Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Avenue Q’ July 27-29 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Avenue Q” on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  

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The Tony award-winning musical is an autobiographical and biographical coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents (and by children's television programs such as “Sesame Street”) that they were special and could do anything. As adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more special than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets animated by unconcealed puppeteers alongside human actors.

Director is 2017 SC graduate Meagan Morrow, and Aidan Wells is musical director. 

“I would describe this show as ‘The Muppets’ for adults,” Morrow says. 

The show includes mature subject matter and language.

Cast members are Princeton/Rod, Ryan Pangracs; Kate/Lucy, Ondreya Seahorn; Brian, Avery Hogan; Christmas Eve, Hannah Breshears; Gary, Phoebe Zawadi; Nicky/Treckie/Bad Idea Bear, Jack Warring; Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear, Jessica Burk; and Ensemble, Kaela Dawn Massey and John Rohr.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 students.  Order tickets by calling (620) 221-7720, online at, or by emailing

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[1980s Music Featured in Upcoming SC Summer Theatre Festival Production of 'Rock of Ages' (Theatre Arts)]]> Classic rock songs from the 1980s will come alive when the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presents “Rock of Ages” on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The rock/jukebox musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, Whitesnake, and Europe among other well-known rock bands. 

Music director Matt Berthot (who also plays rock star Stacee Jaxx) says that the audience should expect an exciting show. 

“They can expect to get their faces rocked off, because it’s '80s rock and the pit and performers will bring the thunder,” Berthot says. 

The pit will consist of lead guitarist Michael Steiner, second lead guitar TJ Zigler, Anthony Gropper on rhythm guitar, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Nathan Johnson on bass, Billy Bearden on keyboard, and Aidan Wells Filbert conducting. Page Butler and Parker Butler are the sound engineers.

According to director Allyson Moon, the setting for “Rock of Ages” is the tail end of the big, bad, rockin’ 1980s in Hollywood.  The Bourbon Room, home of rock star Stacee Jaxx is in danger of closing.  Drew (Kamdon Fuqua) longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri (Kaela Massey), fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes).  But the rock and roll fairytale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Sunset Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.

The musical contains some adult content and language. 

“For the 20-year-olds on up that love '80s rock, this is going to take them back to a time that was wild and crazy, with the hair, the makeup, the raw songs; it was a crazy fun time to be alive,” Berthot says. 

For Berthot, this is a show that takes him back to his childhood.

“This show means so much to the inner child of Matt Berthot growing up in the '80s, I would literally dance and sing with my brothers in the living room to all of these songs that we are going to sing and perform in the show,” Berthot says.  “It also takes me back to the time of playing outside, listening to Whitesnake before baseball games, and playing with my friends and just rocking out.”

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 youth or students.  Individuals can order tickets by calling (620) 221-7720, online at, or by emailing  


Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:53:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Helmer to Enter Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (General)]]> Jim Helmer, who coached the Southwestern College cross country team to 84 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championships during his 35-year career as head cross country coach, will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The announcement of the 2018 induction class, which includes University of Kansas legend Paul Pierce and former Kansas City Royals owner Ewing Kauffman, was announced last week by Kansas Sports Hall of Fame officials.

Helmer coached the Moundbuilder cross country and track and field programs to 84 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in his 35-year career. Under his guidance, the Southwestern men's cross country team won 32 KCAC championships, including 31 straight championships from 1980-2011. He also coached Southwestern to 29 KCAC outdoor track and field championships, and a KCAC indoor track and field championship. Helmer was a 31-time KCAC men's cross country coach of the year, and was named the KCAC men's track and field coach of the year 32 times.

The induction will mark Helmer’s third hall of fame induction. He was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991, and was inducted into the NAIA Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2001. 

The annual induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Wichita. For more information, visit


Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Shannon Vargas New CFO at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced Shannon Vargas as the college’s new vice president for finance and chief financial officer. Vargas, a Southwestern College graduate, began her career locally. She worked for the City of Winfield and at an accounting firm in Arkansas City.  She has spent the past 13 years at GE Aviation in positions of increasing responsibility including senior finance leader.

Shannon VargasAt GE, Vargas had significant success aggressively managing financial strategies and goals as a senior leader at the Strother Field and Winfield plants. In this role, she worked with over 1,000 employees, and annual sales of over $1 billion from this site. 

“Shannon has not only demonstrated an ability to manage budgets, but also an ability to play a key role in driving a complex organization towards increased profitability,” Andrews says.  “She brings experience from industry that will be particularly valuable as we work to set and meet financial targets and goals in a manner that optimizes our ability to be successful in our mission as a college. Her years working in an organization that faces significant financial, regulatory, and operational challenges, as well as her proven management experience, will be of great benefit. We are excited for the new dimension of leadership experience Shannon brings to the college.”


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:03:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Alissa Tapp, Ponca City, Receives Transfer Scholarship at Southwestern College (General)]]> Alissa Tapp, Ponca City, Okla., has been chosen as the recipient of the Transfer Scholarship at Southwestern College.  The full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to three years.  

Alissa TappTapp is the daughter of Kevin and Laurie Tapp.  She plans on majoring in psychology while playing for the Southwestern College women’s soccer team. 

This merit-based award annually recognizes a transfer student who demonstrates outstanding academic ability as well as strong community engagement. Scholars must be accepted for admission to Southwestern College before they are considered for the Full-Tuition Scholarship competition.  

“We were excited to welcome this group of students that are very involved in their communities and demonstrate excellence in their college pursuits,” says Adam Jenkins, vice president for enrollment management at Southwestern College.  “The competition was close, with modest points separating each student, and we were impressed by the thoughtfulness and careful attention each student gave to the essay response and their interviews.  Alissa stood out among the many talented competitors and did a great job representing her unique viewpoint; she will be a great Builder.” 


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:02:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Rock of Ages' June 29, 30, and July 1 (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Rock of Ages” on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  

“Rock of Ages” is a rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, Whitesnake, and Europe among other well-known rock bands. 

According to director Allyson Moon, the setting for “Rock of Ages” is the tail end of the big, bad, rockin’ 1980s in Hollywood.  The Bourbon Room, home of rock star Stacee Jaxx (Matt Berthot) is in danger of closing.  Drew (Kamdon Fuqua) longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes).  But the rock and roll fairytale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Sunset Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.

The musical contains some adult content and language. Book is by Chris D'Arienzo,
Along with Moon directing, Matt Berthot is the musical director, Aiden Wells Filbert is the assistant musical director, and Sheila Harding is the choreographer. 

Other cast members include Kaela Massey as Sherrie; Jack Warring as Lonny; Seth Bate as Dennis Dupree; Julianna Smarsh as Regina; John Rohr as Hertz Klinemann; Brant Cotta as Franz Klinemann; Ondreya Seahorn as Justice; Chris Rogers as Father; Raynee Case as Mother; Garrett Bogre as Mayor; Jessica Burk as Waitress #1; Harper Bartel, Hannah Breshears, and Jennifer Warren as Bourbon Club Waitresses; Ryan Pangracs as Ja’Keith; Zane Butler as Joey Primo; Emma Bate as Constance; Avery Hogan as the Sleazy Movie Producer; T. J. Ziegler  as the Guitarists/Band Members/Ensemble; Jessica Burk, Harper Bartel, Hannah Breshears, and Jennifer Warren as Venus Club Dancers; and Emma Bate, Maddie Cantu, Raynee Case, Megan Dougherty, Clover Maples, Summer Markley, Delaney Smith, Aubrey Persinger, Sophie Sarnacki, Sydnee Sisk, Garrett Bogre, Zane Butler, Avery Hogan, Matthew Mattocks, John Moberly, Ryan Pangracs, and Chris Rogers as Ensemble of Rockers, Dancers, Bourbon Room Patrons, Waitresses, Waiters, Bartenders, Church Choir Members, Groupies, Back-up Singers, Riot Police, Protesters, Rock Video MTV Dancers, Homeless People, etc.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 youth or students.  Individuals can order tickets by calling (620) 221-7720, online at, or by emailing  


Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:26:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Scottish Fiddler and Violinist Brandon Vance to Perform Recital on Thursday (Music)]]> Internationally acclaimed Scottish fiddler and violinist, Brandon Vance, will play a recital on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. 

