General RSS Feed en-us General RSS Feed <![CDATA[Full Tuition Scholarships Offered at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships.  

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:32:45 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Olivier Photographs on Display at Winfield Public Library]]> Photographs by Nathan Olivier are on display at the Winfield Public Library (WPL), 605 College Street, through the end of December. The 10 images were made during 2017 and are printed on canvas.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:28:56 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Ed Builders Attend Fall Conference in Topeka]]> The Southwestern College Education Builders participated in the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) Student Program Fall Conference on Nov. 10 and 11 in Topeka.

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

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

Gragert said the conference was informative.  

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

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

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

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


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:16:55 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[WPD Donates Retired Patrol Car to Southwestern College]]> The Winfield Police Department has donated a retired patrol car to the security department at Southwestern College. 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:57:17 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Henderson and Whitfield Named Homecoming Royalty at SC ]]> Taylor Henderson, Sapulpa, Okla., and Tomunci Whitfield, Dallas, were named Southwestern College Homecoming king and queen on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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

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

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

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

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


Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:35:43 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members]]> Three Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into the Natural Science Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6:15 p.m., in Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge to attend the ceremony and the public is invited to attend. 
The new members are Brad Weigle, Koloa, Hawaii, and Terra Ceia, Fla.; James Anderson, Duncan, S.C.; and Ernest Reid (deceased). 
This hall of fame honors Southwestern College alumni who have made significant contributions in the natural sciences.
“We are always excited to welcome new members into our halls of fame,” says Charles McKinzie, director of alumni engagement at Southwestern College.  “It reminds us of how much we have to be proud of and how important it is for us to continue our tradition of excellence for current students. We are privileged to welcome these Moundbuilders into this prestigious hall.”
Inductees include:
Brad Weigle ’72 was hired as a research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg even before he finished his graduate degree at the University of South Florida.  His thesis, a study on the abundance and movement of bottlenose dolphins through Tampa Bay, preceded 13 years leadership of statewide manatee, dolphin, and whale studies. A pioneer in the work of Geographic Information systems, he initiated the vector mapping system for the laboratory; this became a valuable tool for storage and analysis of environmental data. Weigle transitioned into private industry and managed a national GIS contract with the USDA Forest Service. During 17 years he completed more than 30 projects. He retired in 2016 and is now mapping remote areas of Kauai as a volunteer at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Ernest W. Reid 1916 was a chemical engineer who became a pioneer in using agricultural products to produce chemicals. He was associated with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh when he received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, Dr. Reid helped establish the chemicals branch of the Office of Production Management (which became the War Production Board) and served as its deputy director general and head of its chemicals division. Reid left that board in 1943 to become vice president of Corn Products Refining. After organizing the chemical division and directing research and development he was named a director in 1947 and president in 1951. He was board chairman from 1956 to his retirement in 1958. Dr. Reid was awarded the medal of the Society of Chemical Industry in 1951. He died in 1966.
James A. Anderson ’62 is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  From 1989 to 2007 he was professor of mathematics at the school, where he chaired the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was awarded the first University Annual Award for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits. He also had been director of academic computing and coordinator of computer sciences at Emporia State University, and for six years was a software engineer and research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His duties there included technical responsibility for the eight ground software systems of NASA’s Galileo Space Project, which contained more than two million lines of code and involved more than two hundred personnel. His 40 publications in number theory, abstract algebra, and computer science include four books.
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:17:53 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Homecoming Service Project Benefits Winfield]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College teamed with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department to install smoke alarms on Sunday, Oct. 22.  This was the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students. The group engages the entire campus community in the Homecoming service project, 320 students participated on Sunday.Smoke alarm group               

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:44:02 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Red Cross, Fire Department, and SC Learning Council Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Winfield]]> The Service Learning Council at Southwestern College is teaming with the American Red Cross and the Winfield Fire Department for “Sound the Alarm,” the council’s seventh annual Homecoming service project. The Service Learning Council is made up of Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team directors and students.
Sound the AlarmThe groups hope to install 700 smoke alarms in the Winfield community on Sunday, Oct. 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. The event will include the volunteers from the Red Cross (which serves south central and southeast Kansas), Southwestern, and the local fire department. In addition to installing the alarms, the volunteers will be canvassing neighborhood and helping families create fire escape plans. The event is part of the Red Cross’s Fire Prevention Campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:12:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Brad Elliot Stone to Present Two Smith-Willson Lectures at Southwestern College]]> Dr. Brad Elliott StoneBrad Elliot Stone, professor of philosophy and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2017 Smith-Willson lecture.  Stone will present two lectures, one Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., and the other Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:09:03 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Chris Barker to Give Constitution Day Lecture]]> Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at Southwestern College, will present a Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Murray Reference Room located inside the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.  

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:41:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Stir & Bustle Ribbon Cutting]]> The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Coffee plus a ribbon cutting Aug. 24 for Stir & Bustle Coffee, a new coffee shop located in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stir & Bustle Photos

Stir & Bustle 360 - Student with drink

Stir & Bustle 360

Stir & Bustle - Panoramic

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students to Capture Memories Honoring Former Walnut Valley Festival President Bob Redford]]> Students in the communication department at Southwestern College are collaborating with The Walnut Valley Association (WVA) to create a video project called “Winfield Memories” during the Walnut Valley Festival, Sept. 13 – 17, at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:02:09 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[​Patrick Lee Receives 40 Under 40 Award, Again]]> For the second year in a row, a Southwestern College professor is being honored by “CPA Practice Advisor” as a recipient of the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 Award. Patrick Lee, assistant professor of accounting and Enactus advisor at SC, was selected one of 40 “young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.”

