Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Explore More Day at Southwestern College is January 15 (General)]]> The Office of Admission at Southwestern College will hold an Explore More Day on Monday, Jan. 15.  The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.

During Explore More Day, prospective students and their families can visit with admission and financial aid counselors while on campus, go on a tour of the college, receive a free SC gift for visiting, and enjoy lunch in the cafeteria.

For more information call the admission office at 800-846-1543 ext. 6236.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:19:36 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ MLK Day Celebration at Southwestern College on Jan. 15 (General)]]> Southwestern College will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 15, 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 “What’s Your Calling?”

“The celebration will focus on how the life and beliefs of Dr. King can shape us to think about our calling and purpose, just as his 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 Southwestern College graduate Brock Brown, pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Winfield. The celebration will also feature performances from current students and SC alumni Jeremiah Roberts and Jasmine Jackson.



Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:49:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Elementary Honor Choir Day Coming Jan. 30 at Southwestern College (Music)]]> The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is hosting the second annual Elementary Honor Choir Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

Music teachers will select the top six students in participating schools and convey information about the Elementary Honor Choir Day to the students and their parents. The cost is $7 per student (if paying online, a $0.50 service charge is added).  This includes lunch, two snack breaks, a t-shirt, music, a CD/digital recording of the music to practice with before the day, and transportation from school to SC to start the day.

“This event is an opportunity to have six of the top students from each elementary school in the Winfield and surrounding area schools join together to share their musical gifts and love of music,” says Brandi Young, director of the CMS.

The selected elementary students will have the opportunity to explore technique skills, discover new music, and work with others. 

Nikki Kirk will be the director of the choir. She is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district where she teaches kindergarten through 5th grade general music.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is adjunct instructor of music at Southwestern College.  Kirk has more than 10 years of experience teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas, in her home state of West Virginia, and at Coffeyville Community College.  As a performer, she has performed at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and performed as a trumpet and vocal soloist at educational events in the eastern and midwestern regions of the U.S. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA, as well as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the region.

Marsha Granberry will be accompanying Kirk and the Elementary Honor Choir.  Granberry has taught music education in Leon, Wichita, and Rose Hill, as well as at Wichita State University and Southwestern College. 

The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 8.  For more information about the Elementary Honor Choir Day, visit online at

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:12:16 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarships Offered at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships.  

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, Nicholas Detter, Andover, and Cameron Goodrich, Independence, earned the Pillars Academic Scholarship and Jennifer Solis, Wichita, and Leslie Shelton, Winfield, were awarded the Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarships. 

“Southwestern College has a long history of attracting and supporting deserving scholars,” said President Brad Andrews. “Indeed, recognizing the special strengths, the great potential within these students, is a great tradition at this college.”

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 or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236.


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:05:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Receives KSCPA Scholarship (General)]]> Southwestern College junior accounting student Tabeth Manzunga has received the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) Roger CPA Review Platinum Scholarship. The scholarship allows Manzunga to receive a fully-paid tuition toward a full-four part CPA review course, a value of $2,000. 
The KSCPA announced this scholarship in September and Manzunga was notified a few weeks ago that she received the scholarship. 

Manzunga and Lee“I am personally excited about Tabeth receiving this scholarship as Roger CPA Review Course was the same course I used when I was studying for the CPA exam about eight years ago,” says Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern College.  “Roger Phillips provides a very interactive, but informative course that experiences a pass rate of over 80% and has been at that level for over 15 years.” 

According to Lee, the CPA exam is one of the toughest credentialing exams in the United States, if not in the world. Student pass rates on the CPA exam is around 50% and students need a review course to focus their knowledge on items that are tested on the CPA exam.  

“Although students receive a lot of great knowledge at the collegiate level, the depth of the CPA exam is so much greater than an undergraduate education can provide, thereby the need for a CPA exam course,” Lee says.  “This course will allow Tabeth to pass the CPA exam once she graduates from college.” 

This is the second scholarship awarded to a Southwestern College student in the past year. Elizabeth Walz was awarded a $2,500 scholarship last spring from the KSCPA.

“This scholarship award continues the Southwestern College accounting program’s commitment to engaging our students in the profession throughout the state of Kansas,” Lee says.  “Opportunities like this scholarship open up our students to the best the profession has to offer. The continued awarding of scholarships to our accounting students shows the quality of accounting professionals we develop on our campus and I am excited about how the profession has taken such an invested approach to the students that graduate from our college. It great to see our students recognized at the state and national level for their engagement in the accounting program at Southwestern College. 

Manzunga plans to use the course after she graduates in the fall of 2018 and continues to work toward obtaining her CPA license.


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:01:58 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern Plans E-Waste Recycling Event for Feb. 6 (General)]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Green Team will be accepting all electronics free of charge except for CRT TVs and monitors. For CRT TVs and monitors, there will be a $5 charge per unit.

“If you are giving or receiving new electronic devices for Christmas this year, set aside your old devices until early February,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern. 

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON Recycling guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.


Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:06:35 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Student Artwork on Display Until Dec. 8 (General)]]> An exhibit of student artwork is on display until Dec. 8 in the President’s Art Gallery inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center at Southwestern College. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The students in classes taught by Martha Fitzwater are exhibiting acrylic, oil, watercolor, and drawings. 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.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:32:45 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Campus Players Annual Production of ‘Eagerheart’ to be Performed at Southwestern and FUMC (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 85th annual production of “Eagerheart” will be presented three times in December. Performances will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building and at 6 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Winfield Food Pantry.  

“Eagerheart,” which was written by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.  

Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern College, will direct this year’s presentation of “Eagerheart.”  Moon says that this show is about spirit of giving.

“Every year this is the Campus Players’ gift to the community,” Moon says.  “As the character Eager Heart says, ‘Enough that you have need and I the hand to give.’” 

Reservations for the shows in Messenger can be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272.  Reservations may also be made by emailing  


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:43:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Olivier Photographs on Display at Winfield Public Library (General)]]> Photographs by Nathan Olivier are on display at the Winfield Public Library (WPL), 605 College Street, through the end of December. The 10 images were made during 2017 and are printed on canvas.

Nate Art PhotoOlivier is a senior at Southwestern College. As an artist, he enjoys working in many mediums of art and tends to favor drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. 

“Working on art allows me to achieve an almost meditative yet active state of mind,” Olivier said.  “I find myself drawn to nature, the sky, and vivid color. I like to see the world from a different or new perspective and spend a lot of my free time observing trees, clouds, and the sky, both day and night. I try to capture moments in life that are often missed or overlooked by using different perspectives to enhance the mystique and awe-inspiring nature of the sky in relation to the earth.”

Jessica Falk is the public services specialist with WPL and worked with Olivier to plan the show. 

“This collection of photographs will resonate with our library patrons as it captures the beauty of the sky in various Kansas locations, including Cowley County,” Falk says. 

The images are in the back hallway of the library and can be seen between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Please check the library website or phone (620) 221-4470 to confirm holiday hours. 


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:08:25 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Dedicate George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews invites the public to attend a special dedication of the George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 12:30 p.m., at the opening of Kirk Drive on campus.  

GatewayThe gateway was made possible by the generosity of Jack and Helene Hayward.

In June 2016, Andrews received a letter from Jack Hayward, a Kansas native who lives in Canyon, Texas.  He introduced himself as the son of G. L. Hayward.

“My father passed away in September 1965, in Elkhart, Kansas,” the letter read.  “At the time of his death he was in communication with your college about financing some project.”

Even though Jack Hayward did not know what project his father was working on with then-President Orville Strohl, he was determined to carry out his father’s wishes for a campus improvement.  The result is the George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success which welcomes visitors to the west entrance of campus.  The two gateways and a larger institutional sign are found at the opening of Kirk Drive and large signs that indicate boundaries of the Southwestern College campus are in place at the Warren Avenue and Fowler Avenue corners of College Street. 

Constructed of limestone that matches existing college buildings, the five lighted signs have flower beds built around their bases.

“We are so pleased to invite the community to share with us in the dedication of the Hayward Gateway to Success. The gates are a beautiful addition to our campus and the Winfield community.” said DeAnn Dockery, vice president for institutional advancement. “This is a time to celebrate and thank a wonderful and generous couple. They have given a gift that will stand for generations of Builders.”