Brandon VanceVance will be the guest artist for the 2018 Cole Family Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College. The annual festival, this year held from June 10 to June 16, brings high school students to campus for a week of music-making and exploration in collaboration with Southwestern College music faculty, students, and guests. Students will also have the opportunity to work with Vance this summer.

Vance is the recipient of Scotland’s 2017 Royal National Mòd “Sutherland Cup” in Scottish fiddle, and was the youngest to win the U.S. National Open Scottish Fiddling Championship in 1999 and 2001.
Vance has performed and taught internationally, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy, appearing as guest artist for the 50th Anniversary of the Armagh Piper’s Club at the William Kennedy Piping Festival, and being selected as a featured soloist at the 2017 Scottish Royal National Mòd in Fort William.

He holds a graduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has performed with Seattle-based Pacific Music Works, Early Music Vancouver, Northwest Sinfonietta, mandolinist John Reischman, vocalist Nadia Tarnawsky, Alex Fedoriouk, uilleann piper Eliot Grasso, and composer Stephen Rice.

In addition to being a founding member of Celtic Ensemble Dréos and World Music Ensemble Alchymeia, Vance is a composer with a distinctive melodic and harmonic vocabulary, having given the world premiere of his original composition “Gael Storm” for fiddle and orchestra with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall. Vance was music director and violin soloist for the world premiere of “Odyssey of These Days,” a work composed by Eliot Grasso, and presented at the Hult Center in Eugene, Ore., as a musical response to a set of nine paintings by Wesley Hurd that deal with loss, grief, and hope. Recently, Vance worked with his Celtic ensemble, Dréos, to compose, arrange, and perform music for the world premiere of Ballet Fantastique's “Sleepy Hollow.”

In addition to having a well-established international career as a violinist and fiddler, Vance is also emerging as a traditional Gaelic singer, having been ranked third in the Skye and Sutherland Open Competition at the 2017 Royal National Mòd.


Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:03:15 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Aaron Knodle Hired as Director of Choral Activities at Southwestern College (Music)]]> Southwestern College has announced that Aaron Knodle will be its new director of choral activities and voice professor.

Aaron Knodle“Aaron Knodle brings the energy, credentials, and skills to take the choral program from where Dr. Brian Winnie has built it over the past four years and move it forward in artistry and viability,” says Tim Shook, SC’s division chair for performing arts. “Knodle understands the choral program in the liberal arts setting.”

Knodle earned a bachelor of music in organ performance and a bachelor of arts in music education from Luther College, as well as a master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston University.  His conducting influences are Ann Howard Jones from Boston University and Earl Rivers from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He will complete his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music in December.
Knodle has been active as both a conductor and accompanist in the years leading up to this appointment. As he completes his doctoral degree he has been assistant conductor at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music, sharing in the conducting duties of the chamber choir. He has been music director for five annual musical theatre performances at the Starlight Playhouse (Camp Starlight), and was music director at the Dance Gallery of South Dakota Musical Theatre Department. He is currently director of music at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, and accompanist of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.


Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:20:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Aladdin Jr.' (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the Disney musical “Aladdin Jr.” on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Show tickets are $4 for youth and $6 for adults. 

Participating in the shows are members of the youth theatre camp and the story theatre camp, and 2018 Story and Youth campersSouthwestern College Summer Theatre interns. 

“This is the classic Aladdin story that most of us were introduced to through the animated movie,” says director Allyson Moon.  “It has all of the characters that we know and love and love to hate – Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, the Magic Carpet, Jafar and many, many more.  ‘Aladdin Jr.’ is just a shortened version of the story, which makes it ideal entertainment for youth and families.”

The music for the show will be directed by Jack Warring and Avery Hogan.  Choreography is led by Jessica Burk and Ryan Pangracs.  

“Come see this favorite brought to life on stage,” says Summer Theatre Festival intern Hannah Breshears.  “Kids from kindergarten through high school have been working hard to put on this charming production of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ Bring your friends and family to see the kickoff of summer theatre at Southwestern.” 

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email, or go online at


Thu, 31 May 2018 15:17:28 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Melinda Current Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at Southwestern College (General)]]> Melinda Current, professor of health and wellness promotion at Southwestern College, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Commencement exercises Sunday, May 13. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members.  

Melinda Current Kopke Award“It is an honor to be recognized for something that I love to do,” Current says.   “Those who have won this award before me are people I admire and respect for their teaching abilities. I’m proud to be included among them.” 

Current grew up in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School.  She graduated from Wesley School of Nursing which was a hospital-based registered nursing program. She then attended Southwestern College as a non-traditional student to obtain her bachelor of science in nursing degree.  She has a master of nursing degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla

Current says that the transition from nursing to education was one of necessity as her disabled son became too old for day care.  

“Nurses don’t always have the best working hours,” Current says.   “When the opportunity to transition to nursing education became an option, the challenge interested me but also the traditional school schedule would help me be more available for my son.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that I loved working with students and how exciting it is to be a part of their learning process.”  

Current initially taught for Wichita Area Technical College in the practical nursing program.  The opportunity to teach in Southwestern’s nursing program came about 14 years ago.   Current transitioned to teaching support courses for the athletic training education program five years ago.    


Fri, 25 May 2018 15:10:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Music School Offering Ukulele Camp This Summer (Music)]]> The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College will host ukulele camp during the week of June 4-8 from 1-2 p.m. each day. Classes will be in the Darbeth Rehearsal Hall on Southwestern College’s campus.

The ukulele camp will be under the direction of Nikki Kirk. Kirk is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district, where she teaches kindergarten through fifth grade general music, and is an active member of NAfME and ACDA.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield.  Kirk is in her 10th  year of teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas and in her home state of West Virginia, and served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College.          

The ukulele camp is $30 for current CMS students and $35 for non-CMS students. Participants must be at least eight years old and all participants must have their own ukuleles. Music is provided. All experience levels are welcome. For questions or to enroll, contact the CMS at or visit 


Thu, 24 May 2018 14:47:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team Qualifies for Nationals (General)]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team has advanced to the 2018 Enactus USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 20-22. The team competed at the Enactus USA Regional Competition in Dallas on April 16.

Enactus 2018

Front Row (L to R): Jayna Berholf (advisor), Dominique Eule, Kailee Turner, Elizabeth Walz, Chandler Rich, Kristen Pettey (advisor), Patrick Lee (advisor)

Second Row: Jacob Sigmon, Chase Carr, Christian Gordon, Kyle Robinson, Ronald Crowder-Jones, Clayton Downum, Last Row: James McEwen (advisor), Reese Robinette, Uly Cisneros, Brian Peck, Jimmy Gurzynski, Matt Temple, Raul Martinez

Southwestern will compete with the nation's top 100 teams at this year's national exposition with the champion advancing to the Worlds Competition in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 9-11.

“We're super excited to have a chance, once again, to compete for the title of Enactus USA National Champion,” says team advisor Patrick Lee.  “This presenting team is a special one for us. We have never had such a young group of presenters representing Southwestern College at the National Exposition. This presenting team is made up of freshmen and sophomores who are stepping up to compete against the top colleges and universities.”

This year's SC presentation team included sophomores Matthew Temple and Kailee Turner and freshmen Reese Robinette and Chandler Rich. The team coach is graduating senior Elizabeth Walz.

“This is the fourth consecutive year the SC Enactus team has advanced to nationals and shows the hard work and dedication our students have in advancing our local community and creating entrepreneurial opportunities along the way,” Lee says.