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:11:05 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Welcomes Largest Class in 132 Year History]]> Southwestern College marked the beginning of the fall semester by welcoming a record breaking first-year class to campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:50 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Finishes the Tour Divide]]> Winfield biking enthusiast Bobby Smith has returned after competing in one of the toughest mountain bike experiences in North America.Bobby Smith Finishes TD

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:17 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Builder Bound Camp Involves Students from Truesdell and Jardine Middle School]]> Southwestern College hosted students from two different middle schools in Wichita during its annual Builder Bound Camp.  Students from Truesdell Middle School were on campus June 6-9 and students from Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Academy were on campus from June 20-23. 

Both schools were honored for their 2016-2017 achievements by the Kansas Association Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) with Truesdell awarded the Kansas Middle School of the Year and Jardine being a finalist for this distinctive award.   

A total of 112 students (75 from Truesdell and 37 from Jardine) attended the camps. Each week was concluded with a graduation ceremony in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Superintendent Alicia Thompson of the Wichita USD 259 attended the graduation as a parent, acknowledging her daughter’s participation in Builder Bound Camp.  

According to DeAnn Ricketts, a teacher and camp sponsor from Truesdell, students on the honor roll at Truesdell were selected first, followed by students who were close to achieving honor roll status and could benefit from the positive influences at Builder Bound Camp. Truesdell has over 1,100 students enrolled.

Builder Bound 17According to Lura Jo Atherly, the head principal at Jardine, students attending summer school for the two weeks were eligible to participate in the camp. Jardine has nearly 350 students enrolled.

This was the 11th year that Southwestern has collaborated with USD 259 to provide Builder Bound Camp.  For four years SC had partnered with Stucky Middle school thanks to a partnership developed between Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success at Southwestern College, and Terrell Davis, the principal at Truesdell.  In 2012 Davis was transferred to Truesdell and contacted Pleas to see if Southwestern could provide a camp for a larger number of students.  Many of the students who attended camp are from economically disadvantaged families and would be first-generation college attenders. According to Pleas, part of the mission of this camp is to expose these students to the college experience and let them know that college is an option for them.

Campers were split into teams and participated in six courses over the four days.  Courses and professors included: biology, Rick Cowlishaw; engineering, Michael Tessmer; college athletics, Matt O’Brien; digital design, DeAnn Nelson; media/interviewing, Tommy Castor; and fishing, Mary Sites.

In addition to the classes, the students went bowling at Hillcrest Lanes in Arkansas City and attended a movie at the Cowley 8 Cinema.  Apart from these organized outings, time was built into the schedule for the campers to learn from their mentors about student success, discuss and develop a healthy image of themselves, and establish an understanding that college is attainable.

The leadership staff included Dawn Pleas, executive director; Ed Loeb, academic dean, Lonnie Boyd, controller; Anjaih Clemons, operations; Tim Miser, college student mentors; Korie Hawkins, middle school campers; Krystal Winn, climate control;  Justin Williams and LaRide Conerly, male hall directors;  Jordon Pond and Korie Hawkins, female hall directors; Rodney Marner, assistant operations; Mary Sites, orientation meals;  Garnita James, female empowerment; and Sgt. Michael Williams, male empowerment.

The camps also featured 20 current students, recent alumni, and young adult friends of Southwestern College as mentors to the campers.  


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:24:42 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bobby Smith Rides the Tour Divide]]> One of the toughest mountain bike experiences in America will be the next challenge for Bobby Smith, a Winfield biking enthusiast. 

Bobby Smith Tour DivideSmith left this week to participate in the Tour Divide, an ultra-cycling event that follows the Continental Divide from Alberta, British Columbia, to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The route is 2,745 miles long—“longer if you get lost,” he says. Official start of the race is June 9.

As a 1989 Southwestern College graduate, he is also encouraging alumni and friends to support his efforts by contributing to the college’s Builder Fund. A link can be found to follow Smith’s progress in real-time, as well as a links to his Instagram account and to the Builder Fund at

A computer specialist at SC, the 51-year-old Smith has been riding since he was a child. 
“Having ridden and raced all genres of cycling, I am first and foremost a mountain biker. The Tour Divide is the pinnacle of an off-pavement challenge where a mountain bike and ‘fat tire’ is pretty much required equipment to succeed,” he says.

Smith will be self-supported, carrying 30 to 40 pounds of supplies, sleeping gear, water, and food on his mountain bike. With only a start date and route provided by promoters (no entry fee or official racer meeting is held), racers must rely on their own ingenuity to complete the course. They may resupply food and equipment at commercial shops along the way, but any services must be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged.

This self-reliance is a key component of the Tour Divide. Racers are not allowed to meet family on the friends on the trail because this is considered a form of support. However, they can accept support from total strangers, who are known as “Trail Angels.” An encounter with one of the strangers is called “Trail Magic,” and Smith admits he is looking forward to experiencing this magic. 

