Southwestern College Global RSS Feed en-us Southwestern College Global RSS Feed <![CDATA[Southwestern College Wins Award in RecycleMania Contest (General)]]> Southwestern College was crowned champions of the 2020 Electronics Recycling (E-cyclemania) competition, a special category of the nationwide RecycleMania competition.
“It is a privilege to partner with The City of Winfield, Grace United Methodists Church, and GON Recycling each year to collect and recycle obsolete electronics and prevent tens of thousands of pounds of e-waste from being sent to landfills,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.   “Over the past seven years, electronic recycling efforts have collected, recycled, or refurbished over 100,000 pounds of electronics. Being recognized as the top college or university in the nation for recycling electronics per capita is definitely a nice honor. This is the sixth year in the past seven that Southwestern has been the top electronics recycler per capita in the nation.”
Plastic pollution and solid waste disposal are rising as a critical threat to the world's wildlife and to human health. There are few solutions to this problem as important as engaging and educating America's future leaders on the dangers of solid waste and plastics build-up, and how the problem can be addressed through reduction of use, recycling, composting, and more.
The RecycleMania competition is designed to educate and challenge students, staff, and faculty at college campuses in the United States to compete for best in a category by reducing and recycling the most waste in a prescribed eight-week period.  Due to COVID-19, and early campus closures, RecycleMania recognized the top-ranking campuses for each category based on weeks one through five only (Feb. 2 through March 7).
The competition measures such factors as how much of a campus's waste stream is recycled, how much is diverted, per capita results, food waste abatement and more. It also examines the effect of education on young people avoiding single-use plastics such as disposable bottles and packaging.
More than 4.5 million students and staff were reached and 300 U.S. and Canadian campuses participated in RecycleMania 2020.  Nearly 48.6 million pounds of waste was recycled, composted, and donated; 380 million plastic bottles were kept from the landfills; and campuses prevented the release of 70,875 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere, which is equal to avoiding the annual emissions from 15,047 cars.
Fri, 15 May 2020 10:40:51 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> Masterbuilders for the 2019-2020 academic year at Southwestern College have been announced.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern. 

The 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 2019-2020 include: Marissa Evans, Wichita; Daren Reed, Bethany, Oklahoma; Tessa Castor, Clearwater; Claren McCormick, Ponca City, Oklahoma; Sheldon Hawthorne, Beaumont, Texas; and D’Morea Horton, Pflugerville, Texas.

“Our congratulations to each Masterbuilder recipient,” says Anjaih Clemons, director of campus life at Southwestern College.  “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing each of these individuals personally and they are truly amazing young leaders. I couldn’t be more proud of each of these Builders and their tremendous growth during their time as SC. They are truly deserving of this award and they are excellent representatives of the Class of 2020.”

Tessa CastorTessa Castor earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and minors in Leadership studies and journalism.  Castor was editor in chief for the college newspaper for three years.  She was a member of the 9 Lives improve group, on the philanthropy board, SGA vice president for three semesters, Builder Camp orientation leader for two years, and the team leader for one, was named Scholar of the College, and was on the Homecoming court.

Marissa EvansMarissa Evans was a four-year member of the Southwestern College women’s basketball team and was team captain.  She was Student Foundation president, a student ambassador, student government senator, a member of the presidential advisory council, and a mentor for the Southwestern College Builder Bound camp. Evans earned All-KCAC honorable mention for women’s basketball, was named a Champion of Character, and was a nominee for the Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. 

Sheldon HawthorneSheldon Hawthorne was a four-year member of the men’s tennis team and the team captain.  He was a senator for the Student Government Association, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, member of the Deans Honor Roll, on the President Advisory Board for Student-Athletes, men’s tennis KCAC champion, and was on the 9 Lives Improve Troupe.

DMorea HortonD’Morea Horton graduated with a degree in physical education.  At Southwestern, Horton played football, was the coordinator for intramural athletics and was the vice president of student concerns and for recruitment and retention.

Claren McCormickClaren McCormick graduated with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.  McCormick played basketball for four years, was named a KCAC Scholar-Athlete, College of Distinction ambassador, and a member of Pi Gamma Mu Honors Society.

Daren ReedDaren Reed earned a bachelor of science degree in biology.  He played men’s golf for four years at Southwestern and was a four-year member of Pre-Health Professionals. In 2018-19, Reed earned All-Conference first team and All-Tournament first-team honors.  This season he earned the men’s golf Champion of Character award.  Reed was named a KCAC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete for three years and was on the Southwestern College Deans Honor Roll for three semesters.  Reed was treasurer for Pre-Health Professionals for three years and Student Government Association representative for one year. During his senior year, Reed was on the Southwestern College Homecoming Court and was a nominee for the Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. 

Fri, 08 May 2020 14:19:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Announces Speaker for Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020 (General)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate the graduating class of 2020  with a virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m.  Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, a 1994 Southwestern College graduate and board of trustees member, will deliver a brief address to the Class of 2020.

Sandra Gasca-GonzalezWhile the college is planning in-person commencement exercises for the weekend of August 22-23, the celebratory virtual ceremony planned for May 10 will mark the completion of academic programs for senior and graduate students. In addition to an address from Gasca-Gonzalez, the virtual ceremony will include a conferral of degrees by President Brad Andrews and remarks from academic dean, Ross Peterson-Veatch.

The virtual ceremony may be accessed on the college’s YouTube channel at A link to the ceremony will be featured on the college’s website and social media pages. Members of the Class of 2020 are asked to participate in the ceremony by posting pictures of their at-home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #Builders2020

“Everyone in our campus community is looking forward to a commencement ceremony where we can be together, but for the time being, we wanted to hold a virtual celebration to mark and celebrate this moment of completion and attainment for the Class of 2020,” said President Brad Andrews. “I’m excited for the message Sandra will deliver to the Class of 2020. Sandra spends her days working to find solutions to some of our nation's most perplexing societal challenges regarding the well-being of our children and young adults. Her work at Center for Systems Innovation presents constant adversity and challenge, and she continues to be courageous, dedicated, persistent, and hopeful. She is a true representation of a Moundbuilder living and working with purpose.”

Gasca-Gonzalez is the vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Systems Innovation which entails overseeing national and state reform efforts in three key areas: child welfare, young people transitioning into adulthood, and juvenile justice. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social, and health outcomes. Throughout 2018, the Casey Foundation provided $127 million in grants and invested nearly $117 in housing, and community and economic development.

Prior to assuming this role in 2018, Gasca-Gonzalez served as the director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, which aims to equip young people leaving foster care with the relationships, resources, and opportunities needed to achieve well-being and success as they transition into adulthood. As the director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Initiative, Gasca-Gonzalez led national, state, and local efforts to improve policies and practices to ensure young people have the opportunity to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. She is known for her fearlessness in tackling deep-rooted challenges and her willingness to go into diverse communities to increase engagement in a way that benefits children and families.

Gasca-Gonzalez became director of the Jim Casey Initiative in April 2015 after serving as executive vice president of Practice and Leadership Integration for KVC Health Systems, where she led nationally recognized initiatives to transform child welfare systems with clinical best practices, change management skills and results-based measurement.
Before that, she was on assignment from KVC to one of the most embattled public child welfare systems in the U.S. – the Washington, D.C., Child and Family Services Agency – where she helped implement best practices and championed a culture shift. This work led to remarkable outcomes for D.C. children and families, including sharp reductions in the length of time children spent in foster care and dramatic increases in the number of children being placed with families. Additionally, Gasca-Gonzalez has served as president of KVC Nebraska and worked for Youthville (now EmberHope), where she led the implementation of child welfare privatization for the South Central area of Kansas.

Gasca-Gonzalez is a published author in the area of human trafficking of young people in foster care and translating adolescent brain science into child welfare practice. As an alumna of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship program, she also is a graduate of the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, a recipient of an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University, and has been recognized by business journals in two states as a “40 Under 40” leader. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from Emporia State University. She is a 1994 graduate of Southwestern College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:04:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Summer Music Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19 (Music)]]> Southwestern College has announced that the annual Summer Music Festival, sponsored by the V.J. Wilkins Foundation in Cowley County, has been canceled.

Full refunds will be issued for any student who had already signed up.