“A strong commitment to philanthropy makes such a difference in this world,” Andrews said.  “Jack and Helene Hayward embody the reality that our college, our future, is made better by families and individuals who understand the ways in which philanthropic gifts can create impact for generations to come.”

Watch the Dedication Ceremony

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:28:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Ed Builders Attend Fall Conference in Topeka (General)]]> The Southwestern College Education Builders participated in the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) Student Program Fall Conference on Nov. 10 and 11 in Topeka.

Karrie McNutt Southwestern College senior Karrie McNutt is the president of the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP). This conference consisted of college KNEA student members from across the state gathering for a keynote address, professional development opportunities, and group collaboration. McNutt and her KNEA-SP executive board and advisor hosted this event, and themed this year’s conference around social justice with a visit to the Brown vs. Board of Education historical site.

Southwestern College Education Builders who attended the conference included: McNutt, Winfield; Catabrean Baumann, Tulsa; Lori Gragert, Oxford; Tayvia Kemp, El Dorado; and group advisor Sheryl Erickson, Winfield.

Gragert said the conference was informative.  

“It taught me a lot about learning the difference between equality and equity,” Gragert said. “We got to experience a kindergarten classroom in the Brown vs. Board of Education Museum, which actually is the historic site of Monroe Elementary School, a segregated Topeka school at one point in time.” 

Colleges and universities that attended the conference included Bethel College, McPherson College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas.

“Making the connections with others from around the state of Kansas was a great experience as a student and as a future educator,” Baumann said. “I can see how relationships with peers and colleagues of all ages will benefit me moving forward into the profession.” 

McNutt and Erickson were the keynote speakers for the conference. They co-taught a presentation on the importance of bridging the generation gaps in education. In a poem for two voices written by McNutt and Erickson, they read the last lines together: “I love learning. Teaching others to see how education gives them choices is my life’s calling.”  


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:16:55 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-14-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-14-2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:37:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[WPD Donates Retired Patrol Car to Southwestern College (General)]]> The Winfield Police Department has donated a retired patrol car to the security department at Southwestern College. 

WPD Retired Car Donated“The Winfield Police Department has historically enjoyed a good working relationship with the security department at Southwestern College,” says Winfield Police Chief Brett Stone.  “Any opportunity to strengthen that relationship and provide a tool which potentially enhances security, visibility, and safety is a benefit for the campus and our city.”

The donated vehicle is a retired 2005 Ford Crown Victoria purchased by the city of Winfield in  2008 from the Kansas Highway Patrol and used for uniformed patrol until recently. It is being replaced by a new patrol car.

“This will help make us more visible and provide a stronger security presence on campus,” says Keith McLaughlin, lead security officer at Southwestern College.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:17:42 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Women’s Wrestling Added at Southwestern College (General)]]> The Southwestern College Board of Trustees has approved the addition of a women’s wrestling program, with the inaugural season slated for 2018-2019. The college has launched a search for a coach to build the team.

“After much deliberation and research, and in full conversation with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) we are enthusiastic to add women’s wrestling at SC,” said Brad Andrews, Southwestern College President. “We are excited for the class of students that the sport will bring to campus and proud to be one of the first schools in Kansas to award scholarships to these student-athletes.” 

High school and club wrestling for girls has grown rapidly in the past decade. Initially in Texas, New Mexico and California, now the sport is experiencing considerable growth throughout the country. Institutions of higher education are beginning to respond to the emerging sport by offering programs for student athletes to continue at a collegiate level. 

“There are a lot of extremely talented athletes who are deserving of the opportunity to continue development in their sport while earning a valuable education,” said Matt Shelton, athletic director at Southwestern College. “I’m thrilled that we are going to offer an opportunity for these women to do just that and to become Builders.” 

Southwestern’s program will be the fourth in the school’s athletic conference. The KCAC joined the Mid-South Conference, based in Kentucky, in August of 2017 as the first two conferences to offer women’s wrestling in the NAIA.  Southwestern will be 40th intercollegiate varsity women’s program in the country.  

"In just two years, the conference has seen women's wrestling grow from two programs at Ottawa University and University of Saint Mary in 2016-17 to the addition of three Associate Members (University of Jamestown, Midland University, and Missouri Valley College ) for competition in 2017-18 to seven teams with the recent announcement at York College of their Women's Wrestling program in 2018-19 paired with Southwestern College's announcement today,” said Scott Crawford KCAC Commissioner. “We could not be more pleased about the positive impact Southwestern College's implementation of women's wrestling will have for the conference as the NAIA works toward establishing women's wrestling as an eventual national championship sport.”


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:57:17 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Musical Theatre Ensemble and SC Singers to Present Free Concerts (Music)]]> The Southwestern College music and theatre departments will be presenting two different nights of contemporary commercial music, beatboxing, and musical theatre.  

The Musical Theatre Ensemble and Broadway Builders will present “Broadway Backwards” on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

“The concert will feature songs that each soloist would usually never perform due to it being of the opposite gender, race, or character type,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.   

SC Singers will present “Forward March” on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature both group numbers and soloists performing popular contemporary songs. 

“This is always a wonderful night featuring the growth of all SC vocal students over the course of this semester, with powerful belting, beat-boxing, and tight harmony,” Winnie says. 

There is no admission charge for either show and the public is invited to attend. 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:33:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Senior Allie Petrovich to Perform Recital November 18 (Music)]]> Allie Petrovich, Southwestern College senior from Colorado Springs, will perform her senior recital on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Allie PetrovichTitled "Almost There," the showcase focuses on musical theatre songs, including “I Miss the Mountains" from “Next to Normal,” “Adelaide's Lament” from “Guys & Dolls,” and “It Won't Be Long Now” from “In The Heights.”  Petrovich will also showcase her choreography and dancing abilities through tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, and contemporary styles, to songs “Faith” from the movie “Sing,” “Say You Won't Let Go” by James Arthur, and the "Saw" theme song.  

The recital will feature Aidan Wells-Filbert, accompanist; Ondreya Seahorn, soprano; and dance partners Kaela Massey, Tanner Schartz, Austin Davis, and Ryan Pangracs.  

A reception will follow the show in the lobby of Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:29:04 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Henderson and Whitfield Named Homecoming Royalty at SC (General)]]> Taylor Henderson, Sapulpa, Okla., and Tomunci Whitfield, Dallas, were named Southwestern College Homecoming king and queen on Saturday, Oct. 29.

HendersHC king and queenon is the daughter of Roger and Shelly Henderson and is a senior athletic training major at Southwestern. She is a member of Student Foundation, treasurer of Pre-Health Professionals, president of the Southwestern College Athletic Training Society, and team captain of the women’s basketball team.

Whitfield is the son of Tomika Howard and Tyrone Whitfield and is a senior studying biology with a minor in psychology. Whitfield is a member of Student Foundation, FeHC Courtllowship of Christian Athletes, is a student ambassador, and a dual-sport athlete in football and track.

Other queen candidates included Megan Milch, Rozel; Taylor Needham, Cheney; Emily Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Karrie McNutt, Winfield

Other king candidates included Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas; Zach Moya, Fredonia; Brent Vancuren, Conway Springs; and Jacob Moyo, Royce City, Texas.

The Homecoming court was accompanied by the Little Prince and Princess.  They were Becket Tyler Groom, son of Luke and Shanna Groom, and Addie Beard, daughter of Drew and Andrea Beard.  Both of the children attend the Southwestern College Learning Center, home of Little Builders and Mindbuilders.  


Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:35:43 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-07-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 11-07-2017

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:11:53 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Family Show on Friday (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

The theme for the show is “Beat the Clock” and it is intended for the entire family.  Troupe director Allyson Moon says that prizes and candy will be handed out throughout the evening.

“The troupe members will get a challenge from the audience regarding the number of games that the troupe can play in 60 minutes,” Moon says.  “The troupe will then try to fully play each game while working to beat the clock.  As always there will be a great deal of audience interaction, prizes, and candy; it is a totally fun hour of entertainment for the entire family.”

Troupe members include: Allie Petrovich, Matthew Porter, Tanner Carlson, Melissa Connell, Tessa Castor, Tanner Schartz, and Jack Warring.  


