Governor’s camp (middle school students) and Ambassadors Camp (high school students).

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Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:25:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Letters to My Younger Self’ at Southwestern College Nov. 5-9 (Leadership)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2053/?letters-to-my-younger-self-at-southwestern-college-nov.-5-9 https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2053/?letters-to-my-younger-self-at-southwestern-college-nov.-5-9 The social science division at Southwestern College and Pi Gamma Mu are hosting “Letters to My Younger Self” Nov. 5-9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.   The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

“I am encouraging anyone, especially our students, to take advantage of such opportunities to listen and learn from people who are trying to help them connect the dots between college and career,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The big picture is tying everything together: what these leaders know now that they wish they would have known in college. The theme is embedded around books, each speaker picking a book they wish they would have read in college. I think we have some very interesting speakers, very interesting book choices, and very interesting connections to specific disciplines in the social science division.”

The featured speakers include:
•       Monday, Nov. 5— Department of Psychology presents Allison Moltisanti.  Moltisanti is a neuropsychologist residing in Wichita. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Book she wishes she had read in college: “Sphere” by Michael Crichton
•       Tuesday, Nov. 6— Department of History presents J.K. Campbell.  Campbell recently joined SC faculty and the education division after 32 years in K-12 public education.  What he wishes he had read in college: “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair
•       Wednesday, Nov. 7— Department of Philosophy and Religion presents Rev. Mitch Reece.  Reece is the Wichita East and West District Superintendent for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. What he wishes he had read in college: “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger. 
•       Thursday, Nov. 8—Leadership Southwestern presents Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin. What he wishes he had read in college: “Shackleton’s Way” by Margot Miller and Stephanie Capparell
•       Friday, Nov. 9—Political science presents Russell Fox.  Fox is a leading voice in political science from Wichita. He received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from, Brigham Young University and his Ph.D., from Catholic University of America.  What he wishes he had read in college: “Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community” by Wendell Berry.

For more information, email Brae.Wood@sckans.edu.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:39:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Letters to My Younger Self’ at Southwestern College Nov. 5-9 (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2052/?letters-to-my-younger-self-at-southwestern-college-nov.-5-9 https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2052/?letters-to-my-younger-self-at-southwestern-college-nov.-5-9 The social science division at Southwestern College and Pi Gamma Mu are hosting “Letters to My Younger Self” Nov. 5-9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.   The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

“I am encouraging anyone, especially our students, to take advantage of such opportunities to listen and learn from people who are trying to help them connect the dots between college and career,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The big picture is tying everything together: what these leaders know now that they wish they would have known in college. The theme is embedded around books, each speaker picking a book they wish they would have read in college. I think we have some very interesting speakers, very interesting book choices, and very interesting connections to specific disciplines in the social science division.”

The featured speakers include:

  • Monday, Nov. 5— Department of Psychology presents Allison Moltisanti.  Moltisanti is a neuropsychologist residing in Wichita. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Book she wishes she had read in college: “Sphere” by Michael Crichton
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6— Department of History presents J.K. Campbell.  Campbell recently joined SC faculty and the education division after 32 years in K-12 public education.  What he wishes he had read in college: “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7— Department of Philosophy and Religion presents Rev. Mitch Reece.  Reece is the Wichita East and West District Superintendent for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. What he wishes he had read in college: “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8—Leadership Southwestern presents Southwestern College President Brad Andrews.  Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin. What he wishes he had read in college: “Shackleton’s Way” by Margot Miller and Stephanie Capparell
  • Friday, Nov. 9—Political science presents Russell Fox.  Fox is a leading voice in political science from Wichita. He received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from, Brigham Young University and his Ph.D., from Catholic University of America.  What he wishes he had read in college: “Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community” by Wendell Berry.

For more information, email Brae.Wood@sckans.edu.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:38:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Pastor Andrew Thompson to Present Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2051/?pastor-andrew-thompson-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2051/?pastor-andrew-thompson-to-present-parkhurst-lecture-at-southwestern-college Andrew Thompson, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Ark., will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., in Wroten Hall on the SC campus.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

The title of Thompson’s lecture is “Walking in the Ways of God.”  

“Andrew has a scholar’s mind and a pastor’s heart,” says Jackson Lashier, associate professor of religion at Southwestern College. “He is very knowledgeable about early Methodism. His lecture will focus on discipleship in the 21st century but will draw historical examples from patterns of discipleship among the early Methodists. It will be an engaging lecture from which anyone interested in Christian practices of discipleship will greatly benefit.”