For specific questions, contact Brittany Donals, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College, by email at

Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Community Members Invited to Submit Video Submissions for SC Production of ‘Bright Star’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College division of performing arts and Campus Players will present “Bright Star” Sept. 10-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.   Community members that are interested in performing are asked to submit a video submission.  Videos will be accepted through Friday, May 1.
According to director Joshua Robinson, video submissions should feature a single, complete song in a Country/Bluegrass style. Callbacks will also be held via video submission. Those cast in the production will be expected to work on materials on their own over the summer so that they can be prepared for the first rehearsal on Aug. 17. Rehearsals will run through Sept. 9.
“Bright Star” is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923. The musical is inspired by their Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You” and, in turn, the folk story of the Iron Mountain Baby.
“We are very excited about this production,” Robinson says.  “Richardson Performing Arts Center will be transformed into an environmental space; audiences will feel like they have been transported to an old-fashioned ‘barn raising’ complete with food, dancing, and Bluegrass music. We’re hoping to make this a real community event.”
For audition tracks, contact Aidan Wells Filbert at Video submissions should be sent to Robinson at  For those unable to submit video auditions, or for more information, email Robinson.
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:36:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Step Up for Southwestern Day of Giving Big Success (General)]]> The office for institutional advancement at Southwestern College recently held a fundraising day of giving called, Step Up for Southwestern. Gifts contributed to the campaign went directly to the Builder Fund, which provides financial support for all Southwestern students.

According to Pat Wagner, vice president for institutional advancement at Southwestern College, 227 donors made gifts.  Those contributions were matched by a generous gift, dollar for dollar, bringing the total to more than $150,000.  Wagner adds that Builders from the last seven decades contributed.  Gifts came from 23 states and two countries.

“During this time of uncertainty, Builders asked fellow Builders to step up, and they did,” Wagner says.  “We could not be more pleased with the outcome of Step Up for Southwestern.  Alumni and friends came together to support our college, showing that the Builder spirit is alive and strong as ever.”

Beyond the financial contributions alumni, faculty, and staff were encouraged to participate on the day by wearing Southwestern apparel, sharing their love of the college with others through social media, and re-connecting with fellow Builders.

Wagner shared that he heard several stories of alumni calling each other to catch up and reminisce. Additionally, many alumni submitted videos to be shared on social media platforms expressing their love and support for Southwestern.

“This outpouring of support for Southwestern demonstrates for our current and future students what it truly means to be part of the Builder family,” Wagner said.  “What a wonderful group of people. Our college is stronger for their ongoing support and care.”

Gifts are still being accepted.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Wagner at (620) 222-2366 or email Learn more about the Step Up for Southwestern Day of Giving campaign at or on the Alumni and Friends of Southwestern College Facebook page.

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:23:23 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Reschedules 2020 Commencement; Virtual Ceremony on May 10 (General)]]> Southwestern College commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 have been rescheduled for August 22-23.  The college will also live-stream a virtual celebration marking the completion of academic programs for the graduating class on Sunday, May 10.

Upon announcing the postponement of in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 10, the commencement planning team at Southwestern College recently surveyed seniors and graduate students to better understand their preference for commencement exercises. Based on the survey participation the planning team developed a revised commencement schedule.

The virtual ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 10.  This celebratory ceremony will mark the completion of academic programs for senior and graduate students. The virtual ceremony will include a conferral of degrees by Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and remarks from academic dean, Ross Peterson-Veatch. It will also include a brief address from Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, who is a 1994 Southwestern College graduate and is serving on the college’s board of trustees.

“While this celebration is not meant to replace our in-person commencement proceedings, it is aimed at marking and celebrating the many accomplishments of our graduates,” said President Brad Andrews.

Diplomas will be mailed to students following the virtual conferral of degrees on May 10.

The college is planning a traditional on-campus graduation ceremony for the weekend of August 22-23.  This is the weekend immediately following campus traditions, the Moundbuilding Ceremony and Opening Convocation.

“As the fall semester begins on campus, it is always an exciting and celebratory time,” said Andrews. “It seems like an appropriate moment to invite the Class of 2020 and graduate students back to campus to more fully celebrate their accomplishments at a formal commencement ceremony.”

College officials remain hopeful that they will be able to hold a typical graduate hooding and commencement ceremony where the Class of 2020 can gather and be recognized in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.

“We are asking that graduates and families reserve the full weekend in the event we may need to restrict the number of those gathering and schedule several smaller ceremonies throughout the weekend,” Andrews says.  “Of course, as new public health information emerges and as decisions are made, we will communicate with graduates and their families. We are working to balance our strong desire to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates while taking the necessary health safety precautions.”

With so many events being postponed to the fall, scheduling conflicts are also being anticipated for graduates.  Andrews says that graduates of the Class of 2020 are welcome to participate and walk as part of the May 2021 commencement exercises and will be recognized as members of the Class of 2020.

“I am so sorry that this semester, your last semester, has been so incredibly disrupted.” Andrews wrote in a letter to seniors and graduate students. “The date and format and logistics may have had to change, but there will be a day that I proudly hand each one of you your well-earned diploma.”

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:17:39 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Enrollment for 2020-21 Continues at Southwestern (General)]]> Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year at Southwestern College is ongoing for new and current students. 
Adam Jenkins, vice president for enrollment management at Southwestern, shared that even with face-to-face restrictions due to Covid-19, the college is adapting and continuing with the enrollment process.

“The office of admission is open and students and parents are welcome to connect with the admission office in any way that is most convenient for them,” Jenkins says.  “We offer personal zoom and FaceTime sessions to discuss the admission process, financial aid, and to answer any questions families may have.  We are available by phone, email, and text, and will connect students to faculty members, program directors, and coaches.”

Coaches and program directors across campus have employed creative tactics to connect with prospective students and their families. Coaches are utilizing teleconferencing tools to connect and are reviewing film and statistics provided by athletes. Performing arts faculty are conducting video auditions, watching recorded performance footage, and are interviewing students over the phone and on teleconference platforms. Instead of meeting with faculty in their offices on campus, faculty are scheduling teleconference meetings with students who are interested in their academic programs.

“As Builders are known to do, when challenges are presented, we buckle down and find a way forward,” said Jenkins. “We already have a lot of excellent young people who have been admitted and have paid their deposit to secure their place here at Southwestern. They are excited to join our community here on campus and in Winfield next year and all of us here at the college are so excited for their arrival. We are looking forward to the fall.”

Prospective and current students may reach out to a personal admissions representative directly or can call (620) 262-1546 to set up an individual plan.  For more information, email or visit 

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 11:45:54 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Cheer and Dance Team Online Tryouts (General)]]> Kelci Feist, Southwestern College head cheer and dance coach, has announced that the teams will be doing online tryouts for the 2020-21 school year due to Covid-19.  All tryouts will now be viewed by video submission.  Videos need to be received by May 31.

JINX Dance team, cheer team, and mascot hopefuls will need to fill out an online application.  The form may be found at and

“It’s important that student-athletes who are trying out for the squad demonstrate their skills and spirit in the video submission – regarding technical skills, I would expect to see splits, high kicks, turns, and chants,” said Feist.  “Though we would prefer to meet with prospective team members in-person, we are making the best of this situation and finding ways to connect. Our team is looking forward to gathering again in August to cheer on our Moundbuilders.”

Feist adds that dance and cheer team student-athletes are eligible for athletic in addition to academic scholarships and she looks forward to talking more with interested students about the opportunity at Southwestern. 

The SC JINX Dance Team performs at all home football and basketball games. The team will also occasionally participate in regional fine arts productions.

The Southwestern College cheerleading team performs at all home football, volleyball, and basketball games. The team also participates in regional showcases and competitive events.

Each year, the cheerleading and dance teams participate in numerous campus traditions including, the Moundbuilding Ceremony, Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Bonfire. Each squad practices three to four days a week with practice times arranged around team members' academic schedules.

Feist is also looking for one or two more student-athletes to fill mascot positions

“We have an excellent group of student-athletes who are focused on becoming better each day and who are good friends to each other – it is important that members of our dance and cheer teams be good representatives of Southwestern and that they truly be Builders,” said Feist.

Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:24:19 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Media Students Earn Awards from Kansas Collegiate Media Contest (General)]]> Six members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won several awards in the spring 2020 Kansas Collegiate Media contest.

Tessa Castor, Clearwater senior, took first place in both editorial writing ("Homecoming is everyone's time") and feature writing ("Ferris finds acceptance at Southwestern"). She also earned a second place in review writing and an honorable mention in feature writing. Castor has served as editor in chief for the past three years.

Mallory Graves, Ardmore, Okla., sophomore, received third place in an audio feature in the multimedia storytelling division. She also earned third place in sports photography and an honorable mention in news writing. Graves and Lathe Cobb, Rose Hill freshman, were recognized with an honorable mention for a front page design they created together.

Victoria Butler, Winfield, a December 2019 graduate, earned second place in front page design and Lex Gouyton, Azle, Texas, junior, took third place in headline writing.

Drake Vittitow, Blanchard, Okla., junior, was recognized with an honorable mention for review writing.

The Collegian online staff earned a bronze medal in the overall competition.

Due to the COVID-19 Virus, the awards were presented during a virtual celebration on April 10. Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism, serves as faculty adviser for The Collegian.