“Information on the race is purposefully difficult to come by, which is exactly how the promoter wants it,” Smith says. “Luckily for us mere mortals, the more people who take on this challenge, the more information that is available to prepare.”

Smith plans to get up with the sun each day, pack, and ride all day, sometimes finishing before dark and sometimes riding into the night if the weather is good. In order to finish the course in less than a month (the vacation time he has available) he must average at least 100 miles daily, with a goal of 110-120 miles per day.

In addition to the terrain and weather conditions, he’ll also be watching out for additional non-human competitors—“we ride right through grizzly, wolf, and mountain lion country”—so he’ll have bear spray and a bear bell ready.

But the physical challenges will pale compared to the mental challenges, Smith predicts. 

“Although the magnitude of the adventure requires utmost preparedness, the unknown aspects will reveal whether or not I am equipped mentally to complete this daunting task,” Smith says. “So why am I taking this challenge? Not only to see if I 'have what it takes', but also for the invaluable experiences, memories, adventure, freedom, pain and laughs; and in many ways to simply see how the story unfolds. Furthermore, I am taking on this challenge to enhance my already blessed life, to empower myself to go beyond my comfort zone, and inspire myself to grow and live a life worth living.”

Bobby Smith on InstagramSee photos from Bobby's adventure at his Instagram account
or search #BuilderOnABike

Learn more about Tour Divide Ride here.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Service Learning Teams Make an Impact in Philadelphia and Portland]]> Two service learning teams from Southwestern College recently traveled to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

“Service Learning teams at Southwestern College hold three threads of learning and practice in common, which are classroom learning, service work, and travel,” says Brae Wood, director of Leadership Southwestern.  “We believe the combination of those three things facilitate the best learning  and development for our students.  Hence, each of our teams (Leadership and Discipleship) took a service trip as part of the travel component.”

The Leadership team traveled to Philadelphia and worked with three organizations, The Salvation Army, Share Food, and Front Step.  
Leadership in Philadelphia•    For The Salvation Army, members worked at a warehouse for a day sorting new toys into appropriate age groups and categories. These donated toys are handed out to kids during the Christmas season.  They were able to sort, box, and label all their donations in the warehouse. 
•    For Share Food, the team packaged 1,401 boxes of food commodities (each box was 30 pounds of food).  
•     For Front Step, the team worked with a pastor from Front Step to clean up a neighborhood and park.

“Each year the Leadership team embarks on a service learning trip where members get to experience a new part of the world and simultaneously serve,” Wood says.  “Following a four-year rotation, students have the opportunity to participate in trips in outdoors locations, international site, Kansas, and urban areas. These trips allow students to serve culturally diverse populations and learn more about what it means to be a leader in a global society.”

The Discipleship team traveled to Portland, Ore.

“Our trip was organized through Kaleo Missions in Portland and they housed our team and organized our mission experiences for the week,” says Molly Just, director of Discipleship.  “Together we clocked more than 500 service hours.”
Discipleship in Portland•    Much of this time was spent serving alongside ministries that feed and clothe the homeless population.  These ministries included St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and Union Gospel Mission. The team helped prepare and serve food at both locations and also helped clean up and distribute clothing and other commodities throughout the week.
•    Members spent time helping at the Oregon Food Bank where the team separated food for distribution, and worked with Women’s Life Change, a Beaverton, Ore., organization that is an extended, on-site living program for women coming out of abuse, addiction, and homelessness. At Women’s Life Change the team toured the building, learned about the program, met residents, helped paint offices, and helped prepare for the program graduation.
•    The team also attended the Real Life Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International.  According to Just, it brought to life the experiences of refugees and impoverished people around the world. “It was a learning experience that prompted our team to see the world with different eyes,” she says.

Both teams were able to enjoy iconic locations in each city.  In Philadelphia the Leadership team visited the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and burial grounds, Christ Church, and the Philadelphia Zoo.  The Discipleship team visited local food trucks, grabbed an iconic pink box of Voodoo Doughnuts, went to Powell’s Books (the world’s largest independent bookstore), and went to Multnomah Falls.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:28:26 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team Earns First Place in Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was the top team in the nation in the Enactus USA 2017 Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge for their work in the Moundbuilder Market. 

Enactus RW Plaster winnersThe award was announced Tuesday at the 2017 Enactus USA National Recognition in Kansas City, and comes with a trophy and $10,000 prize for use by the team for continued growth within their Enactus program and projects. This is the largest monetary awarded challenge Enactus USA presents to a team annually. 

“The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Challenge recognize teams that have a business venture project that implements entrepreneurial activities to increase profit margins,” says Patrick Lee, Enactus team advisor.

The Moundbuilder Market, which sells branded apparel and other Southwestern College items, was taken over by the SC Enactus team in August 2015. Since then the group has created a business model that is both sustainable in nature and profit driven. Enactus team members manage the enterprise, creating practicum opportunities for SC business, accounting, and sports management majors. 

The store is managed by Uly Cisneros (junior majoring in business, Rowlett, Texas) and Christian Gordon (junior majoring in accounting, Yukon, Okla.). In addition Chase Carr (junior majoring in accounting, Bixby, Okla.) manages event sales for the market.

“It's exciting to see a team go from nothing in 2014 to becoming a nationally-recognized team in just three years,” Lee says.  “This is the first nationally-awarded challenge to Southwestern College Enactus team.” 


Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:40 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[McNutt Named President for KNEA-SP]]> Karrie McNutt Southwestern College senior Karrie McNutt, Winfield, has been elected president of the Kansas National Education Association Student Program (KNEA-SP).

Her duties will include organizing two major KNEA events, one in the fall of 2017 and one in the spring of 2018.  The spring event will include a service project normally done in the hometown of the current president.

In April, president-elect McNutt assisted with the Outreach to Teach event at Ogden Elementary School of USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden, where members volunteered for projects that included revamping flowerbeds, planting a tree, painting railings and bookshelves, painting the teacher’s lounge and technology center, organizing classroom libraries, and work in the Ogden Community Garden.

"For the upcoming school year, I couldn't be more honored to represent the aspiring future educators that our state and nation so greatly need,” McNutt says.  “Teaching has truly become my passion and I can't imagine serving my future profession in any other way.  As KNEA-SP president, I look forward to using my leadership skills to help teach my peers how we can make a difference in our Kansas public schools as college students, but more importantly, as we enter the education profession as teachers.”

McNutt adds that the KNEA Student Program Spring Representative Assembly will take place at Southwestern College in April. 

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to give back to my hometown education family, and look forward to including the community in this event,” McNutt says.

A 2014 graduate of Winfield High School, McNutt is majoring in elementary education at Southwestern.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:39:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodrich, Gamez Named 2017 Fran Jabara Award Recipients]]> Goodrich GamezAidan Goodrich, Independence, and Becky Gamez, Houston,  received the Fran Jabara Award at Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7.

Goodrich graduated summa cum laude (with highest honor) with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in leadership. Gamez graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and a minor in business administration.

The Fran Jabara Award is presented to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and excellence in its recipients.  Jabara, an Oklahoma State University and Wichita State University graduate, was an advocate of the American free enterprise system and founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU in 1977.

Goodrich and Gamez each received a plaque and a cash award. 

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Peterson-Veatch Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Southwestern College]]> Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that Ross Peterson-Veatch will be the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  Dr. Peterson-Veatch will begin his duties July 1.

Ross Peterson-VeatchThe new vice president will have responsibility for the academic vision and execution of academic programs at the college, including both the main campus and Professional Studies. During the past year’s national search to fill the position these duties have been performed by Tracy Frederick, interim provost, after former provost Andy Sheppard accepted a college presidency in Georgia.

“I am so pleased to be chosen as Southwestern's new vice president for academic affairs,” Peterson-Veatch says.  “I am excited to join the Moundbuilder community and I look forward to working with faculty and administrators to continue Southwestern's strong traditions of student engagement and academic excellence.”  

Peterson-Veatch has served as interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Goshen College (Ind.) since 2015.  In that role he was responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all academic and student life programs and departments.  He served Goshen previously as associate vice president for academic affairs, primarily focused on adult and graduate programs. Before that, as associate academic dean, his duties included service on the college team developing strategic academic priorities. 
Prior to his tenure at Goshen, Peterson-Veatch was a faculty member at Indiana University in the liberal arts and management program, and has also held faculty appointments at Earlham College, Goucher College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. From 2001 to 2007 he served Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business as an instructional consultant focused on improvement of classroom teaching practice.

 “Southwestern is a college with a clear focus on students and their success and a commitment to developing students as leaders.  I am honored and humbled to be able to be a part of those efforts and to help extend them to a growing student body both in Winfield and beyond,” Peterson-Veatch adds.

Peterson-Veatch received his bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Spanish and sociology/anthropology and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in folklore from Indiana University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on professional learning communities and other topics.

His academic interests include leadership studies, folklore, history of ethnography and Colonial Latin American literature.  

“I look forward to partnering with him and am excited about the leadership and service he will provide Southwestern in the years to come,” Andrews says. 

Peterson-Veatch has been involved in college pedagogy initiatives since 1992 and served on the program committee for the 2009 annual meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and the American Folklore Society.

Peterson-Veatch and his wife, Erika, plan to move to Winfield this summer along with their sons, Oscar and Arthur.  

Fall 2017 Opening Convocation
August 25, 2017

0:00 Processional - Dr.James Leland (Psalm Nineteen – Benedetto Marcello)

2:45 Invocation - Emily Jones, 2017-2018 SGA President 

3:30 Welcome - Dr. Bradley J Andrews, President 

5:58 Recognition of the Scholars of the College and Dean’s Honor Roll - Dr.Ross Peterson-Veatch, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College 

Troy Fort, Scholar of the College 

7:25 Special Music - Tyler Demaree, Matthew Porter, and Jack Warring, vocals; Aidan Wells Filbert, piano (On the Willows from Godspell – Stephen Schwartz)

10:35 Introduction of Speaker - Dr. Andrews 

12:05 Speaker - Dr. Peterson-Veatch 

29:45 Announcements - Mr. Dan Falk, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students 

31:35 Alma Mater - Matthew Porter, Conductor 

34:05 Benediction - Rev. Benjamin Hanne, Campus Minister 

35:02 Recessional - Dr. Leland (Toccata: Deo Gratias – Richard Keys Biggs)

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Tammy McEwen Receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching at SC]]> Tammy McEwen, associate professor of biology, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 7. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

Tammy McEwen“I am very grateful to the Kopkes for providing this generous award to recognize excellence in teaching,” McEwen says.  “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for doing a job about which I am passionate. I am humbled to be included in the same category with the distinguished educators who have previously received this acknowledgement, and I have the honor and privilege of collaborating with many of those previous recipients frequently.”