Thompson is one of the leading scholars of Methodist history and Wesleyan Theology in the country. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hendrix College, a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate of theology from Duke University. He has published widely on the subject, notably “The Means of Grace: Traditioned Practice in Today's World” (Seedbed, 2015). He was the professor of church history and Wesleyan studies at Memphis Theological Seminary for four years before becoming the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springdale. 

The Parkhurst Lecture is one of three annual endowed lectures hosted by the philosophy and religion department of the social sciences division at Southwestern College. This lecture focuses on Biblical studies. 

For more information contact Lashier at (620) 229-6066.

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Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:28:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre to Present ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2050/?sc-theatre-to-present-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2050/?sc-theatre-to-present-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time The Southwestern College theatre department will present the Tony- and Olivier-award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Nov. 8-11, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 9, and 10, and at 2 p.m., on Nov. 11.

Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” follows Christopher Boone, an extraordinary boy (played by Ryan Pangracs) who is falsely accused of killing the neighbor’s dog. Step by step, Christopher overcomes his fears and embarks on an unforgettable journey to find the true perpetrator, ultimately changing his life forever.

Jennifer Hemphill, assistant professor of theatre, will direct the production.  The cast includes Scarlet Green, Tanner Schartz, Ondreya Seahorn, Lizzy Santana, Raynee Case, Shawn Knepper, Meagan Morrow, Ryan Pangracs, Kaela Massey, and Aidan Wells Filbert.

“We are thrilled to bring this piece to life,” Hemphill says.  “The play offers a minimalistic set and an ensemble-based performance, with an original score by Scott Olney. The production is not to be missed.”

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” contains adult content and some language. It is not recommended for children under 13. Tickets are free for Southwestern College students and faculty. Additional tickets are $6 for students outside of Southwestern College, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:18:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Inductees to Enter SC Athletic Hall of Fame (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2049/?new-inductees-to-enter-sc-athletic-hall-of-fame https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2049/?new-inductees-to-enter-sc-athletic-hall-of-fame The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Roy L. Smith Student Center at 10 a.m.  Inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Southwestern-Bethel Homecoming football game.  The new members are Kalan Powers ’04, Stephen Peebles ’88, Torey Keller ’87, Darren Boyd ’85, Paul Steele, ’85, Cheryl Gleason ’76, and Leah Hartman (Rankin) ’07.  

Kalan Powers made the most of his two years playing basketball at Southwestern. Powers was a two-time academic All-American, a two-year letter winner, a first team All-KCAC selection, and a team captain.  During his two seasons at SC, he was regarded as one of the most feared shooters in the league.  

Stephen Peebles played four seasons of football at Southwestern and was a starter for each of those seasons.  Peebles was named a team captain and was an All-KCAC performer twice.  The Moundbuilder football team enjoyed tremendous success during his time in Winfield.  With his help and leadership Moundbuilder Football earned conference championships in 1985 and 1987, and were runners-up in 1986 and 1988.

Torey Keller had a decorated career in track and cross country at Southwestern College. He was the KCAC champion in 1986 and 1987 in the 800 and 1500 meters.  He was selected as an All-KCAC cross country runner in 1986 and also earned All-American in ’86 and ’87. Keller helped lead the SC cross country team to a KCAC and NAIA District 10 title in ’86.  Keller is currently the head cross country coach at Winfield High School. 

Darren Boyd played four years of tennis at Southwestern and enjoyed great success.  He was an All-KCAC performer and an All-Academic team member for all four seasons.  Boyd was also a NAIA regional finalist three times.  

Paul Steele was a four-year player for the Southwestern College Moundbuilder basketball team.  He was named All-KCAC three times and an All-American.  Steele was a prolific scorer for SC. His 1,424 points are in the top 10 for all-time scoring at SC, which he scored before the three-point line was introduced to the game.

Cheryl Gleason was one of the most versatile athletes ever to come out of Southwestern College.  She played tennis for four years, and volleyball and basketball for three years.  She was a leader on the 1975 KCAC championship women's tennis team.  In 2015, Gleason was inducted into the Kansas Volleyball Association Hall of Fame.  

Leah (Rankin) Hartman played tennis for four seasons and ran cross country for three as a Moundbuilder.  She was a first team All-KCAC selection all four seasons, helped lead SC to two second place conference finishes, was named team Most Valuable Player twice, and was the recipient of the Dr. Leroy Walker Champion of Character award.  In cross country, Hartman was a part of two team KCAC championships.  Hartman also was the captain of the JINX dance team. 