Mallory Graves Award-Winning Photo LEFT: Geoff Salas, junior guard, jumps into the air in hopes of earning another point for his fellow Builders. The men’s basketball team defeated Bethel Threshers last night with a thrilling fight. (Mallory Graves/Staff photographer)
Victoria Butler Front Page Design LEFT: Victoria Butler earned second place in front page design.


Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Commencement and Graduate Hooding Ceremony Postponed (General)]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that due to Covid-19, the college’s Sunday, May 10, Commencement and Graduate Hooding exercises will be postponed.

In an email sent to students, faculty, and staff, Andrews shared, “Seniors will become official college graduates at the conclusion of this academic term as they successfully complete their final credits. However, while they will complete their degree and attain status as a college graduate without any delay, the ceremony celebrating their accomplishment will need to be rescheduled.”

Andrews invited graduating seniors and graduate students to complete an online survey regarding the college’s plans for commencement. Their feedback will be reviewed before a decision is made and an announcement made concerning how and when the commencement exercises for the Southwestern College class of 2020 will be held.

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:56:00 -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 2020 have been awarded full-tuition scholarships.  They are Faith Smith, Port Orchard, Wash.; Caitlin Estrin, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Liam Cunningham, Medicine Lodge; and Carson Clum, Conway Springs.

“We are excited to announce the selection of our full-tuition scholarship recipients,” said president Brad Andrews. “It is a joy to welcome these four along with the rest of the incoming Class of 2024 to our Builder family. Having had the opportunity to interact with many of the scholarship competitors, I can attest that this a wonderful group of students, with unique talents and perspectives. We look forward to the fall when they will join an excellent community of faculty, staff, coaches, and returning students here on campus." 

The Pillars Scholarship, a merit-based award that recognizes two students who demonstrate outstanding academic abilities, will provide full-tuition support to Cunningham and Clum. 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 Smith and Estrin. Each of the scholarships is renewable for four years and valued at approximately $150,000.

Carson Clum Carson Clum is the son of Jay Clum and Karen Clum and attends Conway Springs High School.  He plans to major in biochemistry and is interested in pharmaceutical research.
Liam Cunningham Liam Cunningham is the son of Joyce and Bradly Rucker and attends Medicine Lodge High School.  He plans to major in English education and is interested in theatre and band.
Caitlin Estrin Caitlin Estrin is the daughter of Garrett and Helen Estrin and attends Rancho Mirage High School.  She plans to major in biology and will be a part of the Southwestern College women’s soccer team.
Faith Smith Faith Smith is the daughter of Adam and Amanda Smith and attends South Kitsap High School.  She plans to major in biology and will participate in volleyball. She is also interested in participating on the Green Team and in the Discipleship program at Southwestern.

The college received a record number of applications for both scholarship competitions Stephannie DeLong, director of admission at Southwestern College.

“The response to both full-tuition competitions was outstanding this year; we received nearly 200 applications to compete,” says DeLong. “The students who we invited to compete traveled far and wide to campus on February 1 and 8. We had families from across the midwest attend, but we also had students travel from as far away as California and Washington to be a part of the day. Each competitor completed a timed essay and a faculty/staff interview.”

Southwestern's competitive full-tuition scholarship program began in 2016. As the number of students applying for admission to Southwestern has grown, the number applying to compete for the full-tuition competition has also increased. Since the beginning, the full-tuition program has attracted a talented and diverse group of students to apply. Each year a large proportion of the students who compete for the full-tuition awards, but are not selected as the recipients choose to come to Southwestern.

“The Pillars Scholarship and Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship attract students who demonstrate strength of character and academic curiosity, students who find Southwestern to be a great fit, students who become great Builders," said Andrews. "My congratulations to this year’s group of recipients, we know as they are strengthened during their time at Southwestern, our college will be strengthened by their addition to our community.”

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:32:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Southwestern College Summer Music Festival Returns June 7-13 (Music)]]> Southwestern College will host the Summer Music Festival, sponsored by the V.J. Wilkins Foundation in Cowley County, June 7-13 on the SC campus.

The festival is for students ages 13-18.  Campers will choose from tracks in voice, instrumental (strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion), piano, and #skillz (no prior music experience needed).  The daily schedule will include ensemble rehearsals, technique class, practice time, recreation time, and much more. 

“Whether you are a beginner who loves to make music or you are a serious, all-state caliber musician, the Summer Music Festival has a place for you,” says festival dean Timothy Shook.  “Our camp is a great opportunity to interact with your peers and work with award-winning educators at our camp on the beautiful campus of Southwestern College.”

The tracks are led by:
• Voice—Amanda Li, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern, and Joshua Robinson, assistant professor of musical theatre at Southwestern.
• Instrumental—Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College, the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education, and the conductor of the South Kansas Symphony, and Hans Judd, Arkansas City Middle School band director and high school assistant band director. 
• Piano— Timothy Shook, festival dean and chair of the division of performing arts at Southwestern College.  Shook also operates a large independent piano studio in Wichita.  Aidan Wells Filbert, instructor of piano and staff collaborative pianist at Southwestern.
• #Skillz—Nikki Kirk, music educator in the Arkansas City Public School District where she teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade general music and serves as the chair of elementary music for the district.

Through the support of the Wilkins Foundation of Cowley County, George Cole Family, and anonymous donors, the all-inclusive cost for the week-long festival is $450.  Scholarships are available that cover the full tuition, half tuition, or $100.  The performance-based scholarship application is due by March 31; the V.J. Wilkins full-tuition scholarship application is due by May 1.

For more information or to register for the Southwestern College Summer Music Festival, call Brittany Donals, director of camps, conferences, and events, at (620) 229-6141, email, or visit the website at  

Thu, 05 Mar 2020 13:33:26 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 3-1-2020 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 3-1-2020

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:44:39 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Family Show on Thursday (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Thursday, March 5, 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 of the hour-long show is amusement and theme parks.  

“This is an incredibly fun theme for our community audience because it is so easy to create a variety of audience and troupe member interactions,” says troupe director Allyson Moon. “Audience members should expect to get their height measured, to go on a virtual roller coaster ride, and a whole lot more.  Different from the usual amusement park experience, everything is free -  the admission, the candy, and prizes are all free of charge.”

Moon adds that the show is designed with families and members of the greater Southwestern College, Winfield, and Cowley community in mind. The content is rated G.

Troupe members include: Tessa Castor, Sam Beck, Sheldon Hawthorne, Stephen Le, Emily Robinson, Lizzy Santana, and Eric Farbes.

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 13:59:14 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘Little Women, The Musical’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present “Little Women, The Musical” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

“Little Women, The Musical” is based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, script by Allan Knee, music written by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, “Little Women” follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. 

“This season, Southwestern’s theatre department has focused on remarkable stories of women,” says director Joshua Robinson.  “What better example than the timeless classic ‘Little Women.’ Particularly with the recent release of the Academy Award winning film, the lives of the March sisters and their mother has re-entered public consciousness. We are privileged to be a part of that revival.”

Along with Robinson directing the production, Amanda Li is the musical director, and orchestra direction by Amber Peterson.

The cast includes Sam Beck, Hannah Breshears, Raynee Case, Maya Damron, Brynn Hampton, Aidan Wells Filbert, Avery Hogan, Jacob Montgomery, Emily Robinson, and Jennifer Warren.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $6 for students, and free for Southwestern College students and employees. For tickets, or more information, contact SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email

“Little Women” is produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:52:03 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leadership Southwestern Students Offer to Help Clean as Fundraiser (General)]]> Leadership Southwestern students are looking for individuals who need or want help cleaning the inside or outside of their homes or business.  The students are raising money for an upcoming service trip to New Orleans.  Leadership Southwestern is offering this assistance from March 22 until April 4 and members are willing to pitch in on any odd jobs, including raking, gardening, or cleaning.

If you would like Leadership Southwestern students to work on your property or would like to donate to the organization, contact Cameroun Goodrich by email at or by calling (620) 714-1825.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:43:31 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 2-16-2020 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 2-16-2020

SGA Restructure Proposal 2020 (PowerPoint)

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:30:51 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Names Emily White and Mason McDowell ‘Teachers of Promise’ (General)]]> The Southwestern College education division has recognized Emily White, Baxter Springs, and Mason McDowell, Arkansas City, as “Teachers of Promise.” Because of this distinction, White and McDowell are invited to attend the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference in Topeka.

“Our Teachers of Promise for Spring 2020 exemplify our teachers of the future,” says Diane Nickelson, director of student teaching at Southwestern College.  “They are committed to creating classrooms that value all students and understand the importance of their influence on our profession. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

White is the daughter of Cori and Ami White, Baxter Springs.  She is a graduate of Baxter Springs High School and will be graduating from SC in May with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and middle-level mathematics. She is student teaching at Arkansas City Middle School this semester.