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host Several Camps (General)]]> Southwestern College will host several day and overnight camps this spring and summer.  

Day camps include:

Overnight camps include:

For more information about the camps, contact Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141 or online at
Fri, 18 May 2018 11:25:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Rock of Ages’ Scheduled for May 11 and 12 (Theatre Arts)]]> Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Rock of Ages” have been announced. 

Auditions will be Friday, May 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show.  Director Allyson Moon says that men are to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” and women should sing “We’re Not Going to Take It.” She adds that any rock song in their repertoire can be used.  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided. 

“Rock of Ages” will be performed June 29-July 1. The show is a big, brash, and energetic tribute to classic rock, over-the-top ballads and fierce guitar, and the gritty glamour and rough energy of the Sunset Strip.  This jukebox musical features ’80s hits such as “We Built this City,” “I Wanna Rock,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Other productions for the summer include “Aladdin Jr.” June 8 and 9, and “Avenue Q” July 27-29.

For more information about the auditions or the other productions, contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328 or 


Thu, 10 May 2018 11:30:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Stars Go Dim to Perform at Southwestern College (General)]]> Stars Go Dim, a Christian pop band from Nashville, will be featured performers at the Donna DeMint Memorial Cancer Benefit Concert Friday, June 1. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in Southwestern College’s Christy Administration Building.  Tickets are $15.

This concert is part of the Winfield Relay for Life event with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

The band will also mentor youth attending Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp May 29 through June 2 at Southwestern College.  High school students at the camp will perform with other high school and college worship leaders.  

Since 2007 Stars Go Dim members have been determined to use their musical gifts for one purpose: letting people know about God's relentless love for them, group members say.

"We are all part of a love story,” says lead singer Chris Cleveland, “a story of God's love for his people and His love for each one of us.” 

Camp director Martin Rude is looking forward to having Stars Go Dim on campus. 

“We are so looking forward to the musical professionalism and the passionate message of the power of love that Chris and the band will bring to our Donna DeMint memorial fundraiser concert,” Rude says. “This year we are celebrating nominations from different community churches that we are calling ‘Champions of Perseverance.’ These are persons nominated by their local churches who have been through cancer treatments. Everyone who perseveres through the hard experiences of life is a champion. This is an effort to share some of their stories to increase knowledge about cancer and decrease some of the fear as we raise funds for the cure.” 

Rude adds that a video of some of their stories will be shown at the beginning of the concert and Stars Go dim will end their concert with a dedication of their last single “You are Loved.”

For more information about the camp or the concert, contact Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences, and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141, or visit the website at 

Thu, 10 May 2018 11:28:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2017-2018 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

Masterbuilders 2018The Student Government Association initiates the process for naming Masterbuilders by calling for each SGA member to nominate students.  The list of students who receive votes are then submitted to a faculty vote.  Finally, the entire student body votes, choosing recipients from the names remaining on the list.  

Masterbuilders for 2017-2018 include: Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas; Jacob Horsch and Jordyn Miller, Wichita; Tomunci Whitfield, Cedar Hill, Texas; Craig Lantz, Bel Aire; and Myron Fisher, Allen, Texas.

Thu, 03 May 2018 14:00:13 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC President Brad Andrews Visits Whittier Elementary School (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews visited Jennifer Randall’s third grade class at Whittier Elementary School in Winfield for Career Day on Monday, April 30.  Andrews, who was joined by Southwestern College mascot, Jinx, answered many questions and spoke about how college can prepare students for their career and what it’s like to be a college president. Andrews at Whittier two

Wed, 02 May 2018 15:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Broadway Actress Jennifer Hemphill joins SC (Musical Theatre)]]> Southwestern College has added Broadway actress Jennifer Hemphill to its faculty as assistant professor JHemphill 1of theatre. 

“Jennifer Hemphill brings a strong connection to the musical theatre and theatre industry to Southwestern College,” says Tim Shook, chair for the division of performing arts at Southwestern.   “She brings a beautiful voice, strong directing and acting skills and leadership, and an approachable personality.  We are fortunate to have Jennifer Hemphill join our faculty.”

“I am most excited about teaching the students at Southwestern because when I visited, it was clear that the actors not only had talent, but they also had enormous passion and drive,” Hemphill says.  “They were intelligent, open, and perhaps most importantly, brave; I am inspired by artistic bravery. I am excited to see what we can create and even more, what we can discover on the journey.”

Hemphill earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a master of fine arts degree in acting from Kent State University.

Hemphill was most recently seen on Broadway in “Mamma Mia!”  She enjoyed three years of performing the hit “Abba” show at the Winter Garden and Broadhurst theatres on Broadway and two years playing to full houses on the national tour.  

Hemphill has performed in New York, on tours across the United States, Canada, and Europe, with symphonies, and at sea for the last two decades.  In addition to acting, she has taught masterclasses and private lessons, and was on staff at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and at Kent State University as part of their Returning Professional Program. Hemphill also adjudicated for the Showstopper national dance competitions.  She is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. 

“My career has prepared me for my new position at Southwestern College because in addition to teaching over the past two decades, I have also had ‘boots on the ground’ as an actor,” Hemphill says.  “I have worked in venues from theme parks to Broadway and a lot in between. I welcome the opportunity to not only focus on imparting strong technique, but also the practical aspects needed to be a working actor.”
Hemphill says that even though she has enjoyed her career as an actress, she is ready to get back in the classroom.

“I come from a family of teachers and have always found great joy and inspiration in being in the classroom,” Hemphill says.  “A few year ago, I was teaching at a Collegiate Performing Arts Conservatory in New York City and I was in a Broadway show. Although performing in the show was wonderful, I discovered that I was finding more creativity and fulfillment in teaching. I am passionate about teaching because there are no limits. Academia provides a safe space to explore, I love the process.”

She and her husband, John, who is currently in a Broadway production, are looking forward to moving to the community and becoming involved. 


Tue, 01 May 2018 17:51:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ Faculty and Staff Honored at Southwestern (General)]]> Outstanding faculty and staff were recognized at Southwestern College.  Three awards were presented Friday, April 27, for outstanding service to the college, and 31 employees were honored for years of service.
Presented were the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff (Campus) Award to Tim Testa, head cross country coach; the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator/Staff Award (Professional Studies) to Shirley Baker, academic success coach for Professional Studies; and the Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award to Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology.
Floyd and Ruth Fassnacht established the Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff awards with an endowment gift in 1988. Floyd graduated from Southwestern College in 1929 with a degree in chemistry. He was a member of the Alpha Beta Alpha honor society. Floyd began working for Phillips Petroleum in 1940 as a lab chemist. In 1948 he became chief chemist in charge of all plant products, and assisted in the development of aviation fuel for World War II. He retired from the company in 1973 as assistant superintendent of Phillips Kansas City Refinery.
Floyd and Ruth were significant donors to the college during their lifetimes, also providing a major gift for construction of the Beech Science Center, naming the Fassnacht Research Laboratory. Floyd received the Southwestern College Alumni Recognition Award in 1997.
Anjaih Clemons, director of student life at Southwestern College, presented the SGA faculty and staff citations during the ceremony.  The staff citation was awarded to Art Verdugo, Fresh Ideas.  The faculty citation went to Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism.
Awards for years of service were also presented for: 
•           50 years: Max Thompson
•           40 years: Bill DeArmond, Jim Helmer
30 years: Allyson Moon, Roger Moon, Timothy Shook
25 years: Michelle Boucher, Bob Gallup, Ronnie Jenkins
•           20 years: Lisa Braun, Tracy Frederick, Michael Tessmer
15 years: Ray Baldwin, Charles Osen, Stephen Woodburn
•           10 years: Susan Burdick, George Hindman, Jimmy Holland, Kristin Humphreys, Kristen Pettey, Lock Schnelle, Jason Speegle
•           5 years: Nathan Clements, Shelley Fisher, Jessica Dibble, Jacob Goodson, Jeremy Kirk, Patrick Lee, Stephen McCann, Charles McKinzie, Greg McPherson, and Aaron Pergorsch. SC Employees years of service
Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:52:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Percussion and Jazz Concerts Scheduled (Music)]]> The Southwestern College Percussion Ensemble and the SC Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will present concerts in May.