“This is as special class of inductees – during each of their careers as collegiate athletes they racked up an impressive list of accolades and accomplishments, but beyond that, they are excellent Builders. They are people of strong character and it is an honor to celebrate them,” said Mike McCoy, athletic director at Southwestern College.

McCoy adds that nominations for the 2019 Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until Dec. 31.  To submit a nomination, email McCoy at Mike.McCoy@sckans.edu. 

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and there is no admission charge.  For more information about the SC Athletic Hall of Fame or the induction ceremony, call (620) 229-6218.

 

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Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:14:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2018 Events at Southwestern College (Alumni News)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2048/?homecoming-2018-events-at-southwestern-college https://www.sckans.edu/connecting-to-sc/alumni-news/news/view/2048/?homecoming-2018-events-at-southwestern-college Southwestern College will celebrate 2018 Homecoming Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21.  Numerous activities have been announced.
 
For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Charles McKinzie, director of alumni programs, at (620) 222-1135. For schedule updates, refer to the homecoming website— www.sckans.edu/homecoming.

Friday’s schedule includes:

  • 2 to 5 p.m.— Registration for class reunions in the Christy Administration Building lobby.
  • 5:30 p.m.—Junior varsity volleyball versus Kansas Wesleyan in Stewart Field House.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. — All class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall.  Recognition of 50-year class, 51 and above classes, and all class hosts.
  • 7 p.m.—Varsity volleyball versus Kansas Wesleyan, Stewart Field House
  • 7:30 p.m. — Kaleidoscope concert, Richardson Performing Arts Center.  SC music ensembles with the South Kansas Symphony, ($10 suggested donation, tickets available at the door).
  • 9:30 p.m.  — Bonfire and pep rally, north end of the grass soccer field.

Saturday’s schedule includes:

  • 9 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street.
  • 10 a.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
  • 10 a.m.—Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Roy L. Smith student center dining hall.
  • 10:30 a.m.—Performing arts reception, Darbeth lobby.
  • 10:30 a.m.— Family Fun ’Round the Mound – Cole Mound Plaza. Concert by Worship Outreach, Royal Game Theater mobile gaming truck and more.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Professional class photos, King Plaza, photo times (class photos will be done separately by class):  11:45 – classes of 1973, 1978; noon –classes of 1983 and 1988; 12:15 p.m. – classes of 1993 and 1998; 12:30 p.m. – classes of 2003, 2008, and 2013.
  • 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Homecoming picnic, Stewart Field House, $9 per person, $4.50 for children.
  • Noon – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Country Club.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Homecoming football game vs. Bethel College.
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—www.sckans.edu/homecoming).
  • 5:30 p.m. — Class of 1968 reunion dinner, Winfield County Club, $30 per person RSVP required.
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—www.sckans.edu/homecoming).
  • 5:30 p.m.—Women’s soccer versus Tabor College, Jantz Stadium.
  • 8 p.m.—Men’s soccer versus Tabor College, Jantz Stadium.
  • 8 p.m. — “Eternal Quest Game Show” Campus Players game show of the century, Richardson Performing Arts Center. RSVP to perform or to be a contestant. Campus Players of all ages - alumni and current students - will compete to name actors, characters, designers, song titles, play titles, and other miscellaneous tidbits of information from the 100th anniversary SC theatre season and the theatre seasons from the Homecoming 2018 reunion years.  Questions will feature super short scenes, songs, or other memorable moments from productions performed by current students and alumni volunteers.

Sunday’s schedule includes:

  • 9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $7 per person.
  • 10 a.m.—Class of 2010 farewell breakfast at Hunters Café, 1020 Manning.
  • 10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Ashley Alley Crawford ’98 guest speaker.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $8 per person.
  • 6 p.m. – SC Youth Symphony Concert – RPAC. $8 adults/$5 children (5-18)/Free children under 5
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Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:54:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-07-2018 (SGA)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2046/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-10-07-2018 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2046/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-10-07-2018 SGA Meeting Minutes 10-07-2018

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Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:43:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Present Halloween Pops Concert (South Kansas Symphony)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/2045/?south-kansas-symphony-to-present-halloween-pops-concert https://www.sckans.edu/other/south-kansas-symphony/news/view/2045/?south-kansas-symphony-to-present-halloween-pops-concert The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will begin its 2018-2019 season with the annual Halloween Pops concert “Symphonic Sci Fi” this Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

This performance is sponsored by Phil and Mary Jarvis. 