McDowell is the son of George and Heidi McDowell, Arkansas City.  He is a graduate of Arkansas City High School and will be graduating from Southwestern with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  He is student teaching at Dodge Literacy Magnet School in Wichita.

Each semester Kansas colleges and universities with teacher education programs are invited to name two individuals to be recognized as “Teachers of Promise.”

“I am very grateful to receive the Teacher of Promise award,” White says.  “I am also thankful for the support I have received from my professors and mentors throughout my journey. It’s really cool to represent the education program with this awesome award. I’m really looking forward to the next step in my journey.”

“Receiving the Teacher of Promise award is such an honor,” McDowell says.  “This award shows me that my hard work in both my undergraduate work and co-teaching experience has prepared me for student teaching. I would like to personally thank Diane Nickelson and Sheryl Erickson and the rest of the education department for supporting and mentoring me since my freshman year. I am very excited to have my own classroom next fall.”

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:43:08 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dean's Honor Roll at Southwestern College for Fall 2019 Released (General)]]> Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have been announced with the release of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester.  Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.

Students on the list include:














Valley Center












El Paso




Fort Riley








Rose Hill












Conway Springs




























Charleston AFB










Canovas Winkhaus














Arkansas City

































Cruz Ossa


Cali, Valle del Cauca



Rose Hill












Junction City



















Round Rock
































El Paso












Grand Prairie




Ponca City




Lake Dallas




















San Antonio




















Buena Vista




















Maple City
























Broken Arrow




Webb City




Ellsworth AFB



















Jon Luis

Petaling Jaya; Selangor







Ponca City




Fort Riley
















North Las Vegas




Ponca City




Arkansas City
















Mountain Home AFB
















Arkansas City































Flower Mound
























Arkansas City




Bella Vista








Colonia Caroya







Oklahoma City
















Rose Hill












North Las Vegas




Arkansas City
























Rose Hill




















Fort Smith




Rose Hill




Garden Grove




Ponca City




Oklahoma City




Battle Creek




































Baxter Springs




Baxter Springs








O Fallon


Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:58:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 2-2-2020 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 2-2-2020

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:43:53 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students and Faculty Attend KCACTF (Theatre Arts)]]> Several Southwestern College students and faculty were recognized for excellence at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Sioux Fall, S.D., Jan. 19-25.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.

KCACTF 2020Southwestern College theatre and musical theatre received several Meritorious Commendations:

Into The Woods” – Jennifer Hemphill for direction and directorial concept, Emma Bate for stage management, and the cast for ensemble performance

Ordinary Days” – Allyson Moon for direction, Aidan Wells Filbert for musical direction, Tori Sublett for sound design and execution, and the cast for ensemble performance

Eurydice” – Joshua Robinson for direction, Aidan Wells Filbert for original score composition, Carson Davis for scenography, the cast for ensemble performance, and the production for participation in the Invited Scene Showcase

 “These students and their accomplishments are a clear indication of the investment that SC students make in their liberal arts grounded, performing arts education,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “Their theatre study provides them with a variety of ways to express themselves – performance, design, creative writing, management - and they have taken full advantage of those opportunities, developing their abilities to be the very best that they can be.  That quality of work was rewarded all week long at the festival.”

Emily Robinson auditioned and was cast in the 10-Minute Original Play Readings.  More than 100 students auditioned.

Hannah Breshears and partner, Katie Miller; Maya Damron and partner, Lizzy Santana; and Jamieson Campo and partner, Telara Day participated in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Acting Competition.  More than 300 Irene Ryan nominees and their partners were in the competition.   All individuals participating are required to be nominated by a visiting respondent to the production or the director.

Nine of the eleven students who participated in the professional auditions and interviews received callbacks.  Most of the students will be submitting additional performance or technical skills information in order to secure employment.  The students who auditioned or interviewed include Hannah Breshears, Jamieson Campo, Merie Campo, Raynee Case, Maya Damron, Telara Day, Carson Davis, Brynn Hampton, Shawn Knepper, Emily Robinson, and Lizzy Santana.  The companies that called them back include Prairie Repertory Theatre, Brownville Village Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Black Hills Playhouse, Santa Fe Opera, and Emporia State University Summer Theatre. 

Josh Robinson, assistant professor of musical theatre, and Whit Emerson, affiliate faculty member, participated in a respondent training session in order to prepare them to respond to productions in Region 5.  Emerson also presented two stage combat workshops. 

Moon served as a faculty respondent for the preliminary round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 11:23:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 1-26-2020 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 1-26-2020

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:17:13 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winfield High School Orchestra and Amanda Li Featured at Upcoming Festival at Southwestern College (Music)]]> Southwestern College and the South Kansas Symphony will host the 4th Annual Honor Orchestra Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The festival will conclude with a 6 p.m. performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Approximately 70 high school music students will be on campus throughout the day, working with Southwestern College music faculty and students. These nominated students come from Winfield, Arkansas City, Ponca City, Derby, El Dorado, Independence, Wichita, and Goddard.

At 6 p.m., the Honor Orchestra will accompany Amanda Li, the college's new director of choral activities and voice. The concert will also feature this year's guest orchestra from Winfield High School, conducted by Southwestern College alum Ashton Humbert.

“We appreciate The Trust Company of Kansas and Stephen English for sponsoring this concert,” says Amber Peterson, South Kansas Symphony conductor and assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:28:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC’s Ed Loeb Named Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year (General)]]> Ed Loeb of Southwestern College is the 2019 Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) of the Year. This prestigious award, in honor of past vice president of NAIA Legislative Services and NAIA Hall of Famer Wally Schwartz, looks to recognize a faculty athletics representative who exemplifies the loyalty, enthusiasm, and honesty that Schwartz showed on behalf of the NAIA.

“Being recognized at a national level by my colleagues is incredibly humbling,” Loeb says.  “I have had the great fortune to work with so many dedicated and experienced FARs that have taught me the tricks of the trade.  To think that they view me as one of the best at the job really lets me know that I am making a difference both on campus and nationally.”

Southwestern College athletic director Mike McCoy was not surprised by the news of Loeb winning the award.

“He’s the best of the best,” says McCoy.  “We are so lucky to have him here at SC.  We rely on him for so many things.  He’s so well-respected by his fellow FAR’s and AD’s in the league, and he is just an all-around great guy.”

Loeb began his tenure at Southwestern College in 2006 and he has continued to make a lasting impact on campus ever since. In addition to his position as the faculty athletics representative at Southwestern, he serves on numerous NAIA committees, including the Conduct and Ethics Committee, Council of Faculty Athletic Representatives, and Eligibility Taskforce. Along with his service to the NAIA, he is a professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics department at SC. His passion for athletics stems from his own experience playing baseball at Bethany College.

Loeb oversees all aspects of Southwestern’s eligibility processes and is a valued member of the Governing Council of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Loeb’s election to the NAIA’s National Coordinating Committee and designation as chair by his colleagues is further affirmation of his service to the NAIA. Southwestern College has seen many recent changes to its athletic department and Loeb has been a reliable constant providing counsel and guidance on matters related to both academics and athletics.

“This position allows me to combine two of my life’s passions, education and athletics,” Loeb says.   “To me, it’s important that student-athletes are getting the most out of their college experience both in the classroom and on the field/court.  I know for a good deal of students, athletics is what brings them and keeps them in college and I want to make sure that they have the opportunity to participate.”

Loeb is a dedicated advocate for athletics outside of Southwestern as well. He is the academic director of Builder Bound youth summer camp for disadvantaged, inner-city middle school students and was previously the director of the Winfield Youth Soccer Organization. He has been recognized as the “Southwestern College Professor of the Year” and was the 2019 commencement speaker, as voted on by the senior class.

Loeb loves to see his students succeed in and out of the classroom. His service to the KCAC conference has been exemplary and he has the respect and admiration of his peers. Loeb shares a common bond of loyalty, enthusiasm, and honesty for working with student-athletes to ensure they enjoy the intercollegiate athletic experience, honoring the legacy of Wally Schwartz.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:37:51 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Assistant Professor of Music Amanda Li to Perform in New York and San Francisco (General)]]> Amanda Li, visiting assistant professor of music and director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College, will Amanda Libe performing the role of Ma’am in the North America premiere of the chamber opera “Mila” in New York and San Francisco.

Called "bold, innovative, and quintessentially Hong Kong" by “Time Magazine,” the 70-minute show sheds light on Hong Kong’s pressure-cooker social environment. Named after the story’s protagonist, a domestic helper from the Philippines, Mila examines the tensions between home and work life in the city. The work incorporates English, Cantonese, and Tagalog in its representation of the challenges and relationships between a Hong Kong family—an American husband, his Cantonese wife, and their son—and their domestic helper Mila from the Philippines.