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:32:02 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SCCU Rehearsals to Begin (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) is beginning rehearsals on Tuesday, Nov. 7.  Rehearsals will be every Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall.

The SCCU will perform at the Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3. 

According to Brandi Young, executive director for the Community Music School (CMS), SCCU is a community and college ensemble that offers choral and vocal education and performance opportunities to a broad range of ages (16 and up) and experience levels. Project price for becoming a member of SCCU is $40 for adults and free for students.  The group is still accepting students. 

“SCCU is taking a new direction this year with being a project-based ensemble that will combine with the SC A Capella Choir for special projects and concerts,” says Brian Winnie, director of the SCCU.  “Rehearsals nurture the growth of all individuals through one-on-one instruction within the group setting, student internship collaboration, emphasis on vocal technique, and growth of musicianship skills. Performances maintain innovative programing, helping to stretch the choral art, community, and members.

SCCU believes in strengthening both Southwestern and Winfield's commitment to the fine arts and enhancing our historical choral legacy by bringing music back to the community.”

The CMS will host a winter recital on Wednesday, Dec. 13. A celebratory reception will follow the recital in the Darbeth lobby.  

“CMS recitals are an opportunity for each of our students to perform pieces for their parents and families,” Young says.  “This is a chance for the students to show their progress and celebrate all of their growth throughout the semester.” 

For more information, contact the CMS at  

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:29:42 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Lunches With Leaders’ at Southwestern College Nov. 6-10 (Leadership)]]> The social science division at Southwestern College is hosting “Lunches With Leaders” Nov. 6-10, from noon to 1 p.m., in Mossman 101.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.  The public is invited to attend but an RSVP is required two days before the event.
The lecture is for all and the lunch associated with each lecture is free for the first 40 people who sign up.  Each day one discipline within social science hosts a speaker.
“Lunches With Leaders is a lecture series that highlights the story about the journey of each professional from college days to current position,” says Cheryl Rude, academic director for Leadership Southwestern.  “Each year we frame the lectures with the college’s academic theme.  This year the theme is hope and the leaders were asked to include a response to the question: ‘What can you be hopeful for in your career or area of expertise?’”
The featured speakers include:
Monday, Nov. 6— Department of psychology presents Timothy Wright. Wright is principal associate at Dunlap and Associates, Inc.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in both psychology and philosophy from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a master of arts and Ph.D. from Florida State University.  Wright is an expert in basic and applied aspects of attention including how aging influences attention and other cognitive abilities and how training can mitigate or combat age-related declines in these abilities.   
Tuesday, Nov. 7— Department of history presents Kerri Falletti.  Falletti, CEcD, is a graduate of Friends University.  She began working at Cowley County Economic Development in March 2004 as an administrative assistant.  She then worked as a business consultant for Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) which launched the Cowley County KSBDC.   She returned to Cowley County Economic Development as director in 2010.  As director, she works closely with business and industry, as well as working with many local organizations to promote Cowley County’s vision for growth and development.   
Wednesday, Nov. 8— Department of Philosophy and Religion presents Rev. Hollie Tapley. Tapley is the Great Plains Disaster Response Coordinator.  She is a graduate of Auburn University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Chandler School of Theology.  She was ordained a United Methodist deacon in 1996.    
Thursday, Nov. 9—Leadership Southwestern presents Bishop Bruce Blake.  Blake is an ordained minister in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church as well as a Bishop.  He graduated from Friends University, and cum laude from Drew University School of Theology in Madison, N.J. He served as program director for the Kansas West Conference from 1969-74, and as senior pastor at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby from 1974-84.  He served as Southwestern College president from 1984 to 1988.
Friday, Nov. 10—Political science presents Rev. Raymond Dempsey.  Dempsey works at the Kansas Veterans Home as clinical chaplain and is active in volunteer work and community leadership.  He enlisted in the United States Army in February 1966 and remained in the Army until 1978.  During his service in Vietnam and other overseas theatres, he distinguished himself as a leader and was awarded numerous medals of commendation and combat medals, including the Bronze Star for Valor.
Southwestern College students can make reservations for the lecture and lunch by signing up in Mossman Hall; community members can email or call Pam Olney at (620) 229-6367 to make a reservation.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:47:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members (Alumni News)]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6:15 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge to attend the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

The new members are Brad Weigle, Koloa, Hawaii, and Terra Ceia, Fla.; James Anderson, Duncan, S.C.; and Ernest Reid (deceased).

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 Charles McKinzie, director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  “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:

James AndersonJames A. Anderson ’62 is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  From 1989 to 2007 he was professor of mathematics at the school, where he chaired the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was awarded the first University Annual Award for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits. He also had been director of academic computing and coordinator of computer sciences at Emporia State University, and for six years was a software engineer and research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His duties there included technical responsibility for the eight ground software systems of NASA’s Galileo Space Project, which contained more than two million lines of code and involved more than two hundred personnel. His 40 publications in number theory, abstract algebra, and computer science include four books.

Ernest ReidErnest W. Reid 1916 was a chemical engineer who became a pioneer in using agricultural products to produce chemicals. He was associated with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh when he received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, Dr. Reid helped establish the chemicals branch of the Office of Production Management (which became the War Production Board) and served as its deputy director general and head of its chemicals division. Reid left that board in 1943 to become vice president of Corn Products Refining. After organizing the chemical division and directing research and development he was named a director in 1947 and president in 1951. He was board chairman from 1956 to his retirement in 1958. Dr. Reid was awarded the medal of the Society of Chemical Industry in 1951. He died in 1966.

Brad WeigleBrad Weigle ’72 was hired as a research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg even before he finished his graduate degree at the University of South Florida.  His thesis, a study on the abundance and movement of bottlenose dolphins through Tampa Bay, preceded 13 years leadership of statewide manatee, dolphin, and whale studies. A pioneer in the work of Geographic Information systems, he initiated the vector mapping system for the laboratory; this became a valuable tool for storage and analysis of environmental data. Weigle transitioned into private industry and managed a national GIS contract with the USDA Forest Service. During 17 years he completed more than 30 projects. He retired in 2016 and is now mapping remote areas of Kauai as a volunteer at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members (General)]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6:15 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge to attend the ceremony and the public is invited to attend. 
The new members are Brad Weigle, Koloa, Hawaii, and Terra Ceia, Fla.; James Anderson, Duncan, S.C.; and Ernest Reid (deceased). 
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 Charles McKinzie, director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  “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:
Brad Weigle ’72 was hired as a research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg even before he finished his graduate degree at the University of South Florida.  His thesis, a study on the abundance and movement of bottlenose dolphins through Tampa Bay, preceded 13 years leadership of statewide manatee, dolphin, and whale studies. A pioneer in the work of Geographic Information systems, he initiated the vector mapping system for the laboratory; this became a valuable tool for storage and analysis of environmental data. Weigle transitioned into private industry and managed a national GIS contract with the USDA Forest Service. During 17 years he completed more than 30 projects. He retired in 2016 and is now mapping remote areas of Kauai as a volunteer at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Ernest W. Reid 1916 was a chemical engineer who became a pioneer in using agricultural products to produce chemicals. He was associated with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh when he received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, Dr. Reid helped establish the chemicals branch of the Office of Production Management (which became the War Production Board) and served as its deputy director general and head of its chemicals division. Reid left that board in 1943 to become vice president of Corn Products Refining. After organizing the chemical division and directing research and development he was named a director in 1947 and president in 1951. He was board chairman from 1956 to his retirement in 1958. Dr. Reid was awarded the medal of the Society of Chemical Industry in 1951. He died in 1966.
James A. Anderson ’62 is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  From 1989 to 2007 he was professor of mathematics at the school, where he chaired the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was awarded the first University Annual Award for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits. He also had been director of academic computing and coordinator of computer sciences at Emporia State University, and for six years was a software engineer and research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His duties there included technical responsibility for the eight ground software systems of NASA’s Galileo Space Project, which contained more than two million lines of code and involved more than two hundred personnel. His 40 publications in number theory, abstract algebra, and computer science include four books.
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:17:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Homecoming Service Project Benefits Winfield (General)]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College teamed with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department to install smoke alarms on Sunday, Oct. 22.  This was the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students. The group engages the entire campus community in the Homecoming service project, 320 students participated on Sunday.Smoke alarm group               

According to the American Red Cross, the teams of students canvassed all of Winfield and installed 240 smoke alarms in 114 homes in just over two hours. More requests for smoke alarms are being received and sent to the Winfield Fire Department.  It is estimated that 300 smoke alarms will be installed through this community effort.  In addition to installing the alarms, the volunteers helped families create fire escape plans. 