According to Amber Dahlén Peterson, conductor of the SKS, the concert celebrates music of science fiction movies and television. The concert will conclude with a special collaboration between the symphony and the Southwestern College A Cappella Choir and Choral Union, performing Eric Whitacre's “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!”

Tickets for this performance are $8 for adults and free for all children, Southwestern College faculty, staff, students, and youth symphony members. They will be available for purchase at the door or in advance through the performing arts office by calling (620) 229-6272. Treats and door prizes will be awarded and the audience is encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Season tickets will also be on sale, which will include all regular SKS and Southwestern College Youth Symphony performances for the 2018-2019 season. They are $50 for adults and $25 for children (5-18 years old). Season ticket holders have reserved seats for most of the concerts.


Concert Program

Also Sprach Zarathustra: Fanfare (Intro-Sunrise) - Strauss 

Star Trek Through the Years - Goldsmith/Custer

Star Wars Through the Years - Williams/Bulla 

Space Fantasy - Katona

Space Battle - Katona

Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! (with choir) - Whitacre

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Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:19:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 09-30-2018 (SGA)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2044/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-09-30-2018 https://www.sckans.edu/activities/sga/sga-minutes/view/2044/?sga-meeting-minutes-for-09-30-2018 SGA Meeting Minutes for 09-30-2018

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Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:52:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Podcast Offered by Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship (Philosophy & Religion)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2043/?new-podcast-offered-by-richard-and-julia-wilke-institute-for-discipleship https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/2043/?new-podcast-offered-by-richard-and-julia-wilke-institute-for-discipleship The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship is launching a new podcast that explores career, vocation, and listening to God. Through recorded interviews, guests on “The Listening Chair” share how they live into the calling of being a beloved child of God, and how they live out this love through their vocational calling.  Stories from people of all ages, stages of life, and career fields will be shared. 

The Listening ChairHosted by Meg Calvin and Miranda Priddy, the podcast launched on Sept. 8, and has released a pilot and five full episodes.  The hosts plan to release a total of 20 episodes for the first season, with one new episode every other week.        

“Podcasts are becoming more mainstream and easy to access,” says Priddy. “‘The Listening Chair’ is the Institute’s way of moving forward with technology for the church at large, but keeping the longstanding practice of testimony.”

The podcast is one of a number of programs and initiatives from the Institute for Discipleship that aim to help young people hear God’s voice and become stronger disciples. 

“As the Institute builds more programs for Gen Z and Millennials, it became necessary to start gathering stories of dream jobs and divine nudges to help young people navigate leaps of faith despite discouraging voices and unclear next steps,” says Calvin. “There’s something healing and encouraging about stories. They tell you that other people have had the same struggles you’re experiencing and have come through them.” 

While the podcast is intended to help young people choose career paths, Calvin and Priddy recommend it to anyone who doubts their next career steps or wants to match a career to passions and interests.

“If you think you chose the wrong career, are sick of people telling you that there is no money in the line of work you’re dreaming of, or that the job you want does not exist, come on over and get cozy for a listen,” says Priddy. “Chances are, listening to our guests’ stories will help you write your own.”

“The Listening Chair” is available for download at iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Podbean. Those interested can also listen at www.institutefordiscipleship.org/listeningchair or connect via @thelisteningchair on Facebook and Instagram or @megandmiranda on Twitter.  

The Institute for Discipleship was founded by the authors of the Disciple Bible study series and provides Christian resources and education. It is based at Southwestern College, a United Methodist college in Winfield. 

 

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:39:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bone Marrow Drive and Fund Raising Dinner (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2042/?bone-marrow-drive-and-fund-raising-dinner https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2042/?bone-marrow-drive-and-fund-raising-dinner Southwestern College pre-health professionals will be available at upcoming athletic events to offer information and registration opportunities for a bone marrow drive.

According to Caitlin Koch, co-president for pre-health professionals, students and community members may register at the Southwestern College volleyball match at 3 and 7 p.m., in Stewart Field House on Friday, Sept. 21; at the Southwestern College football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., in Jantz Stadium; or on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Java Jinx, located in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. 