The performances will take place at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City on Dec. 7, followed by a performance at the Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco on Dec. 12.

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:11:25 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Jennifer Ann Warren to Compete in Miss Kansas Pageant (General)]]> Southwestern College sophomore Jennifer Ann Warren has been selected to participate in the Miss Kansas USA 2020 Pageant. The pageant will take place Jan. 18-19 at The Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She will be competing as Miss Winfield Jinx 2020, and will compete in swimsuit, evening gown, and personal interview.

Jenni WarrenWarren, a Winfield High School graduate, is a music theatre major at Southwestern. She chose her title to represent both her community and her college.

“Once accepted as an official contestant, each young woman gets to choose her own official title,” Warren says.  “This title will be her identification to the judges, audience, and other contestants at the state pageant. I chose Winfield Jinx because I wanted to represent both my community and school.

For the past six years, Winfield has been my home. I have made friendships and connections here that will last a lifetime.  I chose to add the Jinx to also be able to represent the school that has given me some of the most incredible opportunities of my life. As a Moundbuilder Scholarship recipient, I know what a great gift it is to be able to attend school here. SC has given me an incredible gift I will never be able to repay.”

Some of her preparation for the pageant has included finding local businesses in Winfield to sponsor her, working on her diet and fitness, improving her organizational and speaking skills and much more.

“I am so thankful for my sponsors, family, friends, professors, and community for helping send me to the Miss Kansas stage,” Warren says.  “I hope to make everyone very proud.”

For the pageant, Warren is sponsored by Chelsea Taylor Photography, The Winfield Soroptomist Club, The Winfield Lions Club, and Willie Tuttle at Farm Bureau Financial Services. Other generous donors and supporters include Gary Brewer, Talaia White at The Last Tangle, and Roxanne Taylor, Ruth Parman, and Lydia Farley from Winfield Soroptomist.

The pageant has two age divisions, and the winners will represent the state of Kansas in the 2020 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageant. Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. The Miss USA Pageant system stresses good morals, physical fitness, communication skills, social awareness, and community involvement.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:46:12 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Campus Players Annual Production of ‘Eagerheart’ to be Performed December 4 and 8 (Theatre Arts)]]> Southwestern College’s 87th annual production of “Eagerheart” will be presented two times in December. Performances will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of Christy Administration Building.  Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Winfield Food Pantry. 

The Southwestern College theatre department and the Campus Players organization produce the show each year as a gift to the community.

“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 she enjoys having the show in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.

“We are all excited that ‘Eagerheart’ will be performed in the Little Theatre this year,” Moon says.   “The last time that it was performed there was in 2016.  The cast and crew love the intimacy with the audience as they share this story of giving and hope during the Christmas season.”

Moon adds that Campus Players alumna, Roxy Callison, is playing the role of Prologue/Epilogue. 

Playing the role of Eager Heart will be Carson Davis.  Hannah Breshears has been cast as Eager Sense and Maya Damron as Eager Fame.

The Beggar Man will be played by Jacob Reynolds.  The kings will be played by Aidan Wells Filbert, King of Power; Joshua Robinson, King of Wisdom; and Shawn Knepper, King of Love. Jamieson Campo will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by Raynee Case, Emma Bate, and Elizabeth Santana.

Katie Miller and Shelby Tate will play the role of the angels while the Angel of Death will be played by Jenni Warren.
An uncredited but honored woman traditionally plays the role of the beggar woman who later is recognized as one the Holy Family, and infants of the community are cast as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance. 

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 11:47:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Scheduled for February 11 (General)]]> The Southwestern College Green Team will collaborate with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. More details will be released in January.

“If you are fortunate enough to receive new electronics for Christmas, please don’t pitch the old ones,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle.  “Put them in a safe place until Feb. 11 and then bring them to the 2020 e-waste recycling event in Winfield.”

For questions about recycling, please contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at ​

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:32:32 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Scholars of the College Named at Southwestern (General)]]> Southwestern College has announced five Scholars of the College for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Abby Bertholf Abby Bertholf, a senior from Winfield, majoring in biochemistry
Tessa Castor Tessa Castor, a senior from Clearwater, majoring in English with an emphasis in writing. Castor is also pursuing minors in Leadership and journalism
Cameron Goodrich Cameron Goodrich, a junior from Independence, is majoring in biochemistry and minoring in Leadership
Donovan McMullen Donovan McMullen, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, is majoring in sport management
Hanna White Hanna White, a senior from Baxter Springs, is majoring in physical education and middle level mathematics education

These five students have all achieved the highest grade-point average among full-time students who are enrolled in campus-based programs, have earned 85 or more credit hours, and have not previously been named to the honor.  

“It is remarkable to be able to honor five Scholars of the College this year,” says Ross Peterson-Veatch, academic dean of Southwestern College.  “We are proud to recognize this excellent group of Moundbuilders for their dedication to their academic pursuits.  In addition to their academic achievements, each of these Scholars of the College is a leader in a variety of co-curricular opportunities and activities. Their presence in classrooms and on campus enriches our learning community and it is a joy to celebrate their accomplishments.”

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:44:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-27-2019 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-27-2019

SGA Executive Meeting Minutes 10-29-19

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:52:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-22-2019 (SGA)]]> SGA Meeting Minutes for 10-22-2019

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:14:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Homecoming 2019 Events at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College will celebrate 2019 Homecoming Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 27.  Numerous activities have been announced.

For more information on any of the Homecoming festivities, contact Jessica Dibble, director of annual giving and alumni engagement, at (620) 229-6155. For schedule updates, refer to the homecoming website—

Friday’s schedule includes:
• 2 to 5 p.m.— Registration for class reunions in the Christy Administration Building lobby.
• 2 p.m.—“Listening Chair” live podcast recording featuring David Dault, Deets Library.
• 4 p.m.—Annual Smith-Willson lecture with podcaster, speaker, and author, David Dault, Messenger Recital Hall.
• 5 p.m.—Ribbon cutting and open house for the Center for Career and Vocation, Deets Library.
• 5 p.m.— Cheer & Dance Alumni Event, White P.E. Building
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. — All Class Homecoming dinner, Roy L. Smith dining hall, RSVP required. 
• 7 p.m.—Men’s basketball alumni game, Stewart Field House
• 7:45 p.m. — “Things Not Seen” live podcast recording hosted by David Dault.  SC professors Jackson Lashier and Jacob Goodson will be interviewed at Wheat State Winery (23622 Springhill Farm Dr, Winfield) – Limited to the first 250 who register. 

Saturday’s schedule includes:
• 8-5 p.m.—100 years of Campus Players display, President’s Art Gallery in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.
• 9 a.m. — Homecoming parade, Main Street between 15th and 10th Street. 
• 10 a.m.—Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Roy L. Smith student center dining hall.
• 10:30 a.m. — Alumni registration, Stewart Field House foyer.
• 10:30 a,m.—Communications, computer science, and English reception, Christy 13
• 10:30 a.m.—Performing arts reception, Darbeth lobby.
• 10:30 a.m.— Family Fun ’Round the Mound – Cole Mound Plaza. Concert by Worship Outreach, face painting, and rock painting for the Mound.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Homecoming picnic, Stewart Field House, $9 per person, $4.50 for children.
• Noon – President’s Luncheon for 51+ years alumni, Winfield Country Club, RSVP required. 
• 1:30 p.m. — Homecoming football game vs. Friends University, Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
• 5 p.m.—Class of 1969 photo, Winfield Country Club (2916 Country Club Rd. Winfield).
• 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Campus Players reunion dinner, Baden Square (700 Gary St. Winfield), RSVP required.
• 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Class reunion dinner gatherings. (For full details on class reunion activities, check the Homecoming website for specific class—
• 5:30 p.m.—Class of 1969, 50-year reunion dinner, Winfield Country Club, RSVP required. 
• 6 p.m.—Women’s soccer alumni meet and greet and scrimmage, Jantz Stadium.
• 8 p.m. — Campus Players Centennial Showcase, Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Open to the public, free-will donation to be taken. 

Sunday’s schedule includes:
• 10:50 a.m. — Homecoming worship service, Grace UMC, Rev. Mike Marion ’77 guest speaker.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Sunday brunch buffet, Roy L. Smith dining hall, $8 per person.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:38:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Inductees to Enter SC Athletic Hall of Fame (General)]]> The Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new members Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Roy L. Smith Student Center at 10 a.m. Inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Southwestern-Friends Homecoming football game. The new members are Amy (King) Moon ’05, Nathaniel Wheatley ’03, Brad Long ’85, Bill Stinson ’79, Kim Tennal, ’76, Kimbrook Tennal ’76, Mel Schaesteen ’70, and Phil Dudley ’68.