“Our annual Homecoming service project invites our students into a place of collective service, reflection, and teamwork,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship at Southwestern.  “Though the project happens on a large scale, everyone has a vital part to play. As students went out across Winfield on Sunday afternoon, some teams helped families check their current fire alarms, other teams installed new fire alarms in homes, and others raised awareness about fire safety. It’s beautiful to see all the pieces come together.” 

Residents throughout Kansas can enquire about a free smoke alarm by calling 211, or by registering online at 

“Without the effort of Southwestern College students and the support of American Red Cross it would’ve taken our crew months to accomplish what this group helped us do in a matter of hours,” Joshua Dobbs, lieutenant and paramedic for the Winfield Fire Department says. “Seeing a project like this come together makes me feel so proud; this is a great community because we care about each other.”
“Never doubt what a group of thoughtful students can do when they’re willing to serve together,” Just adds.


Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:30:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Ed Builders to Present Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday (General)]]> The Southwestern College Education Builders are providing a safe place for area youth to gather on Sunday, Oct. 29.   The Education Builders are presenting the second annual Trunk-or-Treat in the keyhole drive located at the bottom of the 77 Steps.  There is no admission charge.  The event is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m.

According to member Karrie McNutt, Ed Builders is an SC education organization that strives to do as many projects as possible to benefit children of all ages.  The Trunk-or-Treat will consist of decorated vehicles parked near the bottom of the 77 Steps and children and their families will be able to walk through and vote on their favorite one.

“This was all started so that children in Cowley County could experience a fun and safe environment to trick-or-treat for the Halloween season, along with getting to interact with enthusiastic college students ready to put a smile on a child's face,” McNutt says.  “With between 10 and 15 on-campus SC organizations, clubs, and sports teams participating, this event is a great way to boost youth involvement at SC and give these children someone to look up to.”   


Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:08:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Superintendent Campbell Accepts Position in Education Division at Southwestern College (General)]]> J.K. Campbell has been named associate professor of education, and division chair for education at Southwestern College. Campbell will join a committed team of faculty dedicated to the preparation and support of great teachers and school administrators.

Campbell has served USD 465 as superintendent for over six years and prior to that worked as assistant superintendent, overseeing business and operations for USD 470 in Arkansas City for six years. Campbell has also served as an elementary principal and lead teacher. He began his career in education instructing fourth graders. After working with students as a classroom teacher for 12 years, he became an administrator.

“Now more than ever we need high quality educators working in our schools,” said Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. “Dr. Campbell is uniquely equipped to help lead the education division at Southwestern College, developing students who will graduate and take positions of leadership in classrooms across the country.”

During his time with the district, Campbell worked closely with the Board of Education to lead and shape strategy for an organization with over 2,200 students and more than 700 employees. He has accumulated an extensive background in instructional leadership as well as school finance and business operations. Under the leadership of Campbell, USD 465 has accomplished many projects and initiatives including fundraising to build the STEM Center at Winfield High School, organizing the Cowley County Early Childhood Coalition, implementing district-wide Multi-Tiered System of Support for Math, Reading, and Behavior, and facilitating the USD 465 Strategic Plan. Campbell is looking forward to carrying his experience into a position where he will prepare future educators for similar work.

“It has been a privilege to work with an incredibly talented and dedicated team at USD 465,” said Campbell. “As I’ve been considering retirement, I’ve known that I wasn’t ready to end my work in the field of education.  The position at Southwestern will allow me the opportunity to help develop teachers and the profession in a community that my wife and I are fortunate to call home.”

Andrews shared that in a time when fewer students in the United States are choosing teaching as a career, Southwestern College is strategically aiming to build the education program and recruit more service-minded students to become teachers. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the Education Division.

“As it has been for 132 years, our education program continues to be a central and direct expression of the mission of Southwestern College,” said Andrews. “The college remains focused on supporting the needs of communities across the nation by doing our part in preparing knowledgeable and caring educators. Having had a parallel focus throughout his career, we look forward to the ways in which Dr. Campbell will engage and inspire students as they prepare for and begin their teaching careers.”

The Education Division at Southwestern offers classes to prepare educators for English Language Learners, early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education, as well as positions in administration. In the early childhood program, the Education Division includes the Southwestern College Learning Center, servicing children ages two-and-a-half through fourth grade and providing valuable firsthand experience to students in the early childhood program.

“Southwestern College is a vital part of the Winfield community and surrounding area,” said Campbell in the announcement of his departure to USD 465 staff.  “Working with faculty and students at Southwestern will allow me to stay connected to those things which remain exceedingly important to me including public education, early childhood development, community health and wellness initiatives, and the growth of teachers and leaders.”

Campbell is working with the District Board of Education to coordinate a smooth transition of leadership. He will begin his position at Southwestern College on July 1, 2018.


Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:44:02 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Campus Player to Present ‘The Fourposter’ on Saturday (Theatre Arts)]]> In celebration of the 99th Campus Players season, the SC theatre department will present “The Fourposter” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

Written by Jan de Hartog in 1951, “The Fourposter” won the Tony Award for best play in 1952. 

According to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern College, “The Fourposter” is a play about marriage. It’s a two-character comedy spanning 35 years from 1890 to 1925, as it focuses on the trials and tribulations, laughter and sorrow, and hopes and disappointments experienced by Agnes and Michael throughout their marriage. The set consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room. 

Among the couple's milestones are the first night of their marriage, the birth of their first child, Michael’s success as a writer, the trials of raising their son, their daughter's wedding, Michael and Agnes’ mid-life crisis, and their preparations to move to a smaller house and pass their home on to another newlywed couple.

The campus players will present “The Fourposter” as a one night-only reader’s theatre production with seven couples of readers embodying two characters as they age.  The cast includes current SC freshmen, seniors, and alumni from graduation years of 2017, ’16, ’12, ’97, ’92, ’73, ’72, and ’67.  Actors include current SC freshmen Hannah Breshears, Wichita, and Ryan Pangracs, Leavenworth; senior Allie Petrovich; Austin Davis ’16, Winfield; Jacob Marney ’17, Winfield; Lenita Krejci ’12, Enid, Okla.; Geoffrey Moon ’97 and Carman Costello Moon ’97, Santa Fe, N.M.; Jessica Callison Fisher ’92, Wichita; Lael Porter ’92, Winfield; Robbie Gilger Banks ’72, Winfield; Laban Moon ’73, Independence; Judy Martin Haynes’ 67, Andover; and James Christie ’67, Lago Vista, Texas, ’67.  

“The cast, Campus Players spanning 50 years, are working on the script individually, and will get together on Saturday morning of the SC Homecoming after the parade to rehearse their entrances, exits, and curtain call, and any necessary scenes,” Moon says.  “Each of the couples, some who played together on the old Richardson Hall stage 50 years ago and have not seen each other since, will rehearse as couples. They will then each then bring their talent together for this very special performance.” 

The production is being stage-managed by SC students Kaela Massey, Winfield, and Ryan Pangracs, and SC Campus Player alumna Kathy Hampson Baker ’75, Winfield.  

Tickets will be sold at the door or at the SC performing arts office and are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720.


Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:17:11 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Red Cross, Fire Department, and SC Learning Council Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Winfield (General)]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College is teaming with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department for “Sound the Alarm,” the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students.
Sound the AlarmThe groups hope to install 700 smoke alarms in the Winfield community on Sunday, Oct. 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. The event will include the volunteers from the Red Cross (which serves south central and southeast Kansas), Southwestern, and the local fire department. In addition to installing the alarms, the volunteers will be canvassing neighborhood and helping families create fire escape plans. The event is part of the Red Cross’s Fire Prevention Campaign.

Community residents can ensure they receive a free smoke alarm by calling 211, or online at In addition, forms have been handed out to students at every Winfield USD 465 school to inform parents of the event.