Last summer the son of Southwestern College academic dean Ross Peterson-Veatch, Oscar, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. His treatment required a bone marrow transplant. Oscar was fortunate to find a donor match and had a transplant on Sept. 11. In his honor, various organizations and individuals in the Winfield community wanted to raise awareness about becoming registered to donate bone marrow and to raise money to support the organizations who have helped Oscar and his family. 

Funds are being raised to support both the registry and Ronald McDonald House, both of which have greatly helped the Peterson-Veatch family. The fundraiser dinner to culminate the donor drive is Sunday, Sept 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Winfield High School commons. The suggested donation is $7 per plate and burgers, sides, drinks and dessert will be served.

All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House and BeThe Match (the national marrow donor registry).  The drive is being sponsored by First United Methodist Church, partnering with Southwestern College, the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and William Newton Hospital to raise awareness and encourage new donors. Please contact Todd DeMint, 229-0224, for more information.

“Approximately 12,000 people need a bone marrow transplant every year to fight and cure many diseases like cancer, leukemia, and aplastic anemia,” DeMint says.  “The drive is to raise awareness and encourage new donors age 18-44 to register at https://join.bethematch.org/BeTheOneWinfield.  If you are not in that age range, you can help by spreading the word, attending the fund raising dinner, and learning more about bone marrow donations.”

 

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:01:07 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Two SC Grads Receive Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2041/?two-sc-grads-receive-pi-gamma-mu-scholarship https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2041/?two-sc-grads-receive-pi-gamma-mu-scholarship Two recent Southwestern College graduates are the recipients of the 2018 Pi Gamma Mu scholarships. 
Troy Fort and Jerlecia Thompson have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. 

Jerl ThompsonFort and Thompson each earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from SC in 2018.  Fort was also the Scholar of the College.  Troy FortHe is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in behavioral neuroscience and animal learning at Kansas State University.  Thompson is attending Oklahoma State University working on a specialist in education degree in school psychology.

“It is a very competitive scholarship program and having two winners from Southwestern College in one year is something the college should be proud of,” says Suzanne Rupp, executive director of Pi Gamma Mu.

The honor society awards up to 12 scholarships to attend graduate school annually in the amount of $1,000 and $2,000.  These scholarships are awarded only to Pi Gamma Mu members.  

Pi Gamma Mu was founded at Southwestern College in 1924 when Dr. Leroy Allen, dean and head of the economics department, met with his students to start an economics honor society.  Each member donated 25 cents to cover postage for a mailing to other colleges across the United States, encouraging them to participate with Southwestern College in starting an honor society.  The theme of the honor society was soon changed to include all of the social sciences.  The society has inducted 271,986 members to date and has established chapters at 471 colleges and universities around the globe.  Southwestern College houses the Kansas Alpha Chapter.

Cheryl Rude, professor of leadership studies and academic director at SC, is the faculty sponsor of the chapter.

 

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:36:01 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department Announces Cast for “Over the Garden Wall” (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2040/?sc-theatre-department-announces-cast-for-over-the-garden-wall https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2040/?sc-theatre-department-announces-cast-for-over-the-garden-wall The Southwestern College theatre department will present the student-adapted musical “Over the Garden Wall” Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

“Over the Garden Wall” is a musical adapted from the American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network. The musical centers on two half-brothers who travel across a mysterious forest in order to find their way home, encountering odd and wonderful things on their journey.  SC students Ryan Pangracs and Aidan Wells Filbert are the creators of the musical adaptation.  Pangracs adapted the script and Wells Filbert adapted and wrote the music.  According to director Allyson Moon, the subject matter of the show makes it ideal entertainment for the entire family. 

The cast members for the musical are: William Wade as Wirt; Sam Beck as Greg; Jennifer Warren as Beatrice; Jack Warring as Woodsman, Narrator, and Beast; Emma Bate as Adelaide and Toymaker; Creek Love as Jason Funderberker and Jimmy B; Tomunci Whitfield as Enoch, Highwayman, and North Wind; Addison Praytor as Beast; Hannah Breshears as Sara and Tavern Keeper; Albanee Garcia as Lorna; Brant Cotta as Endicott and Mr. Langtree; Maya Damron as Auntie Whispers; Jessica Burk as Mrs. Langtree; Brynn Hampton as Margueritte Grey; and Abby Domann as Queen of the Clouds.