The SC Percussion Ensemble will present their spring concert on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall, located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  

“The first half of the program will feature the work ‘Process,’ a piece that exemplifies the differences in processing for both neuroatypical and neurotypical persons,” says Jeremy Kirk, director of bands and percussion at Southwestern College. “The second half of the program will feature an island vibe with the Percussion Pops Ensemble performing tunes of Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, and many more.”  

The SC Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will present “An Evening of Jazz” on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located on the main level of the Christy Administration Building. 

According to Kirk, the concert will feature jazz standards from Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and more, along with modern funk charts.  

“Both concerts will feature a wide variety of styles,” Kirk says. “From totalism to tropical and cool jazz to funk, there is something for everyone.”  

There is no admission charge for both concerts and the community is encouraged to attend.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:32:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Science Students Educate Local Youth (General)]]> SC students in the education course, “Teaching Science in the Elementary School” designed Earth Day themed learning activities for students of Karen Podschun’s through the Maize Virtual School program. The Outdoor Sciencegroup had “unpacked” a miniature landfill (the glass container in the center of the table) and the students were creating their own mini-landfills to take home and observe. This was an activity designed by Faith Ferguson (SC student in the center). She had started the landfill about a month ago and as participants unpacked they were able to see how some things were just the same as they were when they were put in and how some were beginning to break down. Kari Blattner (right) in the photo presented an activity to help the students consider the danger of litter to animals called “A litter bit dangerous.” Catabrean Baumann, (left) opened the session with an activity to help students consider how they can be more Earth friendly through the use of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” habits.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:39:57 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Season to Conclude Sunday, April 29 (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony will be concluding its 2017-2018 season with "Revival" on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. The symphony's spring concert features the 2018 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition winners.

This performance is sponsored by Larry and Linda Hahn.

“This concert will be an excellent close to an outstanding season,” says Amber Peterson, South Kansas Symphony conductor.  “Come show your support for your talented friends and family.”

Jonathan Lee of Winfield is the 2018 senior division winner. He will perform the first movement of Hummel's “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra.” Lee is a freshman music education major at Southwestern. 

The junior division winner is Sarah Smith, a senior from Maize High School. She will perform the Finale from Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor.  Next year, Smith will be pursuing majors in cello performance and music education. Aidan Wells, this season's assistant conductor as well as Smith's accompanist for the competition, will conduct Smith's concerto with the symphony.

Other finalists from this year's competition will also be recognized: Sarrah Sultz (second place senior division finalist), Taylor Herrman (second place junior division finalist) and Riley Ziegler (third place junior division). 

Besides accompanying the winners on their concerto, the symphony will be performing “Fugue in C minor” by Bach/Elgar and Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" by Mendelssohn. 

The 2018 South Kansas Symphony concerto competition was sponsored by Phyllis Bigler.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children (5-18), and free for Southwestern College faculty, staff, students, and youth symphony members and children under five. 


Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:30:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summit Youth Academy Coming to Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> Southwestern College will host the Summit Youth Academy July 22-28.  The academy offers current high school sophomores and juniors a week to hear God’s calling by connecting with God, Christian leaders, and peers, learning from Wesleyan scholars, and serving others.

According to Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for youth and young adults for the Institute for Discipleship, last year 36 Summit disciples attended, and this year the goal is 60. Disciples will be given the chance to consider their post-high school plans as Peter Cammarano guides them through the Birkman Assessment. This assessment helps young people consider the best career field for their interests, passions, strengths, and environmental preferences.

“Our goal is to give young disciples a deeper understanding of their faith and the challenges that our communities and neighbors face, and exposure to quality theological education so they can respond to God in a thoughtful way that promotes love, grace, kindness, and mercy in the world around them,” said Mohler-Seib. “We believe that every person is uniquely gifted to bring goodness to those around them.”

Special guest lecturers and preachers include Cammarano, Andrew Singh, Scott Kisker, Stephen Rankin, Julie Lashier, Jackson Lashier, Anne Gatobu, Lucas McConnell, and several Southwestern College alumni who will return as covenant pastors to assist 10 Southwestern College students (Summit Guides) who will lead small groups each day.

To be accepted into the Summit Youth Academy, potential Summit disciples need to apply at Acceptance also requires a nomination from a church leader.  This can be a pastor, youth pastor, or lay person.  Summit disciples who are currently juniors in high school are invited to re-apply to attend.

The cost to attend the Summit Youth Academy is $200 from the participant and $200 from the nominating churches. The Great Plains Annual Conference also provides 50 $100 scholarships for first-year Summit disciples.

Sponsors for the academy include: Winfield Circles, SoCe Life Wichita, Coaching for Grace, Camp Horizon, and The Great Plains Annual Conference.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:20:20 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Hammock Club at Southwestern (General)]]> Two Southwestern College students seized the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather recently by setting up their hammocks.  Aaron Hartley (in front), Guthrie, Okla., and Sheldon Hawthorne, Beaumont, Texas, said it was a bit warm but very relaxing.Hammock Club 

Southwestern senior Shayla Jordan, Wichita, created a hammocking club through the Southwestern College Student Government Association as part of her senior Leadership project.  Jordan say they have a sponsorship through ENO Hammocks and receive a 50% discount on all products. This semester, they purchased 55 hammocks with this discount; 35 for members who purchased their hammock bed and straps with a t-shirt for $25 and the organization matched that amount to purchase the full hammock at $50. Twenty of the hammocks were purchased for a check-out system through the library. Students, staff, and faculty now have the opportunity to check-out hammocks, just like checking-out books, for free.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:19:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[CMS Offering Dance Lessons (General)]]> The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is offering dance lessons and classes this summer with Sheila Harding. The dance classes will take place on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 19 and ending July 29 in the Helen Graham Little Theatre on Southwestern’s campus. The CMS is offering these classes to the community for anyone who is middle-school age and older. 

Harding is a choreographer and dance instructor and has taught dance residentially at many competitive studios around the United States.

Saturday classes include dance techniques from 3 to 4 p.m., ballet from 4 to 5:30 p.m., tap from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and hip hop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday classes include jazz from 4 to 5 p.m., and jazz funk heels from 5 to 6 p.m. Private dance lessons with Harding can be set for one hour a week. Pricing for the classes begin at $45 per month, two classes a month for $90, three classes a month for $80, four classes a month for $70, five classes per month for $60, and all six classes a month for $50. 

To sign up, email the CMS at or online at and find the registration form under the “Enroll Here” tab.


Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:47:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Music Department to Present Two Concerts (General)]]> The Southwestern College music department will present two concerts in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

On Saturday, April 21, A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and Southwestern College Choral Union will be featured in the Lux Aeterna spring choral concert. Selections include Faure’s “Requiem,” Elgar’s “Lux Aeterna,” and a commissioned piece, “Sinner Man,” arranged by Stephen Butler, instructor of music theory at Southwestern. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and there is no admission charge. 

On Friday, April 27, a night of contemporary pop and musical theatre will be presented. The concert will be led by the SC Musical Theatre Ensemble, Broadway Builders, and SC Singers, and will feature the music of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It will also include contemporary pop medleys and hits by artists such as Beyonce, Shai, and Pentatonix. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., and there is no admission charge. 

“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,” says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.  


Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:40:36 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Media Students Collect Awards (General)]]> Members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won 16 individual journalism awards while attending a state journalism conference this week. The awards for work created and published in student media were announced during the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media April 8 and 9 in Wichita.