Amy (King) Moon had a decorated career in track and field. She was a two-time NAIA All-American, three-time KCAC Most Valuable Female Athlete, and a 12-time individual event KCAC champion. Moon was undefeated in four years of competing in the 100-meter dash and the triple jump. She remains as a Southwestern College record holder in the 55-meter and 60-meter dash. Moon lives in Winfield with her family.

Nathaniel Wheatley participated in cross country and track and field for all four years at Southwestern College. From 1999 to 2002, Wheatley earned NAIA All-American status three times in cross country and twice in track and field. He was the KCAC individual champion all four years. He was the 2001 NAIA Region IV individual champion and second in 2002. He was the number one runner for SC in 33 of 36 cross country meets; and the individual winner in 12 of those meets. Wheatley was a member of four KCAC championship cross country teams as well as four KCAC championship outdoor track and field teams. He was named All-KCAC four times in cross country and 11 times in track and field. He holds the second-fastest time for Southwestern College in the indoor 5,000 meters and third in the outdoor 5,000 meters. Wheatley resides in Overland Park and works as an electrical engineer.

Brad Long played basketball and golf during his years at Southwestern. Long was class valedictorian with a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA). He was a four-year letterman in both basketball and golf, and a member of the 1983 KCAC championship golf team and the 1985 KCAC men’s basketball championship team. He earned numerous awards while at Southwestern including the Centennial Scholarship, Wall Street Journal Award (annual award to an outstanding senior business student), McNeish Award (athlete with the highest GPA), Masterbuilder, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and First Team Academic All-American. Long may be best known for playing the part of Buddy in the movie “Hoosiers,” which starred Gene Hackman. Long currently works as a sales representative for Jostens.  He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Whiteland, Indiana. 

Bill Stinson was a four-year starter for the Moundbuilder football team and named team captain his senior season. He was an All-KCAC First Team member; led SC in interceptions for two seasons, and was named Most Inspirational Player twice. Stinson, a former assistant football coach at Southwestern, also showed his athletic versatility by playing and lettering in track and field and basketball for one year.  Stinson currently lives in Arkansas City.

Kim Tennal became a high school volleyball coach after graduating from Southwestern College in 1976. Her career coaching record is 788-145 while at Centralia High School, Elmwood-Murdock High School, and Dawson-Verdon High School, and includes nine Kansas State Volleyball titles (eight consecutive from 1997-2004), seven runner-up finishes, and three undefeated seasons. She is a four-time Kansas 1-A Coach of the Year, 1999 Kansas Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2000 Women’s Sports Foundation National Coach of the Year, and in 2014, Tennal was inducted into the Kansas Volleyball Association Hall of Fame. 

Kimbrook Tennal participated in football and track and field while at Southwestern College. He played fullback and defensive end and became a letter winner. He also threw javelin in track and field and was the KCAC champion in that event during his junior year. Since graduating from SC, Tennal has enjoyed much success in his 40 years of teaching and coaching. While at Centralia High School, he has coached volleyball, basketball, and track and field. His volleyball teams have claimed 11 state titles while racking up an unprecedented 137-match winning streak, a Kansas State Volleyball record. His basketball teams have three state titles, two state basketball runner-up finishes, and qualified for State eight times over a 14-year period. His career record as a volleyball coach is 791-49 (.942%) and 307-48 (.865%) for basketball. Between him and his wife, Kim, they have a combined coaching record of 1.886-242 (.886%) and have claimed 20 State Volleyball titles. Kim and Kimbrook Tennal now reside in Urbandale, Iowa.

Mel Schaesteen participated in football and track and field at Southwestern. While playing quarterback for the Moundbuilders, Schaestten set records at the time for most career touchdown passes (27), most career pass completions (227), most passes thrown without an interception (104, and NAIA record at the time), most passing yards in a season (997 yards), most career passing yards (3,027), and most total career yards (3,258). As the starting quarterback for Southwestern, Schaesteen compiled a record of 27-5-2.  Schaesteen currently lives in Gardner.

Phil Dudley Played football at Southwestern for four seasons. He was a four-year letter winner and named All-KCAC in 1967. Dudley taught economics at Hastings College (Neb.) since 1973, served as vice president from 1978-2000, then president from 2000-2011. He was president of the Hastings public schools board of education and earned the Outstanding Advisor Award at Hastings College in 1993. Dudley is President Emeritus and works for the foundation at Hasting College.

“It is an honor to recognize the 2019 class of inductees; in the nominations submitted for each, it is evident that these are people of boundless talent and character. They are great competitors, teammates, coaches, friends – they are excellent Moundbuilders,” said Mike McCoy, athletic director at Southwestern College.

McCoy adds that nominations for the 2020 Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until Dec. 31. To submit a nomination, email

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

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:30:52 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Trunk-or-Treat Event at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College Education Builders are providing a safe place for area youth to gather as they host the fourth annual Trunk-or-Treat at the base of the college’s 77 Steps on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6-7 p.m.  There is no admission charge and the community is invited to attend.

The Trunk-or-Treat will consist of decorated vehicles parked near the bottom of the 77 Steps and children and their famTrunk or Treatilies will be able to walk through and vote on their favorite one.

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 event is sponsored by Ed Builders with funding provided by the Southwestern College Student Government Association. 

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:50:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[David Dault to Speak at Smith-Willson Lecture (General)]]> David Dault, host and executive producer of the radio show and podcast “Things Not Seen” will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s Smith-Willson lecture on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Dault’s lecture will focus on what healthy theological dialogue looks like as podcasts become more mainstream.
Dault has a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt and a masters degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. When he began “Things Not Seen,” he was teaching in the religion department of a liberal arts college in Memphis. He moved to Chicago with his family in 2013 and spent five years as the executive director of a nonprofit company producing faith-focused media for television, radio, and the web.

He is currently a visiting scholar for theology and media at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

“Things Not Seen” is an independent radio show and podcast that features in-depth interviews with nationally recognized guests. Each week, they welcome authors, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, and more. He produces the show from studios in the Hyde Park neighborhood, on Chicago's south side, where he lives with his family.

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.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:03:41 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Recognized Again as a College of Distinction (General)]]> For the third consecutive year, Southwestern College has been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

“We are very pleased to once again be included in the Colleges of Distinction recognition,” says Ross Peterson-Veatch, vice president for academic affairs at Southwestern College.  “While other ranking organizations use figures that focus on institutional characteristics or ‘inputs,’ the Colleges of Distinction organization does a remarkable job of gathering information that is directly relevant to a college education that focuses on the whole student – the kind that SC provides.”

Colleges of Distinction selection process is based on answering the question, “What colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?” The evaluation consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

“SC remains committed to our students and our community, and outcomes at SC remain strong,” said Peterson-Veatch. “Just one example is a recent U.S. Department of Education study that finds that SC students ten years out earn the third highest salaries among graduates of Kansas institutions of all types.  Outcomes like this speak to the importance and quality of an SC education for students in the 21st Century.”

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. To learn more, or to access the resources made available to future college students visit

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:02:22 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Area Elementary Students Attend Choir Day (Music)]]> The Community Music School at Southwestern College recently hosted 65 young vocalists in grades three through five from Cowley County for the Third Annual Elementary Honor Choir Day. Children attending spent the day learning new vocal techniques and choral pieces, which were performed in concert to a full house in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

PElementary Choirarticipants in the Elementary Honor Choir Day were chosen by their local school music teachers to represent each school. Music teachers each chose six students. Schools represented from USD 470 were Jefferson, C4, Roosevelt, France Williard, Adams, and IXL. Schools represented from USD 465 were Country View, Whittier, Lowell, and Irving. Students from Central Burden USD 462 also attended. The choir was directed by Nikki Kirk of USD 470 and accompanied by Marsha Granberry.

The Elementary Honor Choir Day was made possible by a generous grant from Legacy Foundation of Winfield.

The CMS at Southwestern College offers a wide range of private lessons and ensembles for all ages. Private lessons are ongoing and the CMS has openings for all instruments and voice with a wide range of lesson times available.

JourneyKids Choir is a choral ensemble for children in grades three through eight that offers performance opportunities throughout the school year. The choir meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., in Darbeth Fine Arts Center, room 207. Enrollment is always open to new participants.

For more information about any classes or ensembles that the CMS offers, email director Michelle Zakharov at or visit the CMS website at

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:21:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[A Cappella Choir and SC Singers to Present Fall Concert on October 18 (Music)]]> Southwestern College’s A Cappella Choir and SC Singers will present their fall concert, “Love through the Seasons,” on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

“Featuring pieces in English and German, as well as Japanese, the program will take us on an amorous journey through the seasons with a repertoire that includes Baroque part songs, choral classics, and well-known contemporary show tunes,” says Amanda Li, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:13:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Laura Hartman to Present Annual Beck Lecture (Philosophy & Religion)]]> Laura Hartman, professor of environmental studies at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  

The title of her lecture is “Ethics and Ecological Restoration.”