Donate & Reserve Tickets Online

Admittance to the show is free of charge, but a suggested donation of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 students. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:26:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Performing Arts Providing Transportation to Wichita Symphony on Sunday (Music)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2039/?sc-performing-arts-providing-transportation-to-wichita-symphony-on-sunday https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2039/?sc-performing-arts-providing-transportation-to-wichita-symphony-on-sunday The Southwestern College performing arts division will provide transportation to and from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Classic Series concerts on Sundays during the 2018-19 season.  

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra begins the 2018-2019 Masterworks Season on Sunday, Sept. 16, with Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto,” featuring violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Brahms’s “Symphony No. 3,” and Berlioz's “The Corsair Overture.”

“This Brahms work is absolutely one of the most impactful symphonic works to me,” says Tim Shook, chair of performing arts at Southwestern.  “The program is inviting, beautiful and varied.  Join us on Sunday, Sept. 16.”   
           

For more information about the concert, go to https://wichitasymphony.org/events/beethoven-brahms-berlioz. 

To sign up, contact the performing arts office at (620) 229-6272 by Friday at 5 p.m.  The division asks for a donation of $10 to cover the cost of car rental, mileage, and gas.  

“We meet at Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus around 1 p.m. on Sunday,” says Aidan Wells Filbert, president of ToneBuilders.   

 

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:36:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Yearbook Moving into Digital Era (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2037/?sc-yearbook-moving-into-digital-era https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2037/?sc-yearbook-moving-into-digital-era The Southwestern College yearbook will be reimagined in 2019 school year. The division of computer science, communications and English, in consultation with the Student Government Association will be working to launch the 114-year journalistic tradition of “The Moundbuilder” into a new digital era, moving away from the printed format. 

“As our division works to provide innovative opportunities for students to practice their writing, photography and design skills, we must concentrate on contemporary modes of delivery,” said Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism and program coordinator for convergent journalism. 

“The Moundbuilder” has been a steadfast servant of the college since its first edition in 1905. Generations of Builders have worked and learned while capturing images and writing stories that archive the college experience and our collective memory. 

“From the hauntingly beautiful photos of Old North Hall in black and white, to the vibrant sunsets captured down The 77 - there will never be another college with a more beautiful and artistic remembrance of bygone days,” said Sparks.  

 Students of the college will be asked to participate in the process of identifying how to best capture the school year in a digital format.

“We are excited to engage students in the continuation of this annual tradition in a new format,” said Ross Peterson-Veatch, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “This process will serve as a wonderful learning experience as students imagine the ways a digital time capsule can and will best serve this generation.”

 

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:21:42 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff at Southwestern College (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2036/?new-faculty-and-staff-at-southwestern-college https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2036/?new-faculty-and-staff-at-southwestern-college New Southwestern College faculty and staff were introduced at the annual Welcome Back Dinner held Monday, Aug. 13. 
New faculty include:
J.K. Campbell, associate professor of education and chair for the Division of Education.  He earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Wichita State University; a master of education from Wichita State University; a master of environmental science from Friends University; and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Wichita State University.
Susan Dutcher, visiting assistant professor of psychology.  Dutcher is a licensed psychologist and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.  She has a master’s degree from Friends University and a doctorate degree from George Fox University.
David Youland, assistant professor of business.  He earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master of business administration in marketing from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Jennifer Hemphill, associate professor of theatre. Hemphill earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a master of fine arts degree in acting from Kent State University.
Aaron Knodle, assistant professor of music. Knodle earned a bachelor of music in organ performance and a bachelor of arts in music education from Luther College, as well as a master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston University. He will complete his doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music in December.
Nick Bartkoski, assistant professor of business. He earned his bachelor of science degree in journalism and bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Kansas, a master of business administration from the University of Kansas, and a doctor of philosophy in business administration with an emphasis on strategy from the University of Oklahoma. 
Micah Fry, instructor of communication. She received her associate of arts in mass communication from Cowley College, a bachelor of arts in communication and master of arts in communication from Wichita State University.
New staff members at Southwestern include:
Sarah Kate Reilly, faculty assistant for performing arts
Cedric Sunray, transfer admission representative
Trevor Jossart, sports information director
Mike McCoy, acting athletic director
Terri Anderson, assistant track and field coach
DeMarcus Spurlock, graduate assistant football coach.
Brandon Steed, graduate assistant football coach
LonDarius Thomas, graduate assistant football coach
Jacob Gibbs, graduate assistant baseball coach
Ezequiel Suarez, graduate assistant tennis coach
Dylan Kester, graduate assistant baseball coach
Landon Fox, graduate assistant golf coach
Sashane Watson, graduate assistant volleyball coach
Brandon Branch, graduate assistant men’s basketball coach
Jacee Kramer, graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach
Jose Chavarria, graduate assistant athletic trainer.
Dylan Madigan, graduate assistant athletic trainer. 
Ashley Ortega, Fort Riley site coordinator
Kayleigh Richardson, assistant director of residence life
Shannon Vargas, vice president for finance and chief financial officer
Jennifer Caughron, director of marketing, Professional Studies
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Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:19:14 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Fall Honors Recital on September 6 (Music)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2035/?southwestern-fall-honors-recital-on-september-6 https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2035/?southwestern-fall-honors-recital-on-september-6 The Southwestern College music department will present the Fall Honors Recital on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the main level of the Christy Administration Building. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Select students have earned the honor to present solo performances based on the previous semester’s jury exam scores.  Students performing include Hannah Breshears, voice; Joefirkus Giat, piano; Scarlet Green, voice; Kaela Massey, voice; Ondreya Seahorn, voice; Jack Warring, voice; Aidan Wells Filbert, piano and marimba; and Leslie Wofford, flute.