SC Media StudentsTessa Castor, Clearwater sophomore, won a first place award in the four-year private college newspaper division sports news writing category for her story about the new women’s wresting program at the college. She also took third in newspaper feature writing. In the newspaper page design categories Castor took first and second place for interior pages and third place and an honorable mention in newspaper front page design. Castor earned two honorable mentions in newspaper sports photography.

Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas senior, took first place in the video category for a story about the Walnut Valley Festival. Carlson also placed first in headline writing and third in feature photography. He earned two honorable mentions – one in editorial writing and one in feature photography.

Chris Campbell, Bloomington, Ind. junior, earned two second place awards, one for newspaper feature writing and one for newspaper feature photography.

Madison Adams, Wellington sophomore, earned a second place award for four-year private college newspaper news and event photography.

Bryson Barrett, Prosper, Texas, junior, and Madison Stumbough, Bonner Springs junior, along with Carlson and Castor attended the conference April 8 and 9 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

They were among 157 students and advisers from 14 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students heard two keynote speakers. Denise Neil of the Wichita Eagle spoke about “Finding the Journalism Job You Envision” and Ron Johnson, journalism consultant, presented a talk, “Journalism Still Makes a Difference.”

The students also participated in breakout sessions with topics as varied as ethics, photography, podcasting, social justice, using apps, and writing. They were accompanied by Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks is serving a two-year term as president of Kansas Collegiate Media.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:37:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Education Builders to Host KNEA-SP Assembly (General)]]> Education Builders, a Southwestern College student organization, will host the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP) Spring Representative Assembly on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, in Winfield.

Karrie McNutt Karrie McNutt, Southwestern senior, will preside over the conference as her last official duty as KNEA-SP President. Lori Gragert, Education Builders secretary and Sheryl Erickson, faculty advisor will also represent Southwestern College at the weekend events.  

The conference begins Friday evening with a banquet and program at The Barns at Timber Creek. This event will bring more than 30 future teachers to the Winfield community from teacher education programs in colleges throughout the state of Kansas. Sarah VenJohn, Winfield High School math teacher and regional Teacher of the Year award recipient, will be the keynote speaker for the evening program. The scholarship winners from KNEA-SP also will be announced during the evening activities.  

Each college represented will have the opportunity to enter an artifact (poster, video, brochure, etc.) that highlights its student group in action in the Sunflower Showcase Competition. The artifacts highlight how the organization has promoted the three core tenets of the KNEA-SP (teacher quality, professional development, and political action).

On Saturday morning the conference attendees will participate in community service, working on projects for Winfield Schools.  The conference concludes on Saturday with a luncheon and position nominations for the KNEA-SP 2018-2019 membership year.  

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:44:33 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Artists’ Reception Scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 (General)]]> An artists’ reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the President’s Art Gallery located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center at Southwestern College. An exhibit of student artwork is on display until May 7. 

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.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:41:27 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Leadership Team Members Assist Hurricane Harvey Survivors in Houston (Leadership)]]> Several member of the Southwestern College Leadership team spent their spring break helping survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Houston in August.

Leadership team in HoustonAccording to Southwestern junior Bailey Pfingsten, who organized the trip, 17 team members helped demolish the interiors of two houses that were covered in mold due to the flooding. This was done in partnership with the Saint Bernard Project. Their goal was to cut down on the rebuild time and get families back in their homes faster.  In total, the team donated 209 hours of service. She says that is an estimated $4,924.56 donated by the Leadership team to the hurricane relief effort.

“Last year the team decided our trip destination would be Maine,” Pfingsten says.  “But then, once we were all back at school and after the hurricane hit, our team decided that as servant leaders our services would be better spent helping those affected by the hurricane. I am proud to be a part of a team that cares about the world and works to make an impact.  It was a lot of fun to spend time and bond with teammates while also making a difference in a community.”

The team also had some fun including line dance lessons, a day trip to the Riverwalk where they met up with alumnus Aidan Goodrich who is working at SeaWorld, and lots of team bonding navigating Houston traffic.

Leadership Southwestern team members experience service learning trips where members get to experience a new part of the world while serving others.  Following a four-year rotation, students have the opportunity to participate in trips in Kansas, outdoors location, an urban location, and an international site. These trips allow students to serve culturally diverse populations and learn more about being a leader in a global society.


Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:23:31 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarship for Transfer Student Offered at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Transfer Scholarship competition.  One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded and is renewable for up to three years.  

This merit-based award annually recognizes a transfer student who demonstrates outstanding academic ability as well as strong community engagement. Scholars must be accepted for admission to Southwestern College before they are considered for the Full-Tuition Scholarship competition.  

To be considered applicants must submit an application for admission and supporting materials to SC by Monday, April 30.

For more information about the Transfer Scholarship, go to or contact the Office of Admission at Southwestern College by calling (800) 846-1543 extension 6236. 


Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:59:35 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Volleyball Team Joins GUMC Members to Install New Floor (General)]]> Several members of the Southwestern College volleyball team performed community service at Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC) in Winfield.  

According to Lora Andrews, pastor at GUMC, the volleyball team spent 90 hours putting in a new hardwood floor on the first and second floors of the education wing at GUMC.  Some church members also assisted with the project. 

Head volleyball coach Carolina Garbato organized the volunteer work under the leadership of Bruce Blake.  

SC VB GUMC 2“We at Grace are so grateful for the team’s hard work and dedication to helping us improve our building,” Andrews said.  “This is the second time the team has helped us install a new floor, as earlier this year they helped install the tile floor in the basement. They are great workers and we are grateful for the ways they invest in our community and give back to Winfield.”

Along with Garbato, team members who volunteered included: Kayln Beel and Colbi Phillips, El Dorado; Tiana Nice, Goddard; Hanna White, Baxter Springs; Deardin Kelley, Carl Junction, Mo.; Kanami Ellis, Round Rock, Texas; Brianna Wiemers, Gilbert, Ariz.; Rylie Ingram, Cibolo, Texas; Catabrean Baumann, Tulsa, Okla.; Lezlee Dixon, Bedford, Texas; Lyxi Blaker, Aledo, Texas; Gabrielle Terry, Springtown, Texas; Amanda Pinter, Bella Vista, Ark.; and Kiralyah Jones, Ontario, Canada. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:35:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 13 (General)]]> The schedule of activities for Southwestern College spring graduation has been announced and includes events on April 12 (Honors Convocation) and May 13 (Commencement). 

The opening event of the season is Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the fall 2017 Dean’s Honor Roll will be recognized. 

Commencement ceremonies on May 13 will be held in Richardson Performing Arts Center and in Richard L. Jantz Stadium. Commencement times include:

•    Noon — Graduate hooding and Commencement (Richardson Performing Arts Center). 
•    2:30 p.m.— Undergraduate Commencement (Jantz Stadium). In case of inclement weather, this ceremony will be moved to Stewart Field House. Commencement day weather-related announcements will be posted on and on social media sites.
Additional events on May 13 include Baccalaureate and induction ceremonies for Order of the Mound.
Baccalaureate will be at 10 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the Richardson box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored 11:30 a.m. at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class. 

Undergraduate Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at Viewing location will be the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. 

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center. Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts from outlying parking lots. 