Dr. Laura Hartman“If we mess up an ecosystem, can we put it back and make it right again?” Hartman says.  “Some say we delude ourselves if we try to do this. Others say doing this is our sacred duty, a way of making amends and repenting for the sins of humanity. Underneath this question lies insights about the role of the human, the nature of the wild, and the connections between idealism and practicality in a wounded world.”

Hartman earned her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University and her Ph. D. from the University of Virginia.

She is the author of “The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World” (Oxford University Press, 2011). She researches and writes in the areas of environmental ethics, feminist philosophy, and transportation studies. Currently, she is writing a book about the environmental impact of church parking lots.

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.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present the Musical ‘Ordinary Days’ (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College theatre department will present the musical “Ordinary Days” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.

According to director Allyson Moon, “Ordinary Days” is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place.  With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home. 

Author Adam Gwon explains what the show is about.

“‘Ordinary Days’ tells the stories of four people struggling to connect,” Gwon says.  “It’s made up of pieces that, like its characters, reveal themselves to be part of a much bigger story than we might have first imagined.  It’s about realizing that the pieces of our lives, as jumbled as they may seem, do fit together, even if we have to shift our perspective to see it.”

The cast includes Shawn Knepper as Warren; Brynn Hampton as Deb; Avery Hogan as Jason; and Hannah Breshears as Claire. 

Aiden Wells-Filbert is the collaborative pianist for the show.  Other production crew include Telara Day, stage manager; Miranda Hofmeister, box office manager; Jenni Warren, costume designer; Emma Bate, house manager; Kenny Allman, lighting designer and technical director; Brandon Oleson, master electrician; Maya Damron, props master; Jacob Reynolds, scenic designer; Tori Sublett, sound designer; and Carson Davis, paint charge.

“Ordinary Days” does contain some adult language.

Admission charge is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  SC students and employees are free.  For tickets contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email 

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:24:21 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[South Kansas Symphony to Perform ‘Once Upon a Dream’ Sunday, October 6 (Music)]]> The South Kansas Symphony will present its annual Halloween Pops concert on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College. Adult tickets are $8; all children under 18 are free for this concert, as well as all Southwestern College faculty, staff, and students.

This year's concert, sponsored by Phil and Mary Jarvis, is titled “Once Upon a Dream,” and will feature music from many princess movies, including “Moana,” “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White,” and “Anastasia.” Princess Pros Entertainment of Wichita will be on hand before and after the performance, allowing children the opportunity to meet and take pictures with princesses.  Audience members of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and door prizes will be given away.

Season tickets for the South Kansas Symphony and Southwestern College Youth Symphony are available now (adults - $50 and children, age 5-18, - $30). By purchasing season tickets, guests may attend all eight concerts (excluding the Chamber Gala) at a reduced price and have reserved seating.  For more information or to purchase season or individual concert tickets, call the performing arts office at (620) 229-6272. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:04:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Freshman Work Day Big Success (General)]]> Southwestern College freshmen concluded their orientation to the college and Winfield by participating in the 27th annual Freshman Work Day on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Nearly 200 freshmen, Leadership Southwestern students, and other student leaders joined SC staff, faculty, and FWDayadministrators working around Winfield to help homeowners and non-profits in service work.

“We estimated that the 27th Freshman Work Day contributed around $20,000 to the Winfield community based on the independent sectors estimate that one volunteer hour is worth $25.43,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.

Wood believes that this annual event benefits both the community and everyone who assists in Freshman Work Day.

“As the Leadership director, I love watching my leadership students develop their leadership capacities through the lens of Freshman Work Day,” Wood says.  “This day is empowering to my students who work so very hard to make it happen; a huge and powerful connection point for all students at Southwestern to our school mission; a great way to set the Builder spirit; and importantly a gift to our particular community that can form students in such deep ways by long-standing traditions like Freshman Work Day.”

Curtis Rylant, one of the student directors for the event, enjoyed seeing fellow Moundbuilders come together for the event.

“I had a lot of fun seeing everything come together,” Rylant says.  “There is a lot that goes into Freshman Work Day, but the big picture is awesome to see what we accomplished. What I enjoyed the most is knowing the freshmen had a good time meeting one another while giving back to the community that will be their home for the next four years.”

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:48:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Professor Jacob Goodson Co-Authors New Book (General)]]> Jacob Goodson, associate professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, has completed his first co-authored book, “Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism: A Dialogue on Hope, the Philosophy of Race, and the Spiritual Blues.”

For this book, Goodson teamed up with Brad Elliott Stone, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. The pGoodson Book Coverublisher is Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

“Writing a co-authored book felt like a totally different experience than writing a single-authored book for a couple of reasons,” Goodson says.  “First, when I would make a claim in one of my chapters and then Stone would build his chapter around that claim, I was then ‘stuck’ with that claim because he built his chapter critiquing and responding to my particular claim. My first drafts had more of a ‘commitment’ to them while writing a co-authored book than they do writing only a single-authored book, which allows you to change your mind as much as you want until it gets to the copyeditor's desk. Second, Dr. Stone was able to come to Winfield during the time that most of the book was written. We nurtured such important disagreements that our engagements with one another in the book dominated our conversations in all settings. So being in the same place with your co-author, while writing a book together, means that it becomes much harder to take a break from thinking about the book.”

According to the book summary, pragmatism is a philosophical school of thought emphasizing action, practices, and practical reasoning whereas prophecy is an ancient religious concept that requires belief in the reality of God. Although these two concepts seem to not be a natural fit with one another, the authors demonstrate why prophetic pragmatism is ‘pragmatism at its best.’

Shannon Sullivan, a philosopher and professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, speaks highly of the book.

“The power of ‘Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism’ lies in its coauthorship,” Sullivan says.  “In scholarly friendship, Goodson and Stone debate, explore, respond, and sometimes agree to disagree about the meaning and relevant contexts of Cornel West's groundbreaking work. The result is a fresh approach to understanding prophetic pragmatism.”

The book can be purchased through The SC community can purchase it through the publisher's website ( and receive a 30% discount with the code: LEX30AUTH19.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:56:36 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Faculty and Staff Announced at Southwestern College (General)]]> New Southwestern College faculty and staff were introduced at the annual Welcome Back Dinner held Monday, Aug. 12.

New faculty include:
• Chris Duszka, assistant professor of criminal justice.  He holds a Ph.D. in public affairs and a master of science degree in criminal justice from Florida International University and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to coming to Southwestern, Duszka worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where he served as a crime intelligence analyst. 
• David Fritzlen, instructor of accounting.  Fritzlen earned his bachelor of science degree in business from Baker University, a master of science degree in accounting from Kansas University, and is a CPA.
• Mark Keats, assistant professor of English.  He earned his bachelor of arts degree in Japanese language and literature and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University.
• Joshua Robinson, associate professor of musical theatre. In addition to his Ph.D. in theater from Indiana University, he holds a master of arts degree in American studies from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kean University. 
• Reginald (Reggie) Jarrell, instructor of communication.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from American University, a master’s degree in mass communications and journalism from Iowa State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.  He also holds a master of divinity and is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California.
New staff members at Southwestern include:
•           Alleigh Allen, first-year advisor
•           Alex Munoz, director of career services
•           Shannon Grose, assistant director for the SC Learning Center
•           Brianna Brooks, financial aid counselor
•           Krysta Wood, financial aid counselor
•           Kathryn Perez, financial aid counselor
•           Sam Clark, admissions counselor
•           LaRide Connerly, admissions counselor
•           Gena Crow, executive assistant for the office of academic affairs
•           Patty VanEtten, administrative assistant for student affairs
•           Connor Wolfe, residence director Wallingford Hall
•           Gerald Conrad, head volleyball coach
•           Edward Ortiz, head track and field coach
•           Garrett Young, head cross country coach
•           Kelci Feist, head cheer and dance coach
•           Michelle Zakharov, director of the community music school
•           Trevor Strong, assistant football coach
•           Jake Kapustka, graduate assistant football coach
•           Peyton Timmerman, graduate assistant softball coach
•           Tyler Urps, graduate assistant baseball coach
•           Austin Brown, graduate assistant baseball coach
•           Colton Koch, graduate assistant athletic training
•           Myra Tiu, graduate assistant athletic training
•           Avery Sims, graduate assistant for athletic administration
•           James McSorley, graduate assistant men’s basketball coach

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:20:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Ranks in Top Three Kansas Institutions for Graduates Average Median Salary (General)]]> According to the U.S. Department of Education, Southwestern College ranks third among Kansas institutions for median salary of their graduates 10 years after starting their college experience.  The U.S. Department of Education data can be found at

The average median salary for a Southwestern College graduate 10 years after starting their college experience is $46,400. Only Baker University at $51,300 and the University of Kansas at $48,800 are ranked higher than Southwestern. SC graduates average earnings outperformed other universities and colleges throughout the state. Kansas State University ranked fourth and Mid-America Nazarene University ranked fifth in the comparison data.