McEwen grew up in Texas and graduated from high school in New Braunfels, Texas.  She earned her bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in molecular biology from Pittsburg State University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.  Prior to arriving at Southwestern in August 2011, she taught high school science (biology, earth science, advanced biology, anatomy and physiology) at Altoona-Midway High School in southeast Kansas. McEwen also taught adjunct courses at Neosho County Community College. 

“Winning this award means a great deal to me for while I love biology, particularly developmental biology, my true passion and calling is teaching. In essence, this award is validation for many years of hard work and dedication to serving students,” McEwen added.

McEwen and her husband, Jim, live in Winfield.  He is the internship coordinator at Southwestern.

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:53:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Goodson Published in ‘The Oxford Handbook on Secularism’]]> Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, has had an article published in “The Oxford Handbook on Secularism.”

“My chapter describes the German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas’s usage of the terms ‘secularity,’ ‘secularism,’ and ‘post-secularism,’” Goodson says.  “I explain how Habermas’s usage of these three terms is best understood in relation to his philosophical theory of communicative rationality. Habermas makes a shift from secularism to post-secularism, and I argue that this shift is based on the fact that post-secularism allows for better communication, on the standards of communicative rationality, between religious believers and nonreligious citizens in our globalized twenty-first century context.”

Goodson says that his argument addresses questions raised by Southwestern College students in courses such as History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Warfare and Ethics.  

“The Oxford Handbook on Secularism” was edited by John R. Shook and Phil Zuckerman, and it contains 43 chapters. It costs $150 if ordered through Oxford University Press.

According to Goodson, one reviewer describes his chapter as providing a helpful discussion concerning "Habermas and former Pope Benedict [XVI] on religion, fundamentalism, war, and theological endorsements of post-secularism."


Fri, 12 May 2017 10:16:16 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Masterbuilders Announced at Southwestern College]]> Masterbuilders for the 2016-2017 academic year at Southwestern College were named during Honors Convocation Thursday, April 20.  The honor of Masterbuilder is given to graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  

2017 MasterbuildersThe 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 2016-2017 include: Sadie Pfau, Ardmore, Okla..; Carlene Dick, Spivey; Abby Warnke, Wichita; Seth Topham, Peabody; LaRide Conerly, McKinney, Texas; and Aidan Goodrich, Independence.


Wed, 10 May 2017 11:31:14 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Elementary Education Students Host Home-Schooled Students for Science Experiments]]> Southwestern College elementary education majors hosted 25 home-schooled students, who are associated with the Maize Virtual School, for science investigations on Tuesday, April 25. Karen Podschun, Winfield, is an education specialist for the virtual school program and accompanied the students.

Emily JonesFour SC elementary education majors planned science investigations for the students then hosted the children through a series of rotations so each child was able to participate in each activity. 

•    Emily Jones, Broken Arrow, Okla., had children ‘mix it up’ by seeing how baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring interact. 
•    Tayvia Kemp, El Dorado, had students investigate how sounds are made using a variety of kitchen items and by humming to rice on plastic wrap stretched over various sized bowls.
•     Karrie McNutt, Winfield, let students make their own rain in a cup with shaving cream representing clouds and food coloring drops into and through the clouds. 
•    Mariah Patillo, Montrose, Colo., helped students understand how pollution in streams, lakes, and rivers is harmful to fish. 

Karrie McNuttSheryl Erickson, the course instructor, invited the children to look closely at a variety of seeds, first with just their eyes, and then with magnifying glasses. 

“The science rotations event was a great way to help the children consider how science is around us every day, and for the Southwestern future teachers to plan and implement meaningful learning science opportunities for children,” Erickson says. 


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:54:59 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Win Awards at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference]]> Four members of the Southwestern College student media staffs won several awards while attending the spring conference of Kansas Collegiate Media, April 9 and 10 in Wichita.

SC students who won awards were:SC Media Awards
•    Senior Kylie Stamper, Wichita, took second place in feature photography and third place in both news photography and page design. 
•    Senior Taylor Forrest, Conway Springs, received second place in the yearbook theme development category, third place in video storytelling, and honorable mention in feature writing. 
•    Senior Garrett Chapman, Broken Arrow, placed third in newspaper sports features. 
•    Freshman Tessa Castor, Clearwater, earned an honorable mention in feature photography. 

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

Juniors Turki Alturki, Saudi Arabia, and Tanner Carlson, Belton, Texas, along with Castor, Chapman, Forrest, and Stamper attended the conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. 

They were part of a group of 139 students and advisers from 16 colleges and universities participating in the conference. In addition to earning awards, the students heard keynote speaker Abigail Beckman of KMUW present “Learning the Hard Way: Valuable Lessons to Get You Started.” 

The students also participated in breakout sessions over a variety of media-related topics. Tommy Castor, class of 2008, an adjunct instructor of communication and adviser at Southwestern College, led a breakout session, “The Future of the Radio Industry.” 