“The majority of students from our athletic teams, service learning teams, and student organizations have participated in the past and we expect that same level of participation this year,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship at Southwestern. “October is fire prevention month and our student body has set a goal of installing 700 fire alarms in the Winfield community. Many homes have outdated alarms and need new ones, along with a fire escape plan. 

“Our students will be trained by the Red Cross to check and install alarms properly and talk with households about establishing a fire escape plan. If we reach our goal of 700 alarms installed, Winfield will hold the record in Kansas and Nebraska for the most fire alarms installed at one time in a community.”
Jennifer Sanders, Red Cross executive director, is part of the planning group. 

“Over the last 12 months, the Red Cross serving south central and southeast Kansas has responded to 295 home fires,” Sanders points out. “In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day. As of September 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 268 lives, reached 894,000 children through youth preparedness programs, and installed 964,000 free smoke alarms.”

Joshua Dobbs, lieutenant and paramedic for the Winfield Fire Department, says emergency responders are looking forward to the event. 

“Winfield Fire and EMS is excited to partner with Southwestern College and the American Red Cross to provide and install smoke alarms to the members of the Winfield community,” Dobbs says. “The selection of this project by Southwestern College to serve as their annual service learning project shows that Southwestern College and the American Red Cross have a sincere interest in increasing the quality of life for Winfield Residents.”

“This project would not be capable without the partnership of these great institutions and organizations,” Dobbs says. “This project further increases the pride that I have to live and work in such a great community.”

For more information, contact Just at (620) 229-6362.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-10-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes 10-10-2017 (PDF)

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:16:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ to Open Oct. 6 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present their family-friendly fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Peter and the Starcatcher“Even though the ‘Peter Pan’ characters are still evolving during ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ you can tell who they are going to become,” says director of theatre Allyson Moon.  “The show is written in a way that is highly entertaining and is absolutely for the entire family.  We even learn about the secrets of the magic fairy dust.”

Peter Pan, his fellow characters, and the setting of Neverland have appeared in many works since the original books and play by J.M. Barrie. The earliest were the stage productions of the play and an adaptation to silent film, done with Barrie’s involvement and personal approval.  Later works included adaptations of the main story in both animated and live-action films, musical stage productions, and a sequel novel.  In addition, there have been numerous uses of Barrie’s characters, settings, and storylines  including reinterpretations, sequels, prequels, and spin-offs in a variety of media, including film, television series, video games, and books.  

Moon explains why she thinks Barrie’s work has been so popular through the years.

“I think it is because the Lost Boys get to live lives that all of us have dreamed of,” Moon says,  “imagining we won’t grow up, being able to fly, being able to have things the way we want them and not how the grown-ups want them to be.  With regards to Hook, the thing that continues to make him endearing is that he doesn’t seem to be entirely bad.  He wants to be the ultimate villain but he has just enough flaws in his makeup that make him funny.  So even though he does some really villainous things, one can still have compassion for him.  And Tinkerbell—to have a guardian angel, someone who is always looking out for Peter Pan, I think that is something that we imagine about angels or fairies or sprites. Tinkerbell encompasses so many good and helpful parts of those spirits.”

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email 


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:35:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Mound of Sound Returns to Southwestern College Oct. 10 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the fourth annual “Mound of Sound Marching Festival” on Tuesday, Oct. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  The event is open to the public and there is no
admission charge. 
“We are very excited to host the 'Mound of Sound again," says Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.  “Participating schools will showcase their talents while receiving feedback from our panel of professional adjudicators.  The feedback is intended for schools to make improvements in their performance at football games and other marching festivals.”
The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Approximately 700 students from eight schools will be participating.  Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification.  
Schools participating and time of performance include: 
10 a.m.—Dexter
10:20 a.m.—Riverton
10:40 a.m.—Pratt
11 a.m.—Winfield
Lunch Break
12 p.m.—Great Bend
12:20 p.m.—Arkansas City
12:40 p.m.—Ponca City (Okla.)
1  p.m.—Enid (Okla.)
Awards will include grand champion, runner up, second runner up, outstanding percussion, outstanding color guard, and outstanding drum major. Best In class awards will be determined by total score.
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:33:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 09-26-2017 (SGA)]]>  

 SGA Meeting Minutes 

For September 26, 2017 

Call to Order: 

a. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Castor at 8:09 P.M. 



a. Given by Arthur Anderson 


Approval of Minutes: 

a. New meeting policies 

a. Robert’s Rules, Dress Code, & Cell Phone Policy 

b. Inducted Freshman Class President Anderson 

c. Went over executive goals and made senate goals 

d. Executives went over our committees – which we will vote on later 

e. Organizations went over their past and upcoming events 

f. Concern of people going into the cafeteria the wrong way and not paying 

g. Talked about the upcoming documents that were due 

h. Continuing education – but the date has been changed so please note that 


Roll Call: 

a. There were (18) executives present, (2) presidents, and (9) senators. 


Robert’s Rules Overview: 

a. Handout 

a. Helps be more professional and allows everyone to have a voice 


New Senators: 

a. At Large 

a. Josh Hellemeier 

b. Marcus Richard 

b. Computer Science/Communications 

a. Emily Berry 

c. Business 

a. Karen Aros 

d. Performing Arts 

a. Scarlet Green 

b. Ryan Pangracs 


Senator Induction: 

a. New senators – Oath of Office 


Organization Budget Approval: 

a. Organizations Missing Forms: 

a. 3D Builders 

b. Campus Players 

c. Film Club 

d. Gaming Club 

e. SC Republicans 


g. Tonebuilders 

b. Organizations requesting over budget: (normally give $650 or less) 

a. Ed Builders – requested $1,775 


b. Film Club – requested $1,469 


c. Tone Builders – requested $1,890 


d. Gaming Club – requested $1,450 


e. InterAct – requested $955 


f. Pi Gamma Mu – requested $1000 


g. Sigma Tau Delta – requested $1,300 


Committee Selection: 

b. Emily & Megan – Communications & Advertisement 

c. Tessa – Elections & Constitutional Amendments 

d. Beth – Activities & Allocations 

e. Shayla – Student Concerns 


What have you been doing? 

a. Past organization events 



a. Gaming Club 

i. Meeting last Friday 

ii. Advisor leaving – made it to where he could come 

iii. 40 people came 

b. StuFu 

i. Free movie night last Wednesday 

ii. 370 students attend 

c. InterAct 

i. Mexican Independence Day last Sunday 

d. PHP 

i. Flu vaccine – 69 people were vaccinated 

e. Performing Arts 

i. All State festival 

b. Upcoming events 

a. EdBuilders 

i. Trunk or treat – please fill out a registration form to be able to decorate a trunk 

1. An electronic copy will be sent to all organizations 

b. PHP 

i. Sara Peck – PA student 

ii. Dr. John Smith coming in October 

c. Tri Beta 

i. Picnic – Sunday October 21st 

d. Campus Players 

i. First major production 

1. October 6,7,8 – Peter and the Starcatcher 

ii. Chipotle Fundraiser 

1. October 20st in Derby 

e. IOU 

i. Domestic Violence educational event 

ii. This Thursday at 7pm 

f. StuFu 

i. Freemium Friday 

ii. Breast Cancer event in October 

iii. Meeting tomorrow at 8pm 

iv. Wednesday night jams tomorrow starting at 9pm 

g. 9 Lives 

i. October 12 at 9pm in Messenger 

h. Psi Chi 

i. Study event preparing for Grad School 

1. Taking the GRE 

ii. Movie Night – lecture about killers and murderers 

i. Sigma Tau Delta 

i. Poetry Slam in the future 

ii. Book Discussion 



j. 3D Builders 

i. Future event – get together to paint everyone’s products that they have made 

k. SC Republicans 

i. Lieutenant Governor is coming to Southwestern next spring – will be the new Governor 

l. Psych Club 

i. Humans vs Zombies 

ii. 8th – 12th of October 

m. Homecoming service project 

i. Thursday the 28th in Pounds Lounge at 12pm 

ii. Preparing for the service project 

iii. Fire safety 

iv. Please send one member from each organization 

c. Encouragement 

a. Fools on the Hill – Wednesday 

b. Wednesday Night Jam – Wednesday at 9p.m. at the Stir and Bustle 

c. Softball – Friday at 4p.m. 

d. Women’s Soccer – Friday at 8p.m. 

e. Volleyball – Saturday at 1p.m. 

f. Football – Saturday at 6p.m. 