SC graduates average earnings outperformed other universities and colleges throughout the state.

“The faculty and staff at Southwestern are dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their potential,” said Southwestern President Brad Andrews. “That plays out every single day in classrooms, offices, and athletic fields across campus – and it pays off for our graduates throughout their lives and careers.”

College Scorecard Website

Catabrean BaumannPhoto: Catabrean Baumann, a Class of 2019 graduate from Tulsa, Okla. received the Fran Jabara Leadership award at Commencement in May. Baumann has accepted a position with USD 465 and will begin her teaching career at Irving Elementary in Winfield next week. Baumann will teach kindergarten. Recent U.S. Department of Education data shows that SC Graduates rank third in Kansas, outperforming most colleges and universities across the state, in their average median salary 10 years after beginning college. 

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:55:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Alex Muñoz Named Director of Career Services at Southwestern College (General)]]> Southwestern College has announced Alex Muñoz as director of career services. Muñoz will oversee operation of the new Career Center on campus. The center is currently under construction and is set to be open to students August 19, although Muñoz has already begun meeting with students.

Alex MunozMuñoz, who will work closely with students and faculty, comes to Southwestern from the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas where he worked as a workforce strategy manager.

“I am excited to work with Alex to develop a robust Career Center that expands on the resources and connections faculty offer students,” said Tracy Frederick, senior vice president. “I believe he brings experience in career coaching, job search skills, and a passion for empowering students to achieve their career goals to this new position.”

Lead gifts from two current Southwestern College trustees have funded the addition of the Career Center. David ’73 and Linda Smith, and Scott and Shelley Hecht, both class of 1990, are lead donors. Both David and Scott have served terms as chair of the board.

The Career Center was recognized as a priority during the college’s campus-wide 2016-2017 strategic planning process. It aims to provide a space where students can explore internships and career opportunities, gain valuable skills, and make important connections with employers.

The Career Center is centrally located on campus inside the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library and will offer conference room space in addition to a professional space optimized for video and online interviews. The Career Center will be a hub of resources aimed at helping students gain a competitive advantage when applying for jobs and internships.

“I am excited to coordinate a resource for students which will add important value to their experience on campus and to their future,” said Muñoz. “The center will offer a range of services that will have a lasting impact on our students’ lives by preparing and empowering them to enter the job market.”

Muñoz is looking forward to helping students connect with area employers.

“Relationships built between employers in the region and Southwestern College are mutually beneficial,” added Munoz. “Businesses have access to an educated and engaged workforce and students are able to learn through internships and early career opportunity – in a community they know and love.”

“There are so many wonderful people who live and work in Winfield because they attended Southwestern College,” added Muñoz. “That is an important tradition to continue and I’m grateful to have a hand in moving it forward.”

Career Center Website

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:51:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Leander to Speak at Opening Convocation Aug. 23 (General)]]> Brian Leander, manager of training and development at Adelphi University, will be the featured speaker at SC’s annual opening convocation Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The opening convocation will wrap up the festivities for Builder Fest 2019 and officially start the academic year. It will feature the recognition of students included on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2019 semester and the announcement of the Scholar of the College.

Dr. Brian LeanderLeander earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics from Dowling College; a master’s degree from Gonzaga University; and a Ph.D. from Eastern University, both in organizational leadership.

During his more than 21-year career, Leander has been a consultant delivering curriculum, training, and facilitation to promote strategic change and diversity initiatives in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and higher education in the United States and abroad. Before coming to Adelphi, Leander was the senior planning consultant with the Institute for Organizational Leadership (IOL), a nonprofit educational institution, based in Jasper, Georgia. His professional affiliations include the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Management where he has been a presenter. He has also presented at the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University.

Leander joined Adelphi in 2012 as the assistant director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, charged with managing the center’s initiatives around nonprofit leadership and organizational development, and delivering training programs and consulting services to nonprofit executives. In 2013, he developed and later directed Leading in Community, a leadership development program to broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline for people of color and prepare them for nonprofit and community leadership on Long Island, New York. In 2015, Leander was invited to participate in the Adelphi University strategic planning process, working with faculty and staff around developing strategic partnerships and economic integration with the Long Island community.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 15:36:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Moundbuilder Check-In Begins August 7 (General)]]> Moundbuilder Check-In begins on Wednesday, Aug. 7, as incoming first-year students will move into the residence halls at Southwestern College.  Builder Camp and Builder Fest will kick off the 2019-2020 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.  A family lunch will be from noon-2 p.m., in the Roy L. Smith Student Center cafeteria.  A Family Welcome ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

Builder Camp will be held on campus as well as at Sky Ranch in Cave Springs, Okla.  Students will depart campus at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 8, and return on Aug. 10. On Sunday, Aug. 11, the freshmen will participate in the annual Freshman Workday event sponsored by the Southwestern College Leadership program.

Fall student-athletes (including transfers) will move in Saturday, Aug. 10.  All other transfer and returning students will move in Friday, Aug. 16.

Some of the Builder Fest activities include:
• Monday, Aug. 19, classes begin for students.
• Tuesday, Aug. 20, Rock painting party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Wallingford lawn.
• Thursday, Aug. 22, annual Moundbuilding Ceremony at 7 p.m., at Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps.
• Friday, Aug. 23, 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 Moundbuilder Check-In, visit online at or call Anjaih Clemons at (620) 229-6168.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:46:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Nunsense’ Offers Humor for All (Theatre Arts)]]> The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical comedy “Nunsense” on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

“NNunsenseunsense” is a musical comedy with a book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin. Originating as a line of greeting cards, Goggin expanded the concept into a cabaret show that ran for 38 weeks, and eventually into a full-length musical. The original Off-Broadway production opened Dec. 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.

Nick Albrecht, director of theatre at Cowley College, is directing the production. 

“The show has been a whirlwind for our cast and crew with only two weeks to build, rehearse, and perform,” Albrecht says.  “Our team has been working morning, noon, and night to get this show ready for our audiences and we can’t wait to share the fun and endearing story.”

Albrecht adds that the show will appeal to everyone.

“The timelessness of this show comes from its characters with all their flaws, but the playwright also continually updates the show to keep it fresh,” Albrecht says.   “You’ve got references and jokes in this show to appeal to audience members from all generations, including mentions from Sophie Tucker to HD TVs.”

Several of the actors are interns for the Southwestern College Theatre Festival, including Jenni Warren and Emma Bate.  Both enjoy the show for different reasons.

“I am very excited for this show, as not only have the interns put in so much work so quickly, but the show also has a unique plot with hilarious side stories,” Warren says.  “My hope is that we will have our audience leaving with their sides hurting from so much laughter. My favorite part of the show is that we each have our own special moment. The great part about such a small cast and show is that we each get to personally connect with the audience and everyone has their moment to shine.”

“What I love the most about ‘Nunsense’ is that it’s such a delightfully weird show,” Bate says.  “The premise of the show - five nuns put on a variety show to raise money to bury their dead sisters that they’ve been keeping in the freezer - is so strange and so, so hilarious. While the show was written in the 1980s and is popular with older audiences, I think that the sense of humor the show has may actually be more suited to the young people of today. ‘Nunsense’ is a great show because it embraces the weird and crazy and turns it into comedy that any audience can appreciate and enjoy.”

Jessica Burk, choreographer and house manager for the show, particularly embraces the female empowerment displayed in “Nunsense.”

“What I love about ‘Nunsense’ is these strong female characters who are witty, silly, and 100 percent their whole selves,” Burk says.  “They are joined in sisterhood and are always there for one another. I think it’s something that still strikes a chord in this day and age. Women empowering and loving fearlessly their fellow sister is so important and pure. It’s something we must continue to live by and these ladies are a great reminder of that.”

Along with Albrecht directing, the musical director is Tyler Demaree. The cast includes: Emma Bate as Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior; Lizzy Santana as Sister Mary Hubert; Jenni Warren as Sister Robert Anne; Miranda Hofmeister as Sister Mary Amnesia; and Maya Damron as Sister Mary Leo.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 youth or students.  Individuals can order tickets by calling (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or by emailing 

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:27:06 -0500 (Southwestern College)