Forrest participated on a panel “Everything You Need to Know About Internships,” moderated by Tommy Castor.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:56:38 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nichols to Sign Latest Book at SC April 27]]> The history department at Southwestern College will host a book event with local author David Nichols on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Deets Memorial Library. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” will be available for purchase and signing.

Ike and McCarthy Book CoverThe former academic dean at SC, Nichols has written three books on President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is currently on a national press tour for the launch of his latest book, “Ike and McCarthy,” published by Simon & Schuster. The new book has won rave reviews in such periodicals as the “Wall Street Journal,” “The Atlantic,” and most recently, “The Washington Post.”

“Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to rigorously document, using declassified and ignored sources, Dwight Eisenhower’s secret campaign to destroy Joseph McCarthy’s political influence.  Dwight Eisenhower shrewdly deployed trusted subordinates in a clandestine operation that ruined McCarthy and “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to fully authenticate that fact, says SC history professor Stephen Woodburn.  

“David Nichols has remained a good friend of Southwestern College,” Woodburn says, “and has done great things in his research on Eisenhower. This book represents incredible findings and tells a great story as well.”

For decades, Eisenhower’s detractors have depicted him as cowardly in refusing to use his bully puppet to assault the senator’s anti-communist witch hunt.  Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, but he was more a man of action than words, Nichols’ book says.  Believing that giving McCarthy presidential attention would only enhance his prestige, Ike refused to use the senator’s name in public.  During 1953, Eisenhower was preoccupied with ending the Korean War and otherwise prosecuting the Cold War – not McCarthy. 

However, when McCarthy went after Communists in the U.S. Army, Eisenhower took it as a direct challenge—and an opportunity, the book says.  In early 1954, he and his team investigated the privileges Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel, had recklessly sought for Private G. David Schine. The White House decided to exploit this scandal to damage McCarthy.  On Ike’s secret orders, the Army produced a report in March 1954 that generated a political firestorm.  

The Army’s narrative prompted the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings, lasting two months, and watched by millions.  Television was unkind to McCarthy and his poll numbers plummeted.  In early 1954, Joe McCarthy had been one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate.  By year’s end, he had been formally censured by his colleagues.  His political reputation never recovered. 


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:15:55 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Walz Receives Prestigious Scholarship from KSCPA]]> Southwestern College junior Elizabeth Walz has been named recipient of the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for $2,500 and Walz will be recognized at an upcoming KSCPA function. She competed for the award against accounting students at public and private institutions throughout Kansas, and is the first Southwestern College student to receive this scholarship.

Elizabeth  WalzWalz is the daughter of Karin and Steve Walz, Atchison. 

“Lizzie works tirelessly in her major and in her leadership roles on the Enactus Team, including helping to develop the script that made the Enactus Team a regional champion in Dallas a few weeks ago,” says Patrick Lee, accounting professor and Walz’s academic advisor.  “Lizzie's receipt of this scholarship is a testament to our accounting program and the extra-curricular activities we provide at Southwestern College.”  

Walz transferred to Southwestern at the beginning of her sophomore year. In addition to her involvement on the Enactus Team she has had various internships and currently works for the firm of Lyle A. Weinert, CPA. She has been involved in Enactus since her sophomore year and has led the team to two appearances to the Enactus National Exposition. She is also the secretary of the team.

Walz credits the scholarship to her experiences at Southwestern College. 

“I had confidence in my work experience and in the leadership skills I have picked up these past couple of years,” Walz says.  “If it weren't for the amazing business division and accounting program, I wouldn't have been offered the amazing opportunities such as internships and job positions that I have had. I was extremely excited to find the letter in my mailbox.”

According to the KSCPA, qualified nominees must demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon the nominee’s overall grades. Involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character are important characteristics of a nominee. The Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship Award is not based on financial need. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:07:24 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Enactus Team is Regional Champion]]> The Southwestern College Enactus team was crowned regional champions in Dallas April 10, and has earned the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City May 21-23.Enactus 2017 Reg. Champ

This is the third time in three years the SC Enactus team has reached the national competition, a perfect record since formation of the team in 2015. This year the Moundbuilders were competing against the University of Texas at Austin, John Brown University, Oklahoma State University, North Lake College, Wayland Baptist University, and Xavier University.

According to team advisor Patrick Lee, the competition consisted of a 17-minute presentation to business executives from partner companies, with the presentation highlighting projects completed throughout the year. Judging criteria called for the winner to be the Enactus team that “most effectively used entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way." 

The Southwestern team’s major project during the year was management of the campus’s Moundbuilder Market.

SC presenters were Meagan Brady, Bixby, Okla.; Christian Gordon, Yukon, Okla.; Elizabeth Jewett, Wichita; Jacob Sigmon, Sand Springs, Okla.; Jennifer Myers, Woodward, Okla.; and Shirley Jones, Balch Springs, Texas.

Other team members attending were Uly Cisneros, Rowlett, Texas; Raul Martinez, Houston; Dylan Tillotson, Flower Mound, Texas; James Gurzynski, Walker, La.; Kyle Robinson, Austin, Texas; Kailee Turner, Schertz, Texas; Elizabeth Walz, Atchison; and Casey Cargill, Stafford.    

“As faculty advisors, we’re very proud of the hard work our Enactus students put in each and every day and being named regional champion continues our tradition of academic and business excellence in a team that attracts attention at national exposition every year,” Lee says.  