Movie Night Concerns: 

a. Parking 

b. Maintenance 

c. Pest Control 

d. Dorm Concerns 

e. Misc. Concerns/Improvements 

Coming Up: 

a. Next Meeting: October 10th – Town Hall 

a. 8p.m. in Mossman 101 

b. State of the College Address – President Andrews 

b. Continuing Education: October 13th 

a. 12-1p.m. lunch in Pounds Lounge 

b. Business Casual Attire 

c. Senators and at least one representative required to come, advisors welcome 

d. TOPIC: Marketing & Communications 



a. On a motion by Tanner Schartz to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 PM, the senate voted and the motion passed. 

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:13:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Elliot Stone to Present Two Smith-Willson Lectures at Southwestern College (General)]]> Dr. Brad Elliott StoneBrad Elliot Stone, professor of philosophy and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2017 Smith-Willson lecture.  Stone will present two lectures, one Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., and the other Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the Oct. 5 lecture is “Is God Not Black? Racism and Theology.”  The title of Stone’s Oct. 10 lecture Oct. 10 is “The Opposition to Oppression Is Prophecy.”

With Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Stone co-edited a collection of essays under the title “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Cascade, 2012), and they co-edited a sequel volume titled “Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Lexington, 2018).

Stone has published journal articles in “Philosophical Compass,” “The Pluralist,” “Theoforum, Contemporary Pragmatism,” “The Other Journal,” “The Xavier Zubiri Review,” and “Foucault Studies.” He has book chapters in “The Blackwell Companion to Foucault,” “Foucault: Key Concepts,” and “Essays zur Jacques Derrida und Gianni Vattimo, Religion.” He plans to spend part of his sabbatical in Winfield this fall with the intention of completing two book projects: “Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism” (co-authored with Goodson) and a book on the Four Ds of 20th Century Philosophy: Destruction, Deconstruction, Demythologization, and Demystification.

The Smith-Willson lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson to call attention to the important moral and religious aspects of education.  National leaders on various related topics are asked to speak at the annual lecture.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Men’s Basketball Team Visits Local Elementary Schools (General)]]> The Southwestern College men's basketball team used its break from classes on Assessment Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to visit Whitter, Irving, and Country View Elementary Schools in the Winfield school district. Students at all three schools got to know the Moundbuilders during the team's visit.

Myron FisherThe student bodies at each school then assembled in the gymnasium, where the Moundbuilders gave a presentation on the five core values (respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant leadership, integrity) of the NAIA Champions of Character program. Following the presentation, team members put on a dunk contest for the students.

The men’s team has been going to local elementary schools for several years.

"Our players get to help the students, show the importance of character, and work on public speaking when we do these visits," associate head coach Tim Miser said. 

Head coach Matt O’Brien says that the experience is good for the students and his athletes.

“It's great for the students to learn about our core values, and have an opportunity to interact with our team.   It's a fun experience for everybody involved,” O’Brien says. 

“It's always a great opportunity to help out in the community,” says SC senior Jacob Horsch.  “Being able to teach the kids and make an impact in their lives is always a rewarding experience.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to go into the community to encourage and challenge young minds to be great,” says senior Myron Fisher. 


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:20:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bruce DeHaven Day and Giveaways from Graves Drug Stores on Saturday at SC Football Game (General)]]> The Southwestern College football team will host McPherson College Saturday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.  SC will celebrate Bruce DeHaven Day and Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor.  

A 1970 graduate of Southwestern, DeHaven is credited with revolutionizing the role of special teams in the National Football League. His coaching career began at Oxford High School and stretched to five NFL teams that reached the Super Bowl five times. DeHaven passed away Dec. 27, 2016 after a battle with cancer; members of his family will attend the game.

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."

Graves Drug Stores is the game sponsor and will provide free flu shots with insurance card or $20 flu shots with game day program; free blood pressure readings; samples of float shots and limeade; and commemorative footballs. 


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:09:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present their fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the upended story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. It follows a nameless Boy and his friends as they are thrust into a mission with the apprentice Starcatcher, Molly Aster. Amidst a vicious sea storm, the pursuit of the notoriously unshaven pirate Black Stache, a tribe of cuisine-savvy natives, and a plot to steal a precious yet dangerous treasure, Molly and the Boy rely on the magic of hope and belief to save the world from an all too dramatic fate.

“The events of the play set up the ‘Peter Pan’ characters that we all know and love including Captain Hook” says Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern. “The play also contains music; the Pirates sing, and lullabies are sung to put the young ones to sleep.  This will be entertainment for the whole family.”

The cast for the production included Ryan Pangracs as Boy/Peter; Ondreya Seahorn as Prentiss; Shawn Knepper as Ted; Jonathan Lane as Lord Leonard Aster; Kaela Massey as Molly Aster; Tanner Schartz as Mrs. Bumbrake and Teacher; Sylvia Xu as Grempkin; Scarlet Green as Bill Slank and Fighting Prawn; Ali Petrovich as Alf; Hannah Breshears as Mack and Hawking Clam; Jack Warring as Black Stache; Scott Olney as Smee; and Sarrah Sultz as Captain Robert Falcon Scott and S’anchez. 

Admission charge is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:32:32 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture (General)]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

The title of the lecture is “Populism's Poison Pill?”

According to Barker, this talk takes the 1787 Constitution as its point of departure and travels quickly through time to enter into the present populist moment of protests, anxieties, and disagreement. He will examine populism as a challenge to representative democracy, one that mobilizes power in the streets rather than through the political process, and as an expression of political opinion and agency within a basically liberal polity. 

“How does the Constitution shape the type of citizen participation that occurs in the American public sphere?” Barker asks.  “Can the Constitution settle debates and decide questions such as whether protesters or counter-protesters in Charlottesville are right or wrong to speak or not to speak? If so, how?”

The event is held to recognize the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

After the talk, there will be time for questions concerning the constitutional implications of the events of Charlottesville and the meaning of the Constitution in 2017.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:13:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Recognize Bruce DeHaven (General)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate the life and achievements of the late Bruce DeHaven, class of 1970, on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the SC football team hosts McPherson College.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

DeHavenDeHaven grew up on a farm in Trousdale and as a Moundbuilder was a basketball and track star.  Though DeHaven didn’t play the sport in college, he loved the game of football and took an opportunity to be a student manager for the Southwestern College football team.  

DeHaven began his coaching career at Oxford High School.  From there he had assistant coaching stints at the University of Kansas and New Mexico State University.  He then moved on to the United States Football League’s New Jersey Generals as a special teams coach.  After moving back to the high school ranks in the mid-1980s, he got a call from the newly-hired head coach of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy.

He went on to coach special teams for five NFL teams and reached the Super Bowl five times.  Along with the Bills, he coached for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and his final position with the Carolina Panthers.  It was during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, though, that DeHaven revolutionized the role of special teams. 

In spite of the success and accolades, DeHaven was always proud of his Kansas roots and Southwestern ties.

“He never forgot where he came from," said Richard Jantz, DeHaven’s friend since college.  “Bruce never got too big or busy to keep up with us; he was always proud of Southwestern and all of the friends he made while at SC.”

A special recognition of DeHaven will occur at halftime of the Southwestern versus McPherson game.  The presentation will be led by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and athletic director Matt Shelton.

"We are looking forward to celebrating the lifetime achievements of an amazing man and a very special Moundbuilder," said Shelton. "Coach DeHaven was truly a teacher who cared deeply about developing players as skilled athletes and as people of great character. We anticipate a crowd of former players and friends will be at Jantz Stadium on Sept. 23 to join us in honoring him."


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:41:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes 09-12-2017 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes 

For September 12, 2017 

Call to Order: 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Castor at 8:05 PM 

Invocation: Given by Raquel Resendiz 

Approval of Minutes: 

a. Each executive went over their roles 

b. SGA Goals were stated 

c. The attire for meetings was mentioned 

d. Important forms like the hazing form were discussed 

e. The hazing policy was discussed 

f. Changes on budget requests 

g. New food policy 


Roll Call: 

There were (16) executives present, (3) presidents, and (5) Senators. 