“We are extremely proud of these students and their growth,” says Jeremy Kirk, chair of Southwestern’s music department.  “We hope the community will join us in celebrating their achievements.”

 

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Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:41:38 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Freshman Work Day Big Success (Leadership)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2034/?southwestern-college-freshman-work-day-big-success https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/leadership/news/view/2034/?southwestern-college-freshman-work-day-big-success Southwestern College freshmen concluded their orientation to the college and Winfield by participating in the 26th annual Freshman Work Day on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Frosh Work Day groupNearly 200 freshman, Leadership Southwestern students and other student leaders joined SC staff, faculty, and administrators working around Winfield at 18 sites to help homeowners and non-profits in service work. This combined effort yielded more than 1,000 service hours and an estimated value of $28,364 donated to the Winfield community. 

Legacy Foundation donated to the day by helping give every student a Freshman Work Day t-shirt.

Frosh work day single“On this 26th Freshman Work Day students were asked to think about the concept of neighboring and what it means to be a good neighbor in a community as they are now a part of the Southwestern and Winfield communities,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “Reflection at the end of the day gave students a great chance to talk about their experience. Many best moments centered around the students getting to know the homeowners they were painting or working for. Southwestern and the service learning teams will continue to work on the concept of ‘neighboring’ throughout the year.”

 

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Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:08:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rebecca Hernandez to Speak at Southwestern College Opening Convocation on Friday, August 24 (General)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2033/?rebecca-hernandez-to-speak-at-southwestern-college-opening-convocation-on-friday-august-24 https://www.sckans.edu/other/general/news/view/2033/?rebecca-hernandez-to-speak-at-southwestern-college-opening-convocation-on-friday-august-24 Rebecca Hernandez, associate provost of local and global engagement, chief diversity officer, and director of the center for peace and justice at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., will be the featured speaker at Southwestern College’s annual opening convocation Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Rebecca HernandezThe opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Builder Fest 2018 and officially start the academic year. It will also feature the introduction of new faculty, recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2018 semester, and announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Hernandez earned her bachelor of arts degree in secondary education from Southeastern College, her master’s in public administration from Portland State University, and her Ph. D from Oregon State University in human development and family studies

“Rebecca Hernandez is a strong speaker, has been working on behalf of students as a college administrator since 2008, and has a notable perspective on how to help students succeed by changing institutional structures,” says Ross Peterson-Veatch, academic dean of Southwestern College.  “She also grew up in a migrant worker family and is the only one of her siblings to have gone to college.  Her personal story is quite amazing, and her work in higher education reflects that amazing story.”

 

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Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:33:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Aidan Wells Filbert Awarded Maud Wyatt Memorial Scholarship (Music)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2032/?aidan-wells-filbert-awarded-maud-wyatt-memorial-scholarship https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2032/?aidan-wells-filbert-awarded-maud-wyatt-memorial-scholarship The Kansas Independent College Foundation (KICF) and its 19 member institutions have announced the 2018 Maud Wyatt Memorial Scholarship recipients. Aidan Wells Filbert, a music performance major from Wichita, is the recipient from Southwestern College.  

Aidan Wells FilbertThe scholarship was established in 1995, thanks to the generosity of Maud Wyatt’s bequest made in 1961 to support the work of KICF. The scholarship recognizes students who exhibit that same commitment to the value of a private college education in Kansas.