At the National Exposition SC will compete against the nation's top 100 teams for the title of Enactus USA National Champion and the opportunity to participate in the Enactus World Cup in London in September.

 “This year's team is made up of a young group of Southwestern Enactus students and to see them carry the tradition of academic and business excellence is a great sight to see,” Lee says.  “Last year we graduated nine seniors, which represented half of our team. This year we have 18 students and only two are graduating while 15 of them are sophomores or younger.”

Enactus faculty advisors who accompanied the team to Dallas were Kristen Pettey, Jayna Bertholf, James McEwen, and Patrick Lee. The graduate assistant in charge of the presenting team was Michelle VanGieson.

In addition to the regional and national competition, Enactus events allow SC students the opportunity to network with companies through the career fair held at each event. In Dallas, companies such as AVIS Budget Group, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, Robert Half, Target, The Home Depot, Schwan Food Company, and Sam's Club were recruiting students for internship and career opportunities. 


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:41:56 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Presentation to be Held at Southwestern College]]> Education Builders, a Southwestern College student organization, will host the Kansas Teacher of the Year team presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m., in the Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Teachers from throughout the state are nominated, selected, and reviewed by their schools and districts followed by an application process they go through to be submitted to regional review. Each of the eight regions in the state selects a finalist and with Kansas Teacher of the Year announced at an annual event held in November. After this, the team of eight meets and plans a group presentation based on their team beliefs and strengths.

Brent Wolf, a Southwestern College graduate and Winfield resident, is among the eight-member 2016-17 Kansas Teacher of the Year team.  He currently teaches sixth grade English language arts at Derby North Middle School.  Other Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year include: Kristine Bruce, Auburn Elementary School; Jennifer Farr, Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City; Jonathan Ferrell, Briarwood Elementary in Overland Park; Crystal May, Pray-Woodman Elementary in Maize; Maret Schrader, Seaman High School in Topeka; Lori Stratton, Wamego High School; and Kansas Teacher of the Year, Jason Sickel, Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to see, meet, and hear from some of the top K-12 educators in the state of Kansas,” says Sheryl Erickson, assistant professor of education at Southwestern College. 


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:06:43 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Commencement to be Held May 7]]> Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

 Commencement times and groups include:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).

 In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:
•       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T) and B.S.N:
•       3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and B.S.A.T.;
•       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.   

Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at  Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center and the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. 

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

SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2016 will be recognized on the printed program. 

Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 7, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.  

In case of inclement weather, the decision to move the commencement exercises indoors will be posted on and on social media sites.

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

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:02:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Hosts Scholarship Competition ]]> Southwestern College recently hosted two scholarship competition days, which will culminate in offers of four full-tuition scholarships.

The Pillars Scholarship competition included 32 high school seniors who had been invited based on their demonstrated dedication to academic rigor and intellectual curiosity. Finalists and their families traveled from Texas, Oklahoma, and all over Kansas to compete for the Pillars Scholarship Saturday, Feb. 4. Students participated in interviews with faculty and completed a timed essay with a prompt centering on imagination.

The Pillars Scholarship Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 4, and included 32 students from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on imagination.  

The Moundbuilder Spirit Competition was held Saturday, Feb. 11, and included 56 students from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Florida.  Students participated in interviews with faculty and staff and wrote an essay on civility in politics. 

Parents and other family members attending the competition days listened to presentations on Southwestern College academics, student life, and financial aid.  Each day’s event ended with a luncheon for students and their families.

Winners of both the Pillars Scholarship Competition and the Moundbuilder Spirit Competition are expected to be announced in March.  


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:34 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC to Host Kansas Supreme Court]]> Southwestern College to Host Kansas Supreme Court
Special Session March 30

The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session Thursday, March 30, at Southwestern College in Winfield. The special session is part of ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. March 30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus at 100 College Street.

Kansas Supreme CourtPictured seated (l to r): Justice Marla J. Luckert; Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss; and Justice Carol A. Beier. Standing (l to r): Justice Dan Biles; Justice Eric S. Rosen; Justice Lee A. Johnson; and Justice Caleb Stegall.


It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Winfield in the court’s 156-year history and it will be only the sixth time that the court will hear cases in the evening.

The public is invited to attend the special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in two cases to be announced soon. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the lobby adjacent to the performing arts center. 

The event is expected to be important for its educational role, both at the college and in the community.

“Opportunities for students to meet with sitting judges and justices are as rare as they are valuable,” says Chris Barker, assistant professor of political science at SC. “This is a particularly important opportunity for dialogue. Not only do students get a chance to talk in person with a legal practitioner, but they also have the chance to ‘think judicially’ in a world of partisan politics, policy debates, and party divisions. The very distance of the judicial perspective from the regular push and pull of political life offers a valuable new vantage for students.” 

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — to see who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “We encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about Supreme Court proceedings to attend. We continue to provide live webcasts of all our courtroom sessions in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, but people tell us there’s nothing like seeing proceedings in person.”

The Supreme Court has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011, when it marked the state sesquicentennial by convening in the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. Since then, the court has had sessions in Garden City, Hays, Hiawatha, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Overland Park, Pittsburg and Topeka. 

The court started conducting evening sessions when it visited Hays in April 2015. That event drew a crowd of nearly 700 people. Subsequent evening sessions have also drawn crowds numbering in the hundreds. 