New Meeting Policies 

a. Robert’s Rules 

b. Dress Code 

a. Contact an executive member if you have any questions 

c. Cell Phone Policy 

d. New Location 


Freshman Class President Induction – Jordan 

a. President Arthur Anderson III 


This Year’s Goals 

a. Our Goals 

a. Senate Involvement 

i. More jobs 

b. Known Organization 

i. Increase presence on campus 

c. Enforcing Structure 

b. Your Goals 

a. Small Groups 

i. Adding a TV to the cafeteria to advertise upcoming events 

ii. If one organization from each group could show up to other activities to get a more diverse and larger population at the events 

iii. Tobacco and smoking on campus – keep the process going – Tanner Schartz has a proposal ready 

iv. Create a pep squad – create a fun and exciting atmosphere 

v. Theme nights at games/events 


Senator Info 

a. What it means to be a senator 

b. Open senate positions 



a. Emily & Megan – Communications & Advertisement 

a. In charge of SGA social media 

b. Could work on getting an Instagram and/or snapchat 

c. Could work on getting a TV in the Cafeteria 

b. Tessa – Elections & Constitutional Amendments 

a. Put on all elections on campus 

b. In charge of the SGA constitution 

c. Goal – to amend the entire constitution 

d. Meet once a month 

c. Beth – Activities & Allocations 

a. Will get sent to various organizations 

i. Pick up receipts, deliver monthly budgets, solve any problems 

d. Shayla – Student Concerns 

a. Works with student life and attends staff meetings 

b. Try to resolve issues 

c. Once a month meetings for food committee 

d. One meeting a month based on a specific student concern or attending an activity 


What Have You Been Doing? 

a. Past organization events 

a. GamingClub 

i. Gaming night in August during BuilderFest 

ii. Teamed up with Main Street Games 

b. Theatre Division 

i. Just finished with Godspell 

c. Tri Beta 

i. Annual ice cream social 

d. StuFu 

i. Late night bowling 

b. Upcoming events 

a. Theatre Division 

i. Fools on the Hill on September 27th 

ii. Peter and the Star Catcher 

b. Pi Gamma Mu 

i. Helping to host the Lunches with Leaders 

c. StuFu 

i. Free Movie night 

ii. This Thursday, free shirts for Bystander Intervention 

d. Film Club 

i. Hoping to partner with StuFu at free movie night 



e. IOU 

i. Domestic violence month is October 

1. “silent” event 

f. EdBuilders 

i. Trunk or treat in October 

g. Gaming Club 

i. 29th of September 

ii. Video games, board games 

h. InterAct 

i. September 24th at Island Park 

1. Authentic Mexican Food 

2. Mexican Bingo 

3. Prizes 

i. FCA 

i. Meeting September the 24th at 8pm in Mossman 

j. Psych Club 

i. Human vs Zombies in October 

k. Leadership Garage Sale 

i. September 14-16 

ii. Corner of 9th and Gary 

iii. Can donate items or come shop 



a. People going into the cafeteria on the side door 

b. Not paying for their meals 


Coming up 

a. Documents due 

b. Fill out an upcoming event for if you plan on having an event 

c. Next meeting: September 26th 

d. Continuing Education: October 6th 

a. 12-1pm in Pounds Lounge 

b. Senators and at least 1 representative from each organization required to come; advisors welcome 

c. Topic: Marketing & Communications 



On a motion Jay Buffum by to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 PM, the senate voted and the motion passed. 

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:15:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students to Capture Memories Honoring Former Walnut Valley Festival President Bob Redford (General)]]> Students in the communication department at Southwestern College are collaborating with The Walnut Valley Association (WVA) to create a video project called “Winfield Memories” during the Walnut Valley Festival, Sept. 13 – 17, at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Bart Redford, WVA, presented the idea for the project to two SC faculty members in early September. “Winfield Memories” will honor the life of Bob Redford, former WVA president, who died in December of 2016. The students will record individual interviews from both festival goers and from people who have worked at the festival over the years. 

“The idea for this project came about as I listened to fans of the festival tell me about their favorite memories of the event and their recollections of my father,” Redford says.  “My dad always loved a good festival story, and had quite a few himself, and I just thought this would be a nice way to capture some of these tales on video as a tribute to him and to all the people who have made this event what it is, fans and WVA crew alike.”

After the stories are gathered during the festival, Tanner Carlson, communication senior, will develop the series of interviews into a documentary as a senior project. WVA intends to have them play at a new venue called Bob’s Place which will also feature memorabilia from the Festival’s long history. 

Carlson is coordinating the work of a team of students who are contributing to the project. He is being assisted by Jason Knowles, visiting instructor of communication, digital arts, and new media and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. 

“The Walnut Valley Festival provides an opportunity for a talented and hard-working senior to lead a group of students on a meaningful project with a uniquely Winfield angle,” Sparks says. 

The Walnut Valley Festival Memories booth will be at the Northwest end of Barn 8 of the Winfield Fairgrounds during the Walnut Valley Festival. Students will be gathering stories on Sept. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:02:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Returns to Southwestern College for a Sixth Year (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students, and no charge for SC faculty, staff, and students.  
The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out all the details.
This is SC’s sixth year to create 24-Hour Plays.
Participants will include:
Cowley College students; director of theatre Cara Kem; and designer/technical director, John Rohr.    
Wellington High School students and their teacher, Jessica Coldwell
Southwestern College students; director of theatre, Allyson Moon; faculty member Paula Makar; and technical director, Kenny Allman.  
Jeannine Russell, a Southwestern College Campus Player, and Wichita State University playwrighting professor, and Meagan Morrow, a Southwestern College Campus Player, will also participate as playwrights.  The festival will begin the evening of the Sept. 8 and will conclude the evening of Sept. 9.  
Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 
To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.  Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   
SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools,
may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  
The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  
Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:44:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[​Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award, Again (General)]]> For the second year in a row, a Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

“It is an honor to be recognized again in the 2017 ‘CPA Practice Advisor's’ 40 under 40 Accounting Professionals list,” Lee says.  “The recognition is an important one in our industry and is looked to by major accounting firms, professionals, and the profession as a whole. In an industry that will take a very different look in the future, I’m excited to be part of an elite group of young professionals finding ways to be part of the change and helping others to make the transition into the new era of accounting.” 

As a member of the 2017 40 Under 40, Lee is invited to attend the 40 under 40 Think Tank Symposium in Indianapolis on October 18-20, where leaders in the accounting profession will come together to tackle today’s challenges in the profession. Lee attended the symposium last year and said it was a wonderful experience.

“Having being named to the 2016 40 under 40, I've been able to meet a lot of innovative and awe-inspiring professionals who are ready to take our profession into the next generation of accounting,” Lee says.  “Being able to network with these individuals in Indianapolis last year has allowed me to get an inside seat of what the future hold for our students and helps give great foresight to our accounting majors about how to be more competitive in their careers.

 “CPA Practice Advisor” calls this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees “the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. They are all active in the professional community, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers. Many are also frequently seen at industry trade shows, such as AICPA PS/Tech and state CPA society events, giving seminars or participating in roundtable discussions on evolving practices and technologies.”

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 option 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.

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:11:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stir & Bustle Ribbon Cutting (General)]]> The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Coffee plus a ribbon cutting Aug. 24 for Stir & Bustle Coffee, a new coffee shop located in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.

Stir and Bustle Ribbon Cutting(Pictured holding the big scissors in the middle is Dr. Brad Andrews, president of Southwestern College. Surrounding him are faculty and staff, students and chamber members. Photo courtesy of Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Stir & Bustle, which takes its name from the Alma Mater, converted the open lounge inside the library’s front entrance to a snack area that features open seating and contemporary décor.

Fresh Ideas, the campus food services contractor, installed the coffee shop as part of its contract with the college. Taylor Strecker, area manager for Fresh Ideas, has been instrumental in the planning of the new facility.

“It’s going to grow and evolve as it takes off, but we plan for it to be a full-blown running coffee house with coffee drinks, frappucinos, smoothies, and other drinks,” he says. “Ultimately we’ll have sandwiches and wraps, salads, parfaits, and other food, but we have packaged food from the start.”

More than snacks, though, the coffee shop provides a casual hub for students to meet, work on group projects, or relax between classes. The area is a convenient for meetings with campus visitors. The space may also be used for alumni or group gatherings, and can be closed off if coffee shop amenities are not needed.