“Aidan sees the freedom he has in a liberal arts education and takes full advantage of the opportunities that freedom provides,” says Tim Shook, division chair for performing arts at Southwestern College.  “He views it as a means for developing his talent into a world class musician and person of character.”

For the first time this year, the foundation is awarding 19 individual scholarships to students at each Foundation member institution. Recipients are all full-time, degree-seeking students on the cusp of graduation, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, character, and leadership. These students maintain GPAs of 3.5 or above while being active on their campus and contributing to their respective communities.

“Aidan doesn’t just get good grades,” Shook continues. “As a piano performance major and talented musician, he loads himself with academic work and takes that work beyond simple assignment completion.  I see as his advisor that he delves into subjects deeply to find new information to learn, working across disciplines to enhance his work by bringing in other influences.”

Shook described Wells Filbert as curious, an explorer in an environment of adult professionals who encourage him to stretch as far as he is willing.  During the coming year, for example, he plans to take advantage of opportunities offered at Southwestern College to dig further into music composition or conducting. 

Wells Filbert is president of ToneBuilders (an SC organization for ensemble participants), and regularly serves as music director or assistant music director of Southwestern’s theatre performances. 

Located in Topeka, the Kansas Independent College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that develops and enhances the competitive standing of its 19-member independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and strives to assure opportunity and choice in higher education for all students. For more information on the Foundation, please contact Jesyca Hope at 785-235-9877 or jesyca@kscolleges.org.
  

 

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Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:40:45 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Offers Rides to Wichita Symphony Orchestra (Music)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2031/?sc-offers-rides-to-wichita-symphony-orchestra https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/music/news/view/2031/?sc-offers-rides-to-wichita-symphony-orchestra The Southwestern College performing arts division will provide transportation to and from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Classic Series concerts on Sundays during the 2018-19 season.  

“For those who want to ride with others and avoid driving in the Wichita traffic, this offer affords an enjoyable enhancement to the concert,” says Tim Shook, chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Southwestern College. 

“The services are provided by members of the college’s performing arts division student organization, ToneBuilders, which allows students to benefit from the experience and opportunity to make community connections and outreach,” says Aidan Wells Filbert, president of ToneBuilders.

Concert dates include Sept. 16, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Jan. 27, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, and April 14.  

To sign up, contact the performing arts office at (620) 229-6272 by Wednesday at 5 p.m. before each concert.  The division asks for a donation of $10 to cover the cost of car rental, mileage, and gas.  

“We meet at Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus around 1 p.m.,” Wells Filbert says. 

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Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:37:33 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Pre-Readings, Auditions for SC Theatre Presentations Open to the Public (Theatre Arts)]]> https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2030/?pre-readings-auditions-for-sc-theatre-presentations-open-to-the-public https://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/2030/?pre-readings-auditions-for-sc-theatre-presentations-open-to-the-public Open auditions and pre-readings for the Southwestern College Theatre productions of “Over the Garden Wall” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” have been announced. 

Pre-readings for “Over the Garden Wall” will be Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall, and for “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” Sunday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.

Auditions for both shows will be on Monday, Aug. 20, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.  “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” will be from 6 to 7 p.m. (no preparation is necessary, wear clothes and shoes that are easy to move in).  “Over the Garden Wall” will follow from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Audition materials will be provided.  Materials will be available outside Darbeth room 105.

“Over the Garden Wall” is a musical adapted from the American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network. The musical centers on two half-brothers who travel across a mysterious forest in order to find their way home, encountering odd and wonderful things on their journey.  SC students Ryan Pangracs and Aidan Wells Filbert are the creators of the musical adaptation.  Pangracs adapted the script and Wells Filbert adapted and wrote the music.  According to director Allyson Moon, the subject matter of the show makes it ideal entertainment for the entire family. The musical will be performed on Sept. 28-30.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon.  The story concerns young Christopher Boone’s investigation of a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog. Christopher has an autism spectrum condition, and the drama explores his relationships with his parents and school mentor.  The play is winner of numerous awards including the 2015 Tony award for best play. New faculty member Jennifer Hemphill will make her Southwestern College directing debut with this production, which will run Nov. 3, 4, 8, and 9.

For more information about the auditions or the productions, contact Moon at (620) 229-6328 or Allyson.moon@sckans.edu. 

 

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:03:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)