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:24:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Founders Day Weekend April 13-14 (General)]]> Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into five halls of fame during the annual Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.  
The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame. 
All of the induction ceremonies are open to the public at no cost, but there is a cost for associated meals and seating is limited for those meals. To make meal reservations, contact Charles McKinzie at (620) 222-1135.
Hall of fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, with dinner honoring the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  The induction ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. Meal cost is $20.
On Saturday, April 14, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in Deets Library, followed immediately by the induction ceremony at 9 a.m.  The ceremony will take place in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.
A brunch will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library at 10 a.m., with the induction ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.
At 12:45 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a luncheon for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. Lunch cost is $20. At 1:30 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin. Immediately following the Educators ceremony (at approximately 2:30 p.m.) the Scholars Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin.  
Other events include:
Hall of Fame lecture presented by Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101.  The title of his lecture is “Is Hope Still Possible in the 21st Century?”  He is the author of “Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence” and the forthcoming “Strength of Mind: Courage, Hope, Freedom, Knowledge.” He has co-edited two books: “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher,” with Brad Elliott Stone, and “The Universe Is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy, Mad Men,” with Ann W. Duncan. He serves as the general editor for the “Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.” He holds a Ph. D from the University of Virginia.   
The Southwestern College theatre department will present the Tony-award-winning classic musical “Guys and Dolls” on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.
Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
Leaders in Service: General Dean Strother ’29 (posthumous); Mary (Briscoe) Jarvis ’87; and Dr. Kelly Bender ’68.
Fine Arts: Grace Raymond 1897 (posthumous), and Dr. Stephen Anderson ’67.
Business: Dan Fauchier ’68, and Kelly Rundell ’82.  Business Builder award will be presented to Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn. 
Educators: Joe Coles ’72, Chuck Haag ’72, and Kris (Grooms) Trimmer ’75.  Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education - Bill ReQua '70/'06.
Scholars: Dr. Tilgham H. Aley ’48, and Dr. Tara Gray ’81. 
Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House. 
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:32:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Four Incoming Freshmen Awarded Prestigious Full Tuition Scholarships at Southwestern College (General)]]> Four high school seniors who have committed to attend Southwestern College in the fall of 2018 have been awarded full-tuition scholarships.  They are Shelley Morin and Jenni Warren, Winfield; Jonah Robson, Rose Hill; and Maria Collins, Wichita.

Shelley Morin(Pictured left: Shelley Morin)

“We hosted 108 excellent students and their families on campus for our full-tuition scholarship competitions in February,” said President Brad Andrews. “We are excited for the four students who were selected as recipients. We know as they are strengthened during their time at Southwestern, our college will be strengthened by their being a part of our community. We are also pleased to share that many of the finalists who competed for the full-tuition scholarships have chosen to become Moundbuilders – our campus community is eager to welcome the Class of 2022 to Winfield next fall.”

Maria Collins(Pictured right: Maria Collins)

The Pillars Scholarship, a merit-based award that recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities, will provide full-tuition support to Morin and Collins. The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship recognizes two student leaders who are well-rounded, hardworking, and community-minded.

The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship will provide full-tuition support to Warren and Robson. Each of the scholarships is renewable for four years and valued at approximately $150,000. 

Morin is the daughter of Travis and Kris Morin and attends Winfield High School.  She plans to major in pre-engineering and participate in the Southwestern College Leadership Team.

Jenni Warren(Pictured left: Jenni Warren)

Collins is the daughter of Wade and Tina Collins and attends Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School.  She plans to major in biology with career plans to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. She will also participate on the Southwestern College Leadership Team.

Warren is the daughter of Susan Garrelts and attends Winfield High School.  She plans to major in musicaltheatre and participate in both vocal music and theatre.

Robson is the son of Scott and Ginger Robson and attends Rose Hill High School.  He plans to major inmarine biology and be a part of the Southwestern College Leadership Team.

Jonah Robson(Pictured right Jonah Robson)

The response to both scholarship competitions exceeded expectations, according to Stephannie DeLong, director of admission at Southwestern College.  On Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, students and their families traveled from all parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Florida to compete. Each student completed a timed essay and interview with faculty and staff for the competition.

“The Pillars Scholarship and Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship attract students who demonstrate strength of character and academic curiosity,” said Andrews. “These are the students who find Southwestern College to be a perfect fit; they find a community here that will help them more fully discover their potential and purpose and that will prepare them to be service-minded leaders.” 


Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:35:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Named a College of Distinction (General)]]> By demonstrating continued dedication to high-impact educational practices, Southwestern College has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction recognizes institutions of higher education that create unique learning environments where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building community-based learning programs, service learning programs, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, and internships. 

“We are truly honored to name Southwestern College as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction.

“Colleges of Distinction applauds Southwestern College for providing an up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with high-impact educational practices, and fostering a commitment to provide its students with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

The selection process at Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. This process also includes an interview with institutional leadership and review of each institution’s freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures. 

“While we’re certainly proud to be recognized for the high-impact work happening across campus in classrooms, on practice fields, and during service learning activities, what really matters and what really is distinctive about Southwestern is the change that this pedagogical approach effects in the lives of our students and their families,” said Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. “We’re proud to help students recognize their potential and define their purpose— preparing capable and adaptable graduates who are driven to serve their communities and make a difference in the world is our greatest tradition.”

Colleges of Distinction doesn’t assign a ranking, instead they elevate institutions that meet the criteria for selection by featuring profiles on their website and in the organization’s guidebook.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select schools that are 100% focused on the student experience, driven to produce well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. 

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide college profiles, tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information visit


Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:13:10 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 03-27-2018 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 03-27-2018

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:28:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Paleontologist Mike Everhart to Speak at Southwestern (General)]]> Paleontologist Mike Everhart will present “When the Amber Waves Were Blue,” on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101.  The presentation is hosted by the Delta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Biology Honor Society, at Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge to attend and the public is welcome to attend. 

Everhart Book CoverEverhart will be bringing fossil specimens to share and discuss.

“Mike Everhart came and gave a fantastic presentation back in 2006,” says Rick Cowlishaw, professor of biology at Southwestern College.  “It is great to have him back to present the deep geological history of Kansas and transport us once again to a time when the Great Plains were covered by great inland seaway and giant sea reptiles terrorized the waters.”

Everhart is an expert on late cretaceous marine fossils of central and western Kansas, and on the history of paleontology in Kansas. Since 1998 he has served as adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University. He was one of the senior science advisers on the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film “Sea Monsters.” His discoveries have been featured in five made-for-television documentaries on the History and Discovery channels. 

Everhart is the creator of the award-winning Oceans of Kansas paleontology website: He is the author of “Oceans of Kansas – A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea” and “Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep.” In addition, he has written more than 50 papers describing the fossils of the Smoky Hill Chalk, including the naming of a new species of an extinct marine reptile (mosasaur) from Kansas, the Tylosaurus kansasensis. Everhart was president of the Kansas Academy of Science in 2005 and 2015. He served as a co-editor of “Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science” from 2006 to 2011, and currently shares the managing editor position for the same journal with his wife, Pamela.


Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:16:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[David O’Hara to Present Annual Beck Lecture at Southwestern College (Philosophy & Religion)]]> David O'Hara, associate professor of philosophy and classics at Augustana University, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

Dr. David OharaThe title of his lecture is “Mountains Swimming Home: Why Alaskan Salmon and Guatemalan Vines Matter In Kansas.”

O’Hara teaches a variety of courses, including ancient philosophy, American philosophy, environmental ethics, Asian philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He regularly teaches a course on classics in Greece, and a course on tropical rainforest and reef ecology in Belize and Guatemala. 

His most recent book is “Downstream," which is about brook trout and the ecology of the Appalachians. He is also the author of “Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis” and “From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy." Currently, he is preparing an edited volume of the religious writings of the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. 

O'Hara has earned degrees from Middlebury College, and St John's College, and was awarded master's and doctoral degrees by Pennsylvania State University.

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

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

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:06:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Christian Gordon Receives KSCPA Scholarship (General)]]> Southwestern College junior Christian Gordon has received the Kansas Society of Certified Public Christian GordonAccountants (KSCPA) John J. Killian Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $2,500. 

Gordon is an accounting/business double major from Yukon, Okla., and is on the Southwestern College football team. He has been a member of the team since he was a freshman.