The docket for March 30 includes the following cases:

Appeal No. 111,671: Staci Russell v. Lisa May, M.D., Victoria W. Kindel, M.D., and Tana Goering, M.D.

Russell seeks compensation in this medical malpractice action against three doctors she claims were professionally negligent when they delayed diagnosing her breast cancer, lessening her chance for recovery and long-term survival. At trial, a Sedgwick County District Court judge dismissed the primary care physician from the action and the jury found the remaining two providers were not at fault. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

12-28-16  Supplemental Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD
12-28-16  Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Tana Goering, MD, Response to Appellant's Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of Court of Appeals Decision
12-28-16  Supplemental Brief for Supreme Court Review of court of Appeals Decision
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Victoria W. Kindel, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Tana Goering, MD
11-14-16  Brief of Appellant
11-14-16  Brief of Appellee Lisa May, MD

Court of Appeals decision

Appeal No. 112,035: State of Kansas v. Marcus Gray

Gray appeals his Harvey County District Court convictions for drug possession, interfering with law enforcement, driving on a suspended license, and failing to signal. In part, Gray argues he was unlawfully stopped by law enforcement based on his race, and the district court should have suppressed evidence collected as a result.

12-21-16  Brief of Appellant
05-11-15  Brief of Appellee

Court of Appeals decision

Additional information is available on the court's website at

Security Screening

Anyone who wants to attend the special session should plan to arrive at the school before 6 p.m. to allow time to get through security screening. Court security offers these guidelines to ease the process:

  • Do not bring food or drink.
  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you must carry a cell phone, turn it off and store it out of sight while court is in session.

Audience members are prohibited from talking during oral arguments because it interferes with the attorneys’ remarks and questions asked by the justices. If someone arrives after proceedings start, or must leave the auditorium before it ends, he or she should be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Talking immediately outside the auditorium is also discouraged.

Watch the archived video

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:25:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Collects Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Electronics]]> The Green Team of Southwestern College, Grace United Methodist Church, and the city of Winfield collected 12,868 pounds of electronics during their annual e-waste recycling event Feb. 7 at the Winfield fairgrounds. 

“The turnout from the community and the sheer amount of obsolete electronics that we collect each year never ceases to amaze me,” said Jason Speegle, Green Team director at Southwestern College. “I am encouraged that the Winfield community cares enough about our environment to ensure that their electronics are recycled. This service is a definite need in our community and I am excited that the Southwestern Green Team, the city of Winfield, and Grace UMC can work together to help make a difference.”

Residents brought computer monitors and televisions weighing 4,920 pounds to the event. There were 117 CRT monitors and televisions collected. The groups collected 1,791 pounds of computer towers, 210 pounds of miscellaneous wire, 139 pounds of laptop computers, 69 pounds of lead batteries, and seven pounds of cell phones. There was also 5,732 pounds of miscellaneous electronic waste.

“I want to thank Lonny Bedeski and GON Recycling (Wichita) for coming down and transporting all of this E-waste to their facility for processing,” Speegle says.  “Without them, this event would not be possible.”
The next community e-waste recycling event is scheduled for February 2018.

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


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:01 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Documentary ‘Out Here in Kansas’ to be Shown at Southwestern College]]> Out Here in Kansas Logo“Out Here in Kansas,” a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, will be shown on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The event is geared toward students, it is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 

Following the half-hour movie, there will be a question and answer discussion.

“Out Here in Kansas” is based on a pair of news articles, published 14 years apart by longtime journalist

Adam Knapp, who directed the film.  It centers around three people:

  • Burt Humburg, a fundamentalist Christian who realized he was gay as he was winding up his career as an All-American football player at Southwestern College.
  • Joe Wright, Burt and Adam’s former pastor, who was instrumental in making gay marriage illegal in Kansas.
  • Adam Knapp himself, who felt God put him in a unique position to seek answers from the polar opposites and tell the story. 

The documentary includes testimonials from several gay Kansans, including filmmaker Steve Balderson, Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, and Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian.”

Watch the trailer


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:23:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College is Ranked by BestColleges.Com]]> Badge 2017, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, has published its annual ranking of America’s Best Online Colleges. Southwestern College is ranked ninth in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.

Southwestern College's bachelor of arts in early childhood education combines general early childhood and early childhood special education certification into one program, with graduates qualified to care for and teach children from birth to age eight. In addition to hosting an on-campus preschool at the college's Winfield location, where many students complete their practicum experiences, Southwestern also maintains partnerships with special education programs throughout the country, such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation) and the REACH program.


Students interested in the online early childhood education bachelor's degree only need six post-high school college credits to apply for the program. Credit may also be granted for previous professional, military, or college experience. Curriculum includes a combination of general education, pre-professional education, exploratory education, admission to teacher education, and capstone-level courses. Inclusive and progressive content topics include technology in special education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), a diversity field experience. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“The Best Online Colleges ranking is intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost. As online higher education demand grows and more schools bring programs online, it’s important and necessary to hold institutions to a standard of excellence that students can depend upon when making their college choice,” said Stephanie Snider, general manager of

Southwestern College also earned honorable mention status for the Best Online College of 2017.

Southwestern is the only KCAC school in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs and Best Online College of 2017.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)