Kristin Humphreys, associate vice president for business services, has worked with student life personnel to make sure the new space is student-friendly.

“For example, there are plenty of outlets for charging laptops, tablets, and phones,” she says.

The idea of an in-library coffee shop is not new, Strecker says – he was involved in the addition of a coffee shop to the Lindenwood University.

“It’s a gathering place, but we expect a lot of studying to be going on in this area,” he says. “There are still plenty of quiet spaces in the building for students who prefer that study environment.”

Stir & Bustle Photos

Stir & Bustle 360 - Student with drink

Stir & Bustle 360

Stir & Bustle - Panoramic

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Freshmen Perform Community Service in Winfield (Leadership)]]> Southwestern College freshmen participated in the annual Freshman Work Day event in Winfield on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Frosh Work Day at Whittier“It is a great chance for our incoming freshman to connect to their new community which include their new classmates, their new school, and their new town,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern. “Southwestern develops students through its commitment to extensive community service opportunities. Freshman Work Day is an important initial milestone for all students to participate in.”
Wood reports that 186 freshman, 25 Leadership students, SC faculty, staff, and local community members participated and donated more than 1,000 service hours to Winfield.  This year the theme of the day was "Finding Winfield" as students divided into groups, then went to 11 different sites around the town. These ranged from individual homeowners to Whittier Elementary and Baden Square. 
A banquet dinner capped the day and experience. The freshmen, leadership students, homeowners, and community partners reflected on the day and celebrated their work together. 
The day was planned and executed by the Southwestern Leadership team which is one of three service learning teams at SC. 
“The Leadership team is committed to changing ourselves and the world around us through servant leadership,” Wood says. 
Freshman Work Day has been a tradition at Southwestern College for more than 25 years. 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:20:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Welcomes Largest Class in 132 Year History (General)]]> Southwestern College marked the beginning of the fall semester by welcoming a record breaking first-year class to campus.

“It’s a wonderful day to be a Builder,” said Southwestern President Brad Andrews as he shared news of the record enrollment.   

Andrews reported that as of Monday, 192 first-year students had moved onto campus, representing the largest freshman class in the 132 year history of the college.  At the time of publication, the college has also enrolled 80 transfer students. In total, 272 new students have enrolled, also a record for the college. 

“The momentum that we are building at Southwestern is very real,” said Andrews. “The value and attractiveness of the education we provide is meaningful to prospective students and families of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond.”  

 The large class was out in force on Sunday, performing community service at eleven homes and nonprofits throughout Winfield as part of the annual Freshman Work Day. On Friday their service will be focused on campus as they give the “SC” rocks on the hill east of Richard L. Jantz Stadium a fresh coat of white paint (a duty performed annually by the first-year class, with the help of President Andrews). Classes at the college will begin on August 21.

“We have 272 brand new students who chose Southwestern College, who chose Winfield— who have already begun to connect with our community and engage in our traditions,” said Andrews. “The college and Winfield are strengthened by their choosing to be here and that is certainly something we all should celebrate.” 

Last year Southwestern welcomed 173 first-year students, which, at the time, marked the second largest class to enter the college. Andrews attributes the record breaking success and increasing enrollment, which contradicts national trends, to faculty, staff, and the community.

“This success hinges on nothing more than prospective students and families recognizing that faculty and staff at Southwestern College are dedicated to helping students discover their potential and find success— and in seeing what a special place Winfield is to make home.”


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:17:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[First-Year Southwestern College Students to Move In August 9 (General)]]> Incoming first-year students will begin moving into the residence halls at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2017-2018 school year.
Builder Camp takes first-year students on and off campus for a three-day orientation to college life, and Builder Fest is an on-campus experience introducing new students to the many aspects of Southwestern College. 
New undergraduate students will be the first on campus. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by students moving into residence halls between 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A Family Farewell event begins at 3:30 p.m., and then the newly-arrived first-year students will participate in Builder Camp.  
Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Camp WOW in Stuart, Okla.  Students will return to campus on Aug. 12. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.
Transfer and returning student-athletes will move in Saturday, Aug. 12.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Friday, Aug. 18.
Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
Sunday, Aug. 20, Welcome Back worship in Messenger Recital Hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday Sundaes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java Jinx.
Monday, Aug. 21, classes begin for students. 
Tuesday, Aug. 22, rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
Thursday, Aug. 24, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps. 
Friday, Aug. 25, Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium.
Friends of Southwestern College are invited to attend the Moundbuilding Ceremony and Opening Convocation.
For more information about Builder Fest, call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168. 
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:34:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Stacy Sparks Photography on Display in Wichita (General)]]> Photographs by Stacy Sparks will be on display at the Plymouth Art Gallery at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 North Clifton Ave., Wichita, in August and September. The exhibit is entitled “Contemplation” and includes 40 images selected from nearly 7,000 photographs. 

Sparks is the associate professor of journalism at Southwestern College and has been teaching at SC since August 2006, when she moved to Winfield with her husband, Pat England. The photographs in this exhibit were made during a sabbatical between August and December 2015.

She grew up in Dodge City and began teaching journalism and advising student media staffs in 1988, first at St. Mary of the Plains College, then at Dodge City Community College. 

Sparks’ work has been included in the Five-State Photography Show, as well as juried competitions in Liberal, Wichita and Lubbock, Texas. She has shown her work in group and solo shows in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama and has participated in photography workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana, and New Mexico.

Sparks was inducted into the College Media Association Hall of Fame in October 2015. An active member of CMA and Kansas Collegiate Media, she has served in several leadership roles in both organizations.

Located in the main hallway of the church, The Plymouth Art Gallery is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is also open during regularly scheduled church events.  


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Godspell’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Godspell” on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

Southwestern College graduate Meagan Morrow is directing the show while current student Matthew Porter is the musical director.  Morrow says that the production will take on a carnival theme.  One hour before the show starts, the cast and crew will create a carnival atmosphere on the lawn of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Morrow says that families are encouraged to attend and participate in games, face painting, live music, ring toss, and fortune telling.

“‘Godspell’ can be done in a variety of ways,” Morrow says.  “The cast and crew will participate in the carnival games outside of the recital hall.  From there, the carnival atmosphere will move inside Messenger and the show will begin.”

Jesus will be played by Tanner Schartz and John/Judas will be played by Jack Warring, both current Southwestern College students.  The ensemble will include current SC students Ondreya Seahorn, Kaela Massey, Jonathan Lane, and Shawn Knepper.  Other ensemble members are SC graduate Carlene Dick; master’s student Juliana Smarsh; Scarlet Green, Wichita; and Nathan Coordsen, Bartlesville, Okla. 

Morrow says that this production of “Godspell” should appeal to everybody from preschool age to adult.  The music style will range from pop to rock to gospel.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:37:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Finishes the Tour Divide (General)]]> Winfield biking enthusiast Bobby Smith has returned after competing in one of the toughest mountain bike experiences in North America.Bobby Smith Finishes TD

Smith, director of application systems at Southwestern College, completed the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route was 2,745 miles long and Smith finished it in 28 days, 12 hours, and 35 minutes. 

Smith, who is 30 pounds lighter after competing in the event, says that in hindsight, he could have finished the race sooner but rode with another competitor who had participated before in the Tour Divide. 

“I rode with him for quite a ways because he knew where the refueling stations were, had knowledge of where to camp out, and I didn’t want to get lost” Smith says.  “But once I got to Breckenridge (Colo.) I knew I had to pick up the pace if I wanted to finish in less than 30 days so I went on my own from there.”

Smith says that he hopes to ride in the event again someday. 

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to see a map of the route Smith rode along with other race statistics as well as a link to donate to the Builder Fund at


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:28:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Landmarks Being Constructed at Southwestern (General)]]> Construction has begun on a new landmark on the west side of the Southwestern College campus.

The George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success is expected to be completed by mid-August.

No Sign KeyholeThe Hayward family has made a gift to construct two monument signs at the west corners of campus; one at College St. and Warren Ave., and the other at College St. and Fowler Ave. Additionally, a pedestrian gateway framing Keyhole Drive and a monument sign in the center median of the drive will be constructed in the coming weeks.No sign Warren

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)