Funded by Kansas CPAs in honor of the KSCPA’s first full-time executive director, this scholarship is given to one full-time student enrolled as an accounting major in their junior year at an independent Kansas college or university. Qualified scholarship nominees must demonstrate academic success in their accounting curriculum.

Additional emphasis is placed on the nominee’s grades in English and rhetoric subjects, as well as courses in business and economics. Important qualifications also include the nominee’s involvement in extracurricular activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character.

According to Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting at Southwestern College, Gordon is a tutor for accounting students in the tutoring center and is a project leader of the hydroponic project that the Enactus students are working on now.  Gordon was part of the Enactus management team that won the $10,000 R.W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge award last spring. 

“Christian is a true leader on our campus in all the roles he serves, including football, Enactus, and the accounting program,” Lee says.  “Ever since he walked on campus in the spring of 2015, he has taken every leadership opportunity that has come to him and has succeeded in all of the roles he takes on. We see Christian being a successful accountant and CPA working in public accounting starting in summer 2019 and can't wait to see the positive changes he'll make in the accounting profession.”

Gordon is the third recipient of a scholarship award from the KSCPA in a little over a year. Last year, Elizabeth Walz received the Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship and in September, Tabeth Manzunga received the Roger Phillip CPA Review Scholarship.


Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:49:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Four SC Students to Present Research Projects at APS National Convention (General)]]> Four Southwestern College seniors have been chosen to present their psychology research projects at the 30th annual Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention May 24-27 in San Francisco. 

The students selected are Anna Mankoski, Winfield; Jerlecia Thompson, Waco, Texas; Ashley Smith, Garden City; and Troy Fort, Stillwater, Oklahoma. The four have been mentored by Carrie Lane, associate professor APS Conventionof psychology, and Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology.

“Each of these four is in an activity at Southwestern but they are equally or more passionate about academic and future career goals, which sets them apart,” says Lane.  “They have to show initiative and be able to work independently.  This isn’t a class; we give them guidance and direction, but we treat them like first-year graduate students.”

Lane adds that the students begin putting their projects together in the spring of their junior year and acquire the necessary data in the fall of their senior year. 

Ashley Smith's project title is “The Early Bird Gets Happiness: The Impact of Chronotype and Life Satisfaction.”  

“This study examines the relationship between morningness-eveningness, naps, and social jetlag on several psychological factors,” Smith says.  “The results show that scoring higher on morningness and taking more naps are related to higher life satisfaction. There were no significant relationships between social jetlag and the psychological factors that were measured.”

Troy Fort's project title is “Drinks Like a Fish: Neural Maturation Mitigates the Effects of Ethanol on Associative Learning in Zebrafish.”

“This study used adult zebrafish to assess ethanol’s effects on an associative memory task,” Fort says.  “The 12-hour post-exposure endpoint showed severe impact with steady improvement on subsequent time samples. Although recovery was observed, performance did not return to baseline. Results indicate that neural maturation is important in mitigating ethanol’s effects on memory.”

Jerlecia Thompson’s project title is “Wind Beneath My Wings: The Relationship Between Self-Construal, Personality Traits, and Friendship Satisfaction.”

“The current research examined the relationship between individuals’ self-construal within friendships and satisfaction,” Thompson says.  “Researchers found that individuals who reported high relational interdependent construal have more satisfying relationships. The results imply that individuals who view the self as having a social role within their personal relationships more often enjoy their friendships.”

Anna Mankoski’s project title is “Why Do We Put Things Off? An Analysis of Procrastination in Undergraduates.”

“This study reports factors such as personality and lifestyle commitments that influence the degree in which students procrastinate in completing work,” Mankoski says.  “This study was divided into two parts to gain an objective measure of procrastination, thus allowing us to examine the validity of self-report measures to students’ actual procrastination.”

More than 4,000 scientists from disciplines spanning the full spectrum of psychological science will attend the APS convention. 

“My goal is that our students as juniors do group projects and as seniors do an individual project,” Lane says.  “In five years, everyone who has done a group and individual project has been accepted into a regional or national research conference.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:25:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Light It Up Blue’ Concert to Raise Awareness about Autism (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College is sponsoring the “Light It Up Blue” concert on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Auditorium in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue to show their support for the autism community.  

According to Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College, the “Light It Up Blue” concert is in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day, which is held on April 2 each year.  

“The concert is a celebration of neurodiversity and aims to raise awareness, start discussions, and help form connections within our community,” Kirk says. 

Performers include the Southwestern College Percussion Group, Journey Kids Choir, Aidan WellsFilbert, Kaela Massey, and several community members.  

“This concert is actually not about music; it is about connecting with others and celebrating differences through music,” Kirk says.  “Students have been learning about the autism spectrum and exploring processing differences through music, and I could not be more proud of them.”

The concert will also feature the world premiere of Kirk’s latest composition for percussion ensemble, “Process.” 

“’Process’ is a work that exemplifies the differences in processing for both neuroatypical and neurotypical persons,” Kirk explains.  “There are times of joy, confusion, discomfort, and celebration within the piece.  The final movement invites audience participation and is a chance for everyone to connect and embody Ubuntu.  Ubuntu is an African philosophy that speaks to the interconnectedness of all humans.  To put it simply, ‘I am me because of we.’”


Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:33:58 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC’s Tamara McEwen Selected as a Future Leader in Kansas Higher Education (General)]]> The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) has announced the selection of 20 Kansas college faculty members who have been identified as the future leaders of Kansas higher education. Together they will comprose the second class of participants in KICA’s Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy.  Tamara McEwen, associate professor of biology at Southwestern College, was among the leaders identified by KICA.

Tammy McEwen“I am both honored and excited to be selected for participation in this academy and look forward to new learning opportunities that it will provide,” McEwen says. 

The academy is the outgrowth of several years of conversation about the lack of high-quality training opportunities targeted for those in academics, not administration, at smaller, private colleges. According to Matt Lindsey, president of KICA, the KICA Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy was developed to fill the void. For this work, they partner with Credo Higher Ed. Credo programming is responsible for countless leadership success stories, including this academy, which is now a model for several other states. In addition to the content that Credo will be providing, KICA will be coordinating and presenting over a dozen supplemental learning opportunities focused on tactical tools such as budgeting, governance, data trends, hiring, faculty evaluation tools, and more.

“At Kansas’ independent colleges, we know that our most important job by far is to provide a vibrant, relevant, high-quality education to each and every student that enters our doors,” Lindsey says.  “To invest in the future leadership of our member institutions is to invest in their students, and our communities as a whole.” 

The academy will kick off with a two-day training in May in Lawrence. The academy is sponsored in part by IMA, Inc., EMPOWER Student Information Systems, and Spelman Johnson.


Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:26:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Grad Lands National Television Role (General)]]> Southwestern College alumni tuning in to the new ABC courtroom drama "For the People" might recognize a familiar face sitting behind the judge’s bench.

Lisa TempleLisa Temple, who graduated from SC in 1977, has been cast in a recurring role as Judge Erin Engel. Her first appearance is set for March 20, and she will be in at least two additional episodes. 

Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. “The Mother Court”), the series premiered March 13 and follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.

Temple, whose early acting career included playing a roller-skating waitress for diners attending Horsefeathers and Applesauce’s “Bye-Bye, Birdie,” credits her knowledge of the competitive Los Angeles acting culture for the new role. Casting directors receive 3,000-5,000 submissions for every role seen on television, she says, so she knew she had to stand out in the crowd.

"When I went to the audition for this judge, I decided to go all out and dress in an expensive suit, even wearing a skirt instead of pants,” she says. “I also wore pearls and my best high heels, really looking like a well-paid judge in New York City. And sure enough, when I arrived it felt like I was the only woman dressed that nicely. Maybe that made the difference? I like to think so!"

Temple began her performing career as a music major at Southwestern, playing clarinet in the concert band and serving as student conductor for the concert choir. 

“I was head cheerleader at SC the year we first added men to the cheerleading squad,” she adds. “I also played volleyball and basketball there, and I have the bad knees to prove it.”

Since then she has acted professionally throughout the country, playing Cherie in “Bus Stop” at the Manhattan Civic Theatre and reprising the role in Chicago and Los Angeles.

“For the People” is from ABC Studios and was created by Shondaland's Paul William Davies, who executive produces alongside Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.


Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:24:01 -0500 (Southwestern College)
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Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:30:27 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ SC Students Attend KCACTF (Theatre Arts)]]> Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, in Des Moines Jan. 22-27.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri. 

The following individuals received special commendations: Melissa Connell for “I And You” sound design; Brian Winnie for “Spring Awakening” musical direction; Shawn Knepper for “Peter and the Starcatcher” props master; and Brandi Young for “Peter and the Starcatcher” stage and production management.
Jack Warring was cast in one of the original 10-minute plays; Warring and Tanner Schartz were chosen to perform in the musical theatre showcase.

Carson Davis, Jonathan Lane, Brandi Young, Jack Warring, and Tanner Schartz either auditioned or interviewed for 12 summer theatre companies and received numerous callbacks.

Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern College, was involved at the festival.  She served as an Irene Ryan Acting Competition respondent, led an improvisational acting workshop, participated in faculty workshops, and attended the productions.

Other SC students who attended the festival included: Hannah Breshears, Jessica Burk, Tyler Demaree, Richard Ekhoff, Dakota Green, Ryan Pangracs, Victoria Peavey, Matthew Porter, Ondreya Seahorn, Aidan Wells, and Xu Yue. 


Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:48:12 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SKS Chamber Gala to be Held on March 11 (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will hold its annual Chamber Gala on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at The Barns at Timber Creek.

The event is sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan.

Williams QuartetAccording to Amber Peterson, SKS conductor, the Chamber Gala is an important fundraiser for the community/college orchestra.

“Come enjoy an afternoon of chamber music, performed by symphony musicians, as well as hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction,” Peterson says.  “We are grateful for the venue donation of The Barns at Timber Creek.”

The following businesses have donated items or services for the silent auction: Wheat State Winery, Gottlob Lawn and Landscaping, Rubbermaid, Quail Ridge Golf Course, Shindig’s Bar and Grill, Buchanan Enterprises, Madeline Norland Massage/Reflexology, Alecia Hendricks Massage Therapy, Southwestern College, and College Hill Coffee.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person ($25 of which is tax deductible). Reservations are required and limited seating is available. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Ashton Humbert at Southwestern College at (620) 229-6272.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:28:41 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student to Work in Haiti (General)]]> Southwestern College senior Andrei St. Vistal will be going to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in June on an internship he earned from Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ)-USA.  He will stay in Haiti through the month of July. 

Andrei St. Vistal 2The opportunity to serve Haitian children is important to St. Vistal.  His parents were born in Haiti but he was raised in Farrockaway, N.Y.  He grew up speaking Haitian Creole, the official language in Haiti, which will be very helpful according to Lillian Dukes, vice president of the FEJ-USA board.  

“It’s not very often that we get an intern who can speak Haitian Creole so we are very excited to have someone of Andrei’s caliber joining us for a few months,” Dukes says.  “Since Andrei has a passion for working with children we will have an opportunity to have him assist us with the children in our orphanage and our primary school.”

St. Vistal came to Southwestern College after two years at Central Georgia Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in business management and early childhood education.  He admits that when he came to Southwestern he was very reserved and kept to himself.  But now he says he has found his calling and that is to be a leader.  He is a member of the Southwestern College men’s basketball team but does not get into many games.  He has embraced his role on the bench and knows the importance of it.  He will return to the team next season as he has one more year of eligibility.  He also plans on earning a master’s degree from Southwestern. 

“I am a motivator, I was born to be a leader.  Not a lot of players want to be on the bench, and I know we have stars on the court but the bench does matter," he says. "If my job is to cheer and encourage my team, then that is what I am going to do. At the end of the day I think there is going to be a bigger prize.”
Southwestern men’s basketball head coach Matt O’Brien likes what St. Vistal brings to his team and the college. 

Andrei St. Vistal 1“Andrei is the type of person who brings positive energy everywhere he goes,” O’Brien says.   “We are fortunate to have him as a student athlete at Southwestern.”

St. Vistal got interested in the internship because of the advice of Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College.  St. Vistal completed an Arabic course last year and Pleas thought an internship to Saudi Arabia would be good for him.  After some thought, she changed her mind and said Haiti was the place to go.

“Dr. Dawn saw something in me; she said I have a gift and that people follow me,” St. Vistal says.  “I would have never thought that I could use one of my talents that I was born with to help people out.” 

St. Vistal’s mom died a couple of years ago but she remains a large influence in his life.

“She is my number one motivator for this whole adventure,” St. Vistal says.  “She was the backbone in my life. She kept saying ‘Andrei keep on going.’  I didn’t graduate high school on time because I was having difficulty in the streets but she kept encouraging me.  She always said the sun is going to shine bright and you are going to do something great. This is it right here and I know she is looking down on me and is happy that I am doing this.”

According to Dukes, at the time of St. Vistal’s visit FEJ-USA will also be working on the opening of the new William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center.  

“We would love to utilize some of Andrei’s skills for that initiative,” Dukes says. 

St. Vistal is looking forward for the opportunity to help the children of Haiti. 

"They (FEJ) were looking for someone who could translate and work with kids,” St. Vistal says.   “I speak Haitian Creole and French, and my parents were from Haiti.  I never thought of going to Haiti but my dad thought it would be a good opportunity for me and we can build houses and soccer fields and teach kids how to speak English.  I am nervous and excited at the same time.  I need to step outside my box and I am looking forward to helping the kids out and letting them know that they have the chance to make their lives better.  I want to be their shining light.”


Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:03:24 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Coming to Southwestern College (General)]]> The Kansas Teacher of the Year (KTOY) 2018 team will be at Southwestern College on Thursday, March 8, in Deets Library’s Murray Reference Room.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  The event is sponsored by the Southwestern College Ed Builders and funding is provided by the Southwestern College Student Government Association. 

There will be a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m., followed by a light dinner (RSVP is necessary and seating is limited).  The KTOY team will have a presentation at 5:45 p.m.

Kansas Teacher of the Year Samantha J. Neill, who teaches grades 9-12 English language arts in Buhler USD 313, will be in attendance along with 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year Jennifer L. Donovan (K-5 music, De Soto USD 232); Gilbert R. Still Jr., grade 4, Dodge City USD 443;  Jamie D. Manhart (grades 9-12 journalism, Silver Lake USD 372); Sarah C. VenJohn, (grades 9-12 mathematics, Winfield USD 465); Megan E. Nagel (grade 6 English language arts, science, Newton USD 373); Bradley W. Weaver (K-5 music, Atchison USD 409; and Angela R. Powers (grade 10 English, AVID, Olathe USD 233).

For more information or to make dinner reservations, contact Sheryl Erickson, associate professor of education at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6360.


Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:40:21 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Amp It Up! Early Registration Due March 1 (General)]]> Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp at Southwestern College will be May 29 to June 2, and a tuition discount is available until March 1. 

The camp is geared toward high school students in grades 9-12.

“For five life-changing days, youth will be mentored and taught by worship leaders from around the state and they will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders,” says Martin Rude, director of the camp.

Campers will have to option of choosing one of the tracks offered.  They include songwriting, lead/background vocals, rhythm guitar, lead electric guitar, drums, bass, piano, keyboard, and sound technician.  

A special early-bird discounted tuition rate of $300 is available to students who are sponsored by their church by March 1. After March 1, tuition for the camp will be $350. The tuition includes lodging, meals, activities, and instruction.

For more information go online at or call (620) 229-6141.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:01:54 -0600 (Southwestern College)